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Sunday, October 31, 2010

But you don't want to vote for them!

I have purposefully held off from political commentary during this election cycle. For those of you that have been reading this long enough, you know how I feel. After doing many, many posts during the time leading up to  (and after) the presidential elections two years ago - most anything I said would be redundant.

One thing I have noticed during this campaign season even more than the last few (and the prevalance has been increasing for many election cycles) is negative ads. It amazes me how a candidate (and this is about the only thing that is truly bi-partisan) can run a 60 second spot and not tell me any reason I should vote for them except that their opponent is evil personified. The "but I'm not as bad as him/her" reasoning is the word of the day.

I know that experts and pundants say that the reason negative ads are run is, they work. I guess this is like my prior post - that's what they say about spam too - we continue to see it because it gets results. I guess that speaks to the mindset and reasoning power of the average American voter - "don't boggle my mind with issues and solutions, just tell me who is wearing dirty underwear!"

A typical political ad goes something like this...

Joe Blow is killing your children.(picture of dead bodies) Joe blow voted to send every job in America to a small Costa Rican resort, which by the way Joe Blow has taken many free vacations to.(palm trees and then to a picture of Joe Blow in a Hawaiin print shirt with a drink in his hand) Joe Blow wants to raise your taxes to take 110% of your paycheck, while giving billionaires free food at any restaurant they choose.(pictures of homeless people with "Help" signs, then to a fancy restaurant with a well dressed couple eating and laughing)  Joe Blow hates women, gays, blacks, Jews, Christians, whites, Hispanics, heterosexuals, mailmen, dogs, and weevils. (pictures of each flash as the words are read) Wait, he loves weevils! Weevils sound like and have the word evil in their name - JUST LIKE JOE BLOW! (picture of a weevil slowing morphing into Joe Blow) There is some speculation that Joe Blow is a cannibalistic devil worshipping alien that just wants you to have kids so his pod-people friends will have a host for their young! Is Joe Blow really the kind of person you want representing you in government? (picture of Joe blow develops horns) Vote Sam Blow. He is much, much less evil! (cut to a picture of Sam with a small puppy and smiling child) "This message was paid for by Sam Blow" (no relation to Joe)

Vote Tuesday the 2nd. Vote for someone that will do something, not just for the best negative ad.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

At least make an effort

Like you, I get an amazing amount of spam each day. I have three email accounts that I check regularly (and a few more I don't) and have been online for over 15 years with one of them, so maybe I get a bit more than average. I read articles that talk about how many billion spam emails are sent each day. I also hear that the reason there are so many is that they produce results. Spam is essentially free to create. A bit of time and an internet account are all that is needed. So, I guess to get a return on that investment doesn't take but one or two poor souls to be duped.

I have noticed lately that a lot of the spam I am getting is really, REALLY badly produced. Come on now, this was the subject of one I got this morning: compactors flatulent conglomerating

Compactors flatulent conglomerating!?! Really!? I will admit it made me look at the contents. (I heard a gasp - "you opened a known spam email?" - sure I do it all the time in my spam filters' message center. I just never click on any link in the email. 99.999% of all spam can't hurt anything if you just look at it, especially inside your spam filter) The email asked me to see the new 2008 line of Rolex watches. Now, this was not particularly compelling to me. #1 - I am not a watch person. If I was, I would most definitely NOT be a Rolex person. If I was a Rolex person, I don't think I would want to examine the two+ year old line. There was a link there to look at these watches (and other fine brands) but I just deleted it.

I have noticed the claims that a prince has money he needs to use me to liberate or the business plan that has to have my participation to work are all presented in very, VERY bad english now. There have always been errors and such, but these look like they are typed out by a chimp with an old Remington manual typewriter. Guys (and/or gals), if you want to scam me - at least learn to spell and write in my language.

I guess there is just no pride in the spam trade anymore.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Really, I don't know how that got there!

This guy is obviously a few horns shy of a full orchestra. Gotta give him credit for being prepared though.

Denver man sentenced for child porn, ID theft

By The Denver Post

Ralph Landers, 43, of Denver was sentenced to 16 1/2 years in federal prison this week after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, identity theft, fraud and other charges.

That is how the story begins. Most definitely a model citizen. Then it tells how the authorities got on to him originally.

Authorities became aware of Landers in March 2008, when he attempted to buy child pornography over the Internet using a fake credit card, according to court documents.

Dude, a fake credit card? He missed internet purchasing of illicit materials 101. It continues...

Investigators eventually learned Landers had tapped 114 bank and credit card accounts using stolen identities and commercial mailboxes he had rented.

He was indicted last year and pleaded guilty in February.

He was arrested after postal inspectors arranged the delivery of an order for child pornography to a post office box Landers had rented.

He was obviously working at the time...
When he was pulled over after making the pickup, inspectors found a pistol, laptop computer and computer files in his vehicle.

This is where his boy scout training comes into display.

"They also found a red tool case containing women's underwear, a grappling hook, binoculars, an expandable baton, an extensive collection of lock picks, glow sticks, duct tape, a stun gun, zip ties, a head lamp, leg cuffs and handcuffs, several condoms, and a case containing syringes and pills," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver, which prosecuted the case.

Ready for anything. Remember, this was a trip to a post office box to pick up an illegal package.

You gotta love it.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Need a laugh?

I have seen this many times over the years, but it still is great!

I defy anyone to watch this and not laugh.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Today's Headlines

Here are some more headlines and news stories:

Two arrests at Liverpool airport after attempt to smuggle corpse onto flight

Man, another wasted Saturday night!

World's Oldest Leather Shoe Found

Now if they could just find the other one. Finding the pair is always the rub.

Former mayor receives two year sentence for underwear theft in England

The dude that was wearing them says he does not want them back.

Two ill after eating burgers laced with multi-purpose cleaner in Australia

Someone should have told them that "multi-purpose" has limitations!

Almighty set to 'guarantee' quality of mineral water in south Russia

Is it to be a money back guarantee? They say the devil is in the details.

Vt. police: Women had 77 cats living in 2 cars

It was all good until they started making "tuna runs" every night.

This one requires a bit more than the headline. Hang on...

Maybe she just needed to feel wanted
Police: Woman flags down cop, asks if she's wanted, is told she is — and runs 

.The Associated Press
updated 10/8/2010 3:54:03 PM ET 2010-10-08T19:54:03

LOCKLAND, Ohio — Police in suburban Cincinnati arrested a woman after she flagged an officer down and asked if there were any warrants out for her arrest.

Really? Obviously the brains of the operation.