Category Archives: You’ve got to be kidding!

Things that are hard to believe.

Taxes for fun and profit

chart by Gabe courtesy of MoveOn.org

Well, it’s tax day again and I just thought I’d remind those of us who are retired and working, that  while we are  counting our pennies and deductions before the dreaded deadline, there are entities of our society that would like to be treated as though human but not suffering any of the duties of taxes.

A few weeks ago, Senator Bernie Sanders released a list of the ten worst companies for paying their taxes.  You sorta knew that Exxon Mobil would be there as number one, but check out some of the other names.


Rip Current

I got caught in a “rip” the other day, and despite the fact that I knew what to do, it was scary. So scary that a lifeguard had to help me out.

I was playing in some waves when I noticed that I was further out than other people. At first I tried swimming back in to shore, but soon realized I wasn’t going anywhere. Figuring I must be in a rip current, I started swimming parallel to the shore… again, I wasn’t going anywhere. Fighting down panic, and trying to avoid tiredness, I floated on my back and used my legs to kick. Seemed I was still going nowhere. It was at this time that a lifeguard showed up. At the time he showed, I was only a few feet from being able to get my feet on the ground.

“I couldn’t get in,” I gasped.

“You were in a rip current,” he said calmly. Then he told me what I should do if I should find myself in one again. Here’s the scary part… I did all that he told me except… signal for help. :/

Now, here’s the deal. At no time did I feel the rip current except when I was standing inshore and noticed the strong pull around my legs. Once I was swimming, however, I was totally unaware of any pull.

NOAA graphic on rip currents
NOAA graphic on rip currents

Follow the link of the graphic, and get some very interesting information. I think what I took away from the experience, is to not wait to ask for help.

Murdoch Apologizes

Rupert Murdoch, who not only owns The New York Post, but Fox News as well, had an apology printed in his racist newspaper:

Murdoch apology
Murdoch apology

I wonder how long before the next racist outrage show up in his paper or tv station. He still claims that the whole uproar came as a surprise to him. And he still places the onus on those who felt offended.  He does not accept responsibility for publishing a racist cartoon.  He is stating that some readers thought it was racist!  This is no apology,… it’s a continuation of the denial.

Racist New York City Newspaper

The New York Post has once again revealed its right wing and racist leaning, by publishing a cartoon by Sean Delonas, (who has a record for ridiculing anyone who is not male, white and straight) a dead chimpanzee and a cop holding a smoking gun, saying “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

Anyone who claims this is not a racist cartoon, obviously has no knowledge of American history or is lying.

St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans tells NPR’s Michele Norris that the conservative-leaning Post is “willfully ignoring” what may have caused the uproar.

But he says an important question is whether there was anyone at the newspaper who said, “There might be a connection here between a chimpanzee and a black person,” Deggans says.

“If there wasn’t somebody in that chain who raised this issue, that’s disturbing because frankly it’s an association that’s pretty easy to see,” Deggans says. “And if the notion was raised, and they printed it anyway, that’s even more disturbing. I mean, this is a newspaper that has had a long history of tangled and trouble racial relations.”

I am not giving a link to the so called newspaper and the cartoon, because I won’t perpetuate the paper’s continuation. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, the sooner the Post goes out of business, the better.

Don't buy this paper
Don't buy this paper

What Is the AIP?

And what does it have to do with Sarah Palin?

…the Alaskan Independence Party. Putting plunder above patriotism, the members of this treasonous cabal aim to break our country into pieces and walk away with Alaska’s rich federal oil fields and one-fifth of Americas land base–an area three-fourths the size of the Civil War Confederacy.

AIPs charter commits the party “to the ultimate independence of Alaska,” from the United States which it refers to as “the colonial bureaucracy in Washington.” It proclaims Alaska’s 1959 induction as a state “as illegal and in violation of the United Nations charter and international law.”

This is from an article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. over at the Huffington Post. Apparently, Palin’s husband was a member until very recently, and Palin herself still has strong ties to it.

Palin’s husband Todd remained an AIP party member from 1995 to 2002. Sarah can be described in McCarthy-era palaver as a “fellow traveler.” While retaining her Republican registration, she attended the AIP’s 1994 convention where the party called for a draft constitution to secede from the United States and create an independent nation of Alaska. The McCain Campaign has reluctantly acknowledged that she also attended AIP’s 2000 Convention. She apparently found the experience so inspiring that she agreed to give a keynote address at the AIP’s 2006 convention and she recorded a video greeting for this year’s 2008 convention. In other words, this is not something that happened when she was eight!

AIP was founded by a man named Joe Vogler who said, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American, I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.”

Apparently, Palin doen’t see the same America as you and me.

The good old days

NEW YORK – In a summer marked by hurricanes and $3 gasoline, the oil companies struck gold.

Friday, Chevron joined the eye-popping profits parade. The nation’s No. 2 oil company reported earnings of $3.6 billion. The totals only get bigger: Conoco Phillips made $3.8 billion, BP made $6.5 billion, Royal Dutch Shell made $9 billion and Exxon Mobil raked in a whopping $9.9 billion in just three months.

Think, this is an article from Friday’s paper?  Look again.  Three dollar gas?  This is an article from the summer of 2005!

What makes this year different is that the oil companies (and especially Exxon Mobil) have made the most profits ever!!!  Meanwhile, McCain proposes tax cuts for the oil companies and, also like bush, offshore drilling.