Monday, July 31, 2006

New Addition To Our Little Family

We have another mouth to feed at home now. Marley, a brittany spaniel mix, has made our home his home.

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He must now learn to peacefully co-exist with Pooh, the sneaky cat who thinks she runs the house.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Where To Begin?

From Cybercast News Service...

Comedian/activist Dick Gregory told the 97th annual convention of the NAACP in Washington, D.C., this week that the problems faced by African Americans are caused by several factors, including an "insane, racist system" that favors whites and pollution that "turns ordinary people into violent criminals."

Among his insane comments, Gregory said, "Whole lots of folks, not just rednecks, will not refer to a black person as 'Mister' or 'Ms.,' but they got a candy bar named Mister Goodbar, and the candy bar's darker than me, but they call it 'Mister' and call me 'Boy.'"

"The FBI has documents on the relationship between lead exposure and homicide," but "nobody knows about it."

Citing an FBI file by Roger Masters of Dartmouth College -- whose study found that criminal activity is higher in areas with high lead and manganese pollution -- Gregory charged that "polluted water can cause brain damage that turns ordinary people into violent criminals."

"They convince you that I'm just a heathen and I murder just 'cause I want to murder," but "I murder because something's in my food, something's in my water," Gregory said.

"Malt liquor is made by white beer companies but only sold in black neighborhoods, and you don't get suspicious? They put a thing in it called manganese, and once you get so much manganese in you, you will kill your momma, but they've got you believing that's normal for you to act that way."

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

More On Katrina Refief Funds

We're already seen where many of the poor, displaced Katrina refugees spent the taxpayer money they were given following the hurricane. You've probably heard about the alcohol, lap dances, porn and drugs that many of the "unfortunates" received using our taxpayer money. Here's more evidence of governmental incompetence when it came to Katrina. This time, it involves purchases made by Homeland Security employees using government spending cards. Again, these were purchases by federal employees (using our tax money) for emergency relief use. Among the items found by the audit...

More than 100 laptop computers and a dozen boats bought by Homeland Security employees, computers and boats which are now missing

More than 2,000 sets of dog booties, costing $68,442, that have sat unused in storage since emergency responders decided they were not suited for canines assisting in Gulf Coast recovery efforts.

Three portable shower units for $71,170 from a contractor who investigators said overcharged the government. Customs and Border Protection agents could have gotten similar showers for nearly a third of the price, and faster.

12 Apple iPod Nanos and 42 iPod Shuffles, worth $7,000, for Secret Service "training and data storage."

37 black Helly Hansen designer rain jackets, costing nearly $2,500, for use in a firing range that the Customs and Border Protection purchaser later acknowledged shuts down when it's raining.

Conference and hotel rooms at a golf and tennis resort at St. Simons Island in Georgia, worth $2,395, for training 32 newly hired attorneys when they could have used a nearby federal law enforcement training center.

A beer brewing kit and ingredients for more than $1,000 for a Coast Guard official to brew alcohol while on duty as a social organizer for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "The estimated price for a six-pack of USCG beer was $12," the investigators noted, adding: "Given that the six-pack cost of most beers is far less than $12, it is difficult to demonstrate that the Academy is achieving cost savings by brewing its own beer."

Homeland Security isn't the only agency singled out in the audit.

Customs and Border Protection wasted up to $464,586 by buying meals-ready-to-eat over the Internet instead of contracting through the Pentagon, as is standard procedure.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot locate 107 laptops, 22 printers and two GPS units worth $170,000. FEMA also cannot find 12 of 20 boats the agency bought for $208,000.

Our tax money at work, folks...