PINK IS GREEN? = The Yankees spent ten of thousands of dollars this weekend promoting BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. WTF? The NFL spends even more and even the Staples Wreckers football team wear pink anklets. Would it NOT be better just to donate the money to BREAST CANCER RESEARCH and wear a simple ribbon or sticker on your uniform??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
MOTHER DAY'S SHOOTING = 19, including two children, wounded in ANOTHER GUN SHOOTING just a stone's throw from the FRENCH QUARTER in New Orleans. Gun bill in the GOP House now, MORE INACTION?? If we can't agree on getting guns from law abiding citizens, HOW ABOUT A CRACK DOWN ON GETTING THEM OUT OF CRIMINALS' HANDS??? WTF?? www.carladdisonswanson.com
CLEVELAND CALAMITY= According to the FBI, only 411 Americans were abducted by STRANGERS in 2012. 89% of those were killed. Not a great fate but small numbers. Being a WONDER YEARS' WESTPORT WARBLER, we spent most of the time outdoors to avoid our parental wisdom in finding us "something to do" instead. It was also fun. Pick up games, riding bikes to school and just wandering about was prevalent. Today? They have an "app" for worried parents' I-phones to track their kids' school bus home. WTF?? www.carladdisonswanson.com
MARKETING = I always answer the phone on solicitations because my brother in law once worked as one while he was in graduate school and told me they get paid if they get their talk out. Today? "I need to speak to someone who handles your electricity bill." My answer: "We have an accountant in Costa Rica who handles that." She started laughing and hung up. WTF? www.carladdisonswanson.com
ENRON ENDGAME = Jeff Skilling, Enron enuch, who helped bring down the gas giant along with 4,500 employees and 40 billion$ from investors is getting a break in his JAIL SENTENCE. "Skillster" got his 24 year sentence reduced by half and will be out by 2006. The deal? 40 million$ to those hurt. SHITTTTTT! Another example of justice for the RICH VS. THE POOR. WTF?? ww.carladdisonswanson.com
GOLF HOOPLA - VJ SINGH is suing the PGA Tour for defamation of his character. RUMBLE ON THE LINKS? The PGA blasted VJ for taking deer antler extract (which I give my aging dogs) and then rescinded their anti-doping categorization. VJ was PISSED. But, considering VJ cheated like hell on the ASIAN Tour and hasn't won since 2008, WHAT CHARACTER ARE WE TALKING ABOUT??www.carladdisonswanson.com
IN 1924, IDA MAI GIDDINGS-MILLER was born to a chemical engineer and loving mother in EAST TEXAS. She would meet TOM MILLER when they were toddlers visiting in GEORGE WEST, TEXAS and he became her suitor in their teenage years. MARRIED in 1943, before Lt. Miller was sent to the Pacific in WWII, Ida Mai was the cornerstone of the family as well as the Marine base in her husband's absence. She refused to "trade in her pearls for dog tags" and enjoyed an unique life as a writer, painter and golfer. Nicknamed "TUNAFISH" in her later years of illness by me, she was a wonderful woman and mother, losing three children prematurely.
28th AMENDMENT = Fellow Stapilite ('66) Johno Lupton sent me this proposal which would make Congresspersons subject to all laws passed, revoke the progressive income tax in favor of a flat tax, make all state laws uniform to those of federal statutes in order to receive federal funds and invoke a balanced budget. Some good ideas although I still maintain, my constant mantra, is mandatory VOTING!! If this country would turn out in 85%-90% numbers, we could bring change to the present dysfunctional, money driven and non-representative government.www.carladdisonswanson.com
RAP CRAP = "Such a beautiful trip," said BEYONCE, after her recent trip with hubby-rapper, JAY-Z, who has made a fortune knocking AMERICAN POLITICS. Too bad the couple didn't have time to visit CUBAN RAPPER Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga, who also blasts his country's politics. Arzuaga sits in a CUBAN JAIL for his songs. WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE IRS = I love paying taxes. It means I am making money. I often pay more than required. WTF?? Then, as today, I get a notice that I am going to get a REFUND! And this means they may have overlooked expenses relating to my home office, lease car and those entertainment dinners out?? WTF? www.carladdisonswanson.com
ECONOMIC INEQUALITY = Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and Professor at Berkeley, argues that our slow recovery from this depression is due, in large part, to the inequality in our economy. The RICH may be richer but the middle class/poor have been hurt and now lack the purchasing power to stimulate the economy. Answer? The government needs to INVEST in education that will build the middle class, as it did following WWII. He differentiates between INVESTING AND JUST PLAIN SPENDING. www.carladdisonswanson.com
EDUCATION= The best education money can buy? The AVENUES: THE WORLD SCHOOL IN CHELSEA is a FOR-PROFIT K-9th school in NYC that charges 43,500$ a year to enlighten your child. WTF? The school encourages PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT and it took a panel and POWER POINT presentation to agree on a balanced lunch program. Considering Westport spends 19,200$ per child for public education, IS DOUBLE MORE TROUBLE? www.carladdisonswanson.com
EDUCATION= The best education money can buy? The AVENUES: THE WORLD SCHOOL IN CHELSEA is a FOR-PROFIT K-9th school in NYC that charges 43,500$ a year to enlighten your child. WTF? The school encourages PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT and it took a panel and POWER POINT presentation to agree on a balanced lunch program. Considering Westport spends 19,200$ per child for public education, IS DOUBLE MORE TROUBLE? www.carladdisonswanson.com
CAFFEINE = 90% of Americans consume, on average, 200+ mg of caffeine a day compared with the worldwide average of 76% mg a day. Most of this is through coffee but many other things, including OTC drugs, contain the drug. My parents thought nothing of me drinking coffee in the morning in high school with loads of sugar/milk. I don't drink it anymore. It artificially stimulates your heart. WONDER IF ANY CORRELATION BETWEEN GUN DEATHS AND CAFFEINE? www.carladdisonswanson.com
RECREATIONAL SPORTS= Spring is the air? Time to get out and play some serious . . . 30 million tennis players in this country. 26.1 golfers here but 50 MILLION BOWLERS. WTF? Yep, in fact, BOWLING, once known for its gawky bowling shirts, has now gone WHITE COLLAR. Most bowlers make more than 75 grand a year. WTF? My ass always hurts the day after a good bowl. www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE ENTITLED CELEBRITY= Reese Witherspoon is the latest to fall under the sliding bus of the media and cops. While her hubby was driving drunk and being tested for his sobriety by a Georgia Cop, Reese was mouthing off to the cop about her celebrity status. While she was polite with her "yes sir" and "no sir," her arrogance seems typical of those with fame or fortune. Maybe SHE will be MONEY MAYWEATHER's next opponent? www.carladdisonswanson.com
FLOYD MAYWEATHER= The face of BOXING appears to be MONEY MAYWEATHER who will fight this weekend for a draw of 200 MILLION BUCKS. The boxer has talent, undefeated in 46 fights. Spawned from a drug infested broken Detroit family, he now owns a 9.5 million dollar home in Vegas. He also has a foul mouth and just got out jail for beating up on his ex-wife. IS THIS THE AMERICAN DREAM OR OUR OWN NEW NIGHTMARE???? www.carladdisonswanson.com
PRIVATE COACHING= On my daily jaunt (not jog) past Long Lots school, I noted a very young lass taking soccer lessons from a coach. She was dribbling between cones and appeared to be bored. No parent in site. Being a product of pick up games during the WONDER YEARS IN WESTPORT, I frown on such. I do know JOE MONTANA hired a coach to coach his QB son and for many DIVISION I SPORTS is a goal but the best athletes (BOBBY VALENTINE, CALVIN MURPHY, BRIAN CLAAR, STEVE YOUNG) from CT came out of the 60's-70's when such coaching was non-existent. LET THEM PLAY!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
JASON COLLINS = The "coming out" of professional athlete Jason Collins received a phone call from PRESIDENT OBAMA congratulating him for his "bravery." "RONALD REAGAN was so bad against the GAY COMMUNITY, he didn't even say the word 'GAY' for two years while people were dying from AIDS," says MARTINA NAVRATILOVA. CHANGE IS GOOD . . . www.carladdisonswanson.com
HORNY MARTHA? The former PRINCESS OF WESTPORT, exiled and hated after her depiction of the town in "The New Yorker," MARTHA STEWART is going on INTERNET DATING. According to the interview on the "TODAY SHOW", Martha would like to wake up with a man and have breakfast with him. He need not be "successful but for his own pride" and needs to be "fun." ANY VOLUNTEERS???
TOP SECRET AMERICA = PBS FRONTLINE with a great expose on our WAR AGAINST TERROR. Following 911, we have spent some 80 billion dollars creating a NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICE which hides in commercial buildings in suburban DC and Baltimore. The Department of Homeland Security has spent even more creating an elaborate system with state law enforcement. So what happened with the UNDERWEAR BOMBER, TIMES SQUARE BOMBER AND BOSTON MARATHON BOMBERS??? where citizens were keys to catching the terrorists???? "SOMETIMES MORE IS GOOD. HELLEVA MORE IS OFTEN NOT GOOD." WTF?
KOCH BROTHERS = DUMB AND DUMBER are thinking about buying the TRIBUNE SYNDICATE of newspapers which includes the Hartford Courant, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Los Angeles Times. Considering that all are liberal rags and heavily unionized plus newspapers are read less and less each day, MAKES PERFECT SENSE to invest for your CONSERVATIVE CA-CA. WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
LONELY? Jammie and me often run back back from Bedford Middle at final school bell. TODAY, 17 out of 20 waiting mothers (WTF is wrong with school buses?) WERE TEXTING WHILE WAITING. WTF?? Since when do folks hate to be alone? My daughter once told me that college kids often pretend to be on the cell phone while walking the campus so they don't appear to be a loner? WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
BENGHAZI = House GOP reports states: "This progress report reveals a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department as to the dangers presented in Benghazi, Libya as well as a concerted attempt to insulate the DOS from blame following the terrorist attacks." WTF??? The USA embassy is in TIPOLI. WTF IS THE ambassador doing in BENGHAZI with only two ex-Seal CIA agents as protection??? CIA OP gone bad. Leave HILLARY ALONE!www.carladdisonswanson.com
RETIREMENT RIPOFF = Wonder WTF all those fees are relating to your retirement fund? Those are the mutual fund people getting a kickback from your "financial adviser." WALL STREET has made 10 trillion in fees over the last decade in packaging 401K to US! Average family pays $155K over a lifetime of work in fees. WTF!!! ANSWER: Invest in stock index funds where fees are minimal and out perform mutual funds anyhow. www.carladdisonswanson.com
BARN SWALLOWS = Each year for the past 20, a family of BARN SWALLOWS have found their breeding home in our garage in Westport. Since most don't live longer than 5 years, it, most likely, is not the same family. But it is sort of cool the way they build a new nest every year, breed twice and then are gone by October. I won't mention the shit on the cars . . . www.carladdisonswanson.com
GIRL SCOUTS = The Girl Scouts Research Institute (WTF?) just completed a study showing their "girls" don't "think they have the intelligence to balance a check book, handle credit cards or save money in a piggy bank." WTF? Andrea Peyser of the "NEW YORK POST" finds this to be demeaning to young women especially considering they get them out early "becoming professional pushers of Thin Mints and Samoas." 88% Girl Scouts felt "financially insecure." WTF? WOMEN are the #1 consumers in this country. www.carladdisonswanson.com
JUICING = Inspired by fellow Stapelite, BILL RESKO, I have been juicing the last week. I drink a quart concoction of two fruits and three veggies throughout my day and then turn to regular foods. TODAY? Apple, Red Pear, Red Pepper, Onion and Radish. HOLY SHIT BATMAN! What a kick! For those on MEDICARE, I strongly suggest it . . . . of course, Jammie won't go near me with today's breath. WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
"DOUBLE PARKED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Summer of 1960" is off to the publisher. Final edit complete. I chose the below picture for the cover despite the book being totally fiction. Tommy McCarthy, Brian Hitt, me to the far right with Coach Bill Hodgkinson and Bruce Corrigan among others to the left. The photo, an ad for PF Flyers, appeared in "Look Magazine" and "Saturday Evening Post" in 1960 . We got a free pair of sneakers . . . . shot at Gault Park. Old Staples in the background.
TAMPON DRUNK = Bill Maher, as does ABC News, reports that many teenagers are dousing their tampons in VODKA and then inserting them to get drunk. WTF?? Bill adds: "It gives new meaning to when you parents want to smell your breath to see if you have been drinking." ABC NEWS warns that it may be dangerous. They didn't say it was limited to the female gender? WTF? www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE NFL = Curious that 12 of the top 13 first round picks were lineman. The big big boys are finally getting the big big bucks. The AVERAGE NFL career is THREE YEARS WITH AVERAGE SALARY OVER 1.5 MILLION$. After FIVE YEARS FROM RETIREMENT, a great majority of NFL PLAYERS are either divorced, broke, filed bankruptcy or homeless. WTF? Maybe we should rethink this student-athlete BULLSHIT.www.carladdisonswanson.com
IMMIGRATION = As predicted, the BOSTON BOMBINGS have launched an attack on immigration while a bill sits on the SENATE FLOOR. Conservative columnist Victor Davis Hanson questions what it takes to get DEPORTED?? TAMERIAN TSARNAEV, the older BB, was charged with domestic violence in 2009 and his mother arrested for shoplifting. Nothing was done. I know little of immigration law but I do know our cleaning lady, a dear sweet woman, was allowed to stay in this country on a WORK VISA because we once had a war with EL SALVADOR. Time to take a good look at the laws and staffing/money it requires to enforce such laws. www.carladdisonswanson.com
$1.50 A DAY?? = WTF? Yep that is what several celebrities, including BEN AFFLECK, DEBI MAZAR AND JOSH GROBAN are going to LIVE ON FOR A DAY!! A challenge promoted by the GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT, which measures "extreme poverty," these STARS are going to live on such meager fiances UNTIL MAY 3rd. Basically a sandwich and drink a day . . . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE GREAT LOOP = Already BORED with your retirement? BORED with your other half and his/her goddamn "to do" lists? "LOOPERS" navigate the full loop, heading down the Illinois,Mississippi, Tambigbee, Black Warrior rivers to MOBILE and then head up the Intercoastal waterway to the Hudson River, St. Lawrence to Lake Ontario. Most have 35+ foot motor boats, record is 9 times in one year. ANYONE FOR KAYAKING THE GREAT LOOP? www.carladdisonswanson.com
BASEBALL STUPID= Since we are having a cold spring, the new BASEBALL STADIUMS IN MINNESOTA and DENVER are having their problems. With many games cancelled because of snow or cold weather, the TWINS & ROCKIES will be playing a lot of double headers. WHY NO RETRACTABLE ROOFS? HOUSTON has retractable roofs for both BASEBALL & FOOTBALL. Why? WORST WEATHER OF ANY CITY IN THE GOOD OLE USA . . . . Stupid is as stupid does? www.carladdisonswanson.com
EARTH DAY = The brain storm of Senator Gaylord Nelson stemming from Rachel Carson's "SILENT SPRING," the first EARTH DAY was celebrated on this day in 1970. Jammie buried a toilet. I sat on one in Vietnam. CONGRESS went on to pass the CLEAN AIR/WATER ACTs and Nixon created the EPA. 43 YEARS LATER??? The EPA has 8,348 sites of contamination and no budget to deal with them all. PROGRESS?www.carladdisonswanson.com
TEACHERS & GUNS= The New Life Baptist Academy in Albuquerque, NM teaches kids (1-12) how to use guns and protect themselves in case of a murdering intruder. The head of the school is a former New Mexico State Trooper and armed guards patrol the grounds. Advice of a former NYC, Boston and Philly police chief? "I would rather my kids learn reading & writing. Even a police officer's accuracy is decreased by 30% in times of stress." WTF? Chances are 22X greater that you will shoot an innocent bystander than an intruder.www.carladdisonswanson.com
KEEP CALM & le CARRE ON = Great interview in NY TIMES WITH JOHN LE CARRE, the 80+ year old English spy author. "How Bush . . . succeeded in deflecting America's anger from bin LADEN TO HUSSEIN is one of the great PR tricks of all time." One of the premiere writers of all time, he has instructed his family to "speak up if I can not longer write because I can make money rewriting the telephone directory." His life now? "I write, I walk, I swim, I drink." My kind of guy.www.carladdisonswanson.com
BOSTON AFTERMATH = Two FOOTNOTES to another tragedy: (1) Why the celebratory applause when the young punk was caught? Did we BOO the cops when they missed an unattended bag at the finish line?? In other countries, they don't give such terrorists any attention but our media was obsessed; (2) The Newtown murders divided the country on gun control. Will IMMIGRATION now become an issue for these MURDERERS were recent immigrants???www.carladdisonswanson.com
IRAQ AFTERMATH= The new show on HBO entitled "VICE" is quality information television. A study of the battle of FALLUJAH, one of the worst since Vietnam, indicates URANIUM was used in many of the bombs there. THE RESULT? A high rate of radioactivity and A RISE IN BIRTH DEFECTS & RARE CASES OF CANCER. Much like 'Nam with AGENT ORANGE, these stupid wars are NOT OVER WHEN THE fighting stops . . . www.carladdisonswanson.com
OVERREACTION?? = Is it only me but has BOSTON OVERREACTED to two punks setting off two pipe bombs at the marathon and then shooting a cop and robbing another man??? It looks like BAGHDAD IN BEAN TOWN. Speaking of which, two bombs, four dead is probably just an average day in Iraq?
A touch of reality how the rest of the world lives?www.carladdisonswanson.com
42! = The movie is dedicated to the rise of JACKIE ROBINSON. A good flick and worth seeing. Harrison Ford, on its popularity: "I think America is hungry for solutions to its problems and Jackie helped start such change. America wants to come together to fix things. The media and politicians are holding us back." WORDS OF WISDOM from an actor, no less. www.carladdisonswanson.com
WENDELL SMITH = The Black sports writer, for the Pittsburgh Courier, is very much accredited with bringing JACKIE ROBINSON to the attention of the DODGERS but also traveled with Jackie in the minors in '46 and Dodgers in '47 when neither could gain access to a desegregated hotel. Smith turned to boxing after being turned down by the BASEBALL WRITERS OF AMERICA but eventually was inducted into the HALL OF FAME in 1994. Super nice shout out . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
GUN CONTROL = The standard rhetoric to any anti-gun argument was vented to me yesterday: "If we restrict the guns to the law abiding, only criminals will have them." FEAR FACTOR. Well, how about upping the punishments for individuals using a gun in the act of a felony? Prisons are so eager for inmates, toughen up the laws regarding guns. Rob a gas station with a gun, throw away the key????www.carladdisonswanson.com
SENATE VOTE ON GUN CONTROL = Another bitter defeat for '44 in Congress. And don't tell me this wasn't all about politics? Background checks for felons, psychos. Most thought this was law already. 90% of Americans in favor of these guidelines and can't get it through the Democratic Senate. WTF? Need LBJ and his 8X10 glossies of these guys in drag . . . Joe just lost the Democratic nomination in '16.www.carladdisonswanson.com
SPORTS SCAM= After losing my beloved HOUSTON OILERS years past to greed, I was interested in Bryant Gumbel's story on the MIAMI MARLINS who blackmailed the city for 2 billion$ for a new stadium, gobbling up the revenue side of the deal and inferring a GREAT TEAM WAS TO COME. Instead, they dumped their high priced players last season to save 170 million and now SUCK. When are we taxpayers gonna stop funding these new stadiums? I vote for GREEN BAY where the city actually owns the team? WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
Two VERMONTERS emailed me that they are going to WALK the Boston Marathon course on May 15th "in honor of those who died and those who were injured and to do our small part TO STAND UP AGAINST HATE AND FEAR." Anybody interested in walking all or part, contact: email@example.com.
NORTH KOREA = Is there anybody but ME who thinks this NORTH KOREA blabbering is bullshit??? I mean really??!! Every spring they spout off about what they are going to do and now with DOUGH BOY KIMMY, we are all concerned??? Even CHINA, their ally, doesn't want any comflict. With Afghanistan winding down, I think it is the ole military industrial complex is tooting its own horn for more DEFENSE SPENDING??? WTF? www.carladdisonswanson.com
BOSTON MARATHON = I was at the ATLANTA OLYMPICS in 1996 when a bomb exploded in a park where we had spent the day. Terrible feeling. Soon reports of bombs were everywhere. I would imagine this is happening in BOSTON tonight. HOW DO WE STOP THIS? The 26.2 mile course is impossible to secure although Jammie/me did run the MARINE CORPS MARATHON and they had 20,000 Marines out there/PENTAGON mile was off limits to spectators. HAVE WE ALLOWED THESE EVENTS TO GET TOO BIG??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
Boston Marathon= The jewel of all marathons is ruined by the maniacal efforts of INSANITY. As a seasoned marathon runner, I am appalled that someone would choose this site to effectuate their HATRED. If NEWTOWN wasn't enough, it is time to take a very good look at AMERICA IN THE MIRROR. Enough polarization. Time for healing and weed out these MANIACS . . . . a SAD DAY ON PATRIOTS DAY.www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE MASTERS = I thought the NFL was bad with its over the top coverage on fall Sundays but the speculation by golf analysts is becoming imbecilic. After Thursday's round, they couldn't talk about anything but SERGIO GARCIA. He shot 76 the next day. Then they focused on the 14 year kid from China and his slow play and then Tiger getting a 2 stroke penalty on #15. SHUT UP and show us the play!!!!!!!!!!!!www.carladdisonswanson.com
CRONY POLITICS - Wonder why we never get any tax reform going in this country? David Stockman, former budget director under Dutch, reports that 175 former staffers to THE SENATE FINANCE COMITTEE are now lobbyists! WTF!! So working in DC is a stepping stone to getting the big bucks from K STREET. Dismal and pathetic . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
CHEERLEADING = Under TITLE IX, cheerleading is NOT considered a "sport." Yet, 30,000 injuries result every year from this MOST DANGEROUS activity. WHY? Feminists don't think "cheering" as a participating sport and there is BIG MONEY in all 65 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. Varsity Cheer, Inc. brings in 400 million a year promoting competitions. If it became a SPORT? Rigid guidelines as to safety measures and only state competitions. $$$$ once again prevails over common sense? www.carladdisonswanson.com
On this day in 1969, 31 Navy sailors were shot down while flying a recon mission in an EC-121 by two Russian MIGs-2 over NORTH KOREA. Plenty of my "A" school classmates were aboard and none survived. 11 months later, in March of 1970, an EC-121 crashed landed at DaNang AFB in Vietnam after returning from a routine 12 hour mission. It was my DAY OFF while 23 of 31 of my bunk mates and drinking buddies died. BAD MEMORIES. WAR SUCKS .
TAXES= Jammie and I both have LLC's licensed to do business in TEXAS. THE FIRST 10 MILLION OF REVENUE IS TAX FREE!! OMG!! I have a friend who is an "economist," Dr. Bob, and he had dinner with Governor Malloy of CT. He suggested to the good Governor that he lower taxes to encourage businesses to settle here. Malloy just laughed at him. WONDER WHY 1,500 people are moving to TEXAS A DAY NOW? Jobs.www.carladdisonswanson.com
FORESKIN = WTF? The Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project plants to PROTEST OPRAH'S appearance in Hamilton tomorrow. Seems OPRAH has endorsed an anti-aging cream which uses CELLS FROM MEN'S FORESKIN. WTF?? "How would Oprah respond if there was a man's product made from women's genitalia???" one asked. And you WOMEN thought everyone was only interesting in regulating your VAGINAS?? STORM THE BASTILLE!!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
SWEARING = 19% of all OUR words SPOKEN are swear words according to a recent survey. WTF? A kid learns to swear before he/she learns the alphabet and UPPER CLASS and the POOR swear more than MIDDLE CLASS FOLKS. Perhaps that is why were are disappearing??? I spent 6 years in the NAVY AIR. Cursing 101 and M'ED.www.carladdisonswanson.com
On this day in 1968, Colonel TOM MILLER (USMC) was the first to fly a Phantom F-4 coast to coast without refueling. He had already set a record with the Phantom II, flying 1216 mph on a triangular course in CA in 1962. Jammie's father would eventually become a THREE STAR GENERAL and head of Marine Aviation. He is one of only two pilots to fly combats missions in WWII, Korea and Vietnam AND RECENT INDUCTEE INTO THE AVIATION HALL OF FAME. Semper Fi, General, we miss you!
ARTIFACTS = A one page letter from a doctor to his son describing a diagram for DNA just sold at auction for over 6 MILLION DOLLARS. Considering my mother tossed all my baseball cards from the 1950's, this may seem like sour grapes, but WTF??? What kind of tax system allows for that kind of money for A LETTER??? I once asked JOHN GLENN if there was anyone he would want an autograph? He frowned and didn't answer. www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE MASTERS= I love golf. My grandfather taught me at the age of six. But this is MASTERS week in Georgia. The sacred time for all CRACKERS TO give praise for the AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB to allow them to hold a tourney there. After some decades of protest, they allowed one BLACK AND TWO WOMEN TO BECOME MEMBERS. "Amazing," said CEO Billy Payne. I hope TIGER WINS and gives a big John Carlos "POWER PUMP" at the ceremony. www.carladdisonswanson.com
The 80's = The Kelton Research group surveyed 1,000 individuals and 78% thought they WERE BETTER OFF IN THE 1980'S THAN NOW!! WTF!! To me, the 80's was Jack Daniels, Disco, the fall of the oil patch in Houston and the S&L Debacle. Hardly great by today's crummy standard. 58% of those surveyed said they would vote for REAGAN OVER OBAMA. OMG! Get these people some dementia medicine, pronto!!!www.carladdisonswanson.com
Justin Ryan was riding his bike to work in MANHATTAN early one morning when he slowed to take a left, down a side street. A COP CAR side swiped him causing him some lacerations and a bad headache. Justin never thought about suing the COPS but did just receive a bill for $1,514.43 for damages to the cop car from the CITY OF NEW YORK. WTF??? An attorney is taking his cause up PRO BONO.www.carladdisonswanson.com
OMG!!! = According to Britain's Daily Mail, the expression OH MY GOD, specifically OMG!!, was used FIRST by Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher, in correspondence to WINSTON CHURCHILL IN 1907. Fisher was advocating more praise should be given the English Navy. No word on WTF?? Perhaps I should file a copyright??? WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
JACKIE ROBINSON = New movie out on #42, coming to your theaters soon. The trailer for the movie uses one of JAY-Z'S rap songs. WTF? The rapper who continues to call all BLACK MEN "Nig%$#s" is hardly representative of the great DODGER who brought down the color line in sports and fought RACISM his entire life. With 50% of Black men, age 20-30, in prison, they need JACKIE as a role model more so than JAY-Z. www.carladdisonswanson.com
FASTING = The latest diet craze comes from England where a doctor believes you can live longer if YOU FAST TWO DAYS A WEEK. PBS is running a series, promoted by a medical doctor, saying if you severely cut your calories, you will love longer. During the DEPRESSION YEARS, 1929-1939, Americans' longevity actually increased by six years!! Featured a guy, 101 years old, running the London Marathon, in last night's edition who eats "child portions." FOOD FOR THOUGHT? www.carladdisonswanson.com
COACHES = The recent revelations of the RUTGERS HOOP COACH shows us the new model of coaching: screaming and hitting your athletes. Even the "good" COACHES can't seem to stop yelling at the REFS or BARKING orders to their players. I played sports in high school/college and was, not once, motivated by a coach yelling at me. MISS COACH WOODEN and MR LOEFFLER types.www.carladdisonswanson.com
DOCTOR'S OFFICES = Just back from the PIMPLE POPPER to get one of my 60's COMPO BEACH BABY OIL-IODINE sun spots removed. OMG! What a depressing place. Nobody smiling and everyone in a hurry. Felt like a holdover tenant in a whore house. I would have gone to my regular PIMPLE POPPER but she doesn't take MEDICARE. WTF? Seems almost UN-AMERICAN? www.carladdionswanson.com
MEDIA COVERAGE = The BOBBLEHEADS are disputing the coverage of CBS in ONLY showing KEVIN WARE breaking his leg TWICE during the Sunday basketball game. Pictures of the actual bone sticking out have appeared on various internet links. WTF? Why is this news? Maybe they ought to start showing some of those being killed in Afghanistan INSTEAD?? Maybe we would bring home the troops sooner that way?? www.carladdisonswanson.com
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT = "Murder at The Supreme Court" is an interesting read regarding the history of litigation regarding what is "cruel and unusual punishment." Only 35 states have the death penalty now with only 9 states utilizing it last year with about 50 inmates EXECUTED annually. Its approval rating is at an all time low. IF YOUR WIFE WAS RAPED AND MURDERED, WOULD YOU FAVOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, GOVERNOR??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
RIGHT TO COUNSEL = 51 YEARS AFTER "GIDEON," which gave everyone the right to counsel in criminal matters if you can NOT afford one, only 24 States have a public defense system. While 94% cases are "pled out," our lawyering for the POOR SUCKS. 25% of the attorneys involved in 481 capital cases in TEXAS were later disbarred or suspended. THE WAR ON DRUGS has driven the number in jail to 2.3 million and 5 million on parole. JUSTICE IN CHAOS.www.carladdisonswanson.com
MARCH MADNESS = If you are buying into all these NCAA ads for "STUDENT-ATHLETES" consider the CREIGHTON-DUKE game last Sunday was scheduled for 9:48 p.m. tip-off in Philly. NO WAY the kids were going to get back for classes on Monday morning. AND THE NCAA boasts of improved graduation rates but refuse to tell ANYONE what the MAJORS OR DEGREES ARE! Once again, all about the money. MARCH MONEY????????? www.carladdisonswanson.com
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING = On my daily run through Colony Road area, I had to dive from a texting high school driver. Statistics are out that are SCARY!! 49% POLLED ADMIT TO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. 98% know it is unsafe. ADULTS admit to texting behind the wheel more so than teens. THE UNITED NATIONS reports that THERE ARE MORE WORKING CELL PHONES IN THE WORLD THAN TOILETS . . . Put the cellphones in the toilet. www.carladdisonswanson.com
RETIRE AT 40? Jason Fieber, of Sarasota, FL, is planning on it. Jason is 30 and making $50,000 a year as an auto service manager. He figures he can SAVE $400,000 by the time he is 40 and then live off his investments. SEE, Jason lives on $15,000 A YEAR!!! He takes the bus to work, no cable TV and no cell phone. WTF?? USA TODAY running a good set of articles about retirement this week including SECOND CAREERS FOR US BOOMERS . . . . www.carladdisonswanson.com
FERTILITY = Our ladies in this country are having fewer babies! From an all time low of 1.7 kids per woman in 1976, to a high of 2.1 in 2007, the rate is now 1.9 babies per female in this country. That's high for the world average too where we are actually shrinking in population. ECONOMICS??? CAREERS??? HATE MEN???? Tell me ladies for I would like some grandchildren! www.carladdisonswanson.com
POLICE IN SCHOOLS= WTF? PBS to run a special tomorrow night about the presence of POLICE IN all LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS. Over the past several years, the cops have given out over 30,000 citations to the mostly "Brown and Black" students. Such offenses as dress code violations, talking loudly in the halls and inappropriate "public displays of affection" were targeted for ticketing. TUNE IN TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY CHANGED . . . www.carladdisonswanson.com
SECRET SERVICE = Created in 1865 on the DAY OF LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION, the Secret Service was originally only devoted to counterfeiting. It was not until McKinley's murder in 1901, did the agency take over protecting the President. HARRY TRUMAN was attacked by two men in 1950. One was shot by the agent but the other made it to Harry's door. The President started pounding on the assassin until he had to be yanked off the criminal. JFK was their only MISTAKE.www.carladdisonswanson.com
BANKERS = Another collapse of banking practices in Europe where the Cyprus banks invested heavily in GREEK DEBT. WTF? Will these speculators ever learn? And THE RUSSIANS want the depositors to pay for any bailout??? HOW ABOUT FREEZING ALL THE bankers' accounts first? NEW RULE: Women have to be heads of all banks.www.carladdisonswanson.com
HANK GREENBERG - The former CEO OF AIG, ousted in 2005, is now suing the UNITED STATES for his losses when we BAILED AIG OUT!!! Greenberg lost 90% of his NET WORTH and despite AIG'S bundling of credit default swaps on the subprime mortgage mess, GREENBERG wants his money back. WTF? PAT PAULSON still maintains if AIG had gone down, everything would have fallen . . . then GREENBERG would be ZERO. STOP THE WHINING . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
CATHOLIC CHURCH - While I am prejudice by being a heathen, but all this MEDIA ATTENTION to the new POPE is getting ridiculous!! WHO CARES what a 76 year old man has to say about ABORTION, GAYS or THE WORLD at large??? The Catholic Church is based in the 15th century with extreme wealth and prey on the pennies of the poor. SHAME ON THEM!! And don't even start me going about their sins against young boys . . . COMPLETE SCAM. www.carladdisonswanson.com
SECRET SERVICE = This federal agency, part of the TREASURY DEPARTMENT, was signed into law by ABRAHAM LINCOLN on the day of his assassination. BUT then they only dealt with counterfeiting so ABE would not have been saved. WHEN McKinley was shot in 1901, the SS MEN became bodyguards and now PROTECT most every politician running even for dog catcher . . . . more threats on '44 life than any other PRESIDENT. I wonder why? www.carladdisonswanson
BASEBALL = While spring season begins, USA BASEBALL is beaten by PUERTO RICO in the second round of the WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC. It is of some significance for it shows our utter diminishing dominance in a sport we invented and also the pampered lot that play MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. They parade around with AMERICAN FLAGS to begin each game and sing GOD BLESS AMERICA at the 7th inning stretch but won't "risk" of possible injury actually playing for their country. WTF??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
HUNGER = 50 MILLION adults and 17 MILLION children of AMERICA don't know where their next meal is coming from according to author-restaurateur TOM COLICCHIO. HOLY SHIT! BUT for the first time in history, more people WILL DIE from OBESITY than HUNGER in this world. AND PAUL RYAN WANTS TO ADD 500 million$ to the DEFENSE BUDGET?? REALITY CHECK. www.carladdisonswanson.com
SHERYL SANDBERG - The billionaire COO of FACEBOOK is out with a book, "LEAN IN", which encourages women to be more aggressive at the workplace. Being the offspring of a feminist, married to an ambitious attorney for 36 years and currently living with a former CORPORATE executive, I DARE SAY, WTF? None of these women made conscious decisions in the workplace . . . they did so to make money to aid in their lifestyles. DO WE NEED A HARVARD OVERACHIEVER TO TELL US THAT??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
TSA - Transportation Security Administration is out with new rules on what you can bring on an airplane: knives less than 2.36 inches in length among other things. Interesting considering the 911 hijackers used pen knives as their choice of weapon. WTF??? Also, in 12 years we have seen NO new technology to replace the long lines we ENDURE NOW . . . What ever happened to the idea of a background check to allow an EZ PASS to avoid such bullshit??www.carladdisonswanson.com
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - Originally instituted in WWI & II to save energy, our current clock "spring forward" results from the UNIFORM TIME ACT OF 1966, extended in 2007. There is NO EVIDENCE it actually saves any energy (1% at best) but retail sales are better and violent crime diminishes. I find it particularly annoying, as with most things, as I get older. One less hour of SLEEP.www.carladdisonswanson.com
FREDERICK SMITH OF FEDEX = Good ole Freddy was a graduate student at Vanderbilt in the 70's and wrote his thesis on "next day delivery." He got a C- with the professor's note: "Well written but terrible idea." He told his wife and her father lent him $100,000 to "go with the idea." Fred started with a few planes but the oil prices were killing him in the late 70's. Down to his last $7,000, he flew to Vegas and made $55,000. FEDEX NOW is worth 42 billion worldwide. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. www.carladdisonswanson.com
MARK CUBAN - The big mouth BILLIONAIRE and owner of DALLAS MAVERICKS remains in hot water with the SEC as an appeals court allowed the SEC to continue their insider trader suit against MOUTH MARK. Cuban sold 600,000 shares of his mama.com holdings hours before it crumbled saving him about 750,000$ in 2004. First MARTHA . . now MARK.www.carladdisonswanson.com
BOB WOODWARD = The once great investigative reporter of the WASHINGTON POST with his reports on the WATERGATE SCANDAL has gone, like many journalists, to inventing the news instead of reporting it. Woodward was caught in a big lie about the White House " threatening him" when emails showed the contrary. HOW'S BOOK SALES, BOB??? Funny, you don't hear much about Carl Bernstein any more???www.carladdisonswanson.com
GENERIC DRUG MAKERS = Karen Bartlett is legally blind and her face distorted because of a generic pain pill she took. She sued Mutual Pharmaceutical and won 21 million$ for "defective labeling and poor design" of the drug. The case is now on its way to the SUPREME COURT OF THE USA in a battle that involves GENERIC drugs which comprise 80% of the market. With the ROBERTS' COURT, whose betting poor Karen and the consumer will LOSE??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
BOB WOODWARD = The once great investigative reporter of the WASHINGTON POST with his reports on the WATERGATE SCANDAL has gone, like many journalists, to inventing the news instead of reporting it. Woodward was caught in a big lie about the White House " threatening him" when emails showed the contrary. HOW'S BOOK SALES, BOB??? Funny, you don't hear much about Carl Bernstein any more??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
AUTO INDUSTRY = After bad times, the average car, according to CNBC, is now $30,500. WTF!! Pursuant to the Car Affordability Study, most households can not afford a new car now! Only in Washington state, where the median household income is $86,680, is a new car feasible? With all the bells, whistles and computerized bullshit on a new car, who knows how to use all that crap anyhow? www.carladdisonswanson.com
TAX CODE = 19,000 pages of BULLSHIT. As follows: "Enter as a positive number the amount of any section 1202 exclusion you reported in column (g) of Form 8949, Part II, with Code Q in column (f) for which you excluded 50% of the gain, plus 2/3 of any section 1202 exclusion you reported . . . for which you excluded 60% of the gain." WTF!!! While 78 million file, 10 million do not. ANYONE FOR A NATIONAL SALES TAX??www.carladdisonswanson.com
HOSPITALS = "Washington Post" is out with a column where someone went through individual hospital bills and found outrageous billing. $45.00 for a gauze bandage, $19.00 for a Niacin pill and $110 for a bed pan that was never used. WTF? Hospital administrators are crying poor as do doctors these days. IT SEEMS LIKE everybody IS IN ON THIS SCAM BUT US???www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE PENTAGON = Of their 745 billion dollar budget, the Pentagon awards 150 billion dollars worth of NO-BID CONTRACTS to various suppliers. The COMMISSION OF WARTIME CONTRACTING finds that nearly 30 billion$ of such contracts have been wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan due to mismanagement or fraud. YOU WANNA KNOW WHERE TO CUT SPENDING???www.carladdisonswanson.com
FEMINISM = Great PBS documentary tonight entitled MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MADE AMERICA chronicles the plight of women in the past 50 years involving issues of job opportunity, equal pay, abortion, sexual harassment, rape, the ERA amendment, Women's Lib and Super-Mom. Terrific show. Most telling was Shirley Chisholm's comment: "I HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FAR MORE FOR BEING A WOMEN THAN BEING BLACK." OUCH!!!www.carladdisonswanson.com
STOCK MARKET = If you are keen on the biggest crap shoot going and doing some stock trading, I have noticed that over the last 9 months, when the DOW JONES average approaches 14,000, the MARKET TAKE A TUMBLE . . . usually back to about 13,200. It has happened four times in the past year. AND SO . . . buy SHORT or go to GOLD . . . Harmony Gold may be a winner????
OSCARS = Another boring night waiting for 5 or 6 ACADEMY AWARDS to be presented with a HOST who tells junior high locker room jokes and terribly moronic thank yous. COME ON!! Shorten it to two hours, get some good writers in there and bring back BILLY CRYSTAL. POOR excuse for the best of HOLLYWOOD???www.carladdisonswanson.com
JESSE OWENS = The youngest of 10 kids from Cleveland, he caught the eye of a junior high coach who "taught" him to run. On to Ohio State where he had to live off campus because the color of his skin. In the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he embarrassed HITLER with 4 gold medals, only to return home to segregation, alienation from the AAU, bankruptcy and eventually racing against horses for a living. HE DESERVED BETTER . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
GARETH THOMAS = The Welch rugby star was the first team player to openly announce his homosexuality. The opponents' crowds initially gave him hell but the opponent teams immediately squashed any backlash by fining any player who criticized THOMAS and threw out annoying spectators! GREAT!!! SO WHY did AMERICAN soccer player ROBBIE ROGERS have to quit playing (at age 25) just last week when he announced he was GAY??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
Whitney Young - Excellent biography on PBS tonight regarding the civil rights leader who helped integrate corporate America and the CEO of the NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE (which I proudly served as counsel). His belief was integration came from the ability to communicate with WHITES and unlike MLK, did not rely on rhetoric but jobs. He convinced NIXON to appropriate funds for the URBAN LEAGUE that doubled that of JFK/LBJ's administration. He died in 1971 at the early age of 49 before any such dreams were realized.www.carladdisonswanson.com
DOWNTON ABBEY - With great trepeidation, I began watching the PBS series and it is quite good!! I don't much like monarchies and power by blood but MY BP went SKYROCKETING reading the NY POST today whereby they blasted PBS for taking 450 million$ from the federal government. Considering that is about FIFTEEN (15) F-22'S fighter jets (which nobody wants to fly) and millions can enjoy ABBEY on "free" televison, where are their priorites?? WTF? www.carladdisonswanson.com
The Shark Tank = If you haven't watched the ABC Friday nite show, you have actually missed some good network television (oxymoron?). Tonight, three teenagers came up with an idea to minimize teenager car accidents by activating A CAR WHEEL when either driver's hand or both hands leave the steering wheel with an alarm. WHAT A GREAT IDEA. Considering 8 teenagers die a day from car fatalities, WTF is with the car manufacturers???www.carladdisonswanson.com
CLIFFHANGER - Wonderful piece on "Frontline" about the political events attempting to deal with the FISCAL CLIFF. In the summer of 2011, it appeared BONER had conceded to '44's wishes on revenue increases. But then the Senate came up with more and '44 upped the ante. BIDEN smoothed things over by delaying the crisis until after the election. With the '44 win, KANTOR/BONER changed their tune but the REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE could not agree. ONCE AGAIN, BIDEN MADE the deal with MCCONNELL to raise the limit to $400,000. Great story and KUDOS TO JOE BIDEN, who seems to be the legislative power behind '44. www.carladdisonswanson.com
Sports News = You know things are SHIT when you pick up the newspaper and the SPORTS HEADLINES ARE: "Gonzalez adamant he never used PED's," "Smith Accused of Bilking Creditors," "Arrests lead to suspensions of four Alabama players," DAMN!! The only saving grace was "Sheepdog Swagger has right fluff at Westminster." May be it is a good sign WE HAVE GONE TO THE DOGS? www.carladdisonswanson.com
SEQUESTRATION = 1.2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years was agreed to in January to avoid the FISCAL CLIFF. They are to begin March 1st. SEQUESTRATION is a fiscal policy stemming from the Gramm, et al Act of 1985 whereby automatic spending cuts occur when separate appropriation bills exceed the agreed upon limit. WTF??? The money is held by the Treasury instead of going to the various federal agencies for spending. Both parties playing politics WITH SPENDING CUTS that really no one wants?? Can anyone say BUDGET??????? www.carladdisonswanson.com
MEDICARE - The largest hurdle in this debt crisis argument is MEDICARE. MEDICAID is only a small part of the problem and many are confident SOCIAL SECURITY can be fixed quite easily. Not so much with MEDICARE. Jay Fishman, the CEO of TRAVELERS, chimes in that "managed care" will be the saving grace and to eliminate 50 billion$ of fraud would help. "Managed Care" dates back to Nixon with its networks and HMO's, etc. Many critics but need some solutions? My first call to my doctor upon getting Medicare on February 1st was "WE DON'T TAKE MEDICARE." WTF? www.carladdisonswanson.com
VIETNAM = Nick Turse has written a book "Kill Anything That Moves" based on National Archives' interviews with Vietnam VETS who speak freely on the atrocities of the horrors of that war and the military's attempt to minimize its exposure following My Lai. With the "controversy" over drones NOW, I am not sure I like a GS-16 CIA agent determining who gets HIT, but it sure beats the HELL OUT OF TROOPS ON THE GROUND. When will we learn???? www.carladdisonswanson.com
Dog Walking = Walking the dog is a right of passage in Port of West. It is almost a status symbol. Despite invisible fences that allow dogs to run wild in your yard, many march their varmits up to the various fields to walk their proud beast. They take their dog to the store, to the bus stop. They even pick up their poop with special bags which reminds me of the Jerry Seinfeld joke: "Imagine people on Mars looking down and seeing humans picking up after dogs. What would they think?"www.carladdisonswanson.com
Decapitation = Odd term which came across my radar twice last night. First, an article on Mariska Hargitay, the star of "Law of Order, SVI" is the daughter of JAYNE MANSFIELD, a sexual icon of the 60's who was decapitated by an 18 wheeler when Mariska was 3 years old. And mention of WALT DISNEY who had his head frozen upon his death? Now suppose they find a cure for Disney's brain cancer in 100 years, can they reattach his head to another body and he will be okay? Since baseball season starts in two weeks, I guess TED WILLIAMS could also be mentioned? His whole body may have been frozen though? Makes more sense that way?? Westport's frozen tundra affecting my brain cells? Those left?www.carladdisonswanson.com
Snow Storms = Remember when you looked forward to the snow coming? No school, snow ball fights, making snowpersons, sledding. Damn, remember sledding? Nobody sleds anymore. Freaking $2,000 skis for a 5 year old. NOW? Black Ice, hypothermia, roof rakes, wind chill factor, lame names for the storms, cabin fever. WTF? All the fun has gone out of being miserable!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
Like a Good Neighbor = Many may knock WESTPORT as being snooty but I gotta tell you, I have a neighbor who not only turns me on to good stocks AND good pot but also PLOWS MY DRIVEWAY!!! In return, I smoke his pot and watch his dogs. Quid pro quo. SINCE WHEN DO they name Winter Storms?? Seems rather lame to call a storm NEMO. Pass the doobie . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
Federal Spending = When you spend 3 trillion$ and take in only two trillion$ a year, you got problems. The military is taking cuts, big time, but we still spend $4.00 on our elderly for every $1.00 we spend on our youth. GANDHI once said a society is "judged on how they treat their aged" but this may be a tad out of proportion. As a BOOMER, I am obviously biased but maybe we ought to put some restrictions on MEDICARE so they don't have to have 39 kids in a classroom????www.carladdisonswanson.com
Gun Culture - Everybody says nothing can be done with these gun tragedies because we are a "gun culture." WTF?? We were a "smoking" culture too until medical evidence and super costs made many of us kick a nasty habit. A lot of us used to drink and drive until it M.A.D.D. helped changed the laws against DUI's in this country and now a many call a cab instead of risky the sanctions. And thus, we can change . . . stop the bullshit excuse of a gun culture being unchangeable.www.carladdisonswanson.com
Bill of Rights - With all the yapping about the possibility of losing our 2nd amendment rights, where was all the howling when we gave much of FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH amendment rights with the passage of the PATRIOT ACT under W and a Democratic Congress. Yeah, YOU NSA, stop reading my emails and FB posts. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
BORN TO BE BAD??? Abigail Tucker in "Smithsonian" magazine explores the issue of whether we are BORN to KNOW right from wrong? The Yale Infant Cognition Center, in New Haven, studies whether babies can actually make ethical judgments? Some of these studies suggest "that children's positive social inclinations are so deeply ingrained that it doesn't matter what parents say or do." WTF? A Harvard experiment showed small children helping others without any parental involvement whatsoever. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BAD BOY?www.carladdisonswanson.com
GOOD SPORTS WRITING - Phil Mushnick of the "New York Post" knows sports and can write. A rarity, unfortunately in today's internet maze. On BRENT MUSBURGER: "If he was guilty of anything it was being corny, the way Uncles at Thanksgiving dinner tease the teens . . . by saying 'You must have to have to beat the boys/back with a stick.'" On RAY LEWIS: "Perhaps Goodell was just using the moment (big hug) to give Lewis a pat-down . . . the blood soaked clothing Lewis was wearing at the double-stabbing at the 2000 Super Bowl has never been retrieved." ON MLB's Micheal Weiner: "I liked to ask Mr.Weiner why Sammy Sosa forgot how to speak English when in front of Congress." PRICELESS GOOD WRITING.www.carladdisonswanson.com
BARNEY FRANK FOR SENATOR?? WTF?? With John Kerry stepping down to certain confirmation as Secretary of State, the Governor of MA is empowered to replace Kerry with a temporary Senator until a special election can be had. BARNEY!!! Despite his incorrect vision with FREDDIE & FANNIE, Frank will cut military spending: "I understand why we have to have the largest Air Force in the world, what I don't understand is why the NAVY has to be the second largest air force in the world?" GIVE HIM HELL BARNEY!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
GIVING BLOOD - The Red Cross reports that 44,000 "donations" are needed every DAY in this country. 9.5 million donors gave last year but only 38% of the population is ELIGIBLE to give blood. WTF?? I have never given. I was in line in boot camp to give blood when a corpsman nearly took my right shoulder off with his shot gun. TYPE O is the most needed. I am A+ which may explain why I spent half my life in a classroom? WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! AIG - The REAL moron in the entire financial crisis who insured all the wild CREDIT DEFAULT swaps and got a super bailout, NOW wants REDEMPTION via their television advertisements to "trust us" and a proposed lawsuit against the federal government for "usury interest rates" (which they have now dropped). JUST how stupid do they think we are???? www.carladdisonswanson.com
ROAD TRIP!!! - The first transcontinental automobile trip was completed in 1903 in 63 days, 12 hours and 22 minutes from Frisco to NYC. HORATIO NELSON JACKSON, a retired Burlington doctor, made the trip with a mechanic and his dog, BUD. The trip became a RACE with a Packard and Oldsmobile tight on Jackson's Winton named "Vermonter". The good doctor did the trip on a $50.00 bet . . . which he never collected. NEED MORE OF THIS KIND OF INITIATIVE NOW!!! (when it isn't all about money) www.carladdisonswanson.com
JACK JOHNSON - The first real heavyweight champion of the world, crowned in 1910, Jack was one bad motherfu . . . SHUT YOUR MOUTH SHAFT!! Before Jackie, Wilt or Jim Brown, JACK JOHNSON led the fight for equal justice for Blacks VIA SPORTS. He did so by kicking the shit out of nearly every opponent and living the high life of fast cars, White women and good whiskey. Criticized by Booker T. Washington and chased by the FBI, Johnson lived his life "on my terms." WTF?www.carladdisonswanson.com
FISCAL CLIFF - Ceiling: WTF? We have a sluggish economy with an AGING POPULATION. Thus, declining revenue with huge HEALTH CARE COSTS. 73 million of US BOOMERS WILL retire in the next 5 years. DUH? You can blame BARRY, W, BUBBA OR BONER but the simple truth is: WE HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS GONNA HAPPEN FOR 40 YEARS!!! WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! INNOCENT BYSTANDER: BCS BOWL - After 34 College Bowl games, we were "entertained" to watch the 'Bama Tide crush Notre Dame. Embarrassing national championship game with "The Fighting Irish" barely able to tackle, let alone score. STOP THIS BULLSHIT. The only ones making any money off these Bowl games are the ADMINISTRATORS. Many schools have to buy seats for their band members and end up in the red while the CEO of the COTTON BOWL makes 465,000$. Give us a PLAYOFF SYSTEM. . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS - As far back as the BABYLONIANS and ROMANS, folks have been making goals for the coming year. As a 2007 study out of the UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL found, 88% of such RESOLUTIONS end in FAILURE!!! Men are more successful than Woman (22%-10%) in reaching their goals. UNFORTUNATELY, my resolutions have become a BUCKET LIST!!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
GOOD RIDDANCE DAY - On Friday, many flocked to TIMES SQUARE to trash their memories or symbols of a dismal 2012. CAN YOU DO THAT?? It reminded me of a day in 1990, when, in the glorious glamor of a corner office in a Houston highrise with a hefty salary, I mentioned to a colleague: "This job is boring as hell, I can't wait to leave for the day." He replied: "Hey, this is your life." And in two weeks, I was gone. Never looked back. The Philpotts gave me a plaque this Christmas that says: MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT!!! Yes! www.carladdisonswanson.com
DEBT - The FED reports the "burden of USA household debt tumbled in the 3rd quarter to ITS LOWEST IN 29 YEARS!!" Consumers have more to spend . . . like 586 billion$ for Christmas presents. ONLY 15.74% of our disposable income goes for auto and house lease payments. SO WE ARE GOOD? Ahhh . . our "confidence" level on the economy fell to a 65.1 reading according to Bloomberg news. SO ARE WE SAVING?? NAH, the FED is keeping low interest rates to discourage that. EVER SEE A DOG CHASE ITS OWN TAIL???www.carladdisonswanson.com
SNOW - As a blanket of 4" of snow hits Westport, I just finished shoveling our semi-long-steep driveway. Mindless work for which I am suited. Nobody shovels their own driveways anymore or mows their lawns. Growing up, we all did. "Find something constructive to do was the mantra in our house." And we did . . . very quickly or they found something for us to do. Mindless but productive work. Jammie will be able to get out tomorrow morning to walk the dogs at 5:00 a.m.www.carladdisonswanson.com
BLAME GAME - With '44 meeting with Boner, Nancy, Reid & McDam, the polls are popping up on whose to blame for this FISCAL CLIFF MESS?? 44% of those polled blamed the GOP, 36% blamed '44 and 15% blamed both. LOLO.
Considering our government has been deficit spending since Kennedy/Vietnam, WHY DON't we take a good look in the mirror. WE CONTINUE TO ELECT the same MORONS at a 96% reelection rate and MOST OF US are in debt up the ass ourselves!!! It starts with PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. www.carladdisonswanson.com
CLIMATE CHANGE - Tom Harris of International Climate Science Coalition, disputes ALL OUR BAD weather has no nothing to do with "humanity's carbon dioxide emissions causing a global CATASTROPHE." Harris believes this to be "a knee jerk response - - hopelessly naive." WTF? Harris argues the Doctrine of Certainty," Al Gore and UN Secretary Ban Kimoon prescribe to, "is not true." OKAY, I guess heat waves in CA, droughts in Texas and hurricanes in NJ are just mere coincidence? And guns don't kill 34 everyday either. CAN'T WE AGREE ON ANYTHING????www.carladdisonswanson.com
WINTER - The first real taste of winter hit CT today with sub-30's weather and some snow/slush. Used to get sick growing up here a lot. Probably had much to do with my mother puffing Pall Malls in my face? But 30 years in sunny Texas, has made the frozen temperatures crack my bones and hurt my teeth. The "experts" say there will be another 100 million Americans by 2050 and the major cities will be ATLANTA, DALLAS, HOUSTON AND DENVER. I wonder if that has anything to do with the weather???????????????www.carladdisonswanson.com
SCREWED GENERATION - I had Christmas dinner with a SCORE administrator. For those who don't know, SCORE are retired businessmen who help others with start-ups and running their businesses better? They are an outstanding group. But he told me many of the younger generation come in and requests grants. He looks at the their DEBT and most owe 50-75,000$ in student loans!!! His first question: HOW YOU GONNA GET A LOAN WITH THAT HANGING OVER YOUR HEAD??? Best advice I NEVER took: send your kids to community college and then after two years transfer to a prestigious university to minimize the COST!!!
WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND - Christmas gift returns. 36% of all gifts received today will be returned eventually. Retailers will take a 40 billion dollar hickey on returns and over 3.5 billion$ in fraudulent returns. Most retailers relax their RETURN EXCHANGE POLICY for the holidays. Santa was very good to me this year, a set of golf irons, but how many penis' rings does one man need??? BADA BING . . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
CHRISTMAS SALES - 'Tis the Season . . . to go for your wallet. The National Retail Federation estimates Christmas sales will be up 4.1% this year to $586.1 billion dollars. HOLY SHIT, BATMAN!! This is a substantial increase over 2011 and it is reported a record of 625,000 seasonal employees were hired. With the immortal words of one-time WEstporter Patti Hearst "Every day is Christmas in Westport," I wish you the best in finding what you wished for under your Christmas Tree. Ho, Ho, Ho. www.carladdisonswanson.com
CHRISTMAS PACKAGES - While I know the USPS is suffering and don't like to kick a lying dog (or put it on my car roof), I am amazed how the delivery services just leave the packages at your doorstep. I just received one from USPS marked "CARRIER- LEAVE IF NO RESPONSE." It sounds like it should be part of my living will instead of a delivery? ALREADY with my devious mind, I am thinking of a CRIME RING FOLLOWING ALL THE TRUCKS & picking up all their deliveries??? MERRY XMAS? Humbug!www.carladdisonswanson.com
CHRISTMAS EVE - With the polarizing anger about gun control stemming from the Newtown massacre, it is nice to be reminded, by the likes of David Jarvis and Jill Bossert, of certain Christmas traditions. In those cases, it was a visit to Rockefeller Center to see the huge tree. At the Swanson house, it was a Swedish dinner consisting of lobster newberg, swedish meatballs, kurv sausage and von limpa bread followed by peppermint ice cream. Then to Saugatuck Church for midnight services. To be honest, I never enjoyed it too much . . . until it was no longer.www.carladdisonswanson.com
WAYNE LaPIERRE - The executive VP of the NRA is a double decreed businessman who has been Executive VP and CEO of the NRA since 1991. He is 64 years old and lives in Roanoke, VA, earning over 1 million$ a year. He did not SERVE in the military and avoided VIETNAM via deferments. His retort on the SANDY HOOK killings was heard today and basically advocated armed guards in schools to prevent further shootings. He repudiates any "possible ban on any firearm" and suggests that video games, violent movies and "gun-free zones" are to BLAME FOR NEWTOWN. WTF????www.carladdisonswanson.com
MISSING YOUR DEVIL DOG? - Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest break company, is thinking about buying up the defunct/bankrupt Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Ho Hos. NO WAY, says CEO Greg Rayburn (who remains making $225,000 a month) who maintains it will be a violation of anti-trust laws. BIMBO OWNS Entenmann's, Sara Lee and Thomas's muffins, is based in MEXICO. ALITTLE HOT SAUCE with your Twinkie??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
FISCAL FOLLY FACEOFF - Columnist John Crudele thinks we have already fallen off the FISCAL CLIFF. "The truth is that we went over the cliff a long, long time ago. Right now, we are simply trying to retain some dignity when we hit the ground." '44 is asking for 1.3 trillion in revenue increases while Boner offers 1 trillion$. OVER TEN YEARS!! We owe 16 trillion ON THE DEFICIT and were 1.1 trillion in the red on 2012'S BUDGET. Dog and pony show while peeing in the wind!!www.carladdisonswanson.com
NRA - The National Rifle Association announced today that the cure to all the school shootings is to have an armed guard in every school!!! WTF!!! I taught for two years after the law and we had a County Constable in our Middle School with a gun. He was 5'4" tall, was close to 78 years old and could touch his nose with his tongue. The kids called him "BARNEY FIFE." With the schools going broke, maybe we can do away with ENGLISH CLASSES to hire BODYGUARDS????www.carladdisonswanson.com
ROBERT BORK - I met Bork at a Georgetown symposium in 1972 before he became Nixon's final hatchet man in firing Archibald Cox in the Watergate fiasco. He looked like an OWL with a BEARD but was incredibly smart and a great speaker. His nomination in 1987 for SCOTUS by Reagan began the return hatchet job by TEDDY and some southern DEMOCRATS. Unfortunately his legacy, for a true legal scholar, will be the term "BORKED" referring to the underpinnings of politics in the confirmation process. Sad. www.carladdisonswanson.com
SPORTS ANNOUNCERS - Rob Parker of ESPN is the latest of the moron-microphone-jockeys who can't keep his foot out of his mouth. Said RGIII was "not down with the cause. He's not one of us." Steve Lyons of Fox babbled about Mexicans stealing wallets, BLOWARD RUSH insisted the media "wanted a Black QB to do well," HOWARD COSELL and Billy Packer comparing a Black to a monkey, Terry Bradshaw saying a Black player was "chasing a bucket of chicken down the field" and the JIMMY THE GREEK stating that Blacks were dominant "because of the way they were bred during slavery." PUT YOUR TELEVISION ON 'MUTE' & ENJOY THE GAMES.www.carladdisonswanson.com
Latest news on the movie version of the book . . . filming to start April 23rd in Toronto. Script in final phase. Title is still to be decided. Hoping for the original but would settle for HUSH MCCORMICK??? Can you get better than "Fat People are Harder to Kidnap"????
HILLARY - The Republicans never give up. While Secretary of State Clinton contacted a stomach virus causing her to become dehydrated and faint at home suffering a concussion, she excused herself from testifying before Congress on Benghazi. Her under Secretary will testify instead. But the GOP insists that she making this all up as a cover-up for a ploy to avoid her role in blaming a video on the violent attack & death of Ambassador Stevens, one of Clinton's closest friends. With the FISCAL CLIFF LOOMING AND GUN CONTROL EXPLODING, FOCUS!!!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
GUNS - Mayor Bloomberg is one pissed off billionaire. He cites facts that are startling: 34 Americans ARE MURDERED each day by GUNS. 40% of all guns sales are via the internet or gun shows where they are not SUBJECT TO BACKGROUND CHECKS!! WTF!! If you own a gun for protection, your chances of killing a family member are 22 times GREATER than stopping an INTRUDER!!! 400,000 have been killed by guns since 1968. That is more than died in WWII. URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES to stop this insanity!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
SACRIFICE - Following 911, with the country united, President Bush had a 90% approval rating. Rather than ask us to sacrifice in favor of the WAR ON TERROR, he devised a color coded warning alert and told us to go shopping. In the wake of a terrible fiscal crisis and now a terrible tragedy in my home state of CT, it seems that no one is willing to SACRIFICE for the betterment of society? It is apparent in CONGRESS where neither party is willing to "GIVE UP' anything on the FISCAL CLIFF and judging from FB, no gun lover has come forward to align themselves with gun control or rarely admitting there is a problem??? HAVE WE BECOME THAT SELFISH????? carladdisonswanson.com
CHRISTMAS PARTIES & THE FISCAL CLIFF - I love meeting different people. Westport used to be full of unique and different characters. Tonight I met a former house painter who has figured out a way to make $450,000 in the stock market over the past year: only ten stocks and he buys cheap with a stop loss on each sale. NOW, he is getting out of the stock market, putting all his money in SILVER COINS and storing them in a safe deposit box. "I am going to make millions while everyone else goes broke." Okay . . . Merry merry.www.carladdisonswanson.com
WHY??? - As the debate continues on the Newtown massacre, actor MORGAN FREEMAN offers the following: "It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and we treat the BATMAN theater shooter and the OREGON MALL shooter like CELEBRITIES. Do you know the name of one victim at COLUMBINE or VIRGINIA TECH??" The following is a listing of the fallen victims to the tragedy at NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT: Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachael Davino, Oliva Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Graene, Dylan Hockely, Dawn Hocksprung, Madeline Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James mattioli, Grace McDowell, Anny Murphy, Emile Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Reskos, Aviaelle Richman, Laurn Russeau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison Wyatt. Let's not FORGET THIS TIME. www.carladdisonswanson.com
GUNS - I am sick of hearing about these shootings. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Gabby . . now CT. You can argue psychological testing, bad parenting, video games but it IS GUNS THAT KILL! Among the 300 million in Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia, they had 112 gun related deaths two years ago. In the similar population of the USA? 32,434. ARE we HOMICIDAL, or do you think it is the GUN CONTROL LAWS??? Time we started fixing these problems instead of JUST SENSATIONALIZING THEM!www.carladdisonswanson.com
CHRISTMAS CARDS - The days of my mother writing a long passage in cursive on cards to 150 friends are over. Many DO NOT send cards anymore. Many like PICTURE CARDS. I never can understand why they just put their KIDS IN THEM though? We want to see old much older you have gotten? Then there are CHRISTMAS LETTERS. At my age, these vary from news about the latest surgery or their grandchild getting the Nobel prize. They are usually boastful or sad. All are usually boring as hell. I tried my hand at a poem one year . . . never again.www.carladdisonswanson.com
FISCAL CLIFF - Columnist John Crudele thinks the fiscal cliff is like "watching professional wrestling. Eventually someone will win . . . and the other guy lose. In the end, however, it doesn't really matter because it's just a farce!" On the table is 2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over a 10 year period. That is 150 billion a year but the budget deficit is is more than 1 trillion. We have been in FREE FALL for a decade. BUT I WONDER if Americans can cutting back on their Christmas' list this year???? www.carladdisonswanson.com
100 YEARS OLD - According the most recent census, there are 53,364 Americans NOW living to the ripe old age of 100 years!! 80% of these centurions are WOMEN and live in either the MIDWEST OR NORTHEAST United States. And thus, we MEN are doomed. But, of course, with the stress of the workplace, WOMEN are having just as many heart attacks as MEN. Your best chances of living to 100???? Move to JAPAN. Highest ratio of old folks. ME? I am going at 90 as I cross the NYC Marathon finish line!!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
TALK SHOWS - Since the limited talent-billionaire OPRAH left to start her OWN network, former jury selector-psychologist DR. PHIL has taken over the top spot with 4.3 million viewers a day followed by limited talent KELLY - EX-GIANT MICHAEL in the next spot. Limited talent ELLEN, MAURY, DR. OZ AND KATIE follow the leaders indicating the DECLINE IN DAY TIME TELEVISION. The most watched show OVERSEAS??? Reruns of JERRY SPRINGER. No wonder they hate us??www.carladdisonswanson.com
FEMA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has an 80 billion dollar budget and was created by Jimmy "Impure Thoughts" CARTER IN 1978. With BIG ASS STORM SANDY still affecting many, I did some research: If the federal government deems your area a "disaster" and you don't have insurance, you are good to go for A CHECK! Tell that to my friends on FAIRFIELD BEACH where CHUBB is saying they will cover WIND BUT NOT WATER DAMAGE?? Why would you get insurance if the government is gonna bail you out?? FUBAR? carladdisonswanson.com
BOXING - Watched the Manny-Marquez fight last night with about 20 Philippinos. Surprised to see WILLARD THERE cheering for Marquez? I used to listen to the Patterson-Liston fights on my radio underneath my sheets to avoid banishment by my parents. The training on 24/7 HBO shows is fascinating to me, the wannabe ultramarathoner. BUT the shire VIOLENCE OF THE SPORT came full force to me last night when Manny took a right and WENT DOWN. I THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD? AND THE FANS went crazy . . . something strange about that??www.carladdisonswanson.com
STUDENT LOANS - Hear this, student loans have NOW SURPASSED credit card balances, home equity loans and car loans in the amount of debt= 1 trillion dollars according to the Federal Reserve (NY). HOLY SHIT, BATMAN! Plus, the delinquency rate of slow pay on student loans has beaten out (12%) credit card & mortgage late payments. MORE!! Your graduate is making 1.6% less than in 2000. AND TO THE FIRE . . . Wall Street is packaging these loans and selling them like . . . ahhhh . . . yep, sub-prime mortgages . . . WTF?? www.carladdisonswanson.com
WHINERS - Whiner extraordinary RALPH CHARELL, who wrote "How I Turn Ordinary Complaints into THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS," is back whining in NYC after leaving a rent controlled apartment to live with a Columbia Professor. The lady got so sick of Ralphie after a month, that she booted him from her apartment. Now Ralphie is suing her for his loss of his pad. I BELIEVE IT WAS PHIL GRAMM OF TEXAS WHO said "Americans have become a bunch of whiners." www.carladdisonswanson.com
ARMY - NAVY GAME - Used to be a big game growing up. Some of the best athletes (Roger Staubach, Glenn Davis, Joe Bellino, Pete Dawkins) played for the military academies. I liked watching Westporter JOHN BOLGER play for West Point too. But then the BIG JOCKS went to the BIG SCHOOLS. And I gotta tell you, after being in the NAVY, the white cover/bell bottom pants with those damn buttons take the glamor out of those stud looking MIDSHIPMAN. So the game isn't much anymore to me . . . I guess that is what OLD GUYS do: sit around and talk about ole times being better than the present? carladdisonswanson.com
CRONYISM - Bloomberg News reports that ANNA WINTOUR will be the next AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED KINGDOM. WTF??? The publisher of which the movie "THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA" was modeled after is a big fundraiser for the Democrats. Considering her reputation, maybe LIBYA would have been have a more fitting post???? TO THE WINNERS GOES THE SPOILS???? www.carladdisonswanson.com
VIAGRA - Every Boomer knows the wonders of the magic blue pills in bed but NOW THE NFL reports that some players are using it to "enhance their performance" on the playing field. WTF!!! Yep, the heart booster may make you run faster especially in higher altitudes. I wonder if this is helping PEYTON IN DENVER????? A few more BONERS on the field though???www.carladdisonswanson.com
MONEY - There is 1.15 trillion bucks printed with 1.11 in federal reserve notes. About 829 billion is in circulation, mostly OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. Which seems odd? A ONE DOLLAR BILL has a life span of just over 21 months and there are some 70 million bucks in counterfeit out there. Mostly here. SO, GENTLE BEN, why don't we just print some more and forget this FISCAL CLIFF nonsense? www.carladdisonswanson.com
LITIGIOUS SOCIETY - After 25 years in the legal profession, nothing surprises me. A Bronx man, a hefty 340 pounds at the time, SUED the CHEESECAKE FACTORY for damages after he fell down because "it was overcrowded." The suit was thrown out after the judge saw the man could hardly fit on their seats. The issue brings up the problem of too many lawyers. The law schools continue to graduate year after year, thousands of attorneys. While the AMA keeps a tight noose on the number of doctors, the ABA looks the other way. As a result, many inexperienced attorneys take on CASES just to MEET overhead.www.carladdisonswanson.com
GUNS-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - The recent murder-suicide by NFL player JOVAN BELCHER who killed his mistress and then himself is just another example of abuse of guns in this country. 1/3 of all women murdered here are by former or intimate partners of which 75% were killed by a hand gun and of all murders of women, 73% are killed by a hand gun. Babble all you want about 2nd amendment rights, but guns kill innocent people. And I WOULD THINK THE NRA would be a leading crusader in controlling the use of their precious guns?www.carladdisonswanson.com
FISCAL CLIFF - We owe 11 trillion to the Chinese/Japanese. 40 cents of every dollar we spend is borrowed. We can't seem to balance a budget. The Republicans want to reform entitlements. The Democrats want to tax the very rich. Harry Reid says no more cuts. GOPers are afraid of their pledge to Grover Norquist. The White House offers a "balanced effect" on taxing the richest 2% and gaining 1.6 trillion in revenue. Dividing the peas on your plate while the steak gets cold. FUBAR!!www.carladdisonswanson.com
TWINKIES: While 15,000 HOSTESS bakers have lost their jobs and the company is in bankruptcy, a judge awarded 1.8 million$ in bonuses to top level management! WTF!!! The CEO remains making $125,000 a month. The bakery, founded in 1930, is the nation's largest. IF not the UNION, where are CREDITORS contesting this bullshit??? I know it is in vogue to blame UNIONS but their decline has paralleled the stagnant pay of the working class in the past decade.
(1) WHY do we invest our money with a BROKE-R??
(2) WHY do we call the slowest traffic time of the day RUSH HOUR??
(3) WHY do we sterilize the needle before lethal injections???
(4) If the "Black Box" is indestructible on an airplane, WHY NOT MAKE THE WHOLE PLANE OUT OF IT????
(5) WHY do we call them APARTMENTS when they are all stuck together??
(6) WHY doesn't a psychic EVER win the LOTTERY???
(7) WHY do banks leave their vaults open but chain their pens to the table???
BASEBALL - The steroids kids are coming up for voting to the HALL OF FAME: Sosa, Bonds and Clemens. Reporters vote and only gave McGwire 24% on his first attempt. WHAT DO YOU THINK??? I am hardly a purist when it comes to sport. If someone told me I could use BETA BLOCKERS to make it on the Senior PGA Tour, I am there! BASEBALL encouraged home runs during the 80's when attendance was slumping and looked the other way. Like LANCE, it was part of the sport . . . and not illegal either. YES!!!www.carladdisonswanson.com
"WE" - Have you noticed lately how many individuals refer to their favorite sports team as "WE"??? WHO DO "WE" PLAY THIS WEEK?. Do we so closely assimilate with our teams that we actually think WE are part of the team? If Brady or Sanchez goes down, are they going to ask us to SUIT UP?? Does it raise our self-esteem when "WE" win??? Has the sport empire encompassed our daily lives to such a degree that WE feel much a part of team? www.carladdisonswanson.com
Cocaine - Crack Cocaine is basically the same as powder cocaine (per the experts). Yet, crack cocaine is used by Black Americans and powder by the Yuppie White Folks. So what is the comparison to punishment for said crimes, once caught? 18 TIMES MORE TIME for crack cocaine than power cocaine. AND WHO SAID THE WAR ON DRUGS ain't about the racial divide in this country??????? www.carladdisonswanson.com
HEART DISEASE: Fun news after you stuffed your face over Thanksgiving, the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION reports 780,000 die from heart disease each year in America, one out of six death are related to the BIG TICKER. COST? 173 billion bucks a year. The average heart beats 100,000 a day pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. NEW RULE: Walk 3 miles a day. For every mile, you live a minute longer . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
POST OFFICE - While the postal system is going broke with 5.5 billion$ owed on retiree healthcare costs and facing a 10 billion debt ceiling, NEWS from ELMIRA, NEW YORK. A POST CARD, mailed from Rockford, Illinois on July 4th, 1943 finally arrived in New York. 69 YEARS! No inference from that symbolic number but something is screwed up . . . Mail your Christmas cards early! www.carladdisonswanson.com
BLACK FRIDAY: The term for the shopping spree started in PHILADELPHIA IN 1961 in disgust over the heavy traffic following THANKSGIVING. In 2011, 226 million AMERICANS went shopping on BLACK FRIDAY SPENDING NEARLY 52.5 billion bucks. Our consumer driven economy is "banking" on a good day today . . . HAVE FUN! I have enough stuff . . . carladdisonswanson.com
BETS ON THANKSGIVING - The old football pool has become passe, so Aaron Todd has come up with some other bets: (1) When will the thermometer pop on the bird? (2) How many football games will you watch? (3) Total points of all games (4) Who will take the first nap? (5) Who will be first to bring up the election? (6) Who will be last to arrive? (7) Who will make a lousy joke about Peaches? (8) Who will make the first major announcement (engaged, pregnant)?, (9) Who will be the first to reach meltdown phase? (10) What time will the first bottle of wine be opened? carladdisonswanson.com
GLOSSOPHOBIA - Fear of public speaking. Jerry Seinfeld joked people would rather DIE instead of speak in front of an audience. I skipped my senior year 3rd semester English class (Honors - Chalk) at Staples for fear of giving an oral report. Law school was hard as well but since I went two years (of 4) at night on the GI Bill, & I could have a couple of stiff drinks before reciting dull law cases. It wasn't until graduate school (in my 40's) that I found I could read easily with others listening. AND NOW, I VOLUNTEER FOR EULOGIES . . . horrible fear to overcome. carladdisonswanson.com
BOOMERS!!! Attended a concert with the "HITMEN" in Bridgeport on Friday nite. 3 Members of the FOUR SEASONS. All BOOMERS' audience: WHITE, many VETS (they had us stand), nostalgic knowing all the words and above all, mostly FAT!!! No offense, but we are gonna BANKRUPT MEDICARE if we don't shed a few pounds. At least 90% of the audience was morbidly obese. 73 million BOOMERS going on Medicare soon . . . OUCH!! carladdisonswanson.com
Benghazi - MANY QUESTIONS remain after Peaches testifying the CIA did classify it as an Al Qaeda attack. Ambassador Sanders traveled from the EMBASSY in Tripoli with 3 CIA/4 Libya militia guards to Benghazi where they stayed in a hotel until a car bomb ushered their retreat in an "Alamo-like" compound which was eventually attacked on 9/11 resulting in their deaths. IT APPEARS the CIA told Congress/White House to keep the nature of the terrorists secret because they didn't want Al Qaeda to know they knew they were there??? WTF?? WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE tell Sanders to get his ass back to TRIPOLI after the car bomb went off???? carladdisonswanson.com
JUNKIES - Americans consume 80% of the pain killers manufactured worldwide. This is a 600% jump over ten years ago and one American DIES every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose. Prescription drugs are far more popular than cocaine, heroin or even pot. Sort of makes 3 STAPLES' kids getting booted from school FOR A YEAR for bringing pot brownies TO CLASS seem pretty MIS-FOCUSED???? carladdisonswanson.com
OVERKILL - There are three criminal offenses mentioned in the Constitution: PIRACY, COUNTERFEITING & TREASON. Presently, there are 4,500 federal criminal statutes on the books. And CRIMINAL INTENT has been bypassed by the courts i.e. ignorance is NO EXCUSE. Considering that we spend approximately $25,430 per federal prison inmate a year and on average, spend $8,000 on an American elementary school student, YOU THINK, JUST MAYBE, WE GOT OUR PRIORITIES SCREWED UP??? carladdisonswanson.com
STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES?? I believe the polls indicate the approval rating of CONGRESS IS around 7%. Yet, during the recent election, the HOUSE STAYED MUCH THE SAME!! 40 incumbents retired and 13 were defeated in primaries. More voters chose Democrats over Republicans by 51% but due to gerry-mandering, the GOP held the HOUSE. In fact, the Republicans picked up 15 seats while the Democrats only 10. THE QUESTION REMAINS: IF we complain on how badly they are doing, WHY DON'T WE VOTE THEM OUT??? carladdisonswanson.com
TRUTH DESTABILIZATION - Frank Rich of the "New Yorker" explores the act of LYING by our leaders and media. Rich believes it started with Bush '43 when he convinced Americans that the 911 terrorists were Iraqis and Sadam had WMD. He calls it "intellectual nihilism" where false stories are promulgated by a failing media, who often outsource their fact checks to a 3rd party because of failing revenue and less "boots on the ground." While we are inundated by information, we tend to believe what we are told by those we like. SO, HAS IT COME DOWN TO WHO LIES THE BEST???? carladdisonswanson.com
ASSISTED SUICIDE: FRONTLINE wanders into the increasing raise of the elderly committing suicide to end their suffering. In only two states. Oregon and Washington, is it legal to have a medical doctor assist in your preferred death. In others, the Hemloch Society, Compassion & Choices and Final Exit Network offer viable alternatives. The latter advocates using inhaled helium to end it all and in two test cases, in AZ & GA, volunteers were found NOT GUILTY in cases where authorities decided to prosecute. With all the attention on the fetus, DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DIE??? carladdionswanson.com
INEQUALITY - PBS takes us for a ride down PARK AVENUE in New York, passed 740 Park where more billionaires live TO across the river to the poorest Congressional constituency in America. Today, 400 Billionaire families have more wealth than 150 million citizens. The Corporate rich started to organize in the 70's in a reaction to the Ralph Naders. From 200 million dollars spent in lobbying in the 80's, they now spend 2 billion influencing our politicians. The "carried interest loophole" allows them to pay less taxes than their secretaries and they fund organizations like the Tea Party to fight their political wars. With the sperm lottery ever so present, is the AMERICAN DREAM DEAD???? carladdisonswanson.com
REPUBLICANS- I am the grandson of a Republican Senator and son of two Republicans. I believe in many of the Grand Ole Partys' principles but I think they have lost their way on social issues. The election confirmed that belief. But I am not sure what is worse: the GOP when they thought they were gonna win OR now that they got their ass kicked???? Some Cracker from Colorado on FB wanted me to call him last night so he could tell me I was full of shit. SHUT UP!! myf@#firstname.lastname@example.org
Vietnam, late 1968. Flew 87 missions in this plane. Four months after this picture was taken, a similar EC-121 was shot down over North Korea and in March of 1970, this exact plane crashed landed into a F-4 on the DaNang runway. 30 killed. Bad memories with VETS DAY next week. myf@#email@example.com
" SURVIVOR": The long running show booted JEFF KENT, a former baseball player tonight after the female star of "FACTS OF LIFE" outwitted him. Kent upon his rejection: "I made 60 million dollars playing baseball, why would I need another million bucks from "Survivor" that Obama will take one third of anyway?" Tells you about our value system with a second rate baseball player makes that much and hate to tell you Jeff, IRS would have taken 1/2 of any winnings. PUTZ. MYF@#KINGLIFE @carladdisonswanson.com
SANDY AFTERMATH: Colonial Drug IN WESTPORT reports that the SALE OF VIAGRA quadrupled (4X) during the power outage last week. I guess we should expect a lot of little "SANDIES" IN 9 MONTHS. My f@#king life . . . . @carladdisonswanson.com
VICTORY!! Both candidates spent too much money and didn't even broach some serious issues but the winners tonight are WOMEN and LATINOS along with '44. Great organization and a ground game that turned out a record crowd in favor of a very savy politician in OBAMA. To the losers: We still love you but if you want to run on abortion, gay marriage and other dated social issues, you will lose again. AMERICA HAS A NEW COLOR and it ain't all WHITE/GREEN IN A TIE. carladdisonswanson.com
MEDICARE - Today marks 90 days before I turn 65 years old. And thus I was told I should apply for medicare. I am night owl so I waited until 3 or so to go the website. CLOSED!! So I have raging dreams about attempting to apply on complicated I-PODS and the such ALL NIGHT. I wake early to complete the application in less than 5 minutes. My f@#king life@ carladdisonswanson.com
WHO VOTES? The Brookings Institution is out with an interesting study of actually WHO VOTES? WHITES comprise 63% of the population but vote at a 71 percentage. While Latinos are a growing minority, they still are only 16% of the total population, many are ineligible to vote and only 11% actually vote. ASIANS (14%) & BLACK (12%) vote in a high percentage. Thus, THE % of ELIGIBILITY and TURNOUT will determine the 2012 election. carladdisonswanson.com
POLLS - Interesting poll out of Bill Maher: If you were born prior to 1946, you favor WILLARD, born 1946-1964 (BOOMERS!!), the election is nearly dead even as it is with 1964-1979 birthers, BUT if you were born after 1979, highly favorable to OBAMA. AND SO, if you are young, PLEASE VOTE. IF YOU are OLD, stay home and keep watching FOX. carladdisonswanson.com
BLACK KNIGHT V. WHITE KNIGHT - Wonderful "FRONTLINE" analysis tonight on both candidates. OBAMA never seemingly fitting in with his heritage and foregoing big bucks out of Harvard Law to change the inner community of Chicago while WILLARD became a Mormon bishop to counsel individuals and attempting to change the economic culture of this country. Interesting candidates regardless of your politics. carladdisonswanson.com
After watching President Obama and Governor Christie nearly making out in mutual gratitude on national television, HURRICANE SANDY (despite its death and damage toll) had to help the '44 campaign. I find it somewhat ironic that the President's FEMA head is no other than JEB BUSH'S former hurricane expert from FLORIDA. Beats the hell out of an ARABIA HORSE expert that organized the aftershit of KATRINA. carladdisonswanson.com
HOUSE - All 432 seats of the House of Representatives are up for reelection. A "NEW YORK TIMES" study shows currently that the GOP holds 241 seats while the DEMOCRATS hold 191. The study shows only 24 seats are really up for graps as a 228-183 GOP majority seems secure with contested battles in AZ (2), CA (3), FL(2), NY (3) and Ohio (2) with one seat in 12 other states. The HOUSE seems it will remain REPUBLICAN . . .www.carladdisonswanson.com
SENATE - As prescribed by the Constitution, 1/3 of all Senate seats are up for reelection (or 33 seats). Currently, DEMOCRATS hold 21, INDEPENDENTS 2 and the GOP 10 seats. Of those running, 22 are incumbents and only 14 are women. If the "96% RULE" on incumbents earning reelection holds true, the Senate should remain Democratic??? www.carladdisonswanson.com
VOTER TURNOUT - In 1980, there were 164,597,000 eligible voters in the USA. 52.6% actually voted. This % turnout has stayed much the same in the last 20 years with a low of 49% in 1996 and high of 57.37% of 231,229,580 eligible voters in 2008. Add 12 million new Latino VOTERS THIS YEAR and perhaps (?) a huge turnout . . . carladdisonswanson.com
WALL STREET - MSNBC is running ads by their bobbleheads urging viewers to "KEEP PARTISAN POLITICS OUT OF WALL STREET." After the GOP gives them TARP (800 billion$) and they fail to modify many mortgages and the DEMOCRATS PASS Dodd-Frank (while missing deadlines and enforcing about 1/3 of its provisions), they want to keep politics out of the equation??? WTF!!! KEEP WALL STREET OUT OF POLITICS!!! carladdisonswanson.com
ELECTORAL COLLEGE - Professor Curtis Gans argues that the ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS GOOD! WTF? He argues that a mere popular vote election might (1) elect a minority President; (2) glut of TV ads nationally; (3) "withering of any grassroots" efforts; (4) the muck of a national recount; and (5) undermining federalism/pluralism (wtf?). ME and NE have adopted a system where the percentage of electoral votes follows the percentage earned by the candidate. GOTTA BE A BETTER WAY?? carladdisonswanson.com
WORLD SERIES - After an exhausting examination of WORLD SERIES history over the past 40 years, WHEN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE wins, a DEMOCRAT IS ELECTED PRESIDENT!! In all series, with the exception of 1980, 1988 (when THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WON BUT so did REAGAN) and 1996 (when Bubba won and the Yankees did as well), if the GIANTS PREVAIL, SO DOES OBAMA. Despite the irony of the auto bailout, GO GIANTS!!!
Foreign Countries - WILLARD stated last night that he wanted to improve "relations abroad." Well, he better check the latest poll that SHOWS OF 21 FOREIGN COUNTRIES . . . . ONLY ONE favors MITT ROMENY FOR PRESIDENT. And that country? PAKISTAN! '44 leads overwelmingly in Europe. carladdisonswanson.com
GROUND GAME - With the drama of the debates behind us and attention to the SuperPac big bucks on TV Ads old news, the GROUND GAME is the deciding factor in close elections: OBAMA HAS 755 to ROMNEY'S 283 FIELD OFFICES: OHIO - 122- 40, FLORIDA - 102-48, VA - 47-29, IOWA - 66 TO 13, COLORADO - 61 TO 14, WISCONSIN 68 TO 24. Volunteers knocking on doors, working the phone banks and placing neighborhood banners, DOES MATTER!! carladdisonswanson.com
Dumbing Down Debates - The Princeton Review, in a dated article and after an analysis of the transcripts, found that candidates tend to "talk down" to their audience during the debates. They found W & Gore spoke at a 6th grade level in 2000, Kennedy-Nixon at a 10th grade level and Lincoln-Douglas (1858) at a 12th grade level. Maybe we will get a 4th grade GLOBE for illustration tonight???? carladdisonswanson.com
POLLS - Recent political polls show WILLARD with a 7% lead nationally but losing in the "swing states" to the PRESIDENT. WTF!!! Reminds of Erma Bombeck's statement: "I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex!" carladdisonswanson.com
6 YEAR OLD - As the Denzel Washington character in "Philadephia" asked "Explain it to me like I'm a 6 year old": The Democrats believe in deficit spending to curb woes, peace not war, regulated financial institutions while maintaining individual rights. The GOP does not believe in evolution, abortion, global warming but does believe in tax cuts for the rich, spending cuts, job creation through ????? and increased military spending. Maybe we should allow 6 year olds to vote??
Women - While women comprise 51% of the population and 10 million more women voted in 2008 than men, it is no wonder that many predict the election will be decided by the female gender. Both WILLARD and THE PRESIDENT seem happily married. Both wives are well educated and seem happy in their role. PERHAPS IT IS generation thing but the PRESIDENT seems much more respectful of women and their rights than WILLARD?? The latter's failure to support the LILLY LEDBETTER LAW is an example. carladdisonswanson.com
LIKEABILITY - Even ole W was a likeable guy. "Kind of guy you would want to have a beer with." Willard seems a little stiff but pretty good hubby/father. Not much fun. '44 has that swagger but is suppose to be much the listener rather than engaging conversation? Since Mormons don't drink (nor do I), I think I would prefer to hang with '44 getting stoned vice going out on Willard's boat? carladdisonswanson.com
3rd PARTIES - FBF Leslie Bastian messages that Rosanne Barr is on the CA ballot for President under the "Peace & Freedom Party" label. A LIBERTARIAN (Gary Johnson), GREEN (Jill Stein) and CONSTITUTION (Virgil Goode) parties are also representated in many states. 3rd Parties haven't done real well in history though: Fillmore gained 21.5% in 1860, Teddy Roosevelt 27.5% in 1912 and H. Ross Perot 18.9% in 1992. Most are mere distractions. Could use one now? carladdisonswanson.com
WAR - My daily walk encountered a Marine father who said to me: "WHEN Mitt is elected, we will get into Syria and Iran to straighten things out." WTF!!! If this chickenhawk mentality is at the core of the Republican Party, it scares the hell out of me. With 70% against the war in Afghanistan and our military spread thin as is, '44 should call their BLUFF. WAR!! What is it good for?? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! carladdisonswanson.com
Body Language - Willard is in good shape for a Boomer but he walks like Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man" during the debates. '44 is tall and lanky with that laid back look. Huge feet and some ample ears (you know what they say about big ears, ladies?), he sort of slides around the stage. Mano de Mano??? '44 has a mean left hook, no contest. carladdisonswanson.com
HELLO, MR. PRESIDENT: WELCOME back and Governor Willard, I hope ass kicking is covered by Romneycare. The key to me was when Willard would not leave the Libya incident alone despite the President's insistence that he took full responsiblity and "found it offensive" to make political capital out of the tragedy. Both the moderator and '44 shut him up. Sign of a desperate GOP candidate!! carladdisonswanson.com
Events - ARGO is the true story how the CIA got 6 Americans out of Iran following the collapse of the embassy there in 1980. It is nail biting story of some very unusual men and women. Won't ruin the entire plot but in an election year, President Carter could not talk about the rescue. He didn't. So maybe we just don't know everything about the attack in Libya???? carladdisonswanson.com
Electoral College - Created by Article II of the Constitution and amended via the 12th Amendment, it currently takes 270 electoral votes (out of 538 possible) to be elected. It is possible to only win the electoral votes of ONLY 12 states and win the election AND losing the popular VOTE. NEVER HAPPEN??? In 1876, 1888 and 2000, the President was elected without the greater number of votes. WTF!!! Gotta be a better way? carladdisonswanson.com
ELECTORATE - We all know here on FB that we are informed votes but how about this survey? 38% of Ohioians THINK that Obama was responsible for bin Laden's demise, 46% don't know and 14% think Romney took him out. WTF!!! Maybe we ought to have a quiz before you vote to see if you know who is running???? carladdisonswanson.com
BUREAUCRACY - There are over 2.5 million full-time federal employees along with another 250,000+ part-time workers representating about 1,300 federal agencies. It is an age old machine that drives our country in many facets of our daily life. Every President who has said they will make it smaller has failed. It is unlike any corporation for each agency has its own pecking order and policy. PERHAPS that is why we have had only TWO PRESIDENTS in the last TEN to fail at reelection?? EXPERIENCE in the office is important. carladdisonswanson.com
Governors - Some say Governors make the best President because of their management experience? LATELY, CARTER, REAGAN, CLINTON AND BUSH '43 have all been former Governors. Carter inherited the Vietnam-inflation recession, Reagan, the same and Clinton, the S&L debacle. Only Bush '43 was given a good economy and then he faced the 911 tragedy. Only ONE was not reelected but ALL SUFFERED INITIALLY from Washingtonian politics. IS WILLARD READY??? carladdisonswanson.com
PENALTY FOR BEING WRONG!! '44 SAID he was going to close down Gitmo and clean up Wall Street. WILLARD said it was too expensive to go after bin Laden and didn't approve of the auto industry bailout. NEW RULE: If you are WRONG about something or LIE about facts, you automatically lose one electoral vote in the election per goof. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
Baseball: '44 loves the White Sox and they are out. I sort of wish he liked the Cubs which shows greater loyalty for the little guy. Now, Willard has homes in MA, Boston, Utah, New Hampshire, La Jolla and originally Detroit. So he could back the A's, Giants, or even the Tigers. He has never been to Washington so the Nationals are out. Knowing Willard, he will probably be wearing a Yankee hat soon, perhaps backwards. BoSox Nation will love him for that!!! carladdisonswanson.com
FLIP FLOPPING - Every President in my lifetime has lied and exaggerated his merits but I have never seen a Presidential candidate flip flop on issues such as WILLARD MITT ROMNEY. His budget, his health care and now his stance on ABORTION. This may be clever politics in the long run but isn't this an assault on the intelligence on the VOTER OF AMERICA?? Aren't we entitled to true policies and specifics on what a candidate stands for?? INSULTING to say the least. carladdisonswanson.com,
ABORTION - '44 HAS always been pro choice AS was Governor Romney. But as a Presidential candidate, WILLARD has said that he will appoint "Justices to the Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade". NOW, HE HAS SAID he "will not oppose any state law that favors women's choice in matters of abortion." WTF!!! FLIP-FLOP KING! CAN YOU BELIEVE ANYTHING HE SAYS???????
IKE - Princeton professor Evan Thomas out with a new book on Eisenhower who he determines to be a "great President, far better than Reagan." Characteristics: "75% cold blooded, 25% warmth" per his son. Even Tricky Dick said "Ike was more devious than anyone could believe." He played dumb a lot. IMAGINE THAT NOW??? Undermined by the CIA with the U-2 incident, credibility came to issue first with Eisenhower's presidency. 65% APPROVAL RATING. carladdisonswanson.com
Political Parties - Joan Walsh has written an interesting book "What's the Matter with White People?" regarding the GOP base of working and middle class WHITES who seem to think the Democrats only care for miniorities?? This reasoning results from the CIVIL RIGHTS movement of the 60's/70's. And the Democrats have tried to dispel this notion by moving toward Corporate America and Wall Street. Meanwhile the middle class that was really created by government is disap
WAR!! While nearly half of the dead in Afghanistan have occurred on '44's watch and Hillary is leaving, Willard seems ready and willing to go into IRAN and/or SYRIA. His inexperience in foreign affairs and "fact finding" trip are worrisome in time of total chaos in the Middle East. Considering that we import most of our oil from Mexico/Canada, WTF are we doing over there anyhow??? carladdisonswanson.com
JOBS: The unemployment report of yesterday was some good news for Americans. Such reports have been independently fostered the same way over the past 40 years. So why does IT BECOME A PARTISAN POLITICAL ARGUMENT???? I thought these politicians cared about what was good for US and NOT THEM????? carladdisonswanson.com
WOMEN IN POLITICS: While women comprise 51% of the population, they are 16% in the HOUSE & SENATE. LINDA MCMAHON, CEO of World Wrestling Federation spent 50 million$$ to lose to SENATOR BLUMENTHAL in 2010 in Connecticut and she is back running again. Registered Democrat Dr. Dorothy Neville, whose bro works for Barney Frank, is gonna vote for her because "we need more women in Congress." AMEN DOC. WHERE WERE YOU IN '08 WITH HILLARY??? carladdisonswanson.com
TRUTH: An oxymoron in politics but candidates stretched the real truth in DEBATE #!. ROMNEY: The board set up by Obamacare does not "decide what kind of treatment you ought to have." Instead its sole purpoe is cost saving measures for Medicare. OBAMA: Wants to close "loopholes giving incentives for shipping jobs overseas." No such thing but corporations save tax money by basing operations on foreign soil. IF YOU AIN't GOT RIGHT, HOW ARE WE??? carladdisonswanson.com
REBUTTALS: The nice thing about the debates are that most forget who won but remember certain sound bites. The constant banter now is "Romney wants to fire Big Bird?" '44 goes on the attack mode NOW on the "5 TRILLION DOLLAR MAN" rhetoric and Romney says he was "WRONG" on his 47% comment but now represents 100% of US. One couldn't write a worst script for a "B" movie . . . playing in theaters in January. carladdisonswanson.com
DEBATE #1: A different Romney showed up: eager, quick and non-flustered. I am not sure how you cut taxes and cut the deficit too but '44 did not hammer him on his inconsistencies. Bain, Women's health issues and the auto industry was not mentioned by '44. Neither candidate put the issues in a perspective of how, why and when. Obama spoke for 5 more minutes than Willard but not on his "A" game. 4 years of no debates might be a factor?? carladdisonswasnson.com
DEBATES OVER HISTORY: The posted Gallup Report below indicates the debates have little impact on the outcome of elections but when AN INCUMBENT PRESIDENT is debating, as seen in 1984, 1996, & 2004, the challenger often has the upper hand. Mondale clearly beat Reagan in '84, Clinton barely survived Dole's rath in '96 and Kerry outwitted a disinterested Bush '43 in 2004. All were beaten in the general elections. carladdisonswanson.com
DEBATE FALLOUT: Willard was good but tell me how he is going to cut taxes (20% across the board) and cut spending (anything that is not productive) and deal with the deficit while creating jobs??? From Carter to Reagan to Clinton, all Governors think they can waltz into Washington and change everything over night. All have had serious problems initially. carladdisonswanson.com
BAKE-OFF: Michelle Obama has won the "Family Circle's Presidential Cookie Bake-Off" over Ann Romney by a margin of 51.5% to 48.5% on her delicious "Mama Kaye" recipe which includes white, milk and chocolate chips. FORGET THE DEBATES, let's eat some SUGAR!!! The contest has determined five of the last six First Ladies. carladdisonswanson.com
DEBATES: The first real presidential debtate was in 1858 between Lincoln and Douglas but while the GOP had primary debates on the radio in 1948/1956, it was not until 1960 when Kennedy-Nixon had four debates did the tradition begin. Nixon refused debates in '68 & '72 but since 1976, presidential debates and VP debates have been conducted. Since 1980, a memorandum of understanding between the two candidates has set down the rules. Let the games begin!!! carladdisonswanson.com
Politics - Conservative columnist Rich Lowry believes Bubba Clinton's speech at the Democratic Convention was a turning point in the campaign. "Clint Eastwood's rambling . . . 10 minute routine was no match for Clinton's 50 minute rambling speech detailing why Romney's plan is wrong for the country." And Lowry believes Romney has what Lincoln described General McClellan "a case of the slows." Slow to plead his case and "running out of time." carladdisonswanson.com
Military Service. While '44 did not serve, I find it offensive that the GOP is using a photo of MITT lying on a beach with a carved out heart of "I LOVE ANN" taken when he was in the south of FRANCE on missionary work while 2.1 million Americans fought in Vietnam, 300,000 wounded and 58,000 died. And Mitt will NOT now talk about Afghanistan and did not mention VETS during his Convention speech. THE DISCONNECT is pathetic. carladdisonswanson.com
Organization: IOWA polls opened today and this state swing state is important to the election. So WILLARD HAS 12 district headquarters to 63 for OBAMA. Willard lost the IOWA primary race to SANTORUM because he was late in organizing his drive. AND THIS GUY IS A SUPER MANAGER???? carladdisonswanson.com
HEALTH CARE: '44 passed historic legislation that was enigmatic in drafting but a good baby step toward making health care available to the 45 million uninsured in this country. Willard championed the same type of plan in Massachusetts. BUT NOW, Willard says on "60 Minutes" that the uninsured really have insurance anyhow because "we pick them up in an ambulance and take them to the emergency room." LORDY BE, this man is a flip-flopping MORON. carladdisonswanson.com
DIRTY POLITICS: CNN reports that Willard continues to argue and advertise that '44 is soft on welfare receipients withdrawing the mandate that they work to receive some form of stipend. BULLSHIT says Factcheck.com. Instead the administration has left it to the STATES to set standards for work requirements. Isn't that a GOP principle??? Boss Rove is danging the strings of his PUPPET and losing in Ohio.
2012 CAMPAIGN CLUSTERF@#K: EDUCATION. '44 instituted "Racing to the Top" after "No Child Left Behind" didn't work. I have no idea what either entails. I do know the dropout rate and literacy rate among our high school kids is deplorable. '44 has asked for a longer school year and more emphasis on community colleges. Willard has said that "education is, of course, key to our being competitive in the world." I do believe there is a large movement to privatize education in this country by the Conservative Right. I thought '43's voucher system was a good idea? A FOCUS on this issue might be beneficial. carladdisonswanson.com
A documentary reveals the two brothers own the 2nd largest privately owned corporation in America. Their Daddy got rich finding oil for the Russians in the 30's and brought his knowledge home to the USA. But the Kochs are into everything: school re-segregation in North Carolina, voter suppression in many states, backing Scott Walker in his attempt to cancel out collective bargaining in Wisconsin and even contributing to 150 universities to mandate what professors are hired. Not to mention the 400 million they are spending in the 2012 election.
THE POOR: In 2010, there were 15% of us who were poor, highest rate since 1993. '44 made his mark in Chicago helping the poor before law school but the economy has derailed his campaign to help. Of the 4 billion promised, only about 230 million has been directed to programs. Willard has no program for the poor and rarely mentions them . . . unless joking about Latinos. 47 million are on FOOD STAMPS . . . and folks complain? carladdisonswanson.com
IMMIGRATION: '44 did a good thing with executive ordering a revised Dream Act. Bravo. Willard seems to be in favor of building the Great Wall around the country. Yet, still, no one has addressed the issue of the 12 million ILLEGALS in this country. A Reagan AMNESTY or round 'em up and get a big bus? It has been said the Democrats want the votes and GOP wants the cheap labor? But considering ILLEGALS don't vote and there ain't no jobs, time to set something in motion? carladdisonswanson.com
The Military: '44 got us partially out of Iraq and has a timetable for Afghanistan, even though 1/2 those killed have been on his watch. Got rid of the gay issue among the troops too. Willard seems to be a chickenhawk. Puffed up chest, ready to go to WAR. Plus no mention of our troops in his convention speech and the VETS job bill shot down by the GOP. No BRAINER HERE. There are automatic cutbacks which will hurt but need to cut the military budget. carladdisonswanson.com
Personally, I have nothing against Willard Romney. Some of my best friends wear garments and have 350 million dollars. I do question his course of action in condemning 47% of our populus who do not pay any taxes. Does this mean he wants them to start paying taxes by raising taxes??? It seems that would be counter intuitive to GOP policy. Meanwhile, '44 is playing it cool on Letterman but I would like to hear specifics on what he is going to do in the next four years. Mitt may be sinking his own ship but Good Ship America needs some strong direction. www.carladdisonswanson.com
Mormon Mitt is clean, sober and dull while '44 tried a bunch of drugs growing up. So how do they feel on the issue of drugs??? "There is no more WAR ON DRUGS, says the Obama Administration. But there still is and is often called "stop and frisk." The drug policy has created a massive prison establishment as well as beating down on the minorities in this country. Further, the federales are busting LEGAL head shops in California. Let's hear what these candidates have to say about some LEGALIZATION!! www.carladdisonswanson.com
Willard will release his 2011 tax returns today showing 13.4 million income @14% tax rate. The average American pays about 22% with deductions. I am sure Willard is trying to DO some damage control and it is a good move. But it will hardly satisfy the "RETURNERS" as the "BIRTHERS still are not satisfied on '44's birth certificate. AREN'T WE SUPPOSE TO BE hearing about the cures to the economy???? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! DAILY - FINALE- WTF!? The "WTF DAILY" celebrates its one year anniversary by leaving FACEBOOK. "The intellectual property rights relating to the concept including the cartoon" have been SOLD to KING FEATURES under the control of local artist Adam Knoll." WTF!! Past posts (sans most comics) can be found at carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!? MONEY WTF? Money is good, not evil. But as Mama Gump used to say: "Earn what you need and rest is just showing off." WTF! But when MONEY runs our political system, wars, health and prison system, THAT AIN'T GOOD. MITT swears that he will never take "GOD's" name off our money BUT isn't really MITT's GOD in the Cayman Islands? Michelle Obama, at the convention, told us that '44's definition of SUCCESS is changing people's lives. GEE, maybe there is a difference in the candidates??? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? CAMPAIGN 2012 WTF? Conservative columnist DAVID BROOKS believes MITT THE SHIT's convention speech was absent of any foreign policy because "no more than 20 people saw the speech before it was delivered." WTF? Is this the great MANAGER of people who will lead us out of the depression?? WTF? Brooks also believes '44 is running "on ideas he had in the Senate in '06." WTF? This liberal tends to agree . . . let's start TALKING TURKEY! WTF! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!? DAILY: PENIS-ENLARGEMENT DEATH WTF?? Justin Street, New Jersey father of two went to get his organ enlarged by getting a shot of silicone OUCH!!!
Kasia Riveria, 35, a non-registered doctor or nurse completed the procedure and poor Justin died the next morning. WTF!! Riveria pleaded not guilty to charges believed to be by this writer as "endangerment to a man's privates resulting in a painful death." WTF?? IS THIS WORLD CRAZY OR WHAT?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? HOUSING MARKET huh? Even with a willing SELLER & BUYER, many sales are falling through because houses will not APPRAISE to the agreed price and THE BANKS, therefore, will not grant LOANS. WTF!!! Didn't the 800 billion$ TARP bailout include an INCENTIVE TO work with lenders? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!? DREAMS huh? Dreams are "a succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during sleep." DUH! Interpretations date back to 5,000 B.C. when I guess "wet dreams" were infrequent? Freud relates dreams to childhood memories/obsessions. WTF?? I wanna know why I keep dreaming about that college final I slept through?? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.co
WTF!! STEPFORD WIVES Hmmm??? On my daily afternoon run through the Port of West, I see many MOMS waiting in packs with their matching NORTHFACE jackets and their golden retrievers waiting for their school children to arrive on the bus. WTF!! I realize that more WOMEN now work than men and matriarchy families are prevalent in many areas but DAMN IT, DID YOU GO TO COLUMBIA to be CLONE???
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: HARVARD CHEATING WTF! Two Harvard basketball players, Ivy League winners last year, were found to be part of the 125 student CHEATING SCANDAL at Cambridge. Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry will sit out a year of hoops to keep their eligibility. THE FUNNIEST thing about it is that the cheating INVOLVED A TAKE HOME EXAM ON GOVERNMENT-CONGRESS. This is the best and brightest????
WTF!! DAILY: TELEPHONE BILLS Remember when you got a $30.00 telephone bill and would always check for long distance calls??? WTF? Now we pay $289.01 a month to AT&T with one land line, a fax line, mobile charges and such things as CT E 9-1-1 Surcharge, Universal Service Fund (wtf?) and a $10.00 credit for "being a loyal customer." LOYAL SUCKER is more like it. THIS IS PROGRESS? WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! DAILY: DEATH No! 2.5 million die in this country every year. WTF!! We are definitely running out of burial plots so cremation is BIG!! The rate of cremation has grown to over 40% now with Nevada (68%) being the highest and Mississippi (9.5%) the lowest. I guess gamblers prefer ashes to the most generous & religious state of Mississippi. ME? I am gonna donate this ole body to SCIENCE with no cost and may end up in one your grandkids' biology classes, hanging in the corner?? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!?? BERNIE SANDERS Yay!! The one term Independent ("Democratic Socialist) SENATOR from Vermont is a Brooklynite, serving as Mayor and U.S. Representative since the 1970's. HIs famous "The Speech" is now in bookstores . . . Bernie believes an amendment to abolish "Citizens United" with publicly funded elections . . . the break up of the 6 financial firms that control 28% of GDP and points out that some 23 billionaire famlies are now controlling our elections and a simple increase of the ceiling on payroll taxes to solve the Social Security woes . . . GO BERNIE!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY!?!? LOTTERIES !!! CBS NEWS reports that 56 billion bucks was paid into the various lotteries in 2011 WTF!! 60% goes to the WINNERS, 15% to the retailers & marketing, & 25% (14 billion) goes to the states. WTF? 27 states actually EARMARK these monies toward education but it a drop in a big bucket of educational costs. WTF?? BTW, 9 out of 10 winners go through ALL THE MONEY within five years. OUCH!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: NFL!! Yeah! Will Leitch of "New York" magazine is concerned with the "moral implications of continuing to watch the NFL in this era of greater concussion-repercussion awareness." WTF?? Blogger John Everett states: "The NFL is all consuming and I for one am tired of being consumed rather than being a consumer." ME? I love the playoffs and every week's "pool" with Jammie. READY TO RUMBLE? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! FOR SALE!! UH? A triplex on the River in NYC with a jellyfish tank, safe rooms, rain fountain, Baccarat chandeliers (wtf?) and fully furnished 11,000 square foot townhome with two separate apartments for servants and guests. ASKING PRICE: $75,000,000. WTF!!! ARE WE IN A RECESSION OR WHAT??? Listed SELLER: The Donald. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!??? WOMEN IN POLITICS Ok? On another FB post the issue of WOMEN'S MISREPRESENTATION in Congress was argued. While WOMEN comprise 51% of
the population, they hold 90 SEATS IN CONGRESS (Total: 535). WTF?? BLACKS are 18% of the total population but hold 43 SEATS IN CONGRESS (14 of whom are women). WTF! One commentator blamed the media for its treatment of women in election campaigns as the reason. BEING a disciple of ANN RICHARDS & BARBARA JORDAN IN TEXAS, not buying that. WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!? CORPORATE LACK OF RESPONSIBLITY Again? The Russell Manfacturing started in 1902 and employed half the town of Alexander City, Alabama making sports uniforms. Record sales in 1996 & FORTUNE 500 listing. Yeah!! By 2006, when Warren Buffett buys them up, they employ 946 in Alexander City and have moved most of their plants to Mexcio. WTF!! END RESULT: new middle-class matriarchy where "my wife moves up the ladder as far as I have moved down." WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? CORPORATOCRACY WTF? Economic consultant John Perkins believes the CEO's of CORPORATE AMERICA actually run the WHITE HOUSE and also international affairs. WTF!! He cites IRAN & IRAQ as examples: in the early 1960's, elections were conducted in both countries. Each winner wanted to nationalize the oil. WTF!!! So WE replaced them with the SHAH and SADAM. Result: Disaster but NOT for the corporations who made huge amounts of money. WTF SCARY. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! CRONY POLITICS Duh? Watching a documentary last night "INSIDE JOB" with Matt Damon indicated that when Pat Paulson took over at TREASURY in 2006, he was forced to sell his shares of GOLDMAN SACHS. WTF? It amounted to a sizeable chunk of money but the $50 MILLION TAX LIABILITY was waived because of a law passed by PAPA BUSH!!! Appointed by Junior Bush and aided by Papa. ANYBODY FOR JEB? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! READY TO RUMBLE!!! The NFL starts tomorrow night WTF!!! Best time of the year. We might even have something else to talk about instead of politics?? WTF? Forget going to the games unless you are MITT's 6th son by his SECOND WIFE?? The New Giants average ticket price is $318.52 (secondary market) and behind the PATS AND SAINTS . . . up to 16.73% since last year. Average price for DALLAS-GIANTS GAME IS $465.01 tomorow night . . . so much for the recession!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! WAR IS HELL UG! Former Navy Seal Matt Bissonnette has written a book concerning the killing of OSAMA BIN LADEN. WTF?? "NO EASY DAY" (no shit Jake) is out in the bookstores tomorrow. Trouble is that Matt is in DEEP SHIT with the military, his former SEAL TEAM SIX comrades and even with other spec ops (Delta, Ranger, Green Berets). WTF!!! "The publication will result in blowback that will drive policy change across the entire Special Operations community." WTF?? I thought we were FIGHTING FOR FREE SPEECH? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! DAILY: LABOR DAY Ah . . BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS reports that in 2011 there were 14.8 million wage and salary workers who were unionized. That figure is up from 11.8% figure of 2010. Hmmm . . . In 1983, there were 17.7 million union workers comprising 20% of the labor force. Oh? 37% of today's union worker is in the public sector, while 6% in the private. NEW YORK state is high with 24.1% unionized compared with NORTH CAROLINA lowest at 2.9%. BLACKS tend to be unionized more so than Latinos or Whites. WTF? HAPPY LABOR DAY!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: RNC SPEECHES . . . Bill Maher points out that "BUSINESS" was mentioned 84 times during all the Republican speeches. "AFGHANISTAN' was mentioned ONCE and "OUR TROOPS" was NEVER mentioned at all. Considering MITT's missionary work in PARIS to avoid VIETNAM, do we expect anything else???RON PAUL was the only candidate of the PARTY to actually serve in the military. WTF!!! Sort of reminds you of W, Cheney AND his chickenhawks . . .. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: GROVER NORQUIST Shut the door!! The double Harvard man founded AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM (ATR) at the request of Reagan in 1985. NORQUIST is a conservative lobbyist who has garnered 95% of the GOPers in Congress to sign a pledge against raising taxes. WTF!!?? He is married to a Palestinian Muslim woman and refuses to divulge HIS CONTRIBUTORS. WTF!!
Many see this dude as evil but he is talking meat/potatoes on a budget/tax reform instead of bullshit. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! "WE DESERVE BETTER" WTF!! The rallying cry of the GOP CONVENTION seems a tad bit arrogant and whining!!! Sort of like they deserve better room service? WTF!! There are 50 million registered REPUBLICANS in the USA and what do they deserve? A better putting green at the country club?? If they are bitching about the economy, deficit, education system, stupid wars . . . then where you been for past few decades??? WHY IS IT ALWAYS SOMEONE elses' fault??? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! ERIC CANTOR WT . . ? Majority Leader of the House was interviewed on CNN and admitted "Representative Ryan and I have made some mistakes during the Bush years but in 2006, when we lost the House, we realized we had to change our ways." WTF!!?? The GOP has had the HOUSE since 2010 and done nothing but to delay everything to after the election . . . the good ole boys club needs some WOMEN with some backbone . . . carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? NATIONAL DEBT ?? The GOP convention in Tampa Bay has a large TICKER signifying the national debt of 15,986,163,045,481.75. The USA owes this much to (1) debt held by the public (11 trillion+ to investors of whom are 50% China and Japan) and (2) debt held by government accounts (4 trillion owed to SS trusts and others). WTF!!!! Under Bush '43, the public debt grew from 3.3-6.3$ trillion and under '44, it has grown to 11 trillion$ due mostly to the financial collapse of '08 and unfunded liabilties incurred under '43. SO WHY IS THE GOP SHOWING THIS??? WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF?!?: NON STOP ORGASMS Yeah!! Kim Ramsey, a nurse from New Jersey has 100's of orgasms a day. Even on the train to work, she has about 30 or so. WTF!! The English born sexpot is believed by doctors to have developed spinal cysts after falling down a flight of stairs . . .but the orgasms did not start until she started dating a new boyfriend (see, we men are good for something?). "It has made my life a nightmare now though . . . no boyfriend, no one can keep up with me!!" ANY TAKERS??? WFT?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? CHRIS CHRISTIE CRAP? While ISSAC blows toward New Orleans, another BIG BURST OF HOT AIR is heading for TAMPA BAY. WTF The NEW JERSEY Governor will be the keynote speaker at the GOP Convention. SO? The New York Post revealed today that DOUGH BOY CHRISTIE didn't accept the VP nomination from ROMNEY because he didn't think ROMNEY COULD WIN. WTF!!! Oh, it just gets BETTER & BETTER . . . carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: JAN BREWER WT . .? The famous finger pointer Governor of Arizona has a son who committed sexual assault while insane. WTF??!! He was found not guilty and is on conditional release from prison. OK? But she holds a tough line on an immigrant coming over her state lines and signed a law allowing concealed weapons in bars "provided they don't drink." HOW? "I think a bartender knows who's drinking and who isn't" WTF??? Something in the water in ARIZONA?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!? Social Security OUCH! Jonathan Peterson ("SS for Dummies") reports that the 1930's program can pay out full benefits until 2033. WTF!!! Changes include raising the age of retirement, need-mandated benefits, increase in payroll taxes to pay for it, tax wages over $110,000 . . . OR move to Ecuador to live in a hut living on only nuts and berries?? WTF are we asking these questions now with 73 million BOOMERS "retiring" in the next 5 years???? WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? KOCH BROS Yeech! David & Charles Koch have 50 billion dollars. HOLY SHIT BATMAN!! They have done some good with charitable contributions but they are now focused on "the belief that economic freedom is essential for improving society as a whole." OKAY? They have spent millions against legislature controlling green gas emissions. But they have also spent millions fighting any stoppage to oil patch subsidies. WTF!!!! So when it is good for you, GOVERNMENT is good. When not, "WE WANT SMALLER GOVERNMENT." WTF!!! Campaign reform and the repudiation of CITIZENS UNITED is our only salvation. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? LATINOS Hey Caramba! 50 million Latinos in America now and they are THE YOUNGEST GENERATION by far. SO?? They want jobs too but '44's immigration executive order was MOST POPULAR YEAH!! But still, 43% of Latinos are down on their future with 45% content. A divided electorate. WTF?? NOT sure how any LATINO CAN APPROVE OF GOP's ATTEMPTS to keep them "in their place." MITT might rethink Rubino instead of Ryan??? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? AFGHANISTAN WT. . ?? Peter Brookes of the CONSERVATIVE HERITAGE FOUNDATION says there are problems in Afgan Land. DUH!!! Recent "GREEN-ON-BLUE" attacks have killed ten AMERICANS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS. WTF!!! This means the people we are training are killing us, the teachers. WTF!!! 2014??? Too late, Mr. President, BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW. Let the drones teach them a thing or two . . . .WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: HOME REMEDIES Huh? Amidst the worst WHOPPING-COUGH breakout in 50 years, the government recommends booster shots. For those opposed, try "a teaspoonful of sugar and kerosene, a live caterpillar necklace OR tea brewed from rabbit droppings." WTF!!! Growing up, zinc ointment & Vicks were the cure of all ills in my family. Considering the cost of health care today, perhaps we SHOULD TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES??? WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: MILITARY BUDGET Shit! I grew up hiding under the school chairs hearing that we had to remain strong militarily. I went to Vietnam and little guys with black pajamas/flipflops were playing hardball. WTF!!! Author Arthur Herman believes VP choice RYAN will safe the day and wipe out the Obama/House military cuts. WTF??!! Cost overruns and a bloated military-industrial complex are the reason for the excess and at $716 billion budget, we can't afford to be an empire builder . . .PEACE . . . LET'S TRY IT FOR AWHILE? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY!?!? ISREAL-IRAN Damn!! TO prevent Iran getting the nuke, the Jews are saying they will invade before November. Not only is this frightening news to the soon-to-be dead but OUR GAS PRICES ARE EXPECTED TO skyrocket. WTF!!!! Now this is good for JAMMIE's oil wells in Texas but if we get most of our crude from Mexico and Canada, why should us affect us?????? WTF!!! IT JUST SEEMS TO GET BETTER AND BETTER . . . Anybody for Ecuador? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: LAWYERS! YEAH!! The "New York Times" reports that more than a dozen lawyers, who took on BIG TOBACCO" are now going after the FOOD MANUFACTURERS who are "misleading consumers by wrongly labeling products and ingredients." WTF!!!! BRAVO!!! First target is ConA-gra who sells PAM cooking spray, makers of Capn' Crunch and PepsiCO and Coke who says their orange juice is 100% natural (not to mention that it sits in a barrel for a year). BRAVO. SUE THE BASTARDS. If you are eating processed food, BUYER BE BEWARE!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS UG!! On page 3 of the NEW YORK TIMES, they have a listing of famous celebrities and WHAT PARTY THEY have given TO and a short sentence on the reason why. WTF!!! Way down the list is MONICA LEWINSKY who gave $2,000 to the REPUBLICAN PARTY. WTF?? Reason: The Democrats left a bad taste in her mouth. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: NEO-CONSERVATIVISM ???? TED CRUZ, the Tea Party hero and new Texas senatorial candidate was born in Calgary. DANNY SENOR, Mitt's adviser, is from Toronto, MARK STEYN, a Limbaugh substitute, and "Axis of Evil" speechwriter DAVID FRUM, both from Canada. WTF!!! "Canadian conservatives often feel alienated and find refuge in America," says liberal Canadian writer J.M. Smith. WTF!! NO WONDER they are beginning to SUCK AT HOCKEY. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!!?? VOTER SUPPRESSION Huh?? FDR said "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the RIGHT TO VOTE except the AMERICAN PEOPLE." WTF?? Many tactics have/are being used: (1) Photo ID requirement (1 out 10 don't have one) ; (2) Purging Voter Rolls;(3) Ex-felons exclusion (5.3 million in '04); (4) Misinformation on voting procedures; (5) Partisan election administraton (Catherine Hill?) (6) Inequality in voting resources and (7) caging lists. IN A COUNTRY THAT PRIDES ITSELF ON FREE ELECTIONS, WHY the HURDLES?? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: IMMIGRATION Ug! Conservative columnist Linda Chavez giving KUDOS to our President for his executive order allowing illegals under the age of 30 to show proof of a clean record and allowed "temporary employment authorization." Chavez scolds those who "oppose a punitive policy that forces 2 million young people to choose between living in the shadows or leaving a country that they love." BRAVO!!!! Now let's deal with the other 12 million . . . WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: IS AMERICA DEAD?? HUH??? Writer Frank Rich explores the subject with the assumption that "If there's one battle cry that unites our divided populace, it's that the country has GONE TO HELL." WTF!!! Nostalgia of the MAYBERRY 60's and our obsession with EXCEPTIONALISM (or lack thereof) has caused the AMERICA BLUES AND THE rise of "DELINIST" writers. BUT RICH CONCLUDES, our President wouldn't even have been welcome in MAYBERRY IN 1961, now that is exceptional!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?! DAILY: HEALTH CARE COSTS oUCH!! Jeffrey Rice's son needed foot surgery. He found an orthopedist in St. Louis and called the hospital to ASK HOW MUCH IS IT GONNA COST??? $37,000, they replied. He asked if that price included his "in-network discount?" They said no but lowered the costs to between $15,000 -$25,000. Not satisified, Rice called the surgeon and asked if he operated any place else? In fact, he did at an out-patient clinic that charged $1,515.00 WTF!!! GOTTA START BEING PROACTIVE ON THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN AMERICA!! WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: SCHOOLS YEA? 40% OF AMERICA's public schools are in bad to poor condition. WTF!!! The average age of an American school is 40 years old. 1972?? WTF!!! The 21st Century School Fund estimates it would take $271 billion to bring those schools up to standard. WTF!!! Studies show that students perform worse and teachers don't want to teach in these shitholes. WTF!! And what did we spend in Iraq?? 3 trillion? LET'S start gettting our priorites STRAIGHT IN THIS COUNTRY. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? CLEAVAGE ETIQUETTE WTF!!!! Sick of politics/Olympics and thus, "Ladies Home Journal" offers some advice to WOMEN. SO? The average BRA SIZE IN AMERICA is 36DD!! HOLY SHIT BATMAN! Questions regarding such are more than the present CONGRESS COULD ABSORB BUT "How much do you show & when", "Tech support (1-800-WTF?) on perfect bra size" and "maintenance & troubleshooting guide" has it own website. JEEZ, AND we guys only have to worry about an occassional SCRATCH? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DOW TO 17,000!!! HOLY SHIT BATMAN!! Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel believes there is a "50% chance of the Dow reaching 17,000 by the time the President is sworn in January." Merrill Lynch analysts belief we are at the beginning of a "10 year bull market." WHY?? Central banks easing up, individual investors returning and "best investment in town." TO THE DOUBTERS? "We are far more than a casino," says Andy Price at Price. WTF??? LET THE GOOD TIMES RETURN!! carladdisonswanson.com
For all you Westporters (past, present and future), you might be interested in the fact that J.D. Salinger wrote "Catcher in the Rye" in 1951 in a rental house off Old Road, east of Buckley. Inspired by F.Scott Fitzgerald who wrote as well in Port of West in the 20's, Salinger sought inspiration from the town many of us call home.
WTF!?!? MITT AND SHIT (Brownnoser) WTF?? Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan today as the "next President of the United States." WTF??? Perhaps Mitt's tax returns reveal medical deductions relating to complications from his frontal lobotomy in 2006?? WTF? NOW WE really know why MITT WON'T RELEASE! WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY?!?! PAUL RYAN VP?? Ryan is a 16 year veteran of the House from the farming state of Wisconsin. He is 42 years old, a Roman Catholic and head of the House Budget Committee. He has a BA from Miami of Ohio University. SO? He has proposed three bills/resolutions on budgetary matters in '08/'10/'11. NONE got off the floor or subcommittee. Such included big cuts in MEDICARE. SO? Where is the experience? no foreign relations?? dedicated but boring personality. WTF? MITT, COME ON!!! Christie would have been fun!!! WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? IRONMAN NYC WTF? Race officials wanted to cancel the swim portion of the first-time race CUZ SEWAGE WAS SEAPING INTO THE Hudson. WTF!!!! NOT ON YOUR LIFE said the competitors. "We will swim through shit if need be," said one pro in the 2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike & 26.2 marathon run contest WTF!!! New Rule: You have to be an Ironman/woman to be elected to Congress!! WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: DENNIS KOZLOWSKI WHO? The Tyco CEO who stole from his own company to live the life of the RICH AND NOT SO FAMOUS, is being sued in 70 different lawsuits as the convicted felon lives in half-way house in NYC. WTF!!! Kozlowski even dipped in TYCO's cookie jar for a million $$$ for his wife's 40th birthday party. THE IRS FINALLY CAUGHT HIM and thew him in prison. YEAH!!! It used to be we put TAX EVADERS IN JAIL. Now we nominate them for President!!!!
WTF DAILY: UNEMPLOYMENT wt . .? Columnist John Crudele contends that July's unemployment figure of 8.3% is MISLEADING WTF?? He contents that there is a "U-6" FIGURE THAT denotes those part-time employees who wish full time work. SO?? That figure is 15%. SO I GUESS THAT MEANS we have 23.3% looking for full time jobs?? WTF? STATISTICS NEVER LIE . . .WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS WTF?? Former HOMELAND SECURITY dude, James T. Hayes, has filed a discrimination suit against the female head of the agency, JANET NAPOLITANO. WTF!!! Jimmy claims he was passed over cuz JANET liked A GAL better than him WTF!!! WELCOME THE GOOD OLE GAL's CLUB, Jimmy. WTF!!! AND ladies, NYC ALLOWED TROJAN to distribute those vibrators today!!! BATTERIES INCLUDED!!! No need for us men anymore!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE: VIBRATORS!! WTF??? The New York Post reports that WOMEN'S RIGHTS HAVE BEEN INFRINGED UPON AGAIN wtf??? The TROJAN company started to hand out free VIRBRATORS to thousands of women in NYC but Mayor Bloomberg stopped it. WTF!! First no smoking, then vagina probes, no Super sized sodas and now no battery operated SEX?? WTF!! We MEN MIGHT actually have to put down the remote and perform? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: TAX REFORM Yippie? Adam Sorkin reports that APPLE CORPORATION HAS 117 BILLION DOLLARS IN CASH!! WTF!!!! Problem is that 2/3 of it is in tax havens overseas. NEWSWEEK reports there is 1.7 trillion corporate dollars in similar accounts overseas. WTF!!! HOW ABOUT AN SHORT AMNESTY PERIOD where these INC.s can bring the money back TAX FREE PROVIDED THEY CREATE JOBS??? WTF???? Tax Reform? A Non-issue in 2012?? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: REESE HOFFA Yeah!!!! The BRONZE WINNER IN THE SHOT PUT was put up for adoption after he set the family home on fire!! WTF!!! Adopted by single mother, he became a Rubik's Cube champion, got a ride to U. of Georgia and qualified for the '04/'08 Olympics. WTF!!!!!!!!!! Last night, his final shot up of 21:23 meters WON HIM BRONZE. WTF!! Both his mothers (A-Mom & B-Mom) were applauding him from the stands. AIN'T THE OLYMPICS GREAT!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!?? DAILY+ FACEBOOK WTF? THE ZUCK HAS ADMITTED that 83 million of the social network's 955 million USERS ARE FAKES!!! WTF? The Special 83 are dupes, spam or "silly pages for pets". WTF!!!! WHERE IS PETA when you need them? WTF?? So perhaps my page is full of animals? Buck the Duck? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: NATIONAL CHICK-FIL-A DAY WTF??? Conservative writer Michelle Malkin gloats about the "most satisfying taste of free speech." WTF!! While I commend the idea of public display of support and freedom of assembly, is THIS FREE SPEECH??? Standing in line for hours to get fattening food because you HATE GAY MARRIAGE?? WTF!!! Much like the anti-abortionists, GET A LIFE!!! WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: BUBBA & BARRY WTF? The Democratic Convention plans to use PRESIDENT CLINTON with a speech and his PRESENTIAL PRESENCE OH? Newt Ginglich made the comment that "OBAMA AIN'T NO BILL CLINTON." OUCH!! But since BUBBA lowered the capital gains and added to the deregulation of the banking industry the BURST, PERHAPS THAT IS A GOOD THING!! WTF! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!?!? DAILY: TEACHERS Yippie! Burn out rate for teachers is in the first/fifth year of teaching. SO??? Lori Wheal of NYC public schools is leaving after 10 YEARS OF TEACHING WHY? (1) Unions must identify "irreplaceable" teachers and find ways to keep them; (2) Expand GREAT teacher's horizons like Master Teacher or $$$ (3) hold PRINCIPALS accountable for keeping good teachers. WTF!! Lori is going on to a career in education "policy" which means she will be making more $$$ WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: OLYMPIC COVERAGE BLAH!!! Al Michaels comments: SOMEONE can be OUT OF SHAPE IN football, basketball or baseball and get by but in WATER POLO, NO WAY!!! WTF!!!! I might give him the diamond but how many water bozos run a 4.7 - 40 yards OR run a 10K every night in the NBA. WTF??? Stop the yapping and let us WATCH THEM PLAY!!! caraddisonswanson.com
WTF!!?? KATRINA WTF!!! Documentary out blaming the US Corps of Engineers for the severe damage in the 2005 Hurricane!! WTF!!! The Hurricane was not that bad but the REAL PISSER is that they still have no fixed the problem WTF!!! It appears the Corp of Engineers is CONGRESS' pet for their projects mean jobs. So no matter how much they FUCK UP, someone else gets blamed!! WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!?? DAILY: HEALTH CARE INNOVATION WTF!! Mississippi is the poorest state in the union. Out of 3 million folks, 550,000 are uninsured. 69% are obese, 25% have "no access" to decent food. WTF!!! Instead of starving in 1960, they are eating themselves to death via diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.!!! WTF!!! BUT, they have instituted Community Health Houses modeled after the IRANIANS WTF!!! These centers cater to the local community and IT IS WORKING!!! Money is the key and 11 billion$$ coming from Obamacare. NICE. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY DOUBLE: MITT'S TRIP WTF? Spokesperson for Romney says he is taking this 7 day international tour to "LEARN ABOUT CERTAIN AREAS OF THE WORLD". WTF!!!! Mitt has been running for President for 13 years. NOW HE IS LEARNING? WTF!! Come on, he is running from the States and the issue of his tax returns. WTF!! If not, do we really want a candidate learning at this stage? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: OLYMPIC FAUX PAS WTF?? With all the controversy about the 40th anniversary of the MUNICH MURDERS AND with THE 2005 TERRORIST attack on London deep seated in recent memory, what do the ENGLISH DO?? WTF!! NO, not a silent moment for both TRAGEDIES but photos of the SURVIVORS. "A montage of anonymous cousins and aunts and brothers-in-law." WTF!!!! Light the goddamn torch and let's play . . . . carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!?? DAILY: OLYMPICS. WTF? I love the Olympics. Attended LA in '84 & Atlanta in '96. BUT 5,535 HOURS OF TELEVISION COVERAGE WTF!!! NBC ony had 170 hours in Atlanta. I find the CONTRAST to the SOVIET UNION-USA OLYMPICS noteworthy. It was a patriotic WAR then. Now it seems most of the athletes from foreign nations went to school here!!! WTF!!! MUCH DIFFERENT but sports at its very best . . . . carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! "THE KILLING"!! WTF!! AMC AXED the two year series just after we found out who killed Rosie Larson!!! WTF!!! NOW that "BREAKING BAD" is in its last season and "MAD MEN" sucks, I am glad I am leaving for Ecuador . . . where "WHO'S THE BOSS" is number one. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: SCREWED GENERATION WTF? The Pew Research Center data shows BOOMERS OVER 65 median net worth as $170,494.42 as opposed to those under 35 years as $3,662!!!!! WTF!! That is down 68% from 1987. W . . ? And apparently we BOOMERS will leave a national debt of $50,000 EACH to those 18-35 years old. WTF!!! And thus, the "MILLENNIALS" or "GENERATION Y" is now known as "SCREWED GENERATION". WTF?? Sorry! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE: STARBUCKS WTF? Howard Swartz reported record earnings and prides himself that he is NOW BREWING coffee in Augusta, GA. WTF? Howie now calls for immediate BI-PARTISAN (LOLO) tax reform to bring home 2.7 trillion $$$ corporate bucks home and create jobs. LOL!! Considering, he made his "starbucks" providing overpriced java to addicted A types, Howie should may more attention to baking better muffins . . . politics is at play. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! DAILY: 916,643 VOTES FOR SALE WTF??? Columinist Paul Begala has figured the 2012 Prez election will come down to this number. WTF!!! He figures Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Mexico & Colorado are the ONLY swing states. WTF!!?? Calculating 48% turnout each for BARRY & MITT, that leaves 916,643 undecided voters determining our next President WTF!!! Divided by the billions $$ spent on the campaigns, that is $2,181.87 PER VOTE!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: Ayn Rand WTF? The Russian novelist migrated to the USA in the 1920's after witnessing the Russian Revolution. The New Deal frightened her as she wrote in "FOUNTAINHEAD" where a core value of indivdualism became her mantra. "ATLAS SHRUGGED" took her 15 years to write but condemned cronyism, the government & THE MAKERS V. THE TAKERS. WTF!! Her legacy may live on today with much of her condemnation seen in overregulation and a "government that uses guilt as a weapon." WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DAILY: ECONOMY WTF!!!!! Nial Ferguson of "Newsweek" points out that we have created 2.6 million jobs here SINCE JUNE 2009 WTF!!! But during the same period, 3.1 MILLION WORKERS HAVE SIGNED ON TO DISABILITY!!!! WTF!!! In 1992, 1 person was on disability for every 36 workers. NOW???? 1 person for every 16 people. WTF!!!! Ferguson calls us THE STATIONARY STATE. WTF??? carladdionswanson.com
WTF DAILY: VENTURE CAPITALISTS WTF? Good documentary out entitled "Something Ventured" follows a group of businessmen in the 1960-70's in the San Francisco area who funded startup companies. WTF!! Intel, Apple ($50,000 would have bought you 1/3 of the company in '72), Genetech, PowerPoint & Cisco Systems are a few. WTF!! Since 1960, $25 million invested in entrepreneurs has yielded $450 billion in revenue & 27,000 companies. WTF!! BAIN was not mentioned. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: TONY ROBBINS WTF? The self-improvement guru is under fire!!! Literally!! WTF!!! 21 attendees to ROBBINS' seminar "UNLEASE THE POWER WITHIN" were burned badly when they attempted to walk across coals, heated to 2,000 degrees. WTF!!! "The excercise is to understand that there is absolutely nothing you CAN'T OVERCOME". WTF? Yeah like 2nd degree burns. ARE PEOPLE THAT DISSATISFIED WITH THEIR LIVES? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! HALL OF MEDIOCRITY WTF? With Reggie Jackson's recent comment about the qualifications of Baseball's Hall of Fame inductees, ONE WONDERS what will happen next year?? WTF??? For in 2013, the leading HOME RUN LEADER (Bonds) and 7 time Cy Young Winner (Clemens) come to the ballot. WTF!!! With the leading hits record holder (Rose) already banned, WILL THE WRITERS make the Hall of Fame less than famous? WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: Secretary of State WTF?? Interesting dinner conversation with a GOPer who thinks that "Hillary Clinton has not really had a benchmark during her tenure AS SOS. WTF??? As opposed to COLEN POWELL & CONDI RICE who promulgated a false WAR?? WTF!! Love Anna's Qundlen's teenage daughter's comment: "Mom, does the SOS have to be woman??" THERE IS HOPE with our youth.
WTF DAILY: WAR ON DRUGS WTF!! GOP Governor of New Jersey Christie says our ongoing WAR ON DRUGS "is a failure." WTF!! Former prosecutor DOUGHBOY believes rehab should be mandated instead of jail time. WTF!!! Democrat Mayor Booker of Newark agrees: "Big overgrown government at its worst." WTF!! Politicians actually MAKING SENSE??? WTF!!! 35 YEARS fighting a war and we are giving up??? WTF?? Wait until the DEA bureaucracy hears about this!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: SUGAR DADDIES WTF?? According the John Crudele and SeekingArrangement.com, the business of being a "Sugar Daddy" to a lady is hurting with a bad economy!! WTF!! The net worth of Mr. Sugar Daddy is now $5.6 million vice 7.1 million in '07. The average age is 39 of the Bucks-Dude and outlay for a #10 Bo Derek is $15,817 a month. HOLY SHIT BATMAN!! One gal is a college student & gets $20,000 grand a year for being a SUGAR DADDY sucker . . . in more ways than one, I would gather?? WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! JENNIFER BRICKER WTF!!!!! Bryant Gumbel reports of a tiny tot from Illinois who was BORN WITHOUT LEGS!!! Put up for adoption at birth, JENNIFER became a gymnast (STATE CHAMP!!) and her idol? DOMINIQUE MOCEANU, Olympic Gold Medal Winner in 1996. WTF?? Fast forward 20 years and they find out THEY ARE biological SISTERS!!!! AMAZING story . . . Jennifer's mantra: "Never say CAN'T" carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DAILY!! "ONE A DAY" WTF? One soldier commits suicide each day!! WTF!!! The Military spends 53 billion$ on health benefits but only 2% on mental health. WTF!! One Black Hawk helo-pilot went for help and waited 2 hours in the VA & was 45 minutes on a hotline before he shot himself!! WTF!!! Repeat tours, mostly head injuries and a stigma attached to those who seek help will cause the .05% (WTF!!!) who serve now extended mental issues. WTF!! "SUPPORT THE TROOPS"? Bullshit! Volunteer at your local VA hospital. NOW! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: TAX REFORM WTF? Conservative Scott Johnston urges Mitt Romney to use the tax code --- "the biggest source of political corruption in America" and "crony capitalism" --- to ignite his campaign. "Time to step up, Mitt," urges the co-founder of WAYIN. WTF!! Considering the MITT refuses to talk about his tax returns, let alone reveal more than one, and the recent revelations of JPMorgan & Barclays, do we WONDER why MITT is MUTE on the tax issue. WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! OLIVER STONE WTF?? Just saw "Savages" on a mild 92 degree day in southern CT WTF?? Oliver needs to go back on drugs cuz this movie (along with Wall Street II) sucked the big banana. WTF!!! Shoulda have gone to the beach? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: "Friends of CARL" WTF??? Former NY State Senator Carl Kruger sits in prison, convicted of bribery and fraud. WTF!! His campaign chest, however, is full with $417,310.38 of contributions which Kruger can use now and keep. WTF!!! He actually hired a prison consultant with $7,500 WTF!! Salt on the wound, Kruger is also getting $65,000+ state pension as well. WTF!!! Any future "Friends of CARL" contributions can be sent to . . . carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: MY LAI WTF??? New documentary on the March 16th, 1968 MASSACRE when 564 Vietnamese were killed by Company C, led by Army Captain Ernest Medina and Lt. John Calley. WTF? After being spooked by VietCong snipers, mines and booby traps, the infantrymen EXPLODED when ordered to attack My Lai Hamlet. WTF? Women and children were killed in the bloodbath. Calley was the only soldier tried but sentence commuted by Nixon when AMERICA realized that WAR SUCKS!!!! BRING the troops home now! WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
FEEL GOOD MOMENT: Olympian Steven Lopez from my ole stomping grounds of Sugar Land, Texas was a tiny pipsqueek when he was in middle school with my daughter. Won GOLD IN TAEKWONDO in 2000 & 2004 Olympics and slipped to bronze in 2008 after questionable officiating. HE'S BACK for London 2012. Great story, great kid! Story in USA today . . . . carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: HARRY TRUMAN WTF?? THINK '44 inherited a shitstorm? WTF?? Give 'em hell Harry's boss, FDR, died in the middle of WWII. WTF!! The two time Senator from Missouri, with only a high school diploma, had to decide to drop the A-bomb, deal with a wife who hated politics, a Republican Congress and Douglas MacArthur who wanted to invade China. WTF!!! Left office unpopular but made some decisions regarding Europe and Asia that changed the world. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY: MITT-NAACP WTF?? In 1962, RFK was the only guy from the White House to make it on a 50 mile walk for charity. JFK said of his brother: "He either has a lot of guts or is just plain stupid." WTF!! Mitt Romney's stroll into the Houston Convention Center to address the NAACP showed some moxie. Since 95% of Blacks voted for '44 in '08, DID HE REALLY THINK HE WAS GONNA CHANGE SOME VOTES?? Stupid is as stupid does, Mama used to say. WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY!!?? FRIDAY THE 13TH!! WTF?? FRIGGATRISAIDEKAPHOBIA is the fear of yesterday. FIRST reference was in a 1869 biography for 13 is considered an unlucky number (Last Supper had 13 and one died) and FRIDAY has been deemed a "bad day" since the "Canterbury Tales" in the 14th century. WTF!! If you survived today unscathed, FRIDAY THE 17TH IS ALSO A BUMMER TOO. It comes in August. WTF??!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! BLACKOUTS !! WTF?? 35th anniversay of the BLACKOUT OF '77 today where power lost for 24+ hours plus. WTF!!! I was grinding on law books in TX then but was around CT in the BLACKOUT OF '65. WTF?? Lost power in NYC & CT for 17 hours then and left my high school job at Mitchell's to suck some face with my galfriend. WTF??? Of course, now we lose it for 5 days when someone FARTS on North Avenue and a tree falls. WTF? PROGRESS? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF+ WEDDING RING WTF?? Reading about the guy who found his stolen car on EBAY after 42 years reminds me of my father's ring. WTF? He never took it off in the 50 years he was married to my Mom. After she died, he lost it at party in Darien. Three months later, a landscaper found it in a snow bank. WTF!!! Fast forward= 10 years. I get a call from Wake, See & Dimes law firm, his estate attorneys, saying they had found my father's ring in a sofa that they were tossing during remodeling. WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! LBJ WTF?? Reading the marathon biography of the man, who being a poor segragationist from the SOUTH, championed the WAR AGAINST POVERTY!! WTF!! He could be crude without manners but woke up at 4:00 a.m. each morning to find out the casualty reports from 'Nam. WTF!! But the war ruined his Great Society and his presidency. He lied about the WAR and couldn't accept OUR DEFEAT. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!?? FOODSTAMPS WTF?? 46 MILLION Americans receive food stamps today. Almost equivalent to the poverty level of 15.1% (1 parent/2 kids making less than $17,552 a year) and a $770,000 billion dollar budget over the next TEN YEARS. WTF!! Never been a FAN of FOODSTAMPS WTF? We should feed our poor but how about a bag of rice/potatoes/veggies/fruits distributed at some ole armories around the country??? WTF? Feed the disadvantaged but not with junk food. WTF! carladdisonswanson (WTF to go to a COMIC Strip come 9/15/12 WTF!!)
WTF DAILY!! SMOKING WTF??? If you live in the NYC area, you have seen the vivid commercials featuring smokers who have holes in their throats/aged beyond their age or a gal missing her legs. WTF!!! They are ads to MAKE YOU QUIT SMOKING!!! WTF! 2nd U.S. CIRCUIT COURT says New York CAN NOT DO IT ANY LONGER! WTF!!! PHILLIP MORRIS sued to stop them & won based on a 1965 law. WTF!!! HOW'S that for compassionate CAPITALISM for you???? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! EXIT = AFGHANISTAN WTF? When Clark Clifford took over as Defense head in 1967, he asked the Vietnam Generals what their plan was to exit=VIETNAM? No response!!! NO PLAN!!! After ten years & 3.7 trillion $$$$, the USA is getting out of AFGANISITAN? COST: BILLIONS!!!!! Says the Pentagon. WTF??? 88,000 troops & assorted crap is expensive to move. BUT AT LEAST THEY ARE COMING HOME!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY!!! UNIONS WTF??? When WAGES are at an all-time standstill & corporate profits are record highs, why are unions OUT OF VOGUE??? WTF? 38% of union members voted AGAINST THE RECALL in Wisconsin WTF!!!! 16 million Americans still belong to unions but INSTEAD of setting up their own political party, they give to DEMOCRATS who don't help?? WTF!!! BIG QUESTION: While benefits were stripped from the private sector by CORPORATE AMERICA, why did those employees turn against public sector workers??? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! COLLEGE DEGREES = JOBS WTF? A recent law school graduate has a 50% chance to find a job while a MFA graduate has a 63% probability of finding a job. WTF!! I WISH parents would start evaluating the money rewards of certain fields before they send their kids off to expensive schools. WTF? 1 trillion dollars now in student loan debt and rising . . . nothing wrong with 2 years of community college & then transferring to a known college. WTF!!! AND you wonder they call it the LOST GENERATION and HELICOPTER PARENTS. WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! OPRAH WTF? Even a billionarie can have family feuds. WTF? Oprah's Daddy is a barber in Nashville. Has a certain ring to it? WTF? Ole Dad decided to move his 50 year old shop downtown recently. Took a big loan that maybe Jaime Dimon approved. WTF? A barbershop worth $475,000? WTF? Business went to shit and Oprah bailed him out. Nice. WTF? Not to her step Mom who promptly bashed the O to the local radio and promptly filed for divorce from 80 year Papa. WTF!!! SOMETIMES MONEY doesn't bring happiness? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY!! WATER CRISIS WTF? ERIN BROCKOVICH is back on the war path!! WTF!! Her latest documentary "Last Call To the Oasis" indicts the EPA for failure to correct SOME 4,000 "SUPERFUND" sites where contamination of the water supply exists!!!! WTF!! Erin points out 38 million Americans remain on well water which is subject to pollution. WTF!! She even found contamination at CAMP LEJUNE where her son was stationed following a tour of AFGHANISTAN. WTF!!! "50 years supply of good water left," she predicts. WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! ARAFAT WTF?? Palestine wants to exhume Yasser Arafat's body in order to do an autopsy. WTF?? Arafat died in 2004 but a Swiss LAB found "elevated levels of radioactive polonium" on his clothing. WTF!!! While his widow declined an autopsy when he died, she now suspects foul play. WTF!!! And of course, Isreal is the NUMBER ONE SUSPECT. WTF!!!!! Stop this madness . . . this Palestine-Isreal WAR is getting extremely old & lame. AND ALL IN THE NAME OF RELIGION? WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE TGIF!!! BOWLING WTF!! There are 60 million BOWLERS in this country but bowling alleys are dying a slow death. W. . tf? There are 27 million golfers and a televised tourney every weekend. WTF!! REMEMBER when WESTPORT had a bowling alley, hockey rink, trampoline center, driving range and even a MOVIE theatre. WTF?? I guess the 1% only like to wear green pants and watch golf? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE: "YOU KNOW" WTF!!! A common used term like "no problem" that certainly has NO DAMN MEANING!! WTF? NO, I don't "know" that is why I am listening to you!! WTF!! Watched actors of the movie "SAVAGE" on Rose the other night. Must have used the "YOU KNOW" nonsense 100 times including Yalie Oliver Stone. WTF!! Mind your words, my mother would say. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DAILY: SPIDERMAN!! WTF? Being a fan of Salinger and ole Westport where many unique figures USED to thrive, STEVE DITKO is of interest WTF? Ditko, the co-founder of the SPIDERMAN comic series is a recluse living in Midttown NYC. WTF? At 86, DITKO still works every day and despite his inspiration, HAS NOT GOTTEN RICH or received a dime from the MOVIES. WTF!!! His reaction: "It is not HOW MUCH you have that counts, it is HOW LITTLE you need. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA WTF?? While we indulge in too many hot dogs, beer and apple pie, WE MAY BE CELEBRATING A MONTH EARLY!! WTF!! While the 2nd Continental Congress framed the repudiation of King George III in the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE in early July, MANY HISTORIANS argue that the 56 statesmen did not SIGN THE DOCUMENT until August 2, 1776 WTF!!! Perhaps the beach was already booked for that date? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! 4TH FIREWORKS WT . . ? Deemed explosive pyrotenchics, "fireworks" were first used by the Chinese in the 7th century (what goes around . . .) WTF? WALT DISNEY CORPORATION is the largest consumer of fireworks in the USA and "Thunder over Louisville" (a preclude to the Derby) is the biggest display. WTF!! If you could sit out on my deck right now and listen/see the Norwalk/Fairfield explosions, YOU WOULD experience exactly what I did in DaNang AFB. '69 EVERY NIGHT. WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: TELEVISION WTF?? According to a recent Nielsen survey, the "average" 65 year old has SPENT 9 YEARS OF HIS/HER LIFE watching the tube. WTF!!!! That amounts to 4 hours a day!! WTF!!! There are 2.24 televisions in each American home. WTF!! A social culturist (wtf?) said recently: "EDUCATION as we know it, BEGAN with the printing press and ended WITH THE TELEVISION. WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! SCIENTOLOGY WTF!! L. Don Hubbard started the "body of beliefs" in 1952 in Camden, New Jersey (what exit?). WTF!! Its mainstay is that "people are IMMORTAL beings who have forgotten their true nature." Hmmm . . . but also "a belief that people must reexperience painful events of their past to 'free themselves'" WTF??!!! 8 million (3.5 million here in USA) follow this "religion." WTF!!! Well, at least they don't have to wear "garments." WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! WALMART WTF!! Happy 50th birthday to the biggest retailer-employer in the United States. WTF?? And while it has investors ('72 $1,000=1.8 million today) rich and the Walton (Goodnight JohnBoy) Family billionaires, it has a disgrunted workforce ("more lawsuits than suits) and diminished America's manufacturing sector. WTF!!! Personally I have seen small towns in Texas die cuz of a nearby WalMart. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF MONDAY!! AUTOS WTF? Glad to see AMERICAN auto manufacturers doing well. WTF? Bought a Buick Enclave (bigger and more expensive than my first house) and good car but . . . WTF!!! 3/4 of the gadgets on the damn thing are a complete enigma to me? WTF!! The camera in REVERSE is supercool but who uses it? I like the buzzer that warns me I am about to hit the fence . . . I play games with it now! REMEMBER when you just had a LIGHTS, HEATER AND RADIO button??? WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! TOM CRUISE WTF!! My neighbors (BFF's of the Newmans) had dinner with Tommy years back when he was doing "The Color of Money" with BLUE EYES. WTF? Said he was a complete gentleman. WTF!! Now he got dumped by Katie after he divorced Nicole while she was pregnant and couldn't satisfy Mimi IN BED WTF!! I know nothing about Scientology but IF IT MEANS saving your "instrument" for purity reasons, I will remain a heathen. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!!! JOHN ROBERTS WTF!!! The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is 57 years old, orignally from Buffalo and raised in Indiana, he is a double HARVARD GRADUATE. With some government time under Reagan/'41, he went into private practice, only to be appointed to the D.C. Circuit Court by '43 & then Chief Justice in 2005 by '43. His unique opinion on OBAMACARE proves he is a master politician in an arena where the COURT IS A 3RD WHEEL. WTF?? With the dreaded CITIZENS UNITED behind & AFFIRMATIVE ACTION tested soon, the COURT couldn't allow itself to be "branded." And thus, ROBERTS (with no one on the Court agreeing) wrote a masterful 65 page opinion of political rhetoric. WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF END OF JUNE HOT: COOL!!! WTF!! The "National Review" reports that one should NOT call PRESIDENT OBAMA "cool" because it "could in some ways be deemed racial." WTF!!! Yep, Congressperson Angela Rye announced this just after Michelle had called '44 "a cool Dad" for Father's Day. WTF? '44 is cool, '43 was cool to get drunk with. Not sure about Bubba but even Newt said he was "cool." Papa Bush was seriously cool. Reagan was cool looking. Ford/Nixon/Carter/LBJ were NOT cool at all. JFK was coolest of the cool. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! DAILY: POLARIZATION WTF??? On April 10, 1968, I left PENN STATION by train for boot camp and 6 years in the military. It was four days after KING had been shot and 2 months following the big TET OFFENSIVE IN VIETNAM. BLACKS were rioting in Newark & HARD HATS were wailing on hippies in TIMES SQUARE. WTF??? I had never seen the country so divided UNTIL NOW!!! If health care for our citizens has become such a divisive issue for us, WHAT HAVE WE BECOME??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE: JERRY SANDUSKY WTF!!! The Penn State former coach-child molester, who could be going to the big joint for life, is STILL ELIGIBLE for his $60,000 a YEAR PENSION!!! WTF!!! Pennsylvania law only denies pensions rights in the case of theft, extortion, forgery, bribery and perjury. WTF!!! HOW ABOUT WHEN HE STILL STEALS SOME KID'S CHILDHOOD? Lawmakers have time to change the law before Jackass Jerry is sent away. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! DAILY: LOCAL TV NEWS MEDIA WTF?? I CAN'T watch the local television networks cover news!! WTF!! The first story of the night is someone murdered, the next a fire and third, a burglary. WTF!! Now I know that CRIME is actually down in this country so this is selective alarmist-fear tactics. WTF!!! The weather is 5 minutes long with 1/2 of it explaining how IT WAS TODAY!! WTF!!! AND WE WONDER WHY PEOPLE ARE mis-INFORMED VOTERS??? WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: TENNIS WTF!!! The Women's Tennis Association plans to crack down on WOMEN "letting out loud shrieks, shouts and grunts as the hit the ball." WTF!!! First they ban dancing in the end zone, next no smoking on the golf course. WHAT's next, no spitting seeds after a home run?? I rather enjoy the moans coming from WOMEN!!! WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! DENTAL DISASTER WTF!!!! "Frontline" tells us that 100 million Americans are without dental insurance in this country. WTF!! For the poor, it is a luxury and 90% of dentists in Florida don't accept Medicaid. WTF!! Enter the corporations such as KOOL SMILES & SMALL SMILES who use expensive crowns instead of fillings on kids WTF?? They even offer their own financing (29%) for the elderly who are NOT covered by Medicare. WTF? SOLUTION??? OMG, the answer is socialized medicine & dentistry. DUH! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! DOUBLE DAILY: LIVING TO 100!!! WTF??? United Health Care did a study centenarians and us BABY BOOMERS and concludes that if you want to live to 100 years old get MORE SLEEP & CHANGE YOUR DIET. WTF!!! Only 38% of BOOMERS get 8 hours of sleep (must be all that sex?). They predict there will be 600,000 BOOMERS reaching 100 years old by 2050. WTF!! Guess you better forget that social security check by then?? WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF III DAILY!!! Ann Curry WTF!!! Ann Curry of the "Today" show is getting 10 million$$$ to leave the show. WTF!!! After signing a 21 million dollar deal three years ago, they booted her with a nice severance. WTF!!! I can understand movie stars (who can make $$ for a picture), maybe even athletes that draw crowds but HOW IN THE HELL IS this gal worth this kind of money?? What DOES A TEACHER MAKE OR A POLICEMAN??? Value system totally screwed up!! WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! CHANGE WTF? An astute classmate made the observation that nobody from the STAPLES '12 class is going to college in Texas. WTF??? NO SMU, TCU, RICE, TEXAS OR that other morning state school. WTF!!! The last of the oil patch people, once centered in NY, have left for permanent residence in TEXAS and an era stops and a new ERA STARTS. "CHANGE" MY FRIENDS. We sometimes don't even notice it. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! Daily: FOOD!!! WTF!! 80% of all food in AMERICA is GENETICALLY MODIFIED WTF!!! In Europe, 7% of all food is GENETICALLY MODIFIED and they require a label if a product is .9 per cent GM. No labels are required in this country. WTF!!! In 1995, Will Allen decided to provide fresh fruits/veggies/meats to the urban centers of Milwaukee. In 2008, he WON A MacArthur Fellowship and continues his battle against "institutionized farming." CHANGE CAN HAPPEN. STop buying CRAP!! WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! LITIGIOUS SOCIETY WTF!!! Liz Lloyd of Jersey is suing the family of a LITTLE LEAGUER who hit her with a wild pitch while warming up for a game. WTF!!! Liz wants $500,000 (homeowners insurance max) for a "broken orbital bone" she sustained from the displaced baseball thrown by a 13 year old. WTF!!!! Seems to me I remember something about ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK in law school? WTF!!! Too many lawyers with too much overhead= too many DUMB LAWSUITS. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! SAturday: IMMIGRATION WTF!! Kris Kobach, Bush attorney & Sec. of State of Kansas, says the new "DREAM ORDER" is ILLEGAL. WTF!!! Kobach argues that the immigration law of '96 prohibits the PRESIDENT to use "discretion" on who is DEPORTED & who is NOT. WTF!!! '44's Order affects 1.4 million illegals. EVEN MITT THE SHIT said today that if you serve in the military, you get a free "walk." This country was founded on immigrants, legal&illegal. ALITTLE COMPASSION PLEASE. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF TGIF: FAST & FURIOUS WTF!!! The ill-conceived DOJ plan to arm Mexican cartel members with AK-47's seems to have backfired!! WTF!!! AG ERIC HOLDER was found in CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS by a GOP committee and faces a HOUSE VOTE recommended by "Suntan" Speaker Boehner WTF!!! Despite Holder's conveyance of over 7,000 pages of documents, this has become political football. WTF!! '44 is invoking "EXECUTIVE PRIVLEDGE" but in so doing, has brought the WHITE HOUSE under fire. WTF!! And all to trace guns to the bad guys!!! WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DOS DAILY: WEATHER WTF!!! With the recent heat wave in CT, you get the whiners about HOT it is as OPPOSED the whiners in the WINTER, how COLD IT IS (like me). WHICH IS WORSE? After 30 years in Houston, this AIN'T HOT. HOT is a Quonset Hut in DaNang. But I figure I am, at most, 18 feet from a swimming pool now as opposed to 2 hours of attempting to get warm in the WINTER. WTF!!! Give me the hot any time. WTF?! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DAILY: INVESTING WTF!!! The stock market has been up/down more than a bride's nightie lately but a new study by Unversity of Chicago/Wharton scholars suggests the "BUY AND HOLD" through volatile times is BULLSHIT. WTF!!! "Our basic message is that stocks should look a little riskier than they did before," says scholar Bob Stambaugh. WTF!!?? DIDN'T A MONKEY out predict our genius "financial advisors." BUY CHEAP, SELL SHORT is my motto. WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! HUMP DAY!! RAT ISLAND WTF?? One of 44 tiny islands off Manhattan, ALEX SCHIBI decided to buy the island (2.5 acres) last year for $176,000. WTF!!! Schibi is a retired Port Authority engineer who survived 911 by being late for work. WTF!!! His first order of business: change the name back to the original RATTER ISLAND. "I loved Robinson Crusoe stories growing up," says the island owner. WTF!! A MAN & HIS OWN ISLAND: PRICELESS. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: GOVERNMENT PROSECUTION WTF!! With nobody from Wall Street under indictment, the Rutgers kid walking, Clemens & Edwards let go, WTF IS with our prosecutors?? WTF? Now if Sandusky goes FREE, I may have to come out of RETIREMENT!!! WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY!! COMPULSORY VOTING WTF? Yep, you gotta vote come November 6th!! WTF? In 23 countries (10 where it is enforced by sanctions), if you want to be a citizen, you VOTE if you are 18 years of age or older WTF! In 1777, the State of Georgia had such a law here. WTF!!! Hmmm . . . I wonder if that would counteract the big bucks spent on campaigns???? Instead of 50% turnout in Presidential election years and as low as 30% in off-years, maybe we might just get a PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC???? WTF!!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: THE ROGER WTF? The jury is in on the Roger Clemens case. Five bucks says that he walks? WTF!!! Despite samples and sworn testimony of his trainer, my good ole buddy RUSTY HARDIN put in the bribes to get him off. WTF!! Not so sure WHY the government had to try to the CHEATER twice anyhow. WTF!! Clemens is such an asshole, he got kicked out of his own kid's Little League game in Houston. WTF!! carladdisonsanson.com
WTF MOMENT-Monday: in 2008, Ken Couch made news by floating through the air in a lawn chair supported only by party balloons. WTF!! Couch "flew" from Oregon to Idado (235 miles) in his outdoors' couch potato chair. WTF!! HE'S BACK!!! WTF!! Couch has found a buddy to fly with him in adjoining chairs! This time, they will attempt to "fly" to Montana. DOD: July 14th, Bastille Day. THE WEED MUST BE REALLY GOOD IN OREGON . . . . WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF Sunday: FATHER'S DAY WTF? First Pop's day was designed by a WOMAN in Spokane, Washington in 1910. Didn't gain much traction. Ole Pop was probably working on Sunday? WTF? LBJ, after being maligned by Senator Margaret Chase Smith, proclaimed FATHER' DAY the third Sunday in June in 1966. Nixon signed it into LAW in 1972. Thus, I guess we FATHERS CAN THANK SOME WOMEN for giving us a nice day!!! WTF!!! Happy Pop's Day to all. carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE TGIF: HP INK CARTRIDGES WTF!!!! AT $35.00 for approximately 10-20 mililiters of ink (or about what you get in a Heinz ketchup package), these babies may be the most expensive liquid in the world WTF!!!! HP or its competitors won't reveal the exact volume. WTF!!! "It is expensive technology," says one executive. YEAH IN THE PACKAGING!!! Can anyone say RIPOFF? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF Saturday!!! HAPPY GRADUATION WTF? 65% of the class of 2012 will actually graduate from high school with about 37% going on college. WTF!!! Of those graduating from university, 82% will return home to live in with their parents and 40% will be unemployed/or underemployed. WTF!! While our kids rank 38th in Math, 23rd in science skills WORLDWIDE, they rank FIRST IN SELF ESTEEM. WTF!!! IF WE BOOMERS ARE COUNTING ON OUR SS CHECKS, forget about it!! WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF TGIF!! FRANK DEFORD WTF?? Westport neighbor DEFORD of sports writing fame is out with a new book on his decades of reporting. SERIOUS interview with TAVIS SMILEY. WTF? Asked why there are few BLACK college football coaches: "Backward racism. Alumni would rather have a Black college president than to return to HOMECOMING and see a BLACK MAN ON THE SIDELINES WTF!! On the SKYBOXIFICATION of pro sports: "Used to be, I could go to Yankee Stadium as a kid for two bucks. NO MORE. Kids are being left out of the experience. WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY!!! DOCTORS WTF? Just back from my annual check-in for my drugs with my local M.D. WTF!! He tells me "only ones making any money in the medical field is the CEO's of insurance companies WTF!!!! "I would retire in a minute if I could afford it," the doc explains. "It is no fun worrying about the bottom line all the time." His take on any solution: "Socialized medicine with the government setting the costs." WTF!!! His advice to me: "Keep on running!" carladdisonswanson.com
WTF HUMP DAY: CASEY MARTIN WTF?? The former Stanford teammate of Tiger is back at the U.S. OPEN WTF!!! Casey suffers from a rare leg disease which limits blood to his leg. He had to SUE THE PGA to allow him TO USE A cart to PLAY THE TOUR. WTF!!! HE'S BACK in a feel good story. Martin, now golf coach at Oregon with leg still intact at the age of 40, QUALIFIED FOR THE US OPEN. WTF!! And he will ride the cart this week. BRAVO!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DOUBLE DAILY: LANCE!!!!! WTF!!! The United States Doping Agency (USADA) has brought a fifteen page complaint against LANCE ARMSTRONG alleging that he doped during his 7 wins at the TOUR DE FRANCE WTF!!!. These are not criminal charges but could strip him of his wins and prohibit his current comeback in the Ironman. WTF!!! First, THEY TAKE HIS BALLS AND NOW THIS TROPHIES WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DAILY: PARKINSON DISEASE WTF? Attributable to one's genes and toxins in the environment, the deadly disease affects over 1 million Americans. WTF!!! In 1998, scientists made great headway in stem cell research but funding was suspended by Bush '43. WTF!!! Based on "MORAL GROUNDS" the cure to this disease was halted until '44 reinstituted some bucks. NOT SURE how cells created in a test tube equate to any moral issues whatsover??? WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! Monday: HEALTH INSURANCE WTF?? Hogan Gorman was an aspiring actress-hottie when she was hit by a car in the Big Apple in '04. With no insurance, she was stabilized in the ER but her damaged back went untreated. LONG story short, HOGAN ended up $50,000 in debt, sick as hell and on Medicaid/food stamps. She has written a memoir of her struggle entitled "HOT CRIPPLE." ATYPICAL?? Ask the other 46 million Americans without health coverage. WTF!!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DAILY!!!! GHOST OF THE PAST WTF?? Allen West (R-FL) announced last week that "78-81 Democrats in Congress are members of the Communist Party." WTF!!!! The story caught on the blogs and any denial was deemed "a ploy of the liberal media." WTF?? Bill Moyers remembers the days of JOE MCCARTHY. Professor MARTY KAPLAN (USC) argues "amensia to history is being sold to the public by the media." WTF!!! "Everything is entertainment including all of the political ads." WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DOUBLE: COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES WTF!! David McCullough, teacher and son of famed historian, socked it to the graduating class of Wellesley High School. WTF!!! McCullough told them "YOU AIN'T SPECIAL. You are dressed all the same, your diplomas are the same but for the name." McCullough was attempting to encourage each student to find their uniqueness instead "of relying all those U-9 soccer trophies you ALL have". WTF!!! BRAVO!! I can't even read the local newspaper, it is so filled with STAPLES EXCEPTIONALISM. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!!! SUNDAY - PACQUIAO-BRADLEY WTF!! I had the misfortune of watching the PPV boxing match at a home with 45 Philippinos WATCHING. WTF!! Never saw Bradley land a punch and yet 2-1 decision for the American. WTF!!! Manny kept the audience waiting as he watched HIS Celtics bite the dust and then fought like a champion. Contractual rematch for both fighters in November & another 20 million$ for PACQUIAO WTF?? CAN anyone say FIXED?? WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF SATURDAY!!?? TRIPLE CROWN WTF? With "I'll Have Another" scrapped from today's Belmont, one wonders whether the trainer, sanctioned in four states for giving drugs to race horses, was to blame??? WTF!!! Since the last winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness & Belmont were in the '70's (Secretariat, Seattle Slew & Affirmed), one wonders if it can be ever done again?? WTF?? Of course, "they" say if you lived the 70's, you don't remember anything so perhaps it was just a mirage?? WTFFFFFFFFFFF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF TGIF: NASDAQ WTF?? UBS suing the stock exchange for "fraud" involving the initial sale of FACEBOOK. WTF!!!! THE Swiss bank wanted millions of FB but didn't receive any confirmation of sales so they just kept buying. WTF!! NASTAQ just says it was human error. WTF!!! Yeah as the stock dropped FASTER THAN A BRIDE'S NIGHTIE. WTF!! The entire market is "bi-polar" these days. TIP from a DAY TRADER (mE!!). Buy Sirius XM at $1.90. WTF!! carladddionswanson.com
WTF SATURDAY!!! Our MILITARY WTF!!! We all want to "support the troops" now that many of us have been shamed by the way we treated Vietnam Vets. WTF?? But 154 Iraq-Afghan veterans have killed themselves this year WTF!!! And as the documentary "INVISIBLE WAR" points out, the rape of FEMALE TROOPS is commonplace with a blind avenue of redress. WTF!!! Until the general populus is inconvenienced by WAR (draft, rationing,increased taxes), this BULLSHIT WILL CONTINUE. STOP IT!! WTF!!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: CREDIT CARD SOLICITATIONS WTF!! Tired of these assholes calling "saying there is no problem with your card but . . ." and try to extend your credit or sell you some stupid insurance on the damn cards. WTF!! There is a guy in Westport that only uses $2.00 bills to pay all his bills. With the average family $9,000 in debt, where is Elizabeth Warren when we need her?? WTF?? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! TGIF: CEllPHONES WTF?? A NYC employee, 28 years at the job, resigned her $59,395 a year job after it was learned that she used her government issue Blackberry yapping to BFFs for 19,857 minutes during a 8 month period. WTF!!! Come on NOW!!! I see PARENTS ignoring their kids to check their "gadget" or drivers yapping on the phone. WTF!! I was in the law profession for 30 years and NEVER got a phone call that couldn't wait until I got home/office. STOP THE INSANITY. Talk to somebody face to face . . . after you read this! WTF? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DOUBLE HUMP DAY BUBBA WTF?? Bill Clinton seen around alot lately campaigning against ROMNEY WTF? Turns out, Bubba's speeches come with a price tag WTF!!! Yep, Bubba charges to pay off Hill's 2008 campaign debt of $240,000. WTF!!!! DOES POLITICS have to be all about money these days??? WTF!! The Wisconsin RECALL ran a tab of 63 million$$$ by both parties.
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WTF DAILY: MAD MEN WTF? Mathew Weiner, the creater and chief scribe, is killing off main characters or sending them packing. WTF? Also, his treatment of Sally Draper is rather weird. Last season, she was "playing with herself" and this year, she has witnessed her step-grandmother giving oral sex to Roger and we all had to watch as she had her first menstrual cycle. WTF!!! TMI on a 12 year old gal in 1966. I lived it, no need to repeat it. "The Killing" is much better anyhow. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF DOUBLE: RFK WTF!! 44 years ago, Robert Kennedy was gunned down in a kitchen after winning the California Democratic Presidential primary. WTF!!! John Glenn was there and was dispatched to tell the 10 Kennedy offspring that their father had been killled. "Toughest job I have ever had to do." WTF!!! Imagine if RFK had beat Nixon and brought an end to the Vietnam WAR? WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!!! Hump Day: D-Day Anniversary WTF!! On June 6th, 1944, 160,000 (WTF!!) Allied Forces attacked the German held 50 mile stretch of THE French coastline. WTF!! BATMAN!! With 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft to assist, they drove the Germans back and took a foothold in Europe. TO THE 9,000+ who died and those who fought that day, WE SALUTE YOU!!! Excuse my French, but major STEEL genitalia!!!! A PROUD DAY FOR AMERICA. WTF!! carladdisonswanson.com
WTF!! DAILY: U.S. NAVY WTF?? On the anniversary of MIDWAY, historian Arthur Herman looks at our past & present Navy. WTF!! At the end of WWII, we had 6,768 active vessels. WE NOW HAVE 285 active vessels. WTF?? Down from 594 at the end of the COLD WAR, plans are to cut another 11 ships. WTF!! DAMN IT, WE NEED MORE!!! After ALL we are fighting an enemy that doesn't own a single airplane. WTF??? carladdisonswanson.com
WTF MONDAY!! BLOOMBERG!! wtf??? Anthony Taylor of NYC, all 6', 315 lbs. of him, is pissed at the Mayor WTF!! Bloomberg has banned BIG SODAS along with smoking and trans fat in foods. WTF?? Anthony enjoys his MacDonald's 280 calorie, 69 grams of sugar + 32 oz. of SWEET TEA. WTF?? "We should be responsible for ourselves," says Anthony, admitting his own obesity. WTF!!! HERE'S THE DEAL: You eat whatever and not exercise BUT YOU GIVE UP your rights to Medicaid/care when you stroke out??? HOW'S THAT?? WTF?
WTF!! SUNDAY!! NAPALM GIRL WTF?? The picture that shocked the world of a 9 year with burns from a napalm bomb in Vietnam, exactly forty years ago. WTF!!! Kim Phuc, the young gal, who is naked in the photo lived through the attack, studied in Cuba and fled to Canada where she lives now with her Vietnamese hubby and two sons. NICE epilogue to a stupid war. WONDER HOW MANY KIM's being burned today in more stupid WARS??? WTF??
WTF WEEKEND: CHARITY GREED! WTF?? PINK RIBBONS, INC. is a new documentary following the PINK CRUSADE for breast cancer. The NFL is wearing pink shoes, golfers with pink ribbons, charity runs, etc. etc. WTF?? Bottom Line? The PINKENING OF AMERICA has done more to line the pockets of charitable corportions than to help cure breast cancer. WTF!!! As activist Judy Brady states: "When I see a pink ribbon, I see evil." WTF!!
WTF!!! FRIDAY: GLORIA ALLRED WT. . ?? The high profile 71 year old lady lawyer, who first gained fame representing OJ ex-wife's family, is staying busy. WTF!!! ALLRED REPRESENTS the busty gal who got fired for her too large boobs, John Travolta masseurs and a TRANSGENDER Miss Universe contestant. WTF!!! Some frown on her celebrity status, but I LIKE THAT the small dog gets a decent lawyer. WTF!!!
WTF TGIF!! JOHN EDWARDS WTF? Professional sleezeball politician-ambulance chaser, Edwards was found NOT GUILTY on one count and the jury deadlocked on the other five counts of illegal use of campaign contributions. WTF!!! Edwards paid some $925,000 to his co-sleezebitch with their bastard child with monies from his election efforts to become our President in '08. WTF!!! Despite his dying wife's gift of all the receipts of his adultery, the prosecution could still not prove their case. WTF!!! ONE MORE REASON FOR LIMITED PUBLICLY FUNDED ELECTIONS.
WTF DOUBLE TGIF: '44 WTF? I worked for President Obama's campaign in '08 but really wanted Hillary. I have been suspicious of his every move and must say I have been impressed with his coolness, eloquence and intelligence. WTF? What I don't understand is THE CONSTANT HATRED TOWARD THE PRESIDENT?? WTF?? I can understand the polarization over Bush '43 because of the War and Bubba Clinton on his oral oval office but why . . . with Obama??? WTF? I have come to the conclusion that it is because he is BLACK. Sad but I afraid true.
WTF DOUBLE FRIDAY: Shortage of WOMEN billionaires WTF!!! CNBC reports that there are only a handful of lady billionaires WTF!!! Despite a majority of women in law and medical schools, most women own SMALL BUSINESSES while only 57% of the corporate workforce. WTF!! A GOP bobblehead couldn't resist knocking '44 for this diminished # of rich ladies. WTF!!! Gee, I guess OPRAH made her bucks in THREE SHORT YEARS??? WTF??
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: THIEF AT THE VATICAN!!! WT . . ?? Pope Benedict XVI is pissed off at his butler, Paolo Gabrile, who stole many of his "personal documents." WTF??? The Vatican would not elaborate except that the Pope "knew, loved and respected" PAOLO WTF!! To me, the atheist heathen, this whole Pope thing is rather stupid as is Mitt's "garment" underwear. BUT WHATEVER floats your boat. WTF!!!
WTF!! DAILY: COUNTERINSURGENCY WT . . ??? Defined as "when a country attempts to contain or quell" an INSURGENCY." WTF?? The big boys at WEST POINT ARE starting to question the military tactical success of such action (DUH!!). With 6,000 dead in Afghanistan/Iraq and 1 TRILLION$$$$ SPENT, is it working?? WTF!! One Colonel says: "It could work if we are willing to stay 70,80,90 years." WTF!!! Let's get your ACT TOGETHER, we ain't paying forever. WTF!
WTF!! DAILY: 1929 !!!!! WTF?? "American Experience" revisted the year when all HELL broke loose. After a decade of prosperity, with many ordinary folk dabbling with margin calls in the stock market, the BUBBLE BURST!!! WTF? Even after a "cash infusion" by the big banks and the Federal Reserve Board agreeing with Prez Hoover that the "free market would correct itself with no regulation," IT ALL CAME CRUMBLING DOWN. wtf!! GEE, SOUND FAMILIAR??? Perhaps on this Memorial Day we should refresh our memories and BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!
WTF DAILY DOUBLE: MEMORIAL DAY WTF!! Since 1868, we have celebrated those who gave their lives in the service of this country. One study counts 1,346,000 men and women have been killed in action in WARS from the Revolutionary-Mexican-Civil-Spanish American-I-II, Korea,Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq & Afganistan. WAS IT WORTH IT???? I am reminded OF PAT TILLEY'S brother's response at his memorial service: "FUCK IT, PAT CAN'T FEEL, HEAR US OR APPRECIATE ANYTHING." HOW MANY will die TODAY in our wars???? WTF!
WTF DAILY: CERTIFICATES WT . . ?? While AZ Secretary of State Ken Bennett recanted on NOT putting '44's name on the ballot cuz he was satisfied that the Hawaii birth certificate was legit, nut case Sherriff, JOE ARPAIO, sent TWO deputies to verify it authenticity. WTF!!! Since Mitt Romney admits to being a devout MORMON, I would like to see his marriage license(s). WTF!!! I agree with Bill Maher, let us take a careful look at MITT's wedding vows, certificate and birth certificates of his five sons who look amazingly the same age. WTF!! FIRE WITH FIRE. WTF!!
WTF!!! FRIDAY: GLORIA ALLRED WT. . ?? The high profile 71 year old lady lawyer, who first gained fame representing OJ ex-wife's family, is staying busy. WTF!!! ALLRED REPRESENTS the busty gal who got fired for her too large boobs, John Travolta masseurs and a TRANSGENDER Miss Universe contestant. WTF!!! Some frown on her celebrity status, but I LIKE THAT the small dog gets a decent lawyer. WTF!!!
WTF SATURDAY: C-Section BIRTHS WTF? The Archives of Disease in Childhood reports that C-Section babies are twice as likely to be overweight in later years. WTF!!!! Since there are 4 million + babies born each year and 32.8% of them are C-Sections, welp that is more than 17% obese kids right now. WTF!! HOLD ON TO THOSE CHEETOS!!
WTF DOUBLE FRIDAY: Shortage of WOMEN billionaires WTF!!! CNBC reports that there are only a handful of lady billionaires WTF!!! Despite a majority of women in law and medical schools, most women own SMALL BUSINESSES while only 57% of the corporate workforce. WTF!! A GOP bobblehead couldn't resist knocking '44 for this diminished # of rich ladies. WTF!!! Gee, I guess OPRAH made her bucks in THREE SHORT YEARS??? WTF??
WTF DOUBLE: HARVARD's 50th REUNION. WT. . ??? The most FAMOUS graduate of the 1962 class of the most presdigious college in America will NOT be attending the reunion WTF!!! Ted Kaczynski, the UNABOMBER, updated his status in Harvard's newsletter as "PRISONER" and under the AWARDS SECTION, listed his "eight life sentences" as accomplishments. The IVY UPPIDIES did not find it funny. WTF???
WTF!!!! ALL FAIR IN LOVE AND MATRIMONY WT...? Steve Silverstein of NYC, twice DUMPED by his pretty fiancee (the flight attendent) is suing her. WTF!!! Kendra Platt-Lee took off the second time with his bank account, owing on the penthouse lease and obligations for a big wedding. WTF!!! So Steve sued her . . . no comment from her lawyer . . . FOOL BE ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME . . . WTF!
WTF!!! THURSDAY: "AMERICAN IDOL" WT. . . ???? 132 MILLION VOTED IN THE AMERICAN IDOL competition this week. WTF? 131,032,799 voted in the 2008 ELECTION. WTF!!!!!!!! Discounting multiple voting, does this TELL YOU WHY we are having troubles in this country????? WTF!!
WTF WEDNESDAY!!! TOWERS & THEFT WTF!! Great "FRONTLINE" on the fatalities of untrained men climbing the race for 3G & now 4G. OSHA won't go near the big corporations that mandate the jobs to build the towers. WTF!!! Jon Conzine and his gambling at MFGlobal. $1.5 billion of investors bucks LOST DUE TO a 6 BILLION BET ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS. WTF!! COME ON GOVERNMENT, time TO GET TOUGH. WTF!!!
WTF DOUBLE DOSAGE: FACEBOOK WTF??? While the IPO of FACEBOOK is taking criticism and the stock falling, YOU must agree that FB serves a valuable and amazingly efficient service. WTF? BILLY BOB THORTON knocking the social network for its sophomoric exchanges (from Billy??) on Tavis last night BUT I have worked every election since KENNEDY-NIXON and I have not seen this type of intelligent exchange ever. KUDOS TO THE ZUCK.
WTF DOUBLE!!! SUNSHINE!! WTF!!! After another dismal rainy day in the NUTMEG STATE, I found that it enjoys only 90 "CLEAR DAYS" A YEAR!!!! WTF!!! Las Vegas leads the way with 210 days which is ironic cuz they want you indoors to gamble there. WTF!! Can't WIN FOR LOSING. WTf!
WTF!! TRIPLE: Political Solicitations. WTF!! MITT ROMNEY calls my house every night at 7:12 p.m. WTF!! My JAMMIE (who hates to answer the phone cuz she can't say "no" to solicitors) is offered A DINNER WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA & CLINTON online. WTF!!! Not sure what Mitt the Shit is thinking. CT is a blue state. THE DINNER with Barry/Michelle was 50$. Add Bubba and it is now $75!!! STOP IT!!!!! ANOTHER REASON for publicly funded elections is no SOLICITATIONS!! WTF!!!
WTF DAILY DOUBLE: KENNEDY CURSE WTF!! Writer Maureen Callahan lambasts the Kennedy men for "treatment of women that is historically deplorable." The long list of JFK, RFK,EMK's conquests is legend. WTF!!! Callahan concludes this generation of KENNEDYs as "a family riddled with entitled, underachieving drunks, drug addicts and adulterers." WTF!!! Even Papa Joe brought Gloria Swanson (no relation) to dinner with Rose. WTF!! CAMELOT was too good to be true??? SAD...............
WTF DAILY: TEXTING!!! WTF!! A HATED pastime for someone who DOES NOT OWN a cellphone, a MOTORCYCLE couple from Morristown, New Jersey, who were HIT BY A TEXTER while driving their motorcyle, HAVE SUED not only the driver (who was texting before he hit them) but the SENDER OF THE TEXT who knew her boyfriend was driving while reading her TEXT!! WTF!!!!! The Kuberts each lost a leg, their jobs and health insurance cuz of the accident, & ARE FUCKING MAD!! WTF!! Judge to rule on the CIVIL ACTION next week
WTF DAILY: COUNTERFEITING WTF?? A 680 billion dollar a year industry costing USA companies big revenue, safety issues, jobs and the possibility of aiding terrorist groups. WTF!!!! FROM copy cat drugs, military surplus, cigarettes, baby food . . . the list is endless. The PROFIT MARGIN IS BIGGER THAN ILLEGAL DRUGS WTF!!! So the "undeclared war" continues against an economy already in the crapper. WTF??
WTF!! DAILY: KELLOGG BROTHERS WTF!!! John Henry Kellogg was a doctor who was a pioneer in vegan diets. Built a huge "SANITARIUM" in Battle Creek, Michigan in the late 1800's. WTF!!! His bro, W.K. KELLOGG, was basically his gopher but wandered into the kitchen one day to invent CORN FLAKES. WTF!!! He added sugar (a no-no to John Henry) to the flakes and made a fortune despite the chagrin of his doctor brother who never spoke to him again!!! WT!!!
WTF!!?? DAILY: RICH IN USA WTF!! Bill O'Reilly, who grew up in Levittown and oggled Garden City growing up, thinks DEMOCRATS & OBAMA don't LIKE the rich. WTF!!! Now, I won the sperm lottery growing UP in Westport and worked my ass off most of my life but my neighobr is a 30-something who has a 7,400 square foot house, two nannies and 5 Mercedes. HE WORKS LESS than me!! WTF!!! SO BILL, mabye WE DO AGREE WITH '44 when he says the rich need to pay MORE OF THEIR FAIR SHARE!!! WTF!!
WTF!!! ++ DAILY: DRUG OF CHOICE WTF??? XANAX has replaced herion and cocaine as the number one drug of choice and abuse in a recent New York City study. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The former sleeping aid is now used a "happy pill" WTF!! Highly addictive and cheap. HELL, I have been taking one a night for 12 years. Perhaps a new career peddling drugs?????? WTF!!
WTF DAILY!!! Stanley, North Dakota WTF!!! North Dakota in the midst of an oil boom with 200 billion barrels estimated underground. WTF!!! Some of the local folks, ain't too happy about the "commotion" going on, especially those who don't have any royalty rights and watching their farms being dug up. WTF!! BUT SUCH IS THE WAY WITH DRILL BABY DRILL!!!! Gots to be a better way?
WTF DOUBLE DAILY!!?? Kennedy Clan WTF!!! Damn, another Kennedy dead far too early in life. Bobby Jr.'s estranged wife hung herself in her Westchester swankienda. Booze and drugs, the press is saying. Two boys left behind. DAMN!! STOP THIS INSANITY!! It is one thing for the Kennedy Curse but with this generation of Kennedys, it is all self-imposed. WTF??
WTF!!!??DAILY: METH EPIDEMIC. wtf!!! "Frontline" depicted the recent disasters of methanphetamine addiction. For us BOOMERS, we remember "speed" helping us cram for exams. Highly addictive, it's "PURITY' on the streets is directly linked to SUDAFED in OTC cold medicine. When the NARCS shut down India manufacturers, addiction went down but DRUG COMPANIES insist that their products be OTC!! WTF!!!! Oregon has made SUDAFED a prescription drug and addiction/crime way down. WTF!!! Others states?? BOUGHT/PAID FOR BY DRUG COMPANIES. WTF!!
WTF!!!?? DAILY: JPMORGAN-CHASE WTF? What goes around, comes around? RIVALS to JAMIE DIMON & JP-Chase are getting some revenge on the CEO/BIGGEST BANK who choked Merrill Lynch/Lehman Bros. to death in 2008 and used the 25 billion$ TARP to acquire businesses instead of helping MAIN STREET. WTF??? HEDGE FUND counterparts are making it difficult for JAMIE to unload his CRAP. "Wall Street has a very long memory," says one. ELIZABETH WARREN wants JAMIE's butt off the FED. PIGS GET FAT, HOGS GET SLAUGHTERED.
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WTF DAILY: 4 Heart Tests You May Not NEED? WTF!!! From Reuters.com who concludes that 30% of all health care includes tests that are NOT necessary. WTF!!!!
ECG (EKG), ECHOCARDIOGRAM, STRESS TEST (75% accuracy) and CARDIAC CT SCAN may help some with specific heart problems but need NOT be administered routinely. WTF!! My advice: WALK or RUN 3 miles a day. DOCTORS DON'T Heal any more. They guess, test and give you a pill. WTF!!!
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: WHAT IS COLLEGE WORTH?? wtf? On her blog, Karol Markowicz, points out a RUTGERS study that show only ONE OUT TWO graduates in the last 5 years, has a full time job. WTF!!! An NYU study shows that 45% OF STUDENTS SHOW "no significant gains in learning after two years of college". WTF!!!
I just heard that the average age of the AMERICAN FARMER is 68 years old. Now there is a career path . . . WTF!!??
WTF!! DAILY: "60 Minutes" WTF!! TOP CIA DUDE, Hank Crumpton, says he had a clear shot at Osama in 1998 and Bubba couldn't pull the trigger?? WTF!!! HARMONY CHARTER schools run by the TURKS in this country are making our kids smarter and one ISLAMIC DUDE rich? WTF!!! & finally, Lt. DAN (Gary Sinise) raising money for VETERAN AMPUTEES by touring with his band. STILL THE BEST ON TELEVISION.
WTF DOUBLE DUTY: BALLCAPS WTF? Everyone, these days, wears a ball cap. To run, to the kids' game, to dinner, to church. WTF!!! Even WOMEN are wearing Yankee hats like they are JETER's wannabe girlfriend. WTF!! Certainly didn't see the MAN IN GREY FLANNEL SUIT wearing one or Don Draper. WTF? Used to be we kids were the only ones with caps. MAYBE WE JUST NEVER GREW UP?? WTF?
WTF DAILY: USPS WTF!! I love the Postal Service. Good people. Friendly. I would prefer to get a letter than an email any day. BUT the USPS LOST 3.2 billion$ last quarter. HOLY SMOKE BATMAN WTF!!! Forecast is dismal: 14.1 billion$ in 2011. They have closed the WESTPORT DOWNTOWN BRANCH and now looking at my fav, GREEN FARMS POST OFFICE. WTF!!!! The Post Office is the only agency mandated by the Constitution so it ain't going anywhere . . . send a letter to a friend!! OR YOUR CONGRESSPERSON. WTF!!!
WTF!! PANTY BOMBS WTF?? Following the Detroit underwear bomber, the TSA went out and purchased 122 million$ worth of full-body scanners. WTF? Trouble is that the scanners don't detect anything non-metal WTF!! Committee Chair John Mica (R-F), says the "TSA continues to bungle security and waste money." DUH? Then cut their funds Congress!!! Or perhaps the answer is to bring back metal chastity belts??? GOP might kill two birds with one stone? WTF!!
WTF DAILY: MILITARY BUDGET. WTF!! Despite 680 BILLION $$$$ in the budget, Arthur Herman of the American Enterprise Institute, THINKS WE ARE GETTING LESS for our buck WTF!!! Herman (no relation to PEE WEE) believes that Congress should stop the military cuts (mandated by law) and reform the acquisition system. WTF?? Apparently the F-35 & Zumalt Destroyer are just taking too long to build. WTF!! I am reminded of Barney Frank's comment: "I can understand why the U.S. Air Force has to be the largest air command in the world. What I can't understand is why the U.S. Navy has to have the second largest air command in the world. WTF!!! STOP THE WARS and maybe we can afford the toys??? WTF!!
WTF!! DAILY!!: BATWOMAN!!! WTF!! Michelle Bachmann has become a SWISS citizen according to "POLITICO." WTF!! Batwoman's hubby, Robin . . . I mean Marcus is 100% Swiss (like the cheese with holes in it??) and thus, faithful patriot that she is, Bachmann was confirmed a citizen too on March 19th. WHERE ELSE CAN SHE CAREFULLY STORE ALL THAT CAMPAIGN MONEY???? The former IRS attorney and Republican representative will retain her AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP as well. The land of 10,000 lakes deserves better. WTF!
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: Governor=White House. WTF? Every President in recent history, from CARTER TO REAGAN TO CLINTON, have had problems making the initial transition from Governor to Washington D.C. WTF?? So why should we even consider ROMNEY, a one term Governor with no FOREIGN RELATIONS EXPERIENCE whatsover, to replace a President who has finally found his stride???? WTF!!
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: Bank of America-Morons WTF!! Bank of America has agreed to "modify" the principal of your mortgage!! WTF? However, you need to be "under water" on the value and BEHIND ON PAYMENTS!! WTF!!!! Two bitches: (1) This is an inducement not to pay your mortgage and (2) this was the supposidly the deal AFTER TARP IN '08 and BOA only mortified 10,000 mortgages. MORONS!!!
WTF!! DAILY: OBESITY!!! WTF!!! AGAIN? WTF? 34% of Americans are at least 30 pounds overweight. WTF!! COST?? 20.6% of all health care spending. WTF!! Absenteeism from work = loss of 6.4$ billion to employers (& we wonder why they outsource jobs??); ADDED JET FUEL IN PLANES & GAS IN CARS for fat passengers: Total 9 billion$ in expenses (and we want solar???) WTF!! GUT CHECK AMERICA (literally) TIME to drop the processed foods and pound the pavement!! That is, if you really want to solve our problems??? WTF!!
WTF!!! DAILY: VET RIPOFF WTF!! CNN reports of the DISABLED VETERANS NATIONAL FOUNDATION raising some 56 million bucks. WTF!! Problem is that none of it went to Veterans. WTF!! Instead, the DVNF gave coconut M&M's, chef coats and other junk that was donated. WTF!! Where did they 56 million bucks go??? Parent fundraiser Qudriga Art, Inc of NYC says its cost more than a buck to raise a buck. GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY FACE!!!!!!!!!
WTF!! DAILY: OBESITY!!! WTF!!! AGAIN? WTF? 34% of Americans are at least 30 pounds overweight. WTF!! COST?? 20.6% of all health care spending. WTF!! Absenteeism from work = loss of 6.4$ billion to employers (& we wonder why they outsource jobs??); ADDED JET FUEL IN PLANES & GAS IN CARS for fat passengers: Total 9 billion$ in expenses (and we want solar???) WTF!! GUT CHECK AMERICA (literally) TIME to drop the processed foods and pound the pavement!! That is, if you really want to solve our problems??? WTF!!
WTF!! DOUBLE DAILY: Golf Commericals WTF!! Do the MAD MEN think that all golfers suffer from ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION???? Also, do they think all men suffer from penis envy with THEIR ENDLESS CAR COMMERICALS. I wanna watch golf!!! FYI: I am a former Staples golf captain, college golfer and PGA teaching pro and "Mr. Happy" is doing just fine. Thank you
WTF! SEIS DE MAYO; WTF!! Not to sound like a REPUBLICAN but check out the taxes on "poor" Mark Zuckerberg while going public with FACEBOOK. WTF?? While Markie de Zuck exercised 60 million stock options = 2.1 billion bucks in his pocket, he had to PAY UNCLE SAM 714 MILLION DOLLARS and the state of CALIFORNIA 189 MILLION DOLLARS. Holy SHIT, Batwoman!! Pretty hefty price tag for making it big?? Now I guess we can afford to invade IRAN???? WTF!!
WTF!!!!! DaIlY: Daniel Suelo is a 51 year old man who lives in UTAH and hasn't used money in the last 11 years. WTF!!!! Dan got a degree from University of Colorado, got himself a good job and a big house. AND THEN DUMPED IT ALL!! WTF!! In his recent book "THE MAN WHO QUIT MONEY," Dan explains that he became depressed in society as we know it. He began to "barter" for food and lives in a cave in the mountains of Utah. He has NO MONEY and never uses it for anything. WTF!!! I tried this bohemian lifestyle on a sailboat in St. Matin for 5 months. IT SUCKS!! WTF!!
WTF DAILY: CINCO DE MAYO WTF!! Now an American holiday due to the fact that the day involves over indulgence and drunkenness. Two of our best culturiological traits. WTF!! Most know little that it is NOT Mexico's Independence Day but instead a celebration of the victory of the our southern neighbors over the FRENCH IN THE BATTLE DE PUEBLA in 1862. How that involves us? WTF? But we AMERICANS need little excuse to celebrate. MOTHER's DAY, ARMED FORCES DAY & MEMORIAL DAY all coming up in May. PARTY HARDY!! WTF!!
WTF DAILY: STEEL!! WTF? The once strong industry went to the cheap labored Chinese and Indians beginning in the 70's with 300,000 losing jobs here. WTF!!! But not to be undone, AMERICAN INNOVATION took over. New Cord now produces steel out of scrap metal and can fabricate to specs within a day. While still labor intensive, an example of how innovation can compete worldwide. WTF!!! NEED TO BRING THE JOBS HOME!!!! WTF!!
WTF!! DAILY Double: The NFL WTF!! With the suicide (??) of Seau and the recent suspension of Saints (!!) by the commissioner, one wonders what is going on with the NFL!!! Seau's death follows a similar death by Dave Duerson whose brain was fried by the number of hits in his NFL career. WTF!! At the same time, the NFL Players Association is livid about players' being suspended for "bountry hits." WTF!!! The Commish says he is "respecting the players." Doesn't the union? WTF!! But the fans love it more than a crash at the NASCAR. IS NFL FOOTBALL becoming too violent???? WTF?
WTF!! MORMONISM WTF? For an atheist, this is a tough go but here goes. WTF!! Joey Smith started this cult in Vermont in the 1820's, eventually killed and Brigham Young took over, moving to Salt Lake City in the 1840's. About 14 million MORMONS IN THE USA today. They like to be known as the Latter Day Saints (LDS) and have banned multiple wives (unless you are a "BIG LOVE" fan). MITT THE SHIT is a TBM (True Blue Mormon). They believe (1) The bible has many errors (no shit Jake); (2) God was a regular Dude at one time; (3) Jesus was a God before a mortal man; (4) Adam/Eve eating the apple was no sin (no shit Jake) and (5) Faithful Mormons may become Gods (WTF!!). I didn't find anything about the underwear thing but since I go "commando", no bigey. MORMONS can't talk about their religion. Sort of like a secret fraternity or a 1% club? WTF?
WTF D-DAILY: Media all over OBAMA for "GLOATING" about OSAMA WTF!!! Bush landed on an aircraft carrier with "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner on the flagship before the war had just started. WTF!!! And some bobblehead knocked '44 for not thanking anybody? Huh? '44 thanked everyone involved during the State of the Union Address. WTF!!! I guess (as Jon Steward suggested) the GOP is just jealous that they couldn't gloat about killing the bastard themselves. WTF!!
WTF MAY 1ST: BIG BROTHER!! WTF? Personal surveillance has taken great strides since 911. WTF!! CARS, LAZER PRINTERS, DIGITIAL CAMERAS, CD BURNERS all have devices to rat you OUT WTF!! There is virtually no PLACE IN PUBLIC that you are not being watched!! WTF?!! Acxiom, Google, AOL store billions of information on each/every ONE OF US!! NSA listens in on our phone calls/emails and the Galleio Satellite now has superpowers. WHAT ME WORRY? I am good person. THAT IS UNTIL SOMEONE STEALS YOUR IDENTITY FROM ALL THIS DATA. WTF!!!
WTF!!! As a liberal INDEPENDENT, I am tired of the Democrats whining all the time. WTF!!! Carter still whining about the hostage timing, Dukakis about Willie Horton, Gore about THE COURT and Kerry about the Swift Boaties.WTF!!! '44 needs to step up and counterpunch with Mitt the Shit. This blaming Bush for everything is a form of whining. "Osama is dead and GM is alive" is more like it!!! And the big elephant in the room is THE MORMON CULT!!! You want to play in the big leagues, you gotta play hard ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!
WTF Double Daily: Elizabeth Warren. WTF? One of my favs taking hits from the "Boston Globe" in her MA SENATE RUN. Apparently ole Liz ain't no Injun from Oklahoma. The Harvard professor, gaining a job in '96, pronouncing her Native American minority status, was not a poor Indian but drove a MG to her "tony" high school (in OK??) and while disclaiming her wealth (& 1% status), she and her hubby-Harvard prof made nearly a million$ last year to SAM BROWN's paultry 254,000$ (and he's married to a TV anchor). Appears Liz is taking $$$ from banks too. "Those who want reform." Hmmm . . . Teddy Kennedy's ole seat may deserve better?? WTF!
WTF!! Daily: FEAR OF HEIGHTS?? WTF? I can't even watch that CITI-BANK credit card adverstisement of the woman on the top of the rock. WTF!!! Turns out it is Katie Brown, a jewelry designer from Colorado, who climbed and stood on the top of UTAH'S ANCIENT ART summit for TWO HOURS while they filmed the commercial. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WTF TRIPLE DAILY: Students loans. WTF? Professor Harlan Reynolds from Tennessee has a solution to the student loan mess. Make them dischargeable under a bankruptcy!!! WTF!!! Currently STUDENT LOANS, IRS DEBT AND CHILD SUPPORT are not dischargeable under a CHAPTER 7 bankruptcy so THE 37 MILLION ADULTS WHO OWE STUDENTS LOANS ARE STUCK (39% are actually paying down on them). WTF!!! Reynolds also thinks that if the graduate can't find a job, the COLLEGE SHOULD TAKE SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY for the student loan discharge. NOW WE ARE TALKING!!!! Are you listening '44???? 1 trillion student loan debt. BIGGER THAN THE BANKS!!
WTF DAILY!!! PLASTICS!!! WTF!! Made from irreplaceable fossil fuels, WE use millions of PLASTIC CUPS, BOTTLES AND BAGS every minute in the USA. 500 billion bags a year. We can't recyle them cuz the PLASTICS folks don't want it. WTF!! So we ship it to China (YEP export our CRAP) or it ends up in LANDFILL or IN THE OCEAN!!!! We have used more plastic during 2000-2010 period than in the entire 20th century!!! The REAL ANSWER: Stop buying so much!!!! WTF!!
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: Head of the Iraq-Afghan Veterans Group reports that 28 Veterans of these wars KILLED THEMSELVES last MONTH!!!! WTF!!! Those who are seeking help are waiting up to 80 days to see a mental professional. WTF!!! Some 2.4 million Americans have served since 911. WTF!! The VA hospitals have been remodeled and well funded but it is the non-profits that help families with small problems that need money. UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG VETERANS IS 17%!!!!!!. WTF!!!!! SUPPORT THE TROOPS IS MORE THAN A BUMPER STICKER. Get involved!!!!!!
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: Head of the Iraq-Afghan Veterans Group reports that 28 Veterans of these wars KILLED THEMSELVES last MONTH!!!! WTF!!! Those who are seeking help are waiting up to 80 days to see a mental professional. WTF!!! Some 2.4 million Americans have served since 911. WTF!! The VA hospitals have been remodeled and well funded but it is the non-profits that help families with small problems that need money. UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG VETERANS IS 17%!!!!!!. WTF!!!!! SUPPORT THE TROOPS IS MORE THAN A BUMPER STICKER. Get involved!!!!!!
WTF DAilY!!! OBAMACARE WTF!! Scotty Gottlieb says that Obamacare will take many of the poor, old and disabled off Medicare and put them on Medicaid. WTF!! The good doctor (MD) claims that O-CARE will increase the number of ole folks by 40% on Medicaid to almost 80 million in 2016. WTF!!! Gottlieb says Medicaid is a broken program with many rates "so low that many patients can't get access to timely care." WTF!!! NOTE TO SELF: Check on PASSPORT renewal date.
WTF!! DAILY: HARLEY DAVIDSON WTF!! 1st quarter earnings up 44 per cent resulting from increased SALES BY WOMEN!!! WTF!! 2/3 of gal buyers pick Harley and sales are up 9% per cent among them. "WOMEN aren't just riding on the back anymore . . . they have discovered the spirit of the open road . . ." Move over PETER FONDA, Jane is a comin'. WTF!!
WTF!!! Whooper of all times. WTF!! Debbie Stevens of NY gave up one of her kidneys so her boss could get one!!! WTF!! Her reward: She got fired a year later by the same boss woman because she was having issues recovering from the surgery. WTF!!! Jeez, if that does not take the grand prize. Stevens has brought suit against the car company they both worked. WTF!!
WTF DAILY!!! Judicial System. WTF!!! Our state courts are filled with drug cases that log-jam the process so the actual criminals are often out on bail. WTF!! Our federal courts seemed to be full of JOHN EDWARDS & ROGER CLEMENS. WTF!! Both sleezeballs but is that a crime? WTF!! And our SUPREME COURT seems to have become a political arena with CITIZEN'S UNLIMITED & now OBAMACARE & soon AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. WTF?? Reality check in order.
WTF Double Daily: I am tired of people saying they "love" things. WTF!!! A student can NOT "love" their school nor can you LOVE your car. WTF!!! You can love a person or an animal but love is limited to actual living molecules. STOP IT!! I just am not feeling the love. WTF!!
WTF!! Double Daily: Bureau of Statistics (WTF is that anyhow??) is out today with figures that show a college graduate, on average, will make $46,271.00 a year while a high school graduate will make $30,781.10 a year. And the ole B.A. in sociology has got $21,324.87 in student loans. Hmmmm . . . and the plumber will be here when next week??? Seems like the age old argument (waged in the 60's) is once again biting us in the ass?? WTF!!!
WTF DOULBE DAILY!!??: METTA WORLD PEACE of the Lakers elbowed an opponent giving him a concussion in yesterday's NBA game. WTF!! World Peace aka Ron Artese has won numerous awards for his charity work WTF!!! Reminds me of the '77 game when mile mannered Kermit Washington (also of the Lakers) nearly killed Rudy Tomjonovich with a punch to the face. HAS SPORTS JUST BECOME TOO VIOLENT??? WTF???? IS THIS WHAT FANS WANT???
WTF DAILY: TO THE GENERATION OF "EVERYBODY GETS A TROPHY" WTF!! Horace Mann School & Packer Institute & Calhoun School & Bronx HS of Science have advised their seniors NOT to inform fellow students of their acceptance at elite colleges. "Schools attempt to . . . minimize the disappointment of . . . admissions," says one advisor. WTF!!!! Kids know the minute they get their SAT scores (junior year) that they ain't going HARVARD. Wonder if they ever get fired? WTF!!
WTF DAILY!?!?! TATTOOS WTF? 45 million Americans have tattoos and 16% have more than one. WTF!! Not a big fan although I wanted a PLAYBOY RABBIT on my butt when I was in the Navy. Never got drunk enough though. WTF!!! I like Mike Tyson's face tattoo but most of these dudes with their arms covered is ugly. WTF!! Latest is to have your job/profession tattooed on your body. WTF!! Hmmm . . I wonder what an appropriate tattoo for an attorney-writer is??? WTF??
WTF!!?? DAILY: OUTRIGHT CORRUPTION!! WTF!!! Pedro Espada, Jr. under fire in the Bronx and this GSA $800,000 junket to Las Vegas. WTF!! Are the auditors asleep at the WHEEL??? WTF!! I worked for the TREASURY DEPARTMENT for 8 years during the S&L crisis and I had to turn in my frequent flyer miles to the government. WTF!! IF THIS SHIT continues, I might have to become a Republican and pay no taxes. WTF!!
WTF DAILY? Earth Day WTF! Nice little documentary on Rachel Carson who wrote "Silent Spring" in 1962 warning America of the use of pesticides. WTF!! Created quite a splash and backlash from the chemical companies who denied DTT had any effect on humans whatsover. WTF!!!! The pressure got so bad that Carson had a nervous breakdown and died in '64. WTF!! The forerunner of the EPA with her work, Carson was given the Medal of Freedom in 1978.
WTF!! Double Daily: SARAH PALIN YAPPING about poor management in the White House!! WTF!!! The documentary "Sarah Palin: You Betcha" reveals the former mayor and governor threw many of her staff "under the bus" when any shit hit the fan. WTF!!! Her one time legislative coordinator was blamed for Troopergate and after 20 years, canned on the spot. WTF!!! At least '44 is waiting for the investigation despite his remote oversight of the Secret Service & GSA. WTF!!!
WTF!! DAILY: OPRAH left off TIME MAGAZINE's 100 Most Influential Persons WTF!!! For the first time since 1999, the billionaire queen of television has been left off the TOP 100. WTF!!! Newly included: Mitt "The Shit" Romney, Rhianna (WhoTF!!!) and the new New York Jets backup QB Tim Tebow. I am actually beginning to like TT since he is buds with Bubba Watson. WTF!!
WTF DAILY: Politics of the Press WTF? Noam Scheiber of "The New Republic" out with a new book, "Escape Artists", criticizing the Obama Administration for (1) undercutting our economic recovery with an insufficient stimulus package and hiring Clinton cronies and (2) the Prez's mistaken naivete on attempting to work with the GOP on solutions. Interesting in the fact that Scheiber is pro-Obama but is handing Romney a playbook. WTF!!! Attacks from the left make no sense now.
WTF!? DAILY: SMOKING!! WTF!! While BIG TOBACCO was hurt here in America with no advertisement rule and a big settlement, some 50 MILLION still smoke here! WTF!!! And the ban on ads actually saved them 60 billion$ a year although they have found the internet to turn kids on to SMOKING WTF!! Worldwide? 1 billion smokers with 330 million in China alone and huge in Eastern Europe. So BIG TOBACCO IS ALIVE AND WELL with a huge black market from state to state to avoid taxes! WTF!!! Do the problems never end?
WTF!!?? DAILY: 911 BULLSHITER WTF!!! Tania Head claimed she was on the 78th floor of the TWIN TOWERS on diaster day. Claimed she lost her fiance and nearly lost her right arm in the flames. Head became PREZ of the WTC Survivors' Network & won praise of the Mayor-Governor. TURNS OUT SHE WAS A DISGRACED Spaniard whose family had bucks but no bravado and wasn't even in the states on 911. WTF!!! WHAT DID DANTE SAY THE LOWEST FORM OF HELL IS???
WTF!! DOUBLE DAILY: 11 SECRET SERVICE AGENTS CAUGHT IN A WHORE HOUSE in COLUMBIA !!!!! WTF!!! A support team of SS agents (those who are backup when the Prez arrives) got caught when one of them refused to pay his HOSTESS $47.00 bucks for services rendered. HOLY SHIT ROBIN!! '44 to the rescue saying "Americans should act accordingly overseas." Oh come on NOW!! The agents had nothing to do & no regulations against it. WHAT DO YOU THINK our troops are doing in their spare time???
WTF !?? DAILY: Obama-Clinton '12 WTF!! Right winger Michael Goodwin even suggest the two pair up for the election. WTF!!! More WOMEN have voted in presidential elections than MEN since 1964 WTF!! In '08, 70 million women voters to 60.7 million men and 56% of the gals voted for '44. AND THUS THE question of why the WAR ON WOMEN BY THE GOP & WHY Rosen opened her big mouth?? BUT WOULD HILLARY SAY YES???
WTF!! DAILY: TAX TIME!! WTF!!! 254 million income tax returns will be filed this year creating revenue of 2.4 trillion bucks. 54% of us don't pay any taxes and about 40 million of us don't even file a tax return. Loss of revenue from fraud or mistakes: 385 billion bucks. Chances of an audit: 1 in 90 WTF!!! About 50% of THAT 1.11% audited are correspondence audits (pay the bastards!!) with field audits just below 400,000 cases. Cost of all this IRS bullshit: 11.8 billion $$$$$$ CAN ANYONE SAY NATIONAL SALES TAX????? Stop this madness of a 19,000+page tax code and enough loop holes to give every CPA a condo in Nassau. WTF!!!
WTF DAILY!!??!! DRUGS WTF!! While 20% of the boozers consume 80% of the alcohol here, 20% of druggies use 80% of the "illicit drugs" per a recent study by Mark Kleiman, et al. WTF!! On a 200$ drug transaction, Americans pay $100,000 in prison costs if the dude is caught. WTF!!! 50% of Americans favor legalization of marijuana which fuels the drug cartels with $10 billion a year in revenue. TAX FREE!!! Considering its injury to the Cartels & cost of law enforcement, the legalization of marijuana, at least , looks to be smart public policy?? WTF?
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: Love Phil Mushnick of the Post!!! Points out that Bud Selig, raging two faced Commissioner of MLB sat with Fidel Castro at a game recently WTF!!
I guess two immortal Prez's get to hang out together? WTF!! The charming Ozzie Guillen (who once called a reporter in Chicago a "Faggot") was courted by the Marlins like a homecoming queen in a short skirt. So I guess Ozzie only becomes "offensive" when he is "bad for business." WTF???
WTF DAILY: DEBT IN AMERICA WTF!!! A recent USA Today poll shows that if given $5,000, 54% of Americans would pay off some debt. WTF!!! What about Costa Rica??? (2%) The AVERAGE AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD OWES $15,826 in credit card debt & $69,423 in mortgage obligations. WTF!!! The AVERAGE AMERICAN COLLEGE GRADUATE owes $19,221 in student loans and $5,015 in credit card debt (a reason that 85% of the class of 2011 is living at home). WTF!!! And the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT?? $15,622,814,050,316.70 in the red. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WTF DAILY: A Westport teenager killed himself yesterday. WTF!!! He was a bright, good looking kid who swam like a fish. But now he is a statistic: 4,636 kids under ther age of 25 killed themselves last year. Every day, there are 11 YOUTH SUICIDES in this country, every 2 hours & 11 minutes, a kid decides to KILL THEMSELVES. WTF!!!! We lost 7 classmates in 1966 to premature death and now 5 kids in this town alone in the last two years. WTF!! STOP THIS MADNESS!!!! but HOW??
WTF Double Daily: Governor Christie blowing smoke up his ass at George W. Bush Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth (gee, what an oxymoron that is!!). WTF!! "We'll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch, waiting for their next government check." Speaking of sitting on your ass, Governor, waiting for a government check?? That's sort of like calling the kettle black. And your sofa must be a double wide. WTF!!??
WTF!!?? DAILY: In the world of sports which seems to be about spoiled, bankrupt or money driven athletes these days, it is refreshing to see BUBBA WATSON succeed at the MASTERS. His three goals for this year: buy the "Dukes of Hazzard" mobile, become a father and win the Masters. WTF!!! The son of a Green Beret, "we didn't care that much about money growing up." Married to a former WNBA star, Bubba's A.D.D. is in focus on the course. "I just sort of try to be a kid out there and have fun." OMG, we need more Bubba's in this world!!!
WTF Double Daily: Free Speech??? WTF? Ozzie Guillen, new manager of the new Miami Marlins, suspended for 5 games for mouthing off in favor of Fidel Castro. WTF? Rush suffers from sponsor recission when he mouths off about a Georgetown Law student. WTF?? Justice Douglas said that free speech does NOT allow one to yell "FIRE!!" in a move theatre (assuming there is no fire?) SO WHERE IS THE FIRE IN THESE CASES. Santorum just told the press: "You want to say what I believe and then crucify me when I do." TIME WE STARTED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT FREE SPEECH ACTUALLY MEANS???
WTF DAILY DOSAGE OF B.S.: GOP going after the Volker Rule in Dodd-Frank. WTF!!! The so-called rule would limit speculative trading of commercial banks with our deposit money and with the government backing. WTF!! The big boys (Morgan & Goldman) nicely got a banking license when the shit hit the fan in '08 so they could offer their clients FDIC insurance. WTF!!! Now the GOP is arguing they should be able to BET some more of our bucks and line their pockets. Their success doesn't benefit the depositor at all. WTF!!!!
WTF DAily: FOR PROFIT UNIVERSITIES. WTF? John Spelling has become a billionaire with the UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX & 500,000 students WTF!! Many others following. Upside: You can get an education or at least a degree. Downside: You might NOT find a job and it costs 5X that of community colleges and 2X state schools. FP Colleges getting near 1/4 of federal money for student loans with 2.8 million students. And sorry kids, you can't discharge these loans in a bankruptcy!!!!! 1 trillion in student loans outstanding. WTF!!
WTF DAILY!?!? EASTER !! WTF? What's the story with religion in AMERICA these days? 70% Christians here (50-20% Protestant-Catholic), 4-5.5% Jews, Buddhist, Muslims and Hinduists (?) & 15% heathens like myself. WTF!! 40% say they go to church every week and 58% pray weekly according to a 2007 poll. WTF!! I would say we are pretty religious then here. BUT 65% DON'T BELONG TO ANY CHURCH? WTF!! Do we bullshit about our religion convictions?
WTF DAILY!!! FINALLY, a bill is passed by Congress. WTF? "JUMP START OUR BUSINESS START-UPS" was signed into law by '44 today. It allows small public companies (under 1 billion) a five year exemption for certain reporting obligations. WTF!!!!!!!!!!! This is gonna set free the next MICROSOFT?? LA Democrat Mary Laudrieu is nervous. "Sounds a lot like the deregulation of the S&L's in '82 by Reagan," she snapped. NO SHIT JAKE (or Mary). The mice play when the cat's away. WHY NOT SOME CASH INFUSION LIKE THE BIG BOYS GOT???? WTF!
WTF Daily Double: Like every good WASP male, I go to church twice a year: Christmas & Easter. Since it is Masters week, I decided Good Friday would suffice for my Easter visit. WTF?? Two things come to mind as I attended Saugatuck Congregational Church (where I was dragged every Sunday for 16 years as a youth): (1) The program has not changed in 50 years!!! WTF!!! (2) And what are people wearing to church these days??? Looks like they are going to a back yard barbeque at the trailer park. WTF!!!
WTF!? DAILY: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO usa INNOVATION??? Watching some PBS documentaries on the Grand Coulee Dam (1933) and the Panama Canal (1914) that were amazing engineering projects. WTF!!! Sure we caused an uprising in Panama so we could get a treaty and hurt the Indians/salmon populations with the dam but damn it we got things done!!! Tied two oceans together and allowed Portland/Seattle to grow into major cities. WhereTF DID THAT "GO TO" spirit GO????
WTF DAILY: 007 drinking Heineken?? WTF!!!! Yep James Bond (the most recent chap trying to imitate Sean) is drinking beer instead of his usual double martini. WTF! has the world come to. Ian Flemming is turning in his grave. Product packaging is taking over movies. Next, they will remake POPEYE (please Robin, not again!) and he will be eating WHEATIES!!! WTF!!
WTF Daily: WANNA BUY A TOWN?? WTF? Buford, Wyoming is up for sale with a beginning auction bid of $100,000 WTF!!! Billed as the smallest town in America (Population 1), it is one of many small towns that are for sale these days. WTF!! Scenic, South Dakota went last fall for $700,000 to a Philippino church. WTF?? I wonder what Washington, D.C. would go for these days???????????
WTF DAILY!!!: David Freed of the LA Times hit the nail on the head. WTF!!! Just sent his only son to WAR and was reminded that 1 our of 5 Congresspersons are VETERANS. WTF!!! He states: "My fears are something that neither Mitt Romney nor Barrack Obama ---- nor most of this nation's leaders --- can ever fully comprehend. That I may never see my son alive again." WTF!! STOP THESE STUPID WARS!!!
WTF Double Daily: March Madness to the Masters. WTF?? Hootie Johnson, said in 1933, that: "As long as I am alive, the players at the Masters will be WHITE and the caddies BLACK." WTF!!! RIP Hootie, cuz Tiger changed that but not with the caddies as only one remains, on Ben Crenshaw's bag this week. WTF!!! Caddies now make upwards towards 6 figures and have edged the Blacks out of their jobs. Another example of integration not being so great for BLACKS AS THEIR LEADERS WILL TELL YOU. Gone are the small black insurance agency or lawn service, etc. WTF!!!
WTF DAILY: "60 Minutes" had an interesting show last night. WTF? What seemed like a condemnation on our Prez, they show the Florida town that was devastated by the CLOSING OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE. wtf? Layoffs and foreclosures galore. WTF!!!! But then they show a contemporary art fesitival in Miami where billionaries are buying sculptures (including a toilet) for millions of dollars. WTF!!!!!! So the conclusion: THE RICH ARE NOT AFFECTED BY BAD TIMES BUT THE POOR WORKING SUCKER is sucking bananas WTF!!!
WTF DAILY DOUBLE: Mitt Romney was asked in a press conference today in Wisconsin about his Mormon religion. WTF?? He replied: "We are not going to go there, that is not relevant." WTF?? Then why is it "relevant" whether our President is Christian or to the haters, Muslim?? Double Standard. I thought we did away with this religion thing with JFK anyway???? WTF!!!
WTF DAILY DOUBLE: The fat White Boys at Augusta National are in a bit of a fix this year!!! WTF!!! It has been a tradition that the leading sponsor CEO gets a membership to the presdigious Georgia links. WTF??? This year it is IBM and guess who that is????? WTF?? Ahh . . . Virginia Rometty is head honcho at IBM. BUT NO FEMALE MEMBERS AT Augusta!!! WTF!!!!! What are those green-jacketed CRACKERS GONNA DO???? WTF??
WTF!! DAILY!! What is with FACEBOOK?? WTF?????? They suggest a vast list of "Suggested Friends" and when you attempt to "befriend" them (and subsequently denied), they suspend you from any further such activity for 7 days!! WTF!! I thought this was a social network AND NOT 3rd grade when you had to sit in the corner for an hour. WTF!!!! Fuck the Zuck
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: WTF is with our SUPREME COURT!!!! WTF?? The way they are jabbering to the press and during hearings, you would think they are running for office???? WTF!!!!! I don't remember Earl Warren talking about the results of Miranda or Warren Burger talking about Roe v. Wade before THEY DECIDED THE CASE!!! SHUT UP AND GET YOUR NOSE IN THE LAW BOOKS. WTF!!!
WTF DAILY!!!!! Good news! WTF?? The Jackie Robinson Foundation, run by his widow, is going to be one of the partnership group that is buying the Dodgers for 2.3 billion bucks. WTF!! Yep, Jackie is coming home, in a sense, to a team that broke the racial barriers of major league baseball. Nice. Maybe they will move it back to Brooklyn? WTF!!!
WTF DAILY!!! FINAL FOUR or MARCH MADNESS?? WTF?? All four coaches (Calipari, Matta, Pitino & Self) make more than $2.5 million a year coaching their collegiate basketball teams. WTF!!! With the average college professor making $85,000 (with no bonuses!!!), WTF is with our value-reward system? WTF!! Also, the starting 5 for Kentucy hoops freely admit that their last day of being a student is either Saturday or Monday (depending if they win). No more classes. They walk off to pro ball. SO WE ARE SUBSIDIZING THE NBA??? All Final Four are public universities. WTF!!!!
WTF DAILY!!! While the Supreme Court hears arguments on OBAMACARE, we can avoid the issue completely! WTF!!!!! Most doctors agree that a diet of fruits, veggies, legumes and unroasted nuts could eliminate heart disease, CANCER, DIABETES AND OBESITY. WTF!!! So instead of trillions of dollars on countless surgeries and pills, WE HAVE OUR OWN HEALTH CARE!!!! 2nd Day of my fruit/veggie juicing fast. JOIN ME???? WTF?
WTF DAILY: RUBERT MURDOCH'S EMPIRE FALLING?? WTF!!! "Frontline" reports that a casual report that the Prince suffered an injury in a polo match led to a law suit (750,000 settlement) that led to more law suits & eventually being busted for deleting messages from a 13 year old murder victim's cell. WTF!!!! RESULT: "News of the World" folded and a judicial, parliamentarian and police investigation is ongoing. WTF!!! BOTTOM LINE: Murdoch's reporters were hacking into cellphones/emails to get stories. HOLY SHIT BATMAN!!!! BTW, Fox News here hasn't reported once about the scandal. WTF??!!
WTF DAILY: #1 Problem in America? Obesity. WTF? Harvard nutritionist Stacey Kennedy predicts, by 2048, that 100% of Americans will be overweight. WTF!!!! Only 3% of us now eat enough fruits/veggies & exercise each day. WTF!!!! So after watching the DVD "FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD," I decided to go on a fruit/veggie JUICE FAST FOR TEN DAYS. Sort of putting my keyboard where my mouth is . . . in a matter of speaking. Stay tuned. WTF!!!
WTF Daily: Dharun Ravi, a Rutgers kid who videotaped his gay roomie's sex liasons GOT TEN YEARS IN PRISON!! WTF!!!! While the taping led to Tyler Clementi's suicide, Ravi was not homophobic. HE WAS MEAN. WTF? Compare this to Erin Andrews' stalker who released nude shots of her through hotel room peep holes and broadcast them. WTF!!! Michael David Barrett got 2 1/2 years in prison. WTF??
WTF!! DAILY: MARCH MADNESS WTF!!! Only the Elite 8 remain. 5 State Schools, 1 City university and two private schools. BAYLOR being the smallest with only 12,575 undergraduates and OHIO STATE, the biggest with 42,916. LOUISVILLE has the smallest endowment with 762 million$ and OHIO STATE the biggest with 2.12 billion$. ACADEMIC STANDING?? Only North Carolina (29th) ranks in the top 50 universities in the country per US New & World Report. SO WHO WINS??? BIG, BUCKS OR BRAINS??? WTF?
WTF! DAILY: Despite my obvious "liberal" (WTF does that mean anyhow?) views, I am the grandson of a Republican State Senator. Therefore I am a liberal Republican? WTF? But what is the GOP DOING??? WTF!! Santorum/Gingrich remain in the race to HOPE Romney misses on a first ballot??? WTF!!! By GOP Convention rules, Newt can not be nominated on 2nd ballot and does Santorum think MITT's mates are gonna jump ship for HIM!!?? WTF!! Meanwhile, MITT is spending big chunks of money and not focusing on '44 and/or vetting a VP candidate. WTF!!!
WTF!!! DAILY: I guess OPRAH'S SHIT does stink. WTF? The billionaire television goddess' new cable channel is having troubles. WTF?? Not only did they just cancel ROSIE for lack of ratings but co-owner DISCOVERY CHANNEL is talking about stepping in and taking control? WTF!!! While OWN promised original stuff, they are airing revamped crap. WTF!!! And I wonder who is on the cover of O Magazine this month???????
WTF!!!! TAX ACCOUNTANTS under FIRE!!! REMEMBER the ENRON!!! WTF!! Many tax preparers are overcharging their clients per Sandra Block of USA TODAY. WTF!! Fees range from $238 in New England to $297 in California. Sandra suggest get a consultation before you sign on. WTF??? Hell, I paid $1,400 last year but my gal saved me about 10 grand in taxes plus her fees are deductible. WTF? $238 is that for SEARS???
WTF!?!? DAILY: Department of Health reports that 4 million SENIORS saved about 2.16$ billion in discounts for prescriptions in 2011. WTF? "This reduces costs through better management," says one official. WTF!!! In the first two months of 2012, 92.7$ million (or 904$ per person) has been saved. WTF!!! "This is a very popular part of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). And the GOP/Roberts Court wants to REPEAL IT!!!! WTF??
WTF Double Daily: Yahoo News (??) reports on the EIGHT EASIEST JOBS IN AMERICA. wtf??? Travelodge pays 6 FIGURES for a PROFESSIONAL SLEEPER to test their mattresses across the country. WTF!!!!! Gee I wonder if you need a college education for that??? WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WTF DAILY?!?!?: If you ARE paying FOUR BUCKS A GALLON FOR GAS, WONDER the cost breakdown??? WTF?? In New York where gas is $4.04 a gallon: $2.88 goes to the oil company, 22 cents to the gas station, 2 cents delivery charge and 23 cents to the refiner. WTF!!!!!!!!!!! The REST ($.6954) goes for TAXES!!!! WTF!!!! And there are a million bikes in Amsterdam??? Gitty-up!!
WTF DAILY: Loving MARCH MADNESS WTF!!! Where else can a school like NORTHFOLK STATE beat MISSOURI OR LEHIGH beat DUKE. WTF!!!!? BUT Paypal, the Ebay owned money laundering outfit is putting a damper on the BIG DANCE!! WTF!!! PayBFF is denying certain members the right to bet on games!! WTF!!! If suspected (and Paypal is not revealing their sources!!), your account may be frozen!! WTF!!!! And I had a heavy bet against UCONN!!!
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: I am NOT a price shopper. WTF? But when a bottle of CREST MOUTH WASH costs $5.49, things are JACKED UP!!!! The gargling goop is merely SODIUM FLOURIDE!!!! AND IT COST MORE THAN A GALLON OF GASOLINE!!!!!
(and don't get me started on that either!!) WTF!!!
WTF DAILY: After the law, I had many MUNDANE JOBS including sports reporter (try 3 games in one night!) golf pro (never get to play), fitness manager (YAWN!) and teacher (Where is the Xanax?) to support my writing career. WTF?? Reality television is now making any job look like FUN WTF!!! "American Pickers," "Storage Wars," "Barter Kings," (all about people's junk) and now "Swamp People," "Hillbilly Handfishin," "Duck Dynasty (about a family who makes duck calls) and "Rambug" about an exterminator! WTF!!! I thought network television was BAD.
WTF!!!?? dAIly: Former Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith is pissed off. WTF?? Smith wrote an OP-ED explaining that the least concern of the investment bank is their CLIENTS!! WTF!!! MAKING MONEY IS THEY KEY!!! WTF?? "Not a single minute is spent asking questions how we can help clients," Smith writes. With a pending federal lawsuit and public outcry, GOLDMAN needs new policies. In the long run, however, if the Dow is above 13,000 and Nastaq above 3,000, DO WE CARE????
SHOW ME THE MONEY!!! WTF?
WTFUCK??!!! DAILY: 38 Year Old Unnamed Staff Sergeant, 11 year Army and three tours of IRAQ veteran, suffered from brain injury on his last dance in IRAQ. WTF!!! He returned home to "martial problems" but deemed "fit for combat" in Afghanistan. WTF!!! HE PROCEEDED TO SHOOT 16 SLEEPING AFGHAN VILLAGERS!!! WTF!! The guy wanted out of the service but the ARMY wouldn't give him an honorable discharge based on his mental issues. WTF!!! Now, will be tried for MURDER!!! WTF!!! BRING THESE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!! END THIS NONSENSE!!!!!!
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WTF!!?? DAILY: The bastion of liberalism, the New York Times is under fire. WTF??? The newspaper who banishes high CEO pay FINANCED former Times CEO JANET ROBINSON to walk away with 21 million and continue consulting for $25,000 an HOUR!! WTF!!! This is despite that fact that the TIMES STOCK fell 80% during her tenure. WTF??? PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH????
WTF DAILY: DAVID E. KELLEY, famed writer for TV's "Picket Fences," "Boston Legal," "Chicago Hope" and now "Harry's Law" says the ADVERTISING BOYS are wrecking his storylines? WTF?? "They want me to write to the 18-49 year crowd despite the over 50 year olds spend more money and have more money," says Kelley. WTF!!!! Kelley adds that "we only get 41 minutes vice 48 minutes to tell the story between loud and often obnoxious commericals." WTF? NETWORK television has gone to the dogs (no offense David).
WTF!?!? DAILY: Ellenora Fulk of Tacoma, WA went on FACEBOOK and found a suggestion to "friend" one Teri Ann Frye. WTF?? She clicked on Teri's WALL and found a picture of ole Teri and her husband!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!! Worse yet, they were standing next to a wedding cake. WTF!!!!! Upon investigation, Ellenora found out her hubby was a BIGAMIST!!!! Holy Shit Batman! WTF? Ellenora decided to call the cops instead of reporting her to FACEBOOK POLICE!!!! WTF!
WTF DAILY!?!?: COKE & PEPSI are changing the way they make their drinks. WTF?? A new CALIFORNIA law mandates that drinks "containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a CANCER warning label." WTF!!! Thus, THE KINGS OF SODA are modifying how they make their caramel coloring. WTF!!! Gee, so they wouldn't have changed . . . . without the law??? WTF!!
WTF DOUBLE DAILY: The NFL under fire for the Saints using BOUNTIES for maiming other players. WTF!!!! Many scoff it off as football being football!! WTF!!!!! If your found your kid was a BOUNTY for the opposing high school team to put him OUT OF THE GAME, you would be calling the police. WTF! STOP this madness. It is a sport and not a return to GLADIATOR times. WTF?
WTF!? DAILY: MEDICARE becoming irrelavant??? WTF? "Surprise" bills by "out-of-network" doctors were revealed by a New York State probe. WTF? A neurosurgeon charged 159,000$ for a procedure that Medicare paid 8,493$ WTF!!!! Average radiology bill was 14 times what Medicare would pay!!! WTF!! Governor Cuomo vowed to "stop these egregious practices that boost health care costs."
WTF!?! DAILY: Soccer Mom Anna Gristina busted for running a whorehouse in Manhattan. WTF?? Bored with the "mundane" chores of a stay-at-home mother, Anna earned millions while catering to the rich/famous of NYC!! WTF?? THINKING OUT OF THE BOX: Maybe we ought to legalize prostitution? I bet rape and divorce would decrease while providing some jobs? WTF NOT? And before the feminists jump on me like a flea on Rush, male brothels available as WELL. WTF?
WTF!!?? DOUBLE DAILY: Scientist Niel Degrasse Tyson thinks we should go back to the moon!! WTF?? Been there, done that, we liberals answer. WTF!!! Tyson explains that the INNOVATION that took us to the MOON in the '60's is lacking in America today!! WTF!!! "The rest of the world has caught up with us and that is why we farm out all our jobs. WE need the restoration of that innovation HERE." WTF!!
WTF!? Daily: WTF is with these GOP candid