The World According to Mike: May 2005

Friday, May 27, 2005

Father - Daughter Talk

I just received this in an email and thought it too good not to share. I don't know who the original author is but it is absolutely beautiful!

Father-Daughter talk

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college.
Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very
liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of the redistribution
of wealth. She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather
staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the
lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a
professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish
desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher
taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare
programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her
professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking her how she was doing in school. Taken
aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him
know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a
very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her
no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't
even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college
friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey
doing?" She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes
are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a2.0 GPA .
She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's
always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn't even
show up for classes because she's too hung over."

Her father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's
office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your 4.0 GPA and give it to your
friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA.
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily
fired back, "That wouldn't be fair!I have worked really hard for
my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work!
Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played
while I worked my tail off!"

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently,
"Welcome to the Republican Party."

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Note to my loyal readers (both of you)

As you have probably noticed I have nothing to blog home about lately. I haven't abandoned this blog. I'm just simply swamped with projects as I always am this time of year. I'm lucky if I can take 15 minutes to sit down and watch the news the last few weeks. Hopefully things will settle down eventually and I'll get inspired to rant and rave about something again. Meanwhile, I recommend that you click the link at the bottom of this page and sign up for email notices if the blog does change. This will save you the trouble of checking back and feeling the shear disappointment of there being nothing new here (LOL).

This upcoming weekend I'll be heading to Lake Almanor so hopefully if nothing else I'll have something to add to the fishing blog. Wish me luck!

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At 5/25/2005 12:26 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

Why havnt u joined the military yet?

At 5/25/2005 5:19 AM, Blogger Mike said...

First off, I don't remember ever saying I hadn't.

Having said that, I did in fact enlist when I was a senior in High School. I made it as far as the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Command) in Oakland California. Once there I was disqualified medically due to a surgery I had in 1972 which, I suspect, is way before the world was graced with your presence. I've regretted it ever since. The military is a great place for a young person to get his or her head screwed on straight. God knows mine wasn't when I was 18!

Thanks for stopping by.

At 5/25/2005 9:35 AM, Blogger lumberjack said...

Hey was that the failed sex change surgery that got you disqualified?

At 5/25/2005 10:18 AM, Blogger Mike said...

What part of "linked to my family site" do you not understand, Woody? I'd delete your post but I'd never hear the end of the (click) remarks.

No, It would be the laminectomy I had on 3 of my lumbar vertibra; automatic disqualification from military service.

Since you feel the need to shamlessly poke your nose into this thread, you may as well see the tread that young Tommy was referring to.

Love ya man!

At 5/26/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger OSAPian said...

Thomas appears to have Mike envy.


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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Paradox of our Age....inspiring essay

I haven't had much time to watch the news or anything lately hense the lack of any posts. In order to keep this beast fed I thought I'd shamelessly use the copy/paste functionality of my keyboard to post a little essay I happen to like.

The Paradox of Our Age
By Dr. Bob Moorehead

We have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less; we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, yet less time; we have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts, yet more problems; we have more gadgets but less satisfaction; more medicine, yet less wellness; we take more vitamins but see fewer results. We drink too much; smoke too much; spend too recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast; get too angry quickly; stay up too late; get up too tired; read too seldom; watch TV too much and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values; we fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits; we talk too much; love too seldom and lie too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've done larger things, but not better things; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less; we make faster planes, but longer lines; we learned to rush, but not to wait; we have more weapons, but less peace; higher incomes, but lower morals; more parties, but less fun; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but fewer friends; more effort, but less success. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; drive smaller cars that have bigger problems; build larger factories that produce less. We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep in profits, but shallow relationships. These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; higher postage, but slower mail; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorces; these are times of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, cartridge living, thow-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to prevent, quiet or kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stock room. Indeed, these are the times!

Dr. Bob Moorehead is former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church. He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post. The essay appeared in 'Words Aptly Spoken,' Dr. Moorehead's 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.

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At 9/24/2005 11:31 PM, Blogger KiKaY DaW said...

takes you right to the core. I doubt anyone can dislike this essay at all. Well written.


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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Oil Prices.....Anyone actually seeing it?

I'm curious about something:

All the news has talked about regarding oil prices for the last several weeks is how they're continually dropping. Has anyone actually seen this at the pump? Prices here in Redneckville have remained static throughout the past month. I'm sure if tomorrow crude jumps up a nickel a barrel though our gas prices will rise even though oil prices would still be well below what they were a month ago.

Anyone else smell a rat?

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At 5/24/2005 2:47 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

Prices change daily here, sometimes hourly. Yesterday PM was 1.89, it was higher in the morning, and it's 1.87 as I write this.

At 5/24/2005 10:39 PM, Blogger Mike said...

They finally dropped here in Redneck City. The station in town is all the way down to $2.46 today. I get mine delivered and my last delivery was $2.49. When I wrote this post it had been $2.59 in town for a month straight even with numerous drops in per barrel prices on crude.

Thanks as always for stopping by.

At 6/05/2005 9:54 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Nope, prices have pretty much remained the same around here....


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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

No More Anonymous Posting

Effective immediately there will be no more anonymous posting on this blog. I've had 3 or 4 anonymous posts so far and it drives me bananas trying to figure out whether they are from the same person or 4 different people or something between. Blogger usernames are free and easy to set up. You need not give any personal information to get one so essentially you can still post anonymously but at least folks reading will know which posts come from one individual.

Thanks to all who have read my little rants and raves so far. I'm at 9.9 unique visitors daily now. If I can get 11 readers tomorrow I'll have my average into double digits! Woo Hoo!! Special thanks to those who have taken the time to post comments (especially those with differing opinions from my own).

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Monday, May 09, 2005

Cedillo Strikes Again

Under current California Law if you're stopped by a law enforcement officer without a valid driver's license you may have your car impounded, right? Right. This is still true if you happen to be an illegal alien, right? Right, for now.

Under proposed legislation by Senator Gil Cedillo illegal aliens would be exempted from having their cars impounded under section 14602.6 of the California Motor Vehicle Code. Some of you may remember that Cedillo was at the forefront of the push to grant illegal aliens the right to get driver's licenses in California some time back.

How far out can these leftists get?

Special thanks to Sher Zieve for pointing this out to your humble blogger.

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Still another reason to love the ACLU

This is relatively old news but I just came across it and it’s not exactly mainstream. Last fall the ACLU issued a press release about parts of the Patriot Act being shot down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. They were giddy about the decision and called it a great victory against the civil rights violations of John Ashcroft’s justice department. Only one problem: They had the completely wrong law. The law that actually got shot down was (part of) the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 authored by, you guessed it, a Democrat (Pat Leahy to be exact). At the time the Electronic Communications Privacy Act was passed the ACLU supported it since it protected folks from civil rights violations.

I think this is just beautiful! 18 years after a law originally supported by the ACLU gets passed the ACLU gets ecstatic about it’s defeat simply because they (mistakenly) think it’s a law authored by John Ashcroft. If this doesn’t expose them as the partisan phonies they are I don’t know what will.

Washington Times

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At 5/07/2005 12:56 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

Mike, both Mr. Cornyn and yourself seem to be confused as to what was stuck down. It wasn't from the 1986 act but the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. This was Ashcroft's puppie.

At 5/07/2005 12:58 PM, Blogger 1138 said...


At 5/07/2005 1:24 PM, Blogger OSAPian said...

Mike, you have a great blog. Keep up the great work.

At 5/07/2005 7:39 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I think to shoot down one you have to shoot down the other but the actual Supreme Court Decision was that Title 18, Section 2709 was unconstitutional. It was in place well before the patriot act. My point (and Cornyn's) was simply that the ACLU decided to spin the truth to attack Ascroft and the Republicans. They blatenly practice partisan politics in direct violation of the rules for non-profit organizations.

In the case of Doe and ACLU v. Ashcroft et al., US District Judge Victor Marrero ruled, on September 28th, 2004, that "the compulsory, secret, and unreviewable production of information required by the FBI's application of 18 U.S.C. § 2709 violates the Fourth Amendment, and that the non-disclosure provision of 18 U.S.C. § 2709 (c) violates the First Amendment."

Plaintiffs in this case, "John Doe" - an internet access firm -, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Foundation, "challenge the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 2709. That statute authorizes the Federal Bureau of Investigations to compel communications firms, such as internet service providers (ISPs) or telephone companies, to produce certain customer records whenever the FBI certifies that those records are "relevant to an authorized investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities".

The FBI demands under § 2709 are issued in the form of national security letters (NSLs), which constitute a unique form of administrative subpoena cloaked in secrecy and pertaining to national security issues. The statute bars all national security letters recipients from ever disclosing that the FBI has issued an National Security Letter.

The Court concluded that § 2709 violates the Fourth Amendment because, at least as currently applied, it effectively bars or substantially deters any judicial challenge to the propriety of an National Security Letter request. And also, that the permanent ban on disclosure contained in § 2709 (c) operates as an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech of the First Amendment.

At 5/07/2005 7:44 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

The ACLU is slowly but surely taking away our freedoms, mainly the religous ones.

At 6/06/2005 8:51 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

Interestingly, Rush L. uses the ACLU to protect him from having to turn over his medical records... its been about 15-18 months now... Doesnt that smell of non-partisan organization to you? A man that said "people how use drugs ought to be locked up withour trial, no judge"

At 6/06/2005 8:53 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

doug-e-fresh... which religous freedoms you talking about..? And maybe look up the definition of freedom... freedom is freedom from something... freedom to not be religous.. freedom to be religous..

At 6/06/2005 10:51 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I couldn't care less about their partisanship or lack thereof. Any organization that aids in perpetuating evil should be stopped.

Here's a good thread on my views on the Rush deal (and the ACLU in general). 20 or 30 other leftwingers already attacked me you may as well be one more....

Knock yourself out!

At 6/14/2005 8:23 AM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Thomas, I know the definition of freedom, I spent 8 years of my young adult life defending it, defending yours as well so you could bump your gums about things you know nothing about. When one mentions the word freedom, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, the lump in my throat, and the tears that run down my face when one of my brothers die. If you could feel freedom the way I do, maybe you would have a better appreciation for the young soldiers that are defending it right now.

At 1/08/2006 10:54 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

The ACLU got churchs access to do baptisims in a public park here.

Your sources are one sided, so as a result your views are too.

At 1/08/2006 10:57 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

I served and fought for that same freedom too.
Please don't put service in the rightwing pocket.
Freedom is freedom to speak and freedom to disagree.
He's doing what you fought for so stuff it.

At 1/10/2006 6:15 PM, Blogger Mike said...

One sided views? I'm just one guy. How many sides can my views actually have? They are my views after all!


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Friday, May 06, 2005

A "toast" to Jennifer Wilbanks

Well, I was sort of considering writing my opinion about the infamous "runaway bride" story that's been going on down Georga way. I punched up a search on Google News and lo and behold there it was; Some great, twisted humor on the subject. It seems a gentleman in New Jersey has found a way to make the most of the situation.

Maybe he can take the proceeds from his auction and donate it to the law enforcement officials who are out 100 grand. Ok, maybe not.

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