Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This is getting too easy.
In the Tribune today it was reported that the wife of the Chief of Police for the city of Wendover was arrested for selling drugs at the club where she strips. I knew Wendover was a classy place but I had no idea it was so efficient as to combine its police force with its entertainment industry. I wonder if the Chief asks for his paycheck in dollar bills. Christmas at the station must be easy, they already have the entertainment and the Chief can go to the evidence room and get his wife's stuff to give her as her present.
Like I said, that was easy.
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Not only did it look cheesy and non-professional, but it was sent to my hotmail account, which I never used in connection to my credit cards. Add the fact that they are threatening to freeze my account, which is kind of funny considering I don't have any credit cards. But that's ok, just to be sure I sent them my Debit card information, including my PIN number. Don't want any problems with that......
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Pro-voucher advocates continue to refer to excess money left with public education for every student that leaves the system. The argument is that since the state spends some $5,000 per student and the voucher has a $3,000 maximum, that means, in worst case, that the schools are left with an extra $2,000. If my understanding of school funding is correct, then that $2,000 does not automatically stay in the system. Schools are funded by something called the Weighted Pupil Unit, a set amount of money per student in the public school system. That's where the $5,000 figure comes from and that number is set by the Utah Legislature. Pull a student out of the system and you pull the full WPU out of the system. So, even if the difference did end up going to the public schools, it would have to wait until the following year for the Legislature to increase the WPU, assuming they didn't find some road project or sports arena more compelling to fund. In addition to all the other assumptions you have to accept to support school vouchers, you also have to trust our Legislature in matters involving the public schools.
Personally, I'm not one that trusts them to do what's best for education.....
In early July "Barney" spied a lawn in Orem which violated a city ordinance prohibiting derelict foliage (it was not watered and as a consequence - dead). He attempted to give the owner a citation for her fiendish act of defiance when she got scared and tried to go into her house. The officer grabbed her and tried to handcuff her; he wasn't going to let this lawbreaker get away from him. In the ensuing struggle she hit her face on her steps and was bleeding. "Barney" didn't let this deter him from seeing that justice was served. The elderly homeowner was removed to jail as all criminals should be.
The reason I bring this up now is that the officer (his real name isn't Barney Fife, but this really did happen in Orem, Utah and there really is a numbskull on the Orem police force who did these things) had this incident reviewed by an oversight committee today. They (Goober, Gomer and Floyd) found that the refusal of the lady to cooperate was the aggrevating factor in the incident and the officer is free to go back on active duty tomorrow.
The people of Orem can rest easier knowing that their town is being watched over by such a public servant. The weeds may grow wild and people may unwittingly resist the law elsewhere, but not in Orem. For the rest of us remember this next time you think about stopping for gas in Orem or attending an event there. Ask yourself if there is an alternative where you won't risk being shoved to the ground and taken to jail because you didn't pick up your candy wrapper fast enough for the Man.
And I am sorry for impuning the character of Barney Fife, he was inept but he did know enough not to push old ladies around.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
"Many human games are built around the delightful childhood fantasy of being handicapped: blind (pin the tail on the donkey), Siamese twins (3 legged race) or brain damaged (boxing). In the bobbing for apples game, a human plays the part of a double amputee whose nourishment has been cruelly tossed into a lake."
And this is his description for Darts : "Drunk people throw sharp objects in a crowded, dimly lit room."
Friday, August 10, 2007
I just had to get this off my chest.I do hate the Salt Lake Tribune on a regular basis for their poor use of the English language (or their fluency in Utahn), their use of the blind for all editing work, their penchant for publishing rambling inconsistent reports of events so disjointed and incomplete (ever heard of the 7 items a journalist has to include in an article?????) that by the time I reach the third or forth paragraph I loose my will to live. Luckily this is the place where the Trib (or Drib as in Dribble) chooses to break a sentence or a word to go onto another page so I just give up, I could go on . . .
This is my latest beef. You know that guy Robert Murray that owns the Crandell Canyon Mine in Huntington, UT that looks like a taller Danny Divito? What ever you think of his rambling attack on global warming and the coal mining unions (delivered after he had been up for 24 hours) he does seem to care about the miners and their families. He apparently doesn't like the media as evidenced by his comment about the media being the source of the traffic jam in Huntingon Canyon and his call for the sheriff to quiet a reporter talking to another reporter during his press conference.
OK finally this is why I hate the Trib (or Drib) more. They have chosen to focus their reporting on Murray's poor record of mine maintenance as evidenced by the front page news today, Friday August 10,2007 rather than the progress or setbacks of the search for the 6 trapped miners. It seems hypocritical and childish all in one. The Tribune seems to be using their space in the public domain to fight with Murray. Also if they were to give equal time to the character of the person asking the question as well as the person in the spot light each question from the press should start with "Hi, my name is Woody Barkalot, I have been arrested for DUI 3 times, tell us about your poor record with mine safety". That would have the added benefit of stopping the news conference before they get to the questions that seem to be asked just so the reporter can hear themselves talk. You would never hear "Hi, I'm Zippy the Pinhead, I am 3 months behind on my mortgage, when you said 24 hours, did you mean a full day, a day and a night or was that a weekday or a weekend?I hate the Trib
Thursday, August 09, 2007
"Saab Cars has never made a dime of profit for Saab-Scania or GM after the company took it off the Swedish aerospace company's hands. Today's Saab lineup today: a 9-3 made from a GM platform that carries the Chevy Mailbu and others; a 9-7, an SUV spun off the Chevy Trailblazer; the 9-2, a reskinned Subaru WRX. And the 9-5, which is the last of the platforms originated by Saab's Swedish engineers."
1. The 9-2 or Saabaru, exactly the same thing as my Impreza Wagon.
2. The 9-3 or Saabrolet, not exactly a Malibu, but an offspring of it.
3. The 9-5, the only real Saab left.
4. The 9-7 or another Saabrolet, basically the same thing as the Chevy Trailblazer
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Italian Car Show ~ Ferragosto 2007
When the word ‘Italian’ comes to mind, it may bring thoughts of beautiful women and fast cars, among other things. The Italians are known for their fashion and style and on August 18th there will be an opportunity for everyone to get a good glimpse at fast, stylish, Italian cars.
Join us for Ferragosto 2007 ! The Free festival will open Saturday, August 18th at 11:00 am and will be held at 300 South 450 West, Rio Grande Street across from the Pioneer Park and the Rio Grande Depot.
Enjoy the creativity and elegance of Italian designed automobiles, listen to live entertainment and taste savory dishes that are uniquely Italian. Bring the whole family to this free cultural street fair.
The Italian Festival is looking for Italian cars to share, contact Ronan Glon 801-815-9218 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
[Previously on "A Tale of Two Phones" our Hero had his two phones stolen out of his classroom, heard kids on the other end when he called them, had them disconnected, reported them stolen, got an ornery e-mail from a friend he missed a meeting with, had his older brother contact him because his father contacted the older brother when the people who found one of the cell phones contacted the father, and told our Hero to contact his father about the phone.]