Some of you might remember me, most will not, I was a guest author here a few times.
I’m an old time supporter of the Bobo, we cut our teeth on blogging almost at the same time and our blogs while vastly different in tone and content these days have been supporting one another for awhile.
Bobo’s taken a vacation, and truthfully I had as well for various reasons, and had left the blogging community. But after some discussion on other blogs I found that I missed it, and decided to return to it.
I’m here to help Bobo, light the home fires once more and try to air the place out some while he’s on hiatus.
In a bit, we’ll get the blog carnivel rekindled as well so look for that too soon.
Until then, hope everyone is well and we’ll be able to start some great discussions here at the Bobo.
Happy Blogiversary to me!
Happy Blogiversary to me!
Happy Blogiversary to meeeeee, Happy Blogiversary to me!
Woo Hoo! Can hardly believe I have been able to stick around for this long! LOL. Talk about some serious ups and downs! I’ve gone through quite a few theme changes, I’ve had months of absences due to school and/or health issues – blog went down due to database issues, changed blog hosts, went to self-hosted…you name it – looks like I’ve been through it. I’ve had over 100,000 visitors now in 3 years. My page rank has been as high as 5, Alexa Ranking as low as 99,000 – and other various blog stats that we bloggers concentrate on. I’ve built some great blogging relationships throughout these three years and have a good core of readers now – thank you all.
Hopefully, in year 4 I’ll be able to boost the rankings and ratings as I have some more time to hit the blog now. The big news is that I am on track to finishing up my Ph.D. this year – so – hopefully, by year’s end – you’ll all be calling me Dr. BoBo! LOL
Anyway – as usual – on this day I like to re-post the first post ever – the one that got it all started. Some of you may have read it – some may have not. Feel free to leave comments again this time around as well! You can follow the link to the original post to see the few comments that were left – mostly by people who already knew me!
Okay..for the first post to my new blog..why don’t we just start off with a topic that is sure to start some discussion. First, to my Liberal friends, I AM NOT A RACIST, nor am I into that whole white supremacy thing (I thoroughly expect to get flamin’ hate mail on this topic!). This is a very simple observation. As I am aging, getting wiser, and greyer, my eyes are opening to the reality that in America, we white guys are the ones who are actually being discriminated against. We white guys are the one’s who are really in the minority. Hmm..okay..you want proof? Okay..for starters..do you remember that loony guy on those TV ads who used to run around in a pseudo-Riddler suit by the name of Matthew Lesko who promises that you can make money off the government? Check out his website for a reminder. He clearly states that everyone is eligible for free government money and that everyone qualifies. Okay..so I bought into his schtick and put out the $39.95 for his book. I just knew I was going to get rich off the government (hmmm..must have been in my liberal days). In any case, as I search through it, all I find is that if you are a white male, there are no government programs, grants, or loans available. Yet, if you are a minority (black, yellow, female, native Indian, illegal immigrant, legal immigrant, etc.) there are programs and grants galore! Okay..need more proof? The Institute for Higher Education issued a work plan in April 2007 for opening the doors of our colleges and universities to LEGAL immigrants. Essentially, they are eligible for grants and lower in-state tuitions just because they are NOT Americans..Check it out HERE.
It is also a well known fact that our Liberal Universities have “quotas” and affirmative action plans that state they have to accept a minimum number of minorities into their schools. What this means is that if there are already too many white guys, they are forced to accept a minority who may have lower SAT scores and a lower GPA coming out of high school with less community involvement than their white counterpart. Additionally, they will give that minority a scholarship to get them into the school. Recently there was a case heard in the Supreme Court regarding the The University of Michigan Law School in which their point system for giving minorities preference in admission was initially struck down as being unfair, but was later overturned. So, what this means in a nutshell is that minorities get preference when it comes to our educational system.
Okay..so the Liberal stanza for these injustices are: “What about slavery? We enslaved the blacks for 200 hundred years. They deserve it!”; “Do you remember the trail of tears? We forced the Cherokee Indians from their homes. And..we stole their land from them, and tricked them out of Manhattan.”..and blah blah blah; “Do you remember the Japanese interment camps during WWII? They deserve everything we can give them.”; “What about the Chinese? We forced them to lay our railroad tracks for peanuts. They were indentured servants!”; “What about Woman’s suffrage? We kept women barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen for generations! They’ve only been aloud to vote for the past 70 years!”..again..BLAH BLAH BLAH. For crying out loud!! That was over 200 freakin years ago? The Japanese interment camps happened over 70 years ago! When is enough enough?
We white guys are now paying for the sins of our great great great grandfathers. Okay..I get the whole Tuskegee Syphilis Study thing and I admit that was a great blunder for public health and probably has a whole lot to do with the mistrust of the government and especially the white man in government. But, again, haven’t we already paid enough? Do we need to keep using taxpayer dollars to fund every little thing that the minorities ask for? Do we still need to make sure that minorities are given preferences in our higher education system, workforce, and whatever else they can think of?
I can’t even get a small business loan because I “make too much money” or I “have too many assets.” Yet, my African-American brother down the street had no problem at all and we live in the same freakin’ neighborhood. Believe me, he’s probably pulling in the same cheddar that I am! America has come a long way in 200+ years. We may not yet have achieved MLK’s Dream, but we sure have come a long way! Who would have thought 40 years ago that we would have a Black man on the verge of becoming the President of the United States? I say, more power to him if he can actually pull it off. If he does become the President, is this all of the minorities in this country sending a signal? Is this their way of sticking it to the white man?
Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year celebration. This edition is the first of the year and kicks off 2011 with a bang! We have 36 submissions to get through – I guess when you take two weeks off they can really stack up!
Before we get started with the Carnival – I just wanted to say something about the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona – apparently, she was shot through the brain and is still in critical condition – my thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family, Judge John Roll, and all those others killed or injured. I hope she can make a recovery. Given the bullet went through her brain – we’ll have to see the final outcome. As for the nutjob that shot her – I won’t put his name out here to give him more press – the thing that pisses me off the most about this whole thing is that the loony leftards were real quick to come out as soon as the news broke to say this guy was a rightwing nutjob egged on by conservative talk radio and people like Sarah Palin. The Sheriff was quick to politicize the whole thing and make it about so-called bigotry – he is pro-illegal immigration and is against the Arizona immigration law.
Congresswoman Giffords is considered a moderate and sometime sides with the Republicans on some issues. Did it ever occur to everyone that the nutjob who shot her was a radical leftists who thought she was too far to the right? As it turns out – he personally stated that his favorite books are The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf by Hitler. These are hardly the reading choices of anyone on the right. As we have seen time and again over the last 40 decades – those who are the most prone to violence and commit such crimes have always turned out to be radical loony leftards. Get over it – the Tea Party and conservatives had nothing to do with this – this was another case of a deranged liberal that couldn’t hold it in.
Now that I’ve said my piece – let’s get on to the Carnival. There are some great submissions – I thank all those who submitted and I encourage my readers to go visit each of the bloggers’ sites and let them know what you think of their articles.
Scott Spiegel presents Rush Deconstructed for the Media Matters Crowd posted at Scott Spiegel, saying, “Media Matters regularly collects “controversial” quotes by conservative personalities and displays them on its website. Join me while I deconstruct a sampling of contentiously worded but eminently sensible recent Rush quotes.”
Scott Spiegel presents Trusting Liberals Is Now Just a Thing of the Past posted at Scott Spiegel, saying, “In 2000 the British paper The Independent ran a story with the wistful headline “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.””
Scott Spiegel presents Can We Shut Down the Government Even If We Raise the Debt Ceiling? posted at Scott Spiegel, saying, “In a recent article on the upcoming 112th Congress, the Associated Press warned that gridlock between the Republican House and Democratic Senate might result in a failure to act that “could threaten the nation’s economic health.” Are they kidding? What do they think has been going on for the past two years, when Democrats controlled both chambers and the White House and put us further in debt than the first 100 Congresses combined? Gridlock in Congress is the best prescription for helping our economy recover.”
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Christine O?Donnell: Not A Witch, But Possibly A Jailbird posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.
GrrlScientist presents Redefining Great Britain posted at Punctuated Equilibrium, saying, “This new research describes a clever way to redefine and redraw geographical areas using telephone communication networks — this is an important issue when dealing with politics, as anyown familiar with gerrymandering can tell you!”
Fred presents Normalcy Bias posted at Say No To Corporate America, saying, “This is not a typical post but a current event inspired the topic. The main topic is the need to eliminate corporate favoritism in government; it is a global problem.”
Darwin presents Energy Tax Credit 2011 – Not What It Used to Be posted at Darwin’s Money, saying, “As assessment of what the 2011 Energy Tax Credits look like and whether the incentive is even worth it.”
Rick Sincere presents Legislative Redistricting Under Conditions of Divided Government posted at Rick Sincere News and Thoughts, saying, “For the first time in Virginia history, legislative redistricting will take place when Democrats control the state Senate and Republicans control the House of Delegates. After previous censuses, one party controlled both chambers of the General Assembly. This should be fun to watch.”
Unbalanced Passions presents Are we leading to the collpse like the Old Soviet Union? posted at Unbalanced Passions, saying, “With the passage of the Health care into law by President Obama. This bill creats bloated bureaucracies that I do not think can be sustained. The Federal reserve can not keep printing money out of thin air to finance this monstrosity. With rising unemployment and the dwindling tax base. Coupled with printing money to keep the bloated government running and the lack of productivity. Our Dollar is close to loosing world reserve status. This will create hyperinflation that will further keep the government unsustainable.”
Unbalanced Passions presents Corruption Always Implodes from Within posted at Unbalanced Passions, saying, “I get so sick and tired hearing the wheezer routine of patriot broadcasters talking about bad news in the economy and the police state. When he was talking about the youtube video about his employee and kids being groped at the checkpoints in the airport. There was over 70 percent of the comments opposing the TSA body scanners and enhanced pat down. He is complaining about the small group not getting it.”
Ian presents Homeland Security Threat Level — A Gift For Terrorists? posted at personalwebreviews.
DRM presents How to Escape The Prison Camp: A Manifesto For Personal Secession posted at Global Freedom Strategies, saying, “Ways to find personal freedom”
RE Ausetkmt presents This Hacking and Running; When Will It End ? posted at BadGalsRadio – RootsRock since 99′, saying, “The Year 2010 has been filled with lots of bloodshed and tears. Lets all work to make 2011 a year filled with Cooperation and Healing for the entire population of this globe. We want to ask you to join us in asking When the Hacking and Running; will finally end ?”
Dividist presents A Happy New Year message from Peter Schiff: The value of your house is still 20% too high. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “When an economic bubble bursts, normalcy cannot return until the pricing excesses wrought by the bubble are wrung out of the market. A recession is often the painful but necessary market mechanism that corrects the pricing distortion and consequent misallocation of capital that occurs in a bubble. When misguided government intervention prevents the mispriced asset class from fully deflating, capital continues to be misallocated and economic malaise lingers on. This is the takeaway message from Peter Schiff’s recent Wall Street Journal editorial.”
Nicholas Strychacz presents Which Country Poses More of a Threat to U.S. Interests? Part II posted at The Global Penguin, saying, “The Global Penguin provides insightful analysis on politics, geopolitics, finance, world travel, exotic locales, and international development.”
John Breneman presents Study: Fox News hazardous to your health (The Daily Palin) posted at The Daily Palin.
Oliver Wang presents 15 Inspiring Biographies for Aspiring Leaders | BSchool.com Business Schools Directory posted at BSchool.com.
Darwin presents US Debt Ceiling Explained – MAJOR Vote Coming Up posted at Darwin’s Money, saying, “The US debt ceiling has hit the roof – and needs to be raised again by an act of Congress next month. Find out why this is important and what it’s all about”
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
Hey all – I’m trying out my new wordpress blogging blackberry app and figured I would use this opportunity to remind everyone to come tomorrow and check out the latest edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics.
There is still time for submissions. Just click the Carnival link up top there.
Hey all – this is one of those posts where I elevate the education level a bit for my readers. I’m suspending my political diatribe today – although there is plenty of fodder given that bogus healthcare summit today. P-BO pretty much had his ass handed to him on a silver platter – and – he showed his true arrogant colors.
Anyhow – Adie’s Pupil – WTF is that you ask and why should you care? Well – not that you really should care – but – it is something that I have just been diagnosed with. You’ll note that I haven’t been posting much recently. Check out this picture:
Yes – those are my baby blues. I know this pic is a little fuzzy – but – you can still see what it is I’m talking about. Check out my right pupil (left side of screen) compared to my left pupil (right side of screen). You’ll see that my right pupil is larger than my left. It has been like that for about 3 weeks now. The obvious side effect to this is that my vision is blurred on the right side. My pupil will contract in the dark but will not constrict in the light.
One of the primary signs for brain injury or stroke is a single dilated pupil <—- that is your education piece – keep that in mind for the future. However, the major difference between that symptom and what is going on with me is that I had no other symptoms and it has lasted at least 3 weeks now. If related to brain injury or stroke – the pupil is fixed and dilated and generally the damage will happen within 2 hours after this particular symptom – so – brain injury and stroke are out of the question.
I saw an opthalmologist on Monday. I was in the office for over 5 hours having every visual exam you can think of – all came back normal. Today I went in for an MRI and a carotid doppler. I fell asleep in the MRI chamber Based on comments from the techs – it appears these are also normal. Techs aren’t allowed to say anything – so – I have to wait for the radiologist and the ophthalmologist to confirm the negative results.
Adie’s Pupil is considered a diagnosis of exclusion – meaning that all other causes get ruled out – and – when everything else is ruled out then the only thing left is this condition. It is also very rare in men. Apparently, it manifests on its own and will also resolve on its own within 6 months.
Unfortunately, what this means is that until this resolves itself – my blogging may be limited because of the visual discomfort. I can only sit in front of a computer screen for so long before it really starts playing havoc with my eyes.
Now – as a side note – if any of you watched the opening of the summit this morning and heard P-BO talk about his daughters – you will recall that he stated that when he took his children to the ER – and especially when talking about his daughter who had meningitis when she was a baby and had to have a spinal tap – his initial thought was:
“In each of those instances I remember thinking while sitting in the emergency room what would have happened if I didn’t have reliable health care”
What a bullshit lie! I’ve had meningitis. I’ve had the spinal tap. I was out of work for 3 months because of it. I can tell you that my first thought was not that I had reliable health care. My initial thoughts were – “God this hurts. When will it end?” If his first thoughts were about reliable health care and not about the health of his daughter – he’s a freakin’ idiot and a bad father. Not once during this entire process going through the diagnostic phases did I ever think about what would have happened if I didn’t have reliable insurance – knowing that what I had going on was signs of brain trauma or stroke – THAT is what was on MY mind.
When my daughter was 2 and fell down the stairs and broke her arm and we rushed her to the ER – we were not thinking about reliable health care. We were scared for our daughter and we were very empathetic to her pain. Not once during the 5 month ordeal with the casting, resetting, and cast removal by a pediatric ortho specialist – not once did we ever think thank God we have reliable health care.
Even if we didn’t have “reliable health care” we still would have done anything and paid anything to take care of our daughter. When I had meningitis I would have paid anything and done anything to be healed whether I had insurance or not – why? Because it is the responsible thing to do.
When I had my second child – I was not insured. Not once did I ever complain about not having insurance. Did I go broke over the 10′s of thousands of dollars of bills that I paid over that 9 month period? Nope. I worked out payment arrangements with the physicians and hospital. Why? Because that was the responsible thing to do. I took care of my family and my children.
For P-BO to claim that what his primary thoughts were on the day his baby was having a spinal tap because she had meningitis was about what would have happened if he didn’t have “reliable health care” instead of doing what was necessary to comfort his child and concentrate solely on his children is that he is either a big fucking liar or he has no feelings whatsoever.
Yeah – I know – a day late. Sorry – for those who know me personally – and whom I confided in – you know the shit I’ve been going through this past week – for those who don’t know me – well – you’ll just remain in the dark I guess!
The following is the LATEst edition – seeing as how this was posted a day late – Blog Carnival won’t allow me to post again this week – so – the next edition of the Carnival will be on Sunday, February 28th. I hope everyone had a very happy Valentine’s yesterday.
Enjoy. Once again – this week – Wenchypoo wins the submitter of the week contest. Well – she didn’t really win anything – but – she definitely has the most submissions. Check ‘em all out – and the rest of the contributors as well.
Adam Williams presents Loan Modification Program: My resignation from financial responsibility posted at RabbitFunds.com, saying, “Our nation has been facing for more than a year now, one of the worst housing price decreases in history. Yet for some reason, many people seem to be confusing how this happened.”
Wallet Blogger presents Executive Pay Cuts at Troubled Companies: Paying Back The Taxpayer posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thoughts on executive pay cuts?”
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Sarah Palin’s Runny, Run-On Sentences Finally Explained posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.
Dana presents Fervor over learning styles a waste of time and money? posted at Roscommon Acres.
Sarah Clark presents Outrageous News: Utah Lawmakers: No More Booster Seats! Sometimes! posted at The Mother Load.
Wenchypoo presents Here Come the Food Police: U.S. Government to Forbid Unhealthy Foods in Schools posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, saying, “Who determines what’s “healthy” and for whom? I have multiple food allergies to perfectly healthy food (as do others)–are they gonna accommodate ME?”
Maria Myrback presents Captain America Against Free Speech? posted at Fledgeling Skeptic, saying, “Has Marvel turned their paragon of virtue, Captain America, against one of our most precious freedoms?”
Joe Manausa, MBA presents Busy City Commission Meeting Yields Mixed Results posted at Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, saying, “I have a major problem with the potential unethical and illegal actions of the proceedings back in 2005 and the actions from last night. Why is the Commission so reluctant to bring in a disinterested party to review the findings of what has occurred? They were quick to lament their individual positions as defendants in an ethics complaint, yet they have done nothing to repudiate the basis of the complaint. The arrogance displayed in allowing the City Attorney to continue to “be the final word” on the legality of the raise in which he is a beneficiary with a fiduciary conflict of interest is beyond my comprehension.”
Ann Margrain presents Aroclor 1248: Taking a Shower Can Damage Your Health posted at Heroin and Cornflakes, saying, ““Taking long hot showers is a health risk.” According to research presented in Anaheim, California, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society; showers – and to a lesser extent baths – lead to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contained in water supplies than does drinking the water.”
bball3345 presents New Study Shows Negative Impact of Minimum Wage, Not Illegal Immigrants posted at Borderless World.
Wenchypoo presents What If Senators Represented By Race or Income Instead of By State? posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, saying, “An article from the Washington Post.”
Wenchypoo presents Veering Into Space For Just a Minute… posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, saying, “A philosophical question regarding politics and space. Get out your pipes and elbow-patch sweaters.”
Rick Sincere presents Fifth CD Candidates on the 10th Amendment posted at Rick Sincere News and Thoughts, saying, “Six of seven candidates for the GOP congressional nomination in Virginia’s 5th District talk about the Tenth Amendment.”
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.