Greetings, and thanks for joining me for another week. Through the course of some archeological history, one article suggests that sensibilities have changed dramatically. For example, millennia ago it seems that having a stake driven through your skull was not very unusual. I beg to differ. Today cutting someone’s head off isn’t either….
(1) Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance. (2) Requires excessive admiration. (3) Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people. (4) Taking advantage of others to get what you want. (5) Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others. Sound like anyone you know? Yeah, me too. It also sounds a bit like Donald Trump.
Even though I am all over the political spectrum depending on the issue, I would love to say at heart, I am a Libertarian – you know, the party almost everyone pretends doesn’t exist. There is one problem, however – people. The masses ARE asses! I would like to see few regulations, but people! I would love to express an opinion without being labeled or called a name. Tell me someone who calls someone a Libtard or Repervlican understands the First Amendment! I remember when teaching the emphasis the librarian put on checking online sources. We’d do a search and get hundreds of thousands of ‘hits.’ Obviously, just because it’s on the internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true, and yet, every day, people post inaccurate information (and outright lies). So sad.
Gubmint at work! The head of U.S. Navy intelligence has for more than two years been prohibited from accessing classified information (as the Pentagon disclosed last month). Vice Admiral Ted Branch came under investigation in 2013 in a corruption scandal involving a foreign defense contractor and various Navy personnel and might have been suspended from all duties — except that, given the political gridlock in Washington, no consensus candidate has emerged. No charges have been filed against Branch, but before he enters any room at the Pentagon, classified material must be stowed away. [Washington Post]
Not the season here, but great gardeners! “Green-fingered residents” can show off their hard work each year at the Quedgeley Show in Gloucestershire, England, entering arrangements of colorful, plump garden-grown vegetables. However, attendance has been off in recent years, reported the Western Daily Press, leaving the show’s future in doubt — until organizers announced that this year, to increase the number of entries, supermarket-bought vegetables could be submitted. Uh, okay.
Small crime? When Heath Forsey poured a $7 large beer into the cup for a $4 small beer at an Idaho Steelheads game, it fit. So his girlfriend, Gwen Gibbs, posted a video about it to YouTube. Eric Trapp, president of the Steelheads and the Boise arena where they play, promised to order larger large cups (“We should have been more attentive,” he said) and Gibbs said they should be called the “Heath and Gwen size.” Case closed? No: four other fans have filed a lawsuit over the cup sizes. They want $10,000 in damages. [Idaho Statesman]
The struggle is real! A local Philadelphia police department is looking to help Kanye West get out of his reported multimillion dollar debt by offering him an entry level job. Philadelphia police department photoshopped West’s face onto a photo of two officers and shared it to Facebook adding that by earning a base department salary he could be debt-free in about 1,000 years. “With a starting salary of $47,920, Officer West could be completely debt-free by the year 3122!” they wrote. “And that’s only if he were never to receive a single raise! With a few promotions and cost of living increases, Yeezy could probably break even in a quick 500 years.” The police department added that people other than West interested in law enforcement are encouraged to apply as they are in the process of hiring new officers. West claimed to be $53 million in debt during a Twitter rant on Feb. 13 and he received even more bad news after Pizza Hut’s UK branch turned down a spoof resume. [UPI]
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