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October: What Day Is Today?

It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen. With Columbus Day and Halloween already marked on your calendar, I thought I’d let you know of a few lesser-known days of celebration for October. But FIRST, be sure to celebrate October for the month that it is (National Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes Month, National Cookie Month and Workplace Politics Month!). Oh, and now those daily celebrations:

October 9: National Kick Butt Day (I’ll be traveling, so this may come in handy!)

October 11: National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day (awwwwwwww!)

October 12: International Moment of Frustration Scream Day (I’ll be traveling again, so I’m sure this will fit!)

October 13: International Skeptics Day (hmmm….I’m not so sure about that…)

October 15: Be Bald and Be Free Day (um….no. Ain’t going there)

October 25: Sourest Day (pucker up!)

October 26: Mule Day (also known as jackass day? hehehe)

October 27: Cranky Co-Workers Day (and just how would one “celebrate” this?)

October 30: Haunted Refrigerator Night (um…who thinks these things up anyway?)

October 31: National Knock-Knock Jokes Day (and to think Halloween kicked this one off the calendar!)

Enjoy! And just in case you need more reason to celebrate, next week is National Chestnut Week, so go wild!


April Rogers Found Guilty

Back in December, this story was in the Omaha news. In a nutshell, April Rogers killed Alex Tay, a little baby who Rogers admitted to repeatedly slamming his head to the floor while she was caring for him in her home last December. Little Alex was injured and later died. April Rogers has been found guilty of child abuse resulting in death.

Rogers had a brief trial before Judge Michael Coffey last Thursday morning. The defense did not present a case.

Rogers’ lawyer, Steve Lefler, said he was not surprised by Thursday’s verdict, and he plans to appeal based on the minimum 20-year sentence.

“They could have charged her with manslaughter, for which she would not have to go to jail for at least 20 years,” Lefler said.

Lefler said that at sentencing, he’ll talk about the stresses and pressures Rogershas was facing at the time of the death, as well as her spotless record before it.

She killed a baby by slamming his head onto the floor over and over. Because she was facing “stresses and pressures” at the time of his death. Yeah, and that’s little Alex’s fault because….? Quit with the fucking excuses already. She *should* go to jail for at least 20 years. In twenty years, little Alex would have grown into a young man but because of her, he’ll never see adulthood. Face it. There are, and should be, consequences for her actions - I don’t care if she doesn’t have a “record.” If she had put a gun to someone’s head, pulled the trigger and killed them, would you feel the same way, Mr. Lefler? Didn’t think so. As a matter of fact, what she did was far worse. At least an adult may have been able to defend themselves. She took the life of a helpless baby who relied on her to CARE FOR HIM. The fact that this woman is out on bond until sentencing dumfounds me.

Douglas County attorney Stu Dornan is pleased with the verdict and expects to pursue a strict sentence at the hearing in December.

“It was a difficult case for everybody concerned. We try to achieve justice in the best way that we can. In this case, the first step towards justice has occurred, and that is the conviction of the offender, and the first step towards accountability,” Dornan said.

Bingo. Um, isn’t that the point of a sentence….a first step toward accountability? It’s too bad that most defense attorneys don’t believe in that philosphy. Instead, they want their client to get the minimum slap on the wrist….perhaps so they can get a multiple case discount down the road?


What Happens When You Cut And Run

13 years later, and I’m still pissed off.


That shitty little city in that shitty little country should have been given the Dresden treatment.

With the new African Taliban in charge, it still should get the Dresden treatment.

If I met a foreigner on the street, and he told me he’s Somalian, I’d kick him in the nuts and bust a 2X4 over his head. That’s how much this still pisses me off 13 years later. I hope they’ll spare us the agony and kill each other off.

Save us Ethiopa, you seem to be our only hope.

(more…)


Your Tax Dollars at Work: Children Become Three-Week Muslims

Supreme Court declines case challenging classes on Islam

SUPREME COURT The Supreme Court has refused to consider a lawsuit by parents objecting to a three-week class for seventh-graders on Islam.

Jonas and Tiffany Eklund say pupils at a public school in Byron, California, were given pages from the opening chapter of the Quran to read and studied Islam’s Five Pillars of Faith.

The Eklunds argued that the world history unit violated separation of church and state. Their lawyers charged that the public school “had children become Muslims for three weeks.”

School Superintendent Tom Meyer denies that the classes amount to indoctrination.

The Ninth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the Islam program activities were not overt religious exercises and therefore did not raise constitutional concerns.

Was this “assignment” followed up by the children becoming Christians for three weeks? If so, then I guess I don’t have a big problem with this class. Three weeks sounds like an awful lot of time to make the children aware and familiar with any religion. It just seems that ANY attempt to bring CHRISTIANITY into the classroom is met by liberals screaming “Separation!!!!”


A Warm Husker W”elk”ome

Look who got lost in a parking lot North of Memorial Stadium:

Doesn’t he realize the next game is an away game? Heh!


Can’t Cox and KETV Just Get Along?

Okay, so I usually don’t give a crap when it comes to contractual disagreements between companies - whatever, right? But this is personally affecting me and these twits seem to be blaming each other.

We got a postcard from our cable company saying that Hearst-Argyle Television, the company that owns channel 7 (KETV), and Cox Communications cannot seem to come to an agreement regarding the rates for offering channel 7’s digital programming. SO….KETV’s owners have agreed that it is okay to allow the analog channel 7 (so us poor customers don’t have to do without the programming), but they cannot offer the digital channel effective right away. So, as much as I love football in HD, at least we still have our LOCAL TV CHANNEL on our cable offering, right?

For those of you wishing to be bored, the story is here on KETV’s website. An exerpt:

OMAHA, Neb. — KETV-TV Channel 7 and KETV-DT Channel 20, which are among Omaha’s leading analog and digital television stations, respectively, on Sunday announced that the digital high definition signal of KETV-DT is no longer being carried on Cox cable television systems.

The removal of the station’s digital signals from the Cox system is the result of unsuccessful negotiations between representatives of Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., KETV-TV’s parent company, and Cox. Hearst-Argyle is seeking fair and reasonable terms from Cox in return for allowing Cox to carry KETV-DT’s programming and charge its subscribers for access to that programming.

Here’s the rub for ME, though. I have DVR. And I record a LOT on DVR. But since this little spat (found out about it just yesterday), Cox Communications won’t allow me to DVR anything on Channel 7’s analog channel, with an error that comes up “unrecordable channel.” That’s complete bullshit. So….I have to do without the Rachael Ray Show and the other two shows on ABC I record will have to be watched live versus recorded. Um, there’s a REASON I record these shows, you idiots.

If you want to have your little arm-wrestling match in the backyard, fine. But if both of you truly care about your customers, you will want to allow us to have the conveniences that WE PAY FOR by subscribing to your service. And if I can’t record my shows, ABC, I don’t watch your shows. Get a clue.

/rant

UPDATE: So I wrote a note to Cox Cable to complain and the response today - and I paraphrase: “Lady, you are whacked. There’s no problem. We had this one technical issue on Thursday, but that channel isn’t restricted.” Um….so, why in the hell would I take the time to write you, buffoon, to tell you there’s a problem if there isn’t one? Magically, when I went home all was recordable again. And of course the response I received was canned and not even signed by a human. Eh. Who cares, I can use my DVR on ABC again.

…and Chris? Somehow I don’t think our little Omaha channel would come anywhere close to paying for Rachael’s salary. Phpht! :-)


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