Archive for September, 2010

Last Chance for Cowboys (and I don’t mean Dallas)

Last Chance for Cowboys (and I don’t mean Dallas)

The fact that it is happening at a community college in Cheyenne, Wyoming makes it a bit more interesting to those outside the Wyoming political loop. Before this, Wyoming's claim to political fame was merely being the first state to allow women to vote and the home of good old Dick "go f*%k yourself" Cheney. Considering my connections to this sordid affair as well as my credentials as a well-respected journalist, (try not to laugh too hard) I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to add some more attention to my former state of residence as well as give my dad some free publicity -- or at least make myself feel a little better about begging him for money to keep me in lap of luxury. [Read the rest of this article...]

Keeping Kids Safe From Success

Keeping Kids Safe From Success

The most frightening trend, in my opinion, is the pattern of parents allowing their kids a pass on things they disliked when children themselves. Multiplication tables, vegetables, and the use of soap in the nightly bath might have been impositions when you were a child, but we use to grow up and accept the reasons behind the torments. Now, parents berate teachers that assign homework, question the need for mathematics in a calculator age (it is, by the way, the foundation for logical problem-solving), and embrace the "inner beauty" of their Type Two Diabetic children who came about their obesity and disease via their own parents who spared the vegetable and pushed the soda. I work with at-risk children on a regular basis, and the most [Read the rest of this article...]

The Midterms: 5 Weeks To Zero

The Midterms: 5 Weeks To Zero

With five weeks to go in the extraordinary 2010 election, the race for control of the House and Senate is tightening. The dominant theme of Republican tidal wave, an all-encompassing storyline embraced by the major media outlets for a year now, is contingent now on a series of single digit wins. If the conservatives are to control the House and Senate, it will be by a landslide of tiny margins rather than a landslide of votes. In our democracy, that is good enough (although the idea may have to be explained to Republicans bleating on about "taking back their country"). [Read the rest of this article...]

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Like J. K. Rowling before her, Stephanie Meyer has become a literary phenomenon. Her latest installment in the Twilight Saga, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a change from the past volumes in the Twilight Saga. The “book” is actually a 178 page novella. As a comparison, Breaking Dawn, the last novel in the Twilight Saga, weighed in at a hefty 768 pages. This is quite a difference in the size of the books, and in the ability to develop characters and storyline. [Read the rest of this article...]

Anchor Babies

Anchor Babies

Balls will cease and desist from further donations to the TPP if one position held by the faithful is not soon reversed. It seems that the constitution-loving patriots want to repeal the 14th amendment, which is akin to a Bible-toting fundamentalist saying they want to repeal the Book of John! The issue at hand, my friends, is granting U.S. citizenship solely because someone is born in the USA. “Anchor Baby” is a pejorative term used to describe the blessed event of a future Balls International Industries employee being born into a family of current, less legal Balls International employees. [Read the rest of this article...]

Deficit Turkeys

Deficit Turkeys

The Republicans have successfully defined all of the key terms in American politics; bipartisanship means passing conservative legislation, fiscal responsibility means cutting programs unrelated to the military and cutting taxes on high income businesses and individuals, and patriotism means pretending that we are always correct and will always be strong...just so long as we keep the blanket pulled up over our collective eyes. Eight years of conservative policies ending with a downturn eclipsed only by the Great Depression, and conservatives have successfully convinced many Americans that it is the Democrats who have "had their chance". To make matters worse, the programs, passed by Democrats, that kept our nation from going over the [Read the rest of this article...]

Helpful Hints for Getting By During These Hard Times

Helpful Hints for Getting By During These Hard Times

Times are tough. We all know it. No matter what the mainstream papers say about improvements in the economy we all know someone who is either out of work or who is working a much lower paying job just to keep food on the table and a roof over his or her head. It’s hard to be optimistic and to believe there is anything you can to that will make a difference in your life during these hard times, but here is some common sense ideas that may make things easier, especially if you’re not already practicing them. [Read the rest of this article...]

Immortal by Gene Doucette

Immortal by Gene Doucette

Immortal by Gene Doucette introduces a character, currently called Adam, who happens to be immortal. His earliest memory comes only in the form of a prehistoric dream at the beginning of the story, when his name resembled something like “Urr.” Adam’s story flashes between the present and his experiences of both the recent and distant past. Through the millennia “Adam” has appeared as different people with different names depending on the time and place he is currently living. He has been all races, varying them according to the predominance of the region. No explanation is given for this ability. Adam lives continuously and never dies or is reincarnated so this poses a slight problem, but in no way interferes with the ability [Read the rest of this article...]

Conscious footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters by Dianne Eppler Adams

Conscious footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters by Dianne Eppler Adams

Conscious Footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters by Dianne Eppler Adams is a unique find in the world of books on spirituality. Dianne draws upon her own heightened awareness and her experience as an astrologist to bring an entirely new, refreshing perspective to books on spirituality. [Read the rest of this article...]

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Animated Balls: Election 2012

Episode 1: It's Hard to Choose Just One

Episode 2: Occupy Wall Street

Episode 3: 999! The Cain Train to Prosperity

Episode 4: Small Government

Episode 5: Newt is Forgiven

Episode 6: A Candidate with Big Balls

Episode 7: Why We Must Elect Rick!

Episode 8: Don't Make Me Use the "S" Word!

Episode 9: Santorum & Obamaville

Episode 10: Settle for Mitt!

Episode 12: Austerity and Obama's Debt!

Episode 13: From My Cold, Dead Hands!

Episode 14: Ryan is a Bold Choice for VP!

Episode 15: Mitt Romney's Taxes

Episode 16: Mitt & Me; 2 Peas in a Pod!

Episode 17: Mitt and the 47%

Episode 18: The PA Voter ID Law

Episode 19: The Boss is Running!

Episode 20: Benghazi Has Legs

Episode 21: Grover, the NRA, and the GOP

Animated Balls: A New Frontier!

Piers Morgan & the White House Conspire Against Alex Jones!

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