Dishonest Politicians?

Is it just me? This time of year, we are inundated with political ads. In Denver, we just finished the primary race. What I don’t understand is this. How can two candidates of the same party, who have been mudslinging for the past several months, turn around after the primary is over and stand side-by-side with the loser supporting the winner? Shouldn’t we be believing candidate B’s ads that ran just last week saying that candidate A is a dishonest low-life? Or should we be believing what candidate B is saying now, which is that candidate A is the best choice for the elections in November? Which lie are we supposed to believe?

“How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.”

Our Pledge of Allegiance

I saw this video on YouTube. It’s a great use of four minutes of your day.

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance, from his television show in 1969.

Here is a transcription of the video:

I remember a teacher that I had. Now, I went through the seventh grade. I left home when I was 10 years old because I was hungry. This is true. I’d work in the summer and go to school in the winter. But I had this one teacher, it was the principal of the Harrison School in Vinsennes, Indiana. To me, this was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time, any how. He had such wisdom. And we were all reciting The Pledge of Allegiance one day, and he walked over, this little old teacher. Mr. Lasswell was his name.

He says, “I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite The Pledge of Allegiance all semester. And it seems as though it’s becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word.

“I – me. An individual. A committee of one.

“Pledge – dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

“Allegiance – my love and my devotion.

“To the flag – our standard. Old Glory. A symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there’s respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts ‘Freedom is everybody’s job!’

“United – that means that we have all come together.

“States – individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that’s love for country.

“And to the republic – republic. A state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people. And it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

“For which it stands…one nation. One nation, meaning, so blessed by God.

“Indivisible – incapable of being divided.

“With liberty – which is freedom. The right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

“And justice – the principal or quality of dealing fairly with others.

“For all. For all. Which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

“And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite The Pledge of Allegiance.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of The United States of America. And to the republic, for which it stands. One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to The Pledge of Allegiance. “Under God.” Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said ‘That is a prayer’ and that would be eliminated from schools, too?”

Think about it…..

Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it and whose members will be exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke.  What could possibly go wrong?


Yesterday, on the way home from work, I was behind a local police officer at a red light.  A car made a very interesting right turn (mostly legal), which caught the attention of the cop in front of me.  I was thinking he should get pulled over for, but he didn’t.  The humor in this tale is in the license plate of the creative driver.  Are you ready for it?  The license plate is “DONUT 1”

One of my e-mail signatures

I was just looking at an e-mail I sent via my Google Mail account, and I saw the signature that gets appended to each message.  I thought it was worth mentioning here in my blog.

Calling an illegal alien an “undocumented immigrant” is like calling a drug dealer an “unlicensed pharmacist”.

This couldn’t go undocumented!

I am at work right now (shhhhh, don’t tell my boss I’m blogging!), and I just ran down …. walked, actually, to the cafeteria to buy a coke. There are tables set up with items for sale with proceeds going to breast cancer research. A mighty good cause, don’t you think?

The reason I’m sitting here typing is that I saw a t-shirt that I KNOW I’ve never seen before. It simply says


I had to wonder to myself, “Does this mean the whales are safe now?”

Construction cranes

I have been traveling the same path to and from a hospital daily for the past three days.  Along the way, there are two apartment/condo buildings under construction.  Since I am usually going after working hours, the construction crew is always done when I drive by.

My observation and curiosity is that I noticed when they shut off the cranes, they swing the booms out over a major Denver thoroughfare.  By the way, these are not the cranes where the guy climbs to the top and sits in it all day.  These are firmly planted on the ground and operated from the ground.

Why would the crew want to set the booms out over a busy street?  Is it in case they fall, they won’t damage the structure they’re building?  If they fell, they’d surely cause a major traffic accident, since that street is busy nearly round the clock.  Another question that will probably never be answered.

Our society has turned into a bunch of whiners!

We have become so obsessed with being politically correct that our society is becoming a bunch of whiny little babies!

OK – I’ll explain why the rant.  First, some background (of course!)  I live in a typical neighborhood, have a two-car garage full of stuff (but no cars) and we have three cars and three drivers in our household.  My wife parks in the driveway.  I used to park in front of the house, but my daughter steals my spot if she gets home before me.  Since I’m working three jobs and since in the Chorale once a week, she’s usually home before me.  So, if I don’t get the spot in front of the house, I park across the street, which happens to be near the mailboxes. [Read more →]

Construction question

I’ve noticed that in almost every construction job of any magnitude, when they’re prepping the ground to start building, a large hill of dirt goes up.  Why?  Is it dirt they’ve removed to level the land?  Have they brought it in from somewhere, and why?  Do they plan to use it later?  I’d love to know the answer.


Speaking of observations, I just went to my main website (one of my MANY websites), and realized it probably needs a face lift. Since I write web pages during the day for work, then come home and write and support web pages for clients, I rarely even look at my own stuff. The farthest back I can go and be sure of a date for how long I’ve had this page format is a web app that I wrote, the “Text Twist Solver.” There is a “hits since 2/9/2005” part of the page with a broken link to a graphics image. Some day, I’ll give my site an overhaul.

As a humorous side note, the radio station I listen to most (Jack FM) often plays an ad telling people to go to their website, but that their grandma’s site is still better than theirs – well, that’s almost true for my page. I’ll update it some time!