He’ll Do Anything To Get On YouTube

Is this really necessary?  I put my parrot on YouTube last year, just because he was screaming too much; he didn’t ask to be a star.

Anyway, here’s a video of a Romanian truck driver who really gets carried away while listening to some Gypsy music.  And I thought text-messaging was supposed to be the most dangerous thing people do while driving.  All kidding aside, the passenger who filmed this must have been mad to ride with him.

Filipino Parties, A Law for a Problem that Doesn’t Exist, and Two New Pages on Jews

I didn’t write yesterday because Leive and I were gone at two Filipino birthday parties.  The first was in Bardstown, seventy miles west of here, and the second was just on the other side of Interstate 75, in the neighborhood next to ours.  Leive was particularly pleased to find some Cebuano speakers at the first party; that’s not the most widely used language in the Philippines.  At the second party, there were nearly thirty Filipinos and two white men, so we had a paradoxical situation where the other guy and I were told to stay on the patio in back of the house!  Who’d have expected that in a state with a population that’s 92 percent non-Hispanic & white?  But seriously, with the Fourth of July rapidly coming up, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing our new friends again soon.

In the news, I haven’t been paying as much attention to the death of Michael Jackson as most Americans.  Everyone else is saying enough about him, so I feel no need to pay tribute to a pedophile that converted to Islam a few years back.  I’d rather hear what’s going on in Iran, and if that North Korean ship full of nuclear materials reached its destination yet (I learned last week that it’s going to Myanmar).  The good news is that on Friday I tried calling my congressman to tell him I oppose this energy tax that they call the “Cap & Trade Bill,” and I couldn’t get through because all lines were busy; that means a lot of other Americans are concerned about the issue.  Unfortunately, the bill was passed in the House anyway.

The bill can still be stopped in the Senate, though, and I hope that happenes, because such a tax would be a disaster to our economy, and it would break President Obama’s promise not to impose new taxes on 95% of the American people.  I’ll remind everyone of the summary I gave at the end of my global warming essay:

<LI>Man-made global warming may not exist.
<LI>If man-made global warming does exist, it won’t have much of an effect on us until 2050.  By then, most of those reading this page will be dead.
<LI>If we respond to the perceived danger with drastic changes to our lifestyle, it will hurt us NOW, not decades down the road.  We have already seen that with rapidly rising energy and food prices.
<LI>Whatever we do to stop global warming won’t make a difference, if China and India can’t be persuaded to do their share (see point #18 above).
<LI>Those dedicated to saving the world from global warming are also enemies of capitalism and Judeo-Christian values.
  1. Man-made global warming may not exist.
  2. If man-made global warming does exist, it won’t have much of an effect on us until 2050.  By then, most of us will be dead.
  3. If we respond to the perceived danger with drastic changes to our lifestyle, it will hurt us NOW, not decades down the road.  We have already seen that with rapidly rising energy and food prices.
  4. Whatever we do to stop global warming won’t make a difference, if China and India can’t be persuaded to do their share.
  5. Those dedicated to saving the world from global warming are also enemies of capitalism and Judeo-Christian values.

I also felt compelled to add two points to the list on that page:

17. The ice-core samples mentioned in #13 above also preserve a record of carbon dioxide levels in ancient times. They show that the percentage of atmospheric CO2 has gone up and down in the past, but the CO2 increases happened as late as 800 years after temperature increases. Thus, one could argue that rising temperatures cause rising CO2 levels, instead of the opposite.

32. Don’t worry about the polar bears. Environmentalists like to illustrate the danger of global warming by showing pictures of polar bears stranded on melting ice. This was enough to get the Environmental Protection Agency to put polar bears back on the endangered species list. By doing that, they ignored three facts. First, the estimated population of polar bears has tripled since the 1970s, when they really were an endangered species. Second, they can swim for up to hundreds of miles in cold water, so even if the ice melts, they’ll be all right. That’s how they managed to travel to every part of the Arctic. Third, they survived previous warm periods, didn’t they?

Halp us Jon Carry, we R stuck hear on ise.

Finally, I created two new pages on subjects that have appeared here first.  The first, “Why Are American Jews Liberal?“, tries to explain the liberal voting record of Jews, when their best friends are conservative.   The second, “Why Won’t Anti-Semitism Go Away?“, offers an explanation for that phenomenon.  Re-read and enjoy!

It’s Flat-Out Hot!

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I saw this picture on Wunderground.com, my favorite site for checking the weather.  My family will probably like it, because my father took care of flying squirrels for twenty years.  It’s not hot enough here in Kentucky (yet) for a squirrel to feel like this, but no doubt the Florida and Georgia squirrels feel overheated already.

A Wedding Dance No One Will Forget

My daughter and her husband chose some unconventional music for their wedding in 2006.  I remember in particular that one song came from “Star Wars Episode 1:  The Phantom Menace.”  But when it comes to unconventional wedding songs and dances, this selection, from a couple named the Brubakers, takes the cake!  The video has been on YouTube for nearly two years, but it’s still worth watching, and since June is the traditional month for weddings, it seemed appropriate to post it now.  I wonder if Sir Mix-A-Lot has seen this?

One Year Gone

Today — this hour, in fact — marks one year since my mother passed away.  My, how time has flown since then.  The whole family is aware of this anniversary, and we’re observing it with our own moments of silence.  If you want to see the pictures from her memorial service again, click on this link.

The past year has also been a big learning experience for Leive and I, and I’m now thinking of creating a webpage that will share the high points of what I learned.  I will call it “Secrets to Success in Life,” or something like that.  The latest learning experience happened last Friday.  When we were at the Pre-Paid Legal convention last March, we met Bobby Diggs, a very successful associate from Virginia (Rank:  Silver Executive Director, meaning he’s earning a six-figure income in this business).  Last week, Bobby was traveling around in Kentucky.  You might be amused to know that he likes it here because he needed to gain a few pounds, and Kentucky food does that for him!  He also told me he loves lumpias (Philippine egg rolls), so Leive will have to make some, the next time he’s in town.  Anyway, Bobby agreed to lead a business meeting at the house of a friend of mine, Alfonso Ferguson.  We invited some prospects to come and see what Pre-Paid Legal has to offer, but none showed up.  Thus, we had a top-heavy situation where nine business associates were in Alfonso’s living room, four of them high-ranking in the business, but there were no potential customers or future associates!  Rather than declare the trip a waste, Bobby admitted that it’s hard to get people to go anywhere besides the movies on a Friday night, and spent the next two and a half hours teaching us some of the things he has learned from the business over the years.  In other words, we got a free training session.

If I do post any of the notes I took last Friday, I’ll just use generic tips that don’t strictly apply to business, so everyone can benefit from them.  Like how philosophy controls attitude, attitude controls actions, and actions control results.

The Pepsi Plot

You can always count on the Middle East for new crackpot conspiracy theories.  Here’s the latest:  Pepsi must be a Zionist plot, because the name of the drink stands for “Pay Every Penny to Save Israel.”  Here’s a link to the story:

Muslim Cleric:  “Pepsi Is Zionist Plot”

You could have fooled me.  A better case can be made for Pepsi backing Barack Obama.  Yesterday I saw the current Pepsi logo on a sign, in front of the country store I drive past on the way to work every day, and at first I thought it was the Obama logo sideways:

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Pepsi logo.

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Obama logo.

When I heard that the cleric was from Egypt, I checked to make sure he wasn’t the same cleric who recommended two years ago that women should breast-feed male co-workers, to turn the workplace into a new kind of family (see my message from June 13, 2007).  I also Googled the history of Pepsi.  On this About.com page I learned that Pepsi was invented in 1893, and given its name in 1898.  A full half century before 1948, when the modern state of Israel was founded.  I suppose the inventor of Pepsi could have supported Theodore Herzl’s Zionist movement, which got started in 1897, but it’s not bloody likely.

It’s Officially Summer

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, arrived yesterday, so it no longer just feels like summer — it is summer.  I understand that over in England, a crowd of 30,000 Druids and neopagans went to Stonehenge, because that famous monument was set up for celebrations on that day.  Of course, neopagans, wiccans, etc., like to have us believe that their religion is the oldest of all, when much of their teachings and practices were invented in our lifetime, so I’m wondering if the summer solstice crowds were anywhere near as large in the old days when all Britons were pagans, more than two thousand years ago?

While it’s warmer than Leive and I like it, the weather is quite tolerable for us, since we are used to worse in Florida and the Philippines.  Today and yesterday, for example, the high temperature was around 88 degrees, so I was able to mow our lawn, while family and friends in other states, and my co-workers in the office, were sweltering in the heat.  I still think we’re the lucky ones, in regard to that.  In fact, here in Kentucky it does seem appropriate to begin summer on June 21.  It doesn’t in Florida, where they can have days with 90+ degrees before April is over.  In the past I have joked that Florida has four seasons, too:  early summer, high summer, late summer and next summer!

I’ll finish with a funny list I heard on the radio this morning:

The Top Five Signs That Summer Is Here:
5.  Hard-to-understand wind chill factors are replaced with hard-to-understand SPFs.
4.  Flood Warnings are replaced with wildfire warnings.
3.  Men in shorts.
2.  You go to the movies because the theater has a fabulous air conditioning system.
1.  Nobody gives you funny looks when you shout “Marco!”

The Top Five Signs That Summer Is Here:

5.  Hard-to-understand wind chill factors are replaced with hard-to-understand SPFs.

4.  Flood Warnings are replaced with wildfire warnings.

3.  Men in shorts.

2.  You go to the movies because the theater has a fabulous air conditioning system.

And the number one sign that summer is here:

Nobody gives you funny looks when you shout “Marco!”