Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Now we pay on average anywhere from $60 for basic cable to $150 a month if you want premium channels, HD content and internet service.
Add to that cell phone and smartphone service. That also is anywhere from $50 for basic service to $150 a month if you have 2 or more lines with a data plan.
That's $110 to $300 a month just for TV, internet and wireless phone service!
How did we get to the point where we spend as much for entertainment and communications as we used to spend for a month of groceries when cable was first installed?
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
As a side story, we have had problems with palimino bugs in the kitchen. The kitchen is underneath the bathroom. Well, I could never find where the bastards were coming from. These pests need moisture to survive. The kitchen and underneath the house are dry. When I pulled down the shower I exposed a nest of the bugs! That is where they were getting their moisture. So, at least that mystery is solved.
Also, the water pipes that go to the shower come in from the ceiling of the bathroom, down the shower wall and, for some reason, into the floor under the shower. Where the hell were they going? They went to the bathtub on the other side of the room. I cannot fathom why it was plumbed this way because the tub and the sink are on the same wall. But instead of coming off of the sink to the tub, the plumbing was routed under the floor from the shower.
Anyway, the 3/4" plywood where the shower was will have to be replaced but only one piece. So that's pretty good. However we have not decided whether to just replace the shower or do we do a complete change up of the layout of the room. The bathtub is a deep soaker tub with jets and it only gets used two or three times a year. I don't see any reason to keep it. A shower is all we need.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Postcards From the Pledge|
They are not even trying. Really, it just insults my intelligence that they think that I am stupid enough to buy their into their "pledge" to the American people. These are the same people who got us into this mess in the first place. Who didn't lift a finger to help get the country back up on it's feet. Who said "no" to everything for two years, not because of their principles but because it is politically expedient to oppose everything. What did they have to lose? Rush Limbaugh gave them cover on January 20,2009 when he said, "I hope he fails". That was his signal to the loser Republicans that he had their backs if any of them want to follow him.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
"The number of Americans who say President Obama is a Muslim has nearly doubled since March 2009, according to a new poll from Pew out today. The poll finds that 18% of Americans say the president -- who, it should be said for the record, is a practicing Christian -- is a Muslim. That's up from 11% who said the same thing in March of last year.
At the same time, a new poll from Time magazine shows a widespread distrust of Islam among Americans, and an overwhelming opposition to the Cordoba House project in Manhattan. The Time poll also found that 24% of Americans say Obama is a Muslim.
No group is more convinced of the president's Muslim faith than conservative Republicans. The Pew poll found 34% of them say Obama is a Muslim, which is an increase from 18% in the March 2009 survey. The number is not that much different from Republicans overall -- 31% of all Republicans surveyed by Pew said Obama practices Islam, and 24% of "moderate and liberal" members of the GOP said the same thing."
I take it that Muslim is the new "nigger".
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
I have been very busy working on "This Damned Old House". Just finished painting the exterior. I am currently sanding the old paint off of the front porch floor so I can stain it. I rented a floor sander that got 98% of it done but the remaining 2% has been a very slow process. I am hoping to get it ready for stain within the next few days.
The house looks great but now all I see when I look at it is the black stains on the roof. I have found that can be cleaned off with a combination of bleach and Tri-Sodium Phosphate. That is next on my agenda.
I'll post a picture when it is all complete.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
A Best Buy employee created this video and I believe he got into some trouble over it even though Best Buy was never mentioned.
Be that as it may, the video is funny...and a little scary. There are people out there as dumb as the one that is asking for the new iPhone.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday my daughter's Volvo A/C quit. I worked on that all morning. Still haven't figured it out. The A/C is kicking in but the blower isn't coming on. Blower doesn't work on heat either. I'll get it eventually.
We are in the middle of having our house painted so today I took the front porch lights down. My wife painted them and I moved them to the back porch. We replaced those lights with ones my wife bought Saturday.
On inspection of the columns on the front porch I can see a lot of what looks like alligator or reticulating in the finish. So, I have started stripping them by use of a heat gun and scraper. I got one side of two columns done. There are 8 columns in all. This might take a while.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
For a good recap of the episode go here.
Oh, yeah, the Jimmy Kimmel show that was scheduled to come on after Lost last night was pre-empted here for 2 episodes of Two and a Half Men by the local cable company. In case you did not see it, here is the alternate endings to Lost that was shown....
Friday, May 21, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Here is the list so far this year:
1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Catching Fire (sequel to #3)by Suzanne Collins
5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book 1) by Cassandra Claire
6. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book 2) by Cassandra Claire
7. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Book 3) by Cassandra Claire
8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
9. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
10. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
11. Timequake by Kirk Vonnegut
12. God Hates Us All by Hank Moody
13. The Host by Stephanie Myers
Currently reading "World Made by Hand" by James Howard Kunstler after that it will be "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The Old Fart tells it like it is---
--calmly as I could not.
The reason I'm down on the so called "movement" is because they are spouting the same talking points that I hear every day here in Mississippi. I'm not down on the people of my state, they are truly some of the most friendly folks you would ever want to meet. But when things are going on that they don't understand they become a little unhinged. They look for someone to blame and it sure ain't them.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
"It would be nice to see these wingnuts challenged by our sorry excuse for a "main stream media" as well as Cenk did here. They'd be marginalized in the manner they deserve to be rather than propped up as some sort of grass roots movement, which they're not.
This tea party movement is one part Dick Armey and company fake astroturf protest, one part angry McCain and Palin soreloserman, one part abortion clinic protester, one part white nationalist militia movement/gun rights nuts, one part ClusterFox/Glenn Beck brain dead watcher, one part anti-immigration Lou Dobbs/Tom Tancredo fan, one part southern racist that isn't done fighting the Civil War yet and one part Ron Paul/Libertarian."
I should put this on my facebook page but I try to keep away from politics there so I won't alienate my family.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Last night I had a dream that I was in a golf foursome with George W. Bush. Can you believe that?
Anyway, when his turn came to tee it up, he could not hit the ball. He swung and he swung but could not hit it. It became almost painful to watch much like listening to him give a statement "on-the-fly". Finally, after about twenty tries we had to scratch him.
I have no idea what brought that dream about but it was good to see him standing there with egg on his face.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Yesterday we learned that a deranged individual posted a threatening video to Republican Congressman Eric Cantor and has since been arrested. Good. Violent threats to anyone are not to be tolerated. However, this morning on MSNBC's Monin' Joe all Mika Brzezinski wanted to talk about was this example of how the left is just as bad as the right on this subject. She nor anyone at the table ever said that this person also threatened many other people including Barack Obama. How can Ms Brzezinski claim that he is from the "far left"? Because he threatened a republican? This makes no sense.
I would bet dollars to donuts that by the evening news hour this guy is "far left" and that the right can now make the claim that both sides do it.
Thanks Mika. Great reporting there.
UPDATE: The Rude Pundit has to be quoted here:
"'Cause, see, whenever anyone tries to make some kind of moral equivalence between the actions of leftist protesters in the 1960s and 1970s and those of the teabaggers (or, indeed, the militia movement), they are forgetting context. And context, as we know, will take your sad little rhetorical point and spank its ass until it begs context to stop."
I just love the last sentence.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I swear they are like a bunch of 5 year olds.
UPDATE: That did not take long...
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
We have been promised that this season all questions will be answered. That remains to be seen. If it ends up that it was all in Hurley's head I'm going to to be pissed.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The decision upends the political battlefield in time for November's high-stakes congressional elections. It also is likely to affect state contests. Twenty-two states prohibit corporate spending in state candidate elections, and two more, New York and Alabama, impose limits on such spending."
The court ruled some time ago that corporations are "super citizens" . That means they have more rights than we as individuals have in this country. You think we have crooked politicians now, just wait a couple of more election cycles.
UPDATE: There may be something that can be done about this:
I know I was going to leave politics alone for a while. But every time I do they keep pulling me back in.