The US Raises Some Cash the Old Fashion Way

It looks like the United States government has finally found a way to raise the cash we need to get our butts out of trouble and our economy out of the recession we’re currently in.

I actually found this as I was looking for a sample video from The Onion for one of the software platform I work with.

And if you like that, you may want to see what new thing Sony just released.

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The Double Standard of Celebrities and Us Common Folks


Yup, we seen the double standard before.  Some normal easy going college student with a sense of humor does something that gives the rest of us a chuckle and gets him his 15 minutes of fame.  Shortly there after, he gets arrested and is in deep doodoo.  Never mind that even the construction company he did damage against thought it was funny and got a laugh and free positive publicity out of it to the point they they refused to press changes and want him to do another one.  He’ll soon be paying for his deeds and learning not to drop the soap.

But watch as a celebrity like Jessica Alba defaces property multiple times and she gets away with it with a quick signature on one of her checks.  I wonder how many minutes of work it’ll take for her to make that money back.  Notice that this time around when the property owners shrug off pursuing the matter, the police back off as well.  Maybe Joseph Carnevale should have done a couple of “nude” scenes as well.  I would suggest Jessica Alba cover his legal fees but we all know that won’t happen.

When Spam Does Pay


A can of Spam

A can of Spam

I’m sure by now we’ve all seen the emails in your inbox or left as comments on your blog.  Every once in a while, folks wonder if spamming pays.  I don’t know about you but I always delete the garbage.  Every once in a while, I’ll send off a complaint email if I know it’ll get a result.

Well wonder no more.  Looks like Citibank has proven once and for all that it does. 37-year-old Nigerian scammer Paul Gabriel Amos convinced Citibank officials to wire him $27 million belonging to Ethiopia.  While the FBI arrested Amos when he tried to visit Los Angeles, there’s no mention of where the money is.

I have to wonder, as noted in the some of the comments within that article, if some of the bailout money give to Citibank was included within that amount.

Widow cashes dead husband’s winning lottery ticket


Still plowing bookmarked stuff I saved from during the bellringing.

I have to admit that I’m torn on this one.  Charlotte and Donald Peters had bought lottery tickets for over 20 years.  It was a tradition between the two of them.  Husband dies of a heart attack shortly after their weekly purchase.  Wife puts away the ticket in the confusion only to discover a couple of months later that the ticket is worth $10 million.

Think about that.  Would you cash and get rid of the object of what was probably the last thing you and your spouse did together?  I’m sure the money will take care of her for the rest of her life.  We all know Social Security won’t do much any more to cover experiences once you retire.

But it was the last thing the two of you did together.  I don’t know if I could have done that.

Would You Ticket Santa?


Seems like a police officer in New York City wants to play Scrooge.  An unknown female officer (Do notice that they didn’t name the officer even though I’m assuming the officer’s name would have been on the ticket.) ticketed a double parked SUV protecting Chip Cafiero, a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher dress as Santa, while he passed out toys and candy canes to the children for Christmas.  She did it while the kids yelled at her ‘That’s Santa’s car! That’s Santa’s car!’

While the police are refusing to comment on what occurred, local politician Martin Golden, who was at the event, called the parking ticket “ridiculous.”  Mr. Cafiero is, of course, going to fight it.

I have to admit that I’m not a big Christmas person but I would have thought that considering the event and why the SUV was there in the first place, a simple request to move the vehicle or even direct traffic around it would have been a better solution.  I mean the officer is listed as being a “traffic agent” so directing traffic would have been something she would normally do.

Story from here. Picture from a number of places found on line.

You Want Fries With That?


It’s being reported that a child was left in a local McDonalds restaurant restroom this morning here in Charlotte.  Go read the article first and then come back.

Finished?  Here’s my problem with the story.  In North Carolina, it’s legal for the mother to hand over her newborn  child, up to 7 days old to any complete stranger who’s responsible and walk away.

Any complete stranger.

Think about that for just a second.  Now I don’t mind having this law and to some extent think it’s a good idea.  Wouldn’t it be a better idea though for them to hand the kid over to, or, oh I don’t know, maybe a hospital or a police officer or maybe even walk over to the local fire station and hand the child off there?  How about a church?  Or a school?  Or heck how about a bank branch since we’re here in Charlotte?

Nope, not here in North Carolina.  It’s legal to drop the kid off at a pool hall with the bartender or the stripper working the table dances.  Or the homeless guy sleeping on the bench?  Or how about the parking attendant working the booth?  Or the McDonalds store manager who’s trying to get folks through the drive thru first thing in the morning?  Or how about the bus driver? (Actually that’s legal here in North Carolina as well.) The baggage clerk at the Greyhound station?  Heck, Bush is a responsible adult under North Carolina law.

Look, I’m glad the child’s being taken care of or hopefully will be but I have a problem with a wide open loophole like that.  Sure, there are a lot of responsible people out there who would do anything for that kid or any other child dropped into their lap.  But let’s make sure about it, OK?  I would think that would be a better idea.

Image from Calm Your Screaming Baby.

College Alums Get the Blahs


So here you are, the president of a university’s alumni association and you’ve got to raise some bucks for your school.  Of course with money being tight and everybody worried about their own situation, you’ve got to do it in such a way that will get noticed and folks will respond in a positive way. (ie Send you the money.)

What do you do?  You send out a letter with the word “blah” in there 137 times.

Not the letter 137 times of course.  The word “Blah.”  As in “With the recent economic downturn and loan crisis, it has become even
more important for Framingham State College to receive your support. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,”

The school has stated that the September 5th letter was an attempt to inject a little
20-something humor into the effort to raise money for its Legacy Fund.  Of course the college’s advancement office quickly apologized when the MetroWest Daily News brought it to their attention, saying the letter’s attempt at humor was misguided. (Don’t they always.)

But hey, guess what?  It worked.  The school collected about $2,000 from
nearly 40 alumni who had never donated to the school before.  In exchange though, some alumni said they found the letter insulting, unprofessional and ridiculous.

Was it worth it?  Gotta admit 2 grand isn’t that much.

Picture from here.

Can We Beat It With a Stick?


The stick has been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame recently along with the Baby Doll and the skateboard.  It was chosen for “its all-purpose, all-natural, no-cost qualities and its ability to
serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed by
imaginations into something else.”

Of course you can always find a stick up someone’s ass if you need one.

Hattip: Sheldon which I posted about recently.