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It’s only Rock N Roll…

Monday, December 23, 2013 9:00 am

20131223-080358.jpgWhile traveling this weekend, I was flipping around the radio, and ran across SiriusXM 26, which is normally classic rock from the ’60s and ’70s, but was dedicated to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame this weekend.

I had heard there was question in some minds about a few of this year’s inductees, but I didn’t bother with it. Seriously, what does it matter?

Until I was alone in a car for over five hours listening to some radio station telling me why these people deserved to be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Now, it is my mission in life to see that place razed, paved over, and an Indian casino put up in its place.

I do not claim to be an expert in rock music. Yes, I was a radio DJ in the 1970s, but that speaks more about my age than anything else. And it’s that age thing that sorta matters. I was around then. I’m not being told what music was like and what the world was like. I was there.

When you look at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame bio of Cat Stevens, it speaks of his bravery in converting to Islam. So, I guess they’ll be inducting Muhammed Ali soon? Born as Steven Demetre Georgiou, Cat Stevens did have some hits in the ’70s, but I wouldn’t call “Oh, Very Young,” “Morning Has Broken,” or “Peace Train” rock anthems. Hippie music, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s rock n roll.

And, sure, it wasn’t a popular thing for a Roman Catholic-raised child of a Greek Orthodox and a Baptist (or anyone, for that matter) to convert to Islam around the time the Ayatollah Khomeini was putting together his return to Iran, Cat Stevens did that, taking the name Yusef Islam (which translates to Joe Moslem). But what’s that got to do with the music? It didn’t suddenly make “Moon Shadow” a rock song.

And Peter Gabriel? Seriously? Even the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame had a harder time coming up with a bio for him. So, they talked about other stuff:

The epic song “Biko” directly inspired the Artists Against Apartheid movement as he spearheaded the Amnesty International A Conspiracy Of Hope and Human Rights Now tours.

See. They shoulda just chucked Nelson Mandela in a hole in the ground and spent the entire ceremony playing Peter Gabriel songs.

Now, I will grant that his music is more rock that Joe Moslem’s, but putting him in the Hall of Fame? That’s like putting Mario Mendoza in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The real one, not the one in Mexico.

And, speaking of Mexico, it seems that her album of Mexican music was enough to grant Linda Ronstadt admission to the Hall of Fame.

I remember playing a lot of her hit singles in the 1970s. That list includes…
“You’re No Good”
“When Will I Be Loved”
“Heat Wave”
“The Tracks of My Tears”
“That’ll Be the Day”
“It’s So Easy”
“Poor Poor Pitiful Me”
“Tumblin’ Dice”
“Back in the U.S.A.”
“Ooh Baby Baby”
“Just One Look”

All cover versions of songs made famous by others. Which means that the band playing down at the Holiday Inn has a chance for induction next year.

I think I’ve calmed down now. I’ll worry about more important things now.

Until I get back in the car to head home, and turn on the radio. Then I’ll be ticked off again.

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Name that school

Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:00 am

NathanBedfordForrestThere’s a school in Jacksonville that is going to get a new name.

Nathan B. Forrest High School (Go Rebels!) won’t be Nathan B. Forrest High School much longer. The reason? Somebody didn’t like who Nathan B. Forrest was.

So, who was Nathan B. Forrest? Other than Forrest Gump’s ancestor? Well, he was a slave trader before the War Between the States, a Confederate general in the War, and a member of the first incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan after the war.

You may wonder how Nathan B. Forrest High School came by that name, particularly when over half the students are black. Well, neither they nor their parents were consulted in the naming, that’s for sure. Most of the students at Nathan B. Forrest High School come from either J.E.B. Stuart Middle School (Home of the Raiders) or Jefferson Davis Middle School (Home of the Chargers). So, I assume you’re seeing a pattern here.

Anyway, Nathan B. Forrest High School won’t be Nathan B. Forrest High School much longer. The Duval County School Board voted to change the name. But they don’t know what to. As soon as they come up with a name, they’ll spend around $400,000 to change signs, stationery, uniforms, and such.

And here’s where we can help.

Let’s come up with a name for Nathan B. Forrest High School. Other than Nathan B. Forrest High School. Leave them in the comments. Whatever you do, don’t call the school board directly. Leave the suggestions here, so the school board can get some really great ideas.

I’ll start.

  • Generic High School
  • John Doe High School
  • He Who Shall Not Be Named High School
  • Cthulhu High School
  • James T. Kirk High School
  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt High School
  • Frank J. Fleming High School
  • Inigo Montoya High School
  • Heywood Jablome High School
  • Pussy Galore High School
  • Plenty O’Toole High School
  • Bond, James Bond High School
  • Jack Goff High School
  • Buster Cherry High School
  • Mike Hunt High School
  • Sofonda Peters High School
  • Oliver Klozoff High School
  • Jacques Strap High School
  • Seymour Butz High School
  • Hugh Jass High School
  • Amanda Hugginkiss High School
  • Blast HardCheese High School
  • Dirk HardPec High School
  • Smoke ManMuscle High School
  • Bob Johnson High School

Not sure if those will work. What ideas have you on the matter?

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How did this happen?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:00 am

It’s not fresh news, but it’s still shocking and surprising to me.


In Johannesburg last week, there the fake stood, on TV for the whole world to see. It was the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and one by one, dignitaries came to the podium and spoke. But it soon became apparent that something was wrong.

The picture above shows the problem. There is the fake, standing there for the cameras. He knew he was begin watched. He must have known that people would eventually realize that he wasn’t capable of doing the job he was picked to do. He had no qualifications, and, based on statements that have come to light, is a serial liar.

Today, people realize he’s a fake, and has even been the subject of derision on Saturday Night Live recently.

But, even after everything I’ve read and heard, I still don’t understand how it came to happen. How, oh how, did Barack Obama ever get elected?

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To the moon!

Friday, December 6, 2013 10:00 am

It’s been over 40 years, but I found out yesterday that a life-long dream is coming true. I’m going to the moon.


Naturally, since it’s part of the government bureaucracy, I had to find out from a third party. NASA hasn’t even contacted me yet, in fact. But, the news leaked out. I’m expecting a call from then any moment.

Frank J. was kind enough to put off nuking the moon for a couple of weeks. He didn’t promise anything beyond that, but I think it’s a reasonable compromise.

Anyway, I’m off to the moon. I guess I need to pack. I’m not sure what to take. I might want to take some snacks. Something to drink; Tang maybe. My iPad. Probably won’t take any cash. I don’t think I’ll need it there. Besides, the moon takes VISA.

What else should I take?

I mean, if you found out you were going to the moon, what would you take?

Oh, and is there anything I can bring back for you?

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:00 am

BigBookOfWordsSo, what’s the Word of the Year?

Depends on who you ask. Is it “selfie,” “tweaking,” or some other silly word?

Well, if you ask Merriam-Webster — I think she used to appear on Happy Days — it’s “Science!”


How did they pick that word?

This year’s list was compiled by analyzing the top lookups in the online dictionary at and focusing on the words that showed the greatest increase in lookups this year as compared to last year. The results, based on approximately 100 million lookups a month, show that the words that prompted the most increased interest in 2013 were not new words or words used in headlines, but rather they were the words behind the stories in this year’s news.

So, “knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation” is what people wanted to know.

That had to be a shock to the people that thought that “science” meant “Al Gore said it.”

Other words on the list?

  • “Cognitive,” which, I think, is a wine.
  • “Rapport,” which is someone who wears his pants around his knees.
  • “Niche,” who said “Out of chaos comes order.”
  • “Metaphor.” What’s a metaphor? To keep cows in.

There are more. You should learn these words. Because words are good things. We use words every day. In fact, this whole things I’m writing uses words. And no words were harmed in the creation of this blog post.

Well, not permanently harmed.

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Virus alert!

Monday, November 25, 2013 10:00 am

ComputerVirusThe NSA has put viruses on 50-thousand computers, according to one report.

NRC, a news site or something in the Netherlands, reports that Edward Snowden’s documents said that the NSA put malware on 50-thousand computers worldwide. Floor Boon — that’s the reporter’s name; and if you can’t trust Floor Boon, who can you trust? — writes that the NSA has complete control over the malware:

The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The “implants” act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to the Washington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.

Now, who would the NSA target?

Well, I don’t think I have anything to worry about. It’s not like the NSA would put any malware on my computer or anything.

Sure, I’m a conservative, and don’t think much of them stepping on the liberties of Americans, but they wouldn’t use that as an excuse to FLUINEUGFPSE. DSFLJIE. JDJF JDIFO UEWRFDPR GDW9E7TS HEG0&RE% 51 62 61 6D 61 20 63 61 6E 20 6B 69 73 73 20 6D 79 20 61 73 73 21 101010

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:00 am

DogObamacareYou’ve heard and read the stories about people trying to sign up for Obamacare but failing.

Well, that’s certainly not true for Baxter Smith of Fort Collins, Colorado.

“Who’s Baxter Smith,” you ask?

No, really, go ahead and ask.

Well, now, since you asked, I’ll tell you. He’s a dog.

KDVR Fox 31 in Denver reports that Shane Smith tried to sign up, but they covered his dog Baxter instead.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.”

Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare.

I had heard that getting covered is a real son of a bitch. And, since Baxter is a male dog, he is exactly that: a son of a bitch.

That’s good news for a lot of people. Including me, to hear an ex- talk.

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Friday, November 1, 2013 10:00 am

It seems like everyone is impacted by Obamacare. Frank and Sarah lost the plan they had. My 2nd ex- lost her coverage. My rates have increased.

You hear these horror stories all the time.

But, something has to balance out, right? If one thing goes up, something else comes down. Which means that someone must be benefitting from Obamacare.

CNN found out who. Sex workers.


Seems that Hollywood types are the only thing whoring themselves out for Obamacare.

Even so, the plans would still be more expensive. But, for some reason, they qualify for subsidies, meaning it does cost them less.

Who pays for the subsidy? Taxpayers.

So, next time you see a sex worker, go ahead and ask for your piece of the pie. So to speak.

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Trouble over comments

Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:00 am

CommentsDid you hear about the court in Estonia that ruled that a news Website was responsible for comments people left there?

Yeah, I know. I was shocked, too. I didn’t realize that Estonia was a real place. I thought it was one of those places in storybooks where talking lions or goat-footed men live. Of course, it could be real and have talking lions and goat-footed men living there. I’ve never been to Estonia, so I don’t know.

Anyhow, some story was written in 2006 that a bunch of people got their panties in a wad about. Something about roads and ferries. Or maybe it was fairies. Kinda hard to understand what was going on unless you actually read the story, and the Wall Street Journal wants money to let you read it.

Here’s the deal: some court ruled that the Website should have known that comments could have had a detrimental effect on the company in the story. And, when they let people write nasty comments and left them up, they (the Website people) were to blame.

So, does that mean that if you clowns up and say something nasty about others that this Website is responsible?

Well, apparently so. In Estonia.

That kinda puts a damper on Frank’s plan to relocate to Estonia. I was kinda looking forward to the talking lions. Not so much the goat-footed men.

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I do not like it here or there. I do not like Obamacare.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:00 am

GreenEggsAndHamTed Cruz was doing the whole filibuster thing about Obamacare or something. A lot of pundits were saying it was doomed to failure, but they’re pundits. Pundits don’t know jack. Unless Frank J. is a pundit. Then forget what I just said.

I think the filibuster is great. First, there’s the whole reading Dr. Seuss thing. And Dr. Seuss has written more smarter, insightfuller things than most Senators have ever written. So, it ups the level of the Senate.

It also lets you see who else is willing to go along and try to … well, do whatever he’s doing; stop Obamacare, I think.

But, I wondered what else should Senator Cruz, or anyone trying to filibuster this, read aloud on the Senate floor. I thought actually reading the Obamacare law would be a good idea. But, I don’t know if one man could do all that.

What do you think would something good to read to help stop Obamacare (or whatever it is Cruz is doing)?

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:00 am

PopeyeI’m not a fan of tattoos. That’s why I don’t have any. But, neither am I a fan of stopping others from getting tattoos. I know plenty of people with them.

Once, most of the people I knew with tattoos were military, or ex-military, mostly Navy or ex-Navy. Later, a number of people sporting tattoos included people who got drunk in or near Savannah one weekend. That’s because you had to go to Savannah, Richmond Hill, or Hinesville (Ft. Stewart) to get a tattoo. Unless you were in Reidsville, but Georgia State Prison wasn’t normally a place you left after just one weekend.

But, in recent years, tattoos are sprouting up all over the place. And now, the Army is reacting to that. The oldest branch of the U.S. military is looking to ban some tattoos from being visible:

Under the new policy, new recruits will not be allowed to have tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline, (Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond) Chandler told troops. Current soldiers may be grandfathered in, but all soldiers will still be barred from having any tattoos that are racist, sexist or extremist.

Once the rules are implemented, soldiers will sit down with their unit leaders and “self identify” each tattoo. Soldiers will be required to pay for the removal of any tattoo that violates the policy, Chandler said.

I’m still not a fan of tattoos, but I kinda have a problem with the new Army policy. It goes against history. At least, Georgia History.

Let me tell you a story. Back in the early 1940s, the governor of Georgia — I heard it was Ellis Arnall, but it could have been Eugene Talmadge — was meeting with a bunch of soldiers before they headed off to war, either in the Europe or Pacific campaigns in World War II. One of the soldiers spoke up and asked him why 18 years old was old enough to go fight in a war, but not old enough to vote for the people that send him off to war. The governor told him, “You’re right. We’ll do something about that.”

By the end of 1943, Georgia had become the first state to allow 18 year olds to vote. In 1955, Kentucky did the same. The rest of the U.S. joined in 1971 with the passage of the 26th Amendment.

Here’s another story. In the 1970s and 80s, when states were starting to raise the drinking age to 21, Georgia put in an exception for active duty military. That exception no longer exists — the state does allow parents to give alcohol to minors in their own home, but that’s the only exception (O.C.G.A. § 3-3-23) — but, as you can see, where I come from, we have a history of allowing things specially for or because of the military.

This new Army policy is counter to that, and I don’t like it. And I don’t want the Navy, Marine, or Air Force to follow suit.

Of course, in my time in the military, a lot of soldiers had tattoos, but none were tramp stamps. Well, not many.

What’s your take on this?

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Jude 9-10

Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:00 am

PJ Media reports that news outlets in Egypt are showing photos depicting Barack Obama as Satan. The Al Wafd articles reports that the image is making the rounds on Facebook, and describes the photo, although it incorrectly identifies the pentagram as the Star of David. Stupid Arabs.


They should be careful. With the stable of lawyers Satan has with him in hell, they are in danger of being sued for defamation.

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Fast food for slow people

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:00 am


AP Photo/Burger King

Have you seen the latest from Burger King? They call it the French Fry Burger.

It’s a burger… with french fries on it. Really.

Now, I understand that Burger King is in a war with McDonald’s, trying to get you to put your dollars in their hands. They do this, of course, offering something of value to you. (I have to explain that, in case there are any Obama voters reading this, since they have no idea of how business works. If they did, they wouldn’t be Obama voters.)

Anyway, they’re putting the French Fry Burger on their Value Menu, pricing it at $1 so you’ll spend your money there.

Only, you gotta wonder who comes up with these ideas. Take a four-year-old to Burger King, buy him a small burger meal, and there’s a chance he’ll lift up the bun and put some french fries on the burger.

So, in their latest salvo in the Burger Wars, Burger King is breaking out a strategy that a four-year-old would come up with.

I’m thinking that the wrong restaurant chain has a clown as a mascot.

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As different as Black and White

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:00 am

So, the Secretary of State says that a country in the Middle East has weapons of mass destruction. Sound familiar? It should. It’s happened before.

Remember how much the left criticized the claim a decade ago? But not so much this time. What’s the difference?

Well, here’s 2003:


And here’s 2013:


The difference? Well, it’s certainly not that one’s true and one’s not. I don’t doubt that Syria has and has used WMDs. And, the fact is, there were WMDs in Iraq, though some of the sources weren’t completely reliable. But, about the Democrats believing one but not the other? Since both are Obama supporters, it’s not politics. So, what could it be? Maybe that one’s Black and one’s White?

Why is the Democrats believing the White guy, but didn’t believe the Black guy? What do the Democrats have against Blacks?

Looks like the party that founded the KKK has a hard time letting go of old habits.

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Monday, August 26, 2013 10:00 am

Remember the scene in Ghostbusters where the team tries to tell the mayor that a disaster of Biblical proportions was coming? Bill Murray’s character offered his take on it:


…human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together … mass hysteria!

Well, it’s close. In Detroit, at least.

You’re probably heard about reports of packs of dogs running around, possibly as many as 50,000.

But, it’s turned out that cats may be a problem, too. The Detroit Free Press reports that in at least one neighborhood, at least one large cat is stalking the area [notice: link contains auto-start video]. (Tip: Paul Mitchell)

A leader with the neighborhood association where the cat is roaming said several residents have contacted him after seeing the big feline.

“I’m really concerned,” said Vondell Boyer, 55, vice president of the Greenbrier Council. Boyer and other residents said they’re worried that if the cat runs out of rabbits, squirrels and other small critters to eat, it will target small kids.

(Tom) McPhee, (executive director of the World Animal Awareness Society, based in Ann Arbor) who is helping conduct a study of stray dogs in Detroit, said there are about 10-20 stray cats in the city for every stray dog.

See what 51 years of Democrats running things gets you? A disaster of Biblical proportions.

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Conventional Wisdom

Friday, August 23, 2013 10:00 am

ConstitutionalConventionDr. Tom Coburn, the Senator from Oklahoma who’s also a doctor, has called for a Constitutional Convention. He told a town hall meeting in Muskogee, Oklahoma, that he recently became convinced that it was a good idea.

“I used to have a great fear of constitutional conventions,” Coburn said according to the Tulsa World. “I have a great fear now of not having one.”

That could be a great idea, except for one thing: the last Constitutional Convention had George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and the like. One today would have …

Well, maybe that’s the trick. We need the right people. Who would you like to see at a Constitutional Convention? Someone from your state? Or is the whole proposal a bad idea?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:00 am

MannyFernandezSB7The only NFL team to win all their regular season and playoff games, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, were invited to the White House recently. Three members of the team didn’t go, citing political differences.

Center Jim Langer, defensive tackle Manny Fernandez, and offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg declined to make the trip, telling the Orlando Sentinel they didn’t want to associate with Obama.

Bob Kuechenberg’s first words were, “I want to be careful, because mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don’t say anything. I don’t have anything good to say about someone.”

…”We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington,” Hall of Fame center Jim Langer said. “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that [angers] people, so be it.”

“I’ll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the President’s,” Manny Fernandez said. “Enough said. Let’s leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes.”

…”I think it’s great if [other players] want to have that function at the White House,” Langer said. “I have other stuff to do.”

He’ll be fishing with his 4-year-old grandson, Max, instead of going to the White House.

Being a grumpy old fart also, I understand their feelings. Sure, it’s the White House. But, it’s Obama. I get it. But, listening to some news shows and reading online comments, most columnists seem to think they should go.

I think the reaction of the three that didn’t go is perfect. Like their 1972 season.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:00 am

InstapunditLogoInstagram says you can’t use their name in your name. Or any part of their name in your name.

Which brings up the question: What the heck is Instagram?

I looked, and I think it’s a place where you take pictures of coffee cups with a Polaroid Swinger and put them up for other people to see. I think there might be more to it than that, but I’d have had to looked at more coffee cups, and honestly, I just … um … no.

Anyway, since Polaroid coffee cups are the big thing now or something, Instagram is huge. And they came out with a policy that says you can’t use “Gram” or “Insta” in your name.

Anybody ask Glenn Reynolds about this?

Okay, I know. Here I am defending Instapundit, the blender of puppies, the killer of hobos, worshiper of Satan, dancer of the Robot, commie spy. Oh, and he’s a Law Professor. Like Obama. Except that Obama wasn’t a Professor. And Glenn Reynolds really went to college.

Besides, “defending” may be too strong a word. I’m actually thinking that Instagram is stupid. At least their policy about saying they’ll sic a whole team of lawyers on you if you use “Insta” in your name.

That and the whole coffee cup thing.

Still, I kinda feel like I’d like to see the two go at it. Glenn Reynolds would take Instagram to the cleaners. And, if that happened, Instagram might get all that coffee out.

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Draft – Boycott Wendy’s for its support of [something]

Friday, August 16, 2013 10:00 am

[Note to editors: URGENT! More research needed to determine which of the following is to be published. Is Wendy's considered a right-wing or a left-wing organization? Need response urgently. This post is scheduled for 10:00 AM, and I must have an answer prior. Thanks, Basil]

[If Wendy's is right-wing]

The new Wendy’s logo is a disgrace. Have you noticed it? Here it is:

See it? It says “MOM” right there under her chin, on her collar.

Now you see it? Good. Only, bad. Here’s why.

Wendy’s usage of “Mom” is a clear slap as male, single-sex families. It’s like gay couples don’t have the right to raise children.

Here’s why I’m taking this so personally. My nephew and his husband live near Boston, and are doing a wonderful job of raising their adopted son — Wendy’s ought to appreciate that much of their relationship, what with the Dave Thomas Foundation and all — and I don’t appreciate their approach of subtly criticizing their family.

My great-nephew is being raised by a loving couple, and the fact there’s no “mom” in the family doesn’t make it any less a family.

I call for a boycott of Wendy’s. And I hope you’ll join me.

[If Wendy's is left-wing]

The new Wendy’s logo is a disgrace. Have you noticed it? Here it is:

See it? It says “MOM” right there under her chin, on her collar.

Now you see it? Good. Only, bad. Here’s why.

The Wendy’s logo is a young girl. And the clearly-visible “MOM” in the logo is a promotion of teen pregnancy. It’s saying that it’s okay for a young girl like Wendy (in the logo) to be a mom.

With teen pregnancy and single-parent families on the rise, we’re raising another generation that is beginning life playing catch-up. And the sad truth is, many never do. Wendy’s promotion of teen pregnancy through subtle advertising is helping contribute to this growing problem in this country.

Left-wing organizations like Wendy’s need to avoid such political agenda and should focus on the food, not helping to promote the decline of the nation.

I call for a boycott of Wendy’s. And I hope you’ll join me.

[Note to editors: Again, please respond quickly with a determination of whether Wendy's is left-wing or right-wing. I'm angry about this whole logo thing, but I need to know why. Thanks. -- Basil]

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The college ranking are out!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 10:00 am

PartySchoolIt’s that time of year. The college rankings are out! And the number one team is … The University of Iowa.

Wait. What?

You thought I was talking about college football, didn’t you? Nope.

The Princeton Review’s annual rankings of the top party schools is out, and the Iowa City school holds the top spot.

The top five?

  1. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  2. University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.
  4. West Virginia University, Morgantown W. Va.
  5. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

You can read the entire list here.

I noticed that the University of Georgia didn’t make the top ten. They were ranked number one in 2010, but fell to number two in 2011, and to number five last year. They come in at number 11 this year.

The fact that UGA has dropped as a party school since my daughter left Athens is simply a coincidence.

I think.

I hope.

I don’t want to talk about this any more.

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