Archive for February, 2011

22nd Feb 2011

On a lighter note…

I have been going through my email folder where I put the stuff that I will deal with later. Some of you may have a folder like mine – it had 650 messages in it. During the process I found an email from a very likable guy named Bud Wackwitz. He is every bit as interesting as his name might imply. Here is what he had to say:

This is for the over 50 generation:

I thought about the 30 year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a Blackberry that played music, took videos, pictures and communicated with Facebook and Twitter.

I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Bluetooth [it’s red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife as everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. Seems I have to take my hearing aid out to use it, And I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-ul-ating”. You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then when I would make a right turn instead, it was not good.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or Plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look.

I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot.”

PS:  I know some of you are not over 50;  I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.

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22nd Feb 2011

Media Coverage of Wisconsin Protests

The media bias has never been more obvious than during the past week of protests in Madison. The Democrat Senators continue to “hide out” in some motel in Illinois – probably eating pizza, drinking beer and laughing at the stupidity of the average voter. The stupidity of the average voter is because they get all their news only from the major TV networks – who are completely destroying the truth during their broadcasts. A CBS reporter put a woman on camera who said “If the Governor’s budget bill is passed I will have to work for minimum wage with no health care and no pension.”. This is the message the networks and the unions want you to hear. They repeat variations of that message over and over. I rarely hear them say that the bill only requires them to pay a little bit towards their health care premiums and pension. The networks don’t want people to know that Gov. Walker is only asking state workers to contribute a FRACTION of what the average voter has to pay towards health insurance premiums and their pension! How many Wisconsin voters actually get a pension? Most of us save for our retirement with a 401(k) that maybe has an employer contribution.

At least the number of voters that only get their news from the networks is getting smaller. At least some of these ignorant voters are now on Facebook, Twitter and may even read blogs like mine. Some of their Facebook friends may actually be commenting on how much networks like NBC, CBS and ABC want to keep you in the dark. Social Media played a big part in the uprisings and protests in the Middle East. Maybe by the next election cycle Social Media can help U.S. voters learn the truth about people they elected – like the cowardly Democrats hiding out in a motel rather than doing the job they were elected to do. I voted for one of those cowards – but I never will again!

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17th Feb 2011

Letter to Wisconsin Senator Vinehout

Senator Vinehout,

My wife and I met with you in the past about legislation we were interested in. We found you to be very attentive to the concerns of your constituents. We also voted for you. I will never vote for you again based on your cowardly action today of leaving Madison and leaving the Senate unable to vote on Governor Walker’s proposal to take state employees off of the gravy train of benefits they enjoy that no one other than mafia controlled union members enjoy.

I have been un-employed for a year. My wife works for a major financial in Eau Claire. As a couple we pay about $500 a month for health insurance. We do not have a “pension” – we pay into a 401(k). I am unemployed because – unlike a “civil servant” – I can be let go because the company is not making enough money. Don’t try the argument that they make less to have better benefits. Studies have been done that clearly show the average state worker is much better off today than the average non-state worker, those that actually still have a job.

Are you blind to the fact that only state employees are demonstrating? Maybe I exaggerate – there are probably Teamsters and other powerful and corrupt unions demonstrating as well. Also students that want an excuse to cut class. Most of the people in the state agree with me – state employees need to bear their fair share of the pain.

It really bothers me and my neighbors that the media is focused only on the lower end of the pay scale state employees that are demonstrating. I do not want to hear their sob stories when I have trouble paying my property taxes – let alone my living expenses.

I will never vote for a Wisconsin Democrat again because of your action today.

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01st Feb 2011

Free Facebook at 10,000 feet!

While airlines continue to come up with more things to charge fees for, Facebook access during flights will be free on at least seven U.S. major carriers during February. The promotion, a partnership between Gogo Inflight Internet and Ford Motor Company, focuses on bringing the social network to every passenger’s electronic device. So if during the next month you’re traveling on AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta , United Airlines, U.S. Airways or Virgin America this month, you’re in luck. Their wire networks are all powered by Gogo.

To take advantage of the promotion, you’ll have to wait until the plane has reached 10,000 feet, wen  travelers are allowed to turn on personal electronic devices. Then you’ll select the Gogo wireless network, open a web browser, and click on the banner that says Ford and Facebook.

The service is available to users on all wifi-enabled devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. If you wish to browse the Internet beyond Facebook, you’ll have to pay the wi-fi service charge, which is around $5 for a short flight.

Originally posted by Jorge Cino on February 1st, 2011 11:20 AM

Facebook remains the number one most visited website during flights, so the promotion is a smart way to introduce or finally engage passengers to surf the web while in the air. By and large, people still refuse to pay a premium for Internet access during flights. Last November, Gogo partnered with Google Chrome to provide free wifi service through the holiday season on AirTran, Delta and Virgin America.

Uf you had to choose one complimentary entertainment service for your flight, would you rather have TV shows, one movie, or Facebook access?

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