June 23, 2005

My Letter To Senator Dave

In case you don't know, Senator David Vitter is one of the two who represent Louisiana in congress. This link is how he is contacted via website.

This was the form letter they send out to all of the opposition to the Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment.... now tell me if his rhetoric isn't 100% grade "A" bona fide republican bullshit:

>Dear Mr. Badeaux,

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition for a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the U.S. flag. I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.

In 1968, Congress passed the Flag Protection Act, which prohibited flag desecration to prevent those protesting the conflict in Vietnam from burning the American flag for which our soldiers were fighting and dying. This Act was upheld by federal and state courts for twenty years. However, in 1989 and 1990 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two separate cases that burning the American flag during a political protest is constitutionally protected free speech ( Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman ).

Since the Supreme Court's rulings in 1989 and 1990, each Congress has considered a constitutional amendment to empower Congress to protect the physical integrity of the American flag. Under the First Amendment to the Constitution, every American has a right to free speech. However, I do not believe that this freedom can be extended to the act of burning the American flag. The American flag is a symbol of hard-won freedoms, including the freedom of speech. The act of burning the flag shows a lack of respect for the men and women who have died to make the United States of America what it is today. Unfortunately, I must respectfully disagree with you on this issue.

Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to contact me in the future about issues important to you.

Sincerely,
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Senator David Vitter
United States Senator

This is my letter back:

Dear Senator Vitter,

Your explaination and reasoning make no logical sense. Basically, you claim that by taking away our right to free speech via burning a flag, whose meaning and integrity is completely relative to the individual, that it will somehow help preserve our other freedoms? That's just plain ridiculous. What the flag means to you doesn't reflect what the flag means to others. It's physically just a pattern of stars, stripes, and color usually on fabric... nothing more. Since when did disrespect become a crime anyway? I also completely disagree with your view on soldiers and disrespect. I believe that the proud men and women of the United States military fought and died for the same rights that you wish to tear from our Constitution. You will probably fail to see the error of your logic. I can understand that no politician would want the mudslingers to twist your support of the First Amendment with the falsehood that you supported flag burning during a re-election campaign. Doing what's right and just should take substantial priority over covering your political arse any day. I suppose that the ideal world in which I dream of living in could never possibly exist as long as personal agendas are instilled in every corner of our government.

I wish you a shortened political career. It's not one issue that makes a senator wrong for society, but the way he apparently thinks.

Respectfully,
Corey Badeaux

On a side note: Representative Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, whose district includes the site of the former World Trade Center, said "If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents." - Well Said!
Posted by Reese at 5:09 PM

Tom Cruise kills Oprah

Waxy.org: Video: Tom Cruise Kills Oprah

Posted by Spicolli' at 2:17 PM

Depression Article Of The Day

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Court: Homes can be taken for private development

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor argued that cities should not have unlimited authority to uproot families, even if they are provided compensation, simply to accommodate wealthy developers.

"Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random," O'Connor wrote. "The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms."

Sad... just sad. I'm not even sure that I live in America anymore when I read shit like this and Flag Desecration amendments.

Posted by Reese at 11:01 AM

Ryan's thoughts on the subject

I sit and think about my neighborhood, my parish and even New Orleans and I see it all crumbling into nothing. I see good people (questionable good people at least) destroying their lives and those around them with drugs and it makes me sick it makes me want to do something it makes me wonder. I don't know if it's because of all the comics I've read about people going out and fighting injustice or what but I can't help but think someone should take matters into their own hands, a true hero to help those that are too lazy to help themselves, then I think it is worth it when they can't and won't help themselves and don't want to be helped. So many people are on drugs and have serious problems with the law and often don't even think it's a problem or think that weed isn't a drug! Are you fucking serious , despite what ever arguments they say cut dry it is an illegal controlled substance. I see the rapid decline is self worth and the true ignorance in society and it pisses me off, pisses me off enough to want to stop it but I am taken back by the fact that no matter what anyone says no one man can take on this big of a problem (we're talking damn near society in a whole) because no matter how many you take off the streets 10 more junkies are in line to take his/her place. The other thing is that I wonder is it worth it , is it worth saving? I honestly can't say it is or isn't. What I do know is that the cops and no matter how many task forces they have aren't enough. Lord knows there are just as many crooked cops as there are druggies. I see that damn near everyone I know is on some kind of drug and most don't even fear the thought of being caught and when they do get caught they still don't get the point, they go back to the old routine as soon as they get out. I think what I'm getting at here is that they don't fear the law they don't care about getting caught they don't care about themselves much less those evil cops who are only out to hurt them. They should fear they should be frightened they need a sense of if I do this I'm in deep shit. they all want to do what ever they want whenever they want and don't care about who has to deal with it whether be family or cops or whatever , always looking for the easy way out which is why they do drugs in the first place because if they weren't high they just don't think they could get through the day like the rest of us. What do we really need these people for anyway they are just a waste of the human potential, people too high to understand whats really going on, mother's who can't take the responsibility that they accepted when they open their legs in the first place, fathers who leave mother's when they find out their pregnant so that they can go repeat that cycle and so on and so on. all the woman beaters, rapists, killers, child molesters all the sick and the perverse I ask why do we keep them around to make more sick and perverse children that grow up not loved like they should. we don't need these people it is only contributing to a bigger problem having them here, they teach their children to fear the police, they teach them the ways of the streets (if not the parents then someone else who is living that way) It's all to much if you think about it. I was talking to someone today and they were telling me about how their brother passed from drugs and while they were saying that they were smoking a joint (which by the way these low lives who sit around and smoke weed all day never even question if it's OK that they smoke around you they just figure yea who cares it's only weed and your cool right?) well I'm not cool I'm not and neither are you but getting back to what I was saying how can you sit there smoking a joint and think about how someone you loved died of drugs- shouldn't that be a giant family feud buzzer going off in your head , I also think about that my mother just passed recently and I get pissed that someone like her who struggled all her life and never caught a break is gone now and these pieces of shit will roam the world forever, it truly gets me mad to think they are here and she is not. This truly is a terrible tragedy that is happening in our generation and only a few can see whats going on and out of those few even less act upon it. That brings me to the real question at hand is it worth trying to help these people and the answer I think is actually NO but on that note whats worth trying to save is the innocent in the mess that they leave behind, the abandoned children, the people who have to look behind their backs in different areas, the people who are fed up with the way the things are going those are the people worth saving and they do need a hero someone that you can say this guy is really out there doing the right thing someone who knows how to take this bad element and maybe not stop it but make them think twice, make them fear something other than just a night in jail and some money out of whoever has to bail their sorry ass out of jail. I know I sound like yea I'm taking shit straight from a comic book and that someone should dress up in a costume and go out there but that's not what I'm saying what I'm saying is take the mentality and use it ,if you think about it all of our superheroes have their mind in the right place, that something needs to be done. I'd have to say though that even if someone did dress up in a costume and actually do something right I'd stand behind the guy/girl even though the cops would not. I'm just fed up with the direction we are being driven into for godsakes we have idiots behind the wheel get someone with a brain to take over for a while so future generations won't be so stupid. They all just think that the rest of us good people will help them everytime they go to jail or everytime the mess up well I for one am the result of a person tired of trying to help these morons I am the the result of what they make us ,I am the result that says yes fuck em if they cant help themselves, and yes I am the person who wants to put an end to the crime and drugs and every aspect of the rotten world they have laid down before us, and make them think twice, make them take responsibility and let them know we are no longer cleaning up their mess but stopping it in the act. They apparently need the shit beat out of them before they learn so maybe that's what we should do! I'm tired of hearing sob stories about how the cops did me wrong or man my kids got taken away for no good reason and bullshit like that - take a fucking stand and do what's right people don't destroy your life or the others around you. we need to take down this bad element and I really don't care how it gets done they need to know that they do not own the streets they do not scare us they will be dealt with and that above all we are not going to be sucked into the shit life that they live. we can fight this and we must before everyone and thing isn't worth shit. I really don't care if I've offended anyone because if you are offended you obviously aren't worth shit either - take this to heart , I am not the only one that feels this way and I am not the only one that will fight for this. People do care , the sad fact is that most don't.

Edited by Brian 6/23/2005 10:30

Posted by Sean at 3:23 AM

June 22, 2005

Handy Conversion Chart (appx.)

Shoe Size - Penis Size Conversion Table
Shoe
Sizes
Europe 35 35½ 36 37 37½ 38 38½ 39
Japan 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25
Korean (mm.) 89- 101 108 114 121 127 133 140
U.K. 3 4 5 6
U.S. 4 5 6 7
Inches 9 91/8 93/8 95/8 97/8
Centimeters 22.8 23.1 23.5 23.8 24.1 24.5 24.8 25.1
Mondopoint 89- 101 108 114 121 127 133 140
Penis
Size
Inches 3.5- 4.0 4.25 4.5 4.75 5.0 5.25 5.5
Centimeters 8.9- 10.2 10.8 11.4 12.1 12.7 13.3 14
Shoe
Sizes
Europe 40 41 42 43 44 45 46½ 48½
Japan 25.5 26 26.5 27.5 28.5 29.5 30.5 31.5
Korean 148 156 174 184 216 244 264 280+
U.K. 7 8 10½ 11½ 13
U.S. 8 9 10½ 11½ 12½ 14
In. 10 101/8 10¼ 10½ 10¾ 11 11¼ 11½
Cm. 25.4 25.7 26 26.7 27.3 27.9 28.6 29.2
Mondopt. 148 156 174 184 216 244 264 280+
Penis
Size
Inches 5.85 6.15 6.85 7.25 8.5 9.6 10.4 11+
Cm. 14.0 15.6 17.4 18.4 21.6 24.4 26.4 28+

I wear an 11 1/2 American size shoe., btw.

Chart reporduced from here

Posted by Spicolli' at 3:20 PM

June 16, 2005

YOU MAKE THE CALL!!!

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This brave Iraqi Policeman is:

A) Unsure that his 2 donut-a-day salary is worth it.

B) Hardcore eyeing up a 7-11 for a little "extra" money.

C) Daydreaming about hanging upside-down and being kissed by Kirsten Dunst.

D) A proponent of Gold Bond (tm) medicated mask itch powder.

E) Amazed by the amount of room in the new '06 PT Cruiser!

Posted by Reese at 10:21 AM

June 15, 2005

NEWS FLASH!!!!!

So what IS the big fucking news??? And when did Fox News AND CNN transform themselves into the National Enquirer? What is so important that I should pull my pants up and forgo the flush and wipe, head to the couch, and risk staining the cushions with a brown streak of rushed panic? Well.. Of course the big news (as far as the media is concerned) is not tropical storm Arlene that swept throught the Florida panhandle last week... it's not the "war" in Iraq drawing more troop injuries and deaths via suicide bombs and the usual mischief... it's not even that story about all of the Federal help that one missing girl in a foreign country is getting for showing up missing (I'd like to believe that *YOU* or *I* would get the same treatment of FBI agents and search parties combing the beaches of Aruba if we happen to come up missing, but probably not. Was her family rich or politically involved? Hmmm, I wonder....), nope, it was Michael Jackson. Big news! So big, they interrupted countless broadcast to show you the verdict! You see NEWS FLASH! thrown accross your TV set and think that someone finally nuked a US city or maybe an earthquake dropped California into the ocean... but no, it was just a has-been "celebrity" and their molestation trial who's verdict was so important that it could impact the lives is billions of people, right? I tell you what, as weird as the "King of Pop" may be prejudged to be, he's not nearly the monster that many priests and ministers have been and still are.

Not that I'm on the bandwagon of caring the least bit about it, but new Terry Schiavo Autopsy evidence claims that her brain was half the size of a normal human.. that she was blind and had irreversable damage. There was also no evidence that she was abused, except by the media frenzy, of course. This newly found info sure is egg in the face of every politician (not just the ones named George and Jeb, either!), Jesse Jackson, and even the doctors who gave as credible information as the US intelligence had on Iraq's WMDs, ALL claiming that her condition was improvable or even reversable! Is it really too far fetched to believe that people who are supposed to be credible and entrusted by the public will make up blatant lies to support their cause? Wake up, America. I believe it is YOU who are in the persistant vegitative state!

Philip Cooney, formerly the chief of staff of its Council on Environmental Quality resigned over the weekend. He's best known for his portrail of King Tut in "The Chosen One", the pop 1986 dance hit "Burning Love Machine", and, oh yeah.. for editing of government reports on climate change! Another great example of desperate politics. When the facts aren't in your favor, change them to suite your agenda, right? Now he's gone to work for Exxon... and since this is probably not a good PR move, I'll just say that we should try to ween off of oil and gas as a nation over time... and since it will most obviously be a slow process, nothing wrong with starting somewhere.. I suggest Exxon Gas. Don't buy it, period. Boycotts are supposed to be the consumer's way of handling unpopular business issues, so I support them 100%. I support them over a government handling of any issue any day.

Good Call! Ford was found not to be liable in trooper death. So a man in a big truck slams into the back of a Ford Crown Victoria and a fire ensues. Let's examine the evidence... gas was present, energy from the momentum of the colliding metal was present, and sparks were very possibly present... hmm.. seems to me that those elements could happen to anyone in any vehicle at any time... nice try on getting Ford to fork over some neglegent cash, but it's not their fault. It's not like they build cars with gas tanks made out of flint. Now don't think that I'm on the Ford bandwagon, I tell people all of the time that my 2000 Ford Focus is a bonafied piece of shit with countless recalls and warranty repair visits than I can count on two sets of hands. Here's another example of a truck that burst into flames after falling off of a bridge... or maybe they should sue the city for not having soft enough ground?

Another example of some of the reason that America is slipping and slipping hard: Principal urges teachers to pass failing students. In California, Saddleback High School Principal Esther Jones sent teachers a memo asking them to kindly reconsider the grades of 98 students, saying "please review your records for these students and determine if they would merit a grade of 'D' instead of a failure." Fudging the grades for these failing seniors would help the school meet federal (95 percent graduation) requirements under the No Child Left Behind law. Now, I don't care what your political background, race, sex, or political affiliation is... doesn't this sound just plain wrong? Back in MY day (circa 1994), I remember having to earn my diploma by actually knowing the minimal requirements to pass the 12th grade and LEAP test. I remember these minimal requirements not being so difficult, and if the whole reason that we are forced to be educated as children is so that our goverment can ensure that we have a society that won't revert back into the dark ages, then why are we shooting ourselves in the foot? The school must present the material, but they are never 100% liable for a failing student. And no one should expect a perfect system either. Something must be done where travesties like this can be eliminated.

John Madden scrambles to NBC. Not that I really care, but I do think that it's funny how a network executive, such as the ones at NBC obviously, believe that people who like to watch NFL football will switch channels to see John Madden vs. Any Old Schmuck. He doesn't sell football to viewers, it sells itself! Even with THAT said, John Madden doesn't bring anything to the table. If dimentia hasn't set in, it's SETTING in. Now I used to love playing John Madden football on my Sega Genesis back in the mid 90's, but let's be honest, it's been downhill since! He's had nothing to offer commentary broadcasting for years now. He's racked enough airtime chock full of played out NFL cliche's that you could replace him with a Max Headroom type digital replica and no one would be the wiser! Hell, the digital Madden would probably have twice as much charisma to boot!

Posted by Reese at 1:09 PM

June 10, 2005

Donna C.'s Blueberry Cake

1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 cups Blueberry’s
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla

Add eggs one at a time to sugar, mixing each time. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Add the egg and sugar mixture to the dry ingredients alternating with the sour cream, add vanilla. Fold in 1 cup of blueberries and pour 1/2 in a baking pan approx. 9X13. Sprinkle remaining blueberries and top with brown sugar. Cover with the balance of cake mixture. The cake mix is pretty thick you will need to spread it on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 to 50 min.

Posted by Spicolli' at 10:44 AM

June 8, 2005

The Reese and Spicolli Show No. 2

Podcast #2
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Posted by Spicolli' at 9:22 PM

June 7, 2005

The Reese and Spicolli Show No. 1

Podcast #1

Posted by Spicolli' at 2:19 PM

June 5, 2005

Let the silliness be illuminated.

Pharyngula::Link to me, or the Bible gets it!

Posted by Spicolli' at 6:19 PM | Comments (1)

June 4, 2005

The Sean Report (Guest Writer)

Hello all welcome back. Just got home living the high life as usual. Great night at work again tonight although I had an incident that just made me realize how truly dumb some parents can be to the next generation of children we have coming right behind ours. I'd tell the story but then I'd divulge too much about my personal life that matters a lot to me so I'll just go for the gist. Basically, I dealt with a parent tonight that would rather spend close to 400 dollars than know the truth about what their child does and get them low cost help at the same time for the low low price of 45 dollars. It blew my friggin' mind those who know me best and would like to know the rest of that story can email me and I'll tell them, but those who don't will have to sit in suspense 'till they know me better. It made me think about all the times my parents have gotten me out of trouble at school and whatnot and that they would never in a million years do what these parents did for this child.

Also, I was reading the paper this morning and just as I predicted the lawsuits having to do with pain clinics are starting. I read an advertisement that said: "Have you or someone you loved overdosed due to faulty pain management? Call us because you may be entitled to money damages!" Dear God, these cycles need to stop. Let me tell you the way I see it... Pain clinics were started in the first place for doctors to avoid malpractice lawsuits (because for some reason we have become a suit happy society, rather than working for what we want well wait for someone else to fuck up and take all their money along with their insurance companies money which leads to us all paying that much more in the end). So now these pain clinics are going and are wildly successful due to the amount of people who just can't deal with the pain and, of course, the friendly neighborhood drug dealer. It is a relatively inexpensive and damned near legal (if done correctly with folks you can trust) way of getting high. "Fuck beer, give me Xanax," the pill-heads cry. So these clinics are seeing hundreds of people a week and writing them insane amounts of prescriptions with no prior knowledge of their medical history to the point of not knowing if the same asshole went to the competition up the street an hour ago to get the same prescription. With the amount of technology available today, why can't we know these things. Blockbuster has a better system than doctors do! Fucking Blockbuster man! Anyway, so these doctors write prescription for these insanely powerful and addictive pain killers to 18 year old kids! Folks I'm 23 years old and the most powerful thing I've ever been prescribed is 800 mg Ibuprofen. I've been in quite a few car wrecks, I've been injured quite a few times but no doctor has ever said "well let me give you a lifetime supply of morphine so that way if your broken bone and or aching head ever starts acting up you don't have to deal with it cause you'll be a drooling moron the whole time." What is the fucking deal people?!?! Have we become that dependent on medicine to run our fucking lives? It all goes back to my de-evolution theory. Our immune systems will become weaker as our pain tolerance becomes weaker as we all just float off into momentary medicated happiness. What happened to fighting for every little edge life gave us? Every fucking inch? Society is becoming too used to having things done for them soon there will be pills that make you feel good about paying bills and going to work everyday and living your life day to day as humans have done for years and years and years before that. There will probably never be books written for us as being the greatest generation or even the most moderately good at what we do generation. We are losing everything that our fore fathers and ancestors have worked for and evolved into by taking the easy way out of everything. Our justice system is providing it , our doctors are providing, now even our (or their) parents are providing it. If any book will ever be written it will be called "The Pathetic Generation," because of how pathetic we have all become and how apathetic we are about it, and it will be written by some one like myself who feels these things in those places you don't talk about at parties to quote Jack Nicholson. I guess it boils down to all I'm asking for is to have a little fucking personal responsibility for actions. Is that too much to ask? Just for someone to say, "Hey, I fucked up and I apologize?" It has become common place for us to accept someone saying that something is their fault with the ever popular statement of "my bad", rather than a true apology! Back it up, you motherfuckers! With a simple "I'm sorry, I apologize, It wont happen again." Don't just acknowledge you've done something someone considers wrong! At work the other day I've had some one say they couldn't do what I asked due their being extremely ADHD, and they refused until someone brought them their medication. And I couldn't do a thing about it cause if I ignore their statement I will be sued! So if that is the way things work next time I'm unhappy with the service I receive at a restaurant I'll just sue the shit out of them and get a million dollars just because someone didn't do their job to the best of their ability. On a side note what happened to being able just to let things go? Someone was rude to you at Winn Dixie? So the fuck what? It fucking happens! People have bad days! You and I and no one for that matter is exempt to that rule! Shit happens! Remember that bumper sticker ? Why can we not just let things go any longer? We all want this perfect world to live in but no one will fucking work toward it. No others seem willing to step forward and start this small revolution. The small revolution of just dealing with things we need pills or money given to us for our discomfort at every turn. Now probably no one reading this has a problem with anything I'm saying so the deal is to get the word out man get other people in on this idea with this simple statement my uncle, the wise and usually drunk Frank once told me "always remember number one don't sweat the small stuff, number two its all small stuff". I mean look at he bigger picture people. There's a lot more going on in this world besides what I'm bitching about what your bitching about, there a billion other people with a billion other bitches about something different. Fucking go with it. As they say in AA "give me the strength to change the things I can and the wisdom to recognize what I can't change" These are all small things people but something can be done, if we all start making a little effort to do so. We can be powerful individuals serving a greater purpose of mankind once again rather that the sniveling little shits we are becoming. Take control people cause if you don't no one else will. Things will keep going right along in the fashion the always have been until the day we are all under a one world government with big brother watching our every move and regulated doses of medicines to keep us happy the whole time we act like sheep and go one about a life that should be ours to regulate. Please anyone who reads this always keep your sense of self, always remember you are part of something greater and you make bigger difference with the little things than you realize.

Posted by Reese at 8:45 AM