Daily Rants

3/12/09 – 3/28/09

3/28/09

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If you are a fan of gymnastics, and the pummel horse, you will most certainly appreciate this recent performance by 2 Americans going for the gold. Thanks to JpL who is always searching for athletic excellence items to contribute to the Musings.

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DF sends over a new online petition to President Obama to remind him that it is NOT un-American to enforce our immigration laws. After all, if it’s a law, how can it be un-American. Let’s show wacky Nancy Pelosi that we Americans stand together on this. I think those botox injections have given her brain damage.

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B&DF from up Buffalo way came across just released video of Octomom giving birth. This ain’t for the faint of heart…

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ScoobyFitz and the Lady are back to the ‘lower 48’. Visit the ScoobySays blog for the latest story and photos. There’s a spectacular pic of Mt. Redoubt volcano blowing it’s stack, taken from the plane. Checkout the video that Patchy put together, Alaska 2009. Our travelling leprechaun is quite popular across North America as his recent visitors map shows.

3/26/09

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A Chinese firm is the first to lease space in the new Freedom Tower, rising where the World Trade Center Twin Towers once stood. Only problem is, it will no longer be called the Freedom Tower. I say we should rise up and oppose that little detail, no matter how much the city stands to make. What say you ? Here’s an article at the NY Times, which actually wrote – “…The $3.1 billion office building, once called the Freedom Tower, is scheduled to be completed in 2013…”

How can a building currently under construction be referred to as ‘once called the Freedom Tower‘ ? For us New Yorkers it will always be called the Freedom Tower, tough shit ….

Time for a new Musings Poll :  Freedom Tower vs. 1 World Trade Center ?

Should 1 World Trade Center keep the Freedom Tower name ?
Absolutely, we must never forget
Enough time has passed, we must move on
Whatever THEY do, I will ALWAYS call it the Freedom Tower
Who cares ?
Never Forget Jack’s Musings

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Roving Reporter checks in with the latest Viagra ad. No, that’s isn’t me who posed. But it is Ro. 🙂

3/25/09

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Went to see my favorite endodontist today for a new root canal. Thanks Dr. G…. see ya in a few weeks.

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Right off the heels of our recent layoffs, we laid off another 1,200 in the UK. Our new reorg promises to be challenging for us still.

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I scored 6 tickets to see the NY Mets play the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game at the new CitiField stadium for April 4.

3/24/09

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ScoobyFitz & the Lady realized a dream. They got to see the Aurora Borealis. Enjoy the story and the photos. We miss ya Scooby, be safe and be careful with the falling ash coming from Mount Redoubt volcano.

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From the Big Guy, WFP down Tampa way, Beer Bottle Dominos.

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From my AJ, I hear that AjM from DSS is looking to pickup one of these. The Computer strikes back

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Hard to believe that my GrannyD has been gone for 5 years. It’s been real rough for my Mom all this time. We miss you !!! and I Love You very much !!!

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From TR, Breaking News out of Washington DC

It has just been reported that the head gardener at The White House
has been dismissed after 28 years of loyal service to the many US
presidents.

When interviewed the gardener protested his innocence and said “All I
know is I was walking past the Oval Office and I asked, “Has anyone
seen the spade or the Hoe”. The next thing I knew I was fired..

3/22/09

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Scooby’s made it onto the Aurora Express…. Scooby Says – “It’s all good”

3/21/09

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Here’s an idea for a new screensaver I came across. Only question I have is what did they coat the glass with for this doggie to lick so enthusiastically. Kinda looks like Sparky, don’t it ?

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Here is President Obama’s interview with Jay Leno. An actually good interview in my opinion. Even the Special Olympics joke was just that, a joke. Chill out America. The quip comes at about 21:05 into the interview.

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Scooby made it to Anchorage. We’ve got the first images in. I will keep this slideshow updated as we get new photos from our man in the wild. Enjoy ScoobyFitz Alaska Adventure photos.

Also visit his blog Scooby Says – “It’s all good” for the latest updates from his latest adventure

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Wanna make your blood boil ? Watch Lou Dobbs cover the new Amnesty bill for our illegal aliens problem. I think we should all move out of the country now … Thanks to AT for sending this over.

3/20/09

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Scooby and SF are on their way to Alaska. Checkout Scooby Says – “It’s all good” for the opening post of the journey. As I get updates, I’ll get them posted.

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From AT an amazing story about an Airbus 340 out of the Middle East.

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Today marks 26 years that I’ve been married to the former Rosanne Albanese. For those that know me well, give Rosanne a tremendous amount of credit for putting up with me. I am a handful, to put it mildly. But you know what, the same people who know us well will tell you, that we were made for each other. There’s something about our relationship that  has allowed us to endure the challenges, and tribulations that life has to offer us each day. It’s not been easy at times, but nothing worthwhile ever is. I Love her with all my heart, then, now and forever. I Love You Rosanne with all my heart, then, now and forever. I wouldn’t trade any part of the last 26 years for anything else (really ?, really !). We’ve raised a loving family with 3 fine young men, prepared to face their life’s challenges. All due to your constant and direct attention to them and us. Even hard times that bring things to the brink helped to form our special bonds. There are many of them, allowing us to be pulled, and twisted at times, but deeply connected always. Any time with my bride is the best time for me. Happy Anniversary Rosanne !!! Thank you for these past 26 years, now on towards another 26…. I Love You !!! xoxox

3/19/09

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Happy Birthday to my niece SrA.

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How do you feel about Congress about to receive their ‘automatic’ pay raises. They want you to pay more, bail out failing institutions, add pork to every bill they see, make a big deal over 1/10 of 1 percent going to AIG bonuses, yet it is OK for them to get a pay raise ? I didn’t get a raise, but they raised everything else around me. Me thinks it’s time for a new poll, what say you ?

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My honey sends in this great story about that underwater volcano that’s erupting.

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Some new announcements at work today. I go from RR to BP. Good luck to GB as he moves on.

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ET is recovering well. He sounds well and is in good spirits, which is always important at this stage.

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Our travelling man, ScoobyFitz is off to Alaska to catch the lights and hopefully Gov. Sarah Palin. He leaves with his daughter SF, and are both ready to experience the warmer -55F degree temperatures (up from -65F). Godspeed Scooby, and be sure to check in with Ms Sarah, with those roses. Send in your updates and we’ll get them posted on your blog. Scooby Says – “It’s all good”

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MY AJ sends this in, and it should server as a caution for Scooby to be on the alert for.

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This comes in from the LI shore, from AT

Guts vs. Balls

We’ve all heard about people having guts or balls. But do you really know the difference between them? In an effort to keep you informed, the definition for each is listed below…

GUTS – is arriving home late after a night out with the guys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to ask: “Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?”

BALLS – is coming home late after a night out with the guys, smelling of perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the butt and having the balls to say: “You’re next.”

I hope this clears up any confusion on the definitions. Medically speaking, there is no difference in the outcome since both ultimately result in a horrible death.

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This also comes to us by way of my AJ, she incidentally, is not a morning person…

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3/18/09

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Rumor has it that these 3 dudes were supposed to be elsewhere on St Paddy’s day.

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A real sad story out of NYC, Natasha Richardson has died.

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I spotted this sign on the approach to the Whitestone Bridge. Ro says it’s been there for weeks, either way, a weird sign.

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A must read for today, Michele Malkin’s Spare us your fake fury, DC hypocrites , Simply brilliant.

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I’ve made some updates to People, Places & Things

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I love all the moral indignation over the AIG bonuses. Our savior received over $100k in campaign contributions from them. See if he gives it back. Plus the bonuses were in place when the gov bailed them out (which they should have let fail). They could have made the bonuses exempt from TARP funds, but they didn’t. Notice how they have you looking over ‘there’ for $165 million, but don’t ask where $1.5 trillion is going over here…. As Schumer said, we don’t care about the little pork, where’s the rest of the cash going.

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Margaret Thatcher said it: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

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We had a new round of RIFs, and several people we have know for a long time are no longer with us. It’s a tough time for all areas in this market, and we wish them luck. For me, I question the degree of compassion we exhibit when we let people go on the phone …

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Got a date with a tin knocker tomorrow to return a lost cell phone. We know how it feels to lose a cell. And lucky it was AT&T… 🙂

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My honey sends in this interesting story about a Bat hung on for a ride into space. It’s an amazing story, and for me the real story is the one about the astronaut who was present for another bat flight…. Now, that’s more than just a ‘small coincidence’.

3/17/09

They’ve started to replace Shea Stadium signs with CitiField signs on the highway. And us commuter parkers get our daily rates raised by 33% at the parking lot.

Here are some pics I took at today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue and my St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Flickr

This is an amazing video from way back. Thrown over the wall from TR, Dom Deluise doing the famous ‘egg trick’ on  the Johnny Carson show.

From one of my favorite nieces, MG, a funny story

An armed hooded robber bursts into the Bank of Ireland and forces the tellers to load a sack full of cash. On his way out the door with the loot one brave Irish customer grabs the hood and pulls it off revealing the robber’s face.

The robber shoots the guy without hesitation! He then looks around the bank to see if anyone else has seen him.

One of the tellers is looking straight at him and the robber shoots him also. Everyone by now is very scared and looking down at the floor.

Did anyone else see my face? calls the robber. There are a few moments silence, then one elderly Irish gent, looking down, tentatively raises his hand and says:

‘I think me wife may have caught a glimpse….’

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my green friends. Be careful at the parade today.

3/15/09

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AM was certainly surprised last night at his surprise birthday party. He thought he was coming to a party for our 25th anniversary (actually will be 26 soon). We even had a surprise performer, Frank Sinatra. Enjoy the pics. Alan Miller Surprise 60th BD Party March 2009

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ScoobyFitz came across this article about our Upstate data centers.

3/14/09

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Just asking ? Who’s having a surprise party for their birthday today ? Shhhhh…..

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Funny how the things we ought to be worried and concerned about, don’t make the mainstream news. We like sheople go about our daily lives, ignorant to the bigger picture. Read about the problems with our planet’s magnetic field, Magnetosphere Mayday ?

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DC contributes what may be one of the best political cartoons of our time.

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Checkout the Official Obama Administration Scandals List, currently at 91… almost 2 a day get added. I’m sure as they get better at both lying and the lies, it will increase.

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Here’s HSBC stock over the last 5 years. Ouch !!!

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Can all Americans be as ignorant as our ex-president Clinton ? Imagine someone who suggests that so long as the embryo isn’t fertilized, it can be used for research ? Duh !!!

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If you haven’t read it yet, here is the full text of Bernie Madoff’s guilty plea testimony. How no regulatory agency caught him, or ‘investors’ didn’t suspect something is beyond me.

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If we picked up these guys while fighting against us in Irag and Afghanistan, and they were ‘enemy combatants‘ then, what are they being called now ? Our gutless president should grow some cojones.

3/12/09

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They are preparing to lay new sod at Bryant Park. Soon the lawn will be green and filled with people.

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They completed restoring the back of the NY Public Library. Look how beautiful the stone looks now.

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An interesting video from our friend up north, DF. It seems that even Hitler is upset over TO going to the Bills. Not gonna be a good season for the Buffalo Bills this year…

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From my AJ, one heckuva trick pool shot.

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Verizon FIOS is making it’s way to College Point.

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