Unmarried couple or hippies?

I submitted this article to The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns and it quickly sunk to the depths of page two. I may as well put it here as well. I don’t post as often as Sam does. 😉

Here’s a story about Black Jack, MO. Apparently, in Black Jack, you are not allowed to live in the same house with more than two other people that you are not related to through blood, marriage or adoption.

Olivia Shelltrack and Fondray Loving have been together for 13 years and have three children, ages 8, 10 and 15, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Living together for 13 years? 3 children? Hmmm, I wonder what the children’s names are … I’m betting on something like Sunflower, Patchouli and Garcia. This whole situation has the stink of hippies all over it.

‘This is about the definition of family, not if they`re married or not,’ Mayor Normal McCourt said. ‘It`s what cities do to maintain the housing and to hold down overcrowding.’

Mayor McCourt may be trying to be over politically correct by saying that. Let’s get it straight. Black Jack, Missouri is on to something here. It’s not about defining family, preventing crack houses or overcrowding, it’s about STOPPING HIPPIES plain and simple. Think about it, hippies congregate for a number of reasons:

  • smoking pot
  • free love
  • smoking pot
  • smoking something other than pot
  • stinking up the place
  • saving the whales
  • making babies with dumb names
  • and smoking pot

(You don’t think they went to all of those Greatful Dead concerts for the music do you?)

This law in Black Jack, MO prevents the hippie commune and by extension prevents the hippie!

I offer a proud salute to the board of adjustment in Black Jack, MO for helping to put an end to the hippie once and for all.

God bless you Black Jack.

Shameless self promotion, ahoy!

Recently, I have been honored by a few other blogs. All of them I admire greatly and are on my “daily reads” list.

The first was by Diane’s Stuff. Generally, Diane always mentions me or thanks me or sends me holiday e-cards. Thanks Diane! 🙂

Next, was by Third World County (not “Country” :lol:) in the post Most under-read blogs/ Monday Open Post.

I’ll try to remember to feature one under-read blog a week on Monday. Now, the blog featured might be relatively new, might have been around a while, might have two or three readers a day or two or three thousand readers a day. My criteria won’t be concerned with actual numbers of readers as of this time, but with the number of readers who IMO ought to be flocking to the blog. IOW, the site features great blogging that deserves the widest audience possible.

And I’ll only mention one a week, ‘K?

Here’s this week’s: Imagine Kitty. Mark’s site is a joy to behold. It’s beautifully designed and easy to read. So there’s nothing to make getting to the content difficult or painful.

And the content. *sigh* From his series, “Why I am the way I am” (See Part I and Part II) to his blogging tips (see his posts on a WordPress trackback issue) and his interpretation (with examples) of Samantha Burns’ blogging commandments, Mark’s posts exhibit a range and quality that really deserve all the readership he can get, IMO.

Drop by any of the posts linked for a taste. You’ll find it’s like eating peanuts: ya can’t eat (read) just one.

Wow! Thanks David. I really appreciate that very much.

And last, but certainly not least on The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns I received the great honor of having one of my articles posted as a guest blogger. My article Unmarried Couple Or Hippies? was published just the morning.

Thanks to all of you for the great honors you have given. Feels like family. 🙂

Trackbacked to:
Pirate’s Cove
Bloggin’ Outloud
Committees of Correspondence
Pirates! Man Your Women
Forward Biased
The Conservative Cat
Colbert Report
Cigar Intelligence Agency
The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns
Third World County
Diane’s Stuff

So let it be written. So let it be done!

Samantha Burns
Samantha Burns has posted her Ten Commandments of Blogging

Number 10 is my favorite:
Thou shalt make an attempt to use proper grammar and spelling.

All of these “commandments” are necessary if you intend for anyone to take you seriously. This all reminds me of my first blog entry which happened before I knew about proper blog software (I used phpBB with a portal page :roll:). Here it is:

Trouble in Blogland

*Sigh*

I think there may be 3 good blogs on all the internets and the rest are yours. Of those three, two of them are by the same person (I recognized the canine photographs). *note – Rachel Lucas and Blue Eyed Infidel now seem to be defunct and The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns and Diane’s Stuff have replaced them in my life.

Let me ask the rest of you some questions. Help me understand. Do you really believe that the world needs to know how much you drank last weekend or about your wonderful sun-shiny day or about the person for whom you have genital tremblings? (They won’t read your blog either because you’re creepy and weird and probably a stalker.)

If I read another story that starts “I don’t know what to write today…” I am most likely going to snap and start building a fallout shelter in the back yard. Here’s a hint for you, if you don’t know what to write, write NOTHING! If you have nothing to say, say NOTHING! If you have no life, start a blog.

Perhaps the neo-bloggers (I think if you put "neo" in front of a word it makes it a label of shame, at least that’s what it seems to have become, at least that is how I am using it right there) think they should post their experiences because they are unique. Well, they are unique, just like everyone else. The difference between the good blogs and yours is the good bloggers are unique in their own way. Imagine that. Having something original to say or observing the world in a comedic way should be a requisite but unforutunately it is rare.

Oh, another thing:

Nobody cares. That the American elections. Didn’t go. Your way!

Really! America elected the President again, getting over it is the only mature and sane thing you could possibly do. THE ONLY! (Besides John Kerry is creepy and weird and probably a stalker.)

If I read another story that starts “America, what have you done?” or “I can’t believe it…” or “We’re sorry terrorists…” I AM going to snap and start building a fallout shelter in the back yard. I have a shovel and I know how to use it.

I must say that the blog is not the worst political forum, that honor goes to the music industry. Do rock stars really think that people listen to them? Well, let’s look:

Bush: 286 electoral votes / Kerry: 252 electoral votes

Ooh, sorry Bruce Springsteen. Sorry Queensryche. I’ll bet your distribution companies wish they had put a clause in your contracts barring you from alienating over half of your audience. Just raise your fist, blame Bush and fade into anonymity. Before you go, could you do me a favor? Take the computer away from Barbra Streisand’s butler. I don’t even want to be tempted to read the blog she makes him type.

How to cut your customer base in half

It is one thing for a regular guy/gal to post their political leanings online for all to see but completely another thing for a professional company to do it and openly, as a company, support one candidate over another. Well, you can do it but you are going to alienate half of your customer base (slightly more than half if you endorse a democrat/slightly less than half if you endorse a republican/nobody will listen or care if you endorse the green party).

The Portland, Oregon based Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. comes to mind. When news (*note – it seems that oregonlive.com has pulled this news story from their archives) of Tim Leatherman throwing his company’s name into the Kerry campaign hat hit the sportsman forums an email campaign of sorts began. Come on, really. A company that builds tools for hunters and other sportsmen supporting a candidate with a 100% anti-gun voting record? *sigh* Not too smart if you ask me. Now, I am not saying (nor was anyone on the sportsman forums) that the president of a company can not have a political leaning, nor am I saying that he can not give his own money to one party or another but to put the company name on an endorsement is just asking for trouble for himself and his employees.

Add to the mix a few snide email replies, blaming “boycotters” for making the “employees suffer” and a right-wing conspiracy theory and you have gone from political leaning to mad rambling.

The truth of the matter is you can say anything you want. So can everybody else (which is unfortunate for those that read blogs). You are free to endorse a candidate with your company. You are also free to go broke. When people speak with their dollars is when companies should listen. Taking a “so be it” attitude instead shows that you don’t care for the customers or your employees.

Along with companies, professional individuals with blogs often fall into the same category. All too often these otherwise intelligent individuals will post a link to an extreme radical’s webpage. It is some sort of intellectual schizophrenia as I would consider some of those I read pure genius in one area and completely out of touch in another as if two separate people are writing at the same time.

There you have it. My first blog entry from April 14th, 2005. I figured that the Kerry camp would have let this go by now. Fat chance, huh?

Trackbacked to:
Diane’s Stuff
The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns
Third World County
Stuck on Stupid
The Conservative Cat
Don Surber
NIF
Right Wing Nation
Gribbit’s World

TAG! You’re It!

Diane tagged me with this

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to. Just link here and trackback when you make your list, and tell the folks you tag to do the same so you can enjoy their posts.

Now I’m on the spot. Bah! I’ve been getting into some different stuff lately so I’m not sure you want to hear any of it.

Well, here goes (if you have iTunes installed click the links to take you to the song):

  1. Ooops” from the album ex:el by 808State
  2. Persuasion 7 Inch Mix” from Persuasion EP by billie ray martin
  3. Love Me or Leave Me” from Taking a Chance On Love by Jane Monheit
  4. Every song on Jeff Beck‘s Blow by Blow
  5. Baal T’shuvah” from the album Oracle by Michael Hedges
  6. Ghoom Charakhana” from the album Atish by Najma
  7. Anything by Norah Jones

Well, what do you think? I don’t know 7 people to send this to (at least not 7 people that won’t immediately delete it) so I’ll just ask if 7 people want to respond trackback here and let me have a look at your recent top 7.

The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns: 2005 MOTYs

Voting for The MOTYs begins today, January 4 and will end on January 11; results posted January 13th.

Get your votes in!

One vote per person so make it count.

Your choices for Moron of the Year 2005 are:

  • Sean Penn
  • Martha Stewart
  • Tara Reid
  • Boy George
  • Michelle Kosinski
  • Madonna
  • Cindy Sheehan
  • Ashlee Simspon
  • Mary Mapes
  • OJ Simpson
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Anna Nicole Smith
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Michael Jackson
  • Janeane Garofalo

Oh, gracious! I’d love to pick them all. This is going to be really hard. Anna Nicole Smith is clearly the most vacuous and Saddam Hussein is more of a douchebag. Sean Penn’s rescue attempt (with photographer in tow) may just give him my vote. If Nancy Pelosi were on the list she would have my vote no matter who else was on the list. If you want someone that “just doesn’t get it” it is Nancy Pelosi. I’m so glad I live far, far away from anything that she presides over.