I'm Glad I'm Not You, Cus Then I Wouldn't Be Me

Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:29 PM GMT on March 31, 2008

I hope your weekend was well. I spent mine doing the wonderful and glorious yard work. Mowing, trimming, edging and pulling weeds are not my idea of fun, but it did start to look good when I put in the new flowers. Becky made it home safe and sound so this week should start to have some normalcy. I watched a very moving documentary on HOB over the weekend called Autism, The Musical, terrible title, fantastic show. I still don't have closure on the crossroads issue; I was hoping to put it to bed over the weekend, now I'm hoping by tonight. Either way, life will go on.

The Olympic torch starts its 85,000 mile journey through China today before it finally makes its way to the opening ceremony. I was against China getting the rights to host the game. Although it is number one on my list of foreign places to visit I feel their government human rights violations and many other reasons should have been enough of a cause for the committee to pass on their bid. With that said though, I'm already looking forward to when the event starts. I'll have my eyes glued to the television when the opening ceremonies begin and I'll follow the stories and the athleticism on the TV, the paper and the internet. Now I know of some that will protest these games, because of the atrocities of the host country and I remember the outrage that athletes felt when Jimmy Carter announced the boycotting of the 1980 Olympics in Russia and that leads to the QOD:

Should politics play a role in the Olympic Games?



By: ricderr, 12:50 PM GMT on March 28, 2008

Good Friday morning to one and all.

Today, you are standing at a crossroads. You can go straight and the path is easy. You know you are capable to complete the journey and the trek is easy. The rewards, while good, are not the greatest and they may diminish over time. Yet, you are at a crossroads. You have choices and if you turn, things will be different. The first part of the road will be steep, you may have to struggle. The destination, while not a total unknown, the route to get there is unknown, but the rewards are huge.

Do you go straight or do you turn?



By: ricderr, 2:59 PM GMT on March 27, 2008

We're going to try something radically different today. We're going to talk about politics and do it without insults and inflammatory rhetoric. As you know, I'm an Obama supporter. I still am, but if I am not informed about the other running mates, then I am little more than a Rah Rah supporter. McCain supporters, this blog is for you. I don't think it benefits anyone to slam the opponent and even though there is one candidate in the race that I have a deep disdain for, I believe I have yet to state anything negative against their campaign, besides the fact I feel my candidate choice is better. I expect the same courtesy in this discussion.

In the 2000 presidential campaign, McCain, running in the primaries, was vilified by not only George Bush but also by many republican leaders, not only on his Bradley/McCain rally’s, ( I would have loved to see a McCain/Bradley ticket on the presidential ballot and it would have garnered my vote.) but also on many of his platform ideals. Now in the 2008 election those platform ideals are not there and he is embraced by both Bush and republican leaders and that leads to the QOD:

Can someone explain why?



By: ricderr, 12:55 PM GMT on March 26, 2008

Oh my, I'm afraid today will be no better than yesterday, but I'm taking a few minutes to come up with a QOD.

Life gets' extremely busy and although it's not a bad thing, I do like a somewhat calm pace, following a specific set of routines. That just isn't happening right now. Here at work, we're swamped and we're closing on many of the projects we have quoted. Our salesman quit on Friday, so much of his work has fallen on me to clear and clarify. My boss has been out sick all this week, so that's another set of headaches to deal with. Oh well, life goes on.

On the home front, Becky is in Tampa through Sunday at a conference getting her continuing education credits. Spring soccer has started up meaning that Monday through Saturday is involved in either lacrosse or soccer. Cassie is running for Mayor of a created town that the school utilizes as a learning experience throughout the rest of the year and joy of joy Tim has ordered his class ring. I don't remember having all the options when I was in school of the different styles and design choices and we're not going to talk about the cost, but it floored me. Oh and lest I forget, I'm still going through some good personal drama which hopefully will be resolved by the end of next week. Weren't we talking about just being a kid last week? This being an adult and a parent is enough for me. I just want to take my Tonka trucks and go play in the sandbox.

So Cassie, at age 11 loves being the dram queen. She can tell you about this person and that person and all the pre-teen drama her and her friends go through. Yesterday though she had an interesting story. One of her friends said that she wouldn't be Mayor because she wasn't popular enough and that she was weird. Now Cassie wasn't crushed, luckily for her mom and me Cassie has a pretty solid head on her shoulders and she said I know I'm weird, but not a bad weird, I'm not creepy. While her friends are absorbed in fashion, Cassie likes to create her own style and its best described as a hippy flower child. I guess when you have a mom and dad that embrace free thinking and non conformism it rubs off on your children, but the whole thing got me to thinking. I dress day in and day out in business casual and I'd never think of wearing jeans to work and except for my collection of Hawaiian shirts I fit into the men’s 40's clothing style. Becky mostly looks like someone in the medical profession wearing scrubs during the week. Now our house from the outside looks like everyone else’s in the neighborhood but the inside tells a totally different story. Antiques clutter the living room and the mustard yellow crown moulding stands out. Cassie's room has painted murals on the walls and is best described as Swiss Family Robinson goes to Africa and the office is covered in barn board, giving the appearance of a horses stall and our bedroom is a bare concrete floor that I've distressed and stained to look like an old warehouse. I'm trying to convince Becky that we need to use steel garage cabinets as our bedroom furniture to give it the complete industrial look. Our backyard is a work in progress but when done will be a cross between many Berkeley inspired back yards and a Key West patio bar. So, maybe Cassie although different than her friends, is carrying on the family tradition. I am proud though that she's not ashamed of who she is even though she doesn't fit in with her classmates stereotypes and that leads to the QOD:

In which ways do you stand out and embrace your differences than the norm?



By: ricderr, 2:05 PM GMT on March 24, 2008

What a weekend. I'm dealing with some personal drama that caught me on Friday. It's good drama but I'll be glad when it's over just the same, since I like things to be on an even keel. Becky and I got to see Goo Saturday at the lacrosse field. Her son and his team beat our boys handilly. Lucky for us, that Kyle plays on the younger team and his team won 6-5 keeping their unbeaten streak alive. Goo with her camera biz gets to be a Weather Weenie and a Shutter Geek.

This morning as we were getting ready to head to work and get the kids geared up for school, we're in our normal routine of watching the news in between the hustle and bustle and the local station scrolls headlines of the top stories at the bottom of the screen and Becky noticed that one South Florida city is going to set a day and time each week to honor our country and veterans. I'm not sure when, what or where they are going to, but the idea made me think. We have the freedom to celebrate our company or to not and as such it's hard to know if someone is patriotic or not. Now I like this idea, but I can see where it could create negative sterotypes when certain people fail to participate for what to them might be valid reasons and in no way implying that they don't have the same fervor or support for our country as those that participate and so that brings me to the QOD:

Should city's set aside a weekly time to honor America?

well.....seeing I forgot to give the answers Friday, better late than never.


1. The Bible has been translated into Klingon.

2. The average lifespan of an artificial Christmas tree in a home is 3 years.

3. According to the Old Testament, camel is considered clean meat and therefore was acceptable to eat.

4. In the early 1600's two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery."

5. Not to take away from the traditional view that the Bible is the Inspired work of God, but the writing was by 10 authors over a period of 500 years.

6. The Shroud of Turin is the single most studied artifact in human history.

7. The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas was adopted by an aethist to protest the use of Christ in what he felt should be a secular holiday.

8. The first translation of the Bible into English was in 1382 A.D.

9.The world's largest church is located in Southern California.

10. The idea of a multi partied political system for governement was illustrated by Paul and can be found in the Book of Romans in the New Testament.



By: ricderr, 1:41 PM GMT on March 21, 2008

In honor of Good Friday today's fact or fiction is religiously inspired:


1. The Bible has been translated into Klingon.

2. The average lifespan of an artificial Christmas tree in a home is 3 years.

3. According to the Old Testament, camel is considered clean meat and therefore was acceptable to eat.

4. In the early 1600's two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery."

5. Not to take away from the traditional view that the Bible is the Inspired work of God, but the writing was by 10 authors over a period of 500 years.

6. The Shroud of Turin is the single most studied artifact in human history.

7. The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas was adopted by an aethist to protest the use of Christ in what he felt should be a secular holiday.

8. The first translation of the Bible into English was in 1382 A.D.

9.The world's largest church is located in Southern California.

10. The idea of a multi partied political system for governement was illustrated by Paul and can be found in the Book of Romans in the New Testament.



By: ricderr, 10:49 AM GMT on March 20, 2008

What is one thing that every form of media has in common? Advertising. Take a look at your favorite magazine and as much as three quarters of the pages will be filled with at least a half page ad. One of the radio stations I listen to has gotten in the habit of playing back to back two minutes of commercial breaks which makes it seem like there's more commercials than shows and Ryan Seacrest has made a living out of holding the American Idol contestants on pins and needles as he announces the result will come just after the break. Now I'm not ranting against commercials. Personally, I enjoy many of them. I enjoy the story line that many commercials have of developing their product and I really admire the thought and creativity that the ad agencies utilize to tell the products story. Now, I don't love every commercial and in fact some drive me up the wall. A great case in point is the current Ford Focus commercial where two guys are taking a 425 mile trip and one says I'll buy the food and you buy the gas. They stop at a convenience store and restaurant while they show the car speeding past many gas stations and at the end of the trip the one that bought the food says, next time I'll but the gas, emphasizing the fuel economy of the car. Unfortunately it just doesn't add up and it drives me insane. They stop at a convenience store for snacks and then stop at a diner for lunch and somehow that represents more money than the gas.
Here's my math and yes, it shows you how some commercials can drive you up the wall that you'll take the time to figure out the differences.

1 bag of chips........2.99
2 cokes..1.29 ea......2.58
2 candy bars...79 ea..1.58
1 bag of beef jerky...3.59
Total spent...........10.64

2 hamburger and fries 6.99 ea...13.98
2 cokes...1.79 ea...............3.98
tax and tip.....................5.16
total spent.....................23.12

GRAND TOTAL.....33.76

425 mile trip at 35 miles per gallon and gas at 3.31 per gallon

GRAND TOTAL.....40.18

See, it just doesn't add up and every time I see the commercial I'm screaming at the director, "DO THE MATH!" and that leads to the QOD:

What is your favorite commercial and what ones drive you up the wall?



By: ricderr, 9:57 AM GMT on March 19, 2008

So Becky had her first soccer practice last night. She thinks she’s a kid again. I can’t wait for Friday nights and the kids and I lining the field and rooting her on, it should be fun. There’s nothing wrong with being a kid. I think we all tried to grow up too fast and our kids are doing the same. Remember those times when you dreamed one day you would be an astronaut and the next you were going to be a fireman? Those were good times when bills were meaningless, you had endless energy and a hug from your mom could heal all troubles and that brings me to the QOD:

What was your favorite toy when you were under 10 years old?

What was your favorite kid TV show?

What was your biggest dream as a kid?


Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 2:02 PM GMT on March 18, 2008

Here we are, working, blogging and hopefully and definitely most importantly, having fun.

Life is serious business and you lose in the end and in time, quickly to boot, people will forget about you. Most of us will not even get that 15 minutes of fame and honestly, do you want it? First black NY governor and legally blind, (Does that matter?), sounds great on paper and then the revelation comes that he and his wife have had affairs. At least he openly spoke up about it, but I’m reserving the right to wait and see what else the press digs up. Obama is getting his butt kicked in the press right now and man I wish he had just opened up and said, yep, love him or hate him I like him for these reasons and that’s that. I’d like McCain to tell us why he actively sought out endorsements from religious leaders that are as equally controversial, but in all fairness their religious views are not going to change why I cast a vote or not for any of them. Truth is, you and I will never really know these people. We’ll never know why they do what they do and so in absence of that we’ll make the best decisions we can for a litany of reasons we decide are important. Also, let’s be honest, we make allowances for our friends on a myriad of subjects and we judge people harshly that we don’t like even while making allowances for the very same offense, so should we expect anything different in politics? If you have perfect friends let me know, I could use a few. If you know of a perfect politician let me know of them too, I haven’t found any yet. Do you know of anyone that makes hard and definite judgment calls equally and fairly for everyone, I’d like to meet them too. It boils down in my world that people aren’t perfect but that I’ll make the best of this life being imperfect and being surrounded with imperfect people and that leads to the QOD:

Who, do you like or admire or respect that most people would not?



By: ricderr, 12:53 PM GMT on March 17, 2008

It’s Monday, I don’t feel well, work is busy and did I say it’s Monday?

Oh it’s St Patties Day to boot. Big Deal, Ho Hum, Rah Rah.

I’m not a fan of the green. Something strikes me as wrong when we celebrate an Irish holiday more than they do in Ireland, not to mention the racial stereotypes and red bashing. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve been buzzed, much less drunk and yes, alcohol is a drug and we must take a stand against it. Also, since such a fuss has been made about the “violent Muslim faith” you know I’m going to bring up that the war between the Protestants and the Catholics proves that Christianity is a violent faith and must be eliminated and since there’s been so much racial stigmatism surrounding Columbus Day, I must also take a pass on St. Pattie as well since the Irish almost decimated the indigenous potato population.

Yes, blog comedy parody, I’m sure it will get me in trouble, but it sounded so funny when I thought it up I just had to post it. In actuality, you have to love a holiday that brings all people together in laughter and fun and in todays world where everyone wants to cast fault with everyone else, that’s a good thing to me and so before I come to the QOD let me add a little commercial announcement.

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What will you do for St. Patrick’s Day


Striking for Knowledge

By: ricderr, 11:52 PM GMT on March 13, 2008

I'm foregoing the QOD until Monday to provide an informational strike. I'm not a Muslim nor do I agree with the basis of their religion but on a blog where most are American who seem to have forgotten that this country was first settled by many wishing to escape religous persecution, not to mention how many here can google a plethora of information on various topics and yet still choose to spread myths, half truths and outright lies about the Muslim faith. If it wasn't so sad it would be hysterically funny to look at it from an outsiders perspective.

Some notable posts from last night

208. sp34n119w 6:20 AM GMT on March 14, 2008
Well done, ric. I hope it helps - I'm sure it will.

About the question of why we don't hear Muslim leaders decrying terrorism -
Where do Christians get their leaders' guidance and advice? Where do Jews get their leaders' guidance and advice? Where do Hindus get their leaders' guidance and advice? Where do Buddhists get their leaders' guidance and advice?
Does it come in Time magazine? The Wall Street Journal? Oh, I know, it's on Fox News, right?
No, they get guidance and advice from their spiritual leaders in their places of worship, in newsletters and mags that they subscribe to, in conversation with their fellow believers, and directly from their leaders.

If you want to know what Muslim leaders are saying, go to mosque, talk to people there. As ric points out, you can always do some research online, of course. Check bbc's website and read through their coverage of nations that are mostly Muslim to get someone else's point of view. As a starting point, might I dare to suggest that you read the Qur'an? A simple translation (without dreaded footnotes) is easier to read than the Bible and many of the stories should seem quite familiar to most Americans.

67. nash28 1:03 AM GMT on March 14, 2008
.....I think deep down, we feel handcuffed and angry because this will never end as long as life on earth continues. It's funny how we lived in our little America bubble, but once that bubble was popped, things changed.

76. auburn 1:10 AM GMT on March 14, 2008
71. hurricanecrab 8:06 PM CDT on March 13, 2008 Hide this comment.
I think Nash has a damned good point when he said that more non-extremist Muslims need to speak out against those that pervert their beliefs. Why don't they?

1. They fear their lives?

Yea they do...we have the right to say anything...and we forget that most people dont

257. sebastianjer 1:27 PM GMT on March 14, 2008
Ric, my two cents worth

I feel that Islam is a noble and peaceful religion, both in its teachings and in practice by the vast majority of it's adherents.

This being said, I believe we must make judgments in life based on actions, particularly in how they affect other human beings. The actions of a fairly large minority of Muslims do not reflect the nobility or peaceful nature of their teachings. In fact as I have come to understand the issue, in many ways it corrupts and subverts the teachings of the religion itself. This subversion has led to pain, suffering and what can only be described as an evil blight on this noble religion.

This is not the result of a misguided or corrupt government, which would be temporary in the scheme of things. This is a philosophic distortion that is being taught and spread by preying on both the historic economic and political inequities of the regions where it flourishes as well as the baser form of human emotion rather than it's more noble ones.

In my opinion a great deal of this stems from the fact that Islam, in the historic sense, is a rather young religion. Christianity for example has suffered greatly from the same distortion of it's values for a great deal of it's existence. To some degree it still does but it does not manifest itself quite so physically destructive as it once did, now it is mainly in the form of painful and divisive rhetoric.

Ultimately only the Muslim world itself can address the problem, and it is a serious problem, and overcome it. But like any religion that has an extremist problem, attempts to reign it in are met with holier than thou accusations of not being pure or true believers. Because of the cultural,economic and political inequities that most of the Muslim world has suffered through, overcoming it becomes even more difficult.

Having said all that. What Islamic extremist do and preach though perhaps understandable, is not acceptable or justifiable. A world that excuses or accepts violence against innocent civilians as a means of promoting a religious belief is in deep trouble. I fully realize that some people believe that the U.S. participates in state sponsored terrorism, I do not agree with that at all, but even if that were true I would point to the first sentence of the third paragraph of my little diatribe. :)

BTW for those who may not know, I have a wonderful teenage niece and nephew as well as their father, my brother in law, who are Kuwaiti Muslims. I consider them to be representative of the Muslim faith.

Of course all this is IMHO

Updated: 1:48 PM GMT on March 14, 2008



By: ricderr, 12:46 PM GMT on March 13, 2008

Shoooo....brother be comin into my hood and dissin sumbuddy on da way he be talkin...i don't be knowin bout you but...i be close to popping his @$#@....shooo....*&^$%# be talkin to me like dat *&&^&&* be dyin...

Sanity has eluded me today. I walk into work and one of the guys is singing "Oh Happy Day" which is one of my favorite spirituals and the next thing you know, I'm turning it into the next Illegal Immigration Anthem. I walk into my blog and I see what is the most strike me as a hilarious post by MB asking Grimm what language he's speaking and I'm hearing Gary Coleman say, "what you talkin bout Willis?" And so now I'm singing Happy Day in a Gary Coleman voice and my phone rings and it's one of our office ladies asking me if I'm OK. I'm fine I just don't feel like being burdened with sanity and the pressures it brings. Today, may anything and everything happen and I'm going to spend it in my own little world inside of my head. (We're eating Twinkies and drinking ripple right now inside there, shhh, we're asking the blessing.) Now MB brings up a good point. Sometimes we've no clue what somebody is saying because of either code or slang and sometimes when you find out the meaning it is shocking or even hilarious, especially when you find the meaning is nowhere as obscene as you first thought. It's big with our youth and I think it’s partially a sign of independence, to speak and use words that the "older generation," i/e parental units don't understand but I ask you:

What slang or code words do you use?

Updated: 1:08 PM GMT on March 13, 2008



By: ricderr, 12:11 PM GMT on March 12, 2008

The world is such a bad place, especially when you look in your own back yard. You don't need to look to another country. You don't need to look at the candidates; you don't need to look to New York's governor. Read your local section of the paper, watch your local news and what goes on right in our back yards is damn scary. Kids getting abducted and raped at the bus stop. A city that won't move their bus stops to keep their kids safe and trumping up figures to make it look as the reason is a 3 million dollar added cost. I don't know , maybe I'm just newsed out and the dirt, and the filth and the mudslinging isn't just falling off like water on a ducks back so here's the QOD:

What positive news do you have?



By: ricderr, 12:32 PM GMT on March 11, 2008

Well to start out I have to thank admin. Yes, it pains me to do so as they are “the establishment”, “the man” so to speak, but since I've been vocal in my criticism, I must be as vocal in my praise when they do the right thing.

Yes, I'm cranky today, Becky didn't get in until 2:30 this morning, that coupled with a very busy weekend and a time change that my body takes as getting up at 4 in the morning, I'm tired, I'm sore and I've got to do everything to watch my temper and not make an idiot out of myself. Work should be fun.

Oh and she loved the floor. Since she’s seen it I can explain. A few months ago we had stripped our bedroom floor to the concrete and were considering giving it a stained look like you would see in commercial applications in malls and such. Well, when we remodeled Cassie’s room, trying the same treatment although happy with the results we weren’t sure it was the right look for our room so we decided it needed more thought and thus we sported the bare concrete look in our room complete with builders marks and notes painted on the floor. So a few weeks ago I got the notion in my head to make the floor looked distressed. What’s the worst that could happen, we don’t like it and we can still cover it with tile and if we do like it and when we decide to sell if the prospective new buyers didn’t like it we could offer a flooring allowance. So after we came home from Kyle’s Lacrosse game the kids and I once again emptied the room and I headed to Lowe’s for concrete patch, stain, sealer and wax. I laid on a skim coat which gives the floor a rough look in patches and then a bare smooth look in other places and allows for the stain to be dark and light depending on the surface conditions and Becky liked it enough that I can next strip the kitchen and dining room floors and do the same. Oh joy!

Now guess who's coming and speaking in Port St Lucie today? Mr. Al Sharpton. Now this is a guy that I loathe even though I'm all for civil rights. I'm all for everyone to be treated equally. I'm against the fact that people are looked down upon because of their skin color, accent and the likes, but I honestly do think as a people and especially as a nation we've come a long way in righting many of these wrongs. It shocks many of us today when we hear racial slurs when in the past it was a common occurrence. In my opinion the only way an Al Sharpton can continue is to live in the past and try to say the nation is the same as it was in the past and Al, in my opinion and when you start admitting that and focusing on the positive you'll have a much better chance of bringing a meaningful message and furthering change than looking like a clown as you do many time now.

But wait. I have to admit his latest cause has merit. There's talk from the Democratic party of letting the delegates from Florida and Michigan be counted at the convention. It's Sharpton's viewpoint that the only fair way to do this is to have another vote because many Democratic voters did not cast a ballot since they felt it had no meaning and the results thereby were skewed. Now there are many commentaries being written promoting that they know the "real" reasons for this "maneuvering" on Sharpton's part and feel free to add them to the mix if they hold merit with you and this brings us to the QOD:

Should the delegates from Florida and Michigan be counted as they stand?

Should there be a re-vote and then the delegates be counted?

If you feel there should be a recount, who should pay for it?


Monday's (Late) Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 4:18 PM GMT on March 10, 2008

I don’t know about you but I need about a week worth of weekends. Saturday started with an hour and a half drive to Weston, followed by a lacrosse game, a trip to Ikea, another drive back home and starting work on a project that kept me up until 2:16 Sunday morning. ( Thank you for Daylight Savings Time.) I then got up at 7:30 to go back to the project and it was done at 4;30, which included drying times of laughing at the blogs and a trip to the grocery store. Plain and simple, I’m tired. Not to mention, Becky left Friday to teach a class in Saskatoon Canada and will be home after midnight tonight I’ll be on pins and needles until she gets in and either loves or hates the project.

Needless to say I’ve neglected my usual reading and internet perusals, but I did find one thing interesting this morning when I checked my e-mail. It seems the Vatican has instituted some new modern sins. Now, I’m not Catholic, but I do respect how they publicly wade into the issues and try to adapt it into a life that can help their parishioners follow their faith. I know other faiths do the same it just seems to me that the Catholics get more press on the subject. They’ve looked into ecological views and the biotech industries and I laughed when I read a bit into their views on Global Warming, but on the other hand it’s nice to see a religious segment take a stand on the environment. See it’s no different than anything else, if you agree with it, it’s a good thing and if you and if you disagree it’s a bad thing, but the church is trying to keep up with an ever changing world. Now, I’m not going to discuss religion, don’t worry about that. I’ll cross the line on politics but not the other. What intrigues me is that the world is rapidly changing. From information technology to bioengineering to alternative fuels. The world is a vastly different place than the world we grew up in and this leads to the QOD:

What segment do you see changing the most radically in the near future?

Updated: 4:19 PM GMT on March 10, 2008


Thursday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:59 PM GMT on March 06, 2008

As I was reading through different news stories this morning I came across a story of a Connecticut teenager suing her high school for not allowing her to serve as secretary of the student body because of comments she made from her home computer on her personal blog space that were desultory of some school officials due to the schools decision of not allow a musical "jam fest" at the school. The article said she called one school official a douche bag and she said another was pissed off and a past decision of the courts has allowed the schools to become involved in student cyberspace issues but the difference seems to be that the previous situations have been school based where this was done on her home computer and her non school run blog space and on her own time. So far the lower courts have sided with the school and now the case has been heard by higher courts but no decision has been reached yet. Now this caught my eye since lately there has been a blogger complaining of censorship here at WU and another who had a blog about not cussing so I found this article interesting and decided to dig a little further and while I found no more information about the story above I did find many hits on the internet and how laws are being applied or found to not apply to websites and blogging in particular but what surprises me is there seems to be no rhyme nor reason or consensus in these decisions. Now of course, I'm not a lawyer and from past experience I've been stupefied over how laws can be interpreted but this morning from what I've read their seems to be no consistency in how individual situations are handled in regards to the internet and that brings me to the QOD:

Does the internet need more regulation and is so who should handle it?

Updated: 1:00 PM GMT on March 06, 2008



By: ricderr, 11:50 AM GMT on March 05, 2008

Well, this is my 300th blog entry. Not that the number is important, in fact I don't know where admin came up with the starting post. Is it all of my posts or just when they started keeping track? Also, I'm sure many others have this and more especially when you take into consideration modifying, but since I've got this big 300 stuck in my upper top right corner I guess I can toss a little confetti, yell WHOOHOO and decide what should the trophy I'm going to award myself should be modeled after. Alright, I did it all and even made up my acceptance speech.

I want to thank Admin, my family and you the viewing audience for this truly wonderful 300 award. Oh and let me thank God, since even though I avoid him most of the time there are those special days and big events when you know the Big Man is watching so I need to give him a shout out. And let me thank the QOD which gave me an outlet to play, not that the QOD is anything important or the information earth shattering or anything more than the average person will think about in an ordinary day. It's been fun, the comments have been fun and the people I share it with have been fun. The QOD started in a time when I realized it was easy for even good people to be asses on the internet and it was amazing how many people could castigate one ass and ignore that their favorite person was no different than the one they castigated and so the QOD was my outlet to distance myself from that, blogging for the shear joy of blogging and now I actually look forward to what will pop into this sawdust filled melon and come out as a QOD through my fingertips. It's a journey with no preset destination. So, for a 300th celebration it seems fitting to reuse the first QOD that started the ball rolling.

Now, it garnered 15 comments and only 10 were about the topic itself. Funny though, I think it's just as relevant if not more so today than it was almost a year ago.

April 3, 2007
I thought it might be fun to gauge public opinions on current topics.
Presidential candidates have been in the news this week as they are reporting their campaign war chests. In the lead is Hilary Clinton with 26 million collected and after Obama announces his finances the top candidates in this early stage of the campaign should have raised over 80 million dollars. With none of the candidates favoring election reform it would appear that this election will easily prove to be the most expensive in history.

The question is:

Does our current campaign fundraising allow the countries wealthiest to have an undo influence on our candidates?

Updated: 11:50 AM GMT on March 05, 2008



By: ricderr, 11:54 AM GMT on March 04, 2008

One announcement and then time for business as we get started on a beautiful Tuesday morning, a day that has promises of a wet afternoon.

Politics and my Blog

Have you watched McCain lately? I may not be inclined to vote for him, but the man has earned my respect in the way he has acted towards his democratic challengers. He's apologized for a supporters public comments during a rally that was derogatory to his opponents. He's made it a point not to use Obama's middle name in a desultory way and he's stated that he would rather use the tactic of mentioning his points and qualifications than criticizing his candidates. In other words he seems to be trying to follow a long lost political tradition, vote for me because I stand for A, B & C.

So, in that respect, I'm instituting a blog policy. Anyone and everyone is able to trump, toast, rally for and support their candidate. It's open 24/7 for you to tell the whomever and whoever reading this blog why they should vote for the candidate that has garnered the honor of your vote. Nothing else is acceptable and this way, I can have the same respect for you as I do McCain. I might not vote for you for Weather Weenie of the Year, but you'll have my respect.

Now, down to business.

Meltimi has decided to forego the RicDerr dating auction block and strike on her own to find the perfect mate. I know, who wouldn't want me on a public blog and with limited readership to try to find them their one and only. Well regardless, Melt has found herself a man and we need to help her make sure he's Mr. Right. Now she has not yet introduced this guy to us, her online community of friends, but I'm sure after we chastise her on the subject today she'll rectify that by this evening and we'll get to meet "dreamboat" tomorrow. In the meantime we must come up with a questionnaire that will enable us to make sure this man has the qualifications to be with our good friend Melt.

I've listed question number one and I'll modify throughout the day adding new questions and so the QOD:

What questions do we need answers from to insure Dudley Do Right is the perfect fit for Melt?

1. You take Melt out on a little moonlight boat ride and you bring along your best friend since grade school. A wind blows up capsizing the boat and it looks like Melt and your life long pal are going to drown. Who do you save first, Melt, your friend or your beer?

Updated: 2:03 PM GMT on March 04, 2008



By: ricderr, 3:39 PM GMT on March 03, 2008

I know, I know, I'm late, but work got in the way. Happy Monday, even if it's late arriving.

Doing my morning reading, I came across an article praising the Asian Cockroach for it plant saving benefits. This little beetle is a voracious eater of crop harming pests and farmers are applauding it for its work. My problem is a personal one. I can't stand cockroaches. They give me the willies and the Asian variety looks just like the German variety that crawls through houses and sewers. I never had to worry about bugs except the occasional flea or mosquito until I moved to Florida. Now dry goods have to be refrigerated as bugs can eat though the plastic lining and turn it into their own little delivery room, noseeums and fire ants leave huge welts on me that have scarred my feet and legs, mosquitoes have been known to carry off small animals and I don't care if you call it a Palmetto Bug it's still a cockroach to me and so we come to the QOD:

What bug gives you the willies?


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