Tuesday, June 03, 2008

'Survivor' winner takes case to Supreme Court

Richard Hatch, winner of the first Survivor has appealed his tax-evasion conviction ... all the way to the Supreme Court.

Hatch's lawyer, Michael Minns, has said his client confronted producers about cheating during taping of the show, and a producer promised his taxes would be paid if he kept quiet and went on to win the competition, according to a story on Yahoo! News.

The Supreme Court takes up very few cases and there's no word on whether they'll take up this one ... but the more interesting part to me is Hatch's claim that CBS producers "cheated." CBS, of course, says the claim is baseless.

What? Are you telling me reality TV isn't real?

Clinton said to be ready call it quits ...

Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said Clinton will likely acknowledge Barack Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee as soon as he secures the required number of delegates, according to many sources, including Bloomberg.

Thank God.

I have to wonder how stupid she feels now ... especially if she doesn't get the VP slot (and I'm hoping and praying she doesn't).

If Obama loses to McCain by a small margin, how many people will say that this long drawn-out primary contributed to it?

Are Hillary's supporters really going to be McCainiacs? Or was that all a ruse?

There's so many questions ... many of which we just won't know until November.

That's right ... there's still five more months of this idiocy.


From the email: The $2 Bill ...

I got this forwarded it me ... I doubt it's a true story, but it's believable nonetheless ... and funny, to boot ... so I had to share it with you.

THE $2.00 BILL


The $2 Bill. Everyone should start carrying them!

I am STILL laughing!!

I think we need to quit saving our $2 bills and bring them out in public.

The younger generation doesn't even know they exist.

STORY:On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat.

In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill.I figure that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for tryingto break a $50 bill.

Me: 'Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go.'

Server: 'That'll be $1.04. Eat in?'

Me: 'No, it's to go.' At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.

Server: 'Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back.'

He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them:

Server: 'Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?'

Manager: 'No. A what?'

Server: 'A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me.'

Manager: 'Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill.'

Server: 'Yeah, thought so.'

He comes back to me and says, 'We don't take these. Do you have anything else?'

Me: 'Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills? Why?'

Server: 'I don't know.'

Me: 'See here where it says legal tender?'

Server: 'Yeah.'

Me: 'So, why won't you take it?'

Server: 'Well, hang on a sec.'

He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I'm a shoplifter, and says to him, 'He says I have to take it.'

Manager: 'Doesn't he have anything else?'

Server: 'Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change.

Manager: 'I'm not opening the safe with him in here.'

Server: 'What should I do?'

Manager: 'Tell him to come back later when he has real money.'

Server: 'I can't tell him that! You tell him.'

Manager: 'Just tell him.'S

erver: 'No way! This is weird. I'm going in back.'

The manager approaches me and says, 'I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night.'

Me: 'It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill.'

Manager: 'We don't take those, either.'

Me: 'Why not?'

Manager: 'I think you know why.'

Me: 'No really, tell me why.'

Manager: 'Please leave before I call mall security.'

Me: 'Excuse me?'

Manager: 'Please leave before I call mall security.'

Me: 'What on earth for?'

Manager: 'Please, sir.'

Me: 'Uh, go ahead, call them.'

Manager: 'Would you please just leave?'

Me: 'No.'

Manager: 'Fine -- have it your way then.'

Me: 'Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?'

At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner.I have two people staring at me from the dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy Comes in.

Guard: 'Yeah, Mike, what's up?'

Manager (whispering): 'This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money.'

Guard: 'No kidding! What?'

Manager: 'Get this. A two dollar bill.'

Guard (incredulous): 'Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?'

Manager: 'I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty.'

Guard: 'Oh, so the fifty's fake!'

Manager: 'No, the two dollar bill is.'

Guard: 'Why would he fake a two dollar bill?'

Manager: 'I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?'

Guard: 'Yeah.'

Security Guard walks over to me and......

Guard: 'Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use.'

Me: 'Uh, no.'

Guard: 'Lemme see 'em.'

Me: 'Why?'

Guard: 'Do you want me to get the cops in here?'

At this point I am ready to say, 'Sure, please!' but I want to eat, so I say, 'I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill. I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I 'm taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and he says, 'Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?'

Manager: 'It's fake.'

Guard: 'It doesn't look fake to me.'

Manager: 'But it's a two dollar bill.'

Guard: 'Yeah? '

Manager: 'Well, there's no such thing, is there?'

The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot, and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue.

So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drinkand some of those cinnamon thingies, too. Made me want to get a wholestack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff.

If I got the right group of people, I could probably end up in jail. You get free food there, too.

Just think...those two will be voting soon............................YIKES!!!

FYI - new column online ...

I wrote a column about labels ...

Conservative. Liberal. Etc.

Read it here.

Higher gas prices result in higher public transit ridership

"Public transportation ridership across the nation is on a record pace this year, due largely to rising fuel costs and growing environmental concerns."


NFTA says they have seen a nine percent jump in Metro Rail ridership and a 7 percent increase in Metro Bus ridership.

Hey, I'd ride public transportation ... if Metro Rail came to Lockport.

In fact, I wrote a column about it a couple weeks ago ...

ESPN - Broncos release Henry after one disappointing season - NFL

"Big expectations in Denver for Travis Henry ended Monday when the Broncos released the running back one season into his five-year free-agent deal."

ESPN - Broncos release Henry after one disappointing season - NFL:

It's like a little redemption for the Bills.

We'll take it.

Sticks and stones ... and all that jazz ...

You know the old adage: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

And yet people seem to take great offense ... to things I find rather innocuous.

I was listening to Boortz on the radio the other day and a caller referred to someone as being a NeoCon, causing Boortz to go on a rampage. Apparently, he found the word offensive.

NeoCon, by definition means, new conservative. Originally it defined former liberals who became conservatives, but is now used as a synonym for warmonger. It's the Democrats way of saying, "that new uber-right-wing brand of conservatives."

Then there's the other side of that coin: liberal.

Most Democrats try to avoid that label as though it were a disease. And many Republicans like to paint Democrats with that label ... as though it were a disease.

We spend a lot of time worrying about labels. Our own labels. Labels for other people. We can't just "be." We have to be defined.

I used to define myself as a "conservative Democrat," which I later realized is really a Libertarian. At least by my own definition. I could also be defined as a "liberal conservative."

Funny thing is, these labels are only offensive if you let them be. They can be meant as offensive - often times indicated by the tone in which they're stated - but unless you allow yourself to be offended, who cares?

That's where the whole "sticks and stones" thing come from. Names will never hurt you ... unless you're a ninny about it. If you decide to allow yourself to be offended based on what someone else calls you, that's your problem.

There's honor is both liberalism and conservatism. Even NeoConservatism ... well, except the war-mongering part ... which, of course is the definition made up by "the other side."

I guess the moral of this little story is: If you let others define you, you deserve whatever definition they come up with. If you define yourself, names will never hurt you.