Thought for the day

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who as the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. [Theodore Roosevelt]

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Worlds Shortest Fairy Tale

Cats and Women

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Political Quotes

I am not sure we are getting the same quality anymore.

"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory."
--Millard Fillmore, 1844

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism."
--Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
--Harry Truman, 1960

"Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them."
--Dwight David Eisenhower, 1963

"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant."
--Robert F. Kennedy, 1964
"Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present."
--Lyndon Johnson, 1964
"Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."
--Richard Nixon, 1974
"I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times."
--Jimmy Carter, 1976
"Read my lips: no new taxes!"
--George HW Bush, 1988
"Depends on what your definition of 'is' is."
--Bill Clinton, 1998
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush, 2004

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cutting Grocery Costs

Most of those who know me know I like food and I like to eat well.  That being said, I like to save money whenever I can.  Here are some things I have learned over time.

  1. Buy store brands especially the newer "Up market" brands like Kroger's Private Selection.  These are high quality products that are reasonably priced.
  2. Be aware of the package sizing. For example, most of the "half gallon" containers of juices in the dairy case are no longer 64 ounces but are 59 ounces or less.  The store brands are likely to be the full 64 ounces.
  3. Use the merchants frequent shopper programs as they often will mail you targeted coupons and make discounted items in the store only available to those who have the card.  
  4. If you are using coupons from the store, you can also use a manufacturer coupon along with it.  I have gotten items at 75% or greater off the marked price.
  5. Go to the store website and download coupons.  Kroger will also load coupon discounts to your frequent shopper card.
  6. Google "grocery coupons" and check out some of the links there.
  7. Go to the manufacturer websites and download coupons.
  8. Buy long lasting staples when they are on sale, read the grocery ads.

New Disease Warning

Information about Gonorrhea Lectim ...
The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of this old disease.  The disease it called Gonorrhea Lectim.  It's pronounced "Gonna re-elect 'em," and it is a terrible obamanation.
The disease is contracted through dangerous and high risk behavior involving putting your cranium up your rectum.  Many victims contracted it in 2008 ... but now most people, after having been infected for the past 1-2 years, are starting to realize how destructive this sickness is.
It's sad because Gonorrhea Lectim is easily cured with a new drug just coming on the market called Votemout.  You take the first dose in 2010 and the second dose in 2012 and simply don't engage in such behavior again; otherwise, it could become permanent and eventually wipe out all life as we know it.
Several states are already on top of this, like Virginia and New Jersey, and apparently now Massachusetts, with many more seeing the writing on the wall.
Please pass this important message on to all those bright folks you really care about.

Tom Bosley is Gone

Mr'C is no longer with us. He died of lung cancer at the age of 83.

This is Too Funny

Not Jeff Dunham but very different.

How Big Really

Dimensions   is a site from the BBC that will let you enter your postal code and then map a variety of things as an overlay to that location.  Categories range from the War On Terror, Space, Ancient Worlds, Environmental Disasters, Depths, etc.

Love Dress

A woman stopped by unannounced at her son's house. She knocked on the door, then immediately walked in. She was shocked to see her daughter-in-law laying on the couch, totally naked. Soft music was playing, and the aroma of perfume filled the room.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"I'm waiting for John to come home from work," the daughter-in-law answered.

"But you're naked!" the mother-in-law exclaimed.

"This is my love dress," the daughter-in-law explained.

"Love dress? But you're naked!"

"John loves me to wear this dress," she explained. "It excites him to no end. Every time he sees me in this dress, he instantly becomes romantic and ravages me for hours on end. He can't get enough of me."

The mother-in-law left. When she got home, she undressed, showered, put on her best perfume, dimmed the lights, put on a romantic CD, laid on the couch waiting for her husband to arrive.

Finally, her husband came home. He walked in and saw her laying there so provocatively. "What are you doing?" he asked.

"This is my love dress," she whispered, sensually.

"Needs ironing," he said. "What's for dinner?”

 Services will be on Thursday.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Barbara Fairchild - The Teddy Bear Song

One of my favorite songs and your weekly dose of old country.

Oracle Consultancy Colibri Forms Global Alliance

Agreement with UK Company Provides Customers 24/7 Support Worldwide

Colibri Limited Company, a Roswell-GA based provider of managed services, hosting and solutions for companies using Oracle and Microsoft technology has entered into a global alliance with DSP Managed Services, which offers similar services from its headquarters in London, United Kingdom.  “This alliance provides 24/7 support worldwide for our customers,” said Jim Cotten, Colibri’s managing partner.  “No matter when customers call and where they call from, they will always reach a person ready to respond to their needs.”

The alliance made sense for several reasons, Cotten said. “We know each other well. We address similar markets and have the same attitude towards our customers and deliver highly personalized levels of service that you cannot get elsewhere. ” Colibri also maintains offices in Roswell, GA and Mumbai, India and services customers worldwide.

Working together, Colibri and DSP support a continuous level of services seamlessly and without interruption to their clients.  These services include a full range of database administration and hosting, but also implementation, upgrade, and design services for Oracle and MS SQL Server databases.  Oracle eBusiness Suite functional helpdesk services are also offered. “More and more companies have global presences,” Cotton said.  “No matter where they are located, support and service is available.”

Colibri was founded in 1998 and has a wide range of customers in the US, Europe, and Australia. Colibri has been able to offer a level of expertise and support missing from most Oracle consultancies. DSP Managed Services was founded in 2000 and offers managed services for Oracle and Microsoft implementations to companies of all sizes throughout the United Kingdom.

More information about Colibri can be found at
Contact: Jim Cotten, Tel: 678-352-1001 ext 101, Fax:  678-352-1015 E-Mail:
More information about DSP Managed Services can  be found at

Free Album!

A free album, you get 26 tracks.

Another TSA Outrage

Anyone who flies frequently is aware of the outrages perpetrated by the government goons known as TSA. Here is the latest.

My name is Michael Roberts, and I am a pilot for ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., based in Houston (that is, I still am for the time being). This morning as I attempted to pass through the security line for my commute to work I was denied access to the secured area of the terminal building at Memphis International Airport. I have passed through the same line roughly once per week for the past four and a half years without incident. Today, however, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at this checkpoint were using one of the new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) systems that are currently being deployed at airports across the nation. These are the controversial devices featured by the media in recent months, albeit sparingly, which enable screeners to see beneath people’s clothing to an extremely graphic and intrusive level of detail (virtual strip searching). Travelers refusing this indignity may instead be physically frisked by a government security agent until the agent is satisfied to release them on their way in what is being touted as an “alternative option” to AIT. The following is a somewhat hastily drafted account of my experience this morning.  Read the rest here.

Our Greatest President of the Last 100 Years? Maybe.

What makes a great sales person?'s WIN research at OracleWorl...

Monday, October 18, 2010

If Tech Companies Made Cars


8 Great Bacon Recipes

Who doesn't love bacon?  Here are 8 great recipes to try.

JFK on Taxes

JFK got it unlike his successor. This is worth the 5 minutes it takes.

Winter Garden

My winter veggies are doing alright, some much better than others.  The collards are doing very well.

The lettuce is not bad either but the broccoli, cauliflower, and brussell sprouts could do better.