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Archive for March 2011

Another stupid criminal but this time we know that he flunked third grade English grammar. A bank robber from Fridley, Minnesota gave a TCF Bank teller in a Cub Foods store a note that read: “Give money, I gun.” When the teller said that she didn’t understand the note and what he wanted, he told her to give him all the money and don’t push any buttons.

The smart teller started to fidget with the keys to her cash drawer but the robber said that he was armed and put his left hand in his jacket pocket. The teller than handed over $1,991, recorded bait bills and a concealed electronic tracking device. The robber put the money in his jacket and took off on foot.

This is where it gets really good. He was patiently standing at a nearby bus stop when the police caught up to him. Officers ordered him to take his hands out of his pocket and hit the ground. He refused, prompting the officers to take him down and cuff him. The money, bait bills and tracking device were found on him.

As a result, the man has pleaded guilty in federal court, because bank robbery is a federal offense. He has a long criminal history that includes convictions in Minneapolis for felony robbery, felony domestic assault, and gross misdemeanors for domestic assault and assault. He’s now a four time loser.

Maybe while he’s in jail – for a long time – he will take a refresher English grammar course so at his next heist he won’t look so stupid!

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Recently, the Colorado Legislature passed Colorado’s Senate Bill 40, a bill that is the nation’s most sweeping concussion law. This law that will go into effect on January 1, 2012, requires coaches to bench players as young as eleven years old when they’re believed to have suffered a head injury and need medical clearance to return to play. The law also requires coaches in public and private schools and even volunteer Little League and Pop Warner football coaches to take free annual training online to recognize the symptoms of a concussion.

A dozen other states have laws addressing youth concussions, but they don’t cover athletes as young as 11, and most deal with school-related athletics, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Oregon are among the states that have passed laws addressing youth concussions, according to NCSL. Utah signed a bill into law last week, and California and Nebraska are among states with pending legislation.

Concussions in youth sports are receiving more national attention recently as the NFL helps states craft related legislation or endorse local measures. The league’s senior vice president for public policy, Jeff Miller, said the NFL is changing its culture surrounding concussions and player treatment as information emerges about the risks and consequences of head injuries.

Even though this law affects only certain sports, coaches in all sports such as basketball, soccer, lacrosse, etc., should take the training and follow the legislation in order to protect the kids.

To no one’s surprise, Mike Catherwood was eliminated last night. At least he still had a smile on his face and wasn’t rude when he was told he was the first one to leave.

Did you hear Chris Brown’s songs last night? To me it sounded like he was lip synching his songs. I guess when you dance and jump around as much as he did, you can’t sing. Quite frankly, he is either a singer or dancer but not both. Guess that is the new singers today.

Brook Burke’s white strapless dress was different. I’m not into puffy dresses and that’s what she was wearing. Heck, even my granddaughter didn’t like the dress; she said that it looked like little tiles on her dress and not very fashionable. My granddaughter has good taste in clothes you know.

With 10 stars left in the competition, they better bring their “A” game to the competition next week.

John Hickenlooper was elected governor of Colorado recently, and during his early days in office it seems that he is breaking the mold of what a Democrat governor usually does, or is he? He wants to run the state’s government as more “effective, efficient and elegant.” Now I don’t know what “elegant” means when it comes to government work but Hickenlooper used to be a private business owner before he got into politics. Even in the private business, I never heard running your business as “elegant.”

However, it seems that Hickenlooper is shaking up the state government from his predecessor, Bill Ritter who was also a Democrat. He wants to have 100 senior managers in Colorado government reapply for their jobs.

This includes directors of Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Colorado Lottery. Hickenlooper states that he wants to have the right talent in the right places. Is this secret code for “people that agree with him” and perhaps part of his political persuasion?

You see, the senior executive service, or SES, employees are contract workers who receive up to 25 percent higher pay than other managers. In exchange, they give up protections afforded classified state employees. Their contracts must be renewed annually. State law allows no more than 125 SES positions. Currently there are 96 such employees. However, prior governors didn’t require reapplying for jobs in the past. Hickenlooper seems to be breaking the mold on this one.

Even though Hickenlooper has been governor for a short time, it is difficult to see if he will run Colorado as a spend and tax Democrat. He actually seems to care about the state and the direction it is going. Maybe he will be a good governor after all – or will he?

In the stupid criminal category, a San Luis-Obispo County California woman showed up in court with a doctor’s note in hopes to delay proceedings in her forgery case.  She was facing nearly five years in prison for forging drug prescriptions. She must have thought her forgery skills were impeccable, however, the prosecutor being a wise person decided to call the doctor on the note to see if he wrote the excuse.

To no one’s surprise, he didn’t. As a result, she was immediately ordered to be taken into custody. The woman, being a drama queen, collapsed on the floor and was taken to the hospital and then to jail.

As you know, forgery is a felony and she could be sentenced to jail for many years. If she decides to forge her release papers from jail, they better check that out as well.

The second week of Dancing with the Stars showed us that the stars are really improving. It seems most of them were committed to improve and the most improved star was Chris Jericho. Wow! He looked just like a dancer and not a wrestler. Cheryl Burke is a great teacher and Chris followed her instructions. His Quick Step was clean and crisp and yes, he does have rhythm. Keep it up Chris you may go far in this competition.

The other stars looked good but Romeo’s Quick Step was awesome. He was light on his feet and had excellent musicality. I think this is going to be a tough competition down the road.

The two stars that weren’t so good were Mick Catherwood and Wendy Williams. I like Mike Catherwood, he kept his sarcasm down and looked like he was working hard but his Jive feel short of any type of musicality. He looked like he was struggling with the dance steps as well as with the rhythm.

What can I say about Wendy Williams? Her Quick Step wasn’t quick and she didn’t look good at all. At least Kirstie Alley’s Quick Step was quick and she kept up the performance until the end. Yes, she did slowdown in the middle of the dance, but when you are carrying all that weight and at her “age” don’t expect her to be light as a butterfly. Did you catch what she said? Her goal on the show is to lose 40 pounds. When Max told her that the Quick Step can take off 20 pounds she said “winning!” Ha, she is a funny, funny gal.

Sugar Ray Leonard was also just a little too slow for his Jive and I thought Ralph Macchio’s Jive was herky-jerky. The Jive is definitely not his dance.

I was so glad that Chelsea Kane and Mark didn’t end up wearing a bear costume like last season, but did a mime routine. I didn’t care for his interpretation of the Jive and neither did Carrie Anne or Len. But Bruno loved it. What can I say?

Brooke Burke’s dress last night was gorgeous. She looked fantastic. Her black sequined cocktail dress with long sleeves made her look perfect as a co-host role in the show. I’m for all different styles but as a co-host she shouldn’t be the center of attention but compliment the show. That is what her dress did last night.

My prediction on who may be leaving tonight? It is either Mick Catherwood or Wendy Williams.

This is an update from my web blog from yesterday about NOW -National Organization for Women -not defending Sarah Palin from a juvenile attack from Bill Maher. It seems that the women at NOW are a bit snooty about their unresponsiveness to attacks to women “because they have bigger and better things to do.”

In fact there was no official statement about the incident, instead Lisa Bennett, NOW’s communications Director, wrote on a NOW blog late Tuesday this:

“Listen, supposedly progressive men (ok, and women, too): Cut the crap! Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don’t like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs.”

That’s it? That’s all they will say about this incident? She also chastised the press for bothering NOW with questions about derogatory language toward women. She wrote:

“You’re trying to take up our time getting us to defend your friend, Sarah Palin. If you keep us busy defending her, we have less time to defend women’s bodies from the onslaught of reproductive rights attacks and other threats to our freedom, safety, livelihood, etc, Sorry, but we can’t defend Palin or even Hillary Clinton from every sexist insult hurled at them in the media. That task would be impossible, and it would consume us. You know this would not be a productive way to fight for women’s equal rights, which is why you want us stuck in this morass.”

Well excuse me! Are you having a “bad hair day”? Aren’t you supposed to be the champion for women? When even one woman is degraded by a celebrity, all women are degraded. Do me a favor; don’t defend my body from reproductive rights. We have been free to make that decision a long time ago, we don’t need you.

Haven’t you heard we are in the 21st century and many women can take care of themselves? We don’t need you or your ideology. You are so 1960’s that it makes me sick.

As I said in my web blog yesterday, everyone should stop giving money to NOW. Cancel your subscription, stop your donations, demand your money back and leave their organization. This organization is hypocritical; show them that they don’t represent fair-minded, intelligent women of the 21st Century.