GUN NEWS THAT'S IGNORED …
PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT …
MY FAVORITE DAY: DORIS
Have you heard the gun-and-shooting story the Big Media ignored? It happened in San Antonio two days after the Connecticut school massacre. A man burst into a movie theater and started shooting, wounding one man and firing at others who were running to escape. Then he suddenly stopped shooting.
WHY did he stop? Because Sgt. Lisa Castellano of the sheriff's department was nearby – off-duty but armed – and shot him. Four times.
At last report the would-be killer is alive in a hospital's intensive care unit. None of his intended victims is dead. And the sleazy, lying-by-omission, gun-hating Big Media buried the story.
It IS true: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy – or woman – with a gun.
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Overheard recently …
A young man, soon to be married, telling a friend about the Christmas gift he received from his soon-to-be father-in-law. An AK-47 rifle, accompanied by the admonition, “I want you to be able to protect my daughter.”
Obama and his fellow would-be gun-grabbers have no idea what they're uncapping with their gun-banning madness, although skyrocketing firearm sales ought to give even the dumbest among them a clue. People are serious about their Second Amendment rights and they are not going to readily acquiesce to hypocrites and demagogues.
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Did you notice that the unemployment figures released just before the election had to be quietly corrected upward over the holidays – when most people weren't paying attention? Try to contain your shock.
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How does a nation's economy get in such a mess as our own? Perhaps this explains it. It's a count of the number of people with some background in real-world business holding positions of responsibility in the last half-dozen presidential administrations.
GHW Bush.................... 51%
Clinton .......................... 39%
GW Bush....................... 55%
– Thanks, Gene –
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"Paying people not to work saved millions of jobs." -- Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, one of Obama's many crazies in high office.
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Longtime ABC colleague Jim Eason writes …
“I have come to a conclusion (in my later years). I will NEVER vote for another Democrat. I will probably not vote for another Republican either. I think I'm about to stop voting at all!
“Oh, please, don't start carping at me, 'If you don't vote, you can't complain.' Yes, I can! The same constitution that allows me to vote, or not vote, allows me to speak and write what I wish. And, please,
don't remind me that 'every vote counts.' Not true. Count the votes, then recount them, and do it again. You'll get three different totals!
“I grew up in a strong Democrat home and area - Republicans were the enemy. Then, for years, I saw Democrats as the people ruining our country. Now, I see it's most people on both sides.
“It's not just Democrats, nor Republicans...not liberals, nor conservatives...the entire system is not just broken, it's un-fixable, it's too late, the years of the United States as a major player on the world stage are OVER.
“I'm giving up. I'm outnumbered, out-voted, and nobody represents me.
WE GET THE GOVERNMENT WE DESERVE. And, I don't deserve this.”
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Having earlier watched Texas A & M quarterback Johnny Manziel (“Johnny Football”) beat national champion Alabama, then shred Oklahoma two nights ago in the Cotton Bowl, I have concluded that he has achieved a scientific breakthrough that previously existed only in the imagination of sci-fi writers. He is capable of making himself invisible to opponents.
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A life in radio (cont.) ...
One of the oldest axioms in broadcasting is, "You never know who's listening."
After ten years on ABC's KGO in San Francisco, in the mid-'90's I got a very attractive offer from KIRO, the big CBS station in Seattle. I took it. During the year before I decided that Seattle was not for me (despite ratings success there), I heard from a former listener who wrote that she missed hearing me. The postmark was Carmel, California. The signature was ... Doris Day.
Less than a year later, when ABC acquired KSFO in San Francisco and asked me to return to do the morning program there -- with an irresistible offer -- I got in touch with Doris -- Dodo to her friends.
I've met many celebrities as an interviewer/talk-show host. I am not much impressed with most. That's especially true of those from the showbiz world. I've found most of them to be of limited interests or knowledge beyond their own special talents. I understand why; it takes enormous and often single-minded devotion to a career in order to achieve great success in that field. I've met many, and found most to be boring and interested primarily in talking about themselves. I eventually stopped inviting them as program guests.
Nevertheless, it was, I admit, flattering that the woman who'd been the biggest movie star in the world in the 1960's held me in high regard. Even more so when she invited Susan and me to her home for the first of several visits.
She was -- and is -- a highly private person. Her home is on an old farm she'd wanted for years and was finally available when the owner retired. It is hidden away in woods, gated and invisible from the nearest road. Part of an adjacent golf course is on her land and she often entertains herself by looking down from the bluff where her house stands, watching golfers on one of the course's greens a hundred feet or so below. As a golfer prepares to putt, a "Yoo-hoo" in a familiar voice from high above is ... well, startling.
As is well known by many, Dodo is an animal lover. Her place has huge separate galleries for cats and dogs, most injured and/or abandoned. She loves them and provides a home for life for them. At the end, they have a place in her pet cemetery. She did the study sufficient to be qualified as a medical technician for injured or ill animals; her car is an SUV outfitted for emergency care.
Unlike most show business celebrities, she is largely uninterested in talking about her career or showbiz in general. She is genuine to the core, with a great sense of humor and a keen interest in the real world.
It is a friendship I value highly, far beyond her celebrity. And that incredible, highly identifiable voice still sounds the same.
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From reader Rick, a brief treatise on understanding the mind of an engineer ...
Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want." The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."
... then there's this, illustrating an engineer's view of the world ...
To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be
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Dan the Man provides titillation for lexiphiles – lovers of word-play, like “You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish.” More examples:
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , . . . U.C.L.A.
A dentist and a manicurist married. .. . . They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a . . . dead giveaway.
If you don't pay your exorcist . . . you can get repossessed.
When you've seen one shopping center . . . you've seen a mall.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair, . . . she thought she'd dye.
I know. And we're deeply, abjectly sorry.
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