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Madness In Manhatten
May 3, 2010 @ 08:11
As frightening as Saturday night's attempted bombing in NYC was, it shouldn't be surprising. In fact I'm amazed that there still hasn't been an attack of note since George W. Bush thought it would be a good idea to blame Iraq for 911.
When you consider the commonplace of suicide and car bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade it's hard to believe there hasn't been at least one person strap a bomb to their body and blow themselves up somewhere in Manhattan.
It would be easy to do, strike terror through an entire population and accomplish what most of these terrorist nimrods want, bring commerce in America's largest city to a grinding halt.
The jury is still out on who's responsible for the amateur car bomb that fizzled in Times Square on Saturday night, but its very existence shows how vulnerable all of us are and how quickly lives could be turned upside down with the simple press of a button.
Given America's questionable involvement in the Middle East, they seem to be on borrowed time when it comes to an incident in a crowded area, be it Times Square or a subway system.
Even if a nutball was acting alone and had no direct attachment to a terrorist group, you've got to be believe there are thousands of disgruntled people living in the United States who have considered such an act.
And if so, it only makes you shutter when you consider the havoc an organized group could wreak in downtown New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Why it hasn't happened yet is something that has been pickin' at my brain for years now because it would be relatively simple to do and there's virtually no defense against it.
I visited Manhattan just a couple of months after 911 and I remember at the time feeling nervous while being in the city wondering if there could be another strike of some kind while I was there. Looking at the still smoldering ruins of the WTC will do that to you.
But like most things, with time the fear wears off and I've returned a couple of times and dying in the streets hasn't been top of mind.
Saturday night can't help but to get a guy thinkin' again. But I shall return. The bad guys can't win.
Full Body Shampoo
April 29, 2010 @ 07:29
I was surfin' the other day and happened upon The Hodge Blog where Rick Hodge wrote about running out of bar soap and using shampoo on his body instead.
To Rick, this was weird and different. But to me, it's the norm.
I haven't used a bar of soap on my body in decades. No, it's a one product process for me when I'm in the shower and I'm no worse for the wear. My skin may be getting leathery in the areas, but I think that's the dirty work of father time, not the result of using shampoo on my body.
I've tried the soap thing in the past, and because circumstance dictated, I've been forced to go completely the other way and used bar soap on my hair, but I don't like it.
I found bar soap did to my skin what shampoo was supposed to do.
Bar soap, no matter what type I used always made my skin feel tight and itchy. Irish Spring literally attacked my skin. Camay is supposed to have one quarter cold cream, but the other three quarters made me feel flakey.
A couple of years ago my wife bought Caress and insisted I use it because it contained some oils and minerals that were supposed to make the Fred man nice and smooth everywhere.
Nope. I didn't like it.
Here's the thing, shampoo companies always talk about their products being "gentle" on your hair and scalp, so why wouldn't that apply to your over-all package.
When I get into the show it's a very quick and economic process. I rinse, then grab the shampoo, my favourite right now is "Natures Gate Herbal", I apply a generous portion to my head and then use the lather for a full body shampoo.
I scrub my scalp; I wash my face and neck, and then do the rest of my body while concentrating on three areas in particular. My underarms, my fellas and my hoop.
I don't have to worry about reaching for the bar soap, I don't have to worry about it squirting out of my hand when it becomes small and I don't have to deal with the affects it has on my skin.
Try it, you'll like it and save money too!
April 20, 2010 @ 08:23
Needless to say as a resident of Brampton, I'm a little pissed off at what happened in the south end of the city on Sunday. There was a brawl outside a Sikh Temple that sent half a dozen people to hospital.
To be honest, I don't like what it does to the image of a city that I call home, and I fully sympathize with those Sikh's who are upset with what it does to the image of their religion. It stinks.
But this posting isn't so much about me, or Sikh's or Brampton, it's about religion as a whole and using this latest incident as an example of how silly organized religion can be.
I imagine there are people out there pointing at Brampton and Sikh's today, making all kinds of generalizations and accusations, but that's ridiculous.
I'm sure if we were to go through the archives we could find all kinds of stories about all kinds of stupidity tied to all kinds of religions, the problem is, there seems to be a growing problem within the Sikh community in Canada regarding territory and its getting a lot of press lately.
They've had several problems in Vancouver, a couple of weeks ago there was a Sikh stabbed with a kirpan outside a temple in Brampton and then Sunday's brawl outside yet another temple.
All these conflicts deal with power struggles and infighting within institutions that are designed to worship "whatever" while spreading peace and goodwill.
And this is where organized religion loses me. Sunday's conflict in Brampton started over a meeting room inside a temple. One group didn't like the idea that another group was using it, and somehow it turned into a brawl that involved weapons like hammers and pipes.
How can anyone profess to have faith in "whatever" and stand within the walls of a holy place and then let such a minor dispute turn into such a disgusting display of violence and hatred?
It boggles my mind and does nothing but push me away from religion and solidify my position that rarely does anything good come from organized religion. And again, we should refrain from pointing fingers because it transcends all organized religion.
From conflicts between religions that have led to war, to ethnic cleansing involving religion that is taking place while I write this, to the horrific legacy of the Catholic church and child abuse.
Personally, I don't have time for any of it.
I've always said, if there is a God, and he's as great as they says he is, we will all be judged on the people were are - not on our attendance at church, the scriptures we read or the tithes we pay. None of that should mean anything.
And just to make it clear, I'm not leaning towards or against any religion in this posting. I practice no religion because one of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was to not have me christened or dedicated or baptized. They left choice of religion up to me.
And I'm proud to say I extended the same gift to my children.
Humble And Fred's Podcast Of Reserrection Or Eastover
April 8, 2010 @ 09:29
Humble And Fred's Podcast Of Reserrention or Eastover
April 4, 2010 @ 16:38
We recorded the podcast at the studios of Proud-fm on Satuday, April 3rd. Bingo Bob will have it up and available to the world within a couple of days.
Subjects covered in this edition - My colonoscopy, Tiger's return, why women rule the world and a call from a guy who thinks we're turds.
Listen or don't listen. Listen or bite my clank.
April 1, 2010 @ 08:50
It's a done deal. Yesterday afternoon it was confirmed, on Friday, April 16th at 3pm, at the Scope Clinic in Brampton, I'll undergo my first colonoscopy.
As I guy over 50 it was highly recommended I have one, so I thought what the hell, let's do it.
Call me crazy, but I'm sorta looking forward to it. It's one of those things that I'd rather know what's going on up there, so if it means having a cable with a camera rammed up my ars, so be it. I can put up with a little discomfort if it means knowing my colon is clean.
Why would anyone name their kid Colon?
Anyway, click here if you want to know what a fella has to go through before he has a colonoscopy, and if you don't mind, you can spare me all the jokes about being "put out" and then letting people I don't know have their way with my poop shoot.
It's got to be done, and you don't have to look any further than Pat Burns to know why. Early detection is the key my friends, and putting something like this off can end up being a lot worse that having what amounts to a plumbers snake with an camera on the end of it violate your body.
It's all part of being a middle aged wank.
Hall And Oates
March 27, 2010 @ 18:33
One of the radio stations I program in Peterborough is 100.5 Kruz-fm which plays hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. It's a great little radio station with a fabulous playlist that brings back lots of memories.
A couple of weeks ago I had in cranked in my office when "Sara Smile" by Hall and Oates came one. I cranked it up even more.
I've always been a big fan of Hall and Oates "rock and soul" but they had actually fallen out of my depleting memory until this song came on and it all came flooding back.
Through the 70s and 80s these guys had a pile of hits that were so distinct because of Daryl Hall's amazing voice. The guy's voice literally puts me in a trance, not just Sarah Smile, but it's at the top of my list.
My good buddy and co-worker Brian Ellis did me a huge favour and burned me a greatest hits CD and I've been lovin'it very much during my drives to and from the Patch.
Today whilst driving to Home Depot to look at some flooring products, I played the CD and my wife and I reminisced about the early 80s when we first got married and bought our first stereo.
We played a lot of Hall of Oates back then and some of the songs made us want to bang like bunnies. So we did. And after listening to half a dozen songs today guess what we did?
Delyse put some salmon in the oven and I googled Hall and Oates. (Don't forget we're 53 now)
Whilst googling I found a cool site called "Live from Daryl's House". It's a web show with a lot of great guests and a lot of great music.
Check it out and click on Sara Smile under individual songs.
Comments We Like - Ted Bird
March 25, 2010 @ 12:10