Monday, August 31, 2015

Hurricane Katrina - Letter from a Louisiana resident


Letter from a Louisiana resident, someone on the "West Bank" of New Orleans.

Those of us in La. know who screwed up this disaster. Our Governor, the levee board, the Corps of Engineers and the New Orleans Mayor are primarily to blame with the incompetence of FEMA being secondary.

By the way, things have improved significantly. We give credit to our armed forces who have taken the pressure off of local law enforcement allowing them to regain control of our cities. I've often wondered why New Orleans police have a reputation
for being tough, no nonsense guys -- I now understand.

The looting here has been bad. You won't see it on TV, since we're not even close to being newsworthy considering all the deprivation, death and suffering being reported. Our parish took in the first 600 evacuees, and put them up in one of our brand new
high schools located next to I-10. In l0 hours they had trashed the school, torn out urinals,
ripped the bleachers out of the gym and trashed the classrooms and computers.

We moved them, plus 600 more to a place across the Interstate at an expo center. By Tuesday night, there were 3 car jackings and 3 armed robberies. So we had to call in our deputies, police and Nat'l Guard troops to guard the evacuees. Most of
our law enforcement had been down in New Orleans working the rescue mission. The same stories apply to Baton Rouge, only multiply the numbers 10 fold. My godson/nephew is the chief of the K-9 Department in Shreveport, 250 miles north of Baton Rouge. He had been in

New Orleans working on the rescue till now, except he has been called back to Shreveport tonight
to protect against the looting there. Mandy works for a doctor in a clinic next to our small hospital in Gonzales. It's situated across the Interstate from the evacuee center. At 11 AM yesterday (Thursday), the police locked down the hospital and the clinic to
protect them from looters. The clinic closed down at 2 PM and the medical staff got escorts out of the vicinity.

The national news seems to carry a constant theme of Louisiana politicians crying "shame, shame America". "Where's the government?" It's the mantra de jour. Our governor had the power to declare martial law and commandeer school buses to
evacuate the New Orleans folks. She did not. Her news conferences are unscheduled, unformatted ramblings, punctuated with tears and calls for help and prayers......but not much information or  direction.  She has been noticeably absent from sight today since the President
toured. Maybe I can't see the forest for the trees here, but I don't want any of you "Americans out there" to accept any blame for the lack of immediate response when it was clearly the responsibility of local and state government officials.

Frank H. Kean, III
1614 LaSalle Parc
Baton Rouge, La. 70806 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Forget work. Play golf.

In 1923, (long before any of us were born!)
Who Was 

1. President of the largest steel company?

2. President of the largest gas company? 

3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?

4. Greatest wheat speculator? 

5. President of the Bank of International Settlement? 

6. Great Bear of Wall Street? 

These men were considered some of the worlds most successful 
of  their days.

Nowover 80 years later, the history book asks us, if we know 
what ultimately became of them.
The Answers: 
1. The president of the largest steel company.
Charles Schwab

died a pauper.

2. The president of the largest gas company
Edward Hopson, 
went insane. 
3. The president of the NYSE
Richard Whitney, 
was released from prison
to die at home. 
4. The greatest wheat speculator
Arthur Cooger
died abroad, penniless. 
5 The president 
the Bank of International Settlement, 
shot himself. 
6. The Great Bear of Wall Street
Cosabee Livermore, 
also committed suicide. 

However, in that same year, 1923, the PGA Champion 
and the winner of the most important golf tournament, 
the US Open, was 
Gene Sarazen.
What became of him? 

He played golf until he was 92died in 1999 at the age of 95. He was financially secure at the time of his death. 
The Moral:
Forget work. Play golf.

*Most of this is wrong but you can still forget work and play golf.

Bridge in southern France

Can't remember off hand, but there was a really good documentary on the construction of it on Discovery or TLC and month or so ago.  It's located in southern France, and is the highest bridge in the world. 

It is a truly amazing piece of engineering, especially considering the method used to span the distance between the piers.  BTW the red towers you see in the photo were removed following completion of the bridge.

Be sure to maximize your screen for this.
They haven't printed enough money to pay me to drive across this bridge!! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Joke: How a woman's brain works

The mystery explained at last! 
           Have you ever wondered how a woman's brain works?'s finally explained here in one, easy-to-understand

Every one of those little blue balls is a thought about
something that needs to be done, a decision or a
problem that needs to be solved.
Good thing a man's brain requires only two balls.

Here is another:

Be sure to check out the "understanding women" here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Joke: Hillary Clinton questions

Hillary Clinton goes to a primary school in Ithaca, New York, to talk about the world.

After her talk she offers question time. One little boy puts up his hand, & the Presidential candidate asks him what his name is.


"And what is your question, Kenneth?"

"I have six questions:
1 ... Whatever happened to your medical health care plan?
2 ... Why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
3 ... Whatever happened to all those things you took when you left the White House?

4 ... Where did those 30,000 emails go?
5 ... Why did you setup a private email server?
6 ... What happened in Benghazi?"

Just then the bell rings for recess.

Hillary Clinton informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.

When they resume Hillary says "OK, where were we? Oh, that's right, question time. Who has a question?"

A different little boy puts his hand up.

Hillary points him out & asks him what his name is.


"And what is your question, Larry?"

"I have eight questions:
1 ... Whatever happened to your medical health care plan?
2 ... Why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
3 ... Whatever happened to all those things you took when you left the white house?

4 ... Where did those 30,000 emails go?
5 ... Why did you setup a private email server?
6 ... What happened in Benghazi?
7 ... Why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?
8 ... What happened to Kenneth?"

Jokes: Funny cartoons

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Painted ceiling in a smoking area

This is one of the cleverest ideas I have seen and no mistaking the message

  Painted ceiling in a smoking area

Monday, August 17, 2015

Inspirational stories: The buzzard, bat, and bumblebee


BUZZARDIf you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of it's ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.


The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.


A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out.  It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.  It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.


In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.  They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not ever realizing that all they have to do is look up.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona is at it again

You may remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb.


Oh, there's MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe !

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the
department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts  in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had  them place in dog shows.

The  best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million.

The prisoners get the benefit of about  $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the
day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.


I have long wondered when the rest of  the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.

He  has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 - $8 for the holidays and plant it later. 
Yup, he was re-elected last year with 83% of the
vote. Now he's in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that has a special hotline phone
number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically
for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He's kind of a 'Git-R-Dun' kind of Sheriff.





Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) who created the 'TentCity Jail': 
  1. He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
  2. He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jail.
  3. Took away their weights. 
  4. Cut off  all but 'G' movies. 
  5. He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on  county and city projects. 
  6. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination.
  7. He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails, so he hooked up the cable TV again.....BUT only let in the Disney channel and the Weather channel.
  8. When asked why the weather channel, he replied, "So they will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs."
  9. He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.
  10. When the inmates complained, he told them, "This isn't The Ritz/Carlton...... If you don't like it, don't come back." 

More On The Arizona Sheriff:

With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports:
About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent
encampment at the Maricopa County jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.


On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before.

Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their PINK SOCKS.

"It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the TENTS for 1 year. "It's inhumane."

Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates, "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your mouths!"

Way to go, Sheriff !

Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers' money and enjoy things taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Universal Studios in Hollywood reviewed

Here is my review of Universal Studios in Hollywood

Attractions Overview
Studio Tour /Fast & Furious – Supercharged/King Kong 360 3-D
This is a back lot tour where you go behind-the-scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio. They take you to movie sets and you can see the outside of buildings where some shows are done. Sets include Back to the Future, War of the Worlds, and the Grinch movie. Jimmy Fallon is in some skits and is ok. There is a King Kong 360 3-D movie included where you can see the fight from the King Kong movie where King Kong fights dinosaurs. Then there is another 3-D section where you see the Fast and Furious crew in action. It is pretty cool. The ride takes about an hour.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Join Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions on a heartwarming and hilarious 3-D ride. This is one of many 3-D rides. It is well done and kind of amusing.

Transformers™: The Ride-3D
This is an immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. The effects here are pretty spectacular. 

The Simpsons Ride™
The Simpsons™ are visiting Krustyland and you are there right alongside Homer, Marge, Bart…This is pretty good.

Revenge of the Mummy℠ – The Ride
If you dare, face heart-pounding special effects and unexpected twists at every turn as you escape the Mummy’s revenge in life-like horror. This is a good indoor roller coaster. It is not crazy fast. You go for a ways then you stop suddenly and go backwards to the finish line.

Shrek 4-D™
Take adventure to the next dimension in Shrek 4-D. The pre-show is so lame but the main program was pretty good.

Jurassic Park® — The Ride
Come face-to-face with ‘living’ dinosaurs, a 50-foot T-Rex, and a treacherous drop straight down an 84-foot death-defying raft plunge. The dinosaurs are kinda bad but this is a nice relaxing ride. The drop is pretty short at the end so don't be concerned.

A Tidal Wave of Explosive Action. OMG...this was totally dumb.

Special Effects Stage/Universal’s Animal Actors/The NBCUniversal Experience
I didn't do these.

Mel's Diner
Do NOT eat here. The prices are insane. I assumed all the park had insane prices but after we spent a fortune to feed four people, we found many better options. The burgers are mediocre at best.

After doing so many 3-D/4-D movie rides, you will be burned out on the experience. Each one is done pretty well but after so many, I had enough!