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Green Done Up Brown
Feb 21st, 2008 by Mike

Green

When somebody did something very well, my mom said, “They did it up brown.” At the time I didn’t know where the phrase came from, but I now suspect it had cooking roots.

Anyway, The Villages, announced a trash recycling program that they’ve been working on for three years. Three years, you say? This required careful coordination with several trash companies and two of the three affected local county governments. They have also coordinated with local merchants like Publix, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Ace Hardware, and Home Depot, to make sure there will be enough supply of the required trash bags.1

Here’s the plan:Homeowners collect recyclables into 13 gallon clear drawstring trash bags. Pretty much everything that is recyclable is eligible: plastic, newspaper, magazines, phone books, aluminum and steel cans, glass, etc. (See the reprint on the left) Then they leave the recycling bags at curbside on one of the two “trash pickup days” each week. Simple as that. No sorting. On top of that it’s only $1.47 per month added to the trash bill and the first month, March, is free.

Some folks are complaining about the $1.47 and that the system’s too complex. I guess there’s no pleasing some folks. For me, it’s a painless way to be a little bit green…and do it up brown.

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. That they’ve all sold out is not The Villages fault []
Florida Senior Moment
Feb 6th, 2008 by Mike

From the Daily Sun, February 6, 2008:

Confused Florida voters try to cast ballots

Florida voters got so caught up in the excitement of Super Tuesday many tried to cast ballots for the presidential primaries — again.

Election officials across the state said they fielded hundreds of phone calls from confused voters asking where they could vote Tuesday, apparently unaware that Florida’s presidential primary was last week.

“We’ve had over 100 calls at least over the last two days,” said Kathy Adams, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Election Supervisor.

“Caught up in the excitement” is a complete mis characterization of the ignorance of these Florida voters. It’s not that we had early polling for two solid weeks before a week ago Tuesday’s election complete with campaign visits and ads from all the Republican candidates. One would have to living in a cave to miss all that.

Maybe we should yield to the stereotype of Florida and chalk it up to a “senior moment”.

Maybe since the Dems side of the primary was essentially marching in place due to the decision by the DNC to not count Florida’s votes at the convention for having the primary on Jan 29, many Dems weren’t paying attention to the election.1 Or since Hillary came to Florida after the primary vote, perhaps voters got confused as to when the election was.2

Maybe some voters just figured that they were entitled to vote twice during each election.3

I don’t know.

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. It wasn’t reported, by the way, how many of the callers were Republicans or Democrats []
  2. Palm Beach County is the next county north of the infamous Broward and Miami-Date counties made famous by the 2000 presidential election []
  3. We do have migrants from Chicago and New York, don’tchaknow []
An American Hero
Oct 26th, 2007 by Mike

Quoted from Michele Malkin:

A Navy SEAL from Long Island who was killed while leading a reconnaissance mission deep behind enemy lines in Afghanistan will receive the nation’s highest military award for valor _ the Medal of Honor, President Bush announced Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

© 2007 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Abstinence Doesn’t Work
Oct 24th, 2007 by Mike

I was dismayed to read that a school board in Maine decided to make “the pill” available to middle school students (10 year olds) without parental consent or knowledge.1 In several of the “pro” interviews, the first thing the interviewee would say was, “First of all, abstinence education hasn’t worked.”Let’s get real. Of course abstinence education doesn’t work if you don’t use it. Condoms don’t work if you don’t use them. “The pill” doesn’t work if you don’t use it. So saying that abstinence doesn’t work is a specious argument.Here’s a little list of the effectiveness of abstinence, condoms, and the pill:Effectiveness against pregnancy if used:

  • Abstinence: 100%
  • Condoms: almost 100%
  • The pill: almost 100%

Effectiveness against STDs if used:

  • Abstinence: 100%
  • Condoms: almost 100%
  • The pill: 0.0%

Effectiveness against pregnancy and STDs if not used:

  • Abstinence: 0.0%
  • Condoms: 0.0%
  • The pill: 0.0%

By the way. The article regarding giving children the pill was on the same page as an article explaining why folks are lobbying the FDA to not allow children to have cold medicine. Cold medicine: no; the pill: yes. Ironic, isn’t it?2

© 2007 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. As long as a parent had signed a general consent form to have their child receive medical care at the school. []
  2. Before you jump all over me about this, yes, I know the cold medicine was for children under 6. But then, again, how long will it be before we begin issuing the pill to 6 year olds? []
Heaven and Hell
Sep 25th, 2007 by Mike

The following was summarized in the “Campus Ministry Update” from IvyJungle:

Do You Believe in Heaven and Hell: In 1997 only 56% of Americans claimed to believe in hell. That number spiked to more than 70% after the September 11 terrorist attacks. However, recent polling indicates the number has once again fallen to less than 60% of the population.1

© 2007 – 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. ABC News July 11, 2007 []
Pills, The New Marijuana
Aug 29th, 2007 by Mike

As summarized in the Ivy Jungle newsletter, CNN reports an alarming trend:

Prescription drugs and “pharma parties” have become increasingly popular among teenager and college students. The National Center on Alcohol and Substance Abuse reports that the proportion of college students abusing opiods (i.e Vicodin, etc.) has increased 343% between 1993 and 2005. Tranquilizers (Xanax, Vallium, etc.) went up by 450% and abuse of stimulants like Adderall (an ADD medication) has increased by 93%. These drugs are easy to find in many home medicine cabinets. A CASA study in Minnesota and Wisconsin showed that almost a third of teenagers taking medication for ADHD had been approached to sell or trade their drugs. (cnn.com July 5, 2007)

Not only is this an alarming trend, it’s extremely dangerous behavior. Although marijuana can impede long term emotional development with chronic use, overdoses rarely result in death. Nor is marijuana as physically addictive some of these other drugs. Not that I advocate the use of marijuana.

© 2007 – 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Pay It With Pork
Aug 9th, 2007 by Mike

Congressional leaders are recommending a 5 cent tax hike per gallon of gasoline at the pump to pay for repairs for the nations bridges. I say, “Pay it with pork.” Gas tax per gallon is already almost twice the price we used to pay for an entire gallon of gas when I began driving…that’s not even counting the price during gas wars.Let’s get real, folks.

© 2007 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Wine Snobs, Cry Your Eyes Out
Jul 18th, 2007 by Mike

I just saw on Fox News that Charles Shaw Chardonnay, commonly known as “Two Buck Chuck” because it sells for $1.99 at Trader Joe’s won top honors at the California State Fair wine competition, beating out hundreds of other wines. Go Chuck, go!

© 2007 – 2016, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Who Owns Hybrids?
Jul 4th, 2007 by Mike

Reader’s Digest lists some interesting facts about hybrid car owners.

  • 40% are Republicans and 36% are Democrats
  • 21% live in the Midwest, and 31% in the Northeast. Just 16% live on the West Coast.
  • 57% are over the age of 45.
  • 49% don’t have a college degree, and 35% make less then $40,000 a year.

SOURCE: Autobytel.com

© 2007 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Porn Driven Look At Me Culture
Jun 22nd, 2007 by Mike

Here’s an article from Campus Ministry Update June 2007 published by Ivy Jungle:

“Porn Driven, Look-at-Me” Culture: The evidence of the mainstreaming of pornography is not hard to find in our culture today – from the provocative videos on YouTube to Myspace pages for adult film stars. Some researchers and observers continue to express concern over the impact on young people – particularly girls. “Sexiness” has become very important to girls, with an increasing push into raunchiness. High school counselors find themselves consoling teenage girls who have undressed and more in front of web cams. Employers are increasingly implementing dress codes. The American Psychological Association recently published a paper on the sexualization of girls. One great concern is that while boys tend to use pornography and other aspects of sex for their own pleasure; most girls who exhibit provocative behavior are doing so for the pleasure of someone else – often someone they don’t know well (or perhaps not at all thanks to the internet). Some women claim they have more power with their sexuality, but many researchers are seeing a very negative impact – especially among teenage girls. (AP June 4, 2007)

Here’s a semi-related photo I received via email some time ago:Control You

© 2007 – 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Sen Brownback’s Evolution Stance
Jun 3rd, 2007 by Mike

In the May 3 GOP Presidential debate, Sen Sam Brownback was one of three who raised their hands to the question, “Is there anybody on the stage that does not believe in evolution?” This caused an outcry among atheists and some consternation in the main stream media. The atheist article claims that, “It’s not an issue where thoughtful people can disagree. You either believe in scientific certainty or you don’t.”1 The exact same phrase the global warming alarmist use to kill debate on the subject.However, the debate is not closed. Sen Brownback offers one of the most lucid responses I’ve seen on the subject of faith and science.Thanks to John at The Daily Detour for raising the subject.

© 2007 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. Italics mine []
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