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There’s Not A Damn Thing You Can Do ‘BOUT It !!!

May 31st, 2014 by Michael Tabor

I was actually stupid and naïve enough to think that perhaps, PERHAPS … after the unspeakable horrific Sandy Hook massacre, we, as a society would actually mature and get together as a society to BAN semi – automatic weapons. Well, I am now convinced that even if the children of every single NRA member were viciously gunned down in cold blood, this country would sadly never change.

America loves its guns and even if it means sacrificing his or her very own children, it will never give them up. I personally have given up on trying to do anything about gun laws – it’s an exercise in futility. This Isla Vista “monster” was deemed by the state of CAellrodg sane enough to own firearms, so…

Anyway, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Our species is completely NUTS and bent on destroying itself, so I guess it’s just a matter of enjoying your time while it lasts.

P.S. – After Sandy Hook, Pres. Obama made a rhetorical statement along the lines of ..”are we defenseless against random gun violence?”  Ummm, I think the answer is abundantly obvious now – YES !!!

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Is There A War Against Women In This Country???

May 27th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

The recent harrowing killing spree in CA has galvanized discussion regarding misogyny in the United States. There has even been a catcallhashtag thrown up on Twitter stating:  #YesAllWomen   the goal of which is to unite all women to stand up against men who hate and marginalize women.

I have personally blogged over the last couple of years more than a few times regarding the remarkable strides and progress women have made over the last few decades … from the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ happy homemaker to CEO of fortune 500 companies. Hey, our next president may very well be a woman.

I was listening to the ‘Brian Lehrer’   show this morning and the misogyny topic cropped up. What I was able to glean from the discussion and female callers was how annoying, degrading, and sometimes even terrifying “catcalls” can be. My thoughts are 1. I, nor any of my friends or even casual acquaintances have ever whistled, made stupid and inane remarks to a woman walking down 5th Ave (there’s a joke by some female comedienne who hilariously claimed that she always gives out her # and contact information and very frequently dates catcallers – lol).  2. Is some illiterate idiot whistling @ you on the street the worst thing in the world ??? (BTW, young women, your worries about catcalling will quickly no longer be an issue in about 20 years or so … just wait a bit, and father time will resolve the problem) 90% of the men out there do NOT catcall and are as respectful to women as they are to men.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I’m certainly not suggesting that it’s okay for a group of morons (especially if you feel physically threatened) to behave unspeakably moronic, but most guys are cool – believe me.

P.S. – My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and family of that twisted monster (I refuse to give his name)  who should have been in a mental facility and certainly it goes without saying he ought to have had zero access to firearms.

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Tyler Talks Cats That Kick Butt

May 17th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

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Hey! Did you see that awesome news clip about the cat that saved the little boy from the dog attack? Who says CATS can’t be Man’s Best Friend???
This little boy, minding his own business (a rarity in itself), was riding his tricycle in front of his house, when suddenly a nasty little hound comes sneaking up behind him, viciously grabs him off his trike and like a crazed pirana tosses him about like a rag doll.
Here comes the good part…..the kid’s cat charges the dog with all four paws ninja-like, BAM! and the dog goes yelping down the street with the cat in hot pursuit! That cat, Tara’s her name, is one feisty feline. I think I’m in LOVE! (Sorry, Clementine. But you have to admit Tara’s stripes are very appealing). All she needs is the Super Hero cape! I propose they feature her image on band aids alongside Cat Woman.

So…..whadayathink? Everyone needs someone to look up to. Who’s your hero? And don’t say Underdog.

 

 

 

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Liposuction Ought to Be Banned

May 14th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

We, Magdalena and I, have PERSONALLY known two people in our lifetimes who have sadly succumbed to the unspeakable ravages of lipo1lipo2lipo3lipo4this very misunderstood and dangerously, potentially fatal procedure called liposuction. Magdalena’s best friend literally died (after years of unimaginable suffering resulting from the liposuction operation … multiple strokes, hemorrhaging, irreparable brain damage, etc… ) and her sister – in – law almost died from this so – called panacea which allegedly is supposed to safely remove all fat and unwanted pounds. Yep, the cosmetic surgeons stridently proclaim that hard – work, dieting, and exercise are simply not necessary anymore. “We will simply vacuum all that excess fat and blubber from your body and voila – your battle with losing weight is over – no more depriving yourself from your favorite cakes, lasagna, and big sloppy steaks.
Having done a little research before writing this, I was utterly shocked and surprised that Tummy Tucks and liposuction are now the #1 cosmetic surgery performed in the United States. BTW, I completely understand why a person would opt for the surgery and not put in the unspeakably hard work of diet and exercise. And to be fair, incidentally, especially when you get older, diet and exercise doesn’t always work. I try to work out every day, watch my diet and occasionally I’ll starve myself (like eating one meal a day), but nevertheless, being age 50, the pounds still mount.
The reality and I think the reason for my writing this blog is to just blurt out the fact that WE, all of us in our/my age bracket get fat, or to put it more nicely – (put on a few pounds) as we age and get older. Sadly, there are no easy solutions but painstaking diet and exercise (btw, Madelene has written about these unfortunate phenomena of aging and weight gain. It’s here on this blog, just search for it, it’s awesome).

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Check out this statistic: between 1994 and 1998, the folks permitted to actually anesthetize you and carve you up were untrained doctors and EVEN some were mere cosmetologists – wow !!! Furthermore, the medical laws were laughably (mournfully actually) lax. Here is the scary #: one out of every 1,000 patients DIED during or shortly after liposuction. THIS IS NOT OPEN HEART SURGERY FOLKS, IT’S COSMETIC. Surely, today, the numbers are not as harrowing (or are they ???) i.e. 1 out of 3,000 people die today but this number is skewed and not accurate. Liposuction is BIG business, and when there is $$ involved you know there is going to be major “fudging” involved. Typically, what happens when a person dies from an unnecessary cosmetic surgery incident, what appears on the death certificate or cause of death, is something called “latrogenic Causes”. Of course, I looked it up and latrogenic is a vague term and simply means “any complication”.

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What Exactly is This Kid – Justin Bieber Up to ???

May 13th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

Did you hear the jeering and booing when the image of Justin Bieber and his mother shown in attendance at the L.A. Clippers game was toughjustinflashed on the big screen in the arena??? Wow!! Does Justin Bieber like this notoriety??? Is he a masochist who likes pain? What on earth is this kid thinking and doing?
The already ultra – super – charged crowd is still, I’m sure, reeling about the whole Donald Sterling affair, and I’m sure the last thing they want to see on the “Jumbotron” is this insolent, boldly rude, marginally – talented, 20 – something – year – old, snot – nosed billionaire with a baby – face and an over – the – top James Dean Haircut making snarky gestures. This “belieber” thing is just disturbing beyond words.

Believe it or not, on some level I feel sorry for Justin Bieber and am utterly shocked and appalled at what “his people” (or maybe Bieber is so “bad – ass” he just ignores the advice) are doing to his client. If your whole career is about being a rebel or a “shock – jock” like Howard Stern, then I could possibly understand this crazy behavior. However, the kid is supposed to be marketed, one would obviously assume, as an adorable cute little boy with millions of young girls singing along with his lyrics about young love.

But, maybe this is all a strategy….

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? We all know that he can’t be a pretty boy teen – idol forever (Hey we all know what happened to David Cassidy, Lief Garret, …etc.) So maybe Justin Bieber and his advisors are prepping him for his next gig in life i.e. a Mixed Martial Artist – lololololololol

Hey you may laugh, but all his friends are fighters e.g. Floyd Mayweather, Nate Diaz, Jon Jones …. Hey, he certainly has enough cash to get the best training in the world. Who knows, maybe Justin Bieber maybe the next MMA Champion.

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Do All Old White Men See The World This Way???

May 4th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

I will answer my own question – you’re damn right they do!!! (Okay, I’ll temper the aforementioned exclamation with – not all, but sadly donald-sterling1most do) Donald Sterling is a despicable white racist who has a penchant for women the age of his GREAT grandchildren and the sad truth is that I have met, known, and even been close to people who share his EXACT sentiments.

This world since I’ve been alive (I’m 50) has changed dramatically in terms of race and sex. The fact that I was raised and taught to believe in certain things and in a certain way is profoundly sad and a worldview of which I’m deeply ashamed. I speak the truth when I tell you that there are old fogies who maintain and continue to hold on to a value system (actually not value at all – it’s disturbing and sad) regarding minorities and the marginalizing of women.
The whole Donald Sterling affair ought to be a wake – up call for all you misogynistic racists out there.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I think there are at least 2 great lessons at hand 1. People are people whether black, green, white or purple (I hate this expression, but…) and 2. If you’re an elderly man with a lot of cash and you love 20 year olds, look out ‘cuz the love is not mutual. I’m stating the obvious when I say that young attractive women will “GET YA” and ruin your life. What Donald Sterling did was beyond words abhorrent, but the way the young lady fished him into saying these racist things was on some level just as hateful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZh6WGbZUvA

 

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Incarceration: Is That The Answer???

May 1st, 2014 by Michael Tabor

How do we fix an obviously broken system? Frontline, the greatest PBS in-depth documentary television program ever, shared with us jail1the scary truth this week about three facts: 1. It is prodigiously expensive to keep an (alleged) bad guy in jail or prison (wayyyyy more expensive than helping a poor person via welfare for example. It literally costs the state millions of $$’s for each inmate) 2. 90 % of the guys jail2incarcerated are not killers and rapists. In fact, most prisoners have just been dealt a really lousy hand in life. The prisons and jails are full of poor, unskilled, and more often than not – BLACK folks whom society has abandoned and simply tossed away like trash. There are scores of people who would like nothing more than to just blot them out (ummm … whether this is your sentiment or not, the bottom line is that you the taxpayer are paying for their incarceration … an obscene 1 – 2 million dollars per inmate). 3. REHABILITATION is a joke!!! Besides, the majority of our society is more interested in retribution than rehabilitation.
Let me be clear here by stating the obvious: I am an emotional human being who would want nothing less than having anybody who harmed my loved ones, or my cats for that that matter, tarred and feathered & perhaps afterwards burnt at the stake!!! I think most folks are on the same page with me here. This however is not the issue. Most of the people in prison are minorities, incarcerated for drug – related offences, and have had pathetically poor public defenders because they couldn’t afford anyone else. Hence, what you see are two types of justice: one for the rich and one for the poor. Jordan Belfort, the Wall street scoundrel, spent a mere 2 years in a country – club – like prison for stealing 100’s of millions of dollars from hard – working honest businessmen. On the other side of the track, you have poor black or poor white people getting 30 years to life for selling weed or smoking crack. How fair is that??? Incidentally, Jordan Belfort, if you read his memoir, smoked more crack and snorted just as much cocaine as any poor person doing life. The difference is that because Belfort hired the greatest attorneys $$ can buy, he’s now free as a bird, and though he’s been banned from trading securities for life, he basically has most of his money back selling books and giving motivational speeches.
So WhaDaYathink ? What do you think ? I hope you can get this link (Unfortunately, I’m having a problem posting the link. If you have time, just google Frontline and watch the most recent episode called ‘Prison State’)

How can you not weep after seeing this insane injustice??? It’s hard to fathom that these appallingly poor people, with no family structure whatsoever, and years of unimaginable abuse have any sort of chance in this life.

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Not Since The Time of Slavery, Have Republicans Been So Far To The Right

April 29th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

There are more young women than young men in graduate school, more female breadwinners, and more women in high – level executivelibby2libby3  positions than there ever have been in the history of this country. We have gay marriage, a black president and there is a greater than fair chance that our next president in 2016 maybe a woman i.e. Hillary Clinton. Though the United States is still in the middle of a horrible recession (thanks to greed and sub-prime mortgages), this nation has made tremendous strides in terms of equal rights and civil rights.
Just try to imagine how unspeakably bad & unfair it was for blacks (separate water fountains & bathrooms, back of the bus nonsense, & scarily literal lynching), women were treated like Barbie dolls … etc. LOOK how far we’ve come in just a half a decade. It is nothing short of miraculous!!! We as a country have accomplished so much in such a short period of time, but … The irony (or maybe it’s no coincidence) is that the republicans are more right wing than ever – why ???

I am a white male, and I am a liberal, and I couldn’t be happier with the progress this country has made in terms of the aforementioned yet in some respects, there is some sort of appalling backlash afoot. On the other hand, perhaps this is just the natural order of things when profound change occurs.

I will certainly elaborate in the future on each and every issue but you know the under 500 word blog format. So, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Incidentally, over the weekend, as we all know… Donald Sterling, the owner of the L.A. Clippers, made the most hateful and racist remarks I’ve ever heard. So perhaps we’re in a 1 step forward, two steps back time – I hope not !! What do you think?

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Another Social Network – UGHHH !!!

April 17th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

As I write this, reedit appears to be the hottest and fastest growing social networking site to date. So let’s see what we now socmed2socmed3socmed4socmed1have: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram … too many to count. For my money, LinkedIn is by far the best in terms of utility, quality, and content and unlike the other networks; LinkedIn is necessary for business professionals regardless of what industry one works in. This reedit is just another social networking site in which members can write & tell tales and stories and the world gets to comment or vote on whether it’s cool or not. More gossip, oh boy – just what we need.
Is this it ??? Our children have not yet found a cure for a single virus, not even the common cold (forget about cancer). Yes, of course, I’m certainly aware of the fact that this is no small task but… this “generation millennial” seems entirely consumed with “selfies” and societal image and popularity and seemingly have managed to conjure, build, and create every conceivable social networking spot under the sun. Where are our priorities???

These kids e.g. Zuckerberg, Weiner, Ohanian know code and algorithms & are so unfathomably brilliant but their focus is all in 0’s & 1’s i.e. digital. Yes, technology and computers are essential (Hey, bioinformatics) but how many social networks do we need? The young people are standing on the shoulders of giants – so do something! And okay, to be fair biotechnology is hotter than ever and indeed we have made tremendous progress in terms of understanding our biology, the human genome, disease, and essentially who we, homo sapiens are. However, it’s not enough!!! My goodness, not only do we not understand consciousness in the most general and facile way, we have not even scratched the surface of what it is to be conscious but we can instantaneously & in real time send pictures and tell lame stories about one’s boring, non – eventful day.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Young geniuses, use your monster brains to cure disease and perhaps prolong a better quality of life instead of wasting it all on how popular you could be! The possibility of extending our lives beyond our wildest dreams may someday not be science fiction.

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Hidden Talents

April 10th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

All right. I’m pretty much going to let the attached video speak for itself. Let me just say this….WOW!hidden talent
This took place in…..where else…..the magical land of Ireland. Seems the fairies have been at it again causing this to go viral.
The usual wedding scene. And then shock waves…..
I love the sly smile. The way he transitions from ordinary clergyman into ROCK STAR and back to clergyman. Just goes to show…..never under estimate a man in a robe. Whatever our station in life, if you’ve a talent, for God’s sake, use it.
Watch Rev. Ray Kelly’s surprise gift to the stunned couple. I think he bears a slight resemblance to Eric Clapton, don’t you? Or has Eric had another side gig all this time?
Click on or cut and paste the link and enjoy!

 

 

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