San Francisco is going to employ an idea aimed at ridding the streets of panhandlers. Currently in use in Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon, the idea is to use machines similar to parking meters to donate change to charities who aid and care for the homeless. Both Denver and Portland report a drop in the number of panhandlers on the city streets.
Although I feel for the plight of the homeless, I've seen too many signs and been approached by too many people who use panhandling as a business. If you doubt this, try asking a panhandler to lunch and watch him "crawfish" away.
There's a conservative dickweed named Michelle Malkin, who raised hell about a Rachel Ray commercial for Dunkin' Donuts. Ray, the Food Network star, is seen wearing a paisley scarf which bears resemblance to a keffiyeh, the traditional headdress that Arab men wear.
Malkin, a Fox News pundit, wrote in a recent column that the keffiyeh "has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian Jihad." She failed to mention that many non-terrorist Arab men also wear them. Dunkin' Donuts representatives responded that the scarf was selected by her stylist and that no symbolism was intended. Dunkin' Donuts did however, pull the advertisement from any upcoming airings.
Malkin, a "Filipino-American" (aren't we all), has been referred to as an "Asian Ann Coulter." She is married to Jesse Malkin, a former economist of the Rand Corporation. Jesse Malkin's photograph has been impossible to find on the Internet. His being married to Michelle may be an excellent indication as to why. It is rumored that her husband greatly affects and/or ghostwrites what she has to say.
While I'm certainly anti-terrorist, the moronic statement by Malkin suggesting that Rachel Ray is promoting terrorism is ridiculous at best. In an AOL poll of over 107,000 people, 92% agreed with that line of thinking.
Perhaps Malkin should spend more time planting trees in her husband's beloved Israel and less time worrying about Rachel Ray's attire. Could Ray's scarf be any worse than those Israeli beanies?
Today's Thought: OPEC sells oil to the United States for over $130 a barrel. The United States sells OPEC grain for $7 a bushel. My solution? Sell OPEC grain for $130 a bushel. What? You can't afford it? Tough shit, eat your oil !
The Pictures: Celebrities make a ton of money endorsing products and services. There's a good possibility, however, that you were not aware of some celebrity endorsements I discovered.
This Date In History: 1453; Ottoman forces under Sultan Muhammad II storm Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine empire. The empire falls and the city becomes the capital of the Ottoman Empire. 1790; Rhode Island becomes the 13th state. It is the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution. 1854; U.S. President Franklin Pierce signs the Kansas-Nebraska Act, creating two new territories. Settlers of the territories would determine the legality of slaveholding. 1953; New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal are the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.
Birthdays: Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1630), Patrick Henry, orator, statesman and leading patriot of the American Revolution (1736), Bob Hope, comedian and film actor (1903), John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States (1917), Al Unser, automobile racer (1939).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: As a public service, this journal author has investigated pregnancy and childbirth. The following are a series of questions and answers designed to assist you during your pregnancy.
Pregnancy - Part I
Q. Should I have a baby after 35?
A. No, 35 children is enough.
Q. When will my baby move?
A. With any luck, right after he finishes high school.
Q. How will I know if my vomiting is morning sickness or the flu?
A. If it's the flu, you'll get better.
Q. Since I became pregnant, my breasts, rear-end, and even my feet have grown. Is there anything that gets smaller during pregnancy?
A. Yes, your bladder.
Q. What is the most common pregnancy craving?
A. For men to be the ones who get pregnant.
Q. What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
Q. The more pregnant I get, the more often strangers smile at me. Why?
A. 'Cause you're fatter than they are.
Q. My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A. So what's your question?
Q. What's the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a model?
A. Nothing, if the pregnant woman's husband knows what's good for him.
Q. How long is the average woman in labor?
A. Whatever she says, divided by two.
Q. My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A. Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q. When is the best time to get an epidural?
A. Right after you find out you're pregnant.
That's it for today my little nutmegs. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !