Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bill Clinton 60th B-day with The Stones

I was saddened to hear that most of Bill Clinton's 60th birthday party invitations went unanswered!

10,000 invitations were sent out to the "Hollywood Elite and wealthy individuals that have supported the Democratic Party in the past."

For only $500,000 you were given the opportunity to dine with Bill Clinton, to have your photograph taken with Bill Clinton and to attend a private Rolling Stones concert.

I guess my invitation got lost in the mail, because brunch, a photo and listening to Mick Jagger all for only $500,000 sounds like a steal to me!

I mean what else would I do with $500,000?

Pay to build 15 Habitat for Hummanity homes in Midland....
Pay for 50 students to attend Midland College....
Pay to repair of the broken arm bone of a 8th grader in Midland, whose family does not have insurance, so he has an ace bandage instead of the cast he needs....
Winter Coats for the kids in Midland who do not have one...
A trip to Disney World with his kids for the man who is dying of cancer....

The choice is so hard...How would I have ever decided?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Rebate - What Rebate!

I am "rebate" challenged. I am always looking for a bargain and do not make a purchase without comparing prices or "finding a deal."

The Sunday flyers always advertise sales and when I go to the store, to buy the advertised computer, camera, or printer, more often than not ,the discounted price is contingent on "the mail in rebate." With my track record I may as well kiss this money goodbye!

I have never received a rebate check. I firmly believed they were fictional, until last weekend when my husband received one in the mail for my son's hunting rifle.

I have mailed in numerous rebates; meticulously following the printed criteria and have never received a single rebate check in the mail. I have gone to the trouble of copying everything and checking off the requirements, one by one as they were met. It never fails....That rebate never comes.

I have received several letters declining my rebates for a variety of reasons such as "not enclosing the UPC". When I turned around and mailed in the copy of the UPC I had saved for my records I was declined once again "because they wanted the original from the box". I almost find it humorous that the companies mysteriously receive only a portion of the rebate requirements when I tape everything to a single sheet of paper and enclose it all in the same the sealed envelope.

I told my husband that since he had successfully received a mail in rebate check he was in charge of this from now on. More importantly he told me what I had been doing wrong all of these years when he replied "You don't sell someone a gun and tell them you are going to give' em a rebate and then not"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

When Did Crime Become Entertainment?

I was surfing the web this morning and clicked on "Google Entertainment". I was expecting to find the latest news on Freddy Fender's death or Madonna's adoption, but found the caption "Second Duke Dancer Contradicts Accusers Statement."

When did an allegation of rape become entertainment? When did crime go from an from an excerpt on the nightly news to full time media coverage?

"High Profile" cases are examined nightly on CNN & Fox. Are these shows enlightening us in any way or are they feeding our fascination with the macaub?

Andy Warhol said in 1979 "...In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes." When we become captivated with a crime the victims and their families are subjected to further pain and suffering when they should be allowed to grieve in private and rest in peace. But worst yet the accused is granted 15 minutes of undeserved fame!