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Take two nomal people, Add money to just one of them, and watch what happens

Take two nomal people, Add money to just one of them, and watch what happens.

Science can explain a lot of things that I've always wondered about (go, science!). In this case, it explains what I've known for a long time but been unable to quite understand: Why do some folks who have a lot more money than others seem to be less nice and more evil to everyone around them? At 0:50, someone actually takes candy from babies. No, really. At 3:00, we start to see the science unfold before our eyes. Entire management courses could — and should — be taught with the bit starting at 4:40.


Cat uses sign language to ask for food. Can opposible thumbs be far behind?

Look out, world. That cats are soon to be our new overlords.

Jimmy Kimmel's a hard, cruel man! And so are some parents...

Who says animals can't think and solve problems. Also, a lesson in persistance...

Ancient Grammar Police on Patrol!

I don't always talk to Sarah Palin Fans, but when I do...

Sometimes those random acts of kindness pay off big time... Ellen DeGeneres

Baba Yetu: A Tribute to Earth

The remaining Doolittle Raiders will gather in Dayton, Ohio, for a final time next month.


The remaining Doolittle Raiders will gather in Dayton, Ohio, for a final time next month.

The revered World War II heroes will lift their goblets, sip their 117-year-old cognac and say good-bye to a decades-old tradition of gathering with their comrades to reflect on their contribution to American history. “It’s bittersweet,” said Wes Fields, who lives in Destin and has served as the Raiders’ security guard and escort for decades.

He will attend the toast at the National Museum of the Air Force on Nov. 9. “You want to be involved in it, but in a sense you don’t because you dread it. It’s coming to an end,” Fields said. On April 18, 1942, 80 men led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle took off in B-25s from an aircraft carrier to bomb Japan. It was the first retaliation after Pearl Harbor, and while the physical damage to Japan was minimal the raid was a tremendous boost for morale back home. Nearly every year since the raid, the men had gathering for a reunion —the last of which was held in Fort Walton Beach earlier this year. As part of the tradition, they hold a toast before a set of 80 goblets engraved with each Raider’s name. After the toast, they overturn the goblet of any Raider who passed on that year.

Three of the remaining four Raiders — 98-year-old Lt. Col. Dick Cole, 93-year-old Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and 92-year-old Staff Sgt. David Thatcher — will attend their final toast. They will open the famed bottle of Hennessy Very Special cognac from 1896, the year Jimmy Doolittle was born.

Encounter with an A$$*ol* Republican Teabagger at the grocery store.

My car has developed some vacuum hose leaks (we found two) and hasn't been running well enough for me to risk taking it on the road till all are found and fixed. So I waited till my husband got home from work at 10:15 tonight to take a late night run to the grocery store for necessities (dog food and cat food! as well as people food).

While we were loading up his ancient (1994) Chevy van with our purchases, a big guy (older with pale gray hair) walked by asking if we'd seen "the crop of bums we are raising in this country." And my husband answered, "Yeah, and all of them are in Washington."

Then he walked back toward us and said, "Did you hear what they are doing with the military in Afghanistan?" And I asked what? He said, "Obama's so petty he's refusing to pay for the funerals and death benefits for the soldiers."

I answered, "Well that's because the Republicans shut down the government and won't fund anything."

He got angry and said that's not so, blah blah. And I said, "yes it is true. I keep pretty well informed, but I'm not going to argue with you."

At which point he became so incensed that he pointed to the groceries that we were loading and said, "Let me ask you this, HOW MUCH OF THAT AM I PAYING FOR?"

Now I am incensed, actually infuriated. "Nothing! We both work!" "Yeah, right," was his rejoiner as he made tracks away. I hope not so fast that he didn't hear me say "what an asshole."

My husband and I both work and have fortunately never had to rely on public assistance. But I'm not unaware that bad luck and circustances could change that for us as it has for many.

What I can't understand is the absolute hatefulness people like that jackass to perfect strangers. And how would have someone who was forced to rely on public assistance felt to hear the contempt of that jackass.

I'm not a vindictive person, but I would love to grind his face into a bit of poverty for a while. I don't think he'd learn anything, but one could hope.
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