This week, we have two sports bloopers: The U.S. Post Office VS Bob Costos
The first blooper came last week, when the ever long-suffering Post Office printed up a whole line of new stamps to honor Michelle Obama’s “let’s just move, so I can be known for doing something besides spending your money ” obesity program for kids. But, at the event in which the stamps were revealed… it seems the first lady was a gasped at the thought that the kids might get some dangerous ideas from the stamps.
Yes….cannonballs, headstands, swinging on a swing, running, playing basketball without a helmet—- standing AND breathing, are now all considered dangerous by the Obama’s
“Three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series raised safety concerns among sports figures on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet. The unsafe depictions came to light after USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. That was apparently the first time the stamps had been reviewed by the Sports Council.”
Maybe they should have gotten someone named Mike as the Marketing chief.
I’m not so sure we can blame this on the Post Office, who right now, have their share of problems…like going bankrupt in a few days. (Or is it hours?) But, until they can come up with some starvation stamps…you know..kids not drinking milk, or eating pancakes, giving their food to the poor in India, —- the Post office will have to take the hit.
Funny, I couldn’t find out how much it cost to print those stamps anywhere.
And then there’s that lovable but hyperirritable sportscaster Bob Costos. Once again, Bob got the nudge from Obama to open his mouth to utter this ridiculous hyperbole:
That’s right. Bob claims the name REDSKINS is a slur. so….I found a bunch of “nobodies” on the internet who had this to say about Bob’s hypersensitivity to the color of anybody skin. Red or black.
Dr. Elephant: He is suddenly offended at “redskins”, but call Sarah Palin a “redneck” and he will just giggle.
Nobody: Dr. Elephante—He also just called anyone who was upset by his comments “any negative reaction comes from an extreme fringe.” I’m insulted, how about you?
The Grim Reaper: I consider “president” followed by Obama to be a slur….
TSH7623: Maybe you’re right Bob. Maybe we can achieve utopia by letting enlightened sports commentators and politicians gut all societies of anything that might possibly offend anyone. Why don’t you set a good example for everyone and stop vomiting your rotten-brained political correctness all over people who are trying to enjoy a GAME.
The Real Killer: Maybe Costos should rename himself “Cost Us” …in honor of his man-crush, Boy Baraka…and push for naming the team the same way….the Thinskins.
Victory Man: “Announcers”….I call them the “Medical mouthpieces”…..”So tell me coach, I know wide receiver Ralph Smith broke his leg on the last play before halftime, but, do you think he’ll be back in action for the second half”….”There’s a break in the action, so I must report that the band aid on the quarterback’s elbow has been replaced with a fresh one…back to you in the booth.”
Lazypadawoon: Maybe instead of changing the name, why not just replace the Indian with a potato? (rim shot)
So, who wins the Nobody’s Perfect award for the week?
Is it the Post Office? After all, this is not the first time they have thrown out stuff: Dolly Parton’s free library books are a favorite trash bin Post Office item all across the country. And don’t go caroling near one any time soon, Christmas carolers are NOT allowed—-unless of course you are there to buy the Muslim Holiday celebration stamps, ordered by Obama.
Or is it Bob Costas? Bob’s parroting of Obama’s every racially offensive whim insults my own parakeet, who frankly, has more common sense.
No…I’m afraid the prize goes to the Obamas. Congratulations Obamas…you win AGAIN!
Yes— Mr. and Mrs. Obama—-Who like the wasteful spenders that they are, love to dictate our lives down to our Muslim stamps, what our kids can do at playtime, and how skin color is the most important factor in deciding our sports names.
Really. I wish I had a team to honor MY white skin.
As for Obama— for a President to even bring up this petty subject, while by his own admission, the whole world is going to be destroyed within hours—-is a serious dereliction of duty.
It borders on impeachment.
Clearly. The Obama stamps will be here before he leaves office.
Which, is good news. Do you really think Obama would let the Post Office close before he got his own face put on a Forever Stamp?
Not gonna happen.
We have ANOTHER FIRST in the Obama’s reign of prosperity and change! The Post Office is going to stop delivering mail to you on Saturday, and of course, to show that Americans support this new cut in service, something that is a FIRST in the History of the Post Office..they are showing people on TV who are in full support.
“Oh..that a great idea! I don’t get anything but junk mail anyway!”
Nobody mentions whether the people who were working on Saturdays will get less pay, which might not hurt them too much because the average salary for the 650,000 American postal carriers is $80,000 a year. And the Post Master General makes more money than Obama, he’s not going to suffer.
Frankly, I think this stinks. Since we became a “service” country, everyone who used to get a weekly check, was forced to get a bi-weekly check, delivered of course…online into your bank account. One day they all said, “You will get your paycheck online.” If you didn’t have a computer…you had to get one.
So, every other Friday is payday, and the supermarkets plan their big sales around the two Fridays of every week in every month.
As for myself, to save time and effort, I pay all my bills as soon as I transfer the check on Friday, and then put them in the mailbox, and if the mailman comes BEFORE I get them all paid, which sometimes happen as they never have the same hours…I HAVE to get them in on Saturday, or else, since THE POSTOFFICE IS NOW SO DARN SLOW, I will get charged a late fee. You have to allow at least 12 days to be sure that your check gets there.
(What if they come before I get up on Friday?)
Then I have to go to the Post Office….and I’ll have to buy gas to go to the Post Office which will pollute the planet.
Nobody Wins, when the Post Office hours are cut, but they all got a raise anyway, thanks to Obama, so nobody is hurt but the American Citizen.
And just to make it all seem okay:
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly believes the military should receive a pay cut in order to respond to the budget cuts facing the Pentagon — a position that might strengthen the Republican push to reverse President Obama’s executive order raising the salary of Vice President Joe Biden and other federal officials.
Nobody Thinks the real purpose behind this is to get everyone to pay all their bills…online. They really don’t care if the Post Office makes a profit. And while it seems so wonderful not to have to bother with writing that check, someday, you will look in your bank account and someone would have drawn out more than you wanted them too—-and you might never see that money again, because YOU have given them permission to go into your bank account and grab money.
And to think–they complained about Jesse James.
Nobody Gets Email
This was another favorite this week, I have no idea who the author is, but it was probably taken from somewhere, and now it is going around the world.
This Nobody still pays bills by check, and I dread the day that all transaction will be online, when banks will just reach into your accounts and take what they want. And bartering will be the new ‘money,” because “cash” will be gone.
(Thanks to Pattie)
There is nothing political about this email. It simply points out very probable changes that are in our future.
CHANGES ARE COMING —-
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.
1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book. (Nobody reminds you that they will also be able to control what you can get easier.)
5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.
7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
8. The “Things” That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have that can’t be changed are Memories.