Thanks Congress

by David Saturday, December 4, 2010 6:08 AM

2010, the Republicans took back control of the Senate because of the way the Democrats crammed the healthcare bill and other things down the throats of Americans, told us what we needed, refused to listen to us, and did what they wanted.  In the end, putting this country in deeper debt then ever before.

The republicans took back control of the Senate because the American people had enough, and the republicans said we will work for you, we will fix this and make it right.

So what have they done so far?  Well at this point they have let the unemployment benefits package extension end instead of renewing it, and now they have gone and blocked the extension of tax breaks put in place during the Busch era because the Democrats don’t want to extend the tax breaks to those making over $1 million per year.

Wow, I just want to say Thank you My Republican for working for me the little guy in America and setting an whole new record in fucking me over.  Thank fully I have a job, but I know many that do not, and some of those people lost their unemployment benefits Tuesday, and now face losing their homes and God knows what else.  The Republicans want to play political games already.  The middle class is getting screwed, and they are holding a shotgun to our heads and telling the Democrats, do what we want or we let them die.

It’s time for things to change, it’s time for all of Congress to be fired and people put in that will work for the American people and not themselves.

Sometimes Revolution can be a good thing.

Well, maybe it’s time.

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OfficeMax and the MaxAssurance Lie

by David Friday, December 3, 2010 5:26 PM

It’s a rip-off, plain and simple rip-off.  Here’s the story. 

Back in September of 2009 I bought two Sheemax executive office chairs, model number 0001149100996.  Now I’ve owned many office chairs before, and I know that typically what happens is that after a period of time the pneumatic cylinder in them wears out and then, every time you sit in the chair, it just slowly sinks down.  REAL annoying.

In fact, that is why I was buying two new chairs, to replace two that had the same problem that were about three years old. So anyway, I buy these two chairs, they were on sale, for $129 each.  Of course when I go to check out, the nice lady at the register asks if I want the extended warranty, the “MaxAssurance”  service plan, which will cover the chair for an additional three years.  Like an idiot, I bought it, it was only $50, why not.

So, two years go by, and one of the chairs starts having the problem again, you sit in it, and it just slowly starts sinking.  Ok, cylinder shot, great.  I forget that I had bought the MaxAssurance plan, so my wife and I go to OfficeMax that evening and I buy another chair, but this time I get a $249 chair, and once again I get the MaxAssurance on it for $50.

Did I forget to mention it’s December of 2010, and Christmas is right around the corner?

After we get home and I get the thing together, it dawns on me that I had probably also bought the MaxAssurance on the other chairs as well.  So I get on the Internet, go to the OfficeMax site to check and sure enough, the chairs are covered till 2011.  WOOT, I can get it fixed and not throw it out, then give it to my son.

So I’m online, where you fill out a “Service Request” explaining the problem and asking to get it fixed.  They even have a troubleshooting article that describes the problem and it tells you to fill out a service request.  Awesome.

Nope, hang on, Service Request Denied.  Huh?  What?  Ah yes, deep in the fine print, you know the fine print you have to read with a magnifying glass or microscope, where it lists what they do cover, the pneumatic cylinder isn’t covered.  MaxAssurance CRAP.

So I’m pissed, I go back to the store I bought it from, tell them I want my money back for the MaxAssurance I bought on the new chair because it doesn’t cover anything but very basic stuff, and that I was mislead by the salesman.  Which I was, because in his little speech to sell it to me, he even said the cylinder was covered.

Well they won’t refund the money, so sorry, can’t do that.  The guy lied to me.  So sorry, you misunderstood, we can no help you.

Ok, fine, I got suckered, I bought it, so the hell with it.  Well OfficeMax, you can kiss my ass, because I won’t be coming back to your store, and I sure as hell won’t be letting some punk ass kid talk me into one of these things again.

Learn through the school of hard knocks, that’s me.  Well folks, let this be a lesson to you, don’t fall for it.  The extended warranties that these places offer is nothing more then a way to take more of your money and put in their pocket.  Maybe somewhere, someplace, they have an honest warranty, but OfficeMax doesn’t.  Damn shame too, I’ve spent several thousand dollars at that store, for furniture, supplies, etc.  Well, no more.  Hell Wal-Mart or Best Buy are better. 

So OfficeMax you suckered me, congratulations, I fell for it.  I hope you enjoy my money, because you won’t be seeing anymore of it.

Oh and the new chair?  Well, why I was online I tried to go ahead and add it to the list of registered products, just in case.  No go, seems this chair is a special holiday promo, so sorry, we got you again!  Merry Christmas!

Gee my butt is starting to hurt.

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Happy Birthday Dad!

by David Saturday, July 17, 2010 12:12 PM

July 18, 2010 my Father, Raymond Brune, turns 81.  Happy Birthday Dad!

For an 81 year old man, he still get’s around, is busier now then when he worked full time, and can still work a 20 year man into the ground.

I could only hope to be so lucky.

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Moving to a new host

by David Saturday, April 3, 2010 4:23 PM

Well this blog, as well as other websites I own, have up until recently been hosted on WebHost4Life's web servers.  I have to say I've used WebHost4Life off and on for a couple years and always thought they were awesome.  However, recently, something has gone seriously wrong with them.  They are transitioning everyone over to a new platform, which they say will be better, faster and more stable, but it is actually having the oposite effect.

 

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Thanksgiving 2009

by David Wednesday, November 25, 2009 5:50 PM

Well it’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving, time to give thanks, sit down with friends and family and eat ourselves into a coma.

This year we are having Thanksgiving at my house and I’m doing the cooking, so just to be safe, 911 is on speed dial, and the poison control center phone number is written down and next to the phone.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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We are NOT going to die in 2012!

by David Sunday, November 15, 2009 3:46 AM

The movie 2012, suck’s actually.  Action wise it is pretty cool, lot’s of special effects and “I almost died” scene’s, but considering the story, it’s sucked.  I’m not a movie critic though, and this isn’t a critique of the movie.

This is about all the doomsday’s seer's and other nut jobs talking about how the Mayan’s foretold the end of the world in 2012.  The Mayans were an smart people, more advanced then other’s of the time, but they were not aliens and they didn’t know everything.  All this crap I hear about how they knew so much about astronomy, and science and all this about galactic alignment and what not.  POO POO on you!

If the Mayan’s were so damn advanced that they could predict the end of the world 2000 years later, then how come they all died out?  Huh, explain that!

I was watching the Sci-Fi, sorry SyFy, channel last night and they had this “documentary” on about 2012 and the end of the world, and all these “scientists” on talking about how the Mayan’s predicted the end of the world, and what’s going to happen, and galactic alignment, and solar flares, and all this horse manure nonsense stuff.

Does anybody remember several years ago when the doomsayers all came out and said all the planets in the solar system were going to align, and how the earth would be ripped apart.  Yea, that happened, right.

Same thing here folks.  As for solar cycles and solar flares, the sun goes through cycles all the time, solar flares of huge magnitudes erupt all the time, and we don’t die.  Sure it causes some problems with satellites, and makes for one hell-of-a display up north around Alaska and such, but that’s it.

All these so called scientists were saying on this show how the Mayan calendar talks about this 2012 year, sure, a galactic alignment, the Earth, Sun and center of our galaxy will be in a relatively straight line.  Heck, happens once every 25,000 years I think, so that would be something I would mark on calendar.

As for marking the end of the world, how do they know, heck we don’t even know.  And your going to believe a “prediction” from a people that not only disappeared, but also used to cut the hearts out of virgins to appease the God’s.  Nope, don’t think so.

Now if I’m wrong and we all die in 2012, well my sincerest apologies.  I’ll see you in the afterlife.  Hopefully.

Till later, be well and may the farce, I mean force, be with you.

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Bicyclists Addendum

by David Monday, October 19, 2009 1:10 PM

This is a follow-up to my original post about bicyclists.  A few of the comments that came through made me laugh, but were right on point, so I thought the post deserved a follow-up.

1. Just because spandex will stretch to almost any size, does not mean you should be wearing it, or at the very least, wearing it while on your bicycle peddling away.  I’m no small guy, and seeing someone with spandex slag hanging over the sides of the seat is just too much too handle.

2. Ride with traffic cause riding against traffic scares the hell out of the people driving, and besides, getting rear ended is a lot safer then getting hit head-on. 

3. Keep you bloody head up and watch the road and those around you.  Staring down at the grown, or checking out the blonde on the side of the road is dangerous, because you won’t see that dead raccoon in the road until it’s too late.

4. Yea it’s cool how you can just zip between cars that are stopped at a light, but don’t get pissed at me if I need to open my door to dump my cold coffee out just as your coming by.

5. Wear whatever color/style of shorts you want, but for the love of all that is holy, cover them up with something that doesn’t blind a person in the sun or make me try to see the happy face on your ass.

6. Some bicycle folks shave their legs, for whatever reason, which is fine, weird, but fine.  So either shave them, wear pants, or just go “au’natural”, but please, oh please, don’t grease them up, it just isn’t natural.

Well that’s it for now, until later!

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Bicyclists

by David Sunday, October 11, 2009 12:45 PM

If you ride a bicycle, unless your under the age of 10, then you should know that as a bicycle rider you are subject to the same traffic laws of people driving cars.  You should also know, but just in case you don’t, people in cars don’t always see you, so you should see them first.

This is for all you that think you can zip through intersections, run traffic lights, run through stop signs, and generally do whatever the hell you want because your on a bike and the people in the cars need to get out of your way.

Grow up, and follow the common sense or at the very least, follow the law.  Yes you look so sexy in your spandex and shaved legs and cool looking helmet, but your pissing everybody off and your going to get hurt, or worse, cause an accident where other people get hurt.

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Epiphany School Closing

by David Sunday, October 4, 2009 12:40 PM

One of the reasons I started this blog was so I could share my concerns and opinions with others.  There are just so many things in this world that are stupid and wrong, and it’s seems so many other people just don’t care about anyone else but themselves anymore.  Here is an example of one of those things, and a good time to expose some of the bullshit and downright uncaring crap that goes on this world.

I learned yesterday that the school my children attend is closing.  My wife and I send them to a Catholic school here in Saint Louis, Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic school.  Why do we send them to a Catholic school you ask?  Because we wanted them to get a good education, and because I think that some religion in a child’s life can be a good thing. [more]

If you would like to know more about this “little slice of heaven”, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis website has more information, including contact information.  Let your voice be heard!

Suffice it to say, I pay close to $10,000 a year to send my two children to this school.  My son started this school when he was in Kindergarten and he is now in the 8th grade and will graduate this year.  My daughter started the school in Kindergarten as well, and is now in the 4th grade.  Now we learn that this is the last year for the school, they have decided to close it.  Was it because of money?  What is because of finances?  Was it because of enrollment?

Nobody knows why, or I should say, nobody is willing to tell the truth as to why.  The new priest of the church, who has been here a couple years or so, doesn’t really want to run the school, “too much work” he says, “:overwhelming” he says.  How fitting for a priest to say something like this.  I mean for God’s sake he is a priest!  I will not get into the history of the Catholic church here, this is not the place for it.  But I expect more from a “man of God”, I expect someone who cares, who tries to help, who makes a concerted effort to help not only fellow human beings, but the neighborhood in which his church is in!

The school is run and overseen by a school committee, a committee of people that not only do not have any children in this school, do not even belong to the parish this school is in, but have no interest in even keeping the school open.  What pisses me off even more about all this is when I find out that this committee stopped applying for grants and financial assistance from the Archdiocese of St. Louis 5 years ago!

Now maybe it’s just me, but that really smells like this was decided long ago, and there has been a systematic effort to close the school for at least 5 years now.  Now all that in itself pisses a person off, but then to also discover that the school has managed to actually turn a profit EACH AND EVERY DAMN YEAR so far.  Yes I said a profit.  Between tuition, events, homecoming, picnics, etc., the school has manage to not only make enough money to keep going, but had enough left over for improvements, new computers, new playground equipment, etc, etc, etc.

So who decided to close it?  Why?  Why wasn’t a meeting held with the parents of children in the school to tell them this was coming or even being considered?  And what about the students, what happens to them?

Well don’t ask the Catholic church, at least not the Epiphany of our Lord Catholic church, because they don’t care.  That is blatantly obvious from the fact they are closing the school.  I guess the church and parish will be next, I mean damn, to expect to keep the church to remain open so some people can go worship God, how absurd is that.  I’m sure if running a school is hard, running a church is rough too, might as well close it too.

You might ask yourself why don’t you just send your kids to another school or even a public school. Well if you lived in Saint Louis you would understand, and if you don't live in Saint Louis let me explain.  The public school system in Saint Louis city sucks.  It is one of the worst public school systems in the entire country, if not the world, and that’s including third world countries that don’t have public schools!  There are other private schools, of which many I cannot afford, and some others call Magna schools.  They are good schools though, there are just too damn few of them, and you have to get on a waiting list to get into one.  The list is long, and is only going to get longer with our school closing.

Well, so I guess you should move then you idiot.  I’d love too, in fact I’ve wanted to move for 10 years, but my wife dearly loves the house we are in, and even though she has agreed that we do need to move, between the economy, the fact we both lost our jobs last year and have only recently gotten employed again, and the fact the housing economy sucks balls right now, I don’t know that we can move right now.

So what do we do?  Well frankly I’m not sure honestly, but I have several thoughts running through my head.  We are definitely going to work on the moving part of the plan, fixing up the house the best we can and look into putting it on the market and hoping we can find somewhere else, in a nice neighborhood, with a good school system, and sell this thing at the same time.

But the one thing I do know for sure is that I am going to find out what is going on at Epiphany and bring it to light for the all to see.  I don’t know if it’s corruption, greed, or just plain ole fashioned “we don’t give a shit about your kids” stuff or what, but I’m going to raise some hell and do some digging.

Our economy is in the shape it is in because of greed, lies and deceit, and it seems that this same type of thinking has come to permeate ever facet of our lives.  We are human beings, I want to live a nice, quiet, comfortable life and do the things I want to do.  I want to try and give my children a good life, hopefully a better one then I have, what parent wouldn’t want that for their child.  I try to help others when I can, and to teach my children that decency and respect for others is what makes you a good person.  Wow, it’s hard to teach that to your children when it seems so few others behave the same.

Anyway, enough is enough as far as I’m concerned, I think it’s past the time to stand up, walk out, and try and do something.  I know, that in the end, it probably won’t accomplish anything, or keep the school open, but it might make others think twice before screwing over other people, and it might persuade other people to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

My genuine sympathy to all the other parent’s with children going to Epiphany school, I feel your pain and burden.  To the teachers of this school, soon to lose their jobs, I’m sorry.  To the school committee that runs, or I should say ran, the school, and to the priest I say this.  Look out, because the proverbial shit is going to hit the proverbial fan.  I’m only one person, but your bullshit won’t just be swept under the rug this time, some day you will be held accountable for all the crap you have caused in this world.  That is not a threat, but a promise.

You can expect to hear from me soon, and hopefully others.  Oh and by the way, don’t be surprised if you start getting calls from the papers and television stations about this too, because I’m starting with them.  I know my odds are a million to one, but I’m also in the process of trying to arrange a meeting with our Bishop of Saint Louis, Bishop Robert J. Carlson.  I understand he is supposed to be a kind, caring individual, who believes in Catholic education.  I’d like to get his take on this, his thoughts, or find out if he even knows.

We’ll see what happens…………..stay tuned, this isn’t over yet.

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Do you shop at Wal-Mart?

by David Friday, October 2, 2009 6:20 AM

If you shop at Wal-Mart, you might want to check and see if your picture is on this site.  If it’s not, hurrah! for you.

Check it out.  People of Wal-Mart

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