Lottery Post Journal

Not Under God

If the US government determines that it is against the law for the words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it.

And if that same government decides that the "Ten Commandments" are not to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it.

And since they already have prohibited any prayer in the schools, of which they deem their authority, then so be it.

I say, "so be it," because I would like to be a law abiding US citizen.

I say, "so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions. I would like to think that those people have my best interest at heart.

BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?

I'd like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter & Sundays.

I'd like the US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter as well as Sundays. Why should these be holidays for them if they don't believe in the reason we have them?

I'd like the Senate and the House of representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the "Christmas Break." What is Christmas without Christ?

I'm thinking that a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices & services would work on Christmas, Good Friday, Easter & Sundays. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be "politically correct".

This would not affect any "non-governmental" business since everyone else still has the freedom of religion, we could all still enjoy our holidays

So I guess if they continue to bow to the wishes of the few, and if this e-mail gets out to the right people, maybe they would bow to the wishes of the many.

So be it.
And Amen!
And God Bless America!

Does Kerry's Bunny Picture Remind you of Someone?

You know what I thought of the first time I saw this?

 

I thought of this, of course!


It's so funny every four years when the Democratic candidate plays dress-up for the cameras!

How should I vote?

I'm trying to get all this political stuff straightened out in my head so I'll know how to vote come November.  Right now, we have one guy saying one thing.  Then the other guy says something else.  Who to believe... Lemme see, have I got this straight?

Clinton awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Yugoslavia - good...
Bush awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Iraq - bad...

Clinton spends 77 billion on war in Serbia - good...
Bush spends 87 billion in Iraq - bad...

Clinton imposes regime change in Serbia - good...
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq - bad...

Clinton bombs Christian Serbs on behalf of Muslim Albanian terrorists - good...
Bush liberates 25 million from a genocidal dictator - bad...

Clinton bombs Chinese embassy - good...
Bush bombs terrorist camps - bad...

Clinton commits felonies while in office - good...
Bush lands on aircraft carrier in jumpsuit - bad...

Clinton says mass graves in Serbia - good...
Entire world says WMD in Iraq - bad...

No mass graves found in Serbia - good...
No WMD found Iraq - bad...

Stock market crashes in 2000 under Clinton - good...
Recession under Bush - bad...

Clinton refuses to take custody of Bin Laden - good...
World Trade Centers fall under Bush - bad...

Clinton says Saddam has nukes - good...
Bush says Saddam has nukes - bad...

Clinton calls for regime change in Iraq - good...
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq - bad...

Terrorist training in Afghanistan under Clinton - good...
Bush destroys training camps in Afghanistan - bad...

Milosevic not yet convicted - good...
Saddam in custody - bad...

 

Ah, it's so confusing!

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Today Lucasfilm announced the title of the last Star Wars movie ever - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  From what I've seen, the movie shaping up to be awesome.  This Star Wars fan can't wait.

I recently picked up some collectable Revenge of the Jedi posters.  Lucas originally named Episode VI Revenge of the Jedi, and then later changed it to Return of the Jedi - but not before producing a few marketing materials (mainly small posters).  Those posters are now highly collectable, and I have two different ones!

Battle over pro-Bush sign at Boston Pizzaria

Courtesy of Drudge Report

The 24-foot-long sign at Halftime Pizza across the street from Boston's FleetCenter isn't exactly welcoming to the Democratic National Convention: "Say!!!!! D.N.C. Thanks for Nothing!!! Go Bush."

Security measures and the availability of free food for delegates led Mark Pasquale, owner of Halftime, to shut his restaurant down for the week of the convention and erect the sign.

On Friday, WRKO-AM's Peter Blute and Scott Allen Miller reported how Pasquale has been confronted by city inspectors who have threatened to fine him unless he takes the anti-Dem sign down!

Pasquale told Blute and Scotto that while he doesn't want any trouble, he will continue to exercise his First Amendment rights by keeping the sign up in spite of any fines.

9-11 Report Available Online

The entire report is available for free online.  I have read through a few chapters, and I must say it is sad, compelling reading.  The document is extremely well-written, and from what I've seen, strikes a very impartial, factual tone.

Chapter 1, "We Have Some Planes," brings all the emotion of that day back.  Each flight is detailed with exactly who was on board, the situation, and what transpired.  I was glad to finally read in detail about the heroism aboard the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania.  True American heros.

Here's a link to the complete report:

http://www.9-11commission.gov/

New Prediction Graph

I had an idea for a prediction activity graph, so people could see how active a predictor was in the recent past.  I added the graph to the Prediction Statistics page for each member.  It shows a bar graph for the past 90 days, with the total number of picks for each day.

Maybe sometime next year (when we get a longer prediction history) I'll add a rolling 13 months graph as well.

For those who like to know the technical details, I was able to do it stictly using HTML table constructs and 3 1-pixel graphics.  The result is that is should appear consistent in any browser, and it should load pretty fast.

Passengers Give Troops First-Class Seats

Jul 15, 10:01 AM (ET)

DALLAS (AP) - Eight soldiers flying home from Iraq for two weeks of R&R flew in style instead of coach after first-class passengers offered to swap seats with them.

"The soldiers were very, very happy, and the whole aircraft had a different feeling," flight attendant Lorrie Gammon told The Dallas Morning News in Thursday's editions.

The June 29 seat-swap on American Airlines Flight 866 from Atlanta to Chicago started before boarding, when a businessman approached one of the soldiers and traded his seat.

When the swapping was done, "the other two first-class passengers wanted to give up their seats, too, but they couldn't find any more soldiers," Gammon said.

Another flight attendant, Candi Spradlin, said she was impressed with the acts of good will.

"If nothing else, those soldiers got a great homecoming," she said.

Smoker Ignites Portable Toilet Explosion

Jul 15, 7:25 AM (ET)

BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Warning: smoking in the toilet can be dangerous. A portable toilet exploded Tuesday after a man who was inside it lit a cigarette.

Emergency workers said the man was not severely injured and drove himself to Clay-Battelle Community Health Center. He was later transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital. His name and condition were not available Wednesday.

The explosion, which occurred in Blacksville, resulted from a buildup of methane gas inside the portable toilet. The methane did not "take too kindly" to the lit cigarette, said a spokeswoman for Monongalia Emergency Medical Services.

Ditka no more

Well, too bad.  It looks like Ditka is out of the Illinois Senate race as quickly as he was in.

Can you name this country?

Can you name this country?

  • 709,000 regular (active duty) personnel.
  • 293,000 reserve troops. 
  • Eight standing army divisions. 
  • 20 air force and navy air wings with 2,000 combat aircraft. 
  • 232 strategic bombers. 
  • 19 strategic ballistic missile submarines with 3,114 nuclear warheads on 232 missiles. 
  • 500 ICBMs with 1,950 warheads. 
  • Four aircraft carriers and 121 surface combat ships and submarines plus all the support bases, shipyards, and logistical assets needed to sustain such a naval force.

Is this country:
Russia?  No
China?  No
Great Britain?  No
France?  Wrong again
Must be USA?  Still wrong 

Give up? 

These are the American military forces that were eliminated during the administration of Bill Clinton and Al Gore.  Imagine what a John Kerry administration would look like considering his 20 year voting record against defense appropriations starting with his opposition to Ronald Reagan's SDI initiative [Star Wars] which led to the demise of the Soviet Union...

Ditka for Senate

I just read that Mike Ditka is going to run for the Senate seat in Illinois.  Cool!

Will Kerry Really Bring Jobs to the USA?

This was just e-mailed to me by a Lottery Post member.  Good stuff to think about!


Shortly after reading the following e-mail content, I happened to look at the label of a jar of Heinz sandwich slice pickles. Yep.... "Made in Mexico".

Check some of your Heinz products.

Sen. John Kerry keeps talking about "U.S. corporations leaving this country and setting up shop in foreign countries, taking thousands of jobs with them".   He is right, because that has happened. However, he is trying to blame it on George W. Bush.

As far as I know, Bush has not moved one factory out of this country because he is not the owner of a single factory. That cannot be said about Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Kerry's own 32 factories in Europe and 18 in Asia and the Pacific.   In addition, their company, the Heinz Company, leases four factories in Europe and four in Asia.

Also, they own 27 factories in North America, some of which are in Mexico and the Caribbean. Eighty percent of Heinz products are made overseas.

I wonder how many hundreds of American workers lost their jobs when these plants relocated in foreign countries?

I also wonder if the workers in Mexico and Asia are paid the same wages and benefits as workers in the United States.   Of course they're not.   However, Kerry demands that other companies that relocate should pay the same benefits they did in the U.S.   Why does he not demand this of the Heinz Company, since he is married to the owner?

If Kerry is elected, will he and his wife close all those foreign factories and bring all those jobs back to America?   Of course they won't. They're making millions off that cheap labor.


Do you find it strange that Kerry's wife is never with him?

Do you find it strange that you never hear any thing about her?

This may be why!  

As time goes on, we're just getting to know the possible future First Lady of the United States of America, and it is quite interesting.

You'll be hearing even more about Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic front-runner.  

She has quite a track record, especially when it comes to the causes she donates to.  

One of her favorite charities is the Tides Foundation.

What is that, you ask?    

This foundation sends hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that protested the invasion of Iraq; that demands open U.S. borders; and provides legal defense for suspected terrorists.  

Among other groups supported by Kerry's wife:  

Ramsey Clark's International Action Center. This is the same Ramsey Clark that offered to defend Saddam Hussein.

Another group seeks to ease restrictions on immigration from terrorist nations.    

Another group has links to the terrorist group Hamas.  

And on and on.  

American jobs are OUTSOURCED by John F. Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz-Kerry!    

We need to ask:    

Why not manufacture in America and ship finished products overseas?

How many American workers are in these Heinz overseas factories?  

HEINZ WATTIE'S AUSTRALASIA - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
HEINZ SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. - Republic of Singapore
HEINZ WATTIE'S LIMITED - Auckland, New Zealand    
HEINZ JAPAN LTD - Tokyo, Japan  
HEINZ-UFE LTD. - Guangzhou, People's Republic of China  
HEINZ COSCO - Qingdao, People's Republic of China  
HEINZ KOREA LTD. - Inchon, South Korea    
HEINZ WIN CHANCE LTD - Bangkok, Thailand
HEINZ INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED - Mumbai, India
PT HEINZ ABC INDONESIA - Jakarta, Indonesia
PT HEINZ SUPRAMA - Surabaya, Indonesia  
HEINZ UFC PHILIPPINES - Manila, the Philippines   
HEINZ HONG KONG LIMITED - Wanchai, Hong Kong  
H. J. HEINZ (Botswana) (Proprietary) LTD. - Gaborone, Botswana
KGALAGADI SOAP INDUSTRIES (Pty) LTD. - Gaborone, Botswana  
REFINED OIL PRODUCTS (Pty) LTD. - Gaborone, Botswana
OLIVINE INDUSTRIES (Private) LIMITED - Harare, Zimbabwe
CHEGUTU CANNERS (Pvt) LTD. - Chegutu, Zimbabwe    
HEINZ SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD. - Johannesburg, South Africa
HEINZ WELLINGTON'S (PTY) LTD. - Wellington, South Africa
HEINZ EUROPE - Hayes, Middlesex, England  
H. J. HEINZ COMPANY LIMITED - Hayes Park, Hayes, Middlesex, England
H. J. HEINZ COMPANY LIMITED - Rovereto, Italy    
H. J. HEINZ COMPANY LIMITED - Telford, England    
JOHN WEST FOODS LIMITED - Liverpool, England
H. J. HEINZ FROZEN & CHILLED FOODS LIMITED - Hayes, Middlesex, England
H. J. HEINZ COMPANY (IRELAND) LIMITED - Dublin, Ireland
H.J. HEINZ COMPANY OF CANADA LTD - North York, Ontario, Canada
OMSTEAD FOODS LIMITED - Wheatley, Ontario, Canada  
ALIMENTOS HEINZ C.A. - Caracas, Venezuela
DISTRIBUIDORA BANQUETE, S.A. - San José, Costa Rica  
HEINZ ITALIA S.r.l. - Milan, Italy    
FATTORIA SCALDASOLE, S.p.a. - Monguzzo, Italy    
COPAIS FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANY, S.A. - Athens, Greece  
HEINZ POLSKA Sp. Z.O.O. - Warsaw, Poland
PUDLISZKI S.A. - Pudliszki, Poland    
WODZISLAW, S.A. - Wodzislaw, Poland   
ETS. PAULET S.A. - Douarnenez, France  
H. J. HEINZ FROZEN S.A.R.L. - Paris, France  
HEINZ IBERICA S.A. - Madrid, Spain    
IDAL (Industrias de Alimentaca, Lda.) - Lisbon, Portugal
MIEDZYCHOD S.A. - Miedzychod, Poland  
HEINZ C.I.S. - Moscow, Russia    
HEINZ GEORGIEVSK - Georgievsk, Russia  
CAIRO FOOD INDUSTRIES SAE - Cairo, Egypt  
HEINZ REMEDIA LIMITED - Tel Aviv, Israel  
STAR-KIST FOOD DA'OR LIMITED - Haifa, Israel  
H. J. HEINZ GMBH - Dí² í3¥ldorf, Germany   
SONNEN BASSERMANN - Seesen, Germany   
KONINKLIJKE DE RUIJTER BV - The Netherlands  
HAK BV - The Netherlands    
FOODMARK - The Netherlands   
HONIG MERKARTIKELEN BV - The Netherlands    
DRUKKERIJ DE GROENBOER - The Netherlands  
H. J. HEINZ B.V . - Elst, The Netherlands
H. J. HEINZ BELGIUM S.A. - Brussels, Belgium
SERV-A-PORTION - Turnhout, Belgium    
Arimpex Industrie Alimentari S.R.L. - Rovereto, Italy  
Comexo S.A. - Chateaurenard, France  
HEINZ EUROPE - UK and IRELAND - Factories: Chorley, Fakenham, Grimsby, Kendal, Kitt Green, Leaminton, Luton, Okehampton, Telford, Westwick

Think of the conflict of interest a President would have who's wife owns business interests in all of these countries....

I don't think John Kerry's Vietnam service is going to make people look the other way on this stuff.

Finished Popups and .... Results History!

I finished coding the entire Web site with popup menus for User links and Game links.  It should be much easier to access key features now, and it will be much easier to expand in the future.

Also, All the results history has been loaded and is available online!  Standard members can see up to 10 drawings of history, and Gold and Platinum members have unlimited access.

All winning predictions - since the feature was first available - have been calculated as well, so I can start building those pages now.  Should be fun!

Bush's State of the Union speech redeemed

Remember when the liberals were screaming at the top of their lungs about how Bush lied in his State of the Union Address?  Bush made a statement about how British intelligence discovered that Saddam was trying to buy uranium from a country in Africa.  Soon afterward the British said they weren't quite so sure after all, and the liberals immediately said "Bush lied!"

Most innormed people can reason out the situation and see that even if it turned out that Saddam did not buy uranium from Africa that intelligence is not a perfect science, and there was certainly no lie.  He would have been given (and acted on) faulty intelligence, but that happens every day.

HOWEVER, as it turns out - the intelligence was TRUE.  It is now confirmed that Saddam WAS trying to buy uranium from a country in Africa, and Bush made an accurate statement in his address.

Where are the apologies?

Where are the screaming headlines?

Liberals admit they were wrong?  Never.  And since they're the ones who run most of the newspapers don't expect any big headlines either.

I did find one decent column by Mark Steyn in the Chicago Sun-Times.  It can be found here:

http://www.suntimes.com/output/steyn/cst-edt-steyn11.html

Unrelated, there's another article showing more distortions from Michael Moore:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5335853/site/newsweek/

I'm sure all the Bush-bashing is going to build to a crescendo this summer as the election nears.  It is really too bad that it has come to this.

Behind-the-scenes improvements

Lots of stuff going on behind the scenes at Lottery Post.

I've finally finished loading all the results history for all the games, plus the jackpot history.  Both histories go back at least a couple of years - the results go back to the mid- to late-90's.

Although you won't notice the change, I have upgraded the menus to support better popup control.  You can see an example of this on the new Lottery Jackpots page.  Clicking the game brings up a context menu that currently brings you to the Jackpot History page for that game. 

There are lots of other areas I'm going to start coding context menus.  Lottery Post has gained so many new features that it has become important to implement the menus.

Next on the to-do list is the comprehensive prediction stats, so that people can see how they have done (and see how others have done).  Should be interesting.

Also, still working on Gold and Platinum memberships!

Fixed Printable Page

I finally got around to fixing up the Printable Page feature, which has always been a little buggy when there is lots of normatting in the messages.  Now it seems to produce pretty good plain text, suitable for printing or copying.

The Blog feature you were waiting for!

It was much trickier to add than I had anticipated, but the Edit and Delete functions are finally available for Blogs!

They have the same restrictions as Editing and Deleting your messages posted to the forums.  That is, you have up to 20 minutes after you post the Blog entry to Edit and/or Delete it.  I have found this time limitation to be a good balance between giving everyone the ability to fix errors (as well as second-guessing a post after a second read-through) and making sure we don't end up with a bunch of revisionist history by allowing unlimited editing.

I know the next question is going to be about deleting or editing comments made by others in your Blog entries.  I am leaning towards not allowing that.  The reaons are:

  1. Everyone already has the ability to lock their Blog entries so that comments are refused
  2. Allowing everyone to delete other people's comments will discourage people from posting comments
  3. The ability to edit other people's comments would never be allowed, no matter what - imagine someone editing YOUR comments
  4. If someone posts a truly "evil" comment, I can be contacted for removal.  But I will only remove comments in extremely rare cases - only instances where I would immediately suspend the member's account.

Anyway, I hope everyone is helped by the new Edit and Delete functions!

New Blog Feature

Just added a new Blog feature that has been requested a few times.  From the main Blog page you can click a link to show all LP members with a Blog.  Fully searchable and sortable, so when the number of Blogs grows it should be very useful.