Another big box store with another credit breach. I also heard that hackers got access to over 5 million gmail account passwords. What can be done? What can we as consumers do so that way we are not taken advantage of by these crooks? Reports say that the latest data breach at the Home Depot could end up being one of the largest ever for a retailer and could affect consumers as far back as April. Last year when we heard about the breach at Target we were shocked as it was the first of the big boys that got hacked now it is just getting to be common place. I want to know what happens to these numbers once they are hacked? Does someone end up using these for evil? Are wars paid for by the stolen credit cards? When the Target hack was announced we got a new credit card because we used it at Target getting ready for Christmas last year, with this hack, I am not sure if I used Home Depot since April of this year? Are we ever going to be totally credit safe? Is this just something that we are going to have to learn to live with? Can you live without your credit card?
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
We will never forget. We will never forget. How often have we heard those words, how often do we reflect on what it is that we will never forget? I think that with each passing day we tend to forget a bit more about what happened on that Morning of September 11, 2001. Here it is 13 years since that day, at first we were all patriotic then as the calendar pages turned the patriotism waved and today we are back to the complacent ways that we had prior to September 11. I think on this day we should reflect and think about the freedoms we have as Americans and not about the hassles that we now have to go through to keep ourselves safe since that day. September 11th will always be a day of remembrance, and a day of reflection for me.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
It is never ever, ever, ever ok to hit a woman. Ever! I think that the NLF finally got it right by indefinitely suspending Ray Rice from the game. When I first heard that Rice was suspended for two games for knocking out his then girlfriend I was appalled at the NFL. A man should never hit a woman and this man is a professional athlete so he works out for a living. The NFL should have jumped on at least a full year at least suspension to begin with, then went from there. I feel often that the professional athletes and those that are famous live by different rules than the rest of us. People often want to be around those that are famous and tend to look the other way too often, I think that that the famous need to be held to a higher set of standards than us common fold. Way to go NFL but it is a bit late, it feels like you caved to the pressure. Remember it is never ok to hit a woman or a man. Let’s stop domestic violence.
Monday, September 8, 2014
I just got back from vacation. I had both the big city and the quiet not bothered by anything vacation. I started off in Chicago for a few days of sightseeing and over paying for parking, I then went to my favorite place in the whole world my cabin, in the middle of nowhere, no running water but peaceful, got a lot of work done, ah but back to reality. When in LaCrosse you take parking for granted, you want to park by a store you go in you shop you leave, maybe just maybe you pay a few cents for parking. In Chicago you see where you want to go you see a parking garage, it is either full or priced right out of your budget. I saw a few places that had 20 dollars an hour for parking, 20 dollars. I am happy to live in my small town where I only get charged for parking if I am in the lot for over 2 hours then what is it 50 cents an hour? For parking we have it pretty easy in LaCrosse.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Over 34 million people will be traveling this weekend according to AAA. I don’t get it, why travel on a holiday weekend especially when we live in God’s Country. In my mind since we are living in the upper Midwest we are lucky, there are 4 seasons, bluff or coulees, trees, grass, rivers and lakes. I think we have it all, including high taxes but that is a different topic. I can understand when people from other parts of the country travel to here, but for us to go elsewhere on a holiday weekend, that is crazy, as everyone is on the road, as I mentioned earlier 34 million people are going to be on the road, I can’t imagine having to deal with idiot drivers from not only here but from across the states rushing to get to their cabin or lake home faster than everyone else, going that extra 15 mph to add an extra hour of drinking time. If you are one of the millions on the road this weekend please travel safe, slow it down and enjoy what you got. And if you’re a kid that starts school on Tuesday enjoy your last few days of freedom.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The more things change the more that they stay the same. Today marks the beginning of my 47 year on earth. I am now 46 years old, it has been 7 years since I smoked a cigarette, 19 years since I have become a father, 26 since I have been on my own and 28 since I have been in high school. Age to me is a state of mind as when you are young you think that 40 is old and now I have many friends who are 50 and even 60 years old. I saw the Beloit College mindset list, the list that shows what todays college freshmen have known as fact. I was surprised by what these kids know as fact. Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996. Things that this group of college freshmen know “Press pound” on the phone is now translated as “hit hashtag.”, The water cooler is no longer the workplace social center; it’s the place to fill your water bottle. “Good feedback” means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon. Their collection of U.S. quarters has always celebrated the individual states. I don’t know if things are better or worse off now-a-days but I am interested to see what happens to the world in my next 46 years.
Words are important they can make you stop or go, laugh or cry. Words are what we speak and what we understand. George Carlin once had a bit of the words you can’t say on television and for the most part I agree with that. I do find myself saying words on that list too often. Even though words are powerful they still are only words and we have to power to be offended or to not be offended by what people say. I think that words have cut deep for most of us but the way we choose to react is what makes us who we are. Some go over the top to try to prove what you said was wrong or at least partly wrong, some blow it off others try to out talk you or get you to dig yourself into a hole however you respond to words, good for you. Because after all they are the we communicate.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I am a big fan of it and breakfast foods in general. I have been eating yogurt most weekdays since the beginning of the year and it has made a difference I am down about 25 pounds. As I mentioned I like a good breakfast and will wander out on weekends to try new and bigger better breakfasts but then back to the healthy yogurt during the week. If you live in La Crosse you know about the Unk’s mess at Marge’s on Rose it is about five pounds of potatoes with ham, onions, peppers and eggs, enough for a family, and I have fed the family on it. In Mindoro there is Top Dawg and their Dawg Pile, which is very similar to what they have in the Unk’s Mess. In Algoma Wisconsin they have a Hash Brown Sandwich at Dean’s Dairy inn. Yesterday my buddy Tom and I road tripped to Pork’s Bar in Desoto Wisconsin for me to attempt the Pork’s Challenge it consisted of a pancake, four pieces of Texas Toast, 5 biscuits, 4 sausage links, 4 eggs, American Fries, and all smothered in sausage gravy. I finished about a quarter of it before I tossed in the towel. Where is your favorite big breakfast?
Does having Burger King talking about moving to Canada make you not want to shop there? I was thinking about this over the past 24 hours, as a not so often burger fast food eater I came to the conclusion that if Burger King moves its headquarters and in return their corporate tax base to Canada I will no longer shop there. Not that my few bucks a year will make a difference but every dollar counts, right? I heard of some other companies are doing this as well like a drug company from the twin cities that was looking to do the same thing. We as a country are working to heal and to see businesses want to pull out and move to another country is counterproductive. If they are still working on keeping their brand strong in America I think that they should re-think this decision. I am betting I am not the only red blooded American to think this.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
It is amazing how much we use internet technology in such an old school job. Our national programming on our talk radio station comes over the internet, all five of our radio stations get special programming and commercials sent over the internet. News, sports, weather and more - all internet. So when our internet goes down here there are issues, I also believe that some of our phones are internet based also. Its kinda scary that when internet is down our show prep goes down also, plus when the internet goes down we can’t check emails, or go on facebook. Plus how are we supposed to watch cat videos?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ferguson Missouri is in the national media yet again today. This protesting is continuing and is reminiscent to me of the Rodney King riots. I am not sure I get the mob mentality that is going on here; I think that I am getting to old. When I am unhappy something I work to try to fix the problem not to add to the problem by rioting and pillaging. I guess I am lucky that I have a soap box to stand on to share my opinions, to share my ideas and thoughts. Oh wait we all do it is called social media, more specifically facebook and twitter. Let’s work on starting to mend what ails us and stop trying to drive that wedge deeper than it already is. In the words of Rodney King, can’t we all just get along?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I heard this morning that payday is a killer of the 18-35 year old age group. I tried finding that story to grab info for my daily dose but couldn’t find anything. Weird I thought immediately about drugs and alcohol but it also said that more young people used payday for more life experiences. I have always hated payday, don’t get me wrong I like money but I hate the day, cause it shows or actually is written proof that you are not making enough. Plus I hate going to the bank.