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    Gastric Bypass Update April 26th, 2009

    Good news. After a bit more than year of jumping through the insurance company’s hoops, my wife has been approved for roux-n-y gastric bypass surgery. The only things now are to get with the surgeon for the final consult, get the surgery scheduled, and show up at the hospital on time. It’s take far too long for this to come to fruition since the original plan was for me to have the surgery first (e.g. — I was the guinea pig), see how I did and then if things went well (and they did…far beyond any of our expectations) and then schedule the same surgery for my wife. Unfortunately while the insurance company was trying to determine whether to approve her or not, I lost my job and therefore my insurance as well (yes, I had COBRA as an option but at a minimum of $2K out of pocket per month, we couldn’t afford it). It took me over a year to find another job with health insurance and once it kicked in, their rules required a one-year program before they would consider approving the surgery. However they finally approved it and on the first submission as well. Based upon others’ experiences with this health plan, we were firmly convinced that we would be turned down initially and have to be approved on appeal. Now we will get with the surgeon (Dr. Elliot Sieloff, the same surgeon who performed my surgery back on March 2, 2006) and schedule it for as soon after the semester ends as possible (my wife is an adjunct college professor).

    Stay tuned!

    Miss USA: Christians Need Not Apply April 21st, 2009

    Courtesy of Alpha & Omega Ministries

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    Uncle Jay Explains The News — April 20, 2009 April 21st, 2009

    Uncle Jay’s news word for this week is piracy.

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    George Will: Now Demonizing Denim? April 17th, 2009

    Ronald Reagan cutting woodWow! Sometimes even the most intelligent individuals can get “stuck on stupid” and in the April 16, 2009 column by George Will entitled “Demon Denim” we see someone definitely entering the realm of irrelevency, even stupidity. Within his column, Will rather curmudgeonly decries and chastises adults who wear denim pants (a.k.a. – blue jeans) in public. I guess George Will couldn’t find some important and relevant topic of which to write? Maybe Andy Rooney has hinted that he’s retiring from the 60 Minutes curmudgeon desk and George Will wishes to be his replacement?

    George, I respect you mightily and know you are quite knowledgeable and intelligent on numerous topics, but this time you’ve wandered far off that path and into some sort of fashion time warp. This country is going haywire and he’s worried about fashion? The candor in Will’s column seems to be riding a fine line between over-the-top parody, and snobbish pomposity.

    Where have you been hiding all these years, George? American adults have been wearing denim in public during their leisure time for decades now. It’s not something new.

    George, have you been so mired in the “cocktail circuit” that you’ve lost touch with Mr. & Mrs. Average American? This column is quite unlike you. It’s so…so…elitist and out of touch.

    Fashion trends change in every generation. Sometimes just for shock value. Take note of the current butt-crack & underwear exposure popular with much of the teen and early-twenties crowd. Reaction in some communities to this rather distasteful fashion statement has been to try to outlaw the look. George, since you brought up Marlon Brando and James Dean wearing denim (which lead to a rise in popularity of the fashion for the teen to early twenties crowd in the 50’s), may I remind you of some communities reaction to that rather “distasteful” fashion statement? They tried to outlaw the look. The results of the attempted outlawing of the fashion trend in the 50’s mirrors that of today: it increased each trend’s popularity.

    In his column, George Will offered his personal rule of thumb for what he considers proper wardrobe for adults in the first decade of the 21st century:

    George Will -- clothed ugly

    This is not complicated. For men, sartorial good taste can be reduced to one rule: If Fred Astaire would not have worn it, don’t wear it. For women, substitute Grace Kelly.

    I guess he expects the average middle-American American to have a closet full of jaunty straw boaters, white leather tap shoes, and sailor suits to throw on everytime they desire to dance and sing their way to Burger King.

    Interesting thing is that Astaire & Kelly are as far removed from 2009 as Abe & Mary Todd Lincoln were removed from Astaire’s & Kelly’s time. Considering that between the two (Astaire & Kelly), their major film careers spanned mainly from the 30’s to the 50’s that was almost 80 years ago. Splitting the span and taking 1940 as a reasonable mid-point and counting backwards by 80 years gives us 1860, the era of Abe Lincoln. So how ridiculous is it to say similarly concerning Kelly & Astaire:

    “This is not complicated. For men, sartorial good taste can be reduced to one rule: If Abraham would not have worn it, don’t wear it. For women, substitute Mary Todd Lincoln.”

    Those stovepipe hats made from animal hides just ain’t politically correct. And all that heavy wool? Even in the summer? Are you insane? George, your idea of “sartorial good taste” is out of touch with the real world. In his era Lincoln would have never worn what Astaire wore in his time.

    Does George Will really expect adults in this day and age to be going out for cocktails wearing a top hat and tails or a sequined evening gown? Especially in middle America?

    To be fair, let’s use the specific locations Will provides as examples of sartorial faux pas – the American street, the airport, and the mall. In the era of Astaire & Kelly, adults found on the street, in the airports and in the mall…well…stores (since malls didn’t exist then) normally were wearing what was acceptable leisure wear at the time (take a look at historical photos). They weren’t running about in top hat and tails nor sequined evening dress. It seems that George has found himself buying into the Hollywood fantasy of what the average American wore to go shopping. And a very dated fantasy to boot. George, it’s time someone woke you up and brought you back into the 21st century, pal. Adults wear denim. Get used to it. Embrace it. Stop trying to demonize it. It’s not new so please don’t act all shocked and surprised as if you suddenly woke up from a 50 year long coma.

    There’s nothing rational in expecting Joe and Jane American from 2009 to dress up like Astaire and Kelly did in the mid 20th century when it was equally irrational for Joe & Jane American from 1949 to dress up like Abe & Mary Todd Lincoln did in the mid-19th century.

    Now I will say there are times and places where wearing denim jeans is inappropriate. For example, any formal occasion (such as weddings, funerals, etc.), jeans would normally be consider poor form. And in some workplaces a suit and tie is expected but in many of those environments, the rules are relaxed on “casual Fridays.” But George Will’s column specifically focuses on public locations where the acceptable and expected mode of dress is casual.

    George, what happened? Was this supposed to be your April Fool’s Day column and it got delayed? This nonsensical rant is quite beneath you and atypically irrelevant. Was this column supposed to have been taken as humor? If so, you were far too subtle.

    I guess everyone has an off day.

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    Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover — Illustrated In Video Form April 16th, 2009

    Susan Boyle is now a hero of mine.

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    Twitter, Facebook, Etc. — Why Should I? April 14th, 2009

    It has been asked of me lately why I don’t have a Facebook, Twitter, etc. page. Frankly I never saw the need nor necessity of it. I don’t see the advantages of it over my existing website and blog. And frankly, I really don’t understand the appeal either. I’ve visited both the Facebook and Twitter sites (and also a couple of the lesser used site of a similar nature) to see if they could explain it to me but I left sorely disappointed. It was more of an online hard-sell for me to join without ever explaining themselves adequately to me. Currently, I have no plans whatsoever of utilizing either service.

    So those of you with Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, please explain to me, in your own words, why or why not I should bother joining either or both. Please leave your advice in the comments and I will reply as time allows.

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    Uncle Jay Explains The News — April 13, 2009 April 13th, 2009

    Uncle Jay’s news word for this week is socialism.

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    HAPPY EASTER! April 12th, 2009

    Easter Eggs
    Many people think of this when Easter rolls around.

    But the real reason is all with Jesus.
    The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. (John 20:1-4; KJV)

    Jesus Christ, Our Lord And Savior

    B.C. cartoon from Easter of 2005

    Family Circus cartoon from Easter of 2005

    Empty Tomb Dash

    Have fun on this day as well.
    Easter Dog

    Plastic Easter Bunny Egg

    Plastic Easter Eggs

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    Goofy Mail Order Catalogue Product (Maybe The Goofiest) April 9th, 2009

    For some unknown reason I am now the recipient of catalogues from the BBC America shop. We don’t even get BBC America on our basic cable so I know I didn’t request it. Guess they got my address from some other mailing list.

    Most of the products are DVDs of the various programs aired on BBC America along with a few related items. Such as this gem…

    Dalek Voice Changer Helmet

    Yes, that’s right…you too can purchase your own Doctor Who Dalek Voice Changer Helmet. Is there anything that would make you look more dorky than running around with that thing on your head. Even people at sci-fi cons would laugh at you. It’s one-size-fits-all so it’s apparently designed for adults to wear. That’s even more pathetic. Three buttons control how it alters your voice and if the buttons are on the inside of the helmet I guess you press ’em with your tongue. And that want HOW much for it?!? This definitely qualifies as one of the goofiest products I’ve seen in a catalogue thus far in 2009.

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    Uncle Jay Explains The News — April 6, 2009 April 6th, 2009

    Uncle Jay’s news word for this week is currency.

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