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This log represents the Life and Times of the Las Vegas Dude.
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01/12/2010 08:00:22
 jim  Funny thing about Angels
Angels don't come with wings. They are everywhere. They don't stick out.
You have to find them, and they don't even know they are Angels.
Becky and Sonny are my angels...but every once in a while, another one comes into my life, and it is always unexpected.
I sent Outback Gift Cards out this Christmas, and I made a little comment in Facebook about the thank you's I got this year, compared to last.
It looks like that was a good recipe for shaking the angels out of heaven.
Georgia took Becky out last night.
They ate dinner and went shopping. When they came back, I got a gift.
Most of the people I know these days are living month-to-month.
So when I do nice things for people, I don't expect anything in return. Just a thank you.
Besides, kindness always seems to be returned in other times, and in other ways.
I call those who send kindness my way, My Angels.
But when an act of kindness is returned almost immediately, things change.
I call those Angels, my friends.
And having an Angel for a friend, is one the greatest achievments I could hope for.
01/10/2010 17:04:54
 jim  So Much Snow
01/04/2010 22:20:00
 jim  Honey Whiskey Memories
Jim Cutlar January 4 at 10:29pm
Christmas Eve:
I spilled a glass of honey whiskey on my laptop.
Thats a sobering thing to do....gotta tell ya.
The cure may take time.
So, I went down to Best Buy and got a laptop for only $510
...yes...thats right folks, only $510 dollars.
And it cost less than a pair of shoes.
01/02/2010 09:19:09
 jim  RU Right or Left?

Political Ideology Definitions

Questions often arise as to what is a liberal? What is a conservative? What does it mean to support the Left? Or the Right? What does a certain political party stand for? Although positions change over time and it's never good to make generalizations about what a certain group thinks, this section tries to clarifies some of the basic ideological definitions. Politicians have a wide range of opinions; thus, any particular leader doesn't necessary fit neatly into these categories.

The original definition of a liberal was someone who advocated change, new philosophies, and new ideas. A conservative was someone who avoided change, instead preferring to stick to the tried and true. In modern times, these definitions have expanded to include a wide set of political beliefs (which are defined below). To be Leftist or agree with the Left political point of view is synonymous with being liberal. To be Rightist or agree with the Right political point of view is synonymous with being conservative. The Left and Right terms were created because political ideology is viewed on a continuum; most people generally hold views somewhere in the middle. For example, if you agree more with liberal ideas, you're considered more Leftist in your thinking. The graphic below illustrates the continuum:

Liberal (Left) <------------------- Moderate (Middle) -------------------> Conservative (Right)

Generally speaking, the Democratic party follows a more liberal platform; the Republican party follows a more conservative platform. The following table summarizes the current ideology of the parties (the links section gives more detail on what each party stands for).

  Liberal (i.e. Left) Conservative (i.e. Right)
Representative Party Democrats Republicans
Business Increase regulation and worker protection Ease regulation and keep government out of business
Taxes Increase taxes  Cut taxes
Abortion Pro-choice Pro-life
Social Spending Increase Decrease or maintain
Defense Spending Decrease or maintain  Increase
Immigration Grant amnesty to illegal aliens; don't build a fence along the Mexican border; allow illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses; prevent the creation of a national ID card & database to track people in the country.  Prevent amnesty for illegal & driver's licenses for illegal aliens; construct a Mexican border fence; create a national ID card & database to track people in the country.
Death Penalty Ban Maintain
Government Size Increase the government and use more socialistic policies Reduce the government and use more capitalistic policies
World Peace Negotiate first and only take military action if sanctioned by the U.N. and other world organizations Work with world bodies and use negotiation, but take unilateral pre-emptive action if necessary to protect America
Same-Sex Marriage Legalize Ban
Affirmative Action For (i.e. maintain race-based preferences) Against (i.e. ban race-based preferences)
ANWR Drilling Prevent the Alaska drilling Pursue this and other domestic oil sources
Kyoto Treaty Sign this treaty Don't sign this treaty
Crime Protect the rights of the accused first and foremost Provide maximum punishment and protect the rights of the victim first and foremost
School Vouchers End the program Expand the program
Doctor Assisted Suicide Allow Prevent
Missile Defense Scrap this program Pursue this program
Three Strikes Law Overturn this law Maintain and expand these laws
Minimum Wage Increase Lower or eliminate altogether
Social Security Increase age of beginning eligibility (e.g. 68 or 70); increase salary limits subject to tax Privatize; i.e. allow citizens control over their own money and allow stock investments
Health Care Make 100 percent government controlled De-regulate and introduce free market reform
Personal Responsibility Government needs to protect people from themselves People should be responsible and be held accountable for their own actions
Malpractice Lawsuits Do not cap punitive & pain/suffering damage amounts Cap punitive & pain/suffering damage amounts
Religion Maintain separation of church and state; prevent faith-based government initiatives Introduce more religion in schools; allow faith-based government initiatives
01/01/2010 04:58:01
 Jim  You May Be Muslim If - Jeff Foxworthy
You may be a Muslim If:
01. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to liquor.
02. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can't afford shoes.
03. You have more wives than teeth.
04. You wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon unclean. 
05. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.
06. You can't think of anyone you haven't declared Jihad against.
07. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.
08. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.
09.You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least four.
12/31/2009 20:13:06
 jim  Pittsburgh Parade
12/31/2009 20:01:26
 jim  Pittsburgh Robots
12/31/2009 20:00:50
 jim  Pittsburgh Buildings
12/31/2009 19:01:48
 jim  Pittsburgh New Years
12/29/2009 14:06:28
 jim  Cold Winter Days
12/27/2009 06:59:48
 jim  Another year has gone by
Said "Hi" and "Final Farewells" to some very special people.
We've seen some of the prettiest country I've ever seen.
Saw Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Erie, Cleveland, Akron, New York City, Hoboken, Ocean City NJ, Ocean City MD, Annapolis, Washington DC, Ligoneer, Ohio Pyle, Pittsburgh, Mars, Washington, Hershey, Columbus, Louisville, Sparta, Wheeling, Mt Pleasant, New Castle, Franklin...and loved it all.
I think Pennsylvania is a better kept secret than Colorado.
We've seen all four seasons...and they put on a great show!
The birds and flowers and critters were spectacular.
Almost everything here has something special about the flower that had spores that flew 100s of feet in the air.
Its been a very good year.
Special thanks to:
Becky, Georgia, Mikey, Sonny, Rob, Arden, Scott, Jim, Lonnie, Jeff, Tass, Annette, Ida, Ruth, and the wonderful people of Pittsburgh.
12/26/2009 17:24:20
 jim  Oh the joys of embibing on Christmas Eve!
Oh the joys of embibing on Christmas Eve!
I bought a bottle of Honey good.
Now, I'm a little out of practice when it comes to drinking, so as I reached for my glass of sparkling honey, I knocked it over onto my keyboard,
thus voiding my warrentee and goobering up my laptop in one swell foop.

My solution......
a wireless keyboard duct taped to the top of my laptop (I could have used bailing wire).
Tell me I'm not an Urban Red Neck.
12/22/2009 20:31:27
 jim  To all of the people who will not see Christmas th
You still live in my heart, and I will always love you.
Until we meet again my friends, I'll do my best to show your love this year.
And to all of those who are losing loved ones this Christmas Holiday,
use the time you have left to tell them how much of a difference they made in your life.
Don't waste a minute feeling sorry for yourself.
12/20/2009 20:59:24
 jim  Reality can not be real - this is why
Reality is defined as what a real, not in your head...
But reality became real for me when I was born..and as far as I know, it will be gone whe I die.
Realty for me, will become unreal, so it isn't illogical.

To add to that - I think life is a vacation from whereever we came from.
We are not supposed to live forever, and I think its stupid to want too.

And another thing - The 10 commandments.
These shouldn't be called commandments. They should be called "Manners".
Its rude to kill someone, go after their wife, want their toys, steal from them, lie to them...its just rude.
You won't go to some aweful hell for it, but this planet is too small for a lot of that kind of thinking.
12/20/2009 10:41:56
 jim  Hooked up Becky with her Dad yesterday
I guess they'd lost touch for 30 years? Wow...anyway...he seemed like a really cool guy! Lots of fun...
and they both lit up like Christmas trees
12/20/2009 08:06:49
 jim  .Who Would Think It?
2010s - Whats coming in:
Keyboardless PCs (exists)
Cell phone projectors (exists)
AI Voice recognation that can replace human translators (exists)
AI Text recognition able to scan any language and understand
AI digitizing of all records from recorded history
Live Global Imaging
Main frame/PC with greater than human intelligence
3D TV flat screen (waiting for communication technology to catch up)
3D TV cube screen  (waiting for communication technology to catch up)
3D TV projection anywhere (waiting for 3D projection system)
Wearable internet, replacing cell phones (getting there)
Eyebuds/sound/audio projection (getting there)
Vehicles that drive themselves (getting there)
Portable solid state pedabyte storage (getting there)
Portable Mortgages
Greyer lines drawn between renters and owners
* (Exists) means its technology is here now, but needs improvement
2010s - Whats going out - Things:
Hard drives, keyboards, mouses, landlines, wire nets, Cell phones, albums, cd's, tape, dvd, blue-ray
Sewage, as we know it
Petroleum fuel
ID cards
Computer languages
2010s - Whats going out - Business Types:
Video Rental Stores
Delivery Professions
Software resellers
Mortgage Companies
Office buildings
2010s - Whats going out - Professions:
Programmers like me
Truck drivers, commercial drivers
2010s - Whats going mobile - Professions:
12/20/2009 08:06:49
 jim   (Reply)Who Would Have Thunk It?
Beatnics, Marriage, Housewives, college, family, alcohol, cars, Unions, Job Stability, Life Insurance, Racial Prejudice, window fans, Am Radio, Operator phone connections.
Flying car produced, top speed land - 65 mph, top speed air 110 mph, but didn't sell.
New house $8,400. Avg Income $3,200. New Car $1,500.
Hippies, Sex revolution, Vietnam (war), Kennedy barely wins election, Pot/LSD, Rock-and-Roll, drunks, War, Black and White TV, Tube Radios, Film, Credit Unions, niggers, hippies, tube technology, party lines on your phone, rotary dial, OPEC, aluminum cans, xerox copy machine, welfare rolls.
Aqua car produce, but didn't do very well.
New house $12,700. Avg Income $5,300. New Car $2,600. Interest rate
High Interest Rates, Stagflation, junkies, pot heads, $40,000 houses, LEDS, Color TV, Mortage Insurance, Racial Riots, red necks, air conditioners, Ethel, transisters, push button phones, princess phones, 10 cent phone booths. Electric Golf Carts.
New house $. Avg Income $. New Car $, Interest rate
Disco, Microwaves, CDs, BBSs,  coke heads, BetaMax, Huge Cell Phones, $80,000 houses, Chips, Car Insurance, Unleaded Gas, Chip, ATMs, Self Serve Gas Pumps
New house $. Avg Income $. New Car $, Interest rate
PCs, Internet, Silicon Valley, Yuppies, crack heads, $150,000 houses, Russia, VHS, Insurance on everything, bottled water, welfare reform, Mexican Immigration
New house $. Avg Income $. New Car $, Interest rate
Cameras everywhere, DVDs, Webcams, Legal  Pot, Instant Messages, Iphone, $300,000 houses to $60,000 houses, no health care without insurance
Letsee...what else can I recall? hmmm
12/19/2009 10:51:36
 jim  Backyard Christmas Trees
12/19/2009 10:50:56
 jim  Snow changes trees
12/18/2009 17:03:00
 jim  What could be crazier than that
From across the lands of the separated oceans, over desert and wilderness terrain, I've been searching for something outside that I can only find inside....
Reality is defined as that which exists, which for us, was created when we were born and will go away when we die. So, it doesn't really exist. Thats crazy.
Of course, most believe that when we die, we go to someplace else, which is often described as to have pearly gates and lots of virgins, which seems crazy.
We look into the night sky and see the stars they way they looked no less than 4 years ago. So we don't know if any of them still exist. Its crazy.
Our birth was started by two tiny cells uniting, that got their instructions from something much smaller than them. Thats insane!
We had our Christmas party at work today..
but the owners are Jewish, so the band played Beatles music.
It was hilarious!!!! I'm not crazy...the world is!
12/17/2009 03:04:00
 jim  Taking next week off
Thinking of going to DC for a few nights.
Might shake hands with the Prez, and sit in Lincoln's lap if I can get up there.
12/17/2009 02:58:52
 jim  Its not much - But I decorated this year
12/16/2009 17:17:31
 becky  To my love
Hi there my loving man.
I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate everything you have done for me.
I love you so much. I love this ring it is so beautiful. Thank you so much.
I love you (HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Kisses

Your Love Becky
12/16/2009 03:24:03
 Guest  .What could be crazier than this?
Jim, you spoiled that safe feeling I had  for me now Jim! :)

I feel dizzy!

Have a good one!!!

12/16/2009 03:24:03
 jim   (Reply)What could be crazier than this?
We are on a rock, that's spinning at 1,000 mph,
travelling around the sun at 80,000 mph,
with rocks the size of baseball diamonds coming at us.
with only 2 miles of breathable air above us
And we feel safe.
What could be crazier than that?
12/13/2009 23:35:00
 jim  A memory of from long ago
I don't remember what went wrong with Annette and I, back in 1978,
but I do remember I was so much madly in love with her.
I knew we were too young for a three year love to last and I knew my love wasn't shared as deeply.
And it was Vegas. Who falls in love in Vegas?
But in my mind, someday we would have had children that were raised with wonderful values, and her parents and my parents would have been excellent grandparents.
All I can say is, life could have been so different. Its nice to think about how life might have been.
Its been a good life even still, but there was that dream, and I still smile whenever I remember it.
I don't remember the love making as much as I remember her whole hearted laughter. She was so much fun to be with.

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