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March 28, 2004

Perceived Impropriety

You know, I learned quite some time ago that if you look guilty, people are going to assume that you are guilty. If you aren't doing anything wrong, don't act like it. If you are doing something wrong, act like you aren't and sometimes you will get away with it.

I have been watching this deal with Condoleezza Rice for a little over a week and I can say that if anyone looks guilty of something, she does. I don't know why she is acting the way she is, but if she doesn't have anything to hide, why all the secrecy?

I am going to go on the record and say that I am 100% sure that there isn't anything that George Bush or anyone else within the government could have done to have prevented what happened on 9/11/2001. While there was some intelligence that pointed to various aspects and people, I don't think that anyone would have stood by and actually let that happen if there was any clue that it was coming down.

Ms. Rice is not doing anything for herself, though. She looks guilty. She won't go in front of the panel that is investigating where the intelligence organizations broke down. Then, right after saying that she won't go in front of them, she goes to all of the major news shows and talks to them. It just doesn't look good. And I think it really casts a shadow of doubt on the whole argument that the government did everything that they could to prevent the whole thing.

"For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it." - James 2:10

March 09, 2004

Ultimate Cost Cutting

I love it when a company comes up with a novel cost cutting feature. Most companies today are perform cost cutting through layoffs and outsourcing.

Sprint, along with performing layoffs and outsourcing, has recently decided to create a "Prairie Grass Restoration" area in the center of Overland Park. All around their world headquarters building. This isn't just some small patch of grass... It is 100 acres of grass.

Now, I am sure that you are asking yourself what a "Prairie Grass Restoration" project is. It is an area of ground that you allow to return to its native habitat, allowing the grass and natural plants to grow.

Or, in other words, you stop mowing it, put up a sign that says "Prairie Grass Restoration" and then send out a press release saying how much you care about the environment.

Here is the part of this that I find really funny... In Overland Park, it is illegal to let your grass grow to over 8 inches without mowing it. Sprint can get away with it because they are Sprint.

I hate to mow. I mean I really hate to mow. I pay someone to do it for me and it is pretty expensive.

So, here is the new Shepker family plan for cost cutting... I am going to turn my whole yard into a "Prairie Grass Restoration" area. I can throw up a sign, just like Sprint did. Heck, I'll even send out a press release. We'll see how long I can make it happen.

"The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the scythe." - Old Russian saying

March 08, 2004

Blog Spam

I have been having a lot of issues with blog spam over the last couple of weeks. I don't know if any of you have seen it, but it has been really annoying for me having to go in and clean it all out...

To try to get around this, I have installed some new software on the server that should help clean it up. If you are someone who is trying to post a legitimate comment and it blocks you, you can email me and I'll see what I can do to open it up.

If you are a spammer, then please take the next elevator to hell... As I have mentioned before, I think there is a special place in hell for anyone that spams and I hope it is hot.

March 02, 2004

It Wasn't Me...

I can't say it was the one armed man, but...

Remember back when you were a kid... At some point, your mother or your father will tell you that if you ignore something, it will go away.

Anyway, I was looking at the referrer logs today and I noticed that I was getting a great deal of hits from a particular website. I am not going to go in to which site, because it really isn't important. I decided to go out and take a look at it to see what I was such a hot commodity on that site. What I found out was kind of interesting... On that site, there was someone who called himself the Angry Man. This person had done something in the recent past to really piss those people off. Someone started searching for this person calling himself the angry man. They found me. I started reading the posts and these guys were out for blood.

I read quite a few of the posts and found one guy who seemed to be keeping his head. Kept saying that I might not be the right guy. So, I figured that I would email him and let him know that he was right... I'm not that guy. I remember thinking that it was dumb the entire time that I was writing the email, but that didn't stop me. I suppose it was a little bit of paranoia. Anyway, I sent it off and I think I started off a landslide. The guy I sent the email to posted something to that site and now people are really commenting.

Oh, well. Live and learn. And listen to your parents.

"Even paranoids have real enemies." - Delmore Schwartz