Monday, November 30, 2009

Damn That Facebook!!

My questions is this.... what kind of health benefits does this woman have that she can not work for a year and be paid for it all because she is "down in the dumps"?!?  I want her healthcare plan!  I would just be a bit smarter about posting my male dancing photos online OR maybe not friending my boss and/or insurance representative on my Facebook page.  Thinkin outside of the box, I say. :P


Facebook photos could be hazardous to your health benefits

November 24, 2009 |  9:00 pm

A Quebec woman says her sick-leave payments were cut off because of photos posted on her Facebook page showing her at a Chippendale's show and other events, according to the CBC broadcast network.   Nathalie Blanchard, 29, was on leave from her job at IBM for the last year and a half because of a diagnosis of major depression. When the payments suddenly stopped recently, she called her employer's insurance company to find out why. In an interview with the CBC, Blanchard said she was told "I'm available to work because of Facebook."
She said the insurance company representative described photos on her Facebook page that showed her at her birthday party, on vacation and at the all-male revue. The company stripped her of her benefits, saying the photos were evidence she was no longer depressed.
Blanchard didn't deny the existence of the photos, but she said they were not a true indication that she had been cured. "In the moment I'm happy," she said in the interview, "but before and after I have the same problems."
She also said her doctor had advised her to have nights out with friends to help her forget her problems. Blanchard is fighting the cutting off of her benefits, and to that end has filed a civil suit in Quebec Superior Court.
Insurer Manulife declined to comment on the case, but in a statement to the CBC it said, "We would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook."
-- David Colker

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I'll Sue You, Vegas, for Showing Me a Good Time!

Is there no limit to what you can sue for nowadays?  Let's also sue Vegas for supplying unlimited food buffets for $5, contributing to the expanding waistline of America.  Hell!  Sue for the continuous hot, dry weather that would clearly cause skin dryness.  I mean, My God!  How has Vegas and it's many Dens of Sin they call "casinos" been allowed to corrupt people lives with fun all these years?!?  It must stop!  If you ask me, I think the tourists need to be sued for the ridiculous fashion crimes displayed that I had to witness on my Vegas trip...for THAT was the true crime in Sin City.

Travel News

Gambler Sues Caesars Palace for "Milking" Him

A Las Vegas gambler who lost $112 million in a year is suing casino Caesars Palace, claiming the staff took advantage of him by supplying him with alcohol and drugs.
Terry Watanabe 52, said he lived at Caesars Palace for six months, gambling nonstop on the roulette wheel and slot machines, a story by the Telegraph reported. After a losing streak and running up around $15 million in debt, he was charged with theft, the story said. Watanabe has pleaded not guilty and filed a counter-suit against the parent company Harrah's for fraud, breach of contract, conspiracy and negligence, the story said.
Watanabe also alleges that casino staff gave him prescription painkillers and an unlimited alcoholic beverages, which "rendered him utterly intoxicated and unfit to gamble," the story said. Harrah's denies any wrong doing, and they stand by their long history of "responsible and ethical practices," the story said.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Quick Survery....

Is it too soon to put up my Christmas tree?  Usually I wait til December, but I just bought a new one....and I think I'm too lazy to put it up in the attic, only to take it back down in a few weeks.  I don't want to be like the marketing morons at the malls who cram Christmas down your throat while you are simply trying to shop for that cute yet slutty Halloween costume.  I, also, don't want to treat Thanksgiving like the red-headed step-child and not give it recognition.  Hmm....what to do?....what to do?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sometimes, Death is appropriate....

Having lived in the Northern Virginia/DC area and only a few miles from where one of the victims was shot and killed, I remember the terror people, including myself, felt during that time.....afraid to pump their gas, or walk in public view, or how the stations hung up sheets around the gas pumps for the protection of their customers.  This man, along with Malvo, were terrorists who not only terrorized their victims and the victim's families, but terrorized a whole metropolitan, changing the way people lived their daily lives during their reign.  As far as I am concerned, death is appropriate here.

DC sniper's Muhammad's execution set for tonight

Washington sniper faces execution AFP/Pool/File – Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad (C) addresses the court in Manassas, Virginia, along with his attorneys …
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's governor refused to spare the life of John Allen Muhammad and cleared the way for his execution Tuesday night for the sniper attacks in 2002 that left 10 dead and spread such fear people were afraid to go shopping, cut grass or pump gas. The three-week killing spree in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., was carried out with a teenage accomplice who is serving life in prison without parole. Muhammad, 48, was to die by injection at 9 p.m. after he exhausted his court appeals and Gov. Tim Kaine denied clemency. Muhammad's attorneys had asked Kaine to commute his sentence to life in prison because they said he was severely mentally ill. "I think crimes that are this horrible, you just can't understand them, you can't explain them," said Kaine, a Democrat known for carefully considering death penalty cases. "They completely dwarf your ability to look into the life of a person who would do something like this and understand why." Muhammad was sentenced to death for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station in northern Virginia. He and his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, also were suspected of fatal shootings in Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana and Washington state. Prosecutors chose to put Muhammad and Malvo on trial in Virginia first because of the state's willingness to execute killers. He and Malvo were also convicted of six other murders in Maryland and both were sentenced to six life terms. The death penalty was later ruled out for Malvo because the U.S. Supreme Court barred the execution of juveniles, who was 17 during the killing spree. The motive for the shootings in the nation's capital region remains murky. Malvo said Muhammad wanted to use the plot to extort $10 million from the government to set up a camp in Canada where homeless children would be trained as terrorists. But Muhammad's ex-wife has said she believes the attacks were a smoke screen for his plan to kill her and regain custody of their three children. Muhammad has never testified or explained why he directed the attacks that terrorized the Washington region, with victims gunned down while doing everyday chores. People stayed indoors, and those who had to go outside weaved as they walked or bobbed their heads to make themselves less of a target. The terror ended Oct. 24, 2002, when police captured Muhammad and Malvo as they slept at a Maryland rest stop in a car they had outfitted so a shooter could hide in the trunk and fire through a hole in the body of the vehicle. Muhammad had been in and out of the military since he graduated from high school in Louisiana and entered the National Guard. A convert to Islam, John Allen Williams would later change his name to Muhammad. He joined the Army in 1985 and trained in Washington state as a combat engineer. He did not take special sniper training but earned an expert rating in the M-16 rifle — the military cousin of the .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle used in the sniper shootings. However, his life was full of failure. He was twice divorced, and after serving in the first Iraq war, he could never find financial stability. He opened a karate school but it didn't last; neither did his car repair shop. The man who looked for self-discipline in exercise and Islam found himself living in a homeless shelter in 2001 and a few months later was accused of shoplifting food. On Tuesday, Muhammad met with immediate family members but did not have a spiritual adviser, Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said. The families of those killed were ready for execution day. Cheryll Witz was one of several victims' relatives who planned to watch the execution. Malvo confessed that, at Muhammad's direction, he shot her father, Jerry Taylor, on a Tucson, Ariz., golf course in March 2002. "He basically watched my dad breathe his last breath," Witz said. "Why shouldn't I watch his last breath?" Death penalty opponents planned vigils across the state, and some were headed for Jarratt, about an hour south of Richmond, for the execution at Greensville Correctional Center. Beth Panilaitis, executive director of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said those who planned to protest understand the fear that gripped the community, and the nation, during the attacks. "The greater metro area and the citizens of Virginia have been safe from this crime for seven years," Panilaitis said. "Incarceration has worked and life without the possibility of parole has and will continue to keep the people of Virginia safe." Kaine, Virginia's first Roman Catholic governor, has openly expressed his faith-based opposition to capital punishment, but promised as a candidate in 2005 that he would carry out Virginia's death penalty law despite his beliefs.

In September, Kaine delayed the October execution of a former
Army intelligence worker from Maryland convicted of killing a northern
Virginia couple, saying he needed more time to consider the case. That
execution is scheduled for next week.

OdLibby*s is Born!

It started off as a simple hobby of jewelry making to de-stress at home, but has recently turned into the beginnings of a (side) cash cow.  At the suggestions of my friends and family, I have begun to sell some of my pieces, and I am pleased that so many have shown their approval to my work.   Therefore, OdLibby*s has been born, created from the names of my beloved(s), Odysey and Liberty, who have shown their support by sitting at my feet under the dining room table while I work.  Each one of my pieces is handcrafted by myself, and given a name to distinguish their unique quality.  I am a total magpie when it comes to shiny, sparkly things, so it has been only natural that I find enjoyment in creating "baubles" with my own hands. :)  I find inspiration from many different things that I come across in this world from nature, culture, history, or the arts...from the simple to the exoticI think it is awesome that I can share with others, while making a little cash in the process.  Who wouldn't love that? ;)  I plan on posting some of my work here in the hopes of inspiring others.  Definitely, share your comments. :)

Color ChicChickory Pretty...

Check out my new digs!  I noticed a fellow blogger's page and thought, nice.  So, did a little bit of re-decorating myself.  Oh... the many ways to waste time at work. ;)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Typical Man

Even at the young age of 4 years, my nephew cannot hide his disdain for how long my sisters, mom and I can look at one aisle of items in the Walmart Christmas Dept. :)

What Have I Been Up Too? I took some time away from my therapeutic blogging to waste time and catch up with old friends on Facebook. Seems to be a virtual high school reunion on that site...but all in all, some good times reminiscing. HOWEVER...I have missed my quirky fellow bloggers that I so enjoyed whittling the work hours away with. :) I have lots of "catch-up" reading to do too because from what I can see so far I have been missing pregnancies, more fabulous Paris life, never-ending photoshop madness, slacking on my SlackerChic fix, and the always fulfilling TastyCakes...oh how I've missed you guys!