The Trifecta

  • Is LeAnn too skinny?

    Posted by Jay Morris

    By Jay Morris of "The Trifecta"

    This is picture of LeAnn Rimes on vacation over the weekend, WAY too skinny in my book.

  • Another Zapata fundraiser

    Posted by Sean Patrick

    I (Sean) happened across a flyer for another fundraiser for Eric Zapata's family.  This one advertises "100% of proceeds" will be given to the family - is this more or less respectful than the earlier fundraiser we discussed?  Is it equally respectful?


    Text your comments to 80373 on The Trifecta, today (Mon 5/16) 3p-5p.

  • Does this cross the line?

    Posted by Sean Patrick

    This flyer was stuck under my windshield wiper when I returned to my car at the Kalamazoo Marathon Sunday - It presents itself as a heartwarming tribute to a fallen officer, and a commitment to help his family - but at the same time is it profiting off this tragedy?

  • President Obama decides

    Posted by Jay Morris

    President Obama decided that we will NOT going to be releasing the photo of Osama Bin Laden. The President says we do not much to gain from releasing any pictures. Meanwhile I have friends that have decided that because we dumped the body, and we have no proof then he must still be alive.


    SO now we have the “Thuth-ers”, the “Birth-ers” and wait for it the “Death-ers”


    Click here  if you want to read why the White House decided to withhold those pictures



  • Oh the places you'll go!

    Posted by Sean Patrick

    Went for a bike ride to South Haven and back (05/01/11), encountered a sled dog huskie team in training, a most unusual - and cool! - bike and caught up with some morel hunters...

  • How much would you pay for a toilet?

    Posted by Jay Morris

    A new toilet has hit the market and it costs.... (wait for it)



    Hey it has an automatic lid, a pulsating bidet, adjustable height, and heated seat. The Kohler company calls it "the ultimate flushing experience," for that much dough I would think it would wipe you too!


    Click here for the full story

  • Officer Zapata Memorial Fund

    Posted by Jay Morris

    The family of Officer Zapata will make a statement to the media this morning. I cannot even imagine the emotions that they have lived through in the last 48 hours. Heavy heart and my prayers to that family.


    Meanwhile The Cuff and Ladder Fund will be collecting donations for Officer Zapata's family and for funeral expenses.  Any donations for the PSO Zapata Memorial Fund can be dropped off at Station 6 care of Officer Orfin. They also can be dropped off at Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, or by mail to P.O. Box 325, Schoolcraft, MI, 49087.

  • "The Donald" Really...

    Posted by Jay Morris

    by Jay Morris

    Proving once again that Donald Trump is entertaining, but not serious candidate for President.


    In the latest Rasmussen poll“ Only 65% of Republican voters would vote for Trump over Obama. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 48% prefer Obama, 25% Trump, and 20% would opt for some other candidate.”


     If only 65% of Republican voters would vote for Mr. Trump over President Obama, let's just agree to stop making more of “The Donald” than sheer entertainment value.

  • The Emperor Has no Clothes!

    Posted by Sean Patrick

    I am frankly astonished there isn’t more outrage about the extraordinary corporate welfare we've been hearing much more about lately, profoundly profitable companies such as GE and Exxon complaining about taxes on US buisnesses being too high - while in fact not paying a dime in US taxes!
    And as if it were not enough simply to avoid paying one's share to support the greatest nation on Earth they love so much, we must in fact bribe oil companies with troughs of taxpayer-financed incentives. These incentives help to keep the price of oil deceptively low -you actually pay for that tank of gas twice: once when you swipe at the pump, and again on April 15. If you saw the true cost of the oil up front, it could shock you into action - you could see the writing on the wall and the future of burning carbon fuel. Instead, gas is only $4.00 a gallon at the station, but we never see the true, full cost.
    In Europe, they're seeing, well, much closer to the true cost than we do. IMHO, they have a much more realistic idea of how to address dwindling supplies - You see more bicycles, and bike lanes, and more respect for bicyclists btw. You see conservation, more respect for the environment, more recognition this land on Earth is all we have and we need to treat it in such a way as to last forever. You see a lot more alternative energy, a lot more solar. Germany and Japan are the two leading nations in the world in their use of solar. They'll be ready for the impending oil shrink.
    It brings to mind that story of the two squirrels, one which just wanted to play all the time, and the other saw what lay ahead, saw bleak winter around the corner, and set about storing nuts for the impending dry spell. Which squirrel do you think the United States is?
    I hear people say the oil isn't running out, that the Earth has more than enough to meet all our demands for a looong time so long as we start drilling under the Gulf of Mexico, or the Great Lakes, or a pristine part of wilderness that was promised to remain undisturbed for future generations. As for domestic drilling, to me that's like a heroin addict believing they have cured their problem by finding a less expensive dealer. It sticks the nation's head in the sand to dangerously deny there isn't a big squeeze coming up. The world's second-largest bank - which has a financial interest in accurately knowing such things - just released a report that says 50 years. Does it help America to wait until the last minute? Just because there may well be risky-to-reach oil in parts of America, or coal in our nation's mountaintops, that doesn't mean we have to burn it. Wouldn't it be better if we didn't?
    The oil companies themselves have tried to make the case that such generous tax bailouts are justified, in part, in the name of national security, that the US needs energy security. Rubbish - that makes my argument for me. Does it make America more or less safe to prolong our dependence on a dying technology? Does it make us more or less safe to depend on other nations - some friendly, some not - to meet our world-leading energy consumption? Does it make us more or less safe to have to inject ourselves into religious wars in the Middle East to protect "our" oil reserves? Would it make us more or less safe to invest instead in the clean, pollution-free, drill-free, meltdown-free technologies that WILL be invented out of necessity. I don't know 'bout you, but I rather see this be a "man on the moon" moment for America, an opportunity to wake up, smell the coffee, see the lst drop of oil IS coming, and make the US a leader in this technology, not a follower of other nations that heeded oil's warning.
    According to Wikipedia, "The total solar energy absorbed by Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land masses is approximately 3,850,000 exajoules (EJ) per year. In 2002, this was more energy in one hour than the world used in one year. Photosynthesis captures approximately 3,000 EJ per year in biomass. The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of the planet is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth's non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined." When I hear people say "Solar doesn't work, it's too hard, we need oil," I wonder what happened to that Can-Do American Spirit, the one that undertakes challenges not because they are easy but because they are hahd. This isn't America, this defeated-before-we-start attitude. With that outlook, of course we won't succeed.