Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Racing to the bright future

I've got my sunglasses and my tickets out of the country.



With China and India racing to see who will be the new 21st century superpower to compete with the United States I sometimes just think it would be better for them just to sit on the sidelines and laugh as this country falls apart. With the media seemingly far more concerned with celebrity interviews, the latest escapades of OJ Simpson, Brittany Spears driving without a license, and who has an expensive haircut while civil liberties are tossed into a waste basket. Along with the stuttering fool living in the White House posing with Middle East leaders trying to play world leader and having something in the history books other than causing death and destruction there yet more signs point to the collapse of an already strained educational system. Some small Mexican village is still my idea to expatriate to but I've become interested in New Zealand now and finding some small town on the southern island there.


AIKEN, SC (WIS) - Authorities say a bank teller in Clearwater had a million reasons not to open an account for an Augusta, Georgia, man.
Aiken County Sheriff's spokesman Lieutenant Michael Frank says 31-year-old Alexander D. Smith tried to open an account Monday with a fake $1 million bill.
Franks says the employee refused to open the account and called police while the man started to curse at bank workers.
Frank says Smith has been charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of forgery.
Authorities say the federal government has never printed a million-dollar bill.
The largest denomination of currency ever printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) was the $100,000 Series 1934 Gold Certificate featuring the portrait of President Wilson.
Those notes were printed from December 18, 1934 through January 9, 1935 and were issued by the Treasurer of the United States to Federal Reserve Banks only against an equal amount of gold bullion held by the Treasury Department.
The notes were used only for official transactions between Federal Reserve Banks and were not circulated among the general public.

22 comments:

Tequila Mockingbird said...

agreed. the media is concerned with petty bullshit. that's why i limit myself to fake news like weekend update on SNL or the colbert report

Beach Bum said...

John Stewart and Colbert blow all the others out of the water. Olberman on MSNBC is the only real jouralist with any real balls.

Mike said...

Unfortunately for all of us, the media has become a business relying on advertising dollars to stay alive. If advertisers don't like something, they just pull their advertising.

We get what they pay for. It's disturbing really. Personally, I would rather pay directly for my news if I knew that what I was getting was real.

Beach Bum said...

Mike: On one of of the local channels in my area there are two "entertainment news" show with stories concering all the antics of the parasites sucking on society. When it comes to the actual world news that channel just has the air brushed pretty boy who spends more time on more trival junk. I get my news from NPR and Lou Dobbs.

C.Rag said...

I'm pissed b/c they put Aiken. Clearwater is in Aiken County, but it's not Aiken city.

Come On!!! There's a big difference.

Colonel Colonel said...

I got a couple of those million dollar bills from some new friends in Nigeria. Are you saying they're no good? They're signed by Marge Simpson and everything.

Damn.

Beach Bum said...

C. Rag: We are just as geographically challenged down here as we are on everything else.

Colonel: I never had a million dollar bill but I sure had a few of the ten-thousand ones with Homer or Bart. You think they might let that one pass?

Hill said...

OK, I was gonna make a really clever comment then I read what colonel colonel said.

BWAAAAAAAAAHHAHHAAAAA!

Nice to meet you, beach bum and Hola from Hill Country.

:)

p.s. I saw in your profile that you like to read anything by Hiassen. If you like him, you're gonna love Ben Rehder, Texas Hill Country writer.

Connecticut Man1 said...

Mike: "Personally, I would rather pay directly for my news if I knew that what I was getting was real."

You could try looking at the The Real News. That is exactly the model they are setting up. News funded by the people and for the people. No advertising, no corporate sponsors, no government underwriting of their news. They are not all the way there yet, but they are getting there.

Beach Bum said...

Hill: Welcome and feel free to drop in anytime. Whats your blog? Tried to get your profile but its restricted. I'll definitely look up Rehder. I've got an Amazon gift card coming for Christmas.

CM1: I'll look up The Real News also. I watched pretty boy Brian Williams again tonight and can't help but feel he not living up to what he could do. Whether its the restriction of a the 30 minute slot he has or he's more interested in playing the losing Katie Couric imitation by doing the fuzzy don't-take-a-stand stories he started doing awhile back I have no idea.

Preposterous Ponderings said...

I see your live feed thing says I arrived from Summit Station ,Ohio. I don't even know where that's at. Never even heard of it. LOL

I get all of my news from TMZ Dot com. LOL

Jessica said...

A million dollar bill. I'm laughing and crying at the same time.

Keshi said...

Im very sorry to hear abt ur mum BB. HUGGGGGGGGGGGZ! Hope ur well.


Keshi.

pissed off patricia said...

New Zealand is my first choice. If a repub wins the election in 08, I'll be packing my bags.

Beach Bum said...

PrepostPon: I'll have to try them out, never been there before.

Jessica: I'm not one of those people that except the general public to know all the trival things that would come in handy for Jeopardy but at least knowing the states that make up the US and what the dominations of US currency show be a basic given. Like you I'm laughing a crying at the same time. But a beer would help things along.

Keshi: Thanks for the hugs, if I ever get down your way I'll really want one.

POP: I have my worries about a repub victory in 2008. I've heard several people who a really liberal say that if Hillary gets the nod they will stay home. If you get down there first send me the info, please.

Tequila Mockingbird said...

why does your live feed thingy say i'm in michigan? wtf..

The Zombieslayer said...

You'd love New Zealand. Great fishing. Open space for miles and miles. My only fear with New Zealand is they'll let a huge wave of immigrants in and it will be crowded and suck just like everywhere else.

One bad thing - the food, as of the early 80s, was horrible. Horrible. Hopefully it's not so bad now. Plus, with all the good fishing, and you already know how to cook...

Saw a bumper sticker the other day - "That's okay, I wasn't using my civil liberties anyways." Classic.

Beach Bum said...

Tequila Mockingbird: I'm not certain why it placed you at the wrong location. I'd be happy just to know who in my area is reading my stuff.

ZombieSlayer: Yeah, I'm pretty much looking for open empty spaces when I expat. American culture, including the better part of all TV like you wrote at your site, is in the trash heap with most everyone loving it. Actually saw a report on a news website about a new reality show. The title is reported to be: "Who wants to marry an American citizen."

The Zombieslayer said...

Beach - Yikes. And I thought those shoes couldn't possibly get worse. Yet another reason not to own a t.v.

Tequila Mockingbird said...

i have a "thing" for olbermann

Keshi said...

ofcourse u wud get more than just one from Keshi! :)

Keshi.

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