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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Right is not always right, but sometimes correct!

Dear Readers:

My friend Wayne, who is quite a bit more to the 'right' than I am, sent this in today!

This is one of the better emails I've received. It explains the difference in thinking between people with opposite outlooks. While it explains things in black and white, instead of shades of grey, he does make a point! (From a Right Wing perspective!)



FATHER-DAUGHTER TALK
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, , she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?"

She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies & she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties & lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."

Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office & ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA & give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That's a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, & a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"

The father slowly smiled, winked & said gently, "Welcome to the conservative side of the fence."

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him..

If a conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don't like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it..
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he'll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he's "offended."

Well, I forwarded it to you.

Wayne

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I just saw another headline that made me choke: "Rowdy Roddy Piper - Family calls for worldwide moment of silence during funeral!"

Listen kids, we're talking about a pro wrestler here, not the Pope ...., or some head of State!

Let's get things back into Perspective here!

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Guest Post by

It has been a brutal summer when it comes to romance. We've already seen the breakups of Ben and Jen, Blake and Miranda, Kourtney and Scott, and Charlize and Sean. In the past 24 hours alone, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Zayn Malick and Perrie Edwards, and Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock have announced their splits. Now we've yet another longtime celebrity couple to add to the love graveyard: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

Kermit announced their split Yesterday!

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Kermit and Miss Piggy — a feminist pioneer who never switched out the Miss for the more common Mrs. — first got together in 1976, while they were starring in The Muppet Show. It was a classic Hollywood story: He was the beleaguered stage manager and she the erratic diva.
The two were then asked about the breakup during a panel at the Television Critics Association Tuesday.
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog"It’s a day-by-day, moment-by-moment process," Kermit said. "It can be tough to be the executive producer on your ex’s late-night TV show, especially when your ex is a pig."
Miss Piggy was a little more prickly about the split.
"I have no problem working with my ex, OK? It’s fine," she said. "You know what? Dating moi is like flying close to the sun. It was inevitable that Kermit would drop down to the ground while I stayed in the heavens."
Kermit also revealed that he's already dating someone new: A pig named Denise who works in marketing at ABC. Someone has a type.
Hopefully, Kermit and Piggy can find a way to work together. They're making their return to television this fall on ABC.

 https://celebrity.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/the-latest-celebrity-breakup-is-kermit-the-frog-and-miss-piggy-175456253.html

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Now that the CNE is almost upon us and Canada's Wonderland is doing its usual brisk business perhaps you would rather go somewhere that is a little less "crowded" than the usual places. 
 
 
Well look no further kids, we got 'em for ya!
 
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2015-06-28-1435514822-1474079-WonderlandDubai2.pngDesolate pathways in one of the emptiest theme parks: Wonderland Dubai. All watermarked photo credits for the Theme Park Guy belong to Stefan Zwanzger.
Everyone is always concerned about the most thrilling amusement parks, the most beautiful, or the most cutting-edge. No one ever gives thought to the most crowded (that is, until they are already there, standing in line for hours). Pushing and shoving through congested streets, slowly weaving through endless queue lines and even waiting just to use the restroom surely ruins any hopes of a good day at theme parks.
Take it from Stefan Zwanzger, founder of the Theme Park Guy -- an elaborate website that details his travels to worldwide theme parks--that empty parks are the place to be. Here he advised us on 8 of the world's emptiest theme parks.

1. WonderLand in Dubai

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Aerial Image of Wonderland's empty streets.
Five giant theme parks are currently under construction in Dubai as the government and investors alike attempt to make Dubai a theme park hub. Despite this drive, Wonderland--which was opened in 1996--remains a deserted ghost town. The large parking lot is always empty save for the five or ten employee cars; inside the park, these bored employees will literally walk right behind you, asking what ride they should open next.
In spite of poor crowd attendance, Wonderland is open every day of the year, and is actually composed of two parks: their main one, and a water park named Splash Land. The 22-acres are mostly filled with water rides, boasting a log flume, bumper boats, and several water slides. There are also classic amusement rides for all your entertainment needs, including a carousel, a roller coaster, and go-karts. Stefan noted his favorite attraction in the park was a small haunted house with a picture of the Mona Lisa inside--be sure to wait in front of the painting, and you will surely be amazed.
2. Republica de los Ninos in Argentina
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The empty main street that first inspired Walt Disney. Photo image credited to Wikipedia.
Translated in English as "City of the Children", Republica de los Ninos is allegedly the inspiration for Walt Disney's famous theme parks. Opened in 1951, Disney reportedly visited a year prior and the dream for Disneyland was born. Despite being Disney's muse, the park lacks many of the essentials in Disney--including the noisy crowds.
Beyond Disneyland's staggering resemblance to this park's entrance, Republica de los Ninos is unique from many theme parks in that there are no rides. Rather, the park is structured like a tiny city with the feel of Disney's Main Street, USA. Complete with beautifully constructed buildings housing a government, a church, theaters, and other accommodations, this quiet children's park essentially highlights the foundation of theme parks as we know them today.
3. Flamingo World in Kyrgyzstan
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Photographer goes to extreme angles to take wedding photos at Flamingo World.
From the unkempt growth to the deteriorating rides, Flamingo World appears to have been abandoned years ago. And yet, there are still employees and visitors that fill the passageways. Housed on a very small piece of land, Flamingo World is no longer visited for thrills or amusement. Instead, dozens of newlyweds can be seen strolling through the park, taking photos against the oddly picturesque backdrop.

While this may be a theme park that has long lost its theme, if you're a newly engaged theme-park lover, Flamingo World is a quaint, peaceful area to take those wedding album photos.
4. Crocodile Farm Dunia Buaya in Malaysia
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A picture-perfect moment with one of the baby crocodiles.
Given the crowds in this park, it's more of a people-visiting park for crocs than a crocodile-visiting park for people. Highly undervalued and undervisited, even if this farm was a mob scene, it would be a must-see visit.
Run by a cordial Chinese man, this park may seem like more of a zoo than a theme park, but the attractions here certainly give it a deserved theme. Highlights include feeding massive crocodiles and taking pictures with tiny newborns. Though it is an unknown gem, the great glory in this park is its solitude. Walking along the quiet walkways crossing through expansive croc pools, you can view over 1,000 crocodiles in this park--many of them full-grown--giving the feeling of actually being out in a jungle.
5. Al Sha'ab Leisure Park in Kuwait
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A carousel patiently waiting for passengers.
Leisure Park is a fitting name for the amusements here. Vastly different than the high-tech theme parks many of us are accustomed to, Leisure Park's attractions consist of bungee jumping, pony rides and a roller skating rink. Leisure indeed. Of course, speckled between many of the humdrum rides are some higher-grade roller coasters and a haunted house.
If you are truly looking for a leisurely entertainment experience without many expectations--and one where employees outnumber visitors--Leisure Park will deliver.
6. Fantawild Dreamland in China
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One Fantawild park's deserted walkways and staggering similarities to Disneyland.
Appearing heavily inspired by both Disney and Universal Studios, Fantawild has something these two famous parks lack: empty walkways. Fantawild is actually a chain of theme parks--with ten different operating parks dotting China--which likely explains the short queue lines.
While it may not be as renowned as Disney or as visited as Universal, Fantawild boasts imported rides and entertainment of its own. Rides include Sky Sailor--a top-ranking machine that simulates flying--and Space Scheduled Flight--a space simulator. There are soaring roller coasters and plenty of smaller attractions to entertain all ages. Plus, with dozens of whimsical buildings and architectural feats, there are ample spots for family pictures.
7. Jerudong Park in Brunei
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A once majestic log flume ride now abandoned and waterless.
First opened in 1994, Jerudong Park was funded by Jefri Bolkiah--a member of the Brunei Royal Family--with a whopping one billion dollar investment. One of the only modern amusement parks in the area at the time, Jerudong drew large crowds to its incredible roller coasters, dark rides, and notable shows performed by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Jerudong was mostly known, however, for free admission into the park.
This miscalculated monetary misstep eventually forced the park to sell many of its prized attractions. Today, there are only ten miserable rides--including a merry-go-round and bumper cars--still in operation. Rumors and plans to revitalize Jerudong continue to circulate, but for now the park is quiet save for the routine rides still slowly churning. In spite of the dormancy, seeing the skeleton of a once mighty amusement park is certainly something to see.
8. Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi
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One of the detailed scenes on the dark ride in Khalifa Park.
Khalifa Park is not advertised as being a theme park, but rather simply a public park. With an impressive array of sparkling fountains and charming gardens, the advertising seems fitting. At the end of desolate paths that wind through the park sits an unexpected museum and aquarium.
Inside the rather unimpressive exterior of the 'museum', however, is a sophisticated amusement ride that, through suspended ride vehicles and narration, leads guests through the historical discovery of oil in the Arab peninsula and its impact. Though not a great theme park by our standards, Khalifa Park's very poorly advertised dark ride is highly exceptional and worth a visit (especially since the cost is just under a dollar).

And if you ever get tired of visiting empty, lonely parks, know that you can always visit Caribbean Bay in South Korea...
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