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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Who Is Carole Hujber Sanek? Florida Realtor, Social Butterfly Media, Friend, or Who Knows What? A Facebook Exchange.

Many, many years ago, my wife (long before she became my wife, like back in 1966) told me about a friend of hers with whom she had a strong, positive, close bond. Then, a few years after my wife and I had wed back in 1995, we took a trip to Florida. It was then at a restaurant where we dined with this old friend and her husband that I was personally inroduced to my wife's close friend. Indeed, I had thought that I also had become a friend of the friend of my wife as over the years she and I exchanged e-mails that were very pleasant and became connected on the social media.  The key phrase there is "I had thought."

There were several instances where the "friend" made comments on my Facebook wall that other friends of mine felt were arrogant, abrasive, and insulting. Consequently, I was a bit more careful in monitoring the contents of my Facebook wall that were visible to "THE FRIEND" whose name is Carole Hujber Sanek.

Apparently, I was not careful enough nor discrete enough in a posted message thread of mine on Facebook that I had made visible to the public last month(i.e. November 2014). And, I must also admit, as the message thread went on I was not as tactful, courteous, and polite as I should have been. Well, reardless, the fact remains that Carole Hujber Sanek removed me as a "friend" and has blocked me on Facebook; and, she no longer communicates with me.

I am going to post the contents of that message thread (which I copied and saved in my computer) here on my blog in order for you to read the Facebook exchange yourself.

But before I do that, I am first going to share with you other information that was on the Facebook pages of Carole Hujber Sanek herself that I had also copied and saved in my computer before she took the action to "unfriend" and block me on Facebook.

Here is that Facebook information:
Carole Hujber Sanek
The Social Butterfly Media Marketing
Chief Content Creator/Owner/Social Media Marketing Specialist · January 1, 2011 to present · Brooksville, Florida
Click here to go to my page:

After Breast Cancer Reviving Surviving Thriving
2011 to present
Inspirational breast cancer wellness page

Bar Camp Sarasota
Presenter · In 2013
Did a Twitter session to SRO

Castle Dream Real Estate LLC
Director of Marketing and Sales Agent · In 2007 · Tampa, Florida
Virtual real estate company covering the state of Florida, specializing in short sales. Lawrence Sanek HAFA certified Broker/Owner is the negotiating Broker you want on your side. I like him by mine too.

New Homes Realty, Inc.

Realtor · March 2005 to March 2008
buyers agent for new construction housing

Inspired to Thrive


Class of 1964 · Parma, Ohio

Cuyahoga Community College
Class of 1981 · RN · Cleveland, Ohio


Current city
Brooksville, Florida

Cleveland, Ohio

San Jose, Costa Rica
Moved in May 1995

Contact Info
Phone +352 54 00 17 7
Ask for Carole's email


November 26


Religious Views

Political Views

CEO Of The Social Butterfly Media Marketing, Published Author,Winner of 1 of 23 Best Breast Cancer Blogs with, Public Speaker with Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, Director of BCW Ambassador Program,National Winner of the Amoena USA Breast Cancer Thriver Cruise 2011, Expert International Real Estate Specialist & Director of Marketing with Castle Dream Real Estate LLC. Creator of 365 Things to Do in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. Breast cancer survivor 19 years, wife & Great Friend. I speak the language of reality. Check out my web pages below! PS If you send me a friend request and I cannot find anything about you, sorry, the answer is no. I like friend requests with personal messages telling me more. Thx.

Carole Hujber


It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all the doubt.-Mark Twain
I am very easily satisfied with the very best! Winston Churchill

And then there is this one dedicated to a certain person who needs to read this "Just how small do I have to get to fit into your world?"

I own my thoughts, no one else owns them, or speaks for me. I will not be drawn into drama because that is a very negative place to be. I will not get angry because anger kills your T-cells which you need everyday, all the time, to keep you healthy. I will not judge your opinion, because you own it. I may not agree with your opinion, but I will not argue it, or argue with you. If you think I am wrong to feel this way, then push the unfriend option - you own your decisions, you own your choices.

Started Working at Bar Camp Sarasota
Awarded 1 of 23 Best Breast Cancer Blogs in 2012
Created 2013 Breast Cancer 7th Annual Thriver's Cruise page, Pinterest, Twitter
23 Best Breast Cancer Blog of 2012
Painted the whole house inside bold beautiful colors.
Started Working at The Social Butterfly Media Marketing
Installed as President Elect Tampa Chapter Women's Council of Realtors
Elected President Elect Tampa Chapter Women's Council of Realtors
Left Job at New Homes Realty, Inc.
Started Working at Castle Dream Real Estate LLC
Started Working at New Homes Realty, Inc.
Got Married
Got Engaged
Sun Fun
Moved to San Jose, Costa Rica
Got a Real Estate License
The Mammogram that changed my life
Bavaria/Austria/France for Christmas 1993
First Trip Across the Atlantic
Wheel of Fortune contestant
Graduated from Cuyahoga Community College
Graduated from Parma
Born on November 26

NOW for that Facebook exchange.

Here is the Facebook News Feed 0f Roland Louis Hansen activitity update posted on November 5, 2014 at 2:14pm:
House for Sale in the 55+ community of Dreamland Villa, a Maricopa County Island subdivision in Arizona completely surrounded by the City of Mesa.  Any serious offer with a realistic price will be considered. It's time to move on!
My little house in Dreamland Villa, Arizona.
My Valley of the Sun home in Dreamland Villa, Arizona.
The gigantic Rosemary Bush in the backyard of my home in Dreamland Villa, Arizona.
Roland Louis Hansen added 3 new photos.
House For Sale:
Dreamland Villa 55+ community Maricopa County Island Mesa, AZ 85205; built 1966, cinderblock construction, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 924 taxable square  foot excludes enclosed Arizona room, laundry room, and workshop; car porch (2) with 99.9% UV protection siding. covered front porch, large covered  back patio porch; mesquite tree, 2 young palms, 1 grapefruit tree, 2 orange trees. Purchased in January 2003 for $77,000; since then - new (30 year  guarantee) roof, new roof mounted HVAC heat pump, new hot water tank, new carpeting and seamless flooring, new window in laundry room. An added  positive feature of this cute house is that it faces south. That is a real plus for homes in the Valley Of The Sun when considering the solar seasonal  effects.
Wednesday, November 5 at 2:14pm
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Elaine Soukup, Patricia Lieberman and 2 others like this.

Corey Novick: You might want to get some better photos, including pictures of the interior
November 5 · Like · Reply · 1

Genessa Nessie Ginsberg Hollander: Can't believe you are actually doing it. I will call you on the weekend. Love
November 5 · Like · Reply

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Marti Collier: Where you moving to? Back here full time?
November 6 · Like · Reply

Dale Zolciak: How much
November 7 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Cut the middle man and make a direct purchase offer. You and I both save unnecessary realtor-related fees. You get a house at  a much lower purchase price and I save the hassle of listing with a realtor and all the malarkey that goes with that. I do not seek profit, only a return on  the costs and expenses that I have invested since January 2003. Look at the following link to see what Dreamland Villa homes are being sold for:
Dreamland Villa Homes for Sale - Dreamland Villa, Mesa AZ - MovotoView over 20 homes for sale in Dreamland Villa, Mesa,...
November 8 · Like · Reply

Jan Charles Hansen: What is a serious offer, give me a range, such as _ to_
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: malarkey? well anyone who makes an offer needs to do inspections and an appraisal - malarkey? I have nothing against FSBOs as long  as people are educated about malarkey.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Carole - I despise real estate agents - my opinion is based on dealings I have had on several occasions since 1971 with both  seller and buyer agents.
AND BTW, Carole Sanek, Inspections and appraisals may be performed by means other than using a realtor!!!!
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Patricia Cardarelli, Patricia Cardarelli, Dale Zolciak, Jan Charles Hansen, and others who may be interested in the selling price of  my Dreamland Villa Arizona home:
You can get a good idea of what I mean by "reasonable" when you consider previous statements I have made on what I had paid, what improvements I  have made, the comment I made stating " that. I do not seek profit, only a return on the costs and expenses that I have invested since January 2003"  and if you check the link I placed above showing prices of 'Dreamland Villa Homes for Sale'
Anyone interested in making an offer to purchase this home may contact me via personal Facebook message, yahoo e-mail, gmail, or telephone call.
As an aside, I wonder why people who are not interested in even considering the purchase of the house would even ask. I see that some have asked  and then removed their questions.
On another note, if folks wish to ask me personal questions such as my future plans, where I might choose to live, etc. and/or to have a one-on-one  personal dialogue with me -- that is why I have e-mail - please use that medium to do so. My e-mail address is in the contact information section on my  Facebook "About" page. AND, of course, a telephone conversation is always nice - as is conversation during personal visits.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Carole Sanek (a real estate agent) has chosen to write about my comment about "listing with a realtor and all the malarkey that  goes with that" on her Facebook page and to do so without tagging me. What a gutless move on her part!!! Self-serving on her part; that is just one  example of why I have a low opinion of real estate agents. Check out her message thread for yourself (it is a public posting as is mine here).
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: I did that you are right and I would do it again because buyers need to beware of buying without guidance and guidance doesn't have to  come from any REALTORS® - it can come from a title agency, from a lender, from a relative who has had a bad experience in buying, from an attorney  who would tell you all the steps to complete before signing on the dotted line. Google can even assist people in the steps of buying a FSBO. I have no  problem with anyone trying to move a property on their own - none at all. I do have a problem when anyone profiles all agents as you did. I have a  problem with people who resort to insults and ugliness as you have and I would like to point out that I never called you out by name even though for 10  seconds I was tempted to do that but I didn't. So now that you have called yourself out on my wall with your post made in anger have a nice day and I  wish you luck in selling your home.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: I am not angry, Carole. I just call them as I see them. Apparenly, you are intolerant of those who do not share your perspective.  You have actually proved my point in your "unprofessional" and "unethical" and "unfriendly" behavior in the manner in which you have hijacked my  message thread for your own personal purposes.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: Roland why are you feeling so persecuted? I never named you by name, you did that. You came onto my post and identified  yourself.....why? You have the right to your opinion as I do mine so I am a tad confused as to why you seem to think you are the only person allowed to  have one. When one chooses inflammatory words, one should be aware that is akin to throwing down a verbal gauntlet. You are still calling names and I  have been nothing but sincere with you I wish you luck and happiness!
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Carole, you insist on hijacking my message thread. You continue to write in order to divert everyone's attention. Fine. Be that  way. Have a wonderful life, enjoy your day, and make lots of money in your pursuit of happines in the real estate business.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: I am not in the real estate business......haven't been for years so bye now
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen Carole Sanek -- Keep on writing, Carole. It seems to give you pleasure to hijack my Facebook wall and my message thread.
November 9 · Like · Reply

And here is the Facebook News Feed Of Carole Sanek activity update posted on November 9, 2014 at 8:37 am:
I copied this out of a post here on FB from someone selling their own property:
Cut the middle man and make a direct purchase offer. You and I both save unnecessary realtor-related fees. You get a house at a much lower purchase price and I save the hassle of listing with a realtor and all the malarkey that goes with that.
Sunday, November 9 at 8:37 am
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Peter Diulio likes this.

Carole Sanek: It's malarkey to know you should still get everything inspected right? It's malarkey to know that a seller should disclose anything that they know is wrong with the house right? It's malarkey to know that a buyer should still get it appraised right? I have nothing against a FSBO as long as people understand all that malarkey could cost them in the long run.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 2

Steven Retalic: Do not forget to mention we check and help close open permits liens and other hidden things that could cost the buyer thousands
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: Spot on oh and what about all that malarkey that could happen if there are problems - you know being sued malarkey which will always be more expensive then paying unnecessary realtor-related fees right?
November 9 · Edited · Like · Reply · 1

Bill Luther: Should be illegal! Lol!
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: I am "this close" to tagging this person - giving him a shout out to his malarkey.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 3

Bill Luther: Reading your post pissed me off so much I've gotta have a Bloody Mary to calm down.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 2

Carole Sanek: I know and the seller said he made all kinds of improvements - hope he pulled permits.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 2

Sherri Elaine: You wouldn't pull your own tooth would you? No, you'd go to the dentist. So that seller wants to sell himself short and get less than market value to save a few thousand dollars? So many FSBO don't realize that they will actually make back the real estate commission and then some by listing with a REALTOR. And Buyer Beware! That seller is probably hiding something and been told by a professional that he should or shouldn't do something.... All that malarky!
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: well said Sherri Elaine
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek I am waiting to see if he takes my opinion down from his post - then I will invite him here LOL
November 9 · Like · Reply

Sherri Elaine: On the flip side, I see so many FSBO who are WAY over priced and think buyers aren't savvy enough to check Trulia and Zillow, where I might add the market values are way low. But we RICH REALTORS, we're all out to make a buck and fund our lavish lifestyles because we are all like the agents on Million Dollar Listing. We don't put out any of our own money BEFORE the house sells and we get paid. Nope. WE WORK FOR FREE UNTIL YOUR HOUSE SELLS... WE ARE IN THE RED UNTIL YOUR HOUSE SELLS AND THEN STILL SO EVEN AFTER BECAUSE OF THE TIME AND EXPENSE BECAUSE OF YOUR STUBBORN KNOW IT ALL ASS!!!!
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Peter Diulio: I once went with no realtor thinking "oh I'll save the commission $ fee" BOY did I get burned, NEVER AGAIN , I've bought now for rentals and ALWAYS use realtor. Well worth it.. Thank you for mentioning this Carole Sanek, people need to be aware of what's out there HIDDEN..
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: Go Sherri Elaine and Lawrence F Sanek hasn't seen this status yet oh boy.......
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Lawrence F Sanek: Boy lets see at least 30 things that can make the deal go south, then how do they market their home to the WORLD like I do and all that paper work that is required to get you to the closing table. Oh and I've seen deals that could fall apart at the closing table if you didn't have a competent real estate professional.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

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Carole Sanek: Well that was a much calmer response from Lawrence then I expected LOL - I actually copied what this "friend" wrote and posted it here based on his opinion of us as REALTORS®
November 9 · Like · Reply

Lawrence F Sanek: Oh and I forgot that's why only about 2-3% of all sales are FSBO. Don't forget about the owner of one of the largest FSBO services that hired a real estate professional to sell their home. Gee I wonder why again LOL VERY LOUD
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: OK Lawrence is on a toot
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Obviously, you presume to know me well. Far from it, Carole. I never state anything that I am not willing to have attributed to me. I am the person to whom you are belittling. Oh, and by the way, I also stated " Carole - I despise real estate agents - my opinion is based on dealings I have had on several occasions since 1971 with both seller and buyer agents.
AND BTW, Carole Sanek, Inspections and appraisals may be performed by means other than using a realtor!!!!"
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: First of all you did the belittling of REALTORS® all I did was post your belittling opinion so let's get this in the proper order next let's get more facts straight inspections and appraisals are NOT done by REALTORS® they are done by licensed professionals in their respective fields. It is a crying shame that you made some bad choices in the past with buyer and seller agents but that's on you - there are plenty of honest ethical agents in this country blaming your issues on all of them is past the intelligence I know you possess.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Look at the entire message thread. AND, yes, I do have a low opinion of real estate agents. So, instead of belittling me, Carole and you other real estate people, why are you not trying to persuade me in a positive way to change my opinion??? Oh, come to think of it, if you believe I am wrong, then maybe you are of the opinion that two wrongs make a right.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: Not going to work, done discussing this mostly because my point was buyer beware - because there are some very shady sellers out there. I know you are not one of those and that you are an honest and ethical person who would never be anything but honest and ethical in your sale. Wishing you the best of luck and happiness as you move on in your life.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Yeah, right, Carole! I really believe your sincerity as you wrote "Wishing you the best of luck and happiness as you move on in your life." -- sarcasm is an attribute of yours, I see.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Lawrence F Sanek: Actually she was being classy - and she ended the conversation I think you need to do the same.
Sunday, November 9 at 12:37pm · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Gee, thanks, Larry. Defending your wife is the right thing to do. I see you want to end the message thread by being the one to say just that. I am game if you and everyone else is -- No need to reply to this, folks.
Sunday, November 9 at 12:39pm · Like · Reply

Incidentally, here is a message I received on Twitter: "You are blocked from following @carolesanek and viewing @carolesanek's Tweets."
So, that is that; however,
I do want to remind everyone and draw your attention to the following:

From the Facebook pages of Carole Sanek:

"I own my thoughts, no one else owns them, or speaks for me. I will not be drawn into drama because that is a very negative place to be. I will not get angry because anger kills your T-cells which you need everyday, all the time, to keep you healthy. I will not judge your opinion, because you own it. I may not agree with your opinion, but I will not argue it, or argue with you. If you think I am wrong to feel this way, then push the unfriend option - you own your decisions, you own your choices."

"2011 Installed as President Elect Tampa Chapter Women's Council of Realtors"

Saturday, November 22, 2014

USPS. United States Postal Service. Going Postal with the Post Office Misfeasance.

Back in January 2003, I bought a second home in the Southwest part of the USA (metropolitan Phoenix Arizona area) that is approximately 2000 miles away from my main residence in Northwest Ohio (Toledo, Ohio). Since that time, I have spent most of the winter months in my second home in a climate where the winter weather is sunny and warm as opposed to the cold, snowy weather in the climate of my primary residence.

At first, I had no problems with the United States Postal Service with the forwarding and the delivery of my mail. As a matter of fact, the Post Office did a fantastic job. Indeed, for many, many, many years, I had always proclaimed that the United States Postal Service was the greatest in the world, that the U.S. Post Office was a fine-tuned, efficient organization with excellent service.

Then, things changed! Now, for the past several years or so, I have had an annual problem with getting correct delivery of my mail from the United States Post Service. I have tried over the years to alleviate problems with the delivery of my mail by several means, such as making change of addresses with the senders of my mail, making change of addresses with the Post Office in person and by electronic means that the USPS had suggested, not making any change of address but having others check my mail at my main residence, etc. Over the past few years, both my wife and I have spoken with USPS officials by telephone and in person.

Last year, I made no change of address, but it was such a hassle to keep informed on the mail being delivered to my primary residence that I tried the temporary change of address to my secondary address with the U.S. Post Office again this year. Well, guess what!!!


I am royally UPSET to no end.
I JUST NOW (today) received an e-mail from my brother, Daryl, who has lived with my wife, Judy, and me in our primary residence since September 2009. Daryl informed me that the Post Office in Toledo, Ohio stopped forwarding my USPS mail from Toledo to my winter Mesa, Arizona home as of November 8 --- TWO WEEKS AGO!!! The Post Office was given a temporary change of address back at the end of October that was supposed to be good for 6 months. Not only did the Post Office stop forwarding my mail, but they stopped delivering it to my Toledo address, as well; Daryl wrote me in the e-mail that the Post Office now has all mail for Judy and me on hold.

Here is what Daryl wrote me:
"Mail Man Just informed me that for what ever reason the mail forwarding stop November 8th, and will have to be re-done again by you to forward what they have Now on hold - So They said you'll have to fill out on line or how ever you wish to do it but to do another mail forwarding request.So Far they have Mail on hold until you do the change again. Why This happens he's not sure."

I wish I had known about the problem two weeks ago. I have no idea why I had not been informed of any problems. Why was I not called? Why did the carrier in either of my two locations not check with my wife or me? Why does the Post Office think it has the power to hold my mail and not deliver it?? I am totally disgusted. Anger is not a strong enough word to express what I am feeling. At least I am lucky that I got the e-mail about this -- heck, I do not have internet access at my second house; all I have is internet access at the public library and at wi-fi hot spots. What am I to do if there is crucially important mail sitting at the Toledo Post Office???

Stroke, move over; heart attack, here I come!!!

Why is the United States Postal Service so inept?
Why is the United States Postal Service so incompetent?
Why is the misfeasance of the United States Postal Service allowed to continue?

I do believe that I have aptly entitled this Roland Hansen Commentary:
USPS. United States Postal Service. Going Postal with the Post Office Misfeasance.

Friday, November 14, 2014

U.S.A. Election 2014, American-style. The general American public gets the government it deserves!

I want to open with a quote from a previous Roland Hansen Commentary that I wrote on May 8, 2010:
Informed voters do not always get what they deserve; ill-informed voters do get what they deserve; and, non voters do not deserve anything!

Here's another. Back on October 5, 2011, I wrote the Roland Hansen Commentary, American Democracy Threatened, that started out with this:
Back on March 2, 2007, I wrote a Roland's Ramblings (my other blog) in which I stated: "we in the United States of America are in jeopardy of having our representative democracy form of government destroyed."

Now, let's put those two quotes and blog entries into perspective as it relates to the General Elections held across the United States in November of 2014. Open and read the following:
From the The New York Times - The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years, By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, NOV. 11, 2014.
From The Washington PostVoter turnout in 2014 was the lowest since WWII By Jose A. DelReal November 10.
From PBS NewsHour - 2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years, BY DOMENICO MONTANARO, RACHEL WELLFORD AND SIMONE PATHE,  November 10, 2014.

Many voters proudly proclaim to be independents, not being aligned with either of the two major political parties in the United States of America. But, if you recall, back on May 18, 2009  I wrote the Roland Hansen CommentaryIndependents and Politics: An Oxymoron.

Then, there are the idiot moron anonymous trolls like mud_rake who wrote. "You, Mr. Hansen, are also a political hack ..."

Some people have an overall low opinion of elected officials and of politicians in general. Perhaps, you may remember when I wrote the Roland Hansen CommentaryPoliticians: Before And After Being Elected. What do you think?, back on March 18, 2014.

Quite a few folks do not think we need government. Back on April 23, 2010, I addressed the issue when I penned the Roland Hansen Commentary, Government: Do we need it?

So? What of this election just held earlier this month. What of the results? What of the affected American public. About half of the voting age American public is even registered to vote. And of that one-half of the voting age American public, just slightly over one-third actually voted, i.e. about 17% of the voting age populace. That means in a one-on-one election where the election result is determined by a simple majority, the winner was determined by 8.5 % plus one vote of the entire American voting age population,
AND, that is why this Roland Hansen Commentary is entitled
U.S.A. Election 2014, American-style. The general American public gets the government it deserves!

Now, I close with this Roland Hansen Commentary of August 12, 2007 (Open it to read the commentary):
Whiny Nonvoters Should Shush Up 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Twitter. Bill Lucas. Buckeye. BuckeyeCable. Buckeye CableSystem.

I really do not need to write much here on Roland Hansen Commentary regarding the CRAP of Buckeye CableSystem in Toledo, Ohio.

Really. All you need do is to go over to read the Bill Lucas Twitter feed on the subject of Buckeye CableSystem where you may also read my comments.

More over here.

Remember my 'Hello Peggy' Roland Hansen Commentary about Buckeye CableSystem?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Maggie Thurber states, "Toledo Public Schools blatantly violating the law ..."

Preface: This commentary is in regards to comments made in regards to the city school system administration in Toledo, Ohio. 

Maggie Thurber in a comment introducing a photo that she placed on Facebook stated, "Toledo Public Schools blatantly violating the law by putting levy signs on school property... Even after I called the Superintendent's to warn them they were violating the law."

In that same message thread, she further wrote, "I gave them more than 3 weeks to get the signs down, which is plenty of time considering they shouldn't have been put up in the first place."

Then she wrote a bit more to which I responded, "I agree with the statement about Toledo Public Schools (Toledo Board of Education) made by Maggie Thurber, i.e. 'When an organization wants us to give them more money, they should play by the rules in that endeavor. It's against the law to use any public resources to promote a ballot issue. They were told in previous campaigns that it was illegal. They were told three weeks ago it was illegal and I was assured they would remove the signs. If they can't keep their word on such a basic issue, it raises issues of trust for everything else.' "

Here, in that the message thread is posted as public, you may read the entire thing for yourself; just open this embedded link:
Maggie Thurber Facebook Posting, Monday, October 20, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

I would really like to see Maggie Thurber (former member of the Board of Lucas County Commisioners and former Toledo Municipal Clerk of Court) write about that issue over on her blog, Thurber's Thoughts.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

News Flash! Toledo, Ohio. Michael S. Miller Of Toledo Free Press Shoots From The Hip, Takes Pot Shots At Toledoans.

Michael S. Miller, editor-in-chief and co-publisher of the Toledo, Ohio community newspaper Toledo Free Press, has resigned his position and is leaving Toledo, Ohio. In doing so, he has penned a farewell epistle in which he took a few parting pot shots at Toledoans. The following excerpts are quotes from that written goodbye piece that has been published in the Toledo Free Press.
"Few experiences foster sentiment like an unexpected goodbye, but as I leave Toledo Free Press — and Toledo — the past few weeks have paradoxically blessed me with great clarity."

"... I have also had to battle a number of absolute creeps and cowards who seek only personal advancement at the expense of the greater community. There are corrupt elected officials, wicked and greedy leeches in the business community, incompetent pay-for-play media practitioners, Judas betrayers, car dealers who prey on economically challenged customers but don’t pay their own bills, weak-willed academics, spineless news anchors and gutter-dwelling errand boys who contribute to the attitudes that rot this ... city at its core. There are people walking among us so warped by their own ambition and hypocrisy that their souls are hopelessly smothered under spider webs of lies and delusion."

"... I have long lamented that Toledoans often chose comfort over ambition. Our people cling to a substandard status quo rather than take risks today that could lead to a better tomorrow for all of us."

"... the corruption that has enveloped so many prominent Toledoans and inhibits Toledo’s growth and prosperity."

"... I refuse to calcify. I refuse to allow a lowest-common-denominator attitude to define my life."
Toledo Free Press
Written by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief

What do you think of that? Was it nasty enough? What do you think of Michael Miller writing in such bellicose terms?

Oh, so you think I have only given part of the story, eh! Well, you are, in fact, correct. For the entire story, read the entire article for yourself; all you need do is follow the embedded link contained within the reference citation.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Steve Kapner, Expert on American Government and Politics - NOT!

Quotes from Steve Kapner:
... we see brother against brother, friends and family divided, a line in the sand marked clearly as Big Government vs. Individual Citizens. (Feds vs. Rebs) I stand with the Right.
Keep changing the name eventually you'll fool someone.

Now A Spelling Lesson
The last four letters in American..........I Can
The last four letters in Republican........I Can
The last four letters in Democrats.........Rats
End of lesson
I believe our country was built by men and women who fought against the tyranny of socialism, who came to an unknown world to find freedom and liberty; This desire, this need to be free burned deeply in their hearts. This desire burns deeply in me as well.

ref: TWO DEMOCRATS ON AN ESCALATOR, Facebook entry by Steve Kapner,
initially posted September 28, 2014.

If you look at the comments contained within the thread following the video, you will note one of my comments in which I stated:
Most people are lacking in knowledge when it comes to understanding government and politics. They allow their own preconceived perceptions and personal opinions override factual information; their practice of selective reasoning interferes with an informed mind.

Immediately after having written and pubishing this Roland Hansen Commentary, I placed a link to it on my Twitter feed and on my Google+ page. I then posted a link to my Twitter entry onto the message thread of Steve Kapner as referenced in my blog entry.

A few hours later, this is what has happened:
The following was delivered to my e-mail but was removed by its author as a comment to this thread:
Steve Kapner also commented on his video.
Steve Kapner
October 9 at 7:22pm
Roland Louis Hansen . Are you off your medication again.
Upon several attempts to read the message in the thread to which it was attached, I received the following message from Facebook:
This content is currently unavailable
The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.
In addition to that, I can no longer view the Facebook page of Steve Kapner while I am logged into Facebook. Nor can I send a Facebook private message to Steve Kapner. If I could message him through Facebook or if I had an e-mail address for him, this is what I would write to him:
I see you have blocked me from your Facebook wall and that while logged into Facebook I am not allowed to view the public posting to which I commented and to which I linked in a blog entry of mine; nor am I allowed to further comment on that Facebook message thread which is your pathetic excuse of political analyses that are really perverted convoluted diatribes lacking in factual scholarly research with accompanying objective supportive data. You can dish it out, but not take it, eh? Is censorship your way of handling those with whom you disagree? And you assert you do not want the government to do that very same sort of thing!
In that I cannot send him that message, I guess I will just have to be content with having provided this update to my commentary.

Oh! Incidentally, I have also learned that the posting that I had made on that message thread of Steve Kapner as referenced in my blog entry containing the link to my Twitter entry was removed by Steve Kapner.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Yom Kippur. Rabbi Jason Miller's Blog: Paying for High Holiday Tickets

Tonight begins Yom Kippur. I have previously written of Yom Kippur over at my Roland's Ramblings blog.

With Yom Kippur now upon us, I am reminded of a blog entry recently scribed by Rabbi Jason Miller over at his blog - AND of my own comment in response to it that failed to get a response from the Rabbi.

Go check it out for yourself over at:
Rabbi Jason Miller's Blog ( Paying for High Holiday Tickets

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers: Incompetent Billing Department, Incompetent Administration?

I have been placed in the very uncomfortable position of replacing my ophthalmologist. I am disturbed that this is necessary. While I am extremely satisfied with and have full confidence in my current ophthalmologist, James D. Ravin (I even went to his father, Dr. Louis C. Ravin, also an ophthalmologist, back 40 an 50 years ago when I was a child), I am extremely dissatified and angered by the bureaucratic, impersonal, and nonresposive organization for which Dr. Ravin practices his craft. I write in reference of TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers.

Here is my story.

In August of 2013, I went to the TLC Eyecare & Laser Center located at 3000 Regency Court in Toledo, Ohio for my annual exam by Dr. Ravin. In addition to the regular annual comprehensive ophthalmologic eye exam, dilated retinal exam, dilated macular or fundus exam, I also underwent fundus photography I&R. The fundus photography procedure for diabetics such as me is not uncommon; and, there are special billing codes and documentation needed for that and other eye exam procedures. (REF: Coding for Diabetes Procedures)

In September 2013, I received a bill from TLC Eyecare And Laser Centers, 857 W. North Street, Suite 104, Jackson, Michigan 49202-3196. I also had received a "Claim Receipt, Explanation of benefits and payments" from my medical insurance company stating, A coding error was detected. This diagnosis code is not valid when billed as a primary diagnosis. Consequently, I made a personal visit to the TLC Eyecare & Laser Center located at 3000 Regency Court in Toledo, Ohio.
[As a side note: I have had some experience in my career life in the area of medical billing. At one time I served almost three years as the administrator of a private, nonprofit ambulatory health care clinic and the billing office was part of my administrative responsibilities. I also served five years as a Medicaid Supervisor for Lucas County and a few years in supervisory and managerial capacities for several preventive health care programs.]
Well, let me tell you, I got nowhere fast! I was greeted at the front desk where I explained why I was there. I was directed to speak with an employee in the back office area. I spoke with the employee, showed her the billing notice from TLC and the EOB from my insurance company, and because the TLC employee failed to comprehend the object of my consternation, I had to explain and point out the line items and specific sentences in those communications - not once, not twice, but three times.
The employee told me that she could do nothing for me, that I owed the amount billed,  and I could pay her right then and there. She also stated that I could telephone the main TLC offices in Jackson, Michigan. I paid the amount and left in total disbelief at the lack of courtesy, lack of helpfulness, apparent lack of knowledge on the part of the employee, substandard professional demeanor, and lackluster (to say the least) customer relations.

After quite some time had passed, I wrote a letter to the TLC main office in Jackson, Michigan. In that letter, I relayed what had happened, provided copies of all correspondence along with the billing and payment receipt, and stated, "I expect a proper and adequate resolution of having my payment being reimbursed to me and your office may resubmit a corrected billing to my insurance company."

In July 2014, I received a letter from TLC Eyecare Laser Centers Corporate Office, 857 W. North Street, Suite 104, Jackson, Michigan 49202 dated "Tuesday, July 08, 2014" that stated in large bold type, center-justified:
It's Time to Schedule Your Next Appointment!
and then, on the next line in smaller regular type, left-justified:
Please call our office at (877) 852-8463 to schedule your appointment.

I responded to that letter by sending an electronic message via the Contact page of the TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers website. The following is a copy of that electronic communication:
Your name *
Roland L. Hansen

Your e-mail address *
rolhansen@ (redacted)

Subject *
Very Unhappy Patient Acct# (redacted)

Message *
On January 4, 2014, I sent your main office a written letter expressing my displeasure and disappointment with your billing and business practices. My letter went into detail and specifics about my concerns. I stated that I expected a proper and adequate resolution to my concerns; and along with my letter, I provided copies of the billing statement, insurance EOB, and receipt of my payment.
You failed to respond to my concerns; and, you expect me to continue a professional relationship with you. What chutzpah!! Why on earth would I want to continue a relationship with a company that ignores its patients/consumers/customers?

Then about a month ago on August 27, there was a message on my home telephone answering machine. The message was from a woman by the name of Kate from TLC stating it was time for my regular annual appointment with the doctor and she requested that I telephone 877-852-8463 to make an appointment.
Uff da! What chutzpah! I could not believe it!!!

I conclude and proclaim the same now as I did in my my concluding sentence of January 4, 2014 written correspondence to TLC Eyecare and Laser Centers:
I am a retiree with diabetes. I do not need this aggravation.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Fraud Being Perpetuated By The Republican Party On The American Public.

I am providing a few direct quotes from a very interesting article that I recently read online.

  • The GOP is working desperately to deny the right to vote to citizens it doesn’t like. You know, poor people, black people, Hispanic people, old people, female people, .....
  • The right-wingers on the U.S. Supreme Court last year gave Republicans a hand in this effort by striking down key protections in the Voting Rights Act. Joining them this month were three Republican judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • When their hands are pressed on a Bible in court, Republican experts admit they’ve got no evidence of the in-person voter fraud that the GOP claims these laws are intended to prevent.
  • In Texas, the expert called to testify by Republicans supporting the law admitted when cross-examined that he was unaware of a single case of in-person voter fraud there. In Wisconsin, Republican officials acknowledged in depositions that they could not produce one example of in-person voter fraud in the entire state history.
Everyone has their own subjective opinion and puts their own spin on the topic of voter fraud in the United States of America. Me? I, myself, prefer to deal with fact. While the article to which I make reference contains opinions, it also contains verifiable, indisputable, objective facts. Read the entire article for yourself! Just go on over to:

*NOTE: GOP = The Republican Party

Friday, September 19, 2014

Republicans are Wrong About the Minimum Wage

I "borrowed" that wording for the title of this Roland Hansen Commentary, as I am now borrowing this intro to the video I am placing here.

"Watch: Pres. Clinton Explains Why Republicans are Wrong About the Minimum Wage"

Bill Clinton Explains Why Raising the Minimum... by funnyvideo1

I got the whole thing from following a link on a friend's Facebook wall status update that took me to Occupy Democrats, a website of which I had previously been unaware. You can view the actual webpage by following this embedded link.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

President Bill Clinton on Senator Mitch McConnell

William Jefferson Clinton served two elected four-year terms from 1993 to 2001 as the 42nd President of the United States.

Former President Bill Clinton is perhaps the best President of the United States of America since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Recently, President Clinton took Senator Mitch McConnell to task making reference to a speech McConnell gave this past June at a gathering hosted by the billionaires Charles and David Koch.

Here is YouTube Video of what President Clinton had to say:

Over thisaway, you may read the article Bill Clinton to McConnell: "What about 9/11?" by James R. Carroll of The Courier-Journal which also contains another video of President Bill Clinton's remarks on Shameful Senator McConnell.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Timothy W Higgins Just Blowing Smoke on Toledo, Ohio Water

The following sentence is the watered down version of what I originally thought of writing:
Mi Amigo Tim Higgins has written a little piece about the Toledo, Ohio "water crisis" experience of this past summer.
ref: re: water crisis:
* The Blade, COLLINS’ TAKE ON EMERGENCY, Mayor says water crisis is similar to 9/11, Both were wake-up calls, led to second-guessing, BY TOM TROY BLADE POLITICS WRITER, Published: Tuesday, 8/19/2014.
* FOOD & WATER WATCH >; BLOG >; BLOGS > The Toledo Water Crisis Won’t Be the Last, By Elizabeth Nussbaume, August 18th, 2014
Aw, shucks! Go on over to read:
Just Blowing Smoke... TFP Column (not): Water Water Everywhere

Is Timothy all wet or is the City of Toledo, Ohio throwing the baby out with the bath water? Is this a wash job? Who is wet behind the ears? Who is all washed up --- Tim Higgins or Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins or Toledo City Councilwoman Lindsay Webb or the City of Toledo Department of Public Utilities (aka The Water Department)???

Oh, and by the way, I wrote a little something myself a few years back about the City of Toledo and its opprobrious Water Department. Read it for yourself:
Toledo, Garbage, Water.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fred LeFebvre of WSPD 1370 AM Radio is Alive, Well, and Kicking!

Fred LeFebvre of WSPD 1370 AM Radio is alive, well, and still kicking me around!

What? You don't believe me?
Well, I can give you the link to a Facebook status update of Sashem Brey in which Fred LeFebvre stated in reply to Judy of Judy's Jewels "yep still here Judy, still on air, still being followed around by stalkers like Roland."
Read it for yourself over here in that Facebook message thread.

Over on the website of SwampBubbles back on September 20, 2011, I asked this question, WHO IS FRED LEFEBVRE, ANYWAY?
What an interesting message thread that turned out to be!
I encourage you to click on the preceding embedded link contained in the posed question to read all the comments there for yourself.

Oh, well! As long as Fred LeFebvre, Talk Show Host at WSPD-AM in Toledo, Ohio, wants to proclaim I am stalking him, I will humor him by publishing this Roland Hansen Commentary to join the growing list of other entries here on Roland Hansen Commentary about Fred LeFebvre.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In Memory of my brother Richard James Hansen (January 10, 1945 - August 16, 2013)

In honor and in memory of my brother Richard James Hansen, a 20 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who died one year ago today from pancreatic cancer, I ask you to look at the following:

Richard James Hansen, In Memoriam, Roland Hansen Commentary, Saturday, August 17, 2013.
Richard James Hansen, In Memoriam, Roland's Ramblings, Posted on August 17, 2013.

What A Wonderful World, Dedicated to Richard James Hansen, Roland Hansen Commentary, Sunday, August 25, 2013.
What A Wonderful World, Dedicated to Richard James Hansen, Roland's Ramblings, Posted on August 25, 2013.

The Fourth Of July, Independence Day, and Richard J. Hansen, Roland Hansen Commentary, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
“America’s Independence Day” in dedication to the memory of Richard James Hansen, Roland's Ramblings, Posted on July 3, 2014.

When Rich died, I made a pledge in his honor to try to be a better person. As I think of Rich each day, I also continue each day in my attempt to keep that pledge; and, I think I have made some progress. However, I feel I have fallen short. Therefore, on the anniversary of the death of my brother, Richard James Hansen, a good, kind hearted, selfless, generous, noble, patriotic, and gentle man,, I renew my pledge and will continue to strive to become a better person.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 31, Adam And Me. A Personal Commentary.

Today is the forty-first anniversary of the birth of my firstborn, Adam Roland Hansen. I am so proud of Adam; he is the epitome of human potential. As the years have been going by, Adam has continously done much to contribute to his community and the world. Adam is a man of whom all should admire and respect. He is a fine man, a good man, who strives to improve to be even better. The following is a reproduction of what I wrote two years ago on my other blog, Roland's Ramblings.

July 31, Adam And Me.

July 31 - A date very dear to me. Read on to learn why.
Here are two entries from the previous domain of Roland's Ramblings that I located on The Wayback Machine:
JULY 31, 2004
Thirty-one years ago today, I became a father. My first-born was a boy. How appropriate his given name is Adam. Over the years, he has become a good man. If all men could be like Adam, we would all have a much better world. I am proud of him and proud to call him my son. I love him dearly.

JULY 31, 2005
Birthdays are special days for everyone. I wish a very happy birthday to my son, Adam.
To Adam, I also say:
Your special day is also a special day for me. The day you were born 32 years ago, I became a father. You have really become a very special person in so many ways. I am proud of you; and, I am proud to be your dad.
Interesting, eh? Well, look at the July 31 Roland's Ramblings of 2011 with its embedded links to the July 31 Roland's Ramblings of 2010 and 2007 and the comment I made the day after it had been a year ago.

So, it is again that time of year when I say:

Happy Birthday, Adam!

Thirty-nine (39) years, and counting.

And as I do each and everyday, I think of how much I love my son, Adam Roland Hansen, and of how proud I am of Adam who constantly, consistently, and continuously strives to be the grandest version of the greatest vision of his highest self.

That which I scribed two years ago is just as true today as it was then.
Oh, there is one exception!
My statement of two years ago of "Thirty-nine (39) years, and counting" needs to be updated.
I now need to change that to "Forty-one (41) years, and counting."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jesus was a Jewish Radical Nonviolent Revolutionary!!!

I saw a very interesting meme about Jesus that I decided to share with those folks who visit Roland Hansen Commentary. I think it will be interesting to see if anyone has the chutzpah to comment. That being stated, here is the meme about Jesus:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ye Olde Durty Bird; 2 S. St. Clair St.; Toledo, OH 43604

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:31 PM, I wrote an electronic letter to Ye Olde Durty Bird restaurant in Toledo, Ohio via the contact form contained on its website, a copy of which is reproduced below.
From: Roland Hansen
Subject: Dissatisfied customer
Message Body:
I am a very dissatified customer. I took a guest who was on his work lunch hour to your restaurant today. I am a reired 66 year old man, so time is not a problem for me, but it is for my guest. I informed the waitstaff of the time constraint. My guest ordered a big Italian Hoagie with chips; I ordered a classic burger with chips. It took about 20 minutes or so to have our order delivered.
There were fries, not chips, on my plate. I inquired about whether the fries were supposed to be included with the burger and that I thought it was supposed to be chips. The server asked if I wanted the fries to be taken back and chips to be brought out. I responded with "I do not care what you do. I did not order the fries and I am not going to pay for them." The server appeared irritated and walked away. I started eating my burger. Lo and behold, within a couple minutes the server returned with an extremely small bowl of chips (about the size of a custard dessert dish). The server set down the chips and while I had my burger in my hand with a napkin held under it in my other hand, the server removed the burger platter with the fries on it. and walked away. I was astounded at these actions. To make things worse, when I asked for the bill because we had to leave (my guest had to place half his sandwich and all his chips into a take-out container due to being late in returning to work), I was presented with a bill in which I was told $1.49 had been removed as that was the cost of the fries. None-the-less the bill included the full sales tax on the original incorrect amount and the $1.49 was listed as a discount. Consequently, I actually paid $.10 more than I should have paid. I paid with my Discover Card. In all my years, I have never received such poor service, nor have I ever witnessed such unprofessional actions as the way this incident was (mis)handled. FYI, my receipt lists the following: 1020 Phillipe, Tbl 21/1, Chk 4918
Almost immediately, I received an immediate automated electronic response which was as follows:
Ye Olde Durty Bird Management Team
To Me
Jul 1
Thank you for contacting the Management of Ye Olde Durty Bird, Downtown Toledo's Gastropub.
Your inquiry will be processed accordingly.

On Friday, July 11, 2014 12:22 PM, The Management wrote:
So very sorry to hear about your experience here at Ye Olde Durty Bird.
We strive to provide quality food and service for all guests.
Your feedback is important and helpful for us to make any necessary improvements.
Again, very sorry for the negative experience.
Julie Ketterman
General Manager Ye Olde Durty Bird
2 S. St. Clair St.
Toledo, OH 43604
PH: 419-243-2473
To The Management
Jul 11
Thank you for your answer of July 11, 2014 to my concerns as expressed in my July 1, 2014 e-mail to you. I believe I just may share our communication exchange on my two blogs in order that others may be as aware of your responsiveness as I now am.
In that I believe you would want the general public to also be aware of your responsivenes, I will also give some thought to sharing this elsewhere on the internet.
To which, I again received an immediate automated electronic response, as follows:
Ye Olde Durty Bird Management Team
To Me
Jul 11
Thank you for contacting the Management of Ye Olde Durty Bird, Downtown Toledo's Gastropub.
Your inquiry will be processed accordingly.

Comments, anyone?

UPDATE (written August 15, 2014)

I wrote a very similar yet somewhat different entry of this Roland Hansen Commentary on my other blog, i.e. Roland's Ramblings, entitled Ye Olde Durty Bird Restaurant In Toledo, Ohio: Irresponsible Management which was posted on August 1, 2014.

Shortly after publishing that blog entry, I sent a link of it by private message to the Facebook account of Ye Olde Durty Bird. Within hours, I was contacted by Julie Ketterman, General Manager of Ye Olde Durty Bird Restaurant via her personal e-mail account that was used to avoid automated responses. In her e-mail, Ms. Ketterman took full responsibility for what had transpired, was very apologetic, and offered to right that which was wrong.

After a brief exchange of e-mail, an agreement was reached that I found to be extremely satisfactory and, in fact, was more generous than would be expected by anyone. I found Ms. Kettterman's personal attention to the matter to be personal, professional, responsible, and accountable. The end result of this entire matter is the complete opposite of my earlier impression.

I can now state that while the initial difficulties were very frustrating, the end result was much more than satisfactory. For this, I publicly acknowledge and express my appreciation to Julie Ketterman in her capacity as the General Manager of Ye Olde Durty Bird Restaurant.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Dog Named Boo

In the YouTube video below, you may watch and listen to: 
"The Story of Boo Hansen. Boo's News from the House of Boo. The Adventures of Boo Hansen."

You may also view and read the story over on the website of WTVG 13abc; just go on over to:
Dog featured on 13abc's "Pet Project" now a therapy dog, Posted: Jul 06, 2014 10:18 AM EDT, Updated: Jul 06, 2014 2:56 PM EDT, Tony Geftos.

It was Tony Geftos who did the interview and then told the story of Boo Hansen on the Sunday, July 6, 2014 broadcast carried on WTVG abc. It was also Mr. Geftos who uploaded the story of Boo Hansen onto YouTube, both of which are above.

Mr. Geftos also provided the story of Boo Hansen over on the Facebook account of Tony Geftos 13abc - Tony Toledo. You may view that Tony Geftos 13abc - Tony Toledo Facebook posting in the embedded link contained herein.

Another Facebook wall also contains the story of Boo Hansen as you may see by going over to this embedded link: Meteorologist Ben Cathey via 13abc.

Christina Williams also referenced the story of Boo on her Facebook wall which you may see by following this embedded link.

The Story of Boo Hansen is catching on like wildfire. To the best of my knowledge, this story has been shared in the last couple days by over a dozen people on at least three social media venues (Facebook, Twitter, Google+).

I wonder if the Story of Boo Hansen is going viral.

Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more in the future of The Story of Boo Hansen with Boo's News from The House of Boo in the telling of The Adventures of Boo Hansen.

But for now, how about a song of another Boo? Here is "Me And You And A Dog Named Boo."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Fourth Of July, Independence Day, and Richard J. Hansen

The FOURTH OF JULY brings forth thoughts of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and freedom.

This year, 2014, is the first INDEPENDENCE DAY of my life that my brother Richard Hansen, a 20 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will not be physically present on this Earth. Rich died from pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2013.

Back on May 28, 2012, I wrote a Roland's Ramblings blog entry entitled Freedom. My brother, Rich, wrote the following as a comment to that blog entry:
"Very well said; Because I’d give my life for my country or anyone of my brothers and sister. Freedom is why I served my country and would do it all over again even at my age."

As I bring in the Fourth this year and think of freedom, my thoughts are of Rich. (Indeed, I think of Rich each and every day.)

In honor and in memory of a true American, my brother Richard Hansen who hated to be called Richard but instead preferred to be called Rich, I ask you to read a previous Roland Hansen Commentary as follows that I had written (and, please check out all of the included links):
What A Wonderful World, Dedicated to Richard James Hansen

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins and The Smoking Gun

This just in from Toledo, Ohio:
Smokers need not apply.

That could be a sign at Toledo government offices with Mayor D. Michael Collins’ signature if he moves forward with a plan to prohibit the hiring of tobacco and nicotine users.

“This is good public policy, and it’s not driven by anything political,” Mayor Collins said on Monday.
Read the entire article "Toledo may go smoke free in its hiring policy" courtesy of The Blade.

Okay, so Mayor Collins thinks the City of Toledo may save money on the costs of health care benefits - I get that; I understand. 
I cannot help but wonder why that same reasoning is not applied to prohibit the hiring of people who consume alcoholic beverages, as I wrote over on Twitter.

I recently read an article that stated, in part, ".... employees who drink a lot are often absent from work, suffer from a lot of health problems, and are at a greater risk of harming themselves and others."
If you go to the following embedded link, you may read the entire article "Alcohol and the Workplace" courtesy of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Hey, now go on over to read the following embedded article:

Another interesting article that I suggest you read is 22. Alcohol and the Workplace from the International Center for Alcohol Policies

Now then, I am not really advocating a "no hire" policy on people who drink alcoholic beverages.
I am wondering why Mayor Collins would use the rationale of cost savings in regards to a "no hire" policy of people who smoke but not in regards to alcohol users or to obese people or to any other number of groupings of people who may have the effect of adverse increased health care and related costs to the City of Toledo.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Enter ToledoLoop

There is a brand new electronic newletter that informs people about the activities and events  in downtown Toledo, Ohio.
For a look-see, just visit the link that is embedded below:

Welcome to the ToledoLoop
An email newsletter highlighting events in downtown Toledo

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Is Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker A Crook?

Is it true? Is the Sweetheart of American Conservative Anti-Union Republicans a Crook?

Read this quote:
"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, took part in a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups, prosecutors said in court documents unsealed Thursday."

Now, if you're wondering where I got this piece of information, all you need do is to go on over to read the entire story from the source. Read:
Prosecutors: Gov. Walker Part Of Criminal Scheme
June 19, 2014 6:43 PM ET

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2016: Run for President, Rahm Emanuel.

More than five years ago, I wrote on my other blog a fairly brief entry to which I now direct you as an introduction to this Roland Hansen Commentary. Please go over to read the Roland's Ramblings entry, Rahm Emanuel, posted on January 3, 2009.

Then, almost seven months later, my wife, Judy, wrote a blog entry in which she made some side comments that mentioned Rahm Emanuel and me. Please give that a read over at the Judy's Jewels entry, George Stephanopoulos, posted on June 28, 2009.

Well, that Judy's Jewels entry led to me writing another Roland's Ramblings blog entry the following day in which I again referenced Rahm Emanuel. Click on over to read the Roland's Ramblings entry, Political Commentators: Washington Fearsome Foursome and Toledo Three Amigos, posted on June 29, 2009.

Alright, alright. I am getting around to the point of this Roland Hansen Commentary, but a few other reads for you first will be necessary.

Back on July 12, 2012, there was a piece (video and article) over on The Hill that centered around Rahm Emanuel in which it was mentioned that he had previously served in President Obama's White House, was presently Mayor of Chicago, and in which Rahm Emanuel is quoted as having said, in part, "... I can't wait for Washington" ---- I kid you not!
Follow the embedded link to Mayor Rahm Emanuel: 'I can't wait for Washington'

More recently, I read two articles concerning Rahm Emanuel that have renewed my interest in this very interesting person. I am attaching embedded links, as follows, please read them both:
Rahm Emanuel: D.C. hero, Chicago goat, Maggie Haberman, Politico, June 6, 2014.
Maybe Rahm Emanuel Should Have Stayed In Washington, Arit John, The Wire, June 6, 2014.

All the preceding brings me to this Roland Hansen Commentary. But first, one more link. Please read the Rahm Emanuel Wikipedia article.

There has been a whole lot of talk going on about the 2016 Presidential Election with Hillary Clinton being a strong contender to be the Democratic Party nominee. To that, I say PSHAW!

I say this:
2016: Run for President, Rahm Emanuel.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lucky Americans Have An Excellent President In Barack Obama!

Putting my own personal opinion aside, I am posting a meme with a quote from Frank Schaeffer.

As you may read in the embedded link contained herein: Schaeffer has written: "In the mid 1980s I left the Religious Right, after I realized just how very anti-American they are (the theme I explore in my book Crazy For God)."

The New York Times has an interesting article about Frank Schaeffer. Go on over to read:
Son of Evangelical Royalty Turns His Back, and Tells the Tale, By MARK OPPENHEIMER. Published: August 19, 2011.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Fred LeFebvre

Nothing new today about Fred LeFebvre of 1370 WSPD AM radio in Toledo, Ohio.

However, in the following embedded link, you can see all Roland Hansen Commentary entries about Fred LeFebvre.

Oh, and over thisaway is the classic SwampBubbles message thread, "WHO IS FRED LEFEBVRE, ANYWAY?"

And, in the following embedded link, you can see the Google search results for Fred LeFebvre.

OOPS. I almost forgot. Today is May 30, Fred LeFebvre's birthday! My birthday gift for Fred lies within this embedded link.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ohio Charter Schools and Snake Oil

I read something over on Twitter that brought snake oil and the concept of the snake oil sales pitch to my mind when thinking of charter schools, especially those in Ohio.

The following words within the quotation marks are what I had read on my Twitter feed (the other words I have added on my own):
Private nongovernment "charter" community "schools use key words to entice families away from" chartered traditional "public schools."

I added the wording that I did because all primary and secondary schools in Ohio are required to be chartered, be they traditional public schools operated by public school districts with elected school board members, or be they private schools, or be they private parochial schools, or be they nonprofit or for-profit community schools.

Read the article in the following embedded link:
Charter school operators use key words to entice families away from public schools, by Ashley Morris and Brittany Landsberger,
Attribution: Ohio School Boards
Incidentally, if you look at my background information (as embedded), you will see that I have served on both a public school board and a community school board.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Life Choices

Life is full of choices. It is your life; and, your choices are your own to make. Take ownership and responsibilty for your choices. What you choose is what you get. Choose wisely.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Do you really matter? What about your family? Who are your real friends?

How many people can relate to the the following photo meme statement about when one person really matters to another person?

Here is a quote to consider - and you may use it with others, if you so choose:
“Friends always have time for friends. Busy friends make time for friends. Regardless of how busy a person may be, a true friend is never too busy for another friend.” – Roland Louis Hansen

I have previously written on several occasions my thoughts on the overall subject of family, friends, and friendship. For example, if you click on the following embedded link, you will be able to read the blog entry "Real Friends" over on my other blog, Roland's Ramblings, at the end of which, you will find an embedded link that will open another browser providing you with every Roland’s Ramblings blog entry I have written that mentions the word “friends” – and if you are of a mind to do so, you may read whichever of them you so choose – or not.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

An Editorial Video: Social Security, Restrictions on Firearms, Regulation of Doctor Fees

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

The material contained in the following video was originally broadcast by Pat Paulsen in his comedy editorials on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1967/1968 season. What was apropos then is apropos today.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cliven Bundy and his criminal actions do not merit support from Conservatives.

Cliven Bundy and his cattle have been in the news alot lately.

Some people are calling Bundy a patriot; some people are calling him a traitor. I call him a common criminal who thinks the law does not apply to him. Furthermore, I firmly believe that we law-abiding taxpayers are the victims of this horse's ass and his criminal actions.

Hey, I am not alone in my opinion of Al Bundy - er, I mean Cliven Bundy.

I read an interesting opinion article on the topic of Bundy and the misplaced support from American political conservatives in the April 23, 2014 issue of The Arizona Republic. I recommend that you read the article that is contained in the following embedded link for yourself.
So, what do you think?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter is Coming. Time To Reflect upon Jesus with an interesting meme.

I frequently and regularly read and listen to many comments made by people who are of a politically conservative mindset.
With Easter coming up this Sunday, I suggest that those political conservatives, who may also profess to be Christians, reflect upon the following meme.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taking Inventory on Fred LeFebvre of WSPD 1370 AM Radio

I discovered some time ago that quite a few people had been arriving on Roland Hansen Commentary as a result of doing internet web searches for Fred LeFebvre, the talk show guy on WSPD 1370-AM radio in Toledo, Ohio. And, it appears, that continues to be the case. I am able to ascertain these things because of the Feedjit Widget installed on my blog.
(My own Feedjit I have here is such an interesting widget to have. I can see in real time where in the world that people are coming from and what they are lookig at -- and, oh so many other things.)

Well, in order to help those inquiring minds and as a convenience to them, I am placing below embedded links to all Roland Hansen Commentary blog entries that are in regards to Fred LeFebvre:
This has been another public service of Roland Hansen Commentary.