Thursday, November 19, 2009
GOP senators block effort to freeze credit card interest rates.
Good to know you're looking out for us, Thad (Cochran...my Senator).
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
He's right. Even though the GOP has been epic fail time and time again, the news media can't wait to put a republican on air to spout his or her bullshit. Then they won't call them on their bullshit.
I certainly cannot remember when the minority party or the party that lost the last presidential election gets so much press coverage. But when most media outlets are owned by very powerful corporations that are controlled by conservatives and/or republicans, you can see how they get treated with kid gloves.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I'd also be willing to bet that someone will try to make political hay out of it.
Also, teabag anyone?
Oh, yeah: Wolverines!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
"During their reign, Republicans took an annual surplus of a quarter of a trillion dollars and, in just eight years, turned it into a $1.2 trillion deficit. The GOP added $5 trillion to the national debt, and inexplicably put two tax cuts, two wars, Medicare Part D, and No Child Left Behind on the national charge card, left for some future generation to worry about.
If fiscal responsibility is the new chief concern of voters, they literally couldn't find a less qualified, less credible bunch than the congressional Republican caucus.
But wait, our conservative friends remind us, that was the recent past. What about the ongoing deficit problems on the Dems' watch? The answer isn't complicated. As Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden recently explained: "The policies of the Bush administration, which included tax cuts during a time of war and a floundering economy, are clearly the primary source of the current deficits."
And what of those recent reports about deficit projections rising from $7 trillion to $9 trillion? The bottom line, Kevin Drum recently noted, is simple: "[P]roperly accounted for, the deficit actually goes down when you compare Obama's budget proposals to current policy, not up."If Americans want to prioritize deficit reduction, fine. But they should at least recognize who has credibility on the issue, and who doesn't."
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
That is the hard truth about what is breaking this nation's back, and your job above all else is to look the American people in the eye and tell us the hard truths that we don't want to hear, and that our media categorically will not discuss for fear of losing market share.
Your job is to lead.
To. Lead. Us.
And if you are not up for that hard job, then what in the world are you doing in our White House?"
Friday, September 04, 2009
We progressives look at the last administration and see nothing but failure. We are not looking at it with the right pair of glasses. Oh, no. It was anything but a failure.
You see, the republican party believes that government cannot be trusted. It cannot do anything right. But they were unsuccessful in getting large numbers of Americans to believe what they were saying. Then along came W.
W was successful in letting our guard down long enough for Al Qaeda to launch an attack on our country. W started a war with a country that had nothing to do with that attack.
Though he did not personally send hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, his administration's incompetence in it's aftermath certainly galvanized a lot of people's thinking about the limits of government competence.
His greatest success was by far the economy. His love for tax cuts for the wealthiest .1% of the nation and for deregulation created a tsunami of debt for almost every American with corporations "too big to fail" needing gigantic federal bailouts to keep us all out of a depression.
Now that they are out of power the republicans can sit on the sidelines, shout insults and throw rocks at the current administration who is trying to right the wrongs that were done.
So, the success of George W. Bush is the fact that the republican party can say to the American people, "You can't trust the government, it can't do anything right" and the American people believe them.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Here is the quote that describes the essence of the entire book:
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle."
"That's some catch, that catch-22," he observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Meanwhile Driftglass posted a link to movie critic Roger Ebert with his thoughts about universal healthcare. It's worth a read.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Then the stimulus bill had no votes from the republicans in the House. The GOP really thought they had traction opposing it.
Then the "tea parties" started and all of the folks who did not vote for Obama got whipped up into a tizzy by Limbaugh and other wingers on the radio along with sponsership from Fox News.
When the healthcare debate first started Senator DeMint (R-NC) stated that if they can get the President's proposal to fail it would be his Waterloo. That has turned out to be the clarian call for the Right. Everything they say, everything they do is to this end. The birther stuff, the tea-bagging, the deather stuff is about making the President fail. I haven't seen anything like this since the Clinton administration.
I look at the people raising hell at these meetings and think " I am willing to bet not one of these folks voted for Obama". I don't know why the media doesn't ask this question to the people who oppose healthcare reform when they have them on air. The truth is they hate the President, didn't vote for him and they want him to fail.
But does this help the Right's cause? And what is their cause anyway? I cannot think of one thing besides tax cuts for the rich the Republicans have ever proposed in the last two Republican administrations. They don't seem to know how to govern for the people of the United States. They know how to make their base happy but 30% at the most is the support they get. They have alienated the Latino vote and most of the black vote.
Republicans cannot tell you what they are for but they sure as hell can tell you what they are against. Right now it is President Obama.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Maybe it's the 'birthers, the tea baggers and the deathers that have me down. Watching everyone at their town hall meetings melt down into a bunch of old men in their front yards shouting "Get off my lawn!"
Most of the people I see ranting against the government look like they get a government check every month. I am willing to bet they have a Medicare card in their wallet too.
I am also willing to bet that they are all the same type of folks who say things like, " Everything was alright 'til the niggers moved in."
Friday, July 24, 2009
Everyone knows the story by now so I won't waste your time telling it again. It's how all of this came to be that has me intrigued.
I watched Obama's press conference Wednesday night. Every question was on the health care legislation working it's way through congress. Except for the last one, the one about Gates. It was asked by Lynn Sweet a columnist for the Washington Bureau of the Chicago Sun-Times. She has been covering Mr. Obama since he entered politics in Chicago. When the President went to ask for the last question both Sweet and another journalist stood up and Obama called on the other journalist, but asked him to make it a quick one so he could get back to Sweet's question. He made a mistake, he was supposed to call on Sweet for the last question. And of course the last question seemed to come completely out of left field. From my perspective any way.
Maybe since Sweet has known Obama for so long she may have known that he and Gates are friends and that she knew he would make a comment on the situation. Or Obama has an idea that she would ask that question and he wanted it to make a statement about racial profiling. Or he knew, or was hoping, that his answer would send everyone into a non-stop tizzy over it.
Suddenly the fact that his health care legislation will be delayed until the fall doesn't seem to make much of a splash in the news.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Driftglass has a very good post on this. His take is that the GOP will do or say anything to destroy this President no matter the cost. They don't care.
Do yourself a favor and read it.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Read this from CNN.com. Every good thing that happens for the Democrats comes with a warning from most of the pundits that they are in danger of doing this or causing that, etc... But a small minority of Republicans can call someone a racist, a communist, or a in cahoots with terrorists and the MSM reports it like it is gospel.
Damned Liberal Media
For the real story behind the Sotomayor hearings go here.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
So, I believed that I would find a good job with a good company, pay into the pension plan and one day retire at the age of now, 65. Yeah, there was going to be a nice ceremony where your boss gives you your gold watch to take home and put in the top dresser drawer.
Then, just as I got that job and started thinking of retirement, lo and behold the 401K was created. And company stock was offered."Just help the company be the best it could be and you will get a share. You don't need no stinking union. You can just be partners with us and reap the benefits too."
And the risk. Actually most of the risk. Pension plans are bankrupt. Shares of company stock ain't worth a pinch of monkey shit and our 401Ks are like empty Walmart bags. And the new retirement age is now 72.
But who can afford it?
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I love this from Driftglass:
"To figure out just where the Palinites might believe their political clown car is headed as it cartwheels down the interstate, belching smoke and shredding itself against the guardrail at at 110 mph, we have to begin with this simple fact: There is nothing vital or alive left inside the Conservative movement. Nothing at all. Rampaging along on the two, moldering stumps of bygone glory – tax cuts forever and Liberals are Devils -- Conservatism has become a raving, headless, dead thing."
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
What's really rich is watching her defenders spin this, but the Rude Pundit puts them in their place:
"What's most depressingly predictable is the number of defenders she has among people not on her payroll. There's insanity abounding when you read or hear anyone contort themselves in order to justify all the time and effort they've put into attempting to make us believe that Sarah Palin is anything more than that fun one-night stand they keep texting over and over to see again. All of them just keep saying stupid shit that only the desperate speak. And none of it deserves any more of a response than a silent stare, wondering if the speaker is going to hurt themselves or others.
Over on MSNBC's Morning Starbucks, Mika Brzezinski, who always looks like she's just aching for a spanking, said yesterday that if Palin were a man, we wouldn't be judging her so harshly for resigning. She's wrong on that account, but she's right that we'd treat a man differently. We'd call him a "pussy." (Bonus points: Brzezinski declared that she's not a feminist.)"
I just can't help feeling that we dodged a bullet when McCain lost the last election. But I also feel that now that she is not held down by her job in Alaska she is free to spread the crazy all over the lower 48.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The other movie I saw (without my grandson) was The Hangover. It was good. It was funny, but not "Tropic Thunder" funny. I liked the way the film was structured. It was as much a mystery as a comedy. Ed Helms did a great job as the hen pecked dentist who has to lie to his girlfriend just to go off with the boys to Vegas. Hilarity ensued.
Friday, June 26, 2009
I have listened to music my whole life. But I think my tastes in music were pretty much formed during the years of 1967 - 1970
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Why is it that all these Republicans that spout Bible scripture and talk about "family values" are the ones doing all the extra-marital fornicating? I guess they believe the great thing about being a Christian is that you will be forgiven if you ask. Maybe their fellow Republicans will stand by them but I don't believe their wives will be so quick to forgive. It will be very frosty around the governor's mansion for quite a while.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I am not a big fan of the Black Eyed Peas but I do like will.i.am.
Perez I can't stand. He should get is butt kicked every time he opens his mouth.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Man, there are a lot of people out there that literally HATE our President. I would be willing to bet ALL of them get ALL of their news from FOX.
Listen folks, he's the President. He won the election hands down. Now get over it and work with the rest of us so we can clean up this mess he has inherited from the last President that ,if I remember correctly, you and Fox News adored.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Oh please, oh please....make it so!
Driftglass has a few words to describe this dipshit.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Mark down Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) as one of the more outspoken critics of President Obama's speech yesterday in Egypt -- in fact, he told The Oklahoman the speech was "un-American" for calling the Iraq conflict a "war of choice."
Inhofe also blasted Obama for implying that torture had taken place at Guantanamo Bay: "There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo."
"I just don't know whose side he's on," Inhofe added. -TPM
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I remember we all HAD to be in front of the TV in time to watch Kung Fu every week.
Rest in peace Kung Fu master.
Now it is being reported as an "accidental" hanging. You can guess how that happened. I think he would have been better served if his publicity people would have just said it was a suicide.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I completed reupholstering my wife's overstuffed chair. However, I was a little short of material so the the seat cushion will have to wait. I have 2 more yards on order.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Rep. Paul Broun, R-GA, was on Fox and Friends yesterday touting his proposal to have Congress officially designate 2010 "The Year of the Bible", and he had an interesting rationale for it:
Broun: Well, it's all about freedom, actually. The Bible was the basis of our laws, it was the basis of the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence -- the Bible was the founding source.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Just a couple of rambling thoughts:
If it would just quit raining for a few days I can finish planting my vegetables.
Who gives a shit if the President likes spicy or Dijon mustard on his burger? I guess he should have used good old American "French's" mustard.
Since when does the loss of "only" 539,000 jobs seen as a good thing?
I want gays to get married. Misery loves company.
Fox news should change its name to the "We hate President Obama" channel.
I will be lost without Lost.
While on the subject of TeeVee, my favorite shows:
1. Lost - of course
2. Reaper - More people should watch this show. Ray Wise as the Devil. Funny.
3. Fringe - The X-Files on steriods.
4. Rescue Me - The best show on tv.
5. My Name is Earl - Rednecks and trailer park humor. What could be funnier?
6. 30 Rock - That's what could be funnier.
7. Big Bang Theory - Who would have thought geeks could crack me up?
8. Two and a Half Men - Jon Cryer is the new Jerry Lewis.
Give a holler to Monkeyfister and the Ornery Bastard. You'll be glad you did.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I have quarantined his office.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I will let the Rude One tell it:
"Somewhere, Karl Marx is laughing his bearded ass off. Because what is this but classic exploitation of the proletariat by the bourgeoisie? It's a bunch of rich fucks, beginning with that tool Rick Santelli on CNBC and ending with the slavering profitmongers at Fox "news," making the poor idiots, who are desperate from fear of or actual job loss and heath insurance loss and home loss, do their bidding. Look at the people attending. Bedraggled Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin wannabes, clinging to the image of those who create the illusion of the working class without the work or the class. Ignorance is such bliss, man.
This movement's gonna die a horribly gruesome death. It really is just the last hideous gasps of a kind of right wing populism that's got nothing to do with actual populism and everything to do with a desperate scrabbling to preserve the status quo for the wealthy. It's ideological endgame, motherfuckers, and the checkmate ain't gonna be pretty."
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
But with "Nuts With Megaphones" like Beck, Hannity, O'Riley and Limbaugh telling their listeners that Obama is going to take away their guns, outlaw Christianity, kill every baby he sees, then give the country to the Muslims, I don't think I would give up the wire tapping either. Domestic terrorists are being indoctrinated every day.
Monday, April 06, 2009
I agree with everything in the post, but they left out one thing: You have to believe gun manufacturers and sellers have perpetuated this meme in order to sell more guns. You can argue over ideology all you want, money fuels all. They are in the business of selling guns. They create or perpetuate the lie in order to create more demand, sell more guns. When we hear the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh ranting about "librals taking away our guns", the gun lobby gets a full blown boner thinking of all the money they are going to make.
Now, I am no "anti-gun" person. I believe everyone has the right to defend themselves and to protect their propery. I got no problem with that. But if someone has an armory in their house stocked with enough fire power to start a coup-de-tat then there is a problem.
At the same time all of this is going on, my neighbor was installing an underground wire on his property for his new dog's "invisible fence". So I had to help him off and on during the afternoon. I didn't mind, I like helping my neighbors. I makes me feel good that people find me "handy".
I did a lot of cooking this weekend. I marinated some chicken and grilled it Saturday evening. I tried my luck at making homemade marshmallows. It was a success! I can't wait for my grandchildren to try them.
Yesterday, I made a pot roast. I took a large cast iron dutch oven and browned the meat. Then I took it out and made gravy with the drippings. I placed the roast back into the pot, covered and put it into a 250 degree oven until it was just done. I cut up some potatoes and carrots and added to the pot for another 30 minutes of cooking. Yum, yum, good!
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The more I look at the bonus issue the more I believe the problem is the word "bonus". A bonus is something extra that you get for the job you do. If you are successful at what you do and if what you do adds to the bottom line of the company then by all means you should be given a bonus. The way the AIG story unfolded we were told that people are to be given a bonus that utterly failed the company. Outrage should be the norm for such behavior. But now I read that these people were contract hires that don't work for a regular salary, but work under a contract for money paid to them at the end of their tenure. That is not a "bonus" by definition, it's compensation for work done. Calling this compensation a "bonus " is what makes everyone so angry.
Of course anger and outrage feeds the media so the media piles on feeding the anger and outrage. It's a vicous cycle.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
2 (10-ounce) filet mignon
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fleur de sel (kosher or sea salt will work - just don't use as much)
1 tablespoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, optional
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat a large, well-seasoned cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot, 5 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and brush them lightly with vegetable oil. Combine the fleur de sel and cracked pepper on a plate and roll the steaks in the mixture, pressing lightly to evenly coat all sides.
When the skillet is ready, add the steaks and sear them evenly on all sides for about 2 minutes per side, for a total of 10 minutes.
Top each steak with a tablespoon of butter, if using, and place the skillet in the oven. Cook the steaks until they reach 120 degrees F for rare or 125 degrees F for medium-rare on an instant-read thermometer. (To test the steaks, insert the thermometer sideways to be sure you're actually testing the middle of the steak.)
Remove the steaks to a serving platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
I have tried this with strips and ribeyes too.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I started some seeds for my vegetable garden. I only have one corner of my property that stays sunny most of the day. I think I can get 3 4'X12' raised beds in there. I'm not much of a gardener. I've grown a few tomatoes in my time, but I want to grow a lot more than that. It will be another learning experience for me.
I got the mower out yesterday. I was completely out of gasoline (that high dollar stuff I bought last summer when it was $4 a gallon). Had to make a trip for fuel ($1.79 a gallon - bargin!). Pouring the gas into the tank, fuel started running out of the carborator. The bolt that holds the bowl was loose. Did I do that last fall? Anyway, a quick fix and I got the old girl fired up. With the longer day I got the mowing done. First one of the season!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I looked over the roster of speakers and I see former Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow on the list. Ain't he dead?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Call the Republicans out on their obstructionism/opportunism during this time of economic crisis. Call the GOP what they are, a bunch of cry-babies. "Oh, Nancy Pelosi was mean to us!" "We have no choice but to vote against the stimulus bill." Even though they knew what was coming down the pike since then President-Elect Obama held meetings with the GOP to give them a heads up.
So, if they want to act childish President Obama should call Boehner down to the front and make him drop trou and wear his ass out with a paddle in front of everyone in the country. And then say "Does anyone else want some of this?"
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Gov. Jindal who is one of the leading contenders for the GOP nomination in '12 managed to work in every GOP talking point within 5 minutes. I am surprised the host David Gregory didn't give him a High-Five. Jindal and some other Republican governors are saying they may not take some if not all of the stimulus money coming to their states. That includes our illustrious Gov. Haley Barbour. Funny how all the governors that are saying this are southern governors with not only large African-American populations but also a shit load of poor white folk. Any help for them is no help for the GOP in the next election. And let's face it. All of this is posturing. The GOP think they have a winner with their opposition of what is now THE LAW OF THE LAND! The stimulus bill has been passed into law. Governors Jindal and Barbour want to keep fighting against a law that has been passed. The time for debate is over. It is time to get to work and help get our country functioning again.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Today who does Lauer ask about the stimulus bill and our new President? Karl Rove. Karl Fucking Rove! WTF? Who cares what that rat bastard has to say? Hasn't he and his beliefs been kicked to the curb by the last two election cycles? Why is he on the Today show? Lauer falls all over himself to get Republicans on his show. I wish he would just go over to Fox News so he can be with others like him.
That tears it! I will not watch the Today show ever again. CBS just keeps looking better and better to me.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Digging a little deeper into his blog I read this:
The bad faith and refusal to be accountable for their own conduct for the last eight years is simply inescapable. There is no reason for the GOP to have done what they have done for the last eight years and to say what they are saying now except pure, cynical partisanship, and a desire to wound and damage the new presidency. The rest is transparent cant.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
My work farm bought about 10 of these and they have ALL failed. Here is a picture of 7 of them:
The other 3 are in various stages of di-section.
Just a word to the wise.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
But just when I think I can take my TV anymore I flick over to MTVHD and...oh, there's Neil Young: Heart Of Gold showing.
I think I'll be alright for a while.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Anyway, fishing on the Little Red wasn't good. The river was running too fast. But it was a nice weekend. Temps in the 60s.
Good Super Bowl. I didn't care who won really. I just enjoyed the game. Half time show was great! For you folks that have never been to a Springsteen concert, that was just a small sampling of what you can expect at his show. He keeps that up for at least 2 1/2 hours!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
But this part makes me paranoid too:
"To test whether I was being paranoid, I ran a little experiment. On a sunny Saturday, I spotted a woman in Golden Gate Park taking a photo with a 3G iPhone. Because iPhones embed geodata into photos that users upload to Flickr or Picasa, iPhone shots can be automatically placed on a map. At home I searched the Flickr map, and score—a shot from today. I clicked through to the user's photostream and determined it was the woman I had seen earlier. After adjusting the settings so that only her shots appeared on the map, I saw a cluster of images in one location. Clicking on them revealed photos of an apartment interior—a bedroom, a kitchen, a filthy living room. Now I know where she lives."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
John Amato at Crooks and Liars is warning the President not to give in to them. I understand Obama's desire to show that he is wants his economic stimulus package to be embraced by both parties, but he needs to realize that the GOP cannot be reasoned with, they cannot be bargained with. A hammer is the only thing they understand. Then when you hit them with it, they cry like little babies.
Also, I really enjoy hearing the republicans talk about the size of the President's package!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I say a big "F**K YOU"!!!
I realize things are tough and are going to get much worse, but I cannot believe Congress would even consider giving him another dime.
But I have been wrong before. It's not like he can't take a disaster and make hay out of it. Like 9/11, Iraq, Katrina and the finacial meltdown last September.
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Example - I go to Walmart to pick up just a couple of items. I see that one of the self checkout registers is open so I head for that one. But someone else beats me to it. I think that's ok he only has two jugs of Hawaiian Punch, shouldn't take long. Then I notice that he has 15 packs of Kool-Aid in his hand. God, it takes him forever to check out. With every scan he checks that it scans correctly, then he can't figure out that the register is looking for him to place the item into the bagging area. The Kool-Aid packs are light and the machine can't tell they have been put into the bag so you have to tell it to skip bagging. It's all I can do to keep cool. Finally, after 15 minutes he gets it done and I can get the hell out of there.