Thursday, February 24, 2011
It snowed yesterday. Actually, it Whited OUT yesterday. It is snowing again now.
Here is a photo I snapped during the whiteout while walking with Winsten. Gives you an idea of what we were walking through.
Actually, this was the beginning of the white out. It got much worse a short while later.
I need to do Cardio today. Ok.
I found my flannel lined jeans which I bought several years ago, and haven't fit into them since washing them.
Hmmmmm........maybe it's time to try them again.
HOLY SMOKES!!! I could pull them right up. And even almost got them zipped while standing. Laying on the bed to zip them up worked nicely, although I am not going to snap the waistband.
I mean, I am going SNOW SHOVELING, for Pete's sake. I don't care if my belly folds over the waistband; I just care that I have warm pants on. This is not a time for a fashion statement.
What better motivation to go out and shovel snow than to have your fat hanging over your jeans???
Last time I shoveled, I did so for three days running. Then I did one week down with my bad back.
Today I am going to try to do this rationally. I am setting myself a time limit.
I will do one half hour of shoveling, then come in to shower and work on my art quilt.
Wanna make a bet that I can keep it to one HALF hour?
Those of you who know me, stop laughing!!
Here's what I did the last time we had a good snow.
Winsten is telling me to get off Flicka and come play in the snow, so I gotta go for now, Sportsfans!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Dem Congressman tells unions that they “need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody”
Gee, I seem to recall when violent rhetoric was the bane of political rhetoric, at least when the Left was shrieking about the latent, seething violence of Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin’s campaign maps.
The media did a dog-pile on the Right when a lunatic in Tucson shot Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spending the better part of a week scrutinizing Palin’s utterances and campaign artwork when the shooter’s schizophrenia was known well enough within hours of the massacre that killed six and wounded 14.
Now one of Giffords’ Democratic caucus colleagues tells a union crowd that they need to go out and “get bloody,” while pointing out Tea Party counterprotesters across the street:
A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation’s fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren’t enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”
“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members. …
This is not Capuano’s first brush with violent rhetoric.
Last month Capuano said, “Politicians, I think are too bland today. I don’t know what they believe in. Nothing wrong with throwing a coffee cup at someone if you’re doing it for human rights.”
But don’t worry. The national media will be certain to highlight Capuano’s remarks and screech about civility in politics, right? Right?
Don’t hold your breath, says the Media Research Center:
Last March, as thousands protested on Capitol Hill in the days before the passage of ObamaCare, CBS’s Nancy Cordes slammed it as “a weekend filled with incivility,” while World News anchor Diane Sawyer painted the Tea Party as a violent gang, with “protesters roaming Washington, some of them increasingly emotional, yelling slurs and epithets.”
In August 2009, ABC anchor Charles Gibson complainedhow “protesters brought pictures of President Obama with a Hitler-style mustache to a town hall meeting,” failing to mention that the signs were produced by Lyndon LaRouche’s wacky fringe movement, not the Tea Party or conservatives.
Over the past several days, the liberal demonstrations in Wisconsin (bolstered by the national Democratic Party and President Obama’s Organizing for America group) have included signs just as inflammatory as the ones that bothered the networks during the health care debate, including several showing Governor Scott Walker as Adolph Hitler. Others have likened Walker to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (“Scott Stalin”) and recently deposed Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak (“Walker = Mubarak”).
Another protest sign drew a cross-hairs over a picture of Governor Walker’s head, with the caption “Don’t Retreat, Reload; Repeal Walker” — an obvious parallel to a Facebook map posted by Sarah Palin last year, although that much-criticized graphic placed the target sights on maps of congressional districts, not any politician’s face.
Yet none of these signs in the hands of liberal protesters have drawn the slightest complaint from network journalists.
MRC analysts examined all 53 ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news stories, segments and anchor briefs on the Wisconsin protests from Thursday, February 17 (when they first drew major national coverage) through Monday, February 21.
While eight of the 53 stories (15%) visually displayed one or more of the signs described above, none elicited a single remark from the network correspondents.
Instead, network journalists actually suggested the “Walker = Mubarak” theme of some of the more inflammatory signs.
On Sunday’s This Week, for example, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour linked Wisconsin to the uprisings against oppressive dictatorships: “Populist frustration is boiling over this week, as we’ve said, not just in the Middle East, but in the middle of this country as well.”
So did NBC’s Brian Williams on Friday’s Nightly News: “From the Mideast to the American Midwest tonight, people are rising up. Citizens’ uprisings are changing the world.”
NBC’s on-screen caption: “The Uprising at Home.”
Unions and the politicians in their pockets using violent rhetoric, and the national media blaming the Right for violence. It’s business as usual The New Civility.
Update: Links and video are down at the moment; will keep trying to see when they’ll be back up.
Update II: A Republican deputy AG in Wisconsin tweeted on February 19th that security forces should use “live ammunition” to clear the capital. His boss promised to review the matter and deal with it accordingly, calling it “unacceptable.”
Now, which of these statements using violent rhetoric will be more likely to make the evening news tonight? And when will Nancy Pelosi do what Wisconsin AG Bryan Corbin has started to do?
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This wraps it up pretty well ............
If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?
If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on?
If George Bush had pronounced the Marine "Corps" like Marine "Corpse" over and over again in a speech to the Marine Corps would you think him an idiot?
If George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?
If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render those same 87,000 American workers unemployed would you support him?
If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?
If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in New York City, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given England's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this
embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?
If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, would you have said that he is clueless.
If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him, would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.
If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?
If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?
If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?
If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on
If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?
If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.
If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?
So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He did all of this in his first 21 months -- so you'll have two years and three months to come up with an answer.
Every statement is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Winsten and I decided we would get in more walking.
I got my jacket and uggs on, and out the door we went.
It was sprinkling. Not to worry; we have walked in sprinkles before!
We get to the top of the driveway, and it is RAINING.
I mean, RAINING. Ok. We keep going toward the mailbox.
Now it was sleeting. And sleeting rather hard, too.
We are committed to the mail box, so we travel on.
By the time we get to the mailbox, the sleet had turned to little hail, and then a very fast snow.
We are at the mailbox and then I remember today is President's Day, so no mail.
I have no hood on my jacket, and we are really getting pelted by the fast, blowing snow.
Winsten is looking at me as if to say "now WHY are we out here???".
We speedily walk back to the house, logging in a half mile, and wouldn't you just know it.
The snow is nearly stopped.
We are soaked, but sure did a fast half mile. Better than nothing.
I change my clothes, dry my hair and am heading into the quilt room. I think I will play some Harry Belafonte music and imagine myself in the warm, bright sunny Carribbean.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
By making sacrificial and proportional cuts in your own personal budget,
you can appreciate that cutting really cuts to the quick.
Please accept my apology in advance for the following about an
I tried very hard not to do it, but because it helped
my perspective and made me feel much better, I thought perhaps it would do
as much for you. It's tough, but we all need to do our part.
The President ordered the cabinet to cut a whopping $100 million from the
$3.5 trillion federal budget.
I'm so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same
thing with my personal budget.
Let's suppose I spend about $4,000 a month on groceries,
medicine, bills, etc., and now it's time to get out my budget cutting ax,
go line by line through my expenses, and get to work.
I'm going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio as the President -
1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead
of spending $4,000 a month; I'm going to have to cut that number downward
by eleven cents!
Yes, I know that’s a lot and I must somehow get by with $3,999.89, but
that is what sacrifice is all about.
The President has requested that we
get some of our own “skin in the game” with everyone else. So we’ll just
have to do without some things, that are, quite frankly, luxuries those
eleven cents normally buy us.
Hope this helps brighten your day ... and gives you a little better
understanding of just how serious our current President is about his job.
Don't you feel better now?
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