Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tossin' & Turnin'

***Yeah, it was one of those nights, and I had to be up at 3:00 a.m., so my peepers aren't working very well. Here's hoping my brain will be soon!

***The Obama Administration's Ineptness. It's one thing to be inept on matters of economy and social issues. But Obama and Hillary Clinton are dangerously inept and naive when it comes to foreign policy. Read the article.

***Extortion and threats - all in a day's work for unions in Wisconsin, and elsewhere.

Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows.
If businesses fail to comply, the letter says, “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members."

***Indiana House passes broad voucher bill. This is good news.

***You can't make this stuff up: Obama accepts transparency award in closed press ceremony.

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***iPhones charged with your heartbeat? They say it's comin'!

Batteries? Pfft.
"Nanogenerators" powered by your heartbeat could replace conventional batteries in about five years, according to chemists.


***First close-ups of Mercury. Neat.

***10 Worst Product Recalls.

***Obama approval hits new low. The halo is not only tarnished, it's *gone*. More here.

***Here comes an epic bellyflop...



***Six tips for building buzz on a budget. If you own a small business, here are some helpful tips for "promoting for peanuts." There are some really good ideas here.

***What would Reagan do?

***How Did We Live?

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets.

We played with toy guns, cowboys and Indians, army, cops and robbers, and used our fingers to simulate guns when the toy ones or my BB gun was not available.

Some students weren't as smart as others or didn't work hard so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. That generation produced some of the greatest risk-takers and problem solvers. We had the freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), the term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE . . . and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now. Flunking gym was not an option . . . even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Every year, someone taught the whole school a lesson by running in the halls with leather soles on linoleum tile and hitting the wet spot. How much better off would we be today if we only knew we could have sued the school system.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and the pledge and stayed in detention after school and caught all sorts of negative attention for the next two weeks. We must have had horribly damaged psyches.

I can't understand it. Schools didn't offer 14 year olds an abortion or condoms (we wouldn't have known what either was anyway) but they did give us a couple of aspirin and cough syrup if we started getting the sniffles. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

Of course my parents weren't the only psychos. I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amok.


Lots more at the link, check them out!


***Feds' praise for medical pot goes up in smoke. Get it?


***This is neat: Tea Party group sponsors "We the People" NASCAR truck.

***Nerd Alert!




***A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Late Start!

***Wow, I must have been more tired than I thought! Almost 7:00, what a slacker. That's what I get for not setting my alarm.

***Over at National Review Online, they have video of Obama's speech on Libya, AND video of Reagan during those Libya strikes. Want to see the stark contrast between a leader and a wimp? Here ya go.

***Victor Davis Hansen thinks the high gas prices are by design, and I agree with him.

I filled up at three places in the last two weeks in California — Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Santa Maria. The price per gallon of regular gas was $4.25, $4.10, and $4.06, and I had to wait in line for the chance to buy it. Gasoline at the pump has risen 67 percent since inauguration day 2009, although it has just been announced that the United States has the largest reserves of recoverable fossil fuels in the world (gas, oil, coal, etc.).

This is a crisis in the making, and at some point the proverbial people are going to put it all together — past statements from President Obama and Secretary of Energy Chu on the desirability of soaring gasoline and electricity prices; the entire crony-capitalism nexus between green subsidies/regulations and corporations favored by the administration; and over two years of tough hands-off policies from known sources of fuel in Alaska, the West, and offshore fields — and then make the logical conclusions.

Is it 2012 yet?

***Message in a bottle found 24 years later. Neat story!

***My, how things change when it's your party occupying the White House.

REP. ANTHONY WEINER (D-NY): “He struck a right line. He defined a goal, defined how we’re going to do it. Let me say one other thing. We’re a great, powerful country. What’s the value of being a great, powerful country if we’re not going to step in against tyrants that are slaughtering their point and that’s the point the President made tonight.”

Anybody remember this same idiot during the Iraq war? His tune was quite different. So...I guess Saddam Hussein wasn't a tyrant who was slaughtering his own people. I guess there's no problem in North Korea and Darfur - why isn't he advocating we go in THERE and clean house? The hypocrisy of these people is just nauseating. From one of the commenters:

The Obama Doctrine:
"When a president rescues an Arab population from a murderous dictator it is an impeachable war crime if he is Republican, a heroic act of American exceptionalism if he is a Democrat."

***This is humor?

***I love Butler's mascot!!

 

***This man wants to be President:


Oh.My.Gosh.

***375 lb shark leaps into Texas fisherman's boat. Yikes!  Who caught who?

***American generosity. Red Cross donations to Japan surpass $120 million.

***Woman, 26, remains optimistic as her body turns to stone. I've never heard of this disease, wow.

Rachel Winnard suffers from fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a rare condition that causes bone to form in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. There are approximately 500 people in the world who suffer from this medical condition, and there is no cure.


***Here's David Limbaugh's take on Obama's Libya strategy - cutting America down to size. It's still hard to believe we elected this man.

***Okay, this picture's weird even without the reflection:



***Is he doing this on purpose?



***From Two Minutes with the Bible:

As one year dies and another is born,
A searching question’s due:
Have we lived up to the light we had?
Have we to Christ been true?

Or have we failed to do our part
To send His blessed Word
To those who stumble in the dark;
To those who have not heard?

Well, let us now forget the past,
Both failure and success,
And yield ourselves anew to God
To own and use and bless.

***"Obama did not go to Congress regarding this Libya operation on purpose. He went to the UN. He side-stepped Congress. This is Obama seeking his dream, to not be held prisoner by the boundaries of this country. He's a citizen of the world." ~~ Rush Limbaugh

***Have a great day! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

With the Chickens

***I'm up even earlier than usual today - gotta get my work done because I'll be helping Mom this afternoon. Should be able to get it done, though, I got pretty well caught up yesterday.

***Remember how the Left called Bush a "fascist," "dictator," etc.? Yes, of course it was ludicrous. What's even more bizarre is their silence now that Obama is "ruling" by executive order and regulatory decree. The editors over at NRO have a good roundup of how Obama gets his way, people's will or no people's will.

Since taking office, Pres. Barack Obama has shown a remarkable penchant for changing the law by fiat. From Citizenship and Immigration Services’ debating how best to let the maximum number of illegal aliens off the hook to the EPA’s declaring it would treat carbon-dioxide emissions as a pollutant, the administration has taken the stance that votes in Congress aren’t really necessary, even for dramatically contentious subjects. Who needs a debate and a vote when you can rule by regulatory decree?

Guess it's okay to bypass Congress and the People if you're getting your way. The hypocrisy of the Left gets more glaring every day.

***"Spiderman" scales world's tallest building.  Yikes. I think the guy's a nut, myself!

***Fleebagger Democrats return to Indiana Statehouse. Finally. They say they won some concessions, but it doesn't look like much. Whoever runs against them when they run for re-election needs to hammer them hard with this nonsense.

***Richard Simmons in air safety demo? Oh.my.gosh.



C'mon, you know you want a pair of those shorts...

***"Facebook depression?" Oh, for heaven's sake...


***Hugo Chavez starts anti-obesity campaign. Must have gotten that idea from Michelle Obama.

***Media Matters attacking Fox News and other conservative sites.

“The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment,” said Brock, Media Matters’ chairman and founder and a former conservative journalist, adding that the group’s main aim had been to challenge the factual claims of the channel and to attempt to prevent them from reaching the mainstream media.
The new strategy, he said, is a “war on Fox.”

Proof positive that Fox is effective. The Left can't stand to have the truth told.

***The guys at Power Line analyze Obama's speech on Libya. As usual, his lips moved, but he didn't say anything.

Was it really necessary to include a critique of our efforts in Iraq? Obama's critique of the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein was petty as well. He has the vanity of an adolescent.

Qaddafi deserves something worse than a dog's death, and I hope he gets what he deserves, but this is what Obama had on offer tonight: "If we tried to overthrow Qaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter." I'm pretty sure it won't make it into Bartlett's.

Whereas other American presidents have undertaken the burden of leadership to advance the American national interest in a multilateral coalition, Obama subordinates America's role in a multilateral coalition to serve the general will of the international community. He is at once pathetic and dangerous.

***"Oh yeah? Says who?"



***10 Things to Take on a Spring Hike.

***Here are some home-based business opportunities if you're leaning in that direction.

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***Figure this one out. Obama freezes oil drilling here, but subsidizes drilling in Brazil.

***Is anyone paying attention?

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Sweet Revenge
Many of you are aware that the US Supreme
Court ruled that the state of Missouri cannot discriminate against the
Ku Klux Klan when it comes to groups that want to participate in the
adopt-a-highway program.
While seeing the name of the Klan on a highway sign is aesthetically
disgusting, most realized that this decision was victory for free speech
andequal protection under the law.
Well, the Department of Transportation in Missouri has gotten its legal
revenge, and boy is it sweet. True, they can't remove the KKK's
adopt-a-highway sign, but no one would dispute the state's right to name
the highway itself.
The KKK is now regularly cleaning up a stretch of the newly christened
Rosa Parks Freeway!


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***Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. ~~ Francis Bacon

***Have a great day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Great, Terrific, Awesome!

***We had a great time yesterday with Emily, Peter, his folks, etc. We got a call from Mark's aunt, though, that she had been in an accident and couldn't come. She's okay, just shaken up a bit. Other than that, we had a fantastic day!

***Why liberals hate Sarah Palin and Clarence Thomas. Excellent article.

The human spirit longs to be free. In some individuals, that longing beats so strong in their breast that they will take large personal risks, against great odds, to rebel against tyranny that has transformed their life into a tool for someone else’s will and whim.
Slaves who had the temerity to run away from their plantation “home” paid dearly if they were caught and returned. Measures were taken to make them an example to others who might harbor similar thoughts about freedom.
Among those measures were brutal public beatings of rebels to which other slaves were forced to bear witness and digest with great clarity the price of rebelliousness.
Such is the fate today of those uppity souls who choose to challenge the authority and legitimacy of our inexorably growing government plantation.
Those with interests for the care and feeding of this plantation cannot physically punish these rebels with the whip.
Their whip is the mainstream media and the means of punishment of this virtual whip is not beating of a physical body but assassination of character.
This perspective helps us understand the ongoing liberal obsession with destroying Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Read the whole thing.

***The absent-minded President.

Many Americans are familiar with the "absent minded professor", a stock character of fiction and Disney movies, but few Americans expected that Barack Obama, the political darling of Hollywood, would emerge as the quintessentially inept, absent-minded professor. Or that, that "absent-minded" might be the most positive way to spin his actions over the past 27 months of his presidency. Clearly, Obama keeps looking for the magic that will make his actions logical, a magic which has so far eluded him.
President Obama seems to be having trouble remembering, and thus learning, from past mistakes. Instead, it seems that Obama needs to be drilled in the most basic facts, over and over again, before he seems to grasp the concepts.

***Robert Gates admits Libya is neither a threat nor a vital national interest. Senator Obama would have reacted quite differently than President Obama has. Wonder if he'll ever get around to apologizing to George W. Bush? Naaahhh...

***Preparing a disaster kit. Might not be a bad idea...

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***I've never even heard of VCU, and they're in the Final 4! Ought to be a good ending to a good tournament. I'm rooting for Butler!

***Throw away the key. Florida man gets life in prison for impregnating a 9-year-old girl. Animal.

***4 food to ditch, 4 foods to add.

***I'm not much of a Jay Leno fan, but these are pretty good:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

I feel great. Last night, I slept like an air traffic controller.

Two passenger planes landed in Washington, D.C. with no assistance from a sleeping air traffic controller. Luckily, the pilots were too drunk to notice.

For Lent, some people give up meat, and some people give up drinking. President Obama gave up conferring with Congress.

Dennis Kucinich wants to impeach President Obama over Libya. There’s a very good case against impeachment. It’s called "Joe Biden."

***Fun facts about Ireland. Just in case you're interested.

***Check out this paint job:



***From "A Gift of Inspiration:"

Greet people like a puppy

You don't have lick people's faces, but do show that you're happy to see them. Puppies remember everyone and are always thrilled to see people.  When puppies greet us they are genuinely excited, and that makes us feel good about ourselves.
First impressions really do count, especially the first few seconds.  When you meet friends, workmates, or new people, turn up the enthusiasm meter, make eye contact and smile.
Why do people love puppies, because puppies love people.
Source - Ways to Fly by Patrick William Moore, Published by Way Books and available from most book stores. 

***I made this yesterday, and it was a big hit!

FIESTA DIP
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Content Copyright © 2011 Cooks.com - All rights reserved.
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 slices lean bacon
1 red and 1 green pepper, minced and seeded
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1 red onion, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
(other optional ingredients - see below)
Sauté bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels and crumble the bacon. Drain and wipe bacon fat from pan.Sauté onion, peppers and garlic in olive oil until soft and translucent. Add cilantro, taco seasoning and black beans, mashing lightly with a fork (not necessary if you'll be using a stick blender later on) until beans are the desired consistency.
Taste and adjust seasonings; salt, pepper, ground cumin, cayenne, garlic and onion powder, hot salt, and hot pepper sauce may be stirred in for additional heat and taste, as you like it.
This can be processed lightly with a stick blender if you prefer a smoother result. We leave half of the mixture unprocessed to keep an interesting texture.
Top with a few sprigs of cilantro or curled green onions and a scoop of sour cream or salsa and serve with tacos or chips.
Submitted by: CM

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***Have a great day! 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yippee!

***We get to see Emily & Peter today! It has been several weeks & I miss 'em.

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***How 'bout those Butler Bulldogs??

***The trend continues, and it's a good one. Florida House passes bill that bans automatic deduction for union dues. That's as it should be. Oh, but making the unions do their own dirty work is "union busting," don't you know.

The Florida House delivered a major blow to public employee unions Friday, approving a bill that would ban automatic dues deduction from a government paycheck and require members to sign off on the use of their dues for political purposes.

***Geraldine Ferraro, R.I.P.

***Brilliant.


Harrisburg Man Gave Bank Tellers ID, Then Robbed Bank, Police Say
Published: March 22, 2011 | | 402 clicks | 0 comments
City police had no trouble identifying an accused bank robber who gave tellers his identification so he could open an account before changing his mind and demanding cash Sunday, officers said.
Officers said tellers at the Metro Bank on Second Street thought Daniel E. Rahynes, 35, of Harrisburg was interested in opening an account when he came in around 1:40 p.m.

*** Wonder where this guy buys his shoes?




Do you remember the good old days when an Englishman's proudest boast was that he paid his way? That was then, and this is now: today something like a half million Englishmen demonstrated in London against proposed budget cuts. Their boast, apparently: someone else pays my way!
That's bad enough. But the decline of British civilization is reflected even more brutally in the rampaging mob that smashed store fronts, "occupied" businesses, and battled police. And perhaps most of all in the weak response of the authorities.

We had better be paying attention, because with over 40% of our population on some type of government assistance, we're not far behind.


***Spectacular sun eruption. Wow.



***Who is the most annoying teen sensation of all time? Boy, that's a tough one.

***The cost of high taxes. Unbelievable that politicians just don't get this.

Many politicians, especially on the state level, refuse to confront the cost of high taxes.  But the cost is very real, and can destroy whole communities.
New York, for example, where Urgent Agenda is written, is a high-tax state.  And a high cost-of-living as well.  In recent years New York has become the highest out-migration state in the nation.  More people leave New York each year than leave any other state.  The people who leave are usually the most productive.  Nothing is being done about this.

***If this is true, why isn't it being widely reported? Oh, it's Joe Biden. Never mind.


Reporter confined in closet during Veep fundraiser.

Staffers with Vice President Joe Biden confined an Orlando Sentinel reporter in a closet this week to keep him from mingling with high-powered guests gathered for a Democratic fundraiser.

Reporter Scott Powers was the designated "pool reporter" for the vice president's Wednesday visit to the massive Winter Park, Fla., home of developer and philanthropist Alan Ginsburg. The veep hadn't arrived yet but most of the 150 guests (minimum $500 donation) had. They were busy noshing on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese and bacon deviled eggs, before a lunch of grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps.

Not so for Powers. A "low-level staffer" put Powers in a storage closet and then stood guard outside the door, Powers told the DRUDGE REPORT. "When I'd stick my head out, they'd say, 'Not yet. We'll let you know when you can come out.'"

***Our Spectator-in-Chief.

***You've got a lot of choices.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.  ~Steven D. Woodhull

***Have a great day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The BMV

***Made my annual trek to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles yesterday to give them a month's income for our vehicles. Sheesh. We drive old vehicles too, I hate to think what people with newer ones are paying.

***Today I'll be cleaning, shopping, and typing - typing, shopping, and cleaning....and then I'll do that some more. Lotsa company coming tomorrow! We're going to cook out. It's gonna be chilly, but I'm gonna do it anyway!!

***John Yoo says Obama's actions in Libya are too little, too late, but legal. Whether this war is constitutional or not - we're there now. We need to support our troops, and more importantly, Obama needs to have a PLAN. He seems to be flying by the seat of his pants. He is in way over his head, and our national security is at stake here. What to do? Wish I knew.

***Gov. Walker's legislation is working already, even before it has become law. He knew what he was doing. Republicans in Washington and other state? I hope you're taking notes and shoring up your backbones. This is what needs to happen all over.

***Where are the parents? These former feminists are upset that their 'tween girls are dressing like sluts. Sooo...all you gotta do is remember how to say the word "no," people. You are the parents. Sheesh, stuff like this makes me nuts.

***Kitty Attack!!



***Whiny mom confession: I'm a very good mother, but I'm a terrible wife. I don't think that's possible. I don't think you can be both a good mother and a terrible wife, because part of being a good mother is being a good wife, in my humble opinion.

***Sarah Palin: "I need NOW's defense like a fish needs a bicycle." LOVE this woman!

***Kentucky beats Ohio State by 2 points. There have really been some thrillers so far in this tournament!

***Spring cleaning your finances. If only that were possible...

***Um...no.



***Words of wisdom from Dem. Sen. Frank Lautenberg:

The Republicans in Congress claim they’re concerned about the budget balance, but it’s a disguise! It’s not true! It’s a lie! That’s not what they want. They want — they want other people not to be able to have their own opinions. They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution! But we’ll give it to them anyway.

Well, THANK you, Frank! That's right nice of ya! Yes, my friends, this twit is a United States Senator.

***All over the world, they're hating the U.S. Don't they realize that Barack Obama has come to make everyone love us? That's what the left wingers were saying during the campaign. What happened to the love, people?

***World's smallest horse. Cute little fella, ain't he?



***200 lb. loser - Ethan Suplee:


It took him 11 years, but he did it! He said he did it by riding his bike. Way to go!

***Duggar House Rules. This is an awesome story of the Duggars, who have 19 kids in their household. How do they do it?  

So how do the Duggars maintain their balance given such a busy lifestyle? They strive to manage their home and raise their children with biblical principles. There is so much more to say, but the following list, which is attached to their (very large) refrigerator door, will give you a hint of the climate they aim for in their home.


***Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. ~~ Euripides

***Have a great day!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Weiner Waiver Wormhole

***I just had to use Michelle Malkin's title to her latest column, what a hook!

New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner toasted the one-year anniversary of Obamacare this week -- and accidentally spilled his champagne glass all over the disastrous, one-size-fits-all mandate. Ostensibly one of the federal health care law's staunchest defenders, Weiner exposed its ultimate folly by pushing for a special cost-saving regulatory exemption for New York City.
If it's good for the city Weiner wants to be mayor of, why not for each and every individual American and American business that wants to be free of Obamacare's shackles?

One of Obamacare's most strident supporters now wants a waiver for his city? Obamacare for thee, but not for me? Is this not very telling?  Check out the rest of the column, if you can stand to wade through the hypocrisy.

***My mom & I are going to a yard sale at 7:00 this morning! We're so ready to get started yard saling again that we're jumping at every chance now that they're starting up again. Hey, it's a cheap, fun hobby!

***Oliver North on Obama and his Libya trouble.


Nobel laureate Barack Obama, fresh from his Latin American spring break, is in serious trouble. Globalists and Utopians who once lauded his constant contrition now want POTUS to return his Peace Prize. Here in Washington, libertarians, progressives and conservatives are outraged that U.S. military forces were committed to combat in Libya without a congressional resolution. The commander in chief's approval ratings are dropping faster than a JDAM. And no matter what happens to Moammar Gadhafi, the turmoil in the Middle East is likely to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. For all of this, President Obama has nobody to blame but himself.

I'm sorry, but calling Obama a "Nobel laureate" just really grates on me. Though the prize itself has had no meaning since Yasser Arafat won it, for many it still denotes intelligence and character. See why it grates on me?

***Japanese tsunami death toll reaches 10,000. What a tragedy.

***Eating on a budget. Could you eat for $7.00 a day?

***I like this Neal Stephenson quote:

The twentieth century was one in which limits on state power were removed in order to let the intellectuals run with the ball, and they screwed everything up and turned the century into an abattoir. . . . We Americans are the only ones who didn’t get creamed at some point during all of this. We are free and prosperous because we have inherited political and value systems fabricated by a particular set of eighteenth-century intellectuals who happened to get it right. But we have lost touch with those intellectuals.

***Check out this sand sculpture!


***Okay, now this just ain't natural...



***Slideshow of the 25 most worthless players in the NFL. That's harsh, dude.

***Ow!



***Captain Kinetic!!

***Jamie Gorelick as FBI director? Par for the course for this administration.

***Hillary Clinton in 2007:

"If the administration believes that any, any use of force against Iran is necessary, the president must come to Congress to seek that authority,"
"It would be a mistake of historical proportion if the administration thought that the 2002 resolution authorizing force against Iraq was a blank check for the use of force against Iran without further congressional authorization ..."
"We continue to experience the consequences of unchecked presidential action.  This president was allowed for too long to commit blunder after blunder under cover of darkness provided by an allied Republican Congress."

Yes, the same Hillary Clinton who was the driving force behind our actions in Libya.

***New treatments for narcissistic personality disorder. Quick, somebody call Obama!

***Beat your sugar cravings and lose weight. We all KNOW that, it's the DOING that's hard!

***With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy...

You might be President Obama if:

If the ten year-old with the neighborhood lemonade stand has more business experience than you, you might be President Obama.

If you have more communists in your cabinet than Vladimir Putin, you might be President Obama.

If you try to look more macho by taking part in a military operation – run by France, you might be President Obama.

If the only campaign promise you have ever kept was to "make energy costs skyrocket", you might be President Obama.

If you got a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing – and you’re following the same strategy to win a second, you might be President Obama.

If your OCD problem is that you compulsively bow to foreign thugs and dictators, you might be President Obama.

If you actually apologize for our behavior toward countries whose idea of a good time is to practice genocide on their own citizens, you might be President Obama.

If you’ve started a war and you don’t know why, you might be President Obama.

If you’ve never met privately with some of your own cabinet members, but average seeing your golf pro once a week, you might be President Obama.

If you’ve ever put Joe Biden in charge of anything bigger than setting up a Parcheesi board, you might be President Obama.

If your idea of fixing the economy is to go shopping – in another country, you might be President Obama.
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It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.  ~Edmund Hillary
***Have a great day! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Well Shoot...

***...I overslept. Set my alarm for 4:00 a.m., and got up at 6:30. Dangit. I didn't feel very well last night, guess I must have needed the rest. Oh well.

***Want to see a sickening headline? "On Libya, France Takes the Lead." France, of all countries. Our wimp president is turning America into a laughing stock. Our awesome military could take out Gadhafi in three days if he'd just turn them loose.

***Is the Libyan war unconstitutional? An NRO symposium.

***Awesome tsunami rescue in Japan.

Akaiwa said he was at work a few miles away when the tsunami hit, and he rushed back to find his neighborhood inundated with up to 10 feet of water. Not willing to wait until the government or any international organization did, or did not, arrive to rescue his wife of two decades — whom he had met while they were surfing in a local bay — Akaiwa got hold of some scuba gear. He then hit the water, wended his way through the debris and underwater hazards and managed to reach his house, from which he dragged his wife to safety.

"The water felt very cold, dark and scary," he recalled. "I had to swim about 200 yards to her, which was quite difficult with all the floating wreckage."

With his mother still unaccounted for several days later, Akaiwa stewed with frustration as he watched the water recede by only a foot or two. He repeatedly searched for her at City Hall and nearby evacuation centers.

Finally, on Tuesday, he waded through neck-deep water, searching the neighborhood where she'd last been seen. He found her, he said, on the second floor of a flooded house where she'd been waiting for help for four days.

"She was very much panicked because she was trapped with all this water around," Akaiwa said. "I didn't know where she was. It was such a relief to find her."

Wow.

***Elizabeth Taylor, R.I.P.

***Dem. Senator wants Jesus out of Senate prayers.

***They blinded us with science. Ann Coulter:

In response to my column last week about hormesis -- the theory that some radiation can be beneficial to humans -- liberals reacted with their usual open-minded examination of the facts.

According to Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters, MSNBC's Ed Schultz devoted an entire segment to denouncing me. He called me toxic, accused me of spreading misinformation and said I didn't care about science.

One thing Schultz did not do, however, was cite a single physicist or scientific study.

*** Uncle! UNCLE!



***Here's Joe Biden saying that going to war against a country that didn't attack us is unconstitutional. Um...Joe?

***Well, THIS looks comfy...



***Your government at work. $461 million to speed train trip Charlotte and Raleigh, NC by 13 minutes. Now THERE is money well spent, huh?

***Chris Christie - speaking the truth liberals and clueless public sector workers don't want to hear.Click the link and read this conversation.

***Liberals going to a media boot camp to learn how to win arguments with conservatives. No, really.

***It's not a war, its a "kinetic military action." Thanks for clearing that up.

***Gold nears record, Silver at 31 year high. Think I'll look around for some stuff to sell...

***Lovely.



***Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.  ~Ivern Ball

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

***Mornin' everybody. I'm still trying to get my peepers open...

***Liberal commentators blame the Bush tax cuts rather than runaway spending for our economic quagmire. Well of course they do. They can't admit that the their beloved Democrats (and some Republicans, to be sure) have spent us into the ground. You have to completely ignore history to accept their evaluation of the situation.

The problem with this argument is that it’s clearly contradicted by recent history. Actually, the second round of Bush tax cuts in 2003 brought increased revenues – both in actual dollar terms and as a percentage of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) -- not falling levels of government support. In 2007, six years after Bush began slashing tax rates, revenues rose above 18% of GDP –more than the 60 year post-war average. Revenue didn’t fall until 2009, when economic collapse meant people earned less money and more families joined the 40% of the population who pay no federal income taxes—leaving top earners carrying more, not less, of the overall tax burden. The Bush tax cuts never increased the federal taxes on the poor, the middle class or anyone else and, in fact, served to exempt millions of Americans from paying income taxes at all. The Bush experience wasn’t unique in demonstrating that lower tax rates don’t cause reduced levels of federal revenue.

Don't bother 'em with the facts. They have an agenda to promote.

***Bush's Iraq and Obama's Libya: A Study in Contrasts. One of the biggest contrasts is how the media is covering it.

***The Anchoress posits...

I guess what I’m wondering is, how much further along would the Iraq government’s stabilization be — how much further along would the quest for democratic governance be, in the Middle East (and how much less reluctant would tyrants be to try to stop it by killing their own people), if only the Democrats hadn’t wasted 6 years politicizing our efforts and another two years bowing and scraping and restarting and gasbagging and doing everything they could to say, “we’re not Bush,” only to become all they said they hated?

Indeed. The Democrats, in my opinion, are responsible for a lot of dead civilians and soldiers. They did everything they could while Bush was president to undermine our efforts overseas...and now look at them. They make me sick.

***Legal limits for U.S. involvement in Libya? Oh come on. Do you really think Obama cares what is legal or constitutional? Please.

***How to beat the lines at Walt Disney World.SOMEDAY I'm gonna get there...

***Federal prosecutor claims Barry  Bonds lied about taking steroids. You don't say. You mean, it's not true that he thought he was taking flax seed oil and arthritis cream? Sheesh.

***A Democrat wants to impeach Obama? Oh wait, it's the Evil Elf, Dennis Kucinich. He's certifiably nuts, no matter what the issue.

***Check it out, a bunny with a combover...



***Oopsie...



***NOW, called out on their glaring hypocrisy, finally (begrudgingly) speaks out against Bill Maher's tasteless attack on Sarah Palin. Man, I bet that about killed 'em...

***Words of wisdom from Hugo Chavez, that font of deep thought...

CARACAS (Reuters) – Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday.
“I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet,” Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day.
“Careful! Here on planet Earth where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts,” Chavez said, sipping from a glass of water.

***Not good.

Anyone who's ever seen Jay Leno do one of his "Jaywalking" segments on NBC, locating average Americans and asking them factual questions on street corners, knows there are far too many Americans who know next to nothing about just about everything. They can't name our first president or don't even know what the phrase "Founding Fathers" means. Ask them to name our current vice president and watch the brain waves flat line.
Newsweek magazine recently announced its disgust after it offered the government's official citizenship test (the one we require immigrants to pass before being naturalized) to 1,000 Americans. Thirty-eight percent of the sample failed. Newsweek worried in its headline: "The country's future is imperiled by our ignorance."

Maybe they should teach American History in our public schools rather than how to use a condom.

***Make a healthier hamburger. Naaaahhh...gimme a good old greasy grilled-out hamburger!

***Okay, we saw some strange homes yesterday. Check out these strange bridges.

This one can roll up into an octagon:

This is a pedestrian bridge in Singapore:




This is a pedestrian bridge in Malaysia:



***Rush on Americanism versus Liberalism.

***Starbucks CEO, once in favor of Obamacare, has a different position now that he's starting to see what's in it.

***
 Robbing the Amish 
Two fellers were in desparate need of cash, but admittedly were a bit cowardly. So the one suggested they break into the Amish market. The logic being that since the Amish were non-resistant, even if they were caught, no harm could befall them. Thus they carried out their plot.
      
      However, just as they were breaking into the cash register, the owner turned on the lights and confronted them, a shotgun pointed directly at them.
      
      Calmly, the Amishman said, Boys, I would never do thee any harm yet you are standing where I am about to shoot.


***No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation
- General Douglas MacArthur 

***Have a great day!



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gotta Hustle

***Spent all of yesterday afternoon taking my aunt to the doctor, then to the hospital for X-rays. Boy, did that mess with my work schedule! Now I really gotta get with it. That's okay, though, she's family and needed some help.

***Convoluted thinking. Indiana Democrats think their flight to Illinois reflects badly on ... Mitch Daniels.

If you thought that Democrats might be a little, well, embarrassed about their new fleeing strategy, think again.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee released a new ad today that slams Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana GOP lawmakers. “Democrats are standing up to Daniels’s anti-middle-class agenda,” says the ad’s narrator.
“Standing up” is a nice way of characterizing leaving Indiana and fleeing to Urbana, Illinois, for four weeks and counting now.

Alrighty then. As the writer says, do they think running from their responsibility is favored by most of the American people?

***Pray for Japan, but worry about Europe. Indeed.

***This is a sickening thought: Oliver North says Barack Obama has made French President Sarkozy the leader of the free world. Is it 2012 yet?

***Combining a jet pack with skis? Better you than me, dude.

***The World's 18 Strangest Homes. Check these out!



***Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill admits nearly $300,000 in unpaid taxes. Well..no big deal. She's a Democrat, so it's okay.

***What now in Libya? Wish I knew the answer to that...but even more, I wish the President knew the answer to that.

***This is sad, but true. From Nealz Nuze Neal is in Washington, D.C. and makes this observation:

I'm sorry .. .but in spite of all the heritage -- all the history -- this place gives me the creeps. I cannot look at the White House without thinking about the dangerous leftist revolutionary that currently defiles that place, and I cannot look at the Capitol dome without thinking about the power-hungry and self-serving politicians who have turned this place into the seat of an oppressive government rather than the centerpiece of a federal system of sovereign states. And I cannot look at the massive government office buildings lining the streets without thinking of the mindless and self-important bureaucrats crammed into their cubicles spending their day writing rules and regulations that will further smother and stifle our economic liberty and degrade our way of life. And don't forget K Street -- the home of thousands of highly-paid lobbyists who earn the big bucks gaming our tax system (at the expense of ordinary hacks like you and I) for the benefit of business special interests who have the money that the politicians need to keep their positions of privilege, power and perks.
When our country was formed it was said that during times of peace 95% of all governance should come from the local level, and only 5% from Washington. The situation is completely reversed now, and our local governments cannot even handle their 5% without federal permission and, in many cases, federal funds.
Someday ... perhaps in two years ... this can be a place Americans can be proud of again. Right now it is a place to fear.
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***Oh wow, THIS sounds like fun!! "Greening your kids during spring break."  Yes, every kid dreams of spending their spring break creating an organic garden. Or how about this? Set up a bird feeder in your yard and have your kid help you keep it full of bird seed! Geez, I'm sure they'd MUCH rather do that than go to Disney World.

***Living dangerously...


***One day a man was walking down the street. He passed a home and looked up to see a man struggling, trying to get a piano through the doorway by himself. He offered to help, and the grateful man accepted. For 30 minutes they struggled and pushed and pulled to no avail. Stopping to rest, the first man said, "Whew! At this rate we'll never get it out!" "Get it out!" the second man screamed. "Why didn't you tell me you were trying to get it out? All this time I've been trying to get it in!"

***Judge orders mental exam for Loughner (the Tucson shooter). I really think it's pretty obvious the guy is nuts, but I guess they need to make it official.

***Idiot Democrat Congresscritter Lynn Woolsey is at it again. Honestly, how do these nutcases get elected?

***Sarah Blakely on resilience.

***
All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~~ Sir Winston Churchill
 
***Have a great day!
 

Monday, March 21, 2011

I'm Feelin' It...

***Started lap swimming again and have gone a couple of times - I think I probably did a few too many lengths yesterday because my shoulders are really sore. It felt so good to be in the water again, though! Think I'll walk today and give my shoulders a rest.

***SEIU hit with RICO lawsuit. GOOD.

After years of being harassed by the purple people beaters, one company has finally said ENOUGH.
In a press release issued Thursday, Sodexo USA announced that the company has filed a civil lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act., accusing the union of engaging in an “illegal campaign of extortion.”  The lawsuit representing Sodexo is Hunton & Williams – the same firm SEIU and its allies have accused of launching a “dirty tricks” campaign against them in retaliation for their anti-Chamber of Commerce campaigns.

Take them to the cleaners.

***Here's a pretty good sale on outdoorsy stuff if you're interested.

***Slideshow - ugliest shirts on TV. They're right, there are some pretty bad ones here.

***The only good thing about high gas prices.

***Wow. Gaddafi calls him "son," Louis Farrakhan calls him "brother."

***Liberals giving up on American exceptionalism. They haven't believed in it for a long time, I daresay. This is still America, though, and we are capable of great things. We have to have great leadership, though, and we are sorely lacking in that area right now.

***Union boss goes off at a meeting of prison guards. The problem? Some of the guards had the audacity to ask where their union dues go and what the benefits of belonging to the union are. The nerve!!

***Heehee! This is great!


***Capitol Hill Dems feel leaderless. Hey, join the club pals...

***5 best sleeping tips for insomniacs.

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***The evil elf, Dennis Kucinich, is at it again. I'm tellin' ya, this guy is nuttier than Alan Grayson...

A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.
Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.
Kucinich, who wanted to bring impeachment articles against both former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over Iraq — only to be blocked by his own leadership — asked why the U.S. missile strikes aren’t impeachable offenses.

As the writer says, why is military action the only time these people seem to be concerned about constitutionality?

***Democrat Governors use softer approach with unions. You don't say.

***

***From "A Gift of Inspiration"

What you ask for

The world around you is whatever you sincerely ask of it. Your life is precisely what you ask of it, with your thoughts, your actions, and your attitude. All things and events may come and go. Yet, reality is what you choose to do with it all.
The value you look for, and the value you expect, is the value you will find. What you decide to make of anything will ultimately define for you what it is. What you truly expect to see, you will most certainly see. The way you genuinely expect to live is the way your life will surely proceed.

When you know without the slightest doubt that it will happen, it will happen. Expect the very best, in every moment, with every thought, every action, and it will be.

Author Unknown

***We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.  ~Robert J. McCracken

***Have a great day! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Preparations!

***Okay, probably won't start today, but I'll be spending the week preparing our house and yard for company next weekend. Peter & Emily are coming, along with his folks. I hope it's nice out - I want to cook out and play cornhole. Right now the weather looks like it's going to turn cooler, but we all know how that can change! Can't wait!

***Speaking of which, here are some sales on grilling and outdoor stuff.

***Fukushima update: Get a Grip!

***We're *finally* taking action in Libya. God be with our military. Anybody else wondering where the Left and the media are, with their shouts of "We weren't attacked!" or "Illegal War!" ?

***Egypt votes freely for first time in 50 years.

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***Have you seen this letter sent by Gaddafi to Obama? I haven't posted it because I wanted to make sure it's true, and unfortunately, apparently it is:


Trying to strike a personal note, Gaddafi prefaced his letter saying, “To our son, his excellency, Mr Barack Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed.”

"Our son?" WHERE is the media on this?

***CBO: Obama budget underestimates deficit just a bit - $2.3 trillion or so.
 Again I say - where is the media?

***Stay classy, Bill Maher. Here's what passes for comedy on the Left - vulgarity warning.

***Idiot Democrat Congressman wants to "defund" Fox News in retaliation for vote to strip NPR of government funding. Where to start..??

***Inconvenient truth of the day, from Nealz Nuze:


The anti-nuclear crowd will most assuredly not let this crisis in Japan go to waste. But I just have one question for you .... Over the last 30 years in the United States, how many people have died because of nuclear energy?
The answer is none. Zero. Zip.
But guess which energy industry has experienced 35 deaths over the last 30 years?
Wind.
Yup. The wind turbine industry is responsible for more deaths in the United States over the last 30 years than nuclear energy.

***Chevy Volt: The car from Atlas Shrugged Motors.

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***Free desert camouflage hat - just pay shipping.

***Biden again proves his idiocy - likens Republicans' economic strategy to "blaming the rape victim." See if you can untangle his thoughts. I think they planted his plugs a bit too deep...

***Indiana GOP will take up bills without fleebagging Democrats. Good. Do what you have to do - then we'll listen to them whine about not being included.

***
A local priest and pastor stood by the side of the road holding up a sign that said, "The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it's too late!"

They planned to hold up the sign to each passing car.

"Leave us alone you religious nuts!" yelled the first driver as he
sped by.

From around the curve they heard a big splash. "Do you think," said one clergy to the other, "we should just put up a sign that says 'bridge out' instead?"


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***From wheelchair to one mile walker. Great story!


***
People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change
Charles R. Swindoll

***Have a great day!