Monday, July 9, 2012

Discord at Supreme Court

***Yeah, well, there's quite a sense of betrayal out here in the real world, too. Apparently there is some major tension among the Supreme Court justices right now.

***Epic failure. What if the Left threw a protest and nobody came?

David Koch held a fundraiser for Mitt Romney this afternoon at his home on Long Island. At this point in the election cycle, that’s how the candidates are spending much of their time–attending fundraisers. But leftists thought they could make some hay out of connecting Romney to the Koch brothers, perhaps because they assume, wrongly, that most people share their detestation of the Kochs. So for some weeks, a consortium of left-wing groups including, Occupy Wall Street, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Greenpeace, Strong For All, United New York, the Teamsters Union and others have been urging their members and supporters to turn out for a protest at David Koch’s home.

At its peak:

Now THAT'S funny!

***Here's an interesting factoid: Unemployment rate dropped in every state that elected a Republican governor in 2010.

In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.

What? You haven't heard this reported on the news? Well, I'll be darned.

***RIP, Ernest Borgnine. 

***Roger Federer wins 17th Wimbledon title. That guy's phenomenal.

***I love practical jokes. This would take some time, but I'm definitely gonna keep this one in mind...

***Obama, GOP signal deadlock over Bush tax cuts.

Obama plans to call for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 on Monday in a Rose Garden announcement, The New York Times reports. House GOP leaders want to extend the cuts permanently for middle- and -upper income people, and a vote is expected in the House later this month.

And the move potentially puts Obama in a position to oppose Democratic leaders including Representative Nancy Pelosi  and Sen. Charles E. Schumer who want to extend the cuts for everyone earning up to $1 million. But Obama, facing a tough re-election fight with increasingly bad economic numbers, is hoping the move will make Republican leaders appear inflexible.

Watch the coverage closely. It's the Republicans who will be seen as "obstructionist." Never the Democrats.

***Obama uses "I," "Me" 117 times in one speech. This guy is narcissism personified.

***Hey, try next time you need toner for your laser printer. Normally, toner for my HP printer is about $70.00 at Office Max or Best Buy, but I got a compatible toner for under $20.00 at, and it works just fine.

***Presbyterians reject gay marriage. They are going to "study it further." Hope part of that study includes the Bible. This is a traditionally liberal group, but at least this is a step in the right direction.

***Pat Boone: Never underestimate a "slickster." This is a good piece, check it out.

The shell game practitioner is practiced and skilled at the game, knowing how to distract with chatter and motion, and to effectively hide with his back and forth hand actions the actual changing location of the little pea. At times there may actually be no pea on the surface, having been palmed by the trickster temporarily, lest the observer accidentally choose the right shell.

Does any of this seem familiar, in light of the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare . . . not as voter-approved law . . . but as a massive new tax?

The countless repeated assurances from this president that he would “raise no new taxes on 90 percent of Americans . . . no income tax, no payroll tax, no estate tax, no tax, no tax, no tax” still ring in our ears?

Do we not remember the man, with all his persuasive skill and confident assurances, saying over and over “this mandate is not a tax; in fact, it will reduce taxes,” on TV and in his constant staged appearances across the country?

Voila. The tax pea was found where it was least suspected, under the black robe of Justice Roberts.

Who’d have imagined? And now it’ll pop up on the tax bills or expenses of all Americans, as the costs of living and the shared trillions of debt pile up on us.

***Bacon art:

An acquaintance of mine who is a physician told this story about
her then-four-year-old daughter. On the way to preschool, the
doctor had left her stethoscope on the car seat, and her little
girl picked it up and began playing with it. "Be still, my
heart," thought my friend, "my daughter wants to follow in my
footsteps!" Then the child spoke into the instrument, "Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order?" 
***Have a great day!

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