Saturday, January 31, 2015

Crappy Super Bowl

***There is a lot to dislike about both teams, as this article enumerates. 


Carroll and the Seahawks were also fined in both 2012 and 2014 for violating the no-contact rule governing the league’s offseason practices. The team will lose two mini-camp practices this year as a result. Basically, NFL teams are not allowed to block, tackle or use pads during offseason practices, and the Seahawks ignored the rule on two separate occasions. Minor offenses, to be sure, but rules are rules - as we’ve all been arguing since last Sunday. Right?
And let’s not forget Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. We won’t complain too much about him not talking to the media. But over the past month, the runner known as “Beast Mode” has twice celebrated touchdowns by pointedly grabbing his crotch after crossing the goal line. If he does that in the Super Bowl, have fun watching and explaining it to the kids and grandparents.

Then there's this, if you're not already turned off enough by Belichick's penchant for cheating and Brady's arrogance.

Across the field, the Patriots aren’t all warm and cuddly beyond Belichick. Take running back LeGarrette Blount, who ran for 149 yards in the AFC Championship game. Blount was with the Pats last season, but signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2014.
Things didn’t go well there. During training camp, he and teammate Le’Veon Bell were arrested for possessing (and apparently smoking) marijuana while driving through a Steel City suburb.
As the season progressed, Blount’s “pouting” became an “internal problem” with the Steelers, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to the point where he left the field before the end of a victory against the Titans – presumably because he didn’t get a single carry. The Post-Gazette reported at least one player thought the Steelers “should leave (Blount) in Nashville,” and the act “was not well-received in the locker room.”

 I won't be watching. I'll just be glad when it's over.

***Bruce Jenner "transitioning into a woman." No he's not. He's male and always will be, no matter how much he freaks out. This kind of stuff is so bizarre.

***A Latina Disney princess. Well, we must be all-inclusive, mustn't we? Apparently the last Latina princess wasn't Latina enough. Probably only a matter of time before they introduce a Muslim princess, but it'll be hard to see her beauty under her burka.

***Apparently we're gonna get some snow here in Indiana starting this afternoon. I'm hearing anywhere from 1" to 8". Guess we'll see, we usually get at the low end of what they predict, so I'm not too worried. Heck, as long as we don't lose power I don't mind being snowed in at all.

***This is good:





***Good ideas!

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There was a story of a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a disease and needed blood from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying,
“Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liza.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?” Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give her all his blood.


***101 gadgets that changed the world. 

Duct tape, stapler, fiberglass fishing rod - interesting read!

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***The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

***Have a great day!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Repealing Obamacare

***House Republicans to open February with a vote to repeal Obamacare. Good. Do what we sent you there to do.

House Republicans will kick off February with a vote to repeal Obamacare, giving new members the chance to record their opposition to the law while the party pursues its own health plan.
“We will begin the month renewing our commitment to individual freedom and opportunity,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said Thursday in a memo to the GOP caucus.
Republicans have voted dozens of times to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in 2010, but this will be the first full-scale repeal vote of the new Congress.

***Capitalism doesn't cause the wealth gap. No matter what your liberal friends say.

***Not much time today. It has been a really busy week! 

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Patriotism 01 Innominatus by Sir Walter Scott
BREATHES there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
'This is my own, my native land!'
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung.


***Raul Castro knows a sucker when he sees one. And he sure saw Obama coming.

Cuban President Raul Castro has demanded that the United States hand back its Guantanamo Bay military base - an apparent bargaining tool in the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the countries.
Castro also asked for a complete lifting of the decades-old trade embargo and for compensation for its effects, saying that without these changes the recent diplomatic thaw "wouldn't make any sense."
 
***A Weiner Bull? That's just ugly.
 
dogs,dachshund,pit bull,squee,mythical creatures
 
 

***Have a great day!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hypocrisy

***Isn't it delicious to watch the liberals howl and whine about the Koch Brothers? They pretend to hate all the big money, but they certainly love George Soros and Tom Steyer. Well, THEIR millions are okay because they spend it in the RIGHT places, you know?

The multi-billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have waded deep into the 2016 presidential election with their pledge to spend a staggering $889 million on candidates who espouse their government-limiting views.

The promise threw Democrats into a tizzy, leveling charges that the Kochs are buying the presidency, but Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, writing an opinion piece in Politico, doesn't see the Kochs as the big-money right-wing ogres the left makes them out to be.

"The left is so invested in trying to find a way to squeeze them (the Kochs) out of the political process because it instinctively hates anything being unregulated, including political activity in a free society," Lowry writes.
"Also, its attitude is 'influence for me, but not for thee.' The left, by and large, owns the media, academia, the big foundations and Hollywood. Compared with all of that priceless political and cultural influence, the spending of the Koch network is a pittance."
 

As much as the left would like you to believe it, Chris Kyle was not a bloodthirsty warmonger; he was a noble warrior who fought to defend his fellow troops, watched over the lives of his brothers, and advanced the cause of (eventual) peace.


You’ve probably noticed that you and your spouse don’t always see eye-to-eye. Maybe he talks too much – or not enough. She feels hot while you’re shivering cold. Or maybe leaving early is rare because your spouse is always running late.
If you’re not careful, those differences can drive you apart. Petty disagreements can easily turn into full-grown battles that bleed a relationship dry.
Financial expert Dave Ramsey, our guest on today’s program, says the turmoil those differences cause are most apparent when it comes to finances.
He’s right: Studies show conflict over money is the number one cause of divorce in American homes.
That’s because money is not a passive part of marriage. It represents a couple’s value system and dictates how that family operates. Ramsey calls it a family’s “checkbook autobiography.” Where your money goes says a lot about what’s important to you.
That’s why when couples aren’t on the same page with one another about how money should be spent, their relationship suffers. It pushes the couple apart.
But there is good news.
If conflict over money is the number one source of marriage trouble, coming into agreement about finances becomes the number one opportunity to improve our relationships. Fixing that one area of communication can take a good marriage and make it great – or it can lift one that’s struggling to a new level of healing.

***  I want one of these!!!
the future is now



***Check out the shark tooth saw:

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***White House says Taliban is not a terrorist group. 

God help us.

***Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.~~ F.F. Schumacher

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

$50,000.00 per Person

***That's what Obamacare is going to cost the government for each person covered. And by "the government," I mean we, the taxpayers.

A bombshell report from the Congressional Budget Office reveals that it will cost the federal government $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under Obamacare law.

According to the Daily Mail.com, the astounding figure was "buried" in a 15-page section of the non-partisan organization's budget forecast for the next 10 years.
The CBO said that in a best-case scenario "'between 24 million and 27 million" fewer Americans would be uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act was implemented, the Mail noted.

And the report estimated that the price tag for insuring that number of people would be about $1.35 trillion or $50,000 per person.
 
Well, in order for it to be a "bombshell report," it would have to be reported. Don't look for this in the "mainstream" media.

***Bergdahl to be charged with desertion. You remember him, right? He's the one we traded five terrorists for. Yeah, terrorists like this:

A new, grisly beheading video from ISIS includes a direct threat against President Obama and is one of at least three new warnings from the terror organization, including pledges to kill Jordanian and Japanese hostages if a hostage held by Jordan is not freed.
In a new online video discovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, three Islamic State fighters stand behind a kneeling Kurdish fighter as one of the extremists launches into a diatribe against the U.S. and other Western nations.
“Know, oh Obama, that will reach America,” says one of the fighters, clad in black and wearing a balaclava, in a translation from Arabic provided by MEMRI. “Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.”

Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take to make the Obama sycophants in this country mad. To hear them blame America for crap like the above is infuriating. This is Obama's fault. His cowardice and tepid responses to these kinds of atrocities has emboldened them. They know he won't do anything about it. I think our military should rise up and do what needs to be done. Their oath is to America first, not Obama.

***Virginia Senate panel shoots down gun control bills. Good for them.

***Hillary Clinton has lead over Elizabeth Warren among Democrats. Those two embody everything that's wrong with liberal policies. That they're even in the race tells you a lot about the Democrats. They have moved further left than they have ever been. Hillary Clinton should be in hiding, in disgrace due to her part in the Benghazi debacle, yet there she is, loved and adored by so many idiot liberals. It's sickening to watch.

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***Worst passwords. "123456?" Really?

Using 3.3 million leaked passwords from mostly North American and Western European users, SplashData has released a list of its top offenders, and they're both hilarious and shame-inducing for those of us who keep tapping into them.
The top two since the list began in 2011 remain the same, says the company: "123456" holds the No. 1 spot, followed by "password"; others in the top five are "12345," "12345678," and "qwerty." Entries in the top 25 include everything from the aforementioned number sequences (because no hacker would consider "1234567") to the paranoid and desperate ("trustno1," "shadow," "letmein") to the somewhat confusing ("dragon," "monkey").
Making their debut: "696969" and "batman." In addition to not using simple number sequences, SplashData advises not to go with sports and sports teams, birthdays, or popular names like "michael" and "jennifer." Swear words, famous athletes, car brands, and names of movies are also popular, so probably best to stay away from them, too.

***The storm that wasn't. Wow, how did they get it so wrong??

***Best snack food in every state.

Indiana's claim to fame? Corn dogs!

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***I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

***Have a great day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

American Sniper Freakout

***Why the Left can't abide this movie.

In content and tone, American Sniper is distinctly different from the sand movies that preceded it in that it unambiguously celebrates the heroism of the soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this, American Sniper is in rarefied company. Last year’s Lone Survivor—based on a book by Kyle’s good friend and fellow SEAL Marcus Luttrell—and the little-seen 2009 HBO film Taking Chance are about the only other notable exceptions to Hollywood’s seeming obsession with delegitimizing the war on terror and those fighting it.

Good piece about how Hollywood would much rather couch the War on Terror as a mistake made by the United States without placing blame where it belongs, on terrorists.

***School choice making steady progress. This is good news.

Sunday marked the start of National School Choice Week, an annual celebration of education reforms that give parents the power to pick the schools, public or private, that are best for their children.
There’s much to celebrate: There are more than 50 such school choice programs — including school vouchers and tax-credit scholarship programs — in 25 states serving more than 300,000 children. Furthermore, about half of these programs were enacted in the past five years, which indicates that momentum for school choice is rapidly accelerating. This is not just because school choice works — study after study shows that it improves students’ academic performance, increases parental satisfaction, and forces public schools to improve — but because parents are increasingly demanding it.
 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's rousing speech  at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday has early speculation favoring his "go big and go bold" call to Republicans.

Walker received multiple standing ovations during his speech, with news outlets reporting that the crowd was more receptive to him than to other potential GOP 2016 hopefuls including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"If you’re not afraid to go big and go bold, you can actually get results," Walker told the enthusiastic crowd.

"There's a reason we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April," said Walker, pacing the stage in rolled up shirtsleeves. "Because in America we value our independence from the government, not our dependence on it."

***Yup.
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***You're not gonna believe this - okay, maybe you will. Al Gore wants to ban cars in cities. 
If you live in a major city and own a car, you might not be able to keep your car in the city, or you might have to give up your car all together. You see, former Vice President Al Gore and his current partner in crime, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, are looking to obtain $90 trillion dollars in order to ban cars from all major cities. Gore and Calderon, presenting a report from the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate (GCEC) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, argued that making cities more compact, wholly reliant on public transportation, and “more climate friendly” is the only way to ensure that cities do not contribute to global warming.
Do you realize how close this psycho came to being President of the United States?? You can bet your bottom dollar he won't be giving up his luxury cars and jets. No, these rules will be for the "little people."

***Have you heard about this? There was a drone crash at the White House.

A two-foot-long "quadcopter" drone crashed onto the White House grounds overnight, triggering an immediate lockdown as well as a Secret Service investigation into where the mysterious device came from.  Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman, said that an officer posted on the south grounds of the White House complex "heard and observed" the device "flying at a very low altitude" shortly after 3 a.m. ET. Leary said the drone ultimately crashed on the southeast side of the complex.

No wonder our national security is so messed up. They can't even track down a drone coming at the White House.

***Caution: Your owl might melt in direct sunlight.

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***Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tax Brackets

***Here they are, read 'em and weep. If you still don't think the government appropriates too much of Americans' income, it's hard to imagine what you think would be too much. Here is the table for married filing jointly:



Really? If you're where most of the middle class is, it's okay for the government to take over $10,000 PLUS 25% of everything over $73,800.00? That's obscene! Someone making $226,000 is by no means rich, but the government sees fit to take over $50,000 of his income PLUS 33%? In whose universe is that fair? Oh, wait. In the Democrats' universe, who like to make low income people feel they have been cheated by those who have worked their butts off to start a business and succeed, or work 60 hour weeks and succeed.

Lots of good information at the link.

***Mr. Constitutional Scholar claims there is a "core constitutional right" to abortion. And that is written...where?

A “core constitutional right”? You’ve got to repeatedly beat yourself in the head with a hardcover edition of a Margaret Sanger’s autobiography in order to interpret “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” as “the right to kill unborn babies.”
As an aside, it’s also hysterically funny that Obama said the HR7 bill would “restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today.” He must have been reading a report about the effects of the Affordable Care Act.

***Oldest known gospel written in mummy mask. Wow, this is interesting.


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***Four ways to easily and painlessly cut family expenses. Good ideas.


***When John found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with.

So one evening he went to a singles bar where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

"I may look like just an ordinary man," he said as he walked up to her, "but in just a week or two, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars."

Impressed, the woman went home with him that evening and, three days later she became his stepmother.

Women are so much smarter than men.

***Had a great time yesterday at our Secret Sister Reveal Party. What a great group of ladies!

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***I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

***Have a great day!







Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hidden in Plain Sight

***Looks like a must-read:

A competing narrative about what caused the financial crisis has received little attention. This view, which is accepted by almost all Republicans in Congress and most conservatives, contends that the crisis was caused by government housing policies. This book extensively documents this view. For example, it shows that in June 2008, before the crisis, 56 percent of all US mortgages were subprime or otherwise low-quality. Of these, 76 percent were on the books of government agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. When these mortgages defaulted in 2007 and 2008, they drove down housing prices and weakened banks and other mortgage holders, causing the crisis.
No wonder liberals are doing their best to prevent people from reading it.

The pattern of reviews on Amazon for Wallison’s book hint at a coordinated attack on a book and a subject which is a sacred cow to liberals. He criticized the Dodd-Frank act. He dares to skewer the holiest of holys, the no-down-payment-low-interest subprime loan as being a major factor in the meltdown.
Interesting to note: The praise for the book comes from those who are noted as having made a “verified purchase.” The disgruntled reviewers blatantly parrot one another in talking point fashion in an effort to discourage anyone from buying / reading this book.

I'd be willing to bed that not one of the negative reviewers have even read it.

***The real reasons for cheap gas.

No one knows exactly what factors are causing prices to fall so far, so fast, but there is a strong suspicion that Saudi Arabia, which you can think of as the central banker of OPEC, is letting prices fall in the hopes of killing off the competition from U.S. and Canadian shale oil. The question, then, is: Who will blink first?

Interesting read.

***School halts Bible study for blind kids. Seriously?

After 10 years, the Maryland School for the Blind suspended a Bible study for blind teenagers, telling a local church leader it was because of "church-state" issues.
So tired of this ignorance.


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***Big party today! Our Secret Sister reveal party is today. I've been working on the house, food, and games a little all week. Mark has been a big help, as usual. I think I'm ready! Trying some different games today, hope they work out! I don't like to do "shower" games.  Today's theme is candy! Didn't mean to, that's just the way it turned out. Two out of the three games involve candy. Oh well, what woman doesn't go for sugar? We always have a good time, looking forward to it. Plus I get to show off my new kitchen. :-)


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Mighty Oak
by Kathy J. Parentau

Stand tall oh mighty oak, for all the world to see,
your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
Though storm clouds hover above you,
your branches span the sky,
in search of the radiant sunlight you
count on to survive.
When the winds are high and restless and
you lose a limb or two,
it only makes you stronger, we
could learn so much from you.
Though generations have come and gone
and brought about such change,
quietly you've watched them all yet still
remained the same.
I only pray God give to me the strength he's
given you,
to face each day with hope, whether
skies are black or blue,
Life on earth is truly a gift
every moment we must treasure,
it's the simple things we take for granted
that become our ultimate pleasures.



Robots are getting smarter — and scientists around the world are getting scared.

Robots that are disturbingly human in performance and appearance, that can move and operate independently, that have immense strength and the ability to open doors, and that can be produced in the thousands have scientists wondering if the time is coming when advances in artificial intelligence (AI) will make it possible for robots, like in "The Terminator," to declare war on humanity and wipe us all out, QZ reports.

Consider the 350-pound DARPA robot being developed by Boston Dynamics, which has its own power pack, the strength to lift concrete blocks and the ability to move on its own and open doors.

Kinda creepy.

*** What the heck is THAT?

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***Have a great day!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Finding God in the Mirror

***I read this piece by Jason Scott Jones over at National Review Online, and it's really good. Take the time to read it.

An excerpt:

I mean that I see something very unusual in the people whom I encounter in my areas of activism: a 57-year-old ex-factory worker living on the streets of Los Angeles; a 15-year-old girl who was sexually exploited by a 30-year-old drug dealer and is now carrying a child that the culture tells her to abort; an eleven-year-old Christian living in southern Darfur, whose community is being deprived of water because his family will not convert to Islam.
What I see in these people is the image of the infinitely powerful eternal spirit Whose essence is His existence, the God who strung the cosmos with galaxies. This is not a hallucination, a superstition, or a pious wish. It is something I see, as clearly as I can see the screen in front me now while I’m typing. And it’s my entire task in life to help more people, and finally the culture at large, to see this reality, too.
I was led to this epiphany by the nose, on the string of my own narcissism, through the medium of a murder.

***Colorado Chaos

Under the ACA, the Colorado insurance market is in chaotic flux. The NYT reports that the premium for one standard midlevel silver ACA plan rose this year by 36 percent in one part of Colorado, while in another part a premium for the same plan dropped by almost 40 percent. Apparently many insurers set their prices low to attract customers, but it’s no longer clear if the low rates will be sustainable in the long-run.

***Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to Washington. This is unconscionable, but I guess nothing this president does should surprise me. You don't snub your best ally in the Middle East. What a child.

President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans' invitation for the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress.
Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said that in keeping with "long-standing practice and principle," the president does not meet with heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections.
"Accordingly, the president will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress," Meehan said.

Oh please, what a lame excuse.

***House passes anti-abortion bill. Won't get past Obama, of course, but at least they passed it.

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***Boston bakery sells Deflate-Gate cookies.

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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: -
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -and gazed -but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.


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***Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cheating

***Well, everybody's buzzing about the Patriots' cheating with deflating the footballs in the championship game Sunday. 11 out of 12 is no accident, it was obviously done intentionally. At first I couldn't understand what that could possibly do to help them, but apparently a football that is just a little underinflated is easier to throw and catch. For more of an explanation, see this article. 

A quick recap: after the Patriots dominated the Colts 45-7 in the AFC title game last Sunday, longtime Indianapolis columnist Bob Kravitz reported that the NFL was investigating whether the Patriots had used deflated footballs during the game. The reason for doing so would be because of the rain and slickness, an underinflated football might be easier for the Patriots players to handle in adverse weather conditions.

Their diehard fans just will not hear it though. No matter how much you explain that it's the NFL and the officials, not the Colts, who are investigating this, they'll say, "Yeah, but there are no facts that prove they were cheating!" Really? 11 out of 12, and it was an "accident?"

***Huckabee "stunned" by Obama's two-faced speech. Well, sir, you shouldn't have been even a little surprised. 

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he came away "stunned" at how easily President Barack Obama talked about bipartisanship out of both sides of his mouth on Tuesday night at the State of the Union address — and how vividly the speech demonstrated Obama's inability to find common ground with his opponents.

"That's how you govern, and he just has never understood the art of governing," Huckabee, a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Wednesday. "And it was never more clear than it was last night in the State of the Union."
 
I would have been stunned if he had said something even remotely constructive.


Bryant Gumbel, whose typically blunt and opinionated television persona has become his trademark, pointed an angry finger at the National Rifle Association in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mediaite reports.
"There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly," the "Real Sports" host told the magazine in an interview posted online Tuesday.

"I think they're pigs," Gumbel, 66, continued in a rant against the nation's top gun lobby.

"I think they don't care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record."
Your idiocy is duly noted.

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One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old and had just recovered from an accident.

Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a get-well gift and it was one of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought Daddy a little cup of "tea," which was just water.

After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was "just the cutest thing!"

My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watched him drink it up.

Then she says, (as only a mother would know . . ... )

"Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?" 
 
***
I love my job, I love the pay
I love it more and more each day
I love my boss, he is the best
I love his boss and all the rest

I love my office and its location
I hate to have to go on vacation
I love my furniture, drab and grey
and piles of paper that grow each day!
I think my job is really swell,
there´s nothing else I love so well.
I love to work among my peers,
I love their leers, and jeers, and sneers.
I love my computer and its software;
I hug it often though it won´t care.
I love each program and every file.
I´d love them more if they worked a while.

I am happy to be here. I am. I am.
I´m the happiest slave of the Firm, I am.
I love this work, I love these chores.
I love the meetings with deadly bores.
I love my job - I´ll say it again-
I even love those friendly men.
Those friendly men who´ve come today.
In clean white coats to take me away!!!
 
 by Dr. Seuss

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***I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'. ~Henry Moore
 
***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rough Day

***Been a bit of a rough day today. Wish I could just relax for the rest of the evening, but it's not going to happen. I still have a lot of cabinets to organize! Got my new white smooth top range today, it looks great! I'm excited to start using it.

***Pew poll:  Americans say Obama is a "good man" who is "incompetent." Yeah, well, I certainly agree with the second part.

As President Obama finishes the touches on his seventh State of the Union Address, to be delivered tonight at 9 P.M. Eastern Time (come to Reason.com for live blogging and tweeting), here's something he can chew on: Pew Research asked Americans to sum him up in one word.
The most popular choices? "Good/Good man" and "Incompetent." Intelligent is well represented as is "idiot/dumb/stupid," honest, dictator, liar, awesome, and arrogant.

The ones saying "awesome" have probably spent a lot of time in Ferguson, Missouri in the past few weeks.

***American Sniper is certainly showing the Left for what it is. 
Being conservative, patriotic, pro-America, pro-traditional values is unforgivable to liberals.

The Tinseltown pile-on heated up after the film's opening over the weekend, with director Michael Moore tweeting "snipers aren't heroes," actor and comedian Seth Rogen comparing the movie to Nazi propaganda, and some unnamed members of the Hollywood film academy telling the Wrap they wondered if Kyle had been a "sociopath," and if the movie was dangerous.

According to Bloomberg News, the anonymous Oscar voters claimed they'd been passing around an article by a Penn State professor for the New Republic that attacked the movie for lionizing Kyle.

 They just can't grasp the concept of honor.


***Yep, that's about how I feel right now...

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Talk about sailing into the sunset.
One Florida senior citizen has bid farewell to life on land and taken up permanent residence on luxury cruise.
Lee Wachtstetter, 86, has been living on Crystal Cruises' Serenity liner for almost seven years, reports the Asbury Park Press. During that time, Wachtstetter, or "Mama Lee" as she’s known aboard to most of 655 crew members, estimates she’s spent about $164,000 a year for her floating home.
Her six figure tab covers the costs of her seventh deck stateroom, all meals with beverages included, nightly ballroom dancing,  Broadway-style shows, captain’s cocktail parties, movies, lectures and gratuities for the staff.

***This is neat: Real world inspirations for Disney movie locations.

The Kingdom in "Tangled"
 
Real-life location: Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy
French artist Laurent Ben-Mimoun looked to the romantic oil paintings of 18th-century artist Fragonard to create the concept art for Tangled. He started with the vision of a Renaissance castle from which Rapunzel could let down her hair, recalling Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. As production progressed, he added medieval and French Renaissance influences—like small round towers inspired by Ch√Ęteau de Chenonceau—as well as hints of modern architecture, like the triangular composition of the Century City Twin Towers in Los Angeles.

More at the link.

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***How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.  ~Paul Sweeney

***Have a great day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Yucky Super Bowl

***First of all, I'm not an avid football follower, but of course I wanted the Colts to be in the Super Bowl! That said, I think the two that made it, Seattle and New England, are my two least favorite teams. My parameters are different than most people's, probably - I judge a team by the personality of their players, and both of these teams ooze arrogance, especially the Patriots. If I had to pick one, I'd have to say I'd rather see the Seahawks win.

***"Are You Kidding Me?" Yeah, that's what they all should be asking. A tax hike, with the economy still in the tank? That is absolutely the worst thing they could do, and that's what Obama is going to ask for. The Republicans control the purse strings now, and they had better not let it happen or the people who sent them there are going to be very angry.


"No new taxes. Not going to happen. The economy is struggling," the Texas Republican said Monday. "No tax increase, Mr. President. I'm sorry, Congress will not pass that."

The centerpiece of the president's tax proposal is an increase in the capital gains rate on couples making more than $500,000 per year to 28 percent, the same level as under President Ronald Reagan. The top capital gains rate has already been raised from 15 percent to 23.8 percent during Obama's presidency.

Americans were already "paying too high in taxes, percentage wise," Poe said, adding the high corporate tax rate in the U.S. was why "businesses are leaving America."

That's right. Liberals will practically tax them out of existence, then rail about how corporations are taking their businesses overseas. Duh.

***Marching in Alabama for MLK day. Oh please. I'm so sick of these mega-rich stars pretending that things are so awful in America for black people. Discrimination was bad in the past. It's not any more. Get over yourselves and move on.

"We need to be outraged when local law enforcement and the justice system repeatedly allow young, unarmed black men to encounter police and then wind up dead with no consequences," said U.S. Rep. William Clay, a St. Louis Democrat. "Not just in Ferguson, but over and over again across this country."

Why aren't you outraged when young black punks kill each other? Why aren't you outraged when innocent business owners and bystanders are harmed by the very people who claim to be victims? Because you're liberal hypocrites, that's why.

***Large bird attacks Oregon jogger. Well, that's weird.

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***The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. ~~ Robert Frost

***Have a great day!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

So Glad!

***So glad it's Saturday! As I mentioned yesterday, last week was extra busy, but it actually went pretty well. Just glad to be able to breathe a little today. Mark & I got the living room and kitchen cleaned yesterday so when his family comes this morning, they can see our pretty kitchen without junk all over the place. Got my new curtains up last night, so pretty! Can't wait to look for for new wall decorations today.

***I want to do something like this with the closet in my office:

Convert a Closet

Not for crafting supplies, just for more storage. Does anyone ever have enough storage space??

***The racial politics of seating a white sex offender in state legislature. First of all, it's unbelievable to me that the people in his district elected him. What the heck...? Secondly, why is he allowed to hold office?

Last month, Joseph Morrissey was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a 17-year-old girl with whom he had a sexual relationship. The girl worked as a receptionist in Morrissey’s law office.
At the time of his conviction, Morrissey was a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. He promptly resigned, and then mounted a campaign to fill the vacancy his resignation created.
In a special election, with light turnout, the good people of the 74th House District, which consists of a Richmond suburb, re-elected Morrissey. A former Democrats, he captured 42 percent of the vote running as an independent in a three-way race.
How, you might be wondering, is Morrissey able to serve, given the fact that his conviction carried a six month jail sentence. The answer is that he attends legislative sessions under a work release program. Legislator by day; jailbird by night.
Republicans have called for Morrissey to step down and, since he’s unwilling to, they are insisting that he be expelled. The Democratic caucus, on the other hand, is deeply divided.”

We truly are living in crazy times.

***Can Colts shock the world? Oh, I hope so. Not only because I'm for the Colts, but I'm also for anyone playing against the Patriots. :-)

***More New York Times codswollop: The headline: "2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth." Now for the truth.

So 2014 was far from the warmest year ever. On the contrary, we are living during a relatively cool period.
Moreover, contrary to the activists’ claims, 2014 wasn’t even the warmest recent year. The “warmest ever” designation came from NASA and NOAA, which are run by global warming activists. They have distorted surface temperature records by surreptitiously “adjusting” historical records to make the past (e.g., the 1930s) look cooler and the present warmer. This is one of the great scandals in the history of science, which we have written about repeatedly. Since the activists won’t say what changes they have made and why they have made them, their records must be considered hopelessly corrupt. Beyond that, they aren’t even accounted for the urban heat island effect, which obviously exists. Most temperature recording stations are in urban areas, and they have gotten warmer in recent decades as a result of economic development and population growth, not carbon dioxide.

***
A Godfather in the mob finds out that his bookkeeper has stolen ten million bucks.

This bookkeeper happens to be deaf, so the Godfather brings along his attorney, who knows sign language. The Godfather asks the bookkeeper: "Where is the 10 million bucks you embezzled from me?" The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the 10 million dollars is hidden.

The bookkeeper signs back: "I don't know what you are talking about." The attorney tells the Godfather: "He says he doesn't know what you're talking about."

That's when the Godfather pulls out a 9 mm pistol, puts it to the bookkeeper's temple, cocks it and says: "Ask him again! The attorney signs to the underling: "He'll kill you for sure if you don't tell him!"

The bookkeeper signs back: "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo's backyard in Queens!"

The Godfather asks the attorney: "Well, what'd he say?"

The attorney replies: "He says you don't have the guts to pull the trigger."

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***Welcome to Idiocracy: Occupy Oakland vandals will split a $1.3 million payday.

A federal magistrate tentatively approved a $1.3 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by Occupy Oakland protesters who said they were corralled by police outside the downtown YMCA before being unfairly arrested and held in jail for hours.
In signing off on the deal last week, U.S. Magistrate Nathanael Cousins in San Francisco also granted preliminary class-action status, meaning the eight plaintiffs who sued the city of Oakland and Alameda County would share the money with roughly 400 people who allege they were unlawfully arrested on Jan. 28, 2012.
City and county leaders have already approved the payout, the latest in a series of settlements of lawsuit alleging police wrongdoing during mass arrests, court records show. Plaintiffs in the case, however, need to sign off on it before it becomes final.

Absolutely nuts.

***Now schools are providing dinner for students? Talk about a nanny state.

The nation's second-largest school district is eyeing a move to offer dinner to students at every school.
Students at Kingsley Elementary in Los Angeles eat breakfast, lunch provided for them by the school as well as dinner. The trend around the nation is continuing as nearly 1 million students are served dinner or an after-school snack.
"When kids are hungry, they don't pay attention," said Bennett Kayser, a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, which was announcing the expansion Thursday. "This is something that should have started years ago."

No, it shouldn't. The parents are responsible for feeding their kids, not everyone else. Beam me up, Scotty.

***Washin' his hands...

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***Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.
-- Zig Ziglar

***Have a great day!