Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Menari is a pudgy, orange little orangutan baby -- one of only two born in the United States this year. We may have to go to Swampfest this year to check out all the doings at the zoo -- it seems that good things are happening there!
2. The first of three Honor Air flights took 88 Louisiana WWII vets to D.C. yesterday for a "thank you" tour. It rained on them, but their spirits weren't dampened! I had to miss the welcome home at the airport last night, but I'll be there on October 10th!
3. Geaux Saints, whoop up on the Bills!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
"If you have been thinking about a cruise to Alaska... this may be just
what you are looking for! All expenses are covered and the only
requirement is that you are at least 65. Contact your local Democratic
Representative or Social Security Office to sign up."
Maybe not so funny.
At least I'm not qualified -- yet!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Okay, I give up — a sign portraying Obama as a witch doctor suggests that its creator may have prejudiced leanings. So what? It’s A sign, carried by someone who has no authority or power to act upon his less-than-P.C. leanings. His Mama obviously didn't rear him properly (Note for those north of the Mason-Dixon Line: "rear" is a southern colloquialism for the raising and nurturing of offspring, not a reference to some odd "teabagging" endeavor).
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This is what I'm waiting to see -- decent aerial photos!
I'll update our NOLA "9/12 on 9/19" Tea Party Picnic later. We're not going for the whole thing, (so I don't have to do the "perfect" picnic basket!), but we are going to add to the warm-body count later in the afternoon. We may even take Bouie with us -- that should prove interesting!
P.S. -- Woooo Pig Sooie!!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
So, oh! This column by Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post is just too priceless. Milbank's inclusion of a few of The Young First Lady's quotes gives us a peasant's peek into the "just plain folks" simplicity of Obama-world, and the critical value of a wholesome diet in the First Family's daily regiment (with just a spicy little barb via the boffo closing observation):
She spoke of the global reach of her cause: "The first thing world leaders, prime ministers, kings, queens ask me about is the White House garden. And then they ask about Bo."
She spoke of the fuel fed to the world's most powerful man: "I've learned that when my family eats fresh food, healthy food, that it really affects how we feel, how we get through the day . . . whether there's a Cabinet meeting or whether we're just walking the dog."
And she spoke of her own culinary efforts: "There are times when putting together a healthy meal is harder than you might imagine."
Particularly when it involves a soundstage, an interpreter for the deaf, three TV satellite trucks and the closing of part of downtown Washington.
Speaking as someone who made a budget-unfriendly tactical error earlier in the week -- the husband wanted fresh red snapper for dinner, so I went to Whole Foods just to go to the fish counter, and bought snapper without checking the price first -- I can appreciate that putting together a healthy meal is "harder than you might imagine."
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
-call the President a “liar.”
-call the President a “hypocrite.”
-describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”
-charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”
-refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”
-refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”
refer to unnamed officials as “our half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs.” That makes it infinitely more convenient to debate.)
I vividly remember Hillary and her pals chuckling and rolling their eyes during any number of Bush 43's addresses, without consequence.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
UPDATE: Just got an email about the D.C. march -- check out the pictures at Looking at the Left!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I guess this means that Nancy will have to drag out the buggy whip -- if not the bull whip -- in days to come. I wonder if that means she'll bring the Dominatrix duds out of mothballs, too. Ewwww, I hope not! But, maybe the moths have gotten to them. Maybe her powers of persuasion have eroded a bit, too, at the "astroturf-stained" hands of the no-longer-silent electorate. I just ache to see her running scared in designer stilettos!
This morning, Walton & Johnson (irreverent "Radio Gawds" in the Gulf South) relayed the White House promise that the Young President intends to come out swinging tonight as he addresses Congress (and commandeers yet another prime-time TV gig) to explain his "positions" on healthcare reform; he'll be angry, emphasizing the crisis in health care that demands immediate action and the pressing need to get it done. W & J characterize the YP's planned performance as that of "an angry and vengeful god;" "no more Mister Nice god." Yet, many other reports suggest that he'll leave a lot of wiggle room around the "public option"(translation: Government Insurance, not to be confused with Government Motors or Government Banking) insurance program.
So, who will he be? Thor with the lightning bolts and hammer-pounding; or the "I'm willing to step across the aisle to secure affordable, comprehensive healthcare for everyone in our fair land" guy (even though this clearly came into focus in August as a non-partisan debate); or the know-it-all Professor, chastising and guilting his captive students for failing to recognize his superior intellect and resources.
Whichever persona he assumes, the YP has burned a big pile of political capital over this issue -- perhaps enough that not even the Fed can print enough replacement bucks to finance his campaigns on Cap & Trade and Education reform. Not to mention EFCA! Or so we can Hope.
Regardless, comprehensive reform of anything is unwise in this time of recession and growing deficit. There's absolutely nothing wrong with taking baby steps -- trying out a few deficit-neutral ideas to shape-up the current system before adopting a brand new, broad and untried costly leap towards socialized medicine. It remains a marathon, not a sprint.
Any bets on the trigger-words for tonight's Health Care Speech Drinking Game?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Congressman Rangel, allow me to re-introduce you to your former Ways and Means co-committee member, William "Dollar Bill" Jefferson. In light of your recently escalating financial and ethical woes, y'all might want to have a little tete-a-tete about potential outcomes.
Oh, and if he recommends an offbeat use for your freezer, I'd decline the advice if I were you. Just sayin'.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
As the wife of an Army officer who served honorably for nearly 35 years, and a member of a military family who respects the uniform, the valor of those who wear it, and the true meaning of "honor," I humbly ask that your news organization "honor" the request of the family of a fallen Marine, Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of New Portland, Maine, and decline to publish a photo of LCPL Bernard's dying moments captured by an embedded AP staff team in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Neither stronger words nor argument can be made to support my request than those of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his letter to Thomas Curley, AP’s president and chief executive officer:
"Out of respect for his family’s wishes, I ask you in the strongest of terms to reconsider your decision. I do not make this request lightly. In one of my first public statements as Secretary of Defense, I stated that the media should not be treated as the enemy, and made it a point to thank journalists for revealing problems that need to be fixed – as was the case with Walter Reed.
I also suggest that the credentials of the embedded employees of the AP be rescinded, and that they be re-deployed stateside immediately.
Yours for Common Decency,