Monday, May 31, 2010
I guess his tee time got rained out, too.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
The White House used former President Bill Clinton to offer an unpaid advisory position to Rep. Joe Sestak in hopes of persuading him to drop his Pennsylvania Senate primary challenge to President Barack Obama's favored candidate, according to an internal report issued Friday.
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White House Counsel Robert Bauer's two-page report said there was no improper conduct. No one in the administration discussed the offer with Sestak, he said.
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Bauer, in the report [issued today by the White House], argued that previous Democratic and Republican administration "motivated by the same goals — discussed alternative paths to service for qualified individuals also considering campaigns for public office." The report said such actions aren't illegal nor unethical.
Bill Clinton and Rahm Emanuel.
So, we have Heckle and Jeckle trying to fill an unpaid advisory position in an attempt to take some heat off of a doomed, turncoat, Obama-bum-bussing, sitting senator's race for re-election.
Without the Young President's knowledge or complicity.
Those inclined to believe this little song-and-dance should inquire of Moogie about the excellent beachfront property she has for sale in New Mexico.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We didn't follow American Idol the entire season, but we like to watch the finales. Last night was one not to miss.
Joe Cocker still so freakin' rocks!
And seeing those young whipper-snappers giving him all due props did a heart good.
Dang -- our generation produced some fine music!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
He tinkered with Memorial Day tradition last year when he dispatched a federal van and folks in uniform to place a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial for the very first time. As had other presidents, he also sent a wreath to the Confederate veterans' memorial at Arlington, despite objections from his entourage. I guess after that magnanimous gesture he felt entitled to give special recognition to one particular race of American soldiers. Or did he send a wreath to a Caucasian Civil War Memorial somewhere that I don't know about?
It doesn't comfort me that, this year, he'll place a wreath at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Elmwood, Illinois, isn't the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington Cemetery, symbolic of all America's fallen.
No. The solemn ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown will be delegated to Vice President Biden. Good ol' Joe Biden who, a few weeks ago, offhandedly suggested that the United States is no longer the "capitol of the free world" -- bestowing that title on Brussels and elevating NATO's importance in the process:
"As you probably know, some American politicians and American
journalists refer to Washington, D.C. as the 'capital of the free world,'" Biden
said. "But it seems to me that in this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of
history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European
Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to
I'm a little tired of our leaders trashing us and elevating the concept of a world order.
So, good ol' Joe will do the honors at Arlington and host the White House luncheon for families of our fallen.
This isn't exactly the "change" anyone should believe in.
Hey, America's military! Are you feelin' pretty good about the attitude this administration has toward you?
Monday, May 24, 2010
But I'm home now! Even though I'm a little out of date, I'll try to catch up.
So, South Korea and all have finally come out and accused the NorKs of torpedoing the South Korean Navy vessel in March, killing 46 sailors in the process. (I'm pretty sure that those "officially" coming to the same conclusion include the United States. Sometimes it's kinda hard to tell when Hillary's actually committing to a position. Of course, Kim Jong Il's minister did refer to her as a "primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping" a while back, so she may have a little bit of a chip on her shoulder when it comes to Kim and his minions.)
And, North Korea still denies the accusations. In rather "irregular" terms.
When I first heard the report of this exchange, the first thing that hit me about the NorKs' response was: we're back on the playground!
South: You sank my ship!
North: Did not!
South: Did, too!
North: Did not, did not, did
not! And if you keep saying that, we'll do it again!!
I'm not so sure there are any authoritative grown-ups left anywhere anymore.
*Sigh* I really miss Ronald Reagan lately.
Update: I just heard that the South has cut off trade with the North. Can anyone say, "Armageddon?"
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
So, Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln is cozying up to the Young President in her struggling campaign to win the upcoming Democratic primary, even though he got slammed there in the 2008 election. An article in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette suggests she's using this tactic in an effort to woo black voters who, according to the article, apparently still believe he can walk on water because he's half-black.
But, the Prez has reportedly written Blanche off as dead in the election waters. Hmmm.
The Demo-zette article also notes that several Unions, including the infamous SEIU, have paid for ads attacking Lincoln -- especially her disagreements with the Young President -- on several issues. Of course, Arkansas is a "Right-to-work" state and unions hold a less than favorable place in the hearts of most Arkansas voters.
Politics and strange bedfellows indeed.
The Chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party is quoted as saying, “It’s odd that our embattled Senator Lincoln would seek the endorsement of a president whose popularity in Arkansas is lower than hers." He also noted that Obama’s endorsement “proves that President Obama desperately needs her party vote to push forth his radical, liberal agenda."
Sounds like a couple of "duh!" moments to me.
That's shaping up to be one interesting election.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Easy Rules for Baracko Bingo:
1. Before Barrack Obama's next televised speech, print your "Baracko Bingo" card.
2. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.
3. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout "BULLSHIT!"
Testimonials from past satisfied "Bullshit Bingo" players:
"I had been listening to the speech for only five minutes when I won." - Jack W., Boston
"My attention span during speeches has improved dramatically." - David D., Florida
"What a gas! Speeches will never be the same for me after my first win." - Bill R., New York City
“The atmosphere was tense in the last speech as 14 of us waited for the fifth box." - Ben G., Denver
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I'm thinking that thinking like that in the field will lead to a lot more unnecessary Purple Hearts.
WHAT are they thinking?!?!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Well, apparently the New Orleans City Council wouldn't.
Big Brother is coming for our dogs.
Last week, our really-busy Council enacted an ordinance that requires dogs older than 6 months to be spayed or neutered unless the owner applies for and obtains an annually-renewable permit to keep the pup intact.
The sponsor of the ordinance stated her intent: "to stop random breeding of pit bulls and vicious dogs" and "to make sure children are safe walking the streets." So, she proposed a law that would stop the breeding of any dog without first asking, "Mother, may I?" Puh-leeze.
She also snuck the vote in under the radar of the American Kennel Club and other groups that oppose the ordinance, thus denying them, and my dog, adequate due process.
(I can think of any number of politicians for whom I'd be willing to pay the fee to have neutered. And I can think of a lot who act as if they already have been. Pit bulls, my foot.)
This is nothing short of unenforceable, overreaching overkill that takes yet another decision/freedom away from Joe Q. Citizen and places it in the "capable" hands of our benevolent government, which, of course, knows what's best for us all. First it's removing the soft drink machines from schools and giving a week's detention to a poor little kid in Texas who committed the unforgivable sin of eating a Jolly Rancher candy at lunch; now it's our pets' reproductive parts. Where does it stop?!?!
I'll tell you where it'll stop -- right at my dog's family jewels.
I've been wanting to breed him and then have him "fixed;" both of our girl dogs were spayed at an early age mainly for convenience's sake. But, by golly, now I think ol' Bouie will just keep what the good Lord gave him to lick.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Some guy called me a "mother" this morning (or something like that)--but I
don't think it was in the context of Mothers Day!!---Happy Mothers Day to all of
you that have earned it!!!!!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
President Issues Military Spouse Day Proclamation
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2010 – President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring today as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
Here is the text of the president’s proclamation:
When Americans answer the call to serve in our Armed Forces, a sacred trust is forged. Our men and women in uniform take on the duty of protecting us all, and their spouses and families also help shoulder this important responsibility.
As we mark Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to supporting and honoring the husbands, wives, and loved ones of our Nation's servicemembers.
At the heart of our Armed Forces, servicemembers' spouses keep our military families on track. They balance family life, military life, and their careers -- all while supporting other military families and giving back to their communities. Many have served in uniform themselves and, understanding the obligations involved, can provide unparalleled support. They are pillars of strength in their families, often celebrating their children's life milestones while the other parent is away.
Military spouses also care for our wounded warriors and honor the memory of our Nation's fallen heroes, including their own loved ones. They impact countless lives on military bases and in schools, places of worship, and neighborhoods across our Nation. Their contributions help protect our freedom by strengthening our communities and our servicemembers.
My Administration is committed to improving opportunities and quality of life for these brave spouses and families who know the separation and stress of war. We are increasing servicemembers' compensation as well as funding for better housing, job training, counseling, outreach, and support for spouses and their families. We are also expanding our ground forces to reduce the strain of repeated deployments, and to give servicemembers more time with their loved ones.
There are many ways for each of us to show our appreciation for military spouses. Working through community-based organizations, workplaces, schools, and places of worship, we can help them support their families, establish or build a career, and address the unique challenges they face.
I am inspired every day by our men and women in uniform and their families. They are America's greatest military asset, and my Administration is committed to fulfilling our obligations to them. Today, let us honor the spouses and families who support our servicemembers and, in doing so, help defend our Nation and preserve our liberty.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2010, as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I call upon the people of the United States to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
Now, what do you suppose happened to Michelle's campaign promise to make military families her primary concern? Maybe she buried it in the White House garden.
(Oh, come on! You know I couldn't be totally nice to them for an entire post!!)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
is taking place this afternoon near the Gulf Coast as the powers that be confer on the BP Oil Rig disaster. I'm thinking they'll get along like oil and water.
Sorry -- I can only take one disaster at a time.
Go, Bobby Jindal, go!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I've already read several, "But, Buuuussshhh and Katrina" excuses. Yeah -- right. One of the loopiest conspiracy theories concerning Katrina was the "George Bush hates black people so he had the levees blown up after Katrina passed because it was a good opportunity to get rid of a lot of them." Watch Spike Lee's documentary to get a taste of it. Pretty nutso.
But, the thing about this BP event that really puzzles me is -- NEVER has there been this kind of explosion on a gulf oil rig. Even when a Taylor Energy rig collapsed during one or other of the recent hurricanes, there was no fire and no spill.
And the BP Thing (as the government is already spinning it -- just like we never really got around to calling the "Federal Levee Failure After Katrina" just that; it has evermore been simply, "Katrina.") -- the BP Thing happened just after the current administration had committed to additional off-shore drilling and exploration.