Friday, March 30, 2012

Gray Cloud for the Prez

Stolen from a Facebook friend: ‎(1) Incite a race war. Check. (2) Have my budget defeated in the House of Representatives without a single vote of support. Check. (3) Have my signature piece of legislation brought into question because it doesn't pass Constitutional muster. Check. (4) Get caught whispering plans to weaken my country's defense system after I am re-elected because I won't have to answer to anybody. Check. I'd say that was a great week for the President. Heh.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Obamacare Oral Arguments Begin, and Justice Kagan is In The House (Where She Shouldn't Be)

I may not be able to recall the entire post that Blogger ate yesterday, but at least I can re-post part of it -- the entry from last December that points out the damage that Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan has done to the image of the federal judiciary by refusing to recuse from participation in the Obamacare appeal, to-wit:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Justice Kagan Sullies the Supreme Court Bench. Badly.

Article III, sec. 1, of the U.S. Constitution establishes the federal judiciary. The requirements aren't much -- one needn't even be a lawyer to qualify as a federal judge. There are only two simple requirements:

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
So, to become and remain a federal judge (or Justice) for life, one need only (1) behave him/herself and (2) get paid.

In my opinion, if she continues to refuse to recuse herself from the Obamacare case, Justice Elena Kagan will meet only one of those two simple requisites for service in the federal judiciary.

In her role as Solicitor General, Kagan became so inextricably intertwined in efforts to pass the Act that she cannot possibly be able to remain impartial in hearing arguments against, and deciding on, its constitutionality. Because such an appearance of impropriety falls well shy of "Good Behavior," Justice Kagan should be Impeached, convicted by the Senate, and removed from the bench.

Yes. I contend that such egregious behavior amounts to nothing less than "high crimes and misdemeanors." The woman clearly perjured herself during her confirmation hearings by denying any participation in the Obamacare process, and her threatened participation in the Obamacare case is an oozing blemish on the face of the Supreme Court.

Where's the Clearasil?!?!
The rest of the post had to do with distinguishing Justice Clarence Thomas' decline to recuse.  Liberals had demanded his recusal because his wife was an anti-Obamacare activist before the bill passed.  Based on a personal experience I endured in the wayback, I noted that it's pretty silly to suggest that someone trained in the law would be overwhelmingly swayed by his spouse's take on an issue.
Trust me.  That's a pretty silly argument.
The Supreme Court must get this right and strike down the individual mandate, or we, as a free People, will fade into memory.  We'd better start sending subliminal messages to Justice Kennedy so he'll swing to the side that will rein in the Commerce Clause (and Congress).  All week.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blogger Ate My Post!!

Seriously?  I went in to do one little edit, had a blank screen, hit publish, and the post went away?!?!

I'll try to re-construct it shortly, but I'm just a little too miffed right now.

Justice Kagan's Refusal to Recuse Will Leave a Lasting Taint on the Obamacare Decision

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This and That

Hi! Happy week after St. Patrick's Day. House guests have gone home and I'm recuperating while listening to the heavy rain falling outside. (And inside the house in Little Rock. *sigh*) We shan't be discussing the melee going on in the Who Dat Nation for awhile until all the damage can be assessed. The Legislature is back in Baton Rouge and the Republican candidates are criss-crossing the state ahead of Saturday's primary election. Watch your back! I know I am. Pepper's hair seems to have spontaneously combusted to get Moogie's Mansion ready to put on the market. Lots and lots of home improvements afoot, so I'd better hop to it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What's Happening Here?!?!

Ok, folks. Stuff like is starting to stick in my craw. Our military is entitled to its own level of respect, regardless whether Panetta is there. What does this suggest to the world? That we're no better, nor more honorable, than them? Guess what! Next gradbaby, due toward the end of July, is officially a boy! If you're up to it, I'll share THE definitive ultrasound. I'm posting this from the iPad. Let's see how (if!) the link comes out.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Feed the Children?

First authorized in 2010 by President Barack Obama, financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and administered by the Louisiana Department of Education, a new program has been initiated in New Orleans that provides evening meals to local school children from low-income families. The balanced meals are prepared by Second Harvest and served at seven sites, including three after-school programs, in "at risk" areas at a cost of $2.72 per meal.  A recent article in the Times-Picayune describes the program which hopes to serve 1,200 children by the end of the school year.

The article also recounts a few troubling things, some of which concern me a little bit, too.

Don't get me wrong -- I have no problem contributing to the nutrition of children and families in need.  The private sector does a pretty good job of addressing the problem -- Second Harvest is among that number, and we have regularly contributed to help it stay afloat.  We did the same for Potluck while living in Little Rock.  Public schools have done fairly well with breakfast and lunch programs, too, with glaring exceptions such as the recent North Carolina Nazi Food Police, and the ketchup-as-vegetable debacle, among other things. And, I understand and recognize that there is genuine hunger out there, even in these United States.  But . . . .

But.  One of the children featured in the article, 9 year-old Lawrence, is said to have a full belly at 6:00 when his mother picks him up now from his after-school program instead of a growling one.  An active 9 year-old boy could be hungry at 6:00 in the evening?  Well, duh!

Did Lawrence's family not have enough money to buy food and prepare it at home?  The article suggests that the family was perfectly capable of feeding itself:

Sometimes his dad would be cooking a pot of something at home.  If his father was working late at Lowe's, they might grab fast food.

But, now there's no nightly rush to feed Lawrence.  Between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., he and the 50 other children at the North Rampart Community Center sit down and eat a healthy meal, complete with fresh fruit.

There's no need to tend to one's child's needs.  The government will see to that.  And, the government will determine what, where, and when the children will eat.

And, what about the impact of this program on families?  Even a principal at one of the schools was concerned about detracting from family time around the dinner table engendered by the program.  She abandoned that concern, however, when she realized that few families at her school actually shared evening meals at home together, "recounting overheard conversations between students and parents, debating whether to stop at McDonald's or Burger King on the way home."

What?!? They couldn't sit down together at a fast food joint and have a family meal?  Or take the fast food home and share it along with conversation about their day?  Fast food every day isn't the best way to eat, but it's certainly a way when time is short.

So, it appears that the overarching concern here is not actual, debilitating hunger, or the significance of the nuclear family -- it  appears to be all about what goes into the family's mouth.  And government needs to make that decision.  And the taxpayer needs to foot the bill.

Not only does the government have an aching need to tell us what to eat, this program also models to children that they can rely on the government to tend to their "needs," wherever.  That same concerned principal who was won over to the feeding program noticed that at least one-third of the students take the meals home.  There is speculation that maybe the meal is taken home to eat with the family, or to give to Grandma, or for Dad's lunch at work the next day. 


The meals are intended for children, to help them be better prepared to learn by not suffering from the effects of poor nutrition.  And those children see those meals going to adults elsewhere?  What does this teach them?  How are they being conditioned to rely on the government as they age?

What does it teach them about following rules?  Or about gaming the system.

Another well-intentioned Progressive plan gone awry.

I'm beyond angry -- I'm afraid. I'm just afraid.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bad Defense! Bad Bounty Scheme!

Yeah.  I'm just a big ol' sucker, too.

And, if the management doesn't want to see a total fan rebellion on their hands, they had better get off the pot and sign Drew Brees because even an adorable, hang-dog expression won't be able to save them if they let him go.

Got that, Saints management?!?!

Monday, March 5, 2012

If You Meet a Guy Named John Connor . . .

So, this weird new Posting screen appeared today.  I think the machines are taking over -- be on the lookout for Skynet. 

I'm going to try to ignore it.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Moogie 1, Thieves 0!

Ah ha!!!  Victory over the thugs is mine!!

Remember when we discovered the theft of our lawn mower (and other stuff) from our garage after Thanksgiving?  Remember how I bought padlocks and heavy chains to reinforce the gate closures?

They worked!

Since Pepper has been out of town for a few days, the Bouie-poop-walk duty has fallen to me.  As we rounded the corner and approached the gate on the side street this morning, I noticed the gate to the back courtyard looked a little whoppy-jawed (translation for those not fluent in Southern: misaligned; crooked; off-center).  Sure enough, upon closer observation, I found the tongue was out of its little slot, meaning that someone had tried to unlatch the gate, to-wit:

And, this time the miscreant thief couldn't simply reach over to unlatch the clasp!  The padlock held! 

Ah, the smell of victory over reprobates is sweet indeed!  But, it's also a little creepy to know that someone was trying to gain access to the yard while Pepper was gone and I was here alone.  Fortunately, I am armed with both weapons and a large black dog who loves me.  He loves to squish plants in the sun, too. 

Nonetheless, I'm glad Pepper comes home tonight.

This has been the strangest winter -- it never got cold enough, for long enough, to kill my potted jalapeno plant, and now it has set five flowers!  And last year's petunia just went a little dormant and has now exploded in purple blossoms!  It was just too mild to kill the annuals, I suppose, except for the basil, whose remains you see beside the pepper plant.

Or, maybe I've become a magical gardener.  Yeah -- I'll go with that.  I'm magical. 

You'd best beware Moogie the Magical, thieving scum, or I'll transform you into the literal slime that you are and deliver you up to Obama's algae-based energy experiments!  At least there you'll be among your own kind, and potentially productive, instead of just another leeching wart on the nose of society.

There.  I feel better.  Can you tell I overdosed on Harry Potter movies this weekend?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Random Saturday Thoughts

It's a blustery, chilly day here in New Orleans.  Yesterday my ensemble included capri pants and flipflops while today it features a sweatshirt and Uggs!  Pepper's out of town doing a speaking engagement, so I figure this is a pretty good time to be worthless, catch up on my blogstalking, and maybe curl up on the couch with Bouie and a good movie.  I can be productive another day.

But, before I sink into a luxurious, hedonistic stupor punctuated with cocktails and barbecued ribs, I'd like to share a few things that have caught my eye lately.

New Orleans experienced an officer-involved shooting following a routine traffic stop a few days ago.  Two cops suffered critical gunshot wounds, the driver of the stopped car (a Mr. Sipps) was injured, and his passenger (also his younger brother) was killed by returned fire.  An internal investigation is, of course, underway with the assistance of federal agents.  The NAACP is demanding that an independent investigation be conducted by federal authorities with no connection to the region.  This might not be such a bad idea, considering the NOPD's poor showing of internal housekeeping since Katrina.  Anyway, in today's Times-Picayune, an attorney for one of the officers was sort of quoted, one would assume to pre-rebut an allegation of racial animus as a motivation for the stop/shooting, as follows (there are no quotation marks, and I'm not really sure what that means in today's journalism -- is it a direct quote, or is it something the "staff writer" would have liked the speaker to have said?):
[Officer] Giroir also wasn't aware of the Sipps' race -- they are black -- because he couldn't see them in the darkness of the early morning hour, he said.
Huh?  Wha. . . ??  Does anyone else think that perhaps Officer Giroir's attorney kinda stepped in it there?  *sigh*

Then, there is this take on racism and presidential wordsmithing:

And there is this:

I'm getting a bad feeling about this election.  And the future.  Maybe the Mayans were right.

Sorry.  Doom and gloom, Part Deux, is over now.

On to the couch!