Monday, November 29, 2010

Word Of The Year

Regarding the Wikileaks saga the White House has released a statement. It strenuously 'condemns' the release of the messages. Why, just last week the same thing was said about North Korea's attack on the South. This is why I so under appreciate our Leader; being wishy-washy and all that. 'Decisive' is obviously not a part of the WH vocabularly.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Do yourself a favor and have some early bed time reading provided by Drudge. Pfc. Bradley Manning is the clown who has forwarded thousands of cablegrams to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The bulk of the leaks from the White House detail the handling of world affairs and assessments of world leaders. Drudge received his info from (gag)The New York Times so you know it has to be on the up and up. Sadly, many informants will be exposed and likely assassinated.
My quick conclusion from reading the Times four page expose': World leaders are morons, dirt bags and embarrassing be they in Washington or Timbuktu. Only by birth and dumb luck are we saddled with such dastardly, evil people. Good gosh, one would think they were the offspring of Queen Victoria and you know how that turned out.

About San Antonio And Other Things

San Antonio is the now home of my daughter and her family. They've lived in The Woodlands, Texas and Scottsdale, Arizona prior to this. Who knows where they'll end up next and when. According to my son in law it might be Olathe, Kansas, Des Moines, Iowa or Indianapolis. Of all the places they've resided I like The Woodlands best. Every neighborhood is shielded by large trees. I also appreciate the weather; very hot and very humid but that's just me. San Antonio provides very affordable housing. Property taxes are killers but the lack of a state income tax is nice. The River Walk downtown is appealing but if you've seen one upscal restaurant you've seen 'em all. I liked the Alamo because I'm a history buff. I don't Lord it over on people but I know more than most about our country's history I take great pleasure in appreciating what our forefathers accomplished. One of the most appealing aspect of SA and Texas, in general, are Whataburger hamburger joints. Mmmm! Delicious!.But----I have discovered an even better hamburger chain. It's Freddy'Steakburgers and Frozen Custard. Five Guys Hamburgers originated in Alexandria, Virginia was recently voted the best in the country. Lizzie and I had our 40th wedding anniversary feast there last December. When a store opened in Dublin I thought all my dreams had been answered but Freddy's is primo. It's based out of Wichita, Kansas and there are fifty either up and running or about to be opened. If you don't have a Freddy's contact corporate and demand one . If you're looking for a business investment borrow the money and open one. So, what does Freddy's have to do with San Antonio? Well, nothing except there's one a half mile from my kid's home. Ever heard of a guy sneaking out of the house to have a smoke? I sneak out of the house to have a Freddy's. The one thing I don't like about this city is it's a twenty hour drive to our Ohio home. We'll leave tomorrow and head up I-35 to visit with the wife's brother in Dallas then hit the bricks the next day for a one night stay in Nashville. People have told us, "Wow, Nashville, bet you'll be attending the Grand Old Oprey'. I say, "Bet I'll go right to a Drury Inn and pass out after driving ten hours". Thoughts of Minnie Pearl and her successors do nothing for me. Now, if Shania Twain happened to be in the area that'd be another story.

Portland Mayor Goes Politically Correct

By Aaron Goldstein from The American Thinker

In response to the thwarted terrorist attack in the Pacific Northwest, Portland's Democratic Mayor Sam Adams has gone into politically correct mode concerning Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the man arrested in connection with the attempted bombing. Mohamud was born in Somalia and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He is also Muslim.

"Bad actions by one member of any group does not and should not be generalized or applied more widely to other members of that same group," said Adams, "Otherwise, as the biggest racial group in Portland, we European-Americans would be in deep trouble."

Mayor Adams misses the point. This isn't about race. For that matter it isn't about nationality either. This is a global problem. As mentioned earlier, Mohamud is Somali. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (a.k.a. The Christmas Day Bomber) was born on the other side of Africa in Nigeria; Faisal Shahzad (a.k.a. The Times Square Bomber) is from Pakistan and Nidal Malik Hasan (a.k.a. The Fort Hood Shooter) is an American of Jordanian-Palestinian origin. Let us also not forget that John Walker Lindh and Jose Padilla were also born in this country.
So what do all of these men have in common? They were willing to kill people (mostly civilian) in the name of advancing Islamic jihad. At what point will our political elite stop pretending that Islam has no connection with terrorism? Mayor Adams (and for that matter President Obama) ignore the cries of "Allahu Akbhar" at our peril. This is a problem that is not going away. It has already claimed too many innocent lives and one of these days it is going to claim a large number of innocent lives again. But how can you solve a problem when our political elite insists it doesn't exist?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Barney Frank: Tryin' To Be A Cougar

Another Surprise!!

Shock and bewilderment overcame me this morning as I looked at the headlines on The DrudgeReport. I had to scroll down the article before realizing the perpetrator of an attempted bombing at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon is Mohamed Osman Mohamud AKA, a Muslim terrorist. Why is it I never see Caucasian Roman Catholics, aged 60 and above trying to blow up, kill and/or maim? Oh yeah, there was that one Timothy McVeigh guy. One nutjob vs. a zillion of the other kind(jihadists) dating back to the time of Saladan. McVeigh almost evened the score. I'll enjoy reading the follow ups from the Council on Islamic Relations(CAIR) on how the scumbucket kid from Oregon is being mistreated.
It's the beginning of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Jihad and Fatwah season! Joy to the world, everyone.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sarah Palin's Thanksgiving Message

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that........

Oops! Those were gaffes given to us by Obama but the MSM failed to make a biggie out of these. Wasn't it cute of Sarah to come up with this? It's one more plum given us by The Lady to tweek the Left.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Hi Mom"

Next time Ryan McNames wants to lodge a consumer complaint, he’ll know better than to call the Columbia Police Department.
The Missouri man, 19, dialed cops Saturday night to report that he paid $60 to a pair of prostitutes to perform sexual acts for him. As McNames described it, the deal called for one woman to show him her breasts, while the other would perform oral sex on him in the living room of his mobile home at the Columbia Regency Trailer Court.
While “the first woman showed him her chest,” police reported, the second hooker “took the $60 without holding up her end of the deal (oral sex).” The pair then “jumped in their car and left,” according to a police press release. That’s when McNames made the mistake of calling cops to report that he was a larceny victim.
He also requested that officers contact the woman who did not fellate him and “get $40 of his money back,” police reported.
McNames, who admitted knowing that it was illegal to pay for sex, was later arrested for patronizing prostitution. After being booked on a misdemeanor rap, McNames, pictured in the above mug shot, bonded out of jail after posting $500.
From The Daily Caller

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving in San Antonio

Some of my favorite people are those I meet on a golf course. It happened again today at Cedar Creek Golf Club in San Antonio. Truth be told, the same occurred at La Contrara resort course yesterday and Canyon Springs the day before. Chances are darned good that most of the fellow golfers are from Iowa, 'Snowbirds', if you will, who escape the frozen tundra of the Midwest for a few months. That was the case on Monday. The man was from Des Moines, an ex-Marine and we knew many of the same citizens from the Hawkeye State. It was also his 71st birthday so I did what I could to make it a fun one. Every golf ball I found was given to him as a gift. Tuesday's partners were a dad and son from Syracuse, New York. They are the kings of snow and cold. My Iowa ties make me an amateur compared to those boys.
In my entire life I've only met one golfer who was anything but a normal, refined gentle person. Came to find out Mr. Crude owned six of those Lions Den porn stores one sees along interstate highways. The ones with only a rusted out mini pick-up truck and a dented Volkswagon in parking lot.
Today I roamed the pastures with a doctor and a health care provider. I'm always reluctant to bring up politics on the course. It is my escape time. At any rate, our conversation about Obamacare took place on the 10th hole. The question from me was, "Is the new health care law going to negatively impact you in any way"? Their response was in unison: "Naw, no problem", followed by guffaws of laughter. The provider said his business would decrease by 5% the first two years and from then on who knows. The Doc, a 41-year old father of six, knows he'll be making a lot less money but in his words, "I love what I do".
And so it goes.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Tomorrow I will attempt to perform a magical act not seen in the annals of Thanksgiving holidays; hold my caloric intake to less than 5,000----before the official feast takes place.
The highlight of my week: I've received many hugs and kisses from one of the most beautiful girls in the world, my precious three year old granddaughter.

Joe B.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Don't Work And Prosper

Democrats want you to believe that they care about the middle class. Of course, this is just another lie. Their policies over the years continue to ravage the middle class.

As evidence, a family of 4 on minimum wage now has more disposable income than a hard working American middle class family making $60,000 a year.
Zero Hedge reported, via Free Republic:

Tonight’s stunning financial piece de resistance comes from Wyatt Emerich of The Cleveland Current. In what is sure to inspire some serious ire among all those who once believed Ronald Reagan that it was the USSR that was the “Evil Empire”, Emmerich analyzes disposable income and economic benefits among several key income classes and comes to the stunning (and verifiable) conclusion that “a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.” And that excludes benefits from Supplemental Security Income disability checks. America is now a country which punishes those middle-class people who not only try to work hard, but avoid scamming the system. Not surprisingly, it is not only the richest and most audacious thieves that prosper – it is also the penny scammers at the very bottom of the economic ladder that rip off the middle class each and every day, courtesy of the world’s most generous entitlement system. Perhaps if Reagan were alive today, he would wish to modify the object of his once legendary remark.
From Emmerich:
You can do as well working one week a month at minimum wage as you can working $60,000-a-year, full-time, high-stress job.
My chart tells the story.
And, yet how many times have we heard democrats claim that they care about the middle class?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

An Auto Rental P.S.A.

Did You know? Don't you hate it when informative pieces start off with 'did you know'? It makes the writer sound to be such a know it all.
Sorry people but I've got one of these for you. Did you know if you want to rent a car, economy style, from Dollar Rent a Car for $28 a day it costs a lot more than that? If not returned to the original point of origin prepare to open the wallet. I needed to fly to the Midwest on Dec. 8. A ticket to Des Moines, one way, is $202. One purchased to Kansas City is $98 plus tax. Me being the cleverly smart guy that I am went for the cheaper ticket. I could get a cheap rental from the KC airport and drive the three hours to Des Moines and save some serious coin except, it doesn't work that way. After buying my ticket from Southwest I went online to rent a car. Did you know there is a drop off fee of $198 to Des Moines plus out of state taxes not to mention the gas and a few hundred other items. Total cost for my economy vehicle to drive 175 miles, Cha Ching-----$298.00 Did you know I told Dollar to go to hell? Did you know every other rental dealer has the same deal?
These yahoos tried to tell me that after I drop the car they need to send a man to that site to drive the car back to point of origin. What a maroon I am. I thought that when a car was driven to one place it stayed there until some other yokel came along and then rented the car to yet another drop zone, for instance, Kansas City.
Did you know after doing this entire scenario I feel like I've never left Hicksville.

Friday, November 19, 2010

You Gotta Be Kiddin'

She is the one demanding 5000 salad bars immediately be made available for our obese school children. Check out 'it's' backside. An Olympic skiing event could be held on that slope.

I'll Call Ya'

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shiva Barf

Is the presidency too big for one man or is one man too big for the presidency? That's the question posed by the commie magazine, Newsweek, in it's Nov. 22 edition.
Doesn't this make you want to throw up. As has been pointed out this very same scenario was presented to us in 1980 during the failed Carter administration. Luckily, it took Renoldus Magnus to straighten out the country and the world.
Getting back to the cover, my number one son asked what religion he is. Heck, I don't know and neither does O-Shiva.

Fire Eric Holder

From editorial board at Investors Business Daily:
War On Terror: The acquittal of a Gitmo detainee of the murder of 224 people shows the stupidity of civilian trials for those at war with us and the blind incompetence of an administration that believes in them.
Attorney General Eric Holder should be fired. Failing that, he should have the decency to submit his resignation, which should be promptly accepted. He is the architect of a policy that treats mass murder like a bank robbery and gives perpetrators the functional equivalent of a slap on the wrist.
Like Peter King, the soon-to-be House chairman on Homeland Security, we are "disgusted at the total miscarriage of justice" in which Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was convicted of one count of conspiracy to blow up government buildings, specifically our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, while being acquitted of helping murder the people inside.
Ghailani, a Tanzanian, was indicted in 1998 for those bombings, which killed 12 Americans. Prosecutors say he helped build one of the bombs. He began his career delivering bomb parts on a bicycle and rose through the terrorist ranks to become Osama bin Laden's bodyguard.
Placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list in 2001, Ghailani was identified by Attorney General John Ashcroft in May 2004 as one of seven plotting another terrorist attack on America. Two months later the terrorist was captured after an eight-hour battle with Pakistani police in the town of Gujrat.
In 2006 he was brought to Gitmo.
Ghailani bought the explosives used to blow up our embassy in Tanzania in 1998. He helped buy the truck that was used to carry the bomb, and gas tanks that were placed inside the truck to intensify the blast, the evidence showed. He also stored an explosive detonator in an armoire he used, and his cell phone became the "operational phone" for the plotters.
Ghailani was the administration's test case. This trial was supposed to prove that civilian trials of enemy combatants were right and effective. As we and others warned, the necessities of war do not mix well with the rules of civil justice, and the feds' case quickly collapsed when U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that a key witness' testimony was inadmissible.
The witness, a Tanzanian named Hussein Abebe, was prepared to tell the jury he sold Ghailani the explosives used to destroy the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania in 1998. But his identity was learned during the enhanced interrogation of Ghailani, which Ghailani's lawyer said was torture, so his testimony was not allowed.

Hoo Boy! Was It Ever Cold

I left Boone, Iowa yesterday morning for a four hour drive to the Kansas City area. My long time home town friend had set up a tee time for us at 11 am so I had to get out of town before six. Naturally, I had checked the forecast and it called for 45 degrees with rain, maybe. You know the old saying, "it never rains on the golf course". Steve and I have know each other since we started kindergarten in 1951. We have a unique relationship. We've been together for weddings, births, vacations and funerals; all the good times and bad that solidify a relationship. Our children are the same ages as are our grandchildren. We've had a wonderful journey together.
Steve's older brother used to get his goat frequently. Even though he wasn't, his brother, Al, nicknamed him Fat. Everyone called him Fat, all the way through college and beyond. I don't know if Stevie was trying to live up to his name but he got, guess what, fat. I never had the courage to ask but if I had to I'd say around 285. I do want to give him a compliment. He carried it well. I'm not sure how the conversation started but a number of years ago our talk evolved into food and eating. I do have to interject one thing. Steve is a great cook. It's his forte'. Anyway, I must have said the wrong thing because The Fat Man came back with, "Hey, I like to eat, alright! About six months ago Stevie had had enough. He went on some super, duper diet. He has to be down around 220 and he's probably six foot three. He looks great. Back to the golf story. Yesterday, we were on the fourth hole and I said, thinking about today and the weather, "Think back to all the stupid things we've done together over the years: the list is endless. I had made up my mind that our golf round might fit into that category. The temp was 45 when we started but by the fourth hole the wind had picked up dramatically. At number 14 my toes were screaming, "take me home"! My fingers weren't far behind in echoing the same thought. Finally, and it was a godsend, it started drizzling. That's it. Enough! We headed the cart toward the parking lot just as snow flakes came swirling.
It was a great day. We don't see each other enough. We reminisced and laughed and told humiliating stories of ourselves and our friends. Laughing about friends is a whole lot funnier than laughing at ourselves. It's an ego thing. Know what I mean?
I love to reflect on events so last night I thought back on all that had occurred and what was said and one thing stuck in my mind. I am so used to calling 'Fat' by his nickname. I've done it since 1958 and I can't do it anymore. We were walking off hole number four. Stevie was ten paces ahead of me and I noticed something very unique as I looked at Steve's backside. It used to be as wide as the Queen Mary. "Steve," I said, "where's you ass? It's completely gone"!
It doesn't take a whole lot to make my day and Stevie's lack of a butt did. I can only wonder where it went but there's someone out there with his former nickname and it can't be very pretty.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

20 Rock Hard Proposals For Our New Congress

Written by Gary DeMar at V2V, Vision To America:
1. Repeal ObamaCare . . . Now!
2. Keep the about-to-expire Bush Tax Cuts and push for more cuts.
3. Implement a 15 percent across-the-board spending cut
4. Implement an immediate government hiring freeze and cut all wages by 15 percent, including Congress.
5. Implement the following test on all legislation: 1. Is it CONSTITUTIONAL? 2. If it’s Constitutional, do we NEED it? 3. If it’s Constitutional and we need it, can we AFFORD IT? 4. Is it best left to the STATES to implement?
6. Audit the Federal Reserve.
7. Stop the bailout of union and government pensions and end tax-payer funded retirement programs for all government employees.
8. Support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
9. Keep the Internet from being regulated by bureaucrats.
10. Test all future and present judges on the content of the Constitution and publish the results online.
11. Pass the following law: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
12. Block the implementation of Sharia law in the United States.
13. Protect Our Second Amendment Rights.
14. Support State anti-illegal immigration legislation.
15. Abolish the Department of Education.
16. Return all Federal lands to the states.
17. Protect the Life of the Unborn.
18. Implement the Fair Tax, end the income tax, and abolish the IRS.
19. Work for the privatization of Social Security.
20. Abide by the legal strictures outlined in the Tenth Amendment.

(Add your suggestions in the Comments section.)

Gov. Chris Christie: "Let Me Help You Pack"

From The National Review:
"Let me help you pack.” That’s what Gov. Chris Christie told one of the state’s top administrators when that administrator commented publicly that he could leave New Jersey and go to another state if his $242,000 total compensation were to be capped under the governor’s proposed rule.

"Earlier in the day Christie discussed the Parsippany Board and Lee Seitz at a town hall meeting in Toms River. “Let me tell you about the new poster boy for all that’s wrong with the public school system that is being dictated by greed,” the governor told the audience. “This contract is the definition of greed and arrogance. I’m going to be speaking out loudly and clearly every day I can about Lee Seitz. If Lee Seitz wants to try to put his greed and his arrogance ahead of the taxpayers of New Jersey, you elected me to stand up to people like Lee Seitz and others across the state and I will.”

The day before the meeting Seitz is quoted in the Daily Record as saying, “Because of the proposed salary caps, I have to look at my future and the financial welfare of my family. I certainly would have options if I didn’t feel the compensation in this district, or New Jersey, is appropriate.”
The governor reacted to Seitz’s veiled threats to leave New Jersey and go to a nearby state where there is no state salary. “I will say in response to Mr. Seitz, ‘Let me help you pack.’

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Avoid A Pat Down--Become A Muslim Women

From BigFurHat
CAIR is doing all they can to exempt Muzzie women from being properly inspected boarding planes.

Question. Why don’t they just use their flying carpets instead of our airplanes?

From The Blaze-

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a travel notice to Muslim airline passengers, warning them that new regulations from the Transportation Security Administration violate certain religious rules.

According to CAIR, the TSA’s new “enhanced pat down” policy should be limited to searching only around Muslim women’s head and neck if they are wearing a hijab and that Muslims objecting to the enhanced full-body scans have the right to request the pat-down procedure be done in a private place.

Stage One Rocket Thrust-GO!

Another of life's big adventures awaits as I prepare for the next trip. Who knows what lies ahead as my sleek and racy Mazda carries me to Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma with extended stops in Dallas and San Antonio.
I love Oklahoma. I love Texas, too. The air smells so, uh, conservative. Not only that but my grandchildren, Paige and Baby David, are in Texas. My wife heard through the grapevine that Paige has an 'attitude'. Paige's Daddy David knows exactly where the 'attitude' originally began and so do I. It started almost forty years ago with a bundle in Storm Lake, Iowa. I haven't seen Baby David but twice. I call him 'Moon Pie". If you can't figure it out it's because of his face. Baby David is one year old and weighs one hundred seventy-five lbs. or somewhere around that.
I'll also be visiting in Commerce, Oklahoma for a few minutes to take a couple of pictures. Commerce is a trivia question for a lot of folks. My old college roomie lives in Miami, OK a mile or so away from Commerce. Anyway, look up Commerce. It'll give you something to do to fill your day.
I'll be writing as I move on down I-35; may stop in Waco to see the Branch Dravidian massacre site or write about a dead armadillo lying along the road. Who knows.(what the Shadow knows). Another piece of trivia don't ya' know.
Hugs and Kisses from MJ Hawkeye.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hansel and Gretel


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Then They Came For Me

Peter Heck in The American Thinker. Peter is a high school teacher in Indiana.

Most everyone is familiar with the German anti-Nazi activist Martin Niemoller's renowned "First They Came" poem. It is an ageless and frightening reminder of the need for eternal vigilance in defense of human rights and freedom.

I submit the 2010 American version:

They first came for the light bulbs, and I didn't speak up because I'm okay with fluorescents.
Then they came for the salt, and I didn't speak up because I have high cholesterol.
Then they came for the air conditioners, and I didn't speak up because I live up north.
Then they came for the Happy Meals, and I didn't speak up because I'm a Wendy's guy.
Then they came for the Oreos at school parties, and I didn't speak up because I'd already graduated.
Tyranny is timeless. Whether it is born of good intentions or not, seeking to deprive citizens of their autonomy and independence is not a recipe for human happiness, but rather misery.

Airport Security

hat tip; iOwnTheWorld


My very favorite web site is Lucianne Goldberg is the mother of conservative author, Jonah Goldberg and friend of Linda Tripp who spilled the beans on 'sweet Monica'. Lucianne has a variety of news stories from around the world. They are left, center and right so it gives me balance. There was an article in this mornings listing about 'stress'. That's a very powerful sounding word for only six letters. Maybe it's because one has to tighten the jaw and throat and thrust the tongue with the 'st' sound. Life can become very stressful for me when things begin to pile up. In the old days a couple of screwdrivers, a twelve pack or gin and tonics would temporary help relieve that part of my life but since I've given that stuff up I have to find other outlets. Luciannes' column induces stress quite frequently. e.g. I just read a column written by poverty pimp, Jesse Jackson, in the Chicago Sun Times. I had the urge to send Jesse a shut up note but after reading a few more paragraphs I realized he is more irrelevant that Snoop Dog so I calmed myself down.
All stress is relative to every life situation. The garbage collectors are in front of my house as I write. When I was a youngster they'd have to pick up the metal cans and actually throw the garbage in the truck. Now, our garbage is placed in plastic bins and a hydraulic lift picks up the garbage and puts our waste in the truck. Over time that is a terrific stress reliever.
My sister is staying with us for awhile. She's sort of an invalid until her hip replacement takes place. Rio, her pooch, came with her. Every stinking day that dog has to go out and do it's duty and I have to wait for it to get done. Every day I have to put a bag on my hand and wait for him to do what nature forces it to do. In the Fifties my dog Cocoa would be let out the back door. He'd drop one and when we felt like it, maybe a couple of days later, we'd get a shovel and pick it up. No stress! Rio, on the other hand has a big field behind our place. He has to be on a leash and I have to have this blue plastic bag on my hand to immediately pick up his droppings. Sometimes I stand out there for ten or fifteen minutes waiting for him to perform. Hey! I've got other things to do besides waiting for him to squat on his hind legs.
The point of this entire blog is all stress is in the eye of the beholder.
Two years ago I needed a couple of birthday cards so I sauntered off to my local Hallmark store. I take a good deal of time picking out cards; the perfect card for that special person on their special day. I couldn't find what I wanted in any slot. In trying to seek out guidance I asked the store manager, seated in front of a rack of cards, for her help. Evidently, she didn't hear me so I spoke slightly louder.
A quick look of distress from her told me it wasn't her day. I asked if anything was wrong. "If I have to sort any more cards I'm going to be a basket case," she offered. Stress over greeting cards. It's haunting.
In todays Columbus Dispatch there was a story about a lady, a mother, who was sentenced to eighteen years to life for murdering her daughter. Last Easter Sunday she became upset with her 18-year old child for wearing shorts to dinner, shorts she felt were not lady like. The mother, with gun in hand, ran her daughter down and shot her dead in the driveway. What price stress? A lot of morals in this piece: don't pick up dog poop, don't buy birthday cards, avoid stories about Jesse Jackson and whatever you do don't kill your daughter because she wears skimpy shorts.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Obama Disses Israel Again

From Yahoo News:
JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Barack Obama has criticized Israel construction plans in East Jerusalem, saying they're unhelpful to the pursuit of peace.
The president said he was concerned Israel and Palestinian were not making enough of an effort to advance peace negotiations.
Obama's caution came as the Israeli government moved ahead with plans to build nearly 1,300 apartments in that disputed part of the city.
Israel has said the plans to seek public comment on the building plans were merely procedural. But the move comes on the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday.

Obama said he did not receive a briefing on the new construction


Trick Or Treat

There's a streak of meanness in me today. It's not my fault because when Hillary tries to outdo the Great Pumpkin she only brings it on herself. Is she color blind or does her aid de' clothes hate her? The picture of Hill reminds me of a girl I met in a bar in Milwaukee in 1968. My cousin, older than me by ten years, asked how she looked. I said,"Great, except when she stood up her legs were on upside down". Now you know why Mrs. Pumpkin wears pant suits-----every day of her life. Most of you will say how petty I'm being. I say, "so what"! She's skated for almost twenty years on her looks or lack thereof. Don't you recall how she had different coifs on a regular basis when she was trying to fool us during the 'pretty in pink' period?
For the Media it doesn't matter if these Lib gals are homely, ultra-homely or Mars ghastly the press will fawn over them the way a wart would cling to Helen Thomas's nose. Madeline Albright, Helen Thomas, Michele Obama and Hillary: "AHHHHhhhhhh!" Barbara Mikulski of Maryland could knock a freight train off the tracks by sneering.
Rosa DeLauro(Dumbocrat-Connecticut) is a pillar of salt.
When I envisage our ladies on the right it's just another reason I love being a conservative: good ideas, great values and foxy women. It doesn't get any better than that.
I'd personally like to welcome our new Representative from South Dakota, Kristi Noem, to the Congress. Move over Michelle Bachmann. You've got company.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Would You Like Fries With That?

From Dan Joseph, Cybercast News:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that it will take the food service industry 14 million additional hours each year to comply with a new regulation that mandates chain restaurants and vending machine operators label the products they sell with a calorie count in a place visible to the consumer. Most of the burden of the regulation, which is buried in President Obama’s 2,000 page health-care reform bill, will fall on the vending industry.

Actions Have Consequences-Deal With It

From National Review Online:
After honoring President Barack Obama during last May’s commencement ceremonies, the University of Notre Dame has seen less contributions and is feeling financial heat. In May 2009, debate was heated over the fact that Notre Dame, a Catholic university, invited President Obama to speak at its graduation. It was controversial mainly because some of Obama’s policies are contrary to church doctrine. Katie Walker of American Life League (ALL) tells OneNewsNow the school has paid a price. “Notre Dame has come out $120 million short for the fiscal year in which President Obama spoke during commencement and received an honorary law degree,” she reports. She believes that staggering number is in direct response of alumni and others around the country who feel scandalized “that Notre Dame would host this man and give one of the most pro-abortion presidents in the nation’s history an honorary law degree.”
Oops. I believe these are called pro-choice donors. . . — GP

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Inflation Rate: 2010 To 2020

Author: Brian D. Hill

According to the National Inflation Association they predict many basic consumer necessities will start to rise up in price to unbearable amounts because of the economy in the United States of America being destroyed, due to the second Quantitative Easing.
The prices according to their analysis of the future due to the Federal Reserves mass printing of money under the guise of buying up some of the National deficit.
This table shows the basic Necessities going up in from now to 2020 in response to the QE2:

NIA Estimates 2010-2020 food prices Price
32Oz Bag of Sugar $62.21
64oz Minute Maid 100% Pure Squeezed Orange Juice $45.71
32oz soy milk $24.31
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate 1.55 oz candy bar $15.50
Walmart plain white men’s cotton t-shirt $55.57
1 ear of Corn $11.43
24oz Loaf of the cheapest store brand of Bread $23.05

A Downer Day

Well, as you know by now, daylight savings time has come to an end. It's one of those days that drives me into a serious funk. Instead of getting dark at 6:30 pm in the eastern time zone of Dublin, Ohio it'll be an hour earlier. Lucky are they on the western edge of Indiana. They get to see the sun an extra couple of hours. Indiana got smart two years ago by going year round eastern time. I used to work in Niles, Michigan and, just across the border, South Bend, Indiana. In the summer when it was 8 am in South Bend it was 9 am in Niles. I had to wear two wrist watches to figure out if I was coming or going.
I recall, back in the 50's, growing up in Central Iowa in winter. I swear the sun went down around 3:30 pm. In the days before television we'd go to bed at six to get the day over. To make it worse there wasn't a whole lot to do in Boonetown. My buddy, Musser and I, would go to the YMCA to play basketball then grab some donuts at Johnstone's Bakery and before we knew it 3 pm had arrived and the sun was on the horizon.
Today is the day I start keeping tabs on the first day of winter. It's that time when the days start getting longer. Not by much, maybe a minute or two daily, but it's a start. The doom and gloom of December pales in comparison to the month of 'frigid death' more commonly referred to as January. January is the month of my birth. I used to think it was special. What a fool. Some smart guy with power should force whoever to eliminate January and, what the heck, February too, then add those 59 days to March. Feel better already don't ya'?
If that doesn't work I have the cure all and I'm going to take advantage of it this winter. Beginning in 2011 I'm going to call it 'Florida'. My downer is beginning to turn into an upper.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Congressional Victory: We Remembered

Why Blacks Live In Poverty

Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate!

Planet Gore

From Greg Pollowitz at Hot Air in the National Review:
The Obama administration made Solyndra, a solar-power manufacturing company, a symbol of its “green jobs” push in the Porkulus program. Barack Obama himself toured the factory, as did Barbara Boxer. Taxpayers ended up sinking $535 million into building Solyndra a new facility that promised to add jobs in the clean-energy sector. Instead, now that Solyndra has its new facility, it’s closing another older facility and will lay off dozens of employees and cancel the contracts for 150 more contract workers:

Solyndra Inc., the high-flying solar panel maker once touted by President Barack Obama as a model for a green energy future, said Wednesday it has scuttled its factory expansion in Fremont, a move that will stop the company’s plans to hire 1,000 workers.
Solyndra said it will also close an existing factory in the East Bay. That will leave the company with one Fremont factory, a new plant visible from Interstate 880.
The moves mean that instead of having 2,000 workers in Fremont, Solyndra will cap its work force at 1,000, which is about the current level. Solyndra also will, over the next several weeks, eliminate 155 to 175 jobs in Fremont. That includes 135 contract employees and 20 to 40 full-time workers, said David Miller, a Solyndra spokesman.
In other words, we invested $535 million into a company that apparently couldn’t compete on a price basis with its foreign competition. Perhaps Obama and Boxer would choose to do this with the royalties each make from their literary enterprises. That would have been their money to lose.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bring Back Bell Bottoms

From iOwnTheWorld:
Artist Dave Rittinger has created what he calls the Zero Footprint Shirt, a series of t-shirts made from nothing more than leaves and glue. The Leaf Shirts were created based on color, with each shirt being uniformly green, yellow, purple and otherwise. The idea is simple, but the execution is not. These shirts were carefully woven by hand using glue to hold them together. The idea may never grace your own shoulders, but here’s your chance to appreciate it from afar.

There wasn't a cost factor on this shirt. No word on if they have to be thrown in a bonfire the end of November. You can thank the Green Movement for this. Word to the wise; 'don't invest'. MJH

Olbermann Suspended

It was announced today that Keith Olbermann has been suspended from his TV Show for openly giving contributions to three Democrat candidates. Evidently, this is a no-no at NBC. I find a big problem with this suspension. No one will know and no one will care since no one watches. It'd be like Lizzie grounding me for not taking out the garbage.

Feel Good Story Of The Year

A retired Canadian couple who won $11.3 million in the lottery in July have already given it (almost) all away.
"What you've never had, you never miss," 78-year-old Violet Large explained to a local reporter.
She was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer when the couple realized they'd won the jackpot in July.
"That money that we won was nothing," her tearful husband, Allen, told Patricia Brooks Arenburg of the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald. "We have each other."
The money was a "headache," they told the paper--mainly, it brought anxiety over the prospect that "crooked people" might take advantage of them. Several people called them out of the blue to ask for money when the news first broke that they'd won the jackpot. So they began an $11 million donation spree to get rid of it and help others, the Chronicle Herald reports:
They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages' worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes. The list goes on and on.
Violet told the Canadian Press that they retained about 2 percent of the money for a rainy day.
"It made us feel good," Violet told the Chronicle Herald. "And there's so much good being done with that money."
The Nova Scotia couple have been married more than 35 years and quietly saved up the money that Allen made as a welder and Violet made in retail before retiring.
"We haven't spent one cent on ourselves because we've been too busy getting everything looked after and with my health, I have to wait to get my health back to get the energy to do anything," Violet told the National Post. "We're not travelers anyway. We live in the country and we're proud of it. Money can't buy you health or happiness."
Now their neighborhood is abuzz over their good deeds.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Invisible Clothing

A new material that could be used to create a real-life Harry Potter-style "invisibility cloak" has been designed by British scientists.
The material, called "Metaflex", may in future provide a way of manufacturing fabrics that manipulate light.
Metamaterials have already been developed that bend and channel light to render objects invisible at longer wavelengths.
Visible light poses a greater challenge because its short wavelength means the metamaterial atoms have to be very small.
So far such small light-bending atoms have only been produced on flat, hard surfaces unsuitable for use in clothing.
But scientists at the University of St Andrews in Scotland believe they have overcome this problem. They have produced flexible metamaterial "membranes" using a new technique that frees the meta-atoms from the hard surface they are constructed on.
Metaflex can operate at wavelengths of around 620 nanometres, within the visible light region.
Stacking the membranes together could produce a flexible "smart fabric" that may provide the basis of an invisibility cloak, the scientists believe.

Obama Declares War On Hindus

From the India Times:
Billions more of your tax dollars at work protecting 'The One'.

New Delhi: The White House will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the famous building will move to India when President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday.
Communications set-up, nuclear button, a fleet of limousines and majority of the White House staff will be in India accompanying the President on this three-day visit that will cover Mumbai and Delhi.
He will also be protected by a fleet of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Check It Out

Blue: More cities than states. E.G. Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Cleveland, Oakland, Minneapolis, San Francisco. Get the picture?

Obama Justification For India Trip

From: Press Trust of India, by staff:
Washington: Barack Obama, who became the first US president to personally celebrate Diwali in the historic East Room in 2009, wanted to "specifically" celebrate the festival of lights with Indians, the White House has said.
"He (Obama) specifically wanted to have an opportunity to celebrate Diwali and to do so with the Indian people, getting beyond simply his official business," Jeff Bader, Senior Director for Asia Affairs at the National Security Council, White House said.
How damned stupid can Liberals be? Pretty damned stupid, I'd say. As my former boss said, "Two hundred million dollars here and two hundred million dollars there and pretty soon we're talking real money".

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vieve And Me

Now that my granddaughter, Genevieve, is at the age of three we can do things without mom and dad being around. I had her for the day last week. We like to bring her home on Wednesdays from her parents home an hour away. My son and his wife have a new baby boy, Kingston Michael, and keeping Genevieve with us gives them a chance to----breathe. You see, Vieve is the exact opposite of her brother, Oscar. While he is calm, sensitive, overly polite, generous, obedient and can obey the law of the pack his sister isn't quite there yet.
In other words, the girl can be a handful but a delightful and funny handful. She's the kind of girl who would approach a snarling pit bull and attack it without hesitation. She's fearless. If I asked she would kill on command for me.
A week ago was one of those beautiful, windless, sunny days and we hit the Columbus Zoo. I've mentioned this before but it's a nice place to spend the day. For some reason my grand kids could care less about seeing animals. They always want to visit the playground then the souvenir shop. As the day approached an end we decided we were thirsty and made way to the refreshment stand. Standing in line and just in from of us was a buxom young girl. She was in her twenties and these old eyes recognized that she was more than attractive. The girl was wearing a new pair of jeans. Out of the blue Vieve walked up behind her put one hand on her buttocks and attempted to pull out an inch string from her jean seam with her tiny fingers. Thinking quickly I backed up three steps. Molestation in a public place is not something I want on my resume'. Anyway, the girl turned quickly and I shrugged my shoulders as in, "what're ya' gonna do"? Genevieve kept yanking. When I think about it those little things of life are like an award winning dessert. Little things I'll never forget and will relish telling her years down the road.


I knew Emperor Obama was taking a 'get out of town' trip to India the day after the election. I figured it was a CYA thing to keep the press away from him.
Now I find out that there's a whole lot more to the story. I'll keep this brief. He and Michelle are taking 3,000 of their closest friends on the government dime. They will be using 40 aircraft for transportation while staying in the finest hotel in Mumbai. Total cost to the American taxpayer for this ten day excursion: $200 million per day. Whatever can be said about Obama add this, "He got balls".
And to think George Bush caught hell for going to the Crawford, Texas ranch so often.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Good Dream

The first day of each new month is my allowance day. As my car approached the automated teller a thought crossed my mind. What if my grandson, ten years from now, when he's sixteen asked: "Grandpa, in history class today we were talking about politics and politicians. Our teacher said that a few years ago there were people called 'Progressives' or 'Liberals'. I responded, "Yes Oscar, there were but like the dinosaur they are all gone from this earth. You see, O, they tried to take every one's money, destroy your life and the life of your family. One of the big reasons for this is they didn't think your Dad and Mom were very smart so they thought they could make communists out of all of us. You don't have to worry, though.
All the liberals are gone, never to return".
Nice dream, huh?
Once again weaselzippers supplies the photo