The Age of Napoleon, p. 581 107.6 miles sunny, hot
180 recordings of 69 types. 19% left.
Recordings: -18: 44/55.
T-shirt, Team Yarnot 2011 reunion shirt.
We've been kind of looking forward to today. After we'd talked to the doctor in June, he thought maybe Rich was doing so well he could take a chemo holiday or go onto Tarceva, a maintenance pill. I had all sorts of questions about that. In the event, though, that was moot... the CT scan shows the tumors have come back, grown to where they were before. Either the cancer mutated with immunity or maybe it was the mother's milk instead of the chemo, or the susceptible cells died and the others then took over... whatever. The next attempt is a more aggressive chemo. The doctor warned us of the law of diminishing returns, but we've got to have hope.
The report on the CT scan also says Rich has COPD, which is surprising after the breathing test for the pulmonologist. I wonder if we should see the pulmonologist again.
The new chemo treatment will be every week. It's dangerous to his kidneys so he has a prechemo pill on Wednesday and has to really drink water before and after the treatment.
Glenna Yarnot They sent my Census form back! AGAIN!!! In response to the question: "Do you have any dependents?" I replied - "12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployable people, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; Half of Mexico; and 535 more in the U.S. House and Senate. Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.
Kelly Ann Gull Well duh. This IS DC. GOP is like an abused woman, always rationalizing the abuse and thinking if WE only just "behaved" better, the Dems will stop hitting us. They can't pack their bags and walk away. HOLD THE LINE. #fightlikeahobbit
Obama is so brilliant. Didn’t he once say that if you can’t afford a tank of gas, you should buy a new car. They’re are so many great financing deals out there and all. This is the guy I want to learn about economics from. Whether he studied history or not! kringeesmom on July 28, 2011 at 8:26 AM
My dear cousin with cancer writes:
I have barn kitty homes lined up for most of them as soon as I catch them. I am super downsizing in case I don't feel up to taking care of very many. I have re: homed 35 in the last month. Most of them were fosters that I was going to re: home anyway, but some were my personal cats. I also had to put one down, and three others died mysteriously. I have four more I think a friend is going to take so I should be down to close to 10 soon, which is nothing to me to take care of.
Scott Ott Rep. Paul Ryan just suggested passing a bill to cover the moon with yogurt at a cost of $5 trillion, and then repealing the bill the next day so we can say we saved $5 trillion. (I think he was making a sarcastic analogy with how Congress operates.)
The minute the president evinces a budget plan, the game is up. No liberal budget will stand up to scrutiny. There is no money left for deficit spending in our aging society. The welfare state is kaput. It’s gone — probably for generations to come.
Of course, there’s always that canard about taxing the rich. That will save things. But the truth is even if you tax the rich at 100%, it barely sets back our entitlement crisis a year or two, while virtually bankrupting the few job creators who remain. ... Plans are dangerous because someone might scrutinize them. Someone might point out that Social Security was enacted in 1935, when life expectancy was 61.7 (It is now 77.9 and increasing), and, if it isn’t overhauled, it’s finished.
Elaine Gandy THIS president is a whiney, unqualified mess. he can't lead a parade, he can't make decisions and he wants the nation to fall, and be built back up according to the playbook of Alinsky and Cloward and Piven. THAT is the liberal mantraes, brainwashed in liberal schools to think the Gov't can do everything for the people, and SHOULD, and TAX is the first word they learn to spell, with SPEND right behind it. geesh.
Fallon: No debt crisis solution yet. The White House is working on a Plan B. Unfortunately, the ‘B’ stands for bake sale! Plan C is a car wash.
“….tweak it to become Cut Cap and Balance”
How do you do that? Anyway, I think Boner has blown it. After Reid tabled CC&B, Boner should have stood pat, and asked Harry for his plan. By continuing to bid himself down rather than bidding against a competitor, he’s destroyed the brand. If he doesn’t get his latest and greatest passed, he’s now marginalized. If he squeaks it by, then it loses in the Senate, he’ll not only have marginalized himself but the GOP.
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the BlessedVirgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Two Little Savages, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Sudden Death, Michael Balkind.
Yesterday afternoon a huge fire erupted in a plastics plant in Fairfield, and the smoke arrived here by the evening, so the windows were shut last night. Blech.
I forgot to mention that THREE cleaners came on Monday! hey, it's not that dirty! (Not any more.) It took them 45 minutes.
This day started with the bad news that a friend had died. He fell recently and then was unable, after his surgery, to get back on his feet, and I know Renee has been worrying herself sick for the last month or so. They've been married 60 years, were the couple who got us into Marriage Encounter, ran the adult conversion classes for years. One of their daughters was a Girl Scout in my troop. I didn't return the call right away, so we could go caching before I had to start worrying about what I would make for the funeral.
I'd put 8 caches on the list but we sort of approached from the wrong direction, which led to a lot of left turns and U-turns. In the end, we only looked for 5, and found 3. The two we didn't find were the two I really wanted. One was a trivia puzzle and I had confirmed that I had the right coordinates. It just appeared not to be there. The other one looked like a lock combination, and indeed the coordinates led to some lockers, but no lock, no cache. Sulk!
We did see a hawk on a pigeon. I first thought it was a crow on something and wondered why Rich didn't just keep driving and scare it off. Finally he woke me up by saying "Get the camera!" OH. It's a hawk!!
One of the caches we found was cute, a log rolled into a pen. Rich ran out of steam and we came home.
While he slept, I found out REO Speedwagon was giving the State Fair concert tonight. I've been asking for that for the last 3 or 4 years, but I didn't know about it. I was devastated. When Rich woke up, I told him, but he dismissed my sorrow. That just made me sadder.
I tried to post a review on the Nook and it didn't. It was for The Hunt, by Jan Neuharth, which I gave 3 stars. It's OK, not great. Besides, in any fox hunt, I am on the side of the fox.
At least I've gotten to the "Silver Trophy" stage of my JewelQuest Solitaire game.
We absolutely should be coming to the table and compromising. And the compromise should look, structurally at least, just like the compromise that the Democrats made with the Republicans over ObamaCare.
Words, history, actions… Nothing has real meaning in this administration. It was said of Bill Clinton that he would rather climb a tree to tell a lie, than stay on the ground and tell the truth. At least Clinton recognized the difference. Crusader Rabbit on July 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Don L says: July 25, 2011 at 9:29 PM Obama’s balanced approach -”I’ll take half and you give up the other half Mr. Boehner. That’s the balanced way to save this nation.” Is Obamessiah starting to sink lately when he walks on the water -or what?
MT Geoff Brown says: July 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM Howdy westsidemounty Increasing revenues and improving employment is failing? President Bush’s policies were great until they were overcome by the Dems’ Community Reinvestment Act, the long-overdue sins of Big Auto and Big Labor, and the lies and fraud of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Tim McCoy says: July 25, 2011 at 11:46 PM Geoff that “Community Reinvestment Act.” was Barney Frank’s and Chris Dodd’s way of helping people buy homes that should be on section 8. Also the sellers who sold homes that shouldn’t have been financed any time. As a Realtor I saw all that coming- and it made this Recession worse. Barney and Chris should be sharing the same prison cell…
At his Friday news conference-cum-tantrum, Barack Obama imperiously summoned congressional leaders to his presence: "I've told" them "I want them here at 11 a.m." ...inordinate self-regard is an occupational hazard of politics and part of the job description of the rhetorical presidency, this incessant tutor. Still, upon what meat doth this our current Caesar feed that he has grown so great that he presumes to command leaders of a coequal branch of government?
He once boasted (June 3, 2008) that he could influence the oceans' rise; he must be disabused of comparable delusions about controlling Congress. When he was a lecturer on constitutional law, he evidently skipped the separation of powers doctrine.
[Approved commenter] Ironfistvelvetglove Speaker Boehner has done a great job with King Jello, as Henry Hawkins dubbed him. Barry's regal bearing has also inspired King Putt or King Punt elsewhere. I read that "tingles" Chrissy Matthews was not impressed with his Dear Leader's campaign speechifying last night. When you have lost Chris...well, rough seas ahead. I do thank the GOP for holding on to our country, in tatters though she may be.
Anyone listening to Obama’s fifth foray in front of the cameras this month — by far the most intense public-relations campaign Obama has conducted in more than a year — could be forgiven for wondering why the President didn’t spend at least some of that time actually developing and presenting his own plan. The simple answer: Obama doesn’t want the responsibility for raising the debt ceiling, cutting spending, and/or raising taxes. This is what passes for leadership in the era of Hope and Change — voting present. Obama has worked hard to make himself irrelevant over the last few weeks, and he’s about to get his wish.
I am reminded of something Obama did yet again in his speech — declaring that he “told congressional leaders to” do this or that. Last week he was telling Boehner and Reid to come to the White House “at 11am” like he is a fu**ing Queen or something. This seems to piss people off, and has no basis in our constitution. They don’t work for him. And I suspect that this is Obama attempting to make up for his greatest weaknesses* by trying to declare that he is important (*Greatest Weaknesses: knows nothing, has done nothing, is not respected by anyone involved, doesn’t like to work, lacks any creativity). Jaibones on July 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM
you’d think that, at some point, he’d made enough government. ted c on July 25, 2011 at 8:08 AM
Did 0bama Refuse a Bipartisan Deal on the Debt Ceiling? If this is true, then Barack Obama just took full and complete ownership of the debt-ceiling crisis and whatever ensues... All it required was a concession from Obama on a short-term debt increase and an acceptance of real cuts, which is apparently more distasteful to Obama than the default he has been screeching about for the last two weeks.
If this is true, it looks like Reid went to the White House to split the GOP, and ended up with a split in his own party. No wonder Reid simply wants out at this point.
What a fricking loser. Do we have any concrete proof that Obama has even balanced a checkbook, or organized the bills in his wallet? He is so incompetent with all of this, it’s really frightening. He knows nothing, he’s producing nothing, he’s attempting nothing, and if all this also means he’s risking nothing it also means he is accomplishing nothing. For the love of God, I really am starting to believe he’s not openly malicious toward the United States, but just so unaccustomed to actual work of even the most basic kind that he’s perfectly willing to let it all collapse around him so his hands don’t get dirty. That stories like this can be written about a president of the United States—from either party—is both unprecedented and incredibly depressing.---WesternActor on July 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM
One more thing. While I don’t know anyone who seriously believes that Carter was a good president, I have never heard anyone actually say about him that he simply would not do his job. He did it, and did it badly. But Obama isn’t even lifting a finger. Seriously, have we ever had a president, other than William Henry Harrison (who died after a month in office, most of which he spent incredibly sick), who has done so little—let alone seemed thrilled about it?---WesternActor on July 25, 2011 at 10:07 AM
Obama’s more afraid of having to stand face-to-face with his core supporters and tell them to pound sand than he is of a federal default. He’s never had to deal with compromise before because he’s never had to deal with negotiations where someone on the other side is playing an equal hand — everything he’s been dealt up to now in his political life has been handed to him on a silver platter by other Democrats, who were willing to do all the heavy lifting and allow Barack to take all the credit in order to advance him to the White House.---jon1979 on July 25, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Reid Throwing in the Towel. If Reid actually produces such a bill and puts it on the floor for a vote, it would be the first specific, written plan Democrats have managed to produce during this months-long crisis. Republicans have passed two measures already in the House and have publicly offered at least one more (the Coburn plan), while Democrats have mainly stood around lecturing Republicans to get serious.
Harriett Lublin: "Watching the one-third-of-a-term-senator-turned-president negotiate brings to mind a child spinning yarns about just how the living room lamp got broken." I honestly don't get how even liberals can find him remotely credible.
Tea Party Right About Everything. "One of the first things Democrats did after taking back Congress in 2007 was raise the federal minimum wage 41% from 2007 to 2009. Result? The unemployment rate went from 4.4% in May 2007 to 10.1% in 2009. It is 9.2% even today -- four years later."
It’s too bad you weren’t elected president in a tinpot dictatorship. Then you wouldn’t ahve to worry about these minor legalities – like a Constitution.
Missy8s commented: He wants to be a dictator, if he attempts to do this and seize “emergency powers” he will not ever surrender those powers. Make no mistake, HE WANTS war in the streets to have an excuse to abolish the constitution and make his “presidency” permanent.
[Which is why I worry about my really conservative friends: and my brother's really progressive ones, they both want to take to the streets.]
Mikey commented: Yep, little wannabe dictator Zero. Notice how he always goes to American hating groups like La Raza to give these kind of speeches. I wish he would do that in Iowa during the caucuses – they would ride his arse out on a rail.
Gary Sepell Semenchyshyn Bret How in the Love of God Can a President Lead a Country when the Man does not Know How to Lead....He's Been a follower all his Life .....He's always talked big, But he's never followed it up with a Written document....Where's the Justice in all this? Doesn't the American People know that all the President is doing is caring about what he wants to do in 2012. This president doesn't give a Damn about this country or the American People, He only cares about lining his pockets with Money and spending the money that we don't have to other Goverments and Countries.....We Need a Leader in the White House....Not no Hypercrate who speaks good but does not follow thru with what he speaks about....
Hair of the Dog: No Mr. Obama, You Cannot Balance the Budget With Rainbows and Unicorns
"Top Guest on 'Face the Nation' was White House top dog Bill Daly to explain what the President really wants, other than a magic unicorn that farts money." -- Stephen Green
The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk has a fascinating new paper out showing that the U.S. economic recovery stalled almost immediately after Obamacare became law. Before Obamacare was passed, private sector job creation had been averaging 67,600 net new jobs a month. After Obamacare passed net private sector job creation fell to 6,400 jobs a month.
Oregon Mike | July 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm Well, so far as I can tell, I’ve done a pretty good job of ignoring him tonight. And, now that I think of it, I think I’ll blame him for this fiasco as well. So, there, Erkel!
Lannette Sparks Jaynes Yet another temper fit from the over self indulgent self center jurk that is suppose to be a leader. We need real change we need him held accountable for all his actions against this country.
Rasmussen: -21 (lowest since last November): 45/54.
T-shirt: Sharing God's Bounty 20th year.
After church we went to HD Supplies, a big warehouse store that looks like a wholesaler, and found some cheap press and stick tile for 14 cents each. Yay! So I wrote on Lowes' Facebook page about the tile:
Jan Yarnot They were out of stock then, and still not in stock this week, so we went elsewhere and got 14-cent tile. It's not lovely, but will do for the year or so we need a patch job. When you advertise something, it'd be nice if you actually had it.
We had Gareth today. I had Big Bird's Big Book out where he could see it, but he zeroed in on the one (of about 20) new (to us) Hot Wheels car and immediately informed us it's a Chevrolet. There's a tiny logo on it, so he was right. After Bernadette left him, I gave him lunch. The thing we're working on for the moment is that he must feed himself, so I cut up his tamale and a plum and gave him a fork. Oh, well, fingers were made before forks. Then he was faced with yogurt and didn't want to do it. I told him three bites and held his hand to scoop the stuff, though he made it to his mouth on his own.
Then I took him over to the Discovery museum. He ran through it, stopped long enough to do a couple of puzzles and I read him the Grouchy Ladybug, but he would NOT sit still for the animal show, so we came home. It took some time to convince him to hold still for this picture.
For the rest of the afternoon he played with the toy cars and the Big Book. When we took him home we got to admire his room. The "Gareth" in Duplo Bernadette made didn't last long.
I went with “job killing tax cuts”, because 2012 WILL be a referendum on himself. After all, leadership is not proposing a plan. I understand the wrong week for his birthday and all that, considering how many birth certificates he has. …. uh, that was joke. garry on July 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM
I’ve always said his instincts were more inclined toward ruling than leading. This is not the first time he’s suggested that a dictatorship might be preferable to a presidency.
But for a guy who campaigned for the job, he sure does complain a lot
...If he’s so damned unhappy, and so resentful of time taken away from his family (golfing, apparently doesn’t count) then I think we should free up his time in 2012 and let him get on with the Post-Presidential Life o’ Perks and Privilege he’s obviously craving.
"President Obama will sign whatever is put on his desk at this point and be damn thankful for it. The guy has been a total flake on this issue from day one. Everyone involved knows it. Everyone."
... As President Obama gives petulant and complaining press conferences bemoaning the lack of cooperation on the debt ceiling issue and then walking out of negotiations during meetings with his own party leadership, Bill Daley has been left with the task of actually attempting to lead on the issue, with both Democrats and Republicans indicating increasing frustration at the president’s repeated lack of leadership ability.
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, The Hunt, Jan Neuharth.
Rasmussen: -19: 45/54. For the first time since March, Strong Disapproval of the president has been at 40% or above for seven straight days. On Saturday, consumer confidence fell again, reaching another new two-year low. Investor confidence also fell to the lowest level since December 2009.
I'm .9 pounds up, but at least my blood pressure is low. And if I'd measured right after getting back from Yosemite, it would have been a LOT worse!
T-shirt: B2B 2002.
The only thing we did today besides watch TV was to go to look for the cheap tile. Still nothing at Lowe's. We did get a nice tile at Home Depot for the closet (this is more expensive because it will be the final floor, unlike the temporary one we want to put in the bathroom.)
Not only that but scaring seniors and military members active and retired. bho is one horrible, evil, spoiled brat that no one has told no to before and he does not like it! He does not give a flit if the Republic craters just as long as he thinks he can get re-elected again. I really do detest bho. letget on July 23, 2011 at 1:20 PM
Folks, this is a disaster. Sure, the planes are still flying. And, yes, the flight controllers and safety personnel are still on the job so it should be safe. But a lot of government workers were furloughed. And they won’t be able to collect taxes! And tickets may be cheaper this week! And… and…
How about defunding the epa, nea, bhocare, czars, and numerous other agencies to save us money? letget on July 23, 2011 at 9:28 AM
mytralmann says: July 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM Actually Barry retired shortly after he was elected when the American People gave him the senate. His bucket list included: Get a large entitlement program named after himself:check:spend the country into insolvency so it could never be what it was before out of revenge for his past life(more correctly Revanche);check; see the world in a private jet at someone else’s expense:check;Play at war and salute a lot, get secret briefings and use cool gadgets:check; build up good will among his black constituents so he could rule them and the Democratic Party for the rest of his life by giving them “thier stuff” on time and ordering crackers around like he was king:check He has nothing left to do, except out of boredom. I don’t even think he cares about a second term,or at least he seems ambivalent. To himself and his supporters who hate the USA as it was, he already a success, a great one. His press supporters today are the same rabble I saw in the 60's throwing bricks into shop windows in West Los Angeles to protest Vietnam, or standing on tables in college cafeterias denouncing the assassination of JFK as a plot by Hoover, only older. Many are writing for socialist papers like the LA Times and the NYT.They haven’t changed their world view in 40 years and never will. Few men are like Don who saw the truth at a later age and had the moral courage to think differently. That is the difference between a moral coward and selfish self believer like Obama and a decent human being.
Becky says: July 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM It shouldn’t matter where you read or listen to news. They all report the same events. It is the interpretation of those events that bother the president. He is a controlling man, not especially bright or experienced in life, but controlling. He loves to hear himself talk, the limelight, the big life, but in a manner of controlling the narrative. Sometimes reality has to be suspended, and some outfits are more willing to do so than others.
Jim Treacher: "Obama's a petulant child whimpering because he can't have all the toys. Unfortunately for us, his sandbox stretches from sea to shining sea."
Time will tell, but it strikes me that the heated rhetoric he is using—”I didn’t get my phone call returned,” “I’ve been left at the altar,” “there’s nothing Republicans will say yes to”—does not suggest he, Obama, feels he has been handed a gift by Boehner and the GOP. He claims to have put $1.5 trillion in cuts on the table, plus $600 billion in entitlement reductions, in exchange for tax increases of the same size. He says Republicans said they would accept a dollar in higher taxes (or “revenue”) for every four dollars in cuts, which isn’t exactly saying “no’” to everything. For their part, Republicans in the House passed their cut, cap and balance bill on Wednesday, and it included an increase in the debt ceiling, so even by his own account his criticisms of the GOP are not accurate.
Palin says 0bama's a Lame Duck. It still underscores that all of the ideas, all of the intellectual work, and all of the energy for deficit reduction has come from the Republicans. Democrats have simply refused to participate in any forward thinking of their own, and have since 2009, when the Democrats passed their last budget resolution. That’s the reason that Obama is a lame-duck President, for all intents and purposes, and for that matter, Reid is thus far a lame-duck Senate Majority Leader.
John Hawkins: "Another great moment from the Obama era | Russians: 'It's our space age now'"
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the BlessedVirgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, The Hunt, Jan Neuharth.
179 recordings of 78 types. 18% and getting erasure threats.
Rasmussen: -15: 46/52.
T-shirt, 2001 Doggie Dash.
89 items in Andy C., the Nook. That includes the screensaver pictures.
Today is our goddaughter's 4th anniversary as a nun, and Bernadette's mother-in-law's birthday. But Rich and I spent a quiet day at home, and he almost forgot Music Circus tonight. It was Oliver! Very good, though the Bee reviewer was right, the plot was jumpy, jumpier than I remembered. Oh, well, it's very singable. I recognized a couple of dancers from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (was that last year?) We had to park in a different area, but still made it out quickly, still able to do the broken field running.
There you have it. Four old men — average age 81 — hanging around the halls of Congress because they think they have nothing better to do with their lives. They are run by staff members who in the case of Dingell were not even born when the congressman first entered Congress.
This is why the Democratic party is in trouble.
It has no fresh blood in the House or in the Senate.
...The Republican Class of 1994 got a 12-year run.
The Democratic Class of 2006 got a 4-year run — thanks in no small part to the insistence of Old Bulls like Conyers and Dingell who stayed on too long.
Obama DOJ Takes Elderly Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselor to Court. A Department of Justice that can’t find time to defend the Defense of Marriage Act somehow has time to bring a lawsuit against a 70+ year-old man who simply seeks to pass out flyers and speak a few kind words to women in need of them? It’s hard to think this has nothing to do with the hundreds of thousands of dollars Retta has cost Planned Parenthood.
The Senate hasn’t produced a budget resolution in over 800 days. Despite the alarmist rhetoric sounded by Barack Obama and Harry Reid, the Senate hasn’t produced a single plan to deal with either the debt ceiling or deficit control. However, Harry Reid is incensed that the House will take the weekend off on the off chance that Reid might actually do his job. ...Boehner won’t move on anything else until the Senate starts doing its job in this process and determine what path it will take. So what’s the likelihood that the Senate will produce anything that the House needs to consider this weekend? Somewhere between zero and absolute zero. ...The House passed its solution. The Senate needs to do its job for the first time in over 800 days before its leader can complain about anyone taking a weekend off.
Man, every time I see or hear that embalmed, walking mummy Reid I can’t help but think the Founders didn’t have him in mind when they created the federal government. ---Bishop on July 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM
We were nervous about the chemo today, because we didn't know if the strenuous exercise would make Rich's blood better or worse. In the event, everything but his red blood cells was up, higher than they've been for months. And he'll be getting the CT scan next week and see the doctor on Thursday, a few weeks before we thought! So it was a fairly encouraging day.
What we have in each case is a group of people who stole (or arranged to steal) private information so they could make it public and thereby enrich themselves. However, the presence of Murdoch, who has become a looming bogeyman to the Left because of his ownership of Fox News, has caused progressives to twist themselves into knots to condemn Murdoch so soon after they praised Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. ...The secrets uncovered by the investigators hired by News of the World, though certainly embarrassing and personally sensitive, were fairly mundane. Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that the snoops listened in as concerned family members left messages on the answering machine of a missing 13-year-old girl and erased some of them so that they could get more. While we all recoil from the petty evil that would drive someone to do such a thing, the information they got didn’t put lives at risk.
The WikiLeaks documents, according to the New York Times, gave out identifying information about “dozens” of informants and others who were cooperating with our soldiers against the Taliban. Indeed, once the Taliban heard of the leaks, it pored over them in the hope of finding enough information to kill those named in them, or any members of their families they could find. As the Taliban spokesman said, “We know how to punish them.” We do not know how many people are dead right now because Bill Keller and his newspaper broadcast the material stolen by Julian Assange’s supplier, Bradley Manning, but we can reasonably estimate the number was more than zero.
Jay Carney and the "improvement" in the economy. When Obama took office the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent — today, two and a half years later, it’s 9.2 percent. Gas was about $1.79 a gallon when Obama took office. Today it’s $3.68. There are around 13 million more people on food stamps today than there were in January of 2009.
I wish That Woman knew the meaning of "incredulously."
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, The Yosemite, John Muir.
(When we got home) 179 recordings of 78 types. 16% left.
Rasmussen: -17: 44/54.
Today we came home. The first order of business was to pick up a couple of local caches. One was easy (if you had any experience) and one, in the cemetery, is apparently not there. Then we stopped by the courthouse, (built in 1854, the oldest still operating county courthouse in the state) and while court was in session, so no pictures of the original furnishings, we were allowed to go up and look. The bailiff was very friendly and knows a lot about the history.
Then we visited the Mariposa Museum. This place is worth all the hype. It's won awards and it hasn't caved to any pressure to turn it into an "interpretive center" or to dumb it down. It's choc-a-block full of information and exhibits. Some of the things I enjoyed:
L.A. to Wawona in 1902 took a month. "for 15 years the Mariposa mine dominated and complicated Fremont's life." "the restoration of General Fremont to a command is among the most inexplicable of charges in the present civil war." "Yes the slot machine works!!! But it will not pay off."
The Head of the Renowned Bandit Joachin! will be exhibited for one day only. Aug. 19, 1853 at the Stockton House.
The population was 15,000 at the gold rush heyday!
I swear I read the story from "The Misadventures of a lumberman's son", young Fred Clark, before.
Boys & Girls playing together, 4 lashes.
There are ruins of the Ghirardelli Mansion in Hornitos! Who knew?
They have a working model of a stamp mill. And the docent was so friendly. I bought a book of letters from Mariposa. We were at the museum for an hour. What a nice little town!
Onward on back roads to Hornitos, with a couple of very nice caches, and then forever and forever and forever to highway 99, where we stopped at the first gas station. Then I took over the driving.
And the first thing I did was pull over on the on-ramp to slam shut the gastank door. First a car zoomed past, then I quickly did the deed. All was OK, I pulled onto the freeway, and about a mile down the road had a crippling back spasm. This has happened to me on occasion, the first time shortly after Vince was born when I chased down some kids who had taken the recycling from my kids. The next time I can remember was when Monica was learning to drive and narrowly missed a huge refrigerator box on the freeway. It's happened a couple of other times after I've climbed a steep hill or something, but usually it's fear and adrenaline caused. Anyway, I pulled to the side and stopped till it passed, and then, fortunately, there was a McDonald's at the next exit, so we had lunch at last. Then I was able to drive and Rich was able to sleep. We got here a little after three. The cats had behaved, and Rich went to get Pharaoh. What a nice getaway!!
That leaves us back where we started, in pre-Lazarus condition, due in large part of the lack of leadership demonstrated by the Democrats. In my column at The Week today, I reference the new definition of leadership at the White House, while pointing out that Republicans have proposed a series of approaches to the debt ceiling and deficit reduction. In fact, they’ve now passed two such plans in the House. ...So where is Barack Obama’s plan? Harry Reid’s? Will they offer the nation a Lazarus-like resurgence back to responsibility, or will they continue to demonstrate leadership through abdication? It looks like a number of Democrats in high positions are “not ready for prime time.”
Obama has even gone to the press four times in the last three weeks insisting that America needs leadership more now than ever — and that Congress ought to provide it.
His own party has never, ever demanded he lead, only that he be a figurehead who would mouth the platitudes of their pet issues. The Democrats were perfectly willing to do that because they truly beleved that anything supported by the first African-American POTUS would be anointed with Absolute Moral Authority, which in turn would allow them to Alinsky, demonize and destroy anyone opposed to their plans.
Obama was chosen because he had a persona that was non-threatening enough to get elected, and the deal was he loaned other Democrats his Diety-like aura (built with the bog media’s help), they then did the grunt work to get their pet projects passed and then Obama would take the credit, which would help further enhance his God-like powers, as celebrated by his media synchopats.
It’s a formula that got him to the White House, and even though the bloom’s off the rose, he’s not changing, because his ego is too big to think he has to change, while as a beta male at heart, Obama really doesn’t have the stomach to confront his opponents face-to-face and work out any deals; better to let Reid, his underlings and half the Gang of Six hash that out.
jon1979 on July 20, 2011 at 8:32 AM
Jim Treacher: Obama isn't like Nixon. Every once in a while Nixon told the truth.
markinmontana - 5:53 AM While a tragedy, why did they go over the safety rail? I work in Yellowstone National Park, and the man killed by the bear a few weeks ago; while the media never reported the whole story, the man and woman who were hiking actually were hiking on a CLOSED TRAIL. Tourists always think that they can do whatever they want, because they pay to get into a National Park. And then, when a tragedy happens, it's always another persons' fault.
These rules and safety devices exist because morons who have gone before you have proven that they are needed and that you cannot make sound, rational decisions. Further, logic seems to escape you and others like you. Morons like you are the reason me and a great many others have so many restrictions placed on our lives.
So, if you cannot read a warning sign, perhaps you should learn to read. Then go take a critical thinking class so that you can learn to apply what you know.
If, after all of that, you just don't get it, then yes, by all means, please continue to climb over the railings so that you can be closer to nature who really does not care if you are there or not.
The Age of Napoleon, p. 541 107.1 miles sunny, nice
Rasmussen: -18: 44/54
T-shirt, 2001 B2B out of sync!! This one went better with the pants I wanted to wear.
So I was busy working on the entry for the 16th, and I suddenly heard this "gobblegobblegobble" outside. That sounds like a turkey, so I looked outside, and sure enough, a flock of 5 were walking on the hillside next to our room. So neat!
Rich was still asleep, so I went out for breakfast early. I was in time to make a waffle. Cinnamon dough! (I didn't find the syrup, so that was good.) Then I came back with Rich for seconds. I had thought maybe he'd sleep through breakfast and we'd have to eat elsewhere, but in fact we got out about 9 again.
This time we had time, so we looked for a couple of caches on the way. Didn't find one, did find the other. We stopped at the Swing Bridge and were awed at the size of the river. We looked for one earth cache and couldn't see what he was talking about. Later I see maybe we were at a stop for a different cache, but it doesn't really matter. And then back to the parking lot. This time we went on the bus all the way to the Mirror Lake stop. I knew we were going to take it slow, but Rich standing stock still for 5 minutes looking for a satellite feed was a bit slower than I had anticipated. There was a scary sign along the road about locking up the rental bikes because they weren't allowed on the steep grade ahead, but it turned out not to be all that steep.
On the way we passed the trail to Indian Caves, .1 mile away. Rich didn't feel up to it. Too bad, I was hoping to see them again. I'd explored them with Bernadette and her class back when she was here in 5th grade. They'd started to panic each other so I was the calm voice of reason, yeah right, I'm claustrophobic. I was so proud of myself that I made it through this. We did make it to Mirror Lake, though, which has plenty of water in it. Because of this rockfall, you can't walk around the lake any more. (Which I believe we've done once, probably in '88.) When we saw Mirror Lake in '68, it really did reflect Half Dome. Today, despite the water, it was rough because it was moving so fast and it was full of people.
(My goodness, the Happy Isles Rockfall was in '96! I thought it was much more recent than that!)
Then we walked back to the shuttle stop. We saw a near miss with a kid on a bike, parents yelling at her to STOP! as she barrels out into the road right in front of an SUV. Scary! Earlier in the day we saw a couple of very small children, say 5 and 3, in the Merced down by the swing bridge, with no parent visible. Finally Mom appeared, wading out from the bank, and at one point she stepped in a hole which would have certainly been over the head of the 3-year-old. People are so stupid!
As we walked back, we saw this kid kicking another kid, with parents all over it right way. It was a bit different at lunch, when a dad was intervening in a sister fight and the younger one slapped him. Ooooh, that would have been it with me.
Lunch was at the Yosemite Grill. I lurked around till I could grab a table while Rich got the salmon burger for me. Yum. A couple of 40s-ish Portuguese-living-in-California guys sat with us, and when we were talking we recommended the Mist Trail. Of course, if they went there, they got detoured because of the accident, which happened about that time. (We didn't know about that till we got back to the motel.)
We wandered around the village, looked at all the shops, didn't find anything we positively HAD to have, and then went back to the car. We couldn't stop at Camp 4 for one geocache but did get a couple of others, and we stopped at the Valley View which was great. Rich posed next to the high water mark from the '97 floods.
Then, outside of Yosemite, we cached going home. We stopped for a few minutes at the motel, then went to dinner at the Butterfly Cafe. We ate on the patio, which is a story below street level, and it was moderately entertaining watching the wait staff run up and down the stairs. We saw some hummingbirds, too.
Then we looked for a couple of caches in town, and then decided to look at the Mariposa County Courthouse. This was built in 1854 and is the oldest county courthouse still in operation. Then we moseyed along the street to our hotel and passed the old jail, discovering that it was open and they were giving tours. So of course we stopped there. We also looked at the old Catholic church before going back to the motel.
I would have liked to spend more time in Yosemite... I had pictured Rich resting, maybe dozing, while I sat nearby soaking up nature and reading John Muir, but Rich is not that kind of guy, it didn't happen. (One of my better memories from one of the chaperone trips (5th grade) was after we'd gone to the top of Vernal Falls we had lunch at the Emerald Pool and mandatory journal time. Nice.) However, the nice experience in Mariposa made up for it.
And about the accident: rumors at the time (no children were involved with the victims, though there may have been a couple of them with some other fool on the wrong side of the barricade. The sign says "if you are swept over the fall, YOU WILL DIE!")
Multiple reports are that they intentionally climbed over the railing to dip their feet in the water, and then encouraged their kids to join in before they slipped and fell in.
According to witnesses, a man and a woman climbed over the safety rail and put their feet in the water. The couple then encouraged their children to come over because of the amazing view, before the kids climbed over to join them, the couple started slipping. A male family member jumped the railing to try and help them, but he too went over the edge of Vernal Fall.
The Age of Napoleon, p. 541 103.1 miles sunny, nice
Rasmussen: -18: 45/54
T-shirt, 2000 KGO B2B (Yesterday was the pink Sharing God's Bounty one that I wore to church.)
Today it's Yosemite!! I spent an hour first thing this morning fixing up the entry for the 16th, then saved it and it was still in the wrong format. Argh! Also, I'd forgotten to bring any food into the motel room, so I was STARVING by the time Rich woke up. When we got to the dining room, the waffle machine was in use with a line, so I went for some of the other stuff. It wasn't till the second pass I saw the eggs and sausage, so I really pigged out this morning.
So yesterday we had to come back because Rich forgot his nicotine gum. And today, we were at the street when he realized we'd forgotten the GPSr. At least we remember these things early on!
Yosemite is about 35 miles up the road, but I didn't want to stay in El Portal. The only motel I knew of there was the Cedar Lodge, and it has ghosts, at least for me. This is where Carey Stayner abducted those three women and killed them. There is no way I could stay there, so Mariposa it was. There were at least two other Escapes in the lot, but we never made a mistake and went to the wrong one.
There's a detour going around a landslide. I remember the road was closed for a long time and the merchants in El Portal were really suffering. You go over two one-lane bridges to get there now. When we got to the Yosemite gate, there was a bit of a line, but a ranger was waving people with passes through, and Rich had his Golden Age pass and his ID out, so we went right on in. Our first stop was Bridalveil Fall. Rich did well walking there, though I went up a bit farther. I wanted as many pictures of the two of us as I could get, but the hamfisted guy I picked to take pictures there was fairly inept.
Next we stopped at Sentinel Beach for a restroom. It was really stinky, but we got to see a bear trap!
As we drove past the meadow, I remembered seeing Yosemite in 1968 with my Mom. We sat Roni in the Merced, which was slow and shallow and warm. She loved it. (was Monica asleep? I don't remember.) That trip to Yosemite ended so frighteningly, with an accident on the Tioga Pass, requiring a stayover in Lee Vining, that I'd forgotten the good time we'd had in the valley. Mother had never seen Yosemite before, despite going past it on 99 innumerable times in the 30s and 40s.
I had the questions for earth and virtual caches in my Nook, so when we got to those places I could figure out what we needed to know. We went to the parking lot (which is new since we were here in '98: then we parked right at the Village, this time it's about a half-mile away) and parked and got the express shuttle to Yosemite Village, where we caught the shuttle to Yosemite Falls. I remember Rich's Mom (his Dad was along, too, but didn't make that big an impression on me) dashing up that path to see the falls in '78. While I was going "puff, pant, puff, pant..."
The falls are stunning. There is SO MUCH water! Rich was really right, this is the year to see Yosemite. And we look up and up and up.... and remember walking up there (in '88, the year we camped there with Vince and Bernadette while Steve and my Mom stayed home taking care of each other.) V&B did it 1.5 times because they kept leaping ahead then coming back to me, "come on Mom you can do it" and then going ahead again. Rich had a harder time coming down, which didn't do me in as badly. This year we were quite happy to stand on the bridge and admire the falls from below. (I've been to the top of the lower falls twice as well as during the big hike.)
Then we rode to stop 10 and crossed the street to stop 2 and rode to the Ahwanee where I wanted to have lunch. We went to the bar where they had nice enough food and quickly. We sat outside. It was great. Then we wandered through the hotel. There's a lounge there where I thought we could rest, but Rich didn't want to. The proper dining room is very elegant. I actually looked into staying at the Ahwanee this time, but there was no room. I'm still very tempted.
We talked to a family because the teenage boy had a soda that looked fabulous. They're from Utah and staying in Mariposa too. I don't think they liked the little town as much as I did.
We went back to the Vistor's Center and checked it out, the bookstore and museum. My favorite thing there is the 3-D model of Yosemite so you can see where you've been and how it relates to everything else.
Then we rode the shuttles over to Happy Isles where we first found a geocache then started on the trail to the Vernal Falls Bridge. The last time we were on this trail, in '98, we crossed the bridge and started up the Mist Trail, and Rich decided it was too wet and slippery, and we didn't have dry socks in the car, and it would be a mistake. But I don't remember the trip to the bridge being that bad. It's .8 miles from the virtual geocache we found, and by .2 miles Rich was in distress and could go no farther.
So I went on by myself, and immediately missed him. I kept having to stop, but I didn't have the excuse of stopping for Rich. After awhile I began to wonder where the heck was the bridge. I was too commited to go back, but WHERE WAS THE BRIDGE?? Puff, pant. I don't think I ever realized before that you can see Yosemite Falls from this trail. I was on the lookout for Illilouette Falls and saw it. And finally, FINALLY! there was the bridge. Vernal Falls was lovely but I was mostly impressed with the rapids under the bridge. That's a LOT of water! (The next day three people were swept over the falls. How appalling. I'm just glad I was nowhere near this tragedy.)
And back to Rich. I believe this whole little excursion took me an hour. He says maybe he dozed a little. We worked our way back past another geocache, and to the bus, back to parking. We were done with the Valley for the day, but we thought maybe we should do Glacier Point tonight instead of tomorrow morning. That way the sun would be behind us. Of course, that meant it was in our eyes to start with. We stopped at the gorgeous tunnel view then kept going miles and miles on this curvy mountain road. When we got to Glacier Point, there was another 1/4 mile hike and Rich didn't think he could do it, but eventually he made it. Beautiful views there and at Washburn Point where there was a head-on view of Illilouette Falls.
Then I drove back to Mariposa. At one point my mind wandered and I drove a bit off the road, but it was mostly uneventful, though long, over 50 twisty miles. We got back in town about 8, so I went directly to the Miner's Inn, a restaurant we'd scoped out yesterday. It was mediocre: not bad, but not special, either. And so back to the motel.
While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted this year to approve House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R.-Wis.) proposal–that would put the government on a gradual path to a surplus by 2040–and plans to vote on a balanced budget amendment next week that would cap federal spending at 18 percent of GDP, the only budget proposal President Obama’s has publicly revealed in 2011 would, according to the Congressional Budget Office, increase the deficit by $26 billion this year, $83 billion next year, and $2.7 trillion over the next decade.
So Obama hasn’t left Washington DC in eighteen days? Have the media begun using graphics saying, “President Held Hostage, Day 18? yet? My goodness, expecting a President to stay in Washington while Congress is in session and a situation which the President himself calls a crisis is so onerous as to defy imagination!
The Age of Napoleon, p. 541 95.6 miles sunny, nice
142 recordings of 59 types.
Rasmussen: -17: 45/54.
We went to Mass as usual, then stopped at the store to pick up some snack food in order to get a free dozen eggs. Then Rich took Pharaoh to the kennel while I finished my packing. And we were off!
I drove. The first stop was at a cache in Lodi that fit into a challenge: also part of a series I really enjoy. This one was the same, a bolt on a rusty chain that had no function where it was. I started to unscrew the bolt, and sure enough, it was hollowed out with a logsheet inside. Yay!
Next stop, Bass Pro, because my moccasins are beginning to fall apart. While I was at it, I got a new pair of sandals, too. And we found a couple of long-sleeve t-shirts for Rich. Excellent. We also found a cache outside.
On the road again, with the next stop being on highway 140, a huge memorial to George Hicks Fancher. The name of the cache is "but was he worth it?" You would wonder because all it says is his name and birth and death dates.
Then I drove on into Mariposa and we checked into our motel. Since this was about 4, we had time to go caching through town. There was one really close to the motel, then one along the creek walkway. Then we found one outside the Mariposa History Museum and also we looked at everything that was outside. Wednesday morning we'll look inside. Then we figured the chamber of commerce would be closed at 6 PM on a Sunday, but at least we could check it out. It turns out they're open! This cache was a lockbox on the wall, with the combination on the cache page. I left a travel bug and looked at a lot of them. The one I chose to take, the Czech medallion, the owners want back. Darn it.
We had a great dinner at the Red Fox Restaurant. I couldn't have the tapioca I asked for, because it was old, so I had the blackberry cobbler and I may never order blackberry cobbler again, since never again will it measure up to this. Yum. It was all I could do to keep from licking the plate.
OK, it was still light, so we drove up the road toward Yosemite and looked for some caches. We got three out of the four we looked for. Then it was getting dark, time for bed.
The morning started with WATER. Rich had gotten up in the middle of the night, and the toilet was running. I heard it, but was too tired to cope. Then I went outside to take a couple of pictures of the night-blooming cereus and discovered the hose had sprung a leak and we had a geyser spraying the back part of the house. I checked in the storage/hoarder room, and fortunately, no leak. Still on autopilot, I put too much water into the coffee maker and I had to dip it out with a tablespoon: a full cup worth.
Eyes finally open, I went to Mass and then to our friend's booth at a craft-and-rummage-sale. I got a present for VinceNik, and then found a whole lot of Duplo. My final big buy was a Base Ten Cuisinaire set which B. should be able to use home-schooling the littles.
Rich didn't feel the need to go back to the craft fair, so I thought I was done for the day till I saw that Lowe's was offering vinyl tile at 4/$1. Hey! We could do a temporary fix of the bathroom floor for that. The tiles are beginning to come up, and it appears there's a tiny seep from the toilet seal. We don't have the time for a complete re-do of the bathroom, which is what it needs, but it's third or fourth priority. So a cheap fix that'd hold for a couple of years would be just the thing. So off we went to Lowe's, and of course that tile wasn't in. However, at full price it's 28 cents a tile, so we could afford the difference. Rich would also like to cover the new closet, but for 6 tiles we could pick something expensive.
Then the day went downhill. I poured out a bowl of goldfish crackers and fixed up a glass of ice cubes and poured my Pepsi into the goldfish. After I took the second load of wash out of the washer and put it into the freshly emptied drier I almost rewashed the drier load. I nearly knocked my laptop to the floor. So I was already distraught when Rich asked if tonight's meal was the last of the barbeque tri-tip. I said there was another pack in the freezer and he said "oh, goodie" in a sarcastic manner. I know his taste buds are off, I know he never liked barbeque, but I'm doing the best I can.
I went for a walk. Pharaoh was happy.
To cap it all, I apparently saved this in the wrong format and have to rewrite it from s p a c e d - o u t text. (Twice. I had to change the file name, since the original will NOT save correctly. This is the THIRD time I've written this.)
[at Fox News] Ideology trumps factuality. And major Republican figures, including possible contenders for the party's presidential nomination, are hired as "commentators". Indeed, its specific genius has been to turn propaganda into a popular and financial success.
This somehow is different from, say, MsNBC or CNN?
Fox News, America's most popular news channel: too many people want what the News Corporation has been offering.
The Democrat position is: You guys always complain that we spend spend spend like there’s (what’s the phrase again?) no tomorrow, so be grateful that we’re now proposing to spend spend spend spend like there’s no this evening. ...in essence the spenders are negotiating among themselves how much debt they’re going to burden you with. It’s like you and your missus announcing you’ve set your new credit limit at $1.3 million, and then telling the bank to send demands for repayment to Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s kindergartner next door. ...When the 44th president took office, he made a decision that it was time for the already unsustainable levels of government spending finally to break the bounds of reality and frolic and gambol in the magical fairy kingdom of Spendaholica ...I don’t mean that an American government that raises $2 trillion but spends $4 trillion has outspent America, but that it’s outspent the planet. ...Oh, don’t worry, says Barack Obluffer. To demonstrate how serious he is, he’s offered to put on the table for fiscal year 2012 spending cuts of (stand well back now) $2 billion. That would be a lot in, say, Iceland or even Australia. Once upon a time it would have been a lot even in Washington. But today $2 billion is what the Brokest Nation in History borrows every ten hours. In other words, in less time than he spends sitting across the table negotiating his $2 billion cut, he’s already borrowed it all back. A negotiation with Obama is literally not worth the time. ...His name was Obamandias, King of Kings. Look upon his works, ye mighty, and despair. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away.
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the BlessedVirgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, The Yosemite, John Muir, The Yosemite Handbook, Phil Frank.
Bernadette took Gareth to the State Fair today while I babysat Joanna. I had it all set up for just her, but Bernadette came over right after dropping Rob off. It worked out well, though, once I convinced Gareth to leave the pocket door shut. I had to get both of them out of the bathroom at one point, but after that all was well. Nice to have a chance to talk to B., too.
Joanna only cried a second when they left. After a little while playing, she seemed to think she was tired, so I put her into the crib, where she alternated playing and lying down for about half an hour before crashing for 90 minutes.
Joanna didn't like the frog sippy cup. I discovered, in fact, that at this point she doesn't like sippy cups, at least not for milk. Once I put it into a converted bottle she scarfed the milk down.
And then we played. She had special fun with the toy stove Rich made for Bernadette when she was this age. They all love it, especially putting everything into the microwave. Tickle me Elmo needs new batteries, and we had a long conversation about that.
I had her ready to go when Bernadette and Gareth returned. He had a butterfly tattoo, most unusual for him. He also had a water cycle bracelet he'd "made." Bernadette says he liked the puppet show, too. He's growing up!
Tonight we went to see The Producers, Rich griping the whole way. He's right, though, Mel Brooks's adolescent humor gets old rather quickly. The actors were great fun, however. We had the champagne party afterwards. And so home.
1.) Will the GOP call Obama’s bluff? — That’s the big question on the debt-ceiling debate, now that he’s shown everybody what a tough guy he is. As Hot Air’s Allahpundit asks: “If default would be a catastrophe, why is Obama opposed to a short-term deal that would avert it? … To put it another way, is there any policy reason why Obama won’t agree to a short-term deal, or is this really as horribly cynical as it looks — that he simply refuses to do anything that might complicate his reelection campaign, even if that means a default by the United States?” As usual, Obama’s plan depends on his supporters being ignorant dupes. So far they’ve come through for him, but that might be changing.
11 a.m., the mother of all distributive-justice lectures happens at the White House. He did warn Cantor not to call his bluff, that he’d take his case to the American people rather than do something crazy like agree to a deal that would solve this problem for the country but inconvenience him personally. And now a terrible thought occurs to me: What if he holds a presser every day until August? What if he resolves to take to the air every morning for the next three weeks and riff about corporate jets until the GOP caves? Second look at tax hikes? ...Would a guy who refuses to sign a short-term deal that would end the debt-ceiling standoff purely because it complicates his reelection campaign really dare urge Republicans to “behave in the interest of the American people”? Oh yes, my friends. Yes indeed.
An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course And no one can talk sense to an insufferable ass, of course And especially, of course, if the insufferable ass is the famous Barack Obama
Go right to the source and ask the insufferable ass He’ll give you the answer that deceivers will endorse He’s always on a dissemblers course Talk to Barack Obama
Barack Obama just yakkity yaks a streak and wastes your time of day Does any sane person even believe anymore a single thing he has to say?
An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course And this one’ll talk in prevaricating circles til his voice is hoarse You never heard of a talking insufferable ass?
Jim Treacher: 80% of Americans think Obama just makes $#!+ up as necessary to get through the next five minutes. After five minutes, he starts all over.
Lincoln T: Yup. There are lies and then there are "lies". This one about 80% of Americans wanting the Govt to take more of their money falls into the "so stupid that not even Mother Jones readers would buy it" category. The man needs to quit his bitching, quit pretending that borrowing money is a way out of debt and basically quit being himself. Nobody believes you, Barack, so you might as well just shut up.
Jim Treacher: Obama says 80% of Americans want higher taxes, but what he failed to mention is that the other 35% want higher taxes too.
He Lies: Glenn Reynolds, thanks, who said: “I’m happy to call your bluff, Mr. President: I challenge you to introduce legislation raising taxes on 80% of Americans.”
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, The Yosemite, John Muir.
...also Monica and Mark's 15th anniversary, and our nephew Ken's 40th birthday.
On the other hand, the Bible contains much that is relevant today, like Noah taking 40 days to find a place to park. ~Curtis McDougal
The Age of Napoleon, p. 535 92.8 miles cool, cloudy in the morning
143 recordings of 65 types. 32% remaining.
Rasmussen: -12: 49/50.
T-shirt, Extra 1999 Bay to Breakers.
I'm beginning to get a little stressed, as there doesn't seem to be any day or two just to stay home! Today's activity was to cache in the Lodi area, mostly so as to deliver a travel bug to the owner of the original A&W Rootbeer. We started badly in Galt with a no-find and a "muggled out" but then things started to improve. In the end, we found 11 caches, had 5 no-finds and gave the cache to the owner, as seen on TV... (about minute 43.) He hasn't been caching for awhile, but he's left a really difficult only-found-once cache which seems like a great one if you're up to two-day hikes and altitude. And he did a lot of interesting caches with the Boy Scouts.
When we had too many DNFs at the end of the day, Rich called a halt.
I've named the Nook. I was thinking about famous libraries, but "Alexandria" is too much like the granddaughter, and Umburto Eco's library in The Name of the Rose is unnamed. Pratchett's librarian says "ook" (which rhymes with Nook) but the Unseen University Library itself doesn't have an interesting name. Suddenly I thought of my childhood library, the Carnegie Library. Yes! So the Nook's full name is Andrew Carnegie, but I'll call it Andrew. Or, maybe, if I'm feeling informal, Andy C. Today there are 82 items on it. (That's books or other documents, not the pictures I'm using for screensavers. I'm going to have to weed those out, probably, but I love every one.)
The Crybaby President:
0bama is being asked to do his job, for the first time in his Presidency (or actually, his whole political career) and he doesn't like it. He storms out.
As for what he means by “going to the American people,” I don’t want to get my hopes up but we might be in store for another 45-minute lecture tomorrow morning about corporate jets.
“Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this.” Really? Then Obama will be in for a very rude awakening when he finally meets the American people: ...The people have been taking it to Barack Obama since the midterm elections. Maybe he should do less stomping and a lot more listening.
Bonus Obamateurism: Whose idea was it at the White House to start whining about Eric Cantor’s manners as a reason for Obama’s fit of petulance? If he can’t handle Eric Cantor without losing it, just how can we trust him to deal maturely with foreign leaders who might harbor actual animus towards American and Obama?
I have a dream, that some day politicians will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the thinness of it. backwoods conservative on July 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM
When your community organizer skills fail, all you have left is your true character. Barack Obama- a child playing dress-up. Maybe we should start calling him “The Peter Pan President.” He just won’t grow up. Beaglemom on July 14, 2011 at 8:20 AM
Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m gonna go eat some arugula. viking01 on July 14, 2011 at 8:24 AM
"I see under no circumstances unless it was a political decision that the administration would refuse or withhold Social Security checks because there are sufficient receipts,” Huelskamp says in the video.
However, PBHO has said that ag subsidies would continue to be funded even if he had to pay them out of his own pocket. Oldsters? You people will be pushed into the Snake River to form the world’s first human-corpse bridge. --Bishop on July 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM
The alphabet networks will be sure to provide full coverage of this exchange the latest news about Prince William and his new bride whats-her-face meeting J-Lo.---Bishop on July 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM
The only 3 reasons He needs.---Lily on July 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM
Boiled down a bit: Because no one has the testicular structure to stand up to our treasonous punk of a president.
We’ll soon see the destructive power of affirmative action run amok, I think….
MrScribbler on July 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM
In other words, if expenses (to the Government) exceed revenues, and the Government can no longer borrow, it’s Treasury which decides who gets paid and who doesn’t. Is Obama willing to throw 47 million Grandmas and Grandpas over the cliff to pay for his Porkulus and ObamaCare and Green Energy and Government Motors Bailouts and other wasteful spending?
Maybe not…which is why perhaps he should be put to the test…what ARE his spending priorities if he can’t borrow?
Steve Z on July 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM
I’m ripped by the utter failure of this president to act like a president of all the people of this country. When he was elected we were all asked to forget partisan politics and give him a chance. That lasted 2 days. He has done nothing but implement one socialist program after another. Now he insults seniors, vets and our military by threatening to with hold checks in Aug. Makes me wonder what he has up his sleeve for the next year and a half.
The Won/The Waah just does not work well with others.
saltineamerican says: July 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM
It is the role of the person in charge to set a tone of respect and cooperation in business meetings. Anyone who has been any kind of supervisor picks up on this pretty fast or they are no longer in charge. I don’t think Obama could run a work crew at McDonald’s successfully (though while a lot of eighteen year olds sure can!)
Because twenty years from now, we’re going to look back on this time as a glorious idyll in American politics, with a confident, intelligent, fascinating president riding the surge of his prodigious talents from triumph to triumph. Whatever happens this fall or next, the summer of 2011 is the summer of Obama.
If anyone ever writes anything like this about you, I have some suggestions.
1) Stay clear of being alone with them under any circumstances. 2) Don’t eat or drink anything they might have handled. 3) Avoid situations where they know a place you might be traveling alone.
Following this advice, should you ever be in this situation, might help avoid you waking up tied to a bed with both your ankles broken “so you can’t escape from their love for you”.
There’s a fine line between love and crazy stalker obsession… and Stephen Marche has crossed not just the line, but the horizon behind it.
Last quarter Obama had 552,000 donors. In that same time, the economy only created 260,000 jobs. Perhaps it is time the President stopped worrying about his Presidency and started worrying about the economy.
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the BlessedVirgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, The Old GodsWaken, Manley Wade Wellman.
Pagan came over today. He took me to lunch at the Roseville Squeeze Inn. This time I noticed all the toothpicks on the ceiling. I assume people are using their straws as blow guns.
Then we went thrift shopping. I was after the stock pot, and lo, Pagan is the Thrift Shop Guru. He took me to the Salvation Army shop, and not only did I find the stock pot, but also some kiddie plates and a really cute frog sippy cup. At a different store I got Big Bird's Big Book which Gareth ought to enjoy. It was a totally enjoyable day.
ESMcHugh says: July 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM Obama’s reelection speech: “As a candidate in 2008, I threw my own (racist) grandmother under the bus. While negotiating to raise the debt ceiling, I threw your grandmother under the bus. If reelected, I will throw the rest of your family under the bus.”
In times of great crisis, real leaders rise to the occasion with powerful words of courage and inspiration. "Ask not what your country can do for you," "Nothing to fear but fear itself," "Tear down this wall," "I can hear you and the rest of the world hears you," and now, as our nation stands at the edge of a financial and social catastrophe..."Eat our peas."
Only Time for Small Ball Even if Obama negotiated in good faith, we’d need the rest of the summer to hammer out the language, review it, and pass it. The answer to that is simple: pass a 90-day deal to extend the debt ceiling for breathing room. Obama flatly refuses to do so, which is why it’s fairly obvious that he’s either negotiating in bad faith, delusional, or both. ...It seems very clear that these issues won’t get resolved by the present administration. The responsible action would be to secure American credit for the next two years and take it to the voters in 2012, with the burden on those who failed so badly to negotiate in good faith that they wouldn’t even put their own best proposal on the table.
Gregg Bick This man had two years of free reign when he came in but now that he faces a little adversity trying to push his asinine agenda he throws a temper tantrum like a 2 year old. %&$# him, %&$# the idiots who support him and %&$# the ones that voted for him that don't regret it...they can all keep walking.
Jim Treacher Obama: Don't call my bluff. Cantor: Heh. Do you realize what you just did there? Obama: I... You... I don't like you! [stomps out]
Jim Treacher Note to President Genius: If you're bluffing, try not to let on that you're bluffing. That's why it's called bluffing. Hope that helps, champ!
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the BlessedVirgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, The Old Gods Waken, Manley Wade Wellman, Don Quixote.
0bamateurism of the Day when a president tips his hand this early on what his tax policy will be if re-elected. Thankfully, Barack Obama is a special kind of President — the one who doesn’t get his brain engaged before his jaw when speaking extemporaneously, emphasis mine: ...“So, when you hear folks saying ‘Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.’ Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years.”
T-shirt, UW dinosaur museum.
I'm getting so far behind with this journal! Every time I get close to catching up, I miss a day and it all goes to heck again.
Picture from Glacier Park. Oh, the Going to the Sun highway was closed when we would have been there anyway. If we were able to do that road trip in 2013, I might have to turn it around, the north route going east and the more north route going west.
Bernadette thought she had a meeting today but it had happened yesterday. However, she wanted to order the reunion pictures and do some color correction (and, I hope, changing Monica's head on one of them: she was the only one squinting and everyone else looked good, and on the next picture she looked great and the rest of us, not so much.) Therefore, I babysat. Before she left in the morning we watched UP. I haven't seen it since we went to the theater, and I spied a whole bunch more things this time through. Ice cream at Fenton's, for instance. Rich went there with the Boy Scouts but Ive never been. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie the second time through.
The kids were good. Joanna had a 90-minute nap. She'd cried all of 30 to 60 seconds when Mommy left. And Bernadette got back earlier than I'd figured. So all was well.
Peas? Band-Aids? Dismissing the American people as children should carry a huge price — one I hope he pays on November 6, 2012.
Old School Conservative says: July 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM
There are two reasons only ObamaRx wants a long term deal. (1) The cuts Dimocrats always propose in these debacles are 8 or 10 years out. Then they never happen. (2) First and foremost in ObamaRx’s mind is the 2012 election. He doesn’t want the budget millstone hanging around in October of 2012.
Everything else is just fluff.
Cheri Crawford Posted ~ "A woman who was pro-choice asked a mother, “How can you allow children to see those horrible pictures (of aborted fetuses)?” The pro-life mother asked her, “How can you allow children to become those horrible pictures?”"
The cleaners came, but they were very late. Turns out I could have done Library Day after all. I had moved the microwave cart out so that they could clean the floor and the side of the stove. (I did the wall behind the cart.) They pushed it back themselves.
It still only took an hour. They'd left some soap residue on the side of the stove, but I had no trouble wiping it down. The funny thing was the radio was on, on a Spanish music station. I tried to turn it off and it didn't... hmmm, maybe the wrong button, so I hit the other one, and got a Spanish talk show. It still wouldn't turn off.... Mercedes of the magic fingers turned it to Spanish and perpetual? No, I finally saw the "sleep" button and that worked.
Meanwhile, I finished a paper box, one from 1989-1991. Amazing the things I kept.
when people described Obama as exceptional, this isn’t quite what we thought they meant. Barry’s exceptionally sleazy, incompetent, lazy, hypocritical, and corrupt. AZCoyote on July 11, 2011 at 8:17 AM
Rule 1: Rules are for the little people. Rule 2: Everyone but Obama is “little people.” (Could also be said about ethics, integrity, and a great many other things.) NeighborhoodCatLady on July 11, 2011 at 8:09 AM
John Allcott: It's hypocrisy because just yesterday he said this: “It’s my hope that everybody is going to leave their ultimatums at the door, that we’ll all leave our political rhetoric at the door." Leave political rhetoric at the door, except about holding guns to folks' heads, right? And it's hypocrisy because Obama gave us the tax breaks for corporate jet owners in that $800 billion 'stimulus' that didn't stimulate anything but paybacks for political allies. And it's hypocrisy because it's largely his fault oil is so expensive. And it's hypocrisy because Obama has been totally absent from budget talks for months, only inserting himself at the last minute.
Because we went to Mass last night I got to just veg this morning, and then we had Gareth for the afternoon. He played with Thomas quite a bit, and his little cars, and books. I read him Go Dog Go and he read some of it himself. When we were looking at a book with flaps I was asking "what's under the G? Is it Gareth? No, it's a goose!" and I asked about the J. So that reminded him. "Joanna. Go back home now." Oops. Rich was out mowing the lawn, but was nearly done. We took him back about a half hour earlier than I'd planned.
Ah, yes, what a predicament the lefties find themselves. To maintain GWB as the Worst. President. Ever. requires throwing O overboard. To save O’s bacon means acknowledging the competency of W. What a pickle they talked themselves into. Time to get the popcorn, gonna be a long 16 months ahead.
Hot Air: James Pethokoukis published an e-mail he received from Capitol Hill describing the offer as “beyond bizarre”:
Their fierce insistence on higher taxes is beyond bizarre. After months of demanding ‘clean’ increase to avert economic calamity (default), WH threatens economic calamity (default) unless they get economic calamity (trillions in tax hikes). No wonder these guys are governing over an economic calamity (9.2% & growth malaise), w/ an economic calamity on the horizon (debt explosion as mapped out in president’s budget).
Sarah Palin: To paraphrase Hemingway, people go broke slowly and then all at once. We’ve been slowly going broke for years, but now it’s happening all at once as the world’s capital markets are demanding action from us, yet Obama assumes we’ll just go borrow another cup of sugar from some increasingly impatient neighbor. We cannot knock on anyone’s door anymore. ...President Obama’s solution to everything is to grow government by borrowing more money, spending more money, printing more money, and taxing our job creators. He once said that he “believes in American Exceptionalism…just as the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism.” Well, the path he has us on will make us just as “exceptional” as Greece – debt crisis, stagnation, permanent high unemployment, and all.
(Morrissey) The Obamas have fought a public battle against childhood obesity. It’s time that they start dealing with federal-government obesity. Time to cut off the sugar instead of accepting the idea that all we need is a trillion more donuts for government to finally start its diet.
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the BlessedVirgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Righteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart, The Old Gods Waken, Manley Wade Wellman, Don Quixote.
I'm .6 pounds up this week, with low blood pressure. The wound on my arm is getting smaller and less red, looking better.
T-shirt: 99 Bay to Breakers.
Yesterday, I also discovered that there's a Free on Friday book for the Nook. I have loaded up so many free books at this point I'll never be able to finish.
Busy and fun day today!!! The National Model Railroad Association Convention was in town, and I'd put the show onto the calendar months and months ago. Rich wanted to go see, so we went down on light rail, missing our stop (sidetracked by looking at Jim-Denny's, with new owners).
What a great show. We started with seeing the Thomas exhibit, then worked our way to the Lego (oh my goodness, the Lego!) And all the beautiful layouts. Rich was wishing he could get back to it. I was wishing the back area was cleaned out enough so he'd have room to set up something permanent and play. Yeah, I'll have to get serious about it.
We got an extendible magnet and an extendable mirror for geocaching, and then I drooled in the Thomas store. I got a Thomas and a Sodor caboose (which plays the theme song) for 20% off. Totally fun.
When we got home, Rich took a nap and I went off to the library for a family program on "chocolate." We played a "Garibaldi" (which was "Facts in Five" in my youth) and I got a candy bar. Then we played bingo with Hershey's kisses and got to keep the kisses, and then we made chocolate. It was a very pleasant hour and I didn't worry about Rich once.
This evening we went over to church and then to the Filipino dinner. Saw a lot of people we knew and had great conversations (and good food.) Definitely a nice day.
Ira says: July 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM maybe some day, someone will explain how a 38 watt bulb that costs 6 dollars and contains a toxic heavy metal is superior to a 60 cent 40 watt bulb that you can just toss into the trash along with bottles, cans, chicken bones, used napkins, and the NY Times.
Old School Conservative says: July 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM Howdy, Ira. I posted on this a few days ago – USEPA in its infinite wisdom has declared that residential trash can contain the mercury that is in the CFL’s. They are OK with millions of them going into landfills, but a coal fired power plant can’t let a pound a year get into the air, according to them.
I forgot to mention writing "dust me" in the dust atop one of the stoves at Fryes. Like Phyllis Diller said, "if the kids can write 'dust me' on the tables, don't let them write the year."
And, speaking of domesticity: There's a recipe for zucchini pickles I want to try... BUT. I used to have a deep stock pot, but knew I'd never need it and gave it to St. Vincent de Paul. I've been asking around about borrowing one, but so far no luck.
The State Fair food of the Year is maggots covered with cheese on a bun. No thank you. I often want to try the weird food, but not this year! (We're skipping the Fair anyway this year. I'll babysit Joanna so B. can go with Gareth if she'd like to.)
I got family pictures onto the Nook and have discovered that keeping it on doesn't use power, since eInk is not LCD. (And yes, I can read it outside, which is wonderful!)
Too bad Mark Dayton isn’t running for national office. Otherwise, I’d love to see Chris Wallace ask Dayton the “flake” question after Dayton’s explanation of the American Revolution to Minnesotans last week, an explanation that went largely unnoticed.
Chemo day, and to our relief, Rich's blood count numbers, while low, were high enough so he could get his treatment today. You would think with all the sausage and beef I've been giving him, his red blood count would be higher.
He felt well enough to go out and weed today. The slightly cooler weather is helping, plus he's feeling better.
I was determined to succeed with getting dinner at a mobile food truck, so went over to the traveling festival (which was actually in the city limits, though they may not have realized it.) I went over early to be sure I wouldn't have to stand in line too long, and as it happened, there were only two trucks, and I was first in line at the one I wanted.
Drewsky's makes variations of grilled cheese (I had a pulled pork and mac-and-cheese, very good) and I will want to try them again. Rich of the weird chemo taste buds made do with some frozen burritos, and then our neighbor brought over a killer cheesecake. Oh my goodness.
Obama, just like union teachers across the country, has been cheating on his tests. Roy Rogers on July 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM
Wow. He’s failed miserably in every respect if that was his motivation for running. I wish he’d be honest and just admit he ran for President because he got bored with being in the Senate after 2 years and wanted to stroke his own massive ego by ascending to the most powerful office in the world. You can tell by his performance thus far that he doesn’t give a damn about doing any actual work. Doughboy on July 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM
T-shirt of the day: 1997 B2B. I'm starting the third cycle for this summer.
4 years ago we were visiting in Illinois. We went to Springfield and I think we spent more time in the Illinois Senate chamber (we got to go onto the floor with our docent) than Barak 0bama did. I just thought, at the time, that he was pretty silly to think he could be President since he was so young and inexperienced.
Rich felt up to running a couple of errands today. We went to Fry's and got a new toaster. It's exactly like the old one (a Presto 4-slice) but on this one the springs work. Suddenly last week the old one started not keeping the bread down unless you stood there and held it down.
Then we worked our way over to Barnes&Noble (sorry, Bernadette (she used to work at Borders)) by way of a couple of geocaches. We didn't find one of the three we looked for and it was beginning to get hot, so we stopped that and found B&N.
I walked in, looked at a poster about the Nook and went to the nearby counter..."are you the Nook counter?" The longest time I spent (while he was finding a key to get the Nook out) was to figure out which cover I wanted. I finally settled on a two-tone green and blue. For $30, this is a major decision. Then I listened to the talk about the two year warranty and opted for that (since I do drop things, and I do have grandchildren who are good at pouring Coke on things). And I paid and left. The whole thing took maybe 10 minutes.
And I had some trouble registering it, but saw the solution on-line and got it registered, copied about 30 books over, and here we go! This is fun.
Ed Morrissey on California's priorities: Your budget was rejected by Senate 97-0 & Dems haven’t produced budget in 790+ days. Where is your economic plan? #AskObama
The Endless Crusades. The irony is that Bono and his defenders, for all their good intentions, fail to see the deep and lasting harm they do to Africa when they lobby Western governments to bail out and boost up the Dark Continent. In the unexpressed but implicit worldview of Bono, Africans are helpless children, unaccountable for their own actions and in need of salvation from superior and compassionate Westerners. Bono wants us — the taxpayers of the West — to eradicate AIDS in Africa, when if they cared to do so Africans themselves could easily do so by embracing a culture of monogamy and responsibility, and it wouldn’t cost ONE red cent. But don’t hold your breath.
My view is that Africans, like all human beings, are responsible for their own actions. The corruption and misery in Africa is a direct result of African behavior, and will only change when Africans alter it.
J.E. Dyer. California, for example, could close much of its budgetary gap with breathtaking speed and efficiency if it merely did three things: opened up its coast for offshore drilling; eliminated its alternative-energy policies; and favored delivering water for human use over actively preventing its delivery.
T-shirt, the mall walks one, the end of the cycle again.
The neighborhood near Presentation has flags on all the utility poles. It looks great.
Rich seems to feel a little better today.
I decided to try plum jam again, as the Raley's magazine had a neat plum-rosemary jam recipe. The last time I tried this (long LONG ago) the stuff didn't jell. It didn't this time either. I cooked for 90 minutes instead of the 60 as in the recipe, but apparently it still wasn't long enough. Oh, well. At least now I have cheesecloth and some new jars. I have to find my taller stock pot and get bigger jars for zucchini pickles.
I am sooooo not ready for any cooking competition. My signature dish is, I guess, canned shrimp in cocktail sauce on an avocado half.
I'm totally astounded by the Casey Anthony verdict. I guess you can't convict someone for inappropriate behavior.
Laramie is having Frontier Days and apparently now has a "Birthday of Freedom" celebration in Washington Park every July 4.
And by president, I mean the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, who visited Camp Leatherneck somewhere in the boonies of Afghanistan.
From Prime Minister David Cameron: “It may be a bit odd for a British PM to say happy Fourth of July. Maybe if one of my predecessors hadn’t screwed up so badly, we’d all be one army.”
Meanwhile, sad news for our real president, Barack Obama.
From Politico: “FORE-TH OF JULY: President Obama didn’t make the first on the Fourth of July – the muggy skies resulted in the president canceling his golf game at Andrews AFB on Monday.”
---mike from nc says: July 5, 2011 at 8:09 AM
Can you imagine the active duty and retired military personnel stationed at or living around Andrews AFB who play golf on the weekends who now have to put up with the President hogging tee times for his weekly round of golf.
T-shirt... first the one from the flag picture, then the Tea Party Patriots one. (I discovered the first one was dirty.)
Long, dull, depressing day. I've definitely had better Independence Days. Novato, with its parade and the Bassett Waddle. San Jose, in Monica's neighborhood, where the various cohorts of kids ride bikes or in cars with their moms, and families make floats. Snohomish with the block party to end all block parties. Even Steamboat Springs in 1976.
ALL we (I) did was put out the flags. And watch a bunch of patriotic movies. And go to bed early.
I did do some research, and found out that George Washington's step-great-granddaughter married Robert E. Lee! (I'm sure everyone else knew that, but it was news to me.)
More. I like the side note of sending Nanny Bloomberg a picture of you eating a hot dog.
Instapundit has more: PERHAPS NANNY BLOOMBERG SHOULD TURN HIS ATTENTION FROM TRANS-FATS FOR A MOMENT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS: Chaos on Christopher: Iconic Village stretch overrun by drug dealers, prostitutes, violent youths. “I’ve never seen it like this. Fifteen years ago, you could walk down the street and you wouldn’t have to worry about getting mugged on your way home.”
Meh, who am I kidding? He can’t even deal with the bedbug problem.
(This wouldn't be a problem under Giuliani. And I just hope Monica and crew avoid the bedbugs.)
They may be carrying birtherism a little far, but the rest of this is spot-on.
I went to Mass by myself at 7:30. Checked with a friend's son to find out how she's doing. And when I got home I vacuumed and got ready for Gareth! It's been too long.
I put some water into the tadpole aquarium so that it'll be easier for Rich to clean out if he ever feels up to it, and discovered a frog! It was browner than the others have been. Obviously, the disappeared tadpole was still in the tank. I finally caught it and put it out in the hydrangea, an area that gets water every day, which is certainly necessary in this heat. I sure hope some of these guys make it, though I haven't heard or seen any sign of them this last month. Come to think of it, we used to hear them from the creek every spring, and haven't heard that for awhile. Maybe we don't go outside enough.
Bernadette arrived with The Boy about noon, and chatted for awhile then left for work. I gave him manicotti and a plum for lunch. He didn't eat as much as in the past, must be over whatever growth spurt that was (and it's too hot.) I gave him the last of our milk in a dinosaur cup (because I had left some milk in the glass I usually use, in the fridge, ick.) "It's an allosaurus." I told him. He looked at it, and then proceded to look at all the other things that are print in the kitchen, like my waistpack, and the blood pressure monitor box, and suchlike. Then he said "allosaurus. A-L-L-O-S-A-U-R-U-S. California." Sure enough, the next line was the "California Academy of Science."
Then he played with the toy cars, and the train, and in the playroom, and kept coming back to books, though he didn't have me read to him too often. When we were doing the dinosaur books, he was looking at the pictures and said "allosaurus" and "pterosaur" (great, he'll know "p" makes a "T" sound.) I'd hoped to get that on the movie, but not so much.
We tried the potty a couple of times, without success. I took him home about 4. He's talking in sentences now. "I go back home now?" "Yes, but Nana has to put on shoes to drive." "Drive the Ford." "Right. I'm putting on my shoes so I can drive the Ford to take you home." This time he was subdued but didn't actually go to sleep on the way home.
Then I took in the Fisher-Price motorcycle which Gareth has been ignoring. Joanna just lit up! She was so excited! She got on it and looked over her shoulder at me and sort of waved... "you're welcome," I said. That was nifty! It was so nice to see the kids after 10 days!
Don L says: July 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM
Gee, why does the left hate Nixon? He ended LBJ’s illegal war, opened the west to Communist China, kept an enemies list like Obama, took us off the gold standard killing our dollar as has Obama, and sent his goons to break law in order to beat them at politics. Oh yeah, he too was as transparent as Obama with those missing 18 minutes of tape.
Then again, his attorney general wasn’t as unpatriotic and lacking character as Obama’s.
Andrew X says: July 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM Remember remember remember remember….. Always remember….
If the left accuses the right of doing it, it means -
— They have done it in the past.
— They are doing it right now.
– It is exactly what they will do in the future if granted the power to do it.
.8 pound down, with nicely low blood pressure. (which won't stay low with stories like this!
Obama is ignoring all kinds of other laws anyway, is anyone surprised?
1) illegally stole GM from its bond holders and preferred stock holders 2) ignored a stay on the obama care implementation from a court 3) implemented the dream act by refusing to enforce our immigration laws 4) using the EPA to regulate all kinds of industry that Congress did not intend for the EPA to control 5) ignored a judge’s ruling to issue drilling permits faster 6) using the NLRB to interfere with private business decisions of corporations (boeing) 7) trying to back door card check through executive order
What have I left out? I am sure I only have half of his abuses listed here.
karenhasfreedom on July 1, 2011 at 11:57 PM
And if Obama loves being a dictator, he loves confronting his enemies even more. He wants to be in our faces and win. So I expect he will force us to either capitulate or walk away. Republicans will have to walk, because giving in after the 2010 mandate and Tea Party support would be equivalent to surrender for 2012 – why ever vote Republican again, right? But that’s what Obama is counting on.
Because if there’s no debt ceiling increase, the President gets to decide what doesn’t get paid. I don’t know if he will just directly retaliate against Republican districts and states, or try to turn public opinion against us by cutting off Grandma’s SS checks, but he will use that power like the Marxist totalitarian scum he is.
Adjoran on July 2, 2011 at 1:33 AM
Rich is under the weather. Just when I think things are getting better, they get worse. One step forward, two steps back. It's so disheartening. Yesterday he worked in the garden and got a lot done, and said when he came in that he felt maybe it would be good to overdo once in awhile. I guess not.
I used one of our delicious cabbages in a Polish sausage-cabbage-and potato dish. Yum. But Rich's taste buds are weird these days, so I'm really only cooking for myself.
I was leaving for church this morning, and out of the corner of my eye, I spied a dog run in front of the car. I stopped instantly. I came THIS close to running over Pharaoh. I blamed Rich, but he says he hasn't been through the gate for awhile, so we think maybe it was after the rain, the gate shrank a little and the dog managed to winkle it open. Scary!
I saw a number of my friends. Roni's classmate's mother, with the lymphoma, has lost her hair but is otherwise looking good. She says she's pretty good, and asked about Rich, yeah, he's pretty good as well. Another friend, who lives next door to the church, will be 90 next week. And another guy, one Rich used to help with maintenance as he's deathly afraid of heights, says he's OK, "still on the green side of the grass."
So I see movement out by the recycling can, and at first I thought it was a scrounger (they won't get much from us, we take the cans and bottles in ourselves.) No, it's the neighbor, putting stuff in our can again. At least it wasn't styrofoam this time!
So, I'm thinking about getting a Nook. But first, I've been playing with Nook for PC. They gave me Little Women and Pride and Prejudice and Dracula. The first two I've been wanting to re-read. I started with the intro to "Little Women." And immediately had some comments:
Latent homosexuality in Little Women? Oh, for God's sake. Jo is allowed to be a tomboy. Jo is a feminist, wants to be treated like a person, but that doesn't mean she prefers women. Glory.
And I *like* Jo's Mr. Baer. I knew someone locally who reminded me of him.
It could also have to do with the fact these government educated kids can not make change even with a cash register that tells them how much money to give in change? It could have to do with tattoos all over their body? It could have to do with every place on their face has piercing? It could also have to do they use ‘like’ every other word when talking to you? --letget on July 1, 2011 at 3:02 PM
The other not-so-unintended consequence – when traditional employers of teens (landscapers, etc) can’t afford to hire a teen above-board, they’re going to hire an illegal under-the-table and below minimum wage. crazy_legs on July 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM
I own a landscaping business. I don’t hire teens because they’ve become lazy and only have one hand. The other hand is for texting. Knucklehead on July 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM
T-shirt: Instant Human, Just add Coffee. This garnered a number of comments both at church and at chemo.
We hoped that Rich would be able to have his chemo today, because I was going to the Retreat House and to say goodbye to Fr. David no matter what, and he'd have to wait for me: better to be getting the chemicals while I'm gone. Luckily, his blood count, while low, was in the range that they could give him the chemo. Meanwhile, Mass had its amusing moments, like when we prayed for St. Agnes in Louisville, which is where Fr. D. is going. At the end the song was about going forth to proclaim the Gospel, and it ended with "Go. Go. Go!" and all I could think about was Marvin K. Mooney. (Would you please go now?) Heh.
The food at the party was fantastic, french toast, quiche, bacon, meatballs, a pasta salad and oh the sweets. I took Rich a pecan thing I thought he might like. We were to bless Father David (he had a big bowl of holy water: in church he'd said there will be a lot of water to say goodbye properly and I pictured a dunk tank! I'll sure miss this guy, and they don't have enough priests to replace him: we'll get a part-timer whose main job is something else.
Back to the hospital, where parking was again at a premium, so I asked Mother Cabrini again... I really don't understand this, but it's always worked for me. In this case I was just in the right place to get a spot right in front of the hospital.
(I lost my favorite pair of glasses last week when Gabe and Eric were here, I should put St. Anthony on it...)
There was a lot of chitchat in the chemo room. One lady who's been a real firecracker was hoping this was the last chemo and that she could get her T-cell shot and get back to normal. She says she has no energy. Mighod, with her "lack of energy" I could get three times stuff done. Another guy is finishing up today, too. And I had a nice chat with the Aussie. So Rich's remaining hour went quickly.
This afternoon I took the boatman out of the tadpole tank and took it over to Chicken Ranch Slough at the nearby school. I put it into the creek... it was a little still though it did move a little. Back on the bridge I was looking at it when this pair of ducks went by. They didn't eat it. It wasn't moving much, so I hope it lives, but at least I didn't throw it into the grass with the rest of the water. There had been a tadpole with legs yesterday, but it's disappeared. I expected to release the last frog, but it either died or released itself, I guess. OK.
Jim Treacher: America: where if you work hard, take risks, and create jobs, someday you too can pay for other people's mistakes.
Ah, Chevrolet sponsors Men of a Certain Age. That's why they're selling so many cars. Gee, they didn't get closed down when the government took over. Definitely a fantasy show!
“I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin, who also is a senior political analyst for MSNBC, said on Morning Joe, referring to the President’s conduct during his press conference.
Halperin should be apologizing for a lack of imagination. He’s right in that the President acted like a pouting, sullen adolescent during the press conference, whining about having to answer for the constitutionality of sending men and women into combat without asking Congress for authorization. Obama bizarrely blamed the fiscal crisis on a small coterie of corporate-jet owners, a heretofore unknown juggernaut of economic destruction. Instead of acting presidential, Obama gave us a hissy fit for over sixty minutes. And the best Halperin can do is “dick”?
The Age of Napoleon, p. 427 89.7 miles partly cloudy
150 recordings of 82 types. 25% free.
Rasmussen: -16: 47/52.
T-shirt: 2003 B2B.
The first thing today was my doctor's visit. I'd made the appointment on Monday morning. I pictured a dermatologist referral, and possibly then a biopsy, before anything was done. As I said on Facebook:
Asymmetric? Check. Borders irregular? Check. Color varied? No. Diameter bigger than a pencil eraser? Check. Elevated? Check. And...
Family history of skin cancer? Check. Fair complexion? Check (though a bit more olive than brother and sister.) History of sunburns? Check. Raised at altitude? Check.
In the event, I went in, the doctor came in, looked at it, said it was a pre-cancerous something and got some liquid nitrogen and froze it off. Currently, my arm looks worse, but I know it'll get better in a week or so and the bad stuff is gone. I sure wish it was that easy with Rich!
Also, she went over the results from the lab tests the last time. My cholesterol is good and glucose acceptable (though borderline high: I must start being good!) And my bone density is that of a 25 year old! That was a pleasant surprise!
Unless there's another problem, I'll see her in February. I am really pleased with this doctor!
So, with the day freed up, we went caching north of Woodland in order to get the last cache with "one" in the title to qualify for a challenge cache we already signed. And a few others, in the tiny towns of Yolo and Robbins and some of the country roads around. There's a lot of driving between, but we cleared out a big area. We had 14 finds (which with the challenge added 15 caches) and 2 no-finds. It wasn't too hot or too windy, just a pleasant day to cache. A nice day all around!
This is liberal speak for : surrender Obama was handed a victory in Iraq and did nothing but ignore it besides bragging about “brining the troops home”(under the SOFA agreement implemented by Bush)…. …..Iraq has deteriorated since. Then he sends a half-assed surge to Afghanistan(much lower than the maximum McCyrstal requested)…fires McCrystal…brings in Bush’s General Petraeus….and now surrenders there after spending years bragging about “winning the good war”…… Obama is the worst President in the History of this Nation. Baxter Greene on June 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM
In response to senators’ questions, McRaven said that “in many cases” prisoners captured in secret operations by Navy SEALs or the Army’s Delta Force are taken to a U.S. Navy ship until they can be tried in a U.S. court or transferred to the custody of an allied country. But if neither option turns out to be feasible, the prisoner is ultimately let go, he said.
You know, I'm absolutely HATING this administration.
Easier Headline: Great News: Obama has no idea what to do with _________” (fill in the blank). search4truth on June 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM
I wish someone would publish a pie chart as to the effects of various factors on global warming / cooling. I would like to see charted the effects of (a) solar activity, (b) volcanic eruptios, (c) effects of non-human lifeforms, (d) other geologic and ocean contributions, and (e) human activity and life. I have a hunch that all 6+ billion humans are maybe 1% of the cause, or to put it mildly, a very small tail on a very large dog. I would think that somebody has already done this research.
Treacher: Obama eats food the rest of us aren’t supposed to touch because we don’t know any better — Listen up, fatties! Take that plate of crap you call lunch and… um… let the President of the United States finish it. The Hill reports: “Obama might not want to tell First Lady Michelle Obama, who runs an anti-obesity campaign, that he ate at a place best known for serving mountains of greasy food… Obama’s motorcade made an unannounced visit to Ross’ Restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, one of the quad cities on the border of Illinois and Iowa… Ross’ restaurant is known for dishes called ‘Mountains’; their signature dish is the Magic Mountain: Texas grilled toast, hamburger meat, French fries or hash browns and cheese sauce… ‘Anybody who wants one, I will buy it for you,’ Obama said, according to the report. The president bought Magic Mountains for three customers in the restaurant, and brought four Magic Mountains and two Volcanos (the Magic Mountain with the addition of chili) back to traveling companions… Obama also challenged the accompanying members of the press to eat ‘the whole thing.’ He called them ‘chickens’ for not taking them up on the challenge.”
...6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Twitter feed — “Fear Bachman bc she is raising so much money. Anyone that inarticulate and full of s*** who is raising money that fast..is beholden to some mighty thuggish interests.” [Ed. note: Is Baldwin right? What do you think?]
Argh. The sixth circuit seems to be challenging the 9th for stupidest decisions.
A smart Republican would immediately introduce a bill requiring everyone to own a car. You don’t want a car? You don’t need a car? Too bad. The law says you have to have one. CurtZHP on June 29, 2011 at 1:21 PM
T says: June 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM “Joe Biden, the brains of the administration.”
Look, he did like 3 things, can't he finish his waffle? And just out of curiosity, how much time and effort did it take Obama to do bin Laden? It must have been the years of training to become a SEAL and weeks of mission prep plus a couple of days to fly over to Pakistan put a couple of caps in that SOB and fly back.
And he managed to fit that in between all his rounds of golf and 30 fundraisers around the country.
How about the part where President Pull-ups asserted how hard he'd been working on the deficit because he met with all the caucuses "for an hour to an hour and a half each." So... four caucuses--two for each house of Congress X 1.5 hours = 6 hours. Not even a full work day. And President Pull-ups thinks he's done all the work he needs to do on the deficit. Think about that. 6 hours. Whew! Hard at work. Hard at work. Has there ever been a lazier, more useless, do-nothing piece of shit leading any country EVER? Posted by: Warden at June 29, 2011 11:04 PM (VMPZa)
We’ve got to get this done. And if by the end of this week, we have not seen substantial progress, then I think members of Congress need to understand we are going to start having to cancel things and stay here until we get it done.
Look... if my 57 year old daughters can somehow get their homework done the day before it is due, the least you could do is make sure your kids' future is pissed away in debt to the Chinese by next week.
Posted by: King Barry I at June 29, 2011 11:15 PM (5wah8)
Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), The True Devotion to the BlessedVirgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Golden Hub Sacramento, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Righteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart, The Old Gods Waken, Manley Wade Wellman, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Don Quixote. Comment (0)
For me, 8.3 miles in June, 3.1 pounds up. Argh!!! 84 pages. Last month I read 4 books, went to 0 movies, 1 play, 10 Masses.
We found 34 caches last month, and we're at 7725. We're 218th in the world, and 15th locally (that will change if LilDevil actually ever logs his caches! (Like that'll ever happen!)).
I did no proofing at all last month. Again. At least I *looked* at a project. Maybe in July I'll actually tackle one. I'm in 1016th (out of 35904 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 872 pages proofed, 16th (out of 4254) in P2 with 23508 pages, 540th (of 891) in P3 with 469 pages and formatting 622nd place (3371) with 1020 pages. Every month I want to get back to this... this month I mean it!
In Flickr I have 40240 pictures, with 88461 views, and 185 sets to work on.
In Netflix, I watched disc 2 of Justified, season 1. I went a little wild with HBO and Showtime movies last weekend, but that'll go down soon and I'll be back at Netflix.