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Archive for 8 July 2008
Had to be swiped from The Cutting Edge.
How do you get this on your dashboard? INSIDE the car?
Why, you have one of these fly in the window of course!
What is it? And don’t tell me it’s a bird….. I can see that for myself! It’s a baby bird too. But what kind of baby bird?
The Mr was unloading some stuff from his car, came in to tell me, “Ya gotta see this”, and of course, whatever it was, I knew there had to be a picture involved. Yup! Sometimes, it’s good to be prepared.
The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category.
How would you rate the way Congress is doing its job?
You mean to tell me there is at least one person in this country who thinks this Congress is doing an “excellent” job? Call out the guys with the nets, cuz someone has escaped from the loony bin!
The percentage of Democrats who give Congress positive ratings fell from 17% last month to 13% this month. The number of Democrats who give Congress a poor rating remained unchanged. Among Republicans, 8% give Congress good or excellent ratings, up just a point from last month. Sixty-five percent (65%) of GOP voters say Congress is doing a poor job, down a single point from last month.
You’ve got to notice something….ANYTHING….when even your own party members think you suck! And I’d like to have a little chat with those Pubbies in that 8% category. Have y’all been awake for the last 18 months?
Just 12% of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11% to 13% throughout 2008. The majority of voters (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation to improve life in America.
Wait a minute? Did they actually DO something? When? Where was I? Oh…wait a minute, they did raise the minimum wage didn’t they, and in the process, raised the prices of services and goods. Way to go!
Voters hold little positive sentiment about the future. Just 41% find it at least somewhat likely that Congress will address important problems facing our nation in the near future, while 55% find this unlikely.
This particular Congress? Not a snowball’s chance! They are all too busy bashing the President, the troops, the country, and running for re-election to actually do their freakin’ jobs!
I’m tellin’ ya! Vote against every single incumbent on the ballot come November! EVERY SINGLE ONE!
H/T: No Silence Here
Of all the decisions the Mr and I have made, I think buying this place was the best decision ever. With the exception of the occasional view of the top of a semi on the other side of the berm, and the ever popular visitation of the EVIL FOWL, I don’t think I’ve lived anywhere I have enjoyed so much. The once ready to go anywhere ol’ broad prefers to stay right here.
This morning, I was watching six hawks….falcons (? whatever) soaring overhead. One would land, and another would take off. I think they were sharing a squirrel, cuz that’s the tree where they hang out. A little while later, I looked up to see ……..
…..LUNCH! Ok, so I’m not gonna shoot Bambi, or his siblings, but I have NO problem munching down on ‘em. Why won’t I shoot ‘em? Well, cuz right there on the other side of that hill looking thing, there’s a two lane highway. I’m fairly sure someone might get all bent out of shape if I missed, and I’m pretty sure I would.
The Mr and I finally got my much desired watermelon from a fella across from the flea market yesterday. I have been in watermelon heaven ever since! Much better than anything you can get in a grocery store, that’s for sure. He also had some of the juiciest peaches I have ever had! The type of peach, if you don’t stand over the sink, you’ll have it running down your chin and wearing it. OMG! YUM! He also had some tomatoes, but since neither of us much care for them, we passed. We probably should have gotten some, just on general principle.
Any cat people? I’d really like to know if this….
….is normal. I had to fight Hootie yesterday just to be able to cut some of the melon up for us. She was all over it. And now this? He was jumping up on my shoulder, trying to get to my plate while I was eating. He didn’t much want to wait his turn. I won in the end though. Now, Hootie is down there with HER face in the plate, finishing what little Mr Spot left. I’ve never had cats that would eat watermelon. Hmmm…
Back in January when Barack Obama pulled off his stunning win in the Iowa caucuses, and people were lining up in the cold and snow for hours just to get a glimpse of him, there was a wide and growing belief — encouraged to the max by the candidate — that something new in American politics had arrived.
Something new? No, the only thing different is the skin tone.
His brilliant, nationally televised victory speech in Des Moines sent a shiver of hope through much of the electorate. “The time has come for a president who will be honest about the choices and the challenges we face,” said Senator Obama, “who will listen to you and learn from you, even when we disagree, who won’t just tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to know.”
“Shiver of hope”? No, that was a snake wrapping around your neck, ever so slowly, starting to squeeze, cutting off the oxygen to your brain.
Only an idiot would think or hope that a politician going through the crucible of a presidential campaign could hold fast to every position, steer clear of the stumbling blocks of nuance and never make a mistake. But Barack Obama went out of his way to create the impression that he was a new kind of political leader — more honest, less cynical and less relentlessly calculating than most.
Oh paleeez! Politicians are just that – politicians. Poli: many. Tic: blood sucking. Politicians? Many blood sucking tics.
You would be able to listen to him without worrying about what the meaning of “is” is.
If the actual definition of the word “is” is an issue for you, then perhaps you shouldn’t be voting? Just a thought. Helpful hint: Third person singular present indicative of be.
One issue or another might not have made much difference. Tacking toward the center in a general election is as common as kissing babies in a campaign, and lord knows the Democrats need to expand their coalition.
But Senator Obama is not just tacking gently toward the center. He’s lurching right when it suits him, and he’s zigging with the kind of reckless abandon that’s guaranteed to cause disillusion, if not whiplash.
Shoot! I had whiplash before many in the media even noticed, caused, no doubt, by watching all the bowing a scraping done at the alter of B. Hussein.
So there he was in Zanesville, Ohio, pandering to evangelicals by promising not just to maintain the Bush program of investing taxpayer dollars in religious-based initiatives, but to expand it. Separation of church and state? Forget about it.
You would think that supposedly well educated people would KNOW there is no “separation” clause in the Constitution. sigh… Besides, I don’t know of one single TRUE evangelical who believes the state should take the place of their own giving. We give because it’s the right thing to do. The gubmint gives only because it takes away so much, folks might look askance at them if they didn’t shell out a buck or two, just to make themselves look good.
And there he was, in the midst of an election campaign in which the makeup of the Supreme Court is as important as it has ever been, agreeing with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas that the death penalty could be imposed for crimes other than murder. What was the man thinking?
I pray to the good Lord that this guy NEVER has to see the destruction of life because of a piece of garbage. Lives aren’t only lost to murder. Many children have been completely destroyed by those who Mr. Herbert seems to think have a right to life.
Thousands of Obama supporters flooded the site with protests over his decision to support an electronic surveillance bill that gives retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The senator had previously promised to filibuster the bill if it contained the immunity clause.
Knock knock! Excuse me. Let me interject a little tidbit here. Yeah, wire tapping granny giving out her famous peach pie recipe to her first cousin twice removed is a bit absurd. However, listening in to conversations between some slime ball in a terrorist run country and somebody in the US? Oh hell yeah!
There has been a reluctance among blacks to openly criticize Senator Obama, the first black candidate with a real shot at the presidency. But behind the scenes, there is discontent among African-Americans, as well, over Mr. Obama’s move away from progressive issues, including his support of the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutional right of individuals to bear arms.
Oh, I dunno. Larry Elder did a pretty good job of criticizing B. Hussein. Translation: progressive - the continued destruction of the Constitution of the United States, by any means necessary, to promote a socialist society.
Mr. Obama is betting that in the long run none of this will matter, that the most important thing is winning the White House, that his staunchest supporters (horrified at the very idea of a President McCain) will be there when he needs them.
He seems to believe that his shifts and twists and clever panders — as opposed to bold, principled leadership on important matters — will entice large numbers of independent and conservative voters to climb off the fence and run into his yard.
Principled? Oh fer the love of….. NO principle human being thinks that murdering unborn babies is a good thing. Ooops….sorry….talking about a Dhimmicrat here, aren’t we.
I need a few of these around the spread:
Anyone know where I can get one or 4?
Swiped from Texas Fred.
It may take three to nine months, but Starbucks in Downtown Jackson will close.
“The last day is not yet known,” said Lani Booker, manager of the downtown coffee shop, “but we are closing.”
Starbucks will lay off about 12,000 employees and close 600 stores nationwide, according to a company press release. None of the stores being closed are franchises or international stores. Only U.S. company-owned stores are among those being shut down, according to a Starbucks statement released to its individual stores.
Boo freakin’ hoo! Crappy overpriced coffee? I’m crushed. (insert MASSIVE sarcasm)
In a statement Tuesday on climate change, President Bush and the other G-8 leaders said they would work with other countries to “consider and adopt” the 50-percent reductions as part of the new United Nations treaty to be negotiated in Copenhagen at the end of 2009. The leaders made it clear in their statement that they expected developing countries such as China and India, whose economies are also major polluters, to play a role in reducing emissions.
I have a suggestion. How ’bout we duct tape every politicians mouth! That’ll cut “emissions” by a lot more than half! ESPECIALLY the Useless Numnuts! This isn’t about pollution, or CO2 (which we NEED btw). No, this is about control and money. He who has the money, controls. And they want YOUR money.
Even as the deal with the Iranian proxy militia, Hizbullah, gets underway, the Iranian Ambassador to the UN called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to assist Tehran in “returning the four diplomats” missing since the first Lebanon War in 1982. Iran has stated previously that it believes Israel is aware of the whereabouts and fate of four Iranian agents who were in Lebanon at the time. Israel has repeatedly stated that the four were killed by Christian militias. Israel is expected to pass on a report containing intelligence regarding the issue to Hizbullah as part of the ongoing ransom process.
On the other hand, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition by the families of 12 missing Iranian Jews to hold up the deal until information on their whereabouts is received.
Negotiating with terrorists, aka Iran’s lackeys, is probably one of the more confusing things Israel has done lately. BIG mistake. I understand the families want their loved ones back, but at what cost to Israel?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that the Fed should have additional powers to prevent and limit financial market turmoil.
Congress should consider giving the Fed power to set standards for capital liquidity holdings and risk management for investment banks, Bernanke said.
In the past, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been the primary regulator of broker dealers.
Personally, I think “the Fed” is one of the problems, NOT the solution! Aren’t they basically privately owned? So, why should they have control over national finances? They should be disbanded and we should return to the gold standard.
An Israeli-Arab terrorist group calling itself the “Free Galilee Brigades” (FGB) claimed responsibility for the deadly bulldozer attack in Jerusalem last week. In an interview with a London-based Arabic daily this weekend, a purported leader of the group claimed that FGB committed several other terrorist murders, threatened more attacks to come, and added that they are holding a female IDF soldier hostage.
I don’t know if this guy is just looking for attention, but I’ve no doubt the more the world whines at the “plight’ of these people, the more they’ll be emboldened to murder.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose overhauling U.S. bankruptcy laws to ease their impact on people unable to pay their bills because of medical expenses or military service.
“I’ll reform our bankruptcy laws to give Americans who find themselves trapped in debt a second chance,” Obama will say in prepared remarks for a town hall in Powder Springs, Georgia, which is outside of Atlanta.
“While Americans should pay what they owe and we should be fair to those creditors who were fair to their borrowers, we also have to do more for the struggling families who need help most,” he added.
Yes, sometimes, people need relief from debt. Been there, done that. But too many people were using the system so they wouldn’t have to pay their bills. They’d max out credit cards, living way higher than their means, and expect someone else to foot the bill. No, making it harder to file for bankruptcy should keep people from living frivolously (which we all have a habit of doing from time to time). In the case of overwhelming medical bills…..absolutely, the option should be there. Oh, and if he thinks this was so important, why didn’t he actually DO something as a Senator. The president doesn’t have the power to overhaul anything without Congress. He was there for a whole 143 days, he could have done something besides plot his run for the White House. (Side question: Does anyone know just how many bills B. Hussein wrote?)
Then-state Sen. John Ford hinted to a lobbyist in 2003 that if he wanted his help as a legislator he would have to pay for it.
That’s the account given Monday by a prosecution witness who said he spoke with Ford that spring in a parking lot outside a Memphis restaurant.
“He chuckled a little bit and said, ‘They call me Mr. Fifteen Percent,’” recalled Todd Cruse, who testified that he sought Ford’s help in winning TennCare certification for two dental clinics serving poor children.
“It’s for the the chiiiiiiiiiiruns” has become such a cliche’. No, it’s never for the children, it’s for the politicians yelling it the loudest! Obviously, this piece of work didn’t give a damn about the kids. Very few of them really do.
“The first shot by the U.S. on Iran will set the U.S. vital interests in the world” at risk, Shirazi said, according to the Web site.
The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, headquartered in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, is responsible for patrolling the Gulf, the Suez Canal and parts of the Indian Ocean.
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev would not comment on Shirazi’s warning other than to say “his words speak for themselves.”
Know what’s gonna happen? Some Iranian pig in a sailor suit will fire on one of the ships. Then the US will defend itself. Next the mullahs, or whoever, will say it was an unprovoked attack, and the “fun” will commence. sigh…
An evangelical public relations expert believes Barack Obama could potentially win a significant chunk of the evangelical Christian vote in November. A recent Rasmussen poll showed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee currently drawing the support of 32 percent of voters who classify themselves as evangelicals.
What a crock of absolute crapola! The term evangelical is getting used quite loosely these days, and it’s really starting to annoy me! No REAL evangelical could, in good conscience, support anyone, for any office, that advocates for the murder of babies or thinks it’s just okie dokie for homosexuals to marry.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.