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Archive for 16 January 2009
No, this has not been a good day at all. Actually, it’s been a pretty crappy week, but there’s a difference between technical difficulties and a member of the family.
Twelve and a half years ago, I stopped at a yard sale with a friend, and this little bitty thang came and sat on my foot. I asked the lady running the sale about her, and she said the kitten had just showed up a couple of days previously, and if I wanted her, I could have her. Well, me and cats….perfect match. And this one was an exceptional match. I named her Hootie, because, well, she was a hoot. She wasn’t fully weaned, so has had a habit of ‘ear sucking’ all these years. Annoying, but hey, what the heck, right?
After having her for about a year, she got into some pool chemicals. I took her to the emergency vet office in Humble, TX, and was told she’ll be basically fine, but probably has some brain damage. No doubt about that, and her name was even more appropriate.
Back in September, we all thought she wouldn’t make it more than a few more days. She had stopped eating, and was dropping weight like crazy. Well, being from this hard headed family, I guess she figured she wasn’t really ready. She never put all the weight back on, but was doing ok. The last few days, well, she knows it’s almost over. Even though she is eating, she’s no longer able to make it to the litter box. I spent most of the night, and this morning too, washing the sheets. Red stains tell me something is more than seriously wrong. The weight loss is dramatic now, and she’s become little more than skin, bones, and fur.
Today, I have to make a decision. Do I help her? Or do I remain selfish, and not let go. I had to make this decision not that many years ago with Psycho. I was actually there for her inception, birth, and death. To have to do this again, so soon after, well, believe me, I am not having a good day. In the long wrong, I think I’ll make the right decision for her, but most definitely, not for me.
September 1996 – 16 January 2009
The carbon footprint of Barack Obama’s inauguration could exceed 575 million pounds of CO2. According to the Institute for Liberty, it would take the average U.S. household nearly 60,000 years of naughty ecological behavior to produce a carbon footprint equal to the largest self-congratulatory event in the history of humankind.
The same congressfolk who now are handing out thousands of tickets to this ecological disaster mandated only recently the phased elimination of the incandescent light bulb — a mere carbon tiptoe, if you will. The whole thing seems a bit unfair.
The rest here.
Now, wouldn’t it be nice if those morons in D.C. would actually admit they got suckered in by a slick politician? And that’s all the Boracle is you know – a very slick, lying sack of excrement, out to make a buck, politician. I guess that can’t admit they’ve been duped by one of their own though, can they. If I hear one more time, while freezing my hinder off in Podunk, TN, about a freakin’ ‘consensus’, I might just have to smack the crap outta somebody!
The workers average about $20 an hour, and the new contract would give them a 75-cent hourly pay raise this year, then 50 cents an hour more in each of the next two years. Not included in the latest proposal, though, was a $3,000 signing bonus that was included in the September offer.
Under the new contract, just as it was in September, Vought still would eliminate the regular company pension for new employees, replacing it with a combination of a 401(k) savings plan and a retirement contribution account.
It also would freeze the pension plan at its current rate for workers with less than 16 years of service, but they would be eligible for the 401(k) and the retirement contribution account.
The biggest change in the health-care plan is that workers’ weekly contribution would increase by $1, to $20 for single coverage and $38 for a family. Lynne Warne, a Vought spokeswoman, said the co-pay would change to 90 percent/10 percent from the 80/20. She characterized the changes as an improvement to the health-care plan.
Are they freakin’ kidding? Since when did ‘health care’ become a right? I could only WISH my health care, which we pay for, were that cheap! And I don’t get 20 blippin’ bucks an hour! At one time, not all that long ago, people actually had to PAY for their own doctor bills, and their own hospitalization. You want to know why ‘health care’ has gotten so freakin’ expensive? All you have to do is look at union contracts, and you’ll see one HUGE factor.
President Bush said Thursday that closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is “not as easy as it sounds,” sending a warning to President-elect Barack Obama that he will have to find a way to prevent those released from coming back to attack the U.S.
“People will find that there’s quite a few that are very dangerous people and to put them in a position where they can eventually get out on the street and come back and harm one of our citizens would be a very dangerous policy,” Mr. Bush told The Washington Times in an interview in the Oval Office.
All those who believe that letting those animals back on the streets….of ANY country….is a real good idea, raise your hands! Good, they can come live with YOU! You’ll have to ensure they will not attack your neighbors, of course. Or YOU for that matter. You’ll also have to feed, clothe, and provide all the necessities a Islmaonazi needs, ok?
Concerns remain low about possible deflation, but represent a marked change from just six months ago when soaring energy prices threatened to trigger a widening inflation problem that many analysts believed the Federal Reserve would have to fight by raising interest rates.
Call me crazy, but as a consumer, I don’t find the idea of lower prices a big problem. Yeah yeah….jobs, etc. Well, tell ya the truth here, that minimum wage BS is just that…..BS. If companies could hire more entry level folks, there would be more people with jobs, now wouldn’t there.
New York today feted its latest hero, the reclusive pilot who landed a distressed US Airways jet on the Hudson River, saving all 155 on board in what experts called a masterful job under life-or-death pressure.
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger had yet to appear in public, a day after he brought the Airbus A320 to a textbook emergency landing on the river that separates New York City from New Jersey in what New York Governor David Paterson called “a miracle on the Hudson.”
Anyone who says this is NOT a miracle, is in denial. Yes, all factors worked together to save all those lives, but how did they come together?
The so-called “Iranian Unit” of Hamas has been destroyed, according to Gaza sources cited Thursday by the Haaretz daily. The sources said most of the unit’s 100 members were killed in fighting in the Zeytun neighborhood of Gaza City.
The terrorists had been trained in infantry tactics, the use of anti-tank missiles and the detonation of explosives, among other skills, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at Hizbullah camps in Lebanon’s Beka’a Valley, as well as sites in Iran.
Heh. More scum dead. What a shame. /snark
As House leaders unveiled legislation for an unprecedented $825 billion economic stimulus, UC Berkeley economist Christina Romer said she never dreamed that her scholarship on the Great Depression would be useful in formulating current economic policy.
But giving her strong endorsement to the history-making package, Romer, President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to be head of his Council of Economic Advisers, said at her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that her chief task will be to “ensure that the tragedy of the 1930s is not repeated.”
Well, of course she’d praise it. Instead of learning from her ‘scholarship on the Great Depression’, she seems to want to see it repeated. Does NO ONE ever learn from the past? Evidently not. We are SO screwed!
President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of the interior nominee, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), said he will consider restoring parts of an expired federal ban on offshore oil drilling, but told CNSNews.com that he has “no idea” how much of the drilling restrictions should be reimposed.
From what sewer is B. Hussein dredging these people???? The last thing anyone should be doing is putting a ban on ANY drilling, ANY WHERE! Do we really want to continue to be dependent on our enemies for our energy? This isn’t going to bring about any ‘change’ but the continued destruction of the country. It may have been the McCain campaign slogan, “Country First”, but the BO camp should really take a good look at the idea. Put the country first, and their moonbat agenda last!
“I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe. … And with strong allies at our side, we have taken the fight to the terrorists and those who support them,” he said. “There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil.”
Bush acknowledged “things I would do differently if given the chance.” But he said: “I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.”
Yes, I did watch it, and yes, I did find issue with a few things he said. I also know there are many people who loathe the man so much, it’s become a disease. He hasn’t been a perfect president, but you name me one who has, and I’ll start chomping the keys on my computer. He came right out of the gate TRYING to make peace with the Dhimmis, and all he got for his troubles was numerous knives in his back. The fact that he has remained sane, sort of, under the circumstance of his entire presidency, actually does impress me.
Are there things he’s done that piss me off? Oh, you betcha! I’m still waiting for the, if not pardons, the commutation, for Ramos and Campean. That amnesty BS? You have NO Idea how much that chaps my hide. The wide open border? Don’t get me started! Iraq? Well, Saddam is gone, but now we have something just as bad…..Islamonazis. Afghanistan? Yeah, he totally too his ‘eye off the ball’.
The economy is something that is being blamed on him, which I’ve yet to figure out. I’d really wish people would get it straight….the POTUS does NOT control the purse strings. He did not cause Katrina, or any number of other natural disasters. Sorry, NONE of us has that much power. The federal response? Well, maybe it could have been better, and maybe those yahoos down there in LA could have actually been doing THEIR jobs. Why is that people believe they can just sit on their collective asses and do nothing to help themselves? sigh….
Anyway, yes, this has been a real interesting 8 years. I was once a very strong supporter of Bush, but I have never believed he had all the answers. We honestly don’t know everything that goes on behind the scenes, or why he’s made some of the decisions he made. I will give him the respect he deserves, and the scorn he needs, when it’s needed.
I’d like to ask one BIG favor though. Knock off the BDS! For the love of pete, you people are even more deranged than you claim him to be. Jeeez! It’s over, he’ll be passing the baton on Tuesday. Unless you plan on being objective with B. Hussein, you really don’t have a leg to stand on. When are y’all going to get your knickers in a twist about The ONE’S big spending? When are you going to start the ranting and raving of HIS EXTREMELY questionable appointments? I can guaran-damn-tee, The ONE is going to make some HUGE mistakes, possibly some that will put this nation in extreme danger. Unless you are willing to rant and rave against him as well…please…just let it go. Let the man go back to Texas in peace. Drop the BS about ‘charges’.
Yes, he did keep us from being attacked again, but how, I have NO idea, with our border leaking like a sieve!
And that’s my little rant. I’m neither condemning the man, nor am I praising him. I’ll give credit, where credit is due, and put the blame squarely where it belongs.
25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.