An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 20 December 2011
• $75,000 to promote awareness about the role Michigan plays in producing Christmas trees & poinsettias.
• $15.3 million for one of the infamous Bridges to Nowhere in Alaska.
• $113,227 for video game preservation center in New York.
• $550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
• $48,700 for 2nd annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival, to promote Hawaii’s chocolate industry.
• $350,000 to support an International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy.
• $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan.
• $35 million allocated for political party conventions in 2012.
• $765,828 to subsidize “pancakes for yuppies” in the nation’s capital.
• $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking.
For a better picture of just what those assjacks are doing with the money that citizens work very hard for, go here.
Shared by Paula via Smart Girl Politics.
After recuperating from the drive down here all day yesterday, it was time to take Brat Jr shopping. One of those ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ type things. No, it wasn’t that she was demanding or anything, she wasn’t. It was “OMG…… why are all these people in my way?” We managed to find her some cute preggers tops, and a couple of pairs of britches, which is a LOT more than what I had when I was pregnant way back when with her mother.
Naturally, any and all shopping trips has to include a trip to Wal-Mart! Why? Well, because out in the Podunk areas of any state, that’s usually the only place you can go to find just about EVERYTHING needed at any particular time. Why do people get so nasty around Christmas? I’ve never figured that out. It could be because of sheer exhaustion, cuz believe me, but the time we left that store, all I wanted to do was crawl into bed, and perhaps, not die, but come real close. I have hurts in places I didn’t know I had places. Of course, my leg has the typical “get off me” pain. And Jr is still complaining about her back. *shakes head* You’d think no one had ever been pregnant before.
I have decided…there will be NO more shopping while we’re here. If anyone wants something, they can darn well and go get it themselves. This ol’ broad is not move from this spot, except for nature and sleep!
….a very blessed Hanukkah.
Biden Says Taliban Is Not Our Enemy
On a Saturday in late October in Kabul, Afghanistan, a car carrying explosives rammed into an armored U.S. military bus, killing 13 Americans, including five soldiers and eight civilian staff. In August, a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans. Who was responsible? The Taliban. And who now says the Taliban is not America’s enemy? Vice President Joseph Biden.
In an interview with Newsweek, Biden laid out his — and the Administration’s view — of the Taliban:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
Just in case there was any confusion over Biden’s remarks, White House press secretary Jay Carney chimed in yesterday for clarification, complaining that the Vice President’s statement was “taken out of context.” His underlying message, though, was essentially the same as Biden’s, that the Taliban is not America’s enemy: