Wednesday, July 2, 2014

If You Read One More Thing About The Senate Race In Mississippi. . .

. . .  Let it be this.  Because this guy can say it better than Jeff.

As a reminder, the job of the Republican Party is to be different from the Democrat Party.  When one republican senator is touting his accomplishments of contributing to social programs, where is that difference? 

And don't say "Foreign Policy".  There are 99 other self admitted experts of 'Foreign Policy' in the Senate and 435 'experts' in the House. 

One more note about elections.  They work both ways.  If a candidate smears over half of his voting base as racist bigots in a primary-- as it looks like it happened in Mississippi-- he shouldn't expect them to vote for him in the general.  He isn't entitled to your vote.  He needs to earn it, not spurn it when convenient. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You Won't Believe What Chelsea Clinton Said About Money

Well, you just might.  

And yes, I Buzzfeeded the title to this. 

Before the quote-- let me clarify this-- Chelsea is now a grown up who is married, living under her own roof and has been stumping for her mom on more than one occasion. 

So she's fair game and open for criticism

“I was curious if I could care about (money) on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t,
 [. . .]
“It is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents? I’ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents … it’s a funny thing to realize I feel called to this work, both as a daughter and also as someone who believes I have contributions to make,”

No kidding.  She has never needed it.  
Her professional life she has been cared for via political favors or payback because of her parents.  Hedge-fund manager right after college.  The gimme job at NBC doing puff, feel good stories for a news magazine show that was cancelled.   
Her entire upbringing has been in either the Arkansas Governor's Mansion (a double wide on a real foundation with a below ground swimming pool) or the White House.  She went to Sidwell Friends for her primary education.  Hillary can say she has been down with the struggle but Chelsea's upbringing says otherwise.   
Would you be the professor who risks his tenure by flunking out the daughter of a president?  
So no wonder why she doesn't hold the same value on money like those who struggle month to month to make ends meet.  Her parents vacationed off in the Hamptons and Martha's Vineyard.  Real %1 types of places.  On the taxpayer's dime. She never overheard her parents talking about what extra curricular activities she wasn't able to do in order to make ends meet.  And a 'Staycation' is something unheard of. 

No wonder she doesn't see the value of money the way many other people do. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pig Trap

Apt allegory for the sign of the times.

We tooled around his property, drinking beer and dumping corn and veggies here and there at strategic points, and then we came to another clearing with a strange metal object. Kevin put the truck in park and told me to hop out with him. There were three eight-foot pieces of crude steel tubular fencing that looked sort of like the metal barricades that get put up at parades for crowd control, but about five or six feet high, and forming half a hexagon They were obviously hand-made; they just didn’t have the finish of a commercial product. Kevin grabbed the last two buckets out of the back of the truck and told me to bring him two more beers.

In front of the steel tubing was a shallow concrete “bowl” that I believe was the top of a large birdbath, sunk into the dirt. Kevin filled it with loose corn and small ears of corn, then dumped in the contents of the second bucket. This bucket contained table scraps, potato peels, onion butts, bacon grease, and other household garbage, and it smelled pretty ripe. I asked Kevin what was up with the fencing, and he told me this was a pig trap. He then opened the two beers and dumped them in the bowl, saying that pigs love beer.

Kevin explained that pigs are highly intelligent animals, and can be quite dangerous. They are powerful beasts, very fast, and armed with fearsome tusks that can gore a man to death in short order. He said that commercial traps are available, but pigs are smart, and will often be wary of a new metal object suddenly appearing in their environment, and his home-made trap was much more effective. He told me that these three sections are left up year round, and over time, the pigs learn that this metal object poses no threat, and there is frequently delicious corn, slop, and beer to be had here. The scent of the slop and beer travels a long way across the property, and over time, the pigs are conditioned to not fear the strange metal object. Kevin showed me how they had formed a soft trail around one end of the fencing as they came in and out to the bowl.

When the time comes to harvest a pig, Kevin adds a section of the fencing, refills the bowl a few times, and the pigs ignore the new section of fencing. A week or two later, he adds another section, and keeps the bowl full. Finally, he puts the last section up right on the trail they created, and this section has the trap door in it. A screw eye is twisted into the end of a corn cob, and a cable is attached to it, and is connected to a pin that drops the door. As soon as a pig picks up the corn, the pin is pulled, the door is dropped, and the pig, and perhaps one or two or three others of his group, are trapped. In the morning, Kevin can simply walk up to the cage and dispatch the beasts with a handgun, without risk of personal injury or spending a lot of time stalking the animals in the woods with a high-power rifle.

Be sure to read the entire piece. He bounces around here and there in a few places but at the end he pulls it all together and you can see the entire picture.   

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To Fulfill An Overdue Obligation

I was challenged to do blog posting a while back by the Sith Lord Darth Aggie so here it is.

As my kids are getting older and needing more attention, a part time job I enjoy while the kids are in school and just plain burned out on politics in general, blogging has become less and less of a priority to me.

That and the last few times I've sat and stared at the screen and couldn't think of a damn thing to type at the time.

But there is good news. AC/DC isn't retiring after all.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Choice Cuts: A Slew Of News Links; American Music Edition

Shocking! Anti-Gun Mayor goes looking for love in all the wrong places using all the wrong ways.

Almost directly related:
Comparatively speaking, Mayors Against Illegal Guns members are almost eight times more likely to be convicted of crimes than Florida concealed firearm license holders – but that number is based off 23 years of licenses versus four years of MAIG.
But in their eyes, they are your betters and know how to live your life for you. Via Insty.

Another Shocker! "Hunting Group" that wants background checks actually a gun control front groupIn the words of Jeff Goldstein, "This is who they are. It’s what they do."

Jake Tapper finally asking some of the right questions about the gun control debate. Shouldn't Bloomberg and company know what they are talking about before arguing about banning it? Short answer: No. It never mattered before.

We're all terrorists now. A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas.

And that's about it for now. I'm trying to get back into the blogging swing of things after a few. . . Issues.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Not Gone Or Forgotten

Merely life has gotten in the way of blogging.  Which has taken more and more space in the backseat after marriage, kids, work, church, life, somewhat active social life, even more active kids life and meals. 

Will work on posting more even if it's just some quick headline links. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Top Ten Tasks The Secret Service Is Doing To Prepare For Joe Biden's Visit To The GOP Convention

Drudge has reports of the Secret Service doing advance work in the case that Joe Biden might try and crash the party, so to speak.  
Of course, like all high ranking officials, the Secret Service needs to take precautions.

So may I present the
Top Ten Tasks the Secret Service needs to do in order to prepare Tampa for a visit from Joe Biden. 

From the home office Scranton, PA.

10:  Re-naming the hotel restaurant 'Katie's Restaurant' so Joe won't get confused about where to eat.

9:  Baby Proofing the Presidential Suit where he's staying at.

8:  Removing the booze out of the refrigerator and replacing it with Prozac spiked apple juice.

7:  Recruit series of interns to stand by Joe's side to listen and nod politely while he's transcribing his memoirs, "The Adventures of Scranton Joe In The High Himalayas" (expect a high burn out rate, recruit as many as you can).

6:  Hire man to carry boom box in Joe's entourage.

5:  Make sure there's a ready supply of Depends.

4:  Secretly replace Viagra with blue Tic-Tacs (Jill Biden's special request).

3:  Have emergency topee and/or can of RonCo Spray Hair in case of emergency.

2:  Remind Joe that he won't need the rain poncho. It's not a Gallagher concert.

And the number one task  the Secret Service needs to do in order to prepare Tampa for a visit from Joe Biden:  Leave note by closet: Socks. THEN shoes.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Remember, These Women Claim To Be Speaking For All Women

Code Pink took to Capitol Hill to protest over women's rights and the usual litany of demands.

And to be noticed, they dressed even. . .  Pinker than usual.  

Valiant, brave members of Code Pink chanting, "Respect Us!"  
From Protein Wisdom:  

Representatives of Code Pink, NOW, Planned Parenthood and Rock the Slut Vote were scheduled to speak on the west lawn of the Capitol, addressing the issues of reproductive rights, equal pay and the Equal Rights Amendment.
 And as always, claim to represent all women when they speak.