Monday, February 28, 2011

It's REALLY good to be the King...

It's good to be the King so you can maintain your glutes, abs, and biceps by using a trainer FROM CHICAGO that you fly out to DC.  Seriously.....  This article in the Washington Examiner says that there are 56 entries under "Personal Fitness Trainer" in the DC phone book.  I would also think that the Hypocrite-in-Chief would have access to some military trainers as well.  We proles must tighten our belts and watch our rights and money being stolen by the federal government while the Obama's feast (and party and feast).  And then we get to hear about the evils of greenhouse gases while they FLY a trainer FROM CHICAGO to offset the effects of their parties.

SO once again....

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's good to be the King

While Obama tells us proles:

"If you're a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, you might put off a vacation, but you wouldn't want to sacrifice saving for your kids' college education or making key repairs on your house. So you cut back on what you can't afford to focus on what you can't do without." (Press Conference Feb. 15, 2011)

In the meantime, he's partying like a rock star--hosting a Motown Party for Black History Month on February 25, 2011 and having another party with Gladys Knight as the headliner on Monday, February 28, 2011.  But of course, everyone must make sacrifices and makes changes....  Except for the Obamas....





I think he perceives himself more like this:



In lieu of content

In lieu of real content.  Part of the Geek Rosetta Stone (per the indomitable Og)--a scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian:


Friday, February 25, 2011

Some interesting insight into the NEA

So, here's an interesting look into the NEA's motivations--and much to no one's surprise really, they aren't in it for the children, or for educational improvements.  They are in it for the power, the union dues, and as long as pushes for educational reform don't interfere with collective bargaining, then they might allow it but it's certainly not first priority.  Don't believe me??  Hear it from the horse's mouth--the farewell speech given by the outgoing NEA top lawyer (Bob Chanin) in 2009 (via Big Government).

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Michael Barone has a very good point....

Via Insty, Michael Barone has an article in the Washington Examiner that, although I've talked about this with Himself, really brought home a specific point about public employee unions and where our taxpayer dollars are going.  In essence, we, the taxpayers, are sending money to the Dems by proxy.  Since we pay 100% of public employee salaries, from which union dues are taken, when the unions then send large donations to the Dems or spend union dues to lobby for higher taxes in order to garner more money for the unions (by proxy again), we the people are funding these efforts. 

This seems to me to be pretty easy to understand and I know I don't want my money going to the Dems or towards efforts to raise my taxes so that the unions can get more money to give to the Dems.  In fact, I don't want my money going to either party but would like to choose specific candidates so this whole proxy system is abhorrent to me.   I'm betting, from what's happening in Wisconsin and in other states with public employee unions, a lot of folks feel the same way.

Daniels blinks, Walker doesn't

We've had two fairly similar responses to unpopular bills in both Indiana and Wisconsin.  Granted, the Indiana bill takes on private sector unions and the Wisconsin bill deals with public sector unions (which should not exist, IMO) and also excludes fire and police due to safety issues. 

In both states Democrat legislators (I cannot bring myself to call them Democratic since what they are doing is derailing the democratic process) took it on the lam to the sanctuary/socialist state of Illinois, there to hide and wash their unmentionables in hotel sinks.

In Indiana, Daniels came out against the legislation proposed by Republican legislators and praised the actions of the wayward Dems.  In other words, he blinked.  And in so doing, he just disqualified himself from being a candidate for whom I would vote for President.

In Wisconsin, which had a far greater bruhaha and school closings and fake doctors notes and 'protesters' bused in from other states (ironically enough, Illinois), Walker stood his ground.  The other legislators stood their ground.  And they took action (ht. Middle of the Right) to bring the slackers back to the Senate chambers using their paychecks as bait.  There is talk of recalling the Senators who fleebagged their way to Illinois, shirking their duties, and attempting to usurp the will of the people of the state of Wisconsin (hopefully there will be follow-through on that talk as well).

Daniels is an administrator, and a competent one.  He has kept Indiana from following the fate of many of the other states in Middle America.  But he is not a leader and has proven it.

It takes a lot more than administrative know-how to be a leader, and Walker, thus far, is demonstrating the difference.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

They bravely ran away....

It seems that taking it on the lam is en vogue with Democrat legislators who are determined to usurp the Democratic process.  Taking a cue from the clueless Fleebagging Dems from Wisconsin, the Democrat portion of the Indiana House of Representatives (and I use the term Representative loosely) has gone on the run to avoid actually, you know, doing their jobs and taking a stand.  Sure, they're not going to win, but to just not show up is the height of cowardice and hubris.  Fortunately our State Rep is a Republican otherwise I'd already be burning up the lines calling offices to tell them to get back to work and earn that $155 per diem that they are going to receive anyway.


ETA:  Looks like a bunch of the Indiana Dems are also heading to Illinois.  I know that Chicago is a sanctuary city, but c'mon folks, grow a pair.

Reminder to those in Wisconsin

Just remember if you live in Wisconsin and you're happy with what the Governor and the Republicans are doing--call and let them know.  Too often, we forget that they need some positive reinforcement from their constituencies since all they are hearing is the yelling and threats of the (bused in) opposition.  You can find the numbers you need from this page (or email me via my profile and I'll find them for you).
 
http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/government.html

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend!

Himself and I were happy to have Brigid as a guest for the weekend.   My part was easy--stand around, admire the view, drink, and snack on freshly cooked pepper steak, french toast, and waffles (no drinking for the french toast and waffles).  I was able to put some fresh bread on the table and made a batch of my brownie/shortbread cookies for dessert.  The honey butter that Brigid brought at my request from Fair Oaks Farm complimented the bread perfectly (I just like their products and philosophy, they don't pay me, BTW).

Brigid has pictures here (it was a lot of fun watching her take pictures and then helping her choose the ones to go up on her blog).  We went shopping--both at the gun show and at some local shops.  Himself found  some interesting items about which he posted here.  Himself was able to keep us warm while waiting in line at the gun show, much to the jealous dismay of the men around us.  The show was nice in that there are always interesting things to look at as well as friends to greet and catch up with.

 We were able to connect with the indomitable Og, the Ogwife, Oglet, Partner, and Partner's partner for some fantastic Italian food and better conversation.

Brigid was our first-ever houseguest and I don't think we could have had a better maiden voyage on the newly re-worked guest room (it's actually now a guest room instead of a catch-all for my stuff).   We had a great time, got to spend some quality time with a good friend, purchased new weapons, and ate great food (mostly created by Himself).  What more could you want in a weekend?!?

Well Sung, Martina McBride

I'm watching the pre-NASCAR show and just saw Martina McBride sing the National Anthem.  No yodeling, followed the script, a couple of trills during notes that are held anyway at the end.  Beautiful, reverent, and touching.  Well done!  I'll try to find a video of it later!

ETA:  Having all of the fans stand on the third lap in honor of Dale Earnhardt Senior, was quite touching.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Come and See the Bias Inherent in the Hypothesis....

The inherent bias in the hypothesis that a college education will make a person more employable, have more income, or worthy to become a citizen of the United States is very simple:  all of the people touting these ideals have college educations. 

This bias has been reinforced by the idea by employers that a college degree somehow magically bestows upon you some glamour that will cause you to be the perfect worker.  Proven experience in a field, such as KurtP's, counts for naught compared to a four-year credential.  Even in my field, for the higher positions, they are wanting folks with a PhD (hint, there is no PhD in my field--Directors and the like tend to have EdDs (a totally useless degree or degrees in completely unrelated fields, like Communications or English) so my 15 years of experience in the field are peanuts compared to someone fresh out of school with a doctorate in literature.

George Leef in the National Review Online posits that the reason that college grads (many of whom cannot write a coherent sentence to save their souls or complete a simple math problem) is caused by 'credential inflation'.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune article linked by KurtP details a person who is working as a debt collector that has a degree in political science (one of the most useless degrees in the world, second only to religious studies).  Even the business management grads are not exempt--one is earning a grand $14,000 as a direct-care staffer.  In an article by Eric Felten in the Wall Street Journal, he references a book where the authors researched college sophomore learning and found that they learned nothing in their first two years of college (those same two years that the Dream Act bill says is enough to become a citizen of the United States).  This enforces the results of a separate study that showed that graduating college seniors actually know LESS about civics and history coming out of college than they did going in.  Let's not even go into the debt-load carried by these students coming out of college.

SO, why are folks such as Obama and Sen. Lugar convinced that a college education is an 'investment' in the future?  Why are there groups such as the Lumina Foundation out there whose raison d'etre is to get more people into college with mounting evidence to the contrary of their collective belief that a college education is the panacea of all ills and the avenue to greatness? 

At the base of it, it is because it is all they know.  They do not hold the trades--electricians, mechanics, plumbers in any type of esteem (they call them if they need something but wouldn't let a mere tradesman use their bathroom).  Experience and hard-won knowledge and apprenticeships are foreign to them.  They cannot relate to the idea of a hard-day's work for a day's pay or understand the satisfaction of looking over a new-plowed field, or the sound of a well-tuned engine being sweeter than the music of whatever pop star is currently en vogue.  And because they do not understand these things, they would not lower themselves to include the masses (especially those whose viewpoints are different than theirs) into their conversations about the value of higher education.  If they did, they might find themselves having to re-evaluate their position, and they would never allow that.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Have you ever had a day...

... when there is so much news going on and so many interesting things to read but you just can't seem to make the words come out of your brain and onto the screen?  I'm having one of those days.  So I'm doing a post-Valentine's post with the Three Dog Night in lieu of true content.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Valentine's Day Message for Himself

I'm not one for Valentine's Day particularly.  I don't like flowers--I think they are prettier in-situ than sitting on the table where the cats can eat them and then throw them up somewhere else.  I'm not one for cards since I can never seem to find the one that speaks my heart (or to buy them on time, for that matter).  I'm also of the mind that I should try, every day, to let Himself know that I love him and appreciate him, and have a true appreciation and joy for the things that he does for me.  But here it is:

Happy Valentine's Day to my oldest, dearest friend and my love.  Thank you for all of the small things (and big things) that you do that make me smile.  Thank you for being there, for listening, for helping me to see that there are things that I can do--for believing in me and helping me to grow and showing me new vistas.  Thank you for walking this path with me. 

I love you!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

So, trying to sound like an American and failing badly

Obama, who apparently really has no idea about American culture, not being raised here and all, said something about Gibbs (who is thankfully leaving the White House) 'taking one for the gipper' (by giving up his tie).  Now anyone familiar with American idiom and quotes knows that a person will "win just one for the Gipper" or "takes one for the team".  There is a very big difference between the two.  And I don't know who wrote up the commentary or if it was copied from Obama's speech, but Gipper (nickname for George Gipp as played by Ronald Reagan) would be capitalized.  But what do you expect from someone who throws like a girl, as illustrated by KurtP here.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

An early Valentine's Day post

If you guys want to do something special for your lady for Valentine's Day (or really just any day since you shouldn't have to wait for a mandated holiday to do something special (and this goes both ways, thank-you-very-much).  But this is something that Himself made for me this morning as a special treat (although at least one weekend morning is a breakfast treat all the time).  It was tailored to my tastes because although men like strawberries and chocolate, that's not going to make a special Valentine's day for them (naked or with a naughty/nice little something, eau de bacon perfume and beer will make a guy's day).  In any case, I present to you breakfast as it was served to me this morning.  I am even including a recipe in case you want to emulate him.  Ladies, if your man does this for you, proper thank yous are in order.







Chocolate Waffle Recipe: 
2 cups Bisquick
2 tbsp butter (melted)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
5 tbsp Ghiradelli Sweet baking cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups milk

Let mix sit 10-15 minutes until it bubbles then cook

Garnish with strawberries, whipped cream (can also be used later), and chocolate sauce (ditto)

Pat Condell speaks it on multiculturalism in Britain

It seems to be a growing trend in Europe to declare that multiculturalism is a failure since it has evolved to be not multiculturalism, but the forcing of an ideology and religion (islam) on countries, using their laws against them.  I've blogged about it and it's one of my soapbox issues. 

Pat Condell (via Advice Goddess) says it plain and true--and he also brings up a point that might tip many British folks to the idea that a Bronze Age religious ideology might not be the best thing for the 21st century, especially when halal and animal cruelty laws collide and then hopefully this misplaced idea of multiculturalism will fall like a house of cards.

Listen to the whole thing.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Weird knowledge

So you know that your house contains the font of weird knowledgefull-goodness when your sister calls out of the blue to ask what happened in Logan's Run when people reached 30 years old.  The interesting part is that both Himself and myself could explain in some detail that the crystal in the palm of the person's hand changed to blinking red at age 30 (which is how Logan became a runner) and then they were called to Carousel to get renewed.  They would then float up into the air in a circle and blow up as a population control method.  You also know you've explained in too great detail when your sister says "well-that's-all-I-needed-to-know-talk-to-you-later-bye".

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Because then music leads to dance and then who knows?

In Canada some newly arrived immigrants (colonists) have put their kids into public schools where music and physical education are mandatory.  But these colonists want their kids to be exempted from music and phys ed for religious reasons.  Ezra Levant I think says it as good as can be said (read the whole thing here):

One hundred-and- fifty-four Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan, not just for the big things such as fighting international terrorists, but for the small things, too.
Like the right of Afghan girls to go to school. Simple things, like the right to listen to music. These things were actually banned under the Taliban, which enforced sharia law.
So what would our soldiers think of Winnipeg's Louis Riel School Division, where a dozen Muslim immigrant families have demanded changes to the curriculum to accommodate their fundamentalist view of Islam? The families don't want boys and girls in the same classes, such as physical education.
Because, like himself said, :music could lead to dancing and who knows where it could go from there... "  Kids might have to go out of the city limits to have their prom, and there would be glitter, and corsages.  Oh the horror.....



Sorry, absolutely couldn't resist continuing the Footloose theme.

What a suck-ass day...

So please forgive me a little whine with dinner (I'll get the cheese later).  Bottom line, I hate my job so I've been seeking employment elsewhere.  Interviewed for a job that looked like they read my resume before they wrote the job description.  Found out today I didn't get it.  Not a happy camper but I went to yoga instead of sitting down and drinking.  Maybe drinking tomorrow.

This is sacrifice

Sacrifice is putting yourself in harms way for something you believe in.  Sacrifice is your families watching you go, supporting you,  and waiting for your return.  (Via Borepatch.) 

As Borepatch said:  "GO. WATCH. NOW."  Then go and thank the nearest soldier.  But darn this cold air, my eyes both started watering something fierce.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Just because....

Went youtube surfing and found these two scenes.  Some good 1980s tunes plus Chicken with Tractors.  How can you go wrong?  Plus Kevin Bacon and his body double Chuck Gaylord.  Please to enjoy...



Did you ever have the feeling you were being watched?

So I look over to my left and one of our alien zoo creatures (cat) is staring at me from atop a box.  And I felt something like this:



Especially after I look over my right shoulder and another one is also staring at me.  Alien creatures indeed.  They put poor Gossamer to shame.

The Unbalanced talking about Balance

So Michelle Antoinette is defending (Edited to add link 9:18 am) the White House Superbowl menu of pizza, brats, cheeseburgers, twice bakes, etc. by saying that you have to be balanced in your eating habits.  She follows this up with a comment that particularly strikes me as ironic:  "Life is about good food, at least in America."  The reason that this is so ironic is that Michelle and those like her, for example Mayor Bloomberg of New York City, want to take the joy out of cooking and especially out of eating.  They don't realize that part of making good food or food that tastes good, depends upon blends of fats, salts, spices, etc.  They want to take away fats, salt, sugar leaving we proles to eat nothing but bok choy and carrots (try to eat bok choy without soy sauce, I dare you) while they feast on buffalo chicken wings, birthday cupcakes, and pop.

It's the same hypocrisy that we see when it comes to carbon footprints and global warming.  As soon as those elitists start walking their talk:  giving up their jets, limos, yachts, 30,000 square foot houses with heated swimming pools, etc. then I might start listening.  This paradigm would apply to Obama's hypocrisy about people who "make too much money".  When they start coughing it up and quit with the conspicuous consumption and give their extra money and houses to charity then I might believe them.  But they want to dictate to the 'unwashed masses' what we should eat, how we should light our homes, and what insurance to buy, all the while exempting themselves and their friends from the limits that they wish to place on us.

Let them eat lettuce, we'll keep the bacon for ourselves.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Superbowl Follies

Himself called it even before Christina Aguilera opened her mouth.  He said "She's gonna mess it up." And he was right.  Something that I think these divas are missing is that certain songs are sung for the greater glory, not for the glory of seeing if you can yodel out every half- and quarter-note that comes between A and D.  The National Anthem should be treated with a reverence--not as yet another song to be covered and 'made my own' by yet another bubblegum-pop-star-tart.  And the piece as a whole should be sung as written--words and tune together.

Contrasting with Aguilera's yodeling and complete punting of the words of The National Anthem, Lea Michele Belts' singing of America the Beautiful was especially nice.  She didn't yodel, didn't go off the reservation, she just went out and sang the song. 

Granted the Anthem is a much more difficult piece but not to the point where things that once gleamed, should get reamed as in Aguilera's version.
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On a completely different subject, during Michael Douglas' little piece about America, am I the only one who was more than slightly insulted at the sight of Bono draped in an American flag?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Let them eat..... buffalo wings?

The White House menu for the Super Bowl party included beer and brats, deep dish pizza, chips, cheeseburgers, potato salad and twice bakes.  So where are the carrot sticks and healthy snacks?  Was the deep dish pizza made with low or non fat cheese?  What about the brats?  Did Michelle have a say in this particular menu?  Or is it more of a case of do as I say, not as I do?  Don't let the proles eat cake, they are saving it for themselves.

Yawn... Superbowl Half Time

So, are the Black-Eyed Peas actually going to sing any of their own songs instead of doing really bad covers (or do they only do bad covers)?  It was kind of nice seeing Slash but Fergie basically just phoned in her performance.  I guess it's tough for her if she's not stoned out of her mind and peeing herself on stage.  They kind of reminded me of KISS during the no-makeup days--  that is not a compliment.  At least Tom Petty sang his own stuff.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wah frickin' wah.....

Seems that a bunch of reporters are getting the crap kicked out of them in Egypt.  One might say that it's an occupational hazard--that's why they get paid the big bucks to bring the ratings home to their respective companies.  I'm also thinking that in certain cases... *cough.. Anderson Cooper... cough* that they've started believing their own press and feel that they are untouchable.  Angry crowds in Egypt are a far cry from the 'great unwashed' of Middle America even though they try to tar both with the same penchant for violence.  In any case, their whining just shows that the talking heads really don't understand the term 'situational awareness'.

ETA:  They've spent so much time screaming about racism and oppression in America that they really can't handle it when they see REAL oppression and silencing of communication in Egypt.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Anderson Cooper

So he's trying to be a superstar and go to Egypt.  I almost didn't post this because my disdain for the man is beyond words, but the video below just show what a moron he truly is.  What got to me is towards the end.  He's saying "calm down" and then starts saying "Inshallah" as the men around him start throwing stuff at him.  Which is really funny since he sounds like a buffoon trying to 'communicate' with the locals by speaking their own language.  Of course when he's saying inshallah to the crowd in his condescending elitist way, he's accepting God's will to be beaten since he obviously doesn't have a clue as to what they are saying to him.  Piker.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Food blog time

Here's an example of the type of food that Himself cooks for me.  Spicy shrimp with mushrooms and herbs over pasta with an alfredo sauce.  On the side was asparagus with parmesan cheese.  Believe me, my pictures do not do it justice.  I am very, very lucky!!

Calling all geeks...

Check this out at Walls of the City.  Firefly meets D&D.  What more can you ask for??

Just shows the level of professionalism in the White House--NOT!

According to wikipedia (yeah, yeah, but for some stuff it's okay), Valerie Jarrett is:  Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, managing the White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Urban Affairs, and Chairs the White House Commission on Women and Girls, and White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport.

But she's obviously a clod and probably is the architect of many of the insults (deliberate or otherwise) given to our friends and allies (the Dalai Lama, British Prime Minister, etc.).   When she can't tell a military person in full dress uniform from a waiter, I think maybe she needs to either read up or resign (I vote the latter).  It seems the officer in the story handled her insult better than I would have (not surprisingly).

But seriously--with her litany of titles, you'd like to think that she had some modicum of knowledge but she's more of an amateur than the other poseurs with whom she's working.  Classless and clueless, just like Barack and Michelle.  I guess birds of a feather do flock together.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In and Safe

With Snowmagedon coming, I made it home safely.  My job is to keep the home fires burning (literally) while Himself handles stuff at work.

My footprints that I left when I arrived an hour and a half ago are already covered.  I've got my french toast fixins' and the pets have food (very important because I don't want to become a midnight snack). The Mighty Og sent a text to see if I was home and to offer shelter if I needed it.

I've got food, shelter, and heat and the pets are safe with me and Himself is safe at work.  The major downside is that I won't see him probably until Thursday but each of us is doing what needs to be done.  My mind is at ease because he's in and safe and his mind is at ease (as much as can be) because I've got things under control here (so far).

Maybe I'll go bake some cookies.

More Ghurka stuff (no matter how it's spelled)

Shamelessly copied from JayG at MArooned (who got it from Stretch).  After the story that broke late last week, this just cracked me up.