Monday, June 25, 2012

Waiting for Obamacare

It's truly interesting to watch the spin the press puts on it.  Their meme du jour is that because Congress passed it, it must be Constitutional (also Nancy Pelosi's argument, coincidentally).  Hopefully the balance of powers (even the Founding Fathers didn't think that all laws passed by Congress would be Constitutional) will make this abomination right.  But then the Founding Fathers never dreamed that those holding the public trust would game the system so completely either and would no longer be trustworthy.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A picture cannot do this meal justice...

Since a picture couldn't possibly do the meal I had last night any justice, I will try my level best to describe and you can use your imagination.

Finely chopped chicken (marinated for two hours), red and yellow and green peppers, some onion, and BACON sauteed in a hot skillet in a blessing of cayenne and a host of other spices.

A sauce consisting of sour cream and ranch dressing to cool the spiciness of the chicken.

Tortillas lightly grilled on a cast iron griddle.

Shredded cheese.

Pinto beans with more bacon and a smoky ancho flavor.

Yeah....  life is good.

For all of that (and many more reasons), I will make sure that Mr B's beer is open when I hand it to him.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Taking Branding that next illogical step

So the US Olympic Committee feels that a bunch of knitting fans holding a 'Ravelympics' "may constitute trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution of our famous trademarks,".  Seriously.  Because they are having competitions called 'the Afghan Marathon'. 

I would think that a couple of thousand years after the original Olympics and more than 100 years of the modern Olympics that the sporty-type Olympics is pretty well known and I don't think that the Ravelympics and its participants would constitute unfair competition to the athletes heading to London.

Fortunately social media came to the rescue and from the scathing comments left on the USOC's Facebook page the USOC is trying (unsuccessfully) to walk back its comments with the usual backhanded and arrogant pseudo-apology.  Just like with the Komen foundation and its 'For The Cure' brouhaha, this branding thing is going too far and is taking the joy out of a whole bunch of activities.  When the branding becomes more important than the activity then whoever is leading these groups have completely lost the plot.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Reeking of desperation.....

.... or this just reeks.  One public school employee union in Michigan is strong-arming its members to hand over credit card and bank account information to force dues out of them since the state is no longer acting as the enforcement arm of the union.  To me, this just says that the unions are losing members when dues payments are voluntary, which says something about the unions--and it's nothing good.  The head of the union is also claiming that the turning over of this private information is a "requirement for continued employment in the school district".  I'm of the mind that the union is mis-stating or is overreaching by saying that since private information is, well, private.  It's the Obamacare way of thinking--we'll force a private person to pay for something they don't want to have.

The house of cards is not only falling, it's catching on fire as it goes.

ht:  Mr B

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

But.... guns are still illegal in Chicago for all intents and purposes......

So the Chicago Police department is eating the cost of providing 100+ officers for security for Valerie Jarrett's daughter's wedding.  And the citizens of the Chicago are eating quite a bit of lead--46 injured and eight dead.  The murder rate is up by 35% year over year in the Windy City.  And the city of Chicago is wanting to pay citizens $100 (in a gift card) for each (illegal) gun turned in this coming weekend.

Interesting stats considering that in the US overall, crime is going down as (legal) gun ownership is going up.  Amazing, huh??

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Maybe I'm just being heartless, but I don't think so....

The Taliban has said that they are going to start denying their children access to the polio vaccine if the US doesn't stop sending drone strikes into Pakistan. 

Am I the only one who thinks "so what, it just makes it a generation of suicide bombers that have to crawl to their victims."?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Just saying no....

Standing at the train station waiting for my folks to emerge from their respective bathrooms, I was approached by a young man who said "Excuse me miss, may I borrow your cell phone?"  I looked at him and said "Yes I mind, and I'm sorry, but no you may not borrow it."  I thought I was being pretty polite considering...  But the miscreant in question took umbrage at the fact that someone would actually say no and decided to give me attitude.  I just stared at him until he walked away. 

But why on earth would I 1.)  hand my cell phone to a complete stranger; and 2.) allow a complete stranger to use an object that I have purely for my personal use and convenience (and which I pay/paid a hairy fortune for each month)?  He wasn't on fire, giving birth, or bleeding copiously and it was a frickin' train station, complete with pay phones.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Voyage of discovery

In this case my voyage of discovery was literal.  My sister and her new husband rented a tall ship for a both a cruise and B&B.  Unfortunately, while in the galley chatting after the cruise, I found that boats and my stomach do not agree.  It didn't help when my sister set out the guacamole, hummus, and other foods loaded with garlic and onion in front of me and I was told this morning that the place I'd chosen to ride out the rainstorm was probably the worst one on the boat for someone battling seasickness.   Texting Mr. B for advice, I tried everything I could but the weather was not good for going up on deck--staring at the glass of water helped a bit, but I'm sure I was a bilious shade of green.

Luckily my sister took pity on me and drove me back to her place in the middle of a thunderstorm in the middle of the night.  Some ginger capsules provided by a friend and some dramamine found under the counter and some sleep and I was set to rights this morning.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fast and Furious in one Minute

Via Bookworm Room:  As she says, this ad should get wide play.  I concur so I'm passing it along.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

For Og.....

The Mighty and Indomitable Og has a post up about MTV.  Tom Petty's Runnin' Down a Dream was one of my favorite videos although I think someone was smoking some pretty serious doobage when creating it.  Guess that's what made it so fun to watch.  Please to enjoy a trip to the past....


Theater Life...

Via Advice Goddess:  I like the theater and I like Neil Patrick Harris.  This is the perfect blend. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Did something good, I think....

Well, I finally did it.  I called my high school English teacher and thanked her for staying after school with me, for introducing me to poets such as Dorothy Parker, and for helping me to understand Fahrenheit 451, which I had read before it was required for her class, but then actually had to analyze the next time around.

It was funny though, when I called she said "You're calling because you heard Bradbury died, aren't you?"  I admitted that was indeed the impetus for the call.  She laughed as I finished my outpouring of thanks and said "I wish I had a tape recorder so I could play this over and over."

Calling her was a good thing and was well overdue.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

RIP Ray Bradbury....

Mr. B called me at work yesterday to tell me that Ray Bradbury died on Tuesday.  Bradbury's work had a profound effect on my life.  I've written before about Fahrenheit 451--I think it should be required reading in any advanced curriculum.  I just bought another copy of The Illustrated Man, which may have led to my love of tattoos, although none of mine move and the only story they tell is my own.  I remember the attempt to bring The Martian Chronicles to the big screen but Bradbury's work is so internal that trying to match his vision with anything concrete will not work.

Bradbury's vision of Montag's world in Fahrenheit 451 in some ways was prescient, but I hope his darker vision does not come to pass.  In the meantime, I'll remain attached to my paper and ink as my preferred reading mode.

Rest In Peace Mr. Bradbury.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Commercials for ObamaCare....

Is there a particular reason why it's appropriate that our tax dollars are further being wasted through the creation and airing of commercials for ObamaCare (being paid for by healthcare.gov)??  I've been seeing quite a few of them on our airwaves-only channels (presumably targeting those who either cannot or choose to not pay for cable)....

Monday, June 4, 2012

Paths....

Sometimes you gotta wonder how you got to a specific place and time.....  Below is a great song that just speaks to me sometimes.  I never had a Camaro though.....

Friday, June 1, 2012

And the worst they can say is no....

Congrats to my friend--she took a chance, sent an email and was rewarded with Dharma Brew from the Lafayette Brewing Company.  She is a volunteer at Wolf Park and folks from the park frequent the Brew Pub after Saturday evening Howls (well worth checking out if you are ever in around West Lafayette, Indiana).  So she emailed the Pub owners and suggested a new limited beer and they agreed.  Not only that, they will be donating money from each sale to the park.  It's a win-win, she says--not only a cool idea coming to fruition but the beer is wicked tasty too.

From the Brewery:

We've got some fantastic seasonals due for release this month. Dharma, brewed in celebration of Wolf Park's 40th Anniversary, is a dark ale was brewed with pale, toasted, caramunich, crystal and de-husked roasted malts to create a full-bodied dark ale. A very modest dose of Nugget and Chinook hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malt. The resulting ale is rich and malty with hints of nuts, toffeee and chocolate. 8.1% ABV 25 IBU. LBC will donate $.50 from the sale of every glass of Dharma to Wolf Park. Learn more about Wolf Park at: www.wolfpark.org