Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fox Business Block

It comes on Fox news channel (360 directTV) at 9 am (CST) on Saturday morning. My husband bemoans the fact that it *used* to be all about business, but no longer - its political, with a bit of business thrown in as a bone at the end of each half-hour show. Me? I love the change! I'm hooked on watching this now - no longer sleep till late on Saturday mornings - I'm up to watch the shows. I think they replay Sunday night? Forbes on Fox, Cashin In, Cavuto, and Bulls & Bears. Half-hour shows, really informative.

Today is the rally "Restoring Honor", the one Glenn Beck is having on the Mall - where MLK stood & gave his "I have a dream" speech. Sharpton says that GB is 'hijacking the civil rights movement'. How? Honor is what MLK was after. Al Sharpton is running a counter-rally, and they will march to the Mall. I wonder WHAT is going to happen there.. being the left is sooo peaceful, and kind, and *never* runs amok.

On another note, as I have my oatmeal cooking on the stove - if you like oatmeal, this stuff will rock your boat, McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal.

GAH.. I find out more news on these 4 half-hour shows than a full day of watching the regular news - SC is paying for gov't workers to have lapband or gastric bypass - now people are pushing for the government to pay for ALL bypass and gastric operations to cut health-care costs. More of the gimme-gimme-gimme mentality.

Makes me want to puke.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tomorrows another day

and HOPEFULLY my doctor in Houston will be at the office tomorrow when I drive up there! Been cancelled twice before.. the knee replacement my doc had is kicking his rear.

Watching Psych, and thinking how much of a funny show this is. This is the 4th? season, and I enjoy it as much as I did the first. They have a new kid playing "little sean" on the opening. I guess the kid from previous years shot up and hit teenage years! the same kid plays Gus in the openings. This is a fun show, not serious, and a good cast. Ok i'm off to bed! see ya !

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Watching Red Eye

I DVRed Red Eye last night...and he (Greg Gutfield) had a good poll question:

Is Nancy Pelosi:

A. Evil

B. Insane

Check out Pamela Geller's piece here and what on earth is Nancy Pelosi doing? she's seeing monsters under the bed.

Leave your vote in comments

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ninja Warrior

This episode is on now. So far, no one's made it past the third challenge. This show has been on a marathon on G4, it rocks. Love watching this to see how they can handle the challenges. 4 competitors have bitten the dust on that challenge, and 1 more to go. Darn. the redesigned course was too much for those 5 in stage 3, but no one could make it past the cliffhanger.

On another note, cucumbers & onions marinated in vinegar & water, smell WAY better than they taste!

Friday, August 13, 2010

No toy for you!

Watching Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, and he mentioned this lovely little bit out of the land of granola - California. Why is it the land of granola? Because it's populated with fruits, nuts, and flakes. That fine, upstanding Center for the Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has announced it will sue McDonald's, unless it stops putting kiddy swag in its little cardboard boxes. Why does the kid want to go to McDonald's? To get the loot! When that Beanie Baby thingw as going big, and McD's had the tiny bears, my girls wanted to go all the time to see what animal they could get this time (they didn't end up finishing their chicken nuggets & fries anyway), they were there for the goodies. And this was even from Chicken Nugget Child, who ate chicken nuggets no matter what restaurant we went out to. Now to top those kooks (whose interest are they serving?) - the Kommiefornians are out to take away the fries and put in fruits & vegetables.

Yep, those people who are banning the sale of pets, sodas, and bottled water - are now after the beloved fries of McD's.

"In San Francisco, newly proposed legislation would ban toys from most kids meals sold at McDonald's, Burger King and other chains unless the meals meet more stringent calorie and sodium limits. The legislation also would require fruit or veggies in each meal."

Santa Clara, south of SF, has already enacted this, but the San Francisco ban would hit hundreds of restaurants.

Yep, reduce the small amount of fries, and instead put in fruit, veggies, or a salad. Boy howdy, 6 year olds REALLY get excited over the prospect of a salad! Heh. One commenter here said that "putting veggies in a Happy Meal wont make the kid eat it any more than when I put it on their plates". How true. Gee. Imagine.. letting the parent make the decision, instead of those busybodies at CSPI. Some of their antics can be seen at More can be read at Michael Fumento's excellent site, just put the name of the meddles into the search. This is a site I found 2 days ago, have been reading past articles since then. Great reading. THEN my husband tells me "oh, you found Fumento's site" WHY doesn't he tell me about good websites to read? He then tells me he's been reading that site for years! Blah! Husbands!

Another good site I found while on my websurfing around different topics typed into google search bar, is HOLY COW how did I miss this site all this time - tons of good reading - so brew a pot of coffee, sit down, and prepare to open lots of rabbit trails in a new tab. I found out that tabs just kind of slide off the edge of the screen on my netbook - I had 20 open this morning at 4 am, while surfing about.

On the lighter, sarcastic, snarky side, someone asked me what was Ahmadinejad's first name...couldn't remember, so I asked google little window up there that is so helpful for finding stuff.. (its Mahmoud), but I found "this site - The People's Cube, with this section "Letters to Ahmadinejad"...

This really got me:

If you really want peace, you must write letters to world leaders - because how would they
otherwise know what's going on in the world?

WWII could surely be avoided if enough people were to sit down and write "Dear Adolf," pouring
their hearts into it. The takeover in Tibet might never have happened if more people would write "Dear Mao!" on their stationeries. Afghanistan might be at peace if in 1979 more people of good will had sent letters to Moscow addressed to "Dear Leonid!"

In today's world, public diplomacy dictates that all of us sit down and write "Dear Mahmoud!"

Now.. does this sound familiar from the "Can't we all get along" crowd? Hah! the letters start off with a letter from him to Bush (the original), and go onto ones to Mahmoud from people such as Kim Jong Il; Howard Dean; Kofi Annan; Lagos, Nigeria; Morpheus (of the Matrix), etc. The comments following the letters are pretty darn good too. Dear Mahmoud is the section.

Here is an article from the American Spectator on America's Ruling Class.

Enjoy the reading, and the giggles at People's Cube.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Entitlement Insanity

Those are not my words - they are the words on the blurb on Judge Napolitano's Freedom Watch, on right now - about the 99'ers. What are the 99'ers, you might ask? Good question! Those are the ones that are up against the 99 weeks of unemployment...i.e. paid to not work, and demanding EXTENSIONS! Not jobs. They went & protested on Wall Street today (Thursday).. not going out and looking for a job - any job. From what I've read, people will not take a lower-paying job, a couple of them. Why? because the pay is "too low". well wah, if you're out of work, get a clue, and TAKE the job. Why turn up your nose at it? Because you can make more on unemployment?

My grandpa walked 10+ miles one day for a job in the Depression, on my mom's side. He did not get the job.. How many people are willing to actually do whatever it takes for a job, that say they cannot get a job? And then blaming "tax cuts for the rich", on their lack of a job, or lack of extension past 99 weeks. That is almost 2 dang years. Take something beneath you, and take a 2nd or 3rd job. Imagine, actually having to earn your money doing something you don't want to do.

I'll be called cold-hearted, blah blah blah, because I don't work - I'm a housewife, as *if that isnt work* and that we're lucky that my husband has a job.

I've lived out of a van, and worked doing whatever the heck I could to make money, *except that*, to earn a living, so I didnt have to suck off the government tit.

I really think the Depression-era people, that would have taken a job, ANY job, are spinning in their graves.

And if you believe ending the Bush tax cuts will affect "only the rich" guess again buddy. It directly affects YOU, no matter how much, or little you will make. The bottom tax rate will jump from 10% to 15%, a !!! 50% !!!!! increase. The top 35% will climb to 39.5%. The most affected, will be middle income and low-income workers. so who are you really 'sticking it to'? The current six rate brackets of 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% will be replaced by five new brackets with the higher rates of 15%, 28%, 31%, 36% and 39.6%.

And 'sticking it to the rich' will affect you, because who starts businesses, hires people, launch new products, and hire YOU to manufacture them. So ending the tax cuts are only shooting yourself in the foot.

Feel like investing any of the money you may have hanging around? The tax rate will shoot up by a third on capital gains - from 15% to 20%, while if you own even a few low-priced stocks, and manage to get a few bucks off dividends from them, your tax rate on dividends will skyrocket 264%, from 15% to 39%. The death tax makes a comeback, if your estate (this includes ALL stuff, you house, any property you own, your furnishings, your vehicle, if you happen to own anything, it all adds up quickly, you'd be surprised at how much your stuff is worth, using government figures. And you've *already* paid taxes on that stuff, but it's going to be taxed again, when you leave it to your kids. Have a business? Many are not passed down because of the confiscatory tax rate of death tax (55% starting Jan 1).

And then there's death. That's a certain thing too. Just your nightly nugget of joy :P

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

anti-discrimination laws

fly in the face of common sense. By classifying more and more people as a protected class, you are making ohwhattheheckistheword... Let's start by defining our terms (a most important thing!)

Discrimination, Websters 11th Dictionary:

3 a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment

Hmm... Prejudiced.Let's look at the definition (same dictionary)

2 a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge b : an instance of such judgment or opinion c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics.

No, much of what goes on is NOT discrimination, and people screaming their rights are violated because they can't see their burrito at Chipotle being made, is just CRAP. Here is part of it from the AP: “because the restaurants’ 45-inch counters are too high. The company now faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.”

Because someone can't see their darn burrito being made, it's some kind of violation of their constitutional rights? NO its not. The government has been in the business of finding more and more 'rights' that are about as much of rights, as I am a chipmunk.

Check out the book "You Can't Say That! The growing threat to civil liberties from anti-discrimination laws". At the Amazon site, you can look inside the book - click on "look inside". I bought it, quite a good book.

I'm of a libertarian bent, and this blurb fits my views:

The libertarian concept of freedom of association is often rebuked from a moral/ethical context. Under laws in such a system, business owners could refuse service to anyone for whatever reason. Opponents argue that such practices are regressive and would lead to greater prejudice within society. Right-libertarians sympathetic to freedom of association, such as Richard Epstein, respond that in a case of refusing service (which thus is a case of the freedom of contract) unjustified discrimination incurs a cost and therefore a competitive disadvantage. Left-libertarians argue that such refusal would place those businesses at an economic disadvantage to those that provide services to all, making them less profitable and eventually leading them to close down.The libertarian concept of freedom of association is often rebuked from a moral/ethical context. Under laws in such a system, business owners could refuse service to anyone for whatever reason. Opponents argue that such practices are regressive and would lead to greater prejudice within society. Right-libertarians sympathetic to freedom of association, such as Richard Epstein, respond that in a case of refusing service (which thus is a case of the freedom of contract) unjustified discrimination incurs a cost and therefore a competitive disadvantage. Left-libertarians argue that such refusal would place those businesses at an economic disadvantage to those that provide services to all, making them less profitable and eventually leading them to close down.

Ok. I have to go cut up the cauliflower for tonight's dinner with salmon, so I'm done ranting. :)

What are rights?

Is the ability to use the same streets? The right to prove oneself in the workplace, to succeed on their talent and drive alone; Handicap parking. I don't see police and signs barring people that are disabled from using those streets. According to Steny Hoyer (D-MD), "Bush signed into law 20 years ago one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in recent memory."

He's saying its almost as important as the civil rights act of 1965.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

If anything, the states should have their own regulations, not FEDERAL. Go read what Congress' job is and isn't.

On another note, while I was up still at 2 am last night when Red Eye with the rodent came on, I should have just sucked it up & watched it - He wants to build a gay bar right next door to the mosque proposed in NYC 500 feet from ground zero. My first thought was "time for a BBQ shack that specializes in pork ribs!" with large neon pig, or a Pig Stand. Hm.. I was thinking of the Pig Stands of San Antonio, it appears that they are closing. Bummer. But something with a giant cement pig on top of the building. Maybe facing mecca also. Or a Hooters.

Why do I call Greg Gutfield the rodent? I look at him, and am just reminded of one.

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” Marie-Antoinette. Let them eat cake. Contrast this with Michelle Antoinette. See the sameness?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Overspending...again...and again...and again!

Remember how those stimulus dollars were supposed to create jobs, and foster hard-working people to get jobs? Look at how they're spending your tax dollars.

I was up early this morning, and watching Washington Journal on C-span, I flipped it on just as they were reading from a newspaper (I don't know which one!) about the unemployment rate in Michigan, and the fact that people are not taking jobs for $10 to $25 an hour, preferring to stay on unemployment for almost two years.

I was going through spam email, hoping for an email from the Kia dealer, on an under 9k Kia Soul advertised as a new car deal, and came across Ann Coulter's current column. Now, you may not like her, because she is *plain speaking*, or *in your face nitty gritty*, but in this article, you will find a nugget of joy:

Mr. HOWARD: I now move to take up House joint resolution No. 127.

The motion was agreed to; and the Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, resumed the consideration of the joint resolution (H.R. No. 127) proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The first amendment is to section one, declaring that all "persons born in the United States and Subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the States wherein they reside. I do not propose to say anything on that subject except that the question of citizenship has been fully discussed in this body as not to need any further elucidation, in my opinion. This amendment which I have offered is simply declaratory of what I regard as the law of the land already, that every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.

Anchor babies are NOT thought of in this law, but it was meant for the slaves, who often lived in the US, born in the US. Read for a fuller exposition on this important article.

This will be the linchpin of the coming elections, I think more than the economy. We cannot really do much with the economy, until we FIX and CONTROL our borders. Look at Arizona! I was looking at a Michigan newspaper earlier, they are considering a law resembling Arizona's. Debbie Riddle, TX state senator, will be introducing a similar bill up in Austin in this coming legislative session. Oklahoma and Rhode Island already have laws like this, passed in 2008...The California state law is STRICTER than the Arizona law, yet they ignore it in their own state, at their own peril. Sanctuary cities are a bad idea. The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act was supposed to 'end' illegal immigration, and made it illegal to knowingly hire illegals. With the E-Verify system in place, it makes it easier to spot the illegals and NOT hire them. However, some states are opposing E-Verify. Why? Because they are basically a sanctuary STATE, and really don't give a damn for the rule of law.

People will say "you're racist" for opposing illegal immigration, but you don't even have to specify a country illegals come from in order to get this epithet thrown at you. In Yahoo chat, let's see.. I'm a racist because I support the rule of law (immigration); a bigot (because I believe Jesus is the only way to heaven); oh yes, let's not forget "did you take your meds" if I ask a Muslim questions about their religion. I tell ya, some people's heads are in the ground so much, that it is scary. And to think people think I get political on Facebook! it's nothing compared to this blog hah!

I've started reading my Bible through for the year, I have some catching up to do as I started in March this year, so I will leave off for the night before I get on another tear and start ranting about the mosque that Bloomberg (the moron!) says should be built. Yep. Another slap in the face for the good ole US of A. More on that tomorrow, a bit of history for you guys probably around 6 pm central time. Until then, I'm off and will BBQ some bison burgers tomorrow early evening :D

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just a quick one

to say that the photos are up at Flickr here, the new photos are in the three latest sets - class reunion, Summer 2010, and Ft Snelling. The videos I tried to upload and for some reason they are not working. Will have to figure that out another time. Am wishing evil things on my PA, who cancelled the prescription for migraine meds (he's a jerk), I managed to find some still left over from before. It is nice to be home!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Home again, home again, jiggety jig

Heh. Well I had a great time Saturday night, got to meet spouses of a few people I had gone to school with. Here are my thoughts while sitting at the airport Monday afternoon:

Well, I'm up at the Minneapolis airport, and so far, no Sumdood. However, they consider a netbook a 'laptop' up in this airport, unlike Houston Hobby - they have NO signs saying take them out etc, unlike Houston Hobby also. Plus my backpack was overstuffed with books, papers, powercords, and so they had to go through it by hand. AND swiped my netbook with a little bomb wetnap and put it under some dumb scanner. WHY don't they profile at airports, I have NO idea, except it's politically correct to not do so, and you get smacked with charges of 'racism' even tho the morons doing the crap come from different countries. And they're not extremely white people with no tan. I think the only one paler than myself is my oldest daughter, and my youngest daughter, one tans, but doesn't go out in the sun, the other starts burning in 20 minutes like me. I'm one of the few that can slather on SPF 50 and still get a sunburn at 5 pm.

Saturday night's get-together at the country club was interesting. I couldn't locate it - I only knew of 2 golf courses in the area, and one was Lakeview where a friend and I used to go gather golf balls and sell them back to the club, and the other is a dinky place, with no 19th hole, where I used to go sledding down the big hills during the winter. Finally found it, after circling around in a large square and going past places several times. Finally found it, and had a great time that evening, seeing one lady I had not seen since HS - she didn't graduate with us (moved away) but came, and I'm glad she did.

You know, it seems like people are alot nicer now than we all used to be in high school. Some people you only knew by name and face, and they would not have deigned to talk to you in HS, and now, everything's leveled out. It's also strange to me, living in the same general area you grew up in. I left MN in 1980, and only moved back for a couple of months in 81, then left again.

It's also neat to see what people are doing now, how they've turned out from school. It was neat to see the people I had gone to school with from 1st grade on also. I was really suprised when one of the guys recognized me (Friday night), as I don't think I look like I did back then at all. Quite a few are living all over MN, from the southern end to way up north. One of the guys that graduated with me, Aaron, is an Elvis impersonator. Here is his Myspace page, with some videos on it. He also has a UFO show on blogtalk radio, found here. He's also an illustrator of children's books. How neat is that! A couple of the guys are PE instructors, coaches, etc. Really cool. One is a lawyer living up in Dallas. He's changed so much, as we all have. He's still recognizable as him, I think I mostly remember him from grade school, and he wasin German with me. Sat out on the patio and had fun talking with friends, found out from one, that in the class after lunch, I used to tap him on the shoulder, say "hide me, I'm gonna sleep' and crash out in Mr. King's class. Hmm.. no wonder I got a D in that class! And it is a subject that I am interested now- Russian history, go figure. Drove someone to his house, because his ride wasn't picking him up, and he had a few too many. Made sure he got in his door, and went back to the hotel and watched TV for an hour. I've been staying up late since I got up here, and waking up around 5. Looking forward to getting home, and relaxing. I have 2:40 before my flight, so I guess I will kick around the airport for a while here.

Well I'm back sitting at home in my comfy chair, and finally got a good nights sleep. I'm in the process of uploading photos to Flickr right now on the laptop, and then will have photos later tomorrow.