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Danger All Around?

Perhaps it is obvious.  Perhaps people have been saying this all along.

But I never believed it was reality.  I always thought that the liberal pols were actually that stupid and held to ideology without regard to any rudimentary survival instinct.

What if even they now realize that cuts have to be made – awful radical dramatic painful ones – and see that they have danger on the right and danger on the left?

The conservatives will never trust a liberal.  Ever.  The liberals will only support them if they engage in what they may very well realize is political suicide.

It would explain the couldn’t-do-a-thing performance when the Democrats had control last year and needed to work on a budget – but didn’t.  It would explain why they have mostly rolled over on cuts (inadequate cuts but it’s a start) by the Republicans.

What if the Democrat pols actually believe that ideology must be set aside and that severe cuts need to be made?

They couldn’t be seen as supporting that viewpoint – it would be political suicide amongst the liberals who still think that progressive policies and government-driven spend-your-way-into-prosperity practices are valid.   They would never be viewed as reliable by those on the right – because of the almost universal “once-a-always-a axiom”†.

I am a firm believer that except in very rare circumstances we never really change. We become more of what we really are as we age.  Sure, there are examples – such as Paul in the bible – but very rarely do we actually change.  Sure, the Democrats might face up to a new reality and new facts, but given the chance they would go back to where they were before.  Yes, I am cynical.  So what?

So, Democrats can bitch and whine and protest-too-much about Tea Partiers, but at the end of the day they are really in a bad spot.  Go forward and enrage your base?  Hang back and enrage the “independents”, whatever they are?   Hope that things FAIL and be accused of being complicit or not acting when it was really needed (months ago when it was achievable or more effort now)?  Hope that things succeed and then later be seen as the anchor to achieving really good things if it proves to be the hard slog that logic says it must be?

Democrats don’t even need to take another step and they already stink like a three-day-old fish.

 

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Update:  Speaking of utterly spineless wimps… listen to Hilary on no-fly zone over Libya

“We had a no-fly zone and then we had 78 days of bombing in Serbia. It did not get Milosevic out of office. It did not get him out of Kosovo until we put troops on the ground with our allies,” she added. “I really want people to understand what we are looking at.”

Clinton also expressed deep doubts about proposals to set up a “no-fly” zone over Libya, saying previous no-fly zones set up over Iraq and Serbia had had little effect.

Hillary should know, she was shot at by sniper fire when she visited.

Obama?  He’s another Jimmeh Cahtah.  When FRANCE steps up and shows bigger balls than the US… damn is this embarrassing.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton underscored on Thursday the need for international consensus on the next steps on Libya, saying any unilateral U.S. move could have unforeseeable consequences.

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Democrats in Wisconsin ran away because they didn’t like the fact that the vote would not have gone their way. Had they ALL shown up the vote would have sided with the governor.

So Republicans removed all mention of budget and allocation of monies from the bill that removes collective bargaining from public union employees and passed that bill anyway.  Well played… well played.  If Democrats can play the rules to stop a vote, the Republicans can play the rules to start it.

“In 30 minutes, 18 state senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten,” said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller. “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people.”  – AP

Well, the vote in the guv’nor’s favor still would have happened had the candy-asses guys been there instead of being a bunch of running/crying/screaming little girls, but at least then they could have faced it like men and women with character.

Note:  My apologies to the insult delivered to little girls everywhere by using them to illustrate the nature Wisconsin Democrats, but I was grasping for a vivid metaphor.

How do you take elected representatives casting legal votes – with or without the opposition party they had a majority – and claim that it is “disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights”?   Minority Leader Mark Miller strikes me as a leader without leadership qualities to brag about.  If people’s civil rights have been removed by taking away collective bargaining then I guess I’ve lived without civil rights most of my life.  Oh boo-hoo.  Bunch of man-babies.

Speak of the Democrat, there goes a man-baby now! At least they’re playing frugal (all part of the act, those tax-n-spend demmy’s)… those rooms cost $15/week, $20 if you want clean sheets.  $25 if you want unstained clean sheets.

Rules are great unless they work against you, sayeth the Democrats.

A majority of those on the Democrat side were complaint-free a year ago during the federal passage of the Health Care Reform fiasco.  Did every Republican walk out en-masse on that one?  I can’t recall…

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If ever I needed an endorsement to help me decide about Obama… this is it.  On Drudge…


GADDAFI: 'OBAMA IS FRIEND'

 

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Is that right, all you Wisconsin Democrats who love rules when you win but when you lose you get pissy and take your ball thwaight home?

Well, you go right ahead and take that ball home but we’re gonna pop it first.

Yes I hate the dart in the foreground. I'll play with it tonight. It was late last night when I did this.

 

Two words come to mind: Finesse and Elegant.

Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to make Democrats hiding out in Illinois come back to Wisconsin to pick up their paychecks.

The Senate Committee on Organization voted on a 3-2 party line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against, to change Senate rules so that senators who miss two consecutive floor days can no longer have their paychecks dropped automatically into their bank accounts. The vote was taken by paper ballot, which allowed Democrats to cast their votes from out-of-state.

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I notice that the UN suddenly ditches as soon as someone figures out the latest instance of corruption.  Remember Oil for Food?

As the body count rises from the brutal repression of revolt in Libya, the United Nations is abruptly cutting some of its intimate ties with members of the ruling family of despot Muammar al-Qaddafi.

In response to a question from Fox News, a spokesman for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the U.N.’s flagship anti-poverty agency, revealed that his organization had just terminated the appointment of Qaddafi’s daughter Aisha as a National UNDP Goodwill Ambassador For Libya, “following the recent events.”

What are you willing to bet that the only poverty that program really addressed was the bottom line in members’ wallets?

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Spider goats on the face of a dam.  – h/t to Black Lab on Amphetamines

One quick shot and you could pick up your now-tenderized goat at the bottom of the dam.

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Don’t forget to vote!

I was just at the voting precinct this morning and found it to be crowded and the worker I asked said it was very busy.  Last time I saw it so busy was Clinton’s re-election year.

Republicans damn well better not see this as a referendum in their favor.  It isn’t.  It’ll be a vote against democrats, which is another animal entirely.

From Llamas with Hats (go buy one!).  I wish I could buy one but my daughter has just learned how to read and she is already wickedly good at it.

This expresses my feelings towards the Dems,though:

From Llamas with Hats - you need one of these... http://www.cafepress.com/filmcow/7073378

And this one…

From Llamas with Hats - you need one of these, too... http://www.cafepress.com/filmcow/7073378

 

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Democrats have been wondering why they’re getting hate mail, why wackos are coming out of the woodwork to threaten them, and why we don’t just love them to death.

Let’s look at a few ideas.

Gloating.  How many pictures of Nancy Pelosi gloating can a person stand after they’ve had health care rammed down their throats?

Arrogance not earned.

Obama hasn’t earned the right to be arrogant, yet he makes me look like an amateur.  He can’t speak without a teleprompter, his social skills leave a great deal to be desired, he’s completely tone-deaf to anyone who disagrees with him, and his ability to exhibit class is nonexistent.

Underhanded behaviorLies.  Double-counting.  Undercounting.  Backroom deals.  Manipulation.

You can’t keep pushing transparency while being secretive and have anyone’s respect.  You just can’t.  You can’t bribe people with taxpayer dollars to buy votes without losing people’s respect.  You just can’t.  You can’t keep having votes where constituents have no access – such as on weekends or driving something through just prior to recess where votes are fait accompli.

Ellen Ratner pretty much came right out and said what lots of conservatives know to be true:

Obama can now build the momentum from his party to get some of his other legislative priorities accomplished. He doesn’t have much time even if American becomes a lot happier with his presidency . The simple fact is that the history of midterm elections is not on his side. He needs to move his legislation quickly and use the same party unity tactics that brought him the major win he got on health care.

In other words – hey, lets be sleazy bastards because if it works it must be ok.

You can’t make laws that are unpopular to more than half the nation and then exempt yourself from the law – either in the application or the increased taxes that result from the law.

Really.  You just can’t.  Making laws as in Health Care Reform and then exempting yourself isn’t good policy.  It makes you look like an asshole.  Yes, it really makes you look bad.

While everyone else in the United States — from the top corporate executives to the grocery store checkout clerk — will be forced to buy their insurance through heavily regulated state-run exchanges, the health care bill excludes one group: the leadership and committee staff. Yes, that’s right. The very people who wrote up this bill are refusing to be included themselves. Given the narrow definition of “congressional staff” on page 158 of the health care bill, the Congressional Research Service memo believes that courts will not require “professional committee staff, joint committee staff, some shared staff, as well as potentially those staff employed by leadership offices” to go through the exchanges. President Obama and his family are also exempt from the law.

You can’t keep ordering private sector businesses around as if it were your Constitutionally-granted power.

Obama readies steps to fight foreclosures, particularly for unemployed.

The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it is tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday.

You especially can’t do this if you keep helping people who made bad life decisions while the rest of the people who are afloat because they sacrificed and made good choices are still stuck paying their way and the way of those who chose badly.  People who have had to default on loans generally did something that got them there.  Sure, bad things happen to good people.  But more often than not, bad things happen to stupid people.

You can’t act as if the United States were a socialist state.

Yet that is what democrats are doing.

You can’t keep insulting the United State’s staunchest allies.

Binyamin Netanyahu travelled halfway around the world to hash things out with Obama, and the Obama says “let me know if there is anything new” and goes to dinner.  If I have a guest, I don’t welcome them to hang out and then leave them.  That’s such poor taste I wouldn’t blame the Israelis if they told O to go take a flying f*ck at a rolling donut.  I like Israel too much to not be pissed on their behalf.  Same goes for pissing on the Brits – for all their issues, they’ve still been good friends.  (see Arrogance above…)

You can’t mock your adversaries when you just won – even if you’re a party leader or President.

Looking relaxed and upbeat, [Obama] mocked Republicans for acting as if the bill would lead to “Armageddon.”

“After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth,” Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and “birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall.”

See, this situation requires more class and reserve, given how upset people already are, and to sit there and mock them while at a rally with your buds says you don’t respect them in the least.  (see Arrogance above…)

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Update 2:  I. Am. In. Awe.  Over at Moonbattery is an awesome kickbutt satire magazine cover graphic.  Oh golly, is it good.

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Update:  NOT WORTHLESS.  You know how Obama keeps placing the blame for everything at Bush’s feet?  He ought to clam up – a lot of people are pining for Bush which would argue that not everyone is convinced a lot of issues don’t lie directly at Obama’s feet:

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.

Thanks for the news, Ben Smith.  This ought to cheer many.

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THIS may be the most worthless ever but the title of this post refers to stuff after this graphic.  I’m probably going to catch hell for it, but satire is still free, right?

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Oh, wow.  Oh geez.  Oh boy.

So…  ****ing…  What?

Gosh, Breitbart, glad you gave us yet more useless data and some scientists figured this one out:

If the data devoured in the United States last year were converted to text there would be enough books to bury the country under a pile seven feet (two meters) deep, according to a study released Wednesday.

Researchers at UC San Diego.  I would like to know if one cent of our tax dollars went to this utterly worthless information.  In the days of video on-line the information is neither surprising nor significant.

Seriously, when a study is reduced to a visual sound-bite like burying the country under seven feet of books, words can’t express how useless it really is.  Aparalyzed 18″ tail would serve me better than that knowledge.

Yeah, I’m in a foul mood today.

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What is it about the liberal mindset?  Pick any one cause that they feel passionately about.

They make their pitch with all their logic and reasoning.  Now assume that you disagree with their conclusion or chosen approach.

What do they do?  They assume that you are:   (a) an extremist, (b) a dangerous extremist, (c) a hired-by-the-republicans thug, (d) just ignorant, or (e) they are not getting their point across.

Never once has it occurred to them that there are those of us who are educated, understand what they are saying, aren’t thugs, aren’t extremists;  We just think their argument is bullsh*t.

A recent poll finds Americans more concerned about the economy than global warming and in fact more people are finding that they don’t believe it is a real phenomenon.

“It’s a conundrum. You can’t just say to those interested in global warming that they need to do a better job of PR because they have been trying so hard,” Newport said. “Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He made a widely seen movie, and his book sold many copies. Yet, with all that, it hasn’t worked. You would have to say that, somehow, they’re not getting the message across.”

Another facet to their dysfunction is the idea that White House websites for snitching is somehow different than big brother and McCarthy-ism.  They can’t understand how we don’t agree that it is ok.  Snitching on health care rumors.  This is the path to transparency… ohhhh, yeahhhhhhh.

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I’d like to think of him as a good friend, because he’s into goth-baiting and other fun stuff, and he’s just plain good people – McGoo posted a wonderful pic that he found somewhereGo read his stuff here – it’s a lot of vile tripe, but it’s the good kind of vile tripe – not the stuff you see coming out of our elected officials.

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I would have howled, laughed until I wet my pants, and blacked out from lack of oxygen as I cackled.  Had I been there.  Hillary had some questions asked of her – about her husband’s thoughts as he did her job.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s temper flared on Monday when a Congolese university student asked her for her husband’s thinking on an international financial matter.

A week after former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to secure the release of two detained American journalists and stole the limelight from the start of his wife’s first trip to Africa, Clinton was clearly displeased by the question at town hall forum in Kinshasa.

“You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?” she replied incredulously when the male student asked her what “Mr. Clinton” thought of World Bank concerns about a multi-billion-dollar Chinese loan offer to the Congo.

My husband is not secretary of state, I am,” an obviously annoyed Clinton said sharply. “If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

The question was left unanswered as the moderator of the event quickly moved on.

My husband is not secretary of state, I am…

Hillary, maybe you should send Bill a memo because you’re still not getting through – too  much of his ego is in the way.  Looks good though – having him do your job for you.

Thanks to DailyMail.co.uk – for once calling it like it is:

Indeed, from the whole tawdry affair only one clear winner has emerged – an exuberant Bill Clinton – even if, according to an insider, ‘the joke in the White House was that the girls were safer in North Korea than on the plane going home with Bill’.

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Check this out.

The No. 2 Senate Democrat said Sunday that he’s “open” to health care reform that doesn’t include a government-run “public option,” the latest indication that the Democrats’ package could be scaled back as Senate negotiators try to hammer out a bipartisan compromise and constituents flood town halls to express discontent with the current legislation.

When you haggle for something, do you start with your desired asking price?  No, you don’t.  You ask for something ridonkulously high so when you get closer to what you want it looks better to the other person.

The moonbats have shown great skill in manipulating the populace – do you really think that they’ve been this clueless?   I’ve been operating under the assumption that they actually are this stupid, but now I’m not so sure.

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Cry Baby Cry.

Well, the democrats are crying – they’re beset upon, no one is listening, it’s a vast right wing conspiracy, hired thugs, it’s dangerous, terrorists (homegrown), racists, too well-dressed…

It’s sad folks.  Because this is what it looks like to not have a spine.

DEMOCRYBABYThey love debate as long as everyone agrees ahead of time what the proper conclusion is, but as soon as they see that the other side isn’t buying their brand of shite, well, that’s when the strong-arm stuff happens.

Yeah, these folks are pacifists until you thwart their goals and then there’s trouble.

Let’s put it plainly:  If you don’t have health insurance, yes, I feel for you and I’m sorry, but that does not give you the right to pay for your health care out of my pocket and drag down the quality of my health care, too.  If someone I know needs help and I can help them, I will.  But if I don’t know you… bluntly put… It’s.  Not.  My.  JOB.   It isn’t the government’s job, either.

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Cry baby… cry.

Pelosi/Hoyer op-ed in Monday USATODAY calls townhall protesters 'un-American'... Developing...

Un-American for dissenting with our elected representative’s actions.  Oh yeah.

Then on Drudge…

TURBULENCE AFTER HOUSE DOUBLES PRIVATE JET BUY

You would think that they would get the hint, wouldn’t you?  No way!

Geithner Asks Congress to Increase Federal Debt Limit…

You just can’t make this stuff up.

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On Drudge, a picture that does my heart well.  I want the democrats to be so spooked that they actually think about what kind of asses they’ve been since the election.  It has all the ugly feel of looters robbing stores and homes after a riot.Health Care Brawling

The White House has asked for people to “report disinformation” to keep a list of what is being said (presumably they’ll get notification of who is spreading disinformation).   This is interesting because days later, another Democrat – a congressman – has a story run on some of his utterances.

Baird said he’s using the new system [telephone town hall meetings] because he fears his political opponents may be planning “an ambush” to disrupt his meetings, using methods Baird compared to Nazism.

What we’re seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics,” Baird, D-Vancouver, said in a phone interview. “I mean that very seriously.”

Health Care Brawling2

Funny, congressman… I was about to say the same exact words…  Anyway, the telephone town hall thing will go like this:

Secret schedule
Here’s how it’ll work: if you happen to be sitting near a publicly listed Clark County telephone line on the right day at the right time, your phone will ring.

In order to avoid software problems, Baird’s office says, the exact date and time will be kept secret from the public.

If you answer your landline, an automated message will ask whether you have a question for your Congressman.

Press *3, and you’ll be asked your location and the subject of your question. Sitting at his own telephone at an as-yet-undisclosed location, Baird then will choose a name based on its location and the topic.

There will be no further pre-screening, Baird said. After the call is over, the recording will be posted on his Web site.

Baird said the phone interviews will include “a much better cross-section of the public” than some live town halls.

Yeah, sure… and if a few calls get dropped due to “uncomfortable subject matter” who i s

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Peggy Noonan said it well:

We have entered uncharted territory in the fight over national health care. There’s a new tone in the debate, and it’s ugly. At the moment the Democrats are looking like something they haven’t looked like in years, and that is: desperate.

I’m like a termite in a sawmill – there’s so many goodies to grab here.  She continues:

They must know at this point they should not have pushed a national health-care plan. A Democratic operative the other day called it “Hillary’s revenge.” When Mrs. Clinton started losing to Barack Obama in the primaries 18 months ago, she began to give new and sharper emphasis to her health-care plan. Mr. Obama responded by talking about his health-care vision. He won. Now he would push what he had been forced to highlight: Health care would be a priority initiative. The net result is falling support for his leadership on the issue, falling personal polls, and the angry town-hall meetings that have electrified YouTube.

In his first five months in office, Mr. Obama had racked up big wins—the stimulus, children’s health insurance, House approval of cap-and-trade. But he stayed too long at the hot table. All the Democrats in Washington did. They overinterpreted the meaning of the 2008 election, and didn’t fully take into account how the great recession changed the national mood and atmosphere.

This is probably one of the most important things to take home, but no politician is going to recognize it for what it is:

And so the shock on the faces of Congressmen who’ve faced the grillings back home. And really, their shock is the first thing you see in the videos. They had no idea how people were feeling. Their 2008 win left them thinking an election that had been shaped by anti-Bush, anti-Republican, and pro-change feeling was really a mandate without context.

She backs up my assessment:

The passions of the protesters, on the other hand, are not a surprise. They hired a man to represent them in Washington. They give him a big office, a huge staff and the power to tell people what to do. They give him a car and a driver, sometimes a security detail, and a special pin showing he’s a congressman. And all they ask in return is that he see to their interests and not terrify them too much. Really, that’s all people ask. Expectations are very low. What the protesters are saying is, “You are terrifying us.”

Noonan’s op/ed is so spot on it hurts.  She mentions the accusations by the dems that any protest at town-hall meetings is the work of the VRWC (vast right-wing conspiracy):

What the town-hall meetings represent is a feeling of rebellion, an uprising against change they do not believe in. And the Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive.

Anyhow, everything is always about the dems, their messiah, and the demon hordes out to get those who fight for justice and the little people.

Then came the Democratic Party charge that the people at the meetings were suspiciously well-dressed, in jackets and ties from Brooks Brothers. They must be Republican rent-a-mobs. Sen. Barbara Boxer said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that people are “storming these town hall meetings,” that they were “well dressed”, that “this is all organized,” “all planned,” to “hurt our president.” Here she was projecting. For normal people, it’s not all about Barack Obama.

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Update on the white racists that pushed out a pic of Obama made to look like the joker.  Well, there must’ve been some black racists that did the one of Bush last year.

JOKERSareWILDBut the earlier one couldn’t have been about race.  Never mind they are both presidents being mocked, this new one has to be racially motivated.

More racially-motivated racism stuff courtesy of The Patriot Post

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Sick Stupid Pig of the Year award goes to….

MARTIN COUNTY – Martin County Sheriff’s detectives didn’t buy it when a 48-year-old Jensen Beach man claimed that his cat was downloading child pornography on his computer.

Keith R. Griffin, of the 3600 block of Northeast Jeannette Drive, was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 child pornographic images on his computer, according to a news release.

Griffin told detectives he would leave his computer on and his cat would jump on the keyboard.

Terminate him with prejudice.  Save us all some money.  Won’t help the kids but it is guaranteed that he won’t cause any further problems.

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As my good friend Enas Yorl noted, I am a predominantly Asian cooking fanatic.  I just feel better physically after eating asian food and it is a way of life for me.  Luckily Cruel Wife is usually tickled enough that she did not have to make dinner that I can get away with fixing this stuff 4 times a week minimum.

It occurred to me to ask:  Would it be of any value to you if I posted pictures of the recipes as they look after plating? They won’t be professional pictures but enough to recognize carbon-based food elements.

Son-in-Law Eggs (Thai) – take a hardboiled egg, cut it in half, fry it face down in oil then make a sauce of some oil, brown sugar, and fish sauce.  Pour the sauce over the eggs and sprinkle with chilies and fried onion flakes.

Note:  You will mock me.  I know you are sitting there and thinking “God what hideous concoctions this twisted tool eats!”   You will be somewhat justified since there is no equivalent flavor in any dish I have ever tasted.  I took these to a party and they were all gone within minutes.  Open your mind up and try them.  Would I lie to you, dear Constant Reader?  Someday I shall make Tea Eggs and post the results

Chili Prawns and Bean Stir-Fry (Vietnam) – Honestly, I have not tried this yet but I am going to tonight.  This very evening.  I can’t see how it could possibly lose.  I just can’t.  I’ll keep you posted.

Update: Bad pain night, and I did not make the dish, instead ordered chinese with triple-dose of chili sauce to get the endorphines flowing.

Crisp Chili Beef with Orange Rind and Szechuan Peppercorns (Undetermined) – Very intense dish, and I have rounded it out with copious amounts of broccoli to stretch the quantity and make it more healthy

Shrimp with Red Peppers and Basil (Thai) – A quick and tasty dish, always a favorite here.

The recipes can be found at the top of the page or here.

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This just in from Fox News.  Thanks for reporting, Fox!

Flags just went up!  Not that it has any bearing on the candidates but it sure paints a general picture…

McCain Chastises Dems for Discarding American Flags

So all these flags are found in the dumpsters behind the DNC Convention after it was over and they are then brought to McCain’s rally.  But:

But Democratic convention organizers claimed the flags were not going to be discarded — but instead were snatched from the site of Obama’s historic address to carry out a “cheap political stunt.”

Are you SURE you want to accuse Boy Scouts and Veterans of participation in carrying out cheap political stunts?  Oh, that works.  Well sure the Boy Scouts are part of a civilian paramilitary group and the vets are probably all mercenaries now…

Damon Jones, spokesman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, released a statement saying McCain should applaud the fact that thousands of American flags were “proudly waved” at their convention.

Proudly waved. And then thrown away. I don’t throw away things I’m proud of, I keep ’em.  I throw away things I think are shite.  Ergo, I keep my flags.  But then, I’m proud of my country all the time, too.  🙂

But that’s not the point, the Dems say:

“But instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play out a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism,” he said.

So does anybody really believe that there was a contemporary Flag-gate operation going on?  We’ll see what Bob Woodward scrapes off the bottom of his shoe next.

Notice “bundles of our flags from the stadium” does not refute that they were in the trash.  Words have power, words mean something, and therefore omission of words is every bit as important and as nuanced as inclusion of them.  Sort of like how things hang on what the definition of the word “is” is.

But on another note… Fox editors (foxnews.com) you might want to check your work a bit more carefully…

Slained for Seeking Annulment

“Slained”???

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Dems vs. ACLU?

Note:  For “Dems vs. ACLU” please see the chicken-wire graphic below.

UPDATE: Oh ha ha. Really damned funny you @$$wipes. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25484835/from/ET/

Oops! Woman’s house gets razed by mistake

7:55 p.m. ET, Tues., July. 1, 2008

JACKSON, Miss. – A Jackson State University official blames pranksters for the mistaken demolition of a house — and everything in it. Owner Annie Wilson of Dallas said trying to get fair compensation has been a nightmare.

Vice president Troy Stovall said Jackson State bought the lot next to hers for potential expansion. He says somebody moved signs with the address and a notice that it belonged to the school onto Wilson’s lot — so the contractor worked at the wrong site.

The 713-square-foot house had been appraised for just over $10,000. The school offered Wilson $8,000 in May. She says someone from the state finance department offered $20,000 on Thursday.

Update #2: Oh Yes, it’s much better to see someone sell their body for money than gas. All the difference in the world. Probably one of the stupider statements I have heard lately.

Update #3: Here we have evidence of a schism that isn’t being helped to heal with cute stunts.

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Ok, now this is something I never expected, even though the liberal movement in the US typically has in common with each other only one thing: Hatred of conservatives. Ok, two things… Hatred of conservatives and Bush. Ok, three things… conservatives, Bush, and Rush Limbaugh. Ok… well crap… they hate lots of things but they agree on damn little that isn’t involved with their personal pet ideology. It all comes from within, it appears.

But the democrats stifling protests behind chicken-wire?

I guess they only support fences when it serves their purposes. Found a good cartoon on Stashiu’s blog… (comic strip “Day by Day” – click the image below if it is too small)

DNC Protests Will Be Behind Fence

The fence around the public demonstration zone outside the Democratic National Convention will be chicken wire or chain link, authorities revealed in U.S. District Court today.

That may allow protestors to be seen and heard by delegates going in and out of the Pepsi Center during the convention.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and several advocacy groups have filed an amended complaint to their lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service and the city and county of Denver that says protestors and demonstrators may have their First Amendment rights violated by security restrictions.

The ACLU has said it wants to avoid the conditions that existed during the 2004 convention in Boston, where protesters were caged, infuriating First Amendment advocates.

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In other news, which isn’t shocking at all, certain people are itching to call Amadinejad’s bluff.

HERZLIYA, Israel – Israel should use force to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, urged a former director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency in an exclusive interview with WND.

The comments from Meir Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the Israeli intelligence establishment, are significant since, until now, he has refused to support an attack against Iran.

Maybe by the time Iran blockades Hormuz, $250 a barrel of oil won’t be so bad.

It will severely put a cramp in Wal-Mart, where everything is 78% plastic or your money back (including some of the food). No longer will you be able to buy shoddy chinese plastic crap for $0.99. You’ll be able to buy shoddy chinese plastic crap for $8! What a deal folks! Imagine it: You find that perfect plastic dog-turd that you have searched for all your life, you walk up to the counter with trembling fingers, plunk that turd down on the counter, take your velcro camo wallet out and pull out a fresh-minted $50 bill and get your seven cents in change back in bright new pennies. Now you can buy that operation for your sister with the change!

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You cannot make this stuff up. I dare you to try…

You can’t.

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More (old) news… stuff has been circulating around a while now that questions Obama’s citizenship. Stuff would read like what I was sent tonight:

Barack Obama is not a legal U.S. natural-born citizen according to the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between December 24, 1952, to November 13, 1986. Federal Law requires that the office of President requires a natural-born citizen if the child was not born to two U.S. Citizen parents. This is what exempts John McCain, though he was born in the US Panama Canal Zone .

US Law very clearly states: ‘. . . If only one parent is a U.S. Citizen at the time of one’s birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for minimum ten years, five of which must be after the age of 16.’ Barack Obama’s father was not a U.S. Citizen is a fact.

Obama’s mother was only 18 when Obama was born. This means eve n though she had been a U.S. Citizen for 10 years, (or citizen of Hawaii being a territory), his mother fails the test for at-least-5-years- prior-to Barack Obama’s birth, but-after-age- 16.

Got that? Well, stop salivating. The rationale why that doesn’t work is:

Credit to: John Crewdson

Now pay strict attention, because I’m only going to explain this once: Is Barack Obama a natural-born citizen of the United States and therefore eligible to become president? The answer is yes, according to Ron Gotcher, a noted California immigration lawyer and The Swamp’s resident expert on presidential eligibility.

“The poster’s confusion,” Gotcher writes, “is over the concepts of jus sanguinis and jus soli.” Under jus sanguinis, a person’s citizenship is transmitted “by the blood” – by inheritance from his or her parents or grandparents. In the United States, we recognize citizenship through parentage in a number of cases.

But it is not necessary to look to the statutes that deal with citizenship through jus sanguinis, since Senator Obama’s citizenship derives from jus soli – citizenship through place of birth.

According to Gotcher, “The Fourteenth Amendment commands that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States , and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

“This was clarified by the Civil Rights Act of April 9, 1866, which provided that ‘All persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power are declared to be citizens of the United States.'”

“Senator Obama was born in the State of Hawaii two years after it became a state on Aug.21, 1959 As such, he acquired United States citizenship automatically at birth. While it is not necessary to go into all of the other legal errors contained in the posting (and there are many), the simple fact is that, with rare exceptions (children of diplomats), everyone born in the United States is a citizen of the United States at birth.”

source: http://weblogs.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/blog/2008/06/is_barack_obama_a_us_citizen_y.html

As much as I detest the guy, I hope to hell that the matter of his citizenship continues to be borne out to be true and valid. Do you have any idea of the violence that would occur over a technicality this late in the game? The worst of it is that he’d become a martyr. You can’t fight martyrs.

Plus, I think he actually is a citizen, I’m not just saying that because I’m afraid of bloodshed. If he wasn’t a citizen, I’d say “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war” (Act Three, scene one, Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare) and be damned the consequences.

(Brando, da MAN – in Julius Caesar, 1953)

If you care, the segment where Marc Antony returns to find Caesar (dead) goes thusly:

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,–
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue–
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

Beautiful, no?

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I can die happy – all warm, fuzzy, and validated. Sean M. posted over at doubleplusundead (welcome to the group over there, Sean) what he found on the Urban Dictionary. Go over there and look his stuff up OR head over to The Brea Canyon Monument – he’s got some fun stuff to read. Really. Would I lie to you? Anyway, I’m slapping what he put down verbatim because I’m cheap, lazy, and it keeps my word count up.

moronosphere: That sector of cyberspace which is home to the slack jawed troglodytes, knuckle draggers, and hopelessly reactionary among the world’s netizens.

I’ve always wanted to be known for my slack-jawed troglodytedness quotient.

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