Friday, December 31, 2010

It’s Snowing in Winter! Global Warming is Fake!

I came across this fine rebuttal to the Global Warming is a hoax crowd at Pandagon here pandagon.net. Since it’s 15 – 25 below wind chill factor on Monument today I thought it fitting. Let’s review: blizzards in unusual locations (recently France and the U.K.) are predicted by climate change models. There is a difference between global warming and climate change.

Unless you are the crowd that will buy the DVD’s for Sunday School classes that prove the latest end-times deception is anything environmental. (Resisting the Green Dragon -not linking here). Because protecting our environment is idol worship and God gave us dominion over the earth and Jesus invented the Free Market and so we can trash everything at will and God will create a new Heaven and a new Earth and so recycling is Satanic.

*sigh*. What happened to taking care of the Garden? How about good stewardship of all your resources?

Anyway, early morning and the New Year’s Eve snow is coming to a halt. Happy 2011.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TSA attacks pilot who exposed failures of TSA

Flight crews have to go through the same screening lines at airports that we do. Baggage handlers and cabin cleaners do not. An elderly lady who caused a security breach shut down the Austin airport for two hours while they searched planes for anything she might have snuck on board, but cabin cleaners get no screening? Cabin cleaners that go onto planes and could leave anything at any time?

A pilot who exposed the TSA practice is in trouble, and authorities came to his home to take his gun – the one he packs in the cockpit as his job.

The mighty TSA – you’ll do what we tell you or you’ll walk to Grandma’s. No criticism of our procedures allowed.

AMERICAblog News: TSA attacks pilot who exposed failures of TSA

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Prairie Notes

Odd news of the Plains:

A man leads police on a chase on I-25 without knowing he was being chased:
http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/driver-with-diabetic-reaction-leads-20-mile-chase-on-i-25/
And a retired teacher commits suicide by setting herself on fire:
http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/popular-cripple-creek-teacher-dies-after-fire/

In Napa this month, I noted the readily available and almost mandatory recycling bins in every 7-11, wine shop and on most street corners. Pueblo Health Department has just stopped the tiny green effort here.
http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/free-recycling-no-longer-available-in-pueblo/

It will be -10 degrees overnight Thursday.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jesus

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Cuz it wouldn't be Christmas without His favorite creatures. Waiting for the sleepers to arise to open gifts. Cats have barfed breakfast already, so everything is on schedule. Last night's baking produced hard-as-rocks shortbread.
May your holiday be blessed!

Monday, December 20, 2010

From an active duty Marine, Nathan Cox - Sexuality doesn't matter on the battlefield

Nathan Cox - Sexuality doesn't matter on the battlefield: "This suggests that much of the opposition toward repeal within the Marine Corps is based on the politics of individual Marines and not any measurable military effect."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

And a Sweet Lobbying Job After the Congress Thing...

Brilliant at Breakfast: "A study came out not too long ago that members of Congress' personal net worth, in spite of the economy they largely wrecked, had risen by 16% since 2008. This starts with Rep. Darrel Issa, the presumptive next House Judiciary Chairman, whose own net worth is estimated to be over $303,000,000, making him the wealthiest man in Congress."

Airport Security: Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners - ABC News

Standing in line at security at the ridiculous DIA set up (one central place of screening before anyone can get on the train) and the nicely easy and efficient SFO (security at every entrance to the many small collection of gates) makes my blood boil. As I grab five bins to unload my coat, outer shirt, belt, purse, laptop bag, laptop, ONE quart-size zip lock bag containing four (3 OZ not 3.5 OZ!) fluid-filled containers and my lastly, my loafers, I count down the seconds before the overheard “well, it’s worth it to keep us safe” remark.
I curse Dick “Dick” Cheney and with my first Porno Scan, courtesy of SFO, Michael Chertoff as well.
These are the people who used your fear of terrorist against you for their profit. And you voted for them, because Republicans keep us safer, or something.
A passenger uses his shoe as a bomb? Everybody take your shoes off! A jerk tries to explode his jockey shorts? I’ll need to inspect your Grandma’s Depends.
Meanwhile, this guy (a forgotten Glock? In your computer bag?):
Airport Security: Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners - ABC News
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Friday, December 17, 2010

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Californiya

Home from a business trip to Napa. Amusing weather reports about the cold, cold 30 degree weather and FROST on car windshields! Nice shuttle from San Francisco to Napa, about the same as the drive from Puello to Denver, but with more civilization, hills, green growing things and not a tumbleweed in sight. Lovely wine and good food. Napa is like Boulder without the box canyon or C.U.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Truth About Social Security

h/t: Masson's Blog:

Matt Bai's Post-Partisanship -- RollingStone.com: "Let's be clear about what's going on here. Social Security was never the cause of the nation's debt problems. This issue dates all the way back to the Eighties, when Ronald Reagan hired Alan Greenspan to chair the National Commission on Social Security Reform, ostensibly to deal with a looming shortfall in the fund. Greenspan's solution was to hike Social Security tax rates (they went from 9.35% in 1981 to 15.3% in 1990) and build up a 'surplus' that could be used to pay Baby Boomers their social security checks 30 years down the road.

They raised the SS taxes all right, but they didn't save the money for any old Baby Boomers in the 2000s. Instead, Reagan blew that money paying for eight years of deficit spending and tax cuts. Three presidents after him used the same trick. They used about $1.69 trillion in extra Social Security revenue (from the Greenspan hikes) to pay for current-day goodies, with the still-being-debated Bush tax cuts being a great example. This led to the infamous moment during Bush's presidency when Paul O'Neill announced that the Social Security Trust Fund had no assets." (emphasis mine).
Gore's 'lockbox' idea so funny now?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Prairie News from The Pueblo Chiefly

As long as they don't touch the duct tape holding the bumper on. Or the eight-year-old "Support Our Troops" decals:

LOCAL BRIEFS - The Pueblo Chieftain: Local: "Pueblo Community College's Automotive Collision Technology program has scheduled two I-CAR classes in January for people interested in receiving Level I professional development training.

The classes are:

'Vehicle Technology and Trends 2011,' which will meet from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 8.
'Mechanical Systems Analysis' will meet from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 22.
Both classes will be held in Room 185 of PCC's Medical Arts and Technology Building. I-CAR is an acronym for Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair."

Police mistake movie set for murder scene: 'most grisly murder in 35 years'

Police mistake movie set for murder scene: 'most grisly murder in 35 years' Mail Online: "Police chief investigates 'most grisly murder in 35 years' before discovering blood-spattered scene is a horror movie set".

And in local news, a dump truck in Colorado Springs caught on fire this week.

It's Like Raaaaain on Your Wedding Day....

Tea Party Caucus Takes $1 Billion In Earmarks - Hotline On Call: "Members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus may tout their commitment to cutting government spending now, but they used the 111th Congress to request hundreds of earmarks that, taken cumulatively, added more than $1 billion to the federal budget."

Campaigning on refusing earmark spending? Check. Refusing Emergency Unemployment Insurance while keeping tax cuts for the super rich? Check. Nothing new here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Why Do Repubs Hate America?

Make millions of lower and middle class workers scramble for the money to give to your Health Insurance Masters but make sure the richest people in the country don't have to pay their fair share.

Deficits???? Where have you been the past eight years?

Why do Republicons hate America?

Tax break for employer health plans a target again - Yahoo! News

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Iz Caturday!


Skeeter on the Skeeter Heater. (Heater hidden by Skeeter).

Thanks.

Just back from a lovely Thanksgiving in the Mile High City. Things I'm thankful for: a perfect drive with no weather surprises on Monument; aging parents getting around pretty well; skipping cooking the traditional meal and eating out instead; no marshmallows on the sweet potatoes as served by the restaurant. Also thankful that I could get through the two days of wingnut beliefs and Obama bashing with a minimum of eye-rolling and sighing on my part. Just let it go, just let it go....

Also thankful for the chance to load and test my remote software program to reduce the number of "I'm going to throw this computer out the window" phone calls. Calls about how nothing works and why does God hate me are likely to continue, however. My new planned response is to agree that nothing works and it's probably Obama's fault.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So Now They'll Be Hiring, Right?

Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter - Yahoo! Finance: "American businesses earned profits at an annual rate of $1.66 trillion in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday. That is the highest figure recorded since the government began keeping track over 60 years ago, at least in nominal or non-inflation-adjusted terms."

Yea, Big Business! Good thing we'll keep giving them tax breaks because they create jobs, you know. Except when they don't.

Is it me or is it getting hot in here?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

For all of us Denver Natives

Casa Bonita, Denver, Colorado
Casa Bonita is a sort of Mexican restaurant crossed with Disneyland, and is so well-known in Colorado that it was featured in an episode of South Park. The 52,000-square-foot restaurant that can seat more than a thousand is home to more than just all-you-can-eat beef enchiladas. Among the 22-karat gold leaf dome and pirate caverns are cowboy shootouts, escaping gorillas, cliff divers, and a mish mash of Mexican-related performances.
Cliff divers and Cheez Whiz Enchiladas

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The 7 Creepiest Things About the TSA's "Porno Scanners" | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

This is not to keep us safer. Security is big business, and profitable:

The 7 Creepiest Things About the TSA's "Porno Scanners" Civil Liberties AlterNet: "The invasive scanners can see your tampons, give you cancer and make your grandmother cry -- and they're not cheap. Why do we keep using them?"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bush League

Hammer Of The Blogs: "Ann Richards had it so right when she said that Bush was born on third base but acted like he'd hit a triple. This is a penetrating insight to the man's personality -- it really is incomprehensible to him that actual poor people, who literally cannot bootstrap out of their mess with hard work and/or gumption, because they are overworked and underpaid, and will probably work until the day they drop, that such people exist. His mother's infamous comment at the Katrina shelter in Texas illuminated that whole mentality -- she seems to regard poor people as another species -- so it would make sense that Junior, who literally has never made a fucking dime in his life without the imprimatur of his old man and Nazi-symp grandfather, would just have no clue."

Read the whole thing at the link. Hammer nails it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

They Need a Guide?

We're famous!

THE WEEK IN REVIEW - The Pueblo Chieftain: Local: "Puebloan Phillip Ray Greaves II touched off a nationwide controversy last week when he published a guide for pedophiles, 'A Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child Lover's Code of Conduct.'
His book was for sale as a downloadable e-book on the Internet retailer Amazon's website until Thursday, when the company removed it after intense pressure to do so."

Boehnercare

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Hot Water, Part 35089

By Jill, emphasis mine:

Brilliant at Breakfast: "But as long as we are willing to vote for people who get out on the stump and say, 'Look! Look at that [black guy/illegal immigrant/Muslim/Indian guy/welfare mother/pick a boogeyman any boogeyman]! HE's your problem!' -- while they lift our wallets from our back pockets; as long as Americans jump at the red meat tossed at them by opportunistic hatemongers like Sarah Palin and Rand Paul; as long as we persist in this fantasy that if we just stuff enough taxpayer cash into the pockets of the wealthy they might hire a few people, we're going to continue to be like the proverbial frog in the slowly-heating water on the stove -- unable to see our participation in our own doom."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Prairie News and Beyond

I just got back from a lovely trip to Vail. To get there, a mad dash to Denver before the snow hit on Monument and speeding to make a 5:30 P.M. deadline to get to Castle Rock with enough lights on I-25 before my night-blindness kicked in. Another trip to make me ask, if you live in Colorado, why would you park your RV on the Prairie?

Big news on our return: some First News at Five Looking out for Accurate and Balanced Coverage reports that a neighborhood in the Springs is all atwitter since cops are looking for a big meth house. Or something.

Penfield man dies of carbon monoxide poisoning in home - RocNow.com: "The teens also told authorities that the family had a fire in a fireplace the previous evening, he said. They also told deputies that two carbon monoxide detectors had sounded Monday evening, but that the family was not clear at the time why the detectors were sounding and removed them from the house, Helfer said."
h/t Balloon Juice

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wish I'd Said That

Brilliant at Breakfast: "Yet all these corporations have to do is say, 'Uh uh' and countless tens of millions will believe them when they say socialized medicine is evil and unAmerican, counter-capitalistic and Communist, that the free market always has our best interests at heart and can always be counted on to be responsible stewards of the environment."

Jurassicpork lays it out for you.

Iz Caturday!

The gray overlords take advantage of the Sun Entitlement

The Con is on

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Or perhaps I should say the con is off. It worked. No surprise, I blame Obama for not yelling louder than the Repub party. 95% of us got a tax break last year. The stimulus worked for those who needed more time to find a job, and a 75% reduction in the cost of Cobra. A $8000 credit for first-time home buyers (gladly taken by a co-worker that year, the same woman who proclaimed to us when Obama was elected that “now our taxes are going up”). Health Insurance Reform that doesn’t do much, but does require insurers spend 80% of their income on your care, not amassing huge profits and giving more millions to the CEO’s while increasing your premiums and denying you coverage – coverage that you pay for every month. The only industry in the U.S. currently not subject to anti-trust laws. Your new overlord has promised to repeal it.

You think they’re concerned about the deficit? Where have you been for the past nine years? The Repubs in Congress continued to fund two wars while keeping the cost off the books and borrowing from China. Any objection to the cost and you were labeled as hating the troops.

And the bank bail out? TARP stalled for a day in Congress – remember, gentle reader, this was during the Bush Administration – because two Democratic members had the anti-patriotic gall to question how we were going to fund it. Luckily the Banksters went without bonuses to pay the taxpayers back…oh, wait….

They are for deregulation. My friend complained the other day that you couldn’t trust what was in your food (especially after the Repubs watered down the authority of the FDA during the Bush years) and why wasn’t somebody in government watching that for us? Who did they vote for last Tuesday?

They want to do away with ‘entitlement’ programs. One couple I know on Social Security complained that they weren’t getting a cost of living increase this year and “the government better do something”. Who did they vote for? The Repubs who have promised to privatize it. To give the funds you’ve paid into over the year to the Banksters so you can watch it dissolve like the 401K you used to live on, but isn’t enough anymore since the crash, so thank God for Social Security. Oh, wait…

They don’t believe that global warming is man-made. Cuz that would hurt poor corporations, having to be more responsible for their damage and stuff. Look at what that nasty government made B.P. do – be held responsible for their actions and all.

You can continue to vote for the biggest shouters, the loudest guys in the room because they use empty phrases and meaningless jargon to get you to vote against your own best interests. John Boehner is not for you. He is for the corporations that fund him now and he will do their bidding as their lobbyist when he’s done shedding crocodile tears and trashing your future.  It’s the American Way.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

This Town, I Swear

What is it with this village and fireworks? Because it's Halloween? Seriously?
Ohhhh, Squirrels!

t r u t h o u t | Eight False Things the Public "Knows" Prior to Election Day

t r u t h o u t Eight False Things the Public "Knows" Prior to Election Day

Good Lord, Another Week and They Still Suck

Broncos. Suck. Need Shatner.


 

‘Tis the Season

321143227_b90206a149_tTumbleweed season. Right in time for Halloween, the wind is blowing and sand and tumbleweeds are reinstalling themselves against the garage we removed them from yesterday. When I was growing up in Denver, Halloween always seemed to bring the first heavy snow, so Cinderella and princess costumes were covered up with hats, parkas and boots for trick-or-treating. If the outfit your mom bought you at the grocery store came with a mask, you could console yourself that you still had a bit of costume on.

Stupid snow hadn’t ruined everything. Until you get home and see that most of what was in your pillowcase collection of candy were Bit-o-Honeys and those stupid Smartees. (Back in my day, chocolate was a rarity). Smartees were tart and if you licked them long enough they made your tongue bleed.  Smartees were what you put in the family candy bowl, and they sat there until Christmas, untouched. Or you could bring them to school and give them to that one weird kid that loved them. You know that kid, the asthmatic who also ate paste.

Tumbleweed season also brings us voting season, and I am getting carpal thumb from hitting the mute button every six minutes to avoid the campaign ads and, as a side effect, my head exploding. Attack ads aren’t that annoying if you are pointing out the opponents proven record on voting, or a position he espouses. When you take a YouTube video out of context, you are lying. As the campaign season progresses, the ads become a jumble of mindless jargon and keywords designed to get the ‘hell, nobody knows what the truth is” vote. (Note again to Ken FBuck: nobody is talking about repealing the 2nd Amendment).

See, all a Republicon needs to do to win is throw out phrases that will get your vote. If you fall for the ‘tax-and-spend Liberals’, ‘Big government take-over’, ‘failed stimulus’  etc. you are falling for rich white guys funded by corporations that want to tax you but not themselves. Under the Bush tax cuts, the top 1% of the wealthiest people in this country pay no tax at all. That’s cost us a lot. If we let the tax cuts expire, people making over $250,000 a year will go from 36% back to 39%, what the rate was before Bush.

If you are like 95% of Americans, you got a tax cut. You did. I almost missed it on my taxes last year until my preparer pointed out the ‘Making Work Pay’ deduction was mine to take and courtesy of the islamofacistmuslim in the White House.

Big business creates jobs? Really? Like the big international tax firm I recently worked for that outsourced jobs to India for the tax break they got under Bush and later laid off workers en masse? The big businesses that right now are sitting on more cash than ever before, and still not hiring? Here’s some fun facts: the largest employer in the U.S. is the government, including the armed forces. The second largest employer are small businesses. Under Bush, they gutted the coffers of the Small Business Administration and gave the money to ….wait for it…Citibank.

The Republicon party is not for you, the little guy. They have stated that their goals are to: keep tax breaks for big business, the very wealthy and keep over 450 multi-national corporations tax free; dismantle the Department of Education; privatize Social Security; gut Medicare (like they started under Bush with Medicaid Part D and voted to refuse Medicaid the right to bargain with Big Pharma) do away with the government student loan program; repeal “Obamacare”. And on that last one, think about this: they want let a health insurance company deny coverage to your sick child. These companies now have to spend 80% of their income on your care, not bonuses for their executives. Repubs want to stop that. Repubs want you to pay all your premiums and deductibles and still get denied coverage for a pre-existing condition because you forgot to tell them you were treated for acne as a teenager.

Oh, the horror! The health insurance industry is the only industry not subject to anti-trust laws. And they are certainly enjoying that status.

So stop being concerned that some undeserving brown person might game the system to get a Medicare dollar (most fraud occurs by thieves stealing the social security number of a deceased person, as happened in my family) and look at what theft is planned for you, little frog in warm water.

So vote on Tuesday, You don’t make a statement by not voting. Don’t vote based on who’s wearing a flag pin, or who screams ‘Freedom' the loudest, or who you’d most like to have a beer with.  Don’t vote against your own best interests. It will make your tongue bleed.
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Caturday and Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Doghouse Riley on Dems

Because he's such a good writer and nails it in this piece (as usual). Click the linky and read the whole thing.

Bats Left/Throws Right: "And that reason is they're still running from Ronald Reagan thirty years later. They're afraid to propose the United States of America spend money on programs that benefit anyone other than the wealthiest 5%, for fear of being called Tax n' Spenders, and they're afraid to cut the astronomically absurd 'Defense' budget for fear of being called unpatriotic. They're afraid to make corporations pay fairly, and in full, for their benefits and for the sound operation of a free and just society, and they're afraid to make them pay for shipping American jobs overseas."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

“I Demand That You Apologize For Being Treated Inappropriately By My Husband”

The phone call from Clarence Thomas' wife to Anita Hill happened a few days ago, but still being discussed because it's so damn bizarre. I thought she was drunk until I read a comment that it wasn't a breakfast Cosmo that sparked the message, but the tossing, turning and fuming about all the injustices you've endured and the people you hate at 4:00 A.M.

Makes more sense and this blog title says it all:

“I Demand That You Apologize For Being Treated Inappropriately By My Husband” : Lawyers, Guns & Money

Meanwhile, the kitties are starting their Fall Fur Ritual, demanding more lap time, holding, petting and Fancy Feast. Skeeter is still crunching delicious baby tumbleweeds and Gracie continues with her goal of shedding on every dining room chair.


Other Prairie bits: it's Mute Button Season - it's not bad enough that we have to see the same campaign ads at every commercial break from 3:00 to 8:00, but why in God's name does Ken FBuck think the 2nd Amendment is under attack? From whom? From where? Who has said anything about taking my gun away??? First rule of winning an election: use jargon and buzzwords that attract the TeaTards. They won't notice anything else you have to offer.

I haven't checked the Pueblo Chiefly for other news as 1. there probably isn't any and 2. if there is, it involves a pedestrian getting hit by a car.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Barking Prairie Dog Awards

A little glitch in the Pueblo Council 30 years ago resended the law against exchanging money for sex which they quickly made illegal again, as David ("lisp? what lisp?") Ortiz at NewsFirst5 tells me. And all this time I've been trying to get that minimum wage position at Wendy's.

Baby tumbleweeds are in season and blowing into our garage, much to the delight of formerly-feral cat, Skeeter. For some reason, he finds them the perfect breakfast treat.

A Barking Prairie Dog award to Andrea of "Clean Jeans and Coffee Beans" at 323 W. Northern. Go show her some suds and love. Pick up a latte and listen to the Native American Drum Circle while you're at it.

Michael Bennet was the last vote yes for "Obamacare"? Oh, the humanity! You've got my vote, dude, and no bitching about how Health Insurance Reform did not go far enough. Have a Barking Prairie Dog award, and thank youfor responding to my atta-boy phone calls.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Awwww

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I-70 Drivers: It Could Happen Here

New Billboard on I-70 near Ft. Riley
I know, I know. Something new, something different, is evil, scary and anti-American. The fact that nothing has occurred that is all that really different or new doesn't matter. It's what could happen that keeps you awake at night and at Tea Party rallies in the day. It keeps you focused on FOX  as your only source of news, and Glenn Beck as your history professor in 6th period study hall. Let the government offer a public insurance exchange that you could use or not, depending on whether you liked the price better than your present coverage and it's the fast track to Socialism.You didn't have a government take over of health care; you got laws that say children that can't be denied for a pre-existing condition. Well, that's just Marxist. If children were allowed to game the system like that, how will the poor insurance companies survive?
You worry about the government take over of health care, but you don't mind if your health care is governed by corporations making huge profits on your ever-rising premiums and narrowing coverage. And you know what could happen? You get cancer and they deny coverage because you forgot to tell them you had a mole removed in 1979. 

Oh, wait...that did happen.

You know what else could happen? You get to age 70 when you can finally take Social Security (the new standard the Republicons want) and you need Medicare to cover that chemo, but that's been gutted by the Republicans you voted for to protect you against Socialism.

Let's privatize the police and fire departments while we're at it, what with their crazy salaries and ridiculous pensions.  You know what could happen? You can't pay your fee so when your house catches fire, the firemen let it burn.

Oh, wait...that did happen.
You know what else could happen? You get to age 70 when you can finally take Social Security (the new standard the Republicons want) and you need Medicare to cover that chemo, but that's been gutted by the Republicans you voted for to protect you against Socialism. But hey - if you can't pay for medical care, it's your appointed time, right? When you meet the Lord, he'll be proud that you voted against that Marxist in the White House because someone undeserving might have had health care out of your tax dollars.

Cuz that could happen.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is Not Your Buddy, Part 2

Like I was sayin' yesterday:


Hullabaloo: "And Glenn Beck is calling on his hardworking listeners to donate money to the Chamber. He is literally asking American workers to give their hard-earned wages back to their employers, so their employers can use that money to advocate a public policy agenda that benefits the rich at the (again: literal) expense of everyone else. It’s incredible. It’s such a twisted scheme that it’s easier to believe as a piece of performance art meant to mock right-wing pseudo-populism. Though if it was art, it would be dismissed as overly broad and heavy-handed."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why the U.S. Chamber of Commerece is Not Your Buddy

V.P. Biden asked the Chamber to pony up their books to prove they were not taking foreign money to finance their Republicon attack ads. Rather than show their math, they said, "No foreign money here, thanks for asking."

Oops:


ThinkProgress » Exclusive: Chamber Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies In Disclosed Donations Alone

US Economy: Half a Million Americans Denied Health Coverage - CNBC

I know you are smarter than to vote for people like Ken Buck who want to repeal 'Obamacare". In 2014, Insurance companies will not be able to deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions. Note in this link that over 212,000 people denied already had insurance, i.e., paying premiums the whole time:

US Economy: Half a Million Americans Denied Health Coverage - CNBC

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Magic Numbers



As usual, Americablog's articles are researched, frequently with charts and graphs and fact-y stuff. Check out the link.
AMERICAblog News: Portrait of the Bush economy.

Gah - I still can't get a screen grab of Caturday kitties for you. BRB.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

OK, KOAA

So KOAA News First is promising me that they will be balanced and let me make my decisions based on their fairness in reporting, because I've placed my trust in them by watching. Actually I watch because Georgiann "Limber" Lymberopoulos is remembered fondly by people I'm fond of because they partied with her at a "B" Street Bash years ago. And she's real purty. 

I've called KOAA twice to complain in the past about Rob Quirky's  Quirk's editorializing during a broadcast. My finger's on redial, Rob.  I can forgive the freckles now that you're in High-Def (we all have a little sun damage) and you really do seem to be choosing your words more carefully and taking the objective high road.

Does this affect my chances for linking to their website?

KOAA - Colorado Springs & Pueblo

Billionaires, Rise Up!

Because s.z. says it so well:
World-O-Crap » Blog Archive » Take a Billionaire to Lunch: "Personally, I will not rest until every 16-year-old has at least one full-time job, so that they can help pay the taxes of those billionaires who are counting on them."

Yes, having the top earners in this country return to 39% tax instead of 36% it is now under the Bush Tax Cuts For the Rich is theft.You serfs should just suck it up and pay their fair share, so the rich have time to create all those jobs for you. Or rather, all those jobs for people in India and Sri Lanka.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kitteh Gets Balloons

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Ah, Civilization!

Day run to Denver yesterday to see the Bronco Game. Light rail to McCormick's for pre-game mussels and fish and chips, and onto Invesco Field (still referred to by us natives as 'Mile High') to watch Indy beat Denver under a searing sun. Not a cloud in the sky, no breeze, 5280 miles high and 108 on the field. Twenty minutes after kick-off had me and a friend running for cover inside the stadium. It. Was. Hot.

After missing Denver scoring after the half, we ventured back where the young man next to me took over half my seat with his knees and shouted inane stuff down to the field. Several guys behind me talked non-stop about dates, bad calls, and some screed about AT&T for us all to share. The ads on the screen in between action on the field seemed to generate the most comment from the crowd. One middle-aged fat guy in front of me yelled his disapproval of some campaign to go green, wondering how they could afford to advertise, and something else about energy. Fat 35-year-olds, Bud in hand, hat on head, unhappy with their job at Auto Zone and their family life in Arvada can always be counted on to the the most vocal proponents of the Teabagger talking points at gaming events. And thanks for that.

Light rail back to our car (a trip where I had to assure three drunk friends that I really did know where the "C" line took us) we stopped at the Blue Star in the Springs for a peppered beef tips with blue cheese and mashers, french onion soup, and a look around their wine/cellar tasting room, set for a party of 12.

I have to get to Denver more often as after 16 months on the Prairie it's starting to feel like a special trip to the Big City instead of my home for most of my life. Mountains! Vegetation! Mass Transit! Two new 5-star hotels! Tons of homeless people and the usual assortment of plain crazy ones.

That said, Dems never to hit the tax cuts and facts about health care hard to the voters. And as expected, Big Business is throwing money at the Republicons; show some Democratic organizations a little love with a $5, $10 or $20 at Act Blue, DCC.org, Progressives for Change and the like.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ha! Real Americans Like Socialism

Most of America are not Tea Baggers, no matter how much coverage they get on t.v.:

AP Poll: Many think health overhaul should do more - Yahoo! News: "A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1."

I have to mute the t.v. during commercials these days or I end of shouting at the screen during the political ads. Empty buzz words and meaningless jargon from the Republicon candidates who know there are folks out there whose votes are triggered solely by 'freedom', 'stop big government', 'out-of-control spending', etc. Who doesn't like those concepts? One of the ads targeting Michael Bennet (I'm looking at you, Ken Buck) is a shrill pack of lies. Let's review:

Obama didn't have anything to do with bailing out the banks. That happened in October of 2008, voted in by a Republicon Congress.

"Raised our taxes": the old 'tax and spend Democrats' saw always works. If you are one of the 95% of Americans making less than $250,000 a year, your taxes went down. Did you not do your own taxes last year? Remember the 'Making Work Pay' credit? If congress lets the Bush Tax Cut for the Rich expire next year, people making over $250,000 will go back to paying 39% instead of 36%. Obama wants to keep the cut for those of us working stiffs that don't pay diamond dog collars for our pocket Americans with that sweet, tax-free income.

"Failed stimulus": um, how? It wasn't big enough, I'll grant you that, but it provided last year's tax cut (you did review your 2009 taxes, right?) and it cut my COBRA insurance from $475.00 a month to about $180. It is also giving emergency assistance to people whose unemployment has run out.
Other sound bites and notions:

"Repeal Obamacare": Why? Granted, it's not single payer or universal coverage, but at least the health insurance companies can't deny you for pre-existing conditions. And by 2014 we should have a health exchange you can chose to pay into for coverage, making the health insurance companies have to offer competitive rates. Like, you know, healthy competition in a free market? For an industry that is currently the only one not subject to anti-trust laws?

"I don't want my tax dollars for health care for some deadbeat". So paying higher and higher premiums for your health insurance to cover those people has escaped your notice?

"Nobody in this country goes without health care - just go to the E.R.". See higher premiums, above. And really, you think if someone with a lump in their breast goes to the E.R. to get it checked out then gets free treatment for breast cancer?

Throw in sound bites against illegal immigration, abortion and gay marriage and you've got the standard winning combination. In the meantime, they hope you won't notice that the REpublicons are right now trying to take away Social Security and make you work until you're 70. If you an older worker laid off because you were an older worker and you are having a hard time finding work because you are older, many opportunities to work in the next 20 years will present themselves as you get even older. Huh? Privatize Social Security? Give that money to the Banksters that ruined the economy and are still in the process of cutting themselves large bonuses and patting themselves on the back? We can't afford it? Repeal the Bush Tax Cut for the Rich and get back some of that 34 billion dollars missing from the treasury in the last nine years. Oh, or stop the wars and military spending. The U.S. spends four times as much as any other nation on defense and instead of keeping us safe (a silly concept, anyway) we throw money at military contractors providing materials our own Generals have said they don't want or need.

I didn't make it to the Chile Festival yesterday, so let's have a few other photos of Pwello;

By the Riverwalk
Affordable Gutters - now with Politicians!

And cats, of course. Gracie insists on keeping her dignity by never allowing a decent photo of herself.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Billionaire Bailout Recipient to America: "Suck It In and Cope, Buddy" -- RollingStone.com

Billionaire Bailout Recipient to America: "Suck It In and Cope, Buddy" -- RollingStone.com: "At the Michigan event, [one questioner] asked whether the government should have bailed out homeowners instead of Wall Street, Munger said: 'You've got it exactly wrong.'

There’s danger in just shoveling out money to people who say, ‘My life is a little harder than it used to be,’” Munger said at the event, which was moderated by CNBC’s Becky Quick. “At a certain place you’ve got to say to the people, ‘Suck it in and cope, buddy. Suck it in and cope.’”"h/t Fact-esque.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dollar 'Whee!' and more excitement

Big doin's on the Prairie: a brand new larger Dollar Tree around the corner from the old one in Regency Square. Although there is a dearth of decent shopping and variety in vendors, at least we have the one place that I used to shop to stretch my budget but now as become a necessity for myself and the other patrons. The traffic has picked up (and it's such an annoying, goofy parking lot anyway, what with all those older vets meandering over the ridiculously high speed bumps to access the Office Depot, America's Best Contacts, Verizon, the inexpensive nail salon or new $1 item at Taco Bell. All in the same block.

Note the busy parking lot and the truck with the two "Support Our Troops" stickers, as required by the Pueblo City Council back in 2002:


And here's the sun-drunk cat you missed on Caturday:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

No Global Warming to See Here, Move Along.

JuneauEmpire.com – Updates » Monday, September 13th, 2010 » Melting sea ice forces walruses ashore on the Chukchi: "The population of walruses stretches “for one mile or more. This is just packed shoulder-to-shoulder,” U.S. Geological Survey biologist Anthony Fischbach said in a telephone interview. He estimated their number at tens of thousands."

Because He Cares About the American People

Goldman Sachs, UPS, Google, Citigroup, all in the back pocket of our Favorite Pumpkin-colored Republicon:

WTF Is It Now?!?: "They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed.

Boehner continues to travel to golf destinations on a corporate-subsidized tab, though now it is paid for through his political action committee, the Freedom Project. In the last 18 months, it has spent at least $67,000 at the Ritz-Carlton Naples in Florida, at least $20,000 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., and at least $29,000 at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio for fund-raising events."

Yea, let's vote againist our own interests in November:

The whole New York Times article here:

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