Saturday, April 17, 2010

Because we need some photos

*sigh* I think this too often...

funny pictures of cats with captions
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Told 'ja....

Link won't copy, Huffington Post via Balloon Juice:

Goldman used two methods to hide the mess they were selling. First, they bundled hundreds of different mortgages into instruments called Collateralized Debt Obligations. Then they sold investors on the idea that, because a bunch of those mortgages would turn out to be OK, there was no reason to worry so much about the lovely ones: The CDO, as a whole, was sound. Thus, junk-rated mortgages were turned into AAA-rated investments. Second, to hedge its own bets, Goldman got companies like AIG to provide insurance – known as credit-default swaps – on the CDOs. The swaps were essentially a racetrack bet between AIG and Goldman: Goldman is betting the ex-cons will default, AIG is betting they won’t.

The Other 95% says: Thanks for the tax cuts! | Crooks and Liars

If you made less than $250,000, you got a tax cut this year. I missed it when I attempted to do my own taxes this year, so the nice lady at the big box tax store pointed out the 'Making Work Pay' credit of $800.

The Other 95% says: Thanks for the tax cuts! Crooks and Liars

Coming Soon to the Arkansas River Near You

From the Guardian: contemporary accounts of the effect of the last volanic eruption in Iceland in 1783. The Mississippi froze at New Orleans.

How an Icelandic volcano helped spark the French Revolution World news The Guardian

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Keep the Goubment outta my Medicare!"

And nearly three-quarters of those who favor smaller government said they would prefer it even if it meant spending on domestic programs would be cut.

But in follow-up interviews, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or Social Security — the biggest domestic programs, suggesting instead a focus on “waste.”

Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the benefits.

Others could not explain the contradiction.

“That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.”

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Big crowd gathers for slopper smackdown

Holy Cow, it's on! Tens of Puebloans gathered at the Union Depot for the final Travel Channel decision between Coors Tavern and Sunset masterpieces. Gloppy, beefy, cheesy, chile goodness, created here in the Pearl of the Prairie.

Oh, and an outside chance Georgeanna Limmpaddolphlisis might put in an appearance.

This culinary mainstay of the Prairie Population might account for the high cholesterol affecting a majority of the population, the sluggishness of the bloodstream creating an inability to press the gas pedal beyond 15 MPH in a 30 MPH zone. Or in the case of one driver ahead of me yesterday on "B" Street (known to locals as "B" Street) seven MPH.

One too many sloppers, I reckon'. There should be a law.

Big crowd gathers for slopper smackdown

Prairie-doggin' it

I certainly miss Taffy, and I keep starting to fill her food bowl or scoop her box...oh, wait...things are calmer now and the other two are calmer as well. I can't say I miss the 4 AM hairballs.

Around the dust bowl: way too much wind, far too many tumbleweeds, which seem to target the border fence right outside my garage door. In bigger news, the 'slopper' wars are on for the Travel channel. Two local eateries in a contest for best cheeseburger-in-a-basket-covered-with-green-chili and a side of fries. While I've had green chili out on the prairie, I wasn't eating beef when first introduced to a slopper and still haven't gotten around to it.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Pretty Girl


I've posted this pic before, but it's my favorite one of her. I made a snap decision yesterday when she could not be comforted yesterday morning. My vet visits the house, which was my plan for putting her to sleep, but he wasn't available yesterday so I took her to a walk-in clinic. They were very sweet. She was cranky, growling at me and tried to bite the vet. He wanted to put a towel over her head so he could administer the shot, but I held her instead. She went very quickly, in seconds.
It will be easier on everyone, most of all Taffy as with all the cat management I did day and night, I still couldn't keep her safe from the Grey One who attacked her when my back was turned.
She was so pretty, purred easily and ate like a horse. In the end, after 20 years, she was lame, deaf and had stopped grooming herself. Existing, not really living.
Although I will stop crying sometime next week, I was with her until the very end and I wish we could be so helpful to the elder humans in our society. Good thing I don't have any readers, because I'm sure that would generate some nasty comments.
Anyway, thanks to the Lord for letting me know when it was time, and thank you also, Jesus, on this Easter Sunday.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tea Party Thanks President Obama for Tax Cuts | Crooks and Liars

via Crooks and Liars:

"Surveys showed that 59% of self-identified conservatives and 62% of McCain voters believed the government should 'stay out of Medicare,'" said Tea Party Nation co-founder Tim "Poppa" Vane, adding, "But just because we were wrong doesn't make us any less angry."

Tea Party Thanks President Obama for Tax Cuts Crooks and Liars


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