Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today


Hate to say it, but this has been one lousy day.




P.S. Hoping to rescue it by going to the Cardinals game tonight.

Friday, June 26, 2009

A problem called Maria

South Carolina's Governor Mark Sanford is willing to risk his 20-year marriage, his four sons, and his profession for this woman:

I'd say Mark has some 'splainin' to do.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Read my lips

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers."


Senator Barack Obama
Speaking on Cap and Trade
San Francisco Chronicle
January 17, 2008

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bikini

Love how my little weather pixie over on the right is wearing a bikini. I look pretty good don't I?

Here a czar, there a czar, everywhere a czar czar

Yep! Another czar was named today. All hail to the newest czar of America. The Car Czar. If you've been paying attention, we already have one Car Czar--Steve Rattner. Apparently one is not enough. Ed Montgomery has been named our second Car Czar. If you doubted that this administration wants to increase the size of government--doubt no more.

Moral leadership

As the death toll in the streets of Iran continues to rise, this is how I wish Barack-star would respond to the state's violence against the protestors:

Obi Wan Kenobe & John take a cruise

My dentist--Dr. Obi Wan Kenobe--flies a WWII vintage plane as a hobby. Last weekend he took John up in his Stearman Biplane. Here are some photos.


Here's a video taken from a similar plane:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Archy's dad arrested

I always thought David Archuleta's dad was creepy.

David Archuleta's Dad Arrested

Asking again, what's the rush?

First it was the bank bailout. Legislators didn't have time to read the bill so somehow a loophole allowed about a billion bucks in bonuses for American International Group executives. Embarrassing. Turbo Tim Geithner tried to outlaw bonuses, but that didn't set to well with Wall Street, so his plan was dropped quietly.

Then Barack-star, Pelosi, and Reid rammed through the stimulus package to "save the economy". Legislators didn't read the bill. Result: Billions in pork barrel projects and 8000 (!) earmarks that do nothing to stimulate the economy, but may serve to get some congressman re-elected.

Next up? A federal budget that adds zillions and zillions of dollars of long-term debt. Now the government has tacked on more than $650,000 in long term debt to every household in America. For what? What do we have to show for this massive reduction in our personal wealth?

Hey, how about "free" health care for everyone--including people who work but just choose not to pay for it, illegal aliens living in our country, and deadbeats looking for another handout? Wow. There's a good idea. Plop on another trillion or so to the budget we already can't finance. Oh yeah, hurry up. It can't wait. Pass this by July 31st or else!! Healthcare Armageddon.

And now...drum roll...Barack-star says we MUST have bank reform right now!!! It can't wait!!! And, get this, the government MUST be in charge. Turbo Tim told Congress today `Chop, Chop! Hurry up! Just approve the largest revamp of the banking industry since the great depression. Probably no need to read the legislation this time either--just trust the government, folks.'

Isn't anyone in this government living in the real world anymore?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The sad state of journalism today


The credibility of the fourth estate drops a few more notches with this so-called report.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Just askin'

Does the First Dog's tail look freakishly long to you?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Follow the money.

Most thinking people admit medical malpractice suits are out of control and are contributing to the rising cost of healthcare.

Malpractice insurance is so expensive many doctors have retired, left high-risk specialties like OB-GYN, or even turned their backs on their chosen profession altogether.

So, as long as Barack-star is talking about reforming healthcare...why isn't he considering putting a cap on malpractice awards?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are civil cases seeking two types of damages: economic damages for lost wages and medical bills, and non-economic damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress. Efforts to reform the malpractice system place an emphasis on limiting non-economic damages(typically the most costly and the least objectively measured).

Sounds reasonable, right?

Well, one of the strongest lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. is on behalf of malpractice attorneys. Face it, malpractice lawsuits have made millions for malpractice attorneys (remember zillionaire baby-daddy John Edwards?).

The reality is that once again, all you have to do is follow the money. Limit non-economic damages for pain and suffering...and malpractice attorneys don't make as much money.

So here we are with the government willing to turn our healthcare system into another government-run entity...but not willing to take on the lobbyists who are at least partially responsible for driving up healthcare costs in the first place.

From WashingtonPolicy.org:

"Nationally, about one out of every six practicing doctors face a malpractice claim every year. In some high-risk fields, like orthopedics, obstetrics, and trauma surgery, every doctor faces, on average, one claim every two and a half years. The cost of defending against these lawsuits averages more than $20,000 per defendant. Fully 70 percent of all malpractice claims are thrown out before ever reaching the courtroom. For those that do go to court, a trial that results in the doctor’s vindication costs an average of $85,000."

Look what I made!!!



Yep, I knit a really pretty market bag. Thinking it could be used to carry my books back and forth to the library or for a pool bag.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Book Report: The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Peel Society

Silly name for a book, huh?

This is one of those "heartwarming" stories you'll probably love. TGLASPPS is set in post WWII Guernsey--an English island between England and France, that was occupied by the Germans during the war. The novel is epistolary: that is, told through letters.

There's a lot of buzz about this book right now. It was written by an Aunt/Niece combo. The Aunt (Mary Ann Shaffer} has since passed away. It was the aunt's first {only} novel and her niece finished it for her when she became sick.

I totally enjoyed the first part of the book. I thought the description of post WWII London and the hardships residents were facing fascinating. Not so much love for the second half of the book, which often sounded trite and forced.

Ah well, I'm still glad I read it. You'll probably love it! Most people do.

Si les coups d'oeil pourraient tuer

Friday, June 5, 2009

Hola!

Mr. C and the rest of his group {Kathy, Keaton, Joan, Ginny, Tripper, Bethany} made it safely to Honduras. I got this email from him this morning and wanted to share it along with the photo he sent.

"Rosita, who was scared of me last year, jumped right into my arms. I turned my phone around and took the attached."




He's working on the Por Los Ninos orphanage's computers for the next 12 days to make sure the kids are on line with the rest of the world. There are other projects going on simultaneously.

Czar Bucks

Another czar! Whoopee! That's like #21 or something, but who's counting.

This one is going to be a "Pay Czar" I'm going to call him/her Czar Bucks because his/her job is to make sure that companies receiving TARP funds will pay their employees properly.

Related: A Czar Is Born

Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Book Report--Marie Antoinette, The Journey

I LOVE good biographies. This one grabbed me from the first pages. Marie Antoinette, groomed from birth to be married into royalty was unfortunately groomed for little else. France's tragic last Queen has become synonymous with extravagance and a disregard for the working class. Marie Antoinette was accused of gross promiscuity and lesbianism and most noted for a 'quotation' "Let them eat cake" she never uttered. {According to author Antonia Fraser, the infamous phrase was first spoken generations before MA.}

Fraser sheds a sympathetic light on Marie Antoinette. The biography is well-researched and really takes off when MA is married to the French Dauphin at the age of 14, leaving her beloved family, home, and friends in Austria for an inept and immature 16-year-old husband. As France's queen, MA lived in the most formal of all courts where her every move was ritualized and watched by both court insiders and the public.

During Louis XVI's reign, the French economy collapsed under rising expenses and a huge deficit {partly due to France's financial support of the American Revolution}. The starving working class looked at the royal family as the cause...and well, the rest is history.

Marie Antoinette lived extremes in her life: great wealth, great poverty; great recognition, great loneliness; great honor, great humiliation. Her story, however, is ultimately one of grace and unearthly courage and strength as she tried to protect her husband and children through four years of terror.

BTW, Antonia Fraser is a prolific biographer and author of historical fiction. Her specialty is English history {The Wives of Henry VIII, Cromwell Our Chief of Men, King Charles II, etc.}.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Feet PSA

I had planned to do this very same PSA, but read it on Blonde Sagacity's blog. It's perfect, so I'm reprinting it (p.s. you really need to see the pictures on her blog):

Annual Blonde Sagacity "Feet" PSA
Unfortunately I have already seen quite a few violators and it isn't even officially summer...that rampant feet faux pas elucidate the need for the yearly re-posting of:

The Open Toed Shoe Pledge

As a member of the Cute Girl Sisterhood, I pledge to follow the Rules when wearing sandals and other open-toe shoes:

I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. And the sides and tops of my feet will not pudge out between the straps.

I will go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free.

I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.

I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow.

I will shave the hairs off my big toe.

I won't wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother or sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.

If a strap breaks, I won't duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.

I will not live in corn denial; rather I will lean on my good friend Dr. Scholl's if my feet need him.

I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low price of $4.99 even if my feet are small enough to fit into the kids' size. This is out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others. No one can walk properly when standing in a pool of sweat and I would hate to take someone down with me as I fall and break my ankle.

I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.

I will be brutally honest with my girlfriend/sister/coworker when she asks me if her feet are too ugly to wear sandals. Someone has to tell her that her toes are as long as my fingers and no sandal makes creepy feet look good.

I will promise if I wear flip flops that I will ensure that they actually flip and flop, making the correct noise while walking and I will swear NOT to slide or drag my feet while wearing them.

I will promise to go my local nail salon at least once per season and have a real pedicure (they are about $30 and worth EVERY penny). (Personally, I think one should go every two weeks...)

I will promise to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show signs of wear... nothing is tackier than dirty white sandals.

Don't keep this to yourself - pass it on to other sisters...

Sign the Pledge, __________________________________

(And MEN, you're not exempt. if you are going to wear Reefs or some other acceptable open-toed male footwear...PLEASE make sure your nails are trimmed and not the color of lemonade and that foot hairs are trimmed. Your effort will be appreciated by all. Thanks.)


Thank you, Blonde Sagacity. The summer will be a prettier place because of your post.