Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fly me to the moon

Plummeting poll numbers, loose lips from a top general, an oil spill desecrating our beaches, smackdown from a Judge after he tries to ban offshore drilling, and now this?

Barack-star is having a very bad week.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

He has no idea what he doesn't know


Sometimes people just don't know what they don't know.

I had a boss once who referred to Asians as "Orientals". I guarantee you he thinks of himself as one of the 'smartest guys in the room', but he's clueless.

That's what I think is going on with Barack-star and this massive oil spill. Obviously, Barack-star's a smart dude. No doubt he was at the top of his class throughout his many years of schooling. A+, A+, A+. But, he apparently missed the real world experience that separates him from the rest of us "little folks" who are trying to make a good life, while we make a good living.

In his speech Tuesday, 57 days after the oil rig exploded, Barack-star finally told us what he's going to do about the situation...it boils down to 1) appointing another czar and 2) establishing another commission to determine what happened.

That's it! That's all! Barack-star is clueless. He has no idea what he doesn't know. He still thinks he can get by by playing to the teacher...only there is no teacher! He's the President of the United States for heaven's sake. Do something. Anything. Okay, anything but appoint a czar or establish a commission.

So, while Bobby Jindal tries to get barges to his state's coastline to suck up some oil only to be blocked by the feds because the barges didn't have enough safety vests, regular folks are sending BP more than 5000 ideas daily on how to sop up the mess, and even Kevin Costner has gotten in on the act with a "dream machine" he says will separate oil from water--our President makes a speech, meets with BP for 20 minutes, and then goes out for another round of golf. Genius.

Barack-star! Being a leader is more than just talking a good game. Do something.

Related Post: Let It Be

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A century!

This was a 5-star day! Our family is busy planning a 4th of July weekend birthday celebration for my grandmother who will be turning 100 years old. Yep, you read that right--100!!

One of my jobs for the party is to create a 100-year timeline of my grandmom's life. I drove down to her little town and spent all day with her. We went decade by decade, reviewing as much of grandmom's life as possible. I heard stories about her parents, her brothers and sisters, all the different homes she's lived in, how she and my granddad survived the depression, what she did during the war when he was drafted--leaving her with 3 small children...and on and on--all the way to 2010.

Making the day even better--my uncle was there for most of the time, too. This uncle is my mom's oldest brother who's married to my dad's sister. It was great to have Gary there to keep my grandmom honest and make sure she didn't embellish her stories too much.



We also went through hundreds of pictures. Here's some advice--label your photos for future generations.

I can hardly wait to put the timeline together. If I can figure out a way to do it, I'll post it online after the party.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summertime and the livin' is easy

I was worn out from being unemployed, so I tagged along with Mr. C on a little business trip to Sanibel Island.

A stay at the Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa was just what I needed.





Celebrated our final night with a romantic dinner.


A little sun, a little key lime pie and all is right with the world!



After dinner, a storm rolled in...


Time to head home.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Let it be

Apparently it's true that history repeats itself--and not necessarily in a good way.

In AD 64, Emperor Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned in the great fire. As a side story, Nero also persecuted Christians and executed his mother and step brother. After the fire Nero committed suicide.

In 1793, Marie Antoinette lost her head. Literally. Marie was kind of a poor, little rich girl who really didn't understand the dire circumstances of her starving subjects. Um, not good. Those folks took control of the situation.

In 1968, "Landslide Lyndon" was brought down and forced into ranch retirement, primarily due to his tone deaf handling of the Vietnam War. Despite millions taking to the streets in protest, Johnson escalated the number of U.S. troops in Vietnam from 180,000 at the end of 1965 to 550,000 in 1968. Nearly 60,000 Americans lost their lives in that "conflict".

Fast forward to 2010.

We have the most massive oil spill in the history of the world--and no clear plan on how to control it.

Our President consistently and stridently ignored the will of the American people and twisted arms, promised favors, pushed and prodded until he finally got a huge, costly, unread, and unpaid for healthcare bill passed.

Mr. O keeps telling the country that we're "in a recovery". Okay. Maybe. But the recession also saw the loss of more than 8 million (!) jobs and there's no plan to create new ones.

Bursting the mortgage bubble caused a nationwide average drop in home property values of 34%, experts say we can expect another 12% drop in 2010.

Add to all that--millions of illegal immigrants demanding benefits, jobs, health care, education; an unsustainable deficit; a move toward social programs that have already proven disastrous to the European economy; a pursuit of nuclear arms in rogue countries like North Korea and Pakistan; etc. etc.

So what does our President choose to do? Like Nero, Marie, and Lyndon...party on!



Adding insult to injury, here are some "poignant" words from our leader trying to empathize with the little people last night:

“It goes without saying that this has been a very difficult time. Right now our thoughts and prayers are with friends in the part of the country that is so rich in musical heritage. The Gulf Coast, who are dealing with something simply not seen before.”

In the words of Marie Antoinette, "Let them eat cake."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Special treatment





Being unemployed is so stressful I had to schedule a spa day to relax.

Cheers to all my working pals!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Guess this big smooch wasn't all it was cracked up to be

An inconvenient marriage?
Wow. After 40 years together, Tipper and Al are calling it quits.