Monday, August 30, 2010

Vacation

In a week and three days we're leaving for a fall vacation.

I used to have a boss who resented it when people used the vacation days they'd earned or took time off during holidays. It was a weird tic he had that made you feel guilty for enjoying your time away from the office. It also caused me to wonder what was going on in his personal life that caused him to want to spend so much time at the office...but that's another story.

So, back to our vacation...

We're leaving for NYC next week. We spend two days in the Big Apple. We're having dinner with some folks we met on our trip to Italy a couple of years ago who are just about the most fun people you'll ever spend time with. Roberta is an event planner and Walter is an independent investment banker. Roberta is going to look for Broadway tickets, too.

We're also hoping to see my brother, sister-in-law, niece Megan and Patrick, her fiance. And, since we'll be there during the 9/11 anniversary, we're planning to join the crowd at Ground Zero on Saturday.

Then we board the Queen Mary II. Yes, you read that right!! The Queen Mary II--one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built. We're crossing the Atlantic for seven days, docking in Southampton.

We culminate our trip with four days in glorious London. Oh my. Once a year the Queen opens her palace for a few commoners. We're two of them! Yes, Mr. C. and I will be inside Buckingham Palace! I can hardly believe it myself.

Besides the palace visit, we'll be packing as much in those four days as possible--everything from dinner at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants to an afternoon at the horse races to a play (The Merry Wives of Windsor) at the Old Globe.

It will be so fabulous to spend two weeks completely enjoying ourselves, with no one checking a time sheet trying to make me feel guilty for having a life.

[BTW, if you have a boss like the one above--ignore him. You earn your time off by working hard and have a right to enjoy every single second of it.]

St. Louis in the news!

Wow! St. Louis has made the national news!

1) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport ranked third worst airport in the U.S.
2) St. Louis Public Schools are paying kids to attend

Saturday, August 21, 2010

30 Days of family-friendly dinner and recipes for $7!

No kidding! All the planning is done for you.

Deluxe package with recipes printed on cards and customized menus for your family's likes and dislikes, $12.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

On the FM

I'm going to be on the radio Friday. You can only hear me if you're visually impaired. If you're visually impaired, send me an e-mail and I'll tell you what's up. Actually, you better call me, unless you have one of those fancy computers made just for you.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Triples

I love the saying "He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple." I think of it everytime someone hits a triple--which is actually quite rare. In 10 years, Albert Pujols has hit just 15 triples.

I know a lot of people who were born on third base. Very few of them (actually just one) hit a triple.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Headline of the day

Pantless Man Caught With Armless Mannequin


Now THIS is news.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The BEST Risotto

You have to try this...very chhhhhheeeeeezzzzy.

Easy Risotto

Friday, August 6, 2010

Whoop-de-doo!!

Hooray! The St. Louis Rams are gearing up for the 2010 preseason. Hullo----anyone out there listening? Oh, you don't care either?

With a record of 6-32-0 over the last three seasons, this is hardly the greatest show on turf.

I know a great promotion--bring on the vuvuzelas! At least the fans(?) would have something to talk about. (Note to readers: You can use that idea for free).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mobama living high on the hog

According to English Idioms Volume 2, the saying "living high on the hog" originated because "the best and most expensive cuts of ham come from the upper part of a pig's haunch".

Today the phrase has come to mean `flaunting a luxurious lifestyle'.

I'd say Mobama's jaunt to Spain with 40 of her nearest and dearest friends during one of the worst economic times our country has ever faced fits that definition.

I actually don't care where Mobama vacations or who she vacations with...I just think it's incredibly insensitive and hypocritical.

Kind of like when private country clubs have draconian rules to keep certain types of people out, but let in one person of the Jewish faith and one African American to demonstrate their diversity. Hahahahahahahahahahaha.



Related Post: Let Them Eat Cake

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Great Headline

As Seen On The Drudge Report:

BLOW TO O: MO SAYS NO

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

This is why you need to vote "yes" on Proposition C



Bloomberg Columnist: Obamacare looks worse upon further review.
By Kevin Hassett - Aug 1, 2010 9:00 PM EDT

One of the more illuminating remarks during the health-care debate in Congress came when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told an audience that Democrats would “pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

That remark captured the truth that, while many Americans have a vague sense that something bad is happening to their health care, few if any understand exactly what the law does.

To fill this vacuum, Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, asked his staff to prepare a study of the law, including a flow chart that illustrates how the major provisions will work.

The result, made public July 28, provides citizens with a preview of the impact the health-care overhaul will have on their lives. It’s a terrifying road map that shows Democrats have launched America on the most reckless policy experiment in its history, the economic equivalent of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Before discussing what the law means for you, we have to look at what it does to government. That’s where the chart comes in handy. It includes the new fees, bureaucracies and programs and connects them into an organizational chart that accounts for the existing structure. It’s so carefully documented that a line connecting two structures cites the legislative language that created the link.

Ornate System

This clearly is a candidate for most disorganized organizational chart ever. It shows that the health system is complex, yes, but also ornate. The new law creates 68 grant programs, 47 bureaucratic entities, 29 demonstration or pilot programs, six regulatory systems, six compliance standards and two entitlements.

Getting that massive enterprise up and running will be next to impossible. So Democrats streamlined the process by granting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the authority to make judgments that can’t be challenged either administratively or through the courts.

This monarchical protection from challenges is extended as well to the development of new patient-care models under Obama’s controversial recess appointment, Donald Berwick, whom Republicans are calling the rationer-in-chief. Berwick will run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he can experiment with ways to use administrative fiat to move our system toward the socialized medicine of Europe, which he has at times embraced.

Closer to Home

A sprawling, complex bureaucracy has been set up that will have almost absolute power to dictate terms for participating in the health-care system. That’s what the law does to government. What it does to you is worse.

Based on the administration’s own numbers, as many as 117 million people might have to change their health plans by 2013 as their employer-provided coverage loses its grandfathered status and becomes subject to the new Obamacare mandates.

Those mandates also might make your health care more expensive. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that premiums for a small number of families who buy their insurance privately will rise by as much as $2,100.

The central Obamacare mechanism for increasing insurance coverage is an expansion of the Medicaid program. Of the 30 million new people covered, 16 million will be enrolled in Medicaid. And you could end up in the program whether you want it or not. The bill states that people who apply for coverage through the new exchanges or who apply for premium-subsidy credits will automatically be enrolled in Medicaid if they qualify.

Hurting the Elderly

To pay for this expansion, the bill takes $529 billion from Medicare, with roughly 39 percent of the cut coming from the Medicare Advantage program. This represents a large transfer of resources, sacrificing the care of the elderly in order to increase the Medicaid rolls.

For all this supposed reform, you, the American taxpayer, can expect a bill to the tune of $569 billion.

Front and center among the new taxes is the 40 percent excise tax on those lucky people with so-called Cadillac health plans. The higher insurance costs that are driven by the government mandates will push many more ordinary plans into Cadillac territory.

If the idea of taxing people with coverage deemed too good doesn’t bother you, maybe the new 3.8 percent tax on investment income will. That will apply even to a small number of home sales, those that generate $250,000 in profit for an individual or $500,000 for a married couple.

In vivid color and detail, Congressman Brady’s chart captures the huge expansion of government coming under Obamacare. Harder to show on paper is the pain it will cause.

(Kevin Hassett, director of economic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is a Bloomberg News columnist. He was an adviser to Republican Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. The opinions expressed are his own.)

[Hat tip: Kingsley]