July 1, 2009

Got to tell you, it's really hard to believe we are already at the 1/2 way point of this year.  It is going by so quickly...it's kind of scary!!!  Welcome to July, my favorite month.  Long days, hot weather, fireworks, picnics, vacations, it just doesn't get any better!!!  Well, being at the beach would make it better, but I can't swing it this year.  Maybe next year...

If you haven't yet discovered Pandora Radio, I would like to introduce you (yep, radio, not bracelet).  I've really been enjoying it...and it's totally free, which makes it even better.  It's free radio that you can listen to while you're on the computer.  I'm just barely getting started, so I'm still learning about it.  Check it out with me:  www.pandora.com.

July 4, 2009

Have a wonderful holiday!!!

 

 

July 10, 2009

My brother and his wife are supposed to arrive sometime this evening to spend the weekend with me.  While I'm waiting, I thought I would pass along some funny headlines a friend sent me recently.  Enjoy!  Laughing is good for you!

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter 
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day.   


------------------------------------------------------ 

 Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says 
      Really? Ya think? 

------------------------------------------------------ 


Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers  
       Now that's taking things a bit far! 

 
------------------------------------------------------ 


Miners Refuse to Work after Death 
     No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's! 


------------------------------------------------------  


Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant  
    See if that works any better than a fair trial!     


  ---------------------------------------------------------- 


War Dims Hope for Peace  
     I can see where it might have that effect! 


 ---------------------------------------------------------------- 


 If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile 
   Ya think?! 


-----------------------------------------------------------------------  


Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures  
      Who would have thought! 


 ---------------------------------------------------------------- 


Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide   
    They may be on to something! 
------------------------------------------------------------------------ 


Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges  
      You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?  


  ---------------------------------------------------------- 


Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge  
     He probably IS the battery charge! 


----------------------------------------------  

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft  
    That's what he gets for eating those beans! 


 -------------------------------------------------  


Kids Make Nutritious Snacks  
       Do they taste like chicken?

-------------------------------------------------  


 Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half  
       Chainsaw Massacre all over again! 


 -------------------------------------------------    


Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors  
       Boy, are they tall! 
 -------------------------------------------------     


And the winner is.... 
 

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead    
     Did I read that right? 

 

July 16, 2009

I found this article from The Canadian Press to be interesting.  Thought I would share it with you.

Obama’s White House is Falling Down
By Daniel Greenfield Thursday, June 11, 2009


In the sixth month of his presidency, Obama has turned an economic downturn into an economic disaster, taking over and trashing entire companies, and driving the nation deep into deficit spending expected to pass 10 trillion dollars.


Abroad, Obama seems to have no other mode except to continue on with his endless campaign, confusing speechmaking with diplomacy. It is natural enough that Obama, who built his entire campaign on high profile public speeches reported on by an adoring press, understands how to do nothing else but that.


Ego driven photo-op appearances and clueless treatment of foreign dignitaries


While the press is still chewing over Obama’s Cairo speech, this celebrity style coverage ignores the fact that Obama’s endless world tour is not actually accomplishing anything. Instead his combination of ego driven photo-op appearances and clueless treatment of foreign dignitaries have alienated many of America ’s traditional allies. Those who aren’t being quietly angry at Obama, like Brown, Merkel or Netanyahu, instead think of him as an absurdly lightweight, as Sarkozy, King Abdullah or Putin do.


While his officials carry out their dirty economic deeds, Obama responds to any and every crisis as if it were a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical, with a cry of, “Let’s put on a show.” Thus far Obama has put on “shows” across America , Europe and the Middle East . And what the adoring media coverage neglects to cover, is that Obama’s shows have solved absolutely nothing. They
have served only as high profile entertainment.


Neither alienating America ’s traditional allies, through a combination of arrogant bullying and ignorance, nor appeasing America ’s enemies, has yielded any actual results. Nor does it seem likely to. Islamic terrorism is not going anywhere, neither are the nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran . While Obama keeps smiling, the global situation keeps growing more grim.

At home, if Obama was elected as depression era entertainment, the charm of his smiles and his constant appearances on magazine covers appear to be wearing thin on the American public. Despite the shrill attacks on Rush Limbaugh or the Republican Enemy of the Weak-- the Democratic party of 2009, is polling a lot like the Republican party of 2008. The Democrats have suddenly become the incumbents, and the only accomplishment they can point to is lavish deficit spending, often on behalf of the very same corporations and causes they once postured against.

 
The European Union Parliament’s swing to the right cannot be credited to Obama, though doubtlessly some European voters seeing socialist economic crisis management on display in the world’s richest country decided they wanted none of it, but it is part of a general turning against federalism. And Obama’s entire program is dependent on heavily entrenching federalism at the expense of individual and state’s rights. Yet that is precisely his Achilles heel with independent voters who are polling against more taxes and expanded government. And no amount of speeches by Obama can wish away his 18 czars or the national debt he has foisted on generation after generation of the American people.

That leaves Obama with a choice between socialism and the independent voter. And thus far he has chosen socialism.


Obama’s tactic of hijacking Bush Administration era policies on the economy and the War on Terror, and exploiting them as Trojan horses to promote his own agenda, have left him coping with a backlash from his own party, as well as general Republican opposition.


His Czars are meant to function as the bones in an executive infrastructure accountable to no one, but a lack of accountability isn’t just another word for tyranny, but for incompetence. A functional chain of command is accountable at multiple levels if it is to function effectively. Obama’s White House by contrast is in a state of over-organized chaos, the sort of organized disorganization that undisciplined egotistical leftists naturally create for themselves, complete with multiple overlapping levels of authority and no one in charge but the man at the top, who’s too busy doing other things to actually be in charge.


Dennis Blair as National Intelligence, who collaborated with the Muslim genocide of Christians in East Timor , trying to muscle out the CIA to create his own intelligence network, is typical of the kind of chaos being spawned by every chief in an expanding government bureaucracy working to make sure that all the Indians answer to him. Similarly the National Security Council wrestling with the State Department, highlighted by Samantha Power getting her own specially created NSC position to butt heads with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, illustrates the state of conflict and chaos in American foreign affairs. A state of chaos so pervasive that incompetence has now become commonplace, and no one can even be found to double check the spelling of a Russian word that is meant to be the theme of American’s diplomatic reconstruction with Russia , or to pick out a gift for the visiting British Prime Minister.


The death of Chrysler at the hands of Fiat and the UAW


Meanwhile on the economy, Obama exploited the ongoing bailouts, transforming them from bailouts into takeovers meant to shift the balance of power in what had been a democracy and socially

engineer not only corporations, but the lives of ordinary Americans. But the public’s patience with corporate bailouts is at an end, most Americans were never happy with them to begin with, and want them to end. The death of Chrysler at the hands of Fiat and the UAW might look like a victory in the union ranks, but it doesn’t play too well outside Detroit . And tacking on CAFE standards that will kill the pickup truck and the SUV will badly erode Obama in the swing states, if exploited properly in 2010 and 2012. Despite the constant media barrage, orchestrated out of the White House, the public is growing disenchanted with the performance of Obama and the Democrats.

With unemployment booming and the economy dropping, the jobs aren’t there and the spending is out of control. Republicans today are polling better on ethics and the economy, than the Democrats are. That shows a trend which is likely to register in the mid-term elections in 2010, in the same way that the EU parliamentary elections served as a shock to the system.


In the opposition, Republicans are free to embrace the rhetoric of change, to champion reform and push libertarian ideas about the size and scope of government. In turn all Obama has is his celebrity fueled media spectacle world tour. A charade now serving as a parallel to the depression era entertainment that functioned as escapism in a dour time. But before long, it may be Obama that the American public will want to escape from.

 
A shallow, manipulative and egotistical amateur who is in over his head


Obama has tried to play Lincoln, Reagan, JFK and FDR-- but in the end he can only play himself, a shallow, manipulative and egotistical amateur who is in over his head, and trying to drag the country down with him. Obama’s White House is falling down and while the flashbulbs are still glittering and the parties are going on in D.C. and around the world, Obama and the Democratic Congress may be headed for a recession of their own.

 

July 27, 2009

Happy birthday, Marilyn!  Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you on your special day!

 It has been a relatively mild summer, especially by Oklahoma standards.  And I keep my AC set on 79 to 81 degrees.  So does it make sense to you that my bill for the month was $100 for electricity?  And supposedly this was based on the actual meter reading.  Something's not right.  Somebody's getting screwed and I think it might be me!!!