Published on January 30 2009

A piece in yesterday's New York Times featured a photo of an Oval Office meeting last week during which President Obama had removed his suit jacket..... You see, the reason the president --- and others -- were jacketless was simple: "Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat." After all, it's freezing cold out there, and as White House senior advisor David Axelrod reminded us, "He's from Hawaii, O.K," adding that "He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there." via American Thinker Blog: Obama: Heat as I say, Not as I Do.
But then again, when we want to pick on those soft wussy Southern types who cancel school at the first sniff of a snowflake, we can always go back to our tough Chicago roots:
"My children's school was canceled today," Obama said, speaking to reporters before a meeting with business leaders. "Because of what? Some ice? . . . We're going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town."
Of course, when your children are delivered to their private school via limo, it may make a difference in how you look at the situation. And of course, heating that drafty old White House is a must. Wouldn't want to be caught dead wearing a sweater. Or get caught dead, period. The Hope/Change can begin any time now. Please.

See comments

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 30 2009

Dear Mr Branson REF: Mumbai to Heathrow 7th December 2008 I love the Virgin brand, I really do which is why I continue to use it despite a series of unfortunate incidents over the last few years. This latest incident takes the biscuit. Ironically, by the end of the flight I would have gladly paid over a thousand rupees for a single biscuit following the culinary journey of hell I was subjected to at the hands of your corporation.
via Editor's Corner - Yahoo News UK.

See comments

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 29 2009

Sent to me by my former roommate and favorite Cali-chick, who is about to brave the icy temperatures, howling winds, and blowing snow of southern and northern Wisconsin. I told her "NO flipflops, sweet little strappy sandals, cute little tank tops or miniskirts this trip!! Wear clothes, dammit!" Bet she wears the pink sandals.
You know you're from California if: 1. Your coworker has 8 body piercings and none are visible. 2. You make over $300,000 and still can't afford a house. 3. You take a bus and are shocked at two people carrying on a conversation in English. 4. Your child's 3rd-grade teacher has purple hair, a nose ring, and is named Flower. 5. You can't remember, is pot illegal? 6. You've been to a baby shower that has two mothers and a sperm donor. 7. You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian. 8. You can't remember, is pot illegal? 9. A really great parking space can totally move you to tears. 10. Gas costs $1.00 per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S. 11. Unlike back home, the guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing a basebal l cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney really IS George Clooney. 12. Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment. 13. You can't remember, is pot illegal? 14. It's barely sprinkling rain and there's a report on every news station: "STORM WATCH." 15. You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cells or pagers. 16. It's barely sprinkling rain outside, so you leave for work an hour early to avoid all the weather-related accidents. 17. HEY!!!! Is pot illegal? ??? 18. Both you AND your dog have therapists, psychics, personal trainers and cosmetic surgeons. 19. The Terminator is your governor. 20. If you drive illegally, they take your driver's license. If you're here illegally, they want to give you one.

See comments

Written by admin

Published on #California, #children, #Pics and Babbling, #School

Repost0

Published on January 28 2009

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 28 2009

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart. The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic "stimulus," but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm's point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.
via A 40-Year Wish List - WSJ.com. candy Pass the Hersheys. It may be a long four years. And a lot longer repaying this "stimulus" --I'm looking at you, my great-grandchildren.

See comments

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 26 2009

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 25 2009

Investigators looking into the reasons for the engine failure and subsequent splash-landing of US Airways Flight 1549 last week in New York are increasingly leaning towards a bird strike as the cause. geeshadi Al-Geeshadi had no comment. (h/t Chris)

See comments

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 20 2009

The Flub Watch
The oath is specified in the U.S. Constitution, so you'd think it would be flub-proof -- especially when delivered by skilled lawyers in front of 2 million people on the Mall and trillions on television. It states: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." It didn't go exactly that way. Here's a transcript of the Roberts-Obama verbal tango (complete with stepped-on-feet): ROBERTS: Are you prepared to take the oath, Senator? OBAMA: I am. ROBERTS: I, Barack Hussein Obama... OBAMA: I, Barack... ROBERTS: ... do solemnly swear... OBAMA: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear... ROBERTS: ... that I will l execute the office of president to the United States faithfully... OBAMA: ... that I will execute... ROBERTS: ... faithfully the office of president of the United States... OBAMA: ... the office of president of the United States faithfully... ROBERTS: ... and will to the best of my ability... OBAMA: ... and will to the best of my ability... ROBERTS: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. OBAMA: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. ROBERTS: So help you God? OBAMA: So help me God. ROBERTS: Congratulations, Mr. President.

See comments

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 19 2009

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0

Published on January 19 2009

Yes there really *is* still a blog here, although you'd never know it for all of the posting going on... I plead busy. So what have I been doing? Well, this last weekend involved a little trip to Minneapolis to see some members of the Bobcat Nation. dsc_2515-1 Seven of us, along with various spouses and friends, made the trip to have Guinness and Fish&Chips at Brit's Pub in the downtown. A most excellent gathering of most EX-cellent people!! Since it was to be a leisurely trip home the next morning, I decided to make a stop at what had always looked to be an interesting shopping stop. dsc_2519 Yeah. IKEA. You will notice, of course, that the enormous parking lot is completely empty. That's because apparently everybody in Minnesota sleeps in on Sunday mornings. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, opens until 10 am. When I was finally able to go in, after waiting for a patient lady who would not open the rope barrier until 10:00:01, I found home shopping nirvana. I think "overwhelming" is the appropriate word. I made a few small purchases, and grabbed a stack of catalogs before heading towards the sale bins near checkout. In one of these bins I found this duvet and pillowcase set, on sale for half-price: murder-scene Uh-huh. Just what I want on my bed-- a murder scene complete with heart monitor graphics. I think maybe 90% off would have been a better price. Sigh.

See comments

Written by admin

Published on #Pics and Babbling

Repost0