9.22.2020

“Good morning, sunday morning” Wtf?! What is Wrong with Pelosi?


                      


The look on Stephanopoulos’s face says it all.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wires got crossed Sunday morning during her interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

During her Sunday morning interview, the Speaker didn’t rule out impeaching President Trump in order to block him from appointing a new Supreme Court Justice.

“But to be clear, you aren’t taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out,” Stephanopoulos said.

80-year-old Pelosi suffered from a bizarre episode.

Out of the blue, Pelosi responds, “Good morning — Sunday morning.”

This is not an edited clip. It is directly from the ABC News YouTube channel.



https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/wrong-pelosi-speaker-pelosis-wires-cross-interview-george-stephanopoulos-video/

Nothing but me, a newborn baby and the quiet of nature. And it was good.

The baby is napping so here I am with fresh coffee.  It's glorious outside this morning (although getting uncomfortably warm now) so I spent time on the deck with the baby and just... was.

We heard acorns drop.  Heard squirrels scrambling in the trees.  We found the squirrel and watched him a bit before he scampered down.  We heard a bird tweet.  Tree trunks swayed and crackled in the breeze once in a while.

I didn't think about protests, looting, fires or hurricanes.  I didn't think about the hatred and lies being spewed by biased press.  Uneducated and uninformed celebrities and athletes spouting lies they don't even know are lies didn't even enter my mind.  There was no hate, violence, arguments or name calling.  There was no political fighting or screaming or protesting or stealing and burning down buildings.  No attacks or guns.  No quarantines or masks. The rest of the universe and their issues did not exist.

Nothing but me, a newborn baby and the quiet of nature.

And it was good.

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9.21.2020

Went grocery shopping this morning and after the first 7 items in my cart I was already at $200 - you know it's going to be a painful shopping trip when that happens!

 
I've been up since 4:10 or so and since it's now 4:14 pm, I understand why I'm hitting a brick wall and am sleepy. I took a B-12 vitamin pack but even that is oddly keeping me awake and giving me energy while at the same time I'm still sleepy. It's like ying and yang I suppose. At the same time. And it's uncomfortable. I want to curl up and sleep, yet I am buzzing with energy. 

I've got no reason to be here... but I am. Because... coffee
 
Coffee is best enjoyed while sitting or standing still, reading or gazing off.  So I brewed some and came to sit at the desk.  Even that however was wrought with frustration (again) as my new-ish (1 year and a few months) Keurig still randomly spews coffee/water willy-nilly to its heart content. 
 
I hit the button to brew at 6 oz. and it will give me 12 oz.  or even the whole dang reservoir full.  And considering I have this coffee brewer in my office - not near things like a sink, mugs, glasses, paper towels or... anything to quickly put under it to catch the excess; it means I scramble to hit the power button as soon as I realize it's peeing all over the desk again.

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I did a trek to Sam's Club this morning.  It was painful.  The first items in my cart were 
  • dogfood ($42)
  • coffee k-cups ($37)
  • dog dental treats ($18)
  • diapers ($40) 
  • wipes ($20)
  • Kleenex tissues ($17)
  • toilet paper ($20)
 
So with just 7 items and not even beginning my actual grocery shopping yet, I was already at $200.  Plus tax.  Ouch.  And, today was slated to be a meat, chicken and seafood shopping trip, unfortunately.
 
Yeah, I'll be waking at 2:00 with an anxiety panic attack tonight.  As I do when I've spent money that day.
 
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  Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 10 Oz. Brew Sizes, Black  

 

 

  Starbucks Sumatra Keurig Pods, Dark Roast Coffee ,10 Count (Pack of 6)      

 

 

Purina ONE Natural Dry Dog Food, SmartBlend Chicken & Rice Formula - 31.1 lb. Bag 

 

 

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Just for the heck of it, I did a search on Amazon for the keywords "MADE IN USA"

Still grappling with my hatred of fighting with the 'new' 2020 blogger editor.  I've always hated the WordPress editor (ALWAYS) so although many are jumping ship to their editor, that one has never been user intuitive to me over the past 20 years so I don't know....  I come here, start posts and get fed-up with Blogger and then leave without posting. 

  

Yesterday afternoon, just for fun, I did a search on Amazon for "Made in USA" and checked out the results.  Although many were, there were almost just as many Chinese made items that were listed - obviously lying in their product search descriptions.  Some didn't put anything about being made in China or USA in the 'official' product information (just the search keywords) but many are obvious, so I took those products and/or company names and looked them up on the internet only to find, sure enough, completely 100% Chinese crap.   

One item that looked... umm, 'off' and confusing was this one.  A USA made can opener? 

Note the top where the brand name usually is;  "MADE IN USA CAN OPENER"

 

Then 4 random photos... an American flag, something I can't tell what it is, an old baseball card photo and an ad for NEHI drinks.  And the writing on the bottom again; Made in U.S.A.

Not only is the packaging so incredibly poorly done, the opener is even two different colors. 
One of the Amazon customers posted a photo of the 'back' of the packaging that listed a legit American company name and address.  

So, I took 3 seconds to look the company up.  They do sell can openers.  
 
They are actually a well known can opener company... but their products (which are found sold in stores around the US) look like this...


 
 

Not even close.  
Just for the heck of it, I clicked on the name of the seller to see their product page.  There is another name and address listed - a Russian woman with a random Virginia address that is also the address of a transmission repair shop.  

At this point I just clicked away. I really had no reason to click on the items or check into them, other than the fact that when I saw the awful dark green packaging of the first one, I had doubts it was the Steuby Company product.  I didn't even plan to buy one.  

Just one of those random rabbit holes you fall down on the internet I guess....






























 
 


9.19.2020

Random Chit Chat: Our two cats (we don't actually have any cats)

I saw this little graphic in my files and decided to use it for tonight's 'chit chat' over coffee.  I made all these personal 'me' graphics and put them in my files but it ends up we don't have a pumpkin colored cat any longer - both our cats have passed away now but I still have some 'cat' themed images in my files.  The reason I decided to use it is because it reminded me... we don't actually have cats any longer but apparently we have two cats now.

Regular readers might recall me mentioning a few times that there is a black cat with a white chest that loves to hang out at our house.  Every morning it would be sunning on the rocks in the backyard and every afternoon between 3-4 it would set off the motion alert in the driveway as it walked across and sometimes came up to sun itself on the front steps.

After we installed another camera in the backyard area I found that it likes to visit our deck at night.  It prances and prowls a bit, then jumps up to the deck railing where it sits and hangs out for about an hour.  Sometimes in the morning when I wake, I grab my phone and look back over the night video to make sure our little cat-friend came to visit.  I was NOT happy when he peed/poo'd in my flower/vegetable bed but it only happened the once and so far I've not found evidence of it happening again since (about 2 months or so I think).  But anyway!  This morning I watched last nights video and chuckled a little.  It seems our black cat now has brought a friend to hang out with on our deck.  There was a second cat with him last night!  

Don't know if the second one will hang around or not like the black cat has for about 2 (?) years now but I like it.  Makes me smile.  We have 'cats' without actually having cats.  (They are well cared for and well fed... so they have homes, they just come visiting.) 

 

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black cat shirt -ew people t-shirt



Sorry I can't I have plans with my Cat T-Shirt



funny cat shirt : I do what I want with my cat shirt T-Shirt




“The president has a responsibility to nominate a new justice and the Senate has a responsibility to vote.” - Hillary Clinton (2016)

Here’s What Democrats Said About Filling A Supreme Court Vacancy In 2016

 

Several Democratic leaders favored a Senate confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland in 2016.

Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Obama nominated Garland, who had been the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to block a confirmation vote for Garland until after the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reported.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell said, according to Politico. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

Several Democrats condemned McConnell in the days and weeks following his decision. 

Although Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden favored putting off a confirmation hearing during an election year in 1992 as a senator, Biden supported Garland’s confirmation in 2016 as vice president, according to ABC News. He said there was no supposed “Biden Rule” concerning Supreme Court nominations in an election year.

“Deciding in advance simply to turn your back before the president even names a nominee is not an option the Constitution leaves open,” Biden said, according to Business Insider. “It’s a plain abdication from the Senate’s duty. … [It’s] never occurred before in our history.”

“Elections have consequences,” then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said, according to Politico. “The president has a responsibility to nominate a new justice and the Senate has a responsibility to vote.”

She called McConnell’s decision “outrageous.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted: “Garland has integrity, a brilliant legal mind & is a perfect fit for [the Supreme Court]. GOP inaction does our country a great disservice.”

And then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted: “Judge Merrick Garland, is a respected jurist who must be given a fair hearing & timely vote.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, tweeted, “Judge Garland is a strong nominee with decades of experience on the bench. [Obama] has done his job. It’s time for Republicans to do theirs.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that Republicans must “ditch their extremism” and schedule a vote for Garland.

Then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate should consider a nominee immediately, according to Politico.

“It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat,” Reid said, Politico reported. “Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential Constitutional responsibilities.”

 

 

 

“Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential Constitutional responsibilities.”

- Harry Reid

 

 

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Senate has an obligation to hold hearings and a vote on the Supreme Court nomination (2016) - “That’s their job,” she said. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year.”

 Democrats sure are a destructive, hateful, violent group as a whole.  Never before have I seen so many innocent people; elderly, children and 'conservative Republicans' punched, hit, shoved, smacked, even shot over their political views.  Disgraceful.  And now - calling to "BURN IT DOWN" with even MORE rioting and looting and burning just because we may nominate a replacement for Ginsburg?   

JULY - 2016

Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Senate has an obligation to hold hearings and a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland

“That’s their job,” she said. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year.”



As with most of the Left... their beliefs, statements and opinions change willy-nilly.  But no matter what anyone supposedly 'wished' before they passed away or what people 'wish' would happen... they are not the President.










28 Million Mail-In Ballots Went Missing in Last Four Elections - Concerns about fraud in mail-in ballots were serious enough that a 2008 report produced by the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project recommended that states “restrict or abolish on-demand absentee voting in favor of in-person early voting.”


Image via JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images

 

Mark Hemingway

Between 2012 and 2018, 28.3 million mail-in ballots remain unaccounted for, according to data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.

 

The missing ballots amount to nearly one in five of all absentee ballots and ballots mailed to voters residing in states that do elections exclusively by mail.

States and local authorities simply have no idea what happened to these ballots since they were mailed – and the figure of 28 million missing ballots is likely even higher because some areas in the country, notably Chicago, did not respond to the federal agency’s survey questions. This figure does not include ballots that were spoiled, undeliverable, or came back for any reason.

Although there is no evidence that the millions of missing ballots were used fraudulently, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which compiled the public data provided from the Election Assistance Commission, says that the sheer volume of them raises serious doubts about election security.

These questions are particularly relevant as the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing states across the country to rapidly expand vote-by-mail operations in an election year. Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden have proposed the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020, a bill that would allow every eligible voter the opportunity to vote by mail, regardless of state laws governing mail-in ballots.

A significant increase in mail-in voting this fall could greatly incentivize “ballot harvesting,” where third parties collect mail-in ballots on behalf of voters and deliver them to election officials. There’s long been a consensus that such a practice incentivizes fraud, and ballot harvesting is illegal in most of the country. Public debate over the issue has intensified in recent years after a GOP operative in North Carolina was indicted for crimes related to ballot harvesting in 2018.

That same election cycle California legalized ballot harvesting, and observers say the practice played a key role in ousting several Republican congressmen in Orange County in 2018, a longstanding GOP stronghold in a state that has become very liberal in recent decades.  

There’s little doubt that as the number of mail-in ballots increases, so does fraud. A 2012 report in The New York Times noted that voter fraud involving mail-in ballots “is vastly more prevalent than the in-person voting fraud that has attracted far more attention, election administrators say. In Florida, absentee-ballot scandals seem to arrive like clockwork around election time.” According to a Wall Street Journal report on voter exploitation in Hispanic communities in Texas, mail-in ballots have “spawned a mini-industry of consultants who get out the absentee vote, sometimes using questionable techniques.” Poor, elderly, and minority communities are most likely to be preyed upon by so-called ballot “brokers.”

Concerns about fraud in mail-in ballots were serious enough that a 2008 report produced by the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project recommended that states “restrict or abolish on-demand absentee voting in favor of in-person early voting.”

“The convenience that on-demand absentees produces is bought at a significant cost to the real and perceived integrity of the voting process,” the report added. “On the face of it, early voting can provide nearly equal convenience with significantly greater controls against fraud and coercion.” Similarly, another academic study done in 2008 from Reed College flagged various concerns related to absentee voting and conceded there is a “great deal of literature on turnout” but when it comes to mail-in ballots there is “a dearth of research on campaign effects, election costs, ballot quality, and the risk of fraud.”

Despite these concerns, five states – Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii – now do all elections exclusively by mail. Supporters point to smooth elections in these states as proof that it works. But PILF obtained voter data from Oregon, the first state to adopt voting by mail exclusively, for the 2012 and 2018 elections and checked it against census data. Of the 7 million ballots the state sent out in those two elections, some 871,000 ballots are totally unaccounted for.

Losing only one of eight ballots, as opposed to the national average of one in five, may be the result of Oregon having a more accurate listing of voters’ addresses than many other states, but that’s still a very high percentage of missing ballots, and Oregon would not reveal its data for the 2014 and 2016 elections for reasons the state would not disclose.

Regardless, U.S. Census data confirms that 11% of Americans move every year, and voters on the lower end of the economic scale are especially transient. Without implementing some extensive, and likely problematic, government surveillance program, there’s no way for election administrators to reliably get ballots to tens of millions of Americans every election cycle without a large percentage of ballots going to the wrong address. This problem is compounded by states that mail ballots automatically. (The author of this piece is from Oregon, where ballots with his name on them were sent to his parents’ address for years after he graduated from college and moved out of state -- despite repeated contacts with the county clerk telling them he had moved.)

The inherent problems of mail-in voting are being widely ignored, however. Use of mail-in ballots more than doubled from 24.9 million in 2004 to 57.2 million in 2016, and around 40% of U.S. votes are now done by mail. Along with this dramatic increase there have been virtually no new safeguards, scrutiny, or additional research on the risks of vote by mail. If the current pandemic is going to force the issue during a presidential election, proponents of voting by mail may have to address obvious risks that come with proposing that more than 200 million ballots be mailed out this fall.

“I really think the only reason vote-by-mail problems are not getting more attention on a regular basis, is that it's kind of an embarrassing problem and people just aren’t paying attention,” says Churchwell. “These numbers of missing ballots demonstrate large voter list maintenance failures and security gaps within the broader mail voting process.”

  • https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/us/politics/as-more-vote-by-mail-faulty-ballots-could-impact-elections.html 
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB97718372846852342
  • https://web.archive.org/web/20081120004337/http:/www.vote.caltech.edu/media/documents/july01/July01_VTP_Voting_Report_Entire.pdf 
  •  https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev.polisci.11.053006.190912

9.18.2020

Blogger took the Legacy version editor away for good... damn those idiots. Writing, editing and posting is such a pain in the butt now and takes forever and things look stupid.

I know my readers don't know what goes on behind the scenes in blogging, but the editor you use is HUGE for the 'behind the scenes' experience. 

 Blogger/Google's 'new' 2020 version is wrought with things that make typing a simple post take 5 times longer, you have to fight to do simple things like wrap-around text or drag/move the image.  You can't put html in the compose view and have it publish correctly, but must switch back and forth between compose and HTML, you can't put in your HTML code, go to html and then back to compose to see what your image/links/text looks like.  It takes 3-4 clicks to do what you used to be able to do in 1 click.  And that's just the BEGINNING of the awful horrible 'new' blogger.  And they apparently don't want to admit they are fuck-ups and let people choose to keep the version that WORKS and WORKS WELL because they've now taken it away completely.  Sigh.  

So I've posted very little the last couple days... and with all the frustrations of everyday life in 2020, blogger should be a happy place to come to to post.  Instead I find myself with a headache and angry so for now... meh.

I'm just going to go sip my coffee.  Sorry.

 

9.17.2020

"Infidel," in theaters Sept. 18, follows a Christian blogger (Jim Caviezel) captured by an Iranian group alarmed at his public comments regarding faith.

 

 

"Infidel," in theaters Sept. 18, follows a Christian blogger (Jim Caviezel) captured by an Iranian group alarmed at his public comments regarding faith.

The film, inspired by real-world kidnappings by the Iranian regime, involves honor killings, a subject most Western films avoid. The story also praises Middle Eastern Christians for standing up to Iranian law. "Infidel" isn't politically correct in the slightest — another opening for critics to target Nowrasteh.

It wouldn't be the first time.

The 2006 ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11," which Nowrasteh wrote, inflamed Democrats by framing the Clinton administration as unprepared for the terrorist attacks. Former Clinton administration members like National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright slammed the production. Five Democratic Senators sent a furious letter to Disney CEO Bob Iger, a major Democratic contributor, suggesting the network's broadcast license could be pulled due to the project.

The two-part miniseries eventually ran just once, without commercials, drawing hearty ratings (between 12-13 million viewers each night). Only it's never been seen since. It's not available for rent, download or streaming, and Nowrasteh isn't hopeful that will change anytime soon.

"It's dead and buried as long as Bob Iger is running Disney," Nowrasteh says.

The director's 2009 film "The Stoning of Soraya M." also explored challenging material that forced the filmmaker to take greater care behind the scenes. He wouldn't reveal the Middle Eastern country where the production took place and employed actors who were Iranian exiles.

That film, based on a true story, depicts an Iranian woman falsely accused of adultery and the violent, medieval punishment she endured.

Nowrasteh, a Colorado native whose family hails from Iran, tracks the latest news coming from that Middle Eastern country. That means he's followed the cases of numerous Americans imprisoned by Iran over the years, including the high-profile situation involving Robert Levinson. The former FBI agent disappeared 13 years ago off the coast of Iran and was recently declared dead by his family.

The Iranian government denies any knowledge of Levinson or his current condition.

"In the back of mind I thought, 'Is there a movie here?'" the writer/director says.

He decided a fictional tale inspired by these events would better capture the struggles these prisoners faced.

"I've been struck by the fact that so many Americans have been held in Iran for many years," he says. "The problem with the real stories and the others is that they're uncertain … how do you do that as a movie?"

"Infidel" also showcases another element of Iranian culture, the "underground Christian movement" within the country, he says.

"Iran has the second most converts [to Christianity]" behind China, he says, noting it's fueled by women. "It's a direct result of the oppression under the Islamic Republic," he says.

The Christian group Open Doors says Iran is the ninth most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian, and the country’s government sees converts as threats against the Islamic Republic.

Some filmmakers might steer clear of this kind of material, but Nowrasteh recalls an early, positive connection to another rabble-rousing artist who helped guide his way: Oscar-winner Oliver Stone of "Platoon" and "JFK" fame.

"He said, 'When you make a movie you have to be a little bit rude.' I think that's true. The worst thing to do is make a movie and nobody notices," says Nowrasteh, who collaborated with Stone on the 2001 telefilm "The Day Reagan Was Shot."

Pundit-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza serves as an executive producer on "Infidel," but Nowrasteh says his latest project drew interest from more traditional Hollywood sources, too. It will be seen in a conventional fashion as well. 



 

 

 

HARD HITTING New Film “Infidel” With Jim Caviezel | Jukebox | Huckabee

 


Celebrate the Birthday of Our United States of America Government

 


Adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
  • The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. It is the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the existence of the United States of America and the Federal Government of the United States. It provides the framework for the organization of the United States Government. The document defines the three main branches of the government: The legislative branch with a bicameral Congress, an executive branch led by the President, and a judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court. Besides providing for the organization of these branches, the Constitution outlines obligations of each office, as well as provides what powers each branch may exercise. It also reserves numerous rights for the individual states, thereby establishing the United States' federal system of government.

 


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9.15.2020

Have you seen the video "The Types of People at a Potluck"? Some 'happy' and cute coffee talk tonight.....

One of the things that was big when I was growing up was potlucks.  Between our school functions (small Catholic school) and our church, we had regular potlucks of one sort or another all the time.  Although I don't think we had potlucks much when we lived in the 'big city', we moved to a tiny little itty bitty town when I was in 2nd grade and from 2nd - 8th there were many, many potlucks.

I got a nice little break during my high school years as back then we didn't have helicopter parents and we didn't believe in 'everyone gets a trophy' so we didn't have to do all the crap that we do today.  But between all my kids potluck dinners for various activities, sports, blah blah blah as well as all the potlucks we had to have at my previous job... well, I'm happily potlucked out for the rest of my life if I had my way.  (Can you tell I'm not a fan???).

You have caught some of the "It's a Southern Thing" on social media before, and if you have, you might have seen this one (almost all of them are so awesome... and so true) but I couldn't help but chuckle, and thought I'd share some mindless 'HAPPY' stuff on the blog.  Spread the sunshine... we've got enough 'rain' int the world right now.


I bet you all know someone (or are someone?) that fits all of these PEOPLE AT A POTLUCK!  Ha ha.


 

 

 

 

 

District #43 in California... is this you? (This urban district includes Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the inner-city neighborhood of Inglewood, as well as parts of Torrance and Carson in the South Bay.) Go meet Joe Collins at the American Legion on September 17! 14124 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne, CA

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District #43 in California... is this you?  This urban district includes Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the inner-city neighborhood of Inglewood, as well as parts of Torrance and Carson in the South Bay. 

Joe Collins for Congress

Go meet Joe Collins at the American Legion on September 17. Joe Collins is running against Maxine Waters and wants to meet local veterans in the area. He is a 13+ year Navy veteran and will be a voice for veterans in Congress. Location: American Legion Address: 14124 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

9.11.2020


The powerful 9/11 Budweiser commercial that only aired once

News

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI) — On the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, one of the most powerful tributes to the victims remains an emotional ad featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales — and it has aired only once.


In the ad, which aired during Super Bowl XXXVI on Feb. 3, 2002, the horses honor the memory of the fallen with an unforgettable, breathtaking bow.  And many people have never forgotten it.

Anheuser-Busch’s creative team came up with the concept and had to get approval from members of Congress, the advertising community and from New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani to make the commercial.


Though the original ad has only aired one time, Budweiser aired an updated version of the commercial on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.







Dr. Leah N. Torres, an abortionist known for her brash and often offensive Twitter exploits, has had her medical license suspended.

 

Torres is the doctor who sparked intense backlash in 2018, when she gloated via Twitter about cutting the vocal cords of pre-born babies while performing abortions. 

In the tweet, which she has since deleted, the abortionist wrote: “You know fetuses can’t scream, right? I transect the cord [first] so there’s really no opportunity, if they’re even far enough along to have a larynx” 

 


Torres later defended her comment, arguing she doesn’t perform abortions for the financial benefit. She failed, though, to offer her strong moral reasoning in support of abortions.

At the end of August, the abortion provider’s medical license was revoked because she allegedly made fraudulent statements on her application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: On September 11, here's what Islamists and 'Wokeists' have in common - Adherents of both pursue ideological purity, refuse to engage in debate and demand submission

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and founder of the AHA Foundation. She served as a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003-2006.

There were many American heroes on 9/11, but the greatest were the passengers and crew of Flight 93. Not only did they avert what Al Qaeda planned—a direct hit on the White House—but they also embodied Patrick Henry’s credo “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Do those words still have a meaning in the America of 2020? For two decades, I have opposed the fanatical illiberalism of those strands of Islam that gave rise to Al Qaeda. I broke with my Somali family and ultimately with their faith because I believed that it is human freedom that should be sacrosanct, not antiquated doctrines that demand submission by the individual.

So implacable are the proponents of Shariah that I have faced repeated death threats. Yet I have always consoled myself that, in the U.S., freedom of conscience and expression rank above any set of religious beliefs. It was partly for this reason that I moved here and became a citizen in 2013.

It never occurred to me that free speech would come under threat in my newly adopted country. Even when I first encountered what has come to be known as “cancel culture”—in 2014 I was invited to receive an honorary degree at Brandeis University and then ungraciously disinvited—I didn’t fret too much. I was inclined to dismiss the alliance of campus leftists and Islamists as a lunatic fringe.

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9.10.2020

Coffee Talking... why does Amazon alphabetize authors by their first name? I RARELY know (or care) about an authors first name. I was ALWAYS taught in school to alphabetize by LAST NAME FIRST. Hmmm.

I wish I had some awesome coffee chat this morning but... I don't.  It's just been a normal, regular morning thus far - which is a good thing!   

One thing that I thought about this morning was a co-worker at my last job who is about 10 years younger than I am.  She was typing something up that we needed to publish and I noted she and the intern - who was about 5 years younger than she; had been taught to only put one space behind a period when ending a sentence.

My entire life (including a mandatory typing class in junior high) we were taught that after a period, you do a double tap on the space bar.  Two spaces after a period before you start the next sentence.  She said no, she was taught in college to do one space.  

No, I've never cared enough to look it up and see if that's what 'they' are teaching now or if it was an anomaly of that particular time/school/state... whatever.  

But another thing that makes zero sense is schools don't like to teach correct alphabetization any longer.    And the most IRRITATING time this gets to me is when I want to search for a book by a certain author on Amazon and they have authors listed by FIRST names first.

 WHAT?  WHY?

If I'm searching an author a saw mentioned online or heard someone mention to me, it makes sense I'm going to search by their LAST NAME.  

If I was looking for something by Tchaikovsky for instance, I would absolutely NOT have know to look it up by Adrian.  I would have clicked on the T's for Tchaikovsky.








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9.07.2020

If Biden supporters want to overlook that Creepy Joe Biden sniffs little girls hair, grabs women's breasts, digitally assault them and struts nude in front of his female security will they pay attention to his HIGHER TAXES he promises?

 

 



 

 

..... you would have to be pretty far left on the political spectrum to back these tax hikes. Perhaps supporters believe higher taxes mean more government control and an attendant increase in the quality of life in America.

I beg to differ. Think of where we are. We’re in an economic healing phase. Do we really want to bring down the hammer of higher taxes when we’re struggling to get our economy back up and running?

If there is a good argument for raising taxes, the only one I can think of is that it could help carve us out of the tremendous debt and deficit that the U.S. continues to build. But even this idea doesn’t pass the litmus test. Resolving the deficit problem will take robust economic growth and more growth, plus caps on spending. Tax hikes stand only to smother this rebound.

I want to outline what I feel are the most critical tax conversations in the U.S. right now, all of which will continue to garner greater attention in the election run-up.

  • An Executive Order for Payroll Tax Cuts

Trump signed a new executive order that will curtail payroll taxes for the remainder of the year. The cut could add between $1,000 and $2,500 to working Americans’ bank accounts who earn $104,000 or less annually.

  • Biden’s Big Tax Plan

We’ve outlined his proposal above. But what would the changes actually cost American taxpayers? An estimated $3.5 trillion over the next 10 years. That’s trillion with a “t.”

  • Capital Gains Tax Reduction Considerations

Trump, a Republican, has hinted at reducing the capital gains tax on his own (currently capped at 20%). He can’t unilaterally reduce the rate, but he can enlist the help of the Department of the Treasury by directing how these taxes are calculated by indexing gains to account for inflation. If successful, this move could net out savings on a variety of taxable events for Americans.

With lower taxes on capital gains comes greater flexibility when you need to tap appreciated assets, such as stocks, real estate and private business interests. Plus, lower taxes, as a general rule, raise the value of assets like these. Selling is much more appealing when the tax ramifications are less punitive. Over the long haul, tax cuts to capital gains encourage the creation of new businesses, put more money in consumers’ pocketbooks, and bolster the purchasing power of investments.

In 2009, amid the Great Recession, President Barack Obama said, “The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession.” It seems that Biden has forgotten the words of the man he served in office for eight years.

Wes Moss has been the host of “Money Matters” on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB in Atlanta for more than 10 years now, and he does a live show from 9-11 a.m. Sundays. He is the chief investment strategist for Atlanta-based Capital Investment Advisors. For more information, go to wesmoss.com.

 

 

 


9.05.2020

Odd late night lamentations: the long gone McDonalds deep fried cherry pie and more

Back in the days of dating my husband, it was the mid-late 80's, I was just barely a teenager and my husband had just gotten his driver's license.  Our dates consisted of dinner at McDonalds, followed by a movie at the 'big city' theater about 45 minutes from where we lived, in the little small farm towns.

Filet o'Fish, Fries, and cherry pie.  That was my order.  Every time.

Google search for deep fried cherry pie
Random google search for a deep fried cherry pie from McD's


I'm not sure when they stopped making and selling the cherry pies (and NO for you youngun's out there; the 'cherry and cream' or whatever it was called pie they sold in the 20-teens wasn't it, and no, not the cherry pie they briefly re-released with criss-cross vent things on top.  They were completely fried and had little crisp bubbles all over. 

To this day, even though I only eat McDonalds food about once a year, I still sometimes think about the deep fried cherry pies of the mid-1980's and lament the fact that I'm pretty sure McDonalds will never bring the original back again.


Random Google Search for a peanuts pie from the 70's

Even though I don't really even like sweets, there is yet another 'pie' lamentation... this time I have to go back to when I was about 3 years old.  If my Dad did the grocery shopping instead of my Mom, he would buy the Dolly Madison Peanuts Fruit Pies!  Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and more.  I liked the Charlie Brown Cherry at the time; but there was another that wasn't a fruit - it was chocolate.  I have never liked chocolate in my life, but I do recall liking the chocolate fried pies.  One of the odd(?) things however is that I never liked them how normal people eat them.  My Dad used to pop them all into the deep freezer.  When we got a treat, he would take one out and cut it in half with a sharp knife and and I would get half a 'frozen' pie to snack on.  This was (and still is if I were ever to buy them again in my lifetime) the only way I'd eat them.

A frozen fruit pie popcicle.

If he didn't get the Dolly Madison versions he would buy the Hostess brand - which was fine because then I would choose blueberry or cherry!  Later I liked lemon as well, but I've never been much of an apple fan.

Random google search for Hostess fruit pies
I really started this post intending to simply chat about the McDonald's deep fried cherry pie, but look where it took me!  Actually my brain is swimming in different foods and candies that are 'long gone' now... but this post is long enough and honestly, it's late enough I'd really like to go to bed and read myself to sleep now.

See in the morning over fresh, hot coffee!











 







Liberal democrats need to stop beating up children because they don't agree with their political views.

Liberal democrats need to stop beating up children because they don't agree with their political views.    



A Colorado 12-year-old was assaulted for holding a sign supporting President Donald Trump, according to media reports.

Boulder police told several local news outlets that the boy was riding his bike while carrying a Trump sign when a woman saw the sign and confronted the boy, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

The woman drove up to the boy and said, “you want something to look at?” reported The Denver Channel. The woman then punched the boy “in the back of the head and arms several times,” according to the TV station.

“The suspect made a U-turn and approached the victim and began assaulting him because of his political banner,” investigators said, according to CBS 4. “The suspect then attempted to take the banner but was unsuccessful.”

The boy told The Denver Channel that he was confused and “disappointed with people who attack others solely for their political views.”

The woman was described to be in her 20s or 30s and “wearing a tan jacket, blue shirt and jeans,” the Daily Camera reported. She was riding a gray or blue moped.

The case is being investigated, and no one has been arrested or cited, according to the news outlet.


No. This is NOT just like the Great Depression. And the fact that you think it is shows how stupid and uneducated and entitled you are. AND...please read the Ant and the Grasshopper.

 

 

This is an article I read this morning - originally in the New York Times - it's long so you can read the whole thing there if you want.  Here is a good piece of it - and the BOLD text is mine.

I found myself pissed off reading this.   

These are people that were making up to $100K a year.  People driving BMW's and Mercedes.  People who admit they were spending tons of money on vacations, cars, and 'buying the kids whatever they wanted'.  And now they are whining because they have no money for food.   

They want free food, they are pissed because they haven't gotten another stimulus check yet (free money) and people need to be giving them all the free monies and foods because quote, "it's hard."


YOU should have been preparing YOUR family to get through hard times when you were blowing all your money on cars, vacations, clothes, private elite schools and everything else they mentioned in the article.  It's NOT THE GOVERNMENTS JOB TO GIVE YOU FREE SHIT.


When America was founded, the people immigrating here had to go through an interview process that not only included a medical exam to make sure they were healthy, but they had to show they had money in their pocket to care for themselves.  The amount of money on them was entered into a column along with their skills, their age, sex, family members and where/who they would be staying in America.  From the very start, America was founded by people who were independent and it was never, ever the intention that the government would give you 'free money' 'free food' 'free housing' 'free medical' 'free childcare' 'free college education' or free anything. It's NICE of the government to step in and help but that's not what our founding fathers intended.  They were to 'lead' the country - not support it.

These people apparently also never read or heard Aesop's Fables.  The Ant and the Grasshopper.  This lesson has been around for 2500 years.  You would think people would I don't know, learn by now????

 But... more on that in a minute. FIRST - the article.  Or parts of it.

"....This is America: a family crammed in a minivan driving mile after mile across San Diego County, first to one food giveaway and then to another and then to more.
To Mary’s Donuts, in rustic downtown Lakeside, for day-old chocolate frosted, maple-and-bacon glazed and pastries the size of catcher’s mitts.
Sixteen miles west to Jewish Family Service for big, fresh mangoes, boxes of hard-boiled eggs, cheese and lamb stew. Another 20 minutes south to the Ocean Discovery Institute for diapers and school supplies. To the Salvation Army for bottled water, oatmeal, a cake. All of it piled high into the back.
Since the coronavirus pandemic upended her life and so many others’, Alexis Frost Cazimero has spent most days this way, gathering food for her four children as well as neighbors in need. She pulls her packed silver Volkswagen van alongside the BMWs and Mercedeses as they edge their way through the long, snaking food lines. Where else but America can luxury and poverty get so close together that, in essence, they become one?
“I want people to understand, the face of the needy is different now,” said Cazimero, who has joined a new class of Americans who never imagined they would have to take a spot in a modern-day bread line. “Just because I have a car doesn’t mean I have enough money to buy food.”
The pandemic has exposed the fragile nature of success for millions of Americans: material markers of outward stability, if not prosperity, but next to nothing to fall back on when times get tough.
In long conversations around the country in August — at kitchen tables, in living rooms and in cars during slow-moving food lines with rambunctious children in the back — Americans reflected on their new reality. The shame and embarrassment. The loss of choice in something as basic as what to eat. The worry over how to make sure their children get a healthy diet. The fear that their lives will never get back on track.
There was the family in Jackson, Mississippi, that relied on a local food bank over the summer, even though before the pandemic they had been making almost six figures a year. That is a nice living in a place like Jackson, and it got them a house in the leafy Belhaven neighborhood, a Chevy Suburban and beach vacations to Florida.
These days she has become an armchair therapist to friends who feel ashamed at not being able to afford enough food; a logistics specialist in how she navigates the schedules of all the pantries in San Diego County; and a food procurer and distributor to the needy, even as she is needy herself.
‘The Great Depression With Minivans’
When historians look back on our pandemic-stricken times, there will perhaps be one indelible image that captures the attention of future generations: the endless lines of cars across the country filled with hungry Americans.
“I call it the Great Depression with minivans,” said Terry McNamara, who on a recent morning was behind the wheel in a line of cars, their trunks opened as they wound through the parking lot of Parma Senior High School in a working-class suburb of Cleveland that was once America’s fastest-growing city.
With his daughter, Laura Horsburgh, and five grandchildren along for the ride, McNamara, 74, drove his car through the procession as it moved along with military precision. At each station a coach or a teacher or even the principal loaded up the trunk with milk, or fresh produce from local farms — sometimes plump tomatoes or corn on the cob — or boxes of soup and lentils and cans of tuna. How much food one got depended on how many children were in the car. At the last stop, inside the school’s auto repair shop, volunteers offered watermelons and storybooks — Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bears.
“The kids love to go and see what is new,” Horsburgh said.
 As painful as the summer was, as difficult as it became for so many families to afford decent food, the situation could get worse, especially with unemployment benefits drying up for many people and Washington unable to agree on a new stimulus package. Then there is the virus itself: It could surge back in the fall and shutter businesses again, putting more people out of work and into the food lines.
“We had nothing to worry about,” she said. “We had savings. We were saving up to put a down payment on a house. We took a couple vacations a year. The kids got whatever they wanted.”

“You could grit and grind as a 19-year-old, until you get to 25 or 30, and you’re finally getting there,” said Johnson, the head of the charity in Memphis. “But at 30, 40 years old now you are trying to start over again? How are you going to do that? It’s hard.

 This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


Comments I said to my computer while I was reading........
  • Yep. Free donuts. That's important enough to drive across town for.
  • Volkswagon, BMW. Mercedes.  I'm supposed to feel sorry for you?  You say "Just because I have a car doesn't mean I have enough money to buy food."   Because that Mercedes is/was more important that food to you obviously.  Priorities - personal responsibility - maturity - common sense.
  • Making six figures a year and yet you have no food.  GAH.  You make me sick.
  • You SHOULD be ashamed.  I know social media tells everyone 'everything' is ok now and no one should feel ashamed of anything.  You are a druggy?  Been in prison? Beat your kids?  Can't keep a job? Blow 100K a year with nothing to show for it?  Oh... you've just made bad choices, you shouldn't feel ashamed.  YES YOU SHOULD.  Because being ashamed for your behavior is what makes you change!  And yes... you do need to feel ashamed for things.
  • Study the TRUE 'Great Depression' please.  THIS IS NOT AT ALL LIKE THE GREAT DEPRESSION.  People in their fucking Mercedes having to wait in a food line is NOT comparable to what America went through during the Great Depression and your entitled, uneducated 20-something snowflake attitude shows through strongly here that you would even try to reinvent history by comparing this to it.
  • So this guy loads up as many kids as he can so he can get more food.  Do the kids just get tossed into the next relatives car so they can do the same?  Scamming the system of free food by loading up as many kids as you can into your car.  Nice.
  • ... and it's your own fault.




The Ant and the Grasshopper

Read it here as well:  Link


One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.

"What!" cried the Ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?"

"I didn't have time to store up any food," whined the Grasshopper; "I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone."

The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.

"Making music, were you?" they cried. "Very well; now dance!" And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.





***Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE.