Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Boo



Voters Beware

There have already been reports of electronic voting discrepancies from several locations around the country during early voting.  If you plan on voting early or next Tuesday and will be doing so electronically, make sure you check the paper printout of your preferences for accuracy.  

Handing Out Sunshine

My granddaughter is a writer, and a good one too.  She has her own blog and is in the process of writing her first novel.  Anyway, another writer/blogger invited her to "guest blog" the other day and this is what she posted.  By the way, did I mention she's only fourteen and the whole family is really, really proud of her.



Ray of Sunshine

“You’re a nasty, nasty world.”

Allie Everly, Interrupted by Rachel Coker


Do you ever get this feeling?  I tend to get it when browsing a large bookstore too long.  The trash piled on the shelves full of the modern lure that sadly attracts so many young readers…  it rather fills me with anger, discomfort, and a determination to write something that may someday sit cozily amidst that garbage and shine brightly for Christ.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

There is a darling little book I read on occasion titled Beautiful Girlhood, revised by Karen Andreola.  Would you care to read a passage?

“Smiles and gladness are like sweet peas, in that the more you gather and give away the more you have.  Leave your sweet peas on the vines, and the flowers are soon gone; but gather them closely each day and they will blossom the more and last the summer through.  So save your smiles for special occasions, when there are joys abroad, and you will nearly run out of them altogether, but give them out at every opportunity, and the joy-vines of your heart will thrive and grow.” 

Shouldn’t it be lovely to live this out?  Think of all the joy and sunshine that would spring up around you.  Hand out your smiles and inner joy to strangers, and they will walk away cheered by the sight of it.  Pass around all of your encouragement and love to your household, and the entire atmosphere of the family will be changed.

But suppose you don’t hand out sunshine, and do quite the opposite.  Be stiff and cold to strangers, and they will think for a moment that it was quite rude, but forget about it a minute later, for it is sadly normal for a teenage girl to have little interest in much besides herself.  Throw out rude remarks and wallow in your selfishness at home, and the whole household will feel beat and trodden down.

For, my friends, your disposition affects everyone around you.  In your household, the words and actions you throw out will affect the atmosphere, and soon everyone will be doing the same back to you.  The words and actions strangers see in you will affect them as well.  If you are cheerful and kind and encouraging to them, they will notice the light in you.  “You are the light of the world.”  Jesus commands us to live out our joy and sunshine.  If this is so, why isn’t our world a brighter place?  Why don’t we see the fruit of our apparent “sunshine” in our Christianity?  Could it be this is because we don’t shine?  Perhaps we are not throwing off our light in this nasty world.  Well, why not?  Quite frankly, we are selfish humans.  We wish to have our own way.  And when we do not have our own way, which, I am afraid to say is rather often, we sulk.  We turn cold and sullen.  My friends, if we do not have the strength to fight that selfishness, then we are not a light to this world.  We are merely another abyss of darkness.  And if this sad truth contributes to making this world a “nasty, nasty” place, then I daresay we are not doing our duty as followers of Christ.  

Trust me, selfishness is a great struggle of mine as well, a great struggle.  And I do not think I have been a good example as a light of the world lately, particularly in my household.  However, that is not an excuse to not get up and try again.  We are humans.  ‘Tis the truth.  We will stumble.  Our light will flicker and we will make mistakes.  But rather than focusing on ourselves constantly, we should focus on others and being Christ’s light of the world.   We should be that ray of sunshine that is a bright refuge and haven amidst darkness in our nasty, nasty world.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Da Man For Des Moines


For the first time in forty years,
The Des Moines Register endorses a Republican.


When It Comes To Desert Decisions...






Irony

Do you remember my posting a couple days ago and the picture of the "free cell phone" booth just down the street from the West Virginia state capital complex?  Yesterday I took this picture on the same street just two blocks away...


Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yup, You Guessed It

I took this picture today just down the street from the state capital complex in Charleston, West Virginia.  I was told, "if you're receiving food stamps, or on Social Security disability, or something like that, you probably will qualify".  


Always Avoid Big Sneezes


Inspired by "Like Cool"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Something To Think About

I think Glenn Beck has both oars in the water, but he rows in the wrong direction at times.  I don't watch his show anymore, but came across this on Google+ and thought it quite interesting.  And if you're not quite able to believe Mr. Beck, perhaps you should go to this link...  http://video.foxnews.com/v/1913235018001/



Inspired by "Mark Means"

Boo Gangnam



Inspired by "Like Cool"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hmmmm...


Let me get this straight.  The reason for the third presidential debate was to discuss foreign policy.  OK. Once  upon a time the President of the United States sent a group of Navy Seals to Pakistan to kill a terrorist. And once upon a time the Governor of Massachusetts sent a group of businessmen to Madagascar to sell toilet seats.


FIRST DEBATE QUESTION:  "Governor Romney, if elected President would you send Navy Seals to a foreign country to kill a terrorist?"

SECOND DEBATE QUESTION:  President Obama, if re-elected would you send a group of businessmen to Madagascar to sell toilet seats?"

Hmmmm.  Sounds like a big waste of time to me.   

Earthquake In Community Of Science


Mama mia, don't let your babies grow up to be scientists!


Monday, October 22, 2012

No Doubt About It



It's Time To Try Something Different


You say you've still got your job?
I'll bet your neighbor doesn't.
He needs to believe in himself again.
We need to believe in America again.

I believe in"Mitt Romney" and "Paul Ryan"!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cool

Not all that big of a surprise, but cool nonetheless.  







Barry And Willy

One of the strategies for getting Barack Obama re-elected President is telling the voters, especially the independent voter, and more specifically the independent female voter, that "Barry" Obama is a lot like "Slick Willy" Clinton.  Some even get racist about it and point to the fact that Willy was, sorta, the first black President.  To say that these two Presidents are alike is nothing more than a huge stretch of the imagination.  I could get racist and say that Barry and Willy are as different as black and white, but I'm not going to go there.  Let me illustrate a different way.

Slick Willy can run circles around Barry when it comes to politics.  Running for President in 1992, candidate Clinton promised to "end welfare as we have come to know it".  In 1996 the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act" was passed.  In other words, Slick Willy knew how to take away a single mom's welfare check and still get re-elected.  The way it's looking right now, Barry has given away a whole lot of cell phones to a whole lot of single moms, and he's most likely going to be looking for a new job come November 7.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Just Gotta Have

Just imagine all the money I'd save on gas...


Inspired by "CoDesign"

Can't Forget


Friday, October 19, 2012

The Last Two Hours

Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were two of the four Americans killed in the attach on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  They were former decorated Navy Seals.  They were not members of the consulate security. They were civilians hired by another government agency and were in Libya looking for missing military missiles. They were in an annex building about a half mile from the consulate's main compound when they responded to gunfire.  Please take a minute and read this account of the last two hours of their lives...

Their heroism is incredible when you consider what they were facing. Doherty and Woods reached the main compound of the Consulate and evacuated approximately 20 employees. Unfortunately, Ambassador Steven’s aide Sean Smith was already dead when they arrived. Woods and Doherty fought through the firefight, and took the consulate employees back to the annex building where again they came under another wave of attacks.

Between the initial firefight at the Main Consulate, and at the annex building, for over two hours they were able to fight back against approximately 200 al-Qaeda terrorists, who pre-planned and coordinated the attack to occur in two stages.

The second wave of attacks at the annex brought even more firepower upon them. Yet they held their position providing time for the 20 consulate employees to be rescued. In total for over two hours they held off upwards of 200 attackers, under heavy fire from RPGs, mortars, and at least one 23mm Anti Aircraft gun firing on their position(s) around the consulate grounds and the annex building.
Here's what President Obama had to say about those last two hours in response to a question asked by Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"...

"If four Americans get killed it is not optimal," the president responded. "And we are going to fix it, all of it. And what happens during the course of a presidency, you know the government is a big operation at any given time, something screws up and you make sure you find out what's broken and you fix it."

Mr. President, two American heroes are dead.  Seems to me it's kind of  late for fixing.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Where I Grew Up

I'm 66.
This is where I grew up.
If you're from the generation lost in space you'll understand the lyrics.
If you're not, the explanation is posted below the video.




"American Pie" By Don McLean


The entire song is a tribute to Buddy Holly and a commentary on how rock and roll music changed in the years since his death. McLean is lamenting the lack of "danceable" good time party music in rock and roll and (in part) attributing that lack to the absence of Buddy Holly et. al.

(Verse 1)

A long, long time ago...

"American Pie" reached #1 in the U.S. in 1972; the album containing it was released in 1971. Buddy Holly died in 1959.

I can still remember how That music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance, That I could make those people dance, And maybe they'd be happy for a while.

One of early rock and roll's functions was to provide dance music for various social events. McLean recalls his desire to become a musician playing that sort of music.

But February made me shiver,

Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959 in a plane crash in Iowa during a snowstorm.

With every paper I'd deliver,

Don McLean's only job before becoming a full-time singer-songwriter was being a paperboy.

Bad news on the doorstep... I couldn't take one more step. I can't remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride

Holly's recent bride was pregnant when the crash took place; she had a miscarriage shortly afterward.

But something touched me deep inside, The day the music died.

The same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly also took the lives of Richie Valens ("La Bamba") and The Big Bopper ("Chantilly Lace"). Since all three were so prominent at the time, February 3, 1959 became known as "The Day The Music Died".

So...

(Refrain) Bye bye Miss American Pie,

Don McLean dated a Miss America candidate during the pageant.

Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry Them good ol' boys were drinkin whiskey and rye Singing "This'll be the day that I die, This'll be the day that I die."

One of Holly's hits was "That'll be the Day"; the chorus contains the line "That'll be the day that I die".

(Verse 2)

Did you write the book of love,

"The Book of Love" by the Monotones was a hit in 1958.

And do you have faith in God above, If the Bible tells you so?

There's also an old Sunday School song which goes: "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so"

Now do you believe in rock 'n roll?

The Lovin' Spoonful had a hit in 1965 with John Sebastian's "Do you Believe in Magic?". The song has the lines: "Do you believe in magic" and "It's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock and roll."

Can music save your mortal soul? And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Dancing slow was an important part of early rock and roll dance events -- but declined in importance through the 60's as things like psychedelia and the 10-minute guitar solo gained prominence.

Well I know you're in love with him 'Cause I saw you dancing in the gym

Back then, dancing was an expression of love, and carried a connotation of committment. Dance partners were not so readily exchanged as they would be later.

You both kicked off your shoes

A reference to the beloved "sock hop". (Street shoes tear up wooden basketball floors, so dancers had to take off their shoes.)

Man, I dig those rhythm 'n' blues

Some history. Before the popularity of rock and roll, music, like much else in the U. S., was highly segregated. The popular music of black performers for largely black audiences was called, first, "race music," later rhythm and blues. In the early 50s, as they were exposed to it through radio personalities such as Allan Freed, white teenagers began listening, too. Starting around 1954, a number of songs from the rhythm and blues charts began appearing on the overall popular charts as well, but usually in cover versions by established white artists, (e. g. "Shake Rattle and Roll", Joe Turner, covered by Bill Haley; "Sh-Boom", the Chords, covered by the Crew-Cuts; "Sincerely", the Moonglows, covered by the Mc Guire Sisters; Tweedle Dee, LaVerne Baker, covered by Georgia Gibbs). By 1955, some of the rhythm and blues artists, like Fats Domino and Little Richard were able to get records on the overall pop charts. In 1956 Sun records added elements of country and western to produce the kind of rock and roll tradition that produced Buddy Holly.

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck With a pink carnation and a pickup truck

"A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)", was a hit for Marty Robbins in 1957. The pickup truck has endured as a symbol of sexual independence and potency, especially in a Texas context.

But I knew that I was out of luck The day the music died I started singing...

Refrain

(Verse 3)

Now for ten years we've been on our own

McLean was writing this song in the late 60's, about ten years after the crash.

And moss grows fat on a rolling stone

Rolling Stone Magazine

But that's not how it used to be When the jester sang for the King and Queen

The jester is Bob Dylan, as will become clear later. Elvis Presley is the king, which seems pretty obvious. The queen COULD be either Connie Francis, Little Richard, or someone else.

In a coat he borrowed from James Dean

In the movie "Rebel Without a Cause", James Dean has a red windbreaker that holds symbolic meaning throughout the film. In one particularly intense scene, Dean lends his coat to a guy who is shot and killed; Dean's father arrives, sees the coat on the dead man, thinks it's Dean, and loses it. On the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Dylan is wearing just such as red windbreaker, and is posed in a street scene similar to one shown in a well-known picture of James Dean.

And a voice that came from you and me

Bob Dylan's roots are in American folk music, with people like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Folk music is by definition the music of the masses, hence the "...came from you and me".

Oh, and while the King was looking down The jester stole his thorny crown

A reference to Elvis's decline and Dylan's ascendance. (i.e. Presley is looking down from a height as Dylan takes his place.) The thorny crown a reference to the price of fame. Dylan has said that he wanted to be as famous as Elvis, one of his early idols.

The courtroom was adjourned, No verdict was returned.

The trial of the Chicago Seven.

And while Lennon read a book on Marx,

Literally, John Lennon reading about Karl Marx; figuratively, the introduction of radical politics into the music of the Beatles. The "Marx-Lennon" wordplay has also been used by others, most notably the Firesign Theatre on the cover of their album How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All?

The quartet practiced in the park

The Beatles.

And we sang dirges in the dark

A reference to some of the new "art rock" groups which played long pieces not meant for dancing OR a reference to The Door's song "Light My Fire" which said "... a funeral pyer..." in one line.

The day the music died. We were singing...

Refrain

(Verse 4)

Helter Skelter in a summer swelter

"Helter Skelter" is a Beatles song which appears on the White album. Charles Manson, claiming to have been "inspired" by the song (through which he thought God and/or the devil were taking to him) led his followers in the Tate-LaBianca murders. "Summer swelter" a reference to the "long hot summer" of Watts.

The birds flew off with the fallout shelter Eight miles high and falling fast

The Byrd's "Eight Miles High" was on their late 1966 release "Fifth Dimension." It was one of the first records to be widely banned because of supposedly drug-oriented lyrics.

It landed foul on the grass

One of the Byrds was busted for possesion of marijuana.

The players tried for a forward pass

Obviously a football metaphor about the Rolling Stones, i.e. they were waiting for an opening which really didn't happen until the Beatles broke up.

With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

On July 29, 1966, Dylan crashed his Triumph motorcycle while riding near his home in Woodstock, New York. He spent nine months in seclusion while recuperating from the accident.

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume

This line and the next few refer to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The "sweet perfume" is tear gas.

While sergeants played a marching tune

The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" music in general as "marching" because it's not music for dancing. But music with a message to which we march.

We all got up to dance Oh, but we never got the chance

The Beatles' 1966 Candlestick Park concert only lasted 35 minutes and there wasn't any music to dance to OR due to the break-up of The Beatles.

'Cause the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield.

A reference to the dominance of the Beatles on the rock and roll scene. For instance, the Beach Boys released "Pet Sounds" in 1966 -- an album which featured some of the same sort of studio and electronic experimentation as "Sgt. Pepper" (1967) -- but the album sold poorly. It's a comment about how the dominance of the Beatles in the rock world led to more "pop art" music, leading in turn to a dearth of traditional rock and roll.

Do you recall what was revealed, The day the music died? We started singing

Refrain

(Verse 5)

And there we were all in one place

Woodstock.

A generation lost in space

A reference to the "famous" (and horrible) 60s TV "Lost In Space."

With no time left to start again

The "lost generation" spent too much time being stoned, and had wasted their lives.

So come on Jack be nimble Jack be quick

A reference to Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones; "Jumpin' Jack Flash" was released in May, 1968.

Jack Flash sat on a candlestick

The Stones' Candlestick park concert.

'Cause fire is the devil's only friend

The Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil."

And as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage No angel born in hell Could break that satan's spell

While playing a concert at the Altamont Speedway in 1969, the Stones appointed members of the Hell's Angels to work security. In the darkness near the front of the stage, a young man named Meredith Hunter was beaten and stabbed to death -- by the Angels. Public outcry that the song "Sympathy for the Devil" had somehow incited the violence caused the Stones to drop the song from their show for the next six years.

And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite

About Altamont, and in particular Mick Jagger's prancing and posing while it was happening. The sacrifice is Meredith Hunter, and the bonfires around the area provide the flames.

I saw satan laughing with delight

Satan would be Jagger.

The day the music died He was singing...

Refrain

(Verse 6)

I met a girl who sang the blues

Janis Joplin.

And I asked her for some happy news But she just smiled and turned away

Janis died of an accidental heroin overdose on October 4, 1970.

I went down to the sacred store Where I'd heard the music years before

The "sacred store" was Bill Graham's Fillmore West, one of the great rock and roll venues of all time.

But the man there said the music wouldn't play

Nobody is interested in hearing Buddy Holly et.al.'s music.

And in the streets the children screamed

"Flower children" being beaten by police and National Guard troops; in particular, perhaps, the People's Park riots in Berkeley in 1969 and 1970.

The lovers cried and the poets dreamed

The trend towards psychedelic music in the 60's.

But not a word was spoken, The church bells all were broken

The broken bells are the dead musicians: neither can produce any more music.

And the three men I admire most The Father Son and Holy Ghost

Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens.

They caught the last train for the coast

A way of saying that they had left the scene (or died -- "went west" as a synonym for dying).

The day the music died And they were singing...

Refrain (2x) 





I Still Like Bologna

All you Liberals think Romney is just a bunch of bologna.
And all you Conservatives think Obama is just a bunch of bologna.
To all my Liberal friends and to all my Conservative friends,
I got one thing to say.
Between now and November 6 take a deep breath
And listen to this...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Me And Bill

Bill and I have been neighbors for thirty years.
He's a dyed in the wool Democrat.
I'm a dyed in the wool Republican.
He thinks Barack Obama is the greatest president since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
I think Ronald Reagan was the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.
He thinks a "good read" is Eugene Robinson.
I tell him to read George F. Will.
He says his favorite blog is the "Daily Kos".
I tell him mine is "Legal Insurrection".
He thinks Al Sharpton deserves an Emmy Award.
I think Bill O'Reilly does.
He tells me "tea parties" are for little girls.
I tell him the "Tea Party" is for true patriots.
He's an atheist.
I'm a Christian.
He's black.
I'm white.
He voted for Obama November 6.
I voted for Romney.
We play golf together every chance we get.   

Potter Potty


Sometimes I see something and I just can't help it...sorry.


Not Even Close

Lots of commentary from the second presidential debate. And the comments I tend to agree with most come from William L. Gensert at "American Thinker".  He says, "Obama has spent a lifetime surrounded by people who think as much of him as he does.  There isn't anyone to tell him the truth, but I suspect after this debate, he knows the truth.  "They" will call it a win, but the President knows he lost.  One need only have looked at his face during the proceedings.  It wasn't even close."

And I'm beginning to think that'll be the case come November 6..."NOT EVEN CLOSE"!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Murphy's Law




Inspired by "Daily Dot"

Conversational Cupcakes

I like Android phones.  I have friends who like iPhones.
I like to eat.  I have friends who like to eat.
This is for my iPhone friends who like to eat.
Especially a preacher named "David".


Inspired by "Like Cool"

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Other Jump


Wake Up America

Some very wise words from Sultan Knish...



"When enough people become used to dumping their responsibilities to their parents and children onto the government, the moral and social codes of responsibility wither so that the alternative to the system really does become the ice floe and the beggar boy. And when marriage falls into sufficient disuse and few people believe in a higher power and even fewer in the power of personal achievement, then the people have become unfit for any system but that of the nanny state."


"Past the age of kings, the new folly is not the building of great pyramids or model castles, but the construction of edifices of unlimited political authority that are meant to enforce complete control over the people. Like the pyramids of ancient Egypt, the marble edifices of modern authority that bury a government and its people within their depths for the greater glorification of its rulers."

"Only by escaping the tombs of government, can a nation and a people come alive again."

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Purplegrass


Don't matter what the color, this is cool...


Inspired by "Wimp.com"

Our Sin Problem


story of my life

Inspired by "Like Cool"

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Buried

Vice President Biden said the other day that the middle class has been "buried the last four years".  I agree.  The politicians in Washington, in cahoots with the Fed, Wall Street, and the big banks, dug this great big economic sink hole and put the whole country in it, especially the middle class. Then along came Obama, took his ever ready shovel, and filled in the sink hole.  Voila!

And The Loser Is...

I've been reading a lot of commentary the last few days about how bad Paul Ryan is going to beat Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate.  The consensus is "the sheriff"  is going to be way too slow on the draw. I tend to agree. One reporter asked Mr. Biden if his strategy was going to be "rope-a-dope", referring to Mohammed Ali's fight strategy against George Foreman.  Another reporter picked up on the comment and said Joe's performance would be more like a "dope on a rope".  Then I read that during an interview ABC News asked President Obama his take on the debate.  The President said, "Joe just needs to be Joe".  I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.  Mr. President, "Smokin' Joe should take a dive".

But then it hit me.  Obama wants Biden to loose.  No, really.  Stop and think about it.  If Joe Biden beats Paul Ryan in the debate, what a punch in the old Obama ego.  

Imagine Berry seeing this tomorrow...   

                        Biden won!                                                 Obama lost!

Thomas Peterffy

Putting your money where your heart is...


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Next?

Last week birds.  This week horses.  Can't wait 'til next week.



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Say What?


You say you got laid off over 3 1/2 years ago...
And you still haven't found a new job?
You say you graduated from college over 3 1/2 years ago...
And you still live in your parents basement?
You say you got your PhD over 3 1/2 years ago...
And you've been flipping burgers ever since?

Here's something to think about.
We pay a person to get inside a feathery yellow suit...

$315,000/year

Inspired by "Maggie's Farm"
  

Your Choice

And your obligation November 6...


No Copies Yet




Grab A Tissue


Grab a tissue before you start watching this video.
If you don't have to use it before the end you ain't human...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Photoshopped Or...


A lead story at "The Blaze" today featured this picture of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  It appeared in a recent special for Vogue Magazine and the brouhaha was all about the cost of the dress she was wearing ($2,000). But what I'm still laughing about is the "speculation" as to whether or not the picture had been photoshopped.  Gimme a break folks.  It's gotta be photoshopped.

There's only one other way the person pictured below on the right could turn into the person on the left... spend all night with her at the local bar.















Redneck photoshopping...

No-Show Joe

When you see Joe at the debate this Wednesday,
Give him a break because...
No matter where he goes,
He ain't there.
Sorta like an empty chair,
Only worse.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

U6 Minus 30 Equals 23

Lots of chatter the last couple of days about the unemployment rate reported by the government this past Friday.  They announced it was 7.8% and every Republican (and quite a few Independents) said Obama had cooked the books and "No Way Osama" was the rate that low.  Republicans say that "real" unemployment is really more like 15%.

So how come the big difference of opinion.  Two words..."U-3" and "U-6".  I know, I know, I know.  Those aren't words.  But they are two different ways for reporting unemployment.  The "U-3" is used by the government and the media to report the unemployment rate.  The "U-6" is considered by economists to be a broader measure of the unemployment situation because it includes to "very important" groups of people that the "U-3" does not:
    1.  People who are not actively looking for work, but who have indicated that they want a job and have looked for work (without success) sometime in the past 12 months.  This group also includes people who are discouraged and have completely given up on finding a job.
    2.  People who are looking for full-time work but have to settle on a part-time job.

DAH !!  Two pretty important groups of people, don't you think?

And here's the real zinger.  Guess what the unemployment rate would be today if the feds hadn't changed the rules thirteen million times in the last thirty years and still used "U-6" like they did back then...


Inspired by "Mort Zuckerman"

An Arrogant Lie




Commitment


Politicians are 100% committed to their lies.
Otherwise, they wouldn't be politicians.

Job Description



Politicians lie.  It's in the job description and I can prove it. Who was the last preacher, priest or rabbi to become President?  Yea, yea, I know. James Garfield was once a preacher. But he became a lawyer before being elected president...nuff said!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hmmmm



Big Bird Bodyguards



Debate And Da-Bat

What was more awesome than the debate Wednesday evening?

Da-Bat!

Jose Miguel "Miggy" Cabrera Torres...

Heart

What happens when you're told you've got to do things you don't want to do?
What happens when you get burned out because of a very demanding job?
What happens when they use to call you divine and now they call you dumb?
What happens?
Your heart just ain't in it anymore.
And then what happens?
You start making mistake.

And if you're the President of the United States...

That's Dangerous!

Debate Translation


Wackier than the Mainstream Media...


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Trending

"Trending" on  Google+ last evening during the debate.
Where's Barack Obama?


What Matters

It doesn't matter who won the debate last night.
What matters is November 6th.