Unlike other people.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Unlike other people.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
But . . . I am beginning to like Herman Cain, the more I read about him. Not a formal endorsement yet, but he seems to have that quiet reserve that places him above the prima donnas.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
And I am still wondering about the term "bedroom slippers." If MSNBC can hear the derogatory use of the word "boy" in "You lie!," am I okay to presume "bedroom slippers" is code for "welfare recipient?"
Or is it all just shuck and jive?
Monday, September 26, 2011
He lives now in a white camper that he parks in Crenshaw. A retired couple feeds him daily and allows him to shower in their home, the paper reported.
The moral of the story? Never IUI - Invest Under the Influence.
You know what? Good for him. He's not bitter and has a at least two friends who makes sure he gets three hots and a shower. Better than some missions.
Where are all his friends from his glory days?
Updated: It occurs to me that someone will start yelling, "But what about those evil Christians who are trying to make abortion illegal and prevent gay marriage?!" What about them? They are trying to do so by supporting and electing officials that will sponsor, and hopefully pass, such legislation. And if they succeed, perhaps such laws upon challenge will be found to be unconstitutional, if a sitting President doesn't veto them. That's how it works in a democracy - sometimes, people lose their battles.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
See more pictures here.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
81-year-old former astronaut and Dancing with the Stars geezer Buzz Aldrin is having a sex scandal. After 23 years of marriage, he left third wife Lois Driggs Cannon to be with 51-year-old marketer Michelle Sucillon, whom he met while signing books. Though not yet divorced, Buzz and Michelle have reportedly been "making out like teenagers" in public.
(Science geeks will recognize the 62.137 reference - the ladies, Buzz ain't gona harm 'em/When he takes them up past Karman . . .)
BTW, The Crescat has her silly-ass contest going again and some Ritalin-addled person nominated me for "Most Bat Shit Crazy Blog." So go and vote for me - remmeber, you can vote at least once within a 24-hour period and from as many ISPs you can find. Make it the office joke where entire call centers vote for me and I'll buy donuts!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Ban the sale of leather in West Hollywood?! The sales tax revenue would tank.
"The majority," Kozinski wrote, "is demonstrably, egregiously, recklessly wrong. If I could dissent twice, I would." He was joined in his dissent by Judge Carlos T. Bea.
Kozinski said the city appropriately tried to control a real problem that he said includes groups of men who "litter, vandalize, urinate, block the sidewalk, harass females and damage property."
"Nothing in the First Amendment prevents government from ensuring that sidewalks are reserved for walking rather than loitering; streets are used as thoroughfares rather than open air hiring halls; and bushes serve as adornment rather than latrines," he wrote.
Monday, September 19, 2011
A couple of months ago, a woman - accompanied by other devout'uns - came to my front door and range the bell. She introduced herself as the daughter of the folks across the street and she wanted to stop by and say, "hi" and "welcome to the neighborhood."
Sure . . . along with three others, all holding stacks of Watchtower.
I thanked her and, pointing to her cohorts, said, "I am feeling that the real reason you're here is to tell me about Jehovah's Witnesses. Okay, let me not waste your time. This is a Catholic home. We are not interested."
"Can I leave you a copy of this?"
"No. Have a nice day."
And off she and her fellow Witnesses went.
Now this morning I hear the dogs going bat shit crazy and I go to the side door. Different woman, Hispanic, with a Black girl standing next to her, both holding - aw yeah, Watchtower. And sitting in the car behind them was the guy from across the street.
Senora started in and I politely stopped her. "Please, y'all have already been here, and I told you then, I was not interested."
She asked, "When was that?" Now, unless the Witnesses have separate cadres and there is some membership drive going on, where the top-selling cadre gets an all-expenses paid vacation to Branson, MO, I thought, you know damn well when they were here.
"About two months ago."
She cut in, quickly. "Oh, but I'm here to tell you what we believe in the Bible!"
Time to turn the tables. "And I'm here to tell you - come home. Come home. Come home to the one, true faith, the holy Roman Catholic Church." I noticed the young Black girl was watching me, warily. So I stared at her directly. "Come home. You are breaking your Mother's heart. Come home."
La Senora got all smug. "Well, my Heavenly Father tells me to bring this word to you, not a Heavenly Mother."
I looked at her, "Who was Jesus' mother?"
She started telling me something else about her organization, and I interrupted her. "You're not answering the question - who was Jesus' mother?"
"Well, it was Mary."
"Okay," I said. "Mary is not a deity, of course, but would your Heavenly Father allowed His Son to be born to a sinful person?"
She grinned. "Jesus wasn't born, He was transferred by the power of . . ."
"Mary was a sinful person."
I smiled. "Again, not answering the question - would God allow His Son to be 'transferred' to anything less than a pure receptacle?"
She bristled and I said, "Alright, let's end this. You have a nice day." As I moved to turn to go back into my kitchen, she came and put a foot on my bottom step, and said, "Wait, I have to tell you about what we believe . . ."
Wrong move, chica. "Okay, let me say this more clearly. Get. Off. My. Property."
"Can I leave some literature with you?"
"No. You leave. And don't come back I have told you we are not interested and there's no sale here."
"Sale?! I'm not selling anything!"
"No, I just want to explain what we believe in the Bible so you can make up your own mind!"
"Come home. Come home. St. Albert the Great, right over there on Brickey Lane. Come home, where you'll be safe."
And they drove away, and then I saw them drive up the next driveway. Now, the man driving the car lives across the street. He knows my neighbor is a life-long Methodist, whose church is less than a quarter-mile down the road. And then I saw them drive away from my neighbor's house, and turn into the next driveway to the little house that my neighbor built for his elderly mother, who still lives there.
And I bet they'll do with every damn driveway, despite the driver knowing these people and knowing if they had any interest, they'd have signed up a long time ago.
I am not going to rant against the Jehovah's Witnesses who stand outside of courthouses with their copies of Watchtower, wishing everyone who passes a good morning, and no more. But when you damn well know your neighbors are not interested, and you're going to spend your day, driving up and down each driveway with a pushy sales pitch . . . my hospitality and Christian charity wears thin.
It's time to start making $5 donations in my neighbor's name to The Catholic League.
[A] a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
-- Macbeth, Scene V
President Obama on Monday will put forward a plan to slash more than $3 trillion from the nation’s deficits by winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, raising taxes on wealthier Americans, closing tax loopholes, and cutting the cost of Medicare and other government health programs, senior White House officials said.
Obama, who is to lay out his proposal in a Rose Garden speech at 10:30 a.m., will also issue a specific warning to congressional Republicans: If they pass a bill that cuts programs for poor and elderly Americans without asking profitable corporations and others to sacrifice, he will veto it.
And the President's "American Jobs Act?" Where is that? It isn't a bill - no one has sponsored it in Congress. It remains with his speech back on that night we were more excited about the pro football season starting . . . and in future campaign speeches.
As will be this one. It's an occasion for yet another speech for which he has already had an anaonymous White House source tell us what Obama will say "in his remarks," which begs the question, why say it again?
And it's got a stern, stern, very stern warning - "You Republican guys better not try anything funny with , like, the poor and elderly, I'm gonna veto it, yah." Except - no one on the GOP side has said anything about doing so. It's like saying, "And if the Republicans propose legislation to beat puppies, with kittens, I will veto it." Why bring it up? To further build his campaign of "Democrats/Poor = Good; Republicans/Rich = Bad."
But Democrats/Rich = Donors.
At least let us be grateful that this latest tale told by an idiot will not be interrupting the season premieres tonight of the networks' new fall lineups. Simon Cowell's new face is difficult to take anyway, mush less with an appetizer of bullshit.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I thought it may be because the Pope said something about a Palestinian state. Nope.
Vallerie Wagner took a deep breath.
"Well," she said. "I've often toyed around with the idea of running for office."
Many of the women around her had done the same. The purpose of Saturday's seminar was to persuade them to take the next step.
For years, women's groups have hosted boot camps across the country to instruct women in the art of campaigning and the realities of public office. Such efforts have increased in Los Angeles recently, partly because of the dearth of elected female officials in city government.
Which is why I found it ironic to read this statement.
But women are resilient, Greuel said: "We give birth."
Saturday, September 17, 2011
When I saw this family, I was reminded of Henri Cartier Bresson's photograph of a family having a picnic along the River Marne. I wish I had a wide angle t capture it better, but you take what you can.
September 13, 2011 at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, TN.
The strike effects three southland grocery chains: Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons. The issue is health benefits: healthcare costs have risen and so the groceries are expecting the workers to contribute more:
Under the modified proposal from the chains, there will be no changes in prescription drug co-pays, no changes in the PPO plan's total annual deductible amounts, no changes in the PPO plan's total annual out-of-pocket maximums. Other benefits that were in the supermarkets' initial proposal that remained in the latest offer included: continuing to offer an HMO option to eligible employees, continuing to pay 100 percent of the cost of most preventative care procedures, no change to the cost for maintenance drug medications co-pays, no change to the total Health Reimbursement Account amounts available, continuing to offer health benefits to those employees who work as few as 16 hours a week. The grocery chains also continue to ask for employee contributions of $9 a week for single coverage and $23 a week for full family coverage. Currently, the grocery employees hired after March 2004 pay $7 a week for single healthcare coverage and $15 a week for full family coverage. About half of the grocery chains' employees, those who were hired before March 2004, pay no weekly contributions for healthcare, according to the grocery chains.
I assume that last comment, in quotes, is from the union.
Now Ralphs and Albertsons are saying that if a strike happens, they will close most of the stores effected. Citing that it is not profitable to keep them open during a strike, I think the unions need to look long and hard at this statemet, where a spokeswoman for Ralphs said, "Any decision to reopen closed stores will be based on the business conditions at that end of a strike."
Meaning . . . you can't go home again. I expect Ralphs to pull out of California, based on that statement. It just has become too expensive to operate a grocery store and meet union demands.
But more can be found in the readers' comments to the store from which that quote was taken. As expected, most readers are unsympathetic to the unions: it is, after all, practically impossible to find jobs where none to minimal amounts of contribution by workers towards health care is part of the package, for even full-time employees, much less part-time employees. But I wish to hare one reader's analysis that supports the notion that while we see Ralphs leave, its parent company, Kroger, will remain in California:
The Unions do not want to lose what they have fought so hard to achieve, and yet in the reality of these difficult times, some compromise will be necessary for their survival.
Ralphs on the other hand will use the threat of closures each and every time there is a labor dispute.
If the Unions call Ralphs on the threat, what the massive grocery retailer will do is to shut down for six months and sell their stores, to another company owned by the parent company Kroger, most likely a Spanish named company, like El Mercardo, or La Tienda Grande.
It would be a good marketing move for Kroger as the Hispanic stores have been aggressively moving into those areas which used to be a great market for the Ralphs chain, areas which are now predominantly Hispanic.
These stores would of course be populated by Non-Union Hispanic workers, working for about 60% of the wages and benefits currently being paid. (many would be Illegals, because our Obama Justice Department will not go after large employers of illegal aliens)
This strike, if it happens would actually be a boon for Ralphs, don’t forget they also have a (tax free) strike contingency fund which will cover most of any losses they suffer, for about a year.
The other Chains do not have the Kroger system behind them, and cannot afford to dilute their market share, by closing stores.
These large chains have been closing stores in market areas where the population is majority Hispanic, and the stores have been purchased by large retailers from Mexico and South America.
It is time we as Californians face reality, our state is changing, a large percentage of our legislators are Hispanic and will vote to support the influx of illegal immigrants, whom they count on to vote to reelect them.
The reduction in average income throughout the state will reduce the revenue from taxes the state receives, much as the drop in property values have knocked the property taxes down by 30%.
Education will decline further to that of one of the more affluent states of Mexico, but will trail other U.S. states. We already trail most of the industrialized nations in education.
Compromise is what is needed, though it is a matter of time, when the reality of world economics overtakes the California Unions.
California’s Legislature is attempting suicide by Marxist/Socialism, so far they are doing a great job.
Record numbers of businesses have fled the high taxes and regulations as of June first, 4700 plus businesses have fled the state since the first of the year. We are on track to lose almost 10,000 businesses this year.
I did not say jobs, it is businesses, which employe several hundred thousand people.
Keep in mind when you vote in 2012, that right now nearly 40% of all jobs are Union Government jobs (excluding the military), once the number of Government Union jobs exceeds the 50% mark, the Unions will effectively control our government.
Bankrupt, financially and morally.
Indeed, Mr. Edwards, that is just the way things are, but I expect the unions to move into the Hispanic grocers as well, regardless of the legal status of the workers. Because if the unions can swing the US government to provide amnesty to members, it will do so to ensure its voting block. Not to get higher wages or more benefits for the workers, mind you - that is NOT the unions' goal.
Your thoughts? If I lived in Southern California still, I might not cross a picket line, not because of sympathy to the union, but because I would rather give my economic support to non-union shops, which do exist. Do you value yourself and the money you've earned? Then don't give it to support these unions.