The Watering Hole: Tuesday, September 20th – Outside..

.. the US there’s politics, too.

Germany: Chancellor Merkel’s coalition Government is in hot water. The junior partner FDP, a strictly neoliberal party, has received the fifth and, if you ask me, final blow at last Sunday’s elections in Berlin, when they were down to 1.8% of votes. This bodes ill for the ruling coalition.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dislikes putting her foot down to solve government disputes. She associates that form of exercising authority with ill-tempered men who use arrogance to make up for their lack of competence. And she thinks people who keep banging their fist on the table end up getting ignored in the long run. (read more)

I beg to differ with some of the article, however. The SPD (Social Democrats) would be ill advised to enter a coalition government in times of really unpleasant decisions about the future of the Euro. They’ll tolerate a minority rule and ask for new elections, is my guess.

Italy: S&P has now downgraded Italy. Italy, is one of the more important economies in Europe, so I expect the stock markets to go down significantly again today. (Update: With markets you never kow. The indices are up right now. Markets always know best. What do I know? πŸ™„ )

S&P’s downgraded its unsolicited ratings on Italy to A/A-1 from A+/A-1+ and kept its outlook on negative, sending the euro more than half a cent lower against the dollar.

The agency, which put Italy on review for downgrade in May, said that the outlook for growth was worsening and there was little sign that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s fractious center-right government could respond effectively. (read more)

But Berlusconi is dealing with more pressing problems:

The conversations, wire-tapped as part of a probe into an alleged prostitution ring surrounding Berlusconi, also suggested for the first time that he gave money to the women he allegedly slept with, contradicting his repeated insistence that he never paid for sex, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported.

The taped conversations revealed in extraordinary detail how parties involving dozens of young starlets and escort girls were organised for the Italian PM by a 36-year-old middleman, Gianpaolo Tarantini, a convicted cocaine dealer. (read more)

United Kingdom: Blair’s back, or did he ever go away? Cameron is taking advice from Tony Blair? Well here’s an expert. Watch out, you may end up with another war on your hands! The question is, how much are they paying for his consulting prowess? He likes the cash.

David Cameron is secretly receiving political advice on foreign affairs from Tony Blair – most recently on how to resolve the international deadlock over Palestinian statehood, The Independent has learnt.

Mr Cameron has buried party political loyalties and privately invited the former Labour Prime Minister to Chequers to discuss the impasse, according to Foreign Office sources. (read more)

Hey Tony, there’s a warm cell in The Hague waiting for you (I hope)!

This is our Open Thread. This is my part of the world. What’s up in yours?

212 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: Tuesday, September 20th – Outside..

  1. Oh crap!

    This Sunday we are booked to go to Berlin. This Wednesday Air Canada flight attendants are scheduled to go on strike. Yes we are booked on Air Canada. I am on the side of the union – Air Canada employees have taken it on the chin in the last X years. And now we have a majority Conservative government so back to work legislation is more than likely.

    We are holding are breath and crossing our fingers that they can come up with a deal. It’s taking the joy out of the anticipation of a holiday. We are also thinking of alternatives, since we can’t just move our holiday until the strike is over.

  2. Happy B-Day House!
    And thanks EV for the Continental Info Breakfast!
    Here in the US, Rick Perry is scaring the shit out of his Republican rivals who can’t figure out how to paint him as too liberal, or too scary right wing. What they are missing is that he’s an intellectual lightweight and should be spun around in debates and not allowed to get away with the folksy hickster facade he portrays.

  3. The FBI and Islam

    JesusfuckingChristonastick, they’re invoking Star Wars? They have their characters reversed. Money quote:

    “The best strategy for undermining militants, Gawthrop suggested, is to go after Islam itself. To undermine the validity of key Islamic scriptures and key Muslim leaders.

    β€œIf you remember Star Wars, that ventilation shaft that goes down to into the depths of the Death Star, they shot a torpedo down there. That’s a critical vulnerability,” Gawthrop told his audience. Then he waved a laser pointer at his projected PowerPoint slide, calling attention to the words β€œHoly Texts” and β€œClerics.”

    β€œWe should be looking at, should be aiming at, these,” Gawthrop said.”

    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/09/fbi-islam-qaida-irrelevant/

  4. Happy birthday House! We are the same age!

    Great post EV. I love reading about what is happening over in your neck of the woods from the perspective of someone who lives there. It is refreshing.

  5. Great summary of life beyond the ‘electronic Berlin Wall’ (h/t Greg Palast), EV.

    B-liar being paid for foreign affairs expertise? Ridiculous man. Wonder if Cameron’s Foriegn Secretary (who was beaten by B-liar in a General Election – William Hague) feels about that…?

    Meanwhile the world is lining up against Israel and its paymaster/sock puppet, the United States as the Palestinians ask the UN for recognition…..

  6. AAAAggghhh! The Palestinians are revolting! Quick, shovel another hundred billion in weapons to Israel! Sky….Is…..FALLLING!!!!!!!

  7. How does the Reichwing brain work? Well, if you’re Keith Ablow, you quit the governing body of your profession if they don’t go along with your radical views. I also find it delightfully ironic that these freaks are warning parents about Dancing With the Stars, which hasn’t even mentioned that Chaz Bono was born female, while SaudiFAUX “News” seems to bring it up on every show. Wouldn’t that mean that parents shouldn’t let their kids watch the offending network?

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/09/20/323613/keith-ablow-being-transgender-is-an-exact-parallel-to-anorexia-heroin-addiction/

    • (DWTS)… will encourage children to change their gender. β€œYou have someone who is not a man, asserting that he is a man and the bottom line is that this can kindle people who are having trouble with their identities: adolescents, tom-boys, boys who are effeminate into thinking, β€˜you know what, maybe I’m not just those things, maybe I should go the whole way,” he said.

      Speaking as a former tom-boy, I can say that I have never personally considered adding a penis where there isn’t one. But, I don’t know, maybe Marcus Bachmann would be happier as a woman. But he seems pretty happy right now.

      Of course, Ablow doesn’t have a clue about what he is talking about. It’s all about their own personal fear of “the different.” How would he know what it would feel like to be born into the wrong gender. This stuff is biologically based.

  8. The tension has been growing in the Levant for some weeks now, Turkey, Egypt and Palestine all in disputes now with Israel, the one with Turkey may be the more serious – they have expelled the Israeli Ambassador and in return the Israeli foriegn minister offered to fund and ‘support’ an anti-Turkish Kurdish separatist group the PKK:
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/barak-israel-must-address-its-growing-political-isolation-1.383766
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/turkey-fm-condemns-israeli-plan-to-support-pkk-1.383801

    Oh but Israel has already pissed off the PKK, so maybe they are the friends they think they are.
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/after-turkey-pkk-now-also-demanding-apology-from-israel-1.384197

    Israel has isolated itself by its reckless and dangerous actions in recent years, the armed asaults on ships in international waters, collective punishment of Palestinians for electing Hamas as their representatives, scattering cluster munitions all over southern Lebanon.

    And this week, the United States will contineu the unilateral appeasement of this apartheid state by vetoing a resolution brought to it by the Palestinians and support (I would guess) by approx 80% of the UN membership.

    I expect the only no votes will come from the US and a couple of minnows who have some big arms or free-trade deal in the offing with Uncle Sam (Columbia probably) and a couple of abstains (some pointless toadying from the UK and maybe Germany and France – although the French may flip the bird to the US and vote yes to Palestinian statehood).

  9. Happy Birthday House of Roberts!
    Now that you are 55, Paul Ryan is less likely to try to take your Medicare. I’ve got one more year to go (turned 54 last week).

    • Thanks Outstanding!
      Paul Ryan isn’t going to take anybody’s Medicare. Any money they cut in healthcare in one place is made up somewhere else. Healthcare is like a balloon, squeeze it anywhere, and it bulges out somewhere else.

      • Like in Texas where Gov Jeff Davis slashed money for planned parenthood clinics and gave it all to crisis pregnancy clinics….?

  10. HB, House. You made it before the rapture! I won’t be able to say the same, since the Big R is scheduled the day before my next one. I’m screwed, i.o.w. I mean, I’ll still be here, obviously, but I’ll be in the company only of rotten SOB’s who think like I do.

    Oh. Hmmm. Hold on a sec … πŸ™‚

  11. “PERRY: As a Christian I have a clear directive to support Israel”
    Yikes!
    I’m a christian but I totally missed this directive. I do have a clear directive to unselfishly care for my fellow humans. I think Perry missed that one.

    • I’m not a Christian, but like you, “I do have a clear directive to unselfishly care for my fellow humans.” Unfortunately, money is not one of the tools available to me, nor are guns and butter. Words are about all I have, but that’s better than nothing, I hope.

      Way back when, I was a strong supporter of Israel. Who could argue that Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe should not be allowed to form their own nation in an area where they had historic roots? I supported Israel during the 1967 six day war when they were beseiged by their Arab/Muslim neighbors on all sides, and I applauded their victory. But their evolution since then is nothing I can support; in fact, it’s beginning to resemble that which modern Israel’s original people had just either survived or escaped from.

      I hope rationality prevails because somewhere in Israel there grows a tree, planted in memory of my sainted mother who died in the early nineties. The tree was a memorial to her, a devout Christian, from a Jewish friend, both of whom understood that we are all the same in spite of our differences.

      One can only hope that one day the world’s “leaders” will each and all find the means to set their egos aside and come to understand that basic truth. And then live it.

      • My views on Israel have pretty much followed the same path. I read something recently, sadly I don’t recall where, that described how a good number of Israelis did not approve of the hard right turn their political leaders had taken.

    • Questions Rick Perry will *never* be asked – “So by unreservedly supporting Israel and its stated goal to create a Greater Israel – do you then agree that the foreign policy of the United States should be to hasten the Apocalpyse and the Return of Jesus?”

  12. Warren takes lead on Brown

    Elizabeth Warren has had an incredibly successful launch to her Senate campaign and actually leads Scott Brown now by a 46-44 margin, erasing what was a 15 point deficit the last time we polled the state in early June.

    More good news! I should have more birthdays!

  13. Today marks the release of

    EVERY THING ON IT by Shel Silverstein

    I asked for a hot dog
    With everything on it.
    And that was my big mistake.
    ‘Cause it came with a parrot,
    A bee in a bonnet.
    A wristwatch, a wrench and a rake.
    It came with a goldfish.
    A flag, and a fiddle,
    A frog, and a front porch swing,
    And a mouse in a mask –
    That’s the last time I ask for a hot dog with everything.

    • I love Shel Silverstein.

      I like this one:
      It’s Dark in Here

      I am writing these poems
      From inside a lion,
      And it’s rather dark in here.
      So please excuse the handwriting
      Which may not be too clear.
      But this afternoon by the lion’s cage
      I’m afraid I got too near.
      And I’m writing these lines
      From inside a lion,
      And it’s rather dark in here.

    • These kids at Star Market always ask me at the checkout, if I found everything I was looking for. I always answer, “I wasn’t looking for everything, but if I was, I know better than to look for it here.” πŸ˜€

      • Shel Silverstein sends you a note:

        Happy Birthday

        So what if nobody came?
        I’ll have all the ice cream and tea
        And I’ll laugh with myself
        And I’ll dance with myself
        And I’ll sing “Happy Birthday to me!”

  14. Happy birthday House. My Irish toast to you (and all the critters here):

    May there be champagne for your real friends and real pain for your sham friends.

    Oh to be 55 again.

  15. .

    Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest.

    Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office. The 7th Circuit made the ruling in the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the US military in Iraq after uncovering a smuggling ring within an Iraqi security company.

    …The ruling comes as Rumsfeld begins his book tour with a visit to Boston on Wednesday, September 21, and as new, uncensored photos of Abu Ghraib spark fresh outrage across Internet. Awareness is growing that Bush-era crimes went far beyond mere waterboarding.

    • I really like the part where Shelly says smaller gubmint will grow the traffic light business. I mean, a chicken in every pot and a stoplight in every living room.

      Humorous aside, I actually helped a regional franchise come up with a way to make a traffic light change on a cycle as a decoration for their restaurants. I think that might be the only private use of a traffic light known to man.

  16. We’re doomed. The military is shrinking, and “Who’s gonna have our back next time we’re attacked?”

    Ain’t got near enough B-2’s, B-1’s are being retired, B-52’s and tankers are old, fighter squadrons are few, the navy is shrinking, and so is the army. Buck McKeon (R-CA) Chairman of the House Warmongering Committee (or whatever is called) appears to have soaked his Depends just thinking about the horror of it all.

    The best news of all, though, is that “If the bipartisan debt supercommittee is unable to reach a deal by Thanksgiving, across-the-board cuts to defense spending could lead to the reinstatement of a military draft”. YES!!! Do it, and do it by November!! The Draft. I remember it well. It brought forth step number one in the vivid protests that showed the warmongers what we the people most likely to die in a far off fucking jungle for no damned reason thought of the war in Vietnam. As the marching cadence went, “One, two, three, four, we don’t want your fucking war.”

    NO MORE WARS! CUT THE CRAP OUT OF “DEFENSE”! We spend, counting buried Black Ops funds, at least a trillion fucking dollars PER YEAR on that shit. What a tragic waste of resource.

    Buck McKeon was a Mormon Missionary for two years before he enrolled in BYU and got a degree in animal husbandry. He’s owned a Western clothing shop since 1963. I mean, WOW, be still my heart. No bullet scars on that carcass. And now he’s worried. What a MIC whore that dude is. Gotta wonder, what kind of screwball citizen would ever vote for trash like that in the first place? Unbelievable.

    Sorry for the rant, but some stuff really pisses me off, big time.

    • It is amazing, frugal. The US is spending billions to make weaponry that no one else in the world can match. Jet fighters that will hit mach 3, drones that fly, robots that roll and many other engines of destruction. But the only problem is, no other country is playing. We are building the ultimate war machine when there aren’t any wars.

      So yes, bring on the draft. It helped end Vietnam and it soitenly couldn’t hurt here.

    • Also interesting that the two primary groups calling for worldwide violence are the radical Islamists and the radical Americans. And they are both using almost identical rhetoric. The main difference is the American group have a shitton of money and tend to own our media.

    • Anyone who does not demand gays go into internment camps from which they never return is “soft” on the homos.

      Or perhaps Santorum’s desperation is showing. “No one is listening to meeeeeeee!”

      • Hmmm. If the gays were ever rounded up and put into internment camps, wouldn’t that be a PR disaster for those advocating that? I mean, think about what could happen in a gay interment camp…. all that “shameful” same sex stuff going on 24/7. πŸ˜‰

  17. I don’t know about the rest of you Zoosters but comparing the New Testament and the Koran, there just aren’t that many substantive differences. The Koran is aimed at Arabic society. Thanks to the Council of Nicaea, the NT is aimed at Western society. Both are primarily focused on peace, benevolence, charity and understanding. Both contain a small amount of verbiage that can be used by nutballs and control freaks. Both have been used by nutballs and control freaks to coerce political power.

    • Both are low end fiction as well. I’ve read the NT (and a small pocketful of tidbits from the Koran). Personally, I much prefer the drama and stories of Michener, Clavell, Wouk, even Mickey Spillane.

      I’d probably prefer, however, The Revelations of St. John the Divine to, say, Harry Potter. I know I’m being a bit unfair since I’ve never read any Harry Potter, but still, I’m not sure any living author has the reach to even scratch the surface of screwiness that ol’ John somehow managed in virtually every verse.

      • Both Harry Potter and LOTR beat the NT and the Koran for fictional entertainment. John was either on acid or suffering from severe dehydration and sunstroke. I figure the only reason he made the Nicaea cut was because he was both ambiguous and scary. He wrote the hammer of infinity that no one could make sense of.

        The thing that gets me is the Christian version of the end of the world is the nastiest, most disgusting one I have come across.

    • Open to interpretation…that’s all I got. The repugnant party is demonstrating how lies can be stretched to let people think it the truth.

      The stupidity of BatScat Bachmann continuously spewing twisted truths is a perfect example of ‘open to interpretation’.
      She doesn’t live in our reality and we have no clue as to the voices in her head.

  18. An ex-president of Afghanistan has been killed by a suicide bomber who had the bomb hidden in his turban. I’m not making this up.

    When the former president of Pakistan is inevitably assassinated, I fully expect the interview with the killer to include, “I shot Musharraf…but I did not shoot the deputy…” It’s a kooky world, kids.

  19. I’ll make up for that previous post now…

    Justin Elliott finds the governor’s book on The Boy Scouts quite revealing:

    “Perry paints with a startlingly wide brush. β€œStudent campus unrest, rejection of authority, the β€˜self-esteem’ movement, moral relativism, and the demands of secularists all gradually fused into a series of attacks on American institutions,” he writes in the book. We learn that he disdains β€œsecular humanism,” the β€œself-esteem movement,” and youth sports leagues that don’t keep score. For good measure, he compares homosexuality to alcoholism, and supports corporal punishment of children. Ultimately, for Perry, the Boy Scouts are the litmus test in adjudicating sides in this culture war. (Perry, it bears mentioning, is a proud Eagle Scout; he’s known to still wear his Eagle pin on the lapel of his suits.) As Perry tells it, the Scouts are at the center of two of the main fronts in the culture war: religion and homosexuality. The group has long barred participation by atheists or β€œavowed homosexuals.” ‘

    http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/94878/perry-boy-scouts-on-my-honor-aclu

    • Well they haven’t caught up with me yet! I am heavily involved as I have two sons involved in Scouting. My position was this – neither of my sons is old enough to understand nor take a position on either atheism or homosexuality. My views don’t count and as long as the people I am involved with don’t push the issue, neither will I. My opinions and positions should not stop my sons from benefitting from what Scouting has to offer.

      I do not however wear the uniform shirt and am not a ‘leader’ as I would have to sign up to some kind of religion and I’m not willing to do that. It has always struck as odd that people who ask you sign ‘hey I believe in God or I am a Methodist’ and say its no big deal to say so right? They are the same ones who say that to be atheist is to be ammoral….

      • Might just be me but the Boy Scouts seem to have become the American equivalent of the Catholic Church. When I was a kid it was a pretty secular operation. From what I have seen today, not so much.

        • None of that ever came up when I was a kid in the Scouts. Then again, I never would have announced there or in school that I was an atheist or gay.

          My dad (Eagle Scout w/ bronze palm) has told me about the social strata, however. He came from the “wrong” part of Hastings-on-Hudson and hence was in the “wrong” troop. As a consequence, his name was missing from the newspaper announcement when he earned his Eagle. All the boys from the “right” troops were listed.

          • Oh, fts (eff that sh!t) – that stabbed me in the heart! The scouts are supposed to be the epitome of moral living – not snobbish on who to honor when each has climbed to the top rung (Eagle).

            • It was the 1920s, after all, and my dad’s family was pure working class (immigrants from England). But I know it still stings 70+ years later.

          • Gummitch, maybe I’d forgotten, or else I didn’t realize that your family was from my area. My single year of college was at Elizabeth Seton, just a few miles down Route 9 from Hastings-on-Hudson, in Yonkers.. My best friend from college, still good friends to this day, was from Dobbs Ferry.

        • Actually my former boss (a Salt Lake City Cultist) told me that he felt it was the youth organization for the Mormom Church – approximately 40% of the membership of BSA was now signed up to the story of some drunk bigamist avoiding being run out of town by making up a story about a angel and some golden tickets in the hills (Willy Wonka?).

          • My sons are at a pack at a Lutheran church…. I have crossed the threshold many times safely – God is either cool with me being there .. or perhaps he doesn’t exist? Either way.

            • How can you tell the Missouri Synod – let me guess – I’m supposed to show them something.

            • It usually say so on the sign. If you miss that part, you’ll know when you spot the kneelers that you’re in the wrong place. I blew it once, bigtime, back in the mid-sixties when I lived in Denver. My folks were on their way to AZ by car and stopped in for the weekend. I knew my mother would want to go to church on Sunday, so I scoured the Yellow Pages and found a Lutheran church not too far away. We went there. It was MO Synod. Kneelers. On the way out, my dad asked, in whispered voice, “What the hell kind of a goddamned place was that?” I told him about the phone book, he advised me to learn how to read better. I did. Ain’t been in one since.

        • I was in the Boy Scouts for three or so years when I was a kid in S. Mn. We had a great scoutmaster; learned a lot, had great fun on campouts, picked up lots of tidbits still useful to this day. Then the scoutmaster took a job in another town and moved away, leaving his assistant to take over. The assistant was quite a bit younger and really wasn’t worth much in the scouting department, but had a lot of jokes to share. One of his one-liners went like this: “Look at that hop rabbit jacking off across the field.” One of the boys, when asked by his mother how the Boy Scout meeting went now that Pete (former scoutmaster) was gone, told her that we didn’t do much, but the new guy told some good jokes. When he repeated that one, that was it. His mom saw to it that the whole thing was over, finished, done for, forever. Surprised she didn’t put out a contract on The (local) Joker.

          • My son went all the way to Eagle in scouts. Surprisingly, there were more homophobic and religious parents in my son’s Seattle troop when he was younger than when we moved down here to Phoenix. Although the troop down here was radically more pro-war/military.

            We used every homophobic or anti-atheist comment as a teaching moment for my son. My son is pretty agnostic/atheistic these days but he is fascinated by religions and loves to engage the street preachers on his college campus in dialog. We got around the “religious requirement” for his Eagle by him telling about a “spiritual” moment for him. I wonder if they would take back his Eagle badge if they knew.

    • Living in a very small town, even waaaaay back before Jerry Fallwell unleashed the fundies on us, our troop leader was a raging fundy. I lasted three meetings when I realized that this guy was NEVER going to stop preaching and let us play with knives.

        • Play? No. However, I cleaned my own fish since I was six. Dad’s motto was “he who catches, cleans”. He also taught me how to sharpen and hone my own knives. Actually, thanks to Dad’s teaching, a continuing membership in the Boy Scouts would have been pretty redundant. He also took me camping in far more interesting places than a small town Boy Scout troop could compete with. By the time I was 12 I had mastered summer survival in Death Valley and winter survival in the Boundary Waters. Pitching a tent in a local campground was pretty tame stuff.

      • I lasted a little longer than that, but after 3 months of sitting on the gym floor and watching the lardo up front sitting in a folding chair chain smoking and talking, talking, talking about what we were going to do, I quit. I knew way more at that point than all of them put together anyways.

  20. Georgia might execute an innocent man. Scott Lemieux explains why this is such a travesty:

    “There is no physical evidence against Davis. The case relies entirely on eyewitness testimony, a highly unreliable form of evidence that is far more likely than any other source of evidence to lead to wrongful convictions. Moreover, 7 of the 9 eyewitnesses against him have recanted their testimony and claimed that their identifications were produced under the kind of high-pressure conditions that are especially likely to lead to erroneous identifications. We cannot be completely certain that Troy Davis is innocent, but we can be certain that if states can execute people based solely on inherently unreliable evidence innocent people will be executed. The state of Georgia is about to be responsible for an outrageous violation of human rights.”

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2011/09/troy-davis-to-be-executed

  21. This is a question I doubt anyone has considered. What would happen to the US is the richest 2% decided to leave because they felt they were being treated unfairly?

    Now, what would be the impact on America (and the world) if 98% of our population decided to leave for the same reason?

  22. The thing the rich don’t understand is they can’t exist without the poor. Poor can exist just fine on it’s own. You can’t have a rich privileged class without a less fortunate class to make it work for them. Fact of life right alongside water is wet.

    • Back in the 50’s Pat stood for everything American. Guess he still stands for much of what 1950’s America was about. Darkies-Aren’t-Us.

    • There’s a local radio host, named Nancy Nelson, who really cracks me up sometimes. Normally she’s the picture of “Minnesota nice” and even treats those who call her and lie with taste and decorum. Still, once in a while, she can’t keep it in. I’ve heard her refer to Pat Boone and Mitch McConnell as “stupid old crackers”.

    • Thanks Jane! It’s been a nice, peaceful day. I ended up with a sugar-free chocolate pudding for a birthday treat, because the market didn’t have single slices of red velvet cake, and I didn’t need to buy a whole single-layer cake. It was better than I expected, and I still have half of it left.

      • House, I have told my kids that for 340 or so days of the years I will eat ‘healthy’. And for 24 of those unhealthy days it will be maybe some biscuits and gravy, a few slices of bacon, a ribeye, maybe some sauce that has butter and cheese in it.

        But on one day of the year I want a big ole slice of Boston Cream pie. No faux crap, no almost, but the real thing. One big ole fat slice. And if it kills me, I will die smiling. πŸ˜‰

    • Jeebus H. Cristo, 38 years ago I proclaimed to the masses below the fold that John Prine was the new Poet Laureate; that the mantle had been passed from Mr. Dylan to John. Thanks for the memories Hooda.

  23. America needs an an Effective Tax Rate. The amount of tax paid has the same effect on the individual or family as to quality of living. Start with food and health care, move up to decent living quarters. Once the basics are met the rest falls under luxury tax.

  24. Here’s a job that could provide a young go-getter with a decent wage. I just prepared my wife a $48 breakfast this AM! (2 cups of java and 2 blueberry muffins)

    I should not complain, I had the same thing. πŸ˜‰

  25. It has really been an historic day. To few of the days I’ve traveled on the road, here, at this time, when I can truely say I’m glad to be an American. DADT has gone to the regretfull bin of history. Thank you President Obama, and the Democratic Congress for bringing this to fruition.

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