Thursday, December 30, 2010


According to this article in the New York Post, the debacle that was the weekend New York area snow non-removal was the fault of unions "wanting to teach a lesson" to Mayor Michael "Nanny" Bloomberg for budget cuts, demotions and cutting of non-productive city employees and this entire action was actually ordered by union bosses. If this story is true, then these so-called "public servants" should be prosecuted for malfeasance. In the meantime, in order to prevent further nonsense of this sort, why doesn't the City of New York hire private companies to do the jobs formerly done (mostly well but sometimes poorly) by the public employees and remove their need and ability to screw up the citizens who pay their salaries. Outgoing governor of New York State, David Patterson, is calling for a criminal investigation into the allegations according to this article.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


People who use bad grammar, as in : "I seen her coming down the street." No you didn't you failure of the American school system, you SAW her coming down the street.

Figure skaters competing wearing dirty skates, dark roots and too many sequins on their costumes. The girls need to tone it down as well.

The current President of the United States and his lady wife.

Jesse Jackson.

Al Gore.

Kate Gosselin.

Anyone named Kardashian or Jenner. I like Bruce but the rest of the clan is overrated.

Jon Gosselin.

Kate Gosselin.

Animal abusers.

Public officials who think they know better than I do what I should be eating. It's my body. I pay for my own health insurance. I'll eat what I want, seasoned as I wish it to be seasoned.

People who walk up to you, unsolicited, and tell you how you should be living your life. Jehovah Witnesses are included in this category. And if you knock on my front door at 9 a.m. on a Sunday, you deserve the tongue-lashing you're about to receive! I may even stick to English while doing it. I have a sign on my door that says religious missionaries are not welcome. I don't discuss the Bible with people who cannot read!

The great unwashed who feel they have every right to tell Catholics how their Church should be run and what our belief system should be. Non-Catholics who feel the need to tell us what dogma we should be observing. SHUT THE HELL UP!

All people, of whatever persuasion, who find it necessary to advertise their sexuality in great and irritating detail. I don't care if you are gay or straight or somewhere in between. I don't care if you like to have sex sitting on an ice cube in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I don't care if you like to have sex 12 times daily or not more than once per week. These are all PRIVATE matters. There is such a thing as too much sharing. Zip it kids. Keep it to yourselves.

Politicians who cannot stop campaigning, even after the election has been held. Politicians who cannot ADMIT they have lost - even when it's clear that they have. Politicians who lose a primary and then insist on running as a write-in candidate. You lost the primary. Get a clue! Senator Murkowski - I'm speaking to you. The seat doesn't BELONG to you by right of inheritance, you fatuous crone. And the Alaskans who gave it back to you via write-in after they took it from you by an honest election - well that's just wrong!

States that deny our military their constitutional right to vote through chicanery and double dealing nonsense or inefficiency.

Politicians who think they need to run their mouths and comment about every shitting little thing that happens, as if we're all waiting for them to explain current events to us! We don't. Shut up.

Old farts like me who think someone is interested in what they have to say.


The President of the United States seems to be of the opinion that Michael Vick deserves our forgetfulness over the myriad and heinous acts of cruelty toward animals that he either directly committed or that were committed on behalf of his despicable dog fighting ring.

I don't care what the President thinks, he should keep those thoughts to himself. There is value in unexpressed opinions. Particularly when it comes to Michael Vick's egregious transgressions.

We are coming up on the New Year and during the past few months, Michael Vick has been having great good fortune on the football field. Meanwhile, many of his victims - those that didn't have to be killed because they were so horrendously damaged - are continuing to try to live a life that has some love, some comfort and some feeling of security, despite the bountiful love being showered upon them.

So dear Lord, forgive me if I find it really hard to forget what Michael Vick has done to damage (almost beyond repair) animals who never did him any harm whatsoever. I look at my sister's pit bull mix, Zeus who is an animal born in safety and raised with devotion and lavish affection, and I must repress the urge to thrash Mr. Vick within an inch of his life, jolt him with massive amounts of electrical current and then hold his head underwater until he understands the terror of near-drowning that the animals in his "care" experienced.

Our animal companions are God's gift to us - and a test of our humanity! I can only think of the much-loved and greatly-lamented Sam the Wonder Cat and the many hang-ups he had due to his very rough start in life. Yes, he had 10 years of love and devotion from me. And yet, as he got older, that really wasn't enough and his suspicion of strangers became almost pathological. Thus he was denied the overwhelming love that many people are able to shower on Rusty and Buddy because they both are willing to accept the affection of other humans. Especially humans who offer treats!

Folks, it's really quite simple. We aren't really here for our own pleasure and our own self-indulgence. We're here to support and respect each other and care for those less fortunate than ourselves, including the cats and dogs we encounter along the way. They cannot speak. They can't say - "Hey, that HURTS!" or "Stop teasing me endlessly!" They can only slink away and hide from us and hope that they encounter kinder humans. Sadly, many of them do not.

In this New Year, I urge you to rescue a cat or a dog. Make room in your life for a creature who will give you far more than you give them. Stroking the soft fur of a cat or a dog is conducive to lower blood pressure. You can tell your cat or dog your deepest secrets, cry in their fur, lament your lot in life and they won't judge. You can have the worst hair day of your life - they won't judge. That alone makes giving a home to a dog or kitty an excellent idea!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


You got better and better as the series wore on and you started out not too shabby initially! It took great courage to put yourself out there in public doing something that was hardly your forte. And you displayed grace and courage and style in the process.

You were by far the best skater on the show and you deserved to win, so I'm glad that you did!

The Republican establishment hasn't yet gotten the message. They are now enchanted by Mike Pence, an obscure Congress critter, and are considering building him up as a presidential contender in 2012! What part of the Tea Party do these idiots not understand? We aren't the slightest bit interested in business as usual! Not now, not ever again!

The current so-called leadership of the Republican Party has devolved into fossilized, brain dead robots, marching blindly ahead with no thoughts, no moral compass and no hope of ever being relevant! Banish them NOW, please.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Sis got a job yesterday. It will definitely be a Merry Christmas! She's been without health insurance for a few months and that's the most important consideration. She starts on Thursday!

Friday, December 17, 2010


I was coming back from picking up my lunch today at noon and a woman with a very somber face was approaching me from the other direction. I smiled at her and said "Merry Christmas". At first she looked a tad startled, then she smiled back at me and said "Merry Christmas" in return.

This is my favorite time of the year, which is why I will seldom blog unless the lame-duck, lame-ass Congress does something egregious. And if each of us were to smile and greet a complete stranger on the streets, something good might happen.

Or we might get locked up on a 72 hour mental health hold! It can go either way.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


This is directed to all the smug, self-righteous morons who actually believed that claptrap Al Gore was selling about climate change and manmade global warming! Apparently, although we cannot prevent hurricanes and tornadoes and really bad thunderstorms, we humans are powerful enough to incinerate our own planet. What horse feathers!

I'm sure there was a lot of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth when Japan's kokanee salmon appeared to have disappeared in the 1940s. But lo and behold, it's been found again!

TOKYO – A Japanese salmon species thought to be extinct for 70 years is alive and well in a lake near Mount Fuji, a science professor said Wednesday.

The black kokanee, or "kunimasu" in Japanese, was thought to have died out in 1940, when a hydroelectric project made its native lake in northern Akita Prefecture more acidic.

Before then, 100,000 eggs were reportedly transported to Lake Saiko but the species was still thought to have died off.

So instead of scurrying around, making asses of yourselves with your Chicken Little imitations, you might want to take a good look at the horrendously incompetent demigod you've elected to lead this nation and start to have some serious second thoughts about Herr Obama! He is a DISASTER folks!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


The woman didn't have the easiest of lives. Yes, there was eventually wealth and a high degree of privilege, but there was also extreme pain and suffering and a life cut short by an evil disease which she fought with the courage of a lion.

I didn't have many political opinions in common with this admirable woman, but I had a great deal of empathy for her struggles in her later years.

Being friends with a woman who lost a son way too soon, I could admire the tenacity and courage with which Elizabeth Edwards continued to live her life. Having a co-worker who is in a daily and never-ending struggle with the horrendous disease that took Mrs. Edwards' life, I have a very small understanding of the strength that struggle requires. And I even understand why she did not drop kick that sorry sack of excrement to whom she was married for 30 years to the curb. They were married most of their adult lives and had shared the early poverty and the long, uphill climb. The fact that they celebrated their wedding anniversary at Wendy's every year because that's where they had their first date, tells me a lot.

I said a few prayers yesterday for Mrs. Edwards when I learned of her demise. I prayed for her younger two children as well. I hope they will always understand that their mother was an admirable and courageous fighter! Please continue to pray for Mrs. Edwards' children.

UPDATE: The moronic twits of Westboro Baptist Church are planning to continue their despicable activities by picketing the funeral services tomorrow that are planned for Elizabeth Edwards. These aren't really human beings, they are Satan's imps wearing human disguises! Shame on every one of you for your appalling and horrid behavior. I hope the Supreme Court justices who are considering your case take note of your antics and shut you down!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


FCC Commissioner Michael Copps seems to be contemplating subjecting broadcasters to a new "public values test" every four years. This is, it seems to me, a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution and once again, proof that the Obama Administration is seeking to achieve via regulation what they cannot achieve in the legitimate venue of laws passed by the U.S. Congress, whose job it is to make our laws and make them observing the supreme law of the land, the Constitution.
He said outlets should be mandated to do the following: prove they have made a meaningful commitment to public affairs and news programming, prove they are committed to diversity programming (for instance, by showing that they depict women and minorities), report more to the government about which shows they plan to air, require greater disclosure about who funds political ads and devote 25 percent of their prime-time coverage to local news.
The regulations would apply to all new outlets operating on public airwaves. I would suspect that this means that the FCC cannot touch their real target - Fox News Channel - because it doesn't operate on public airwaves per se but rather on cable.

Mr. Copp, what you propose is un-American at best. You are not an elected official and you are not someone we have chosen to make our laws. You are a bureaucratic functionary and, as such, you have no damned business trying to make public policy. So knock it off you horse's derriere!

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Wikileaks, that seemingly untouchable affront to governmental confidentiality apparently received the most recent batch that was unveiled Sunday from an Army intelligence analyst who copied tens of thousands of sensitive documents onto CDs labeled "Lady Gaga."
The young man's name? Bradley Manning. He is pictured above next to that infamous cretin Julian Assange who apparently is wanted in Sweden for a host of unsavory sexual offenses! Harumph!

Mr. Mannning was apparently in a funk because he was having romantic issues with his significant other! Oh okay, right then - that's a good reason to betray your country you traitorous yahoo!

UPDATE: The following is a portion of an interview on Fox News back in July as reported by NewsBusters' Jeff Poor:

"STUDIO B" HOST SHEPARD SMITH: You just interviewed Julian Assange. Now Julian Assange is the man who is the founder of WikiLeaks - released these, or on his site was released the 92,000 pages of documents that lead to all this discussion about our complete failures in Afghanistan and thoughts that we need to get out of Afghanistan. He told you something that I considered to be a blockbuster bit of news.

[Judge Andrew] NAPOLITANO: And that is that WikiLeaks presented the documents - there were over 100,000 pages of them, to the White House.

SMITH: When?

NAPOLITANO: Weeks before they were released. He wouldn't give me an exact date.

Smith speculated the White House was offered first glance at these documents prior to other media outlets. Napolitano said Assange got no response from the White House during that time. Meanwhile, Kevin over at HillBuzz, often the most provocative site of the day, wants to know if Assange could dump the Prez's birth certificate and school records!