Monday, November 30, 2009

Wabbit Season! Buck Season!

Today, my husband and younger son are out in the woods as I type this foraging for food in the form of a nice juicy deer. It's a day that millions of hunters across the state of Pennsylvania wait for all year in the hope of snagging the Holy Grail of antlered deer. However, there are some pitfalls along the way.

Saturday afternoon, the two testosterone-toting members of this household went out scouting in preparation for today. Always keeping safety in mind, they donned their orange and grabbed a can of doe urine in hopes of duping horny bucks into thinking they could get a little doe in the area they wanted to hunt. This should have been my first clue that something terrible was about to happen.

I did the bare minimum around the house while they were out as I had to go to work Saturday night. The bar had a popular local band slated, so I knew I'd need all the energy I could get that night.

Around three that afternoon, my two Nuge wannabes return home from their scouting expedition. Before I could ask whether they had seen anything, I was hit with the overpowering smell of buck lure.

For those of you who may not know, buck lure is pure doe urine. It has a very unique scent that makes the scent of a skunk smell like roses, and it does not wash off. You have to wait for it to wear off.

Launching into a rant about the smell, I start getting sketchy details from the boy. According to the child dubbed "The Informer," he and dad found an area chock full of buck rubs and scrapes. Liking the area they found, they decided to spray buck lure around the area to attract buck and get them to come back on the first day of legal hunting. Dad uncaps the buck lure and begins to spray the area.

Evidently, according to the story they concocted together, the nozzle on the can stuck open and they wound up getting the putrid smell on their clothes and hands. The question I had was "How did it get on your clothes?" Me thinks this isn't the way it went down. I mean, if the nozzle truly did stick open, what does it matter if they were spraying the ground and trees? I think there was a little male stupidity in play.

I told the husband that the smell better be gone by the time I got home that night or he and the boy could pack their bags and stay at the in-laws' house. I didn't care if they used a whole case of air freshener and had to burn every candle in the house to get rid of it, but it better be gone. So it was said, and so it was done. I think they feared me.

This morning, they got up at an ungodly hour to be in the woods while it was still dark. Now, I'm not the kind of wife that gets up and cooks a seven-course breakfast to send them off. Let them go to McDonald's.

Noah yells down the hallway to his dad about his hunting overalls. Hubby yells back down the hallway "BE QUIET! YOUR MOTHER'S SLEEPING!" I swear the two of them don't have two brain cells to rub together to start a fire sometimes. Thankfully, I was tired enough that I immediately fell back asleep when I heard the car leave.

I haven't gotten any word yet on their progress. It's a foggy day here, and the snow is starting. I really don't think they'll be stupid enough to try and discharge a rifle in heavy fog.

Then again, I could be very wrong.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Driving Miss Crazy

Finally. A little time to breathe and assure those of you who may have been wondering where I've been that I'm still alive and kicking.

I've been working and preparing for the holidays. Not an easy feat for even the most organized of people, and I am definitely not one of those people. I'm more of the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type.

Wednesday night, I discovered that I'm having a very hard time playing nice with others at work. You see, I'm one of a dying breed of worker in this country. I go to work with the attitude that I treat my place of employment as if I owned it. I'm not bossy, but I take my job, no matter how menial, extremely serious. Call it a quirk on my part. I actually care about these places when I'm there, and I try to do my part to make the business succeed. Unfortunately, not everyone sees things this way.

I discovered that night that the scheduling is being done by a bartender and a waitress. I'm sorry, but that just isn't right. They are not management, and I resent the fact that I've got peers with no real authority telling me when I'm working. I got even more pissy when I saw that my hours have been cut already for the new schedule. Needless to say, I'm not a happy camper. Meeting already on tap with my connections. ;-)

While the majority of employees are great to work with and have a sense of teamwork, there are those select few who just don't get it, and it drives me nuts. I've seen them walk by a table that needs cleared without grabbing anything from it because "it's not their table." Well, holy crap on a popsicle stick! So frickin' what??? It's called TEAMWORK you idiots! Pick up a couple of dirty dishes, put them in the dirty dish bin for the dishwasher, and go about your business. Not rocket science!

I've also come to learn which employees I work well with and which ones are gonna give me a migraine. Last night, we had the dream team. Great night at work. Tonight, I've got two waitresses working with me. It's gonna be a 50% night. Both nice girls personally, one is a hell of a worker while the other... Let's just say that she is an extra set of hands.

On top of all this drama, I get to come home and work some more. Heaven forbid the dishwasher get loaded or dirty clothes put in a basket. Nope. We'll let the wife/Mom do it. Another push toward the edge. In fact, I came home about midnight last night, got up at 7 a.m. this morning, loaded the dishwasher, working on my second load of laundry, made breakfast for the cherubs, and took out the garbage. Now, it's about 10:30 a.m. my time, and take a wild stab in the dark as to who is STILL IN BED. I'm not dealing well with this, and I'm feeling pretty unappreciated right now. Looks like a B & G meltdown is in order.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that God continues to bless all of you. I'm sorry that I didn't get to say that before Thursday, but I will say that you were all in my thoughts and prayers. I've truly been blessed by God for sending yinz into my life.

Well, it's time to do more laundry duty before going to work tonight. I just hope tonight isn't a complete bust. I better check my Xanax supply just in case.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Separated at Birth? Episode 6

The Sham Wow Guy


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Me and the Boys on Blogtalk Radio

Yours truly was extremely privileged to sit in on a roundtable discussion with some great fellow bloggers: Left Coast Rebel, The Right Guy, Humble Libertarian, and Chuck (frequent commenter). The show was moderated by Eric Dondero of Libertarian Republican, and we had a great time. The show lasts about an hour, so grab some coffee and listen to what went down.

Will Holder Prosecute as a Hate Crime?

In the early morning hours of November 15, Christopher Kernich and two fellow students at Kent State, Ohio, were walking down the street when three men in a car nearly hit the group of students. One student allegedly yelled at the men to "watch what you're doing." The men then pulled into a nearby driveway, got out, and assaulted the students. Kernich was beaten so severely that he never regained consciousness. He died Saturday.

Christopher, 23, was a star athlete and a business management major at Kent State. Involved in football, basketball, and baseball, he was a handsome young man who will never get to fulfill his dreams because of three thugs. It's always sad to hear of such a young life being taken under any circumstances, let alone because these "men" were told to be more careful when driving.

Kernich's mother, an employee for a contractor working at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, flew home to be at her son's side as soon as she heard. From experience, I can tell you that this is every mother's worse nightmare.

Ronald G. Kelly (photo right), 20, and Adrian A. Barker (photo left), 21, both of Akron, have been charged with felonious assault and could face even more charges in light of Kernich's death. A third suspect remains at large. Kelly and Barker should be facing federal hate crime charges. Why? Because this heinous act was perpetrated by three black men who beat three whites, killing one.

According to John Peach, chief of police at Kent State, racial comments were not the cause of the beating.

"The windows had tinted glass," he said. "They didn't know what race was inside the suspects' car. Some of these rumors that are taking place are ridiculous."

Some Web sites and blogs have suggested, in explicit language, that Kernich was at fault in the beating.

"Nobody could have predicted how these suspects acted and why," Peach said. "It's inexplicable."

If the roles had been reversed and a black student was killed by three whites, it would be front and center in the media. Eric Holder and BHO would have the killers convicted in the press. But all reports I've read on the incident give no indication of the race of the killers. Is it because they're black? Murder is murder regardless of skin color. Black or white, these scumbags deserve to never see the light of day again.

Since the recent hate crimes legislation was passed, Holder needs to wield the power he has to throw the book at these guys. Of course, my gut tells me he won't. He refuses to sentence the members of the New Black Panther Party who were convicted on charges of voter intimidation for their menacing presence at a Philadelphia voting center during the last presidential election, so I have my doubts as to whether he'll charge Kelly and Barker with a federal hate crime.

BHO and Holder wanted hate crime legislation expanded, so let's see how willing they are to apply it equally under the law. Maybe they're just waiting for a white on black killing or too busy reading blogs to determine which of us is guilty of a hate crime.

Anyone who may have information on the third person involved in the killing of Christopher Kernich is asked to contact the Kent State University Police Department at (330) 673.7732.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Women Will Be the First Victims of Obamacare

Saturday, the Senate once again ignored the voice of the majority of Americans by voting to continue debate on BHO's push for socialized medicine. While the debate rages on, we are hearing "recommendations" from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) that changes the guidelines for mammography from annually after age 40 to bi-annually after age 50.

Early detection for cancer of any form is the key to survival, especially breast cancer. Common sense dictates that the earlier it's caught, the more likely a woman is to survive. And breast cancer doesn't discriminate based on age. While rare in women in their 20's, it isn't unheard of. Family history plays a crucial role in determining the risk women face of having to battle breast cancer.

Dr. Bernadine Healy (photo), the first woman to head of the National Institute of Health (NIH) came out strongly against the recommendations though she no longer chairs the NIH.

"I'm saying very powerfully ignore them," Dr. Healy told Chris Wallace in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

"This will increase the number of women dying of breast cancer. Women in their 40s have a very aggressive kind of breast cancer. They tend to progress fast. And to not screen women in that age group is astounding to me, and it goes against the bulk of individuals who are actually caring for patients. You may save some money, Chris, but you're not going to save lives," she said.

Dr. Healy said that the other "recommendations" concerning annual pap smears for women aren't of as much importance due to the fact that cervical cancer is often slow-growing and that the HPV virus, which causes cervical cancer, often goes away on its own. Recently, the recommendations for annual pap smears were modified to start doing them at age 21 instead of the former guideline of when a girl became sexually active.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has warned that the upcoming legislation to impose socialized medicine on the American people contains a provision that gives the USPSTF rationing power under the public option.

"In section 3131 of that bill, it changes the Preventive Services Task Force to the Clinical Preventive Services Task Force. Then, you go back and you see that that task force on preventive clinical services is tasked with rating A, B, C, D, or I all preventive services. ... And that indicates what would be paid or covered. And this is where the actual link comes, and I'll read it for you. In section 2301, it says, 'All recommendations of the Preventive Services Task Force' -- that's the group that did the mammograms -- 'and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, as in existence on the day before the date of the enactment of this act, shall be considered to be recommendations of the Task Force on Clinical Preventive Services.'"

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), a breast cancer survivor, disagreed in an interview on "This Week with George Stephanopolus." She claims that the idea of changing screening guidelines is being blown out of proportion. If anyone should know the importance of early detection, it should be her. But I guess the whole 'D' thing after her name has clouded her judgment.

"We have to make sure that we're not forgetting about the people. And that's what the task force forgot about this week, is that we're not thinking about big, amorphous blobs of -- of people. Making -- these recommendations say that we can trade one life to save the angst and anxiety in a -- a larger group of women, and that's totally inappropriate, but that's also why major experts, medical experts, the cancer society, the colon foundation all came out against this, and that won't be controlling in the final legislation."

If anyone has forgotten about people, Ms. Schultz, it is you and your fellow lefties in Congress. Time and again you have ignored the will of the majority of Americans who do NOT want the government involved in their health issues. But yet you feel that you know what's best, eh? You represent the problem with government interference.

I tend to side with Dr. Healy due to the fact that it makes perfect sense to have screenings as early as possible to detect cancer in its infant form. THAT will save lives. What Obamacare will do is take them.

Hey government wonks!!! Keep your hands off my casabas!!!

Note: For another great post on Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her agenda, check out The Right Guy.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We Have a Convert!!!

This article was posted at Libertarian Republican. It's the story of one man's odyssey from believing in Marxism to Conservatism. If anyone knows the truth behind the Dark Side, it's this guy.

Welcome to the party, dude!!!


Government retards, rather than Empowers the Individual

by Dave Salyers, California

I just sent in my voter registration to switch my party affiliation to GOP. This was quite a political journey for me. When I was in college, I considered myself a leftist radical - I studied anthropology and had Marxist professors and learned Marxist class analysis. When I got to the real world and found it difficult to make a living with a MA in that (didn't go on for the PhD), I had to go back to graduate school and get a second Master's degree in social work. (I work in the field of child welfare investigating child abuse and neglect.)

Now social work is an interesting job. For folks like me who have been around for a few years, it has a nasty eye-opening habit which causes a shift in political consciousness. This is not just from trying to empower the clients by getting them to accept the idea of personal responsibility to make productive choices, but also the dysfunctional nature of governmental systems in enabling clients to a sense of entitlement and learned helplessness, developing policies and procedures in reactions to political pressures and lawsuits (or by covering up and taking the blame for decisions by judicial officers), and by attempting to "re-parent" the children of society which should not be a governmental role.

Discovering the Republican Liberty Caucus

From Statement on Entitlements:

We favor individual, family and community efforts to relieve the burdens of those who have suffered misfortune and innocent injury. Every individual has the right to the fruits of their own labor and the responsibility to support themselves and their families. The only true charity is found in the voluntary efforts of every compassionate person, independent of any government entitlements, dictates, or programs.
The experiences I had caused me to re-examine the blinders and bias that I personally had been using on everything. So after a period of soul-searching, I went from the left to independent. (During my time on the left I actually knew CPUSA party members.)

I was formally involved with the Libertarian Party for a short while but had a problem with some of their more outrageous platform planks like liberalized immigration policies and open borders.

I now see more possibilities of working for libertarian policies within a major political party where there is at least lip-service to fiscal conservatism and more realistic positions. I strongly disagreed with the direction of the GOP under Bush and the neo-cons (and I would in no way be considered part of the religious right but support their right to their personal religious beliefs), but I like what I have read about the Republican Liberty Caucus and will be sending in my membership dues.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Want to Look Better? That'll Be 5%, Please.

Last year, I decided to have my first elective "cosmetic" procedure done to enhance my looks. After wearing glasses since the third grade, I had PRK laser surgery to correct eyesight that had gotten so bad that contacts were not an option, and I had a hard time reading the big "E" at the top of the eye chart. Had I waited and had it done next year, I may have been paying a 5% tax on the procedure.

In the Senate version of the hideous health care bill is a provision that would impose a 5% tax on all elective cosmetic surgery. Botox treatments (Pelosi is probably hyperventilating), laser vision correction, nose jobs, and liposuction would all be taxed. The tax would apply to all procedures done after January 1, 2010.

The provision of the bill reads as follows:

Page 2045 SEC. 9017. EXCISE TAX ON ELECTIVE COSMETIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES. (a) IN GENERAL.-Subtitle D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended by this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter: ''CHAPTER 49-ELECTIVE COSMETIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES ''Sec. 5000B. Imposition of tax on elective cosmetic medical procedures. ''SEC. 5000B. IMPOSITION OF TAX ON ELECTIVE COSMETIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES. ''(a) IN GENERAL.-There is hereby imposed on any cosmetic surgery and medical procedure a tax equal to 5 percent of the amount paid for such procedure (determined without regard to this section), whether paid by insurance or otherwise. ''(b) COSMETIC SURGERY AND MEDICAL PROCEDURE.-For purposes of this section, the term 'cosmetic surgery and medical procedure' means any cosmetic surgery (as defined in section 213(d)(9)(B)) or other similar procedure which- ''(1) is performed by a licensed medical professional, and ''(2) is not necessary to ameliorate a deformity arising from, or directly related to, a congenital abnormality, a personal injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or disfiguring disease. ''(c) PAYMENT OF TAX.- ''(1) IN GENERAL.-The tax imposed by this section shall be paid by the individual on whom the procedure is performed. ''(2) COLLECTION.-Every person receiving a payment for procedures on which a tax is imposed under subsection (a) shall collect the amount of the tax from the individual on whom the procedure is performed and remit such tax quarterly to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as provided by the Secretary. ''(3) SECONDARY LIABILITY.-Where any tax imposed by subsection (a) is not paid at the time payments for cosmetic surgery and medical procedures are made, then to the extent that such tax is not collected, such tax shall be paid by the person who performs the procedure.''. (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.-The table of chapters for subtitle D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended by this Act, is amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 48 the following new item: ''CHAPTER 49-ELECTIVE COSMETIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES''. (c) EFFECTIVE DATE.-The amendments made by this section shall apply to procedures performed on or after January 1, 2010.

Many people (especially women) take plastic surgery to an extreme. They have numerous nose jobs, tummy tucks, boob jobs, and face lifts in the name of vanity. A lot of times, they look so fake that any natural beauty they possessed is forever gone. But you know what? THAT'S THEIR CHOICE! They pay for the procedures out-of-pocket. Now the government wants to make sure that the free exchange of money for medical services is hit.

Passage of this provision starts us on a very slippery slope. Today, elective cosmetic surgery. Tomorrow, a tax on tests to monitor diabetes and heart disease. Mark my words. This crowd hasn't met a tax they didn't like.

I always said that if I were to hit the lottery, the first thing I'd get is man-made boobs. Nothing a la Pam Anderson, but something to give me just a little shape. Now it appears that that's just one more dream shattered by the current administration.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Night Fluff

Just a quick post with no substance for tonight. I love this song and video. Makes me think about today's America. Enjoy, kids!

Jesse Jackson Disses Black Lawmakers

That race-baiting poverty pimp, Jesse Jackson, has struck again by leveling a statement directed at members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

According to the Hill newspaper, Jackson said that any black lawmaker who doesn't vote for the confiscation of freedom in the form of Obamacare can't call themselves black.

"We even have blacks voting against the health care bill," Jackson reportedly said at a Congressional Black Caucus reception Wednesday night honoring the 25th anniversary of the civil rights leader's run for president.

"You can't vote against health care and call yourself a black man," the Hill reported him saying.

The remark was a clear shot at Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., the only member of the CBC to vote against the House version of the health care legislation.

Davis refused to engage the debate. My congratulations go out to Mr. Davis for not stooping to Jackson's level. Davis seems to realize that the issue is this egregious piece of legislation, not race. Jackson will never make the distinction.

Those of us who have followed the seemingly endless parade of liberal ideas written into a piece of legislation knew that it was only a matter of time before Jesse Jackson and his ilk injected race into the debate on health care reform. It's who he is and what he does.

Imagine the howls from the left had someone in the KKK had made this statement: "You can't vote for health care and call yourself a white man." The statement would be the lead story on every single network in the MSM and would be the headline in every single newspaper that clings to liberal ideology. But since Jesse Jackson has made such a racist statement, it's okay in the eyes of the left.

Jesse Jackson has got jumbo-sized coconut ones for even CONSIDERING making such a statement. It is a slap in the face to every single American who is against this on the basis of the fact that another freedom will be forever lost.

A statement from B & G: You cannot vote for health care and call yourself an American who cares about freedom.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Mother's Pride

Last night at work, I was out back for a quick cig break, so I pulled out my cell phone and was going to tell my cherubs at home "good night." I noticed that I had one missed call from my Limbaugh baby, and immediately worried that something was wrong as he's away at college. When he answered the phone, my fears were put to rest.

It seems that yesterday, he and his fellow senior project teammates met with the head of the IT department of the campus (They're comp sci majors). Also in attendance was the professor guiding and advising them on their goal of creating an iphone app to be used specifically for the college.

The head of the IT department informed them that they are one of the strongest senior project teams that have graced the college in quite a while and that the college is going to heavily promote their idea, even going so far as to spend the money to make sure that every inch of the campus is accessible to wi-fi.

Should their endeavor take off successfully, the possibility of future employment by the university is there, and these hard-working, brilliant students would most likely have first crack at it.

To my Limbaugh baby, Jesse, and Terry: Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. The three of you are examples of what other students should aspire to be, and I couldn't be any more proud. Stay focused and continue your hard work. It WILL pay off!

I love you, mijo!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Catholic Church: Bought by Soros?

While trying to catch up on some blog reading and commenting this morning, I ran across a post over at teresamerica urging people to not donate to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) due to their willingness to donate to ACORN. I agree wholeheartedly.

Wanting a little more info, I came across an article written by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media. Donating to ACORN is just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the article, George Soros, an avowed atheist, has been channeling money to certain Catholic groups via his Open Society Institute. The groups receiving funds from Soros have been groups of progressive Catholics who have been on the forefront in the Obamacare debate and the debate on amnesty for illegal aliens.

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has received at least $200,000 from the Open Society Institute. This group backs Pope Benedict XVI's mission of using religion to further a socialist agenda.

From their website comes this list of things that is in the latest encyclical by the Pope. Hold on to your lunch, folks.
  • “Another important consideration is the common good. To love someone is to desire that person's good and to take effective steps to secure it. Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the common good.”
  • “If we love others with charity, then first of all we are just towards them. Not only is justice not extraneous to charity, not only is it not an alternative or parallel path to charity: justice is inseparable from charity, and intrinsic to it."
  • “The dignity of the individual and the demands of justice require, particularly today, that economic choices do not cause disparities in wealth to increase in an excessive and morally unacceptable manner, and that we continue to prioritize the goal of access to steady employment for everyone.”
  • "Economic activity cannot solve all social problems through the simple application of commercial logic. This needs to be directed towards the pursuit of the common good, for which the political community in particular must also take responsibility."
Now we have an insight into exactly what the Pope thinks of socialism. He's in favor of it. And since this group supports the mission of the Pope, George Soros and his Open Society Institute will continue to fund them. It's disgusting to see a religion sell out to anyone let alone liberals.

Also receiving money from OSI is the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), a group who has been on the front lines of having Obamacare cover illegal immigrants. The group was established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1988 and has received at least $530,000 from the Soros-backed OSI.

While celebrating the passage in the House of Pelosicare, CACG had this to say about the whole debacle.

“As Catholics, we applaud the efforts of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Bart Stupak, and others who helped extend current restrictions on federal funding of abortion to health plans participating in the public [health] exchanges.”

Not so fast, pal. Accordi
ng to Judie Brown of the American Life League, some of the provisions still in Pelosicare allow for federal funding of abortion and other life issues, something the Catholic Church is supposed to be dead-set against. Please read Mr. Kincaid's article to see for yourself.

The CACG advisory council reads like a who's who of leftist groups. Some of the groups that are represented on the advisory council: SEIU, AFL-CIO, Georgetown University, and Boston College. No wonder the Catholic Church has been throwing their support behind card check.

The SEIU representative on the advisory council of CACG is a man by the name of Tom Chabolla, assistant to SEIU president Andy Stern. Prior to this gig, Chabolla served as associate director of programs for CCHD, directing money to ACORN to the tune of $7.3 million over the past 10 years.

The Gamaliel Foundation, an interfaith group with a socialist agenda, still continues to receive money from CCHD. They've been pushing hard for continued financial support through CCHD and is citing that it is “under attack from those with a partisan agenda to de-fund groups committed to organizing for social justice.” It says: “Many Gamaliel Foundation affiliates rely on funding from CCHD to serve their communities.” Yeah. ACORN's done a great job of that, eh?

Gamaliel says on its website that “Barack H. Obama, former Gamaliel organizer, is the 44th president of the United States,” and that this makes the organizing community proud. It also has a story about Obama friend and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett speaking to a Gamaliel event in Washington, D.C. of 2,500 activists. Jarrett is the official who said that “we” had recruited communist Van Jones to the White House. Another speaker was Melody Barnes, Obama’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Before coming to the White House, Barnes was the executive vice president for Policy at the Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP). Van Jones also worked at CAP before going to the White House. CAP CEO and President John Podesta, who served as President Clinton’s chief of staff, is a major “progressive Catholic” and member of the ACORN advisory council, and served as a professor at Georgetown University.

Interestingly, Tom Chabolla of the SEIU and formerly of the CCHD was on the dinner committee for the 33rd Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner, which was held on May 7, 2009 in Washington, D.C. One of the winners was none other than Van Jones.

While appealing for more funds through CCHD, the Gamaliel Foundation received $300,000 from OSI in 2008.

Let them continue to go to Soros for their funding as they seem to be of like minds. They'll see not another dime from me.

The Most PC Time of Year

Well, folks, we stand on the cusp of yet another season filled with the blessings of family and friends while celebrating either the birth of Jesus or the Festival of Lights. Lurking right around the corner, though, are the grinches of the ACLU.

Every year, numerous stories arise about some hippie leftover from the left whining about a nativity being displayed on government property somewhere. Evidently, the ACLU has nothing better to do with their time than to try and remove all traces of Christianity from American life.

Aiding the ACLU in their efforts is Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS). This group of fruits and nuts has been responsible for school Christmas programs to be renamed "Holiday pageants" and for valedictorians across the country to be censored when mentioning God.

I was watching t.v. the other night when a Gap commercial came on. At first, I found myself grooving along with the hip-hop beat of "Go Christmas...go Christmas..." Then I hear "Go Hanukkah..." Not an issue. The two holidays do overlap, and Hanukkah has a legitimate basis in religion. It was when I heard "Go Kwanzaa" and "Go solstice" that I got my panties in a twist.

Can anyone tell me where the hell the idea of Kwanzaa came from??? When I was growing up, black children celebrated Christmas side by side with white children. Who was it that decided to separate the blacks from the whites by inventing a holiday? That seems pretty racist, don't ya think? I mean, what was so wrong with people of all color celebrating the birth of our Savior (and I don't mean BHO)? It was a common bond that has since been broken in the name of black separatism.

Not to leave out the atheists, the idea of celebrating the winter solstice has become popular in recent years. What is there to celebrate about the one day that heralds in nasty weather until March? I, for one, despise the winter solstice in large part because I know it means bone-chilling temperatures and dangerous driving conditions. And these freaks want to celebrate this crap?

I would challenge these groups who desecrate the notion of Christians and Jews alike celebrating their respective holidays to show me the passage in the Constitution that says you can't erect a creche or menorrah on government property. First Amendment, you say? WRONG!!! The First Amendment only dictates that the government shall not establish an official state religion nor restrict anyone's free exercise of their chosen faith. It's freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. In fact, I offer that cleansing society of all traces of religion establishes atheism as the official government religion and is in itself unconstitutional.

The Founding Fathers built this country on Judeo-Christian principles. Removing all traces of it from society in the name of PC is an abomination of the dreams these brave men brought to fruition.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sore Feet and Fatigue

I wrapped up my first weekend of work in about a year last night. All I can say is that this could be the downfall of B & G.

Saturday went fairly well. After my trip to Wal-Mart in the morning, I was able to get some stuff done around the house in preparation for company on Sunday. The night at work went well. I'm the kind of worker who doesn't like to stand around when it's slow, so I helped out where I could in between taking care of my hostessing duties. Came home not feeling too badly.

When I got home, I was still in my "wind down" phase, and the hubby took full advantage by telling me that the little princess needed a shower. My question to him was along the lines of WTF did you do all evening. Of course, that led into a ten-minute speech about how tired he was. Toward the end of it, all I heard was blah, blah, blah.

I put the angels to bed and decided that I'd chill for a while longer and get off my feet. I went downstairs to the family room (which is actually my Steeler room) and put The Replacements into the DVD player. Still feeling a little antsy, I pulled out my sewing machine and the Steeler material I had bought to make curtains for downstairs. An hour and a half later, I had a new Steeler apron to wear to work. Now I'm getting tired.

Upstairs to find the hubby snoring in bed. Not wanting to wake the sleeping giant, I took my pillows and grabbed a blanket to go to the couch.

Just about the time I start to doze off, I hear something moving around on the porch. I look out the door to see our beagle staring at me. He had escaped from his kennel, and I decided to just put him out on the lead for the night. I'll tell the hubby to fix the kennel in the morning. Getting a little testy from fatigue. Back to the couch.

Rex, our beagle, was not happy. The barking started and didn't stop. When he started barking, that got our pit bull in the house barking. Mind you, I'm the only one getting up to do anything about it. Finally, Rex calmed down enough to let me try to go to sleep.

Fifteen minutes later, it started again. This time, Zeus, the pit, decided to sit this one out. I go out in my nightshirt to see what's up with the dog who is on his way to a Chinese restaurant if he keeps it up. Everything seemed okay. He had water and a place to lay down, so I went back in.

The next time he started barking, I marched into the bedroom and flipped the light switch. Standing at the foot of the bed, I yelled, "It's your turn!" I think the hubby knew not to linger in bed. He went out to try and defuse the situation.

When he came back in, things had seemed to finally calm down. By this time, it's 3:30 a.m. NOW I can go to sleep until 6:45 a.m. when I knew I had to get up and get ready for company during the game.

I spent the morning running Cheyenne to CCD, cooking, cleaning, and making sure all was right while HE laid in bed. Oh, the names a pissed off wife can come up with!

After the stinker of a game, it was time for me to go back to work. Needless to say, I wasn't my usual perky self. In fact, I was a bitch. I guess lack of sleep will do that to a person.

I got home early as business was slow only to have to do a repeat of shower time with Cheyenne. By this time, my feet are screaming at me to sit down. I think they were going to go on strike.

I got to lay in the arms of Morpheus for about an hour when my mother-in-law calls to see if hubby's home (it's 11:30 p.m.) because our cousin showed up at their house fully loaded. Hubby was already with said relative, so I just went back to bed only to have my legs and feet start twitching. Those of you who work on your feet all day know what I mean.

I got up at 5:30 a.m. to start the school routine. Once again, I go out for a cig only to find "Houdini" had struck again. The rest of the morning was spent cursing the dog and fixing the kennel while getting the kids to the bus. Long about 9:30 a.m., I said "Screw it" and shut the phone off and spent ALL DAY doing the bare minimum of life.

Tomorrow night is a fundraiser for a local boy with cancer. It'll be one of the few times I'll work a weeknight, and it should be pretty busy. I just hope I'm in better shape than the weekend.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Soldier Story

I literally just got back from Wal-Mart. Party supplies for tomorrow's game, clothes for was a two-hour affair.

Shortly after I got there, I was walking around enjoying some alone time and looking for bargains when I see a couple of soldiers from the PA National Guard headed to the checkout. I swear, God spoke to my heart and told me what to do.

I noticed in their cart that they had about five cases of bottled water. I hopped in line immediately behind them at the checkout and watched as they grabbed some gum, some beef jerky, and a couple bottles of pop and threw them in the buggy as they waited.

A little side bit of info here. This is the Wal-Mart I have a relative working at, so I am no stranger to most of the cashiers. In fact, I feel a part of their little family. Back to the story....

Right before the cashier finished the sale of the lady in front of our soldiers, I tapped the one soldier on the shoulder.

"Excuse me, but could I just hop in front of you guys? I only have to get one thing," I said.

Looking a bit understandably miffed, he allowed me to go ahead of them.

The cashier was just finishing the previous sale as I took my place at the register. "Leah," I said, "All I need is to pay for what these guys are getting." She looked stunned.

She waved the soldiers over to have their order rung up. "What's going on?" asked the one soldier. I explained that with all the sacrifice they make, paying for their items was the least I could do. They tried to argue with me, but, after giving them those lost-puppy eyes, they agreed to let me pay for the bottled water. Fair enough. The girl in line behind them rolled her eyes when she saw what I had done (She's lucky I didn't blacken them), but by the time this was settled, a small group of people had gathered and sent our heroes off with best wishes.

I walked away after thanking them for everything they do and receiving thanks from them (I really wasn't worthy, but appreciated it). I cried like a baby for the next 15 minutes and didn't care who saw me.

It wasn't a huge gesture on my part when compared to everything these men and women do on a daily basis, but I felt it necessary to thank them in whatever way I could.

Thank you, God, for telling me to do that. I got much more out of the experience than our soldiers did.

What Males Won't Do For Love....

Throughout history, some pretty wild and wacky stuff has been done in the name of love. This may just top it all.

Rutting season is upon us. For those of you who don't hunt, rutting season is the time of year when bucks have one thing on their minds: doe. Anyone who has driven along any northern interstate will tell you that the number of big red spots on the asphalt increases at this time of year as bucks go in search of amour.

In Wisconsin, a man woke up to find the elk statue in his yard had become the target of a buck fighting for his territory and protecting his harem. The 640-pound concrete statue was evidently mistaken for the real thing by a love-crazed deer. Such love squabbles are usually settled by an antler-to-antler fight. In this case, the elk won when the 7-point, 180-pound buck died of a head injury after ramming the concrete statue.

According to the homeowner, the Vernon County game warden tagged the deer after the incident with a note that read: lawn ornament fight -- lost.

Who says that love can't be funny sometimes?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Jobless Rate Down

The official jobless rate for the nation just went one. After a year of not working (by choice), I've decided that it's time for me to go out and dazzle people with my wonderful wit and stunning beauty (Hope you have hip boots on by now!) by hostessing at a local sports bar and restaurant. It's only weekends, but it'll get me out of the house and among people.

Having worked in many restaurants over the years, I'm always dumbfounded by some of the things that go on with the customers. Yes, customers are the lifeblood of a business, but there are some customers you'd rather not deal with.

That having been said, I'd like to pass along a few things that waitresses and hostesses would LOVE to say to people but can't. I know my readers are respectful and kind, but there are those people who make you cringe when they walk through the door.
  1. Please remember that you are not the only customer your server has. While they will do their very best to keep you happy, they are not there to serve only you. Try waiting tables, and you'll see what I mean.
  2. There are times that there are not enough people to cover customer demand. Should you have to wait a few minutes extra for a drink refill, please do not let it reflect on your server. Understand that when someone calls off, it affects already busy employees. They do work very hard to accommodate your requests.
  3. The employees are not there for you to verbally abuse. Should you have a problem, please be respectful in your complaint. Most people follow this rule, but I've seen many who treat staff like slaves. We would rather you take your business elsewhere than to deal with the stress that goes with waiting on a pompous ass.
  4. Please remember to tip. Your server may have been unnecessarily rude, but don't stiff them. Reduce your tip, but leave something. Wait staff doesn't make minimum wage plus tips, and tips make up the difference of their hourly wage. BTW...average tip is 15-20% for average to good service.
  5. If you come in 30 minutes before closing and expect a full course meal, please be courteous enough to leave as quickly as possible. Your server and all of the employees have most likely been there for at least 8 hours and would like to go home. Chances are that they will have to be back early the next day. They have lives just like you do. Don't linger over your table for an hour after you're finished eating as your server has to stay probably an hour after you leave to clean up and get ready for the next day.
  6. Your attitude does affect your service. The nicer you are to the staff, the more effort they will put forth to make your experience a nice one.
  7. If comment cards are available, please fill them out, and be honest. Management appreciates your feedback in order to try to correct potential problems.
  8. Don't pass judgment based on one experience. While first impressions are vital, if you see it's overly busy or you have to wait, don't assume it's always that way. It could very well be a fluke. Stop a second time. If things are still bad, then you can pass judgment.
  9. If you pull in to the parking area and there are a lot of cars parked, expect to wait. We will try to get you seated as quickly as possible, but the staff can't make people leave any earlier than when they're ready. Be understanding of this.
  10. Mistakes happen. Don't throw a hissy fit and act like it's the end of humanity. You only look like an idiot when you do that.
  11. If you have your kids with you, please don't let them run around. It's rude to the other customers and creates a dangerous situation for everyone when a waitress has a large tray of hot food.
It's gonna be an interesting time!


I don't know how I stumbled upon this, but I think we can all use a little distraction now and again. This grabbed my attention in a split-second.

As the Christmas season fast approaches, many men will be wondering what to get that special lady in their lives. This year, please forgo the obligatory jewelry and expensive gifts. Instead, may I suggest this wonderful product?

The USB vibrator

Super 10 function USB powered vibrator
This isn’t just a USB vibrator. This one includes 5 interchangable latex probes, has 10 unique preset pulse/vibrate rhythms, and features a self adjustable finger ring vibrating bullet.

Super 10 function USB Vibrator []

I've got four USB ports. I think I can unplug a printer or the keyboard. It's all about priorities.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday Night Food for Thought

I love rock and roll. From classics in the 1960's to hits from today and everything in between, I just love it.

Over the past few years, I've really come to like Nickelback. Chad Kroeger, the group's lead singer, isn't exactly the most handsome guy on the planet, but his voice.... Let's just say that the temperature seems to go up when I hear his voice. That raspy, harsh-sounding undertone just seems to appeal to me for some reason. I guess it's a matter of preference.

From their latest release, Dark Horse, comes this song that really makes me think. What would I do?

Sit back for a few and enjoy!

Hasan Could Get Death Penalty, Needs Presidential Approval

The whole Fort Hood massacre issue makes me more and more sad as the days wear on.

I sent an email to some of my blogger pals earlier today asking them to please consider listing the death toll at Ft. Hood as 14. Private Francheska Velez was three months pregnant, and I didn't want the death of her baby to be overlooked. Right Guy asked a great question in his reply that begged looking into, and I told him I'd try to find an answer.

The question was in regards to something he had heard about Obama having to sign off on the execution of Nidal Malik Hasan should the turd get the death penalty. I wish I hadn't found the answer.

According to an article by the AP, the bulk of the case against Hasan could be decided by the commander of Ft. Hood, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, in a military trial. The jury would consist of 12 officers of higher rank or seniority, and they would all have to agree on the verdict and death sentence. Only a three-fourths consensus is needed to impose a life sentence.

Should the jury do the right thing and hand down a death sentence, military protocol dictates that to carry out a military execution, the POTUS (in this case POSOTUS -- Piece Of S*** of the United States) must sign off on it.

From the AP:

The president's involvement also sets military death-penalty cases apart. The president can commute any federal death sentence, civilian or military but must personally approve each military execution and sign an order to carry it out. [Emphasis mine--blackandgoldfan]

Considering the sympathy Obamarx has shown to the Muslim world, what do you think the chances are of THAT happening? I'd be voted Playmate of the Year before BHO would turn on a Muslim brother.

Being that involvement in a military execution is required by the president, that makes it a political issue. Given his political track record, who do you think Dear Leader would side with? Those of us who believe in justice or the whining left who thinks we need to "understand" Hasan?

The trial may not start for months as military prosecutors build a solid case. That would put the start of such a trial in at LEAST 2010 or possibly early 2011. What happens in 2012? If you said the world is set to end, you are an alarmist. If you said "Presidential election," put a Black and Gold star on your chart for the day.

In the past 25 years, only 15 people have been given a federal death sentence. Of that fifteen, two were commuted by commanding generals, and eight were thrown out on appeal. One of those that was carried out was that of Timothy McVeigh. That leaves four people who may yet be awaiting a date with the needle.

Let's make it five.

(HUGE h/t to Right Guy! Great job!)

Victim #14

In all the memorials concerning the victims of the Fort Hood masscre, it struck me that there seems to be no mention of the 14th victim. No, I'm not calling that scumbag, Hasan, a victim. Yinz should know me better than that.

Last Thursday, Private Francheska Velez, 21, had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pvt. Velez had served in Iraq and had just returned to Fort Hood to await a trip back to her native Chicago. The trip was only weeks away, but Velez was not to make the trip because a nutjob who put being a Muslim before being an American decided to commit the worst act of TERRORISM on American soil since 9/11. Pvt. Velez was three months pregnant and on maternity leave.

Why hasn't anyone in the media, including Fox, mentioned the 14th victim, namely Velez's unborn baby? That's right. Baby. Not "fetus," not "cluster of cells," but "BABY."

In the aftermath of such a tragedy, it is easy to overlook some details. We become focused on the causes of such an incident, motives, and "what went wrong." But we cannot forget that 14 lives were taken that day, not 13. If we were to forget, it takes away from the value we conservatives place on unborn life.

From now on, I am asking all of my fellow bloggers to list the death toll at Fort Hood as 14. The choice is yours, and I will still love and respect all of you, but let's remember the most innocent of all the lives taken that day. I thank you in advance.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Secret Weapon

Back in May, my daughter decided to sneak into the garage and do a little nebbing (Pittsburgh word; means being nosy) into Dad's stuff. Usually forbidden from doing so, I couldn't punish her too much for looking so damned cute when she came out.

I think she's ready to defend the homefront!

Mumia's Time May Be Drawing Near

Last night, John Allen Muhammed drew his last breath as he was executed by lethal injection at 9:11 p.m. Muhammed was the mastermind behind the DC sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington metropolitan area in October of 2002. His accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, is serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole.

On Monday, the U.S Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty for an Ohio man, Robert Van Hook was convicted of killing and mutilating a man he met in a gay bar in 1985. Van Hook's attorneys had argued that his trial attorneys had failed to do an effective job in Van Hook's defense. The SCOTUS disagreed and cleared the way for Van Hook's death sentence to be reinstated.

A decision is pending in another Ohio case that could clear the way for states to once again take charge of the death penalty within their borders. The Ohio Attorney General argued yesterday to have the death sentence upheld for Frank Spisak, a dirtbag who killed three people at Cleveland State University. He showed up to his 1983 trial sporting a Hitler mustache and bragging of his hate for blacks. His new attorneys have argued that the jury instructions were flawed during the sentencing phase of his trial. SCOTUS may not decide this for weeks or months.

All of this could potentially pave the way for Hollywood's most loved murderer, Mumia Abu- Jamal, to finally be put to death. SCOTUS refused to hear Jamal's appeal in April 2009, and prosecutors in Philadelphia filed a reinstatement appeal that has not yet been heard by the high court. For more on Mumia, you can go to wikipedia or an earlier post I did.

Depending on the outcome of the Spisak case, Pennsylvania could potentially give Daniel Faulkner and his family some closure by citing the Spisak case as precedent. Former Governor Tom Ridge twice signed death warrants for Jamal only to have some liberal court find a reason why Mumia should continue to live off the taxpayer's money. It's been 27 years since the original sentence was handed down by a unanimous jury, and Governor Ed Rendell has vowed to sign a death warrant should Jamal's original sentence be reinstated before he leaves office.

In light of the argument before SCOTUS in the Spisak case, a bunch of socialist and liberal sites have become scared that Mumia's punishment may be around the corner. Personally, his punishment is long overdue.

From the Party for Socialism and Liberation's website:

The life of African American leader and death-row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is in new danger. A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a case in Ohio could set the stage for the reinstatement of Mumia’s death sentence. Mumia’s case is also separately before the U.S. Supreme Court, but presented by Philadelphia prosecutors seeking to have his death sentence reinstated.

Prosecutors and politicians in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have vengefully sought to execute Mumia for 28 years. He has been on death row since 1983, when he was wrongly convicted of killing Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981.

In Mumia’s trial, flagrant violations—false police testimony, coercion of witnesses, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct, exclusion of Black jurors, inadequate defense and pervasive racism—led to his wrongful conviction and death sentence. The overriding issue that allowed these violations is the deeply racist and repressive nature of Philadelphia’s ruling apparatus and collusion by the police, prosecutors and courts.

Holy crap! That much liberal spewing just made my head hurt.

Another bunch of liberal mush from

What the Supreme Court will do, however, is far from clear. It will also consider Spisak’s new attorney’s argument that his jury trial lawyers were incompetent in essentially arguing during their trial summation that Spisak was essentially an extreme and horrific nut case who barely understood what he was doing. Should the Supreme Court chose to ignore or side-step Pennsylvania’s Mills arguments and rule only on the issue of ineffective assistance of counsel, the chances of Mumia’s execution recede considerably. The court could also chose to remand the case back to the lower courts to reconsider their previous Mills interpretation in light of the Supreme Court’s possible new instructions on this issue. Second guessing the courts in Mumia’s 28-year legal sojourn has stumped virtually the entire legal community, or at least those who believe that the laws of the land should be implemented without prejudice to the individual concerned. In virtually every instance, however, this has not been the case; an unending series of legal atrocities have been perpetrated against Mumia that expose the criminal “justice” system for the fraud it is in racist and classist America.

Mumia is far from out of danger, especially when his very life, in legal terms, presently hinges on the whims of the Supreme Court, the institution that has already denied his request for a hearing before them on another issue, the systematic and racist exclusion of Black jurors. Such exclusion is explicitly prohibited in the historic 1986 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Batson v. Kentucky. But the court once again ignored its own rulings and even decisions that strengthened Batson claims to hasten Mumia's demise. In every sense Mumia’s life is on the line as never before. Pennsylvania’s Governor Ed Rendell is pledged to sign what could be the third and final warrant for Mumia’s execution, a warrant that would likely order that his life be taken by lethal injection.

Remember, folks, that the louder the left screams, the more common sense it makes. To obligate the residents of Pennsylvania and the United States to foot the bill for Mumia Abu-Jamal for over 20 years is criminal in and of itself. Now that the left is whining about how this could be it for Mumia, we can only gather that carrying out the original sentence is the right thing to do.

Does anyone know where I can get an application to push the plunger??

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Luke Ravenstahl: Let's Tax Tuition!

Luke Ravenstahl, who became the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city after the death of Bob O'Connor, is showing his typical Democrat tax-loving side by proposing a one-percent tax on higher education tuition within the city of Pittsburgh citing a gap in the city's pension fund for next year. The proposed tuition tax is estimated to generate $16 million a year with $15 million going to the pension fund and the other $1 million going to help fund Carnegie Library.

Those of us who have lived in this area all our lives knew that there would be a tax increase or a new tax after Ravenstahl won election recently, but this one blindsided us. Making citizens pay for all kinds of stuff seems to be a common theme in da 'burgh, but never would I have guessed that a tax on tuition was on the table.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"They weren't pleased to hear that this was an option we were pursuing," Mr. Ravenstahl said. But he said he is ready for "a fight, or a battle, if you will," if that's what it takes to plug a $15 million gap in his 2010 budget and help the struggling Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

"We don't believe that [1 percent] is too burdensome on college students," Mr. Ravenstahl said. "The city taxpayers are paying for the services that are provided to those college students," including police, building inspection and fire service, he said. "The students have a role to play."

Pittsburgh is home to some of the finest educational institutions in the country. Pitt's medical program and Carnegie-Mellon's computer and engineering programs are of the caliber that leaves high school seniors across the country crossing their fingers in hopes of being accepted. Should this measure pass, why should students come to this great city and spend their money here if they're going to be taxed? Way to go, Mr. Mayor!!! Wienie.

Some time ago, Pittsburgh passed a tax on poured alcoholic drinks to help pay for the city's overpriced and overrated transit authority. The Dems screamed about how this tax was necessary to make the authority run like a well-oiled machine. Guess what? The transit service within the city still sucks. Every year, the announcement is made that they need to cut back on services and routes to stay within budget. The question remains: Where is the tax money going?

When the issue of new sports venues came to light, the voters of Pittsburgh were able to express their willingness to help fund new parks for the Pirates and Steelers (who just spanked the Broncos; WOO HOO!) at the ballot box. The referendum was a resounding "no" by the voters. They were not willing to forsake Three Rivers Stadium for new stadia, but guess what? City and county officials decided that the voters must be wrong, and the result was PNC Park and Heinz Field. Granted, they're nice parks, but what happened to the voice of the people?

While local government officials are partially to blame for even proposing such a measure to further burden usually struggling college students, the other part of the blame lies with the voters who keep electing this type of politician. You'd think the residents of the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County would've learned by now, but no. They robotically walk into the voting booth and vote "D" every time. What's it going to take for them to wake up? My guess is that if they haven't come around by now, they never will.

Turn away from the dark side, Luke.

A Special Thanks to Soloman

During last night's Denver-Pittsburgh game, Soloman ran an open thread on the game.

Not only was he a most gracious host during a great game, but he and I actually set a new record for the number of comments left on a post at his site.

Although the score doesn't reflect it, Denver did play very well and exceeded any expectations I had going in. They deserve congratulations.

To Soloman: Thanks again, pal. Maybe we'll meet again in January. That would be sweet!

A Message to the Corps

On today's date at Tun Tavern in 1775, the best fighting force the world has ever seen was formed. As one who has had three family members serve in the Corps, the Marines will always be very special to me. Please say an extra prayer for them on the Corps birthday and continue to pray for all of our brave soldiers, both past and present.

Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps!

The Marine Hymn

“From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
On the land as on the sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev’ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.”

Nov. 21, 1942, the Commandant of the Marine Corps approved a change in the words of the fourth line of the first verse to read, “In air, on land, and sea.”

Monday, November 9, 2009

'Mean Joe' to Get Clio Award

Those of us who grew up in the 1970's will never forget the 'Mean' Joe Greene Coca-Cola commercial. The ad ended up winning a Clio Award, the Oscar of commercials. Now, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic commercial, Joe Greene will receive that Clio Award before this Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

“We had a lot of takes,” said Greene. “There were a lot of parts. It was two and a half days. I was drinking the Coke. I drank a couple of cases for sure. I knew I drank an awful lot because I belched between my lines a couple of times.”

“I had no idea it would be that popular,” said Greene. “Over the years they would show the commercial over and over. They did retire the commercial last year on that show. We won’t see it again.”

Although the ad has been retired, a new generation has gotten the idea behind it when, during last year's Super Bowl against the Cardinals, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu stepped into the role played by Greene 30 years earlier. The newer version doesn't have quite the nostalgic feeling to it, but it's still a pretty cool commercial.

Congrats to 'Mean' Joe for finally getting the recognition for contributing to iconic American pop culture.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Last Night's Vote

In what may be the result of behind-door dealings, the House passed their version of socialized medicine.

The following is a breakdown of how each member voted. Keep in mind that every single seat of the House will be up for grabs next year.

Yes Votes (220)

Neil AbercrombieDHI-1
Gary L. AckermanDNY-5
Robert E. AndrewsDNJ-1
Michael ArcuriDNY-24
Xavier BecerraDCA-31
Howard L. BermanDCA-28
Marion BerryDAR-1
Sanford D. Bishop Jr.DGA-2
Earl BlumenauerDOR-3
Leonard L. BoswellDIA-3
Corrine BrownDFL-3
Robert A. BradyDPA-1
Tammy BaldwinDWI-2
Shelley BerkleyDNV-1
Joe BacaDCA-43
Timothy H. BishopDNY-1
G. K. ButterfieldDNC-1
Melissa BeanDIL-8
Bruce BraleyDIA-1
James E. ClyburnDSC-6
John Conyers Jr.DMI-14
Jim CooperDTN-5
Jerry F. CostelloDIL-12
Elijah E. CummingsDMD-7
Lois CappsDCA-23
Michael E. CapuanoDMA-8
Joseph CrowleyDNY-7
William Lacy ClayDMO-1
Dennis CardozaDCA-18
Jim CostaDCA-20
Russ CarnahanDMO-3
Emanuel Cleaver IIDMO-5
Henry CuellarDTX-28
Christopher CarneyDPA-10
Kathy CastorDFL-11
Yvette ClarkeDNY-11
Steve CohenDTN-9
Joe CourtneyDCT-2
André CarsonDIN-7
Gerald E. ConnollyDVA-11
Anh CaoRLA-2
Judy ChuDCA-32
Danny K. DavisDIL-7
Peter A. DeFazioDOR-4
Diana DeGetteDCO-1
Bill DelahuntDMA-10
Rosa DeLauroDCT-3
Norman D. DicksDWA-6
John D. DingellDMI-15
Lloyd DoggettDTX-25
Mike DoyleDPA-14
Susan A. DavisDCA-53
Joe DonnellyDIN-2
Kathy DahlkemperDPA-3
Steve DriehausDOH-1
Eliot L. EngelDNY-17
Anna G. EshooDCA-14
Bob EtheridgeDNC-2
Keith EllisonDMN-5
Brad EllsworthDIN-8
Donna EdwardsDMD-4
Sam FarrDCA-17
Chaka FattahDPA-2
Bob FilnerDCA-51
Barney FrankDMA-4
Bill FosterDIL-14
Marcia L. FudgeDOH-11
Gene GreenDTX-29
Luis V. GutierrezDIL-4
Charlie GonzalezDTX-20
Raúl M. GrijalvaDAZ-7
Al GreenDTX-9
Gabrielle GiffordsDAZ-8
Alan GraysonDFL-8
John GaramendiDCA-10
Jane HarmanDCA-36
Alcee L. HastingsDFL-23
Maurice D. HincheyDNY-22
Rubén HinojosaDTX-15
Steny H. HoyerDMD-5
Baron P. HillDIN-9
Rush HoltDNJ-12
Michael M. HondaDCA-15
Brian HigginsDNY-27
John HallDNY-19
Phil HareDIL-17
Mazie K. HironoDHI-2
Paul W. HodesDNH-2
Debbie HalvorsonDIL-11
Martin HeinrichDNM-1
Jim HimesDCT-4
Jay InsleeDWA-1
Steve IsraelDNY-2
Sheila Jackson-LeeDTX-18
Eddie Bernice JohnsonDTX-30
Jesse L. Jackson Jr.DIL-2
Hank JohnsonDGA-4
Paul E. KanjorskiDPA-11
Marcy KapturDOH-9
Patrick J. KennedyDRI-1
Dale E. KildeeDMI-5
Carolyn Cheeks KilpatrickDMI-13
Ron KindDWI-3
Steve KagenDWI-8
Ron KleinDFL-22
Ann KirkpatrickDAZ-1
Mary Jo KilroyDOH-15
Sander M. LevinDMI-12
John LewisDGA-5
Zoe LofgrenDCA-16
Nita M. LoweyDNY-18
Barbara LeeDCA-9
John B. LarsonDCT-1
Jim LangevinDRI-2
Rick LarsenDWA-2
Stephen F. LynchDMA-9
Daniel LipinskiDIL-3
Dave LoebsackDIA-2
Ben Ray LujanDNM-3
Carolyn B. MaloneyDNY-14
Edward J. MarkeyDMA-7
Carolyn McCarthyDNY-4
Jim McGovernDMA-3
Jim McDermottDWA-7
George MillerDCA-7
Alan B. MollohanDWV-1
James P. MoranDVA-8
John P. MurthaDPA-12
Gregory W. MeeksDNY-6
Dennis MooreDKS-3
Betty McCollumDMN-4
Kendrick B. MeekDFL-17
Michael H. MichaudDME-2
Brad MillerDNC-13
Gwen MooreDWI-4
Doris MatsuiDCA-5
Jerry McNerneyDCA-11
Harry E. MitchellDAZ-5
Patrick J. MurphyDPA-8
Christopher S. MurphyDCT-5
Dan MaffeiDNY-25
Jerrold NadlerDNY-8
Richard E. NealDMA-2
Grace F. NapolitanoDCA-38
James L. OberstarDMN-8
David R. ObeyDWI-7
John W. OlverDMA-1
Solomon P. OrtizDTX-27
Bill OwensDNY-23
Frank PalloneDNJ-6
Bill Pascrell Jr.DNJ-8
Ed PastorDAZ-4
Donald M. PayneDNJ-10
Nancy PelosiDCA-8
Earl PomeroyDND-1
David E. PriceDNC-4
Ed PerlmutterDCO-7
Gary PetersDMI-9
Chellie PingreeDME-1
Jared PolisDCO-2
Tom PerrielloDVA-5
Mike QuigleyDIL-5
Nick J. Rahall IIDWV-3
Charles B. RangelDNY-15
Silvestre ReyesDTX-16
Steven R. RothmanDNJ-9
Lucille Roybal-AllardDCA-34
Bobby L. RushDIL-1
Ciro D. RodriguezDTX-23
C.A. Dutch RuppersbergerDMD-2
Tim RyanDOH-17
Laura RichardsonDCA-37
Loretta SanchezDCA-47
Robert C. ScottDVA-3
José E. SerranoDNY-16
Brad ShermanDCA-27
Louise M. SlaughterDNY-28
Adam SmithDWA-9
Vic SnyderDAR-2
John M. Spratt Jr.DSC-5
Pete StarkDCA-13
Bart StupakDMI-1
Jan SchakowskyDIL-9
Adam B. SchiffDCA-29
Linda T. SanchezDCA-39
David ScottDGA-13
John SalazarDCO-3
Allyson Y. SchwartzDPA-13
Albio SiresDNJ-13
John SarbanesDMD-3
Joe SestakDPA-7
Carol Shea-PorterDNH-1
Zack SpaceDOH-18
Betty SuttonDOH-13
Jackie SpeierDCA-12
Mark SchauerDMI-7
Kurt SchraderDOR-5
Bennie ThompsonDMS-2
John F. TierneyDMA-6
Edolphus TownsDNY-10
Mike ThompsonDCA-1
Niki TsongasDMA-5
Dina TitusDNV-3
Paul TonkoDNY-21
Nydia M. VelázquezDNY-12
Peter J. ViscloskyDIN-1
Chris Van HollenDMD-8
Maxine WatersDCA-35
Melvin WattDNC-12
Henry A. WaxmanDCA-30
Robert WexlerDFL-19
Lynn WoolseyDCA-6
Anthony WeinerDNY-9
David WuDOR-1
Diane WatsonDCA-33
Debbie Wasserman SchultzDFL-20
Tim WalzDMN-1
Peter WelchDVT-1
Charlie WilsonDOH-6
John YarmuthDKY-3

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Robert B. AderholtRAL-4
Todd AkinRMO-2
Rodney AlexanderRLA-5
Jason AltmireDPA-4
John AdlerDNJ-3
Steve AustriaROH-7
Spencer BachusRAL-6
Roscoe G. BartlettRMD-6
Joe L. BartonRTX-6
Brian P. BilbrayRCA-50
Roy BluntRMO-7
John A. BoehnerROH-8
Rick BoucherDVA-9
Allen BoydDFL-2
Kevin BradyRTX-8
Dan BurtonRIN-5
Steve BuyerRIN-4
Mary Bono MackRCA-45
Brian BairdDWA-3
Judy BiggertRIL-13
Henry E. Brown Jr.RSC-1
John BoozmanRAR-3
J. Gresham BarrettRSC-3
Marsha BlackburnRTN-7
Jo BonnerRAL-1
Ginny Brown-WaiteRFL-5
Michael C. BurgessRTX-26
Rob BishopRUT-1
John BarrowDGA-12
Dan BorenDOK-2
Charles Boustany Jr.RLA-7
Michele BachmannRMN-6
Gus BilirakisRFL-9
Vern BuchananRFL-13
Paul BrounRGA-10
John BoccieriDOH-16
Bobby BrightDAL-2
Ken CalvertRCA-44
Dave CampRMI-4
Michael N. CastleRDE-1
Howard CobleRNC-6
Ander CrenshawRFL-4
Eric CantorRVA-7
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV-2
John CulbersonRTX-7
John CarterRTX-31
Tom ColeROK-4
Ben ChandlerDKY-6
K. Michael ConawayRTX-11
John CampbellRCA-48
Travis ChildersDMS-1
Bill CassidyRLA-6
Jason ChaffetzRUT-3
Mike CoffmanRCO-6
Nathan DealRGA-9
Lincoln Diaz-BalartRFL-21
David DreierRCA-26
John J. Duncan Jr.RTN-2
Lincoln DavisDTN-4
Mario Diaz-BalartRFL-25
Artur DavisDAL-7
Geoff DavisRKY-4
Charlie DentRPA-15
Chet EdwardsDTX-17
Vernon J. EhlersRMI-3
Jo Ann EmersonRMO-8
Rodney FrelinghuysenRNJ-11
Jeff FlakeRAZ-6
J. Randy ForbesRVA-4
Trent FranksRAZ-2
Jeff FortenberryRNE-1
Virginia FoxxRNC-5
Mary FallinROK-5
John FlemingRLA-4
Elton GalleglyRCA-24
Robert W. GoodlatteRVA-6
Bart GordonDTN-6
Kay GrangerRTX-12
Sam GravesRMO-6
Scott GarrettRNJ-5
Jim GerlachRPA-6
Phil GingreyRGA-11
Louie GohmertRTX-1
Parker GriffithDAL-5
Brett GuthrieRKY-2
Ralph M. HallRTX-4
Doc HastingsRWA-4
Wally HergerRCA-2
Peter HoekstraRMI-2
Tim HoldenDPA-17
Jeb HensarlingRTX-5
Stephanie Herseth SandlinDSD-1
Dean HellerRNV-2
Gregg HarperRMS-3
Duncan D. HunterRCA-52
Bob InglisRSC-4
Darrell IssaRCA-49
Sam JohnsonRTX-3
Walter B. JonesRNC-3
Timothy V. JohnsonRIL-15
Jim JordanROH-4
Lynn JenkinsRKS-2
Peter T. KingRNY-3
Jack KingstonRGA-1
Dennis J. KucinichDOH-10
Mark Steven KirkRIL-10
Steve KingRIA-5
John KlineRMN-2
Larry KissellDNC-8
Suzanne KosmasDFL-24
Frank Kratovil Jr.DMD-1
Tom LathamRIA-4
Jerry LewisRCA-41
John LinderRGA-7
Frank D. LucasROK-3
Dan LungrenRCA-3
Steven C. LaTouretteROH-14
Frank A. LoBiondoRNJ-2
Doug LambornRCO-5
Robert E. LattaROH-5
Leonard LanceRNJ-7
Christopher LeeRNY-26
Blaine LuetkemeyerRMO-9
Cynthia M. LummisRWY-1
Mike McIntyreDNC-7
Howard P. McKeonRCA-25
John L. MicaRFL-7
Jerry MoranRKS-1
Sue MyrickRNC-9
Donald ManzulloRIL-16
Gary G. MillerRCA-42
Jim MathesonDUT-2
Jeff MillerRFL-1
Jim MarshallDGA-8
Thaddeus McCotterRMI-11
Candice S. MillerRMI-10
Tim MurphyRPA-18
Connie MackRFL-14
Patrick T. McHenryRNC-10
Michael McCaulRTX-10
Kenny MarchantRTX-24
Cathy McMorris RodgersRWA-5
Charlie MelanconDLA-3
Kevin McCarthyRCA-22
Betsy MarkeyDCO-4
Eric MassaDNY-29
Michael E. McMahonDNY-13
Walt MinnickDID-1
Tom McClintockRCA-4
Scott MurphyDNY-20
Devin NunesRCA-21
Randy NeugebauerRTX-19
Glenn NyeDVA-2
Pete OlsonRTX-22
Collin C. PetersonDMN-7
Tom PetriRWI-6
Joe PittsRPA-16
Ron PaulRTX-14
Todd R. PlattsRPA-19
Adam H. PutnamRFL-12
Mike PenceRIN-6
Tom PriceRGA-6
Ted PoeRTX-2
Erik PaulsenRMN-3
Bill PoseyRFL-15
George P. RadanovichRCA-19
Harold RogersRKY-5
Dana RohrabacherRCA-46
Ileana Ros-LehtinenRFL-18
Ed RoyceRCA-40
Paul D. RyanRWI-1
Denny RehbergRMT-1
Mike RogersRMI-8
Mike RossDAR-4
Mike D. RogersRAL-3
Dave ReichertRWA-8
Peter RoskamRIL-6
Phil RoeRTN-1
Tom RooneyRFL-16
F. James SensenbrennerRWI-5
Pete SessionsRTX-32
John ShadeggRAZ-3
John ShimkusRIL-19
Ike SkeltonDMO-4
Christopher H. SmithRNJ-4
Lamar SmithRTX-21
Cliff StearnsRFL-6
Mark SouderRIN-3
Mike SimpsonRID-2
Bill ShusterRPA-9
John SullivanROK-1
Jean SchmidtROH-2
Heath ShulerDNC-11
Adrian SmithRNE-3
Steve ScaliseRLA-1
Aaron SchockRIL-18
John TannerDTN-8
Gene TaylorDMS-4
William M. ThornberryRTX-13
Todd TiahrtRKS-4
Lee TerryRNE-2
Pat TiberiROH-12
Michael R. TurnerROH-3
Harry TeagueDNM-2
Glenn ThompsonRPA-5
Fred UptonRMI-6
Zach WampRTN-3
Edward WhitfieldRKY-1
Frank R. WolfRVA-10
Greg WaldenROR-2
Joe WilsonRSC-2
Lynn WestmorelandRGA-3
Robert J. WittmanRVA-1
C. W. Bill YoungRFL-10
Don YoungRAK-1

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