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Monday, June 22. 2009
Enjoyably humorous rant at Doug Ross. A quote (and image on right):
Related: Labour is like our Dems: their perennial strategy is to make as many as possible dependent on the government. That way, they hope to have jobs and power forever. Via TimesOnline:
White House admits not telling truth about health care scheme
Something happenin' here...CBS compares Iran to Kent State. You could, if you ignore the realities.
"Ma'am and "Sir." Blue Crab. I was raised to use those words.
Call me old-fashioned. I thought golf was for gentlemen.
More on those health care polls. Powerline
Taliban doesn't want boys to learn to read either. It's like a glimpse into Europe, c. 600 AD
What is it about Liberals and the military?
Ignorance or perfidy? The NYT's reporting on the DNA case
Steyn comments on The State Despotic
Her name was Neda
Good hoax. I love stuff like that.
Widow of murdered fly seeks White House apology
Surber via Insty:
Unbelievable: Barney Frank calls on Fannie and Freddie to relax lending standards. What, again?
Oregon has the California Disease: Driving business away with zillions of tax hikes
We said we would not make fun of Michelle O's garden, but this is ridiculous. Didn't they just plant the seeds a few weeks ago? I want to know what magic fertilizer they use. Potemkin garden? Or is this a loaves and fishes deal?
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You're better off NOT making fun of the garden. Gardens are good, and they didn't do anything wrong. As one commenter on the site mentioned, ground was broken 89 days ago. Assuming 5 days to till, fertilize, and plant the garden, that was still 84 growing days.
The average length of maturity of all the plants in question is anywhere from 54 -70 days.
Given that Washington is a Zone 7 region, the growing season starts early and ends late. In addition, we have had massive amounts of rain, puntuated with some good days of sun. Even on days of rain, the sun has poked through occasionally...
All told, it's fair to say there's nothing magical about the garden. But they have had some good luck with weather.
What I'd like to know is why do we only have pictures of Michelle breaking soil and harvesting? And honestly, how much time did she spend doing either, given that it's primarily a photo op?
The garden is probably helped by the amount of fertilizer emanating from the White House.
You might be right. Not sure. Seems like just yesterday they did it. Time flies.
Doesn't really matter anyway.
Actually Rick, I too have questions @ the "garden".
Yes, we've had rain (interestingly enough, the Dulles WS has us at almost 3x average while NOAA says "barely over"), and it's made it tough.
My long leaf & ground plants (lettuce, squash, melons) are beyond pathetic, and I've had to dig up a few already. Pumpkins will be non existant this year (60 degree days & 20+" of rain will do that).
OTOH, beans, peas, & peppers are fantastic - maybe the best in the nearly 3 decades I've been growing them.
PS - tomatoes? My favorite yellows look like golf balls. Ouch.
Senator Barbara Boxer's 'hissy' about being addressed as Ma'am by the General with whom she was talking is indicative of her unjustifiable sense of entitlement. Apparently, she doesn't feel that 'Ma'am' conveys enough of the Special Wonderfulness of her attainments in life. I would like to ask Ms. Boxer if she feels that she is more elevated in the respect of the world than the Queen of England who, when addressed by her subjects, is perfectly content to be called 'Ma'am' during conversations, after her initial address by said subjects as 'Your Majesty.'
How about that, Barb? You don't mind if I call you Barb, do you? We'll eventually address you as 'former Senator.'
I think it shows ignorance on Babs' part to upbraid the General for calling her ma'am. It is instilled in all military personnel, down to their kids, to use 'sir' and 'ma'am' or die. It is the military's form of respect. Those senators embarrass themselves every time they sit above the military men.
I was teased when my father's last post was in New York. I could not speak without the proper address, and to this day still use it. My kids used it until they were made such fun of they quit. They do, however, use it with adults in the proper setting.
What a stupid, egotistical,sniveling little bitch, embarrassing herself and all the Military . The gentle lady thing to do,
'Ma'am'.. was to slip him a note making the request.
Hopefully this piece of film will dog her for the rest of her days.
The thing that kills me is her gall in claiming she had worked hard to achieve that position.
I'm fairly certain, that of the two individuals involved, only one had ever worked hard for their position--or for that matter risked their life!
Any military member down to the newest Ricky Recruit could have answered any of the Generals questions with "Yessir," or "Nosir."
So, I would argue that if that's good enough for a man with a real job, a politician should count her lucky stars to get that much respect from a man of his actual achievement.
I want Babs' to address me as Sir Constituent. Doesn't she know that I am a Knight.
Damn good my friend. Doesn't she know who she works for?
I just watched the "Neda" video link. I wept. Her father's cries will haunt me for a long time. I know tyranical governments have destroyed a lot of lives in this world, but her's seems particulary poingnant.
Everyone needs to know what is happening in Iran.
I enjoy your blog and especially appreciate your insight into healthcare reform (I'm in the healthcare trenches too).
Here's an idea that just came to me while reading the WSJ article on Oregon's tax increases in part to fund a 21% increase in government spending over two years.
You should have to acquire economic malpractice insurance from the private sector to hold office. If you screw up, the premiums will drive you out office if the voters are too stupid to figure it out.
That would fix this idiocy once and for all. (Yes, I realize it's probably not Constitutional, but what is these days?)
I have never found a single government program that created wealth. Resdistribute wealth? Yes. Tell me again why do people want more government? So that more people can fight over a shrinking economic pie and suffer lower standards of living?
Retread ... What could Mrs. Obama do with a few loaves and fishes? Probably not much, because she appears to hate giving anything away.