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Tuesday, September 8. 2009
BD must be hankering for a real cup of coffee this morning after drinking those teeny Euro coffees. They bring it to you and you think "That's it?" And if you ask for a "cafe Americano" they react with disgust, and just add hot water and put it in a bigger cup.
Why women have sex: Surber. Sheesh. I thought it was because they were getting damp and crazed with desire for my magnificent body, my Apollonian face, my endless charm and wit, and my six-pack abs... and that it is a gentleman's duty to meet her overheated physical need.
Obama the Mortal. Krauthammer
Alinksy nods. Tiger
The Great Crittendino does economics.
How to avoid taxes: run for Congress
Cuba's free health care. Wizbang
People Power. A quote:
Related, from Powerline:
I got a kick out of Dr. Merc's post about Life on Other Worlds
It's always fun to catch up on Moonbattery when you have been away for four weeks or so.
A book: The Complete Therese of Lisieux.
The O and the Dems face a tough September.
Frugality is the new normal.
Hollywood goes nuts over Chavez. What is more greedy-Capitalist than Hollywood? Go figure.
"First we socialize all the lawyers": Am Digest.
Dr. Merc found this site. Cool. Here's another from them:
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Welcome back! Hope you had a great vacation. And you certainly picked a good time to take it. Wasn't much happening, news-wise, except for the Van Jones debacle.
By the way, you're certainly right about the tiny cups of coffee overseas. My parents were both big travelers and big coffee drinkers and that was one of their constant complaints. Americans just don't go for that 'demitasse' routine.
And isn't GraphJam a panic? A very clever idea and some very clever submissions. And the "Lol Celebs" area is a riot. You can imagine how the gang just shredded poor Britney and Madonna. Ripe material! Or, in Madonna's case. over-ripe.
Nice to have you back,
Re: Don Surber, why women have sex. Very simple. To discover God.
Do you guys really think we women are going to tell you why we reely have sex? Come, come now, fellows. If you gentlemen could honestly figure us out, half the fun of the chase would be gone.
You keep wondering ... and we'll keep not telling. That way it's fun for everyone.
Actually, I think the female sex drive is only slightly weaker than the male sex drive...maybe 10-15% lower, if numbers can be put on such things. But this slight difference is enough to hugely affect the relationship dynamics--in any negotiation, the person who wants something less desperately has a big advantage over the person who wants it more desperately.
Women probably evolved to have on average a slightly lower sex drive than men because it puts them in a stronger position for bargaining for food, protection, money, possessions, status, etc.
HotAir.com links to this American Spectator article, in which a White House source complains about the administration’s failure to heed warnings about the Van Jones scandal. The article ends with this amazing admission, which should make us all even more wary than we already were of vague legislation that no one seems to read or understand before it’s passed:
"The goal from this White House is to have as much nonspecific language passed by Congress in policy areas like health care and the environment and then use Sunstein's office to put in place the regulatory language called for by Congress that gets us to where we want to be. It may very well be the most important job in this administration, given the lack of success we may have on Capitol Hill," says a White House source.
These people are extremely dangerous. There is no limit to the willful deception that the leftist radicals in the Democratic party will use to force their socialist/Marxist agenda on America.
You decide what to call this complete disregard of the will of the people, unethical and immoral behavior. It is certainly vile, if not worse.
While I don't trust politicians in general, this a perfect example of why Obama, his entire administration and the Democratic leadership cannot be trusted at all. Their ulterior motives could not be worse.
This is not an honest debate about more than one way to achieve an agreed upon, common goal. This is about how do we rescue the Constitution from people who plan to use the weight of government to crush the citizenry to enthrone themselves in power.
There is a revolution going on in front of us. Will it get violent?
Because you probably not find this British MEdical Journal update about that huge Swine Flu "increase" in most of the MSM -
"Pandemic A/H1N1 virus is not a new subtype but the same subtype as seasonal H1N1 that has been circulating since 1977. Furthermore, a substantial portion of the population may have immunity."
Texan99... Isn't it wonderful when the opposition slips up and reveals what it's really up to? They want "as much non-specific language [in a law] passed by Congress" so that they can fill in the specifics on any question later and skew it as they wish. What a recipe for chicanery -- Big Time.
Re GraphJam: That's why each of my brothers has been married more than once. Great site, Doc!
To add to the Obama Culture, Oprah is now closing down two blocks of Michigan Avenue, Chicago's busiest shopping street, to film her season opener. Da Mayor says she will cover the cost of police, clean-up, etc., but what about the lost retail sales thanks to the closed streets while she sets up and the knee-deep crowds the-day-of? Not to mention the buses, cabs and cars redirected during those work/school days. Retail sales are already in the dumps and commuting is a pain. Lots of folks find this rather ego-centric, considering she could take her party to less congested locations.
From the Vatican News today:
Military Man to Organize Thérèse of Lisieux Tour
Reliquary Will Visit England and Wales
LONDON, SEPT. 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The bishops' conference of England and Wales has chosen a military officer to handle the logistics of an upcoming tour of the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
A press release from the conference announced today that the logistics of the Sept. 16 to Oct. 16 tour will be managed by former Green Beret Major David Baldwin, a Royal Marines Commando officer.
Baldwin, also a nuclear industry consultant, noted that in the Marines, one job he had to do was to plan the logistics for "taking the Commando Brigade out to Norway in the winter -- 5,000 men with associated equipment."
Now, he said, "I hope that my brain can get around the logistics of taking St. Thérèse's reliquary around many destinations in this country in a reasonably short space of time."
The relics will travel some 1,367 miles, to 28 venues around England and Wales, including various churches, four Carmelite convents, an Anglican cathedral, a university, a prison and a hospice for the dying.
Baldwin already recruited an Anglican funeral director, Adrian Forsey, to help transport the relics in a specially adapted hearse.
Forsey spontaneously volunteered to leave his business aside for a month so as to accompany the saint's reliquary on tour.
He was approached for advice by the major on transporting the revered cargo, which is encased in a wooden casket weighing some 219 pounds.
This prompted the funeral director to go online to research previous tours of St. Thérèse's relics, which motivated him to get more involved.
He stated, "I could see from the footage what people gained by paying pilgrimage to her and I just felt it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm very privileged to be involved in such a visit."
The relics have visited 42 countries thus far, and due to prior experience, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to view them in the coming tour, the press release noted.
The saint is coming to England from Guyana, through the Eurotunnel under the English Channel, and will go to Tunisia after the month-long tour ends.
Forsey continued: "I want to experience the whole occasion but I'm interested to observe other people's reactions and what they may gain in paying pilgrimage to the relics. I'm particularly pleased it's open to all denominations."
Baldwin encouraged the crowds to come for the tour, regardless of their background: "The invitation's very warmly extended to people of any faith or no faith -- whoever wants to be touched by St. Thérèse and ultimately touched by God."
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On the Net:
Information on relics tour: www.catholicrelics.co.uk