Monthly Archives: September 2011

HA HA HA Hate to Say I told You so . . .

Is Chris Christy getting into the mix since Republican teabaggers are not so happy about Rick Perry?  If Chris Christy gets in will Mike Huckabee get in?

It’s a race of chicken for them and Sarah Palin.  The one who hangs out to the very last will be the “Savior” of the country.  Who will drive that car to the end?  I don’t care because it’s gonna be Mittens the dog torturer anyway, but hey, the ride is fun, especially watching the media slobber over each in turn.  I’m looking at you Judy.

Rules to Live By

Don’t lie within an hour

I think they should shut the microphones off. These idiots don’t get that any more. They don’t get the opportunity to talk anymore in front of the microphone. They don’t anymore get the chance to address the American people.

Later:

They have no right to my microphone.

That’s the ridiculous Joe PagLIARulo, lying again.

Don’t begrudge people their little bit of government help.  I heard that someone I know is ready to walk away from her house and mortgage.  The same person who castigated me for not refinancing my mortgage before the housing crisis.   The person who told me about this also has a problem with people using the food stamp program.

I don’t know.

As we all get ready to meet with our future, perhaps some are more ready than others.

I find myself better prepared.    Any little thing could change it, but I’m ok.  It’s not because I make a lot of money or anything.  I prepared.

The road ahead of me is long and hard, but I know I have food in the freezer and I can plant more tomorrow.

 

Picture of the New Fence

I love my new fence.  As I said to David, the guy who built it, I just gave my neighbor a really nice fence, since the “pretty” side faces his yard.  For me, it’s sort of the opposite of what most want.  I like the “other” side facing my yard.  It is an enclosure that I can see and feel.  It gives me comfort and a sense of security and privacy.  I’m on the inside.  I like it.

First a before picture.  I’m sure I have more, but this one is at hand:

I’ve circled the fence as it was falling last weekend when we got some rain.  The fence was leaning after Ike and then Tropical Storm Lee blew it over more.  The rain was the last straw.

DB Fence took down what I was afraid to — it was a good thing.  The fence was very heavy and I understand it was difficult to do.

Here are some pictures of the process mid-stage and then the finished fence.

I’m very happy and it is a beautiful fence.  Working in the yard this morning, I can see my plan coming together.

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The New Fence is In!

It was a little too late to take pictures by the time the DB Fence guys left out of here tonight, but I will take some in the morning.

The new fence is GORGEOUS.  David took the time to pick pickets that are beautiful and none have holes or splits.  The 12″ base boards will insure that nothing will rot — at least not for a long time.

Neighbor came over and had a look.  He confirmed that I got a really good price for the great quality.  I knew that already.  The gate is perfect and I can lock it inside or out with a pad lock.  I have one that I’ll put on tomorrow.

Now that the fence is in, I will get busy with planting.  I’m a little worried that it will be too hot for some seedlings and then not so worried about others I will try.

This wasn’t an expense I had planned for.  I probably would have put it off for a long time had the fence not fallen down, but now that it’s done, it’s liberating.

Needless to say the pups are pooped after barking for hours yesterday and today.

Why Didn’t Perry Debate Bill White?

That should now be clear.

I don’t know why Perry’s people didn’t keep him out of the race until this spate of debates were over.  Seriously, why not let these debates pass and then become the savior candidate?   Was he worried about the Johnson guy from New Mexico?

Now, the death cheering, military booing crowd wants Chris Christy.  And what will that bring?  More of the same.  The usual suspects, Michael Berry, Chris Baker, Kevin Whited, and Cory whatshisname will poo poo Perry now, but just wait for them to defend him once this debate this is over and Perry can go out and stump on hay bales (very expensive now).

The dance these four do is more entertaining than anything they try to cook up about immigrants or businesses or their insider baseball on republican politics.

Wankers.

White Guy Fucks It up for All . . . Again

There’s quite the population on death row here in Texas, but it just takes one White Guy to take away something that all of the others before him, mostly not white, have had, at the least:  a last meal.

The man who, along with three others, dragged a man to his death, ordered a lot of food and then refused it just before he was put to death.  All of the other poor souls who have been executed — both guilty and not — have had the decency to ask for and then eat the last dinner they were served.  However, because one white man, and presumed McCain and Bush voter, decided to make a point, every  other person in his position in the future will not have the thing he decided would piss people off.  And it did.

A simple solution to this would be life sentences.  The solution taken was mass punishment all because of a spiteful petty white guy.

Way to go White Guys.  You’ve made everything so great for all of us.

It Rained!!!!!

We got a little over an inch.  And even though the city thinks my property has a lot of runoff, I know it doesn’t.

I refrained from dancing in the rain and getting drunk and sitting in a lawn chair in it.

The wheelbarrow was full of water.

I was hoping — still am — for a little more.  We’ll see.

Keep It Focused on Policy

It’s a well worn refrain with Republicans these days, these days since President Obama was elected.

Why is it then that that this focus always falls on African-Americans?  It is the excuse given by all of talk radio from Limbaugh on down to the morning Joes we have here in Houston.  Dick Cheney took particular aim at two people in his book — the only two African-Americans in Bush’s cabinet.

Draw your own conclusions.  I’ve drawn mine.

I’m Relieved that 9/11 Falls on a Sunday This 10th Anniversary

Yes, like almost all Americans and most people on the planet with televisions on 9/11/2001, I remember where I was and what I was doing and what happened on that day.

I remember hearing about it on the radio (NPR) and then turning on the television (I never watch it in the morning) just in time to see the second plane hit.

I went on to work.  We went on with classes.  After every class, I ran back to my office to check what was on the internet.  I saw one tower collapse.  I was horrified.

We later heard a rumor that all of our Saudi students stood up and left class.  That didn’t happen and to this day, I shun the woman who spread it.  She caused me more trouble over the years, though not so much these days, but I have despised her from that time like no other person, save for Dick Cheney.

I’m glad this anniversary is on a Sunday.

I’m also glad that Dick Cheney was unable to turn the day into some jingoistic holiday parade day, as he tried to do.

I am grateful that this administration has embraced what those directly affected by the events of that day did and have done instead:  make this a day of service.

I resent and loathe those who use what happened on that day to browbeat others into doing what was clearly a mistake with catastrophic results.  That Dick Cheney still walks this earth while little girls in Iraq, humanitarians, decent human beings have been blown to smithereens, shot dead by our troops and forced from their homes, reassures me that there is no GOD.  What happened with my government in the 7 1/2 years after 9/11, the cost in lives, in families, in economics, in political will, is just devastating.

(As a side note — Cindy Lauper seems to have  just fucked up the National Anthem — wingnuts will go nuts.)

I remember how people who were only tangentially affected by what happened (they were Americans) browbeat those of us directly affected (I know someone who worked in the towers, the new visa system affected my job detrimentally).  They are the same ones cheering on Cheney with his book tour and still telling anyone who will listen that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a good thing.

All I can ask is, at what cost?  Stronger leaders in the Middle East have been toppled at a bargain to the West.  No lives lost.

That’s what I mean by bargain.

So many lives lost and wasted.  So much money spent.  So much energy wasted.  So many people still convinced that invading Iraq was right.

No.  It was just what I feared:  a way for W to get that gun of Saddam’s and show his daddy something.  That’s it.  That’s all Iraq was about.

Sorry, so sorry to all of the men and women who had no choice but to follow orders.   Almost all served with honor.  Some did not.  Some should never have served.  With some we just exported our problems.  Some would have killed Americans, had they not been in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Some did kill Americans anyway (remember Pat Tillman).  If all military personnel were honorable, we would not have military police or a military justice system.

Again, I’m glad this 10th anniversary fell on a Sunday — only a Saturday could have been better.

The fall out from Bush is still with us.  It’s the sticky shit on my plants, the fires that are burning, the haze in the air, the lives still being lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, the debt that is used as an excuse to drowned our president, the anxiety felt in every part of our economy.

Thanks W.  You fucked shit up just right.  That you can bring yourself to participate in any 9/11 ceremony just shows that it was all about you and your daddy.  What excuse Dick Cheney has, I don’t know.  Perhaps he is just a son of a bitch.

Typical Rick Perry

Given what Jim DeMint* signaled yesterday on This Week about the topics he wanted to pursue with Rick Perry tonight at DeMint’s “Forum,” is it any surprise that Perry is all of the sudden interested in the wildfires in Texas?  For us long suffering Texans, his decision to skip DeMint’s “Forum” is just par for the course.

And with this Perry decision, doesn’t that change the light on the whole dispute over the timing of the president’s address to Congress?  Here’s The Chronicle last week when it all got started:

President Barack Obama will make his long-awaited speech about jobs  Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress at the same time that the Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California.

While the debate isn’t the first Republican debate of the cycle, it is the first since Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential contest, and polls have shown him taking a commanding lead in the race for the GOP nomination. Political observers have said that the debate could provide crucial insights into how Mitt Romney’s and Michelle Bachmann’s campaigns plan to deal with Perry’s surging candidacy.

Rush Limbaugh spent the whole day last Wednesday telling John Boehner to refuse the president’s request because this debate was important, especially since it would be the first since Perry, as the new front-runner had gotten into the race.  And that’s exactly what Boehner did.  And the White House said, ok, we’ll do it on Thursday.

Well now.  Perry is up to his old tricks.  Does anyone really think that Perry will show up in California on Wednesday?  Will the wildfires be under control by then?  (The state has been burning all this spring and summer, and Perry made a big stink about a disaster declaration in May.)

I predict that the GOP debate on Wednesday will just be the same old boring candidates that have participated in the previous debates, and they will say the same old things.  The only news will be if one of the candidates slips up and lets out the n-word.

I also predict that all of the usual suspects will be making excuses for Perry about why he skipped DeMint’s “Forum” and the debate.  They just are that predictable.

*The despicable DeMint:  “Frankly I am so tired of his speeches, it’s going to be hard for me to watch.”