Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Arlen Spector has been the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania for almost 30 years. He, for the most part, has been a good Senator for the state and the nation. But, he's something of a loose cannon, our Arlen. He commits atrocities the Republicans condemn outright--he votes his conscience. He did that when he and the two senators from Maine (Susan Collins and the divinely-named Olympia Snowe) voted for the stimulus package back in February. The die-hard Republicans were frothing-mad.
Arlen didn't win points from the ultra-conservative side of the party for this move, and mostly the only people left in the Republican party are ultra-conservatives. Lots of moderate Republicans switched parties during the last election and that just left the dregs. So, who will vote for Arlen come the next primary election? In Pennsylvania, you can only vote for the candidate in your declared party, and another conservative Republican, Pat Toomey, has come forward to run against Arlen. Pat Toomey probably can't win the general election (because Pennsylvania is too moderate to allow that), but he would happily act as spoiler to Arlen's chances of winning.
So Arlen decided to take matters into his own hands. With a wave of the magic wand, presto, chango, he declared himself a Democrat and Pat Toomey can go pound sand. Arlen will still vote his conscience and that won't necessarily guarantee the Democrats his vote on every issue. But, in the long run, wouldn't you really have a true maverick than another yes-man in the Senate?
I say, go for it, Arlen.
He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day
Friday, April 24, 2009
What lovely, delicate things Mother Nature gives us. Today is so beautiful, it almost takes your breath away. Everything straining to burst and bloom, from the tiniest flowers like these to the tallest trees. I almost stepped on these little beauties until I looked down and there they were scattered across the ground like the smallest of petals. Just so happy to smile at the sun.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I'm really glad I didn't miss John Boehner on George Stephanopoulos's This Week show yesterday morning. If I had I wouldn't know to what we owe all the global warming that is ruining our Earth. George spent quite a bit of air time trying to get a straight answer out of Boehner who seemed to maybe not quite understand the questions. But he gamely did his best. Here's Boehner's response to GS's query as to what the responsible way to curtail greenhouse gases is:
George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you've got more carbon dioxide. And so I think it's clear...
So. . .now we know whose fault it is:
Thanks, John, for clearing that up.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
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Now what will these crazies say? You know, these people are loony, but they are dangerous. I wonder how they can continue with their nonsense. They appeal to the lunatic fringe and yet they receive prime time attention. I hate the way Keith Obermann gives so much air time to them every night. In fact, I rarely watch his show any more because of it. I want to hear the news, I enjoy a bit of humor with it, but when these sleezy people get on national television and act like they are human and sane, I wonder how long it's going to take them to jump in with the polar bears.
Monday, April 6, 2009
You know the rest of that old saw..."is a dangerous thing." Quite true, in my case. I'm taking an on-line course in creating your own Web page just because I wanted to fool around with my blog and I wanted to understand the html code which looks like so much gibberish whenever I open it up. So, I'm on Lesson 4 of my course and I got the background in. Isn't it pretty? That's the good news. The bad news is that all the stuff in my right column got shifted waaaay down to the bottom of the page. I've been looking at the code, but I can't figure out what I did and why it's so far off. Back to the books.
UPDATE: 4-7-09: Fixed!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Kodak's new camera, just released today. What do you think?
Here's how they describe it.
"What you see is what you get" Viewfinder - Now you can take that photo at the exact moment you see that special scene. Don't try this while driving as objects may be closer than they appear.
Facial Recall Assistant - We have all been there...you are at a party, "I know her. Oh, geesh, she is coming this way...Hello, er, um..." How embarassing. Well, worry no more. This handy feature connects to a customizable "BFF file" connected to your Facebook page. Go to parties and reunions with confidence! Hello Marci, long time no see! Like my stylin' new specs?
Image Stabilizer - After a glass of wine or two, this feature will ensure that all of your photos are razor sharp, maybe even sharper than you remember. Our patented "I love you man Gyro Adjuster" was tested at numerous focus groups and it worked perfectly...I think.
Isn't the design captivating? Our engineers worked very hard to come up with a look that is hardly noticeable from regular eye glasses. Fashionistas everywhere will be clamoring for this accessory to wear at red-carpet events.
Okay, back to the features...
Selective Auto-Focus & Zoom - See something you like? Just look, focus, zoom & snap! This is a new feature so use it wisely. It might get you in trouble at the beach so practice at home first.
Wink and Shoot Shutter - Taking photos is now as easy as a winking! We use our patented eyeVu technology to activate only on a wink, not a blink. When you have a cold and are sneezing it is advised you not wear your KODAK eyeCamera 4.1 or you will get pictures of your feet (think about it).
Digital X-Ray Vision - No way? Yes way! In partnership with the Superman Corporation located in the Fortress of Solitude, we co-developed this amazing feature at a bargain price. But remember, even though you will be able to see through walls and closed doors you will not be able to walk through them.
Panoramic Mode - Achieved merely by employing classic Kodak ease-of-use and turning one's head 360- degrees The KODAK eyeCamera 4.1 is social media compatible so you will be able to stream your life 24x7! Easy photo uploads to Facebook, Flickr, KODAK Gallery, and Twitter are a snap. Now you can impress your friends with an endless stream of photos to accompany the running commentary of text updates you currently provide.But wait, there's more! The KODAK eyeCamera 4.1 comes with a ton of cool accessories too.
Super zoom. Oh baby! If standard zoom isn't enough we have the answer (comes with neck brace).
Lens lashes - Available in natural, bat, and flirt lengths
Baseball cap printer. For prints on the go. The cap's bill is the paper tray! Clever.
Dual lens steroscopic option lets you take photos in 3-D
Flash earrings. Genuine CZ (cubic zirconia) rechargeable flash with unmatched cut, clarity, color, and coruscation (look it up ;-) The team at Kodak is proud to announce yet another breakthrough product. We also want you do do one thing for us when someone looks at you while wearing the new KODAK eyeCamera 4.1. Be sure to click to enlarge the smile."