Friday, October 04, 2013

Many go fishing all their lives ... .

"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." - Henry David Thoreau

Oh-oh.  Something in my eye again ...
As I approach my twilight years, I am struck by the inevitability that the party must end. And one clear, cold morning after I'm gone, my spouse will awaken in the warmth of our bedroom and be struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore."
No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just 5 minutes more."

Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, or say "I love you."
So while we have it, its best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick.

This is true for marriage.....and old cars, and children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a son-in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.

Life is important, like people we know who are special. And so, we keep them close!
Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know how you really feel? The important thing is to let every one of your friends know your true feelings, even if you think they don't love you back.

So, just in case I'm gone tomorrow, please rest assured, I voted against that asshole, Obama, both times!

cuzzin ricky

Family Fun Fight is FUN

Oh My

The Coming Boner Cave

YALTA In Our Time
On Monday afternoon, about eight hours before the government shutdown began, House Speaker John Boehner was asked whether he would consider passing a "clean" continuing resolution -- that is, a measure to fund the government without attachments that defund, delay, or limit Obamacare. "Is the clean CR off the table?" asked a reporter. "Is that not going to happen?"

"That's not going to happen," said Boehner.

Fast forward to 1:15 a.m. Tuesday - Boehner and House GOP leaders walked to the microphones and held a news conference that lasted all of 73 seconds.

After Boehner's opening statement, a reporter asked, "Will you permit a vote on a clean CR?" Boehner's response, in its entirety: "We are hoping that the Senate will take our offer to go to conference and let us resolve our differences." Boehner said nothing about "not going to happen" or "don't see that happening." Instead, he sidestepped the "clean" resolution question entirely. [Full]

And this moves inexorably forward to its natural, predictable, and even scripted? outcome. Settled behind closed doors in a conference of Senate Democrats and copacetic House GOP.  Obamacare will officially be welded into our law book; never, ever, to be removed. Ever. This is the signature moment that sends us down the road to serfdom. 

You know what?  I'm at the ideal age.  Old enough that age will outstrip medicine's ability to prolong it anyway, but still spry enough to heft an M-1 if things perk-up in the next few years.

The GOLD choice

"For plan year 2014, Members of Congress and designated congressional staff will choose from 112 options in the Gold Metal tier on the DC SHOP," CAO said in a fact sheet that was emailed to Congress.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) called attention to this requirement in a House floor speech Thursday, in which he said the policy shows more favoritism toward members of Congress and their staff.

"We all … have to go and get the gold policy. Not the bronze, not the silver, the gold policy from the exchange. That's the only one we can get (and be subsidized)" he said.

"You see, bronze and silver's only good enough for everyone else in the country. For members of Congress and members of the Senate and their staff, it's gold or nothing."

Harris said allowing members to be subsidized for only buying gold-level coverage is probably why many members don't want to eliminate the subsidy for Congress, something Republicans have been pushing.

"That's why this fight has been for a clean CR. No one wants to remove that exemption," he said. [full]

Harris is the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation. 

picture via Metziger Hat Dance

When Garfield Talks ...

We Stand By It as a Theatrical Work


A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.
Well, there's a very simple answer.
Nobody bothered to check the oil.
We just didn't know we were getting low.
The reason for that is purely geographical.
Our OIL is located in:
Coastal Florida
Coastal Louisiana
Coastal Alabama
Coastal Mississippi
Coastal Texas
North Dakota
We are loaded with oil, so WTF?
located in the White House!
Didn't think So.   

Commander Ellis

Girls Poo?

\Run Afoul

Obama Mt. Rushmore Shut-down

Oh My