Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Magic

Rediscovering Our Greatness
So I'm sitting here doing the  Best exotic marigold hotel post and I keep hearing noises.  Then I hear muffled voices.  I figure I left the iPad running some movie.  Then I hear scraping on the porch.  (I have 20-200 hearing)

The snow weighed about 60 pounds a shovel full, and wore me out after a few hours  I was only able to get less than half the driveway done, and none of the sidewalks  when I remembered I had to check something inside.  I came in and did some deep contemplating for about 3 hours. By then it was snowing again. Screw it. I'll finish tomorrow.

I opened the door,  and this! 


The sight of black driveway, and cleared sidewalks! did not compute.  
"What are you doing?"
"We're shoveling your driveway."
"But, why?"
Because we wanted to."

Seconds of flummoxed silence
"I'll pay you"
"You don't have to."
"I want to."

Went in, got some money and gave it to him

"Is that your brother?"

"No, he's my friend," and he ran over to give him his cut.

I am still flummoxed. 
It's stuff I would have done as a kid.  Just overcome by this act of kindness.  By neighborhood yoots.  It's why we win.  USA UAS USA. 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

   At The Cinema                           

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  

Watched a very engaging movie this morning:  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel   

Quite charming, actually.  Typical British humor, tho, so you have to pay attention because you don't get any overt clues to a laugh line, and you'll miss some good ones if you're distracted.  Much of the best humor comes through sarcasm, as it often does, but considering the stage and film experience of the cast, that sort of clipped, sophisticated snark fits perfectly.  Maggie Smith is, of course, a past master at that sort of thing and demonstrates the best metamorphosis of the lot, all of whom undergo transformations of some sort.  The kid who plays the manager is perfect.

Dozens of standard cliches and stereotypes are dealt with very matter-of-factly and almost slip by unnoticed.  And since I watched it on my iMac with the big screen, the realism was in-my-face stark.  Stark snark.

I'm sure this type of bildungsroman for the aged has been done before, and they're all bittersweet and tender, I imagine.  This one strides boldly up and just gob-smacks self-pity and maudlin sentiment and all that stuff right in the kisser.

If you can download it or borrow it on disc, give it a look when you have some time and some soft snacks.  Not crunchy stuff, tho, 'cause it'll cause you to miss some of those classic lines and you'd have to go back and watch it again to pick up on 'em.  Don't think I'd want to watch it again until it's grown dim in my memory.  [Metzger]

I will be watching this later ...

(If you hate it, blame Metzger)

Comme ci, comme ca

Hoes in the Outfield

From the February 13, 2014 13:43:55 GMT edition of the Drudge Report.


Manuel Martinez who fled Cuba, now speaks ...

Trust Me, Please
You haven't seen anything this inspiring all week. 


The best, smartest television series ever made.  Best written.  Best everything.  And what?  We get just three a year.   I've tried three times to get through EP 1 of DOWNTON  (Series 4). Yawn.  It's no longer the best series ever.  Just saying.

Ground Camel

Catch O' The Day

Ground Camel @ Wagshal's, $11.99 lb -- Tom Mann 

Beans beans, the musical fruit


Tres Bueno Gusto!

Two, three times a month people ask me, "Hey Rodge- are you still doing the Meal in a Can thing? Indeed I am.

Yesterday I grabbed a can of red kidney beans, or so I thought, but instead had GOYA Coloradas Guisadas (Stewed Red Beans), accidentally purchased.  The best beans I ever ate in my life, canned or no.  Or, I was just in the mood for that taste.  Anyway, I wanted to do that again for lunch, but I don't have any more.  If not for two feet of snow on the ground,  I'd go buy 10 cans right now.  Instead I'll have to eat cereal.   I'm just saying.  Tres Bueno Gusto!

Dems ask IRS to crush opponents, "We already are!"

Just Precious

New Map

It's a little unfair that giant states with tiny populations get so much room for such few people. I mean, especially since states on the east coast are living on top of each other in cramped borders. So let's change that with a fun little thought exercise and a spin on how to look at the map of United States: what if we gave the biggest states by physical size to the states with the biggest population? New York would be the new California, Alaska is in New Jersey, Hawaii is part of the contiguous 48 and Texas stays Texas forever.
Here's what the map of the United States would look like if the population matched its physical size:

California is the new New York.  Does that count?

    Cuzzin Ricky

Barry in the Woods


...Australian TEA Party, via Metzger

Sno Lying

Can't find the extension cord
too bad

MoSup, from Florida, tells me via the land line that news there says we have 3-4 inches here. Looks more like 8" to me, but MoSup opined that I always did Never mind. It's at least 6".

I hand shoveled a path on the deck to put some bird suet out, so I can tell you that this is very heavy snow indeed.  Right now getting periodic light rain, which is good.  Unless a hard freeze sets in.  Then we're  in for another bout of 8 days without power I'm afraid. 

Don't care.

Jill's Shotgun

Joe Biden is Brilliant


Today's Democrat Filth

Police State        


On Tuesday, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) said his committee’s continuing investigation has found that the IRS also singled out established conservative tax-exempt groups for audits.

“We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s,” Mr. Camp said in a statement. “At Washington, DC’s direction, dozens of groups operating as 501(c)(4)s were flagged for IRS surveillance, including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites and any other publicly available information. Of these groups, 83% were right-leaning. And of the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% were right-leaning.”

The IRS has been under scrutiny since an inspector general’s report last May found that the agency had targeted conservative groups for lengthy and heavy-handed review of their applications to become tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c) 4 of the tax code. The controversy led to significant management shakeups at the IRS and generated a slew of congressional investigations, some of which are still going on.  [All of which will lead to zero prosecutions, no real sanctions, and business as usual for Obamunists]

Full Gateway Pundit

"House Democrats pushed back, saying Republicans were seeking to use the IRS controversy to score political points with their conservative base in an election year."

In the meanwhile, Eric Holder, the Obama regime's Police State equivalent of  Reinhard Heydrich or Felix Dzerzhinsky, is reportedly going to step down.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will step down this year, he said in an interview with the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin in the magazine’s Feb. 17 edition.
In a feature article, Mr. Holder said he plans on staying in his position “well into” the year.

Right.  You must excuse me for thinking that  “well into the year” means until the outcome of the November elections.  If enough conservative Republicans are elected to take control of the Senate, and replace Speaker Boner in the House, he's outta here before being impeached, removed, and prosecuted.  Elsewise he'll be open to changing his mind.