Saturday, December 29, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Another year, another Christmas. They seem to come quicker as we get older!
By writing about several subjects over the years, I have received hits from around the world. There aren't many key words that go into Google that won't send people my way. If I had to name the blog that gets the most hits, it would have to be the one I did in November, 2008 about kids growing up too fast. Number two would probably be the one about Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho in 1959.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new law requires employers to offer insurance that includes contraception coverage or risk fines. The government says the contraception mandate benefits women and their role in society. There are similar lawsuits pending across the country.
Finally, a well dressed shopper in an Alaska Walmart!
(photo courtesy Ed Brown)
Saturday, December 08, 2012
I wonder if I can still get tickets to that Little Caesar’s Bowl. I have always wanted to see Central Michigan (6-6) play Western Kentucky (7-5) on the day after Christmas in a garden spot like Detroit in winter. Let’s see; where did I put my .38?
Sunday, December 02, 2012
At the same time, Republicans have put forth plans to tackle the biggest driver of our debt—entitlements—and even had a presidential ticket that ran on those reforms. The House of Representatives has passed some version of these plans and Speaker John Boehner has adopted a Mitt Romney idea to eliminate certain deductions in order to raise revenue to pay down our debt. Raising taxes, however—on anyone—is not an option, they say. Unless one side caves, we’re slated to dive off the so-called "cliff" in December.
Let Democrats bring a bill to increase spending on what Obama calls a second stimulus, raise taxes on high earners (including many small businesses) without doing a thing to fix Medicare and Social Security for current and future generations. Republicans can take a page of Obama’s playbook and vote present as he did when he was a senator. When the nation falls off the fiscal cliff, he can own it.
The tax increases that happen will be the Obama tax increases. When spending spikes, it can be the Obama tax and spend plan. And if we slide into recession with 9% unemployment and millions more out of work, as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts will happen, it will be the Obama recession. In other words, it's time for the right to call Obama's bluff. Is he so hard headed as to risk his legacy because of his bloated ego?
If a majority of the country elected Obama to four more years in the White House, then let them have it their way without GOP support. Perhaps our nation needs to dive off the cliff in order to realize how dire our debt problem really is. Then maybe they'll support real change.
Portions of the above courtesy of Andrea Tantaros
Friday, November 23, 2012
If you like country, how about Billy Ray Cyrus and his one and only hit from 1992, “Achy Breaky Heart.”
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Sunset in Scottsdale
The Westworld American flag tent. I loved it; a lot of
Scottsdale made the right decision by not approving
Yes, Scottsdale is wonderful but some of us are spoiled with our great lifestyle. Maybe we need to stop a moment and smell our Starbuck's coffee.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Frank Robinson was baseball's first black manager
after his playing days. Like most managers, he was fired.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The last U.S. president to attempt transformative social change on the scale attempted by President Barack Obama was Lyndon B. Johnson, who in 1964 launched his Great Society.
Times were different then. At the end of Johnson’s term, the national debt stood at just $353 billion, representing an annual growth rate during the five-plus years of Johnson’s presidency of just over 3 percent.The nation’s debts then were under control.
Fair or not, the debt monster since then has grown unimaginably, forcing its harsh reality into every new discussion about federal spending.
Not counting long-term unfunded liabilities tied to Social Security and to many of those Johnson-era programs, the nation is more than $16 trillion in real-time debt, one of the greatest financial-debt burdens in modern history.
Our belief that Republican Mitt Romney should be elected the 45th president of the United States is anchored in that tough reality. We believe the nation’s best opportunity to escape the compounding woes of spiraling debt and economic stagnation lies with a president who believes in the free market’s capacity to heal its own wounds.
That leader is Romney. The nation’s economy now is in desperate need of the kind of jobs-creating animal spirits that President Romney would encourage.
The economy indisputably will benefit, perhaps significantly, from a flatter, fairer system of taxation along the lines proposed by Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.
It will benefit, too, from a regulatory environment that does not smother small businesses with punitive, anticompetitive, hoop-jumping requirements that favor their bigger competitors. We expect a Romney administration to foster that kind of growth oriented, business-friendly environment.
But, more to the point, we expect better job growth in a Romney economy mostly because Mitt Romney does not fear or dislike a free-wheeling, growing, free-market economy.
We cannot say the same of President Obama.
In our judgment, the economy will not fully revive under Obama. Certainly not to the degree it would thrive if Washington, D.C., would only get past its current “Dodd-Frank” frame of mind, its free-market- fearing sense that the terrible times will come crashing back if Washington lets those scalawags of the private sector loose again.
The president’s proposals for a second administration project scant hope that the economy will do much more than stumble forward at the current, anemic, sub-2 percent rate of growth. The 23 million Americans either unemployed, scraping by in part-time, lowpaid jobs or not looking for work anymore need to see a commitment to revival. And, simply put, Obama isn’t offering them much. Not in his vision of the future as illustrated in debates thus far. And certainly not in the record of his first term as president.
The reason Obama’s infamous “You didn’t build that” comment on July 13 in Roanoke, Va., resonated among his political opponents wasn’t because it revealed some great secret.
It resonated because it validated a suspicion that the president has done little to dismiss. He has consolidated federal power and reach in health care, banking, the auto industry and energy production. He has fostered the view that all good economic things flow from Washington.
Obama’s very first proposal to revive the economy — initiated in February 2009 when the economy was shedding more than 600,000 jobs a month — in fact was highlighted in large part by his plans for government-centric health-care reform. That, remember, was when we learned how crises were too valuable to waste.
Mitt Romney, certainly, would not a perfect president make. But he is far, far removed from the grotesque caricature of the heartless plutocrat created by the Obama campaign and its allies.
Democrats from Bill Clinton to Cory Booker defended Romney’s work at the muchmaligned Bain Capital for a reason: because it has been financial engines like Bain that have helped power the American economy.
America needs a return to that kind of economic power, that kind of jobs-creating energy.
The nation’s best chance for reviving those spirits lies with Mitt Romney.The Arizona Republic recommends Mitt Romney for president of the United States.
It looks like Benson, Valdez, and Montini aren't the only ones working for the Republic!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Candy, Barack, and Mitt. Who is squeezing
Thursday, October 11, 2012
There is no substitute for class and Ryan proved it.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Take it from a pro, you don't want
these at your local Bijou!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Mark Levin..."She's the new
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Vote Romney on November 6.
There is still time to turn this around and on November 6, you will have your opportunity to do it via a vote for Romney. Swallow your pride and realize that as Edward Klein wrote in his book, Obama is truly “The Amateur”.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Stones today: (L-R) Watts,
Richards, Jagger, Ron Wood
Monday, September 10, 2012
operatorFran Kubelik with Jack
As far as Shirley MacLaine, does anyone remember elevator operators? You had to be skillful to run the early ones. When the operator stopped them at a floor, they had to line up the floor of the elevator manually with the floor of the building. It took a bit of skill unlike modern elevators where they are automatically lined up.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Dammit, Biden! I said move the prompter over a
TRACE; not in front of my FACE!
On the last blog, we got into some car talk and the subject of “Woodies” came up, in particular Middy’s ’49 Ford wagon. At left is a photo of a ’49 Ford Woody probably a lot like Middy’s.
A '48 Ford Woody
How bout that shine!