Thursday, April 28, 2011

Great Song and Video - Listen!

Song Line of the Day

"You're so cute when you're slurring your speech.  They're closing the bar and they want us to leave."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


How do I get Trump's face off of my blog???  What a phony --- Donald Chump.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New York - Government Instrusion at it's Worst!

From the New York Daily News:

State bureaucrats have identified a potentially deadly hazard facing our children this summer – freeze tag.
That’s right, officials have decided the age-old street game – along with Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball – poses a “significant risk of injury.”

And classics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps.

“It looks like Albany bureaucrats are looking for kids to just sit in a corner in a house all day and not be outside,” said state Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-St. Lawrence County).

Monday, April 18, 2011

I see nothing wrong with the President of the United States playing a round of golf on a Sunday afternoon,  I wish the Right Wing media would just lay off.  We have far more pressing issues on which to focus --- like the budget.

Obama Heads Out For Some Sports

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2011, 3:11 pm

This is the Washington, DC forecast for Sunday afternoon.

Plentiful sunshine. High 64F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.

And this is the forecast for President Obama this afternoon:


He’s got the usual crew in tow, including Energy Department staffer David Katz and White House trip director Marvin Nicholson. Marvin’s brother Walter also got an invite.

This is Obama’s 64th time out on the links as president. The 2011 season is off to blistering pace. It’s his third time out in the last three weeks and his sixth time out this year – and it’s not even May.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Should the Drinking Age Be 18? I Think So.

Budget Battle

Just two months ago, Obama introduced a $3.73 trillion budget that did nothing to address America’s long-term fiscal problems and added $1.6 trillion in debt (an amount roughly equal to Bill Clinton’s annual budgets). It was a great and glorious punt, a rhetorical can-kicking of historic proportions. But now the president throws his budget away, concedes the scope of our fiscal wound, and then proposes applying a quack’s poultice to heal it.

Entitlements, he admits, are gobbling up the budget; they must be “on the table.” But even as he puts the plates on the table with one hand, he removes them with the other, insisting his cooks can save the meal with price controls and rationing.

And if that doesn’t work, twelve years and three presidential terms from now, a series of fictional “failsafes” will kick in and some magical commission will genie-blink even more fictional cuts.
Obama prefers this to the Republican approach, which would introduce market forces into health care in order to save a calcified system from collapsing under the weight of state controls. Indeed, he couldn’t even acknowledge that this is the intent of the Republican plan, preferring instead to recycle ancient barbs and insults about conservative cruelty and class warfare.

In a speech billed as being full of specifics, it had precious few save the president’s passionate desire to raise taxes on “the wealthy.” Rhetorically, Obama defines the “rich” as millionaires like himself or billionaires like Warren Buffet. But in reality he sets his sights considerably lower: households (and small businesses) that make more than $250,000 a year.

As for shared sacrifice, it is hard to find any in his proposal. Six out of ten U.S. households receive more from the government than they pay in taxes. If “shared sacrifice” is the standing order of the day, where is theirs? The president suggests that repealing Bush’s tax cuts will save the day. But the vast bulk of those cuts go to people making less than $250,000 a year. The president wants to keep those cuts as his idea while talking about shared sacrifice. Meanwhile, as the Wall Street Journal notes, if you taxed everyone who makes over $100,000 at a rate of 100 percent, you still wouldn’t raise enough to balance president Obama’s budget, never mind pay off any debt.

The only good news to come from all of this is that the battle is now joined. The president has staked his banner in the soil of reactionary liberalism. Good. By setting his fortifications so far to the left of the middle ground, he gives the forces of reform room to advance far.

The rank and file are ready for battle, with the tea parties at the forefront. The only question is whether the GOP’s generals have the stomach for the fight. And that question raises as much dread as hope.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fact Checking Obama's Speech

The president went too far in his critique of the House Republicans' deficit-reduction plan.
April 15, 2011


President Barack Obama misrepresented the House Republicans’ budget plan at times and exaggerated its impact on U.S. residents during an April 13 speech on deficit reduction.
  • Obama claimed the Republicans’ "Path to Prosperity" plan would cause "up to 50 million Americans … to lose their health insurance.” But that worst-case figure is based in part on speculation and assumptions.
  • He said the GOP plan would replace Medicare with "a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry." That’s an exaggeration. Nothing would change for those 55 and older. Those younger would get federal subsidies to buy private insurance from a Medicare exchange set up by the government.
  • He said "poor children," "children with autism" and "kids with disabilities" would be left "to fend for themselves." That, too, is an exaggeration. The GOP says states would have "freedom and flexibility to tailor a Medicaid program that fits the needs of their unique populations." It doesn’t bar states from covering those children.
  • He repeated a deceptive talking point that the new health care law will reduce the deficit by $1 trillion. That’s the Democrats’ own estimate over a 20-year period. The Congressional Budget Office pegged the deficit savings at $210 billion over 10 years and warned that estimates beyond a decade are "more and more uncertain."
  • He falsely claimed that making the Bush tax cuts permanent would give away "$1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire." That figure — which is actually $807 billion over 10 years — refers to tax cuts for individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000, not just millionaires and billionaires.
  • He said the tax burden on the wealthy is the lowest it has been in 50 years. But the most recent nonpartisan congressional analysis showed that the average federal tax rate for high-income taxpayers was lower in 1986.

From Investors Business Daily

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Budget Deal

From CNN:  

“Like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them,” Obama said before cameras in the White House Blue Room as he acknowledged some of the cuts agreed to would be painful, with certain programs cut back and other projects encountering delays. “But beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that will help America compete for new jobs,”

We have a $1.65 TRILLION annual deficit and he is lecturing us on living within our means.   Such arrogance.  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Congratulations to BC's Brian Gibbons

Penguins Sign Forward Brian Gibbons

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 4:00 PM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free agent forward Brian Gibbons to a two-year entry level contract, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Gibbons, who attended the Penguins development camp in 2010, just completed his fourth season of collegiate hockey with Boston College. He finished his senior campaign with 18 goals and 51 points in 39 games. Gibbons, an Eagles assistant captain, was named All-Hockey East second team and Hockey East All-Tournament Team.

Gibbons (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) has twice won the NCAA Division I ice hockey title during his Boston College career (2008, 2010). The Braintree, Massachusetts native played 160 career games with the Eagles, posting 56 goals, 108 assists and 160 points.

Reminder to the Boston College Young Alums 2001-2011

DBS and Parking Reduced for Young Alumni

The success of BC Athletics would not be possible without the financial support of dedicated fans, especially that of young alumni. In an effort to thank and engage young alumni Superfans, the Flynn Fund is offering a special promotion to Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD).

For the first time, the price of tailgate and parking spots, as well as donor-based seating, will be cut in half for the Classes of 2001-2011. To take advantage of this exciting offer for the 2011-2012 sports season, young alumni must sign up prior to May 31.