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We’re taking a break

1 Sep

office-closed-sizedWe’re on an extended break while we recharge our batteries.

3,500 posts is a lot and some time off is needed.
This stuff is starting to all sound the same.

We’ve done this a couple of times before and it’s necessary to keep one’s sanity.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit Grumpy Seniors for a different and humorous look at getting old.

Get your weiners here

21 Aug

carlos-danger-weiners-sizedAnthony Weiner is winning in the world of hot dog marketing.

The  wonderful combination of Anthony Weiner’s Twitter name and his sexting were just too good to pass up.

Coming to your supermarket freezer (maybe) some day – the hot dog called Carlos Danger Weiners.

Right now you can order them through their website.

In case you’ve been in a cave for the last couple of months, Carlos Danger was the Twitter handle for former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

Carlos was all over the place having sexual chats with women.

So, Weiner is now running for New York City mayor and all this stuff is coming out.

The price of the hot dogs range from roughly $80 for the “Super Tailgater Pack” (40 pounds of Carlos Danger), to $4 for a four-pack.

Expensive?

Yeah, but the dogs are about twice the size of  regular hot dogs.

Weiner should be proud.

Soundbites

21 Aug

Soundbites02-sized“You might be surprised to hear this, but I actually like it better this way.”
– Anthony Weiner on the very few reporters still covering his New York City mayoral race.

“This is like going from crazy to crazier. Threatening to shut down the government is like playing with fire. Threatening to default on our debt obligations is the economic equivalent of playing with nuclear weapons. For the cooler heads in the GOP, this has to be raising all sorts of alarm bells.”
– Democrat Representative Chris Van Hollen on using the debt limit to force the defunding of Obamacare.

“The Democratic Party, it’s not dead like some people think it is.”
– Democrat Senator Mark Pryor.

“As a woman, initially I was interested in Quinn. It became clear to me that, you know as a woman, you can’t just vote your vagina.”
– Actress Susan Sarandon endorsing Bill de Blasio over Christine Quinn in the New York mayoral race.

“There’s room for people who believe in bigger government in our party.”
– Republican Senator Rand Paul taking a swipe at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“It simply means I was invited to a wingding, and I think anything in Iowa makes a wingding out of a wingding, and that is all it is.”
– Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar saying no one should assume she’s interested in running for president because of a trip to Iowa.

Ending the night on a downer

19 Aug

Government-Surveillance-sizedA discussion around a restaurant table Saturday night.

Actually, less of a discussion and more a string of questions bounced about between some politically and militarily wired friends having an off-the-record dinner.

It started with “It’s time to ask ourselves some questions.”

We are “free citizens in a self-governing republic.”

When was the last time you thought of that?
Have you ever thought of it?

Now think of this:

Are we really free citizens in a self-governing republic any more?

Does the government answer to the people?

Has it ever?

If the answer is no then we not a republic.

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There are no priorities

14 Aug

Mitch-McConnell02-sizedWe were sitting here wondering why the 2016 Presidential Election campaign seems to be starting now.

Good grief, it’s three years away.

But instead of traveling down that road this morning, we decided this was even crazier.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that while he does not like the President Obama’s health care law, shutting down the government over funding it “will not stop” it from existing.

Fair enough and probably true.

Then came this: “The political dangers of a government shutdown showdown are very real for Republicans.”

We damn near spit our coffee out our nose.

What about the dangers for Americans?

The people who depend on government services, or work for the federal government or get social security or disability checks?

The kids that won’t eat without food stamps or the family losing their home without unemployment insurance?

No, to him the danger is how people might blame the Republicans for those missing checks and hungry kids.

We blame them for even thinking this way.

Soundbites

14 Aug

Soundbites-02-sized“I have no insight into campaign 2016. I’m struggling right here with 2013.”
– Anthony Weiner backtracking from suggestions he knew something about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign plans.

“That you did. That’s true.”
– New York City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer in response to Eliot Spitzer saying he “got my hands dirty” as attorney general and governor.

“It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope — and I say this seriously — I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”
– Democrat Senator Harry Reid on GOP obstruction of President Obama’s agenda.

“If I insulted anybody, it could have only been drug smugglers, just the drug smugglers, and I probably didn’t do an adequate job of insulting drug smugglers, but the people who want to disparage what I said and what they’re really doing is defending drug smugglers.”
– Republican Representative Steve King continuing to stick by his controversial remarks on the children of undocumented workers.

“I’m not naming any names, but one senator got up from a Southern state and said, ‘Well, you’ve got to understand that to my people down here, Obama seems like’ — he thought for a second and he said — ‘like he’s exotic.'”
– Democrat Senator Tom Harkin describing how one senator suggested his constituents still couldn’t identify with President Obama.

Checking the budget talks

13 Aug

republican-party03-sizedFirst, there are none.

When we last left the House Republicans, they were balking at bipartisan immigration reform while laboring to cut domestic spending to Neanderthal levels, not merely the Eisenhower-era levels of the sequester.

Now, the word is the House GOP has ascended to an even loftier altitude of nuttiness – an insistence that any bill keeping the government open past September 30th include a provision to defund Obamacare.

That, of course, will cause the Senate to reject it and (failing that) Obama to veto it.

This could, in turn, trigger a government shutdown, the blame for which would land squarely on the GOP.

Even Republicans known for their uncompromising, lunatic brand of conservatism have pronounced this approach idiotic.

And yet, House Speak John Boehner is said to be seriously entertaining this stratagem, having recently received a letter from 60 House Republicans urging it on him.

All of which brings us back to a perennial question: What’s the deal with House Republicans?

Despite every indication that they’ve simply lost their marbles, the question isn’t so easy to answer.

In fact, there are three distinct possibilities: That they’re genuinely crazy; they’re rational, but with perverse incentives; or that they’re just a little slow.

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