Friday, March 13, 2015

And Off The Rim He Slid


'night, sir.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Mistakes Were Made

Back in 2004 when NBC was replacing the retiring former journalist-turned-hack, Tom Brokaw, they decided to go with a congenital hack, Brian Williams.  Now they could have opted for John Seigenthaler but then they might have had a (the only) reputable news program and we couldn't have that now could we? Will the latest from Brian Williams von M√ľnchhausen be a tale too far? Not bloody likely.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Unforeseen Consequences

We have done numerous things over the years to reduce our carbon footprint (composting, bicycling to work, adding energy-efficiency to our home, etc.) but our latest move has resulted in a complication that we hadn't considered.

This year we purchased a *Fiskar's reel mower and the absence of both noise and air pollution is wonderful. We can mow at 5 am if we desire (which we most decidedly do not) because we wouldn't disturb a soul and it's good exercise though it does take a bit longer.

The real problem (for lack of a better term being retrieved from my brain) is that our Golden Retriever who was afraid of our gas-powered lawn mower and would stay as far away from it as possible -even remaining on the patio in the back yard while we would mow the front, is no longer afraid of the mower.

In fact, having the threat removed and being the velcro dog that he is, he not only follows us around while we mow but has developed an amazing capacity to plunk himself down precisely in the 18-inch wide swathe of lawn currently being mowed and, when asked to move, places himself precisely 18-inches further into the un-mowed portion of the lawn. So, we've been playing a marvelous game we call The Pick Up Your Ball and Move, Please Loop since the commencing the lawn-mowing season.

Surprisingly, I think he's going to give up first -as the last time I mowed he moved to the sidewalk after the 3rd iteration and remained there for the duration.

*You haven't tried a reel mower until you've tried this one. Great features include: wheels inset from the blades so you can get up very close to obstacles and edges, an amazingly generous reel height adjustment (up to 4 inches) and an ease of pushing that while not as effortless as a self-propelled mower it's exponentially easier than any reel mower I've ever tried.

Blowing Down the Road

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

B.S. of A Splinters?

Conservatives, aren't they cute? Now they want to form their own alternative to the Boy Scouts ... I'm thinking they could call it HAUs Scouts (Homophobes Are Us).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Justice Rectified

Justice may not be blind or doled out evenly, as Judge James Cawthon was also the magistrate who let McGee off ridiculously lightly for his DUI conviction, but at least there was some rectification in this case when Cawthon exceeded another slight wrap-on-the-wrist plea agreement entered into by Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. McGee has still gotten off too lightly but c'est la vie. Remind me to vote for Cawthon next time he's up for re-election.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mitt's Tax Sheltering

There are various speculations as to the reason(s) for MItt's refusal to release his prior tax returns - from perhaps legal (but morally reprehensible) tax evasion, to drawing attention to the whole Mormon thing he's successfully avoided thus far (since his cult church tithing will appear on his returns) to not only morally reprehensible but also illegal mechanisms for hiding income from taxation. I, however, would posit an additional possibility which still involves sheltering his income but from the MoMo Church rather than from the IRS.

We can quibble about whether or not church tithing should be allowed as a charitable contribution deduction  (not a chance in hell [or whatever planet bad mormons go to when the die] in my opinion) but is Mittens really contributing a full 10% or only 10% of that which he is reporting to the IRS? Or, perhaps regardless of how you calculate it - he's giving nowhere near 10%.  Perhaps Mitt isn't quite the good MoMo he's perceived to be - it's one thing to cheat the Feds (and consequently the American citizenry at large) but to cheat Joe (seriously, Joe Smith? how fuckin' creative), the cult church and all of those little white-shirted, black-tied proselytizers and their families ... quite another matter.

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