Monday, September 27, 2010


Turns out, Bob Dylan was right......the answer my friend, is blowing in the wind!


We need change....oh my GOD, do we need change.

I'm sick of politics. I can't believe what it has become.

The polarization of our society.

People with "christian" values advocating the abolition of the very tenents of Christianity.

We need change!

I'm not nye-eve enuff to believe that one party or the other will fix anything. It will take all of us to fix stuff. And the answers are hard. Politics is hard. Trying to decide what is best is hard.

But it's even harder when these people are posing for something I don't quite understand.

The Democrats have fucked up their chance by attempting to differentiate themselves by doing their important things first. They fucked it up so bad that people may even think that the Republicans were any better fiscally......oh, they were most certainly not.

The Republican Party has jumped right back into the fray by being just as stupid, in public.

Their new 'Pledge To America' is the platform upon which they hope to regain control of the House, and perhaps also the Senate, this fall.

Unfortunately, it's so deeply flawed as to be highly suspicious.

Don't forget, this is the same party that spent like drunken sailors under President Bush, ignoring the true needs of the economy and the American people in their rush to patronize their support groups and special interests.

Sure, the Democrats have done even worse since they took over in 2006, but that doesn't excuse earlier Republican failures.

The Pledge To America is short on substance and specifics, long on rhetoric and vagueness. A few examples: (with some thoughts thrown in for entertainment)

"An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down longstanding laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people." (Yep - this has been going on for decades, under both parties.)

"An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many." (Ditto.)

"Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose." (Neither political party has a clue about a 'sense of national purpose'. Both are all about how their party sees our national purpose.)

"With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America." (What took you so long? Given your past record of ignoring all these things, why should we trust you to honor them now?)

"We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored – particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." (This, from the party that gave us the Patriot Act, which rode roughshod over the Constitution? And that's just one example. Given that neither party has made a single move to repeal such unconstitutional legislation, why do I have a problem believing this blather?)

"We pledge to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity." (Great rhetoric, but no specifics whatsoever. These are empty words. Give me specifics!)

"We pledge to uphold the purpose and promise of a better America, knowing that to whom much is given, much is expected and that the blessings of our liberty buoy the hopes of mankind." (Ditto. Shakespeare would classify this as 'full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'.)

I could go on for pages in similar vein, but I'll spare you. Basically, the Pledge To America is a feel-good document that's long on promises, short on specifics, and clearly impossible to implement so their promises amount to little more than a public relations exercise.

Plus you'll notice that they didn't say a word about all the obstructionist policies they've put into place. It's OK if the country shuts down as long as we make the Democrats look like idiots......I AM SO SICK OF ALL THIS SHIT!

Once again, I appeal to all those who will vote this November: don't vote for the party - vote for the individual.

More than anything, and more than ever, we need honest, upright men and women in Congress and the Senate who will faithfully represent our interests, our views and our priorities in the government of this nation.

I don't care which party such a person happens to belong to. If he or she is a good, sound, honest, upright person, whether or not I agree with all his or her policies, I'll vote for them.

If they're just party hacks, time-servers seeking the next rung up the political ladder . . . to Hell with them!

We've had enough of the likes of John Kerry or John McCain, Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner, to last us several lifetimes.

We need fresh blood in Washington! my lifetime!

A New Week.....

Had a wonderful weekend.....Hannah came home from Asheville!

It was great to see her - we often forget how much we miss someone until they show up and leave again.

She quit her WalMart job and so did her roomate so I'll be very interested to see how this turns out.

But her momma was happy and in my world, that's really all that matters!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Birthday Weekend!

Wow, I love it when my wife has a birthday.

It ALWAYS becomes a celebration that exceeds whatever expectations we may have had before it gets started.

I love, love, love her birthdays!!

It started with a Saturday trip to Mobile where we checked into the Renaissance Riverview Hotel right there on the bay....a corner room, no less.......and, well, we did the birthday thing....over and over!

Then after a hot, soapy bath, we headed out for birthday dinner with friends at Ruth's Chris Steak House where we had the most amazing meal.

It would be very hard to describe how wonderful this food was, but oh it was so wonderful!!

The birthday girl started with a chopped salad which was quite possibly the most amazing salad I have ever seen in my life. Every component was chopped up the same size (small) and formed by a mold of somekind into a very cool presentation. Then came her "osso bucco ravioli"......OH MY GOD, that was an amazing dish....

I got a wedge salad with blue cheese, a filet mignon, rare and we had several side dishes such as creamed spinach and lyonaise potatoes...and I'm not sure what else because honestly, at that point I was in heaven!

It was quite simply just amazing. Again, words fail me as to how good this meal was! We also had a very nice bottle of Spanish Rioja that I ordered which made everything go down just fine as well!

And after all that goodness......we decided that we needed an after dinner drink which was called a "Chrissy". It consisted of Haagen Danz Ice Cream, vodka, frangelica and who knows what else. All I know is that is was "Oh My God Delicious"!

After all that, to say the least, we were extrememly FULL. So it was nite-nite time!

We got up Sunday morning and worshipped in the birthday kind of way and then went shopping. Lots of shopping. We both had a great time and bought enough to fill up the SUV so I guess it was a successful shopping trip to say the least!

Then we got home in time to go eat dinner at Eric and Laura's. Eric, who treats Paige like his step-mother just had to go out and cook her a meal for her birthday and it was also amazing!!

We had prime rib (pictured above in all it's glory!), grilled asparagus, amazing risotto, green beans and lastly, the best pound cake I've ever tasted with homemade whipped cream and maserated strawberry compote.....yum!

So we ate enough over the course of this birthday where I can tell you that we don't need to eat another bite for the rest of this week (but I bet we do!!).

And if you haven't had an opportunity to say happy birthday to my beautiful wife yet, please take the time to do so because she's quite a remarkable woman and I love her with all my heart!

Peace, I'm outta here!!!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Snake in the Grass

I walked out the back door at 8pm last night and what did I see......


To my credit, I didn't scream like a little girl.

But I did run back inside and slam the door with what I'm sure was a horrified look on my face.

I hate snakes.

And sticks that look like snakes!

Peace (and watch where you step)

Grits and Grace

As I was walking up the road to the house I noticed someone sitting on the porch.

The closer I got I realized it was God.

“Come on up and sit with me and I’ll tell you what I brought you”, he said.

I walked up the steps to the porch, took a seat in the rocker and said, “You brought me something.

What is it, God?”

He replied, “I brought you some Grace”.

“Oh God, you know I don’t deserve any Grace today”.

He says, “I know you don’t, but I love you so much and I wanted to bless you, my child”.

The Greek word for Grace is “favor”. Grace is God’s favor given to us when we need it most and perhaps least deserve it.

There is a story about a northerner who stopped for breakfast in a country restaurant in Georgia.

He ordered eggs, sausage and toast. When his plate arrived he noticed a pile of white stuff. “What’s this?” he asked.

“Why sir, them is grits”. “But, I didn’t order them”, he protested. “Oh, you don’t order grits they just come,” the waitress responded.

We don't order just comes!

So enjoy!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy September!

So much for my vow to post more......

It's been a very busy couple of weeks. I don't think I got anything accomplished of note, but the "stuff" of life seems to be flowing faster.

So instead of posting something humorous here, I'm thinking I'll go through my inbox on my desk and find more "stuff" to do....