Feb 24, 2009

Gore Pulls Slide of Disaster Trends - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com

Oooops.....Gore Pulls Slide of Disaster Trends - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com


Two days after the talk, Mr. Gore was sharply criticized for using the data
to make a point about global warming by Roger A. Pielke, Jr., a
political scientist focused on disaster trends and climate policy at
the University of Colorado. Mr. Pielke noted that the Center for
Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters stressed in reports that a
host of factors unrelated to climate caused the enormous rise in
reported disasters (details below).

Dr. Pielke quoted the Belgian center: “Indeed, justifying the upward
trend in hydro-meteorological disaster occurrence and impacts
essentially through climate change would be misleading. Climate change
is probably an actor in this increase but not the major one — even if
its impact on the figures will likely become more evident in the

The Goracle has listened to a very small bit of reason and is taking away at least one
exclamation point from his doom and gloom presentation.  With any luck,
he might stop using all caps in his next Chicken Little Proclamation.

Can you imagine this clown being president during the economic crisis the country is currently having?

Feb 21, 2009

Old but funny

don't know how i missed this back when it was posted in April 2008. i like it better than the one on all the recent t-shirts.

i'd change the subtitle though...no longer elitist, just a common everyday neo-socialist.

Feb 17, 2009

Fran's Italian Coffee

Three day weekend (president’s day) spent at the house preparing for Fran to host this month’s Squadron Coffee--monthly wives get-together. Lot’s of Italian-esque food prepared and general cleanup (standard sterilization process)

The "Coffee" was a big hit with the wives, and she enjoyed making all the delicious food that i couldn’t eat. (3rd week of my diet!) Among the treats she prepared; home-made meatballs for the spaghetti and home made Tiramisu.

Oddly enough, no coffee was served!


Preparing the Tiramisu


Preparing the meatballs...thatsa Italian!

Feb 12, 2009



The $500-per-worker credit for lower- and middle-income taxpayers that
Obama outlined during his presidential campaign was scaled back to $400
during bargaining by the Democratic-controlled Congress and White
House. Couples would receive $800 instead of $1,000. Over two years,
that move would pump about $25 billion less into the economy than had
been previously planned.

Officials estimated it would mean about $13 a week more in people's
paychecks when withholding tables are adjusted in late spring. Critics
say that's unlikely to do much to boost consumption.

All those angry protesters chanting "What do we want?  $13!  When do we want it?  Now!!"  you can stop...your chanting has done the trick!

I take back all those bad thoughts about the BHO!  he is a savior, he is the messiah!  thanks to the BHO, i can now go to McDonalds one time more per week with my family.  What a guy!  What else could I ask for? 

I guess he really taught all those CEOs a lesson on what a salary cap really means.  And he certainly showed those ol' Democratic Congressmen he means business!

Terrorist leaders of the world...this is just the beginning.  Wait until it's your turn!

Feb 7, 2009

Anniversary Weekend

Well, not quite a whole weekend, but we celebrated our 6h anniversary on Thursday with a nice dinner out and then traded cards on the real day, Friday.

Thursday we went to A Chef’s Kitchen, a unique restaurant in downtown Williamsburg. Fran has been dying to go there for quite some time, but it has always been full every time she tried to get reservations.

But I successfully got reservations and surprised her with a night out, despite my new diet. I think it was worth it. The restaurant is set up like a classroom and the chef (with a very impressive record) cooks and teaches techniques to everyone. So the dinner “show” was about 2.5 hours long and we had an amazing 5+ course dinner all prepared in front of us.

Our dinner menu:

Butternut Squash Soup with Melted Fontina & Reggiano Parmigiano Semonlina-Crostini
Salad Composé of Baby Spinach, Roasted Artichokes, Herbed Cannolini & Marinated Red Onions
Skillet Baked Corn Bread
Sautéed Shrimp on Yukon Gold Potato Gremolata with Parsley Butter
Roast Rack of Pork Stuffed with Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Mushrooms & Garlic Confit with Saffron-Leek Risotto
Tia Maria Tiramisu with Sundried Cherry Coulis

Plus Champagne, 3 Glasses of Wine (matched to the individual courses) and some Hors d'œuvre before the show.

The chef was very simpatico as was his assistant, and it was great entertainment. We got a copy of the recipes as we left. The bad thing is that the dinner was outstanding and changes every few months, and he also gives “short courses” during the week days. I have a bad feeling that we’ll be back again. The dinner was expensive, but considering we had almost 3 hours of entertainment AND a first class dinner...probably cheaper than a dinner/show combo for two in any big city.

So much for the diet!

Today’s recommendation is obviously A Chef’s Kitchen




Feb 5, 2009

ABC News: Obama's Perks: Private Jet, Chef Tax-Free

Obama's Perks: Private Jet, Chef Tax-Free
ABC News: Obama's Perks: Private Jet, Chef Tax-Free

Funny thing, the free press.  You get statements like this:

"America's CEOs are coming under fire these days not just for their
hefty salaries but also for their use of private jets, limos with
drivers and free trips to posh resorts."

But they aren't alone in living this lavish lifestyle -- the president of United States gets all these perks and more.

And unlike some of his Cabinet appointments, he doesn't have to pay taxes on these benefits.

then this:

Barack Obama on Wednesday imposed $500,000 caps on senior executive pay
for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal
bailout money, saying Americans are upset with "executives being
rewarded for failure."

I agree...we should not reward executives for failure. 

So how about a new presidential salary plan.  The president doesn't get paid until the end of his term.  And then he only gets paid based on how many of his campaign objectives, no matter how outlandish, that he actually accomplishes.  Kinda like getting stock options.

GWB...let's see...you promised to keep America safe.  Check...you pass go, you get your $400K per year, have fun in Crawford.

BHO...let's see you promised to...remove lobbyists from the Gov't payroll and enforce ethics in your administration and government in general...and oh yea, change the world.  I hope you have put away some "rainy day money" b/c your take home pay for the next 4 years might be a little light.

BHO chooses his first enemy to smite

CNSNews.com - Democrats Launch Petition Against Rush Limbaugh

Democrats sent scurrying around the Capitol, demanding someone to look up the word "smite".

Since when does the Office of the President attack private citizens exercising one of the rights the same President just vowed to protect only a few weeks ago?

The president speaks and then the Democrat controlle Congress acts out?

Sounds like a not-so-subtle version of the old Democratic whine..."Vast LeftWing Conspiracy", except it's not an underground conspiracy movement. It is out in the open, in our own government.