Ok well I think that about gets all the Yoda out of my system…at least for the moment. Such a wise guy was Uncle Yoda even if he WAS the black sheep of our family (gave up the pursuit of gold for spiritual enlightenment)
Well here I am yet once again minding our electronic/digital media empire while Impish goes off doing lord knows what. Oh I KNOW he says he’s going to “teach the teachers school” but I seem to recall an adage…something about ‘them that can’t do teach’. What does THAT say then about those who teach the teachers? From my PoV that adage is a good part of what has caused the problems we’re experiencing now in the US, too many unqualified people in positions that determine the future of others. Hell, teachers & dragons aside for the moment, the problem extends right up to the Presidency!
I think I’ll retire to my Bomb/Zombie/Hurricane & Tornado proof subterranean shelter now, especially since we have been under ‘funnel cloud watches’ (they’re not tornados until they start causing unplanned Urban Renewal or involuntarily relocate your house to Oz for you apparently) for a seventh straight day.
When I complained to Impish about this last week on a rare occasion while he was actually in our Corporate offices, in his office and working, he mumbled something about it being ‘the season for it’.
Hey, just a bloody fecking minute there Boy-o! I’m already in HURRICANE season as well as Killer Heat Wave season ( take that name literally) WHAT THE BLOODY HELL do I need with ANOTHER ‘weather season’? Let alone one that’s apparently ‘borrowed from the plains area! If I’m picking up yet another destructive season then BY THE ALMIGHTY ETERNAL I’m trading in Hurricane season for it!
We’d best get this show moving before some seasonally destructive event occurs and we lose power!
“When a woman says ‘What?’ it’s not because she didn’t hear you. She’s giving you a chance to change what you said.”
The following are 45 signs that China is colonizing America….
#1 It was recently announced that China’s Dalian Wanda Group has bought U.S. movie theater chain AMC Entertainment for a whopping2.6 billion dollars. This deal represents China’s biggest corporate takeover of a U.S. firm ever.
#2 Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve announced that it has given approval for banks owned by the Chinese government to buy stakes in U.S.-owned banks.
#3 A few days ago Reuters reported that China is now able to completely bypass Wall Street and purchase U.S. debt directly from the U.S. Treasury Department.
#4 A recent investigation by the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services found more than one million counterfeit Chinese parts in the Department of Defense supply chain. How in the world could we be so stupid?
#5 After being bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, General Motors is currently involved in 11 joint ventures with companies owned by the Chinese government. The price for entering into many of these “joint ventures” was a transfer of “state of the art technology” from General Motors to the communist Chinese.
#6 A Chinese company known as “Sino-Michigan Properties LLC” has purchased 200 acres of land near the town of Milan, Michigan. The goal is to build a “China City” with artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens.
#7 As I reported on recently, corporations controlled by the Chinese government have been rapidly buying up U.S. oil and gas deposits worth billions of dollars.
#8 Chinese investors have been gobbling up real estate all over New York City. The following is from a recent Forbes article….
According to a recent report in the New York Times, investors from China are “snapping up luxury apartments” and are planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on commercial and residential projects like Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. Chinese companies also have signed major leases at the Empire State Building and at 1 World Trade Center, the report said.
#9 The Chinese are also doing huge real estate deals in cities in the middle part of the country. The following example is from an article in the Toledo Blade….
Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., which has already purchased the nearby Docks restaurant complex for $2.15 million, put its $3.8 million offer to buy the southern 69 acres at the Marina District in East Toledo back on the table for approval by Toledo City Council. Additionally, Dashing Pacific Chairman Yuan Xiaohong, in a letter signed in Hangzhou, said the firm wants a two-year option to buy the decommissioned Toledo Edison power plant property on the site.
#10 According to ABC News, major road and bridge projects all over the United States are being built by Chinese companies. Meanwhile, there are millions upon millions of blue collar American workers that cannot find jobs. The following is a brief excerpt from a recent ABC News article….
In New York there is a $400 million renovation project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge.
In California, there is a $7.2 billion project to rebuild the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland.
In Alaska, there is a proposal for a $190 million bridge project.
These projects sound like steps in the right direction, but much of the work is going to Chinese government-owned firms.
“When we subsidize jobs in China, we’re not creating any wealth in the United States,” said Scott Paul, executive director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
#11 The new World Trade Center tower is going to include glass that has been imported from China.
#12 The new Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall was made in China.
#13 Check out this incredible photo which contrasts the decline of Detroit over the years with the amazing rise of Shanghai, China.
#14 A couple of years ago, a large Chinese company was considering building “a 10,000- to 30,000-acre technology zone for industry, retail centers and homes” just south of Boise, Idaho.
#15 Our trade deficit with China in 2011 was $295.5 billion. That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet.
#17 Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Today, China’s high-tech exports are more than twice the size of U.S. high-tech exports.
#18 America has lost more than a quarter of all of its high-tech manufacturing jobs over the past ten years.
#19 According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.
#20 The U.S. spends about 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that China spends on goods and services from the United States. Does that sound like “fair trade” to you?
#21 While we allow Chinese goods to freely flood our shores, China just keeps slapping new tariffs on American-made goods. According to the New York Times, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs.
#22 According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day closed down in the United States during 2010.
#23 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month and more than 56,000manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
#24 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
#25 Between December 2000 and December 2010, 38 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Ohio were lost, 42 percent of the manufacturing jobs in North Carolina were lost and 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost.
#26 In 2010, China produced more than twice as many automobiles as the United States did.
#27 In 2010, China produced 627 million metric tons of steel. The United States only produced 80 million metric tons of steel.
#28 In 2010, China produced 7.3 million metric tons of cotton. The United States only produced 3.4 million metric tons of cotton.
#29 Today, China produces nearly twice as much beer as the United States does.
#30 85 percent of all artificial Christmas trees are made in China.
#31 China is now the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe.
#32 Chinese solar panel production was about 50 times larger in 2010 than it was in 2005.
#33 Right now, China is producing more than three times as much coal as the United States does.
#34 China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of U.S. defense systems.
#35 According to author Clyde Prestowitz, China’s number one export to the U.S. is computer equipment. According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, during 2010 the number one U.S. export to China was “scrap and trash”.
#36 According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades.
#37 The United States had been the leading consumer of energy on the globe for about 100 years, but during the summer of 2010 China took over the number one spot.
#38 15 years ago, China was 14th in the world in published scientific research articles. But now, China is expected to pass the United States and become number one very shortly.
#39 China now awards more doctoral degrees in engineering each year than the United States does.
#40 China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the entire planet.
#41 China now has the world’s fastest train and the world’s most extensive high-speed rail network.
#42 The Chinese economy has grown 7 times faster than the U.S. economy has over the past decade.
#43 The Chinese economy is projected to be larger than the U.S. economy by 2016.
#44 One economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
#45 China now holds approximately 1.17 trillion dollars of U.S. government debt. If you were alive back when Jesus was born and you had spent a million dollars every single day since then, you still would not have spent that much money by now.
Please share this list with as many people as you can. It is imperative that the American people get educated about why our economy is falling apart and about why there are so few jobs.
Thanks to the foolishness of our politicians, today American workers have to compete directly for jobs with workers on the other side of the globe where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.
Do you want your standard of living to continue to descend toward the level of a communist worker making about a dollar an hour?
Do you want tens of millions of American workers to be unemployed indefinitely as millions of good jobs continue to leave this country?
If not, you better stand up and say something while you still can.
- Notice the colors of the shirts the characters in the comic are wearing and which character is wearing what color.
- Read the comic several times with this in mind.
- Draw your own conclusions. (Politicians call this ‘plausibly deniability’. I said/did nothing wrong but you understand exactly what I’m saying/thinking/doing. If there is backlash now I can claim it was all a misunderstanding and point to the lack of direct involvement on my part and that I made no statement directly linking me to the objectionable incident.)
WASHINGTON — Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Ride died at her home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, said Terry McEntee, a spokeswoman for her company, Sally Ride Science. She was a private person and the details of her illness were kept to just a few people, she said.
Ride rode into space on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32. After her flight, more than 42 other American women flew in space, NASA said.
Ride flew in space twice, both times on Challenger in 1983 and in 1984, logging 343 hours in space. A third flight was cancelled when Challenger exploded in 1986. She was on the commission investigating that accident and later served on the panel for the 2003 Columbia shuttle accident, the only person on both boards.
She also was on the president’s committee of science advisers.
“Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, said Ride “broke barriers with grace and professionalism — and literally changed the face of America’s space program.” “The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers,” he said in a statement.
Ride was a physicist, writer of five science books for children and president of her own company. She had also been a professor of physics at the University of California in San Diego.
She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she earned her doctorate in physics from Stanford University. She beat out five women to be the first American female in space. Her first flight came two decades after the Soviets sent a woman into space.
Let’s Play Some Obama Bullsh*t Bingo!
I used to avoid listening to his speeches. Now, I look forward to the next one.
Here is something to help make Obama’s speeches almost tolerable.
Just print out this page, distribute it to friends, and listen…
(be sure to read directions at the bottom)
Rules for Bullshit Bingo:
1. Before Barrack Obama’s next televised speech, print your “Bullshit Bingo”
2. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.
3. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout “BULLSHIT!”
Testimonials from past satisfied “Bullshit Bingo” players:
“I had been listening to the speech for only five minutes when I won.” – Jack W., Boston
“My attention span during speeches has improved dramatically.” – David D., Florida
“What a gas! Speeches will never be the same for me after my first win.” – Bill R., New York City
I think one of mine (Chai) has designs on being the first cat to scale Everest…just as soon as she can work out that whole snow being cold and not getting herself wet issues. She’s forever practicing on every piece of furniture she cannot just leap on top of (she’s got an impressive 4 foot vertical leap from a sitting position). That is assuming Molly doesn’t strangle her for her climbing attempts first, practice on the entertainment center cost Molly her priceless (to her) family heirloom music box dancing statuary this weekend.
Blueberry Muffin in a Mug
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1.5 minutes
Makes: 3 servings (3 large muffins)
* no-stick cooking spray,
¼ c. brown sugar,
1 egg, beaten,
⅓ c. light vanilla yogurt,
1 Tbs. light olive oil,
1 c. all-purpose baking mix, (think Bisquick)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon,
1 c. frozen blueberries, thawed,
1 Spray 3 microwave-safe coffee mugs with no-stick cooking spray, and set aside.
2 Combine brown sugar, beaten egg, yogurt, and olive oil in mixing bowl and stir until blended. Add all-purpose baking mix and cinnamon and stir quickly to moisten (batter will be lumpy). Gently stir in blueberries.
3 Fill each prepared coffee mug with ½ cup batter. Microwave each mug for 90 seconds or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. CAUTION: MUG WILL BE HOT!
4 Let cool. Serve in or out of the mug.
Makes a great breakfast treat, especially with a houseful of guests. It’s simple, quick and impressive in its baking in a microwave technique.
Creamy Asian Slaw
time prep: 15 min
total: 1 hr 15 min
servings total: 16 servings, 1/2 cup each
What You Need
1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Original Cooking Creme
1/4 cup KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
2 pkg. (12 oz. each) broccoli slaw
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
COMBINE cooking creme and dressing in large bowl.
ADD remaining ingredients; toss to coat.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour. Stir before serving.
Kraft Kitchens Tips
Give this delicious slaw an Italian twist by preparing with PHILADELPHIA Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme, and KRAFT Tuscan House Italian Dressing.
Creamy Ranch-Feta Slaw
Prepare as directed, using KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing and adding 1/2 cup ATHENOS Traditional Crumbled Feta Cheese.
Substitute chopped apples for the raisins and/or chopped PLANTERS Pecans for the almonds.
I think that about covers it, Impish…unless you want to say
“I’ve got to GET BACK TO WORK!!”
How It Works According to Blacks, Democrats, Liberals, The Southern Poverty Law Center and Obamaites.
(But then I repeat myself!)
Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Enjoy!
1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.
11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy. (If you look at some of those Walmartian women, I think equality might have already been achieved!)
12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
13. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure..
14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
15. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
16. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
17. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
Improv Mini-Golf Open
In this adorable video, an improv group takes over a mini-golf course! They brought caddies, sportscasters and a group of golf-clapping fans to give kids the PGA experience of a lifetime! Full story: http://improveverywhere.com/2012/07/16/the-mini-golf-open/
[I deliberately chose a ridiculous toy weapon for today’s header to compliment the ridiculous nature of today subject matter]
As some of you are aware, for many years both growing up and as an Adult I called Northwestern Connecticut my home. I still have family, friends and business interests there. Consequently I scan 3 of the Connecticut papers (Local, Regional & Statewide) on a more or less daily basis. When something there irks me I sound off just like here.
Some one a while back made a private comment to me suggesting that perhaps “The Lethal Leprechaun” was more bravado and act than reality. My understanding of the statement is that they were inferring that a real person would never express publically some of the points of view I have expressed and defended here.
Today the prefect opportunity to prove that such a position has no basis in facts was presented me and I am jumping at the chance to prove that not ONLY do I “talk the talk” but that I ALSO “walk the walk” as well:
Courant Spanish Translated Stories Lack Spanish That Latinos Can Understand
July 17, 2012 By George Gombossy
The Hartford Courant should get kudos for recognizing that there is a largo underserved Spanish population in Connecticut by publishing Courant en Espanol.
But columnist Bessy Reyna of the new website http://www.ctlatinonews.com writes that the translation doesn’t even come up to Spanglish level.
“A few days ago while reading Courant.com I noticed the tab Courant en Español. The “Spanish” I found was so appalling that I decided to share some of the headlines with my Spanish-speaking friends,” she writes. “Their reactions ranged from “This isn’t even Spanglish” to “Did you see the one today about Norwich? It’s to laugh and cry at the same time.” Others thought it was simply lack of respect and yet another way to humiliate the Latino community.”
“It’s hard to imagine that the Courant, the oldest continuously-published newspaper in the country, would think so little of its readers as to publish a poorly worded computer generated translation, without anyone verifying that the versions are grammatically correct. Or does the paper think that Latinos are going to be ever so grateful to have to guess the meaning of the news in Spanish?”
“The July 12 posts brings these news “Este mujer Hartford acusado de apuñalar con el hombrepelador de patatas” which literally reads: “This woman Hartford Accused of stabbing the man with potato peeler.”
“(Bessy Reyna is an opinion columnist for CTLatinoNews.com whose views do not necessarily reflect those of this website. She is a former opinion columnist for the Hartford Courant and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Center for the Book.)
Phibber McGee on July 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm
The solution(s) is(are) very simple….
1.) LEARN TO SPEAK THE NATIVE LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE IN!
2.) Take you “expertise” in a language that a US newspaper whose majority of subscribers speak the native language of the country it is in to that paper and offer to be a proof reader.
3.) Recognize that The Hartford Courant is attempting to do a FREE service and using (most likely)an automated software program to do the translating which is the most cost effective way of doing. Undoubtedly Latinos would be unwilling to pay extra for the paper in their native language even if that extra cost was used solely to recover the costs of the salary of those assuring the translations were accurate & ‘non offensive in the level of their Spanglishness!’
4.) Stop the Entitlement attitude that says you are entitle to demand ANY US publication, other than important government documents, (and ONLY because its the laws those bleeding hearted liberals in Congress got passed) be presented to you at no cost in your native language because you cannot be bothered to learn the language of the country you are residing in. You want your paper in Spanish? GO BUY A SPANISH NEWSPAPER AND LEAVE THE HARTFORD COURANT ALONE!
NOW…any MORE discussion on the honesty of my stated beliefs and/or points of view as published here?
How about THIS TIME you man up and place the snide comments in the blogs comment section WITH YOUR NAME for everyone to see? I’m not afraid of challenges or debating my beliefs/points of view (this stems from my not being a gutless liberal) but I’ll be damned if I’m going to do it with snide snipers from the anonymous liberal shadows.