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  • pjMom 12:11 AM on 09/06/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Not only are they running away from Obama, they’re running away from being Democrats” 

    So says Nancy Cordes, a CBS correspondent.  She adds:

    In some races you actually see the Democratic candidates not really mentioning that they’re a Democrat in their campaign ads.

    What was that line a few years ago, that Republicans should just give up and “moderate” themselves further because we’d witnessed history yada yada and hopenchange yada yada?

    What sage advice, eh?

    Back to panic at the WH.  No, it’s not over terrorist threats, rogue nations, or the economy.  It’s because they might lose an election. 

    Smith asked his guests to try to identify the source of the discontent: “From your experience on the Hill, have you heard any Democrats in private conversations say, ‘You know what? We went down the wrong road. We went after health care. We went after so many other things on the Obama agenda as opposed to, in the end of the day, it’s all about creating jobs?'”

    “Not only have we heard that, but we’ve been hearing it for months,” said Cordes. “We heard it during the health care debate that dragged on for a year when the economy was so bad; they focused on health care and they focused on financial regulation.

    “Americans don’t feel the impact of those pieces of legislation yet,” she said. “There’s a lot of frustration on Capitol Hill among Democrats who feel like the President led them down this path. They didn’t all necessarily want to deal with health care. This was on the president’s agenda, and then they felt like he kind of hung them out to dry.”

    Not a single Democrat has run an ad in support of the health care bill since April,” VandeHei noted.

    Suffer the fools who govern against the will of the people.

    And the Democrats own the failed economy for better or worse.  The LA Times paints a dismal picture:

    For the U.S. labor market to regain all the jobs it had when the recession started in December 2007, employers would need to boost their payrolls by 7.6 million positions. That figure doesn’t include the roughly 125,000 jobs a month the country must create just to keep up with new entrants into the labor force.

    To get the national unemployment rate back to 5%, where it was before the downturn, would require the economy to generate about 17 million jobs — or about 285,000 a month for five straight years — according to Heidi Shierholz, a labor economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.

    To appreciate the enormity of that employment hole, consider that U.S. employers have shed 283,000 jobs since May. 

    […] “It’s going to take a long time to get back,” economist Shierholz said. The nation is looking at “eight or nine years of elevated unemployment, and we just haven’t seen anything like that.”

    Of course, to some, what’s the real problem in this joblessness?  A lack of benefits.  (Seriously?!)

    The U.S. safety net wasn’t designed to withstand such a strain. The extent and duration of unemployment benefits vary by state, but 26 weeks is typical. Several federal extensions have increased that to 99 weeks in California and other hard-hit states. Even so, an estimated 3.5 million Americans will have run out of benefits by the end of the year. About 180,000 Californians have already fallen off the rolls.

    There are few other places to turn. Applications for federal food stamps and state programs such as CalWorks, which provides temporary assistance to families with children, are up sharply in recent years. But because asset limits for applicants are so strict, many of the unemployed don’t qualify.

    […]”The U.S. is clearly not equipped to deal with this high level of unemployment,” Sharone said. “People are running out of benefits, health insurance, retirement and pensions.”

    The silver lining?  People aren’t waiting for government to offer more convoluted solutions.

    Many are turning to traditional networks of family and friends.

    Dear me, what could be worse than self-reliance?  Oh yea, voting Democrat.

    Cross-posted at pjMom.

     
    • Quite Rightly 9:42 AM on 09/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      “Not a single Democrat has run an ad in support of the health care bill since April.”

      Not long ago my Dem Congressman, Mike Arcuri (NY-24), sent his constituents a long letter to remind us that he voted against Obamacare (the second time around).

      What he didn’t mention is that he voted for it before he voted against it.

      • pjMom 5:41 PM on 09/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL. Nice. Got to love duplicity in action, eh?

  • pjMom 7:53 AM on 07/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama: But that’s not the superhero I promised to be! 

    Oh, the handwringing! From the LA Times:  

    If Ronald Reagan was [sic] the classic Teflon president, Barack Obama is made of Velcro.

    Through two terms, Reagan eluded much of the responsibility for recession and foreign policy scandal. In less than two years, Obama has become ensnared in blame.

    Cosmic irony, no?  That the President who blames his predecessor for absolutely everything has become the superhero he didn’t sign up to be: Velcro-Man.

    Read the rest at  pjMom.

     
    • backyardconservative 8:38 AM on 07/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      What will the MSM do now without Journalist to orchestrate their protective cover of the phony hero they created

    • pjMom 10:34 AM on 07/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Stick their collective heads in the sand with more handwringing like this? I had a hard time not choking on my coffee while reading the article. It’s a joke. The sad thing is, he’s still our President and we’re stuck with him another two years. I love reading all the “if the GOP wins big in the fall, it will help secure Obama’s second term” a la Clinton. Clinton was smart enough to “triangulate.” This one is bent on the socialization of as much of the economy as possible.

    • nicedeb 3:33 PM on 07/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Velcro-Man? His policies are tanking the economy, (some say purposefully) but we’re not allowed to blame him for it? Pathetic.
      Btw, I like Captain Kick-A$$….or Mongrel-Man….

      • Yukio Ngaby 3:53 PM on 07/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

        So you’re calling Obama a mongrel with the “Mongrel-Man” thing?

        If not, you’d better re-think that last one.

        • nicedeb 12:26 AM on 07/31/2010 Permalink | Reply

          He called himself a mongrel, so I feel free to do so.

          • Yukio Ngaby 2:36 AM on 07/31/2010 Permalink | Reply

            And so you want to be quoted calling Obama a mongrel?

            Just because Obama’s pretentious attempt to use an “elevated” prose (he meant “mutt”) led him to idiotically use an insulting term doesn’t mean it’s alright for it to be used. Since when has any of Obama’s words or actions been something to imitate?

            “Mongrel” is a highly insulting term for people of mixed race. It’s frequently used by White Supremacists in their past rhetoric and now on their web sites. Probably not the best term to use on a conservative political blog…

            Why open yourself to racial politics for the purpose of a joke?

            • nicedeb 1:09 PM on 07/31/2010 Permalink | Reply

              Obama used the highly insulting term on himself. Of course he’s going to be zinged for it. (And is…all over the RW blogosphere). It would be quite a stretch to call someone a racist for using a term he used on himself, don’t you think?

              • Yukio Ngaby 8:19 PM on 07/31/2010 Permalink | Reply

                Are you suggesting that the common, flippant claims of racism are not quite a stretch most of the time? Like maybe the NAACP’s Hallmark “black hole” issue?

                You seem to be under the impression that cool-minded logic is involved in such issues. That is hardly the case.

                Obama is a pretentious fool, both politically and (all evidence suggests) personally. Following his lead on anything is silly, and jumping at the chance to call him a mongrel is likewise silly. I’m suggesting that it is unwise to throw around racial insults on a political blog– no matter the circumstances.

  • pjMom 2:46 PM on 07/24/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    On a lighter note… 

    If “Booty Pop” panties are all the rage and the curvy Mad Men ladies are “something to be envied,” then maybe those of us on the not-so-emaciated side will learn to appreciate our, um, naturally popped booties?

    Just a thought.

    Crossposted at pjMom.

     
    • Quite Rightly 3:17 PM on 07/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think I’ll go eat a donut.

      • pjMom 3:59 PM on 07/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Krispy Kremes are my favorite–when the “hot” neon sign flashes. ; )
        Wheat. Sugar. Fat. What’s not to love?

        • rubyslipperblog 6:48 PM on 07/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Krispy Kreme vanilla cream filled donuts are my personal favorites. I just lost 20 pounds and I could put it all back on in a week if there was a Krispy Kreme store nearby

          • pjMom 10:25 PM on 07/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

            I’m lucky — the one here closed, though gas stations sell them. Not the same as hot-melt-in-your-mouth-decadence. Not a DD fan, save the most excellent coffee. I’m a week and a day back on the gluten-free wagon. KK would be a worthy dive back into floury-goodness.

            • rubyslipperblog 1:39 PM on 07/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

              We have one DD per 3.5 citizens here but no Krispy Kreme. I never tried the gluten-free plans but I am trying to avoid flour and sugar anway. Snacking on frozen grapes is a great weight loss tip from The BIggest Loser. They do satisfy a sweet tooth and they are great in this summer heat.

  • pjMom 10:44 AM on 07/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Friendly abortion provider at work: “It’s not a person” 

    Of course not.  It’s much easier to “clean out” a “clump of cells” than it is to slaughter a living human being.

    Lila Rose and the Live Action released a new film detailing the grossly misleading statements given to a woman by workers at Indiana Planned Parenthood.  H/T: Hot Air

     When the woman, purportedly 10-weeks pregnant, asks the clinician, named “Sarah,” when her baby’s heart begins to beat, Sarah replies, “It’s around I think the 8th or the 9th week that you can hear the heartbeat.” The heart actually begins beating 3 weeks and 1 day after conception, according to Moore and Persaud’s well-known textbook The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology. The Planned Parenthood clinician also insists, “It’s not a baby, it’s a fetus,” which, she claims, is “not like a person.”

    In the video, Sarah assures the woman that “having an abortion is safer than carrying to term.” The woman asks, “The abortion won’t hurt me from having more kids in the future, will it?” and the counselor replies, “Nope.” But a 2009 study from the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey recently found that a previous abortion increased a woman’s risk of pre-term birth by 20%, and a 2003 report from the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research notes a 55% increased risk of future miscarriages for women who have abortions.

    Lila Rose, UCLA student and president of Live Action, says the new footage places Planned Parenthood well outside the medical mainstream. “Planned Parenthood’s counseling is based on its abortion-first mentality rather than the medical facts that women need,” observes Rose. “Planned Parenthood gives vulnerable women misinformation to sell them the abortion.” Indiana informed consent state law requires that women receive accurate medical information before undergoing an abortion.

    Watch the video here.

    Ed Morrissey notes:

    Just remember, our tax dollars support these material misrepresentations. Make sure to let your Congressman and Senators aware of this.

    Do that here and here.

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
  • pjMom 10:42 AM on 07/15/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Oral sex and anal penetration in 5th grade sex-ed: reason 10,010 to homeschool 

    (At least Bill Clinton would’ve understood, right?)

    Lori Ziganto highlights the new proposed curriculum in Montana (somehow proving to me that no place is safe from the tentacles of liberalism.  I expect it of Massachusetts.  But Montana?  Then again, they elected Max Baucus six times).  Via a Montana news station:

    It lays out sex education topics for each grade, K through 12.  In the first grade, children would be taught that human beings can love people of the same gender; in second grade, kids are taught not to make fun of people by calling them “gay” or “queer.” 

    By fifth grade, they are taught there are several types of intercourse, and by the sixth grade, the draft document states that students should, “Understand that sexual intercourse includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration; using the penis, fingers, tongue or objects.”

    Zigano:

    Fifth grade. That is ten and eleven year olds. Sixth grade, eleven and twelve year olds. I’m far from a prude, but I don’t care to discuss anal penetration with objects and, in fact, run screeching from my computer screen when sent to Urban Dictionary and coming across such a topic. Yet, our ten year old children are supposed to be able to handle such discussions? Worse, people think that they should have such discussions?

    In Kindergarten, the new curriculum proposes that those five and six year olds know the proper terminology for body parts, such as penis, scrotum and testicles. You see, it’s far more important that they don’t use the word “pee-pee” and that they are sexually knowledgeable and empowered, at age five, than that they know how to spell their own names and count to 20.

    But see, schools have to prep ’em early, so  when Obama’s Safe Schools Czar comes to town, kids will understand the fisting lecture.

    An interesting comment from a local:

    Another Helena resident, Carol Carpenter, said, “It is a health curriculum, it is not just a sex ed curriculum, and there are some wonderful points in it. The areas that some people have concerns with are areas that can be discussed in the home. I don’t think that it should be thrown out or totally voided because of a few language issues.”

    Dontcha love how liberals attempt to negate philistine prudes like me?  We don’t understand the “language issues.”  (Something tells me she voted for Baucus six times.)

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather my ten-year-old understand “language issues” of the sort taught in English–subjunctive mood and dependent clauses–not “vaginal, oral, and anal penetration” by a “penis, finger, tongue or objects.”

    Who am I kidding: they don’t teach subjunctive mood or dependent clauses in public schools anymore, so I guess they need to fill the day with something, right?

    H/T Pundette.

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
    • Quite Rightly 11:03 AM on 07/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Subjects, verbs, and objects are passé too, along with, increasingly, cursive writing (printing is still okay if your cell phone needs recharging). Oh, yes, and many Lib school districts sent the multiplication tables to the book chipper long ago. But fisting — hey, this administration has its priorities.

    • pjMom 12:11 PM on 07/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Subjets and verbs? How boring and entirely unnecessary. We should all be able to go to college on someone else’s dime without having to know such trivialities.

      It surprises me how many people are horrified that I plan on teaching pjToddler cursive first. “Why would she need that? No one writes by hand.” Beyond the data that shows cursive first eliminates myriad writing problems, etc, why is it such a bad thing to have decent writing skills? (I say this as I prep to make another batch of jam, counter-culture renegade that I am.)

      (Maybe when BO pulls the plug on the ‘net for four months, we’ll need to revisit “writing by hand.”)

      (It might save the post office!)

    • backyardconservative 2:36 PM on 07/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This stuff gets worse and worse. My kids are in college or beyond, but between my oldest of three and my youngest, in just a few years my district went from asking parents’ permission before teaching their child sex ed in 5th grade to having kids put condoms on bananas in class–no notice given at all.

      As I recall, my sex ed class started in 8th grade, tho my parents gave us the birds and bees basics at about 10 I think.

      You have to think there’s going to be a backlash. I mean, where can they go from here? I guess I shouldn’t ask questions like that.

      As you say, another reason to homeschool, another reason for school choice

      • pjMom 5:31 PM on 07/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My sex-ed started in 7th, I think. And it was pretty low-key all things considered, though the pictures of the syphilitic, um, parts were enough to scare the thought of sex out of most of the class.

  • pjMom 10:36 AM on 06/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Why liberals make dangerous friends 

    They might urge you to “suck it up” for the greater good.

    The massage therapist sexually harassed by the Nobel prize-winning hack former VP who invented the internet confided in friends after the assault:

    Later, she talked to friends, liberals like herself, who advised against telling police. One asked her “to just suck it up; otherwise, the world’s going to be destroyed from global warming.”

    Good grief.  I hope she recovered from the incident and was smart enough to find new friends to boot.  Speaking of urges, if you’re intrigued enough about Al pleading for the release of his “second chakra” (oh GAG me to have even written that), read Byron York’s detailed account at the Examiner.  Gore’s silence adds to the credibility, as does the level of detail from this woman’s police interviews–you don’t dream up … chakras. (Shudder). 

    Also tabbed: this from Instapundit, a long-time Gore fan and sex crime expert.  As she wrings her liberal hands and bemoans, “Why now?”

    I’m as fierce an advocate as exists for crime victims, but I’m having a tough time figuring out how to feel about Al Gore being publicly accused now of committing a sexual assault in 2006.

    It’s not that he didn’t seem the “type.” After the Catholic priest scandal, I gave up thinking there was a man alive who wasn’t capable, though if Jimmy Carter gets in the same trouble I will lose my lunch.

    Why, why must you bring up priests?  Oh, because the cult of AGW really is a religion!

    But the go-green halo around Gore’s presence set him apart somehow. Not that being an environmentalist makes a guy a saint, but Gore seemed almost desperate to have us see him as more moral than the average Al.

    I asked a bunch of women in my community how they felt about the Al Gore news, and they said perplexing victim-blaming things such as “She was in her 50s. Doesn’t he know menopausal women aren’t horny?” And, “How did she not know that a request for a three-hour massage at 10:30 p.m. is code for ‘the guy wants a hooker?” A couple of women cracked jokes: “After she rejected him, did he Tip-per?”

    The greenest of the green people I talked to felt betrayed. Gore was their leader and the movement is now, um, stained. The woman even said, according to the transcript of her interview with Portland, Ore., police made public on the Internet, that her “Birkenstock Tribe” friends told her to “suck it up” and not tell anyone or the “world’s going to be destroyed from global warming.”

    That’s right, suck it up after being sexually assaulted by a “crazed sex poodle.”  What fabulous friends. 

     Cross-posted at pjMom.

     
    • Jill 12:51 PM on 06/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That police report makes fascinating reading.

    • pjMom 2:10 PM on 06/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Doesn’t it, though. Cringe-worthy, but fascinating, especially given the ego involved.

  • pjMom 8:57 PM on 06/27/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    So this might come as a shock, but that’s why you have breasts. 

    An editor of a parenting magazine in England ignited a firestorm with her assessment of breastfeeding as “creepy.” 

    From the UK Guardian:

    Under the headline “I formula fed. So what?”, Kathryn Blundell says in this month’s Mother & Baby that she bottlefed her child from birth because “I wanted my body back. (And some wine)… I also wanted to give my boobs at least a chance to stay on my chest rather than dangling around my stomach.”

    She goes on to say: “They’re part of my sexuality, too – not just breasts, but fun bags. And when you have that attitude (and I admit I made no attempt to change it), seeing your teeny, tiny, innocent baby latching on where only a lover has been before feels, well, a little creepy.”

    Heh.  You weren’t creeped out by birthing the kid, but feeding him is a problem? 

    More:

    She concedes that “there are all the studies that show [breastfeeding] reduces the risk of breast cancer for you, and stomach upsets and allergies for your baby. But even the convenience and supposed health benefits of breast milk couldn’t induce me to stick my nipple in a bawling baby’s mouth.”

    She continues: “I don’t think I’m the only one, either – only 52% of mums still breastfeed after six weeks. Ask most of the quitters why they stopped and you’ll hear tales of agonising three-hour feeding sessions and – the drama! – bloody nipples. But I often wonder whether many of these women, like me, just couldn’t be fagged or felt like getting tipsy once in a while.”

    The drama, indeed.  Breastfeeding does more than prevent allergies.   According to the May issue of the American Journal of Physiology, Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, breast milk triggers immune protection by improving gene function.  Yes, genetic function. 

    Read the rest at politicaljunkie Mom.  It’s absolutely fascinating.

    (And not the least bit creepy).

    H/T Hot Air Headlines

     
    • Carol 5:57 AM on 06/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I nursed both of my children well past the first year. I never felt like breastfeeding interfered with my life in anyway. The creepy thing is that Blundell would even equate nursing with sex. The thought never occurred to me. Sounds like she has a screw loose.

      • archer52 7:41 AM on 06/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

        She’s British. That answers the question of loose screws. The Queen, Charles, Camila, Elton, Londonstan, NHS and warm beer, the whole place has nothing but loose screws rolling around the steel floor.

        Noisy and quite dangerous as you could slip stepping on one.

    • Lara 8:44 AM on 06/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      “Fun bags” – indeed. Explains the urge to fill them with silicone and salt water…ugh! And I completely agree – equating nursing with sex is in fact the creepy part. (LOL, archer – but don’t knock warm beer!).

    • pjMom 10:20 AM on 06/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Carol, I’m still nursing. I find it fascinating that Blundell and other products of the “feminist” movement have such blinders on and can only perceive the sexualized aspects of their bodies. What a shame, really, because I’ve learned a new appreciation for myself as a mom that she’ll miss out on entirely.

    • Ricky Vines 1:26 PM on 06/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      As a father of four, I have learned a lot about mother’s milk and how it makes the baby smarter and stronger in fighting disease. The newer baby formulas even tries to replicate the proteins in mother’s milk. Also, aren’t breasts called mamary glands because of mothering functions. To put it plainly, that’s what boobs are for. With the focus on looks and implants and yes erogenous stimulation, people forget the purpose of stuff and ultimately of life itself. Selfishness is immaturity and immaturity is stunted growth and development. That is what is creepy – imho.

    • Jill 5:41 AM on 06/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amen. And how offensive and just plain stupid is fun bags? What a way for a woman to view, and characterize, her own breasts. That’s what feminism hath wrought, I guess. Now we can objectify and denigrate ourselves and our bodies as much as those men we resented for objectifying and denigrating us.

      And I guess a baby is supposed to be another means to fun.

      PJM, I hastily wrote a bit about this yesterday morning without seeing what you had written. I swear I didn’t copy you.

      • pjMom 8:31 AM on 06/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Jill, I never thought you did in the first place–don’t be silly.

        And I, too, wondered re her decision to even have a baby. I mean, that’s a whole 10 months sans the bubbly in her mind. (To say nothing of the changes Junior wrought on her fun bags, er body, during pregnancy itself). And I agree re look at how far we’ve come…

  • pjMom 12:16 PM on 06/17/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    You say tomato… 

    If you think you’re getting a deal on tomatoes at the grocery store, think again.  After the record-high prices last winter, the glut on the market has prompted government action.  From the WSJ:

    Worried about the impact of the plunge on farmers, the USDA is buying $6 million of tomatoes and distributing them to food banks. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the purchase is designed to give Florida farmers “some relief.”

    Maybe it’s just me, but didn’t said farmers make a killing of a profit when tomatoes were so scarce?

    Florida farmers who fetched more than $30 a few months ago for a 25-pound box of round, fresh field-grown tomatoes, also known as slicer tomatoes, are now getting $5 or less.

    Hmm. 

    Six mil for tomatoes to food banks.  Why aren’t they donating to food banks instead? 

    Del Mar Farms, of Westley, Calif., has agreed to donate 150,000 pounds of Roma tomatoes for a Reno, Nev., version of Spain’s La Tomatina festival, where revelers have a massive tomato fight. “When there’s an oversupply, it’s a lot easier to donate,” says Brian Wright, the farm’s director of sales and marketing.

    I’m sure it’s easier to donate.  Why didn’t y’all donate to the food banks, too? 

    Sigh.

    Just sayin’.  Make your salsa and enjoy since your yet-unborn-grandkids will be paying for it.

    Cross-posted at pjMom with a salsa recipe.

     
  • pjMom 11:26 AM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Now we’re all blaming George for something in our family.” 

    So says Laura Bush of the family’s response to our Dear Leader pinning the blame on W for everything under the sun. 

    “We’ve almost gotten where we think it’s funny,” the former first lady added.

    (Oh, how I miss them).

    In the spirit, pjHusband and I have also started blaming Bush for all our ills: the misbehaving toddler who refuses to bathe, the unpacked boxes in the garage, the dirty pile in the sink that didn’t fit in the dishwasher.   Heck, it’s his fault we all have colds and that I threw my back out this weekend and had to get a shot in the rear. 

    See how easy it is?  No wonder it’s the Obama’s favorite game!

    Cross-posted at pjMom.

     
    • backyardconservative 4:26 PM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      LOL.

      It used to be all Reagan’s fault but I guess it’s a new era–of hope and change haha

      • pjMom 9:48 PM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL. I admit, it’s fun at first. Much like those ghosts named “Not me” from the Family Circus cartoons. I have to nip the joke in the bud, though, before the toddler thinks “It’s George’s fault” is a true excuse. Sad to say the two-year-old and can own up, albeit sheepishly, to her own messes when our President can’t.

    • Obi's Sister 7:05 AM on 06/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about your back (and the shot). As an aside that has nothing to do with you but everything to do with shots, the gorilla exhibit at the Atlanta Zoo has been closed because one of the boy gorillas saw the vet through the viewing glass, charged and cracked the glass. Evidently he thought the vet was there to give him a shot. Smart gorilla.

      Hope you feel better soon!

      • pjMom 10:16 AM on 06/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ladies. I’m on the mend. The shot in the rear was a cake-walk after shots in the belly while I was pregnant. And it helped. I still have limited range of motion, but it’s better. Will. Get. Better. Soon.

        Obi’s Sister, I laughed re the gorilla shot. Though my experience of the ATL zoo is an ancient one; my parents took us … oh, 25 years ago, and the conditions were abysmal. My first experience of a zoo was really a horrific one. Shortly thereafter, the ATL zoo came under heavy scrutiny for its treatment of animals, specifically the gorillas, and its decline in general.

  • pjMom 11:52 AM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    My first thought is unprintable 

    As it involves long strings of profanities. 

    Listening to Rush as I put pjToddler down for her (birthday!) nap, I heard the Obami soundbites proclaiming innocence of the knowledge of the SEC investigation of Goldman Sachs.

    What explains the “sponsored link” that pops up on a google search of “Goldman Sachs” and “SEC” under the header “Help Change Wall Street” for BarakObama.com?

    It’s bad enough to catch someone in a lie.

    But catching the Obami in daily whoppers?  Priceless.

    Remember in November, folks.  I need to go finish baking cupcakes (recipe here) and making tiny Elmos while listening to Rush.

    (And yes, pjToddler has a “Rush nap” daily.  Start ’em young.  She dances to the intro music and calls him “Uncle Rush.”)

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
    • backyardconservative 12:08 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Little dittoheads. I started mine young too–now they’re grown, I’ve got 2 out of 3:)

    • nicedeb 1:44 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I started listening to Rush when my oldest was a newborn. He’s now a sophomore in college. My, how time flies!

      • Jill 2:38 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My late mother adored Rush, and used to rock out to that music. Seriously. She also adored Reagan. I wish she could hear Mark Steyn. I think she’d find him irresistible.

  • pjMom 9:31 AM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Excuse me, my palate doesn’t need adjustment 

    Especially by the federal government.

    From the WaPo:

    The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

    The government intends to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative had not been formally announced.

    Officials have not determined the salt limits. In a complicated undertaking, the FDA would analyze the salt in spaghetti sauces, breads and thousands of other products that make up the $600 billion food and beverage market, sources said. Working with food manufacturers, the government would set limits for salt in these categories, designed to gradually ratchet down sodium consumption. The changes would be calibrated so that consumers barely notice the modification.

    Emphasis mine.  Pretty soon, we’ll “barely notice” the soviet-gulag-rough toilet paper in the name of saving the planet.  If we’re lucky enough to get any, that is.

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
    • Sherry 9:48 AM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

    • Sherry 9:48 AM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Quick, someone go tell Mortons to write a big whopping check to the DNC so they can continue to sell this product!

      • pjMom 12:09 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL. Or will we see the headline on Drudge a la Goldman Sachs with the caption “Will he have to give back the million in donations?” under Obama’s picture with a box of salt?

        Maybe if we outlawed all non-organic salt, right? Because arugula really needs a little.

        • Sherry 12:14 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

          If I were a chef at the white house, I would serve entirely salt free meals from now on just to illustrate the point. and ban it on the grounds in any snack food. Just to illlustrate the point. Right now, someone should go to the FDA and peruse their cafeteria/snack areas to see if there are vending machines with Doritos.

    • Jill 3:23 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The case against salt is not closed: http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/salt-wars/

    • rightklik 1:37 AM on 04/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Another intolerable act. Time for salt parties?

  • pjMom 8:21 AM on 04/16/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Why bother paying your mortgage in Obama’s America? 

    With news yesterday of the highest foreclosure rate in five years and the dawning realization that the Obami policies to “help” modify loans just make the problem worse, Rush points to the next big push by the regime: forcing banks to forgive principal.

    Heck, at this point, I’m surprised Obama hasn’t proposed buying everyone’s house with all that free Obama money that grows on trees in China.

    Michelle Malkin has written extensively on the “death of the stigma of default.”  Highly suggested reading.

     
    • fuzislippers 1:56 PM on 04/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      He does want to buy everyone a house, that’s the spreading the wealth around part of his socialist agenda. The problem with it, as always, is that there is no way to do that without destroying our economy and ruining our country (including the character of the people who keep getting everything handed to them).

  • pjMom 7:54 AM on 04/16/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Finally 

    A really smart Barbie. 

    K-Lo:  Barbie Goes to the Tea Party

    Accessories of choice include a Gadsden flag t-shirt, pocket Constitution, American flag, handmade sign (“Socialism is not an American value”), and flat shoes for walking to protests.  Cute glasses à la Pundette’s show she’s ready for reading and serious business. 

    All she needs: a double stroller and a few toddlers to chase.

    Click over for picture. 

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
  • pjMom 11:06 PM on 04/11/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    How’s this for inspiration? 

    God knows we’re all in need of a little. 

    Blind Marine re-enlists.

    After all he’s been through, the only real regret Marine Cpl. Matthew Bradford says he has now is not being able to return to combat duty in Iraq.

    But Wednesday, Bradford, 23, made Marine Corps history, becoming the first blind double amputee to re-enlist. In keeping with service tradition, Bradford was honorably discharged and allowed to say a few words as a civilian before re-enlisting.

    “Sign me up, sir!” he told Lt. Col. David Barnes, who administered the oath of enlistment, extending Bradford’s military career by another four years.

    Bradford will work with wounded Marines at Camp Lejeune.

    Hoo-rah!

    Semper Fi!

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
    • nicedeb 12:19 PM on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my gosh. Where do we get such men?

      • pjMom 1:24 PM on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

        They wear uniforms, so they’re pretty easy to spot in public ; )

  • pjMom 3:26 PM on 04/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Apt metaphor 

    Palin likens Obama’s new (and publicized–how incredibly stupid to telegraph it, no?) nuclear strategy to a kid who asks to be punched in the face.

    So true.

    “It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable,” said Palin on Wednesday evening while appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. “No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today. It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.’

    “No, it’s unacceptable,” she continued. “This is another thing that the American public, the more that they find out, what is a part of this agenda, they are going to rise up and they are going to say ‘no more.’ National security, national defense is the No. 1 job of the federal government.”

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom

     
  • pjMom 1:09 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Headline of the day 

    Via Mark Hemingway at Beltway Confidential:
     
    McClatchy: If people people think Obamcare means free health care, don’t blame Obama

    Rush was right (no surprise).  Folks are lining up and calling around asking for their free Obamacare. 

    McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.  

    Emphasis not my own.  Hemingway adds:

     
    • rubyslipperblog 2:31 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Incredible, blame the critics not the ones who took every sob story they could get their hands on and held them up as reason to create a new entitlement. Never once did they mention Naomi Cantfield would have to hold on to her house and fight cancer for another couple years so they could make the whole thing look like it saved money.

      • backyardconservative 2:55 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Bachmann-Palin rally streaming live now, via Huffpo:) They must really be worried on the left.

        http://ow.ly/1vILQ

        Americans won’t stand for this demagogic takeover of our country. We’re not confused.

    • Jill 3:20 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The critics (that would be us) screamed about the costs and the negatives until we were hoarse.

    • fuzislippers 11:10 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Unreal. Again. What the heck is wrong with people? I honestly don’t know what happened to logic and common sense.

      • Sherry 6:04 PM on 04/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not taught in schools. Not practiced in life. Going extinct.

  • pjMom 9:22 AM on 04/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What kind of anarchists want more government? 

    Apparently the stupid kind.

    Via Gateway Pundit, Violent Anarchists Plan War on April 15 Tea Parties.

    More at politicaljunkieMom.

     
    • nicedeb 9:29 AM on 04/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for reminding me about that. I was going to mention it on my tea party post

    • Sherry 3:43 PM on 04/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always wondered why those who have no faith have such child like belief in the rule of man. Surely history is sufficient evidence that even seeking good, we humans can screw up royally.

    • psychonauticalmindbloom 1:42 AM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It all seems to be about money with all the modern republicans. I hear them say things like “I worked for it, its mine” or ” I don’t want illegals getting healthcare from my tax dollars”. Heaven forbid someone who comes from a less fortunate situation in Mexico gets a couple cents of your taxes to help them survive. Heaven forbid… The whole “I got mine so Fu*k you” mentality is basically what the right represents today. We need to start looking at humans as one big family and treating each other as such. Republicans must realize that they live in a much better economic situation than nearly anyone on the planet & protesting taxes is silly right now, especially when George Bush spent all the money he could dream of in the middle east. At least Obama is trying to spend the money on the American people & fixing broken American systems. The fact is that these people complaining about taxes have it so easy compared to the rest of the world… They’re not even on the same playing board.. These millionaires that are so pissed don’t seem to know or care that so few people on earth will ever have the opportunities they had. GOP = greedy old party

      btw just because someone doesn’t have faith in your god doesnt mean we don’t have faith… I have faith that your wrong.

      • Quite Rightly 8:13 AM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

        “Republicans must realize that they live in a much better economic situation than nearly anyone on the planet . . . ” What Progressives don’t get is that there is a reason America has a much better economic situation than nearly everyone on the planet, and that reason is not called socialism, progressivism, communism, or (so-called) “social justice,” or any of the other political systems in use by “nearly everyone on the planet.” It is called free enterprise, which, while not providing a perfect solution to all problems, at least gives people a chance to achieve what they’d like, which sure is better than a system that beats everyone down to the least desirable economic situation (except, of course, the despots at the top of the food chain).

    • psychonauticalmindbloom 10:53 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      What you fail to realize is that you cannot just grow and grow and grow and grow… And its hardly socialism or communism… There is a reason your movement is failing and looking silly & thats because your main arguments are rediculously absurd… The medicare that so many americans adore & are worried about losing via the new health bill is socialism in your definition… Thats right medicare is socialism… In fact every modern successful democracy is basically a mixture of socialist and capitalist ideas. So the whole socialism argument doesnt really make sense… And as for communism… well we vote, so there you go.. The republicans simply want to let corporations go wild & that may sound fine and dandy to you ( because so many of you love mcdonalds & walmart), but that doesnt make economic sense.. It puts small businesses out of business & creates more minimum wage employees… Your capatalism is toxic to the planet… Its hilarious that so many people pretend they knew what the founders had in mind with the constitution… many people interperet it in many different ways. I am a true believer that modern humans cannot handle complete freedom (because as a whole we’re too stupid).. I think there are times when the government must make decisions to do things for the entire nation when the people can not do it themselves…. You are right, America is the way it is today because of its free enterprise system, but whether you want to admit it or not, The great recession we are coming out of was also a product of the free market…. You cannot expect to let a small amount of people control everyones money & not have it come crashing down. I understand ya’lls love for the reagan days when everything seemed perfect, but whether you like it or not there are consequences to our actions & we cannot just live in complete excess forever… We must find a way to sustain our culture for future generations & in order to do that you have to punish some of the people who’ve been rigging the system & engaging in greedy activities.

      • fuzislippers 3:19 AM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        “You cannot expect to let a small amount of people control everyones money & not have it come crashing down.” And isn’t this a good reason not to allow the government to control everyone’s money?

        Btw, we know that MediCare is socialism–why do libbie loons think they score points on that point? People objected to it and fought against it because they felt that it was going too far, that it would used as a foundation for further nationalization of healthcare and other socialist policies. And . . . voila. That is exactly what happened, what you are doing yourself in point of fact. You make the point and vindicate all who opposed it (and those of us who oppose it–on the same grounds–now).

    • psychonauticalmindbloom 9:34 PM on 04/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just think its funny that one of the main arguments i hear from the right is that the health bill will cut medicare… So if socialism is so bad then why are so many people fond of medicare.. & btw when I say a small group of people controlling all of the money its the corporations i worry about, not the government… The government is simply trying to use some of the little influence it has left to stop corporations from controlling every aspect of our lives. I mean you’ve got these corporations like walmart right under our noses that destroy small businesses and compile huge amounts of capital. That makes it an unfair playing field to the point where anyone thats not a mega corporation cannot survive… The whole profit motive republican capitalist idea failed us & some of you seem a little bitter about the fact that your philosophy failed us. deregulate deregulate deregulate is all that the reagen bush crowd knew how to do & it had dire consequences after the immediate political gains it got for them. A great summary of the modern republican view is “I GOT MINE SO FU*K YOU”

  • pjMom 4:56 PM on 03/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Reason #10,005 to homeschool 

    To avoid having your child procure an abortion with the help of “the school nurse” without your knowledge (let alone consent).

    Brings new meaning to “it takes a village,” doesn’t it?

     
    • fuzislippers 7:28 PM on 03/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is an absolute outrage. It’s bad enough that parents aren’t notified in many states, but for a public school to be in the abortion business is beyond despicable. That’s essentially using tax payer dollars to procure secret abortions during school hours. How is that legal?

      • pjMom 7:33 PM on 03/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed on the outrage. As for legality, I have no idea–I would venture a guess that it would hinge on that signed consent form even though there’s no mention of abortions, drug treatment, etc.

        That the girl was told not to tell her parents (and that she could then receive a “free” abortion”) is beyond the pale.

    • nicedeb 12:03 AM on 03/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to ObamAmerica.

  • pjMom 12:52 PM on 03/24/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Repeal means repeal! 

    From Jeffery Anderson at NRO:

    Less than three days after the passage of Obamacare, many Republicans are already losing their stomach for the fight. As Ezra Klein gleefully — but aptly — observes over at the Washington Post, “In about 12 hours, the GOP’s position has gone from ‘repeal this socialist monstrosity that will destroy our final freedoms’ to ‘there are some things we don’t like about this legislation and would like to repeal, and there are some things we support and would like to keep.’ . . . At this rate, they’ll be running on expanding the bill come November.”

    More at politicaljunkieMom.

     
  • pjMom 2:23 PM on 03/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    You’re fed up with lunch? I’m fed up with the government. (Reason to Homeschool #10,003) 

    I came across this blog yesterday via yahoo and couldn’t put my finger on what bothered me so much.  A teacher has taken it upon herself to eat the daily offering from her school cafeteria.  She then writes about the meal’s palatability, (un)healthiness, and posts a handy pic as well. 

    As someone who hated school lunches growing up–who doesn’t?–and someone who taught, I admit to the initial intrigue.  But I soon grew weary of the diatribe.  Why? 

    Her solution to the problem?  More money, of course.  “We demand change.”  Let’s all hear the chorus: But it’s for the children.

    We need make the long-term investment in children. We need to fund education. We need the best teachers. We need to feed students the best food we can find so that they can reach their potential as leaders. We are the USA after all! We act like we are the best, but look at how we fund education and school lunches. Do we really value children?

    Hey anonymous teacher, schools are well-funded.  And how can schools afford the best teachers if the worst among you can’t be fired because of union contracts?  As for food, it’s no secret that school meat doesn’t meet fast food standards.  

    What do you expect? It’s a government-run program

    What does she fail to point out?  It’s a government-run program

    Why is it not successful?  It’s a government-run program. 

    Why are the meals so unhealthy?   It’s a government-run program

    Why do the workers not care?   It’s a government-run program.

    So in a nutshell, like every other government-run-don’t-measure-us-by-our-failures-but-by-our-good-intentions-program, the education system beast needs more money to make lunch palatable, sustainable, organic, and “better” for the “poor kids” who “only have this one meal a day.”

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
    • Kdaunt 4:22 PM on 03/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just have to add my 2 cent’s worth. I taught for five years in the early 80’s. Kindergarten and 1st grade. Typical lunch room conversation always touched on salaries and how important teachers are, etc. etc. (you know, for the children). My wife at the time was a branch manager for a savings and loan. We often compared notes, and I became convinced that my college courses did not prepare me as well as her management training would have. Teachers are, basically, front line managers. And when my wife and I compared our salaries, pro-rated by month, because I worked two fewer months than she, we made about the same. I once said, in the lunch room, that I’d take a pay cut if they made my classes smaller (I had from 28 to 36 children in my first grade class during that year). I was kicked out of the break room.

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