Friday, February 29, 2008

Tink & Pink

Keira sent me this story and pictures via email. I loved it so much, I thought I'd share it, the piglet reminds me of Norman.

Here's a little sweetness for a Friday afternoon:

The Dachshund mother is fostering this guy for another mom who couldn't take care of him. He is just a little bigger than her other pups. She loves this little guy more than the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is the cleanest puppy ever because she licks him all the time.

His name is Pink, his "mom's" name is Tink

Tink, Pink and the other puppies nursing

He nurses all the time

sleeping with his siblings

Tink is very protective over Pink

The family sleeping

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results of 2008 Election!

I might think this is funny if I thought it couldn't happen...because in all probability, it's happened already.

Monday, February 25, 2008

My prediction

I predict Hillary will drop out of the race within the next 9 days (one day after the Texas and Ohio primaries.)

What do you think? Shall we make a game of it and the winner gets a prize?

Hillary Should Get Out Now
by Jonathan Alter
Newsweek Mar 3, 2008 issue

If Hillary Clinton wanted a graceful exit, she'd drop out now—before the March 4 Texas and Ohio primaries—and endorse Barack Obama. This would be terrible for people like me who have been dreaming of a brokered convention for decades. For selfish reasons, I want the story to stay compelling for as long as possible, which means I'm hoping for a battle into June for every last delegate and a bloody floor fight in late August in Denver. But to withdraw this week would be the best thing imaginable for Hillary's political career. She won't, of course, and for reasons that help explain why she's in so much trouble in the first place.

Withdrawing would be stupid if Hillary had a reasonable chance to win the nomination, but she doesn't. To win, she would have to do more than reverse the tide in Texas and Ohio, where polls show Obama already even or closing fast. She would have to hold off his surge, then establish her own powerful momentum within three or four days. Without a victory of 20 points or more in both states, the delegate math is forbidding. In Pennsylvania, which votes on April 22, the Clinton campaign did not even file full delegate slates. That's how sure they were of putting Obama away on Super Tuesday.


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Security lapse in Dallas (sound familiar?)

I got the heads up on this story from Polishifter's blog.

Please widely distribute. This is not being reported in the MSM.

From United Press International:

Report: Security relaxed at Obama speech
Published: Feb. 21, 2008 at 6:27 PM

DALLAS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Secret Service told Dallas police to stop screening for weapons while people were still arriving at a campaign rally for Barack Obama, a report said.

Police stopped checking people for weapons at the front gates of Reunion Arena more than an hour before the Democratic presidential hopeful appeared on stage Wednesday, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported.

Police said the order to stop using metal detectors and checking purses and laptop bags constituted a security lapse, the newspaper reported.

Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence -- who heads the department's homeland security and special operations divisions -- told the Star-Telegram the order had been intended to speed up seating of the more than 17,000 people who came to hear the candidate speak.

Lawrence said he was concerned about the large number of people being let in without being screened, but that the crowd seemed "friendly," the newspaper said.

Several Dallas police officers -- speaking on condition of anonymity because the order came from federal officers -- told the newspaper it was worrying to see so many people get it without even a cursory inspection.

The Star-Telegram said the Secret Service did not return a call seeking comment.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Norman!

Of course there are many things going on in the world that I could be blogging about today, but in my little corner of the world, nothing is more important than this....

Happy 5th Birthday, Norman!

Norman, they broke the mold, when they made you. I have never had or met a more neurotic obsessive-compulsive dog, and I wouldn't have it any other way. You are the dog version of me, and I love you to infinity.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wolf Blitzer - Unwatchable

I was going to write a post on how CNN has become unwatchable, but I decided that wasn't fair. While CNN is flawed in many ways, the main issue I really have with them is Wolf Blitzer. He needs to be replaced.

I have been watching The Situation Room almost every day since it premiered a few years ago. If it weren't for Bill Schneider and Jack Cafferty's segments, I would stop watching it.

Blitzer tries to hide his Republican slant by using a monotone voice, but the more I watch him, the more I see right through it, and I'm not alone. Media Matters has reported on this, as well.

MSNBC has become a far superior network, although they do air shows like "Lockup" and "To Catch a Predator" way too much. Also, putting David Shuster on permanent leave for what he said about Chelsea Clinton is going overboard. I'm sure he's learned his lesson, so bring him back already. He's a great reporter.

It would be in MSNBC's best interest to go to 24/7 news.

Monday, February 18, 2008

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Olbermann Special Comment 02.14.2008

This is why Keith Olbermann is the best thing on TV. You will not hear anything like this anywhere else. He IS the Edward R. Murrow of our generation...maybe even better.

Keith Olbermann, I love you.

Monday, February 11, 2008


Most of my neighbors on my block are Democrats. I know this by the large amount of Kerry lawn signs and bumper stickers I saw during the last general election in my neighborhood. However, there is one woman on my street that is a Christian Evangelical Republican. Several years ago, her young daughters caused quite a stir when they attempted to proselytize the Jewish kids next door. That didn't go over so say the least.

To this day, this woman still has a Bush/Cheney 2004 sticker on her car.

Her husband is very nice. He is an Independent, and always takes the time to chat with me when I walk Norman & Stella past their house (unlike his wife who has never spoken a word to me. )

I ran into him at Target this morning. He asked how I thought the elections were going. I said something like it's a bit of a mess, but it could be worse.

I asked him who they were supporting. He said he liked Obama, and his wife is torn between McCain and....Obama! I almost fell over. He went on to say that she hates Hillary, but likes Barack.

I think that's it in a nutshell, folks, and that is why he must be our candidate.

Bill Maher covered this phenomenom on his last show. Here is that clip:

And, check these out:

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

This post is dedicated to my semi-anonymous blogger reader, "Liberal Demise":

Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican
By John Gray
Cincinnati, Ohio

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark)

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

He turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day) Joe agrees, “We don’t need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have”.

By John Gray

Cincinnati, Ohio
Published July - 2004

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Mitt Romney: fucktard

Jon Stewart said it best....especially at about the 3:00 mark on this vid.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Happy Birthday, Stella!

My beautiful black pug, Stella, turns 5 years old today.

While Norman turns a lot of heads, and his OCD is endearing, and far as good dogs go, Stella can't be beat. She is my baby girl, and I love her so.

Happy birthday, Stella!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Caucus Night

There was a huge turnout at our caucus location. Tom & I could barely walk through the halls at St. Louis Park High School because it was so packed. It was a wonderful thing.

There was overwhelming support for Al Franken there. He will have no trouble winning in my district, considering he grew up here.

In fact, Al was there! I talked to him in the foyer when we first walked in, and later he came in to talk with our caucus room (which was standing room only.)

As far as the Presidential vote count, I believe it was something like Hillary: 61, Obama: 111. I was actually surprised Hillary got that many as I did not see anyone wearing a Hillary button. However, I did see Al Franken and Barack Obama buttons & stickers as far as the eyes could see.

I signed up to be the Associate Chair and a delegate for Senate District 44. Tom will also be a delegate.

As I watch the coverage on MSNBC, it's only a matter of time before Minnesota is called for Obama. Hey! There it is!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Super-duper Tuesday - tomorrow!

I can't wait!

And, here's a head's up on how things are going in Minnesota:

Attendance for Obama rally: 20,000
Attendance for Hillary rally: 6,000

My Life

Here's something I made for MySpace. Thought I'd share it here*

*The slideshow was slowing my blog down, so I removed it.

If you really wanna see it, it's