Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Palin’

A couple of weeks ago, NBC News ran a story about penguins in New Zealand after an oil spill in the area (makes you want to quote Sarah Palin doesn’t it? “Drill baby drill“).  Anyway the oil spilled and the penguins got soaked in it.  In order to prevent the penguins from ingesting toxic oil when they preen themselves, a dedicated group of knitters is providing sweaters for the little creatures!  Take a look – you will have to watch a 28 second ad first but even that is cute.

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“In fact, Osama bin Laden is a pilot of Americ...

Conspiracy Theory - Osama was really an American Airlines Pilot

Conspiracy Theory Wednesday

Great timing, that’s what I say… at least for me!  It couldn’t have been better timing; Thank you President O’Bama! I do worry that a Conspiracy Wednesday will come and go and no new conspiracy theory will crop up.  AND then I discovered the Tea Party theories which seem to spring forth like the fountain of youth.  AND NOW!!! It couldn’t have been more than a New York minute after the announcement that U.S. forces had conducted a ground attack on a house where Osama Bin Laden was residing/hiding, that the conspiracy theories burst forth.

Where was the body?  Why did they drop the body in the ocean?  Why doesn’t President O’Bama  release the photos?  How can we be sure that the DNA is really Bin Laden’s? OMG, it just goes on and on.  I’ve saved the best for last;  The raid was arranged so as to insure O’Bama’s re-election.  Wow, you gotta have a LONG memory from now to the next election day.

So which one should we explore? I don’t know that it makes any difference because those that believe it to be true cannot be confused by the facts.  Here are the facts as presented by those that should know and do know as opposed to those who don’t know anything for sure but have no compunction about casting aspersions and veiled falsehoods  taking skepticism to art form.

The body of Osama Bin Laden was washed according to Muslim tradition, wrapped in a white sheet, prayers were said, and as Muslims strive to bury the body as quickly as possible after death to avoid embalming, the body was disposed of at sea.

Sounds reasonable to me.  I am one of those people who kind of wish we could have seen the body- NOT because I’m into gore, BUT because I knew they would never believe anything that could possibly put our President in a good light.  Some of them are claiming the glory of the kill should go to George Bush.  And why I might ask?  He said he didn’t give OBL much thought and he wasn’t that important after all!!! Oh but then that must mean that Osama was killed after all.  Well really you can’t have it both ways.

I hate to give SP any air time at all, so suffice to say she tweeted some disdainful remarks  on Twitter.  Well what can you expect from  such a twit?

Let me end this blog with what I consider to be the quote of the day.  It’s from Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush;

“If you doubt he’s dead, no photo will satisfy. For the rest of us, Navy SEALs don’t miss,” Fleischer wrote on Twitter.

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Scanned Copy Released During Campaign

At long last the President’s long form Birth Certificate has been found, created, copied, exposed, revealed -WHATEVER!! So my God, what will Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin harp on now?  Never two to leave much to your own imagination, it took a few hours but sure enough here it is!

The only reason President Obama showed the world his Birth Certificate is….are you ready?? Because if you saw it published then you would be distracted from really hearing the news of the day which came from Ben Bernanke!!

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke held a press conference today to discuss interest rates. And what did we learn today once we got over the SHOCK of seeing the birther conspiracy evaporate into thin air?  Well apparently, the Feds are going to keep interest rates low because although the economy grew by 3% and unemployment rates dropped, the rate of inflation rose 2.7%.  YES, omg, this is just AWFUL and it SO awful that President Obama was able to time the release of his Birth Certificate AND arrange for the Federal Reserve to make this stunning announcement. 

And better yet, guess who was behind this all?  Well in a way, Donald Trump – at least according to Sarah Palin who is quite sure that the Donald bringing up the birther issue forced the President’s hand.  Wowie!  I’ll bet even the puffed up, side-swept head of Trump himself never really believed that HE would be the ONE.  Actually I thought Keanu was The One!  Amazing isn’t it that after all the rallies, the speeches, the harangues, the signs, the chanting about this birth certificate, that it was our (New York’s very own) Donald who brought the house down.  Oh Sarah, you half-term Governor, Vice President wannabee, how sad, how sad you are!

As for the idiot who escaped from his village, Glenn Beck, well I expect nothing less than the mad ravings of a certifiable lunatic.  Let’s see just how far this one can go.

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Epic Fail

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I was really excited when I saw the subject line of an email I received from my friend, Gail; you know, my chief contributor of fact, fiction, trivia and minutia!  I went to the site, read it and experienced an AHA MOMENT, I thought great; Let’s end 2010 by banishing certain over-used, mis-used and conf-used words.  Here is the list compiled by Lake Superior State University. I’M JUST SAYIN this list has the WOW FACTOR and by publishing it, I hope my blog goes VIRAL, read by all the MAMA GRIZZLIES, that I get an EPIC number of hits. I’m going to GOOGLE and FACEBOOK it and if read by all THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, it surely will not be a FAIL. And as we enter into a new year, I do hope all of you will LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!


“Often used to describe the spreading of items on the Internet i.e. ‘The video went viral.’ It is overused. I have no objection to this word’s use as a way to differentiate a (viral) illness from bacterial.” Jim Cance, Plainwell, Mich.

“This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined.” Kuahmel Allah, Los Angeles, Calif.

“Events, photographs, written pieces and even occasional videos that attracted a great deal of attention once were simply highly publicized, repeated in news broadcasts, and talked about for a few days. Now, however, it is no longer enough to give such offerings their 15 minutes of fame, but they must be declared to ‘go viral.’ As a result, any mindless stunt or vapid bit of writing is sent by its creators whirling around the Internet and, once whirled, its creators declare it (trumpets here) ‘viral!’ Enough already! If anything is to be declared worthy enough to ‘go viral,’ clearly it should be the LSSU Banished Words list for 2011!” Lawrence Mickel, Coventry, Conn.

“I knew it was time when the 2010 list of banished words appeared in Time magazine’s, ‘That Viral Thing’ column.” Dave Schaefer, Glenview, Ill.

“I didn’t mind much when ‘viral’ came to mean an under-handed tactic by advertising companies to make their ads look like pop culture. However, now anything that becomes popular on YouTube is suddenly ‘viral.’ I just don’t get it.” Kevin Wood, Wallacetown, Ont.

“Every time I see a viral video on CNN or am asked to ‘Let’s go viral with this’ in another lame e-mail forwarded message, it makes me sick.” Lian Schmidt, Bandon, Ore.


More than one nominator says the use of ‘epic’ has become an epic annoyance.

Cecil B. DeMille movies are epic. Internet fall-outs and opinions delivered in caps-lock are not. ‘Epic fail,’ ‘epic win’, ‘epic (noun)’ — it doesn’t matter; it needs to be banished until people recognize that echoing trite, hyperbolic Internet phrases in an effort to look witty or intelligent actually achieves the opposite.” Kim U., Des Moines, Iowa.

“Over-use of the word ‘epic’ has reached epic proportions. Tim Blaney, Snoqualmie, Wash.

“Anything that this word describes in popular over-usage is rarely ever ‘epic’ in the traditional sense of being heroic, majestic, or just plain awe-inspiring.” Mel F., Dallas, Tex.

“Standards for using ‘epic’ are so low, even ‘awesome’ is embarrassed.” Mike of Kettering, Ohio.

“I’m sure that when the history books are written or updated and stories have been passed through the generations, the epic powder on the slopes during your last ski trip or your participation in last night’s epic flash mob will probably not be included. This may be the root of this epic problem, but it seems as if during the past two years, any idea that was not successful was considered an ‘epic-fail.’ This includes the PowerPoint presentation you tried to give during this morning’s meeting, but couldn’t because of technical problems. Also, the ice storm of ‘epic proportions’ that is blanketing the east coast this winter sure looks a lot like the storm that happened last winter.” DV, Seattle, Wash.


One nominator says, “what originally may have been a term for a stockbroker’s default is now abused by today’s youth as virtually any kind of ‘failure.’ Whether it is someone tripping, a car accident, a costumed character scaring the living daylights out a kid, or just a poor choice in fashion, these people drive me crazy thinking that anything that is a mistake is a ‘fail.’ They fail proper language!”

“Fail is not a noun. It is not an adjective. It is a verb. If this word is not banned, then this entire word banishment system is full of FAIL. (Now doesn’t that just sound silly?)” Daniel of Carrollton, Georgia.

“When FAILblog.org went up, it was a funny way to view videos of unfortunate people in unfortunate situations. The word fail is now used by people, very often just to tease others, when they ‘FAIL.’ Any time you screw up in life — a trip up the stairs, a bump into a wall, or a Freudian slip, you get that word thrown in your face.” Tyler Lynch, Washington, Iowa.

“Mis-used. Over-used. Used with complete disregard to the ‘epic’ weight of the word. Silence obnoxious reality TV personalities and sullen, anti-establishment teenagers everywhere by banishing this word.” Natalie of Burlington, Ont.

“It has taken over blogs, photo captions, ‘status’ comments. Anytime someone does something less than perfect, we have to read ‘FAIL!’ The word has failed us all.” Aaron Yunker, Ishpeming, Mich.


“This buzzword is served up with a heaping of cliché factor and a side order of irritation. But the lemmings from cable-TV cooking, whatever design and fashion shows keep dishing it out. I miss the old days when ‘factor’ was only on the math-and-science menu.” Dan Muldoon, Omaha, Neb.

“Done-to-death phrase to point out something with a somewhat significantly appealing appearance.” Ann Pepper, Knoxville, Tenn.


“All this means is a point at which you understand something or something becomes clearer. Why can’t you just say that?” Audrey Mayo, Killeen, Tex.


“This should be on the list of words that don’t need to exist because a perfectly good word has been used for years. In this case, the word is ‘history,’ or, for those who must be weaned, ‘story.'” Jeff Williams, Sherwood, Ariz.


“These chicks call each other BFF (Best Friends Forever) and it lasts about 10 minutes. Now there’s BFFA (Best Friends For Awhile), which makes more sense.” Clare Rabe Forgach, Ft. Collins, Colo.


“A stupid phrase when directed at men. Even more stupid when directed at a woman, as in ‘Alexis, you need to man up and join that Pilates class!'” Sherry Edwards, Clarkston, Mich.

“Another case of ‘verbing’ a noun and ending with a preposition that goes nowhere. Not only that, the phrase is insulting, especially when voiced by a female, who’d never think to say, ‘Woman up!'” Aunt Shecky, East Greenbush, NY.

“Can a woman ‘man-up,’ or would she be expected to ‘woman-up?'” Jay Leslie, Portland, Maine.

“Not just overused (a 2010 top word according to the Global Language Monitor) but bullying and sexist.” Christopher K. Philippo, Glenmont, NY.

“We had to put up with ‘lawyer up.’ Now ‘man up,’ too? A chest-thumping cultural regression fit for frat boys stacking beer glasses.” Craig Chalquist Ph.D., Walnut Creek, Calif.


“Adding this word to the English language simply because a part-time politician lacks a spell checker on her cell phone is an action that needs to be repudiated.” Dale Humphreys, Muskegon, Mich.

Kuahmel Allah of Los Angeles, Calif. wants to banish what he called ‘Sarah Palin-isms’: “Let’s ‘refudiate’ them on the double!”


“Unless you are referring to a scientific study of Ursus arctos horribilis , this analogy of right-wing female politicians should rest in peace.” Mark Carlson, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.


“These politicians in Congress say ‘the American People’ as part of what seems like every statement they make! I see that others have noticed it, too, as various websites abound, including an entry on Wikipedia.” Paul M. Girouard, St. Louis, Mo.

“No one in Washington can pontificate for more than two sentences without using it. Beyond overuse, these people imply that ‘the American people’ want/expect/demand all the same things. They don’t.” Dick Hilker, Loveland, Colo.

“Aren’t all Americans people? Every political speech refers to the ‘American’ people as if simply saying ‘Americans’ (or ‘people’) is not enough.” Deb Faust, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.


“‘A phrase used to diffuse any ill feelings caused by a preceded remark,’ according to the Urban Dictionary. Do we really need a qualifier at the end of every sentence? People feel uncomfortable with a comment that was made and then ‘just sayin” comes rolling off the tongue? It really doesn’t change what was said, I’m just sayin’.” Becky of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

“I’m just sayin’…’I’m not sayin”’…Actually, you ARE saying…A watered-down version of what I just said or intended to say….SAY what you are saying. DON’T SAY what you aren’t saying.” Julio Appling, Vancouver, Wash.

“Obviously you are saying it…you just said it!” Catherine Wilson, Granger, Ind.

“And we would never have known if you hadn’t told us.” Bob Forrest, Tempe, Ariz.

“When a 24-hour news network had the misguided notion to brand this phrase as a commentary segment called, ‘Just sayin’, I thought I was going to wretch.” Casey Conroy, Pleasant Hill, Calif.


“Facebook is a great, addicting website. Google is a great search engine. However, their use as verbs causes some deep problems. As bad as they are, the trend can only get worse, i.e. ‘I’m going to Twitter a few people, then Yahoo the movie listings and maybe Amazon a book or two.” Jordan of Waterloo, Ont.


“It’s an absurdity followed by a redundancy. First, things are full or they’re not; there is no fullest. Second, ‘live life’ is redundant. Finally, the expression is nauseatingly overused. What’s wrong with enjoying life fully or completely? The phrase makes me gag. I’m surprised it hasn’t appeared on the list before.” Sylvia Hall, Williamsport, Penn.

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If you recall somewhere in one of my blog posts I said I was going to make a couple of the recipes I put up last Tuesday!  I know, I know, you THINK I have already made a recipe before I post it, thereby attesting to its goodness.  Well….confession time and truth be told-NOT ALWAYS!  But don’t turn away so quickly in disappointment-I said not always. I would say the percentage of recipes I haven’t tried first is less than 1%!!! So small I probably shouldn’t have even admitted it because now you may doubt my creditability.  Well don’t; I’m going to toot my own horn here, however if you want letters of reference, I can get them, lol.  Besides being a very good cook, I also have this uncanny ability to look at a recipe and know intrinsically whether or not it will taste good and if it will be too difficult to make. I don’t purport to be a gourmet cook, I am just a really good cook.

Well now that we have put that to bed, let me tell you the real story of this blog.  Last night we had supper under the stars with our next door neighbors, Jim and Judy.  The invitation was casual enough; Saturday morning and we are each on our front porch, drinking coffee and reading the morning newspapers.  That is what a summer weekend is all about right? Well, that and cleaning, and going to the grocery/hardware/home goods/pet food stores, watering the plants, filling the bird feeders, weeding, going to the beach, mowing the lawn and washing the car/changing the oil/getting gas. Whew! I’m already hot and sweaty!  But, I think that’s  from vacuuming the porch rug, the bedroom carpet and under the bed(that was scary!) and making Peter some bacon and eggs.  He’s on a kick to gain 10 pounds; I don’t know why he thinks it’s so hard….I told him just eat what I eat and he’ll be there in no time.  Oh the digression just goes on and on.

Back to the Saturday morning porch scene;  I lean over close to Peter and whisper that the meal I want to make tonight probably is more than enough for just the two of us and I think we should invite Jim and Judy to a casual  summer  supper in our backyard tonight.  So we did – or rather I left the inviting up to Peter stressing that he make clear it is really casual food (read it is DEFINITELY not steak), it isn’t even hot dogs and hamburgers  which  is probably summer’s most casual food.  Oh let me back up a little, I had it in my mind all along to have guests for dinner which is why I sent Peter out REALLY early to get my requisite Grande Americano, cat food and corn – except instead of 3 ears, I told him to get 4.  I wanted to say get 6 or 7 but if the dinner plans didn’t work out I didn’t want to have leftover corn.  BECAUSE if you know me, you know I only eat fresh corn picked that day! It’s not weird, it’s sugar….once the corn is picked it begins to turn to pure sugar immediately. Okay well,  we’ll have to do a nutrition blog another time.

So now that we have established guests, time and place, I know what prep work I need to do so that I can go to the beach and when I get home not have to knock myself out.  I am going to make the Squash, Cucumber and Cantaloupe side dish.  As you may remember, this dish requires the cucumber, squash and melon to be shaved into ribbons.  While not the best sous-chef  (but the only one around) I commandeered Peter to do this because he isn’t afraid of the mandolin.  Thank God, he did it with the patience of a saint that he doesn’t believe in.  The cantaloupe was SO RIPE that it just kept falling apart so instead of mandolin, I made the thinnest slices I could.  Those items got refrigerated.   I made the yogurt lime dressing and put it in the fridge.   I looked at the rest of that recipes  and realized this was NOT a meal you could prepare much in advance.  So we went to the beach!

supper under the stars, Martha Stewart Living,

He's Not Afraid of the Mandolin

Fast forward to 6pm and I am putting some hors d’oeuvres out on the front porch.  When Judy asked what could she bring I said dessert – they arrived with a BOX of fruit tarts, a raspberry, pear tart, a monster bottle of red wine, a bottle of white wine and a bottle of Absolut.  YIKES – they aren’t even getting cooked food!!!

I visited for a while with our guests, but I knew if we were going to eat I had to work in the kitchen and ALONE.  Several times Judy offered to help but I refused because a) I like to work alone, b) by the time I thought of what she could do, I could no doubt do it myself and c) I had never made all of this before so my timing was all off and I was winging it and you can’t both be winging!!!

I drained the cucumber squash mix and the cantaloupe, I peeled and cut up two avocados which were too ripe to slice so I just scooped out the pulp, sliced a tomato, got the pot out for the corn (and thankfully remembered to take the corn out to Peter to shuck),  lined the broiler with foil, made the blue cheese vinaigrette dressing.  At this point, I was ready to put corn in the pot, fry the turkey bacon and slice the rustic bread to toast in the broiler.  You know a cook and/or a mother make the best project managers in the world.  Why companies hire men who hardly ever do two things at once I’ll never know.  I set the table outside, got the candles, and was almost ready.  A quick survey of the food told me more dishes were going to be required.   I could see that you couldn’t or maybe shouldn’t put the yogurt dressing on the melon, cukes and squash and stir it up, so I put some in 4 bowls  and dropped a few dollops of dressing on each, put out the hokey (but oh so in the period of my kitchen) plastic corn plates, (you know they look like an ear of  corn lol).  I quartered the iceberg lettuce, drizzled the vinaigrette over the wedges and sprinkled a little more blue cheese on top- Mmmm they looked good! Finally with corn steamed, I assembled a few sandwiches with sliced tomato, bacon, mashed avocado and radish sprouts on the excellent Tuscan bread, cut them in halves, put them on a platter and I’m done!!!

We sat outside for hours under the stars; after supper, it was dessert and coffee and hours of conversation – to Peter’s delight our neighbors are liberal Democrats, intellects and well-read; they know Sarah Palin is stupid and that Lee Harvey Oswald was NOT the lone assassin who killed President Kennedy.

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What better day than today to recap recent Presidential and presidential wannabees’ actions, remarks and general hoo ha all around.

Clinton ended up in the hospital and had some arterial stents put in.

Bush purportedly appears on a billboard asking the country if they miss him yet –uh huh about as much as I miss having a root canal.

Speaking of root canals, I wonder how many dentists sent angry letters and emails to the White House afterPresident Obama likened the popularity of the Bailout Bill to that of having root canal surgery.

Joe the Plumber is no longer supporting McCain because “he’s no public servant”. True Joe, oh wait that’s not your real name and you’re not really a plumber either, are you?

McCain is running against Hayworth, a former talk show host who aligns himself with the tea partyers and accuses McCain of being “just like the Liberals”. Indeed!

Sarah wannabee Palin is campaigning for the sale of her book, John McCain in Arizona and herself as a possible Presidential candidate (oh dear God!).  Now, how in the world does this woman have time to take care of her special needs baby Trig,  oversee the upbringing of Piper and Willow (read Soccer Mom) , be a Grandma to Bristol’s baby and write letters to Track who is overseas, and hell who’s making Todd’s dinner? Oh Yeah, she’s one of us, right?

Former Viper, I mean Veep. Cheney is still running, not for office but off at the mouth. His appearance on Sunday’s This Week was replete with predictable prevarications.

The White House sent Biden out as attack dog and he and Cheney had an informal debate.  It wasn’t really a debate and there wasn’t any winner but interestingly enough both parties are claiming victory – lol.

On the upside of President’s Day, you could get a good deal on a new car, a mattress, kitchen appliances, clothes and bath and body works plus a lot of us had the day off. And I’m sorry that I started typing  so late that by now it’s not actually President’s Day any longer – Oh Well…..

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