April’s Misses And Kisses


  • not meeting deadline on posting about the African trip
  • not completing the upload of pictures
  • & biggest of all: failure to keep up with the daily blogging


  • completed the stone patio in my backyard
  • dug out flower beds for my backyard
  • spruced up the frontyard
  • & biggest of all: my son is back home for summer break…yeahhhhhhhh!!


Say it Like It Is….

Even if one of these Republicans manages to unite all the various overlapping factions – the tea-partiers, the religious conservatives, the deficit hawks, the libertarians, the pro-business country clubbers, the Wall Street types, the neoconservatives – will he or she be sufficiently financed and talented to knock off a charismatic incumbent who’s likely to be sitting on $1 billion in campaign funds?

And speaking of talent, have you actually looked at the current crop of Republican prospects? Suffice it so say that one of the front-runners is a guy who once embarked on a family road trip by strapping the family dog to the roof of the car.


The latest CNN poll of Republican voters puts Romney in second place for the nomination. First place goes to Mike Huckabee. It speaks volumes about the quality of the GOP field that the front-runner du jour is an evangelical pastor who compares gay civil unions to drug use, incest, and polygamy. And assuming he even runs, I wonder whether voters will warm to his “soft on crime” credentials, given the fact that, as Arkansas governor, he freed a rapist who later suffocated a mother of three; and that he helped free a serial criminal who, this past November, killed four cops in Washington state as they ate breakfast.


Sarah Palin may do the same (stick to her broadcast gigs), rather than expose herself to the daily indignities of demonstrating how little she knows. Her own fans don’t even think she’s electable; although she wowed the crowd at last weekend’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference, she drew only 18 percent of the straw-poll voters. The conservative base apparently fears that she’d be chewed up by “the liberal media,” but I sense that her fatal flaw is her sarcasm. Swing voters in a general election typically gravitate to sunny optimism – what Palin dismisses as “hopey, changey.”

and the money quote:

Obama may be beatable, on paper. But you can’t beat something with nothing.

Dick Polman’s must read article here.

Dumb And Dumber Palin

Palin just can’t stop herself from exposing her greatest trait: ‘dumbness‘. Here she is rattling to Sean Insanity on about President Obama’s new policy on START’ as reported in Crooks And Liars,

It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable,” said Palin on Sean Hannity’s 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.'”

Let’s count how generous she is with the errors here:
1. “No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step”. … Oh, yeahhhh? Ever heard of a guy called Jon Stewart? Or better yet, why not ask Michael Reagan to dust up his father’s speeches for ya…?

2.“…we just found out President Obama is supporting today”…. she generously admits that she has been in hibernation or tone-deaf at least from March 26, 2010, when President Obama announced the new agreement, not ‘we just found out…today’ (April 7, 2010). Really Palin..? Does it take about a fortnight for you to even start talking about this treaty..?????

3. “It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground”..…, yes, discussing nuclear non-proliferation and START treaty is exactly ‘kinda like a playground’.

4. ” I am not going to retaliate”....yes, that is exactly the meaning of, “If a non-nuclear weapon state is in compliance with the nonproliferation treaty and its obligations, the US pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at the Pentagon Tuesday.

5. “..go ahead and do what you want to with me”... is equivalent to “If any state eligible for this assurance were to use chemical or biological weapons against the United States or its allies or partners, it would face the prospect of a devastating conventional military response.”

look, Ms Palin, we have all accepted that you are a dumb, lazy and empty-headed opportunist. You do not need to excruciatingly prove us right every time you open your mouth. Just zip it for the love of America!!