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This is late primarily because I spent Thanksgiving week with children and grand children.

Fellow denizens and visitors, The first Thanksgiving celebration was held as a means of celebrating the fact that the Pilgrims had made it through their first year and could now feed themselves. I have no doubt that during that first year in the New World, the Plymouth settlers did much wrong, and probably would have had much to complain about. That has been the way of the world since Adam and Eve got drop-kicked out of the Garden.

Instead of complaining, on this one day, they took time out to celebrate the ways in which our Lord had blessed them. In many ways, we are in the same situation today.

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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First things first (and no sound effects this time):  I’m on “vacation”.

For those of you who remember (and even for those of you who don’t), my last such extended period away from my primary means of income creation went something like this.

And – most unhappily – so will this one.

It’s a long story, and once All Is Said And Done™, I will have some sort of comment on it.  But for now, the Blushing Bride™ and I are going to be hard at work.

In other words…David, General – you guys have the conn.

(PFWs, of course, are not, and will not be, affected by this.  Priorities, y’know. (grin))

Secondly, you may have noticed that the starfield clock has been replaced.

Reason is that – and I have to confess to a slight bit of stupidity here – the site where the clock was housed appears to have gone belly-up, and I didn’t download the .swf file in time.

Oh, well.  Live ‘n learn, I guess.

Talk to you guys in roughly a week.

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Every year or so in the PFW, I usually declare one simply by executive fiat, even when all my teams don’t win.

Time to break out the rubber stamp.

Frisco Liberty 31, Saliva Sulphur Springs 33

at #4 Texas Christian 51, New Mexico 10

UBuffalo 9, Kent State 6

at Oklahoma 27, #12 Oklahoma State 0

#22 Nebraska 28, at Colorado 20

at Dallas 24, Oakland 7

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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At a guess, I’d say that Tiger Woods definitely isn’t an alpha male.

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Denizens, you’re well aware of my personal opinion of a certain doublewide redheaded bimboid about 120 miles east of here.

That said, I would still come to her defense were I to see her becoming a victim of this.  This is just…wrong.

It was tough being a red head recently for students at a middle school in Calabasas, Calif., where dozens of students attacked their red-headed classmates — apparently inspired by an episode of the television show “South Park,” and a Facebook group.

The attacks happened on “Kick a Ginger Day” at the school, apparently inspired by a “South Park” episode titled “Ginger Kids,” which used red-heads as a satire on racism. That apparently led to the Facebook group “Natioinal Kick A Ginger Day,” which includes message encouraging attacks on red heads.

And another thing:  If you haven’t recently, take another gander at that pic of my son down there on the sidebar.

See the hair?

I’d damn well best never see shit like this being done to my son.  Bastards who do that will be well  ventilated by the time all is said & done.

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(Yeah, it’s a rerun of a rerun of a rerun.  Of a rerun.  Et ceteraBite Sue me, mkay?  I’m busy cooking. )

I first penned (penned?) this screed (g) on 11/17/01.  I thought it appropriate then (and still do), it being Thanksgiving and all, to jot down a list of those things for which I was thankful.  This year the tradition continues, below the fold, as usual with only a few minor tweaks to keep things current:

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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Prior to the Thanksgiving Day post, the Realm™ stops down for a short time to mourn the passing of Charles Kenneth Henderson, the father of Denizen & fellow blogger Alan K. Henderson.

Mr. Henderson had just celebrated his 77th birthday.

Alan, my friend, if there’s anything we can do, sir.

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As we gear up for another Perfect Football Weekend, we see where they’re trying to sweep things under the rug over at Hidden Valley Ranch.

Newman appeared to shove Campo after the secondary coach stopped him following a series and the two got into it again quickly after being separated.

Wade Phillips took a “Nothing to see hear,” approach Monday, saying it’s normal for such interaction.

[...]

When asked if he would speak to Newman about the incident Phillips said, “I don’t think you know the situation, so I think you’re misinformed about that. But we try to get everything straightened out on the sideline. There are a lot of ways to do it.”

Reporter: So what did happen between the two?

Phillips: “I’m not going to go through all of that because …”

[...]

“I don’t need to go into detail of who said what, what happened to who, all those things, he said she said,” Phillips said. “There wasn’t anything big that happened that made a difference. We worked out what we had to work out on the sideline, and that’s what we normally do. And that’s what happens with a lot of teams a lot of times.”

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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Beginning about 6 months before my fiftieth birthday, AARP sent me numerous invitations to join their organization. I have consistently refused because the AARP has the habit of taking political positions which I find to be unacceptable. In this article Joseph Farah tells us that our old Friend John McCain has urged AARP members to tear up their membership cards.

It seems that the good senator can do some things right.

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If there was ever an undeserved victory, it was this one.

Arlington Heights 13, Denton Ryan 38 (Area Round)

#4 Texas Christian 45, at Wyoming 10

UBuffalo 42, at Miami (Ohio) 17

Oklahoma 13, at Texas Tech 41

at #25 Nebraska 17, Kansas State 3

at Dallas 7, Warshington 6

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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As most of you know, I have very little use for the Catholic denomination.

That said, I was majorly encouraged by (hat tip:  Moe Lane at Redstate.)

Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has forbidden Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy to receive the Roman Catholic sacrament of Holy Communion because of his advocacy of abortion rights, the Rhode Island Democrat said Friday.

“The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion,” Kennedy said in a telephone interview.

Kennedy said the bishop had explained the penalty by telling him “that I am not a good practicing Catholic because of the positions that I’ve taken as a public official,” particularly on abortion. He declined to say when or how Bishop Tobin told him not to take the sacrament. And he declined to say whether he has obeyed the bishop’s injunction

About time the Catholics put some teeth in that declarative of theirs concerning politicians & baby-butchering.

Nice work, guys.  Now, if you’d go and tell off a certain Honduran lady in Miami about marriage vows, i.e. actually keeping  them…

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One step closer to socialism.

One step closer to civil war.

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Just HAD to do it Darth….just had to do it.

Anyway, I digress. The following is a copy of an email that I got from American Solutions earlier this week that I just finished reading (yea, yea, yea I know, “earlier this week”. Sue me, life has happened). American Solutions is a PAC/think tank that Newt Gingrich started in response to some recent events (namely that thing that was promised under the guise of “change”). I get emails from them whenever there is a significant goings-on inside the Beltway. Which means I’ve been getting them very frequently since last November.

Anywho. Check out what’s covered in this email and then ask yourself, “WTF, and just WHO do these politicians think they are?”

Unemployment currently stands at 10.2%, the highest in a quarter-century. The stimulus failed and now even more people are out of work.

Rather than creating jobs, the $787 billion pork-filled spending bill has created more debt and more deficits that every American citizen has to pay for in the middle of a recession.

Implicitly acknowledging the failure of the stimulus, the Obama administration has now announced a “Jobs Summit” on December 3rd.

For an administration actively promoting the adoption of job killing health, energy, and labor legislation, holding a “Jobs Summit” is more theater while millions of Americans struggle to find work.

Consider the record of the job killing politicians:

  • They promised us that the $787 billion stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%, but unemployment has been above 8% since February.[1]
  • They promised us the stimulus would “create immediate jobs,”[2] yet more than 4 million jobs have been “lost and dislocated” since President Obama signed it into law.[3]
  • Without reading it, they rammed through a 1,400-page energy tax in the House,[4] which will cost each taxpayer thousands of dollars in higher energy costs and result in the loss of an estimated 1.1 million jobs per year.[5]
  • Without reading it, they passed a 2,000-page tax and control bill in the House and called it “health care reform”, which will lead to $557 billion[6] in higher taxes and a loss of millions of jobs.
  • When faced with the failure to create jobs through the stimulus, they made up, yes made up, a new measurement of jobs “saved or created” that no economist takes seriously. As evidence of what they will do to deceive the public, they produced a “saved or created” report that invented congressional districts that do not exist as recipients of billions of taxpayer dollars[7] and distorted job creation numbers by tens of thousands, all to prove that th e stimulus is working.[8] David Obey (D-WI), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, even called this “outrageous” and described the mistakes as “ludicrous.”[9]
  • This is the record of politicians who promise new jobs and then vote for job killing legislation, record deficits and excessive government control.

    This week our General Chairman, Newt Gingrich, will be releasing an internal strategy memo outlining how we can stop these job-killing politicians before they cripple our economy for good and end America’s global, economic, and political leadership. Speaker Gingrich will also outline a bold agenda for American job creation and prosperity.

    We can’t stop these job-killing politicians alone. We need your help. Thank you for fighting to save America.

    Sincerely,

    Dan Varroney
    Chief Operating Officer
    American Solutions
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    [1] Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    [2] White House, “Remarks by the President and Vice President at the Signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
    [3] American Solutions, “The Real Story Behind the Stimulus.”
    [4] American Solutions, “Pelosi’s Crusade to Pass Cap and Trade.”
    [5] Heritage Foundation, “The Economic Consequences of Waxman-Markey: An Analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”
    [6] http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=3619
    [7] Watchdog.org, “$6.4 Billion Stimulus Goes to Phantom Districts.”
    [8] American Solutions, “Stimulus Jobs Distorted Coast to Coast.”
    [9] Washington Post, “Flawed Stimulus Numbers – Or a Flawed Promise to Provide Them?”

    ThatIsAll™

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    This has been making the email rounds. Looks like it just might have possibilities:

    What a clever idea! Yes, Christmas cards. This is coming early so that you can get
    ready to include an important address to your list.

    Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year.

    As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world.

    Make sure it says “Merry Christmas” on it.

    Here’s the address, just don’t be rude or crude. (It’s not the Christian way, you know.)

    ACLU
    125 Broad Street
    18th Floor
    New York , NY 10004

    Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn’t know if any were regular mail containing contributions.

    So spend 44 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone.

    Also tell them that there is no such thing as a “Holiday Tree”. . . It’s always been called a CHRISTMAS TREE!

    And pass this on to your email lists. We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!

    For those of you who aren’t aware of them, the ACLU, (the American Civil Liberties Union) is the one suing the U.S. Government to take God, Christmas or anything Christian away from us. They represent the atheists and others in this war.

    Help put Christ back in Christmas!

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    Unfortunately, it is completely believable.

    It seems that our President is now “sternly” warning us against too much government debt!

    Amazing, simply amazing.

    I believe the term our founder, in moments such as this makes reference to an RCOB. It definitely applies.

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