Oh, and I e-mailed Professor Rahe about those opinion posts I linked to and here was his kind reply:
Not to worry. The trick is to tie policies that help people find work, etc. back to first principles. We are the wealthiest country in the world. We did not get here by way of socialism. We got here by way of liberating the individual from the shackles that prevented him from making his own way by his own efforts. The author MDB has apparently never heard the argument. That is because nearly all Republicans have followed the path that he recommends.
Be of good cheer.
The 2012 Flag City BalloonFest is now a sweet memory. In spite of the Friday night washout (due to rain), Saturday afternoon and evening was great!
Hope everyone is well in these here parts, and I apologize for missing Tink’s birthday!
Love the hotair ballons, but you’d never get me up in one.
I’ve been crewing for about seven years, now, and haven’t ridden yet. Near as I can figure, the pilot looks at my incredible stature, does some quick math, and figures that I’ll turn his lighter-than-air craft into an anvil.
I’ve seen your pictures. You aren’t that rotund!
The pilot’s basket is really small. His sponsor is as skinny as a rail; so, they both fit at the same time. Put me in there, and the pilot won’t be able to breathe, much less move.
Perhaps my only other option is to learn to pilot a hot air balloon. Or, I could lose weight. If I got a really big balloon . . .
The one word you do not want to hear when up in a hotair balloon…”Oops!”
It looks like you had a good reason, so all is forgiven – and you even brought cake!
I appreciate your generosity on such a lovely occasion!
Am I the only one who thinks during the next Olympics, they should change the national anthem of Greece to “She Ain’t Got no Money”
It would be appropriate, if unpopular.
Funny how dreary and nondescript most NAs are.Like,you’d think Jamaica would have a nice reggae beat or that China’s would actually sound Chinese.
That would be quite funny.
“Now let us all stand for the Greek national anthem.”
Instruments swell, emotions rise. . .
“She ain’t no money in the bank. She be walkin’ round actin’ all skank.”
Cracks me up that you knew the opening lines to that song right away
Don’t get too cracked up, I looked ‘em up.
Hey! I rhymed!
So, now you are an elitist?
Love it! Judging from the rest of the countries on the brink (even ours … for the moment), maybe they could use this one, or this one.
A fan film for Batman. Taking place between Dark Knight and Rises. Although Nolan wrapped up Batman and it is a real shame because so much was left on the table. Obviously the production values aren’t great, but considering the low budget its pretty good. Stick with it to the end, if you aren’t familiar with Batman lore there is a bit of a surprise.
Here in Memphis,practically every grocery store now has a lottery ticket vending machine…dozens of ways to “instantly win!”.Here they peddle the idea that the money raised goes to college scholarships.Very nice,but meanwhile the state jacks up tuition 10-15% a year.
They all fib about these sort of things. Precisely why Nevada has no lottery…well, that’s not exactly true. It’s actually so the gaming industry here can get all the loose change that the gov’t. doesn’t manage to suck up in traffic tickets and auto registration fees!
Here in Ohio, the Ohio Lottery has announced that they will no longer fund the effort to send Ohio students to the National Spelling Bee. Instead, they’re redirecting the funds to organizations helping those folks with gambling addictions. Seriously.
There’s a lot of self-righteous UNreligious people, too; but, the media seems to be in love with them. Every time the look at the mirror.
Every time THEY look in the mirror. Sorry. Took typing lessons from “-fritz-’s Easy Typing School.”
Hey! Tink taught me how to type!
HEY! It is your own fault that you didn’t follow through with your finger strengthening exercises!
Sorry. I did not realize finger exercises were a prerequisite. Otherwise I’d have never quit learning the piccolo!
Playing the piccolo? Is that what they’re calling it, now?
>>There is only one Queen live at Wembley…>>
We talking the Live Aid performance or the one from ’86? There can be only two.
I thought about that after I posted it… I was more making a statement against that travesty that was Jacki J or whomever sing We Will Rock You at Wembley in the Closing Ceremony.
I don’t really blame Brian May and Roger Taylor necessarily… it is “all hands on deck” for these sorts of things… but her? really? Playing along with that Freddie Mercury video would have been preferable.
Yeah — and I’m generally of the mindset nobody should tell anybody when to stop doing what they love to do (wait, I think I hear Rufus about to return to bemoan all those young guitarists who were never allowed to shine because John Lee Hooker played till he died) — but I’m really thinking John Deacon had the right idea when he retired in the 90s. Still, I think I’d pay for an Adam Lambert-fronted Queen show.
Lambert… yeah he’d be good…as much as I hate to say that.
After what he did at the Mercury tribute show, I would have paid to see George Michael go on the road with Queen, too. Heck, it presents itself, still would.
Guys this needs its own thread…hear taht it? Its me laughing my ass off…OMG I think Obama has gone demented…..
Um Mr. President, that bill you are harping about? IT WAS PASSED TWO WEEKS AGO! You want it passed? TELL HARRY FING REID!
He’s not losing it…he’s lost it!
“A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess? “
Watching Stars Earn Stripes on NBC. The rest of the network sucks, but this looks pretty cool. I would love to do the stuff they’re getting to do — and it’s for a slate of military charities including The Wounded Warrior Project.
Downside… Wesley Clark is the host, but he’s been on silent for so long that he’s less annoying than if this were 2005. He uses a cane too… I’m assuming it’s legit and he’s not paying tribute to Prime Minister Pete Nice (that’s for you E).
Only legit if he got to Cali and he hooped it, he hooped it.
Todd Palin is kicking everybody’s ass.
he’s a bona fide manly man
You know that song “Sarah Smiles”? It’s because she gets to go home to HIM.
Floyd, are you infectious with the “adding an ‘s’ to the end of words” malady? On behalf of Threedonia Order of the Hall & Oates – Water Buffalo Division, “Sarah Smile.”
(Rufus, you’re late on your dues.).
I don’t know… I didn’t add an s to anything that didn’t need it I think, though I’m not going to reread everything I’ve written today.
Sorry, my bad. You had “Superfluous ‘The’” syndrome. My old guy errant goof thinking of Matt Helm mentioning the “s” thing.