Monthly Archives: September 2008

Pelosi Is A Big Meany: No Deal

For the good of the U.S. economy, our House of Representatives needed to reach a bipartisan agreement to bail out Wall Street. We are in dire circumstances and the petty bickering needs to stop, or at least be put on hold so we can find a way to minimize the risk of another Depression.

Republicans and Democrats alike will need to make compromises. Nobody will get everything they want in the deal. They knew this going in, and announced yesterday that they had come to an agreement. But when it came time to vote, Republicans didn’t keep their end of the deal.

Why? Because Nancy Pelosi hurt their wittle feelings:

Republican house leader John Boehner said: “We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House”.

The speaker’s words, he said, “poisoned our conference, caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south”.

BBC News

So, Mr. Boehner, you were all committed to doing what’s right for the economy, for your constituents, for America and the world, until mean old Nancy Pelosi offended you?

Grow the hell up, you bunch of sniveling cry babies! We’re facing the possibility of a depression at the moment, and you’re behaving like spoiled brats, throwing a hissy fit and holding your breath withholding your (promised) votes because Nancy Pelosi said something you didn’t want to hear.

Go home and pout all you want, but don’t take it out on us.

I’m beginning to seriously wonder if Republicans are trying to throw this election.

Update: U.S. House Republican Leader, John Boehner’s reaction to the vote:

At the end of the day this is not about the Democrats or Republicans – it’s about our economy and what’s best for the American people. And regardless of what happened today we’ve no choice in my view but to work together to try to find a solution to make sure that we save our economy and we save our constituents.

BBC News

Well, John, this doesn’t exactly line up with your sniveling about what a big meany Nancy Pelosi is. In fact, it confirms that you understand the magnitude of the situation, but rather than do the right thing, you and your party decided to stick your bottom lips out and whine: No fair! Nancy’s a big meany pants and we don’t wanna play with her anymore! Hmph!


Sarah Palin: Out Of Her League

Kathleen Parker, who once supported Sarah Palin, now says that Palin is “clearly out of her league”:

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Townhall.com

I had a feeling we would start hearing that kind of thing from Palin supporters when the Republicans could now longer hide her from the media. I watched her interviews with Charlie Gibson and I actually felt a little sorry for her. As Kathleen Parker says, “she repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there”.

For example, she made the following statement to Sean Hannity:

Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.

What? I’ve made more coherent statements in my sleep after passing out drunk.

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”

Um, did someone say something or do I hear flies buzzing? It may very well be flies, because we all know what flies are attracted to:

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Indeed!

But while some McCain supporters are calling for Sarah Palin to step down for the good of her party and the United States, I’m saying, keep her! Please!

And, by all means, let her keep tossing her word salad at the press.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


God Loves You, Burn In Hell

I have an amusing story to tell following this same theme. I’ll post it as soon as I can.

Courtesy of Bill Mutranowski


Watch Me Twitter

That sounds kind of creepy, doesn’t it? Although it could sound kinky if you were in the right mood.

I really didn’t think I would ever give in to this whole Twitter thingamajig, but what the hell. The hard part for me is being limited to 140 words. I have trouble just saying hello in 140 words! Maybe I can use it to practice getting to the point, if nothing else.

So anyway, here I am on Twitter (there’s also a link over yonder ::points right:: ) if you want to stalk me hunt me follow me, or whatever it is we’re supposed to do on this fancy schmancy twittering thing.

Any tips on how to make the best use of it are welcome and appreciated.

Cheers! And, uh… happy Twittering.

Edit: Not 140 words, but 140 characters. Had a brain fart there.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Yet Another Book About Atheism

This one takes a rather new and interesting approach, however. Guy P Harrison is the author of 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God. The following is an excerpt from his guest post at Skepchick.

As a traveler I have discussed belief in gods with people on six continents. As a journalist I have interviewed a rich variety of fascinating people and many times religion came up. […]

Each chapter is a reason for belief that I heard repeatedly from many believers in many places. I respectfully listened to the world’s believers about why they believe and then responded to what they said, not as a debating rival or as a superior intellect, but as nothing more than a fellow human sharing his thoughts on an important matter. The consistently polite and respectful tone of this book defuses the most common defensive reflex from believers when confronted with ideas that challenge the existence of their gods. They replay the usual condemnation: “This is the angry rant of a bitter atheist who is more dogmatic and closed minded than any religious person I know.” 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God is exceedingly polite. I want readers to be thinking about my ideas in the book, not how mean or arrogant my tone is. I make it clear that I am challenging their reasons for belief, not them personally.

Sounds interesting. I think I’ll buy a copy.


National Punctuation Day®

Well, it was yesterday, so I’m a day late. But to make up for it, I always carry exact change.

I first read about this at SaintPaulGrrl’s Northern Exposure. I intended to post about it yesterday, but had a lot of personal stuff going on and simply forgot. Punctuation is something we use daily, though, so it’s just as important today as it was yesterday, I suppose.

In comments, Miranda gives a great example of how much difference misplaced commas can make, for instance:

The panda walks into a bar… he eats, shoots, and leaves!

The power of the comma changed a passive panda, which eats bamboo shoots and leaves, into a homicidal psychopath! It’s a crying shame.

Seriously, though, please check out the website for National Punctuation Day®. It’s a handy resource for all your punctuation needs. And they’re open seven days a week, 24 hours a day!

From their website:

5th Annual National Punctuation Day® helps schools and businesses promote good writing skills and literacy

PINOLE, CA — Why is punctuation important Jeff Rubin the Punctuation Man and founder of National Punctuation Day explains that without punctuation you would not be able to express your feelings in writing not to mention know when to pause or stop or ask a question or yell at someone and without punctuation you would not be able to separate independent clauses and show an example of how a business lost millions because of an errant comma so dont forget the most important punctuation mark $$$$$$ OK so a dollar signs isnt a punctuation mark but its important dont you agree

Do check it out!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Fargo

One of my favorite films of all time is Fargo. I love the black comedy and stereotypical Minnesota Nice. Guess I’m a sucker for absurd humor.

I watched Fargo again over the weekend. It was on Comedy Central and I was disappointed at how much was cut out. I went onto YouTube to try and find the deleted scenes (you’d think I would have it on DVD, huh?) and I couldn’t find specifically what I was looking for. I did find two of my favorite scenes, though, and thought I’d share them with you.

The scene in which Melissa Peterman plays a hooker has embedding disabled, but you can watch it here. Frances Dormand is brilliant throughout the film, although this scene doesn’t do her justice.

I just love the subtle Swedish influence in their speech! I guess I’m also a sucker for accents; ask my husband!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On