What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thefts, stampedes make Black Friday blue for some – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

This is why I always stay the hell away from shopping on Balck Friday. It makes me wonder what happened to holiday goodwill.

Thefts, stampedes make Black Friday blue for some – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ritchie files lawsuit in 48th District election-The Valley News Online

Ritchie files lawsuit in 48th District election - The Valley News Online

Fiscal Conservative: one who advocates avoiding deficit spending.

This is the platform that Patty Ritchie ran on and apparently the North Country ate it up, because she leads Darrell Aubertine, our incumbant in NY's Senate District 48, in votes and absentee ballots.

So, if your opponent has already conceded AND you are ahead in votes, what is fiscally conservative about a special SUNDAY petition to file a lawsuit for a court review of the ballots that could cost NYS taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Look Back into History as our budget hits almost 4 trillion...

As I listen to the upcoming battle on the Bush tax cuts, the talks on what to cut to manage the budget, and the ever present hand ringing over our budget getting higher and higher, I am reminded of a time in history when the homefront played their part in helping their country fight and win a war.
Back in WWII, our country was coming out of a Great Depression. It was essentially the war that brought us back from this Depression. Jobs were created, an armed force had to be trained, and weapons had to be built. Men and women went to war and many civilians worked in factories in order to provide our forces with what they needed to win.

It doesn't sound too much different than what we are doing today, but there is one thing that was prevalent in WWII that is not seen today. The civilian homefront was willing to sacrifice to provide for the war.  Not only was food rationed to avoid shortages, but families worked their victory gardens to provide and can food, they gave up the bumpers to their cars to scrap metal drives, drove their cars on wooden wheels to provide rubber, and bought war bonds.  The homefront was an essential part to the success of WWII.
Have we as a national community become so "me" driven, become so disconnect, that we see our country struggling in a war, our economy continuing to falter, that we are seriously considering cutting Social Security and Medicare, but yet not willing to sacrifice one iota of our comfort?  We continue to drive our big cars without considering a carpool, we waste food, we sit at home with our internet and satellite TV, and we care more about whether Bristol Palin should have really moved ahead on "Dancing with the Stars" than the war in Afghanistan.
Where's the homefront sacrifice?  Where are the programs like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) or the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)...you don't have a job but want to work, fine, then work for the country building roads and buildings instead of  drawing on the system. It is time we got our heads out of our asses and decided that getting our country back on track is worth giving up some comforts for.  This isn't a Republican or Democrat thing.  This isn't a poor, working class, or millionaire fight. This should be a fight we all fight if we want our country to be great again.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

From Brooklyn to Manhattan - 1899 - Thomas Edison film

Train traveling from Brookly to Manhattan...pretty cool film!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Doris Kearnes Goodwin on The Colbert Report

This is an awesome analysis on the Elections.  Ms. Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and a Presidential historian.  This is why we need to know our history...when you don't know your past, you can't learn the lessons for the future.

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GOP leader's top goal: Make Obama 1-term president

OK..now see?! This is what I am talking about! Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell is taking an aggressive stance that to me looks like there will be no working together or compromising in Washington...as usual.

GOP leader's top goal: Make Obama 1-term president

A "Golden Age of Hollywood" Moment

Last night, I watched "Saratoga Trunk" on Turner Classic Movies.  This movie starred Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper, in which Ingrid Bergman played a woman who, along with her mother, is shunned from New Orleans society, and she comes back to seek revenge for how her mother was treated.  Part of her plan is to marry a rich man so she too could be rich and look down her nose to those that shunned her.  Enter the cog in the gears, Gary Cooper, a Texas gambler.

Here's my "Golden Age of Hollywood" moment....
Gary Cooper in a white suit with a big white hat.  Justin Timberlake was mistaken when he stated he was bringing sexy back because sexy was there in 1945 when 44 year old Gary Cooper, all 6'3 of him, strutted around in that suit, flashing that slow, lazy grin of his.....*sigh*!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

My first post in months and big surprise...it's about politics.

I am watching the results come in on CNN and I can honestly say that I am not surprised.  I'm not going to fault the Republicans for gloating as I did the same thing two years ago when my party swept the Nation.  I'm not happy about all this, and as I hear that the Republicans will gain control of the House, I still hope for the Democrats to keep the Senate. 

Many are calling this a referendum to President Obama, which I think is unfair.  I do not understand how people could think that ANYONE, Democrat or Republican, could fix this country in two years.  No, I believe it's a referendum on the peoples disgust with their Congress.  They are disgusted with promises not kept and of politics as usual when usual is bickering and stalemates.  Honestly, I am not sad that Nancy Pelosi lost her control of the House.  Two years ago, I applauded the "girl power" moment of when we had a female Speaker of the House only to be left disillusioned that she was just as bad as the rest of them.

As important as this election was, I found I didn't have the heart to get too involved.  I didn't phone bank, I didn't canvass, I didn't even stand and hold a sign this year.  I voted...that's all.  Why?  Because I'm tired.  I saw this election season as one of the nastiest that I have ever seen.  Both Democrats and Republicans engaged in dirty politics and attack ads.  Both sides robocalled, phone banked, and sent mailings to voters to within an inch of their sanity.  What I want to see is campaigns that focus on the issues.  I want to see elected officials work together with each other and with our President.  Is that so much to ask?  I think not.