Monthly Archives: April 2009

100 million is “Drop in the bucket” – no kidding!

President Obama acknowledged Monday that his call to cut $100 million from the federal budget represents a drop in the bucket, but he insisted that the small savings will eventually add up to a lot and that it will help address what he called a public “confidence gap” over government spending.

He said, “$100 million here, $100 million there, pretty soon even in Washington it adds up to real money.”

This short video is a must-see illustrating just how little it really is in the big picture.  He thinks he can just put out a number starting with 100 and all the little peasants will think he’s really done a great thing.

Thank you, 10000 Pennies., for the video. [H/T Laree]

I sure do agree with that.  A drop in the bucket.  And this after pushing the stimulas package and the omnibus bill through in which even one of the little “porky projects” amounts to much more than that.  For example:

*$246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.  Almost any one of these projects would equal or exceed the $100 million that will be saved by the piddling amounts saved by either the Homeland Security Department buying in bulk, or the Department of Agriculture combining a few offices into one, or saving on computers, et cetera, and even these projected savings will take five to 15 years to even be realized.  This would have been fine if it had not come on the heels of the spending spree that has already come down.

$100 million is the equivalent of 402,000 iPods, or 2.16 million barrels of oil, or about 4,500 Toyota Prius cars. (That may sound like a lot, but Obama recently announced plans to buy 17,600 American-made, fuel-efficient cars for the government fleet.)

Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul. It is really insulting.

Get ready for more tea parties on July 4th.

Posted: 04.20.09  Reposted:  04.30.09

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Obama SLAMS tea baggers – uh Americans like me

I take it personal.  He did say:  “Those of you…..”

Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

I didn’t get to wave any tea bags, but I was there in spirit and surely would have, if possible, but he is talking about me, my friends, my loved ones here.  As the old saying goes, “He’s done stopped preaching and gone to meddling.”  All I know is I hope we wave a whole bunch more tea bags.

I have not said it yet, but he just became “not my president.”  I wonder if this is what he wants.  Surely he knows he is supposed to be president of all the people, whether they voted for him or not.

See video.

Posted: 04.29.09

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Fox News absolutely rules in cable news ratings – Holds 11 top spots for April

Fox News takes all of the Top 11 cable news shows in April.  That’s pretty darn good any way you look at it.  But what is kind of funny – CNN and MSNBC are putting out faux news releases that somehow twist things around to look good for them [as saying Rachel Maddow is gaining on Anderson Cooper.  Yeah, right, they just don’t tell you it’s for spot 15 and 16]. And it’s Fox that is “fondly” called Faux News. 🙂

Fox News has not issued a statement about the ratings.

The story goes that they didn’t want to distract from the battle raging between CNN and MSNBC for spot 12.  🙂

1. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News): 3,498,000 total viewers
2. “Hannity” (Fox News): 2,566,000 total viewers
3. “Glenn Beck” (Fox News): 2,230,000 total viewers
4. “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” (Fox News): 2,173,000 total viewers
5. “Special Report with Bret Baier” (Fox News): 2,047,000 total viewers
6. “The Fox Report with Shepard Smith” (Fox News): 1,915,000 total viewers
7. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News, repeat): 1,723,000 total viewers
8. “Your World with Neil Cavuto” (Fox News): 1,520,000 total viewers
9. “America’s Newsroom” (Fox News): 1,505,000 total viewers
10. “Studio B with Shepard Smith” (Fox News): 1,314,000 total viewers
11. “Happening Now” (Fox News): 1,247,000 total viewers
12. “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” (MSNBC): 1,237,000 total viewers
13. “The Live Desk” (Fox News): 1,210,000 total viewers
14. “Larry King Live” (CNN): 1,093,000 total viewers
15. “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN): 1,058,000 total viewers
16. “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC): 1,042,000 total viewers
17. “Situation Room” (CNN): 898,000 total viewers
18. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” (CNN): 826,000 total viewers
19. “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull” (CNN): 786,000 total viewers
20. “CNN Newsroom” (CNN): 725,000 total viewers

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Arlen Specter’s parting words for the republicans (Funny)

Well, as far as I’m concerned, Arlen Specter belongs in the democrat party and I’m glad he finally recognized it. He was a RINO anyway. I wasn’t even going to write about it, but this is just too funny to pass up.

Andy Borowitz on Huffington Post is reporting that Specter had some choice words for his former republican colleagues today.

As in:

“Now I can say it: what a bunch of f*cking a..holes!”

And:

“This is something I’ve wanted to say for years: is there a bigger d.ck on this planet than Mitch McConnell?” he said. “I know he thinks he’s doing his job, but please, what a f*cking t.rd.”

And as to Minority whip Eric Cantor:

“Eric f*cking Cantor? Please. That douche can kiss my g.dd.mn stimulus package.”

Well!  🙂

This is a joke, right?  I don’t know. 

Huffington Post.

Posted: 04.29.09

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Fun with Etsy – Everything handmade

I am having lots of fun with my little Etsy shop, “Mostly Making Memories.” See more @  http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6777897 (bellalu0.etsy.com)

Here’s a sample:

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Bonnie Bluebell earrings (sold)

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Bounce earrings (sold)

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Pool Party earrings

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Cotton Candy earrings

Posted:  04.29.09  Updated:  05.12.09

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Louis Caldera, White House Military Office, man of the week

Digging a little deeper into little-known Louis Caldera, Director, White House Military Office,  the man responsible for the low flight of Air Force One over Manhattan:

Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, apologizes to the city of New York. Caldera came to the White House from IndyMac, where he served on the board of directors from 2002 until the bank was seized by the feds last year.

IndyMac is under investigation for fraud.

Read the story Here.

Posted: 04.28.09

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Time Magazine “world’s most influential person” poll manipulated by an internet group (Update)

ll, this for anyone, as myself, who has wondered about poll results and their validity.  An internet group with a reputation of being part of the underbelly of the net successfully rigged Time Magazine’s “Time 100” poll to name their founder, moot, as the world’s most influential person.

Now, I’ll have to say, once again I thought – this is some kind of joke, I’d better check further, but from all I can see, it is for real.  One source said that Time Magazine has sort of shrugged it off saying it was just an internet poll.

“”Look closely at Time magazine’s online voting results so far for the Time 100 and you will see at the top someone called moot (aka 21-year-old Christopher Poole), the founder of 4chan, the notorious online bulletin board where hackers like to hang out. Not only did moot’s followers manage to get his name to the top of the Time 100 reader’s list, they also manipulated the next 20 spots.””

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See the gross details Here.

UPDATE:  I just caught a glimpse on CNN of a special program announcing Time Magazine Worlds Most Influential People to be aired on May 1st, with Anderson Cooper and George Clooney.  I said, nah, surely they are not going to have a special program about a bogus list of influentials!

I was in disbelief so I go searching again and found this:

“”Anderson Cooper is teaming up with Time magazine for a special look at The World’s Most Influential People.

CNN announced that the news network would air the one-hour special edition of Anderson Cooper 360° on May 1 in conjunction with the release of the Time 100 special issue. The program, anchored by Cooper, will feature interviews with the magazine’s honorees, conducted by other influencers.””

And from Time.com website:

“”In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll and new owner of the title World’s Most Influential Person is moot.””

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1894028,00.html

Posted:  04.28.09  Posted:  02.28.09 @ 6:00 p.m.

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