Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Same-sex marriage is going to hurt families?!? I don't think so...

The favorite meme of the "right" is that same-sex marriage will hurt families and cause the breakdown of civilization as we know it. I saw an article in Esquire Magazine that sheds a little light on the facts:

The enemies of gay marriage can't really say that they're following the Bible, because the instructions in the Bible are pretty clear: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." Outside of the more extreme Islamic fundamentalists, nobody wants this. So the enemies of gay marriage argue that it's bad for the family. They say that acceptance of gays could even lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race, as the Pope himself recently argued. But once again the actual evidence goes against the assumption. Not only have gay rights had no effect on constantly expanding population rates, but they've had no effect on traditional marriage in those European countries where they have the most extensive legal protections. Similarly, the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts hasn't changed a relevant fact: Massachusetts has one of the lowest divorce rates in the United States. This is relevant because divorce is the real threat to American families, having broken up more than fifty percent of all marriages since it achieved widespread acceptance. Also, unlike gay sex, divorce is forbidden by Jesus himself: "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." As we have seen with abortion and guns, the focus on gay marriage is turning out to be a dangerous distraction from the real problem.

"When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." -Sinclair Lewis

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Out For A Drive On Christmas Day

We took the Contessa out for an airing on Christmas Day...

Her Majesty's Christmas Speech 2008

Betty has a few words to say on the occasion...

Why Is Same-Sex Marriage Important?

I hope that you were all paying attention to the debate over California's Proposition 8, which took away the right to marry from same-sex couples. At the time Keith Olberman, on his show "Countdown", devoted one of his special comments to the subject. Here is a straight man making the case for same-sex marriage with a passion and eloquence that one would hope that we could bring forth in the debate. I only wish that more people had heard this. Please listen.

Rachel Maddow on Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the Innaugural Invocation

Rachel Maddow makes it clear that the Rick Warren controversy is not going away and that the choice of Rick Warren is a seriously bad one for the people as well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bailout By The Numbers


Have a great holiday!!

These are the people who bankrolled the Proposition 8 vote in California!

Family Values... right!:

From AP

Texas Report Says Abuse Widespread in FLDS Sect

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of the families living at a polygamist group's ranch — targeted in a high-profile raid last spring — had children who were abused or neglected, Texas child welfare officials said in a report released Tuesday.

The Department of Family and Protective Services concluded there was evidence that 12 girls, ages 12 to 15, were "spiritually" married to adult men in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which runs the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. Seven of them had one or more children, the report says.

Another 262 children were listed as neglected because the agency said their parents knew there was sexual abuse in the household but did not move to protect their children from possible abuse.


The individual investigations, which covered 146 families, concluded that 91 families had children who were abused or neglected. Crimmins said that conclusion confirmed what investigators initially suspected — that girls were being forced into underage marriages and other children were exposed to that harm.

FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop disputed the findings.

And these pedophiles and child abusers think that same-sex marriage will destroy families. Disgraceful!

Tom Tomorrow Strip from Salon

Part 1 of Tom Tomorrow's end of the year review (click on it for full size)...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What might it be like if Christians were treated as Gays and Lesbians are?

From Pam's House Blend:

On a Christian denominational discussion board, a person who is gay said "the Christian church is the stated enemy of the gay community"

And a person who is clergy in that denomination said "Or do you mean the gay community is the stated enemy of many Christian churches, the UCC & MCC excluded, at least. "

Which got me thinking:

"What might it look like if someone wanted to treat Christians the way gay people are treated?"

  • For one, tax benefits afforded to other not-for-profit institutions would be denied to churches, probably on the basis of separation of church and state. There are some who advocate for this, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • Christianity would be portrayed as a form of mental illness to be cured. There are some who advocate for this, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • When children gave their lives to Christ, their parents could have them shipped off to programs where they would be taught how not to be Christian, showing tough love for these wayward youth. There may be some who advocate for this, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • There would be programs to help people struggling with Christianity by using aversion and (probably in the 50's or 60's) shock therapy. I don't think that ever happened to Christians.
  • Christianity would be seen as a reason to deny custody - and even visitation in some cases - of children to a parent. There may be some who advocate for this, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • Christians would not be allowed to adopt - or even be foster parents - for fear of indoctrinating children in the ways of Christianity. There may be some who advocate for this, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • Christians would not be allowed to teach for fear of indoctrinating children in the ways of Christianity. There may be some who advocate for this, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • Students would not be allowed to have Christian groups, or Christian-Atheist Alliance groups, probably on the basis of separation of church and state. There are some who advocate for this, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • Clergy would not be allowed to visit patients in the hospital, as they have no legal relationship with the patients. I don't know of anyone who advocates for this.
  • The behavior of a few Christians would be held up as "how Christians act". Some GLBT people do that in the context of how Christians treat them. But it would go much further: examples of beliefs in young Earth creation, the church's historical opposition to cosmology that wasn't geocentric, the bloodiness of the Crusades and the cruelty of the Inquisition, and the deaths of children refused medical attention or having the demons beat out of them based on faith. There are some who regularly portray all Christians this way, but they are not GLBT groups.
  • There are some who treat Christians the way some many visible Christians treat GLBT people. But those some are mostly not GLBT people, and there is no organized GLBT effort to do to Christians what organized Christian efforts do to GLBT people.

John Stewart Eviscerates Elaine Donnelly on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Look Out! She's Coming Home!!

The Royal Palace in Sicily has announced that Sally, Contessa di Pomodori, will arrive at the Winter Palace on Bass River sometime today (12-20-08). The Palace also said that Her Ladyship is feeling much better and will only need 12 attendants to assist after the operation on her knee.

Benvenuta alla domestica, Contessa!

Vista della Fiume Basso
Alla Castello dei Pomodori

1st Snowstorm of the 2008 season

Taken at 7am on Saturday the 20th of December at Buttonwoods, the Frenchy's House Party Clubhouse.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another From The "Standing Head" Collection

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The congregation of the 7,000-member Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs learned Sunday that founding pastor Jim Bolin had stepped down from his position because of “inappropriate sexual behavior.”

Justin Harley, Trinity Chapel’s elder of counseling, later revised the church’s statement to officially include the phrase “inappropriate consensual sexual conduct with an adult woman” to explain Bolin’s departure.

Bolin is to take the two years away from the pulpit for a restoration process, church officials told the congregation Sunday.

During the emotional 90-minute service, church officials said Bolin would go through a two-year “restoration process,” which includes counseling, through the Church of God. Bolin did not attend the service.

Of course they wanted to make sure no one thought it was with a man.

The Contessa's Knee Replacement

I've just spoken with The Contessa di Pomodori who had her knee replaced yesterday and she's not feeling well. The morphine has made her sick to her stomach and she is having some discomfort (that's medical lingo for PAIN!!). I will keep you updated on her condition. Mr. B and I are going to visit her this evening.

Get well soon Lady Sally!

Two Words From President Bush

From "The Daily Dish"

The Words Of Bush

Two of them, in fact, that summarizes his entire, cosseted, spoiled, rich-kid attitude:

"So what?"

That's how he acknowledges that there was no al Qaeda in Iraq to speak of before he created a power vacuum through his botched war and occupation. So two wars to cripple al Qaeda actually gave al Qaeda and Jihadism in general two new bases for operation: Iraq and Waziristan. Thanks to the amazing work of many troops and generals and Iraqis, al Qaeda is at bay (though not defeated) in Iraq, but resurgent in Pakistan. Which is to say that several thousand Americans - and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis - died to get us back to Square One.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Don't Sneeze In The Shower!

President Bush comments on the Iraq War

This is taken from Pam's House Blend:

Just to show you that Bush is completely delusional and disgusting about the last 8 years as Destructor in Chief, after the shoe-throwing, he gave this incredible assessment to ABC of his "hard work" on the War on TerrorTM and his obliteration of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

Bush: There have been no attacks since I have been president, since 9/11. One of the major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were going to take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hoping to take ...

Raddatz: But not until after the U.S. invaded.

Bush: Yeah, that's right. So what? The point is that al Qaeda said they're going to take a stand. Well, first of all in the post-9/11 environment Saddam Hussein posed a threat. And then upon removal, al Qaeda decides to take a stand. And they're becoming defeated and I think history will say, one, the world was better off without Saddam, two, along with the Iraqi troops we have denied al Qaeda a safe haven because a young democracy is beginning to grow, which will be an important sign for people in the Middle East.

January 20th...

Today's Holiday Round-up

Yesterday (Sunday) was the annual Maxwell Family Christmas Party at the home of Tara Maxwell. The "Gurls" and I attended for a little while and had a pretty good time schmoozing with the rest of the folks. We were also joined by Mr. B. He often does not get to attend these things as he is usually away on hush-hush "pap" business. Food was tasty. I brought the old standby of cocktail meatballs (that name always sounds , I don't know, somehow dirty) made with grape jelly and chili sauce .They seemed to be a hit as all 100 of them were gone in the 1.5 hours I was there. Here is a little video of the occasion:

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Amazing Video

President Bush on a "secret" trip to Iraq held a news conference today where an Iraqi journalist took off his shoes and threw them at the President. President Bush had to duck to avoid getting hit in the head by the shoes. Where was this man's security? Is it the Keystone Kops running things over there? Now as much as I dislike the man I think that the incident is disturbing. It is supposed to be a great insult (the showing of the soles of the shoes), and it is just another example of the depth that Bush has driven our image overseas. What is it, January 20th we see the back of this guy?

A New Feature At Frenchy's House Party!!

We here at Frenchy's House Party have just started watching Dynasty on disks from Netflix. I can remember nightclubs having Dynasty parties every Wednesday at 9 just so people could watch and marvel at the antics of Alexis Morrel Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan. The show really is a scream.

Every couple of days I will post a sampling of the dishiness, plotting, catfights, and all-around madness that was Dynasty all of those years ago.

Let's start with this one. Alexis meets Krystle for the first time. Alexis has just moved into the studio Blake gave her (on the birth of son Stephen), building, land, deed. She has gone over to "the big house" to ask the cook Mrs. Gunnarson to order a few small things as she is still moving in. Just the basics, mind you... food, pots and pans, china, glassware, silver, a case of champagne. The bare essentials. Oh, yes... and Alexis also wants Mr. Gunnarson to hire a cook and a maid! She really has some brass that Alexis...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Just Saw The Day The Earth Stood Still

Spoiler Alert!

I just went to see TDTESS with Sally Tomatoes. Boy, what a bomb! I wish they had simply updated it with new CGI's and MINOR changes in the story to update places, technology, etc. Instead they rewrote the story to an eco-story and it was just awful. Keanu Reeves (Klaatu... at least they kept his name), was wooden and stiffer than usual. Michael Rennie in the original, while being aloof and unfamiliar, appeared to be someone "in terra incognita", which is most of the time a good story device. Reeves' was just boring. His one good line was one that you have already seen if you saw the trailers. He was being interviewed while attached to a lie detector. The technician asked him if he was aware of an imminent attack and Reeves' Klaatu turned to him and said "You should let me go" in a voice that was at once menacing and entreating. And that was it. Another item that I hated was that in this stupid movie the name of the robot "policeman" Gort, was reduced to some acronym made up by the military. It was so stupid I can't even remember what the letters stood for. In the original, Klaatu used the name Gort as a proper name without any help from our military in naming him. Ugh!

The ubiquitous kid in the movie (why do they do that to Sci-fi movies anyway), was annoying and unlikable. Jennifer Connolly was left to carry the movie by herself. She was likable, believable, and sympathetic. I did like Kathy Bates as the Secretary of Defense too.

All in all I hated this movie. I can usually find some reason to watch even the most awful of Sci-fi/Fantasy pictures once or even twice when it arrives in Netflix (Robot Jox, Mars Needs Women, The Queen of Outer Space, or even Star Trek V). This one is not among those pictures. If you really want to see an excellent Sci-fi movie see the original "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and run screaming from this picture as you would from an approaching Gort.

Gort (Original)
Gort (New)

Klaatu (Original)

Klaatu (New)

For the fools from the Rust Belt that continue to support GOP Senators for re-election

That goes triple for my home state of Kentucky.

MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olberman has uncovered an internal GOP Caucus memo outlining the "talking points" relating to the GOP Senators' refusal to consider the auto bailout bill. Please note the number one reason:

Countdown has obtained a memo entitled "Action Alert - Auto Bailout," and sent Wednesday at 9:12am, to Senate Republicans. The names of the sender(s) and recipient(s) have been redacted in the copy Countdown obtained. The Los Angeles Times reported that it was circulated among Senate Republicans. The brief memo outlines internal political strategy on the bailout, including the view that defeating the bailout represents a "first shot against organized labor." Senate Republicans blocked passage of the bailout late Thursday night, over its insistence on an immediate union pay cut.


Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:12 AM


Subject: Action Alert -- Auto Bailout

Today at noon, Senators Ensign, Shelby, Coburn and DeMint will hold a press conference in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery. They would appreciate our support through messaging and attending the press conference, if possible. The message they want us to deliver is:

1. This is the democrats first opportunity to payoff organized labor after the election. This is a precursor to card check and other items. Republicans should stand firm and take their first shot against organized labor, instead of taking their first blow from it.

2. This rush to judgment is the same thing that happened with the TARP. Members did not have an opportunity to read or digest the legislation and therefore could not understand the consequences of it. We should not rush to pass this because Detroit says the sky is falling.

The sooner you can have press releases and documents like this in the hands of members and the press, the better. Please contact me if you need additional information. Again, the hardest thing for the democrats to do is get 60 votes. If we can hold the Republicans, we can beat this.

Now, how does that make you folks who work in the auto industry, steel industry, tire manufacturing industry, plastics, etc., feel about those "Grand Old" Senators who may just have cost you your jobs, health insurance, and retirement? You want to know how I feel? You people have gotten what you deserve. These guys are self-serving scum who are only looking to obstruct any plan the Democrats put forward to try to hold on to some thread of their former power. GET RID OF THEM ALL NEXT CHANCE YOU GET!!! IDIOTS!

Captain!! What do you plan to do with that??!!??

An unintentionally funny photo of Captain Kirk from the episode "What are little girls made of?"

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Music For A Rainy Morning

I remember this band so well from the old Disco days. During that period many bands had a large group of musicians with real string sections, real brass sections, etc. Not all of this synthesized stuff we get today. It was great!

And now... Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band asks the musical question "Cherchez La Femme"... Take it away Doc!

A New Day At Frenchy's House Party!!

I have been trying for weeks to figure out how to have my old "URL" (Uniform Resource Locator),, point to my blog as I don't update my old site anymore. Well gurls... I have figured it out at last! No longer do you have to remember the blogspot address when looking for Frenchy's House Party. Just enter into your address bar et voila... vous êtes ici!

I hope that this makes it easier to find my site. Also, I have added some advertising to my site. Clicking on the ads does not mean you have bought something. It only means that I have made a fraction of a cent. The more clicks I get... the more fractions I make.

Thanks for taking a look.



Most of you won't need any further explanation as to who (or what) Gort is... Here's the 2008 version:

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Most Amazing Thing...

I just read the most amazing story about a group of soldiers called "The Sacred Band of Thebes", who were an elite force in the Theban Army of ancient Greece. The photo is of a statue erected in honor of the Band. It is called "The Lion of Chaeronea".

To whit (from Wikipedia):

Plutarch records that the Sacred Band consisted of 150 homosexual couples, the rationale being that lovers could fight more fiercely and cohesively than strangers with no ardent bonds. According to Plutarch's Life of Pelopidas[2]), the inspiration for the Band's formation came from Plato's Symposium, wherein the character Phaedrus remarks,

And if there were only some way of contriving that a state or an army should be made up of lovers and their loves, they would be the very best governors of their own city, abstaining from all dishonour, and emulating one another in honour; and when fighting at each other's side, although a mere handful, they would overcome the world. For what lover would not choose rather to be seen by all mankind than by his beloved, either when abandoning his post or throwing away his arms? He would be ready to die a thousand deaths rather than endure this. Or who would desert his beloved or fail him in the hour of danger?


The Sacred Band originally was formed of picked men in couples, each lover and beloved selected from the ranks of the existing Theban citizen-army. The pairs consisted of the older "heniochoi", or charioteers, and the younger "paraibatai", or companions, who were all housed and trained at the city's expense.[4] During their early engagements, in an attempt to bolster general morale, they were dispersed by Gorgidas throughout the front ranks of the Theban army.

After the Theban general Pelopidas recaptured the acropolis of Thebes in 379 BC, he assumed command of the Sacred Band, in which he fought alongside his good friend Epaminondas. It was Pelopidas who formed these couples into a distinct unit: he "never separated or scattered them, but would stand [them with himself in] the brunt of battle, using them as one body."[5] They became, in effect, the "crack" force of Greek soldiery[6], and the forty years of their known existence (378–338 BC) marked the pre-eminence of Thebes as a military and political power in late-classical Greece.

The Sacred Band under Pelopidas fought the Spartans[7] at Tegyra in 375 BC, vanquishing an army that was at least three times its size. It was also responsible for the victory at Leuctra in 371 BC, called by Pausanias the most decisive battle ever fought by Greeks against Greeks. Leuctra established Theban independence from Spartan rule and laid the groundwork for the expansion of Theban power, but possibly also for Philip II's eventual victory.

Read more here

And "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" still rules in our armed forces. Fools!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"Standing Head"

This is, in the parlance of the newspaper biz, a headline that they keep handy as it is used so often. So without further ado... a Standing Head and the story:

"Christian School Official Arrested For Soliciting Gay Sex From Undercover Policeman"

From The Enquirer in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Christian University’s chief financial officer entered a written plea of not guilty Monday after he was arrested Saturday in Mount Airy Forest and charged with sexual imposition.

Robert Williams, 52, of Independence, was arrested at 9:23 a.m., accused of getting into a man’s car and touching his genitals. The man was an undercover officer.

The university placed Williams on administrative leave while officials there assess the facts of the case, according to a statement from the university.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Very Proud Of Husband Today

Mr. B has done a video for the Cape Cod Times about Alzheimer's Disease and they have posted it on their web site. There is also an extensive article (click here) on the CC Times site. Please go and look at it. it is a terrific presentation.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Back from vacation

Just back from vacation in Mexico. Here's a little video of Mr. B playing pool-side golf with one of the "Star Friends", Nicole, at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sandwich "Dems" celebrate Obama Victory

If you look closely you'll see Tobin with a drum and a foam corn cob on his head, Cathy carrying a cardboard cut-out of Obama and Bob wearing a rather fetching hat.

Thanks to our friend Steve Heaslip of the Cape Cod Times for the video.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Profligate "Wasilla Hillbillies" Spent More On Clothes, Accessories Than Previously Reported

From Newsweek:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

We hold these truths to be self evident

OMG... I Can't Wait!

My favorite sci-fi movie is remade and is to be released on 12-12-08. Can you guess what it is?

What's next for Sarah Palin?

Flush twice... it's a long way back to Alaska.

Obama Wins!!!

A musical message to all of us

Friday, October 31, 2008

Evangelicals Pray Before Golden Idol On Wall Street

I suppose that if you're praying for money it's OK to go against "the God of Moses" and pray before a golden idol... What ridiculous hypocrites.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Boys In The Band

The Boys In The Band is finally "coming out" on DVD. Seeing this movie was a watershed moment for me. It is alternately hilarious and hard to watch, and certainly dated but it shows life for gay men in the pre-Stonewall days. Enjoy these clips...

The Boys in the Band-"Geriatrics" - video powered by Metacafe

The Boys in the Band-"To Your Health" - video powered by Metacafe

The Boys in the Band-"Happy Birthday" - video powered by Metacafe

Christopher Hitchens on Sarah Palin

From Andrew Sullivan's Blog:

Hitch On Palin

It took him a while to get warmed up about this farce of a candidate, but it's worth the wait:

This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just "people of faith" but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity.

A simple case of accountability

Friday, October 24, 2008

Republican Sense of Entitlement?

John McCain's brother Joe called 911 in Alexandria, VA to complain about being stuck in traffic!! Unbelievable! The man should be charged and punished for this ridiculous example of self entitlement. Listen...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Morning Music

Tammy Wynette and The KLF: Justified and Ancient (Stand By The Jam). Fabulous!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mike and Alison's Wedding

These photos are "hot off of the flash card".

Mike, Alison, Mr. B and me

"The Kids" on the deck at New Seabury Resort's Country Club

On the beach at New Seabury

I don't remember what Mr. B was demonstrating, but I think I was shocked!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mike and Alison are married!

Yours truly went to the wedding of our dear friends Mike and Alison yesterday. Here is the very sweet toast given by the Best Man Jeremy...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Comic Relief


A frightening look at this election

It takes Al Jazeera's English language unit to show the vitriol and pure hatefulness of some people in this country. Our "news" networks are either afraid, unwilling or complicit in not airing what I am sure is heard in many more places than in this place in Ohio. The people in this piece who are saying these false, unfounded, and simply racist things are just very stupid, uninformed bigots. If one of those people were my relative I would sit them down and say "shame on you".


Palin: "Real Americans Don't Apologize

From Firedoglake:

Palin: Real Americans Don’t Apologize

By: Blue Texan Thursday October 16, 2008 10:32 am

That Sarah Palin really stuck it to the blame-America first crowd today.

"It sure would be nice if, just once, Barack Obama said he wants America to win," she said, as the crowd cheered.

"We are always proud to be Americans, and we don't apologize for being Americans," Palin added later.

Hell yeah! You tell 'em, Sarah! Only America-hating liberal commie wusses apologize for America. Real 'Mericans are always -- always -- proud of America and don't got nothin' to be sorry about.


A week after the release of photographs showing American soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, President Bush apologized for the abuse for the first time yesterday and called the revelations "a stain on our country's honor and our country's reputation."


After US army’s prompt apologies for shooting of the Quran by a US soldier stationed in Iraq failed to calm down this potentially explosive situation, President George Bush has stepped in and offered apology to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.


President Bush apologized Friday for the shoddy conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and promised during a visit to the facility for war veterans that "we're going to fix the problem."


President George W. Bush apologized to the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, on Thursday for the killing of an Egyptian vendor when a cargo ship chartered by the United States opened fire on his small boat near the Suez Canal on Monday in an incident that has enraged Egyptians.


President Bush apologized today for the deaths of two Korean girls hit by a United States military vehicle in June, an incident that has led to angry anti-American demonstrations.


U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, visiting Afghanistan Wednesday, apologized for the deaths of Afghan citizens from recent U.S. and allied airstrikes.


U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld apologized and took responsibility for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of U.S. soldiers.


In 1988, Ronald Reagan apologized to Japanese-Americans placed in internment camps during World War II.

Why wasn't Ronald Reagan always proud of America?


Hillary says Obama is "Three for Three" in debate

An excellent Obama ad!

Using some clips from last night's debate. The Obama team sure has their $hit together!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Philadelphia Philly Matt Stairs Enjoys His Home Run Reward

Matt Stairs, who joined the Phillies on August 30 just in time for post-season play, had this to say after his 8th-inning two-run, pinch-hit homer against the Dodgers:

"You want to get that one big hit where you feel like you’re part of the team … not that I don’t feel like I’m part of the team, by no means, but when you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, it’s no better feeling than to have that done."

Am I missing something here?

Filthy Knuckle-dragger

It really amazes me when I see the level of stupidity in America today. As a friend, who is a card-carrying Conservative, once said to me (and I will paraphrase here) "We license people to drive, cut hair," massage, and even install electric lights in our homes, "but any racist, uninformed, bigoted fool" that can get him/her self out of their sheet and hood to get to the polls "can vote."

Monday, October 13, 2008

Heading off to Oktoberfest

In the garden at Hedge House before we leave for Oktoberfest in Sandwich.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Your Afternoon Break from Politics

The McCain-Palin Mob Mentality

It isn't enough to say that these people are merely uninformed. They are clearly stupid, witless lemmings who cannot see that the Republicans are going to screw them again like they have the last 8 years. "Lord whot fools these mortals be" - A Midsummer's Night Dream, William Shakespeare. (I suspect that the creatures in this video would think that because of Shakespeare's last name, he is a black spearchucker and he should not be elected president either... probably not knowing that he has been dead these 400+ years.) Fools!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A little Carmen Miranda?

Donna Brazile is NOT going to the back of the bus!!

Rock on Sistuh!

From Today's New York Times Editorial Page 10-8-08

It is a sorry fact of American political life that campaigns get ugly, often in their final weeks. But Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have been running one of the most appalling campaigns we can remember.

They have gone far beyond the usual fare of quotes taken out of context and distortions of an opponent’s record — into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia. Senator Barack Obama has taken some cheap shots at Mr. McCain, but there is no comparison.

Seperated at Birth: Sarah "Six-Pack" Palin and Betty Boop

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wanda Sykes talks to Jay Leno about Palin, Bailout

Palin's Foreign Policy Credentials

Now that Palin has met with Karzai, Uribe and now Henry Kissinger, we can rest easy. She now has all the education she needs to head our government and outline our foreign relations. I wonder what Henry was thinking about. Here's that scamp Henry meeting with another famous woman:

Says Maureen Dowd:

Sarah speed-dated diplomacy on Tuesday. She had her very first national security briefing from the director of national intelligence and then went to a meeting with the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai. He thanked her for the help of the Alaskan National Guard in Afghanistan and told her about his young son, Mirwais, which means “the Light of the House.” Then she met with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia.

Finally, Sarah huddled with Henry in his Park Avenue office, next to pictures of Ford and Reagan. The two made an odd couple: the last impure Rockefeller Republican and the first pure Rovian Republican, grown totally in the petri dish of cultural crusaderism.

Ms. (Perez) Hilton is getting Political?


Tuesday, September 23, 2008


From Daily Kos:

I've been trying ... to think of a way to illustrate how big a trillion is. The best that I could come up with is that if you had a stack of $1000 bills in your hand only four inches high you would be a millionaire. A trillion dollars would be a stack of $1000-dollar bills 67 miles high.