Friday, June 25, 2010

Beautiful Pensacola Beach, Florida

Here's a shot of lovely Pensacola Beach, Florida showing the sugar-white sand, the blue sky and aquamarine water that has made this area a magnet for tourists and beach-loving homeowners alike. How wonderful must it be to have the scene for hundreds of yards in each direction a vision of such pristine beauty such as we see here.

Now, thanks to the miracle of YouTube, we can see just what BP, deregulation and the former (read Bush/Cheney) administration's energy policies hath wrought on this incredible vista. (WARNING... Cover your keyboard before viewing the video...) Horrifying!

Jenny Craig Diet Update, Week 12

Just thought I'd throw in this photo of some good ol' fried chicken to make your mouth water. 

How you durrin'? I went to see my Jenny Craig girl Kim last night, to get weighed in and to pick up my food for the rest of the week. I usually go on Mondays but this week I delayed it. Last weekend was Father's Day and we had my in-laws visit us for the weekend and of course I couldn't subject them to a weekend of diet food so the diet went out the window. The general staples around the house included a Boston coffee cake, Entenmanns' Raspberry Danish Twist, nuts, crackers, pub cheese, onion dip, potato chips... well you get the picture. We had Chinese take-out on Saturday night and on Sunday we had a barbecue consisting of stuffed (devilled) eggs, grilled sirloin, barbecued chicken, grill-roasted potatoes with onion and thyme, corn on the cob and delicious chocolate cake prepared by my dear mother-in-law Deb. I certainly had to try everything and it was all delicious if I do say so myself. 

On Monday morning I was so sure that I had really put more than just a couple of pounds (I felt like I had a food hangover) I decided to call Jenny's and reschedule my appointment for later in the week where some exercising and some restraint might make a difference on the scale at Jenny's. I also had food left over so I could stick to the Jenny plan with the stuff I had. I called them yesterday and asked if they could take me after work. They said sure. 

I went in cringing because I did not know what to expect but I bravely stepped on the scale and to my surprise I had lost 5 pounds! I was floored however I'll take that and run with it. That brings the grand total to 38.4 pounds in 12 weeks! Not bad, eh? 

Check back next week for more exciting news for the fat farm!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Typical Teabagger Hypocrite

It amazes me that the Teabagger types who scream about "no government run healthcare" while taking advantage of Medicare, or "social programs ruin our economy" while collecting food assistance money or unemployment benefits continue to find ways to show what lying hypocrites they are. To whit:


Farmer who put up sign claiming Democrats are ‘party of parasites’ has taken $1 million in farm subsidies. 

 Missouri farmer David Jungerman has raised the hackles of local residents with a politically-charged sign he’s placed on his “45-foot-long, semi-truck box trailer” on his farm. The trailer reads: “Are you a Producer or Parasite Democrats – Party of the Parasites.” Now, the Kansas City Star reveals that Jungerman has been the recipient of over a million dollars of federal farm subsidies since 1995:

The Raytown farmer who posted a sign on a semi-truck trailer accusing Democrats of being the “Party of Parasites” received more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995. [...]
After a story about Jungerman’s trailer ran in Sunday’s Star, however, some readers called him a hypocrite for criticizing others for getting government help while taking government subsidies paid for by taxpayers.
Jungerman said he put up the sign to protest people who pay no taxes, but, “Always have their hand out for whatever the government will give them” in social programs.
Trying to defend himself, Jungerman told the press, “That’s just my money coming back to me. I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.” He also said that the sign is aimed at national Democrats, not local Democrats, many of whom are “are old-fashioned Harry Truman Democrats,” who Jungerman says are “more conservative than many Republicans.” For the record, Harry Truman campaigned on establishing a single-payer health care system and famously vetoed tax cuts, making him much more progressive than many of today’s Democrats.

And those Republican clowns in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi want the moratorium on deep water drilling to be lifted...

Those oily scumbag Republican politicians want the government's moratorium on new drilling and exploratory wells lifted so that big oil can get back to what they do best. Lining the pockets of their stooges in government. We're talking about 33 exploratory wells here folks. There are currently 3,600 wells pumping away in the Gulf of Mexico now. We don't know what happened at the Deepwater site nor do they know how to stop the leak, yet the creeps down there want the leases freed up and the exploratory wells to start drilling again.

In the meantime, it is RAINING OIL in New Orleans! Yes... raining oil! It seems that the chemical dispersants that BP is spraying on the spill is doing it's job. It's dispersing the oil into the atmosphere. Just when you thought this mess couldn't get any worse...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Everything old is new again

When I was a kid in the 60's the TV shows I liked the best were fantasy-type shows like Star Trek, Batman and, of course, Green Hornet. The first two have had their reboots and were commercial successes of the first order. While the 1966 series was a reboot of the radio serials itself it had a lot for a young guy like me to enjoy; Handsome Van Williams as socialite Britt Reid (the Green Hornet) and the iconic Bruce Lee as Kato. Mr. Reid and Kato lived in a swanky "in-town" apartment where as a newspaper publisher Reid was always involved in what was going on in the city. When something happened to upset the peace in the city, a press of a button in his garage and the floor rotated to reveal Black Beauty, his modified Lincoln Town Car with all kinds of cool gizmos and emerald green headlights. Reid was dressed in a green trilby hat and a green Chesterfield coat while Kato dressed in chauffeur drag. They fought off the bad guys with non-lethal weapons and always brought the bad guys to justice.

Well it seems that Green Hornet has now gotten a reboot and will premiere in January 2011. From the look of the preview below it looks like it may be a great deal of fun. I especially like that they kept the same style going on the Black Beauty. Definitely an homage to the original TV show. Can't wait!!