Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Biden/Palen Debate - A View From The Right?

I guess most of you tuned in for the debate the other night. Personally, I thought Palin looked robotic, hastily spewing out nonsense she had been pre-programmed with in run-on sentences with little or no relevance to the questions posed onnaconna ya see Joe Sixpack wanted her to speak directly to him and the hockey mom's (wink) who are hungry for energy with their lipstick-wearin' pitbulls and I've got lot's of energy (wink) 'cause see Alaska, that's up in the North and I can actually see Russia from my kitchen window (wink) 'cause I' m a maverick, team of mavericks (wink) but ya know global warming needs to be fixed whether or not man caused it but I don't think women had anything to do with that produces 20% of the nations energy golly gee(wink), shout out to all the kids (wink) awwwwwwwwwww, say it ain't so Joe! (wink wink).

Kinda like a resident of Wasilla who may have partaken in a little of that Methamphetamine they like to produce up there. (I mean she did name one of her sons "Track"! So what's with all those long sleeves, Sarah?)

I am happy to know, however, after all this time, thinking that we kinda wasted fifteen years and some 54,000 American lives in a worthless pursuit called "The Viet Nam Conflict", that John McCain, (the only "Reverse Ace" I ever heard of, he crashed 4 planes before he was shot down) actually won the dam war after all! Makes me proud to be a 'Merkin!

Now many of you may be saying, "Aw, hell, d., we know you're nothing but a commie lovin, mother and apple pie hatin', Union ingrate, Godless embarrassment to the United States Marine Corps, anti-'Merkin traitor who spends more time on youporn waxin' the ole bat than in church", and I'd have to say, you're absolutely right! (For once!)

So for those of you on the Right, I've brought back those good ole boys from RedStateUpdate to balance my drug and booze addled Librul moonbat opinions with those of the 'Merkin Heartland!


(I'm gonna spark up a fatty and go grocery shopping - nothing like going to the supermarket with a severe case of the munchies!)


Truth be told, I have to agree with ole Jackie Broyles, Sarah is better than a great de-bater, hell she's a master-bater!

Friday, October 03, 2008

For Mickey...

...and ALL of us...

Feel the connection...soul to soul...all part of the tapestry of the ever expanding universe...

One is All

All are One

Sing Along...believe in Hope...believe in each other

Defend the weak...Protect the Innocent...Always be the Right Kind of Guy...


Thursday, October 02, 2008

Ah, Those Summer Daze...Royal Pains & Life On Mars

Well, the summer is over and I finally have a few days off before the next job starts. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent the first part of the summer working on "Life On Mars", starring former Marine, and fellow madman, Harvey Keitel (Harvey Keitel, Once, Always Forever...). This was immediately followed by a television pilot called "Royal Pains". (No that doesn't refer to our bosses, they're Union guys too and our buddies. In this business, the guy you're working for today could well be working for you tomorrow.) While it's true I only enjoyed two weekends off since June, the work was challenging and most enjoyable. Of course, as I've always said, you can have the hardest job in the world, it's the people you work with who make it either easy or difficult, and our crew was topshelf.

The boys say goodbye to summer.
Union Brothers all, but not all on the same job, we met on the corner of Russell and Greenpoint every night after work for a little tailgating. From left to right, standing: Ronnie, myself, Indy and Manny. Kneeling: Digger and Bullfrog.

Ron Petagna Jr. led the charge as Construction Coordinator. He's a great guy who knows how to hire a crew and let them work - without micro-managing. (A trick a lot of guys much older with far more experience would do well to learn.) He always made sure we had everything we needed to get the job done, on time and under budget, even if he had to go out and get it himself. Working for Ron is both a pleasure and a privilege.

One of our locations on Royal Pains was at the Catalina Beach Club on Atlantic Beach, Long Island. As you can see, the weather was beautiful and the work went quickly and easily. Here we have Manny (General Foreman), myself and the Bullfrog relaxing on the veranda above the pool, with the Atlantic Ocean in the background, at lunch. Just over Froggy's shoulder you can make out two ships at anchor.

Right after this we wandered down to the beach itself where I found a set of keys half buried in the sand. All morning long, we had noticed a young woman walking up and down the beach with her little terrier. By the time we got there, she was 20 yards away, carrying her tired little pooch. I was the first to hit the beach, (Hell, aren't all Marines?). After Manny made some wisecrack about me being old enough to remember the landing at Normandy, I looked down, shaking my head, and there, half buried in the sand, was a set of keys. Picking them up I saw that there was a house key and a key to a Lexus. Turning to Manny and Froggy, I shouted that I had just found a new Lexus, all we had to do was hit the parking lots and see which car opened when I pressed the remote! Of course I was joking, but the young lady heard me and clutching her doggie ran up to me, shouting, "Keys? Did you say Keys? Lexus?" It seems she had dropped them hours ago while taking her pooch for a morning stroll on the beach and was about to give up and call a locksmith to get into her car, and her apartment! Silly girl, she didn't have a spare key to her abode which is where the spare key to her new Lexus SUV was! We were happy to be able to help her and we all declined the reward she offered, but you can bet we gently admonished her to get spares made asap. I can't tell you how many times I've locked my own keys in my truck, at times with the motor running, so I carry 2 spares and nail one to the wall of the toolroom on whatever job I'm on - doh! All in all, a great day at the beach - with a good deed thrown in to boot!

The only down side to the summer was that I didn't get to spend a lot of time with my Lady, the magnificent magster, but I can assure you that the time we had together was, uh, well spent, lol.

Looking forward, the prospect for work looks good. I work in a recession-proof industry- entertainment, although the Screen Actors Guild could still throw a major monkey wrench into the works. It seems the negotiators for the Guild have asked the National Board for a Strike Authorization and that ain't good. Could bring production to a screeching halt, in which case I'll have more time than I want to blog. Makes me glad I piled it on this summer! I have already turned down two jobs in Philly, they just wouldn't match my rate, but no matter, I expect to be on a new job in New York by Monday. In the meantime, I plan on doing some work on the house here in Philly and catching up on you, my online buds! Hope your summer was as good as mine.

Pax Tibi!


Monday, September 29, 2008

Finally, Nancy, We Agree...

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

Thomas Jefferson,
Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802)
3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)


Edited by siteowner to include Jefferson's quote and commentary below.

PS: Since there has been much hand wringing and gnashing of teeth from those on the Always Wrong Right about how Nancy Pelosi's speech infuriated and alienated so many Republi-cons that they felt no other choice but to vote against the bailout, I think it is only fair to present Nancy Pelosi's speech in it's entirety. Judge for yourself.

To me, at least, two things are obvious. First, Ms. Pelosi is finally doing her duty and putting the American taxpayer first. Second, Barney Frank is right. This feigned anger on the part of the Republi-cons is merely a cover-up for their own miserable failure to muster the required number of votes from their side of the aisle to pass the Bill, and perhaps even deeper, a real anger at having their misdeeds, which created this crisis, finally exposed. It's a bitch when the chickens come home to roost, isn't it Sen. Boner, uh Boehner?

Like the corporate raiders of the '80's, the Bush Administration, aided and abetted by fellow Republi-cons, have dismantled our economy and sold off our assets to their own great profit. Coupled with the criminal war-profiteering going on in Iraq, this Administration has used all of us to their own advantage .

Understand this about Iraq - there is not now, nor has there ever been, a plan to "win". The plan has been to rape Iraq and the American taxpayer for as long as it remains profitable to a handful of Corporations. Same as Viet Nam. (Does anyone really believe that the country who defeated both Germany and Japan a few short years earlier couldn't have defeated North Viet Nam had thePoliticians wanted to?) The profit is in the treatment, not the cure. And the treatment is being liberally applied in Iraq right now, at a cost of thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives and billions of our tax dollars, tax dollars that could have been well used to benefit the American Middle-class. That being said, I hardly think we can expect anything different from someone who voted with George Bush 95% of the time over the last 8 years - John McCain.

For the last 8 years, every attempt by the Democrats to right our Ship of State has been crushed by the Republi-cons. As Ms. Pelosi states below, Democrats couldn't even get a vote on a $25 billion Economic Stimulus Bill, and yet now comes George Bush, at the last minute, begging for $700 billion to cover his own ass and crimes, and save the country from his own miscreant behavior.

So, Ms. Pelosi had it right. The party is over.

Lets make sure it doesn't just end on Wall Street, but at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as well.

Like I said, judge for yourself.

For more interesting reading on this subject, follow this link: Bush Administration Adds $4 Trillion to National Debt, by Mark Knoller.

Moderateman, founder of the American Patriot Institute has been warning us about this disaster for quite some time now. A retired CEO himself, (and a former combat Marine), Mod has an understanding of financial markets, both foreign and domestic, that is astounding. I suggest that you visit his blog, The Moderate Man, and begin reading anywhere for an excellent viewpoint of our current financial crisis.

Enemy of the Republic at Cruel Virgin offers what I like to call a "street level" look on the Bailout Vote. Check her out here, Cruel Virgin.