It Takes “The Villages” to Raise Joe Biden

I know the historic, best evah, SOTU speech is old news now. But it lives on in infamy thanks to this viral photo of our gaffilicious VP Joe Biden.

What would we do without Joe? He was put on the ticket back in 2008 to give Barry some foreign policy creds. Instead, he’s turned into a punchline.

Don’t get me wrong. I actually like Joe Biden. At least he’s real….well aside from the botox, teeth caps, hair plugs and whatever else he’s had implanted (I really don’t want to know.) When Obama and Biden appear together it’s like watching an old Rowan & Martin skit…..except unlike our prezzie straight man, Dan Rowan wasn’t a cold, arrogant…I should probably be more careful, [waves to NSA]…Dan Rowan was actually likeable.

So we should be thankful for Old Joe, he’s kinda kept us sane. Hey, if Jimmy Carter had teamed up with Biden instead of Mondale, maybe that whole malaise thing would never have happened!

These sweaters aren’t working for me……maybe if I had a funny sidekick?…..


So raise a glass (or two) to Vice President Joseph Biden!

Pope Francis makes the big time

Nothing else signifies success like getting your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

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Full article here (worth reading even if only to see him compared to Bill Clinton).

So, Papa Francesco, I dedicate this song to you:

SOTU 2014

Sad day all around. Pete Seeger is dead and The Prez will be giving his State of the Union Address while the people who ran on jobs, jobs, jobs but only worked 126 days last year will clap or not clap based on their party affiliation and not on the merits or dis-merits of what he says.

You can watch it on C-SPAN, beginning at 9 PM, east coast time.

There are several drinking games available out there. I like this one:

Take a shot…
…for every “State of the Union Drinking Game” article you’ve opened today.
…if Obama says: “The state of the union is strong.”
…if Obama says: “Jobs,” “deficit,” or “inequality.”

Eat one of those tiny bottle-shaped chocolates filled with liquor…
…if a Fox News host or pundit lambastes the president’s “recycled ideas” or “bully pulpit.”
…if an MSNBC host or pundit fawns over the president’s “legacy” or “vision.”

Take a swig of liquor…
…if Obama says: “Let me be clear.”
…if an Obama “uhhh” lasts more than two seconds. (Keep drinking for every second after two.)
…if a conservative pundit attacks Jason Collins on Twitter during the speech
…if Obama mentions the government shutdown.

Drink some tea…
…if Obama mentions Syria or Iran.

Chug a beer…
…if Obama mentions gun violence.
…if cameras cut away to Sean Hannity in the gallery.
…for every second of every standing ovation. Do not remove the beer from your lips until the last clap dies down.
…if a Fox pundit mentions “European-style socialism” in his/her post-game analysis.

(more at the link)

Bye Bye Pete. I will certainly miss you.

RIP Clara Cannucciari of Youtube’s “Depression Cooking With Clara” – age 98

You know that nothing has moved me to blog again since last Spring,  but I simply must emerge from my sabbatical to honor this woman!

o478635cannucciari_20131201Something made me think of Clara Cannucciari of Youtube’s popular Depression Cooking with Clara, which I covered often here. This kind of mind tweak happens to me often, and it nearly always ends with finding an obituary. I hate when that happens but I suppose in some small way, it might be a ‘gift’ as well. After all, if I didn’t get that mind tweak to look her up, I wouldn’t be informing you of her death.

Clara died on November 29, 2013–peacefully in her sleep as she wanted. Her books and DVDs sold everywhere in the world and Clara not only showed us how to cook on the cheap during hard times, but she did it with delightful humor. More importantly, she showed the Kossacks who simply regard “old people” as a “drain” on society that the Claras of this world are far more productive than they are while they jerkoff in their parents’ basement on their parents’ computers, text each other when standing in the same room and use a Smart Phone in place of a brain.

I am sorry to say that this is a piss-poor obituary for someone who brought so much wisdom and joy to so many since 2007.

http://obits.syracuse.com/obituaries/syracuse/obituary.aspx?pid=168249106

Here is her obituary at the funeral home, where comments can be added, if you are moved to do so.

http://robertdgrayfuneralhome.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/clara-cannucciari.html#comments

Here is Clara’s first cooking video, after which Clara caught on like wildfire and many young people learned how wrong they were about the elderly, came to love her like a grandmother, and learned to cook for themselves in the process!

Here is her last show and her Goodbye to her fans (bring tissues):

You can also review all the posts I wrote about clara by clicking here. (scroll down)

Finally, here is the Memorial video Clara’s grandson made to inform of her death and show us more of who this wonderful woman was. RIP Clara! Today, you remind me of how much I miss my brilliant, wise and hilariously funny role model: My Mother. I would have far more likely wanted to spend the afternoon with you, Clara, than with a senior-basher who is hanging around with a dumbed-down degree awaiting a call from a CEO to tap him to be Lord Of The Company.

Learn, Children. Learn !

Bring more tissues, “On my 100th birthday, I will cook a meal for all of you”…. DO NOT PASS OVER THIS VIDEO!:

Happy 2014

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It’s a New Year! A chance to start afresh, begin anew.

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The last day of 2013

Seems like only last year, we were all abuzz about this:

This is an open thread to enjoy (or complain about) 2013.

 

UPDATE:

Here is the link to the live feed from Times Square:

http://new.livestream.com/newyearseve/nye2014

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If it Quacks Like a Duck

I wrote this downstairs:

I would like to say here and not that they ONLY thing we learned from the whole Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) fiasco is that most people in America who use the Internet have no fucking clue what the right to free of speech entails.

And imust wrote:

Sounds interesting. I think I understand what you are saying, but can you expand on that thought a bit? (A post would be most excellent!)

Only for you imust. Because I really don’t want to write a post about Phil Robertson or Duck Dynasty. I don’t think they’re worth the pixels. I’m certainly not putting his picture here because I think he’s ugly. And his mother dresses him funny.

They’re not even real rednecks. Go ahead and Google “duck dynasty, yuppies” without the quotes. The only thing real about reality TeeVee is the money.

Personally, I don’t care one way or the other what happens to Phil or the show. I don’t watch the show. I don’t watch reality TeeVee (except for the Amazing Race on occasion, but only so I don’t miss the beginning of The Good Wife, which does not begin on time if a sporting event pushes into 60 Minutes). Of course A&E knew what he would say in an interview–it’s part of his mystique.

So, this is the expansion of my comment from below.

The usual suspects were quick to mount their self-righteous indignation soapboxes:

From Palin on FB (with a photo of herself with the cast of the show):

Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.

(Yes, she had an opinion without even reading the interview!)

From Jindal:

I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.

Fact is, I don’t care what Palin or Jindal say either. What finally did get my last nerve was the incessant posts in my Facebook feed where people (ordinary citizens educated on our tax dollars) proved how little they learned. If you’re gonna wave the Constitution in my face, at least have the decency to read it. This is the first amendment to the constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Phil was not put in jail for voicing his opinion. Congress nor any state enacted an Anti-Phil law because of what he said. The government did not prevent Phil from exercising his religion in any way he saw fit. While we’re at it, disagreeing with Phil is not intolerance and it’s not infringing on his free speech. It’s called having your own opinion and exercising your own free speech. Intolerance is jailing, torturing, beating, berating, denying employment, denying rights, and withholding common privileges from someone because you disagree with them. What happened was that Phil was suspended from his job.

A&E is a company, not the government. Companies have workplace harassment rules among other rules. The reason they have rules is not because they really are people and have some morality. It’s because they don’t want to get sued by anyone who gets offended, say for example, other workers. I know this because we recently completed our annual training on this and several related topics where I work. As it happens, there are a number of things that are perfectly legal that we are not allowed to do as employees. Even off-hours and off property. You would be amazed. For example, I cannot tell another employee that they look like they lost weight because they JUST MIGHT have a disease and now I’ve crossed a line and harassed them for an immutable characteristic.

Back to Phil. What the Constitution Ho’s saw was the free market in action. First A&E thought they might lose profits or get sued over what Phil said, so they suspended him. Then A&E realized they could make even more by bringing him back on, so they did. Frankly, I would not be surprised if the whole thing was staged by A&E to generate hype. As if you couldn’t see this coming, Phil Robertson supporters are hosting a Chick-Phil-A Day.

No constitutional amendments were harmed in the making of this fauxrage. But we were.