Monthly Archives: September 2012

End What?

“Who better than me, who’s already finished one of the entitlement programs, to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?”

– Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin candidate for the U.S. Senate, who was referring to welfare reform during his term as governor.

Special memo to all Republicans: please pull your head out of your ass before speaking in public.  You keep spitting out shit that you can’t take back.

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Politics in Other Countries

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Numbers Never Lie

Source: Bloomberg Politico, U.S. Department of Labor.

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In Memoriam – Andy Williams, 1927 – 2012

Singer Andy Williams died at his home in Branson, Missouri, Tuesday night after a year-long battle with bladder cancer, his family announced today.  He was 84.  Born on December 3, 1927, in Wall Lake, Iowa, Williams began his career as a child, singing in a quartet with his brothers.  As an adult, Williams embarked on his career, which spanned six decades and produced several hit songs – including the omnipresent “Moon River” – and 17 gold or platinum albums.

In 1962, “The Andy Williams Show” debuted on NBC and ran for nine seasons.  He also appeared in a dozen other TV specials between 1959 and 1987.  He was perhaps best known for his Christmas specials.  By the early 1990’s, however, he found his brand of crooning had lost appeal among the rock and hip-hop generation.  He then opened the Moon River Theatre in Branson and performed regularly on its stage.  It was the first non-country music venue in the area.

In November 2011, Williams announced that he’d been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

“The entertainment industry has lost a giant piece of its living history today, but Williams’ legacy will forever be enshrined in the annals of music and television,” said Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  “Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all who will miss this American treasure.”

This is Williams performing “Moon River” on his show.  The song was written and composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini for the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Here’s another one of my favorite songs, “Girl from Ipanema,” that Williams performed with Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1965.

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Full Frontal Disclosure

If you’re offended by handsome young men gyrating while wearing bathing suits – get over it!  It’s just a parody!

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September 23, 2012 – 87 Days Until Baktun 12

Survivalist Tip:  I’ve mentioned previously about gathering some herbs and vegetables in preparation for the apocalypse, since we don’t know how long the initial upheaval will last.  But, I recommend also storing some non-hybrid, or open-pollinated seeds.  Unlike hybrid and genetically-modified seeds, non-hybrid seeds can be stored for a long period of time, which is perfect for future planting.  With the collapse of the normal socioeconomic structure, it’s important to know how to plant seeds and cultivate crops.  Regardless of your environment – city, suburban, rural, cave – non-hybrid seeds allow for comprehensive sustainable gardening.  Think of them as “Victory Gardens” for the New Baktun.

There are as many non-hybrid seeds as there are crops: beans, grains, teas, herbs, fruits, vegetables and even cocoa.  You can even get non-hybrid seeds for livestock and pets.  Along with easy storage, these types of seeds produce foods that have a higher nutritional value than standard hybrid seed plants.  This quite simply is because they are more pure and natural; they haven’t been cross-pollinated with other plants, which has become the standard in food production.  Like all ancient societies, the Mayans planted and harvested their own crops.  They didn’t have grocery stores and restaurants and they didn’t have preservatives.  In other words, they took care of themselves.  Life in the New Baktun will require the same level of self-reliance – and plenty of chocolate!

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They Say This Like It’s a Bad Thing

Denny’s has saved many a poor soul from alcohol sickness.

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