Thursday, February 14, 2008

Take off

The cold weather remains. Someone please send me Algore’s email address so that I may send him a message imploring him to invoke some global warming.

But it didn’t snow, much to the disappointment of my Grandson who had visions of snow days dancing in his head. I explained that snow days had to be made up at the end of the school year, but he met that with the indifference of a Leftie Demo listening to an explanation of the War On Terror and why we should be concerned. Of course my Grandson is a child and the Leftie Demos are, at least physically, adults. His motto and their motto is “That is then. Now is now.”

He is a work in progress. They are who they are.

In the meantime I carefully listened to a “Body Language” expert on “Fox and Friends” opine that McNafee was relaxed while explaining that he lied then, but wasn’t now. Clemens she noted was tense… Now let me see. Here we have a guy who had to have it explained to him that selling illegal drugs made him a drug dealer and she thinks that him appearing relaxed means something. The other guy has stated his innocence, is under oath in front of a Congressional Committee and a 100 million or so TV audience... and she finds him being tense meaningful? Well, yes. It does. It means he is human.

I believe Clemens. All he had to do was tearfully admit wrong doing, pledge to never do it again while noting that it was the hitters doing it that made him do it and he would have been forgiven with not more than a 10 second sound bite on ESPN2.

Instead he has put himself at risk for a perjury trial, spent a million, or more, and subjected himself and his family to intense scrutiny. Those aren’t the acts of a guilty guy who could have just slipped by.

In the meantime the media and the blogs are busily condemning Congress for what politicians do so well. Waste their time and our money. This point was brought home by my favorite news guy, the Holly Springs, MS ex-pat, Shepard Smith. He also asked why we were watching. Uh, Shep. The same reason you are broadcasting and why NASCAR is so popular. Morbid curiosity and wanting to watch some guy get destroyed is always a money maker.

Returning to the “body language” lady, she closed by noting that body language reading could be wrong, but that it was a science. Uh huh. I’ll bet you ten bucks to a George W that she knows her astrological forecast… every day.

At altitude

On a more happier note we find that Imad Mughniyah, Master Terrorist has been killed in Syria. By a car bomb. Sometimes people get back what that they give. And was that the devil I heard laughing?

The killing occurred in Syria and is thought to be the work of Israel. I can hardly wait for the news conference by Hussein of Chicago condemning such acts of terror.

Finally, we have this from USA Today where it is said:

The cost of government benefits for seniors soared to a record $27,289 per senior in 2007, according to a USA TODAY analysis.

That's a 24% increase above the inflation rate since 2000. Medical costs are the biggest reason. Last year, for the first time, health care and nursing homes cost the government more than Social Security payments for seniors age 65 and older. The average Social Security benefit per senior in 2007 was $13,184.

Three things.

First I paid a lot more in taxes than that each year for at least the last 15 so find something else to whine about.

Secondly, Social Security is not a “benefit.” It is money that they took being returned to its rightful owner.

Finally, Medicaid pays for nursing homes. Medicaid is a state program. You would think the AARP would know that.

USA Today