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January 14, 2013 by terpfan1980
In the current news cycle, we have this headline: Obama: Not raising the debt ceiling 'is absurd'.

Oh, but I agree on that thought completely - not raising the debt ceiling would be stupid, idiotic, moronic, and a host of other names that signify how ignorant things could wind up, which is precisely why the debt ceiling will be raised.  The question is by how much, and how fast will that raise in the ceiling come.

It's there that Mr. President will wind up having to slow d...
December 27, 2012 by terpfan1980
I had wondered, along with everyone else of course, what the NRA's response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (in Newtown CT) was going to be, as they sat back quietly.  Would their response be cautious and reflective, or would it be arrogance?  Would they make bold moves towards reigning in gun violence, or would they point the finger at others and deny that guns are possibly part of the problem?

Days later, of course (as I took a little time after their response to ...
December 6, 2012 by terpfan1980
Yeah, I'm borrowing the old rock n' roll lyrics.  SHOUT IT, SHOUT IT, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD.

That's what I think the GOP should be doing about the Fiscal Cliff situation.  Too bad that even if they did take my advice here, the treasonous co-conspirators in the mainstream media wouldn't do anything about it.

What do I mean and what do I want?

I want the GOP to start making as much noise as possible that President Obama and his team WANT to take us over the Fiscal Cl...
November 30, 2012 by terpfan1980
Headlines today: Obama plays hardball with GOP on fiscal cliff (which then goes to article with a less caustic headline: First Thoughts: A laughing matter?)

My response: please GOP, just hit it right back up the middle.  If President Obama and his side want to play hardball, then go for it.  As much as I don't want to see the economy rocked by stupid actions by the Congress, or lack of action (either one), I refuse to accept that the congress has to accept Obama's (and/or th...
November 18, 2012 by terpfan1980
OK, I know that the powers that be are supposedly meeting regularly now, trying to negotiate a solution to the fiscal cliff.  Good for them.  Hopefully they'll come to a solution that doesn't wreck the economy and push us all back into a deep recession.  Too bad I just don't have that much faith that they'll find such a solution.  I know that the stock market rose this past Friday on optimism and hope that a solution would be achieved, but I think the market w...
November 12, 2012 by terpfan1980
The countdown to the fiscal cliff continues with rumblings from both sides, but with little real progress apparent.

The President claims a mandate (thanks to his re-election) and continues to insist that we must ask the wealthy to pay a little more.  Uh, yeah, not so fast.

The Speaker of the House and his party claim their own mandate thanks to their own re-election and they insist that we MUST not raise taxes on anyone given the precarious position the economy is in.  Most espec...
November 7, 2012 by terpfan1980
So, it seems I'm in a bit of a writing mood again. Sorry if that puts some folks out, but hey, the price of admission here isn't much and you can easily skip over this article and any others I post easily enough. Note that is unlike the idea of being able to "opt out" of the 4 more years which is pretty much impossible under our system where we have to wait out the 4 year terms as patiently as possible and hope that whatever happens in the next election the results don't wind up puttin...
November 7, 2012 by terpfan1980
Rather than "pollute" my Facebook account with a lot of political discord (not that others haven't been trying to do just that, with all sorts of insults snarkily hurled at either side, but seemingly especially coming from the left towards the right), I'm popping back up here to say a few words. If time allows, and my thoughts collect enough, I may find myself back here many times over the coming weeks to say more than just the few words. No promises, but it seems my mood to rant on po...
August 29, 2011 by terpfan1980
It's been about 40 hours since power went out at home in the midst of Hurrice Irene passing through the area.  Thankfully we had power for most of the day it hit, but lost it before bed time.  My new wife and step-daughter and my daughter were playing some Yahtzee together for family time when the power went out and just continued playing by oil lamp and candlelight as we hoped the outage wouldn't be that long but each (at least myself and my wife) pretty much expected it would...
July 20, 2011 by terpfan1980
Ugh.  The heatwave has returned with a vengance.  By the end of this week my area is supposed to be experiencing 100+ degree (F) temps.  Blech!

These temps and high humidity make me wanna smack people that say they love warmer weather.  Shudddup!  Bring on the cooler weather.  I can always put on more clothes and get warm but when it's this stinkin' hot you just can't cool down, or at least by the time you do it's too late and you need to go back ...
July 12, 2011 by terpfan1980
Weather in my area is reminding me of some lines from Robin Williams in the film Good Morning Vietnam!

HOT!  Dayummmm hot.  Hotter than...

Yup, that about tells the story... too darned hot outside.  Please, please bring on the cooler weather again soon.
July 11, 2011 by terpfan1980
There's some old jokes that fly around about some particularly bad behaving or downright evil people and how they've made efforts to jump to the head of the line come judgement day.  For example, well, there's that one time Dictator/ruler of Germany, there's the guy that was recently killed and quickly buried at sea after having eluded the U.S. for nearly 10 years, and of course there's been the guy that had tried to kill the pope back in the day.  Anyway, here'...
March 24, 2011 by terpfan1980
Seeing some headlines that are talking about the connundrum that the Obama administration finds itself in over the situation in Libya.  The same sort of situation that many liberals expected him to get us out of in Iraq and Afghanistan, which leads me to ask the liberals out there where is their righteous indignation and their hate and outrage -- the same outrage, the same indignation and same righteous demands that they were making upon the former Commander-in-Chief who immediately preceed...
March 16, 2011 by terpfan1980
Is strength the right word here?  I honestly don't know, but perhaps others can respond once they read what I'm saying and can consider what words seem to fit.

What I am asking about is whether we -- the citizens of the USA -- would have the strength to get through what the people of Japan are having to get through now?  We like to think of ourselves as very resilient people, very strong people, people that can adapt and cope with just about anything, but can we really?

I'm not s...
March 9, 2011 by terpfan1980
News reports (via USA Today and others) that reporter David Broder has passed away from complications of diabetes.

Personally I think I could easily insert the word "respected" or words "well respected" in front of the word reporter in that sentence.  Where Helen Thomas was a bitter, grumpy and hateful old bag, Broder was always, at least to me, respectful and in turn earned the respect he got.

I'm sorry to see and/or hear of his passing but I respect the heck out of his long career. ...