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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...
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. ...
February 7, 2011 by terpfan1980
Some random thoughts.

First, congratulations to the Green Bay Packers.  Not that I cared who won the Super Bowl this year, but... for the sake of history, well, I think it's cool that Green Bay gets to take the trophy named for their legendary coach back home with them for a while.

Second, AOL is picking up the Huffington Post to the tune of, well, a lot of money.  If that rag was worth that much, how much should my prose be worth?!  PRICELESS. 

Third, the situatio...
October 13, 2010 by terpfan1980
So over the last day or so we've had an update on the Judge's decision that says that the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is unconstitutional.  Now the word is that the policy must be immediately stopped since the Judge found the policy unconstiitutional.  Uh, ok.  Sounds good to me.  We'll just drop that policy entirely.  No more not asking, no more not telling.  Say what you want, and ask what you want.  No more issues with impeding on someone's ...
October 7, 2010 by terpfan1980
With the news of the last several days that the Supreme Court of the United States has heard the case of the father whose son was killed during military service versus the {please forgive the use of the term, as I think most organized religious groups are fine, but for this one in particular the term fits} nut-jobs that are claiming that soldiers are being killed because of the U.S.'s acceptance of homosexuality and such, I was again struck at just how much freedom we supposedly must allow to th...
October 5, 2010 by terpfan1980
A couple of news items found via USAToday.com that got notice from me...

First up, the story about the Tennessee firefighters that watched a man's home burn to the ground because the man hadn't paid the town the $75.00 fee that is required (by the town) to get service from the firefighters.  What kind of screwed up world are we living in where someone's home is allowed to burn completely because some additional fee hasn't been paid.  According to the story, the guy even offered to p...