Quotes of the day

posted at 8:30 pm on December 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

“What a waste of a year. What a year for doing nothing and going nowhere

“For me, the payroll tax battle is yet another indication of just how dysfunctional our political process remains. Let’s keep in mind, of course, that this year’s economic stagnation was bankrolled by a $1.3 trillion budget deficit, the continuation of the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest policy, as well as a Fed balance sheet that now amounts to an incredible $2.3 trillion. (As a point of comparison, non-residential, private sector investment as measured by gross domestic product will print at roughly $1.9 trillion this year.) Put simply, our political class still lacks the capacity to do anything about the structural problems in our economy, beyond the same old stuff that has not worked so far.

“This is why I say: Good for President Obama that his job approval numbers have ticked up from just-plain-awful to not-awful-but-still-pretty-bad, but this does not change the fact that, if more politicians are going to lose their jobs because of this mess, he will be the next one kicked off the island. That’s just the way these things go. You don’t run a huge deficit, produce nothing for it, and get to keep your job.”

***

“Amid this month’s payroll tax fracas, few noticed that Congress passed a 1,200-page, $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2012. Maybe no one in Washington boasted because it’s a victory for spending as usual. Republicans—in the House and Senate—need a better strategy…

“The news is that after accounting for last-minute unemployment insurance extensions, ‘emergency’ spending and higher Medicare physician payments, total federal outlays are estimated to be $3.65 trillion in fiscal 2012, up slightly from $3.6 trillion in 2011. The last year has seen no major reforms in any of the big entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Spending on food stamps alone is scheduled to reach $80 billion in 2012, more than double the amount as recently as 2007…

“There has to be a better way. Tea party expectations of major reforms were always unrealistic with Democrats controlling the Senate and White House. But that’s no reason that Republicans in Congress can’t use their power to fight for their priorities.”

***

“‘In terms of the president’s relationship with Congress in 2012 — the state of the debate, if you will — the president is no longer tied to Washington, D.C.,’ spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing in Honolulu.

“The assertion is striking given that Obama, as president for nearly three years, is the symbol and personification of the federal government. It also offers a glimpse into an Obama reelection strategy that will target a ‘do-nothing’ Congress much in the style of Harry S. Truman’s reelection campaign in 1948…

“Earnest said that the White House’s goal was to contrast the image of a ‘gridlocked, dysfunctional Congress’ with ‘a president who’s leaving no stone unturned to try to find solutions to the difficult financial challenges and economic challenges facing this country.’…

“[He] said that now that Obama was ‘sort of free from having to put out these fires, the president will have a larger playing field, as it were. And if that playing field includes working with Congress, all the better. But I think my point is that that’s no longer a requirement.’”

***

“At the end of 2011, America, like much of the rest of the Western world, has dug deeper into a cocoon of denial. Tens of millions of Americans remain unaware that this nation is broke — broker than any nation has ever been. A few days before Christmas, we sailed across the psychological Rubicon and joined the club of nations whose government debt now exceeds their total GDP. It barely raised a murmur — and those who took the trouble to address the issue noted complacently that our 100 percent debt-to-GDP ratio is a mere two-thirds of Greece’s. That’s true, but at a certain point per capita comparisons are less relevant than the sheer hard dollar sums: Greece owes a few rinky-dink billions; America owes more money than anyone has ever owed anybody ever…

“Underneath the patchouli and pneumatic drumming, the starry-eyed young share the same cobwebbed parochial assumptions of permanence as their grandparents: We’re gayer, greener, and groovier, but other than that it’s still 1950 and we’ve got more money than anybody else on the planet, so why get hung up about a few trillion here and a few trillion there? In a mere half century, the richest nation on earth became the brokest nation in history, but the attitudes and assumptions of half the population and 90 percent of the ruling class remain unchanged.

“Auld acquaintance can be forgot, for a while. But eventually even the most complacent and myopic societies get reacquainted with reality. For anyone who cares about the future of America and the broader West, the most important task in 2012 is to puncture the cocoon of denial.”

***

“By comparison, Europe’s democratic leaders look woolly and vacillating, just as they did back in 1932. Indeed, for the democratic West, this was a truly terrible year

“Sadly, there seems little point in looking across the Atlantic for inspiration. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover, beleaguered by rising unemployment and tumbling ratings, flailed and floundered towards election defeat.

“Today, Barack Obama cuts a similarly impotent, indecisive and isolationist figure. The difference is that in 1932, one of the greatest statesmen of the century, the Democratic politician Franklin D. Roosevelt, was waiting in the wings.

“Today, American voters looking for alternatives are confronted only with a bizarre gaggle of has-beens, inadequates and weirdos, otherwise known as the Republican presidential field. And to anybody who cares about the future of the Western world, the prospect of President Ron Paul or President Newt Gingrich is frankly spine-chilling.”

***

“More than anything else, you are the ones who make me hopeful about 2012. Because we’ve got some difficult debates and some tough fights to come. As I’ve said before, we are at a make-or-break moment for the middle class. And in many ways, the actions we take in the months ahead will help determine what kind of country we want to be, and what kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to grow up in.

“As President, I promise to do everything I can to make America a place where hard work and responsibility are rewarded – one where everyone has a fair shot and everyone does their fair share. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America we’ve always known.”

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Wouldn’t it be great? A Hot Gas Meetup in Florida?

We’d get Ed and Allah out of winter misery. We’d get Tina out of Kansas (she looks like she’s from Kansas) but we don’t know where she’s from. We’d get Jazz out of his hiding space, and we might just get Ace to join us.

Pick a place in Florida.

Pick Me! Key West! Pick Me!

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Oh man, I have some thick bacon in the freezer. Wish some HA babe was here to cook share some with me…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Jax, it’s Katy the Mean Old Lady

/Realtor from somewhere in SE or SW FL.

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Red Grapefuit, then with a suitable amount of time to let the tart go away, coffee from a mug that says “I love the smell of Jet Fuel in the morning” and a piece of pecan glazed coffee cake. Breakfast of champions.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

south FL works too…
have car will travel

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

pick cocoa beach.

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM
me likey :)

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

HA needs to take a poll.

There are travel agents abounding.

We could do Cocoa or Key West.

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I had a yellow Grapefruit tree in my yard in San Diego. Best grapefruit ever…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Jax, it’s Katy the Mean Old Lady

/Realtor from somewhere in SE or SW FL.

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

If I’m not mistaken KTMOL lives in Broward County. My youngest daughter and her 3 kids live there also, so a Hot Gas get together in Broward would be a twofer for me.

Flora Duh on January 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

got a pink one here…just about time for pickin’, need a few more cold nights…

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

KWR, can Nebraskans show up for the conclave?

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

That figures, I know a ton of cathy/kathy’s and I always pick the wrong one. I should have gone to my email to verify.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Yummmm….

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Is it OK to eat a pound of bacon w/o toast or eggs

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

you’d better be there :)

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I’m up for anywhere in Florida, we haven’t gone to many places, thinking we would have a lot of company. It didn’t work out that way.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Another advantage to meeting in Broward is that is where Debbie Downer’s lives. Maybe we could all go occupy her front lawn. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind.

Flora Duh on January 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

might be a tad much…heh

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Flora Duh on January 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

lol :)

with a year’s supply of dippity do for her to say thank you

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Debbie Downer’s

s/b Debbie Downer

Flora Duh on January 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Is Debbie Downer DWS?

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on January 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Good morning, esteemed Gassers :-)

How are our heads today?

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Boringly fine.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Boringly fine.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Tut, tut… that’s what you get for drinking the good stuff… an unmemorable morning-after ;-)

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Siesta Key just of Sarasota is my favorite and has the best beach. Go when we can get some oysters on the half shell and a grouper sandwich. Stop off in Tampa on the way for a pressed Cuban and a cup of half and half. mmmmmmmmm.

Kissmygrits on January 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Free from DC
Free from putting out fires
Free to play golf
He really gets this freedom stuff
Wish we were as free as he

OTTO on January 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I let myself in for a boring morning by sipping Gentleman Jack last night; the walls are not pulsating, and the computer screen isn’t burning my eyeballs out, and I actually remember last night. That wasn’t supposed to happen!

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Kissmygrits on January 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I need to go near Tampa to pick out my new Basenji, so making it a twofer works for me.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

No good stuff or bad stuff for that matter. I’m not kidding when I say boring.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I had roast beef & mashed potatoes with gravy for breakfast. Leftover funeral food from Friday…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Far too many funerals this Christmas season.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Hated seeing the decorations at the funeral home, church & cemetery…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I had roast beef & mashed potatoes with gravy for breakfast. Leftover funeral food from Friday…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Now you need to cook up the traditional meal for lunch – corned beef, black-eyed peas, smothered cabbage, and white cornbread to sop up the juice.

I was lazy this year – maybe I’ll get an invitation from family later, ’cause I know they are cooking it up!

Mmmm…

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hated seeing the decorations at the funeral home, church & cemetery…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Family or friend?

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

“As President, I promise to do everything I can to make America a place where hard work and responsibility are rewarded – one where everyone has a fair shot and everyone does their fair share. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America we’ve always known.”

The America I have always known, doesn’t take from the producers, and give to the non producers.

The America I believe in is made up of exceptional people who produce exceptional results that benefit the many, and that benefit doesn’t stop at our shores.

It’s not in the government’s job description to decide who get’s rewarded, it’s none of the government’s business.

When children are growing up they usual learn that life isn’t apparently fair. Someone is suffering from arrested emotional development.

On the positive side, I like the drone program, and it’s not insignificant that a record number of dictators have been retired in one form or another during the Obama era. That’s looking at the glass half full. Who among the international community is going to accuse us of racism and imperialism when these cold war relics finally meet their just rewards? Just sayin…. they’re the ones who gave him the Nobel Peace Prize GRIN.

Dr Evil on January 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

On the positive side, I like the drone program, and it’s not insignificant that a record number of dictators have been retired in one form or another during the Obama era.

Yeah, because at some point, if we exhaust the target list, there will be a vacancy in the Oval Office, IYKWIMAITYD

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

no one said this would be easy. and because its someone else’s fault (congress). 4 more years
would help the 4th best pres ever really get down to fundamentally changing
completely destroying everything our forefathers have fought for.. Freedom

MrMoe on January 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

On the positive side, I like the drone program,

The drone program disturbs me on a deeper level, because it’s only a matter of time before miniature drones are used to spy on political enemies in America, at the federal, state, and local level. They will be used by your local police departments to bust you for civic dissent. Freedom will be severely curtailed, because the minaturization of drones, plus mission creep, is a slippery slope.

Drones scare the pants off me. Too easily abused against citizens.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

We already have drones being used on our southern border. Given the activity on our southern border it doesn’t appear to be much of a determent.

Eric Holder knows where the line is he can’t cross, he’s played with that line – that’s why we have “Fast and Furious”.

Dr Evil on January 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

If you were to substitute the corn beef with ham and yellow to the cornbread, we’re covered. I’m going to make collards also, hoping for some extra good luck.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

If you were to substitute the corn beef with ham and yellow to the cornbread, we’re covered. I’m going to make collards also, hoping for some extra good luck.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Actually, most years I usually cook collards, too! I thought maybe some of our fellow Gassers wouldn’t get that people actually EAT collards!

I have some wild collards growing out back right now, from seeds that fell last year. Mmmm, can’t beat good collards cooked down with some salt pork….

That yellow cornbread is too sweet for me, but I hope you enjoy every last crumb, and that 2012 is a great year for you :-)

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

“As President, I promise to do everything I can to make America a place where hard work and responsibility are rewarded – one where everyone has a fair shot and everyone does their fair share. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America we’ve always known.” – Barack Hussein Obama

Excuse me …
“hard work and responsibility are rewarded”
And then re-distributed to laggards who choose to live like animals?
Sure, “Captain Kickäss”, you’ve been downright super.
“Cast off those chains of oppression!”

Ummmmmmmm … Barry might have read The Communist Manifesto, but I’d bet big that he’s never read Das Kapital – he had some lackey make it fit into his vision of what ØmeriKa should be.
Dump ØbaJobi from the jump.
(or let the jumpmaster unhook the static line before shoving them out the door of the C-130)
(grin)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

but I hope you enjoy every last crumb, and that 2012 is a great year for you :-)

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

For all of us! Have you had a frost yet? I’m not much of a gardener but I’ve heard that collards are best after a frost. Mine came from the store so I have no idea what they will be like.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

For all of us! Have you had a frost yet? I’m not much of a gardener but I’ve heard that collards are best after a frost. Mine came from the store so I have no idea what they will be like.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

A frost before they are mature slightly stunts them, but concentrates the flavor! But they will be just about as good from the store, depending on where they got their collards. Once you smother ‘em down, it’s all good! I don’t know how you do your collards, but for mine, I keep it simple – I just throw some sliced bacon in a big pot, sizzle it a bit, then add a dash of vegetable oil and a bit of minced garlic, sizzle it some more, add a bit of water, then fill the pot to the top with collards and smother down – serve with a dash of pepper and a splash of apple-cider vinegar :-)

MMM!!!

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Oops, forgot the bit of chopped onion I add. But not much – the collards speak for themselves!

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Dr Evil on January 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Hard to fight for border security when Obama & DC are impediments.

Texas has provided $400 million in border security and law enforcement funding since 2005 to help fill the gap left by the federal government ($152 million in 2011; $121.5 million in 2009; $110.3 million in 2007, and $29.8 million through grant funds in 2005-2006).

In August 2009, Texas expanded its border security efforts by sending highly skilled Ranger Reconnaissance (Ranger Recon) teams to address the ever-evolving threat along the Texas-Mexico border.

Gov. Perry’s border security initiatives have helped stem illegal activity along the border, resulting in the seizure of 6.8 million pounds of marijuana; 82,353 pounds of cocaine; 1,835 pounds of heroin; and 7,552 pounds of methamphetamine which has an estimated value of more than $6.5 billion. In addition, officers have seized $227 million in currency and more than 3,500 illegal weapons.

Gov. Perry has made repeated requests to the White House and Congress for thousands more National Guard and Border Patrol troops, strategic fencing and Predator drones to monitor the U.S. Mexico border and provide real-time intelligence to law enforcement. (The Feds started poaching Texas agents during the Bush Admin. prompting the Texas Causcus to speak out in 2003 about NHS creating a series of border security crisis’ that is ongoing)

Texas joined with several other states in opposing the federal lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration enforcement policy.

http://www.blueservo.net/

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Cindy, I don’t know how you feel, but I can’t think of a food that feels and tastes more healthy on the way down, than smothered collard greens. It just tastes like you’re undoing all sorts of damage….

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I’m going to use ham because it’s handy, I hadn’t thought of garlic so thanks for the idea. The daughter wants some Red Crushed Pepper thrown in. Between cabbage and collards we should be undoing all sorts of damage.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The President and the Senate fought very hard to have the payroll tax holiday to be extended for only 2 months instead of what the house passed which was 12 months. When congress reconvenes, the house should say we we learned our lesson and now agree with the president that the tax holiday should only be for 2 months, and will take no further action on it in 2012.

Dasher on January 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

The daughter wants some Red Crushed Pepper thrown in. Between cabbage and collards we should be undoing all sorts of damage.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I’ve done the crushed red pepper thing. I like it fine, but be sure you don’t (this goes for the garlic, too) drown out the taste of the greens themselves. They have their own distinct flavor that’s to be enjoyed. Oh, one more tip if you like it, a scant couple drops of liquid smoke in the pot finishes the greens off nicely.

I’m jealous! My Magnalites burned up during my big house fire in November. I don’t even have a pot to cook collards in :-(

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I’m eating TV dinners today, due to lack of cooking implements, hence hoping for a last-minute invite from relatives.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012

Very well said, sir.
Governor Perry has demonstrated, both personally, militarily, and professionally/politically that he is the right man for the job at the right time. Can’t have “Homeland Security” drones? Then, the good Governor uses LRRPs (long-range recon and patrol) – a special military insight – and displays a talent for dealing with enemies.
IF Uncle Sugar Britches would allow the border Governors to do the jobs (and pay for it) that they (the Feds) refuse to do, we just might stave off the hordes of Third Worlders who invade this country annually.
The absence of Meth, coke, heroin, criminals, and terrorists = a safer America.
(imho … marijuana should be legal, but that’s it)

Anyhow …
Who among the current crop of candidates can boast of accomplishing more?
Ø plus Ø = Ø
Rick Perry or BUST!

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m jealous! My Magnalites burned up during my big house fire in November. I don’t even have a pot to cook collards in :-(

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I don’t think I knew this or I had forgotten (so depressing), what is the prognoses for getting back to “normal”. I had a small kitchen fire and life was he77 for six weeks, I can’t imagine losing everything.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I’m jealous! My Magnalites burned up during my big house fire in November. I don’t even have a pot to cook collards in :-(

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I don’t think I knew this or I had forgotten (so depressing), what is the prognoses for getting back to “normal”. I had a small kitchen fire and life was he77 for six weeks, I can’t imagine losing everything.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Still a lot of repair work to do to the back of the house and surviving shed. Lost nearly all my tools, nearly all of my painstakingly scavenged parts to restore my vintage vehicles, and nearly all of my kitchen stuff.

Between physical therapy 3x/week and trying to haul off the remaining debris pile, I don’t things getting back to normal until June… :-0

Just physically worn out. Had a hip replacement and shoulder reconstruction last year and they are not happy with me tearing down outbuildings and hauling stuff…..

I live alone and have no help, and so this is the bugger of it.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Dang, I wish I was close by, I’m very handy at hauling and clearing. You should ask your friends to help, I am sure they would be thrilled at the opportunity to do a good deed. You must have worked hard your whole life to required new parts at such a young age. Don’t let it make you think old before your time. Easy for me to say.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Dang, I wish I was close by, I’m very handy at hauling and clearing. You should ask your friends to help, I am sure they would be thrilled at the opportunity to do a good deed. You must have worked hard your whole life to required new parts at such a young age. Don’t let it make you think old before your time. Easy for me to say.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Your help would be welcome….

The fire was big enough that everyone in town knows of it, TV news crews were out here trying to interview me (unsuccessfully), and the fire chiefs of 3 cities were here to supervise, due to the multiple explosions and hazardous-chemical issues.

I have oft-times helped family in need. So far, the ones close to me are so wrapped up in their lives that I have received almost zero help.

But that’s the way it goes when you’re unmarried at my age, with no kids.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You must have worked hard your whole life to required new parts at such a young age. Don’t let it make you think old before your time. Easy for me to say.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

No, that’s what having a plutonium-hot cougar girlfriend is for…

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Family or friend?

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hard to pin that down. His wife and her brother and I grew up together, and I have known him since 1976. His wife’s only sibling (brother) was murdered by a crack-head for $3000 ten years ago in December. I guess family/friend…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

But that’s the way it goes when you’re unmarried at my age, with no kids.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Have you asked for help? I know that when I have helped people after storms I had to push my way in and not take no for an answer. Not everyone is as assertive (reads nosy and bossy) as I am.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Have a party!

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Have a party!

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Great answer!

Of course, we need a bonfire, and there’s plenty of fuel for THAT, now….

I live in the middle of 6 acres, with “civilization” lately encroaching on all sides, and now the neighbors call the fire department when I LEGALLY burn branches.

As far as pushing your way in, I had one 62-year-old aunt who did just that. She worked me into the ground. The plutonium-hot, 55-y.o. ex promised to come help, but never showed, and then blamed her own “dingy-ness” for “forgetting.”

After I saved her house from a Sheriff’s Sale through hard work and negotiation, and her porcelain butt from the street….

Yeah, small New Year’s pity party in progress.

Sorry.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The plutonium-hot, 55-y.o. ex

By the way, I can’t explain to younger folk how a 55-year-old could be “plutonium-hot.” It’s beyond description.

21-year-olds were trying to take her home out of the supermarket all the time. I witnessed this many times. There was/is something witchy about here, as a friend warned.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Sorry.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Don’t be sorry, many folks will show up for beer and pizza, introduce the beer later in the day or not much will get done. Your aunt can be in charge of passing out the guilt amongst family and friends. Tell her to go heavy on how rehab is cutting into your time to get things done. Even the ex needs to get her sorry hindquarters there.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Even the ex needs to get her sorry hindquarters there.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

LOL, no, the role I fill (everything is crystal-clear in hindsight, when the “hind” isn’t in your face) is to be the ex-boyfriend moneybags, while she plays nice with the new one.

I’m pretty proud of the way I have failed so spectacularly in this role… lololol.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Your aunt can be in charge of passing out the guilt amongst family and friends. Tell her to go heavy on how rehab is cutting into your time to get things done.
[snip]

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

That might work….
Funny how if you get completely floored by life, you end up assuming the same velocity as the stream. You move forward toward the waterfall, regardless.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

It will definitely work and your aunt will enjoy her part and you will feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted from your shoulders. I’m sorry I am no where near you, I would be honored to come and help.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Even the ex needs to get her sorry hindquarters there.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I wish I could get a judge and jury of her peers to really tell the tale.

I tell ya – I have seen a coterie of 22-year-olds kneeling at this woman’s feet as she sang. I have watched her teaching 20-year-olds to dance – who have been humbled trying to keep up. This 55-year-old takes all the oxygen out of a room when she enters. I watched her get up on a bar and dance in front of 500 patrons at a sedate restaurant. All I had done was to ask her what she used to be like when she drank tequila – and I watched a near-riot ensue among both white and black patrons when she, out of nowhere, jumped up on the highest point in the room and ended all conversations.

Afterward, “you said you wanted to know what happened when I used to drink? There you go.”

I have been through a relationship with something not… normal.

Trying to recover.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I feel like I broke up with Madonna or Lady Gaga.

And I’m the one who dumped her….

Emotional hangover, to say the least.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

It will definitely work and your aunt will enjoy her part and you will feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted from your shoulders. I’m sorry I am no where near you, I would be honored to come and help.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

You’d have a good time. I could take you all the way to the gulf in my 15-footer, with the wind in your face.

Lots of basic hauling to be done. Burnt wood, burnt stuff, etc.

Plus, painting everything by hand – the back of the house.

The shoulder surgery isn’t doing well, and so painting by hand is hard right now.

But, things could be worse – they always could.

The sky just turned blue, after a gray start to the day. I’m going outside to work on some trailer wiring for my old truck….

Thanks for the words of support, Cindy :-)

Very nice of you.

Maudlin me, out.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I want to hear about vintage vehicle later, I love old cars.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Wow, I’ve been hogging this thread for my own emotional b.s.

I’m sorry! Just weak today, and feeling alone.

Back to politics as usual.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I want to hear about vintage vehicle later, I love old cars.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I drive vehicles I am smarter than. It reinforces my ego.

Nothing later than the mid-80s, if that.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Back to quote of the day – “a year for doing nothing, and going nowhere.”

I guess that’s why I’ve been doing nothing here but venting.

A year for me personally doing nothing and going nowehere.

Let’s hope it’s a more productive new year for all!!!! :-)

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Gonna go restore some vintage wiring now, under a vintage-2012 blue sky. I hope all of you have a great start to 2012, and a greater finish, with a new president-elect!! “-D

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Back to politics as usual.

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

..late to the dance, cane, but just wanted to say best of luck to you (all of you, as a matter of fact) in the new year. remember: tough times don’t last; tough people do.

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

tough times don’t last; tough people do.

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

thanks…. so true, so true

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Oh man, I have some thick bacon in the freezer. Wish some HA babe was here to cook share some with me…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Uh-oh. You mentioned meat.

At least it wasn’t steak, though; mention that and you’ll never hear the end of it.

Lourdes on January 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Collards:
——–you HAVE to add vinegar to them and some chopped (very finely chopped) turnips;

Black Eyed Peas:
——–you HAVE to cook them with a hamhock. Hamhock helps the collards, too.

I’m pleased to read so many of you as I do have this traditional New Year’s Day meal: catfish (and/or ham steak and/or corned beef, but I prefer catfish), collard greens, black eyed peas and cornbread with butter.

Lourdes on January 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

OR you can chop up thick-cut bacon and add that to the cooking collards.

Lourdes on January 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Wow, I’ve been hogging this thread for my own emotional b.s.

I’m sorry! Just weak today, and feeling alone…

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I just stopped by and glanced through comments, and saw that from you…

So sorry for your troubles BUT after reading several more of your comments, perhaps you’ve been blessed with your newfound freedom? Quite seriously, you may very well have had a Guardian Angel helping you get clear of a bad situation…

I know it’s hard to see when you’re feeling poorly and all alone and all that (been there, done that, I understand) that perhaps a good thing has happened to you, but, in time you will likely come to see that this breakup was a good thing for you.

It might not be the immediate result, you may feel sorry for yourself and feel weak and sad and such for a while, but keep remembering that quite likely, this has been a good event in your life, not a bad one. And eventually you’ll understand that.

For now, have a good meal, do something you really enjoy, get a good night’s sleep and tomorrow, do that again.

Lourdes on January 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

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