Monthly Archives: November 2011

Obamacare Elderly Rationing–It’s Not Brain Surgery

Recently, while at a social gathering with people from various walks of life, the topic of Obamacare came up. Despite denials from liberal champions of state mandated health care, it is becoming quite clear that health coverage for all will involve decreased quality of care, rationing and “comfort care” for those who bean counters consider the “units” to be superannuated.


Huntsman’s Long Strange Trip to Run for President

Former Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. (R-UT) has blazed an idiosyncratic path to the Republican nomination for President. Even though Huntsman was re-elected with 78% margin, he ditched the Utah Governor’s mansion to be the Obama Administration’s US Ambassador to China. But Huntsman fancies himself not as the typical politician.


District of Cocktails?

The HDNet‘s Series “Drinking Made Easy”  had an episode based in D.C.which they dubbed “The District of Cocktails.”

The hosts highlighted a couple of celebrity cocktails.  First there was a libation dedicated to President B.J. Clinton which uses Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Cream and Blue Caraçao.  How apt.  To make it, Mix vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream in a shaker. Pour into glass and then add blue caraçao.

Another DC drink dedicated to a decadent DC city father is the Marion Berry (D-DC) which uses Blueberry Vodka, Ice and Coke.  I guess that the flavored vodka embodied his (dis)Honor and the ice and soda was a nod to the bust by the FBI of the DC mayor for smoking crack at the Vista Hotel on January 18, 1990.

While the concoction might be less symbolic, a tastier but déclassé drink was the “Yack and Coke”  (cognac and coke) which the supposed mayor for life was quaffing when the undercover bust went down.  Reportedly, Berry blurted out “The damn bitch set me up. Now how’s about another drink before you cuff me.”

I fondly remember the tap room of the defunct funky brewpub Bardo Rodeo in Arlington, Virginia.  On the wall, there was a special mural depicting Marion Berry.

The show also depicted a Beertail which sounded delightful.  The Neopolitan uses framboise (a Belgian  raspberry Lambic ale), a witbier (a Belgian white wheat beer) and a Chocolate Stout.  If you elect to make this beertail, mix the Framboise and the Belgian White into 2/3 of glass then float the Chocolate Stout on top.

And I thought that it was just the District of Calamity.

H/T Drinking Made Easy

St. Francis de Sales on Life’s Purpose

Mickey D’s Outsmarts SFO Happy Meal Ban

Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors acted passed an ordinance requiring meals that included toys to meet specific nutritional guidelines. But McDonalds figured out a way to live with government micro-managing their business.



Alarming News at NBC

During the November 29, 2011 NBC Nightly News,  a fire alarm sounded throughout the studio. The alarm sounded throughout most of the broadcast, but was edited out when it played on MSNBC.

Despite rolling his eyes a couple of times in a minute, anchor Brian Williams handled it with aplomb.  Supposedly, it was a fire alarm.  It might have been more fitting as a B.S. detector.



H/T: Mediate


  • Lynching:  To punish (a person) without legal process or authority, especially by hanging, for a perceived offense or as an act of bigotry.
  • Caining: To punish (a Black Conservative Republican) without legal process or authority, especially by sexual accusation, for a perceived offense (of threatening the “minority” base of Progressive Liberal Democrats) or as an act of bigotry (for engaging in “critical thought”).

~Frantz Emmanuel Kebreau

While Herman Cain’s star had already started to fade in the GOP Primary constellation, as Tea Party types gravitated towards Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) as the “non-Romney” candidate, the persistence of the media’s Caining is taking Borking to a new level in the political process. And I weep for the future.


David Ben-Gurion on Freedom

Barney Frank to Shuffle Out of Congress


Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA 4th), the 16 termer from Newton, Mass., has announced that he will not seek re-election. Eschewing the typical rationale of retiring in order to spend more time with his family, Frank was frank about admitting that his decision was driven by redistricting.

In February, it was clear that Frank may have his seat adjusted due to redistricting, as the Bay State needed to eliminate a Congressional district due to the 2010 Census.  But what is surprising is that Commonwealth legislators did not protect their elder stateman in this process.  Frank is the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, who Rush Limbaugh dubbed  the “Banking Queen”. Frank had the Chair when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac needed Congressional Stewardship as well as the Federal foreclosure fiasco.


Henry David Thoreau on Purpose