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Can we still be friends

Nope! Daryl Hall:

Foreign money

Pouring into Romney’s campaign via Adelson:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson “is indirectly injecting millions of dollar in Chinese foreign money into Mitt Romney’s presidential election effort,”Josh Rogin reports.

Said McCain: “Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau, which says that obviously, maybe in a roundabout way foreign money is coming into an American political campaign… That is a great deal of money, and we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization… that we have to have a limit on the flow of money and corporations are not people.”

Little talks

I kept hearing this song on the radio but missing the artists’ name and assumed it was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. But here they are, Of Monsters and Men:

Now listen to “Home” and tell me this doesn’t sound like the same band:

The vagina monologues

From Brendan.ROFLMAO…

“Hello, Representative Jim Stamas’ office.”

“Hi my name is Brendan Skwire. So…. now that Majority Leader Stamas has made clear that using a word like -well, you know the word, it rhymes with “angina”- can get you kicked out of the House of Represetatives, I have a question.”

“Yes?”

“My wife and I are going to the ob-gyn next week, and we need to know what word to use instead of.. well, you know.”

“Sir, I’m afraid that we don’t have a list of replacements.”

“Wha–? But why not? I mean, if ‘the V-word’ can get you kicked out of the People’s house indefinitely, it’s clear that it’s not acceptable for public use. Please, help me. I don’t want to offend our doctor, my wife needs their services.”

“I’m sorry, sir I can’t help you–”

“What about ‘baby-hole’? is that OK?”

“Sir–”

“Or ‘pee-pee place’? What about “special secret spot’? I’m just asking for guidance.”

“Sir, i can’t help you. Do you even live in this district?”

“I have no idea,” I replied. “I’m just trying to do my due diligence.” Meanwhile, Christina, who was witnessing this exchange, was biting her lip trying to keep from laughing.

“Look,” I went on. “if Representative Stamas prohibits the the word vagina (i said it in a whisper> in public, it’s your responsibility to provide a substitute. If we can’t use the V-word, how can my wife discuss her issues with her doctor?

“And believe me, I understand your discomfort,” I added. Nobody likes that word vagina. It’s icky. Lady parts in general are icky, but that’s the hole that babies come out of. If there were some way to make the babies without having to look at that disgusting, smelly thing they have between their legs, life would be a lot easier, am I right?” C gave me a scowl from across the room.

“I mean, they really are disgusting, aren’t they? All wet and clammy and ugly,” I continued. “It’s looks like liverwurst gone bad. So kudos to Mr. Stamas for exorcising even mentioning it in the public square. Oh, what about ‘hoo-hah’ or ‘vajayjay’, would that be acceptable?”

“Sir… sigh. You can use whatever word you want, it’s your decision.”

“No, it’s not actually. Majority Leader Stamas says so. And I don’t want to run afoul of the law.

“So this is what i want you to do. I’m going to call back later this week, and I want you to have a list of approved words to replace that icky, medicinal-sounding vagina. Can you do this for me?”

The guy sighed again. I wonder how many of these phone calls he’s fielded this week. “Sir, I can pass your message along to the Majority Leader.”

“Thanks,” I said. “And one more thing before I hang up?

“Vagina,” I said. “Vagina, vaginavaginavaginavagina,vaginaVAGINA!!!!!!!

Welcome, Mittens!

QUAKERTOWN-Ahead of Mitt Romney’s visit, outsourced and unemployed Pennsylvania voters will speak out on Saturday at noon in front of Romney’s bus stop at the WaWa on route 663. As Mitt Romney touts his business experience to local voters, residents will highlight the impact outsourcing has had on Pennsylvania.

“Romney made most of his money off a company that buys businesses only to shut them down and ship the jobs overseas. He has no business coming here and talking about his vision for the economy. We already know that his vision for the economy includes shipping good jobs overseas and leaving low wage jobs here,” said Mary Downing of Warminster.

WHAT: 99% Rally and Speak Out: Rolling Out the Un-Welcome Mat for Mitt
WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 12pm
WHERE: (In front of) Wawa Gas Station, 1960 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA

A lesson

When interest groups turn the heat up on Obama, he responds.

President Obama will announce a new immigration policy today that will allow some undocumented youths to avoid deportation and receive work permits to remain in the United States. Students in the U.S. who are in deportation proceedings or those who would have qualified for the DREAM Act and have yet to come forward to Department of Homeland Security officials will not be deported and will be allowed to work in the United States.


Though exact details of the plan are still unclear, it could benefit as many as one million undocumented studentsliving in the country, and it will almost certainly have tangible benefits for the long-term health of the American economy.

Student loans

Everyone should read this. They’ve been bundled, sliced and diced and turned into derivatives – just like mortgages.

And we all know how well that turned out!

Le Bec Fin

Loved this place and I’m happy to see it restored. I especially loved the fact that you could get an early seating of their dinner for $38 instead of the regular $125 fixed price. I used to take my sales team here to reward them, back in the days when I had a company Amex. Although it was five-star French service, it never felt stuffy. I wouldn’t have gone back if it did.

Thyroidland

I’m pretty sure this ongoing headache/stiff neck combo is somehow connected to the thryoid meds, because I’ve founds dozens of people online also complaining about it. Okay, not actual “people” – just women. And as we all know, if the menz don’t complain about something, it can’t possibly be true. Unless it is, as these things so often turn out to be, true.

The headache was still there when I woke up at 5 a.m.

I talked to the endocrinologist this morning and of course he says it has “nothing” to do with the medication. Even though the FDA site says it does – but what do they know? When I pushed him on it, he abruptly said, “I don’t know what to tell you. If it bothers you, stop taking the medication.” Very helpful!

Time to find a new doctor, I guess.

This sounds vaguely familiar

Doesn’t it? I wonder if it will have a different ending this time:

Sir Mervyn King has announced emergency measures to help banks and boost business lending after a warning from George Osborne that the “debt storm” raging on the continent had left the UK and the rest of Europe facing their most serious economic crisis outside wartime.


In a joint proposal between the Bank of England and the Treasury, banks will receive cut-price funds provided they pass on the benefits to their business customers.


This new “funding for lending” scheme could provide an £80bn boost to loans to the private sector within weeks and alleviate growing fears of a second slump since the start of the financial crisis in 2007.


In a second scheme the Bank will begin pumping a minimum of £5bn a month within the next few days into City institutions to improve their liquidity.

Hahahahahahaha! “Provided the pass on the benefits to their business customers.” Of course, they won’t put it in writing and make it a condition of accepting the funds. They’ll just shake hands on it, these bankers are men of honor, after all.

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