September 4, 2009

What a work week! I am totally fried and looking forward to a long weekend. There were some things I had planned for work, but the chaos of the last two days fried me to a crisp. So while I’m enjoying the weekend – as I hope y’all will be doing – here’s what I’ll be thinking about:

* You know the years are taking their toll when the supermarket cashier looks at you and asks if yould like to fill their senior discount form. I told her I’m not that old yet, she replies, “you will be”. Pretty funny.

* Six years in Arizona, and my fourth pool light just blew out tonight. They go for $325 a whack, so there’s gonna be no rush on replacing this one any time soon.

* The Sago Palm I have in a pot on my patio can’t take the hot Arizona sun. Any ideas out there for a potted palm canopy? Tracey says to use the red, white, and black World Wildlife Fund umbrella we have up in our closet. I think it would be a stupid – not to mention flimsy – solution, but you don’t need an umbrella very much out here.

* I think she’s great, but pardon me if I skip this particular CD release.

* The Golf Channel can hype the Fed Ex Cup playoffs all they want, but it doesn’t gather my interest at all. And I’m not alone in that regard.

* Tiger should keep his thoughts about the work habits of other golfers to himself. It’s not becoming to either him or the professional sport of golf.

* Continuing on the subject of golf, this is a pretty bizarre story.

* After the horrible August the White House and the Democrats have had, I’m more than ever convinced that Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin are the two most influential personalities on the political landscape right now.

* This is pretty reprehensible, even by the AP’s standards.

* OK, enough reality. Let’s surf into the weekend with this great video clip. And these guys can really play as well!

See y’all on the flipside. Keep it safe and sane out there!

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 21:01 | Comments (4)
  1. Would a shade pergola be helpful..mainly using lattice work to diffuse the sun..and it may be rather attractive. I have to build one over my swing now that the shade from the “attacking” trees has been eliminated. The top 29 feet of both trees was removed to prevent futher damage to my roof. Now I have a chance to plant more sun loving flowers for next year.

    Comment by Jana — September 5, 2009 @ 7:02 am

  2. Add Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to your Beck/Malkin duo and you have the four-headed monster that’s going to keep the right in the wilderness for a good, long while.

    Comment by Rob — September 6, 2009 @ 8:10 am

  3. Thanks for the comments guys. Let’s take them one at a time 🙂

    Your idea was good, Jana, but not feasible since the Sago was already under a hard-roofed patio. It was just getting way too much sun there so the easiest solution was to move it to a shady area of the yard and fill its old spot on the patio with a palm that likes both being in a container and full sun – in this case a Mediterranean Fan Palm. You can see pictures of this pal here:

    Now, on to Rob. Thanks for your comment as well, and while I agree with you when it comes to Limbaugh and Coulter, I see Beck and Malkin succeeding at what they do only because the so-called traditional “mainstream media” have revealed themselves as nothing more than partisan shills by abdicating the critical role they played throughout the Bush administration years.

    Think about it: how are the roles being played by Beck and Malkin different from those played by the Washington Post, Boston Globe, L.A. Times, Time, Newsweek, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Associated Press, Reuters, et al during the Bush years and the McCain campaign – especially Sarah Palin? None. They’re adversarial and critical, and simply attempting to hold the Obama administration to the promises they made going in, re: transparency, ethics, and the promises they made.

    The fact is, the days of Edward R. Murrow and “just the facts” reporting are long gone – it started with Walter Cronkite and Vietnam, and escalated with Woodward and Bernstein and Watergate to the point where no one simply reports the news anymore – everyone has an opinion. Which is all well amd good, but at some point there remains the responsibility of news organizations to be more than simply mouthpieces for a presidential administration. And that goes for whether the President is a Democrat or Republican.

    I’ve said it before and will say it again. The mainstream media dropped the ball big time when it came to Barack Obama. How is that every action Sarah Palin made while Governor and as a VP candidate was scrutinized to the nth degree, whereas Barack Obama was elected without ever having to release his birth certificate, education records, or full medical records? All of which have yet to be released.

    None of this, of course, would matter if the President had come in and taken significant steps to improve the economy and reduce unemployment. But here it is, six months into his administration, and the economy hasn’t improved, unemployment continues to rise, and the country has piled up more debt in his time as President than George W. Bush did in eight years. Medicare and Social Security remain ticking time bombs, and rather than reign in spending, Obama pushes initiatives like cap-and-trade and health care reform that will bankrupt the country.

    If John McCain were in the White House and you had this very same situation, the mainstream media would be gnashing their teeth and wailing incessantly about the reckless spending by the White House. McCain would be accused of being senile and/or incompetent, and the Democrats in Congress would be threatening into his every move and decision. But this is Barack Obama, and as a result you hear not a peep by the mainstream media.

    What Beck and Malkin have tapped into is an anti-Washington, anti-incumbent movement that I believe is the beginning of a sea change in politics and the electorate. It has nothing to do with Democrats and Republicans, per se, and that’s why I think you have to remove Limbaugh and Coulter from the equation. No one has been harder on Republicans and their reckless spending habits over the years than Malkin, and Beck hasn’t been far behind.

    Their voices are genuine and their popularity is at an all-time high because they’re not afraid to ask the questions and raise the kind of issues the mainstream media used to do at one time. And an Obama administration that insists on playing the game of “shoot the messenger”, and Washington politicians who think no one is paying any attention to their reckless and wasteful spending habits ignore Malkin’s and Beck’s surging popularity at their own risk.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — September 7, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

  4. Malkin and Beck preach to the choir, GWS. They’re pundits like Coulter and Limbaugh. Nothing more.

    Palin was raked over the coals because she was nominated out of the blue. No one knew anything about her so the media had to play catch up and the timeline was so compressed. Obama was on the campaign trail for almost two years. They had lots of time with him and he didn’t get all lollipops from the press or his opponents, despite what your four-headed monsters say. Biden and McCain were known quantities. No catch up required.

    Comment by Rob — September 8, 2009 @ 9:49 am

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