Nancy Pelosi posts questionable chart on debt

"Debt vs. debt as a percentage of GDP: Some economists will tell you that it's not the size of the debt per se, but rather the size of the debt relative to the nation's gross domestic product. This helps minimize the complicating effect of economic cycles and inflation. So how do those numbers stack up? Using OMB statistics, here's what we came up with, using public debt figures not adjusted for the president's time in office:

  • Reagan: Up 14.9 percentage points

  • George H.W. Bush: Up 7.1 percentage points

  • Clinton: Down 13.4 percentage points

  • George W. Bush: Up 5.6 percentage points

  • Obama: Up 21.9 percentage points through December 2010 only

So by this measurement — potentially a more important one — Obama is the undisputed debt king of the last five presidents, rather than the guy who added a piddling amount to the debt, as Pelosi's chart suggested. Of course, all this goes to show that statistics can be used — and misused — to bolster almost any argument."

via PolitiFact  Nancy Pelosi posts questionable chart on debt accumulation by Barack Obama, predecessors.

We are “shocked” that Pelosi would do something like this!

Battling the Corporate Elite

… one major role of the US government in the corporatocracy is to serve as a scapegoat to deflect rebellion against the corporate elite.

via Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite  Books  AlterNet.

Great article (actually an excerpt from a book).

"How many Americans believe that their voice matters in determining whether giant banks, insurance companies, and other “too-big-to-fail” corporations get bailed out? How many Americans older than twelve believe that they have any influence over a decision by the US government to invade another nation?"

Emergency Preparedness Food Storage

Emergency Essentials – Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness Food Storage.

That’s the Boy Scout motto, isn’t it? Never hurts.

" is the world’s largest dedicated online marketplace for survival food, water, and gear. They’re a complete one-stop shop for everything you need to prepare for emergencies. There’s no way to be ready for everything, but can get you pretty darn close. Preparing for your survival needs in a disaster can seem daunting, but if you follow a simple plan, you’ll be prepared before you know it.

Florida Cuts Unemployment Benefits to Pay for Corporate tax cut

I used to work for this jackass years ago when he was CEO of Columbia/HCA.

He was an out-of-touch elitist primadonna back then, and hasn't changed much, only now has less hair.

"In the last few months, conservatives in several states have moved to limit unemployment benefits, even with the national unemployment rate at 9 percent and more than 40 percent of the unemployed having been out of work for six months or more. Conservative lawmakers in Utah falsely claimed that cutting jobless benefits would be motivation for people to get back to work, while Michigan gutted its unemployment insurance system despite having one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation."

Kite Flying

As it turned out, today was a good day for kite flying. Elizabeth, 6, had been bugging me about flying her new kite since returning from the vet this morning. We had brought all three pugs in to see Dr. Paula: Daisy due to recurrent painful skin irritations, which magically disappeared by the time Dr. Paula saw her; and Joey and Chandler to get their nails trimmed. She didn't charge anything for Daisy because there ended up being nothing to do. We were only charged for the nail trimming and some toothpaste for Joey because he has horrendous breath. You can't use human toothpaste on dogs. They make chicken-flavored toothpaste that dogs can just swallow, which works out well because it's hard to get a dog to rinse their mouth out, let alone gargle. 🙂

There was some excitement on the way home, just a quarter mile from Dr. Paula's. We had the windows down because it was such a beautiful day, and in flies this bumble bee, bounces off the steering wheel and lands under me, somewhere in the crotch area. I said, “Holy sht!” and pulled over as soon as possible while trying to keep my ass off the seat, avoiding getting stung, especially down there. I managed to stop the car and get out, found the bee still buzzing sideways, apparently delirious, right where I'd been sitting, and I flicked him out of the car. Of course, Elizabeth thought the whole thing was hilarious, and I had to apologize for my foul language. But hey, when a bee lands in your crotch, your usual composure and decorum tend to suffer.

Once back home, while I was outside trimming the edges (and struggling with the stupid trimmer to keep the line working), Elizabeth searched the entire house for her new kite that her cousin Valerie had given her for her birthday. Tara was taking a nap, so Elizabeth pretty much had free rein, which is always scary.

She then came outside with the kite and started putting it together on the driveway, all by herself. She tried flying it while I was still trimming, but later admitted that it wasn't going very well. Once finished with my trimming, I took a look at the kite, moved a couple pieces around, and that's when we discovered she'd forgotten the horizontal cross beam. “I'll go look in the package,” she said. Sure enough, there it was, in two pieces. Once installed, it made all the difference.

We flew it a few minutes in front of the house on the sidewalk, but I got tired of dealing with the power lines and oncoming cars, so we adjourned to the conveniently empty and newly-mowed field on the hill behind our house. I had to poke a temporary hole through the fence by removing a couple of boards for us to squeeze through, but that was no problem and nails are easily replaced.

We spent a good hour up there just flying that little lady bug kite to our hearts' content. I was impressed with how quickly Elizabeth learned. At one point, she told me, “I'm an expert flyer.” I just laughed and agreed. We have such a modest, humble child.