for Peeps of all Persuasions

Real Estate, Boatbuilding, Business, and Politics ....
Interspersed with Truth, Justice, and Insight into the Meaning of Life .....
for Nanepashemet Peeps of all Persuasions.



Monday, September 29, 2008

Trap Transaction

I thought that the Hamilton Marine price for lobster traps was ok at $89.00 each. But then I ran into Ketcham in New Bedford with a price of $91.00 delivered. The delivery charge from Hamilton in Rockland, ME was going to run around $50 / trap. So it looked like Ketcham was getting the nod.
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But then some steely attention to detail revealed that the Ketcham traps were small recreational models and the Hamilton traps were the real deal, 3' commercial. So the pendulum was swinging back to Hamilton.
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There was no response from Billy Oliver Boats in Cohasset, the source that Chris Crawford had supplied.
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But as luck would have it, I was in Cohasset this morning for a bid walk and got there early, so I decided to check out Billy Oliver. His boat brokerage office, directly across from Cohasset harbor was empty, but I gave him a call, and he got back to me within the hour with a deal for commercial traps delivered at $65 per trap.
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How freaking great was that???
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Billy seems like a real good guy, and if everything works out right, I'll have 10 commercial traps, complete with 60' of line, bait bags, swivels and buoys in my Beverly Ave. driveway sometime this Friday. By that time, Sarah Palin will have kicked Joe Biden's ass in their Thursday night debate, and all will be right with the world.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Going Bottomless

I keep hearing that the economy is a mess. But so far, it has been politicians and the media telling me so.
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Sure people are worried.... but I've seen no widespread layoffs, foreclosures are not close to what we saw in the late 80's, interest rates, prices and inflation are not spiraling out of control. The only local layoffs that I've witnessed recently revolve around business incompetence and stupidity, not the economy.
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We've seen slowdowns in hiring and investment before, without a national crisis labeled on to it. This seems like classic boom and bust, but now we have a Presidential election at stake.
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I know that I'm a shortsighted, sheltered SOB, but that aside, I don't see the crisis that the politicians and the newsmedia point to. There seems to be a lot of angst in the investment community, and a great deal of concern, but I have yet to see the bottomless pit emerge.

Tuna Lips said...

If yer in the hate business, things is a boomin'. What with all the forgiveness for everything out there, it aint my fault kinda pussy chatter, a good ole fashioned hate monger can ride into town and scar some hides, lay waste to somes that is truer than they is, and get away with it. Under the banner of looking out for the sheep, "I'se on yer side". No accountin done, just actin all better than others, promisin' everything with no way reckoning how its to happen. Get to the top of the hill, my pappy said, and you can excremtate on thems not on the top. "But Tuna" he said, with a rasp in his voice, "they will tries to make you not humnp yer tail up that hill, that theys gonna make it all right, so youse dont have to hump no mores. Beware thems that says that, fer that is yer con on the rest; don't fall fer it".

I wont, pappy.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Nauseous Newscasters

So I'm watching the Presidential debate and it was evident to me that McCain kicked Obama's Hawaiian, Harvard, Liberal Squishy Ass.
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Not so if you heard the "objective" (and I say that with a hint of sarcasm in my voice) analysis by the ABC News analysts, Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos and that blonde idiot, Dianne Sawyer. You would have thought that Obama emerged anointed as the obvious victor.
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I just don't get it. Did I watch the same debate that they did???? When McCain showed a vast historical reservoir of knowledge, these phonies analyzed that it made him look "old". Old because he knew the history behind the current situation. My problem is that I was too lazy to get up and switch off these pundit posers.
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I really didn't have anything against these assholes before they showed their biased colors. Now I can't believe how repugnant they are to me as they seek to forcefeed this Obama juggernaut to this nation.
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The only solace is that it's just a short period of time to endure before McCain wins and forces these shitheads to return to their dens to contemplate their obvious intellectual superiority over the American electorate. It must be nice to be so right.

Tuna Lips said...

I think yer kerect. That Obamy is the poster chile fer the support that sand perdestrian iranian feller. Christ on a popsicle stick. This here planet aint got time to truck the insolence of that Adjimabob feller. someone incarcerate his camel ridin ass and hose him down. Needs a bath. Obamy would talk to him over some nice white whine and them little sangwiches while the sand spittin viper nods his head and talks about justice on earth, all the while his 40 theives is cleaning out the pantry and ravishin' the kitchen girls.

Arm yerself for justice, I says. I am votin' fer fear, ladies.

Fall Classic

There is movement afoot to reinstate the North Conway Fall Golfing Classic. Crucial to this effort is Bruce "the Brute" Carr, whose condo in Jackson is needed because I don't want a whole bunch of sloppy bastards messing up my place.
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I'll hand pick a few individuals with high standards to stay in the No. Conway Northbrook condo. The rest of the rabble can stay with Bruce.
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The last time we held the Classic, the Scotch flowed like Wine. And the golfing was intensely competitive. All the while, our nerdy boss did everything he could to disrupt the event. Didn't make any difference... he still couldn't screw up the business unit. It took the next Moron, the "Closer of Colorado Springs" to do that.
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Looks like the Classic is shaping up for mid-October. There is a bit of confidentiality surrounding the venues, because we don't want this to degrade into a media frenzy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Plan Your Day

You should never end the business day without constructing a detailed written plan for the events that you want to accomplish tomorrow. The plan rarely gets accomplished because of changing conditions and emerging priorities, but you are far more productive when you have a road map to follow.
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It's not enough to list the things that you want to accomplish. You have to estimate the time of the work effort involved. That gives you a realistic notion of what you can handle and prevents you from getting into an overwhelmed frame of mind.

Peep of the Week - Week 37

What goes up must come down.
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That's why you shouldn't shit on people as you are moving up, because you are going to have to deal with them when you come back down.
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Know what I mean??? Payback is a bitch.

Announcing....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 37th Week of 2008

John Sununu
Dennis Fai
Chris Crawford
David Letterman
Kathy DiGiovanni
Lauren Rathbone

The law of Karma is powerful. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Trap Trash Talk

Chris Crawford points out to me that he got his traps from Billy Oliver Boats in Cohasset for $40 ea. including lines and buoys and further points out that $40 is a better deal than the $90 price that I had.
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Thanks Chris.   You can be my new financial advisor with your keen insight.  
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The good part about Cohasset as well, is that I can avoid the delivery charges from Maine, which would be another significant savings.... at least $400 minimum.  I can take a detour from the Cape Cod Coast Guard job and pick them up in my  Ford F150.

Season Shift

Summer has passed. This is the first morning that I have paid attention to clothes on the basis of warmth.
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Lots of travel today. Heading to pick up some ground rods at a distributor then bring them to the Coast Guard job that we are builidng on Cape Cod.
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Then up to apple country in Stow, MA to work on a building permit.
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Finally back to Marblehead to pick up a signed site lease.
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I vastly prefer this type of travel compared to the airline jaunts that I used to take on behalf of General Dynamics. In many ways, this work is more real, and more meaningful than those big corporate missions. There is an artificiality of that existence that is hard to explain. Maybe it's because you are so far away from the actual point of production... the more you have to explain things by Powerpoint presentations, the more phonies you seem to encounter.
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I know that I must sound high powered, but I'm really just as mediocre as you are.

tuna lips said...

I have scented a decay in the air mysef. At first I thunk it were the possum we stewed last night at Shoo Fly's youngest, Loralean, but the wrotten stench of marsupial stuck between the teeths I got left in my head is nothin' like the sweet wind of crab apples falling to the soil and the last crops turning ripe, like my missus, ready to be plucked.


I found mysef touchin' mysef whilst looking at them 82 year young boobies on that Clorox gal, dancin' like a ballayrina.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Trap Due Diligence

Mark Vona told me today that $90/ lobster trap, complete with rope and buoy is a good price. He says that he could get me some used commercial traps for $20, but I would have to add all of the gear, and they would be pretty beat up. Joanne is pretty enthusiastic about it. Looks like Hamilton Marine will be getting an order soon.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Dancing Again

Once again, I bravely confront the critics of my manhood as I embrace another season of "Dancing With the Stars".
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Bring it on. I can take it.

Lobster Calc

Pulling the traps with Chris Crawford and Tyler Gill was really fun.  They had seven keeper lobsters in the seven traps we pulled, as well as a cod which I took home and filleted.  Naturally I was inspired to get my own traps, register for a recreational 10 trap permit and get my own lobster fishery next year.
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The cost of 10 traps, gloves, pants, line, buoys, claw pliers, etc. from Hamilton Marine Supply in Maine will run about $1,500 delivered.  If I averaged seven lobsters a week, for the 16 +/- weeks of the season, the cost per keeper lobster is running about $8 a crustacean.   But then again, the equipment will last longer than one year, so the amortized cost reasonably gets down to about $4.00 each.
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This doesn't include the cost of the boat and gas, but you figure that I would be using that recreationally anyway.
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Mike says that Mark Vona can get us a deal on used traps which would lower the cost as well.
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The justification can't be all financial.  Time on the water is magic time, and this is a great excuse to get out there more often.   I think I might give it a try.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

No Pressure

Patriots v. Dolphins are playing on my 42" HDTV at 1:00PM today, but Crawford and Gill want me to help them pull their remaining lobster traps.
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I know that the Patriots are counting on me to watch the game, so the traps will have to be pulled this morning. I can't let those guys down as they strive to make their record 3-0.
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Plus Joanne just asked me to bake some bread... to go with the chicken soup and chili that she is making for gametime. More stress.
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Once again.... a lesser man might wilt under so much pressure, but I'll be getting it done in stride with time to spare. Plus, maybe we'll have a lobster or two to go with the gametime menu.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fish Story

Brown was a no show, so were the fish. Even with Pat Piscatelli on the WhaleEye, we came up short. So we headed into the Boston Yacht Club to console ourselves over some Dark and Stormies.
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My "Friend Who Doesn't Want His Name Mentioned in the Blog" was on the porch with his wife Nancy, daughter Abby and Paul and Debbie Lynch. Pisc entered into some spirited conversation with Abby over the wisdom of Tuna Lips, and I was impressed with her praise of Sarah Palin. Abby always did have her head on straight.
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So even though we didn't catch fish... again... it was a great afternoon.
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I love to fish.

Fair Warning to Fish

The WhaleEye departs from Salem Harbor at 1:00 PM this afternoon. There will be no National Football League Defensive Pro Bowlers aboard, but we will have that "Mountain of a Man", Bobby Brown. Seems like an equal trade.
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By 4:00 PM, as we sit on the Boston Yacht Club porch sipping our Dark and Stormies, many a fine Bluefish will have met the sting of our treble hooks.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Patriots Defense

So Adalius and Vince must be talking smack, because now Tedy Bruschi, Richard Seymour, and Ty Warren want Ryan to take them out to Stellwagen next Tues. Wilfork and Thomas seem to have fired them up.
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That's a lot of defensive firepower stacked up against a worthy pelagic opponent.
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I hope they don't think that you bag a Bluefin every time you go out, but with Ryan's luck, they probably will hook up.

Business Daze

Another great day for Nanepashemet Telecom. Pretty sure that we won a new guyed tower construction job with a Federal Agency and we're in the middle of a nice Coast Guard installation on the Cape. And we'll be going back to Maine again shortly.
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Plus plenty of site acquisition action in Metro West.
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But the best part of the wireless telecom industry is that it is immune to the present economic downturn. The last thing people let lapse is their cell phone bill.

Peeps of the Week - Week 37

Lots of attention given to the Vince and Adalius tuna photos. Why not??? It was a big freaking fish!!!!

Speaking of Big Fish......

ANNOUNCING....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 37th Week of 2008

Frank D'Orio
Bill Parcells
Ted Moore
Lauren Crawford
Mike Rockett
Stacy Butler

I'd like to take the time to fish at Stellwagen, but right now, Nanepashemet Telecom is hotter than Sarah Palin, and I have to stay concentrated during this run.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Excellent Tuna Record

Ryan had Adalius Thomas and Vince Wilfork of our New England Patriots out at Stellwagen Bank this week, and they treated this 150 Lb Bluefin Tuna like it was Brett Favre.
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Just no respect at all.
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Imagine if they treated it like the real Tuna, Bill Parcells!!
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So now the Pats are 2 and 0 against the NFL, and 1 and 0 against the Bluefin Tuna.
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Way to go, Guys. Now make sure that you beat the Dolphins this Sunday!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

UFO Sightings

Joanne asked me if I believed in UFO's tonight. I generally do. And I believe in Bigfoot too. I guess proof positive will be when we have pictures of bodies in the news.
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Then again, there are people who don't believe that we landed on the moon, or that the Nazi's killed six million Jews and five million others in the Holocaust. If you can't believe these highly documented events, then I guess the UFO phenomona will forever be skeptical to you.

T-Shirts and Mugs

We bought some really cool Nanepashemet Telecom T-shirts to give to our customers. I think it's only fair...... I give them a T-shirt, they give me thousands of dollars in purchase orders. Good business.
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Seriously, I'm always amazed to see how sophisticated businessmen and professionals love to get shirts and mugs. It seems so insignificant, that few of my colleagues and competitors pay too much attention to it. But I've always gotten tremendous mileage from it.
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If they take a coffee mug or a shirt, they'll generally give you enough time to make a pitch for your services.
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Plus our shirts and mugs have our cool "Nanepashemet" Logo on them.

Gag me in the Morning

Joanne is telling me that I shouldn't torture myself by watching Good Morning America every morning. She's right. I hate it when that happens.
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GMA is so tainted towards the Democrats that it is silly. The only one I like on there is Sam Champion, the Weatherman.
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They are on a whistlestop train tour through heartland America to show us what the country is like through their filtered lenses. Excuse me while I gag.
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This morning, it was hard ball questions to John McCain about the economy, and soft lobs to Hillary Clinton about what Obama has to do about his "small lead".
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Does anybody else see this??? Or am I the solitary voice of reason and light??? Like you, I am a creature of habit, and reluctant to change. But I will be changing the channel.
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For now on, it is Meredith Vieira, Matt Laurer and Ann Curry on the Today Show. Good Bye, Good Morning.

Brendt's Trophy Wife :-) said...

That is why I watch Fox 25 News. Keeping it local!

Monday, September 15, 2008

No Retort

So I heard an argument today that if McCain is elected he will get us into a war. Fair enough.
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But my irrational fear in retort is that if Obama is elected, the war will take place in the Ted Williams Tunnel, or the Chelsea LNG Tanks.
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So if you are going with the politics of fear, I'm still pretty much with McCain.
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I know I shouldn't be talking politics so much, and that it is making some people uncomfortable.
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It always amazes me that some of my closest friends, family, and colleagues can be crazy-assed, commie liberals. It's not my place to convert them to the truth and the light. My sole obligation is to remain enlightened and correct in my superior judgment.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

No Promises

So I'm up at the Gerry, and Tyler Gill tells me that the "All Sarah, All the Time" on this Blog is getting to be a bit much.
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Normally, I'd tell him that he can take his Democrat, Commie, Left-Winger attitude straight to Sun Don't Shine Ville. Didn't I take the time to craft an interesting post about my shed project? I don't think I mentioned Palin once in that entire shed post. So Tyler is obviously completely off base and probably worthy of a severe Blog lashing.
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But then again, Tyler is a friend, and better yet, his company is a Nanepashemet Telecom customer, and his beautiful daughter, Maddie, attends Sundance Pre-School. Naturally, I have shown the remarkable restraint and self control that I am noted for despite his blatant faux pas.
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Once again, I have been the bigger man and have taken the high road. Maybe I will give the Sarah Palin situation a rest for awhile. But .... I can't promise anything.

Tyler Gill said .....
I appreciate your mention of me and my daughter on your blog. I am however concerned of your classification of me as a "deomcrat, commie, left winger". The problems I have with it are
1. I am not a democrat
2. I am not a commie
3. I am defensemen not a winger, and I play on the right side.

please check www.lp.org
It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government. – Thomas Paine

Live Free or Die
Love
Tyler

Tuna Lips said...

Its the duty of ussins' to protext our hard earned cash from thems that would give some of it away and keep the rest of it for theyselves. Only change is some mealy eyed galoot got whats mine.
More fancy words. What is it with these folks you malingering with, quotificating and plagerizing, likes we somehow sposed to feel a stirrin at the bottom of our scrotums and the light will shines down and we are suddenly poor in the pocket but filled in the spirit. I played that honkey-tonk, there is plenty of unaccounted for cash and lonely housewives in it fer the man at the top. Called it the First Church of the Lost Redeemer. Just outside San Antone. Made a killin'. But I digress. Them fancy words is best saved for the lost souls searching for salvification. The plain talkin man gets my vote all the time.


And just so the folks at home ain't misunderstandin, Ise plenty capable of givin' my money out myself to thems in need. Just ask that web-footed harlot with the crossed eyes down at Strum's, tell her Tuna sent ya. Believe her name is Chloey.

King and his Cassell

Everybody is so concerned about the loss of Tom Brady as quarterback of the Patriots, and they are questioning the ability of Matt Cassell to fill the gaping hole. But Cassell has some great advantages.... namely throwing to the likes of Randy Moss and Wes Welker, and having Tom Brady on the sidelines giving you advice and encouragement.
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Plus the Patriots defense has to be super up to prove themselves in this situation.
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And no... I don't believe that Sarah Palin could quarterback the Pats. She obviously doesn't have the experience. But I do believe she could be a wide receiver. She would definitely burn Biden.
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At any rate, I will be out helping Tyler Gill and Chris Crawford to pull their lobster traps around 1:00 PM, then I'll probably head up to the Gerry Volunteer Firemen's Association around 4:00PM to catch the Patriots-Jets game.
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Dave Bruett told me that he and "My-Friend-Who-Doesn't-Want-His-Name-Mentioned-in -the- Blog" will be there, and I'm sure that Gill and the Crawford Boys have the appropriate permissions in place and will be in attendance for that cameraderie at the Gerry... and the cheap beers.

Palin Bashing Backlash

Watching the pathetically biased Good Morning America coverage of Sarah Palin this Sunday morning is downright laughable.
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These people just don't get it. They are really belittling themselves and exposing their pettiness. Obama is free to say what he would do as President. But they don't touch his lack of experience.
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Yet, they are trying so hard to discredit everything Palin says about what she has done in her experience as Chief Executive of the State of Alaska. What about asking her what she would do? There is none of that.... maybe it would make too much sense.
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To me, the more the GMA journalists try to damage the credibility of Palin, the more they damage their own. Don't they see this conundrum? .... Maybe they are not qualified to be journalists!
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It's obvious, insulting, and getting to be humorous. Somebody that they didn't anoint is tipping over their applecart. And now, through no effort of her own, Palin is making them look foolish.

Tuna Lips said...

The power of Christ compelicates me to say to those know it alls that the problem with your cogitations is simply that you put a dimes worth of fifty cent words into breaking my Sweet Potato Pie's balls and plain folk dont cotton to fifty cent words. Comes across likes you is trying to tells us that you is smarter than us round the way types. Miss Sarah dont make me feel that way. Ergo and thusly, get the f*ck off my stoop, you go and sell yer salvation elswhere. This here is the US of A, and you'd do right to think hard on that, stead of thinking on how much better than the rest of us you is. My Jimmy Deans is cookin, I gots to run, but get this straight, there is only half (and likely 1/3) a country that you think matters. That one third aint gonna get er done.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Backyard Shed Talk

Appreciate all your emails and concern. Yes, the shed is coming along fine. Thanks for asking.
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I have the roof consisting of 3/4 plywood with a blue tarp stapled and trimmed complete now so that the shed is technically functional from a waterproof standpoint. I trimmed it with an Azek knockoff of 1x5 white artificial wood that I bought from Home Depot for $11 per 8' board.
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A square of cedar shingles went for $167 which seemed expensive to me. I think I'll need at least one more square, then I'll continue shingling under the deck.
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The doors are being fabricated from the old pine countertop that was in the basement. Kevin Rockett ripped it out when he did the basement tiling, and it's been under the deck in all 18' of linear glory ever since.
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I like to reuse things like the countertop when I do new projects.... Not because of any environmental reason, but because seeing the material in a new use reminds me of some of the stuff that happened around it while it was a countertop in it's older use. That's why I loved using the cedar from my mother's hope chest in my Grandson Will's toy box.
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I cut the countertop into 4' lengths with my vintage Milwaukee worm drive circular saw and will stack these panels with cleats to form two hinged doors tomorrow.
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Then I'll add some hardware so that the doors can be locked, and we will be good to go - loading the shed shelves with the tool crates, hanging the garden hand tools and storing the lawnmower and powerwasher.
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It's not happening a minute too soon either, because Joanne is continually asking about the corner HDTV cabinet that I have cut the stock for in the garage, and Mike is working me over about finishing the basement. He even offered to help. We'll see how that transpires.
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I'll show some pictures of the Shed when it's done, so please don't think you can feel free to just drop by and see it. That includes you McMahon.!

Hurricane McCain-Palin

I know that his Blog has moved a bit away from boatbuilding and more into witnessing how the media elite would like to manipulate the Presidential election. And I'll have to admit that if McCain chose someone like Mitt Romney for his running mate, I'd be far less inclined to follow his campaign.
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But McCain showed some real insight in his choice of Palin, and when he says that he wants to shake up the system, he now has total credibility. Isn't that freaking refreshing???
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I was impressed that Obama secured the nomination as a minority, but in the back of my mind, he was a slick talking, Chicago machine pol with nothing of a policy nature that is remarkable in his short public resume. We now know quite a bit of what McCain and Palin did in their public careers - McCain with campaign reform and rooting out pork - Palin with energy policy and bureaucratic reform.
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Tell me one thing that Obama did.... My point exactly.
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Barach looks like a go along guy. Go along with Daly Chicago politics, go along with racist remarks at his church, go along with fat cats who want to give him real estate deals to ingratiate him.
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I've known guys like Obama all of my life. They see public office as a personal career, not as a vehicle to serve. They are get along guys who say what needs to be said, and align themselves with people on the basis of personal enrichment. Hang out with a Weatherman Terrorist one day, deny him the next. It is the politics of enrichment and convenience.
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I think that the media frequently likes this type of politician, because he/she will do their biding, and will pander to their media careers first before attending to the public needs. When I was a public official in Lynn, the most corrupt backroom pols could get the Boston Globe to say anything that they wanted. As a young liberal, I was astounded - but now as a thinking conservative, it makes sense.
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There is a place for this type of politician, but not the White House.
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I know that this Blog is supposed to be about building the Marblehead Gunning Dory, but I am hopelessly sidetracked while this refreshing wind of political reform is blowing by Hurricane McCain-Palin into the faces of the media elite.
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So the Dory is delayed again... But I will get back to it. Definitely by November.

Hurricane Ike

News reporters getting blown around and soaked with a microphone in their hand, purporting to report on a hurricane are stupid.
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You can tell me about a storm without standing outside in it. Although, I wouldn't mind seeing Charlie Gibson out there.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gotcha Journalism


Are they hard hitting questions or just ideological boobytraps that Charlie Gibson asks with his low toned, condescending manner? What do you think?
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I personally think that Palin came through as much more of a person that I would trust than Gibson, and Gibson never really bothered me before. Who seemed truthful and sincere to you?.... Sarah or Charlie???
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I care more about sincerity than whether someone can define the "Bush Doctrine". The Presidency is not a pop quiz. It's about leadership, competence, and judgment.
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Did you see Gibson's face when Sarah praised Hillary Clinton??? He didn't see that coming and looked like a fly had landed on his burger. By Palin praising the virtues of Clinton taking shots as a women, she tied directly into the bulk of female voters who supported Hillary because of her gender, and Mr. Smug knew it.
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Palin was good on her feet, struggled with some of the questions, and came through exactly as the person that we need for leadership - a free thinking, non-phoney.
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So Charlie, I think I'm going to vote for Palin, and avoid your biased journalism for the rest of your smug, condescending career. Nice interview.

Gibson Go Around

Getting ready to watch the next masterpiece of media journalism from Charlie Gibson.
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"Have you ever met a head of state?" he asked the Governor of Alaska last night. How many heads of state did Obama know before he ran for President? Let's have more great probing questions like that one tonight Charlie.
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I'll take Palin with her sense of judgement over all of those Georgetown dinner party politicians who could answer yes to that question.
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I never used to buy into this Democratic media bias that guys like Rush Limbaugh always rail about. But now the media seems to be showing their true colors... and are showing a need to manipulate public opinion away from John McCain's great choice.
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Seems to me like Gibson and the media are the real losers here. When this campaign is over, and the people speak in this great system that we have, I doubt that these media elitists will be so smug, after their concerted smear effort is defeated. Good luck Charlie.
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BTW - How's the prepping going for your next riveting interview with Joe Biden? Not one scheduled? No sound bites needed there??? Seems a little biased/sexist to me.
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Bumper Sticker

Thank you Charlie Gibson for your extensive interview of Sarah Palin. I'd like to see the same questions asked of Obama, but so far, it's only been the Palin extravaganza.
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Years ago, Mayor Antonio Marino of Lynn, MA, in response to a question that I asked him of a negative reference in the newspaper said,"It really doesn't matter what say about you in the newspaper, as long as they spell your name right."
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At the time, I disagreed with him, but, then again, he had the longest mayoral run in the City of Lynn until Chip Clancy came along. Marino's name was in the paper a lot.
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I think that the Gibson interview is one long bumper sticker for Palin. If the naysayers were mining for soundbites, they didn't strike a rich vein. People are already polarized around Palin, so the media exposes their own biases more than hers when they dig for the dirt.
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Course, I doubt if Tony Marino, a staunch Democrat, would be on the McCain bandwagon.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Week 37 -POTW

You have to admit, this is a great country.
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Where else do bitter national Presidential rivals call a truce to show respect at the site of a national tragedy? Our political system is actually pretty enlighted and civilized.... compared to what it could be, and despite the pettiness that the press likes to hone in on.
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I wonder if Sarah Palin knew what she was in for when she accepted this nomination. For that matter, consider the plight of her future son-in-law. Imagine that poor bastard waking up one morning and thinking, "Oh Shit! I knocked up my girlfriend! Man - Am I in Deep!" Buddy, you have no freaking idea.
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And that leads us to the all important weekly selections, that virtually the entire country is waiting for.....
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ANNOUNCING...
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for 37th week of 2008

Matt Damon
Emily Engardia
Vince Willfork
Sarah Crawford
Ben Orichi
Bill Hillegas

Can't wait to see what self righteous, all-full-of-themselves, celebrities that Sarah Palin pisses off next!!! This is getting to be fun.

Good Matt Hunting


Matt Damon was on the news this morning saying he doesn't want a Hockey Mom a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
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But apparently, Barach Obama, a community organizer who bought his house for $300,000 below price from a Felon is an OK choice. I personally would be leaning toward the Hockey Mom, aka the Governor of Alaska.
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Naturally, my statement is as outrageous as Damon's.
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Don't treat us like idiots Matt, as you preach from your celebrity bully pulpit. You're one of my favorite actors, but it is obvious that you are stuck in pretend world.
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Plus, you're losing the adoration of Hockey Mom's everywhere.

9/11

This is one of those days when you can recall exactly what you were doing when you heard the news.

Kennedy's Assassination - I was a sixth grade traffic boy performing street crossing services at the corner of Hollingsworth St. and Rockaway St. across from the Highland Elementary School in Lynn, MA.

Explosion of the Space Shuttle - I was watching TV in the basement of my house at Hawthorn Rd. in Marblehead, MA

OJ Verdict - I was in the office of my namesake lawyer, John N. Nestor of Lynn.

9/11 - I was commuting on Route 128 to the General Dynamics office in Needham, MA.

Those are the four events that freeze my surrounding environment in my mind. All really bad things.

Thank God, we haven't had one of those days since Sept. 11, 2001.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obama Boo Boo

So I'm sure you're waiting for me to sound in on this "Lipstick on a Pig" controversy by our man Obama.
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If you think a comment like that wasn't directed at Sarah Palin, then let me know what the lunch menu is in La La Land, because I want what you're having.
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Now he's all in denial and blaming the Republicans and the press for creating a fire and fanning the flames.
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The fact is that he made a gutteral, back room remark and whether it was directed at Palin or not, he had to know that it would be interpreted that way after her famous "Hockey Mom with Lipstick" joke. If he didn't, he is a stupid politician and a stupid lawyer... and I doubt this hypothesis.
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One thing is crystal clear - He has shown really Bad Judgement... and he is getting his ass kicked by McCain and Palin

Displaced Priorities

It's a crystal clear September morning in New England.
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I feel like I'm irresponsible if I don't blow off work today and get out on Marblehead Sound in the WhaleEye.
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But the odds are that I'll keep banging at Nanepashemet Telecom. Something about "making hay while the sun shines".
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Call me irresponsible.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Need for Strong Leadership

I hate to get back on the Palin issue, but if I was from Alaska, I would be pretty pissed at the backhanded remarks that the duly elected Governor of Alaska has no qualifications. She's a FREAKING GOVERNOR!!!!
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She is the Governor of the largest state in the Union with huge energy and environmental issues.
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Obama is one of two Senators in the State of Illinois.
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Let's get off of the experience issue and actually listen to these people.
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I also get a big kick out of those who think they can put horns on the head of George Bush, and say that if you agree with the President of the United States, that you are somehow ominous.
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All I know is that after September 11, 2001, when we thought that we were under seige by fanatical, suicidal, murderous ideologues, George Bush pinned the assholes back into holes somewhere in Whatthefuckistan, and there have been no more attacks on American soil.
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Do you realize how easy it is for some suicidal sociopath to wreak havoc in our urban areas? I give Bush the credit for the safety we have enjoyed for the past eight years. Can you imagine if we had a weakling like Jimmy Carter in there with his hands at the wheel? People forget that Iran flipped us the bird for over a year while Carter was President, holding our diplomats hostage, and released them the day that a strong leader, Ronald Reagan, was elected.
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Like Harry Truman before him, history will be kind to the judgement and courage exhibited by President Bush, taking strong stands on controversial issues despite the rockthrowers and naysayers.
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"At one point in his second term, near the end of the Korean War, Truman's public opinion ratings reached the lowest point yet recorded for any United States president until George W. Bush. Despite negative public opinion during his term in office, popular and scholarly assessments of his presidency became more positive after his retirement from politics and the publication of his memoirs. U.S. scholars today rank him among the top ten best presidents." - Wikipedia

Getting Weird

Lately, quite a few people from the distant past have been contacting me over the WEB. I guess that when people browse the internet, they tend to explore their past. There are a lot of people that don't show up so easily though.
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I wonder if there will be a kind of electronic archeology in the future. Will all of these miserable blog entries be archived and saved, only to be dug up by some future anthropologist, wondering how the world was at the dawn of the electronic information age?
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People tend to think that there is a type of immortality on Earth, but we forget the past with frightful speed..... to the point where we don't even know the names of our Great Grandparents.
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I'll bet a bottle of Lagavulin that you don't know the name of your Father's Grandfather - a person critical to your being on Earth!!! I don't. And I can't Google him either. Did his existance have meaning if we can't even know that he lived?
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Sorry about the weirdness.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Shed

It was a hot weekend. Hurricane Hanna ended up to be a overnight rain shower so we were able to get stuff done. I used the bonus weather on Sat. and Sun. building the tool and lawnmower shed.
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It's fun to do rough framing. As a world renowned boatbuilder, I'm more attuned to exact tolerances and finished surfaces, but the shed was much more rugged and rustic.
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I made the mistake of showing it to Joanne before it was finished, which is always a a problem because people can't see your finished vision. She said that it looked good, but I could tell by her face that she was horrified.
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No matter. It will be fine when I'm done. The'll be pictures.

Tuna Lips said...

Nothing like the privacy of a shed fer boppin' yer baloney. Spent a lot of time in pappy's shed, "fixin' the lawnmower". To this very day, the smell of gasoline and mildew gets me misty, thinkin' on thems care free moments, northwest corner of the shed, by the broken window, eyein, Ms. McSorley hangin the launderin, sweat tricklin' off her brow, wind blowin' her hair and frock this away and a that, her massive udders quaking as she stretched to pin up her tent sized nickers, . . ooh, I must pardon myself. Carry on with yer shed constructification.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Hurricane Threat

We're watching Hurricane Hanna motor up the coast and threaten to end the fishing season early. I'm not pulling the WhaleEye out of Salem Harbor. I think we can ride this one out, because fish still have to die at my hands this month.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Peep of the Week - Week 36

I know that a lot of you will paint me with a Republican brush because of my fawning and swooning over Gov. Palin.... but I'm not going to fake my feelings will a sense of false objectivity.
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After hearing John McCain's acceptance speech, the McCain-Palin ticket overwhelms the Obama-Biden team. I was surprised at the depth of truth and sincerity that came through when I listened to Cindy McCain who backs up her sense of compassion by adopting refugee children from Bangladesh, and who has seen her son go to Iraq.
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And the story of John McCain is inspiring in the service of he and his family to this country and his independent and maverick approach to politics and policy.
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Sorry, but I just didn't get the same emotional movement from the Obama's, Kennedy's and the Clinton's that I took from the McCain's, the Guiliani's and the Palin's.
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I still view myself as an Independent.... as someone who seeks the truth, no matter who utters it. And that would find me as an ardent supporter of McCain and Palin, not necessarily a Republican. It is annoying to be labeled... which segways nicely to the truly important task at hand.

ANNOUNCING.....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 36th week of 2008

Jim Nestor
Sarah Palin
Lance Armstrong
Geoghan Coogan
Sammy Khairi
Kenny Daye

Enough of politics. Now I have to concentrate on something truly significant - building the tool shed under my deck so that I can clear the way for a run at the Marblehead Gunning Dory construction.

BahBah WaWa and Perky

Barbara Walters and Katie Couric are so devastated. A female leader has emerged and she can't be manipulated and won't pay homage to the superiority of the Liberal Media.
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The largest criticism is Palin's characterization of community activists, as being less responsible than a small town mayor. Palin is right, and the topic wouldn't have come up if Obama hadn't taken the first swing.
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You can really see the wind come out of the sails of these self-righteous. elitist bitches.
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Right on Sarah!! You Go Girl.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Star is Born


Sarah Palin has just finished her speech at the Republican National Convention, and blasted one out of the Ballpark. What a brilliant, charismatic, poised leader! What a huge job by John McCain choosing such a talented running mate!
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Hillary must have messed her pantsuit.
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So tough, so erudite, so centered and down to earth, a great sense of humor. American has witnesssed the birth of a great leader.
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The Democrats and Liberals will throw the kitchen sink at her, but they had better take cover because she has the ability to hurl it right back.
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She's forthright, honest, balanced and confident. What a surprise! I like her a lot.

"What is the difference between a Pit Bull and a Hockey Mom?
Lipstick. " - Gov. Sarah Palin

Tuna Lips said...

Hills waren't the only one with a mess in her shorts - I started humpin' the throw pillow when sweet Sarah Pecan Pie (thats my pet name fer her) went on about wearing lipstick and laying pipelines. Ooohey. I feel like Bugs Bunny when he kissed that robot Rabbit with the nice taters and got hisself a shock. No need for the $3.49 I drop every month on "NaughtyLibrarian.com"! The economics just got trended up!

Fair Game

The Democrats are freaking out over Sarah Palin. Republican's aren't supposed to be the one's who break the glass ceiling. President Bush has never gotten credit for the important role that he created for Condoleeza Rice in his administration. That just gets overlooked.
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One female pundit on CNN disgustingly called Palin a gimmick. The duly elected Governor of Alaska is a gimmick???? I didn't catch the pundit's name, but she is a bona fide moron who is lucky enough to live in the land of the free.
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I was startled today to hear Obama saying that his campaign budget was so much higher than the muncipal budget that Palin managed in East Bumf_ck, Alaska. So What!!!! She was also elected Governor of the largest State in the Union. Seems like the Dems are pretty cool to Alaska. If you come from Alaska, you're not qualified to be a VP????? Stupid argument.
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Obama is basically saying that he is qualified to be President because he is running for President. An interesting proposition. Obama is starting to look small to me by stooping to this type of pandering. And now he has Barney Frank rushing to his aid, saying that the attacks on Sarah Palin's private life is fair game. Oh Brother!!!
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Tell us what you stand for Barach??? Who cares about the budget of Podunk, Alaska??? Just as I didn't buy into the attacks on you through your racist Pastor, don't insult us by coming up with ways to demean Sarah Palin.
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BTW, I was one of those who was concerned about McCain's age of 72. But then I saw his 96 year old Mom standing erect and vibrant. That makes me feel better.
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So enough talk about politics.... let's discuss something less controversial like religion or something.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Hurricane Anxiety


Gustave was a bust. I was expecting to be horrified and mesmerized by devastation and destruction. Instead, I'll have to settle for the Republican National Convention for my fix of angst and anxiety.
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Speaking of politricks, the pregnancy of Gov. Sarah Palin's 17 yr. old daughter is something that the Democrats will stear way clear of.... since Barach Obama's Mom was 18 when he was born... which most likely put her around the same age at conception.
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In so many ways, McCain has pinned back the Dems by the VP nomination of Palin.... Hillary and her glass ceiling, Obama and his experience.... and this personal instance is another one.

Tuna Lips said...

I bet them eskimos is thinkin' on some hot "mommy and daughter" action likes thems offers up on the information superhighway dirty pages. Naughty redskins.

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