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My friend Michelle, who was aced out of her Tucker Carlson appearance last week due to a regularly scheduled technical difficulty, made her appearance yesterday.
Get past the titilation (picked that word on purpose, Beavis) of the ex-stripper supporting the Christian Republican and it turns out that alliance isn't as wierd as you think. Ron Paul is about getting the government out of your corporate boardroom and your personal bedroom. In DC he's known as Dr No because, unlike the current administration and CONgress, which has abandoned all pretense of small government conservatism, Dr Paul votes NO. Frequently.
He has never voted to raise taxes. He has never voted for an unbalanced budget. He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership. He has never voted to raise congressional pay. He has never taken a government-paid junket. He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch. He voted against the Patriot Act. He voted against regulating the Internet. He voted against the Iraq war. He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program. He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
He had me at never voted to raise taxes. And how about this:
Abolish the IRS Immediately.
TWC doesn't necesarily agree with Dr Paul on 100% of the issues but comparatively speaking TWC doesn't agree with CONgress or the President on 10% of the issues.
Just a week or so ago, Hailey's mom, Michelle, reached into her David Copperfield hat and produced tickets and a front row berth at the Hillary Duff concert. If you click that link and scroll down 6 photos, well, that might be The HB and Mrs TWC (long hair, earrings center). Hint: it's the blue one. Might be Mrs TWC in # 7 too.
Hailey, Mackenzie, Katie....on our way
Sidebar: That picture is one big reason why TWC can't run off to the desert or the islands. I mean, how can I take her away?
Then, like Mick Jagger showing up at Studio 54, Hailey, The House Blond, Mackenzie, and the moms were whisked to the front of the line and escorted down front before the start of the concert.
Well, Well, it about kilt those girls. Something about staying up half the night when you're eight. Tell you what else, PRE teeny boppers didn't go to concerts when I was a kid. And we walked to school. In the snow. Uphill. Both ways.
Lots of fall out and hand wringing lately over the creative financing techniques of the subprime mortgage markets and the wave of defaults that has swept from coast to coast in the wake of interest rate adjustments that ratcheted once-affordable house payments to levels well beyond some borrower's ability to pay. In his Chicago Tribune piece on Charles Shumer's Big Fix for the subprime problem Steve Chapman notes that......
the fact that some borrowers are behind on their payments is no
condemnation of the system that furnished them credit. They are in the
subprime market, after all, because their credit history or income
suggests they are bad risks, and it's no shock to find that some of
them turn out to be exactly that.
What was once the savior of renters looking for a chunk of the American Dream has now become the whipping boy as defaults surge and the housing market stagnates.
In the old days, financial institutions that refused to lend to people
with low incomes or imperfect credit were accused of victimizing the
needy. Today, financial institutions that make many loans to those same
people are found guilty of the same crime.
It turns out that 86% of all subprime loans are being paid on time and in full, every month and the primary beneficiaries of subprime loans have been minorities that would otherwise have nothing but a stack of canceled rent checks.
Schumer, however, would overrule their judgment and dash their dreams.
They can take deep consolation in knowing it's for their own good.
Was having an animated conversation with a chick I know about this very thing just a couple of days ago. What makes that relevant is she was a bit dubious. Well, here it is babe.
The Border Patrol seized $23,700.00 from a trucker who was held for most of the day, fingerprinted, photographed, and then released without being charged. His money was turned over to the DEA.
How does he get his cash back from the DEA? He has to prove it didn't come from drug running or other illegal activities and it'll take about a year. How, exactly, do you prove a negative?
What'd you learn in High School Civics? Guilty until proved innocent!
This is the reality of our Holy War on Drugs cuz keeping the druggie classes from snorting meth is well worth tossing my children's American birthright onto a funeral pyre torched with the Bill of Rights. And our rulers are frothing because somebody burned a flag?
We once fought a revolution over this kind of crap.
And I'll tell you what else. It ain't often that TWC is on the same side of the barricades as the ACLU.
TWC tries not to get overtly political here unless there is at least some marginal connection to taxes, economics, or I'm bragging on Mrs TWC. However, I'll make an exception today because a friend of mine, Michelle, appears on Tucker Carlson's MSNBC show today (Friday) in support of presidential candidate Ron Paul. Pretty sure it airs at 3:00 PDT but check your cable or satellite listings to be sure.
UPDATE: In theory, Michelle is scheduled for 3:45 PDT (6:45 EDT)
She's bright and articulate and it should be interesting.
Bonus: she loves red wine.
Ron Paul is the only candidate of the Republican Party doing both
what his Constitution and Bible demands.
Free will and free persons. Ron Paul will not likely be giving
personal support to strippers, in dollars or encouragement, but he
supports, in legislation, their right to be free. For that, this
mother, wife, small biz owner, inventor, Libertarian Party county
chairman, and ex-stripper thanks him.
2004 Mas Donis Barrica is 85% Garnacha from 80+-year-old vines and 15%
Syrah aged for 8 months in French and American oak. Opaque purple, it
has a wonderfully expressive nose of spice box, pencil lead, pepper,
blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate the wine is
full-bodied with layers of ripe, spicy black fruits, nicely concealed
tannins, and a long, pure finish. It is an outstanding value for
drinking now and over the next 4-6 years.
It's a pretty decent wine in the $10.00 US range. List is half again as high ($16.00-$20.00) but some places it retails for $12.99. I didn't like it as well as the WA and I'm completely missing the described complexity. However, TWC heard Parker liked it a 90 as well. [shrugs] Maybe, I got a bum bottle. The composite cork showed evidence of seepage almost the same way conventional cork does and was almost dyed pink. [shrugs again] That's not supposed to happen with synthetics as they are vastly superior to conventional cork [coughs].
The Barrica is a little astringent and fumey up front but if you give it a little air (let it breath, maybe even decant it) it gets better (opens up) and smoother. The wine is more full bodied and robust than one would expect from a Garnacha, which is Grenache that crossed the Basque border some centuries back.
Verdict: Drink this wine with hearty pasta or grilled red meat. I actually had it with roast chicken. We did garden fresh yellow squash sauteed in olive oil with red onions, a little red pepper, garlic, and diced Roma tomato with Parmesan thrown in at the end. That worked too. I don't think it's as good as everyone else does but it's still no Two Buck Chuck (by any stretch). It's worth your time.
UPDATE:This is a very popular post and I have received countless hits and countless emails directing me to the exact link I posted in the story below. I make no representation about Ms Dobos except that she is the Air Force's first female aerial gunner and that she was trained as a gunner on an HH-60. Stevie's insistence notwithstanding, I concur that this photo was likely taken in the doorway of an HH-60. However, the Vulcan in her hot little hands was also used extensively on AC-130's, many of which were painted olive drab. Therein lies the confusion I believe. Many of the unverified claims that I expressly disclaimed (referenced below) have been found in emails circulating in the US.
There are those men who find scantily clad women posing with dangerous looking weapons to be alluring. I'm not on that boat.
Roberto, OTOH, prefers his women posing with WMD's.
Vanessa Dobos is reportedly a gunner on a USAF AC-130 gunship and has seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan. She even likes walking on the beach, guys who aren’t afraid to cry, and puppies.
Disclaimer: TWC cannot verify that Dobos has seen action (shaddup, I mean combat action), if she likes puppies and the beach, or if she is actually a gunner on an AC-130. She was, however, trained as a gunner on an HH-60 and is the Air Force's first female aerial gunner. In this photo, taken August 7, 2002 at Kirtland AFB, it's likely that she's posing in the door of an HH-60 and not an AC-130. Stevie Crown would know.
UPDATE: Stevie Crown says:
The cute young lady in uniform is indeed posing inside an AC-130 SPECTRE
Gunship. A 20mm Vulcan Cannon is beside her. I used to work aboard those
aircraft during the war. They have awesome firepower!
This is a very cool video of an AC-130 dropping decoy flares (angel wings) the purpose of which is to screw with enemy heat seeking missiles.
In another life, I plunked my girlfriend's little boy into the pilot's seat of a KC-130 transport aircraft at MCAS El Toro. Made his day.
Don't Shoot Me I'm Just The Piano Player Regards,
tip of the glass to RM in MA who says you have got to love a woman who has her priorities straight!
The gift bottle with the nifty label had been lying there gathering dust for some time. I gave it the stink eye for maybe the dozenth time since it arrived at Casa de las Rocas Grandes, and then, with a slight shrug, picked it up, leaving fingerprints smudged on the dusty bottle. Maybe we should dust more.
Invoking the Monty Python rating system, the 2004 Tormenta Cabernet was a wine for lying down and avoiding, nigh on undrinkable. Surprisingly, the 2006 has shown some impressive gains. Is it a great wine? No, but it has solidly arrived in that niche of decently priced, drinkable wines in the $6.00-$10.00 US price range.
The wine is made in a traditional fashion using organically grown grapes. In the glass it's ruby red and quite dry, with a little oak, subdued tannins, and the typical black fruits that you would expect with Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit, which is 100% Cabernet, is restrained and does not overwhelm the palate, more in keeping with French stylings. The wine drinks nicely now but will hang with you until at least 2010.
Enjoy this wine with grilled beef and horseradish.
I think it was called the Bazooka Bowl but it was shaped like a Toilet Bowl and functioned the same way. Neither That Boy of mine nor his cousin Clayton considered a friendly warning appropriate and thirty seconds later, I rocketed out of a tube at warp speed, spun around the bowl a couple of times, and was unceremoniously dumped upside down into a 10 foot deep pool of cold water. It's hard to swim with sandals in your hands.
Later, the zipping mat ride from hell rug-burnt the tops of my toes and the last jump permanently implanted my cojones into my spleen. Oh sure, I whupped Linda in the downhill, but the resulting internal damage.....
As water parks go, Wild Rivers clientèle is a cut above. Must be because it's Jennifer's home town. And Kos, yes, there were hundreds of bronzed beauties, lying in the sun.