Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

December 20, 2009

Ben “Dover” Nelson

Filed under: health care,politics — by lindyborer @ 8:58 am
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Lone Senate healthcare holdout Ben Nelson of NE, (that’s my state) has sold out the 67% of Nebraskans who strongly oppose govt. run healthcare by signing on for cloture.  Every man has his price, and it looks like Ben is joining Mary Landrieu in accepting a huge chunk of change in exchange for a gigantic pile of crap.  Thanks, Ben.  Oh, and by the way, you’re history.  Nebraskans will not forget this next election. 

The worst part?  The abortion language can easily be overturned by Congress should they fail to renew the Hyde amendment for just one year.  (The Hyde Amendment, you’ll recall, prohibits federal funding of abortions.)  Bart Stupak vows he’ll fight for the same wording as in the House bill, but I’m growing ever more cynical.  I’m sure Reid’s coming up with another huge windfall for MI as I write. 

An interesting proposition I’ve seen a few other places:  How stupid do the other on-board Democrat senators feel for not holding out for large amounts of money for their respective states?

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December 15, 2009

Thank you, Mark Steyn

Filed under: politics — by lindyborer @ 8:05 am
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For this:

The Obama speechwriting team don’t seem to realize that. They seem to be the last guys on the planet in love with the sound of his voice and their one interminable tinny tune with its catchpenny hooks. The usual trick is to position their man as the uniquely insightful leader pitching his tent between two extremes no sane person has ever believed: “There are those who say there is no evil in the world. There are others who argue that pink fluffy bunnies are the spawn of Satan and conspiring to overthrow civilization.  Let me be clear: I believe people of goodwill on all sides can find common ground between the absurdly implausible caricatures I attribute to them on a daily basis. We must begin by finding the courage to acknowledge the hard truth that I am living testimony to the power of nuance to triumph over hard truth and come to the end of the sentence on a note of sonorous, polysyllabic, if somewhat hollow, uplift. Pause for applause.

From this.

Again, Mr. Steyn, thank you.  And, I love you.

December 14, 2009

31 weeks

Filed under: childbirth,This and that... — by lindyborer @ 10:43 am
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I don’t know that I’ve formally announced this here:  I am pregnant and now on the home stretch. 

I know I’m on the home stretch for several reasons:  My face, along with my arms, legs, ankles, and back–yes, I said back–are looking pregnant, too.  Pregnancy has always been a total body experience for me.  Despite the fact that I try to stick to a 2 mile a day walking regimen, my body has decided to reward that effort with swollen extremities and all-over gushiness.  If you happen to be one of those women who fails to look pregnant even in the third trimester except from the side, I hate you.  (I’m just kidding, sort of.) 

The only consolation I have is that it is bitterly cold, and I need not wear anything that exposes any of my pasty and dimpled form.  I am sure this is of great consolation to others, as well.

I did recently indulge in the one activity that is every pregnant woman’s best friend:  Swimming.  Buoyancy is a wonderful thing when you are carrying around an extra 25 pounds.  We were staying at a hotel, and I threw caution to the wind and decided that I would swim with the family despite the horrors of donning a bathing suit.  I hurriedly ditched my t-shirt and slipped into the water as quickly as possible.  The water was wonderful, and I was sluicing around happily, feeling delightfully weightless and unfettered.  It was at this point that David pointed to the deep end of the pool, and to the sign affixed to the wall above it:  “Underwater viewing from restaurant.”  I came to the horrifying realization that I was still, in fact, visible to people.  And these poor people–who were trying to ingest food–were subjected to the sight of a very pregnant person floating around the water, rather like a manatee, also aptly known as a “sea cow.”

I won’t go into how weird I think it is to have such a thing as a window in a pool, but I did make swift departure after this discovery.

December 10, 2009

Right analogy, wrong application, Mr. Reid

Filed under: health care,politics — by lindyborer @ 11:26 am
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GOP opposition to ObamaCare is not like supporting slavery in the 19th century, as Mr. Reid contends.  (Those were, after all, Democrats.) 

Rather, it’s about opposition to being enslaved by the federal government, who would have the ability to control every aspect of our lives should nationalized healthcare become a reality. 

Another gem from editorial cartoonish Michael Ramirez, who once again captures the truth of the matter perfectly:

December 9, 2009

Sherbet/sherbert

Filed under: Humor,This and that... — by lindyborer @ 8:44 am
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I reserve the right to rant here on my blog.  Okay, so this might not qualify as a full-blown rant, but you get the idea.

I’ve been noticing it more frequently:  The seemingly random pronunciation changes made to various words by those (generally) in the media and not precluding our own president.  Glenn Beck mentioned this on his show last week with Stu and Pat.  (I’m trying to track down the audio of this–it was funny.) 

Here’s the follow-up rant–also very funny.

Example:  Some are calling the hypocritical and farcical climate conference site “Copen-HAH-gen.”  For Obama, it’s “Pok-ee-ston” instead of Pakistan.  It’s also “Tol-ee-bon” for Taliban.  (But yet, he still says Afghani-STAN.”  Hmm.  Stu’s conclusion:  It’s nothing more than a verbal bow.  I think he’s probably right.)  Alex Trebek is one of those who fall prey to this pronunciation snobbery quite frequently.  For that notable, it’s not the South American country, Chile, (generally pronounced by Americans as chili, like the pepper) but “CHEE-lay.”   (Aside:  Has anyone else noticed how smug–and almost tongue-clickily schoolmarmish–Trebek gets when none of the three contestants knows the answer, er, question?  David:  “Yeah, it’s real easy to sound smart when you’ve got the cards right there in front of you, Alex.”)   It’s no longer Osama, but Usama.    And so on and so forth.

Look, I realize that we pronounce words incorrectly all the time, and being a bit of a pronunciation snob myself, I’m not immune.  I hate to admit it, but it did rather bother me when Bush said “nu-cu-lar” instead of “nu-clee-ar.”  But here’s the difference:  Bush was staying true to his roots–he wasn’t trying to sound smart, and I think the others are trying to sound smart. 

There’s something rather pretentious about all these smarter than thou types slipping from their usual American-English pronunciations of words to all out r-rolling mid-sentence.  Hint:  It makes you feel smart, but sound dumb to those of us who are onto you.  Yeah, we get it.  You’re right; it is probably “Chee-lay.”  But I’m an English-speaking American from Nebraska, and I’m going to continue to say “Chili.”  And I expect any news anchor to say “Ne-BRAS-ka” and not “Ne-BRA-ska.” 

Besides, according to the Danish, it’s actually prounounced something like “coopen-hown.”  I’ve just confirmed the existence of language elitists who are also morons. 

Feels good.

December 8, 2009

The hype, confirmed.

Filed under: Health,media — by lindyborer @ 3:03 pm
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Study: At Its Worst, H1N1 Only Slightly More Serious Than Seasonal Flu

At the risk of sounding terribly smug, I point to the above and say, “I told you so.” 

No, I did not receive the vaccine, even though I am in my third trimester of pregnancy and have small children–and thus squarely in one of the primary high-risk categories.  I will look forward to the next manufactured crisis and prepare to be further underwhelmed.

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