Monday, August 23, 2010

Oh August, Please Go's August; I'm distracted and unfocused.

Well, I'm really focused on work right now and getting the school year off to a good start.  There are a lot of little details, procedures, and paperwork that need to be handled.  That's consuming a lot of my energy right now.  It'll level off, soon.

I just can't write about this mosque anymore.  It's such a cut and dry issue to me, I just can't continue writing about how morally wrong it is for this mosque to happen.  Bride of Rove nailed it for me today on this issue:

Ground Zero Victory Mosque? I’m against it. Had they named it anything but the Cordoba Project and insisted on dedicating it on 9-11 and if they had more than $17k in the bank with the funding coming from mystery money and had Atlas Shrugs not uncovered the truth about the Imam in charge – meh – maybe. But given all that? Who the hell out there can support it other than on the lame-assed “It’s legal” defense? It’s offensive and aweful and should be shut down before the first brick is touched
Read what she wrote and know my response is "what she said!"

I'm also really interested in this post by Chris Harnisch regarding Yemen, but alas, I'm unfocused.  I can't force my grey matter to delve deeply enough into it to matter right now.

You know, I had an email conversation with a friend this weekend about blogging; how do you keep going when it all just gets silly and redundant and you get to the point where you can't even make it relevant anymore.  I finally decided, it's just August.  It'll come back around.

Right now what I'm really focused on is my Stieg Larsson series.  I read the first book, as you know.  Then I read the second one and when I finished it Sunday night I was all, "What the HELL!  How can he leave me like this!"  Thank goodness I'm reading them so far behind everyone else because now I have all three.  If I'd had to wait several months before getting my hands on book number three, I'd be furious!  He SOOOOOOO left me hanging.  Tsk, tsk.

So I'm just beginning book three, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, and...well, I'm focused on THAT.  I can't wait to find out what happens to Lisbeth Salander.  (Please don't tell me!).  As I finish them I pass them off to my brother; he's equally enthralled.

But, you know, if I was focused enough to blog about something it might be this post from Hot Air about Charlie Crist's sinking fortunes.  Heh!

Or I'd especially like to cover this one about the moratorium.  Via The Wall Street Journal,:

Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn't trust the industry's safety equipment and the government's own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.

Oh man.  That one's gonna hurt...; Michelle Malkin weighed in on this one, here.

And consider this, although at this point, it's just rumor because I haven't confirmed it in great detail, but according to a source, he told me his firm has been "rehiring" workers that were "laid off" some sixty days ago because for each "new hire" there is a $5000 tax credit under Obama's jobs program.

WTF?  Can you do that?  PolitiFact says:

With his first year in office under his belt and unemployment still high, President Barack Obama called for additional help for the economy through a tax credit for businesses that add jobs...The tax credit would be $5,000 for every new worker employed in 2010. It would be capped at $500,000 per firm.
Hmph.  No potential for fraud there, no?  

I don't think I WANT to focus on the possibilities there...

Meanwhile, Obama's index is -14 today as he chips away on the greens on Martha's Vineyard and the rest of us squabble over jobs and mosques and the country goes to hell in a handbasket. 

Ah, August.

Please go away.


Sandy said...

I am reading the first book in the Steig series and am having a hard time getting into it;in fact, I am not getting into it at all so far!!! I guess it gets better!

Pat Austin said...

My brother had a hard time getting past the character development, too.

Stick with it, girl! It's going to grab you and NOT LET GO!!!!

Trust me.

Charlene said...

I re-hired 1 employee we had to lay off last winter. The reason I re-hired this person is they are well trained for the job and I need the help get our work done. I don't plan on laying them off again or doing any kind of rodger dodger shenaigans you suggest businesses will or have done. If I find any client or vendor doing that kind of thing I will discontinue doing business with them. They should be ashamed. You should do the same. You have a voice here. Shame them!

Michelle Malkin used to be published in a local weekly here. As a long time paid subscriber I complained. When several other subscribers also complained the column was discontinued here. Her words are pure hate.

MikeAT said...


As an English teacher you may appreciate this...


Cammie Novara said...

The second I navigated to this hilarious Yes We Scam! B.S. We Can Believe In! Obama Approval Plummets story I said that And So It goes Shreveport's web visitors totally should act as jury on this link:

Laurence L. said...

Steig lost out...after having such a rough time getting them published,they couldn't find a "category" (idiots in the pub world),(political too, he founded the anti-neo-Nazi org Expo-foundaion and was being "attacked by right wing radicals and in fear for his life"...hmm, heart attack eh?)then finally just as the first one hits the stands he has a heart attack! Now his estranged brother and father get the bucks, and Eva is fighting them for it all. (Never married.) She's got the manuscript for he 4th one, and the laptop he wrote it on, so ---big time court battle. Check

The books also made me take a close look at Sweden, I couldn't keep reading without knowing where the places were he kept referring to. A Euro model for Euro socialism. "Livin' in the nanny state" (LITPL-Willie).

Great books,techno-intigue, sad story. There'll be a bio movie sooner or later about him.

Laurence L. said...

I can't stand Michelle Malkin as a speaker, she comes across as a muck-raker and wears too much lipstick. But is she ever wrong!? Don't think so...and I don't see any 'hate' there.

Regarding the hiring scam, it doesn't surprise me. I saw this a while ago, and somewhere else I think I saw a ref to firing & re-hiring to get the $2k. It's an open door, who's gonna regulate that one, an Obieczar?

"The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The New York Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department."

Bob Belvedere said...

Pat: I hope you're right and it's just the August Blahs 'cause I've got it too. Even a Wolverine needs to hibernate a bit.

Laurence L. said...

Many uncountable days in ranging humidity up to 90+%, 104 deg real temps,Indexes 114+ (yeah I know the local weather and even TWC say less but they all fudge by 4-5 degrees, it's weather spin, trying to make the people not feel so bad, but if you calc' it yourself it gives the real story even the weather is political...don't ever let anyone say they aren't into politics, life is politics..The heat has gotten to us even the lifer residents don't handle it when it's like this. That's what's got us all blurry...the State Fair is just around the corner and the weather changes, and then we vote, and get us back on the right track. It will be a great Thanksgiving. Hang on!!!

Red said...

Hey I want to get in on that reading too. That way I can have someone to talk about it with. I keep hearing that series is really good. That and I'd like to read the Abigail Adams bio I saw advertised on your blog.