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While Strolling Thru the Park One Day… April 18, 2010

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While strolling in the park at 6AM this morning, as Benny the dog performs his morning ritual, I meet a man walking his small beagle.  The man is beaming as if he stumbled upon a pot of gold somewhere in Madison Square Park.  He says to me “My dog just took the biggest crap of his life – I needed two doggie bags to pick it up.” I smile back, not knowing how to respond to this shared bit of information.  All I could come up with (after all it was only 6 in the morning) was “Nice to hear some positive headline news.” We parted ways.

It reminded me of something else that we overheard while at the Bronx Zoo this week.  We were staring at the Canada Goose nest (pictured to the left) when a group of youngish kids and their Moms came our way.  I pointed the nest out to the Moms and they were as fascinated as we were.  The kids did not seem to care.  One Mom said to the most boisterous kid ‘If you do not behave I am going to send you to public school.”  My friend and I looked at one another and cracked up.  Who knew that threatening to send a kid to public school was something that would shut a kid up – very quickly?

– In other threatening news: The percentage of Tea Baggers holding a favorable opinion of former President George W. Bush is 57%.  Does anyone really need to know more about this gang of whining, racist thugs?  For the full article about who these people really are, please read the April 15th New York Times article here.

–  In other parts of Crazy Land, hate monger Rush Limbaugh talked about the volcanic eruption that’s affecting air travel over much of Europe, saying it was “God Speaking” in response to the passage of health care.  You can’t make this crap up!

–  Jon Stewart smacks down the wackos over at Fox Noise in a segment called ‘A Farewell to Arms.’ ‘Fox Noise wants you to decide if the Nuclear Security Summit logo looks similar to the flags representing Muslim nations’.

This video just cracks me up every time I watch it:

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Silence of the Blog September 20, 2009

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silenceWhy so silent these days, you ask? Yes, there are surely things that are driving me nuts every day. And yes, I have been screaming at the TV, newspapers and websites that I read.  I have been blogging in my head (can’t you hear the voices?) However, the dialogue is so crazy that It is hard to write about the lunacy.  I have always said to all who will listen that ‘I don’t do crazy.’  It is difficult to think like a crazy person. I find that analyzing this kind of behavior is a waste of my time. I have decided that this wackiness will pass – most likely replaced by other annoying, distracting wackiness.

–  These are the things that are bothering me this morning.  The delegitimizing of the Obama Presidency by the right, Glen Beck (read Frank Rich today), the healthcare debacle, the financial meltdown, Acorn, Obama interfering now in the New York State Governor’s race just like the Dems interfered in the upcoming New York State senatorial race (Gillibrand), Joe ‘you lie’ Wilson, ‘Values’ voters, the Mideast peace negotiations breakdown, the New York Mayoral contest and why can’t I DVR two shows while watching a live third one?

More details on some of these annoying above items at another time.  Today is too lovely a day to sit and gripe.  I am outta here.  Oh yes, and a very happy new year to all of my Jewish friends.  L’Shanah Tovah.

Meanwhile enjoy these photos from this week’s trip to the Bronx Zoo.

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Sick Leave August 23, 2009

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onholdI am sick.  Sick and tired of the craziness of this August health care ‘debate.’  I have not been posting very much because my head is exploding. The crazies have been let loose and are being given microphones, strap on guns (Frank Rich addresses the gun issue today.) and are seen on youtube clips that echo endlessly.  It was only one year ago that these same people were screaming at Repugnant rallies that Obama was pal’ing around with terrorists and that he was a Muslim.  What is it about August?  We won a HUGE majority in November.  We took the House, Senate and White House.  Why is Obama trying to appease the Repugnants when they have absolutely no intention of voting for any bill to ‘reform’ health care. They did not want the Civil Rights Bill to pass, they did not want the Voting Rights Bills to pass, they did not want Affirmative Action to pass. I could continue with the list, but you get the point. They are the party of ‘NO.’

Obama’s big mistake was to allow these Congressional whores to come up with health care on their own. What was he thinking?  I still believe that the Democrats will pass health care reform WITH a public option and if they do not do that – I say shame, shame shame.

–  The New York Times’ lead editorial addresses ‘the uninsured‘.

–  Rachel Maddow talks about the Gang of Six.  They are the six senators who have crowned themselves the ones to create ‘the’ bill on Health Care.  These three Democratic senators in the gang are from Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota – states that together account for just over 1 percent of Americans. The three Republicans are from Maine, Wyoming, and Iowa, which together account for 1.6 percent of the American population. The Democrats are Max Baucus of Montana, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Kent Conrad of North Dakota and the three Republicans are Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

–  If you missed Jon Stewart‘s terrific pummeling of the crazy Betsy McCaughey you can check the whole segment out on this link. You go Jon – you deserve your three week vacation. The very next day after this segment was aired the following was released: CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. (NYSE: CMN – News) announced that on August 20, 2009 it received a letter of resignation from Ms. Elizabeth McCaughey as a director of the Company. Ms. McCaughey, who had served as a director since 2005, stated that she was resigning to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest during the national debate over healthcare reform.

– FYI: On Betsy McCaughey’s past: For those of you who did not experience Betsy’s bizarre career in New York politics in the 90’s, a bit of background. Betsy was picked out of thin air as Pataki’s running mate in 1996. Following their election, she took umbrage that her “policy papers” were not being taken seriously by the Pataki administration, famously stood during Pataki’s entire State of the State address, announced that her phones were being checked for “bugs,” and was subsequently shunned by the entire state Republican establishment.

In 1998 Pataki dumped Betsy from the ticket. She then ran for governor against him on the Liberal Party line after losing the Democratic Party nomination, a campaign financed almost entirely by her then-husband, Wilbur Ross, a billionaire steel magnate who pledged over $2M to her campaign, before he came to his senses and withdrew his funds, leaving her stranded. The day after Betsy inevitably lost the election, Ross filed for divorce, a divorce which made them a test case in the validity of post-nuptial agreements. Ross was rumored to have been forced to sell off his art collection in order to pay for the divorce settlement. He has since remarried.

–  For those of you that still have no idea what this ‘reform’ is all about, demconwatchblog.com has come up with some easy questions and answers called ‘Fighting the Lies’. Knowledge is power, and while this is now a message war, knowing the truth is still worthwhile.
Basic health insurance costs, with dollar amounts
What is the public option?
What is a co-op?
What is single payer?
Better hospital outcomes, ranking hospitals
Most recent IIE plan
What are individual mandates?
What are employer mandates?
Basic coverage offered in HB 3200
How insurance companies drive up the cost of health care
The right’s health care frame
Obama’s 8 guarantees
Bundling health services

–  In the always leave ’em smiling mode here are some photos I took at the Bronx Zoo last Sunday.

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Moxie the Lion Cub April 22, 2009

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It is good to take a break from politics, torture and the economy.  Meet Moxie the Bronx Zoo‘s adorable lion cub. She is the first lion cub born at the Bronx Zoo in 31 years. Her doting parents were part of the zoo’s breeding program. The cub weighed 3 pounds at birth on November 6, 2008 and is on her way to an expected 350 pounds.

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Want to see more lion cubs?  Watch these darlings that we saw last June at the san Dieg Wild Animal Park.

The Eyes have It! March 29, 2009

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blueyedlemurThere has been much ado about blue-eyed white men being the cause of the world’s financial crisis.  Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva pledged to make next week’s G20 summit “spicy” as he accused the rich of forcing the poor into greater hardship. Brazil’s president, known as Lula said, “This crisis was caused by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing,” charged the brown-eyed, bearded socialist president. While this fellow may not have the most tact around – there is something to be said about his accusation. This upcoming G20 conference should be great fodder for more sound bites.

–  I have blue eyes and while my brown eyed sister was thought I got the ‘gift’ of blue eyes, I never thought much about it. Does the old proverb, “The eyes are the windows of the soul,” contain a powerful truth? I don’t know about that but we all look at someone while speaking and try to find the truth of what they are saying by peeking into their eyes.  That is one of the reasons it bothers me that Obama almost never looks into the camera while speaking except on his weekly youtube address. “Our eyes reveal whether our souls are spacious or cramped, hospitable or critical, compassionate or judgmental.  The way we see other people is usually the way we see ourselves.  If we have made peace with our flawed humanity and embraced our ragamuffin identity, we are able to tolerate in others what was previously unacceptable in ourselves“. – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Maureen Dowd addresses this issue in a fine column today called, Blue-Eyed Greed?

–  In further news about ‘eyes’: A Madrid court eyes ex-Bush officials. A Spanish court has agreed to consider opening a criminal case against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, over allegations that they gave legal cover for torture at Guantanamo Bay, a lawyer in the case said yesterday. Human rights lawyers brought the case before leading antiterror judge Baltasar Garzon, who agreed to send it on to prosecutors to decide whether it had merit, said Gonzalo Boye, one of the lawyers who brought the charges. The former officials are Gonzales; former undersecretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith; former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; Justice Department officials John Yoo and Jay S. Bybee; and Pentagon lawyer William Haynes. Spanish law allows courts to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture or war crimes under a doctrine of universal justice. – AP – stay tuned to this juicy story.

–  Crystal Gayle – Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (1977)

–  News of a six week old baby giraffe at the Bronx Zoo was just too tempting not to see. Meet Margaret Abigail in today’s montage. She is a six foot tall bundle of joy. We were also pleasantly surprised to find a Collared Lemur baby, clinging to its mother’s belly in the always wonderful Madagascar habitat. Feast your eyes on these cute ones.

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Inhale and exhale – slowly March 23, 2009

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lemurhowl2It is not surprising that a country filled with an immediate gratification populace is loudly grumbling after only 62 days of an Obama administration that everything is not perfect yet. Everybody needs to take a long, deep breath. All together now -inhale slowly then exhale slowly. Now doesn’t that feel better?  From the Washington Post: The Treasury Department is unveiling details of its plan to try to relieve banks of their most troubled assets, a long-awaited signature piece of the government’s strategy for stabilizing the financial system. Under the plan, the government and private investors will together spend between $500 billion and $1 trillion to buy up real estate-related loans and securities from banks. The hope is that instead of hoarding cash in case those assets continue to lose value, the banks instead will be able to resume lending money once the toxic assets are off their books.  I have confidence that Obama knows what he is doing and I also know that I have no idea what he should be doing (most likely you do not either). So let’s give this earnest, hard working man a chance, okay? I like Paul Krugman and read his column twice a week. I know he is not happy about the new plan, but I am still giving Obama a chance and I think you should too.

–  I understand and enraged more about the previous administration’s assault of our Constitution, torture and thuggery. Last night on 60 Minutes I thought Obama’s response to the question about Dick Cheney‘s recent outbursts was excellent.

mommy–  I sometimes get a chance to promote the accomplishments of friends. Wendy Walters is a long time Thursday Zoo Guide at the Central Park Zoo (I was her mentor – bragging rights, here). She and her partner, John, are super talented people. They are artists, musicians. poets and more. “Mommy Loves Me” is Wendy and John’s first board book, and is now available through Barnes and Noble. Cuddle up with your favorite little person and feel the love. I am buying several. The book makes a great gift for that certain little one (or two).  Synopsis: Mommy kisses, and Mommy hugs. But what else does she do? This charming book, featuring heartwarming illustrations of baby animals spending time with their mommies, will make mothers want to cuddle up and read with their young ones.  Buy it on line here.

–  I am crazy about that tree kangaroo joey at the Bronx  Zoo and took another trip to visit the fast growing cute one. See the joey, the sweet ebony baby langur, fabulous lemurs and more below.

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It’s About Time March 8, 2009

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dst-mapDid you remember to turn your clocks ahead an hour last night? I like daylight savings time. I like the longer days and light filled evenings. Another good thing about DST is that now when I call my friend in St. Croix we are back on the same clock and I do not have to remember what time it is in her house. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa do not turn their clocks. Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) do not change their clocks either. Hey, what’s with Arizona?  Marc Fisher, a blogger for the Washington Post, proposed the idea of double daylight savings time. He is suggesting not only that we observe DST but we push the clock two hours ahead and enjoy glorious light filled evenings. My favorite line of his was ‘President Warren G. Harding didn’t like daylight saving time. If people want more daylight, he said, they should just wake up earlier”.  Here is a site that will tell you who observes daylight savings time (and when) around the world.

–  Remember all the way back to the summer of 2001 when George W. Bush went for a month long vacation on his ranch to ponder the decision on cell stem research? Oh yeah – that was also the month he ignored that briefing entitled ‘Bin Laden determined to strike in US.’ What the f**k was he doing all that summer? Maybe he was working on becoming a dictator. Well, file this under one of the good things about turning back time. After the 8 years of Republican rule that obstructed and oppressed scientific research in the name of religious fanaticism, President Obama will start paying attention to scientific progress again – he is reversing this cave age policy on stem cell research.

–  Can AIG turn back the clock by changing their image? Blech. Rachel Maddow takes on AIG for their latest waste of our tax payer dollars. Hiring P.R. firms to try to shore up their image with the people who bailed them out. Put some more lipstick on that pig AIG and everyone will feel better about you helping to tank the entire world’s economy.

–  In an ‘its about time’ mode: There is a rumor afloat that the Obama adminstration is giving Howard Dean some consideration for the post of Surgeon General. I called out his name in this space last month. Now that Sanjay Gupta has withdrawn, maybe Howard Dean will get a chance. He deserves something BIG. Go Howard.

–  Here are some of last weeks timely late night jokes. Some of them are really funny.

Doing more time. Poor former Democratic Alabama governor Don Siegelman, who was raked over the coals by Rove and company lost his appeal and will be heading back to prison. I hate Karl Rove.

Bill Maher has some new rules. Stay tuned until the end.

Time is running out for newspapers. With newspapers going under everyday they are getting more and more desperate. I too worry about them. We are in big trouble as a society if newspapers go away. Who will do the investigating of the all pervasive corrupted corporations, politician, etc? Bloggers are good – but newspapers are better. There was a good article in Friday’s NY Times about ‘Fair Use.‘   Since I do try to stick with the ‘fair use’ rules in this space, here is a paragraph on the issue of Fair Use from demconwatch.com ‘The basic question is what can news outlets and blogs disseminate of information that is not independently created? The issue of copyright. There were issues last year when AP was very concerned about people using their material without paying them for it. IN GENERAL Fair Use means that you can use facts from someone else’s work, with attribution, but you cannot wholesale “steal” their work. So if you want to cite poll numbers, by saying, for example, “Pollster A (link to their site) says that Candidate X is polling at B%, and Candidate Y is polling at c%” that’s fine. If you expropriate their analysis, that would be over the line’.

–  If you want to see a really cute joey tree kangaroo, a sea lion pup named Katie and some other fabulous faces,  check out my photos from the Bronx Zoo.

–  If I could turn back time…

Super Sunday February 1, 2009

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rootitleYes it is Super Bowl Sunday. I am not a big sports fan. More to the point, I really do not watch any sports. I am one of those people who can tell you who won the Super Bowl the day after, but not much more. For those that enjoy this hoopla – have a terrific day. For the rest of us, there are lots of things to do other than eat chicken wings. That photo above is of a Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo and Joey I saw yesterday at the Bronx Zoo. If you want to see more photos of this adorable Joey check it out here.

–  More shame and blame is being shouted from the rooftops. Raise your hand if you think that the bankers and pillagers of Wall Street are going to change their ways? Mea culpa, says Chase’s head honcho, Jamie Dimon. “I take full blame for all the American banks and all the things they did,” Dimon said during a panel on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Thursday.

–  Frank Rich discusses the GOP gone AWOL. Amber alert, anyone? The problem is not that House Republicans gave the stimulus bill zero votes last week. That’s transitory political symbolism, and it had no effect on the outcome. Some of the naysayers will vote for the revised final bill anyway (and claim, Kerry-style, that they were against it before they were for it). The more disturbing problem is that the party has zero leaders and zero ideas. It is as AWOL in this disaster as the Bush administration was during Katrina.

–  Here is a much kept secret. So, you know about the Treasury’s $700 billion bailout plan. But you probably don’t know that the Federal Reserve has lent out about $2 trillion since September. Few do. And that is what’s irritating bulldog Congressman Alan Grayson. Will he be able to shed a light on the Fed’s secret spending?

–  Hats off? The Smithsonian is requesting the now-iconic hat that Aretha Franklin wore while singing at the swearing-in. Aretha, however, is still undecided about parting with her Luke Song-designed hat. “I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” says the Queen of Soul.

–  Maureen Dowd chimes in again on those fat cats.

–  Senator Claire McCaskill tells it like it is – and she is one of the mouthpieces for the Obama administration. TARP funds are being used for bonuses, buying jets and otherwise pissing in our Kool-Aid. This is not a joke, American’s are footing the bill to allow these elites to continue their lifestyles after the elites claimed the sky would fall if we didn’t fork over the keys to Fort Knox.

–  The title of this article sure caught my eye. The 15 Most Loathsome People of 2008, includes many people who you would not have at your dinner table, like Michele Bachmann, Bernie Madoff,  Mark Penn, Dina Lohan and more. Check it out.

–  File this under Gasp! Let Them Serve Cake: Rudy Guiliani Defends His Economic Plan of Supporting Huge Bonuses to the Few to Feed the Many

–  If you missed Stephen Colbert‘s the Audacity of Nope, check it our here.

– The Huffington Post has a cool slideshow depicting where the kids who used to live in the White House are now.

– Here are some more of the week’s best jokes from Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.

– If you missed the HBO Inauguration Concert, check out Bruce Springsteen singing ‘The Rising’.

–  This is what happened on Friday, January 30th from Talking Points Memo:

–  Have a look at the various animal babies born in 2008 at London and Whipsnade Zoos!

Sunday Slush January 11, 2009

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snowlionsThe excitement is in the air. The eight day countdown (no, not Keith’s Countdown) is in full mode. Even the Backwards Bush website has started a new shopping website. The News of The World reported that Harry, third in line to the British throne, used offensive terms to refer to people from Pakistan and people of Arab descent. Who doesn’t miss all of the Royal idiocy? Now that our idiot is leaving town perhaps we will get more Royal shenanigans coming our way. Frank Rich write about our eight years of Madoffs in today’s paper and our NYC snow storm was all hype – now it is just ice and Sunday slush. Bummer. Tonight the Golden Globe Awards are presented on TV. It is already a fun night.  A star indicating that Ann Hathaway had won a Golden Globe was found next to her name under the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, on the award show’s Web site on Thursday, but the actress told Access Hollywood that it’s probably just technical difficulties.

–  It is about time someone gave Howard Dean some of the credit that is his due.

–  Enjoy the Jokes of the Week.

–  Here is Dave Letterman’s Dick Cheney ‘Lie Count’:

–  File this under idiot of the week: A waiter at a Jewish wedding who is considering converting to Islam interrupted the celebration’s final prayers with recorded Arabic chants of “God is great,” sparking fear among the 700 guests of a terrorist attack, Nassau County police said Friday in announcing his arrest. Oh, did I mention that the kid’s name is Stephen Buttafuoco.

–  Talking Points Memo has a neat thing. The Day in 100 Seconds.

–  Looking for cute primate photos today? Check out my recent visit to the Bronx Zoo.

–  Gasp! The water skiing squirrel

Sunday Wrap Up December 7, 2008

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r7oarThe Minnesota Senate race is ongoing. The recount is finished but the challenges drag on. Once again, the courts might be the final decision in this battle. Norm Coleman is up in the count but Al Franken is up in the challenges and also up in the count Huh? Stay tuned. Here is what my guy, Nate Silver has to say on the topic.

–  In a karmic smile we salute Eric Shinseki, who tomorrow will be named Obama’s nominee for Veterans Affairs Secretary. Shinseki was fired by the Bush thugs for his stance on the Iraq War.

–  According to Frank Rich, The Brightest are not always the Best. Another great piece by the master.

– For a moment of lightness. Check out the late night jokes of the week.

– A word about Sunny von Bulow. As you know, she died in a Manhattan nursing home yesterday after 28 years in a coma. A multimillionaire born to parents who had a shoe fortune and ran an electric company respectively, the events leading up to her coma triggered charges against her second husband for attempted murder and would create the setting for trials that were media spectacles in the ’80s when Claus von Bulow was convicted and but later acquitted in a retrial for poisoning his wife. Those trials along with the battle among her stepchildren over Mrs. von Bulow’s riches would inspire the movie Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close. Mrs. von Bulow attended the Chapin School in Manhattan many years ago and is survived by three daughters, a son and five grandchildren. May she finally rest in peace.

–  Let’s hope that we can now close the book on this piece of human crap:

–  A winter visit to the Bronx Zoo is always filled with surprises. I spent much of my time watching the adorable six month old sea lion pup, Katy. I had so many photos it cried out for two montages and a new video. Enjoy!

–  Smile for the day. Watch my Katy the sea lion pup play with a leaf: