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Paul Ryan: Lying Ryan

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How to tell Paul Ryan is lying - his lips move Yes, I'm back to Paul Ryan now known as "Lying Ryan."  I was taught when I was a child that when you lie and you're found out, those who know you lose respect for you and will never believe you again.  That's why I've never lied (yes, it is true) in my life.  Oh sure, there are those times when telling the truth is inconvenient and even at times dangerous.  What have I done on those occasions?  Change the subject.  Or ask my own question.  To be sure, always telling the truth has gotten me into trouble...many times.  Some people just don't want to hear the truth.  They would rather be fed lies to reinforce their false beliefs. To me, lying just wasn't worth having people lose respect for me.  Besides, I would have a terrible time trying to remember my lying story.  The old saying "What a tangled web we weave when we attempt to deceive."   Apparently the Romney campaign has no such compunc

Mitt Romney, GOP Convention, Skin Cancer, and Hotel Work

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Today's visit to my dermatologist A warning right up front faithful readers, this is NOT a focused posting.  I'm all over the place on this one. Well folks, I have a lot to say about the final night of the GOP convention last night, especially the DISASTROUS appearance by Clint "The Hollywood Icon" Eastwood.  WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?  Also more to say about the Mittster.  I don't think he made the sale that he's warm and fuzzy and cares about the Great Unwashed like you and me but then again I am very prejudiced since I don't like plutocrats who take advantage of the country to amass a vast fortune but doesn't feel the obligation to pay his fair share of taxes or even, and this really galls me, have any of his five sons volunteer ONE SECOND of their time in the service of their country (all about defense Mittster) as in joining and serving in one of the branches of our armed forces.  There, that was a horribly long sentence but I told you I had

181 Pets Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

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Some good news folks!  Unlike Hurricane Katrina, this time the pets weren't left behind to fend for themselves and die.  This time the right thing was done, the pets were saved.  Good news folks in this day of non-ending political campaigning negative ads, GOOD NEWS!

Paul Ryan - Blatant LIAR

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Paul Ryan, the Republican Vice Presidential nominee gave his speech last night at the Republican Convention.  Yes, the same Paul Ryan who wants to do eliminate Medicare as we know it by replacing it with a voucher program.  The same Paul Ryan who proposed reducing Medicare benefit payments TO BENEFICIARIES by 716 billion dollars.  The same Paul Ryan who claimed that President Obama is responsible for the closing of the Janesville Wisconsin plant (it was closed under the Bush administration, before President Obama took office)....yes, that Paul Ryan spewed out these lies last night during his Republican Convention speech. Even a columunist for Fox News (Sally Kohn) said Ryan set the world record for the biggest number of blatant  lies in a convention speech.  Of course most of the mainstrem press will ignore or gloss over Ryan's lies because they want access to interview him at a later date. For more of the specifics of Ryan's lies go here . I didn't watch his whole s

Meet the Real Mitt Romney

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I stole this from David Brooks, of the New York Times.  I'm not a David Brooks fan (too conservative and Republican for me) but he is right on the mark with is evualation of Willard Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for the president of the United States.  From David Brooks: The purpose of the Republican convention is to introduce America to the real Mitt Romney. Fortunately, I have spent hours researching this subject. I can provide you with the definitive biography and a unique look into the Byronic soul of the Republican nominee: Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man. Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words (“I

Near Death Experience #2

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Me (standing far right) and my brothers John and Isaac - 1947 Continuing with my near death experiences (and ignoring the Republican Convention in Tampa, FL), my second brush with the Grim Reaper happened when I was eight years old. Almost every Sunday my  father would load me and my two younger brothers in the back seat of his Packard and visit "Ed and Mabel" (my aunt and uncle and my father's brother and his wife) for a home cooked Sunday dinner.  Our family lived in a second floor apartment building in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  My Uncle Ed and Aunt Mabel lived in the country with their five children.  My brothers and I always looked forward to these weekly Sunday visits not only for Aunt Mabel's fried chicken and homemade southern biscuits but for a chance to run free and wild in the country. Typical Sunday gathering of Tipton Family at "Ed and Mabel's) (I am fourth from right, front row, folded arms) - 1951 One Sunday in 1949, after a day of

Near Death Experience - #1

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Me - 1942 - 9 months old Each episode of the HBO series opens with a death.  Not just the death but the immediate circumstances leading up to the individual's death.  Except for episode where the old woman died in her sleep and the cancer patient dying in his hospital bed, the other deaths were accidents.  Accidents that happened while those individuals were going about their every day life. That got me to thinking about my own life (this blog is about ME after all).  Right off the top of my head I can think of at least a dozen times that I missed death by a whisker during my seventy years on this planet.  Yes, I narrowly avoided meeting the Grim Reaper by a whisker quite a few times in my life. Then I thought "What a great idea for a blog post, write about those near misses when I almost bought the farm."   Then I thought, "That would be an awfully long blog post" so what I decided instead was to write of each one individually.  Sprinkle them through

GOP Convention

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GOP Convention: Chris Mathews tees off on Reince Priebus - Tim Mak - POLITICO.com I won't be watching the Republican Convention this week.  I don't have the appetite to watch the likes of the odious Reince Preibus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee spew the Republican lies and distortions of President Obama's policies.  It's a good thing I'm working all four nights at the hotel this week so I won't be tempted to watch the sewer of lies that are sure to take center stage at the Republican convention in Tampa. Two white men deciding what is good for women The Republicans will trot out their new poster boy, Paul What's-his-name from Wisconsin.  Sure, Ryan ("What's-his-name") has a boyish cuteness.  But listen to him.  This is the man who has proposed to end Medicare as we know it.  This is the man who wants to propose privatizing Social Security and turning over the Social Security trust fund to the crooks on Wall Street.  

Swiss Steak

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Ron's Swiss Steak My all-time favorite recipe is Swiss Steak.  It is a recipe that I learned from my Mother when I was a teenager. Over the years I have tweaked and adjusted it to fit my specific tastes.  This is the one recipe where I don't use measures.  I have made many versions of Swiss Steak over the years from cookbooks but my homemade recipe is still my favorite.  Perhaps because it brings back memories of my dear Mother. I find this the perfect summertime recipe because fresh tomatoes and green peppers are readily available at your local veggie and fruit stands.  I usually ask for the bruised tomatoes because they're juicier and sweeter and I can cut out the bruised parts. My recipe is below.  I will give you the approximate measures but feel free to add more or less to your specific taste requirements. Ron's Swiss Steak 2 lbs. round steak or lean beef stew meat cut into small cubes 5 large ripe tomatoes  1 large green pepper 1 large onion 2 t