Random Stuff 'n' Junk (Wednesday, 01/28/2015)
Hi there! Welcome to my blog, I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You. I'm Dave-El and my forecast for the weather is a 100% chance of whatever is happening outside your window right now.
Let's see what's rattling around the old Dave-El skull.
Apparently New Yorkers are NOT happy the big Snowpocalypse actually missed the Big Apple dropping only about 7 inches of snow. The head of the National Weather Service (NWS) actually felt compelled to apologize. Look, here's the deal: if someone predicts something bad is going to happen and it happens but its actually less bad than you figured, that's a blessing. Please don't complain about a blessing. And you damn well know that if the storm had hit New York City even harder, the bitching and moaning would be just as intense. Or what if the NWS had forecast 7 inches of snow and THEN a couple of feet hit the city, then we would have a very viable example of shit hitting a fan.
Meanwhile the folks a bit north of NYC wish they could complain that the snow was LESS than the forecasters predicted but nooooooooo! They're getting slammed with up to nearly 3 feet of snow. I have co-workers in New Hampshire and Connecticut who I think would've been happy to get less than what the meteorologists had forecasted.Stay safe and warm up there, guys.
And New Yorkers, if you need to see some more whiteness than what you got....
We might not need Mother Nature to do us in; we seemed determined to do it to ourselves. A few years back, KFC introduced a "sandwich" called the Double Down. This culinary... thing consisted of 2 slabs of fried chicken meat smushed together with bacon and cheese in the middle.
It seems KFC has decided to double down on the Double Down by introducing this monstrosity.
So instead of bacon, the two pieces of boneless chicken are wrapped around chemically treated mystery meat.
To the rest of the world, I say this: fear us. For if Americans can eat this thing and NOT die, then we're pretty damn well as invincible as we think we are.
I reckon this person thinks of America like that.
Sarah Palin made news when her teleprompter went down in the middle of a speech she was giving. To her credit, the former governor of Alaska kept right on talking. Except she made even less sense than usual.
Sarah's one of those people who have made fun of Obama's use of teleprompters for his speeches. Which is kind of weird given that everybody uses a teleprompter for major speeches. So Palin goes off the rails when she loses her electronic backup. Here's an excerpt:
"Things must change for our government. Look at it. It isn’t too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed! It's too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo. Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle-class everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.'"
As Jon Stewart of The Daily Show said, “Now we know what it’s like to get cornered by Palin at an open-bar wedding."
Click here for more of Jon Stewart's take on this and some other goofy speeches from other Republican far right nut cases at this past weekend's Freedom Summit in Iowa.
Speaking of not making sense, here's something that you don't see everyday: Fox News Hosts Side With Obama Over Netanyahu Snub.
The deal is that Rep. John Boehner invited Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington DC in an end run around the President. Things are a bit chilly between Netanyahu and President Obama what with the President suggesting to Netanyahu that Israel should stop building so many settlements and Netanyahu basically giving the administration finger and building them anyway. And this is not a problem unique to Obama. President Bush had the same message ("stop building") and got the same response ("screw you, we're building").
So Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith actually took up for Obama's position on this and criticized Boehner's conduct. It helps, I suppose, that Obama's stance is the same as his Republican predecessor and with the same results. Although that hasn't stopped other criticism of Obama for taking actions or holding position that were in line with George W Bush, his father, Ronald Reagan and any other number of prior Presidents, Republican or otherwise.
Anyway, I hope this display of reasoned analysis is just an aberration. If Fox News actually starts acting "fair and balanced", well there goes a whole bunch of our fun right there.
Hey, Fox News, maybe you can jump on Obama's case about this. You know how the President just loves sending out drones to do stuff, right? Now everyone has drones. Which should be no surprise that this happened: Small Drone Found On White House Grounds.
So go to it, Fox! Here, I'll help: "We're supposed to trust Obama with Benghazi and Obamacare and he can't even protect his residence from a drone?" Be sure to add a "harumph".
Apparently Tom Brady's deflated balls are still a thing.
OK, I can't do anymore damage around here today. To everyone in the New England states of the US, stay off the ice and stay by the fire. Unless you don't have a fireplace. Then you might want to move away from the fire and call the fire department.
Until next time, be good to one another.