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Happy Monsoon Monday!!!

Good Monday Morning P4A Kids…

It’s here…Finally!! The Monsoon has arrived here in Colorado!!  WOO HOO!!!  It’s has been raining for about the last 7 hours here off and on as of this posting.  Now we need to worry about flash flooding and mudslides in the Waldo Canyon burn scar.  One thing after another but I think we will all take the rain right now!  Sorry for all you on the east coast that have had your fill of rain…but I am a happy camper right about now!

It was a quiet weekend here.  It is nice to be home again and out of a “canyon” atmosphere.  Sleep was few and far between for about the past 2 weeks and frankly Sunday…I spent most of the day just catching up on that!  The road above where I was house sitting still remains closed to only residents for fear of an arsonist or lightening strike.  When I got back home I learned that large paper debris from the Waldo Canyon fire had made it to our front door step.  Just as a reference point…that is about 10 miles due east of the burn area.  Also came home to find a Doe and 3 baby fawns still with spots roaming around the neighborhood.  Many animals got displaced from the fire…but 3 babies tells me it is unusual.  Anyway…it’s RAINING!!!! Did I mention that part? :)

Sad to hear that one of my most favorite actors has died.  Such a Gentle-MAN Giant!  RIP Ernest Borgnine!  I don’t think he ever had a bad thing to say about anyone.  He just went out and did his job…loved his family, and loved this Nation.  Many younger actors could learn a thing or two about life…from him.

Onto the Headlines:

Proud Community!

It’s about “Independence” UTAH! I find this strangely ironic.  They are more concerned with “family” but yet they are angry over a float about a man trying to DESTROY FAMILY.  I guess they just failed to understand the message so they blamed the messenger!  Typical!

I bet they are shaking in their boots…more so at her appearance rather than words.  Hell she scares me!

I blame Piper!

Chicken Little…Phone Home!!!

This is a good thing…in the world of delusion or the Obama Administration.

Idiot Alert.  If he only knew…we can’t stand him either!

Shhhh….be quiet…be very very quiet! I would hate for Debbie Washerman Schultz to have a fatal hair follicle attack!

Breaking out my tiny violin….

Love at first sight!

On This Day:

1776 – The American Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

1872 – The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.

1877 – Alexander Graham Bell, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Thomas Sanders and Thomas Watson formed the Bell Telephone Company.

1878 – The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe.

1922 – Johnny Weissmuller became the first person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.

1947 – The engagement of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.

1951 – U.S. President Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United States and Germany.

1953 – New York Airways began the first commuter passenger service by helicopter.

1968 – The first All-Star baseball game to be played indoors took place at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.

1991 – U.S. President George Bush presented a National Medal of Art to Roy Acuff.

2005 – Danny Way, a daredevil skateboarder, rolled down a large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China. He was the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid.

Ernest Borgnine and his secret to Old Age!

You all have a rainy Monday…and LIKE IT! :)








  • Keith

    You do realize that the term “monsoon” primarily refers to WIND and not rain, right?

    • RefudiateGOPe

      You do realize that monsoon is a common expression people use to describe the very thing Cru described, doncha?  That was kind of a pissy-ass comment, imo.

      • Gelston


        “”The North American monsoon, variously known as the Southwest United States monsoon, the Mexican monsoon, or the Arizona monsoon, is experienced as a pronounced increase in rainfall from an extremely dry June to a rainy July over large areas of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. These summer rains typically last until mid-September when a drier regime is reestablished over the region. Geographically, the NA monsoon precipitation region is centered over the Sierra Madre Occidental in the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Durango, Sonora and Chihuahua.””

        Keith or Keef appears to be “one-of-us” based on his prior posts. I am not entering this to comment on the quality of his post. I am just answering the question of what is a monsoon.
        I am not here for a gunfight.

        • RefudiateGOPe

          Yeah, I wasn’t really commenting about the technical definition.  My comment was about the apparent criticism of using the term “monsoon”.  Around here, if we have torrential downpours that last a couple of days, some people might comment with, “it’s monsoon season” even though it’s a misnomer.  If it lasts only a few hours, we call it a gulley washer. :-)

    • Bean Counter

      After a couple sprinkles that lasted about 3 minutes over the last week, we finally had two separate bona fide thunderstorms last night. The second one woke me up and hacked me off, but I was too grateful for the rain, so I got over it.

      Around here, we call those a frog strangler. Also, seeing as how we’ve had 100+ temps for a couple of weeks and no rain, many here would comment that the blessed rain we received was a monsoon, after such a prolonged drought. Under normal conditions, it would just be called a thunderstorm. And after the horror the folks in Colorado endured from those wildfires, they can call their rain whatever they want. Call it macaroni even and I got no problem with it.

    • blackbird

      wrong, read Gelston’s post above Keith. When I first read “The Monsoon has arrived here in Colorado” I did not know there was such a thing, I associate Monsoon with heavy rainfall in India, Monsoons in America, never heard of it until now.

    • Lipstick


      hy·per·bo·le   [hahy-pur-buh-lee] 
      noun Rhetoric .
      1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
      2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

  • BostonBruin

    Good morning!

    “What do we mean when we say America is an exceptional country? … We’re saying that we are the lucky heirs to a unique set of beliefs and national qualities and that we need to preserve and value those beliefs … We’re saying America is the model to the world.”

    America By Heart, page 63

  • hrh40

    I blame Piper, too! :)

    Thank you, Mr. Blondel; someone brought in donuts to the office today. Yum!

    Enjoy the rain, Cru. :)

  • Whitney Pitcher

    Good morning all!

    Hmm..Alexander Graham Bell started a company….without government subsidies?! How could that be possible? 😉

    Yes, I blame Piper too. 😉 

    • Bean Counter

      True dat.

      Whenever I hear ‘government subsidies’ blood shoots out my eyes. I started my business with only some savings, modest investments and several cases of ramen noodles. It never occurred to me to try and get any government handouts.

      • blackbird

        I don’t want to upset anyone but what about those Free Government Cell phones and 250 free minutes every month.

  • pete4palin

    I wonder what Mitt and company are thinking about this morning?   How about this…
    If Sarah Palin stated today she has no confidence A Romney adminstration would turn back the health care law and declares herself a candidate,  either as Republican or independent,  she would poll ahead of Mitt.   It would be two liberals vs. one conservative.   She would win.   

    • ProudAmerican247


  • blackbird

    Good morning everyone. Excellent new roundup Crueladev. Thanks.

    Can I sponsor a float right behind Obamanation? I will call it Death Panel’s In Obamanation, I am thinking of getting a couple of belly dancers to dress up as the grim reaper, LOL! I wonder what kind of stink that would cause.

    I thought the cat editing the ‘Love at first sight!’ video was going to claw through the screen, Love is truly Blind.

  • Firelight

    Morning peeps!

    Definitely Piper but Tripp is a feisty one too, lol!

    I am loving this monsoon.  I don’t care that it feels more like June or that my patio chairs blew over last night.  It is coffee weather and it is raining.  Take that you wildfires…

    Great roundup Cru!!

    • BostonBruin

      Did you notice last Tuesday how awesome Trig was at blowing out the birthday candles on his mom’s cake? Your fire-fighters could have used him! LOL!

  • blackbird


    Even if you’re not from Washington D.C. you may have heard of former Mayor Anthony Williams. He has a remarkable story. Williams was born to an unwed teen who gave him up. He was known as a “problem child” in foster care. By age three, little Anthony had still never spoken a word. It seemed that a pattern for his life was set, that is, until two warm and caring people took a chance on him.

    Anthony was taken in by an opera-singing postal clerk and her equally generous-hearted husband. He soon began to speak and eventually thrived in their home. He excelled academically and later attended both Harvard and Yale Universities.

    In 1998, he came from obscurity to win 66% of the vote to become mayor in one of the world’s major cities. In his inaugural address, Williams said: “Forty-four years ago, my parents adopted me and gave me a second chance. I feel this city has now adopted me and I will give to it everything my parents taught me about love, service, commitment.”

    It’s no doubt that, had he never been adopted into his particular family, his life would have been wholly different. He was saved by a second chance. And haven’t each of us been given second chances? He got a do-over on his birth family. Haven’t we been given do-overs on relationships, jobs, blown opportunities and the like? Quite often second chances are the result of the generosity of someone who cares a great deal. And sometimes we are saved by those second chances.

    Author Dr. Seuss says in his book THE LORAX, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

    I recently came across a story of a young American woman who was saved by a do-over. During the second World War, she lost her husband. He died in India of a tropical disease and she became despondent. In time, despair turned into depression and she lost all interest in living. She just didn’t care anymore.

    She booked passage on a ship back to America. On the voyage, she became acquainted with a seven-year-old boy who, like her, was all alone. His parents had died in the fighting in Burma. He seemed to want to be with the young woman, but her pain would not allow it. She wanted nothing to do with him and avoided him whenever possible. She felt so ravaged by loss, that she was unable to get outside of herself and care about anyone else. And she certainly did not have the energy to take on someone else’s problems.

    Then one night the ship was torpedoed. The young woman made her way to the deck and prepared herself to go down with the doomed vessel. Some part of her actually welcomed it as an escape from her pain. The child, too, came on deck. He shivered with cold and fright. When he spotted the woman, he came over and clung to her.

    That was when a lump of ice melted somewhere deep inside her. She put her arms around the child and led him to one of the lifeboats. For several days, as they waited to be rescued, she held him and he held her. Years later her friends would say that they didn’t know whether the woman saved the boy, or the boy saved the woman. They each gave the other a second chance at life and a do-over on love.

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

    But it’s the people who give do-overs who truly change the world.

    By Steve Goodier:

  • RefudiateGOPe

    Last week as I watched the CPAC episode of Life’s A Tripp, one word popped into my mind which I think best describes Governor Palin as a person: unpretentious.  That’s an outstanding attribute that can’t be manufactured.  You either are or you’re not.  Unpretentious is a word that will never be used to describe Romney or Obama.

    I’m not sure that an unpretentious person can succeed in national politics these days.  The media and the political poobahs see that as a flaw, not an attribute.  Since most voters rely on the media or their political parties to tell them what they should think, I think it would be very difficult for Sarah to overcome that.

  • ProudAmerican247

    “Common sense tells us that the government’s attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy.” – Sarah Palin 

  • blackbird

    Ian posted in the open thread over at C4P that it’s almost 2 years since the “Mama Grizzlies” were introduced, 2 years already, I Love this video:

    • Firelight

      This is one of my all time favorite videos of hers.  I believe it will go down in history as a game changer for the conservative movement.

  • ProudAmerican247

    Gov. Perry of Texas refuses to implement DeathCare. Good for him!

    Neither is Gov. Scott Walker from my state of Wisconsin! Love this guy!

    ALL Governors need to tell The Marxist, “HELL, NO!!!!!

  • blackbird

    I have 2 youtube links I hope you like.

    Telemarketing Prank –

    Typewriter – something a laptop cannot achieve!

    • Bean Counter

      Ah yes, the whimsical little Leroy Anderson typewriter piece. Anyone who is old enough to have worked in an office environment with about 25 IBM Selectrics going full blast bless the day word processors were introduced into the workplace.

  • hrh40
    • blackbird

       very good article hrh thanks.

    • Firelight

      I’m stealing this for tomorrow’s roundup.  Great article!

  • hrh40

    And Rush is doing well today actually criticizing Mitt Romney and telling him and his campaign that they cannot win the election on the economy only.

    He even said I know GOP Establishment people are listening to me and thinking I’m off my rocker but this strategy will not win.

    So I’m glad to see Rush not being a Romney lobbyist.

    He’s really challenging Romney and the Establishment today.

    Good on you, Rush.

    • Firelight

      Somewhere in Romneyland someone is having a stroke at the notion that this election won’t be just about the economy.  That is what they have drilled into his minions heads and while I do believe that the economy is a large part of it, he can not win on it alone.

      • hrh40

        Especially based on MA’s economy during and after his term.

        He did some OK things, but the country needs more than some OK to be turned around.

    • Bill589

      I blogged with Rombots a couple-few years ago. If I remember right, they all disliked Rush during that time. One problem he had, according to them, was that he respected and admired Palin too much.

  • hrh40

    Has Romney chosen Portman for VP?

    “In addition to working in both Bush administrations, Portman campaigned hard for George W. Bush in 2000, dogging Senator John McCain across Ohio, crashing McCain campaign events and contributing mightily to W’s victory in Ohio …

    Mitt Romney claims that he is a Washington outsider who was not part of those Republican disasters. If that’s true, he will certainly choose a conservative “boat rocker” like Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal or Jim DeMint, not the chief architect of George W. Bush’s budget deficit disasters.”


  • Crueladev

    I called our local weatherman and told him he needed to stop calling it “monsoonal moisture.”  I also asked them to rewrite all the meteroligical books about our summer weather patterns.  I guess when I report on an “Albuquerque Low” or a “Back Door Cold Front”…I am going to get grief for that too…
    Gosh I wish that is all I had to worry about in my life!  Must be nice! Technically “monsoon” was derived from an Arabic term meaning “season”….but I digress


    I am anxious to see how the Romney camp will handle this…

    Oh..P.S….Still Raining! :)

    • Crueladev

      I seriously thought I would get grief over the Ernest Borgnine video…Yeesh! 😉

  • indemind

    Hey Crue, thanks for the Tip Top round-up …. *_*

    Cross Post….Good morning fellow barbarians …… From beautiful Carlsbad San Diego….. Hope everyone had a Grrreat Holiday week-end… *_*

    Good news for all of us in the San Diego Area it seemed that (Palinistas) Dr. Gina Loudon has moved here. and will have her radio show, right after Rush…… *_*

    SarahAmerica… Deo Volento…. “There is no limit to what we can accomplish, when we don’t care who gets the credit.”

    P.s….. Ernest Borgnine R.I.P. … Go with God  (my Paisano)

    P.s.s…. Continued Prayer for BestBud….”Happy Trails and Sarah Palin Smiles”

  • Whitney Pitcher
  • RefudiateGOPe

    Today’s Lesson

    The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever.

    Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed The Animals.” They say that this is because the animals may grow dependent on handouts and not learn to take care of themselves.

    Thus endeth today’s lesson.

    • indemind

      Simply Amazing, …….. Not.


    • Bill589

      “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

      I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer.

      And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin

  • pete4palin

    Soooooo……    Sarah Palin will give her first public campaign style speach since last labor day and Rush talked about Romney loosing….    hmmm…….  perhaps connected?  All I know is anything is possible.  And this happening just one week after a few good Palinistas were kicked off of another site for saying just this sort of thing could happen. Not to mention RedState blog talking about third parties.
    There’s a lesson here somewhere….
    Keep the faith!! 

    • RefudiateGOPe

       That’s not why they were “kicked off”.  Quit makin’ stuff up.

    • Firelight

      Pete – please don’t bring that stuff up here. I’ve specifically asked that stuff not be brought over here. It doesn’t involve us but for the record, they didn’t get kicked off for the reasons you stated.

      As to Palin speaking this Saturday, we are all very excited but all her speeches are campaign style rally speeches. That is simply her style. I don’t think that means anything and she has said many times that she will not run third party, at least in 2012.  Also, Redstate is no friend of Palin’s. Erickson clearly has a history of trashing Palin so I wouldn’t read anything Palin related into his article.

      • pete4palin

        Here’s a good resurce article on third party theory.
        here’s another take on the same topic

        What makes the redstate story noteworthy is, not the indivdual who write it, but rather it adds to the buzz of others.
        And actually, this is Palin’s first outdoor speach since labor day weekend. Her other speaches have been indoors and invites or bought tickets only.  This is not a small matter. This is a shift from what she has been doing.

        • section9

          Only insofar as she may want wider exposure for the issues that are important to her. Bear in mind, she is not running for President, and Toxic Mitt does not want her as his VP.

          At this point in time, the Stupid Party has a death grip on the Party Apparat.

          • Bill589

            I think Toxic Mitt can not pick Sarah for VP.

            With less experience and world knowledge, Sarah still had a hard time not out shining McCain.

            Now, with more experience on the national scene and more world knowledge, she would have to try to not show up the guy who couldn’t even beat McCain!?

            I believe Sarah has many abilities, but ‘to not show up Mitt’ just might not be one of them. Some things, are even beyond her.

            The difference in quality of leader would just be too obvious, and too hard to conceal.

            • ProudAmerican247

              If we compare Sarah Palin’s record as Governor vs Mittens record as Governor, she accomplished astounding measures for the people of the state of Alaska.

              What did Mittens accomplish that benefited the people of Mass.?


              AND! Sarah got it done in half a term!

              She beats the snot out of Mittens, hands down.

              Some of these candidates talk big, talk smart, but they don’t really accomplish anything of importance.

              Palin has.

              Maybe cause she does more doin’ than talkin’.

              I Stand With Sarah.

              • Bill589

                If only he did nothing. . . that would be better.
                He did Obamacare for the state. Big, powerful, intrusive, expensive government is wrong even at the state level. I am less interested in what MR did as a free citizen, and more interested in what he did as a public servant. He may even have good capitalist skills, but he chose to govern as a progressive.

                And if he was bought, and/or, intimidated into statism by Kennedy, and that MA is a liberal state, etc., then how can we trust him to resist national and world pressures?

                Hence, we need to take legislature.

                I still believe ABO.  But we are going to have to stay very active in keeping ABO Right.

            • blackbird

              He definitely cannot pick Congressman Allen West as well Bill.

      • JLAdevelop

        According to this article the local Tea Party group acknowledges that Sarah is being paid for the appearance by Americans For Prosperity. Of course they will not disclose the specifics of the contract. So not likely she is making any announcements. I am glad to see she is rallying the Tea Party voters. A bit surprised she is being paid rather than using Sarah Pac money but overall happy that she is engaged. 

        I also hope she finds time to join Ted Cruz in Texas prior to the runoff election.

  • Michael

    If you tell a lie long enough people believe it. Including the 2 corrupt political parties in America. Neil Cavuto called Palin “RadioActive” blaming her for McCain’s loss in his interview with Bill Kristol who is pushing Condi Rice. Guess what folks FoxNews and the GOP are beyond help. FoxNews has been against Palin at least since Carl Cameron carried the lies for Mitt Romney stooges and possibly Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace reporting the Africa is a County lie. Sarah Palin only has us.Too many are manipulated. I wonder if Sarah Palin will try to change things or permanently retreat and let the scumbags from establishment’s re-write history. Palin should run third party in 2012.

    • pete4palin
    • Bill589

      I think we should follow our leader.  2012 has major battles, including one for presidency, but it’s only a part of the war.  A possible strategy, is to take legislature in ‘12, 14, etc., and then to take the presidency.

      Both Parties appeared extremely, even with redundancy for assurance, prepared to battle against Sarah for the presidency. (Yes – from what I read from their behavior, they fear her that much.)

      So it would be a great time to attack where they are less prepared – and gain commonsense constitutionalists in legislature.  To me it sounds like one of those great generals’ battle moves – attacking not where you were expected to.

      I trust Sarah’s heart and political judgements over anyone else’s, and certainly my own.

      For me, she was the first, and continues to be the foremost, source of hope that the prayers for my country have been answered positively.

    • Bill589

      I’ll follow our leader as far as third party goes; I believe she knows best.  

      But I also see two corrupt parties.  Worse, I see a PPC with it’s tentacles in both, and their crony-capitalist schemes.  A PPC with people above having to rely on public elections to have power.

      These are the people that Sarah scares.  And why I believe we should pray for Sarah’s safety, and then of course, for her success against them.

  • Michael

    I went after the Palin Conspiracy Facebook Group mentioned by Jason Meterra didn’t even know that somebody added him to it. Meterra found and is out of that group. John Ziegler is in the group, talked to Ziegler claims somebody added him to it. Ziegler seems to resent Palin for making money after I tweeted with him a bit.

    • Firelight

      Ziegler is a narcissistic nut job.

      • Michael

        Check out my tweets with him. He is a nutjob. I got Ziegler right where I want him I am at @CoolChange80  and John Ziegler is @Zigmanfreud . It is turning fun, Ziegler is resorting to name calling.

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