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Today's Beauty


One day old... and more hair than me.


by Brett Rogers, 5/1/2013 6:52:47 AM

May Garden


Peas, carrots, lettuce, and green beans.

Tomatoes and red peppers.

Watermelon and pumpkin.


by Brett Rogers, 5/2/2013 2:46:57 PM

Snoring Cure?


A month ago, I had bronchitis. To help get better, I felt I should get a vaporizer, so I bought a cold humidifier and put it by my bed.

My sinuses have always been kind of screwed up. Not to the point of infection and such, but a mild mess. I can't breathe solely through my nose, and when I sleep, it's mouth agape.

I'm known to snore, sometimes pretty vigorously. Well, Patti tells me that since buying the bedside humidifier, I don't snore.

A couple of nights ago, I forgot to turn it on, and sure enough, I snored loudly.

So if you have a problem snoring, you might want to try this inexpensive solution. It's working for me and I'm better rested when I wake up.


by Brett Rogers, 5/6/2013 9:41:59 AM

Sobering Thought


If it were President Romney today, I have no doubt that the Gang of Eight immigration bill and the Toomey-Manchin gun control bill would both be law right now.

Romney would have supported both, would have pressured Republicans into voting for them, and there you go.

You have any doubt that he wouldn't have supported them? And if you have no doubts about it, why wouldn't they be law?

What I've learned in considering that: I'm only going to vote principle, because sometimes it's okay to create cross-aisle gridlock. If the right person isn't nominated, I'm gardening. I'm done with McCains and Romneys.


by Brett Rogers, 5/6/2013 4:04:33 PM

Today's Beauty



by Brett Rogers, 5/7/2013 12:56:26 PM

The Great Tomato Goblin


The mystery of which creature has been eating my ripening tomatoes off the vine has been solved...

I transplanted my plants into the fenced area. Just never figured I'd have to guard against my own veggie-loving mutt.


by Brett Rogers, 5/8/2013 9:14:41 PM



Two years ago, I posted this picture:

This wasn't hard to see coming. I don't have a college degree. I'm no genius.

But if anyone actually thought that this clown would actually try to create a fair, transparent, workable government for the people... well, let's just say that you haven't paid attention.

There is no such thing as "good government." The root word of "government" is "govern" which means to "control." Do you need to be controlled? Do you like being controlled?


Then why in the world would you believe that there can be a benevolent government?

The IRS will be in charge of many of ObamaCare's financials. The IRS was just caught using political considerations for its determinations.

I don't care whether it's Republicans or Democrats in charge - I don't want the IRS anywhere near my family's health care decisions. I don't want political considerations having anything to do with my family's health care decisions.

Why would you?


by Brett Rogers, 5/15/2013 8:16:09 AM

Today's Beauty



by Brett Rogers, 5/16/2013 11:35:00 AM

For What It's Worth


I'm watching with a mixture of horror and amusement what's happening in the United States. It's all very simple.

You have a president who frankly doesn't care about the laws of the nation. He has an agenda, and he's off to pursue it, legality be damned. He puts the "bully" in bully pulpit, and he aims to bully those who disagree with him.

You have a media that just really likes this guy.

You have comedians who really like this guy.

Both of which mean that the truth about what he's doing and mockery of what he's doing won't happen.

There is a small, but highly informed section of citizens who see what's going on... they disagree with it, but feel pretty powerless to stop it.

The political opposition to the president gets more negative press than the criminality of the president and his administration. They're too scared to do anything about it, and they're figuring that they're better off to just wait it out until 2016.

The bottom line: he's untouchable, and the publicity of his crime is only going to embolden him. He's getting away with it. He's the new OJ, because we have a rather large group of Americans hoping like crazy that he beats the rap.

A scandal is when you walk into the CEO's office and he's boning the secretary during lunch hour. Wrong, but not illegal. To be blunt, these aren't scandals that are taking place. The president and his people aren't telling the truth, under oath, and they're misleading the American people and they're working really, really hard to intimidate those that oppose him. They're using heavy-handed agencies like the IRS to do this. That's crime.

So President Empty Chair says that he didn't know anything. His AG says that he doesn't remember. Nobody knows anything, and at this point, what difference does it make - to quote his former Secretary of State?

All of the conservative commentariat are all bug eyed about this stuff, but they're just gonna belly-ache on their blogs about it and nobody cares. I know because I've reached out to some really big names and all they care about is writing and the web traffic that they generate.

Horror? You betcha.

Amusement? You bet - it's amazing to think that the most powerful country on the face of the earth has been rendered powerless by its political class. Meanwhile, idiots like Rubio run around trying to pass amnesty for millions. That's like buying a new table for the dining room while the house is on fire. There will be a bunch of hearings, but they won't be covered, the truth won't filter out to the public, and people will support Ben Gazi for office in 2014. His name will kind of ring a bell for people, but they won't be able to tell you what he stands for.

Nobody in America cares.

The Tea Party is going to show up and stand around and protest the IRS this week and you know what? It won't make one bit of difference. Voter fraud will still happen in 2014 and 2016 in select areas of the country and nobody will care and we'll get more of the same.

There's a very small contingent of the country that has adopted a "let it burn" attitude. Effectively, they're saying, "If you want totalitarian socialism, have at it." Like Detroit, it will all be bankrupt soon enough, and you know what? No one will care.

But maybe we can all sit around and commiserate with each other on our Obamaphones - at least until they confiscate them.


by Brett Rogers, 5/19/2013 2:54:30 PM

Today's Beauty



by Brett Rogers, 5/20/2013 9:33:27 AM



Tomorrow, Tea Party groups from around the country are supposed to be protesting at IRS offices.

I haven't received one email about such a thing. I only know about it from Instapundit's site and Limbaugh's radio show.

Rush thinks turnout will be huge. Could be, but I doubt it. For a few reasons:

1) Most of us learned that standing around with signs in our hands doesn't really accomplish anything.
2) "IRS" intimidates people.
3) Again, I haven't had one phone call or email from anyone I know about this.

So the media spin from this will likely be, regardless of turnout:

"Tea Party Fizzle"

Look, if there's a strategic plan of action for defeating this, it ought to be:

- Scour for and report voter fraud. Lean on lawmakers to support anti-fraud measures.
- Find, encourage, and support great candidates.
- Work to reach and educate low-information voters.
- Create a talent registry so that you can find the people you need. (No one is interested in this.)

Standing in front of the IRS office? It won't accomplish anything. Might as well type diatribes into a blog that relatively few people read.


by Brett Rogers, 5/20/2013 12:26:28 PM



So I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II as a replacement phone for my oft error prone LG Revolution, which sucked battery life like nothing you ever saw.

The Galaxy comes with a stylus and a notes program that allows me to create art on my phone again, but this time in full colors. I can even create a palette and do color picking.

Nice to be back :)


by Brett Rogers, 5/22/2013 8:26:19 AM

Almost Tomato



by Brett Rogers, 5/23/2013 1:11:36 PM