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President Obama has been to 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville twice. I'll show you the surroundings.

Here is the google image of him coming out after standing in line for a long time. He chatted with folks and did not accept attempts to treat him and the first lady as VIPs.
Now here are my photos of what is less than a 5 min walk from the restaurant, and our President never got to see.
Here is the photo I took during Christmas of the deserted place presently on Winter vacation.

Along the walk

Arriving at the first of 2 huge buildings where there is crime and its filled with spots for the homeless and vagrants.
It's not possible to make choices and give you a good idea without posting probably too many shots.

Approaching the first building in its glory, I look at the big door, and try to decide if that lock lets me open it

Sure enough it did. This old lock was a joke.

Once inside, I looked to the right

and then to the left

and up

I visited a side entrance and wondered just HOW folks really can stand it in there

There are large holes in this wall, hard to show

but I was able to get this photo looking into one of them.

The steps at the side of the building don't lead anywhere anymore

But then, who would want to go up there anyway.

So much for the first building
I will show you the other one in the next few days.

The Fools on the Hill - captured by a John Cole cartoon

Explaining the Expletives: A Glum John Boehner, ‘I need this job like I need a hole in the head’

Explaining the Expletives: A Glum John Boehner, ‘I need this job like I need a hole in the head’
by Sarah Jones

John Boehner may be in over his head. He explained his reasons for telling Harry Reid to “go f*ck yourself” to Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, in an interview titled, “The Education of John Boehner.”
“Those days after Christmas,” he explains, “I was in Ohio, and Harry’s on the Senate floor calling me a dictator and all kinds of nasty things. You know, I don’t lose my temper. I never do. But I was shocked at what Harry was saying about me. I came back to town. Saw Harry at the White House. And that was when that was said,” he says, referring to a pointed “go yourself” addressed to Mr. Reid.

Yes, you see, Harry said mean things about Boehner and this is something you just don’t do in politics. I mean, you would never hear Republicans calling Obama Hitler, a Socialist, a Marxist, a Kenyan, or asking for something ridiculous like his birth certificate. If they had, certainly President Obama would have resorted to a good old “FU!” because that’s how the great leaders handle name calling. And certainly had a Republican accused Obama of “You lie!” during a State of the Union address, well, you would expect Obama to whip out a Boehner, “FU!”

The Speaker seems to think highly of his own political instincts, claiming that the sequester has Obama in a bad place because the President’s “liberal” base will come after him for the cuts to “entitlements” (aka: a Republican name for the Social Security fund that Americans have paid into all of their lives). “I got that in my back pocket,” he told Moore. (It’s stunning that Republicans do not know yet that it’s not just liberals who are opposed to cuts to Medicare and Social Security. They don’t read polls in order to deal with facts, but rather to mine for the next hit of denial.) However, this is the same man who was insulted by Harry Reid calling him a dictator, as if Reid really meant that Boehner was a dictator.

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The Good. Old. Days. Made in America re-visited

May 31, 1927, the last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line. It was the first affordable automobile, due in part to the assembly line process developed by Henry Ford. It had 2.9-liter, 20-horsepower engine and could travel at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. It had a 10-gallon fuel tank and could run on kerosene, petrol, or ethanol, but it couldn't drive uphill if the tank was low, because there was no fuel pump; people got around this design flaw by driving up hills in reverse. Ford believed that "the man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed." The Model T cost $850 in 1909, and as efficiency in production increased, the price dropped. By 1927, you could get a Model T for $290. "I will build a car for the great multitude," said Ford. "It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one - and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."

GOP Freshmen fail to shut down the Government on the first day - Andy Borowitz observes

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Just hours after being sworn in at the U.S. Capitol, the freshman class of House Republicans said that they were disappointed that they failed to shut down the government on their first day in office.

“We were all like, ‘O.K., we’re sworn in, let’s shut this thing down,’” said freshman Rep. Byron Ernie (R-Kentucky). “We were all pretty bummed that the government just kept running.”
Rep. Ernie acknowledged that it might have been “overly optimistic” of the freshman Republicans to expect to engineer a government shutdown on their very first day, “but bringing the government to a random standstill was the whole reason we became Republicans,” he said.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) chuckled good-naturedly at the ambitions of the high-spirited G.O.P. freshmen, telling reporters, “I remember what it was like to be young and full of big ideas about crippling our historic institutions for no discernible reason whatsoever. There’s nothing like your first time.”
Surveying the cherubic faces of the incoming Republicans, he said, “They’re like kids who want to close down a candy store.”

Looking beyond the disappointment of his first day, Rep. Ernie said he was looking forward to “that magical day” when he and his fellow Republican freshmen get to participate in their very first government shutdown: “We’ll be paralyzing the government in the same building where John Boehner and Eric Cantor did it, and Newt Gingrich before them. It’s like playing basketball in the same arena as Michael Jordan.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/01/gop-freshmen-saddened-by-failure-to-shut-down-government-on-first-day.html#ixzz2HJN3hAHU

All The Things You Wouldn't Say In Front Of Your Own Mother That Were Said By The Media In 2012

I knew that a lot of this happened, some is new to me. The compilation of it made it more real, and it really sickens me. We must stand up against it. A simple shaking of the head or a tolerant smile will not do.
Disgusting is as disgusting does.

What did the news say about women in 2012?

Someone important once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I hope the people in this video got that message, because I don't want to hear any of these ridiculous comments again in 2013 ... or ever. 
Rebecca Eisenberg


If this did not warm my heart (which it did to the max) at least I got to listen to some Italian

Watch it happen:
Racist Chanting At A Professional Soccer Player Causes Something Awesome To Happen

When AC Milan's midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng hears some vulgar and racist chants from the crowd, he decides enough is enough. He punts the ball toward the racist fans, and in a display of sportsmanship that will surely be talked about for some time, he proceeds to leave the field followed by his teammates and the ENTIRE opposing team. As all the players left the field together, the message to the fan community couldn't be clearer: It doesn't matter if you're a supporter, we will not play for racists.


Not my photo - showing it anyway

It's the best depiction of a surprised building I've ever seen

The Bechdel test for Women in Movies - it takes about 2 min and fascinated and enlightened me

Paul Krugman - Ideology and Economics Jan.5, 2013

January 5, 2013, 8:37 am

Ideology and Economics

I’m in San Diego for the annual economics meetings, and am starting off this morning as a discussant of a paper by Roger Gordon and Gordon Dahl on the question of agreement versus disagreement among economists. (As far as I can tell, no public version of the paper is available yet).

Interestingly, Gordon and Dahl’s paper is empirical and quantitative. Their data come from the panel of economic experts put together by Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Each week since the fall of 2011, members of the panel have been asked whether they agree or disagree with a sample statement about economic affairs. These responses offer a quantitative measure of consensus or lack thereof on economic ideas; they can also be used to ask such questions as whether disagreements, when they occur, fall along a liberal/conservative divide.
And the picture Gordon and Dahl derive from this evidence is quite benign. On most issues, particularly where there is a lot of research, there is considerable consensus; and they can’t find evidence of ideological divides driving disagreement. Economics, they find, looks a lot like a normal field of scientific inquiry; to the extent that it seems otherwise, they suggest, it’s only because sometimes economists are working for politicians and are obliged to seem supportive.

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