Daily Archives: March 29, 2012

White House makes Romney’s view on foreign policy pretty weak…

From American Politics Journal and the LA Times:

Reporting from Washington— Al Qaeda is public foe No. 1 for the U.S., the White House declared on Wednesday, not Russia – as Republican candidate Mitt Romney asserted earlier this week.

Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest at Press Briefing...

In fact, the Russians are “working well to isolate” nations with rogue nuclear programs that the U.S. is trying to contain, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

“You don’t have to be a foreign policy expert to know that the Cold War ended 20 years ago and that the greatest threat that the president has been fighting on behalf of the American people is the threat posed by Al Qaeda,” Earnest told reporters in the daily White House briefing.

The remarks came a day after Romney complained about President Obama’s posture toward Russia, while criticizing Obama for remarks he made to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev this week about his having more “flexibility” on missile defense after the November elections.

Romney called Russia “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Earl Scruggs Dead at 88

I grew up listening to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys, Scruggs’ speedy banjo picking making a sound that others couldn’t duplicate. Competing with stars like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs played the Grand Ole Opry, the Newport (RI) Folk Festival, and were featured in a 1954 Broadway show called “Hayride.”

In in the late 60s the partnership broke up… Flatt died in 1979… and Scruggs formed the Earl Scruggs Revue, a mostly acoustic group with drums and electric bass, which further broadened its repertory to include rock and touches of modern jazz. They played Carnegie Hall, London’s Wembley music festival, and were featured in films and television shows.

Scruggs was known for creating a “pickin'” style using 3 fingers instead of 2.

Here’s Foggy Mountain Breakdown:

I’m sitting at home, trapped without my car…

Last night, coming home from Charles Town, my car with a load of groceries and me died at the Engle Switch Rd railroad crossing, while waiting for an awfully long train to pass.

I managed to roll it off the road to the side, then proceeded on the unimagineably complex and bewildering communication via iPhone to the Triple A. It took nine calls, during which I was switched all over the place to find someone who represented this little piece of woodland in Harpers Ferry, WV, and was repeatedly disconnected, forced to call again, give my membership number, spell my name, describe the problem, be told that I was at the wrong `office, but would be transferred….

Finally yelling at the last, really undeserving guy who I hadn’t spoken with before, I got notice that a tow truck was coming and waited for an hour until it go there. Total times with calls and waits was close to 2 hours.

Now Brown’s Auto Service picked up the Subaru this morning and with luck they can get it running today and I can find someone to give me a ride over to the west side of Shepherdstown to pick it up.

Not a great day at the beginning.

Amazing Word Game…

… forwarded to me this morning from my friend Tom Weisshaus:

This is amusing!

Did you know that, the words “race car” spelled backwards still spells “race car”?

And that “eat” is the only word that, if you take the first letter and move it to the last, spells its own past tense, “ate”?

And if you rearrange the letters in “Tea Party Republicans,” and add just a few more letters, it spells: “Shut the fuck up you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent hypocrites, and deal with the fact that you nearly wrecked the country under Bush and that our president is black, so get over it.”

Isn’t that interesting?