Why am I happy?

I got my tickets to Jimmy Rollins Bobblehead night in the mail today!

26 days until Opening Day!

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Another meme.

Answer the following questions — using just three words.

1. Where is your cell phone?
In my pocket

2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?
I am single.

3. Your hair?
Too darn long

4. Where is your father?
Three blocks away.

5. Cheesecake?
Not a fan.

6. Your favorite thing to do?
Read a book.

7. Your dream last night?
Didn’t have one.

8. Your favorite drink?
Cherry Coke Zero

9. Your dream car?
Big Chevy Tahoe

10. The room you’re in?
Dining/Living Room

11. George W. Bush?
Not a conservative.

12. Your fears?
Things that fly.

13. Nipple rings?
Should be yanked

14. Who did you hang out with last night?
All by myself

15. What you’re not good at?
Keeping my temper

16. Your best friends?
A weird bunch

17. One of your wish list items?
A second bathroom

18. Where did you grow up?
Three blocks away

19. The last thing you did?
Phoned a friend

20. What are you wearing?
Jeans, collared shirt

21. Tattoo on the lower back?
No way, Jose.

22. Ketchup?
Goes with everything.

23. Your computer?
Take it everywhere

24. Your life?
I lack one

25. Your mood?
Almost always even-keeled

26. Missing?
My old rosary

27. What are you thinking about right now?
Filling this out

28. Your car?
Over nine years

29. Your work?
About to change

30. Your summer?
Pretty much identical

31. Your relationship status?
I love baseball

32. Your favorite color(s)
Red white blue

33. Last time you laughed?
An hour ago

34. Last time you cried?
Mind yo’ business

35. High school?
Best damn one

36. This quiz
A little weird

Hat Tip: Hube

Quote-a-palooza

“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Bill and Hillary [are now] faced with this problem: If they continue to utilize all of the tools available- including urging a large percentage of the 796 super delegates to ignore the will of the majority of the elected delegates- they will likely dismantle the 70-year-long Democratic coalition. Now, there’s a legacy for you.” – Rich Galen

“Hillary Clinton has made a career out of being a victim and her staffers have honed playing the victim card. That’s why you see articles about whether the media are tolerant of sexism, but not racism… Does America want four years of a shameless victim in chief?” – Debra Saunders

“Voters need to understand that the supposed ‘new politics’ of Obama smells very similar to that of the same old lies and empty rhetoric we have heard from the Beltway for decades. And without that ‘new politics’, Obama is nothing more than an empty suit with a pleasant voice.” – Ed Morrissey

“Great leaders have to be great communicators, not just orators. Throughout history, they have used more than mere appeals to emotion.” – Jed Babbin

“I have some news. Al-Qa’ida is in Iraq. Al-Qa’ida is called ‘al-Qa’ida in Iraq.’ My friends, if we left, they wouldn’t be establishing a base…[T]hey would be taking a country. I will not allow that to happen, my friends. I will not surrender.” – John McCain

“The September 11 attacks took six years to engineer, and while we’ve managed to disrupt a few of the subsequent plans, there is plenty of evidence that those who intend to harm us are trying as hard as ever to do so. We must remain vigilant.” – Horace Cooper

“Gun advocates favor freedom, choice and self-responsibility. If someone wishes to be prepared to defend himself, he should be free to do so.” – John Stossel

“Now Hillary Clinton knows how Republicans feel. Usually, GOP candidates have to overcome media disdain and establishment calls to declare defeat and get out of the race. This time she’s the target of the collective liberal swoon for Barack Obama. But after her victory yesterday in Ohio and a nailbiter in Texas, we see little reason that the New York Senator shouldn’t fight on. That wouldn’t please the Democratic panjandrums who desperately want a nominee now that John McCain has wrapped up the Republican race. The party superdelegates who were all for Mrs. Clinton when she was ‘inevitable’ are now hoping she’ll drop out and spare them a painful decision. A herd of them- they prefer the camouflage of numbers- have reportedly even been plotting to break together for the Illinois orator. But yesterday’s message from actual Democratic voters was hardly a decisive verdict for Mr. Obama… Perhaps most important, according to the exit polls, [Mrs. Clinton] was able to expose a significant vulnerability that Mr. Obama would have against Mr. McCain- his lack of experience on national security. She made that a major theme of the campaign’s final days, running a much-noted TV spot about a President needing to answer the phone at 3 a.m. Mr. Obama turned that into a retort about Mrs. Clinton’s bad ‘judgment’ in voting for the Iraq war, which resonated with antiwar voters. But Mrs. Clinton seems to have won the larger argument, as voters in Ohio said she would make a better Commander in Chief by 57% to 40%. If even Democrats have their doubts about Mr. Obama’s national security credentials, he’ll have an even harder task persuading independents in November against the Arizona war veteran.” – The Wall Street Journal

“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” – Norman Thomas

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size.” – Barry Goldwater

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the people you need to concentrate on.” – Robert Strauss

“Corruption is no stranger to Washington; it is a famous resident.” – Walter Goodman

“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples’ money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people’s freedom and security.” – William F. Buckley, Jr.

“‘Change’ is the season’s mantra for the star-struck masses. Obama’s latest slogan is ‘Change to believe in.’ Hillary promises ‘real change.’ But how do you ‘believe’ in ‘change’? Change, after all, is process. ‘Change to what?’ Barack Obama does not say, the genius of the promise. Everyone gets to fill in the blank now, and be disappointed later.” – Wesley Pruden

“Hillary Clinton asks in a new ad whom you want as president if the White House phone rings at three in the morning. Only she knows how to handle that call. Nine times out of ten it’s just Bill saying don’t believe what it says in the morning paper.” – Argus Hamilton

Descreasing Home Prices is Good News

Robert J. Samuelson – The Housing Fix – washingtonpost.com

Gloom. Doom. Calamity. Home prices are tumbling. We’re bombarded by somber reports. But wait. This is actually good news, because lower home prices are the only real solution to the housing collapse. The sooner prices fall, the better. The longer the adjustment takes, the longer the housing slump (weak sales, low construction, high numbers of unsold homes) will last.

Middletown Wawa strikes a “deal” with DelDOT

Middletown Wawa strikes a deal with DelDOT

Wawa Inc. has agreed to sell about a half-acre of land at its Middletown store to the Delaware Department of Transportation, a week after DelDOT filed court papers to take the land by power of eminent domain.

The business, however, will remain.

“Strikes a deal”? More like, gives in to an extortionist. DelDOT, no doubt, didn’t like the price requested by Wawa, or Wawa didn’t want to give up their land, so DelDOT threatened to take it from them regardless of Wawa’s wishes. If I did this to my neighbor, it would be extortion (I think; I’m no legal scholar), but when the state does it, it’s called “eminent domain.”

It’s thievery either way.

Quote of the Day

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

— Samuel Adams (letter to James Warren, 12 February 1779)

Reference: The Writings of Samuel Adams, Cushing, ed., vol. 4 (124)