While I have not yet completed the task, I have made a pretty good dent in the work. The main deck and the steps leading up to it have been washed and are in the process of being sanded to smooth out the rough spots. That leaves the smaller second and third decks to be done as well as the stairs out in front of The Manse.
What I had thought would be a one or two weekend task has stretched out to a full month as I worked out the best means of stripping the old stain without the need to use caustic chemical strippers. (For the most part I have succeeded though I will still have to use the stripper on spots where the other methods failed.)
At this rate I won't get this job done for a couple of more weekends.
************Cap'n Teach points out that Obama has unintentionally blamed himself for the “crummy economic conditions.”
[O]ver the past decade, Obama has been president for 3 1/2 years. He was a junior Senator who was supposed to be getting Bill Clinton coffee for 6 of those years. Democrats controlled the Senate for 5 of those years. Democrats had full control of Congress during his first two of being President. So Obama just unintentionally blamed himself and Democrats for the poor economic conditions and poor economic security.As they say in the political game, “Oops!”
************I think it's interesting when one of the leading Democrats in the state of New Hampshire, Ray Buckley, warns Mitt Romney that he has to be careful who he picks as a running mate otherwise he's likely to lose the vote here in New Hampshire and will in turn lose the national election. This comment was made during a report about Ohio Senator Portman visiting the Granite State to stump for Romney.
I know New Hampshire can be a pivotal state during the primary season, but during the general election? I'm not so sure. But as one commenter to the report put it, “[I]f Obama and Romney split the big battleground states (MI, OH, FL, etc) then it is entirely possible that our 4 electoral votes will be the ones to push one or the other to 270.”
If Buckley is right, then I have to ask this question: Why is one of the state's leading Democrats giving advice to the presumptive Republican presidential candidate?
Just something to think about.
************I suppose this is one way to make sure you have a great view from your home. It must be nice to have that kind of money.
(H/T Scary Yankee Chick)
************This just too cute! I think even our dear departed Bagheera would admit he liked this little kitty....after grumbling for a while about yet another interloper wanting to eat from his supper dish.
************An “angry white dude with a beer in hand yells obscenities at a black politician” but there's not one mention of it on the national news! It must be because the MSM is racist, right?
Oh, wait a minute, the angry white dude is a Democrat and the black politician is a Republican! Well that changes everything. Nothing to see here folks. Move along....
************When will Obama own the crappy economic conditions that have continued (or worsened) under his watch? If he had his way, never. But Ed Morrisey says it's about time that he stop using the “I inherited a bad economy” excuse and own up to the bad moves he's made that have short-circuited the economic recovery. Even dyed-in-the-wool Democrats are saying enough is enough, with Robert Reich slamming Obama on the matter.
In Ohio yesterday, Obama reiterated that he had inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression. That’s true. But the excuse is wearing thin. It’s his economy now, and most voters don’t care what he inherited.The chances of Obama taking responsibility for his errors? Between slim and none. After all, it doesn't fit the narrative of the Narcissist-in-Chief because it's always “someone else's fault.”
Gay Patriot compares the Obama Recovery with the Reagan Recovery. Not surprisingly, the Obama Recovery comes up short. And if I recall correctly, not once did Reagan ever blame his predecessor for the lousy economy. Reagan also had a plan, that being “get government out of the way and the economy will fix itself.”
(H/T Pirate's Cove)
************One question for African-Americans and Hispanics: “How's Obamanomics working out for you?”
Looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, the answer is “Not at all.”
************In light of this news about oil shale reserves in the US, as well as natural gas and coal reserves, why are we paying so damn much for petroleum products?
Because The One has decided it should be so and screw the economic consequences, preventing us from developing those resources. But then The One has never understood the connection between the cost of something used in the economy and the prices everyone pays for the end products.