Bill Turns Five

Happy 5th Birthday Bill!

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Since last year, Bob has passed on at age 16, but Obama, the cat, has joined us. Obama’s a purebred Exotic and was born sometime in 2008, so I suppose he’s five too. He won’t sit still for photographs, but I did manage to get two somewhat useable photos, one by hold him and the other using the zoom.

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See also:
Bill Turns Four
Bill Turns Three
Bill Turns Two Today!
Happy Birthday Bill!

/so, until next year, hopefully we’ll all be back

Bill Turns Four

Happy birthday Bill! Four years and 15 pounds later . . .

Photographing cats is hard. They just will not cooperate.

And this is Bob, 55 shots and not a one with his eyes open.

So I had to turn off the flash to catch vampire kitty with his eyes open and then manipulate the photo brightness. No one knows Bob’s birthday or exactly how old he is, but it’s somewhere north of 15.

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Bill Turns Three
Bill Turns Two Today!
Happy Birthday Bill!

At least Bill seems to have stopped growing, which is good because he’s already the size of a small dog.

/so, until next year, hopefully we’ll all be back

Ten November

Happy 236th birthday Devil Dogs!

Marine Corps celebrates 236 years of ‘Semper Fi’

Born from the first recruitment drive held at Philadelphia’s Tun Tavern, the first two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on the 10th day of November in 1775.

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Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.

/Captain J.E. “Ned” Dolan, USMC

Bill Turns Three

He’s 3/4 Exotic (grandpa jumped over the fence). Hopefully, he’ll leave his “terrible twos” behind and mellow out a bit.

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Bill Turns Two Today!
Happy Birthday Bill!

Oh, and this is Bob, he’s a purebred Exotic. No one knows what his birthday is or exactly how old he is, but he’s at least 13 and probably closer to 15. I took over a hundred shots today and couldn’t get one with his eyes open.

I’m not sure what his problem was, it’s not like he hasn’t had his picture taken before.

Anyway, happy birthday Bill!

/and Bob too, whenever it is and however old you are

Bill Turns Two Today!

Bill officially enters cat adulthood.

He’s grown quite a bit in the last two years, he used to fit on the mousepad with room to spare. Now, not so much.

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Happy Birthday Bill!

/happy birthday Bill!

Happy First Birthday “Stimulus”!

The “stimulus” worked exactly as intended. What, you didn’t think it was supposed to create jobs, did you?

/Michael Ramirez

Why Defend The Failed Stimulus?

Recovery: Is the president right when he says the stimulus kept the U.S. from falling into a depression? No. In fact, too much government tinkering and spending, not too little, has given us the jobless recovery we have now.

Democrats in charge of both the White House and Congress are firing all their guns at once to tout the benefits of the $862 billion stimulus package passed a year ago this week. They’ve even planned a 35-city tour to support it. Their message?

“One year later, it is largely thanks to the recovery act that a second depression is no longer a possibility,” President Obama said Wednesday. The stimulus act has created 2 million jobs, he claimed, predicting 1.5 million more this year from the program.

Is it just a coincidence that the 3.5 million jobs he is claiming is exactly what the White House predicted early last year? We doubt it. But whatever the case, Obama’s claims are false.

Start with this: Stimulus didn’t save us from an economic cataclysm. Obama himself said so back in March, noting that the economy was “not as bad as we think,” and that he was “highly optimistic.” It’s clear he didn’t think we were on the brink of a Depression.

He was right. In an editorial at the time, we pointed to 13 separate economic indicators signaling an imminent economic recovery — with all of them flashing before the stimulus was in place.

We knew at the time that our resilient private economy would climb out of its hole, and that politicians would try to claim credit. That’s why we wrote: “No politician who voted for these job- and growth-killing measures should claim any credit for our eventual rebound.” Following Wednesday’s fact-bending dog-and-pony show, we think that bears repeating.

The claim that stimulus has “created or saved” 2 million jobs is complete fiction. It rests on the obviously false idea that money can be taken from the productive private sector and given to the nonproductive public sector and create a net gain in jobs.

Based on the imaginary existence of a so-called “Keynesian multiplier,” this kind of thinking hypothesizes jobs that don’t really exist. Sadly, when we count actual jobs, the reality is a bit starker: 8.4 million jobs lost since December 2007, the start of the recession. And more than 4 million lost since the start of 2009.

So when Vice President Biden says Americans are “getting their money’s worth” from stimulus, it should be treated as a punch line — not a policy view.

Hey “Gordon Gecko” Obama, why do you need to wreck this country?

/because it’s wreckable, alright!

Happy 99th Birthday Mr. President

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/they just don’t make Presidents like they used to

Happy Birthday Teufelshunde!

“Teufelhunde!” (Devil dogs)
—German soldiers referring to U.S. Marines in WW I

234 years of honor: Marines celebrate their birthday

Recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island got a brief respite Tuesday afternoon from the rigors of boot camp to celebrate the 234th birthday of the Marine Corps.

More than 300 Marines, recruits, veterans and local leaders packed into the depot’s All-Weather Training Facility for the annual birthday pageant and cake-cutting ceremony. It was in 1775 that the Continental Congress passed a resolution to create two battalions of Marines to fight the British.

“One of the reasons we celebrate this day is to remember those that have gone before us,” said Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, commanding general of Parris Island. “Each generation of Marines takes that history and puts their own mark on it.”

The Corps began celebrating its birthday in 1921 when then-Commandant Gen. John Lejeune ordered Marines everywhere to pause Nov. 10 to celebrate “the birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious past.”

In keeping with Lejeune’s order, 16 Parris Island Marines marched one by one Tuesday across the concrete floor, each wearing a period uniform spanning the Corps’ history.

Sgt. Terrance Bowens, a Columbia native, was selected to tote a musket and sport the green overcoat and cream-colored trousers worn by the first Continental Marines during the Revolutionary War.

“I had never even been to a pageant before, so it feels good to have been selected to wear this uniform,” Bowens said. “I’m very honored to have been able to play such a big part in this ceremony.”

In part, the honor is bestowed upon Marines who can fit into the uniforms.

Recruits halted Tuesday for the hour-long ceremony, said Staff Sgt. Tracie Kessler, depot spokesman.

The pageant helps bring to life the storied history the recruits became a part of when they enlisted.

“It’s great because this pageant and seeing those uniforms reinforces that this is what being a Marine is all about,” Kessler said.

The Marine Corps has been a part of the Lowcountry since June 1891 when a small security force was assigned to U.S. Naval Station Port Royal, a base on Parris Island. The Corps officially opened a recruit depot on Parris Island in 1915.

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/Semper Fidelis

Happy Birthday Bill!

Bill turns one today and graduates from kitten to juvenile cat. A look back . . .

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/today he’ll get to eat real chicken (shared with Bob) and won’t get yelled at when he inevitably misbehaves