Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
Start your weekend with your reggae side. Jimmy Cliff - Rebel In Me...
Two legislators - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) strike a bipartisan budget deal and groups such as Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity freak-out because Paul Ryan has bucked the 'purity test' and actually compromised. Gasp!
For sure the agreement doesn't address the two 800 pound gorillas in the room. Gorilla #1 - who goes by the name Tax Reform. And Gorilla #2 - who is called Entitlement Reform. It is no Grand Bargain. And much to the chagrin of the Tea Party faithful the deal funds the government for another 21 months. Personally, I'm not the least bit outraged by such a display of level-headedness. But there again I'm a normal personality. I am confident that normal will prevail and it will pass the House.
The staff here at Gas Pains has been chomping at the bit about Christmas being nigh. I think they want time-off. Cripes. I give and here goes...it's time to get in the spirit with with this Van Morrison tune covered by the Westminster Senior Vocal Ensemble.
Get your A Capella on...
My pal Lawyer emailed me the other day to ask if I wanted to go out with Sid and him on Green Bay to go ice drinking over the holidays. I explained to him that I might consider it later in the season after I am convinced the ice is safe.
Seriously, hardly a season of ice drinking goes by without a couple of shantys, or four-wheelers, a pick-up or two and some snowmobiles going through the ice. All in pursuit of perch or whitefish. Besides I can hunt deer into the first week of January.
In an earlier life I was reliably Republican. I even contributed to the reelection of President Ronald Reagan. I admired Reagan. He practiced the fine art of cutting a deal - which is good governance. And he fashioned a big tent for the GOP.
Much has changed since then. All that was once grand about the Grand Old Party has been sacrificed upon the altar of ideological purity with some rather sad results. A pathological obsession over gay marriage, women’s reproductive decisions and border fences. It has sown a crop of intellectual luminaries like Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Christine O’Donnell, Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. It forced Mitt Romney to grovel in servitude during a carnival sideshow of a GOP presidential primary and then lurch to the middle in the general election. Swing voters didn’t fall for that act and the GOP lost seats in the House the Senate and ultimately the Presidency.
Jill and I and the staff here at Gas Pains would like to wish all 86 of our readers a very merry Christmas - and our best wishes to you for good health and prosperity in the new year.
The girls are in on the game too.
A little something to tickle your funny bone during the holiday season...
It occurred to me on the drive home from the day job last night that Gas Pains is more than six years old. That’s a lot of opinionating, hunting and fishing tales, foibles, trouble-making, stories, finger pointing, recipes and music over the old interweb. There have been apologies too. Just try posting an April fool’s joke sometime. You do so at your own peril. Sometimes I think people take things too seriously.
Anyway this blogging business can upon occassion be a thankless task. The hours are long, the Mothership is a relentless taskmistress and the pay sucks. If it weren’t for the unconditional love of my 86 readers there are some days I wonder if it is worth sitting in front of the pale, ghostly glow cast by the flat screen monitor, cigar smoke heavy in the air, with two fingers of Jack Daniels at my elbow and bleeding fingertips as I tap-out another post. Not to mention the loss of precious bandwidth.