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Happy Thanksgiving all.

Doing good here.  Spent the day making focaccia and pizza from scratch (2 ea).  Pepperoni, canadian bacon, mozarella, provolone, jack, and slices of fresh mozarella to really kick it up a few notches.  The focaccia was brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with rosemary, black pepper, garlic, and kosher salt.

My carbs are through the roof.  Cruel Wife also made for Spoiled Girl Child a separate turkey/stuffing batch in the crock-pot and the ungrateful whelp wouldn’t try the stuffing and only ate one piece of turkey.   I shoveled in four cups’ worth of stuffing and stopped – for once I exercised restraint with the wife’s stuffing.

Here I sit, belly distended and the sound of blood pumping in my ears as my finely tuned body attempts to stave off multiple organ failure from fatty cheese, pepperoni, olive oil, and butter.  You could probably fry eggs using my blood as the lion’s share of it consists of saturated fat at the moment.

I realize that it might sound like griping, this discourse, but it isn’t really – it is sheer unadulterated bliss.  If you’re going to die, have a meal like that and then have a bodacious coronary.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and thank you, ‘felix and Enas.

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I wonder, being the oldest person in the world (living at the time), how she felt about what she saw in the world around her today.  World’s oldest woman dies at 115 years.  Get this though:

Parker had been a widow since her husband, Earl Parker, died in 1939 of a heart attack. She lived alone in their farmhouse until age 100, when she moved into a son’s home and later to the Shelbyville nursing home

She’d been a widow since NINETEEN THIRTY-NINE.  Holy shittin’ petunias!

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Me, I’m thankful that I’m not these idiots.  Getting drunk and having sex with a stranger in the men’s room while your husband is waiting for you at your stadium seats… that’s entering into “loser” territory.  “I was too drunk” is a crappy excuse and if her husband believes her… he’s quite frankly an idiot.

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I’m a very visual creature.  Photos and art do it for me.  Music might if I could hear more than about 30% of it.

But pictures… ah!

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UPDATE:   The Dude sent me this…

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And that led to another co-worker (Mr. Dry) sending out this: Cats that look like Hitler.  An example:

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Christopher Gilbert Artwork.  NICE.

A LEGO aircraft carrier.  $$$$

A sketch/painting that has me very interested in Gouache as an artistic media. (Enas!  Checkitout!)  More info

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These people MUST get out more…  Here are some examples to give you an idea – dressing up like a video game character.  Go to the link and see them all.

Which one is real?

Q: Which one is real? A: Neither. Both. Does it matter?

At least this guy can say he was doing it for his son…

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God I hope this is some kind of hyper-realistic costume and not real.

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Creative p-shopping and more

And lastly, go get yourself a few cult films for Thanksgiving.  Push the boundaries outside of MST3000, Troma, and ReAnimator.

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I read an article about an indian curry (which turns out is not really all that “indian”) at this restaraunt in New York.  Sounds like Phall is worth trying, if I ever get to NY.  The idea of a dish with a “smoky ashtray taste” sounds intriguing.

It reminds me of a visit to a local Thai place (Thai Bistro, Canton, MI) years ago when I was a lightweight in spicy food but thought I was Mr. Tough Guy.  I ordered this Orange Roughy dish which sounded pretty good.  The waiter asked me how hot I wanted it.  I said “Four stars, please.”   He pauses and stares at me, unsure of how to respond.  Finally he says simply “Uh, our chef is from Thailand…”

I look at him with my best patented You’re An Idiot™ stare and said “And I’m from Oregon, give me four stars please.”

It might have been that I pissed the chef off, I don’t know.  I do know that I took my first bite and said “Cruel Wife, I can’t eat this” and dropped my fork.   Cruel Wife’s eyes got wide when she noticed the smoking napkin as I wiped my lips.  It looked like an Alien™ got shot and spewed acid-blood all over our dining area by the end of the meal, with smoking black spatters all over the tabletop.

I finished the whole damn dish and wept in a very manly fashion as I went over the threshold to the car.  We raced over to the Meijer store across the street where I gobbled a half bottle of Tums and then went home to lie in agony on the bed for three hours.

The next day was bad.  Very.  Very.  Bad.  The lining of my intestines sloughed off.  My gallbladder dissolved into giblet-sized chunks.  My liver volunteered for donation and my lungs went on strike.  Then-governor Engler declared my alimentary canal a disaster area.  Relief was not forthcoming.  Had I eaten ice-cream for dessert I might’ve had that to look forward to, but I hadn’t so there wasn’t even a prayer.

Now, looking back I say “Oh was I ever so young?” and chuckle.

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So… where have you eaten culinary napalm, what was the dish, and have you got a good story?

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The Ultimate Web-Surfer’s Chair – the Daybed.

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So, they speak kindly of the dog but… did he get a Scooby Snack?

Wasn’t the dog’s fault.  It was the kid’s fault for having a shell chambered and no safety on.  Read the article.  Nowhere did the reporter catch the important part, that is, WHY did the shotgun go off?  He was real good about capturing dad and son’s warm fuzzy feelings about the dog but not the facts – the kid is lucky he still has a head – but that’s not important.

Oregon Man Shot by Dog During Hunting Trip

Sunday , November 23, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. —
Henry Marcum has nothing but kind words for the dog that shot his 23-year-old son this weekend.

Marcum says his son, Matthew, was standing in Tillamook Bay at the start of duck-hunting trip when his dog jumped into the boat, setting off a 12-gauge shotgun.

The blast blew a hole in the aluminum boat before hitting Marcum, who is recovering from injuries to his legs and buttocks at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Henry Marcum says he’s not angry with the dog, and neither is his son.

The elder Marcum says the Labrador named Drake is a good dog and the shooting is “just one of those things.”

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This makes my day.  No, it makes my year and perhaps my decade.

Scalding him in boiling oil seems appropriate.

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Like I’ve said to so many other beggars… Just where do you think the money is coming from, anyway, Ohio?

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Oh.  That’s different.

Bob Westfall, who was in Breckenridge on Saturday as an observer for Norm Coleman, said he had concerns when members of his team learned a ballot counter had worked for Franken.
“I don’t understand how you can switch from being partisan one day to being neutral today,” Westfall said.

Vertin, who’s an election judge in Wilkin County, said she volunteered to help with the recount because she wanted to be part of the historic process.

wtf???…

Vertin, who lives in Breckenridge and has a cabin in Otter Tail County, said she was able to set her politics aside to help with the recount.

“I feel I can be completely unbiased,” Vertin said. “Everyone in this room is partisan to some degree.”

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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said he was not familiar with what occurred in Wilkin County, but he has confidence in the county election officials.

“It’s not my job to second-guess county election officials,” Ritchie said Saturday.

To the sec of state Ritchie… if it’s not your job to oversee allegations of possible impropriety (such as this massive conflict of interest) then what IS your job?

Anybody in an important position either knows what “conflict of interest” means – or if they don’t, they oughtn’t be there in the first place.

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This didn’t strike them as odd the first time it happened?

Boy, 12, Dies From Excessive Deodorant Use

A coroner in Britain has determined that a 12-year-old boy died after using too much spray deodorant in a confined space, according to a report from abc.net.au.

Daniel Hurley collapsed in a January after spraying on Lynx deodorant in the bathroom of his Derbyshire home.

An inquest was told last week that a “volatile” agent in the deodorant upset the boy’s heart rhythm.

He was hospitalized after the incident and died five days later from a cardiac arrhythmia, also known as abnormal heart rhythms, according to the report.

The boy’s father, Robert Hurley, told the inquest that Daniel was fit and healthy. He also took pride in his appearance, using hair gels and deodorants, which he often sprayed all over his clothes.

The coroner said it was combination of the deodorant and the fact that it was sprayed in a confined space that caused the adverse effect on the boy’s heart.

His death followed an incident several weeks earlier when he had collapsed in the bathroom but quickly recovered, according to the report.

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You just can’t make this stuff up.  Just the term “naturist hardliners”… priceless.

Report: French Nightclubs Burned Down in War Between Nudists, Swingers

One of Europe’s most famous nudist colonies has become the subject of an unusual investigation by French detectives after the destruction of three nightclubs in fires blamed on naturist “hardliners.”
The normally peaceful Cap d’Agde, a magnet for nudists in the south of France, has been plunged into anxiety as investigators suspect “fundamentalist” nudists of harboring a grudge against the échangistes, or swingers, who are drawn to the town by the promise of sex.

A so-called boîte échangiste — or wife-swapping club — called Glamour, where couples engage in group sex, was the first to be destroyed in April. The next day, the Palme Ré, another orgy venue, also went up in flames. In September, the Tantra club and Zen, its neighboring bar, were leveled in blazes.

No one was hurt but the fires have shocked a community whose crime rate has been dominated until now by cases of exhibitionism.

Tensions have risen between the naturists, who believe that nudity is a healthy choice of lifestyle and nothing to do with sex, and the échangistes, who are attracted to nudist camps by the prospect of multiple partners.

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When is Change Not Change?

Apparently when you are the new Messiah.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (when we’ll really have change)

Aide: Obama on track to nominate Clinton….


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Going for that “Spawn of Albright and Princess Leia” look, quite a sight to behold isn’t she?

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Oh GOD, will you all stop it already with the theatrical doom-gloom bullsh*t?  The world is not going to collapse, three out of five people will not die of being eaten by the other two, the planet is not going to heat up until we all die in a blaze of fire, and Hollywood is not going to become a ghost town.   Polar bears are not likely to become extinct, either.

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Oops.

I swear, while things are grim, people are getting pretty panicky about a huge number of things, and when they freak out about Hollywood, it’s time to start passing out the valium.

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Quite… amazing.  For real life… useless.  Cool.  An amphibious car, 100mph on land, 30mph on the water, 175hp (presumably that is bhp), V-6, 24 valve, 2.5L engine – and goes 0-60 in 10sec.

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Play the animation on this page.  Pretend that the soundtrack doesn’t sound like the background for a pr0n movie.

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An imaginative reader (atrocious speller though) of a forum wrote:
Imagine if you were Hannabal Lector and were to find worms in the brain you were preparing, what throw out hole meal or just eat around them?
Well, there’s brain-food for thought.  Enjoy your fast, folks.  Think of it as that diet you wanted to start tomorrow, just starting it a day earlier.

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Poor kid.  Viagra-Boy.

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Wa-HOO!  Free Dr. Pepper!!!

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Wow.  You can live foreverAt least until the cancer kills you in two years.

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It’s the visual that cracks me up.  (source:  snorgtees.com)

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Like the auto industry has any incentive to change if you bail them out…  We have no reason to believe that they will not be in this exact same spot in a few months when this latest batch of money dries up and still not be able to function.

Yes, they are loans, but at the end of the period if you can’t pay it back then we’re just as out of that sum of money as we would have been if we gave it away for free or burned it.   And no problems solved whatsoever.

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You KNOW this is how congress sees our taxes once the money gets into their hands.

GOP congressman: ‘It is not your money’

Michigan lawmaker trying to help Detroit makes stunning statement about tax dollars

November 19, 2008

By Joe Kovacs

A Republican congressman seeking a $25 billion bailout of the troubled U.S. auto industry made a stunning statement about taxpayer funds to benefit Detroit, claiming, “It is not your money.”

Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich., made the remark during a discussion with Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto yesterday as the pair debated sending billions of federal dollars to prop up the Big Three carmakers.

Cavuto asked Knollenberg: “When the housing industry CEOs come to you and say, ‘You know, [if] we go under and all the ancillary businesses – the dishwasher manufacturers, the washer-and-dryer manufacturers, the Lowe’s and the Home Depots that vastly depend on our being alive and vibrant – if we go under, there’s hell to pay. And then the textile manufacturer comes to you and says, ‘If we go down, there’s hell to pay.’ And on and on and on we go. Where do you draw the line with our money?”

“It is not your money,” said Knollenberg.


Cavuto screamed back, “It is! It is taxpayers money!”

later –

Today on the CBS “Early Show,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. said automakers should file for bankruptcy and fire their management.

“I don’t believe that they have immediate plans to change their model, which is a model of failure,” Shelby said.

He argued against any bailout, saying, “It will just prolong the agony. These companies are failures now, unless we get rid of the management.”

… [Full Article]

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While the Jack Russell Terrier was enormously relieved he was not available for comment.

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Thank God she didn’t have Mad Cow Disease.  (AKA “PMS”)

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More news that isn’t news.  California Supreme Court ready to take on the same sex marriage issue.  Whatever – just legalize civil unions and call it good.  Stop wasting everyone’s time.

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In Motown I’m probably not going to be popular for this, but I actually agree with Romney for once… Mitt Romney Op-Ed on Automaker Bailout.

Yes, letting them file for restructuring bankruptcy will be painful, but it will help remedy this ridiculous union/management dysfunction and what I call Extreme Executiving, where business is all about making a quick buck and damn everyone else.  That is *not* what makes a good business and the businesspeople of the last 30 years are finding this out – that doing slimebag business just means you’re a slimebag, not a good Capitalist.  You cannot have sustainable market-share increases year after year after year in a finite-resources system.

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Ok, blog-travellers, I have a really urgent issue…

There is the normal sriracha, commonly known as “Rooster Sauce” or “Cock Sauce” (yes, really really).

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For a while I was able to obtain what some claim to be a cheap knockoff and some claim it is legit… but in the end, the sriracha with the orange cap was better… less harsh.  Here’s an example  of another fine blogizen posting about this important issue.  Shawnchin appears to have done some homework whereas I am just holding out my hand and waiting for something to fall into it.  (no, not really – I have been searching high and low)

The orange (or red) capped stuff was sweeter and had a flying duck on the front.

In my hour of need, can anyone find me a source by which I can order it?  My Shin cups are mere shadows of their full potential.

This is also a test to see what kind of hits one gets on one’s blog when inserting certain words into the text  -you know which one I mean… … … rooster.  And no, I don’t swing that way.

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Could they have shown any crappier judgment in trying to arrest the deceased’s son during the funeral?  I mean, jeez… wait a few minutes until things have moved on and do it then.  You don’t have to be assholes and insist upon serving this fella up in the middle of a really hard time on friends and family.  Now instead of closure, the family has a bunch of justly-deserved hateful feelings.

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And all frivolity aside, organs/parts grown to order… THIS is important stuff.  How about that?  And they didn’t need to abort anyone to do it.  (Note the strong hint-hint-nudge-nudge)

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Wow, this woman in Sweet Home, Oregon discovered what I am sure would shock anyone.  That relatives contacting you online asking you to send them a lot of money so you can cash in on $20M later on… why, they can be fraudulent.

Oregon woman target of a Nigerian Scam.

Ok so the bad guys deserve jail or something.  But isn’t there also a crime against nature, that of being so damn stupid that the vacuum in your skull is sucking in everything?  I mean, stuff enters her skull and irretrievably lost.

She didn’t lose everything… she practically thrust it upon them in trying to give it away.  If I was her husband I’d be thinking “Divorce” as soon as the debt was wiped.

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Speaking of scams…

Investment bank bosses pressured to forgo bonuses this year.

I’ve said it before (very recently, too) but I’ll say it again:  Poor babies.

I don’t see myself getting a bonus, a raise, a COLA, and in fact I’ll be grateful if my job is still around in half a year, so why should I give a rat’s patoot about a bunch of really wealthy fellas and their potential loss of bonuses that are larger than my yearly salary by huge amounts?

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And speaking of more scams…  ThoseShirts.com has a wonderful shirt to address a recent scam.  Hope you guys sell millions of these.

Obama T-shirt That Says It All.

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Now THIS is the kind of guy you WANT in the Marines.  Good on you, dude.

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LA fires still burn.  I still am amazed that people in these areas (1) don’t build their homes to be better protected from fires, and (2) aren’t required to do so.

Simple things like get rid of fuel (trees, brush, grass) near your home, slate roof, metal siding, walls around the house, etc.

Good luck and prayers for the firefighters and families down there.

This photographer caught a beautiful shot of a fire devil/dervish/twister… they are scary.

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Excellent photograph - David Getty

I showed up at a fire with the sky this color and a bit darker at times.

Orange County LA - Nicholas Pavlovsky

Orange County LA - Nicholas Pavlovsky

Another good pic of what the area around a fire can look like… surreal as hell.  It’s when you see a forest full of once-trees just smoking and the tang of ash in the air.  Think of a huge campfire.  Now think of jumping up and down in it after it is mostly burned out (but still hot)… there you go.   Think “post apocalyptic”.

David Getty pic of trailer park destruction - 600-800 trailers mostly gone.

David Getty pic of trailer park destruction - as of last count, 484 trailers mostly gone.

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Speaking of fires…

Homeless man to serve 45 months and pay restitution for 2006 LA fire.  Restitution being $101 MILLION.

Yep, they’ll garnish his wages and repossess his cardboard refrigerator box.  He may even have to give up his Wal-Mart shopping cart.

Anybody besides me find even talking about a fine kind of ridiculous when we’re discussing a homeless guy?

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So much for the quality of a leader being derived from HIS ideas.

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Real sweethearts.  Threatening an elderly blind woman.  What next, jackbooting toddlers for candy?

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Ok, out of the MoronBlogger crowd… who was surprised?

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Random Latin Lesson for the Day:

Non omnia possumus omnes – Not everyone can be a possum.

Or something like that.

Sue me… it’s actually sort of a subset of the real meaning, so get over it.

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More hysterical breast-beating and another response that won’t convince the Chicken Littles of the world that maybe, just maybe, they ought to settle for a debate instead of making this into an Inquisition for Globular Worming as led by His Holiness AlGore.

More power to film-makers who buck the entrenched CL’s in the entertainment industry.

The CL’s (or SLC’s) had another gathering:

Rally for Climate Action Now!

November 18, 2008
12:00 PM

Join us on Tuesday, November 18th at 12 noon as hundreds come together on Capitol Hill to call for Climate Action Now! We will be welcoming our newly elected leaders and calling upon President-elect Obama to attend the crucial United Nations Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland in December.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Cold day for a Globular Worming Bitch-In Rally according to NOAA.  nov-17-2008-7-day-forecast-for-wash-dc1

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Ooh!  This is important… National Ammo Day.  (except for Weasels)

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I have to say I was indeed sickened by the very notion.  I don’t like it when they do this to dogs, but to humans?  Baby farming

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How about that?  Data is fudged, smudged, drudged, and… well, data is… malleable.

The World Has Never Seen Such Freezing Heat

Telegraph (dot-CO-dot-UK) put it beautifully:

A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission: the figures published by Dr Hansen’s institute are not only one of the four data sets that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies on to promote its case for global warming, but they are the most widely quoted, since they consistently show higher temperatures than the others.

If there is one scientist more responsible than any other for the alarm over global warming it is Dr Hansen, who set the whole scare in train back in 1988 with his testimony to a US Senate committee chaired by Al Gore. Again and again, Dr Hansen has been to the fore in making extreme claims over the dangers of climate change. (He was recently in the news here for supporting the Greenpeace activists acquitted of criminally damaging a coal-fired power station in Kent, on the grounds that the harm done to the planet by a new power station would far outweigh any damage they had done themselves.)

I’m sitting here in snow.  Before Thanksgiving.  Inches and inches of snow.  Been looking forward to driving in it, too.  Yah.  Hoo.

So much for my dream of being bitten by a mosquito in December.

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Ok, by now many MoronBloggers have been saying “Pffft!  To hell with this Mr. Lemur King jerk.  He gets a game and drops us like a bad habit.”

Well, uh… yes.  Sorry.  But to be fair other things like work, family, my neck, the dog, and sleep (rare as it is) have conspired to give me just enough time to do one of two things in the free hour or so that I have before bed… Blogging  – or – Being a Bad Guy and ridding Africa of Even More Bad Guys.

Until, that is, Part 2 of Far Cry.  It got lots harder and they started shoving entire companies of bad guys at you all at once in cramped quarters with nowhere to run.  And being stingy with the ammo.  Not very “open ended” and in fact I don’t believe I’ll buy another game from them.  Tell me:  Why do companies who make software that is a major hit go and take the very things that made the game “The Best” and NOT do them in the sequel?

Cases in point:

Far Cry —>  Far Cry 2 :: Ignore the open-ended  strategy and force essentially linear play just as soon as the game gets really good

Deus Ex —>  Deus Ex: Invisible War :: Every damn thing that made the original good… they DID NOT do in the sequel, and they dumbed it down for consoles

Doom I and II —>  Doom III ::  Hello?  I seem to remember open areas and a whole lot more lighting – this flashlight/gun/pit-of-darkness crap was pretty worthless

You would think that they never once asked a hardcore player off the street what they thought, wouldn’t you?  You’d be right.

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So, instead, I’ve seen the error of my ways.  That choice was clearly unacceptable and totally unfair.  I’ve decided to go back to the start and have chosen to play Fallout 3 instead.  Is it quite like FO1 and FO2?  Nope.  Is it indeed “Oblivion with Guns”?   Weeeeeelllll… yes and no.  It feels like Oblivion in terms of movement, dialogue, and interaction with the world.  What it does have is an absolutely creep-your-butt-out atmosphere and sound and it really really feels like after the bombs fell.  My movement from point A to point B to get back to town at night was 1/10th speed because of turning around all the time, looking for sneaky bad guys.

VATS targeting system is a hoot, and if you hit the bad guy critically… parts go flying.  Heads, too.  That must sound gross.  And it is.  But once you get numb to it, bullet-time takedowns of the bad guys are what you live for.

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And He Walks On Water, Too!!

UPDATE:  Mayors of Philly, Phoenix, and Atlanta seek a chunk of the bailout money citing tough times.  Would you believe that every single one of them is a democrat?  You bet you would.  It seems a democrat will 9 times out of 10 have this little blind spot about the size of an eighteen-wheeler that prevents them from seeing that when you get a bailout the money actually has to come from somewhere, and if everyone is having rough times and you expect a handout, you’re just being a whiny bitch.

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Investors Business Daily has a nice compilation (not vetted by me, sorry) that shows just why he should be the new Messiah (O’bamessiah).  He’s going to do better than water to wine, he’d going to turn financial collapse into a cornucopia of riches – spending manifold more than what we spend now but w/o raising taxes on most all of us.  I think they did a good job laying stuff out in neat orderly categories.

A Checklist Of Obama’s Many Promises

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, November 10, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Few presidential candidates have made more specific promises to American voters than Barack Obama. They came so fast and furious in the latter part of the campaign, you’d be excused for not keeping up. So as a public service, we’ve put together a handy checklist of some of the biggest Obama promises — culled from his “Blueprint for Change,” his campaign speeches and advertisements. Clip it. Save it. And see how he did in four years.


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Taxes

• Give a tax break to 95% of Americans.

• Restore Clinton-era tax rates on top income earners.

• “If you make under $250,000, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime. Not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes. Nothing.”

• Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes.

• Give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit for every job they create in the U.S.

• Eliminate capital gains taxes for small business and startup companies.

• Eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000.

• Expand the child and dependent care tax credit.

• Expand the earned income tax credit.

• Create a universal mortgage credit.

• Create a small business health tax credit.

• Provide a $500 “make work pay” tax credit to small businesses.

• Provide a $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families.

Energy

• Spend $15 billion a year on renewable sources of energy.

• Eliminate oil imports from the Middle East in 10 years.

• Increase fuel economy standards by 4% a year.

• Weatherize 1 million homes annually.

• Ensure that 10% of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012.

Environment

• Create 5 million green jobs.

• Implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

• Get 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015.

Labor

• Sign a fair pay restoration act, which would overturn the Supreme Court’s pay discrimination ruling.

• Sign into law an employee free choice act — aka card check — to make it easier for unions to organize.

• Make employers offer seven paid sick days per year.

• Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2009.

National security

• Remove troops from Iraq by the summer of 2010.

• Cut spending on unproven missile defense systems.

• No more homeless veterans.

• Stop spending $10 billion a month in Iraq.

• Finish the fight against Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorists.

Social Security

• Work in a “bipartisan way to preserve Social Security for future generations.”

• Impose a Social Security payroll tax on incomes above $250,000.

• Match 50% of retirement savings up to $1,000 for families earning less than $75,000.

Education

• Demand higher standards and more accountability from our teachers.

Spending

• Go through the budget, line by line, ending programs we don’t need and making the ones we do need work better and cost less.

• Slash earmarks.

Health care

• Lower health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.

• Let the uninsured get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress get.

• Stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

• Spend $10 billion over five years on health care information technology.

(Source:  IBD)

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Money has been handed out and no oversight panel and no report.

Now… congress is normally all over something like this, especially when it was birthed by the Bush administration and administered by the Fed.

Why are they (congress) not speaking?

Because people who live in glass houses don’t throw stones.

There is a huge amount of money that is being spent in Stealth Mode – to the tune of trillions of money that is not well publicized.

Who would remain quiet?  People who are culpable – the Banking and Finance Committees – people who have everything to gain.  To be sure, that Fed lending was not approved by congress, but neither has it been fought tooth and nail.

Take it with a grain or two of salt… Nat’l Expositor.

This whole bailout thing is the equivalent of realizing that you and your party of survivors will all have to eat portions of yourselves to survive – and pigging out.

Tired, lack of sleep (again), and crankier than a snake with shingles.   Take my gripes less than wholly seriously.

UPDATE: Obviously THIS is much more important than mere oversight.  Bush must be brought down.

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UK Sperm Bank May Need Bailout.

What?  With a massive infusion of gallons and gallons of gov’t sperm?  EW!

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Kids today are arrogant.

The study’s co-author told HealthDay news that the findings point to a “self-esteem” movement that may have gone too far.

“These kids didn’t raise themselves, they got these ideas from somewhere,” said Jean Twenge, an associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University.

Because modern day parents hand out endless praise, kids readily believe they are somehow superior, she said.

Yep!  Because little Johnny and Suzie now know that there are no losers, that everyone is equally important, that endless do-overs are the answer, and that self-esteem is far more important than competence.

Far better to just *know* you are a superior specimen, like I do.   Erm.

Arrogance has to be earned.  Tell me what you did to earn yours.  – House

Arrogance?

my-god-her-back-is-about-to-break-tit-for-tat

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And nobody stopped this lady and said “You’re making yourself look hideous”???

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Really… how stupid do you think I am?

Jon Campbell, regional banking president for Wells Fargo & Co., told the committee his company doesn’t need the government’s investment to pay for bonuses or compensation and will not use it for that.

Ok, so they were going to pay bonuses from somewhere, right?  And if they had a cash shortage where they could not scrape it up they’d have to decide to pay bonuses or not, right?  The money all comes from the same pot.

A) Owe X amount of money (or need it)

B) I have Y amount of money which is insufficient

C) I either pay my execs an obscene amount of pay or use that money for the needs in (A)

D) Now, if I both don’t pay my execs an obscene amount of money AND I don’t take gov’t money, THEN I can claim what Campbell is claiming.  Otherwise, the money I have in my hands to pay the execs should have gone to (A).

It doesn’t matter whether you use Fed money or your own money, the execs should not be paid – you should meet your financial obligations on your own and only take such money as is required to fulfill those if you are short.  (Assuming we want to live in a Marxist state)  Exec pay should be the very least of your concerns.

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Let’s see… the death penalty for convicted murderers meeting certain criteria is reviled throughout the world, yet little or no useful hue and cry over a sentence of 15 years and 1500 lashes.

Which is more cruel?

Which is more inhumane?

Which is designed to inflict the maximum amount of suffering?

He initially was sentenced to seven years in prison and 700 lashes, but when he appealed two months ago, the judge not only upheld the conviction, but more than doubled the penalty to 15 years in prison and 1,500 lashes.

Raouf Amin el-Arabi, a doctor who has been serving the Saudi royal family for about 20 years, was convicted last year of giving a patient the wrong medication. Egyptian newspapers reported that he was accused of driving a Saudi princess “to addiction.”

source:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,450292,00.html

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So how does this factor into “Talk Like a Pirate Day”?

Arrrrr- <BANG> – <thud>

pirates-die

Thanks to Drudge for wordin’.  Oh, and thanks to the Royal Navy for some fine shootin’.

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Ok, I *hate* it when sounds get played by my browser.  I go to websites to view information, not have unwanted crap blast itself suddenly over my speakers when all I want to do is listen to my MP3’s.  It is annoying at best, jarring most of the time, and at worst embarrassing as hell as you want to go to a home improvement site and while there, some totally revolting ad for Bulimic Sheep Lovers International plays.  At top volume.

Yes, FlashBlock is a great plugin and all but you need to click on every one that they blocked in order to see what was under the arrow. Waste of time. I want to see what it is visually but not play the sound.

Macromedia Flash may or may not give you the option to kill or mute the sound but only if each flash app was wired that way.  To rip Flash sounds out by the roots:

  1. Open FireFox installation folder. The default path is “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox”.
  2. Create an empty file in this folder with the name “msacm32.dll”. Use Notepad.
  3. Close all FireFox windows and open a web page with Flash sound to test it.
  4. If you wish to return sound back, just rename the file “msacm32.dll”

Apparently firefox looks and sees if that file is there, and if it is does not play Flash sounds.
Hope that makes someone’s day.
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FoxNews has an article about giving Wall Street Execs and underlings bonuses in a year when they hardly deserve one:

Challenger pointed to the concerted effort by Wall Street banks to sell equity to the government as an example of why all the investment banks will pay bonuses this year.  While the government forced the banks to participate in the program, the argument went that the companies that sold equity would have a black eye if all of the other Wall Street banks didn’t follow suit. That could happen with bonuses as well, said Challenger.

“If some banks give bonuses and others don’t the talent will flow to the good bank,” he said.

My question is:  WHAT GOOD BANK?  I don’t see anyone swimming in money because of any great virtue.

It gets better:

And the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, isn’t happy. “These are people who lost enormous amounts of money,” Frank observes. “How do you give a bonus to someone for having failed so badly as many of these people did?”

What about Congress for consistently without fail continuing to rake in money rather than stop stuffing their pockets and sniping at each other long enough to notice the problem.  Barney, you a$$hole$ failed everyone just as badly.

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more later…

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