Archive for February 23rd, 2009


GODDAMNIT, THIS IS WHAT GOT US INTO TROUBLE IN THE FIRST ****ING PLACE!!  If you don’t have or can’t afford a house the odds are astronomically high that THERE IS A GOOD REASON.  Stop giving people stuff they cannot handle!

Houston taxpayers could start footing the bill to help first-time homebuyers pay off debts and improve their credit scores, under a proposal before City Council this week.

The “Credit Score Enhancement Program” will give up to $3,000 in grants to individuals who are trying to qualify for mortgages through the city’s homebuyers assistance program. City officials say some applicants fall short of eligibility by only 10 or 20 points on their credit scores, and paying off some debt balances can quickly improve their numbers.

Oh, and STOP DOING IT ON MY DIME!  I know I don’t live in Texas.  But if Texas takes even one penny because it can’t afford something and the State of Texas gives Houston even one penny, then it means essentially I’m helping to foot the bill for these people.

Can’t afford a home?  Tough shit.

Gloves off, let’s not pussyfoot around the issue.  Tough shit.

Life isn’t fair.  You’ll survive w/o buying a home.  Rent.  Stop expecting the world to solve your problems.  I don’t care if you think the credit score requirement is arbitrary or you’re off by even 1%, a line has to be drawn somewhere.

If I want to give money to someone or a charity, let me do it and let me decide who it goes to – DON’T expect the gov’t to take it from me so they can give it to you.

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul
can always depend on the support of Paul.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Pssst.  Don’t look now, but you’re helping terrorists with your taxes, too.  To the tune of $900 million.


This kind of a career-shredder.  Deserting, that is.  The rest is just kinky.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.

He was ticketed for allegedly resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and taken to Boulder County Jail. Jail staff found three pairs of panties in Mauger’s shirt pocket and said he was wearing a woman’s thong underneath his boxers. He refused to tell jail staff where the undergarments had come from and why he had them, police said.

I will say this… it’s none of the police’s business what he wears under his boxers – as far as I know, it is completely legal to be creepy and they overstepped their bounds.


Because principles have consequences the president needs to better explain why his various bailouts punish the prudent, reward the reckless, and flagrantly violate the principle that people must live with the consequences of their personal decisions.  –Jon Kraushar

He also adds…

In the bailouts so far, the thrifty have been tapped to bail out the thriftless. This is not only financial engineering; it is social engineering. It suggests turning America into “old Europe” where the welfare state reigns, there is widespread nationalization—from health care to major industries—taxes are high, growth is almost non-existent and innovation, creativity, enterprise and anyone with brains and guts is emigrating. Does America really want to catch “Eurosclerosis”?


Say what you will about disgraced-Senator Craig, but at least he was embarrassing in semi-privacy.  This guy is embarrassing all-around.  Sen. Bunning in a stunning display of no class.  So, thinking about democrat congress-critters got me thinking about the garden-variety flavor of the species, the liberal.

Steamboat McGoo posted a pic that he obtained through some means and I’m displaying it here until such time as somebody says “Hey, please don’t” and then I will gladly remove it.  It says it all.

clapOk sue me.  Pot.  Kettle.  Black.  I never claimed to have class, either.  I make no excuse for myself for I have embraced my strengths…

assholeAnd now I can proudly say…

asshole-essenceThank you, McGoo, thank you.  I owe you for letting me brazenly borrow these words images of wisdom.

Note:  While I don’t apologize for being an asshole (actually being one) I have to say that I am sorry if you were offended.  Not sorry I posted, just sorry you chose to be offended.


update – Microsoft caved, thinking that the $100K or so wasn’t so big next to their $40B income…

Ah, Microsoft has decided that the people it laid off got too much severance pay. So it wants it back.

Microsoft says some of the 1,400 employees it laid off last month accidentally got too much in their severance packages — and now it wants the money back.

“This letter is to inform you that an inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft,” reads a letter sent to an unnamed employee and posted on the TechCrunch blog. “We ask that you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any overpayment to you.”

Blacked out are the employee’s name and address and how much Microsoft says he owes. The letter bears a Microsoft letterhead and a date of Feb. 18.

Later in the article an unnamed Microsoft spokesperson hinted that some people were underpaid.

Oh yeah, right.  Well, we should cut some slack to the company from whom so much milk-of-human-kindness has flowed in the past, shouldn’t we?

C’mon, you sever ties with them, give them an envelope and a pat on the ass as they go out the door and you expect to keep calling the shots?  Tough stuff, MS.


Sadly, this doesn’t even begin to make up for what part the pigs played in victimizing her.

Child Pornographer Must Pay $200G to Woman Photographed as Molested Child

Not even close, and nothing ever will, but it is a start to hurting him and his ilk right back (if we don’t get the option to use a wood-chipper).


Update:  The Dude sent me the link to this.  If I posted it before, deal with it.  The Redneck Life board game.  Go buy six or seven just because it’s a great idea.  No, the seller/inventor is no one in my family either by blood or marriage.  We don’t have the same style of mullet.  Don’t even know the person.  Don’t own stock.  My dog doesn’t even go to the same pet salon.


(sigh) I miss Redneck Rampage™.


For now, a thing about the US postal service… and later, a commentary on this travesty of an institution.


Congress will hold a hearing next month into why Postmaster General John E. Potter has gotten a nearly 40 percent pay raise since 2006 and was awarded a six-figure incentive bonus last year, even as the U.S. Postal Service faces a multibillion-dollar shortfall that threatens a day of mail delivery.

Got that?  The man gets a six-figure incentive bonus.  BONUS.  Not bad for a gov’t enforced monopoly.  Their mission statement is about customer service.  Oh, someone got serviced all right.

Now, I have no reason to believe (this time) that the Wikipedia entry for USPS is wrong:

The United States Postal Service is currently the third-largest[8] employer in the United States, after the United States Department of Defense[9] and Wal-Mart.[10] The USPS operates the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world, with an estimated 260,000 vehicles, the majority of which are the easily identified Chevrolet/Grumman LLV (Long-Life Vehicle), and the newer Ford/Utilimaster FFV (Flex-Fuel Vehicle), originally also referred to as the “CRV” (Carrier Route Vehicle), as shown in the pictures below. In an interview on NPR, a USPS official stated that for every penny increase in the national average price of gasoline, the USPS spends an extra $8 million to fuel its fleet.[citation needed] This implies that the fleet requires some 800 million gallons (3.03 billion liters) of fuel per year, and consumes an estimated fuel budget of $3.2 billion, were the national gasoline price to average $4.00. Some rural mail carriers use personal vehicles. Standard postal-owned vehicles do not have license plates. These vehicles are identified by a seven digit number displayed on the front and rear.

And I can’t prove it yet, but a huge huge huge percentage of that volume is utter crap – junk/bulk mail.

I’m looking to see which subsidizes which – bulk subs first class or first class subs bulk.  Weigh in if you have an opinion.

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