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Note:   The original post is below the updates… in the section labeled ****Meow Meows****

Update #3:  Last update for today…

Ohio Man Charged With DUI After Crashing Motorized Bar Stool

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Update #2:  Needs no words.

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Update #1:

District 203 decides against hosting Bill Ayers at Naperville North

Second source here.

The high school educators decided that it might be nice to have a terrorist come talk to their kids and spew his anti-US sentiments around.  The idea wasn’t well received.

Superintendent Alan Leis said Monday morning he had received more than 100 e-mails and numerous phone calls about Ayers’ scheduled appearance and decided “it just wasn’t appropriate. Any (educational) value here is completely lost.”

“It is truly amazing the level of anger and emotion around this issue,” he said.

My responses:

  1. There was no educational value to begin with
  2. If you are surprised by the level of anger and emotion you need to be removed from your job immediately
  3. There is a tiny bit of hope in that enough people spoke up and said “This is wrong, dammit.”

Leis is, by all appearances, a genuine idiot.

“I only focused on how fascinating it would be for students to talk to someone who had a role in the presidential campaign,” he said.

Since then, though, he said he has done more research into Ayers’ background and “it’s very hard to figure out who this guy is,” he said.

Only focusing on what Ayer’s role in the presidential campaign is myopic at best.  Sadly there wasn’t ENOUGH focus on Ayer’s connection to Obama during the campaign.  THE MAN IS A TERRORIST.

I take back part of #2 above… Leis needs to be removed immediately.  If he cannot figure Ayers out based on history and the man’s own declarations, he’s not qualified to be within 500 feet of a school unless it’s remedial courses for himself.

Oooh, a fifth columnist inside the school (a teacher) invited Ayers  – emphasis mine:

Ayers was invited to speak by Naperville North history teacher Kermit Eby, a former student of Ayers’.

… [stuff]…

Eby also has come under fire for issuing the invitation and district officials came to his defense in their e-mail.

“What was most unfortunate was that a few directed their anger toward an outstanding high school and at a well-regarded, award-winning teacher who encourages students to think for themselves,” the e-mail said.

I’m fairly sure that while students are “encouraged to think for themselves” they’d meet the same kind of  “debate” seen on college campuses across the nation during indoctrination week.

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Our government is going to launch a website:

The feds will warn of depression, suicidal thinking and other serious mental illnesses. It will raise warning flags for: Persistent sadness/crying; Excessive anxiety; Lack of sleep/constant fatigue; Excessive irritability/anger.

Wow.  This is like, dude, just what I like, you know… needed?

You see, I was getting my nails done down at Geoff’s Salon… you know Geoff… I love him because he knows how a man’s hands need different kinds of care… anyway, I heard about this gal who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this gal whose pet’s veterinarian’s ex-wife’s grocer knew this guy that was really bummed about the recession.

And I got to thinking about his sadness… and I burst into tears myself <sob>!  I mean, this is terrible.

I’d normally crack a joke that mocked effeminate stereotype men of a different persuasion, but that’s an insult to them.  We’re talking here about bona-fide pussies.  A bunch of frakking wusses.

I don’t mean about being sad, depressed, anxious, sleep issues, irritability, etc.  That’s normal human being stuff.  But to be such a simp that you need the gov’t to tell you about that?  Gimme a break.

Well, on the off chance you are a simp, go here.

But just understand… men and women involved with WWII, lived through the Great Depression, the Civil War, the Spanish Flu… they all think you’re pussies if you need the gov’t to tell you what to think about how you feel.  They were made of sterner stuff.

Or, if you are one of the ones that voted Obama and his ilk in… perhaps that is what you need after all.

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An example of a loser.  And he’s a cop.

NFL Player Detained While Rushing to Dying Mother-in-Law Accepts Officer’s Apology

If someone says something like this, escort them to the hospital and if they’re lying, cuff ’em.  But no, it had to be taken to another level:

The officer pulled out his gun and threatened Moats with jail as the player pleaded to be allowed to go inside the hospital. Moats’ mother-in-law died before he got there while Powell write Moats a ticket and lectured him.

Nice, huh?

I was super late for my wedding because the detailers had a rectal-cranial inversion thing going on.  I laid a patch of rubber going out of that parking lot, screamed through a yellow left turn… and got pulled over.

Once the cop heard me say “I’m late for my wedding, dude” and saw the tux on the seat, he said “Just slow it down, get outta here.”

No reason why a little common sense can’t be exercised by the police.

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Good for her…

Angie Harmon: I’m Not Racist Because I Disagree With Obama

“Here’s my problem with this, I’m just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it’s not because I’m a racist, it’s because I don’t like what he’s doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you’re called a racist…”   – Angie Harmon on her frustration with labelling

… she’ll still be crucified for speaking her mind – by Hollywood.

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Plague-Boy™ Suit

A co-worker of mine recently showed up with multiple diseases in his system.  His work ethic was admirable even if he was oozing out orifices and potentially a chicken-pox carrier.

That said, everything he touched was crawling with death.

Thus, a new product was born.

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plague-boy (PDF Version)

The co-worker in question thought it needed an “exremental overpressure valve, at 30psi”.  Great thought, just so it doesn’t become some nasty pressure-vessel about to explode, but it’s putting in a place where containment can be breached.  Nix that.

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Did anyone really think the global warming thing was over?  Not until the UN gains control over everything.

Redistributing wealth.

A New World Economy.

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Way long time ago, VP Cheney’s daughter’s lesbian status was big news and I said “WHO THE HELL CARES?”

Now there’s dirt on Biden’s daughter:

Video Offered for Sale Purports to Show Biden’s Daughter Snorting Cocaine

And I’ll say it again… WHO CARES?  So what?  Leave her alone.  She has zero to do with the offices of VP and President.

She may have been snorting Sweet-N-Low for all you know.   Or like a classmate did years ago in high school – snorted ground-up menstrual-cramp pills in english class.

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Just think how bad it’d be if he was a teeth-filing blood-drinking conservative and hated the environment.

President visits G20 with entourage of 500.

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Update #3: Cruel Wife turns 40!  Might have been last week, but she sure the hell is 40 today.  The plan is to go get Moroccan sea bass, lamb & couscous, and perhaps a lobster bisque.

Ooops.  Wrong picture.  Happy Birthday CW!!!   Smeep.

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Update 2:

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Update 1: Paying Gitmo Detainees to Live on US Soil.

All this talk of shipping them off to other countries is just terrible.
hey deserve to be here, they’ve paid their dues.

Announce three days ahead of time that a train will pull through a certain area of the desert (away from any solar power farm), at GPS coordinates XXX-XXX-XXX and make one stop, letting off 240 free men.

People who would like to wish them well in their new life in the US may show up promptly at 12pm to greet them.

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This better sting like hell.

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Could someone tell me what the f*ck it is with this guy?  We gotta help the economy we gotta help the ec0nomy we gotta help the economy… and then he turns right around and shoots it in the ass with a huge silver bullet treated with cyanide.

Why not raise taxes and spending, too, while we’re at it?  Ooops.

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So finally Congress stops worrying about AIG, the economy, tax simplification, the budget, and all that silly-assed stuff and gets right to work on how college football rankings are chosen.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Everyone from President Barack Obama on down to fans has criticized how college football determines its top team. Now senators are getting off the sidelines to examine antitrust issues involving the Bowl Champion Series.The current system “leaves nearly half of all the teams in college football at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for the millions of dollars paid out every year,” the Senate Judiciary’s subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights said in a statement Wednesday announcing the hearings.

Yep.  Gettin’ closer to the time to drain the swamp.  Yessirrrrreeeee.

Damn.  They decided to return to worry about things that they ought not worry about

The House Financial Services Committee on Thursday adopted a milder alternative to a bill passed last week that would have taxed away 90 percent of employee bonuses from companies getting federal bailout money. The new legislation would let bailed-out companies pay bonuses as long as the government determines the compensation is not “unreasonable or excessive.”

Soooo, if a particular minor player in congress later decides (while they are PMS’ey or have “little man’s syndrome”) that they want to get pissy about a particular company, they can decide that some compensation is in this case unreasonable or excessive.

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In this imperfect universe I am unable to stop thinking about AIG.  Congress and their punitive taxation.  And how many people have no idea what constitutional intents really were.  The lynch mob to take out AIG (including congress) ought to read this:

“The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.”

Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations, circa 1774

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UPDATE: Apparently Craig is (a) lonely, (b) a whack-job, (c) having fun, or (d) all of the above.  Really.

UPDATE #2: Physics of toilet-paper.  (thanks to Cranky pointing out this important source – more important than cold fusion, folks)

UPDATE #3: She wuz lected fairn square.  And Ms. Corrine Brown has a munications degree, too.  You GOTTA follow the link and look at the posted graphic translation at iowahawk’s… a rosetta stone for “stupit”, as it were.

UPDATE #4: Good feeling’s gone.

At the same time, there is a growing impression across Europe that the Obama administration is inept and inefficient and increasingly poorly managed.

A top European Union politician on Wednesday slammed Obama’s plans for the U.S. to spend its way out of recession as “a way to hell.”

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Still bowling 7-10 splits, Obama shows that he just ain’t gettin’ it.

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Big headlines in a breathy voice…  Obama Upgrade: Teleprompters Swapped for Giant TV Monitor for News Conference like this is Pulitzer Prize material or worthy of a parade.

“He read that opening statement from one massive TV monitor from the back and middle of the East Room. White House officials removed the normal glass teleprompters that usually are positioned on both sides of the podium. That change likely a reaction to the focus on the President’s heavy use of teleprompters.

Gee, do you THINK?

It wasn’t really the TelePrompTer thingy, it has been what he was saying, how he was saying it, and how badly it got mangled.  Mangled BS uttered is still just spewed BS.

It must be pointed out that a teleprompter by any other name is still a teleprompter.  (Barack Obama’s Teleprompter’s Blog)

Here’s the alternate image.

This version just has a different caption to the image.

This version just has a different caption to the image.

I didn’t have anything constructive to say about tonight’s speech, I just wanted to be meanspirited about it since I’m in a mood.  The transcript is here.

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Obama has moved us into “Overseas Contingency Operation” state of alert.  Those three words together mean absolutely nothing, which I guess was the point.  Graphic comes to you courtesy of Capricious Half-Breed.

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Reporters live to write headlines like these:

US sperm bank offers stimulus deals

No one took credit for this piece.  Bummer.

Personally I think the subtitle should read:

Watch your money GROW!

I wanted to put all manner of phallic symbols in here with a dollar bill cleverly blended into the image.  I’m too tired.  Go picture it instead, please.

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Fish ‘Nads.

UPDATE: I cannot recall the last time I was this creeped out.  Zombies for Obama – a Training Video.  Video is real (I think) the mocking title is mine.  This was posted over at http://obacalypse.blogspot.com Thanks to The Dude for passing this on.

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Wow.  You get to eat fish ‘nads and risk death at the same time.  This certainly is more efficient than eating the ‘nads of an ordinary rainbow trout and then drinking randomly from a box of bulging cans of green beans.  (sperm sac, ‘nads, whatever)

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Fugu. ‘Nads to die for.

Tiger fugu is considered the filet mignon of blowfish, coveted, according to the twisted logic of fugu connoisseurs, for both its distinctive flavor and its unparalleled concentration of lethal toxins. And the shira-ko is among the most potentially fatal parts of the famously poisonous fish. Of all the dishes served in all the restaurants in all the world, you could argue, the particular seafood delicacy I’ve come fourteen time zones and 6,800 miles to ingest is the one that’s most likely to kill me dead.

I like sushi.  No, I love sushi.  Gonna have to draw a line at neurotoxins.

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Courtesy of The Patriot Post

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Animals that were formerly self-sufficient are modifying their behavior to take advantage of what they expect to be a new set of societal norms in the next four to eight years. This black bear has ceased hunting and, instead, has begun to merely sit outside a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service office, waiting to be fed and to have his winter den dug by government employees. In honor of what is believed to be the cause of this behavior, area residents are calling him "Bearack Obama."

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Duuuuh.

Who knew that there wasn’t a lot of oversight when Hillary gave the bonehead panic button to the Russians?  Certainly it was unthinkable.  Who could have guessed that “reset” could be mistranslated as “overcharge” in Russian?

Big dust-up.  Denial, fear, loathing, more denial.  Then the blame was accepted, finally.

Said Clinton’s Senate press secretary Philippe Reines in an e:mail:

Ultimotely [sic], this was my soul [sic] risponsibility [sic], knobody [sic] else’s in or out of the bilding [sic]. While the Russians laffed [sic] off the error and accepted the gift in the spirit of coperation [sic] that it was meant, I’ve been sic [sic] about the misteak [sic] since, espeshully [sic] that I let drown [sic] the Secertary [sic] and the fine perfessionals [sic] at the State Dipartment [sic].

Ok, so perhaps it read this way in reality:

Ultimotely [sic], this was my soul [sic] risponsibility [sic], nobody else’s in or out of the building. While the Russians laughed off the error and accepted the gift in the spirit of cooperation that it was meant, I’ve been sic [sic] about the mistake since, especially that I let down the Secretary and the fine professionals at the State Department.

Still looks bad from front to back.

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Nope, not the economy.  Bees.  (yes, the economy does sting however, like nettles)

Man Survives ‘Killer Bee’ Attack, Stung Couple Thousand Times

Monday, March 23, 2009

LAS VEGAS —  A 53-year-old man remained hospitalized Monday, two days after being stung “a couple thousand times” …

… the man accidentally disturbed a nest of Africanized honey bees, also known as “killer bees,” when he overturned a boulder while operating a backhoe Saturday.

The man was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit at St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena campus.

I’ve been stung 24 times at one time.  That.  Sucked.  Ass.

This poor bastard… several thousand times.  Benadryl.  Morphine.  Ice.   Whatever, just do it fast, eh?  Perhaps all of it?  He certainly doesn’t need meat tenderizer.

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Worldnet Daily:  Suggesting eligibility proof gets congressman scorned

A new congressman [U.S. Rep. Bill Posey] has proposed a bill that would require future presidential candidates to document their eligibility. That has earned him scorn and ridicule, including this gem from MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann: “What you should do is stop embarrassing yourself and take the Reynolds Wrap off your head.”

How ’bout that?  If you do something as silly as suggest that presidential candidates be constitutionally eligible then it means you are into autoerotic asphyxiation.  Makes me wonder what Olbermann does in his spare time that this imagery should occur to him.

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When is stimulus just porkulus and not stimulus?  When Walter Williams puts it far better than I could, that’s when.

Could it be that the US isn’t as culpable as the world would like to believe?  I’m guessing that the truth lies between the extremes.  Question is, how much?

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The buck stops here and once you break it you own it.  Strong words to have to live by, Obama.

There’s no doubt, if you review the period since his election last November, his moves since becoming president, his most recent book advance and his future earnings as a celebrity, Obama certainly has a talent for getting and using other people’s money. That’s a fist bump for him. But what will it be for us?

I heard on NPR this morning (know thine enemy, I say), specifically the Diane Rhem show, a caller ask about how if gov’t floats all this money to various entities and a profit is actually realized on a rebound economy, how does the money get back to us?

The “expert” they had on… I had a belly laugh and nearly drove off the road.  His reply was that if a profit is realized and it goes back to the federal coffers…

Are you ready for this?

If it goes back to the Fed then next year we get lower taxes.

EVERY SINGLE PERSON I HAVE RELATED TO THAT (1) LAUGHED, AND (2) CALLED IMMEDIATE BULLSHIT.

Surely he was either a comedian or the most ignorant libtard ever to walk the face of the earth.

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GOV PLOTS SECRET TAX HIKE ON RICH

Wow.  That’s news.

Tomorrow will be a shocking expose telling all about how Bill Clinton has an ego and is a womanizer.  I know.  I know.  Shocking.

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While I completely support the desire to remain kosher, I am a bit confused… just what is the penalty if you are jewish and eat non-kosher food unwittingly?

Understandable that they were angry, but was this warranted?  If someone out there is jewish and can fill me in on this I’m curious.  Yes, I could read wikipedia, but that is not the same as hearing it from a real live person.

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UPDATED IMAGE:

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clicking it embiggens it

Added some color.  Some swooshy.  Used colors from the grand old “Hope” poster.  Washed ’em out.  Seemed fitting.

Thanks to iamfelix for the link to iowahawk, where Obama talks about ‘tards.   (this is satire, folks)

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The O-Messiah shows that yet again without his prompter he is incapable of speaking things that reek of intelligence.

Obama Apologizes for Calling His Bad Bowling ‘Like the Special Olympics’

My personal feelings?  I’m glad you asked.  Frankly I think it is a non-issue when 90% of the people out on the streets have probably said something at some point in their lives that used “special olympics” to make a joke.

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An entire episode of Seinfeld was at the expense of the handicapped.  Ditto South Park.

Get.  Over.  It.  Just stop being (1) so overly-sensitive, and (2) hypocritical.

Where I choose to criticize Obama is that a supposed “cut-above” individual (I want my president to be a six-σ kind of guy, sorry) ought to be able to police his mind/thoughts enough to realize when he’s speaking that what is about to come out his mouth next is probably not a good idea.  If he’s that incapable of thinking quickly on his feet, we have a problem.

You could say that verbally-speaking the man is unsteady enough on his feet to need double-wide shoes.

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Way way back in the mists of time (last summer) I pondered about what might be the result of Iran blockading the Strait of Hormuz as a retaliation against the US should we attack their nuke facility.

Strait of Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz

Well, isn’t this just something very nearing irony?  (but still not quite)

MANAMA, Bahrain

Two U.S. Navy vessels — a nuclear-powered submarine and an amphibious ship — collided before dawn Friday in the mouth of the Persian Gulf, one of the world’s most important sea passages for oil supplies.

I’d be willing to bet that things got really exciting immediately following the collision as both craft went to high alert.

Thankfully nuke material was not released or we’d be paying $250 a barrel for oil for quite some time and Obama’s ridiculously rosy projection for the economy would look really stupid.

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This is days old, but apparently people exercising their free speech are hurting people’s feelings and endangering the very future of their city.

SALISBURY — In her final State of the City address, Salisbury Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman warned residents of what she sees as a great danger to the city: malicious bloggers.

Where did we get all these people who grew up in such sterile environments that they cannot handle criticism of any kind?  The ratio of spinless organisms to vertebrates seems awfully high.

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Telepromptitude.

From the Lemur King Dictionary of Idiocy:

Main Entry: tele•prompt•i•tude
Pronunciation: \ˈte-lə-ˌpräm(p)–tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\
Function: noun
Etymology: from TelePrompTer, a trademark
Date: 2009

: The ability or lack thereof to communicate with or without a TelePrompTer (see TelePrompTer)

Apparently our O-Messiah is unable to function in society without a teleprompter and his track record with one is seriously being called into question.

Michelle must be a very patient woman.  A wedding ceremony like this must have been upsetting.

Rev. Wright or some other racist minister:  Do you, Barack Obama, take this woman…

Obama:  I… Barack Obama… … look meaningfully to Michelle … take this… woman… look to reverend…

Wright:  … to have and to hold…

Obama: … take Michelle’s hand… to have… look to the side… and to hold…

(oh the humanity – LK)

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Obama’s TelePrompTer apparently has a lot to say that Obama is not relating.

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As much as I emotionally feel otherwise, the US Gov’t has no business passing new tax laws in a punitive fashion to take away bonuses given to AIG executives.  In case you haven’t kept up:

US House passes 90-percent tax on AIG bonuses... (Drudge)

It was part of their contract.  Yes it is obscene.  But it was legal and it is effectively a debt owed by the company, AIG.

“The Democratic bill brought to the floor today is constitutionally questionable,” said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. “It’s obviously a transparent attempt to divert attention away from the truth that Democrats in Congress and this administration made these bonus payments possible.”

The bill would levy a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid to employees with family incomes above $250,000 at companies that have received at least $5 billion in government bailout money.

“We figured that the local and state governments would take care of the other 10 percent,” said Rangel.

Rangel, you utter pig.

For congress to pass a law thinly/narrowly targeted at these specific people with the intent to take all or nearly all of that specific money, especially in a punitive fashion… this is truly not a power given to congress.   This is totalitarianism.

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Typical of the liberal mindset… democracy is the best thing EVAH, at least until it doesn’t swing your way, in which case you demonstrate, dictate, or go to court.

Leading climate scientist: ‘democratic process isn’t working’

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You, too, can be the best serf that you can be.  Join Barack’s new elite corps of sheeple.

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Too fat to work?  Move to Britain and let the English Corps of Sheeple (ECS) take care of you, for you.  Trust us.  Soon to be coming to America.

A British family of four, who receives more than $30,000 a year in benefits because they are “too fat to work,” says they deserve more money, London’s Daily Telegraph reported.

The Chawners, who live in Blackburn, England, have a combined weight of 1,160 pounds.

What we get barely covers the bills and puts food on the table,” Philip Chawner, 53, told the newspaper. “It’s not our fault we can’t work. We deserve more.”

Note:  I’m pretty sure putting food on the table took precedence over paying the bills.  Ahem.

OOOPS.  It’s HERE ALREADY!!!  So what if you aren’t fit enough to meet your police force’s regs on health and fitness!  The courts can keep you there anyway.  It’s not his fault if he can’t catch a bad guy.  They’ll just send him after fat and out-of-shape crooks.

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Inventions that we could do without… cat wigs (huh?), inflatable dartboards (much like balloons for porcupines), and devices to let you know if you have collided with a pedestrian (the blood and body parts aren’t concrete enough indicators).


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A policy that has come about since the Messiah came has been dropped (for now).

Policy?  What, you say?

Mark Cunningham, a legislative affairs representative with the Defense Logistics Agency, explained in an e-mail last night to the office of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., that the Department of Defense had placed small arms cartridge cases on its list of sensitive munitions items as part of an overall effort to ensure national security is not jeopardized in the sale of any Defense property.

Got that?  Selling brass to domestic ammunition manufacturers suddenly jeopardizes national security after years of the practice.

Why the sudden ratchet of the Threat Index up to “Bloody Crimson”?  For the last fifteen years the military has sold spent brass to Georgia Arms to be made into ammo for civilian and law-enforcement use.  Why is it suddenly a defense issue?  Why should it have suddenly been reclassified to require destruction of the brass?

The policy compelled Georgia Arms to cancel all sales of .223 and .308 ammunition, rounds used, respectively, in semi-automatic and deer hunting rifles, until further notice. Sharch Manufacturing, Inc. had announced the same cancellation of its .223 and .308 brass reloading components.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I smell a rat.  A rat that would love to see all of us totally dependent upon the government for our needs and our own protection.

HTOVWOFY?

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Oh, in case you have been wondering, you are probably all militia members just because you have conservative views.  Seriously, this Missouri document paints anyone with a tendency to believe that gov’t is not necessarily your friend, strong patriotic views, anti-abortion, etc. as someone to be watched.

Essentially if your views are strongly held beliefs and they are conservative in nature, you are a risk.  Nice.  Nothing said about vehement support of killing babies though (aka Freedom of  Choice).

Mo. State Police:  Not Profiling, It’s An “Educational” Document

Here’s the “educational document”, for your education, of course.   miac-militia-2009

(thanks to the firearmscoalition.org)

My tendency to mistrust statements like “it’s an educational document” coupled with my distrust of gov’t in general… it means I’m probably considered “militia material”.  Never mind that any one of the founding fathers of this nation would be on the same list.

You can bet Missouri is not the only state to do this and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t  a federal “educational document”.

Sad.  Sad because this is largely a waste of time and also sad because there are idiots out there that fit the profile educational template and are dangerous.  I’m just not happy with the move to embrace the police state as a response to those a$$holes.

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Man, I wish I’d thought of this one.  An alert co-worker who I will refer to as Rectified Diode caught this one.

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Teleprompter Separation Anxiety is a real affliction.  Meeting with the Irish PM and thanking yourself ?  I’m so proud.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realised it all sounded a bit too familiar.

It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: “That’s your speech.”

A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.

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Honestly, if you need to police your every word that much you are being anything but transparent and genuine.

They say Obama is becoming known as the Teleprompt President.  I say “TP President” for short.  Perhaps a Star Wars moniker to fit the Debt Star image above, like ” TP2O”.

UPDATE:

An alert co-worker who I shall name Black Lab on Amphetamines had a nice gentle segue for alterations to his speech if one were to gain computer access to his teleprompter:

“My fellow Americans, we must reform the healthcare system.  We cannot continue to go on with an expensive, disjointed system that does not provide all—especially the most vulnerable, like minorities, single mothers, and garden gnomes—with proper care.  Our health-care system must allow for the differences in the communities it serves: inner city, suburban, rural, wood nymphs.  Leprechauns must not be thought of only once a year, but cared for year-round, with state-sponsored protection of their pots o’ gold.  Hobbits have, for too long, been an under-served population…”

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Bush, displaying a lot more class than some presidents of recent history (guess which ones were the biggest offenders)…

Former President George W. Bush says he won’t criticize President Barack Obama because Obama “deserves my silence”

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TOP UPDATE:

The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President’s Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

THIS ought to make your blood boil… BOIL… if you have any sense of obligation, honor, and respect for our soldiers.

The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

“We take care of our own” ceases to have any meaning if the very institution you served when you were injured then leaves you to the wolves rather than taking care of you with those who have a similar life.

You start adding private insurance carriers into it and things that should get done won’t get done.

For my part, I say you give them the best medical money can buy and just suck it up.  Hell, take it out of the congressional raises, the congressional cafeteria, and Pelosi’s personal air force jet vouchers.  (skip to Update 3 for my views on true sacrifices and come back here to think of other ways congress could do their part.

A co-worker who I will refer to as Capricious Half-Breed had this to say about the issue:

Yeah, vets who fought and sacrificed for their country sure haven’t earned the right to be taken care of, not like someone facing a true challenge, like politics.  I mean, charging across a field of mud with an 18-pound rifle into the face of machine gun fire is nothing compared to attending meetings with lobbyists and official state dinner functions, and figuring out which red-and black striped tie goes with which blue suit every morning.  Compare a combat-wounded vet who lost a leg trying to liberate some dirtball nation halfway around the world to a congressman who once had to stay up late to get all his porkbarrel projects safely hidden in a fiscal spending package, and I think it’s obvious which one is more deserving of that lifetime pension and medical care, don’t you?  Pffft.  Any jerk can use a rifle, but only a true hero can wield a 4,462-page appropriations bill.

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Update 2:

A depraved co-worker who I will call ID10T-Killer made a remark about the second-to-last episode of Battlestar Galactica that was shown last Friday night.

President Roslyn’s father and sisters were killed by a drunk driver months before the disaster on Caprica.   The drunk driver… which was it, Adama or Tigh?

Note:  This is in keeping with Topless Robot’s list of  20 Possible Battlestar Galactica Endings, All of Them Hideously Depressing

My favorite Topless Robot ending for Battlestar Galactica?  Number 4.

The ship runs out of booze. Adama and Tigh, seeing rainbow-colored bugs everywhere thanks to the D.T.s, go on a shooting spree and murder everyone onboard the Galactica.

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Update 3:

Now, I happen to really like Justice Thomas, but this news article on him doesn’t give the reader a feel for whether he’s a cool guy or whether he said something kind of stupid.   I highly doubt it was the latter.

Americans today are self-indulgent and don’t make the sacrifices that their parents and grandparents did, and the nation’s leaders don’t ask people to act for the higher good, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday at a Virginia college in a rare public speech.

But the article gives no context so how would the reader know?

Does he mean in this current financial Charlie-Fox or does he mean in general?  Again, how would you know?

In reply to this:

… the nation’s leaders don’t ask people to act for the higher good…

I refuse to address anything by one of my current leaders on this particular issue because I don’t see any of them as being personally worthy enough to request it of me.  When I can see my “leaders” sacrifice of themselves then I’ll take what they say more seriously.

Not taking yearly raises automatically would be a good start.  Trimming pork would be another.  Learning to keep their mouths shut would be a good third task.

I have roughly 100 more to throw their way.  Sound out if you have a good one to throw in there.

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Quite a goodly number of jokes come to mind and all of them terrible when faced with what really happened to this lady.

WHAT is wrong with the world?

A Southern Maryland woman was seriously injured in a mishap involving a sex toy over the weekend. The case was first reported on TheBayNet.com, and Saint Mary’s county public safety sources confirmed the information to 9NEWS NOW.The accident was reported to local fire and rescue personnel about 1:30 a.m. on March 7, from an address on Rogers Drive. The man who made the 911 call said he had placed a sex toy over a saber saw blade, and then used the power tool on his partner, but the blade cut through the plastic and injured the woman.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, was reportedly injured and bleeding. She was later flown to Prince George’s hospital center by Maryland State Police helicopter.

County law enforcement officials who were familiar with the media report about this case said, although they were not initially called to investigate the incident, they would likely follow up to determine it was just an accident and involved consentual behavior.

source:  http://www.ksdk.com

It’s not a new idea – I remember it in The Naked Gun, but this is pretty stupid.  Remember the scene where they are at a mom-n-pop sex toy store and George Kennedy is poking around and fires up a chain-saw powered dildo?  I looked and looked and could not find a picture of that.

But, as they say, stupid does not feed the bulldog.  It feeds lawyers.  In short order all saber saws will be labelled with a new warning on top of the many existing ones:

WARNING:  Do not use as a sex toy or marital aid.

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The UN president has stated that the USA is… well, just read it:

The White House objected Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s description of the United States as a “deadbeat” donor to the world body.

We have given more money to more people all around the world for more years than any other nation or group of nations, and this little weasel calls us deadbeats? Remember the children’s story – the Little Red Chicken?

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The USA - The Little Red White and Blue Chicken

We ought to start living it.

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Ban Ki-Moon backpedaled a bit:

… [the US] generously supports the work of the U.N., both in assessed and voluntary contributions.

Here’s the problem though.  Your real thoughts are the ones you voice first.  Rarely do we mis-speak.  “Mis-speak” is a great excuse for those who can’t control their tongue.

The UN (and the world at large) is great at holding out their hands and somehow reconciling that with barely concealed contempt for the US.

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Speaking of the world hating the US, here’s a wonderful sentiment on the Wired Blog from an article titled “U.S. Jet Shoots Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq“.

gimpydwarf, I have been to Texas, where I have seen the headless corpses of men murdered because they were Black.
I have been to Wyoming and seen the crucified corpse of a man murdered because he was homosexual.
I have been to Iraq where I have seen the raped, murdered and incinerated corpse of a 14 year old girl raped, murdered and incinerated by a glorious US soldier (Private Green).
Where ever Americans go, murder is the result, and appears to be the only thing Americans are good at.

Hopefully Pakistan shoots down some of those ass—- americans drones in Pakistan.

Retarded —-ing hypocrit piece of sh– evil lying —-ed up worthless Americans.

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Update from The Washington Post:

Just when we thought we’d seen it all from PETA — the animal rights organization known for high-profile celebrity ads — President Ingrid Newkirk has come up with this: George Clooney-flavored tofu.

I’m sorry but this is a pretty severe case of psychoses – a bunch of PETA whack  jobs that if prodded might just be a danger to their fellow citizens.

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Ah yes, it’s time again for our elected representatives to tax us for our sins.

Why?  Because we must share the burden, that’s why!

Congress is doing their part.

This system of auto-pilot pay raises really is offensive to the American people.  –  Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, on the Senate floor Monday.

It’s not offensive, it is obscene.  Please, do all of us a favor and vote out every single congress-critter that opposes removing this automatic pay-raise from the books.  Next election cycle, just run right out there and vote the damned incumbent out if they can’t get their shite together on this issue.

“There’s a really dumb idea,”  Thomas Mann, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution said of Vitter’s amendment. “It would ensure that the Senate has a knock-down, drag-out battle on pay raises every year.”

Doesn’t anyone get it yet?  I don’t WANT congress-critters to get anything done.  I want them to only pass more laws that are hard-fought-for and can stand the light of day – in other words, vetted thoroughly.  I don’t want law after unusable law piling up on the books.

What they DO pass, I want them to be held totally accountable.  It is almost like these folks try to snow the people back home under such a huge mass of legislature that there is no hope of making sense of it all.  Pare it down to only a few things and it becomes easier to scrutinize.

Elsewhere…

In raising money to spend more and cut less, there is more than one way to skin a cat, or a stripper in this case.

A Brooklyn assemblyman introduced a bill yesterday that would require patrons to pay the state $10 every time they visit a strip club or topless joint.

Felix Ortiz, a Democrat, said the flesh fee could raise as much as $500 million for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and child prostitution.

Amazing thing about these kinds of taxes… rarely if ever are they used for the quoted purpose.  If human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child prostitution were really a top priority with these politicians they would have brought them up a long time before now.  Instead, they come up only when there’s a crunch and the politicians need to steal from other accounts to pay for their soon-to-be-broken promises.

New York Governor/King Paterson has actually let go of his intended taxations, which is surprising, but only because they amounted to political suicide.  But he wanted to do it, that’s the lesson to take home here…

“This morning the Maj. Leader and the Assembly Speaker and I have good news. That news is that we have been able to relieve $1.3 billion in taxes,” Paterson.

Paterson had planned to mandate a sales tax on numerous items including digital music and movie downloads; satellite television and radio; cable television; haircuts; entertainment venues such as theaters, race tracks, bowling alleys, swim clubs, golf clubs, movies, sporting events, and amusement parks.

Other proposed taxes included an 18 percent “fat tax” on soda, a tax on gasoline that costs more than $2, and he wanted to tax the full price of an item when a coupon is used.

Oh, and The Fed has increased it’s taxes on other sins as well.  Tobacco and gas are biggies…

Funding S-CHIP to ensure the health of underprivileged children is a good use of resources, but sticking smokers with the bill isn’t the best method of paying for it. Low-income smokers need to be provided with better access to treatments that can help them quit smoking before their addiction can be taxed so heavily.

The increases are huge.  And I’ve noticed that roll-your-own folks will see the worst:

…from a $1.10 per pound tax to a whopping $24.78 per pound tax.

This tells me that someone in your gov’t wants you to only buy through the big cig companies.  Wonder why?

Now, keep your opinions about the evil-ness of tobacco to yourselves, because the simple fact is that it is legal.  The bigger point is that taxing one subset of society to pay for things that support all of society is flat out wrong.

Oops.  We already have something similar in a progressive tax.  Damn.

Tax 10% on everybody.  If there isn’t enough revenue, cut spending or breed more.

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Notice I haven’t invoked the Messiah’s name?  Well, read all about our savior anyway.

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Wall Street Journal on Obama’s policies:

New and expanded refundable tax credits would raise the fraction of taxpayers paying no income taxes to almost 50% from 38%. This is potentially the most pernicious feature of the president’s budget, because it would cement a permanent voting majority with no stake in controlling the cost of general government.

This is important, so I’ll post this again:

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

– George Bernard Shaw

Got that?

A VOTING MAJORITY WITH NO STAKE IN CONTROLLING THE COST OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT.

This should make you feel queasy.  Essentially we’ll be turning an additional 12% of us into members of congress, or something close in terms of ideology, which is to hell with those paying the taxes, we are getting ours.

Moving on.  I would highlight certain parts of the next quote but there’s no one part more important than another… it is all terribly vital.

Unfortunately, our history suggests new government programs, however noble the intent, more often wind up delivering less, more slowly, at far higher cost than projected, with potentially damaging unintended consequences. The most recent case, of course, was the government’s meddling in the housing market to bring home ownership to low-income families, which became a prime cause of the current economic and financial disaster.

But, since the aura around Obama is still rainbows, unicorns, and puppies, the law of unintended consequences will be ignored yet again.  Delivering less, more slowly, and with more indirect damage than ever before, into the breach we will ride.

HTOVWOFY?

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How is your free speech these days?

According to Martin, an unidentified “senior White House aide” has been given the responsibility of “helping to guide the Limbaugh strategy,” a very scary thing indeed.

A political operative, based inside the White House, employed by the president of the United States and receiving a salary from the American taxpayer, goes to work every day to help direct a strategy against a broadcaster whose opinions are supposed to be covered by every protection the First Amendment can provide. To quote Shakespeare, “Something is rotten.”

Again, HTOVWOFY?

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Obama is hurting the DOW?  Whoa.

How about those policies?  RealClearPolitics:

And yet with our financial house on fire, Obama makes clear both in his speech and his budget that the essence of his presidency will be the transformation of health care, education and energy. Four months after winning the election, six weeks after his swearing in, Obama has yet to unveil a plan to deal with the banking crisis.

What’s going on? “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” said Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. “This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”

Things. Now we know what they are. The markets’ recent precipitous decline is a reaction not just to the absence of any plausible bank rescue plan, but also to the suspicion that Obama sees the continuing financial crisis as usefully creating the psychological conditions — the sense of crisis bordering on fear-itself panic — for enacting his “Big Bang” agenda to federalize and/or socialize health care, education and energy, the commanding heights of post-industrial society.

Yet again, HTOVWOFY?

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In keeping with unicorns, puppies, and rainbows, why choose substance over style?  Godhood must look good, after all.

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