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Speaking of Morons, didn’t we all agree that this is what caused the problem in the FIRST PLACE???

(Reuters) – Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers want Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to relax recently tightened standards for mortgages on new condominiums, saying they could threaten the viability of some developments and slow the housing-market recovery, the Wall Street Journal said.

In a letter to the CEO’s of both companies, Representatives Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Anthony Weiner warned that a 70 percent sales threshold “may be too onerous” and could lead condo buyers to shun new developments, according to the paper.

Barney Frank was one of the ones that orchestrated this whole mess in the first place!  We had banks giving loans to people who could not afford the loans.

Now his rationale is different but the end result is still the same.

DAMN, will you schmucks stop messing with capitalism and the private sector already?

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Great Horny Toadies!  $100,000 to breed toads.  Sheesh, paying someone $100K to engage in bestiality?  Oops, no, toad husbandry… my bad.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office, has regulatory authority for the recovery of the endangered Wyoming Toad (Bufo baxteri). The Wyoming Toad is endemic to the Laramie Basin of Wyoming.

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No, Wyoming Toads are not Horned Toads. Don't write to me about the differences. I took license for the sake of artistry.

One of the new needs, therefore, of the recovery program is the ability to breed sufficient numbers of healthy toads for release at release sites. The University of Wyoming Department of Zoology and Physiology Red Buttes Environmental Biology Laboratory, provides a world-renowned aquatic laboratory to help ensure the Wyoming toad recovery program meets this need. The result of such captive breeding is expected to benefit …

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Why should money be spent on something that ought to be expected anyway?  Let’s start paying murderers and rapists for every day they don’t victimize someone.  I should get paid for every day I drive to work and don’t speed.  Hey, we even ought to pay folks to raise their kids.  Oops, I guess they are doing that in California.

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I trust Buffet about as far as as I could throw him if I didn’t have an aversion to handling feces.

Contrary views are that the economy will only get rosy from here on out.

Me, I think we’re headed for double-digit inflation.

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Creativity runs rampant when it comes to budgeting, only political budgeting never starts with “How much do we have that we can responsibly spend?” or “What do we need and can we afford it?”   No, political budgeting starts with “Here’s what we want, get a ballpark cost on it and then we’ll raise taxes by whatever is required as we know more.”

House Democrats Have “Lots Of Potential Targets For Higher Taxes” To Pay For Government-Run Health Care. “House Democrats have lots of potential targets for higher taxes as they aim to expand health care coverage to reach the roughly 50 million that experts say are uninsured. Also under consideration are higher alcohol taxes, increases to the Medicare payroll tax and a value-added tax, a sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or moreThe [other] tax options include: increasing the price of soda and other sugary drinks by 10 cents a can, applying a potential 2 percent income tax increase to single taxpayers earning more than $200,000 a year and households earning more than $250,000, a new employer payroll tax could target 3 percent of employers’ health care expenditures, taxing employer-provided health insurance benefits above certain levels … House Democrats planned to unveil a draft of their sweeping health care bill Friday … The draft, being released at a news conference … was not expected to mention the potentially unpopular tax options.” (Erica Werner, “House Eyes New Taxes As Senators Pare Health Bill,” The Associated Press, 6/19/09)

A “sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or more”.  Well, that pretty much hedges the bets, doesn’t it?  I guess even if you do a 6% national sales tax it still is a true statement.

This is a cheap shot but raising the price of soda by 10¢ a bottle is… a regressive tax!  Yahoo!

NBC’s Chuck Todd: The honeymoon is coming to an end for President Obama, but it’s not personal. It’s professional, as now the public appears to be judging the president on some of his actions.” (NBC‘s “Nightly News,” 6/17/09)

They’re JUST NOW judging him on his actions?  Oh yeah, they’re in bed, all right.

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THAT’S the religion of peace I know so well!

Neda Soltan, Iranian innocent bystander, shot to death next to the car she had been riding in.  Bled to death on the street.

Why shot?  Because the peace-lovin’ religious leaders in Iran decided that people demanding some level of self-determination was a Bad Thing.  So they shot these criminals, these lovers of freedom and peace.

Her family scheduled a memorial service to be held in a mosque in northern Tehran, but the government forbade ceremony. She was buried quietly at Tehran’s Behesht Zahra cemetery on Sunday with only her family present, says Soona Samsami, executive director of the Women’s Freedom Forum, who has been relaying information about protests inside Iran to international media.

All mosques were given a direct order from the government barring them from holding any memorial services for Neda, and her family was threatened with grave consequences if anyone gathered to mourn her, said Samsami.

In all but the rarest of instances, look for religion to be used as a tool to control people.   I am not anti-religion.  I’m anti-humans-controlling-religion.

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Speaking of taxes, apparently her brain was fairly taxed just keeping her body breathing.stupid_is_as_stupid_does

A teenager who claimed 56 stars were tattooed on her face while she slept has admitted she lied and was awake the whole time.

London’s Daily Telegraph reported Kimberley Vlaminck, who said she fell asleep after asking for only three stars, lied because her father was “furious.”

“I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them,” Vlaminck told a Dutch TV crew. “But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and that the (he) had made a mistake.”

Let this be a lesson kids.  If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo on your face, think about what people will say.  Then get one of a naked lady.

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Boxer gets all the respect she deserves.  It was in the PatriotPost today.

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Here’s a rosy picture of California’s plight.

When you hear Gov. Schwarzenegger say something like this… it’s… not good.

Our wallet is empty.  Our bank is closed. And
our credit is dried up.  – Gov. Schwarzenegger

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Forget the subject of the posting title for a moment.  This is more important.  We think we have it bad at times.   Read on.

Girl, 10, Dies 7 Hours After Being Granted Dying Wish

Friday, June 19, 2009

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. —  Colby Curtin got her final wish.

The 10-year-old cancer patient was too sick to go to the theater to see the Disney-Pixar movie “Up,” so an employee of the studio flew to her house with a DVD copy — which she watched just seven hours before she died, her mother said.

While waiting for the movie to arrive on June 10, Colby’s mother, Lisa, said she asked her daughter: “Do you think you can hang on?”

“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” she told The Orange County Register her daughter replied.

Colby was unable to open her eyes to see the movie so her mother described the scenes. After the movie ended, her mother asked if Colby enjoyed it. Her daughter nodded, Curtin said.

There is a girl I can respect.  Her folks should be proud.

Thanks go to Disney-Pixar.

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Here’s someone who I can’t dredge up even a micro-give-a-shite’s worth of will to even try to hunt for respect.

Sen. Boxer Offers No Apology for Rebuking Brigadier General Who Called Her ‘Ma’am’

Imagine Boxer actually doing something other than being a brass-balls bitch.

You can’t, can you?

Aside from a briefly worded statement about a “friendly” conversation she had with Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh after dressing him down for calling her “ma’am,” Boxer remained silent Friday in the face of growing calls for her to apologize.

“Senator Boxer spoke with General Walsh yesterday and he said he was fine with her comments at the hearing,” Boxer spokesman Zachary Coile said in a statement sent Friday to FOXNews.com.

Brig. Gen. Walsh didn’t get where he is today by badmouthing even a creep like Boxer when she deserves it.  He’s got more class in his tiniest fart than she has in her entire body.  He deserves more respect than he’s getting and certainly much more than she gets.

I lay odds that she’ll mouth something that could be taken as an apology but really is nothing of the sort within a week from today.  It’ll read something like “I have nothing but respect for our armed services and especially Brig. Gen. Walsh (some of my best friends are soldiers) and I am sorry if some people were offended.”

See?  That’s not an apology but a lot of people think that’s good enough.

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Fox News:  Report: Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Seacrest Spend Night Together

Wow!  Are you kidding me??

Who?

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Rhymes with “Witch”

Yes, Mrs. Boxer is a stitch, all right.

Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was testifying on the Louisiana coastal restoration process in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He began to answer one of Boxer’s questions with “ma’am” when Boxer immediately cut him off.

“You know, do me a favor,” a piqued Boxer said. “Could say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?'”

“Yes, ma’am,” Walsh interjected.

“It’s just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you,” she said.

“Yes, senator,” he responded.

Not sure why she has to engage in a pissing context but I guess that’s the nature of the course when working with Ms. Boxer.  It should be noted that “Sir” or “Ma’am” are perfectly acceptable signs of respect either in the military or out.  She’s probably one of those women I have run in to that gets pissed when you hold a door open for them.

I’m thinking she needs something more than whatever it is she’s getting.  I love the “Yes, ma’am”.  Score one for the General.

What he should have said was that the least she can do is call him  Brigadier General Walsh, since he worked so hard to get that title.  He could have done that, as she is NOT his boss.

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Supervisors suggest putting unemployed parents to work caring for their own children as part of proposed changes to CalWorks and other state government aid programs.

You know what?

That’s called “Welfare – The Endless Version”.

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The original post is below this update from the News of the Soul-Challenged files:

The family of a U.S. Marine is outraged after a Michigan amusement park insisted on charging the veteran admission to enter the park — despite his being a quadriplegic — according to a newspaper report.

Heather Lovell told the Grand Rapids Press that she had been at the park acting as a chaperone for a children’s group, and her fiance, Joshua Hoffman, was just meeting up with her there briefly before she took him to his stepbrother’s graduation.

But even after she explained that Hoffman had been paralyzed in 2007 by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq and is unable to speak, let alone go on rides, the park insisted both Hoffman and his nurse could not join her in the park without paying, Lovell told the Press

“It was really just outrageous,” she said. “He is not physically going on any rides.”

Michigan’s Adventure General Manager Camille Jourden-Mark said park policy requires even non-participants to pay the admission fee.

We just can’t be in a position of picking and choosing. We have grandparents (who pay admission) that come in our park every day that have no intention of ever going on a ride,” she told the Grand Rapids Press.

Jourden-Mark later offered the family complimentary passes for Hoffman and a guest, the Press reported. Lovell said she has not decided whether they will use the passes.

Cruel Wife remarked “Well, I had been thinking of trying them out.  Nothing like a bunch of negative publicity…”

In another article:

She noted the park offers one free admission with a paid admission for service members each Memorial Day. Jourden-Mark said park staff were unaware of Hoffman’s condition.

What?  Were the park staff blind as well as cretins?

Where the hell is the respect and gratitude owed to our veterans and servicemen?  If I were a restaurant owner, a lot of those guys would be getting a complimentary meal.  And yes, you can be in the business of picking and choosing when common sense is a valid consideration.

If you’d like to voice your opinion of Camille Jourden-Mark’s attitude, please feel free to contact Michigan’s Adventure.  Yes, they’ve already tried to backtrack and offer complimentary passes, but if your corporate atmosphere is such that you allow workers of this low of caliber, then it means the lesson needs to be driven home – and very hard.

Fair to say, I’m biased against anyone who feels a need to hyphenate their name, so the manager above… she’s already on my list of people to look askance at. Oh yes, apparently Michigan’s Adventure does pick and choose as there is no admission fee for toddlers 2 years and younger.  -LK

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Listening to the Diane Rhem Show on NPR (know thine enemy, I say).

Climate bedwetters show no signs of relenting – for the earth will heat up by 11C in the next 100 years.  Oceans will flood so as to make Noah’s Ark water levels look like a puddle.  Crops will fail.  Everyone will die of thirst.  Dogs and cats will cohabitate.  Copulate, even.  Horrors.

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Rhem had multiple guests – program synopsis and dramatis personae as follows:

Impact of Climate Change in the U.S.

A new White House report finds every region of the U.S. is experiencing disruptions from climate change. A discussion of how climate change may be already be affecting the nation’s water, transportation, eco-systems and human health.

Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, former chief of staff to President Clinton, and author of “The Power of Progress.”

Stephen Moore, is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board.

James Connaughton, Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Public and Environmental Policy for Constellation Energy. He was former chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Stephen Moore took exception to several key points made by one of the other guests (Holdren, I think) – (1) vast majority of scientists believe global warming is real, (2) there is a huge preponderance of irrefutable data proving global warming is real, and (3) presupposing that #2 is true, that there is a huge number of predominantly negative results of global warming.

At this point Diane Rhem cuts him off and supporting Holdren, by fiat declares that global warming is conclusive and says that she does not want a debate on her show.

So why would you invite a dissenting guest if you are not going to allow him to rebut what he views as misinformation?

Holdren (I think) then went on in a patronizing tone, stating that in any scientific body there will be deniers.

Moore was lucky enough to be able to protest the patronizing tone conveyed by the choice of the term “deniers”.  This is a thinly veiled ad hominem attack.  Since when should dissenting views be given the nuanced term “deniers”?  When one is on a biased program on a biased radio station and being lobbed softballs for an hour, of course.

For teensy-tiny smidgen of a miniscule bit of background:

“I happen to believe that global warming is the biggest scam of the last two decades.” – Stephen Moore

Later a good point is made – years ago the “scientific consensus” was that the earth was cooling and that this would have disastrous effects.  Now, we have a “scientific consensus” that the earth is warming and this will have disastrous effects.  Can you really have it both ways?

Sound off on any of this if you like…

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That sharp stabbing pain could be the poignancy of the whole affair.

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"A teenage girl is suing a tattoo artist for £8,500 after she allegedly asked him for three stars on her face..."

Sadly, she got a three of stars on her face.

She claims she fell asleep while he was doing his work… and awoke to ‘this nightmare’.

I have three tattoos.  I don’t know anyone who falls asleep during tats, sorry – at least not right below the eye like that and certainly not on the nose.

As co-worker Capricious Half-Breed remarked:   “And this year’s winner of the coveted ‘Dr. House Bedside Manner Award’ goes to…”

Jules Clocher, a Belgian psychologist, said: ‘The trauma this girl must be feeling is indescribable.  She feels like a circus freak – and no wonder, because she looks like one.’

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More stabbing pain stuff.  Britain’s new stab-proof knife.

It can never be a totally safe knife, but the idea is you can’t inflict a fatal wound,” [John Cornock] said. “Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone.”

Stab-Proof Knife

You.   Must.   Be.   Joking.   If it has a sharp edge on it, it is deadly.

What next?  Writing utensils for Britons like the one below?

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Never before have I seen such transparency.  Obama’s ability to stand by what he promises is breathtaking.

In a move that puts a cloud over transparency, White House officials are blocking access to the lists of the names of visitors to the White House.

The practice, carried over from the Bush administration, argues the public does not need to know who comes calling at the Executive Mansion, even for policy purposes.

Added in with the takeover of US businesses, the dictates on pay, the attack on free speech on the airwaves… the use of ABC News to do a personal infomercial controlled by Obama and his Administration (read: The State).   Awful close to Nazi days – get them browncoats a-movin’ and make sure you take away people’s guns while you’re at it, Big-O.

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Finally, an apology that was actually an apology.  Letterman has earned my respect.

“Thank you. So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I’m sorry about it and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thank you very much.”

He actually spent time to work through it and then finished up with the apology.   But he said some good stuff along the way – it shows he has a soul.

“And then I was watching the Jim Lehrer ‘Newshour’ – this commentator, the columnist Mark Shields, was talking about how I had made this indefensible joke about the 14-year-old girl, and I thought, ‘Oh, boy, now I’m beginning to understand what the problem is here. It’s the perception rather than the intent.’ It doesn’t make any difference what my intent was, it’s the perception.

This is in sharp contrast to Cynthia McKinney, Al Sharpton, and Janet Napolitano.

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Update:

Not prophesized, but we could have predicted it.  Durbin essesntially engaged in insider trading.

As U.S. stock markets plummeted last September, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and mutual-fund shares and used much of the money to invest in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The Illinois senator’s 2008 financial disclosure statement shows he sold mutual-fund shares worth $42,696 on Sept. 19, the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks. The same day, he bought $43,562 worth of Berkshire Hathaway’s Class B stock, the disclosure shows.

Tsk tsk tsk.

Durbin was doing what a lot of other people were doing, taking a look at their savings” and seeing it “start to tank and trying to preserve some level of wealth by getting out of the market,” said his spokesman, Joe Shoemaker.

Sure, other people would do that, but simply put, he did it after gaining confidential closed-door session information from the Fed.

Whatever information Paulson gave lawmakers wasn’t secret or classified and was disclosed publicly the next day, Shoemaker said.

Practice law in kindergarden much, Shoemaker?  Nice rationalization.

Doesn’t matter.

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The Great Prophet Hansen and his acolytes predicted this as well.  Cooling has to happen before it gets warmer.  Or rather, because it is warmer it is cooler.

A chilly June.

Crops languish.

So… which will it be?

frozen_orangesugar-cane-fireA certain number of congress-critters who are allied with the UN are clamoring for change NOW – just as the government medical programs need to be addressed now so do the global warming issues.  Why?  Because without a majority that is filibuster-proof there is no way that conditions would be this favorable to pass unpopular laws.

Scrutiny is the death of all hysterical fanaticism.

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This will certainly be billed as “her finest hour”.

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Cambridge U. student after Suicide Bash.

Go read all about it.  Higher education works!

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In a move that is sure to be successful –

At least 30 cities are expected to announce Monday that they are joining an unorthodox crime-fighting program that relies on persuasion, rather than arrests, to cut down on criminal behavior.

The initiative, run by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, targets violent crime and open-air drug markets that are the scourge of some communities. The program is potentially controversial because it involves not prosecuting known offenders if they agree to quit their criminal activities.  – WSJ

And three strikes is supposed to be valuable, so why not this?

God, it sounds like Jimmy Carter talking with Hamas and Hezbollah, while assuring Israel and the world that it’ll be ok.

Anyone care to take bets on the success of the whole enterprise?

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Speaking of Carter – King Buttmunch himself popped up in the news.

Carter warns of US-Israel collision course.

Pretty safe to say that Carter will always side with the likes of Arafat and his ilk.  I know he’ll never shut up, but it’d be nice if the US didn’t give him as much traction abroad, especially since he never seems to tire of working at cross-purposes in the name of the US.

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I don’t know what to say.  Perhaps:  🙂

http://www.geekologie.com/2008/06/emoticon_mask_hides_your_true.php

I think I’m more for this one though…

http://www.buystarwarscostumes.com/accessories_mask_emperor_palpatine_deluxe.html

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Radiation Burns, Man.

I feared a great many things while living near Hanford years ago, but this was never one of them.

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Nasty in all ways imaginable.

Six to twelve inches of topsoil in a 6 acre area are being dug up.   And where are they going to put this soil?  We’re talking 1614 cubic yards of “fairly highly contaminated” soil here folks.

I know!  You bury it.

Radioactive wasp nests at Hanford reservation

RICHLAND — Workers cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation are going after radioactive wasp nests.

The Tri-City Herald reports 6 to 12 inches of top soil are being dug up this month from 6 acres near the H Reactor. And, workers will dig up more individual mud dauber wasp nests over about 75 acres of the nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

The contractor handling the clean-up, Washington Closure, says the nests were all built in 2003 when water was used to dampen dust during demolition of an H Reactor basin. That attracted the wasps that used the mud to make tube-shaped nests for eggs.

Spokesman Todd Nelson says the nests are “fairly highly contaminated.”

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The fact that I laughed hard enough to spew this morning’s coffee out my nose probably means I’m a sick bastard.

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So this co-worker has been giving me a hard time lately.  As we walk down the hallway I stop long enough to see her in the window of an office as she walks by.  I say “Holy cow, I was just checking, but you really do cast a reflection.”

So she comes back and hangs a seminar folder on my door.

tactWhat was her point?

She says it must have been intended for me and came to her by mistake.

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The US Postal Circus must die.  It’s for the planet.  It’s for the children.

How Global Temperatures are Driven by Postal Charges.

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If you gotta break some odds and go get hit by a 30,000 mph meteorite, you should follow this kid’s example and avoid getting hit in the head or someplace really precious.

1 in 100,000,000.  Go buy a lottery ticket.  Lucky dog.

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If only it were this easy.

Congressional Repellant

Nope.  Guess we’re going to have to suffer.

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Trying to do my part to solve world hunger.  Visualizing world peas will be harder.

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I did not know this classic was on DVD.  Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.  Good to see they’re keeping quality films alive well past the normal shelf-life.

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers

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Update:

Funeral home cuts legs off corpse to fit casket.

Can you imagine the conversation afterwards?

I specifically asked you if it was closed or open casket!  You said it was closed!

Lesson learned?   BREAK the legs instead.

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If only they had found just 99, they could have stayed open. Bummer.

100 roaches found; restaurant shut down

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Speaking of cockroaches… Ahmadinejad says Holocaust a big deception.

Can someone tell me why it is suddenly so important to befriend muslims in the region even though they typically support tyrannical and despotic leaderships?  Oh, I know!  It’s our “practicing christian” president who suddenly finds pride in his muslim name now that he’s elected.  Along with his “finally proud of America on my own terms” wife, Michelle, they’re turning over new leaves.

In reference to race issues as pertaining to blacks, a gentleman on NPR known only by the name McCoy said:

“The United States has not changed at all since the 1800’s.”

Surely you must be joking.

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Obama’s speech in Egypt was chilling.

As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.

Huh.  That’s funny.  It hasn’t given us diddly or squat for hundreds of years.  As far as the rest… who do you think you’re kidding?  What history are you a student of, really?

I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

Seriously?  With sharia law allowing stonings?  Beating of women?  Disfigurement?  Beheadings?

For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests.

It has always been subjugation throughout history.  Until the rise of the West in the latter part of the 20th century, that is.

As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” That is what I will try to do – to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.

Sorry, but a christian is not going to refer to the Koran as “The Holy Koran”.

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.

Those words were chosen deliberately.

Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.

Where is he getting this stuff?

The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

Wow.  I’m glad they live by the Koran, otherwise women would be stoned to death for being anywhere a strange man, women may be given 200 lashes for being raped, honor killings of daughters might occur, and blasphemous remarks might be punishable by death.

And we have Osama bin Laden’s support, I see.  Bin Laden calls for long war against “infidels”.  If he wasn’t so dedicated to peace we might have a problem without a solution.

Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible.

As we can see that diplomacy was working so well with Saddam, is with Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, Russia, and Venezuela.

So America will defend itself respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer.

Yup, let’s just all hold our breath and think “Kumbaya” really hard while the “moderate muslims” jump right up and flush those bad guys out.  Obviously they’ve just been waiting for our positive imagery.

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

Need it be pointed out that Arabs drove the Palestinians out and towards Israel?  I guess so.  While we are so focused on Palestinians as victims, let’s not forget that this is a culture that danced in the street and fired weapons in the air, cheering, as they received news about the WTC destruction on 9/11.  I cannot recall a single instance where Americans have cheered at the misfortune of others.

Later he forgets that history has shown otherwise…

I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.

I don’t know – Japan did rather well.

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.

Okay.  So I couldn’t pray or display a crucifix in public because that is offensive.  A Hajib is a very visual practice of religion.  How are they different?

The NY-Post had something to say, as they accused him of “buttering up” Cairo:

The problem with talking so much is that you eventually just start babbling and saying a bunch of stuff that makes no sense.

At one point, Obama fretted over the rise of new power that, to the horror of civilized people, exudes an obsessed and twisted view of “sexuality” and “mindless violence.”

Islamo-fascism?

No, the Internet.

They guy is confronting one of the most evil and relentless mindsets in the history of man and he finds room in his big address to whine about the Internet — by far a greater tool for freedom than anything else.

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Confusing as hell trying to figure the old saying when it is in this context, what with the first black president being dissed by the second black president and all.

Pot-KettleHow much difference is there really?

His wife is now Obama’s secretary of state, but Obama had some tough words for the actions of former President Bill Clinton during the campaign.

“We had to figure out how to deal with a former president who was just lying, engaging in bald-faced lies,” Obama explained to Wolffe.

Read more: “‘Renegade’ CliffsNotes – Jonathan Martin – POLITICO.com” – http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23218_Page2.html#ixzz0HIx74EaA&A

Let’s just hope that Obama understands that his successor may very well also have crappy manners embedded in his leadership style and dis him, too.

Let’s hope that happens, and often, too.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Clinton is a dirtbag.  I saw him when he came to Michigan and I was totally amped – hated the guy but was in awe of being near the president.  But if you’re going to be leader of the free world, you ought to be able to have a certain poise, which Obama tries to pull off and fails every time due to his total lack of class.

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Good catch by The Dude:

“The president has the right to select who he wants [for the Supreme Court]. [He] doesn’t have to get it cleared from Congress, Senate or anybody… No president before this has come under this kind of scrutiny … before the committee hearings even begin.” –Air America radio host Montel Williams

You have to elect to be this stupid.  It doesn’t happen by chance.  It takes years of practice.

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“Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals — that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government — that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.” –author Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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WHO is he talking about?  (emphasis mine)

Obama said in Turkey that Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation”. John McCain was criticised in 2007 for saying the US was “a Christian nation”, later amending this to “a Judeo-Christian valued nation”.

So NOW Obama is proud of his middle name and hoping that he can walk the thin line between embracing his muslim nature yet still being “christian”.  Well, his buddies in the press might just help him do it.

It is important to note that “if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”.

So says President Barack Obama.

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ANOTHER apology that wasn’t.  This time from the racist quota individual Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) regarding an officer shooting another officer in Harlem:

In a released statement, the congressman said “It was entirely inappropriate to bring the President and his wife into this discussion during their visit to New York, and I hope my off-the-cuff comment did not cause embarrassment to anyone.”

“The tragic shooting of Officer Omar Edwards highlights the need for additional training of our police officers, and I am pleased that Commissioner Kelly recognizes a racial factor is involved,” Rangel also said. “I am calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to review the problems in the New York City Police Department when black officers are killed by whites, which too often is the case.”

“I hope my… comment did not cause embarrasment to anyone” is NOT an apology.  It’s just an asshole spouting.  Then to take that time to patronize Commissioner Kelly – great projection of blame there.  THEN to shift future attention to Holder – wow.  This guy is good.

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Today was the last of three epidurals.  C7 and T1.  Little low for what seems to have been ailin’ me, but we’ll see if it helps.

As of today itself… meh.  Kinda smarts but that goes with the territory.  I came home and felt like the fecal matter of a particularly ripe canine.  Went to bed for about five hours and got up.  Been worse but I’ve been better by a long shot.  If history is any guide tomorrow won’t be fun either, but it could surprise me.

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From The Patriot Post humor…  I’m not laughing much because it actually does point out why John Q. Public (AKA The Piggybank) is going to get broken because of a bunch of greedy people’s bad business decisions.

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Detroit. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later.

She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).

Word gets around about Heidi’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Detroit.

By providing her customers’ freedom from immediate payment demands, Heidi gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Heidi’s gross sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Heidi’s borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral.

At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets. Naive investors don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics.
Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses.

One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi’s bar. He so informs Heidi.

Heidi then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Since, Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and the eleven employees lose their jobs.

Overnight, DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS drop in price by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the banks liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.

The suppliers of Heidi’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the various BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion dollar no-strings attached cash infusion from the Government. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers.

Now, do you understand?

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It’s fairly obvious that GM has done a lot of things wrong, and those things contributed to it’s current state and the dire straits that many of it’s employees find themselves in.  Blame is deserved.  But if you are going to be worth a damn in writing a critique, you ought to be able to say that you aren’t writing it because it’s useful fodder to advance your pet agenda.  Pet agendas can, if you aren’t careful, just make you really look like an asshole.  Not that Michael Moore needed help in looking like an asshole.

Michael Moore – may diseased slugs urinate on his food – doesn’t surprise me at all.  Sayeth the mindless boob:

I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

He goes on to ramble about all that he hated about the Evil Corporation (which sounds much like any of his other rants about other Evil Corporations, swapping out only specific names to lend the semblance of applicability.   Up to that point he almost sounded like he cared, but then he takes off the mask:

So here we are at the deathbed of General Motors. The company’s body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with — dare I say it — joy.

Yeah, you read it right.  He’s experiencing joy.  There is nothing to evoke joy here, unless you are an ass.

If you read his writing you could almost think that he cares about GM employees, but he only salts the piece with sympathetic sounding words as he then gets to the real point – slapping himself on the back about Roger and Me and quickly moving on to his particular views of how the Federal Gov’t should be driven by environmentalists – driven to force Americans to participate in breathing life into the Green Vision.

Thing is, I happen to agree with some of what he says.  I think mass transit would be fantastic for commuters from rural areas to the cities.  I think there are lots of things that could be done to minimize pollution.  Trains for hauling cargo and passengers get excellent fuel economy 400 ton-miles per gallon.

Transportation mode Fuel consumption
BTU per short ton mile kJ per tonne kilometre
Class 1 Railroads 341 246
Domestic Waterbourne 510 370
Heavy Trucks 3,357 2,426
Air freight (aprox) 9,600 6,900
Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_efficiency_in_transportation

You could write whole books cataloging the ways that the enviromental fruit-bats fantasize that the  Utopian Wet-Dream could be achieved.

Boil it down though.  The government is not supposed to be in the business of building Utopia and the things that we’d like should be supported by economics, not by whatever means of taxation are required to meet the vision.

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