Monday, July 30, 2012
What, you're going to tell me that he's a conservative now?
a) G.E. develops the compact fluorescent bulb. b) G.E. lobbies the President (in this instance, Bush) and Congress to outlaw the cheaper incandescent bulbs. c) Congress passes a law that, while it doesn't specifically outlaw the incandescent products, makes them ultimately obsolete. d) Rinse and repeat with a different product.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Those successful entrepreneurs DID build those roads and bridges. They built them through the many taxes (federal income tax, state income tax, property taxes, licencing fees, gas taxes, etc.) that they dutifully pay you, etc.. And the last thing that they probably want to hear right about now is you hounding them additionally (though, yes, I've notices that you've backtracked some)....I mean, I would think.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
If it's a war crime to shoot and/or decapitate a young child, then how is it not a war crime to intentionally incinerate that same child from 20,000 feet?......I'm sorry but I continue to have a problem with this (especially since, as Professor Grayling has astutely pointed out, it did precious little to end the conflict - the precision air-strikes on fuel lines were significantly more effective).
1) Katherine Eban's major source for information? Try the individual who's most inexorably implicated. LOL.............2) And how might one explain the fact that some IRS agent was one of the people who this partisan, Eban, supposedly interviewed? Hell, folks, that's an even easier one to explain. It's because they, the IRS, were a part of the damned operation; helping these gun dealers with the fucking taxes on these same illegal gun sales. DUH!!!!!!!!!!............3) It should be obvious to any sane person who reads that letter from FDR to Mr. Steward (the then leader of the Federal employees union) that, while, yes, Mr. Roosevelt said that Federal workers could organize and present their views to the government (to which the government could either say, "yeah, that's a good idea" or "no, it's lousy idea, now go take a hike"), he was also adamantly opposed to Federal employees being able to collectively bargain. To say that that's not what he meant is absolute crap. ............4) And to those who say that FDR was only saying that they couldn't go on strike, I extracted this for them. "Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees." PARTICULARLY, he said, not solely and not singularly. And even if it was singularly, what in the hell good is a collective bargaining process that has no viable threat behind it? It's worthless.............5)
Friday, July 27, 2012
1) “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.” - George Meany (former head of the AFL-CIO) 1955.............2) When I voted for Mr. Obama in 2008, I did what basically everybody did (those who voted for him, I'm saying). I projected. In my case it was a mixture of JFK's inspiration and Eisenhower's pragmatism. Yeah, huh?............3) And don't get me wrong here. There have been times when he HAS shown the skills and leadership of these two Presidents (two of the finest, in my opinion). Just not lately. I'm especially disappointed in the way that he's been pitting groups of Americans against each other, his denigration of venture capitalism, his giving of credit to the government for entrepreneurial success, etc.. As of now/if the election were held today, I'd be voting for Johnson.............4) For those of you who have an interest in learning more about the Allied bombing of German and Japanese cities during WW2, you might want to check out A.C. Grayling's well revued volume, "Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WW2 Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan". It's a balanced book that puts forth not just a factual perspective but a philosophical one as well.............5) As for the raw numbers, Professor Grayling and others have stated that well in excess of 300,000 (possibly up to 900,000 - and, no, this does NOT include Hiroshima and Nagasaki) Japanese civilians and approximately 400,000 German civilians were killed by American and British air attacks on various cities. And while it has been argued that these strategic bombings of major population centers possibly hastened an end to the conflict, that is something that has been very far from settled. Grayson personally argues no in Germany (as it did in Vietnam decades later, he argues that it actually consolidated the resistance).............6) Look, I'm willing to give FDR and Churchill the benefit of the doubt here. We were fighting for the future of Western Civilization and maybe these draconian tactics were necessary (though clearly they would have been war crimes had we lost). But if you end up giving one President or Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt, maybe it isn't the worst thing in the world to give 'em all some slack - within reason, I'm saying
Thursday, July 26, 2012
1) The most underrated hitter of my generation would probably have to be Al "Scoop" Oliver. The former Pirates, Rangers, Expos, Phillies, Dodgers, Blue Jays outfielder/first baseman/ DH finished his career as a .303 lifetime hitter with 2,743 hits, 526 doubles, 219 homers, 1,326 RBIs, and 1,126 runs scored. Had he not tailed off so precipitously at the end of his career, he just might be in the Hall of Fame already. Or at least in the Hall of the Very Good. Damn, that fellow could hit.............2) I agree with the Democrats that the top tax rates should probably go back to 39.6%. Yeah, I would more than likely raise the threshold to somewhere between $300,000 and a million but, in general, I'm saying. a) We need the revenue and b) I highly doubt that a minor tweaking like this would negatively effect the economy.............3) Where I think that I disagree with the Democrats (some, not all) is a belief that this one thing alone will somehow put us on a path to fiscal nirvana and that additional tough choices won't have to be made. I mean, I think that it's obvious that we're ALL going to have to make sacrifices and I totally commend brave Democrats such as Kent Conrad, Ron Wyden, Erskine Bowles, Alice Rivlin, Dick Durbin, Mark Warner, and Chris Van Hollen for being straight with the American public on this.............4) Let's see, what did President Bush do again? He deposed one of the top 5 mass murderers of the 20th Century (a strong case could have been made for toppling Hussein on humanitarian grounds alone - the dude was far worse than Gadaffi and that was the rationale for our actions in Libya) and arranged for free and fair public elections. Sorry, still not seeing the war criminality in that.............5) Now, one could absolutely be critical as to whether or not this was a wise decision by Bush. I personally still have problems with it (the instability that it created, our loss of a buffer against the Iranians, etc.). But to put it on a par with Pol Pot, Hussein, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Milosevic, Pinochet, etc. is something that generally doesn't come up in sane conversations.
Monday, July 23, 2012
a) Richard M. Daley - worse than.......b) Mitt Romney - worse than.......c) JFK and RFK - better than (way, WAY).......d) George W. Bush - worse than.......e) George H.W. Bush - better than.......f) Andrew Cuomo - better than.......g) Chris Dodd - worse than.......h) Jesse Jackson Jr. - better than.......i) Rand Paul - worse than.......j) George Allen Jr. - worse than.......k) Al Gore, pre-2000 - better than.......l) Al Gore, post-2000 - worse than.......m) Barack Obama - better than.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The crappiest aspect of Obamacare would probably have to be that 40% excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans. a) It's going to hit heavy a lot of those same middle-class individuals and businesses that the President claims that he's looking out for. b) The threshold for these plans will more than likely not keep up with the cost of them and therefore more and more individuals will be forced to pay this tax eventually. And c) Mr. Obama cut a nice little sweetheart deal with his union buddies and exempted them from having to pay the tax for five years.......................................................................................Look, I'm not necessarily opposed to Mr. Obama's overall approach here; the individual mandate, health exchanges, etc.. But when you penalize people to this extent (40 frigging percent!!) and also dole out these types of rank political favors, you're going to get excoriated for it.......So much for this fellow being a new type of politician.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
"He's as unstable as Gary Busey with a clogged Eustachian tube."
TWELVE whistle-blowers (conspiring, no less) ultimately put their reputations, livelihood, and freedom (she's essentially accusing them of perjury here) on the line - all simply because they were angry at a supervisor who was trying to get them to work weekends (and, yes, she took this supervisor's email out of context in order to prove this "theory")....Hm, I wonder if any of these fellow are football fans.
Friday, July 20, 2012
a) I never like "Speed (1)".......b) I've never associated cruise ships with rapidity.......c) If stretching credulity was an art form, this would be French Impressionism and opera.......d) Compared to this, the first "Speed" is "On the Waterfront", "Elmer Gantry", "Deliverance", and "Five Easy Pieces".
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
1) President Bush 2 (as has been alleged by a certain partisan lunatic) never once targeted Iraqi civilians during the war. Yes, there were some unfortunate casualties due to collateral damage and all but these represented a tiny percentage of the entire death toll. The true fact of the matter is that 95-98% of all civilian deaths in this conflict came about from Iraqis killing other Iraqis. For certain people to try and equate this with FDR's intentional wholesale slaughter of innocents during WW2 is partisan idiocy at its absolute worst.............2) The progressives blather (demagogue, one might say) quite a bit about tax fairness. Mr. Obama has even decided to joined the fray. Unfortunately, they aren't very specific about what it means. I mean, yeah, they have in fact said that the top rates should go up and all but in terms of what percentage of the total tax burden that these wealthier individuals should pay, bubkas. Like, right now, for instance, the top 5% pay 59% of all Federal Income Taxes. Compared to the 32% of the total AGI that they make, that's a 1.8: 1 ratio. That's not fair?............3) And, yes, this is coming from a guy who thinks that we DO need to raise more in terms of revenue. I just don't like the divisive talk and the implication that these individuals aren't ALREADY kicking in a tremendous amount. I hate it in fact.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Hey, Einsteins, why don't you folks do an ad with some of the folks from the Sports Authority and Staples - you know, to try and counter some of the more negative stuff? That, and don't you think that you've also gotta eviscerate, once and for all, this whole idiotic notion by the Democrats that every business MUST succeed and that every business MUST hire only American workers in order to be kosher? Would you at least consider it, for Christ?...I'm telling you, if you execute it properly, you might actually make the President look weak/petty.
Monday, July 16, 2012
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 65% of all new jobs created over the past 17 years have been created by smaller firms, NOT MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. The federal government just might want to take that into account prior to the next round of regulatory onslaught (and, yes, Bush was every bit as bad as Obama).
"And today, despite decades of lobbying and advertising by the tobacco industry, we've passed a law to protect the next generation of Americans from growing up with a deadly habit that so many of our generation (raise your hand, Mr. Obama) have lived with."............Alright, I'll give him about a half-truth on this one. Yes, a lot of the tobacco companies in fact DID lobby against this legislation. But the largest one of all, Philip Morris (approximately 50% of all the cigarettes sold in America) and its parent company, Altria, didn't just endorse the legislation, it also lobbied hard for it (not just in 2009, but also in 2004 when it was initially crafted and voted on). Why, you ask? Easy, Philip Morris was already doing a lot of the testing that this legislation required and any new industry regulations would disproportionately impose greater costs on the smaller firms. The bill also significantly puts new limits on advertising and this, too, disproportionately hampers the smaller companies (everybody already knows about Marlboro).............Look, I have no great love for the tobacco companies and I personally detest cigarettes. But this is yet another example of government regulation disproportionately helping the big boys (i.e., those who can more readily afford the high cost of compliance) and disproportionately hurting the smaller fellows. Hey, maybe those idiots down in D.C. need to think a little before they act next time. That would be my suggestion.
The Face of a Decent, Fair, and Well-Respected Politician (And, Yes, I Had to go into the Archives to Find One)
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Joe Biden, me (obviously there are more but for the sake of comedic effect).
1) President Obama can do no wrong for his supporters. But we also have to face the reality that neither can he seem to do anything right in terms of his detractors. I mean, just take a look at Sean Hannity, for example. The dude keeps referring to the fact that the President has created zero "net jobs" - never minding the fact that country was hemorrhaging jobs when the President initially took office and that his policies didn't immediately take effect. It's totally unfair. Add to that the fact that people like this Hannity never give Obama credit for smoking terrorists (Bill O'Reilly, to his credit, has) and it really does add up to an Obama Derangement Syndrome, I think.............2) I have a new favorite coffee, folks; Panamanian. Yep. I like it better than Brazilian Bourbon Santos. I like it better than Guatemalan Antigua. And I like it better than Nicaraguan. The stuff (enhanced, I gather, with just the proper amounts wind, rain, and volcanic soil) just has an incomparably smooth finish, delicious aroma, and a tiny hint of fruitiness that makes even me, a devout and hard-core tea drinker, want to savor it. Please, do yourself a favor and check it out sometime.............3) Bernie Sanders takes a lot of ribbing here, from me and from others. But let me take a minute to say something good about the fellow. I was just on opensecrets.org and of all the Congressmen and Senators in Washington who took campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, he took the absolute least, a paltry $250 (compare this to guys like Dodd and Obama who both took over $130,000). It's good to see that at least one fellow down there isn't completely bought and paid for.............4) The Virginia Tech Hokies have just landed themselves a dandy. Northgate High's (in Newnan Georgia), Brandon Facyson, a lock-down corner (who also plays wide receiver) with excellent speed (a sub 4.5 40) and range (at 6'2" he towers over most corners), has just this minute given a "verbal" to play his college ball in Blacksburg. It was an excellent get and strengthens even more so their recent success in states like Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, etc..
Friday, July 13, 2012
"The cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests who've turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. They write the checks and you get stuck with the bills, they get the access while you get to write a letter; they think they own the government, but we're here to take it back. The time for that politics is over. It's time to turn the page."............Wow, I guess that now PRESIDENT Obama doesn't think that General Electric is any sort of "special interest", or that it engages in any sort of "lobbying" down there in D.C.............................................................................................P.S. A few additional facts here (courtesy of opensecrets.org and the Center for Responsive Politics). a) G.E. donations favored Obama over John McCain by nearly 5:1.......b) G.E. spends more on lobbying that any other corporation in America (and, yes, both parties have benefited over the years).......c) G.E. has benefited from a great number of President Obama's initiatives; health-care reform, climate-change regulation/green jobs, embryonic stem-cell research, infrastructure spending, electrical transmission smart grids, and communications (the last of which has obviously paid President Obama back in spades - yes, I'm referring here to that famed cable "news" station, MSNBC) - just to name a few....... And then of course there's that Jeffrey Immelt....
Your local Starbucks is hiring -
- Competitive pay
- Insurance: medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, disability
- Paid time off
- Retirement savings plan
- Equity in the form of Starbucks stock and discounted stock purchase plan
- Adoption assistance
- Domestic partner benefits
- Emergency financial aid
- Referral and support resources for child and eldercare
- A free pound of coffee every week............Wow, that doesn't sound all too pitiful, now does it? Of course, you also gotta be willing to work and not be such a whiny, sniveling little malcontent. That much Starbucks folks do expect of their workers.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I was watching Tavis Smiley's PBS show the other night and noticed something very interesting. It seems that one of Mr. Smiley's sponsors is Walmart. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong here, but didn't Mr. Smiley just write a book on poverty, and isn't Walmart one of the businesses that liberals frequently cite for providing their workers "poverty wages"? Hm, it sounds to me like there just might be a conflict of interest here. Can you say, a free pass for Walmart, anyone?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
1) While Bill O'Reilly may not be quite as thin-skinned as Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz, the fellow is certainly well within the vicinity. Last week, for instance, after CNN's media critic, Howie Kurtz, criticized him for making a factual error, O'Reilly blasted him and accused him of "doing the bidding of Media Matters". It was a ridiculous accusation and I can say this because I watch Mr. Kurtz's show, "Reliable Sources", religiously and it isn't even remotely like "Media Matters". The dude is an equal opportunity critic and he probably criticizes MSNBC just as much as he does Fox News. As for the bottom-line here, it's simple. Mr. O'Reilly/the Factor was busted and he did what he almost always does in response to it; shoot the messenger.............2) The targeting of civilians during war-time is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention. Not only did FDR violate this central tenet, he did so repeatedly and to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dead women, children, refugees, and the elderly. The fact that the progressive haters of Bush refuse even to consider this factor in their tarnishing of American Presidents obviously says more about them than it does the values that they supposedly espouse.............3) Paul Krugman, in one the stupidest utterances ever made by a Nobel Laureate, actually compared John Boehner to Herbert Hoover. Yep, that's right, folks, this supposedly brilliant man has apparently bought hook, line, and sinker this idiotically persistent myth that Herbert Hoover was some sort of free-market capitalist, and that he DIDN'T run up the largest peace-time deficits in American history, that he DIDN'T raise income-taxes a whopping 152%, that he DIDN'T majorly increase tariffs and protectionism, that he DIDN'T sponsor one massive public works project after another, that he DIDN'T try and get businesses to fix prices, etc.. I mean, my God, this is absolutely unbelievable. And this is the guy that the modern-day progressives are turning to?
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Not only did Katherine Eban engage in a shoddy and biased form of journalism, she also did something that was exceedingly dishonest. She took one of David Voth's emails and claimed that the "schism" which he was referring to had to do strictly with scheduling (the fact that certain individuals supposedly didn't want to work weekends) AND IT DIDN'T. Yeah, that's right, people, she edited the email and made it sound as if Mr. Voth wasn't talking about Fast and Furious but instead some petty and ancillary topic. I mean, I don't know how the rest of you folks feel, but I find tactics such as this to be excessively egregious and people like Rachel Maddow who buy them to be hard-core enablers and then some. Enough already, you partisan fools.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
"When Clinton talked about 'European models', he literally meant, European models."
Lady, have you ever considered decaf/chamomile tea/ativan? I mean, my God, you're a frigging Mt. Vesuvius 24/7 these days. And we get it! President Obama isn't all that. We get it and we largely agree (hell, even his base has a bone or two to pick with him). But, come on, enough already. The dude isn't Lucifer and neither are you.
"The other poets were either hornrimmed intellectual hepcats with wild black hair like Alvah Goldbrook, or delicate pale handsome poets like Ike O'Shay (in a suit), or out-of-this world genteel-looking Renaissance Italians like Francis Dapavia (who looks like a young priest), or bow-tied wild-haired old anarchist fuds like Rheinhold Cacoethes, or big fat bespectacled booboos like Warren Coughlin."
1) Cecile, The Real Deal, Dudley.......2) Bruisin' Susan Powers.......3) Joltin' Joan Jefferson.......4) Sandy, The Savage, Bouffard.......5) Murderous Midge Frampton.......6) Fabulous Faith Webber.......7) Ferocious Felicia Kinney.......8) Dangerous Dottie Pace.......9) Nasty Natalie Compton.......10) Alice, With Malice, Mumford.......11) Carvin' Carrie Oakes.......12) Terrible Tonya Turgeon.......13) Lethal Loretta Boozeman.......14) Rockin' Robin Dinwiddie.......15) Battlin' Babs Royster.......16) Hammerin' Harriet Fullmer.......17) Gwen, The Gem, Genovese.......18) Rumblin' Rita Mortensen.......19) Jammin' Judith Bullware.......20) Marie, The Killer Bee, Bergeron.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
What would be my answer to the question, "So, who do you think would win in a three-way race between George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and President Obama?"......And, yes, I would vote for the blankety blank, maybe even campaign for him.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
"I understand that the frequency with which some individuals under investigation by our office have been purchasing firearms from your business has caused concerns for you. … However, if it helps put you at ease we (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into (in) detail."............There he is, folks, not only approving but encouraging ILLEGAL GUN SALES. Yeah. And this is the fellow who Katherine Eban used as her primary source. Unbefrigginglievable X 2.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Per the L.A. Times, August 11, 2011 - http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/11/nation/la-na-atf-guns-20110811
1) Back in March of 2010, acting deputy ATF director, William Hoover, called for an emergency meeting to close down the program that we now commonly refer to as Operation Fast and Furious. But those at the meeting, which included a Justice Department official, said no. They did not want to stop these ILLEGAL GUN SALES until they had something to show for it (i.e., arrests and the possible take-down of a major drug cartel).............2) According to memos, emails, sworn depositions, and Capitol Hill testimony, it was the Department of Justice that provided the initial impetus for the program, Operation Fast and Furious.............3) Kenneth Melson, acting ATF director at the time of Fast and Furious, has conceded that he and his subordinates took the DOJ memos and created from them the "tactical strategy" which eventually became Operation Fast and Furious, and that it was run out of William Newell's (the then special agent in charge of the ATF field offices in Arizona and New Mexico) office.............4) Under the program, agents were to watch (and in some cases record on video) ILLEGAL SALES and then use surveillance to follow the gun purchasers. Obviously they failed.............5) Even after Brian Terry's death, the operation continued for another 6 weeks............................................................................................The evidence is overwhelming here, people. Guns were clearly allowed to walk and the ATF and DOJ were both involved.....And even if you concede that the agents in Arizona did attempt to track these weapons, and even that their resources to do so were low (this point is clearly debatable in that there were millions of dollars of stimulus money that were earmarked for gun interdiction), their failure rate was monumental. Too many guns were allowed to walk and they weren't even equipped with tracking devices. A scandal? Yeah, you better believe that this was a scandal.
On those Kissing Scenes Between a 52 Year-Old Clark Gable and a 23 Year-Old Grace Kelly in 1953's, "Mogambo"
I think that I'll probably go with, "uncomfortable".
This is where it gets really interesting, folks. The IRS was working with the ATF solely because the latter needed the former to counsel the gun dealers as to how to handle their taxes. Yep, it seems as if the income of the gun dealers was being artificially inflated because of the sales to the straw purchasers and the complications of this were more than their regular accountants could handle. Unbefrigginglievable, huh?
"Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during the month of March alone, to include numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles. I believe we are righteous in our plan to dismantle this entire organization and to rush in to arrest any one person without taking in to account the entire scope of the conspiracy would be ill advices to the overall good of the mission."......No, he didn't know anything about Fast and Furious. Not him.......And, just for the record, he continued to utilize the term, "righteous", even after he was informed of the carnage. Yeah, he's an amazing great source, Ms. Eban.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A well respected, non-partisan, multiple award-winning (3 Edward R. Murrow awards and 2 Emmy awards) mainstream journalist with absolutely ZERO AGENDA (Sharyl Attkisson), or a well-known partisan/agenda-driven hack/erstwhile democratic operative whose article was laced with lies, inconsistencies, and stuff that just doesn't pass the smell-test (Katherine Eban)? Hm, yeah, that's an extremely difficult choice......NOT!!!!!!.......................................................................................Oh, and one of those Edward R. Murrow awards, it was for her coverage of Operation Fast and Furious. Just for the record here.