Archive for November, 2008

Today’s WTF???

November 26, 2008

You know, I believe that politicians have always violated the stipulations of the Constitution when they thought the ends justified the means (and what politician has ever NOT thought that?  They all know better than you what is best for you).  But in the past when they pissed on the Constitution, they would at least be obtuse (I read a book once, so sue me) about it.

It appears we have gotten to the point that some of them don’t even feel they need to do that any more.  It appears we are to the point that they can actually come out and say shit like this in public and not fear for their jobs, let alone their necks…

Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?” said Councilwoman Tonya Payne. “This is what’s right to do…”

As Eddie Murphy once said…”Can you believe that motherfuckin’ shit, Gus?”

Uncle has a post about it here, referencing Sebastian’s post here.

Read the original article here.

You know, I talk as much shit  as anyone, and I have been guilty of saying “Why, if that was me I woulda….”  But I’ve got to tell you, that is so fucking far over the line that if I were one of that woman’s constituents, I would make it my goal in life to make sure she would never again hold another office higher than Parks & Rec Dog-Shit-Picker-Upper.

David Codrea has the response I wish I would have written, but I didn’t, so I’ll just quote him:

“Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?” said Councilwoman Tonya Payne.

Uh, I do, for one, you arrogant cow.

But if you really want to start operating without even the mask of lawfulness, it’s OK by me.

Just be aware that I have no moral qualms about defending myself against criminals. In fact, I consider it a moral imperative.  So if you don’t mind risking the fate of tyrants, bring it on.

And if that puts me on some kind of list then fuck you, I was probably on it already anyway…

You can go here and tell Tonya Payne and her cronies what you think of ignorant fuckers who violate their oaths of office.

 

Now, do you want to know how I really feel about it?

Do It Again, Only Harder!

November 25, 2008

Treasury, Fed to Unveil Major Consumer Lending Program

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, seeking to ease strains in the consumer credit market, plans to announce Tuesday the formation of a program to increase the availability of auto loans, student loans and credit cards, according to people familiar with the matter.

<Carl Spackler* voice> Correct me if I’m wrong Henry, but isn’t that got us into trouble in the first place? </Carl Spackler voice>

These people ostensibly have college degrees.  In finance.  Economics even.  And they think that the solution to the current financial crisis correction, precipitated by lax mortgage underwriting policies and forced liberal lending laws, is to…liberalize consumer lending even more?!?!  Not only that, but the cherry on top is that the U.S. Government is going to run the program.  With your tax dollars.

Hey folks, the Fedgov’s insertion of itself into the operations of the mortgage industry went so well, they want to duplicate their success in other lines of credit.  Because G*d knows there was never any enterprise that the government couldn’t run better than the private sector.

Here’s a clue Henry:  A whole lot of people in this country need to grow up and quit acting like a bunch of 3-year olds in a G*ddamn toy store.

No!  You cannot have that now!  You may not have it a year from now!  Hell, you may work hard your whole life and never have that (insert desired object here).  Welcome to real life.  Welcome to adulthood.

Some people work hard their whole lives and never have that 4-bedroom house, college degree, 2 cars in the driveway, leather coat, X-Box 360, or 22″ chrome wheels.  Deal with it.

Here’s a real simple formula I learned while cutting lawns for money in the 7th grade: Income must equal or exceed outflow.  What the hell is so hard to unnerstan’ about that Skippy?

Can’t afford that new 52″ plasma TV that you’ve just got to have?  Go get second job.  Want that new car, but can’t afford the payments?  Delay gratification – save up a larger down payment.    Can’t make the payment on that bigger house that will give you the feeling that you “made it?”  Tough shit.

A whole lot of people are going to feel a whole lot of pain before this is all over.  Unfortunately, for the most part, it won’t be the people who fucked this thing up.  My 10-year old can tell you this, because I taught it to him:  Life’s all about decisions.  Make ‘em and live with the consequences.  Assholes.

*Carl Spackler: Golf Course Groundskeeper – Caddyshack.

Ty Webb: This your place, Carl?
Carl Spackler: Yeah, whatta ya think?
Ty Webb: It’s really… awful.
Carl Spackler: Well, I got a lot of stuff on order. You know… credit trouble.

What Is This Guy Thinking?

November 24, 2008

Because my first thought would not be to push her over….

Hat Tip to Pugs of War

Dayum!

November 24, 2008

I am in the wrong Bidniss!

This guy makes $30,000 for a 5-week stint as Santa Claus!

Tysons Corner Santa returns after contract dispute

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Think about it…

November 24 – December 25: Santa Claus

 

March 13-March 17: Leprechaun

 

March 30 – April 12: Easter Bunny

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February 2: Groundhog

 

February 9-14: Cupid

 

June 29 – July 4: Uncle Sam

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I figure that works out to about $100K a year with 40 weeks of vacation.  Sign me up.

Today’s PSA

November 24, 2008

Ten Random, Politically Incorrect Thoughts from Victor Davis Hanson

An excerpt: The K-12 public education system is essentially wrecked. No longer can any professor expect an incoming college freshman to know what Okinawa, John Quincy Adams, Shiloh, the Parthenon, the Reformation, John Locke, the Second Amendment, or the Pythagorean Theorem is.

Go RTWT here.

The Real Story of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2008

Hat tip to Mike the Marine.

I must be getting old.  Because this is the story I remember being taught in grade school.  However, it doesn’t surprise me that the current crop of “educators” have twisted this piece of history to fit their own version of reality.

Hell I spend 30 minutes every night at the dinner table challenging, with logic and history and facts, what my kids have learned in school that day.  The state ought to be paying me double-time.  Once for undoing the damage my kids’ teachers have done, and once for home-schooling them all over again.

Crap Sandwich 2.0

November 24, 2008

This has gone beyond incredible to surreal.  Now that the politicians have pried open the “bailout” door, it will never, ever be closed again in our lifetimes.  When I was a kid a Billion with a “B” was a shitpot of money.  Now that is the interest payment on the debt incurred for the crap like this perpetrated over our lifetimes.

And these are the people who want to dictate the terms of medical insurance and medical care?  These are the people talking about taking over YOUR 401(k)?

They actually think this will stave off a recession (too late) or depression or whatever the panic word of the day is?  Do they actually think we believe them when they say that?

Why is Citibank so special?  What about my buddy who lives over his pizza shop downtown and is struggling to make payroll?  he didn’t get into any high-risk default swaps or collateralized mortgages.  He didn’t lend out money he knew would never be repaid.  When does he get his bailout?  He doesn’t.  And he shouldn’t.  Because that is CAPITALISM.  That is America.  Try, fail, try again.

Michelle Malkin has the story here.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

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National Identity Card

November 21, 2008

Coming to a neighborhood near you!

The UK Identity and Passport Service have published yet another launch document for the National Identity Scheme. The 20 page propaganda piece is entitled “Introducing the National Identity Scheme – How the Scheme will work and how it will benefit you” with illustrative examples to show what the government thinks an ID card could do for you.

For instance a 19 year old goes up to a bar “digs in her bag and pulls out her identity card. She hands it over which confirms that she is in fact 19. As she puts the card back in her purse she is relieved that she no longer has to hand over documents with her address on them to prove her age”. Or Dave who wants to get a mortgage and “is pleasantly surprised to be told that, as he has his identity card with him, they can verify his details now and start processing his application immediately.”

The document doesn’t mention that once your details are in the database they are in there for life, that it is your responsibility to keep that data up to date and to not lose your card, that you can’t check your record, that there are fines for any errors or if you fail to keep your data up to date, and that the National Identity Register Number will be used to track you for the rest of your life.

Read the whole document hereYeah, I know its the UK.  But its not like it hasn’t been discussed in the U.S.  The Real ID Act of 2005 may have been put on the back burner:

Read about it here

and here

and here

and here

and here

and here

and here

Hell, even Al-Jazeera had an article on it here.

But I predict it will be put back on the front burner and turned up to “10” soon.  Remember…They hate us because we’re free!

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Quote of The Day

November 20, 2008

This is a quote that has been attributed (unverified) to Alexander Fraser Tytler.  You’ve probably read it before…

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith;
  • From spiritual faith to great courage;
  • From courage to liberty;
  • From liberty to abundance;
  • From abundance to complacency;
  • From complacency to apathy;
  • From apathy to dependence;
  • From dependence back into bondage.

Doesn’t matter to me who said it, because I believe it is accurate.  But that’s not my quote of the day.  Keep that quote in mind while you read the following, which is my quote of the day…

“We defend freedom here or it is gone. There is no place for us to run, only to make a stand. And if we fail, I think we face telling our children, and our children’s children, what it was we found more precious than freedom. Because I am sure someday – if we fail in this – there will be a generation that will ask.” – Ronald Reagan.

And, no I don’t mean to imply “defend(ing) freedom” through revolution, or uprising, or violence.

I think we as a nation (taken as a whole) are at the dependence stage in Tytler’s treatise.

You’ve probably heard this before too:

There are 5 boxes to freedom: soap, ballot, witness, jury and cartridge. 

The witness box and the jury box are not relevant to this discussion.  The cartridge box is not indicated (and let us hope it never is).  Clearly, the ballot box has gotten us where we are (and not just in this past election either). 

52% of eligible voters recently used the ballot box to tell President-elect Barack Obama that they wanted “Change(TM).”  The rest of us had better get up on our soap boxes to ensure that it is not a change from dependence to bondage.

 

Change You Can Believe In!

November 20, 2008

From Fox News:

Tom Daschle to Join Obama’s Cabinet? — The More Things ‘Change’, the More They Stay the Same

We are learning very quickly that “change” for President-elect Obama, is nothing more than a “change” in job title for the same old Washington insiders.

It was fair to assume that Obama would “change” D.C. by sending the Beltway warhorses to the political glue factory. Instead, he appears intent on giving them promotions. Senator Joe Biden is Vice President-elect; former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta is co-chair of the Obama transition team; and now we learn that the former voice of partisan divisiveness, Tom Daschle, will reportedly be nominated Secretary of Health and Human Services…

Clinton White House veterans might fill key positions: Eric Holder, who advised President Clinton to give Marc Rich a get-out-of-jail-free card, is Obama’s top choice for Attorney General, and Senator Hillary Clinton is reportedly being considered for Secretary of State.

President Clinton is involved in discussions involving his wife’s cabinet level post, and Obama might be forming an alliance with Senator John McCain, who just a few weeks ago, was branded an enemy of change.

Unc has a post on it here.  Seems The Who were right.

Heh.  I feel Hopey-Changey all over!


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