Archive for April, 2009

Want to know what Socialism looks like?

April 29, 2009

From Larry Kudlow at National Review:

Geithner: The Fox Guarding the Henhouse?

What is going on in this country? The government is about to take over GM in a plan that completely screws private bondholders and favors the unions. Get this: The GM bondholders own $27 billion and they’re getting 10 percent of the common stock in an expected exchange. And the UAW owns $10 billion of the bonds and they’re getting 40 percent of the stock. Huh? Did I miss something here? And Uncle Sam will have a controlling share of the stock with something close to 50 percent ownership. And no bankruptcy judge. So this is a political restructuring run by the White House, not a rule-of-law bankruptcy-court reorganization.

Meanwhile, top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett opened the door wide on CNN yesterday to bank nationalization and CEO firings.

Just in case you missed that:

“GM bondholders own $27 billion and they’re get 10 percent of the common stock.”
“…the UAW owns $10 billion of the bonds, and they’re getting 40 percent of the stock .”
The gummint kicked in $15.4 billion and gets “something close to close to 50 percent.”

And from Bloomberg:

The United Auto Workers union’s retiree health-care fund will own 55 percent of Chrysler LLC in exchange for cutting in half the automaker’s $10.6 billion cash obligation to the trust, people familiar with the matter said.

We have gone from incredible to surreal.  Srsly.

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Eye-Roh-Nee, Part 3,109

April 29, 2009

Restaurant with anti-gun policy saved by a gun

Oh, the irony.

The manager of an Atlanta restaurant, Taco Mac, stopped an armed robbery Sunday morning by firing his own gun at the armed robber.   What makes this story ironic is that the CEO of the company that owns this particular Taco Mac was one of the people that strenuously fought against the passage of the Georgia law last year that made it legal to carry a firearm in this restaurant.  The law also contained a provision overriding Taco Mac’s policy of banning firearms from its employee parking lots.

Tappan Street Restaurant Group, which operates most of the Taco Mac restaurants in the Atlanta area, was quick to ban the legal carry of firearms in their restaurants following the passage of HB89 (the “gun rights” bill) into law in July 2008.

Let us consider the history.  Taco Mac has not had an armed robbery in 30 years.  Taco Mac posted the Georgia Restaurant Association signs banning firearms, which tells criminals that this is an easy target.  Then it is robbed.  So what is the conclusion to be drawn?  That gun free zones encourage armed criminals to prey upon the disarmed people inside?

No.  No, that would be too obvious a conclusion for a gun-fearing wussy to draw.

It is probably wishful thinking to believe that Bob Campbell will reconsider his gun ban.  Rationality and the experience of empirical observation rarely enter into the thought processes of a gun banner.


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From The In-Box

April 29, 2009

Reader and Marine Corps buddy Joe sent me the following today:

To:  Curtis Lowe

From:  Joe

Date: April 29, 2009

Subject: My New Hat




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Never Thought I’d See That

April 29, 2009

From today’s Columbus Dispatch

3 voting advocates guilty

Three staff members for Vote Today Ohio, an independent get-out-the-vote organization supporting Barack Obama, pleaded guilty in Franklin County this afternoon to improper voting.

The three came to Ohio from states where Obama was likely to win in an effort to swing Ohio’s electoral college vote toward their candidate, Judge Charles A. Schneider said. The judge gave all three 60 days in jail but suspended it if they paid a $1,000 fine. He also ordered a year’s probation.

Back during the election, there were actually articles and pictures in the paper about a house on the east side where something like 20 people were registered to vote, and all of them except the home owner were from out of state.  I don’t think anything ever came of it.  Maybe these are some of those jackasses.  Still, only a $1,000 fine for messing with the election process?

The money quote isn’t in this online version, but one of these hippies was worried that this conviction would ruin her chances of ever being involved in politics again.  We can only hope.

MM has a post on it here.

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Wish I had this guy in my unit when I was out at sea…

April 28, 2009

How to brew beer in a coffee maker, using only materials commonly found on a modestly sized oceanographic research vessel.

Don’t say I never gave you anything.  Nunya – check with the wife before trying this at home!

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I’m a Genus! I mean Genius!

April 28, 2009


I just took this IQ quiz…

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Like CPR For a Corpse

April 27, 2009

From the Washington Times:

Kerry aims to rescue newspapers

Troubled by the possible shuttering of his hometown paper, Sen. John Kerry reached out to the Boston Globe on Tuesday, then called for Senate hearings to address the woes of the nation’s print media.

Is there anything these asshats on that hill in Washington think they cannot or should not stick their noses into?

“America’s newspapers are struggling to survive, and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount,” Mr. Kerry said.

Most newspapers are in similar circumstances as the industry struggles with the worst job losses on record and plummeting revenues.

Evidently, Kerry is yet another dinosaur that hasn’t figured out that we have this new-fangled thing called the “internet,” because if there is one thing that the internet has aplenty, it is “diversity of opinion and strong debate.”

Seriously, can Kerry honesty say with a straight face that the majority of newspapers in this country have historically published articles and editorials with “diverse opinions?”  Guffaw.

Here is the deal, Kerry:  Newspapers are dying for a host of reasons, and all the “stimulus” and “hearings” and central-state planning in the world won’t stop it.  Want to know why?

First, because every piece of “news” in the newspaper that hits my front porch (yes I still have a subscription to the local bird-cage liner) is old and stale by the time it gets printed.  Many times, I will read an article on an event two days after I read it somewhere on the internet.  By the time it hits my doorstep, it ain’t a “news” paper any more, it’s a history book.

Second, in case you haven’t looked lately, there is a whole generation behind us who gets every piece of news, information, data and communication ELECTRONICALLY and in REAL TIME.  There isn’t one thing I can think of in a local newspaper that can’t be obtained on the internet and/or via a cell phone call or text message.  Latest baseball and soccer scores?  My son gets a constant stream of sports text messages on his cell phone.  Movie listings?  Go online and look them up – and while you are at it, buy & print your tickets right now too.  Classified ads?  Helloooo – Craigslist and Ebay anyone?  It is all at peoples’ fingertips, constantly updated and as portable as a cell phone or Blackberry.  Right now I am carrying the Encyclopedia Brittanica, Webster’s Dictionary, every phone book in the U.S., and box scores for every game ever played – right in my pocket.

Third – “reporting?”  “Investigative Journalism?”  Quit pissing on our boots and telling us it’s raining.  The managers of newspapers publish whatever they see fit (and the reverse of that is also true – they get to decide what isn’t fit), with whatever spin, opinion, and innuendo they want.  And they do it pretty much without having to worry about being challenged – or at least they used to.  Because even if you write a letter to the editor, he or she gets to decide whether they are even going to publish it.  Call them on something embarrassing or challenge their opinion on an issue, and they don’t have to publish your letter.  And if they do, they’ll make sure you look like a nut case.  They (and news anchors – who are also losing customers)  have had complete control over every bit of news you saw or didn’t see.

But once again, that pesky internet thing cropped up.  Now, for every newspaper “article” or opinion piece that gets published in a paper, there are 30 bloggers (like me – only better) to call bullshit or refute statistics or bring other, relevant facts to light.  No more monopoly on information for you!  Too bad.

Nextly – Mother Gaia!  That whole new generation of kids that has been brainwashed in the government indoctrination public school systems?  They have been told their entire lives that trees are more important than people.  (They evidently were never told that trees grow back, but that’s a topic for a different post.)  It is a despicable sin in their world to cut down trees just to print newspapers – newspapers that will end up (gasp!) in the local landfill (and will revert to dirt, just like the tree would have – but again – another post).

Now, econ 101 John.  Supply and demand.  Newspapers’ revenues are “plummeting” because their advertising revenues are in free-fall.  Advertising revenues are in free-fall because they are based on declining circulation numbers.  Circulation numbers are declining because the old farts who grew up reading newspapers are dying off and the young farts  – as previously discussed – don’t read newspapers.  Demand is not only down, it is getting the 10-count as you read this.  The Sunday coupon section has been replaced by the pop-up ad .

It is amazing to me that these legislators think they can wave their tax magic wand and rescue dying industries like this.  There is a reason you don’t see riding crop makers on every corner and ice deliverymen on every block.  Look up the word “obsolete” in your dictionary Senator Kerry.

Don’t Tread On Me

April 27, 2009

Day by Day

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Spring is Sprung

April 24, 2009


Poker, beer and cigars on my deck tonight.  Ya’ll are invited!

Happy Earth Day!!!

April 22, 2009

Quote of The Day:

“Sometimes the obsession for control of the climate got a bit out of hand, as in the Aztec [society] where the local scientific/religious establishment of the year 1500 had long since announced that the debate was over and at least 20,000 human sacrifices a year were needed to keep the sun moving, the rain falling; and thus stop climate change. The widespread dissatisfaction of the [neighboring tribes] who were unfortunate enough to be the source of these sacrifices played an important part in the success of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.”

Oh, and from Rasumussen Reports:

Just one-out-of-three voters (34%) now believe global warming is caused by human activity…

Democrats (51%)
Republicans (34%)
Independents (53%)


On Earth day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised that a major climate change bill will pass through Congress within a year.