Saturday, August 22, 2009

Another apology for using bad numbers

For the last few months I've been sending out apocalyptic messages about our Seven Trillion Dollar budget deficit, the amount I thought we were going to be short for the next 10 years.

My bad.

The true amount is $9 trillion. Whoever combined this Washington Post chart with the Obama logo wasted his time, for it's now inaccurate.

The nine-trillion dollar amount assumes that Obamacare will be "budget neutral", but that's the number I'm running with from now on.

Please stay tuned for future apologies.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I'm probably as patriotic as the next person.
I think that we in the U.S. probably have the best system of government, as long as we don't convert it into a feed trough for friends of our upper level government employees.
I stand up for the National Anthem, and sing loudly.
I learned a long time ago that declaring perpetual allegiance to a concept is a bad idea. Anyone wanting you to stand up and recite a pledge is probably manipulating you. That's why I don't like the idea of a "pledge" of allegiance to a flag, or any other kind of loyalty oath.
Our national monuments are better than anyone else's national monuments.
I appreciate veterans.

Then there's this:

This is a trailer owned be Central Transport, a "Less Than Truckload" freight company. All of their trailers have the same flag and slogan on the back door.

(One other thing I believe in, and this comes from being a Boy Scout....if you're going to put the flag on something, you're supposed to keep it clean. And if you're going to fly the flag, and the flag gets tattered, you're supposed to take it down and burn it. If the right-wingers ever get their way, the driver of this truck will be prosecuted for flag desecration. Freakin' filthy. )

Now let's get to the point. I need for someone to explain this slogan to me, using little bitty words that I can understand.

"Support Our Troops Whenever We Go...."
Are the people at Central Transport encouraging us to support our troops whenever we go to war? Whenever the CT trucks are rolling? Whenever we go....potty?
This is vague, and needs clarification.

"No Aid of Comfort To the Enemy - No Way!"
That first sentence was a masterpiece of clarity compared to this one.
Are Central Transport drivers occasionally asked to attend housewarming fundraisers for Osama bin Laden? Are the CT freight terminals surrounded by Al-qaeda operatives who want to come inside for coffee and donuts? Do ABF, Estes, SAIA, and YRC sometimes try to make a fast buck by shipping nukes into Afghanistan? And Central Transport doesn't want any part of it?

I'm just wondering.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Let me get this straight

My mother sent me this today:

Let me get this straight.
Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it,
passed by a Congress that hasn't read it,
signed by a president who smokes,
funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes,
overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that is nearly broke.
What could possibly go wrong?

Mama, I'm not worried about it going wrong. I'm worried about what happens if it works exactly as planned.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Teleprompter Jesus


If you've got a problem,
Or even think you might,
Just tell him, and he's on it
He'll make everything all right.

He's the D.C. Santa Claus,
He'll meet every need,
He can stop the polar thaws,
cause the oceans to recede.

(Voter Chorus)
Give us everything we want,
We know you want to please us,
If they type it, you will read it,
You're the Teleprompter Jesus !

Cash For Clunkers, Bailouts,
Porkulus and TARP !
Took G.M. and Chrysler,
and he's still looking sharp !

Geithner and Pelosi,
Biden, Harry Reid,
Gonna work together to get
Everything we need.

(Children's Chorus, groaning under the weight of debt)
Give them everything they want,
But if you want to please us,
Make our parents pay their share,
You're the Teleprompter Jesus !

Nine Trillion, Ten Trillion,
Eleven Trillion debt,
As long as China's lending,
Then he ain't finished yet.

Spending all this money,
It's really not so hard,
When he puts the charges on
our childrens' credit card.

(Groaning Chorus of Debtor-Fetuses)
Give them just a little less,
We know you want to please us,
Don't read everything they type,
Dear Teleprompter Jesus !

Jesus fed five thousand
With some fishes and some bread,
Our Man could print a trillion bucks
With one nod of his head.

Gonna spread the wealth around
At least that's the plan,
It won't cost you a penny,
You don't make two-fifty grand.

(Final Chorus, repeat and fade)
Give us everything we want,
We know you want to please us,
If they type it, you will read it,
You're the Teleprompter Jesus !

I've got a basic guitar chord pattern down for this, still working on the melody.
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So many topics, so little time....

I have blogger friends who occasionally claim that they don't have anything to write about. I repeat....I have blogger friends who claim that they don't have anything to write about.

We've been dumped into the middle of the most amazing, hog-stomping, buck-raking, fleece The Sheeple circus anyone could hope for. Anyone that who can type should get out of bed in the morning thanking god for the chance to be alive in the year of our Lord 2009.

Here's everything I'd be ranting about at great length today if I had more time to do so.....

The Netroots folks who put the Democrats in charge of the House, the Senate, and The White House have been strangely silent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What happened to THE FIERCE MORAL URGENCY OF NOW that we heard so much about until January? Write a post about how and where THE FIERCE MORAL URGENCY was lost, and the efforts of the White House janitorial and landscaping staff to find it. Photoshop a milk carton to show TFMU as a missing person.

Roger Kimball has latched onto the Yale University Press decision to censor the book about the censorying of the Danish cartoons of Muhammed. The plot is thickening. The book had already been vetted by Yale's legal staff, and some Islamic scholars had already approved of the book and its contents. But Yale has some financial relationships with some nasty places in the Middle East. Ye shall know the Veritas....

Ron Paul wants to audit The Fed. Copy the entire editorial onto this site. No snarky comments allowed.

George Will thinks the people who run the United States Lottery programs have no business moralizing about online poker. Write a post about the people who subsidize the lottery, vs the people who would contribute towards online poker. Or, God help us all, blackjack.

Charles Krauthammer takes up the idea that government involvement in health care would save money. He has a good time with it. But not as much fun as I would have, bringing up defense contractors, $800 screwdrivers, $5,000 toilet seats, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, VA Hospitals, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Post Office, and every other government money pit.

Little Green Footballs 2.0 has a funny picture of Obama as The Joker as a Doctor. Follow up with this gem where they're saying that if you don't think the Obama/Joker posters are racist, you're a racist. Print it as is, but delete the text. Ask for captions.

It seems that people aren't dressing properly when they approach the thrones of their lords and masters at the Healthcare Town Hall meetings. How dare the serfs wear a ballcap while addressing a U.S. senator? Go Medieval. Explain for the 10,000th time that these are not our leaders. They are our employees. In a truly just society, electing a president or a senator would be like deciding whether to keep the old lawn service or hire a new one.

Ed Morrisey continues The Obamateurism Of The Week. Link to it, then "share it" on Facebook.

There's a new documentary about Saint Albert, The Goracle Of Music City and radical environmentalism. It's called "Not Evil, Just Wrong". Post the trailer. Clear the Comment Field for Cedric Katesby.

ABC's John Stossel is understandably puzzled by the Feds raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in California. What were you expecting from the new Hope and Change administration? Change?

Professor Bainbridge contrasts the Healthcare Town Hall crazies with previous crazies. Compare all of these groups to Martin Luther and the church door, various clerics who waited three days barefoot in the snow to see the pope, Buddhists igniting themselves during the Viet Nam war, and every other performance art protest. Sometimes a letter to the editor isn't enough.

From the Talking Points Memo, on The Family, the conservative Christian lobbying group....
The right-wing Christian Broadcasting Network does damage control for C Street, explaining that the real question isn't, how many affairs were covered up, but rather, "how many affairs were thwarted." These are the guys that Nevada's John Ensign, Mississippi's Chip Pickering, and South Carolina's Mark Sanford have been hanging out with. Quietly and calmly ask why The Family has a tax-exempt status, when all they do is lobby congressmen and senators. And provide meetup places for their administrative staff.

Send people HERE. Warn them that they will wander around in there for days.

Valarie Jarrett, one of Obama's spokesmuppets, was recently booed and hissed at a Netroots Nation conference. The Netroots people aren't happy that Obama has kept almost EVERY objectionable George W. Bush war policy and program in place. Write a breathless expose which proves that Obama is merely a front for Karl Rove. Dick Cheney is the guy who programs Obama's Teleprompter.