Saturday, February 14, 2009

Caption Contest - E.T.'s Finger edition

I need a caption for this picture.
Jos Metadi won last week's Caption Contest.
Many thanks to the Grammar Nazis for pointing out three errors in one sentence.
Apologies to Flee for misspelling her Blogger Name.
More apologies to everyone who knows me. I just couldn't help myself with this one. What the heck were they thinking?

The Octuplets, Part 1

Here's CBS on the now-infamous octuplets:

The mother of newborn octuplets and six other children collected almost $168,000 in state disability payments for an on-the-job back injury that she and a doctor said was worsened by pregnancy, according to state documents released Thursday.
Nadya Suleman, 33, became pregnant with all 14 of her children after a 1999 injury during a riot at a state mental hospital where she worked, state Division of Workers' Compensation documents show. She stopped working, but had the six older children during that time, notes Early Show correspondent Hattie Kauffman.
"There has to be some question," says CBS News Legal Analyst Trent Copeland, "about whether or not a woman who's disabled and collecting over $150,000 worth of disability payments is really authorized to receive those payments if she's too disabled to work, but not too disabled to have at least a half-dozen children."

But wait, there's more !

Experts say America needs legal restrictions, like some European countries have. "I really do think we need laws setting limits on the number of embryos implanted," said law professor Lori Andrews. Chung added: "The difficult part on putting restrictions on the number of embryos transferred is that it will limit the ability of the physician and the couple to individualize the care." But it's how to care for these 14 children that has so many concerned right now.

And even more, from The Pasadena Star-News !

The birth of octuplets to a Whittier woman could spur the creation of new state laws regulating in vitro fertilization.
State Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, is considering introducing legislation that would prohibit the state from paying medical bills for multiples born using IVF and would regulate fertility procedures themselves to prevent multiple births.
"He's got a very big concern about the cost to taxpayers," said Aanestad spokesman Bill Bird.

Let's contrast all of the clamoring for more laws, more regulation, and more government interference in just about everything, with this next gem. Sorry, but I'm requring you to click here. Get back to me.

1) What would be the proper level of government interference in the life of the admittedly loony octuplet mom, vs. any person impacted by the last example?

2) Name 3 politicians you would trust to get it right.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A humane proposal for the benefit of Charles Ballard

Charles Ballard, a Rust Belt economist, believes that government spending can create jobs.

Of course government spending creates jobs. For government. And the friends of government who have contributed less to government than they hope to receive from government.

But at what cost to the big picture? And how many years until these jobs are created? There aren't that many of them that will begin this year - not in the rough drafts of the bill, anyway.

However, there is one worthy job that I would join hands with other taxpayers in creating.

To hell with whether or not it would stimulate the economy. Someone in a new government postition created specifically for this purpose needs to buy Charles Ballard a new suit.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Here's a link to some Obama statements about "transparency" in government.

Here's a link to an outfit called "The Sunlight Foundation", which is wondering why Congress is keeping their spending boondoggle shrouded in secrecy.

Now it's time for Texans to boycott Texas

We've got more problems in our peanut butter.....

(CNN) -- The Texas Department of State Health Services on Thursday ordered the recall of all products ever shipped from the Peanut Corporation of America's plant in Plainview, Texas, after discovering dead rodents, rodent excrement and bird feathers in the plant.

So in the spirit of last year's anti-China alarmism and calls for boycotts, I'm now calling for all Texans do the right thing and boycott all Texas-made products.

"It's For The Children"®

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Senator Charles Schumer, on the subject of whether or not you care

Here's Senator Charles Schumer, on the subject of whether or not you care about the stimulus bill having more pork than the Chicago stockyards. (The video only lasts 16 seconds, unlike this Schumer quote, which I hope will last forever, and be widely mocked wherever caring people gather to give a damn.)

It's time to boycott Georgia

Here's CNN, on the congressional investigation into a Georgia peanut plant accused of knowingly covering up a salmonella outbreak:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The president of a peanut company and a plant manager accused of knowingly distributing contaminated food refused to answer questions posed by members of Congress on Wednesday, citing their Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

The testimony of Stewart Parnell, president of the Peanut Corp. of America, and Sammy Lightsey, manager of the company's Blakely, Georgia, plant, before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee lasted less than 10 minutes.

Remember the good old days before trucking was de-regulated in the 1980's? It used to be more difficult and expensive to ship products across state lines into Texas. Back then, we didn't have to worry as much about contaminated peanut butter being shipped in from Georgia.

This salmonella outbreak is the legacy of "Free Trade". A loss of lives, a loss of jobs, and a loss of income for Texans. Do you think we'd have this problem with peanut butter if it had to be produced in Texas, with Texas inspectors reviewing the peanuts through every step of the peanut butter process? Wouldn't you be willing to pay more, just to know that your peanut butter was from Texas peanuts, grown by Texans, buttered by Texans, and inspected by our own Texas bureaucrats?

Because of Georgia's obvious Quality Control problems, don't you think it's time to boycott all Georgia products?


Well think about that next time you read something like this.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An Octogenarian's Blog

Why couldn't this lady have been my social studies/history/economics teacher ??
Her site is called "An Octogenarian's Blog", and it is pure, undiluted greatness.

She makes me look like Al Freakin' Franken.
She name-checks Milton Friedman and Frederick Bastiat, both in the same post.
Her name is Anne Cleveland, AND SHE'S 80 SOMETHING YEARS OLD ! ! !
Wouldn't it be fun to sneak her into a Tim Geithner press conference, and then let her go medieval on him with the cameras rolling ?
Here's her "About Me" page. Here are the links to the newspaper articles written about her.

I love the internet. Love it, love it, love it.
Why do I get the feeling that if I live to be 80, I'll still be ranting to whoever will listen?

An Inconvenient Thermometer

It hit fifty degrees below zero last month.

This ties the record for coldest temperature ever recorded in New England, a record set in 1933.

Pics of global cooling from Freeborn John. Pics of schizophrenic Time Magazine covers from Globalwarming Lies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Snowe, Collins, and Specter take a hit for the team

A group called The National Republican Trust Political Action Committee believes that there's a significant difference between The Daddy Party and The Mommy Party.
That's why they're trying to withold Republican campaign funds from (and support Republican challengers to) Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

Snowe, Collins, and Specter were the only three Daddy Party members to vote for the Senate's version of the stimulus package.

Well, to paraphrase Voltaire, if Snowe, Collins, and Specter didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent them. Sooner or later, the thing was bound to pass, and it had to have some Republican help to get there. If debate had continued, various Republican goodies under the stimulus Christmas tree would've been slowly nixed until we got a genuine "stimulus-only" bill, and that wouldn't have helped anybody's donors.

Snowe, Collins, and Specter don't run again for 6, 4, and 2 years, respectively. They represent predominantly Blue states, so they're most likely to come out re-elected, especially since most voters have the same long term memory capability as guppies. No one will ever know if they volunteered to slut themselves out this way, or if someone further up the pyramid pimped them out.

Keep an ear open for harsh and savage criticism of Snowe, Collins, and Specter from fellow senate Republicans. Listen closely. Have you heard anything yet?
Chances are, you won't hear a peep. You don't send three people out to take a hit for the team, and then publicly criticize them for their willingness to do the dirty work.

Once again, please repeat after me: There is no difference between The Daddy Party and The Mommy Party. None.

If your economy has "performance" issues....

This is from Reason magazine's audio/video club, and it's priceless.

With a tip of the hat to Tim Lebsack at the Dallas County Libertarian Party blog.

Rahm Emmanuel - The Latest "Whitey" Nominee

It's happening again.
It's Groundhog Day.

Can someone explain to me, using little-bitty words that I can understand, why it is that so many people near the top of the Obama administration don't believe they should have to pay taxes? Why do they all want to spend your money instead of their own?

(Ahemm.....) Could it be that they don't believe their own rhetoric? Maybe way down deep, they believe that they're the best judge of how their paycheck should be spent?

This time it's Rahm Emmanuel. He's been living at the home of a lobbyist, and not paying taxes on the "imputed income" from that arrangement.

(The lobbyist has Rahm Emmanuel listed as a client, along with Emmanuel's Mommy Party Congressional Campaign Committee. That's a secondary problem that everyone is too busy to worry about.)

This is becoming tiresome. When I created The Whitey Award for "Eliminating Government Waste By Not Giving Government Any Money", I had no idea that I'd need a playoff system.
So Rahm Emmanuel is now a nominee.
Remember when, just 3 weeks ago, candidates for this award could demonstrate some false modesty and say "Oh, it's an honor just to be nominated...." ???? Remember that innocent era?

Well, it's not that way any more. It's not an honor for anybody if we have to nominate everybody.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Ron Paul Page-A-Day #4

Here's the 4th installment of the Ron Paul Page-A-Day, in which I supply a section of Ron Paul's "The Revolution: A Manifesto" for your enlightenment and commentary, and to help sales of the best political book ever written.
In the previous installment, the good doctor explained why his campaign exceeded everyone's expectations (Hit the Ron Paul Page-A-Day tab below). In this excerpt, he gives a hat tip to one of his early role models.

People seem to think I am speaking of principles foreign to the Republican tradition. But listen to the words of Robert A. Taft, who in the old days of the Republican Party was once its standard-bearer:

When I say liberty I do not simply mean what is referred to as "free enterprise". I mean liberty of the individual to think his own thoughts and live his own life as he desires to think and to live; the liberty of the family to decide how they wish to live, what they want to eat for breakfast and for dinner, and how they wish to spend their time; liberty of a man to develop his ideas and get other people to teach those ideas, if he can convince them that they have some value to the world; liberty of every local community to decide how its children shall be educated, how its local services shall be run, and who is local leaders shall be; liberty of a man to choose his own occupation; and liberty of a man to run his own business as he thinks it ought to be run, as long as he does not interfere with the right of other people to do the same thing.
As we'll see in a later chapter, Taft was also an opponent of needless wars and of unconstitutional presidential war-making.

This is the Republican tradition to which I belong.

Picture of Dr. Paul jump-starting the Constitution came from here.

My Economic Crisis Story (as requested by Governor Tim Kaine)

I'm still getting emails from Barack Obama. (I sent him $12.50 to help him defeat She Whose Name Is Not Spoken, and that got me on his mailing list.)

The man is still in campaign mode. They've sent out a video of Governor Tim Kaine explaining the Donor Compensation And Mommy Party Long Time Wish List Plan Economic Stimulus Plan.

Here's the Governor's request:

It's up to you to share and collect the real stories of this economic crisis. America needs to hear how this crisis is affecting your life and why the economic recovery plan is important to you and your community.You can record your story in the form below, on video, upload photos, or call a special toll free number to tell your story in your own way.
Once you submit your stories, they'll be made available to the public to show how critical it is to support the economic recovery plan.

Well, let me tell you about my day and my story, you rent-seeking bastards.

While you were trying to push through a "stimulus" plan that includes $88.6 million for new construction for Milwaukee Public Schools, which, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have shrinking enrollment, 15 vacant schools and, quite logically, no plans for new construction, some co-workers of mine were laying off 80 great employees.

While you were advocating a freakin' joke of an "economic" plan that includes $75 million dollars for anti-smoking programs, and $400 million for STD and HIV prevention, I was cutting some 40-hour a week employees back to 32 hours.

When you were pushing a $400 million dollar subsidy for Global Warming Research, a great lady lost her sales job, and sent me an email asking that I keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

I don't pray much any more. But I do have thoughts.

I think you con artists should do us all a favor. Call in sick tomorrow. And the next day and the next. Stay home through the end of the year, and work on not paying your taxes. Stop muddying the waters. Come back to what we laughingly call your "work" when the recession is over.
We'll all get back to work a lot faster if we can keep you out of our pockets.

Submitted to Obama's "Share Your Economic Crisis" page on 2-9-09 at 8:50 p.m.

And Now For Something Completely Different - A Journalist LIkes Wal-Mart!!!!

The guy in the picture is Charles Platt. Mr. Platt went undercover from his usual gig at Wired magazine to work at Wal-Mart, an experience he wrote about for The New York Post.

Some people, usually community activists, loath Wal-Mart. Others, like the family of four struggling to make ends meet, are in love with the chain. I, meanwhile, am in awe of it.
With more than 7,000 facilities worldwide, coordinating more than 2 million employees in its fanatical mission to maintain an inventory from more than 60,000 American suppliers, it has become a system containing more components than the Space Shuttle - yet it runs as reliably as a Timex watch.
Mr. Platt obviously didn't get the memo. Wal-Mart is supposed to be 100% evil, right?
....Considering this is a company that is helping families ride out the economic downturn, which is providing jobs and stimulus while Congress bickers, which had sales growth of 2% this last quarter while other companies struggled, you have to wonder why. At least, I wondered why. And in that spirit of curiosity, I applied for an entry-level position at my local Wal-Mart.
This will be the good part. Here come stories about employees being chained in the back rooms, forced to work off the clock while Simon Legree wannabes spit on their Bibles.

Getting hired turned out to be a challenge. The personnel manager told me she had received more than 100 applications during that month alone, chasing just a handful of jobs. Thus the mystery deepened. If Wal-Mart was such an exploiter of the working poor, why were the working poor so eager to be exploited? And after they were hired, why did they seem so happy to be there? Anytime I shopped at the store, blue-clad Walmartians encouraged me to "Have a nice day" with the sincerity of the pope issuing a benediction.
Yeah, well, in some places with new stores, there are more than 20 applicants for each job. But that's because the masses don't know better, and haven't been exposed to the blessings of giving their pay to union bosses.

.... I sat at a table that was covered in untrimmed fabric under a protective layer of sticky transparent vinyl, like a couch cover. I'd seen better-looking decor at firehouse bingo evenings. Was Wal-Mart going out of its way to emphasize its commitment to cost-cutting? I guessed that the utilitarian ethic was so deeply embedded, it was just taken for granted.
I've been to the Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville Arkansas three or four times. I've been to the Canadian headquarters in Toronto about as many. This guy, Charles Platt, has definitely been in some Wal-Mart offices. The furniture makes the North Sunflower Academy cafeteria look like Tavern On The Green. If they had nicer furniture in their offices, I bet they'd be unprofitable enough to qualify for some bailout money. The Fools ! !

....A week later, I found myself in an elite group of 10 successful applicants convening for two (paid) days of training in the same claustrophobic, windowless room. As we introduced ourselves, I discovered that more than half had already worked at other Wal-Marts. Having relocated to this area, they were eager for more of the same.
These employees simply don't know better. They've been brainwashed. They were graduates of the American school system, and of course weren't qualified for..... oh, never mind.
The article is excellent, and worth reading. I can promise you've never read a Wal-Mart piece like this one. When you get a chance, please read the whole thing.
But I've got to include Platt's closing paragraph:

Based on my experience (admittedly, only at one location) I reached a conclusion which is utterly opposed to almost everything ever written about Wal-Mart. I came to regard it as one of the all-time enlightened American employers, right up there with IBM in the 1960s. Wal-Mart is not the enemy. It's the best friend we could ask for.

Charles Platt is a former senior writer for Wired magazine.

How To End An Ice Age? Sin

Researchers generally agree that, during a warming period about 9,400 years ago, an onrush of seawater from the Mediterranean spurred a connection with the Black Sea, then a largely freshwater lake. That flood turned the lake into a rapidly rising sea.

Please read that paragraph again, very carefully. You WILL be tested.
Let's try filling in the blanks.

Researchers generally agree that, during _ _______ ______ about 9,400 years ago....

Did you fill in the blanks correctly? Did you say "a warming period"? Good. Let's try another section.

Researchers generally agree that, during a warming period about ______ years ago....

Very good, class. There was a warming period 9,400 years ago. Here's a nice picture of Mount Ararat, the mountain where Biblical scholars believe Noah's ark came to rest after the great flood.

Let's discuss what caused this flood. Please pick the cause you think most likely.

a) Sin
b) Climate cycles caused by natural fluctuations in the environment, the earth's core, sunspots, and other natural causes.
c) Adam and Eve's insistence on driving a Hummer, plus Cain and Abel's arrogant refusal to recycle.
d) Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble had a massive carbon footprint, but didn't have a cap-and-trade system.
e) Al Gore had not yet been born.
f) We don't have a freakin' clue.
Regardless of what you think about the cause of the glaciers melting 9,400 years ago, people found a way to blame themselves or other people for the resulting flood. (Genesis 6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them." etc etc etc....)
We like to believe that the universe is all about us, whether it's a comet in the night sky (omens), the location of planets influencing our luck (astrology), or the earth getting warmer or cooler and causing floods or ice ages (religious flood stories, or the cult of anthropogenic global warming).
The reality? We really wish that the weather was all about us.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Not Welcome In Kansas Any More

Darwin and Lincoln have their 200th birthday coming up on Thursday.

The Pelosian Heresy

This person has more control over your debt level than almost anyone alive.
Good Lord In Heaven.

Here's wisdom on how STD Prevention will stimulate the economy.

And here we are promising a "Pork Free" Stimulus Package, which seems like a contradiction in terms, doesn't it?????