Saturday, February 5, 2011

An explanation of Arlington's Super Bowl weather disaster

I don't believe that God intervenes in human activity, or anything else. 
There are only three exceptions to this rule:

1) My blackjack games
2) My football bets
3) The life and works of Jerry Jones  

Let's concentrate on #3.  Jerry Jones and the City Of Arlington conspired to steal some peoples' houses, bulldoze them, and build a Pharaonic Pyramid of a football stadium on the site of the theft. 
It was all legal, done within the realm of Eminent Domain, and at least 51% of Arlington voters voted in favor of the theft. 
You can hit the Jerry Jones or Eminent Domain tags at the bottom of this post to read some older rants on the subject. 

Tomorrow's Super Bowl was supposed to be a week-long celebration of the crime, seven days of partying to reward the many who voted to rob the few.  Million-dollar parties, Concerts.  Swarms of media. 

Full Disclosure: My employer, Jukt Micronics, got a contract to build the ESPN booth that they're using in downtown Fort Worth.  Nice piece of work, but it's generally been too cold for ESPN to use it. 

But what has happened?  We've had ice storms, sleet, and snow.  The power companies have had to implement a rolling blackout system for businesses, warehouses, manufacturers and some residences.  Traffic has slowed to a crawl.  Or no crawl at all, because everyone has stayed home all week.  We don't do snow very well. 

DFW airport and Love Field have had to operate at a limited capacity when they could operate at all. 
Downtown Fort Worth was supposed to have crowds rivaling Disneyworld.  On my one trip downtown I saw a few drunken Cheeseheads wandering around, Wisconsinites who know how to deal with this kind of weather.  That was it. 

And then, this happened:
As bowling ball-size chunks of ice fell on him from the roof of Cowboys Stadium on Friday afternoon, Win McNamee said he didn’t think he would survive.

“Honestly, while it was hitting me, I was thinking I’m going to die here,” McNamee said. “It was pretty frightening.”
McNamee, a veteran photographer who works for Getty Images, was one of six people injured by falling ice outside the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV in Arlington. He broke his left shoulder in four places and was planning to fly home to Washington, D.C., on Saturday and undergo surgery soon.
None of the other injuries were thought to be life-threatening, authorities said. One person remained hospitalized in stable condition Friday evening, officials said.
Lord have mercy, what a mess.  And why do I think that it isn't over yet? 

As for the economic impact of the disastrous weather?  Go here for ABC's evaluation of it.  We've got hotel cancellations left and right, retailers shuttered, and restaurants operating at 10% of capacity.  The national media is gleefully mocking Arlington's lack of preparedness for this kind of weather.  Especially the reporters who have been told by the NFL that their cities (Denver, Seattle, Detroit) aren't good Super Bowl locations because of 

How could something like this happen?  I mean, what are the freakin' odds? 

It's very simple, folks. 

God hates Jerry Jones.  The Lord God Jehovah hates Jerry Jones with the white hot passion of a thousand dying suns.  And Jerry must atone.  Now.  Unless he wants to spend another decade with fewer playoff wins than any current NFL General Manager over a ten year period. 

Here's the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel, speaking out on the subject of Jerry, The Cowboys, and Arlington:

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

Ezekiel 22:31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.
I don't think there are any Eagles, Redskins, Giants, or Packers fans who could've said it any better.
So what do we do? 

Here is a purification ritual that Jerry could undergo.  This comes from the Holman Bible Dictionary
A cleansing agent (to atone for sin) was required: water, blood, or fire (Numbers 31:23). Water, the most common purifying agent, symbolized cleansing and was used in the rituals related to a waiting period. The person was to wash the clothes and bathe the body (Leviticus 15:7). Blood was used to cleanse the altar and the holy place (Leviticus 16:14-19). It was mixed with other ingredients for cleansing from leprosy (Leviticus 14:1) and contact with the dead (Numbers 19:1).

The final element of the ritual of purification is sacrifice. Purification from discharges required two pigeons or turtledoves, one for a sin offering and one for a burnt offering (Leviticus 15:14-15,Leviticus 15:29-30). A lamb and pigeon or turtledove were offered after childbirth (Leviticus 12:6). Sacrifice in the purification ritual for lepers was quite complicated, indicating the seriousness of leprosy as a cause of impurity (Leviticus 14:1). The priest also touched the person's extremities with blood from the offering and with oil, cleansing and life-renewing agents. The poor were allowed to substitute less valuable animals for use in their sacrifices.
To cut to the chase:  If we're ever going to have a succesful NFL franchise in Tarrant County, Jerry Jones must strip down to his skivvies, wash one of his suits on the 50-yard line of his gaudy Temple Of Baal, mop the field with the blood of Wade Phillips, and perform a ritual sacrifice by slaughtering some of his worst draft picks in the City Of Arlington's luxury suite. 
That should do it. 

But what about all the little people, Jerry's victims, the refugees who were dispossesed by Eminent Domain ? 
Once again, let's see what the Holy Scriptures have to say:

Leviticus 6: 1-7 :   "The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby— if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt. ... "

It's fairly simple, isn't it?  Jerry and Arlington must determine the current value of the stadium, the parking lot, the team, along with the value of having God on their side.  They must give that amount of money, plus 1/5th, to the people they stole the land from. 
Until that happens, we will labor under an Old Testament curse. 


Fauxbama crushed by a giant fish sandwich

From Vanity Fair, via Althouse, via Instapundit comes the KFC Commercial that they don't want you to ever see again. 
Two of my China trips were spent in a high rise apartment building over a KFC.  They love that stuff over there, and spend major amounts of Yuen getting kids into the restaurants.  Every 30 minutes or so, some militant marketing music comes over the speakers and the cashiers and cooks come out from behind the counters with KFC crowns for all the Little Emperors and they go through a five minute dance/aerobic routine centered around the glory of fried chicken. 
Lordy, I love that country. 

Anyway, here's the offending video.  If you're offended by the idea of a Fauxbama getting slammed by a giant fish sandwich, don't watch. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Yes, Ms. Pelosi, We Were Serious

Star Wars vs. Lord Of The Rings

I haven't linked to my Australian/British/Whatever buddies at the Counting Cats blog in a while. 

Please enjoy Nick M's comparison of The Lord Of The Rings to the three Star Wars prequels.  You might have to Google some of the slang, but it is time well spent. 

Be sure to follow all of the *** footnotes. 

Please, please, please look through the comments.  You'll never again look at a dachshund without thinking of toast. 

Lordy, I love the internet. 

Picture of the northern hemisphere

Here's what happens if you leave your truck door open in Chicago:

Lordy, it's cold. 
My employer built the ESPN booth that they're doing pre-Super Bowl broadcasts from in Downtown Fort Worth.  Will post pics soon, if it ever warms up enough for them to really use it ! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Black woman convicted of trying to get her children into a White school

The All Mediany website has uncovered a freakin' outrage.  Colored people are using false addresses to get their kids out of the ghetto and into OUR public schools. 

Kelley Williams-Bolar of Akron, Ohio, was convicted with a felony for using her father’s address to send her daughters to a different school district than the one her children were zoned for.

Whoever wrote this piece for All Mediany sounds kind of outraged, but that's the way our government schools are supposed to work.  You are born into a "zone", and if you can't get by with the crappy education provided in your zone, you die in that zone, surrounded by your own kind.  Deal with it. 

Four years ago Williams-Bolar decided to use her father’s address, where she lives part-time, to enroll her daughters in a top-performing school in the Copley-Fairlawn School District. Upon discovery of her alleged fraud, the school district accused Williams-Bolar of lying about her address and falsifying official documents. The school district hired a private investigator to follow Williams-Bolar driving her daughters from their home to the school.

Hiring a private detective to follow this lady around might sound like overkill, but think about it.... Do you really want colored people in YOUR public school?  What would happen to our segregated enclaves if the government issued some vouchers that let people go to school where they wanted to go to school?  Why, the system would crumble !  Our cities would stop creating White Flight Suburbs.  Minority kids might be able to compete with our kids.  Underperforming public schools, which create hundreds of thousands of jobs for goverment employees, would be shut down ! 
(Thank God that Barack Obama will never ever let anything like this happen.)

School officials were angered that her daughter received a quality education without paying the taxes needed to fund it. Despite William-Bolar's father living in the neighborhood in question, the district is asking her to pay back the estimated $30,000 it cost to educate her daughters.

And if "Williams-Bolar" (don't you love her pretentious little hyphen in there?) can't pay back the $30,000.00 to the white citizens of that school district, she should be put to work as a household domestic.  Too bad Ohio doesn't have any cotton fields to throw her into. 

The court sentenced Williams-Bolar to 10 days in jail, 80 hours of community service, and three years of probation. Presiding Judge Patricia Cosgrove made it clear that she was using Williams-Bolar as an example.

“I felt that some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts,” she said.

Williams-Bolar, a teacher’s assistant, is working toward a teaching degree and has only one semester left to finish. As a convicted felon, she will face great difficulty getting a job as a teacher. Felons can't receive any government assistance - including financial aid for education -, they can't vote, and they are required by law to inform prospective employers of their felony.

Sheesh....  What are the black folks going to want next?  Freedom of movement?  Let's hope they got the message that Uncle Sam has sent.  Stay in your "place", keep voting for Democrats, and for God's sake, don't support school vouchers. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's not what you know, it's who you know

From Bloomberg News:

President Barack Obama named Jeffrey Immelt, General Electric Co.’s chief executive officer, to head his outside panel of economic advisers, replacing former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

In announcing Immelt’s appointment to take the helm of the newly renamed President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, Obama said the economy is “in a different place” from where it was during the financial crisis when Volcker was brought on, and new ideas are needed to keep the momentum going.

Go here to read about all the mischief that G.E. can get into with Immelt having access to The Teleprompter's screen.  Worth the read. 

“The past two years was about moving our economy back from the brink,” Obama said alongside Immelt during an event in Schenectady, New York, home to the birthplace of GE’s energy business. “Our job now is putting our economy into overdrive.”

And now for something completely different....From the TaxProf Blog:

During his State of the Union address, President Obama said the current tax system is broken. "Those with accountants or lawyers to work the system can end up paying no taxes at all," he said. "But all the rest are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and it has to change."

Just how broken is the corporate tax system? Consider the tax rate paid by two of America's biggest companies — Wal-Mart and General Electric. Wal-Mart paid 34 cents in taxes for every dollar of profit it made in the past three years. General Electric paid just 3.6 cents on the dollar.

Welcome to the mysterious world of the corporate income tax, says tax expert Len Burman at Syracuse University. "There are big companies that consider their tax departments to be profit centers," he says.

That's right; instead of concentrating on making light bulbs, power plants or whatnot, companies use the tax system to boost their profits.

Here's what's funny about this....G.E., the ultra-wholesome, greenie, in bed with the Statists company, (and manufacturers of The ObamaBulbs) only paid 3.6 % of its income in taxes. 

Wal-Mart, the great Satan, the destroyer of America, exploiter of the people, torturer of kittens, etc., Wal-Mart graciously allows Obama to have 33.6 % of their income. 

I don't care who you are, that's funny. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Egypt is burning, We're going broke, We're fighting two wars and Senator Chuck Schumer want to ban bath salts

From The Washington Post, with a fresh coat of Whitening to Instapundit, here comes this gem about our nation's worst senator, Chuck Schumer.  This is the guy who supports every handgun ban and tried to prevent airlines from charging extra for carry-on luggage and tried to stop retailers from charging re-stocking fees.  The man doesn't have enough stuff to do. 

ALBANY, N.Y. -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says he wants the federal government to ban new designer drugs known as bath salts that pack as much punch as cocaine or methamphetamines.

The small, inexpensive packets of powder are meant to be snorted for a hallucination-inducing high, but they are often marketed with a wink on the Internet or in convenience stores as bathing salts.

The Democratic senator is announcing a bill Sunday that would add those chemicals to the list of federally controlled substances. He is also pushing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban the substance in the state.

A handful of states have already banned the active ingredients in the powders.

Schumer says the bath salts "contain ingredients that are nothing more than legally sanctioned narcotics."

IMAO, if people want to boil bath salts into crystal meth, that's their business and none of Chuck Schumer's.  If we're going to start keeping people away from items that we feel will do hartm to the nation, let's vote to prevent Schumer having access to microphones.  

Here's a little more on where Schumer comes from.  When citizens don't really care about billions of dollars slushing through the system, who cares if he's trying to extort donations from freakin' bath salts companies?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A call for civility in regards to Barack Obama

Because I still believe in a loving God, and because that stance assumes God wants the best for all of us.... maybe sometime in the next couple of weeks people will have mercy and stop discovering new contradictions in Barack Obama's truly godawful State Of The Union speech from last week. 

That poor little man. 

Go here for the latest one. 

Yes, it was a very, very bad speech, with horrific contradictions and mistakes at its core.  He didn't mean any of it, and no one in Congress took it seriously. 

So please, people, just leave it alone.  It was a horrible speech.  Leave him alone.  We only have two more years of this man.  Just two more years until he'll be replaced by a Republican who will use similar methods to do things that will probably be even worse.   

To continue picking at this foolish little goober when he opens his mouth is like pointing out the narrative impossibilities between the plots of Psycho (1960)  Psycho II (1983), Psycho III (1986), and Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990). 
No, they don't all hang together very well. 
They're not supposed to.  Norman Bates' mother and aunt and doctor couldn't all be the villain.  Norman couldn't possibly have a semi-hot girlfriend in the sequels. Not if he had really killed and taxidermied Mom in Psycho I. 
These movies were designed to take your money, get you into the theatre, and tell you an escapist story about a familiar group of characters.  Give you a couple of hours of fantasy and thrills.  That's all. 

No matter how entertaining and thrilling some of us might find Obama's speaking style to be, we can't shrink the government by expanding it.  We can't end pork by "investing" in more of it.  We can't change education by making sure it stays the same.  We can't decrease the regulatory burden on businesses by making more rules. 

Consistency and logic are not the point of Obama's teleprompter readings. 

Everyone knows this by now, so please stop pointing it out.  At this point, Barack Obama is like the guy who walks around with his pants unzipped and who does nothing about it, no matter how many people tell him to XYZ (eXamine Your Zipper). 
After a while, you have to assume that he likes it that way.

From now one, let's at least be civil about it. 

The picture of Obama as Pinocchio, which contradicts everything I just finished typing, came from The Militant Libertarian. 

Robert Redford

This video pulls no punches. 
They're calling Robert Redford a hypocrite. 
I prefer the term "Whited Sepulchre" myself. 
None of us is perfect. 
"For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of __this___." (Romans 3:23)

But in this case, unh...well....let's just say that Redford's actions make Al Gore's seem almost primitive.  And green.  And eco-friendly. 

I hate to see this. "The Sting", "Butch Cassidy", "Out Of Africa", "JEREMIAH FREAKIN' JOHNSON", "The Way We Were" (please don't tell anybody)  and "The Great Gatsby" (please don't tell anybody) are some of my favorites. 

Oh well. 

The U.S. Government's current fixation on the color green is about collecting taxes and shakedown money from manufacturers and truckers.  It's about funneling graft and pork "investments" to supporters who are willing to pretend to invent green, renewable, sustainable Perpetual Motion machines. 

Yeah, we don't need to hurt other people.  All the rest is noise.