26 December 2010
(students clamor to dutifully obey the Leader)
(Fairy Godmother organizes all the sandwiches in a stack, all the chips, etc. desegregating all the lunches into groupings. She holds up the last sandwich baggie, different from all the rest. It contains a single cookie.)
BO: Ah, okay. It looks like we have a cookie in this one.
I took Ronnie's math reward cookie that he worked so hard on ... good job Ronnie on that Oreo (cue applause) ... then I crushed it; then each of you came up to the front and I dropped a cookie bit in your mouth and let you sip from the communal milk cup.
See how that works? I have taken one cookie and turned it into 30.
Amy: But what about the leftover crumbs?
BO: I've pocketed those for the special ed class and the ESOL class coming next.
Amy: (no response as her stomach growled)
BO: I'll tell you when the next food item is coming. See up here at the table? There's more than enough for everyone! You'll get your fair share. But first I want you to listen to some stories...that will help distract you...
25 December 2010
They thought, those who Liberally planted sirens singing "the children!" or "the hungry!" that they were part of a Robin Hood merry band. Seize the riches! But when the riches are the community well and grain silo, you're not stealing from the evil filthy rich king, but from your neighbor. I ask you Left, is that fair? Is that the common good? Is that the best for the welfare of our nation? Are Progressives just Gypsies creating distraction while Obama 'Blue One' pirates for himself?
As the Democrat party eats itself over the November failure, the honor among thieves is oddly absent.
So, for this man is there any parley?
24 December 2010
Liberal states that steal from others using the Federal structure is taxation without representation (and that's not fair, to quote Schoolhouse Rock.)
Lessons from Greece and England: you teach other people how to treat you. The governments there have trained their people to be dependent sheep and now that they need to be weaned a bit, there are tantrums. It's better to put folks on hard tack and teach them to farm so they can provide for themselves...and others who can't, right?
23 December 2010
"That's for ice cream today," he beamed. "It's Friday and I'm celebrating."
"Hey, that's great!" said the Teacher.
Classwork began and around 10:00 the Teacher stepped out of the classroom. A few minutes later she cleared her throat and asked for the students' attention.
"Children, Noel is celebrating today with ice cream!" An immediate roar went up as the kids turned to smile and nod approvingly at Noel.
The Teacher reached into the hallway and retrieved a serving tray containing perfectly even slices of ice cream sandwich...each with a handy toothpick.
Noel's heart sank to his stomach. What was this? A misunderstanding! The ice cream money was a treat for himself, not the whole class. But he stayed quiet and smiled a little at the other happy classmates.
The Teacher passed down the rows, each child taking a single taste of ice cream sandwich. Noel was happy to see that when the Teacher came to him after the rest had been served, there were several pieces remaining. He reached to take one and then another.
"Oh, no Noel...take only one. It's only fair that each student get the same amount."
Unhappily, but quiet, Noel popped the small bit of ice cream sandwich in his mouth and scowled. But all the other children, whose attention had been turned toward the teacher at this point, nodded in agreement. None of them were really very happy with the tiny treat after all. It was just too small to enjoy.
Noel took out a book from home he'd chosen for reading and sank into a story about a red hen.
In a few minutes he saw from his vantage point at the back of the classroom, the Teacher gobbled up the remaining ice cream and tossed away the platter. Some of the kids were grumbling and playing pirates with the sword-like toothpicks instead of doing school work.
"Children, please put away your toothpicks!" exclaimed the Teacher. "Those are dangerous!"
After the toothpicks were packed away, most everyone, except Noel, forgot about the morning treat.
The next Friday, Noel brought in two shiny quarters, a gift from Grandma. "Don't spend it all in one place!" she'd joked.
Noel delivered his lunch money to the Teacher and explained, "This extra fifty cents is for me...just me. For ice cream. Okay?"
The Teacher said, without looking up, "I will save this money just for you...yes. I will put it in the ice cream envelope with your name on it and you can use it at lunch." But, to Noel she seemed to be distracted by some noisy children.
Sometime around ten, Danielle raised her hand and interrupted the flow of everything by asking the Teacher, "Are we having ice cream again today like we did last Friday?" She had a toothpick in her upraised hand...found just a moment before in her desk.
"No!" Noel coughed out involuntarily.
The entire class whirled around to glare at Noel. "That's my ice cream," he said sheepishly.
"Sorry class," the Teacher said, "it seems that Noel doesn't want to share this week."
"Aw!" whined the disappointed classroom. Ugly glances and snarky comments were muttered under breath all around.
"That's not fair," said Danielle. "Why does Noel get to have ice cream and none of us? Make him share!"
The Teacher listened to the grumbling from the class for several minutes before giving in.
"Okay, okay," she said, arms upraised in a quiet-down motion. "Everyone pipe down and I'll take care of it."
The Teacher swiftly returned after a brief absence with a tray of tiny treats just like the week before. As she doled out the ice cream, Danielle turned to Noel and said, "you are so selfish...but we got ice cream anyway so..." and out came her ugly pink tongue.
Laughter bubbled up all around as the class jeered Noel because of his selfishness and the tiny treat because it was "lame anyway." One kid flicked his ice cream at another...and several joined in, making a mess and wasting the treat.
Noel endured the silent treatment from several 'friends' at lunch. For the second week in a row he had not gotten his ice cream sandwich treat.
The next Friday came and predictably Danielle was the one to raise the morning treat question.
"I'm sorry class. Noel didn't bring the money for the treat party this week."
An uproar ensued from the entire class. Spitballs, airplanes, name-calling...angry looks.
22 December 2010
The safety net has become a culture. A culture of corruption is not worth saving.
Macon, GA woman complains it is too difficult to get the government to pay part of her electric bill so she can stay warm. Pictured above. Discuss.
21 December 2010
When new drivers get behind the wheel, they need to be trained in the rules of the road, challenged on test courses and on paper. Proof of insurance and identity must be in the vehicle. A current tag, indicative of taxes paid, must be displayed clearly.
We Americans failed to do due diligence to ensure that the driver had the proper papers and skills. The world cheered at first, but begin to understand, like we do, that the engine of Earth's enterprise has been spiked with sugared gas. The road forward has been littered with nails and diversions.
As examiners and passengers, we let a smooth-talking criminal jack our car.
13 December 2010
In large municipalities we're seeing the re-emergence of local unions for electrical repair, plumbing and other skill trades. These unions are beginning to advertise a single number for 'all your needs' and they'll send out a certified, drug-tested, legal, skilled technician right away.
The beauty of these organizations is that they act as a company without having all those pesky corporate regulations, because each worker who shows up, is an independent contractor. But looky...the union membership dues get you discounts on healthcare, referrals for work, etc. And if you are sick...no problem, someone else is on the job. And if you want to take a vacay...no problem, off you go. And if your rates aren't as discount as the customer expects...well, there's that handshake agreement that all of the guys in that are 'certified' will charge $50 per trip and $75 per hour. Weird. No worry about competition.
And those folks who don't want to play ball...well, your union dues can campaign for 'certification' and can advertise in your locality to explain how your competition is small potatoes and shoddy.
And about those teachers' unions who insist that tenure is a better way of retaining teachers pay-for-performance...it depends on your goal? Parents want the best teachers for their kids in government school...unions want control to run the schools like a small prison, with little oversight or information within the community.
President Obama's administration has created a fertile environment for the rise of unions. The encouragement to work collectively rather than empowering individuals has proved damaging in many aspects of society. McVictimization of America, or the loss of property, or the inability to provide for family, or the constant worry over what will happen next in the local or broader economy. Crime up. Severe weather. Hard candy Christmas evolving into Black Christmas. Hopelessness on the rise.
So it makes sense that the brotherhood and solidarity of the collective union is making a comeback. Safety in numbers appeals to our basest instincts when we're threatened. The surety of benefits, steady income stream, and guaranteed breaks means less personal risk, less competition, less uncertainty.
Is it any surprise that the unions are appearing to evolve into a membership co-op, blessed with the ability to avoid anti-competitive lawsuits, the ability to undercut the mom & pop standalone shop, and the 'certification' of membership which permits is members to work as much or as little as they desire, ultimately does a huge disservice to the patrons it serves by raising the rates by eliminating competition and rewarding members handsomely.
Will card-check make us all temps? With ObamaCare mandating collectivist insurance, eliminate the last vestige of the employer/employee relationship (remember the gold watch retirement? gone before I came along, how about you?) Next, we can expect that corporations, overwhelmed with 1099 paperwork, research on the legality of their workforce, and confused by diversity requirements, will seek a temporary and replaceable workforce. People will swap in and out like cogs of a machine. The Exceptional America will fade into the past like those gold watches and the codependent relationship employees once enjoyed with their employer. Collectivists seek to replace individual pride and skill with uniformity and predictable inefficiency. No spark. No out-of-the-box thinking. No invention. How very...Mao.
Could we be on the verge of a huge move toward the virtualization of the American workforce?
Texas windfarm energy, you know that green energy that is supposed to replace that dirty, filthy oil they're pumping there...well, it turns out that the company who'll manufacture the turbines...China. The company that won the bid to install and maintain the windfarm...in China. So whose economy are we stimulating with these 'new economy' jobs.
I'm reminded of Sam Walton's vision of "Buy America" back when Wal-Mart was a warehouse club with products on pallets. I worked for him back then, before the slipstream economy made Wal-Mart the big box of cheap-stuff filled with short-bus screamers.
A prime example of how our nation's gut has changed shows up in the Food Stamp program...now being accepted at fast food locations. What the, what? Shouldn't food stamps be there for items that WIC approves? You know milk, cheese, flour...basics...not Taco Bell. If these folks aren't working, they have the time to make biscuits and soak beans. And if we're going to pay for healthcare, should we be handing them a meal ticket for high-sodium, high-fat foods? Shouldn't they be eating a salad? Down is up. Up is down. Inside out.
Until we as a nation prioritize our need to stimulate the economy at home; empower individuals to earn and spend based on the needs of individual families, we're all temp's renting apartments in the hive of queen Obama's collectivism.
05 December 2010
While playing a fun and challenging level, the kid was joined by another player whose character was wearing the iconic Statue of Liberty costume. The kid had chosen an army-style uniform...I had to grin a little at the pride of Americanism in Little Big Planet.
But then something happened that I didn't expect.
During the gameplay, the visitor decided to smack the army guy in the face with her torch. The kid said, "Hey, that's not right" and proceeded to boot the villain disguised as Lady Liberty from the game.
No questions about why would someone do that or what did I do to deserve it, just...boop.
It seemed like a small epiphany, this archetype of reality. What should we do when someone, disguised in the robes of freedom, smacks us in the face? They get ejected from the game. No questions.
Maybe we should require other countries to prove their affirmation to freedom, equality, and friendliness to the American way before permitting them to enjoy in the riches that result.
Otherwise we can expect our enemies to continue to pilfer the coffers of America and use those in war against us.
16 October 2010
This election will restore balance...and hope...ending the scythe of tyranny that President One began...4 years of a Democrat Congress is quite enough...the supermajority fumbled everything they touched... I think we can check off the our country's list "vote in black President" and "give Democrats a chance" and now we can actually look at the content of what a President brings to the table and the fiscal soundness of Congressional policy ... right now we can't get a word in edgewise because (shocker) the philosophy of Left won't hear of dissent...exhibit A: Pelosi's ham-handed-hammer.
For the first time since the meltdown, regular Conservative folk see an opportunity that may not come again. Seize control of a runaway government hell-bent on destroying personal responsibility and freedom. This vote is, by many accounts, the most pivotal vote we'll ever cast.
Many folks stayed home last election as a boycott of the broken system that had failed them. The price was to permit a sweeping change in the machinery that runs our great nation. The driver, a 15 year old behind the wheel of a powerful and unfamiliar tool...ready to go for a joy ride. With the parking brake burnt out, clutch gone and screaming passengers...the Tea Party is applying the as-yet-unbroken...foot brake.
What I like about the Tea Party is that it is not led by an individual...inevitably singled out and covered in mud, no matter who the leader is, they burn out. As a movement with ideals to eradicate waste, abuse, fraud and snake oil...we promise to impose term limits on any candidate who fails to vote and behave as expected in Congress. Since Clinton, it's openly acceptable for a Liberal candidate to have no private morals impact his or her public record. With this tenet in mind, attacks on Christine O'Donnell seem so weak. Hint, we don't care about that stupid stuff you keep bringing up. We want her to go to Washington and vote the way we want her to...and when or if she stops, we'll vote her out too. Career politicians be warned in the era of Tea Party. This movement is bigger than the sum of its parts. The leaders are replaceable but the message is clear. The Tea Party presents an opportunity for Conservatives to let their voice be heard, not by abdicating their responsibility at the poll...but to exercise it for the most Conservative candidate...and to repeat and repeat and repeat this process until the whole face of Washington is replaced with citizens who've balanced checkbooks, made priorities, prepared a payroll, and even been victimized by big government.
Future generations will look back at this healthcare repeal and compare it closely to the end of Prohibition...whose children, oddly enough, a mighty players in this fiasco.
30 September 2010
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27 July 2010
Except it didn't.
Anyone who had ever balanced a checkbook could see that borrowing 41 cents on every dollar to pay for the Democrat Christmas list, a crashed economy, 10%+ unemployment, billions in 'simulus' spending failing to jump start the economy, poor foreign policy, out-of-touch domestic policy, and failure to deal promptly with the BP oil well explosion stirred the Gen-exxer's to action.
Massive government expansion into the private sector, taking over auto, healthcare and banking; then eyeing retirement accounts and massive tax increases spurred action. Tax-and-spend Democrat policies spurred action. A failure to acknowledge the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in the mortgage meltdown spurred action. 2.7 million jobs lost since the stimulus bill passed spurred action. Allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire spurred action. The exposure of motor-voter and Leftist activists signing up folks in unemployment lines to make sure they keep getting a check (they don't have anything better to do) spurred action. Old hippie Code Pink women embarrassed them and spurred action. Refusal of the Federal Government to protect borders spurred action. And the ideal of Obama...to tear down America and replace it with a European socialist country spurred action.
The Generation X voters knew government is a service industry; government schoolteaching is a service industry.
It was time to restore fiscal responsibility and ensure that Socialists are beaten back with their tails between their legs.
26 July 2010
30 June 2010
24 June 2010
Headed to the gulf beaches? Bring Goo Gone. Don't go. Goo is poison.
21 June 2010
18 June 2010
again? What of Middle East new friends in China and Russia? Can a
nuclear threat be far behind between the hostilities of Arabs nations,
India, and Israel...not to mention the loose nukes of the Soviets.
Mutually Assured Destruction worked as a deterrent in the Cold War
because both sides had too much to lose. Napoleonic complexes and holy
wars throw out reason and return us to the era of kamakaze zeroes. Too
bad we have failed to carry the torch the Greatest Generation fought
so hard to keep lit.
We are indeed at an inflection point ... What an understatement. The
emphasis is on thug life and how America has become home of the knave.
15 June 2010
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13 May 2010
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NY Times Columnist Compares to al-Qaeda Leader to Jesus, Flatly Rejects Jihadism Had Anything to do With Times Square Bomb Plot…
Warning on this one, the rage factor is off the charts. NYT columnist Robert Wright goes so far as to implore Obama not to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, who he then compares to Jesus Christ all while putting the blame for jihadism on America. And people say liberalism isn't a mental disorder…
(NYT)- One fate the conservative commentator Daniel Pipes doesn't have to worry about is drowning in conceptualcomplexity. He keeps his theories simple. His theory about why Faisal Shahzad tried to blow up a bomb in Times Square last week is "jihadi intent."
Pipes writes dismissively of other explanations — that Shahzad is emotionally unstable, say, or that the bomb was payback for American military action in Pakistan. In Pipes's universe, apparently, these explanations are rivals to the "jihadi intent" explanation, and couldn't figure in an account of how Shahzad came to have jihadi intent in the first place.
Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic seems to agree that jihadism is a kind of prime mover of terrorism. After bloggers noted that Shahzad had lost his home to foreclosure, Goldberg rejected the idea that "the country's financial crisis, and not, say, jihadist ideology, is at the root of Shahzad's desire to commit murder in Times Square."
I'd like to invite Pipes and Goldberg to imagine an alternative universe, a universe in which behaviors — such as planting a bomb — don't have a single "root" cause. In this universe, bomb-planting behavior is kind of like the bombs themselves: a number of ingredients have to come together before things get explosive. If you figure out what those ingredients are, and which of them you can control, maybe you can make bomb-planting behavior less common.
In the universe I'm positing, the following scenario is conceivable:
A Pakistani guy moves to America, goes to college, gets a job, starts a family. He grows unhappy. Maybe he's having financial problems (though I'm skeptical, for reasons outlined by Charles Lane here, that Shahzad's home foreclosure actually signifies as much); or maybe the problem is just that he doesn't find his social niche. And maybe he was a bit unstable to begin with — which would make it harder to find his niche and might intensify his reaction to not finding it.
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WH Budget Director Peter Orszag: Obama Never "Pledged" Not to Raise Taxes, He Simply "Preferred" Not to Raise Them…
I just looked in the mirror and like I thought, "dumbass" wasn't stamped on my forehead, Mr. Orszag should look a little harder next time…
(PP)- White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, grilled about Obama's pledge not to raise middle-class taxes, left the president wiggle room. Lloyd Grove reports.
Remember President Obama's supposedly inviolable pledge—repeatedly uttered during the 2008 campaign and at countless town meetings since the inauguration—that he would never raise taxes on middle-class citizens who earn $250,000 a year or less?
This morning at a Manhattan breakfast sponsored by Thomson Reuters, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag threw that pledge out the window. Instead, he described Obama's "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge as a "stance" and a "preference" that is subject to study by the president's newly-formed bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.
12 May 2010
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07 May 2010
While standing in line at a Publix pharmacy, I had a lot of time to have a look at the fully stocked items which line the shelves right by the cash register. Somehow, someone had faced-out every product in such a way that the 'spanish side' of the product was facing front...and that was a lot of product. It probably took just a minute or two for someone to do, but the message was effective. I felt briefly like a stranger in a strange land.
I determined right there not to buy any product that is presented with the 'spanish side out' at any retailer at any time. I think the old 'Made In America' logo that made Wal-Mart a household name instead of a small discounter needs to make a serious comeback as well. Wal-Mart is no longer 'buy American'...maybe they should be.
05 May 2010
04 May 2010
There is a method for testing the security of a network connection called a penetration test. You try all the standard attack vectors to make sure they are secure...it's like going around the outside of your house and checking all the windows and doors after you've locked it up.
Perhaps this clown has nothing to lose...maybe his family is being threatened in Pakistan...who knows? But maybe al Qaeda is testing us to see what we see and what we don't.
Why the willful blindness? Bloomberg suggests that the Times Square bomber would be a disenfranchised American. The video showed a 'white guy.' Homegrown, mentally deranged person. Somebody who doesn't like the health care bill.
What we know today:
Got right on UAE plane at airport
US Arrests SUV owner
Democrat, family man in foreclosure
Times Square Bomber is a Muslim
changed shirt because he was hot
Bloomberg will not tolerate bias or backlash against Pakistani
03 May 2010
The move to legitimize 'undocumented workers' the same level of racism as is used by the Arizona immigration law...it simply differentiates this group by the color of their skin and heritage.
For instance, the police don't prevent crime...that's not what they do. They are there to arrest the perp after the crime is committed. Strictly speaking they don't protect and serve.
FEMA is a reactionary agency and until a disaster blooms to a certain magnitude, they don't respond.
It would be like a fire department that doesn't respond to a house fire until the whole house is fully engulfed and they are there to keep the fire from spreading to the neighborhood.
Or maybe it's more like a nuclear cleanup crew who don't get called in until the leak escapes from the plant, so they stand around until the meltdown is fully engaged.
It's shockingly short-sited, I think, to decide not to respond to a disaster that can potentially spiral out of control.
With the full force of the world's greatest military out our control, we should be able to cap an oil well, protect our border, and destabilize militant dictators intent on our destruction.
Cementing by Halliburton gone wrong?
North Korean sub blew up oil rig?
SWAT teams were not sent; Obama used hyperbole
Houston luncheon US Dept of Interior was about to give 'outstanding safety and pollution prevention' award to BP?
Earth Day, Gulf of Mexico set afire and undersea oil well explodes
Fire hoses sank the oil platform?
30 April 2010
29 April 2010
24 April 2010
- Eliminate wasteful spending on unnecessary expenditures:
- preventive reproductive health for anyone over 40 banned except for sterilization
- no more expensive dental and dermatological procedures...elective medicine redacted from government coverage
- Sex Tax - raise taxes on all sex-related gear except condoms and sterilization procedures...the racier, the higher the tax...bondage bonus tax...particularly high rate for dangerous sex toys... a commission will need to be formed to evaluate this
- Poo Tax - make all toilets require quarters
- Door Tax - make all doors require pennies to open
- Food Tax - raise taxes on carbohydrates and fat, encouraging consumption of healthy vegetables; no tax on animals you grow, slaughter and eat yourself
- Interstate Tax - raise taxes on the federal highway system...every vehicle over 4 wheels must pay a tax; this will encourage folks to grow food locally; manufacture locally; etc.
- AIDS Tax - gay marriage license requires forfeiture of all worldly goods to pay for long-term medical care if either partner gets HIV
- Cat & Dog Tax - Untethered animals may be rounded up and used to feed the homeless within any city limits
- Freedom Tax - For those who decide to throw up their hands and mooch off the state they get free room and board by moving into currently abandoned military bases which will be activated to provide food, clothing, shelter. Some communal service will be required to cook and clean for the compound. May leave when ready to work again.
- Poll Tax - You must present your income tax payment receipt from the prior tax year before being permitted to vote. Deposit slips from refunds are not accepted.
23 April 2010
If I go to purchase a home, I have to figure out what I can afford and balance that with what my family needs. What the government is doing is building a house without a floorplan...adding room after room without any constraint to how big or how expensive the house should be.
What we should be doing is determining what we need and can afford, then setting taxes to pay for those services...not the other way 'round.
...you know, we have a baseline of the core services that we need and the government should provide. And then we decide how do we pay for that....
But folks tend to live in areas where they feel safe and where they fit in. When folks hear 'spread the wealth around' they either hear 'get stuff for free' or 'tax me more.' If you believe that society owes you something you'll hear the former.
Why is it that urbanites lean Left while the rest of us are more conservative. I believe it's because the liberal mindset promotes interdependence while conservative views promote independence. With this is mind, personal responsibility falls right and the blame game falls left.
I feel like the liberal mindset is childish...the product of too much mental circle-jerking on campuses. The real world requires one to learn how to take care of oneself. We get nanny state 'stability from the Left or free market competition and uncertainty from the future. Americans should have the ability to pursue opportunity in the face of uncertainty. Og said attitude determines altitude, right? But you can have upward mobility without propulsion in the first place.
Stagflation is on our doorstep. The voodoo economics we thought were buried in the 80's have been awoken with the Obama zombies.
The scary thing about the Opacalypse is that as the economy capsizes, the folks who will drown first will be those who have no idea how to take care of themselves. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to be self-sufficient, armed, stocked-up, wood-chopped and ready to enter the new frontier after the waters recede from the ark.