Saturday, December 06, 2008

Most Wonderful Time of the Year #3

Where's my global warming?

I don't drive a big ass SUV to have the coldest temperatures in eight years.

So what the hell is causing this global cooling?

This year is set to be the coolest since 2000, according to a preliminary estimate of global average temperature that is due to be released next week by the Met Office. The global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C, which is 0.14C below the average temperature for 2001-07.

The relatively chilly temperatures compared with recent years are not evidence that global warming is slowing however, say climate scientists at the Met Office. "Absolutely not," said Dr Peter Stott, the manager of understanding and attributing climate change at the Met Office's Hadley Centre. "If we are going to understand climate change we need to look at long-term trends."

I love the whole global warming argument... It gets warmer, evidence of global warming. It get cooler, evidence of global warming.

The non sequitor logic of liberals.


Meanwhile, I'm freezing my ass this morning.

Signs of the depression

The city of Mason moved this light display to a city park a couple of years ago due to traffic issues.

Now they don't have the money or sponsors to fund it.

I guess we'll just have to watch it on the internet.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Thoughts on the bailout

A few thoughts on the auto bailout.

- The woman who cleans my office said to me "I've lost a couple of clients because of the recession, is the government going to help me? Yet these auto workers expect me to help them when they've been making about three times what I make."

- It occurs to me that the UAW could have paid for a lot of college degrees for the hundred of millions of dollars they've spent on political campaigns. Providing educational opportunities for their members would have softened the blow of mass layoffs.

- What concessions will the UAW make in all this? It occurs to me that if we spend 38 billion, the workers will continue to pay their dues to the UAW, who will, in turn, use those dollars to fund more democratic candidacies. Will they freeze those activities? If not, aren't we are basically giving public funds to democratic politicians?

- What is the rank in file auto worker doing to save their own job? I just wonder how many used sick days to go deer hunting this season.

- Hasn't the average American already voted on this issue. After all, the combined Big 3 market share is currently at 44%. If the average American supported a bailout, wouldn't they have just bought one of their cars.

- I keep hearing about how American quality is up. Currently the Gekko's are looking to buy a new car. Our choices, a Honda CRV, an Acura RDX, a Toyota Rav 4, and a GM Acadia. Granted these cars not comparable head to head in price but go to Consumer Reports (subscription only), look at the historical maintenance history on these models and tell me who makes the better auto.

- What concessions is congress going to make in this deal? Reducing increase CAFE standards will help the auto manufacturers engineering burdens. My guess is they won't do anything.

- How well is that bank bailout working so far?

These guys will get their money and they'll be back next year. Oh happy days.

Transitioning into Bush?

We're about four weeks into the Obamanation transition. Let's review.

1) He repeatedly criticized the Bushies for it's use of FISA legislation then voted for its continuation.
2) He says he's going to close Guantanamo, yet his AG candidate defended the Guantanamo Policy.
3) He repeatedly criticized the Bushie's Iraq policy, yet keeps Bob Gates on to continue it.
4) Talked all about windfall profits tax during the campaign; now he drops the idea.
5) During the campaign, he talked repeatedly about rescinding the Bush tax cuts. Now he'll delay.
6) They both voted for the 700 billion dollar bailout.
7) They'll both probably vote for an auto bailout.

We're in a recession; probably a big one. Yet the Obama response looks an awful lot like the same response the Bushies would have had. Why? Especially when these very policies caused this mess in the first place (allegedly).

Has anyone noticed that being around a democrat is like talking to the teenager who lives in your home. They know everything; especially all of your failings as a parent. It's so easy for the teenager who doesn't have any responsibilities like car payments, groceries, mortgages, utilities, insurance, tuition, etc. to criticize the one who does.

Yet, when it comes time to being a grown up, invariably they find out you weren't such dumb ass after all.

I can see The Messiah in closed door meetings telling his staff "shit, now I can see the crap this Bush guy had to put up with". To say it's sobering would be an understatement.

So while Ron Howard, can talk up the Bush-Nixon comparison all he wants, I wonder when he'll make his Obama-Bush comparisons.

They love Hillary now

From the Washington Post....

Incoming Obama administration director of speechwriting Jon Favreau (L) and a friend pose with a cardboard cutout of incoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a party.

Wait a minute, why does The Messiah need a speechwriting director? I thought he wrote that Sermon on the Mount (or that Speech between the Columns) all by himself.


Once again, the Obamunists show they are a class act.

HT Andy

Flashback - the 1990's

I get up this morning and read about the income presidential administration, Clinton, Emmanuel, Holder, Richardson, et al.

Then at lunch, I turn on the radio to hear that Corie Blount is in the news. The station then breaks into OJ Simpson in a courtroom.

After lunch, I read that the Bengals and the Lions are the worst teams in the NFL.

Is this a 1990's flashback?

If so, can I have my hair back?

Smoking a Blount

Corie Blount, former University of Cincinnati basketball player, was arrested today for receipt of 11 pounds of herb; and it wasn't rosemary.

No word yet if was for personal usage or not.

Friday Funny

The Trunk Monkey is back.

You gotta love these ads. Too bad they weren't good enough to keep the auto makers from bankruptcy.

White people love political prisoners

If you've never been to this site "Stuff White People Like", you need to make it part of your every day reading list.

Today's post is extremely rich.

Political Prisoners

For the most part, this list has offered ways to befriend white people one at a time. However, if you want to befriend a large number of white people at the same time, the easiest way to do it is to go to jail for political reasons.

White people love political prisoners because they are individuals who have been locked up because their beliefs or their presence stands in defiance of an unjust system. In fact, most white people would love to be locked up for their beliefs provided that they could go to a jail with private toilets, plenty of books and no rape.

Instead, white people are forced to turn those dreams of oppression into something more productive. Specifically the belief that one day their law degree, graphic design skill, or ability to attend a concert can be used to free a political prisoner.


You know this isn't "science"

Giant stairsteps on Mars are evidence of ancient climate cycles, suggest images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Now you know that this is a bunch of hockey puck. I mean, "ancient climate cycles"? How is this possible without "ancient SUV's".

Who did she vote for? #99

Meet, well sort of meet through the blur, Diana.

Here's video of Diana coaching, who she believes is a thirteen year old, into

getting an abortion without parental consent.

In this past election, did Diana vote for John McCain and the abortion anti Christ, Sarah Palin?

Of course not, since Abortion is the ultimate Altar upon which all democratic politics is worshiped, I think it's safe to assume that she voted for the Big O.

What's most funny is that the same democrats who love the idea Diana's helping this girl out are the same ones who would lock her up for giving a kid a Motrin.

The Planned Parenthood lobby is probably so proud of their Diana.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Graph Jam

Courtesy of graph jam

115 million for a Rubin

You may remember Robert Rubin as the Treasury Secretary under the Clintonistas.

What's Bobby been doing since he ran that Treasury gig? He's been looting Citigroup for a cool 115 million as they get a multi billion dollar feed back at the taxpayer trough.

By the way, it was under Rubin's advice that Citi invested billions into all those subprime real estate deals.

Yeah, I can understand why people, like David Brooks, are scared of the Sarah Palin's small town demeanor and sensibilities. She surely doesn't have the smarts and gravitas of Mr. Rubin, a graduate of The London School of Economics and Yale Law school.

It could be worse. It could be Ohio

It's funny to hear all these state crying about the state of their budgets all while they sabotage their own business communities.

Take the state of Illinois, where state casino revenue is down 20.3 percent. Because of the general economic downturn? No. Because they've banned smoking in the state.
The struggling economy has dealt a bad hand to the nation's usually robust gambling business, a downturn made even worse in Illinois, where the state's nearly year-old smoking ban has proved unhealthy to casinos.

Among those paying the steepest prices are local governments, charities and their clients, who have come to rely on gambling tax receipts.

The big gambling states— Nevada, New Jersey and Mississippi—are off 5 percent to 7 percent in casino revenue. But the picture is worst in Illinois, where casino revenue is down 20.3 percent this year.

Gambling officials estimate that the state will get between $150 million and $160 million less in taxes, most of it earmarked for education. Statewide, the eight communities with casinos will see $20 million to $25 million less than they took in last year, officials estimate.

It could be worse. Illinois could be the state of Ohio where we don't even get a casino to not smoke in.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Gift Ideas

Short of gift ideas for that person who really does have everything? The web site, which claims finding a truly stupid gift is an art form, on Tuesday unveiled its second annual list of the top 10 "stupidest" holiday gifts for 2008.

Here's some of the "better" ones.

#4. Potty Putter:
Why waste time on the toilet, when you can use it to get ready for the fairway? Potty Putter contains everything you need for an exciting round of golf without leaving your seat including a putting green for around the toilet, mini putter, flag stick and two golf balls.

#6. Men's Underwear Repair Kit:
In this troubled economy, don't throw away your old underwear but repair it with the Men's Underwear Repair Kit. This handy, inexpensive kit provides everything you need to get your unsightly undershorts back into presentable shape.

#9. 2009 Dog Poop Calendar:
Each month features a spectacular landscape or breathtaking tableau, but somewhere in every shot there's a pile of dog poop. Distasteful? You bet it is, but the contrast between the beautiful photography and dog poop is remarkable.

#10. Pole Dancer Alarm Clock:
When the alarm goes off, dance music plays and disco lights flash. At the same time, a buxom blonde dancer gyrates around a pole under the spinning disco ball.


A Tri-State woman is in critical condition Wednesday after police say her husband shot her while they were having sex.

Timothy Havens, 38, told Springfield police he was reaching for something on the nightstand when the pistol went off, hitting his estranged wife Carolyn in the upper chest.

Bond was set at $75,000 after prosecutors asked for a high bond, "due to alleged prohibited contact between the parties (and) the suspicious nature of the circumstances surrounding (her injury)."

Jimmy V's 1993 ESPY Speech

It's Jimmy V week on ESPN.

Like Brian's Song, I don't care how many times I've seen it, I still choke up.

Most Wonderful Time of the Year #2

Henry Payne

Blue City = Crime

If I were to ask you to name the top ten "bluest" cities in the US, what cities would you name?

No need to worry about that. I can provide you with a cheat sheet. Here's are the crime statistics for 2008. Take the top ten off of this list and you'd be able to find a republican at a Alec Baldwin cocktail party faster than you can in one of these cities.

New Orleans LA
Camden NJ
Detroit MI
St Louis MO
Oakland CA
Flint MI
Gary IN
Birmingham AL
Richmond CA
North Charleston SC

Here's the entire list.....

What's so "progressive" about horrible cities?

Bumper sticker of the day

From Doug Ross

Global Warming challenge update

The current score to the Global Warming Challenge through 12/2/08 is

Warm - 341
Cold - 342

Democrats care about the sick & poor?

I often get perturbed with polls asking questions like "Do you think we should have cleaner air?".

The obvious answer is "sure, who wouldn't be for cleaner air".

But life isn't as clean as that. See, in real life we have these things called "priorities" and "choices".

Now the conventional wisdom is that conservatives hate on the poor and sick. But ask yourself this question who's responsible for this astronomic increase in asthma medication?

Last warning: Asthma inhalers go "green" Dec. 31, forcing patients using the old-fashioned kind to make a pricey and even confusing switch.

The medicine inside these rescue inhalers -- the albuterol that quickly opens airways during an asthma attack -- isn't changing. But the chemicals used to puff that drug into your lungs are.

No more chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, that damage Earth's protective ozone layer. By year's end, all albuterol inhalers must be powered by the more eco-friendly chemical HFA, or hydrofluoroalkane.

The downside: The new inhalers cost more, $30 to $60 compared to as little as $5 or $10 for the disappearing CFC inhalers.

And patients face a learning curve. HFA inhalers must be used differently than the old-fashioned kind. The medicine feels and tastes different, sometimes alarming new users despite doctors' assurances that it works just as well.

"There's still significant confusion," said Dr. Harvey Leo of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "Patients will tell you, 'I don't feel the puff anymore'"

So who's really the champion of the sick in this country? Those big, bad conservatives who look to rape the environment for the benefit of a few asthmatics.


What party is she?

Meet Dianne Wilkinson's breasts.

Why is Dianne in the news?
The meeting appeared routine — a businessman and politician stopped at a sandwich shop to chat about plans to develop a nearby parcel of land. But this get-together had an unusual twist: The state senator allegedly got $10,000 in bribe money and authorities left with more evidence in the most elaborately orchestrated public corruption sting in decades in Massachusetts.

For 18 months, the operation targeting former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson played out in upscale restaurants and scruffy eateries, through the marbled halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse and Boston City Hall.

Along the way, the probe dragged in dozens of unwitting side players, from the mayor and City Council president to Wilkerson's Senate colleagues. It also led to corruption charges against a five-term city councilman.

Wilkerson, who resigned last month after being indicted on eight federal counts of attempted extortion, has maintained her innocence.

Kind of interesting that the media report never mentions her party affiliation. So I'll leave to to you to guess.

What party is she?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Happy Festivus

Now that Black Friday is over, we can get to the important stuff of ordering our Festivus Poles.

Click here if you need to order yours today....

Fred Thompson

This is awesome

Who did he vote for? #71

Scene (daughter walks in the door with person to the right. Here's the conversation)

Daughter: Mom, dad I want you to meet my new boyfriend Weston.

Dad: Ah honey, why couldn't you go fall in love with some nice gangsta rapper named Ice something.

Meet Weston Coppola Cage, Nick's son. How would you like your daughter bringing home this honey.

Dad: So Weston what do you like to do for fun?

Weston: I like to put on foundation before I do my eyes, then go clubbing with some ex.

Dad: Drink?

Weston: Sure, how about some absinthe.

Dad: Not you dumb ass, I'm trying to figure out what I need to be drinking.

Seriously, forgetting your potential night in hell when your daughter brings home this guy, who do you think this ding dong voted for in this past election? I haven't seen how goth demographic ultimately shook out but I gotta think McCain did well with these folks.

Obama treats media with disrepect? Duh

For some reason I can't get this video to embed properly. If you can't see it link this here....

Campbell, You're all hot and all but really, are you that damn dumb? Even a dolt like Brittney Spears can get her arms around this one.

Exactly, why should Obama expect the media to "hold him accountable"? This same media who thought a tough question for the Messiah was "Besides arugula, what is your favorite vegetable?"

Of course he's going to dismiss the press and belittle them as non serious. You gave him a good year and a half on your knees performing various forms of Lewinsky on him.

And now you want respect?

That's hilarious.

The corrosive side of welfare

Who can argue this.....

Durkin: To most people, I imagine, welfare seems an obviously good thing. But in fact the corrosive and iniquitous side of welfare has been evident for many decades. It’s only now that people are poking their heads out of the trench and daring to say so. You can see the devastating effects of welfare in Britain, for example, in the exponential rise in single motherhood. The figures are astonishing. In the 1950s almost all children in Britain were brought up by their natural parents. Today, only around half the children in Britain are brought up by their natural parents. Half!

FP: Why has that happened?

Durkin: To see why that happened, let me paint you a picture. In the 1950s, the typical working man and his wife In Britain lived in an income-tax free existence. They kept every penny they earned. For an unmarried teenager, there was no council flat (the ‘projects’ I think you call them), no rent rebate, no rate rebate, no housing benefit or anything else. The burden of looking after her and the child fell on her family, friends or charity. Parents who discovered their daughters were pregnant were understandably furious – because they had to pick up the tab. That’s why Dad stomped round to the family of the boy responsible, to call him to account. They boy’s family understood the full economic implications of making babies and came down on him like a ton of bricks. From the real economic relationships there arose a real moral code – the value and the cost of things were clear.

The growth of welfare benefits has been huge since that time. And within that system a pregnant girl gets special treatment (top of the state housing list etc). The fear has gone. The old idea, “Don’t, for heaven’s sake, get pregnant. It would be a disaster” has gone. For many girls, getting pregnant is a ticket to get out of the parental home. This has been the subject of detailed studies. A ten percent increase in benefits, one of them finds, tends to increase the prevalence of single mothers by 17 percent.


They call this paradise

And they called it paradise
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun,
sinking in the sea

California is now a valuable touchstone to the country, a warning of what not to do. Rarely has a single generation inherited so much natural wealth and bounty from the investment and hard work of those more noble now resting in our cemeteries—and squandered that gift within a generation. Compare the vast gulf from old Governor Pat Brown to Gray Davis or Arnold Schwarzenegger. We did not invest in many dams, canals, rails, and airports (though we use them all to excess); we sued each other rather than planned; wrote impact statements rather than left behind infrastructure; we redistributed, indulged, blamed, and so managed all at once to create a state with about the highest income and sales taxes and the worst schools, roads, hospitals, and airports. A walk through downtown San Francisco, a stroll up the Fresno downtown mall, a drive along highway 101 (yes, in many places it is still a four-lane, pot-holed highway), an afternoon at LAX, a glance at the catalogue of Cal State Monterey, a visit to the park in Parlier—all that would make our forefathers weep. We can’t build a new nuclear plant; can’t drill a new offshore oil well; can’t build an all-weather road across the Sierra; can’t build a few tracts of new affordable houses in the Bay Area; can’t build a dam for a water-short state; and can’t create even a mediocre passenger rail system. Everything else—well, we do that well.

Luck of the Irish

I occasionally play ball with a retired CPA who does some consulting work on the side.

Last week, this guy told me that he was working out a deal to move two different Ohio companies out of Ohio into Ireland; meaning a job loss of about 1300 jobs to Ohio.

I asked him what were the issues related to the move and he told me

1) The high US corporate tax rates.
2) The inevitable card check labor laws which Lollapelosi & Co. will pass in this administration.
3) Higher capital gains taxes.
4) Increased projected labor costs (especially in Ohio) as a result of minimum wage hikes, etc.

I informed him that materials they sell in the US will still be subject to US corporate taxes to which he replied "less than 10% of these companies goods are sold in the US so the company will reduce it's corporate tax liability by about 50%".

Now for all you Obamamunists who want to penalize corporations for moving jobs overseas; how are you going to stop this migration of jobs?

I know what Governor Ted would do.... He'd start a Keno program.

You think it's just luck that Ireland ended up with those 1300 jobs? Then read this and it will explain how Ireland has become a hot spot for business within the EU. Hint they're not doing it by increasing taxes.

No record this year

It looks like we're going to miss out on that Cincinnati homicide record this year.

To date, the city is ahead of 2007 pace with 71. But to get the 2006 record, are criminals are going to have to step it up to get to that record of 86.

Just as a comparison, below is a table showing the death rate in the Iraq war campaign. Given that over 400 people have been gunned down in Chicago alone, people who live in those "progressive" cities like LA, Detroit, New Orleans, Washington DC, etc, may want to look at joining the military and head to Baghdad; it may save your life.

U.S. Military Deaths By Year/Month

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2003 0 0 65 74 37 30 48 35 31 44 82 40 486
2004 47 20 52 135 80 42 54 66 80 64 137 72 849
2005 107 58 35 52 80 78 54 85 49 96 84 68 846
2006 62 55 31 76 69 61 43 65 72 106 70 112 822
2007 83 81 81 104 126 101 80 84 66 38 37 23 904
2008 40 29 39 52 19 29 13 23 25 14 17 0 300


I still don't understand how all those gun clinging Christo-fascists out here in Redville have avoided shooting up their neighborhoods like they do in "Progress" city. After all, the cities have all those restrictive gun laws and all. Maybe some enlightened "progressive" can clue me in.

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Obama Gold Plate

Who Will He Vote For #58

Who will Mr. Johnson vote for in 2012?

An Ohio State University academic adviser and a real estate agent held a $10-a-ticket raffle that offered an evening with a prostitute who is also a child sex-abuse caseworker, police said.

Christopher S. Johnson, 33, an academic adviser at OSU's School of Nursing, organized the raffle through a chat board, police said. Real estate agent Rusty Blades, 42, held the invitation-only party at his house in October for the participants.

Both Johnson and Blades were charged with promoting prostitution. A judge set bail Saturday at $50,000 for Blades and $25,000 for Johnson.


Most Wonderful Time of the Year


"If the Mumbai terror assault seemed exceptional, and shocking in its targets, it was clear from the Thanksgiving Day reports that we weren't going to be deprived of the familiar, either. Namely, ruminations, hints, charges of American culpability that regularly accompany catastrophes of this kind.

Soon enough, there was Deepak Chopra, healer, New Age philosopher and digestion guru, advocate of aromatherapy and regular enemas, holding forth on CNN on the meaning of the attacks.

How the ebullient Dr. Chopra had come to be chosen as an authority on terror remains something of a mystery, though the answer may have something to do with his emergence in the recent presidential campaign as a thinker of advanced political views. Also commending him, perhaps, is his well known capacity to cut through all sorts of complexities to make matters simple. No one can fail to grasp the wisdom of a man who has informed us that "If you have happy thoughts, then you make happy molecules."

Dorothy Rabinowitz

How not to do it

This month, I'm going to be doing some classes needed to get my concealed carry permit.

Now I'm going to go out on a limb and guess they won't have me use this stance while firing a firearm.

Where did this guy get his arms training? Watching hours of rap videos?

Maybe he got some training from Plaxico Burress.

What party is he?

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested this morning on federal charges and is being held at the federal courthouse, the FBI and other federal officials confirm.

See documents and past stories from the investigation of Langford.

A special grand jury for several months has been investigating county bond deals and Langford's financial dealings. Langford was Jefferson County Commission president 2002-06.

Al LaPierre, a close friend of Langford's who also was part of the federal investigation, will be surrendering today, said his attorney, Tommy Spina.

David McKnight, Montgomery banker Bill Blount's attorney, said Blount is on his way to Birmingham from Montgomery to surrender.

The Langford, LaPierre and Blount indictments are under seal, so details of the charges are not available.

No where in the article is his party affiliation mentioned. So your call. Democrat or Republican. Maybe a Green party member?


This guy should have been an American auto exec

What's that saying about doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result?

Mike Brown, Bengals owner and otherwise community looter, in an interview comes up with some marvelous ways to improve their horrible professional football league team for next season.

His solution? Have Carson Palmer back healthy.....
“I think things would take a quantum leap forward if we had Carson Palmer back on the field and playing the way he can play.”

Dear dumbass. Did it ever occur to you that the reason your best player is hurt is because you decided to man your offensive line with a pack of accountants and computer programmers?

The American auto makers need to hire this guy. Who else could have enough balls to say the same things they did ten years ago and expect a different result?

It's really unfortunate when you have to pray for a team owner to die in order have a decent team in your community.

The only saving grace of the state of Michigan is their team and economy actually is hell we're still heading there.


Ed Gamble

Signs of the impending depression #44

How do you know the Next Great Depression is upon us?

When people are only willing to fork over $180 a ticket for a March, 2009 Billy Joel/Elton John concert ticket.
Billy Joel and Elton John will bring their Face 2 Face to U.S. Bank Arena on March 10.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster outlets, the U.S. Bank Arena box office, or charge by phone at 513-562-4949. Reserved tickets are $180, $100 and $54.50.

The duo last toured together in 2003.

$180 to see these two has beens? Clearly a sign of an impending financial debacle. By the way, when was the last top forty record either of these guys had?


Modest Expectations From An Obama Supporter

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” B. Obama (6/4/08)

I just sent in my December mortgage payment. Can someone tell me when I no longer need to do that.

Thanksgiving Turkey Drop Scene from WKRP

A few days belated but what the hell

Day 14

It is now Day 14 of Gekko under siege.

I've been slowly licking what started as the flu and worked its way up to respiratory infection and an ear infection.

Last night, was the first night I could sleep without a dose of Vicadin. I'm hoping to regain the hearing in my right ear in the next couple of days and be back in full force by the end of the week.

For what it's worth, prayer does work. I've been praying to God that he'd rid me of this plague or just kill me and he answered in one of my Vicadin induced sleeps by saying "I'm trying to kill you but you won't die".

So maybe tonight, I'll pray to Obama

Moving to the city?

So you're one of those young urban professionals looking to live in a vibrant, diverse and eclectic environment. What better way than to move into your local inner city.

Take St. Louis. What kind of amenities can you look forward to in city life?
The homeless weren't a problem for previous administrations since few taxpayers lived downtown. Business executives ventured outside their office towers only at lunch hour and in the safety of packs. Then the tax credits kicked in and developers began buying up and rehabbing abandoned buildings, and, finally, the ultra-progressive loft-seekers arrived. Their compassion and pity for the homeless, however, lasted about as long as Britney Spears' marriage.

Suddenly the homeless were a serious problem. It wasn't just the aggressive, threatening panhandling. It was more the public urination, the public drunkenness, the way the homeless passed out in the doorways of multi-million dollar loft buildings, and the drug dealing in downtown parks. The homeless congregated in the downtown area because that was where one found the city's one major homeless shelter -- the New Life Evangelistic Center. St. Louis's main business district long ago migrated from downtown to Clayton, in St. Louis County, but you will find no homeless there, since office space is at a premium, and panhandling is actively frowned upon.

The author forgot one important thing. You get to pay about double the municipal tax rate to live in a place where the doorway of your trendy apartment dwelling smells like a port-o-let.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Definition of Loser

According to Webster's

Loser n See photo to right....

WKRP is back

WKRP is back on the air in Cincinnati — but this time it's for real.

A low-power TV station has changed its call letters to WKRP, the same as the fictional radio station in the 1970s hit series "WKRP in Cincinnati."

The station changed its call letters to promote its new digital TV signal. It formerly went by WBQC-TV.

General Manager Elliott Block says the new call letters give the station recognition because so many people remember the television sit-com.

Kegmas Tree

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

Fans of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" are celebrating the film's 25th anniversary with a convention and trips to the house where the movie was made.

The 1983 film, an adaptation of Jean Shepard's memoir of a boy in the 1940s, was set in Indiana but largely filmed in Ohio. The movie starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a young boy determined to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.


I know a lot of guys that frequent Willie's Sports Cafe in Kenwood that could fit this description, other than the "cheerful" and "no criminal record" and "ready to work hard for one month" part.

Wanted: Cheerful, chubby men, preferably with fluffy white beards and no criminal record, ready to work hard for one month.

Germany is running out of qualified Santa Clauses and needs to recruit and train them fast, a leading job agency says.


From NOAA in Wilmington, Ohio...

Today: Rain, mainly before 3pm. High near 44. South wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

I'd like to hear someone explain to me why you plan to attend today's Bengal's/Raven's game at PBS. Even if they're passing out free booze, cigs and hookers, why would anyone show up in crappy weather to watch crappy football?

George Will

George Will:

Early in what became the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes was asked if anything similar had ever happened. "Yes," he replied, "it was called the Dark Ages and it lasted 400 years." It did take 25 years, until November 1954, for the Dow to return to the peak it reached in September 1929. So caution is sensible concerning calls for a new New Deal.

The assumption is that the New Deal vanquished the Depression. Intelligent, informed people differ about why the Depression lasted so long. But people whose recipe for recovery today is another New Deal should remember that America's biggest industrial collapse occurred in 1937, eight years after the 1929 stock market crash and nearly five years into the New Deal. In 1939, after a decade of frantic federal spending -- President Herbert Hoover increased it more than 50 percent between 1929 and the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt -- unemployment was 17.2 percent.


Steve Kelley


"...I believe the World Wide Leader [ESPN] is the most evil and destructive force in the sports world.

It has driven and hastened the destruction of authentic, independent, democratic, courageous sports journalism.

ESPN is the enemy of the truth, and all who believe a pursuit of the truth is the lifeblood of a genuinely free society must stand against the Wal-Mart-ization of sports journalism.

I reached this conclusion when trying to figure out why Ball State quarterback Nate Davis isn't one of the top-five Heisman Trophy candidates and Ball State coach Brady Hoke isn't the front-runner for national coach of the year."

Jason Whitlock