Friday, January 28, 2011

Porker of the Month January 2011

Meghan McCain = Paris Hilton = Snooki

Apparently Meghan McCain is quite the knowledgeable columnist.

After all, she's the rage on all the talking head shows for her continued spitballs she throws at conservatives.

But just who is Meghan McCain? Surely she's a well accomplished business person and/or journalist (whatever a journalist is)?

Well I pulled up her Wiki page and here's what she has to say about her life experience.........

McCain is the oldest of the four children of John and Cindy Hensley McCain.[3] She has been a public figure for most of her life, appearing at the 1996 Republican National Convention.[6]

She was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Phoenix Country Day School and Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girl Catholic high school. She attended Columbia University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in art history. McCain originally planned to become a music journalist and interned at Newsweek and Saturday Night Live.[7]

Outside of getting coffee for Lorne Michaels, I can't find one job she's ever done that wasn't a result of her daddy relationship. No wonder she's a liberal.

Basically, she's Paris Hilton without a good sex tape. I guess that makes her opinion noteworthy.

It's already started

Yesterday, I had my first interaction with a ding bat who somehow felt like it was unfair for her to get Earned Income Credit when she had no earned income.

Here's a sample of the conversation.

Her I just had my taxes done at HR Block and they're telling me I can't claim him (pointing at her son) on my taxes?

Me I don't think it's a matter of not being able to claim him I just don't think it matters for you one way or another.

Her Well I had $8000 in unemployment income and all I get back is what they took out?

Me In order to claim Earned Income Credit, you need earned income. That means income from a job.

Her But I still don't get anything for him (again pointing at her son)?

Me In general, you can't get a refund for more than you paid in withholdings. Earned Income Credit and the Child Credit are the exceptions but, once again, you need earned income to qualify. If, instead of that unemployment income, your income came from a job. You would get about $4,000 in refundable credits.

Her I don't think it's fair that I don't get anything for him (once again giving me that motherly love pointing at her son who's name is apparently "Him")?

So once again, we have yet another derelict in this world who believes she's getting screwed because she's not getting something one of her skank friends is getting.

This is the class warfare that is being perpetuating in our society as a result of the tax code. If you wonder where the anger from tea partiers is coming from it's the people who did all the right things and have to pay to subsidize these idiots who go from one bad mistake to another, subsidized all the way.

How slowly government works

There is almost universal agreement that the 1099 law attached to a health care bill is a horrible law.

Even the people who stand to make out on the deal, accountants, universally hate the law and yet there it stands.

Now the Senate finally got 60 senators to sponsor a bill to repeal the provisions......

A bipartisan bill in the Senate that would repeal the unpopular 1099 provision in the healthcare law garnered 60 co-sponsors on Thursday, giving the legislation its best chance at passage so far.

Lawmakers have quickly signed onto the measure that would eliminate the requirement that businesses must file the forms to the IRS for every vendor with whom they have at least $600 in transactions since Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) introduced the bill on Tuesday.

"Today we hit the magic number 60 and I feel great about that," Johanns told The Hill on Thursday.

The measure has support of 45 Republicans and 15 Democrats -- Sens. Mark Begich (Alaska), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Manchin, Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Mark Warner (Va.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).

Johanns failed twice last year to push through a bill even Democrats, Republicans and the White House agreed that the provisions would place an "onerous burden" on businesses.

Let's do a pool. Today is January 28. Anyone want to pick an over/under date as to when this law will be passed and signed by the president (Obama has gone on record saying he will sign the legislation.).

I'm going to guess April 28, 2012.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Violent protests

Since when did Tea Partiers become communists.........

Left-wing activists claimed responsibility for a minor explosion on Thursday at a hotel in Davos, close to where top executives and world leaders were meeting, but nobody was hurt.

Devin Wenig, CEO of Thomson Reuters' Markets division, was in a breakfast meeting of senior executives at the hotel when the explosion happened.


Texas just got more republican

The Republican-backed voter ID bill passed in the Texas Senate 19-11 Wednesday night.

After nearly 40 amendments offered and six hours of debate, the move to require Texans to present a photo ID before voting was one step closer to becoming a law.

While senators rejected a string of amendments to allow additional forms of photo ID, they approved giving Texans the ability to use concealed-handgun licenses to vote. The amendment passed 30-0, adding handgun licenses to the list of acceptable items: driver's license, passport, and military ID.

Though they were able to defeat similar bills in past sessions, Democrats acknowledged the inevitable passage of the bill this session. An overwhelming GOP majority gave the bill a much better chance, which was already apparent starting as the legislation cleared a committee of all senators and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Tuesday evening.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The fairy tale known as SOTUS

Apparently, you can't pay for unicorns and time machines with fairy dust. It costs real money.

So says the fact checkers of last night's state of the union............

President Obama's agenda spelled out in his well-received State of the Union address would boost spending an additional $20 billion and lead to higher taxes, according to a line-by-line analysis from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. [See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

Click here to find out more!

"President Obama's speech last night hinted at tax reform, and spending restraint, but also opened the door to tax increases and major spending initiatives," said NTUF Senior Policy Analyst Demian Brady. "Americans heard encouraging words about more efficient government, but little in the way of specifics about spending priorities. This leaves taxpayers wondering not only whether the federal budget deficit is headed upward or downward, but also by how much." [See a slide show of 5 reasons Obama is the same as Bush, Clinton.]

In their report provided to Whispers, the foundation conceded that the $20 billion in additional spending was far less than the additional $70 billion in his last State of the Union where he also called for a budget spending freeze and earmark ban.


Stuff liberals run - Social Security

Today’s CBO report has some bad news about the deficit. But CBO has some really, really bad news about Social Security: It’s officially broke.

The CBO’s revenue/expenditure estimates now place the program in permanent deficit. There had been some hope that payroll taxes would recover sufficiently post-recession to put the program back into the black (the theoretical black) for at least a few more years, putting off the day of reckoning for an election cycle or more. No more: The new CBO estimates put Social Security in the red for as far as the eye can see.

But there’s a bit of camouflage attached: If you include the “interest” that the federal government “owes” the fictitious Social Security “trust fund,” then the program is in the black. Which is to say, if you think that borrowing another $1 trillion from the bond market to shift money from one government account to another government account makes the nation $1 trillion richer, then everything’s hunky-dory. But if you compare the program’s tax income to its benefit outlays, without the “interest” owed, as CBO does, what you get is deficits from this year forward to 2021 of $45 billion, $30 billion, $28 billion, $30 billion, $31 billion, $33 billion, $44 billion, $59 billion, $77 billion, $98 billion, and $118 billion — by my always-suspect English-major math, about six-tenths of a trillion dollars in the hole.

But hey, don't they have those lock boxes full of IOU's they can cash in?

I just received my social security statement in the mail yesterday. According to the statement, my employers an I have kicked in $59,911 into the fund over my work history. The present value of that $59,911 is just over 93,000 yielding me a whopping 3.3% over the years.

I'll make a deal with social security. You give me back my original $59,000 in the form of a self directed IRA that can't be cashed out and I'll be more than willing to get out of the social security system completely.

I guarantee that 1) I'll at least have my original principle amount. 2) I'll earn a shit load more than 3.3% during my remaining life.

Send the money to my broker.

Why hasn't this been done already?

An Arizona lawmaker has reintroduced a proposal that would require presidential candidates to provide their birth certificates in order to remain on the ballot in the state.

The "birther bill," which state Rep. Judy Burges failed to get through the Arizona legislature last year, has already attracted more than 30 co-sponsors in both chambers. The proposal comes out of a fringe movement that believes President Obama, whose father was from Kenya, did not meet the citizenship requirements to run in 2008.

Though his campaign provided a Certification of Live Birth showing he was born in Hawaii, skeptics have called for the president to release the long-form birth certificate -- one of several documents required under the Arizona proposal.

Under Burges' bill, presidential campaign committees would have to provide an affidavit stating a candidate's citizenship and age. The bill would require along with that "an original long-form birth certificate that includes the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician and signatures of the witnesses in attendance."

Here's what I don't get. If I want to run for senate in the state of Ohio, apparently I don't have to file anything with the secretary of state proving that I'm 30 years old and/or a resident of the state.

Seriously, what keeps a 28 year old Kentuckian from getting on the ballot if there's no requirement otherwise?

I'm not a birther. John McCain was born in Panama. I believe The One was born in Hawai'i. Regardless, the fact that he's a socialist gives me plenty of reason not to vote for the guy.

But if it takes Obama to put in place something that should have been going on anyway. I'm OK with it.

Stuff liberals run - The USPS

Last week, I sent an assistant over to the post office to purchase postage.

Now I prefer stamps to meters because 1) it looks more professional 2) people are less inclined to think it's junk mail 3) I hate paying or Pitney Bowes $25.00 a month for a service that shouldn't cost me anything.

None the less, when my assistant came back she informed me that they were out of rolls of first class stamps and $.78 stamps (which is the three ounce postage).

This has been the third time in two months they have been out of rolls of first class stamps.

How can you be out of inventory for something that doesn't cost you anything?

Seriously, we're not talking about a grocery store being out of a perishable item, like milk or bread, where you're always trying to balance waste with available inventory. It costs the postal service nothing to have their inventory on hand.

I'm still a snail mail guy for a lot of things, like customer letters and bills. But if we can't even get the postage to even use the snail mail, then I need to move to plan B.

And I'll have to read the comments from the postal inspector about how people keep moving away from traditional mail.

Winning The Future

Now we text WTF to our friends on behalf of our president

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mike Brown and Art Rooney II, EP1

How Liberal Journalists Think

Life in "Progress" City - New York edition

I think abortion is mentioned in the song New York, New York

If you can't
get one there
You can't
get one anywhere.........

Congratulations, New York City, did you hear the news? Fire-and-brimstone predictions from across the country have been confirmed. This is officially the abortion capital of America. A health department report released last month proves it: about 40 percent of all pregnancies in the city end that way, an average of about 90,000 a year in recent years.

No one is exactly celebrating the title. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and a group of multidenominationally horrified clergy condemned the statistics this month. Even abortion rights advocates expressed some concern about the numbers, trying to change the conversation to a broader one on reproductive health. As for ordinary citizens, many just wondered: Really? That many?

Abortion is complicated, even in its capital city. Perhaps especially so: New Yorkers seeking to terminate a pregnancy can choose from more kinds of procedures at more kinds of facilities with fewer obstacles — and more ways to pay — than just about any place else. Women can get abortions in private doctors’ offices, at public hospitals or at clinics, some of which do not require an appointment.

What I find hilarious are the Planned Parenthood types who want to claim that abortion is the only alternative in areas where birth control options are limited or the women are not educated as to available birth control options.


Are you telling me that a woman in New York has less knowledge or access to condoms and/or other birth control than say a woman in Cleveland, TN or Philadelphia, MS or Baltimore, OH?

But hey why am I complaining, it's just fewer democrats we have to deal with. Right?


If you have to say it.........

One of the things, that always has me confused is that gays are always so quick to point out that they are just like everyone else.

If that's the case, how is it that if you play a gay character, you're almost guaranteed an Oscar nomination. This year, that person is Annette Benning in The Kids are All Right. (For the record, I thought it was an OK movie).

Let's put this into some context. Oscar nominations are usually doled out to people who play terrifically unusual and/or difficult biographical characters. I will donate my life savings to charity when an actor wins the award for playing an accountant who loves his wife, goes home every night to be with family and friends, and catches an frequent Chicago Bears meltdown.

Instead here are the types of roles that usually result in a nomination............

Russell Crowe, who plays a schizophrenic
Sean Penn, who plays a retarded father
Jamie Foxx, who plays a blind soul singer
Nicholas Cage, who plays a raging alcoholic
Dustin Hoffman, who plays an autistic savant
Anthony Hopkins, who plays a psychotic serial killer
Tom Hanks, who plays a moron

So if homosexuality is so "normal" how is it that gay characters are always nominated simply because they're gay? It reminds me of the Seinfeld where every reference to homosexuality is follow by "not that there's anything wrong with that".

And yet here are all these roles with nominations; Sean Penn playing a gay character, Philip Seymour Hoffman playing a gay character, Tom Hank's playing a gay character, Heath Ledger playing a gay character or Al Pacino playing a bi sexual.

If there's nothing wrong with homosexuality let's quit viewing gay movie roles like gayness is an affliction similar to albinism.

Stupidity is contagious

Do these people think we're so stupid that we don't remember the days that plastic bags were introduced because paper bags were considered an environmental hazard.............

How do you feel about being charged ten cents for every plastic bag you use at the grocery store? That kind of legislation is on the table right now in Indiana.

Representative Shelli VanDenburgh introduced this bill to the general assembly.

She is proposing that all retail merchants who offer disposable plastic bags charge each customer a 10 cent fee.

The bill also said if the store charges the 10 cents, it must have re-usable bags available for sale.

Twenty-five percent of the money collected would go to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation for the Green Industries Fund.

The remaining 75 percent would go to the Department of Education.

Ohhhhhhhh, but hey, it's for the children so it can't be moronic.............


Miami University continues its ethnic cleansing

Miami University in Ohio will no longer allow its Indian-head logo to be used on merchandise sold on or off campus, university officials said last week.

Miami has told merchandising companies the logo will no longer be available for reproduction after the current supply of merchandise is sold.

University trustees voted in 1996 to stop using the name Redskins as its athletic nickname, citing respect for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. The school adopted the current RedHawks nickname in 1997, but allowed limited use of a logo incorporating an Indian head and the beveled letter “M” on some apparel and in some athletic areas as a “heritage mark” related to the school’s history.

Respect for the tribe and a need to move toward more RedHawks traditions were reasons for the decision to stop using the logo, university officials said.

“It’s time to move on,” said Paul Allen, Miami’s director of business services.

Maybe I've got it all wrong. See, when the Kosovars, the Croatians and Serbs are eliminating references to other cultures we call it ethnic cleansing, when we do it in this country, we call it sensitivity.

By the way, when is Miami dropping the name itself. Afterall, we don't name Universities after the twelve tribes of Israel or the various African tribes. Isn't that a little racially insensitive?


I won't be watching the State of the Union

I don't need to. I've already caught an excerpt of the speech.

.........So within the next week, I've authorized congress to consider targeted tax credits to every family for the purchase of a pony. Because shouldn't every family have one..........

......... In an attempt to cut down on alcoholism in this country, I've authorized the FDA to accelerate approval of a beauty cream that will make every one hot. By having lot's of beautiful people in this country, we'll have less need for alcohol consumption........

......... During the next two month's I will have approved a new cabinet level department responsible for building a time machine. Within the next decade "Back to the Future" will no longer be a science fiction movie but reality..........

......... I have requested that the Department of the Interior stop all current actions and concentrate specifically on protecting all species of unicorns and sasquatches in our national parks..........

......... I will not rest until we can rid all Hollywood actors of their Napoleon Complexes.......

......... In an attempt to rid ourselves of our dependence on foreign oil and solve global warming, I will commission a bi partisan think tank who's charge will be to design a world in which everything will run on magnets............

.......... and finally, I want to encourage all parents to discontinue making reference to the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus......... There is only one person who can deliver everything to the American people and he is an omnipresent American president with a lot of taxpayer money and a State of the Union address..............

If I missed your particular fantasy insert here_____________________.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sage advice for POTUS

Jonah Goldberg offers Obama some advice for his SOTUS tomorrow. Namely, start drilling for oil..........

The objective case for developing our oil and gas wealth is pretty straightforward. With the exception of climate change, pretty much everything the Obama administration considers a major problem would be improved by opening the floodgates to new exploration.

The deficit? The oil industry already pays the U.S. treasury more than $95 million a day in taxes, rent, royalties, and the like. If you expand exploration, you expand revenues. According to estimates, if America unlocked its oil and gas reserves, the government could take in somewhere between $1 trillion and $2 trillion in additional revenue over the coming years. And that’s not counting the increased revenues from the stimulus of lower fuel and energy costs.

Trade imbalances? Domestic oil and gas is, by definition, not imported. The more we produce here, the less we import, or the more we can sell overseas. Either way, the trade deficit goes down and GDP goes up.

Jobs? You can’t drill for American oil or natural gas in China, Saudi Arabia, or anyplace other than America. Oil- and gas-exploration jobs pay more than twice the national average.

Unfortunately for Jonah, he's never read my blog. Because if he had, he would know that there's a big reason Obama won't drill. It's one of the hills their party will die on. The Environment is #7 on the list and as I noted on 9/08............

The democratic party likes to say that it's out for the working guy. But ask yourself this question; if it came down to creating jobs for working stiffs and protecting a caribou in Alaska, who wins?

We have the capability to start domestic drilling here in the US. Domestic drilling accomplishes a number of good things for this country. It lessons our dependence on resources from rogue nations, it strengthens our dollar, it lessons our trade imbalance, it increases US Treasury receipts, it creates good high paying, union jobs.

Yet with all these positive aspects of domestic drilling who do you think is primarily responsible for killing it? Hint, it's not republicans.

Watch the video from a month or so ago and tell me that democrats care more about the working stiff struggling to pay $4/gal for gasoline over saving some caribou in Alaska or sea otter off the San Francisco coast

So nice try Jonah. Not going to happen even though this guy claims to be a "pro business" president.


Happy Birthday to you........

What says Happy birthday more than someone getting gunned down............

Mayor Mark Mallory on Sunday called for an end to the kind of violence that left two people dead the night before.

"Two young men losing their lives to gun violence in one night is absurd," Mallory said.

Cincinnati police officers found Uriah Ware Jr., 17, shot dead at 11:53 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the former National Guard Armory at 4100 Reading Road in Paddock Hills.

"Uriah Ware was hit by a stray bullet at a birthday party," Mallory said. "Parents should not have to worry about their child's safety at a birthday party."

Mr. Mayor, you are correct. You shouldn't have to worry about stray bullets at a birthday party and out here in "Redville" we don't.


Megin...... meet "Peach"

Last week, I did a post on one Megin Gray who was charged with second degree criminal abuse after her baby burned to death while she was strung out on Xanax, Percoset and booze.

The whole thing sickens me and it reminds me of a story I recently told The Lovely Mrs. Gekko about a douchebag I once knew named "Peach" (I don't think I ever knew his real name).

"Peach" was the brother in law of my best friend at the time. "Peach" didn't work because he was "disabled". For some reason, he wasn't physically able to get a job but always seemed healthy enough to sell hot video tapes, lawn mowers, etc. In today's world, he probably be out there selling hot copper tubing ripped out of some abandoned house.

But to me "Peach" was still cool because he smoked a lot of dope and was willing to share it with me. In addition, "Peach" was quick with his criticism of "the man" who was holding down people from their aspirations in life.

I guess it never occurred to me that "the man" "Peach" was always critical of, saw fit to hand him a check to be a total douchebag. I'll always remember Terry and I going into his kitchen lokking for munchies and not finding one thing in their kitchen to eat. See, "Peach" always had money for dope but food for his kids I guess was optional.

In any event, "Peach" and his family were total welfare hacks. They received food stamps, ADC, his disability and free lunches for his kids. In today's world, they'd also be receiving subsidized housing and disability for their kids who they (along with the school's cooperation) would have diagnosed with ADD or some other learning disorder.

One day, my friend Terry and I were smoking dope with good old "Peach" and he starting acting weird. After a couple of bowls he whipped out a gun and started waving it around.

That was our cue to get the hell out of there. Later that day, we found out that "Peach" shot Terry's other brother in law in the head, killing him.

The point of this story is four fold.

First, that bit about idle hands being the tools of the devil is totally true. I've never met a damn person who accomplished crap when they were given money just to exist.

Second, drugs are an epidemic in our lower classes and welfare does nothing but enable the consumption of those drugs. Why do we continue to turn a blind eye to the child abuse going on in these homes when a simple drug test would solve many of those problems? Six years ago, I took a second job with a grocery store chain and they drug tested me as a condition of employment (to stock bologna for crying out loud). It doesn't seem to me to be a stringent criteria for someone who has their hand out to remain clean; especially when children are involved.

Third, guys like "Peach" are like magnets in society. While they're smoking their weed and taking Xanax, they've got plenty of time to teach others how to scam the system. In addition, it drains the working stiffs of their desire to do the right thing. Seriously, why work your ass off just for the privilege of supporting an asshole like "Peach". If you wonder why the Tea Partiers are so popular, it's a culmination of lots of people who know a "Peach" and are tired of supporting that bullshit and being a conspirator to the death of a child who's only sin was being born to a lowlife drug addict.

Finally, I'm guessing that "Peach" is dead by now. If he isn't, I'm sure that he is still a lowlife pile of dung. In addition, I'm sure his legacy of being that lowlife pile of dung has been well passed down to his children and their children. Just like Megin Gray's kids.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Big Pharma moves to the White House

The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.

The new effort comes as many large drugmakers, unable to find enough new drugs, are paring back research. Promising discoveries in such illnesses as depression and Parkinson's that once would have led to clinical trials are instead going unexplored because companies have neither the will nor the resources to undertake the effort. Drug companies have typically spent twice as much on marketing as on research, a business model that is increasingly suspect.

The initial financing of the government's new drug center is small compared with the $45.8 billion that the industry estimates it invested in research in 2009. The cost of bringing a single drug to market can exceed $1 billion, according to some estimates.

This is what has always bothered me about the FDA. If the federal government approves a drug to be safe and allows it to go to market, I believe the company should be insulated from tort liability unless some fraud that resulted in the approval is proven.

It's amazing how many late night ads you see from tort attorneys seeking to line up class action suits before the first prescription has been filled.

If a company is going to be liable for any sort of tort injury then what the hell do we need the FDA for? Won't the market place simply take care of companies bringing defective products to market?

In addition, I'm sure Obamacare has given Big Pharma all the incentive in the world to bring new products to market. After all, we all know how "pro business" the Obamunists are.


Life in "Progress" City - NY edition

Instead of making their cities worth living in, "Progress" cities just seek to extort cash from you...............

Actor Alec Baldwin has joined a list of elite New Yorkers targeted by tax collectors who think they're fibbing about where they really live to dodge New York City income taxes.

In recent years, auditors have confronted hundreds of super-wealthy New Yorkers over the residency rules - including star Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.

Facing shrinking revenues, the state has ramped up its pursuit of suspected tax dodgers, hiring 189 new auditors and - for the first time - making filers swear under oath on tax forms as to how many days they "spend in New York City."

From the party of choice

Unless that choice means risking jail time for trying to get your kids into a not so dead end school district..............

An Akron woman was sentenced to 10 days in the Summit County Jail, three years of probation following her release and 80 hours of community service for being convicted of falsifying residency records so that her two children could attend Copley-Fairlawn schools.

Common Pleas Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove, who handed down the sentence Tuesday afternoon in a packed courtroom with Cleveland's major television networks recording the proceedings, ordered Kelley Williams-Bolar, 40, to begin serving the sentence immediately.

Williams-Bolar, who was standing before the bench with her attorney, Kerry M. O'Brien, nearly collapsed into the arms of sheriff's deputies as she was led away, sobbing loudly, to begin serving her jail term.


As an aside, the Gekko's have never had kids in our the public school district, a district currently under fiscal emergency and under state control for not passing a levy since the beginning of time. We just received our latest property tax bill. Out of curiosity, how much would be a "fair" amount for us to pay to support those schools?

Prager University: Are You a Liberal?

Confessions of a Branch Gorevidian

Here's a great read from one of the founders of Greenpeace...............
In the early days we debated complex issues openly and often. It was a wonderful group to engage with in wide-ranging environmental policy discussions. The intellectual energy in the organization was infectious. We frequently disagreed about specific issues, yet our ultimate vision was largely shared. Importantly, we strove to be scientifically accurate. For years this had been the topic of many of our internal debates. I was the only Greenpeace activist with a Ph. D in ecology, and because I wouldn't allow exaggeration beyond reason I quickly earned the nickname "Dr. Truth." It wasn't always meant as a compliment. Despite my efforts, the movement abandoned science and logic somewhere in the mid-1980s, just as society was adopting the more reasonable items on our environmental agenda.

Some activists simply couldn't make the transition from confrontation to consensus; it was as if they needed a common enemy. When a majority of people decide they agree with all your reasonable ideas the only way you can remain confrontational and antiestablishment is to adopt ever more extreme positions, eventually abandoning science and logic altogether in favour of zero-tolerance policies.

The collapse of world communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall during the 1980s added to the trend toward extremism. The Cold War was over and the peace movement was largely disbanded. The peace movement had been mainly Western-based and anti-American in its leanings. Many of its members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their neo-Marxist, far-left agendas. To a considerable extent the environmental movement was hijacked by political and social activists who learned to use green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalization than with science or ecology. I remember visiting our Toronto office in 1985 and being surprised at how many of the new recruits were sporting army fatigues and red berets in support of the Sandinistas.

Hey Obama here's an idea

Apparently, our president is having trouble coming up with provocative ideas to stimulate employment in this country.


This is really a must read piece.......The real danger is not starving families with low wages, but locking them out of the economy altogether. If the minimum wage gets too high, there is no way for low-skilled workers to take their first step into the work force. What’s worse, there are many government regulations that are tending to compound the effect of the minimum wage, raising the price of hiring workers. Obamacare, for example, will effectively raise the minimum wage by adding an expensive minimum benefits package every worker must be given. Hiring inexperienced teens has become a risky, regulated, expensive proposition — as a result, the teenage unemployment rate in this country recently hit an all-time high of 27.6%! My teenage son would gladly work for $5, or even $3, or even for free in the right job that could teach him skills and help him establish a resume of reliability. Unfortunately, that’s impossible today.

This is why I say that for many people, low wage jobs are the first rung on the ladder to success and prosperity. Raising the minimum wage is putting the first rung of the ladder out of reach of many low-skilled Americans.

Is it just a coincidence that unemployment shot up right when the federal minimum wage law kicked in?


How governments create conflict

No one expedited my conversion from bleeding heart liberal to a right thinking conservative more than Walter Williams.

And it's columns like this one that got the ball rolling.............

Some Americans have strong, sometimes unyielding preferences for Mac computers, while most others have similarly strong preferences for PCs and wouldn't be caught dead using a Mac. Some Americans love classical music and hate rock and roll. Others have opposite preferences, loving rock and roll and consider classical music as hoity-toity junk. Then there are those among us who love football and Western movies, and find golf and cooking shows to be less than manly. Despite these, and many other strong preferences, there's little or no conflict. When's the last time you heard of rock and roll lovers in conflict with classical music lovers, or Mac lovers in conflict with PC lovers, or football lovers in conflict with golf lovers? It seldom if ever happens. When there's market allocation of resources and peaceable, voluntary exchange, people have their preferences satisfied and are able to live in peace with one another.

Think what might be the case if it were a political decision of whether there'd be football or golf watched on TV, whether we used Macs or PCs and whether we listened to classical music or rock and roll. Everyone had to comply with the politically made decision or suffer the pain of fines or imprisonment. Football lovers would be lined up against
golf lovers, Mac lovers against PC lovers and rock and rollers against classical music lovers. People who previously lived in peace with one another would now be in conflict.

Why? If, for example, classical music lovers got what they wanted, rock and rollers wouldn't. Conflict would emerge solely because the decision was made in the political arena.

The lesson here is that the prime feature of political decision-making is that it's a zero-sum game. One person's gain is of necessity another person's loss. As such, political allocation of resources is conflict-enhancing, while market allocation is conflict-reducing. The greater
the number of decisions made in the political arena, the greater the potential for conflict. It would not be unreasonable to predict that if Mac lovers won, and only Macs could be legally used, there would be considerable PC-lover hate toward Mac lovers.

There's really no change

I don't like to comment on certain broadcast persoanlities who I think are humongous douches and I don't want to mention the name of one who was recently let go by his violence inflaming network. That's precisely the kind of promoting he would want.

But keep in mind conservatives. This network let go a goof ball who will spend the next couple of years balled up in a corner of his NY apratment with his hairless cat but replaced said goof ball with another.

It's really nothing to gloat about.

Cincinnati's light rail delusions

There goes Jimmy Galt

The founder of Jimmy John's is moving out of Illinois...........

The founder of Jimmy John's said he has applied for Florida residency and may recommend that his corporate headquarters move out-of-state as a result of the Illinois tax increases enacted last week.

Jimmy John Liautaud told The News-Gazette on Tuesday that he is angry about the moves, which boosted the individual income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and the corporate income tax from 7.3 percent to 9.5 percent.

"All they do is stick it to us," he said, adding that the Legislature and governor showed "a clear lack of understanding."

"I could absorb this and adapt, but it doesn't feel good in my soul to make it happen," Liautaud said.

Jimmy John's, which has its corporate headquarters on Fox Drive in Champaign, has more than 1,000 sandwich shops nationwide, many of them franchise operations.

Champaign has been its corporate base, but Liautaud said it will not necessarily continue that way.

Liautaud said he has been contacted by "multiple pro-business states" that made him feel "wanted and important."

Jimmy here is doing Illinois a favor. See, most entrepreneurs or conservatives won't voice their opposition to these kleptocratic regimes, they just move out.

How an idiot creates jobs

This what you get when you elect someone who's never run a damn thing in his life....

Three days before Christmas, President Obama gathered his economic team in the West Wing’s Roosevelt Room to review themes for his State of the Union address. The edge-of-the-cliff crisis he inherited had passed, but with more than 14 million Americans still out of work, he was looking for bold ways to bring down unemployment. The ideas presented to him, though, seemed familiar and uninspired. “You know, guys,” he said, according to someone in the room, “I’ve told you before, I want you to come to me with ideas that excite me.” Nothing he was hearing excited him.

That's because people who create jobs aren't exciting, they're just profit seekers and those seeking profits create jobs as a by product of their efforts.

The dirty little secret the Obamunists never got in ivy league skools is that governments cannot create anything; they never have and never will. All governments can do is destroy the will of the people. Something this administration has been wildly successful doing. The fact that this dip shit still hasn't figured it out in two years of on the job training speaks to his idiocy.

Can we get that dumb ass George Bush back?