Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
When the lefties take over, who are the first people they go after? Usually those same groups.
Can you imagine the outrage if this happened under Bush.........
The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.
White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.
The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.
She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting.
But that's a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons. Video is every bit a part of any journalist's tool kit these days as a functioning pen that doesn't leak through your pocket.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
We get to share a birthday with a number of hotties, Ann Margaret, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Alba etc.
Unfortunately, we also share a birthday with Saddam Hussein so that take some of the fun out of it.
But what makes our birthday most significant is that it always lines up with the loserdom anniversary...... The NFL draft watchers.
When an accountant is able to call you out as a loser, what does that say about your geekdom? Guys who watch the draft, the combines, read draft newsletters are the epitome of a jock sniffing dorks.
What makes the draft so stupid is that all the "experts" spend all this time and energy to discuss players who may or may not be able to play. Seriously, look at the number one draft picks and note the number of guys who barely got a cup of coffee in the league. These were all supposedly "can't miss" players.... KiJana Carter, Steve Emtman, Aundray Bruce, Kenneth Sims.....
So if you know the 40 time of any draft pick and plan to watch this crap tonight just know that there's an accountant out there making fun of you. And if you plan to tune into the royal wedding this weekend, just know there's a group of Dungeon and Dragon players out there laughing hysterically at you as well.
Two summers ago I bought some Krugerrands at $935 an ounce plus $50 a piece for a handling fee.
Maybe I should be thanking The One since it's the best investment I have now.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
That morning cup of coffee is going to cost you more.
Coffee prices are at a 34-year high — $3 a pound.
Yet coffee drinkers plan on grinding out the extra cash because they need that cup of Joe, CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.
I guess Obama's going to bring those polysilk/rayon shirts back in style. Or maybe big bell blue jeans, or gas lines, or mutton chop sideburns or disco music......
Monday, April 25, 2011
Now if you had $800k, would you spend it on this guy's heart transplant...........
An Auburn man who is serving an 18-to-40-year state prison sentence for raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old female relative in 1996 is being evaluated for a possible heart transplant.
Mercy Flight flew Kenneth Pike, 55, from Coxsackie Correctional Facility to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester last week, where 49 patients are awaiting heart transplants.
If doctors approve the procedure for Pike, he would be the first inmate in New York State to receive a heart transplant. It would cost taxpayers around $800,000, according to a report by the ABC television station in Rochester.
"He's doing his time, but he's still a human being. He still has rights," Pikes' sister Sharon Cardinal said in an interview with The New York Post. "He should be treated as much as any other person...And these people complaining about the taxpayers' cost -- well, we are taxpayers, too. We're paying for it."
Yeah, he still has "rights". He totally has the "right" to pay for his own damn transplant.
In a deeper context, this is why I detest government programs like this. It creates a whole new paradigm of fairness.
For instance, why should I pay "X" amount in taxes to support this derelict's heart transplant when I believe I have a better purpose for that money (frankly, injecting a kilo of heroin would be a better purpose than to fork it out to this guy).
Seriously, if you walked around your neighborhood and asked people to donate to this guy's predicament you probably wouldn't even get a lint ball for a donation and yet some nanny state says that this is "fair".
So I can understand why people want to cheat on their taxes. If they believe they have a more 'fair" purpose for their money, they're not going to be inclined to "donate" to a child molester's organ transplant.
In fact, this story makes me less inclined to donate an organ.
Silver rallied to an all-time high as investors sought to protect their wealth against accelerating inflation and a weaker dollar with holdings in a metal that also benefits from economic growth.
Immediate-delivery silver climbed as much as 5.4 percent to $49.79 per ounce, surpassing the previous peak, which according to research company GFMS Ltd was $49.45 in January 1980. The metal traded at $49.2563 at 1:15 p.m. in Singapore, up for a ninth day and set for the longest winning run since an 11-day increase in March 2008. Spot gold also reached a record.
Precious metals have rallied on investor concern that central-bank programs to revive economic growth with record-low interest rates and increased supply of money will reignite inflation and hurt currencies including the dollar. Silver has more than doubled over the past year.
Those damn speculators.More......
Newspapers pointed out that Labour ex-premiers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were snubbed on the list, which was released on Saturday, while former Conservative leaders Margaret Thatcher and John Major were invited.
"Labour MPs will not be alone in thinking it odd the two former occupants of Number 10 (Downing Street) have not been invited to the wedding," the Sunday Telegraph commented.
Royal officials said Blair and Brown were not invited because unlike Major and Thatcher they are not Knights of the Garter, Britain's highest honour.
Hey you guys should have invited our President. He would have showered you with such gifts as leftover inaugural plates with his likeness on them. And a CD mixed with all his favorite songs by The Carpenters.
None the less, I can't let this one slide by.
President Petulant says that there's no silver bullet that could end the spike in oil prices. So like anyone else who doesn't want to deal with an issue, our sage president decides to have a meeting.
Now on this one I agree with this d-bag. There isn't one thing that's going to ease these energy spikes but there are a thousand little ones. Like this.............
Now class, let's pretend that you are an evil speculator. In fact, let's assume you're not an evil speculator but a poor black South Chicagoan who has to drive 30 miles one way to his job. Do you think this news will drive the price of gasoline in your tank up or down?
Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.
Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. “We think the issues were really not major,” Slaiby said, “and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.”
The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.
The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.
Now if you are a person who believes that democrats are the party of the poor and down trodden who do you think gets hurt by the price of oil more? Some rich dude who spends $100 to fill up his evil SUV or the poor South Chicagoan who spends 5% of his take home pay for gasoline and another 30% on food and clothing (directly impacted by the cost of energy)?