Friday, February 03, 2012

My Brother's Keeper

leave it to Steyn

Attack of the Branch Gorevidians

The unintended consequences of being green...........

Students at a high school in Boca Raton, Florida, must step over rivers of urine and endure the stench of rancid waste after a plan to bring 'green' waterless urinals into bathrooms backfired.

School officials at Spanish River High School thought they had found an environmentally-friendly, cost-saving solution for their bathrooms when they installed Falcon Waterfree urinals in their boys bathrooms.

But with no water moving through the school's copper pipes to flush the urine into the sewer system, the waste produced noxious gases that ate through the metal, leaving leaky pipes that allowed urine to drip into walls and flow onto floors.

'It was pretty disgusting,' school board chairman Frank Barbieri told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

'The girls had to step over a river of urine. I could smell it as soon as I walked into the hallway.'

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Why your kid's college costs 40 gabillion dollars a year

Because your school is doling out money for this............

Through it all, Jim Tressel never lost his charm.

As he worked the room the way he did for a decade as Ohio State’s coach, delighting students and faculty members, school trustees and Akron’s president with stories of past successes and plans for the future, Tressel felt like he had come back home.

“This,” he said, “is a second chance.”

Tressel is back on campus. He’s starting over where he began.

Tressel, forced to resign in disgrace last May amid a cash-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that toppled the football powerhouse, was introduced Thursday as Akron’s new vice president of strategic engagement, — a position created just for him.


Why I don't worry about the poor

It's been fashionable for the past 24 hours to rip Mitt Romney for "not worrying about the poor". But frankly, I'm not worrying a whole lot either.

Why? Let me share this anecdote......

On my way back from a client meeting, I stopped in a local carry out for some gum.

In front of me was a lard ass picking up her Code Red and bag of chips. Now I wouldn't care one iota about someone buying this crap........except that it wasn't her buying it.............. it was me and the rest of our taxpayer's who paid for this skank's nutrition fill.

When I came out of the store she was wedging her ass into a moderately aged minivan while her "old man" was enjoying one of those flavored cigars.

When our poor have enough resources to fund Code Red, chips, flavored cigars, and a minivan, I'm not losing any sleep over their struggles.

Maybe I can take Soledad O'Brien on a welfare field trip.

BTW The woman in question was white so you can tell Rep Moore (see previous post) my anger crosses racial lines.

Dem Rep. Gwen Moore: Cracking Down of Food Stamp Fraud Is Racist

There goes Anna Galt

Another heir to the Getty oil fortune, Anna Getty, has cut permanent ties to the U.S. and may have renounced her citizenship, according to a government report published Thursday.

As the U.S. presidential campaign is rife with debate over issues of tax fairness, the name of the 39-year-old actress, cookbook writer and prominent organic living aficionado has appeared on a new Internal Revenue Service list of U.S. taxpayers who have renounced their citizenship, often for tax reasons.

Getty was described by Forbes magazine in 2007 as one of the world's 20 most intriguing billionaire heiresses, largely for her work on green living. She is the stepdaughter of the late J. Paul Getty III, a scion of the Getty oil clan who led a notably troubled and tragic life. He was kidnapped in 1973, at age 17, and had an ear cut off by his captors. His father, John Paul Getty Jr., paid a $2.2 million ransom to secure his son's release. The son developed a serious drug habit, suffering an overdose and stroke in 1981 that left him paralyzed until his death last year at age 54.

But hey we don't need her stinkin' taxes.


Joke of the day

From Reader Bruse


I was eating lunch on the 20th of February with my 10-year-old Granddaughter and I asked her, "What day is tomorrow?"; She said "It's President's Day!"

She is a smart kid. I asked "What does President's Day mean?" I was waiting for something about
Washington or Lincoln .... etc..

She replied, "President's Day is when
Obama steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow we have one more year of unemployment."

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Life in "Progress" State - California edition

They called it Paradise
I don't know why
Somebody laid the mountains low
While the town got high

California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing, according to a letter state Controller John Chiang sent to state lawmakers today.

The announcement is surprising since lawmakers previously believed the state had enough cash to last through the fiscal year that ends in June.

But Chiang said additional cash management solutions are needed because state tax revenues are $2.6 billion less than what Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers assumed in their optimistic budget last year. Meanwhile, Chiang said, the state is spending $2.6 billion more than state leaders planned on.

The Assembly budget committee approved a bill today that would enable $865 million of borrowing from existing state accounts, Senate Bill 95. Chiang, after consultation with the Department of Finance and state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is also seeking about $2.4 billion in delayed payments to universities, counties and Medi-Cal, as well as additional borrowing from outside investors.

Read more here:

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Monday, January 30, 2012

milton friedman - the robin hood myth

Milton Friedman - Greed (1979)

Life in "Progress" City - Philadelphia edition

From the city of brotherly love, where there hasn't been a conservative in municipal government since Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery.........

IN A HORRIFIC assault in Center City on Saturday night, three teenagers who were spouting racial slurs pulled a man out of a cab to beat him. And when the cabdriver intervened to stop the assault, the teens turned their rage on him, police said yesterday.

About 8:25 p.m., a cab was stopped at a red light at 15th and Chestnut streets when two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy approached and started calling the male passenger in the back seat racially derogatory names, police said.

The boys then threw an unknown liquid at the cab before they opened the door, pulled the passenger out and started to pummel him, police said.

When the cabbie got out of the car to see what was going on, the passenger ran away and the teens turned on the cabbie. They punched him in the face, kicked him and threw a liquid on him, police said.


Why Braveheart is one of my favorite movies

Next to Animal House.

Seriously, do you remember the scenes from Braveheart where the Scottish lords and land owners would pay lip service to William Wallace and pledged to fight the British and repeatedly sold out Wallace and his army?

It's a similar scene playing out in the republican party...........

The conservative Republican base understands Newt Gingrich better than the GOP establishment thinks.

They are aware of his intermittent apostasies and occasional adventures with crackpot policy. They know Mitt Romney is the one with executive experience and that Gingrich can’t really run things.

And they don’t want Gingrich to run things. They want him to destroy things.

If you are in Washington and you see a member of the Republican establishment, say, walking down K Street, wrap your arms around them. He or she needs a hug, because probably for the first time ever in a Republican presidential primary the establishment is in danger of being completely ignored.

The Republican establishment believes that the birth and rebirth of candidate Gingrich should have ended in the cradle, that he had no right messing up Romney’s coronation in South Carolina and had better be stopped in Florida.

The establishment knows Gingrich. He’s kind of a friend of the Republican establishment. And Gingrich, the establishment says, you’re no president.

The establishment may be right. But it may not get its way. Win or lose Tuesday in Florida, Gingrich is in the game for real, because the Republican base is giving him a chance.

The grass-roots conservatives, tea partiers, evangelicals and the like who compose the base have had it with the establishment. The base is not only angry at President Barack Obama. The base wants to eat its own.

It was nice, polite Republicans, like Romney, who colluded with Democrats in expanding the federal government and who piled up the $15 trillion debt that now threatens to destroy the country. It was upstanding members of the GOP who added a new Medicare entitlement without paying for it, who created new agencies and wove myriad regulations to govern the lives of regular folk.

The base wants someone who is not polite, who is not conventional, who has the potential to grasp the established order in Washington by its cuff links and rip out its entrails.

We tea partiers are just dying for someone to ride a horse in the GOP head quarters and start lopping off heads.

We don't care if it's Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Newt, Michelle, etc. etc. as long as we see some blood on K street.


The Golf War

The Golf War

Thanks reader Tony

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Life in "Progress" City - Cincinnati edition

From the Queen City, where conservatives are fleeing faster than Jews during the Exodus..........

Thanks to City Hall’s generous vacation, sick and leave policies, one in every three city of Cincinnati employees was off the equivalent of more than six normal work weeks last year, an Enquirer analysis has found.

City records show that in 2011, nearly 2,000 city employees were off time comparable to at least six 40-hour weeks, including nearly 370 who took vacation, sick and other leave totaling more than 10 standard work weeks.

Those totals, significantly higher than those in the private sector, stem primarily from the relatively high allotments of annual leave included in city contracts – much of it time off that can be carried over from year to year, often to be cashed in upon retirement. That costs the city millions of dollars annually, as in 2011, when those payments were a major portion of City Hall’s $39.5 million “special pay” tab.

But hey the Just because the benefits are awesome doesn't mean the retirement plan can't be as well.........