Saturday, May 12, 2012


Forgetting the Recession?

Occupier Thanks Former Soviet Citizen for 'Converting' Him to Capitalism...

Media priorities

Apparently, the mainstream media is more consumed by the wedgie Mitt Romney gave his roommate in boarding school 48 years ago, to report on this...................

Detailed leaks of operational information about the foiled underwear bomb plot are causing growing anger in the US intelligence community, with former agents blaming the Obama administration for undermining national security and compromising the British services, MI6 and MI5.
The Guardian has learned from Saudi sources that the agent was not a Saudi national as was widely reported, but a Yemeni. He was born in Saudi Arabia, in the port city of Jeddah, and then studied and worked in the UK, where he acquired a British passport.
Mike Scheur, the former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit, said the leaking about the nuts and bolts of British involvement was despicable and would make a repeat of the operation difficult. "MI6 should be as angry as hell. This is something that the prime minister should raise with the president, if he has the balls. This is really tragic," Scheur said.
He added: "Any information disclosed is too much information. This does seem to be a tawdry political thing."

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No shot putters allowed

I participated in on various track and field and cross country teams for 14 years. During those years, I never witnessed what I would call hazing.

Sure, the freshman always hauled the equipment and the occasional shot putter would get a distance runner on the ground so they could fart on them but serious hazing never happened on any teams or school functions I was on.

Even if there was, what would be the statute on limitations on hazing. I'd say forty years should be about right especially when you can't get the details from on of the victims................ because they're dead........
As if that's not bad enough, barely hours after Obama flip-flops on the issue -- just in time for a big

Hollywood fundraiser where megamillionaires no doubt think that gay marriage is on the top of everyone else's mind as well -- the Obama campaign releases the bombshell that Mitt Romney was a prankster in high school.

Seriously, they are trying to make the case that Romney, who may have been involved in a 1965 prank in which a male student's long hair was cut, was (and therefore still is) anti-gay.

Remember, Romney was in high school almost 50 years ago. Even when I was in high school, a little more than 25 years ago, the issue of someone's sexual preference was far less thought of than it is today, not least because people of all ages stayed "in the closet" far longer and more completely than they do today.


Life in "Progress" State - CA edition

Jerry Brown announced on Saturday that the state's deficit has ballooned to $16 billion, a huge increase over his $9.2-billion estimate in January.
The bigger deficit is a significant setback for California, which has struggled to turn the page on a devastating budget crisis. Brown, who announced the deficit on YouTube, is expected to outline his full budget proposal on Monday in Sacramento.
"This means we will have to go much further, and make cuts far greater, than I asked for at the beginning of the year," Brown said in the video.
Lawmakers and others were hoping that a rebounding economy would help the state avoid steep cuts to social services. But revenue in April, the most important month of the year for income taxes, fell far short of expectations, leading to a shortfall of at least $3 billion in the current fiscal year.
The state has also spent $2.1 billion more than expected, according to the controller, further worsening California's financial health.
Advocates involved in budget discussions say they expect deeper cuts to social services than Brown originally proposed in January. Union officials are also in negotiations with administration officials about ways to reduce state payroll costs, an issue that wasn't on the table earlier this year.
Brown has said there will be even deeper cuts, mostly to public education, if voters do not improve tax hikes in November. He is seeking a quarter-cent increase in the state sales tax for four years and a seven-year hike on incomes of $250,000 or more that will range from 1 to 3 percentage points. He says the measure would raise $9 billion in the upcoming budget year.


Friday, May 11, 2012

I'm back

I'm back from the sunny confines of the FLA.

My wife and I have a serious conflict when it comes to vacation. I'm mountain; she's beach.

She's never been able to convince me as to what makes the beach so special. It's hot. It's sticky. Most of them smell. She goes there to relax. Relaxing to me involves an air conditioned room with a ball game on.

I have buddies who tell me about the "scenery" on the beach. Seeing a Chris Christie wannabe in a bikini is not what I would call "scenery".

While I was away, I was able to keep up on the news. For the past 10 days, here's a recap of what I gleened........

Elizabeth Warren was an American Indian before she wasn't.

It's kind of funny because when I got my first job in a public accounting firm, when I met one of my coworkers was surprised I was white.

I asked why and he said "When I read your resume, I noticed that your last name is Valentine, you ran track for UC and was a member of the college democrats. I figured you had to be a black guy".

So I guess I should have tanned up a little bit and put Africa-American anywhere I could have received a benefit. Hell, I can guarantee I'm more black than Warren is Indian.