Friday, August 03, 2012

Gabby Douglas - You didn't do that

I hope like hell that Gabby Douglas doesn't try and take credit for that Olympic medal she won, because in Obamaworld, she didn't win crap.

Let's face it. She probably worked hard. But lot's of people work hard.

She had coaches along the way. Someone had to make those parallel bars, balance beams  and vaulting horses.

So while I wouild like to congratulate Gabby, it's pretty apparent that her achievements were fairly ordinary in Obamaworld.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Life in "Progress" City - Detroit edition

From the street, the two decomposing bodies were nearly invisible, concealed in an overgrown lot alongside worn-out car tires and a moldy sofa. The teenagers had been shot, stripped to their underwear and left on a deserted block.

They were just the latest victims of foul play whose remains went undiscovered for days after being hidden deep inside Detroit's vast urban wilderness - a crumbling wasteland rarely visited by outsiders and infrequently patrolled by police.

Abandoned and neglected parts of the city are quickly becoming dumping grounds for the dead - at least a dozen bodies in 12 months' time. And authorities acknowledge there's little they can do.

"You can shoot a person, dump a body and it may just go unsolved" because of the time it may take for the corpse to be found, officer John Garner said.

The bodies have been purposely hidden or discarded in alleys, fields, vacant houses, abandoned garages and even a canal. Seven of the victims are believed to have been slain outside Detroit and then dumped within the city.

It's a pattern made possible by more than four decades of urban decay and suburban flight. White residents started moving to burgeoning suburbs in the 1950s, then stepped up their exodus after a deadly 1967 race riot. Detroit's black middle class followed over the next two decades, leaving block after block of empty homes.

Over time, tens of thousands of houses deteriorated. Some collapsed, others were demolished. Empty lots gave way to block-long fields.

Sounds like Utopia/



More of the unexpected

How is it that after voluminous reports of a sluggish economy, "journalist" continue to be surprised?

The number of U.S. workers filing applications for jobless benefits rose last week, continuing an uneven pattern that suggests job creation was likely modest in July.

Separately, factory orders unexpectedly fell in June, the latest sign that the slowing economy is sapping demand.

Initial jobless claims, an indication of layoffs, increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000 in the week ended July 28, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast 370,000 new applications for jobless benefits last week.


Looks like Amsmith77Amsmith accidentally deleted his great Chick-fil-A v...

Who did she vote for? On 19 ballots

No. There's no need to clean up our voter ID laws when you get this.........

Of the 31 absentee ballots that have become the focus of an investigation into possible election fraud in Hialeah, at least one appears to have a forged signature.

The ballot belonged to Zulema Gómez, 81, who entered a nursing home five months ago suffering from Alzheimer’s and a brain tumor. On the ballot’s envelope someone wrote: “The lady is my sister. I sign like this because she has arthritis + she has difficult signing. Thank you.”

However, her sister, Olga Gómez, said Wednesday that she never wrote that message. Two weeks ago, she said, Daisy Cabrera took the blank absentee ballot and promised to go to the nursing home in Miami Springs and deliver it to Zulema. The sisters have known Cabrera for four years, when she visited them during the 2008 presidential election to help them with their absentee ballots.

“She was going to the [nursing] home,” said Gómez, 68. “I don’t know if she actually went, but it’s a lie that I signed that.”

Cabrera could face serious charges if it is established that she forged the signature on the ballot.
Last week, Cabrera, a well-known “ballot woman,” or boletera, in Hialeah, was detained and questioned while carrying a dozen ballots while she rode in a Toyota Camry driven by Matilde Martínez. A day before, she had taken 19 ballots to a post office in Hialeah, not knowing she was being watched by detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Public Corruption Unit.

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Who did they vote for? The Chick-Fil-A edition

I knew that yesterday was Support Chick-Fil-A day. I chose not to participate because 1) I'm trying to avoid fast food. 2) the nearby Chick-Fil-A is not all that convenient and 3) I knew it would be crowded.

About 7:30 the Gekko's went out to a nearby restaurant and I couldn't figure out why the traffic was so backed up so we went around some back roads to the steak house. After dinner (about 8:30), we went home our usual way and I could not believe that there were cars waiting in the drive thru line three blocks from the store.

The Lovely Mrs. Gekko asked me what promotion Chick Fil A was doing and I told her about the support Chick Fil A day. She couldn't wrap her arms around why people would go to such extremes to support this company.

Here's the deal. This was a tea party rally pure and simple. This whole phenomenon is a result of persecution of a people who's only sin has been to follow the rules and have a conviction of what's right and wrong.

Let's face it. Rahm Emmanuel didn't need to say that Chick-Fil-A didn't adhere to Chicago's values..... it's been implied covertly for generations.

As a result, good law abiding individuals got the message and took their families, their wealth and their values to the suburbs. At least there, you're not persecuted for the simple belief that a government should not sanction gay marriage.

Our country has been gradually shifting into red and blue areas.

It's clear that Chick-Fil-A will have a spot reserved for them in Redville and it's equally clear that slums, crime, poverty and shitty schools will have a home in Chicago because those are the values they espouse.

Life in "Progress" City - San Bernadino edition

San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday citing more than $1 billion of debts and making it the third California city to seek protection from creditors.

The city of about 210,000 residents 65 miles east of Los Angeles declared a fiscal crisis last month after a report said local government had tapped out its reserves and projected spending would top revenue by $45 million in the fiscal year that began on July 1.

The filing, made in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central California District, states that the city has "more than $1 billion" in liabilities, and estimated that it has between 10,001 and 25,000 creditors.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A man ahead of his time




The Americans With Disabilities Act, passed with bipartisan support in 1990 at the urging of then-President George H.W. Bush, enshrines the notion that every American can and should hold a job regardless of physical or mental limitations.

Under the ADA, employers who refuse to hire or promote the disabled may be liable for money damages in federal court.

Social Security Disability Insurance, however, pays people who can show that they are too mentally or physically impaired to remain in the labor force. In short, for many workers, SSDI creates a quasi-right not to work.

This paradox is getting expensive. SSDI spending has doubled as a percentage of gross domestic product in the last 25 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The program paid $128.9 billion to 8.3 million beneficiaries in fiscal 2011, about one-fifth of all Social Security spending. The average monthly benefit is $1,100, slightly less than the average Social Security retirement check, but after two years on SSDI, beneficiaries also get Medicare. Indeed, SSDI added $80 billion to the cost of Medicare in fiscal 2011.


Our government at work..........

..............or not.

The Obama administration released illegal immigrants who went on to commit more crimes, including charges of 19 murders, 3 attempted murders and 142 sex crimes, the House Judiciary Committee said in a report Tuesday.

All told, the nearly 47,000 illegal immigrants the administration was notified of but declined to deport between 2008 and 2011 under its Secure Communities program had a recidivism rate of 16 percent, the committee said.

They were just part of the nearly 160,000 immigrants — most of them here legally — who were flagged by Secure Communities during the three year period but who were either not eligible to be deported or who the administration decided to release. Those immigrants went on to be charged in nearly 60,000 more crimes, according to the committee and the Congressional Research Service, which issued a report on the matter.

The findings stem from the Obama administration’s Secure Communities program, which was designed to identify immigrants who run afoul of the law and who the administration decides it wants to deport.

As a libertarian, I believe that government has three essential functions at the local level 1) Public Safety (police and fire), 2) Infrastructure (roads and bridges) and 3) securing our borders (national defense and immigration control).

When your office shows either an incredible incomptence or astronimcal indefference to any or all of these, how do you justify your job?

Life in "Progress" City - Chicago edition

Where it's Aurora Colorado............. every weekend..........

While the country still reels from the acts of one crazed gunman in Aurora, and politicians [with the help of the MSM] again banging the drum for new and better gun control laws, one can’t help but wonder why there is no outrage over the daily slaughter happening on the streets of Chicago.  Like some bad Sam Peckinpah movie, the homicides are in slow motion.  Day in and day out more innocent men , women and children are being gunned down at a staggering rate.
Why just last night in Chi-Town:
Six people were shot and five of them died during a bloody 12-hour period between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, according to Chicago police.
Among the dead: two men in their early 30s in a gang-related slaying on the Southeast Side, a 22-year-old former CPS basketball player who recently committed to a Division 1 school for basketball, a 35-year-old clerk at a West Side gas station and a 25-year-old man killed in a drive-by attack in the Park Manor neighborhood…
So very recently:
On Monday July 10th, nine young people were killed and 17 wounded in suspected gang-related violence the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Where is the national outrage?  With a weekly body count approaching that of the Aurora tragedy, the MSM must have missed this story.  Similar to the old adage of how to boil a frog, if it happens ever so slowly, maybe no one will pay attention….


Monday, July 30, 2012

Going Galt

So far, I lived up to my Going Galt campaign. I haven't purchased a big ticket item in over a month and I've kept my alcohol purchases to a minimum. Lowe's is probably wondering where I've been.

But I am going to break my Going Galt Pledge for this totally unnecessary purchase.

I happened to catch the owner of this company on Rush's show today.

Here's a synopsis of what's going on.............

Last week, with all the storms we somehow blew out a computer monitor (despite surge protectors out the ying yang). I took one those old bulky monitors and plugged it in. I told my assistant that I'll be replacing it on or about 11/7/12.

Life in "Redville" - my back yard edition

Ohio and Warren County authorities announced Monday they’ve uncovered a clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing ring.

Last Friday, a Warren County grand jury indicted 10 people on numerous felony drug charges in connection with the case.

Authorities said they first became aware of the ring in late 2010. They said area pharmacists gave the initial information about the ring, reporting to officials that they saw “suspicious behavior involving the purchase of (the drug) pseudoephedrine.” The drug is a key ingredient in making methamphetamine. The drug is used to treat allergies, hay fever and colds.

In July 2011, Morrow police found a secret methamphetamine lab in the village. Another lab was found in Salem Township.

Those indicted were Susan Wright, 40, of Morrow; Christopher Meece, 36, of Morrow; Brittany Burke, 21, of Morrow; Zora Kratzer, 57, of Morrow; Arizona Schearing, 38, of Morrow; Jason Culbreth, 35, of Goshen; Stacy Garrett, 31, of Milford; Mick Gauden, 27, of Blanchester; Robbie Duncan, 30, of Milford and Charles Burke, 34, of Morrow.

When I buy a pack of pseudoephedrine, I always tell the pharmacist to give me as much as I can get with a visit from a fed.

I may need to scale back my purchases for a while.


Life in "Progress" City - NY edition

I didn't put anything on the blog this morning because I thought it was a joke.

Was I wrong.............

The nanny state is going after moms.

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.

Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.

Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

Is he afraid that a baby might try and grab a twenty ounce Similac? 

You didn't do that

If the Obamunists want to claim some credit for the success of small business owners, then they can claim some of the blame.

This business use to house about 40 cars in the parking lot during regular business hours. Now there are none.

How we lookin'?

These Hands: Ohio

I, Smartphone

Stuff liberals run - public schools

By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum. Even Hollywood, famously sympathetic to organized labor, has turned on unions with the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010) and a feature film, "Won't Back Down," to be released later this year. But perhaps most damaging to the unions' credibility is their position on sexual misconduct involving teachers and students in New York schools, which is even causing union members to begin to lose faith.

In the last five years in New York City, 97 tenured teachers or school employees have been charged by the Department of Education with sexual misconduct. Among the charges substantiated by the city's special commissioner of investigation—that is, found to have sufficient merit that an arbitrator's full examination was justified—in the 2011-12 school year:

• An assistant principal at a Brooklyn high school made explicit sexual remarks to three different girls, including asking one of them if she would perform oral sex on him.

• A teacher in Queens had a sexual relationship with a 13-year old girl and sent her inappropriate messages through email and Facebook.

If this kind of behavior were happening in any adult workplace in America, there would be zero tolerance. Yet our public school children are defenseless.


You didn't build that!

After all, no business could exist without the government funding teachers, roads, bridges, and anti gay slur psa's.