Saturday, October 27, 2012

An Urgent Message for America


Friday, October 26, 2012

Lena Dunham: Your First Time

How bad is your ad when the opponents are putting it on their blogs?

For the record, if I had a choice to "do it" with this girl or go home, I'd warm up my cable.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Liberalism = Insanity

A couple of weeks ago, I offered my absentee ballot to the first liberal/progressive/democrat who could tell me why (if liberal policies are so wonderful) is it that every city, state and country they run is swirling down the drain.

It doesn't matter if we're talking about Detroit, California, or Greece. Show me a government entity in financial distress and I'll show an entity run by a pack of "progressives".

On this blog, no one took me up on the challenge. On my facebook page, one liberal decided to call me a name instead of actually answering the question; which is how they usually operate.

So let me throw this out today. Can anyone name one problem that a liberal/progressive/democratic program actually solved?

Let's take poverty. After all the trillions of dollars spent on poverty programs since the 1960's what is the current state of poverty in this country?

Or let's take homelessness. I think we can all agree that homelessness is a bad thing. The city of San Francisco spends a half a BILLION dollars a year in homeless programs (just city money, not federal, state or private charities). My community of Maineville OH spends zero, zip, nada. Which city has the homeless problem?

Or let's take the grand poobah of liberalism...... secondary education. As a society, we've expanded Pell grants and student loan programs and tax credits all over the place. Is education more affordable today than it was 10 years ago? How about twenty?

What about primary education? Sure, your kid can tell you all about global warming, just don't ask them to make change for a twenty.

What the hell does it say about your thought patterns when the overwhelming evidence says liberalism doesn't solve any problems and turns totally functioning communities into shit holes and yet you still support such programs and policies?

They say that the ultimate definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

So wouldn't it be logical that if you're liberal, you must be insane as well?

Life in "Progress" City - San Bernadino edition

This is just the latest in a string of California municipal fiscal difficulties. Perhaps more troubling, San Bernardino may offer a glimpse of the future for other cities struggling to avoid bankruptcy as varied interests and creditors make demands for limited funds. A lawyer for the state employees retirement system, known as CalPERS, says federal bankruptcy law doesn't pre-empt state control over benefits overseen by the fund, the Journal reported.

But with pension investment returns down and pension costs rising, other troubled cities might follow San Bernardino's lead if the cities think bankruptcy judges will relieve them of pension commitments, Karol Denniston, a bankruptcy lawyer at Schiff Hardin LLP in San Francisco, told Bloomberg news agency. If bond insurers win their argument that pension debts should not be given priority over other creditors, it is an open question whether pensioners could see retirement checks trimmed, or current employee contracts abrogated.

Cities contribute monthly to CalPERS, which manages $229.8 billion in investments for 1,500 cities, counties and other government agencies. It is not common for cities to be delinquent on CalPERS payments. Stockton and the city of Mammoth Lakes, both of which also filed for bankruptcy this year, continue to make their payments.

CalPERS spokeswoman Amy Norris told the Los Angeles Times that delinquent payments would have no immediate effect on pension payments to retirees, but eventually could. "Ultimately if payments are not made, they could be terminated and any available assets placed in our terminated pool," the Times quoted her. "This means no additional contributions would come in, and benefits would be paid from what remained and how that pool is invested. That could possibly impact pensions."


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

@ProjectVeritas_ : Jim Moran's (D-Va.) Field Director Conspires to Commi...

What's most disgusting about this video isn't the fact that he's conspiring to commit voter fraud but how easily he's willing to help someone he doesn't even know.

It's like he knows that he's almost immune to prosecution.

Imagine the conversations that go one behind closed doors.

President Obama's Apology Tour?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Millions of subsidized dead windmills

How much electricity is being generated here.

A must read

George McGovern, who died this weekend had a must read piece in Inc Magazine almost 10 years ago.

I am a former history professor, not a lawyer. But it does seem to me that not every accident or fall or misfortune is the fault of the business at which it occurs. Yet lawsuits prompted by such events have spawned a multibillion-dollar industry -- one that drives up the costs of doing business and rendering medical care. Not to mention how it wars against a congenial and humane way of life. We begin to see one another not as compatriots, neighbors, and fellow citizens but as potential plaintiffs and defendants. If we don't stop suing one another for every possible misfortune or alleged negligence, we are going to undermine both the health of our economy and the quality of our society.

The second lesson I learned by owning the Stratford Inn is that legislators and government regulators must more carefully consider the economic and management burdens we have been imposing on U.S. business. As an innkeeper, I wanted excellent safeguards against a fire. But I was startled to be told that our two-story structure, which had large sliding doors opening from every guest room to all-concrete decks, required us to meet fire regulations more appropriate to the Waldorf-Astoria. A costly automatic sprinkler system and new exit doors were items that helped sink the Stratford Inn -- items I was convinced added little to the safety of our guests and employees. And a critical promotional campaign never got off the ground, partly because my manager was forced to concentrate for days at a time on needlessly complicated tax forms for both the IRS and the state of Connecticut.

I'm for protecting the health and well-being of both workers and consumers. I'm for a clean environment and economic justice. But I'm convinced we can pursue those worthy goals and still cut down vastly on the incredible paperwork, the complicated tax forms, the number of minute regulations, and the seemingly endless reporting requirements that afflict American business. Many businesses, especially small independents such as the Stratford Inn, simply can't pass such costs on to their customers and remain competitive or profitable.
Read the whole thing.