Saturday, April 25, 2009

My Six Word Stories, Baker's Dozen

The six word story meme was popular a couple of years ago. They're still popular, but now there's a website just for the little gems called Six Word Stories. The story goes that Ernest Hemingway was challenged by colleagues that he could not write a complete story of just six words. Hemingway wrote, "For sale: baby shoes, never used."

I gave it a try, failed.

Several years later, I try again.

Six words, complete story, not possible.

Train of thought; mind jumps track.

Boy gets girl. Woman gets house.

Artie chokes three for a dollar.

Pissed off. Dissed driver. Missed bus.

Minnesota Fats snookered at last...HA!

Earned PhD. Want fries with that?

Man kills mother. Finally gets life.

She likes girls. Me too. Sigh.

Global climate warmed. Then it changed.

Forewarned is forearmed. Four-bedroom is foreclosed.

E pluribus unum. Or, maybe not.

Democrats save planet. Snicker. Chortle. Bwahahahahahaha!!!!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Bread and Circuses on the way to Socialism

Obama is insinuating himself and the federal government into our lives in ways unprecedented in our history. Many wonder where, when, and if he will stop the intrusions.

It's embarrassing to say, but Rep, Joe Barton (R-TX) is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress to require bowl games to drop the term "national champion" or face federal prosecution. Another bill would strip colleges of federal funding if they don't drop the Bowl System in favor of a Playoff System. Currently, college football teams are chosen in a Byzantine system involving computer algorhythms and human poling to determine the most popular match-ups to maximize the big money TV profits which sell for $500 mil for 4 years coverage.

Fans say that the system isn't fair and, since schools accept state and federal tax dollars, the government should get involved... President Obama has said that he favors a switch to playoffs, but many college presidents say the current system works fine and that the government shouldn't get involved.
To gauge how far and how mundane the infiltrations will extend, Parade Magazine asked its readers in an unscientific poll, "Should college football be required to change its bowl system?"

As of this writing, the poll results are in favor of governmet intrusion 65% yes, 35% no. However, all but one of the comments are of this nature:

* sloofy - Congress and the President need to keep their noses out of everything except protecting the liberties of the citizens of this country, as stated in the Constitution. I have nightmares of Barney, Nancy and Obama trying to make the bowl system fair!

* Craig - First the banks, then the auto industry and now college football. Is there no end to this socialism?

* gbuttars - I believe Rome burned while the Senate debated over college gladiator reform, but I could have my facts mixed up. Is it coincident that we both watch our sport of the day in coliseums? No, more ironic if you know what to look for.

* gfellows - College football does need a playoff system, but the federal government doesn't need to be involved. I don't see anywhere in the Constitution that says they have that job. There only job is to protect and defend The United States. They involve themselves in far to many areas they have no business in.

* adasjag - I've scoured Article I of the constitution for the place where it says that this is one of the functions of the Federal Government, and I'm afraid that it's not there.

All congress ever does is ignore the 10th amendment, so we're likely to see it happen anyway. What's the highest law in the land if no one enforces it?
Kerry Schmidt, the lone dissenter, thinks change should come through force:

I rarely agree with the government, and normally I would say they have no business in this, plus many more important things - the economy?

But if this may be the ONLY way to force what 86% (USA TODAY poll), of fans want, then they should force the change.
Bread and circuses. That's what it was all about in the Roman Republic and that's what's important in the American Republic. Bread and circuses. Sad this is what we've come to.

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True Love

Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in the film High Society sing True Love.

One of the loveliest and most romantic songs ever.

(h/t) My friend from long ago, Irene.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Frightens Children and Other Sane People

Earth Day is tomorrow. It's a wonderful time of year when environazis go around to all the elementary, middle, and high schools to scare the bejeebers and remaining sense out of the innocent tykes and tots. They will tell the kids how Earth, or "Gaia," is being irreparably harmed by the selfish actions of mankind, especially the white kind. Except Al Gore, the inventor of Global Warming.

Children and gullable adults will be regaled with tales of melting polar ice caps that will inundate the land, polar bears that are dying in numbers greater than have ever existed, and the poor little penguins that will have no more formal parties to attend because they'll all be dead by 2012. However, the good news is that all the devastation can be brought to a screeching halt by eliminating everything that makes modern civilization possible because, as we've all been told without any factual basis, modern civilization also makes carbon dioxide and lots of it. So much so that, in the short span of seventy years, humans have craeted enough CO2 to destroy a planet that has existed for 4 billion years. Nevermind that CO2 is what plants (greenhouse gas... get it?) need to survive and make oxygen that we breath. And speaking of breathing, for good measure, all the people can only inhale because people exhale more carbon dioxide than this tiny, tiny, tiny speck of a planet can possibly absorb, about 980 grams per day per person.

All this will be done tomorrow without thought as to what it does to the youngsters. So, what does all this horror mongering do to the tykes and tots?

Habitat Heroes commissioned Opinion Research to conduct a telephone survey polling a national sample of 500 American preteens — 250 males and 250 females - that's boys and girls to us older folks. What they found, as related by, is astounding, but not surprising, especially if you're old enough to remember the Soviet nuclear attack scare of the 1950s, the over-population bomb of the 1960s, the global cooling and freezing of the 1970s (and Disco!), and the end on mankind caused by the selfish "Me Generation" of the 1980s. Except for Bill Clinton, the 1990s were actually fairly tame.

The survey found that kids are scared. I mean REALLY SCARED, big time clinically psychotic scared. One-third of the kids 6-11 years old, are afraid the Earth will not exist when they grow up (how they will grow up on a planet that doesn't exist wasn't explored.) Fifty-six percent thought Earth would be a scorched out landscape with nothing but low lying brush. Black and Hispanic kids seem to have the worst of the climate anxieties. Of the Black kids asked, 75% believed the planet would be "irrevocably damaged by the time they reach adulthood." Only (yeah, only) 65% of Hispanic kids thought the same.

Some other interesting findings from the survey:

•50 percent say that hurricanes and tornadoes are the natural disasters that scare them the most.

•28 percent say that they fear animals, such as polar bears and penguins, will become extinct and disappear from the planet more than any other environmental concern. [Thank you, Hollywood!]

Girls worry more

•67 percent of girls ages 9-11 versus 60 percent of boys ages 9-11 worry that the earth won’t be as good a place to live when they're adults.

•57% of girls ages 6-8 versus 43 percent of boys ages 6-8 worry that the earth won’t be as good a place to live when they're adults.

Urban kids are more anxious than suburban kids

•59 percent of kids in metro areas are more concerned that the Earth won’t be as good a place to live when they grow up compared to non-metro kids (47 percent).
I'm so glad we have the environazis to scare the children because, quite frankly, Disney and Mother Goose have lost their touch to frighten of late. Both have become nauseatingly treacly.

I have a counter proposal to the Earth Day Scarathon. I propose we all drive SUVs long distance to all day Earth Day Barbeques with natural mesquite briquettes and the many flavored smoking wood chips like applewood, cherry, and alder. Nothing could say "Thank you, Mother Earth!" better than a skyfull of the sweet aroma of smokey barbequed beef, pork, chicken, fish, polar bear, and penguin for normal folks... grilled corn-on-the-cob and eggplant, large crimini mushrooms with olive oil/garlic baste for the vegans. Sodas, soft drinks, pops and beers all fizzie with CO2... ahhh, heavenly Earth Day!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Obama Cuts 13 Minutes From Federal Deficit

White House resident Barack Obama has embarked on his budget cutting orgy by announcing department cuts amounting to a whopping $100,000 from the federal deficit of $4,000,000,000,000. National Review does the hard arithmetic on what $100K means.

It is 1/40,000 of the federal budget;
It is 1/7,830 the size of the recent “stimulus” bill;
It would close 1/1,845 of this year’s budget deficit;
It is the amount the federal government spends every 13 minutes; and
For a family earning $40,000 annually, it is the equivalent of cutting $1 from their family budget.
A minute here, a minute there and pretty soon it's break time. You're doin' a heck of a job, Barry.

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N. Carolina Senator Gets Only Half of Campaign Money From Home State

Sen. Richard Burr(R-NC) has received $700,000 in campaign contributions in the first three months of this year, nearly half of that from political action committees. About $333,615, records show, came from PACs representing business contributors Abbott Laboratories, Bayer Cooperation, Aetna, Altria Group, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, ExxonMobil and Florida Power & Light. The Miami Herald says an additional $367,000 were made by individual contributors.

Burr's Senate campaign received money from drug companies, health care companies, tobacco companies and energy companies. Telecommunications firms, financial services groups and defense manufacturers also sent money his way.

That leaves Burr, a Winston-Salem, N.C., Republican, with about $1.6 million in the bank toward his re-election bid next year, according to the federal campaign finance report he filed this week. Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of the Cook Political Report in Washington, said Burr's fund-raising was "perfectly acceptable." They might not fend off Democratic opposition, though.
North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper is the likely Democrat competitor for Burr's senate seat. Public Policy Polling, Democratic firm, has Cooper ahead of Burr 41% to 37%. The conservative Civitas Institute also shows Cooper ahead of Burr 41-38. Cooper's campaign finance report shows he has $367,000 cash on hand.

This is another example, among the hundreds of elected officials, who have obtained more campaign money from outside their states and districts than they have garnered from their constituents. Yesterday, I posted that Sen. Dodd(D-CT) has the support of only five people in Connecticut. Who are these people really representing if not the people in their own states and districts? Obviously, not the people. Pointed out in the post, Sen Dodd Has Only Five Supporters in Home State, the 17th Amendment needs to be repealed.

Richard Burr is reportedly the 12th cousin of former Vice President Aaron Burr who gained historical fame as the killer of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, in illegal an pistol dual in a personal dispute.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sen Dodd Has Only Five Supporters in Home State

U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) is facing one of the most hotly contested Senate races in 2010 and has collected only $4,250 from just 5 Connecticut residents. The five term Senator has, however, raised in the first five months of the year $604,745 from almost 400 individual donors who don't even live in his state.

From the Connecticut Post:

Dodd raised less from Connecticut residents than he did in 18 other states and the District of Columbia, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

He took in $90,795 from Massachusetts residents, $81,550 from Texas, $56,150 from Maryland, and $53,400 from New York.

Dodd also collected $437,407 from political action committees, including two based in Connecticut that contributed $7,000. He took in $2,271 from individuals contributing less than $200 each.

Overall, Dodd's campaign reported ending the first quarter of 2009 with nearly $1.4 million cash on hand, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

"Normally, it doesn't matter where the money comes from, but Chris Dodd is in a peculiar situation," said Larry Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia. "Dodd would be much better off raising as much money as possible from residents of the Nutmeg State. Everyone knows he's powerful in Washington, but that's what has gotten him into trouble. He needs to reconnect with the people in Connecticut and in-state contributions are a good way to do that."
Normally, it doesn't matter where the money comes from!! Of course, it matters. It matters a great deal and that the campaign system doesn't think it matters may be the biggest problem with campaign financing. Just go to the files of Atlas Shrugs to see where Obama got his money. It matters.

If we really want campaign reform, maybe this would be a good place to start rather than limiting the amount of money donated: (1) campaign money can only be collected from legally registered voters living in the voting district; (2) corporate donations must meet the same requirements as registered voter individual contributions; (3) national campaign committees, political action committees, and any other such entities are dissolved.

Senators are supposed to be representing the State government and the people of the State in which they reside, not a bunch of non-state voters from wherever with money coming from whomever. In fact, the whole 17th Amendment should be repealed and returned to the original election of Senators by the State Legislators to represent the State Govt as the Founders intended.

Only five in-state supporters. That's a disgrace. Five state residents determining the future representative simply is not right. In fact, it's Left.

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