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Thursday, January 29. 2009
Quote from Brussels Journal:
Dino calls this the Age of Foolishness but I call it The Age of Cranks. Somewhere along the way, nuts, cranks and moonbats became newsworthy rather than objects of pity or mockery. How did that happen?
Do you believe this author? Count me as a skeptic.
They want to control it all. Dr. Clouthier
You will never eat another hot dog. Damn. I love(d) hot dogs. How long will it take for me to forget that video?
Warming fanatic James Hansen's boss Theon:
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Here's a comment from John Hood at National Review Online. I like the descriptions.
• My John Locke Foundation colleague, Jon Sanders, writes in his Townhall column that misguided politicians in Washington would be well-advised to read Henry Hazlitt’s classic explanation for why government interventions inevitably come too late, spend too much, and target the wrong problem:
Resorting to overturned Keynesian nostrums in the middle of a recession is as backwards as physicians today treating a deadly infection by bloodletting. Think about it: if more government spending truly stimulated the economy, then why is the economy in such a shambles after eight years of the Bush administration and Congress growing federal spending from $1.86 trillion in 2001 to $2.98 trillion in 2008? Federal spending adjusted for inflation has increased by 48 percent since 2001 (60 percent in nominal dollars). A panicked rush to ‘save the economy’ with a massive increase in federal spending now would be like trying to cure dysentery with Ex-Lax.
That's all true as far as it goes, the problem is that the Dem's 'Stimulus Bill' is not intended to stimulate anything accept their constituent's votes and their political objectives. They simply call it the 'Stimulus Bill' because they think we're all idiots and that by attaching a label to something makes it so. Unfortunately there's a whole bunch of citizens with the ability to vote who actually are idiots.
"the Dem's 'Stimulus Bill' is not intended to stimulate anything accept their constituent's votes and their political objectives."
Last week someone suggested that commenters here submit only ONE idea, as to what they thought would improve the country .
A license is required to drive an automobile :
The licenses are acquired after study/training and an exam.
A pilot is certified to fly after study/training and an exam... Plumbers,Electricians, and so on.
Would like to suggest, someone that's interested in voting should be required to pass a basic civics exam. Exam would include, but not limited to questions about the candidates positions on the issues...if exam is passed a 'Voters License' would be awarded.
Brings to mind Hell freezing over.
Why not? The responsibilities are no less than in the examples you give. Perhaps greater.
I love it. And those who fail are whipped away by the new Civilian Military for a two-year stint of basic training and knowledge-shoved-down-your-throat tutelage. And a course in how to use condoms for the rest of your life.
I'm presently dealing with the Transportation Security Agency on the matter of being eligible to work within airport boundaries. I'm reminded of the Wizard of Oz.
Don't look behind the curtain... you may not care for what you see.
But no condoms. Snipped at birth. Pass the test... and your fluid can flow. :)
That's nice, Luther. You know how New Hampshire has that license plate: Live free or die? Mississippi will have a license plate that reads: LEt Ur FLewiDs FLoe.
Never have understood that 'Live free or die' sentiment. Ask someone headed towards the ovens or to the Gulag. What if Solzhenitsyn had said after the first week in the camp, "Please shoot me. I won't tolerate this." In a similar vein, Madoff, subject to house arrest, is very angry because he can't go out to dinner.
Well, perhaps it takes a sentiment too far. Live free or die. Then again, perhaps one has to have a certain amount of freedom to even realize that it is worth dying for. Solzhenitsyn had never known freedom. He had ideas of it, had read about it, had dreamed of it... but had never really experienced it. Same with the Jews going off to the camps. Though I feel horrible mentioning that when I've led such a charmed life. Who the hell am I to interpret motives or lack of in another when they faced such evil. But again, your examples had never known freedom... so never really felt in their heart what might have been worth the dying for.
Sorry, Luther. They all lived a life before they didn't. The were fettered by whatever oppression followed their religion, but even for the Jews, they had freedom.
But they were all caged. Like animals. How many fell on swords and gave up the hope of freedom? I know at least six million didn't.
It literally disgusts me to use the word 'hope' these days, but think of the prisoners all over the world, during Mao's time, any time people were imprisoned and who lived on the hope of freedom?
To me, live free or die has a kind of 'fuck it' attitude. Maybe the licenses had no room for ... "...or die fighting."
"but even for the Jews, they had freedom. "
What kind of freedom was that... say after 30-31 or so. Freedom in their houses, their places of worship (for a while). But freedom on the street, freedom to speak, freedom to speak against those who persecuted them. Freedom to pick up a rifle and fight against the overwhelming might arrayed against them. No.
"How many fell on swords and gave up the hope of freedom?"
Because of hope... or resignation. Or ignorance of their fate. Is it hope, for freedom, or hope to just not die. To live one more day. One more hour. No matter the trial endured.
I would add that our partners around the globe are watching to see if we make complete asses of ourselves in borrowing money to squander on useless pork...Hundreds of millions for condoms and std counseling, re-sodding the Washington Mall, Tax rebates to persons who don't pay taxes. This will not go unnoticed and will affect our ability to sell Treasuries abroad to fund this nonsense. As well, we will be the laughingstock for the world. On the other hand, committing funds to build nuclear plants, money for oil exploration , education scholorships for nuclear, chemical and electrical engineers, real infrastructure improvements like airports, bridges, broadband development might do some good while making us look smart. As it stands, this thing will sqaunder trillions and you will be hard pressed to see where the money went in five years.
Whoever said that "Maggie's Farm" wasn't educational? I found that hot dog video fascinating. I always wondered how they are made. I wasn't the least bit turned off by that (maybe because I have watched my mother grind meats in and old hand grinder for various purposes). What I thought was interesting was the different spice mix for different regions. Now I have to go buy hot dogs of the same brand on my next trip and do a taste test.
The fake author piece boils my bile. Skeptical doesn't come close to describing my reaction. Getting shot in the back would be too good for this guy if his tales prove to be tales.
Would a military guy use this sentence: "Four U.S. military men entered the house with the women. They closed the doors. We couldn’t see anything through the windows. I don’t know who the military men were, or what unit they were from..."?
Worth the price of admission: His mindthoughts create eyetears on my headface.
Yeah, that made my headface hurt.
" All the women were led back inside the house and our entire platoon was ordered to stand guard outside it. Four U.S. military men entered the house with the women."
If the 'unknown' military officers planned a four-man rape against four women, they for sure would not want an entire platoon standing around to record events.
Ace says this 'author' deserted. Must be he's trying to make his desertion a worthy thing because, like, you know, who could stand that kind of military. Put him in jail.
I am not watching that hot dog video. I eat maybe two a year, and they have to be charred on a grill, but I love them and all the gooey accoutrements that fall out of the bun.
I watched a video on the making of haggis. oh ICK.
The hot dog video isn't bad. I was expecting to see whole pig snouts and cow hooves being ground up. That was just machinery in motion. Good stuff.
I strongly suspect that author is a liar and a traitor and he should be duly tried and then placed in front of a firing squad.
The arrival of huge amounts of pakistanis has caused the most major upheaval of British life since the great war...we did not ask for it...we do not like it...there will be consequences sadly for all.
Would you like a picture of global warming
climate change in kentucky? We changed from dry to sleet to freezing rain to sleet to snow to cold in a 48-hour period.
The Brussels Journal piece is an anguished cry for help. The author is major league enraged. The one weakness is his dismissal of hispanics and blacks, as well as Asians, as somehow the problem. Their dominant personal, family and community cultures are religious and conservative. The GOP, as pusillanimous as it is, is the only realistic hope to stop this runaway train, but it must find a way to communicate with and compete for these constituencies. Those who have not already should read the article. I will be following with interest the subsequent installments.