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Sunday, November 13. 2011
That $35K for an advanced degree in puppetry
Taking Laps In The College Athletics Cesspool
A guy who was impressed by Zuccotti Park:
Another view: Occupy Is A Pack Of Thieves, Louts, and Rapists
Charles Blow: Repubs want the poor to starve
Mexico Under Siege
A look back at the Russian war in Afghanistan
Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals
Athens, Rome, Washington ... The shortest route from imperial capital to tourist destination is precisely this death spiral of debt.
Fired MF Global Employee on Corzine: “I Would Punch Him in the Face”
Star Parker: Which path will you choose, America?
Obama Supporter’s Company Wins $433 Million No-Bid Contract for Experimental Smallpox Drug
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Word Of The Day: Asshat
...impressed by Zuccotti Park:
Michael Woods last line in the last paragraph: "At Zuccotti Park, Day 54, I saw a brighter future for the nation."
So I guess we have STD's, tuberculosis, body and head lice, rape, robbery and muggings, drum circles and Peace Committees instead of police to look forward to.
When you read something like this which flies in the face of all evidence to the contrary, to read what amounts to praise and excuses for criminal and anti-social behavior, to lack an understanding of the rules of law and order you have to wonder if the First Amendment was such a good idea - after all the Founding Fathers never envisioned the Internet and WWW in which any asshat can spout asshat commentary about other asshats being the future of our society. Thankfully the First Amendment does exist and protect these fools just as it protects me and my opinion of them.
$35K for an advanced degree in puppetry
I happen to know Caroll Spinney, aka Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, as he was one of my neighbors in Woodstock. Used to love conversing with him about this and that as we had similar interests in the arts and in design. Even if he hadn't of gone to The Art Institute of Boston College of Art and Design (now a part of Suffolk University I believe), he would have been successful as an artist and puppeteer - he was driven to create and creative people are successful. The asshat with the MFA in puppetry will never make it in the arts because it doesn't require a degree - it requires creativity first and foremost - you don't teach creativity - you either have it or you don't.
Mexico Under Siege
This shouldn't be news to anybody - there are cartel gangs operating along the I-20, I-26, I-77, I-95 corridors along the East Coast - MS-13 being prominent and these sociopaths make the Zeta cartel look like amateurs. We're going to lose our country because the asshat politicians in Washington and elsewhere in the country don't want to piss off the illegal Mexican immigrant vote. And yes, illegal Mexican immigrants vote - community organizers make sure of that.
An advanced degree in puppetry gives this bozo a sinecure making those Big Puppet heads for all DC protests. I'm sure he'll pay off that degree by the time his Medicare kicks in.
Mexico is in far better shape than the MSM/#Moccupy Nation wants you to believe. GDP is rising, growth rate exceeds ours by orders of magnitude, and the Peso is strong and stable enough to appreciate steadily against the Dollar. Moreover, the colonies of expat English-speakers living there in retirement communities scattered all over the country report nothing out of order, that the violence is all in a few hot spots, and nowhere near a general condition.
To me, it's instructive that without any change other than anecdotal signs of decline in USA's contraband dope appetite, that after generations of relatively peaceful dope-smuggling across the border, it is December of 2006, the month after the 2006 election had put congress under Pelosi and Reid, that is generally agreed as when the drug war began.
There arfe some very powerful forces, most visible in hedge funds such as those in the 'Managed Funds Association', that want to cartelize all of latin America's commodities. The govt of Mexico would be a game-changer for this global NWO plan if it was run by the so-called (Chavez-named) Bolivarian Revolution.
The illo, why that's little Fanny Deere, all growed up now!
I'm not so sure about the ex-pat thing Buddy. Some of my wife's colleagues who retired before she did went to Mexico to live in these communities - even bought condos and came back home within a year. While these maybe ideal places to live, the surrounding areas are dangerous - very dangerous. The woman who my wife taught with for some 30 years told us that they had to hire an armed security company to escort their vehicle to the airport to return to the States for a visit. That was all it took - they sold and got out.
My youngest boy is in law enforcement and took the national DRE course in Tucson, AZ. The instructors took the class out into the field to show them what it was like day and night. They gave my son a pair of night vision binoculars and he said there were guy openly moving with automatic weapons, large off road vehicles, aircraft - he said it was amazing - all on the other side of the border.
Mexican border towns like San Luis Río Colorado ranks 5th overall in violence, murder, kidnapping and extortion - other border towns like Agua Prieta, Nogales, Ciudad Obregón, Navojoa, etc., all rank in the top twenty five of most violent Mexican towns/cities. Almost all the the Mexican border towns are in the top 50 of most violent towns/cities in Mexico.
A little over a year ago, I was preparing for a trip to Cabo for some serious Pacific marlin fishing. I looked up Cabo on the State Department web site and found this:
The US Department of State notes that Cabo, like many other major cities in Mexico, has a "serious problem" with street criminals who carry weapons. Weapons have been used in incidents ranging from armed robbery to bus hijackings and kidnappings. Therefore, the State Department advises Americans to avoid traveling by bus at night, and to travel only on first-class buses (as opposed to second- or third-class units), which utilize the manned toll roads.
That's Cabo - on the tip of Baja CA.
Not arguing, just sayin'...
I sure don't believe the trend is in the right direction, Tom. I know soome folks with homes in a lakeside mostly Canadian and US retiree community near Monterrey who are having no troubles but are indeed apprehensive about the trend.
Take a look at this:
"The remaining paramilitary cases relate to killings that took place after 2004 when Chiquita is alleged to have been paying the criminal groups "Aguilas Negras," and "Los Paisas." During this period, the banana multinational was also being represented by the current U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder."
Hmmm...supporting both sides of a war betweeen paramilitary outlaws --sounds like ''fast n furious'' don't it?
No damn wonder the trend is in the wrong direction down Mexico way.
I'm a little slow this morning as it took me the second paragraph to realize Charles Blow is an idiot. I won't waste time reading a link to him again.
Zucotti Park? (I guess the grass is always greener, especially for people with no imagination)
I am employed, but could be fired tomorrow - for making an expensive mistake, losing my temper, leaving my target pistol in my car on company property, or any of a hundred causes. And my health insurance could be cut off tomorrow if the company thought it was too expensive a benefit to maintain... I am already paying a greater percent than I did a couple years ago.
Our last policy meeting included an announcement that our pensions were going from Defined Benefit to Defined Contribition for those under 45 years of age. Fair? Shrug.
I'd rather they stayed in business than went bankrupt, because I need a job, so I guess I'll live with what benefits they can provide. Stockholders need dividends (they aren't investing for MY benefit, but their own), so there have to be profits to distribute.
The media seems to be the major obstacle to the required change we are in need of. Namely an honest and brutal assessment of our current financial obligations and abilities. I believe both parties are proficient at what Bastiat called "legal plunder." I believe we will never audit the Fed although it seems completely reasonable.
The Zucotti Park story is an example of the smoke screen the media gives politicians and yes corporations. I have been enjoying Newt's assault on the media only because they seem to be incapable of independent reporting regardless of political fallout.
I believe our neo-Luddite, dope smoking, anarchist friends should be mocked. Sadly, I find some agreement with the OWS pukes. God help me.
Sorry for the rant.
Brian and Susan Lee, if y'all want to focus on the perps that more and more folks are beginning to see in clearer and clearer light as to how they operate and what they have done and why they have done it, please take a look at the middle of the three links in my comment above, and on the page that opens read the two entries from Canada Free Press, and the entry from Blacklisted News.
The latter points you to a book by Zubi Diamond name of The Wizards of Wall Street.
(if you merely read the contributions from readers that appear on this Amazon page, you'll have a good sense of what is and who is and how they are bleeding --despite the numbers of dollars around --the wealth from the western great middle)
i come upon these sorts of articles and this sort of book in the course of coming upon more and more of the like, after several years of putting this stuff together in bits and pieces on my own --so i'm not in one of those temporary high excitements over something I just now finished reading.
In fact just the opposite --i'm in a cruel mood these days noting these emerging revelations to people who've been scoffing at me for three years now for suddenly having become a 'conspiracy theorist'.
Naw, what happened is, after i sold my biz and suddenly had time to read, is just about the time all these weird things started happening in and to and around the USA.
Tell ya one thing --if the Tea Party had not taken the House in 2010, we'd be goners. Not a one of the scandals breaking out that are beginning to limn these perps, would have yet been exposed. We'd be dead folks walking by now, and still not even know it wasn't that free market disease they want you to believe in, but deliberate, planned, economic and cultural murder.
And they're still at it --the election slowed them but they can't stop now, they are in so deep it's rule or swing from a lamp post.
I saw people who deserve a bunch more respect than any yahoo, always an employed person who doesn't have to sweat being unemployed, or their health insurance getting cut off, who barks, "Just get a job!"
Exactly who is this fool talking about? Some years ago I'd been working for the same company for over 12 years. Then I got called into my boss's boss's office and got told that the company was letting 600 people go and both I and my boss were among them. The company I work for now has layoffs about every 18 months and I've seen a lot of good people get laid off. What employed person doesn't have to worry about being unemployed?
Good question, RonF. "What employed person doesn't have to worry about being unemployed?" In the course of a long lifetime of supporting myself, I have been laid off once, and "let go" once during a steep recession. Guess what? I went to my creditors, made repayment arrangements and kept looking for another job. I did not camp out in a public park and have a tantrum because my college studies had not prepared me for any kind of useful work. I was too busy visiting employment agencies and the potential employers they sent me to. And persistence paid off, friends. After three months, I got another job offer, which I took.
Yessiree bob, persistence and self discipline paid off. As a bonus, all the walking to agencies and possible employers did wonders for my figure, though not quite as much as that tractor does for the young lady above.