Friday, May 28, 2010

Joe Sestak

Never heard of him until yesterday. I keep thinking of this. Yeah, I know that am weird.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Time to boycott Massachusetts

Those racist Massholes in Kennedyland are at it.
With one lawmaker citing President Lincoln's respect for the rule of law, the Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said, than any immigration bill proposed over the past five years.
Boycott!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Barack Obama is a miserable failure

Combine the worst aspects of George W. Bush with Jimmy Carter and this is what you get.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lost

Just watched the finale. I feel like there were better things to do with my time over the past 6 years.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Comprehensive immigration reform

I am so sick of hearing of "comprehensive immigration reform." It is meaningless. It is word salad. The feds refuse to enforce existing laws. The laws may be good or bad, but they are still law and the laws are not being enforced.
"I don't think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution," Morton told the newspaper.

The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, he said, and not a patchwork of state laws.
I think Arizona should charter a few hundred buses and drop the illegals off in the swank DC neighborhoods these pols live in. Drop them off, give them $500 each and say "see ya." This would be a good thing. It would encourage the grossly overpaid bureaucrats like John Morton and the crooked congresscritters we send to DC to get off their lazy overpaid asses and specify what "comprehensive immigration reform" really means.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's getting hard to keep up

I work all day and come home and spend time with my children and it's getting hard to keep up with society falling apart.

For example, Arizona has Los Angeles by the balls. The great divide in America is no longer the Mason-Dixon line, it's western state vs western state.

Then there's the economic collapse of the Eurozone, which is clearly picking up steam, despite Telegraph commenter Chelyabinsk's frequent bleats to the contrary.

I look forward to more boring times.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.

Healthy eating expert Michael Pollan says,
I really like "don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." That kind of gets at the essence.
Our great grandparents lived on tinned salted beef from lead-lined cans, salt, lard, bacon, dried beans, salt, herring soaked in oil, molasses, bread flavored with bacon drippings, salt, tea, coffee, and occasionally some fresh fruits and vegetables that were contaminated with E. coli. For a chaser they smoked unfiltered, hand-rolled cigarettes.

What is Mickey Gilley doing now?

Mickey Gilley is currently shilling for a gold dealer.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Machete

Drudge linked to a cesspool of filth tonight. The cesspool of filth is up in arms about this:



Robert Rodriguez is calling for a race war like Quentin Tarantino is calling for a psychopathic stunt man to stalk young women before murdering them in staged car accidents using his "death-proof" stunt car. Besides, keeping Rodriguez away from his wretched Spy Kids franchise can only be a good thing.

Here's my objection to Machete: It's about time that the Texas Film Commission spread the wealth to other cities in Texas besides Austin. We're all paying into the kitty.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Long term unemployed are left behind

New York Times:
Millions of workers who have already been unemployed for months, if not years, will most likely remain that way even as the overall job market continues to improve, economists say. The occupations they worked in, and the skills they currently possess, are never coming back in style. And the demand for new types of skills moves a lot more quickly than workers especially older and less mobile workers are able to retrain and gain those skills.

The tough environment has been especially disorienting for older and more experienced workers like Cynthia Norton, 52, an unemployed administrative assistant in Jacksonville.

"I know I’m good at this," says Ms. Norton. "So how the hell did I end up here?"
Not to gloss over the misery this woman is going through, but I distinctly remember articles along these very same lines circa 1991-1992. (I'm too young to remember, but I bet there were similar articles in the early 1980s.) The industrial Midwest was dying. Southern California was dying. Billions were spent mopping up after the S&L crisis. Bill Clinton felt our pain. There was no hope for the unemployed.

Within just a few years we had the Mother of All Stock Market Bubbles and inexperienced code monkeys fresh out of high school were being hired by the gross for $80k. It was easy for anyone to get a job.

Maybe it is different this time. Maybe we are totally effed and there is no future. Or perhaps there are things coming down the pike that only a few of us can see right now that will lead to fat and happy times once again.

I'm guessing that he hates Texas

Over on Mish, a frequent commenter named Gary Anderson rails against Texas. A partial sample from just one evening:
Gary Anderson [http://bank-abuse.com/banksters.html ] says:
Yesterday, 11:11:49 PM
“Well, Texas is showing an 11 billion dollar deficit for 2011. Now Texas we know has inflated oil dollars coming in from a manipulated oil market. But no one cries about Texas. In fact, Texas may be reeling from less NY and Cali welfare. It is a known fact that the Blue States subsidized the Red States for years. Welfare.

Gary Anderson [http://bank-abuse.com/banksters.html ] says:
Today, 12:44:38 AM
“You guys still don't get it. Texas has a massive deficit. And they live on inflated oil.

In California they actually make things. Google, Yahoo, Intuit, Intel, all there. Without California we would already be third world. And Cali supported the red states for years. Google it. You guys have the issue. Get on with it.

Gary Anderson [http://bank-abuse.com/banksters.html ] says:
Yesterday, 5:49:57 PM
"I read all this analysis about California. Come to find that Texas has an 11 billion dollar gap. Now, Texas is making it with inflated oil, where the state profits from prices for energy that are manipulated. This needs to stop. Oil needs to be at 50 and we would be badmouthing Texas more than Cali. Get real people. At least they make things in Cali. They just pump oil in Texas and it is inflated and manipulated.

Gary Anderson [http://bank-abuse.com/banksters.html ] says:
Yesterday, 6:08:49 PM
"Hey Maggot, check out the 11 billion dollar deficit facing Texas. Hahahahahahahaha. Time to badmouth the state that makes money through an inflated and manipulated housing market, that still owes to the moon. At least Cali makes things and is an economic powerhouse. http://www.texastribune.org/topics/2011-budget-shortfall/

Gary Anderson [http://bank-abuse.com/banksters.html ] says:
Yesterday, 5:16:47 PM
“California has an unemployment rate of almost 13 percent. He would be foolish to cut anything. He needs to keep spending. The US government will come around. Cali subsidized the red states for years. If anything this has put Texas in the "red" in more ways than one as they have an 11 billion dollar gap.

Gary Anderson [http://bank-abuse.com/banksters.html ] says:
Yesterday, 5:55:52 PM
“Ah, Pacific Palisades, what a heavenly place! Nice. LA girl, California is an economic powerhouse and doesn't rely on inflated oil prices as much as Texas to gain profit. There is some oil production in California but small compared to Texas. Texas is subsidized by a manipulated oil market. And they now have an 11 billion gap!
Not sure why Gary has a hardon for Texas. Is he bitter because Texas is a place where regular folks can afford to buy a house and not go bankrupt? Is he cranky because public employee unions aren't as powerful here as they are in California?

It's interesting that he continually falls back on the "If California didn't bail out the red states we'd have a balanced budget!" canard. Hint to Gary: Texas is a "donor" state, and for decades up until the cold war ended California received massive cash injections from the rest of the country via fat defense contracts. Oh, and Gary. We do have a budget deficit. Ours works out to $3.5 billion. California's deficit is $52 billion. But don't worry, Gary. We'll be bailing out California with 52 billion Barry Bucks very soon.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Just wondering about those jobs he promised us

I've pretty much kept my mouth shut, and I have even defended him. But it has been almost 1 1/2 years, and the "I inherited this mess" excuse has long ago reached its expiration date.

Gitmo is still open for business, we're still in Iraq and Afghanistan (and now Pakistan), and the only jobs that seem to have been created are in the federal government. Taxes are going up across the board, unemployment has skyrocketed. Small business is dying. Wall Street a-holes are bailed out while the rest of us pay. What happened to "shovel-ready projects" that would immediately put 500k Americans back to work?

Somebody help me out here. What has Obama done over the past 18 months to improve the economy, which any rational person would agree is by far the #1 priority?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Early retirement is no longer the goal of most workers.

This has pretty much been my expectation all along.
"Early retirement is no longer the goal of most workers. Even retirement at age 65 now seems unattainable to many people. The majority of Americans now expect to work until age 65 or later."
What's so great about retirement? I've seen what it did to some of my relatives. Screw that, I want to be productive as long as I can. Work doesn't have to be miserable, and work sure beats sitting around waiting to die.

Newage rhymes with Sewage

Sappy new ager falls for psychic pitch, goes bankrupt.
Drakar Druella was struggling with wrenching emotional problems last October when he walked into the Hawthorne Psychic Shop in Southeast Portland for a palm reading and met Cathy Stevens.

Over the next seven weeks he would give the psychic $150,000 in cash and gifts so she could rid him of his "negative energy" and heal him. Druella says the 39-year-old woman was so convincing, he didn't realize he was being scammed until he heard Stevens launch into the same story with another client.

New agers are some of the most gullible people ever. They are easy marks for frauds and con artists. This particular palm job artist is so good she could probably make more money selling crappy mortgages to the under qualified. And how can he prove fraud? "Negative energy" is horseshit and cannot be used as evidence in a courtroom.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Elena Kagan is a lesbian!

Gosh. I am shocked. Who could have guessed? This is more surprising than Rosie O'Donnell's revelation that she likes women.
A real issue is that she is embedded within the tentacles of the vampire squid. Then again, who in Washington isn't?

Hugo Chavez arrests Sam the Butcher

CNBC: Hugo Chavez wants some meat.
It's getting harder to put meat on the table in Venezuela and the government of President Hugo Chavez is blaming the butchers.

At least 40 butchers were detained last week on charges of speculation for allegedly driving up their prices. Some say they were held at a military base and were later strip searched when turned over to police.

Cold cases are empty—or display only chicken—at many of Caracas' butcher shops. Chain supermarkets and crowded municipal markets often offer cuts, but only in small quantities.
Remember 2 years ago when oil spiked? As opposed to the 1970s, we didn't see any gas lines because we didn't put in price controls. Prices rose, speculators piled in, then they got burned in a spectacular collapse. Melonhead is too stupid to see the correlation.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fat Fingers

I have this stock market bug on my desktop at the office. I remember looking at it this afternoon and I swear that I saw the Dow had dropped close to 10%. Like you I went to the financial websites and literally every one was toast. Finally MSN opened up a bit. What's that phrase? Whistling past the graveyard? I feel like we did that today. Now they're telling us a trader used a "b" instead of an "m" while trading P&G. OK, but what about companies like Accenture dropping to 0.01? Something happened today, and I don't think it can be chalked up to a fat-fingered trader.

Speaking of traders... Barry Ritholtz. Is that amazing timing or what? I am not implying anything. He just made a good call.

Don't have anything to say about the death of the Euro. Maybe some schadenfreude and Fahrvergn├╝gen, but not too much. Their misery will wash back on us.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Darth Jobs

He's already put on the water skis. Steve will be jumping the shark soon.




Assuming Ellen's story is accurate, Apple has some serious boneheads in their legal and PR departments. What will they do for an encore... beat up a puppy?

BTW, no. I didn't forget about the iPad. In due time.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sleeping Detroit Cop

A Detroit police officer is in the news. I work in a not great part of town and I see HPD officers taking naps in their cars every day. If they are on break I don't see why they shouldn't be allowed to take short naps. God bless our police officers.

What I have a problem with is this:
Despite the photo, many of his fellow officers say he is a stand-up guy and a great cop, who gets guns and drugs off the streets. He works double shifts, has never been in trouble and does whatever is asked of him. They say he is a tremendous asset to his department and hope that does not go unnoticed.
Government employees should never work double shifts except during times of crisis. Habitual double shifts stink of pension padding, which is a huge taxpayer ripoff.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pennsylvania: Pay your taxes or we send in the cruise missiles

I figured California would try this first.

This is a real ad, available directly from a Pennsylvania government website. I think it's in extremely poor taste.

(H/T Dvorak.)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Don't Mess With Texas

A new spot with George Strait.

That slogan used to drive people from other states bananas. All they saw were the bumper stickers. They never got the point of the slogan.

Joe Bastardi's 2010 hurricane forecast

Accuweather Joe says during his annual hurricane guesscast that 2010 will be a bad season. Based upon Joe's track record we should be safe this year.