Saturday, October 30, 2004

Tuesday's Real (Reel) Nightmare

Lt. (jg) John Kerry dragging his charming and sophisticated wife away from the gin-soaked raisins to dance at the Inaugural Ball...

And then I woke up...

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

I got 3 Tons of No. 9 Coal

OK, so the stuff is not THAT much easier to get into the hyper-oxidation mode that makes it useful...

And now this:

OK, so assuming it wasn't moved/destroyed by the pre-escalation Saddam regime OR the Russians sent to destroy evidence of their relationship with the Iraqi weapons development programs...

At least it was a small enough amount for some looters to haul away in a few F150s.  Perhaps right under the nose of US troops whose orders were not to search but to get to Baghdad...

I mean, they COULD have missed a few vehicles...

Hey Lurch!  This is all you got?

Latest news on this morning's radio broadcast

Just heard that that Other Bruce that also sings a bit will be joining Lt. (jg) John F'ing Kerry in rallies today at Ohio and Wisconsin campuses.  This to make sure his base is energized and shows up in droves for the coming election.

His BASE?!?!?!

I guess the conservative talk-show hosts have it correct.  The base really doesn't support Lt. (jg) Kerry.
They hate W.

Even the staffs of blatantly liberal publications admit, when pressed that their vote for Kerry is not really based on Lt. (jg) Kerry himself.  When asked, it is the standard Bush Lied line...

Also in the news:  Boston Hero Supports Re-Election of President Bush.

To quote Curt Shilling:  "Everybody Vote, and Vote for Bush!"

How 'bout those Red Sox?  ;-)

Monday, October 25, 2004

How to Explain Tax Cuts to Liberals

    Tax Cuts Explained 
Let's put tax cuts in terms that everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it
 would go something like this: 
a.. The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. 
b.. The fifth would pay $1. 
c.. The sixth would pay $3. 
d.. The seventh $7. 
e.. The eighth $12. 
f.. The ninth $18. 
g.. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do. 
The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20." 
So, now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. 
So, the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six, the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share'? 
The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being 'PAID' to eat their meal. So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay. 
       And so: 
a.. The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). 
b.. The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings). 
c.. The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (29% savings). 
d.. The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). 
e.. The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings) 
f.. The tenth now paid $50 instead of $59 (15% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. 
"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man "but he got $9!" 
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man.  “I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got nine times more than me!" 
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $9 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!" 
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" 
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. 
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! 
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore. There are lots of good restaurants in
Europe and the Caribbean


Friday, October 15, 2004

Might as well dance

Might As Well Dance                                                      
This was written by an 83 year old...The last line says it  all.          

Dear Bertha,                                                              
I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the
view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time
with my family and friends and less time working. Whenever possible, life
should  be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to
recognize these moments now and cherish them.      
I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every
special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the
first Amaryllis blossom.                                                
I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I
can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries..                  
I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for
clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank.                    
"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary; if
it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now.
I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be here
for the tomorrow that we all take for granted.                      
I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They
might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past
I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for
whatever their favorite food was.                                        
I'm guessing; I'll never know.                                          
It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my
hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I
intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my
husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them. I'm trying very
hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add  laughter
and luster to our lives.                        
And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special.
Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.          
If you're too busy to take the few minutes that it takes right now to
forward  this, would it be the first time you didn't do the little thing
that would make a difference in your relationships? I can tell you it
certainly won't be the last.                                            
Take a few minutes to send this to a few people you care about, just to let
them know that you're thinking of them.                              
"People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don't need
to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there."
I don't believe in miracles. I rely on them.                            
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here

we might as well dance                                                            

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Nobel Laureate calls for more US tax cuts

Why did Google point me  to a site in NEW ZEALAND to read this?

Why were the other hits for the query "nobel laureate bush tax cuts" NOT about this story????

Take a WILD GUESS!!!   :-(

This can be found at:
- - -
Washington - Edward Prescott, who picked up the Nobel Prize for Economics on Monday, said President George Bush's tax rate cuts were "pretty small" and should have been bigger.

"What Bush has done has been not very big, it's pretty small," Prescott said.

"Tax rates were not cut enough," said Prescott.

Lower tax rates provided an incentive to work, Prescott said.

Prescott and Norwegian Finn Kydland won the 2004 Nobel Economics Prize for research into the forces behind business cycles.

The American analyst, who is a professor at Arizona State University and a researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said a large tax cut in 1986 had lowered rates while collecting the same revenue.

But "in the early nineties the economy was depressed by the tax increase in 1993 by about four percent, and it's right at that level now," Prescott said.

- - -

Now people, listen carefully tonight!  ONE of the candidates has a position that the tax-cuts are not only wrong, but he ADVOCATES reversing them.

He belongs to the political party that never saw a tax they didn't LIKE.

He has represented for years a state that is NOTORIOUS for it's high Taxes.

LT. (jg.) Kerry is the first to question ANY move to LET YOU KEEP YOUR MONEY by asking "How will we PAY for this tax-cut?"

Let us have a little contest.  Try to determine any possible way that the Democrat Party's candidate can PAY for all he promises you he will do in his first term.  Be creative.  Think outside the box.

e-mail me your proposed formula:

Desperate Dems

Among the many stories of Republican offices being over-run, shot at and burglarized, comes this little piece from the People's Republic of Madison:

Swastika Burned Into Grass On Bush-Cheney Supporter's Lawn

This is a rather standard line.  Republicans are Right-Wing Radicals who want to take away all our rights and place us in a police-state theocracy.  Mostly, it is the first-ditch epithet in the almost unlimited name-calling and mud-slinging accepted now-a-days when the speaker's extremely limited set of talking-points is actually countered by >Shudder< FACTS and their equally limited intellect has no other recourse but to start acting like a below average Kindergartner on the playground.  In fact such drivel passes for Political discourse, to the point that not only do water-boys/girls like Mikey Moore get away with saying such things on television, in print and in films, but the candidates themselves engage in barely concealed versions of same.

Now, let us look at this statement, in terms of it's factual basis.  >>SHUDDER<<

Nazi, for those of you who have no historical background or education, i.e. Liberals, was actually slang for National Socialist Party.  (Hey, it makes since in German, trust me.  Or don't and go look it up yourself...)

National, for total governmental control.  Nationalization of the industrial base.  

Socialist.  Collectivism.  Lack of personal property rights.  All, of course, in the name of addressing social ills and making things 'fair'.

Put these two together (An ability which Hitler and his thugs exhibited with particular acumen) and you have Statism, in it's purest.

The Party refers, obviously, to a political party.  Yes children, times were so bizarre in post WWI Germany that, though a process of intimidation, propaganda and demagoguery, were actually ELECTED into office...

Results: Suppression of personal rights.  Active suppression of religious rights.  (To the point of KILLING you for your religious beliefs.  Not a unique situation in European history.  Go look it up.  I starting by typing "Thirty Years War" into your favorite search engine.) Suppression of property rights...  You get the idea.

Now, fast forward to the present, Politically Correct world:

Let us remove the political parties from the discussion, though you are free to make your own conclusion...

Assuming we are going to make the fundamentally stupid and limiting decision to force this discussion into a single axis of discussion, let us use this set of labels:

Conservative -------------------------------------Liberal

Which side of this scale thinks the property rights of land-owners means nothing say, vis-a-vis Environmental Laws?

Which side of this scale wants to limit all religious symbolism, discussion, etc.?

Which side of this scale are Statists whose answer to every question is a new tax for a new Federal Bureaucracy?

I could go on and on.

Which side of this scale think that Republican offices/yards/property being vandalized, over-run by protesters, shot at and burglarized is somehow justified?

Of course, the same side of this scale that thinks that embarrassing a political prisoner by placing underwear on his head justifies CUTTING OFF SOMEONE'S HEAD...

As to the political parties associated with Liberalism and Conservatism,..

We report, you decide.

Oh! BTW.  One of the first things the NAZI's did?

Gun Control.

Now, tell me again who the NAZI is?

Monday, October 11, 2004

Military Rules for Non Military

Go figure, authored by a Marine...

Please excuse the language - it is too good not to share. 
Thanks, Veterans! 
Military Rules for Non-Military Personnel "Dear Civilians, "We know that the current state of affairs in our great nation have many civilians up in arms and excited to join the military. For those of you who can't join, you can still lend a hand. Here are a few of the areas where we would like your assistance:

  1. The next time you see an adult talking (or wearing a hat) during the playing of the National Anthem---kick their ass. 
  2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in protest---kick their ass. 
  3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest amount of respect to all veterans. If you see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans fought for the very freedom they bask in every second. Enlighten them on the many sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great. Then hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass. 
  4. (GUYS) If you were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that you were. Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs), telling others that you used to be "Special Forces," and collecting GI Joe memorabilia, might have been okay when you were seven years old. Now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass kicked. 
  5. Next time you come across an Air Force member, do not ask them, "Do you fly a jet?" Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot. Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt). 
  6. If you witness someone calling the US Coast Guard 'non-military', inform them of their mistake---and kick their ass. 
  7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your heart. Quietly thank the military member or veteran lucky enough to be carrying her---of course, failure to do either of those could earn you a severe ass-kicking. 
  8. Don't try to discuss politics with a military member or a veteran. We are Americans, and we all bleed the same, regardless of our party affiliation. Our Chain of Command is to include our Commander-In-Chief (CinC). The President (for those who didn't know) is our CinC regardless of political party. We have no inside track on what happens inside those big important buildings where all those representatives meet. All we know is that when those civilian representatives screw up the situation, they call upon the military to go straighten it out. If you keep asking us the same stupid questions repeatedly, you will get your ass kicked! 
  9. 'Your mama wears combat boots' never made sense to me---stop saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a vet and therefore, could kick your ass! 
  10. Bin Laden and the Taliban are not Communists, so stop saying 'Let's go kill those Commies!' And stop asking us where he is! Crystal balls are not standard issue in the military. That reminds me---if you see anyone calling those damn psychic phone numbers, let me know, so I can go kick their ass. 
  11. 'Flyboy' (Air Force), 'Jarhead' (Marines), 'Grunt' (Army ), 'Squid' (Navy), etc., are terms of endearment we use describing each other. Unless you are a service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. That could get your ass kicked. 
  12. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the military, support our troops and their families. Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that there are literally thousands of sailors and troops far from home wishing they could be with their families. 
Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make every day. Without them, our country would get its ass kicked." 
"It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press." 
"It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech."

"It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate."

"It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

(Authored by:) Dennis Edward O'Brien, Sergeant, USMC (Please pass this on so I won't have to kick your ass!) (LOL) "If you can read this, thank a teacher"

"If you are reading it in English, thank a veteran."