Friday, February 7, 2014

Unemployment is Freedom

So according to its supporters, the ACA will give people more choice.  As in choice not to work.  Again, I can't believe people are actually using "choice" as a defense.  Especially since the ACA has a big fat mandate attached to it.

So now unemployment is freedom. Orwell shakes his head.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't the choice to work always been present?  You can choose not to work.  You can choose to go on welfare.  However, the grim meat-hook reality of this decision is a choice to live in poverty.

At some time, the left is going to have to wake up to their "feel good" politics.  Life is hard.  Nothing that's worth it ever comes easy.

The Simpson's taught us what happens when everyone lives carefree.  Season 5, "Bart's Inner Child".  Summary:

" After seeing how out of control Bart is, the family goes to see Brad Goodman's live lecture in the hopes that it will change him. Bart interrupts the lecture, but Brad Goodman encourages the town to follow Bart's spontaneous attitude. Soon, the whole town starts acting like Bart, who at first enjoys things, but eventually becomes depressed by it. Lisa explains that it's because he's lost his unique identity as a rebel with everyone else in town acting like him.
To celebrate their new-found attitude, the town holds a "Do What You Feel" festival. However, the festival soon goes awry because those responsible for building the stages and maintaining the rides "didn’t feel like" doing a thorough job, resulting in a runaway Ferris wheel and more. Arguments begin, as everybody has been encouraged to always say exactly what's on their mind, and a riot soon breaks out. Bart's quickly blamed for the starting the whole "do as you feel" trend (even with Reverend Lovejoy pointing out that Brad Goodman was the one who encouraged them to act like Bart in the first place). "

Something else occurred to me about the left's reaction to the CBO: with 2.5 million less liberated from the work force, who will make up the tax shortfall?  Taxes will be raised, further providing disincentive to work.  The endgame here is a welfare state.  A half a billion infants screaming to be fed, clothed, and housed.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


God willing, this will be my last post from the state of Maryland.  The moving process becomes intense over the next three days so my presence on Twitter will even be minimal.

Living in Maryland was interesting.  The good was residing in the Canton portion of Baltimore.  Unlike NoVa/DC, Baltimore has a real city feel to it.  The food is awesome.  The community was primarily 20-40 year old professionals.  Many dog owners.  If I were single, I would chose to live in Canton over NoVa/DC any day of the week.

I didn't even mind the dog-sized rats.  I even bought one:

Moving to Bel Air was alright.  But there's nothing here.  Instead of walking around the neighborhoods of Canton, going for a run along the water, etc., I watch TV.  I don't even read any more.

The bad: Maryland politics, taxes, and booze laws are archaic.  Worse, the schools in most of the state are just plain awful.  We have a newborn, and probably will not be able to afford private school here.

And so it's back to NoVa.  We bought our first house in Ashburn.  Hopefully, when we settle my wife and I can get some normalcy back.  Or at least start being social again.

Anyhoo, posting will still be sporadic until the new year.  Until then, have a merry Christmas and stay safe.

Go Eagles.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Big Brother News

Mandating vehicles transmit their location, speed, passenger data.  Money quote:

"The downside is that such a transportation system would give the government at least the capability to exert increasing control over when, where, if--or for how much additional taxation--people are allowed to go places in individually owned vehicles. It could also give government the ability to track where people go and when."

Heh.  "Downside".  Given the NSA revelations and our government's desire for wealth transfer, it's not too close to a tinfoil hat to say that the primary objectives are taxation and data logging.

Apropos of nothing, here are some videos we should all watch and think about:

Conclusion: people are smart.  This program would be a colossal waste of money for the government to try and implement.  Sure, harsh penalties for tampering with the installed device on the vehicle would be written into some law.  Countermeasures such as those above will probably be outlawed.

But here's the thing-proving you tampered with a signal is very difficult to do.  Just too much plausible deniability.

Doesn't mean the government won't try.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Simpsons Taught Us Everything

How to win a debate:

The crowd in the Simpson's vid isn't too far from reality.

Lie your ass off when faced with a competent challenge. Mock, obfuscate, and pray those useful idiots go right along.  Although it is important to note that Homer was actually held responsible, if only for the short term, before the town voted to move Springfield.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Boredom Exercise

So the spin for the ACA rollout since Oct. 1 is that it has "glitches".  Kinda like saying the sonogram showing triplets means "just a little pregnant".

Regardless, the term "glitch" for me always brings to mind NASA.  Specifically, NASA's professional reaction to unexpected errors.

And then I though it might be interesting to speculate on what would happen if the current regime were in place during the infamous Apollo 13 glitch.  Add the known reaction to Benghazi and current foe of the regime, math.

So imagine it's Monday, 13 April 1970.  Lovell has just stated his immortal words, "Houston we have a problem".  Bedlam ensues as numerous 20-something engineers with slide-rules and pocket protectors try and keep up with the dynamic and dangerous situation.  Three American lives hang in the balance.

Hero of Double Standard Industries, Gene Krantz, calls all his section leaders into a room to discuss an alternative flight plan.  Do they abort and execute a quick turn?  Do they let the Moon capture the spacecraft and throw it back at the Earth?

Or is there another option?  Enter THE PRESIDENT:

President Enters room.  Everyone stands.  President immediately takes cigarette out of Krantz's mouth and proceeds to smoke.  Throws smoldering butt at nerd #1 and laughs.

PO: Ok so I heard we have a little problem here.  Look, my numbers are soft right now and I need to get back on the campaign trail. Let's make this quick.  Steve what's the situation?

GK: It's Gene sir.

PO: (stares daggers).  Whatever.

GK: Sir we have two options: turn them around now and bring them home, or let them slingshot around the moo...

PO: There's a third option.  Do nothing.  Look, you tried your hardest, and when you asked for help those terrorists in the Republican party made the decision to cut you all off.  Don't worry, I have your back.

GK: But sir, these people need our help now.

PO: That's ok.  Failure is an option, but that's off the record.

President leaves the room.  Everyone looks physically shaken.


So the Apollo 13 capsule is boned.  Nobody told them to shut everything down to preserve power.  Their computers don't work, and they can't orient themselves properly.  The venting gas has pushed them off course.  Either they 1) slam into the Moon, 2) luck out and ride a free trajectory back to Earth after slingshotting around the Moon, or 3) the capsule flies off into space after receiving a slight gravity assist from the Moon.  Let's assume option 3.

And now the fun part.  Grade-school level math.  Because my vector math sucks.  Any readers who want to do a more accurate analysis feel free and report back in the comments.

Escape velocity for any object traveling away from the Earth is around 25,000 mph.  However, this velocity in space is not constant-the Earth's gravity is constantly pulling the capsule back to Earth until the Moon's gravity takes over and finishes the job.  By the time the capsule gets to the moon, it's speed is only around 5,000 mph.

So assuming a slight gravity assist, and we have the capsule spinning off on Lord-knows-what attitude at around 5,500 mph.  Further assumption-the capsule is unaffected by the gravity of any other planet or object in our solar system.

There have been 15,912 days since this event occurred.  This would put this the capsule at around 2.1 billion miles traveled since the accident; this would put the capsule somewhere between Uranus and Neptune.

So basically, when one distills this entire post down, we get this:

Enjoy your government run healthcare, everyone!

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Had this exchange on Twitter back on the 7th:

Today, we find out that enrollment for the first day was six.  Six.  Six people enrolled the first day.

This is beyond parody.

Six.  People.

This has to set a record for government incompetence.  What's your opinion on the rollout debacle, Vice President Joe Biden?

“We assumed that it was up and ready to run, but the good news is that although it’s not, and we apologize for that, we’re confident that by the end of November it will be and there will still be plenty of time for people to register to get online.”

...the f$%k? You ASSUMED? You and the President, the top of our government, regarding legislation that would define the regime and reorganize 1/5 of the greatest economy the world has ever seen just sat back and thought everything was just peachy-keen?  Never checked up on it for 3.5 years?

You can bet your ass that if something is amiss in our President's fundraising schedule he would know within microseconds.

Oh, and does the whole "it'll be ready by the end of the month" promise just not resonate?

If this isn't the justification for smaller, less involved government I don't know what is.  These people are flatworms with incredible power.

Last week Double Standard Investments went 2-1, upping the record to 6-5-1 on the season.  Gonna ride that train (picks are in caps):

SAINTS (-6)  at Jets
TITANS (-3) at Rams
PACKERS (-11) vs Bears

I was very depressed to hear of the passing of Lou Reed this past weekend.  His music just means a great deal to me.  Two songs:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time Off

Heading down to Florida for the next week or so for my brother's wedding.  Also: fishing.

Last week Double Standard Investments went 1-2, bringing us to 4-4-1 on the year.  Gambloor sez that's not nearly good enough, especially after calling the Broncos FAIL.  Onto the picks (pick in caps):

GIANTS (+3) at Eagles: Management would like to remind everyone that house rule #1 is never, ever bet on your team, especially if that team is the Eagles.  But here we are.

Bills at SAINTS (-12.5): Large spread, but New Orleans has an underrated D and they are coming off the bye week.

SEAHAWKS (-10.5) at Rams: A run based offense that can pass when necessary against a horrible run defense.  Plus, Seattle's D is just frightening.


Alice in Chains, "Again".  Best song on the album.


Hope everyone has a splendid weekend, and GO. STATE. BEAT. BUCKEYES.