Friday, November 30, 2012

Roundup

...because I am now working 55-60 hours a week plus pregnant wife duties.  So BACK OFF MOM I'LL CALL WHEN I CAN.

Your Blatant Power Grab of the Week
The UN wants to acquire the internet.  Someone said that letting the UN regulate the internet is like giving a gorilla a Stradivarius.  That isn't hyperbole.

Why would they want control?  To "deliver social and economic benefits in every nation on earth, including across every sector.” 


Wow.  They even kept a straight face. We are in the very best of hands with the UN.

An Example of UN Internet Proficiency:


Yeah, they are like totally capable of regulating without any kind of alternative agenda.

I would like to think that the UN's incompetence in even the simplest of matters is why Susan Rice was tapped to be ambassador.  She's politically connected, fits the "diversity" label, and needs to put in a place where she really can't do too much harm.  Oops.

It's Like They Never Heard the word "Twinkie" Before:
McDonald's workers believe they are entitled to double their current salary.

While a pay bump would be nice, expecting 15/hour for flipping burgers is just insane.  Try asking for a small cost of living increase.

Oh screw it, just yell "racism", call Sharpton, and see what happens.

The Fiscal Cliff
For me, it's the basics.  If one cannot live within their current means, giving them more money is most likely not going to improve their financial situation.  The last thing crackheads need is unlimited crack.

If this regime proved that they could handle even passing a budget, I might consider not caring if they raised my taxes.  That's how low the bar is set.

Quote of the Week
"California is a lot like Axl Rose: it used to have amazing mojo and unlimited potential, but now it is just bloated and pathetic and waiting to die." - WC Varones

Guns N' Roses by the state:
Axl-California.
Slash-Virginia.  Was awesome, lost it all (civil war, no pun intended), got it's mojo back. 
Izzy-sobered up, lives the clean life.  Utah.
Duff-Washington state.  Still putting out decent music (Velvet Revolver) well into this century. Also the last to see Cobain before he (Cobain) died.
Adler-FUBAR.  Illinois.

I remember when Use Your Illusion was released, and I was all super-hyper because "U Could Be Mine" kicked ass and the rest of the tracks must be as good.  Then I heard "November Rain" and knew it was over. I still hate that song.  Stephanie Seymour was so wasted.

Weekend Music
When encountering solicitors at one's door, start singing this song:


Heaven is Shel Silverstein and Jim Henson still cranking out gems like the one above.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Post

This year has been tough.

There is nothing like being wrong when one is so certain of their worldview.  This has happened twice (so far*) this year: ObamaCare stood on an awful ruling, and Obama was re-elected.  Never have I been so convinced that something was so wrong, and surely those in charge of the decisions would rule based on the merits and start this country back on the right path.

But it didn't happen.  Admittedly, I am still coming to grips with the results from a few weeks ago.

*update: forgot about the PSU scandal going nuclear.  But there is hope.

Today is Thanksgiving.  I think it's time for some perspective.

I am thankful for:

  • My wife.  Besides making the occasional sammich, she keeps pushing me out of my comfort zone to try new things.  Skydiving, scuba, having a child, etc.
  • My family.  Especially my dad, who worked multiple jobs to give me a great private school education.
  • My friends.  Always there when I need them.  Always jerks.
  • My heritage.
  • My job.  Given the upcoming recession/depression, having a job will come in handy.
  • My health.  Still playing hockey.  Still throwing 'bows at kids half my age.  Still having fun.
  • Whomever invented wine.  Bless you.
Now if the NHLPA and Bettman would get off their asses, I would be truly thankful.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Your Federal Dollars at Work

This morning, someone mistakenly sent out a mass email to the entire workforce at my job.  Oops.  People immediately started replying to all on the list inquiring why they were on said list, not to "reply to all", just ignore, etc.

That was the first wave of responses that almost shut down the server.  Imagine every response triggering around 500 "out of office" responses and you get the idea.

It also was an interesting sociological experiment.

Then someone replied:

"To unsubscribe to this email, please reply with an email containing 'unsubscribe' in the title field."  Colored font and everything.  Looked legit.

That's some next-level type trolling, right there.

So basically, the email server at my job is entirely unresponsive. 

Why am I writing this?  A warning, but also a suggestion for all those Loki types out there.

Also, it produced this gem:


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Double Standard of the Year


This is why someone other than a Democrat should always be President. 

FOUR MORE YEARS.

So I pretty much stopped all tipping (bartenders excepted).  It's liberating.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Final Thoughts: Spite-filled Version (UPDATE)

First Take
"All the more reason we have to Christi up from now on...no more 'nice' candidates. We either direct the conversation or play doormat."- SaraB, from comments on Wednesday.

I couldn't agree more.  While we try to elect people by the rules and assume our "silent majority" will come through, the other side is unconstrained.  They can get away with fraud, intimidation, and using a friendly media to promote whatever message they see fit.  We can't win like this. 

So no more rules.  The left has a perfect incestuous marriage of government, media, and academia.  The media influences government, which in turn funds academia, which in turn produces members of the media. They have a permanent underclass of dependency voters willing to stay in poverty and be used as pawns.  We are well behind with no way to get our messaging out, and will not make any ground with our loser status quo.

I am an Eagles fan.  We have been stuck with mediocrity for a few years now.  Oh sure, we had a good run a few years back based on luck and the team catching fire in week 17 against the Cowboys.  But since then, the entire team is a declining asset of under performance.  This year may be the tipping point.  There is no hope.  The Eagles need to clean house, starting at the top.

Republicans need to do the same-starting with Benedict Boehner.  Get the old guard out of there before they infect the new guys/gals.  Turn the party over, or start something new.

To start, find a copy of "Rules for Radicals". 

Second Take
Steps Republicans should implement:
  • Raise taxes?  Sure.  Raise them across the board.  If the electorate wants the government to spend like this, everyone, from top to bottom, should pay.  That's fair.  And let the Bush tax cuts expire.
  • Tax wealth and income.  Tax fast food and unhealthy beverages like soda and alcohol.  Don't even think about ordering that rum and Coke.
  • Legalize marijuana, but tax that sticky-icky until it actually was cheaper when it was illegal.
  • One deduction: kids.
Third Take
If the electorate wants big government, than big government they shall have.  However:
  • All those kids who come to my doorstep selling newspaper subscriptions to help finance college get nothing.  Go to your Federal Family and ask your Big Brother.  Or enlist in one of our many fine armed services.  Your other options are to study harder or learn how to play a sport better than 99% of the people out there.
  • If you want my financial help for hurricane victims: tough shit.  Let the government figure out a way to help.
  • Any school I attended that asks for a donation: denied.
  • The donations automatically deducted from my paycheck: gone.  Sorry, gorillas of Africa.  I hope you know somebody in high places that won't demand too much of a kickback.
  • No tip.  If you want more money, go petition the government for higher minimum wage.  Especially that Che-wannabe waiter with multiple bad tats and piercings who works at a diner with a sign promoting social justice in South Philly.  You're first.  You.  And.  Your.  Extended.  Earlobes.  Get.  Nothing.
  • Pirate everything.  Movies, music, whatever.  When you feel like someone has actually earned your money, pay them zero.  Make sure that starving artist is really starving.  You are only helping them.
  • Take care of those that are closest to you.  Anyone else can talk to the government. 
And to think, I used to be such a happy Catholic.  Will try to be more upbeat and civil next week.

update: basically, this is how I felt Wednesday morning.  It's the last words of the Sex Pistols:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

...

All last night proved to me is that no Demcrat will ever be held accountable for their actions.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I'm Back

No Internet or cable for one week.  That was grueling.  Like living in the 80's.

Today is election day.  Some interesting early stories:
  • Reports from my friends in Arlington, VA all indicate that voting lines are now over 3+ hours long.  Kind of refreshing that people are really taking this election seriously.  Just wondering if the courts are going to let the polls stay open another few hours.  Also, VA might want to look at early voting. 
  • I voted early in Baltimore last week.  In Baltimore, every registered voter is sent a pamphlet in the mail with your voter code and name on it.  When I arrived at the poll, the worker just wanted to see the mailer.  I presented my ID as well, and she looked at me like I was on fire.  "No, no ID necessary.  Maryland is still a...free state."  I then asked what was to stop me from grabbing all my neighbor's mailer's and voting for them.  They didn't like my response.
  • The Black Panthers are back at it in Philly.  I guess they learned their lesson from the DOJ.  It is also being reported that some SEALS will be on hand.  That would be an interesting clash, God forbid.
Updates to come as the day goes on.  Everyone stay safe and vote.

Now relax: