Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My favorite prayer

(By Saint Ignatius of Loyola)

Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.


'nuff said

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Left turns violent

Only in California....

Man's Finger Bitten Off in Scuffle at Health Care Rally


4:08 AM PDT, September 3, 2009
Blood found near the scene of the rally

Blood found near the scene of the rally (KTLA-TV)
THOUSAND OAKS -- A 65-year-old man had his finger bitten off Wednesday evening at a health care rally in Thousand Oaks, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's investigators were called to Hillcrest and Lynn Road at 7:26 p.m.

About 100 protesters sponsored by MoveOn.org were having a rally supporting health care reform. A group of anti-health care reform protesters formed across the street.

A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care reform.

The 65-year-old was apparently aggressive and hit the other man, who then retaliated by biting off his attacker's pinky, according to Karoli from DrumsnWhistles.

The man took his finger and walked to Los Robles hospital for treatment.

Neither man has been identified.

Sheriff's officials are investigating the incident.

Copyright © 2009, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pure Brilliance


WHEN IN THE GENERATIONS SUCCEEDING the one that pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to usher in the birth of the world’s only truly free nation, Liberty’s Progeny incrementally ceded their birthright to the government conceived and designed to serve a free people, and not be its servant, this generation is awakening to the terrible mistake that we, and our ancestors allowed to happen. Charged with the terrible knowledge that comes with opened eyes, we now take up the long abdicated duty to rouse our fellow citizens and actively wrest the power and the liberties that have been progressively talked, cajoled, threatened, wheedled, and extorted from us, not only by those who ostensibly served us, but by their supporters and enablers who, by accident or design, saw fit to usurp and disdain such freedoms, that they might be withheld, and where impossible to withhold, might be condemned, until a corrosive contempt for these liberties, wrapped in velvet gloves, might so suffocate the circulation of them that this nation, conceived in liberty and the providence of a wise and benevolent creator, might indeed perish from the earth, plunging the rightful heirs of a proud and noble heritage in the the darkened waters of chaos, despair, and evil that surround them, a dank deluge that even today, other human beings actively seek to escape from in the inspiring embrace of this blessed and free country.

We, the awakened and aware, freely accept the charge that the architects of this republic passed on to us over two centuries before, in the hope that all who partook in the blessings made possible by nation they created would somberly undertake the duties of citizens, and so appropriately train themselves in virtue, and educate themselves in the workings of the precepts and ideals set forth in their foundational documents that they would possess enough wisdom to recognize that not all threats to our freedom would come from without our ranks, the knowledge to recognize that not every chain and shackle menacing us will immediately appear to be what it actually is, and the humilitynot to assume that the ingenuity and innovation that has been the hallmark of American success has been the product of man alone.

To this end, we hereby identify and reclaim our independence from the tools used to slowly enslave a free people and usurp the freedoms that we could not be persuaded to freely give up, or voluntarily suppress the free exercise of on our own:

1. We reclaim our independence from the tyranny of ‘Political Correctness’.

The Constitution does not now, nor has it ever guaranteed a right to be free from being offended. Early successes in causing the disruption of free speech by insisting on the use of words or terms stripped of their meaning or altered by redefinition and deliberate use of ephemism, in order to avoid offending more delicate sensibilities lead to its use to deliberately avoid, delay, or prevent the free exchange and communication of ideas because we allowed ourselves to be more afraid of offending someone or being branded with a label chosen to imply that there was a problem with the offending speaker, rather than the intended recipient.

No more.

Words have meaning and names have power. But truth overcomes, when it is given the opportunity to exist unfettered by the artificial restraints that those who fear it would place upon it. The Founding Fathers knew this, which is why they favored the “marketplace of ideas” approach. And we now ratify and affirm this concept, having borne witness to the damage and impaired decision making that results when we remain silent and let others avoid any real discussion of topics, events, and ideas out of the fear that we might offend someone.

2. We reclaim our independence from your victimhood.

For too long, we have stood by silently, and allowed some to increasingly balkanize this country with sob stories of how one thing or another makes them a victim, and therefore they deserve some special deference, special preference, and recognition that they are special. We watched for too long, with growing alarm, as the hyphenated-Americans increasingly failed to take it upon themselves to overcome their victim status, yet continually expect to be rewarded for it as they brandished their victimhood like a cudgel, ready to bludgeon any who dared to question their entitlements and almost rapacious appetites to expand them.

No more.

One of the many unique blessings that this country has to offer is the presence of second and third and fourth chances. Others know this, and rather than think that the good things available to those who work for them were something that they were simply entitled to by virtue of their sob story, real or imagined, they decided to man up, and overcome. That doesn’t happen through accepting help and deciding to continually demand more. We are a generous people, but there are limits. Decide of your own accord to know the satisfaction of making your own destiny, rather than subsistence on the labor of others. You might be surprised at what you accomplish, or how that might come to benefit your fellow citizen in ways that you cannot even imagine.

3. We reclaim our independence from the myth of a compelling interest in diversity at the cost of excellence.

The latest affront to the ‘American Exceptionalism’ that our current President feels the need to apologize for in foreign capitols is the recent notion of a “compelling interest in diversity in our government, our institutions, and our culture”. This is the bastard child of Political Correctness and victimhood, which would not have been possible without the misapprehension of the concept of equality as enshrined in our law, the correct interpretation being that citizens of this country have equality of opportunity and equality in stature in the eyes of the laws that govern us. Once the “right” of offense took hold and started keeping company with victimhood, those benefiting from the employment of both decided that equality really meant that everyone had a right to be to be surrounded in all walks of life by people who looked just like them, whether those people were qualified to fulfill those roles or not.

No more.

Americans rose to prominence in the world in no small part due to the idea of merit and the pursuit of excellence. This was embodied in our government and institutions as much as in the private sector. Civil Service exams for public sector jobs ensured not only that people could do the work required of them, but that the best qualified were hired to do the job. Now, the standard in many fire departments, police departments, government agencies, and university staffs is not excellence, but the color of skin, gender, or sexual preference. The identity has eclipsed ability and we are all the poorer for it. Prepare for a change.

4. We reclaim our independence from the contempt of our citizenship.

For too long, we have silently permitted others to use the appeal of emotion to exact our acquiescence in their actively allowing people who have violated our laws to come here to live and work among us without asking permission to do so, or obeying our laws in doing so. We have allowed others to cajole us into allowing these persons to use our resources, and take benefits intended for citizens, without them being required to become citizens or apply for residence. We have been too long silent as others continually advocate for the application of the protections that are conferred upon us as our birthright to those who are not citizens and have tried to kill citizens, or have expressed a deep-seated desire to do so.

No more.

No sane person so despises something of value that is theirs by virtue of “the accident of birth” that they simply would give it away to others who want it and yet show contempt for those who have it by stealing it from them. Likewise, no sane person so dishonors a gift purchased with the blood of others that they will give it to those who only desire to kill or enslave them. No longer will we be silent as others confer all the benefits and protections of citizenship upon those who disrespect it, or would steal such benefits and protections without assuming the responsibility to pay for them, or worse yet, murder us because we have them.

5. We reclaim our independence from the “Freedom from religion” that has erroneously been read into the Constitution.

From the institution of Thanksgiving, to the architecture of our public buildings and monuments, the opening of government proceedings, down to the acknowledgement on our currency, this country has very deep and undeniable judeo-christian roots, and has been governed by leaders who unashamedly proclaimed their according personal beliefs while in office. It has influenced our laws and been the bedrock of every ideal that has allowed this nation to grow and prosper. This heritage has been the target of a decades long campaign to shove God out of the public square and exile him from congress with our elected officials by people who have refused the notion of a higher authority, because their own beliefs and desires are in contravention to those expressed by that higher authority.

No more.

Assaulting our national heritage with such dubious legal notions such as a separation of church and state that forbids any mention of God or expression of religion on or in state-owned property, and dismantling existing law with the fallacious statement “You can’t legislate morality” does violence to our history and demonstrates weak logic and understanding of what law is. The Founding Fathers’ intent with the Establishment Clause was the prevention of any one church gaining the favor and sanction of the Federal Government. A ban on ANY expression of religion or belief in God was never their intention, and the evidence of that is still surrounding us to this day. The current state of the law is based on a false premise that can be easily dismissed by a simple walk around the monuments and buildings in the District of Columbia, and taking out you wallet to pay for an ice cream cone. As for the “You can’t legislate morality” canard, this is also false. The law is, in its most simple essence, an expression of morality, codified. The question that then arises is whose morality should be expressed in the law? Those of people who can point to no particular belief system that has certain valuable virtues at its core, or those that can?

6. We reclaim independence from the cynical attempts to use shame to stop us from speaking out.

We have all felt this. The accusations that we are poor Christians because we refuse to give the government power not granted to it in the Constitution and go along with the currently contemplated healthcare reform bill. The charges that we hate the Earth and our children, because we oppose the highest single tax increase ever, combined with the deleterious effect on American jobs that would result in the passage of the Cap and Tax bill, which owes its existence to the myth of man-made global warming and the fact that it feeds the Federal Government its two favorite entrees: money and power. The charges that we are bad, greedy, selfish people for not supporting the idea that government and welfare entitlements are the way to improve the lives of Americans who are struggling, whatever the reason. The charges of “Racism” whenever we raise a provocative question or level a criticism at a person, policy, or idea that might happen to involve a person or persons who are not Caucasian.

No more.

Charges like “racist” and “racism” made without objective, quantitative support, and only the subjective justification of emotion will be ignored. The race card is maxed out, and the bank is no longer willing to extend the credit line. As for attacking our faith, or our practice thereof, we will no longer be held to account by people who do not understand the faith they would use as a weapon against believers, when the wielder subscribes to no belief system at all. Those who rely only on themselves for the regulation of their conduct and ethics no longer get to condemn those who answer to a higher authority. Not any more. We reclaim control of the shame that you have opted out of, and we will no longer allow you to use it to make us answer to you.

7. We reclaim independence from the notion that the Federal Government is the solution to every problem and the answer to every question.

For too long, we stood by and allowed debate and action on all matters, predicated upon on a destructive and dangerous idea: That the Federal Government is the only way to meet a need, fix a problem, or prevent a problem. In time it became a security blanket, and we became a nation of thumbsuckers, eager to give the federal Government more power and more money, if only it would keep us safe from life and the living of it as free people, until we no longer looked to it for protection from others who would have our liberties or destroy them; we looked to it for protection from the consequences of our own actions.

No more.

We were so fixated in seeking the federal government’s assistance with every aspect of our daily lives, no one within or without the Federal Government ever exercised restraint and said “No. The Consitution does not give the Federal Government the authority to do that.” And now that people are alert to the fact that the Federal Government is poised on the cusp of the largest power grab it has ever made with the healh care bill, some of us are finally saying “No. You do not have the authority.” The stakes have never been more obvious. Met with the anger of constituents who are actually paying attention, elected officials are employing various means to intimidate these citizens who are expressing their disgust and anger that a government that serves them would ever feel so entitled to our money and our data in the passage of something so clearly opposed by those who wold have to live under it, these servants have resorted to insulting their constituents, calling them shills in the pay of their political opponents, calling them stupid and saying that they simply did not understand the printed words on the pages of the bill, brazenly lying to them outright about what they have proposed and are considering, and filling audiences at public meetings with rent-a-mobs from the SEIU, ACORN, and others, so that they will face a friendly audience that is also hostile to the voters opposed to this latest demonstration of government of its leash. The days of promising good governance but delivering graft, corruption, and self serving sinecures are over. We do not care about your party; both have proven themselves reckless and dishonest. We demand that you act responsibly, that you do the people’s business, not your own, and we demand that you act within the confines of the Constitution. No more will we simply accept legislation that exceeds the authority strictly enumerated in the Constitution. No more will we accept interpretations of the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause that are so tortured and stretched beyond reason or recognition as to be unrecognizable to anyone who has read the Constitution. No longer will we accept legislation from the bench that relies not on interpretation of the Constitution, but mystical divination of mysterious penumbras that only a few ‘right-minded’ jurists can see. Those days are over, and you can return usurped powers to the states and the individual citizens in whom the Constitution rightfully places them, or you can have them stripped from you.

We, those who have come together in virtual congress to reclaim our independence from those who have by various means obtained it from us, realize that this probably wasn’t the HOPE! and CHANGE! that those persons had in mind, but nevertheless, the time has come.

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere

Free Citizen of the United States of America,

August 29, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Honk if you've had poor customer service from Walgreen's Pharmacy

Though I like to think otherwise, I guess I can be accurately called a fool. "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice," shame on me goes the saying. Well, I have unfortunately been fooled many times by the siren's song of the convenience of the Walgreen's on Government Street in Baton Rouge. On paper the place looks good - excellent location, open 24-hours a day and is operated by a large company that can afford to hire the best management.

Looks are deceiving my friends. All those advantages don't mean shit when you have idiots running the company.

A full day-and-a-half passed between the time my doctor called in a prescription and the time that I went in to pick it up. The prescription was a very simple prescription and was not a controlled substance. Should have been easy money.

Well, I got fooled again. When I got there, there were the usual problems with the "third-party", in this case, the insurance company. The dickhead pharmacist, who makes in excess of $100k per year and has at least 6 years of formal schooling, didn't seem to understand some very uncomplicated medication and how to handle the prescription. To make a long story short, he couldn't even operate his own company's "system."

Actually, there were no problems with the "system" - only with the people operating it. My doctor's orders had been improperly entered into the "system" by an obviously incompetent, poorly-educated, obese staff. Also,the "pharm tech" took people out of order in line too - showing a certain favoritism that I cannot attribute to anything rationally - thereby infuriating other customers who had been waiting in line while she groove to the piped in music. Clearly neither she nor the pharmacist gave a shit about anything.

However, some people receive excellent and prompt service. While I struggled to getting my script filled, the pharmacy took care of the problems a prisoner's prescription was experiencing forthrightly. The "pharm tech" (who are generally jokes to begin with) was grooving to the overly-loud crappy taped store music and laughing and acting a fool while fixing some problems with the thug's prescription. At the same time, she was flirting with the prison representative who was picking up the choirboy's prescription. There was love in the air! Two fat pigs sharing a "moment". Charming.

Nearing the boiling point, I refrained from using poor language (lord I wanted to cuss so damned bad) and asked for a copy of the script. I will take it somewhere else to fill tomorrow.

Now I don't really give a fuck about the type of music a 24-hour pharmacy play as long as I get my prescription properly filled. Further, I don't really give a shit about fat people working as pharmacy techs or assholes that happen to be pharmacists. All I want is the prescription that I am paying for to be dispensed properly.

I am not going to get into names here. The persons involved will know exactly who they are should they read this. Otherwise it is immaterial. I just write this as information to my readers - there are other pharmacy options. For the future, I shall solely deal with independent pharmacies. Fuck the corporate goons and idiots. Let them deal with prescriptions for prisoners. They seem to like these better.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

May He Rest in Peace

I've followed the case of Michael "Scott" Speicher for a long time and I can only say I am glad that he has been found and is not suffering. May his spirit and family be in peace. Let us leave no one behind. Ever.

Remains of U.S. Pilot Missing 18 Years in Iraq Found

Sunday , August 02, 2009

Remains of the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War have been found in the Anbar province of Iraq after a nearly 20-year search, the U.S. Navy said Sunday.

The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has positively identified the remains of Captain Michael "Scott" Speicher, whose disappearance has bedeviled investigators since his jet was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the 1991 war.

The Navy said the discovery illustrates the military's commitment to bring its troops home.

"This is a testament to how the Navy never stops looking for one of its own. No matter how long it takes," Commander Cappy Surette, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy, told FOX News.

Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, added, "we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Captain Speicher and his family for the sacrifice they have made for our nation and the example of strength they have set for all of us."

The Pentagon initially declared Speicher killed, but uncertainty — and the lack of remains — led officials over the years to change his official status a number of times to "missing in action" and later "missing-captured."

Family spokeswoman Cindy Laquidara said relatives learned on Saturday that Speicher's remains had been found.

"The family's proud of the way the Defense Department continued on with our request" to not abandon the search for the downed pilot, she said. "We will be bringing him home."

Friday, July 31, 2009

Power to the people

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.

“I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.”

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Warrior

"Out of every 100 men, ten shouldn't even be there, Eighty are just targets, Nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." - Hericletus, circa 500 BC

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Summers did get a payout!!!

Summers earned over $7M from Wall Street firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawrence Summers, President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, earned millions over the past year as managing director of the hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group and through speaking fees, some from financial institutions now at the center of the government's rescue program.

Financial disclosure reports released by the White House show that Summers received $5.2 million from D.E. Shaw. He also reported payments for appearances before institutions such as J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.

Overall, Summers was paid $2.7 million for more than 40 appearances before different organizations and companies, including financial institutions.

"Given that Dr. Summers is widely recognized as one of the country's most distinguished economists and formerly served as Treasury Secretary, there was considerable interest in hearing his economic insights from companies across various industries," White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

Obama has enacted strict rules against hiring lobbyists for administration positions that would have influence over their former clients. A White House official said Summers will not work on issues specifically related to D.E. Shaw for two years. The official noted that Summers was not an adviser or an employee of the firms that paid him to give speeches.

The Not-so Innocent Parties

The following is a list of Goldman Sachs ex-executives who are in positions of control in our Treasury:

Larry Summers - Obama’s chief financial advisor

Neel Kaskari - 36 and head of the trillion dollar TARP program, a position for which he is completely unqualified

Hank Paulson - ex treasury head who negotiated the bailout with Summers

Lloyd Blankfein - CEO of Goldman, astonishingly he co-negotiated AIG's bailout

Edward Liddy - current head of AIG appointed by Geithner

Mark Patterson - Timothy Geithner's chief of staff and Goldman's ex-lobbyist in Washington

Gary Genslery - Obama's nominee for chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

This guy stood tall

In an era of cowardly law enforcement who are afraid to "go in" when unarmed civilians are being slaughtered, Officer Justin Garner put it all on the line and stopped a raging gunman. Moreover, he did it alone, with NO backup, tactical command vehicles, SWAT team, or any other "help". In the great tradition of the "old tyme" American lawman, Garner did what he had to do.

No craven Virginia Tech police who stood by while a gunman massacred people. No inept Columbine response from a sheriff department. Just one man against the assailant. Garner was wounded in the leg but still managed to ;put his man down before more harm could come to old people and other innocents.

Garner is a true hero, in a time where that term has lost a lot of meaning. In a cynical time where a lot of folks think there is no "good and bad."

Thank you officer Garner.

Police: Gunman stopped by single shot from cop
A single shot from a decorated police officer stopped a gunman's rampage through a North Carolina nursing home, ending a slaughter that left eight people dead and three more wounded, police said Monday.
Carthage Police Chief Chris McKenzie said Monday the gunman may have targeted the home because his estranged wife, whom he did not name, works there. He said Monday he believed the couple were recently separated, but acknowledged he didn't yet know many more details about her.

Authorities said Robert Stewart, 45, went on a terrifying rampage in the Pinelake Health and Rehab center on Sunday morning, killing seven residents and a nurse and wounding three other people.

He was stopped by a single shot to the chest fired by Justin Garner, a decorated police officer responding to a 911 call. Stewart wounded Garner three times in the leg as they traded gunfire in a hallway, McKenzie said.

"Whether he realizes it now, he will hopefully realize someday how many lives he has saved," McKenzie said, adding: "A lot more lives would have been lost, I honestly feel, had he not done what he did. For certain."

Stewart's estranged wife is a certified nurse assistant at the nursing home named Wanda Luck, said Mark Barnett, a neighbor. Public records indicate she shared an address with Stewart in Carthage, and Barnett said Monday she was born and raised in the community, a small town about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh in North Carolina's Sandhills region.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It never ends...more tax trouble for the Chosen One

WASHINGTON – Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding "unintentional errors" — the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee. The Kansas governor explained the changes to senators in a letter dated Tuesday that the administration released. She said they involved charitable contributions, the sale of a home and business expenses.

Sebelius said she filed the amended returns as soon as the errors were discovered by an accountant she hired to scrub her taxes in preparation for her confirmation hearings. She and her husband, Gary, a federal magistrate judge in Kansas, paid a total of $7,040 in back taxes and $878 in interest to amend returns from 2005-2007.

Several Obama administration nominees have run into tax troubles, notably the president's first nominee for HHS secretary, former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle. He withdrew from consideration while apologizing for failing to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest.

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., quickly issued a statement supporting Sebelius.

"Congress is going to need a strong partner at the Department of Health and Human Services to achieve comprehensive health reform this year, and we have that partner in Gov. Sebelius," Baucus said. "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Gov. Sebelius has the political experience, determination, and bipartisan work ethic to get the job done with Congress this year. She's the right person for the job."

There was no comment from the White House.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Summers had it right - "off with their heads"

But like all "executives" he pussies out. Maybe he is in line for a nice payout!

Rescued AIG says it has to pay $165M in bonuses immediately

"The easy thing would be to just say ... off with their heads, violate the contracts. But you have to think about the consequences of breaking contracts for the overall system of law, for the overall financial system."

Yes Larry, that would be the easy thing to do. But you are wrong when you talk about "the consequences of breaking contracts for the overall system of law", because the law has long since ceased to exist. And you fuckers are so incompetent that you cannot even manage to do the "easy work." Maybe we could bring in more illegal workers to do the work that Americans won't do.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the White House economic team and the Senate's top Republican bellowed about bonuses at a bailed-out insurance giant and pledged to prevent such payments in the future.

From one Sunday talk show to the next, they tore into the contracts that American International Group asserted had to be honored, to the tune of about $165 million and payable to executives by Sunday — part of a larger total payout reportedly valued at $450 million. The company has benefited from more than $170 billion in a federal rescue.

AIG has agreed to Obama administration requests to restrain future payments. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pressed the president's case with AIG's chairman, Edward Liddy, last week.

"He stepped in and berated them, got them to reduce the bonuses following every legal means he has to do this," said Austan Goolsbee, staff director of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Woooooo...he berated them. I'll bet they are shaking in their boots.

"I don't know why they would follow a policy that's really not sensible, is obviously going to ignite the ire of millions of people, and we've done exactly what we can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening again," Goolsbee said.
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Added Lawrence Summers, Obama's top economic adviser: "The easy thing would be to just say ... off with their heads, violate the contracts. But you have to think about the consequences of breaking contracts for the overall system of law, for the overall financial system."

Summers said Geithner used all his power, "both legal and moral, to reduce the level of these bonus payments."

I am sure he has. Just like when he failed to pay his taxes.

The Democratic administration's argument about the sanctity of contracts was more than Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky could bear.

"For them to simply sit there and blame it on the previous administration or claim contract — we all know that contracts are valid in this country, but they need to be looked at," McConnell said. "Did they enter into these contracts knowing full well that, as a practical matter, the taxpayers of the United States were going to be reimbursing their employees? Particularly employees who got them into this mess in the first place? I think it's an outrage."

In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did not address the bonuses but expressed his frustration with the AIG intervention.

"It makes me angry. I slammed the phone more than a few times on discussing AIG," Bernanke said. "It's — it's just absolutely — I understand why the American people are angry. It's absolutely unfair that taxpayer dollars are going to prop up a company that made these terrible bets — that was operating out of the sight of regulators, but which we have no choice but to stabilize, or else risk enormous impact, not just in the financial system, but on the whole U.S. economy."

AIG reported this month that it had lost $61.7 billion for the fourth quarter of last year, the largest corporate loss in history.

In a letter to Geithner dated Saturday, Liddy said outside lawyers had informed the company that AIG had contractual obligations to make the bonus payments and could face lawsuits if it did not do so.

Horseshit. They are bankrupt. We bailed them out. Let the executives get in line with everyone else.

Liddy said in his letter that "quite frankly, AIG's hands are tied," although he said that in light of the company's current situation he found it "distasteful and difficult" to recommend going forward with the payments.

Liddy said the company had entered into the bonus agreements in early 2008 before AIG got into severe financial straits and was forced to obtain a government bailout last fall.

The bulk of the payments at issue cover AIG Financial Products, the unit of the company that sold credit default swaps, the risky contracts that caused massive losses for the insurer.

Goolsbee acknowledged the AIG example could make it harder to sell the administration's financial plan to Congress.

Congress already bought off on all of this hook line and sinker.

"Yes, you worry about that backlash. But you're also angry that this would happen at an institution that has been so troubled and you're trying to save. So I think that's perfectly fair," he said.

Goolsbee appeared on Fox News Sunday, and Summers was on CBS' Face the Nation and ABC's This Week, where McConnell also was interviewed.

Fire up the B-52s. Now.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Government lists - Sudafed

Cry me a river. Meth heads are cooking their brains. Awwww...so now you have to sign onto a government watch list to get Sudafed- the ONLY decongestant that really works.

The fact that meth heads are burning down their trailers, well it doesn't bother me. That is their business, not mine. Couldn't care less. Just don't take away my medication. So I am therefore against all such "lists". Lists always start out innocently, until something happens and they are used for something bad.

"Officer Taggleberry, run these names on the sudafed list and see what hits we can come up with," Chief Friendly orders.

Fast forward to a few hours later, "Chief, got some hits." "Good, let's round them up. We need a few more arrests to justify the tac team."

You have just been identified and targeted. Soon a tragedy will unfold.

A few days later, 9 officers, decked out in full assault gear board three vans. They are dressed in black, body armor, elbow and knee pads, plate carrier, gas masks, and are armed with an MP-5, a 14-inch shotgun for breaching/CQB, and HK 416s (only the best for your tax dollars) They are escorted by two cruisers with ordinary uniformed police (the guys who want to join the SWAT team but who need to "put in their time" doing the grunt work first).

You and your girlfriend are peacefully sleeping. Well, maybe not so peacefully, because you are snoring like a band saw because of your stopped up sinuses and your gf is aggravated so she has gone to sleep on the couch.

As they approach the house at 3:30 am, they don't identify themselves nor do they ask questions as two burly guys just ram your door in. Then, two other members perform a "dynamic entry". The immediately shoot your pooch, who was laying on the floor by the door. Your girlfriend, jumps up screaming. One of the troopers cuts loose with the MP-5 and guns down your gf. The 9mm bullets are not frangible so the penetrate the drywall and kill your infant daughter.

At this point, you, having no clue what is going on, and knowing whatever it is, it ain't good, grab your trusty AK and confront the situation. You don't have time to don your vest because things are happening too fast. You don't even have time to put on a pair of boxers.

Rounding the corner into the living room, you see masked intruders and you start plugging away. Most of your rounds hit the officers chicken plates, but a few get through and injure/kill a couple officers. The return fire from the remaining .223 rounds from the HK 416a riddles you like a sieve.

Two dead officers, three injured ones, your dog shot, your gf riddled with bullets, infant dead and you are bleeding out.

All because you had a stuffy nose and bought medication.

It happens....

(this is not one incident but rather comprise of several events that actually have taken place)

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Reality of Self-Defence

Let's cut the macho bullshit right now.

You are not going to be fighting it out with MZB (Mutant Zombie Bikers) at over 300 yards with your super-duper MBR (Main Battle Rifle) from Fortress One. As the MZB's close in over open ground, you take aim with your Trijicon-scoped M1A and start dropping them as fast as you can recover from the recoil. Hate to disappoint you, but that is just not going to happen. First, raiders never come over open ground. Second, at that distance, you are effectively committing murder.

You are going to find yourself beset by smaller problems at first. A stole lawn mower that is unsecured at your house. Then perhaps a smash and grab to steal your XM radio out of your car while it is parked in your drive way. Then things escalate into home break-ins while you are away at work (if you still have a job). Then maybe a home invasion.

The point of all of this is it is up front and personal. Not from a distance. Not rifle or shotgun range. Rather it will be mano a mano. And being a quick draw isn't going to save you from trouble. You are going to have to use situational awareness and passive defences.

More on this later.

Monday, February 9, 2009

No Social Compact

at all between workers and management and ownership and executives.

Can't lump all "managment" into one pot. Good management is one of the biggest reasons for corporate success. A lot of times, that comes from strong middle to lower upper level managers. Good upper management is crucial - the vision and getting everyone behind it and to ensure profitablity. Nor can we lump "wealth" into a one-size-fits-all category of greed. I personally know many very wealthy people who are the salt of the earth.

The disconnect seems to come, however, at large companies and upper levels of government (often one in the same) at, at the "executive" level, who can always point to "for the benefit of shareholders" as an excuse for any sorry a$$ed actions they take. They tend to have a very strong nose for profits, quite namely their own. And tend to disdain paying taxes, often their personal ones.

Often, they take a dim view of actually performing any "work" because they take a lot of time sitting on other companies boards of directors setting other executives salaries. It's only fair and proper because they are in turn sitting on his board (at his behest) and setting his compensation. Turnabout is fair play. I mean they all living in the same places, recreate with each other's wives and sig others, drive the same sorts of cars, vacation at the same places, consume the same cuisine, use the same limo companies, share the same tailors, speak with the same Mid-Atlantic accent that our forefathers left the English shores because of, boat builders and other such emoluments.

However, for the hoi polloi, they give lectures concerning the danger of entitlements, the value of a good work ethic, the need to reduce corporate profits to exposure along with a host of other goodie-goodie-two-shoes "common sense" directives. When questioned about these activities, the executives are quick to respond by saying "Comrade, science has proven this is good...."

It is only natural that they play one-upsmanship with each other. Pity the executive who cannot keep up with the Jones...or the Thains. Why, pray tell, didn't I just say "share the same emoluments" in the first place saving the reader and myself valuable time. It is because there is a certain value seeing things spelled out in plain English. Because only then can we see the true value of what we have been ripped off of. Just remember this when you get hit with that AMT, hit with the "RIF" axe, or struggle in your daily toils.

Call me jaded, but I have worked in big companies and small companies and they all seem to work the same...it's a rip off. If we're not careful, we just might find out how thin the veneer of civilization really is. Pitchforks and torches are not nice things.

A pox on such creatures one and all.

Religion of Peace

More exciting news from followers of the "Religion of Peace"

Just disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

From the Anarchangel

"So, why don't we ever talk about the suns contribution to global warming? ...Well, because we can't regulate it, tax it, or make it feel guilty for what it's doing".

That saying has been around before but it does indeed nicely sum up the Global Warming "debate".

Monday, January 19, 2009