Saturday, March 27, 2010

Damned tired!

I'm 63 and I'm Tired!
Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.
I found this on Free Republic, and it struck a chord with me, as I'm sure it will with others. You don't have to be 63 either.  I imagine young men, like our Josh, will share many of the same feelings. Except he's got years of trial to endure.  That's okay.  We had FDR, LBJ, WJC, and now Papa Doc to contend with.  I hope his people do a better job of it.  [ Snipped and condensed opening paragraphs below]

Boned Jello I'm 63 and I'm Tired by Robert A. Hall
 I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.

I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe , the freedom of the press of China , the crime and violence of Mexico , the tolerance for Christian people of Iran , and the freedom of speech of Venezuela .

I'm tired of being told that "race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of Obama, when it's all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.

I think it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.

(full letter)

White Fright & Flight

White men shun Democrats
White women, and Blacks, below the curve
Boned Jello

Millions of white men who voted for Barack Obama are walking away from the Democratic Party, and it appears increasingly likely that they'll take the midterms elections in November with them. Their departure could well lead to a GOP landslide on a scale not seen since 1994.

Kevin James Illusionist

Damnedest Thing Evah!

Where's the Justice?

Today's WTF
Nashville man incited to riot

Boned Jello
Mug shots from across the nation

I don't get it.  Nashville Police say Harry Weisiger was charged with felony reckless endangerment?  For giving the finger to, and then tapping the bumper of a man with an OBAMA election sticker on his bumper! What happened to "Hate Speech/"  What happened to "inciting to riot?"  Sheesh.  Nashville needs to get with the times..  

Topsy Turvy

But, Why?
Boned Jello

I see a lot of this kind of thing on the continent, but why?  I understand women who dress like furniture , and cars thatt look like a bunny , but JFC! This is a way expensive joke. I like it.

Today's Erection

10 Crazy Wacko Medical Inventions

What Was the Inventor Thinking?

How it works?  Rollover

  1. Birthing Centrifuge (1965)
  2. Severed Head Life Support System (1987)
  3. Weight Loss Balloon (1979)
  4. Penis Exerciser (1995)
  5. Braces Alarm (1988)
  6. Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge (1935)
  7. Anti-Eating Face Mask (1982)
  8. Mouth Exerciser (1923)
  9. Erectile Dysfunction Vacuum (2005)
  10. X-Ray Fingers (1993)
These 10 Crazy Medical Inventions That Never Caught On are hilarious.  Every one of them projected into my mind some bizarre consequence.  A birthing centrifuge?  HFS.  The Erectile Dysfunction Vacuum must somehow accomodate a partner, it seems to me, which this result ?  Thanks to Ka-Ching!  for the lead.

Tahe My Breath Away

6 Cathartic Minutes

Looney Toon Left

Looney Left
I stole this from Denny, but stealing another would not be good form. Sigh.

Ezra's Predictions

Boned Jello

Ezra Klein:

11 predictions for the health-care reform bill

As Liberals go, Ezra Klein has a brain, and often puts it to good use.  However, I  found  most of his his predictions for Obamacare to be staggeringly off base (), and/or terrifying ( ). But, then, there's no accounting for taste.

1) The excise tax will go into effect on schedule, but it might be indexed to inflation plus one (or even two) percentage points, rather than just inflation.

2) The Medicare cuts will also go into effect with very few, if any, changes.

3) There will be at least one policy in the bill that will be a very effective cost control but that we're not thinking of. One contender for this is the provision penalizing hospitals with high infection rates, which could save quite a lot of money in terms of readmission and recuperation costs if it's effective.

4) There's a very good chance that the difference between the bill's spending and its cost controls/revenues/reforms will prove greater than what the Congressional Budget Office is predicting. To make this a bit clearer, I think there's at least a 60 percent chance that the bill saves in excess of $1.5 trillion between 2020 and 2029.

5) This policy will be very popular in 10 or 15 years. The GOP will not talk of repeal, and will instead argue that they will do a better job administering the health-care system than Democrats.

6) Premiums will grow more slowly inside the exchanges than has been the historical average for the individual and small-business markets.

7) There is a chance -- say, 30 percent -- that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (the Medicare commission) becomes an extremely, extremely important government body.

8) There will be significant supplementary reforms by 2018.

9) Most Americans will not find America to be a substantially more tyrannical, totalitarian or socialist country come 2020. The frenzy over this bill will be something people quote to discredit future frenzies, not to give added weight to tomorrow's hysterical predictions.

10) There will be strong evidence that this bill led to important quality improvements in medical care, particularly in terms of hospital-acquired infections and cost-effectiveness of treatments.

11) Ezra.  Are you there?

Try this on.

Obama's Credit rating


Boned Jello

In February, Bloomberg News reports, Berkshire Hathaway sold two-year bonds with an interest rate lower than that on two-year Treasuries. A company run by a 79-year-old investor is a better credit
risk, the markets are telling us, than the U.S. government. Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and Lowe’s have also been borrowing money at cheaper rates than Uncle Sam. [Michael Barone]

Put another way, Obama will soon be shopping for us at one of those places that hustles the poor with television commercials like "Own your own computer today - no money down - no credit check -  no hassle! Just pay $179/Mo for 36 months!"


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