Monday, August 20, 2012

IRS Blog Visit

Anyone feel a chill?

This is like a blizzard!


They Call Him 'Mr. President"

Obama’s trash-talking competitiveness, a trait that has defined him since his days on the court as a basketball-obsessed teenager in Hawaii, was on display one night last February, when the president spotted a woman he knew was close to Sen. Marco Rubio in a Florida hotel lobby. “Is your boy going to go for [vice president]?” the president asked her. Maybe, she replied.

“Well,” he said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.” - [Book excerpt]

Drone On

TECHNO THRILLS                      

Drone on

thoR~ sent me this link to a drone with a built in camera for the commercial market (Buy one here).

Comment under the video:  "The AR 2.0 cannot do what is demonstrated in this video, this was a fancy commercial. The battery lasts about 8 minutes and you cant pilot it using just the camera due to the delay. Plus any wind and you cannot control it with any sort of direction. Wifi range is short. That being said, it's still some high tech fun for $300"

So, this is a baby step.  Yes, I know that experienced RC enthusiasts have more options, but they can be quite expensive, and impossible to fly (ever buy one of those little battery powered helicopters?) unless you have already crashed about $10,000 worth while learning.

Anyway, when the technology gets to a point where our drones can compete with (destroy) domestic government drones, they will be made illegal to own. 

October Surprise

Foreign policy October surprise?

ALISYN CAMEROTA: Is it possible that [Biden's] an asset and not a liability. Is that even possible?

COULTER: It’s an excellent point. I think any distraction from the economy, from the jobless rate, from just the haplessness of this president is probably a good distraction. I think the big distraction to watch out for is going to be probably a foreign policy October surprise, maybe allowing Israel to attack Iran, because I think the president is going to need a Hail Mary pass before the election.

Ann expresses what a lot of us are worried about, that this guy is willing to use the Mayan calender as a hedge, if necessary.  At the same time she annoys the hell out of me with little backhanded jabs at Sarah Palin, like this.

And the other reason I think Biden’s gaffes aren't that damaging to the president is because the media is so playing a part in this campaign. I think this is going to be the worst media bias we’ve seen since the 1992 election. We can bring back those old bumper stickers. It was “Annoy the Media - Vote Bush.” Now it’s “Annoy the Media – Vote Romney.” Because Biden does say all kinds of crazy things. I don’t know if you remember his debate with Sarah Palin, you know, Sarah Palin who they describe as an utter airhead. She didn't say half the crazy things Biden said. I mean, it was misstatement of fact after misstatement of fact, and there was precisely one network that mentioned the misstatements of fact by Joe Biden.

Half the crazy things?  Sarah didn't say anything "crazy," in any appearance, anywhere. There's a girl thing going on with Ann. I know her. 

Departures - A Japanes Film - 5 Stars

   At The Cinema                           

Daigo Kobayashi  a cellist in Tokyo, loses his job when his orchestra is disbanded. He decides to move back to his hometown, with his wife Mika. Daigo's family used to run a small coffee shop. His father ran away with the waitress when Daigo was very young, and his mother raised him by herself. His mother died two years ago, and left him the house where he grew up. Daigo feels guilty about not having taken better care of his mother.

Back home, Daigo finds an advertisement in the newspaper for "assisting departures". He goes to the interview, uncertain of the job's nature. He is hired on the spot after only one question ("Will you work hard?") and being handed an "advance" by his new boss Sasaki . He discovers that the job involves preparing the dead. Daigo reluctantly accepts. He returns to his wife with sukiyaki for a celebration, but he tells her he will be performing some sort of ceremony. [Wikipedia]

I'm  something of a foreign film buff, but Japanese movies are not among my favorite genre.  They seem to fall into two categories: extreme overstated Samurai culture, or bizarre, overstated Japanese humor (everything Japanese seems to be bizarre and  overstated).  Departures is the best Japanese film I've ever seen (NetFlix). Hell, I think it's the best movie I've watched all year.  It worked (for me) on many levels. 
  1. It was damned interesting
  2. I liked the characters, immensely
  3. Superb,understated acting
  4. It was spiritually moving
Oh, it won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, something I didn't know until I was getting the clip.   I rather think the Japanese "send-off"  is far, far superior to the way we do it. Turning loved ones into wax figures, with mouths stitched closed, and with no family involvement in the process, save for paying for it.

Baby's first butcher shop

  Baby's First Butcher Shop
Baby's First Butcher Shop

Mmmmm PeTA-Clikkem
(Rollover Bonus)

PETA would never approve: This grisly 1840 doll-sized butcher shop with miniature animal carcasses and a floor covered in sawdust and blood would be shockingly graphic to our modern sensibilities. After all, here in the 21st century, we like to remain cheerfully oblivious about where our meat products come from.

But in Victorian times, such detailed model butcher shops were not uncommon, says Sarah Louise Wood, a curator at the Museum of Childhood at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The real question is: Why exactly do such things exist? [Full story with delightful pictures]

I'm almost moved to write a thesis based on just this sort of thing—people growing up in a sheltered and sterile society.  But who needs another "F " on his resume? Anyway, you already know what I mean. 

5 more things to blame on Mitt

Res Ipsa Loquitor

In an impromptu meeting with reporters outside Big Bob’s House of Botox, California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi blamed corporate raiders such as Romney’s Bain Capital for the 8%+ unemployment rate that has persisted throughout Barack Obama's presidential tenure. When told that Bain Capital was in fact a net creator of jobs, having added well over 100,000 new positions to the economy, the former speaker replied, “That’s not what the ghost of Susan B. Anthony told me.” [More]

I was going to file this in Silliness, but it's not so, .is it?

Ron Metzger


A remote contol, a chicken pot pie. and a nut


Did the SEIU outline Obamacare? Yes.

Book: Obamacare law designed to unionize 21 million health care workers

In ”Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team.

That memo outlined a legislative proposal calling for “increasing the capacity of the health care workforce” as part of a larger health care reform initiative.
The SEIU and the Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Factor writes, later coordinated with other public-sector unions to spend “literally hundreds of millions of dollars promoting Obamacare.”

A booklet published by SEIU during the 2008 election season called for “building a new American health care system,” in part by “organizing workers.” The publication argued for outcomes nearly identical to those later adopted in the Obamacare legislation

How does it work?  Simple.   The number of health care workers receiving payment for their services through government programs will skyrocket, effectively making them government employees in the eyes of the beholder.. 

“The government employee unions can then enlist pro-union state governments to treat these health care workers as ‘government employees and unionize them just like they unionized the care providers” themselves.

“For every million additional health care workers unionized in the 27 non-right-to-work states the unions stand to earn $1 billion in dues.” [Full]

The SEIU make Hoffa's Teamster union look like the Sisters of Providence.

Newsweak to Obama - GTFO!

I remember when ...
The Soviet news daily Izvestia told Comrade Stalin to take a hike in 1930,
and when the German paper Der Stürmer told Hitler to get out of town in 1936,
 — oh, wait. I must have dreamed all that; but —

Res Ipsa Loquitor

Is it a dream that a leading Democrat Media Complex rag just ran a "Hit the Road Barack" cover story?  Is Obama about to become the Party's Trotsky?  Will they give him the axe?  Stay tuned.

Thomas Sowell - Romney Tax Evasion? Where's the IRS

Just as simple as that         

When Senator Harry Reid claims that Mitt Romney hasn't paid his income taxes, and demands that Governor Romney disprove this unsubstantiated allegation, that raises an obvious question as to why the Internal Revenue Service has not prosecuted Romney, instead of leaving that to a partisan politician in an election year - Thomas Sowell- The Paul Ryan Choice
Hoes in the Outfield