Monday, September 17, 2012

We Are Now Officially Mexico

District Attorneys rent out their letterhead to debt collectors, split the shakedown loot 

Over 300 US district attorneys have made arrangements with strong-arm debt collectors, through which the debt collectors send out threatening notices on the DAs' letterhead to people who've allegedly bounced checks, and split the payments they get back (including hefty "service fees" levied by the collectors) with the DAs' offices. Jessica Silver-Greenberg writes in the NYT: [cont Naked Capitalism]

Res Ipsa Loquitor

We are now officially Mexico

Another wordy post

Soap Opera Over Kabul



First off this is what I believe.

  • That Bush going into Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaeda and their Taliban host was a correct, honorable, and necessary thing.
  • That going into Iraq because it was an outlaw regime with Weapons of Mass Destruction (that they never had after moving them to Syria) was also a correct, honorable, and necessary thing.
  • That by occupying Afghanistan and Iraq we  effectively isolated Iran, which was and still is the real world threat, and sponsor of Islamic terrorism. A brilliant strategic move.
  • That by January, 2009, even though  congressional Democrats had aligned themselves with every leftist group trying to undermine Bush's policy, the Taliban were deemed effectively destroyed;  al-Qaeda was scarce heard from.
  • That I was spot-on when I said back in 2002 that the United States can never  again prevail  as long as post Watergate brand Democrats have ANY influence whatever in government  I see that sentiment expressed a lot lately.
Now, skoonj sent me this Fred on Everything treatment, and expressed "hope someone learns from it."   Call me a curmudgeon, but I see very little chance of that.
OK. In the Guardian, I learn that actual Pentagonal military psycho-wonks have done a study on what Afghans and gringos think of each other. (report) Saith the Guardian:

Please don’t send me growly mail about Our Boys and their courage, training, sacrifice, honor, and the rest of that string of beads. ...  A hit man for the Mafia is exactly as honorable. For another thing, an army’s job is not to be brave, selfless, yada yada, but to win wars.
  "One group sees the other as a bunch of violent, reckless, intrusive, arrogant, self-serving, profane, infidel bullies hiding behind high technology; and the other group [the US soldiers] generally view the former as a bunch of cowardly, incompetent, obtuse, thieving, complacent, lazy, pot-smoking, treacherous, and murderous radicals. Such is the state of progress in the current partnering programme. Over a decade of fighting shoulder-to-shoulder had created mutual loathing that was impossible to camouflage.”

Who would have thought it?

Anybody with the slighytest acquaintance with reality. Tell you what, brothels and cisterns, I could have written every word of it, and I’ve never been to Afghanistan. It’s Viet Nam all over again. Which means that it’s all over, again. GIs and Afghans hate each other.

What do you expect when you put combative, not too bright, half-educated, unsophisticated lower-middle-class guys into an illiterate thirteenth-century culture with a history of detesting invaders? I know, I know: you figured it would spark a love-in, koom-bah-yah, Oprah as featured speaker.

This comedy occurs because the military inhabits a parallel reality. In its experience, you tell a thing to happen, and it does. [Full]

It shoots a .95 caliber 2,400 grain bullet

Put aside your girly-man .458 Win Mag or your wimpy .50 cal and watch these guys shoot a real gun, the largest center fire rifle ever made, the .950 JDJ by SSK Industries. Only three were ever made. This was the lightest, the carbine version, weighing in at 50 lbs. It shoots a .95 caliber 2,400 grain bullet at 2,100 fps using 240 grains of powder, which generates 25,400 f/lbs of muzzle energy and 277 f/lbs of recoil energy. Each round costs $40.

  cuzzin ricky

Swing State Vote

Rasmussen shows Romney Ahead in Swing States 
Rasmussen Reader subscribers can read the full Swing State tracking update daily at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. This article offers a combined view of the results from 11 key states won by President Obama in 2008 and thought to be competitive in 2012. The states collectively hold 146 Electoral College votes and include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. [Free Republic]

Maybe Not the Best GF, But a Good One

Oh My

  • Published on Sep 16, 2012 by SmexyTrailerz

hahahahaha in front of a school bus

  • This first 30 seconds I didn't understand what the fuck was going on.

The Magnitude of the Mess We're In- and a solution

The Magnitude of the Mess We're In
The next Treasury secretary will confront problems so daunting that even Alexander Hamilton would have trouble preserving the full faith and credit of the United States.          

Res Ipsa Loquitor
A Chip Shot for TRKOF? Indeed.

But me, The Real King of France & Sweden, in the role of  benign dictator who doesn't suffer fools, could turn this nation around in a relative heart-beat.  So could some of you, just by using common sense and going back to American fundamentals.  It all begins with setting a positive tone.   So, Romney and the GOP had better assume that mantle before we get a not so benign ruler. 

Muscle regeneration

Gary Larsen
No, Not That Muscle (besides—it's not really a muscle you berk.)

Hoes in the Outfieldsigh



Can Obama get reelected losing the independent vote?

The answer is “yes,” if you believe a number of the polls currently in the Real Clear Politics poll average… but that’s a sizable if. The NYT/CBS poll shows Pres. Obama winning by 3 points among likely voters… but losing independents to Mitt Romney 44/50. The WaPo/ABC News poll shows Obama up by a point, while losing independents by 11 points, 43/54. The CNN/ORC poll (.pdf) shows Obama winning by six overall, but losing independents by a whopping 14 points, 40/54. Ironically, given people’s perceptions of poll bias, the Fox poll has Obama winning overall and winning indies by a similar 5 point margin.

Historically, a candidate cannot win the presidency while losing independent votes. However, it has happened thrice in my lifetime: 1976, 2000 and 2004. These exceptions are instructive. [Even More Stuff]

Add to that the aforementioned Obama Polling Worse Among Jews Than Any Dem in 32 Years , and the media sham is even more pronounced.  Obama is toast, thank God. They know it.  But.

In 1980 the networks called Reagan's landslide win over Carter at 6:30 PM EST.  Democrats were outraged, because Left Coast voters on the way to the polls simply went home.  As a result Reagan gained control of the Senate, and  made heavy inroads into  the Democrat's House dominance.  In response Donks forced a rule prohibiting  presidential election calls until  all polls had closed.

This is what I'm getting at.  If government can flex its muscle to "protect the integrity of an election (ahem)" that way, why in heaven's name don't they ban all political polling 60 days before any election?   I know, it's rhetorical. Democrats depend on phony polls; but it does make sense, wot?

As something of an aside:  It was also after Reagan's win that the Donk media changed  party designation colors .  It drove me nuts at the time (still does actually) that not one word was heard about this obvious "psyche-ops" victory by the Donk media.  I was reminded by some of the comments  found under the YouTube video I embedded above.

  • In most countries red is the color of left wing parties and blue is the color of right wingers. EG in Britain Labour is red and the Conservatives are blue

  • 'Red' means communism, and the Leftist media didn't want people making that connection in later years. This is just my guess.

  • Don't speak fact to the left, they don't like that.

And so it should be.


Another Google Screw-up

Rediscovering Our Greatness
Res Ipsa Loquitor
More like this?  Wow,very nice company.  Like pretending I have castles in Europe, only better.