Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dr Destruct-o

What he said:
This is a capitalist country. Creative destruction is the capitalist way. If a firm can't carry on without breaking the law or begging for subsidies, that firm should fail.
See the part about Creative Destruction here, in Chapter VII.

I find it instructional and not a little disappointing that it takes a legal immigrant to tell us, in America, what we are born with, and have been given by God. No insult meant to Derb...the insult was meant for our education system and our parents (or lack thereof).

Read it all at NRO.


The Walking Dead

I thought this was a joke...but apparently not. The Obamanuts are organizing, coming to your neighborhood. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Anyway, I can't wait for one of these morons to show up at my door. I'll offer them a cup of coffee. Maybe a Dr Pepper in a roadie cup.

Or offer to trade them a bumper sticker.

Oh, the fun we can have. Idjits.

H/T Gates of Vienna

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Kid in Black

Wow! This kid, Vince Mira, can sing! Although he doesn't really sound that much like Cash, he can hit the low notes. This is a song that I always sang as a kid -- you probably didn't know that I sang bass in the White Rock Lake Tacklebox Choir (about the same age as this youngster). This performance reminded me of another youngster hitting the charts - LeAnn Rimes. Her hit "Blue" was written by Bill Mack for Patsy Cline. Patsy never got to sing it...she died in a plane crash in 1963. Bill Mack kept it in a drawer until 1996 when he heard about a young girl with a great voice. You got it...LeAnn. Mack was a DJ in Ft Worth at WBAP, and Rimes had moved to the Dallas area (whisper "Garland") in 1988.

Let's hope Vince has a great story to tell his grandkids.

Here's Vince singing "Ring of Fire". This kid is going places.

H/T Good Morning America

The New Fascism...or is it Socialism...or Communism

It's hard to figure out...Obama is showing signs of all three. Pretty scary.
H/T GetLiberty.org

Sunday, March 29, 2009

TIME and Time again...

...Time just can't get it right.

I appreciate the fact that they have an online set of pictures that indicates that Basra is now a relatively safe and secure town. However, the caption tells all. I know it's a small mistake, but from the photographer to the author of the story to the copy reader to the editor, no one caught that a Hercules is a prop, not a jet. It's technically a turboprop...it ain't a jet. Both jets and turboprops provide the power of flight, but they are different animals.

This is equivalent to calling a touchdown a field goal...it's correct in the abstract (that points were scored), but it's a totally incorrect description of the detail -- you don't know that The Mad Bomber has struck instead of the fact that someone made a 63-yard chipshot of a kick.

This is just another indication that Time is not taking the War in Iraq, or indeed any war, very seriously. If they had reporters and editors who were truly knowledgeable about the equipment used by our armies, then perhaps we might take the rest of their articles more seriously.

OK, this is a crotchety post, out of respect for COB6. So there.

Screen grab from Time online.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

This is what Neutron Bombs are for

You think I'm kidding? This picture is from today's protests in London:

If capitalism isn't working, then what would you like to try? The Soviet Union's socialism? How about a little of Castro's medicine? FFS, people, go get a job. Oh, wait, your government is generously paying you more than you could make by working for a living. Quit bitching then.

Capitalism is working...it's called creative destruction. Go read about it -- chapter VII.

For crying out loud, nuke these morons and put them out of our misery.

H/T Reuters for the picture.

FAA to the Rescue


I've said before that I'm a regular business traveler.

2.6 million miles on Delta
600,000 miles on United
400,000 miles on American
Flown on Braniff, Republic, TTA, Southwest, PSA, Eastern, British Airways, Alitalia -- too many to name.

Flown on DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-11, B-707, B-717, B-727, B-737, B-747, B-757, B-767, B-777, and a host of smaller RJ's, prob jobs, rubber-band powered jalopies, etc. Convair 240's and 600's were the fun ones on Trans Texas Airways -- nicknamed Tree-Top Airways.

(Picture from Airliners.net. Taken at Dallas Love Field...now home to Southwest.)

Never had a bird strike...knock on wood.

This story -- that the FAA wants to hide bird-strike info from the public -- is a bunch of crap. More info = better info. And when shit happens, shit happens. You want a professional up there in the pointy-end of the plane when the crap hits the fan - literally.

I particularly enjoy United's policy of allowing passengers to listen to air-to-ground communications. I like to listen to the professionalism, the way they try to avoid weather to increase passenger comfort (not to mention safety), and even once heard a report of a flight of B-2's passing below us...so I was able to look out and see them. Pretty good use of my tax dollars!

Fie on the FAA.

H/T Airliners.net for the pic.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, forgot to mention Muse Air. First no-smoking airline...what a relief that was!

Picture from RioLeo.org

A Not-So-Bright Idea

You may not know it, but this is the shape of your future:

The gummint has dictated that we all must buy these compact fluorescent lights (CFL). Indeed, the gummint had made it illegal for you and I to have a choice at the store in 2012 when we buy bulbs...the traditional, Edison-invented incandescent bulb will not be allowed to be sold. How's that for Big Brother? (Note: 100-watt bulbs no longer sold in 2012; 75-watt and 60-watt in 2014).

In today's NYTimes (don't worry - I don't subscribe), there is an article about how the CFL bulbs are a big disappointment. Bulbs aren't lasting, thereby not allowing Michael Moore and Al Gore to keep their word on saving the planet.

Here's the dumbest quote in the article:
Experts and bulb manufacturers say that consumers need to play a role in solving the problems by learning more about the limitations of compact fluorescent bulbs.
So let's see...we're being FORCED to buy them, but we need to learn the limitations of them. Sounds like we're going to have a hard time reading at night. Your gummint at work...you voted for it.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fallen Hope

From Moonbattery

Dr. Pepper, For Sure

Saw this at Pinch's place:

Sent an email to Pepsi complaining about this racist crap. Got this:

Give em a break? Nope. Drink this:

For Sure.

H/T Instapinch posted the Pepsi ad here.

Money Down the Drain

Here's one of the dumbest ideas yet on how to spend our tax money. It's a bill to establish a commission (yeah, like we need more commissions) to study reparations - yep, reparations - based on the effects of slavery.

I'm a Southerner. I don't agree with slavery. But you want to take my tax dollars and give them to a great-great-great-great grandson or granddaughter of slaves? No.

Since we're going to be colorblind here, how about this: I have a relative (with the same last name!) who fought for the Union during the Civil War. IF these reparations are paid, can I sue those who get the money for my relative's time, costs, and hardship for setting these long-dead relatives free? I mean, come on...if you get money for something that DIDN'T HAPPEN TO YOU, why can't I get some of that money for what DIDN'T HAPPEN TO ME?

Hell, why stop there? In the 60's, my wife was denied admission to Michigan State Univ -- not because she wasn't qualified, but to put a black person in her place...someone with lower grades and lower scores. She was told this TO HER FACE, so that they could make their quota. Can she sue for discrimination? Think about it...aren't our laws supposed to be colorblind?

Morons...complete morons. I want my money back. Quit funding Congress. Screw 'em.

H/T Picture from Tom Palmer's web site.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Good Ole College Try

You know, you just have to feel sorry for someone here...must be the two kids.

Still, it's pretty funny.

H/T Detective Mike

Must See

No comment needed...

TEXAS -- The Lone Star (and Lone Employer) State

From National Review Online:
The Lone Star State imposes some of the nation's lowest tax and regulatory costs. The results couldn't be clearer. Among other indicators, Texas was the site of 70 percent of all new job creation in the United States last year.
One more reason (among many) to move back home...

H/T: NRO and John Hood

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Shocked, SHOCKED!

A new ad from American Issues Project:

I like these kind of ads because they present issues with facts. I happen to agree with this ad; for the life of me I can't see how Barney Fag could refute it...not that he wouldn't try, but facts are facts.

National Medal of Honor Day

Today is that day. Read MOH citations here, at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. If you are near a recipient, please SALUTE HIM and say thank you.

Say a prayer for such men.

Picture is of the Army MOH.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Deficits Forever! Part Deux

FMR again. I posted about Deficits Forever when Obama came out with his budget and how much red ink we'd have over the next 10 years. This week the Congressional Budget Office revealed its projection of budget deficits. Holy Trillions, Batman!

I would like to point out to you that this does NOT include the cost of Medicare/Medicaid reform, or money for "Universal Healthcare". I don't like it one bit...can you freaking imagine what this would look like if more of The Obaminator's socialist plans get passed by the morons in Congress? Also, this is a good reason to fire Turbo-Tax Tim.

As a taxpayer, I feel that we need to figure out how to stop this cold...as soon as more than 50% of the US doesn't pay taxes, they'll vote to tax the rest of us out of existence.

The good news about this CBO report is that is seems to have caused the Congress to pause...pause and reconsider the stupid $3 trillion budget that Obama wants passed. Perhaps...perhaps...we'll get a little backbone out of our elected officials and those 3 Republican traitors won't cross over and vote for the damn thing.


No comment needed...just a snicker, then a sigh.

H/T Moonbattery

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obama's Weakly Address Translated

Follow me here. Pinch has commented on the ebonics that Pepsi wants to teach you. I have lamented the crap that our politicians spew (I'm shocked, shocked!). Here is a great set of captions covering the Prez's latest Weakly Address. Watch and laugh...then you can cry.

I slept in late this morning (too many beers with Pinch yesterday), so caught the Prez on radio. Good Lord, what a gift he has! Too bad that gift is one of reading bullshit from the teleprompter.

And, as always, it's an honor to meet a patriot like Pinch who serves our country. Thanks for what you do, Pinch! Except for that writing-The-Book-thing we talked about. Hehe.

H/T Right Wing News

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wrong Region DVD's

When Obama gave Gordon Brown those 25 CD's, several folks joked that they probably could only be played in US DVD players. Well, guess what? It's true. When Brown went to watch one, the message "Wrong Region" came up on his screen.

Mark Steyn, as usual, hits it on the head:
"I haven't run into Gordon Brown in over a decade, but my memory of the last time I met him in a TV green room is of a glowering misanthropic type who enjoys nursing a grudge. What doesn't go around (in the DVD player) comes around. When the President and his Teleprompter visit London for the G20 summit in a couple of weeks, it would be a tragedy were Barack Oprompta to rise for his big speech to find nothing but the words "Wrong Region" flashing on his screen."
Should we give him a CD of The Spinners?

Read the complete post at The Corner.

H/T The Corner.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Finally -- A Liddy who Won't go to Jail

From the Washington Post op-ed page:
"You (meaning the U.S. government, specifically Timothy Geithner) asked me to leave a comfortable retirement and run this collapsing company with an eye toward minimizing the taxpayers' losses and containing the economic fallout. I didn't make this mess, and I don't stand to gain financially from cleaning it up. Now, are you going to let me do my job or not? (emphasis mine)"
You tell em, Ed. I'll bet in the first draft of the article, there were plenty of expletives. I'm always glad when a guy or gal tells Barney Fag to pound sand...wait, should use a better metaphor...

I don't like that the $160 million or so is being paid with my tax dollars, but the fault is with Congress, not AIG. I wrote a post about this when Obama was bitching about bonuses. As Liddy correctly points out, they reviewed the executive contracts and decided that they had to pay the bonuses or they'd be sued. Good for him for standing up to these morons.

This guy is a patriot. Was President and Chairman of Allstate. Huzzah!

I hope you're old enough to get the title of this post.

UPDATE: The BOSS had the best response to Liddy's roasting on Capitol Hill. Says she: He should have gotten up, pulled a crisp $1 bill from his pocket, put it on the table in front of him, and said "Here's your money back; take this job and shove it!". Now that would have been great.

H/T The Corner and Washington Post

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Eyes Right!

Looks like the parents of this youngster are teaching the correct things...
...things that are missing in many a home in the USA.

But not missing everywhere.

UPDATE: My pal CV, retired Canadian paratrooper, tells me he thinks this is a 90's video from a celebration each year in Nijmegen where the Canadians are cheered for their role as liberators in WWII. CV tells me he participated in 2 of these marches. Good catch, pal, and thanks for the update!

H/T Eric at Worldwide War Pigs

Ah, um, er, ah...lessee.

Obama - Tough Guy

Chainsaw -- $250.
Cowboy Hat -- $50.
Curtains -- $5

Commander in Chief as girlie-man -- priceless.

H/T Brutally Honest & Knowledge is Power

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pelosi Denies She's Partisan

Uh huh.

Over at FoxNews, they're quoting her. Of course, she said this on Charlie Rose. So it was a snoozer.

So, do you believe Nancy? OK, then this is a current picture of me...I still have that flat belly.
Uh huh.

H/T FoxNews.com

Friday, March 13, 2009

Rangel Channels Blago

It IS my business, because it is MY money.

Freaking idiot. And we wonder where all the money goes?
Why do they elect this ass?

H/T Moonbattery

Obama Jedi Mind Trip

Now THIS is funny...

H/T Brian and The Judge

Buy a DVD and Save the Nation

Since Obama has a penchant for giving classy gifts, I would like to do my part for the economy, on both the spending side and the savings side, to help him out during his one term in office. I propose that every American send a DVD to President Obama. If you're in the economic doldrums, pick one from your personal collection. If you're in the top 5% of taxpayers who are rich, go to Target or Amazon and buy one. Then send it on to the White House. Of course, by law these gifts do not become the property of Obama...oh no. They are the property of THE STATE. So Obama could set them aside and use them for his future meetings with heads of state.

Just imagine: On the Waterfront would be a good movie for the Prime Minister of Japan, say, or Iron Eagle could go to Imadikwad of Iran. Just think of all the possibilities!

"Let's all go to the lobby" trailer here.

We could all help the economy by buying a new DVD and sending it along. We'd help the movie industry, we'd keep the mailman busy, and, of course, all those busy beavers at the White House would get to screen all of the movies. And think of all of the tax dollars we'd save. That 25 DVD set that he gave Gordon Brown was worth $320. I know Amazon would like the business each time Obama meets a President, but hey -- we all gotta contribute, right?

I know, I know, that picture and the trailer show my age...but we all remember that trailer at the beginning of the movies, right? RIGHT? Sorry, killed those brain cells, eh?

H/T /film and Suitably Flip

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rush v Obama (hint: Rush Wins)

The DNC ran a contest for the best billboard to criticize Rush Limbaugh.
The winner:

And several folks have thought that the above billboard may be more of a winner for Rush than for Obama. Nevertheless, here's a good answer to the above billboard:

When will Howard Dean and Donna Brazile realize that they've screwed the pooch on this one?

H/T The Corner

Deficits Forever!

The US Treasury (UST) has a Financial Management Service (FMS) which released the current projections for Federal Budget Deficits (FBD) for the next ten years (NTY).


Over at The Corner, Veronique de Rugy points out:

...according to Obama’s own ten-year deficit projections (see chart), a New Era of Responsibility produces bigger deficits every single year than during the Bush years: $1.75 trillion in 2009 to $533 billion by 2013 — this budget projects higher deficits in 2014 ($570 billion), 2015 ($583 billion), and 2016 ($637 billion). In 2019, the final year in the budget, the deficit is projected to be $712 billion.
See what Hope and Change (HAC) gets ya? Well FMR.

H/T The Corner

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Obama is the new Carter

Pretty good. But I guess you have to be old enough to remember the show that this refers to.

H/T ThoseShirts.com and The Corner

Monday, March 09, 2009

Debt Star

Pretty good. Would be funny if it weren't true.

From a reader over at Lex's place.

Airlines fight new Baggage Rules

Gee, here's a surprise. From Aviation Week.

Airlines Oppose Baggage Proposal

Mar 9, 2009

Airlines are concerned by strong signals from House lawmakers that they want to institute new penalties to compensate passengers for delayed bags.

Language was added to the House reauthorization bill requiring the Government Accountability Office to study the issue of baggage delays, and report back within 180 days. GAO would be directed to “make recommendations for establishing minimum standards to compensate a passenger in the case of an unreasonable delay in the delivery of checked baggage.”

The bill says GAO should “take into account the additional fees for checked baggage” introduced by many airlines, and how these fees “should improve an air carrier’s baggage performance.”

The Air Transport Association said it opposes the baggage compensation language. “It is unreasonable to expect an airline to incur costs for delayed bags when the vast majority of delays are driven by factors beyond the airline’s control…Imposing penalties on baggage delivery performance will increase the cost of handling checked baggage,” ATA says. Bag delays can be caused by weather delays, congested ramps and “limitations on baggage claim area capacity.”

ATA believes it is “impractical” to try to establish a uniform standard for baggage delivery. The group notes that ramp and terminal configurations “vary widely” at different airports, and this is a big factor in the time it takes to get bags from the aircraft to the terminal.

I'll tell you this. It's a bunch of bs that we have to pay $15-$25 to check a freaking bag. I'm all for an airline going a la carte for their charges. But the airlines implemented the baggage charges when oil went to $140/bbl. And they prohibit you from carrying these bags on...so it's crap that they make you check a bag and then charge for it.

I have over 2.5 million miles on Delta, so I travel a little bit. I'm tired of paying this stupid fee. But if the airline is going to charge us for checking and delivering the bag, the least they could do is pay some penalties out of that free money they're getting. Or maybe they could just deliver the damn bag on time.

H/T Aviation News

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Screw the Norks -- Call their Bluff

From Fox News just now:

N. Korea Threatens War if 'Satellite' Is Shot Down

North Korea says any attempt to intercept satellite launch — which many fear is a missile test disguise — 'will mean war' and orders its military to 'be fully combat ready.'

Well, I say it's high time we put this moron out of our misery. Shoot down their shot, then nuke his ass. I'm sick and tired of his BS and let's just take him out now -- the sooner the better.

H/T FoxNews; pic from AFP/Reuters

The 6 Stooges

As in Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Dodd, Maxine Waters, and Shumer.

Between them they suck up over $1 million in salary each year...that's MY TAX MONEY!

David Frum, Putz


Whatever you want to call Frum, I call him a dumb ass. He doesn't like Rush Limbaugh -- ok, that's his right. But here's what he said in the latest Newsweek:
But do the rest of us understand what we are doing to ourselves by accepting this leadership? Rush is to the Republicanism of the 2000s what Jesse Jackson was to the Democratic party in the 1980s.
Rush as Jackson? Holy Mother of God. Jesse is a race-baiting, Jew-hating extortionist. Rush is a leader with great conservative ideas.

Jesse can kiss my ass -- so can Frum. I'd kiss Rush's ring.
New bumper sticker: "Rush Speaks for ME!".

Now, just so you don't worry about me - I don't subscribe to Newsweek, and don't read it. But I saw this quote and couldn't let it go.


Defeatism? Or Treason? You decide...I've already made my choice.

Live with it? LIVE WITH IT?

Tell that to those whose loved ones were killed on 9/11.


Sharia law in Minnesota

Oh boy. Un-freaking-believable. Not only have banks over in Minneapolis/St Paul come up with lending programs for Muslims, now the State of Minnesota is getting into the act. From Hot Air blog:
How does it work? The state buys the home and then sells it to the buyer at an inflated price, more or less masking the market interest rate as principle. They they set a 30-year payment schedule where the family pays down the debt, but without any interest. The state makes a profit eventually, and people get to buy homes rather than rent.
If you read the comments from the original post, they bring up all the questions that I had. Number 1 problem: When they default, the State of Minnesota (that means the taxpayers) are on the hook. The other biggie for me: What happens when the wife comes in to sign the loan documents and she's covered head to toe, and you can't see her face? How do you know it's really her? Most banks I know won't let you in the door with your face covered. Think about it: if you're there to rob the bank, the cameras usually get a good pic of your mug. But if you have a burka on? Not so much.

This is a bunch of bullshit. This is how we got in this mess in the first place! Keep the government out of the loan market, for heaven's sake.

Judith Miller, Useful Idiot

On Friday's Special Report with Bret Baier, the analysts were discussing the classless gifts that Obama gave Gordon Brown. A CD set of 25 movies? Not to mention that Brown is blind in one eye and impaired in the other. As the panel discussed whether the gift to Brown was less than appropriate, Miller had her say. Always a study in Emily Post etiquette, Judith Milller:

"What have they done for us lately?"

You have to love Charles Krauthammer, who shot back:

"They have fought and died with us in Iraq."

Judith Miller should be given the prize for best guest: an anvil and a push off into the Potomac. Certainly Fox should drop her.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama and his lack of (you name it)


This man in the White House seems to forget he is living in the "People's" White House.

For him to return the bust of Winston Churchill is a slap to the face of every British subject. The article of justification in the London Telegraph only shows Obama is making this personal and forgetting that the White House and everything in it represents "all the people" of this country. Not just him and his ancestors.

Obama is lacking in Diplomatic Etiquette, to say nothing of his table manners. This man should be ashamed of himself and his staff for not knowing how to handle diplomatic protocol when dealing with foreign dignitaries.

As a citizen of this country I am ashamed as to how Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife were treated while in this country and I apologize to them.

Some may argue that this “is no big deal” but pile onto that his wife’s lack of table manners, his lack of military protocol, his flat out dumbness in the area of gift giving to foreign visitors of the people's White House shows him and his family for what they are, which is Little Leaguers trying to pitch in the majors.

Where I'm from, we'd call someone like this "white trash". -- TiW

It's not Business, it's PERSONAL

Here's what the London Daily Telegraph says about the return of the Churchill bust:
The London Telegraph attempted an explanation: "Churchill has less happy connotations for Mr. Obama than those American politicians who celebrate his wartime leadership. It was during Churchill's second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's grandfather."
And here's what I say...Mr. President, you are the President of the entire USA, not just for yourself. You dishonor all of us when you show a lack of good manners and insult our greatest ally.

How would we react if McCain had been elected and then decided to kick the ambassador from Vietnam out of the country? Or if Hillary had been elected (shudder) and she cut off all financial aid to any family named Lewinsky? We'd call it petty, and we'd be mad as hell that the President put personal feelings ahead of the good of the nation.

I suspect that the President didn't even watch any of the 25 movies he gave to Gordie.

H/T Jawa

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Your Tax Dollars At Rest -- House of Representatives

Let's see...on Tuesday of this week, while the Senate was debating the Omnibus Spending Bill, which funds the government until the end of Sept, I wonder what was going on in the House? Were they getting together and trying to figure out how to compromise with the Senate so that the funding would get passed faster? No... Were they trying to figure out ways to lower your taxes and decrease spending? Haha, nope.

Here's what the morons in the House were working on.

If you can't read what I've highlighted, let me give you the summary:

1. Honoring the life and service of Dr William Spoelhof, President Emeritus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ( I know where it is, thank you.)
2. "Congratulating the University of Mary Washington in Fredricksburg, VA (like I don't know where the school is, duh) for more than 100 years of services and leadership in the United States."
3. Recess from 1.05 to 3.31 (did they go out and play on the swingset at the White House?)
4. Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act.
5. Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2009. (Now THIS I can get behind.)
6. Designating March 2, 2009 as "Read Across America Day". (Hurray! Let's set aside a day to READ THE SPENDING BILL!)
7. Commending the University of Southern California Trojan football team for its victory in the 2009 Rose Bowl. (Hmmm...did the House just get around to watching this on TIVO? Maybe that's what they were doing during recess...)

You get my point, I hope. You think I want them working on the budget? Hell, no, I'm GLAD they're doing this. Just think...the more time they spend watching Trojans, the less time they spend, well, SPENDING MY MONEY!

Morons...the lunatics are running the asylum.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

WSJ: Why Golf Is Sacred to Wall Streeters

Well, the Wall Street Journal has its own opinion (and those of others) about why golf is so important to the big boys on Wall Street. There is a slightly different reason that golf is important to middle-America's salespeople.

When else can you get 5 uninterrupted hours with a customer or potential customer? It's hard enough getting on people's calendars for an hour, especially if they are VP level and higher in an organization. If you can get them on the golf course, you can build a relationship and get to know them. Also, you can talk about the politics and process behind solving a customer's problems -- a key way to get to the sale.

This is why golf is approved on expense accounts.

Anyone want to guess what course this pic is from?
I took the picture from the 19th hole.

How much will your bank loan you?

Uncle Sam doesn't worry about borrowing like you and the missus might...

Doesn't look so bad without all the zeros, does it?

H/T CDR Salamander

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Jim Calhoun, UConn Coach

I'm thinking he's not a Democrat. Good for him!

I sure wish a few corporate execs would stand up to Congress like this. The idea that the government should set salary caps, for instance, is absolute crap. And Calhoun makes a perfect point...he brings in $12 million in profits to UConn. If you pay $500k for a CEO of a $500 million business, you're gonna get crap leadership. CEO's that can run that size of a business are worth far more than that. But that's my opinion -- and my opinion doesn't count any more than the government's opinion on this subject. The STOCKHOLDERS get to make this decision.


Analyze This

Good politicians know when to keep their mouths shut. You know the old saying...better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.

H/T The Corner

Can I get a seat near the window?

Southwest Airlines has inked a deal with Sports Illustrated and put a picture of their Swimsuit Issue cover model on one of their 737's. Here's a picture:

I think this is good marketing. Unfortunately, some are saying it's "soft porn" and don't appreciate being "forced" to fly on the plane. If they fly on Shamu are they abusing a whale? Don't let PETA know. Hint: here's Shamu:

First of all, give me a break. Second, did we lose all of our sense of humor when we put Obama in the White House? Geez. No one is forcing anyone to fly on that plane. If you don't like it, don't fly on Southwest. Period. The idea that they are being "forced" to fly on that plane is crazy...no one put a gun to their heads and forced them to buy the ticket.

Southwest is based in my hometown - Dallas. They are fantastically successful. Two stories about Southwest for you.

1. When I was in college, we could fly on a student fare from San Antonio to Dallas for $7 each way. Even at 45 cents a gallon for gas, you couldn't drive it for that.

2. Southwest has a long history of great marketing. They cemented their relationship with the travelling salesmen of Texas by offering a free bottle of booze with each flight. Seriously...if you flew during the day, and paid the peak time fare instead of the off-peak fare, you could pick up a bottle of vodka, gin, bourbon, or scotch right in the jetway as you got off the plane. Every businessman in Texas who travelled between Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston flew on those flights. Later they expanded throughout Texas, including Lubbock and Amarillo, and the rest is history.

Anyway, that was a ramble. But get over the issue of the swimsuit model. Let's worry about how much Obama is going to take us down the tubes...soon you won't be able to fly without getting a permit from Obama showing that Southwest bought carbon offsets. Now THAT'S scary.

Monday, March 02, 2009

"Cap and Trade" as "Pay & Pay"

This from The Corner:

“Electricity Rates Would Necessarily Skyrocket” [Yuval Levin]

If anyone has any doubt that a cap and trade system will raise the cost of electricity for American consumers, here is a video of Barack Obama (from a conversation with San Francisco Chronicle editors in January of 2008) clearing it up:

Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket, even, you know, regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.

Why he understands this for "carbon taxes" and not for any other taxes is beyond me.

But don't take the Obamesiah's word for it...oh, yeah, maybe you should, since it's on tape.

H/T The Corner