Thursday, December 31, 2009

Real Security Defined

From the excellent piece by Bruce Schneier at CNN:

The best way to help people feel secure is by acting secure around them. Instead of reacting to terrorism with fear, we -- and our leaders -- need to react with indomitability, the kind of strength shown by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II.

By not overreacting, by not responding to movie-plot threats, and by not becoming defensive, we demonstrate the resilience of our society, in our laws, our culture, our freedoms. There is a difference between indomitability and arrogant "bring 'em on" rhetoric. There's a difference between accepting the inherent risk that comes with a free and open society, and hyping the threats.

Once a society starts circumventing its own laws, the risks to its future stability are much greater than terrorism.

And the best line of the entire piece:

Despite fearful rhetoric to the contrary, terrorism is not a transcendent threat. A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy a country's way of life; it's only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. The more we undermine our own laws, the more we convert our buildings into fortresses, the more we reduce the freedoms and liberties at the foundation of our societies, the more we're doing the terrorists' job for them.

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2. No Tenure / No Pension:
A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans...
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people...
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen should become void. The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

Thanks to Lori K for sending this.

The Known Universe


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Illustrator vs. Freehand

I came across this on Daring Fireball and couldn't agree more with John Gruber. I learned Illustrator in college, but preferred the interface and usability of Freehand. But finally in 1999 I was forced to learn Illustrator when a client demanded it.

I still miss Freehand on many, many occasions. Great video.


Kristi and the kids are out of town today, and when they are I generally treat myself to barbecue at my favorite local barbecue place, Big Daddy's. Big Daddy's is actually inside a gas station - that's a story for another time.

After I paid for my food, imagine my surprise when I turned around and saw this:

Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwback! In new (vintage look) packaging! In Brenham, Texas!

I was so giddy I bought all four twelve packs.

I haven't opened the Pepsi yet, but here's a shot of the Mountain Dew can. It's wonderful, and I love that they went all the way back to the original Hillbilly and white packaging.

It's probably a good thing Kristi is out of town because I'm probably going to spend the evening, now, in a Throwback-induced stupor.

Thanks, Pepsi and Big Daddy's. I love you, too.

My Mecca

My new goal in life is to visit this place - and this guy - before either of us dies. It's nice to see another true soft drink connoisseur.

This one's for you, Girl.

I know how much you LOVES you some fried okra, but not so much okra cooked any other way - because of the sliminess.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Speculative Prehistory of the iPhone

Interesting pre-history predictions regarding the iPhone from before it was even announced, similar to the much-rumored iSlate. The best part are all the great concept mockups, some of which don't even look very Apple-like at all.

For more iPhone mockups, check this out.

More Insane, Pointless Regulations from the TSA

On Christmas Day, a failed terrorist attack aboard an international flight from Amsterdam to Detroit saw a man sew explosives into his underwear. The passengers of the plane subverted the attack, but on the heels of the failed attack, our ever-vigilant government has released even more restrictions during travel that are sure to thwart any plot that a terrorist might concoct. *cough SIKE! cough*

From AppleInsider:

According to a report in the New York Times, international travelers bound for the United States are now being told "they could not leave their seats for the last hour of a flight, during which time they also could not use a pillow or blanket, or have anything on their laps," including a laptop.

All international flights are now being required to enforce new rules during the final hour of the flight which includes: insisting that all passengers remain in their seats and prohibiting passengers from accessing any carry-on baggage or from having any blankets, pillows or other personal belongings on their lap during the final hour of the flight.

But even more genius is this:
Additionally, airlines' international flights are now required to "disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight."

The directive also insists that, while over U.S. airspace, "flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks."

The directive does nothing to prevent potential terrorist passengers from looking out the window to observe their location, and does not address the possibility that rogue passengers could obtain their own accurate position using a GPS device (such as a smartphone) that they brought onto the plane themselves.

Gone are days of "and if you look out the left side of the plane, you'll see the Grand Canyon."

They stopped just short of requiring everyone to take off their underwear. But I bet Richard Branson is working on it.

Monday, December 28, 2009

How Star Wars Should Have Ended

How Superman Should Have Ended

Chuck Norris vs. Bruce Lee

Merry Christmas.

My Thoughts on the Senate's Passage of Government Run Health Care

I guess what pisses me off more than anything is the open giddiness the Senate displayed when they successfully circumvented the will of the American people. 2010 is going to be ugly, folks, as the public attempts to rise up against these bureaucratic dictators who are intent that they know better than we do what we want. But we must not give up or give an inch. That's how they've gotten this far. There must be no compromise with people who would strip us of our freedoms.

They're drunk with power, and they've just been emboldened by their own slimy actions and by the pats on the back by the sycophantic media. We've got a long road ahead to take back our country. Every last Republican in Congress needs to keep the spine that they've shown in this debate. And we need to be even more vocal about how we feel and what we're mad about.

Ridiculous, brazen government spending of tax dollars that were extorted from us under penalty of law.
Excessive, abusive taxes.
Government interference in our daily lives.
Government waste, corruption and misrepresentation.
Refusal to stop illegal immigration.
Socialism in the United States.

Can we have an election, already?

So What Now? Trickery and Rule-bending Like You Ain't Never Seen...

From the Wall Street Journal:

Look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try to circumvent the traditional conference committee process by which the different versions of health care reform passed by each house will be reconciled. If so, it will be the latest example of violating principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.

North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, chair of the Budget Committee, has already warned that if the final bill "isn't close to the Senate bill, there will be no way to get the 60 votes here" to shut off debate and pass the final product. But many House members, led by Michigan Rep. John Conyers, are insisting on major changes in the Senate's version.

Mr. Reid and Ms. Pelosi would love to come up with a way to bash heads in private and skip any public discussion that further reveals just how incoherent and unworkable both the bills are. Luckily, there is a subterfuge readily available that wouldn't require the House to swallow the Senate's bill unchanged but also ducks the traditional give-and-take of the conference committee.

When Democrats took over Congress in 2007, they increasingly did not send bills through the regular conference process. "We have to defer to the bigger picture," explained Rep. Henry Waxman of California. So the children's health insurance bill passed by the House that year was largely dumped in favor of the Senate's version. House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel and other Democrats complained the House had been "cut off at the knees" but ultimately supported the bill. Legislation on lobbying reform and the 2007 energy bill were handled the same way -- without appointing an actual conference.

Rather than appoint members to a public conference committee, those measures were "ping-ponged" -- i.e. changes to reconcile the two versions were transmitted by messenger between the two houses as the final product was crafted behind closed doors solely by the leadership. Many Democrats grumbled at the secrecy. "We need to get back to the point where we use conference committees . . . and have serious dialogue," said Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama at the time.

But serious dialogue isn't what Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are interested in right now. Look for the traditional conference committee to be replaced by a "ping-pong" game in which health care is finalized behind closed doors with little public scrutiny before the bill is rushed to the floor of each chamber for a final vote.

Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul Bill

On Christmas Eve, as you and I and the rest of America was spending time with their families and friends and otherwise distracted, Democrats in the Senate bent us collectively over and shoved a huge package of their own down our chimney, despite that more than 70 percent of us have made it very clear that we didn't want any presents at all (or at least nothing like the one they were offering). They just gave us the legislative equivalent of a Zune when all we wanted was an iPod.

The fact that they did it on Christmas Eve is insulting in itself. The fact that any time they pass questionable "progressive" (read: Socialist and Big Government) legislation like this they always time it on a holiday or when Americans are otherwise distracted is suspect. I supposes they're right, though. No one is going to riot on Christmas Eve.

From the NY Times:

The 60-to-39 party-line vote, on the 25th straight day of debate on the legislation, brings Democrats a step closer to a goal they have pursued for decades. It clears the way for negotiations with the House, which passed a broadly similar bill last month by a vote of 220 to 215.

The bill would require most Americans to have health insurance, would add 15 million people to the Medicaid rolls and would subsidize private coverage for low- and middle-income people, at a cost to the government of $871 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The budget office estimates that the bill would provide coverage to 31 million uninsured people, but still leave 23 million uninsured in 2019. One-third of those remaining uninsured would be illegal immigrants.

Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, a moderate Republican [*cough, cough RINO! cough*] who has spent years working with Democrats on health care and other issues, expressed despair.

“I was extremely disappointed,” Ms. Snowe said. After Senate Democrats locked up 60 votes within their caucus, she said, “there was zero opportunity to amend the bill or modify it, and Democrats had no incentive to reach across the aisle.”

RIP: Roy Disney

I'm not sure how I missed this a few weeks ago, but Roy Disney passed away on December 16. He was 79.

As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the Studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King."

John Lasseter said about Roy Disney:
"I first met Roy when I was still an animation student at CalArts. Not only did I consider him a personal friend, but he was a great man who believed deeply in the art of animation. He put his heart and soul into preserving Disney's legendary past, while helping to move the art of animation into the modern age by embracing new technology. Roy was a visionary and passionate supporter of the art form, and he was all about quality.

via D23.

Tit and Tat on Global Warming

Interesting back and forth side-by-side comparison of the Global Warming debate.

Rules Journalists Should Live By

I have my degree in journalism and am constantly frustrated by the shoddy journalistic practices I see in newspapers (on the web) and on television. These rules written by Jim Lehrer, if followed by journalists, would restore integrity to the profession.

• Do nothing I cannot defend.
• Cover, write and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
• Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
• Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.
• Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
• Assume personal lives are a private matter, until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
• Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything.
• Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes, except on rare and monumental occasions.
• No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.
• And, finally, I am not in the entertainment business."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 26. What's missing?

Answer: Any sign whatsoever of Christmas. So its okay to put up Christmas decorations in August - a full four months before Christmas - but taking them down before midnight on December 24th is top priority for Wal-Mart.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

1989? Seriously????

Who thought this would be a good idea?

File this under "they've got a lot of damn nerve"

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Best Star Wars Phantom Menace Review EVER.

This is 70 minutes long, but completely worth it. It's hilarious, it's insightful, and it's not safe for work. Just like Destructoville.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thought for the Day

If we can't even change the weather, how in the world are we supposed to believe that we can affect the climate?

Quote of the Day

When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

-Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tiger Woods' Wife, Kids Leaving Him for the Holidays

From Us Magazine:

Philandering golfer Tiger Woods likely won't be spending the holidays with his wife and two children.

Moving crews were spotted Tuesday at the family mansion in Windermere, Fla. Several workers were seen carting such items, including carefully wrapped artwork.

A source tells New York's Daily News that "Elin is planning to take the kids to spend the holidays with her family in Sweden."

Hello? Is this really a smart move? I think we've already established that he can't be trusted when left to his own devices.

Also, who takes the paintings when they go on vacation?

European Union Drops Long-Running Antitrust Case Against Microsoft

From the NYTimes:

European regulators dropped their antitrust case against Microsoft on Wednesday after the company agreed to offer customers a choice of rival Web browsers. The settlement ends what could have been a second costly legal battle for the American software giant.

Good for Microsoft. It's about time something fell their way. Good things happen when you don't try to bully your customers.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I've been listening to a lot of guys here in town lately talk about deer hunting and what they do when they go. I've never been hunting, but I would love to go someday - but not the way a lot of these guys do it.

You see, what they do is putout a feeder that spits out food every day at a certain time. The deer come and eat the food and hang around the feeder. Then when hunting season opens, these guys go out and sit in a deer stand right next to the feeder and wait for the deer to come along to eat. Then BAM! they shoot the deer dead and pump up their chests like big mighty hunters. Then they bring the deer back and make chili and sausage with the meat that they "hunted."

Now again - I've never been deer hunting - but it just doesn't seem sporting to basically shoot a pet. I mean, if you're going to go hunting, then walk around with a gun looking for a deer to shoot. Sneak up on him and then shoot him. Now that's hunting. There's sport in that. But feeding deer into complacency just so you can blow them away when they come to eat at the trough? Come on. How do you live with yourself?

Democrats Give the Finger to the Country


The Democratic-controlled Senate yesterday cleared away a Republican filibuster of a huge end-of-year spending bill that rewards most federal agencies with generous budget boosts.

So let me get this straight... we're in the middle of a recession where people are losing their jobs in the tens of thousands every month, people are protesting in the streets because of government over-spending, the president is telling all of us in his speeches that we must learn to do more with less and the economy has been bad enough in the past year to where we had to spend trillions of dollars to stop the bleeding for fear of a complete collapse of our entire economic system?

And yet the Democrats can't stop spending money and are, in fact, giving "generous budget boosts" to federal agencies???

Eff you too, Democrats.

Citigroup Reaches Deal to Repay Bailout Billions

From the NYTimes:

Citigroup said Monday that it would repay $20 billion in
bailout money that it received from the Treasury Department,
after trying to persuade regulators that it was sound enough
to stand on its own.

Enough already, of this government nanny state! If they have the money to pay back the loan, let them! If they screw up and turn around and go out of business because they run their company stupidly, then let them! That's what happens in a free market economy. Trust me - the world will not end. Another company always slides in to take the place of the fallen.

Gatorade: A Case Study on How to Confuse Your Customers

From AdAge:

Gatorade is looking to innovate itself out of a sales slump and will spend some $30 million on product and packaging development to do so. The granddaddy of the sports-drink category is pushing forward with plans to introduce "G Series," a grouping of three product categories, while giving another facelift to its core product lines.

As part of the new product introduction, the core Thirst Quencher and G2 lines will also receive another facelift, the second in just over a year. Mr. d'Amore said the new packaging would be "more functional." The redesigned graphics will more prominently feature a low-calorie message for the G2 brand, which will have its calories reduced to 20 per 8-ounce serving, from 25. A spokesman declined to comment on the redesign of the Thirst Quencher products beyond saying that the brand is committed to G, the logo it introduced last year.

Then why change it? Gatorade, as well as its parent company Pepsi, just seems to be floundering around trying any stunt or change that will bring it sales in the short term. Pepsi reminds me of the comic book market in the '90s, when everything suddenly became about foil embossed holographic #0 die-cut covers. Everything was really, really flashy. Image comics was the worst about it. Oh, it sold boatloads of comics at first - until the novelty wore off. Pretty soon things settled back down to regular covers with story-driven issues inside. People were lured by the flash for awhile, but what people want is good, quality storylines and characters to read with their expendible money. And the same can be said of soft drinks. People are more concerned with dependable, consistent quality over the long run than a flash in the pan.

Just focus on the quality of the product, Pepsi, not gimmicks. And please develop a long-term strategy for your products that is built on the actual product rather than fads and marketing slight of hand. You're only confusing, well, everyone. And that leads to lower sales. People like the tried and true, especially in brand names they know and grew up with.

Gatorade has said this year's marketing efforts are on track, but sales and market share both fell in the first half, when the "What Is G?" marketing campaign was most prominent in the marketplace. In the first half of this year, volume dropped 18%, according to Beverage Digest, while market share dipped four points to 75%. Year-to-date volume is down 14% for the brand.

The reason both sales and market share have both fallen is because Gatorade is competing too heavily with itself and watering down the market. Al Ries said it best: "Then there’s Gatorade Tiger, with three flavors. Gatorade A.M. with two flavors. Gatorade Endurance Formula with three flavors. Gatorade Energy Bar with two flavors. Gatorade Nutrition Shake with three flavors. Gatorade Thirst Quencher with seven flavors. And Gatorade G2 with three flavors. Total: 23 flavors or varieties of Gatorade.

23 flavors? That's ridiculous. I'm assuming that includes the Gatorade Rain line. Or have they discontinued that? See what I mean? You can't just say "go get some Gatorade" anymore. It almost takes a college degree to figure out which Gatorade you want. Let me help them out: When I buy Gatorade for cycling, I still buy original Gatorade in either lemon/lime, orange or fruit punch flavors (just for variety). When I was mascotting, it was the same thing. I prefer the taste of Gatorade over Powerade, but I still stuck to those basic three flavors in the original formula. I tried the rain and the dew and the Tiger, but they didn't have the same effect that straight-up Gatorade did. And let me assure you that if there are any athletes out there who know about and value good hydration - it's mascots.

That's it. It's just that simple. Less is more. Wake up, Pepsi, and focus on why people drink your products and less on what will drive sales in the next quarter. Sales are going to slump, especially in a recession. But if you build a brand that people can depend on, the sales will be there for the long haul. Ask Coca-Cola.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Apple CEO Steve Jobs named finalist for Time Person of the Year

From AppleInsider:
Time magazine will announce its annual Person of the Year this week, and the magazine has revealed its top seven finalists, with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs making the cut.

The magazine issued its narrowed list this week, prior to the reveal scheduled to be made Wednesday on NBC's Today Show. In addition to Jobs, the finalists are President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake, U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, and "the Chinese worker."

They can quit the charade. I think we all know who it's going to be.

Fake Steve Jobs on AT&T and the iPhone

Brilliant piece from Fake Steve Jobs:

And now here we are. Right here in your own backyard, an American company creates a brilliant phone, and that company hands it to you, and gives you an exclusive deal to carry it — and all you guys can do is complain about how much people want to use it. You, Randall Stephenson, and your lazy stupid company — you are the problem. You are what’s wrong with this country.

Thought for the Day

"After Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W T F"

Thanks to my Dad for sending this.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A-hole of the day

Friday, December 11, 2009

Damn, I Wish I Could Vote for This Guy

Lt. Col. Allen West:

Who knows? Maybe I'll be able to in 2012.

Thanks to Grandma for sending this in.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Daddy's girl

Canada's Solution: Killing Your Kids is the Answer

The Canadians seem to have all the answers, don't they?

This, from the Financial Post:

A planetary law, such as China's one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate currently, which is one million births every four days.

Yeah, that one-child law has really worked for China, hasn't it? It leads the world in population with 1.3 billion people. The U.S. is third on the list with only 308 million. Once again, some socialist is telling us we need to emulate a failed (and immoral) system in order to save the world. Canada could help out the world population in a couple of generations to the tune of 34 million people if they simply quit reproducing. No kids killed in that instance- just none born.

This is exactly why we neither listen to socialists or Canada, kids.

Sickening Photo

This makes me want to barf.

History calls: an art installation at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo shows Barack Obama with Martin Luther King, who won the peace prize in 1964

One stood up so his race would stop being stepped on. One stood on the necks of his own race for his own personal gain.

Photos of these two men don't even belong in the same room.

from the Financial Times.

From Norway with Weird

Two stories from Norway, of all places, this morning...

First , (and frankly more interesting) is this, from the Mail:

Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway

The mystery began when a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain in the north of the country. It stopped mid-air, then began to move in circles. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre - lasting for ten to 12 minutes before disappearing completely.
Onlookers describing it as 'like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it' and 'a shooting star that spun around and around'.

... that, and apparently President Obama is actually IN Norway to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. And apparently he's making quite the impression while he's there being all Obama-y and only attending the handful of events he actually feels like attending and snubbing the king of Norway.

Could it be, perhaps, that what we're witnessing in Norway is actually the end of the world? Obama accepting an award that he clearly didn't deserve and weird spiraling lights? What if what we saw was, in fact, the creation - or even the near creation - of a man-made black hole by the Large Hadron Collider, only 1200 miles away? Wouldn't it be ironic that the day the antichrist accepts a big peace prize that the world get swallowed up by a black hole?

Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Mucho thanks to Steve for sending this.

'The Office' Ends As Documentary Crew Gets All The Footage It Needs

Also from the Onion:

SCRANTON, PA—After nearly six years on the air, NBC's hit show The Office ended abruptly Thursday when documentary filmmaker Ian Sheffield announced that he and his crew had all the footage of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company's Scranton branch required for their project. "In retrospect, we really over-shot this thing by an enormous margin," said Sheffield, adding that he likely had more than enough good material after filming a British workplace from 2001 to 2003. "We would have finished much earlier if one employee or another didn't insist on being interviewed every three minutes. And I have no idea why we were invited to Jim and Pam's wedding. All of that stuff is totally unusable." Sheffield said that the footage will be drastically cut down and used primarily as B-roll for the planned 90-minute educational film about paper manufacture and production.

What Ever Happened to Truth in Advertising?

I call bullshit.

Hilarious Correction

From the Onion:

The UPC code sequence on last week's print issue read thin black line, thin white line, thin black line, thick white line, thick black line, thin white line, even thicker black line, thin white line, thick black line, thin white line. There should have been two thick black lines at the end. The Onion apologizes to everyone who was charged for broccoli.

This is why I love the Onion. It was a really smart joke like this back in 1999 that got me started reading the Onion. One the back page of their print edition was a grocery store ad with the headline: "Attention: Target Demographic!"

I still laugh about that headline.

Al Sharpton Blasts Tiger Woods for Lack of Mistress Diversity

The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference today to blast Tiger Woods for
the lack of diversity among his mistresses. Sharpton claims that the lack
of African-American women among Woods’ harem will have a negative affect on
the black community, specifically young black girls.

“Why is it that a man who calls himself black can’t bring himself to cheat
on his wife with a black woman?” said Sharpton, speaking to a group of
supporters in Harlem . “What does it say to young black girls everywhere
when you pass them over? Shame on you, Tiger Woods. What would your daddy

Sharpton, who has long championed taking black women as mistresses, said
that today’s black athletes need to stop neglecting black women when it
comes to extramarital affairs, and should follow the examples of positive
black role models such as Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr., both
of whom cheated on their wives with black women. Sharpton also stressed
that cheating with African-American women would help the black community
financially by giving black girls the chance to sell their stories to
tabloids and gossip magazines.

Added Sharpton, “I’m not asking you to not cheat on your wives, I’m just
asking you to give back to your own community.”

Thanks to Aunt Peggy for sending this.

Damn, It Feels Good to be a Pollster...

From The Hill:

Nearly $6 million in stimulus money was paid to two firms run by Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s pollster in 2008.

Federal records show that $5.97 million from the $787 billion stimulus helped preserve three jobs at Burson-Marsteller, the global public-relations and communications firm headed by Penn.

Forget that Clinton pollsters got $6 million in stimulus money. Does anyone else think that it's really, really excessive that the $6 million went to save only THREE jobs????

The Sooner We Can Have an Election, The Better.

This is why I don't trust a damn thing that Harry Reid says today about health care. Because just two days ago he said this, equating those who don't favor a government takeover of health care to those in the 19th century who defended slavery.

How does this man still have a job today?

Senate Leaders in Preliminary Deal to Drop Government-run Insurance Plan

From the NYTimes:

The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said Tuesday night that he and a group of 10 Democratic senators had reached “a broad agreement” to resolve a dispute over a proposed government-run health insurance plan, which has posed the biggest obstacle to passage of sweeping health care legislation.

I don't trust him or what he says one bit. This is a move to make the American public think that they've gotten their way.

Mr. Reid refused to provide details. Other senators said the tentative agreement would sideline but not kill the “public option” championed by President Obama and liberal Democrats in Congress.

We may need genuine reform in the health care system, but back room deals and arm twisting and outright deception with a political endgame in mind is not how it should be done. But then, this isn't really about health care at all, is it?

Friday, December 4, 2009

U.S. Jobless Rate Falls to 10%

From the NY Times:

U.S. Jobless Rate Falls to 10% as Economy Shed 11,000 Jobs in November

The United States economy shed 11,000 jobs in November, and
the unemployment rate fell to 10 percent, down from 10.2
percent in October, the Labor Department said Friday.

This is a horribly written lead. Just at a glance, I read it as good news that the jobless rate fell from, say, 12% to 10%. But no - the jobless rate actually rose to 10%. Why they would write the jobless rate this way is puzzling. If there was some meter somewhere, it would be of employment with 100% being the full meter (the goal) at the top.

This is misleading at best and downright deceptive at worst. Shame on the NY Times.

In addition, the headline of the story reads "U.S. Economy Lost Only 11,000 Jobs in November." Loses only 11,000 jobs in November??? That's over one-third of the number of troops that Obama deemed as a force overwhelming enough to turn the tide in Afghanistan.

The Times also had the nerve to add:

In the strongest jobs report since the recession began, the government reported Friday that the nation’s employers had all but stopped shedding jobs in November, taking some of the pressure off of President Obama to come up with a jobs creation program.

All but stopped shedding jobs??? Are they kidding??? They're trying to spin 11,000 people losing their jobs right before the holidays as a good thing?

This is mighty convenient spin the day after President Obama;s dog and pony jobs summit. I've seen media shilling for the president before, but this is fully ridiculous.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The New York State Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill, 38-24

From the NY Times:

The State Senate defeated a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, after an emotional debate that
touched on civil rights, family and history. The vote means that the bill, pushed by Gov. David A. Paterson, is
effectively dead for the year and destroys the optimism of gay advocates.

The 38-to-24 vote startled proponents of the bill and signaled that political momentum, at least right now, had shifted against same-sex marriage, even in heavily Democratic New York. It followed more than a year of lobbying by gay rights organizations, who steered close to $1 million into New York legislative races to boost support for the measure.

Senators who voted against the measure said the public was gripped by economic anxiety and remained uneasy about changing the state’s definition of marriage.

Tally one up for the vast majority of society. A couple of quick notes, though:

"...momentum, at least right now, had shifted against same-sex marriage..."
The momentum has always been against same-sex marriage. It's a rabid ultra-minority group that keep trying to force this down our collective throats under the guise of "civil rights" or "fairness."

"Senators who voted against the measure said the public was gripped by economic anxiety and remained uneasy about changing the state’s definition of marriage."

So am I to understand that when the economy picks up a little that people will suddenly see the light and think its okay to throw away thousands of years of accepted societal convention? This is ludicrous on its face. People having money has nothing to do with what they think is wrong based on their moral compass.

Failed Magazines List

A fascinating look at the magazines that have folded under pressure from the economy or digital media.

from (a publication that I suspect will follow suit).