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Happy Halloween! October 31, 2010

Posted by wintersetruss in Family, Humor, Nature Shit.
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  This is my first attempt at artistic pumpkin carving.  My wrists are still aching from all that cutting.

Good Grief!

For the trick or treating this year, we had to learn how to control the mighty Mosasaurus.  He’s a carnivorous creature who has a sweet tooth for candy.  Especially suckers, which can do double duty – as tasty candy AND decorative adornments to the living room couch.

  Note the Batman stash bucket, which will probably be retired after this year due to excessive wear (we used plenty of tape to make it last one more year).  Here’s a rearview of the dreaded beast, to help identify him in case you’re a resident of Tokyo who survives his rampage.

I’ve been working on his “dinosaur roar”, but unfortunately, the answer to “What does a dinosaur say?” and “What does a bear say?” are pretty much the same thing.

Still Trying To Think Of A Halloween Costume? October 30, 2010

Posted by Michael in Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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You can always fall back on that old standby — the Wicked Witch of the West.  It’s funny if you do it right.

Don’t know how? Instructions below the break.


Don’t Forget To Vote! October 29, 2010

Posted by Michael in Art, Politics.
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I voted today at the Dallas City Hall. There’s an escalator to the second floor just inside that entrance you see below, and the polling station was set up right at the top. No line. Easy as pie.

Just letting you know.

Yes, I voted right in there after swimming across the moat.

Those are not beach balls in the water, by the way. They are Art. They are not actually even floating. They stay in the same position all the time, even if it is very windy. I know this, because my office is on the 30th floor, and you can see them from some of the windows on that floor.

That’s also how I found out they are Art. I asked about the beach balls, and a long-time Dallas resident who is also on the 30th floor told me that I was viewing Art. Boy howdy, I sure felt stupid. In my defense, I was pretty high up and four blocks away, so I probably did not get the Nuances.

All The Most Awesome YouTube Stunts Right Here! October 28, 2010

Posted by Michael in Entertainment.
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It’s been over Four Hours October 27, 2010

Posted by Retired Geezer in Ballistics, Ducks.
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I figure everybody needs a good laugh today.

I love the Jack commercials and the Jimmy Dean commercials.

A Look Back At Four Years Of A Democrat Congress October 26, 2010

Posted by Michael in Politics.
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“Call Me Senator” October 25, 2010

Posted by Michael in Politics.
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Negative campaigning at its best.

See, sometimes your opponent really needs to have his or her fundamental character called out. Barbara Boxer is one of those people. She is an entrenched D.C. insider, who is fundamentally full of herself, and totally does not comprehend military courtesy. Voters need to know this.

It’s appalling to watch this Washington twit chastise a military officer, like she is actually too sexy for her shirt. Good Lord. She got elected in California.

Is that actually something to be proud of? I think not. We’re talking about a state that is totally dysfunctional due to special interest groups and public sector unions, has massive out-migration of working people, jobs and capital, massive in-migration of illegal aliens, the most advanced welfare state in America, and they are begging the rest of us to bail them out.

Just ignore the fact that their endowment of natural resources and revenue generating industries (software, entertainment, energy, agriculture, fisheries) offers them the opportunity to be the richest state in America. From my perch here in the bleak, resource-poor plains of North Texas, I don’t have much sympathy. Californians are moving here to find jobs. We have net in-migration from all other states.


Go figure. Barbara Boxer could not get elected to anything in Texas, except maybe the Houston City Council if she had previously been a competent dog-catcher or some similar patronage job.

Hey Babs. Your success at getting elected in California is an insult, not a credential. You have disgraced yourself by participating in the ruination of your state. Did you really “work so hard” to be a Senator? Kiss my ass. I worked hard at a real job that created wealth.

(FYI, when my wife Cathy worked as a chaplain at Brooke Army Medical Center, enlisted personnel called her “ma’am,” never mind that she was a civilian with no rank whatsoever. They treated her like an officer. It was just the Army way of showing respect for someone helping the wounded and their families.)

Buckeyes, Hawkeyes, It Don’t Matter… October 24, 2010

Posted by BrewFan in News.
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Bucky is an equal opportunity ass kicker

'Eye Killer

They must be euphoric in Ames tonight! Russ, get down off the bell tower!

What’s Wrong With America October 23, 2010

Posted by Michael in Philosophy, Politics.
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I’m not saying that all this stuff is bad. It’s just not the purpose of our federal government and we don’t need pinheads in D.C. making six-figure incomes to get it done.

I’m going to elaborate on the above remark that I made in a comment thread below.

The vice of the last 80 years in America (meaning, since FDR) is that we began to believe the federal government exists to do good, rather than just fulfill its constitutionally appointed duties.  Thus, we looked to Washington, D.C. to get us through the Great Depression, resulting in the New Deal that, by all accounts, prolonged the Great Depression.

We did not learn from that mistake, preoccupied as we were by WWII.

Since then, we have routinely elected politicians like Johnson, Nixon, Bush, and Obama, and a horde of their ilk in Congress, all of whom were do-gooders, and prided themselves on tackling problems like poverty, education, a TV channel as cool as the BBC, the lack of electricity in Appalachia, AIDS in Africa, you name it.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention racism.  That’s the Real Big Issue™ for the do-gooders.

They tackled that issue and made it worse.  They destroyed black families, functional black neighborhoods, and inner-city school systems.  Then they patted themselves on the back for their “equal opportunity” crusade, giving themselves credit for advances by blacks which the labor market would have accomplished more quickly and effectively without them.  They all had Ivy League degrees and good intentions.

We’re stuck with a culture where white people recoil in horror at the obscenities of black rappers, our jails fill up with young black men, and we despise their culture of single-moms, dependency, and victimization pimps like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, both of whom expect us to accept their ludicrous claims to clergy status and political legitimacy rather than dismissing them as shake-down artists. Blacks are doomed to “the soft bigotry of low expectations,” a reality that propelled our current President to the White House on the basis of an amazingly thin resume, only to fail.

The problem is, the do-gooders in D.C. don’t actually have the ability to do any good unless they suck money from us into the federal government, and then send a portion of  it back with a bunch of regulations attached, and inevitably their programs designed by their smart Harvard grads don’t work.

Worse yet, unlike the states, they could accomplish this without any responsibility for balancing the books of the federal government, and without inciting a taxpayer revolt.

They could nationalize the Hubert Humphrey Do-Gooder Impulse™ for one, and only one, reason.

They controlled a fiat currency which happens to be the reserve currency for the rest of the planet. Everybody else was soaking up our debt.

That game is over.  The clock has run out for the do-gooder politicians.  China is thinking twice about increasing its exposure to U.S. Treasuries.  Everybody is looking sideways at the dollar.

That’s really what is behind the Tea Party. They are looking at the debt being imposed on their children, they are looking at the unreliability of the dollar, and they have a simple message for D.C.


Semi-Good News October 22, 2010

Posted by Michael in Economics.
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One of the most sensitive indicators of our economic condition is hotel occupancy rates.  Do the math.  If you think about it, it’s a reliable indicator of the extent of business and tourist travel, and a leading indicator for the health of the economy as a whole.  (It’s also very seasonal, so ignore the hump and look at the year-over-year comparisons.)

I watch this to make personal financial decisions, and I get the news at Calculated Risk, which is full of interesting information.

Here’s the latest (click to enlarge):

It could be worse

So, it’s still bad, but better than it was a year ago, and trending towards normal.

Now would actually be a good time to book a vacation, before room rates rebound.  Cathy and I are looking at Costa Rica.

Well, we’re really going to do Costa Rica with Marriott points, so the occupancy rate just affects how good a room we get, not how much it costs.

I guess this is good news.  Sort of.

Liberty or Tyranny (or jobs) October 21, 2010

Posted by Michael in News.
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I love these autotune guys.  I really do.

Obama Flashback October 20, 2010

Posted by Michael in News.
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