Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hilarity Ensues

From a Washington Times piece titled EXCLUSIVE: RNC draft rips Bush’s bailouts.

Republican Party officials say they will try next month to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and congressional Republican leaders of embracing “socialism,”...

I can barely manage to hit the correct keys to type this post because of the hilarity of such a resolution, and its proponents.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/30 at 05:21 PM
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Why the Big 3 Should and Will Fail

The Ford Motor Company, whom I mentioned a couple of days ago in a post titled For Ford Motor Company No Evidently Means Yes, their “bright” idea to sell more cares is self parking technology.  An existing technology already available in some vehicles, self parking technology is a feature most individuals simply do not need, and will not cause an increase in sales for Ford, or any other auto manufacturer.  How pathetic.

Ford announces new self-parking technology

Posted by John Venlet on 12/30 at 01:18 PM
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Singular?  Hardly.

In an article titled By Saying Yes, WaMu Built Empire on Shaky Loans The New York Times states the following in regards to the failure of subprime lender Washington Mutual.

On a financial landscape littered with wreckage, WaMu, a Seattle-based bank that opened branches at a clip worthy of a fast-food chain, stands out as a singularly brazen case of lax lending.

As a failed subprime lender, Washington Mutual was no more singular that Countrywide, or any other player in the subprime lending market.

I wrote on this subject back in April, under the title Stripped Bare - Beneath the Feel Good Veneer of Subprime Lending.

All the posts I completed on this (14 total) can be accessed here.  Just scroll down a bit to view all 14 posts.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/28 at 09:02 AM
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Blowing Commercial Grade Smoke

The headline reads Why Obama Really Might Decriminalize Marijuana and the very first paragraph of the piece made me cough with the harshness of the smoke being blown up the legalize marijuana crowds’ asses by the Obama “team’s” propaganda machine.

Turns out, with several drug-war veterans close to the president-elect’s ear, insiders think reform could come in Obama’s second term—or sooner.

Amazing, the “insiders” already have The Obama serving a second term.  I wonder what the “insiders” are smoking.

The second paragraph of the piece attempts to consecrate Obama with the smoke of FDR’s ashes, and his alleged salvation of the banking system, which almost caused me to choke on the thickness of the smoke welling up from the fire keeping the cannibal pot simmering.

Then, in the eighth paragraph of this piece, I was almost overcome by smoke inhalation when I read this.

And two weeks ago, when the Obama team asked the public to vote on the top problems facing America, this was the public’s No. 1 question: “Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?”

The above quote from the piece makes me think that the “public,” rather than smoking joints, is dropping acid and hallucinating.  The last thing any marijuana smoker should want is for the State to get involved in the business of controlling a commodity which can be purchased in almost every city in America without the State benefiting from it in the form of taxes.  And, if the State did begin to regulate marijuana, my bet is that the smoke which could be purchased would be in the vein of 3:2 beer.

Yes, the State should decriminalize marijuana, but then the State should just back off and leave well enough alone, but I think that this Obama team propaganda regarding the possibility of the decriminalization of marijuana is just commercial grade smoke being blown up everyones’ ass.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/24 at 05:52 PM
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dog Killers and Michael Vick

Okay, I lied in my previous post, I have another quick post/link to point to from Radley Balko before I finish moving snow around.

Milwaukee resident Virginia Villo is suing that city for the 2004 police shooting of her lab-springer spaniel mix, Bubba.  As part of her lawsuit, she requested police reports of every dog killed by Milwaukee police over a nine-year period.  The request turned up 434 dead puppy reports, or about one every seven-and-a-half days.

Read Balko’s entire post.  He titled the post Puppycide, but I think the more apt title is Dog Killers.

Where’s the outrage over the number of dogs killed by cops as compared to the outrage exhibited over the fact that Michael Vick was fighting dogs to the death?

If you have a dog, and the cops come to your home, on any pretense, be prepared for your dog to be killed.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/23 at 03:36 PM
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Moving Snow

Well, it has pretty much been snowing here in Western Michigan since Friday, and still is currently, though a break in the snow is predicted for Christmas Day.  No fears of a non-white Christmas here.

Anyway, since I’ve for the most part run out of places to throw the snow that accumulates on my driveway, sidewalk, etc., I’m spending the day moving snow around to make room for the 5 to 10 inches predicted for today through tomorrow.

One item to link to, though, by Thomas Sowell, and posted by Capitalism Magazine, titled Random Thoughts for December 2008.

One thought regarding the following sentence from Sowell’s piece.

Only in Congress do people adjust to economic adversity and growing deficits by spending more money.

Though Sowell correctly chastises Congress in the above sentence, the chastisement should actually be applied to all those individuals who continue to clamor for the State to do something.  The only thing the State should be doing is getting out of the way and allowing the market to work.  If enough individuals would begin clamoring for the State to choke off their reckless spending and get out of the way of the market, then, and only then, and only maybe, would the State possibly comply.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/23 at 03:21 PM
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Monday, December 22, 2008

The Dump Truck Loads of Money Will Be Delayed

All the voters, businesses and wish upon a star individuals, expecting the imminent delivery of dump truck loads of money after the crowning of Obama on January 20th, 2009, as salvation for the economy and their spendthrift ways, better renew their prayers of bereft lamentations as the servants of the “One” caution miracles do not necessarily happen overnight.

Democrats Try to Lower Expectations

Posted by John Venlet on 12/22 at 10:14 AM
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Global World Order

The global world order begins, with joint cooperation between nations, with the gradual absorption of what previously were pseudo private industries.

Canada, Ontario to Give GM, Chrysler C$4 Billion Aid

Posted by John Venlet on 12/21 at 11:08 AM
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“If Wishes Were Horses,” The Obama Ranch

Lucinda Williams has a new album out titled Little Honey, which, by the way, is an excellent album, and I recommend it highly, and though I wouldn’t mind writing a few more words of praise for Lucinda’s most fine recent effort, this post is not about something that is produced by an actual producer.

The album contains a cut titled If Wishes Were Horses and I immediately thought of this tune, and its recurring chorus;

But if wishes were horses, I’d have a ranch…

when I read this headline, Obama increases jobs goal to 3 million, and the first paragraph from the piece.

President-elect Barack Obama has increased his employment goal with the nation’s economic outlook worsening, seeking to create or save 3 million jobs in the next two years instead of the 2.5 million he proposed last month.

Obama can wish for 2.5 million new jobs, 3 million new jobs, hell, 10 million new jobs, but he cannot produce a damn thing without taking, by force, from actual producers in an attempt to make his wish come true.  If wishes were horses, Obama would have the biggest damn ranch in the world.  And in a way Obama does have the biggest damn ranch in the world, but it isn’t a horse ranch, it’s a sheep ranch and the shearing has just begun.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/21 at 09:06 AM
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Freedom of Speech, Denied, and Punished

I first noted the story of Karen Fletcher in a post I titled Freedom of Speech, Denied, on September 28, 2006, which I then followed up with a post titled Update on “Freedom of Speech, Denied,” on June 6, 2007.

In my update post, I noted that I could not garner much additional information in regards to Ms. Fletcher and the case levied against her, but today, though the news of the case is old and forgotten by most, I note that in August of this year (2008), Ms. Fletcher was convicted of obscenity and sentenced to five (5) years probation, the first six (6) months of those years of probation she is restricted to remaining in her home, and fined $1,000.00 dollars.

This is a travesty of justice.  Ms. Fletcher was originally of the mind to fight the charges, but her fear of conviction, and time in prison, caused her to cop to a plea deal.

I, to this day, and going forward, stand proudly by what I wrote in regards to this case.

What is at issue, here, is the denial of freedom of speech, plain and simple.  The speech being protected may be disturbing, it may be down right disgusting, and may appeal to the lowest form of humankind which can walk upright and supposedly think, but it is still the denial of freedom of speech.

The Wall Street Journal’s reporting on Karen Fletcher’s case can be read here, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s reporting on the case can be read here.

Beware, people, your freedom of speech is also in dire jeopardy.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/20 at 10:44 AM
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Hey, That Anarchist Looks Like My Mom

While doing a Google search this morning, for information unrelated to this post, I stumbled across an article posted at StarTribune.com titled ‘Anarchist’ looked like someone’s mom.  Catchy headline.  Anyway, if you hit that link, you’ll see a photo of the so called RNC Eight; as an aside, what is it with authorities assigning labels such as RNC Eight or Gang of Four to groups like this?; a group of young men and women who have been “charged with criminal conspiracy “in furtherance of terrorism,” accused of attempting to provoke a riot and prevent the Republican National Convention from taking place.”

With the conventions of both parties long past and forgotten, and “The One” in president-elect mode, the individuals who comprise the so called “RNC Eight” are also forgotten and are simply at the mercy of the state.

A straight Google search provides links galore regarding the RNC Eight, and a Google News search of RNC Eight provides a plethora of links also, though not many that seem to provide any actual information.

In reading a few pieces regarding the young people charged with “criminal conspiracy in furtherance of terrorism” a rational individual, who truly supports freedom of speech, notes that the young people did a lot of discussing about disrupting the Republican National Convention, but beyond that, there is nothing.  Nothing.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/20 at 09:34 AM
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Taxpayers Pockets Aren’t Empty, Yet

After siphoning taxpayers pockets to bailout the financial industry, to the tune of $700 billion or so, and then granting “loans” to the Big 3 automakers in the amount of a mere $13 billion or so, the professional jobholders which make up the congress of these United States, who allegedly are concerned about us taxpayers making ends meet, still can give themselves a raise, from YOUR and my pockets.  Bastards!  Each and every single member of congress should be driven from Washington D.C., unmercifully.

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries,...

With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise

Posted by John Venlet on 12/19 at 08:24 PM
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Illinois Governor Gov. Rod Blagojevich Trots Out Tired Old Cheer

In the post just previous to this one about Blagojevich, Has the Script Been Approved by All the Interested Parties?, I noted the Blagojevich was supposedly as eager as a beaver to tell his side of the story and was making his first public statement in regards the allegations levied against him.

Well, Blagojevich has made his first public statement and he simply trotted out an old cheer utilized by professional jobholders everywhere whenever under the threat of charges of wrongdoing of one type or another.

...I will fight this thing every step of the way. I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath,”...“I have done nothing wrong.”

Stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight.

The article containing the cheer is posted by CBS2Chicago and is titled Blagojevich Says He’ll Fight Until ‘Last Breath’.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/19 at 05:33 PM
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Has the Script Been Approved by All the Interested Parties?

Ten days ago, Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, who is Democrat by the way, was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell Obama’s vacant senate seat to the highest bidder.  I noted so in a post titled Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is a Piker Compared to Obama.

ABC News has a story up, currently, under the headline Blagojevich Will Make First Public Statement Since Arrest Last Week, wherein Blagojevich is quoted as stating,

“I can’t wait to tell my side of the story,” Blagojevich has told reporters.

Evidently, in the ten days which have passed since Blagojevich was initially arrested and charged, all the interested parties have had ample opportunity to review and edit the script which Blagojevich will read from, and, having received final approval for the script, including the appropriate legal counsel; lights, action, camera; the show begins.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/19 at 04:16 PM
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For Ford Motor Company No Evidently Means Yes

Here’s the headline as posted at Breitbart.comFord says does it not need short-term loans from bailout.

One could think that Ford Motor Company is being stand up, brushing aside overtures from the state and the state’s reach for the reins of industry, reading that headline.  Unfortunately that is not the case, as the very first paragraph of the linked article proves.

Ford Motor Co. said Friday it would not need a short-term loan from the government, but lauded the Bush administration’s decision to extend aid to its cash-strapped competitors and renewed a request for a nine billion dollar line of credit.

In the real world, a line of credit is still a loan.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/19 at 11:15 AM
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