Saturday, October 31, 2009

Waaaa.... burgers for all.

Long ago I read of an experiment. I think it may have been Piaget but the particulars are in the hazy fog of aging. However the point of the experiment is what I remember. It was a test of the aggression produced by testosterone. The subjects were little toddlers. A clear barrier was placed between the mother and child. There were two types of behavior these babies exhibited. On average when the baby girls confronted the barrier they became frustrated and cried. On average the little boys tried to push through the barrier.

Pick the future 'progressive'.

Today the same kinds of people have grown up in a world full of barriers but they still exhibit those same tendencies. One exception being that once they become conditioned to society, where boys are raised like girls and girls raised like boys the separation of behavior by hormone is masked by social conditioning.

But there remains two types of people; there are those, when confronted with barriers do nothing but fall on their padded butts and cry for mommie to solve their problems and there are those that attempt to push through those barriers not asking for any help.  Sometimes getting angry when mommie tries to help them.

Those demanding cradle to grave help are the padded butt criers. The solution to any problem is to cry until nanny comes and picks them up. They demand social justice and fairness.

One such person is Nancy Pelosi. I recall that she cried about gender bias when she was in contention against Harold Ford Jr. for the position of minority leader. She stomped her feet and threw a hissy until she got what she wanted.

That is our problem today. Too damn many cry babies. Sometimes I wonder if our country couldn't use an old fashion financial collapse complete with bread lines full of formerly wealthy people. Many people in our country could use a dose of reality like that which made the Great Depression and war era generation the Greatest Generation. Of course that kind of economy had its downside with the famous gangsters of the era. We already have a head-start there;our Bonnie & Clyde.... are already in the government.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

UN Get Out !

I've heard the approaching storm about the Copenhagen Treaty.  I read through it and provided my opinion in red.  What has come to mind is this paragraph in the Declaration of Independence:
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain ( President ) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
 Copenhagen Protocol


Industrialized countries must massively scale up financial, technological and capacity support to developing countries for their mitigation and adaptation efforts. In the next commitment period, at least 160 billion US$ per year should be raised by industrialized countries, primarily through the auctioning of emissions allowances to cover developing countries’ incremental costs.

Governance and Institutions – Copenhagen Climate Facility

To avoid dangerous climate change and build climate resilience, the way society is structured will need to change fundamentally - from investment patterns to development programs. This cannot be accomplished by a fragmented set of existing institutions. In order to enhance the implementation of the Convention in accordance with the Bali Action Plan and its four building blocks, a new institution, the Copenhagen Climate Facility (CCF), is needed.
The new Facility would not be an aid mechanism, reflecting a donor-recipient relationship, but rather a mechanism that fulfills and matches the commitments agreed in the Convention, as further specified under the new Copenhagen Protocol.
Centralized elements: Most revenues from the industrialized countries’ finance support obligations, generated primarily through auctioning of Assigned Amount Units (outlined below) would go into this central facility.

Decentralized elements: Direct access to funds would be disbursed to implementing agencies that could be at national and state/province or regional level. These agencies would have to be approved by the Climate Facility’s Executive Committee and meet the criteria and guidelines established by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Copenhagen Protocol, (CMCP). Potential implementing agencies could include regional development banks, national funds and bi-lateral programs.

Keep in mind who wrote this... GREENPEACE.   And our idiot president is going to sign this ?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

In the Obama zone

Thought for the day:

This illegal and immoral war against Fox News is diverting valuable resources away from the real war of necessity in Afghanistan.

It is also diverting your attention from other matters like this tidbit at Drudge pointing to and AP article. Can't this president admit he was wrong and change course?
This guy is so paranoid and Nixonian I wonder just how long before we get an 'I'm not a crook' speech.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

At the Crossroads

Drudge is carrying a link to a story about Crossroads Mall in south Oklahoma City. The Reuters article points out that it is another victim of the finance failures and looks like it is. What is missing from this story is that it was already in decline even when the economy was healthy. Here's why I think it was dead anyway.

I grew up in this area of south OKC and was my romping ground from 1970 until, well I only live 40 miles from it now. Back in those days this area of the city was white suburban communities expanding southward. To be absolutely truthful my parents bought a home in Moore, Oklahoma so we could go to schools free from racial violence and the busing fiasco going on at that time.

Over the years the city has pushed outward towards Norman on the southside and Edmond on the northside and suburbanites are taking their wealth with them. After almost forty years what used to be cities a short drive from midtown are now suburbs where it gets more difficult to tell which city you're in.

Crossroads sat right on the south edge of OKC. It was a sort of medium scale mall. I recall there was a JC Penney, I worked there one Christmas, a Dillards, Montgomery Ward and those types of retail stores. They were always full of customers, almost always some kind of family activity going on a center court and lots of good restaurants. You felt safe there.

As the city expanded the clientele changed. There was some gang-related violence there. The customers buying furniture, appliances and high ticket items slowly moved southward towards the length of I-35 between Moore and Norman which is now lined with large retail stores and strip malls.

Personally I don't feel safe in there anymore. Last time I was there I felt like I was in the third-world.

But the Crossroad Mall, a landmark of my youth has passed on, never to return. Great piece of property on a hill where you can see most of the southside.  Sitting at the junction of two major interstates.

It survived the May 3rd, 1999 F5 but 'progress' has been terminal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Victim Class

Cato@Liberty  has a post about Katrina victims suing energy companies for the global warming they caused.
"The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit, the federal court of appeals where I once clerked, has allowed a class action lawsuit by Hurricane Katrina victims to proceed against a motley crew of energy, oil, and chemical companies. Their claim: that the defendants’ greenhouse gas emissions raised air and water temperatures on the Gulf Coast, contributing to Katrina’s strength and causing property damage. Mass tort litigation specialist Russell Jackson calls the plaintiffs’ claims “the litigator’s equivalent to the game ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.’”
I believe the energy companies ought to counter sue them for voting in corrupt politicians and their organized crime union contractors who built the levee. But that mission was secondary to the palm greasing industry. That is what failed and caused the damage.

Interesting Tidbit

While reading through the WIKI for information on my ancestors, I think I am Choctaw, I came across an interesting paragraph concerning the origins of their people that sounded familiar:

"Early 19th century and contemporary Choctaw storytellers describe that the Choctaw people emerged from either Nanih Waiya (an Indian mound) or a cave nearby. The companion story describes their journey from the west, when they were directed by the use of a sacred pole.
'The Choctaws, a great many winters ago, commenced moving from the country where they then lived, which was a great distance to the west of the great river and the mountains of snow, and they were a great many years on their way. A great medicine man led them the whole way, by going before with a red pole, which he stuck in the ground every night where they encamped. This pole was every morning found leaning to the east, and he told them that they must continue to travel to the east until the pole would stand upright in their encampment, and that there the Great Spirit had directed that they should live.' "
Earlier in the WIKI it suggests this was somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 years ago.  I find a couple of things interesting here; 1)  They migrated East from the Rockies to the Mississippi,  2)  They were lead by a medicine man's staff to the land that would be theirs and 3)  time was measured by winters and not summers.

A people living in a cold climate migrate to warmer lands lead by their own version of Moses.   Maybe the great flood was part of the great melt.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Down The Rabbit Hole

The world just gets curiouser and curiouser. Here, the day after what the world thought was young Falcon's odyssey, we are now seeing more down to Earth possibilities. However, I am not so sure everything has landed as safely as the jiffy-pop balloon.

Drudge has an interesting link to this video from the show where families swap wives. What a lovely concept for a family show.

When did the world become overpopulated with people fruitier and nuttier than Marmoset droppings. Flying saucers, dissipating a tornado ( this guy is a tornado chaser and doesn't realize the tornado we see is only a wee little piece of the entire structure additionally getting all worked up over a simple dust devil, ???) self-deluded entertainment mogul children, a Yoko wannbe and a psyhic. 

So be it. That's their business until it starts costing others money. But what really eats at me is that their houses appear to be in the 300-400K range? Is there labor demand for nut cases ?  What am I doing wrong ?  Got my degree ( check ),  have been a conscientious employee, hard worker and team player ( check ), have conducted my own business honestly ( check ), make a bit more than the national average, ( check ) ,have no kids to raise yet there is no way I could comfortably afford  those homes in those locations.  Maybe  I should look into being a psychic  or an alien genealogist tracing  family histories back to their planetary origins?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I support this legislation.

If this passes my girl cats are going to become very familiar with the vet. Now if I could just count them as dependents.

Touch Not The Burger and Fries

Article at Michelle Malkin: - Big Nanny Alert: The War On Hamburgers

Now this is where I draw the line. They can take my money or my freedom and I will just be really, really irate. But deny me a Sonic burger and they will take my sanity.

I will not be responsible for my actions caused by sudden meat withdrawals. My canine teeth will be looking for something to shred. Imagine trying to take a steak out of the mouth of a starving Doberman. Now multiple that by a factor of 10 in attitude and 3.5 in weight. Something will end up bleeding.

Don't even think about thinking about messing with the Cherry Limeade. That will result in a seek and destroy mission.

Golf Blasphemy

As a golf enthusiast I find this almost unforgivable. A course should never be treated with this kind of disrespect.

As close to Heaven on Earth as it gets.
Where every Sunday one can hear the Lord's name through the trees...
after the 'kerplunks' of many golf balls being baptized as their final right.

Baucus BS

Just saw Baucus saying that members of Congress will have the same choices as the public will have through the exchange. Many of the proponents have repeated this mantra. Indeed it is absolutely true. But what they do not mention lest they kill the sale; if you are a VIP you can afford the solid gold casket plan offered in the exchange. If you are poor sorry but you can only afford the wooden box ( public ) plan.

I am beginning to question my sanity and judgement. I think I am right but the public chatter makes me wonder so few recognize that the thing people ought to be raising hell about this Health Insurance Exchange. It is the heart of this proposed monster. It is where government control becomes absolute, not in the plans offered in it, which will be plans that the government has approved.

Baucus wasn't lying but it will be misinterpreted that government will use the public option once it runs through the spin cycle for a day or two . That's the way this culture of idiocy operates.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Thanks For The Vote Suckers !

Obama's base is starting to get a clue they've been played by the Liar-in-Chief?

Reading the article the name Altgeld Gardens popped out to me. This is where Obama did his community organizing. He used them to acquire his 'black' street cred. Once he got what he needed he left them just as he found them moving on in pursuit of his deification. But he left an impression:
“He’s going to fight for all the people, not just [those from] the Gardens,” Scott said. “I don’t think he’ll single out one place.” Obama, she added, will take care of everyone as president.
Suckers !

Pay Day on the Plantation

Pay Day for the workers on the Democrat Plantation in Detroit.

Well.. they got their Change. Hopes not looking too good either.

I have no problem with a Work-Fare concept. But just giving it away makes it free money, nothing ventured. There is real work to be done in Detroit just cleaning up the mess. I see no problem with infrastructure stimulus. Governments would actually get value for dollars spent and citizens would rightly earn their money. A job gives one not only income but a sense of self-value.

Neuron Eruption! I am reminded of a story about life's struggles.

The gist is the liberal way of thinking, the point is the conservative way of thinking. Or as Sir Paul has said "Let It Be". Detroit is an example of liberal philosophy applied and the results.

My 'teachable moment' here is this: When you are down, the person offering you a handout does not necessarily have your interest in mind as much as the person offering you a hand up though you will have to struggle. Two choices; remain obediently on the plantation, living on massa's scraps, or get to your feet and take charge of your life, your neighborhood and your city.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Visions of a Nuke Free World... Munchies will be needed.

I was just over reading the London papers so I would have a somewhat fair and balanced view of news in America. A commenter on one of the posts was casting much admiration for our young president's attempts to free the world of nuclear weapons.

Here's the reality in my ever so course 'rough around the edges is a term people have described me to my face' way of making a point. Say what they will they usually don't forget it. But if I were talking to the president trying to explain the futility of his effort I would say this... 'look Barry, nuclear weapons are like herpes, once you got'em you're stuck with em for life."

You can't unhear something, you can't unsee something and you sure as hell can't uninvent a technical advancement. Even if everyone disarmed of nukes there is still biological and chemical weapons with the more desirable effect of massive killing without the destruction of infrastructure and resources. Disarming of a particular weapon does not resolve the fundamental issue.