Archive for ◊ December, 2009 ◊

Quotes for the New Year
Thursday, December 31st, 2009 | Author:

1) Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

2) Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.

3) Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.

4) One life – a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.

5) Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.

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Hope and Cash
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 | Author:

This is funny but true…

Remember when Ronald Reagan was President? Back then, we also had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash still with us… Now we have Obama, and no hope and no cash.

Hat tip to Fred

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Liberal Jews – Part 23
Monday, December 28th, 2009 | Author:

This is another in a continuing series where I express my disappointment with the pusillanimous Jewish Leftists.    You can find earlier versions starting here.

This time we call out one of O’bama infamous “czars” (an appropriate name for a closet Marxist) recently selected to monitor anti-semitism… Well, it appears that the Prez selected a J-Street alum, Hannah Rosenthal, who promptly decided to criticize Israel’s ambassador to the US.

Hey, that’s cool.  There’s not enough hatred of Jews to go around, so this crazy broad wants to “out-Kapo” Mr. Rahm (“you see goyim, I’m really one of you. I think that Jews are the source of all the world’s problems just like you do”).

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O’bama’s Health Care Policies
Sunday, December 27th, 2009 | Author:


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Christmas and Health Care
Friday, December 25th, 2009 | Author:


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Political Science 101
Thursday, December 24th, 2009 | Author:

For those that don’t know about history of politics in the US, here is a condensed version:

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter… The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals, and
2. Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That’s how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q’s and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided. Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals.. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn’t fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Hat tip to M Clower

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Those Who Ignore History
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Author:

Please “Cry for Me, Argentina”… courtesy of Joe K.

In the early 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. While Great Britain ‘s maritime power and its far-flung empire had propelled it to a dominant position among the world’s industrialized nations, only the United States challenged Argentina for the position of the world’s second-most powerful economy.

It was blessed with abundant agriculture, vast swaths of rich farmland laced with navigable rivers and an accessible port system. Its level of industrialization was higher than many European countries: railroads, automobiles and telephones were commonplace.

In 1916, a new president was elected. H ipólito Irigoyen had formed a party called The Radicals under the banner of “fundamental change” with an appeal to the middle class.

Among Irigoyen’s changes: mandatory pension insurance, mandatory health insurance, and support for low-income housing construction to stimulate the economy. Put simply, the state assumed economic control of a vast swath of the country’s operations and began assessing new payroll taxes to fund its efforts.

With an increasing flow of funds into these entitlement programs, the government’s payouts soon became overly generous. Before long its outlays surpassed the value of the taxpayers’ contributions. Put simply, it quickly became under-funded, much like the United States ‘ Social Security and Medicare programs.

The death knell for the Argentine economy, however, came with the election of Juan Perón. Perón had a fascist and corporatist upbringing; he and his charismatic wife aimed their populist rhetoric at the nation’s rich.

This targeted group “swiftly expanded to cover most of the propertied middle classes, who became an enemy to be defeated and humiliated.”

Under Perón, the size of government bureaucracies exploded through massive programs of social spending and by encouraging the growth of labor unions.

High taxes and economic mismanagement took their inevitable toll even after Perón had been driven from office. But his populist rhetoric and “contempt for economic realities” lived on. Argentina’s federal government continued to spend far beyond its means.  Hyperinflation exploded in 1989, the final stage of a process characterized by “industrial protectionism, redistribution of income based on increased wages, and growing state intervention in the economy…”

The Argentinean government’s practice of printing money to pay off its public debts had crushed the economy. Inflation hit 3000%, reminiscent of the Weimar Republic.  Food riots were rampant; stores were looted; the country descended into chaos.

And by 1994, Argentina ‘s public pensions — the equivalent of Social Security — had imploded. The payroll tax had increased from 5% to 26%, but it wasn’t enough. In addition, Argentina had implemented a value-added tax (VAT), new income taxes, a personal tax on wealth, and additional revenues based upon the sale of public enterprises. These crushed the private sector, further damaging the economy.

A government-controlled “privatization” effort to rescue seniors’ pensions was attempted. But, by 2001, those funds had also been raided by the government, the monies replaced by Argentina ‘s defaulted government bonds.

By 2002, “…government fiscal irresponsibility… induced a national economic crisis as severe as America ‘s Great Depression.”

We’ve seen this movie before.   The Democrats’ populist plans can’t possibly work, because government bankrupts everything it touches. History teaches us that ObamaCare and unfunded entitlement programs will be utter, complete disasters. Today’s Democrats are guilty of more than stupidity; they are enslaving future generations to poverty and misery. And they will be long gone when it all implodes.  They will be as cold and dead as Juan Perón when the piper must ultimately be paid.

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | Author:


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Humorous Quotes about Santa
Monday, December 21st, 2009 | Author:

1. Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money? – Tom Armstrong

2. I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. – Shirley Temple

3. Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year. – Victor Borge

4. I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white man would be coming into my neighborhood after dark. – Dick Gregory

5. Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, He must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, Must be a pacifist. What’s in that pipe that he’s smoking? – Arlo Guthrie

6. I played Santa Claus many times, and if you don’t believe it, check out the divorce settlements awarded my wives. – Groucho Marx

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Best Hockey Fights of the Decade
Sunday, December 20th, 2009 | Author:

Over at Puck Daddy, they’ve put together a listing of the top 10 fights from the past 7 years or so…


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