RANT: See where bailouts take you? To absurdity and beyond!


Why a Tiny Alabama Town Wants a $375 Million Chunk of the Stimulus
By Amanda Ruggeri
Posted January 8, 2009

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At first glance, the town of Edwardsville, Ala., with a population of 194 people, might raise a few eyebrows with its bid to receive $375 million from the economic stimulus package being assembled by Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress.

The tiny town, located near the Georgia border and 26 miles from the nearest “big city” of Anniston (population: 24,276), added 33 proposals—about two thirds of them related to “green” energy—to the list of “ready- to- go” projects assembled by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Total sum: $375,076,200.

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Obama warns of dire consequences without stimulus
Jan 8 01:29 PM US/Eastern
AP White House Correspondent

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) – President-elect Barack Obama warned of dire and long-lasting consequences if Congress doesn’t pump unprecedented dollars into the national economy, making an urgent pitch Thursday for his mammoth spending proposal in his first speech since the election.

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Obama laid out goals of doubling the production of alternative energy over three years, updating most federal buildings to improve energy efficiency, making medical records electronic, expanding broadband networks and updating schools and universities.

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Jan 8, 2009 … In an announcement that launched a thousand unprintable puns, adult- entertainment moguls Larry Flynt and Joe Francis said Wednesday that …

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There must be something in the air in the District of Corruption. The smell of the People’s money being available?

We really should thank Larry Flynt for pointing out the absurdity of the whole circus!

Have you contacted your congresscritter yet?


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NJ: in-state tuition at public colleges and “driving privilege cards” for illegal aliens


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Last night I was on Fox 5 News talking about a report from a Corzine-stacked panel of left-wing liberals endorsing in-state tuition at public colleges and “driving privilege cards” for illegal aliens.

I strongly oppose these ideas and have urged legislative Republicans to stand united against these proposals.

There’s no doubt that state spending is out of control and needs to be reduced, not increased as the in-state tuition proposal would do. And giving illegal aliens drivers licenses — regardless of the name, not only makes our state a magnet for illegal aliens who are a net drain on taxpayers, but also tells our children that the law is a joke.

One potential candidate against me in the primary has endorsed the Corzine Administration position that illegal aliens are “here to stay” and we should give them not just amnesty but the same rights as those who came here legally. I respectfully disagree. Strong enforcement actions in states like Arizona have completely turned around an out-of-control situation where illegal aliens were straining social service budgets and creating enormous burdens on the health care system.

As a society we must send a message that those who laugh at our laws will not be coddled any more. The politically correct liberal way has failed and New Jersey is the best example anywhere of that. While conservatives in Congress like Scott Garrett will be working to stop Illegal Alien Amnesty in the next two years, we can take steps right here in New Jersey to tell those here illegally to go somewhere else and that is to end government benefits to illegal aliens — not expand them.

It’s as simple as that.

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Well, there are many problems in the whole area of immigration.

I don’t want to put a plastic garbage bag over the Statue of Liberty.

As a little L libertarian, I think there are so many issues with all that the gooferment does. Force creates problems.

Why is the gooferment involved in education and “licensing” driving in the first place?

Let’s take the in-state tuition issue. Why is the state gooferment involved in it at all? Spin them off to survive on their own. End of a political issue. And, a whole lot of bureaucrats are now out in the economy.

Let’s take the “licensing issue”. Why is the state gooferment involved in it at all? Insurance companies might care. We care (supposedly) that all cars are insured. (Ignores the fact that I’ve heard that ¼ of the cars on the road are uninsured.) So, let’s outsource DMV licensing (and registration) to the insurance companies.  End of a political issue. And, a whole lot of bureaucrats are now out in the economy.

Seems obvious to me!

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TECH PRODUCT: Kodak Frame gets an “NR” from a trusted blogger source


Review: Kodak Easy Share Wireless Picture Frame
from Gadgets Page by Matthew Strebe

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Kodak EasyShare W1020 10-Inch Wireless Digital Frame at Amazon.comI purchased the Kodak Easy Share Wireless Picture Frame with a specific purpose in mind: I wanted to immediately transfer motion sensor triggered photos from my Panasonic network camera at my front door onto a screen up stairs so we could see who was at the door before going downstairs to answer it.

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Unfortunately, the love ended pretty early for this frame. Without fail, the wireless frame detached from my wifi-network after about two hours and stopped displaying anything, refusing to reconnect to the network until it was disconnected from power and restarted. It always reconnected immediately, which indicates that the problem is with the frame, not with the network (none of my other wireless devices have this problem). This problem makes it impossible for me to recommend this wireless frame until a firmware update that correctly addresses reconnecting to the network automatically is available.

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This reminds me of the annoying “Continually Reconnect” to the home wifi network behavior that MCBA (Mac Book Air) exhibits.

(For which, I will be stopping by at the Apple Genius Bar next week to grouse about.)

I also rate anything that doesn’t work as “Not Recommended!”

Hopefully, if all bloggers pass this along, KODAK might get the message.

(But I doubt it. Business are tin eared! Look at their stock price and you can see the result!)

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