RANT: Let them eat cake!

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/the_most_expensive_date_night.html

May 31, 2009
The Most Expensive Date Night in History
Rick Moran

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Thirdly, with GM set to declare bankruptcy next week and American families trying and, in many cases, failing to make ends meet in these hard economic times, shouldn’t the president be a little more circumspect in his private affairs?

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Argh!

How out of of touch the rich (DEMOCRATIC) elite are!

Don’t get me wrong — both parties suck.

At least, the R’s don’t pretend to be in touch. The D’s are supposedly the party of the “little people”. Yeah, right!

Sorry, but this had to cost us taxpayers a fortune and it’s irritating.

Guess we should be happy it wasn’t a date in Paris!

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UPDATE: Guestimates as high as 250k$ of taxpayer $

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/01/curl-cost-nyc-weekend/

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One thing is known — The Obamas picked up the cost of dinner costs and their orchestra seat tickets, which cost $96.50 a piece. So if the whole thing cost $250,000, the Obamas offset that by at least a few hundred bucks. Phew.

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MONEY: Calculating the impact of taxes

http://ludwig-1.newsvine.com/_news/2009/05/21/2847441-time-for-revolution?email=html

Time for Revolution!
News Type: Event — Thu May 21, 2009 11:58 AM EDT
politics, government, taxes, liberal, freedom, liberty, revolution, libertarian, jefferson, roosevelt, conservitive, authoritarian
Ludwigc

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We need a revolution in this country. Not of violence, but a purging of what our apathy has created.

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I work hard for my money. I’m self employed and in this economy I work harder than ever. After all that struggle and hard work I lose over 50% of my total income to the government per year. That is completely unacceptable.   

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May I point out two things that make the definition or calculation of “taxes” harder:

(1) Corporate taxes are passed along for real people to pay. So when I pick up a can of something in the store, it’s IMPOSSIBLE for me to know how much tax I am paying. And, it’s like looking at a mirror with a mirror behind you. The progression is infinite. The can was taxed. The delivery was taxed. The production equipment is taxed. It’s an accounting nightmare.

(2) The money is no longer a “standard of account”. A 1970 dollar is “different” than a 2010 dollar. In purchasing power. It’s inflation by the Federal Reserve. And, it is the “hidden tax” on dollars. It too is difficult to calculate. If you think in terms of dollars, it’s like doing carpentry where this year’s inch is different than last year’s inch. It’s inconceivable. The definition morphs with time. And, it’s deceptive in that it impacts any dollar denominated asset. This means that you can actually pay more than 100% of your income in tax. Have a half million in assets and inflation is 5%, then you are paying a 25k$ in tax. And, how do you calculate inflation. The FED and the gooferment fudge the numbers.

So, we are slaves. We can’t even guesstimate how much we are paying taxes!

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TECHNOLOGY: Record keeping for the psuedo hypochondriac?

[DIsclaimer: I’m neither a doctor or a lawyer. Nor do I play one on TV! Nothing here should be construed as legal, medical, or investment advice. For that, you should seek out the appropriate certified credentialed and licensed professional. Advice given here is in the nature of entertainment and should be relied on. In the event of an emergency, hag up and dial 911.]

Ahh, as many of the readers know, I am now a full time “patient advocate”. Courtesy of the crappy economy, age discrimination, and the luxury of several lucrative “retirements”! But this isn’t about me. I’ve come to a realization as we parade from doctor to doctor and from test to test.

The medical profession is disorganized from a patient perspective.

Between the gooferment rules, the insurance companies, and drug stores, it’s a miracle that anyone survives.

Having gotten my medical degree from Doctor Phil, akin to my law degree from Judge Judy, with advanced training at Doctor House’s school of charm, the show that highlights the Bronx’s saint barnabas’ Emergency Department (Guess NBC has made the nomenclature “ER” to baggage laden) and Mystery Diagnosis. (My application to watch Doctor G Medical Examiner is pending. THat maybe a skill I don’t need in my “P(i)A” role.

Having established my bona fides, I wish to point out that every patient needs to keep records. In the case of children, parents need to do it for them. In the case of seniors, some one better do it for them. (I don’t see how old folks who aren’t sharp survive in today’s medical environment.) And, in the case of everyone else, you best have an organized approach to “record keeping” for your own sanity.

Now, I’d suggest that you FORGET Google Health, any other technology solution, and (Heaven Help Us) any gooferment record keeping solution.

(The biggest wet my pants laffer was the recent “health care summit” where President Obama met with a bunch of executives and came out saying was how electronic records will save grazillions. Since he said it with a straight face, I guess he believed it. It works so well in the VA! Guess MSNBC will be reporting it, GE will be selling it, and the gooferment will be bailing it out. Argh!)

Seriously, now.

You need a bound BOOK. In it you keep a contemporaneous holographic chronological record of everything.

(Regularly-maintained business records are admissible in evidence as an exception to the hearsay rule. And, you’re seeking to create a combination of trustworthiness and necessity. Have to hear from Judge Judy, if she’d find that admissible in her court. Wonder how you contact her for a ruling? And, yes, when you want to sue some particular sob, you’ll have a starting point. Waste of time to sue unless they kill a youngster, but that’s another post!)

The bound book should be a chronology of your trek thru the medical care system. (System implies a degree of design; it’s a misnomer.)

At every instance, you should use an appropriate word processor to capture your CHRONOLOGY in an easily usable form.

(I use a table format with: day, date, time, doc, note, follow up, and eot. EOT is jargon for “end of task”. You can check off that column when you’ve completed that entry. Makes it easy to scan what’s left to be done.)

You should, using that same word processor, create a doctor ROSTER where you capture the name, address, phone, fax, and pager number for every doctor, lab, or pharmacy you use. When you change a player on your team, after you make a note in your BOOK, you need to update the roster and even create a “your fired” and a “your hired” letter. (Nice to let these people know that they are not God and you’re the Devil Incarnate.)

You should, using that same word processor, create a DRUG SUMMARIZATION. On that you want to capture, who RXed what and why. (Why is VERY important when another esteemed member of the medical community asks you why you are taking something and who prescribed it.) I suggest a table: RX#, Drug (Trade and Chemical) Name, Dose, When Started, When Stopped, Who RXed it, and Why. You should keep a perpetual summarization and recent summarization. Entries can roll oft the recent summarization after being stopped a quarter. Everything is kept on the perpetual record. (I like the ambulance chaser commercials. You know: “Have you or any member of your family ever been hurt by taking AWHATYOUCALLIT? Call 1800shyster for a free consultation.” That’s why you have a perpetual summarization. Maybe a database.)

(Interesting aside. It really easy to get “instructions” from individuals. Especially in hospital situations. My “new” rule is I want a business card from every doctor giving medical advice. For my BOOK. It’s real easy to get “verbals”. It may even be on paper. But, it was transcribed by a busy nurse listening to a distracted doc. If it’s important enough for my Patient to take or do, then it’s important enough for a doc to take the time to tell us. I have a litany of medication errors, mistakes, and misunderstandings to back that up.)

In dealing with labs, you must insist that every test copies you. You will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation my keeping your own file of lab reports. (LABS) As part of your book, you should record the testing and refer to the document. By some reference.

(Interesting aside. If you have a lab report, or a copy of a lab report, how do you KNOW that it wasn’t been altered. How do you prove that any document hasn’t been altered. Crypto checksum?)

If you set up your CHRONOLOGY document correctly, you can extract a doctor specific chronology.

I’d suggest you start today, before things become critical and you have to scramble.

Besides who knows when they were vaccinated for measles?

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POLITICAL: Teen Age Driver’s decals are age-ism!

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20090531/OPINION02/905310313/-1/STOCK01

Decals for teen drivers bit silly, don’t you think?
May 31, 2009

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There has been a great deal of debate about the efficacy of placing decals on the vehicles of drivers under the age of 21. Apparently the reason is that other drivers will know that vehicle is being driven by a young driver and, as a response, alter their own behavior. Otherwise, what is the point? A plausible argument can be made that this legislation does not go far enough. It should be implemented worldwide for American citizens.

Many of our Bradley fighting vehicles and Humvees patrolling the streets of Mosul and Abu Hishma in Iraq are being driven by young soldiers. How many Abrahms tanks are being driven in the mountains of Afghanistan by Marines under the age of 21? Here in New Jersey we know these men and women are not smart enough, as my mother always says, to come in out of the rain. After a combat tour or two, they can come home to New Jersey and buy a soda and talk with their friends down at the local teen social center about buddies who lost limbs or were killed in combat. On the other hand they are not mature enough to vote, purchase alcoholic beverages or buy a pack cigarettes.

As for driving a car, they are not to be trusted. Navigating the mean streets of Manville or Raritan is far more dangerous and complicated than driving through a combat zone in Iraq or Afghanistan with an insurgent sniper drawing a bead on your left eye.

As a country that prides itself on truth and fair play, don’t we owe it to the Taliban and al-Qaida to let them know when a Humvee they are about to blow up with a roadside bomb is being driven by a person under the age of 21? When the insurgents are planning an ambush, they need to know if the soldiers are under 21 so they can be careful.

Sometimes those kids drive a little too fast and that throws the timing of their IEDs off. Not fair play.

What we need is an ad hoc coalition of concerned citizen volunteers from New Jersey to go into combat zones and affix decals to vehicles being driven by American GIs under the age of 21. Any takers?

AMBROSE J. NELSON
South Amboy

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Yes! I think we should round up all the Trenton Politicians who voted for this non-sense and ship them to AfPak for “labeling” duty.

I’ll go one step further.

As a little L libertarian, I think we need to eliminate ALL drug, licensing, and most of the other “laws”.

If you’re not ready to go that far, see if you’ll take this FIRST step.

We “ask” children to go fight for us. Whatever age we “allow” someone to go get killed “for us”, then they have the RIGHT as a full citizen. Period! No restrictions.

If you agree with that first step, how about this SECOND step.

Our culture doesn’t teach youngsters to drink alcohol responsibly. So let’s take the age restriction off completely. Let’s encourage experimentation and education, long before they get to college. There they kill themselves drinking with their new found freedom.

If you agree with that second step, how about trying a THIRD step.

The pseudo “Drug War”is killing children is so many ways. Drug overdoses are a direct result of impure mislabeled and / or adulterated products. They are “products”. Just because they are “illegal” doesn’t take them off the market to children. Most will agree that MJ is MORE available than beer. Our prisons are filled with non-violent drug offenders. The addiction rate is far above the “natural addiction” rate. So, let’s get real here. The DEA is a total failure. They say insanity is “doing more of the same and expecting different results”. Lets admit defeat in the drug war. From Afgan to Columbia, a bunch of bad guys are profiting from our stupidity. And the children are the casualties in this war. It’s estimate that if “drugs” were not illegal, the cost of “drugs” would be comparable to aspirin. So let’s turn loose our “secret weapon” on the Drug Lords and Gangs … … WalMart! If drugs were a legal product, they’d take care of the problem. We’d turn prisoners into patients.

Laws aren’t the answer; common sense and liberty is the only workable answer.

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LIBERTY: “Too big to fail” is a gooferment failure

http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=12177

Break Up These Banks
by: Mike Lux
Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 17:00

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I also fundamentally agree with David Sirota that if these corporations are too big to fail, then they are too big to exist: a proposition also agreed to by the populists and progressives of the late 1800s/early 1900s, by Abe Lincoln, by Teddy Roosevelt, by FDR, by Harry Truman. Progressives of all eras have understood that corporations that grow too enormous threaten our economy and our democracy, and should be woken up into smaller entities that can’t do so much damage when they are mismanaged. The era of bank consolidation has to come to an end, and these monsters need to be broken into smaller companies just like Standard Oil was in the early 1900s.

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Very good point.

“To big to fail, then they are too big”

It would seem that’s a great principle of regulation!

Wonder why none of the “brains” ever thought of it?

Could it be that the politicians need things big to get political contributions?

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TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft slips a “vulnerability” into Firefox

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/05/microsoft_update_quietly_insta.html

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When I first learned of this, three thoughts immediately flashed through my mind:

1) How the %#@! did I miss this?

2) The right way would have been to just publish the add-on at Mozilla’s Add Ons page.

3) This kind of makes you wonder what else MS is installing without your knowledge.

Then I found that I wasn’t the only one who had these ideas. Microsoft has heard these criticisms from others who long ago commented on this unfortunate development (see the comments underneath this post).

Anyway, I’m sure it’s not the end of the world, but it’s probably infuriating to many readers nonetheless. Firstly — to my readers — I apologize for overlooking this…”feature” of the .NET Framework security update. Secondly — to Microsoft — this is a great example of how not to convince people to trust your security updates.

By Brian Krebs | May 29, 2009; 7:40 AM ET

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One reason that I have left the Microsoft “flock” is their continued insistence on “secret hidden updates”. It similar to the problem of “cloud computing” in that your “production quality” software changes under your very nose!

The other huge reason is WGA aka as “You Pirate; You Screwed”. (I’ve had more legitimate copies of XP “nuked” by WGA after all sorts of trivial events!)

Linux everywhere anyone?

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RANT: The goofment punishes taxpayers?

http://www.lifenews.com/state4165.html

Louisiana Nurse Wins State Supreme Court Battle in Plan B Conscience Case
by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
May 20, 2009

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Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — A Louisiana nurse won her battle at the state Supreme Court last Friday when it refused to hear a hospital’s appeal of a lower court decision siding with her. The nurse, Toni Lemly, sued St. Tammany Parish Hospital in 2005 after it refused to grant a reasonable accommodation for her religious beliefs.

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See this is where it gets confusing to me.

The hospital is the gooferment for all intents and purposes.

The Constitution says we have religious freedom.

So now we taxpayers have to pay for when the gooferment doesn’t follow its own rules.

And, exactly how does this punish anyone but the taxpayer?

Can I get off this delusional merry go round? It’s making me sick.

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MONEY: Why would anyone ever buy a bond?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Shelby-assails-large-govt-apf-15380626.html?.v=4

Shelby assails large gov’t role in General Motors
Top Banking panel GOP member raps large federal stake in financially beleaguered GM Corp.
    * On Friday May 29, 2009, 8:27 am EDT
    * General Motors Corporation

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Richard Shelby said Friday the government should have allowed the marketplace to decide General Motors’ fate and that the huge federal stake in the company puts Washington on “the road to socialism.”

Shelby, ranking Republican on the Banking Committee, argued that the financially beleaguered GM could have saved “lots of money” if it had chosen six months ago to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

“What I worry about” is Washington’s large interest in the company, the senator said in a nationally broadcast network interview. “It’s basically going to be a government-owned, government-run company … a company that has been sadly run into the ground.”

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IMHO, the gooferment has no right to steal from the bond holders their rightful value. It would seem that there is a Fifth Amendment (“takings”) suit here.

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RANTING: Men, specifically fathers, not required!

http://www.reason.com/blog/show/133640.html

New at Reason: Cathy Young on Why Single Motherhood is on the Rise
May 21, 2009, 3:00pm

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A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics with the dry title, “Changing Patterns of Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States,” contains startling news: births to single mothers, which had leveled off in the early 2000s, have risen sharply in recent years. Some sociologists believe we have reached a tipping point: the link between marriage and parenthood is no longer the norm. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for women, children, and men? There are no simple answers, writes Contributing Editor Cathy Young, only difficult questions that we ignore at our peril.

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(1) Families ensured that children were nurtured.

(2) Positive male role models keep young boys in check and reassure young girls that they are valued.

(3) Intergenerational care was assured.

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MONEY: If You Care About the Uninsured

http://www.reason.com/blog/show/133627.html

If You Care About the Uninsured, Please Drink Budweiser. Or Schlitz. Or Coors. Or Hamm’s. It Doesn’t Really Matter What Beer You Drink, Only That You Drink a Highly Taxed Beer. And If You Really Care About The Uninsured, Why Not Drink a Case of Beer?

Nick Gillespie | May 21, 2009, 7:21am

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Is it too late to take it all back, this loose talk about legalizing “vices” and then taxing them?

Some details on a “proposed beer tax” currently working its way through Congress like a kidney stone through Ted Kennedy’s man-parts. It’s all over but the shouting, screaming, and gnashing of teeth:

   Consumers in the United States may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all.

   Details of the proposed beer tax are described in a Senate Finance Committee document that will be used to brief lawmakers Wednesday at a closed-door meeting.

   Taxes on wine and hard liquor would also go up. And there might be a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks blamed for contributing to obesity. No taxes on diet drinks, however.

   Beer taxes would go up by 48 cents a six-pack, wine taxes would rise by 49 cents per bottle, and the tax on hard liquor would increase by 40 cents per fifth. Proceeds from the new taxes would help cover an estimated 50 million uninsured Americans.

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And, of course, there won’t be any discussion of:

(1) Why do beer drinkers have to pay for the “uninsured”?

(2) Who is in the 50M “uninsured”? (Young people, people who could afford insurance, illegal aliens, UAW pensioners)

(3) Why is the government in the health insurance business in the first place?

Argh!

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POLITICAL: CA debt is a Federal problem?

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090527/D98EPK2O1.html  

Calif. wants federal government to back its loans
May 27, 3:52 PM (ET)
By JUDY LIN

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – If AIG was too big to fail, how about the world’s eighth-largest economy?

In a move with only one modern-day precedent, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration and members of Congress for federal loan guarantees to help the state out of a desperate, multibillion-dollar jam.

California is not asking for cash, like the tens of billions given to AIG, General Motors or Morgan Stanley. (MS) Instead, the state with the worst credit rating in the nation is asking that Washington act as a sort of co-signer on the state’s borrowing, to be backed up with money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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No!

The S&L crisis started with Federal guarantees.

And, why should the taxpayers be bailing out CA bond holdrs?

Sorry, that the breaks.

Maybe CA should elect some politicians with fiscal responsibility.

What happens when and if CA goes under?

Has it ever happened before?

Maybe CA should secede? Or the USA from it.

Like voting it off the continent?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Gooferment; do you trust it?

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/05/on_the_anonymit.html

May 21, 2009
On the Anonymity of Home/Work Location Pairs

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“On the Anonymity of Home/Work Location Pairs,” by Philippe Golle and Kurt Partridge:

   Many applications benefit from user location data, but location data raises privacy concerns. Anonymization can protect privacy, but identities can sometimes be inferred from supposedly anonymous data. This paper studies a new attack on the anonymity of location data. We show that if the approximate locations of an individual’s home and workplace can both be deduced from a location trace, then the median size of the individual’s anonymity set in the U.S. working population is 1, 21 and 34,980, for locations known at the granularity of a census block, census track and county respectively. The location data of people who live and work in different regions can be re-identified even more easily. Our results show that the threat of re-identification for location data is much greater when the individual’s home and work locations can both be deduced from the data. To preserve anonymity, we offer guidance for obfuscating location traces before they are disclosed.

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Bruce Schneier highlights that “anonymous data” ain’t so anonymous. AND, the Census is going to collect geo tracking data in the next census. Good bye privacy.

Who authorized the gooferment to do more than count?

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LIBERTY: The video camera is the new gun of the Liberty Army

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR0YAghdHSY&feature=player_embedded

Fifteen minute video as Judge N helps rally the People against the power of the overbearing State.

Highly recommended on several levels.

Obviously, the Judge was impressed with the use of technology.

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LIBERTY: Search by the FCC?

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/05/fcc-raid/

FCC’s Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts
    * By Ryan Singel Email Author
    * May 21, 2009 |

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You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.

That’s the upshot of the rules the agency has followed for years to monitor licensed television and radio stations, and to crack down on pirate radio broadcasters. And the commission maintains the same policy applies to any licensed or unlicensed radio-frequency device.

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Sure, the Fourth Amendment no longer applies in Amerika!

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Chryslerdealer closings politically motivated? Shocking!

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/more_evidence_emerges_that_chr.html

May 27, 2009
More evidence emerges that Chrysler Dealer closings was politically motivated
Rick Moran

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This story is about ready to explode. All the ingredients are there for a gigantic political scandal that would shake the Obama administration to its foundation and perhaps take down several high ranking officials. All that’s needed is one connecting piece of evidence that would tie the White House Automotive Task Force to some political arm of the Democratic party.

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“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Captain Renault in Casablanca

I’m shocked that POLITICS might have entered into the consideration of what dealers got nuked.

Chicago style?

Hopefully those dealers will get some measure of compensation from an obvious violation of the Fifth Amendment (The “takings” clause for those who went to gooferment skool!)

And, maybe the mainstream media will recover some stones to do some real reporting.

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POLITICAL: Notre Dame accomplished labeling Obama as an abortionist

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=98649

2 points of truth among Obama’s ‘wild word fraud’
Posted: May 20, 2009
Jill Stanek fought to stop “live-birth abortion” after witnessing one as a registered nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.

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But one thing is for sure: Obama has now been branded as radically pro-abortion. What pro-lifers have unsuccessfully attempted since 2004 when Obama ran for U.S. Senate, he and Notre Dame accomplished in a month.

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I guess we outed two abortion supporters — Notre Dame and Obama.

It was terrible price to pay. The loss of a once great Catholic university.

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TECHNOLOGY: My book “CHURCH 10●19●62” gets put on Amazon automagically

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A few interesting points:

  1. The name gets screwed up; the dots don’t translate.
  2. There is an out of print entry created.
  3. The Amazon mark up; why not just buy it from Lulu?
  4. There’s no vanity URL; finding it is a chore.

If you are interested in buying it, save yourself the 30% markup going to Amazon and go buy it directly from Lulu.

Easiest way to get to the book on Amazon is by searching for “church 10?19?62”.

Cheapest way to get the book is on Lulu directly: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=638039

p.s., On Lulu, the download version is only a few dollars. Unless you need a big bug killer, I’d go for the download.

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WRITING: The Last Reader (An index card novel)

“News 8 has recently revealed serious flaws in the way the FAA licenses mechanics who fix planes.”

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The downward spiral continued. At first, schools just papered it over with phony tests and declining scores. But soon, it was official. Future generations were not learning to read. Not that they could not; just that they would not. Large percentages of the population were content to ignore the way data, information, knowledge, and wisdom were transferred. And, it was global; although the debate was over willingness or poverty. Some said it was the iphone. Some said it was TV. Some said it was “society’s fault”. The conclusion was that in “rich” countries it was unwillingness and in “poor” countries it was access. Bottom line: humans were losing their ability to communicate with past generations or with each other without speaking.

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John was an old man. Luckily, he’d chosen to live in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. An area that was gently stuck in the late 1800’s. It meant that he could eat locally. Commerce had retrenched into a 1890’s model. Goods and services didn’t move more than twenty miles. Maintaining cars and refining gasoline require people who can read. Humanity had regressed to an oral model of knowledge transfer. People traveled great distances with documents for him to read. There was no electricity anymore; there was no one to read how to maintain the systems. Medical care had regressed to the same era; the medieval apprentice model was in use for training new doctors. Specialists and lab tests were a thing of the past. Drugs were just unavailable at any price. Politics was very local. There was no newspapers; no news and no way to transmit it. Eventually all the ipods and iphones died. There were massive die offs in the cities as people fought for ever scarcer stuff. Turf wars erupted. Refugees from the city, (the so called golden horde), were killed by the rural peasants who had not enough for themselves, their families, and their neighbors. 300 Million become 3 million. Two political parties emerged — the Democrats saying that they had led us to save the planet and the Republicans saying that they had led us back to the simpler time we all wanted. Luckily, there wasn’t much wealth to be political about; politicians starved just like ordinary people, just a little slower. John died that winter of a flu. Some flu or another.

The human population was eventually extinct. A victim of technology and stupidity.

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RANT: TARP Golden chute end run!

http://www.propublica.org/ion/bailout/item/bailed-out-bank-tries-golden-parachute-loophole-526

Bailed-Out Bank Tries Golden Parachute Loophole
by Paul Kiel, ProPublica – May 26, 2009 2:34 pm EDT

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The agreement anticipates that the arrangement might not fly with government officials. According to the agreement [3] (see Page 6), if the Treasury Department or the bank’s regulators determine that it breaks the ban on golden parachutes, the bank will try to work something out – either by tempering the agreement to conform to compensation restrictions or getting a waiver to break them. If that doesn’t work, the agreement says Ms. Binder will just have to wait until the restrictions are changed or the bank pays back the TARP funds. Then she’ll get her money in a lump sum.

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The taxpayers are such suckers!

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TECHNOLOGY: CNET 100 aka my “shopping list”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13546_109-10244820-29.html?tag=mncol

Audio & Music

   * Amazon MP3

   * Grooveshark

   * iTunes

   * Jamendo

   * JamLegend

   * Lala

   * Last.fm

   * Nexus Radio

   * Pandora

   * Project Playlist

Browsing

   * Diigo

   * Firefox

   * Flock

   * Google Chrome

   * iGoogle

   * Internet Explorer 8

   * Maxthon

   * Opera

   * Safari

   * XMarks

Commerce

   * Amazon

   * Craigslist

   * Elance

   * Etsy

   * Eventbrite

   * PayPal

   * Woot

   * Zillow

   * ZipRealty

   * ZocDoc

Communication

   * Digsby

   * Dimdim

   * Gmail

   * Pidgin

   * Postbox

   * RingCentral

   * Skype

   * Windows Live Hotmail

   * Windows Live Messenger

   * Yahoo Messenger

Infrastructure & Storage

   * Adobe Air

   * BitTorrent

   * Carbonite

   * DropBox

   * Dropio

   * Facebook Connect

   * Mozy

   * OpenID

   * Windows Live SkyDrive

   * YouSendIt

Location-based services

   * FlightStats

   * Goog411

   * Google Earth

   * Google Maps

   * Live Search Maps

   * OpenTable

   * PolicyMap

   * Topix

   * TripIt

   * Yelp

Photo & Video

   * Amazon Video on Demand

   * Flickr

   * Hulu

   * Justin.tv

   * Photobucket

   * Picasa Web Albums

   * Picnik

   * Ustream

   * Vimeo

   * YouTube

Productivity

   * FreshBooks

   * Google Calendar

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   * Intuit QuickBase

   * LogMeIn

   * Microsoft Office Live Small Business

   * Microsoft Office Live Workspace

   * Mint

   * Remember the Milk

   * Zoho

Search & Reference

   * About.com

   * Answers.com

   * Ask.com

   * eHow

   * Google

   * Live Search

   * Scour

   * WikiHow

   * Wikipedia

   * Yahoo

Social & Publishing

   * Bebo

   * Drupal

   * Facebook

   * Gaia Online

   * Hi5

   * Meebo

   * MySpace

   * StarDoll

   * Twitter

   * WordPress.com (with WordPress platform)

Editors’ Choice

   * Amazon Web Services

   * Aviary

   * Cuil

   * Evernote

   * Farecast

   * GoodGuide

   * Google Voice

   * Mobile Me

   * OAuth

   * Presently

   * Twitter Search

   * Windows Live Sync

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INTERESTING: Obama says one thing and does another

Obama Seeks Abortion Conscience Rights at Notre Dame, But He’s Repealing Law

from LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines by news@LifeNews.com (Steven Ertelt)

South Bend, IN (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama used his commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday to call for conscience rights for physicians on abortion. However, his administration has already proposed overturning a measure President Bush put in place to uphold three conscience laws.

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Don’t expect politicians to do what they say. Watch what they do and ignore all that they say!

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POLITICAL: Can’t beleive anything a politician or his pr flaks report

FROM DRUDGE:

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Obama observes Memorial Day at Arlington cemetery…

PLAYS GOLF?

Subject: Pool report 5/25/09

POTUS is, reportedly, golfing with Marvin Nicholson. No actual glimpses of the presidential golf game. Aides say POTUS paused at 3 p.m. to observe a moment of silence.

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Does anyone REALLY believe that?

I don’t!

Especially since he was out of sight.

Sorry.

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GUNS: City infringes

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/915329.html

POSTED: Tuesday, May. 19, 2009
Bellingham drafts ban on gun sales
Law would affect areas near primary, secondary schools
JARED PABEN – THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

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BELLINGHAM – Guns sales would still be allowed within 500 feet of day cares and colleges, but they’d be banned near public and private primary and secondary schools, under a new city proposal.

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What part of “shall not be infringed” do these politicians not understand?

Do gun sales near a school threaten the school? Perhaps, if some of the teachers and staff were armed, then it wouldn’t be a “TARGET”! Arm the custodians and it would give new meaning to “take out the trash”.

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LIBERTY: Memorial Day; very sad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

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A lot of good men, and even some women, paid the ultimate price getting us to where we are now. Memorial Day remembers them.

And, that their sacrifice should not be in vane.

Sigh, sadly, I’m not so sure we appreciate it.

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RANT: Unidine or Obama’s Heathcare proxy

RANT: Unidine or Obama’s Heathcare proxy

LADIES4LIBERTY do a skit for universal dining … err, healthcare. Hey, amateur? Yes! Dead on accurate? Yes! See your local VA patron for how they feel about gooferment health care.

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INTERESTING: Carrier targets

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/a_memorial_in_naval_history.html

May 25, 2009
A Memorial in Naval History
By Jan LaRue

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Japanese hubris contributed to the loss of their carriers. Their decks, painted bright yellow with the infamous red dot, were perfect targets for our bomber pilots. The decks of our carriers were painted blue, like the sea.

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Re: the Battle of Midway

I never heard that before?

May need some confirmation of that!

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