Monday, March 29, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Bathroom Rule of Texting Etiquette

Switched.com sponsored a contest to see who could come up with the best rule on texting etiquette, and the following rule is the winner:

If you're in a situation where you'd excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone. Otherwise, go ahead without asking. Either way, don't play with your phone longer than you'd stay in the bathroom.

They Can't Help Themselves

Sometimes Democrats can't keep from blurting out their real agenda.  Speaking on a radio talk show, Democrat Representative John Dingell of Michigan made the following comment when asked about the delay in implementing health care legislation:

"It takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps to control the people."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Demotivator - March 22, 2010

James T. Kirk born in Riverside, Iowa.  That's Stardate 1277.1 for you Trekkers.  (2233)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Top Ten Coolest Movie Fighting Skills

Since I'm sort of a martial arts movie geek (among other deficiencies) this is the kind of column I love, because I've seen nearly all the movies. I've even seen "Gymkata."  My favorite?  I really liked Bourne, but it's hard to beat the coolness of Darth Maul.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tough Interview for Obama

Barack Obama finally faced a tough interview (from Fox News, of course.)  He didn't come out looking very good.  His comment that the deal with Louisiana would help Hawaii because of the earthquake Hawaii had (????) was especially interesting.  Notice the way he avoided answering as much as he could, and how he tried to give extemely long answers to limit and diffuse questions.

Demotivator - March 18, 2010

Patent #2417786 was issued to Hurley Smith for the "Pocket Shield Or Protector."  The nerd is born. (1947)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Confusing News on Obamacare

Two stories hit today with different spins on the "reconciliation" maneuver Democrats hoped to use on their healthcare legislation.

Roll Call, the official newspaper for Congress, reports that the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled Obama must sign existing legislation before any reconciliation process can begin.  This eliminates the possibilty that the House could vote to accept the Senate version prior to it receiving Obama's signature.

Almost simultaneously, Harry Reid sent a letter to Republicans that he intends to move forward with the reconciliation process.  Since reconciliation is designated only for use on budget-conforming items, apparently the move is to make the motion only on a few thrown-in parts of the legislation which -- using imagination -- can be construed as budget-related.

Of course, voting for the reconciliation would in effect be voting for the healthcare legislation, regardless of Reid's claims in his letter.  House Democrats, who are much more nervous about their seats in Congress and the upcoming November elections, are given a bit of an "out."  They can claim that they didn't vote for the whole thing, but only for those few tchotchkes the Democrat leadership tossed in as a diversion.

Let's hope that Republicans can keep the pressure on House Democrats.  Such sweeping, invasive seizing of power by the federal government should not be approved by a narrow majority of politicians against the will of the American people.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Demotivator - Monday, March 8, 2010

Ralph Baer, iventor of the home video game console, is born.  He has an X, circle, triangle, square birthmark. (1922)

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Democrats: They don't even trust each other....

According to recent news reports, Barack Obama is pushing for the parliamentary trick I mentioned earlier to get some sort of healthcare legislation passed.  Reconciliation means a series of maneuvers would have to happen between the Senate and the House.

One point is this: the House would have to pass the Senate version of the legislation, which is very different from the House version, then trust the Senate to pass legislative "fixes" to adapt the law to fit the House version.  Interestingly, the House Democrats do not trust Senate Democrats and Obama to fulfill their part of the bargain, despite assruances from top Democrat Senators.

The lack of trust between the chambers of Congress is telling.  If they don't even trust each other, then why in the world should ordinary Americans trust any of them?

Friday, March 05, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

Kamikaze Democrats?

Andrew C McCarthy has written a column that proposes a very scary scenario; to wit, that Congressional Democrat leaders are willing to sacrifice their majorities in the House and Senate so as to get their healthcare legislation passed before November. The thinking is that, once they have rammed through sweeping control over Americans via nationalized healthcare, the machinery will be in place, and the government will have unsurpassed power even when Democrats are not in power.

Democrats know that anyone who votes for the legislation will likely face tremendous blowback from voters come election time. The Democrat leadership (Obama, Pelosi, Reid) are willing to accept such self-destructive losses to accomplish their bigger goal of transforming America.

This strategy only works if Republicans don't have the guts to repeal healthcare legislation once they are in office. This question needs to be asked of every candidate who runs in November:

"If elected, will you vote to repeal Democrat healthcare legislation?"

Obama = Broken Promises?


Doctors have confirmed that Barack Obama broke his promise to his wife that he would quit smoking. How do you think his promises to the rest of us will hold up? (Answer: Not too well.)
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Obama apparently also drinks too much. (If you interpret doctors' orders for him to "moderate alcohol intake" as an acknowledgement of that fact.)

Global Warming - The Other Side

Sine Al Gore has decided to come out of his brightly-lit bunker, I thought it appropriate to give airtime to what the arguments are that counter his. (Yes, this is long. You have to want it.)

PART ONE


PART TWO


PART THREE


PART FOUR



PART FIVE



PART SIX


PART SEVEN

Demotivators - March

The Demotivator slogan for March: "Marketing - Because making it look good now is more important than providing adequate support later."