Posted on: April 29, 2009 8:33 am

A new record!!

Some quotes from the last week I found interesting -

"Remember: it took the President fewer than 100 days to spend more money than the federal government will collect all year.  "Debt Day" was this past Sunday - only 97 days in to his term and three-and-a-half months earlier than last year." - John Boehner 

This week, Congress will plow ahead with a final vote on the President's $3.6 trillion budget that spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much.  This is roughly the same budget that House Republicans unanimously rejected almost four weeks ago, but with one change:  Senate Democrats invoked an arcane rule known as "reconciliation" that will grease the wheels for their costly, mediocre, government-run health care system. - John Boehner

Michigan Democrat Mitch Dingell called Henry Waxman's (D-California) Cap and Trade plan "a tax, a huge one at that." Experts suggest Americans will see an average monthly increase in utility Bills of $258 a month as a result. That is about $3100 a year for every household. Dingell went on to say ""Every economist says that a carbon tax is a better, more efficient, fairer way of doing it. ... The Europeans have had two, maybe three fine failures in their application of cap and trade. How do we avoid the mistakes that they have made? ... Nobody in this country realizes that cap and trade is a tax, and it’s a great big one. I want to get a bill that works — how do we choose the best way?" - Politco

For those who haven't figured it out...the free health care the Demos are promising will be paid with the CAP and TAX program. Their plan is to pass the health care issue and then figure out how to pay for it. By doing so they hope to railroad the cap and tax right down our throats.

Iowans passed a measure to allow gay marriage.  Seems to go against the normal conservative farmer mentality.  I think it is great.  With every action there is another reaction.  The lawyers will love specializing in gay divorce next.

In sports news, the Bengals had a great draft so I expect, given their track record, that everyone will end up either injured, in jail or they will be trouble makers. Excuse my pessimism but you try living in Cincy.

On the swine flu front, be safe folks. Wash those hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water - if you need a timer sing Happy Birthday a couple of times (to yourself may be best). Avoid crowded areas and sick people. At times like these ask yourself if you have enough supplies on hand should a pandemic be declared. A gallon or fresh water per person per day for weeks is the recommendation. Non perishable foodstores are also required. Don't forget your disinfectants or your prescriptions. The best way to deal with this is to isolate ourselves for a little while and use precautions.

Posted on: April 27, 2009 11:35 am

Not so Mr. Irrelevant

Senate Democrats have agreed to use a shortcut method to avoid debate on the sweeping healthcare reform that President Obama has proposed.  By doing so the Democrats will quickly pass their measure and avoid a potential fillibuster by Republicans.  The whole purpose of having a House and Senate and the belief that a two party system is important is centered around the need to debate issues. 

Debating an issue is not about arguing it to death, though that has become the norm in Washington.  The problem with both sides of the aisle is that you have to be for or against something.  Or more importantly you have to follow the party line on various plank issues like abortion, social issues, business,taxes, common defence, etc.  As a result we have created a system of diametral opposites with no common ground to hammer out agreements and compromise.

For me, the decision by Democrats to bypass debate on this monumental issue is a violation of our Constitution.  A simple majority vote should not be allowed to pass such a sweeping change to our political and societal foundation.  But that is what is about to happen by the party who takes its name from "democracy."  Purportedly they are for democracy and therefore, they are for debate.  The word democracy means "people rule" from the greek.  It does not mean "party rule" by the way.  Semantics, I don't believe so.  One party has become so powerful as to become dangerous.  They are manipulating everything and carrying out political vendettas and now they are going to do something so revolutionary - to pass government controlled healthcare - without taking into account the opinion and thoughts of slightly less than half of the people.

Where is the outrage from the folks who have fought so hard to protect the Constitutional rights of our enemy combatants (since I cannot call them terrorists anymore).  Are they not afraid of the power of one party rule?  They should be.  Failing to express outrage to our senators for their wreckless behavior makes us all culpable to what may come to be.  Let your voice be heard.

Category: NFL
Tags: democrats, draft
Posted on: February 2, 2009 1:41 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2009 1:46 pm

Screwed Again

I filed my taxes this weekend. I paid over $30K in federal taxes and another $11K in state taxes in 2008. Sucks to be single. I captured the huge interest and dividends on my Schedule B (Not!!). I itemized my mortgage, state and local taxes, and my charitable donations. I donated $14,000 to my foundation to a local University's Engineering Department to be used as scholarship for 1 student of need. That is near and dear to my heart so I do it every year. I will attend another graduation ceremony this spring for a newly minted engineer as a result! I have been paying taxes since I was 16 years old (my first job was in a movie theater - a dorky uniform, but a fun job) and I have never been auditted. In fact I have never made an error. Only once did I pay an accountant to do my taxes when I moved twice in one year for work which made for an ugly set of returns. The point is I never made a mistake because I was brought up to do the right thing, perhaps it is fear of an audit or worse, or maybe they just aren't that hard to do it right. Maybe I am just really smart. Maybe other people are having trouble with theirs and I should temper my opinion. Surely our government officials have not made taxes so difficult or complex to compute that super smart people screw it up. People like Presidential Administration Department Secretaries, surely they are able to decipher the tax code and get it right.

Apparently not so. Timothy Geithner, confirmed Treasury Secretary, and now Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Daschle have both made gross tax errors in their past. The good news is they have paid their restitution to the IRS. But the question is, why now? Did they dread waking up to a new day feeling the guilt of cheating their country out of funds needed for the betterment of their country. Perhaps they attended confession and the Good Father required them to pay up to absolve them of their sins. Let's be honest shall we? They got caught years after the deeds were committed. They did not plan on coming clean until they got a call from Obama to self serve the country, the esteemed man of great ethics.

Tell me how this is better than those horrible Bush people.

For completeness I submit:

From AP:

Daschle wrote a letter to the top leaders of the Finance Committee. The letter, released Monday, sought to explain how he overlooked taxes on additional income for consulting work and the use of a car service. He also deducted more in charitable contributions than he should have. Daschle recently filed amended tax returns for 2005-07 to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest. "I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed by the errors that required me to amend my tax returns," said Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader. "I apologize for the errors and profoundly regret that you have had to devote time to them."

In the letter dated Feb. 1, Daschle provided a timeline for when the errors were discovered and tax payments made. Uncertain is whether the tax issue will stall or derail Daschle's nomination. Daschle was an early supporter of Obama's presidential bid and several of Daschle's former Capitol Hill staffers went to work for Obama after Daschle, then a South Dakota senator, lost his re-election bid in 2004.

Daschle filed the amended returns after Obama announced he intended to nominate him as secretary of Health and Human Services. Daschle explained in his apology letter that the presidential transition 

 team flagged charitable contributions they concluded were deducted in error. When his accountant realized amended tax returns would need to be filed, he suggested addressing another matter that Daschle raised with him earlier in the year: whether the use of a car service provided by a close friend and business associate, Leo Hindery, should be reported as income. The unreported income for that car service totaled more than $250,000 over three years.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 26, 2009 2:36 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2009 2:38 pm

Nude sunbathing in the tropics - ouch!

Tahiti was amazingly beautiful. Bora Bora is simply divine. Words don't do it justice, mine fail completely. I can tell you my fair skin has become bronze, my hair is kissed by the sun, and my mood is beaming. Mental health achieved.

And then I returned home and read my pile of Wall Street Journals. Perhaps I should have just burned them all and lived in the harmony of the islands a few days longer.


So Obama has nominated Timothy Geithner to be the Treasury Secretary. A man who forgot to pay some of his tax obligations for several years. An honest mistake surely. As one respondent put it so eloquently, either Geithner is unethical (cheats on taxes) or is "just dumber than a box of rocks. Neither option qualifies him to lead the Treasury." I say I must agree. But for Obama to endorse him as the candidate is beyond reason especially in light of his executive order on Jan 21 that purports to create such ethical standards. Put down the Obama Kool-aid, America. Burp, breath or anything to snap out of it. Where is the clamor to demanding accountability for Obama? Where are the Bush haters who would be chewing barbed wire and sh1tting nails at the prospects?

The designate-Secretary has also opened his mouth on China's currency which resulted in free fall of the value of the dollar and caused gold to soar $40 an ounce.  This is only significant given that Obama will have to borrow the money he plans to stimulate us with (most likely from overseas).  A weaker dollar is not what we want people.


In Massachusetts, land of the eco friendly and a notoriously Democratic bastion of left wing do-gooder policies, the Cape Wind project may be coming to a a new boiling point. In case you haven't heard, the plan is to build 130 or so wind turbines off the coast of Martha's Vineyard to power 75% of the region and eliminate 734,000 tons of pollution annually. I am for that, especially with all that steady wind you folks have up there in Massachusetts. Oh wait, hold on just a darned minute, what do you mean the Democrats are against it? How can this be? They are for the environment at all costs to business. They have no problem supporting legislation that affects the other 49 state's environmental impact. How can they possibly be against something as green as this project. Simple. They don't want to look at it. They are afraid of a little scenery pollution ruining the million dollar views of their million dollar beach houses. How deep does it go? The Kennedys, Mitt Romney, Congressman Delahunt are all doing everything in their power to stop it. Teddy even went on the record to say the Interior Department's study which found only negligible environmental impact, was rushed. Rushed? Alll 2,800 pages of it. Now for those of you who sympathize with the wealthy Massachusetts Don Quixotes, the view will be diminished by the same amount as your thumbnail as viewed with your arm outstretched. Hardly something to cry about.

I must point out that the approval for the project was signed by presidential authority recently. You have George W. Bush to thank. Now the question is will Obama keep the project moving forward or will he back down to the political pressure of the Massocrats? I will hold him accountable, will you stand with me?


On a more stimulating note. I went to a private island in Tahiti and found out I like going topless. In fact, one day I even went bottomless. A word to the wise, sunscreen application is critical when doing so. Be warned. And no pictures were taken (that I know of!)


Category: NFL
Posted on: January 15, 2009 12:40 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2009 2:33 pm

The Kitty chases the Mouse

Her eyes shifted as fast as her pulse raced. This information was dangerous to the power brokers and politicians which meant her life was in danger.

The file containing the evidence of the impropriety was attached to an e-mail from an address that did not identify itself. After a few cross references she had enough information to believe the information in the e-mail was credible and that scared her. Did she know something that no one else did? She decided to shutdown her computer and get out of the coffee house immediately.

She almost ran back to her car but managed a very fast walk. She could not stop looking over her shoulder. Calm down she commanded herself but her heart was in open revolt and beat wildly as she chirped the tires on her Audi.

Where do you go with something so dangerous? She decided a near by park may provide safe harbor and she pulled in to gather herself and consider what she had read.

Why me? Why did this e-mail show up in my account? No reason was obvious. What did the sender expect her to do with the information? No answers, just more questions.

The e-mail file hinted at a plan to influence the presidential election. It was a daring and dangerous plan. If successful the plan would elevate the trailing candidate to the front runner and most likely the presidency. If it failed it could destroy the United States. Either way the trailing candidate would become president.

The plan was simple actually. The best plans always were. And it was put into motion to change the focus from potentially winning a war in Iraq for which the trailing candidate had incorrectly positioned himself to focusing public opinion on the economy. Of course the plan was to put fear into the American public by shaking their confidence in the banking industry. How do you do that? Five months before the election a member of the Senate Finance Committee would write a letter alerting Americans of a potential bank failure in California that could require government bailout. The Senator did not even have to name the bank, the paranoid investors would assume any number of institutions and damage them all.

Within 24 hours of the Senator's letter, the largest mortgage bank in California was under attack as investors pulled their money out as fast as they could. When it was over, the bank had so little capital it could not cover it's debts. The bank failed and the government bailout came. At this point the plan was to highlight the failed policy of the current administration and damage the front runner who was not a strong economist by his own admission. If it came off as planned the Democrats would have their October surprise and their candidate would be elected comfortably. The risk was what happens if this bank failure is the first domino of many. Could it damage the economy to a point of collapse? The planners considered this risk but eventually determined they were destined to rule America no matter what and the risks were dismissed as unfortunate but necessary.

When Charles Schumer wrote letters about the California Mortgage giant Indiemac in June of 2008 he single handedly destroyed that institution and all of it's value for its shareholders. The scrutiny of the failure caused other banks to falter as well as the confidence in the industry was shaken. Politically the discussion about winning or losing in Iraq became about gettig out of Iraq to use the funds to clean up the mess. Obama became president. The economy is in free fall.

Was this the plan or was it the consequences of a failed plan?

At this point she saw the two black Crown Vics pull into the park. Were they tracking her? And how? Her wireless was shut off.


Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean people aren't trying to eat you. I know many people who are trying to eat me!!  LOL.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 13, 2009 2:04 pm

My hands smell like....?

A seven year old girl and her grandpapa go fishing for her first time. She is so excited she can hardly contain herself as they walk through the waist high grass to the pond on the back of his property. Grandpapa carries the tackle box, the poles, and a satchel filled with sodas and snacks. She carries only her great expectations to catch the largest fish every caught, at least out of Grandpapa's pond. She is a tomboy and is not afraid to bait her own hook and worms are fun to hold, especially when they squirm they sort of tickle.

Grandpapa casts her line and hands over the pole. And she waits. And waits. Her excitement soon gives over to the inevitable boredom that comes when the fish aren't biting. After an hour, she thinks fishing is zero fun and is ready to find something else to do. But what was that twitch? The bobber was pulled downward and disappeared completely! Grandpapa tells here to hold the tip up and start to reel the fish in. After several minutes of cranking with her little arm the fish was right there in front of her. Grandpapa reached down and picked the fish up with his hands. He was so excited, he grinned from ear to ear. He handed the fish over to the little girl. He called it a bluegill and it was only as big as his hand, but to the girl it was huge, a magical creature from beneath the surface. Ouch! the fins stick your fingers. They released the fish and eventually headed back to the house.

The little girl ran all the way back to the house to tell her grandma that she had caught a fish. Grandma asked how big was it to which she replied, "This big!" Holding her hands about a foot apart. "Wow, congratulations on your first fish." When the girl's parents returned, the story of the fish was retold, only this time the fish was a little bigger. Every time the fish story got a little bit bigger, eventually the legend of the fish grew to such proportions that the little girl had "actually" caught the largest fish every caught in Granpapa's pond. The fish was so big she could never hope to catch another that would live up to her legend. As a result, she was a one term, fisher girl.

Last night on Hannity, PE Obama was caught in a fish story. On Dec 19th, Obama claimed his stimulus package would create 2.5 million jobs by 2010. On January 9th it was 3 million and on Jan 10th it was 4 million. All by 2010. That is the creation of 5,500 jobs an hour for every hour starting now through 2010. Obama has proudly proclaimed that 90% of his job creation will be in the private sector. That sounds great but wait a minute....10% of 4 million is 400,000 government jobs. I submit this admission as proof that Obama plans growing government.

So what is the big deal, Smorgie? Those follks will do great things for our economy, getting them to work that is. Doing what? What will they be doing? And will they be doing it 30 years from now?

Rest assured my little minnows, the big fish will continue to eat.

I think I just felt my bobber twitch.....

Category: NFL
Tags: steelers
Posted on: November 28, 2008 9:56 am
Edited on: November 29, 2008 11:25 am

Detroit sux

As the Lions fullfil their destiny to become the worst team in the history of the NFL (sorry Tampa Bay your day has come), the car industry is falling apart and we struggle to find a way out of this mess.  Folks are mixed.  Some what them to go into bankrupcy and renegotiate their UAW contracts thus emerging as a fraction of their former selves.  Others are for a bailout - classifying the Big 3 as too large to fail. 

One argument is the elimination of the CAFE standard.  This is the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard which stipulates that manufacturers must have an average fuel economy of the fleet of 27.5 mpg for cars.  On the surface this seems like a wonderful environmentally sensitive idea.  Who can argue?  The problem is the Big 3 have to make small cars that offset their larger, profitable cars and sell them at a loss.  That is a poor business proposition. 

Now before  you say "Smorgie, Toyota and Honda don't have the same problem."  Well, not exactly.  You see in order meet the CAFE standard, they only count cars made on shore.  Imports don't count.  This hurts the Big 3 because they must continue to make their small cars in the US to offset their less fuel efficient cars - and they do so at a loss.  Instead of allowing GM or Ford to go offshore to produce fuel efficient cars they can sell at a profit in the US they are required to make unprofitable cars and give them away at a loss right here at home.  Is there any wonder these cars suck, having been stripped of as much value engineering as they possibly can? Toyota and Honda don't make their smallest cars here.

I think it is time the Big 3 bring a business plan to Washington that requests the elimination of CAFE, a restructuring of contracts, and allow them the freedom to make cars that people want.  If you politicians want to raise some cash in the process try the best approach for once.  Let's pass an unpopular gas tax that will drive the right behaviors through consumerism instead of government mandates.  Allow the Big 3 to import cars from offshore and sell them at a profit.

As for the Lions, can't we outsource them to Canada or something?

Category: NFL
Tags: big three, Lions
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