Monday, January 30, 2012

Brewer/Obama Showdown: a pointed look

There are two is one sides to every story

News must have been pretty slow last Friday because the biggest story was about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wagging her finger at President Obama on the tarmac when he paid a visit to her state. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the media managed to draw this story entirely from a single photo. Almost every version of the story makes a point of the fact that no one actually heard the two executives' exchange.

Nevertheless, so eager was the legacy media to further the guise of Obama as the benevolent savior to the ungrateful hordes that they whipped up a story of Brewer's belligerence out of practically nothing. Cue the stream of commentaries and editorials decrying Brewer for her "hostility." As such, it should probably come as no surprise that the single photo driving the story is also edited. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Change is...Stupid

Obama's disastrous new campaign slogan

Hat tip to NotAWonk for alerting me to this piece of "comedy gold." We who have been paying attention already know that good sense is in short supply among Obama and his crew. To put a big underline beneath that, the Obama-Biden campaign has chosen "Change Is" for its 2012 slogan. (I'd say they put an exclamation point on it, but it's an open-ended sentence.

This is a slogan that is just begging to back-fire. It invites everyone to finish the thought however they choose. Allow me to demonstrate:
Change Is...bowing to foreign princes and apologizing for America's greatness.

Change Is...worthless solar panels instead of reliable fuel.

Change Is...food stamps for all!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Aboriton Clinics No Better than a Back Alley

State of Illinois inspects it's abortion clinics for the first time in 15 years

In the wake of the Pennsylvania "House of Horrors" abortion clinic revelation, along with its very own Jigsaw, Dr. Kermit Gosnell (never trust a man named for a Muppet), the state of Illinois decided it was long overdue to inspect the clinics of abortion providers in their state. Fifteen years overdue to be exact.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chef Boyardee Mac & Cheese

This stuff is disgusting!

Under no circumstances should you ever buy this nastiness! Chef Boyardee  sure fell down on this one, I'm sad to say. This alleged Mac & Cheese isn't disgusting in the way only kids would like. No, it's just plain disgusting. My two- and four-year-olds wouldn't touch this abomination. 

I should have known. The picture on the can and the contents of the can have little in common. The "cheese" if you will is actually day-glo orange. I wish I were kidding. And the cheese is less like a sauce and more like a binding agent. Most canned pasta conveniently pours out of the can, but not this stuff.

Anyone familiar with Chef Boyardee will recognize the same noodles found in Beefaroni. I don't know what these poor noodles did wrong, but rather than swimming in savory-sweet beef and tomato sauce they have been condemned to be ensnared in the flavorless glue-like substance I just described.

But appearances can be deceiving. The real test is the taste test. I tried this out (only one can, fortunately) because I inherently trust Chef Boyardee to make a tasty product. Oops. This stuff is just gross. It doesn't taste like macaroni or like cheese. It doesn't really taste like anything. I'd say it was horribly bland, but bland doesn't make you want to spit something out. I'm sorry I can't do better than that, but there it is.

I'm guessing this stuff won't last long on store shelves, being as terrible as it is. But in the meantime, steer clear.

Random Thoughts

Snippets from other conversations:

There is a reason why the analogy is "slippery slope" and not "sheer cliff," because reaching the bottom is not inevitable on the slope. But if you only focus on the bottom, you are liable to not catch sight of the footholds you pass on the way down.

If there is one thing I wish I could make more people realize, it is that Republican ≠ Conservative. I also wish I could get more people to realize that Conservative ≠ Right-Wing. Conservatism is the real centrism.

"Moderate" just means taking liberal Republican ideas and throwing them in a blender with liberal Democrat ideas.

Comparisons between Paul and Obama cannot be made too strongly. Both have run on a blank-slate platform claiming their pasts don't matter. The Ron Paul RЭΛΘΓUTION posters put me off before I knew anything about the man simply because they reminded me of Obama's HOPE and CHANGE posters. Those gut instincts seem to have borne out.

Isn't it funny how Hollywood leftists are afraid of all the right things, but train their wary eyes on all the wrong places?

I spent half of the '80s babbling incoherently, but unlike some, it wasn't because I was snorting coke.

It amazes me that those who claim to love the Constitution most have the least faith in it.

Some Occupy Limericks:

Once a covetous group seeking thrills
Claimed disdain for society’s ills
So they held an event
In a park in a tent
Where everyone rapes, steals, and kills

One imprudent young malcontent
Slept in parks to avoid paying rent
A likewise fool friend
Joined, starting a trend
Now they’re called the 99% 

And speaking of limericks...
...a lot of lascivious activity goes on in Nantucket!  

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crony Capitalism Targets The Internet

by AndrewPrice

There is an important article posted today on Commentarama that everyone on the internet should read. From the article:
The issue in question is called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Its Senate fellow-traveler is called the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Ostensibly these bills are aimed at stopping “online piracy” by “rogue foreign websites.” But in reality, they’re aimed at controlling the web. And it’s no surprise they’re backed by a bevy of Big Business monopolies: Hollywood, record companies, media companies, drug companies, unions and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Opposed to this bill are all your favorite websites, including Google (owner of Blogger), Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, AOL, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mozilla, PayPal, Wikipedia, Flik, and many, many more. That should be all you need to know. So read the article, call your members of Congress, and for heaven's sakes, vote against anyone supporting this bill.

Full article at Commentarama »

Monday, January 9, 2012

Italy’s Return to Fascism - Precursor to Mark of the Beast?

I’m not normally one to go all conspiracy theory about stuff, but when I heard this story today, this connection immediately came together in my mind.

The story is that in December, an unelected technocrat government was appointed in Italy to impose austerity measures on the failing Euro nation. This government has no accountability and no fixed time mandate. The new government has passed a number of astonishing edicts including:

  • A ban on cash transactions of over €1000 (~$1270 USD) with indications that this level will be gradually reduced to as low as €300 (~$380 USD);
  • A requirement that credit card companies report all transactions carried out by Italians, in Italy and abroad to the fiscal authorities;
  • Delays and refusals by banks in allowing customers to withdraw  cash balances of as little as Euro 10,000;
  • Also, the Finance Police has placed cameras at the physical borders with Switzerland to register all license plates. In addition, currency-sniffing dogs have been deployed at the border.

The Mises Institute of Canada blog picks up the story and comments that these controls will “result in more capital flight away from Italy” and “they will make the country a lot less attractive to foreign investment than it already is.” The blogger also reminds us that “Intervention begets more intervention as it never solves the underlying problems.” In other words, in the long run, Italy is not likely to be the only Euro nation with such impositions placed upon it.

What does this have to do with the Mark of the Beast? It’s a potential first step.

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17

Most speculation about the Mark of the Beast is centered on the nature of the Mark—what it might look like, what form it might take—or on the identity of the Beast. New identification and tracking technologies are routinely singled out, as are authoritarian or simply polarizing leaders. Where speculation is lacking is on the purpose of the Mark.

The purpose of the Mark is pretty straight forward, to restrict commerce, but there is scarce speculation about what will lead us to such a state. What steps might be taken leading up to the imposition of such a mark. Again, it seems obvious that some authoritarian regime will have to take over. But history is full of authoritarian regimes that have not imposed any marks. So what do we look for?

According to the original source of this information, Zerohedge.com, this would mark the first time in history where cash might no longer be legal tender. Of course, the transaction amount would first have to be brought to zero (€,$,£, whatever>) but for end-times watchers, this seems like a lot more to get worked up over than barcodes and radio hosts.