Saturday, January 29, 2011

That State of The Union Speech Thingy?

Yeah, yeah, I'm late to the table, but gimme a break! Here in New Yorkistan we're buried under 40" of snow, and news travels slow in these parts. Here was what I heard:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The President of the United States:

Blah, blah blah, blah, spend more money we don't have and have to print, invent or borrow from the Chinese, blah, blah, blah, blah."

Nowadays, "Investment" is a euphemism for what used to be called"Stimulus", which is another word for "pay off my political allies with phony money we have to print, invent or borrow from the Chinese, and which, ultimately, is wasted, having had no economic effect whatsoever...except to deepen the ocean of national red ink.

Obambi's repeated mantra of "Education, Education, Education!" was sorta-kinda nice, except for three things:

1. The Schools don't educate anyone, anymore. They're government-funded baby-sitting services, where the day is whiled away in self-esteem building exercises with healthy lunches, and Unionized "Teachers" are like Soviet Factory workers who go through the motions but have no enthusiasm, no clue, and no care about the quality of their work. Like the doofus who put together tractors at the state-run factory, they simply do enough to qualify for their government-supplied apartment, and the right to stand for three hours in the toilet paper line.

Who cares if the kids are actually learning anything, when you work in a job that it's almost impossible to get fired from for simple incompetence, and where you are earning far more than you're worth, considering that you probably finished somewhere in the bottom 20% of your own graduating class, and changed majors twice before finally settling for a government job?

If you want to educate people, Mr. President, you get them out of the Public Schools. The idea that more funding will improve the Public Schools, practically liberal dogma, is known to simply be a false one. The call for more"Education" is simply Barack Obama laying the first minefield with which to defend his liberal stronghold, come the first budget battles; republicans will, as usual, be tarred with the charge that they want your children to remain ignorant, and sit in their own stupor in a filthy, understaffed, dilapidated school building.

2. The economic troubles we face today have little to do with education. In fact, there are probably too many people walking around with a college degree, most of whom had no business getting one in the first place, but hell, they managed to scrape up the funding and then faithfully parrot Professor Douchebag, so why not give them the piece of paper?

Our current crisis is one caused by the collusion of government and business. Reduce the size of government, then redirect it's efforts into what it should be doing (like enforcing the law and leaving markets alone), and much of the problem is solved. You will never solve the second half of the problem, the complete lack of ethics in today's business community, until someone gets around to punishing the wrongdoers instead of taking their campaign contributions.

True, economic growth is dependant upon a stream of intelligent entrepreneurs and skilled workers, but the colleges are throwing out very few of either. People who major in African-American or Gender Studies, Education, Psychology or Marketing are not exactly the sort of people you need for economic prosperity: you need doers, not parasites. You need workers, not Liberal Arts majors. If Obambi was serious about Education-as-Economic-Engine, he would have suggested that, perhaps, some of this education money we're already spending be geared towards trade and vocational schools, rather than colleges. Those people would emerge from school with actual, useful skills, and a ready pool of skilled labor might prod some folks with money to bring back a few industrial jobs to take advantage of it.

We need that, more industry, more than we need an indoctrination disguised as an education.

3. Education is probably the first thing that should be cut. We spend more money on that than just about anything that isn't an entitlement or have to do with the Pentagon, and the failure of that spend-more-get-better mindset is abject. Time for a new plan, but I wouldn't depend on Obama or the democrats in the Senate to formulate it; unless they're about to lose their seat, or have a gun to their heads (Violent Rhetoric Alert!) they'll not change a damned thing. They are incapable of doing so; it would mean the end of their rice bowls.

The Sputnik Analogy: Seriously? That's the best you could do? Why is it that conservatives (small 'c' intentional) are always accused of wanting the bring back the 1950's, and excoriated for it, but this dickhead can get away with a Sputnik reference? What's next, the Cuban Missile Crisis as call to action? I can't wait for the day when "Remember Tet!" becomes the basis of national policy.

No Cuts, but Lots of Freezing: how stupid do you think people (other than the ones who voted for you) are? I know, you have to save ObamaCare; it's your single "accomplishment". Without it, your only accomplishment will be "made Jimmy Carter look like Pericles". Spending"freezes" don't work, only real cuts do. Unfortunately for you, Mr. President, the most obvious thing to cut is Part I of the Reparations Plan, the Great Band-Aids and Eyedrops for Everyone Scam.

More Green Energy Bullshit: Ummm, I don't know if you've noticed, but we're buried in snow up here these days. What happened to all that Global Warming bullshit? Green Energy is (mostly) a boondoggle, a very expensive one, and it will not spur the sort of economic expansion you think it will for a very simple reason: until we find an alternative to fossil fuels that provides an equivalent amount of energy, at an affordable price, that is is easy to transport/distribute and doesn't require a super-massive infrastructure project to bring to market, we're not going to "Go Green".

Actually, if you wanted to promote Green Energy, you should be pushing for more nuclear power plants, which is the cleanest form of power known to man. Oh right, environmentalists hate splitting atoms, too, which makes them either stupid, liars or both.

This Whole "Sitting Together" Nonsense: excuse me, but I didn't vote for bi-partisanship. In fact, I, and many like me, voted for the most extreme partisanship imaginable, within certain limits, this past November.

I don't want to see Nancy Pelosi (D) sitting with Congressman Schmo (R), I want to see Congressman Schmo helping Nancy to the door, and then down the Capitol steps, hailing her a cab, and then telling the driver to find the nearest convenient bridge to plunge off of.

The word "Bi-Partisan" is, in fact, two lies for the price of one. When a R calls for bi-partisanship, he's asking dems to support something he otherwise cannot justify. When a D asks for it, it's either a plea for mercy, or a tactical retreat. Very often, when both use it, it simply means "gimme cover on this piece of shit I've crafted that rewards my cronies but hoses the public -- but gives you something, too. When a D asks for it, it's nothing if not about getting what they want, no matter what, no matter how stupid or destructive.

I don't want democrats and republicans working together, because for the most part, that is when the worst sorts of abuses occur. "Compromise" takes place where it shouldn't, and Senator R gets his cuts, but only because Senator D managed to keep that Abortion Funding. Many of the issues we're dealing with no don't lend themselves to the idea of compromise. These questions are more along the lines of "Would you rather pass a bowling ball, or have an umbrella opened inside your anus? Would you prefer to screw your mother, or perform fellatio upon your father?"

The questions are clearly unpleasant, and the solutions will be, as well. The choice is between national bankruptcy and the inevitable Zimbabwe death-spiral that comes with it, or a chance to change things for the better. This requires that certain principles never be compromised. The second we start talking"non-partisan" those graven-in-stone principles can be envisioned as circling the bowl.

Obama gives us a steady diet of more-of-the-same, only the semantics and packaging have changed (see? I told you marketing majors were useless!) . It's almost as if he lives in some strange, alien cocoon that blinds him to the reality that everyone else seems to grapple with, that makes facts easy to ignore or gloss over. This man's term of office cannot end soon enough.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Up To My You-Know-What In Snow...

Apologies for lack of content these days, but New York has been re-buried under it's third major snowstorm in the last month... with more on it's way.

I haven't had the time to put up some posts, because I've been digging folks out of the snow (and making some decent scratch at it, too), and will probably be very busy for the next few days. I will try to get something in tonight.

So sorry!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

9/11: One Man's Tragedy is another Man's Treasure...

"9/11 Victim" is the New Black.

They even have their own collection of highly-paid parasites to "lead" them. Instead of being Poverty Pimps like Rev. Al, or Je$$e Jackass, these people can be more accurately described as "Misery Pimps".

It's been 10 years, already. Get on with your lives. September 11th ruined me physically, mentally, professionally, financially, and no one ever advocated on my behalf. Probably because my case couldn't be used to pry federal tax dollars and donations from people's wallets. My case certainly wouldn't have brought anyone $17 million for delaying the construction of the new WTC, providing others with badly-needed jobs, and a cash-strapped New York City with revenues, and it never caught a politician's ear, either.

The orgy of grief, and everything that's sprung from it, has got to stop at some point. Don't you think watching other people getting rich off of other people's pain isn't the first indication that something ain't exactly right here?

We Deliver for You...

The long overdue dismantling of the U.S. Postal Service begins. The DHL/Fed Ex model works, government mail delivery doesn't.

It's a bout time; My mailman's back is practically broken carrying those three bills and 70-pounds of unwanted junk mail I get every month, too. Do something good for the environment, and get all those Postal trucks off the road, and the planes out of the air. Save some trees.

Get rid of those bloated pension obligations, too, and save the taxpayer some money.

We live in a world of e-mail, cell phones, instantaneous data transfer, the Internet, word processors. The concept of stuffing hand-written or printed paper messages into an envelope for hand-delivery is passe, obsolete. The only things preventing old-fashioned mail delivery from going the way of the dinosaurs are habit, custom, and security (because a sealed envelope is just as secure as a bank vault, you know).

And security gets better all the time. So long as the software companies don't stiff their programmers.

I'm getting the impression that the only people they interviewed for this article are over the age of 60, live in towns barely represented on a map, and that they all seem to regard the Post Office as a place to gather socially. Exactly the sort of people one would expect not to understand technology, and to be too lazy or stupid to take the time to figure it out or learn how it works.

Why the Islamic World is Doomed...

Pakistani Woman Enrolls in First Grade.

A 25-yr old mother of three in first grade. While this may put her ahead of many of our 25-yr old mothers of three in the Bronx, what does it say about the Islamic world?

But, before you deign to answer that question, try to wrap your head around the just-announced formation of the Iranian Internet Gestapo.

Societies which restrict the spread of information, forbid the principle of debate, stifle education, cut off access to viewpoints which conflict with the "official" point-of-view, are societies which eventually wither and die. They are strangled by a lack of creativity, and a the inability to adapt to an ever-changing world. Societies which treat their women as livestock, and don't bother to educate or put them to work in a capacity other than sperm receptacle or human punching-bag, simply cease to exist, eventually.

The only thing that's keeping the Islamic world "relevant" is that there's so damned many of them (what happened to all that War on Terror bullshit?), but the ability to breed like roaches still won't save that culture and those societies from the slow death that awaits them. They are sterile cultures. Stale. Flatlined. Hence, all the violence; they aren't aware of another way to live.

The Iranians can cite the Stuxnet attacks on their nuclear program all they want, the real reason they're clamping down on the 'net is because it's a place where people are exposed to ideas that are dangerous to the regime. Well, that and because the Middle East is the internet rape video and donkey sex capital of the world (just ask Google).

No educated women+no political or religious dissent+no exchange of ideas+the criminalization of unofficial thought = Islam is a barren wasteland. That's the real reason why they hate us in the West; it has little to do with religion, it's all about culture. Our system represents a culture of freedom and progress, and theirs represents a culture of repression, ignorance, violence and perpetual poverty, even if you do swim in a sea of oil. They are incapable of changing so as to match and join us in the 21st Century, so they try to pull us down to their level (that's what terrorism is all about, after all), the easier to enslave us all so that they may live off the fruits of our labors and productive, creative brains.

Productive and creative brains that got that way because we allow dissent, educate our women, and don't spend the majority of our day looking at deviant pornography.

The Whole FundaMENTAList Islamic thing has nothing to do with religion: it's all about ensuring that a system in which Might Makes Right, and where Men can lord it over women, continues to exist, even if it eventually means cultural suicide. Because if there's anything a Muslim man fears more than God, it would be an original thought and a vagina. If both were ever to be combined, every camel-fucking pile of dirty lauindry in the Middle East would find himself up Shit's Creek without a paddle.

Rev. Al on "Hannity"...

The "Reverend" Gimme tries to debate former Senator Rick Santorum on the issue of out-of-control rates of abortion in the African-American community.

Al's real problem, besides dodging the actual question as to whether abortion rates this high constitute a new holocaust, is that Santorum made the following mistakes:

1. He used the word "Black" in a way that Sharpton disagrees with. "Black", in any context, is not supposed to be uttered by a White man as the term is owned by the poverty pimps, like Al, and should only be used as the sharp wedge end of the Crowbar of Guilt and Shame which opens the White Man's wallet.

2. He used the word "slave" or "slavery" in a way that Sharpton disagrees with. The word "Slave", too, is owned by the poverty pimps, and should only ever be uttered in the context of what African-Americans are"owed". Frankly, this "you-owe-me" bullshit is wearing thin, and Al might be quite shocked to learn that the way things are going in this country, the whole notion of successive generations of people wholly-supported by the State as a way of "making amends" for past evils is about to go the way of Jim Crow (oh no you didn't!).

3. He brought Obama into the debate, and suggested that he should, perhaps, think in a certain way. Black folks don't like to be told how to think, but then again, who does? Al may have a point here, but it's a very small one. We all know Obama is incapable of thinking unless Rahm, Harry or Nancy tell him what to think. (and no, this is not a racist statement: I think this about Obama's White Half, too).

4. He suggested that people should exercise some personal responsibility, and think about the consequences of their actions. This pisses Al off, because in order to continue his gravy train, African-Americans have to be infantalized (oops!)and presented as the innocent, helpless victims of a corrupt and racist system; if people ever started thinking about what they do, or started taking responsibility for their actions, Al would have to find honest employment.

The debate, such as it was, is unremarkable, except for the inability of Sharpton to concede a single point, especially where he's so obviously wrong. He wasn't letting Santorum get away with using"black", "slave" and lecture folks on responsibility without cash being spread around, even if it made him look dumber than usual.