Saturday, March 29, 2008

Stop-Loss

Stop-loss hit theaters... and the theaters hit back (hehTM).

I told my dad that this was a train-wreck waiting to happen and it did. The numbers are something like 7th for the weekend (behind Debbie does Dallas XXXII) and the only rave revues are coming from people that actually are in the film.

For a great review of the movie, head over to Libertas and read theirs.
Actual line from the film: "F**K the President." A half-hour in, when absolutely nothing we've been told about this character prepares us for it, that's what comes out of the mouth of our protagonist war hero, Brandon King (Ryan Phillipe). Like someone flipped a switch, King transforms from hoo-rah Army sergeant to Code Pink mouthpiece. "Wait a minute," he protests, to his commanding officer, "Stop-loss is only in effect during times of war, and the President said the war was over." That's the logic our screenwriters came up with as motivation for desertion.
Read the whole review (and the comments) this is some good stuff. (h/t ACE)

Stop-Loss

Stop-loss hit theaters... and the theaters hit back (hehTM).

I told my dad that this was a train-wreck waiting to happen and it did. The numbers are something like 7th for the weekend (behind Debbie does Dallas XXXII) and the only rave revues are coming from people that actually are in the film.

For a great review of the movie, head over to Libertas and read theirs.
Actual line from the film: "F**K the President." A half-hour in, when absolutely nothing we've been told about this character prepares us for it, that's what comes out of the mouth of our protagonist war hero, Brandon King (Ryan Phillipe). Like someone flipped a switch, King transforms from hoo-rah Army sergeant to Code Pink mouthpiece. "Wait a minute," he protests, to his commanding officer, "Stop-loss is only in effect during times of war, and the President said the war was over." That's the logic our screenwriters came up with as motivation for desertion.
Read the whole review (and the comments) this is some good stuff. (h/t ACE)
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Soccer

Lil bit's first game was today for the season. She is on the Wolves team this year and her coach is her teacher (she's excited about that).

Got a lot of video and pictures that I'll put up when I finally go home tomorrow (night probably) but she scored her 1st goal! :) [they won 3-2 even though they don't officially keep score]

Got a couple of people interested on my house (one buy, one rent) so hopefully something will go through on that soon.

Why Does the Looney Left Focus On Just The Total Of The National Debt??

EuroYank(TM - no link) challenged Nazh to respond to one of his posts concerning the national debt under Bush. Since Nazh has been busy with other posts, I happily accept the challenge.

Some of what EuroYank(TM) says has merit. Others, do not. We'll go through some of them one by one.

Here's one quote which I love to hear from the Left

When Mr Bush took office he inherited a $236 billion budget surplus. Bill Clinton, his predecessor, had used budget surpluses to pay down some of the national debt in his last two years in office


I beg to differ Yank, but you're wrong if you think that Clinton had much to do with the decline of the deficits from 1995-2000.

I'll explain why I say that.

Each year, the President must submit an 5 year budget forecast. What this forecast does is to identify his budgetary priorities and to show how his fiscal policies will affect the economy and receipts to the federal coffers.

After Clinton got his massive tax hike (on the backs of the middle class) in 1993 from the Democrat-controlled Congress, he submitted a forecast each year which showed $200m+ deficits extending well past the year 2000.

Then 1994 came along and the GOP swept into power. With it came a promise by the GOP to balance the budget and cut the debt down.

In January 1995, the Clinton administration produced still another 5 year forecast which again showed that we would experience $200+m deficits well past the year 2000.

Now... again.

This is the President basically saying;

" These are my economic policies and this is what will happen if we keep following them.


In fact, he said (after the GOP started talking about a balanced budget) that we could not balance it in less than 10 years without draconian cuts.

What happened though? The GOP Congress forced him to submit a balanced budget and with the capital gains cut and Welfare Reform Act that the GOP Congress forced him to sign, the tax receipts increased over five-fold. So in 6 short years, we were forecasting a $230m surplus.

Pssst...That's a difference of over $400m for those who are playing this game at home.

Please do not make the mistake of assuming that Clinton had much to do with any of the economic success of the 90's other than signing his name on a bill. The Clinton administration was taken by surprise at the good economic results that happened, not because, but in spite of their economic policies.

In fact, the entire looney Left was taken by surprise it the fact that tax cuts actually increase revenue. This is because they treat economic variables as constants. The Left consistently misunderstands the relationship between tax rates and the incentives to work more ( which raises your pay), to invest ( which helps you and the company you invest in)and to take economic risks (like starting a company - which would in turn emply people).

Lets go on to the next one shall we??

Bush's tax cuts account for 30 percent of the debt limit increases required during his presidency. Revenue losses from a recession and new spending to combat terrorism and for the war in Iraq are also responsible.


A recession that started under Clinton because he failed to act and cut taxes soon enough. A War on Terror which was a result of Clinton not acting to get Bin Laden when we had the chance. The economic effects of 9/11 and the recession Bush inherited had pushed down federal receipts until his tax cuts passed and the coffers started filling up faster than ever before.

Going on...

* The true national debt is $50 trillion, not the $8.3 trillion Bush reported.
That's $156,000 for every citizen, or $375,000 for every working American
This figure has more than doubled in the past five years. We paid $327 billion last year on interest alone


Really? Bush is responsible for all of this? Come on!!

We've had a national debt in this country since around 1791. We went way into debt when we borrowed money from France so we could do the "Louisiana Purchase"

Anyone think we were foolish with our money by doubling the size of the country overnight??

Anyone??

Bueller???

Ok...enough of the Ben Stein impression. I'll explain what I mean.

I love how people like to equate the USA to a company. Ok lets do that. Go get the financial records of any public company. Look specifically at the BALANCE SHEET. Everyone loves to focus on the DEBT (read: Liabilities) of the US. Noone focuses on the ASSETS do they? The land, infrastructure (i.e. - highways), weapons (i.e- aircraft carriers), buildings (i.e.- libraries) are worth something aren't they??

Additionally, the $50 Trillion number is by adding Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (which we don't do). But you see that the way they are structured is the reason why the number is so high. We have to reform those programs or we don't have a prayer. We could stop all military spending and stop all pork-barrel spending but we wouldn't come close to knocking these liabilities down without reforming these programs.

Unfortunately, Bush (the looney Left's "bogeyman") was the one who tried to reform Social Security so that it would be more secure and self-sustaining by changing its unfunded liability into a fully funded liability.

Who stood in his way? Oh yeah, thats right... they'd the ones on Capitol Hill with a "D" after their names.

Until Social Security and Medicare are reformed, we won't address these liabilities (regardless of which party is in office).



Now lets focus on the debt - which we count officially at $9 Trillion BTW

Lets compare our total National debt to our annual federal budget and the nation's GDP.

Before I go further let me illustrate something to you.

My wife and I just bought our first home. Lets say we paid $300k for it and we have an annual combined income of $100k. Now...since I lack the $300k in cash, I need to finance it. In other words, I need to take on new debt in the form of a mortgage. Let us just say for argument's sake that the "carrying cost" (mortgage payment) is roughly $2k a month.

Think that's high?

It might be for you. It might be for me and my wife.

So we might struggle to make ends meet.

Now, lets say Bill Gates buys the house and decides to finance it as well (he can make more than 6% in the market). Think Bill Gates is sweating a $2k monthly payment?

You don't? Why not?

-Lightbulbs goes off in liberals heads the world over-

That's right...because he has more money!! He simply has far more money each month than it takes to carry the cost of the debt.

Now...back to the National debt and the "carrying cost" of servicing this debt. The carrying cost of the national debt is our yearly payments on the "net interest" on the total debt. According to the Concord Coalition the net interest in fiscal year 2007 was $238 billion.

This is about 9% of the federal budget.

Now... back to my wife and I. If our yearly mortgage payments totalled 9% of our income that would put our total mortgage payments ( assuming we made $100k) at $9k a year. Which works out to a monthly payment of $750.

The key here...is the carrying cost of any debt in relation to your wealth and income.

A $2k payment every month might be a stretch for you or I.

To Bill Gates, that is pocket change.

Simply put...the goal isn't to focus on the debt but to make sure the debt payments fall in relation to GDP.

According to Concord;

For fiscal year 2007, outlays for net interest equaled ($238 billion) 1.7 percent of GDP. Its recent high point was 3.3 percent of GDP in 1991.


Which is what they have done under Bush despite a 9/11 attack that severely harmed our economy and inheriting the recession from Clinton. Oh yeah and don't forget that we're actually fighting a war (which always requires that a nation go into debt to prosecute correctly).

Now I have been critical of Bush and the GOP controlled Congress for not reining in discretionary spending but the fact remains that (according to Concord)

During the 1980s and 90s, before the 1998-2001 surpluses, interest regularly consumed 13 percent or more of the federal budget a year, reaching a high point of 15.4 percent in 1996.


Everyone get that?? Under Bill Clinton the "mortgage payment" of our country was higher (at 15.4%) in relation to our income than under the "evil" Bush (at 9% in 2007).

So ... during the Clinton presidency ... which the Left regards as the "good old years" we actually had a tougher time making our "mortgage payment" as a nation.

And Clinton had it easy compared to Bush. It was after the Cold War was over. No major enemies (although Clinton did nothing about Bin Laden) and no wars to fight (Gulf War 1 was over by then). The only sustained action was in Bosnia ( we were involved due to the impotence of European militaries to yet again solve problems on their own continent) but even this doesn't come close to the economic stress 9/11 and the War on Terror has had.


And I am supposed to get worked up that, under Bush, the total debt has risen even though Bush inherited a big mess economically (as opposed to Clinton inheriting an economy that had already been growing for 21 months prior to taking office - a stone cold fact - look it up!!)??


Forgive me if I don't jump off the same economic-sky-is-falling cliff as the rest of the looney Left.


I'll have more to speak on this subject. But that is for another day.


Stay tuned...

-Thai

Friday, March 28, 2008

Democrat

Good post on the recent dust-up of Hillary!

Imagine you're applying for a really important job.

You submit your resume listing your accomplishments and your skillset. This is the document that the employer has to go on when deciding if you get an interview and... ultimately... the job.

What do you think would happen if the employer found out that you lied on your resume?

I know that I would not get an interview, let alone the job.

Which is why I'm curious as to why Hillary Clinton still has a snowball's chance for the democrat nomination given her most recent "whopper" of a lie. I know, a Clinton lying is not really a big shocker. But bear with me and you will be amazed at the way this woman can lie without any discernible physical indication that she is dissembling. Psychiatrists call that a mark of someone who is a Sociopath. I'll let you decide.

Thai's
Can't get him to post here at all (heh) but he's still alive and doing well... Give him a visit

Golf Vid

Great place to work ;)


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Ding dong the dream is dead

Louisville defeated Tennessee in the Sweet 16 tonight (of course I'm at work so didn't get to watch).

UT hadn't been playing the best in the world and UL was on fire, so I guess it isn't too big a surprise. EMB was secretly rooting for UT to lose even if he claims otherwise :)

(*and now my brackets are dead)

New definition from the Ol' Broad:


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Ding dong the dream is dead

Louisville defeated Tennessee in the Sweet 16 tonight (of course I'm at work so didn't get to watch).

UT hadn't been playing the best in the world and UL was on fire, so I guess it isn't too big a surprise. EMB was secretly rooting for UT to lose even if he claims otherwise :)

(*and now my brackets are dead)

New definition from the Ol' Broad:



Tax THEN Spend

A great look at Democratic policies at work (or liberal policies if you want to get 100% accurate):
The Chicago Sun-Times really pulled a whopper in their March 26th piece about a tax on bottled water that the Chicago City Council passed earlier this year. Chicago levied a 5 cent a bottle tax on each unit of bottled water sold in the city expecting to raise $875,000 a month on the tax. But somehow this windfall to the city has yet to be realized with the tax booty so far only amounting to $554,000. Because of this "below expected" revenue the Sun-Times claimed that this shortfall is "exacerbating a budget crunch" for the city.

I'm sorry Sun-Times but a tax shortfall isn't "exacerbating a budget crunch." The city itself is doing the "exacerbating" not the taxpayers. The City Council created a never before heard of tax and then spent the money it assumed it'd get. But then it didn't get it. How can we blame the taxpayers who avoided the tax -- legally avoided it, I might add -- for any "budget crunch"? The budget crunch is the fault of wild spending by the Chicago City Council, not by the taxpayers not being bled enough.

NewsBusters

Click through and read the rest; it's enough to make you wonder (unless of course you believe in the power of the almighty government, then you'll simply wonder at the evil!! of the tax-payers that didn't buy the water).

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ouch

You need to go over to Rachel's and read this story:

So guess what Al Sharpton and the NAACP are doing? Protesting in front of the State Attorney's Office's, in support of the rapists. They say it's "unfair" that these animals are being held without bail.

This is because some white kids in a neighboring city were recently charged with gang-raping two drunk female friends, and were released on bail. Which means that RACISM is in play!

Sharpton said the black teens remain jailed and the white teens are free on bond, despite them committing the "same act."

"To have different reactions to the same set of circumstances is a crime in itself," Sharpton said.

The real crime here is that a man who doesn't understand the meaning of simple English words is a wealthy preacher who's regularly featured on news programs as a "black activist".

Rachel Lucas

After you read it and let it sink in, remember this is a man who wants the world to follow him to hell.

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UPDATE: Hostage situation at University of Louisville

More information is available on the story posted earlier.

Woman in hostage incident now charged in murders of her two children

A 37 year old Louisville woman has been charged with the shooting deaths of her two children at their Okolona home. Gail Lynn Coontz is also the woman that was involved in a hostage incident Thursday at the University of Louisville.

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Louisville Metro Police announced Coontz's arrest in the children's deaths, ages 10 and 14. Their bodies had been found Thursday morning inside the family's home at 4709 Settle Blvd.

Coontz has been charged with the murder of her 14 year old son Gregory and 10 year old daughter Randi. It is always a tragedy when children are the victims of such horrible acts of violence. But when the violence is perpetrated by a loved one. Especially when it is a parent. Mothers are many times the parent that children trust the most.

I can only hope that this woman is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Then may she rot in jail until the State puts her out of our misery.


Hostage situation at University of Louisville

WAVE 3 TV Louisville, KY | Police arrest woman with gun at UofL Belknap campus

A woman who walked into a health services building with a gun at the University of Louisville about 8:30 a.m. Thursday briefly took a counselor hostage before being disarmed, and that incident may be connected to the discovery of the bodies of two young children in an Okolona home....

According to campus police, the woman is a student, and used a gun to hold her female counselor hostage. We're told the student was at the health center trying to get some sort of help, but the situation quickly turned confrontational.

Here is the chronology as presented in the news reports.

  1. 8:30am (approx) Woman arrives on campus with a gun.
  2. 8:32am A distress alert came in from student services, asking for an officer.
  3. 8:34am Campus police dispatch was notified
  4. 8:39am A UofL police officer arrived on the scene.
  5. 8:43am That officer called for backup.
  6. 8:46am That officer found the suspect.
  7. 9:04am UofL officials used the new campus alert system to warn students and staff about the armed student, sending emails and text messages to students as well as broadcasting an alert over a PA system.
  8. 9:13am Student was disarmed.
Thank God that no one on campus was harmed. The anti-gun crowd will hold this up as a victory for the system. I'm sure that they will mention that the police arrived and disarmed the suspect and no lives were lost and no injuries reported. While this is partially true, you must realize that if this woman truly wanted shoot someone on campus, she had approximately 17 minutes to do so before she was found by campus police. Seventeen minutes. That is an eternity when someone has a gun with no one there to stop them. 17 minutes. I argue that the system did not work, merely that the gunman (in this case woman) did not have the conviction to kill... again.
LMPD officials now confirm they received a call from campus police asking them to check the home of the student, and that's where police found two young children who had been fatally shot.

I have not heard details of exactly what happened but sadly it appears that this woman took the lives of her children before she left for the UofL campus.


In a related point... Here is a quote that I just had to post. I love this:
"The university immediately notified the campus through our emergency communication system," UofL President James Ramsey said.
This is priceless! Since when is 18 minutes immediately? EIGHTEEN MINUTES! But it's ok. The campus is a gun-free zone.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Mafia?

The term 'sleeping with the fishes' comes from mafia-speak meaning killing someone by throwing them in the river (usually with concrete shoes), now it seems to have a new meaning*:

Police have closed down a circus in southern Italy after a terrified 19-year-old girl was forced to swim in a tank full of piranha fish while her younger sister endured the company of snakes and tarantulas.

Three men have been arrested and charged with holding the Bulgarian girls in slavery and breaching international human rights conventions.

The trio, who are accused of running a "circus of horrors", were named as Enrico Raffaele Ingrassia, 57, the owner, his son William Ingrassia, 33, and his son in law Gaetano Belfiore, 25.

The Marino Circus has been offering shows at Petina south of Naples in southern Italy, in a tent with 200 plastic seats inside it.

TimesOnline
*I realize that this would be swimming with the fishes, but it wouldn't fit perfectly then heh.

The people in charge of this circus should be shot; of course they will be charged with 'international' crimes and will get off with a slap on the wrist.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Top 9 Barack Obama Complaints

Found this over at TheNoseonYourFace and thought I'd share it:
9. Been looking at things from a "glass-half-empty" perspective. Now they only point out the people he didn't feed with the loaves of bread and fish, not the millions who have already eaten their full through Him.

8. They keep bringing up that picture of him in the Muslim-ish outfit. Like a picture is going to impact a presidential candidates campaign!

7. Have not properly re-calibrated their "Victim-o-meters" yet. Everyone knows that a black, former Muslim with the ability to commune with animals, is entitled to far better coverage than a white woman whose major claim to fame is that she survived having a house dropped on her a few years back.
TheNoseonYourFaceVisited this site awhile back and forgot about it. Love the place. I encourage everyone to visit and laugh.  There will (eventually) be something for everyone over there ;)


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Violence in Basra

In the 'why didn't we kill him earlier' department:
BASRA, Iraq, March 25 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces battled the Mehdi Army militia in Basra on Tuesday in a drive to win control of the southern oil city, but violence and unrest spread to Baghdad and other cities.

Police and health workers said at least 12 people were killed in the fighting in districts of central and northern Basra where Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army has a strong presence.

In a statement read out by a senior aide on Tuesday, Sadr called on Iraqis to stage sit-ins all over Iraq and said he would declare a "civil revolt" if attacks by U.S. and Iraqi security forces continued. He also threatened a "third step", but said it was too early to announce what it would be.
Reuters
The sorry unwashed lout that runs the Mehdi 'Army' in Baghdad is feeling left out once again and making life hard for the people he claims to be trying to help.  Sadr should have been removed (permanently) back when we had the chance.  Until he leaves public life, the Iraqis will be the ones to suffer.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

AliMed

Looking for medical equipment? Want an easy way to buy everything from antibacterial to wound management medical supplies?

Look into AliMed. Your one-stop place to buy anything medical from foot pads to surgical supplies. They have an easy-to-use interface and a large selection of products to help fix any ailment and fit any budget.

AliMed is a full-fledged manufacturer and supplier of high quality products. They have been in business for over three decades and service the full spectrum of health care needs (from HMO's to consumers). AliMed features a free catalog and online store; has financing available and takes all major credit cards. They offer 'same day' shipment and an overnight option if needed on most medical equipment.

AliMed has over 70,000 medical and surgical supplies available through their website with more to be added. The online store has helpful features such as product finder and a e-cart to store your purchases in until check-out.

With available email for questions or requests, AliMed is friendly and available to the consumer (they also supply a 800 number).

Golf

Tiger is human again this week after coming in 5th at the CA Championship. Of course he was 5 down going into Monday's finish (rain) and only lost by 2 strokes, so it's not like he had no shot.

Normally it isn't good for a sport to have one dominate person/team and no legitimate rivalry to keep up interest and ESPN has been trying for a few years to make the Tiger/Mickleson a real one to no avail. Somehow though, this isn't needed in golf. Tiger is dominate in a way no other sports person is and instead of turning off viewers and fans, it has energized the sport.

Did anyone really think Tiger would have a perfect year? Some probably did, but not me; the only thing Tiger needs to do and wants to do is win the big 4.
ESPN

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Accident

A 2-car accident at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 157 near Muscle Shoals, Alabama today around 6:30pm.

I didn't see anyone near this car so I assume they were taken away in the ambulance that left. The other vehicle was a red Dodge Ram (late model) and there were 3-4 people standing around it that looked dazed but unhurt.

If TimesDaily puts out a piece on it, I'll get more info and post it here. Sad to have an accident on Easter, I hope everyone turns out ok.

Easter


Image from Aubrey

Christians across the world celebrate Easter, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion, on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs upon or next after the Spring Equinox. (In the Eastern Orthodox Church a slightly different calculation is followed, so their Easter may or may not coincide with that of the Western church).

The celebration of Easter is preceded by the forty days of Lent, a period of prayer and self-denial for Christians. The period of Lent includes Holy Week, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday.

Now read the story that lies behind the festival.

Link
Happy Easter everyone!
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