Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Winter has arrived

Well, the grilling season has officially ended. We got a huge dump of snow last night.

Unfortunately the leaves are still on the trees, so the snow did significant damage. You can see some of it here and here.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

More faces of occupy

Yes, clearly the folks protesting at the occupy movement are just white upper class kids. Not real Americans like those Tea people.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Here Kitty Kitty!

A very brave house cat. More on the story here.

The Religion of Capitalism

The horrors of a European socialist life. You can just see the suffering going on here.

Occupy is not the left's Tea Party

Barack Obama’s OWS problem
A poll released by Time last week found that 54 percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of the protest movement compared to 23 percent who have an unfavorable view, making OWS far, far more popular than the Tea Party. And while a Reuters/Ipsos survey found a clear partisan divide, with Democrats expressing a positive opinion of the movement by a 51-11 percent margin and Republicans expressing a negative one by a 44-22 spread, it also found that OWS is viewed favorably by a strong plurality of independents. Polling also reveals deep, bipartisan anger toward Wall Street, broad support for prosecuting executives who played major roles in the meltdown, and a widespread belief that the gap between rich and poor is too vast...

... if Obama is counting on receiving a more direct political boost from OWS, he may be in for a disappointment, because there’s reason to believe that OWS is rooted much more in a broad frustration with America’s political and economic systems than in simple partisan politics.

The article is here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Strawman Arguments

I get tired of the strawman arguments that imply that unless corporations are completely unfettered and allowed to peruse profits then its socialism. The GOP likes to liken corporations to people, but if people acted the way corporations do, they'd be sociopaths.

They're back!

Season 2 of the Walking Dead

Sunday, October 16, 2011

No one is watching, so the stakes are low ...

Is the GOP having too many debates?

Nothing beats that first hot slide of pizza. The second slice is also hard to beat. America is on its second slice of Herman Cain right now. But unfortunately there is no such thing as a two slice pizza. So you'll keep stuffing yourself's full of Herman Cain. Soon your tummy will be a gassy mess, and you'll go to bed and have bad dreams. In the morning you'll wake up and say today you're eating a nice salad.

Did not say Herman Cain

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blame the parents

CAIN: I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! [...] It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed.


What an ass! Lets blame the victim. I know this one is a bit dated, but it just became relevant to me once again. Just days shy of working 20 years, one of our best IT people is being laid off. Not because she isn't needed, not because she didn't work hard, and not because her skills are outdated. But (most likely, because this is virtually impossible to prove) because of her age and the faltering economy. My place of work has been undergoing a great purge the last couple of months. Our work load hasn't changes, but the personal to do it has been significantly reduced.

What Cain, and Republicans like him don't seem to understand that this is the reality for a great many of folks. They've played by the rules and did what they were supposed to, and their life is still falling apart. Economic forces well beyond their, and most of our control, are dictating their future.

This is what the Occupy protests are all about. Not about destroying capitalism. Not about bringing on a socialist, or Marxist, or any other ist state. But leveling the playing field. Reversing the trend toward a second gilded age.

Saying that your unemployment has to be your own fault makes as much sense blaming your parents for not being rich.

Friday, October 14, 2011

We are the 99

Almost all of us owe something to the society that provided us with the roads, the schools, the security and all the other infrastructure, to achieve what we have. (More here).

What dogs are good at!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stunningly Good Propaganda

In theaters soon!


Many make the mistake that the protesters on Wall Street are just kids with nothing else to do. If you believed FAUX NEWS, you'd think they are bearded unbathed leftists from the 60's who hate capitalism. The MSM isn't any more flattering in their portrayal. Everyone seems to be determined to discount them from the get go, and negate what ever it is they are trying to say. There seems to be this idea that since they haven't created a list of demands like kidnappers, they aren't serious and can be ignored. Other folks on the right, such as B-Daddy, do seem to get it.

The message is very simple. We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. A pretty familiar message to Washington. So what are they mad about?

The middle class is hurting. Its been experiencing a downward slide for the last decade and the last few years its dropped off a cliff. They want this acknowledged. They want the kleptocracy in Washington to stop calling them whiners and start taking them seriously. They are tired of feeling like there are two Americas - the ones being screwed and the ones doing the screwing. They're tired of hearing how great things are just because the job hoarders are getting their bonuses and stock options are soaring.

Over all, they are tired of the rich and powerful, being the rich and powerful. They believe in the myth of the American dream, and that hope is being strangled right before their eyes. Many of the protesters don't oppose Capitalism. They just oppose the trend toward a second gilded age. They remember an America where the middle class used to be comfortable, not homeless. And they are tired that no one in Washington seems to be facing this new reality.

Note to the rich and powerful. People in large numbers can become rather dangerous when when hope is taken from them.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Not the party of Reagan any more.

So what does it mean for this country that Ronald Reagan would now be seen as a pinko commie socialist.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Real Obama Death Panels

From Salon. The president and his cabinet order the execution of a US citizen without any due process. Where is the outrage over this sort of Star Chamber justice. If this had been Bush doing this, the outcry, rightly so, would have been deafening!

American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions . . . . There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council . . . . Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate. . . . The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process. . . .

Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, was asked by reporters about the killing. The process involves “going through the National Security Council, then it eventually goes to the president” . . . .Other officials said the role of the president in the process was murkier than what Ruppersberger described. They said targeting recommendations are drawn up by a committee of mid-level National Security Council and agency officials. Their recommendations are then sent to the panel of NSC “principals,” meaning Cabinet secretaries and intelligence unit chiefs, for approval . . . But one official said Obama would be notified of the principals’ decision. If he objected, the decision would be nullified, the official said.

Fall in the Colorado High Country

Just past sunset over Isabelle lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of the Front Range of Colorado. Taken yesterday. Just a month ago there were still spring flowers around the lake. Last night everything had turned, and the temperature had dropped. Snow likely this weekend.

See more Fall color in the Colorado High country here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Killng Americans Overseas in The War on Terror

Over at the Liberator Today is a great post about the consequences of sanctioning the assassination of Americans without due process. Go check it out. Our civil liberties are being eroding bit by bit, and as a country we're too afraid of terrorism to do anything about it.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Listen to the music

So are the Chinese trying to rub our noses in the fact that they have a maned space program and we don't?

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Its not what you think!

Hilarious, and kind of sad at the same time. Getting old clearly sucks! Probably the best parody of the Cheech and and Chong movies anybody could come up with.