@dahreese: re: "...I have confidence you can point me to the source," perhaps the writer was referring to Carl Sagan's famous forecast on ABC's "Nightline", after the Gulf War, that a "nuclear winter" would certainly chill all of Earth as a consequence of Saddam Hussein's torching of 700 oil wells in Kuwait.
Mr. Conant couldn't be more wrong. Were he a real American, he'd know self-sufficiency is the strong, solid foundation of this country. His ideology, dependency, is but a disease upon it.
Addressing each of his points, in turn:
• I secure my home and my person. I built it solid and safe and fire resistant to protect my family and I fortified it to keep Conant's type out.
• My children were taught to care for themselves and each other and to read before they got to school. And I sent them to schools that were accountable to me, not to lying stealing politicians. I would not leave most of the politicians I've met alone in my house--I damn sure won't leave them alone with my children.
• Excellent highways? Yes, all built by excellent private contractors.
• I take primary care of my medical needs, I don't smoke or drug or drink and I am careful to avoid disease. And, when I need a physician, every ten or so years, I hire one.
• The American military is truly second to none. Their leadership--not so much...
• "Financially stable" Social Security and Medicare? Mr. Conant, have you been drinking? The government is broke. No, worse than that, it passed broke thirty years ago...
• The food supply? That's your neighbors--the farmers, fishermen, bakers and grocers. Not some FDA sloth. Water quality I trusted to Mr. John Michael 35 years ago and I've had no reason to regret that decision. Air quality is a shared responsibility, a proper function of government. But inane, unelected EPA administrators are abusing their responsibility and, by their incompetence, they are threatening the industrial base of the whole nation. Pharmaceuticals, airlines, automobiles, trains, utilities, etc. are private companies whose survival is market-regulated and who, absent government intervention, are held to high standards of safety by civil lawyers and courts.
• Assistance for the less fortunate is what I do privately and through my church and through my charitable donations.
• Finally, as to your opium-like dream of some magically pure "elected government that is responsive to the needs and desires of citizens, that operates openly and fairly, and acts as a responsible steward of our tax dollars?" Jeez, Mr. Conant, if you don't get help at Charter, for God's sake, get help somewhere!posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:08
If your job is processing checks, you might want to think about changing careers. I deposited a handwritten check at the ATM outside the Bank of America last month. The machine scanned the check, front & back, "read" the handwritten amount correctly and canceled it, as I watched.posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 08:08
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves have banned visiting off-duty cops from carrying their weapons inside the stadium. Read more:posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 07:45
[quote][b]"Obamacare ... will cost the government less than expected[/b][/quote]
No government program or service ever costs less than its' free-market equivalent. Not one, zero, zip, nada.
Never, in American history or in the history of the world, has the forced program of a government been cheaper than the best private-enterprise version of the same thing, when all the costs are included. It's impossible.
And it gets worse with time. When markets and technology change, the free market rewards the early adopter with increased market share and increased margins. But not government. Government institutions are fortified to resist change. They don't innovate because innovation implies need for change, inadequacy, failure. Instead of evolving through constant improvement, mature government programs respond to individual customers' demands for improvement by mandating compliance and compelling acceptance. Mature government programs respond to groups' demands for change by themselves demanding bigger budgets.
Such institutional imperatives aren't limited to one ideology or any particular politics. They're not a Democrat or a Republican thing, they're just simple, economic truth. The dynamics of ruling are different from those of serving. And they know no geographic boundaries, either. And they're immutable. And indisputable. Like gravity. Timeless and inevitable. Like climate change.
Private solutions reward thrift, transparancy and innovation. Public solutions engender secrecy. Government programs actually measure success in part by their spending, not their frugality. And government institutions punish reporting failure.
Local government's not bad but the further away government autocrats are from the job they are doing, the worse the result. For instance, Washington D.C. is the center of decision-making for border control. And today, centuries and billions of dollars later, more Mexicans work in America than in Mexico. In fact, the biggest industry in Mexico--the economic engine which powers that country's economy--is the provision of workers to America. Yes, those thrifty, hard working guys (and gals) send most of their earnings home, to Mexico, every week.
D.C., true to form, blames the guest worker industry here on the American taxpayers that hired the D.C. crowd in the first place. Those Washington wise guys, tirelessly creative when it comes to evading responsibility, have now put us American employers in the border control business. Yep, Washington's answer to complaints that they're not doing their job is to require us to do their job for them. But we don't get a paycheck for our efforts, or benefits. And we still have to pay the Washington D.C. guys and the Border Patrol agents for doing nothing.
And all the while, actively working against us, other taxpayer funded government programs are providing comfort services to the illegals. Quizzed, social service agencies argue that they should provide quality of life services to the illegals freely, even aggressively, and without responsibility for the illegals' nativity.
In fact every responsibility the people of this country have given their government has been a failure on some level. For instance, who's your water provider? If you gave your government control over your water supply then you know you are today being told there is a shortage of water. A shortage of water, though water still covers three quarters of the world. A shortage though, in most areas of the world, water literally falls from the sky for months out of every year. But government providers never accept blame for their mismanagement. They don't need to. They simply blame their customers. "Ration!", "Cut back!," they tell us. ("Oh, and quit complaining," they hint. "We know where you live...")
Elsewhere, government schools spend three times what their private counterparts spend. Government-built housing projects cost twice what comparable private construction projects cost. The Department of Energy has never found or produced any energy but next year will burn $9.8 Billion dollars. The Department of Education has never educated anyone. The EPA wants to regulate cow farts. The Department of Labor is outlawing labor. In just the last thirty years they've eliminated the South's once world-class textile industry, North Carolina's furniture industry, the steel pipe foundries of Birmingham and Chattanooga. The personal computer industry America invented is now burgeoning, everywhere but in America.
No government program has or ever will be a cheap and efficient way of providing services. That's not what government's for. Government is for doing things for us that we can't reasonably or fairly do for ourselves. Military. Policing. Protecting property rights, real and intellectual. Stuff we can't do for ourselves.posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:08
Bubba, the People's Champion, celebrated his second Masters championship with a family dinner at the Waffle House, the People's Chow Place, where he snapped this "selfie:"
posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 05:38
If voters were swayed by billionaires' campaign spending then Ross Perot would have been elected President in '92, not Bill ("That depends on the meaning of 'is'!") Clinton.posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 06:16
"Univeristy?"posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 08:30
The sheriff's smart to re-assign him. The sheriff has long known that his jailers need regular practice deploying their tasers. Seems to me this clown's demonstrated an aptitude and ability for role playing that will make him an invaluable part of the taser training team--as a target!
posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 07:36
That's one ugly building.
posted @ Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 06:45
Nonsense. People are paid what they earn, less the government's cut. And those, "...monthly benefits cut by 5.5 percent, beginning this month. That’s about $36 less..."?
If 5.5% equals $36, as the writer asserts, then her hypothetical family is still getting $619 a month for doing nothing. That's a ridiculously huge amount to spend just on food in a month.
Truth is, only invalids and morons can't find work in America. Don't believe it? Ask a Mexican. So, since food stamp eligibility defines recipients as being unfit, it's faulty reasoning on program administrator's part expect those receiving the hand-outs to shop for themselves. Better for recipients and for tax payers (and for the under-employed postal workers) would be to mail to America's invalids, physical and mental, pre-cooked and packaged rations.
Instead of giving our crippled and disabled credit cards that they can only use at huge, concrete-floored, warehouse-like grocery stores, deliver to the disabled cans of food pre-configured for nutritional value, like the military does.posted @ Friday, November 8, 2013 - 08:12
[quote]"We’ll save our Republican friends a recitation of all the damage they did to themselves during the recent battle over the government shutdown..."[/quote]
So you're telling us, "better put some ice on that..."
posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 07:05
Arbitrary and artificially high Federal wage minimums effectively made entire industries illegal in America. The clean industries that anchored every Southern town--textile mills, sewing plants, electronics assembly, furniture manufacturing and domestic help, to name a few--were common a generation ago. Then Federal interventionism shuttered those careers.
Nationwide, millions of people who formerly earned responsibility, respect and recognition now only have waiting in lines for welfare handouts.
Give them their lives back--eliminate the Federal minimum wage!
posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 06:54
Government, by its nature, is anti-business. The free market which built America has been throttled and bound by the organized sloth that our Federal government has become.
Government today is pretend jobs for pretend workers. Every election cycle those pretend workers vote for pretend representatives, themselves financed by the pretend industries built on selling government pretend goods and services. Every election cycle they increase their numbers.
The country was never supposed to be a democracy. Democracy is mob rule. Democracy is Greed, Inc. But it's happened. The union of government workers, families living entirely or partially on welfare, and corporations specializing in trading overpriced or worthless goods and services to government; in exchange for political contributions, stock tips, sweetheart property deals and old-fashioned bribes; is a leviathan moving the country in seismic bumps and lurches to the precipice of complete collapse.posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 06:34
Celebrate him by seeing him in person. He plays every night, these days.
@Abc: Nonsense.posted @ Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 08:50
You're a classy guy, Mr. Tant. Goofy politics, but a superb writer with a great heart.posted @ Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 08:13
[quote][b]dzogchen[/b] - Please point out any factual errors you see.[/quote]
1) "...Obamacare, on March 23, 2010... became a law."
All bills must be passed by both halves of Congress before they are passed to the President for his signature. Neither the House's version nor the Senate's was passed by the other house.
2) "Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz raised $1.9 million in the third quarter..."
Ted Cruz reported $708,242 in contributions in the third quarter.
3) "Cruz and his ilk shut down the federal government."
The Federal government didn't shut down.
The Tea Party is not a political party nor is it aligned with one. It is a movement begun this time as the first time not by paid-off politicians but by citizens. Literate, working, family-aware, real Americans have been stirred to restore the Constitution to its rightful place at the foundation of all law in the United States. Not by bloodshed nor even by political trickery do we propose to cause change but simply by educationally forced osmosis. In support of that we proselytize each other about the meaning and value and righteousness of that divinely inspired document, the US Constitution. And we organize at the grass roots level to support those who support the restoration of America not so much for our own lives but for those of our children and of our children's children.
Some politicians of standing in both major, professional political parties recognize and support our mission. Most, recognizing that our success would limit their own influence, desperately oppose us.
Because Federal spending is huge and the vast majority of it is done in spite of Constitutional restrictions, there are millions of bought-off, non-politicians who have come to depend on the free milk of the Federal cash cow. We know and expect that they oppose restoring the limits and responsibility that Constitutionality imposes. May I presume that last group describes you?posted @ Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 07:39
I bought a co-ed a couple of shots last night at the Globe. Where's my ten grand?posted @ Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 06:35
Sad, sad news.posted @ Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 08:03
[quote][b]Standard & Poors says the shutdown cost the US economy $24 Billion[/b][/quote]
CBS says the presidency of Barack Obama costs the U.S. economy $1000 billion every eight months.
posted @ Friday, October 18, 2013 - 18:37
[quote][b]As I See It[/b] - @Eastville: Who are the "non-essential Federal employees"? [/quote]
Michele Obama's personal staff:
1. $172,200 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects For The First Lady)
3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary for Mrs. Obama)
4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
5. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
6. $90,000 - Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
7. $84,000 - Lilyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Project for the First Lady)
10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
11. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B.(Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
13. $60,000 Fitz, Alan O.(Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
14. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
18. $43,000 - Tubman, Samantha a (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
21. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
22. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)
And the make-up artist. And the hairdresser.
Cut the work week (and pay) of non-essential Federal employees down to three days a week--Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. That will balance the budget, bring Federal pay down to the level of private pay, and, since they lay-out most Fridays and Mondays, their "work" output will be unchanged. Problem solved.posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 07:14
Charity is done by the charitable, with their own money. Welfare's a corruption of that. It creates a permanent underclass, entitled and resentful. Enslaved not by whips and chains but by lies and misunderstanding. Ideological whores, turning liberal tricks for poverty pimps, they're naked of real, timeless & true values. Welfare administrators and the recipients of their purloined largess leave home everyday tarted-out in liberal lies, walking the streets, playing their parts.posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 06:33
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more