Friday, August 31, 2012
I can understand that there are some phrases that become universally anethema. They become so over used in our language that regardless of what the term actually meant at one time in history, the new-speak definition makes it a no-no in polite company.
At the same time, there are phrases that have been used for hundreds of years that people are now looking to find the origin in order to find a reason to be offended. I some times wonder if the modern understanding of the meaning is true, just because it sounds good to make it offensive. Ironically, the educated Id10t who wrote the initial memo even states that these are only "possible origins" of the phrases. That kind of hints that he was looking for offense.
The phrases in the article include:
Rule of thumb
Hold down the fort
as an adult I have since learned that many words that were not considered offensive in polite society in my formative years (60's & 70's) are now almost blasphemous. words such as "squaw".....which by the way, no feathered indian language that I have heard of uses that that combination of sounds to denote a woman who conducts nocturnal gymnastics with a variety of men in exchange for monetary gain.
It is going to be a very boring day when every piece of audible or written communication has to be vetted for potential offense to another living person, regardless of their national origin, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation..... unless of course the speaker is non-white and American.
As a side note, ask a Thai speaker how they would translate the words green beans or pumpkin...but be leary of asking them what the word "yet" means if they were to translate it into english.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
There's a great old movie called, "Seven Days In May", staring Burt Lancaster, with Kirk Douglas as his #2. It was about a four-star General, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his plan to overthrow the US govt., with the help of several Generals, Admirals and members of congress, because they saw the president as a liberal weakling. And no, the plan didn't work, thanks to Kirk Douglas, and Commiewood...
Are we seeing a case of life imitating art?
Monday, August 27, 2012
What followed was “the most” despicable display of weakness and cowardice that i’ve ever seen. And it was on the part of the RNC head. Matthews launched into a tirade aimed directly at Priebus about how Romney is a racist because of Romney’s remark the other day saying, “no one needs to ask me for my birth certificate“. Matthews continued to rant wildly, so much so that he actually started to foam at the mouth. The RNC head just sat there, totally overwhelmed and blown away. He looked like someone who just walked into 200 mph gail-force winds. I have never seen anyone so humiliated, insulted, degraded, and scolded on national TV. And the only words the RNC head was able to get out were, “oh, stop it! In fact, it got so bad that the other Obamunists on the panel had to intervene and tell Matthews to calm down.
People like Mr. Priebus, John (the cryer) Boehner, and Mitch (mumbles) McConnell, are the reason why, IMO, the Republican party has become the national symbol of weakness, and why, even when they win, they’re still taking orders from the Demoncrats. Pathetic.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Drafts of the party platform, which it will adopt at a convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, next week, call for an audit of Federal Reserve monetary policy and a commission to look at restoring the link between the dollar and gold.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
(Daily Mail) A top high school student has been denied her diploma, all because she said the word 'hell' in her speech, given at the ceremony as the class valedictorian.
Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Oklahoma's Prague High School in May, making a speech that received laughter and applause. But when she went to collect her certificate from the school's administration office this week she was told she wouldn't be getting it until she wrote a formal letter apologising for using the "unacceptable" word. She was told she won't get the certificate until she writes a letter of apology.
The script for the teenager's speech, inspired by the film Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, had been given to the school in advance of the ceremony. It included the word 'heck', but in the excitement of the moment, she slipped up and said 'hell' instead, her dad explained. Her quote was, when she first started school she wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian. And now that she was getting closer to graduation people would ask her what do you want to do and she said "how the hell do I know? I've changed my mind so many times."' Furious, Nootbaar said she won't be saying sorry because she doesn't think she did anything wrong.
Adding to her anger is the fact that she starts college in a few days on a full scholarship. She earned that diploma she completed all the state curriculum,' said Mr Nootbaar. In four years she has never made a B. She got straight A's and had a 4.0 the whole way through. She has worked so hard to stay at the top of her class and this is not right.'
Of course, the school wasn't available for comment...
America? Not any more...
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
A friend told the blonde, "Christmas is on a Friday this year." The blonde then said, "Let's hope it's not the 13th."
Two blondes find three grenades, and they decide to take them to a police station. One asked, "What if one explodes before we get there?" The other says, "We'll lie and say we only found two."
A blonde is in the bathroom and her husband shouts, "Did you find the shampoo?" She says, "Yes, but I'm not sure what to do...it's for dry hair, and I've just wet mine."
A blonde goes to the vet with her goldfish. "I think it's got epilepsy," she tells the vet. The vet takes a look and says, "It seems calm enough to me." The blonde says, "I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet!"
A blonde spies a letter lying on her doormat. It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND" She spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.
A blonde's dog goes missing and she is frantic. Her husband says, "Why don't you put an ad in the paper?" She does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing. "What did you put in the paper?" her husband asks. "Here boy!" she replies.
A blonde is in jail. A guard looks in her cell and sees her hanging by her feet. "What the heck you doing?" he asks. "Hanging myself," the blonde replies. "It should be around your neck!" says the Guard. "I know," she replies, "but I couldn't breathe."
An Italian tourist asks a blonde, "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats into the water?" To which the blonde replies, "If they fell forward, they'd still be in the boat."
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Well, here's another one.
A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.) George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world. Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.
One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.
So much for spreading the wealth around.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Romney / Ryan were here a couple days ago they had to turn people away. Somewhere between 6K & 12K They had the same thing in other places since they announced Ryan as his VP candidate.
Joe Biden was here in my area yesterday, he got 'hundreds' of people. I can't find out how many 'hundreds', but they were at a NatGuard Armory, so I'm figuring 1 'hundreds'.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
“I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,” he said. “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry."
“I don’t want those jobs taking root in places like China, I want those jobs taking root in places like Pueblo,” Obama told a crowd gathered for a campaign rally at the Palace of Agriculture at the Colorado State Fairgrounds here."
He has finally and totally, lost his feeble mind.
As I said here and elsewhere before, he is SO insulated from reality, behind a wall of flaks and yes men that he truly believes that his efforts have worked. If they're getting the family meal time news from CNN / MSNBC he IS doing great things, just ask Chris Matthews! He thinks money for stuff like Solyndra WAS a great idea, but it failed ONLY because he and his lackeys weren't in charge of those green companies and their boards of directors.
The only thing more dangerous than a lying politician is one who rely believes his rhetoric.
And the idea that there is some unlimited pool of funding out there for this idea, is a crazed fantasy. We're so broke now we don't have a national pot to piss in, and he proposes to upgrade us to gold covered fixtures! Idiot.
ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.
COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.
ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.
COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 16% unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, that's 9%...
COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?
ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.
COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.
COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.
COSTELLO: What point?
ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work, can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.
COSTELLO: To whom?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.
ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment rolls, that would count as less unemployment?
ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?
ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how you get to 9%. Otherwise it would be 16%. You don't want to read about 16% unemployment, do ya?
COSTELLO: That would be frightening.
COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?
ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.
ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an economist.
COSTELLO: I don't even know what I just said!
ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like a politician.
The ultimate question....does that mean that 25% of work capable Americans are not producing? (besides those that don't produce anyway?)
As a part time side job performed on weekends in the winter and early spring, between sessions of teaching people how to kill people that desperately need it, I help out a buddy of mine who has a franchise for a tax service in our town.
some of the things that irk me are what people do such as:
---the polyg's who know that their single adult sons will draw that maximum EIC by making exactly $26,000 and claiming head of household with 3 of their younger siblings as dependants. As a tax preparer, how am I to investigate that they really don' t live with their older brother?
----the foreign nationals with Tax ID numbers or social security numbers that claim nephews & neices who also have social security numbers and also claim head of household with 3 dependants...especially with a whole group coming in together.....it is irksome, but I also understand that our "give till the only thing we have left to give is an IOU" government has passed laws making this legal.
On the other hand, I can't imagine 23,994 people living at the same address in Atlanta. That house must be bigger than many small towns I have lived in. Or 2,706 people sharing the same bank account. This would be blatant fraud that our beloved government should maybe spend a few hours investigating, especially when the fraud appears to be in the millions of dollars! Instead of attempting a Jedi mind trick of "there is nothing here to see, please look at the man's wife who got sick after she gave up her insurance 6 years after her husband decided not to look for a new job"
Or maybe the government bean counters have determined that it is cheaper to give money away than to prosecute theives who can't afford their own lawyers, and quite possibly don't even live within our borders, thus requiring an extradition order.
While $7.3 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the $15,000 million debt the (notice I didn't say "our") president has helped us attain, it is still more than I would make in 100 years at my current salary.
Terry Goodkind, sci-fi/fantasy author, I figured him to be a liberal of sorts just based off of his chosen profession (call me shallow). Reading Faith of the Fallen, I have have come to a new conclusion. Sadly, there is a huge number of our poplulation that would probably side with antagonists in that series, firmly in the belief that the only reason socialism doesn't work is because the right people haven't been in charge.....as opposed to the only reason it doesn't work, is because there are free thinking human beings involved.