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Bloviating Zeppelin: August 2010

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Republican Agenda?


Oooooo, the Big, Bad Scawwwy Wepubwicans (said in your best Elmer Fudd voice) are back at it. And this time, Daily Kos actually has it correct:

The Republicans do have an agenda

Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 02:30:04 PM PDT

As noted by Jed Lewison, the Republican agenda, should they retake the House, distills down to this:

  1. Extend Bush tax cuts for wealthy.
  1. Pledge to veto EFCA or energy reform legislation passed by Congress after the November election but before the new Congress.
  1. Tell Democrats to support the GOP's effort to repeal a provision of the health care law that Boehner claims would require businesses to itemize all expenditures over $600. (Note that Republicans actually blocked a vote to repeal the mandate in House and the small jobs bill in the Senate, currently being blocked by the GOP, is also a vehicle for repeal.)
  1. Submit a massive spending reduction package to Congress.
  1. (Tell the president to) (f)ire his entire economic team.

As Jed summarized:

The thing about that list is that there isn't a single thing about what Republicans would actually do. It's just a list of demands on President Obama and except for the first one -- in which Boehner demands Obama extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthy -- they are purely rhetorical in nature.

I would predominantly concur:

- EXTEND the Bush tax cuts. Absolutely!
- Veto ALL energy legislation if it REMOTELY smells like CapNTax. Absolutely!
- Not far ENOUGH. Repeal EVERY WORD of ObakaKare and start over. Absolutely!
- Submit a MASSIVE spending reduction package to Congress. Absolutely!
- Don't stop with firing Obama's economic team. Fire his entire cabinet and all of his Czars. Absolutely!


Quite frankly, I think the GOP should be proud if it were to be collectively called the Party Of NO. Problem is, too many Republicans like to keep that pork coming and enjoy spending money that isn't theirs.

BZ

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fleeing Fornicalia: The State Is Doomed


It is an alleged "axiom" that Fornicalia is bleeding businesses. Many people have said it; some don't believe it. I've stated this quite frankly for some time. Here is the proof.

Besides EA, eBay and Adobe, the following companies have fled Fornicalia due to its confiscatory tax rates, business-adverse environment and overwhelming regulations:

Abraxis Health,
Alza Corp.,
American AVK
American Racing,
Apple Computer
Audix Corporation,
Apria Healthcare Group
Assurant Inc.,
Barefoot Motors
Bazz Houston Co.,
Beckman Coulter
Bild Industries Inc.,
Bill Miller Engineering, Ltd.
BMC Select ,
BPI Labs
Buck Knives,
CalPortland Cement
California Casualty Group,
CalStar Products Inc.
Checks To-Go,
Chivaroli & Associates
CoreSite,
A Carlyle Company
Creel Printing ,
Dassault Falcon
DaVita Inc.
Digital Domain,
Ditech
DuPont Fabros Technology
EDMO Distributors, Inc.
Edwards Lifesciences,
EMRISE Corp.,
Facebook
FallLine Corporation,
Fidelity National Financial
First American Corp.,
Fluor Corp.
Foxconn Electronics,
Fuel System Solutions
Gregg Industries,
Hewlett-Packard
Hilton Hotels Corp.,
Hino Motor Manufacturing USA
Intel Corporation,
Intuit of Mountain View
J.C. Penney ,
Kimmie Candy Co.
Klaussner Home Furnishings,
Knight Protective Industries
Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc.,
LCF Enterprises
Lennox Hearth Products Inc.,
Lyn-Tron, Inc.
Mariah Power,
Maxwell America
Miasolé,
MotorVac Technologies
Nissan North America,
Northrop Grumman
One2Believe,
Patmont Motor Werks, Inc.
Paragon Relocation Resources
Pixel Magic,
Plastic Model Engineering, Inc.
Precor,
Premier Inc.,
Pro Cal of South Gate
Race Track Chaplaincy of Amer.,
Red Truck Fire & Safety Co.
SAIC,
Scale Computing
Schott Solar Inc.,
SimpleTech
Smiley Industries,
Solaicx
SolarWorld,
Special Devices Inc.
StarKist,
Stasis Engineering
Stata Corp.,
Tapmatic
Teledesic,
Telmar Network Technology Inc.
Terremark,
Terumo Cardiovascular Systems
Toyota,
True Games Interactive Inc.
TTM Technologies,
Understand.com
US Press shifted,
USAA Insurance
Yahoo

-- and many more. . .

From American Independent News, on companies leaving Fornicalia and their reasons -- the above notations in detail:

Abraxis Health, a unit of Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience Inc., opened a new plant that will create 200 jobs in 2010 — in Phoenix. This follows the company’s Phoenix expansions that occurred in 2007 and 2008.

Alza Corp. in 2007 eliminated about 600 jobs in drug R&D while also exiting its Mountain View, Calif., HQ. At the time the company said that its 1,200-person Vacaville facility will continue to operate. But the Vacaville Reporter on Oct. 23, 2009 revealed that the plant is being offered for sale by J&J, its parent company. It’s unclear if more layoffs are in the facility’s future.

American AVK, a producer of fire hydrants and other water-related products, moved from Fresno to Minden, Nevada.

American Racing moved its auto-wheel production to Mexico, ending most of its 47-year operation in California.

Apple Computer has expanded in other states, most recently with a $1 billion facility planned for North Carolina.

Audix Corporation relocated from Redwood City, Calif., and to accommodate growth moved to a 78,000-square-foot facility in Wilson, Oregon.

Apria Healthcare Group of Lake Forest is shifting jobs from California to Overland Park, Kansas, a K.C. suburb.

Assurant Inc. cut 325 jobs in Orange County and consolidated positions in Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina.

Barefoot Motors, a small “green” manufacturer, moved from Sonoma and will grow in Ashland, Oregon.

Bazz Houston Co. located in Garden Grove, has slowly been building a workforce of about 35 people in Tijuana. In early 2010 the company said it expects to move more jobs to Mexico, citing cost and regulatory difficulties in Southern California.

Beckman Coulter, a biomedical test equipment manufacturer headquartered in Brea, relocated part of its Palo Alto facilities to Indianapolis, Indiana, two years ago. In early 2010, it’s making a multimillion-dollar investment to expand and create up to 100 new jobs in Indiana. The company said the area offers a “favorable business environment and lower total cost of operations, plus a local work force with strong skills in both engineering and manufacturing.”

Bild Industries Inc., which specializes in business news, directories and market reports, moved to Post Falls, Idaho, from Van Nuys, a part of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.

Bill Miller Engineering, Ltd., suffering under the “hostile business climate” in California and Los Angeles County, moved from Harbor City to Carson City, Nevada.

BMC Select has conducted an unusual relocation. The company, which had shifted its headquarters from Idaho to San Francisco, relocated its H.Q. back to Boise in January 2010. The building materials distributor said that regaining its footing in Boise retained access to high-quality employees while reducing wage and occupancy costs.

BPI Labs, which formulates, manufactures, and fills personal care products for the health and beauty industry, relocated from Sacramento to Evanston, Wyoming, a move the company’s owner called “very successful . . . . It felt good and I've never looked back."

Buck Knives after 62 years in San Diego moved to Post Falls, Idaho.

CalPortland Cement has announced in late 2009 closure of its Riverside County plant because of new environmental regulations from a state law (AB 32). The company’s CEO wrote, “A cement plant cannot be picked up and moved, but the next new plant probably won't be built in California meaning more good, high paying manufacturing jobs will be lost to Nevada or China or somewhere.”

California Casualty Group left San Mateo for Colorado, cutting operating costs to remain competitive.

CalStar Products Inc., headquartered in Newark, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay Area, in January 2010 was awarded $2.44 million in federal clean energy tax credits. The company said in the future it expects to build additional plants in the Mississippi Valley and the East Coast. In late 2009 CalStar opened a plant in Caledonia, Wisconsin.

Checks To-Go moved to Utah where workers’ comp rates helped make the troubled company healthier.

Chivaroli & Associates, a healthcare-related insurance service based in Westlake Village, Calif., moved a regional office to Spokane, Washington.

CoreSite, A Carlyle Company, is delaying a Santa Clara project while it expands its data center in Reston, Virginia.

Creators Syndicate may flee L.A. because it operates like a "banana republic."

Creel Printing left Costa Mesa for Las Vegas and So Cal loses 60 more jobs.

Dassault Falcon looked at building an aircraft services facility in Riverside County but instead located in Reno.

DaVita Inc. moved its HQ from Los Angeles to Denver; expects to see millions of dollars in savings over time.

Denny's Corp., the large restaurant chain, once had its headquarters in La Mirada, later in Irvine, Calif, and then moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina. In fairness, I note the move occurred in the early 1990s. However it’s noteworthy because the company was founded in California and its growth over time created HQ jobs in another state.

Digital Domain, the Academy-Award-winning visual effects studio based in Venice, Calif., placed new studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Port St. Lucie, Florida, which combined will have about 500 employees. The facilities will allow the company to reduce costs while continuing to deliver cutting-edge work.

Ditech, headquartered in Costa Mesa, announced in January 2010 a 269-job cut and is moving most activities to the GMAC Financial Services (parent company) headquarters in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. In 2007, Ditech relocated some workers from Costa Mesa to Phoenix. A once robust Costa Mesa facility employing hundreds will be down to 20 or 30 workers.

DuPont Fabros Technology suspended a $270 million Santa Clara data center project in favor of one in Ashburn, Virginia.

eBay, based in San Jose, will create 450 jobs in Draper, Utah, in a new $334 million operations, customer support and data center.

EDMO Distributors, Inc., a world-wide wholesaler of aircraft avionics, test equipment, and pilot supplies, moved its HQ from Valencia, Calif., to Spokane Valley, Wash. Since, it has built a larger headquarters in the city’s Mirabeau Point community complex.
Edwards Lifesciences based in Irvine will expand with 1,000 employees – not in California but in Draper, Utah.

EMRISE Corp. completed its HQ move from Rancho Cucamonga to Eatontown, NJ, in May 2009. The company said the move “will result in additional annualized cost savings of approximately $1 million and facilitate improvements in operating efficiency. . . . The cost savings associated with relocating our corporate headquarters will start immediately. . . The aggregate total of these expense reductions will increase our profitability and cash flow in this and succeeding years and, over time, substantially improve our ability to further reduce our long term debt."

Facebook, based in Palo Alto, will expand in a major way in Oregon by locating a custom data center in Prineville. It will be a 147,000-square-foot facility costing $180 million and will employ 200 workers during construction and another 35 full-time once operating in 2011.

FallLine Corporation left Huntington Beach, where they were being “hammered” with multiple governmental regulatory fees, for Reno, Nevada.

Fidelity National Financial left Santa Barbara for Florida, spurred by California’s “oppressive” business environment.

First American Corp., based in Santa Ana, will open a call center in March 2010 not in California but in Phoenix, where it expects to employ about 400 people within two years.

Fluor Corp. moved its global headquarters from Aliso Viejo to Irving, Texas, with about 100 employees asked to relocate while the company planned to hire the same number there. In 2006, when Fluor moved into its new headquarters building, a company statement said: “The official dedication had a decidedly Texas theme” as a horseshoe was raised on the building, a time-honored Texas tradition.

Foxconn Electronics, a large contract electronics maker, moved some of its Fullerton operations to Dallas.

Fuel System Solutions moved its headquarters from Santa Ana to New York.

Gregg Industries, owned by Neenah Enterprises Inc. in Wisconsin, closed a 300-employee foundry in El Monte foundry under pressure from the South Coast Air Quality Management District to make $5 million in upgrades. The company didn't want to make the investment in the difficult economic climate so it decided instead to leave the state.

Helix Wind Inc. may move its research and development, engineering, and testing departments from San Diego to “more supportive” Oregon.

Hewlett-Packard, HQ’d in Palo Alto, at various times has moved jobs to Tennessee and Texas.

Hilton Hotels Corp. in 2009 is moving from its longtime corporate H.Q. in Beverly Hills to a new office in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Hino Motor Manufacturing USA moved from California to Williamstown, West Virginia, in 2007, where it now employs about 100 workers. The company has growth plans to “Raise Hino's presence from medium-/heavy /heavy-duty trucks to all ranges of trucks” and an aggressive program to improve fuel economy and emissions. The company builds trucks under its own brand and also manufactures Toyota-branded vehicles.

Intel Corporation, headquartered in Santa Clara, has chosen to expand operations in neighboring states.

Intuit of Mountain View created a customer support office (110 people) not in California but in Colorado because of lower operating costs.Intuit placed a data center near Quincy, Washington.
Intuit also located Innovative Merchant Solutions LLC in Las Vegas as part of a $1.8 million investment in Nevada.

J.C. Penney closed its Sacramento call center and moved the work to five out-of-state centers. [I know of this personally; the massive call center was located at Fair Oaks & El Camino; it is now one massive empty building. - BZ]

Kimmie Candy Co., a manufacturer that was started in 1999, moved from Sacramento to Nevada in 2005. “I really don’t have a lot of regrets about moving up to Reno,” said owner Joe Dutra.

Klaussner Home Furnishings in closing its La Mirada manufacturing plant will maintain its NC and Iowa operations.

Knight Protective Industries moved to Oregon “where 4-day work weeks were permitted by the state” and wanted by the employees.

Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. announced in February 2010 that it is closing its Irvine plant, laying off 56 people, and will shift the work to Malaysia and Singapore. The facility had been owned by Orthodyne Electronics Corp., which Kulicke & Soffa bought in 2008.

LCF Enterprises, which makes specialized high-end amplifiers used by researchers, medical professionals and others, moved from Camarillo, Calif., to Post Falls, Idaho.

Lennox Hearth Products Inc. in Orange, Calif., will lay off 71 workers and by March 2010 will transfer the jobs to Nashville and Union City, Tennessee, “to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies.”

Lyn-Tron, Inc., a supplier of electronic hardware, moved from Los Angeles to Spokane, Wash. Their website has a rather California(ish) statement: “Our commitment is to maintain a manufacturing environment that is progressive and safe, where our employees are able to achieve their personal objectives, thereby adding to their quality of life and to the community in which they live.”

Mariah Power, a “green” manufacturer of small wind turbines, moved from California to Nevada and in 2009 teamed up with another company to begin production in Manistee, Michigan.

Maxwell America, a boating equipment maker, in February 2010 closed its Santa Ana offices and moved them to Hanover, Md. One reason given was the indirect impact of California environmental regulations. A company official said over the years many California boat builders relocated to the Midwest and East where they don’t face the same restrictions.

MiaSolé, based in the Silicon Valley, was reported in January 2010 to be planning a 500,000-square-foot plant, which could be one of the largest solar factories in the United States. The location is not near its in Santa Clara headquarters but in the Atlanta, Georgia, area where its workforce eventually could exceed 1,000. The news came one week after MiaSolé received $101.8 million in federal tax credits.

MotorVac Technologies announced in February 2010 that it’s leaving Santa Ana for Ontario, Canada. MotorVac’s CEO said he “really fought hard to keep MotorVac here, but unfortunately the numbers didn't support it.” The move cuts costs because it’s new owner, UView, has its own plant with excess capacity in Canada. And the general cost of doing business in California is much more expensive."

Nissan North America moved its Los Angeles headquarters to Nashville, Tenn.

Northrop Grumman by 2011 will relocate its Los Angeles H.Q. to the Washington, DC metro area. It’s the last major aerospace company to leave Southern California, the birthplace of the aerospace industry.

One2Believe, a specialty religious-toy maker, left California for East Aurora, New York.

Patmont Motor Werks, Inc. (GoPed manufacturer), after being hit by California regulators for hundreds of thousands of dollars in small fines even though his company has a stellar safety record, moved to Nevada.

Paragon Relocation Resources moved from Rancho Santa Margarita to Irving, Texas.

Pixel Magic, headquartered in Toluca Lake, Calif., (Los Angeles metro area), is locating a studio in Lafayette, Louisiana, where it will create 40 new jobs between 2010 and 2013. The company, which provides digital effects for motion pictures and television, said the Louisiana people they were in contact with have an immediate understanding of technology and data handling.

Plastic Model Engineering, Inc., a custom plastic injection molder and mold manufacturer, moved from Sylmar, Calif. to the “Inland Northwest,” notably Post Falls, Idaho.

Precor will stop manufacturing fitness machines in California and re-open in North Carolina.

Premier Inc., the largest healthcare alliance in the nation, will move its HQ from San Diego to Charlotte, involving an investment of $17.7 million and adding 300 jobs in North Carolina. The announcement was made Oct. 14, 2009.

Pro Cal of South Gate, in Los Angeles County, a unit of Myers Industries, expanded its Sparks, Nev., operations to become the company's primary West Coast production and distribution facility. Pro Cal is a plastics manufacturer of nursery containers and a big recycler.

Race Track Chaplaincy of America started 2010 by shifting its headquarters from Los Angeles to Lexington, Kentucky. The non-profit group said it had wanted to relocate from the Hollywood Park Race Track for several reasons, one of which is the significant cost of doing business on the West Coast.

Red Truck Fire & Safety Company left Fresno for Minden, Nevada in 2007 because of California's myriad fees and regulations that meant “death by thousand cuts.”

SAIC will move its headquarters east, from San Diego to McLean, Virginia, which the Washington Post called “Another Coup for Area.” The announcement was made Sept. 24, 2009; it is unclear how many employees will move east in 2009 and 2010.

Scale Computing, a data-storage developer and manufacturer, is leaving Silicon Valley for Indiana.

Schott Solar Inc. will close its sales and customer service office in Roseville and will relocate the office to Albuquerque, NM.

SimpleTech transferred its manufacturing work from Santa Ana to Asia more than a year ago.

Smiley Industries, an aerospace manufacturer, moved to Phoenix, where productivity improved.

Solaicx, based in the Silicon Valley, said in early 2010 that it will expand its manufacturing plant in Portland, Oregon. Solaicx received $18.2 million in federal tax credits as part of Washington’s efforts to advance green energy.

SolarWorld, a maker of solar technology founded in Camarillo, consolidated manufacturing in Oregon after that state offered property tax abatement and business energy tax credits. The company will employ about 1,000 in Oregon by 2011.

Special Devices Inc. brought 250 jobs to Mesa, Arizona, from Moorpark, Calif.

StarKist headquarters is leaving San Francisco for Pittsburgh, Pa.

Stasis Engineering moved from Sonoma County to West Virginia, a “friendlier business climate.”

Stata Corp., which specializes in data analysis and statistical software, moved from Santa Monica, California to College Station, Texas.

Tapmatic, a metalworking firm whose owners were “fed up with the onerous business environment,” moved from Orange County, California to Post Falls in northern Idaho.

Teledesic moved to Washington state in anticipation of better capital gains.

Telmar Network Technology Inc. moved from Irvine to Plano, Texas, consolidating some 150 workers there.

Terremark postponed a Santa Clara project earlier this year to invest $50 million in a Culpeper, Va. project.

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems is moving R&D from OC to Ann Arbor, Michigan, involving 65 jobs and $3.5 million in investments.

Toyota will stop making cars in Fremont, will idle 4,700 workers, and move work to Canada and San Antonio, Texas.

True Games Interactive Inc. will its H.Q. from Irvine to Austin, Texas, where it expects to have about 60 workers by the middle of 2010.

TTM Technologies will leave L.A. & Hayward and move to other states and China to achieve big cost savings.

Twentieth Century Props of L.A. has gone out of business as film-making has moved to lower-cost states.

Understand.com moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Reno, a loss for California in that the company is a leader in web-based patient education content and shows strong growth. The company was named 2007 Innovator of the Year by a Northern publication and the company’s founder and received a media and Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network Under 40 award and was selected as a 20/20 Business Visionary by Nevada Business Magazine.

US Airways is realigning operations and California is no longer considered part of its “core.” The airline is closing its John Wayne Airport maintenance station and in early 2010 will redistribute the mechanics across its system.

US Press shifted work from Los Angeles and San Diego to Portland, “where union rules were almost rational.”

USAA Insurance closed its 625-person Sacramento campus in favor of other states.

Yahoo opened a data center in Quincy, Washington, a community that now hopes to land high-tech manufacturing.

The list will grow as Sacramento considers more measures that will increase corporate taxes, increase workers’ comp costs, increase regulatory reporting requirements (along with higher fines for minor infractions), increase gasoline and diesel-fuel taxes, increase water rates, increase electric-power rates, increase square-footage rental/lease rates and increase assorted fees that will cause services to become more expensive.

I'm sure the Fornicalia Leftist/Socialist governmental regulatory board members and Demorats involved directly or peripherally in these business matters are saying collectively: "and good riddance to you, despoilers of our environment, rapers of our employees, pillagers of our resources. We'll do just fine without you."

With this caveat: no. You will not. You are still driving businesses away because you do not realize one primary Logic Point:

Businesses are not in business to lose money, customers or employees. They do not exist in order to balance your state budget upon their backs.

What you are discovering is this: they and their employees vote with their feet and their cars and their trucks. As in "moving trucks."

As in: we are leaving. We still have choices and alternatives. We owe nothing to Fornicalia.

And they are correct: they owe nothing to Fornicalia.

BZ

Friday, August 27, 2010

You Catch It -- You CLEAN It


I've been thinking for a few weeks now, since it's not entirely impossible for the Republicans to take back the House (many Demorats are saying, in back rooms, that the House is simply gone) and perhaps can even make some inroads with the Senate, that there is an even larger problem than just a numerical superiority in the House.

The Big Question is this: let's say the Republicans do take the House. Let's say that put the Senate right around 50/50. What then?

Once the Republicans have "caught" it, will they be able to "clean" it?

From a Robert Ringer WND Commentary:

If they win big on Nov. 2, Republicans will be faced with a choice: Hand the sword of power over to the new faces in the party – those who truly believe in freedom and free markets and are serious about putting an end to the never-ending sham of "compromise" – or use the sword to commit hara-kiri.

Let's hope it's not a bloody ending for the Grand Old Party.

In the words of RWR:



Once again I should care to remind everyone: November is indeed a crossroads. But it's only one part of the plan. The real work doesn't end on that day -- it only begins on that day.

Then it becomes incumbent on Conservatives to really apply the pressure.

BZ

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Home Economics

I'm sure it's no longer offered in high school and likely hasn't been offered in years because it makes too much sense and doesn't cater to "niche" and "boutique" children, but do you remember when Home Economics -- or its shortened title of Home Ec -- was endemic? At one point in public schooling we actually taught students how to manage their households, organize their lives, and live within a budget.


It's clear that members of the current Obama Administration and the Demorat Party -- along with a number of Republicans -- never took a basic Home Ec 101 class in high school or college.

The foundation of budgeting and economics is, really, remarkably easy to understand. When people indicate you absolutely must have a PhD to understand economics, then all the bells and klaxons ought to be clanging in your head.

Because it doesn't take a genius to determine the very foundational concept of economics, which is:

- Output should not exceed input. That means, spending should not exceed revenues, or there will be problems.

Period.

There. You are now an economics genius.

So: what happens when your spending exceeds your revenues at home? This: you owe money; you go into debt.

What happens when you go into debt?

You must determine where to cut spending. Obviously, you cannot continue spending money you do not have.

Otherwise you may find liens against the property you own -- and the items you do not own (purchased on credit) may become subject to repossession. In other words, there will be consequences to your poor economic choices. Your credit rating may plummet. Persons and entities may not want to lend you money any more. You may be sent to "collections." Your life will not be pleasant. You may have to declare bankruptcy, which will ruin your credit rating for many years to come.

There will be consequences to your overspending and failing to live within your means.

Again emphasized: spending must not exceed revenues.

Now, consider this: what makes you think that any government entity can step outside the realm of basic economics? What makes anyone think economic basics don't apply to government and its numerous agencies?

Therefore, what makes anyone think that any government -- federal, state, city, county -- can spend money it does not possess and continue to survive?

Just because it "wants" things? Just because its constituents "want" things?

Chances are, you know more about economics -- now, after this lesson -- than your average government budget analyst.

With this in mind, considering our current national economic plight, I ask two questions of you:

1. - Do you believe it's a good idea to increase taxes and continue spending? [Yes or No]
2. - Do you believe it's a good idea to cut spending and likewise cut taxes? [Yes or No]

Our future solvency and strength revolves around the proper answers to these questions. It really is this simple.

BZ

P.S.
In making this decision, please consider the following:

- Economic growth in the US is execrable;
- Some say a government bond default is unavoidable;
- US home sales are at their lowest point in recorded history;
- Joe Biden thinks this is all just fine;

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Obama's Numbers Continue To Plummet:


But most markedly with males.

Why might that be?

I'll write what few men have the balls to write:

It's because most women base decisions predicated but upon emotions rather than facts.

Men [with the exception of the current generation upcoming] tend to base their decisions upon facts rather than emotions. More of that terribly dispassionate Venus vs Mars thing.

Men are problem-solvers. Women are expressers.

Studies have proven that women are, essentially, soothed and calmed by the sound of their own continued voices. Men, on the other hand, are only provided with a certain limited number of words from birth. They parse their words accordingly. Women have no such genetic limitations.

Current upcoming generations of males have been so coddled and drugged and repressed that they think they have vaginas instead of balls. Crying: good. Hitting your aggressor in the face: bad.

Estrogen has a place. And, oddly enough, so does testosterone.

In, at least, equal if not greater measures.

Back to the Gallup poll:

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama’s job approval rating among American men has fallen to a record low, hitting 39 percent in the week of Aug. 16-22, according to the Gallup Poll.

The week of Aug. 16-22 also marked the first time Obama’s average weekly approval rating dropped below 40 percent for either gender. His approval rating among American women was 46 percent for the week.

When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, his job approval rating was 64 percent among men and 69 percent among women, according to Gallup. That was the highest his approval ever hit with men.

I say this: luckily, the bulk of men in America are not yet women -- though this paradigm is changing. Real men still recognize a poseur, a liar, a narcissist when they see one.

BZ

P.S.

Check this out. It had best NOT be YOU.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Venezuela: Deadlier Than Iraq?


Actually: YES.

Venezuela, under the benevolent and glorious leader Hugo Chavez (just ask Sean Penn and Cindy Sheehan), is a more deadly country than Iraq. Imagine that. Heard this in the Mainstream Media, did you? Likely not, I submit.

In fact, Sean Penn said that journalistas who even hint that Chavez is a dictator should be subject to prison terms.

Such an enlightened man, that Sean Penn.

Here's a gruesome distinction: Under Hugo Chavez, Caracas is more dangerous than Baghdad and, although their populations are approximately the same size, Venezuela is more dangerous than Iraq.

And it's not even close. In 2009 in Iraq, there were 4,644 violent civilian deaths. In Venezuela, according to figures attributed to the Venezuela Observatory of Violence, the number was 16,047. Even that figure is probably on the low side. A leaked government report says the number is over 19,000.

Venezuela may well be the most violent country in Latin America. In Caracas, the homicide rate is 200 per 100,000 population. In neighboring Bogota, Colombia, once notorious for its violence, it is 22.7 per 100,000. (For the entire U.S., it is 5.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.) Since 2007, there have been 43,792 homicides in Venezuela; over approximately the same period of time, 28,000 have been killed in Mexico's drug-fueled violence, according to The New York Times.

Keeping that in mind, compare and contrast those Muslim Imams who are baldly stating that over half a million Iraqi civilians have been killed by Americans in that country. Another lie. A lie. Spelled L-I-E.

But because it conflicts with the general philosophy/belief systems of Leftist American "journalistas," you won't read of this fact.

Because the MSM (MainStream Media) truly IS, as I call them, the DEM: Defeatist, Elitist Media.

Once again, this is why you read my blog and other Conservative sites. We provide information you would otherwise not acquire -- by the remarkable ignorance, willful blindness and purposeful exclusions of the MSM/DEM.

BZ

P.S.
Actress Maria Conchita Alonso blasts Penn for his views. She is my new favorite actress.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Proud To Be a SILVERBACK


Are you a Silverback? Were you a Silverback?

I am.

A Silverback is an 800-pound gorilla with 1. Training 2. Education and 3. Experience. MUCH experience. And a memory.

I am one of those persons that your organization hates to acknowledge because we stand as testimony to prior times and because we possess the bulk of your Institutional Memory.

We know how to do the job correctly.

We know when you fuck up.

We call you on it.

We know what the organization used to look like when it operated efficiently.

We contrast that as to how it operates now, which is why Silverbacks are mostly despised by upper management.

Unless, of course, the organization continues to function with efficiency and consideration for both customer and employee.

As I wrote in my very prior post in comments:


I am what I call a Silverback. Every agency and industry and entity needs a Silverback. We hold the Institutional Memories for our organizations. We call our organizations on stupid moves. We remind our organizations of their history. We are the Inconvenient Truths of our organizations. Because we have Been There and Done That and, worse yet, we have Memories and Know Where The Bodies Are Buried.

In truth, being a Silverback can be somewhat liberating.

Spread the word. Use the term.

Silverbacks can hold the key to your organization.

You ignore them at your own peril.

Are you a Silverback? Were you a Silverback?

BZ

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ribs

So there I was.

Yesterday at work was one of the worst in recent memory. Whereas before I had been in the Training Division for the past twelve years, was the Rangemaster for my department, then the EVOC Supervisor -- I lost my EVOC job last year when it was eliminated in budget cuts. I found myself flopped back to the "corrections" system in a facility where I actually had begun this career -- ahem -- 30+ years ago, shall we say.

Now, there is essentially no training division for the department at all.

That said, I have been the supervisor for 50+ deputies per shift for almost a year now. My first duty on my very first day was to lay off deputies from my new facility, collect their equipment, radios, keys, etc., and shove them out the door. Some supervisors did just that; I found it callous and reprehensible. Neither the Sheriff for my department nor any of his Chief Deputies showed up to shake their hands and thank them for their service. No. None of the executive staff deigned to lower themselves to that level -- they would have had to actually face their troops and actually answer difficult questions.

Instead, I ended up talking to those I had to personally process; I helped carry the contents of their lockers and their possessions out to their cars. Some were stoic; some were trying not to cry; some were running tears as their backs were turned to their remaining young friends watching them leave.

We lost over 170 young troops in one day.

Since then, I have watched my department continue to mismanage funds and hemorrhage personnel. Of course, none of the people on the fourth floor lost their own cell phones, offices, take-home cars. Trust me, their trunks are still comprised more of golf clubs than emergency equipment.

The facility is a powderkeg waiting to blow. The various gangs are consolidating their power. Two internal housing areas in my facility were shut down for "cost savings." Yet the arrests haven't stopped in my county, of course -- and everyone has to be somewhere. There are two fewer housing areas, more inmates, fewer deputies. The gangs know we are hurt and bleeding. They are making moves and violence is up. Assaults on inmates are up. And public disrespect towards my deputies is climbing geometrically because the inmates -- many of them wards of the State of Cali and senior gang members -- realize our plight. They're human; they're not stupid. And they can read the papers, to which many of them subscribe, and watch the news, due to TVs in all the pods.

Yesterday was another point in the stretching sanity. Too few troops to do too many jobs, nursing staff cut, no psych staff at all on weekends. Demands made. Hurt inmates, crazy inmates, med runs, tempers, frustration, anger. Fingers pointing at other shifts. A facility commander who, at 47, decides he's had enough with his assignment and the department itself. His office was cleaned out two weeks before his troops all knew he was thinking of leaving. He's jumping ship. Our Sheriff is jumping ship at the end of his single term. And specifically, good riddance to him.

I patched wounds and I patched egos and I provided a listening board for numerous young deputies yesterday, one who was doing her best not to burst into tears from frustration. I solved problems and spoke in soothing tones and put a lid on the boiling emotions. Everyone is on edge.

This is one very dangerous place.

BZ

P.S.
And to think I originally wanted to write about ribs today. I was derailed by thoughts of my immediate reality and our economy.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Last Kodachrome:

Kodak's Kodachrome (slide) film is dead; long live Kodachrome.

Kodak announced in June of 2009 that the production of Kodachrome would be ceasing.

Now, this month (August of 2010), photographer Steve McCurry was given the very last production 36 roll of Kodachrome to shoot:

(AP) What should a photographer shoot when he is entrusted with the very last roll of Kodachrome?

Steve McCurry took aim at the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Terminal and a few human icons, too. Paul Simon, the crooner synonymous with the fabled film's richly saturated colors, shied away. But Robert De Niro stood in for the world of filmmaking.

Kodachrome enjoyed its mass-market heyday in the 1960s and '70s before being eclipsed by video and easy-to-process color negative films, the kind that prints are made from. It garnered its share of spectacular images, none more iconic than Abraham Zapruder's reel of President John Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

But Mama Time is taking Kodachrome away, and McCurry feels the tug of nostalgia even as he loads Eastman Kodak Co.'s last manufactured roll into his Nikon F6, just as he's done "so many tens of thousands of times."




Those of us who shot analog film for many years may or may not shed a tear at the demise of Kodachrome. For those unfamiliar, a "chrome" ending meant a slide film, and a "color" ending to a film's name meant a print film. Kodak films came in, first, metal canisters and then plastic. You could purchase 12, 24 or 36-frame rolls. When you were done you had to first rewind the film back into its canister and then open the camera back for extraction. Heavy sigh. Remember?

I started shooting 35mm film in the early 70s, with my very first camera being a Nikormat and a single 35mm lens which I used for everything -- including my "normal" lens. From there my 35mm kit expanded to a Nikon F2 Photomic, another two F2 bodies, a fleet of fixed lenses, an F3, more lenses, two Olympus OM-2s and its concomitant fleet of lenses, and an aging Speed Graphic. I learned to absolutely adore Fuji Velvia film for its wonderful saturation. [Shhh. Don't tell anyone but I'm color blind (don't ask how I passed the color blindness test for copdom) and really like my colors vivid and blazing. My sight isn't good, my hearing isn't good, my sense of smell and taste are awful. I suppose you could say my senses predominantly suck, which is why I like things, in terms of senses, that are way over the top.]

I made some good money in the analog 35mm film business, I should add. I had a small production photography company at one time where I shot commercially, plus I was a photo stringer for a McClatchy Newspaper for a while -- just my photo bag and a scanner. Which might be, oddly enough, how I came to know so many cops.

But once I discovered digital and could dismantle my darkroom, the gloves were off. I haven't picked up any of my F2s in years. My DSLR now is a Sony A300, along with four more other digital cameras (including my newest superzoom Nikon Coolpix P100, which is remarkably convenient).

Still and all, it's the end of an era; I feel a bit melancholy. Another bit of my past bites the dust.

BZ

P.S.
I know, it's way past too obvious, but I simply had to include this video as well:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Obamas Visiting Martha's Vineyard -- Again


This is the second visit the Obamas have made to Martha's Vineyard; the first occurred in the summer of 2009.

How are T-shirt sales at the Vineyard? Glad you asked:

One barometer of the plunge in excitement has been the sale of Obama-themed T-shirts, which designers had been banking on after the craze of last year. Clothing labeled with the president’s name sold by the thousands, helping to salvage a tough economic year for the island.

But this year’s T-shirt sales are much less brisk, merchants say.

“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to see that this year,’’ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, “Miss me yet?’’


This is the sixth holiday the Obamas have enjoyed this year.

How many vacations have you enjoyed this year? One, perhaps, if that? On the assumption, of course, that you have a job and can still provide for a family vacation.

Mr Obama spent 26 days on vacation last year. Did you get a month's vacation last year, during a recession?

In the meantime, only 1 in 4 people approve of his handling of the economy;

Jobless claims are at their highest level in nine months;

Twenty-two additional states believes Arizona's immigration bill was proper and are advocating their own versions;

The rather conservative CBO indicates the U.S. budget deficit will hit $1.342 trillion this year, 9.1% of the GDP;

18% of Americans think Obama is a Muslim. I tend to disagree. If he is a true Muslim, he is the most efficient "stealth Muslim" extant; bound to pray to Mecca five times daily, I doubt mandates such as that could escape media lenses. Devout extremist Muslims wouldn't have him; I believe that, instead, it is his philosophies which sympathize with Islam. On the other hand, Muslims will take advantage of sympathy and inroads wherever they may be found, at the expense or ignorance of our president and our nation. And our president is massively ignorant;

Yet, even the New York Times, on May 12th of 2008, wrote:

But it is a mistake to conflate his African identity with his Muslim heritage. Senator Obama is half African by birth and Africans can understandably identify with him. In Islam, however, there is no such thing as a half-Muslim. Like all monotheistic religions, Islam is an exclusive faith.

As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.

Of course, as most Americans understand it, Senator Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him.

His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).

Mr Obama is not in keeping with national thought; he is resolutely tone deaf on the Ground Zero mosque (which now AP journalist are forbidden to label as such - instead to call it the "NYC mosque"). According to a new TIME poll, 61% of respondents oppose the construction of the Park51/Cordoba House project, compared with 26% who support it;

Home values continue to fall;

And yet, it's time for another vacation during a recession.

I mean, we certainly wouldn't want our dear Mr Obama to be taxed, uncomfortable, or stressed on any level, would we?

BZ

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Nancy Pelosi: People Against The Ground Zero Mosque Should Be Subject To Congressional Investigations

This advertisement was released recently. It can be found on Hugh Hewitt.com. Please play and see if you believe the message is heinous and objectionable. The site sponsoring the ad is at KeepAmericaSafe.com.



This is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying the people who produced that advertisement should be investigated. But not just "investigated" -- she wants to hold Congressional hearings into who is funding the people behind the opposition:



KCBS Pelosi audio here.

Fox News take:



Perhaps some inconvenient facts getting in the way: In a CNN poll, 68% of registered voters are against the Ground Zero mosque.

Most people in New York City object to the mosque being built.

Mr Obama continues to be completely tone deaf on the topic of the Ground Zero mosque -- as he is on a great number of topics directly affecting concerned Americans.

If I might be so bold: could I possibly suggest that if YOU wish to be one of the persons "likely to be investigated" for daring to support the opposition of the Ground Zero mosque, you could contribute to KeepAmericaSafe.com and place a few dollars where your thoughts might be.

I just did. $50.

More and more, I am willing to place some buckage where my thoughts and philosophies lie.

Finally: Isn't it odd how any -- ANY -- opposition to the current administration is defined and delineated as either ignorant, racist, sexist, anti-Islamic or uneducated, stupid or dangerous?

Come on, admit it: didn't the word "Nazi" and the name "Joe McCarthy" pass through your brain -- in application to Nancy Pelosi -- at least once whilst reading this post?

BZ

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Islam: Wake UP America

This post has been, literally, years in the making.

Let me start with this (though Islam's numerous attacks against the US clearly pre-date our singular 9-11 event):


Let me then follow up with a sign in the Sacramento area directly adjacent Highway 99 near Sheldon Road -- indicating that Islam is indeed recruiting around our nation -- and in your community:


Further, let me portray the following series of photographs, allowed by the NYPD, for the yearly Muslim Day Parade -- in which major portions of the city are shut down in order to accomodate followers of Islam (Snopes verifies this):


When in fact we cannot seem to accommodate Christmas decorations or any major references to religion during the Christmas season -- nativity scenes, trees, decorations -- yet few people seem to object when they acquire various Christmas days off.

Imagine that. A double standard.

Perhaps I might suggest that pagans or atheists give their own days off to Christians or those who observe Christmas. That would be the proper thing to do, would it not? I mean, if you don't believe in a given holiday you shouldn't partake or benefit from that holiday, should you?

Additionally, let me reproduce here the recent Time magazine cover of an 18-year-old Afghani woman whose nose and ears were slashed off by her husband as punishment for her attempt to flee her cruel in-laws.

She was held down by her brother-in-law whilst her husband slashed at her with a knife. Nose: gone. Ears: gone. Only hidden by her hair. What are her chances for a renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to correct this hideous wrong? Well yes, that would be: zero.

What does Shariah law have in store for women in America? And are American judges taking Islamic Shariah law into consideration? Why, that would be yes. See my prior post on this.

Does our very president seem to embrace Islam and -- by extension, embrace Shariah law? That would be yes as well:




Isn't it true that "Islam IS as Islam DOES"?

I cannot be more blunt and consise than that.

Wouldn't it be true, for example, with Christianity or Catholocism if it were even remotely as violent as Islam?

The mantra would be: "Catholocism IS as Catholicism DOES." And, frankly, should that not apply now with regard to various priests and children?

With one rabid exception: I am not aware of even one Catholic individual responsible for killing non-believers.

Damn. I hate it when facts doggedly get in the way of a politically-correct stance.

BZ

P.S.
By the way you are, according to Demorats, too stupid to enter the debate with regard to Shariah law or the Cordoba mosque. You cannot grasp the simplistic concepts portrayed here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque: Moribund?


Israel's Haaretz.com site indicates:
Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center
Insiders say Muslim spiritual leaders behind the controversial initiative are considering giving up on the former World Trade Center location, in a gesture of appeasement.
By Shlomo Shamir
Tags:
Israel news

After weeks of heated debate over plans for an Islamic community center near Ground Zero - the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York - it seems Muslim leaders will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site.

The decision follows a high-profile campaign against the project that included advertisements on New York buses showing images of the burning Twin Towers, an iconic landmark razed when al-Qaida terrorists flew packed passenger planes into them in 2001. The New York Republican party is also said to be planning a hostile television campaign.

Sources in New York said on Monday that Muslim religious and business leaders will announce plans to abandon the project in the next few days.

But several people familiar with the debate among New York's Islamic activists now claim that the leaders are convinced abandoning the site is preferable to unleashing a wave of bitterness towards Muslims.

They also hope the move will be seen as a show of sensitivity to families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, and to the American public generally.

Another factor in the apparent climbdown is a lack of funds to pay for construction of the center, estimated to cost a hundred million dollars. Backers hope moving it will lead to a wave of support, accompanied by cash donations.

It is also possible that the decision was also influenced by comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday, in which he appeared to reverse an earlier show of support. Obama said that when he went on record backing the center, he meant only that it was the right of every religious group to establish its own places of worship – but he did not intend to justify building the center specifically at Ground Zero.

And whom can we thank for this change in plans?

We can thank you. And me.

Even Harry Reid, who sees his political life disappearing before his eyes, disagrees with our Great Mr President.

Sometimes our voices can be heard, ladies and gentlemen.

If we are unified and committed and strident.

BZ

Monday, August 16, 2010

This Fall: "I Want Your Money"



"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
-- Margaret Thatcher

BZ

Sunday, August 15, 2010

War Coming Against Israel?


Yoni the Blogger has made these points quite obvious:

I have had a long briefing from a contact at home. Look for war breaking out at the end of the month.

Evidence is building that shows things are marching toward a major war.

1. Hizbullah has dug tunnels into northern Israel.
2. Hizbullah has 60,000 rockets many with chemical war heads.
3. USA aircraft carrier was supposed to head back to USA and is waiting at Malta
4. Israeli satellite captured photos of submarine off loading weapons to Hizbullah in Northern Lebanon intelligence later showed weapons were special chemical weapons
engineered to eat through protective equipment. This agent may now be loaded on Hizbullah rockets.
5. Israel Air Force training in long range missions, jets, helicopters which would suggest commando raids a long way from home.
6. IDF reserves called up and trained at an abnormal pace.
7. Israel delivers letter to UN, Lebanon and USA showing where Hizbullah has hidden rocket in civilian areas. Israel tell Hizbullah to move the weapons or we will hit them where they are.
8. Israeli subs sitting off Iran
9. IAF has airbase in Saudi Arabia
10. Israeli intelligence has captured data showing Hizbullah will preemptively attack Israel at months end, objective to take out IAF bases so our planes cannot hit Iran.

True or not?

If the Middle East is interrupted so is its oil.

Should you not be foreseeing these possibilities? And, thusly, attempting to store water, food, fuel, ammunition, medical supplies -- in anticipation of a run on those items?

Shame on you. You should already have a cache of supplies ready, and commo abilities.

Can anyone say "Strait of Hormuz"?

BZ

Friday, August 13, 2010

Two BZ Questions:


First:

I've noticed that those hits from outside the United States usually, according to Live Traffic Feed, have clicked on older posts or general posts from 2007, 2008, 2009. They don't seem to visit individual posts or recent specific posts as do the bulk of my US readers. What might account for this? I wondered if these international visits were an attempt to insert spam into comments but that doesn't appear to have occurred.

Anyone have any insight as to international hits and why they occur when and where they do?

To my silent international readers: why are you clicking on me? Why are you here? Do you visit or consult the blog or have you merely accomplished various one-time drive-bys? Do you return? Why or why not? Please make yourselves known and comment. I would love to read your thoughts and opinons. It is clear that I receive many international hits.

Second:

I have a strange little request for those who read my blog.

I am on the cusp of the 5-digit mark of those who have clicked on my profile for the blog.

At last look I had around 9,900 views of my profile.

For some reason, 10,000 or 11,000 hits is something I'd like to achieve before the end of the year. If I could even achieve that before the end of the month, that would be significant. To me at least. Call me addled, call me OCD.

Can you do me a favor? Each time you visit the blog, can you also click on VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE to get me over the top, please?

I mean, is this weird or what?

BZ

Thursday, August 12, 2010

US Judge Rules In Favor of Muslim Shariah Law - In America

United States Judge Joseph Charles, of the New Jersey State Superior Court -- where he was appointed in 2003 -- recently made a ruling in favor of Islamic Shariah Law.



A New Jersey family court judge's decision not to grant a restraining order to a woman who was sexually abused by her Moroccan husband and forced repeatedly to have sex with him is sounding the alarm for advocates of laws designed to ban Shariah in America.

Judge Joseph Charles, in denying the restraining order to the woman after her divorce, ruled that her ex-husband felt he had behaved according to his Muslim beliefs -- and that he did not have "criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault" his wife.

According to the court record, the man's wife -- a Moroccan woman who had recently immigrated to the U.S. at the time of the attacks -- alleged:

"Defendant forced plaintiff to have sex with him while she cried. Plaintiff testified that defendant always told her "this is according to our religion. You are my wife, I c[an] do anything to you. The woman, she should submit and do anything I ask her to do."

This ruling by Judge Charles was overturned.

But Shariah is here, ladies and gentlemen -- and it is being considered and factored into legal rulings. It is here and it is now. Women are chattel and owned by their Muslim men. Misogyny rules. This isn't the UK or Europe -- this is the United States of America.

Be forewarned.

BZ

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Racist Mexican Movie "Machete" - Promoting Racial War

I don't always agree with Alex Jones, but he is mostly correct in this video:



Now imagine a major movie released today where whites advocate the death of blacks or Mexicans or Asians (and then do so), and which advocates the paid assassination of, say, a black or Mexican senator.

The film promotes racial warfare plain and simple.

You need to be aware, America, of that which is going on around you.

And what is coming. This movie will help to create a racial divide. Be prepared.

BZ

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rudeness vs Tolerance


So there I was.

I had decided this past Sunday to take my wife to a restaurant which advertised extraordinary ribs. It was 35 miles away and not known for its rock-bottom prices. In fact, the tab for two appetizers, one adult beverage, one iced tea, two entrees and one dessert was $94.78.

All during dinner there was a small child in the next room which would shriek at regular intervals at the top of her lungs. Not just yell; oh no. I mean shriek: the kind of ear-piercing shriek that would be typified by old Memorex ads where the speakers blow ties, lamps and martinis back. The kind of shriek that cracks glass. The kind of shriek that cannot be reproduced by human beings at any other age. She wasn't being hurt; she wasn't being repressed. She just wasn't getting her way.

The kind of shriek that, at my age, literally lances my eardrums and causes me to cover my ears and become nauseous. The kind of shriek that ruins my dinner and that of all of those around me.

After an amazingly-tolerant half hour of this, I dropped my fork, stood up, and ventured into the adjacent room. There I witnessed one young well dressed white male, one well dressed white female, and one small 1.5-year-old female child in a high chair.

Most of the tables in this room were unoccupied. Three were occupied.

I strode up to their table and announced in my best "outside voice":

"I'm sure you're wonderful parents. But I am not paying a massive tab to hear your kid scream and disturb me and everyone else in this restaurant. I think it's time to take your kid outside."

I did what every other male in that restaurant wanted to do, lorded over by their females. I was the only one with sufficient balls to state the obvious. As I turned and left I could feel daggers piercing my back. I didn't give the parents time to respond. The guy made some noise.

A short time later the male took the kid outside, then came back a few minutes after that. They left the restaurant within ten minutes. I applauded slowly and loudly. I received a number of glares and, on the other hand, a number of sly half-smiles from other tables. Mostly from men.

Oddly enough, the tables closest to the damned noise were the quietest.

But let me make this explanation if I might for those of you parents who might possibly be applicable:

My job is not to "socialize" your kid. My job is not to tolerate your kid. My job is not to look the other way or forgive.

Instead, my job is to take my wife to a nice dining experience and to expect an environment where we can enjoy the dollars we contribute to this choking economy.

To the applicable parents: if you want to socialize your kid do it on your own time and at lesser venues. Do it at McDonald's. Do it at Denny's. More importantly: do it at HOME.

Because, at my age, I don't care what people think of me. Rude is rude and ignorant is ignorant. I know it when I see it.

Am I sufficiently blunt? Because I want to be clear.

BZ

Monday, August 09, 2010

ENOUGH of "Racist" TEA Partiers:

I've had more than enough of the accusations thrown about by the DEM/MSM concerning the "heinous" and "racist" TEA Partiers around the nation.

Watch and learn, Demorats, Leftists and Socialists:



But because these blacks happen to be Conservative, their words won't get heard and you won't read of this in the media.

The TEA Parties include everyone, ladies and gentlemen. It isn't about melanin count, it's about your core beliefs in this great nation of ours -- a nation that is being threatened by Washington, DC.

I say: time to copy this video and MAKE IT VIRAL.

BZ

[h/t to Geeez!]

Mr Obama - The Lies and the Abject Arrogance:



Whilst speaking recently at a Demorat fundraiser (and verified by the above video), Mr Obama was heard to say:

- "We cut taxes for 95% of working Americans just like I promised we would on the campaign."

- "I've been confused over the last couple of days over people who have been having these rallies over taxes, taxes. You would think they would be saying 'thank you.' That's what you'd think."

- (ObamaKare) was going to be armageddon. Want to repeal health reform before the signature was even dry. So I went to NASA today and I asked some of the guys, I said 'are asteroids coming or are you sending Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck out to' . . . they told me America was gonna be okay."

Your comments about taxes, Mr Obama, are an outright lie. I lined up the long list of taxes in this post on July 2nd: come January 1st the largest tax hike in the entire history of America will occur. On every level. Affecting all Americans. Your federal government, Mr Obama, already forced literally tens of thousands of Americans out of jobs.

So, we Americans need to display further obeisance to you, Mr Obama? We need to say "thank you sir, may I have another?" When already Heritage.org indicates:

Nearly half of Americans who file federal income tax returns do not pay any federal income taxes because they receive certain tax credits. Many of these nonpayers actually receive a cash payment from the IRS because of refundable tax credits. Refundable credits are increasing the level of dependency, and nonpayers will soon reach the tipping point where a majority of tax filers pay no taxes and can vote increasing government benefits at no cost to themselves. That is a deadly recipe for never-ending increases in government spending, inevitably leading to a fiscal implosion when there are no longer enough taxpayers to pay for the expanding welfare state.


Your comments about ObamaKare, Mr Obama, are an outright lie. Your Medicare and Medicaid Czar, Dr Donald Berwick, already said that any health care plan must redistribute wealth and that health care will and must be rationed. Your Science Czar concurs: wealth must be redistributed. No money will be saved; instead ObamaKare will suck up even more cash.

Following the event, brain-dead little white people -- or GOWPs -- comment on the president's remarkable and facile comedic skillsets.

Your lies are not amusing. Nor is your comedy. You simply come across as you are: arrogant and an abject liar.

BZ

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Ken Block on BBC's Top Gear!



This is just a bit of what I used to do at my, ahem, "former" job.

Bloody hell! Mind the pole!

Great fun!

BZ

P.S.
And if you like really expensive cars, how about The Stig in a McClaren F1 vs Richard Hammond in a Bugatti Veyron:

Friday, August 06, 2010

Why Things Won't Change


I'm in a Black Mood this morning.

So I'll keep it simple.

Things won't change, no matter how you wish them to.

Because many of the Republicans have no guts.

They are not Conservatives; they are Republicans.

Elena Kagan was easily confirmed on Thursday:

The Democratic-led Senate voted largely along party lines, 63-37, to confirm the former Harvard Law School dean as the fourth female justice in U.S. history and the 112th high court member.

All Democratic senators but one voted for her, two independent senators voted for her and five Republicans voted for her. All other Republican senators opposed her nomination.

U.S. appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed last year by a 68-31 vote as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. [A "wise latina." -BZ *]

Five Republicans voted for her.

Only five Republicans voted in favor of Kagan's nomination. Last year, just nine Republicans voted for Sotomayor.

Today's yes votes included Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the lone Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to support Kagan when the panel recommended the nomination to the full Senate on a 13-6 vote. Other GOP yes votes came from Richard Lugar of Indiana, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.

Kagan also lost the vote of one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

The 63-37 tally is the third closest Supreme Court vote since the rejection of Robert Bork in 1987; only justices Clarence Thomas (52-48) and Samuel Alito (58-42) had narrower confirmations.

Unanimity? You can forget it. The Republicans want to go along in order to get along. And getting along means keeping a seat, not making waves, not angering those with money and influence, remaining primarily background when necessary and -- most importantly -- keeping those checks coming consistently.

You want to know why things won't change? As I wrote in the comments at TejasFred:

comment number 5 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

You and I, people that read Fred’s blog and my blog, we just don’t matter. Those in power quite frankly couldn’t care one whit LESS about us.

It has always been my contention that an insufficient number of judges, attorneys, CEOs, politicians, magistrates, county executives, aldermen, city council members, commissioners, senators, legislators, representatives and other officials get shot, stabbed, raped, sodomized, beaten, defrauded, cheated, victimized — or their families or loved ones.

Primarily it is because they are insulated — and purposely so — by multiple levels of security, money, gates, gatekeepers, and by purposely written laws specifically excluding them from those strictures imposed upon the general electorate.

I suppose that an insufficient number of drunken illegal aliens have killed members of the above groups or their families. Or perpetrated crimes upon their persons.

Once again, my people, hear me:

You simply don’t count.

Your JOB is to pay taxes, put up, shut up, wear your blinders, open your mouth and take your pablum.

Good little baby. Good little sheepie.

BZ

So there you have it.

Good night and good luck.

We are so going to need it.

BZ

* P.S.
Again, let's be blunt: my wife isn't "latina" or "hispanic," she's Mexican. And she has a geometrically-greater amount of common sense than Sotomayor without playing the "wise latina" card. Her significant intelligence doesn't require a fallback position.