Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Responsibility and accountability

Talked to someone today who was full of nothing but excuses about why a third party shouldn't bear the consequences of not doing something.  Computer anomalies, vague verbiage, others not following the third party around asking questions (or wiping their precious little bottom).  All the while, I'm hearing this:

Belushi's performance was meant to be, oh I dunno, ironic and absurd.  Now it's almost a behavioral norm for some.  The Blitz lawsuit exemplifies stupidity run rampant.  Now there are 117 people out of work because some idiot throws gas into a fire and the container blows up and it's somehow not the fault of the idiot in question.

It's almost enough to make a person want to cry (or line them up and Stooge-slap the living bejeezus out of them).

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The differences between Liberal Democrat mayors and Liberal Republican mayors

Really there is only one difference between Liberal Democrat mayors and Liberal Republican mayors:

On business:

Liberal Dems like Menino and Emmanuel:  "We don't like your opinion, therefore you can't do business here."   *
 *Note:  We will only discriminate against Christians because they won't go all allahu ackbar on our asses and start blowing shit up.  Islamists can say and do whatever the hell they want because we're wimps and they scare us.

Liberal Republicans like Bloomberg:  "You can do business here, but we are going to regulate your ingredients and serving sizes to the point where you're going to be sorry you tried to open.  Also, if Occupiers use your facilities and trash them, we'll do nothing to the point where you have to close because the repair costs are too much and because none of your paying customers will come because your place has been trashed.  **
**Note:  Of course none of this applies to muslim owned businesses because they can do and say whatever the hell they want because we're wimps and they scare us.

One thing both types of Liberal mayors can agree on is that business owners need to pay more taxes, except businesses owned by friends/campaign bundlers or those that they have to give special breaks to in order to keep them from fleeing the city and possibly the state (thus putting the extra burden on other businesses not-so-connected enough to get the special breaks).

Being treated like a queen....

So this morning, as I'm sleeping in, I'm awaken by the scent of bacon being wafted underneath my nose.  Of course this was impetus to make my way as quickly as possible to the kitchen where my custom requested breakfast was being prepared.  Two eggs over medium, corn meal pancakes, and bacon (of course).

While the steak dinner might have been put off due to business concerns, it's more than been made up for (plus I still get the steak dinner tonight).

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dancing back dumbass comments....

So Mumbles Menino in Boston and now Rahm 'the Godfather' Emmanuel are both dancing back and putting out damage control over their highly anti-First Amendment comments about not allowing Chick-Fil-A restaurants to open within the borders of their cities. 

Now I've mentioned before, I do luvs me my Chick-Fil-A.  I find that every store I've been in has friendly, well-spoken staff, is clean, and the food is great.  The COO walks his talk (being closed on Sunday's for example) and I have no problem with that anymore than I have a problem with the local Jehovah's Witnesses coming by to drop off "the Watchtower".

I think that the mayors of both cities were informed by their respective legal teams that Chick-Fil-A could own both cities (although why they'd want them is another matter) since, in their official capacities, they are advocating blatantly illegal actions--penalizing someone for their opinion--something that liberals feel that they can get away with for some reason.  So they are fancy-footing the clean-up as fast as they can.  And for some reason this song came to mind....

Friday, July 6, 2012

Just think it through people......

Here in the Midwest the talking heads of the news keep touting the 'breaking of records' for heat.  And then they scream about global warming.  But the thing is, if we're breaking a 100 year record for heat, then it was this hot 100 years ago.  So what caused the heat 100 years ago if vehicle emissions and other man-caused CO2 is responsible now??

Every time they open their mouths, they show their ignorance.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

So what's the point of having a secure/sterile area at the airport??

The TSA now wants to sample people's drinks that they bought BEHIND the Groping Curtain.  This makes absolutely no sense unless they are admitting by proxy that they are unable to maintain a secure area. 

One would think that it would make more sense to concentrate on cargo, foodstuffs coming into the 'secure' part of the airport, etc. than to snag a highly overpriced beverage from already weary and violated travelers, especially without reimbursing them for the cost of the drink (did I mention how overpriced those things are??).

One tin-foil hat idea also occurs--random DNA collection without permission since they've already established that Fourth Amendment rights are abrogated at the entrance to the airport.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What this day is about....

They've tried to turn this into just another barbeque and fireworks day--rendering it generic.  We need to remember the fervor and dedication to the ideals of freedom that caused this country to come into being.  Think about our Course of human events.  Think about our government and how they are no longer governing with the consent of the people, no matter their protestations to the contrary.  Americans are unique in the world and the fires of freedom, individuality, and self-determination still exist.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
That is all.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

And all without any wailing or gnashing of teeth....

The wails and howls of those without electrical power have reached my ears.  We too were without power for several hours (not days), but because of proper preparation, it was merely an adventure and a chance to go to bed early.

After the storm passed Thursday night, I figured it was safe to dive into the shower.  Alas, I had washed my hair and had just soaped up my face when the lights went off.  Before 30 seconds had passed, in comes Mr B with a flashlight and a smile.  I had to hurry to use the remaining pressure in the well tank to finish rinsing, but no biggie.

We read by the light of our flashlight/lanterns and retired to bed about a half hour earlier than usual.  There was a bit of a debate as to whether or not to open up the windows since it was cooler outside, but considering the high humidity, we decided to leave things as-is.  We also considered starting up the generator, and if the power had been out the next morning, we would have.

Point being, because we were ready for an outage (cars gassed up, generator tested and ready, flashlights with fresh batteries (and extras ready as well), it was kind of fun to be unplugged for the evening.  And it's really not all that hard to have those things done and on-hand.

I also had my flashlight at the ready at work when the power went out the next day there.  I also had water, snacks, and first aid supplies and extra batteries in my desk drawer, should they have been necessary.

Small things that can make a BIG difference between a situation being an adventure or misery.