Friday, February 26, 2010

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

I would like to publicly state that I will work for 2/3 of this price, and won't ask for any overtime:
Fritz Henderson is back at GM, for $3,000 an hour
By Alex Taylor III, senior editorFebruary 23, 2010: 11:58 AM ET

NEW YORK (Fortune) -- After resigning as president and CEO of General Motors in December, Fritz Henderson might have gone into hiding or decided to sit out the harsh Michigan winter on a Florida beach.

Instead, here he is popping up again, this time as a consultant to GM on international operations at the very fancy fee of $59,090 a month for 20 hours of work a month. That works out to almost $3,000 an hour for a CEO who was ousted after just eight months on the job.

It just never ends.

Maybe when GM fails again I can come back as a consultant, too.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Heh: Schadenfreude Rocks

It was fun watching the people on Fox squirm a little trying to minimize and explain this headline:

Rep. Ron Paul surprise winner of CPAC presidential straw poll

Not everyone was surprised, and if we were, it was pleasantly so.
Maybe the Tea Party isn't doomed yet after all (but I'm not terribly hopeful).

I'm going to go have a cup of tea (with some bourbon in it) as a nod to the gentleman from Texas.

And yes, I realize this means pretty much nothing in the 2-party scheme of things, but I'll take little pleasures where I can get them. :)

Not That He Didn't Have Help, However...

from various predecessors. Although it does seem Prez Zero seems to want to kick the plan in to overdrive.

Still funny though, albeit painful:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mr. Vanderboegh Speaks Up

Pretty eye-opening, and well-said, in my opinion.

“Choose this day whom you will serve.”: An Open Letter to American Law Enforcement.

I guess one of the more disconcerting things I've noticed over the last few years (and this is noted in Mike's essay) is the militarization of the police, along with the fact that few notice it, or if they do, they don't care. We have pretty much a standing army in our midst - armor, machine guns, sniper rifles, APV's, etc, etc. Look at the front of cop magazines, they're not "peace officers" anymore - they're "enforcers". And they damned sure look like soldiers.
That should worry leftist and righties alike.

And in the interest of full-disclosure, I have friends and relatives that are law-enforcement - and I worry about and for them. There is no doubt in my mind whose side they are on, but that doesn't mean their co-workers will all side with them if something big went down. And that could ultimately put them in harms way...

And an aside: Hell-o-Scan bit the dust, so I'm trying to restore Blogger-brand comments, with little luck so far. Email me if needbe (address is in my profile).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

But, But...

Shooters are aspossed to be evil right-wingers!!
They told me in skool!!

‘Oddball’ portrait of Amy Bishop emerges

As authorities searched for clues into what could have sent a University of Alabama neurobiology professor on an alleged killing spree, friends and family yesterday described Braintree native Amy Bishop as an awkward introvert on the brink of losing her teaching job.

By the way, are the victims allegedly dead? She might have allegedly done it (but all indications are that she did), but it was not an alleged killing spree.

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

Heh - An off-putting leftist and obsessive Zero supporter; but I repeat myself.

So, anyone want to take bets on our "rational scientistry practitioner" being Christian, Muslim, or Aspie err atheist?

Monday, February 15, 2010

As True As Ever

A timeless quote:

"Americans are forever proclaiming our boastful aspersions to the world . . . that our government was based on the consent of the people," though in fact "it rests upon force, as much as any government that ever existed."

~ Letter from Robert E. Lee to E.G.W. Butler, Oct. 11, 1867

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pretty Good One from SNL

Although generally liberally slanted, SNL does occasionally tickle my funnybone:

Some decent points I wouldn't expect Hollywood to bring up, and it made me ROR (Raugh Out Roud).

I Just Had to Share This For The Power Junkies

The Most Awesomest Shredder EVAH.

800HP motor, OH YEAH!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Public Service Message to Liberals

I hate to tell you this, but you may drop over dead at any moment.
Sorry I have to be the one to break it to you.

Low intelligence among top heart health risks

So hit the gym and quit voting for hippies, Marxists, commies, and all the other forms of weenies you gravitate towards.

Try being a libertarian; you might live longer...and your neighbors might live freer.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Build a Better Mousetrap

I don't know if I can patent it though...

So the our sliding back-door where we let the dogs out was getting hard to latch. This usually means there is ice/snow building up in the channel at the bottom of the door.

I look down, and think to myself, "Self, it looks like a piece of the damned carpet is stuck in there". Upon closer inspection, however, I find that it is a small rodent, that has been smooshed into the shape of the door's vertical channel.
(And yes, I'm pretty sure "smooshed" is a word!)

In a word, eww.

So, being "The Man" of the house (code for doing the really shi**y jobs), I try to get it out of the door with a screwdriver.

It is FROZEN SOLID due to, I assume, globull warmening.

I try to chip it out with said screwdriver, but to no avail; it is a chunk-o-furry-ice (ask for it by name!).

Now that it has warmed up some (23F today - yay!), it has started to become malleable.

That's bad.

But at least I can extricate it from its compacted home-life.
The offender in all his gory - errr, glory:

Man, that's gotta hurt.

Yeah - eww.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Dear Liberal Zombies

Could you please explain to me how this boob is articulate and intelligent again?

I mean, I know he's not stupid and smelly, and he is bereft of that annoying Negro dialect (except when trying to seem earthy and pandering) but how does that translate to exceptional?
(Editors Note: Please excuse me for paraphrasing liberals in advance - but they're just so darned entertaining when they're being themselves!

I'm missing the whole "brilliant" thing somehow...

Pretty sad the FREAKIN' COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF can't say corpsman right. Of course, he has no knowledge of the military or history, so what should we expect?

I think everyone in all 57 states should ponder on this.

Wisdom, Founder Style

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government]
those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations,
perverted it into tyranny."
-Thomas Jefferson

Slow operations? Like ATF, FBI, TSA, EPA, DEA... Medicare, Medicaid, Kelo v New London, Roe v Wade? Cap and control -uh, tax err trade, Obummercare...?

That Thomas guy sure did know human nature, didn't he?

Those "entrusted with power" should never be trusted, parties be damned.

Friday, February 05, 2010


When you go to the store you see pounds and pounds of boneless, SKINLESS chicken breast.

My question is, "Where is the missing skin, and why the hell hasn't the store fried it up and sold it in buckets?". Maybe it could even be wrapped in bacon.


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Screw Dick's Sporting Goods

The Rabbit Priest vents on Dick's Sporting Goods; the letter he wrote to Dick's management:

Why I will never shop at Dick's Sporting Goods Again

Last weekend I stopped at Dick's in Toledo, OH to purchase a .22 rifle
for my son's 13th birthday. After selecting a model, I filled out the
required BATFE form, and passed the obligatory NICS check. Next, the
salesman requested I print my phone number on the form 4473. I
questioned why he wanted my phone number and did he intend to call me
later? He informed me that that was company policy and that they would
not complete the transaction without it. So I supplied my work phone
number and told him he was welcome to contact me at work. Next he
brought out another form with multiple copies listing "gun safety rules"
and requested that I print my name, address, DOB, sign my name, indicate
that I received a gun lock, and write down how many minor children live
in my house. I asked the salesman why he needed my personal identifying
information on this form, and he replied that he could not complete the
transaction without it. After completing this form, and if you look at
the question about children it says "none of your business", my son and
I spent 15 minutes wandering around while the salesman found a manager
to review his work. We still weren't done. The manager then had to walk
us with the firearm in her hands, to the cashier, loudly announcing "gun
sale" and stand with us while I paid for rifle.
Dick's Sporting Goods can run their business anyway they want, but I
refuse to patronize a store that purposefully invades my privacy and
treats customers as if they have done something wrong by virtue of a
firearms purchase. I almost bought a second rifle that night, and would
have if the corporate harassment had not commenced.
In addition to never shopping in your stores again, I will share my
anger with the gun-buying public. The hunters and shooters I work with
will know, the folks at the range will hear this. You likely lost $500
in sales from me this year, no biggie right? I estimate that based upon
the number of minor children left in my home, about $3000 in firearms
purchases for them before they are grown.
I attended a conference this week and one of the sponsors was giving
away Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificates. I took time to speak to
their CEO, next year he said they will go with Gander Mountain.
I don't forget, and I love to talk.

Of course, this has been my advice to men along - just say no to dicks.