Friday, November 26, 2010

Pity it wasn't 3 feet lower

President Obama's post-Thanksgiving Friday was anything but restful after he played some hoops and walked away with a split upper lip requiring 12 stitches.

After all, it would be a lot closer to what he deserves than a fat lip.

A step behind

The introduction of so-called porno scanners at America’s airports and the egregious pat downs of airline travelers have turned every American into a German Jew. Instead of dehumanizing and demeaning one segment of the population in order to pave the way for the Holocaust, all airline travelers are being treated like German Jews by our government for our own good — to keep us safe from terrorists on airplanes.

Worthy of the brief time it takes to read--and the longer time to reflect upon it.

It's very simple, actually

Here's the situation. Your once lucrative job isn't so lucrative any more. As a matter of fact, you've lost nearly 25% of your pay because the economy sucks and business is way off. No improvement is in sight. Your lifestyle was structured such that you spent every dollar that came in to maintain a given standard of living. For the last couple of years, you've tapped your savings and occasionally your friends to keep that standard of living. Now, your saving are gone and your friends aren't going to loan you any more money.

So, do you cut back, stop spending, maybe sell a few prized but unnecessary possessions, or do you complain about your lot in life and how unfair it all is--maybe even stick up a liquor store or two?

If you're the State of North Carolina, it's the second choice. Plus, you discuss raising taxes, fees, admission rates and so on. Why, we can't possibly cut back!

It's a pity that decorating trees with politicians has went so out of style.

A new high in hysteria

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the district has begun requiring a note from parents before it will allow students to bring Chapstick and other lip balms to school.

You know, I got nothing. This is too stupid for words.

Monday, November 22, 2010

OK, this is cool

(Via Tam)

A random act of culture...

And for those of us who are musically impaired...

Rule 1: The gun is always loaded

Even if it is an antique muzzle loader.

Apparently, the other 3 rules were ignored as well, and a 3 year old boy is dead because his father was careless and stupid.

A few weeks back, I saw a big stink running around some of the gun-blogosphere about the 4 Rules, especially Rule 1. I stayed out of it, because I got tired of arguing how many angels could dance on the head of a pin long ago. I guess now I'm going to say my piece.

The 4 Rules (or the NRA's 3 Rules or whatever set of safety rules you want to embrace) are there to keep these things from happening. Col. Cooper's Rule 1 is the most basic safety rule: "The gun is always loaded." That means treat the gun like it's loaded--even if you and 3 other people have all confirmed that it is fact unloaded and it hasn't left your possession for a microsecond since then. You still treat it like it's loaded--no pointing the business end at something you don't want to kill or destroy, finger off the trigger and so on.

And for the record, no, I don't approve of simunitions and I think all force of force training should be done with blue/red guns or Airsofts. Live-fire houses? Only if I'm the only one armed and the instructor is behind heavy cover. Why do I go against the opinion of the multitude? Because mistakes happen--and I don't want to be one or commit one.

If you still want to argue the point, go to Union County, North Carolina. I suspect there is a Dad there who wishes he had followed Rule 1.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Won't happen

The N.C. Utilities Commission is eating crow after inadvertently posting a Greensboro moving company's confidential information online in violation of the commission's own privacy policy.

The gaffe happens at a time when the commission has issued fines of up to $1,000 against more than 50 moving companies - and is threatening to yank their operating licenses - for failing to follow commission rules.

Commission Chairman Edward Finley Jr. last week apologized to Ray Moving and Storage for posting company owners' Social Security numbers, birth dates and fingerprints from an FBI criminal background check. The moving company filed a complaint with the state Attorney General, demanding that the commission reprimand or fire the staff member responsible for the breach.

One of the owners of the company, John Deare, is just a bit nonplussed about the situation. "We were afraid of something just like this - and it came to pass."

Of course it did. Mr. Deare, I would hazard a guess that you made exactly that point to someone at the commission, didn't you? Perhaps more than once? Perhaps forcefully, just a bit hot under the collar? Well sir, you have committed the unpardonable offense--you have pissed off a bureaucrat. And for that, you must pay. We can't have you business owners telling the Emperor that he has no clothes. Why, that could cause the entire rotten edifice to collapse under its own rotten weight.

Yes, I've made this mistake before. Got the "Been There, Done That" t-shirt, too. I'll post a picture of it if I can ever get all the blood to wash out.

Well, this Hope isn't even lasting as long a The Big O's

Yesterday, Republicans in the NC House elected a relative political newcomer, Thom Tillis of Mecklenberg County, as Speaker of the House. Good move, bad move, indifferent move I can't say for sure. Early results say "bad move".

Tillis has went on record proposing to water down the power of the position "and the GOP majority also would reach across the aisle to involve Democrats."

Obviously, this guy doesn't get the message that the electorate is sending. We The People (by around a 2-to-1 margin) are fed up with The Evil Party. We're also fed up with The Stupid Party. In North Carolina, as in the nation at large, the polices of both have led us to the brink of ruin. If we want to restore the promise that was "these United States of America", then we had better get on with it. Stupid reaching out to Evil isn't going to get the job done.

"We're still going to cooperate with the Democrats whenever we can," he said. "In the past that was out of necessity, because it was the way to get our bills passed. But in the future we'll do it because it's good government. We don't have a monopoly on all the good ideas."

Yeah, at this point that's pretty obvious. For the first time in 112 years there is an actual chance of getting some of the long-standing political buddy-buddy shit out of state government, to wring out some of the corruption, and you guys decide to buddy-buddy up with the corruption.