Friday, August 12, 2011

"Atlas Shrugged" was a warning, not a manual: If wishes were horses

Savvy traders have noticed that the valuations of European financial institutions are, shall we say...questionable at this point in time. Being savvy and in the business of making money, they pounced and started making money. Unfortunately, this was noticed by the masses of the slightly less savvy, who also pounced and caused those stocks to decline rather rapidly, thereby pointing out that the European banks are also Emperors of the clothing-optional variety.

The European governments do not like this situation, so they've decided to wish it out of existence by issuing short-selling bans.

Let me know how that works out for you.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

There is this place where Great Britain used to be

And it's peopled by looters.

Property owners and other law-abiding citizens have been banned from using the most effective possible tools of defense, so they've taken to baseball bats.

I can't wait until the People's Republic decides that baseball bats aren't cricket and makes them illegal as well.

Somebody hand me the clue-by-4

Tea Party members are primarily “freaked out white men” who pose the greatest political threat to Democrats in 2012, according to banking analyst Meredith Whitney.

Spoken like someone who has never been to a Tea Party event nor read anything about them outside of her own media bubble.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

I wonder if the engagement is off?

(Via the Drudge Report)

As Chandler residents Joshua Seto, 27, and his fiancée, Cara Christopher, walked over to a Fry's Food Store for refreshments, he tried securing her pink handgun in the front waistband of his pants.

The gun fired, striking Seto's penis and continuing through his left thigh. The bleeding started immediately and was heavy, according to police dispatch recordings released Sunday.

I would like to note that the Chandler police handled the situation rather well:

"Whenever you handle a firearm, whether you are a novice or experienced, always treat firearms as though they are loaded, said Tyler, a spokesman for the department. "If you are going to carry a handgun on your person, use a holster, not your waistband."

Good for the Chandler PD.

"Atlas Shrugged" was a warning, not a manual: The best government money can buy

(Sorry about the twofer, but it's just a good day for this sort of thing, it seems.)

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue got a substantial influx of political contributions from trial lawyers in June as she was considering whether to veto a medical malpractice bill making its way through the Republican legislature.

And, surprise, surprise, she vetoed it. Funny how that works, huh?

"Atlas Shrugged" was a warning, not a manual: Only for thee, not for me

When the government makes statements that "calm the markets", it's a wonderful thing. If you or I do it, it's called market manipulation, and we can go to jail.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I wonder

(Via Big Hollywood)

Every time I see this sort of story, I wonder if it is the convenience of streaming or the incredibly poor movies being made that is killing disc sales. But the latter is never mentioned as a possibility, so it must be the former. *Ahem*

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: You're not going to take our loot!

45,000 Verizon employees, who for years have been paid middle class or better wages for what is essentially skilled labor, are pissed that the company no longer wishes to be looted. They are currently on strike.

I would hope that Verizon would teach them a "sucks to be you" lesson, but I doubt that it will happen. Verizon is a publicly owned company. While an owner or a small group of owners might do it, a company in which the ownership is widely distributed has no real core that can say "Enough is enough!" Those who are in charge live in fear of lawsuits, either from the union or shareholders. So they will simply strike some sort of bargain that will keep the status quo going a while longer.

Lovin' it

Against their superiors orders, they support Obama and then they're *gasp* surprised that he does exactly what he told them he would do.