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HOW ABOUT A LITTLE MORE DEPRESSION?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 30, 2008

that printer is 9% off

Maybe being on the brink of complete economic collapse (as we’ve been told) is a good thing. Perhaps watching the American economy on the verge of descending into the second coming of the Great Depression is just what the doctor ordered.

After all, the 2008 edition of Black Friday saw a 3% increase from last year’s.

That’s right … an increase.

According to Bloomberg:

U.S. holiday retail sales increased 3 percent yesterday from a year earlier, the smallest gain for a “Black Friday” in three years, research firm ShopperTrak RCT Corp. said.

Sales rose to $10.6 billion, the Chicago-based company said in a statement. The increase was the smallest since a decline of 0.9 percent in 2005 and compares with a jump of 8.3 percent last year.

Note that the gain itself, with America supposedly slipping into economic ruin, isn’t particularly relevant. The size of the increase is what makes the first two paragraphs. The increase is the smallest in three whole years.

Damn.

“So far, so good,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners LLC, a retail consulting firm based in New Canaan, Connecticut. “But a decent Black Friday figure doesn’t predict the whole season. The question is, how much momentum we can keep” in this “challenging” economic environment, Johnson said.

Always a “but” …

A decent Black Friday figure doesn’t predict the whole season..”

Thanks Gloomy Gus.

“I enjoy going out to eat, but there’s always a chance I could be killed by an oncoming tractor trailer on the way.”

“I like water, but someone slipping some arsenic in my glass is something I cannot ignore.”

Update – 2:04AM – December 1, 2008

Anecdotally speaking, the stores I have been to since Black Friday – granted, only two days, but still worthy of mentioning – have been throbbing with shoppers. The lines at Best Buy in Brooklyn, for example, have been painfully long.

Obviously, anecdotal evidence varies from place to place.

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NAME GAME

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 30, 2008

What was it about Greta Gustaffson that captivated so many? And exactly how many young men would you guess spent an inordinate amount of adolescent “alone time” staring at pictures at Jo Tejada?

(Yes, this is a lame set-up on my part).

Now substitute the names Gustaffson and Tejada for Greta Garbo and Raquel Welch, and your ability to answer becomes easier.

Stage names.

Yes, it was a common practice to Americanize your name at one time.

Gustaffson

Gustaffson

Just like David Kaminsky, Muzyad Yakhoob, Henry John Deutschendorf Jr, Anna Maria Italiano and Alphonso D’Abruzzo did … along with many, many others. Some were born here, some weren’t – but they all had a common thread. They all wanted their identities to be decidedly American.

Millions of immigrants to this country did the same thing when they arrived – as did my own predecessors.

It was called assimilation.

Associated Press writer Deepti Hajela says that having a President with such an unusual name like Barack Hussein Obama (remember, he used to go by Barry once upon a time) changes, what she calls, the “name game.”

Names traditionally considered “American” tend to be “British-sounding stuff,” said Cleveland Evans, professor of psychology at Bellevue University in Nebraska. “We are still basically an English-culture country. We really are still in many ways at our base an Anglo-Saxon culture.”

In truth, Mr. Evans, we are a free-religion, Judeo-Christian value-based, English-culture country – the most accommodating, least racist nation in all the world – but I digress.

He (Cleveland Evans) pointed out that immigrants have long had a history of changing their names to fit in more with the United States, or have even had others change it for them.

And there wasn’t a damn thing wrong with that.

Immigrants to the United States were deliberately making the effort to “fit in.”

In school they used to teach the phrase E Pluribus Unum? Remember that one? Quaint, I know … but I like it.

Obama, born in Hawaii and named after his Kenyan father, went by Barry for some years before deciding to use his full first name.

Electing someone named Barack Obama president reflects a shift in attitudes about names that’s been going on in American society for the past few decades, says Laura Wattenberg, a name expert and author who runs the blog The Baby Name Wizard.

Wait.

(Reading that last line over a few times).

Electing Obama reflected a shift in attitudes about names? What on earth does that mean? His name was part of his appeal then?

So, America is finally starting to throw off the century-old first-name shackles of “John,” “Jim,” and “Tom” for more non-American sounding names?

And this “unshackling” of the stale Anglo baby-name pool for a more internationally flavored one is a plus? (I’m just trying to understand the thinking here).

Okay, maybe I’m all wet about this.

Fact is … Obama’s name could have been “Saline Solution,” and he would have won.

“As a group, American parents are naming much more creatively and are striving to be distinctive with the names they pick,” she said, pointing out that shift started in the 1960s when Obama was born and has only accelerated in the last 25 years or so.

A president named Obama could break down the perception “that there is such a thing as a ‘normal’ name,” said Wattenberg.

“It’s a powerful symbol of breaking down barriers where it wasn’t that long ago where kids with a non-English name would go to school and teachers would routinely change it. The president having a non-English name is a sign that we’re not squeezing everyone into that box,” she said.

Here we go again – more sub-groups of Americans breaking out of “boxes.”

Sometimes, to read about this country from Leftocrats, you’d have to believe we come in just under Nazi Germany, toothaches and painful rectal itch in terms of goodness.

I’m sorry, there is such a thing as a normal name, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Please don’t misunderstand my point.

Tejada

Tejada

I am not saying that naming a child something unusual and unique is a bad thing, or shouldn’t be done. I certainly don’t want jackbooted nomenclature squads taking to maternity wards across the map making sure Anglo-sounding names are committed to birth certificates.

Rather, I despair at the slow erosion of my nation’s culture.

Wishing to Americanize one’s name spoke volumes about the desire to become part of the already existing fabric – a place so desired by people from every corner of the world that they were willing to abandon the lives they knew for the opportunity to become an American. It was as patriotic a gesture as any.

It was beautiful.

If there has been any “shift” in recent decades, it is the desire not to celebrate the American ideals and values that have served to unify people from diverse backgrounds the world over. (Again, think E Pluribus Unum here – Out of Many, One). It is, rather, the celebration – and amplification – of that diversity, i.e., multiculturalism, that is emphasized in place of the American ideal. 

I’m certain to get some e-mails saying things like, “What’s with you, Roman? What are you saying? You want everyone named Michael? Or Jennifer? You idiot!

Nope.

Not at all.

Rather, it is commentary on the bigger issue of the slow disintegration of an explicit American culture – one I happen to revere very much.

I like the “box” we have here.

By the way … Danny Kaye, Danny Thomas, John Denver, Anne Bancroft and Alan Alda.

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WHO DID IT AND RAN

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 29, 2008

My wife often likes to read the “Best of Craigslist” entries. Every once in a while, she sends me something funny she’s come across.

This is one of them.

It was an ad placed by a young man (I presume) looking to hire someone to do some “light cleaning” in his apartment.

Here’s how it was posted on Craigslist in Houston:

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Light house cleaning needed

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Date: 2008-09-23, 4:28PM CDT

Need some light house cleaning. I’m pretty busy and not able to clean my apartment so I need someone to do some light work once a week or so. Here are some pictures to give a general idea.

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lt house cleaning2

lt house cleaning3

lt house cleaning4

lt house cleaning5

  • Location: Houston, TX
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 852526961

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When did my brother move to Houston? 

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THE BUSH TAX CUTS … LIVE AND LET DIE?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 29, 2008

Barack Obama ran an exceptional campaign in so many ways. His greatest accomplishment, however, was a shrewd commandeering of the tax issue away from John McCain and the Republicans. (The implosion of the American financial landscape in September didn’t hurt him either). If the 2008 election cycle were held in more “normal” times, and the words “tax cuts” were threshed out, you could expect to see a Republican at the spewing end. “Tax cuts,” after all, historically flow with great abundance from the lips of those on the right – not unlike press conferences flow with great abundance from the “Office of the President Elect” these days.

Yet, it was Obama who peppered Americans with his now legendary “95% tax cut” prattle time and time again, staying on point, convincing enough Americans that two-plus-two was five, making John McCain sound like a Warner Brothers cartoon character after Mel Blanc’s death. (Sure, Yosemite Sam looked all right, but after hearing him speak, you’d scream at the televison, “What the hell is this?” )

taxesAnd now (on cue) … Democrats are already setting themselves up for 2010.

Trying anyway.

If the new Congress sits on their hands regarding the Bush tax cuts next year, which expire at the end of 2010 – and the economy improves even a little bit by then – Dems can continue to own and frame the tax debate in this country, while Republicans scramble to try and reclaim it …

There’s so much bailout bread being baked right now – enough to keep the next sixty-five thousand generations buried in tax withholding hell – that actually raising rates on the American “rich” may not have to happen as originally prescribed.

The Obama-lama-ding-dongs can simply leave them to die, free of fanfare or fingerprints. Clinton-era rates will then zap back into place.

Richard Rubin at CQ Politics writes:

Congressional Democrats have spent the past eight years itching for a chance to undo their least favorite Bush-era policies.

But it increasingly looks like one of the administration’s initiatives most often criticized by Democrats — tax cuts for top earners — won’t get touched by the 111th Congress.

As he worries about doing anything that could dampen his economic recovery efforts, President-elect Barack Obama has been vague about whether he wants Congress to repeal the tax cuts or just let them expire as scheduled Dec. 31, 2010. He said earlier this week that he would wait for a recommendation from his recently appointed economic team.

Good save, Mr. Prez-El.

Take notice out there – especially all of you young, up-and-coming Obamalicious Democrats … That’s called CYA 101.

Study it. Live it. Love it.

Republicans are likely to continue their efforts to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts (PL 107-16, PL 108-27) beyond their expiration date, providing automatic objections to repeal. Meanwhile, and more strikingly, some key Democratic tax writers in Congress are now saying that they, too, want to let the clock run out.

In two years time, as congressional seats everywhere go up for grabs, you may very well see Big Bam and Company making comments like this:

“As you know, Democrats did not raise income taxes on the wealthiest Americans, despite Republican fear-mongering that we would. At the end of this year, the tax rates will simply return to Clinton-era levels, when the economy was very strong, yadda, blah, yeah…”

Of course, it was that side – specifically Bam himself – who kept hammering into our cumulative skulls that the “richest 5% of Americans” would be the ones to see tax hikes in order to stimulate the economy. But as long as trillions – yes, trillions – of dollars are already pledged to be siphoned from the wallets of American taxpayers in the name of rescuing practically everything in God’s creation anyway, why even bother?

tax cutsIndeed, as Rubin alluded to, the Bush cuts – which Democrats revile more than public displays of the Ten Commandments and abstinence education – would have normally been among the very first Bush-era policies to be dumped into the trash bin.

But Dems, who cannot stomach the concept of permitting the wealthiest Americans any kind of tax relief, hate Republican control more.

Therefore, they adapt when and where necessary.

Copping the tax issue, pounding home the word “cuts” at every turn, and manipulating the truth to sound perfectly reasonable was a huge winner.

(But worry not … there will be a plethora of taxes coming from the Obamacrats in twenty other forms or another. Bam the Tax Man, after all, is a lib).

Which brings up the question … If raising taxes is harmful to a sick economy – as even Democratic New York Governor David Patterson recently asserted when talking about possible solutions to the economic troubles befalling his state – why would it ever be beneficial to a healthy one?

Just asking.

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WHO DID IT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 29, 2008

Who exactly were these people – animals, if you will – who stormed through the doors at a Long Island, New York Wal-Mart and killed a man in the process?

Cops want to know.

Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down.

Criminal charges were possible, but identifying individual shoppers in Friday’s video may prove difficult, said Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman.

Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.

Indeed, you read that correctly … customers “became irate when officials said the store was closing because of death.”

God must be so proud.

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OBAMA, MONEY-MAKER

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 28, 2008

obama-cookiesForget government bailouts. Scrap tax cuts. Toss into the political incinerator all of those Clinton-era advisors and gurus who are now part of the “Yes We Can” team – and Paul Volcker too.

It’s all ishkabibble.

The real solution to the economic ills that have beleaguered the United States – and the world – is to simply say that a product or service is loved by “The One” – Barack Obama.

Then, look out!

Amy Lorentzen of the Associated Press writes:

Want an example of the change Barack Obama is bringing to the country?

Check out cookie sales at Baby Boomers Cafe in Des Moines.

Ever since word spread about the president-elect and his family’s fondness for Baby Boomers’ chocolate chunk cookies, the small downtown restaurant can’t bake them fast enough.

“Two months ago I was giving these cookies away,” said co-owner Rodney Maxfield. “Now, it’s like ‘I need two dozen cookies. I need four-dozen cookies.'”

The Obamas became frequent visitors to the cafe last summer when the Illinois senator devoted much of his time to Iowa, where the state’s precinct caucuses kick off the presidential nominating process. Obama’s main office was next door to Boomers, and his staff made the cafe a second home.

“I think everybody just … thought, ‘Oh, great cookie, great president—the world is a happy place. Barack’s going to fix all the problems and if I have a bite of this cookie it’s going to make me feel good,'” Maxfield said.

Now, I’m inspired.

How about this for another revenue generating idea …

Start circulating more pictures of the next President smoking his cigarettes.

obama marlboroThen, get some Madison Avenue whiz kid with Photoshop skills to create a shock and awe media campaign geared toward the 18-39 set – something like “OBAMA BE SMOKIN’!” … or “NEWPORT FOR A NEW AMERICA!

Then, get Democrats in states like New York to boost the cigarette tax yet again – to something like $10.50 a pack. (And be sure to hire additional mail Nazis to keep out-of-state cigarettes from being smuggled in).

Just watch sales sky-rocket!

In every house in Obama’s America – or, at least, in the lower 95% of wage earning homes – a chicken in every pot, someone else’s tax dollars in every wallet and a Marlboro Light dangling from every mouth.

Even tobacco farmers would be raking in the green.

Sales for phlegm reducing medications would see a serious spike – eventually.

Everyone wins, baby.

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TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT – LITERALLY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 28, 2008

What a delightful way to begin the holiday season.

Black Friday lives up to its name – tragically.

From the New York Daily News this morning:

black fridayA worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.

The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

I admit to a bit of naivety here.

How oblivious to everything around you do you have to be to not know you are literally crushing another human being under their weight of your rumbling, sale-seeking feet?

How on earth is that possible?

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”

Nassau County Police are still investigating and would not confirm the witness accounts. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. Police did say there were several injuries but weren’t more specific.

Jessica Keyes was among the shoppers. She told the Daily News she saw a woman knocked down just a few feet from the dying worker.

“When the paramedics came, she said ‘I’m pregnant,'” Keyes said.

Paramedics treated the woman inside the store and then, according to Keys, told the woman:

“There’s nothing we can do. The baby is gone.”

What else to say?

This is a retail store, for God’s sake – not a rock concert swarming with revved-up, dope-smoking, beer-guzzling teenagers with no sense of anything other than the dime bags stuffed in their pockets.

I’m trying to process this story … a stock person is actually killed by a thundrous onslaught of at-the-door, deal-hungry Christmas shoppers at a Wal-Mart?

What?!?

And then a woman actually loses her baby because some damn 32 inch HD television screen is on sale? Or because bathroom towel sets are “two for one?”

Lord …

Updated – November 28, 2008 – 11:33PM – As it turns out, the reports of a preganant woman losing her baby in the Wal-Mart stampede were erroneous – thank God.

As is being reported by Jennifer McLogan at WCBS-TV in New York:

Three other shoppers and a 28-year-old pregnant woman who suffered minor injuries were also taken to hospitals for observation.

“I am happy to report that she did not miscarry and that baby will be okay,” Det. Lt. (Michael) Fleming (of the Nassau County Police Department) said.

The man killed was 34 year-old Jdimytai Damour, a part-time employee hired as a holiday temp.

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NO ROSIE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 27, 2008

What is this nation coming to?

When an angry, radical, left-wing, hateful, alienated “used-to-be-someone” lesbian puts together a network television variety show, and no one watches, what can we conclude?

(That there is some hope – cursory as it may be – that civilization as we know it can be salvaged?)

Over at James Hibberd’s Live Feed blog:

The network’s attempt to revive the primetime variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, tying for the evening’s lowest-rated program.

A mere 5 million viewers tuned in for the 8 p.m. premiere of “Rosie Live,” with the program earning a 1.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. The telecast matched ABC’s recently canceled “Pushing Daisies” as the night’s lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.

NBC had high hopes for the special and planned to expand the program into a series should viewers re-embrace the decades-old variety format. Other networks, too, were watching closely since several are developing variety shows of their own.

“There’s a notion that the climate is right for the genre to make a comeback,” emailed one executive at a rival network. “I guess we now know what not to do, thanks to Rosie.”

I’m not sure how this didn’t shatter Neilsen records and spawn a line of Rosie-brand product lines, like action-figures and ear wax removal medicines.

Shocked.

Segments included Kathy Griffin impersonating Nancy Grace, Alec Baldwin hitting Conan O’Brian with a pie, O’Donnell singing “City Lights” with Liza Minnelli and Jane Krakowski doing a product-placement-themed striptease for White Castle burgers and Crest Whitestrips.

Critics were not kind. The NY Times described it as “hokey comedy with an enemies list.” TV Guide called it a “ghastly ego trip.” And the LA Times asked, “Rosie, what on earth were you thinking?”

There are plenty of things to give thanks for.

That this show will not be picked up by anyone anywhere at any time for any reason (I presume) is one of them.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 27, 2008

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Sorry. Call me a sap, if you want – or painfully passé – or bourgeois – or a kitsch merchant – or crucify me for being one of the anti-Soho, greasy burger and fries set.

I love this Rockwell piece.

So there.

God Bless America.

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THE ZINN SCHOOL OF THOUGHT – NO THANKS

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 26, 2008

on balance, america is bad

on balance, america is bad

When asked in 2006 on Dennis Prager’s radio show if he thought the United States, on balance, has predominantly been a force for good or bad in the world, Howard Zinn, well-known leftist, historian and America-hater, answered:

“Probably more bad than good. We’ve done some good, of course … but we have done too many bad things in the world. If you look at the way we have used our armed force throughout our history – first, destroying the Indian communities of this continent and annihilating Indian tribes …”

…followed by a whole lot of blah, blah, blah.

(Like you didn’t see that coming).

Almost as much of a tradition as turkey, cranberry sauce, Dallas Cowboys football and pumpkin pie are the annual Thanksgiving Day editorials and opinion pieces which sound like they could have come directly from the pen of Zinn (and others), printed almost everywhere, lamenting the horrifically murderous origins of the United States – the wiping out of indigenous people, the calculated spreading of disease, slavery, raping, pillaging, you name it.

For example, today’s editorial page of the Redmond Reporter opines:

Columbus, in fact, was the precursor to a mass genocide. More than 100 years later, the Pilgrims arrived peacefully to participate in the first Thanksgiving dinner. But, instead they opened the door to more death and destruction of the Native Americans.

Eventually, they became the minority, captives in their own land. You can bet, they were never thankful for the famine, war, death, and plagues brought on by the Europeans.

Thanksgiving was a holiday created by President Abraham Lincoln to give Americans something to be thankful for during the Civil War. People can be thankful for a lot of things, but genocide should not be one of them.

To read these guilt-ridden shame-peddlers, who ironically benefit tremendously from the freedoms and opportunities afforded them in this country – suffering from what Rush Limbaugh sometimes calls “affluenza” – you’d almost have to conclude that although the failings of humanity may have manifested themselves in various ways before the founding of the United States, they have never done so with such ferocity, never to such a degree and never with such reward since the founding.

The author obviously went to an American University.

Okay, first … a tiny history lesson (If you know this already, skip ahead).

Let’s be clear, the holiday was not created by Lincoln. Rather, it became a consistently annual one under Lincoln. There were, in fact, many instances of a Thanksgiving holiday prior to 1863.

mr thanksgiving

mr sam "thanksgiving" adams

In 1777, the Continental Congress gave the first National Proclamation of Thanksgiving:

“It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor;”

The next year in 1778, Samuel Adams authored a Thanksgiving resolution, approved by Congress in November, writing:

“It having pleased Almighty God through the Course of the present year, to bestow great and manifold Mercies on the People of these United States.”

Yeah, really. God was in there.

George Washington, of course, gave his famous Thanksgiving Day proclamation on October 3, 1789:

” Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation…”

Good stuff.

And there were many others – not only at a national level, but at a state level as well. (It’s not difficult to do the research. Really.)

Now, as far as genocide is concerned – and I admit to a touch of fascination with how Leftocrats choose the words they will bastardize and dilute while still managing to keep straight faces – let me be as explicit as possible.

The idea that Europeans committed genocide against the indigenous North American population is categorically false. It did not happen. The evidence and the historical record do not corroborate these claims. Indeed, there were slaughters, bloody battles, all out wars waged and ugliness to be sure … but to claim genocide is a flat out lie.  Genocide’s meaning is as unambiguous as a definition can be – the deliberate, calculated, systematic destruction of a particular group.

That America has “evolved” to the point where offense is taken at honoring what is often called the first Thanksgiving in 1621, and words like “genocide” are tossed around so freely and easily, speaks volumes about those  who hawk these contemptible myths.

Frankly, it’s disgusting.

So long as the invading Europeans can be portrayed in the most negative light possible and school children can be made to bewail the earth-loving civilizations that were obliterated by the invading peace-pummeling, weapons-loving, land raping, slave owners, Thanksgiving will still have a place.

the first thanksgiving

the first thanksgiving

This is anecdotal, of course – and I do know that tributes to the first Thanksgiving still take place in schools across this country – but I have noticed, with my own kids, that as they got older, the rituals that were once considered “standard practice” in commemorating the holiday, e.g., dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians, were not being practiced as much any more. Traditional reenactments were being vanquished in favor of a more multicultural “Let’s give thanks to everyone in every subgroup that has ever existed so that even the dead are not to feel left out.”

Nauseating.

Every single ethnic group and race will have wielded equal influence on all things related to the founding of this country by the time the history books are reconstructed with a multicultural pen.

At some point, it may not be unreasonable to expect to “discover” that there were actually Muslims or Africans or Atlantians at that first Thanksgiving table almost four centuries ago.

(I digress)

As far as the real meaning of the holiday … don’t even think of bringing God into the discussion.

It is really about the Indians teaching the stumbling, bumbling Europeans to catch eels.

As evidenced by the recent events in Claremont, California – where the parents of kindergarten students have been clashing over the 40-year tradition at Condit Elementary School of kids dressing like Pilgrims and Indians to celebrate Thanksgiving – moronic hippie-trail sensitivity (critical leftist thinking) is trying to redefine the rules of the game … again.

As one parent put it:

“It’s demeaning. I’m sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation’s history.”

Umm …

Okay.

The inability to solicit critical thought from the Left no longer astounds me. I accept it – like losing socks on laundry day or belly button lint.

I have always thought of the Thanksgiving holiday this way, as expressed by George Washington:

“…that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord.”

Amen.

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WOAH, BIG O … SLOW DOWN

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 26, 2008

not quite yet, big guy

not quite yet, big guy

Not only is there no such office as “President-Elect,” Barack Obama isn’t even it yet. Not technically.

From Fox News:

Under the Constitution, there is no such thing as the Office of the President-elect. Technically, Obama will not even become the president-elect until the Electoral College convenes after the second Wednesday in December and elects him based on the results of the Nov. 4 general election, as stated in the Constitution.

The placard on the podium looks pretty, I suppose, but it’s as relevant as a nipple on a bull.  

I know, I know … nitpicking …

Just let me.

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APPLE METER MAIDS ON THE WAY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 26, 2008

Look out!

Lovely Rita and her 199 brothers and sisters are now on the payroll.

Cash-starved New York City has deployed two-hundred new meter maids to the streets in an attempt to generate revenue.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t already, you better make it your business to mind your behind-the-wheel Ps and Qs, because it’s ticket-writin’ time!

Pablo Guzman at WCBS-TV writes:

revenue, baby

revenue, baby

The city’s latest move to close the budget gap is annoying New Yorkers to no end. Soon, you may not be able to avoid the police no matter what you do.

“You get stuck out there in the middle; not because you’re not paying attention,” driver Rob Frangavilla said. “People walk across; you’re stuck there. I just think it’s a crazy way to raise money.”

“No more tickets, because they’re so aggressive,” driver Ephraim Kaufman said. “It’s unbelievable. Like, you go to pay the ticket — for machine — but while you put in the money to buy the ticket they give you a ticket!”

The goal is to raise $66 million. (Compared to the trillions being bandied about in all the “bailout” hooplah, this is chump change).

100 of the pen-slinging, windshield-tagging traffic flow specialists will be dispersed throughout Manhattan, while the other 100 will be scattered in the outer boroughs.

However, Staten Island, the least populated of the city’s five boroughs – and the only one that consistently votes Republican, incidentally – will not be subject to the meter maid surge.

Just thought I’d throw that in.

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MAC THE MAV AND TINO, TOO

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 25, 2008

Mac and friend

Mac and friend

At least John McCain is back to his old self.  This assumes, of course, at some point he wasn’t.

Believe me, he was. (See the entire 2008 campaign).

He’s back to being the crotchety old Republicrat spitfire, Mac the Mav.

That reach-across-the-aisle, strolling-down-the-median joie de vivre he possesses (and can beckon at will) is throttling up for the new administration.

Goodie gumdrops.

Since the time is just about right for McCain to ride the wave of ascendancy back into the good graces of the media (who, you’ll recall, once upon a time, had rockets in their pockets for him when he was still their beloved “maverick,” only to turn on him once he became the lead obstacle for “The One“), what better way to worm his way back into fishwrap favor than to get “comprehensive” with illegal immigration?

You remember that golden nugget, don’t you?

It was all the rage in 2007.

It looks as though it’ll make a hasty return in the early going of the Obama Chronicles next year, according to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Reid said:

On immigration, there’s been an agreement between (President-elect Barack) Obama and (Arizona Republican Sen. John) McCain to move forward on that. … We’ll do that. We have to get this economy stuff figured out first, so I think we’ll have a shot at doing something on health care in the next Congress for sure.

We’ve got McCain and we’ve got a few others. I don’t expect much of a fight at all. Now health care is going to be difficult. That’s a very complicated issue. We debated at great length immigration. People understand the issues very well. We have not debated health care, so that’s going to take a lot more time to do.

Everyone who saw this coming, go grab an “attaboy” out of petty cash. (Don’t worry, there are a ton of them in there).

If, however, for some reason, McCain finds himself too busy bucking his own side of the auditorium during the next session of Congress to blow kisses over to the Dems, no worries…

Over at the Hot Air blog, AllahPundit writes:

And if they don’t get around to it in this Congress? Good news — Maverick’s officially running for re-election, so he can be the GOP point man for The One in 2011 or 2012 if need be. Exit question: Any predictions on how the Senate vote will shake out next time? Given the beating McCain took from Hispanic voters, I’ll put the over/under at 70.

Add to the lovefest, the announcement of Obama’s new immigration team, headed by Stanford law professor Tino Cuéllar, described by John Trasviña, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as “brilliant beyond his years.”

Ooh, yummie. A lawyer.

More goodie gumdrops.

Needless to say, Obama’s new “border boys” aren’t thrilling anyone on our side. While many of “The One’s” other appointments thus far have proven slightly less than horrible – even though none of them would be on my fifth string team – I get that queasy kind of uneasy looking at those who will be charged with formulating “sound immigration policy” for the United States.

As Tyche Hendricks of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

” … Cuéllar was named this week to lead President-elect Barack Obama’s transition working group on immigration, putting him among the many scholars from the Bay Area who are helping shape the next administration. Lawyers and immigration experts across the country praised him Friday for his intellect and his grasp of both regulatory minutiae and the big picture of American immigration policy.”

Once I reached the words “scholars from the Bay Area,” I walked.

Here’s a question … In terms of how many months after Bam’s inaguration, how long until the borders look like – what my mother used to call my room – who-did-it-and-ran?

I’ll put that over/under at 6.

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DEATH IS COMING?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 25, 2008

is it all over?

is it all over?

Is the United States headed for a horrible demise? Will it break apart under the weight of its own gluttony and egocentricity? Is it only a matter of time?

Well, a fairly prominent talking head from across the sea says that its time to pick out burial plots and call the undertaker.

Crying time is coming.

From the Drudge Report:

A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.

Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily IZVESTIA published on Monday: “The dollar is not secured by anything. The country’s foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse.”

The paper said Panarin’s dire predictions for the U.S. economy, initially made at an international conference in Australia 10 years ago at a time when the economy appeared strong, have been given more credence by this year’s events.

When asked when the U.S. economy would collapse, Panarin said: “It is already collapsing. Due to the financial crisis, three of the largest and oldest five banks on Wall Street have already ceased to exist, and two are barely surviving. Their losses are the biggest in history. Now what we will see is a change in the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will no longer be the world’s financial regulator.”

My wish – with the death of America only a camel’s eyelash away from becoming a reality – is that I have time to get to B&H Photo in Manhattan before the end comes. They have a full-color thermal CD printer I’ve been putting off getting, and it just so happens that through the end of next week it is 50% off. I can only imagine the hassle if the country doesn’t exist by the time I get there.

Also … before America splits into its separate chunks, perhaps something can be worked out where the liberals all agree to congregate in their own little apportioned slices of used-to-be America and set up shop there, leaving the rest to the grown-ups. They can nanny-state, regulate, appease, over-tax and foster all the dependency and entitlement they like over there.

Could prove fun to watch.

With all that subsidized farming they’ll have, maybe some sort of trade deal can be worked out.

 

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STAR SPANGLED IGNORANCE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 24, 2008

Embarrassing.

Really.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) created a thirty-three question American civics exam. The quiz – multiple choice – consisted of questions that ranged from the Constitution to basic American history. It was administered to approximately 2,500 people.

The numbers are not pretty – and it turns out that “ordinary citizens” know more than elected officials do.

The scores are pretty pathetic.

From Yahoo News:

red, white and what?

red, white and what?

US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

“It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI’s civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned,” said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.

“How can political leaders make informed decisions if they don’t understand the American experience?” he added.

Anyone who’s surprised, stand on your head.

The question that received the fewest correct responses, just 16 percent, tested respondents’ basic understanding of economic principles, asking why “free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning?”

Feel free to take the test yourself here.

Unless you’re confident (or you know that anyone you’re with is more ignorant than you), take it when no one else is around.

No need to be ranked among the embarrassed.

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THAT’S “TRILLION” … WITH A “T”

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 24, 2008

want lot, waste lot

want lot, waste lot

This falls under the heading … “What the f***?!?”

Apparently, the United States government – stars of such financial blockbusters as “Bailout One,” “Bailout Two – Paulson’s Revenge” and “Bailout Three – The Citigroup Manifesto” – is going for broke (literally and figuratively).

According to a story at Bloomberg.com, the Feds are ready to pledge 7.7 trillion dollars (loud crashing sound) of taxpayer dollars to help ease the current financial crisis.

That’s seven-point-seven freaking trillion smackers!

The U.S. government is prepared to provide more than $7.76 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers after guaranteeing $306 billion of Citigroup Inc. debt yesterday. The pledges, amounting to half the value of everything produced in the nation last year, are intended to rescue the financial system after the credit markets seized up 15 months ago.

Actually, in the grand scheme of things, it’s no big deal, really.

Why?

Because …

The unprecedented pledge of funds includes $3.18 trillion already tapped by financial institutions in the biggest response to an economic emergency since the New Deal of the 1930s, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The commitment dwarfs the plan approved by lawmakers, the Treasury Department’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. Federal Reserve lending last week was 1,900 times the weekly average for the three years before the crisis.

See? We were already almost half-way there anyway.

Relax.

Grab a cream soda.

The worst financial crisis in two generations has erased $23 trillion, or 38 percent, of the value of the world’s companies and brought down three of the biggest Wall Street firms.

Let me check to see if the country is still standing.

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BAILOUT REDUX

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 24, 2008

You could hear it echoing all the way out across the Great Plains to Parachute, Colorado and down into the Florida Keys – the sound of the white stallion’s galloping feet storming in from Washington, D.C., with the gallant Prince Fed arched high on its back, to rescue the stumbling beauty – Citigroup – to the tune of $306 billion.

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the latest edition of “Too huge to let die.”

Who says nothing happens on a Sunday night?

From the Wall Street Journal:

band-aid or real solution?

band-aid or real solution?

The federal government agreed Sunday night to rescue Citigroup Inc. by helping to absorb potentially hundreds of billions of dollars in losses on toxic assets on its balance sheet and injecting fresh capital into the troubled financial giant.

The agreement marks a new phase in government efforts to stabilize U.S. banks and securities firms. After injecting nearly $300 billion of capital into financial institutions, federal officials now appear to be willing to help shoulder bad assets, on a targeted basis, from specific institutions.

Under the plan, Citigroup and the government have identified a pool of about $306 billion in troubled assets. Citigroup will absorb the first $29 billion in losses in that portfolio. After that, three government agencies — the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. — will take on any additional losses, though Citigroup could have to share a small portion of additional losses.

In addition, the Treasury Department also will inject $20 billion of fresh capital into Citigroup. That comes on top of the $25 billion infusion that Citigroup recently received as part of the the broader U.S. banking-industry bailout.

The original $25 billion barely paid for parking.

The Treasury Department is already facing a political backlash over the use of taxpayer funds to stabilize the banking sector, and has nearly exhausted the $350 billion that Congress allotted to the first phase of the industry rescue.

I can’t imagine why.

But wait!

Here comes the kicker:

Despite the unprecedented scope of the rescue plan, it’s not clear whether it will be enough to stabilize Citigroup. The roughly $300 billion pool of assets that are included in the rescue plan represent only a sliver of the company’s more than $3 trillion in assets, including its holdings in off-balance-sheet entities.

Jitters about such “hidden” assets helped trigger the nose-dive in Citigroup’s stock last week. Among the off-balance-sheet assets are $667 billion in mortgage-related securities.

That little pearl warrants a cut-and-paste: “Among the off-balance-sheet assets are $667 billion in mortgage-related securities.”

How many editions of Bailout ’08 have there been now?

Will the DVD collector’s box include additional bailouts not part of the original set?

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SOARING

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 24, 2008

Going into Sunday’s action, there was one unbeaten team in the NFL. By 4:30PM yesterday afternoon, they were crying in Tennesee.

“Why?” you may ask.

Because the New York Jets (8-3) went into enemy territory, 5 ½ point underdogs, and handed the Tennessee Titans (10-1) their very first loss of the season, slapping them into submission with a 34-13 win.

two scores against the Titans

Leon Washington - two scores against the Titans

That’s five in a row by Gang Green, and a full game lead over the dreaded New England Patriots, who dumped the equally dreaded Miami Dolphins.

Exciting to note here is that three of the Jets’ last four games have been on the road, two of which were played in extremely hostile we-want-the-Jets-dead surroundings – Buffalo and New England – and they have come out on the winning end.

How about that?

They’ve won seven out of eight.

Only Tennessee has a better record in the AFC.

The Jets’ defense was outstanding, holding the Titans to only 45 total yards in rushing. The Titans’ defense, which had allowed only 13 points a game coming into this one, struggled against Brett Favre. That’s what happens when you give the crafty old grandpa plenty of time to dissect you.

Brett threw for 224 yards, and Leon Washington had two rushing touchdowns.

Beautiful job, guys.

Now go back home and take care of the Broncos, okay?

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$28,448.20

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 24, 2008

I was thinking it would reach $30,000.

Oh well. Just missed.

There were 86 total bids in the “White Album” E-Bay auction I’ve been yammering about for several days now..

The fact that a copy of the Beatles’ self-titled double album classic with the mouth-watering serial number of “000005” was available to the public is astounding in itself. Add to it the fact that it was a “mono” pressing – never released in the United States and, to this day, unavailable commercially on CD – and you’ve got near-holy grail status.

Incidentally, a sealed first-issue (or first “state”) of the Beatles’ Yesterday And Today LP from 1966 – better known by Beatle people as the “Butcher Cover”  – would qualify as a holy-grail contender for collectors of Fab Four vinyl. 

butcher_cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOW DOES “BARACK” SOUND?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 23, 2008

maybe a breakfast cereal next?

maybe a breakfast cereal next?

I’m guessing that by July 4th of next year, there will be so many things in this country renamed for Barack Obama, the Constitution of the United States may have to be retroactively “corrected” to reflect his influence on the founding – his nonexistence at the time, not withstanding.

Two days ago, I linked to a story about an elementary school on Long Island in New York that changed its name to honor Barack Obama. The urgency in that action was such that the school board made the change effective immediately.

Well, from Long Island to South Florida … say goodbye to Pervis Avenue in Opa-Locka, and say hello to Barack Obama Avenue.

Channel 10 in Miami reports:

The city commission voted on the name change last week and officials say it is expected to finalize the approval next month.

Opa-locka is a predominantly heavily African-American community north of downtown Miami.

The change is expected to take place on President’s Day, 2009.

The fact that this name change – surely, the first in a long line of nomenclature realignment to come – is happening on the most useless, irrelevant, joke of a holiday on the calendar is not without its significance.

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THE PLANET NEEDS YOU, MR. OBAMA

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 23, 2008

it ain't easy being green

it ain't easy being green

Check your carbon credits, Mr. President-elect. It looks like your limo is a planet slayer.

Sarah Baxter from the Times Online in Great Britain writes:

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. His own new presidential limousine will be far from green, however.

The Obamobile being prepared for the president-elect is said to be a monster gas-guzzler made by General Motors, the troubled car giant. It will look like a black Cadillac but is built like a tank. A spy photographer who tracks down future car models for magazines snatched pictures of the heavily disguised first-car-in-waiting when it was being road-tested last summer.

The armour-plated car, which has a raised roof, windows up to 5in thick, extra-strength tyres and a body made of steel, aluminium, titanium and ceramics, is thought to be based on a GMC 2500 truck that gets less than 10 miles to the gallon.

When the planet plunges into catostrophic ruin – and we’re practically there already, by most accounts – we’ll know where pointing fingers will be aimed.

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WHITE ALBUM AUCTION UPDATE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 23, 2008

ob-la-di, ob-la-da

low, low number

With a little less than sixteen hours to go before it ends, the E-Bay auction featuring that original mono pressing of the Beatles’ “White Album” with the jaw-gaping low serial number of “000005” is up to just over $21,000.

I’d get it myself – as a gift for my kids, of course (which I could hold on to and take of for them) – but I have twins, and if I got one, I’d have to get another … and I could only imagine the hassle of trying to track down a “000006” or “000007” … and then they’d probably fight over who’d get the lower number …

I’ll pass.

Maybe next time.

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THE TYRANNY OF EQUALITY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 22, 2008

If you take a moment and google the phrase “gay dating service” you’ll find that there is no shortage – companies like “Pride Dating,” “GayFriendFinder.com” and “Chemistry.com” all cater to matching up gays. Never once did it occur to me – or anyone else with a life – that there were hetereosexuals out there being unfairly deprived of a chance at love because these services offered no “straight” matchmaking. That’s because there are oodles of heterosexual dating services out there.

discrimination!

discrimination!

Yet, in an age where defending the traditional definition of marriage is construed as hatred, criticizing a black candidate is deemed racist and questioning global warming is akin to denying the Holocaust, none of that matters.

In the depraved spirit of obsessive sameness and parity, the tremedously successful website e-Harmony, a matchmaking service that was setup and designed to target Christians (uh oh), has agreed, i.e., was forced, to create another website, at the behest of the New Jersey Attorney General, to accommodate gays looking for love.

Yes, this is America, and they’re being made to do it.

It will be called “Compatible Partners.”

Score another one from outside the arc for those who cultivate a tyranny of equality.

Exactly how this differs from some young lady choosing to file suit against “Men’s Warehouse” for not stocking bras and panties, or an eighty year-old man deciding to take “Babies R Us” to court for not providing wheelchairs and hearing aids for the eldery escapes me.

As Joshua Rhett Miller of Fox News explains:

Created as part of a settlement with Eric McKinley, a gay man from New Jersey, the Web site will provide services for users seeking same-sex partners by March 31, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights Director J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo said.

eHarmony, which was founded by Dr. Neil Clark Warren in 2000, said the settlement was triggered by a Law Against Discrimination complaint filed by McKinley against the online service on March 14, 2005. As part of the agreement, eHarmony will pay McKinley $5,000 and will provide him a one-year complimentary membership.

The first 10,000 users to the new site – which will be completely separate from e-Harmony – get complimentary six-month subscriptions.

Cha-ching!

Man, who can I sue? Whose business can I torpedo?

There is a sick fixation – a mania – on the Left to make everything in this society the same. They have found a deep moral purpose in creating – or engineering – fairness at the expense of liberty. That’s because at the core of the American leftocracy is the belief that liberty is trumped by equality. They care about leveling out playing fields, sparing feelings, and having government make decisions for the people. That way, presumably, no one is ever offended, made to feel left out or insulted.

Ever.

In the name of tolerance and uniformity, there is a systematic crippling of uniqueness.

It is decidedly un-American. (You heard me, Keith Olbermann).

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

The e-Harmony case – which boils down to government compelling a privately owned business to invest its legally acquired profits in creating a good or service that “doesn’t discriminate” – is as clear a paradigm of the tyranny of equality as one can muster.

That one homosexual man can take whatever resentment (or prejudices) he harbors toward Christianity – a conclusion drawn based on the conspicuous absence of litigation filed by Mr. McKinley against all-gay, all-Jewish, all-cockroach dating services – and conscientiously attack and disrupt a business model that has proven tremendously successful (and legal) is beyond pathetic. Remember, there are dozens and dozens of same-sex dating sites out there. This one man, however, chose to feel isolated from a service targeted to more traditional patrons – and he ultimately got his way.

Narcissism at its grizzly best.

The many kowtow to the one.

The tyranny of equality.

Leftists see and measure equality in terms of outcome. Their “scale of equivalence,” if you will – their barometer of fairness – is placed at the end of any given societal circumstance. Measurements are taken. They appraise the imbalances as they see them, and then they act – often through protests, cries of unfairness, litigation and name-calling. Eventually, these waa-waa, knee-jerk convulsions of bias and discrimination become normalized through the heavy hand of government intrusion and manipulation – just the way they like it. The liberties of others – as in the e-Harmony case – are often stunted to finagle their much-coveted “equality.”

Nothing is more important.

Conservatives, by contrast, look to the Declaration of Independence, and the foundational credo that all men are created equal. (Note the word “created.”) Their own “scale of equivalence” is placed at the beginning of it all – not the end – where equality of opportunity is paramount. This propagates the freedom and liberty this nation is based upon.

The great Michelle Malkin began her column yesterday this way:

Congratulations, tolerance mau-mauers: Your shakedown of a Christian-targeted dating website worked.

Of course it did.

The “shakedown,” as she most accurately portrays it, of so many of the traditions and institutions that define the United States is in full swing – all perpetrated under the pretext of shattering innate social injustices that sit at the core of American society.

In the lead-up to Election Day, for example, California airwaves were saturated with anti-Proposition 8 ads with language like this:

“It is time we call Prop 8 for what it is – an unnecessary and discriminatory proposition that would treat thousands of Californians differently under law.”

What about “mens” and “ladies” rooms? Or handicapped parking spaces? Aren’t those illustrationss of laws that discriminate? How about progressive tax rates? Wouldn’t that be an example of regulations that call for treating a specific group of people differently?

Please.

My kingdom for a scintilla of critical thought from the Left.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 21, 2008

obama_elvisThe man has not yet taken the oath of office.

He was elected by a seven percentage point margin (a mandate, we’re told) – not too far from the gap that separated the Proposition 8 vote in California (skin of the teeth victory, we’re told).

Up to this point, with two months to go before he is inagurated, his resume shows him as the first black President-elect in the country’s history – an accomplishment, to be sure … but after that, not so much.

So, naturally, the thing to do, only sixteen days after Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, is to name a school after him.

Obviously.

How is it this wasn’t done sooner?

According the Associated Press:

It was only a matter of time. A New York school has been renamed in honor of President-elect Barack Obama.

The former Ludlum Elementary School, in Long Island’s Hempstead Union Free School District, was renamed at a school board meeting Thursday—effective immediately.

School officials say most of the 440 students there are black or Hispanic, and Obama’s victory is a source of great pride.

You don’t say. Effective immediately? In New York of all places? 

No way.

*cough*

Make no mistake about it – this has happened only because Obama is black. What other reason? He’s not from New York and has done nothing.

He is not the President yet, people!

On the horizon, some possible adjustments to look for:

-Brooklyn Bridge to Baracklyn Bridge

-Broadway to Barackway

-Bedford Stuyvesant to Barackford Stuyvesant

It’s a good thing this election wasn’t about race.

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ARE YOU A PEPPER?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 21, 2008

this thing better be good

Guns N' Roses front man, Axl Rose. This thing better be good.

If you a Dr. Pepper enthusiast, or if you’re dying for one but would rather save the extra change in your pocket for some General Motors stock, fear not. Thanks to the band Guns N’ Roses, you’ve got a freebie coming – and who doesn’t love freebies?

The new Guns N’ Roses album is about to be released. It has taken fourteen years from the time recording began on it – and seventeen years since the last Guns N’ Roses release – for this thing to come out.

From the Associated Press:

Dr Pepper is making good on its promise of free soda now that the release of Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” is a reality. The soft-drink maker said in March that it would give a free soda to everyone in America if the album dropped in 2008. “Chinese Democracy,” infamously delayed since recording began in 1994, goes on sale Sunday.

“We never thought this day would come,” Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “But now that it’s here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper’s on us.”

Beginning Sunday at 12:01 a.m., coupons for a free 20-ounce soda will be available for 24 hours on Dr Pepper’s Web site. They’ll be honored until Feb. 28.

According to Dr. Pepper, it will take up to six weeks for the coupons to arrive, and they will expire on February 28, 2009.

Unfortunately, the freebie train probably couldn’t have rolled in at a worse time for them. According to Forbes.com , times are tough for the Pep:

drpepperDr Pepper Snapple Group had a tough first full quarter as a standalone company as U.S. consumers opted to save their pocket change for the piggy bank rather than spend it on soft drinks. On Thursday, the company posted a lower-than-expected profit in the third quarter and reduced its full-year guidance.

“Without a doubt, this is one of the toughest environments the beverage industry has faced in many years,” said the company’s president, Larry Young. The company’s stock closed Thursday’s trading session down by $2.72, or 13.0%, at $18.19.

Once the free soda is handed out, and the accounting department has had a chance to look at the books, and Dr. Pepper gets its turn in line for some of that bailout money, I wonder if Larry Young or Tony Jacobs will be flying to Washington, D.C. on private jets.

Yeah, I’m a Pepper, man.

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FREAKIN’ FRANKEN – GETTING CLOSER

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 21, 2008

The margin narrows.

From the Associated Press:

The longer the recount goes on, the closer the margin in the race for U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

Republican Senator Norm Coleman’s edge over Democrat Al Franken faded some more in the second day of a statewide recount.

According to results reported to the secretary of state yesterday, compared with pre-recount figures, Franken now trails Coleman by 129 votes. Coleman had a 215-vote advantage heading into the automatic recount.

Still, almost 60% of the ballots remain outstanding as the painstaking recount of 2.9 million ballots continues. Thirty-5 of Minnesota’s 87 counties told the state they had finished their counts.

As of Thursday, both candidates had lost votes in numerous counties because of challenged ballots. If that continues, it will likely mean a cliffhanger when the state canvassing board meets starting Dec. 16 to rule on challenged ballots.

Here’s an example of a ballot Al Franken is challenging:

longing for hanging chads?

longing for hanging chads?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Some of the comments from bloggers at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune:

-My guess? Marked the bubble with an X first. Then realized he/she should probably fill it in a little more. Duh.

-Looks to me like someone started to make an X but then changed their mind and crossed it out.

-It’s obvious that this guy is sloppy, and he probably got a poor SAT score because the machine couldn’t read the oval properly, but he’s still one hundred times smarter THAN THE IDIOTS IN FLORIDA WHO COULDN’T USE A BUTTERFLY BALLOT.

-What does the rest of the ballot look like? If it’s covered with perfectly-filled in ovals, than this is probably a mistake that the voter tried to eradicate and shouldn’t be counted. If all the other marks on the ballot are as slipshod as this one, then it should be counted as a legitimate vote.

As of Wednesday afternoon, this ballot was the only one being challenged. Of course, as the gap narrows – and more votes are “discovered,” “unearthed” and “re-tallied”  – this one challenge could prove critical.

The recount continues.

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MORE GORE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 20, 2008

breath mint?

breath mint?

In his online journal on Wednesday, Al Gore cited a new study suggesting that “the Mayan civilization might have collapsed due to environmental disasters.”

Mr. Gore writes:

” ‘These models suggest that as ecosystems were destroyed by mismanagement or were transformed by global climatic shifts, the depletion of agricultural and wild foods eventually contributed to the failure of the Maya sociopolitical system,’ writes environmental archaeologist Kitty Emery of the Florida Museum of Natural History in the current Human Ecology journal.

As we move towards solving the climate crisis, we need to remember the consequences to civilizations that refused to take environmental concerns seriously.”

I’m confused.

I thought pre-Columbian North America was a veritable paradise of human civilization, where indigenous peoples were at one with both the land and sky, tending to Mother Earth’s tender balances, free of the material selfishness and moral evil that would define the soon-to-come destructive European invaders.

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WORRIES FROM THE LEFT

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 20, 2008

Unhappy leftists.

Is that redundant?

Not even three weeks since Barack Obama won the White House, some of the leftocracy in America – particularly the annoying pacifist faction and their spineless peacenik cousins – aren’t very happy with the way “The One’s” cabinet is shaping up.

Too many hawks may be spoiling the soup.

Paul Richter of the Los Angeles Times writes:

the best of the left

the best of the left

Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama’s national security team will be dominated by appointees who favored the Iraq invasion and hold hawkish views on other important foreign policy issues.

The activists are uneasy not only about signs that both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates could be in the Obama Cabinet, but at reports suggesting that several other short-list candidates for top security posts backed the decision to go to war.

“Obama ran his campaign around the idea the war was not legitimate, but it sends a very different message when you bring in people who supported the war from the beginning,” said Kelly Dougherty, executive director of the 54-chapter Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Aside from Clinton and Gates, the roster of possible Cabinet secretaries has included Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), who both voted in 2002 for the resolution authorizing President Bush to invade Iraq, though Lugar has since said he regretted it.

“It’s astonishing that not one of the 23 senators or 133 House members who voted against the war is in the mix,” said Sam Husseini of the liberal group Institute for Public Accuracy.

The group he is assembling wouldn’t be my team by any stretch. Team Clinton, the Director’s Cut, does nothing for me. (So much for “change?”) But anytime lefties get pissed off, it’s worth the ticket – especially when it’s by other lefties.

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IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY …

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 19, 2008

ob-la-di, ob-la-da

ob-la-di, ob-la-da

In three days, it will be the forty year anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ self-titled double album package, better known as the “White Album.” It is as eclectic as it is brilliant – surely one of the greatest pop music recordings ever made.

Back in the day, the stark white gatefold sleeve had the band name embossed on the cover along with a serial number printed beneath it.

The serial numbers were printed on the sleeves only during the initial period of its release.

To collectors, numbered copies of the “White Album” are coveted – particularly low numbered issues.

On E-Bay, up for auction right now, is a collector’s dream. It is a low numbered copy of the album – a very very low numbered copy – probably the lowest ever sold.

The first four copies of the LP, numbered “000001” through “000004” went to each of the four Beatles, so the story goes.

The copy on E-Bay is number “000005.”

Number 000005!!

As of this writing, the bid is up to $13913.85.

The seller writes:

Some years ago, this album was taken into the collectors shop named ‘Vinyl Revival Records’ in Newbury, Berkshire, England by a musician (they did not disclose who) who had visited John in the flat that he shared with Yoko in late 1968 (that was owned by Ringo) at 34 Montague Square, Marylebone, London W.1. The musician saw a pile of White Albums on a table and asked for one. John readily agreed, but said ‘Don’t take No.1 – I want that’. Instead he took No. 5′.

The auction is set to end the day after the fortieth anniversary of the LPs release.

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NO CHANCE, NO HOW, THEY SAY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 19, 2008

cleaning up the mess?

cleaning up the mess?

Just a teeny little update …

Regarding the auto industry Big Wigs wearing out their knee protectors in the chambers of Congress for the past two days, pleading for taxpayer green to save the unions – er, the Big Three auto makers – I wrote earlier today:

Bankruptcy, on the other hand, would be a much more viable remedy – that is, if the goal is to save the corporation..

But it isn’t. That’s the problem.

It’s all about the union.

Declaring bankruptcy sticks a fork in the very sumptuous UAW employee and retirement benefits that helped cripple the industry to begin with – and, of course, that can’t be allowed to happen. With Washington cradled in all-Democratic arms effective January 20th, it almost certainly won’t

Well, guess what?

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Chrysler LLC has worked out at least some contingency plans in case it has to file for bankruptcy protection, but General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have not, the chief executives of the auto makers said on Wednesday in testimony in the House of Representatives.”

GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said a bankruptcy filing would likely lead force GM to “liquidate the company because you wouldn’t have any revenue.” As a result, he added, GM has “concluded it should put virtually all effort into avoiding” bankruptcy and hasn’t worked out a detailed contingency plan. In a similar vein, Ford CEO Alan Mulally said his company has studied a bankruptcy option and believes “it is not a viable” option.

Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli said his company has “looked at all aspects” of a potential bankruptcy filing and “have gone through advisors to help us think this through.

Bankruptcy is not an option?

You don’t say.

Who’d have guessed?

Is that someone heading for the pantry to get the knife to slice off a chunk of bailout cake I see?

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SPARE A LITTLE?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 19, 2008

gimmee gimmee

gimmee gimmee

Ineptitude pays.

This grueling government bailout saga is eerily reminiscent of that smell in almost everyone’s grandma’s house, or the image of Barack Obama’s face gracing every magazine cover in all of God’s creation.

It doesn’t go away.

It’s always there.

And now, economic catastrophe looms on the horizon, they say. Millions of layoffs could be the consequence of inaction. The very stability of the nation hangs in the balance.

Naturally, this latest potential cataclysm is not to be confused with the previous calamity from September – or any other that has threatened to cripple the United States in recent times.

This is not to diminish the real economic challenges facing this country, mind you. Times are, indeed, tough – and growing tougher. It’s obviously true. My heart genuinely goes out to every hard-working American family that is – and will be – affected aversely by the economy’s downturn.

But this is America.

We face it. We brave it. We learn from it. We get better.

To be fair … the original three-quarter of a trillion dollar bailout of the financial markets, one could argue, was a necessary evil. Instictively, I wasn’t for it, but there were sound arguments on that side. I could understand – at least to a point – those who defended it, contrary as it was to free market sensibilities. Clearly, if the ability of Americans to borrow money – and thus conduct business – is throttled (so the argument goes), the entire economy dramatically suffers.

I don’t disagree.

But now the car companies have come a-callin’. They’re asking for a $25 Billion slice of the $700 Billion bailout pie.

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner, speaking to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday said, “Our industry needs a bridge to span the financial chasm that has opened up before us.”

In everyday speak, that means: “We screwed ourselves. We can’t manage anything. Save us, please, so that we might do it all over again .”

There is simply nothing to come from injecting billions of taxpayer dollars into one – or maybe all – of the Big Three auto makers, save for a quick, feel-good, “at least we did something,” temporary fix. It’s like buying a recovering cocaine addict some heroin to relieve him of his dependency with cash stolen from the rehab center’s safe.

Pouring money into a failing corporation – and I don’t care if it’s the automotive industry or the tiddly-wink trade – does nothing to dissuade the behavior that precipitated the failure.

What incentive is there to modify?

And what is to keep the feds from slapping billion-dollar band-aids on the boo-boo all over again once the next disaster sets in?

In a worst-case scenario, for instance, the bankruptcy of General Motors would all at once adversely effect employees and stock holders. It would also hurt the communities in and around the GM plants where these employees live. Indeed, the ramifications would be very real. But the truth is, unlike a debilitating credit crisis where there is no money available to lend to anyone anywhere – which would affect virtually everyone from sea to shining sea, as well as the world at large – life would go on for the rest of us. Americans would get their vehicles elsewhere, and the United States would endure.

In a free market, bad decisions cannot be rewarded, and the public should never be compelled to pay for loser corporations who have mismanaged their affairs into near-oblivion.

A GM failure, obviously, is not what anyone would want, but the American automotive industry, in being forced to rebuild itself, would ultimately be all the better for it.

Government intervention and cash cuddling of a dying Detroit only keeps the malignancy warm and safe – especially when there are German and Japanese car manufacturers continuing to grow and profit in the South. (This is not your daddy’s Chrysler bailout).

Bankruptcy, on the other hand, would be a much more viable remedy – that is, if the goal is to save the corporation.

But it isn’t. That’s the problem.

It’s all about the union.

Declaring bankruptcy sticks a fork in the very sumptuous UAW employee and retirement benefits that helped cripple the industry to begin with – and, of course, that can’t be allowed to happen. With Washington cradled in all-Democratic arms effective January 20th, it almost certainly won’t.

Let’s hope that yesterday’s cool reception on Capitol Hill to the “rescue our cars” lobby remains so and that I am wrong.

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HEEEEERE’S …. RECOUNT!

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 18, 2008

A million lifetimes after Election Day, the officially tally in Minnesota will finally have Senator Norm Coleman defeating Al Franken by 215 votes – this after a 725 vote advantage for Coleman somehow magically whittled its way down, incrementally, over a two week period by a count of over 500.

Missing ballots were, amazingly, being discovered almost everywhere – like in car trunks – and before anyone realized it, Franken was cheating -er, fighting his way toward an improbable (and sickening) victory.

Oh well. Sorry, Al.

He again fell short.

Now it’s officially recount time, despite Franken’s failed attempts to find even more ways to steal a win.

From the Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul :

How is it even close?

How is it even close?

Al Franken asked Monday to have rejected absentee ballots be considered in the U.S. Senate election results that are to be certified today by a state board, a move later blunted by an attorney general’s opinion that the issue should be left to the courts.

The eleventh-hour maneuvering occurred as the five-member state Canvassing Board prepared to meet at 1 p.m. today in St. Paul to review results showing Republican Sen. Norm Coleman with a lead of 215 votes out of more than 2.9 million cast.

That margin includes the canvassed results submitted by Minnesota’s 87 counties, plus an additional nine votes in Coleman’s favor that emerged from a post-election audit conducted in a sampling of about 200 precincts to check the accuracy of voting machines.

The difference is well within the one-half percentage point required to trigger an automatic hand recount, which Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said he was “absolutely” certain will begin Wednesday morning despite the last-minute challenge.

I think there were some uncounted ballots for Franken behind the soda machine at the Shell Station on Riverside Avenue that weren’t considered.

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GOOD FOR YOU, ELTON

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 18, 2008

I cannot tell you how many times I have cringed – or simply laughed my fanny off – listening to Sir Elton John comment on almost anything relating to the culture.

Elton and David

Elton and David

Remember when he said religion should be outlawed?

“From my point of view, I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it’s not really compassionate.”

Deep thinkers abound from the entertainment world, don’t they?

Yes, Elton, the Godless have done so much for humanity. (See Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Mao’s China). Generally speaking, when I see quotation marks after his name, more times than not, my queasiness reflex is activated.

However, in this instance, Captain Fantastic is spot on.

Elton John and partner David Furnish, who entered into a civil partnership in December, 2005, recently attended a dinner hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. When asked his thoughts on the passage of Proposition 8 in California, John said of his own relationship:

“We’re not married. Let’s get that right. We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage. I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership. The word marriage, I think, puts a lot of people off. You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.”

Nice job, Rocket Man.

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FROM A DEMOCRAT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 17, 2008

Can Dems Make Sense? Ever?

Can Dems Make Sense? Ever?

What’s that?

Did that come from a Democrat?

I’m not sure how to react to this – but I will take it as face value.

I am no fan of New York Governor David Patterson. I don’t support his policies and have had problems with things he has said in the past.

However, this morning – and perhaps the moment is fleeting – Governor Patterson sure doesn’t sound like a Democrat to me – at least not totally. I admit to being a trifle confused. Hell may not be freezing over exactly, but when common sense is infused into a Democrat’s policy position, I believe in giving credit where it is due.

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, New York state’s financial woes take center stage. Governor Patterson seems to – and I say this cautiously – seems to reject the typical liberal knee-jerk responses to budgetary distress.

As Nick Timiraos writes:

The New York City Council Monday begins hearings on a series of proposed spending cuts and tax increases, while in Albany, the state capital, Gov. David Paterson reconvenes the legislature Tuesday to consider rolling back already approved spending increases on health and education to close a $2 billion funding gap for the current year..”

New York state also faces a $12.5 billion deficit in 2009, and the Democratic governor has said he would ask labor unions to forgo 3% raises called for by contracts that would have to be renegotiated. But Gov. Paterson has rejected calls for higher taxes on the wealthy — unlike New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has proposed tax increases.

“[T]he higher we tax even the wealthy, the more we lose population and the less job creation there is,” Gov. Paterson said in an interview Friday. “We’re pretty resigned to the fact that we’re going to have to do this with spending cuts.

Wow. (Maybe a holy crap is in order here).

Dare I say it … Governor Patterson gets it … a little?

Spending cuts.

(Ponders using the words “sensible” and “Democrat” in the same sentence).

I just bruised myself falling off the davenport.

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GREEN WEEK – HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 17, 2008

Showing Gore how it's done

Showing Gore how it's done

Did you know it’s Green Week at the National Broadcasting Company?

If not, where the hell have you been?

For those who are not self-absorbed, planet raping, carbon-credit crisis deniers, I trust you’ve made your preparations and contacted loved ones. I’m not sure if there will be a nationwide call for everyone in the country to simultaneously unplug their television sets or flip off circuit-breakers in the name of climate civility, but NBC is ready to go.

It’s scare-mongering time!

Mark Finkelstein at News Busters writes:

During half-time of last night’s Sunday Night Football game, Meredith Vieira helped, uh, kick things off with a bit of alarmism that would put Al Gore to shame. The Today show co-host raised the spectre of the oceans rising . . . at least 200 feet!

Readers will recall that Al Gore’s claim, propagated in An Inconvenient Truth, of a Manhattan-drowning 20-foot sea-level rise has been widely rejected as so much alarmist hooey. But compared to her apocalyptic vision, Vieira made Gore’s Wall Street-under-water image look like a bathroom floor puddle .

MEREDITH VIEIRA: Matt [Lauer] is in Belize, he’s off the coast at a place called the Blue Hole. It is the home to some of the most exotic marine life in the world, and all sorts of beautiful coral reefs and they’re all being threatened because the water temperatures are rising.

Al [Roker] on the other hand is in Iceland looking at the glaciers which store most of our fresh water. And if they were to melt, the oceans could rise at least 200 feet.

And our intrepid reporter Ann Curry, well she is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as I speak. She hopes to reach the summit by Friday. The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro are rapidly melting, and that is threatening the people of Tanzania.

Wow, I had no idea it was this serious. I thought it was all just hysterical apocalyptic gun-jumping silly-speak.

I’m not sure Vieira and the Doom-Crew are aware of this – nor would it make a difference, seeing as they have the Earth already flirting with certain death – but Finkelstein points out that the United States Geological Survey says:

“Climate-related sea-level changes of the last century are very minor compared with the large changes in sea level that occur as climate oscillates between the cold and warm intervals that are part of the Earth’s natural cycle of long-term climate change. Global sea level was about 125 meters below today’s sea level at the last glacial maximum about 20,000 years ago.”

As Finkelstein writes, “Virtually none of that rise, of course, can be attributable to man.“

Hmm.

Must’ve been all of that Wooly Mammoth flatulence.

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SO HOT, IT’S COOL

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 16, 2008

open up your ice cap and say "ah!"

open your ice cap and say "ah!"

It was the hottest October on record we were told. It was yet another indication of the world’s steady and catastrophic plunge into the depths of climate change (formerly known as global warming) hell. At least that was the word from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) last Monday.

The hysterical left (redundant) went nuts, like their team had just won the World Series – but only because the other team’s plane had crashed. A strange kind of “See? I told you the planet was on the brink of death” smugness settled in.

It was sweet vindication.

The only problem was … it wasn’t true.

They goofed.

The UK’s Telegraph website explains:

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

I suppose that while initial reports of the hottest October ever had the boys in the newsroom in a collective euphoric state, it became unnecessary to pay attention to some of the “incidental” data coming in.

October, for instance, saw the “worst snowstorm ever” slam Tibet. Here in the United States, NOAA reported sixty-three instances of record snowfall last month as well as 115 record-breaking “lowest temperature” readings. In 114 years of stat-gathering, October, 2008 was the 70th warmest ever.

It’s fortunate for me that the mistake was caught when it was.

I was just about to list all of my incandescent light bulbs and electricity-dependant items on E-Bay, so that I might get my carbon-credit house in order … except the computer, of course.

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TAKE THE PLEDGE OVER THERE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 16, 2008

pledge of allegiance 1There is a passionate debate going on in the small Vermont town of Woodbury, regarding the Pledge of Allegiance – but it isn’t what you may think.

No, this isn’t your garden-variety, everyday, atheistic attempt to remove the “offensive recitation” from school, as we’ve seen on numerous occasions before.

This debate has a new twist.

It isn’t a “what” issue … it’s a “where” issue.

Specifically, it concerns whether or not the Pledge of Allegiance can be said in the classrooms of the school or if it needs to be done in a different place within the school, like the gymnasium.

It is a bitter point of contention there.

No, really.

From the Burlington Free Press:

Supporters say the classroom is the place for it, and the disagreement has fueled an increasingly acrimonious debate.

The brouhaha in the Vermont school began in September, when parent Ted Tedesco began circulating petitions calling for its return as a daily practice in the 19th-century schoolhouse, which has 55 children in grades kindergarten through six.

School officials agreed to resume the pledge as a daily exercise, but not in the classroom.

“We don’t want to isolate children every day in their own classroom, or make them feel they’re different,” said Principal Michaela Martin.

That last line is purely stunning. I required a three-man work crew to remove my jaw from the floor after reading it.

“We don’t want to isolate children every day in their own classroom, or make them feel they’re different.”

That has to be one of the most patheticly moronic comments I’ve come across in a mighty long time. The absolutely fractured liberal feel-good logic of “offend no one except the majority” is spectacular to behold when displayed so prominently.

What pure idiocy.

Ms. Martin (if I may speak to her directly), separating a faction of students from others by extracting them from their own classrooms (which is in itself eerily unsettling) to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to their own country is not only frightening, but is, by definition, an act of isolating one group from another. (Please take a “duh” out of petty cash). 

Besides, how in the world does reciting the Pledge of Allegiance “isolate” young American children? Doesn’t it, in practice, unite them?

My Lord, what planet is this?

I digress …

Starting last week, a sixth grade student was assigned to go around to the four classrooms before classes started, gathering up anyone who wanted to say it and then walking them up creaky wooden steps to a second-floor gymnasium, where he led them in the pledge.

Martin and School Board Chair Retta Dunlap defended the practice, saying it restored the Pledge to the school as requested, preserved the rights of students who — for political or religious reasons — didn’t want to participate and gave others the opportunity to pledge their allegiance.

“I was happy to have it upstairs. I think it’s important that all the kids share in it together,” said parent Ellen Demers, 42.

My bellybutton is about to cave in. “I was happy to have it upstairs?”

And since when is allegiance to the United States of America a political statement?

“If you’re in a classroom with 15 students and you choose not to say the Pledge, it’s much more obvious than a group setting. When they’re saying it in a group of 55, it’s may not be so obvious. We don’t want to isolate children,” she (Martin) said.

Huh??!??

pledge of allegiance 2Let me try this again … If you are specifically rounding up and separating, children from others, i.e. isolating them, isn’t it reasonable  to assume that the children in the Pledge-saying group will know who isn’t participating and staying behind? Do they not have eyes? Who exactly is being protected from what?

(Tedesco) plans to continue lobbying for classroom recitation.

“There’s no way a heckler’s veto should abridge the constitutional rights of the majority,” he said.

Amen to that.

Talk show host Dennis Prager often recounts a conversation he had with his son immediately after O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1995. When the verdict came in, and O.J. walked away scot-free, Dennis turned to his son and apologized for not handing off to him a better country than the one his parents gave him.

Sometimes, it is difficult to argue with that.

 

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PROTEST SATURDAY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 15, 2008

It was “Protest Saturday” across the star-spangled map.

In locations from Boston to San Francisco, signs such as “Gay is the New Black” and “Don’t Spread H8” were waving earnestly as same-sex marriage activists continued to protest the passage of Proposition 8 in California – the initiative that reaffirmed the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

As Jay Lindsay of the Associated Press writes:

Rainbow means everyone?

Rainbow means everyone?

Gay rights supporters waving rainbow colors marched, chanted and danced in cities coast to coast Saturday to protest the vote that banned gay marriage in California and to urge supporters not to quit the fight for the right to wed.

Crowds gathered near public buildings in cities large and small, including Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Fargo, to vent their frustrations, celebrate gay relationships and renew calls for change.

“Civil marriages are a civil right, and we’re going to keep fighting until we get the rights we deserve as American citizens,” Karen Amico said in Philadelphia …

Protests following the vote on Proposition 8 in California, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, have sometimes been angry and even violent, and demonstrators have targeted faiths that supported the ban, including the Mormon church.

However, representatives of Join the Impact, which organized Saturday’s demonstrations, asked supporters to be respectful and refrain from attacking other groups during the rallies.

First, it is necessary to give credit where credit is due. I am more than happy to report that, although boisterous, and at times rowdy, today’s demonstrations across the country were, by all accounts, peaceful – although it was clear, as Jay Lindsay reports, that “anger over the ban and its backers was evident at the protests.” In Chicago, for example, one sign read, “Catholic Fascists Stay Out Of Politics.”

However, the colossal absurdity – and the downright stupidity – of those on the pro same-sex marriage side of the debate to even attempt to compare the Proposition 8 vote to what blacks in this country were subjugated to for centuries is indefensible. The very idea that I even have to make that statement illustrates how disgustingly askew the moral compass of the American Left has become.

Slavery alone makes the comparison as dim-witted and thick as any I’ve ever heard.

Unreal.

Leftists have had their intellectual honestly and clarity raped by their own inability to leapfrog their emotions when debating this – and practically any – issue.

As I wrote yesterday, one blogger at the Poe TV website posted the following comment:

A lot of people are furious and they should be. Can you think of another time in recent history when people voted to strip away another group’s rights?”

If you live in New York City, do the words “No smoking in bars” or “No high fat oils in restaurants” mean anything?

I wonder which color of that rainbow flag represents the American traditionalist.

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DO AS YOU WANT, BUT DO IT MY WAY – THE RADICAL GAY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 15, 2008

Feel the hate

Feel the hate

Recently, in Lansing, Michigan, a group of self described “homosexual anarchists” stormed the Mount Hope Church while services were being conducted. The band of unruly radicals were shouting out such catchy slogans as “Jesus was a homo!” while pounding on buckets and brandishing upside down pink crosses. They also set off the fire alarms. Some of the squad was apparently hiding in a balcony inside the church before hand, waiting to spring their assault.

They called themselves “Bash Back.”

In Palm Springs, California, a woman named Phyllis Burgess, exercising her Constitutional right to free speech, was accosted when the cross she was carrying was torn from her hands and stomped on by an angry gay mob – including several strapping young men. (You can see the video of the incident here).

Ms. Burgess is 69 years old.

How brave of them.

On the Poe TV website, where the video of the attack is also linked, some bloggers are standing up against intolerance with insightful and solicitous comments like these:

-“This is awesome in so many ways.”

-“Good. f*** that old bat”

-“When somebody tries to deny you basic rights by hiding behind a big f***ing religious symbol, f*** them and f*** their symbol. That is cowardly bull**** and I am glad this happened as it did.”

-“I tired it the old way, I want to be an ***hole now. f*** that old lady.”

-“A lot of people are furious and they should be. Can you think of another time in recent history when people voted to strip away another group’s rights?”

-“Isn’t really going to score them any converts, but I’m all for it.

Sadly, these aren’t just a few isolated examples being perpetrated by the “fringe Left.”

Acts of vandalism and violence aimed at proponents of Proposition 8 (preserving the definition of marriage as one man and one woman) have been steady since Election Day – particularly against the Mormon Church – with no end in sight.

As reported on Friday in the Salt Lake Tribune:

“People of faith have been intimidated for simply exercising their democratic rights,” President Thomas S. Monson and his two counselors in the (LDS) church’s governing First Presidency said in a statement. “These are not actions that are worthy of the democratic ideals of our nation. The end of a free and fair election should not be the beginning of a hostile response in America.”

Is this repulsive behavior indicative of all who voted against Proposition 8? Or even the majority?

Of course not.

However, you can bet your right ear that if a frenzied group of religious folks attacked a “gay rights” activist by ripping off his or her “Power to the People” ribbon, and stomped on it, it would have harvested round-the-clock “team” coverage from every network with a news desk, a working camera and a pulse.

Typically, these instances of genuine hatred are getting very little play nationwide – because they emanate from the Left.

The sad reality is … “We The People” means nothing to the narcissistic bundles of scum who are willing to respond to the democratic process with violent attacks on the elderly, the burning of religious books (as occurred recently at a Colorado LDS church) and disgusting acts of hostility and vandalism against people of faith and their houses of worship.

Who then, I ask, are the real arbiters of hate?

Man to man

Man to man

The notion that one can wish to defend the traditional definition of marriage and not hate homosexuals eludes even the most accommodating synapse of the Leftist mind. That the assault of an elderly woman, in the name of acceptance and tolerance, is infinitely more hateful and sickening than simply defending traditional marriage shirks Leftist comprehension. There is nothing hateful about preserving the traditional definition of marriage. Yet, to these bastions of open-mindedness, if the rest of us cannot give in to their demands, then we must hate them.

In truth, this isn’t about rights. It never was. Marriage, quite honestly, is not a right.

And as far as “equality” is concerned – there is no one I can marry that a gay man cannot marry. That he chooses not to, or has no desire to, does not mean that I – or anyone else – hate him.

This is really about acceptance.

The irony was always so striking – that gays on one hand insist that the society at large stay out of their bedrooms, casting no aspersions nor passing judgments on the way they choose to live their lives … yet, demand acceptance and tolerance based on precisely what they do in their bedrooms.

Sorry to disappoint you.

I do not harbor any hatred for homosexuals. Anyone who knows me knows this is true. I frankly don’t care what goes on behind drawn curtains or locked doors. I do, however, care about my country – and this kind of intolerance from the Left cannot go unnoticed or unchallenged.

I cannot stand idly by and allow them to redefine the rules of the game.

Still, I advise Americans to be prepared for more news stories like the ones cited above.

Across the country today (Saturday), rallies will be held in a National Day of Protest as gay activists take to the streets, fuming over the Election Day defeat of same-sex marriage initiatives in various states. They’re expected to be carrying signs featuring their logo of a clenched fist, complete with phrases like “Fight the H8” (fight the hate) and “Ready to Rumble.”

“Fight the Hate?”

There are way too many punch-lines-in-waiting there.

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BAILOUT BONANZA

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 14, 2008

Is this where the bailout line is?

Is this where the bailout line is?

And so it continues …

The $700 billion government bailout fiasco is officially a parody of itself. David Zucker couldn’t have written it any better. It is a colossal joke – not only watching the federal government swipe taxpayer dollars to “save” the country from financial ruin in what I (and many others) knew would be a veritable showcase of disorder and incompetence, but also observing the procession of “gimmee” merchants swarming in like seagulls to get their free block of cheese.

Hands are outstretched, and stories of impending doom are rehearsed and ready to be dealt to the Henry Paulson Distributing Co-operative.

I cannot help but envision some dying-of-cancer billionaire somewhere, without a family, wanting to repent for a lifetime of sin by “getting philanthropic.” He announces that before he passes on he will be handing out large chunks of his fortune at the local mall to “help” people in need. He proclaims that all one has to do to get paid is explain – in a thousand tears or less – why he or she needs the money, e.g., spin a tasty sob story while sufficiently humiliating yourself. Can you picture the line of sad sacks and freeloaders snaked around from the mall’s entrance along the length of the building, stretched on down the road for four miles?

This is, in effect, the scene outside of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s office.

Of course, in this case, the government is using our money to “help.” There’s no philanthropy to it.

I have to ask … This is America?

Welcome to Bailout House.

Each day brings more tales of industries on the brink of death, seeking some of the bailout bread. (Keep in mind that America was supposedly on the brink of complete collapse last month when the Bailout just had to be passed immediately).

And now, this morning … the latest beggars, with arms extended and palms up, have gotten in line. And these aren’t corporations. Rather, they are American cities – actual cities.

As John Hurdle at Yahoo News writes:

Three major American cities buffeted by the global financial crisis are requesting at least $50 billion in federal funds to help pay for infrastructure improvements, pensions and short-term borrowing.

Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta are asking U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to release funds from the $700 billion financial bailout authorized by Congress last month.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will hand-deliver the request to Paulson on Friday, spokesman Luke Butler said. Five or six other cities, including Chicago, may also sign on, Butler added.

Congress set up the so-called Troubled Asset Relief Program to help banks and other institutions that were ensnared in the global credit crisis. But since President George W. Bush signed the bill into law, numerous other entities, including the U.S. auto industry, have lined up for help.

Later on today, Treasury Secretary Paulson is expected to meet with the Tattoo Artists’ lobby and the Belly Button Lint Guild.

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ALL ALONE AT THE TOP!

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 14, 2008

killer Keller

killer Keller

First place, baby!

Perhaps it shouldn’t have even gotten to overtime, seeing as the Jets were ahead 24-6 at one point, but so what? Sure, it sent my intestines a-reelin’ when the Patriots scored the tying touchdown with literally one second left on the clock, but no biggie. And yes, I saw yet another Jet disappointment in Foxborough in the works as the game went into overtime.

(I’m a Jet fan. What else should I expect?)

That’ll teach me to pay attention to me.

The Jets won the coin toss and proceeded to march down the field – including a huge 3rd down and 15 completion from Brett Favre to Dustin Keller from their own 15 yard line – to kick the game-winning 34 yard field goal.

Jets take it 34-31.

They are now in sole possession of first place, with a record of 7-3.

Favre threw for 258 yards and did not throw an interception. Thomas Jones rushed for 104 yards.

Reluctantly – *ahem* – I give a lot of credit to the Pats’ quarterback, Matt Cassell, for a big night – 400 yards passing as well as leading the Pats down the field with only 1:04 left to play to score the tying touchdown.

Still, allow me a few minutes to just take it all in, with a smile wide enough to require a traffic cop . . . First place, baby!

And yes,  I did wear the Mitchell and Ness road jersey.

 

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TOLERANCE, EXHIBIT 15987C

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 13, 2008

Liberal calls for unity and bi-partisanship are – translated – demands that conservatives bend at the midsection and succumb to their wishes. With the election of Barack Obama to the White House, Libs are reveling (salivating) in the disappointment of defeated conservatives, dishing out a “just deal with it” kind of good sportsmanship, advising all of us who voted McCain to “go with the flow.” Obama’s victory is proof positive, they say, that America has taken a definite (and much needed) turn to the left. Clearly, conservatives aren’t thrilled (and most don’t believe it anyway) – but they accept the results and move on.

However, Libbies don’t accept results they don’t like. They conduct recounts, they employ lawyers, they launch personal attacks, they commandeer smear campaigns and they label opponents with whatever “ists” or “phobes” they can in order to garner media support. Libs, as we’ve seen since Election Day, are ready to set off riots because the people of California (and other states) have refused to allow the definition of marriage to be redefined.

Liberals believe in – and promote – tolernace of all people, from all walks of life, as long as they think as they do. They are accepting of everyone, no matter their race, creed or color, as long as they reject any divergence of thought.

Take, for instance, the experience of 14 year old Catherine Vogt, an 8th grader in Oak Park, Illinois.

As John Kass of the Chicago Tribune writes:

As the media keeps gushing on about how America has finally adopted tolerance as the great virtue, and that we’re all united now, let’s consider the Brave Catherine Vogt Experiment.

Will she be crucifixed?

Will she be crucifixed?

Catherine Vogt, 14 … wanted to conduct an experiment in political tolerance and diversity of opinion at her school in the liberal suburb of Oak Park. She noticed that fellow students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama for president. His campaign kept preaching “inclusion,” and she decided to see how included she could be. So just before the election, Catherine consulted with her history teacher, then bravely wore a unique T-shirt to school and recorded the comments of teachers and students in her journal. The T-shirt bore the simple yet quite subversive words drawn with a red marker: “McCain Girl.”

Immediately, Catherine learned she was stupid for wearing a shirt with Republican John McCain’s name. Not merely stupid. Very stupid.

“People were upset. But they started saying things, calling me very stupid, telling me my shirt was stupid and I shouldn’t be wearing it,” Catherine said.

Then it got worse.

“One person told me to go die. It was a lot of dying. A lot of comments about how I should be killed,” Catherine said, of the tolerance in Oak Park.

But students weren’t the only ones surprised that she wore a shirt supporting McCain. “In one class, I had one teacher say she will not judge me for my choice, but that she was surprised that I supported McCain,” Catherine said.

One student suggested that she be put up on a cross for her political beliefs.

“He said, ‘You should be crucifixed.’ It was kind of funny because, I was like, don’t you mean ‘crucified?’ ” Catherine said.

Other entries in her notebook involved suggestions by classmates that she be “burned with her shirt on” for “being a filthy-rich Republican.”

Yes, I know kids can be cruel. It didn’t have to be a particular preference in a Presidential candidate to spark teasing amongst lovable tots. It could have been hair, body size or the wrong brand of sneaker.

Of course, I don’t know many kids who inspire calls to be “crucifixed” for wearing the wrong kind of lip gloss.

Remember, liberal bigotry fosters unity.

 

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MY CAN OF “I KNEW IT, DAMMIT”

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 13, 2008

Maybe I’m way off here – and I’m willing to admit to jumping the gun a bit – but I’m going to try to wrap my mind around this thing and put it in perspective. (Feel free to correct me if I am in any way wrong about this).

Let me ask …

Is there any symmetry at all in the words “incompetent boobs” and “federal government?” If I break out a Roget’s Thesaurus and leaf to the word “bungling,” will I see snapshot of the members of Congress handing out money to every droning lobbyist representing the latest industry on the brink of catastrophic ruin? Can I correctly assert that the word “inept” is interchangeable with the phrase “government bailout plan?”

How about if I just crack open a can of “I knew it, Dammit” and pass it around.

If I’m in any way incorrect, please show me the light – or if I am missing the forest because my vision is being blocked by one pain-in-the-ass tree, please let me know.

The federal government of the United States of America, with nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars of taxpayer money in its grubby paws, is executing its “bailout” plan with about as much usefulness as nipples on a seahorse.

Not only is the money not going to buy off toxic assets, as originally asserted, but the oversight of how this colossal amount of green is to be allocated has gone the way of New England Congressional Republicans and media objectivity – nowhere to be found.

According to the Washington Post this morning:

Uncle Rescue

Uncle Rescue

In the six weeks since lawmakers approved the Treasury’s massive bailout of financial firms, the government has poured money into the country’s largest banks, recruited smaller banks into the program and repeatedly widened its scope to cover yet other types of businesses, from insurers to consumer lenders.

Along the way, the Bush administration has committed $290 billion of the $700 billion rescue package.

Yet for all this activity, no formal action has been taken to fill the independent oversight posts established by Congress when it approved the bailout to prevent corruption and government waste.

Nor has the first monitoring report required by lawmakers been completed, though the initial deadline has passed.

Well, smother me with apple jelly and roll me in a hill of fire ants … you don’t say?

Shocked!

Is there anyone with a pulse who didn’t see this coming?

“It’s a mess,” said Eric M. Thorson, the Treasury Department’s inspector general, who has been working to oversee the bailout program until the newly created position of special inspector general is filled. “I don’t think anyone understands right now how we’re going to do proper oversight of this thing.”

In approving the rescue package, lawmakers trumpeted provisions in the legislation that established layers of independent scrutiny, including a special inspector general to be nominated by the White House and a congressional oversight panel to be named by lawmakers themselves.

And yet it is this body of staggering efficiency that Democrats (and yes, too many stupid Republicans) continually rely on to be the answer to all problems big and small. They dismiss the ability, resiliency and ingenuity of the American people, believing that with “the state” all things are feasible – from handling health care to regulating cooking oils.

It’s how they’re wired.

I advise any Republicans out there with any drops of conservatism still pumping through those dejected veins to pay close attention. Keep tabs on all of this incompetence. Prepare your “See What Happens When the Government Handles Things?” data sheets.

2010 isn’t that far away.

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REST IN PEACE, MITCH

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 12, 2008

mitch mitchell

mitch mitchell

Another “Rock and Roll” Heaven inductee…

Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Handrix Experience, died earlier today. He was 61.

Fiery, anything-but four-in-the-bar hum-drum, Mitch Mitchell was one of my all-time favorites. Both he and Keith Moon were the kind of drummers I always said I would want to have in my band – unconventional, chunky, lyrical (in Moon’s case, spastic).  Mitchell’s drumming behind Jimi was as foxey as the lady in the song.

From the rolling rhythm on “Purple Haze” to the stone-cold groove of “Little Miss Lover” all the way to the jazzy cool of “Still Raining, Still Dreaming,” Mitch could do it all.

Rest in peace.

From Bloomberg.com:

Mitchell was found dead in a Portland, Oregon, hotel early today, KGW-TV reported, citing a medical examiner. An autopsy was planned, the station said.

Hendrix, one of music’s most celebrated guitarists, joined with Mitchell and bass player Noel Redding to create the Jimi Hendrix Experience in London in 1966. The following year, the band released its debut album, “Are You Experienced?” featuring the tracks “Hey Joe” and “Purple Haze.”

The group dissolved shortly before Hendrix’s death in 1970. Redding died in 2003.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience made a lasting mark on music during its three-year run. In a span of 18 months, the group recorded “Axis: Bold as Love” and “Electric Ladyland” as well as “Are You Experienced?” All three were “landmark albums,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition, Hendrix’s “theatrical, incendiary performances at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals, including the ceremonial torching of his guitar at Monterey, have become part of rock and roll legend.

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GIMMEE SOME BAILOUT DOUGH

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 12, 2008

gimmee gimmee

gimmee gimmee

I made a prediction this past Sunday.

I wrote:

Watch the floodgates fly open now with an onslaught of letters to Pelosi and Crew requesting their own chunky slice of the socialist bread pudding – all in the name of restoring financial stability.

Close enough.

Of course, I’m no soothsayer or anything. (My crystal ball has been in the shop since I blew my “lock” for a McCain victory).

But as predicted . . . the swarm has descended.

From the International Herald Tribune:

When the U.S. government said it would spend $700 billion to rescue the American financial industry, it seemed to be an ocean of money. But after one of the biggest lobbying free-for-alls in memory, it suddenly looks like a dwindling pool.

Many new supplicants are lining up for an infusion of capital as billions of dollars are channeled to other beneficiaries like the American International Group, and possibly soon American Express.

The Treasury Department is under siege by an army of hired guns for banks, savings and loan associations and insurers — as well as for improbable candidates like a Hispanic business group representing plumbing and home-heating specialists. That last group wants the Treasury to hire its members as contractors to take care of houses that the government may end up owning through buying distressed mortgages.

Honestly, who didn’t see this coming?

Please, raise your hands if you didn’t think this stinking pile of odoriferous government bailout crap would attract every kneepad wearing, arm-extended, palm-up, garbage-dump fly lobbyist from Seattle to Miami Beach.

 

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A TWOFER?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 11, 2008

What’s that old line about getting hit by a car?

If you’re going to get run over, make sure it’s by a doctor or in front of a hospital.

Honestly, is there a more expedient or pragmatic place to be when the angels come a-callin’ than in a hearse?

From the “as long as we were heading there any way” file ….

From the BBC:

The 67-year-old woman was on the way to the cemetery to bury her husband, who had died the day before.

The hearse was struck from behind by an Alfa Romeo car, police said.

The coffin slammed into the head of the woman, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the hearse, killing her instantly, according to officers.

Marciana Silva Barcelos and her family were on the way to a cemetery in the town of Alvorada in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, for the funeral of her partner, Josi Silveira Coimbra.

The 76-year-old man had died of a heart attack on Sunday after attending a dance.

I sincerely weep for this family. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. May God have mercy on their souls.

Still … talk about cutting out the middle man.

 

mbcn75l

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THANK YOU

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 11, 2008

The cartoon by Cox and Forkum is actually from 2003 – but its content is timeless.

God Bless all who have served and sacrificed for this nation.

 
 

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THE OBAMA HOLIDAY

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 10, 2008

If you’ve ever wondered what Kansas liberals do to fill the empty pockets of spare time in their lives – and who hasn’t – well, wonder no more. (I’m always happy to help when I can).

From the Topeka, Kansas Capital-Journal on Sunday:

a Barrackin' holiday?

Me and Abe

Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation’s 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

“Yes We Can” planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the downtown McDonald’s restaurant, 1100 Kansas Ave., until Jan. 13. The goals are to secure a national holiday in Obama’s honor, to organize celebrations around his inauguration and to celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on Feb. 12 1809.

At 7:30 a.m. on Inauguration Day, Obama Cake will be served at the downtown McDonald’s, and a celebration is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 20 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th.

I wonder if Abe will get top billing.

And no, I didn’t make this up.

This is one of those “make up your own punch line” posts – although I can ssure you, I stopped laughing when Ohio went blue last Tuesday night.

Has anyone considered renaming one of those liberal states with a stupid, multi-syllabic, antiquated name – like Massachusetts – something more Messiah-friendly?

Like maybe Obamachusetts?

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UNDOING BUSH

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 10, 2008

obama with friends

obama with friends

It won’t be just a matter of rearranging the furniture, hanging up different souvenir vacation plates and throwing some newspaper on the floor for the new puppy. President-elect Barack Obama is going to put on his “Executive Order” game-face the moment the word “elect” is dropped from his title. Expect an orgy of “undoing” from the earliest moments of a new Obama administration, reversing a slew of Bush-era Executive Orders.

As Steven Ohlemacher of the Associated Press writes:

Bush used his executive power to limit federal spending on embryonic stem cell research, a position championed by opponents of abortion rights who argue that destroying embryos is akin to killing a fetus. Obama has supported the research in an effort to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Many moderate Republicans also support the research, giving it the stamp of bipartisanship.

On drilling, the federal Bureau of Land Management is opening about 360,000 acres of public land in Utah to oil and gas drilling. Bush administration officials argue that the drilling will not harm sensitive areas; environmentalists oppose it.

Having already said that the first thing he would do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) – which would effectively nullify restrictions on killing the unborn while allowing “Joe the Plumber’s” tax dollars to be shuffled over to fund on-demand abortions – don’t hold your breath for a heck of a lot of “centrism” (whatever that means) coming from President Obama’s Oval Office.

Rather, expect an Obamacraticly bastardized definition of centrist – i.e. hard-left positions sold with tickle-me-Elmo allure, embraced by an excited and aroused media machine – to once again redefine the terms of the cultural landscape. As long as the demonization of conservatism can continue, peddled with those soul-soothing pipes of President Obama’s, reinforced by hypnotized neo-Beatlemaniacs swooning before his first chord is even played, traditional steadfasts (like me) will be continually characterized as more and more extreme – even though we’ve done nothing more than maintain our value system (the American value system).

Hey, if Obama says something is centrist – and says it enough – then by golly, it is. If Obama says traditional American values are in need of changing – or fundamental transforming – then, jeepers, they must be.

Messiahs don’t lie.

Besides, the Obamunist mindset is one of simply disregarding and shrugging off the very real cultural battles being waged in this country – those that matter to conservatives. Only whack job right-wingers, obsessed with automatic weapons and God gobbledygook, stuck in a Father Knows Best world of tie-wearing bagboys and supper-preparing Stepfords, expend any thought or energy on antiquated social matters like same-sex marriage and abortion – at least according to the next President of the United States.

As Obama famously said in front of a Planned Parenthood get-together:

I am absolutely convinced that the ‘culture wars’ are just so 90s. Their days are growing dark. It’s time to turn the page. We want a new day here in America. We’re tired of arguing about the same old stuff.

Same old stuff?!?”

Yes, Virginia, those words came from the lips of a Democrat.

The pot and the kettle need to spend more time together.

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FROM THE HALLS OF MONTEZUMA …

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 10, 2008

Getting It Done For 233 YearsGettin’ it done for 223 years!

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