Another example that celebrating Christmas is OK if you don’t believe in God. Charlie Brown is offensive? Really?
Another example that celebrating Christmas is OK if you don’t believe in God. Charlie Brown is offensive? Really?
I want an electable candidate. I want Republicans and Conservatives to disavow purity tests and see the bigger picture. Government IS the least bad alternative. Only because men are not angels do we suffer the predations of government… that being the case we should seek the least predatory government we can…. NOT ANGELS.
From recent article on the investigation:
Senior Obama Administration officials decided to restructure the government’s half-billion-dollar loan to the California solar energy firm Solyndra even after government analysts had concluded it would cost taxpayers far less to allow the company to fail, according to a newly released report on the investigation into the Solyndra matter by House Republicans.
“DOE is likely to be very sensitive about optics if it should default,” one analyst wrote in an email.
“A meltdown that would likely be very embarrassing for DOE and the Administration,” wrote another.
The cost to the administration’s reputation was more important than the cost to the tax payer.
The previous experience providing no education; SolarReserve gets a government guaranteed $737,000,000 loan.
From an editorial article on the loan:
Coincidentally, the project which is risking $737 million to power 43K homes, is located in the Majority Leader’s home state of Nevada. It turns out that none other than Nancy Pelosi’s Brother-in-Law, Ronald Pelosi was the number two man at an energy fund PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund (East) LLC which has invested $100 million in SolarReserve based in Santa Monica, California.
“The administration’s flagship project Solyndra is bankrupt and being investigated by the FBI, the promised jobs never materialized, and now the Department of Energy is preparing to rush out nearly $5 billion in loans in the final 48 hours before stimulus funds expire — that’s nearly $105 million every hour that must be finalized until the deadline.”
A123 is getting $450,000,000. (Forbe’s article on A123.) They make “green tech” batteries. China’s automaker Wangxiang will be aquiring an 80% stake in the cash hemorhaging company, “A123 lost nearly $83 million in the second quarter of 2012, on top of a whopping $125 million loss in the first quarter. Losses in 2011 approached $258 million, with cumulative losses since 2007 totaling more than $815 million.”
Apparently some of A123′s losses have resulted from recalls of their batteries to companies like Fisker Automotive. A123 is a share holder in Fisker Automotive, a California electric car maker that received $529,000,000 to build cars… in Finland.
President Obama defended these “investments” in green energy based on the investment China is making in the industry – do recall that US taxpayers are subsiding that Chinese investment to the tune of 80% of $450 million in the case of A123. The President just might ought to look at the horrors investing in green tech has visited on the Spanish economy. The President may want to look at the fact that these investments resulted in failures even with government subsidies propping them up. It isn’t just that the spending is “too damn high” but that its “too damn stupid.”
A collection of affirmations declaing ObamaCare is not a tax by administration officials.
Today I heard that cutting beards, employing manacles and music played through headphones are forms of torture. While they may be called culturally insensitive, rude, hard etc. when they are referred to as torture without blushing we have crossed over into new territory. What term do we now use to describe real torture? How much easier for everyone to disregard claims of torture knowing that beard cutting, music and manacles are included in the term. This is the problem with expanding definitions outside their boundaries to give one’s complaints greater shock value in an attempt to win sympathy.
Another; slavery. Working for minimum wage or working without benefits may be rock bottom compensation but it isn’t slavery. What do we say to the millions of women and children bought and sold in the Sudan the past decade or two when we are told that not making enough money to support a family of four as a grocery clerk is slavery?
Today we learned that “nice kid” includes cannibals who eat the faces of their living victims. I’m thinking this one is unlikely to catch on, for want of cannibals, thank God, not, sadly, for want of people willing to (mis)use the term.
”The next summer the soil, fertilised by twenty thousand corpses, broke forth into millions of poppies. The traveller who, on the road from Saint Tron to Tirlemont, saw that vast sheet of rich scarlet spreading from Landen to Neerwinden, could hardly help fancying that the figurative prediction of the Hebrew prophet was literally accomplished, that the earth was disclosing her blood, and refusing to cover the slain.”
The Below Pictures were borrowed from this website: http://www.battlestory.org/index.php?p=1_67_USA-CEMETERIES-IN-EUROPE
America played a vital role in each of Europe’s great wars of the twentieth century. We fought because it was the right thing to do, not for reward.
I am unaware of a state ever sacrificing so much blood and asking for only enough land to bury their dead. They have all done their duty. Ours is much simpler.
Increasingly we are a country run by unelected bureaucrats issuing “rules” which have the effect of law through the rule making rather than law making process. This is eroding our traditions of liberty and democracy.
The Obama Administration has decided that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to swimming pools and is requiring such facilities to install lifts by January 1, 2013 or face fines of up to $100,000. This will result in the closure of many pools that cannot afford to install the lift. Whom will this hurt the most? Those pools that can least afford the lift. That is to say the poor. Not a fine example of regulation serving the greater good nor fostering the democratic process.
Full article on the issue here.
Link to accessibility regs.. if you dare.
Here is an interesting list of people who have apparently (not my list – happy to be corrected if anyone listed inaccurately) voiced support at one time or another with varying degrees of volume as well as their net worth:
Recently there has been much vitriol and overbroad criticism leveled at “the rich” not least of which by our President and an author from North Dakota whom I used to respect. Some one I was communicating with about this anger at “the rich” noted that these angry people really don’t hate the rich so much as they hate the rich who don’t give money to liberal causes or support liberal candidates. What they really mean is that they hate Republicans, the monolithic party of greed according to that author, with money and regard anyone who is not rich that supports them is brain dead lackeys who fail to recognize that Obama is trying to take the rich guy’s money (“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody”) and and give it to more deserving people, that is, Democrats.
They express a more angry, heated and emotion-only based version of an argument made by Thomas Frank in What’s The Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. He argues that non-rich supporters of GOP candidates vote against their own economic interests. Obama and others say the same thing only they remove any semblance of civility, reason or fact. (That “the rich” don’t pay their fair share of income and other taxes is absurd considering the federal income tax burden borne by the top 5% of American wage earners, roughly 60%of all federal income taxes paid in 2009). However, with the President’s approval ratings below Jimmy Carter’s bitter demagogic behavior from him and his trickling supply of supporters is not shocking in the least.
Leon Cooperman, worth an estimated $1.8B, and former Obama supporter recently issued an open letter to President Obama expressing his concern for the political tone the President is setting (echoed by that author by the way). I’m sure he will now be purged from the party for heresy and added to the list of nasty greedy rich people. I excerpt two paragraphs from the full letter found here:
But what I can justifiably hold you accountable for is your and your minions’ role in setting the tenor of the rancorous debate now roiling us that smacks of what so many have characterized as “class warfare”. Whether this reflects your principled belief that the eternal divide between the haves and have-nots is at the root of all the evils that afflict our society or just a cynical, populist appeal to his base by a president struggling in the polls is of little importance. What does matter is that the divisive, polarizing tone of your rhetoric is cleaving a widening gulf, at this point as much visceral as philosophical, between the downtrodden and those best positioned to help them. It is a gulf that is at once counterproductive and freighted with dangerous historical precedents. And it is an approach to governing that owes more to desperate demagoguery than your Administration should feel comfortable with.
With due respect, Mr. President, it’s time for you to throttle-down the partisan rhetoric and appeal to people’s better instincts, not their worst. Rather than assume that the wealthy are a monolithic, selfish and unfeeling lot who must be subjugated by the force of the state, set a tone that encourages people of good will to meet in the middle. When you were a community organizer in Chicago, you learned the art of waging a guerilla campaign against a far superior force. But you’ve graduated from that milieu and now help to set the agenda for that superior force. You might do well at this point to eschew the polarizing vernacular of political militancy and become the transcendent leader you were elected to be. You are likely to be far more effective, and history is likely to treat you far more kindly for it.
It is odd how similar that author’s recent polemics (monolithic selfish wealth) mirror the very same rhetoric from President Obama that is lamented in this open letter. It would be nice if Obama can change his tone and appeal to our better angels rather than demonize for short term political gain, but, like pretty much all of the change promised by President there appears little reason to hope for it.
The Aarne–Thompson classification system is a system for classifying folktales. First developed by Antti Aarne and published in 1910, it was translated and enlarged by Stith Thompson. As a treatment of morphology, it uses motifs rather than actions to group the tales.
Over all, the tales are grouped by Animal Tales, Fairy Tales, Religious Tales, Realistic Tales, Tales of the Stupid Ogre, Jokes and Anecdotes, and Formula Tales. Within each group, they are further subdivided by motifs until the individual type.
Antti Aarne was the student of Julius Krohn and his son Kaarle Krohn. He further developed their historic-geographic method of comparative folkloristics, and developed the initial version of what became the Aarne–Thompson classification system of classifying folktales, first published in 1910. The American folklorist Stith Thompson, in translating Aarne’s motif-based classification system in 1928, enlarged its scope, and with his second addition to Aarne’s catalogue in 1961 created the AT-number system (also referred to as AaTh system) often used today.
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