Thursday, February 26, 2009

I did not realize

Until tonight, that Eric Holder was a black man. Saw him on TV for the first time earlier this evening.

I knew he was an idiot and an asshole - that was based on what he's said and written in the past.

But I guess now I'm going to be called racist by somebody for calling Eric Holder an idiot and asshole, not to mention an anti-2nd amendment piece of shit. Also based on what he has said and written.

Now I know.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Good Stuff

I met with Kim on Saturday; it was a good visit. He was absolutely enchanted by Alex; he told me, "Don't let Connie see him, she'll steal him away!"

For those of you who don't know, Kim actually went to jail in his younger years, for fighting against racism in South Africa, where he grew up... before he came to the United States.

Considering Alex's racial makeup, I'm kinda proud of this pic:

Granted, Alex is a bit cautious about strangers... so he's leaning away as I took the picture. But, obviously, Kim is happy to be seen with our little boy.

Thanks, Kim... don't be a stranger. Alex will warm up to you if you're around much :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Alex's First Trike

I finished assembling Alex's first tricycle this afternoon. Then I sat back and looked at it, imagined him riding on it, and took a picture (crappy cellphone pic, not postable) that I sent to Lisa and Mom.

Mom replied, "Cool reminds me of your first trike love you".

That made me think of Daddy assembling my first trike, a LONG time ago. If that was when I was 1.5-2 years old, that would have made Daddy 26 or 27. That reminded me that Lisa and I got a late start on kids, and I'm FUCKING OLD!!!!

I'm 38 - when Daddy was my age, we were starting to think about my first CAR!!!!

Ahh well... play the hand that's dealt, right? At 38, I'm definately older than Daddy was when I was Alex's age... and hopefully, a bit wiser. Maybe as wise at Alex's Toddler-stage as Daddy was at my Teenager-stage. I'll hope so, anyway.

Daddy was always pretty fucking smart - but by the time I was a teenager, he was REALLY smart; or so he seemed to me. Seemed like there wasn't anything he couldn't figure out, even if some things took a bit of figuring and a bit of time. That was in his late 30s to early 40s; just about the age I'm at now. I pray I can do as well.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wells Report Watch, Issue 1

This is a new thing for my blog; hopefully it won't be terribly common. But like Rivrdog keeping a watch on his local news, I'm going to do the same here. Particularly in regards to the Wells Report, heard 4-7pm Central on 570 KLIF.

Jon-David Wells is generally a good guy, but he goofs badly from time to time. Since when I manage to get through on the phone, and call his goofs, he tends to hang up on me, I'm going to correct him here.

Today, JDW goofed badly. I was busy working, so didn't try to call in, but he basically said President Obama was going back on his promise to allow 5 days of scrutiny before he signed any bill into law.

Sorry, JD, but the Annointed One has, in fact, allowed 5 days for scrutiny of the Porkulous Package.

It was posted Friday, just before the House passed it without a single Republican vote. It passed the Senate later Friday night.

Now, JD, I know you're not good at math, but Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday equals five days.

They talked last week about having the Annointed One sign this porkulous package on President's Day.... but that would have only been four days.

So, the Annointed One is keeping his word. This bill has been available to review as of tomorrow, for five days.

Weekends? Big deal - if you're interested, you'll work weekends.

Now what could have mattered, is five days between the Senate-House compromise, and a House vote - but that's not what the Chosen One promised us.

So, he's fullfilling his promise - it was a done deal Friday night, but he'll wait until Tuesday to sign it, thereby giving 5 days for everyone to look at it and say, "We're screwed!!!!"

But it will, indeed, be 5 days. Quit telling your audience otherwise; to continue would be to show that you're SO bad at math that you can't count to five, or that you're ignorant of the facts, or that you flat-out lying. So quit that line of argument, or admit you're ignorant, or lying...

Which is it, JD?

Friday, February 06, 2009

Guys Smarter Than Me

Ok, so that's a pretty long list, but I've got two in mind:

Dave Ramsey, and Robert Zubrin.

Zubrin, I'll just link to. Go read it, it's good.

Ramsey, I'll paraphrase, 'cause it was on the radio today, and I don't know if there's anything I can link to:

1: Pass a $20,000 tax credit for businesses, per net employee they add during 2009. (My addition - make it pro-rated, so jobs will be added NOW, not right at the end of the year). End result? Lots of businesses hiring lots of people. Unemployment drops dramatically.

2: Pass a $20,000 tax credit for anybody (not just first-time homebuyers) who buys a home in 2009 or 2010. This will get people buying homes, and stop the housing crash (which has been a main source of this entire economic downturn). This goes hand-in-hand with Zubrin's idea to make downpayments on a house tax-deductible, as it will discourage people from borrowing too much (overborrowing being the other part of our economic trouble).

Those two things, along with Zubrin's ideas on mandatory flex-fuel vehicles (break OPEC) and get our space program serious again (get science going again), WILL get dollars flowing in useful ways. Unlike the Porkulous bill in Congress right now, this will get our economy moving WELL in sustainable directions.

I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I can at least recognize good ideas when I see and/or hear them. Right now, I'm feeling a whole lot sharper than most of the tools who work in the tit-shaped building in Washington who can't accomplish anything other than putting my grandchildren deeply in debt.

And I'm feeling sharper, not because I'm particularly smart, but because I pay attention to people who are. Something politicians seem almost universally unable to do.

Gah... writing this is making me want to go find a source of barrels full of tar, and and a few thousand chickens' worth of feathers. Glenn Beck should be able to provide the pitchforks and torches. Now we just need a few miles of rope to tie into nooses.