Saturday, September 24, 2011

Latest Great Hope

Elizabeth Warren: "You built a factory out there? Good for you," she says. "But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. She continues: "Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

---- Not just "the rest of us" pay for roads, education, police/fire - so do the factory builders. And honestly, if every hard working family's tax bill was the same as mine (and most are less) for roads, schools, public safety - you would be up spit creek without a paddle or canoe. Warren, typically and politically, fails to mention that the government which would take that "hunk" would squander it on bogus programs and crony contracts (aka spreading the wealth around).

Aside from the obvious pandering of her remark, also consider how times have changed since the era she speaks of, more fitting for the 1930s to 1970s, because most builders now are building factories in China or India or the Mexican maquiladoras. Will Warren's soapbox pander change anything? No, but what the hay - her rhetoric strikes a warm note around progressive campfires. Some say she is what they wanted Obama to be. Huh? Obama was what they wanted him to be until he be. (Excuse my fit of laughter here.)

Lets remember too that in the last few decades the "next kid who comes along" is quite likely stoned and/or drinking on the job and not nearly as dependable as his daddy or granddaddy might have been. And not just in factories. For all the education the rest of us paid for, most folks today cannot handle simple tasks, be it in an office or factory or anywhere. In reality, the decent, honest, working class is disappearing in the land of money for nothing and the chicks are free, or whatever requires the least effort if you can't be a star.

At least once a day I run into one employed person incompetent and unequipped to the point that I ask myself, how has this human managed to survive this long in the world. I can only conclude that equally dull-witted folks cover for one another. And a good deal of the population has somehow come to accept incompetence and indifference in the workplace as a-okay. Or because they are the workplace and dumb enough to believe they are doing their job well.

(I've learned here in Podunk that when I ask for the best plumber, drywall, electrician, etc. in town, the most educated and experienced, they are dumb - which leaves dumber and dumbest who charge less. It's not just in Podunk - big city folks tell me it's the same for them. Once upon a time the phrase "you get what you pay for" meant something. Not true now. Quality these days is custom made with uberprice tags.)

Sometime I wonder, which came first? The greedy cost cutting factory owner or the "next kid" with a hangover and whining, since they both seem to believe "the rest of us" should pay for both of them opting out.

It will not matter how big a "hunk" anyone gives back - unless we stop making excuses for, and pandering to, dumb and dumber who just bark and bark and bark without a real dog in the fight. God bless.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

100 Pounds of Clay

Gene McDaniels February 12, 1935 – July 29, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011


My Grandfather's War

My Dad's War

My War

My Sons' War

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Busy Bees

Some folks are shilling about what's really going on in Libya (or as Gaddafi named it, the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya): "... the Libyan "rebels might actually be under the overall supervision of the international banking industry, rather than the oil majors." (Cockburn)

"... taking down the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) may not appear in the speeches of Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy but this is certainly at the top of the globalist agenda for absorbing Libya into its hive of compliant nations." (Brown)

And then the usual socialist accolades for the colonel's free health care, education, free electricity, subsidized food, unemployment and social security benefits, government pays 1/2 the price of a new car, cash wedding gifts to buy homes,$7000 to each newborn, and that the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) is 100% state owned and charges 0% interest rates, etc. etc.

If all that's true, why would anyone be rebelling? Because, bring in the usual suspects, the evil enslaving Rothchild bankers, racist US killing brown folks, PNAC, NWO, and globalists are behind it, absorbing yet another nation into their hive. Does it seem "they" have been "absorbing" since time began?

Of course, no one in their right mind would consider Libya a utopia of freebies. Gaddafi, Cronies, & Sons, own or control most of the wealth, or did until dozens of nations along with the UN froze their assets.

But who can you trust for just the straight data on how good life is for average Mo(hammed) Blow in Libya under the colonel? WHO, CIA World Fact Book, UN, UNICEF publications? The UN child mortality chart ranks the US 34, Cuba 33, and Libya 79. Sources say Libyan unemployment is 30% and that 1/3 of population lives below poverty line. But, in a nation of only 6 million sitting on a lot of oil, the colonel could hand out enough to keep the masses happy - until the bankers, racists, globalists entered to absorb it all.

That 0% bank interest rate might be questionable too. Arab banking, under Sharia law, has found a way around that. Have you ever known a religion that doesn't find a way around itself?

The bank simply buys the item you want, car, house, computer, whatever, and then resells it to you at a higher price - no interest, but profit for the non-profit bank. You make payments to the bank, no late fees penalties either. Sort of like rent-to-own or leasing in the US, where you eventually pay 3-5 times the value, if you pay until you own it, and if you don't pay the note holder retains ownership and can sell it again. It's a tactic that rationalizes "interest" by calling it something else. Sharia bankers have it all figured out, how to "not charge interest" and still make money, while giving leftists/progressives in the West the ideal of kum-bah-ya banking.

And then, there's that info floating around about ... the Bush administrations sent terror suspects to Libya for interrogation, despite that country's reputation for torture, according to documents found in the abandoned office of Libya's spy chief ... a close working relationship between the CIA and Qaddafi's intel service.

The case of ... Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, commander of the anti-Qaddafi rebel force that now controls Tripoli. Belhaj is the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a now-dissolved militant group with links to al Qaeda. Belhaj says he was tortured by CIA agents at a secret prison, then returned to Libya. But holds no grudges.

Hmmm. I guess Bush's terrorist is Obama's freedom fighter.

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