Thursday, July 15, 2010

Our Government at Work

They passed the Financial Regulation Reform bill today. 2300 pages. I haven't read the whole thing myself but..I suspect we're going to find pork in it.
Next up I expect will be cap and trade. Sigh...say goodbye to the United States of America. Say hello to the Union Socialist Republic of America. That is where we are speeding towards.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Would you part from your collection?

Here's a question or 2 to ponder.
1.Suppose for a second that you decided you absolutely had to pare down your book collection. What one book, or one set of books by a single author, could you absolutely not bear to part with?

My own answer is..I don't know..I love all my books.

2. An offshoot of the first question [and my answer to it]..could you bear to part with ANY of the books in your current collection?

My answer for this one is..

No..not only no, but HELL NO! You can have them AFTER you kill me not before, but you ARE gonna have to kill me first. Or at least wound me severely enough that I can't respond. In which case you'd better run because once I recover I WILL hunt you down and kill one of any number of excruciating ways I've picked up from the books I've read over the years.
Why? I shall tell you. I've said this before collection has never been as big as some of the monster collections that I know my fellow readers here have. Never will be. I am...kind of selective of what I read, and what goes into my collection. I've always pruned as I go. That is to say..if I don't think a book has reread value for me, I won't even bother to purchase it in the first place. I may try to get it at the local library just to read once, but I won't pay for it. There have been admittedly the odd stinkers now and then that made it past that initial 'smell' test at the bookstore. Also due to sheer absentmindedness and forgetfulness there have been the odd novels that I've gotten multiple copies of because I blank on whether I have it or not. Those I feel no shame in parting with. As for the rest of my collection? I can't part with them. I won't part with them. They aren't just printed words on bunch of bound together pages. They are friends..members of my family that I love dearly. That bring me joy over and over again. So no I will not part with them.

I will freely admit to having some authors that have gotten so formulaic and boring that I refuse to by anything else they publish. Clive Cussler for one...but I will not part with any of the works in my collection. Ted Bell is another author of whose novels I will NEVER buy another. He got annoying real fast. He kills the main characters love interest from the 1st book, kills her in the opening scene of the 2nd novel on the chapel steps after their wedding. He THEN in the 4th book finds a replacement love. A healing for the main character and not only kills her, but has the main character, our hero, pull the trigger! *facepalm*
Oddly enough I think that 4th novel did so badly he gave up writing for a while, because I haven't seen or heard anything more from him in a couple years.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Another Illegal Immigration post,....kinda

I'm a fan of writer Vince Flynn and frequent his web forum over on
One of the things we've got a thread going on is of course illegal immigration. the guy who started the thread is..alas sometimes an annoying moron. witness his latest post in the thread:
I am impressed with people who live in the world of simple answers – like:
It would be easy to find, arrest, jail, try, transport 11,000,000 Mexicans back to somewhere in Mexico
It would be easy to seal the borders, build walls and fences so high the Mexicans could not climb over using extension ladders and ropes.
It would be easy to locate, identify (I assume you would photo and finger print for later identification), and inform 11,000,000 Mexicans that they have 90 days to leave the USA. (I assume you would use every FED, State, City law agency to find the 10,999,000 cheaters after your 90 day “get out” period)
It would be easy to find, arrest, jail, try, prove guilt and transport every criminal back to their county of origin. Sort of like the criminals in Gitmo.
I have some more simple answers-ultimatums:
Lets give every welfare recipient 90 days to get job or we will stop their welfare checks
Lets give every American a job
Lets get all those jobs that went overseas back to the USA
Lets get all the voters to vote the bums out and put real American in.
Lets give every student 90 days to get their grades up to B or we will expel them.
I love living in a simple world of ultimatums.
Now those of you who know me and read anything I write know this post is gonna infuriate me. Frankly, I think I did an admirable job of keeping my temper in check in my rebuttal.
Here is my rebuttal:
Okay lets take this in REVERSE order.
1. There ain't nothing simple about a lot of things but....

2.Now your just being ridiculous

3. Oh absolutely..I want everyone currently "serving' [now there's a play on words that's bad comedy. notice I am not laughing] GONE. See they aren't there for US. They are there to make themselves money and amass power and favors.

4. the only way to do that is to lift restrictions, drop taxes etc. If the government is hostile to business, and certain government departments are highly so, the businesses will take their s*** and go somewhere, that isn't hostile to the business environment.

5. See number 4

6. I don't know that I'd go quite that far right off the bat..but it's not a bad idea. When you are raising MULTIPLE, nay SUCCESSIVE generations on ain't productive. It doesn't teach self reliance and self respect [which is what is missing in a lot of those on welfare] it teaches dependence. It teaches that they are OWED something by the world at large when in fact the only thing they're OWED is what they can EARN.

7. Who the hell said it would be that simple? No one thinks it is going to be simple, ie easy, but it HAS to be done. those criminals are overloading the justice system and crippling the economy. Frankly if they are criminals we SHOULD be sending them back..'in body bags'

8. it's not going to be that simple. at least not after you round up the first several thousand from in front of the various strip centers, and home improvement stores where masses of illegals hang to get day labor jobs from people who should freakin well know better. I live in Texas so I know whereof what I speak in that regard. They cripple the economy, send billions back across the border to mexico, get free health care and schooling..the list is nothing you haven't heard so I'm not going through the whole frackin litany.

9. Yes..actually it would be. You give the mexican government a 30 day warning. you tell them they can stop the flood, or we will. You put troops on the ground, in pill boxes, machine gun nests, and mine fields creating a no mans land. You try to cross you die. Until people pull their heads out of their rectums and actually treat this as the war this is...anything else is just spitting into the wind.

10. is there an echo in here?
see not one cuss word or insult directed towards the original poster. I'm rather proud of myself. I'd still like to take a 2x4 to his skull, and try and beat a clue into his brain though. That dude and at least one other rub me the wrong way.