Wednesday, July 25, 2012

bargains for billionaires

And then they have the nerve (I might have used a stronger term) to criticize George Soros for giving money to Progressive causes.

Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands Casino, is worth nearly $25 billion, making him the 14th wealthiest person in the world and the 7th richest person in America. While median family income plummeted by nearly 40% from 2007-2010, Mr. Adelson has experienced a nearly eightfold increase in his wealth over the past three years (from $3.4 billion to $24.9 billion). Forbes recently reported that Adelson is willing to spend a “limitless” amount of money or more than $100 million to help defeat President Obama in November.

The Kochs (David, Charles, and William) are worth a combined $103 billion, according to Forbes. They have pledged to spend about $400 million during the 2012 election season. The Kochs own more wealth than the bottom 41.7 percent of American households or more than 49 million Americans.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Some rules for living in modern America

There are an estimated 300 million guns in America, not counting those in the hands of police and military personnel. This is almost one gun for every person in the country. Counting babies. Counting old people in retirement homes.

If you want to live in this country, here are some simple rules to follow:

1. Stay out of elementary schools, high schools, and colleges. Educate your children at home, or in small groups in other people's homes.  Christian schools are NOT safe as they have been the targets of several multiple killings. Jewish schools are also targets. Even an Amish school was turned into a slaughter place. Of course, public schools are the most likely to have shootings, and those in wealthy communities are more likely to be shot up then those in poor neighborhoods. On the other hand, shootings in poor schools are more likely to occur one-on-one.

2. Stay out of shopping malls and large stores. Shop at small stores and then only in the mornings.

3. Taverns are not likely to be the scenes of mass killings, but they are dangerous on a one-to-one basis. Lots of tavern patrons are armed. Most shootings at taverns take place outside when the target is leaving. Best advice, when you have to leave a tavern, run. If you leave a tavern, do it before dark.

4. Don't go to a post office. There are good reasons for the expression, "going postal".

5. If you go to the movies, go to matinees after the movies have been in town more than a week. Never go at night.

6. It is best not to work in a work place. The best thing to do if you have to work, is work at home. Or be a farmer. Very, very few farmers are ever shot in America.

Most important, don't let the criminals win!  Don't let them make you change just to accommodate their illnesses and fantasies. Follow these few simple rules and you'll be OK.

And let's face it, if you're not the victim, someone else will be. Better them than us, huh?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bang Bang some more.

Well, of course I will make some comments.

This is part of my purpose in life, now, to point out the silliness of our responses to gun crimes like the most recent Colorado shooting.

1. I have heard that as many as 1 out of 7 people whose paths we cross every day are armed with handguns. I even see some of those guns strapped to hips in places like the coffee shop and the restaurant. Why didn't even one of these people defend themselves or others in the theater? What the hell?

2. The police are looking for "motives"; well, the greater fools, they. Motives? Name me one sensible motive for shooting 50 people at random? Never mind what this guy's "motives" were, go ahead and name me any sensible motive.

3. People are "shocked" and "saddened" and "horrified". Nonsense. I would venture that aside from the people who were actually there at the scene and the dearest friends and relatives of the victims, nobody is saddened or shocked. What is there to be surprised about?

4. Oh, was he mentally ill? It's no harder for a mentally ill person to acquire firearms in this country than for anyone else. Don't tell me we should keep the weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.

5. I think the guy had every Second Amendment right to his guns, just like everyone else. Don't you? 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Would it just sound like nonsense to say that we have been so busy this summer, we don't have time to do anything?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why lie?

On cable news this morning I saw that new Romney ads are calling Obama a liar, indirectly, by saying he cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Hundreds of millions of dollars are going to be spent by both candidates to convince us of something all of us already know: the other guy lies.

Why do they do this? I'm no psychiatrist but I suspect the object of these ads is to try to turn public mistrust into public hatred. One party is more guilty than the other, no doubt.

Democracy will not flourish where the voting public cannot make a true judgment as to facts because they are convinced that every politician is a liar, that their own votes don't really decide anything, and that no matter how the election turns out, the elected officials will not do what's in the best interest of society.

I guess I'm foursquare against lying politicians. Wish I knew what to do about it.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012