Sunday, November 23, 2014

San Francisco: Welcome to the Turd World

So You've Decided to Map Sidewalk Poop in San Francisco...

San Francisco is a weird magnet for poop. Travel around the city in the grimmest of Easter Egg hunts, and you'll find turds basking on sidewalks, chilling in flower gardens, gumming up subway escalators—hell, you'll even find them littering the roof of a three-story building with no roof access.

I assumed upon moving here this was the marking of irresponsible dog owners. I wish I could still believe that. But Jennifer Wong has torn the brown veil asunder with "(Human) Wasteland," a revolting map of all the anthropogenic excrement around San Francisco.

Wong's venture into crappy cartography began with her needing a hack-week project for her company, HotPads. So the San Francisco native scoured the web for "cool" data sets, and found that the Department of Public Works, for whatever reason, keeps records of sidewalk cleanings for reason of "human waste or urine."

"Honestly, the data inspired me," she emails.''

Click through for some sample maps. As for Ms. Wong, I know some stables that are inspirational too.

If you actually liked your Obamacare plan, you can't keep that either

Latest Obamacare ‘Tweak’ a Doozy

Americans are inveterate tinkerers — a trait commented on by observers from de Tocqueville to Winston Churchill.

That’s why it’s not surprising that the bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would want to keep tweaking Obamacare. Mind you, it’s not so much because they think they can perfect the law. Rather, they keep tweaking the law in order to keep the American people from brandishing pitchforks and coming to Washington to tar and feather them and ride them out of town on a rail.

Self-preservation can be a marvelous motivating factor.

The geniuses who brought us the dysfunctional website healthcare.gov are in a panic because just about every Obamacare policy is going up in price. So rather than having American citizens deal with such unpleasantness, our intrepid bureaucrats have hit upon a brilliant scheme: why not change the auto-renewal rules of Obamacare premiums by automatically shifting a consumer from a policy that went up in price over to a cheaper policy? Of course, the cheaper policy will have fewer benefits and a larger deductible. And some people may actually like the policy they have now.

But what does that matter to the jamokes at HHS? They know what’s best for you. Just ask them.

Not to mention that your doctor may not be covered under the new plan.

The inevitable result, of course, is that after a couple years of years of this all Obamacare recipients will have spiraled down to one cheap plan. Meet your new Obamacare doctor:


Don't worry, he'll look scary but will be very popular.


Meanwhile back at the White Hut, there will be a lot of laughs among the privileged elite..


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber explains how little regard the liberal elite have for the American people

Gruber Strikes Again

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who was a key architect of Obamacare, may also be a central figure in the court battle over whether Obamacare subsidies are allowed for participants in the federal health insurance exchange. That’s because, as noted here, Gruber has provided the rationale for the statutory language that bars such subsidies. He thus undermines Team Obama’s argument that the statutory language can’t possibly mean what it says.

Now, we learn that Gruber, whose mouth apparently is as big as all outdoors, also served up words that pertain to the merits of the big 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the individual mandate as a “tax.” During a panel discussion captured on video, Gruber explained that the individual mandate is not a tax, and was presented as one in order “to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes.” Team Obama deemed the deception critical because “if CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”

Gruber expanded on the theme of deception:
In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.
Actually, the American voter wasn’t stupid about Obamacare. They never supported it, as public opinion polls showed. And twice, they put a licking on Democrats who voted Obamacare into law. 

It's amazing how clever these progressives think they are.

Veterans Day 2014


God please bless our veterans and our troops and keep them from harm from the enemies foreign and domestic who are forever plotting the demise of this great nation.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

George Orwell

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Retired US Marine stands guard at Canadian War Memorial


Retired Marine Stands Guard At Canadian War Memorial Amidst Threats On His Life

Retired Marine Major R. E. G. “Fox” Sinke, Jr., a highly decorated veteran who did tours in Vietnam, has been standing guard over Canada’s National War Memorial in honor of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed last month by a lone wolf terrorist while guarding the memorial.

Sinke, a Canadian-American dual citizen who lives in Canada, said “the murder of the young Cpl. Cirillo was so despicable and craven that I just couldn’t find it within myself to do nothing.” He arrived at the memorial at 6:30 a.m. Friday and stood guard by himself until the Canadian honor guard and eight Canadian police officers with fully automatic weapons joined him at 9 a.m.

The senior police officer was initially concerned about Sinke guarding the monument alone.

“He says, ‘God man, you got more balls than brains don’t you?’ ” Sinke said. “So I said, ‘Well actually, sir, I was kind of hoping that one of those scum-of-the-earth radicals would show up and take me on because, to tell you the truth, I have always dreamed of being able to confront an evil-doer and run him through with this damn sword.’ So he kind of liked that, you know.”

Sinke said he received at least two phone calls on Tuesday from people who screamed at him in Arabic and then hung up.

“The only words I recognized were ‘kill you,’ because I’ve heard them before,” he said.

When Sinke told police about the phone calls, he added, “I promise you this: If they come here, they’ll die here.”



The people of two nations salute you, sir.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

What's better than some cute Czech girls performing "Cotton Eyed Joe"?


Yeah, I know. The ladies are fetching, but the rendition leaves a bit to be desired and the instruments are electronic.

Well, how about a "Swedish techno/folk/bluegrass band"? 

OMG, where's the Holy Water and the crucifix?

Here's a more traditional version:

Fine fiddlin', but the vocals need a lot of work.

Now for vocals check out Amber Hayes (sorry only one size):


And for the traditionalists, nothing beats Bill Monroe:



Friday, September 19, 2014

Pabst is sold to the Russians

Pabst Is Sold to Russian Beverage Company

A Russian beverage company said on Thursday that it was acquiring the Pabst Brewing Company, which makes the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer popular with barflies and hipsters alike and other brands like Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee.
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The buyer is Oasis Beverages, a Russian brewer and beverages distributor. Backing Oasis is TSG Consumer Partners, an American private equity firm focused on consumer goods, which will take a minority stake.

“Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand – it represents individualism, egalitarianism and freedom of expression – all the things that make this country great,” Eugene Kashper, the chairman of Oasis Beverages, said in a statement. 


Thanks Eugene, but that was long ago

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014: Never Forget and Never Forgive 9/11

Never Forget, Never Forgive 9/11
Click the picture for the Remember the Blood of Heroes slideshow which serves as a reminder of reality while the apologists and buffoons like the one in the White House seek to paper over what happened 13 years ago today.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Business opportunity: Open a "faith based" organization to house illegal aliens with taxpayer money

You too can pal around with Barky Obama and haul down serious taxpayer loot when you set up a "faith based" organization and hitch it to Obama's Wetback Welcome Wagon:
So that’s who President Obama calls “faith leaders“. But there’s a problem, none of them are religion based organizations. None of them have churches. None of them have congregations or parishioners’.

They are the heads of government funded non-profits. Remember ACORN? Same/Same.

They are taxpayer funded corporations who exist almost exclusively on government grants. Despite the words “Baptist” and “Catholic”, these are NOT religious “faith based” groups. The name Baptist and Catholic is only to give the appearance of “religion” and add a dose of “charity” to the appearances.

But you say, how much can I really make?

We recently stumbled upon Mr. Kevin Dinnin when we were looking around for the primary recipients’ of HHS Grants and we came upon the 2012 tax filings of BCFS, or more accurately BCFS EMD where Kevin Dinnin is the principal officer and CEO. Paid at an annual salary of $477,799+

This one group alone makes ACORN seem small ball in comparison.

Two days before this meeting with President Obama, on 7/7/14 Mr. Dinnin was given a grant from Health and Human Services in the amount of $190,707,505.


Yes, that is over $190 million dollars just before he met with the President. In 2014 alone BCFS has received almost $270 million.

Pretty good, eh?  And with Obama bringing in as many illegal aliens as he can, the sky is the limit!
But the most staggering figure is what HHS has spent on Unaccompanied Minor Children (under grant code 93676) since the President’s 2012 Deferred action program began: $644,188,522.00
Much more spadework at The Last Refuge including this beauty: The Business End of Illegal Immigration – The Curious Case of Clint Texas, and The Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge….

There's a reason it's called the Turd World

Border agents cleared of civil rights complaints from illegal immigrant children

Internal investigators have already dismissed most complaints of civil rights violations against federal agents handling the surge of illegal immigrant children on the border, the Homeland Security Department inspector general said in a new report Thursday that details near-heroic efforts agents and officers are making.

In its first report since the surge, the inspector general said agents have contracted everything from scabies and lice to chickenpox, including bringing the disease home to their own children, as they care for the unaccompanied minors. Investigators also said they saw instances of agents and officers spending their own money to buy toys, clothing and food for children and families.

Of course, the complaints weren't actually from the "children" but from the usual suspects, the "American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant rights advocates".

They found no evidence of misconduct, and none of the children they randomly interviewed reported problems, the inspector general said.
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The inspector general also found difficult conditions dealing with a population not necessarily used to first-world comforts.

The investigators said some illegal immigrants’ “unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste” in some of the facilities.

I hope Barky Obama bought enough shovels with citizens' money for mucking out.

I wonder if the Patent Office is hiring?

Federal paralegals had no work, so they surfed the Internet
The employees, paralegals making $60,000 to $80,000 a year, were idle with full knowledge of their immediate bosses and multiple layers of managers and judges who “sat on their hands” waiting for work to give them, a year-long probe by the Commerce Department inspector general’s office uncovered.

The underworked paralegals did little as a backlog of appeals of patent examinations that many of them were hired to help process doubled from about 12,500 in fiscal 2009 to 25,300 last year.
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The employees also worked from home. The Patent and Trademark Office set an early example for other federal agencies years ago when it encouraged employees to telework. But the inspector general found that for paralegals in the appeals office, working from home was a green light to abuse the privilege by doing laundry, washing dishes, reading books and a host of other personal activities.

Hey, I've been doing that for years! Where's my check?

Do they give big tips at Obama's illegal alien hair salon?

Immigrant Detention Center Has Hair Salon For Women
Federal immigration officials on Thursday sought to show the softer side of immigrant detention, complete with cartoon wall murals, stuffed animals, playgrounds, snacks and a hair salon...
Ah, more of Obama's Wetback Welcome Wagon, but how would you like to work there ladling out the goodies and even worse, providing hairdos to the Turd Worlders who sneak across the border?

Lice, scabies, fleas, TB, Ebola? No problem, come right in!

Eh chola, how about some red highlights?

Silver Alert issued for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Have you seen this woman?

Please notify local law enforcement so that she can be returned to the arms of her wealthy and politically connected family.

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been behaving in an increasingly erratic fashion in recent years but she has now disappeared after a bizarre episode on the floor of the House yesterday where she attempted to attack Rep. Tom Marino while he was speaking.

 

Caution is advised, she is likely to be dangerous when confronted.

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Come to the USA, there's lots of goodies waiting!

Ray Stevens sums it up in a song:


Come to the USA.
It will be your lucky day
‘Cause when you get in there’s lots of goodies waitin’
Like health care, welfare, free education,
Help with your voter registration
And drivers license and credit cards
And license plates for your old car.
Lots of jobs for you to do
And employers who’ll turn a blind eye, too.
Come to the USA!

Hat tip: Eagle Rising

Friday, July 04, 2014

July 4th, 2014


On this Fourth of July as our nation is imperiled by the narcissistic buffoon and would-be dictator, Barack Obama,



I am reminded of the words of Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin, Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy? A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.”


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Obamacare Victory Lap? You have to be kidding!

Burt Prelutsky, The Magical, Mythical, Seven Million:

We have heard Obama blathering for so long about seven million sign-ups to the Affordable Care Act being a sure sign of success that, like the audience at a magic show, we have fallen for the misdirection that is the secret of every magician’s sleight-of-hand.

To begin with, we are being asked to ignore the fact that millions who have signed up used to pay for their own health insurance before ObamaCare forced their policies to be ruled null and void. Next, we are asked to ignore the fact that a large percentage of those people being counted haven’t even made their first payment and, therefore, aren’t actually enrolled. And, finally, we are asked to overlook the fact that, initially, we were told that 40% of the new sign-ups had to be young and healthy — the so-called invincibles — the latest estimate is that the number is closer to 25%.

Still, even if we go along with their numbers, we are still left with a question that nobody connected to the current regime has answered. Namely: what’s the big frigging deal — to channel my inner Joe Biden — about seven million? When Obama, Pelosi and Reid, were shoving this humongous suppository up our collective tuchis, they insisted it was to insure the 40 million people who had no health insurance. So even if they have seven million signed up, and even if we don’t drive the point home that this law forced six million policies to be cancelled by the end of 2013, seven million only represents a mere 18% of those 40 million.

For such dismal results, it would take a moron like Obama to invalidate the patient-doctor relationship, cripple the nation’s economy, hurt small businesses and up-end a health care program that worked just fine for the overwhelming majority of Americans.

After they get through patting themselves on the back for taking away health insurance from six million people and making them sign up for this fustercluck, the Obama regime and their press sycophants can get back to not counting people who have given up searching for work as unemployed.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beer For My Horses - Toby Keith and Willie Nelson



Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street for all the people to see

We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds
We’ve got too much corruption, too much crime in the streets
It’s time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground
Send ’em all to their maker and he’ll settle ’em down

Saturday, February 22, 2014

It was a nice country while it lasted

The Soul of a Curmudgeon by Fred Reed:

Ah, the guttering candle of civilization! How I love it. The dwindling flames warm the cockles of a curmudgeon’s heart (whatever precisely a cockle may be): the galloping rot, the stampede to enstupidation, the gathering night of the Fifth Century.
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The signs are as clear as pigeon droppings on a martial statue. This, from UCLA, a daycare center in California which was formerly a university

     Racial tensions are inflamed at the University of California at Los Angeles following several incidents — most notably, one where a professor corrected the grammar, punctuation and capitalization in minority students’ assignments.
  
    The act of correcting a black student was “micro-aggression,” according to the members of the student group “Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color,” which launched a sit-in during a subsequent meeting of the class.


Wonderful! This is heady stuff. Graduate students “of color” (which never seems to include Chinese or Koreans, who can spell) can’t be expected to distinguish “its” from “it’s.” Fourth-grade English is just too hard for them, and they must be sheltered from the burden. Apparently they attend university to avoid being expected to learn anything.

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Protecting minorities (which category never seems to include Jews, men, Mensans, or Anglo-Saxons) from the travails of learning would seem more racist than requiring it of them, but never mind. Keep ’em dumb, keep ’em mad. Especially, keep their tuition. Onward into the gloaming. Let the show go on.

The inevitable inevitably happens, and it is. (You saw it here first.) Someone famously said that democracy lasts until the unworthy learn that they can vote themselves the treasury. Yes. More generally, until they learn that they can vote themselves everything. Here is the backbone of American domestic policy, if that is the right word for floundering narcissism. The inadequate and barely lettered, by weight of numbers, can simply declare themselves the equals of their betters (or should I say “there betters”?). They don’t have to accomplish anything. They simply assert that they have done it, or that doing it is elitist and therefore reprehensible. 

There's much more by following the link, but I also suggest the link to the UCLA article to appreciate the full measure of the foolishness complete with the professor's nauseous self-criticism.

Found at American Digest.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Super Bowl may be a crowd pleaser, but it can't beat Shaolin Soccer

 
 
Hang on until the end where the goalie loses his clothes. No word on the cheerleaders, but they have the all important gay demographic covered.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dear House GOP - don't do anything about illegal immigration this session

Don't Do It

The House Republican leadership has been confronted by devilishly difficult tactical choices over the years. But what to do on the issue of immigration right now isn’t one of them. The correct course is easy and eminently achievable: Do nothing.

The old Reagan catchphrase calling for non-action — don’t just do something, stand there — has never been more apt. Yet the House leadership is about to roll out a set of immigration principles reportedly including an amnesty for illegal aliens, and presumably will follow up with a push to pass them through the House. This is legislative strategy as unforced error.

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For now, nothing worth having can pass the Democratic Senate or get signed into law by President Obama.


And any "enforcement" would have to be by President Obama and we know how he bad he is at following the law.

UPDATE: Here's another GOP immigration puzzler:

But just as House GOP leaders are considering a possible immigration push for later this year, the poll shows that only 39% think immigration should be a priority for this year. It’s one of the few issues we tested where majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans all agree that it should NOT be a priority. Go figure.

The only people who want immigration "reform" are illegal aliens and their enablers in the MSM and Democrat leadership. So why is the GOP House leadership wasting so much time on it?