Thursday, January 27, 2011

President Moonbat at the State of the Union

The guy that leads this country can't really be this clueless. As expected, me and many millions of other Americans were disappointed yet again. Nothing he says amounts to anything significant or is blatantly an outright lie. This country faces a fiscal disaster unlike any since the Great Depression. What does President Moonbat suggest? More investing (code word for spending), we're turned the corner on the recession (unemployment and revenues beg to differ), this is our Sputnik moment (seriously?). Duplicity, double speak, fraud is all I can think of from this guy. You have got to ask yourself "Is this guy deliberately sinking this ship?" Will high speed rail do anything today, tomorrow or ever for the economy? Spending on infrastructure? We've had a trillion dollar stimulus, the only results I've seen are paved roads. This really can't be happening, we are held hostage to such a radical usurper that two more years maybe too late for America. I know the old saying Trust in God, that there is much good that come out of this. I want to believe that but my eyes and ears don't like to be fooled. How much more will we be able to withstand? Is there a bottom when it comes to failure? We need big results, bold leadership. This president is so full of it that we are left with obfuscation and platitudes. This scrawny community organizer never ran a business in his lifetime. He is beholden to radicals that don't want businesses to succeed. The government is the problem and he believes "I won", end of discussion.

I don't know if we can turn it around. I believe in the American people but if bold decisions are not made- calamity is coming. We need DEEP cuts now. Some Republicans talk 2.4 trillion in cuts over 10 years. That will not solve our immediate crisis. We've added that amount in two years. We need what Senator Rand Paul mentioned the other day- A $500 billion cut immediately: eliminate govt agencies, eliminate bureaucratic red tape, cut taxes on businesses and start rebuilding. I would go further and say cut $500 billion per year, a balanced budget amendment, and prosecute those people that have put this country in financial jeopardy: Dodd, Frank, Pelosi, Reid, Obama. They want you to believe Bernie Maddoff is a thief. Dodd, Frank, Pelosi, Reid and Obama have done more harm to the well being of Americans than Bernie is ever capable of.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A misguided hunting idea

Here's one for the record: I support hunting. I never did it myself; never owned a gun, never blasted a...wait. I did blast a couple blue jays when I was a teen in Michigan, but it was a friend's .12 gauge he handed to me way back in 1979. Maybe that counts.

But some hunting shouldn't happen at all, and this is one of them. Ladies and gentleman, meet two birds. The first is the sandhill crane (Grus canadensis), of much of North America. A bird with a 6-8 foot wingspan, light gray in color, with a red forehead. There's about 450,000 of those critters flying and wading about the continent, enough of them to cause hunts in various states. They taste like beef, say supporters. Imagine that...a bird that doesn't taste like chicken!

And Tennessee wants to do the same. 10,000 of the birds were counted early this month at a wildlife refuge, compared to about a dozen or so of the second bird I mentioned, the whooping crane (Grus americana). This bird also made the local news a few weeks ago, and it wasn't good. Whoopers pass by the Tennessee and other areas in the country twice a year, from a breeding location in Canada to summer refuges in Texas and Florida.

Why did I begin this as a nutty hunting idea, and why did I link the whoopers with the sandhills? In the first place, the link I provided for that December news story showed that anything flying can be a target to an ignorant hunter, and up in the sky a big light gray bird (Mr. Sandhill) can be mistaken for a big white bird (Mr. Whooper), especially when lighting conditions can make both appear gray. And whoopers have been known to fly with sandhills on migrations.

And in the second place, there's the numbers. The sandhill hunts won't do much to their numbers; they're pretty common and will remain so. But the whooping crane is the opposite; it is one of the rarest animals on the continent, numbering less than six hundred individual birds, and it took years to just get to that number from 1970, when the overall population was just one hundred. An ignoramous with a shotgun may not know - or care - about the difference between the two birds; a crane is a crane is a crane, and if one or the other can look good on a plate surrounded by cranberries, oh well.

Farm the sandhills like we do turkeys, and everything will be OK. But don't point a shotgun in the air on a new hunt, because there's a possibility that one of those birds will never be seen again.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A sort of suicide?

Read this link. It tells the sad tale of a man who lost his son to suicide. Sort of. He complains that his son got depressed after being blocked from Conservapedia, so depressed he killed himself. Sort of. And the father...well, he gets depressed and starts his depression on Wikipedia.

Imagine, if you will, that this is real, that the suicide had actually happened. It would be in the newspapers. It would be on TV. The news about it would be viral, and it would be nation-wide. How do I figure that? "CONSERVATIVE WEBSITE CAUSES MAN TO KILL HIMSELF" would be the screaming headline in big block letters; the mainstream media would have a field day from New York to Los Angeles; and Keith Olbermann would be in such a lather about it on his PMSNBC show that you could see the foam dribbling down the left side of his mouth. If there's anything to make conservatives look bad, this would be it. I can see Stephan Colbert staring down Andy again, with that goofy eyebrow of his lifted above those horn rim glasses.

But it didn't happen. The offender who made up the suicide - he calls himself "Sean Townsend" - comes from Columbia, Maryland. That is the location of the IP provided courtesy of Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. The "son" called himself "CTown200" in Conservapedia, and got himself banned for offensive emails and other stuff in late November, 2010. There is absolutely no news of any kind regarding a suicide in Columbia between that date in November and January 5, 2011, the day "Sean Townsend" placed his rants in Wikipedia. Not a peep. No police reports, no insurance claims. And in the background, a dog barked.

And his IP? As I said, he comes from Columbia, Maryland. You'd expect a concerned father who had a problem child who off'd himself to get retribution from Conservapedia by some other means than to go to the nearest computer, but that's what he did. No telephone calls to Andy, none to his lawyer. The computer was to ensure he remained hidden and anonymous, which meant he didn't use the one at home.

He got on the one at the Howard County Library!

Did he pay his overdue book fines as well?