Friday, July 31, 2009

I've been wondering about something. What's to prevent a dealership from increasing the price of their fuel efficient K4K cars by $3500-$4500 so that they walk away at the end of the day with the customer still paying the average or higher price for the vehicle. So they make not only between $3500 and $4500 extra on the vehicle BUT that same rebate from the government?

Also, say I walk into a dealership with a 24 year old vehicle that has bad fuel mileage and the damn thing is only worth $1,000. But...the government is allowing a credit of $3500 for my old high mileage inefficient vehicle? So the dealership is going to get $3500 for a $1,000 vehicle, they make $2500 off the government with my tax dollars. Add that $2500 to the $3500 increase in price the customer just paid, when the dealership jacked up the price. They just made $6,000 on one car. Not bad eh?

A possible increase to three billion dollars for this program, that's JUST for the rebates. What about the cost to administer this program? Divide say $4500 into $3 billion, that's approximately 666,000 clunkers. Who is going to scrap these? According to the government, it will be done by government approved facilities. Who owns the facilities? Are there ties to government officials? These cars may be sold by the scrap yard for parts (except engine and drive train) prior to shredding. The cars may not be resold in the US or anywhere else.

Yeah ok.

Also, the CARS act specifically states that this does not apply just to new American cars, which means that many individuals might want up purchasing foreign cars. The dealership gets the rebate $$ from the government and is able to replace its sold foreign made car with another foreign made car. That doesn't do jack for American vehicle manufacturers does it?

If you ask me, we could have done something better with $3 billion of our tax dollars. Ya think?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I think too much...

So I'm reading "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth and it brings up a question I thought I'd pose a thought here about the many forms of patriotism.

Say it happened in America. What if there were a growing number of dissenters to the current US government, and a large number of Americans believed the President and a number of members of Congress had sold out their country? What if they believed that getting rid of these leaders by assassinating them was the only way to regain freedom? They believe that assassination is the only way, others believe voting them out is the only way. The problem is that the money rules, no matter how the average person votes, there's a certain number of people who continue to be re-elected because of the ties that bind -- you know, power and money.

Let's say you and me are hardworking, honest, good-natured, law-abiding, kind and generous American citizens. We hold no radical views, we are non-threatening to the national security of our antion. We believe strongly in the Constitution and American values the highest ranked on our list being freedom. Let's say I'm for getting rid of them via voting, let's say you are for getting rid of them via assassination? Remember, we both want to preserve American freedom. However, I don't believe that murdering them will help our cause but you believe that because the system has become so corrupt, elections do not sufficiently cleanse the system of these corrupt creeps, and that we must 1) eliminate them and 2) send a message to other corrupt politicians that the people will not tolerate anymore crap.

Now let's just say we both believe murder is wrong, but you feel so strongly that the future of this great nation is in such jeopardy, it's become more and more socialized, government controlled, and we are losing freedoms we once took for granted, you feel there is just no other way to save this nation. You truly believe it is the only way. I know you are not a radical, you don't want to see this happen, but you feel you have no other choice.

Who is the more partriotic? You or me? Whose method is more patriotic? And what really defines patriotism?

One more thing, let's for a moment consider radical Islamic terrorists who believe themselves patriots. They of course assassinate leaders (and others who don't believe as they do). But...generally they do not assassinate in the name of freedom, they do it in the name of just the opposite, preventing freedom.

Thoughts anyone?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I had this strange dream.

I was on this piece of property, it was quite large, had a house set back on it. It was the home once owned by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. But in the dream they were known IRL as Ricky and Lucy Ricardo. It was a big house, with a big porch. I went there and this big porch was almost like a stage. And suddenly they were there---young and vibrant. I was singing with them, entertaining with them, I felt like I was a part of things. Throughout the dream I felt very sad that they were gone, and I didn't want to go back home. I went up there a lot and stayed there. I remember over the front porch there was this high ceiling and about 20 different colored, styled lamps hanging from that porch ceiling. I remember looking up at them wanting one for a souvenir.

There was this lady in the dream too, she had been their hosuekeeper. She looked younger even though I knew she was in her 70's. Her face was very smooth, not very wirinkled. She was eating some kind of candy or something that kept her looking youthful. She offered me a piece but I didn't want one. T I can't remember who she was. I do remember being very upset tht lucy and Ricky were no longer alive and I thought their house should be preserved. I even brought a few friends up there so they could see where I spent most of my time. It seemed when I showed up at the house, it came alive and so did they.

There was this complete sadness I can't explain, and this yearning to stay behind and preserve the place. I think the overwhelming sadness got to me and I was crying in the dream. Then I remember running into their daughter who looked nothing like Lucie Arnaz, their real life daughter as wek now her. This was a young woman with long hair, pretty, quiet. She was upset at me for some reason, oh yes I remember. I was in this room with some lawyers, this daughter, the housekeeper and another woman. They were dividing up the estate and I was angry that the housekeeper didn't get more and I was defending her. The lawyer kep tsaying that she got her share when the first of the Ricardo couple died but I said no, she was to get moer after the last one finallly died. They didn't like that. The daughter was cool though beacuse in the end I talked to her and told her how much her parents talked about her and loved her, and we became friendly.

Then I'm in this built-in pool and I am teetering on the edge, trying not to fall in, my friends were laughing and eventualy I fell in. Several times I was standing on the edge, just teetering. Then I was swimming, raced one of the kids in the pool. Then I took some folks up to the house. That's all I can remember at the moment. The rest is kinda jumbled.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Driving along in my automobile....

...this was the conversation that took place in the car on the way to work---


Me: "hey do you want to hear about my strange ass dream last night?"

Vin: "hmmm"

Me: "You do have a choice, yes or no"

Vin: "Give me the Reader's Digest version"

Me: (Looking completely dumfounded and speechless)

Vin: "you know the condensed version??"

Me: (With mouth just hanging open looking like a moron. I knew what he meant, I was just dumfounded because well....I don't give the condensed version of ANYTHING, I mean what is that?)

Vin: (Laughing his ass off because it was one of very few times I was rendered speechless and for anyone who knows me, well you know that is a rarity.)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Some things are just so blogworthy...

but you don't dare do it because you have a sister who once shot you in the leg with a beebee gun over something trivial and you know that even though she too is nearing 40, she can still run faster than you and beat the crap out of you.

Besides mom made me promise not to say anything. But it is funny, the entire time mom was telling me the escapade she had with Kim on Saturday, she was laughing her ass off. In fact she was laughing so hard she could hardly get the story out in a coherent sentence. I haven't heard her laugh like that in ages, well except when she talks about the stuff she and June used to do together back in high school. I love hearing mom laugh like that! Of course sis, now she probably wouldn't be laughing. Well maybe she will, she does have a great sense of humor.

All I know is I would not have wanted to be working the drive-thru of the KFC and not be able to speak English on the day my sister drove through there....mmm mmm no way! LOL

Friday, July 24, 2009

If there were no lobbyists...

I think I've finally reached the point where I am ready to outlaw lobbying. I don't think lobbying falls under free speech either so don't bother with the argument.

Lobbyists work to influence legislation on behalf of certain groups, organizations, or industries. One one hand, lobbying can be beneficial to a group which represents a small number of individuals whose voice is not normally heard. On the other hand, lobbying can be dangerous because larger entitities (such as labor unions) have a larger stake and thus are able to directly influence the outcome of elections in the form of money and votes.

I believe that the cons of lobbying outweigh the pros in this day and age. Lobbyists bribe politicians in one form or another. They use their influence to sway the course of legislation.

What if there were no lobbyists? Well there would probably be some under-the-table deals but for the most part, outlawing lobbying for ALL organizations puts the decisions on legislation back into the hands of the people. Our elected officials would have to vote based on what their constitutents want, not on what lobbyists want. Remove the lobbyists and the money and perks and you remove a large part of the corruption.

You can't convince me that if you remove lobbying, smaller groups will be disadvantaged. If neither side is allowed to lobby, everyone is on a level playing field.

I'm tired of politicians being bought and paid for and it's time to send the message that the party is over.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chris Brown is only sorry because...

...he got busted and sales of his music are slumping. Not just that but he lost contracts and a lot of money over this. A lot of people wanted to distance themselves from him after he beat the shit out of his girlfriend.

I don't know how I managed to sit through that video of the unfeeling apology. Hey I don't even know who he is, nor do I know a single song that he's put out. But all I know is that he's a creep. A young Mike Tyson perhaps? Who knows.


" I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again."


Yeah so you could beat her just a little longer and a little harder eh?



"I take great pride in me being able to exercise self-control, and what I did was inexcusable," Brown said in his video apology. "I am very sad and very ashamed of what I've done. My mother and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that."


Apparently not quite enough.

What's really sad here is that young men everywhere look up to this punk as a role model.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cliff Stearns on health care...

Recently I wrote to Congressman Cliff Stearns about my concerns over the proposed Health Care Reform Act. Below is his response. I've always been able to count on Cliff Stearns to be an upstanding guy and do the right thing and his response is fine example of that...

Thank you for contacting me regarding affordable health care for all Americans. I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.

As health care costs continue to rise and small business owners and self-employed people are finding individual health care too expensive, I support real reforms that will provide universal access to health care for all Americans. I don't support a government-run, one size fits all health care plan where medical decisions are made by Washington bureaucrats not by doctors. I strongly believe that any health care reform must let Americans who like their health care coverage keep it, and give all Americans the freedom to choose the health plan that best meets their needs. To ensure this Members of Congress must protect Americans from being forced into a new government-run health care plan that would eliminate the health coverage that more than 100 million Americans currently receive through their job.

I support universal care and access for all Americans. I believe we need a health care system that is transparent, portable, and does not preclude individuals with pre-existing conditions. I favor allowing insurers licensed in one state to sell to individuals in the other 49 states creating competition and greater choice which will drive down costs. In addition, I support Health Information Technology (HIT) to make the delivery of care more efficient. Finally, I support medical justice reform that will cap non-economic damages arising from any medical malpractice lawsuits at $250,000, reducing the cost of providing quality medical care. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee with jurisdiction over this issue, rest assured I will keep your thoughts in mind and continue to fight for efficient, affordable, and quality health care for all Americans.

Furthermore, the Department of Defense (DOD) estimates that active duty military and their dependents will make up 43% of Tricare beneficiaries in 2010. Thirty-five percent of beneficiaries will be retirees under age 65 and their dependents, and 22% will be retirees age 65 and over and their dependents. Furthermore, DOD estimates that care provided to retirees and their dependents will make up over 65% of DOD health care costs by 2015, up from 43% in 1999. Please be assured that as Congress considers healthcare legislation, I will ensure that Tricare is protected.

Again, thank you for contacting me. If I can be of any further assistance on this or another federal matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With kind regards, I am


Sincerely,


Cliff Stearns
United States Representative

Sunday, July 19, 2009

AT&T sucks...

About two months ago, we ordered the 3G broadband USB because we thought living near a tower we might get a signal. Anything was better than Bell South's crappy dialup service. We ordered the USB device, cost us over $180 including the device and first month's billing.

When we received the USB we tried it and couldn't get a signal. Ok fine, we boxed it back up and sent it back immediately. Just about the time we sent it back ATT sent us a bill for $180.18 . It showed a whopping 11 KB used. That sorta proves that we didn't use the thing. I ignored it because they would credit me once they received it. Well a few weeks later I received a bill for $15.60 (past due) and they had credited us $105.87. I called them on 6/25 and talked to Justin who told me that it takes thirty days for the credit to post, that the charge was for shipping (??) which should have been credited to me. Justin told me that I didn't owe anything. Ok fine.

Fast forward to three days ago. I received a bill again, this time for $13.80 (past due). They had credited me a whopping $1.82 which was by the way--the late payment charge for the original $15.60. Wow, so they credited me the late charge. How big of them.

And we wonder why so many longtime businesses are going into the toilet?

For the record AT&T Mobility at PO Box 53215 Atlanta, GA 30353-6216--I am NOT sending you $13.80, you can kiss my ass because that is more likely to happen than you people getting a dime from me.

The meaning of "General Welfare"

Have you ever sat back and wondered if the Congress of the United States really has the Constitutional power to appropriate the billions of dollars it does for hundreds of thousands of programs that aren't even necessary for the function of government or the "general welfare" of this country?

On the surface it seems they would especially based on Article I, Section 8 which states, "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughou the United States."

I've been reading a 2003 journal article written by Robert Natelson, published in the Kansas Law Review titled "The General Welfare Clause and the Public Trust: An Essay in Original Understanding" and among many things, he discusses three leading interpretations of the General Welfare Clause.

These interpretations are 1) Plenary view (meaning full, complete, entire, absolute) under which the interpretation means the Congress has the exclusive power to "regulate and spend for the common defense of the general welfare" ; 2) the Hamilton-Story view in which the "General Welfare Clause does not grant authority to regulate but does grant authority to appropriate and spend". In other words, the authority to spend is separate from Article I, Section 8 and not limited by it. Hamilton-Story argue that any limitation directs that "money must be used to pay national debts or fund programs that serve "the common Defence" or the "general welfare" ratherh than some local or special welfare"; and 3) Madisonian View which maintains that "the General Welfare Clause meant that tax money could be spent only pursuant to the other enumerated powers."

Professor Natelson gives a very good textual analysis of all three of the above views, a history of the clause, etc. It's a very good article. I'm still in the midst of reading it and the more I read, the more I am convinced that the Congress has taken the meaning of the phrase "common Defence and general Welfare" out of context. It's unlikely in this day and age that the issue would make its way back to the SCOTUS because there'd be a huge government fight against it. There's precedence. But still, I'd like to see some ambitious and intelligent attorney out there sacrifice everything to get this case heard. I think it would be a hell of a Constitutional argument. Can you imagine the repercussions if the Court held that it was in fact, unconstitutional?

Wow!

I'll give more of my own personal opinion of this once I finish reading it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Just answer the question...

This is what I hate about bureaucrats, they just don't know how to answer the question DIRECTLY! Kudos to Mr. Ryan for attempting to get an answer out of her.





And if you like that video, you will like him in this one too! He calls this proposed Health Care Reform Act out for what it is------big government tyranny. He's right on!! I love when he holds up the big stacks of papers that make up the bill and blasts the House for not reading it!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pray for the rescue of PFC Bergdahl

PFC Bowe R. Bergdahl who has been serving with the US Army in Afghanistan is being held hostage by the Taliban. Please pray that our Special Forces can get him out of there before those son of a bitch terrorists murder him.

To PFC Bergdahl, we salute you for your service, we want you home safe. To his family...our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chicago helps promote the end of America...

Wow...

The Khilafah Conference 2009 is scheduled to be held July 19, 2009 at the Hilton Oak Lawn hotel in Chicago. It promotes the end of capitalism and beginning of the Rise of Islam.

I am greatly bothered by this video. Are you?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

If you're bored...

...and have nothing else more important to do you can always read the 1018-page Health Care Reform Act (click on the link) being debated about by the House. The best way is to start by searching key words. The first one I searched was "tax"

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Oh the Humanity!

It took me 10 hours but I finished working on mom's computer and now it runs great. I had to backup all of mom's files then uninstall/reinstall Windows XP Home Edition, then reinstall drivers, programs, etc. Oy vey it took forever. And can I just say two words to mom:

FILE MANAGEMENT, MA!

LOL ok that's three words but you know what I mean. Like pa, she had shortcuts to EVERYTHING on her desktop, which is fine of course but...there was no organization to the main files. Well ok let me retract that--they were organized according to her own little "ma" filing system. At least HER filing system was better than dad's LOL! I couldn't even begin to explain to you how he filed his stuff!

I began the process about 11:30 a.m. interrupted only when mom forced me (yes, of course you know she forced me at gunpoint LOL) to have lunch which consisted of my least favorite food pasta (yeah ok! LOL) in the form of spaghetti with homemade sauce and sausages/meatballs, acccompanied by garlic bread.

And to make things worse, mom strong-armed me (yes she did!) into eating an eclair for dessert, oh it was just awful. I mean as I downed that chocolaty eclair and creamy filling I could see out of the corner of my eye---mom glaring at me muttering under her breath, "eat it or wear it" oh it was terrible. And when I complained how awful it was, she just took her keyboard and beat me with it!

I think I need therapy!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I have lots of questions...

I was sitting here thinking about dad today and have lots of questions I wish I could ask him. I'm fairly certain I'll see him someday. I just miss him. I was at mom's house fixing her computer and she has these great pics of dad on the wall and I looked at them and still thought to myself "damn it's hard to believe he's gone" and it is because he was not supposed to be gone. He still had work to do. But maybe God has work for him up there :)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

I am thoroughly convinced...

...that there's this chip embedded in men that totally and completely makes them oblivious to certain things. After talking to the RedQueen the other day I am fairly certain of it. It's either a chip inserted by their mothers to make sure that for the rest of their adults lives, their sons drive mad the women they marry OR it's in their DNA, which is just plain scary.

And can I say that loading the dishwasher and turning the dial to "start" and doing the laundry do not make up for the bad behavior LOL!

I can't recall which day it was exactly that I ranted on about DH dragging dirt into the house on his shoes and then conveniently not seeing it and then once realizing it did not volunteer to clean it up either. But why clean it up when I'm there? After all, I'm already pre-programmed to go from Zero to vacuum in less than 2.5 seconds. I can whip that baby out and clean up 1550 SF of carpet in record time.

But...I'm telling you that thing in their head that says--or is supposed to scream "red alert! red alert! you have done this before and you are about to do it again and if you do your wife is going to be really pissed off" alarm just didn't go off! And so it was at least three times in one day, in about a 2 hour period that I took out the Hoover Windtunnel and vacuumed the entire house starting at the back door (surprise!). I mean how do you think that trail of dirt got into the house? The cats didn't open the back door and soil their little paws and drag it all through the house.

And I sure as hell didn't do it.

And while we're on the subject---bringing home strawberry ice cream doesn't make up for it either especially when I uh---insisted there should be NO dessert in the house while I---er--we are trying to lose weight.

I still do not get what is so difficult about the shoe wiping thing. And the darndest thing is that there are many times he really is sorry for doing it, he thinks he cleaned his shoes off but well, he missed some. And he's so truly sorry for it, how can you beat the crap out of him? I mean when he puts that cute face on it's like "oh shit, he looks so pathetic" and you just don't want to harm him LOL .

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Why we should have term limits...

It's because of twits like Sheila Jackson Lee who authored the Congressional Resolution honoring Michael Jackson. This resolution (complete with frame and gold seal was presented at the memorial service with a promise it would pass!) was proposed to a near-empty chamber in the late afternoon on the day before the service.

And so it must have been fate that propelled me to tune in to the memorial service this afternoon just in time to hear the twit promising that the House will debate the resolution. Oy vey!

As if the Congress of the United States has nothing more important to do.


And so here it is..the resolution penned by Mz. Jackson Lee herself, which starts off like this (click the red link for it in its entirety)

Honoring an American legend and musical icon.

Whereas Michael Jackson was not only an accomplished recording and performing artist, he was a noted humanitarian;

Whereas Michael Jackson began his stellar recording career as the featured member of `The Jackson 5', which was the first act in recorded history to have their first four major label singles `I Want You Back',`ABC',`The Love You Save', and `I'll Be There', reached the top of the American charts;

Whereas the internationally recognized `Thriller' released in 1982, which became a smash hit yielded seven top-10 singles. The album sold 21 million copies in the United States and at least 27 million worldwide. It was a monumental moment in music history;

Whereas Michael Jackson was labeled `The King of Pop', Jackson's music is internationally recognized and critically acclaimed;

Whereas Michael Jackson was one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice;

Whereas in the early 1980s, Michael Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as `Beat It', `Billie Jean' and `Thriller'--widely credited with transforming the music video from a promotional tool into an art form--helped bring the relatively new channel to fame; ....



Ok I liked the man and his music, but enough already! Mz. Jackson & Co. need to get back to working on the REAL business of this country!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Am I insane?

For the second time I've had a dream that I was shot and killed. The first one was about a month ago, I was shot in the back of the head in the dream, but I didn't die right away. I waited around to help someone. See, I had this dream, the details which are still a little sketchy, but I dreamed it over and over again, each time, the dream would start a little farther back towards the beginning. Like the first time I had the dream that night, it started in the middle, then I dreamed it again immediately after and it started back a little earlier than where it did before. And so on...I was shot in the dream, shot in the head.

Last night was another weird dream, again involving construction at my mom and dad's house, workmen all over the place. They were doing things that pissed me off and I was going to tell my mother about them. Also, again in this dream like many others I have a cell phone, an older model from the early 90's, but I don't know if I can get a signal.

And then like the other dream, I was shot. I was shot by someone in the mafia. I had thought it wouldn't happen but it did. In fact, in the dream, I remember watching television, a tv show where slowly but surely, many of the women were hunted down and killed by the mob, but I can't remember why. Mind you this was in the dream. Anyway, I told people that the mafia was after me, nobody could help me, suddenly I felt the bullet hit the side of my head, small hole, no blood, but I knew it was there. I felt no pain, just weak, I lay there, holding on because there was something I had to do. But in the dream, I was dying. Theres' no question in my mind. I don't think I was scared, because I couldn't feel anything, but all I could feel was being tired and wanting to go to sleep.

Very strange and very real like the one I had previously about being shot in the head. I've never had dreams like that before. Just be forewarned when reading this, I am known for my strange dreams.

The things that seem to be the most prevalent in my dreams:

--an old cell phone,

--living at mom and dad's house and not having any cars to drive because my sister took one and my brother took one and there was nothing left for me,

--being at my old high school and not being able to find where I parked my car,

--being at mom and dad's house and trying to take a shower in that old shower in the second bathroom,

--mom and dad's house under construction (been having that dream since long before pa died)