Sunday, September 27, 2009

Brett, you are something!

I love the San Francisco 49ers, and they played a gutsy game today, but Brett Favre did it again and it was so much fun to watch.

The Niners can't feel too down about this one: they worked hard, and almost pulled it off, but it's a fact: Brett is just that good.

It's a cliche, but you just have to love the guy. What a game!

The Colonel...

No, not that one, this one!

did Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi settle for the rank of Colonel? Why not go all the way to General?

And for that matter, he's the head of the whole country: he could be King Gadhafi, for crying out loud.

Maybe Canada knows the truth and that's why he doesn't want to go there.

Hmmm... food for thought.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Is golf in Atlanta right now a good idea?

With all the misery resulting from the intense rains Northern Georgia and the surrounding areas have received, with all the financial difficulty the people in these areas are experiencing, is playing golf for a $10 Million prize really a good idea right now? What effect could that much money have on this rain-soaked area in terms of direct donations?

I don't know the answers.

I'm a golfer and a pro-golfing fan (I'm pro pro-golf?), so I can rationalize the large purses these men and women play for in exchange for the entertainment value that they deliver and the direct injection of money into the areas where their tournaments take place.

But at a time when the term "tone-deaf" is gaining prominence as a cliche in the popular lexicon, is going forward with this tournament an example of tone-deafness? Does it show poor taste? Bad judgment?

I don't know the answers.

Look, I haven't been planning this tournament for a year. I've nothing invested in it. I'm not employed in its cause. I'm not affected by its potential cancellation. I suppose it's possible that some of the tournament-related money that will pour into this region will help to some extent, but will the trickle-down effect really do anything in this case? Is this result even a responsibility of this tournament and its organizers and competitors?

I don't know the answers.

But it's because I love golf as I do that I don't want it to possibly shoot itself in the foot by playing a game while thousands in the area aren't playing, but are instead working hard to keep their lives together.

I don't know the answers.

I do know that in the grand scheme, golf is very close to the bottom of the human priority list, so maybe I do know the answers after all.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cantor is Can't-er!

Rep. Eric Cantor defines the word smarmy.

Listen to what he says to
this woman regarding her question about a friend's lack of health care.

Is this the Repos plan to reform health care? Seek out government-sponsored assistance and charity care? Eric Cantor has shown that the Repos have no clothes when it comes to anything real, to anything helpful to anyone outside their wealthy base. They're devoid of real ideas and real solutions. All they can do is say "no" to everything and tell the uninsured to seek out charitable solutions.

Unbe-freaking-lievable! Can this guy really be this shallow? You could wade in him.

"Who in their right mind," indeed?

Read this, then prepare to be sick. Or maybe it's the other way around.

My first question is,
who cares?

Seriously. I feel badly for her now that this information is out there, I do; if it's true it's a terrible thing. But why in the world would she feel the need to put this out there at all? Her dad is dead, for cryin' out loud. He can't defend himself against the accusation. What possible benefit could there be to anyone for her to make this information known to the world? Some sort of awful catharsis?

Her sister asked, rhetorically," who in their right mind would make such a claim if it wasn't true." But her question presupposes this revelation came from someone
in their right mind, so who indeed.

I would argue she isn't which is why she did.

I'm amazed at how more and more people are choosing to live their lives like they're in a reality TV show. Cut it out! Please!

Friday, September 18, 2009

What a dope!

Just as the U.S. had to suffer under eight years of G'Dubya's constant goofiness, Iran has had to suffer under this wingnut.

The Iranians who voted for him should be ashamed of themselves, and the Iranians who didn't have to be at their collective wits' end.

I don't agree with much of what Israel does, with how it behaves and with how it treats some people, but to deny that the holocaust happened? the guy is just an idiot.

Sorry to resort to ad hominems, but he is an idiot. And he's a completely smarmy idiot at that.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Update on Ms. McTackypants

She's gone.

Way to go Wells Fargo, you sent her packing!

Now, maybe you can work on the corporate-value structure that might have led to this sort of aberrant behavior. Sure, she could have arrived at your company a soulless robot, but there are far too many soulless robots in your industry to assume that much coincidence.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The deadbeat deadline approaches...

I don't know about you, but I've been fairly disgusted by the plethora of TV ads pushing any number of supposedly legal tax avoidance schemes that just don't seem to sit right from an ethical standpoint. This is all leading up to a September 23 deadline for rich deadbeats to pay their taxes.

The TV ads I'm referring to feature some pretty smarmy goofballs saying things like this...

"We owed $150,000 in taxes, and negotiated a payment of just $12,000 to the IRS; we saved almost $140,000!"

No, you didn't save anything. What you did was beat the USA out of $140,000 worth of taxes you owed!

Either pay your damn taxes or live within your means so you don't have to call 1-800-DED-BEAT and whine!

Millions of Americans pay their taxes in full and on time, so why can't you?

OH! OH! I know why!

Because your deadbeats, that's why.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Health-insurance industry garners badly needed support...

At long last the down-trodden and much maligned health-insurance industry has garnered a badly needed public boost as thousands are expected to show up to express their strong support for the industry's well-intended plans for the continued good health and abundantly available health-care options of millions upon millions of Americans.

It's just so obvious that these fervent insurance-industry supporters are thoroughly satisfied with their health care, pay completely reasonable premiums for it, have absolutely no pre-existing conditions, have never filed a single health-care claim, have never been denied care for anything (grrrr... that darned rationing), and are certain to remain healthy until they suddenly drop dead at a ripe old age.

It's probably just as certain that these same supporters have no aging parents for whom they must care or about whom they must make decisions. That just has to be so great for them.

And it's no doubt just as likely that these very same aging parents will also suddenly (and conveniently) drop dead, requiring no heroic measures, or those pesky, bankruptcy-inducing costs, and causing no frustration or anguish for their surviving children and grandchildren.

Gee... what must it be like to be this thrilled about your health care!?
Probably a lot like those lucky socialists in France, Germany, the UK, and Canada, huh?

Plus, the millions of people who have no health care should feel every bit as lucky, just as satisfied, because they have nothing to worry about, no claims to file, no premiums to pay, no paperwork to submit, and the clear and enthusiastic support of the insurance-industry and its supporters, who so obviously have these uninsured people's best interests at heart.

Happiness loves company. It's a love-fest, I tell ya.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Obama sure did speak to children...

So much fuss was raised over President Obama's address to schoolchildren this week. So much speculation was made of this address in terms of his supposed intent, his agenda, his "real politics."

But who exactly were the children to whom he spoke?

Were they the high school and middle school students around the country who quietly sat while Obama spoke or were they the Republican members of congress who acted like children texting, tweeting, and walking out, shouting, squirming, and squealing?

Actions do speak louder, children, so behave yourselves.

The preferred grater of gold buyers everywhere...

So now even G. Gordon Liddy is hawking gold as an inflation hedge and investment. Wow... just when you thought the G-man couldn't get any creepier, he outdoes himself.

But my question is, if all the gold hoarders think dollars will die away, how will they actually spend their gold (not to mention where) when the time comes? Seriously. Think about it.

Gold now comes with exotic names, such as, Buffalos, Eagles, and Kangaroos, Maple Leafs and Britannicas, and even Philharmonics and Vienna Philharmonics. But are any of these denominated in a truly usable, spendable amount? How do you get change?

"Say buddy, can you break a Buffalo?"

If dollars will be no more, how will you use these gold coins (let alone carry them around)? I guess you'll have to pay $50 for everything valued at $50 or less.

But I have a solution: The Gold Greater!®

Just pull out a Buffalo and
The Gold Greater!® and shave off exactly what you need to purchase those little items, like a 64-oz. Slushie and a pack of Marlboros at yur local 7-11. Need a shave and a haircut? Reach for The Gold Greater!® and just shave away!

Not sure how much to take off? Have no fear:
The Gold Greater!® has four sides so you can choose the fineness or coarseness that's right for your purchase, and it comes with a scale so you can weigh your gold shavings; after all, you wouldn't want to overpay, now would you. Heaven forbid.

And if you order right now, we'll even include a leather pouch to store gold shavings you're given as change and a .357 Magnum revolver* you can use to protect yourself from all the people who will try to rob you of your gold shavings and coins.

The Gold Greater!® will solve the dilemma of overpaying with those precious gold coins and alleviate your concerns about converting from bucks to bullion.

So, go ahead.
Smooth operators are standing by. Take Mr. Liddy's advice. Buy some Buffalos today! Because when it comes to spending enormous amounts of money on a completely speculative venture with absolutely no guarantee of any meaningful return, why wouldn't you take the advice of a convicted felon?

I sure can't think of a reason, and besides,
The Gold Greater!® can help ease your mind about trusting even the most scurrilous creeps intent on leveraging most of your money.

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Ms. Smarm E. McTackypants goes to Malibu...

Read this article and then ask yourself -- if, of course, proven to be true -- why the banking industry might just have an image problem.

So the saying goes, "rank hath its privileges," but "rank" has a double meaning, and
the seemingly privileged behavior of Ms. Cheronda Guyton (a.k.a. Smarm E. McTackypants) does not pass a smell test given by those who actually have souls.

The other question to ask is, did her decision to squat come just from Mr. Guyton or did it come with a blessing from his superiors?

Either way, this demonstrates unbelievable tone-deafness and the poorest of judgment, to say the least.

If, as Wells Fargo's slogan suggests, they are "the next stage in banking," Ms. Guyton better be careful, because she just might be on that next stage out of town, out of a job, and into legal trouble. And she can bank on that.