Friday, January 09, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Never one to miss out on free publicity, Larry Flynt, along with "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis, has traveled to Washington, DC, to ask Congress for a $5 billion bailout.

Meanwhile, a coalition representing the commercial real estate industry is also asking for a bailout.

So, the banks, auto industry, several cities, the retail association, and these latest guys all want money because you and I aren't spending enough money. And they want the government to take more money from us to give to them. Meanwhile, Obamessiah is giving us all about $8 a week to stimulate the economy.

Here's my plan: Everyone over the age of 21 (the Federal mandated legal drinking age) who filed an income tax return in 2008 should get $100,000 (tax free). And when we file our return for the next year, we must include the receipts for purchases that equal $90,000 or more. Any money put into savings, retirement accounts or used to pay any debts will be taxed at our normal tax rate.

Assuming that there are 300,000,000 people, and 25% are under the age of 21 (data from here), that leaves 225 million people who will receive the cash. The government will spend $22.5 Billion, far less than the predicted $700 Billion just going to the banks!

Think about it. You could buy a car and some porn, and make everyone happy!

Write your Congresscritter today!

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Monday, January 05, 2009

New Mexico Governor cum Commerce Secretary nominee has withdrawn his nomination as a grand jury begins looking into his business dealings. Read about it here. I'm not here to rehash the charges. I just have to ask one question: Where are the calls for Richardson to resign? Is it because Democrats, by definition, cannot be corrupt? Like Blogo, in Illinois? Or is it only governors? Do we ignore Rep. Jefferson (D-LA) who comandeered a military vehicle during the aftermath of Katrina to rescue money from his flooded house?

So, Mr. Obama, is this the change you promised? More corruption and cronyism?

Before you get all "Right Wing Blogger!" on me, remember my first rule of politics: All politicians are crooks. The only difference between the right and the left is which explains why a politician rewarding a supporter isn't a crook.


Sunday, January 04, 2009

As you may or may not know, I am a Star Trek fan, and read all the novels. But I must confess that the recent string of Star Trek novels are starting to wear me down.

Beginning with ResistanceSupport this Site!  Click to Purchase, the Borg are Back. In this book, the Enterprise destroys a cube and learns of another one. Admiral Janeway tells Picard to stay away, and rushes to investigate. And in Before DishonorSupport this site! Click to Purchase! Janeway dies destroying a cube.

For whatever reason, I missed Star Trek: TNG: Greater than the SumSupport this site! Click to Purchase!, and instead dove directly into the Destiny trilogy, beginning with Star Trek: Destiny: Gods of NightSupport this site! Click to Purchase!. The Borg are attacking the Federation with an eye on genocide. They aren't assimilating anything, simply destroying worlds, killing billions. So far in the book, about halfway in, they have destroyed 5 or 6 cubes. Some insurmountable enemy.

Here's what I like about the book: it ties all the series, except the Original Series, into on universe. So you have Ezri Dax, Seven of Nine, and Picard fighting the Borg on different fronts.

Here's what I don't like about the book: The Borg are back. Frankly, there's no drama in their appearance. There's a lot of predictable Picard hand wringing, recalling his time as Locutus. And the borg menace reminds me of the Star Wars New Jedi OrderSupport this Site!. In that series, the New Republic is attacked by an invading force who manage to sweep across the Star Wars Universe conquering every world, and killing Chewbacca and Anakin Solo. Finally, at the last possible moment, and after billions of deaths, the invasion is thwarted. And that sentence could apply to the new Star Trek novels, too.

This invasion will end soon, and a new menace will appear, as Pocket Books brings Voyager into alignment with the new order. However, a new alien menace looms on the horizon and that will be the next arc.

Basically what I'm saying is that Pocket Books has stopped exploring space and started turning the Star Trek Universe into a space war series.