Monday, December 15, 2014

Mural Abuse

I found this here.  It looks to be somewhere in the US but I can't find it anywhere else on the intertubes so I have no story behind it. It might even be a photoshop, but in the absence of an explanation, I'm going to assume the wall decayed from within.

Just a BTW: I noticed that in the official government photos of Obama and Biden they're framed off center. In what direction? To the left of course.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Confused Baby Meets Twins

The baby on the left is obviously afraid that the giant baby is going to eat her. But giant baby is sooo confused.

A few years back the Malthusians tried to genetically engineer a line of "super giant" babies; maybe he's one of them. He's not a threat to the twins though. Like most super giant babies, he just wants to get along.

You should read the wikipedia article on Super Giant Babies; it's an interesting story. After waiting hundreds of years for the chance to say "see, I told you so," the Malthusians decided to help the process of societal collapse along by breeding a line of super babies; who, they reckoned, would eat twice the food and lead to wide spread famine and despair.

But their plan didn't consider the one major factor that has spoiled Malthusian plans for hundreds of years. It was: Hey, we're Malthusians. We're always wrong.   The babies turned out to be adorable and had no impact on the food supply. Apart from a few crib collapses and highchair entrapments, they were just the same as other babies.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Lawless Administration

This is what's wrong with electing Utopia seekers:

Senior officials at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation actively sought to crack down on legal businesses that the Obama administration – or the officials themselves – deemed morally objectionable, a new congressional report finds.

Released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the 20-page investigative report details how the FDIC worked closely with the Justice Department to implement Operation Choke Point, a secretive program that seeks to cut off the financial lifeblood of payday lenders and other industries the administration doesn’t like.
The FDIC is the primary agency responsible for regulating and auditing more than 4,500 U.S. banks.
Emails unearthed by investigators show regulatory officials scheming to influence banks’ decisions on who to do business with by labeling certain industries “reputational risks,” ensuring banks “get the message” about the businesses the regulators don’t like, and pressuring banks to cut credit or close those accounts, effectively driving enterprises out of business.
I, by the way, agree that payday lenders are scum. They take advantage of people in desperate situations. (and the stupid, and those with no math skills) They're bums, and put one at my table, I'll go sit somewhere else. But we have usury laws. And we are a nation of laws.

If a payday loan company is abusing consumers, you make laws to limit APR, or deceptive practices, or whatever. Then enforce those laws.

And by the way, I don't see the Government of the Light getting upset at banks whose Visa cards shoot up to the 20-30% APR range if a single payment  is late.

It's even more reprehensible for the Administration to wield the big nasty IRS club against its political "enemies", but these guys see themselves as above the law. Thank goodness we've started voting them out.

Season's Greetings


Monday, December 01, 2014

Sounds Like Our Government

News of the Weird:

-- Comprehensive Pentagon studies of America's nuclear missile infrastructure released in November (following disturbing reports of readiness failures) included the revelation that nuclear warheads had to be attached with a particular wrench, even though the Air Force owned only one with which to service 450 missiles housed at three bases. Consequently, one official told The New York Times, "They started FedExing the one tool" back and forth. No one had checked in years, he said, "to see if new tools were being made" -- typical of maintenance problems that had "been around so long that no one reported them anymore." [New York Times, 11-13-2014]

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Obama Was Right, Some Crimes Are Understandable

Via Smoking Gun:
NOVEMBER 26--A Texas woman was arrested yesterday for stealing more than $6400 worth of sausage from the Kiolbassa Provision Company, a San Antonio firm that has been smoking meat since 1949.

According to an arrest affidavit, Regina Shaw, 45, was linked to the September 14 theft via surveillance footage that recorded her taking a “pallet of meat product” from the purveyor.
When I heard Obama empathize  with the Ferguson rioters my first impulse was all bigotish. It seemed counterproductive and irresponsible. But this sausage story has made me rethink my racist opposition to encouraging criminals. I mean, think of it, a whole pallet load of smoked sausage.

No, of course we shouldn't encourage this woman to steal, but there's nothing wrong with giving her a Homer Simpson, "mmmmmmm-sausage". 

I expect the President will urge her to "stay the course."