atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3662: Well, I got SOME errands done.

Got the car insurance paid, got over to the bank, got to K-mart for kitty litter (35 lb bucket for $11, how can you go wrong? I got two, and the empty buckets are useful).

Subway for a meatball sub. Home. Food. Pre-blog surf. Etc.

...and a royal crapton of tabs open, so let's make with the bloggeratin'.

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Apparently Iranian jets fired on an American drone flying near Iran. This might have been useful information to have on November first, when it happened.

Which is why, of course, the Obama administation kept it dead quiet until Thursday.

Imagine the howls from the press had Bush done something like this a few days before the 2004 election. But since Barry O is their guy, the press will say nothing about the timing.

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How much is the press screaming about this one? FEMA leaves a disaster area. Imagine if FEMA had packed up and left New Orleans a few days after Katrina. Yeah.

The press was all over Bush like flies on shit (simile used advisedly) when FEMA wasn't in NO immediately after the hurricane had blown through--but $5 says Obama gets a big pass on this one, too.

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Hold your hats! Here comes the ceiling!

Karl Denninger talks about the consequences of deficit spending and re-electing Obama. " right because arithemetic is not comprised of suggestions, it is comprised of laws that cannot be violated."

I am getting repeated reports of large layoff actions, both pending and immediate. Some of these appear to be focused on the impact of Obamacare, some are small businesspeople who are simply quitting and closing up shop due to expected higher tax rates on a forward basis, and some are firms that were hanging on by the skin of their teeth that giving up the ghost.

Many of these folks appear to have held out a "last and final" hope that the Republicans would win and somehow change the dynamic. This was a foolish premise -- indeed, foolish beyond words, as the Republicans are the party of funny money just as are the Democrats.

The game of funny money has reached its terminus.
He also says that Greece runs out of money next week, and that there cannot be further "extend and pretend" done with Greece that is not obvious to all and sundry.

I'm not prepared to put a time frame on it, but I do believe he's right in expecting Greece to blow up sometime in the near term. I doubt it'll wait until next year.

And when Greece blows, that's it.

But Harry Reid has no problem with raising the debt limit again. Why would he? That printing press has been safety-wired to "emergency maximum" since 2008 and it shows no signs of running out of steam, so let's keep things going!

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Making a movie violated his parole. That's what we're being told: the guy who got arrested for making an anti-islamic video which prompted riots and an attack on the consulate in Benghazi was sentenced to a year in prison for a parole violation.

Of course the reason given by the court has nothing to do with the video, and they take pains to explain that...and yeah, the nazis imprisoned jews for breaking all sorts of laws, too.

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It's become obvious that the hispanic vote gave Obama the election; so right on schedule the GOP begins hispandering.

That's right! Suddenly, it's all about the amnesty! No one dropped that bomb during the campaign, but now that the campaign is over we're suddenly talking about letting illegals go to the front of the immigration line. It's a party!

If the D.C. politicians can get amnesty passed before the end of 2012, they'll have enough time for the electorate to forget all about it...they think.

I will not forget.

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Somehow I don't think McDonald's problem is the competition. I'd wager that the reason McDonald's is suffering from decreased sales comes from how EVERYONE IS FUCKING UNEMPLOYED.

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Meanwhile the federal government wants to make a private company pay to get rid of property which most properly belongs to the government. See, the federal government subsidized a solar panel company, which went bankrupt because the Chinese can pump out solar panels for about 1/5th the cost of any American company and THERE IS NO FRICKING DEMAND FOR SOLAR PANELS BECAUSE THEY'RE A LOUSY ENERGY SOURCE. Said company paid a warehousing company to store their product while waiting for sales that never came; and as the company went bankrupt, surprisingly enough, the warehousing company remains unpaid.

Feds: "Ehh...not our problem. You can pay to dispose of them."

"Green shoots"--yeah.

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Couple of AoSHQ posts on Obama wanting to raise taxes now:

Let Hollywood pay its fair share. I think this is a fantastic idea. Plenty of big Hollywood names are all about "the rich paying their fair share" anyway, right? I mean, look at the big-name stars, who typically get paid millions of dollars for a few weeks' worth of work.

And here:
Here's my compromise solution. Let's agree to raise taxes on income greater than, say, $600,000 per year. Or better yet-- $1,000,000 year, which is what Joe Biden claimed their policy was in a debate.

But we'll insist that investment income rates be lowered.

Why? Because Hollywood-types and other celebrities (rappers, athletes, Bruce Springsteen) make a lot in income.

They want their income taxed at higher rates? Fine. You got it.
Yeah, that's a fine idea. Look: big-name entertainers make stupid-high paychecks and then whine about how the rich aren't paying their fair share. So? Raise their taxes! It's what they voted for, right?

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A professor of Medieval English says that Stalin didn't commit any crimes. He claims that it's "bullshit" that communism killed 100,000,000 people in the 20th century.
[This complete fucking retard], who has authored several books on the topic of Marxism, also insisted that the United States has the lowest standard of living among industrialized developed countries.
Oh! Well, no wonder all those Mexicans are so eager to go to North Korea!

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...I decided to buy a box of Reese's Pieces because it was $1, and K-mart charged me $1.25 for it. Since it would cost me more than $0.25 in gasoline to go complain about it, I'm not going to bother.

Which, no doubt, they rely on. Bastards. What if I needed that quarter for something else?

Then I shouldn't have been spending money on candy, for fuck's sake. *sigh*

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It's almost 60 outside, and you know what that means! I want to ride my motorcycle a bit; but first I have to pay some bills.

Even better--just a little while ago I noticed something odd in the upper right corner of my monitor, and tried brushing it off--and couldn't.

The damned LCD is cracked.

It's a bit more than a square inch, and it's way up in the upper right corner, so it's not like it's a really big deal--but it's annoying and I have no idea how it happened. Something must've fallen on that corner of the monitor case, and compression-fractured the screen, and I only just now noticed it--but whatever the cause, and whenever it happened, it pisses me off.

This is the one thing I really do not like about LCDs: they're fragile in a way CRTs are not. Of course, part of this is due to the fact that LCDs don't require as much mechanical support as LCDs do, so the cases for LCD monitors are less sturdy. So something can fall against the housing of the thing and damage the screen. *sigh*

On the plus side? If you ever got a crack in a CRT, it was done because you'd lose the vacuum, and a CRT is just a big vacuum tube. At least with an LCD a minor crack in the corner doesn't ruin the whole display.

But "new monitor" just got added to my "to buy once I've got a job" list. As if that list needed to be any longer.

Fortunately, big monitors are getting ever cheaper. I saw a 22" for under $100 just this week, in the CompUSA ad; but I've been thinking it'd be cool to get a 27" HDTV and use that as a monitor. Just plug in the DVI-to-HDMI adaptor, plug the monitor into that, and go to town. And a 27" class TV can be had for not a lot of money; you get perhaps twice the real estate of a 22" monitor for about twice the money.

Well, that's going to have to wait, that's all.

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It's Friday already. Jeeze louise. is a man to cope?

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