Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekly U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices - WTF?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Trillion Dollars - What does that look like?

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...

A million dollars...

A hundred million dollars...

A  billion dollars...

One TRILLION dollars...

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so - what exactly does a trillion dollars looks like?

We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.




A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is about 3 months of income for the average American family.

$10,000 (ten thousand dollars)


Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000).  You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it. 

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)



While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)


And $1 BILLION dollars.  that is one thousand million ... now we're really getting somewhere

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)


Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.


Ladies and gentlemen... I give you a trillion dollars...

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)


Notice those pallets are double stacked.
...and remember those are $100 bills.

As a result of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, most Americans received a check with a maximum amount of $1,200 for a married couple filing jointly.

If this amount was denominated in $1 bills, stacked one on top of another, the pile would reach a height of 5.16 inches, slightly higher than Apple’s iPhone. 

 A Trillion in $1 bills - would measure 67,866 miles, stretching approximately 2.72 times around the Earth’s equator.





So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.

Brother, Can you spare a Trillion?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Barry - You're Fired!

Donald Trump's Birth Certificate from Jamaica Hospital in Queens New York.

Considering the success the country has had with career politicians, it seems foolish to dismiss him as "only a businessman".  Remember what Albert Einstein said: 

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength

Wednesday, November 24, 2022
"Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband. "In a minute, honey, it's a tie score," he answered.  Actually Winston wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington.
  
Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the "bad example it sets for the rest of the world," Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be.  Two-hand touch wasn't nearly as exciting.
  
Yet it wasn't the game that Winston was uninterested in.  It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey.  Even though it was the best type of Veggie Meat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce and mince-meat pie), it wasn't anything like real turkey.  And ever since the government officially changed the name of "Thanksgiving Day" to "A National Day of Atonement" in 2020 to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims' historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.
  
Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting.  The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold.  Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats-which were monitored and controlled by the electric company-be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.
  
Still, it was good getting together with family.  Or at least most of the family. Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment.  He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program.  And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort.  "The RHC's resources are limited," explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone.  "Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled.  I'm sorry for your loss."
  
Ed couldn't make it either.  He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines-for everyone but government officials.  The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn't want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.
  
Thankfully, Winston's brother, John, and his wife were flying in.  Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion.  No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government-mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids.  Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added "inconvenience" was an "absolute necessity" in order to stay "one step ahead of the terrorists."  Winston's own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022.  That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for "unequal scrutiny," even when probable cause was involved.  Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine.  Almost.
  
The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact.  "A living Constitution is extremely flexible," said the Court's eldest member, Elena Kagan."  Europe has had laws like this one for years.  We should learn from their example," she added.
  
Winston's thoughts turned to his own children.  He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him.  Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner.  Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford.  She whined for a week, but got over it.
  
His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether.  Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism or any of a number of other calamities were "just around the corner," but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility.  It didn't help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being.  Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13.  The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to "spur economic growth."  This time they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.

  
Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement.  At least he had his memories.  He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before Obama and government promises to make life "fair for everyone" realized their full potential.  Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn't happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.
  
He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2012, when all the real nonsense began.  "Maybe we wouldn't be where we are today if we'd just said 'enough is enough' when we had the chance," he thought.
  
Maybe so........Winston.......... Maybe so.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Born in the USA - 1950's style.

We survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

We were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we wore baseball caps - not helmets on our heads.

We rode in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight.. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps, and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem

We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos or X-boxes.
There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no DVD's,
No surround-sound or CD's,
No cell phones,
No personal computers,
No Internet and no Wi-Fi.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with Dad's belt, wooden spoons, switches, or just a bare hand and no one would call CPS to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not die.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes..

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, Engineers and inventors of all time. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?

It's His Fault - He Started It!

When reflecting on the deficit in the U.S.A. one needs to remember who is in charge of the Congress for the last two years of the Bush administration.  The following information outlines what happened.


The mass media is constantly babbling that Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush. Amazingly enough, a lot of people (and supposedly smart ones) swallow this nonsense. 

So once more, (sigh..) 
a short civics lesson. 

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009 as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office.  At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. 


Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period:  



If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending.  After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

  If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.





Friday, April 8, 2011

Barack Obama – Let Them Eat Cake



Speaking at a foreign-owned wind turbine plant in Pennsylvania yesterday, President Obama showed once again how sympathetic he is to the plight of Americans who are struggling with incredibly high gas prices:
“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”
Hahaha, eat shit America!
After his comments, Obama jumped into his 2 mpg chauffeured limo, which took him to Air Force 1 where he was dropped off at a golf course so he could play his 250th round as President. After that, he was picked up by his limo, scooted off to Air Force 1 where he and Michelle flew to Chicago for a date night.
In other words, relax, Obama feels your pain.
Answering the question “are gas prices going to come down any time soon?” Obama had this to say:
“I’m just going to be honest with you. There’s not much we can do next week or two weeks from now…”
He certainly seems content considering he’s so ineffectual.
Obama says there’s not much he can do, but really all he has to do is consult with Hillary Clinton, after all, while running for the candidacy of the donks in 08 her husband Bill said she had the solution to skyrocketing gas prices:
When the world hears her commitment at her inauguration about ending American dependence on foreign fuel, Clinton says, oil-pumping countries will lower prices to stifle America’s incentive to develop alternative energy.
“I predict to you, the oil-producing countries will drop the price of oil,” Clinton said, speaking at the Manchester YWCA. “They will once again assume, once the cost pressure is off, Americans and our political process will recede.”
Poof – oil prices fall.
The magic negro obviously does not have the same power as the magic feminist. Perhaps if they can combine their magic Marxist powers gas prices will tumble.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

GOP playing Chicken: Don't jerk the wheel at the last second.

First - a frame of reference and general reality check about numbers.

FY 2010 spending is 3.5 Trillion dollars.
A 10% budget cut would be 350 Billion dollars
The Tax and Spend Democrats are going to shut down the government over the GOP proposal to cut only 61 billion.
That is only 0.017 of FY 2010 spending!
...
I don't know anyone that cannot or could not tighten their belt and live with a 10% spending cut.



If House Republicans accept a “compromise” of less than $61 billion in budget cuts, it will demonstrate that they will never really make good on their sole bargaining chip — a government shutdown. If they don’t do it over the continuing resolution (CR), they won’t do it over the debt limit or the 2012 budget.

If the Republicans in the House accede to Democratic and administration demands that they accept a lesser figure in budget cuts, they will throw away all their power and be revealed as toothless and impotent, though still noisy. In this one act, they will throw away the victory of 2010.

And there is no need to cave in! The prospect of a government shutdown is not the only alternative. A targeted shutdown, which zero-funds programs we want to go away anyway and which the public will never miss, is the real option.

Don’t shut down the government.
Shut down the State Department and the Agency for International Development. Alone, that would generate the $61 billion in cuts.

Zero-fund PBS and the Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.

Zero-fund the Bonds for America Program ($12 billion).

Zero-fund the stimulus programs for infrastructure construction and repair.
Senate Democrats and the Obama administration will not dare shut down the rest of the government in retaliation. If they do, the entire fight will be posed as: Do we want to eliminate foreign aid, or shut down the entire federal government to save it?

Once the Republicans win the fight in principle, they can back off the zero-funding and negotiate a CR that makes more sense and spreads the cuts more widely but still totals $61 billion. But during the shutdown phase, the shutdown must be targeted at agencies that have no popularity or domestic constituency.

Once Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Obama realize that House Republicans won’t pull the trigger on a government shutdown (entire or targeted), there is no reason for them to negotiate seriously with the House. The GOP’s leverage will evaporate, and its capacity to fulfill any of its campaign promises will have been vitiated.

Are the Democrats seriously to believe that House Republicans will kill the debt-limit increase if their demands are not met or will close the government on Oct. 1 if their budget is not adopted? Once the House Republicans back off on the CR, there is no way they can be taken seriously.

For Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (Ky.), the stakes are their credibility within their own conference. The Tea Party Republicans and most of the freshmen are not going to support retreat from the $61 billion in cuts. They will be sustained by a massive outpouring of opposition to any compromise by their ground troops.

By trying to do Harry Reid’s work and jamming a compromise down the throats of the freshmen and Tea Party Republicans, Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and Rogers all risk a profound division in the party. In effect, they will be announcing a kind of coalition majority in the House, discarding the leftist Democrats and the Tea Party Republicans with equal disdain. The Republican House campaigns of 2012 will be riddled with primary contests and much of the establishment of the party will be swept from office in a sea of anger and outrage at their failure to keep their promises.

Any Republican who votes to compromise on the $61 billion is inviting a primary fight — one in which I will happily participate. We elected the House Republicans to stand firm. We put them in office not to cave in. And now, we will find out what they are made of.

From DickMorris.com

When green ideas attack

Compact fluorescent lamps are a bad idea on many levels, not least of which is the small amount of mercury present in every lamp.

Greens and governments pretend CFL’s are a good idea because they lower energy use, even though clean-up procedures for a broken lamp read like a do-it-yourself Fukushima hazard.
But as more people use CFL’s, many more dead curly lamps are headed to the landfill, and someone noticed there might be a problem:
Demand for the bulbs is growing as federal and state mandates for energy-efficient lighting take effect, yet only about 2 percent of residential consumers and one-third of businesses recycle them, according to the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers.  “If the recycling rate remains as abysmally low as it is, then there will certainly be more mercury released into the environment,” said Paul Abernathy, executive director of the Napa-based recycling association. “Until the public really has some kind of convenient way to take them back, it’s going to be an issue.”
The problem is owned by hippies and the greenwashing governments that accepted the green propaganda without so much as a nod at due diligence.  How much of a problem is mercury in landfills?  A big one:
As a result of discarded fluorescent lights, including CFLs, U.S. landfills release into the atmosphere and in stormwater runoff upward of 4 tons of mercury annually, according to a study in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Regular readers may recall that Canada recently banned most mercury products to avoid 4.5 metric tonnes of mercury in landfills.  Now we can see that effort is more than offset by the increasing numbers of CFL’s headed to landfills.  People won’t recycle the curly menaces because it’s easier to toss them away, just as they’ve done forever when an incandescent light bulb fails.



safe for your home, but not for the garbage?

Canadian, American, UK and all governments that banned future use of incandescent light bulbs have a problem – if they make too much noise about the dangers of mercury in landfills, they risk people asking why they made the alternatives illegal.

It’s a fair question and it’s one they can’t answer honestly. If they did, CFL’s would be consigned to the trash heap of bad green ideas and we’d get the Edison’s trusty invention back into our homes.