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Friday, April 29, 2011

TWIR: Royal Wedding Edition

Okay, so in keeping with my lack of interest in the Royal Wedding I am not going to write about it in this week's The Week In Review, but just like all the other media whores in this country, I sure as hell will use it to help promote myself.
  1. How undignified was it to see the President of the United States have to show his birth certificate to satisfy the lunatic fringe Right Wing? Granted it never should have been an issue and President Obama is partially at fault for that, so shame on everyone.
  2. Howsabout an Alan West / Michelle Bachman ticket in 2012 to make everyone to the left of Rush Limbaugh get terminal agita? I also have to check out this Johnson guy from New Mexico.
  3. I watched Bruno Mars on American Idol last night - I had never seen him perform live before. It was nice to see some reggae back in the limelight and it was also nice to see R&B moving away from auto-tune and drum loops and back to music by an actual, good, live band. Also, the best thing to ever happen to Casey Abrams was getting voted off last night. I love that he is bringing old-school jazz to a whole new audience. I think he and Haley should put a new-school Steve and Edie act on the road.
  4. New Jersey voters rejected 75% of all propositions to raise their town's budget caps on Wednesday. Good. Maybe the people in charge will have to start taking their jobs seriously and run their towns like I have to run my household, instead of caving in to selfish labor unions.
  5. The stupidity of the news media in this country was never more prominently displayed than during Wednesday's horrifying tornado outbreak in the Deep South. The pandering and condescension camouflaged as concern and sincerity was just too much to watch. When you loop video of someone's house getting destroyed by a tornado over and over again, all you are doing is using someone's house getting destroyed to sell soap.
Have a nice week. Thanks for checking in.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Look At Gas Prices Without The Media Hype

Gas is pretty freakin' expensive, let's just get that right out on the table. I have a 40 mile round trip commute everyday and I own a mid-sized pick-up truck. In February I spent around $60 a week for gas, now I am spending around $90.

I have no faith in President Obama's energy policy because not only doesn't he have an energy policy, I don't think he understands energy. Just FYI, 17% of all US energy consumption is gasoline, and right now that's what I care about.

Two weeks ago we were all a-twitter because we imported too much energy. This week our collective panties are all bunched up because the dollar is weak. Last week, I think it was speculators. I don't know anymore because everyone is yelling at me so much.

I like facts, so let's look at some facts.

In the twelve years from 1969 to 1981 the average price of a gallon of gas increased 286% (compensated for inflation). In the ten years from 1998 to the 2008 peak the average price for a gallon of gas increased 294%. In 1981 the price for a gallon of gas was $1.35, adjusted to $3.24 in today's dollars. At the peak, in late summer 2008, gas was $3.23 a gallon in 1981 dollars, a decrease of $0.01.

I looked at the numbers from the 1950's to today and I learned one thing: sometimes gas is expensive and sometimes it is not. Right now it is. When gas was expensive (and hard to find in the late 70s) Toyota and Honda made massive inroads into the American car market. The last time gas was cheap, Hummers and Escalades insisted on getting in my way on our nation's highways.

Here's some more fun facts:

The percentage make-up of a gallon of gas at the pump looks like this:
  • Crude oil:  2005 = 53%, 2011=67%
  • Federal/State Taxes: 2005 = 19%, 2011 = 13%
  • Refining & Profit: 2005 = 19%, 2011 = 11%
  • Distribution & Marketing: 2005 = 9%, 2011 = 9%
The only significant change is the price of crude oil and in fact, (much to my Libertarian chagrine) taxes as a percentage decreased. Crude is expensive because the people who control it for the most part are in a state of flux, more people are buying it, and they're buying it with American dollars which are now hardly worth anything because we've printed so many of them.

Will gas go down again? Yes. Is the world as we know it ending? No. Are things bad out there right now? Yes. Is alternative energy the answer? Eventually, but I'm kind of concerned about next Tuesday, and this summer, so alternative energy as government policy is destructive in present terms.

Here's how gas prices can be lowered:
  • Pay less for it by buying it from ourselves.
  • Stop printing so much money and make the dollar stronger.
That's it. It's not difficult. Now if only the current Administration would read this blog...

In the meantime, check this link on inflation out: InflationData.Com

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chevy Volt Burns Down Garage - Contributes to Global Warming

A Chevy Volt caught fire in northwestern Connecticut last week and burned itself and its garage up.

The Volt was plugged in using electricity generated by either a coal steam plant or a dreaded nuke, but the Volt didn't make any pollution at all, except for when it was on fire.

President Obama said in a speech this week that green energy is the only viable short-term answer to our inability to produce our own oil and our need to go with cap in hand to every degenerate despot in the world so we can share our wealth with them. I'm thinking the carbon footprint of the garage fire was probably bigger than the carbon footprint of my dear old Ford pick-up that has like 160,000 miles on it. My Ford is safer anyway vis-a-vis burning down my garage.

There was also a 1987 Suzuki Samurai the owner had converted to electricity "years ago." A GM spokesman said the Volt was more "a victim" than the cause of the fire, as he clung to the theory that the Samurai became jealous or something after losing its place as top dog of green living in the family. Logic does dictate that an electric car stored in the garage and not plugged in would start itself on fire but a new car with unproven technology that is plugged in wouldn't.

By the way, 300 Volts have been sold, 2 have caught fire. That's a pretty high percentage.

So we are having unproven technology shoved down our throats to wean us off oil we can't afford because we insist on ignoring our own resources and buying the damned stuff from every unstable corner of the world by an administration that does not understand the ways of commerce and wealth building? That's sound government policy for sure.

April 21: Update on Trial of Bahraini Human Rights Activist

Here is an update from BBC World on the trial of Zainab al-Khawaja's father who has been detained since early March on charges of "hatred against the regime."

Click for BBC World New update.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Update: Interview With a Bahraini Revolutionary

On March 6 I published an interview with a young woman from Bahrain named Zainab who was caught up in the firestorm of the revolution in Bahrain. Click to read original interview.

Four of Zainab's family members have been arrested and held since then. No word of their whereabouts or health has been sent to the family.

Zanaib's family members detained since the start of the unrest in Bahrain:
  • Abdulhadi Alkhawaja - Zainab's father
  • Wafi Almajed - Zainab's husband
  • Hussein Ahmed - Zainab's brother-in-law
  • Salah Alkhawaja - Zainab's uncle
I urge everyone to visit Zainab's blog to read the story of the arrests of her family members. I was in contact with Zainab the day the government came to arrest her father and the account she gave was horrifying. I posted a minute-by-minute account of the arrest on the blog in early March.

On April 11, Zainab started a hunger strike in an effort to bring attention to the plight of her family. She wrote a very poignant and powerful letter to President Obama that evening. It is unlikely our President read or even heard of the letter, but I sincerely wish everyone here would read it. Click to read Zainab's blog and her letter to President Obama.

Since she began her hunger strike, her health has deteriorated rapidly, her breathing is labored and she is too weak to sit or stand. In an update from her mother today, we have been told that Zainab has ended her hunger strike. There has still been no word on the health or well-being of her family members, but the Minister of the Interior has contacted her family and requested clothing be brought for her father, husband, brother-in-law and uncle.

The unrest is far from over. Untold numbers of people are suffering at the hands of politicians.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

All I Want To Say Is That They Don't Really Care About Us

Public School Employees of Washington State SEIU Local 1948 members were attending a Leadership and Action Conference in Los Angeles during the last week in March, and on March 26 they formed a flash mob at a local Los Angeles Target store. They were disrupting the business and its patrons in solidarity of local Teamsters who have been trying to organize Target drivers.

Click to watch video. "Hey Target you can't hide, we can see your greedy side," the Union thugs chant as they disrupt shoppers. We've been hearing a lot lately about how it's not teachers who are the problem, it's their union leaders who are the problem. What I see when I watch this video is a bunch of middle-aged women whose power has gone to their collectively bargained heads.

Here are a couple of thoughts:
  1. What the hell business is it of a bunch of teachers from Washington to get involved in a local union dispute in Los Angeles?
  2. Are these women more interested in being educators or in being union activists?
  3. Does the Public School Employees of Washington encourage inter-state union activism amongst its members? Click the link if you would like to flash mob the Board of Directors of PSE SEIU Local 1948.
  4. I also noticed that the PSE Local SEIU 1948 is very upset about the possibility that all of its members may be faced with a 3% pay cut. Ummm, okay, anyone for living in the real world?
Oh, and before you get your polyester undergarments all bunched up about item number 2: Sure they are allowed to do as they please on their free time. However, they weren't on their free time, they were attendees at a convention that is directly related to their public employment. They were also representing public sector employees from the State of Washington.

I have tried to be sympathetic to the hard working teachers who go to school everyday and do their jobs (which in and of itself shouldn't really be deserving of praise...I do the same thing and no one praises me - ever) but when they cross the line and become political and union activists they are fair game.

Watch the teacher at the end of the video and pay attention to how proud she is that she is now a union thug and remember her the next time you are being bullied by a public sector union employee into believing you must support them no matter how broke you are or how out-of-touch their demands are.

Congress' Spending Problem - A Good Idea That Will Be Ignored

Senator John Thune (R-SD) has presented an idea that would radically change the way Congress plays politics with my money. In fact, it's so good and so simple it will get nowhere.

Thune is suggesting that Congress only adopts a budget in off-election years and that the main focus of Congress during election years would then be spending oversight.

This will eliminate things like the horrendous fraud that was perpetrated on the American people by the Congress led by Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last year when they punted on passing a budget, leaving the dirty work to the new Republican-led Congress they rightfully expected to see in place after the 2010 election. Brilliant political ploy, despicable leadership.

The problem with the Feds is in fact spending, not revenue. Revenue for 2010 is expected to be at par with pre-2008 revenue levels. The problem with the Feds is politics.

If Congress concentrates on the budget when they are not focused on an election and then concentrates on spending when there is one, we'll all benefit from a little clear thinking and political sanity.

Too bad this is probably the last time you will hear about Senator Thune's brilliant yet simple plan.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Wheel of Politics

The picture above is a very basic illustration of where you might be politically. I've included some basic definitions, but in some cases you may want to do a search on your Googleyweb or even check out a book to get a better definition. I'm sure this will mightily aggravate some of you, especially those who define your political beliefs differently than the commonly accepted philosophical definitions - you are free to make up your own Wheel of Politics. Just give me credit for giving you the impetus to do it.

Utopia: A pacifist society with no laws. From Thomas More’s satirical piece (1516). From the Greek ou toppos “No Place” and the Old English Eu Topia “Good Place.”

Anarchism: Considers the State and property rights harmful, unnecessary and undesirable.

Objectivism: Postulated by Russian philospher Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982) where laissez faire capitalism is the most direct means of supporting the morality of individual rights.

Anarcho-Capitalism: Anarchy supporting property rights where laws and security are upheld by individual volunteers.

Minarchism: Minimal State function allowing for property protection and individual protection from aggression, breach of contract and fraud.

Capitalism: Economic system based on privately-owned means of production for profit.

Classical Liberalism: Committed to limited government, free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religious practice, laissez faire economics.

Third Way / Dsitributism: Attempts to reconcile laissez faire economics with Socialist approaches to societal needs. Keynesian policies, FDR’s New Deal and Bill Clinton’s “technocracy” are examples.

Socialism: Advocates public ownership or property and resources under State control.

Trade Unionism: Anti-Capitalist. The proleteriat are held down by the capitalist function and seek power against capitalist powers through strength in numbers.

Statism: Sovereignty is vested in the State not the individual, for the good of the individual.

Fascism: Single Nationalist authoritarian rule by committee or party.

Totalitariansim: Ruling individual, party or committee recognizes no limits on its authority.

Communism: In theory a classless and property-free society where all are equal and production os for the good of the society. .

Friday, April 15, 2011

TWIR: Jackass Week Edition

Once again Jackass Week has proved that the world is truly chock full of nuts. Unfortunately, there can be no clear winner this time around. Here are some honorable mentions.

1. President Barack America* is being praised for admitting he voted against raising the budget ceiling as a freshman Senator because he made a "political vote." Of course now as President he realizes the "full faith and credit of the United States" hinges on raising the debt ceiling.
Barack America: Not a Jackass, just a slimey politician.
Voters of Illinois: Jackasses for sticking us with Barack America in the first place.
2. Joe Biden fell asleep during the President's amazing speech on the economy this week. Okay, the speech was just more political rhetoric from a hack politician, but give me a break kids, I'm trying to break into the news business.
Joe Biden: Not a Jackass for falling asleep during amazing speech, the content was over his head anyway.
News Media: Jackass for thinking President America's speech was anything other than hack political pandering to low-thinking political neophytes.
3. Jacquelyn Barnette, a self-described Muslim blogger from Georgia sent a pig's foot to Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to protest his amazingly horrible, racist and McCarthy-like Congressional hearings on home-grown terrorism. The peaceful Ms. Barnette told King to "kiss her black Muslim-American ass." Thanks to Rodger from Alabama for pointing this story out.
Ms. Barnette is a Muslim like your teenaged daughter with the piercings and tattoos is a biker. Seriously Ms. Barnette, the least you could do is change your name so then we'd know you were serious about this whole kissing your black Muslim-American ass thing.
Dear Potentially Offended Persons, I am making fun of Ms. Barnette and her half-assed attempt at being somebody, so you can relax. Your Friend, Jack.
4. Twenty-year-old Angelina K. Barnes from Oklahoma drowned her cat, sliced it open and used the blood as part of the outfit she planned on wearing to the Lady Gaga concert that night. Apparently, so she could freshen up during intermission, she put the animal's liver in her make-up case.
Ms. Barnes: Not a Jackass, just a mental case.
Lady Gaga: Jackass. I mean seriously, have you actually listened to Lady Gaga?
5. China, the next Big Kid On The Block has banned fictional time travel from the media. The Minister of Television And Backward Thinking (his actual title) said characters traveling back in time "lack positive thoughts and meaning" and that portrayals of time travel can "casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation." Next they are going to ban CNN, MSNBC and Rachel Maddow in particular.
China: Not A Jackass for banning time travel. It's Chinese Food Friday and I don't want to be a hypocrite.

Have a nice weekend. Regular programming resumes next week.

* - New readers to the Blog: I refer to our president as Barack America because that is how Joe Biden introduced him during a 2008 campaign stop.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I Love My Son With All My Heart. I'm A Great Guy.

Contestant Number 4 actually beat out Barack Obama in the race to the top of the Jackass Heap. Barack was going to be entered for mocking and laughing at the guy who was concerned about high gas prices in Pennsylvania last week. Truly a Jackass Moment.

However, Philip Struthers represents all Jackasses everywhere. Not only was he caught on tape urging his son to poke another boy's eyes out and slam his head on the ground, he also played to the camera looking for his viral moment. Back in the day, kids would play baseball without adult input and they were better for it. They would also have fistfights without adult input (and without the glory of uploading their fight for all the Hip Hop Nation to get all worked up over). Now we have Dads like Philip Struthers trying to erase the failure of their own miserable lives by watching their offspring do what they never could. By the way, I am incorrectly capitalizing "dads" sarcastically.

Mr. Struthers was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child abuse charges. When contacted by a reporter he said "I love my son with all my heart. I am a great guy." For this statement alone he is a Jackass.

Watch the video of a Jackass in action.

The video linked above was uploaded to World Star Hip Hop Dot Com for all you thugs and shirtless potential Cops guest stars to enjoy.

Boys Who Had Fight Over Girl: Not Jackasses.

Philip Struthers: Hall of Fame Jackass.

Honorable Jackass Mention: Any website or artist glorifying directly or indirectly the low level functioning of 41-year-old raving heathen barbarians.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Like Stealing Candy From A Baby

Last Saturday Chelsea Edwards, 13, of Warner-Robbins, Georgia, decided to help raise money for her cousin, a critically ill child who was born with 1/3 the brain matter of a typical newborn.

Chelsea and two of her friends set up a lemonade stand to earn money to defray the mounting medical costs of her little cousin's care.

However, Amber Umbarger, 21, (above right) and Gage Turner, 21, (above left) both of Warner-Robbins needed money so they stole $150 from the girls. They were arrested shortly thereafter.

It takes a couple of tough jackasses to rob money from a trio of 13 year-old girls. In fact, for the first time ever I am thinking Amber and her buddy Gage aren't deserving of the term jackass, but that's all I've got right now.

Click here for the complete story from Macon.com

Monday, April 11, 2011

Contestant #2: Violent Torpedo of Truth Audience Members

People are walking out of Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" shows disappointed at having wasted their money on a scam disguised as the evening of entertainment Charlie and the dominant media sold them.

This is a guy who's only role in the past ten years has been to play himself on an occasionally funny sitcom. He's drug addled and barely coherent, yet you somehow thought you were going to be entertained at his live show? Really?

Hey kids, this isn't Charlie's fault, he's a rich guy with serious reality problems. It's your fault for having your own reality problems.

Charlie. Not a Jackass, in this case at least.

Violent Torpedo of Truth ticket buyer. Jackass.

Contestant #1: Tiger Woods

I found myself watching the last couple hours of Masters coverage yesterday, and for the briefest moment I actually rooted for Tiger Woods to pull out a redemptive win.

Then I listened to him get interviewed after he finished his round.

Interviewer: "Do you think you played well enough to win today?"

Tiger Woods: "We'll see. I'm one stroke behind." Then he flashed a smile that was so obnoxious and condescending I thought I was back in divorce court with Lady Voldemort.

Tiger. Listen to me. You are a disgusting pig of a man, yet people are still looking for some sign of redemption. We buy the products you endorse, we watch golf when you play, but you still treat us all like we are somehow interrupting you. Personally I hope you never win another tournament and the bimbo farm dries up. Maybe then you'll understand how blessed you actually were.

Until then, or the day after Hell freezes over, whichever comes first, I'm rooting for Rory McIlroy. He had a tough day and acted like a regular human being through it all.

Rory. Not a Jackass.

Tiger. Jackass.

Friday, April 8, 2011

TWIR: Pissing and Moaning Edition

The Week In Review is back, and it will be back regularly. I've been overwhelmed by the amount of hits the Blog has had in the past month, so I'm going to actually put effort in to make this place worthwhile to all of the people who have been so kind to support it. That can only mean one thing: next week is JACKASS WEEK! Long-time readers have just had their weekends made, and all you newbies out there are in for a treat beyond all you could have dreamed of. Jackass Week. Fantastic.

In the mean time, let's review the week. Disclaimer: Libs, American Idol fans, Anglophiles, David Gregory, government employees, girls who go to Malls, retail workers and union sympathizers will be offended. I warned you advance so don't get mad at me.

1. I watched Steny Hoyer (D-MD) get interviewed by David "Herman Munster" Gregory on the Today Show today. He whined for eight minutes about the meanies on the Right shutting down the gummint (Maryland pronunciation, don't blame me). I waited for an equal time response from the other side - but lo and behold there wasn't one. So all you people on the Left stop bitching about equal time.

2. Listen people, Pia could sing but she was boring as hell. Seriously. She was like all those other annoying NY/NJ mall employees who make shopping on the weekends such a nightmare for people like me.

3. Prince Harry is stuck on some godforsaken Norwegian Island in the Arctic Ocean. People are concerned he might not get back in time for the wedding. Really? How silly.

4. Pretty much the entire private sector economy shut down in 2008. Real unemployment figures are estimated to be as high as 17%. Sorry if I am not all broken up about overpaid civil servants getting a long weekend when the government shuts down. I might be more sympathetic if you gummint employees were ever nice to me when I interacted with you.

5. Chris Christie finally got it right when he called teachers in New Jersey good and worthy and called their union leaders what they are: political thugs. Absolutely fantastic. By definition, union leaders are thuggish. By the way, if both my legs get broken this weekend, you'll know why.

Have a nice weekend. Rest up for Jackass Week.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I'm Tired of Being a Wienie and a Loser

I wanted to do an early endorsement for nominee in the 2012 presidential election. Being as I am not a highly-paid influential member of the media, I can endorse people and then change my mind without fear of repercussion. Thankfully I am able to be a free thinker. However, in order to sound like I am a highly-paid influential member of the media I needed to get my thoughts in order. You know, my likes and dislikes, stuff like that. What better way to do that than with a bullet list!

I'm tired of living in a country of losers, wieners and whiners.

I'm tired of being told by wealthy and successful people that I should be embarrassed by wealth and success.

I'm tired of being dragged down to a level of national incompetence
so I don't hurt the feelings of people who can't be arsed to achieve.

I'm tired of politicians who haven't run anything running everything.

I'm tired of political correctness and leaders who couch their
comments and winding up saying nothing.

I'm tired of fools who think cutting what amounts to ten days of interest on the national debt is actually achieving something.

I like sunset walks on the beach with puppies and a Bartles & James (wait, sorry, wrong Blog, I'll edit that out later).

I like brashness and people who see things for what they are and say so.

I like living comfortably and having social and financial security.

I like people to leave me the hell alone and I promise I'll do likewise.

I like intelligent leaders who are tough and strong and who think being a
wienie is unattractive.

Okay, so that pretty much sums me up socially and politically.

Tim Pawlenty says the right things, but there's a certain mistrust I have because he is first and foremost a politician.

Mitt Romney is too slick and pre-packaged to ever be an effective leader.

Sarah Palin is a joke. Please, seriously?

Newt Gingrich is brilliant and an awesome political thinker, but his management style leaves me in doubt that he will be able to get things done.

Mike Huckabee is a nice guy. Really he is. I mean it. He's very nice.

I'm going to risk what little gravitas I have and put my chips on Donald Trump. I want my leaders to kick ass not kiss ass, and Trump is an ass-kicker. He says the things I would say if someone would bother to interview me. Okay, the birther bit is a bit much, but what if he is right? So, Trump for President. Let's kick-ass and take names in 2012 and get the country out of wienieland and into a little mean-spirited go-for-itness.

For VP I am tentatively behind Herman Cain. Okay, that whole No-Muslim-in-the-Cabinet bit was kind of stupid, but then again, Obama said 10,000 people died in a tornado in Kansas and that there were 52 states, and we all gave him a pass. And that cop in Boston "acted stupidly" and we forgave him. Cain is a brilliant business thinker who leans to the Libertarian side of things and I like that.

So, without a bit of irony and a whole lot of sincerity, I am endorsing a Trump/Cain ticket for 2012.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Federal Government Shutdown - Some Facts

We're all going to die and the world is going to end. Someday, but probably not Friday when the Federal government shuts down. In fact, most of us won't be affected at all, and those of us who will be have been down this road before. I love facts.

Previous shutdowns:
Between 1977 and 1980 the Federal government shutdown 6 times, ranging in length from 8 to 17 days.
Between 1980 and 1995 the Federal government shutdown 9 times, with each shutdown not lasting longer than 3 days.
During the Clinton Administration the Feds shutdown twice. There were no shutdowns during the Bush Administration.
Federal Employees Who Keep On Working:
People who perform on the job medical care.
People who clean up hazardous waste.
People who inspect food.
People who patrol the borders.
People who protect Federal property.
People who guard inmates.
People who control the distribution of power.
ZIP the postal guy or gal.
People who keep planes from crashing except when they are asleep.
Oh, and Social Security checks were mailed during all previous shutdowns and military personnel got paid, but in some instances payments were slightly delayed during the longest shotdowns.

Things That Are Kaput During The Federal Shutdown:

Pretty much all I could find was passports won't get issued, some hazardous waste site clean-ups will be slowed down, new clinical research won't get started and bankruptcy cases (Federal bankruptcy that is) won't get processed. IRS refunds, the National Weather Service, National Parks, new Veteran's benefits, and economic reports will all stop during the shutdown.

We've survived shutdowns before, we'll survive them again. But we might not survive idiots and morons in Congress and the White House who cannot wrap their heads around the real problems facing this country.

Maybe if your lonely old mother needs some money you might think about stopping by the nursing home and dropping her a twenty or something. The big report is that the Giant Pandas in the Washington Zoo are going to immediately die within minutes of the shutdown. Somebody give me a call and I'll pick up a couple of bamboo shoots for them, if nobody thinks to feed them.

Relax kids, you're being hyped and propagandized here.

This report was compiled from various print and broadcast media.

Shut It Down All You Want - It Won't Go Away

In important news this week, the Democrats are going to shut the government down. Except that the Republicans are going to shut the government down. Actually the Tea Party is shutting the government down and stocking guns and cans of soup in their basements. That would all be true except that President Barack America is shutting the government down with the help of Matt Lauer and Bill Mahr. Or something like that, I'm not really sure.

Here's what I am sure of: I could actually care less if the Federal government shuts down. Sure I want our military to get paid, but after that I don't have much interaction with the Feds on a daily basis, except my Federal Withholding and FICA payments, so what the hell do I care? You see, I realize that this is all just stupid politics being foisted on a bored and short-of-attention public to scare us into letting them pretend to do something about how broke we are. Except no one really wants to do anything, because that would be hard.

The politicians you people voted into office are fighting over last year's budget and they are arguing over .08% of the total budget at that. All this proves is that no one in Washington has either a clue or the cajones to actually defend America from itself.

Shut it down, keep it open, do whatever the hell you want. Obama is wrong when he pouts that the shut down will harm the amazing economic recovery that is unfolding right before our very lying eyes. Harry Reid is wrong when he sniffs that cutting the Federal budget would end the Cowboy Poetry Festival. First of all, I've heard cowboys recite poetry and I know why the Feds have to subsidize them. Paul Ryan and John Boehner are wrong too when they get their Fruit of the Looms all bunched up over a few Freedom Fries in a fat guy's diet plan that ain't going to make a difference in the long term health outlook of said fat guy.

Simply put, the Federal government is far too entrenched in our daily lives and we are being poisoned daily by politicians with a deep agenda and nary a clue.

Get serious America, and Washington will be forced to follow.