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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Sequestration Boogie Man Edition..Boo!

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
 
Well guess what…we have another WoW birthday to celebrate!
Yesterday was the big day for our pal Greg over at Rhymes With Right, but I think we’ll celebrate it properly today, with some killer ‘cue, and of course, some well chilled Shiner Bock.

Whaddya say, old friend…can you stand another birthday do? I kinda think so….many, many more.
One of our illustrious Council alumni is also in the news..none other than our good friend David Gerstner, AKA Soccer Dad. David took a bit of a hiatus from blogging for awhile, although he continues to put out his superb Middle East Media samplers on an almost daily basis.
Ah, but the ‘sphere has a lure all it’s own. After getting his feet wet with a couple of great pieces published by Pajamas Media, David let me know he’s back in the game, as a co-blogger/galley slave for Professor Bill Jacobsen over at the superb site Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
You can check out his latest piece on LI here. Congrats, David!
Also, Council Members Bookworm Room and The Mellow Jihadi were both nominated by Right Wing News in the 11th annual Blogger Awards…Council Akbar! Hit that link and vote early and often.
This week, Crazy Bald Guy, Ask Marion, Right Truth and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great articles.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then just return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, all that said,  let’s take a look at what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Little Johnny Understands Barack Obama

The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on salesmanship. Little Sally led off. "I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30" she said proudly, "my sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success." "Very good", said the teacher. 

Little Debbie was next. "I sold magazines" she said, "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events." "Very good, Debbie", said the teacher.

Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk. "$2,467", he said. "$2,467!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?" Toothbrushes", said Little Johnny. "Toothbrushes", echoed the teacher, "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?" "I found the busiest corner in town", said Little Johnny, "I set up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free sample."

They all said the same thing, "Hey, this tastes like dog poop!" Then I would say, "It is dog poop. Wanna buy a toothbrush? I used the President Obama method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it's free and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth."

Little Johnny got five stars for his assignment. Bless his heart.

Thanks to Facebook friend Jack D. Elliott

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Putting Budget Cuts Into Perspective

I'm sure most of you are sick and tired of hearing all the bickering over the debt and deficit and over spending cuts and the sequester. The problem with the federal gubment and its debt is that it is so large that the average person, especially the LOW INFORMATION voter is unable to grasp it. I would like to break things down onto a personal level that hopefully will make things more understandable.

First of all let's say that at the Grouch's house the total amount of money that I owe is $165000.

My income for the upcoming year 2013 is going to be about $29000, but I am planning to spend in the year 2013 about $38000. This means that I will incur a deficit of around $9000 which I will have to add to my $165000 of debt.

Well it is obvious with a debt of $165000 and no end in sight that cuts need to be made. At the Grouch household we come up with an ingenious idea to trim a hefty $440 from the budget and for the next couple of days sweet Wifey and I go around patting ourselves on the back for our fiscal responsibility. Yes indeedy, we have cut a hefty $440 out of out $38000 of spending! Pure genius!

Unfortunately, all the children and relatives who have been living with us and mooching off the Grouch start raising hell at the idea of cutting $440 from the budget. These cuts are "Draconian" they say and the household will absolutely collapse if these cuts occur.

After all the hell raising is done, nothing at all happens, deficit spending continues, and the debt continues to grow unchecked. The crafty Grouch proceeds to print some worthless counterfeit money to take care of next year's obligations.

My friends, this is kinda the situation faced by our federal gubment and our country. I don't blame Rush Limbaugh for being ashamed.

Understand my friends that essentially NOBODY in Warshington is interested in cutting spending. Even if the sequester happens, NOTHING will be cut. Regarding defense it simply means that instead of growing at a rate of 8 or 10 percent, it will instead grow at a rate of 6 to 8 percent. Nothing will be cut. Gubment will continue to grow. This is what we call baseline budgeting. To hear the politicians talk, we're headed for catastrophe.

More Gubment Waste???

While I'm on the topic of useless and nonsensical signs, I'd like to relate an observation during our recent trip to New Orleans. We travel to New Orleans down US Highway 45 down through Mississippi and then at Meridian, we switch to I-59 which takes us all the way to the Big Easy.

It's a really good road, 4 lane most of the way and usually at least 65 to 70 mph posted speeds. Also the traffic is generally light with very little truck traffic. It only takes 7.5 hours to make the trip from our humble abode in Tennessee.

One thing particularly interesting about this road is the prevalence of signs "Bridge Ices Before Road". Now a few of these every now and then is OK but there is one of these signs on just about every bridge you come to between the Tennessee and Louisiana state lines, and there are many bridges across a plethora of little creeks, ditches, and streams.

Once again I had to wonder how much the state of Mississippi had to spend on the manufacture and installation of these signs. Does a sign on each and every bridge really increase safety? I also have to wonder how often frozen roads are an issue anyway in the southern part of the state.

Nah, I got a feeling it is just a result of politicians looking for a place to spend taxpayer dollars. Having said that I offer a congrats to Mississippi for a really great stretch of road.

The Carnival Cruise DISASTER?

The other day I had the TV on. I think it was on Fox News and I believe Shepard Smith was talking. He was talking about the "Carnival Cruise DISASTER".

Disaster? Really? Well I guess it might have been a disaster for Carnival Cruise, but in spite of the fact it was a rough go and very uncomfortable for the passengers, I don't think the term disaster applies. I am sure that the hundreds of lawyers jumping aboard will do their best to characterize it as such.

Of course we have to remember it was Shepard Smith. This is a guy that pees his pants over a car chase.

Why Clarence Thomas Uses Simple Words in His Opinions

The law ought to be accessible to the average person, he argued during a recent appearance at Harvard.
 When Clarence Thomas led the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, he fought to make it handicapped accessible. "I firmly believed, how can we talk about all these theoretical issues when there are people who can't even get in the door of the building?" he explained to an audience at Harvard Law School, having been asked about the subject. "One of my best friends was a quadriplegic, and I watched how a two-inch curb was like The Great Wall of China for him."

Then a pause.

"I think we do that with the opinions we write," he said. "We write them in a way that they're inaccessible to the average person." With that fascinating segue, he explained the logic behind his writing:

Read the rest HERE......

Gubment Waste

Hmmmm, we have lived here at Lost Creek for the last 17 years. Suddenly yesterday a truck came by and installed a STOP sign at the end of our street. I have enclosed some pictures of the sign and also some pictures of the intersection showing the huge volume of traffic that this sign will control.
 I have to wonder how much these signs and their installation cost the county (ME)? I also wonder how often we're going to see a sheriff's car patrolling our streets to enforce the requirement to stop? Perhaps they could also cite the 4 wheelers and golf carts illegally riding on the public roads. In 17 years I probably haven't seen a patrol car more than half a dozen times. Also in a day's time probably no more than a dozen cars traverse my road, if that many. Hell fire, I'm surprised they didn't put up a traffic light!
 2 years ago the county almost doubled my property tax. Before that they gave us a $50 wheel tax that NOBODY wanted and yet they waste money on nonsense such as this. I'd be happy if they would come by and drop some treatment on my road before we have ice or snow so we could get off the hill, but no, no such luck. I'd be even happier if they'd take their signs back and give me a property tax rebate.

I know I'm gonna feel a helluva lot safer with my new stop sign. SIGH, gubment waste at its best!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Vacation Edition!!

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It’s simply heartwarming.It’s been just over a whole month since the fun loving Obama family enjoyed their last luxury vacay, a 17-day jaunt in Hawaii. And now it’s time to play again!
President Obama latest vacation was a golf weekend at an exclusive club called the Floridian, where his partner was no less than Tiger Woods.
The tab for Air Force One, his stay, the greens fees. his special Secret Service Detail ( one of whom actually had the privilege of being caddy) a few lessons from the club pros..oh, just under a million taxpayer dollars. By a hair.
Oh and let’s not forget the presidential consort. Michelle and her entourage n’aime pas le golf scene, and decided that skiing in Aspen was more their thing. No figures on that one, but Mrs. Obama, her two daughters, their friends, their entourage, and their Secret Service detail pretty much took over an entire resort during the President’s Day long weekend..so I’m sure it was as much if not more than President Obama’s tab.
A pity they couldn’t agree on just one family vacation instead of two. It certainly might have been a tad more economical, but I’m sure they had their reasons.
And whose counting, anyway, what with the economy doing so well, gas prices so low, unemployment negligible and that nasty debt problem a thing of the past? Happy days are here again, and we lowly villeins ought to be happy and grateful to pick up the bill for the excitement the presidential couple bring into our dreary lives. It’s like having our own royal family…right?
Right?
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
This week, Ask Marion, Maggie’s Notebook and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great pieces.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Teaching Math

Thanks to Facebook friend Michelle Newman-Bowles

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2—meanwhile I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she called the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and finally cried. Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1970s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990s

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20.. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers; if you feel like crying, it's OK.)

6. Teaching Math In 2009

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

7. Teaching Math In 2010
Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor's property. He won't have a gun to stop you, and the President says it's okay anyway because it is redistributing the wealth of the country.