tag:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-441442009-01-12T14:54:27-08:00tannim's blogA fubar user blog.Tannimhttp://email@example.com:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.9528652009-01-12T14:54:27-08:002009-01-12T14:54:27-08:00The Husband StoreThe Husband Store
A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:
You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!
So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:
Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs.
She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads:
Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.
'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.'
So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:
Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking.
'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework.
'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!'
Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:
Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.
To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street.
The first floor has wives that love sex..
The second floor has wives that love sex and have money and like beer.
The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.Tannimhttp://firstname.lastname@example.org:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.8922262008-10-06T21:30:46-07:002008-10-06T21:30:46-07:00Money: A Must Read<a href="http://mises.org/story/3122">http://mises.org/story/3122</a>
What it is, what it was, how we got to this point, and what to do about it.
Long, but worth it.Tannimhttp://email@example.com:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.8884592008-09-30T23:19:43-07:002008-09-30T23:19:43-07:00Dogs 1.0Dear Bill Gates,
Recently I purchased and installed DOGS 1.0. I soon noticed that this program appears to have numerous glitches. For instance, every time my computer boots up, I have to run Feed 5.3 and Water 7.1. Many times I've been in the middle of writing an important document and a window will flash telling me to run Take for Walk 2.0. This program also contained applications I did not wish to install, such as Pooper Scooper 8.5, and Drooling dogs 9.4.
Applications such as Vacation 2.7 and Free Time 10.1 can no longer run, crashing whenever selected. Possibly the worst is that DOGS 1.0 has attached itself to programs like Finance Manager and MS Money, with folders added such as "Entry Fees" and "Puppy Toys". Periodically, I'll get a reminder telling me to send a check to the manufacturer of DOGS 1.0 for the aforementioned items.
I have tried to uninstall DOGS 1.0 numerous times but when I try to run the uninstall program, I get warning messages telling me that a deadly virus known as "Dog Show Withdrawal" will infect my system. Please Help!!!!!
Your complaint is not unusual. A common misconception among users is that DOGS 1.0 is a mere "utilities and entertainment program." It is not - it is an OPERATING SYSTEM and is designed by its' creator to run everything! A warning will soon be imprinted on the box.
Since you have already installed DOGS 1.0, here are a few tips on how to make it run better. If you are annoyed by the applications Feed 5.3 and Water 7.1, you may run C:\HIRE HELP, however this will cause another folder to be added to financial applications, labeled "Staff". Failure to send payment to "Staff" will result in Feed 5.3 and Water 7.1 being run again on startup.
A note of caution: NOT booting up your computer for several days isn't the solution to avoiding Feed 5.3 and Water 7.1. You will find that, when you boot up your computer again, a nasty virus called "Barking and Howling 4.2" will have attached itself to important documents and the only way to rid your computer of "Barking and Howling 4.2" is by purchasing and installing "Vet 10.1", which we admit is extremely expensive but crucial. Otherwise, "Barking and Howling 4.2" will cause irreversible damage to the operating system.
Finally, it is important that you run C:\Milk Bones and C:\Tummy Rubs on a fairly regular basis to keep the application running smoothly. If you have any more questions, please call our toll free number.
Tannimhttp://firstname.lastname@example.org:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.8811852008-09-19T08:36:43-07:002008-09-19T08:36:43-07:00Government bails out Wall Street, screws Main Street9/19/09
This morning the crime cabal that runs DC announced more credit and bailouts for Wall Street at the expense and ongoing turmoil of Main Street. Never mind that A) they don't deserve it, and B) we do. Here is the correct, accurate, prophetic, and definitive rebuttal by Dr. Ron Paul, a man who has forgotten more about economics than those other yahoos have ever learned. Dr. Paul gets it. Bush, Chris Cox, Ben Malarkey, and Pat Paulsen don't.
This is stopping the bleeding by adding more blood and no bandages.
This is going to get worse.
Meanwhile we get the bill, the execs get millions to walk away, and all our wallets get emptied and asses sore from the screwjobs.
Best advice: pay off your debts, stop using credit cards (but don't close the accounts), conserve your monetary resources, NEVER do ARMs, get out of the stock market and into non-oil commodities, and cut back expenses.
Let the failures fail, but don't become one of them.
One of these days they'll learn that the way to solve a credit crisis is to create assets and debits to eliminate the credit problem by creating jobs that actually create income and products...
http://muddythoughts.blogspot.com/2008/09/government-bails-out-wall-street-screws.htmlTannimhttp://email@example.com:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.8241922008-06-29T12:06:37-07:002008-06-29T12:06:37-07:00NOTA '08???On a different blog, Lady Gaura referred to Obama as an empty eggshell.
With a tip of a striped hat to Dr. Seuss…inspired by LadyGaura.
I do not like an empty shell.
I do not like it very well.
I will not vote for Old War Coot.
I will not vote for Empty Suit.
I will not vote for Darth Nader.
I will not vote for Barr Vader.
I will not vote for Pastor Chuck.
I will not vote for the Green Schmuck.
The choices suck for 2008.
For four more years, freedom must wait.
But can we take four more years,
Of war and death and playing on fears?
Can we take four more years,
Of no jobs, no cash, and lots of tears?
Nothing left, no place to go.
What I’ll do, I just don’t know.
Then I look up and I see
The candidate that’s right for me.
He promises nothing, and delivers less.
No pile of crap dumped on my chest.
No funds to raise, no favors to owe.
No speeches to make, no places to go.
He’s the last place for a discouraged "vota",
That place to turn to is called, simply, NOTA!
I think that NOTA is the best.
I think he’s better than the rest.
I’ll vote for the best one I choose.
I’ll vote for NOTA–-I can’t lose!Tannimhttp://firstname.lastname@example.org:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.8222522008-06-26T23:13:07-07:002008-06-26T23:13:07-07:00Comments on Hellerhttp://muddythoughts.blogspot.com/2008/06/its-heller-va-ruling-and-its-not-what.html
It's a Heller-va Ruling--and it's not what it should be!
Today the Supreme Court made history by FINALLY addressing the meaning of the Second Amendment.
In case you live under a rock, or on another planet, here's the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Pretty simple, right? Look at the grammar:
Subject Clause: "the right"
Modifying subject prepositional phrases: "of the people", "to keep and bear arms"
Verb Clause: "shall not be infringed".
That's pretty straightforward: the right of the people shall not infringed. That's commonly referred to in libertarian circles as the "individual right" perspective.
In contrast, there are some who think the amendment applies to a militia or a group of people, and not single persons. That's commonly referred to in authoritarian circles as the "collective right" perspective. Libertarians commonly refer to it as "bullshit."
So what did the Supreme Court do today? Well, to hear the LameStream Media tell it, the Court upheld the individual right perspective.
And to some extents they did. Here's the first sentence of the actual holdings:
"1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm
unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally
lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home."
So far so good.
But, wait a minute, all is not as it seems. Note that was Section 1 of the holdings. Now, here's Section 2:
"2. Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the
mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."
WTF is this?!? The Court in this section contradicts itself! "shall not be infringed" means exactly that: no infringements--no limitations. Yet here they say the right is not unlimited. It has infringements!
So, once again, in the tradition of Kelo and Raich, we have the Supreme Court engaging in Orwellian doublespeak: black is white, up is down, "public use" is "public purpose", "intra-state commerce" is "interstate commerce", and now, we can new to the list, "shall not be infringed" is "may be infringed". Is that bullshit or what?
Look at the list of allowed infringements:
Possession by felons. Considering that these days the legal defintion of a felon is much more than a hardened criminal who robs, rapes, or kills, this infringement is ridiculous. You want to keep them away from felons? Then fix what a felon actually is, and actually lock them up and throw away the keys!
Possession by the mentally ill. These days the definition of mentally ill has expanded more than the definition of a felon. Mental illness is not just for rubber-room candidates anymore, so this infringement is also ridiculous. Fix the definition to mean the criminally insane, lock them up, and throw away the keys!
Carrying in "sensitive" places. No, they don't mean with a cocked hammer in the front of your waistband. They mean schools ("think of the children!"), government buildings ("we must protect our oppressive bureaucrats from the public they piss off!"), airplanes ("pass the box cutters!"), and so on. In other words, the Killing Fields. Didn't 9/11, Virginia Tech, and Columbine teach them ANYTHING? (I leave out prisoners in prisons for obvious reasoning--they have forfeited this right in the first place!)
Conditions and Qualifications on commercial sales. This means FFLs, gun show loopholes, background checks, and all that meaningless garbage. Come over to my house later so we can ignore this crap while I buy your rifle.
Dangerous and unusual weapons. Well, the first term is redundant. Weapons are SUPPOSED to be dangerous! As for unusual, what's that? An XP-38 Space Modulator? A rocket launcher? A suitcase nuke? An angry Tazmanian Devil? The Airborne Laser? A Super Soaker, Wrist Rocket, Daisy BB gun, rubber band gun, or a paintball gun?
Note two things on this list: the Looney Tunes references in the infringements (but I repeat myself!), and the fact that criminals and terrorists can, do, and will ignore any and all of these infringements at will.
And there's one more infringement in Section 3. See it?
"3. The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment. The District’s total ban on handgun possession in the home amounts to a prohibition on an entire class of “arms” that Americans overwhelmingly choose for the lawful purpose of self-defense. Under any of the standards of scrutiny the Court has applied to enumerated constitutional rights, this prohibition—in the place where the importance of the lawful defense of self, family, and property is most acute—would fail constitutional muster. Similarly, the
requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a
trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional. Because Heller conceded at oral argument that the D. C. licensing law is permissible if it is not enforced arbitrarily and capriciously, the Court assumes that a license will satisfy his prayer for relief and does not address the licensing requirement. "
Yep, the licensing part. The Court naively assumes that a license is not an infringement, mainly because Heller wimped out on that point at oral arguments, which outraged those of us who believe in RKBA. Police departments in general don't like to grant licenses or CCW permits because they mistakenly think only their guys should be the armed ones--never mind that that mentality fosters an attitude of arrogance, corruption, and brutality, and greatly improves one's chances of suicide-by-cop.
But the Court in Section 3 also pointed out two other things.
First, that the trigger lock and disassembly requirements are unconstitutional, because in that state the purpose of self-defense cannot be fulfilled. They got that one right. No criminal is going to wait for you to assemble and load your gun, and no criminal is going to wait for you figure out how to get off the trigger lock. In those cases, you're dead because you couldn't defend yourself (unless you beat the crap out of the criminal with the locked-up gun or gun parts!).
Second, they pointed out that a total ban on handguns is a prohibition on a class of arms, and that fails constitutional muster. That also means banning any other class of arms is also unconstitutional by extension. Note this contradicts part of the infringements listed as OK above for "dangerous and unusual weapons"! This includes machine guns, so-called assault rifles, and so on. Yep, the machine gun ban is lifted by implication.
So this ruling is not what it is claimed to be.
Yes, the Second Amendment is officially an individual right.
No, it can be infringed, despite the plain wording.
Yes, the Supreme Court are a bunch of hypocritical fools. They refer to the plain language on one hand when referring to the individual right part, but then turn around and ignore it when looking at "shall not be infringed."
So, once again, the Supreme Court screwed up. What they should have ruled was this:
"The Second Amendment says that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms, without any restriction by government. But that right also includes the right to self-defense, so if you are packing and start shooting up the joint, you better hope your insurance is paid up, because your life will quickly end by return fire. Learn to shoot straight and accurate and for crying out loud, if you feel depressed, angry, frustrated, homicidal, suicidal, or just ready to snap, be responsible, put the gun away and get some help!"
Section 2 is a travesty. Shame on the Court for being unable to read plain English.
We are back to the age-old question: "What part of 'shall not be infringed' don't you understand???"
P.S. The Incorporation Clause of the 14th Amendment makes this apply to the states as well. This makes perfect sense since a state cannot deny a Constitutional right anyway.Tannimhttp://email@example.com:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.7900352008-05-15T22:14:11-07:002008-05-15T22:14:11-07:00Quotes from the rulinghttp://www.fubar.com/blog/216101
Sorry, I posted it in the wrong place!Tannimhttp://firstname.lastname@example.org:fubar.com,2010:BlogAtom-44144.1729522007-01-13T20:12:48-08:002007-01-13T20:12:48-08:00Where to find my bloghttp://muddythoughts.blogspot.com/Tannimhttp://email@example.com