$100 Million? Wow!

…That’s like, alot, right?

Nope.  Thanks to 10000pennies on Youtube for clearing that up.

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Fox Not to Broadcast Obama’s 100 Days Speech

Good for them.  The President already has a time slot during which he preempts normally programming.  It’s called the annual State of the Union address.  100 days, 100 schmays. I have not been impressed with either party with their track record within the first 100 days.  Why?  Both have taken that time post-election to ram through dubious legislation in an effort to show people they’re getting stuff done.  Know what would impress me?  Taking the first 100 days to trim laws off the books, downsize government, axe horrible legislation and programs.  IE, do something the politicians can never seem to do.  Show some balls and do something good for the country instead of doing good for their powerbase.

Why I Loathe California

I am a Libertarian.  It goes without saying that I would loathe the bluest of the blue states.  I didn’t start out that way.  I essentially grew up in California.  My parents moved us there when I was 7 and I live there until I was in my 30s.  Back when I was a Democrat I didn’t think California was all that bad.  When I left I was cheering the entire drive to Las Vegas.

There are many reasons but the easiest example is the one of Candance, Bubba, Bump, Noah and Sassy.  Because of an obviously idiotic law that no lawmaker in California wants to trouble themselves with removing from the books 5 loved members were separated from the rest of their Tennessee family.  Why?  Here’s the answer direct from the adoption page on petfinder.com.

5 bonded young ferrets from Knoxville – Tennessee owners relocated to California for work and sadly were not aware their beloved pets were criminals in the Golden State– they were stopped at the border and turned back to Reno.  They contacted us and although we are full to the brim– we couldn’t say NO… WE WILL NOT SEPARATE THIS GROUP AND THEY ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO … A KNOWLEDGABLE HOME– THEY ARE VERY SPECIAL.

California’s legislative and executive feel they know better than their citizens on how their lives should be run.  To the point where they would separate cherished pets from incoming residents.  Pets which pose 0 threat in spite of the claims which keep the idiotic laws on the books.  Unfortunately it will be very hard for these 5 ferrets to find a new home.  Common ferret adoption practice is anywhere between 1 and 3 ferrets, normally to be brought into an already multi-ferret home.

My condolences to the family that lost their ferrets to the power-hungry politicians in California.   I dread losing any of my three ferrets.  I couldn’t imagine loving, and losing, 5 at one time.

My hats off to the Wind & Willows Ferret Shelter in Fallon, Nv for taking them in and giving them a home.  Consider making a donation to this, or a local, ferret shelter.  Here’s what looks to be a decent blanket organization to do so.

And a big fuck you to the state of California.  Both to the politicians who don’t have the common decency to remove the ban on ferrets and the people who don’t hold them to task for their incompitence and laziness.

New Catagory, Ferret

When I started this blog a few months ago the idea was to focus on three topics.  Libertarianism, Atheism, Gaming/Geekdom.  In my recent posts it is clear that I have been thinking more and more about my ferrets as well as ferret ownership in general.  Clearly it is going to be a recurring topic so gets a catagory all its own. I will have to take some time to recatagorize all my ferret posts.

The blog name won’t change.  F.L.A.G. just doesn’t have the same kick.  😉

In a Throwaway Society, Companion Pets Are Forever

Seems, I am not the only one who is thinking about how little regard people give to caring for a ferret when they purchase one.  Ferret.org‘s recent article by Vickie McKimmey is titled, “In a Throwaway Society, Companion Pets Are Forever“.  As is always the case my exploration of my thoughts here does not compare to the expression of similar thoughts elsewhere.  Here’s a quick excerpt.

When you take on the responsibility of a pet, it should be for a lifetime. On average, that means 14 to 18 years for cats, though it’s not unheard of that some live well into their 20s. Dogs typically live into their mid- to late teens, as well, depending on the type. By comparison, ferrets live only 5 to 10 years. Tragically, however, they’re dumped just as often as cats and dogs.

Many people seem to have their own definition of a “lifetime commitment.” What does this term actually mean with respect to a pet? Until the newness wears off? Until it’s not cute anymore? Until the next fad comes along, which seems to suit you better? Or, until it becomes a hassle to feed your pet, or to walk it, or to take it to the vet, or to find someone or someplace to put it when you want to go on vacation?

Do click on the link above to read the rest of the article.

Nancy Pelosi, Liar or Incompetent?

Watch the following clip and see how many false things Nancy Pelosi says with a completely straight face.  I’ll address each false phrase individually below the video.

“What they want is a continuation of the failed policies of George Bush.” For the past several years there have been tax protests on April 15th.  If these were truly about the continuation of the economic policies of George Bush then why were 3 or more such tax day protests during George Bush’s term in office? It is self evident that if the protests occurred while George Bush was in office that they are protesting the economic policies he put forth.  Of course none of those existed in Nancy Pelosi’s world prior to this year.  Video of one 2008 protest. Picture from a 2006 protest.

“95% of the American people get a tax cut.” I would dearly love for Pelosi try to explain how people who do not pay taxes receive a tax cut.  When I am unemployed and all my employed friends get a pay cut I don’t get a pay cut.  My income before was 0.  My income afterwards was 0.  Same goes for taxes.  If I paid 0 in taxes before and paid 0 in taxes afterward I did not get a tax cut.  Or, put the proper way, you can’t get a tax cut unless you pay taxes.  Most of the people in the bottom 20% pay little to no federal taxes.  This is directly from the IRS’ own figures.  Basic math, 100-20=80.  Nancy Pelosi Math.  100-20=95.  Yes, I know this is a like from Obama’s stump speeches, doesn’t make it any more true.

“This initiative is funded by the high end.  We call it Astroturf.  It’s not really a grass roots movement.” This initiative is called the Fair Tax.  It was created in the mid-90s and was formally introduced into the House of Representatives on July 17th, 1999! It has since been introduced in every congress by Rep. John Linder.  It has slowly grown in popularity by the efforts of small groups and only recently gained recognition by mass media outlets.  That is the very definition of a grass roots effort!  Mass popularity of the people, put forth by the people in spite of the relative anonymity in the popular mass media.

How does all of this make Nancy Pelosi either a liar or incompetent?  Simple, she was elected into the House of Representatives June 2nd, 1987. 12 years prior to Rep. John Linder introducing HR2525 in 1999.  Furthermore the same bill has been introduced every congress since.  She was minority leader from 2003 to 2007 and is now the Speaker of the House.  She is the presiding representative in the very legislative branch into which the Fair Tax has on the docket for the past 10 years!  2 years as the presiding officer of the entire chamber, and another 4 years as the leading officer of the minority party!

For her not to know about the existence of the Fair Tax with her prominent position within the House means she would have to be utterly incompetent.  If she is not incompetent, and one would hope the presiding officer of the House would not be, then she did know about the Fair Tax and she just lied about its character and its history. Furthermore she either is incapable of understanding what a tax cut is or is lying about the effects of the recent restructing of the tax code.

This is not a false dichotomy.  The facts are easily verifiable by anyone with an internet connection and about 35 minutes of time on Google with 3-4 simple search terms.  Either she knew and lied or she didn’t know proving she is incompetent.  Either way she should be called on it.  It is sad that reporters don’t call her on it when the facts are so simple to check!  It is utterly unconscionable that any elected politician, much less the Speaker of the House of Representatives, would not only utter such bold-faced lies but be allowed to do so without question!

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