Thursday, October 30, 2008

Aerosmith - Dream On - Unplugged

Aerosmith - Dream On - Unplugged

Everytime that I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face gettin' clearer
The past is gone
It went by like dust to dawn
Isn't that the way
Everybody's got their dues in life to pay

I know what nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know its everybody's sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Half my life is in books written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know its true
All the things come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, if its just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away
(x2)

Dream on, dream on
Dream yourself a dream come true
Dream on, dream on
Dream until your dream come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on...

Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter and sing for the tears
Sing with me, if its just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Obama: No Accomplishments

No Accomplishments

Spread the Wealth?

A Message from Ronald Reagan




Spread the Wealth?

Man is not free unless government is limited. -- Ronald Reagan

The Scariest of Them All

Plan on watching a scary movie for Halloween? According to the U.K., the most haunted nation on earth, "the scariest of them all" title belongs to The Exorcist. The demon Pazuzu was said to concur, "What an excellent day for an exorcism."

To prevent nightmares, I suggest watching The Exorcist during the daytime -- at lunch, with a hearty bowl of split pea soup. ;) - c

The top 10 scariest films (with director) are:

1. The Exorcist, William Friedkin (1973)

The Exorcist - Trailer

2. The Shining, Stanley Kubrick (1980)

3. Alien, Ridley Scott (1979)

4. The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme (1991)

5. Saw, James Wan (2004)

6. Halloween, John Carpenter (1978)

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven (1984)

8. Ring (Ringu), Hideo Nakata (1998)

9. The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy (1973)

10. The Omen, Richard Donner (1976)

Top 10 list based on British retailer HMV's annual survey of more than 6,000 customers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack TV

Tonight’s the night Barack Obama goes the way of Richard Simmons, Matthew Lesko, and Miss Cleo. He’s doing an infomercial.

Actually, he won’t be everywhere. It may seem like it. He’s bought up the 8 - 8:30 p.m. time slot on CBS, NBC, FOX, and the Spanish speaking network Univision. full story

A leaked script for tonight's ad has resulted in this YouTube preview:

Barack TV

TV-Special

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Country Boy Can Survive

A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank Williams, Jr.


The preacher man says it’s the end of time
And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry
The interest is up and the stock market's down
And you only get mugged
If you go down town

I live back in the woods, you see
A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun, rifle and a four-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn
We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do
We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Because you can’t starve us out
And you can't makes us run
Cause one of ‘em old boys raisin' ole shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We came from the West Virginia coalmines
And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I had a good friend in New York City
He never called me by my name, just hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman
He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
And I’d send him some homemade wine

But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
For 43 dollars my friend lost his life
I'd love to spit some Beechnut in that dudes eyes
And shoot him with my old .45
Cause a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run
Cause one of ‘em old boys raisin' ole shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We’re from North California and south Alabam'
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Creepy Obama Film Festival

Be afraid. Be very afraid...

You Want To See Something REALLY Scary?

How to Legally Abuse Your Child this Halloween

Creepy Obama

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Beer

"Keep your libraries, your penal institutions, your insane asylums -- give me beer. You think man needs rule, he needs beer. The world does not need morals, it needs beer. The souls of men have been fed with indigestibles, but the soul could make use of beer." -- Henry Miller

100 Top Beers on Planet Earth

Beer -- the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea.

How to Order a Beer in 47 Languages

"Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world." -- Kaiser Wilhelm

Miracle Beer Diet

Lose weight with this amazing new diet plan! Written and directed by Jed Gillen.

"Up to the age of forty, eating is beneficial; after forty, drinking." -- The Talmud

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

This simple number will have all your friends in awe!! Can of beer, chicken and a barbeque...it couldn't be easier.

"This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord has intended a more divine form of consumption. Let us give praise to our maker and glory to His bounty be learning about beer." -- Friar Tuck

Beer Commercial

Good things come to those who wait.

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day." -- Anonymous

100 Top Beers - American

"Show me a nation whose national beverage is beer, and I'll show you an advanced toilet technology." -- Mark Hawkins (New York Times, 1977)

Homer Beer Song

Prost!

Gone fishing. ;) - c

Friday, October 24, 2008

Back in the USSA

By Citizen X. Images from Pixelmancy.

The fall of the USSR is usually attributed to President Ronald Reagan’s military build up; the Soviets tried to compete with the military production of the USA and spent themselves out of existence. In reality, the demise of the USSR began long before Reagan came to office. Its destiny was set the minute that Lenin, with his policy of central planning, came to power in 1917. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of the path that the federal government is currently following, especially the recent bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with the purposed Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the “loans” to the auto industry, is that the USA is relentlessly implementing the political/economic system that it spent the last half of the twentieth century fighting against. The USA is quickly becoming the USSA, the United Socialist States of America.

Socialism is a failed economic system. It has never worked anywhere it has been attempted. Along the way it has destroyed the morality and culture of those which it has been forced upon, impoverished billions, and lead to the death of millions. Despite all this historic evidence, our government, either through conscience effort or ignorance, seems intent on perpetuating socialism here.



The inherent flaw in socialism is that it is impossible to allocate resources effectively through central planning. In the free market, prices indicate where resources can be best put to use. If a product is scare, its price rises. When entrepreneurs see that the price is rising, or when particularly shrewd businessmen correctly anticipate an increase in price, they focus their efforts to take advantage of the situation in order to make a profit. They will begin making this product or, if they are already doing so, produce more of it. They will figure out ways to effectively distribute the product to the places where the prices are the highest–where it is most needed. Once the market is satisfied, the price will quit rising and entrepreneurs will cut back on their production of the product. Sometimes a glut will develop and the price of the product will fall. In either case, entrepreneurs will reevaluate their resource allocation to once again determine how best to satisfy consumer demand, be it through different products or by distributing their products in a different location.

The only way to make a profit in the free market is to satisfy consumer demand, in other words, to produce goods and services in which other human beings find value. By enriching his own life, by earning a profit, the entrepreneur enriches society. In fact, voluntary trade–individuals exchanging things which they consider valuable with one another–makes civilization possible.

All of this is made possible by the feedback provided by prices. Socialism short-circuits this system. Instead of the profit incentive, socialism is driven by political incentive. Instead of satisfying consumer demand, politicians are more interested in satisfying the demands of the politically connected–those who have the ability to keep the politician in power. Successful politicians are those who are best able to work the system to the benefit of their patrons. Ability is no longer rewarded; ruthlessness and ambition are.

Even if politicians were angels, it would still be impossible for the government to efficiently allocate resources. The price system is continuous and ongoing. It is always at work. And it is impossible to replicate. Even in an age of supercomputers, there is no way to monitor a complex economy with millions of individuals making dozens of choices every single day, other than through the price mechanism.



While the inability to efficiently allocate resources may seem theoretical and unimportant, just look at the USSR, China under Mao, Cuba under Castro, and the various African nations who have taken the advice of Western socialist elites, to see the tragic results in the real world. The reason that these economies are so unproductive is that there is no way to tell who needs what, when, and how much. Should steel be used for tractors, trucks, railroad tracks, passenger cars, washing machines, cargo ships, ovens, freezers, forks, spoons, or one of its hundred other uses? How can we tell what its most valuable use is? Prices give us the answer. Without prices as a guide, the best central planners can do is guess–like playing darts blindfolded with a board the size of a skyscraper and as complex as quantum physics. In fact, central planners in Russia imported Western mail order catalogs just so they would have a clue as to the prices of various items.

In addition to its difficulties dealing with resource allocation, socialism destroys human productivity through its perverse incentives. Instead of rewarding ability, hard work, and self-reliance, it rewards need, sloth, and dependence. Why work when the fruits of your labor are confiscated? Why work when you can sit at home and receive a government handout? Humans respond to conditioning. Thus, you get more of what you reward, and less of what you punish. A system based on Karl Marx’s slogan of “from each according to his ability; to each according to his need,” is guaranteed to get a lot of need, but not much ability–a statement to which the real world experience with socialism can attest.



Of course, dogmatic socialists will claim that Stalin, Mao, and Castro didn’t do it right. The system would work and bring a terrestrial utopia, if only the right people were in power. This leads to interesting question for the enthusiastic socialist: how do you plan on implementing and enforcing your system? What are you going to do with dissenters? If your system is voluntary and individuals are not forced to participate, then there is no problem. But what if your system is mandatory? How will you make people submit? In the end, there is only one option available: coercion and force. This means that socialism is a system based on violence. It is not only economically inefficient; it is immoral, inhumane, and cruel.

The most disturbing aspect to the TARP proposal and the various other recent government bailouts is not the incomprehensible sums of money involved; it is the fact that our “leaders” in Washington cannot, or choose not, to see the endgame. The free market has brought tremendous benefits to mankind. Yet, politicians blame the market for the current crisis, spouting empty sophisms about market failure and the efficiency of central planning. The fact is that the American economy is a lot closer to corporate fascism than it is to free market capitalism. The real cause of this crisis is not market failures, but decades of government intervention in the market (read here and here). It is only the resilience of the free market that has delayed the inevitable for as long as it has.

What we are witnessing is the ultimate and unavoidable outcome of the ”middle way” economic policy—the compromise between socialism and free markets—that America has pursued since the New Deal. As both noble prize winning economist F.A. Hayek and the great Austrian economist, historian, and political philosopher Ludwig von Mises observed, the third way always ends in socialism. Their contemporaries ridiculed these giants, stating that this was an exaggeration. Well, Mises was also derided when he predicted the Great Depression, and then when he stated that the USSR would eventually fall because it lacked the ability to calculate prices as described above. Unfortunately, it is beginning to look like he was right again.



Incidentally, Hayek and Mises witnessed the rise of the Nazis in their native Austria. While we can bicker about the differences between socialism and fascism, ultimately they are simply shades of one another. After all, the Nazis were the National Socialist Germany Workers Party. Today's socialists reject the Nazi's methods, claiming that they simply want a more equitable distribution of wealth. But as Hayek pointed out, “a claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.”

Hayek recognized socialism for what it is: an authoritarian political/economic system that relies on violence, promotes oppression, retards productivity, and results in poverty, misery, and death. This is the endgame. If President Bush, the criminal looters on Wall Street who call themselves “capitalists", and the spineless Congress have their way, this is what the future holds for us–immolation on the altar of central planning. Welcome to the USSA.

The Obama National Anthem

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The Beatles - Back in the U.S.S.R.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Morocco

Morocco - Scene Montage

Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich - clips from the 1930 film Morocco
. The song is Marlene Dietrich singing "Lili Marlene".

Morocco - Famous Kiss Scene

"Quand L'Amour Meurt" - Music by Octave Crémieux. Lyrics by Georges Millandy. Sung by Marlene Dietrich in Lo Tinto's nightclub.

Morocco is a 1930 film in which a Foreign Legionnaire meets and falls in love with a sultry cabaret singer. It stars Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich and Adolphe Menjou. It was directed by Josef von Sternberg. The movie was notorious in its day for a woman-to-woman kiss. The movie was adapted by Jules Furthman from the novel Amy Jolly by Benno Vigny.

It was nominated for four Academy Awards in the categories of: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marlene Dietrich–who, amazingly, knew little English, and spoke her lines phonetically), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Director (Josef von Sternberg).

In 1992, Morocco was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rainy day chick flick rating: A+, Coop looks marvelous and Marlene's singing is first rate. - c

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Captain Kirk: Thank God for Guns

Barack Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense. -- Get the facts at GunBanObama.com

Monday, October 20, 2008

Dems Dooms Day Scenario: Voter Fraud Freezes Election: Pelosi Assumes Command!

Written by Morse for The Spoof!

Legal pundits are abuzz with the latest DEM strategy to control the country without winning the Presidential election! The Demonic plan inadvertently slipped out during Ambassador Jesse Jackson's recent good will global tour, boosting support for Barack Obama's new policy of uniting with Arab countries against Israel, banning Kosher food, and providing nuclear weapons to Haamas.

During several highly classified briefings in Iran, Syria, Venezuela and North Korea, Jackson addressed anti-American leaders' concerns if Obama did not win the Presidency as expected. Jackson, rushing to keep their support, assured them that contingency plans were already in place.

Citing massive voter registration fraud orchestrated by the Obama Political Action Arm (OPAA), ACORN, Jackson said that DEMS had assured that election results would be frozen for at least six months as the Supreme Court tried to unravel the mess, thereby negating any results.

Due to Term Limit laws, the office of President would officially be deemed "vacated" as of January 20, 2009, and the rights of succession would come into play.

"All hail the Speaker of the House, and Acting President Nancy Pelosi!" he reportedly snickered to a stunned audience!

An Obama spokesman rushed immediately to deny the Ambassadors comments. "Anything quoted from the Ambassador was certainly out of context, off the record, and at least 95 days premature," the peevish spokesman said. He further denied comment concerning a "tent city" being erected outside the Supreme Court, and staffed with ACORN activists who were quoted as saying "we're here for the long haul."

Meanwhile, a long line of interior decorators have been swarming to the Speaker's office in hopes of winning a contract to make the Oval Office "more feminine". Pelosi aides said the Speaker had more important things to consider. "Right now she is busy redrafting an extension to her 2006 pledge of things to accomplish in her first 100 days." "Obviously," the aide said, "we didn't do shit, but we think with a little more time we can really lower our approval ratings a few more points."

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Happy Halloween!

England's X-Files Released

The Ministry of Defense releases more X-Files, with tales of military UFO sightings and weird things happening over Heathrow.

A passenger jet coming in to land at Heathrow airport apparently had a near miss with a UFO, according to files just released by the Ministry of Defence.

The mysterious incident, in 1991, was investigated by the military and civil aviation authorities but in the end it was left unsolved.

It's just one of many encounters detailed in documents made available by the National Archives including another involving American pilots based in Kent in the 1950s.

Read the newly released Ministry of Defense reports here:

Newly released UFO files - October 2008

David Clarke discusses the highlights of the UFO files

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Unknown Citizen

The Unknown Citizen

by W. H. Auden

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint,
For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
Except for the War till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
Yet he wasn't a scab or odd in his views,
For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured.
Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Installment Plan
And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to the population,
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation.
And our teachers report that he never interfered with their education.
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

Obama: Reagan Right on Economy

Obama:

"You know, I think that Ronald Reagan was delivering the right message at the right time. Because what had happened was I think the Democrats had gotten complacent, had gotten fat and happy. They thought you could get a government program to solve every problem. There wasn't much attention to how regulation might be choking business. And so Ronald Reagan came in and said we need to break out of the old ways of doing things and create a leaner, more effective government. That was the right message then."

Source: Fox 13 Tampa Bay's "MyFoxTampaBay.com," 10/17/08.

[It remains the right message now. - c]

Reagan Tribute

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Plowing with Horses

From Wikimedia. Click to enlarge image 1,600 × 1,200.

Plowing with Horses

2007 US Horse Plowing Championships

Large Asteroid Impact Simulation

Large Asteroid Strike by Don Davis




From SonicBomb

NASA: Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards

Friday, October 17, 2008

Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself

Click image to enlarge.

Passing through an Amtrak station on his way to an interview in Greensboro, North Carolina, Barack Obama catches a glimpse of himself in a mirror. Photo: Callie Shell / Aurora for TIME.

Vanity

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Meet John Doe aka Joe the Plumber

Who is Joe the Plumber? He's the John Doe of 2008.

Joe is America.

Have no fear choosing who will be the best president in tough economic times. Joe knows.

John Doe Delivers National Radio Address Scene

I hope you enjoy watching Meet John Doe. ~ Gone fishing. - c

Psych O Therapy

Barry seeks help for nightmares.

Joe the Plumber. Joe the Plumber. Joe the Plumber. Joe the Plumber. Joe the Plumber. Joe the Plumber.

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Watch / Read Full Debate

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Socialism

Socialism

Barack Obama tells Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher he intends to "spread the wealth around."


The Obama Socialist Agenda

Michelle Obama on the campaign trail, spelling out the Obama socialist agenda.

Follow-up: Phone call from Joe, the plumber:

Phone Call from Joe, the Plumber

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

No fighter in the history of military aviation comes close to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter – a truly transformational weapon system that provides quantum leaps in survivability and lethality.

  • Provides the United States and allied governments with an affordable, stealthy 5TH generation fighter for the 21st century
  • Brings stealth capability that is integrated throughout the aircraft with embedded antennas, aligned edges and special coatings and materials
  • Meets multiple service requirements with a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter
  • Conducts air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions simultaneously with near impunity
  • Carries a comprehensive sensor package that integrates vast amounts of battlespace information with allied forces in the air, on the ground, at sea or in space

The single-engine F-35 Lightning II will be manufactured in three variants:

  • Conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) for the U.S. Air Force
  • Carrier variant (CV) for the U.S. Navy
  • Short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) for the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.K. Royal Air Force and Royal Navy [see video below]

With greatly increased reliability and ease of maintenance, the F-35 joins the world’s only other 5TH generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor, in defining the ultimate in fighter performance.

The F-35 Lightning II’s successful first flight occurred Dec. 15, 2006. Flight testing continues to advance full development of this 5TH generation fighter. Flight testing of the STOVL variant begins in 2008. Deliveries to the armed services are scheduled to begin in 2010 and continue well beyond 2030.

F-35B STOVL In Flight

The Lockheed Martin F-35 - Brochure (PDF)

F-35 Compilation

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