"When faced with a problem you do not understand,
do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
~(Robert A. Heinlein - "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Kids these days... UPDATED

...have no respect. They just don't have a clue as to what our generation had to go through. They take so much for granted."

I'll bet that particular lamentation was conveyed, somehow, amongst our pre-human ancestors depicted in the "Dawn of Man" sequence at the beginning of "2001: A Space Odyssey" before the arrival of the monolith.

It continues down the ages, through poems and sagas, Greek history, and lately through commenters on blogs. A near constant drumbeat of apocalyptic doom, foreseen because of the coming generation.

So, is there any hope at all?

Bill Whittle ( Eject! Eject! Eject! ) pointed me to this link: The Future Speaks, and this article Daddy, I want a Golden Ticket and I want it Now! as proof that the end ain't here quite yet.

The blog is authored by two 14 year old St. Louis residents, Cole Campbell and Lyda Loudon, who still retain sentience and the ability to think for themselves. How they will be when they reach the ages of 18-20 (when they will know everything and become insufferable for most of a decade :-) remains to be seen, so it's probably best to check them out NOW.

That such insight and common-sense can come from these two gives me great hope for the coming generation. That's quite a statement from me, as I can be one of the gloomiest, most depressing people you could ever hope to avoid; sometimes being of the "Not only is the glass half empty, but IT'S LEAKING!!!" type.

I expect to check in on them periodically as much needed therapy for my innate pessimism. :-)

(I see that I've managed to use the word "hope" quite a few times here. I'm going to have to check out good synonyms for it; I'm afraid The Won has poisoned that word for me.)

Update - 26 Apr 2011 - The site appears to have been released.  It's been about nine months since they had posted anything on it (their time being monopolized by school and probably many other things) and the site shows only links to "Where to find..." various things; in short, advertisements.

So, I am deleting them from my blogroll and hope they are doing well.  I suspect that life has intruded, as it will. To them, all the best.

Friday, March 26, 2010

"Obamacare For Idiots"

I put the title in quotes because it ain't mine. It belongs to AJStrata

Often, I'll get the germ of a idea for a post, fiddle with it a bit, only to discover someone else getting there first, and doing it far better than I could hope to.

So, without further ado, take a look at Obamacare For Idiots


Monday, March 22, 2010

I Want To Scream...

"God Damn You!

to the 220 Democrat house members who voted for that atrocity last night.
(Thankfully, ALL 178 Republicans voted "NO", and apparently 33 Democrats have managed to retain their souls.)

BUT, it's not really all their fault, is it?

Remember that election we had in November 2008?

Every single one of you who voted to put that smirking megalomaniac into the White House should take a bow. YOU made it all possible. May God forgive you; I cannot.

Sign seen at one of the first Tea Party protests in April 2009:

   United States of America
   Born  7-4-1776
   Died 11-4-2008



Well, I don't think we're going to rest in peace.

I honestly believe that, come November, there is going to be a House (and Senate) cleaning that will be Biblical. Damning those Democrats to Hell may be above our pay grade, but casting them out of the cloud cuckoo land they currently inhabit and forcing them to make it in our world may be the next best thing.

What can YOU do?

There will be websites showing which of the Democrats voted "Yes". Look for them; they shouldn't be difficult to find. If one of them represents your district, then make yourself determined to fire that bastard in November.

We've just now gotten our noses rubbed in the fact that "Elections have consequences".

We absolutely must show those reps that so do their their votes.

(Addenda 23 Mar 2010 - I know;  the Democrat vote was 219 "Yes" and 34 "No", for the bill itself. The 220 and 33 figures I used at the top of this post was the vote for the reconciliation that sealed the deal.)


Friday, March 19, 2010

Pretty much says it all...

Found this at Americans For Prosperity

Update - 20 Mar 2010 - You really should check out the link above. What I show below is just a simple jpg image. The one on their site is a Flashplayer interactive image that shows details of what each of those little boxes represents.

Update - 09 Apr 2010 - Things have changed; that image below is already out-of-date. Click on the link at the top of this post to see the latest interactive version. I expect they will continue to update it periodically. There are LOTS of things on it to scream at your congressmen about. And, scream you should.

Update - 09 May 2011 - My site meter showed a visit to this post today, so I decided to check the site.  It's still there, and the chart is constantly being updated. It looks quite different now, and it still ain't pretty.  Use the link at the top of this post to see the latest interactive version.



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