Archive for November 25, 2011

The 1% — $277,500 For a Car

Last week Mr. SayItAin’tSoAlready and I agreed not to spend more than $70 on each other for Christmas.

A decision like that can be both daunting and challenging when it comes to selecting unexpected, useful (well, not always) and fun gifts while trying to stay within budget.

And then there’s this:

Paris Hilton didn’t have to brave the lines at Walmart or Best Buy for her Black Friday purchase … of course, neither of those stores sell Ferraris that cost $277,500!

Paris had the sweet red ride delivered to her home in the Mulholland Estates just before noon today.

More…

Wow. No question about it. There’s no way I’m a 1%-er and I never will be.

It would take me and my hubby roughly 23 years to make — much less spend — that kind of money.

November 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM Leave a comment

The World Rejects Obama’s Cluster Bomb Insanity

For the back story, read this.

For an update, read this:

U.S. Rebuffed in Push to Head off Cluster Bomb BanA U.S.-led push to regulate, rather than ban, cluster munitions failed Friday after 50 countries objected, following humanitarian campaigners’ claims that anything less than a outright [sic] ban would be an unprecedented reversal of human rights law.

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A senior U.S. official said cluster munitions were a military necessity and were needed to hit targets spread over wide areas, while using alternative armaments would cause more collateral damage and prolong conflicts.

Opponents want them banned because they are indiscriminate weapons, raining bomblets that may fail to explode on impact and lie dormant, ready to kill or injure anyone who picks them up or touches them by mistake.

A “senior U.S. official said cluster munitions were a military necessity?”

HOW THE HELL MANY BOMBS DOES THE UNITED STATE NEED?  One for each and every scenario imaginable?

ENOUGH!

(Filed under:  Our Tax Dollars.)

 

 

November 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM Leave a comment

An Occupy Wall Street Credit Union

Via ABCNews:

Occupy SF protesters to launch credit union

Occupy SF protesters want to launch their own credit union and say they need $7 million to start it.

What a great idea.  I would put my money (such as it is) in an Occupy credit union in a heartbeat. There couldn’t be a better way to support the movement and to diss Wall Street than this.

I’m in.

November 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM Leave a comment

Jeremy Scahill Confronts Paul — Bush Era War Criminal — Wolfowitz

These would be my Tweets of the Day.

Oh, and P.S.:  Jeremy Scahill, you’re my badass hero of the month. Maybe of the year.

Thank you for saying exactly what I hope I would say if I ran into that war criminal (he’s the personification of a coward).

My jaw dropped last week when I saw the liberal media CNN legitimize Wolfowitz by allowing him to ask a question at their Republican/Heritage Foundation/American Enterprise Institute debate.

It was a sad, tragic moment but moving on, bravo to you!

November 25, 2011 at 6:52 PM Leave a comment

Vitamin Donuts?

The National Archives in Washington, D.C. is hosting an exhibit (through January 3, 2012) titled, What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Here’s what it’s all about:

Food. We love it, fear it, and obsess about it.

We demand that our Government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans.

From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.

The exhibit is broken down into four categories:  Farm, Factory, Kitchen and Table.

You can see an overview at the links above.

Some of the messages from way back when were pretty darn prescient, like this one (a message my mother never got):

World War II era nutritionists encouraged military chefs to preserve vitamins in vegetables.

And some of them were ridiculous, like this one.  I would say the fat content in a donut outweighs, in a bad way, the addition of vitamin B1 (look at the exaggerated rosy cheeks on the kids):

The Doughnut Corporation sought endorsement from the Nutrition Division of the War Food Administration for its Vitamin Doughnuts campaign.

I guess the “Doughnut Corporation” won that one.

Anyway, I had fun poking around the site.

November 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM Leave a comment

Posters From the Occupy Movement

Take a look at these posters from the Occupy movement.

Here are two of my favorites:

Creator: Alexandra Clotfelter

Larger version here.

 

Creator: Dave Loewenstein

Love the colors in that one.  Larger version here.

 

November 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM Leave a comment

Pepper Spray May Seem Quaint in the Not So Distant Future

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens [Without Being Charged or Tried] in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

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American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really?

What is going on around here?  Why is this under consideration?!  How did this come to be even remotely acceptable?  This is a notion straight out of the old U.S.S.R. or Communist China.

To learn more about this chilling, unAmerican bill go here.

November 25, 2011 at 4:04 PM Leave a comment

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