Obama just won’t deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening a presidential veto of a Senate Republican measure that would give President Barack Obama more authority and flexibility to find $85 billion in spending cuts this year. The measure is intended to replace the automatic across-the-board cuts scheduled to kick in Friday.

The White House says it instead backs a Democratic measure to replace the cuts with tax hikes on millionaires and spending reductions over 10 years.

So more flexibility isn’t what he wants, hum.  I guess those terrible cuts will take place.  I say cut away.  It’s all politics anyway. 


Seth MacFarlane and boobs

I didn’t watch all of the Academy Awards. It’s just too tough to sit through anymore. I think the last one I actually watch completely was John Wayne’s last. I did however, catch a little bit of this year’s show. I wondered how it would go with Seth MacFarlane hosting. I’m not a huge Seth fan but I do like Stewie on Family Guy. What I watched was mixed. A few jokes that were kind of flat, a few that were a bit crude and a couple of songs actually sung well.

The “We saw your boobs”, song was an interesting choice. It was a bit embarrassing yet in some ways it hit home. Let’s face it; it’s almost never important to the story to show your boobs. I’m not saying that it’s not a great idea. I personally think many of these actresses like showing themselves. That’s ok with me but please don’t be indignant if someone jokes on it. Granted I really haven’t seen many of the actresses say much yet. Instead it’s been critics; you know people paid to critique things they themselves can’t do, talking badly about the song. I’m not a critic as I don’t get paid anything.

I personally wouldn’t have done the boob song nor talked about Rihanna’s poor relationship but then the days of class are just about over. Wait, never mind they are over. Plus a classy show would have terrible ratings.

So, after a few jokes and a few speeches I turned the TV off and did something else.

Sort of agree with Joe Biden

I have to agree somewhat with Joe Biden. Yes, that Joe Biden. He states that if you want self-defense buy a shotgun. Well, yeah I agree. A shotgun is a great home defense weapon. It will shoot wide and if you use the right ammo won’t penetrate very far protecting others in the area. That said, he also made a very Biden like statement right after the first semi-reasonable one.

I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here … walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.’ … You don’t need an AR-15 — it’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!

Umm, Joe in most places these days that will land your butt in jail. Ya, see Joe, that’s the problem we’ve created so many contradictory laws that we just don’t know what we can do to protect ourselves. Even the Vice President of the United States doesn’t seem to know. I say you just try that in VA, DC, Maryland, Delaware.

While the AR-15 is not the best weapon for protection for everyone it is for many and I just don’t like the idea of some politician telling me what weapon I need for my situation.

Besides that, the 2nd Amendment is not about home protection or hunting. It’s about making guys like you Joe just a little worried.

Somewhat related:


Post Office and a clothing line?

Postal Service to launch clothing line in 2014

The cash-strapped Postal Service announced Tuesday that it has inked a licensing deal with an Ohio-based clothing company to produce a line of apparel dubbed “Rain Heat & Snow.” The attire aims to reach well beyond T-shirts and baseball caps to include “wearable electronics”—like jackets with iPod controls built into the sleeve, USPS spokesman Roy Betts explained to Yahoo News.

We are living in some very strange times.  Of course don’t expect them to deliver your new clothing items on Saturday.

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Welfare to support Jihad?

Muslim preacher urges followers to claim ‘Jihad Seeker’s Allowance’

Anjem Choudary was secretly filmed mocking non-Muslims for working in 9-5 jobs their whole lives, and told followers that some revered Islamic figures had only ever worked one or two days a year.

“The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working’.

“But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [non-believers].

“So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.”

He went on to tell a 30-strong crowd: “We are going to take England — the Muslims are coming.”

Wow never saw that coming.  (SARC) 

Anime and mass shootings

An interesting post.  Some well thought out points.  It might end a little abrupt but still a good read.

Reflecting on Episode 1 of Kotoura-san and the Newtown School Shooting

As the new season of anime starts and I’m watching the many anime series for the first time I was surprised when one, Kotoura-san, had a moment where it connected to and gave me an answer to a question I’d been pondering and reflecting on after the Newtown school shooting.

(I find it troubling that both the Newtown shooter and the Aurora theater shooter were taking something(s) at the time of their crimes but, while we know everything about the guns used, we’re told a couple times they were taking something but never anything more. Maybe these shooters are all taking the same or similar medications or maybe they’re not but, either way, it’s obvious some decision has been made to not let the public know.)

The Null set

Tip to Yamarsakar and Sake White