25 March 2006

We have cats who protect peggy, the three legged deer, from the rest of the herd.

23 March 2006

Finding Drunks in a Bar? Who'd've Thunk It?

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday. The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission's Carolyn Beck. Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkeness, Beck said. The goal, she said, was to detain drunks before they leave a bar and go do something dangerous like drive a car. "We feel that the only way we're going to get at the drunk driving problem and the problem of people hurting each other while drunk is by crackdowns like this," she said. "There are a lot of dangerous and stupid things people do when they're intoxicated, other than get behind the wheel of a car," Beck said. "People walk out into traffic and get run over, people jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss." She said the sting operations would continue throughout the state.

Banana Republicans

Adventures in Amnesia "But presidente Bushismo...we can't just keep raising the debt ceiling higher. Our foreign investors will freak out!" "Where do you see the highest ceilings, peon? In the swankiest hotels. I want swanky hotels." "Excellent reasoning, el presidente. Visionary! But if I may respectfully point out, we're trying to fit ten kilos of mangoes in a five kilo sack and..." "Don't be a moron! You just cut a hole in the sack! See? Now we've created a "supplemental" sack that lets us pile in more mangoes!" "Brilliant, sir! But with all due respect, we've got a budget situation here where we're essentially trying to feed a nation with five loaves of bread and a coupla fish!" "If you give all the food to the rich, and just let them eat, the magic of the market will multiply the bread and fishes, until there's more than enough for everyone!" "Okay, el presidente. I admire your optimism, sir, but let's not pretend we can make a silk purse from a sow's ear." "The liberal media won't show you all the silk purses we're making from sows' ears" "Ummm...Right you are, sir...but, uh, our sow's ear sweatshop workers, sir...we can't squeeze blood from turnips." "Enough of your defeatism! With a big enough military, you can get blood flowing out of anything!" (thanks to kirk anderson)

19 March 2006

How Bush figgers he can repay the 9 trillion dollar debt

100 one dollar bills go further than one 100 dollar bill. Especially when wiping... " In 1920, prices plummeted around the world in a great deflation. This price and wage deflation was reinforced by the economic policies of conservative governments. Germany's new Weimar Republic inherited the vast burden of debt and the crushing weight of reparations from WWI. Add in the fact that tax revenues were low due to the weak economy, while the outflow of payments in gold fueled inflation..." The free fall in the German mark was incredible. Following is the historic slide: July 1920…39.5 marks to the dollar

January 1921…64.9

July 1921…76.7 January 1922…1919.8 July 1922…493.2 January 1923…17,972 July 1923…353,412 August 1923…4,620,455 September 1923…98,860,000 October 1923…25,260,208,000 November 15, 1923…4,200,000,000,000 (yes, 4.2 trillion marks to the dollar.)

Farmers could sell a cow on Monday and if not able to make it to market until Friday, the money from the sale of the cow would perhaps buy a pound of butter. Wheelbarrows of money. Be happy with the simpler things in life...the ones that aren't for sale.

Winter is passing

It has been since autumn that I’ve written anything.  I feel...no, I know that a coup has been stag d in this country. But, from my vantage...