Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Missing From the News

You're a 19 year old kid, critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965, LZ Xray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own infantry commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.You're lying there, listening to the enemy machineguns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is halfway around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey. It doesn't seem real because there are no Medi-Vac markings on it. Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job. But he's flying his Huey down into the machinegun fire after the Medi-Vacs were told not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in, and sits there in the machinegun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the waiting doctors and nurses. And, he keeps coming back...... 13 more times..... taking out more than 30 of you and your buddies who otherwise never would have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died on a recent Wednesday in Boise , ID, at the age of 80. May God rest his soul.....

Oh yeah, Paul Newman died the same day. I guess you knew that. He got a lot more press than Ed Freeman

Simple Coffee Cup Explanation of International Politics

What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup?

The Italian
Throws the cup and walks away in a fit of rage.

The Frenchman
Takes out the fly and drinks the coffee.

The Chinese
Eats the fly and throws away the coffee.

The Russian
Drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra with no charge.

The Israeli
Sells the coffee to the Frenchman,
The fly to the Chinese,
Buys himself a new cup of coffee and uses the extra money to
Invent a device that prevents flies from falling into coffee.

The Palestinian
Blames the Israeli for the fly falling in his coffee,
Protests the act of aggression to the UN,
Takes a loan from the European Union to buy a new cup of coffee,
Uses the money to purchase explosives
And then blows up the coffee house where the Italian,
The Frenchman, the Chinese, and the Russian
Are all trying to explain to the Israeli
That he should give away his cup of coffee to the Palestinians.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

And Things Haven't Improved . . . They've Just Gotten Worse . . . and They're Continuing to Worsen at an Accelerating Rate

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."

. . . Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper
29 November 1802

A Wise and Pithy (as well as pissy) Assessment of the Current State of Our Economy


When you look at your investments and wet your pants.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Government: Necessary, Evil, and Blessedly Incompetent

For a superb treatise on why government is necessary but needs to be watches with suspicion as it is inherently evil and untrustworthy, and why its incompetence is a blessing, see this essay in today's issue of London's Financial Times.

As someone once said, "Thank God we don't get all the government for which we are paying."

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Bubble and the Bubble Protectors

Had To Be Obtained From Canada

The above video shows that George Bush, among others, tried to warn Congress in 2002 that this economic crisis was coming if something was not done about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but Congress, led by Barney Frank, refused to listen.

America's mainstream media did not want this video on You Tube, so they had Time Warner threaten a proprietary rights law suit if it was not taken off. Therefore, this video had to be
routed through and obtained from Canadian sources so Americans could see it.

Good New Years Joke About the Squeaker of the House

A noted psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an academic function attended by Nancy Pelosi. Ms Pelosi took the opportunity to schmooze the good doctor a bit and asked him a question with which he was most at ease.

"Would you mind telling me, Doctor," she asked, "how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?"

"Nothing is easier," he replied. "You ask a simple question which anyone should answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates, that puts you on the track."

"What sort of question?" asked Pelosi.

Well, you might ask, "Captain Cook made three trips around the world and died during one of them. Which one?''

Pelosi thought a moment, and then said with a nervous laugh, "You wouldn't happen to have another example would you? I must confess I don't know much about history."