January 2 –


It should come as no surprise that Obama's idea of a “balanced” approach to dealing with our debt and deficit does not mean a dollar of government spending cut for every dollar of increased taxes. Instead, it turns out to mean $41 of increased taxes for every one dollar of spending reduction.

    What else would any rational person expect from our Affirmative Action president, mentored by Marxists … a man who has never worked at a for-real job a single day in his entire life?

    And who could be surprised that the Republicans caved in? They'll do it again when the next round of debate over increasing the debt ceiling plays out in about two months. Count on it.

    Meantime, every dollar printed by the Ben Bernanke Federal Reserve, the world's largest ongoing fraud, makes every dollar you possess worth less … and eventually those two words become one.

    Oh – and Happy New Year!

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    House Republicans voted against the bill 151 to 85. Don't be surprised if Speaker John Boehner, who voted for it, soon finds more time to spend with his family.
    Cong. Paul Ryan, the VP candidate, also voted for it … Senator Marco Rubio, against.

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    What does it say about the future of that repulsive cretin Harry Reid, the Democrats' Senate leader, that Obama benched him in favor of Joe Biden to conduct final “fiscal cliff” negotiations with Boehner?
    Boehner fired a final shot at Reid with a pointed, “Go (bleep) yourself!”

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"Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em (guns) all in.” -- Senator Diane Feinstein on her campaign to disarm all Americans.
    I wonder if Di-Fi still packs heat, herself?
    Regardless, expect a massive and negative response that can be reduced to initials: "FFC." The first letter stands for "fat" and the last stands for "chance." Any GI can fill in the rest.

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Further ...
Civil Rights supporters believed (quite accurately) that “civil disobedience” – i.e., disobeying laws they thought unfair – was an effective tactic. Americans who were impressed then haven't seen anything unless/until the government tries confiscating privately-owned guns, the dream of Senator Feinstein and other leftist crazies.

     By the way, does Di-Fi still carry a gun herself, as she was once forced to admit? Another two-faced liberal hypocrite …

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    While the juvenile mentality that pervades in California finds comfort in a couple of thousand guns (many probably worthless; getting taxpayer money for junk is the history of such events) procured in a "buy-back" program in Los Angeles, they willfully overlook the far more likely factor in a lowered crime rate.
    That factor is that gun sales in California have boomed (take it either way) in recent years -- especially since the virulently anti-gun Obama administration took office. Upward of 600,000 sold in California in the most recent year for which figures are available.
    Think about it for two whole seconds: Which is more likely to impress a criminal bent on harming you? Some posturing, dung-brained, mush-head goo-goo on TV babbling about how he/she wants you disarmed -- or a gun in your hand?

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From the Sacramento Bee ...
    "Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.
    "Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office.

    "During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries
declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,900, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health. 
    "Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11 percent DROP, state health figures show.

    "The number of California injuries and deaths attributed to accidental discharge of firearms also has fallen."

Do not expect one single liberal airhead in either Sacramento or Washington, D.C., to learn anything from the preceding.

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You may choose to file this under “Thinking the Unthinkable,” but if you have children entering – or about to enter – the adult working world, you might suggest they at least consider a future outside the United States.
    I know: Family separation is a frightening prospect to many. But consider the fact that the time and distances for travel to Europe, Asia or South America, whether for a career or a family visit, are far less daunting today than when millions crossed oceans or moved from the east coast across the wilderness to seek their fortune.

    Consider how the working world has changed in the past couple of generations. Once a successful career path likely involved staying with one company for an entire working life, moving upward on that company's employment ladder.

    Now it's widely acknowledged that most working Americans will change jobs several times. Even entire career paths. Job opportunities and brighter futures may now – and more so in the future – beckon not only in other fields of endeavor, but other countries as well.

    The sluggish U.S. economy and the ever-growing burden of both taxes and regulations, on individuals as well as businesses, provide further incentive to seek a future in a more salubrious environment abroad. (One small example: Government permits, fees and regulatory nonsense that can require months or even years to start a business in most of the U.S. can be settled in days, if not hours, in a flourishing economy like, say, Hong Kong.)

    Many will doubtless flourish and prosper in the America of the future – especially those who benefit from government spending either directly on indirectly. But many others will achieve their advancement elsewhere. It's worth considering. Learning a foreign language could be very useful.

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Have government bureaucrats always been this stupid, or has it been an evolutionary process?
    Sign seen in front of a handicapped parking space: "FINE FOR ILLEGALLY PARKING HERE -- $l85.75"
    Couldn't they round it up to $186? Maybe with a volume discount to $185 for multiple offenders -- a volume discount?

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Reader Marty found this quote by (former) longtime Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, who assembled some of the winning teams during their glory years.
    Referring to QB Tony Romo's role in the latest failure by the NFL's most overrated team:
"Romo has already been offered a new job at a funeral home as a pallbearer. That way he has the opportunity to let everyone down one more time."

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Mad Mike forwards some complaints received by the giant Thomas Cook travel agency from clients who had traveled to foreign countries. Having been co-owner of a chain of travel agencies for twenty-five years, I have no trouble believing each and every one. 
    "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."
    "On my holiday in India, I was disgusted
to find that almost every restaurant served curry.  I don't like spicy food at all."
    "The beach was too sandy."
    "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."
    "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."
    "No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."
    "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."
    "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home."
    "There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad."
    "I was bitten by a mosquito. No-one said they could bite." 
    "My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."
Lee Rodgers"...and now, if you'll excuse me..."