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What is wrong with you sheeple? Why do you really care who Oprah supports? Seriously? She is supporting Obama and that is going to impact the race supposedly. ENOUGH already. How many years has she been around anyways? Time to pull the plug. For the love of God please stop watching, listening, supporting this crap!!?!
Thanksgiving vs. Socialism
Every year around this time, schoolchildren are taught about that wonderful day when Pilgrims and Native Americans shared the fruits of the harvest. “Isn't sharing wonderful?” say the teachers.
They miss the point.
Because of sharing, the first Thanksgiving in 1623 almost didn't happen.
The failure of Soviet communism is only the latest demonstration that freedom and property rights, not sharing, are essential to prosperity. The earliest European settlers in America had a dramatic demonstration of that lesson, but few people today know it.
When the Pilgrims first settled the Plymouth Colony, they organized their farm economy along communal lines. The goal was to share everything equally, work and produce.
They nearly all starved.
Why? When people can get the same return with a small amount of effort as with a large amount, most people will make little effort. Plymouth settlers faked illness rather than working the common property. Some even stole, despite their Puritan convictions.
Total production was too meager to support the population, and famine resulted. Some ate rats, dogs, horses and cats. This went on for two years.
“So as it well appeared that famine must still ensue the next year also, if not some way prevented,” wrote Gov. William Bradford in his diary. The colonists, he said, “began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery.
“At length after ... much debate of things, [I] (with the advice of the chiefest among them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land.”
The people of Plymouth moved from socialism to private farming. The results were dramatic.
“This had very good success,” Bradford wrote, “for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been. By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many. . “
Because of the change, the first Thanksgiving could be held in November 1623.
What Plymouth suffered under communalism was what economists today call the tragedy of the commons. But the problem has been known since ancient Greece. As Aristotle noted, “That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.”
When action is divorced from consequences, no one is happy with the ultimate outcome. If individuals can take from a common pot regardless of how much they put in it, each person has an incentive to be a free rider, to do as little as possible and take as much as possible because what one fails to take will be taken by someone else. Soon, the pot is empty and will not be refilled — a bad situation even for the earlier takers.
What private property does — as the Pilgrims discovered — is connect effort to reward, creating an incentive for people to produce far more. Then, if there's a free market, people will trade their surpluses to others for the things they lack. Mutual exchange for mutual benefit makes the community richer.
Secure property rights are the key. When producers know that their future products are safe from confiscation, they will take risks and invest. But when they fear they will be deprived of the fruits of their labor, they will do as little as possible.
That's the lost lesson of Thanksgiving.
I as a capitalistic pig American infidel love things. I am thankful for these things. I love things, need things, want things. Somethings, and everything. Thingamajigs and watchamacallits. Things that make you go hmmmm. I see you baby, shakin that thing!
I'm thankful for:
TV Remote Control - saving my muscles for pumping iron instead.
Orange Juice - Pulp please.
Almond Joys - melt them, put them in a vanilla shake and you have nectar of the gods.
Atlas Shrugged - Whenever I'm done....Rand kicks my ass to get moving.
Nitro - cheap and sexy like you.
Softball - I could play it everyday.
Hockey - Tis the season.
Football - I bow to thee my lord.
Digital Cameras - Redeye begone!
Myspace - ugly but very nice people.
Jump Drives - So long CD, alas I hardly knew ya.
9thX.com - finally a site where I can make money while I sleep.
Boxer Briefs - Chicks dig it.
Contact lens solution - I'd be bumming without it
Apple Pie - I love pie!
Bill of Rights - Check out this version.
U.S. Constitution - Ron Paul!
Hilary Clinton's platform - it validates how right I am.
Tailgating - Like a picnic in the park.
Sirrius Radio - Patriot Talk 144.
Fig Newtons - just 10 arent enough.
Wool socks - wooly booly.
Treo 300w - wish it could cook.
Green Tea - 1 cup a day keeps white teeth away.
History Channel - Modern Marvels teaches me.
Sicilian Olives - You love my complexion.
Raddichio - the most underrated vegetable of all time.
The Line - I just crossed it.
NFL Films soundtrack - play this on a date and she's butter in your hands.
Wind - it helps me get rid of my leaves.
November - no not really, I can't stand it.
Wine - with some fontina cheese
Women in boots - just like hats.
Key Chains - imagine the chaos without them.
Garbage cans - nuff said.
Wallet - without one I'd have a purse!
Spearmint gum - Addiction
Online banking - no more stamps.
Capicola - oh baby.
My pillow - nothing is closer to me.
Chic peas - with pepper and celery salt
Garlic salt - on everything.
Websites - sportsline, drudgereport, liberalscum,
Dollar stores - load up on shampoo and napkins.
F18's - wow.
Long sleeve tshirts - comfortable and functional.
Eggplant - miss it.
Youtube - fast becoming a guilty pleasure.
Global Warming - good, the cold weather blows.
Gmail - my third arm.
Corona - Not a beer drinker, but this hits the spot.
Money - need more.
Ketchup Pringles - tasty.
Cocoa Puffs - I'm cuckoo for them.
Shwarma - chicken.
What things are you thankful for??
Frankly I'm very tired of it. Lloyd Carr has to go. We need Les Miles or a coach that gets players ready to play in big games. Henne is way overrated. Hart didnt do a darn thing.
Tired of it!
Sure OSU is better...but why? Coz they care. Michigan is too friggin arrogant. Damn them. You know it is one thing to lose, but another to lose horrbily. 4 losses in a row to OSU. 4 losses on the season. This was a winnable game, but they didnt even come close!
The defensive coordinator is a friggin joke. I wont even give him the respect by putting his name here.
Hey Michigan alumni...wake up!!!
In A NATION OF SHEEP, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano frankly discusses how the federal government has circumvented the Constitution and is systematically dismantling the rights and freedoms that are the foundation of American democracy. He challenges Americans to recognize that they are being led down a very dangerous path and that the cost of following without challenge is the loss of the basic freedoms that facilitate our pursuit of happiness and that define us as a nation.
Judge Napolitano reminds readers what America is all about, that the purpose of government is to protect freedom, and freedom is the ability to follow your own free will and not the will of government bureaucrats. He asks the simple question, which are YOU, a sheep or a wolf? Do you blindly follow behind where you are led, or do you challenge the government at every pass, forcing it to make decisions that will protect our freedoms?
Judge Napolitano asks the questions that no one else will, challenging readers to rethink why they are blindly following a government that has only its own interests in mind. He asks:
- Why is the government using the war on terror as an excuse to sidestep the Constitution?
- Why are Americans not challenging and questioning the government as it continues to limit more and more of our freedoms?
- What part of "Congress shall make no law..." does the government not understand when it criminalizes speech?
- Whatever happened to our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that are proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, guaranteed by the Constitution, yet ignored by the governments elected to protect them?
- Why does every public office holder swear allegiance to the Constitution, yet very few follow it?
- Don't we have rights that are guaranteed and cannot be taken from us?
10 Clues for the Clueless Who Can't Get Laid
1. Keep Clean - Very basic stuff here...bathing, and clearing out the crevasses on a daily basis doesn't make you a metrosexual, but it does make you presentable. Women respond to their sense of smell.
NOTE: Getting a manicure or pedicure does make you a metrosexual.
2. Find a Scent - Again, women respond to their sense of smell. Find
something that works, but be subtle. Obsession for Men seems to work. Many times I have had a woman say, "You stink good," while they're unbuttoning my shirt.
3. Keep the House/Apartment Clean - The only way you'll get any sex from a woman is if they think you have some potential. After physical appearance, how you keep your environment is a sign that women look for when it comes to judging potential. It's not important that you actually have potential, but you need to at least create the illusion. Get rid of the clutter, pick the freakin clothes up off the floor, and scrub the kitchen and bathroom (this includes the toilet) before you have a woman over.
4. Things to Hide - Porn and stuff like comic books and science fiction paraphernalia make you look like a dork. Dorks do not get laid. This may not be fair, but it is reality. Once the "relationship" has reached a comfortable stage, you may want to slowly come out of the closet with these things...but tread carefully.
5. Read Books/Get Books - No one is asking you to join a book club, but women respond well to guys who appear literate. Read books until you find a favorite...when it's brought up in conversation and you appear to know what you're talking about, it gives you the illusion of depth. Try to have about three bookshelves of non-science-fiction fiction. Don't buy new books from Borders. Go to a book sale at the local public library and load up on used books...you can get bags of books for practically nothing. Once on the shelves these worn books will imply that you've actually read them.
6. Vino - Have wine in the house at all times. You'll only have to drink it when she's over. Have a red, dry white, and zinfandel on hand and have them out to see, preferably on one of the kitchen counters. Wine gives the illusion of class. Women sleep with guys they think have class.
7. Cook - Learn how to cook a meal. Look through some cookbooks and find something that's somewhat gourmet that you'd actually want to eat. Try to make it at least once a week until you think you've mastered it. Nothing sets the mood for her better than a good smell coming from the kitchen and you hovering over a skillet.
8. Music Sets the Mood - While you could easily listen to Led Zeppelin until your ears bleed, Robert Plant's screeching voice isn't likely to set the tone for the evening. Go to iTunes and look for background music. Van Morrison is always good, and jazz standards by Diana Krall also work well.
9. Get Your Ass in Shape I dont care how the f*** you do it, but do it. Eat less, walk more. Heres the thing if you havent figured it out yetYOU ARE GETTING OLDER EVERY F***ING DAYare you looking forward to being sickly in your later years because you did nothing about your body today? If a woman sees you as out of shape now, she sees you as a potential burden later.
10. Money Women who are worth a damn respect and are even intimidated by men who are good with money. If you are clueless about money, get yourself educated. Be disciplined without appearing cheap. Avoid strip club and casinos.
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When I open my eyes I see stupid people everywhere. It just blows my mind the way people think and react online. I had hoped that the AOL chat room mentality was gone, but I see it is alive and well. It has reared it’s ugly head on MySpace. You see this type of thing on other community sites, and forums, but today we shall focus on MySpace. These things absolutely drive me nuts:
Glitter comments: Why do you leave glitter comments on my site? Do you think they are cool? They are not. Do you think they are cute? They are not. Do you think it makes me think you are a nice person? I do not. In fact it disgusts me to no end. I think less of you for cheapening my site. I do not want to see a bear holding a heart with the headline of HUGGERS. I see grown men leaving these comments to all their friends over and over. Get a life! Leave your mother’s basement, and do something productive. You are the equivalent to those that foward chain letters. Kids are starving in Ethiopia and you are pasting bears on Myspace. You get my drift? Probably not. I challenge all of you to make the world a better place and stop putting these comments all over the place. Give a hoot, don’t pollute! Women, if you get a glitter comment from a guy, give them the finger immediately. If not, you are helping the terrorists win. It’s that simple. You are enabling the pussification of man by not doing something.
Picture Comments: “Hey baby, I love the way you look with that g-string on, call me”. Hey Rico Sauve, do you really think the chick with the slinky photo has no idea she is attractive? Do you really think your smooth talking makes a difference other than to boost your own ego for a split second? That split second where you actually have some kind of contact with that super model looking chick. Stop it now. You sound like a tool. Yes and the stripper you just gave $100 to for the lap dance, of course she’s a med student.
Spammers: Well this is more of a myspace admin problem where spammers create
accounts, and there’s nothing but links to adult webcams and chat rooms. There’s nothing more annoying than this. When someone invites you, check their profile…if you see a hyperlink to a chat room or adult photo gallery...dont’t accept. This will eliminate them over time. Do this.
Young kids: If you see a profile with a girl that is really underage looking, but her age is listed as 30…take the time and report it to myspace. These may be online predators, or they could even be just kids trying to access adult stuff. In either case it must be stopped. If you get an add request for something like this, don’t accept it. It might even be law enforcement trying to catch freaks. Even more reason to not accept, so it helps them weed out legitimate people. Which leads me to question why you freaking morons put pictures of your kids on your site. Earth to stupid people…stop doing this. The world is full of evil, you need to protect your children, not show them off. Stop being so naïve and step up.
Friend Requests: When people ask to be my friend, I look at their profile. I may or may not accept. Does this make them my friend? No it makes them a link. Do you understand this?
Add Friends: When I add someone as a friend, I almost inevitably get one of these stupid questions “Who are you?”, “How did you find me” , “ Do I know you?”, “Why do you
want to be my friend?”. Oh for the love of God shut up with this crap! It’s just a link.
It’s very possible we could become friends, and its possible I know you, and its possible I found you by looking for you and it’s possible I am not who I say I am. It’s the internet…and I’m just a link. We don’t have to be friends, you don’t have to like what I say, you don’t have to respond, you can delete me, you can remove me, you can block me, you can whatever…just stop asking these stupid questions. Get to the point, do you have something to offer or not? Are you just another number, because if that is the case, then so what! It doesn’t matter…it’s the Interent. I’m here to build my network as advertised…I’m here to learn and have fun. Quit wasting my time otherwise.
Duh: “I’m sorry I can’t add you unless I know you”. Are you kidding me? Why are you even on here? Nut jobs. “You have so many friends, what could you possibly want with me?” Oh shut up and get some confidence. Probe or sell, that’s your only reason for being on here…so proceed to do so. In the dance of life, wallflowers have no fun.
Forwardness: Now granted I am all for getting to the point…but do I really want to be with someone or meet someone who gives me their phone number on the first email? No I don’t want to chat with you either. Show some class. Once a tramp, always a tramp.
Fairies & Dragons: Why are there a million sites with dragons and fairies as their theme?
Did they change myspace to dungeons&dragons space? I must have missed that. If so I need to get out of here. What is the fascination with this magic crap…just seems like an escape from reality times ten. Stop it. Edit your page to something that’s at least eye pleasing. I’m sure you have pewter dragons in your living room, but I don’t want to see your living room. Brace yourself…Star Wars is fake!
Layouts: Why do grown women obsess over celebrity myspace themes and photos? Your whole site and your profile pic is Angelina Jolie. What ever happened to individualism. I mean like a Farrah Fawcett poster as much as the next guy, but come on let’s get real. Are you saying that you think she is pretty? Wow I had no idea.
Width: People…if you are going to attempt to edit your page layout, at least now how to
edit the page width. I see pages that you have to scroll a mile to the right to see the content. This is unacceptable. It is not pleasing to the eye, and its painful. You are not helping your environment by doing so. You are causing frustration and offer nothing of value to the goodness of mankind. You deserve to die for your poor taste.
Language: The evolution of the internet has created the worst online vernacular. Everyone use dis and dat, and they want to ttyl. Of course they will brb. What am I complaining 4? Because this along with the other aol crap emoticons makes me very ill. Please stop using that stuff, and type the words out. Ok I’m being a bit picky on this one, but you’ve put me in a bad mood.
Pet Peeves may indicate what I hate in life, but in actuality they simply tell what I really do love in life. One needs to identify the bad, in order to see the good. One needs to correct the wrong, to preserve the right. Who’s with me? What did I miss?
You are nothing but a cleaned up socialist. The fact you support Hillary, who states "that all you young entrepreneurs out there, don't you think that what you make is all yours it must be used for the common good". To all you, who don't want to do what it takes to be successful, live with your decisions, but don't come after my or others dollars because you are either to dumb, lazy or unable to make it yourself. The top 10% pay of the country pays 90% of the taxes, or more anyways.
He is, of course, free to pay the 30% that his secretary paid if he is as concerned as he claims. Think that would happen? Just as Buffett blasts the estate tax reform, while at the same time ensuring his estate has to pay no income taxes, he is unhappy about tax rates he is paying, and yet still never volunteers to pay more. Typical democrats always want others to pay more, but are unwilling just to write a check to the government.
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The local Detroit radio station WNIC has started playing Christmas music 24/7 all the way through Christmas. Yes, that's 2 months of nothing but Christmas. Everyone with a gun, please point it at this radio station and shoot it. Put it out of its misery. Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas music. It is my favorite holiday. It's one of the few hours of the year where I'm not grumpy. But this has to stop. Stop, stop, stop. I blame you for listening. It is your fault. Stop, stop, stop!
I cannot take it any longer. The love affair of Brett Favre has to stop. Do we really need to hear about his wife, and about his "hard times"? Spare me the crap. Yes he is a great quarterback...yes he is hall of fame...yes he's everything anyone could ever want...but geez, can we just watch a game for once and talk about the game? Why does every game have to have an Olympic style feel good drama story? Stop Stop Stop!!
Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna goes to a Halloween party dressed a naked man, with his wife dressed as Wendy from Wendy's restaurants. Why? To make fun of offensive coach Joe Cullen who was caught driving naked through a Wendy's drive thru last year. Now while that was funny of course, do you think it was funny for the QB to do this to his own coach? Totally classless, totally tasteless and insensitive. Jon Kitna who I thought was a tough guy, is pretty much a bonehead. He's just a bible thumping, watering of the mouth quarterback who's been hit in the head one too many times. What a stupid move. I'm still not talking about their record, but this scene just adds to what we know as Same Old Lions.
Watching Hillary Clinton implode during the Democratic debate was great. Watching all the other dems gang up on her was even pretty funny. Now, what is sick and sad are those women being interviewed saying that since she was ganged up, that makes them want to support her even more. WHAT?! These are the people that are voting for her because she is a woman, or because she is not George Bush. These people are scary, stupid, and pretty much down right evil. Voting for her just because she is a woman, is equivalent to being a one issue voter. You are essentially part of the problem. Have fun with your taxes being raised even more with her. Good luck with that.
Anyone catch the latest Van Morrison with Tom Jones duet? Great stuff. I've always felt Tom Jones was one of the great voices of our time. Aside from the pop stuff, he has some real bluesy songs that will knock your socks off. In the same mold as Paul Young and Paul Rodgers...truly an icon.
Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills want us to feel sorry for her, because the English paparazzi are out to get her. Hey Heather, shut up. You married a Beatle you twit. What do you expect? And does anyone for one second believe she didn't know who Paul McCartney was before they got married? She's a real pill alright. And no I really don't care, but I watch the news and this is shoved down my throat.
I've gotten emailed to death about which candy should make the top 10 list. It's going to be tough to figure it out. Take 5, butterfinger, and Heath are making a good run. Tough call.
I made some black forest brownies the other day with tasty cherries. I'm still digesting them and it has been 3 days later. I'm a good baker. Hire me for your next bachelorette party. That reminds me, buy me a Kitchen Aid. Thanks.
A contact of mine has started this venture called Knowledge Crush. Check it out, let me know what you think. I'm very impressed by it. I love new startups and ideas. Too bad Hillary hates them. All hail American ingenuity and capitalism!
Word is that Tiger fireballer Joel Zumaya hurt his shoulder evacuating a house in San Diego and will miss most of the 2008 season. But rumors are he got hurt in an off road accident and the Tigers are hiding the information. We shall see. I don't care, I never cared for the 2 cent head pitcher anyways. Just means we need to go after Rivera asap with full force. I can't handle another year of Todd Jones. My heart is not that strong.
What the heck is Pumpkin Tureen?
Don't Taze me bro!
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