Friday, March 26, 2010

One Small Step For Mankind, One Giant Step For A Blog

Sometime last night, in the cold and dead quite of an early Michigan spring, a tiny blog in the wilderness of a global information exchange broke the 2,000 mark.
Eternal thanks to the few who stop by and read my point on view here. Sorry, you can never get those moments back, but I thank you anyways.


(Edit: I'm cookied out of the count. So I'm not counted in the number of visitors.)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chalk Up Another One For The Lefty's

What are these people doing to my great state?

"Mich. Gov. holds press conference to announce giving $9.1 million in tax breaks to scam artist
By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
03/18/10 3:39 PM EDT

I bet residents of Michigan don't know whether to laugh or cry at their hapless governor right now:

Convicted embezzler and scam artist Richard Short was back in a Flint jail Wednesday -- a day after taking a stage with an unwitting Gov. Jennifer Granholm to celebrate a $9.1-million state tax break for his new company.
State officials who oversee the breaks -- but don't do background checks -- were mortified. Republicans called for investigations into how a felon duped a state agency.

Short, 57, couldn't actually take the credits until he made good on his business plan: spending $18.5 million and hiring 765 people to convert a former Flint chassis plant and build and ship renewable energy and sanitation equipment to African villages.

He didn't tell the state that he'd served nearly six years in jail and prison for embezzling money from a Muskegon-area battery-maker, or that he'd been convicted for bank loan fraud.

Short was arrested at his Flint home Wednesday for a possible parole violation because he hadn't paid restitution for his past crimes."

From the Washington Examiner.

Image from these guys.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CHICOMS Vs Google: Out Snooping The Snoopers

The growing conflict between the snoopers at Google and the snoopers from the People's Republic of China is heating up. Google's attempt to thwart Chinese Internet search restrictions by re-routing users to servers based out of Hong Kong ignores the fact that Chinese Internet service runs through a complex filtering mechanism commonly knows as "The Great Firewall of China".

I've been watching this conflict with much amusement. There is something bitterly ironic about a company like Google crying foul over behavior that they openly espouse elsewhere. After all, wasn't it Google's CEO Eric Schmidt who said “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.”? The same Google CEO who blacklisted C-NET for posting information about him, taken from Google searches?

Isn't this also the same Google who's pushing so hard for "Net Neutrality", which would allow them to pimp their services over other providers lines free of charge?

I find this hard to believe, but I think I might actually be cheering on the Chicoms. Well, maybe not cheering them on, but at least enjoying the irony of it all.

A Short Thought

You could spend the rest of your life debating this health care debacle. It's a done deal now, time to try and pick up the pieces. The only thing I wanted to put out there is this:

For every person who is really down on their luck, through no fault of there own, there are at least fifty people who are in the same position because they wont do anything with their lives. Never have, never will. No one is against a social safety net to help our neighbors out. But that's not what this kind of legislation is. It is an entitlement. So long as there are people in power in this country who want to build the structure of society around those who don't even care enough to do for themselves, we all going to be losers. You can help the few, without babying the collective worthless.

On a side note, I'm willing to place a wager with anyone that in a few years time, when the really bad parts of this start to affect everyone, you won't be able to find anyone who will admit to having supported obama-care. Kind of like his getting elected......