Archive for July, 2011

Barack The Barbarian

Posted in Humor, Politics on July 31st, 2011

When the Liberals and Progressives – and they’re minority tenants – elected Barack Obama as POTUS they both hoped for- and expected a leader, a messiah if you will, who would destroy any and all dissent from their agenda and fundamentally change America.

Barack The Barbarian
Expectation & Desire: Barack The Barbarian

“The One” was supposed to lower the seas, rally the Leftists as a living banner, crush and annihilate all American resistance, destroy the “Old White Men,” and usher in a new Liberal Utopian Age.

Happily for America or, at least less than sadly, reality intruded upon our domestic enemies’ wet dreams. What they got in Obama was slightly different than they longed for. 😉

Obama E. Neuman - What, Me Worry?
Reality: Barack E. Neuman

As one of my wives oft-times says, “Stupid should be painful,” and believing a self-centered, narcissistic man-child with no experience in anything other than campaigning for political office will bring about “Hope and Change” and usher in some twisted vision of Age of Aquarius is quite possibly the nadir of stupidity. I’m fairly sure the Leftists’ and the minority tenants’ pain is and will continue to be commensurate with the level of that stupidity.

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Lubricated Naiads

Posted in Art, Society, The Environment on July 29th, 2011

As I’ve commented before, if one has a message that is in protest against someone or something, one should be cognizant of the imagery one uses. It does little or no good for one’s cause if the imagery you use to get attention actually provides a “positive” image of what you’re protesting.

Such was largely the case with the Surfrider Foundation’s 2011 “Oil Bikini” calendar.

Sorry, as much as I love the oceans and take issue with the wanton destruction of our maritime environment, this calendar is just not making me angry about the Gulf Oil Spill. If anything, the thought of pretty young women wearing nothing but oil strikes me as a “golden lining” in the situation, at least at the hindbrain level.

From Surfrider’s earlier Press release:

Last years oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico left a deep impression in peoples minds. To remember this catastrophe, we have a created a calendar with photos of young naiads covered in oilThis calendar, which will be offered to all members of Surfrider Foundation Europe, is also designed to help recruit new volunteers

By way of mitigation, the calendar was marketed as stress relief to current members of the organization; it wasn’t designed as a public push campaign. On the other hand, as proven by my posting of this, everything goes onto the internet and parts of it will stay there long after any thought of context has faded away.

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Surfrider Foundation Global Surf 2015 Calendar
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Women & Money (Revised and Updated)

Toxic Assets

Posted in Politics on July 27th, 2011

Toxic AssetsToxic assets has become a popular term for certain types financial assets whose value has fallen significantly and for which there is no longer a functioning market, so that such assets cannot be sold at a price satisfactory to the possessor of those assets which leaves those possessors in a very bad position since they’re holding assets that often cannot be sold except at a significant loss.

To-date this term has mostly been used to describe a subset of securities that were based upon mortgage-based derivatives. I wonder though if people should start thinking of America’s debt in similar terms, at least in the longer term.

USA Economy - Money To Burn

The US government, especially the bloated federal government, is and has been living well beyond its means. Expenditures consistently outpace revenues and it’s reached the point where the government and the pundits are all claiming that, if we don’t borrow more money we’ll default on the debt that we already have. Hence, the brouhaha over the current debt ceiling argument in Congress.

In the near-term it would be ridiculously hyperbolic to describe the American government’s debt as a toxic asset but that doesn’t mean that it should objectively be considered a sinecure for investment either. Moody’s, Standard & Poor, and the International Monetary Fund would be right to downgrade US Treasury Bonds and all US Denomination backed debt. A continued AAA credit rating is unwarranted given the ongoing fiscal irresponsibility of America’s government.

However, if the American government doesn’t rediscover fiscal responsibility it’s debt may well in the years to come be classed as a toxic asset. That’s happened to plenty of other nations through the course of even recent history.

Related Reading:

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2018: For Preparing Your 2017 Tax Return
Managerial Economics & Business Strategy (McGraw-Hill Economics)
Economics: Principles, Problems, & Policies (McGraw-Hill Series in Economics) - Standalone book
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Federal Income Tax: Code and Regulations--Selected Sections (2018-2019)