Archive for April, 2012

Pontius Pilate Resigns

Posted in Politics, The Environment on April 30th, 2012

Al "Crucify Them" ArmendarizAl Armendariz, the EPA’s Prefect over the troublesome and barely subdued South and Southwest region of the US who was so fond of “crucifixion” and “making examples” out of oil and gas companies in order to more easily manage Region VI, has resigned.

Of course, in his resignation letter, Armendariz claimed that his draconian philosophy of “crucifying” energy companies in order to strike fear of the EPA into industries did not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region.

How many radicals appointed to power by Obama who’ve later been forced to resign or be terminated does Armendariz make?

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Beyond Gaga

Posted in Food & Drink, Humor, Music, Society on April 29th, 2012

New York born pop star Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga is known as both a singer and a pop-culture and style icon of sorts, especially when it comes to hats and other headgear. This might be a natural phenomenon though; she might by born this way. 😉

Indeed, her penchant for bizarre clothing, especially headgear, oft-times made from meat or other unusual materials might be a more comment trait than previously known. Ms. Germanotta isn’t even the most extreme case…

Beyond Gaga - Fresh Octopus Hat?
That “Hat” Is Beyond Gaga

Yep. Ms. Samantha Gardner of Chester, England is beyond Gaga when it comes to hats – but in an oddly delightful way. Then again, I love sashimi, especially tako, so I might not be the most objective viewer. 😉

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Solving For Urban Crime

Posted in Politics, Society, The Environment on April 28th, 2012

[SinglePic not found] Solving for urban crime should be approached kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere; they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.

And so you make examples out of people who are, in this case, not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there.

And, neighborhoods that are smart see that; they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up. And, that won’t happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people. So you go out, you look at an neighborhood, you find people violating the law, you go aggressively after them.

That’s my philosophy for solving for urban crime. You go into the ghettos and you crucify a few of the thugs. You make examples out of them and the rest of the hood toes the line.

And we do have some pretty effective enforcement tools. Compliance can get very high, very, very quickly.

You Can’t Do That!

The kindest, gentlest, and most civil cry from the Liberals and their minority tenants would be, “You can’t do that!” Most responses to this philosophy for solving for the Urban Crime question would be far more vicious and vitriolic, with some quarters making various threats of violence and insurrection in response to such practices.

Their response is, of course laughable – though history and current events have both shown Americans that the threats of violence from certain sorts must be taken seriously and dealt with accordingly – because their response is not based upon any sort of objective logic or moral standards.

Simply replace any reference I made to Urban Crime with violations of the EPA’s convoluted regulations and replace any references to neighborhoods or people with oil and gas companies and you have the statement that the EPA’s Region VI Administrator, Al Armendariz about his way of conducting operations in Texas.

Hear any Liberals or their minority tenants crying about tyranny, despotism, the police state, or anything over Al Armendariz’s way of running the EPA in his region? I sincerely doubt it.

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