Archive for February, 2008

Untruth in Advertising!

February 29, 2008

G’day,    I recently purchased a book from you, Better World Books.   The book was advertised as having a 1938 copyright.  It had, in fact, a 1966 copyright.    While this was what I suspected, I ought to bring to your attention the fact that you are posting incorrect selling information.  I imagine there is a legal term for that.    I shall also be posting this to my blog, so the 2 or 3 readers will see it and to the site where I heard of you, RFF.


The EU is welcome to the Serbs.

February 21, 2008

It appears as if the Serbs are exhibiting excellent barbaric behavior.  Let the mob burn enemies of The State and then the cops can move in being careful not to hurt anyone.  Heck, they’ll be needed for the next government sponsored attack.    It might not be a surprise if someone were to burn down the Serbian Embassy in DC.    These barbarians want to join the EU?

Think ahead or be left behind

February 21, 2008

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not
only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. -Isaac Asimov,
scientist and writer (1920-1992)

Then and now!

February 19, 2008

A short while ago I read a fascinating book: “A Skeptic In The Holy Land” by Fulton Oursler.  It was written in the mid-30’s.    One thing that struck me was his observation that while the Jews in Palestine were planting orchards, etc., the Arabs were tending their goats, as they have done for a very long time, and wondering why Allah wasn’t making life better for them.    I guess, the Christian adage, that G-d helps him, that helps himself.    My question now is just how much has changed over the past 70+ years?

What are the odds?

February 19, 2008

On Wednesday, 20 February, the US will try and hit the falling satellite with a missile.  Now what is going to happen if they miss?  I wonder just what the real odds are for them to take it out on the first go.    I really hope, they will take it out on the first shot.  I’m old enough to remember the Vanguard fiasco in 1958.    If they don’t knock it out, there will be all sorts of hell to pay, especially as this is an election year.  Fun and games!

Vote or pay a fine!

February 18, 2008

Cyprus as well as Australia make it mandatory to vote or you will be fined.    I think, that is a very good idea.    No need to make the fine excessive, tho it should bring in a fair amount of money.    It should be pretty simple.  If you aren’t on the list as having voted, then, say, $25 is added to your income tax.    You wish to get a Driver’s License, well no vote, add $25 dollars.  And so on.  – I like the idea that every time you deal with the government, you get hit with a small fine if you haven’t voted.    $25 a shot too much, well it could be reduced, but all one needs to do not to have to pay a fine is vote.  – Blank ballots count.    I also like Heinlein’s idea of what confers citizenship as noted in Starship Trooper.    Under my plan, I make the cut, of course.

The Taxman may be ripping you off.

February 18, 2008

The city of Albany has a nice scam going.  When one gets their property tax bill, it says you owe so much, but then on the tear off portion, which you are to return, it says, you owe this much.  The only problem is that this is only half of the total property tax.  I’m over 65 and get a reduction in my rate.  Thus, the bill implies I only owed half of what I really did.    Well, I was burned once, but not again.  However, there are a lot of property owners who are paying a 5 or more percentage penalty on their taxes for be late.    I wonder how many other municipalities are ripping off their constituents as does Albany?    Check you next tax bill!  

Top Ten Signs You Might Be A Muslim Member of the Taliban

February 17, 2008

10. You refine heroin for a living; but you have a moral objection to beer.9. You own a $500 machine gun and a $5,000 rocket launcher; but you can’t afford shoes.8. You have more wives than teeth.7. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.6. You can’t think of anyone you HAVEN’T declared Jihad against.5. You consider television dangerous; but routinely carry ammunition in your robe.4. You’ve never been asked, ‘Does this burka make my ass look big?’3. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.2. A common compliment is, ‘I love what you’ve done with your cave.’And, the NUMBER ONE SIGN you might be a Muslim member of the Taliban:1. You wipe your ass with your bare hand; but consider bacon unclean.

A wise word from the past.

February 15, 2008

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
-Alexis de Tocqueville, statesman and historian (1805-1859)

An interesting look at terrorists

February 14, 2008
G’day,  This is an interesting article.  —  What do you think?
—– Original Message —–

Subj: Schmoozing with Terrorists

By Lori Lowenthal Marcus 

    Schmoozing with Terrorists
    by Aaron Klein
    WND Books, 204 pp. $25.95
    Reviewed by Lori Lowenthal Marcus