Monday, March 30, 2009

Tesla, a model for the former "Big 3"


While the MSM goes on and on about GM failing, they seem to overlook the progress that Tesla Motors has been demonstrating with their fully electric cars. Their Tesla Roadster is still in high demand, even Arnold wants one and what's more is that GE Capital is investing in Tesla to the tune of $40 million. Chump change compared to what Congress is handing out these days, but it's still a lot of money. Imagine that, a private company raising money in the private sector to produce a product that the free market wants, and needs. If Congress would stop interfering with the free market, dino-powered auto makers like GM would be gone and Al Gore would be happy at last.

And no, I don't have any money of my own invested in Tesla, but unfortunately, Mr. Pallone and company in DC have invested plenty of my money in the BIG 3.

In case you're not in the market for a sports car like the Tesla Roadster, they have a full electric (not a hybrid) 4 door sedan in the works. And also, I know, I know... [angry guy]BUT US LITTLE PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD THESE CARS!!!![/angry guy]. Of course we can't afford them, because our government is using our tax money to prop up failing companies who still make cars based on hundred plus year old dino burner internal combustion engine technology. The latest gas-electric hybrids are a marginal at best improvement.  When the first automobiles were being made, us little people couldn't afford those either - but with the rich folks like Arnold buying a Tesla and GE investing in the company and the failing of the big 3, the market for a US made, fully electric automobile would be wide open and Tesla is well positioned to move in to the role of #1 automaker.  Someone, maybe with a name like Henry, or Ford, might eventually figure out how to build something like an assembly line for full electric cars, that look cool and people want, and then us little folks will be able to afford such cars. This is how the free market should work, and in my humble opinion as an Average No One, it would be better for all of us if our government would stop interfering with the market.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Monmouth County Tea Party

Courtesy of Councilman Joseph Irace of Oceanport

Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will be hosting a TEA PARTY @ Monmouth County's very own Revolutionary HQ - Moore's Inn -Freehold Township on April 15, 2009 6-8PM.
 
 BRING A TEA BAG............. There will be food and beverage, I think it's $15 pp. Get all your friends and their friends...... show Trenton we're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!!!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

NUDE Teens! Really.

Before I get to the NUDE TEENS... My apologies to my loyal readers for the lack of recent entries, I've been extremely busy at work making sure that lead contaminated cargo bound for the US from China makes it here *insert sad face* while also getting ready for my first vacation, ever....

So without further non-sense- - I present to you two stories about NUDE TEENS!

In this first story, two 13 year old, TEEN GRLZ! from PA were photographed in their underpants by another TEEN GIRL and are being treated as pedophiles/sex offenders. Seems harmless to me, without being a creep, I can honestly admit to seeing plenty of 13 year old girls in bathing suits, which I'll have to assume isn't much different than seeing some 13 year old girls in a bra and panties.

I offer this second story, about another 13 year old TEEN GIRL! who was forcefully strip-searched, NAKED!!, by school "officials".

If politicians, judges, lawyers or anyone else truly cared about "the children", there is just one solution - allow the youth to vote. Allow the students to have a say in who is on their school board or town counsel. Allow them to have a say in who makes the agreements with teachers, who may violate their Constitutional rights rights (4th Amendment?).  If I had more time, I'd explain all of the parts of both stories that are just mind-boggling and sickening. One thing is for sure, our politicians are not protecting "the children" and if they were sincere in such claims, their efforts would be in lowering the voting age and ensuring that the Constitution applies to all Americans, regardless of age. 

So whenever Mr. Environment Frank Pallone is done celebrating Greek Independence Day, I challenge him to spend some time fighting for youth rights and really showing some care for defending the rights of "the children".. or maybe he'll want to address that lead paint problem at least.

PS - Tom DeSeno says Sex Sells, according to the worst newspaper in the world. Let's see if this headline draws some extra traffic.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

AIG Should Pay It's Bonuses

Do you Rememba'? when I said those bailouts were a TERRIBLE idea?

Anyhow, "the government" decided that AIG NEEDED $165BILLION of our tax money.  No one could explain exactly how they came to the number $165BILLION just that it was a really big amount of money, and AIG NEEDED it. Why did they need $165BILLION, who knows, no one ever asked or explained what the money would be used for, they just needed it. Our government gave it to them.

Over the few short months since AIG received theirour money The Ohh-Man has been telling us he wants to put Americans back to work. Give money back to Americans. Stimulate the economy. Etc. So here is AIG, with $165BILLION of OUR money trying to give, and here comes the math,FAR less than 1% of the money to it's employees, to people, to Americans. AIG intends to pay just $164Million in bonuses.  Take $164,000,000 divided by $165,000,000,000 is a tiny lil' .00099393939393... It's nothing. Peanuts. Rubbish. Shite. Pay up AIG. I was kind of bummed to get a 10% pay cut, when I was expecting a 3% pay raise. I don't have any kind of contract so I can't complain too much I suppose, but if I had a contract promising me a $1MILLION bonus, and my employer just received $165BILLION, I'd expect to be paid. They certainly have the money to pay me what we agreed to.

Let's think about this for a second. What else should AIG being doing with the money? Our legislators didn't seem to care when they handed out the $165BILLION. Why do they care now? AIG wanted $165BILLION, without a thought, our elected government gave it to them, and then after the fact, they want it back. When I was a kid, we called this "Indian Giving". I think that might be a racist/offensive term now. I don't apologize and the Indian's should feel free to write me a nasty letter and boycott my blog.

Now, of course, I suppose that I should take a look at some other views, I'm sure there are more.

1) If the government didn't bailout AIG, all of these employees would be unemployed and get no bonus anyhow.  Correct, sort of. AIG tells us that these are the best and the brightest in the world, which is why AIG has to pay them to keep them aboard. If they are the best and the brightest, why did the company need a bailout? And second, if they are the best and the brightest, do you really think they would be unemployed? Seems like the best and brightest might have started their own small (or large) business.  We the People (or the Chinese) wouldn't be on the hook for $165BILLION.

2) If the government doesn't let AIG pay the money to employees, what should AIG do with the money? Give it back? HAH. Why would YOU (the government) have given AIG money they didn't need then? The government is asking for accountability from AIG, We the People (or at least me) wants some accountability from our legislators (that means you Mr. Frank Pallone!) Kind of makes you (the government) look bad to give out $165BILLION and then admit that you didn't have a clue how you came to the conclusion that $165BILLION was reasonable. How much more of that $165BILLION isn't needed (I say none of it, but whatever, I'm just an AverageNoOne after all)?

Bottom line, pay up AIG and take your beating OhhMan and company. Let this be a lesson in why government bailouts are a bad idea.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

John F. Tierney (D-Mass) is a DumbAss

If you haven't been following the news, drug related violence in Mexico has been getting worse by the day. In fact the "mayor of Juarez relocated his family across the border to El Paso after being threatened by the drug cartels". According to the same story, Phoenix, in Stupid John McCain's own home state, has become a kidnap capital for Mexican gangs.

So what does dumb John F. Tierney (D-Mass) say?  He believes that tighter gun control laws inside of the United States will solve Mexico's problems. That's right. He somehow believes that taking away the most effective form of self-defense from the people of Arizona, and across the US, will make them safer. It just doesn't make sense, stupid.

Would Mr. Tierney send out troops to the front lines without guns? Doubtful. As I said in my previous entry, where there are guns, there are no shooting rampages.

If guns are making their way from the US to Mexico, I can be reasonably sure that these guns aren't being transferred to Mexican gangs by honest, law abiding citizens of the United States. They are being transferred to Mexican gangs by Mexican gangs in the United States. Probably Mexican gangs in the United States full of gang members who are in the United States illegally.

If Mr. Tierney truly wanted to help the people of America whom he was elected to represent, and the people of Mexico as a side effect, he would be fully supporting a border fence. He would fully support our armed forces defending our borders and protecting our sovereignty from illegal entry. If any gang member approaches the border, Mr. Tierney's advise should be to shoot first, destroy the evidence later. And when the civil rights groups try to defend the gang member's action and prosecute our brave men and women who are tasked with protecting the good people of Arizona, and the rest of the United States, stupid John McCain and Mr Tierney along with every other member of Congress should pat our boys on the back and tell the civil rights groups where to stick it.

Further, Mr. Tierney also seems to believe that it is the United States fault that this drug violence exists in the first place.  He says "let's cut down on U.S. drug consumption, let's ask there to be more resources to root out drug money laundering". How about this idea dumbass, let's cut down on the BS that is the United State's "war on drugs". Let people who want to buy some weed or cocaine purchase drugs made right here in the good ol' US of A. Regulate drug production through the FDA, USDA, who ever if you really want to keep some control of the situation. It's Mr .Tierney's bad policy of expanding our "war on drugs" that drives the huge black market into Mexico, or Afghanistan for that matter, to begin with which is what enables and empowers gangs, or "the terrorists".

Again the article says "US may deploy troops", which sounds good, but with politicians like Mr. Tierney in office, who is to say that our troops will be "allowed" to defend our borders? And since Mr. Obama wants to close Gitmo, I'd like to think that this will this be a "no quarter" battle, right? I mean, I certainly don't want to keep dangerous Mexican gang members in our prisons here in the US.

And where of course is our own Congressman, Mr. Environment himself, Frank Pallone? He's busy protecting "the children" of course.... by getting legislation together that will force kids who want to smoke to buy their cigs on the street corner from Mexican gangs. Way to go Frank... way to go.

By the way Frank... the Creek is still poo-looted, Ft. Monmouth is still set to close, we're still paying those FEMA flood insurance rates... and "the children" still can't vote.

We Have to Protect "The Children"! (And raise money for the State)

No joke, we do. Haven't you read the news about this school shooting in Germany? Listen to the panic:

Was she afraid? Sandra thinks for a bit. "I was so afraid that I actually wasn't anymore," she says.

So I got to thinking, I'm like a smart guy and I can help "the children". Plus, if I could somehow help "the children" I could be a real, bonafide politician after all. So I reviewed...

Common places for shooting rampages:
1) Schools
2) Churches
3) Shopping Malls

Places where shooting rampages DO NOT seem to happen:

1) Local Police Station (This despite how unhappy you would think the local gangs are with those pesky po-lease)
2) Local Municipal Building (This despite how unhappy you would think the local population is with those pesky polly-ticians)
3) Shooting Ranges (where there are a lot of guns and people who know how to use them)

And then I realized, I have a solution to how we can protect "the children".

Shooting rampages just never seem to happen where there are guns.  It takes a rather brave, and I use brave here the way Bill Maher might have used the word brave,  idiot to walk into an area, where folks might be armed, and start shooting. Oddly enough, most of the cowards who go on shooting rampages seem to shoot themselves at the end, walking in the police station and pointing a gun could have sped up the process and saved a few lives, but I digress. 

The solution to shooting rampages is NOT stricter gun control, but less gun control. If every teacher, and I only say teacher because I'll assume teachers are over 18 and can legally own a gun, (which brings me back to my youths rights fight but again, I digress) in the school was carrying a pistol, how quickly could a teacher have ended this "rampage"? 

The same holds true for the shooting rampage in Alabama. If gun fire begins while I'm pumping gas over at the Hess station, I'm screwed, as are the men who are just trying to earn a buck nothing pumping gas for me. If I had my firearm with me, I'd find some cover, analyze the situation and take care of business, to protect my life and the lives of my loved ones, or even the lives of the good fellers at Hess who pump gas for me once a week. 

Regardless, my point is simple, where there are guns, there are no shooting rampages.

"Terrorists" even recognized that soldiers at Fort Dix were unarmed - they plotted an attack there. Why didn't the terrorists plot a rampage somewhere like Ft. Bragg or some other fort where soldiers might be doing some "live fire" exercises and be ready and able to respond? Right, shooting rampages do not happen where there are guns.

Which leads me to how NJ can raise some revenue: Sell Carry Permits.

Florida sells carry permits, for non-residents even. Yes, you and I, in NJ, can apply for, and receive, a FL state issued carry permit, that is recognized in about 30 states including nearby PA, DE, MD (but no good in NJ, NY). I'm proud to say that I have made my $117 donation to the state government of FL for such a permit. That is $117 that the state of NJ is not receiving. Surely, NJ could use the money. And oddly enough, I have no plans to travel to FL, or any of the states where I would be allowed to carry my firearm(s), so if not for selling me such a permit, these states would likely never see a dime of my money (except for what Obama takes from me and "redistributes" in those states, again I digress)

While the gun rights advocates would likely take aim at me for suggesting this, I'll even go one step further and say that I do believe that NJ should NOT reciprocate with other states on their permits. 

What NJ SHOULD do, is sell NJ carry permits to non-residents. Live in PA and work in NJ? Seems common, and that is a lot of "out of state" money that can pour into NJ. Then add in the gun owners who just HAVE to have a permit in every state and now there are 49 other states where NJ can make "sales" and earn some money. Everyone wins. And best of all, since there would be guns in NJ.... there will be no shooting rampages here.

Stay safe.

http://www.obrpc.org/  (Monmouth County's only range - that I know of - let me know if there are more)
http://www.brickarmoryllc.com/  - LOVE these guys and this place
http://www.cjrpc.com/  - HUGE place - members only
http://www.shoreshotpistolrange.com/ - never been but hear mostly good things

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Every Now And Then, I Turn It On Again...

...but it's plain to see that the radio still sucks." - The Ataris

I've been swamped at work and have had little to no time for anything other than work, so I was quite disappointed this morning when I woke up and couldn't find O&A on my radio. The story is on most of the area outlets. Good thing I still have my Sirius XM subscription, for now.

I suppose this could be part of the reason corporations are failing - take the #2 rated show in NYC among men 18-54 off of the air and replace it with the same tired old songs people have on their MP3 players, then interrupt those songs with obnoxious commercials.  I'm no radio executive, just an Average No One, but it seems like a bad decision to me. Hopefully our tax dollars aren't being used to bail out the free media next; government ownership of the media might make us look a little more like China.

PS - Blog entries may be few and far between over the next few weeks as I try to meet some deadlines at work before I take a 2 week vacation.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Change

Busy at work but...

How does anyone justify some of these earmarks: $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa; $2 million "for the promotion of astronomy" in Hawaii; $6.6 million for termite research in New Orleans; $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York," [McCain] said.

I don't really care for Mr. McCain. I didn't vote for him. But good for him. Where is that change?

..and back to work.