Archive for August, 2011

I can draw several conclusions…

August 31, 2011

…from this:

Apparently Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson thinks it’s really no big deal that the Obama administration, under the auspices of the ATF, intentionally let guns go to Mexico and lost track of them after they crossed the border.

Anderson also apparently thinks it’s no big deal that the ATF has pushed outright lies to Congress in an attempt to gin up support for more gun control.

Anderson also apparently thinks it’s no big deal that Gunwalker seems to have been engineered as a scheme to give said lies some truth to gin up support for more gun control.

Anderson also apparently thinks it’s no big deal that one of those walked guns was linked to the shooting death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, or that the ATF in Phoenix was scared shitless that the gun used in the Tucson shootings was another of those walked guns.

No, apparently since the guns the ATF told border gun shops to let go to Mexico were supposedly a fraction of the total weaponry, no harm no foul, according to Mr. Anderson.

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So did the throttle stick?

August 31, 2011

Or is this just another case of “Those boys were aaangels, they never meant to hurt anyone…”

Teenagers Christopher Yovino and Brett Taylor wiped their eyes as they listened to Omar Nuño testify Tuesday about his life since his wife and two of his children were killed in a high-speed collision last year….

Prosecutors said the two were racing each other at speeds of more than 90 mph when one of their vehicles struck Nuño’s wife’s minivan at an intersection in northwest Houston.

Jurors took about six hours over two days to find both guilty of causing the Sept. 27 wreck that killed Mayra Castillo Torres, 37, Christopher Nuño, 14, and 6-year-old Katia Nuño.

After the verdict, Taylor’s aunt, Kimberly Robinson, said jurors came to the wrong conclusion.

“Justice was not served,” Robinson said. “We do not feel this was a fair verdict. We know these boys and we know this was an accident.”

So did the throttle stick on one or both of the vehicles? Seriously, that’s one of the most disgusting whitewashes of such a horrible deed that I’ve ever seen. Accident? No. It was negligence, pure and simple. I don’t see why the drivers of these vehicles shouldn’t be thrown in jail and the key melted.

Well-conceived what?

August 30, 2011

I swear, they’ll let just anyone run his or her mouth in the Express-News’ letters to the editor sometimes:

I have Republican leanings. However, with the latest Gallup Poll indicating Rick Perry is by far the Republican leader, I am truly worried. I cannot help but agree with “Comedy Central’s” assessment that ol’ Rick is acting a lot like Yosemite Sam.

That is sad, yet accurate.

I’d like to see more focus given to Jon Huntsman. He’s intelligent, has a well-conceived agenda, a good track record and, for the superficial people out there, an attractive wife — and both of them have good heads of hair.

Jon Huntsman? The same Jon Huntsman who would kowtow to the global warmists and let the Federal Reserve keep dicking with the money supply and the economy? The same Jon Huntsman who said he would not veto another “assault weapons ban” if Congress were to pass it? The same Jon Huntsman who has attacked his fellow Republicans more than he has attacked the president? And how about this priceless quote from the President of the United States himself?

“I’m sure he will be very successful in whatever endeavors he chooses in the future. And I’m sure that him having worked so well with me will be a great asset in any Republican primary.”

Like I said, Huntsman is just another go-along-to-get-along Establishment RINO, just one more of the people who has gotten this country in the hot mess it’s in.

Another music-related observation…

August 29, 2011

Not that this was a high bar to cross, but you know what looks even more vapid with Rush playing in the background? People‘s coverage of Kim Kardashian’s nuptials. Contrast a song like “Tom Sawyer” or “Red Barchetta” with the breathless coverage of fawning journalists of someone who basically got famous off her dad’s name and a sex tape, and it’s enough to make one despair for the future of humanity. Even more so than after the trial of the Mom In Florida Who Shall Not Be Named. Seriously, people care that much about that crap?

Snippets from this morning…

August 28, 2011

Driving down Carolina Street towards IH-37…

Me, seeing a rental company and number on a house: “I think that pink house is for rent.”

Sabra: “I think they rent moon bounces…Newspaper?”

Me, as I quickly turn into the gas station there at the corner of Carolina and 37: “Oh yeah!”

Sabra: “You completely forgot about the paper, didn’t you?”

Me, after a moment’s thought: “Yeah. I was thinking of how fun it’d be to live in a moon bounce.”

Sabra: “HAHAHAHA!”

And later, coming back by that same gas station, as I hear a dude in a Ford Ranger revving his engine…

Me: “Aw, you go, dude! Rev up that four-cylinder!”

Sabra: “Oh, now that’s cold! I’m impressed!”

Me: “All 2.3 liters of it!”

And a bit further down the road:

“Sabra: “Fuck a duck…”

Me: “I dunno, can you imagine what kinds of sounds it’d make?”

Both of us: “Quack, quack, quaaaaack…”

And right before we make the turn onto our street:

Me: “You know, chorizo and egg (together) was another thing you introduced me to. I’d never had it before you.”

Sabra: “Really?”

Me: “Yep. Chalk up another thing for the ‘I’m so WHITE!’ category…”

Sabra: “HAHA! Yeah, no shit!”

So those of us who want to be safer have to pay more money?

August 28, 2011

…or, In some people’s world, this is actually a viable proposal?

If the U.S. really wants to get serious about funding highway infrastructure, besides renewing the gas tax the most positive step we as a nation could take is to let the American public decide not only how much they wish to drive, but also give them an incentive to seriously consider what size of engine is really needed in the vehicle they drive.

Charge an annual fee ranging from $100 for any vehicle with an engine of 1.8 liters, scaled up to $1,500 for engines of 5.0 liters, payable annually with the license renewal.

So those of us who want to drive bigger vehicles to haul our families around should have to pay an extra $150 a month? Actually, for what I drive now, Michael Wimberley’s proposed fee would be even more, considering my Ford F-150 has a 5.4 liter engine.

Look. The laws of physics aren’t going to be denied. Smaller engines are only going to work in smaller vehicles, which are only going to be more vulnerable in accidents. A tax on engine size is blatantly unjust on several levels, not the least of which is the fact that such only makes bigger, safer vehicles available only to those who can afford it. And, again, such an idea only discounts the advances made with modern technology in improving gas mileage in all sorts of vehicles.

We haven’t even gotten to the effect on at least a couple of sectors of the economy, namely automotive sales and construction. If what I’m reading is right, the Ford F-Series and Chevy Silverado were the two best-selling vehicles overall in the United States last year; and the F-Series has been on top for at least the last several years. Not just for trucks, mind you, but ALL vehicles. Can you imagine what such a recurring tax would do to sales of those trucks and the bottom line of the businesses of the people who use them? It would crush them like a bug, that’s what it’d do.

And that’s why taxes like this must be vigorously opposed.

Instead of a few…

August 27, 2011

…we have someone here who stereotypes at least 50 million people based on his interactions with just one. And a walking cane? Well, it’s his life, worthless as he obviously thinks it is. No doubt he’d argue that the saying didn’t go “don’t bring a walking cane to a gun fight,” but he wouldn’t be saying that for long. As I’ve noted before elsewhere, this sort of self-righteous stupidity is fortunately often fatal.

 

(h/t David Codrea)

Nice guy?

August 27, 2011

Democrat voter on Barack Obama: “Sometimes he needs to put his foot down and not be the nice guy.”

Barack Obama to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, after the 2008 election, as Obama was making plans to rev up the debt car: “Elections have consequences and, Eric, I won.”

I wonder if that was “not nice” enough for said Dem voter and those like her. Strong leader? Well, okay then. I was always under the impression that, by definition, strong leaders don’t lead off cliffs.

Little late, eh?

August 26, 2011

From the AP, via the San Antonio Express-News:

Officials along the Eastern Seaboard are on alert and debating whether and when to evacuate people. (as Hurricane Irene approaches — ed.)

Well, it’s a little late for that, isn’t it? Three days before the hurricane is supposed to strike, with all those people living on the coast, and they’re still debating this? Do you know where I was three days before Hurricane Rita hit Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana? 275 miles inland, that’s where I was.

But all those people are, as we have been told on numerous occasions, the best and brightest the country has to offer, smarter than you and me, and that we should listen to them because they know exactly what they’re doing…

Sabra: “There’s only one reason for all this: President Obama hates black people.”

Maybe they should institute an assault gas ban.

August 26, 2011

You know, for the Mexican gamblers.

Two dozen gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with gasoline and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing 53 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said.

Damn border gas station owners, selling all that gasoline and not giving a good gorram where it’s going. Don’t they have any sense of social responsibility?