Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Message to My Liberal Facebook Friends

This was originally posted at

I have something to say to my statist Facebook friends (yes, I know, you like to call yourselves “liberal” or “progressive”).  I am glad you are my friends (and not just FB friends) but you are not helping to improve the tone of political discourse with your daily mindless posts.  And in case you are thinking I am talking about you and only you, I assure you I am not.  Because, you see, it is ALL of you.  You all post the same mindless crap.   It is like there is some statist puppet master pulling your strings.  Whenever I see “Stop watching FauxNews, think for yourselves” posted five times by five different FB friends on the same day, I have to chuckle at the irony.  Gay marriage, chicken sandwiches, the latest gaffe from Romney, what some nobody Republican dog catcher foolishly said about something, are all insignificant and by posting this crap you are acting like middle school girls who like to talk about frivolous things.  So enough of the snarky look-how-smart-I-am-because-I-found-a-funny-picture-showing-how-stupid-those-Republicans-are posts.    And, it doesn’t help your case when you resort to name calling (nutjobs, baggers, sociopaths) and constant carpet F-bombings, you come across as insecure middle school boys who want to act all tough.   Honestly, rarely do any of my conservative or libertarian FB friends do any of this stuff.  But from my dear statist friends, it is an everyday thing.  It would be one thing if you actually wanted to talk about policy (as opposed to political gotcha), but you have shown no interest in having a true political discussion.
So let’s be clear, this election is about one thing and one thing only – how can the entitlement debt bomb be defused.  It is undeniable to anyone who is paying attention that unless we do something about the federal debt, our children will be condemned to a lower standard of living.  And, yes, I agree we need to bring home the troops and stop getting ourselves involved in wars with countries that have not attacked us.  I agree we can no longer afford an empire. But guess what, we have to cut entitlement programs because entitlements make up 62% of the federal budget and will completely consume the budget by 2045.  Entitlements and interest will consume the total federal budget by 2025. 
It has been estimated that the total unfunded entitlements liability (future required payments) exceeds $100 TRILLION dollars. Yes, that was trillion with a T.  So what my statist friends need to understand is that every new thing you demand from the government has a cost.  Nothing is free.   
And the answer is not to raise taxes.  If the federal government took 100% of the income of the top 1% (those making over $384k a year) it would not balance the budget let alone pay down the debt.  The total confiscation of the income of the  top 1% would provide only $750 billion while the annual federal deficit is projected to be $1.1 trillion.  And of course with a 100% tax rate the top 1% would “go Galt” and stop working or leave the country.
So do we begin to have a rational discussion about how to save this country from financial collapse or do you want to continue to post mean-spirited snarky crap?  If it is the latter, then you are no better than all the hack politicians who have destroyed this country.  I know you are better than they are, please show it.  

Liberty for Kids: A Message to My Liberal Facebook Friends

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Things that Annoy Me: Leaving Your SUV Running Next to Me

On Wednesday nights I pick up my daughter from a church daycare where she works.  With about ten minutes to go before she is ready, I find a parking space away from the entrance but where I am able to see when my daughter comes out to be picked up.  It is also in the shade so I park, lower the windows, and prepare to listen to the radio in peace and quit.  But before I can get comfortable, a huge white Nissan Armada pulls in next to me.  Out jumps a woman (blond, mid 30s) who walks into the church but leaves her tank running.  Maybe SUV drivers don’t realize that when they leave their vehicles running it heats up the area around it thus making it uncomfortable for any car with its windows down parked next to them.  And, of course, the sound from the engine makes it unpleasant as well. 

It was not a hot day.  At 7:20 it was probably in the lower 80s and it was in the shade.  My first thought was to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume there was a young child in the Armada.   I got out because it was no longer possible for me to sit in my car with the windows down.  I would have had to start my car and run the air conditioning.  Well, guess what?  No kids were in the SUV. 

With the price of gas approaching $4 a gallon, why would you not turn your car off if no one is in it?  It needlessly burns gas. 

If any SUV drivers are reading this, I only ask that you give consideration to others and not park next to someone sitting in a car with the windows down.   

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WOKI 98.7 NewsTalk Replaces Glenn Beck with Geraldo

So Glenn Beck is no longer on the air in Knoxville.  He has been replaced by Geraldo Rivera.  Why would anyone think that that is a good idea?  In my opinion, Beck's show is the best talk show on radio today.  He is funny and informative.  I have heard that Cumulus - the owners of WOKI - owns the rights to Geraldo's show and therefore it gets a bigger cut by carrying him.  Maybe so but a bigger cut of a smaller share is probably not a sound business decision.  I am guessing that WNOX 100.3 will pick up Beck at either the 10:00 time slot or the 12:00 time slot.  Since Boortz is retiring after December, it would be a good time to make the move.  Boortz's replacement is former presidential candidate Herman Cain.  I have listened to him when he has filled in for Boortz.  Not good.  Not good at all.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bruce Pearl Needs to Go

I hated to type that title.  I hate saying it.  But we all know it must happen.  The Bruce Pearl we all loved was a fake.

Bruce is like the beautiful girlfriend who was fun to be with and was as pure as the driven snow - or so you thought.  Then one day you found she was not the person she pretended to be.  She had been cheating on you.  But she cries and apologizes so you take her back.  At first, you think you can make it work, but you can never trust her again.  You didn't love her just because she was beautiful and she showed you a good time, you loved her because she was a good person.  This was the one. But now you know she isn't who you thought she was and suddenly she isn't as beautiful as you had once thought.  It is starting to make sense what your friends were saying.  She is fake.  She will do it again.  Dump her before she hurts you again.

It's not you, Bruce, its us.  I hope we can still be friends.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Attempted to Buy a New TV

So my 15 year old TV finally died. My first stop was at the Best Buy in Turkey Creek in Knoxville. A very helpful salesman approached me within a few minutes of arriving in the TV area. The store did not seem that busy for a Sunday. I asked him about a 37" 120 Hz TV I saw on their web site. He said he knew what I was talking about but that Best Buy doesn't carry that model but the Best Buy on North Peters does. He checked to see if the North Peters store had one on hand. Even though the computer said they had two, he called to confirm that they did in fact have one. They did so he requested they hold it until I made it there. Great customer service from the Turkey Creek Best Buy.

But a different experience at the North Peters store awaited me. Before I drove over to the North Peters store, I stopped by the HH Gregg store in Turkey Creek. I got a low talker salesman who wasn't that knowledgeable. However, I liked the TV and would have bought it but it was a half inch too tall. So I went over to the North Peters Best Buy. I couldn't get the attention of any sales staff in the TV area. I noticed other customers were having the same problem. A sales woman noticed I was not being helped but was too busy to help me but she said she would try to get someone to help me. After standing around with other frustrated customers for another five minutes I decided to see if I could just get the guy at the front of the store to have the TV brought up to the check out. He could not. He used his necklace communication device to call back to the TV area. He then directed me to where the Geek Squad was and told me I could try to get someone's attention so they could get the TV from the back. It looked like a mad house. I said, "Can't you just have someone bring the TV here?" He said he wasn't able to get them on the communication system. I left.

Looks like I will be ordering a TV from an online store.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Round 6 of Knoxville Talk Radio Wars: Boortz/Ingraham vs Mark Levin

The strong lead in of the Boortz Information Overload Hour at 9:00 pm will give Laura Ingraham's show a boost and give WNOX 100.3 the win over NewsTalk 98.7 in the 9 - 12 timeslot. Besides Mark Levin's nasally voice is not that suitable for radio. When my children ride with me and Levin comes on they scream with pain much like when dogs hear an annoying high pitched sound.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Round 5 of Knoxville Talk Radio Wars: Savage versus Hannity

I love talk radio. I can listen to even mediocre talk radio and still enjoy it. I don’t have to agree with a person’s political viewpoint to enjoy listening to talk radio. I like listening to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Tammy Bruce, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Roger Hedgecock, Steve Gill, well, you get the idea. But I hate listening to Sean Hannity. Why? He is dumb, he repeats himself, he is an obvious shill for the GOP . Did I mention he is dumb? I expect basic logic for a talk radio host and Hannity fails miserably. I can’t think of anything more painful than to listen to three hours of Hannity’s radio show except maybe to watch his TV show.

Hannity took over Mike Savages’ 6 – 9 timeslot a few years ago. Shortly after that I gave up listening to the radio during my drive home. At first I downloaded The Savage Nation podcasts. Then those went away. I then turned to other podcasts such as Steve Gill, Roger Hedgecock and Jack Spirko. But as of August 2, The Savage Nation is back on the air in Knoxville on 100.3 and I couldn’t be happier. I still have to turn down the radio at red lights because it is a little embarrassing to be caught listen to Savage at times. He does have some views that aren’t appropriate for polite company. No, that isn’t quite right, it is the tone that sometimes comes across as impolite and even harsh. His Borders, Language and Culture theme sounds xenophobic and no one wants to be seen as xenophobic. But his message is actually more nuanced than it appears. I am not going to attempt to make his argument here, listen for yourself.

I don’t know if Savage can actually beat Hannity in Knoxville. Sometimes stupid wins. But I am going to predict Savage will win.