Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A visit to San Francisco: behind enemy lines....

I just returned from a four day stint in the City By The Bay, home of Barry Bonds*, Al Capone and Nancy Pelosi.  Yes, four days in San Francisco to celebrate my niece's 16th birthday.

This was not my city of choice to spend any time in whatsoever, but there was no convincing a 16-year old that there are communist outposts in the U.S.  Even if she did believe me, she didn't care.  We went anyway.

During my brief encounter behind enemy lines, I was fascinated by what I saw and heard: a city that is in its death throes, but doesn't know it yet.

Our cabbie who took us from the airport to the hotel near Fisherman's Wharf (obviously a gay guy) was explaining with great delight his rental digs up on the hill overlooking the town was rent controlled: he was paying around a $1000/month, as he had been in this apartment for over 30 years, while his next door neighbor was paying 'market price' for identical digs: $5000/month.

I chose not to get into it with 'Gary the Cabbie,' about the effects of price controls and that they simply don't work in controlling prices (just ask Gary's neighbor).  Sure, they are working for Gary, since he's already got his, but they are not working all that great for his neighbor.  I am sure Gary doesn't give a damn about his neighbor, but that is the subject for another day.

We took the 'hop on, hop off' bus tour of the city, and saw all the sights, to include:

  • Haight-Ashbury.  This dump is arguably the dirtiest, crappiest neighborhood in town.  I literally had to watch each and every step I took to avoid stepping in vomit, human feces, french fries or bird crap.  The residents walking up and down the street opening smoking dope looked like they were freshly released from the asylum in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.'  Haight-Ashbury is a toilet of a town.
  • The Painted Ladies.  You know, those lovely buildings shown in the opening scenes of 'Full House,' with the scenic backdrop of the city.  They were covered in scaffolding at the time I saw them, but I was guessing that were they for sale, they would have been priced at $100,000,000 per unit, in this price controlled town.  Pretty nice digs for  Danny, Aunt Becky, Uncle Jesse and Uncle Joey to hang out in let me tell you.
  • A walk from the free bus stop to the San Francisco Giant's baseball park was enlightening.  I have never in my life seen so many big, fat obese bums sleeping the day away along the many benches and sidewalks.  San Francisco has the fattest homeless population in the world, where not one bum has missed a meal in over thirty years by looking at them.  Pickings are pretty good for the homeless in San Francisco, if the size of the bum beer guts I saw is any indication.
  • Free buses.  Technically, they are $2.00 a ride each way, but the driver's really don't want to bother with taking your money, despite me trying desperately to pay my way.  The angry bus driver just told me to move along, and looked irritated that I wanted to bother him with payment.  Since everything in San Francisco is subsidized by Nancy Pelosi's Democrats, what's the point in trying to squeeze a profit from anything?  Lots of money is available from the Democrats so why bother.
This city will someday collapse like any other socialist society in human history.  The bums will overwhelm all available resources (the paradox/tragedy of 'The Commons'), and all of this free stuff will go away, and most likely not peacefully.  Those bums are pretty aggressive in San Francisco and will most likely not go away quietly into the night.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Peter Doocy doesn't belong on Fox News

Nepotism is alive and well on Fox. Peter Doocy didn't need to start at the bottom and work his way up, why go through all of that when your dad can pull some strings and get you a gig on a top rated national news broadcast right out of college.  I can't help but shake my head in disappointment each and every time I see the no-talent son of Fox and Friends morning co-anchor Steve Doocy's covering a story.

Steve Doocy must have embarrassing photos of Fox chief Roger Ailes, because Roger is the consummate professional when it comes to running a news program.  He knows that the heavy weight talent that people tune in to for their news should not include a snot nosed, wet-behind-the-ears greenhorn like Peter Doocy.

This kid looks like Richie Cunningham of 'Happy Days' trying to act like Walter Cronkite.  It just doesn't work.  The kid has as much talent and looks as anyone off the streets, but unlike Joe Average, he has clout in his dad pulling for him to keep him on the air.

Remember these Fox guys hammering Chelsea Clinton when she got her short lived NBC gig?  Remember them saying the very same thing I am saying about Peter when reporting on this blatant nepotism in Chelsea's hiring, relying on dear ol' mom and dad to pull some strings at NBC?  I recall Steve Doocy ticking off the many low rent TV gigs he had prior to Fox and Friends, and that nobody handed him the job without putting in his dues as a  weather guy in Dented Pig, Wyoming, then moving up to a larger audience in Butte, Montana, etc.  (no, these are not really Steve Doocy's early gigs, but you get my point).

Note to Roger Ailes: unless Steve Doocy really does have those aforementioned photos, you need to dump his rookie son and get someone on air with some street cred.  And looks.  And talent.  You know, somebody who paid their dues.

For what it's worth.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Obama: 'phony scandals'...'ginning up the base.'

Obama will forever be in denial about these mistakes, botches, bad moves and out-and-out crimes his administration has done over the last 5 plus years.

He truly believes that he is doing great work for the American people, and that the media is simply obsessed by the 'phony scandals' and doesn't cover any of the good work he is doing.

Brent Bozell pointed out the coverage of these phony scandals is less than 1% of air time as compared to all other news by the mainstream media.  And Obama thinks that's too much.

Since elected, the Obama administration has had to deal with a minimum of the following 'phony scandals:'

  • Fast and Furious - Obama gave guns to Mexican gangs in hopes that Americans would be outraged that the gangs killed people with American guns.  Of course, he didn't want the word to get out that he was the one providing the guns.  But this one is a phony scandal.
  • VA Scandal - untold numbers of veterans actually died while on fake waiting lists created so that VA administrators could fudge the number of weeks patients waited for treatment in order to collect bonuses.  Nothing to see here, folks, move along.
  • IRS Scandal - Obama is using the power of government to suppress opposition from political foes via audits and refusals by the IRS to grant valid exemption status.  This is not the America most of us would recognize.  No scandal here, though.
  • Bergdahl exchange: Five murdering terrorists exchanged for a traitor.  Nothing more needs saying here.
  • Benghazi - See above, the reason for the Bergdahl exchange given by Obama is that America leaves nobody behind - except four dead Americans at the embassy in Benghazi since no effort at all was made to help them during a 12 hour assault on our assets by terrorists, and Obama insisted for weeks that no terrorism was involved, only reaction to a video.  No scandal here, no siree Bob.
Ginning up the base?  Yes, probably. Sady, the above list is only the tip of the iceberg.  And remember: Nixon was forced to resign for far less.  Obama will continue to believe he is working on behalf of the American people well on into the future, but history will judge this pathetic man as the worst scandal ridden president in American history.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Worst prisoner exchange deal in the history of history

Shrewd.  This administration just doesn't 'get it' and never will 'get it.'  It shall remain clueless forever and ever.

We just exchanged five of the world's most lethal, deadly and dangerous murderers for the release of a cowardly loser who went AWOL, Bowe Bergdahl, who shed his uniform, threw down his weapon and crossed into Taliban hands willingly.

These five Taliban murderers, who have been credited for the deaths of thousands and thousands of innocents, will now spend a year in Qatar before being unconditionally released to follow their passions: which is dealing death to innocents (they call them infidels), primarily.

And we get in exchange a coward, a loser, a pathetic traitor whose father, Bob Bergdahl, hates America and apparently passed that hatred onto his cowardly son.  What kind of a deal is that?

That's like trading five immaculate 1961 Ferraris (the 'Ferris Buehler' car) in exchange for a rusty 1971 Gremlin.  And we are the one's getting the Gremlin.

We'll just wait and see what kind of deal we got.  After these murderers chalk up a few thousand more deaths, I think we'll have our conclusion.

This administration can't end soon enough.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Upcoming recession? Nope, Obama will see to it that doesn't happen

Seasonally adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) results came out for first quarter of 2014: our economy shrank 1%.  As we all know, the technical definition of an economy in recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth, and I can all but guarantee you that this will not be allowed to happen by the Obama administration, no siree Bob.  Not before the 2014 election in November, not a chance.

Just like they cooked the books on the unemployment figures to make sure they dipped below 8% in time for the 2012 elections (they plummeted to 7.7% just prior to Americans casting their ballots, remember those bogus numbers?), Obama will fudge the numbers to ensure that we don't get that second negative quarter in a row.

Not only will he fudge the numbers, he will make sure that the bogus numbers look so good, we will all be amazed at the turnaround in the second quarter of 2014, all the while seeing the roles of the number of Americans no longer included in the labor participation rate increase from the 91 million mark to perhaps 100 million, maybe more.

But we will be guaranteed by this administration that there will be no recession on their watch.

Take that to the bank.  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

VA 'death list' scandal: this is our future, folks

An honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran walks into the VA Hospital closest to where he lives to deal with a chronic medical problem he has been ignoring, but now ignoring it is no longer an option.  He is greeted by a grumpy receptionist after waiting in the lobby for maybe 15 minutes.  Not too bad, but this is as good as it gets for this guy.

The grumpy receptionist shoves a stack of forms for the guy to fill out, and demands two pieces of photo I.D.  He only has his driver's license on him.  'Tough,' says the grump.  'Go get one more.  NEXT!'

The guy comes back later on that afternoon with an additional photo ID, waits another 15 minutes to speak to the same grumpy receptionist.  When he is finally 'greeted', she acts like she had never seen the guy before in her life.  He explains that he had been in earlier, and was only missing an additional piece of photo ID.  The grump then shoves the exact same pile of forms to the guy, who tells her that he already filled them out earlier.  The grump threatens to send him to the back of the line unless he shuts up and fills out the damn forms.  Again.

And so it goes.  This is our government at work, and in this case its in the health care industry.  Wherever the government interacts with the public, this is the way things work.  There is no joy, no patience and no common sense.  It is government at its worst.

Obamacare now looms over us.  While the government is not yet directly involved in the actual care, but rather only the paperwork, we are in for an initial shock as to the nature of government workers in their natural habitat: a cubicle where they are immune from criticism of bad performance, exempt from common courtesy and entrenched in their position to the point that they are virtually free from performance accountability.

Just wait until Obamacare is perverted inexorably into government paid health care providers.  What you will have then is what we all see in the Phoenix VA hospital.

Monsters who care not a whit whether their charges live or die, monsters who only care about their performance bonuses and incentives, doing the right thing be damned in their pursuit of a few bucks.

We all see what these government workers chose to do to these poor retches who wandered into their lobbies, seeking treatment to potentially life threatening conditions: they chose to put their care into limbo, fudge the books and subsequently collect their bonuses for meeting performance objectives while these veterans languished on phony waiting lists and then ultimately perished.

This VA scandal is the tip of the iceberg, I am afraid.  We are all in for this kind of poor service once Obamacare morphs into what we all know it will: another government office just like the DMV or the VA.  Full of low performing scumbags who doesn't really care whether you live or die.

This is our future, folks, unless we open our eyes.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nixon resigned for MUCH less

Richard M. Nixon was forced to resign the presidency in 1974 by a rabid media who were outraged at his Watergate transgression: does anyone other than dumb ol' Fredd remember what this God awful, unforgivable CRIME that Richard Nixon committed was?


I remember it like it was yesterday.  Richard Nixon's ONLY "crime" was this: lying to the American people regarding his knowledge of the Watergate break in AFTER it occurred.

That's it.  That was the unforgivable sin that Richard Nixon committed that worked the press into a rabid frenzy.

Given Obama's weekly and even daily lies about all things major and minor, poor old Richard Nixon's sins seem almost quaint.  We now know for a fact that Obama lied about the facts of terrorists overrunning our embassy and embassy annex in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, and not just once.  He lied over and over.  And his administration sent surrogates out on a daily basis to lie and lie again.

This president has lied about so much now, it is expected of him.  He lied about taking public matching campaign funds in 2007.  He lied about being the most transparent administration ever.  He lied about reducing the deficit by half in four years.  He lied about closing Guantanamo Bay.  He lied about Fast and Furious.  He lied about the IRS scandal (not a smidgen of evidence, he says), and he lied about nearly everything that matters to the American public.

Then he lied about the major selling point on the hated Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare): 'if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.  Period.  If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.  Period.'

And now the smoking gun has been revealed by the release of a White House email from communications director Ben Rhodes: distract the public from a wider failure of policy by pointing to a video.  Lies, lies that are certainly high crimes and misdemeanors.

The stuff of impeachment.

Richard Nixon was forced to resign for a single offense far less offensive than Obama's crimes.

If this smoking gun comes and goes without some sort of serious and major blow back against Obama and the Democrats politically, we are lost as a nation.