Mid-Season Update

I’ve been commenting on a lot of heady stuff lately, so I thought I would lighten things up with a little midseason NFL update. That and we’ve been rocked with snow, power outages & general mayhem up here in New England. 40 – 50% of the area around where I live has been without power since Saturday night. Tons of fun.

Anyway, to the NFL.

There appears to be a consensus pertaining to Green Bay being the best, not only in the NFC, but the entire league. I agree with that. At this point in the season I don’t know who can challenge them for the top spot. Their defense isn’t as good as last year, but still pretty darn good. It only has to be average due to their potent offense. No one can match them point for point. They just have too many receivers that can burn you. The Vikings got as close as anyone will & I don’t think that will happen again. They could go undefeated if they stay healthy.

That leaves the Steelers, The ‘G’ men (Giants), 49ers (yes, the 49ers), Patriots (HA!), Lions, Ravens, Eagles, maybe even the Bills or the Jets kind of jockeying for second through ninth.

The Steelers have issues as demonstrated this past weekend by only putting up 25 on the worst pass defense in the league. The reports were that Big Ben blistered the Pats for 365 yards. Yes he did, but that didn’t equate to a ton of points. I wasn’t impressed.

I don’t know what Harbaugh is juicing his players with in San Francisco, but I want some. They have bought whatever he’s selling & playing, in my opinion, better than they are. They are blessed, once again, to be in the poorest division in football.

Although the Giants are atop the NFC East, the Eagles are showing signs of real progress. It just may be that it has taken this long for their defense to begin to gel. They may end up winning that division. It all depends on the play of Eli, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Manning. His lack of consistent play continues to be a problem.

The Lions have been impressive at times, but I’m afraid the league wants to castrate Suh & get him to tow the wussy league line. He’s the driving force on defense, so if he is somehow forced to back off, the rest of their defense will follow.

The Steelers have nothing to fear from the Ravens. Flacco seems to be regressing. He had a good outing last weekend, but that was against the Cards & look what they did in the first have of that game. Run the ball, you idiots!

That leaves the AFC East. The Pats, Jets & Bills. I can’t figure out the Jets. Sanchez seems to have the Eli disease. The next four weeks will determine their season. The Bills twice & the Pats. They must beat the Patriots & have to at least split with the Bills. If not their done.

The Bills have beaten some pretty decent teams & could be for real. They put the beat down on the Redskins. How they fare against the Jets will say a lot. They already have the tie-breaker against the Pats.

The Patriots were awful at Pittsburgh. Every phase of their game was poor. The defense is horrible. They can only hope for some bend-don’t-break games or just poor offensive performances by their opponents. This is on Belichick & he alone. He is trying to be everything. You can’t be Head Coach, GM, coordinator, draft expert, etc. Until he comes to terms with that, they’ll continue to go downhill. If not for Brady, the Pats would struggle to be a .500 team.

The rest of the league is there but doesn’t matter. The Saints may mount a comeback, but I doubt it. The Chiefs, Titans or Raiders could play some sort of spoiler role, knocking someone out of the playoff hunt.

The big question though; will the Colts or Dolphins win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

Joke of the Day

There were these two guys out hiking when they came upon an old, abandoned mine shaft. Curious about its depth they threw in a pebble and waited for the sound of it striking the bottom, but they heard nothing.

They went and got a bigger rock, threw it in and waited. Still nothing.

The guys searched the area for something larger and came upon a railroad tie. With great difficulty, the two men carried it to the opening and threw it in thinking they will surely hear it hit bottom. While waiting for it to hit, a goat suddenly darted between them and leapt into the hole!

The guys were still standing there with astonished looks upon their faces from the actions of the goat when a man walked up to them.

He asked them if they had seen a goat anywhere in the area. They said that one had just jumped into the mine shaft right in front of them!

The man replied, “Oh no. That couldn’t have been my goat. Mine was safely secured to a railroad tie.”

Stupid People Gone Wild (according to my Son)

The following is a video from Saturday, Oct. 29, showing the peaceful protestors of Occupy Denver just minding their own business. I think I can hear them singing Kumbaya in the background.

All the sudden the jack-booted thugs (police) move in. Someone with a loudspeaker is dropping “F” bombs as freely as a conservative throwing styrofoam out his car window. Must have been an infiltrator from the 1%.

This is the caption from the original Video, “Frank Roper was showing his massive bruise to arriving cops and his foot was ran over by a cop on a motorcycle. He pushed the motorcycle and the cop got off the bike, chased him down and Frank Roper was then arrested.”

Yes, that’s exactly what happened! Frank Roper didn’t intentionally block the policeman’s path. Then Frank Roper didn’t push the motorcycle over. He just gave it a little tap-a-roo.

As we can see, these “unplanned” events are starting to become more out of control. It’s almost as if they were planned to go this way. Could we have another Kent State on our hands soon?

How about some historical perspective.

We all remember the incident at Kent State University in 1970. If not, it is where 4 students were shot dead & many others wounded by National Guard troops. The guard was called in to try to restore order during large on-campus demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

All major media accounts reported it as the National Guard thugs simply opened up on the poor innocent student body who were conducting peaceful & spontaneously organized protests. Heck, a hit song was even written about it. “Ohio”, by CSNY.

Well, it wasn’t quite like that at all. Here’s some interesting background leading up to that fateful day in 1970.

In the fall of 1968, Kent State was treated to two appearances by Mark Rudd, the S.D.S. (Students for a Democratic Society) leader who led the seizure, with aid of the Black Panthers, of campus buildings earlier that year at Columbia University in New York. Another frequent visitor was Bernardine Dohrn, an S.D.S. official who called herself a “revolutionary Communist” & reportedly told the students: “They’ve shot blacks in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and they’re certainly going to shoot whites here.”

Just a quick tip. Anytime you see, “Anyone for a Democratic anything”, you know they’re communists. Terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, wife of terrorist Bill Ayers & friends of Obama. You mean that Berardine Dohrn? Yep. Small world isn’t it?

SDS then

Back to history.
In early 1969, S.D.S. distributed copies of the Organizers’ Manual For The Spring Offensive, which explained: “During the course of the struggle it will probably be necessary and helpful to carry out a series of escalating ‘mini’ actions to help build consciousness and dramatize the issue. Beginning with guerrilla theater actions in dorms we can escalate to disrupting classes, street marches, quick assaults on buildings, etc., before moving to the major confrontation of the struggle.” So the purpose of all this agitation at Kent State was to recruit as much cannon fodder as possible, and then to provoke a “major confrontation.” When it came, and it did, it would be neither accidental nor spontaneous. It would be exactly what the revolutionaries wanted.

SDS now

In April, 1969, a full year before the “massacre”, the S.D.S distributed a pamphlet, which began with a quotation from Mao Tse-tung and the following warning: “The war is on at Kent State University ….”.

Just as today, one might wonder where these people got the money to do all this? The answer is the same as today, most likely. Back then the Illinois Crime Investigating Commission, which investigated S.D.S., reported that one large tax-exempt foundation directly supplied the revolutionaries with cash. Things that make ya go hummm.

A Kent State student named Ken Tennant is quoted saying, “With me it goes back to the music festival they held at Fred Fuller Park in September, 1969. Four Weathermen (Bill Ayers) came down from Chicago, with an insignia on their bib overalls. They were selling their organization newspaper, and I said, ‘I’ll buy a copy if you’ll tell me what your outfit stands for.’ They said, ‘We’re going to destroy this corrupt American society and build a better.’ I asked how, and they explained, “We’ve decided to close down schools all over the nation. We’re going to start in Chicago. But we have our eye on Kent State, too. It could be ripe.”

A couple of other choice quotes as follows: February 27, 1969, S.D.S. hustler Joyce Cecora told an audience that “if the university does not stop politically repressing S.D.S., they would burn and level the campus.”

Nice Guy, Jerry Rubin

In April of 1970 at Kent State, Communist Jerry Rubin said, “The first part of the Yippie program is to kill your parents. And I mean that quite literally, because until you’re prepared to kill your parents, you’re not ready to change this country. Our parents are our first oppressors.”

I’m not saying that history will definitely repeat, but it is starting to look that way. As it was 40 years ago, that is what they want. Society must collapse before it can be rebuilt.

Joke du Jour

At a nearby University, there were four students enrolled in the same class.

They did so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had an “A” so far for the semester.

These four friends were so confident, that the weekend before finals, they decided to take a road trip to another college and party with some friends there. They had a great time. However, after all the hard partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn’t make it back to their school until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the test and explain to him why they missed it.

They explained that they had gone to the other school for the weekend with the plan to return Sunday to study, but unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn’t have a spare, and couldn’t get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.

The Professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied all night and went in the next day, fully prepared, at the time the professor specified.

He placed the 4 in separate rooms, handed each of the students a test booklet and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, worth 5 points. It was something simple. “Cool”, they all thought, “this is going to be easy.”

Each finished the problem and then turned the page. On the second page was written: For 95 points: Which tire?

Rally at the Valley

Looks just like Vally Forge!

With the temperature dropping, the “Occupy Patriots” are stockpiling donated coats, blankets and scarves, trying to secure cots and military-grade tents, and getting survival tips from the homeless people who have joined their encampments.

“Everyone’s been calling it our Valley Forge moment,” said Michael McCarthy, a former Navy medic in Providence. “Everybody thought that George Washington couldn’t possibly survive in the Northeast.” Being that this guy was ex-Navy, I was going to cut him him some slack, but I can’t let this stand.

Really. Your Valley Forge moment? A bigger insult to real patriots, I haven’t heard.

The Real Valley Forge

The following is an exerpt of a letter from George Washington at Valley Forge to N.Y. Governor George Clinton in February, 1778; “For some days past, there has been little less, than a famine in camp. A part of the army has been a week, without any kind of flesh, and the rest for three or four days. Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery.”

General Washington further wrote, “To see the men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lie upon, without shoes…without a house or hut to cover them until those could be built, and submitting without a murmur, is a proof of patience and obedience which, in my opinion, can scarcely be paralleled.”

These warriors survived by eating “firecake” (a tasteless mixture of flour and water) day after day. Often, not even that. In some cases they were forced to forage in the woods around camp.

The Continental Army encamped at Valley Forge in the fall of 1777 with about 12,000 men in its ranks. Death from things like typhus, typhoid, dysentery, and pneumonia claimed about a quarter of them before spring arrived from . That’s about 3,000 soldiers!

Meanwhile the “Occupy Patriots” are dining like kings!

Here is an example of an Occupy Wall Street menu:
Salmon cakes with dill sauce
Quinoa salad
Organic chicken
Spaghetti bolognese
Tomato salad with fennel and red onion
Roasted beet and sheep’s milk-cheese salad
Wild heirloom potatoes

Do what you wish. March, protest, bitch & moan of what you know nothing about. Don’t, however, denigrate the memory of real heroes by equating your cushy little gatherings with what was endured at Valley Forge.

Most of you are snivelling pampered hippies who are too stupid to realize you are being used by some very evil people.

Joke of the Day

One Halloween night a woman opens her door to find the most adorable little girl, with golden blond curly hair and the biggest blue eyes.

She was dressed as an Angel, and was just delightful. The woman said, “what are you supposed to say sweetheart?”

The little girl looks up at the woman and says, “Twick or Tweat!”

The woman thinks this is just adorable, and she calls her husband to come to the door. The woman says to the child, “Go ahead honey, say it just one more time.”

Once again the little Angel looks up and says, “Twick or Tweat!”

The husband agrees with his wife, this little Angel is just the cutest thing. The woman picks an apple from the Treat Bowl, shines it up with her apron, and drops it into the little girl’s Treat Bag.

The little Angel looks in her bag then looks up at the woman and says, “Thanks a lot lady, you just broke my damn cookies!”

Just Don’t Provoke Them

Well, there sure have been plenty of radical Moslem, I mean democratic uprisings in the Middle East & North Africa recently. Here in America, Sharia Law has even begun to infuse itself into our courts. Being that this has all been happening rather quick, I thought it might be a public service to help us understand & accept this new-found way of life. You see, we’re really not so different.

I’ve enlisted the help of my old pal Andrew Klavin. He will assist us in becoming more sensitive to the needs of peace loving Moslems. Enjoy!

Joke of the Day

A bald man with a wooden leg gets invited to a Halloween Party. He doesn’t know what costume to wear to hide his head and his leg, So he writes to a costume company to explain his problem.

A few days later he received a parcel with the following note:

Dear Sir,
Please find enclosed a pirate’s outfit. The spotted handkerchief will cover your bald head and,with your wooden leg, you will be just right as a pirate.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.
The man thinks this is terrible because they have emphasized his wooden leg and so he writes a letter of complaint. A week goes by and he receives another parcel and a note, which says:

Dear Sir,
Please find enclosed a monk’s costume. The long robe will cover your Wooden leg and, with your bald head, you should really look the part.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

Now the man is really upset since they have gone from emphasizing his wooden leg to emphasizing his bald head, so again he writes the Company another nasty letter of complaint.

The next day he gets a small Parcel and a note, which reads:

Dear Sir,
We have TRIED our very BEST.
Please find enclosed a bottle of molasses and a bag of crushed nuts.
Pour the molasses over your bald head, pat on crushed nuts, stick your Wooden Leg up your ass and go as a caramel apple.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

Attribution: Bev

Perry the Flatapus

Governor Perry has finally announced his flat tax plan.

CBS news reported yesterday, “The tax plan put forth by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry would mean a significant reduction in how much money the government takes in.”

Lest we forget, our government (& Universities) are the only entities that can’t do with less.

Perry’s plan is quite simple. It is an opt-in plan which taxpayers can remain in the current system or choose a 20% flat tax. Opting in is something new for Perry. He’s more of an opt-out kinda guy. But I digress.

Obviously lower income people would stand pat while the dirty rich would choose the 20% flat tax.

Ted Gayer

“That would add up to a substantial decrease in revenues”, says Ted Gayer, the co-director of the Economic Studies program and a Senior Fellow at the liberal think tank, Brookings Institution. That’s a shame. Less money for the government to waste.

Perry is maintaining a number of deductions under his flat tax plan, including deductions for home mortgage interest and donations to charity. Not a fan of that. If one is to propose a flat tax plan, why reinvent the wheel? Steve Forbes & Dick Armey had the ideal flat tax. Why not just reintroduce it.

A conservative blogger at RedState writes, “Any static score of its effect on revenues would be disastrous because it keeps all of the low and middle income revenue the same, while drastically diminishing the revenue from higher income earners. Although, the CBO wouldn’t be able to score this as a loss because the entire flat tax is optional.”

I’m stunned at this remark. Commonsense (amazing how uncommon it is) dictates it can not and should not be statically scored. Static scoring assumes the saved money would simply evaporate. That it wouldn’t be reinvested in the economy. That’s the same dopey arguement against lowering the corporate tax rate.

Many of the periphery details of the tax plan are excellent:

A 20% flat corporate tax with credits only for R&D and capital investments.
Corporations would also get a one-time repatriation rate of 5.25%, while moving towards a territorial system in the long-run that will only tax in-country income.
Elimination of Capital Gains, dividends, and death taxes.

Perry also joins some of the other candidates (except Romney) in endorsing an option for private retirement accounts.

All in all I really like the plan. It is bold & simple. I’m a bit suspect that he was merely forced to respond to Cain’s 9-9-9 plan.

Regardless of motive, it’s refreshing to see most of the candidates proposing something other than simply tinkering around the edges of the status quo.

It doesn’t need to be complex to work…..Mitt.

Joke of the Day

It was autumn, and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was the new Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the weather was going to be.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared.

But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He secretly called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?”

“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed,” the meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.

A week later he called the National Weather Service again. “Is it still going to be a very cold winter?”

“Yes,” the man at National Weather Service again replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.”

The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again.

“Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?”
“Absolutely,” the man replied. “It’s going to be one of the coldest winters ever.”

“How can you be so sure?” the Chief asked.

The weatherman replied, “The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”