you mean, like Miss Piggee?

It hasn’t been a week since Alexander Piggee ignited a fire that all but destroyed the Roseville Galleria, Sacramento’s most monster Westfield shopping mall, into which I have never set foot.  Since then, our presumptuous MainStreamMedia has been giving his name a French-sounding pronunciation, like, “Pe-jay.”  Apparently at his arraignment he corrected everyone.  It’s Piggy, not Pe-jay.  Thanks, dude. 

Well, he was tired of trying to get by on his own, at 23, so he learned how to start fires.  He’s goin’ down.  Just like the roof on the Roseville Galleria. 

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Wall Street Journal reports a meeting of small business owners debating the value of Facebook as a marketing tool.  Proponents say it humanizes their business, while the rest of us agree we don’t have time for any more media.  My own issues with Facebook stem from the way it harvests your e-mail addresses to see if they match any of their members, but back to the small business owners’ meeting, where some of the participants used their smart phones to photograph other participants so they could post them on their blogs. 

I’m reiterating things you may already know.  People have been fired for stuff they posted on their blogs.  Facebook is notorious for this, as some members “forgot” they “friended” their boss before they started ranting about how their company’s policies are all fucked up.  Law enforcement used to monitor activities on MySpace, where they discovered enough stupid things people posted to get warrants to raid peoples’ houses. 

My point is that sometimes things you post may come back to bite you in the ass.  And you knew that. 

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Almost exactly five years ago, my father passed away peacefully in his own home.  He worked, he built, he innovated, he accumulated, he deteriorated, and he assumed room temperature.  And in all that time, he never had an internet connection at home. 

That’s still true today.  If you mention the internet to my mother, she responds with a desire to assemble an amateur radio station with the equipment that remains shelved in the garage.  She has an FCC license, ya know. 

They never had cable TV, either.  No dish, no satellite.  TV is free.  All you need is an antenna, HD or otherwise.  My father illustrated this point rather by accident one day.  The neighborhood had been wired for cable, but the installers didn’t bury the cable very deep.  He managed to sever the cable with a shovel.  No great loss.  They have never owned a cellular phone. 

So when my father passed away, I went to my blog on journalspace and began writing what I could remember of chapters of his life.  This wasn’t the wordpress clone journalspace they have now.  This was the journalspace that lost six years of data when a disgruntled employee overwrote everything on the server. 

I posted three to five long entries about my father.  It meant a lot to me to do that.  I let others in the family know where to find it, in case they had the interest and ability to do so.  The mom wanted to see it, but she doesn’t do the web.  So she persuaded a cousin to find it, and print it, and mail it to her. 

When the package finally arrived, I was stunned to see that the cousin had not only printed the entries about my father, but had printed Every Single Entry since the beginning of time, starting with the experimental ones about beer can kites and the Frito effect.  So my mother, who has no net, came into possession of my entire blog from beginning to end on journalspace. 

I guess my point is that whatever we post may be retrieved in ways that we might never imagine.  We’re essentially talking to the press here.  We are Paris Hilton, and we have paparazzi we don’t even see. 

Somehow this ties into the bad decision I had to make on Sunday, but my good discretion tells me I shouldn’t say anything about that. 

Instead, I might say something about my sisteh, who isn’t really my sisteh, since I don’t care if it comes back to bite me in the ass.  This one time my sisteh was offering up excuses for the way she is.  I think she’s pretty normal, but she does have some inexplicable traits that I’ve always found to be disturbing.  So she says, well, she’s that way because her mother was that way. 

She was 50 years old when she said that.  I tried to wrap my head around what she said, and all I came up with was, look:  you can blame your mother for the way you are at age 50, but it’s not going to fly.  It’s not your mother’s fault you are the way you are, if you are 50.  It’s your fault.   You can keep blaming your mother but none of us are going to buy it, at this advanced stage in your life.  You are the way you are because you chose to continue to be that way.  And if you’re only 49, it’s still your fault.  You see where this is going. 

At some point, you are responsible, even if you want us to believe that 40 is the new 18. 

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The barn is telling me that winter is here.  Not too far off.  I am going to be good friends with the gas company real soon.

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rainin like a sonomabitch

We can’t do this stuff in real time.  But if we could, you’d see that northern California’s Doppler radar is extremely green right now.  I’d take a picture but I don’t want to get the camera wet.  (good excuse)  But it’s real wet out there. 

Last night I fired up the wood stove and brought the barn from 70F to 75F.  It’s not that cold out.  I had the kitchen window open the whole time.  I seasoned both cast iron skillets with olive oil and heated up a can of chili.  I’m a big fan of Stagg’s chili. 

Bob the Cat let me know he thought it was cool, that I fired up the wood stove.  He likes it. 

Around here, Bob is the original Fire Cat.

Ion Television was running a good movie called The Siege last night.  It’s about radical Islamists raising hell in New York City, with Denzel Washington as the FBI agent who’s trying to figure it all out.  And Bruce Willis as an army general rounding up suspects.  And Annette Bening as a CIA agent who knows a whole lot more than she’s telling anyone.  Released in 1998, this pre-nineleven thriller is sure to open blind eyes to the possibilities of jihad in our midst.  Get your liberal friends in front of the TV for this one.  (“Silence!  I kill you!”  No kidding.) 

I was going to give an honorable mention to the stove nazis.  They have a website.  I think it’s http://www.sparetheair.com/burncheck.cfm but it’s not active yet.  It’s active from November thru February.  They go out and measure the particulate matter in the air, see how it stands up against federal guidelines, and then tell us whether or not we can burn wood in our stoves. 

There are four stages.  One is “burn if you want.”  Two is “oh please don’t burn.”  Three is “you can only burn if you have an exemption.”  Four is “you better not burn at all.”  They can fine you fifty bucks.  I’ve never been fined.  My exemption is that my stove is EPA2 compliant. 

How do they enforce this?  I don’t know.  I think they count on people turning their neighbors in who burn when they aren’t supposed to burn.  They could fly over with a helicopter and infra-red, though, if they wanted to, and see who’s burning. 

I just call them the stove nazis.  We have to check the website to see if we can burn or not.  So if you have a stove and no internet, I guess you’re living dangerously.

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not your first clue

This morning I went through the stack of mail that’s been growing all week and found Notice 1400 from the Department of the Treasury (headed by Tim Geithner, tax cheat) Infernal Revenue Service.  Apparently the trillions dollars deficit has caught up with the IRS and they want us to know.  Notice 1400 reads:

“With the continued growth in electronic filing and to help reduce costs, the IRS will no longer mail paper tax packages that typically arrive in January of each year.  If you still wish to use a paper form, the IRS has several options available to help you obtain paper copies of individual forms and instructions, including:

“Accessing our forms and instructions online at IRS.gov.  You can quickly download the latest products from our site. 

“Dropping by your local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.

“Going to your local post office or library (if they participate in the federal tax products program).”  

Gee, thanks for letting me know.  Every year since the dawn of time I can count on finding IRS Form 1040 with pages of instructions in my mailbox on or about January 1 with address labels as if you know who I am, and now you’re admitting you can’t even send the labels that you said were so darn important all those years. 

Some of us maintain tax records for seven years, in the event we are to be audited by the Infernal Revenue Service.  If you’ve noticed, some digital storage media does not last for seven years.  Files on disks get corrupted, the program you use to open the files gets superseded, obsoleted, unsupported, the computer you used got a virus or the hard drive crashed, and you flat out admit there are terrorists trying to corrupt the bitstream every day.  Every single American who files taxes and has heard the horrors of an IRS audit keeps paper files. 

All you’re saying is that you won’t come to us in our mailboxes any more, and that we have to go to your offices to get the forms and instructions.  You are saying that you no longer serve the people. 

If this isn’t the biggest single campaign statement of 2010, I don’t know what is. 

"Somebody has to pay for our mistakes, and we won't even send you the forms to do it any more."

The next logical step is to do away with filing altogether.  Remember, only the rich file, so they can get their piddling refund.  Every month you scoop 15% out of our paychecks and we “don’t notice that…”  Why not just keep it all? 
Spread the misery.  That’s what socialism is all about. 
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The Blame Game

I totally do.  OK, since the monstrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a lot of people have been blaming BP for the mess.  Someone sent a mass mail including language to that effect.  But someone spoke up, and the same someone decided it was fair to represent their perspective also (which is not widely disseminated in the MSM).  So here it is.

"I am a bit disappointed with your opening comments; although,
I do agree with
your final suggestions. A lot of blame is being

placed on BP, and much of
this is unfair.


"I think (xxx) you believe in fairness and
justice?

BP was indeed called British Petroleum but this was when it was
a
BRITISH company. Some 10 years or so it joined with an

AMERICAN company
called AMOCO and changed its name to BP. This

was because around 40% of the
ownership was American. Of the

remaining shares, 40% are British and the
remainder from other

countries including Russia. This means that BP is
equally as

much American as it is British.

"I would also ask you to
think on this. The oil rig was owned by

an AMERICAN company who moved to
Switzerland to avoid taxes.

The company who ran the rig was a wholly owned
AMERICAN

company. BP only owns the site, so why is it their fault?

"If
you consider that the AMERICAN companies involved in Torrey

Canyon, Amoco
Cadiz, Piper Alpha and Exxon Valdez did all they

could to avoid their
responsibilities, is it fair to berate a

company that did not actually cause
the problem yet is still

committed to clearing up at whatever expense that
which was

caused in their name?

"I am not even going to think in detail
about how the American

bosses behaved when thousands died at the
American-owned

facility in Bhopal! You might like to note that the
AMERICAN

company Transocean has been in the Texan courts trying to
limit

their liability. However, the Judge refused. BP has not tried
to

limit their liability in any way.

"I am not a fan of oil companies
in general; but as a Christian,

false witness is just not right, and the way
people have behaved

in your country is no less than that. Your president
seems bent

on trying to destroy BP. Just what would that do?

"If BP was
to take Chapter 11 then it would be the people of

America who pay for the
cleanup. Are the dividends that

important? They are to the hundreds of
thousands of pensioners

whose income comes from these shares held by their
pension

companies.

"Let me put it this way. You need a package
delivered. You ask

XYZ deliveries to take it. XYZ hires a truck from 123
trucks.

The truck is badly maintained and the driver is not
very

experienced. The truck hits a pot hole in the road and because
it is
not in good condition, a wheel falls off. The driver hits

the gas rather than
the brake, mounts the curb, hits a shop and

spills all its parcels and diesel
on the road. When the police

turn up, who do you think they will blame? From
the way you are

treating BP it must be you, mustn’t it?

"There is no
doubt this is a disaster but muck slinging is not

the way to solve it.
Working together is.


"So please look again at what is happening and bring
the

Christian compassion you profess to care about so much to what
is
really happening. Because as the rhetoric bounces across the

Atlantic,
tempers are rising and you should be pouring water on

the flames instead of
encouraging them to grow."

And now, the crux of the biscuit:



Let’s review the events.  Obama took over the auto industry.  Obama has taken over the health care industry on paper.  Obama seeks to regulate the financial sector as well, and his friends did such a good job of that, we had the mortgage securities meltdown of 2008.  And now, Obama has a wonderful opportunity to take over, or whip up a huge tax on, the oil industry. 

It’s in the wings.  The conservatives call it "cap and trade."  It’s the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, Senate Bill S. 1733, sponsored by the loser, John Kerry of Massachusetts.  Google that puppy and start reading.  It’s huge.  It’s horrible.  And when Rahm Emanuel says "let no crisis go to waste," this oil spill is exactly the kind of crisis he’s talking about. 

It took Obama 52 days to respond.  He had White House parties, he played golf, and he let that stuff gurgle up and spread as far as it could before he did anything.  He wants it to screw up the whole Gulf coast.  That way people might be more inclined to oppose offshore drilling, and believe we should abandon oil as a resource, and fall in goose-step with S. 1733. 

He does not care about the wildlife, or the people, or the jobs, or cleaning up the mess.  If he did, he’d have been on it with the world’s best cleanup stuff from the beginning, skimmers from Saudi Arabia, the Navy…  I am saying that the cleanup, preventing the oil from reaching the shore, he delayed that so it would reach the shore.  He wants you miserable so you’ll go along with S. 1733.  He’s a terrible, terrible man. 

It goes on and on.  Now there’s a state records worker in Hawaii who assures us there is no record of anyone named Barack Hussein Obama being born there.  There’s a reason why the constitution says you have to be born in the USA to be president.  But he doesn’t care about that either.  He doesn’t care if he bankrupts the federal government.  He doesn’t care. 

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Goldman-Sachs of Sh*!

I swear, they count SO MUCH on people not paying attention.  Isn’t there a handful of former Goldman-Sachs executives now holding offices in the present (that guy’s name again) administration?
 
So the Senate, some 60 seats to the left, is "investigating" whether or not Goldman-Sachs knew they were profiting from the mortgage crisis of… I think it was 2008.  The same people who instituted the regulations that led to the crisis, are investigating their buddies who profited from it, and apparently offering them a tax break for some I don’t know other investment somewhere else. 
 
They refer to this kind of collaboration between government and the financial sector as "crony capitalism."  Here’s how it seems to work.  Government comes up with new regulations that are bound to screw the financial sector.  The financial sector complies with the regulations, gets screwed, gets bailed out by the government after the fact, and goes home to their fancy houses. 
 
What they seem to be "investigating" is whether or not Goldman-Sachs misled investors about the value of their mortgage-backed securities, when they knew… let me get this straight… that the people who were supposed to pay the mortgages weren’t going to pay the mortgages, because they weren’t really qualified to get the mortgages in the first place, but the government made the lenders give them the mortgages anyway.  The same people who regulated the financial sector into the crisis are investigating whether or not the financial sector knew it was going to be a crisis at the time they were selling the doomed mortgage-backed securities. 
 
It seems like kind of a manufactured fabricated drama, for anyone who’s paying attention now, who didn’t know what was going on then.  I scwew you, you scwew the world, the sh*! hits the fan, I hep you, I hire you, and then I investigate you to see if you knew what I did.  Don’t bwame me, I’m just a siwwy wabbit. 
 
Seems to me you’d investigate the people who came up with the disastrous regulations in the first place, but then you’d have to investigate… yourSELF.  No, that wouldn’t be right.  You wanna know what the people who are paying attention think of you? 
 
WE WOULDN’T TRUST YOU TO RUN A LEMONADE STAND.  Let alone regulate the health care industry.  Blah blah BLAH blah blah blah. 
 
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ngng coffee mmmm

Well if you’re a news junkie like me, you may have had your fill this weekend.  Not much said about the health care bill but they are being quiet about that on purpose, and not everyone is being quiet.  That’s probably the one thing that’s going to affect us all, but you know, you got Obama, he’s visiting the troops, he’s issuing empty policy about offshore drilling, he’s trying to distract you from deciphering that 2200 pages of screw job he signed into law. 
 
Nice earthquake. 
 
No iPad.  No, I tell you what though, I sent away for a HP mini 210 HD edition netbook.  So far they have shipped the sleeve.  (I got some accessories) 
 
We had a bunch of wind and rain.  The high-speed was working last night but not now.  Something funny they might fix later today. 
 
I read a bunch about the Phoebe Prince case in Massachusetts.  That’s just sad.  That’s too much drama you would not want your fifteen-year-old daughter to be dealing with. 
 
You remember Mr. Natural with the slogan "Keep On Truckin’" they used to sell on T-shirts?  Well, I’m ready to see one with Pope Benedict (or a popey-lookin’ character) with his foot out there, elbows bent, and big hat that says "Keep On Popin’" ya know what, he’s doing a great job.  He really is. 
 
But that’s all fluff and Easter marshmallow peeps to keep you from thinking about what’s going to happen as this health care bill goes into effect over the next decade.  We are so screwed.  As I was saying. 
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Come on people, aren’t they endangered enough?

The Associated Press says I can’t tell you this.  But I think it’s just outrageous. 
 
Some time ago I posted a picture of Tatiana in the slideshow on my home page here.  Tatiana was a Siberian tiger housed at the San Francisco Zoo, i. e., the zoo was supposed to take care of her.  But one Christmas around closing time, some young punky boys were taunting Tatiana, and she decided to get out of her enclosure and eat them.  She killed one and was mauling another when SFPD showed up and sent Tatiana to Tiger Heaven in a barrage of .45 ACP. 
 
Among other things, this might suggest that the SF Zoo is an inadequate facility for Siberian tigers.
 
Breaking news that will be public domain in about an hour is that Tony, an old Siberian tiger, somehow fell into the moat around his enclosure and stayed there for four days.  The Zoo became concerned as they saw the moat was filling up with tiger poop so they tranqulized Tony and brought him up on a litter.  A tiger litter, which you might imagine is a lot bigger than cat litter.  Anyway. 
 
What is it with the SF Zoo?  In most counties that qualifies as elder abuse if it’s your dad.  Come on!  I mean, could this be the new improved bigger deeper moat they dug after Tatiana figured out how to escape?  I mean if it ain’t one thing it’s another with this zoo and their ineptitude with Siberian tigers. 
 
OK that’s enough.
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