To My Liberal Friends
A Wish For My Liberal Friends*
May you have a wonderful and fulfilling winter holiday season. May your celebrations, either religious or secular, be non offensive to those who celebrate differently. It is my hope that you find joy and comfort in gatherings that include those with whom you are close, without seeming exclusive to those who are unable to attend. May you partake in a feast of organic food that is not harmful to the environment and does not cause suffering to helpless animals. If your celebration includes the giving of gifts, may they be wrapped in re-usable materials that do not destroy trees nor contain harmful chemicals. For those who share our calendar, may your new year be rewarding and enriching, and may the latter not come at the expense of someone less wealthy.
*This wish is not guaranteed in any way. The wishee agrees to hold the wisher blameless in the case of any type of wish malfunction. Wish is non transferable. Wish is valid only in the Continental United States. This wish may not be disseminated without the expressed written consent of the wisher. Only the original wish will be honored. Any type of copied (ie photo, facsimile, or printed reproduction) wish shall be considered invalid, and will also void the original wish. Limited time offer. Some restrictions and exclusions may apply. See terms and conditions for details.
And To My Conservative Friends
Irony Gone Wild
This is perhaps one of the funniest things I have ever seen. My last article was about polls showing that only 20% of the American people believed that President Obama was deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. Little did I know that the funniest part of this story was yet to come. It seems that some controversy that does not involve the President has settled out of the Oslo ceremony. It seems that some people are upset about a comment by Toby Keith, a country music singer, being asked to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize concert. The anger seems to be directed at some of his songs, and the following statement he made.
“If President Obama has to send (more) troops into Afghanistan to fight evil, I’ll pull for our guys to win, and I won’t apologize for it. I’m an American, and I do pull for our team to fight evil.”
So let me see if I have this straight. People are angry with a performer at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for supporting the efforts of the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. People are upset that the committee would invite a person to sing who supports President Obama's troop surge, but they are not upset that the same committee gave the award to the man who authored the troop surge that the singer praised.
This is a bit like the global warming Nazis getting in their private jets to fly out to Copenhagen to fight wasteful carbon emissions. One has to wonder how someone could be in the middle of such an activity without realizing what an idiot they are and just quitting and going home. For my part, I have no problem with Toby Keith singing at the concert. I furthermore have no problem with President Obama getting the award. The Nobel Peace Prize is a joke anyway. President Obama is certainly more deserving of the award than was Yasser Arafat. At least he hasn't done anything to... well, no need to elaborate. He hasn't done much of anything. President Obama acknowledged this himself in his acceptance speech.
And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage. Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize – Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela – my accomplishments are slight.
And then there are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened of cynics. I cannot argue with those who find these men and women – some known, some obscure to all but those they help – to be far more deserving of this honor than I.
But perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I....
...am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars. One of these wars is winding down. The other is a conflict that America did not seek; one in which we are joined by forty three other countries – including Norway – in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks.
Still, we are at war, and I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill. Some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the cost of armed conflict – filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other.
So why is it that this man would be chosen for such a high honor? Quite simply, he won it for the same reasons that former Vice President Al Gore won it. The award has turned into little more than a popularity contest. Receiving the award was once a great honor. Now, it is somewhere along the lines of winning class president at your local high school. So while it is unclear if the committee had hoped to influence Obama in his decision to send more troops into Afghanistan, or if they simply wanted to get on the bandwagon of hype that surrounded the President when he was nominated, it is clear that they failed miserably. Simply put, President Obama has authorized the troop surge, and is now losing popularity quicker than a boy band in their twenties. And all of this has left the moonbats out there to criticize a man who supported the man they came out to honor. Nobel Prize, rest in peace. This is one piece of metal that has become little more than a punch line to a bad liberal joke.
A Defense Of The New York Yankees
I want to start by congratulating the New York Yankees on their World Series victory. I would also like to point out (in the interest of full disclosure) that while I am a Chicago White Sox fan, I grew up in Connecticut and was a huge Yankees fan. To this day, the team has a special place in my heart, but head to head it's the White Sox any day. That having been said, I am absolutely outraged at the way the media has reacted to the Yankees 27th World Championship. The suggestion is that we need a salary cap in baseball to prevent teams like the Yankees from having an "unfair" advantage. This is absolutely ridiculous and I intend to prove it here.
|1.||New York Yankees||$201,449,289||$7,748,050|
|2.||New York Mets ||$135,773,988||$4,849,071|
|4.||Boston Red Sox||$122,696,000||$4,089,867|
|6.||Los Angeles Angels||$113,709,000||$4,061,036|
|8.||Houston Astros ||$102,996,415||$3,814,682|
|9.||Los Angeles Dodgers||$100,458,101||$4,018,324|
|12.||Chicago White Sox||$96,068,500||$3,694,942|
|13.||St. Louis Cardinals||$88,528,411||$3,278,830|
|14.||San Francisco Giants||$82,161,450||$3,043,017|
|16.||Toronto Blue Jays||$80,993,657||$2,892,631|
|21.||Kansas City Royals||$70,908,333||$2,727,244|
|25.||Tampa Bay Rays||$63,313,035||$2,183,208|
|29.||San Diego Padres||$42,796,700||$1,528,454|
Now, looking at this list, Yankee Hater will say "See, they have the highest payroll by far! That's why they won!" For a reality check, representing the American League last year in the World Series were the Tampa Bay Rays who come in at #25 on the list with a $63 million payroll. The Twins, who made the playoffs this year, rank right above them with a $65 million payroll. The Rockies and Cardinals also made the playoffs this year despite being 18 and 13 respectively on the list. So if a high payroll guarantees an entrance to the post season, someone should let the 2nd and 3rd highest payrolls know that they were robbed, as the Mets and Cubs didn't make it in. For a fact, 5 of the top 10 payrolls didn't make the playoffs. Of the 8 teams to make it in, four were in the top eight. By rank the remaining teams were 9, 13, 18, and 24.
The National Deficit
I wanted to tackle the issue of President Obama's fiscal irresponsibility in a way that everybody could understand, and in a way that is fair and balanced. To do this, I must first clarify for those that don't know the difference between the National Debt and our Deficit. The National Debt is how much money we owe and is the responsibility of every President and Congress who has added to it. The deficit is the amount we spend in a given year that exceeds the amount we take in. In other words, annual spending minus annual tax revenue = deficit.
Now, to be fair, I am quoting a liberal publication here, the New York Times. This is from an article written by Jackie Calmes reviewing the Obama budget.
Having inherited an economy in recession and reeling from interrelated credit and housing crises, Mr. Obama starts off from a stunning deficit for 2009 that is projected to reach $1.75 trillion when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, or nearly four times last year’s shortfall. That would represent 12.3 percent of the gross domestic product, a deficit level that is larger than any since the end of World War II.
Now, how much is a trillion dollars? Page tutor has a great set of images to show you how much one trillion dollars really is. I'll cap it down here, but you really need to go see it there.
In one hundred dollar bills, here is what a billion looks like.
In one hundred dollar bills, here is what a trillion dollars looks like.
That is ten thousand pallets. Now, as many of you know, I am a truck driver. I drive a 53' box trailer, which is the largest van trailer allowed without an oversize permit in all 50 states. The floor space in the trailer would allow for 30 of these pallets (if stacked sideways) to be loaded in my trailer. The pallets, when double stacked as pictured, are 7 and 1/2 feet high, so they would fit double stacked, but not triple. Hence, the most pallets of this money I could load (excluding weight limits) would be 60 pallets.
Here is a picture of my truck.
Now remember, we are ignoring weight limits. I'm not sure of the exact weight of these pallets, but as a recovering paper hauler, I know that similarly stacked pallets of computer paper are very heavy, and one can only haul about 24 of those (single stacked) and fall in under the 80,000 lbs limit. We are ignoring those laws, and loading 60 pallets on the trailer. How many truck loads would it take to haul one trillion dollars?