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Saturday, February 16, 2013

PHIL MICKELSON, A CHAMPION IN GOLF AND LIFE


Professional golfer and ASU grad Phil Mickelson has recently spoken about his combined tax hit from the federal government and the State of California going into the 60% to 63% range.  Understandably, Phil is unhappy about such a situation and is considering leaving the golden state.

Mickelson has always come across as one of the really good guys in sports.  He is mannerly, a good family man, and a fan favorite who has had his share of heartaches over his wife’s and mother’s battles with breast cancer.  Through it all, he has smiled, never brushed off autograph seekers, given balls to and gloves to kids, and helped charities.

Phil shows his trophy received for winning the 
2000 Buick Invitational
As expected, the day after Phil declared his unhappiness with the tax situation, the $1.98 an hour liberals started coming out of the woodwork calling his statements “controversial” and criticizing him as being a greedy athlete.  Being the guy he is, he actually apologized unnecessarily for his comments about moving from tax heavy California.

On another blog I do (AZC Voices, Politics) one of the fiery female liberal loudmouth contributors took issue with Phil trying to point out that with all the money he makes, he should be glad to pay the higher taxes and that even after paying up would still have more than most people.  It’s as if she is the one who should decide how much money Mickelson should make and how much he deserves to keep.  One of the favorite statements from liberals is:  “Gosh, how much do you need?”  My answer is “None of your damned business”.

This is the classic liberal mentality that we have to put up with today.  They believe that taking more than half of someone’s income is only right because it is their supposed “fair share”.  Of course, with the above mentioned female blogger who derogatorily referred to Mr. Mickelson as “dear sweet Phil”, she loves looking at successful people as needing to pay more taxes to prop up the almost 50% who don’t pay any taxes.  Maybe if she tried to play golf, she would realize what an impossible game it is and give guys like Mickelson the respect they deserve.

Actually, she wouldn’t because that is not the way liberals think.  They don’t want a wealthy class; they want everyone equal with the rich doing the heavy lifting and giving more to those beneath them.  That’s the type of mentality that saps initiative away from the makers of the world and why we have a liberal president who wants job killing items like a $9 per hour minimum wage while squandering millions to losers like Solyndra and Tesla.

The good news is that his approval ratings have slipped in a couple of important polls.  Maybe America is finally seeing the light.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson is doing well this weekend in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.  I would love to see him win it and pocket another million bucks.

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midnightsstaff said...

Hey Jim great observations, yeah it's pretty bad when a guy who any thinking person knows is right has to back it up over some silly notion that money is community property and it's not right that some have more than others.

out of breath.

I was a pretty good all around athlete growing up and I am amazed that these guys can be as consistent as they are with that type of pressure.
I bet that blogqueen takes every deduction she can legally and then some on her taxes.. probably gets an (un) Earned Income Tax Credit if the truth be known.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Thanks.

Check out her blog sometime on AZ Voices. Her name is Donna Gratehouse. She is a liberal's liberal.

She probably makes $8 an hour at some dead end job and wants everyone else to suffer too because she is a failure.

She has really drank the liberal potion and blasts a local guy named Glen Hamer for writing a letter to Mickelson telling him he is welcome back in AZ.

He lived here for 10 years after ASU; I'd love to see him return.

sam said...

I am so sick and tired of those idiotic / uneducated / stupid (pick one...or 2 or 3) leftists ranting and wailing about "fairness", with no concept of what the term actually means nor how it should be applied or interpreted.
I personally believe that a fair federal tax system would be 10% on all personal income with no deductions, including those whose income is primarily or totally any form of welfare or retirement, for all incomes at or above $30K, and 3% for all others.
I also believe that no federal position outside of elective office, and not including military, should pay more than the average of equal "civilian" salaries.
I believe that every individual receiving federal "sustenance" or "welfare" income should be required to earn such income by performing such labor or service as limited only by mental or physical ability, and that any existing limits on wages or salaries existing should not apply to such welfare recipients.
Hehe.....this is just a beginning....after repealing the 17th Amendment, and clarifying the 14th.

midnightsstaff said...

I believe for every drop of rain that falls....

haha. get em Sam.

Mike Slater said...

Jim,Donna Greathouse is a piece of work isn't she. Her parents had to be hippies for her to be that liberal.

Oh the horror of wanting to keep more of your own money. If I was Phil I'd be moving to Texas or Florida that have no state income taxes.

In the twisted mind of liberals a fair share is taking from those that actually work for a living and giving it to those that they consider poor.

The trouble with socialism that Obama and other liberals want is as former Prime Minister Margret Thatcher said "eventually you run out of other people's money."

This country was founded on the idea of equal opportunity not equal outcome.

As the great Winston Churchill said, "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, it's inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."

nativekentuckian said...

If the truth was to be known.....these libs could tax the rich at 100% every year....and it would only run the government for 100 days.....so the govt is the one that needs to go on a diet...don't you agree?

midnightsstaff said...

Not according to "the dear one" he says we don't have a spending problem..we just need to make the rich pay a little bit more..

suckers don't realize they are being stripped of everything including our future- see Rhodesia/Zimbabwe for example.

Voodoo Keynesian economics work great until they don't.

Jim McAllister said...

From: John Washington

If Phil's math is right, I'd agree...except that he just got $2.2 mil off the taxpayers of Scottsdale.

Jim McAllister said...

From: Larry Rupp

I was disappointed that Lefty apologized for his remarks. He was right the first time!

Jim McAllister said...

John,

Isn't $2.2 million what he paid with Steve Loy for the Sanctuary golf course? Are we talking about the same 2.2?

Jim McAllister said...

Larry,

I agree but that's Phil. He sometimes is polite to a fault.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Not according to "the dear one" he says we don't have a spending problem..we just need to make the rich pay a little bit more..

Yeah, and pay it every two months. The Reps better stay united against this guy.

Jim McAllister said...

Sam,

You have my vote!

I believe that every individual receiving federal "sustenance" or "welfare" income should be required to earn such income by performing such labor or service as limited only by mental or physical ability, and that any existing limits on wages or salaries existing should not apply to such welfare recipients.

Damn right. A lot of these people are so used to getting something for nothing that they need a big time wake up call.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

Donna G. is a typical liberal. She says she has a boyfriend; sounds suspicious to me.

I can't believe any guy could put up with her unless he is some non working, earth shoe wearing, dope smoking loser who just wants to live off her $1.98 an hour.

The politics blog is stuffed with liberals now that they added Bozo the clown to the list. Me, Tom Patterson, and Jim Barber are the only conservatives; the rest are typical whiny losers especially that big crybaby James Garcia, the "playwright." What a joke he is.

I never asked to be on there but they put me on automatically during the November election so I thought I'd do it for a while.

So far I'm getting a lot of hits because most of them just write the same boring liberal crappola every day.

midnightsstaff said...

How about that hockey game tonight!
Looks like Verbata is out but they stepped up the pressure and it payed off.

I am surprised that Larry doesn't just barge in and create his own account.. he is pretty much spot on with his viewpoint despite haling from the land of Liberalism.. Wisconsin.

ornery Badger.

midnightsstaff said...

I have no idea why they keep that graffiti site floating, there isn't an original thinker among the lot of them, they are worse than the "A" team lineup at the AzCentral..

Regurgitated groupspeak is all you will get from Montini and the lesser flukes and tapeworms that dutifully carry the water for the organized ruination of this once fine country.

They along with the rest of the media have deluded themselves into thinking they will be an integral part of the new America, they might want to read some history of what happened to the newly downgraded useful idiot once the process of fundamental transformation is complete- they either disappear in the night or find out their thoughts are no longer necessary- but it will be too late to point to the first amendment as any longer being their right because they trashed the second.

Jim McAllister said...

Great game, lots of scoring and we win.

I wish I would have known about Tyson Nash, Cliff Ronning, and those other guys playing at the Ice Den yesterday. I would have gone down there.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Larry seems like a good guy. We need all we can get of him.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

There are only about 7 regular bloggers on that AZ Central Voices site and they are mainly libs.

I post once a week, that's enough for me. Mike and Bozo are on several times a week although it's too soon to tell if Bozo will last; I don't think he gets much action. Gee, I wonder why: He did a blog about how delicious horse meat is. Go figure.

Most of the rest of the 40 or so other people don't post at all. They were like me; we were just added at election time to comment on that event and 99% of them disappeared.

I stick with it just for the hell of it to see how many hits I can get doing 4 blogs a month.

So far, I have had a lot of action getting as high as 97 hits on a November entry about how Obama has divided the country and getting 82 on a blog about Walter Winchell.

I love waxing liberals.

Jim McAllister said...

Native,

That's about right. These guys are born spenders. As Middy says, they think that everyone's assets are their community property.

Look at Obama now: He in Florida for a few days to play golf with no interest apparently concerning the sequester.

He is dumber than I thought he was if he thinks he will get another tax hike on the rich to cover his extravagances.

midnightsstaff said...

I fell asleep out on the balcony waiting for a fireball, they claim fireballs were sighted in Clownafornia and in Cuba..

(..you know what I am going to say don't you?)
"Clownafornia and Cuba, but I repeat myself.."

Anyway I just can't stay up all night anymore waiting for fireballs or spaceships like I did when I was young.

midnightsstaff said...

Haha.. now that the feminists have successfully gotten themselves eligible for the front lines of any future shooting war, Charlie Rangel says they should also be subject to the draft if it is ever utilized again..

And is there any question that with this maniac in the White Mosque will we be involved in a war soon?
The girls might not be so excited about the possibilities once they have actually faced being forced into uniform, loaded down with a hundred pounds of ammo and fitted for a body bag.

Spending other people's money is nothing like putting yourself in a life changing situation like you have never been placed before.

Pax Obama.

BTW- all you Republicans might as well forget about Rubio, he is just another worthless KKKarl Rove RINO once you press him, Ted Cruz is the real deal.

Glo said...

Hi Jim,

The tax system has always bothered me. I believe we should have a flat tax for all people. Sure I enjoy my deductions for a high mortgage and all, but if we had a flat tax I’d be ok with that because everyone would be paying an identical ‘share’ regardless of income level and family situations.

It bothers me to have a higher tax bracket because I make more money than some people. I came up from public housing to a beautiful home in Carefree because I worked hard and got an education (Mom worked 2 jobs), sacrificed, and made compromises. No one handed me effen anything. I am childless and don’t regret that. It has its downsides and upsides. It was my choice, just as it was someone else’s choice to have four or five kids. I shouldn’t be subsidizing that. And a key pissed-off point of mine is that although I only went to public school for 12 years, for 37 working years I have had some of my taxes subsidizing education for other people’s children when I have none.

I don’t think the ‘rich’ should be taxed highly. I am not rich, but I don’t begrudge them what they have worked for and earned. Penalizing someone for success is to my way un-American. That California situation is utter garbage. I would move to another state that doesn’t see financial rape of a successful person as a way of life.

I understand it’s even worse in countries like England, which is why many famous musical artists have relocated. That being said, I am disgusted with Gerard Depardiu (sic) for acquiring Russian citizenship to avoid high French taxes. Russia? Guess I am just a child of the Cold War and don’t like them very much.


Middy: I think women should be part of the combat forces, but, yes, they should also be subject to a draft if men are, and have to accept the same dangers and risks. 'Equality' comes with a price, although some fems don't put their money where their mouth is. On the other hand, I am against women in some jobs, like being a corections officer at a men's prison. Really? Seriously? Guess I am just a rational feminist, not a rabid one.

Rick Kepple said...

The government set the rich up, but good.

Bernie Madoff was USED. Enemy nations illegally invested with him and it was just a matter of time. I know the Bush family knew it. They all knew.

Deregulation was a trick and the wealthy fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

The banksters gave the government the excuse they needed to make sure that the rich not only be punished with high taxes, but be controlled with tight regulations.

Violence was encouraged by the political commentators on both sides and when it happened, the government has their excuse for tighter gun laws.

Illegal immigrants have ALWAYS been used in the past for collapsing Communist countries.

Economic terrorism is an old CIA trick. It's used by China too.

But who would benefit if America were to be forced to change and disarm? Obama's too small. He's a puppet, but for whom?

The Republicans have their version of this mess. The global government will be created and that's just the way it is, folks.

You gotta know that no matter what we do, the government has already planned for it. G.W. Bush even expected food riots, didn't he? It's gonna happen.

Obama's trying to be another JFK and Lincoln. Has he forgotten what happened to JFK when he bucked the rich?

Rick Kepple said...

I can't believe that I went to buy a box of rifle cartridges yesterday and the shelves looked like old Mother Hubbard's kitchen! EMPTY!

Hey, if nothing else, President Obama is helping the firearms and ammunition industry to make a profit!

"I don’t think the ‘rich’ should be taxed highly."

My housekeeper's taxes went up. That's pretty bad, cause the woman makes almost nothing!

PROUD said...

I can't believe how powerful envy and jealousy are....

Any clear thinking person can easily see that there can never be enough money raised to satisfy big governments insatiable appetite to spend....

There are already reams of new spending bills collecting dust just waiting to be "attached" to any new tax increase, beyond those existing proposals are millions of spending dreams in the minds of every politician.

No matter the amount raised, politicians (many well intentioned, most self serving), will have already spent the new increase and MORE, before a single penny ever trickles into the government coffers....

Were it not for this irrational, jealousy driven line of thinking, most everyone would see that our politicians at every level are completely addicted to, and dependent on, spending money....Giving them more does nothing to help anyone, except the politicians clout...

Glo said...

Rick: Just because your housekeeper makes a small wage doesn't mean that other people should pick up the taxation slack. My taxes went up $200/month - and all my utilities and insurance bills went up, too. Am I getting anything extra for these costs? Nope. But that's the way life is.

And, seriously, if she makes 'almost nothing,' who's paying her that 'almost nothing?' Is it because her employer has his own bills to legitimately pay?

We are who we are, and I don't think the 'rich' should have to compensate for those less fortunate due to circumstance, bad luck, or bad choices.

steve buzzardo said...

If libs really wanted fairness, they would want a flat tax. Everyone pays the same percentage. No, they dont want that its too fair, the lying bastards.

They are going to have to build a wall like East Berlin, to keep the people in Clownifornia before too long, Im sure glad I got out when I did.

midnightsstaff said...

Well Gloria sounds like any other rich white oppressor, how can you justify denying the children just because you are one of the lottery winners of life.

Now you want to hoard your wealth and in doing so deny clean water, clean air and a well rounded education for the children!- yeah you got yours handed to you so now it's the hell with the rest eh?
:/off.

"shocking I tell you, it's simply shocking that there is gambling going on in Washington"

Reason left the nation for the evening and never returned.

As to Russia, do you know what their tax rate is?

Russia Income Taxes and Tax Laws 2012
Last partial update, May 2012.

Russia has a uniform rate of tax on the income of individuals. As of 2012 tax in Russia is payable at the rate of 13% for an individual on most income. (non-residents 30%). Russian residents pay 9% on dividend income. (Deduction at source).
Non-residents pay 15% on dividend income.
Exemptions are granted to certain income earners.
The standard rate of Russia corporate profit tax in 2012 is 20%.
Companies pay 9% tax on dividend income. Under certain terms dividend income received by companies with holding of 50% or more is entitled to participation exemption.

Russia Income Tax for an Individual

An individual is liable for tax on his income as an employee and on income as a self-employed person. Tax will be payable on income earned in Russia and overseas by an individual who meets the test of a "permanent resident" of Russia.
A foreign resident who is employed in Russia pays tax only on income earned in Russia.
To be considered a Russian resident, residence must be established of at least 183 days in Russia during 12 months in a calendar year.
An employer is obligated to deduct, immediately, each month, the amount of tax and national insurance due from a salaried worker.
A self-employed individual is obligated to make advance payments on income tax that will be offset on filing an annual report. In the case of a new business, the advance payments will be calculated on the basis of the business owner's estimate. The advance payments will be made at least 3 times in each year.
Certain payments are deductible from taxable income as detailed below.

Russia Corporate Tax

The tax on company profits is made up of 2 rates:
- Federal tax - -2%.
- Regional tax - 18% (with a possible incentive reduction of up to 4.5%).
The maximum profit tax is 20%.

Russia Capital Gains

Capital Gains (for an individual)

The standard rate of tax is 13% for a resident and 30% for a foreign resident.
The profit on the sale of real estate or other asset that has been held for 3 years is exempt from tax.
Sale of certain Russian shares bought after 1.1.2011 and held for more than five years are tax exempt.
The maximum deduction on the sale of residential real estate held for less than 3 years is RUR 1 million. On the sale of another asset the deduction is RUR 250,000.

Capital Gains (for a corporation) in Russia

The standard rate of tax for a corporation is identical to the tax on its regular income.
Sale of certain Russian shares bought after 1.1.2011 and held for more than five years are tax exempt.
A capital loss on the sale of a fixed asset may be offset against income in the following years. The offset is spread over the remaining useful life of the asset that has been sold.
There is no cost inflation adjustment for capital gains.

Glo, Rich White Bitch said...

Rich? Not by a LONG shot. White? Absolutely. Hoarding my money? You betcha - AFTER paying my FAIR SHARE of high taxes.

My life 'handed ' to me? No. Effen. Way. I grew up in poor public housing, and if I followed the usual pattern of life there, by rights I should have been knocked up by three different guys by the time I was twenty and sucking down welfare like no tomorrow. But my mom struggled to get me a good education and worked her fingers to the bone. And I've been a contributing member of society paying taxes for nearly 40 years with NO ONE helping me get a house, pay my bills, etc.

Deny the poor kiddies an education or clean air. Oh come on! All I'm saying is that people shouldn't pay forever to help educate the next and next and next generations, especially when they have no 'dog in the fight.' Taxes could easily be decreased from paychecks for that purpose if our goivernement stoped giving away our tax money to foreign countries that hate us and to silly projects like studying the mating habit of fruit flies.

And, shockingly, I doubt that in my old age the government or any of our youngsters are going to take care of me. So I plan for taking care of myself, and if that were to cost a 5th grdaer a new iPad, well, damn, that's just ... tragic. Simply tragic.

Glo said...

Correction: 7/8ths White, 1/8th Native American.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Typical hysteria; one fireball hits the Russkys now everyone paranoid SOB in the country think he sees one.

It reminds me of the days when everyone was afraid of the Sputniks.

Jim McAllister said...

We should ABSOLUTELY have the draft again but for men only. A lot of guys need to grow up and the military will teach them about that and personal responsibility.

This stuff about women on the front lines is insane; typical of what we expect from the clowns currently in charge.

Women can voluntarily join if they want; they have always had that option but not be on the front lines.

It's no slam against women but in a hand to hand combat situation, a man is simply stronger. It wasn't my decision; it's a law of nature.

Jim McAllister said...

Great comment, Glo.

We are on the same page. A flat tax would be the way to go but probably will never happen.

Can you imagine the 47% who pay nothing suddenly having to support themselves?

The trouble is there are so many like that who all support Obama that they run the show.

I've said it before and I still think that some type of civil war is going to happen with this guy as president. He just got his tax increase on the rich 2 months ago and now he wants another one.

As Middy says, he looks at everything that we own as community property that the government should have access to. Patience with his crap is starting to bend as his popularity drops and it will eventually break.

Fanie Jacobs said...

You are right on Jim. The lefties (not Phil) wants the taxes to go up until it starts to hit their own pcckets.
In the good old days I used to read Montini, Valdez, Roberts and others mainly for the comments by others. Nowadays on AZVoices I avoid them altogether. I do not want to give them that axtra click.

Jim McAllister said...

Proud,

You're right. Something has to give eventually. I think maybe the gun situation may be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

I'm glad I was born when I was. Things used to seem so simple compared to now and people were different. It used to be that people were ashamed to take welfare in hard times; now they expect to and it better be plenty!

It'as a jore that 47% pay nothing.

Jim McAllister said...

Steve,

I agree. I think it is funny when losers like that girl on the other blog think it is terrible and greedy for Mickelson to want to protect what is his.

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

All I'm saying is that people shouldn't pay forever to help educate the next and next and next generations, especially when they have no 'dog in the fight.' Taxes could easily be decreased from paychecks for that purpose if our goivernement stopped giving away our tax money to foreign countries that hate us and to silly projects like studying the mating habit of fruit flies.

AMEN!!!!!!

Jim McAllister said...

Steph,

Montini, Valdez, and Roberts are three good examples of people who either have the photos from the office Christmas party or the personnel department (Oops! Human Resources dept.)isn't worth a damn.

I have been looking at Montini for probably over 20 years now and it has always amazed me how he has kept his job. It's not just because he is so liberal; I think he is simply a bad writer.

midnightsstaff said...

Paramount in the Statist mindset is the unshakable belief that property rights including currency is the property of the collective and any asymmetry in wealth accumulation is due to the theft of that wealth from the collective.

That philosophy exonerates government from criticism over hare brained schemes like the Volt and Solyndra because in their unicorn infested world they are actually using their own resources thereby elevating them above criticism for predictable absolute and abject failure.

Individuals in Statist regimes are only granted temporary usage of those commodities in the Statist mindset.

unless it's one of the State's favored entities either private of public then it's acceptable.
eg. another vacation for the Obama's, separate of course because she really doesn't like fairies and she is a bit too feminine for his tastes.
the news media ignores it of course.

All I need to know about golf is to realize it represents the opposite of liberal agenda, because in the folding money golf circuit there is no payday without success..

.."The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights"
HLM

Pax Obama.

Glo said...

Middy:

"because in their unicorn infested world"

Love it, LOL. Great phrase!

midnightsstaff said...

I have personally suggested to Gov. Moonbeam that they officially exchange the outdated bear on the Great Seal with a unicorn..

seems only fitting.

midnightsstaff said...

Has anyone else started thinking in the manner that Michael Jackson on his worst day was not as repulsive as the entire political/ media lapdog spectrum we are witnessing today??

just wondering..

midnightsstaff said...

Glo, have you ever considered you might just be a libertarian?-

**don't taze me Bro-ahhhhgghh!**

Oh and I forgot, welcome Fanie Jacobs.. please feel free to belly up to the bar and also pass this website along to your friends and encourage them to comment.

you might be a regular if so forgive me, I spent a lot of time in prison.

Jim is far to unassuming and polite to honk his own horn.. (for free) so I'll do it for him.

Besides I get tired of reading my own non stop brand of nuttiness and would like to read other sentient thoughts.

**that's not you Rick**

sam said...

I have a question for anyone with a reasonable...if not provable...answer:

Has anyone seen proof that our First Family actually pays out of pocket for their constant vacations and almost weekly personal "little jaunts" around the country and world?

I would like to see a Congress with the 'nads to require a full accounting and personal payment for the Family Excesses, and for the mandatory support and security involved.

midnightsstaff said...

When you write law you don't have to follow law..

try insider trading.

Glo, The Hybrid said...

Middy, Actually I don't really know what a libertarian is. I do know that I am not a liberal or a conservative: what I 'am' depends on the topic at hand.

For example, I am pro-choice (although I do NOT believe in giving away free contraceptiuves in school or anywhere else), but totally believe in the death penalty, as long as we use it sooner and more often. I believe women should be allowed in any job, but I do not approve of them in some jobs like a men's prison guard).

I believe we should have welfare for a SHORT, non-renewable period of time to help someone get on their feet, not as a generational thing (man, I aw that in public housing!). If a woman is on welfare and we're paying for two kids, and she decides to get knocked up again by another baby daddy, we should not pay for child #3, 4, etc.

I am absolutely for same-sex marriage and benefits for long-term same-sex partners in states where marriage isn't yet possible; I don't believe in significant-other benefits for heteroes because they have the option and right to marry.

I believe the US government should stop the f--k giving our money away to other countries, and also cut back on home policies that encourage dependence on someone stepping up to the plate when the person doesn't want to.

I don't believe that any upcoming social security or medicare benefits should be reduced for the generation that has paid into them for forty years.

I am disgusted with second-inauguration wasteful spending: You made it to a swecond term, great, but don't use taxpayer money to fund the parties. And cut down on inauguration #1 one costs, too!

And, Jesus - don't let Aretha Franklin and Beyonce sing any more!
Let's have SOME effen decorum on these events.

Glo said...

Tony Bennett would be ok, but not Aretha....

midnightsstaff said...

Too bad Frank Zappa isn't available..

Frank was light years ahead of the times, anyone who names his kid Dweezill who later has it changed a more socially acceptable Dweezle is A-OK in my book.

Wow, Jan "baby" Napalitano probably has a file on you sweets, see ya at the FEMA camp.
..that is a pretty good litmus test you took, the answer to the libertarian issue is one of motivation, I share a lot of the same opinion as any conservative thinker, but a libertarian line of thinking has to come from an awareness of Natural Law and it's ultimate authority over man.

Aristotle once made mention of the unexamined mind and it's pitfalls.
Libertarianism probably doesn't include all libertarians, if that makes sense, the libertarian mindset is rooted in the individual's moral guidepost which would not be accepted by someone who is a low information bound herd creature.

Groupthink will simply not allow the cultivation of individual thought.
but you know this already..

I have my personal observations like you, for one I believe that the war on drugs just like the war on poverty has been lost and should be abandoned, I imagine some of my fellow conservatives would strongly disagree, but that doesn't mean that common ground can't be found unless religious or agenda based dogma controls the conversation.

A truthful discussion where everyone agrees to surrender their bias to discuss matters in the light of Reason.

Of course that will never happen with Statists be they either conservative or Socialist.
But just because someone doesn't agree exactly with me doesn't mean that I discount them as a thinking person, however you have to have some limit.

BTW- I worked in a level IV men's prison and while I agree in principle, I did work with some very professional and competent female's.
I also worked with Gays and Lesbians who were very professional and I worked with government overtime drones as well, it's not black and white when it comes to people sometimes.

midnightsstaff said...

.."I am absolutely for same-sex marriage and benefits for long-term same-sex partners in states where marriage isn't yet possible; I don't believe in significant-other benefits for heteroes because they have the option and right to marry"

Instead of getting all sidetracked on the peripherals of the subject like abortion and social responsibility why not ask why somehow it's the responsibility of this Star Wars bar scene as their civic duty and in a manner spelled out somewhere in the Constitution (sorry don't laugh) to fix the mess now?
Excuuuussseee me!
They are the ones that have interjected themselves and convoluted the subject to the brink of war!
once that settles in then ask yourself if the people that created this nightmare are now somehow qualified to resolve it, just ask yourself exactly what has changed?..

.."One of the main purposes of laws in a democratic society is to put burdens upon intelligence and reduce it to impotence. Ostensibly, their aim is to penalize anti-social acts; actually their aim is to penalize heretical opinions"
HLM.

midnightsstaff said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzWi3dKis2c

Dweezle shredding an intro.. "the apple doesn't fall"..
ignore Eddie... and I doubt mike will like it- it's a little off center..

Mike Slater said...

Jim, Montini, Roberts and Valdez are all liberals working at a liberal rag.

I've been reading the Republic since the 60's and it used to be a conservative paper until Gannett took over. Since that time it's become liberal.

Montini, Roberts and Valdez all have some things in common. They don't like Sheriff Joe, the Republican legislature or Jan Brewer. They do like illegals though.

The funny part is if you read Valdez's blogs 99% of the people commenting disagree with her.

It's sad that Arizona doesn't have a conservative newspaper. If we did the Republic would go out of business just like the Tucson Citizen did.

midnightsstaff said...

In case there is any confusion this is an example of what I mean..

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/elderly-couple-pulled-over-buckeye-car-decal-mistaken-191317336--ncaaf.html

are these cops Conservatives?- probably in the same sense Archie Bunker was a union thug conservative..
Do I respect their judgment and think they are qualified to serve the public?.

That's a whole different question.

Evidently when they swore to serve and protect the Constitution they didn't mean the Fourth amendment too.

midnightsstaff said...

.."I believe that every individual receiving federal "sustenance" or "welfare" income should be required to earn such income by performing such labor or service as limited only by mental or physical ability, and that any existing limits on wages or salaries existing should not apply to such welfare recipients"

*that*

Hey as long as the braintrust is using the various wars to stack off of, why don't we demand every elected official pass a weekly piss test and draw blood before every election?
Hell, why don't we demand they live under the same laws that apply to we the muppets?
also mandated DNA background and fingerprint checks might catch quite a few before they can graduate from minor league crime to the Bigs.

Oh and as rider make every member of Congress personally responsible for the damages they inflict with their agenda driven legislation and set up stings to catch and prosecute the habitual criminals in the act.
..a hot seller in Washington for the past few decades has been those belts with names on the back so the Lobbyists can remember which congresscritter they are buying that night..
.. to mangle an old joke- sorry Jim I don't know what comes over me, I meant to talk about hockey.

midnightsstaff said...

.."Sure I enjoy my deductions for a high mortgage and all, but if we had a flat tax I’d be ok with that because everyone would be paying an identical ‘share’ regardless of income level and family situations"

Problem is you don't think like a politician, you think that just because you are willing to reach a compromise that they will ever consider giving up the power and control that levying taxes and spending create.

they will give you that flat tax on top of the existing tax and call it The VAT tax.. see aliens are here among us, I have seen them if you don't believe me I offer Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman and Harry Ried as undeniable proof.

case closed.

Glo said...

.."I believe that every individual receiving federal "sustenance" or "welfare" income should be required to earn such income..."

My mom worked for the Hartford Housing Authority for 19 years, and had a very extensive experience with welfare recipients and 'poor' people. I heard all the horror stories when she'd come home from work. Like, all of them.

She told me how the welfare people, men and women, would come in demanding their checks and additional services as though they were absolutely entitled to them and screw the workers who were trying to help.

There were many people who came in screaming about rotten landlords and how garbage was littering the alley and cans. I always hated those terrible, horrible landlords for sneaking in at night and leaving all that garbage around. Meanies!!

I remember when Hartford tried to institute Workfare, where the welfare people would have to work some hours a week to get their checks. They were OUTRAGED!!!!! Work for the money? NFW! Absurd!

Imagine how she and other working people felt when they had to 'help' these people who treated them like dirt.

midnightsstaff said...

Hey.. are we going to see more of the "Firebreathing Glozilla kicking the crap out of another liberal Japanese Metro" type of rant more often?.. I really enjoy them- and I believe that a good rant now and then leads to good health.
..if so I should be able to outlive George Burns.

..and I think I speak for all of us regulars, after all the spirit of Festivus has expanded since last November and should no longer be considered just a once in a year tradition..
it's a lifestyle.

Pax Obama.

midnightsstaff said...

Hey Jim I notice that "the lightbringer" is golfing with Tiger today.. maybe he can give Tiger some tips on that swing and maybe a few dating tips or phone numbers of his old girlfriends as well..

no cameras allowed so as to preserve Tiger's reputation as a competent golfer, once the general public sees what real competition and natural athleticism is like Tiger just may have to go to Hollywood and reinvent himself.

God bless the King.

Glozilla said...

Glozilla?? LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! :)

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, I forgive you. Not sure if I'm ready to say, pax, or not. If you say it, I'll say it, but if you don't say pax, I won't say pax.

Jimmy, I'm sick of being sick and I DO NOT DO hospitals. Or doctors.

I went to GNC and got a replacement for the hypertension pill. I hold water on my abdomen if I don't take it and if I do take it, I feel sick. So I got this Xpel. Maximum strength diuretic. I also got this L-carnitine 1000. It's supposed to be good for muscles and stuff. The heart is a muscle.

And cameras. Jimmy mentioned cameras.

I bought a Sony Handycam HDR-PJ260V and it has an external microphone jack and a projector so that folks can see what I just recorded. I got it at the military PX for a sweet price. I used the money that I got for the truck.

Was gonna spend the money on fixing the barn into a studio, but a board is cheap in comparison to a really good video camera.

"My mom worked for the Hartford Housing Authority for 19 years, and had a very extensive experience with welfare recipients and 'poor' people. I heard all the horror stories when she'd come home from work. Like, all of them."

I'm a watchdog of government programs and agencies. It's a hobby.

My mother had cancer and I clearly remember the welfare authority refusing her for some stupid tiny little thing. I called them monsters for sentencing her to death.

It's a kind of burnout that those people in the offices have after a while. It's as if they lose all their humanity. The VA does the same thing. They get people killed with their apathy and there should have been counseling for them, or transfers, but instead, they just fire them.

In 2005, an investigator with child services found nothing wrong in a home. Two weeks later, a boy died. Millions of cockroaches all over the body. Emergency responders were vomiting. The state buried the case. Fired the investigator.

The poor feel "entitled," because they're kept in a kind of storage, until they're employable again.

Well, since 1980, programs for the poor and homeless have been improving. Autism clinics. College. But it's still just warehousing.

The poor are taught to go job hunting. The poor aren't taught to use their rake and shovel and try to start a business. The poor aren't taught that they can educate themselves on Youtube.

No, people in government authority want to keep their jobs, so they just bitch. It's a form of entitlement. They even demand to be in unions sometimes.

midnightsstaff said...

.."My mother had cancer and I clearly remember the welfare authority refusing her for some stupid tiny little thing. I called them monsters for sentencing her to death"

Hey isn't that the exact same thing that happened to "The Messiah's" mom by the same dirty bastards?
sure.. I can say pax..
in fact I have been saying it all along..
Pax Obama..

It's all yours Glo, like I say a good rant is worth two apples a day.
want to listen to a real nice eleven min. cut?

Para halu.. A week of Sundays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0JhdAnNk_w

midnightsstaff said...

quit painting such a rosy picture Rick- we are all adults- let it all hang out as we used to say..

I got to hand it to ya tho, for a guy who's Knockin' on Heaven's Door and renting a room at the VA your pugilist instincts on display lately for wanting to kick every man's ass in Arizona is admirable.

ill advised but still admirable.

..I suggest we leave the really vile,dirty and repugnant work for the lawyers who specialize.

..as far as the entitlement state we find ourselves in it reminds me of what my daddy once told me, "Son...cutting calves nuts is a whole different ball game than cutting bull nuts"- he was an amateur veterinarian as well as a tv repairman/high school teacher.

..no one in Washington feels like taking on a bull so get ready for a screaming economic fit.
Soooo as a result the day for a reasonable fix with any but a tragic ending is history.
.."Just because you do not take an
interest in politics doesn't mean
politics won't take an interest
in you! -- Pericles (430 B.C.)"- it's been obvious for a long, long time.

cheer up Rick.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

More on O's pre-school for all 4 year old kids.

Gee, what a surprise; he is getting some flak on this. For example, how the hell are we going to pay for such a thing and how effective is it?

I'm sure he doesn't care; just another way to raise taxes.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/17/obama-pre-k-plan-draw-support-for-poor-children-but-questions-on-cost/

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Wait until all his followers find out what this dictator wants from them financially to pay for some stranger's kids pre-school and all the other wonderful sounding crap he believes we should finance.

Michael Jackson was a lot less repulsive than this guy.

A month ago Real clear politics surveys showed his approval rating at +9. Today it is +6.7.

People may just be catching on.

Jim McAllister said...

Thanks, Middy, I appreciate the kudos.

Fanie is a good guy; he was at the Bloggers party back in January of 2010.

Jim McAllister said...

SAM,

As far as those imposters in the Whiite House paying their own way to anything, a good analogy might be to think of them taking the cost of all their vacations and other luxuries and throwing it up in the air in the East Room.

All the money that sticks to the ceiling is used to pay for the expenses and vacations of their lavish lifestyle. All the money that falls back to the floor goes back in their pockets.

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

I would probably vote for you. I agree with about everything you propose.

The hell with the phony singers like Beyonce. Let's bring good Republican Joan Rivers in for entertainment. She is one funny lady and I would love to hear her comments on Walmart queen Michelle's outfits.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

Like I told fanie, I just don't think guys like Montini are good writers. I have seen him in there for all these years and a rwo year old could civer events better than he does.

He is strictly one sided and not the least bit objective. Either is Valdez who is such a whiner about the poor dreamers.

I used to think Roberts was OK but she has fallen on the sword too.

midnightsstaff said...

The man never sleeps.. you can't take a day off with these guys, they need to be put on 24 hour suicide watch except that is problematic due to the fact that there is no sanity to turn to in the Washington District of Corruption.

Helicopter Ben is not finished yet, there are a whole lot of zero's left in his checkbook.
Leave it to Beaver just ain't cutting it anymore.

Oh yeah Jim, I want you to be sure to give me an update just as soon as Lindsay Graham gets some traction on his latest hot air express dog and pony show..
McCain belongs in a sanitarium along with his suppositories.. erh- I mean supporters.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Funny about the marijuana leaf incident in Tennessee.

I'm not to happy with the reporter. he referred to the people as a 65 year old "elderly couple."

Damn, where does that put me!?

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

When I was in London in 1986, I bought some clothes and had to pay the VAT. Since I was an American, I was able to get it back a few months later after several forms were filled out and mailed back.

I'm sure a lot of people just say the hell with it. In my case, it was several hundred dollars and I went through the inconvenience to get it.

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

Great example of how free stuff spoils people.

It's the old story of how they probably appreciate it for a while but then they start getting over confident and demanding as though they really deserve the freebies even though they are too damned lazy to even clean up the dump they live in.

That's what going on now. Try to get that 47% back to work to EARN welfare money and see what happens.

Its the old story of how you give them an inch and they start wanting a mile.

midnightsstaff said...

As long as I am scaring the cat I might as unload a bit more to make room in my anxiety closet.
I got to feel sorry for the way the Royal Mom gets treated by these clownish marriages and predictable scandals..
She is pretty much a classy gal, I haven't heard anything suspicious about her, and she has always been a pretty gracious figurehead in a world of petty dictators and parliamentary potentates.

It must have been painful to entertain those two scalawags bringing gifts of loaded i tunes in the wrong electrical configuration loaded with his own words of wisdom, to a woman who personally knew Winston Churchill.
The audacity of hope my ass.

I'm still on topic pretty much aren't I Jim?

Jim?..

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I'm sure Tiger was really excited about playing with that left handed sissy.

Good thing there were no photo ops. I heard Tiger is begging his ex to take him back.

She did good in the divorce. She's building a $13 million home in Palm Beach.

Jim McAllister said...

Glozilla? LOL

Love it. Remember that one by Blue Oyster Cult? Great 70s memories.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln8-Y-fIbqM

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

You're welcome to rant here all you want.

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2013/02/15/cb9d56ac-779c-11e2-8f84-3e4b513b1a13_print.html

..another lie in a long string of lies- there are too many of them to keep count of anymore.

Pax Obama.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, I've been a politician and I didn't like it. There was some corruption in the previous administration and politics being politics, nothing was done. But I made copies.

Then I resigned and I went into journalism and never regretted it until Dora died. Back then, on disability, you're either on Medicare or you aren't. At that time, insurance companies only insured the healthy. So they FORCED millions of people to be on "entitlements."

I like being independent. I haven't figure out how to make money from short films yet, but I'm learning and sooner or later, I'll find a market. Dell Mack's videos will go far and people are already asking who I am and that I'm doing a good job.

Now I have a better camera. A full HD. Even makes coffee and nags. The controls are beautiful!

Now if I had a girlfriend or wife, she'd say, "You bought a what?"

See, that's why you don't hear of many disabled dudes becoming successful.

Jim McAllister said...

I agree with you Middy on the Queen.

I remember her coronation in 1951 when i was 10. Hollywood even made a movie about it with Fred Astaire and Churchill's daughter, Sarah.

I always liked the Royal Family. They didn't do much but they always exuded class; something we don't get much of these days over here.

If you've never seen "The King's Speech" you should. Classy British production, not he the garbage we see from Hollywood.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

“What we’ve learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the health-care system to be run,” Cohen said.

Gee, another big surprise! Who would have thought?

The mess that is Obamacare is just starting and the above quote will be child's play once this gets rolling with businesses putting people on part time, states bowing out, hidden charges like that $65 a head for uninsured people, etc.

Why does this country have to always learn the hard way? What ever made them think a guy like Obama would solve anything. He is nothing but a photo op screw up.

midnightsstaff said...

sending you a golf digest Jim, check out your email..

Rick Kepple said...

The King's Speech is a good movie.

Uhm, the guys want to film golf. We'll bring Nick along. Did you ever see his comedy film? "The Unexpected Visitor."

Golf, Jimmy, golf.

CJ Phoenix said...

I am no fan of raising the minimum wage & I vote against it every chance I get. I am still not sorry that I voted for Obama this time around, however, because that idea is not nearly as bad as taking away the social security I have already paid for & earned while continuing to take money from my measly checks to pay for others.

Hey, if Phil Mickelson doesn't like the taxes, he should move. What's the problem? Yeah, pro golfers have it so rough...

On another topic, Jan Brewer is finally gaining ground in my opinion.

Jim McAllister said...

Riuck,

Golf is a great game. The pros make it look easy but anyone who thinks it is have a rude awakening ahead of them.

Jim McAllister said...

CJ,

Phil is from San Diego and would like to remain there since it is his home. However, with the ridiculous tax situation, he may have to go.

Yeah, pro golfers have it so rough...

I would expect a comment a bit more intelligent from you than that.

Do you realize the work it takes to become good enough to make a lot of money playing golf? It's the hardest game in the world and getting good at it is not easy.

Mickelson has devoted his life to being one of the best. Should he be punished for that just because he makes good money?

That required a lot of hard work and it's not his fault that it happens to be a high paying game.

Do you think it is right for government to take 60% of what he makes just because he is rich?

Since you voted for Obama, you obviously think so. Would you like the government to take 60% of what you make?

The amount left is inconsequential; it's the same percentage.

midnightsstaff said...

Hokey Smokes,I take a little break to watch for falling meteors and all hell breaks loose on the blogosphere.

I feel sorry for all these who really don't understand how money is created and were given the old shuck and jive by a con artist.
..they are the ones that are going to be ran over first when the house of cards collapses.
May God help America even though we don't deserve it.

midnightsstaff said...

I noticed that a number of high end technologically advanced suppliers to police and military have decided to tell New York to shove it where the sun don't shine.
they aren't going to supply them anymore over that gun grab last month.

This is not going to end well.

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/intro/HB0545I.HTM

Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:

(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;

(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or

(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.

5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.

Still glad you voted for Claire Mccaskill Rick?


It has begun..

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I love it when NY gets told to shove it. Now, Bloomberg wants to outlaw styrofoam.

I don't think that gun law has been passed in Missouri. I believe it was submitted by the Dems.

Good luck to them collecting guns in Missouri if it does pass. Those guys with the one strap overalls are pretty good shots when those government guys start sticking their noses into their business.

Jim McAllister said...

Joe Finnerty has left a new comment on your post "PHIL MICKELSON, A CHAMPION IN GOLF AND LIFE":

Phil has good reason to complain about California’s taxes which have long exceeded those imposed by many other states. This induces people and companies to move elsewhere. I relocated here almost a half century ago, although not for that reason. But it didn’t hurt when I discovered my property taxes were exactly half of what I had paid while residing in California the year before in a home one third smaller. Should I have apologized before moving? Okay, I’m sorry to be so late, but I apologize.

However, I caution folks to use percentages cautiously when discussing taxes.

In this time period, I have remained in the same home. My property tax has increased 225%. Sounds fierce, right? The actual dollar amount: a thousand bucks.

I invite you and other readers to compare the amount of federal income taxes paid each year for the past ten with your gross income, (not adjusted). How many of you paid sixty percent? Fifty? Forty? Do I hear thirty? Twenty? For all of the talk about taxes, few of us can recall precisely how much we paid.

Of course, working stiffs have seen a gigantic increase in FICA payments over the years, and perhaps that amount should be added to the income tax paid to better reflect net income.

Speaking of income, I used to ask employees what percentage raise they received the previous year. Amazingly, few could recall. What they did remember, it wasn’t as much as they wanted or thought they deserved.

I enjoyed reading about the Russian tax structure. It would be a shame if Phil decides to move to Moscow to save a few bucks for his old age. Nyet, I say, nyet.

Jim McAllister said...

Joe,

Thanks for your response.

Mickelson has a strong tie to Scottsdale and I wish he would move back here.

It has to be difficult for him to do that though since his family is in San Diego and that is home to him from childhood.

But, it will probably be a business decision and since he is so well liked here and had a lot of success, moving back wouldn't be like going to Fargo or some other garden spot.

To tell him he has to pay in the 60% range seems out of line but no one ever accused California of making much sense especially under the present regime.

I'm afraid that if Washington gets their way on all of the give away programs they have in mind, we will all be unhappy.

ArizonaDave said...

Jim, you're right....Obama and the Left want to equalize the money between the doers and the non doers...makes no difference how hard you try to achieve and succeed, they want you to pay an enormous amount in taxes to provide monies to those who have given up and are not trying to succeed....

I always thought that your charity views were part of your church in picking people up and getting them to the next level....not the government, but then you've got to understand where Obama came from...and the theory of penalizing the overchievers will always be with us with Obama in office.

Phil has a personal decision to make because California needs much money for the nonachievers who have quit trying....and many other states are in that same category...review each state's tax laws and then weigh all the factors(family, climate, roots & opportunities) where you and your family want to live...GO FOR IT PHIL....

Rick Kepple said...

So the best answers that ANY of you people can come up with to save America is by forcing people on entitlements to work for a living or starve?

Oh these next few years will be really interesting, in a horror movie kind of way.

Rich people blaming poor people for rich people destroying America. Sounds like high school.

Rick Kepple said...

"Mickelson has always come across as one of the really good guys in sports. He is mannerly, a good family man, and a fan favorite who has had his share of heartaches over his wife’s and mother’s battles with breast cancer. Through it all, he has smiled, never brushed off autograph seekers, given balls to and gloves to kids, and helped charities."

The bank doesn't cash, NICE, Jimmy. They don't care.

However, in light of all the rich guys losing sponsorship, going to prison, becoming less than a Welfare recipient in name, I can see why Jimmy would be desperately trying to find someone who can be his hero.

But SN wanted me to learn from you folks so I can be rich too and I have learned that I've got to be a prick, as if I lived in cutthroat Scottsdale.

There's a CEO who occasionally talks to me about trying to be more of a "people guy."

I've known SN for 30 years and trying to be nice to her has never once achieved her assistance, except advice. I can get that from anyone.

The golfer that Jimmy likes probably owns a company employing slaves or something. Some scandal will eventually come out and his career will be over too.

I have every confidence in rich people. SN taught me all I know.

Rantin' Glozilla said...

"So the best answers that ANY of you people can come up with to save America is by forcing people on entitlements to work for a living or starve?"

Seriously, Rick? As noted before, I have no issue giving people a helping hand for a LIMITED amount of time, but people, yes, do have to make every effort to be productive citizens and shoulder their fair share of work and taxes.

No one is trying to take assistance away from disabled or elderly people, and certainly not veterans, but able-bodied people have an obligation of personal decency at the very least to make an effort. Too many don't, and they ruin it for everyone.

I absolutely do have a problem with having my HARD-EARNED (note the key word 'earned') taxes subsidizing a welfare mother with four kids and because she can't keep her legs together is gestating a fifth - and with no intention of paying herself for any of them (forget the baby daddies).

I am not rich, but I have earned every single penny without asking for help or handouts, and if I had achieved the subjectiveness level of 'rich,' that would also be the case. I don't 'owe' anybody a godd---d thing, but I have made time in the last 13 years to assist the elderly and disabled on my own time and cost because those are the people this society neglects. Would I willingly help a man or woman who can work at something and make some sort of living but prefers not to? Hell no.

Our society is class-based and economics-based; always has been and probably always will be. People make choices or are born into some circumstances that are not as conducive to a good life as others; I would like to have been born a Kennedy and have that $$$ at my disposal, but I wasn't. Big fat hairy deal. That's life.

But 'class' in its most esthetic nature, has to do far less with monetary considerations than with the concepts of dignity, honor, integrity, and self-respect. Those people draining our society have none of those qualities, and so I cannot either respect them or desire to help them.

Jim: Sorry, but you and I diverge on Joan Rivers. I think she is the most repulsive, obnoxious creature third on the list down from Honey Boo Boo and the Progressive chick, Flo.

CJinPhoenix said...

"I would expect a comment a bit more intelligent from you than that."

You know what, Jim? I am not going to go into the reasoning behind my comment that inspired that cheap shot you took at my intelligence because I do not really know enough about Phil Mickelson personally to judge his circumstances, nor do I really care about that part of the topic here...BUT I WILL SAY THIS: I would expect your responses to my comments to be a bit more mature & well thought out.

And this one: "Do you think it is right for government to take 60% of what he makes just because he is rich? Since you voted for Obama, you obviously think so. Would you like the government to take 60% of what you make?"

You know, I have already explained the reason why I voted for Obama this past time around repeatedly on this blog &, suffice to say, intelligence is not measured by the degree to which a comment agrees with your personal political preferences. For instance, the ability to comprehend complex concepts & retention both factor into intelligence too.

midnightsstaff said...

I only hope you are kidding.
Joan Rivers IS the SN of that near Indian reservation zipcode Scottsdale crowd, the white belt rockers down at the casino think she's just keen!

..Rumor has it that snowbirds want a bronze statue commissioned of the lady for the entry at The Wild Horse.

Other than you sounding a bit vague and apologetic early in the morning concerning your viewpoint, I agree.

*nice to not have to do all the remedial core value corrections on Rick's peculiar viewpoints myself*

up too late again watching for fireballs.

Rantin' Glozilla said...

Middy - I did say that JR was third on my most-hated list, LOL. whenever a commercial flashes by for HBB, I breathe fire and simply want to smash her face in with a sledgehammer. I know, I know ... That repulsive creature, her family, and that TV show are THE prime example of how far American concepts of morals, class, self-respect and entertainment have fallen. I literally feel sick when those ads come on.

As far as Flo, I'd use a chainsaw ...

PROUD said...

Well, let's see?

It's Monday....Rick's still crazy !

What have I missed?

midnightsstaff said...

ooohhh!- sounds like someone besides Rick woke up wet and cranky!

Of course you didn't answer the question of would you accept 60% of your wages going directly to the black hole.

What is the difference between you taking a gun to the streets and robbing people than voting for some politician to do it on your benefit?
Is one act more civilized than the other just because it's lawful?

That question of who legitimately owns property keeps popping up in the conversation.

You and Rick are on the same page ignorance always leads, you have no idea what money really is or represents, you have no idea the value of monetary velocity in a healthy economy, you have no idea of the shunting effect that government excess places on the economy yet you are proficient in simplistic political economic theory!-

MO-ARH!!- again, this time with gusto!!

..simply amazing- of course it's based on the baser aspects of the human condition, envy and greed.
Yet you call the very people who have applied principle and ethics to their lives and produced something worthwhile for the society greedy and insensitive.

It's apparent that you aren't even willing to put the nothing you have up for community property to justify the theft that someone with property is forced to.

Your mathematical equation is busted in itself leaving it an unbalanced unjustifiable position, it alone prevents the justification of your viewpoint on extortion.
.."we don't have a spending problem, we have an inequality of wealth problem"- Bathhouse Barry.

Evil grows wild in the heart fed by envy.

Your seeming willingness to not only receive stolen property but to justify it without the cover of reason tells us much about your personality.

.."From those who have to those who need"- Cj.

Rick Kepple said...

Well, it looks as if SN was right about going on the herbals.

I've heard about Honey Boo Boo. I have no further comment about the exploitation of a kid.

To quote the FBI, [Glo] is rich and that refers to the poorest person in America. I've heard it many times from many agencies.

I fully intend to be wealthy and I hope I'm successful this year. I'm fortunate enough to have as my friend, SN. My pal. So as long as I focus on the happy thought, I'll make happy films and pretty soon, I'll make happy money. Not that sad, almost insignificant kind.

Then die richer than Midas and leave everything to my dogs. I've got the eccentricities, so I might as well be rich.

midnightsstaff said...

How was that Glozilla?- do I get an honorable mention??
it's still early.

midnightsstaff said...

All right, I'm up for buying Rick a blow up that looks like you know who, anyone else ponying up?

midnightsstaff said...

.."Country music star Mindy McCready shot her dog and then herself at the same spot where her boyfriend was shot dead last month, it was reported today.

McCready, 37, was found on the porch of her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, yesterday. She was pronounced dead at the scene “from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to the sheriff’s office"

Happiness is not found in fame or fortune people, better start looking in another direction unless you want to face assured disappointment and utter loneliness, money is no substitute for happiness and stealing to get it breeds negativity that ruins people.

Too bad that no one could reach her before she shot that innocent dog.

Glozilla said...

You done good, Middy. ;)

midnightsstaff said...

Jus tryin' to hold up my end.

midnightsstaff said...

time for the thought of the day....

.."The eyes are the groin of the soul"

Dwight Schrute..

Jim McAllister said...

Dave,

He gets his tax increase two months ago on the rich and now he wants another. The funny part was that the increase he got would run the government about a week. It is just his ploy of demeaning the makers into paying the way of the non makers.

It's like this recent nonsense about government paid preschool for 4 year old kids. Fine if parents want pre school but why should we pay for it? It is their responsibility, not ours.

Now I see where even a lot of Dems are disagreeing with his immigration policies.

This guy is a real challenge in this country. I know what will happen within the next couple of years. He will start harping for a third term. God help us if he gets it.

It's sad to think that we have so many people who are living on the dole and enjoying every moment of it and loving Obama for it.

What happened to the initiatives of the past when people had honor and a conscience?

Jim McAllister said...

CJ,

Yeah, pro golfers have it so rough..

Sorry, but when you make statements like that, you lose some credibility.

I know you are not an authority on professional golf so how do you know it is so easy that they don't don't have it rough?

You sound like that girl on the Politics blog calling him "dear sweet Phil" and saying that he will will have a lot of money even after the 60% tax bite.

That's not the point. Just because he is rich is no reason why he should have to pay that much in taxes because of an out of control, poor decision making government.

As far as pro golfers, not all of them are automatically rich. It takes a lot of hard work to achieve that and guys like Mickelson work as hard as anybody in the workforce to achieve success.

midnightsstaff said...

forget it Jim, that dog just chases cars out of habit.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

I hate that word "entitlements" especially as it applies to a lot of shiftless bastards who could be working but prefer not to simply because Obama says they don't have to.

If someone has paid their way over the years and has fallen on misfortune FROM NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, I can see them getting some assistance until they can recover and return to productivity.

However, with a lot of people getting the free stuff, they have no intention of leaving the gravy train under any circumstances.

That is the problem we have in this country.

Obama loves this sort of thing because with the attitude of many today who love drinking beer at 8:00 in the morning instead of being responsible citizens.

It wasn't always this way but the liberal mentality is very easy to latch onto for those who have no honor or integrity.

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

Not a Joan Rivers fan, huh? Actually, i haven't seen her in years but I think she used to be pretty funny.

Let's exchange her for that guy you used to salivate over. I forget his name but I know you had the hots for him. lol

midnightsstaff said...

Steve Buscemi??

just a wild guess..

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

I think Joan was funny in the past. I haven't seen her in a while but the last time I did she looked like a mannequin with all the surgery to her face.

Speaking of white belts, I have to get mine out with the summer season around the corner. I love that belt on my maroon double knit flares with matching white shoes. All the gals at bingo think I'm irresistible. You should see me doing the rumba with them to the sounds of Perez Prado!

Glo said...

Good God, Jim! If I had a nickel for every hot guy I've salivated over, I could actually retire!!! You have to be more sepcific!

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

Flo is Stephanie Courtenay and I agree; she has outlived her usefulness as Progressive's spokesperson.

She is one lucky girl. She was just an obscure comedian who won the job as Flo and I'm sure she has been counting her money ever since.

It's the old story of being in the right place at the right time.

Jim McAllister said...

Mioddy,

Put me down for a fiver toward that SN blowup.

Jim McAllister said...

Steve Buscemi? LOL

Glo said...

Jim, It was bad enough having her lame commercials plastered all over TV, but now she has singing commercials on KOOL radio at MINIMUM three-four times per hour. I am honestly that close to abandoning that oldies channel. Hate to say it, but the same thing with the GEICO gekko. Cute at first, but way past it's time now - just annoying.

Jim McAllister said...

I never heard of Mindy McCready but I sure felt sorry for the dog. It made no sense to kill that poor mutt. What did it do to deserve that?

I love animals; they are the only truly honest creatures left in this world.

midnightsstaff said...

I still think Sweet Brown needs an agent, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaAd8OuwwPk

I would love to see her and say... Jay Leno sit down and talk about life.

she is funny as hell.

doesn't Joan's ears touch??

midnightsstaff said...

Seriously.. she thought someone was barbecuing?

team player.

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

So many men, so little time, huh? lol I forget who it was but I remember you really liked one guy a lot a few years ago.

I can't remember who it was.

Jim McAllister said...

I would love to see Leno bring her on the show.

That would be worth shelling out for Pay-per View.

Glo said...

You're killin' me, Jim ... PS I know this is awful, too, but I was more upset about the dog killing than a pathetic singer taking her own life and leaving two small, innocent children without a mother. Selfish, I don't care what her personal pain was.

Jim McAllister said...

Glo,

I'm with ya. Why kill the dog? It wasn't the dog's fault she was a failure.

I feel so sorry for animals; pets are at the mercy of their owners and if the owner is an idiot, the pet gets the pain. Go figure, huh?

I'm with you on the Gecko. Enough is enough with him. As far as insurance commercials, Farmer's has a few good ones now with the guy in the labyrinth and the one with JK Simmons nailing a thief with a football.

prouzilla said...

Doubt if buying Rick a S/N blow up would help...Betting he already has a six pack of previously blown, duct taped, inflatables under his bed....(Judging by much of his recent posts....wouldn't be surprised if at least one is made up to resemble Bodo....)

midnightsstaff said...

Low blow..

..sorry couldn't pass that one up..

midnightsstaff said...

An interesting take on the parallels of the ill fated cruise ship and the state of the nation.

.."We have a ruling class consisting of the President, Congress, Judiciary, Central bankers, Media titans, and goliath corporation CEOs who care not for the citizens of this country. You are ignorant peasants in their eyes. They only care about maintaining and expanding their wealth, control and power through the complete capture of our financial markets, political system and media propaganda to the masses. The health and welfare of the peasants isn’t even on their radar screen. The ruling class steering this ship of fools have no interest in the truth or the best long –term interests of the country"

brought to you by the best site on the internet. zH.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-18/guest-post-adrift-sea

Rick Kepple said...

Mindy McCready? That's tragically sad.

I agree, Jimmy. I don't like the word, 'entitlements' either and Americans help each other when they're down to get back up again.

Boy, if it wasn't for the electric guitar, I'd have just stayed on the drugs and died. Instead, I get to hang out with musicians who are as nutty as I am and they're famous! Booked up for the entire year into Christmas! We swap crazy ass stories. It's so cool.

Well, I gotta edit a PSA for the Humane Society that I shot. I'm trying to get Paris Hilton to narrate it.

Hey, tell Middy that I want that blow up doll of that woman. I could use it in a film as an extra. We'll say, "Look who dropped by to visit!!!"

midnightsstaff said...

Funding might have hit a snag.. only got a promise of five bucks and half a roll of duct tape so far.

..Looks like it's going to take either a car wash or a government grant.

well, it's the thought that counts- I'm sure you understand.
I tried really hard, just keep in mind what HRC said..

"what does it matter now?"

Rick Kepple said...

We're thinking of updating Sherlock Holmes in the Ozarks. I think we're having one of those bad storms right now.

Cow.

I moved my office near the window

'nother cow.

Well, it might be slightly windy out there.

Glo said...

Rick: Loved that movie, LOL.

PROUD said...

Ricky, glad to see you're feeling up to posting....

Maybe you missed my request on the last blog topic?.....The one where I called you out for claiming that I use/ used the "N" word? Here's what I respectfully I asked immediately after reading what you wrote:

"Would you be a dear, and post an example, JUST ONE, where I ever used the "N" word?"

Been a few days, I realize you've been busy with S/N and Paris Hilton, but I would appreciate your taking a minute, stepping up, you know...man-like, and putting up some proof?....

Or apologizing for making such a slanderous, untrue accusation.

This ain't goin away, best to deal with it!

midnightsstaff said...

.."what does it matter now?"

..fixed!

Mike Slater said...

Jim, guys drinking beer at 8 am in the morning? I've been retired for 11 years now and have had a beer at that time of day but I assure you it was for medicinal purposes only.

I have relatives on the gravy train. Some work and still get food stamps and free health care. Some don't work at all. I have nothing to do with them because they're losers.

The reason I retired at 50 and Deb at 55 was because we worked hard all our lives and saved and invested wisely, or as CJ said we were lucky.

CJinPhoenix said...

Mike: I could have sworn that we had already reached an agreement somewhere a while back on the 'lucky' concept...Retention & comprehension of complex thoughts are not within your repertoire of intellectual abilities either, eh?

Jim: Well, I guess if I am going to be oversimplified & labeled as something I am obviously not, I would rather be on the side of people that have had honest-to-god tough breaks & continue to survive despite personal struggle than to be a sucker for everybody with a boatload of money who is whining about an excessive tax burden even though they have the means, the freedom, & the right to simply move out from under it. At least this way I have a clear conscience.

Jim McAllister said...

Low blow? Middy the punster lol

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Thanks for the Tyler Durden piece with the analogy of Obama's government and that worthless Carnival ship.

Barb has a lot of girlfriends in our age group and most of them go on the cruises.

Maybe it's just Barb and me but that stuff sounds boring to us. We have NEVER had any desire to do it. We would rather go the Vegas and gamble in a casino that is on real ground.

I love the Seinfeld piece between George and Elaine about peeing in the shower.

George: Aha. Aha. Could it be because you don’t want him to know that you have a friend who pees in the shower, is that it?!

Elaine: No, that’s not it!

George: Oh, I think it is! I think that’s exactly what it is!

Elaine: Why couldn’t you just wait?

George: I was there! I saw a drain!

Elaine: Since when is a drain a toilet?!

George: It’s all pipes! What’s the difference?!

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

Jim, guys drinking beer at 8 am in the morning? I've been retired for 11 years now and have had a beer at that time of day but I assure you it was for medicinal purposes only.

LOL I know what you mean; we all need a little eye opener now and then.

You earner your 8:00 beer by working all your life, paying taxes, and retiring on your savings.

Then there are those who maybe could work but prefer to have us buy them the beer.

Jim McAllister said...

CJ,

It's not just the California taxes killing Mickelson; a lot of it is federal that gets it up to 60-63%.

Here is what Jon Lovitz, formerly of SNL, said last year about Obama and his taxes.

"This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don't pay their taxes is f**king bullsh**. And I voted for the guy, and I'm a Democrat.

What a f**king a**hole. The rich don't pay their taxes? Let me tell you something, right. First they say to you, you're dead broke, 'the United States of America, you can do anything you want, go for it.' So then you go for it and then you make it, and everyone's like 'f**k you.'"

"I voted for the guy, and I'm a Democrat. What a f**king a**hole"
- Jon Lovitz on President Obama
He went on to say, “If I make a dollar and out of every dollar I’m taxed at 50, half, at 50 cents, I have to give, isn’t that like enough? It’s half. HALF!”


midnightsstaff said...

Hahaha.. money for nothin' and the punz for free...

I don't care if mike wants to have a beer with an egg in it for breakfast, just as long as I don't have to be forced at gunpoint to pay for it..

.."Ricky, glad to see you're feeling up to posting...."
lol..

I'm giving you an 8.7 on that one, I deducted a full point because you had exclusive rights which gives you an unfair advantage.

The other -.3 is for not milking it quite enough and leaving something on the table, you would have gotten a double minor for taunting and unnecessary roughness on the old AzCentral site and a game misconduct, but nothing like that is in order in Jim's back yard.

Yeah, the state of the nation is pretty much the same as the Carnival ten day to hell and back trip- should have had AC/DC as the entertainment.
- 500. credit for your next adventure!
and a nice bottle of wine with the captain's deepest regards.

Hey, at least they didn't end up on the rocks!!

..this time.

Mike Slater said...

CJ,I don't think you and I have ever reached an agreement on anything.

I started working at 15 and spent the next 35 years working and saving and investing my money so I could retire at 50 and enjoy life. In all that time I was never unemployed.

Deb and I now live in Sun City where there is no school taxes and are enjoying the good life.

BTW, Deb and I are going to apply for Social Security this year so we need you to keep working. As Obama said we need to spread the wealth.

CJinPhoenix said...

Yeah, Mike, we have already gone over the fact that you are planning to take your 'fair share' of the money I still work hard to earn too. You should do things to keep mentally active in your retirement, sweetie, because you are beginning to sound like an early-onset dementia patient.

CJinPhoenix said...

Jim, Mickelson should move to AZ.

midnightsstaff said...

Two minutes for boarding to the Hot Chick.. and a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Mike Slater said...

CJ, so you work hard to earn your money. Didn't we all?

FYI sweetie, there is no account for Social Security with your name on it. It doesn't work like that. You're going to help pay for my SS and when you retire someone will help pay for yours.

I'm truly touched by your concern for my mental health. I can assure that being retired is the best thing for ones mental health. There's no stress. You should try it.

Middy, I think she deserves at least a personal foul.

midnightsstaff said...

A normal person usually has at least one person agreeing with them, so far it's Rick and that's about it.
..not exactly someone to go to war with..

Consensus doesn't guarantee you to be right, but when the whole thinking group disagrees it should send up some sort of a flag in the rational mind.

but it doesn't.. it's just another mystery of life I suppose.

Hey Proud, did Rick ever answer that question you asked him twice now? or is he a closet Jew, (observing the pass over when it suits him.)

midnightsstaff said...

Looks like the "one who will lower the seas" had a nice golf weekend with his true lust of life, R. Love- according to the papers they spent a romantic weekend in Florida.
A man's got to do to a man what a man's got to do..

The beard went skiing with Obama's non biological kids.

how much longer is the media going to ignore the obvious?

Jim McAllister said...

From: Allen Duffis

Hi Jim,

I agree with Mickelson! It is out and out Socialism. Now you see why we need to keep our guns.

Allen

Jim McAllister said...

CJ,

Thanks for finally agreeing with me. I hope he moves to Scottsdale. he used to live at Gainey Ranch on Mountain View. Great golf course, classy digs, no California Bulls--t.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Great game tonight v. Calgary. I loved Torres' goal.

8-6-2 and heading for Edmonton to eat some gravy covered fries.

midnightsstaff said...

Things are looking better, I saw a system tonight playing as good as last year's playoff team, except for that second period.

Runblad looked a lot more responsible tonight, Summers isn't going to ever be a real NHL starter, He got caught watching the puck and let the low slot area wide open.
Tippet doesn't like that type of play.
Good hard fought game tho eh?

I hope Rundblad can put it together and be defensively minded enough to be a force, he is a natural power play pointman, you can't teach that.

Jim McAllister said...

Nice to see a sellout too.

midnightsstaff said...

..most libertarians I know believe in having as few laws as necessary to maintain order, a smaller and less influential government, promoting equitable dispensation of justice in sentencing, but most importantly the law has to apply equally from the common man to the King.

Are you able to see why the Libertarian Party is a sure fire loser?
good ideas but getting them passed by the Ruling Class-
(http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the#)
- that is currently and traditionally been benefiting is impossible.

.. politically that is.

No fireballs yet.. " Great Balls of Fire" Jerry Lee..

Besides in the macro viewpoint it's fruitless anyway..

.."Off goes the head of the king, and tyranny gives way to freedom. The change seems abysmal.
Then, bit by bit, the face of freedom hardens, and by and by it is the old face of tyranny.
Then another cycle, and another.
But under the play of all these opposites there is something fundamental and permanent — the basic delusion that men may be governed and yet be free.

The majority of men prefer delusion to truth. It soothes. It is easy to grasp. Above all, it fits more snugly than the truth into a universe of false appearances—of complex and irrational phenomena, defectively grasped.

Politics, under a democracy, reduces itself to a mere struggle for office by flatterers of the proletariat; even when a superior man prevails at that disgusting game he must prevail at the cost of his self-respect. Not many superior men make the attempt. The average great captain of the rabble, when he is not simply a weeper over irremediable wrongs, is a hypocrite so far gone that he is unconscious of his own hypocrisy—a slimy fellow, offensive to the nose."
HLM.

sheer brilliance!

Freedom of thought demands eternal viligence because these bastards never sleep- the ink on the Constitution was not even dry and evil forces were already plotting against it.

midnightsstaff said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mavB1lbtIow#!

..perfect example of how the left knows full well what is going on yet gives the issue s-lip service.

Here's Fauxahontas grilling a few of the thieves at a Senate hearing, what is the chance anything she says will make a difference?.
zero.

.."steal a candy bar and go to prison, steal billions and pay a small fine".
..if the shhhheeeppplllleeee ever catch on to what has happened there will be rope and limbs involved.

..but of course they will never see the game thanks to the degree of corruption in the media.

Before anyone gets the idea she is doing this out of any sense of justice might be better advised to realize she is more than likely just setting the table for growing the campaign war chest she expects to use to stay in office for the rest of her life- after all, this is how you get big money to cooperate- meanwhile populists will have something to grasp onto.

In the end it's just another useful idiot using the office for their own advancement.

gee, do I sound skeptical?- worst part is I have no one to blame.

midnightsstaff said...

http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/

.."At some unspoken moment, we shrugged and silently accepted Ben Bernanke’s world, along with the thousands of ways that his Federal Reserve Board has radically changed our lives.
Those at retirement age are not stepping down, not when they have a bad/worse choice of receiving no interest income or putting their life savings in the stock or bond market.
Our fathers may have retired at 58; we will be lucky to quit at 70. Is there even such a thing as retirement anymore?"

This is a long article but one I think you might enjoy Jim, Victor address the exact topic of this blog and more.

.."Suddenly the old adult advice to our children — “Save and put your money in the bank to receive interest” — is what? “Spend it now or borrow as much as you can at cheap interest”?..

midnightsstaff said...

http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/11/21/rumors-persist-surrounding-president-obamas-body-man-warning-adult-content/

Reggie Love.

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

That Ulsterman report is from 2011 but in the present it does look a bit odd that Michelle and Bareback are now taking separate vacations.

I see where the airspace around Aspen or wherever she was skiing was closed off while she was there. I guess they were afraid everyone may want to leave BECAUSE of her.

She said that she is now wearing the wig because she feels she is in a "mid life crisis."

I didn't know that fastening a dead rat to your head was an indication of a mid life crisis.

Jim McAllister said...

I couldn't live in a place like Massachusetts with someone like Warren as a senator.

She can hardly speak clearly. I wonder how many people voted for her more than once to beat brown.

Does Melowese of Ohio do independent contracting on the side as a multiple voter? It's a pretty good deal: you get all the Obamaphones you can use.

Jim McAllister said...

Maybe the press is wising up to Bareback. I see they are plenty pissed by his behavior over being shut out in Florida and many are saying he is getting more reclusive about a lot of other stuff.

I would have told him to shove it if I was Tiger. He is one of the wealthy that BO wants to raise taxes on. Hmmmmm, as the devil's advocate do I dare think there is a special dispensation involved?

He is backed into a corner. He can blame the Reps all he wants but the facts remain that he got his wealthy tax increases two months ago so he shouldn't expect more plus the sequester was his idea.

It's good to see Erskine-Bowles razzing him too. Let's hope for the proverbial house of cards before we get hit with more taxes, OOPS! I mean "investemnts".

midnightsstaff said...

Incompetents like we have witnessed on this blog should give you a heads-up on what to expect from the useful idiot crowd.

People like Cj vote for whomever promises to steal for her.
..it breaks down to just that.

On happier news looks like those rumors I have been hearing the past few months about Zep getting back together is true, the question is why?
Palmer has gone to a higher level to becoming a complete artist since getting away from them the first time, the only real talent is Robert himself...

Hate to break it to the Zepperheads but nearly every guitarist he has worked with since Jimmy Page has been at least equally talented or more so.

Robbie Blunt, Justin Adams, Porl Thompson, Doug Boyle, Kevin McMichael, Buddy Miller- all either as talented or better than Jimmy.

Someone needs his gravitas not the other way around.

midnightsstaff said...

.."Ever can’t help but think you’re surrounded by idiots? A leading scientist at Stanford University thinks he has the answer, and the bad news is things aren’t likely to get any better."

from the pages of the Russian Times which is more honest than any domestic news source.. https://rt.com/usa/news/intelligence-stanford-years-fragile-531/

Looks like you have some data to back up your worst fears Jim, the nation is getting decidedly stupider.. (is that a word?)

.."the doctor goes on to explain that general mutations over the last few thousand years have left mankind increasingly unable to cope with certain situations that perhaps our ancestors would be more adapted to".

No kidding, without welfare we wouldn't have this problem.

PROUD said...

Obama is a master at fooling people. (well people like CJ at least)

TODAY, he makes a righteous speech claiming that the sequester is a terrible idea, "not smart", "not fair", and "will hurt the economy"....

HELLO!

Does anyone care to recall that the sequester was actually, OBAMA's idea?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/02/17/bob_woodward_sequester_was_obamas_idea.html

To listen to Obama it's those mean Republicans that want the sequester....And it's all up to him, Obama, champion of the little guy, to stand tall, protecting teachers, first responders, and all the little people who depend upon their vital services...
(BTW, since when does the federal government pay firemen and teachers?)

The easily fooled are again being easily fooled, they stand and cheer their champion, never realizing what BUNK the whole sequester thing really is.

BUNK because: ....Government discretionary spending has grown by 14% several years in a row, and now a 5% cut is the end of the world?

BUNK because:....the sequester amounts to $85 billion, half of which is military, that means at least the way Obama told it today, just $42.5 billion dollars in cuts to our discretionary spending....will bring about the end of days (fear monger much?)

Somehow that amount, an amount BTW, billions less than they are spending to clean up a single (Sandy) storm, will bring about the destruction of our economy, while kids will go uneducated, fires will have to burn themselves out?

Come on you Obama defending dolts...Look, better yet THINK.....You are being played for the biggest suckers ever....

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/all_downhill_for_obama_gals_9LrvaG628avMBcpShdZ80K

take a look at this photo Jim, can anyone say "Scottie Pippen" and "Steve Wonder?"- put a pair of dark glasses on the short one..

Zero evidently enjoys the furry thighs of Reggie a whole lot more than her furry thighs.

lol.. how much longer can the media keep up this farce?

No Proud, the Sequester only addresses cuts to the rate of spending increases, not the actual bar tab.

Morons across America cheered and dutifully nodded their heads when he said "this will lead to criminals being let free"- well stupid, isn't that a good enough reason to keep your filthy cotton pickin' hands off my guns?

..yet no one in the press thought to ask that obvious question.

midnightsstaff said...

Insurer State Farm said it is looking to add 100 positions plus 85 employees who are bilingual in Spanish/English and able to start work in February or March in metro Phoenix.

These are full-time positions in State Farm’s claims area that include benefits.

The insurer said it has already hired roughly 400 new employees in metro Phoenix in recent months, but continues to have local staffing needs.

For additional information, visit: statefarm.com/careers

An automotive parts supplier with a facility in Tecumseh is reportedly planning a major expansion that would add hundreds of jobs to its Michigan workforce.

Documents from the state show that Van-Rob Tecumseh -- formerly Lenawee Stamping Corp. -- is planning a two-stage, $30.7 million project that the company says will ultimately add 530 jobs.

here, go get a job.

midnightsstaff said...

Here's some more, so why isn't things getting better?

Beam Inc- 45
Geico - 800 to Buffalo NY Area
US Bank in Earth City - 260
Horizon Financial Management Indiana - 216
AirWatch in Sandy Springs GA - 800
Procter & Gamble in Greensboro - 200 Possible
Estee Lauder PA - 40
Coeus Technology Indiana - 16
Wells Fargo in Georgia - 200
Faneuil Inc - 100
Dollar General - 635 Stores / 6,000 Jobs
Teleperformance USA - 150
ViaSat - 275
Denso in Michigan - 400
Convergys Pharr Call Center - 1,000
Thistledown's race track Ohio - 600
Verizon Tulsa Okla. - 500
Allstate Idaho Call Center - 225
Steel Craft Corp - 50
Electric Boat RI - 600
Citrix Systems - 200
Brand Networks Inc Rochester NY - 75
Berry Plastics Corp Indiana - 115
Dippin' Dots LLC in Paducah - 30
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp - 128
Altitude Digital Partners - up to 17
Advanced Home Care - 100
Ford - 2,000+ Salaried Jobs
Banker Steel - 50
Intelligrated - Plans on 200+ Jobs
Trostel Ltd - 15
Akebono Brake Corp Tenn. - 94
AT&T Cape Girardeau MO - 30+
ElDorado in Salina Kansas - 36
Parametric Solutions - up to 150 in Next 2 YearsVisa Inc Colorado - 400
Bolton Medical - 20 to 30
Exela Pharma Sciences NC - 38
Wells Fargo in Phoenix AZ - Adds JobsCeladon Group Inc. - 182 by 2016
Aqua Falls Bottled Water, - 7 to 8
Molina Healthcare of Ohio - 226
Time Warner Cable Appleton - 50
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp - 100
Omega Natchiq Inc La - 50 to 100 in 2 Years
Tenowo Lincolnton Inc - 26
Clark Material Handling - Plans 20 Jobs
AllState - 136 in Ohio
Smead Manufacturing facility Texas - 50
Simonsen Iron Works Iowa - Plans of 41 Jobs
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance - 102
Smead Manufacturing facility Texas - 50
Simonsen Iron Works Iowa - Plans of 41 Jobs

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=656380&navid=nhl:topheads

good article on the Sean Burke/Mike Smith combo.. nice to see great guys getting their success through hard work.. not easy stopping a hundred mile an hour slappers or fighting it out on the doorstep with loose pucks..

Smith was headed for retirement when he got his break.

gotta be a story there somewhere..

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

Do you mean those guys are still alive? lol

I would they all "Hendrixed" or "Joplined" by now.

Jim McAllister said...

Aren't they cute. What a joke, they decide to go skiing and they disrupt an entire town.

The height of ego and selfishness. They can't be bothered by the "little people."

Jim McAllister said...

Burke was a hell of a goalie here for a couple years. That was back in the teal and purple era along with Tkachuk, Roenick, Bobby Francis as coach, etc.

midnightsstaff said...

Hey Jim, how about a little "Carnac The Magnificent" routine, I give you the answer, you give the question..

Sam Elliot.

Gloria probably will beat you to it.

midnightsstaff said...

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ytff-comodo&va=sam+elliott

haha..

midnightsstaff said...

.."She said Kate had gone from being a ‘jointed doll on which certain rags are hung’ to a woman whose ‘only point and purpose’ was to give birth.

Mantel said Kate ‘appeared to have been designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished".

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280780/Kate-Middleton-plastic-princess-designed-breed-Author-Hilary-Mantel-attacks-Duchess-Cambridge.html#ixzz2LOdx2QMJ

Man the British press puts ours to shame when it comes to royal beat downs, I could only wish the Limy kickouts we get could have a set.

Be nice for someone to start pointing out that the Washington Mosque is not a Camelot like they have been lying to us over.
You can't believe a word they say anymore, given a neutral choice the average CNN anchor chooses to lie just out of habit.

..frick'n Bek..Pavlov's dog every one of them.

midnightsstaff said...

I never saw Shawn Burke play- he was gone and it was Cujo..

..those were the fantastic Gretzky years, what a derelict ship that era was, saddled themselves up with Mr. Ed the turnover and stupid penalty king and trotted out a series of so so goalies, no direction.
Now two out of three components are in place to make it work and there is no chance whatsoever.
enjoy the season but don't make any bets either.

Rick Kepple said...

"Rick: Just because your housekeeper makes a small wage doesn't mean that other people should pick up the taxation slack. My taxes went up $200/month - and all my utilities and insurance bills went up, too. Am I getting anything extra for these costs? Nope. But that's the way life is."

Lana has cancer and is going in for surgery on Thursday. She has no insurance. Everyone is pitching in to pay for it.

The doctors say that malnutrition from the morphine caused my organ damage it's not bad, they say. Yeah, I got off their pills and the numbers on the blood tests dropped, because I know from my wife's organ damage what to do. It's only a matter of time.

I'm trying to get this video business going and Lana works for me. I promised to take her to some tropical beach someday. A couple of goat farmers on a beach trying to figure out what the fish are bitin' on.

Lana's got cancer, her dad is going blind, her mom recently had a heart attack and lived, and I can't take pills, can't drink too much soda, gotta eat well the doctors say. Lana is usually the highlight of my week, when she does the dishes.

But today, she did the narration on a PSA that I'm doing and it's REALLY good!

But last night, I almost drowned in bed. I woke up at 2 a.m. choking. This organ damage crap sucks.

You make choices, the same as me. After the wife died, I missed simplicity. Dora would have preferred Flagstaff. Yeah, I'd take her urn with me and Lana too.

We can be bad and hang out with SN. Be irresponsible in our final years.

midnightsstaff said...

You are better than a C&W celebrity Rick, you are a whole C&W song- more like an album.

Gets a bit spooky here talking to myself and Rick- glad you are up and off the death bed.. from what you were telling us I was going to start up a funeral collection- guess we can buy a twelve pack of PBR and drink it in the Walmart parking lot instead.
You might have missed it but Formerly Proud to be asked you a specific question, did you notice it?

I could research it for you but that might be considered an insult.
..we still remain under that pax remember?
You were going to stay off the over the hill singer and I was going to lay off the axe handle.

..pinata.

well to the subject at hand we are all waiting for your response to the specific question- shouldn't take someone of your raw investigative skills to get it resolved...

Pax Obama..

CJinPhoenix said...

"Obama is a master at fooling people. (well people like CJ at least)"

Actually, John, I was still trying to decide who to vote for when Paul Ryan sealed the deal for me by saying that side of the debate planned to deny me my social security check when I become eligible while continuing to lift a percentage of money I work everyday to earn so they can pay people like Mike, Paul Ryan's mother, & you too I suppose. Did I say lift? I meant steal, of course. So Obama had nothing to do with my choice except by being the lesser of two ffff-ed up choices. And I never let you push me over, have I? But then again, that comment did come from a 'man' without the balls to face me on facebook so I guess I should have just considered the source & ignored your comment.

Mike Slater said...

Middy, the only thing Rick needs to do a C&W album is to have his dog die. That would complete all his tales of woe.

midnightsstaff said...

Yeah and gettin' outa prison.. seems like they just obsess about gettin' out of prison.

Blacks and Mexicans just consider it a part of life and don't trip.

midnightsstaff said...

Anyone want a pretty scary bedtime story, here's a doozy..

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/52923

.."For the first time in recent history, you’re going to see people hungry and out in the streets. Those unprepared or those thinking this is all [expletive deleted], desperate and begging for food. Think Katrina, but on a national scale. That’s what is being planned for Americans, and few people are willing to see what’s happening, or willing to believe it".

Like I was telling you Jim, just a few years ago I would have laughed at this type of talk, from what I can see there is nothing to be taken at face value anymore.

And Obama is playing for keeps.

Pax Obama...

Jim McAllister said...

Middy,

You nailed it! Gloria didn't remember who I was talking about. Women! No loyalty to their men! She already forgot about Sam!!! lol

midnightsstaff said...

It could have been a lucky guess, funny how the mind works.

The worst thing is to not be able to reach back to that word you are looking for. probably a term for it..
drives me nuts.

Going to call the fireball watch short tonight, fell asleep the other night on the balcony- woke up about 1.30.. kind of cold.
..can't out all night in Denver.

midnightsstaff said...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/raising-adam-lanza/

..well here we go again, the murder and aftermath of Jon Benet Ramsey and the byzantine behavior of the parents are about ready to be topped big time.

We just can't get enough of the barrage of half truth and outright lies that's being presented on that Sandy Hook massacre.

..save me a seat on that train to Willoghby would ya?- it's either that or room 101.

midnightsstaff said...

McDonalds is rolling out a new burger soon, this one is called the quarter horse.

..funny how the mind works eh?

midnightsstaff said...

The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range. Three weeks later, a horse walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the horse's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!" "Not really," said the horse. "Your name is written inside the cover."

sorry, I know.. off topic.

PROUD said...

CJ...I've got the balls, just don't have the stomach...

Ricky...Been nearly a week, waiting for you to put up? or shut up?
(I believe I speak for the majority when I say, the latter would be preferable)

Jim McAllister said...

I dream of Willoughby more every night.

I would love to be sitting by the bandstand now.

midnightsstaff said...

Better break out that North Scottsdale issued snow shovel Jim, they are saying you might be getting dusted a bit today..

Yeah, if I did dream I would dream of a Willoghby break every once in a while.

Just a break from the lowlife wealth distribution army would be enough, but that is impossible in the new normal.

.."Actually, John, I was still trying to decide who to vote for when Paul Ryan sealed the deal for me by saying that side of the debate planned to deny me my social security check when I become eligible while continuing to lift a percentage of money I work everyday to earn so they can pay people like Mike, Paul Ryan's mother, & you too I suppose. Did I say lift? I meant steal, of course. So Obama had nothing to do with my choice except by being the lesser of two ffff-ed up choices"

This is scary stuff to realize that the awareness level is so low in the minds of some voters that they need to find one over riding issue even if it is a bald faced lie to justify their criminal intent. it also helps them ignore the fact the person they are voting for has an identical vision as a dictator that ran for Chancellor in the thirties German.
..people like this are not citizens- just parasites.

Even if that one issue is a complete lie they will use it to justify ignorance, in truth Social Security will not be there when you are Cj and it has nothing to do with one party over another..

..you are just another useful idiot that should not be allowed to vote in a free country trying to convince us you are not just another freeshitarmy volunteer.
it doesn't work.

midnightsstaff said...

A Jew and an Arab go into a bakery. The Arab steals three pastries and puts them in his pocket. He says to the Jew, “See how good I am? The owner didn’t see anything!”

The Jew says to the Arab, “I am going to show you there is nobody better than a Jew.” He goes to the owner and says, “Give me a pastry and I will show you a magic trick.”

Intrigued, the owner accepts and give him a pastry. The Jew swallows it and ask for another one. The owner gives him another one. Then the Jew asks for another one and swallows it.

The owner starts to wonder where the magic is and says, “What did you do with the pastry? Are you trying to fool me?”

The Jew answers, “Look in the Arab’s pocket.”

Sam's Gal said...

Jim!!! I didn't realize you meant SAM!!!! He's my ever-constant hottie!

Glo said...

Middy, You're going to have the Arab Anti-defamation League and the Zionists crawling up your hot little butt for that joke.

PS Loved it, so I guess I'll be burning in hell, too ....

midnightsstaff said...

Bring marshmallows.
“Well, ultimately, Congress makes the decisions about whether or not we spend money and whether or not we keep this government open… I think [a government shutdown] would be a mistake. I think it would be profoundly damaging to our economy… But they’re elected representatives, and folks put them into those positions and they’re going to have to make a decision about that.”

One ball lied... erh... I mean "said that" after (HIS) idea of automatic cuts to avoid a fiscal cliff was accepted only because sides couldn't reach an agreement before the election.
*bump*

.." “Are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs because you want to protect some special interest loophole?” Obama said from the White House, where he was surrounded by emergency personnel who could be furloughed or laid off if the cuts move forward.
“Are you willing to see teachers laid off or kids lose access to Head Start?” he said".
-Obama said while lying yesterday.

The event was the latest effort by Obama to increase pressure on House Republicans, who have repeatedly argued it was the president himself who agreed to include the sequester as part of a 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling.

Cj and the rest of the army of dumpster divers of course easily accept Obama's lies but somehow was turned off by Ryan's truthfulness that Social Security is broke, will need changes to save it and will not be solvent past this decade but rejected the truth- not out of any sense of right and wrong but because she is not giving up her access to the offal trough.

.. how about the promise to cut the deficit in half he gave you years ago?- oh did you forget about that?

I have more respect for the thinking of a Rick or any other whack job over a deliberate parasite who's only interest is to offer stupid excuses for her love for freeeee and empty promises.

I noticed he made no mention of Secret Service, Homeland Security or IRS agents listed as taking cuts- just head start and the usual crap we need to get rid of anyway... did you?

you are a complete fool.

Jim McAllister said...

Yes, our mountains behind us are white today.

Oh, I'm sorry, did I mention we have extensive mountain views? It's simply part of the north Scottsdale lifestyle.

The rain has been a bit unpleasant though. I just had the Rolls detailed yesterday.

I hate any sort of inconvenience!

Jim McAllister said...

Love the Jew-Arab joke.

If they don't like it they should consider obtaining a sense of humor.

Jim McAllister said...

Every time I see Sam, I think of you. That includes all those voice overs on the Coors and Dodge truck ads.

Incidently, has any one noticed that Lincoln is now calling themselves "The Lincoln Motor Company."?

I guess they broke away from Ford. Anyone know for sure?

midnightsstaff said...

nope I doubt Ford is doing anything unusual, probably some in house squabble between design teams bearing fruit..

..it looks like the plunge protection team is running out of gas, stock market is going to flush one of these down drafts and the next big hairball will be for real, just look at the gap between valuation ratio to price..
..meanwhile it beats gold and silver down in the process, makes sense but not in a good way.

heads up you people in steward's class- keep in mind that when the sewer backs up it floods from the bottom up.
I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a typical blue city in the future.

..think Katrina only on a national scale.

midnightsstaff said...

Special Statement



.."Scattered showers... producing a mix of small hail and snow... will
continue to affect portions of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area
through at least 530 PM. Some of the areas that will continue to see
stronger showers are... Peoria... Phoenix... Scottsdale... Cave
Creek... and Fountain Hills. Accumulations of one or two inches of
hail on freeways and local roadways will make driving conditions
hazardous and difficult... and it will take several hours for hail to
melt and runoff. Motorists should drive with caution during the
afternoon commute as roadways will be slick and slushy."

haha.. snowed in again..

midnightsstaff said...

www.spam.net

midnightsstaff said...

you beat me to it..

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