Saturday, April 16, 2011

Best Article on Taxes, the Deficit, and Spending

This is one of the best rants on government spending, withholding, taxes, spending, and related issues that I've read in a long time. Fantastic. It's long, but well worth the read.

One of many hilarious (and sad) paragraphs:
The government almost shut down last week over cutting 38 billion dollars… That may sound like a lot, but comparatively speaking, that’s like a 600 pound man who’s heart is about to explode congratulating himself that he got a hamburger instead of a cheeseburger… for his fifty-seventh meal of the day. Republicans backed off because they didn’t think they could win the PR battle. Let’s see… the Democrats were willing to not pay soldiers, currently fighting three wars, in order to ensure funding for abortion clinics… And you didn’t think you could win that PR fight? Seriously? Have you ever thought about maybe hiring a marketing major? I know a guy….

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fox News Report: "China Bans Time Travel"

Here's a laugher for the day, an article entitled, "China Bans Time Travel"

It's about a completely absurd decision by the Chinese government to bad movies and TV shows that are about time travel. Just the type of insanity you'd expect from a moderately xenophobic dictatorship.

But that's not what made me laugh out loud. The funniest part of the article is the first line, "It's the basis for some of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time -- The Terminator, Back to the Future, Black Night, just to name a few."

Nevermind that it's a grammatical mess - BLACK KNIGHT?!?!?!

No one... and I mean NO ONE, who has ever made a list of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time has EVER included Black Knight. At least not anyone who was either sober or attempting to be taken seriously.

And then there's the picture used above the article, a screen shot from the movie "Donnie Darko", which does have a possible time travel element in it, but it is really more about paranoid schizophrenia.

How does stuff like this get past an editor? Black Knight? Really?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wise Words to Live By

The story below was linked by Instapundit this morning. The original link is HERE. Good words to live by, particularly the last paragraph.

Is Your Jar Full?

When things in your life seem almost to much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar......and the beer.

A Professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the Professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The Professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "Yes."

The Professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the Professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things - your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first", he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

When he had finished, there was a profound silence. Then one of the students raised her hand and with a puzzled expression, inquired what the beer represented.

The Professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."