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Way To Go California! Yes-I Just Said That!

May 21, 2009

Normally I think that the bumper sticker above is simply redundant.  I mean this is the State of Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco and OJ Simpson and I expect it to be a haven for liberal ideas.  Then the voters cast a “No” ballot for same-sex marriage and I thought maybe there was a break in the liberalism.  But I wasn’t convinced.  Well today I am.

Today this version of California was (at least for now) put to rest:

Obamatopia

Today I read that California voters came out in and voted against five different tax hike proposals.  In fact, in all but one ballot vote the “No” votes were 65% or greater!  Now the California Legislature will have to figure out how to cut $23billion from the budget to avoid a deficit.  This is a clear message that the “tax and spend” ideas of the left are running out of support and steam.  California, a heavily taxed State already, has had enough.

Imagine–if California has had enough, how do you think people are feeling in Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana and other predominately Red States? 

So this post is a salute to the great State of California for finally pushing its voters hard enough that the conservatives have come out of their deep sleep and voted.  I can only hope that the rest of the Country will follow suit shortly.

So all of this “no taxes” stuff really has me excited.  I mean, maybe I could actually live in California–let’s see what it has to offer:

Okay, well…I guess I’ll just hang out here in Texas for a while–but way to go on that voting thing–which I have now already forgotten.

-Murphy

National Debt’s Accomplice–You and Me!

May 14, 2009

Of course we have known for a long time that Obama is in fact “Superman.”  It was revealed during his campaign when he posed next to one of his own statues:

And, of course the cartoon makers are racists since they have always depicted his cartoon and movie persona as a dashing dark haired white guy.  But that is a different post.

One of the things we here at MKCB have been trying to discover is what his actual superpower is.  I mean the cartoon version has super strength and x-ray vision and can leap tall buildings etc… but the “real” superman has to have a super-power.  What could it be?

For a while I thought it was super fast capitalism destruction or super socialism but today it was revealed in all its glory.  Before I reveal it to you let me show you how we got there.

Today in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, President Obama attended a town-hall style meeting.  In that speech he stated that “We can’t keep on just borrowing from China. “We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.”

{thought bubble–“that’s odd, Barack never says stuff like that when he is in Washington”}

He went on to say that in reference to credit card debts, “We have been complicit in these problems,” he said. “We have to change how we operate. These practices have only grown worse in the midst of this recession.”

{thought bubble—hmmmm, how exactly does credit card debt relate to the National Debt?}

And there it is—the source of his real power.

Are you ready?

Barack Obama’s superpower is….Blame Shifting. 

I know, I know, you are stunned at this revelation–but it is true.  And it has been right in front of our eyes all along.  During the campaign he was a master at shifting blame for every ill in society to Republicans, the Bush administration and Big Oil.  Since taking over he has eloquently discussed how the problems he is facing were inherited and how he is here to solve them.

And now–with the velvet touch only he can provide, our President, in the same speech has somehow shifted the blame, at least in part, for our National Debt–which by the way is a product of Government spending–to us by telling You and Me that we have too much credit card debt.  Wow!–It is truly super.

Get ready–the next shift will be when sugary foods and our consumption of them will be the real culprit behind our health care “crisis” and therefore, high health care costs will be our fault as well.  He is a master.

So I have attempted to design a new costume that better fits his superpower.  I’ve seen this version:

But a big “Zero” on your chest doesn’t really inspire me too much.  The “S” is already taken so after much consideration I’ve come up with this:

Obamabs

You know, for “blame shifting.”    Hmmm…I think it fits him perfectly.

-Murphy

Health Care Reform, Taxes on Chips, Bankers Salaries, Oh My!

May 14, 2009

socialism illustrated

ALERT!–ALL SATIRE HAS BEEN PUSHED ASIDE FOR THIS POST.

-That’s right, I have decided that I simply cannot make light of the ongoing barrage of socialistic filth that is coming down from Mount Olympus, er… Washington D.C.  Today I heard a report on how Congress is considering taxing soft drinks, sugary foods and chips.  Which by the way, discriminates against fat people–didn’t I do a post about this at one time…

(See https://mklasing.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/instead-of-taxing-babies-how-about-taxing-caprisun/)

Then I heard a report about how Congress wants to regulate how bankers get paid–even with banks that did not take any bailout money.  Then I hear about how Nancy Pelosi has guaranteed a health care reform bill by August.

After my head exploded and I picked up the pieces of my severed skull and taped it back together I realized something that I have been denying for the past 7 months.  I am really really mad.  Not just a little mad–but REALLY mad.

Since the election I have tried to be understanding and humble about the outcome.  I know that although 58 million people did not vote for Barack Obama, 60 million did and those 60 million are entitled to their reasons and feelings and this is a free country and blah, blah, blah, blah.

However, numerous people have told me recently that they voted for Mr. Obama because they “were afraid that McCain was just another Bush,” or “I had no idea he would take us this far to the left,” or “we just needed a change,” or “I gave the Republicans 8 years and they didn’t take care of things.”  And now I’m just mad.

I’m mad at the voters–I’m mad at you if you voted for Barack Obama.  I know it seems like sour grapes and all that–but here is a newsflash for you liberals–it is not about ME winning or ME getting my way in the election.  It is about what is best for our Country.  It’s about not allowing all of our freedoms and liberties to be sucked into the socialistic vaccum cleaner of the Democratic Party.

So I’m Mad at each person who voted for Mr. Obama.  And as the Country slides further into socialism YOU are to blame.  When my daughter is 80 and cannot get a hip replacement without a 6 month wait-YOU are to blame.  When unemployment hits 20% under the thumb of over taxation and regulation, YOU are to blame.  When our military can no longer defend our Nation because of the dismantling of our post 9/11 defenses put in place by the Bush administration-YOU are to blame.  When we slip from lone Superpower to being dependent on the good graces of Europe, China and Russia-YOU are to blame.

So today I’m mad–I’ll get over it I suppose.  I don’t mean any offense to any liberals out there (and I know how easy you take offense–at least I didn’t post a giant picture of a nativity scene) or any friends who voted for Obama.  After all, I’m confident you will rectify this situation in 2012–I just hope it won’t be too late.

-Murphy

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Business Failing? Well Raise Your Prices-Just Ask the Post Office

May 8, 2009

As we all know, many companies are having a tough time in this economy.  Part of the reason is that people are not spending their money but instead are saving it for the coming days of socialism that are being thrust down our throat by the Obama administration.  Part of the reason it that people don’t have money to spend.  The other reason is that the product or service simply stinks and no one wants it.

So what are these companies to do?

Let’s take GM for example.

For years, they make too many products that look the same but have different names and prices.  For years, with the exception of their truck line, they make a far inferior product than does Toyota and Mazda and Honda.  All they needed was a little recession and suddenly they are in the tank.  Not to mention the fact that they are hamstrung with union requirements that make the cost of making a car far more than necessary and cuts their profit margin to the bone.  So instead of filing bankruptcy last fall like any other company would do in this situation, our Government, encouraged by George Bush and Barack Obama later has “loaned” GM billions of dollars to get them back on their feet.  Imagine if you were asked to take your tax payment and invest it in the market instead of giving to the Government.  It is unlikely you would have invested it in a failing company or industry.  You, instead would have purchased a big chunck of Exxon or Wal-Mart or something that actually works.

But have no fear–the Government does not learn from its mistakes–it continues to take over, er, I mean assist the auto industry. 

Well I’m no economist, but I have an idea for GM–Why don’t you raise your prices?  You know, take a Suburban from $38K and make it $60K.  Why, that’s another $22K in profit right there per car. 

I can see you are skeptical of my idea.  I mean after all, what moronic company or industry would look at a recession, can the marketplace and realize it has some real strong competitors and RAISE its prices in an effort to save itself? 

What kind of arrogant, myopic, self-absorbed, idiotic, short-sighted fool would do such a thing?  That is what you are thinking–but wait there is a “company” that is going to give this method a shot…

That’s right, the United States Postal Service.  They have the right idea.  I mean with email and FedEx and UPS and email and Twitter and Facebook and email–they have some stiff competition.  And what better way to encourage you to use the old “snail” mail system than to pay more for it.  So as of Monday, a First Class Stamp will be $.44 and a host of other effective and efficient services will be increased as well (in price that is, not in effeciency or effectiveness).

I mean–after all you are a patriot aren’t you?  You wouldn’t dare purposely not use a stamp that say, looked like this?

It has the Statute of Liberty on it for the love of all that is good and decent.  Besides, how do you expect the USPS to be able to keep affording to pay a slew of people and artists to come up with stamps like these:

 

 Personally I like this one:

So come on America, if your business is failing, if competitors are driving you to Bankruptcy, and, of course, if you voted Republican and therefore do not qualify for a bailout, simply do what the experts do at the USPS–raise your prices. 

Then—call me and let me know how that is going–or actually, just send me an email.

-Murphy

Axelrod Says Tea Party is Unhealthy–Are you Feeling Sick Yet?

April 20, 2009

Leave it to CNN to continue to find ways of interviewing biased individuals who will fall into step and say that the Tea Parties were irrelevant, a joke, mean-spirited, insane, extremist–and now they are trying “unhealthy.”

Senior White House advisor David Axelrod says that the protests are un “unhealthy reaction.”

So I started wondering–have people become less healthy since the parties?  I have decided to take to the streets and find out.  The last thing I wanted was to make anyone sick.  I also wondered if protesting in general might make someone unhealthy.

So first, let’s check in with those who protested against the Tea Parties–you know the protestors of the protestor.  Here is the Houston anti-Tea Party group:

Hmmmmm..well, this person certainly seems depressed–but I think her health is okay.  Maybe this is a bad example.

Let’s check in with a Code Pink protest:

Well, obviously protesting in this form has two unhealthy effects.  It causes people to over-capitalize their words and it has allowed some poor person to believe that red purses match pink dresses–yeesh!  So here is “some” evidence of unhealthy effects.

How about Global Warming protests:

Yikes–this protest turned a human street dweller into a half-polar bear half person.  That is definitely unhealthy.

Although this protest is kind of cute.  And then there is the protest against bankers:

That seems unhealthy–and weird.

But what about the Tea Party protests?  Are they unhealthy?  Let’s look at a few:

 Cincinatti, Ohio

 

Orange County

 

San Francisco–really

 

Trussville, Alabama

 

Bethlehem, New Jersey

 

Orlando, Florida

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Houston, Texas

Seems to me everyone looks pretty healthy–I mean except for the patriotism, the sense of community, the desire to make our Country a better place, the support of our troops and the willingness to speak out to stop the radical flow of government control and spending.  Except for that they seem healthy.

I think the only thing making anyone who attended these protests sick is the demeaning, childish comments coming from CNN reporters and members of the Democrat party who would rather belittle someone than take them seriously.  Well there is a cure for all of this unhealthy behavior.  Vote Conservative!

-Murphy

Tax Day Tea Party in Houston

April 17, 2009

Well the 15th has come and gone–the Tea Parties were a huge success.  Interestingly the next day the ratings for cable news came out and CNN was hardly even mentioned anywhere in the top 20.  I am thrilled to be a part of this grassroots movement.  Nancy Pelosi said it was an “astro-turf” movement–doesn’t she wish it was?

If you came out to any Tea Party–thank you for doing so and together let’s continue to fight against the ridiculous direction our government is taking our Nation.  I will be back next week with some fresh posts–but for now–at the request of some relatives I will leave you with these pieces of my speech here in Houston.

God Bless and have a great weekend!

-Murphy

Geithner Ushers In George Costanza Opposite Philosophy

April 2, 2009

I love Seinfeld. I think it was one of the funniest television shows to ever hit our living rooms.   Its humor touched all of us because the writers took real-life everyday situations and subjects and showed us how funny they can be in the extreme or in the abstract or just in general.  And now, I’m proud to say that I have discovered what is driving our Treasury Secretary to say and do the things he is doing.  He is simply living out George Costanza’s philosophy on opposites.  See if you remember this:

You see, you have to look back at Tim Geithner’s history a little to understand why I have come to this brilliant conclusion.  It is the only explanation I can come up with for his most recent comments.  But first, a short look back.

In October 2003, Mr. Geithner became the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Since that time and especially since August 2007, Mr. Geithner has been in a position to deal with the coming financial crisis we are now in.   It was 2006 that he became one of the individuals in the “Group of Thirty.”  This was a Washington-based financial advisory committee. (ok, now I’m boring you)—

It was Geithner that designed the $30billion bailout of Bear Stearns (remember that one–I know too many bailouts ago).  It was Geithner that decided not to help Lehman Bros. but to assist AIG.  It was around that time that he began to change course and do—the opposite of what he knew was right.

AIG:  Prior to the election, Mr. Geithner worked closely with AIG regarding their compensation issues including the bonuses  and concluded with a committee of others in 2008 that the bonuses could not be “legally” blocked.  After reviewing the company and its complete failure at administering itself–he decided to do the opposite and pour billions of dollars down the AIG toilet.

Then there was his decision regarding his taxes (from Wikipedia-sources included):

At the Senate confirmation hearings, it was revealed that Geithner had not paid $35,000 in self-employment taxes for several years,[26] even though he had acknowledged his obligation to do so, and had filed a request for, and received, a payment for half the taxes owed. The failure to pay self-employment taxes was noted during a 2006 audit by the Internal Revenue Service(IRS), in which Geithner was assessed additional taxes of $14,847 for the 2003 and 2004 tax years. Geithner also failed to pay the self-employment taxes for the 2001 and 2002 tax years until after Obama expressed his intent to nominate Geithner to be Secretary of Treasury.[27] He also deducted the cost of his children’s sleep-away camp as a dependent care expense, when only expenses for day care are eligible for the deduction.[28]Geithner subsequently paid the IRS the additional taxes owed,[29] and was charged $15,000 interest, but was not fined for late payment.[30]As President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Geithner annually completed an ethics statement noting any taxes due or unpaid, along with any other obligations. Geithner’s completed statement did not surface during confirmation hearings.

As a Johns Hopkins graduate with a Masters in International Economics–it is likely he knew that he had to pay self-employment taxes and that summer camp is hardly “day care” but he chose to do the opposite again.

And NOW:  Faced with his role at the Secretary of the Treasury Mr. Geithner believes that HE should have the ability to fire CEO’s or pressure banks to oust their CEO’s if the Government doesn’t like the way they are operating???

Well, again he is doing the opposite.  Here is the stated role of his office in the Government:

“The Secretary of the Treasury is the principal economic advisor to the President and plays a critical role in policy-making by bringing an economic and government financial policy perspective to issues facing the government. The Secretary is responsible for formulating and recommending domestic and international financial, economic, and tax policy, participating in the formulation of broad fiscal policies that have general significance for the economy, and managing the public debt. The Secretary oversees the activities of the Department in carrying out its major law enforcement responsibilities; in serving as the financial agent for the United States Government; and in manufacturing coins and currency.

See he is supposed to oversee the “Department” not department stores or departments of private industry–but the Department of the Treasury–you know the guys that are making money faster than Al Gore is printing Global Warming books.  But Timmy has decided to do—the opposite and now he wants to run private companies.

Well the consequences have been staggering.  Taking their cue from Mr. Geithner the following individuals have decided they are also going to do the opposite:

1.  Oprah Is Going to Stop Dieting

After all, she has been on more diets than she can count and so now it appears she is just going to do the opposite.

2.  The Pittsburgh Pirates Are Going To Win Games

After years of feeble play, the Pirates have announced they will actually try and win some games and maybe even make the playoffs.  They credit Geithner for coming up with this opposite plan.

3.  Nancy Pelosi Is Going To Read

Worried for years that reading anything at all may actually cause her brain to re-fire and begin working again, Ms. Pelosi has decided to “do the opposite” as they are calling it in Washington and sit down and read a few books.  She decided to start with Danielle Steele and take it slow.  She is hoping to have her brain all turned on again by 2013.

4.  Charles Manson To Write Children’s Books

Inspired by the Secretary, Mr. Manson declared recently that instead of killing young people, he would write cute little stories to inspire them.  “I owe it all to Geithner” he stated gleefully to a group of reporters.

5.  Baylor To Attempt a Tournament Championship

Finally, the Baylor Bears basketball team will play Penn State tonight in the NIT Championship game.  Baylor, typically losing games of any significance, and having been inspired to do the opposite will try tonight to bring home a trophy.  One player was quoted as saying, “Costanza and Geithner, they are practically the same person.”

Baylor, I couldn’t agree more.  Sic’ em!

-Murphy