Man Beheads Fellow Passenger in Canada

2008-07-31

When the snipper shootings were going on in the D.C. area, I was pretty sure that it was some disgruntled, 20 to 30 year old, single, white men. I was wrong. I might be this time to … but for some reason I doubt it.

It looks like a passenger in Canada stabbed and beheaded a fellow passenger. As of this writing the police aren’t releasing the name of either the victim or the criminal. I wonder why they aren’t releasing the name of the perpetrator? Could it be that it sounds too ethnic? Could it offend the religion of peace submission to announce the man’s name? By the way, which group is it that has a habit of beheading their victims? Oh that’s right, but we mustn’t say anything negative about them or they’ll turn violent on us …

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Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

2008-07-22

This has become a standard around Thanksgiving time.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk or half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1½ cups thawed Cool Whip™ topping
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 cup cold milk or half-and-half
  • 1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
  • 2 packages (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

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Having Kids At An Early Age

2008-07-06

Math problem: My sister and her husband effectively had three kids when they were 20. My wife and I had three kids when we were 30. Assuming that all of our descendants follow our lead, when we die at age 80, how many people will call us ancestor?

Answer: My wife and I will have 12, my sister and her husband will have 120. Ten times as many.

Now, who is better able to afford three kids – a 20 year old couple or a 30 year old couple? Unless you’re a Rockefeller, if you have three kids when you’re 20, you will live in poverty.

To add insult to injury, my genius sister went on Food Stamps – making me and mine pay for her irresponsible behavior. The geniuses at the state welfare office made it pretty clear that if her husband were to take a long hike (and not come back) she would get even more taxpayer money. Given that he is basically unemployable, I’m surprised that she didn’t take the state up on their offer.


Federal Reserve versus Europe

2008-07-06

I heard on National Public Radio yesterday that the head of the Federal Reserve was going over to the European central bank and effectively beg them not to raise interest rates. If the Europeans raise interest rates, the American dollar will go into a free fall against the Euro and inflation will start to really take off in the United States.

So what should be done? Frankly, when the current genius at the Federal Reserve responded to the credit crunch by lowering interest rates I thought he was a bit daft. If the goal is get people to move their money away from stocks and into banks where others can borrow money to buy homes then instead of lowering interest rates, they should be raising interest rates.

If the bank is paying poor interest on passbook savings, why would anybody in their right mind leave the money in the banks?

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I Can’t Drive 55: Senator Wants New National Speed Limit

2008-07-04

It appears that a Senator John Warner (R-Virginia) thinks he knows better how to drive in the west than the people that live in the west.  The good (*cough* *cough* *choke*) senator wishes to reimpose a national speed limit.  This is the ultimate in bureaucratic idiocy.   Okay, it looks like Hillary also wants this piece of nonsense.

Someone should take him out to some desert in the west — one of those places with a long, straight ribbon of highway with no vehicles in sight for miles — and tell him that he can’t exceed 55mph.  Unfortunately, he’s probably too old and senile and wouldn’t learn anything from the experiment.

Too many of the senators — probably people in Washington as a whole — are used to either flying everywhere or having someone else chauffeur them around while they drink margaritas or play on their laptops.

There are things that the national government should decide and there are things that the states should decide.  Speed limits are clearly something that the states should decide.