Monday, February 23, 2009

In Case the Democrats Haven't Wasted Enough of Your Money...

Pay my respects to liberty and freedom
When we had them, we did good
Give my regards to the Republican party
I'm sure they did the best they could.
And so long to the U.S.
You taught me everything I know.
Wave goodbye, I wish you well...

...But I know that's not gonna happen. Congratulations, everyone. Liberals are working on Porkulus 2. Apparently $787 billion wasn't enough for them, so they want $410 million more. No, I'm not kidding:

"We need earmark reform," Obama said in September during a presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. "And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."

President Barack Obama should prepare to carve out a lot of free time and keep the coffee hot this week as Congress prepares to unveil a $410 billion omnibus spending bill that's riddled with thousands of earmarks, despite his calls for restraint and efforts on Capitol Hill to curtail the practice.

The bill will contain about 9,000 earmarks totaling $5 billion, congressional officials say. Many of the earmarks — loosely defined as local projects inserted by members of Congress — were inserted last year as the spending bills worked their way through various committees. ...

...Democrats declared the bill earmark-free. Republicans disagreed.

"While this bill does not include traditional earmarks, we should all understand that there are earmarks in this bill," said Sen. Mike Enzi , R- Wyo. "There is $850 million ... to bail out Amtrak , a $75 million earmark for the Smithsonian, a $1 billion earmark for the 2010 census."

None of that's going to stimulate beans. The article goes on to say that once again, the Dems will shove it through with out anyone being able to see it. Sound familiar?

I sat down and added the price of these two bills, the first one and the one they're trying to pass now, together, and the final price of this porkapoloza plus the first one comes to a whopping $1,197, 000,000,000.

One trillion, one hundred ninety-seven million dollars. If this passes, we'll be paying for that forever. And I for one don't want to pick up this bill.

Houston, we have serious problem.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! In honor of the day, I've decided to share some of my favorite "Love" songs with you.

tobyMac - No Ordinary Love

Petra - Love

tobyMac - Made to Love

Switchfoot - Love is The Movement

Switchfoot - Let Your Love Be Strong

Oddly enough, most of these songs aren't refering to physical love, but spiritual love. If you're curious about this, leave a comment and I'll get back to you on that.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sonic Fanfiction Contest 2008 Awards!

Alright, let's get this show on the road! Here are the certificates for the winners of the SFC 2008. To get your award(s), right click and use save picture as. You can link back to this blog post if you wish, but you cannot link directly to the pictures themselves because Picasa will break your links. So just right click and save, then repost these to your blog/image hoster/Deviant Art/wherever. Now let's get started. First, the Winners of Best Multi-Chapter Story:

Next, the winners of Story of The Year:

The winners of Best Romance Story:

The winners from Best Oneshot:

In the category of Best Characterization:

There were three winners in the category of Best Characterization. Anyway, next is the winners of Best Action Story:

There was a five-way tie for Best Humor Story:

Best Horror Story:

Best Parody. These certificates actually say "Best Parody Story." I don't know why it has 'story' on the end, unless I just wasn't thinking when I typed it, or it got mixed up with something else, since most of the categories have 'story' in it somewhere. Either way, no complaining. Here's the awards:

Best Story with One Character:

Saddest Ending:

Best Surprise Ending. There was another five-way tie here:

Best Crossover:

And last, but not least, Best Original Plot:

And there they are, all 37 of them. Since I am human and prone to making mistakes, you may find some errors, though I did try to get everything right. If you spot an error, leave a comment telling who are you are, which award was screwed up, and what needs to be fixed. Then I can fix it, and get back to you on it.

I'd also like it if you left a comment telling me you picked up your awards. (Or have at least seen them.)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Oh, the Woe.

Do you remember my earlier post, Massive Economic Woe? Well do I ever have woe for you. I'm sure you've heard about this stimulus package that will not stimulate? (You know, the one has Conservatives like me tied in knots?) Here's peek at what the Democrats want to do with YOUR money. Will any of this stimulate anything?

From There's My Two Cents:

- up to $18 billion to crush brand new cars (yes, literally crush them - SUVs and trucks)
- $5 billion for ACORN
- $500,000 for dog parks
- $4.5 million for butterfly gardens
- $6 million for water slides
- $886,000 for a disc golf course
- $20 million "for the removal of small- to medium-sized fish passage barriers." (whatever those are...)
- $25 million to rehabilitate off-roading (ATV) trails
- $34 million to remodel the Department of Commerce headquarters
- $70 million to "Support Supercomputing Activities" for climate research
- $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Dept. of Energy defunded last year because the project was inefficient
- $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film (this has already been killed, but I thought you should know they wanted it)
- $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship)
- $448 million for constructing the Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
- $248 million for furniture at the new Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
- $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
- $400 million for the CDC to screen and prevent STD's
- $1.4 billion for a rural waste disposal programs
- $125 million for the Washington, D.C. sewer system
- $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
- $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion
- $75 million for "smoking cessation activities"
- $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges
- $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI
- $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction
- $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River
- $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas
- $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings
- $500 million for state and local fire stations
- $650 million for wildland fire management on Forest Service lands
- $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
- $1.2 billion for "youth activities," including youth summer job programs
- $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service
- $412 million for CDC buildings and property
- $500 million for building and repairing NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
- $160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service
- $5.5 million for "energy efficiency initiatives" at the VA "National Cemetery Administration"
- $850 million for Amtrak
- $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint
- $75M to construct a new "security training" facility for State Dept Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies
- $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems
- $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations
- unspecified millions to illegal immigrants (in the form of 'rebate' checks)

Are you writhing yet? You should be. 'Cause guess who's gonna be paying for all this? Yeah. You.

And why is there not $2 million or something for ditch-digging on that list? Come on Obama, you wanna be like FDR, dontcha? These 3 million new jobs'll have to come from somewhere in all this fatty goodness. (That was sarcasm, by the way.) Anyway...

People, the only thing this bill is going to do is instill socialism and misery, and we'll be paying for it for... probably until about the end of the world. Or our country, whichever comes first.

You feelin' that woe yet?

P.S.: Sorry, I forgot about the Honeybee insurance. Does anyone know how much that's gonna cost?