Archives for April 2011

Tax on Electric Cars Makes No Sense

Washington State has spent a lot of effort over the past few years enticing people to buy electric cars over old school gas-guzzlers. In addition to a tax incentive from the federal government, the state has exempted sales tax on the purchase of electric vehicles. In other words, it’s a great deal to buy a car that uses less gas.

People buy hybrid or electric cars for one of two reasons: To save money or to appear cool. People that actually want to save the planet ride bikes, not drive coal-powered cars.

To the hipsters, a tax on electric vehicles might not be a huge issue. These people might even feel that paying higher taxes for the privilege of driving a Prius makes them even cooler.

Read the rest at The Stir

Obama Executive Order Discriminates Against Party Affiliation

Last year, our constitutional republic failed to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would have required large donors to disclose their giving topolitical organizations, and prohibited federal contractors from donating to political causes. Apparently, some people still like their privacy and freedom of choice, and our Democrat-controlled Congress respected that.


But now, the Obama Administration has drafted an executive order that would allow the government to examine the political contributions of companies applying for federal contracts. In other words, “the will of the people must be overcome!”

The proposed executive order claims that “every stage of the contracting process … be free from the undue influence of factors extraneous to the underlying merits of contracting decision making, such as political activity or political favoritism.”

Wonderful! I completely agree with that. What I disagree with is the fashion in which this order demands freedom from outside influences. This order would allow the government to examine all political donations made by officers and directors of companies applying for federal contracts.

Read the rest at The Stir

Wonkette Mocks ‘Retarded’ Trig Palin on His 3rd Birthday

In a low that hardly seems possible in this age of civility, the online DC gossip site Wonkette has viciously attacked the disabled toddler of a former politician. Trig Palin celebrated his third birthday on April 18, and to mark the occasion, Team Sarah posted a birthday poem to the former Alaskan Governor’s youngest son.

In a completely unwarranted response to the gesture, the folks at Wonkette questioned Trig’s parentage, implied incest within the Palin family, called the little boy a retarded political prop, and recommended that he get drunk to deal with his family that’s even stupider than he is.

Also, he licks strangers just like his big sister Piper licked her fingers to smooth down his hair on camera once. That must mean all the Palin children are morons because … because why, exactly? What mother hasn’t smoothed down her kid’s hair with spit on occasion, and what big sister hasn’t mimicked mommy with her younger siblings?

Read the rest at The Stir

Lessons in Logic: A Meta Post

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a lecture on logic by the brilliant Michael Eatmon. Mr. Eatmon is an educator out of Florida, an engaging speaker, and all around dynamic human being. While I was listening to him espouse the importance of logical thinking, I could feel my fingers itch for the keyboard so I could share with you the importance of using logic in our political debates.

Logic, Mr. Eatmon asserts, is not merely an abstract concept, but something that has tremendous practical application. Essentially, it is the process of thinking about thinking, or at the risk of sounding like a hipster – metacognition.

In order use logic effectively and persuasively, we must first understand what logic is. The first law of logic is theLaw of Identity, which states that an object is the same as itself. An apple is an apple, an orange is an orange, and so forth. The second law of logic is the Law of Noncontradiction, which is the notion that an object cannot be itself and something else at the same time. A piece of fruit cannot be both an apple and an orange; it must be one or the other. Or a banana. But it cannot be two separate things at the same time in the same space.

Read the rest at Pundit League

Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames Apple and iPads for Lost Jobs

In a sharp turn from his promotion of “an iPad for every schoolchild” on the House floor last month, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. recently claimed that Apple has hurt our economy and cost usvaluable jobs with its innovative tablet computer.

Now Borders is closing stores because why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine.

And in news from 100 years ago, Henry Ford caused massive unemployment from horse and buggy manufacturing plants when he implemented the assembly line in his automobile factory to crank out Model-Ts.

Too bad we don’t use real horsepower as our primary mode of transportation anymore. I have extensive knowledge on the subject due to my vast collection of regency romance novels, and every girl worth her salt knows that the best way to seduce a duke is in a carriage.  Minivans have denied too many ladies ascension to royalty.

Read the rest at The Stir

An Easter Bunny Story

When I was 13 or 14, I was old enough to stay home alone, but immature enough to have a grand time trying on my mom’s jewelry when she was out of the house. Sorry mom. There’s nothing more precious to a girl than her mom’s jewelry. High heels and makeup are close contenders, but from a young age, we seem to understand that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

But this post is not about being a girl, nor is it about pretty sparkly things.

It’s about a bunny.

A chocolate Easter bunny.

One Easter during this period of my life in which my unsuspecting parents trusted me at home by myself even though I would sneak into their closet and play with the sparklies, my mom got all of us chocolate Easter bunnies. Really big ones. Even my dad got one. Being young and in possession of a much faster metabolism than the one I have these days, my bunny was gone in a matter of days.

At some point after Easter, I found myself examining a gold chain around my neck in my parents’ closet when I noticed my dad’s bunny on his shelf. The ears were gone, but the rest of him was still immaculately wrapped in colorful foil.

There’s no way my dad will notice just a teeny piece missing, I thought to myself as I carefully peeled back the foil and broke off a barely discernable bite of chocolate.

A little while after that, I found myself craving Easter bunny, and I wondered if my dad had eaten any more. If he hadn’t, I knew I couldn’t sneak another piece, as the amount missing would be too big to avoid detection.

I tiptoed to the bunny shelf, and was happy to see that another chunk of Mr. Bunny was gone. So I took just the teeniest little piece. Really. It was so small that I could hardly taste it.  So I took a little more.

And then I freaked out that my dad would figure it out, and I waited for him to ask me about it. He didn’t. And the next time I went to see if the bunny was still there, it was even shorter. I knew I hadn’t been caught, because my dad had obviously been there, seen the bunny, not noticed anything unusual, and had enjoyed some himself.

So I stole another morsel.

This went on and on over a few days, until one day my dad walked out of his room with a pair of chocolate bunny feet in his hand, and asked, “How is it that my Easter bunny, the one I have not had a single taste of, is now reduced to nothing but his feet?”

“I did it! I’m sorry!”

My mom and I confessed at the same time. We had each assumed the other eater was my dad. When we realized what had happened, the best chocolate bunny story of all time was born, and not a single Easter passes without its retelling with raucous laughter.

Apples apparently don’t fall very far from their trees, in matters of jewelry and chocolate bunnies.

Chipotle Winner Announced!

Congrats to Gracie!

gracie says:

LOVE all of Chipotle…sometimes as a bowl, and sometimes in a burrito…depends how i feel. their rice is the BEST! haven’t been able to reproduce that one yet…have a great day

Mom Takes On Keith Olbermann Over Abortion Comment

Conservative author and columnist S.E. Cupp was on the Joy Behar Show earlier this week to talk politics with Jerry Springer and Joy. The conversation centered around President Obama’s tax-the-rich speech, and whether or not wealthier Americans should be more heavily taxed to support massive social programs.

Springer and Behar spoke in favor of higher taxes, while Cupp preferred to let everyone keep as much of their own money as possible. As a side note, I’m dying to know how much money the two liberal talk show hosts donate to the federal government each quarter.

Eventually the subject of Planned Parenthood came up, and Cupp said that she did not support federal funding of the biggest abortion millin America.

The morning after this segment aired, blatherskite Keith Olbermann tweeted about Ms. Cupp, “On so many levels she’s a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does.” The implication is obviously that he believes her mother should have aborted her.

Read the rest at The Stir

President Obama Attempts to Tackle Deficit Spending With High Taxes

On Wednesday, President Obama addressed the nation to talk about the deficit problem. Theannual deficit is the amount of money our government spends in a year that is not covered by the taxes we pay. That is opposed to the national debt, which is the accumulation of these deficits.

Currently, our deficit is $1.65 trillion. To put that in perspective, if one dollar equaled one second, it would take over 52,000 years to equal this year’s deficit. I don’t think my poor little calculator could do the math on our over $14 trillion of accumulated debt.

Obviously something needs to be done. We either need more money coming in, or less money going out. As pointed out on IowaHawk’s blog, not enough money realistically exists to cover our expenditures. Therefore, we must reduce our spending to balance the budget and begin to pay down our tremendous debt.

According to Reuters, 59% of Americans would cut programs to reduce deficit spending, while 30% would raise taxes to cover the cost. President Obama agreed in Wednesday’s speech that cutting some spending might be necessary … right before he slammed Republicans for trying to lead us to a fundamentally different America than the one he’s known.

Read the rest at The Stir

Chipotle Giveaway

I love Chipotle because A) I love Mexican food, and B) I can pretend like Chipotle’s Mexican food is low calorie because it’s all fresh ‘n’ stuff. Everyone knows that naturally raised and grown meat and produce is the key to a trim waistline. Organic guacamole? Practically fat-free!

Or something.

Anyway, whether you like a salad-hold-the-dressing or a behemoth burrito with all the fixin’s, today I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Chipotle Mexican Grill.

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what your Mexican dish is. Or why Mexican food sucks. But if you think Mexican food is yucky, you really should rethink entering a contest where the prize is Mexican food.

No entries after midnight Friday PST. Winner will be chosen at random. As always, don’t blame me if you lose. Blame the machines.