I’m Feeling Better Now

From the desk of the Rigorist:

Despite my embarrassment at posting so light a note, events are moving too fast to be shy.

Some months ago, amongst friends, I estimated the DJIA bottom at 5,000.

Greed and fear are the two economic emotions, and with the S&P 500 P/E near 20, the market had become … overoptimistic, to be kind, especially considering the difficulty of discerning any real difference between McCain and Obama fiscally.

Obama was/is a Socialist.  McCain would always go where the favorable press was, as he scrambled for votes. Any Republican who claims it would have been different if McCain had won needs to be laughed at.

Monday, as the DJIA dropped past the previously knee-high 7,000 like a dead canary from a wire, I must hurry to be prophetic. I’m thinking 4,000 now. 3,500 is plausible.

It’s only Theoretical Money ( the long promised, long post’s topic ) but the unfortunate bird is the telltale of what is in the air – fear, and not just fear but terror and despair.

Right on cue, the President announces that to address the problem he’s going to work on … health care.

Can I call’em or what?

In a comment, I suggested that low quality nursing homes might be a good place to invest, which some took to be dark, dark humor. I’m sorry to say that the joke is that I was being deadly serious.

While Recessions are best handled like Racism, IMHO ( focus on the bottom line and it will go away ), I have been hearing the stirrings of Atlas.

Last Autumn I listened to a restaurant owner saying that in 2009, instead of selling the business to retire – trying to preserve the jobs of 50 or so people that he felt some responsibility for – he intended to close and liquidate. He knew who they had voted for. They had said it loud enough. Screw them. His was the most memorable, but not the only such voice.

As anecdotal as those rumblings were, now we have heard the voices of traders on the Chicago Exchange, and seen the antics of ACORN.

As a Capitalist, you see, I take the crashing market as justice and I’m energized by it. I’m enthusiastic about the economy collapsing as Socialism is enacted. Rush Limbaugh is a milquetoast poseur who “hopes that Obama will fail.” I am John Galt, and will co-operate with our government’s plans with a smile because I know for a fact what results Obama’s success will bring.

The worry for Liberals is while I am extreme, I am not special.

I haven’t seen solid evidence that Atlas has become sufficiently discomforted to shift the world, but I think the Liberals that read this blog should know that I’m smiling and why.

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53 thoughts on “I’m Feeling Better Now

  1. First, your John Galt comparison escapes me. Now admittedly I have not read Atlas Shrugged, but I did read the Wikipedia style “Cliff Notes” and from what I understand John Galt lead a strike against the socialist leaning bureaucracy. What you propose if I understand you correctly, is to sit back self satisfied and watch Rome burn. What am I missing?

    As for the restaurant owner, if his choice truly was to sell the business and preserve jobs in the process or liquidate the business AND each of these choices was equally viable AND he chose to do the latter, then he is a vindictive ass. It is just this kind of unnecessary anger from those more fortunate (exemplified by Rick Santelli) that worries me about our country right now.

    Personally, I kinda like what ACORN did in your referenced video. I particularly love the fact that the protest was done by black community leaders on behalf of a white homeowner. It illustrates, just in case anyone had any doubt, that we have moved from racial warfare to out and out class warfare.

    What amazes me is how many in the middle class (mostly conservatives) don’t recognize that Obama is fighting for them. For some perverted reason, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades, many conservative middle class folks are identifying with the fat cats who have screwed them over and will continue to do so. If you or anyone else can help me understand this, I’d be appreciative.

  2. It is definitely reassuring to know that Captain Capitalism agrees with my prior market impact point would be. I think he’s holding on to optimism by averting his eyes from the promised forthcoming Socialist policies. I’ve read Obama’s Blueprint and he’s just getting warmed up.

    I understand your confusion, Rutherford. You are, as you guessed, missing something. This could be a good year for you because it’s a civil rights issue.

  3. Proof that America is still racist: the entire time I read that post I couldn’t stop thinking, holy crap, a black dude that reads Ayn Rand…

    Dead Rabbit tried to read Atlas Shrugged. Probably got through 75% of it.

    Dead Rabbit did read all of Fountainhead. Howard Rourke just took the p*ssy in that rock quarry. What the hell?

  4. Obama isn’t fighting for me. I will get porked on energy taxes. I will get porked on a tax hike two years from now. I will get porked with stagflation. And I will get straight up ass raped when I lose my job.

    at least the very, very naive white house proves to be slap stick funny with their foreign policy…i.e. Russia yesterday.

    When it comes to geopolitics, Obama plays it like a serious shill on some 1960’s variety show. The crowd howls with laughter at his dead panned frowning face as silly buffoons busts his chops..i.e. Putin.

    Rutherford is right though. I have no doubt the hypocritical Republican fakers would be doing the same thing right now had McCain won. The only difference is we would have a mainstream press calling it for what it is instead of the slurping we get now.

  5. I understand your confusion, Rutherford. You are, as you guessed, missing something. This could be a good year for you because it’s a civil rights issue.

    Well, I didn’t eexpect you to explain Atlas Shrugged to me but I didn’t expect you to be so coy either.

  6. What amazes me is how many in the middle class (mostly conservatives) don’t recognize that Obama is fighting for them. For some perverted reason, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades, many conservative middle class folks are identifying with the fat cats who have screwed them over and will continue to do so.

    Since I consider myself middle class, know for a fact that I’m white and conservative, any way you could talk President Jimmy Obama into helping someone else for a change “R”?

    Since Jimmy’s been given me help, I’ve watched our 401Ks drop 35%. How about doing something more useful? Like diverting even more attention to issues that Jimmy, Begala, Rahm, and Carville really know like Rush, and avoiding acting on the ones they obviously know nothing about like finance, economics, geopolitics and health care?

  7. By the way Rutherford, my old friend. I didn’t realize I was such a prophet.

    I knew Obama was going to be a disaster and told you as much at Chen’s that this would be a replay of Jimmah Carter Redux. What I didn’t realize, was just how prophetic I had become being the DOW now also headed to Jimmah levels.

  8. I think what makes Rutherford and I so far apart is the basic assumption that I want something from the government. That I wake up in the morning hoping the government is fighting the good fight for me.

    Seriously, I don’t want crap from the government. Sure, give me some roads and an army to protect me from barbarians. Give me some cops to club crack dealers. Allow my work mates the freedom of association. And then get the hell out of my face, thank you.

  9. rabbit, you and I appear to be in agreement here. Let government stick to its roles and let the rest get sorted out by us. I have been watching the movement where 33 states have either passed or proposed resolutions reminding Congress and the President that the federal government’s powers are specifically ennumerated in the Constitution, and the rest is reserved to the states. Curious timing, no?

  10. Dead Rabbit 2.0,

    Be comfortable in your racism. Rutherford and I have already gone a round on rational prejudice. He likewise doesn’t expect us to have read Toni Morrison.

    Whoa! I am less for having skipped Walter Mosley. I might like him.

    Further, what separates me from Rutherford, and perhaps you too, isn’t that he believes people want a hand out – he doesn’t. It is something much more pervasive, subdued, and impossible to argue.

    He believes people are good. It is a matter of faith, and the internet is no place to argue faith.

  11. Rutherford,

    I can’t not be coy. Even as I write this, I know you can’t read it as I mean it.

    I don’t want help.

    I want to be free.

  12. Rabbit,

    I think what makes Rutherford and I so far apart is the basic assumption that I want something from the government. That I wake up in the morning hoping the government is fighting the good fight for me.

    Our buddy Rutherford is a true believer and I doubt any of us could possibly make a dent in his thinking – it’s a bedrock belief. Something fundamentally will have to change in his own life for him to have the epiphany that his methods do not and will not work. “R” truly believes that his secular, Ivy crowd knows best how to solve the problems of this world, never mind the historical record abysmal.

    Now normally I detest these types of smug a-holes and I must now admit that I at first was a little rash and misjudged “R”, but with “R” I believe his motives sincere and his intentions good. I can’t say that for most of the vacuous and self-serving hypocrites I meet from the left or witness in Washington. And that makes my buddy “R” a rarer breed of liberal and more interesting. To be truthful, the demagogues on the right are equally vacuous and even more revolting. They can’t even be pharisees with a little flair like the Democrats do it.

    While I mock Rutherford’s naivety, I don’t question his sincerity in believing he is doing the right thing. What I can’t figure out is why with his heart in the right place, my buddy Rutherford came to the conclusions that have apparently guided his life. All I can gather is that it’s the only thing he has ever known and is surrounded with the same sort of folk.

    b>P.S. Sorry “R” for gossiping and psychoanalyzing you on your own blog. You of all people know I’m known for my good manners and shy disposition. This is completely out of character. 😉

  13. Rabbit,

    Tex, sounds like you are ready to join the Libertarian Party with me.

    Yeah, I think I’m about right there with you my friend. I actually like many of the Libertarian Party’s fiscal ideas, but I am still troubled with the laissez faire attitude of the social policies.

    But being most of the leading Republicans the party of cowards, and half of them no more moral than the neopagans and pharisees themselves, I’m about to come to the conclusion…

    “WHAT’S IT MATTER? Just go with whoever wants our feckless government the most insignificant.!” 😮

  14. Actually, there was a lot about Ron Paul that I found attractive, particularly his geo-political philosophy. Why do we have military all over the world? Are we colonizing? If I didn’t believe that government IS needed to protect the weak from the strong, I might sign up to be a libertarian myself. 🙂

    He likewise doesn’t expect us to have read Toni Morrison.

    If you’re going to accuse me of making invalid assumptions, at least get the source of my bigotry right. Based on what I infer from Rabbit’s educational and professional background I wouldn’t have expected him to read Ayn Rand OR Toni Morrison for that matter. I would have expected Rabbit to read the sports page and be done for the day. Nothing racial about it.

    NOW, because I have read lots of Rabbit’s comments, I know better. I know he is an intelligent (dare I say even intellectual) man so I wouldn’t be too surprised by any of his reading habits. Quite frankly the odds are about 90% that most of my readers read more than I do. I am a verbal/aural type. A reader — not so much. Not proud of it, just the truth.

    All I can gather is that it’s the only thing he has ever known and is surrounded with the same sort of folk.

    While I don’t mind the psychoanalysis one bit, I do sense an interesting implication that somehow I am the intellectual victim of my surroundings while you, Rabbit and BiW have carefully considered all the alternatives and freely chose your political outlook. I would submit we are all shaped by our circumstances. A different life experience might have made you a screaming pinko leftist Tex. 😉

    He believes people are good. It is a matter of faith, and the internet is no place to argue faith.

    The irony of this comment is palpable. Unlike the Rigorist and some others on this blog, I don’t have faith in supernatural forces that shape our lives. I do have faith in the basic goodness of people. Why is it that so many who lead “faith-based” lives, lack faith in their fellow human beings?

    By the way, my faith in humanity does not extend to the point of stupidity. I don’t expect Mugabe to wake up tomorrow morning and suddenly stop being a tyrant.

    But as I think about this some more the irony cuts even deeper. If Rigorist, Tex, BiW and Rabbit don’t want “anything from the government” and they want to be free, then doesn’t it follow that they too have a lot of faith in their fellow human beings since they see no need for the government to protect them from any but the most vicious in society? Fascinating!

  15. I would submit we are all shaped by our circumstances. A different life experience might have made you a screaming pinko leftist Tex.

    Actually, I grew up in a place where Hitler or Mickey Mouse could get elected, as long as they had the magic (D) after their names. My conversion to conservatism didn’t start until I started on my J.D., progressed through a few years of working as a small businessman, and was completed when I was earning an LL.M. in tax law. Those experiences taught me that government cannot be all things and really should not try, as it only soaks up more of what people earn in an attempt to ‘take care of us all’, and excute it in a manner similar in efficiency to your local DMV or Social Security Administration. Enforced medocrity should not be what we aspire to as a nation, and the lofty goals given lipservice by the current adminstration are undercut by the dismal reality of what government has actually delivered under the guidance of the party in question.

  16. “R”,

    I would submit we are all shaped by our circumstances. A different life experience might have made you a screaming pinko leftist Tex.

    😆 😆 😆 😆

    Oh, you know if I had grown up around flaming libs, and with my propensity for a big mouth, you can almost count on me being the biggest of leftist shills, but not the pinko part. Pinkos hate America. And I’m the most jingoist American SOB you’ve ever met, and there is nobody quite like me in my family.

    You know in the Olympics when we compete against the world? It is not enough to for me being the fan to win the gold medal. I don’t want one medal – I want all three. And I don’t want to just beat Europe/Russia – I want us to humiliate them.

    But there’s no doubt Rutherford my own mom, probably one of the finest Christian women you’ve ever met, has had a very profound influence on me shaping my opinions. Though in my adult life I no longer parallel her thoughts, she is definitely the one who set me on the road I’m on.

    If mom ever finds out some of the crap I’ve left on Chen’s blog, I’ll be having my mouth washed out with Lifebuoy. 😈

  17. Rutherford: I do read the sports page every day. I can’t even think about baseball getting started because I will get bouts of butterfly induced diarrhea.

    I’ve seen professional wrestling live more then 5 times.

    I have so many tattoos I had just now had to count to get a figure…6.

    I play softball 4 times a week and travel out of state to play tournaments.

    My dogs will only listen to me if I use the F word.

    Oh yeah, I have three of them

    I assure you your stereotypes about me are all true.

    I just love to read.

  18. Rabbit 2.0,

    You play slow or fast pitch?

    When I was a younger man after a little college ball, I played on a slow pitch team that was sponsored by Budweiser. We won the state one year and I had a blast doing so.

    Unfortunately, my rotor cuff (both of them) wore out by my late 20s. I haven’t played in years.

  19. Tex, I play slow pitch. We aren’t remotely good enough to be sponsored by Budweiser. I’ve played in adult baseball leagues, but never have played fast pitch softball.

    Tex, you probably wouldn’t recognize the game of softball anymore. The new age bats that go for 350 dollars a pop and then doctored allow everyone to be home run hitters.

    I honestly don’t enjoy the tournaments a whole lot. I have to play because my wife’s boss’ husband runs the team.

    I love playing in the house league in my old neighborhood.

    I also play in the Catholic league with my 65 year old Dad. He plays third base, I play 1st.

  20. Rabbit,

    If you’re the big guy I believe you to be, you would have fit right in. I was the only guy on the team that wasn’t 6′ 0″. We had two guys that were 6′ 6″ or taller. I played shortstop or left center because most of these guys were former ballplayers too fat to move anymore and I still had a good arm.

    But these guys could hit the ball a long ways. Back then, we played with restricted flight balls so to hit one 300 ft over the wall was a shot. I did it once in two seasons – probably had a good wind behind me. Some of these guys did it every other at bat.

    I had a blast for a time but they begin to take it too seriously, started traveling too much, and I grew tired of the hassle – I wanted to play and not practice. To be honest, even in my late 20s, I could tell my physical skills were starting to wane. And that was 20 years ago. I’m not sure I’ve held a softball since.

  21. Yeah, you got that right about the traveling and taking it too serious. I go on streaks where I consistently hit the ball 315 feet. But then there are times when I hit mediocre at best. My fielding is pretty atrocious but I seem to get a pass because I can scoop the ball and I’m always making fun of myself. I have had major knee surgery and go to some doctor through out the season who gives me cortisone shots in my knees.

    Basically, picture a combination of the Yeti and C-3PO running the bases.

  22. “I actually like many of the Libertarian Party’s fiscal ideas, but I am still troubled with the laissez faire attitude of the social policies.

    It actually amazes me you think that way.

    Why?

    Because you, yourself, are the proof that you didn’t need the government to tell you how to live morally. Tex, it is obvious to me that you are a great family man. You’ll down play it, but you know damn well your a great Dad.

    Was there any legislation by Congress that caused you to be a good family man? Was there an executive order?

    I hope to walk in your footsteps as a good family man. Am I looking up to you in this regard because of some sort institutionalized governmental program?

    Lets take it a step farther. When big ass hairy dudes in San Fransisco were smooching like teenagers on their wedding day, did it ever shake the pillars of your own marriage?

    Look at the drug war going on. Would it somehow change you’re life I Rabbit smoked some kind bud in his basement that he grew in his garden?

    Look at how bad the government is at playing steward of virtue. We live in a nation that kills babies because they are still in the womb! The ultimate crime, murder! And you’re worried that the government might allow gay people get married?????

    I could get any drug I wanted now with minimal risk of getting arrested. Yet, here I am sober on a Friday night. Why is that? The deterrence isn’t really even there.

    Government out of our lives!

  23. I just love to read.

    Rabbit, don’t play yourself cheap. You also love to write. I almost wish Chen had taken you up on your challenge to take over the Chamber, just to read some of your articles.

    BiW, I’m not sure whether or not you realize that your statement was consistent with my position. You were shaped by circumstances that influenced your political outlook. This “shaping” does not necessarily have to occur in childhood. On the contrary, adulthood has a way often of proving that much of what we learned as a child was pure BS. 🙂

    DAG Rabbit, to hear you talk about it, I am just about ready to sign up on that Libertarian signup sheet! I am against the war on drugs and against legislating sexuality. As you already know, I’m pro-choice but other than that, I can’t argue with any of your comments to Tex.

    Speaking of pro-choice, and I know this is waaaay off topic but what is your (Rabbit, Tex, Rigorist or anyone else) opinion of the church opposing the abortion in the case of the nine year old girl in (I think) Brazil who got knocked up by her step father? Should she be forced to carry her baby to term? Pro-life people who cannot see any exceptions puzzle the hell out of me.

    On a lighter note, who woulda thunk that the blog of a scrawny, non-athletic disabled guy would inspire such male bonding between Tex and Rabbit vis-a-vis softball? My heart truly swells. 😉

  24. Should she be forced to carry her baby to term? Pro-life people who cannot see any exceptions puzzle the hell out of me.

    I’ll give you my take for what it is worth. A horrid situation of which I have no good answer. The man should be shot like a rabid dog, and that’s too humane for what I am thinking.

    However Rutherford, I can put a word in for the other side to answer your puzzlement. What good comes of killing the unborn child? All that does is compound one egregious sin with another egregious sin. No matter how we try to sanitize abortion, the fact of the matter is you are terminating a child – perhaps unborn but a child not the less. The very definition of fetus is Latin for unborn child.

    However, given the age of the “child” and the possible physical damages that could ensue, I have no answer. Wish I had the wisdom of Solomon but I don’t.

    ———————————————-

    But Rutherford, let me ask you a question. Though you didn’t intend this, many do and it’s the ultimate red herring of an argument. I just read this survey the other as to the reasons for abortion. Most comprehensive survey ever done.

    95% of abortions have nothing to do with rape, incest, or the health of the mother or child. That means 19 in 20 abortions are done for convenience of some sort.

    Does the fact that no one has good answers to your question excuse the 50MM legal abortions done since 1973 for convenience sake?

    ——————————–

    On a lighter note, who woulda thunk that the blog of a scrawny, non-athletic disabled guy would inspire such male bonding between Tex and Rabbit vis-a-vis softball? My heart truly swells.

    😆 I bonded with Rabbit not over softball but his humor. He reminds me so much of my brother-in-law, it’s actually frightening. And my brother-in-law is one of my two or three best friends in the world.

  25. Rabbit,

    Thank you for the compliment. I’m not sure what good I’ve done in my life, but for whatever reason I’ve been blessed with the world’s greatest wife of 22 years, and two wonderful daughters. If I get credit for that, I will consider myself a success no matter what happens from here on out.

    And I agree with Rutherford now that we are bonding. You sell yourself short. If you are not formally educated, you’ve got me fooled. If you are being honest, let me tell you something from the heart. Education is highly overrated.

    My mother is the wisest person I know. And though she did graduate from her high school class (a large one) as salutatorian, she went to college for one semester and put my dad through a Master’s Degree.

    She’s far smarter than her spouse or her son.

  26. The Dead Rabbit feels the time has come to own up about a few things. Basically, I have been lying about my back ground since day one. In real life my integrity has never been questioned. I never realized integrity was a prerequisite online and for that I apologize. I in no way thought I’d stick around the Chamber, or the blogo-sphere as a whole, so what started off as kind of joke turned into something that has been grating at my conscious a bit. As you will see, much of what I said about myself was true. Some has not been.

    So, if anyone even cares, without exaggeration or bombast, I present The Real Rabbit:

    I am the oldest of 5 brothers. My Mom stayed at home while my Dad was a math teacher. I grew up in a blue collar suburb in which most people worked for the Big 3. After high school I was kicked out of my house and was living in a 1981 LTD station wagon. The Navy literally came and knocked on my car window one afternoon and I left the next day. While sailor suites are often times portrayed as something from a gay, off Broadway show or an iconic costume symbolizing intoxication, to this day I remember those three sailors as if Gabe himself came to save me.

    I spent my 4 years in the Navy bar fighting, getting tattoos and chasing skirts in California and Iceland. It’s a cliché, I know.

    After getting out I worked as a roofer for about 8 years. Off and on I would go to night school on the G.I. Bill majoring in History. I finally graduated and did what all History majors do, continued to work construction.

    I was always giving “history lectures” on the steep Detroit bungalows we worked on until my foreman told me point blank to find a teaching job.

    Amazingly, without a degree in education, I landed a one year position as a math and science special ed. 6th grade teacher. Probably because I was never corrupted by formal teaching training, the job came easy to me. So I went back to school to get certified. As weird as it sounds to myself when I say it, I am as formally educated as it gets.

    After getting a Master’s degree, I couldn’t find a teaching job in Michigan. My wife was offered an opportunity in Virginia so I took a job as a teacher in high security juvenile prisons. I worked at both a male and female institution. On the first day on the job I discovered a part of my work responsibilities was related more to law enforcement then education. As the old quip goes, I could tell you what that was, but I’d have to kill you.

    Mutually homesick, the wife and I moved back to Michigan. My resume by then actually impeccable and I defied all Michigan odds. I was hired as a teacher in an upper class suburb far away from where I grew up. I am in the teachers’ union.

    There you have it folks. The Real Rabbit. For better or worse.

    Deep inside me, I still feel I have the street cred to talk about what goes on down on da docks. If only it was true…

  27. Deep inside me, I still feel I have the street cred to talk about what goes on down on da docks. If only it was true…

    First, from a selfish perspective, I must thank you thank you thank you because you have, without knowing it, conducted a social experiment. Would Rutherford when faced with this rough tough blue collar guy, ever accept or believe that he would read Rand or anyone else of merit? Would “R” be open minded enough to discard the stereotype and accept DR “for who he is”. I think, and I say humbly, I passed the test with flying colors.

    Now, as to your “deception”, I actually find it rather minor. Here’s why. Most “white collar” kids don’t get tossed out of their parents house upon HS graduation. You didn’t elaborate on the reasons and I won’t pry but regardless, it is not a typical experience. Again, most white collar kids are scared sh**less of any type of military service so again, by joining the Navy, you broke that mold. You DID spend lots of time doing hard labor. So, your only real deception is that you are better educated than Rutherford, which is kind of a hoot to tell you the truth.

    It’s funny that I have known some white folks who wanted so badly to be black. A girl I knew in junior high, hung with the black kids and talked as “street” as humanly possible. You appear to be a “blue collar wannabe”. It’s almost as though you feel guilty about your intellect. Like only the guys on “da docks” are the real down to earth Americans.

    William F. Buckley was one smart mofo. And he was a conservative. DR, you can be a well educated conservative and still be quite credible. You don’t need street cred.

    OK lecture over. I will conclude, for clarity’s sake, that the only lie I have told here or in the Chamber is my name. And even that is not a huge lie since my bio states it is a pseudonym. What’s more, a truly curious and ingenious reader can find my “true identity” and profession within 3 mouse clicks.

    P.S. DR, I hope you know your “confession” was only in moderation because I always get a late start on Saturdays and I think the change to “Real Rabbit” got flagged as a “new” commenter. I approved it as soon as I saw it.

    P.P.S. Your name is not mud … I’m actually slightly flattered that you chose my blog to come out of the closet so to speak. I’m sure you did it more for Tex’s sake than mine, but so be it.

  28. lol…for what ever its worth, I’m still a roofer. I work for the same crew on my summers off to this day.

    I was kicked out of my house for being completely out of control. I left my parents no choice. My brothers are all one year a part, and each one of them also were annually kicked out of the house. They all followed my footsteps into the Navy. They all have college degrees now too.

    The stuff I wrote about my wife is true too. We have gone through a couple miscarriages and we are anxiously awaiting our first child.

    I would like to say I was following in the footsteps of Ben Franklin when he used the identity of an old lady (Silence Dogood) for many of his writings. However, it really did just start off as mindless and anonymous internet posting that morphed into something else, perhaps due to a small stripe of insecurity.

    I could go on forever with stories about my lost years after the military. The rambling, gambling, etc., but, enough with the Rabbit Life Time Special.

    I feel like John Edwards or something. Or maybe Milly Vanilli.

  29. I feel like John Edwards or something. Or maybe Milly Vanilli.

    LOL … well as far as I can tell at least at this time you sound very devoted to your wife and I don’t believe you’ve ever claimed to be a good singer. 🙂 So you’re off the hook on that one.

  30. Real Rabbit, I shall call you Bun-bun, for reasons you well understand.

    2.0, you shall be Bunny boy, for reasons you will learn and because we like you.

  31. Ah ha! So Rutherford and I both found a subject not only that we have agreed upon, but both proven true. There is hope for America yet!

    Interesting story Rabbit. It may interest you to know that I’ve had a few personal struggles of my own concerning family, though I never quite found myself living in a car. In fact, since I had no money (and I’m quickly reverting back to college mode) when I graduated from college, I decided I would live with my folks for a spell to save a few bucks while living on the cheap and saving for a home.

    That lasted all of three months, before my mother decided she had about enough of her mooching son with a professional job, and gave him one week to find an apartment. He did, and quickly found his one prized possession (his new car) stolen just days after the fact. I actually walked three miles each day back and forth to work for a short-time in suit and tie, rain or shine. Those were the days.

    It was a hard lesson to learn about the real world… and not a period of my life I’m terribly proud. After now being a parent for approaching 20 years, I can more appreciate my mother growing weary of supporting her grown child. I’m actually looking forward with great glee to kick my youngest daughter out of the nest. 😛

  32. Rigorist, did you notice Dr. Doom said we need lots of spending! Tax cuts won’t do the trick.

    Tex, I think “insurrection” might be a bit much but I don’t at all dismiss the potential for violence as things become more desperate. I don’t remember where I read it but the UK is already gearing up for potential riots this summer.

    Would McCain be doing any better right now were he President? Since you are an intelligent man, I already know your answer.

  33. I’m still chuckling at this one.

    If Real Rabbit has any idea why he is being called Bun-bun, please do tell! 🙂

    I would argue that if we were to rename Rabbit at all, we’d name him Bun E. Carlos since his deception might be considered a really Cheap Trick. 😉

  34. Rutherford, I see that he did. No, tax cuts won’t do a ‘trick’ for us. However, I don’t believe it is either a lack of spending or a lack of tax cuts which is driving the market down, and later this year, the economy.

    For instance, today the market is up … on the news in the WSJ that the Employee Free Choice Act ( Card Check ) is in trouble in the Senate.

    McCain would have done the popular thing, which is what Obama is doing anyway, so no. Thompson would have done better. Hell, Huckabee would have done better.

    I don’t foresee insurrection, Tex. Obama is currently working on the programs and changes he had already promised and I don’t see anything on that list worthy of it. It will all fail on its own. He proposed enlarging or replacing AmeriCorps and the projects they work on might face sabotage, but that would be local and aimed at things, not people.

    Obama would need to do something really over the top, like nationalizing the half dozen car makers in the southern US – who have been showing a profit, or having the ATF raiding gun shows, to kick off anything more than sporadic violence.

  35. Tex, I presume you mean there will be some sort of middle class insurrection. I don’t see it. I will post more on this in the next couple days.

    Now Texas splitting up, peacefully…maybe.

  36. Actually I was under the impression that the market was up on news of Citigroup January profits. But then that just proves my contention that no one ever really knows why the market is up or down. It’s an unruly unpredictable beast where everyone is an expert and no one really knows anything.

  37. Well, hell yes McCain would have. He would have been more forgiving and permissible in forgiving me for shooting a few libs. 😛

    I had over 100 high powered rifles and pistols in my house last night and have never felt so happy. Several hundred thousand dollars of all the latest gadgetry I was trying out – fiber optics and lasers galore!

    Of course, my nephew is a distributor and he stayed the night, so my warm feeling was only temporary. 😦

  38. “Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don’t have to work because the other half’s going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody’s going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.” ~ Adrian Rogers

    P.S. – Rutherford, we talked once about how Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell were the Evangelical community and I said baloney.

    This man was (he died two years ago) one of the ones I mentioned as being a pillar of the Evangelical Community and was the “real” deal.

  39. Up and at them early – I actually received that from Love Worth Finding Ministries in an email and thought it good. I guess they didn’t provide it! No clue as to why they didn’t provide the last part…

    How did you find that quote on a rather small site? Had you seen it or looked it up out of curiosity?

    I bought some of Dr. Rogers videos several years ago and am still on the email list.

  40. Brother Real Rabbit,

    You know that isn’t going to happen. Now, if it did that would be ideal. But I have never heard of a split that either didn’t start with a war, or end with a war.

    Checking out some of these zillion dollar pistols my nephew had has fired me up to get one. Wish I didn’t have to pay for medical school…

  41. I found the quote by pure coincidence. Shortly after you posted your comment I got a tweet on Twitter concerning “a good quote on government intervention.” Out of curiosity, I followed the link and lo and behold there was the quote.

    As for Rogers’ assessment, he oversimplifies things. He would be right if there were only two kinds of people, those who work hard and earn lots of money and those who are complete slackers and don’t earn money. Unfortunately, Rogers ignores the third category of hard working people who DON’T want a hand out but are struggling just the same. Is Rogers saying that government should let those people fall through the cracks?

  42. For some perverted reason, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades, many conservative middle class folks are identifying with the fat cats who have screwed them over and will continue to do so. If you or anyone else can help me understand this, I’d be appreciative.

    I know that one alleged “fat cat” who hasn’t screwed me ever, who is being targeted by the government employs over 143k people world wide is a reason I have a job. If you asked me to choose between him and Obama and the O-bots I know who I’m picking.

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