Archive for December 14th, 2007

14
Dec
07

Arianna Huffington – Capitalist Communist?

This is a great story of how the Huffington Post’s business model is essentially get people to give you content, pay them nothing and make money for yourself, all the while railing against how big business is screwing over the little guy. 

There is also a brilliant analogy of how what Huffington does parallels what the Writers Guild of America is striking against.   It also points out that many WGA members post for Huffington railing against what Huffington does without a sense of irony at all.

All in all, it’s a important look at how the Left-wing blogosphere functions and they hypocrisy of those who rail against a system they exploit to make themselves rich. 

Did you really think Kos was eating PB&J every night and cutting his diarists checks?

And, just for the hell of it, here’ s our ode to Duckie himself when he won Douchebag of the Week.

14
Dec
07

Reason number 5 billion why the IRS sucks!

Everyone hates tax day, well, everyone except Warren Buffett, but who really cares about the complaints of a billionaire?  That hatred is justified when you hear about stories like this one.

Lora and Jamey Costner of Tennessee got a bill from the IRS for $7,854 for failing to pay taxes on $30,000 in income in 2005.  Only problem is the Costners didn’t earn that money, some who stole their identities did.  But facts cannot stand in the way of a bureaucracy, especially one as powerful as the IRS. 

This case remains open, and disturbing, and should serve as a warning shot to leftists like Michael Moore who think the government could a bang-up job with health care because a computer can cut a retiree a check once a month.  Checks are cut to dead people and people who’ve obviously had their identities stolen have to go through this sort of inquisition for months on end when any rational human could look at the case and go, “Oh, you’re right, sorry about that.  Let me hit the delete button and take care of that.”

Yay, big government!

14
Dec
07

Douchebag of the Week

You are a douchebag!Democrats: Spending More, Getting Less.That’s an apt slogan for this Congress. The Democrats took control promising reform and the only thing that’s changed is the name on the door. In the House, this session saw the largest number of roll call votes in the history of the United Sates, but the Democrats failed to meet even one of their major legislative priorities.

And now we find out that Nancy Pelosi is spending our money on all manner of ridiculousness. It earns her the Douchebag of the Week.

Apparently she’s acquired quite a green thumb since becoming Speaker: she dropped $16,000 on flowers alone this year. No telling how many poor kids that money could have gone to insure, but we’re positive it could have gone to much better use. She’s almost doubled her budget from what Hastert spent last year.

Pelosi also racked up $60,000 in travel, which doesn’t include her official CoDels. By contrast, Hastert spent $1700. So little time, so many places to be, it seems.

Remember, these are the Democrats who want to enact the largest tax increase in American history to pay for all these “priorities”. Flowers, hobnobbing around the world, make-up artists. Please. It’s enough to make you want to vote for Ron Paul.

Congrats, Nancy. You earned the Douchebag of the Week.

NOTE: Next week we’ll be choosing our Douchebag of the Year. Comment here and give us your suggestions.

14
Dec
07

Don’t get KFC on the phone yet, they’re still just eggs.

While we’d like it to be true, that the campaign of Hillary Clinton is faltering to the point of no return, but it’s a little too soon to make funeral arrangements.  In politics, a week is a lifetime, three weeks is a generation gap.

There are a lot of stories out there about how this is the end of the Clinton campaign, and even some Democrats are happyabout that.  But if there’s one thing the Clintons are good at doing, it’s lulling their opponents into a false sense of security, then slitting their throats.

So, while this looks as though it is something from which she can’t recover, don’t count her out until the bell rings. 

No one is a saint, and in politics that is particularly true.  Senator Clinton said yesterday that she would no longer be negative about her fellow Democrats, would run a positive campaign.  That should make the Obama camp nervous.  In Clinton speak, take what they say and assume the opposite.  Obama should be preparing for round after round of attacks, all by surrogates just far removed enough from the campaign to remove any Clinton fingerprints. 

Will he be able to withstand them?  Time will tell.  But rest assured, they’re coming.  Especially after you released this video.

Clintons don’t take kindly to pointing out the obvious, which is why they love the media.

14
Dec
07

Socialist paradise – Amazon can’t offer free shipping in France.

This is not the FBU, just an example of people complaining in France.

If you want to see where liberals want to take us as a nation but don’t think it really means government intervention in all aspects of our lives, just look at what happened Wednesday in France.Regulation, heroin to liberals, seeps into every aspect of life in a socialist country.  Competition, after all, is a bad thing in a system with the goal is no one ever getting ahead. 

While workers strike at the drop of a hat over the prospect of being allowed to work longer hours than the mandated maximum of 35 hours and farmers shut down the country every time the broken economy looks to them as a way to waste less money, even things as simple and small as books fall under the regulation foot of France.

Amazon.com was offering free shipping to customers in France, a pretty good deal, especially this time of year.  But the French Booksellers Union (yes, they’re a real organization in France) didn’t like that, they thought it gave Amazon an advantage over other stores.  Instead of, oh, doing something crazy like calling for lower prices, better service or any number of other options available to them, the FBU brought a lawsuit against Amazon…and won!

Just look at this line from the story:

Retail prices, particularly of books, are tightly regulated in France.

Re-read that line and think about it.

The story continues:

Using “loss-leaders,” or selling products below cost to attract customers, is illegal. Other restrictions apply to books retailers must not offer discounts of more than 5 percent on the publisher’s recommended price. Many independent booksellers choose to offer this discount in the form of a loyalty bonus based on previous purchases. Larger booksellers simply slash the sticker price of books.

But the free delivery offered by Amazon exceeded the legal limit in the case of cheaper books, the union charged.

The top court in France agreed that offering free shipping to customers was unfair and illegal. 

Could you imagine a case like this making it to the Supreme Court?

Depending upon how the next few election cycles go you may not have to imagine it.




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