Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
for a rather long time.Comments
I'm at the farm for the long weekend, and then I'm back long enough to pack and head to Vegas for a week-long educational seminar (Autodesk University).
If the world explodes in the mean time, Daisycat and her arsenal will be holding down the home-front.
Remember today, in the midst of food and family and football, to take some time to remember what you are thankful for, and to whom you are thankful.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Remember that possible bank "holiday" I wrote about a month or two ago?Comments
Well...more unsettling news:
The Congress Blog -- Citigroup collapses! Banking Shutdown Possible
It pains me deeply to announce that, despite the massive government rescue, yesterday’s collapse of Citigroup could ultimately lead to a shutdown of the global banking system.
Good advice near the end of the column. And for those without substantial sums, having a stash of cash worth at least a month's expenses is prudent for a variety of reasons.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Via Billy Budd this is a valuable bit of writing based upon the author's experience in post-SHTF Argentina: Frugal's Forums: Thoughts on Urban Survival.Comments
As I noted previously, the pattern of the Argentine collapse seems to be in progress in this country.
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After appointing various Clinton-era holdovers to posts in his administration over the last few weeks, Obama finally gets around to filling the top seat, and Iowahawk gets the scoop:Comments
WASHINGTON DC - Ending weeks of speculation and rumors, President-Elect Barack Obama today named Bill Clinton to join his incoming administration as President of the United States, where he will head the federal government's executive branch.
Click for the rest...
Update: On a more serious note, Obama plans to retain Bush's current Secretary of Defense in his administration.
I would be pointing and laughing at outraged hopey/changey lefties more, if I weren't myself in such slack-jawed wonder at this ongoing display of the Audacity of Betrayal.
There is only one AGENDA, people. Two parties, ONE AGENDA. Learn it, love it, live it, and/or read it and weep, as the case may be.
Funny. I took the man seriously, and was greatly disturbed. Now it is no less disturbing to see this stirring of the Undead Clinton Administration, but there is gradually welling in me a great pot of mirth that threatens to eventually erupt in spurts and titters, and finally full-throated laughter at the Earnest, ever so Hopeful groupies of Change. CHANGE! And HOPE! And UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS AND FUZZY KITTENS!!!!! (And free gas and groceries, and mortgages that don't need to be paid back, and spankings, and then...Oral Sex!!)
Where is your Messiah? The Timidity of the Tried and True will be his new motto--a mere tool of the satanic Neocons and Neolibs who have run this country yea these last twenty years. Iowahawk is unfailingly hilarious because he always manages to capture a deep grain of truth within the folds of his satire.
And he hit this one out of the park.
"I bet you're gay."
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groove definition | Dictionary.comComments
"get your groove on"
There ya go.
Related: Horizontal Mambo Mango Salsa
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Monday, November 24, 2008
..into the general consciousness, just what is going on. Say, did you like that seven hundred BILLYUN bailout? Well well well. Looks like our beneficent overlords plan to add another zero to that plan (that means ten times more kids)!Comments
Ace of Spades HQ
The U.S. government is prepared to lend more than $7.4 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers, or half the value of everything produced in the nation last year, to rescue the financial system since the credit markets seized up 15 months ago.For whom is this country actually run? Hm?
Little Friskies! Little Friskies! Ain't we got fun?
By the bag-full, by the bowl-full! Ain't we got fun?
I think it's time to finally link this roundtable discussion from ONN
In The Know: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?
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...if you have a wonkish interest in what is behind the ongoing financial collapse. An interesting fellow by the name of Steve Eisman saw it all coming, and this is,in part, his story: The End of Wall Street's Boom - National Business News - Portfolio.comComments
Labels: financial ponderings
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Worst of financial crisis yet to come: IMF chief economistComments
The IMF's chief economist has warned that the global financial crisis is set to worsen and that the situation will not improve until 2010, a report said Saturday.
B-b-b-baby you just ain't seen n-nothin' y-et.
Here's somethin' you're never gonna' forget!
You know you know you know you just ain't seen n-n-n-nothing, Yet.
(You ain't been around!)
(Gotta go to school!)
Oh hey, you might want to take a look at this: FDIC Failed Bank List. Three more banks failed Friday and the three had a combined total of 214 branches! (via survivalblog.com)
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
Blast from the past via a commeter at Og's place.
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Friday, November 21, 2008Comments
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Bush Hands Over Reins of U.S. Economy to EUComments
The results of the G-20 economic summit amount to nothing less than the seamless integration of the United States into the European economy.
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Well, the bear rally lasted the one week I thought it would, collapsing interestingly enough the day after The One was elected, and now we're probing below 8000 again, feeling around near the recent low before rising a bit in the last hour or so.Comments
Will it hold?
"She cain' take it Cap'n! She's breakin' up!!"
As long as Hank and Ben keep pumping (and the Demo's keep pushing their auto bailout and their bailout bailout and whatever else they can inflate), we may not know for a while yet. My prediction? Heh.
Oh, and as to whether Hankie is evil, no more or less so than the rest of the stooges running this clown car over the cliff, including our newly minted Savior.
UPDATE! Hoo hoo! Close at 7552, a mere fifty two points above that magic line. I'd say some serious technical damage has now been done to those earlier resistance points. The question now is whether 7500 holds, or if the "Obama Rally" busts to new lows.
Oh, I'm looking at 6500 next, and there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth on the way down.
Cash out your IRA's and buy ammo (and guns, and of course food staples for at least a one year supply if you haven't already)! Take the tax hit. Firearm commodities will be worth a whole lot more in a couple of years after new gun/ammo bans are enacted than *any* stock or bond. Think of those rounds as small denomination bullion, not to mention a life insurance policy. I'm just frustrated that my funds are locked up in a state retirement program that I can't access in any way save quitting my job. And having my substantial current income is worth much more to me (at present) than the ongoing loss of value to my retirement fund.
Update 11/21: "So Desert Cat, the market poked around and through 7500 several times today. You happy yet? Satisfied?"
Well, that's one of three. Let's see a little bear market rally, then poke at 7500 a second time in another couple of weeks. Then again--third time's a charm. If it resists three successive runs at it, I'd be cautiously thinking "bottom". But there's still far too much bad news still to come in the derivatives market that hasn't yet percolated to the surface, that I'm not ready to trust this technical indicator yet. After all, tecnical analysis is really little more than discerning what the other players in the market are thinking. If the "other shoe" still hasn't permeated the consciousness of the broader market, then it's a false signal and the fundamentals (more collapses yet to come) will drive the day.
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Oz driver pulled with todger in pasta sauce jar • The RegisterComments
An Oz driver has been fined AU$600 for "offensive behaviour, resisting police and disobeying a police direction" after cracking one off into a pasta sauce jar even as coppers attempted to subdue him with batons and capsicum spray following a "slow-speed" car chase through Newcastle, New South Wales.
No, really. You've got to read the rest. I left the best bits out.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
...for The Unbearable Bobness' brother: TUBOB: All you do is pray sometimesComments
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Indian Navy Goes After PiratesComments
An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said Wednesday, as separate bands of brigands seized Thai and Iranian ships in the lawless seas.About time someone got serious with these thugs!
Commenters at Ace's Place are mulling options. I liked this one best:
How about giving teams of rednecks speedboats, automatic weapons, and a prize for whoever brings in the most pirate heads? We can get FOX of ESPN to finance it in exchange for the reality TV rights.Oh yeah! Especially if by "rednecks" you really mean ex-military, Marines, SEALs, and you equip them with their accustomed gear for the task.
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George Reisman's Blog on Economics, Politics, Society, and Culture: The Myth that Laissez Faire Is Responsible for Our Financial CrisisComments
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Nice war pron:Comments
Keep on runnin'!
I really like the A-10. I'm sad they're retiring it. I've watched them fly over my house for fourteen years now, but they're giving way to some noisier, less agile replacement.
I never ever want to be on the receiving end of those chain guns though. But with Obama committed to continuing the fight against the Taliban, we ought to see more of the above in coming years.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
...you send a woman out to do a man's job. What do you expect?Comments
Astronaut loses tool bag during spacewalk - CNN.com
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Monday, November 17, 2008
Let's not forget this little matter that is still simmering beneath the radar:Comments
Letter Re: UCLA's Eye-Opening Colloquium on the Worldwide Financial and Economic Crisis
• A former vice president of Citicorp was in the audience. He said that the explosion in derivative instruments ran far ahead of infrastructure (markets for trading them, etc.) and far ahead of legal frameworks. He said we haven't even seen the beginning of the counterparty problem.
What? You thought the seven hundred bazillion dollar taxpayer-financed bailout and the election of The One spelled the end of the problem.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Will Obama's Civilian Defense Corps plan stir up the "inner libertarian" in today's youth?Comments
Ed Morrisey thinks so:
The Democratic attack on the youth vote
Heh. 2010, here we come!
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Emanuel volunteers Americans to do 'a lot'Comments
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Yeah yeah making fun of conservatives. Still funny.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
He's ba-ack. Past the political crap and back to some dizzying stream-of-consciousness goodness:Comments
Labels: art appreciation
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Whassup with this dude?
Rahm Emanuel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I don't mean to be seeing glimmers of hope where there are none, but the New Democrat Coalition doesn't strike me as being especially liberal, and they say he is an advocate of economic liberalization.
Hmm hmm. And yet, they're talking about seizing our 401k's.
Update: oops, I forgot to mention, Rahm Emanuel is Obama's pick for Chief of Staff.
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UK's Brown: Now is the time to build global societyComments
The international financial crisis has given world leaders a unique opportunity to create a truly global society, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown will say in a keynote foreign policy speech on Monday.
Gee! You don't say? Nothing so useful as a carefully crafted "crisis" to advance your agenda, is there?
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near. Luke 21:28
25 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
29 Then He spoke to them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
34 "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
Do not be overtaken with fear, but look up in expectation of God's redemption.
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Monday, November 10, 2008
Dems Target Private Retirement AccountsComments
Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts — including 401(k)s and IRAs — and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration.
I've been near-speechless since the election. But this one flabbergasts me!
Any questions, kids?
The fascism that the left feared would come under the Bush Administration (and which never did), will likely come as socialism/communism under the Obama Administration. (Statism is statism, whether left or right.) All those building blocks that the Bush Administration put in place to fight terrorists are now at the disposal of the Obama Administration to do with as he pleases.
Neocons, worried yet?
Wonder why I was concerned before?
This is the first time I have entertained the thought of leaving the country. Before I thought I would do okay if I just got out of the path of social chaos and assembled the means to sustain myself and my family out of the way and on our own.
Now as more stuff that was rumored and feared before the election comes out into the open, I am beginning to feel that my current plans are akin to a band-aid for a bullet-wound. Fail.
The trouble is, if my resources are a limitation to what I am now doing, they are wholly inadequate to expatriate.
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Although I have not always been the most outspoken advocate of President-Elect Barack Obama, today I would like to congratulate him and add my voice to the millions of fellow citizens who are celebrating his historic and frightening election victory. I don't care whether you are a conservative or a liberal -- when you saw this inspiring young African-American rise to our nation's highest office I hope you felt the same sense of patriotic pride that I experienced, no matter how hard you were hyperventilating with deep existential dread.
You. Must. Read the rest!
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Friday, November 07, 2008
..about the Man from Chicago, you go listen to another man from Chicago sing the Blues!Comments
Willie Big Eyes Smith at the Old Town Artisans this evening.
It's one of those things I love about Tucson. It's November 7th, and this was, of course, one of our favorite outdoor venues. A little nippy toward the end of the concert--maybe down to 50F, but still just fine. I swear though, the cooler it got, the hotter Willie and the band played. Felt more like home!
Labels: art appreciation
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Unpaid Workers in Near Riot at Obama HeadquartersComments
Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.
Hey. Dudes. Don't you GET IT?
Obama is busy redistributin' your Wealth! Yeah, you earned it. But the rest of those prepaid visa cards? He "redistributed" them to a couple of hobos sleeping in a dumpster out back.
Suck it up! That's the way it's gonna be.
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Thursday, November 06, 2008
This will be a new labels category. I expect to make extensive use of it. Here's the first item:Comments
Russia Celebrates Obama's Victory In Their Own Special Way...They Announce A Missile Deployment!
Hope! Change! And test the new guy to see if he's as weak as we think he is!
Russia will deploy short-range missiles near Poland to counter U.S. military plans in Eastern Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev warned Wednesday, setting a combative tone that clashed with global goodwill over Barack Obama's election."
Labels: The Failed Obama Presidency
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I mocked it at the time, but now it looks prescient.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008Comments
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No words, no talk. We'll go dreamin'Comments
No pain, no hurt. We'll go dreamin'."
Terrible, terrible. But utterly, heartbreakingly, BEAUTIFUL!!
(Where is your humanity DC?!)
I don't know. Suspended somewhere halfway between heaven and earth. Somewhere just below where the angels take stock. (Angels have no pity.)
Let me enter the cloud, become
"Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.Revelation 14:14,20
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Indeed then, it is a *silly* crush. Because it is not a matter of "giving up." It is a matter of knowing the score, knowing what it means, and taking appropriate action.
Those of your worldview are not likely to fare as poorly. Good luck to you then. I don't expect your support either.
"First they came for the Christians and I said nothing because I was not a Christian..."
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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I found this at CindyP's place (note--it is below the fold, because it is not really for any of you who are not a Christian):Comments
A Prophetic Warning from Pastor Steve Foss Sat, 25 Oct 2008
I knew this. I knew that when McCain chose Sarah Palin, a God-fearing woman to be his Vice President that this election had become a referendum of the American people on God Himself. I knew that if the American people rejected Sarah Palin in favor of the smooth-talking Prophet of Unicorntopia, they were rejecting God, and that as a consequence God's covering would be lifted.
I wish this man had sent this prophecy forth six months or a year or two years ago! Too little, too late. We failed. God help us!
Update: TSK!! I see you non-Christians peeking anyway!
Now go a-way or we will taunt your "king" ah-GAIN!
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Here's Vox's take on the election, but I am more interested in what he links to from John Derbyshire:Comments
I'm sour about the GOP too. What did it all get us, those 8 years of pandering and spending? If GWB had turned his face against new entitlements, closed the borders, deported the illegals, held the line on calls to loosen mortgage-lending standards, starved the Department of Education, and declined those invitations to mosque functions, would the GOP be in any worse shape now?
If any allegedly right-leaning pundit tells you that the Republican Party needs to become more moderate in order to reclaim power, mock them to their face! It is precisely the lack of conservative principles these last eight years that turned the New Majority into a puddle of disjointed losers.
Buck up! Purge the weasels, RINO's and mushy moderates like GWB and McCain, apologize to the party base for ever thinking that these represented the true direction of the party. Then dig up and dust off the true conservatives in the party--the Bobby Jindals the Jeff Flakes the JD Hayworths the Sarah Palins and yes, most especially the Ron Pauls, and rebuild for 2012.
This, of course, presumes that The One has not led us off the cliff before then.
Update: I do have to say that I admire McCain for the zeal with which he campaigned these last few weeks. His age appears to not have been a factor. And I admire him for refusing to listen to those who urged him to put another moderate on the ticket. Whatever the punditocracy says, Sarah Palin was a sterling choice. Her position on the ticket assured the base of the party that they had not been forgotten, that a Washington Outsider with reasonably impressive conservative/libertarian credentials still has a place on the national ticket. He may not have made up for some of his more excreable Maverickyness and outright evil collusion with the enemy (McCain Feingold, McCain Kennedy), but I think I can be reasonably satisfied to let him remain Arizona's senator for a few more years.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
This is the Galt's Gulch moment.Comments
"And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities'" (Revelation 18:4,5)
Come out of her...
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Have some Nuclear Therapy!Comments
"No pain, no hurt. We'll go dreamin'." The dead feel no pain. They dream. In peace.
"What have I done?"
Saved the best for last, I did!
Feel better now? I do. Ready to rumble against some rioters. Or something.
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Are you PROUD of yourselves Democrats? Is this how you win elections? Third World thuggery, Robert Mugabe style?
You are evil. And if you win Pennsylvania this way your president is not my president.
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Argentine economic crisis (1999–2002) - WikipediaComments
This is worth reading as a study in the type of things that are now happening in the United States. Especially starting with the events of the 1990s, look for parallels to our country and our economy, and note where these events lead.
Brace yourselves kids. This *actually happened* not a handful of years ago. This is not the dazed ranting of a wild-eyed survivalist. What happened in Argentina could very easily be what is happening to us now. And the election of a Socialist will hasten and exacerbate it. Just call him Barack "Peron" Obama.
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Monday, November 03, 2008
"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." - Samuel Adams (1722 -1803)Comments
"By false and designing men." Yes, we know a few.
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Sunday, November 02, 2008
Iranian Nuke Scientist: Weekend Quake was a Nuclear TestComments
Oh Thrill! Oh Joy!
Is the Bush Administration really going to stand by and fail to take action to stop this?
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