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Friday, September 26, 2008

Screw You WAMU

Yesterday, the government seized Washington Mutual, and sold it's assets to JPMorgan Chase. That's fine as far as I am concerned with my banking, but in regards to stock, it sucks ass. I would like to thank all of the employees, management, and executives (with huge payouts) at Washington Mutual for driving the bank into the ground. The stock I bought from your company is now worthless!

I should have known not to buy it, after interviewing at that place for a job once. To summarize, I got up and walked out about a third of the way through, knowing it wasn't the kind of place I wanted to work. And now it's the kind of place that has brought down my stock portfolio.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Birk Economic Recovery Plan

This was sent to me and athough the numbers are a little off, the idea is pretty damn good.

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend. Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife has $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads
Put away money for college - it'll be there
Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car - create jobs
Invest in the market - capital drives growth
Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,

T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Palin Says No To Reporters

In an attempt to seem like she's more of a politician and less like a incompetent, Sarah Palin is meeting with some U.N. leaders this week. The catch is, no one will hear how the meetings went. In an effort to make sure people don't realize what an incompetent she is, she is banning reporters from the meetings. Photographers only. She knows she looks good on camera, so photographers are okay.

The point I'm making; if this is how she is as a candidate, how controlling and closed off will she be as a vice president?

Full story on MSNBC

I'd also like to add for the people who think that women will vote for her just because she is a woman, check out Women Against Sarah Palin. A bunch of smart ladies who are voting based on the issues, and not just the gender.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Survival of the Mentally Fit

I was reading an article on MSN today about hurricane Ike. One of the things they talked about is that there are still some holdouts that won't leave Galveston and other effected areas. The other day, I read a story about how many people had to be rescued during and right after the hurricane because they wouldn't leave. Look, if these people don't want to leave don't make them. And when they start calling for help and need rescuing leave them. They made there choice to stay, so let them, and let them live with the consequences. It's called survival of the mentally fit. It's what helps us improve as a society.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sarah and Hillary Together on SNL

It's not to often that SNL does a funny skit these days, but this season they started it off right.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Word of The Day

The N-word: This has a long standing history of offensiveness, unless you are black. If you are black it's apparently totally appropriate to use it. I also believe it's appropriate for anyone to use nigga depending on the context. For example when a skinny white boy is trying to be cool by saying, "Yo nigga beeitch what up!" but then again, I could be wrong on that.

The C-word: Apparently women find this one offensive, so it's not okay to use when referring to anyone. Unless you are British. Many Brits use this regularly when talking to friends, so it's acceptable for them. Personally I prefer snatch, as it just sounds funny when saying it.

And now the R-word: According to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) it is now offensive to say retard. They are so offended by its use in the movie Tropic Thunder, that the AAPD is attempting to boycott the movie. Which is fantastic if you ask me, because as we all know, when that happens it only promotes the movie and increases tickets sales. But it does set a standard that the movie studios might follow, by cutting retard from scripts.

On this list, I can get behind not using the N-word. It has a long standing history of offensiveness. So the next time you are talking to some retarded nigger cunt, just call them a retarded cunt. But, let's not give in to the political correctness sweeping the nation. Let's stop with the banning of inappropriate language, and in fact promote it. The next time you are in a meeting, swear and say whatever comes to mind. Or if you don't have the balls for that, just sing a few bars of "Alice's Restaurant" in a form of semi-silent rebellion to the man.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The EPA Does Something

The EPA Actually did something useful . Under the Bush administration the EPA has done more harm to the environment, due to inactivity, than it has done good. So it's nice to see that according to this article on MSN they actually came out and said lawnmowers and boat motors need to reduce emissions.

Why am I talking about this, other than just an excuse to bash the Bush administration. I'll tell you why. Because I haven't posted in a few days, and don't really have anything to talk about today.... That's why. But to make it up to you my loyal cranky readers, I promise my next posting with be doubly inflammatory .

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah Speaks

Although I found Sarah Palin's speach at the RNC last night well spoken and entertaining, she could use some corrections in the statements she and other speakers made. Lucky for me Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press already took care of it for me. Here are some highlights:

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate."

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families. He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

For someone who's trying to make a claim as a political outsider, she sure has the rhetoric and BS down. For the full article I quoted from above see: Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Good Call Obama

Yesterday I posted on why I think Sarah Palin was a bad choice for McCain's vice president. Today, I figured I should post about why Joe Biden was a good choice for Obama.

Experience: This is of course the area that everyone says Obama is weak in. He's been in office since the early 70's. unlike Palin who's the governor of a state about as far away as you can get, and only served a couple years in office. Biden as been around Washington long enough to know how the system works.

He's the chairman of the Foreign Relations committee: In this day and age of most countries not liking the U.S. it's a good idea to have someone who knows how to work with other countries.

Supports the rail system: Biden takes the Amtrak back and forth to work each day. In an age of ever increase airline ticket prices, rude service, and long lines, I would love to see an increased focus on the rail system and using it as an alternative. Biden co-sponsored the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007 showing that he backs it up.

Hard on crime: All the conservatives and republicans who think a Democrat can't be hard on crime should look at Biden. He authored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which actually expanded the federal death penalty. That's right, he helped give us approximately 60 more reasons why a person should be put to death.

He believes in such a thing as global warming: Unlike Palin he actually accepts the scientific study and believes that humans are having a negative impact on the planet. He's backed this up by co-sponsoring the the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act. He also supports reinstating the Superfund fees so that polluters pay for the cleanup of toxic sites, not taxpayers.

Only has three children: Unlike Palin who believes in popping out babies as often as she takes a crap, Biden actually stopped at three.

Just like Palin has one positive (financial conservative) , Biden has a few negatives. One of which is his hard stance on narcotics. Biden is one of those politicians that believes all drugs are bad, not knowing that most drugs are harmless. He doesn't realize that the war on drugs is a complete waste of money and that most should be made legal, and taxed for extra revenue.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bad Call McCain

Ever since hearing that McCain and Obama were going to be the presidential nominees, I've been eagerly awaiting their choices for vice president. The reason for this, is I actually like both candidates. I've been a fan of Obama ever since I first heard of the guy. And I've always said McCain should have been the candidate the first time around, when he ran against Bush. I agree with both candidates of different issues, so for me it came down to the running mates. This last Friday McCain announced that Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska as his running mate. I was worried that he would choose Mitt (The Ratt) Romney, but I think this choice was almost as bad, if not worse. Besides the fact that she's an obvious attempt at winning over some of the disgruntled Hillary voters, she has many, many other reason why she's a conservatives wet dream and not the right person to be that close to running the national government.

She's a hypocrite: This seems to be the party platform for Republicans lately. "Do what I say not what I do." She's in favor of teaching abstinence in school instead of safe sex, yet her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. I guess she doesn't teach it at home. Not only that, the daughter was impregnated by an 18 year old. Some states in the union might consider that rape. Apparently Alaska isn't one of them.

She's against abortion in all cases, including incest and rape: Apparently she's never heard the nature nurture debate. Lets start with nature. Many people who have never met their natural parents pick up many of their traits or characteristics. Well, one of this kids parents is a rapist, potentially leading to the child being the same. On the nurture side, this child might be raised by the mother. A mother who sees the rapist father in the eyes of the baby.

She is pro-death for felons: I agree with her on this, but it is a little hypocritical. It's okay to kills someone after they've killed someone else, but not before they are born and grow up to become a dysfunctional member of society.

She believes creationism should be taught in school instead of evolution: I wonder if she's ever heard of the concept, "separation of church and state"? Last I checked the taxes I pay, which are collected by the government, go towards my local public school. And last I checked creationism comes straight from the bible and religion.

She has five children: I've always believed there is something wrong with people who have to many children. Also it appears she wasn't aware that the older you get, when you do have children, the odds of something abnormal happening increase. For example, having a child with down syndrome

She doesn't believe humans are having a negative impact on the planet (global warming): that's right, 99.9 percent of the climate scientists are telling is this if a fact, but she doesn't need to worry about that, she lives in Alaska and knows that what happens here on earth doesn't matter, because everything will be fine in heaven. The place conservative Republicans go when they die.

She opposes listing the polar bear as endangered: Because if that were to happen it might interfere with her plans to stick drilling rigs all over the state of Alaska.

She fires anyone who disagrees with her: As governor, and mayor before that, she has set the standard that people better fall in line our they will be cut. That's not a good way to govern, because at some point you surround yourself with "yes men", and don't always hear all point of view. check out this article in the Seattle Times for some examples

Experience: Isn't this the reason Republicans are saying Obama shouldn't be president? Hey, he's got twice as much experience as her, and at least it's in Washington D.C. with the other politicians. She's got two years as a governor in Alaska. She didn't even get into politics until 1992, where she was on the city council of Wasilla Alaska. Ever heard of it? Me neither…

About the only thing I agree with her on is that she's a fiscal conservative. In Alaska she has done an excellent job of managing the budget, and cutting waste. But this one positive hardly balances out the many negatives she brings to the McCain ticket.

9/4/08 Corrections to this post:

Above I stated she "She believes creationism should be taught in school instead of evolution" This turns out not to be true. According to an article in the Anchorage Daily New, she is
quoted as saying that she believes creationism should be allowed to be discussed in school, that it should not be a taboo subject. I have no problem with her stance on this.

As The Rooster pointed out in one of his comments, I did make up the 99.9% figure when referring to scientists who believe in human caused global warming. Although the majority do believe this is a fact. According to The Roosters response it's more like 82%. I think that number is outdated and the current number to be much higher. After watching her acceptance speech, it appears I am correct in my statement as to her belief on the subject of global warming.