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World’s Most Dangerous Fire Department

I think the award, which I just thought up, would have to go to the good men and women of Jaffrey, NH.



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current members of the Jaffrey NH fire department




Jaffrey is a small town in southwest New Hampshire. Population about 5700. Your typical, quaint, quiet New England town, right?

Wrong. Jaffrey is home to D.D. Bean & Sons, the company that makes just about all the paper matches in the western hemisphere. It is also home to the Atlas Fireworks Company. Printgra, a large printing company, is there too, along with Millipore, “a biomanufacturing and Life Science research company”. Not to mention an electronics company and a concrete screeder company.

So you’ve got thousands and thousands of tons of sulfur, phosphorus, and other igniferous chemicals, huge amounts of dry paper, thousands of more tons of blackpowder, plus all sorts of germs and things in a big research lab.  While this makes it seem that unemployment in Jaffrey should be very low, I’ve got a feeling that one wrong spark and the whole place would disappear right off the map.

Hey, let’s see if the town fathers want a welding machine testing company, or perhaps a propane torch company to come and join the industrial throng! And a munitions factory while we’re at it! And a coal mine and a cotton lint processing plant. Plus a flour mill! Horry clap.

Yup, most dangerous fire department in the country. Or the world. My hat’s off to them.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/01/2009 at 01:41 PM   
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Excerpt from an email

I have an email thread going on with someone not connected with this blog, over that Homeland Security visit that blogger got because of Senator Whitehouse’s (D-RI) claim that his letter was a threat to the government ...





PS - You no longer have the right to free speech. So the last part of the 1st Amendment is now dead. And now watch it get worse. Much worse.

“First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists.  For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process.  We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.”

- Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Update-on-Recovery-Act-Lobbying-Rules-New-Limits-on-Special-Interest-Influence/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/TapscottsCopyDesk/White-House-moves-to-restrict-criticism-of-stimulus-projects--46540777.html




Oh, and forget freedom of religion too, unless you have a license!
“Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.

On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the Bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county.” David Jones told FOX News."”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,522637,00.html?test=latestnews




Speaking of other forms of communications ...  no longer can you display the flag at work, even for Memorial Day
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,522659,00.html?test=latestnews




or even have the wrong kind of bumper sticker on your car, you pro-military freak!
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/national/dpgo_HOA_Asks_Vet_to_Remove_Bumper_fc_20090528_2518563



Hey, don’t forget that you need an official government permit to exercise your right of free assembly:
http://www.theospark.net/2009/05/end-of-live-free-or-die.html
http://livefreeordierally.com/node/1



But don’t worry, you still have the freedom of the internet. For now anyway, until Chairman Zero puts the cyber-cops in place.
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/29/obamas-computer-security-police/

Now, isn’t that just the kind of Change you were Hoping for?

And you wondered why I suggested that your first gun be something a bit stronger than a .22 rimfire single action pistol? Or why I suggested that you buy about 3000 rounds of ammo, to get good with it? To which your response was “Why would I want to get good with it? I’m not a cop”.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/01/2009 at 01:26 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsInsanity •  
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Eulogy For A Forgotten Friend

a motorized cup holder




PJ O’Rourke writes on the death of the automobile; it died from a broken heart.

The fate of Detroit isn’t a matter of financial crisis, foreign competition, corporate greed, union intransigence, energy costs or measuring the shoe size of the footprints in the carbon. It’s a tragic romance—unleashed passions, titanic clashes, lost love and wild horses.

A knight in ancient Rome was bluntly called “guy on horseback,” Equesitis. Chevalier means the same, as does Cavalier. Lose the capitalization and the dictionary says, “insouciant and debonair; marked by a lofty disregard of others’ interests, rights, or feelings; high-handed and arrogant and supercilious.” How cool is that?

For the purpose of ennobling us schlubs, the car is better than the horse in every way. Even more advantageous than cost, convenience and not getting kicked and smelly is how much easier it is to drive than to ride.

America’s romantic foolishness with cars is finished, however, or nearly so. In the far boondocks a few good old boys haven’t got the memo and still tear up the back roads. Doubtless the Obama administration’s Department of Transportation is even now calculating a way to tap federal stimulus funds for mandatory OnStar installations to locate and subdue these reprobates.

Among certain youths—often first-generation Americans—there remains a vestigial fondness for Chevelle low-riders or Honda “tuners.” The pointy-headed busybodies have yet to enfold these youngsters in the iron-clad conformity of cultural diversity’s embrace.

Love, lust, passion, and uniqueness all gave way to soulless utilitarian practicality. So the automobile market was taken over by the masters of mass-market boredom. The Toyota Camry. The Chrysler Town & Country. In our choice of several unexciting colors. But you can pick from either of these option group packages! Boring. Now let’s only give you one choice of transmission. Automatic of course. And we’ll develop automatic parking. And automatic braking. And built in TV sets and iPod holders. Anything and everything to remove you from the actual experience of driving, because that would require your involvement and some skill. And be enjoyable. Can’t have that. You are a drone, engaged in a mindless task. No clutch for you. Behave. Get in line. Think the right way. Go green. Don’t question Teh One. Ever.

I’ve always been a car junkie. Over the past decade or two I’ve tried to extend that passion to include SUVs and minivans too. It hasn’t been easy. There is no individuality any more. Every car on the road looks either exactly like a VW Passat, or damn close to it. At least pickup trucks have a little bit of brand shaping, but not a whole lot. You’ve seen the Audi ads on TV lately a)where the woman goes into panic mode in the parking garage because every single vehicle is a champagne colored minivan, and b)where the school kids are all confused because every parent there to pick them up after school is driving the same champagne colored minivan? It’s too true. Well ... kudos to the one actual remaining automotive individualist I saw on the road the other day ... driving a Saab 9-7X Aero. A what??? That’s a $50,000 SUV, made by Saab, that comes with all the goodies, handles like a sports car, and has a 366 cubic inch 400hp/400ft-lb V8 engine under the hood. I didn’t even know the damn thing existed. I didn’t even know Saab made an SUV of any kind. Only one I’ve ever seen. Heck, I don’t even know where a Saab dealer is, and we have car dealerships out the wazoo right here in my corner of NJ. They’re everywhere.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/01/2009 at 10:32 AM   
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GM: the takeover begins

What was that bit about “controlling the means of production”?


GM Files For Bankruptcy




General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday as part of a plan under which the government will pump another $30 billion into the company with the aim of re-creating the troubled automaker.

GM’s bankruptcy filing is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the largest for an industrial company. The company said it has $172.81 billion in debt and $82.29 billion in assets.

Under the plan, GM would eventually have 50 percent fewer liabilities and far fewer product lines. The $30 billion government infusion is on top of about $20 billion in taxpayer money GM already has received in the form of low-interest loans.

Senior administration officials, who declined to speak for attribution, said the U.S. government will be a “passive” investor but will oversee operations at the new GM because “the taxpayer will want us to.”

Not one of President Obama’s senior economic advisers could or would venture a guess as to when taxpayers would see a return on their massive and White House-engineered investment.

“We’re not here to predict,” a senior official said when asked about any timeline for taxpayer payback.

The White House was more certain about GM’s future access to the taxpayer till—it’s over.

“One never says never, but this is it in terms of support for GM,” a senior official said.

GM will follow a similar course taken by Chrysler LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in April and hopes to emerge from its government-sponsored bankruptcy this week.

The plan is for the federal government to take a 60 percent ownership stake in the new GM. The Canadian government would take a 12.5 percent stake, with the United Auto Workers getting a 17.5 percent stake and unsecured bondholders receiving 10 percent. Existing GM shareholders are expected to be wiped out.

And a great big FUCK YOU to all parties involved.

One of the 5 greatest companies the world has ever seen, run into the ground by poor management, greed, excessive government regulation and unionism. And the tens of millions of investors ... get nothing. With the government(s) now owning absolute controlling interest in the corporation.

“We’re not here to predict” how long it will take for the gov to turn the company around and start paying back some of that nearly infinite amount of taxpayer investment. Yeah? Well I will. It’s called the Twelfth of Never. As in : No Business Run By The Government Will EVER SHOW A PROFIT, EVER.

I fully expect Ocommie to come up with a new law REQUIRING all citizens to purchase their next vehicle from either branch of Government Motors. Which will put Ford out of business pretty soon.

The wolf is not at the door people. He is inside your house, gobbling up your children. So go back to sleep; nothing to see here. We are doomed.

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Now, let’s add to the bullshit. Let’s add another dozen sheep to the amount of wool being pulled over the citizen’s eyes. You want to know how CNN is covering this story? Like this:

“Taxpayers To Own 60% of GM”

How’s that for effective misdirection? Oh sure, in t h e o r y it’s correct, because of that whole “government of the people, by the people” thing. But the reality is that you, me, and everyone else will not have as much as a whisper’s worth of input.

This is an outrageous act of Socialism. Communism. Fascism. The label doesn’t really matter. It’s the government taking over business and dictating terms. It’s a total loss of freedom, a death knell rung on the golden bell of Capitalism, a usurpation of everything that America is supposed to stand for. Better for GM and Chrysler to go out of business.

And what does the Communist Newspeak Network see it? They are GLEEFUL. It’s Pop The Champagne Time over there. Here’s the link.

Note how the article has not one but TWO sidebar links to “GM’s junk heap” which list a dozen or so less than classic vehicles the company has made over the years. Like the “unsafe at any speed” Corvair, which had balance issues when the owners removed the front fender weights, and the Vega, which sold by the millions when America wanted a cheap little car that got good mpg [and let’s ignore the underlying theory of assembly line sabotage because this was one of the first American cars built with lots of robotized automation], and the Aztek, which was an odd looking but actually highly practical crossover vehicle. All of these vehicles were attempts to open up new market areas for GM. They were all about risk taking, which is what Capitalism is all about. Sure, in the long run they may not have all been the best ideas. That’s what “risk” means: sometimes you don’t get it right.

Notice that there are also two links to the other sidebar on “GM’s declining market share”. Yes, GM has lost market share for ages now. How much of that was due to the media I wonder?

PS - the price of gas is soaring, as if you didn’t already know that. Almost 20 cents in 2 weeks. Expect it to get worse, far worse. $3.50/gal by August. This cycle will continue until the new Obamamobile hits the market, with it’s 3 cylinder 40hp engine and a top speed of 48mph, which will get you around just fine on the 5 gallons of gas per week you are rationed for.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/01/2009 at 09:07 AM   
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