What Kind of Country

I’ll just give you the opening lines and encourage you to read the rest:

Why would anyone believe, even for a moment, that any Western state could “pre-emptively” nuke the Muslim world when it cannot muster the will to secure its borders, balance its budget, get Pakistan to release a diplomat or get Argentina to release a C-17’s cargo load of equipment? That would be like thinking that man who can’t run 50 yards can run the 100 meter dash in 9.5 seconds.

Some 2010 Top 10’s

Top 10 Books

  1. I Shall Wear Midnight – Terry Pratchett
  2. Bloodlands – Timothy Snyder
  3. Decision Points – George W. Bush
  4. The Big Short – Michael Lewis
  5. Changes – Dresden Files Book 12 – Jim Butcher
  6. American Assassin – Vince Flynn
  7. Merchant Kings – Stephen Bown
  8. One Second After – William Forstchen

Most overhyped book of 2010 – Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – by a wide, wide, wide margin

 

Top 10 TV Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should

  1. The Good Guys – Fox
  2. Pawn Stars – History Channel
  3. Top Gear – BBC America
  4. Burn Notice – USA Network
  5. American Pickers – History Channel
  6. Human Target – Fox
  7. The Defenders – CBS
  8. Castle – ABC
  9. Psych – USA Network
  10. In Plain Sight – USA Network

Only TV comedy at which you might actually laugh – The Big Bang Theory

Most Disgusting TV Reflection on the Decline of  American Civilization – Cougar Town

 

Top 10 Movies

  1. zippety doo-dah – there’s nothing we even want to buy the dvd of

 

Top 10 Signs of the Apocylypse

  1. There is more outrage over Michael Vick and dogs than the millions of babies killed every year in this country
  2. I know about Snooki and The Situation and I’ve never, ever, ever watched a second of Jersey Shore
  3. People still are spouting off about how smart The Least Experienced Man to Ever Be Elected President is
  4. Corruptocrat Charlie Rangel gets a standing O from the Democrats after being Censured
  5. Obamacare
  6. John Edwards has the gall to show up at Elizabeth Edward’s funeral
  7. Keith Olbercrazy is still considered to be a “newsman”
  8. The Denver Broncos
  9. “We can’t just rely on the parents”,  Michelle Obama
  10. North Korea is not a glow-in-the-dark example of American “moderation”

Least Surprising News of 2010 – California faces multi-billion dollar budget hole

Most Surprising News of 2010 – 63 seat wipeout is just ho-hum for a week or so and then back to “Democrats in Charge”

 

 

Everything Belongs to Government – They Will Decide What You Get

This is apparently a straightforward proposal from a supposedly “free” country:

The UK’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

Of course, this presupposes:

  • all money belongs to government
  • all taxpayers are cheats who are keeping the government from all the money they are owed
  • only government can understand what part of your money you actually need
  • increasing taxes will be very simple with this system
  • you are a groveling peasant who owes your very existence to the state

Would anybody please explain how this is much different from communism?  Shoot – even Cuba is cutting people off the government payrolls.  But this supposedly “free” “Western” “free market” country could actually propose this as any action government would be allowed to perform?

Well Britain has been circling the drain for a long time, if they actually do this you can simply write them off as lost to civilization.