Monthly Archives: February 2013

This makes me wonder how many businesses aren’t going to survive that might have were it not for the burden of excessive governmental regulations and taxes, or how many are not going to make it.

Fred Deluca founded Subway in 1965 and grew it into one of the biggest fast food restaurant chains in the nation. Appearing on CNBC on Wednesday, the entrepreneur said if he tried to start the very same business today “Subway would not exist” due to burdensome government regulations that seem to continuously increase.

He said other small business owners have also been impacted by the payroll tax hike, most experiencing a roughly 2 percent decrease in sales. Additionally, Duluca explained businesses are bracing for the increased costs that will come with “Obamacare,” adding that any cost increases will be passed along to customers through higher prices.It was while describing the current business climate for up and coming entrepreneurs that Deluca said “Subway would not exist” if he started his business today because of massive government regulations.“It’s continuously gotten worse, because there’s more and more regulations. It’s tougher for people to get into business. Especially a small business,” he said. “I tell you, if I started Subway today, Subway would not exist, because I had an easy time of it in the ’60s when I started. I just see a continuous increase in regulation.”

via Subway Founder Blasts Gov’t Regulations: ‘Subway Would Not Exist’ If I Started My Business Today | Video |


Surprised? Not really. Everything about Obama is a fraud.

A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama’s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter. Rep. Steve Stockman R-Texas accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don’t exist.

“Obama’s anti-gun campaign is a fraud,” Stockman said. “Obama’s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress,” he added. “I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign.”Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets.

But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.”The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots,” his office said in a press release. As evidence, he said these 10 tweets use default graphics and names, and have not engaged in any interaction with other people. Two of the tweets were sent at nearly the same time, and both follow just one person: Brad Schenck, Obama’s former digital strategist.

via GOP lawmaker: Obama using fake Twitter messages in fight over gun control – The Hill’s Floor Action.

UPDATED: See the pic at the end for a different presentation of what sequester cuts will mean to federal spending. Hint: not much.

Barack Obama himself said we can’t go from “one manufactured crisis to another.” Dewey from Detroit has a little story to explain what’s going on:

The pending sequester cuts have the President and his minions, like a flock of Chicken Littles, running to and fro, spinning tales of planes falling out of the sky.

For some reason – whether they’re too polite, too incredulous or just too inept – I barely hear a peep from the loyal opposition.sequester_is_manufactured_crisis_thumb[1]

So I wrote this little story to help Republicans explain the scale of sequester cuts to their constituents and hopefully help them put things in perspective:

George Finds Out He’s getting a 2% pay “cut”

George was expecting to get a $10/week raise, because he’s gotten a $10/week raise every year since he went to work for the Ace Car Company. (See “What does $40 a month mean to you?” from our last manufactured fiscal crisis.)

Then George’s boss tells him that – due to budgetary constraints imposed on Ace by corporate – he’s  forced to cut everybody’s raise by 2% (as agreed to by George’s UAW union president in the last round of contract talks – when nobody figured the sky would actually fall). So now, instead of the $10/week he was counting on, George will only be getting a $9.80/ week raise this year.

On hearing this awful news George immediately shifted into crisis mode: he pulled his son out of day care forcing his wife to quit her job to stay home with the kid, canceled the family trip to Disneyworld which they could no longer afford since his wife wasn’t working, and sold his car and the house to save money. Then, having no reason or will to live, George quit his job, starting using drugs and alcohol and went on welfare.

The end.


Grover Norquist has a graphic depiction of what the sequester cuts will mean to overall government spending:

grover norquist sequester spending pic


I only watched for a couple of hours, because I had been at a music rehearsal for a theater production I’m doing until 9:30. 11:30 rolled around, and they still weren’t done, so I decided to give up and go to bed. I’m glad I did, because they had a “surprise” and had Moochelle Obama appear to present the Best Picture nominees, and then the award. I’d have hated to go to be with that image in my head. Why do the president and first lady feel like they need to insert themselves into sporting and media events? Sure, Harvey Weinstein asked her, but couldn’t she just have said no, it’s not really proper Don’t we see enough of them already?  No, of course she couldn’t. It’s as though they feel that they are celebrities themselves, which to me is unseemly and not befitting their roles as leader of the executive branch of government and his spouse.  They’re not celebrities; they’re public servants – or at least they’re supposed to be.

I like MOTUS’s take on the Mooch’s appearance: Beam Me Up, Jim


It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady. In a ball gown. With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her.

Michelle Obama, with service members behind her, announcing the winner of the Best Picture Academy Award (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

She declared of the Best Picture nominees, “They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves.” Alas, none of the films nor her aides reminded her to mention the military, not those personnel behind her nor those serving overseas, an odd omission for the White House that nevertheless was pleased to have them arrayed behind her like, well, set decoration.

She did have time to give a crumb to the gay community, applauding the movies that inspire us ”no matter who we are or what we look like or who we love,” adding that “they are especially important for our young people.” (Except when they contain gruesome violence, traffic in stereotypes or use gratuitous profanity, I guess.) Real heroes, such as our servicemen and servicewomen, inspire us, too, I would think.

It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas. Seriously, if they really had their president’s interests at heart, they’d steer away from encouraging these celebrity appearances. It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping. In this case, it was just downright weird.

via Why was Michelle Obama at the Oscars?.

The European horse meat scandal has widened, and touched IKEA’s famous Swedish meatballs cafeteria item. Apparently, this is only in their European stores. I had them a couple months back in a store in Northern VA, and they tasted okay to me…

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.

The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram (2.2 pound) packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms (1,675 pounds) of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Magnusson said meatballs from that batch were taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, including to the U.S., even though they all come from the same Swedish supplier, Magnusson said.

“Our global recommendation is to not recall or stop selling meatballs,” she said.

However, the company’s Swedish branch announced on its Facebook page that it won’t sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden out of concern for “potential worries among our customers.”

Magnusson said Ikea saw no reason to extend that guidance globally. She said Ikea was conducting its own tests of the affected batch “to validate” the Czech results. She also said that two weeks ago Ikea tested a range of frozen food products, including meatballs, and found no traces of horse meat.

via Horse meat found in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs.

Over the next two weeks I’m going to be out of town on business for part of the week, and doing rehearsals for a show I’m in just about every night that I’m in town, so the workouts are probably going to take a hit. Boo.

Five rotations of:

  • 1000 m rowing @152 w
  • 8 pullup
  • 16 perfect pushup
  • 24 squat
  • 15 alt. DB press 30#
  • 15 medball twist 12#
  • 16 chair dip
  • 15 alt. DB curl 30#
  • 16 upright row with band

Elapsed time 1:02: 21

Out of town on travel this week, so modifying things a bit:

45 minutes on treadmill; 15 running. (knees are hurting a lot; I think that’s why I quit running for so long).