Archive for February 7, 2009

Meanwhile in the land of Obama jr…

Posted: February 7, 2009 by datechguy in local stuff
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While the President is making trade enemies on a global scale. Here in Massachusetts our Governor Obama Lite Deval Patrick is making trade war on a more local scale.

Gov. John Lynch said yesterday he will offer a new law to protect New Hampshire businesses from being forced to collect Massachusetts sales taxes.
“We need to send a clear message that Massachusetts and other states shall not impose their sales taxes on New Hampshire businesses,” Lynch said.

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-Exeter, will be the bill’s prime sponsor and will be joined by other Senate and House members. Lynch and Attorney General Kelly Ayotte announced Thursday that New Hampshire has filed a brief at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Council protesting efforts to force Town Fair Tire Center to pay more than $108,000 in back-taxes on sales to Massachusetts residents at its New Hampshire stores.

Lynch termed the tax collection effort as “outrageous” in announcing the legal action the state will take.

The idiocy on using state resources to do something clearly unconstitutional is so breathtaking even our papers are noticing it:

How ironic it is that the state that once had the gumption to start a war over unfair taxation imposed from afar is now trying to spread its tax tentacles beyond its own borders.

That’s right: Massachusetts, the state that boldly took on the tax-happy British Empire, is now doing a little imperial number of its own. And instead of depending on musket-toting militiamen, this time we’re using hapless store clerks as our frontline troops.

and he that sows the wind will reap too:

Massachusetts ought to be careful of the whirlwind it might reap. The Bay State has the second lowest sales tax in New England. One has to wonder whether neighboring states with higher rates, like Rhode Island and Connecticut, might get the same hunger for the cross-border enforcement of a “use tax.

I really thought that the country might reject Obama because of our experiences with little obama Patrick. I was wrong but will be really shocked if he wins re-election here.

Time Lord Truther?

Posted: February 7, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who
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Did a search for “Doctor Who” in google news and found some amazing things:

First he supported the 9/11 attacks:

Ynetnews: Doctor who slammed Gaza violence supported 9/11 attacks

We now know how his 8th to 9th regeneration happened:


And the Superbowl day marathon on BBC America? His idea:

Selby Times: Doctor who prescribed marathons

He’s still full of self doubt:

Philadelphia Inquirer: Doctor who checks credentials faces questions over his own resume

And I know there is a lot more snogging on the show these days but he is getting positively randy

Mail Online: Doctor who had affair with depressed patient’s wife escapes being struck off

I blame it all on the Dalek conditioning.

Maine Senators no. Specter yes

Posted: February 7, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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If you are one of the thousands of conservatives who are bombarding the offices of Senators Collins and Snowe in Maine concerning their support of the so called “compromise” bill. Or if you are a site suggesting calling will make a difference let me tell you one word.


No amount of outside pressure is going to change the way a person from Maine votes. No amount of shouting ranting threats etc will change the way that Maine votes. And the rants that they should have been kicked out like I’m seeing at Lucianne would mean 60 Democrats in the Senate. Those two votes gave us majorities in the past. Don’t so lightly through them away.

Now Arlen Specter is a totally different story, he is not only vulnerable to pressure but we have candidates such as Rick Santorum or Pat Toomey ready who can beat him in a primary is we put in the effort. That is where the direction should lie. The reports that no republican wants to be vote 60 is certainly referring to Specter.

I’m an agnostic on this either way. As Rush suggested we are not going to stop this bill. Any change to improve it is better than none. The best we can do is to pin it on Obama and the democrats so that if it is the disaster we all think it is they will own it.

Remember if they thought it was such a good bill they wouldn’t care if republicans voted for it they would be happy to take the credit and let us twist in the wind. The media will try to twist as a bi-partisan bill. That’s the fight we need to have.

Update: Michelle disagrees.

Little ironic hints

Posted: February 7, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news

Watching the last hour of On the Waterfront this morning I was struck by the thought that Marlon Brando’s character of Terry Malloy in fiction is Elia Kazan in real life.

A man who saw evil and was willing to talk and because of this was and still is hated by those who supported and still either support or venerate that same evil. The only question is when people will actually acknowledge it.

I think things like these are little clues to us in life.

Like the removal of Britiannia from circulating British coins it is a symbol of British ideals, liberty and identity. Now it will only be on Bullion. Something to be locked away as a memory. And what have seen happening in England? The rights of Englishman fading away. Sharia law growing.

Or remember this Danial Webster quote:

“Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”

On May 3rd 2003 the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed. God removed his shingle. And the very next month New Hampshire Episcopal elected Gene Robinson Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire.

The most graphic i can think of it Lady Diana’s death. The media fawned all over it, declared her a secular saint and turned it into an international day or morning. Then mother Theresa dies the same week as Mike Barnicle put it “A tap on the shoulder from God.” and the media was shamed into covering the Funeral live.

Gotta love indirect proofs.