Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aaron Cleary: Why Leftists Don't Start Businesses

Cleary responds to a request from his Asshole Consulting to do a video on why leftists don't start businesses. The question is one I probably asked many years ago. My paraphrase: "If leftists don't like 'Big Oil' and complain about the profits, why don't they just start Democrat Oil Inc, have no profits, and pass that along to the consumer in the form of lower prices?"

Cleary says two reasons:
1) They're too stupid
2) They're too lazy

I'd also like to point out that you can't believe anything a politician says. You have to look at their records. Democrats are just as much in bed with Wall Street and "Big Business" as Republicans are. Sure, during campaigns and newsbites, they rant about them. That's called Grandstanding. It's what politicians do. I'm pretty sure if you look at their voting records (and campaign contributions), you'll see they don't believe a damn thing they actually say.

Here's Cleary's short video:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Terminal Lance: The Issued Wife

Max nails it.

I heard that all the time in the Navy. "If the Navy wanted you to have a wife, they'd have issued you one." Of course, there were also the guys who treated their families as if they came with the seabag.

One time, my ship pulled into port a night early. My chief stayed on the ship. His wife was pissed when she found out. I didn't understand at the time, but after my marriage to my ex-wife, I do now. I had times in those 12 years when I wished I had a ship to stay on.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Student Loans Are the New STDs

I've contracted this too. There truly is no cure and no hope, especially since our ever-loving government exempted them from bankruptcy. Repeat after me: our government loves us and wants us to be happy. Everything it does is for our own good, not for the good of the politicians on the lobbyists' teats.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Entry Level Home May Be A Thing of the Past

As I slowly start and stop in traffic through northern Virginia, I often wonder if the economy's biggest problem is a lack of McMansions. Everywhere I turn, I see "New Luxury Homes- from the $450's". I've wondered why we don't see smaller, less expensive homes anymore.

I've come to the conclusion I wouldn't want a McMansion even if I could afford the payments. All I really need is a workable kitchen, 3-4 bedrooms, and an office or library (search for my commentary on the idiotic "man cave"). I don't see a need for a living room, media room, game room, etc. Plus, do you know how much work it takes to keep a house that sized cleaned and maintained? If I'm ever wealthy enough, I'd rather have a real mansion with a staff to clean it and cut the grass. has an article about the demise of the single family home. Apparently, land costs too much and most homebuyers wait until longer in life to buy a home.

I guess when I'm ready to buy another house, I'm going used.

Personally, I think Virginia needs more roads. Not more McMansion owners to clog the ones we already have.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

RIP, Spock

I normally pay little attention to celebrities. There are a few who produce work I like. Leonard Nimoy was one of them. I practically grew up on Star Trek.

Sooner or later, death comes for all of us. I figure at 83, Leonard Nimoy earned it. He will be missed though.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Benefits of Freedom

Aaron Cleary celebrated his 40th birthday with a two week motorcycle trip. Aaron is debt free and job free. He makes enough money from his Internet businesses and books to do what he wants.

Younger men, do not let yourselves become slaves to debt and circumstances. It will hamper your choices. You'll become a cubicle wage slave, dependent on some crap job that kills your spirit with nowhere else to go.

I think for my 40th birthday last year, I had about enough for lunch at Texas Roadhouse.

I Was Happy To Hear The Oscars Have Declining Viewership

I never pay attention to these award shows. I can barely tell them apart. Oscars, Tonys, Academy, etc. Makes no difference to me. I'm glad the rest of America is finally catching on.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bill Burr Takes on Steve Jobs

Bill does raise a good point. Steve Jobs didn't really "invent" anything. He led, inspired, and whipped a team of people into producing them. Bill complains that he showed up at "nerd fests" without the team of scientists and engineers who did the actual work. Conan brought up a good point when he said he was not going to walk out on stage with all the writers on his show.

I'm not convinced the devices Steve Jobs was credited for would have existed had he not walked the Earth.

Remember in 2007 when the iPhone came out? What other devices were on the market? We had Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Palm, and a bunch of no-named crap. Most only came with about 64 to 128 MB of on-board memory. Some had SD card slots, but in my experience, those did little to expand the on-board memory. The shitty Windows Mobile phones I was using required all applications to be installed on-board, which ate up all of the local memory.

One of the retorts people gave to the iPhone's (at the time) massive 8 GB was "well, it's limited to 8 GB. MY device has a theoretically unlimited memory with hot-swappable SD cards." Yeah, but who wants to keep switching out SD cards? Oh, crap, I want to listen to this song and run this program, but they're on different cards!

Whether you think the iPhone was a good device or not, I consider it a game changer. Finally, Microsoft, RIM, Palm, and all the others were FORCED to start producing new, reliable devices with applications and on-board memory. Microsoft folded Windows Mobile and retooled for Windows Phone, which is a pretty damn good platform EXCEPT for the limited application support.

Also, remember the bad old days when you wanted ONE SONG, but had to spend $20 on a CD full of 9 other crappy songs just to get it? In part, because of the work Steve Jobs did, we can now buy that one single song and ignore the rest of the crap put out by the music industry. We can even get most of them DRM (or as I call it, CURM- Customer Use Restriction Management) free. Remember having to drive with hot-swappable CD's? Now I can get in the car and run a single playlist off my iPhone over BlueTooth. Awesome.

Steve Jobs was as flawed as any other man. But he was a leader and a visionary. I respect his legacy and I'm glad for the work he left behind. I like the iPhones, iPads, AppleTVs, and single-song purchasing capability he left us. Now, where the hell is his revolution of the television he supposedly came up with right before he died?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hitler on Brian Williams

One of the great things about the modern world is being able to make Hitler rant about our first world problems and current events.

And somebody had Hitler take on Brian Williams "misremembering" whether he was in the helicopter that got shot at, or the one that safely landed unharmed.

I guess journalists assume since they never bother to check facts, nobody else does either. 

Why Do Old People Act Like Everything Is The First Time?

I know, respect your elders.

But when you're out and about, dealing with them can sure be annoying. First, they drive way too slow. They should not be allowed to drive anymore.

They also move really slow. I hate getting stuck behind an old person in a narrow aisle or walking through a door.

Several years ago, I went to Ponderosa on a Sunday late morning (quick, before the Baptists get out of church!) There were two old women in front of us. At Ponderosa, you order an entre, get your drink, then sit down and eat from the salad bar until your steak or chicken are done.

These two old women were absolutely mystified by how the soda fountain worked. I couldn't understand why. But they were, and I had to wait for several minutes until they figured out how to get liquid into their cups and move on.

Another disturbing aspect of these two older women (I estimated them to be in their 70's) was at the salad bar. There were some tasty looking buttered rolls. Between the two of them, these old women squeezed just about every roll before choosing one each. I started losing my appetite.

I was nowhere near as courageous as I am now. I wanted to ask them in any of the 7 or so decades they've been on this earth, was this the first time either of them EVER ate at a Ponderosa type restaurant?

Another aspect of old people that pisses me off is when they pay with checks. Almost every time I get stuck in line at a store behind an old woman writing a check, when she's asked for ID, she has to spend several minutes searching her purse for her driver's license.

I assume most of them have been writing checks since the 1960's or so, and always wonder why they always act so surprised and unprepared when asked for an ID.

I always tell myself, when I am an old person, I will not act like the old people who annoy me.