Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Bullets From a Lazy Blogger

Here are some bulleted miscellaneous comments given in no special order. We're going totally-stream-of-consciousness here, dear readers.

  • It cost $34 to fill up the 14-gallon gas tank. Now with regards to the official Pedantic Pocketbook, money isn't a problem --- at least not presently --- but still....$34. That's the market. Beware the politicians who want to "do something about high gas prices," as you or business will end up paying for whatever reductions take place anyway.

  • I overheard somebody say that Shaquille O'Neal was getting an "outrageous" amount of $100,000,000 over a certain period of time, and that "it just isn't fair." I immediately imagined a third-world child saying that the person making that claim makes $60,000 per year, has clean living, potable water, and all the food he could want, and that it just isn't fair, relatively speaking.

    We're not Marxists --- something is worth what people are willing to pay for it, not some a priori figure arrived at by factoring in labor, materials, etc. Somebody somewhere with the money decided that Shaq was worth that amount, as he would hopefully bring in that much money or increase the value of the Miami Heat professional basketball franchise by a good amount.

    When I've done statistical consulting, I've charged as much as $125 per hour. Am I worth it? Yes, if they're willing to pay that amount. If a potential client says that $125 per hour is too much and goes to somebody else, then I'm not worth it.

    Share that wisdom with your progressive professors and social engineers who wring their hands about cosmic justice on a 24/7 basis.

  • Representative Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas, speaks the truth about illegal immigration and welfare in this piece. I wish all Republicans were like Paul, politically.

  • Luther warned others about The Turk. Like good Bro. Martin, I too must warn others about The Turk, namely, Frank Turk's new "Centuri0n" mug shot. He looks like he has super powers emanating from his head. Unlike my mug shot, his won't crack your monitor screen.

  • I chuckle whenever I see Roman Catholic politicians vote and promulgate ideas that are against Romanist dogma. Yet, so far as I can tell, they're not excommunicated. This is one phenomenon that makes the pop-apologetic Romanist claim about unity-and-such rather absurd in my eyes. What motivates this bullet? If the bishops and archbishops can't do their job on as obvious a matter as this, I'm sure not going to trust them on matters not as obvious, especially when I can read and understand scripture on my own, coming to quite different conclusions than does the Holy Mother Infallible Church!

  • I saw a Bobo-mobile [a Volvo for somebody affecting an earthy hip lefty lifestyle] with a bumper sticker saying "No New Housing in X --- It Causes Traffic and it isn't Affordable!"

    Putting that sticker on the back of the Volvo shows that smug self-righteousness trumps economic common sense. In the town mentioned on the sticker, the progressives [it is a college town, btw] try to make new housing and development as difficult as possible. A city council that prides itself on affecting a progressive pose backs up the leftist tune.

    But, I ask, when is housing "affordable"? Answer: when there is enough supply to meet the demand. The progressives want affordable housing for others, but they restrict demand, often in the name of their pet enviromental causes. This invariably pushes prices upward. One never has to worry about supply and demand, I suppose, when you're always expecting "someone else" or "the government" to pay for your heaven-on-earth.

  • Believe it or not, I spent 10 minutes here trying to think of another bullet. It isn't coming. So I'll just give up now and go to bed. At least I gave this post the old college try, though it is a safe bet that it won't re-appear in a year under the "PP Klassic: From The Archives" banner. But, in my completely unbiased opinion, speaking ex cathedra, it was a reasonably solid post.


Blogger steve said...

That happens to be Frank's halo! You know, like all those Italian paintings of the saints, with their nimbic day-glo aura.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 5:33:00 AM  
Blogger centuri0n said...

Steve: it is in fact my halo, and someday if you live a good life you might get one, too.

PP: I am always scared when a politician says something like this:
Some illegal immigrants – certainly not all – receive housing subsidies, food stamps, free medical care, and other forms of welfare. This alienates taxpayers and breeds suspicion of immigrants, even though the majority of them work very hard. Without a welfare state, we would know that everyone coming to America wanted to work hard and support himself.

"Some"? Is that 40%? 60%? 2%?

For one minute, let's imagine that 45% of all illegal immigrants have somehow fooled Uncle Sam into doling out welfare benefits to them and they are not like these people:

That is to say, let's assume that half of the illegals in the US are here to glom welfare and not to take what you and I would call low-paying menial and dirty jobs. If the goivernment is not wiley enough to distinguish between citizens and non-citizens in paying out welfare, what makes anyone think we could possibly stop the flow of illegals into the country in the first place? In the case of welfare, the governemnt holds all the cards -- and is apparently perpetrating massive incompetence by allowing millions to take the dole in spite of undocumented citizenship.

Now, of course, the reality is that there's no way that we're talking about 45% being here on the dole. If you ask me, I'd say that less than 10% are here collecting welfare, which means the overwhelming majority are here working for a living and living on what they have worked for -- plus sending some home for those they left behind.

To throw the baby out with the bath water on this issue and call all the illegals "lawbreakers" is fair enough, I guess -- because they did break the law by coming here without an approaved visa. But who's going to pluck the chickens? Who's going to pack the greeting cards? Who's going to do the janitorial work?

I'm not saying that's all these people are good for: what I'm saying is that this is what they came here for. They came in order to do the jobs you and I will not do. Given that it takes $34 to fill the Pedanticmobile (it cost me $40 to fill the centuri0n van this weekend), you and I are not looking for the entry-level jobs.

All that said, I ultimately can't muster up the sympathy to say, "oh, just give 'em amnesty." Amnesty says, "we were only kidding about the rules." The reality is that we like our rules -- they are part of what makes the US a great country to live in.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 6:56:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

So those aren't super powers radiating out from you, Frank, but are instead part of your general aura of holiness. I thought the resurrection bodies came later, not sooner.

Steve: now that we've witnessed the Centuri0n Transfiguration, should we erect a booth for Frank here on the mountaintop?

Back to Frank: I don't know what Paul says that scares you. Having one illegal on welfare is enough to push my hot button, so the percentage question [to which I don't know the exact number] has absolutely no rhetorical nor emotional effect upon me.

I hope I'm not sounding dismissive here, but you seem to be viewing illegal immigration from a utilitarian point, mentioning that they do the jobs we don't want to do, that our gov't isn't stopping them anyway, and that a good portion of the illegals here are working honestly. OK, let's grant those points.

The illegals are still here illegally. They are trespassers and invaders on our supposedly sovereign soil. They are breaking the law. Their amnesty makes a mockery of all those who play the game legally, such as the Pedantic Pop, who was a Canadian green card for 30 years before repenting of being Canadien [that, btw, is the sin against the Holy Ghost] and becoming part of the US of A. It makes a mockery of my friend and former landlady Diane's Polish relatives [hello Diane you perfidious Romanist if you're still reading this] who followed the laws and such.

As for your question about who will do [insert crappy job here], I don't see any logical connection between that and policing the borders and keeping our country sovereign in a meaningful fashion.

Note too that I don't hold the Republicans up over the D's in this issue. Both parties have a blind eye to it. Cheap labor for business, and a new victim group for the D's.

My new goal in life is to ride shotgun in the infamous Centuri0n Van, btw. I assume you have dual-mounted laser beams on the side for, er, traffic-clearing purposes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 3:22:00 PM  
Blogger centuri0n said...

I agree with almost everything you say, as I said it succinctly:
All that said, I ultimately can't muster up the sympathy to say, "oh, just give 'em amnesty." Amnesty says, "we were only kidding about the rules." The reality is that we like our rules -- they are part of what makes the US a great country to live in.

My son is my gunner in the van, btw, because he's the only one who knows where the controls are. We only use our weapons as defensive tools. And to kill cats.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:59:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Frank, with a photo like that, you probably have the female demographic nailed down!

I have an idea to use you to get the chicks here....it is a plan that HAS to work.

Thursday, August 11, 2005 2:06:00 AM  
Blogger steve said...

To say that illegals are doing work Americans won't do is a circular proposition. Weren't Americans doing these jobs before the illegals elbowed their way in? Also, because illegal labor depresses the wage scale, it makes these jobs less appealing to Americans.

Finally, not all Americans are qualified to work white collar jobs. We do need to have blue collar employment available for those who lack a BA or MA or PhD.

For that matter, manual labor is generally more valuable, even if it pays less, than what a lot of pencil-pushes do for a living.

Thursday, August 11, 2005 5:50:00 AM  
Anonymous jon said...

Liked your article, but this doesn't make any sense: "Are we forgetting about, say, JPII's very public kissing of the Koran?" *That's* all you got to showcase him as having some liberal tendencies? I mean c'mon--the guy wrote encyclical after encyclical, and gave address after address; surely you could come up with something better than the above and, 'oh--And he also appointed liberal Mr. X to a pontifical commission..' Quote the man directly if you really got something here...

Saturday, August 13, 2005 1:12:00 PM  

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