Your Government at Work, Part XXVII

If the numbers that come out for the 2010 U.S. Census seem a bit off — such as if the population of Scranton is reported to be 49 billion — there’s a good reason:

Big worries for the nation’s first high-tech census should have been obvious when the door-to-door headcounters couldn’t figure out their fancy new handheld computers.

Now, officials say, technology problems could add as much as $2 billion to the cost of the 2010 census and jeopardize the accuracy of the nation’s most important survey.

A congressional agency says the census is at “high risk” of producing an expensive yet unreliable count, and lawmakers are planning hearings.

Census officials are considering a return to using paper and pencil to count every man, woman and child in the nation.

Back to pencil and paper? Great! I’d much rather have my government screw up the old fashioned way. High-tech incompetence can be far more expensive than low-tech idiocy.


The Census Bureau’s new high-tech hand-held computers, pictured above, have caused major problems for confused government employees

George McGovern’s Presidential Levels of Difficulty

George McGovern has stunned much of the nation with a recent statement. Why? Well, much of the nation was completely unaware that George McGovern was still alive. Once that shock subsided, George also had something to say about Hillary and Barack’s presidential odds:

“I have a feeling that in this country where we’re at today in our thinking, it’s going to be harder to elect a woman than to elect a black man.”

On the bright side, most Democrats would agree that it’s still going to be far easier to get a woman or a black man elected as president than George McGovern.

Al Franken: Friend of the Working Man… As Long As That Man Doesn’t Get Injured Working for Al Franken

A press release from Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey:

“The Republican Party of Minnesota’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the state of New York has revealed that Al Franken was fined for a two-year failure to provide disability benefits coverage for his employees. Given that Al Franken Inc. cut a check paying the fine on March 6, 2008, the documents also make clear that Franken deliberately withheld this damaging information from the press and the public. Coupled with his earlier $25,000 fine for failure to pay worker’s compensation for his employees, Franken continues to destroy his credibility with Minnesota’s working families.”

Hey Al, maybe Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot, but I’ll be he pays for workers comp and disability insurance for his employees and has a more diverse staff than you do.

It’s Time to Call the Left’s ‘Majority of Americans’ Bluff

The left is having a regular fecal-fit over one word that Dick Cheney said recently.

Here’s an excerpt from a Good Morning America interview with Cheney (video here):

CHENEY: On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.

RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.


RADDATZ So? You don’t care what the American people think?

CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.

“So?” If there’s one word designed to dislodge the plaque in the arteries of Michael Moore, that’s the one. Moore, obviously, took Cheney to task over the word.

Here’s Moore’s analysis of the word: “So?” As in, “So what?” As in, “F*** you. I could care less.”

No… “So?” As in “F*** Michael Moore. If he wants to do something different, then he can get elected and do it.”

Unless my math is way off, the Iraq war was going on the last time America had a chance to rid itself of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. They, however, defeated John Kerry and Silky Pony, aka The Breck Girl, aka Pink Sapphire, soundly.

If two-thirds of Americans disagreed with the Iraq war, they didn’t disagree with it enough to vote for John Kerry, that’s for sure.

The left is a hilarious entity. When they’re doing something a majority of Americans are opposed to, they still consider the effort noble — even beyond noble. With libs, the more people who disagree with them, the happier they seem to be. “Just because everybody believes something doesn’t make them right” is trumpeted from the mountaintops.

But, if the left wants to play the “majority rule” game… let’s call the bluff. Let’s run the nation based on the majority opinion in polls and hold general elections to decide moral and legal issues instead of having politicians and courts determine them.

Where would that lead? All I can say to the left is “be careful what you ask for.”

A majority of Americans believes the Constitution guarantees the right of every American to own a gun.

A majority of Americans oppose same-sex marriage.

A majority of Americans oppose abortion.

A majority of Americans oppose abortion being covered by any “universal health plan.”

A majority of Americans believe that God created humans. Based upon this, let’s outlaw Atheism and teach only creation in public schools.

What would Michael Moore and the rest of the left say about these facts? “So?”

If the left wants to play this “the majority is always right” game, let’s have at it! If they become enraged by the opinion of a majority of Americans that opposes issues they hold dear, all I can say is, “So?”

Small Soldier’s Wish Comes True

Here’s the “tug at your heartstrings” story of the day:

nullFORT HOOD – Five-year-old Gaven Cox was given one wish to do anything he wanted.

Instead of asking to go to Sea World or to meet Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Gaven modestly asked for some McDonald’s food. The child’s parents laughed and told him to make another choice.

“He told us he wanted to be an Army soldier,” said Melissa Heminger, Gaven’s mom. “I was a little bit surprised that he asked for McDonald’s, but in reality, he wanted to be a soldier since he was 3.”

Gaven, who is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted one wish by the Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

While the Army has age restrictions on how old a person must be to enlist, it decided to make an exception.

Way to go, Gaven and the U.S. Army!

My wish is for somebody to post this story on a Berkeley bulletin board and send the whole city into a screeching moonbat spasm.

Monday’s Column: A Taxing Economy

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily revolves around the worsening trend in government idiocy that has our elected officials wanting us to believe (as all too many do) that the economy, environment and our health can be fixed if we’d pay much higher taxes — all of which ends up proving that the only economic boom taxation can create is of the explosively destructive kind.

For the sake of brevity, I’ve narrowed down the discussion to examples involving corporate and gasoline taxes. Give a read to “Saved to death by government” as you recover from your Easter ham, pie and chocolate bunny coma.

You can give it a “Digg” here.

A Star Explodes

Surprisingly enough, I’m not talking about Britney Spears.

Here’s a little news for my fellow space geeks. If you saw an extra star in the handle of the Little Dipper constellation (correction: not in the frame of the Little Dipper, but rather as bright as the stars in its handle — thanks PlanetTom) early Thursday morning, it was due to an exploding star 7.5 billion light years away. The exploding star is the one glowing like Ted Kennedy at closing time:


The explosion occurred 7.5 billion years ago and has set a record for the most distant object that could be seen from earth with the naked eye — at least until they figure out how to get Bono’s ego out there.

Here’s something kind of creepy — this is how the star explosion looked through the world’s most powerful optical telescope at Arizona’s Mount Graham International Observatory: