Monday, February 26, 2007

Caption Contest: An Inconvenient Oscar Edition

Leave your captions in the comments. Photoshops are also accepted. Winners will be announced eventually.

Don't forget to mosey on over to Conservathink if you get the chance.

Funny stuff there soon!


UPDATE 3/2/07:

Hi, gang! Mr. Right here. Hope you are enjoying Damian G's caption contests in my prolonged absence. Be certain to check out another caption contest while you are at it, hosted by The Right Place's GOP And College at his own blog, featuring "W" and a ball that wouldn't bounce! I shall return someday when my internet connection does not take 1/2 hour to load a page! Meanwhile, God bless you all.

p.s., Remember what we all learned from Sesame Street: Oscar loves trash and belongs in a garbage can!

Caption Contest: Not A Negative Nancy Edition - WINNERS

First off, sorry about my weird rule about submitting to both this blog and mine. The contest was originally supposed to be just on my blog, but Mr. Right gave me the okay to do one on his. All entries, regardless of where they submitted, were considered.

And so, without further Apu...

Here are the Honourable Mentions!

"The Portrait of Nancy Pelosi."

"Remind me to switch plastic surgeons...I feel like my face is going to split." - Pam

"Nancy experiences a huge headrush while thinking about all the money and guns she is going to take from her subjects..." - jimmyb

"Terrorism? Ha! I don't see any terrorism!" - Uber

"After getting plenty of fiber in her diet, Nancy Pelosi drops a load at the feet of House Republican Whip Roy Blunt."

"Try as she might, Nancy Pelosi is always unable to imagine herself as being liked by all." - Carl

Here are the top five winners:

#5: "Suddenly Nancy rips off a world class and noxious gas bomb yelling, "THAT'S TERRORISM"!" - Stew

#4: "As seen in this photo, Nancy Pelosi experiences an orgasm each and every time the word "redeployment" is mentioned." - Carl

#3: "When singing to the troops, Nancy Pelosi's attempt to hit that high note in the song "Loving you" made even a deaf dog howl in pain." - GOP and College

#2: - Cowboy Blob

And now, drum roll please... The number one entry!!!

#1: "Nancy Pelosi auditions for the part of Mrs. Ida Lowry in the remake of the 1985 movie Brazil." - Pam

Brava! Brava!

Encore! Encore!

I will have up a new contest soon, only at In the Right Place!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Caption Contest: Not A Negative Nancy Edition

Leave your captions in the comments. Photoshops are also accepted. Winners will be announced eventually.

Please also leave captions on my blog. It's a reciprocal contest of sorts.

Mr. Right told me via e-mail that once he gets a non-craptastic computer and ditches dial-up, he will do the contests again. Until then, y'all are stuck with me, so choke on that!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Some Great Posts From Around The Sphere!

While it is true that I have been very lax in my blogging of late, there is still some great stuff out there to be read!

If you have missed any of this, be certain to check it out...

Our own GOP and College, who has been busy giving us a great lesson in economics here of late, has a provocative idea in a post at his own blog about how to win in Iraq that is a must read:

The Real Problem In Iraq

Aaron at Lifelike Pundits updates everyone on the latest Democrat dirty trick which features Alcee Hastings in a prominent role:

Democrats Give Sex Slaves the Finger in Quest to Attack America

And just for laughs, check out Islamic Rage Boy of The Nose On Your Face fame in a brand new video:

Islamic Rage Boy Plays The Tel Aviv Sheraton

Thursday, February 08, 2007

More Economic Reporting By GOPAC

It's very funny to see the people like John Kerry and other liberals trying to state that an economy with high taxes and intrusive government is a good thing. They use Europe as a model of excellence saying that it is the way to go. But do we really want to do that? The Swedish company Timbro did a study that compared the United states to the entire European Union, and the results are not what Euro loving economists would like you to see.

Big point #1 - The lowest 25% of income earners in United States are FAR wealthier than the average European.
The study shows that 73% of Americans who made below $25,000 in 1999 owned their own car. 97% owned a color TV, with 55% owning more than one. Take for example housing; 46% owned their own home. You might say that the house is probably pretty small, but the average house for those 46% of people making $25,000 or less is 1,200 square feet. Compare that to the entire European average of 975 square feet. There is actually only one country that can beat the average "poor American's" home, Luxembourg. Their average home size is about 1,350 square feet. However that is still a far cry from the 1,800 square foot average for the overall average American home.

Big point #2 - European Countries will likely NEVER catch the United States unless something dramatic is done.
The study shows that even if the United States economy remained absolutely stagnant, it would take most European countries over 10 years to catch up to the United States if their growth remained the same. There was only one country that would have caught up to the United States in less than 8 years, but more on that later.
Unfortunately, over the past 30 years, the United States has nearly doubled their economy per person in the past 30 years. Only Germany has kept a reasonable pace, but they are still about 5% below the United States per person GDP.

Big Point #3 - A person in the United States buy more than a person in Europe.
In fact the average American spends about 77% more than the average European. The only country who comes close is again Luxembourg However this is misleading since it takes into affect per person GDP. Luxembourg has a very high GDP per person since most of their work force comes from people who live outside the country. Even with the skewed scale, Americans are able to spend almost $5,000 more per year than them, and almost $10,000 more than in any other European country.

Why is this? - The United states has a more free market than the European Markets.
European countries have policies which have high taxation, and strict laws preventing companies from firing unproductive workers. This makes companies more reluctant to hire people, as well as make it difficult for people to become entrepreneurs. Companies are very difficult to start up, and no one wants to deal with it.
Not only that but taxes for the American income earner are the lowest of all people surveyed. Americans have much more money left after the government takes it away in taxes. This allowed for more consumption spending, which helps the businesses that sell the products.

Big Point #4 - There is one exception to the European Mire
There is one country who is defying the European lackluster performance, and I'm betting you would have never thought of it if you didn't know: Ireland. Yes, the Irish have taken notes from America and discovered the key to long term economic gains; Economic Freedom. Ireland was listed in 2004 as being the 4th most free market in the world, and their economic growth has shown. In 1987 Ireland had the lowest per capita GDP of all the EU countries. However in the following years Ireland's government sliced taxes, and opened up the market to more freedoms. Growth flowed from the economy at a fire hydrant rate. From 1990 to 1995 the economy grew at a rate of over 5% per year, and from 1995 to 2000, the economy averaged over 9% growth per year! The key to this is exponential growth. It's calculated the same way as interest in an account. You start off with 100, the next year you have 109, the next you have 119, the next 130, then 141, and so on. From the year 1990 to 2000 the economy grew 96%.

Lower taxes, and less government intrusion left the people more options, and made it easier to succeed. People were starting new businesses everyday, and the economy skyrocketed from being worst to first.

Ireland's recent economic storywould be one which emphasises the role of low taxation in promoting economic activity. Low corperate taxes are vital if a region is to encourage foreign direct investment. Aside from the 10% corperation tax rate there have been substantial reductions in tax rates between 1985 and 1998. The top rate of income tax has come down from 65% to 46%, capital gains tax has been reduced from 60% to 20% and capital aquisitions tax from 55% to 40%. Well targeted tax breaks can generate worthwhile employment generating activity. - European University Institute
Recently Ireland's growth has declined, reason; the government has decided that they want more regulation. This has begun to peak the "Celtic Tiger."

Need further proof that big government is bad for the economy? Compare this map of the 2007 Index of Economic Freedom, to the rank of world economies. Note that every one of the most free economies are among the top per capita economies (5th, 8th, 13th and 17th, again, note Luxembourg's $80k/C is heavily skewed). Of the countries who are 70-80% free, they hold 12 of the remaining 16 spots in the top 20. Only Qatar, France, Germany, and Italy were among the 60-70% free class to break the top 20, and they ranked 7th, 18th 19th and 20th. Qatar was the 7th, but like Luxembourg, their numbers may have been skewed to the high range due to workers living outside the country.
As far as I could see, the highest ranked 50-60% country is Poland at $7,946/C. Compare that to the United State's $42,000/C, and it only goes downhill from there.

They make it seem like Europe is such a great model, but in actuality,
"It is better being poor in a rich country than in a poor one."

Economic Freedom: The key to economic success.

Cross Posted At: GOP and College

Another Reason To Not Raise Minimum Wage, Continued
Another Reason To Not Raise Minimum Wage

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The First Annual Jimmah Awards!

Our good friend Pam over at Blogmeister USA has launched THE FIRST ANNUAL JIMMAH AWARDS in honor of our favorite worst ex-President ever!

She is taking nominations through Friday, February 23rd in the following categories:

1. Worst anti-Semite
2. Worst American anti-American
3. Worst Foreign anti-American
4. Biggest Hypocrite
5. Most Willing to Ignore Reality
6. Most Willing to Embrace Dhimmitude
7. Lifetime Achievement in Moonbattery

So, click on over and join in the fun!

Monday, February 05, 2007

"Rex Grossman Deserves To Be The MVP"

"After All, he was the best player for the Colts" - My Roommate

I almost feel bad for the guy. He only had 165 yards passing, was picked off twice, fumbled the snap twice, with one being turned over to the Colts, and was sacked "once." I say "once" because the play after he was really sacked, he fumbled the snap, then fell on the ball 11 yards back. The play was counted as a 0 yard run with a fumble, recovered by Grossman 11 yards back.

The Bears were just like the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fact that they ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, but then after that, they played a lack-luster game, and lost. The only difference between the Gators and the Colts was the fact that the Gators ripped 44 points into the Buckeyes, and the Colts managed 29.

Here's a good analysis of the two teams I saw:
"Nice friggin' D! When two teams combine to score 30 points at the half in a wind-swept downpour, there's something seriously wrong. Only my underwear has more holes than these two combined defenses." - Wyatt

Also something that was pointed out to me was the fact that after he threw his interception, Manning added a noticeable "umph" to his passes. Rex however did not adapt, and hence hung up a floater for the key 4th quarter pick that sealed the game.

So, Mr. Right might kill me for this, but...Looks like Chicago choked again.

Congrats to Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, and all of the Colts on winning Super Bowl XLI

Pay Attention Jihadi's

If you want to learn how to be a real martyr, listen to Michael Yon.

He was dressed as a woman as he walked down the alley toward the mosque full of worshippers. It was Friday, just before Ashura, and the air was chilled.
The bomb strapped to his body was studded with ball-bearings so that he could kill more villagers as they gathered for prayer. The detonation would eviscerate and dismember those closest, shattering bones into fragments, but the ball-bearings would ensure lethality beyond the percussive edge of the blast wave, ripping through the flesh of people who might not have been knocked down by the explosion.
There were no soldiers in his path to stop him; no police to alert to the man in women’s clothes. There were only villagers. The man dressed as a woman was to be the agent of their deaths. He kept walking down the alley toward the mosque where more than one hundred people were praying, a mass murderer masquerading in a woman’s garb.
...The closer a counterfeit comes to the genuine article, the more obvious the deceit. As the murderer dressed in women’s clothes walked purposefully toward his target, there was a village man ahead. But under the guise of a simple villager was a true Martyr, and he, too, had his target in sight. The Martyr had seen through the disguise, but he had no gun. No bomb. No rocket. No stone. No time.
The Martyr walked up to the murderer and lunged into a bear hug, on the spot where we were now standing.
The blast ripped the Martyr to pieces which fell along with pieces of the enemy. Ball-bearings shot through the alley and wounded two children, but the people in the mosque were saved. The man lay in pieces on the ground, his own children having seen how his last embrace saved the people of the village.

Martyr: One who suffers for the sake of principle

Sacrificing your life to save the lives other people is true martyrdom.