Archive for February 25th, 2009

IRS Pencil Sharpener

Oh so timely…. Need I even say more??

IRS Pencil Sharpener

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Bailout or Bullshit? You Decide….

American International Group, Inc.

Bailing Us Out or Burying Us?

What ever happen to the free market?? It used to be that is you went into business and it failed, you liquidated and closed your doors. We do not need nationalization of the banks. Let the banks that had poor management, made risky loans and spent money like drunken sailors, fold and let FDIC step in an make the depositors of the failed banks whole.

The federal government needs to read and understand the definition of insanity which is as follows, doing the same thing over and over again anticipating a different result. Our government is bailing these banks out left and right, throwing money, our money, at them hand over fist, infuriatingly enough to the very same people who drove these financial institution into the ground, as very few of these banks changed personnel from their mid-high end management.

So while John Q Public is at home, praying he will have a job to go to tomorrow and his wife is sitting at the table trying to figure out how to make ends meet since she was recently laid off, many of the criminals, ahem…. I mean bankers, are having a blast,  safe in the knowledge that Uncle Sam will continue to squeeze every last dime it can from the already struggling middle class.

Does this sound like the banking system really needed bailout monies to you? Consider the following:

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Technorati Tags: American International Group, Bank of America, Banking Abuses, Banking Bailout, Stimulus, wells fargo

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Sheriff Joe, My Hero!

Sheriff Joe ArpaioSheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona is one of the most controversial law officers in the country but if you ask me, he’s also one of the most effective. He doesn’t take shit, he lays down the law, he make criminals think twice about reoffending and he gets rid of illegals. I don’t see a problem with that. I wish we could clone him and have law officers like him all over the country. Imagine the drop in crime rates if you were a criminal and knew the brand of law you were going to be facing was his?

Go Joe!

You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well………

SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!

Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour f or working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.

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Technorati Tags: Crime, Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Arizona, Prison, Sheriff, Tent city

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