About Author: harry p.

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I would say I am wise beyond my years but in reality I am just a young curmudgeon eventhough I am married to a wonderful woman and we have a healthy and awesome son. My pursuit of knowledge lead me to a degree in Mechanical Engineering along with reading the works of Bastiat, Hayek, GE Griffin and Rand. My logic based mindset resonates through all of my life. I prefer to think critically rather than being accepting of lies by the self-appointed elites. I am a follower of Austrian Economics, Libertarian and Anarcho-Capitalist Ideals and enjoy automobiles, particularly the venerable Toyota MR2. I despise central planning, collectivism, fiat money and "The Fed." I could listen to Zappa, Cream, Notor BIG, Green Day or even a lecture on Austrian Economics by Ron Paul while driving an obscure small sports car that was built right around when I was born. I myself am a strange brew.

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Fitting Song Choices

As I was finishing my workout this morning I kept catching glimpses of the election results on the various distracting televisions in the gym.

The talking heads on the tee-vees were gaggling about how this will all play out, how the R’s will work with the D’s, the changes Tom Wolf will bring, etc…

As I started my car and turned the radio onto a local rock station; this song was a few minutes in:

I thought to myself it was very fitting and started my short drive to the office.  But then the next song started and it was this:

I chuckled out loud, I am sure it is just a coincidence but those 2 songs playing back to back at that time made me think: “He surely has a sense of humor.”

 

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Sugar

 

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Ms Jackson

 

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Motivation

” You can’t motivate others to do things. The best you can hope for is to inspire them with your actions.”

~Leo Babauta

motivate

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Law Of Douches

The Universal Laws of Douchebaggery:

1: The natural progression of douchebaggery is to ruin everything for everyone while steadfastly maintaining/believing they are not in fact douchebags.
2: Douches can’t be eliminated, they can only be mocked, minimized & marginalized.
3: Douches will always be douches.

please add as you see fit.

douchebaggery=you

doucheyou might be a db

douchebagger

(credit to locke for sparking the idea)

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COPS: Ferguson Edition

http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/95r2

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To Harass And Impose

It was a beautiful August Saturday night; high 70′s, low humidity and mostly sunny.  A local restaurant on the main strip of our town (honestly it’s not that much of a strip) hosted a small car show.  The owner of the restaurant is also the owner of the developed & undeveloped lots and mini-malls in the area that surrounds the restaurant.  There is a rowdy bar a couple hundred yards away on the hill and the closest residential home is about 1/2 mile away (the ones visible below in the distance behind the trees on the left side).  I cleaned up my MR2 and headed over with the family.

supercharged aw11

The proceeds from this particular get-together went to the Wounded Warrior Project.  The majority of the cars fall into the category of hot rod, classic muscle cars and modern muscles cars.  These small local shows are nice because these are real people who do the work themselves instead of paying someone to do the work for them.  All enthusiasts are accepted and appreciated; even if you show up with a 25 year old car from Japan with only half a v8 powering it.

Some cars are nicely restored like this Plymouth ‘Cuda;

cuda

while others like this mid-engine Corvair with a v8 in the back seat are a bit more wild.

mid engine corvair1mid engine corvair2

Around 7:15pm the burnout contest started.  Kids and grandkids got excited as their dads and grandpas get their trucks and cars warmed up.  This was to be done on the section of the privately owned road that connects the parking lots, all of which are owned by restaurant owner (who was also OK with his property being used for the burnout contest).  There were staff coordinating it to make sure there was only one vehicle going at a time and that the area was safe before each exhibition of power.

I had seen this firebird’s engine compartment earlier and figured it would be a put on a good display; it didn’t disappoint.

firebird burnout

Fun was being had in a safe manner by consenting people with a common interest on private property so the only thing missing was the friendly neighborhood storm troopers.

first cop shows up

The thunderous burnout must have scared Officer Friendly because shortly a second car arrived:

second cop shows up

2 weren’t enough to handle this riotous behavior of a middle-aged family man doing a burnout on a private drive so a third rallied to their position.

third cop shows up1

All this for a burnout; a burnout on private property with the property owner’s consent.  There must not be any actual crimes being committed (crimes being someone rights being infringed).  If the crime is so low that 3 cars can be spared to respond to a burnout contest on private property I don’t think the resources allocated to the police dept match up with the needs of the community.  Then again it is the 30th of the month and quotas don’t fill themselves.

Why is it that these so-called public servants impose themselves on our lives?  The staff and property owner even went to bat for the owner of the firebird.

discussion with cop

The police officer’s presence and interference was unnecessary, unwarranted and unwanted.  There wasn’t a single person there not visibly annoyed by their imposition.  This was private property, no harm was being done to anyway and the closest thing to property destruction would be the heavy black marks left on the pavement that will persist until the next heavy rain.  Why do these Dudley Do-Wrongs storm into wreck the day?  Why is this driver likely being charged with reckless driving (or similar violation) and the LEO isn’t being charged with trespassing?  Mind your own business.  We are treated as children even when we are grown adults; we are not provided the freedom to simply be left alone from the harassing, meddling, do-gooding and revenue milking.

The third LEO did not even join his brothers-in-arms, instead he drove around the parking lot and grass field looking for violations for which to add funds to the local coffers.  I wanted to investigate so I headed over and while doing so I stoked the fire a bit by loudly commenting that I wondered “…when the SWAT team was going to show up with tear gas to force everyone to disperse?”  People agreed and wanted to know why they aren’t minding their own business, this was not racing nor was it on a public road.

In reality the tear gas wasn’t necessary; they got what they likely wanted, people started clearing out early and heading home before plaques/announcement for best of show and best burnout (obviously) were even awarded.  Their presence was tear gas enough.  Just another day keeping everyone safe from inhaling smoke from tires and clutches; it’s for the safety of the chil’run don’tcha know…

More and more car shows are mostly attended by people whose hair is dominated by grey and white.  They remember the “good ole days” when a car represented a coming of age and entry into a new level of freedom.  You actually felt as if you owned the car and could use it without being harassed by rules created for our own good.  The cars here and at most shows have heart, character and uniqueness but lack V2V communication, bluetooth, GPS, blackboxes and a baker’s dozen of dashboard claymores.

to punish and enslave

Car ownership isn’t a strong priority among millenials, they have recognized car ownership for what it is becoming; indentured servitude with overburdened rules from the state that increasingly look to those who dare to exercise autonomy as prime suspects and that need to be taught a lesson, coerced and revenue milked.

So it goes in the former land of the free

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Quote of the Day

“When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.”

Frederic Bastiat

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I’m The Slime Frank!

pardo

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

AP            By                 FRAZIER MOORE of Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on “Saturday Night Live.”

Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96.

Announcer Don Pardo on Saturday Night Live Episode 17, April 14, 1979.Getty Images: NBC-NBCU Photo Bank

Announcer Don Pardo on Saturday Night Live Episode 17, April 14, 1979.

Pardo — a handsome man with a strong chin and confident smile that were overshadowed by his majestic delivery — graced newscasts, game shows and TV programs for more than 60 years. During the original version of “Jeopardy!,” his answers to the question, “Tell ‘em what they’ve won, Don Pardo,” became a memorable part of the program.

And he was an integral part of “Saturday Night Live” for heralding the cast’s names to kick off each show, which led former cast member Jimmy Fallon to comment later, “Nothing is like the moment when Don Pardo says your name.” Pardo continued at “SNL” through the end of last season, when he performed the introductions on the finale in May.

His was no ordinary voice and he guarded it closely, with cough drops always at the ready.

“My voice is my Achilles’ heel,” Pardo said in a 1985 interview with The Associated Press. “When I get sick, it’s always my voice.”

Dominick George Pardo was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, on Feb. 22, 1918, and grew up in Norwich, Connecticut.

One of his first jobs was that of ticket-taker at a local movie theater; even then, his voice was commanding.

“I’d go out there with a cape and say: ‘Standing room only in the mezzanine. Immediate seating in the balcony.’”

His father, Dominick, owned a small bakery and had wanted his son to join the business. But Pardo followed his own dream and, after graduating from Boston’s Emerson College in 1942, began his vocal career at radio station WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island.

Two years later, he met a supervisor at NBC who hired the young Pardo immediately upon hearing his voice. He moved to NBC’s New York affiliate, and never left the network.

Pardo made his mark right away, reading news dispatches on the radio filed from the front lines during World War II. After the war, he became an announcer for such shows as the “Arthur Murray Party,” ”Colgate Comedy Hour” and “Your Show of Shows.”

In 1954, he was brought in to announce “Winner Takes All,” beginning a long run in game shows. His voice was heard on the “The Price is Right” in its early years, and he was the announcer on the original “Jeopardy!” (1964-75), hosted by Art Fleming.

Then in 1975, NBC launched “Saturday Night Live” with Pardo as its announcer, introducing him to a new generation of viewers with a voice as magnificent as ever — although, on opening night, he botched one of the credits. Instead of saying “The Not Ready for Prime Time Players,” Pardo introduced the show’s new comedy troupe as “The Not for Ready Prime Time Players.” But with a voice like his, any name sounded impressive.

Aside from Season 7, when he was displaced, Pardo remained the “SNL” announcer for decades.

He also introduced sportscaster Len Berman’s “Spanning the World” compilations of funny sports moments, a regular feature on the “Today” show. (“Tune in next time … if there IS a next time.”)

In between working on all these shows, Pardo often spent several hours a day in an NBC sound studio, letting viewers know before each break to a commercial that the last program was brought to them by a certain advertiser. As such, he was one of the last network “booth announcers” working a regular daily shift, a classic broadcasting duty that fell prey to the modern age of easily pre-recorded messages.

And every weekday afternoon for several years in the 1980s, Pardo would quickly clad himself in a tie and blazer to step on camera long enough to announce the local New York station’s “Live at Five” newscast — although Pardo’s vocal alchemy rendered it as “Liiiiiiive at Fiiiiiive!”

Pardo retired from NBC in 2004.

“But (executive producer) Lorne Michaels called me soon after and asked if I would continue for three more weeks, so I did,” Pardo told the AP in 2010. “Then he called and asked if I would do five more, and so on. I never really left.”

For several years, Pardo commuted from Tucson each week the show aired. He arrived to open the show in Rockefeller Center’s fabled Studio 8H, just as he had always done, then caught a returning flight. At the end of the show on Feb. 23, 2008, he was brought on camera to blow out the candles of a birthday cake in celebration of his 90th birthday.

In later years, he recorded his introductions from home, where he died peacefully Monday afternoon, said his daughter Dona Pardo.

During his career, Don Pardo appeared in several movies, mostly as himself or an announcer like himself, including “Radio Days,” Woody Allen’s celebration of the Golden Age of broadcasting, in which Pardo played a game show host. He also made a guest appearance on Frank Zappa’s 1978 album, “Zappa in New York,” and “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 1984 album, “In 3-D.”

In 2009, he made a guest appearance on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock.”

And his services were also retained for commercials. In a mid-1990s spot for long-distance provider MCI, he played host of the “AT&T True-False Quiz.” Pardo posed the question whether “every AT&T customer gets true savings.” A buzzer went off. “False!” he boomed. “Forty million save nothing.”

In 2010, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.

Pardo is survived by five children.

Original Story HERE.

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One Less Sociopath On The Street

The dog had gotten away from its owner and was likely scared, it nipped a person who tried to help it so the copfuks rolled up.  The dog was detained with one of the lasso poles but then the copfuk felt the need to slit the throat of the detained Shar-pei right there on the spot in front of everyone.

It was so outrageous, commissioner copfuk doesn’t even try to defend this cops actions.  This psychopath copfuk’s goose is cooked; it sucks that a dog unnecesarily died but on the positive side, this sociopath showed his true colors and it is likely future lives were saved by the fact he won’t be a member of the gang in blue.

sharpei

Baltimore police officer charged with slitting throat of dog that had already been contained

By Justin George June 18 at 7:59 PM

A Baltimore police officer slit the throat of a dog that officers had already detained and now faces felony animal cruelty charges, the department said Wednesday.The department’s Internal Affairs division is investigating the incident, which police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere called “outrageous and unacceptable” at a news conference. Officials say they learned of the dog’s killing Monday, two days after it occurred.Other officers who witnessed the incident have been forthcoming with details, police say, but investigators are trying to determine whether any of them should have disclosed the incident immediately.The killing of the 7-year-old Shar-Pei named Nala came a day after a Baltimore police officer shot to death a steer in Mount Vernon after it had escaped a slaughterhouse and evaded capture for about 2 miles. That incident is also under department investigation, but officials have defended the officer’s use of force in that case.

In the case of the dog’s death, Baltimore police Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said there was no “viable” way to justify the veteran officer’s actions, which took place in the 700 block of Grundy Street in Brewers Hill.

“We have no words to describe this,” he said.

On June 14, police said, Nala got loose and bit the hand of a woman who tried to catch the dog. Palmere said the wound was superficial. Officers from the Baltimore police’s Southeastern District detained the dog and summoned emergency services officers to the scene.

The emergency services unit handles many duties including assessing barricade situations and providing police crime-scene lighting.

They also carry the long dog-control poles, which can lasso stray dogs safely, Lt. Eric Kowalczyk, a Baltimore police spokesman, said.

The Shar-Pei was detained with one of these poles, police said.

At some point, one of the emergency services officers then pulled out a knife and slit its throat, Palmere said. The dog died from its injuries.

“Officers were appalled by what they saw, as were other citizens,” Palmere said.

Rodriguez said no motive or provocation could justify the act. The dog poles are meant to keep animals safely at bay for detainment and the department had “gone through great lengths” to train officers on how to handle almost any situation involving dogs.

“There is no procedure or training that justifies this behavior,” Rodriguez said.

Police did not release the identity of the officer, who they said was being booked Wednesday afternoon. They did not disclose the owner of the dog, either.

— Baltimore Sun

Original HERE.

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