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A Better Plan for Holiday Get-togethers November 18, 2010

Posted by lablount in Economics: Math with Consequences, Holidays, Humor, Politics, TSA-holes.
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Follow along with me.  Here are some facts.

1)     We are all sick of the NekkidScanners and the TSA.
2)     It’s expensive to fly.
3)     It’s degrading to fly.
4)     If you are alone, no one likes to fly alone.
5)     If you have kids, no one likes to fly with kids.
6)     If you are just a couple, you have better things you could be doing than being strapped into a seat created for a 12-year-old for hours (even if the idea of being strapped to anything normally turns you on).

OK, those are the existing conditions of winging your way across the friendly skies.

Let us examine some other real world facts.

1)     Who really likes going home for the holiday?
2)     Even if you miss you’re mum, there’s at least one creepy relative you’d lose a body part before talking to them.
3)     No one loves staying with relatives.
4)     No one loves relatives staying with them.
5)     It’s still not Christmas yet.
6)     People would rather have money than gifts.
7)     Even if you plan to buy a gift, you can either have it mailed directly to your intended target or have UPS or FedEx do the heavy lifting for you.
8 )     Netbooks are cheap.
9)     Netbooks have web cams.
10) Most people have internet and if they don’t, they really need to get into this century.

So, given all of these facts about the trouble, expense, and down right degradation one must endure by flying, I propose that if you are not within driving distance…

Don’t go. 

Yep, that’s right, don’t go.  Just call mummy and daddy and tell them you won’t be there, but you will be seeing them.  Send them a netbook with a web cam for Christmas (surely cheaper than the cost of tickets) and have a web party.  Invite local family and friends (probably the people you’d rather spend your holiday with anyway — if not, you wouldn’t have moved a thousand miles away from your dysfunctional family in the first place) and have your remote users do the same.  Share your parties over the web. 

Mail your presents or gift cards with special notes telling them how much you love them.  Send hand written letters remembering special times you’ve shared. 

Ok, what if they don’t have internet?  Not a problem.  Most places have no contract unlimited cell service and usb aircards.  Get them a line for a month and then let it lapse.   It’s still cheaper than a set of tickets for you and the younguns.  But more importantly, what is your dignity worth?  What is the wasted time worth? 

And this idea helps the economy.  Most online and big box stores sell netbooks, so that money that would be wasted in the airline sector goes immediately into the retail sector.  Sure it’s zero sum, but consumer confidence is really measured by retail so the numbers will look good and make the average Joe feel good.

Bonus is that we get to poke .gov in the eye.  When the airlines lose money, they will start yelling at lawmakers, “Remember that donation I was going to give you, EVER again?”  Once that happens, no matter how much the well-connected are making off the PornoScopes, they won’t match coin that the airlines have to throw around. 

I know it’s going to be hard to convince the folks that this is a good idea.  They so want to see you and make your life a living hell welcome home all the offspring.  But it takes bold moves in hard times to fight tyranny.  Men have lost their lives in this noble pursuit, the least you can do is forgo Aunt Fran’s fruit cake this year.  Who knows, she may FedEx you your own personal sized loaf. 🙂 


We’ll Need a Little More Sun Block to Make it Through The “Recovery Summer” September 10, 2010

Posted by lablount in Economics: Math with Consequences, Idiot, Politics, Unintended Consequences.
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In short… We’re Fracked!

Global GDP in 2008? Also about $60 trillion. Meaning that the optimistic view is that our federal obligations outpace the entire annual economic output of human civilization.

H/T to Unc. 

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain May 10, 2010

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Can’t stop the Signal, Barry!

Breda has a good quote for this nonsense.

Why start a blog? April 5, 2010

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Well… recent events (ok… catastrophes), such as the United States’ head long rush into Socialism, have made it necessary for everyone one to do their part in trying to articulate WHY Socialism/Communism/Statism is a BAD IDEA.  Social Networking is a necessary evil that I’ve resigned myself to having to participate in to try and connect with like minded people and stem the advance of muddle headed unconstitutional thinking in this country and get people to focus on those things that made, and make, this country work.   

With the co-opting of the MSN by Socialism, it’s up to private bloggers to get the word out about important events, stories, and facts and counter the Dinosaur Media’s lies of commission and omission.

Now that the altruistic reasons are out of the way… Writing is just plain damn fun. Searching for the right words to evoke a feeling or convey a message is a natural high for me.  Also, venting your frustration through the written word is something more cathartic than pegging a speedometer, having a session with a shrink, and running over a lawyer.  …All rolled into one.  Frankly the only things that rate higher are Sex, Single Malt Scotch, and Cuban Cigars.  And I can write anytime I want without care about who’s watching, it doesn’t render me unable to drive afterward, and it’s legal in the US.

So to summarize: I blog to change the world, expose commies, and have a good time.  We all clear on that?  Good.  Let’s have some fun then, shall we?