Jason Hayes

Libertarian thought, policy, religion, the environment, tech, coffee, and Tabasco – the stuff of life
This is my personal blog - the thoughts and ideas expressed here are posted on my own time and are mine and mine alone.



Obomzie jumps …

After listening to the President’s National Prayer Breakfast speech where he lamely tried to find any way possible that he could point a finger of blame at Christianity instead of keeping his attention focused firmly on the islamist terrorists that make up Daesh (aka ISIS), I was struck by the notion that I had seen someone attempt to pull an equally lame stunt as a means of trying to remain relevant.

It took me a few minutes, but then I remembered back in 1977 a once promising TV show was running out of ideas and struggled to find a way to keep viewers interested. To keep the story moving along, the writers had one of the key characters accept a challenge from the “California Kid.” As a result, Aurthur Herbert threw on his leather jacket, strapped on the skis, and little Opie Cunningham fired up the ski boat. Little did they know they would ensure the end of their hit show soon after while also creating one of the Interwebz most enduring memes.

So I took a few minutes and whipped up a commemorative graphic for the President’s big speech.

Obomizie jumps the sharkBy reaching back over 900 years into history to find something (anything!!!) with which he could tar the Christian faith (and conveniently ignoring the fact that the Crusades were undertaken as a defensive reaction against 400+ years of Muslim aggression across the Middle East, Asia, and Europe), our President latched on to that same tenuous grip on relevancy that the Fonz had as he entered the water and jumped the shark.

Thank you, Mr. President for confirming to one and all your complete lack of connection with the real world.

To steal a quote from your 2008 debate with Mitt Romney, “the 11th Century is now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”


The purpose of writing

After seeing all the other garbage going on in the world, I needed a bit of a break.

This is, hands down, the best Calvin and Hobbes ever. It always brings a bit of levity into the situation and brightens up my day.

Calvin and Hobbes - the Purpose of Writing

Kyrsten Sinema compares herself to head lice

Kyrsten clearly tries, but it honestly seems like she’s not always firing on all 8 cylinders; kind of like she’s a few slices short of a loaf.

Her latest comment where she compares Congress – herself included – to head lice ranks right up there with the time she said stay at home moms were “leeches,” or the time she described herself as a “Prada socialist.”

“Lice, head lice, is more popular than Congress right now and it is evident Congress is broken, Washington is a mess.”

You don’t see a lot of Kyrsten in the media, but when you do, you always can count on getting a good quote or a YouTube moment.

Suddenly Richard Dawkins is a racist and mysoginist??

It’s worth reading this amusing Spectator blog post that looks at the decline of “pop-science” author/speaker/professor Richard Dawkins in the eyes of the politically-correct left. Now that they recognize his anger, vitriol, and invective have not been saved solely for the Christian church, he’s suddenly become a ‘bigot.’

Pass the popcorn bowl people, this one should be good for a laugh.

As I said at the time, that article — in the Washington Post, no less — ‘conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.’ But Dawkins has not become any crazier in the intervening four years; he’s simply widened his attack on blind faith, as he sees it, to include Muslims and feminists.

In the process, he’s exposed a rich vein of hypocrisy in the Left — and, more significantly, an intellectual rift between hard-line and multiculturalist atheists. That rift is growing fast: non-believers, having exhausted their anti-Christian rhetoric, are turning on each other with the ferocity of religious zealots. Enjoy.

Voice recognition / Scottish accents / a Lift

What happens when you try to mix a Scottish accent with voice recognition technology on a lift/elevator.

Milking your neighbors for your home improvements

I think I just confused the poor sales lady from a local solar company. She called to see if I was interested in having solar panels installed on my roof to help decrease my energy costs. According to the prepared text she was reading, I “could reduce my monthly electricity bills by more than half for zero-down!”

She started to ask me if I thought that I spent more or less than $150/month on electricity, but I stopped her there and asked if the program that she was selling relied on government subsidies to make it possible. She replied that, yes, the solar panels she was selling were covered as part of a federally funded program to promote solar energy.

I stopped her again and said that, “As a libertarian, I find it immoral and personally offensive that you are advocating that I steal tax dollars from my neighbors to install new solar panels on my home, just so I can get lower electricity rates.”

Dead silence for about 2-3 seconds and then “… uhhhh …. Oooookaaaay then … I guess …”

Clearly her employer has not created the “how to deal with libertarian objections to the subsidies that keep this business running” card for their telemarketers.

Santa Claus: An Engineer’s Perspective

It’s been a few years since I shared this with readers, but it always makes for amusing reading at Christmas. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to everyone out there.

(first posted 19 Dec ’03)
In keeping with the holiday spirit, I figured I would dig out an amusing e-mail I received last year from a friend in BC. The text of the mail gives all the detailed facts and figures relating to Santa and his yearly trip around the world. He apparently received it from an engineer friend, which explains the math (and the title).

Good fun for the whole family! Enjoy.

  • Santa

    There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18 ) in the world, however since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the population reference bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.

  • Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say, that for every Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000 of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purpose of our calculations). We are talking about 1.25 Km per household, a total of 120.8 million Km, not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means Santa’s sleigh is moving at 1040 Km per second……..3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 43.8 Km per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 25 Km per hour.
  • The pay load of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds, even granting that the “flying” reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can’t be done with eight or even nine of them……Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).
  • Jello

    600,000 tons traveling at 1040 Km per second creates enormous air resistance….this would heat up the lead reindeer in the same fashion as a space shuttle re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip. Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 1040 k p s in .001 seconds, would be subjected to centrifugal forces of 17,500 G’s. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

  • Therefore, if Santa did exist, he’s dead now.


They’re laughing at Stephanie Cutter

Stephanie, honestly … When even the Obama sycophants at MSNBC are laughing at your talking points, you know you’re in serious trouble.

Obama’s new campaign slogans

Conan O’Brien recently tried to help the Obama campaign by trying out a few new campaign slogans.


Obama on immigration-related executive orders

In March 2011, Obama clearly stated that he could not just go around Congress on the issue of immigration-related executive orders. He took great pains to explain the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government to the people listening to this speech. But last week, he just ignored those sentiments and did the very thing he said was illegal, just 15 months ago.

So … I’m left wondering what changed over the past year?

Of course it appears that the electoral ‘love’ he might have gained from ignoring his own words with his Dream Act-related executive order, has been effectively quashed with this little number.

¡Cuidado! No Forks Allowed at Obama’s Latino Luncheon

Judging from Obama’s actions at this years National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) luncheon, Obama’s newest fear is Latinos with forks. Obama had the Secret Service confiscate all the dinner forks from the participants at the June 22 event held in Orlando, Florida.

Several participants Tweeted that butter knives were banned outright and forks were confiscated as soon as the diners finished eating and before the President entered the room to speak.

The attendees were elected officials and their staffs, not just the average Jose off the street. Nevertheless, Obama took away their forks as if they were inmates at a prison. Many of these elected officials are probably wondering why the president was concerned for his safety.

Carney gets in more “uh’s” and “ah’s” than his boss

Painful. I almost started to feel sorry for Jay as I watched him stumble over this answer.

Amazing to see him actually fit more “uh’s” and “ah’s” into an answer than his boss without a teleprompter.

JD Hayworth debates David Callahan

Never heard of Demos or Callahan, but JD was in fine form for this interview. He absolutely demolishes Callahan – doesn’t even break a sweat.

And his closing line, “vote Democrat, it could always be worse” was classic.

“Have you seen any people of color around?”

Classic video by Bob Parks of Black & Right that asks several attendees of the 9/12 Tax Payer March if they’ve “seen any people of color around?”

Best line in the video is by the fellow at the end (3:30),

We’re just all American citizens, trying to speak to our president … and tell him “get your hands out of our pockets.”

A blonde joke for intellectuals

Too funny! (I’m blonde so it’s cool.)

The end of the world as we know it

Not sure why, but this seems unusually funny to me. How many other ‘famous’ people are that arrogant that they would write their memoirs as a teenager?

Harper Collins announced today that Bieber is publishing a memoir with the colon-heavy title “Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story” that will be be released in October. The book promises to reveal all the details of his “amazing journey to stardom,” a journey that, it should be pointed out, has lasted all of 16 years.

This is almost as good as the songs that have the 15-year old boy bands singing that they’ll “never love another the way I loved you.” Can anyone take this seriously?

More to the point. As a product of the current U.S. government school system, I’d be shocked if this kid could even manage one cogent written sentence, let alone an entire book? (I’m actually wondering how long would it take to recount 16 years in texting shorthand.)

The perfect metaphor for the modern progressive movement

Excellent description of the complete failure of the modern progressive movement. Despite all their good intentions, their expended energy, their struggles, their planning, their happy thoughts, and their concern, they remain wholly incapable of accomplishing anything of substance. Take it away, Tam

In sum total, what you people did was drive someplace where there wasn’t a problem, complain about something you don’t fully understand, get in the way of people who may actually be performing a function, and then do nothing, en masse, except hope that someone else notices your little snit and makes it all better.

… if there’s a more perfect metaphor for the modern progressive movement, I’ve never seen it.

It’s Miller Time

Miller is in fine form here. His discussion about Steve Nash’s comments on SB 1070 were spot on as well.

BTW, he’s right. Obama’s joke to the Jonas brothers was funny.