Friday, September 25, 2009

When an Activist Dies...

And I am being serious about this question;

When an activist dies do they look back at their life and say,

"Holy crap, I just wasted the one shot I got?"

Seriously, think about these people. Their lives are so void of purpose and meaning that the only thing they can come up with doing is protesting soft toilet paper.

At what point do you wake up, take a step back and say, "wow, you know, I've suddenly realized that I'm 45 and it's not 1974 anymore. And I really haven't accomplished ANYTHING with my life. Maybe I should quit finding things to protest and maybe, I don't know, get a real job, get married, have a family, go to college for a trade or a skill, start a business or something. But protesting day in and day out and then every once in a while I succeed in getting a local city ordinance passed which only pisses off the masses that must endure it."

Of course, I know that in order to pursue such a luxurious life where you job is to protest, you must have some trust fund money or well-to-do parents, but still. In the end, there MUST be some level of remorse or regret for wasting your finite limited life on such a stupid, pointless and idiotic cause.


johnsal said...

Good morning, Cap'n. I ran across a reference to the Cost of State Regulations on California Small Business Study by two CSU professors from a link at the Hot Air blog post authored by Ed Morrissey. The results of this study are truly stunning and a direct accusation of and evidence for monumental governmental and, frankly, voting public incompetence and stupidity. You need to read the study and I would be interested in your conclusion about the quality of the research and analysis delivered in your own inimitable style.

Here is a copy of the Findings section of the study.

This study finds that the total cost of regulation to the State of California—direct,
indirect, and induced—is $492.994 billion, which is almost five times the State’s general
fund budget, and almost a third of the State’s gross product. This cost of regulation
results in an employment loss of 3.8 million jobs which is a tenth of the State’s
population. In terms of labor income, the total loss to the state from the regulatory cost
is $210.471 billion. Finally the indirect business taxes that would have been generated
due to the output lost is $16.024 billion. These indirect business taxes lost could have
helped fund many of the state’s departmental budgets.
The total cost of regulation was $134,122.48 per small business in California in
2007, labor income not created or lost was $4,359.55 per small business, indirect
business taxes not generated or lost were $57,260.15 per small business, and finally
roughly one job lost per small business."

From the Conclusions section:

"Since small business constitute 99.2% of all
employer businesses in California, and all of non-employer business, the regulatory cost
is borne almost completely by small business."


"The total regulatory cost of $492.994 billion translates into a total cost per
household of $38,446.76 per household, or $13,052.05 per resident. The total
cost per household comes close to the median household income for California."


Hot Sam said...

Make them wipe their rears with a spotted owl.

FrankReality said...

My hemmorroids and I are extremely thankful for soft and plush toilet paper. When I was in the single digits of age, my church had this industrial strength single-ply TP that had both the absorbency and roughness of 120 grit sandpaper.

I think it was a scheme to discourage the attendees from using the toilets and thus messing them up.

Back in college, we had such rough/tough TP, that students would make ropes of the stuff and sneak into the women's dorm at night.

Besides the obvious point the Capt makes of activists wasting their lives on trivial things, a second point is the over the top obituaries written by the press when some liberal protester, environmentalist wacko or left wing politician croaks. When Jimmy Carter takes the eternal, celestial, dirt nap, watch the obits - sane people will want to puke.

Milton Hayek said...

David Horowitz's "Re-Thinking the 60s" is a must-read for many reasons, but in this case, it may answer your question about exactly what these types of radicals reflect on when one of them dies.

Anonymous said...

Of course the quality of the paper doesn't effect these losers, because having their heads up their asses would require, instead, a neck scarf to wipe.

Chape said...

When an activist dies....

You got me all excited there for a moment.