Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
But the media hype (and the anti-nuclear crowd) worked to make the public fear nuclear fission powered electrical plants.
How many TONS of CO2 have been put into the atmosphere because of the anti-nuclear folks?
(Not that I believe in global warming)
Something to think about.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Close the goddammned border NOW....
I mean RTF now.
No more issues with Mexico. The guns won't flow south, making the liars Hillary Clinton and the Brady Bunch happy that the Mexicans can't get any guns (yeah, right) and the rest of us will be happy because the flow of drugs will be greatly reduced as well as the flow of Undocumented Workers Criminal trespassers Illegal Immigrants.
Where is the downside???
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That " all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people." To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition."
Scary in today's context of nationalized banks and such, huh?
Either she is stupid, misinformed, or she thinks that you and I are stupid. Bet money on the latter.
"Mrs Clinton said the use of military-style assault weapons was a particular concern, and she would discuss reimposing a ban on their sale.
A previous US decision to lift a ban on such sales had been a mistake, she told the NBC television network.
Earlier on her visit she admitted that America's appetite for drugs was helping to fuel the violence.
Some 8,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico over the past two years.
Mrs Clinton said assault weapons did not belong on anyone's street.
She was referring to a ban on the sale of such powerful guns which was in effect in the United Sates between 1994 and 2004.
"During that time," said Mrs Clinton, "police in America were able to drive down crime because they didn't have to worry about these assault weapons getting into the hands of criminals and gang members."
More BS at the link.
This story is repeated over and over and over by the lapdogs of the DNC Mainstream Media despite the fact that it is obviously untrue to anyone who bothers to examine the facts. I own several "AK-47 assault weapons" all of which are legal to own. None of them are full auto, like the cartels are using. I cannot go into a gun store or gun show and buy a fully automatic AK. Nor can I buy a grenade launcher or a light anti tank weapon.
And that is what they are using in Mexico. Not what we can buy here in the US. We cannot even come close to that without breaking a whole bunch of laws.
The rest of the BS about the effectiveness of the Scary Looking Guns // Evil Black Rifles Assault Weapons Ban is just that, BS. And they know it. But they think you are stupid enough to believe them
But they never care about the truth, do they? You can tell when she is lying...look at her lips.....
ETA: "But Agent Austin Banks with the ATF says it’s people, not guns, who cause tragedies. “It’s not the guns. It’s the guns in the hands of the people who are prohibited from owning them that cause problems in America.” According to the FBI’s crime stats, the total crime rate in the United States dropped 1% when the ban was in place."
So the states are considering drug tests for recipients of public aid. About damned time! The rest of us are (generally) subject to random drug tests. In fact, over 85% of the private workforce is subject to random drug testing. If the source of your income or housing is the federal or state government, why should you be treated any differently?
"It's not fair" cries the ACLU. Fuck 'em. If they want the money taken out of the paychecks of the hard working people who have to be drug free, then they can at least meet that same standard. If not, well then, maybe they can use their drug money to eat and pay rent. I really don't care.
I'd like to see anyone getting food stamps or any aid "for the kids" like WIC to have to be held to the same standard. Same for publicly subsidized housing. It;s nto too much to ask that they pee in a cup once in a while to keep their freebies.
I see also that there is a small outcry for those who are on unemployment to be tested, and those that say that it's not fair to the unemployed either.
If ya got time to smoke dope or crack or whatever particular chemical you like, then you got time to find a job.
Or starve. It's all the same to me.
It's worldwide: http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=235057
An hour without power. It won't be anything but a "feel good" gesture, but it might make people think a bit.
How many people will realize how dependent we are on electricity?? (much less take steps to remedy that)....
Most folks couldn't go a day without power, of that I am sure.
I am not grid dependent. I am hooked up to the grid, but I don't need it, at least not for a while.. But most folks are not as prepared as I am.
How about you?
ETA: Lawdog has a slightly different take on this.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"It is observed that the Statist is dissatisfied with the condition of his own existence. He condemns his fellow man, surroundings, and society itself for denying him the fulfillment, success, and adulation he believes he deserves. He is angry, resentful, petulant, and jealous. He is incapable of honest self-assessment and rejects the honest assessment by others of himself, thereby evading responsibility for his own miserable condition, The Statist searches for significance and even glory in a utopian fiction of his mind's making, the earthly attainment of which, he believes, is frustrated by those who do not share it. Therefore he must destroy the civil society, piece by piece.
For the Statist, liberty is not a blessing but the enemy. It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individuals are free to go their own way. The individual must be dehumanized and his nature delegitimized. Through persuasion, deception, and coercion, the individual must be subordinated to the state."
More at the link. It's a bold and stimulating look at statism.
I just bought a copy of the book.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
So the TARP Program (original) was supposed to "purchase or insure up to $700 billion of "troubled" assets. "Troubled assets" are defined as "(A) residential or commercial mortgages and any securities, obligations, or other instruments that are based on or related to such mortgages, that in each case was originated or issued on or before March 14, 2008, the purchase of which the Secretary determines promotes financial market stability; and (B) any other financial instrument that the Secretary, after consultation with the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, determines the purchase of which is necessary to promote financial market stability, but only upon transmittal of such determination, in writing, to the appropriate committees of Congress."
That didn't happen, did it? Instead he money went to let banks buy other banks. Nothing was used to buy securities to help the banks out so that they would have money to make loans...
So NOW the new secretary of the treasury has a NEW PLAN that will do what the original $700 BILLION was supposed to in the first place...and didn't.
So $1trillion plus the original $700+billion...All to make things better again, again. WHo is running things, the government or the bankers?
I'm waiting for the next "bait and switch" .
Perhaps Jefferson was right.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sad. Embarrassing. And this is a US representative.
I assume that she is a graduate of public schools.
THIS WOMAN CAN BARELY READ! She isn't even sure what the words she is saying are supposed to sound like. And she is a representative of the people of Florida. Making choices that affect the country. Isn't there at least a test for our legislators? Like IQ and literacy? (I know that that there isn't, but for gods sake, there should be.......)
This woman has a Communications/Speech degree from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville....and all sorts of other "education". Learn more about her here. Makes you wonder what they teach in Florida.....or was she a quota graduate? I know freshmen in high school who can do a better job giving a speech. I know 6 year olds who can read better.
Sad. Very sad. Were I from Florida, I'd be embarrassed. As a Democrat (I'm not one) I'd be mortified...Were I black, I'd be more embarrassed.
Luckily for me, I am none of the above.
An interesting article on how the financial crash began and how it was managed exploited after the crash began.
It's a LONG LONG article, but it really sheds some light on how and why the crisis happened, and what Paulsen did with TARP money.
THe scary part is that it is probably as accurate portrayal as we are ever gonna get.
Makes you think of ropes, and trees, and politicians and government workers in general.......
Follow the link to see if your legislator is on the list.
Traitors to the conservative movement. Legislators who either cannot understand the Constitution, or don't care about it.
Either way, they need to be removed next election cycle.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
French toast made with hommade bread, cinnamon and nutmeg and cocoa....
Maple Bacon (MMMMM..... BACON!)
Went to the beach. Walked about 5 miles in dunes and sand.
Exercised the dog.....And my arm.
Came home, cooked dinner:
Shrimp stuffed pork roast on the grill w/broccoli with cream sauce and mushrooms. Ginormous baked potato(e). A bottle of cheap wine.
No room for dessert.
Damn but sometimes life is fine.
It's the simple things sometimes that lower your blood pressure.
Work tomorrow, but today was nearly perfect.
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred."
Perhaps someone should show this to our current crop of thieves representatives politicians.
But I bet that only half could understand it.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!"
I'm just sayin...
It's something to keep in the back of your mind.
When did we all agree that we are slaves to the IRS, the police, the congress and the house? The local governments as well as the layers in between?
Seriously, when did that happen? I thought that the government was "by the people" and "for the people", not for itself and against (or over!) the people. We elected representatives to our government, yet they again and again do the opposite of the will of the people. They fail to represent us. They make laws that are not in the interest of the very people that they represent.
We are the people. They work for us, not we for them. President, Congressmen, state senators, mayors, county councilmen, and policemen. They are our employees, rather than we their subjects.
Yet these folks who fail to represent us continue to make laws that we do not want, and spend OUR money in ways that we dislike. They give our money to people and corporations that have not earned it, bailing out corporations with poor management practices. They hand out money to people who either will not work, choose not to, who have failed to bother to attain enough education to function in today's society, or who are culturally disadvantaged enough that they fail to hold a job. They reward people who make bad decisions over and over again. They reward failure and laziness and punish success and hard work.
There is not a person among us who does not shudder in fear at the announcement of a tax audit. Yet the IRS is a government entity, one tasked by our representatives in government with collecting taxes. Taxes are a necessary thing (let's not discuss how those taxes are used right here) yet the IRS is heavy handed in its zeal to collect. Failing to remember that the people pay their salaries and that they are indeed public servants, they abuse their authority, not in the collection of taxes, but in the enforcement of the law for those who fail to file or whose understanding of a complicated tax law is perhaps limited.
EPA is another example of a government agency that oversteps its bounds. Tasked with keeping our air and water clean, they have become an agency staffed by overzealous, poorly educated, maniacal people overwhelmed with authority and unafraid to abuse it.
How many times have you encountered a government employee who was nice and polite and efficient? Be it federal or state or county or municipal, they all have the attitude that we work for them, rather than the other way around. Efficiency is, of course, not a part of government. But to find a helpful government employee is a rarity.
And that leads us to the police agencies. Make no mistake, like taxes, the police are a necessity in our society. Many police officers are nice people. Many police departments are not nice. Polite professionalism seems to be waning, and many police are under the impression that they are, if not more privileged than the average citizen, at least above the law themselves.
When a police officer approaches a citizen, should the law abiding citizen fear them? Sadly, in most places, we do. The officers have the attitude that we, the citizens, are subject to their orders and commands. Are we? If breaking a law, and under arrest, then yes, we are. At any other time? No, we are not. You and I are not subjects of the police, yet they expect us to be obedient to their orders. Let's not forget that the police have a tough job, and that they interact with the worst of our society, but to expect every citizen to act as if they were subject to the orders of an officer is ludicrous. The increased militarization of the police and use of hit squads for investigations and searches is another factor that needs realistic review. The immunity from prosecution is another.
Let us reign in our government employees. Now. Right now. Somehow, we need to remind them that they work for us, not the other way around. While I am not suggesting armed revolution here, we must do something. If we cannot modify the attitude of our governing officials, then we must take action. Somehow, we must reverse the trend.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So they cannot blame anyone but themselves for this debacle.
Were it not insulting to weasels, I'd call the entire bunch of senators who voted for this bill AND NOW HAVE THE BALLS TO WHINE ABOUT THE BONUSES, weasels.
So lets just say that they again have used poor judgement in their legislative endeavors.
But the facts are coming to light, and their duplicity shall not long remain hidden .
ETA: SCC has a list of donors and a different take on things. You should check out his list and commentary.
One might begin to wonder if he and his staff are really using these gaffes as veiled insults, to make already strained relations even more difficult, and to put the US at an even greater disadvantage in the eyes of the world.? I mean, Brazil has several gazillion barrels of oil and the resources to make sugar based (rather than corn based, which is a boondoggle at best) ethanol that they might ship to us (if we ever got rid of the tariff BS). We might need those barrels of oil and ethanol someday soon....
Were I a leader of a country whose fortunes could in any way be tied to the actions of the US (and its Court Jester President) I would be starting to become a bit worried about now. I mean, how unprofessional can he get?
Gov Pat Quinn, Illinois.
Democracy? Or Marxism?
I always believed that the Democrats were closet Marxists. Now I may have proof.....
Question: Does a "rich" person use any additional infrastructure or state property than a "poor" person? Who contributes more to the coffers of the state for use by the state for maintaining bridges, roads, police, etc?
But then again, I am NOT a democrat, so what do I know???
ETA: Oh, and what will the governor do if the "rich" move to another state? It's happening in Kalifornia already. People are moving out due to taxes. If this happens in Illinois (and it will) then who will pay the taxes?
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I love gun shows. They, like most flea market type venues, are examples of pure market driven capitalism. And BTW, they are the place where nearly EVERYONE with few (very few) exceptions is polite to each other.
As you may have heard, gun sales are through the roof most places, and this had certainly been true in my observations at the previous gun shows that I had attended.
Most dealers had been steadily raising their prices to maximize profit ( Evil Capitalists Good Businessmen that they are....) but that appears to have run into declining, or at least no longer increasing, demand. Sales were, by most recent standards, sluggish.
Many dealers began cutting prices to stimulate demand.
Sales picked up, and a balance, of sorts, was again reached.
Capitalism, supply vs demand, and profit motive all reach a point of harmony.
I love this country.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Go here for a somewhat long (but worth the read) chart of where England and the British empire once was and is now, and how we are poised to follow them into obscurity.
Do we want the US to become irrelevant to the outcome of world affairs? I don't.
You'd think, that with all the millions (billions?) (trillions?) we spend on the state department, that they'd have decent translator available for dealing with countries like the Soviet Union. It's not like Russian is an uncommon language or anything....
Yet Hillary Clinton appears to be incompetent (as well as the Obama Administration) because of things like this. And they want to be taken seriously...
"Overcharged" vs "reset"..... yeah, I can see where the mistake could be made.....
If nothing else, they can check it at Babelfish.com in the future.....
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
No, really, blame the GOP. Not for the reasons that you think, but for the specific reason that they ran a RHINO like John McCain instead of someone else. Someone new. Someone that was, if not exciting, wasn’t off-putting to so many people. Someone who had a conservative agenda---A Real Conservative Agenda. Someone who we could get behind and support. Someone who people could vote for?
If Sarah Palin was All That, then why was she not put forth in the primaries as a presidential candidate? Why did the RNC support McCain instead of pushing Bobby Jindal or even Fred Thompson? Was it just a payoff to McCain for all of his years of loyal service? Why him and not a true conservative?
Make no mistake, I voted for McCain. But it was under protest. I’d have voted for nearly any other member of the RNC had that choice been offered to me. I think that that is true of a lot of others as well. And for those who were fence sitters between Obama and McCain, why should they have voted for McCain? What did he offer? Dinosaur like policies that were really not composed of conservative values? (Let’s not forget McCain-Feingold!). Did he offer anything new or exciting? Not for me, and apparently not for anyone else either. Obama at least offered something new (although that "change" is not turning out very well, is it?). People wanted something new. And the GOP didn't give it to them.
Or was the run for president just a sop to McCain, with no expectation of winning? Was the plan all along to fail in order to let a real conservative into the White House and pick up the pieces in 2012? Was it more than that?
Seriously, WTF were they thinking? Abandon the principles of the GOP (at least as I understand them to be) and run a liberal as a GOP candidate? Free markets? Free speech? Welfare reform? Border security? 2ND amendment? Personal responsibility vs nanny state? John McCain was not a conservative on any of these issues. Why did they not give the voters something to vote FOR rather than something to vote against?
And because of that decision to run McCain, we have what we are currently experiencing. A redistributionist president who seems not to care that he is destroying the country and impoverishing it's citizens, who is removing the incentives for people to strive to get ahead and succeed, and destroying all that which has made this country the best and most productive society in the world for so many years. We have a president who seems to want to push this country into socialism...that same socialism which has made once great Britain into a second rate shadow of what it once was and a laughingstock to the rest of the world. Socialism which has destroyed France (although that seems to be slowly changing under Nicholas Sarkozky). Socialism in which there is not any reason to strive, and which, in the interest of “Multiculturalism” and “fairness” destroys the fabric of law and common sense and the underlying social contract that once let this country excel and gave anyone on the soil of the US an even chance to succeed.
An economy, which once his policies are enacted, (or even suggested!) is tanking as fast as it can. A policy which will reward failure and tax success. One in which those who have chosen not to take advantage of the freedoms and benefits which gives us the chance to succeed (and therefore, the chance to fail) are to be given the rewards that those who did take advantage and who took risks and strived for success have earned. One in which success and strife are discouraged rather than encouraged, by removing the reward of success.
As I said, it’s all the fault of the GOP. They gave the country nothing to vote FOR, and a lot to vote against. And thus we are here today.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Either way, it's an interesting read.
And here, I thought that it was I that needed a tinfoil hat.
Seems like I am not the only one that thinks that Obama might have a plan to destroy the US economically. Perhaps he hates the US? Or perhaps he is the "Manchurian Candidate"
My bet, however, is still on clueless.
But hey, the majority wanted "change".
I'd really like to see my mortgage reduced to 2% too.
So people who are a bad credit risk get the lowest rate of interest courtesy of those who are still solvent and pay taxes. How much longer will those who are frugal and realistic in their purchases of homes be able to support the burden of those who aren't? How much longer will the folks who are productive be willing to carry those who aren't? And eventually, they are gonna ask, "Why should we" ?
How long can this go on? When will we take the rope and trees and pitchforks and the politicians and assemble them properly?
I guess that all those who said that he was a communist/socialist/Maoist were right......
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Never mind that many scientists never joined the "consensus" and never mind that the scientific method says that when your model does not fit the facts, that there must be something wrong with your model (not something wrong with the facts, as the GW crowd would have us believe).
No matter how much they pout, and how much they spin the observations, it appears that Global warming is halted, and that there is no explanation in the global warming (AKA: climate change) models for the current observations.
Maybe it's just bad science...Or maybe it was just a ploy to make AlGore a lot of money?
"The pot has issued the kettle an ultimatum: tax dodgers beware.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who was forced to fork up $34,000 in unpaid back taxes, told the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that the Obama administration will be going after people who avoid and evade taxes."
This is SO not funny. He can "forget" to pay his taxes, but will actively prosecute others who do the same. Will they get the break he got, and be allowed to pay them with no penalty?
How many of the Obama cabinet and staff will they end up prosecuting??? Enquiring minds want to know.....
Apparently the feeling is tha the rules should only apply to others...
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have."
And this is exactly what the majority of the people have failed to realize. The same group that voted for Barack Obama. While a part of that group elected him because he was black (both a majority of African-Americans AND a significant percentage of white people (which leads to a question of racism, but I think I'll discuss that later) ) Others elected him because they wanted "change". And change they are getting.
Soon they will have more "change" than they ever imagined. More government than they ever dreamed of. A government that is large enough to give them everything they want, (or so they think). Are they willing to accept it when that same government takes everything that they have?
Are there any thoughts as to how the government will pay for the things that Barack has promised to everyone? How much longer we can go forward when 40% of the people are paying for the other 60%? When Mr. Obama and his liberal, wealth hating, anti-establishment redistibutionist associates wish to raise the tax burden on that 40% to pay for an inefficent government with a redistibutionist agenda? Interesting how now folks who are planning to reduce their wages to reduce their taxes (going "John Galt") are now "unpatriotic". One might think that Mr. Obama and his associates feel that one segment of the population must be productive (in servitude?) to another, non productive segment. Do they really think that 40% who work and pay taxes should be required to support the other 60%? Will they?
What has become of this country where we have gotten to the point where we tax the producing citizens to the point where they are willing to reduce their workload (and therefore their income) because the are taxed to the point where it is no longer worth it to work harder for less money?
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation...You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005
A truly paranoid individual might think that the "Stimulus Bill" was put forth with the intent of bringing down the stock market....thereby removing the fortunes of those who made a fair amount of money ( AKA the "Rich") to bring them down to the level of those who made less, and therefore saved less. Thus making us all "equal".
Monday, March 2, 2009
Seems Mr.Kirk owes $10k in taxes.
See HERE for more details.
Of course, were that me, I'd be in jail or my house would have a lien on it.
Even the LA times is turning on Mr. Obama...
Well, we only had 3 days notice for the tracking stations to determine it would miss......What would you have done had they determined it would hit WITH THREE DAYS NOTICE to prepare? Food would have sold out in MINUTES! How many people would have been killed in supermarket lines in the panic? I don't mean to sound like a disaster survivalist, but.....
It's not like you can hide or anything.....and the hit...err...impact would have the force of a large nuclear weapon. IF you are under it, there's nothing you can do...your problems are over fairly quickly....But if it impacts a major metro area, what could we have done? What would the result be for the economy and supply chain?
Would FEMA have been able to help do anything after the impact? This would have made the devastation after Katrina look like a thunderstorm's aftermath... Few people are prepared enough to deal with something like that......I know I 'm not.
Just something to brighten your day.
"WAUKEGAN -- A Lake County sheriff's deputy was airlifted to a hospital Friday morning after accidentally shooting herself in the County Building parking garage"
"At 8 a.m. Friday, Harris was removing her service weapon from the trunk of her car on the third floor of the parking garage when the weapon fired, sending a single .40-caliber bullet through her right hand and into her abdomen.
Waukegan police investigated the scene and determined that the handgun's trigger was pulled by a hanger that was stuck in the trigger guard, said Waukegan police Cmdr. Wayne Walles.
"It's an accident. It could absolutely happen to anyone," Sheriff Mark Curran said. "We pray for her and we feel terrible for her.""
While I feel bad for her, and hope she recovers fully, the plain fact is that the fault is hers. This is a hard lesson, but the fact remains that this sort of "accident" is the fault of the deputy. She failed to follow several steps, any one of which would have prevented this from happening. Either the firearm should have been unloaded with the slide locked back, OR the firearm should have been secured, either in a case or in the holster (or both). Shot by a coat hanger? Negligence plain and simple. Complacency with safety rules will always catch up to you, be it a firearm or any other tool.
As this was a police oficer, it was most likely a GLOCK pistol, once again showing that the "trigger safety" is not enough. A grip safety and or other safety would also have prevented this.
But the fault lies with the deputy. Leaving a loaded firearm floating around in the trunk of a car, with no case or holster is a "recipie for diaster".
And now she had one. Thus providing more fodder for the anti-gun folks. Making it harder for the rest of us who handle firearms safely.
Best wishes for her recovery. Hopefully she (and the rest of us!) can learn from this to prevent further negligent (not accidental!) discharges.