Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Two Faced Lying Buggers

Your typical CONgress critters at work.

Those screaming loudest about the bonuses recently granted by AIG are those WHO ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN!

A thanks to Mark Levin for pointing this out yesterday on his show. At least some of the media is being honest about what's really going on.

Congratulations America! Another Nail in the Coffin!

When I first put the National Debt Ticker on my side nav, we owed $4k less than we do now. I put that ticker up sometime in November. Your Government has spent $4k PER PERSON (not per taxpayer, but per man, woman, child, baby) in the country in just four months.

A day or two ago, we crested a new major number in our National Debt. The number 11 now shows for the first time ever.

Bear in mind, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, the $11tr listed there is not actually being recorded as it would in a real business. The true current cost of all of our entitlement programs, backstops, and concerns is actually somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 trillion (with a T). As I mentioned in that post, that is more than the GDP of the ENTIRE PLANET.

Our Lords and Ladies must be very proud.

Those Damned Gun Shows Again

New findings from FBI about cop attackers and their weapons

So many great and excellent numbers in here! So many Brady Bunch Bull Shit (BBBS) removers. Where to start?!?!

Some quick highlights:
From a pool of more than 800 incidents, the researchers selected 40, involving 43 offenders (13 of them admitted gangbangers-drug traffickers) and 50 officers, for in-depth exploration. They visited crime scenes and extensively interviewed surviving officers and attackers alike, most of the latter in prison.

Predominately handguns were used in the assaults on officers and all but one were obtained illegally, usually in street transactions or in thefts. In contrast to media myth, none of the firearms in the study was obtained from gun shows. What was available “was the overriding factor in weapon choice,” the report says. Only 1 offender hand-picked a particular gun “because he felt it would do the most damage to a human being.”

Researcher Davis, in a presentation and discussion for the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police, noted that none of the attackers interviewed was “hindered by any law--federal, state or local--that has ever been established to prevent gun ownership. They just laughed at gun laws.”

WHAT!?! They didn't go down to their local gun show and buy an assault weapon??? Sacrilege! You mean they didn't get a Glock Fowty because it's featured on TV?? No way!

Almost all carried when on the move and strong majorities did so when socializing, committing crimes or being at home. About one-third brought weapons with them to work. Interestingly, the offenders in this study more commonly admitted having guns under all these circumstances than did offenders interviewed in the researchers’ earlier 2 surveys, conducted in the 1980s and ’90s.

Ok folks, lets get more sober and serious. Private Property Owners! Listen Up! Your rules against carrying in the car or at work did not work for these folks. Laws against having or carrying the guns didn't stop these folks. They to follow your rules and laws. What does that mean when you pompously exclaim "I don't want people carrying guns at my business, so I'm going to put a rule in my little handbook here that says they can't! That'll fix it!" Really, think about it.

These guys aren't taking a night off. They don't leave their gun at home when they go to the bar for a drink. Laws preventing legal gun owners from carrying guns in these places aren't stopping these people.

More seriously:
Nearly 40% of the offenders had some type of formal firearms training, primarily from the military. More than 80% “regularly practiced with handguns, averaging 23 practice sessions a year,” the study reports, usually in informal settings like trash dumps, rural woods, back yards and “street corners in known drug-trafficking areas.”

One spoke of being motivated to improve his gun skills by his belief that officers “go to the range two, three times a week [and] practice arms so they can hit anything.”

In reality, victim officers in the study averaged just 14 hours of sidearm training and 2.5 qualifications per year. Only 6 of the 50 officers reported practicing regularly with handguns apart from what their department required, and that was mostly in competitive shooting. Overall, the offenders practiced more often than the officers they assaulted, and this “may have helped increase [their] marksmanship skills,” the study says.

The offender quoted above about his practice motivation, for example, fired 12 rounds at an officer, striking him 3 times. The officer fired 7 rounds, all misses.

More than 40% of the offenders had been involved in actual shooting confrontations before they feloniously assaulted an officer. Ten of these “street combat veterans,” all from “inner-city, drug-trafficking environments,” had taken part in 5 or more “criminal firefight experiences” in their lifetime.

Now pay attention CCW folks! How often have you caught yourself thinking "those gangstas can't shoot for crap, I'm good just plinking at a target once in a while!" DEAD WRONG. And I mean DEAD. These guys are out practicing because, shock of shocks, they EXPECT to get into a gunfight. They KNOW they'll get into a gunfight, and by God, they want to make sure they SURVIVE the gunfight.

What about you? Do you want to survive the gunfight? Are you practicing as often and as well as you should?

Think through the ramifications of this study very carefully and re-evaluate your training priorities. Find someone skilled to work with you on instinct shooting, on fast target acquisition, on movement. Turn up your situational awareness when out and about.

Read the entire article at that link and take a good, hard look at yourself.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Obama Continues His Support for the 2nd Amendment

Obama Quietly Ends the Federal Flight Desk Program (Armed Pilots)

Ahh! The anointed one continues his support of the 2nd Amendment by defunding the program that allows Pilots the tools they need to prevent a cockpit intrusion.

Way to go! That'll make sure our flights are safe.

Judging from the information in the Editorial, it sounds like these armed and responsible Pilots were subject to excessive harassment by the TSA, which is a total disgrace.

Remember, all you who would fight for "National Concealed Carry", what the Government grants, the Government can totally screw up and subsequently deny on a whim.

Are We Done Here?

U.N. Official Accuses U.S. of Demonizing Ahmadinejad

You know, I'll just bet that if, back in 1941, we asked Mr. Hitler nicely to stop, he would have gladly and peacefully retreated back within his original borders and he would have been happy to not kill all those Jews. I'm sure he was just misunderstood.

Same here with Mr. "The Holocaust Was a Good Idea" Ahmadinejad. He's really just developing weapons grade radioactives for an energy program, and he's not really helping to destabilize the entire region by supplying arms and munitions to militants.

And those poor Palestinians, they're only firing rockets because they're misunderstood. Giving them the rest of the land in the region would surely evoke peace and harmony.

The outspoken U.N. General Assembly president on Tuesday accused the United States of demonizing Iran's president and criticized the International Criminal Court for issuing an arrest warrant for Sudan's leader on war crimes charges in Darfur.

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, a Roman Catholic priest from Nicaragua with openly leftist views, also reiterated that the more he thinks about the conditions that Israel imposes on the Palestinians, the more he tends "to think about apartheid."

Are we about done funding 22% of these people's budget with money we don't have to spend anyways?

There's only so much I can take....

Monday, March 16, 2009

It's all a Matter of Control

Free Market Meltdown? Economists Fret Over Return to Price Controls

We all remember how free markets are supposed to work right? With a few regulations geared towards preventing sellers from controlling the supply to an extreme degree, the market sets the price of goods and services based on the amount people are willing to pay to consume the supply of the item that is available for purchase.

The cost of an item can also be affected by outside forces, such as taxes or regulations placed on the manufacturers or suppliers of a product. As I've mentioned before, higher taxes on a corporation are, for the most part, not borne by that corporation. The corporation passes the added business costs on to the people buying their products.

One controversial solution being considered is a move back to price controls. The New York Legislature and the San Francisco City Council are considering expanding rent controls. Some politicians in Vermont are trying to limit the price of milk. And in Alaska, a bill to cap oil prices is pending in the state legislature.

Proponents say the government has an obligation to provide relief for consumers during these trying economic times. But many economists say controlling prices and rents has failed in the past, and it often has bad consequences.

"Economists widely agree that price controls often lead to shortages. There are many examples throughout history, and we have seen more recent demonstrations of this principle of economics in Venezuela and Zimbabwe," said Dr. N. Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard University economics professor and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.

What do you do when you are making a widget, and someone strolls in and without even looking at your balance sheet tells you that you're charging too much for your widget and that you will have the price you can sell the widget for reduced and regulated by an authority? In a capitalist market, given adequate competition, the price is what it is for a very specific reason. That price is rarely capriciously high, for if it is too high, and everyone is playing fairly, it is inevitable that a competitor will slash their price, or a new player will enter the market with a lower price and steal customers away. So when someone tells you "your product is now worth this and that is what you will sell it for", you very often will just stop selling that product to the affected market. You may even leave the country you're operating in and, after firing all of your local workers, make and sell your product outside the country.

So what happens when you own a building and you get told that you must rent it for an unsustainable price? You certainly can't sell it - nobody in their right mind would buy a losing proposition. In defeat, you either let the bank have the worthless place, or you torch it for the insurance.

And what of those who were living in it? They're out on the street.

Rent control represents a collectivist fantasy. The People deserve your units at a price that is not sustainable in reality. If you don't let The People live there at the price we demand of you, we will put you in jail.

This is not what our ancestors came across oceans for. These kinds of controls are not good for America. This is just one more attempt by our "betters" to put us more under their control, impoverish us, and make us more reliant on their handouts.

Government Incompetence

Union Wage Rule Means Fewer Projects Completed With Stimulus Cash

Our Government is a real piece of work. They just can't leave well enough alone - even in an "emergency", they are happily pandering away to their interest groups - in this case, the Unions.

We already have a number of Governors turning down stimulus money because of the strings attached, and now this mess. You must pay for projects at Union Rates, even though the project may have originally been bid and budgeted at a lower rate. There is absolutely no point to this nonsense other than to make more expensive Union Labor more attractive, and to continue to suborn the last vestiges of the free market in this country.

This, folks, is how these jackasses are behaving in an "emergency". Can you imagine what would happen if, say, an occurrence such as an asteroid inbound to strike the Earth were to take place? These morons would sit and dicker and run the prices up, legislate, restrict, send in OSHA, and generally make a mess of things.

They'd likely still be arguing, wheeling and dealing when the damned thing hit.

This is exactly why we DO NOT need people such as this ruling the Country. It's time for the States to take their Constitutionally granted powers back and tell these shysters to go crawl back into the cess pool they crawled out of.

Malicious Blogging

Salisbury mayor: Malicious blogs endangering city

What I find interesting about articles like this is what they do not mention.

As most folks that write in the public domain know, there are a number of laws in place to prevent Libel and Slander (unless, of course, you're a Politician, in which case you seem to be allowed to say whatever the hell you want).

So in my opinion, here is what this mayor is actually saying:
We have a number of corrupt S.O.B's who would love to gain office to fleece the public for as much as possible before they're caught, but they're too concerned that there is an information channel they do not control that will point out their corruption and make them look just like the fools they are. Therefore, they are choosing to find other, less obvious ways to commit their scams.

Blog on folks, blog on.

Friday, March 13, 2009


White House objects to UN calling US 'deadbeat'

Lets see, we fund 22% of the U.N's budget. We show up in force every time a tsunami or other natural disaster hits. We send food to starving nations. We send our troops to stabilize regions. And we're deadbeats.

I've got a great idea.

Get us the HELL out of the U.N. Kick them out of their cushy tax/rent free building in NYC, stop funding their budget, and tell them to go to hell the next time they need us.

Ungrateful pieces of garbage. Let 'em rot.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Embarrassed at Your Own Incompetence? Investigate!!!

Justice Dept. Investigates Arizona Sheriff for Enforcing Immigration Law

Oh for f$#% sake.

...pursuant to the prohibitions against national origin discrimination...

I'm sure Sheriff Joe's really upset that he "discriminated" against 16,000 people based on the fact that THEY WEREN'T IN THIS COUNTRY LEGALLY.

National Origin Discrimination? Does Joe really have to go round up an equal amount of people from each country that are here illegally? Or is the mere fact that they don't originate in this country (illegal ALIEN...duh!) illegal to enforce?

It gets better....

[A press release by the Sheriff] continues: "Despite the growing criticism of the Sheriff’s illegal immigration fight by some valley politicians and activists, Sheriff Arpaio says 60 detention officers trained by ICE officials have conducted over 106,000 interviews and investigations of inmates booked into jail since April of 2007.

"In those 18 months, 16,000 inmates were determined to be illegal aliens. Either they have already been deported or will be deported after being tried and/or serving their sentences for crimes committed in the valley. The work being done be Arpaio’s detention staff is a likely contributor to the recent reduction in crime in the valley,” the press release added.

Get this straight. Not only are they violating our laws by being here illegally, they're also just flat out violating our laws!!!!

How ANYONE can take themselves seriously while spouting the copious bullshit Loretta Smith is trying to sell us is proof positive that to be a Government Drone...err....employee, one must check their brains (if these jackasses ever had one to start with) at the door.

Get this:
"That number of 16,000 represents a full one-third (1/3) of all inmates in the United States who have had holds placed on them after being identified by jail or prison officials as illegal aliens."

The press release goes on to say that 20 percent of inmates in the Maricopa County Jail are illegal aliens and that of those, 2,000 illegal aliens - 70 percent - were arrested for felony crimes.

So, one man and his team, is managing to single handedly take care of 33%!!! of the crime committing illegals in our entire country?!?!

Give him a freaking medal and a higher salary. You see, this is why most law abiding folks in AZ love Sheriff Joe to death.

Kudoes Joe! Keep it up! Enforce the law sir, for that is what we are - a nation of laws, not feelings. While our own Government runs around flagrantly disregarding the rule of law, Joe is upholding his oath to Defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.

Naturally, this was funded by ACORN, you know, those guys that are now eligible for more of our money.

What a damned joke.

The Fallacy of Rising Taxes

Corporate Oil Booms in Low Tax Switzerland

Obama talks frequently about raising taxes, but only on the wealthy. "The Wealthy", however, includes small and large businesses which employ people, and spend money in the economy as they buy equipment and patronize other businesses in the area (or Nation) to buy raw materials and other needed equipment/services.

One fallacy of the Left's thinking is this: they assume they are taxing a captive crowd. Unfortunately, many of our lucrative, high dollar employers, such as the Energy Sector, are much happier to leave the country for better tax environments. According to The Tax Foundation, the US ranked number two in the world for highest corporate tax rates, at 39%. Now Obama would have us raise taxes on those corporations further, out of some sense of punishing them for making too much money.

Then we have Ireland at 12.5% and Switzerland at 21%:

Swiss cantons are free to set their own tax rates. For example in Zug, corporate tax is about 16 percent but can fall as low as 9.5 percent for companies that do most of their business outside Switzerland. That compares with an average global corporate tax rate of 25.9 percent, according to consultancy KPMG.

"One trend that we see is that particularly Bermuda-based companies are now moving to Switzerland," said Martin Frey, a partner at law company Baker & McKenzie. "That may only partly be obviously for tax reasons, but also for security reasons and the fact that the Obama administration may go after them."

Many of our larger companies are able to do business anywhere. And you can be sure they'll do it where they can save massive amounts of money. The more our Gov. tightens its tax fist, the more jobs will flee overseas. The more jobs flee overseas, the higher taxes must be raised to handle Government spending, and a vicious loop begins. The result, less jobs for Americans to take advantage of, and less economic growth, as those companies that are left pass on their higher tax costs directly to their customers.

That's right, you raise a company's costs, and it will, in turn, pass on those costs to its customers in the form of higher prices. A tax increase on "the rich" is really a tax increase on EVERY AMERICAN.

It's definitely amateur hour in our Government.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Unwashed Masses Strike

Taxpayers Furious With Budget Cuts Take Frustration To Streets Of NYC

Now you see, this is the problem with allowing the looters to loot for decades and then trying to make budget cuts. Once you start giving these idiots things for free, they expect that it will be free forever. And when you have to cut those free services because you can no longer afford to give that cash away, well, the looters do what they do best, riot.

These folks are not in it for the good of the country, they don't understand, nor do they care that the state can no longer afford to give them free stuff, they want their handout, and they want it now.

So when you hear Liberals say they just want to give people a little extra to get ahead, think down the road when our economy collapses under the burden of these pigs and leeches and realize the consequences - likely class warfare. The have-nots have been getting their loot from the haves long enough to have expectations that they're entitled to receive that ill-gotten wealth, and if you try to take it from them, they're going to riot and then likely kill you for it.

They don't care that the country can not afford to keep them in food and clothes and home, they would rather take what they need from you than work for it themselves, and they're happy with that arrangement. The question is, are you?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Obama Will Buy Me McNuggets

A McNuggets "Emergency"

Sound like an Obama supporter to you?

The Government is in charge of getting me my McNuggets after all.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Obama's Global New Deal

Brown woos Obama on global deal

Boy, that Liberal stone just don't stop rollin' does it?

Let's see if I have all of this figured out. A $3tr budget, $400b worth of "keep the Gov running until September", what the hell...let's just throw money at the entire stinking planet!!!!

These people have truly lost their minds. By the time they get done, there isn't going to be a dollar left that they don't need to save the children.

I'm entirely sickened. I can't even believe that people that style themselves adults could, for a moment, actually take this rampant bullshit seriously.

If Government spending actually could create more wealth, why the hell hasn't all this rampant spending, by both the Republicans and the Spendocrats over the last 60 years actually done it????

I've said it before. You can't fool the markets. There is nobody who knows anything in the market that is fooled by the complete and utter bullshit coming out of our joke of a Government. This is readily apparent by the plunge we've taken since the mouthbreathers in this country elected that jackass. Don't give me that "it takes time" crap. If the markets actually believed these guys, we'd at least be holding relatively flat, or possibly seeing a small decline while the joke of a pork plan goes into effect. Instead, those with money continue to vote with their feet, by selling the crap out of anything they have, so as to avoid the final plunge when our leaders finally reach the tipping point and auger the economy into the ground at high speed.

Lets just keep letting the children run the candy store and see how long it takes for all of us to end up in the street, destitute and starving. At this rate, it won't be long.

No Taxes? No problem!!!

Do any of these idiots pay their taxes???

Once again, it's ok for these guys not to pay their taxes properly. I'm sure the Ron Kirk defense will work just fine the next time the IRS comes after you. Surely they won't assess massive fines, garnish your wages, or go after your assets. After all, we're all entitled to equal protection under the law....right?

Just one more reason to ditch a tax system that is so complex, nobody seems to be able to (or wants to) pay their taxes correctly.

Kick this guy to the curb too. I don't see how it's reasonable to kick out Daschle while waving Kirk on by.


Surprise Asteroids

One more reason to have a few supplies lying about. Supplies!

Current Quote

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." – Thomas Jefferson