Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Economy Is So Bad That:

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Even people who have nothing to do with the Obama administration aren't paying their taxes.

Hotwheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

The President met with small business: GE, Pfizer,and Citigroup.

PETA serves chicken wings at their meetings.

People in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

A truck full of Americans got caught sneaking into Mexico.

The most highly-paid job is now jury duty.

People in Africa are donating money to Americans.

Motel Six won't leave the light on.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

Monday, April 27, 2009

From a Distinguished Personal Safety/Security and Firearms Instructor

These comments on ABC's recent anti-gun piece, "If I Only Had a Gun," from a friend who works there:

"When I told the producers that I personally believe in citizens successfully fighting back against violent criminals, they instantly lost interest and declined all further discussion.

"As you say, producers of this Show got their conclusions mixed in with their assumptions, right from the beginning. Non-negotiable assumptions were (as always):

"(1) Americans are too stupid to own guns.

"(2) When armed you'll be always be murdered during a violent incident. There is no chance an idiot like you will ever be able to successfully defend yourself with gunfire.

"(3) Only police (and media bodyguards) are 'good enough' bear arms

"(4) When you cannot escape from an active-murderer, you should meekly submit to being murdered/maimed, because 'being-a-good-victim' is your civic duty.

"Like other anti-gun productions by the mainstream media, the Program was twisted to fit the Marxist agenda of the anti-gun, anti-freedom crowd. Active-murderer simulations were deliberately skewed, so all participants would fail, every time. Facts from real, successful incidents were conveniently omitted.

"In their typical Marxist paranoia, media people regard decent , armed, and trained citizens as a direct threat to them, as they are personally none of the three.

"Good and decent people are never be portrayed as winning. They are only portrayed as victims.

"You can depend on it, and nothing else, from these people."

Comment: To the left-wing media, we Americans make good slaves, but never good citizens!

Seem Familiar?

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
. . . James Madison

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rationale Underlying Gun Control Campaign

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Wise Stuff Worth Remembering

Some very good and interesting advice, comments and observations by our nation's founders have been posted at a kindred (though slightly less restrained) blog that you can view by clicking here.

Hah: That Was Then; This Is Now and Things Are Different Today

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."

. . . James Madison, Federalist No. 45

"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."

. . . Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 6 April 1816

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Universal Health Care Economics: They Want You to Die and They'll Make You Wish to Do so

Since many of you enjoy senior citizen status or will sometime in the not too distant future, I thought you might be interested in this information.

Most of you know by now that the the "stimulus" bill includes provisions for extensive rationing of health care for senior citizens. The author of this part of the bill, former senator and tax evader, Tom Daschle has been credited by Bloomberg with the following statement.

Bloomberg: "Daschle says health-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them."

If this does not sufficiently raise your ire, just remember that senators and congressmen have their own health care plan that is first dollar or very low co-pay which they are guaranteed for the remainder of their lives. They will not be subject to this new law.

Monday, April 20, 2009

One can only speculate about what the Department of Homeland Security warning about those who hold traditional American values (a.k.a. "right wing extremists" may portend, but keep in mind that, as this essay points out, the Waco Butchers are Back.

Historian Expounds At and About the Tea Party

The speaker is Dr. John David Lewis, Dept. of Political Science, Duke University. He delivered this speech on April 15, 2009, at the Charlotte, North Carolina, Tea Party.

Why He Was a General

In the course of an interview General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness of those who harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America.

His answer was classic Schwarzkopf:

" I believe forgiving them is God's function.

Our job is to arrange the meeting. "

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Unsinkable First Dog

K.R. Honored by Federal Government

In a communication to the nation's law enforcement organizations, the Department of Homeland Security has listed numerous criteria for identifying individuals likely to pose potential right wing extremist threats.

To view the report on the communication and a link to the document itself, just click here. Obviously, the criteria are broad and numerous. Taken together, they bring within their ambit anyone who believes in and espouses the nation's traditional values. -- the values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Therefore, this lowly blogger is proud to have qualified -- on the brink of entry into his fourth quarter-century of existence on this earth -- as a potential right wing extremist threat under many of the specified criteria. In addition to it being a badge of honor, it is satisfying to know that resources are being diverted by the government from its more harmful activities to keeping an eye on this long-in-the tooth over-the-hill extremist.

Finally, the folks in charge ought to realize that treating people as potential enemies has the potential for turning them into real ones.

Texas Legislators Introduce Resolution and Their Governor (in the following post)

Texas Governor Tells U.S. Government Enough Is Enough

Monday, April 13, 2009

Derangement Cuts Across Ideological and Party Lines

Listening to a sampling of talk radio today has forced me to conclude that conservatives and Republicans are as likely as their counterparts on the other end of the ideological and political spectrum to be emotionally unbalanced, irrational, and deranged .

Callers to conservative talk radio shows seem unable to accept the notion that President Obama acted with cool prudence and effectively did his job in ordering the Navy to rescue the American sea captain from the Somalian pirates who had been holding him hostage. In addition to denying that obvious fact, the wingnuts seem enraged that he did so and that his decision had a wonderful outcome about which all Americans should be joyful.

Most of Us Have It Pretty Good by Comparison


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hmmmmmmm . . . .

Guess whose many ships going around the Horn of Africa never get attacked by the Somalian (or any other) pirates?


Might the fact that every crewman on every Israeli merchant ship is issued and trained in the use of an Uzi submachinegun have something to do with that?

Hmmmm . . . .

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Taxes Upward Ratchet: the Politicians' One-Way Racket

Economy slows, real estate prices drop, and flow of tax dollars into the politicans' spending maw ebbs.

Obvious answer: More tax dollars needed to prevent 'drastic cuts' in spending to meet public "needs."

Tax increases and additional taxes enacted and any prior tax increases that had been termed "temporary" are made permanent.

Eventually, economy recovers, real estate prices rise, and flow of new, additional, and higher taxes imposed during the slump surge.

Politicians, with surplus funds on hand after meeting prior public "needs," discover more public "needs" that have to be met and commit the surplus funds to them and, in the process, make long term commitments to the additional new "needs."

Next economic downturn comes and another round of tax increases is required to maintain the allegiances of the ever expanding constituencies the politicians are purchasing by using tax dollars to fund and committing to continued funding of the perpetually expanding list of public "needs."

It's a wondrous perpetual motion machine that stops only when they run out of other people's money, and then the whole economic system comes crashing down.

Vintage Comments & Observations of H. L. Mencken on Democracy

"I do not believe in democracy but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind."

"[I]ncurable idiots may conceivably constitute an absolute majority of the population."

The common citizen or voter "is never dangerous so long as his belly is filled and his eyes kept a-pop" and "[h]e still believes in ghosts, and has only shifted his belief in witches to the political sphere." These are the men and women deciding who will be in charge in a democracy. "What is worth knowing, he doesn't know and doesn't want to know; what he knows is not true."

The common man has no interest in liberty: "he is not actually happy when free; his is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. He longs for the warm reassuring smell of the herd, and is willing to take the herdman with it."

Democracy may be self-devouring and distrusts itself, "abandoning its whole philosophy at the first sign of strain." When national safety is threatened "[a]ll the great tribunes of democracy . . . convert themselves . . . into despots of an almost fabulous ferocity."

and finally:

"Public estimation of eminence runs in reverse ratio to its genuineness, the sort of eminence that the mob esteems most highly is precisely the sort that has least grounding in solid worth and honest accomplishment."

Warning to the Unwary: Don't Believe or Trust Them

Stocks are soaring today in a continuation of the bear market (a.k.a. bear trap) rally sparked by a very upbeat earnings report from the government supported casino doing business as Wells Fargo Bank.

With the recent easing and current flexibility of the accounting rules and a government eager -- to the point of desperation -- to portray as beneficial and efficacious the confused, flawed, and stumbling efforts it has been taking and is continuing to take purportedly to restore the economy, I view -- and recommend that everyone view -- earnings reports from major financial institutions and industrial concerns that have become dependent on, and subservient to the government with substantial doubt, skepticism, and suspicion.

None of these entities and certainly not the government ever has been noted for being trustworthy even in better times and under far more favorable circumstances. Just recall the rosy things they were telling us as the economy was on the brink of tanking.

Supporting this view is a report in today's Wall Street Journal indicating that the bond market is a superior predictor of future economic conditions, and that it is foretelling a bleak future.

Finally, anyone interested in understanding how and why we got into our current economic mess and the counterproductive results of the supposedly corrective steps the government has been and is taking would do well to get and read a book entitled Meltdown by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. It's a short book, just about 200 pages, written clearly in ordinary nontechnical language for the layman who isn't a financial or economic expert, and it's available from Amazon at a very reasonable price.

One of the important things that the book vividly points out is that the government's recovery efforts are being led by the same charlatans, clowns, and incompetents who led us into the debacle. While they never saw and denied the risks to which they exposing us, others did. Those who saw and warned of what was coming were ignored . . . and they still are being ignored.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Breakup Is Coming

One doesn't have to be extremely prescient to see that the country is on a path that will lead to its coming apart like an overripe grapefruit.

The glue that formerly unified the nation was the Constitution that provided for a limited government. It was impractical for such a government to run roughshod over those who held minority views or lived in unconventional ways. Tolerance and accommodation were necessities. Today anything that can gain a single vote beyond half of those voting on any issue is transformed almost instantly into the law of the land or, at least, public policy.

While we still pay lip service to the Constitution, we have permitted our elected officials to transform themselves from public servants into an unaccountable ruling elite, and -- with the assistance of their media, big business, and academic allies -- the government into an unlimited one.

In all likelihood we will have a serious rebellion and/or secessionist movement before the end of 2012.

. . . Courtesy of the Secede4Freedom Blog

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Obama Logic

Explains why we're attempting to:

1. Borrow our way out of debt, and

2. Spend our way to prosperity.

Top Salesman

How Bad Can It Be?

The economy is so bad, that the parents in China are telling their kids finish all your food, kids in America are starving to death . . . !

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Even people who have nothing to do with the Obama administration aren't paying their taxes.

Hotwheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than General Motors and Chrysler.

Obama met with small businesses (GE, Pfizer, and Citigroup) to discuss the Stimulus Package.

PETA serves chicken wings at their meetings.

McDonalds is selling the quarter ouncer.

People in Beverly Hills and some mayors in California have fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

A truckload of Americans got caught sneaking into Mexico .

The most highly-paid job is now jury duty.

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

People in Africa are donating money to Americans.

Motel Six won't leave the light on.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

Real Crime Fighter

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Does It Hurt Less If We Laugh?

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More From Astute Texas Friend

1. The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the building standing. Its called the stock market

2. Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are? Wall Street is now being called Wal-Mart Street

3. The difference between a pigeon and an investment banker. The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW

4. What's the difference between a guy who lost everything in Las Vegas and an investment banker? A tie!

5. The problem with investment bank balance sheet is that on the left side nothing's right and on the right side nothing's left.

6. I want to warn people from Nigeria . if you get any emails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall for it

7. What worries me most about the credit crunch, is that if one of my checks is returned stamped 'insufficient funds'. I won't know whether that refers to mine or the bank's