Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"Free" market beats regulated market

Of course the free market isn't free for the consumer, but the prices and service is to the customers liking.
Foreign backpackers funding their Australian travels through illegal sex work are robbing the legitimate industry of profits and threatening clients' health, a brothel lobbyist has warned.
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"Especially when you go up to northern Queensland, it's not unusual for them to be working in the illegal escort industry," Inskip said.

Having fewer overheads, they could often undercut the legal sex industry on price, making it harder for the state's 23 legal brothels to make a profit, he said.

"They can charge less because they are not paying GST (goods and services tax), staff costs for managers and receptionists," Inskip said.
It's a fu**ing shame that this is happening. The regulations, not the market.

Regulation hinders. Lesson for the day.

Quote

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. — THOMAS JEFFERSON

No good deed goes unpunished II

Part I
In what is the norm. The government says "NO" and you know you are in the right. You fight a good fight and win. They simply make it so the win is hollow.
Portsmouth High School has agreed to publish a yearbook photo of a senior dressed in chain mail and brandishing a prop sword, under a court settlement announced yesterday by the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The decision to include the photo of Patrick Agin in the high school yearbook resolves a months-long dispute that resulted in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the ACLU on behalf of the graduating senior and his mother, Heidi Farrington.

They argued that principal Robert Littlefield violated Agin’s right to free speech when he decided to bar the photo from publication on the grounds that it violated the high school’s “zero tolerance” policy banning all weaponry.
he won..right?
Sylvia Wedge, chairwoman of the Portsmouth School Committee, confirmed yesterday that Agin’s portrait will run in the yearbook, The Legend, but she said an effort will be made to ensure similar photos aren’t allowed in the future.

“A settlement was made in order to not spend more funds on either side,” she said in an interview. “It was best to let it go. But the School Committee is working on the policy. There will definitely be a policy change.”
Every avenue of resistance to the state will be blocked. Nanny like bastards!

Captain obvious

The government repeats the mistakes of the past.
On Sunday, a 28-year-old Hollywood assistant named Seth plans to enjoy the Super Bowl in the same way millions of other football fans will: He'll bet on it.

How, exactly, will he wager that $100 burning a hole in his pocket? One thing he knows for sure is that he won't do it legally. Trekking to Vegas for the weekend is out of the question. And he won't do it using one of the publicly traded online services based abroad that have been taking sports bets from Americans over the past few years. They have mostly stopped taking action from U.S. residents in the wake of an aggressive government crackdown on Internet wagering.

But that doesn't mean he and other gamblers will be shut out. In fact, the government's war against illegal online wagering may be driving gamblers back to where they started: their local bookie. And in an ironic twist, there's a good chance the bookmaker is taking bets over the Internet, too.
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"The online–gambling ban should be renamed the Sopranos Support Bill," says Wayne Allyn Root, an outspoken professional sports handicapper in Las Vegas. "All of this money has moved to brand–new, privately held companies (that) opened overnight and (are) run by criminals engaging in fraud and organized crime."
"Ban it and they will come". This ban on online gambling, is not about gambling. It is about the government attempting to ban something they cannot control or tax.

They sure did good on prohibition.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Intimidation can backfire

The pentagon tried it and it didn't work.
Two weeks after a senior Pentagon official suggested that corporations should pressure their law firms to stop assisting detainees at Guantanamo Bay, major companies have turned the tables on the Pentagon and issued statements supporting the law firms' work on behalf of terrorism suspects.
That's a big FU to the government.

Because he can

A restaurant in NY has taken a most unusual path.
Why would someone choose to run a restaurant with only one non-meat or non-fish option in a vegetarian-friendly neighborhood like the East Village? “Well, I guess it was because I don’t like people telling me what to do,” says Chang.
He has the right to make the menu choices. He doesn't on smoking. The state knows best.

A win for a blogger

A blogger shows resisting gov intimidation is sometimes winnable.
The cacophony the blog response created forced the end to the lawsuit, but now, almost a year later, that same blogosphere response has yielded a remarkably positive development for the taxpayers of Maine: Dann Lewis is gone.
Good job.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Quote

The essence of constitutionalism in a democracy is not merely to shape and condition the nature of majorities, but also to stipulate that certain things are impermissible, no matter how large and fervent a majority might want them. — George Will

Thanks IRS

Destroying dreams, one person at a time. The IRS at work.
Brian Emmett’s childhood fantasy came true when he won a free trip to outer space.

But the 31-year-old was crushed when he had to cancel his reservation because of Uncle Sam.
Thanks uncle Sam.

Wow! followup.

Remember the politician who replied to an email and also made subtle threats?
In New Hampshire, when you call your state representative, you don’t speak to some staffer; you speak to the rep himself (or herself). If you e-mail your representative, he’s the one who writes the response. It’s very personal. And it’s very easy to keep a close watch on what these reps are doing.

Now we all know that politicians hold We the People in contempt, but it’s very rare that one admits it. Such an admission is political suicide. Indeed, it was with shock that I witnessed New Hampshire Rep. Delmar Burridge (D-Keene) commit political suicide in responding to a constituent’s e-mail.


The politicians reply to the original email included this.

I am copying two members of the Keene Police Department in case you want to change your ways and act legal and save your friends.

You are very passionate in your beliefs and would make a great snitch. It is thrilling to dime on your so called friends
.
It looks like being dragged through the press was NOT to his liking. He has since replied to his stupidity.
“This is a learning process for me,” said Burridge, who has received dozens of calls from as far as Florida, Missouri and California. “I’m certainly learning the power of blogs. … It’s fascinating.”

When the Internet storm dies down, Burridge would like to meet with Iselin to discuss the issue further, he said. “He’s certainly a very energized and passionate young man.”

Iselin said he would be open to a meeting, as well. He is even hoping that Burridge might appear on his television show.

“I was just trying to get in touch with him in the first place,” Iselin said. “That’s what this whole thing was about.”
I love seeing politicians squirm.

Prosecutor sees the light...maybe

The body count increases, and a prosecutor sees a glimmer of the light.
After police shot to death two men in eight days during separate undercover drug operations, Jacksonville's chief prosecutor said he questions the value of the stings.

"If we're just selling drugs to addicts, I don't know what we're accomplishing," State Attorney Harry Shorstein said. "This could wind up being the tragic death of one kid - arguably a bad kid - and a gentleman who had the right to protect his property."
They are winning. Dead people do not deal drugs.

The problem is that innocent people afriad of the dealers are also being killed..by the police.
Authorities are investigating the police shootings that killed Douglas "D.J." Woods III, 18, and Isaac Singletary, 80.

Police say Woods, described by family as a college hopeful who worked at two community centers, was shot dead trying to rob an undercover narcotics officer during a Jan. 20 drug sting at Sable Palms Apartments on Emerson Street. Singletary was killed Saturday - the day of Woods' funeral - after confronting undercover officers that he apparently confused for drug dealers doing their business outside his home.
The war on drugs needs to end.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

What little is said, says so much.

Not much of the story is available online, but the message is loud and clear.
In August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina flattened two bridges, one for cars, one for trains, that span the two miles of water separating this city of 8,000 from the town of Pass Christian. Sixteen months later, the automobile bridge remains little more than pilings. The railroad bridge is busy with trains.

The difference: The still-wrecked bridge is owned by the U.S. government. The other is owned by railroad giant CSX Corp. of Jacksonville, Fla. Within weeks of Katrina's landfall, CSX dispatched construction crews to fix the freight line; six months later, the bridge reopened. Even a partial reopening of the road ...
a free market working for itself, or a government regulatory machine, Guess which one wins?

{via Mises blog}

***Official press release***

I would officially stop rumors that I have organized a presidential exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential election and have no plans to form one in the near future. I feel what I am doing here on my blog is more important at this time then running for office.

To all of those at the grass roots level that have pushed for me to run I extend my heart felt thanks. My family and I are honored that you wish me to represent you and it truly hurts to turn down the many requests to run, win, and be your representative in Washington.

In these troubled times I hope someone of character wins, but it will not be me next year who takes that position.

Thank you all.

Friday, January 26, 2007

shockingly enough. I agree.

Getting the government out of our daily activities is rather important to me. You may be surprised that I agree with the government here.
Citing the controversy surrounding the Dakota Fanning film Hounddog, the leader of the state Senate Republicans says he wants the government to review scripts before cameras start rolling in North Carolina.
Now why should I agree with this?
That system, said state Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, would apply only to films seeking the state's lucrative filmmaker incentive, which refunds as much as 15 percent of what productions spend in North Carolina from the state treasury.
You suckle at the governments tit. You live it by their rules. You want to do it free, then dump government assistance.

screw your neighbor 2

Seems doing a kind act for a friend with publicly available software can be a crime.
What: Insurance agent sued for "unauthorized practice of law" after he uses Quicken software to help a 91-year-old woman create a will.

When: Supreme Court of South Carolina rules on January 22.

Outcome: Use of computer software ruled to be "unauthorized practice of law."
Hard not to break the law today.
{via shlep}

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Quote

The era of resisting big government is never over. — PAUL GIGOT (1998)

But who will watch the cameras watching the cameras that are watching the cameras?

In England and Scotland people have this small good habit of torching speed cameras. So many burn that they plan on putting cameras to watch the cameras.
Speed cameras in the Scottish Borders may soon be monitored by security cameras to protect them from vandals.
It is among the measures being considered by the Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership.

There have been seven camera attacks in just three years, with machines being set alight, damaged or pulled over.
So you end up with cameras, watching the cameras. This sounds like an idea that Inspector Clouseau would support.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

At least they're not surprised.

You ban, or heavily tax an item, prepare for a black market.
Now that Texans have to shell out $1 more to the tax man for a pack of smokes, many may look elsewhere for their fix. Like "under the counter" of some neighborhood corner stores or smoke shop, authorities say.
The tax increase, which took effect at the beginning of January, means the tax on a package of cigarettes is now $1.41 — pushing the average overall price to almost $5 per pack.
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Officials acknowledge they've seen black-market smokes hit the streets even when Texas' tax rate was among the lowest in the country. Before January, the state's most recent cigarette tax increase — from 26 cents to 41 cents — was in 1990.
Good.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Quote

The "assault weapon" ban didn't stop the [World Trade Center/Pentagon] terrorists, Brady checks didn't stop them, the high capacity magazine ban didn't. Right to Carry would have. If it had saved only one tower and the people in it, it would have been worth it. GUN CONTROL KILLS. — LTC Stasski, 9/11/01

Monday, January 22, 2007

Burn baby, burn!

Looks like some in England are willing to get their hands sooty to show their displeasure.
BRITAIN'S most vandalised speed camera has been wrecked for a SIXTH time.

The hated machine had only been back in action for a week when it was targeted again and torched.

In three years the device, by a school at Flax Bourton, near Bristol, has been set alight four times, knocked down and rammed. Each time it costs £30,000 to replace.

The boss of Motorists Against Detection yesterday claimed responsibility.
Burn baby, burn.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Thanks Gonzales

Protecting our rights?
Sen. Arlen Specter: Now wait a minute, wait a minute. The Constitution says you can't take it away except in the case of invasion or rebellion. Doesn't that mean you have the right of habeas corpus?

AG Gonzales: I meant by that comment that the Constitution doesn't say that every individual in the United States or every citizen has or is assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn't say that. It simply says that the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended.
Crappy way to start the weekend.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

screw your neighbor

When I was younger I remember the trip to the grocery. It was only a few blocks from our house. A now defunct A&P was where my mom went. My mom never bought more then she, and myself, could carry back home. No car.

What about if your neighbor have a whole group of kids? 4-5 means a lot of food and other goods. Hard to walk home with that much. Let's say you offer to take them every week or so to the local grocery and load up the trunk.

Thanks to the government you now need to check their paperwork or else lose your vehicle.
Every day, in the course of routine activities, thousands of Tucsonans transport people who are in the country illegally.
An errand to the supermarket with the maid, a ride to a family gathering with a relative or a trip to the hospital with the handyman who falls off a ladder.
According to the U.S. Border Patrol, those drivers are committing a crime by transporting illegal immigrants.
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According to the courts, the mere presence of an illegal immigrant in a vehicle does not mean the driver has committed a crime.
On the streets, however, the Border Patrol calls the shots.
Its agents can seize vehicles based simply on the presence of a passenger who is an illegal immigrant, Rodriguez said. The vehicle's owners then face steep impound fees and long waits to retrieve their cars, according to experts.
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A year and a half ago, 23-year-old Marana native Richard Morales was driving a neighbor to a junkyard for car parts when a Border Patrol agent pulled him over.
It turned out his neighbor of 10 years was in the country illegally. Morales had no idea.
"He'd lived here since I was kid," said Morales, a former mechanic at Pep Boys.
"He had a job here, three kids, a wife that worked at Wal-Mart. Why should I ever think about it?"
Border Patrol agents arrested him on suspicion of smuggling.
He was released after six hours, he said. The agency seized his car and two months later he received a storage bill for about $900, which he couldn't pay.
"I lost the car. I lost my job. I lost everything," Morales said. "How could they do this to me?"
So if your neighbor needs help. Just say "screw you" and walk away a good little citizen.

Paperwork will need to be shown before you can now enter a city bus, a cab, or any other vehicle.

Big Brother, and fear, is here to stay.

Wow!

A local New Hampshire man, Toby Iselin, emails his politician in support of legalizing marijuana. His politician replies, and then informs the police.
In New Hampshire, when you call your state representative, you don’t speak to some staffer; you speak to the rep himself (or herself). If you e-mail your representative, he’s the one who writes the response. It’s very personal. And it’s very easy to keep a close watch on what these reps are doing.

Now we all know that politicians hold We the People in contempt, but it’s very rare that one admits it. Such an admission is political suicide. Indeed, it was with shock that I witnessed New Hampshire Rep. Delmar Burridge (D-Keene) commit political suicide in responding to a constituent’s e-mail.
The politicians reply to the original email included this.
I am copying two members of the Keene Police Department in case you want to change your ways and act legal and save your friends.

You are very passionate in your beliefs and would make a great snitch. It is thrilling to dime on your so called friends
.
Email your politician, and get on a list.

Damned politicians.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

No good deed goes unpunished

A guy finds he was ticketed unfairly, and illegally. He fights. He fights a good fight.
The Great Virginia Parking Ticket Battle began with a burst of expletives one Saturday morning in October 2000, when Woodbridge resident Robert W. Eberth, a retired Navy captain, found a $35 citation on the windshield of his 1990 Ford Taurus. NO VALID STATE INSPECTION, it said.

Eberth had been ticketed under Prince William County Code 13-322, mandating up-to-date inspection stickers for vehicles parked on public roads. True, Eberth had allowed the Taurus's registration to lapse. But he was saving the car for his teenage son and had parked it in the private lot of his apartment complex.
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Over the next six years, representing himself in multiple court battles, Eberth took his parking-ticket dispute all the way to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Last month, he won.

A three-judge panel in Alexandria went even further than Eberth had imagined, ruling that Prince William had no authority to ticket vehicles with expired inspection stickers parked on private -- or public -- property. The ruling by Judge Robert J. Humphreys said state law prohibits only the operation of a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker, casting doubt on whether police anywhere in Virginia can ticket parked vehicles with expired stickers.
The old line now comes to mind. "I fought the law..and the law won".

You ask how I can say the law won.

Easy.
county attorneys in Prince William are scrambling to draft legislation for the General Assembly that would authorize ticketing of parked cars with expired stickers. County residents who have paid such fines won't get their money back. "If they haven't contested, that's the end of it," said Paul B. Ebert, commonwealth's attorney for Prince William.
All they do is change the law, and keep the stolen money.

The state won.

Prohibition comes to mind

Remember the last great effort to ban an item for our own good? How well it worked out with illegal free market underground production, and gin joints unregistered places of business.

Looks like the same nannies are hitting the same problem.
Tasmania, the first state to place a blanket ban on smoking in bars 12 months ago, has experienced a rise in illegal pubs, a situation hoteliers say is likely to spread.

Sly-grogging in sheds, garages and backyards had been reported in about 30 towns across Tasmania, with up to two or three unlicensed premises per town, Australian Hotels Association, Tasmanian manager Daniel Hanna said today.

Most reports were from regional or country areas, although some "shed drinking'' was occurring in the suburbs, usually in areas with a large proportion of traditional clientele, such as smokers not interested in gaming facilities.
Those who do not study history are....Oh never mind.

I find, looking at history, that I would have supported the rum runners.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The police will protect

That's the mindless chanting you hear when it comes to protecting yourself. Problem is that they cannot even protect themselves in some situations.
A samurai sword wielding vigilante has come to the rescue of two Police officers when they were attacked by an armed gang in South Shields, England.

A group of men had forced their way into a house and were ransacking the place when passing plain-clothes officers were alerted by a woman inside screaming.

The criminals outnumbered them and were armed with a hammer, knives and chains and attacked the Police officers.

As one of them stabbed at a Policeman with his knife, a mysterious do-gooder appeared from nowhere and attacked him with a samurai sword.

One of the burglars began running away but was stopped by the stranger who struck him on the arm with the sword.

Two of the criminals were arrested, but in true hero style the samurai disappeared before police could speak to him.

A third man was arrested later and two more are still being hunted.

Police are especially keen to trace the man with the sword who came to the aid of their officers, and have asked for anyone with information to call them
.Notice that he is called a "vigilante" and the police desire to speek to him. My advice is for him to keep his mouth shut.

What a firearm!

If someone came to you with a new model firearm and used the following to describe it, what would you say?
“Hey,” one of the officers asked, “aren’t you going to clean it?”

“Oh,” Murphy grinned as he snapped the box shut, “didn’t I tell you? The whole gun is non-corrosive, even under a salt water spray, and the lubricants are permanently fused into the metal. It’ll never need oil, and dirt can’t stick to any of the moving parts. Bury it in sand, dig it up, bang the butt on the ground once to clean it out, and it’ll work like a hundred-dollar watch.”
Now I do not own one of these firearms so I have no hands on experience but some people are pretty opinionated about them. I'll stick with the AK.

The firearm? The AR-15.

{via Modern Mechanix}

Touchy subject

when I first read this blog post at Legislative report, I was worried about commenting on it. with MLK day fresh in so many people's mind, a wrong conclusion could come from any remarks made.
Martin Luther King and why I am not a Libertarian

The Libertarian position would be that Blacks did not have the right to sit at certain lunch counters, or looked at another way that White owners were within their rights to refuse service to said Blacks. Forcing White owners to serve Blacks does curtail their, the owners, freedom and liberty to serve whom they choose.

The state regulates markets. The question then is whether it is preferable to protect the rights of sellers/owners to engage in trade with whom they choose or to mandate that sellers/owners may not lock out potential buyers/consumers on the basis of race, that a free and open market must be free and open to all.

I side with MLK on this one and his brilliant methods - economic boycotts and peaceful resistance - inspired by his understanding of the Gospel message. I have great respect for the Libertarian approach and in a virtuous society laws protecting the rights of Blacks to partake in market activity would be unnecessary.
I find in today's society so many "rights" that other basic ones are crapped upon. He mentions a "right to sit". While it may sound cruel, I say that the ability to sit is at best a privilege and not a right.

What I find interesting in his post is something rather obvious.

A basic libertarian idea is that the force of government should not be used like a hammer on the people. They have this "goofy" idea that the rights and powers over themselves, rests with themselves. They also believe in social activism.

Like MLK.
I side with MLK on this one and his brilliant methods - economic boycotts and peaceful resistance
Very libertarian if you ask me.

As much as I support MLK and the civil rights movement to attempt to get the ability to sit at those counters, I also support the property rights of the owners to decline serving whom they desire. The right to be stupider then hell, is still a right.

You may now curse me at your leisure

USA. A no fly zone?

Looks that way.
Growing up, my dad was a corporate executive in an industry where family members were routinely kidnapped and held for ransom in various countries. As a result, I had a no-travel list of countries I could not visit, which included unsurprising entries like certain third world nations but also included countries like Italy and Germany, which we forget were plagued with Red Brigade kidnappings in the 1970's.

Foreign executives may have to add the United States to their no-travel list, as the US steps up its campaign of arresting people for activities they engaged in outside our country and which were legal in their home countries:
But I feel so safe.

Moooo?

{{{BOOM!!}}}

That's the sound in Cambodia.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Lan Kosal smiles wryly as he breaks down the cost of killing a cow with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
For $555, Mr. Lan, an arms merchant, says he will take a client to a remote field in the Cambodian countryside to obliterate a bovine with the Soviet-era armament designed to destroy tanks and cause mass casualties.
When many Cambodians earn less than a dollar a day, why is this grisly recreation that is popular among backpackers so expensive? "The real cost is the cow. You have to buy it before we let you kill it," Mr. Lan explains matter-of-factly
They need money, they create a market, and the free market wins.

Quote

The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... — Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 (1894).

Monday, January 15, 2007

Thanks Denver

Such a fine example of why the government is not to be respected. You shovel the snow from your sidewalk, the city plow covers it again, and they threaten you. Yippee!
When 60-year-old Cynthia Roberson got a citation to for having snow on her sidewalk, she could not believe it.


And it's not because the disabled woman can’t physically move the frozen-over mess, but because she already paid someone to shovel her walkways.

“It was clean. It was done correctly,” Roberson said.

However, she said overnight Denver city plows scooped the snow back and buried her sidewalks. Now, the city has given her 24 hours to remove the snow or else she faces a fine of $150 for the first offense, $500 for the next one.
With friends like the Denver gov, who needs enemies?

Quote

An enemy of liberty is no friend of mine. I do not owe respect to anyone who would enslave me by government force, nor is it wise for such a person to expect it. — Isaiah Amberay

Sunday, January 14, 2007

DUI. What DUI?

Seems politicians do enjoy certain benefits that would get you and I busted.
OCPD came under fire when news broke that Smith and Smolko stopped Atkins, who was allegedly driving erratically and blew a .14 in his preliminary breath test, but decided against making a DUI arrest...

After Atkins blew nearly double the .08 legal limit, officers did conclude that he was unfit to re-enter traffic. He then contacted a friend, who drove him and his wife to their Millsboro home.

Atkins was arrested hours later by Millsboro police and charged with offensive touching -- a charge to which he pleaded guilty in December -- after a dispute with his wife.

Many in the community believed Atkins, who flashed his legislator ID to police during the stop, received preferential treatment in being let off with a warning...
Now the height of hypocrisy is MADD. They support the police officers decision.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Is that a shirt, or a crime?

In a few states it could be both.
The latest shirts include all the 2,803 names of troops who died in Iraq through Oct. 23, 2006. To fit more names on the shirts, we enlarged the design from about 9-inches wide to about 13 inches wide. We were able to keep the font size roughly the same.

The shirts have led to new legislation in Louisiana and Oklahoma, and federal legislation is pending as detailed below. As of late October 2006, the federal legislation had 103 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives
Using those names is tasteless, and improper.....but should not be stopped because it outlawed your sensibilities.

Quote

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (42B.C)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Ron Paul for President?

This news is pretty interesting. Not sure if he really has a chance. An honest man in politics is like a virgin in a whorehouse. Myth.

Tennessee gentility

In Tennessee we try to show a certain level of gentility to everyone who is in our house. Up to the point that we shoot them.
When she answered the door, Dople says two men wearing masks barged inside. They had a gun.

Dople says the men pointed the gun at her forehead and ordered her to the ground. That's when Green came around the corner. He grabbed his own gun and asked the men to leave.

When the men did not leave, he shot one in the chest
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Even in the worst of situations, a level of proper decorum must be preserved. After all. We are not savages.
"We have the right to protect ourselves. If we hadn't had the gun and he hadn't done that.. It could've been us...We could've been dead today," Sonya Dople says.
Amen sister. Can I get a witness?

I'm back

Sort of.

About a week ago i sat in front of the computer and when I started to blog an item I went "Blaaaaaaaah" and turned it off. A light burnout.

I am not dead, and the blog is not. It is simply going to working in short bursts.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Jaywalking

There are so many laws that it is impossible to NOT be a criminal. Also these crimes have such horrible consequences that your life and career could be over by something as simple as jaywalking.
On Friday the Tufts historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto was arrested by Atlanta police as he crossed the middle of the street between the Hilton and Hyatt hotels. After being thrown on the ground and handcuffed, the former Oxford don was formally arrested, his hands cuffed behind his back. Several policemen pressed hard on his neck and chest, leaving the mild-mannered scholar, who's never gotten so much as a parking ticket, bruised and in pain. He was then taken to the city detention center along with other accused felons and thrown into a filthy jail cell filled with prisoners. He remained incarcerated for eight hours. Officials demanded bail of over a thousand dollars.
What started things going bad?
In court even the prosecutors seemed embarrassed by the incident, which got out of hand when Fernandez-Armesto requested to see the policeman's identification (the policeman was wearing a bomber jacket; to Fernandez-Armesto, a foreigner unfamiliar with American culture, the officer did not look like an officer).

Here are three short videos worth watching of the story of jaywalking by the arch-criminal himself.




Don't let your children grow up to be jaywalkers please.

Quote

If a man neglects to enforce his rights, he cannot complain if, after a while, the law follows his example. —OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

Friday, January 05, 2007

Hello

I'm not dead. Just been busy with some new year activities. so much so that I'm cutting back on several things. Blogging will suffer.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The sky HAS fallen.

Wow!
A New Jersey state court judge on Dec. 13 enjoined enforcement of a Jersey City ordinance limiting handgun purchasers to one gun a month.

In a suit that tested the power of cities to write their own laws to curb gun-related violence, Hudson County Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli said he doubted the ordinance would achieve that end. And he found it pre-empted by the state's extensive gun-control scheme.

Gallipoli also said the law violated equal protection grounds, deeming it arbitrary, capricious and lacking a rational basis.
The timer for removing this judge from the bench has been started. No way can he survive in NJ with such a freedom based mentality.

It's about the killing

One of the main arguments against certain evil rifles is that they are not needed for hunting. Some gun enthusiasts have gone out of their way to show that they are good for hunting.

I'm not.

My EBR(Evil Black Rifle) is mine for three reasons.

The first is target shooting. I like hitting that tin can, bottle, or paper target. I like it for target shooting. It is a calming sport and something my wife and I enjoy doing together. Coming in third to other activities.

The second is for desire/educational reasons. Because of my brothers desire to shoot it, he now owns one of his own. I have used my rifles to teach him a little history on the specific rifle, and firearms in general. Teaching someone to enjoy and respect firearms is a meritous deed.

The third reason I have an EBR is for killing. Not hunting. I don't hunt. It is for KILLING PEOPLE WHO THREATEN ME. There is no cute way to phrase it. No quotes from Washington, or Orwell to bolster my views. It is to protect my family, my life, and my goods. I don't need anymore reasons then this to own and keep them.

You will not take them from me. Discussion over

Monday, January 01, 2007

A quiz that hit it right on the head.

You Are 20% Democrat

If you have anything in common with the Democrat party, it's by sheer chance.
You're a staunch conservative, and nothing is going to change that!


You Are 20% Republican

If you have anything in common with the Republican party, it's by sheer chance.
You're a staunch liberal, and nothing is going to change that!


While fun, it does go to show the main view that you HAVE to be either one or the other.

To damn lazy

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