Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stupidity is the the New Normal

This country has plunged head first into the stupid pool.

The latest evidence?

Oregon officials are draining a drinking water reservoir because someone urinated in it.

That's right.   We are flushing 8 million gallons of water down the drain because some drunk guy pissed through a fence.  It is costing $35,000 to drain and refill the reservoir.

$35k in taxpayer money literally down the drain.

Let's establish a few facts:

  • Urine is sterile, it contains no infectious vectors.  
  • You can drink urine directly with no ill effects. Crazy health nuts do it all the time. 
  • This urine would be diluted to 1 part to 64 million after he pissed a pint into 8 million gallons
  • 1 part in 64 million is not detectable in any test that has been devised
  • The rotting and diseased carcasses of animals are routinely pulled from these reservoirs and they don't drain them because of that. 

So why are they wasting all this time and water?

Water bureau administrator David Shaff told KATU it's not about the science.

"There are people who will say it’s an overreaction,” he said. “I don’t think so. I think just dealing with the ‘yuck factor,’ I can imagine how many people would be saying, ‘I made orange juice with that water this morning. That’s not what I want to hear.’ ”

So we are spending $35K so this guy doesn't have to defend science from the scientifically illiterate who worry about the 'yuck' factor.

We are all on the stupid train now.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Re-populating Detroit won't help

There have been a number of proposals to fix what ails Detroit by importing hundreds of thousands of skilled immigrants to help re-build the city.

This idea will not work.

The 67% decline in the population of Detroit is the symptom, not the cause, of the decline in that city.

People have fled Detroit because it has been ruled by Democrats for over 60 years and has implemented a number of anti-business, high tax, anti-freedom proposals.  The affluent and the middle class have the resources to relocate and they have done so in droves.  They fled the policies of socialism and decline.

Importing new people to live under the same failed policies won't change anything.

Those people will remain mired in poverty and dependence along side the current crop of residents of the Democratic plantation.

If you want to save Detroit you need to change the policies, not the people.

Socialism Works!

The latest news out of Venezuela is that there are massive food shortages and anti government demonstrations.

The Maduro regime, following the Chavez blueprint, has been loudly cheered on by the Useful Idiots of the world as they have aggressively implemented socialism.

Useful Idiot Poster Child Sean Penn
It took only 15 years of socialism to change Venezuela from the most productive and wealthiest nation in South America to a basket case that cannot feed it self.

See?  Socialism works!
Empty shelves... thanks Sean Penn!

This was entirely predictable.   What was surprising is the speed at which the country collapsed.  It took the Soviet Union 70 years to collapse, but here we see the economy implode in a little more than a decade.

Why so fast?

The modern technology dependent economy is much more fragile than the brute force agriculture and steel economy of the last century.

Farming depends on high tech tractors and bio-engineered seeds, not draft horses and gleaners.   Manufacturing companies are critically dependent on free trade and a global supply chain, not coal mines and steam locomotive driven trains.

When you block free trade and seize the assets of the corporations that are feeding your nation, they stop feeding your nation.  The gulf between modern agribusiness and traditional farming methods is huge -- enough to plunge the nation into famine.

Socialism works -- assuming your definition of works is 'destroys the economy'.
Socialism is the equal sharing of misery

The good news is that the modern economy can't survive for very long under socialism.

The Bolsheviks condemned millions to 70 years of oppression and poverty.  The Venezuelan's are lucky, their country won't last the year.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Some Promise Zones are More Equal than Others

Our fearless leader, Barack Obama, has proposed Promise Zones as the cure for what ails the country.

His announcement that the Federal Government will, by Executive Order, put teams of Federal Workers on the ground to 'cut red tape' and give money to community groups and leaders, is perhaps the largest over reach by any President, ever.

There is one good thing here:  At least Obama admits that government regulations destroy opportunity and hinder economic growth.

Other than that, there are a few problems with this idea.

Incoherence -- Obama says 'In a country as great as this one, a child’s zip code should never be what determines his or her opportunity' and proposes to fix this by giving extra help to people... in certain zip codes.

This makes no sense even in the rarefied air of Washington rhetoric.

Totalitarianism in Populist Drag --  This is the exact same idea proposed in the 80's by Jack Kemp.  His so-called Enterprise Zones would give certain politically favored people economic and social advantages over other, less favored people.   The problem then, as now, is that this is a massive transfer of power to the government.

Imagine a world in which a politically drawn line is the difference between success and failure for your business.  If you are subjected to a web of crushing federal regulation and your competitor across the street is not, your life's work and investment will be destroyed overnight.   The temptation to gerrymander the lines to save your business will be strong, and the state will literally have the power of life or death over people and their businesses.  This will not go well.

Unconstitutional --  In theory, the regulations that Obama is promising to waive for certain favored constituencies are based on laws passed by Congress.  The President has no power to change these laws.  Jack Kemp at least proposed his idea in the form of legislation.  This president as planning to do this by fiat.  Even if this is a good idea, which it most assuredly is not, it is unconstitutional to implement by Executive Order.   Not to mention that this likely fails the 'equal protection' clauses of the Constitution.  Two different sets of laws depending on which side of the street you live on?  Not going to pass muster with the Supreme Court, I would imagine.

This announcement is dripping with stench of boondoggle spending and cronyism.

These areas – urban, rural, and tribal – have all committed, in partnership with local business and community leaders, to use existing resources on proven strategies, and make new investments that reward hard work. They have developed strong plans to create jobs, provide quality, affordable housing and expand educational opportunity, which we’ll help them execute with access to on-the-ground federal partners, resources, and grant preferences.
Each of these designees has a proven track record of working collaboratively; their officials work as a team with business, faith-based and non-profit organizations; and with the public to ensure that opportunity becomes real for every member of their communities. 

Let me translate for you:  we are going to give gobs of money to ACORN-like community groups and they are going to ensure that Democrats get elected forever.

This is right out of Animal Farm.  The people inside the Promise Zones will be more equal than those poor benighted souls left on the outside.

Monday, January 6, 2014

When is 100 Million Dead Not So Bad?

When is 100 million dead people not so bad?  Well, when it is not true, for starters.

The latest hysterical claims from the global warming fanatics is that 100 Million people will die from the effects of Climate Change.

Why should we care what these whack jobs are claiming?

One reason is the that other Leftist whack jobs are using this entirely made up number to excuse the actual 100 million murders perpetrated by socialist governments in the last century.

"Socialism killed 100 million??  Oh yeah, well Capitalism is killing people too!  Just you wait and see!"

Let's look at the claim they are making.

Basically, they are taking a small increase in mortality they claim will happen (ie, that they have completely made up) and multiplied it by a lot of people over a very long time.    They are claiming 100MM deaths over 70 years against a world population that is 6+ billion and growing.

If you use a long enough time frame against really big population numbers you can come up some really big made up numbers.

The percentage of increased mortality they are estimating is roughly .02%.  This is 2/10ths of one percent.

This percentage is so small as to be undetectable and below any statistical relevance.

This claim is a lot of hot air.

You Spelled 95% Accurate Wrong

The Left continues to bang the drum that the US Military is committing murder mass murder as we fight wars around the world.  

The latest claim is that 5% of the people killed by drone strikes are innocent.  

If that number is true, then the United States is the most benevolent and caring country that has ever been established.  That number means that we are 95% accurate with our drone strikes.  

95% Accurate!!!

There has never been a military that has come close to that degree of accuracy.  Civilian death have always been a part of warfare.  In some cases, civilian deaths were the entire point of the war. As recently as WWII the US military deliberately targeted civilian populations as a means to win the war. Even if you ignore the obvious events like nuking Hiroshima, we bombed Dresden and killed 100,000 civilians on purpose.  

95% accuracy is an incredible technical and policy achievement. 

We should be proudly trumpeting our incredible skill and technical prowess as further proof of American Exceptionalism. 

Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For???

The latest internet squabble is over a Rolling Stone article  that advocates 5 things that the "millennials' should be fighting for.

Bad grammar in the title aside, here are the main points of the article:

1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody
2. Social Security for All
3. Take Back The Land
4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody
5. A Public Bank in Every State

Before we dissect each point, let's take a quick peek at the overall incoherence of the article.

Point 1 guarantees work for everyone.   Point 2 guarantees an income even if you don't work.  Why do you need guaranteed work if you already have guaranteed income?  Who would choose to work if the alternative was to not work and still get paid?

Point 4 calls for the elimination of private financial assets, and Point 5 calls for a public bank into which you deposit your private financial assets.  Hello?

Each of the points, when examined in detail, betrays the intellectual vapidity and the complete detachment from reality of the author.

1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody
...The easiest and most direct solution is for the government to guarantee that everyone who wants to contribute productively to society is able to earn a decent living in the public sector. There are millions of people who want to work, and there's tons of work that needs doing – it's a no-brainer...
... Imagine a world where people could contribute the skills that inspire them – teaching, tutoring, urban farming, cleaning up the environment, painting murals – rather than telemarketing or whatever other stupid tasks bosses need done to supplement their millions. Sounds nice, doesn't it?

Sound nice?  (the underlying thought behind all liberal ideas, BTW, it 'sounds nice').

The furious envy that drives the author is betrayed by the thought that 'bosses' hire people to do 'stupid tasks' to 'supplement their millions'.  Last time I checked, no one is forced to work in any of these jobs. Businesses exist ONLY to make profit for the owners.  That is their sole purpose, and to demean the tasks that help them create value shows that the author has never run a real business.

2. Social Security for All
What if people didn't have to work to survive? Enter the jaw-droppingly simple idea of a universal basic income, in which the government would just add a sum sufficient for subsistence to everyone's bank account every month. 

What if people didn't have to work:?  What if Unicorns were real?  People DO have to work.  The means for our survival does not drop from the sky like mana from heaven .  We must produce the food and shelter we need to survive.   The fact that modern capitalism produces so much surplus wealth that the author has apparently become detached from reality does not change the fact that unless people work there is no food to eat.

3. Take Back The Land
Ever noticed how much landlords blow? They don't really do anything to earn their money. They just claim ownership of buildings and charge people who actually work for a living the majority of our incomes for the privilege of staying in boxes that these owners often didn't build and rarely if ever improve.... In any case, we have to stop letting rich people pretend they privately own what nature provided everyone.

Again, we see the author's total detachment from reality.  Landlord's actually do provide a valuable service.  They provide capital to allow people (like the author) who lack capital, to live in housing they could never build themselves.

Property rights and capital produce apartment buildings.  No property rights and socialism produce the shanty towns with cardboard and tin shacks you see throughout the third world.

And nature did not provide apartments.  People did.  Search the world and you will not find an apartment building that sprung forth from the bosom of nature.   People saved money and built the building.  They improved the land.  Absent property rights in land, these improvements do not happen and everyone is living in a cardboard hut.

4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody
... Just buy up their stocks and bonds. When the government does that, it's called a sovereign wealth fund. Think of it like a big investment fund that buys up assets from the private sector and pays dividends to all permanent U.S. residents in the form of a universal basic income. 

This idea assumes that the government creates value when it prints money.  This is absolutely not the case.  A dollar is a claim on the work of other people.  I trade you a dollar for the scarf you made, or you give me a dollar in exchange for an hour of my labor.

The money the government has comes from the taxpayers, and the 1% pay the vast majority of the taxes.

Taking peoples assets away and giving them back a claim on their own future labor is not progress, it is theft.

5. A Public Bank in Every State
 The whole point of a finance sector is supposed to be collecting the surplus that the whole economy has worked to produce, and channeling that surplus wealth toward its most socially valuable uses. It is difficult to overstate how completely awful our finance sector has been at accomplishing that basic goal. Let's try to change that by allowing state governments into the banking game.

No, banks do not exist to channel wealth to 'socially valuable uses'.  They exist to make profit for the owners.  
One reason that our finance sector has failed to meet that 'goal' is that it is not trying to accomplish that goal. 

And allowing the government into banking will have the same degree of success that the government has had in backing green energy companies.   Every one of those investments has failed spectacularly, with Solyndra being the $500MM poster child for how badly the government invests.  

Imagine if the entire world were run by the people that invested in Solyndra?

In summary, the author has a bunch of half baked ideas that don't stand a chance of succeeding in the real world. 

And for the record, the alternative to low wages is not higher wages, it is no wages at all. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Who needs who, redux...

Boeing corporation is in the midst of a labor negotiation with the unions, and they seem to have reached an impasse. 

Never fear, a solution is at hand!!

Newly elected Seattle councilman Kashma Sawant has exhorted the workers to seize the means of production.

Sawant is calling for machinists to literally take-possession of the Everett airplane-building factory, if Boeing moves out. She calls that "democratic ownership."

“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don't need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” she said.
Sawant says after workers “take-over” the Everett Boeing plant; they could build things everyone can use.

“We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.

Oh, really?
The workers don't need the executives?

They will sell products designed by whom?  With raw materials delivered on time by whom?  The contracts will be written and executed by whom?

Look, I am not a fan of lawyers, purchasing agents and Human Resources, but you will need them to do business in the modern world. 

The workers a Caterpillar learned the hard way during the 1990's who really needs whom.  They went out on strike and the managers came in an ran the plants themselves.  The results?  Costs went down, quality went up. and Caterpillar posted record profits.  It was huge disaster for the unions and it was very clear that the executives need the worker far less than the workers need the executives.

I don't expect the socialist politicians to understand the real world.. After all, they don't have to live in it. 

But factory workers need to get a clue. 

Running a business is not easy and the workers are far better off under Capitalism than any other economic system.

Monday, September 9, 2013

If One Million Muslims protest with 2 Million Bikers revving, does it make any noise?

The planned Million Muslim March on 9/11 has caused some controversy.   People are annoyed that the Muslims would march on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.    I am not sure, however, that there is much to get annoyed about.  The Facebook page for the event has only 57 likes – or one for each state, as one wag put it.

So the Million Muslim march will likely be a complete bust, with a few hundred or few thousand attendees, at most.

The real event on 9/11 will be the counter-march.

The 2 Million Biker march.

And this is not the spandex and 10-speed biker crowd.  This is the Harley, leather and American Flag biker crowd.  These are the people that ride to military funerals to block out the sight and sound of the Westboro Baptist church nut bags.  These are patriotic Americans with a willingness to put their bike where the mouth is.   Or something like that.

The Muslims have been granted a permit to hold their event, but the Bikers have been denied a permit to ride through without stopping.
 Undaunted, the Bikers are going to ride anyway. They will simply have to obey traffic signals, etc.
This should be an interesting event.  I am guessing the Muslims will be outnumbered 100-1.  The Bikers will ride slowly and peacefully around the city, snarling traffic and deafening bystanders for the entire day.

It will be fascinating to observe how the media reacts to this.   Other than completely ignoring the bikers, it will force them into verbal gymnastics to spin the days events.   The few hundred Muslims will be completely overshadowed by the sight and sound of hundreds of thousands of Harley's cruising through the city.
I look forward to complaints from the Muslims that riding a Harley is racist. 


Thursday, September 5, 2013

New York, meet Detroit...

Republican Mayors have run New York for the past 20 years. (Ok, Bloomberg is pretty liberal, but he is still less Lefty than the Democrats in that state).

Things have been pretty good in New York during that time.  Crime is down. Incomes are up.  The city is one of the shining examples of western civilization.

It looks like that run is about to come to an end.  The odds on favorite to win the mayoral election this fall is Bill de Blasio, a hard core socialist and wealth redistributor.  As noted in this article in TPM:

de Blasio for Commisar!
"But de Blasio’s campaign is framed around the problem of inequality and he’s been pretty specific about what he’d do. The centerpiece is a sizable hike in the taxes of upper income New Yorkers to pay for universal pre-k and after school programs throughout the city. The rest center around policies and laws to prop up the low-end wage structure."

The TPM article laments the fact that despite many candidates talking about income redistribution, no one has really done anything about it.  It goes on to say

"How much you can really move the needle on these questions in a single city with two other states nearby is a very open question. But New York, given its size and the relative immobility of some of its major industries, is perhaps the only city where you could take a stab at it. So it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. "
In other words, he is planning to soak the rich, and he is hoping that they will not move away and foil that plan. 

Good luck with that.  

Detroit found out the hard way that when you soak the rich and subsidize non working class, you destroy the entire city.

The assertion that New York's industries are immobile and therefore can be heavily taxed with little risk that they will move on to greener pastures is absurd.

Detroit had the quintessential immovable industry -- large smoke stack factories with a huge embedded supply chain of smaller factories.    And yet virtually the entire industry has moved away from Detroit.

New York does not make cars.  It sell financial instruments.   This is a completely mobile industry  -- all you need is an Internet connection.

If you start taxing New York millionaires, don't be to surprised when they become Hilton Head millionaires.

If de Blasio and his fellow travelers get their wish, they will destroy New York City.

R.I.P. Parody

The Obama Administration, and Democrats as a party, are officially beyond parody.

There is no joke you can make, or mocking barb you can toss, that is not immediately bought to life by some Democrat.

When Obama started to wobble on Syria, the wags and the bloggers pointed out that he surely was about to blame Bush for the current mess in the Middle East.

The ink was still wet on that particular lampoon when James Carville (D - Middle Earth), decided to make that argument.

Here is the exchange with Bill O'Reilly:

O’REILLY: Libya a mess. Iran is defiant.
CARVILLE: Come on, look. When is all of this — when was it not? I mean, Gaddafi is gone. It is a mess, I agree with that. But, you know what, it’s a mess and we haven’t lost any kids over there which says something and –
O’REILLY: I’m not sure that’s a litmus test, it doesn’t seem to be any clear vision on the part of President Obama. He doesn’t have — ‘here is what I want.’ He doesn’t have that.
CARVILLE: You know, what I would say and maybe a little bit of a different view here. I think what really is freaking people out is the incompetence of the Bush administration in Iraq.
O’REILLY: You’re going to blame Bush?
CARVILLE: Of course, the Iraq thing is why people have so much trepidation about going into Syria. They said the last time we went over there, look what happened. I really think this has something to do with it.

So there we have it people. 

It is all Bush's fault.

And Parody is dead.

Monday, August 19, 2013

What is Venezuelan for 'Atlas Shrugged'?

The Wall Street Journal today discussed the current state of Venezuelan economics and the picture ain't pretty.

Hugo Chavez was a champion for the poor and a foe of the dreaded oligarchs and capitalists.  So he did what all agrarian reformers and socialist parasites do.  He helped the poor by destroying the rich.  He nationalized the oil company, the factories, the large farms.  He imposed price controls and heavy regulations.

In short, he imposed socialism on the wealthiest nation in South America during his 14 year tenure.

A few short years later, the results are becoming apparent:

  • Venezuela went from a net exporter of rice, beef, and coffee to a net importer of these staples.
  • Imports have quadrupled to $60B per year since Chavez took power.
  • 30% of the non-poor have fallen back into poverty
  • The budget deficit is running at 12% of GDP and inflation is at 42%
  • Bauxite production has fallen 70% since they adopted a model that shuns profit making and focuses on cooperatives
  • Rice production on some farms has fallen 30% for lack of spare parts, fertilizers and herbicides
  • The entire country ran out of toilet paper and police were raiding the homes of people suspected of hoarding extra rolls of Charmin.

All of this is, of course, entirely predictable. This is textbook socialist dysfunction right out of Atlas Shrugged.

Every socialist economy has failed, and Venezuelans are about to pay the price for Chavez's communist ideals.

After the 2010 nationalization of the countries primary supplier of farm supplies, it is now routinely late in delivering the basics like fertilizer and herbicide.  The farmers cannot get spare parts for tractors, and the price controls on rice make buying new equipment impossible.  So the farms fall in to disarray and production falls. 

The socialist rot spreads across the entire economy. In a capitalist economy an alternate supplier would step into the breach and fill the need, resulting in farmers getting what they need. 

The entire economy is propped up on oil production.  If that falls further than it already has or if prices fall, god help the Venezuelan people.  30% of the people who were middle class have now fallen back into poverty.

I guess Chavez loved the poor so much he decided to make millions more of them.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This is NOT helping

I asserted last week the that Trayvon Martin trial was going to be a disaster for this country.

I predicted that there would be retaliatory violence attempting to avenge Trayvon if Zimmerman is found to be not guilty of Murder.

This week the loony Left has been out in force on Twitter making death threats against Zimmerman and making general threats against 'white people'.

There are riots.

There are beatings and murders "for Trayvon".

The Department of Justice is taking a break from organizing anti-Zimmerman protests to gin up civil rights violation charges.

The prosecutor in the case, having failed utterly to prove her case in court, is now out on the talk show circuit calling Zimmerman a murderer.

Talk show hosts are calling Zimmerman a racist, and proclaiming a 'return to Jim Crow'.

Liberal magazines are calling the neighborhood watch "Slave Patrol", claiming that keeping an eye on your homes is the equivalent of tracking down runaway slaves.

Now that the word is out that Zimmerman is only half white (making him as white as, say, Barack Obama) they have resorted to claiming he is a 'white Hispanic' and that he has 'opted out' of being a minority and embraced white privilege.

The Left is bashing the entire country (as usual) as a fever swamp of racial animus.  Jesse Jackson has even asked the UN to look into civil right issues around this issue. 

The Democrats are trying pass laws against Profiling (whatever the heck that is) and self defense.

Racial tension are once again on the rise, and the Obama Administration is doing it's level best to fan the flames.   Eric Holder is out there telling audiences that he worries for the safety of his own children in the face of racist cops.
"It is Racist to criticize me for fomenting racism!" Eric Holder*

This is a huge disaster for race relations in this country. 

This entire incident has been manufactured by the Democrats and the Race Baiting industry -- not one of their assertions is backed up the facts -- and so, the blame for the fallout can be laid squarely at their feet.

Sadly, the real and lasting damage is to Black people themselves.

As Obama undoes all the economic and racial progress that has been made over the past 30 years, this trial and the faux-hysteria that follow will only serve to reinforce the perception that blacks are being held down by The Man.
"the whole damn system is corrupt..."

This attitude (whether accurate or not) is self defeating and helps keep the black community mired in poverty and violence. 

When the deck is stacked against you, why bother to even try?
When The Man is racist, why cooperate with the cops to put criminals in jail?
When the entire system is rigged against you, why get an education and 'sell out' to the whites?

All of this is self defeating, of course, and the only beneficiaries of a permanent black underclass are the parasites that feed off of their votes.  

I am talking to you, Democrats.

I am taking to you, Barack Obama.

* Not an actual quote

The Veto as Political Farce

Governor Quinn recently vetoed the legislation that would have permitted Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons.  The legislature, as promised, promptly over-rode his veto.  Concealed Carry is now (or soon to be) the law in Illinois.

 So why did Quinn veto a bill that passed with overwhelming support?

His reasoning was specious and overtly political.
The entire spectacle came about when the courts ruled last year that the then-current complete ban on concealed carry was a violation of the Constitution, and that citizen’s must be permitted to keep and bear arms.   Illinois is the only state in the entire country that does not permit some form of concealed carry.

Quinn’s veto was expected, but his comments asking for amendment were not. 
He makes a number of unsupported assertions liked to flawed logic and emotional appeal.  For example:

"The bill provides no cap on the number of guns or on the size or number of ammunition clips that may be carried. Instead, it allows individuals to legally carry multiple guns with unlimited rounds of ammunition, which is a public safety hazard,” Quinn wrote in a message to lawmakers.

The obvious question here is… based on what facts?   There is no evidence or study or statistics that link the number of guns or bullets that law abiding citizens can carry to crime.  This statement is false.  In fact, the evidence is overwhelming that when the number of guns in the hands of law abiding citizens increases, the crime rates decrease.
It also betrays Quinn's ignorance about guns.  Multiple guns?  It is hard enough to conceal one gun effectively, never mind multiple guns.  Apparently he watches too many movies and thinks people are wont to carry an arsenal around with them.  If his objection is that people who intend to do harm can now carry multiple guns, what makes him think that a law will stop them from doing exactly that?
“Recent shootings, such as the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman fired 154 bullets in less than five minutes, have put a spotlight on the extreme and unnecessary danger posed by high-capacity ammunition magazines,” Quinn wrote.

This is emotionally appealing until you remember that the Newtown shooter did not carry concealed.   Nor did he use a handgun.  Nor was he issued a concealed carry permit or a gun permit of any kind.   The Newtown shooting has exactly zero connection to the concealed carry debate unless you consider that all of the adult victims were not allowed to defend themselves in the ‘gun-free” school zone.
The best argument FOR concealed carry is that a lone madman was able to gun down nearly 30 people in a gun free zone with impunity.   Like every other mass shooting, the Newtown massacre ended when someone else showed up with a gun.  Too bad every adult in the building was, by law, unable to defend themselves and the children.

Under the bill, loaded guns would be allowed in stores, restaurants, churches, children's entertainment venues, movie theaters and other private properties, unless the owner visibly displays a sign prohibiting guns. As a matter of property rights, the legal presumption should always be that a person is not allowed to carry a concealed, loaded gun onto private property unless given express permission.

"Gun Owners can Suck It!"*
 Quinn has an interesting new-found concerns for the rights of private property owners.   Of course, what he is referring to is not truly private property.  He is referring to public spaces on private property.  Places where the government has usurped the property owner’s rights in a multitude of ways.  (Just try to limit the people that can enter your store based on skin color or religion.)  
All of these objections are designed to give him political cover with his base, and to continue the narrative that guns are bad.  Democrats are openly hostile to the concept of liberty and independence and are therefore implacable foes of self defense firearms.  
* Not an actual quote

Check Yourself

If you are outraged over the verdict in the Zimmerman Trial you need to check your facts, check your premises, and check your priorities.

Zimmerman was acquitted because ALL of the facts, circumstances and evidence back up his story. In fact, some of the most damaging testimony came in answer to questions the prosecutor asked. 
As David Burge points out, this is all political theater.
Gems like:

Prosecutor: So what other (than shooting Martin) options did George Zimmerman have?
Witness: None.

Even the prosecution stated that everything Zimmerman did was legal. Watch the closing arguments from both sides -- the prosecution had no case whatsoever and resorted to simply making things up.

Since Trayvon Martin died hundreds, no, thousands of black teens have died by gunshot, with the vast majority of that being black-on-black crime. A black teen was shot this weekend in Chicago because he refused to join a gang. If you want to be outraged, get some perspective and get mad about the rivers of blood running through the streets of cities like Chicago.

It would be nice if we could channel all this emotion into something that would help reduce the ongoing tragedy that is life in our inner cities instead of whipping up hysteria and faux-racism charges.

 Go to for a summary of the actual facts and testimony. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Zimmerman Gets Railroaded

Justice?  Or Race relations disaster?
George Zimmerman is getting screwed.   And our country is getting set up for a fall that will damage race relations for years to come.

The facts are pretty straight forward.  Trayvon was wandering around in the rain, smoking dope, and generally looking like he did not belong in the neighborhood.   George Martin noticed this and called the police.   Before the police could arrive, an altercation began that ended when Zimmerman shot Martin at point blank range.

Zimmerman was not charged with a crime in the immediate aftermath of the incident, and all the facts and evidence seemed to support Zimmerman’s story.  He was in fear for his life because Trayvon Martin was on top of him and pounding his head into the concrete.   There is absolutely zero evidence that Zimmerman has told anything but the whole truth.

It was only months later after a firestorm of controversy was manufactured by the professional race-baiters that charges were brought against Zimmerman.

It has been pretty clear from the beginning that George Zimmerman was being set up as a fall guy by media.  A few examples:

·         The entire incident happened months before the controversy came to light.  The outrage and indignation were not spontaneous.  It was a manufactured crisis that was dredged up by the race baiting industry, not a real grass roots reaction to the incident that was treated as though it was breaking news.

·         The charges against Zimmerman are clearly politically motivated, and not a result of police work.  No new evidence has been introduced.  There has been no change to Zimmerman’s story.  The government has simply decided to charge him with a crime based on the nasty things being said about him on the news.

Bing Search Results still using the 13year old picture
·       The Media is making Zimmerman into a villain. MSNBC deliberately edited the transcript of his call to 911 to make him sound like he was profiling based on race.  Zimmerman gave a description of Martin that did not include any reference to skin color.  The 911 operator asked about skin color.  Martin then replied “He’s black”.  MSNBC cut out the 911 operator part, making it look like Zimmerman was volunteering the skin color.  The most commonly used picture of Zimmerman was in a prison jumpsuit, reinforcing the image that he is evil.  The picture that has been painted of Zimmerman is very unfair.

·         Trayvon Martin was portrayed an innocent young teen who went out to buy skittles.   The pictures that the media used were of Martin at age 13.  In reality, he was a full grown 17 year old standing at 6'2".   There are a number of menacing ‘gangster’ photos that are much more recent than the 4 year  old “St. Skittles” picture.  The only pictures that the general public ever saw, however, made Martin look like a sweet little boy.  There is no discussion of the huge gaps in the timeline between when Martin left the house until he was spotted lurking about in the rain. Taking a long walk in the rain is not normal behavior.

·         By all accounts, Trayvon Martin was a troubled youth, with drug use, guns, and school suspensions on his record.  His phone and Facebook profile have many 'gangsta' photos including someone brandishing a gun.  None of this is being widely reported, and some of it, like the pictures on his cell phone, are being actively suppressed.   Martin is being portrayed as a saint but the truth is more menacing.

·         Photographic evidence that supported Zimmerman’s story  (blood running down the back of his head, etc.) was ignored, while great emphasis was given to pundits speculating that he was some sort of racist vigilante.  They even lied about Zimmerman’s race, referring to him as white when he is actually Hispanic. The media has grossly distorted the facts through unbalanced and fraudulent reporting.

·         President Obama gratuitously volunteered that “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”.  It is an interesting use of the bully pulpit that can only inflame this situation by making it about skin color.  This is grossly irresponsible and will results in bloodshed when Zimmerman is acquitted.

The pattern is clear.  Zimmerman is being set up as the racist murderer, and Trayvon Martin is portrayed as St. Skittles, an innocent youth gunned down for no reason.
This narrative is not supported by the facts.   Martin may or may not have been up to no good, and Zimmerman may or may not have confronted him.  This does not give Martin the right to attack Zimmerman and pound his head on concrete.   The attack alone justified the defensive use of a firearm.

Zimmerman was within his rights and within the law that night, and the police were correct in not charging him with a crime at that time.

To make matters worse, the prosecutor in the case has wildly over-charged Zimmerman.   A jury may conclude that Zimmerman aggravated the situation and therefore is guilty of Manslaughter.  .  But the DA has charged Zimmerman with Murder 2 – murder with a depraved mind.  This is the most difficult murder charge to prove, and has made it even more likely that Zimmerman will be acquitted. 

Now we have a trial going on that will have a disastrous outcome no matter what the verdict:

If George Zimmerman is found not guilty:

·         The minority community will be outraged and there will be the potential for rioting.

·         There will be ‘revenge’ attacks and murders on white people to avenge Trayvon.  (In case you doubt this, think again.  It has already happened in a number of cases)

·         Minorities will have the perception of injustice and racism reinforced.

St. Skittles in a more natural pose

If George Zimmerman is found guilty:

·         An innocent man will have his life destroyed (or more destroyed than it already is given that he has been in hiding or jail for the past year)

·         It will have a chilling effect on people’s willingness to get involved in Neighborhood Watch or otherwise try to reduce crime and violence.  You would have to be crazy to call the police on suspicious characters if the downside is that you end up in prison. The Kitty Genovese factor will get worse when you run the risk of public humiliation and prison.  

·         The Rule of Law will have been further eroded.  Zimmerman is clearly being prosecuted for political reasons, not because he violated the law.

Either way the race baiting industry has created a win-win situation for themselves.   If Zimmerman goes to jail, it is a victory for them and will embolden their efforts to make minorities a special untouchable class of citizen.  If he is found not guilty, Martin becomes a martyr for race, and a grievance that the race hustlers will use to invoke the idea that America is a hopelessly racist country.

It is a lose-lose for the American people and the concept of equal justice and the rule of law.  Our feckless President has managed to turn a tragedy into a racially charged flash point that will damaged race relations for years. 


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moral Depravity Redux: Bloomberg's Movement Hits Rock Bottom

The Left is depraved. 

Morally bankrupt, intellectually stunted, and incapable of reason.

Here is the latest example.

At a recent anti-gun rally, one of the speakers was listing off the names of some of the victims of gun violence.

They listed the Boston Bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

As a victim.... 

Of gun violence....!

I will state it clearly for those of you who might have missed this part.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a terrorist that murdered a police officer, shooting him in the face at point blank range.  He then charged at the police with guns blazing and was shot down in the street like a mad dog.   All reports indicate that he was still alive after being shot, only passing into Hell after his brother ran him over in an attempt to escape.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is not a victim.  And he is certainly not the victim of gun violence.  He is a perpetrator and a terrorist.

This is not some fringe-whacko gun control group that is vomiting this stupidity, either.  This occurred at an event that was sponsored by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reading the names of those “killed with guns” since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary outside their “No More Names” bus.

The inability of the Loony Left to make a distinction between the murderer and the victims  is one of the many signs that Progressivism and Socialism are mental disorders.

15 Columbine crosses for 13 victims and 2 killers
This is not the first time that anti-gun zealots have advance the shooter-as-a-victim ideology.  After the Columbine shootings, several memorials were erected with 15 crosses or trees planted.  15 to represent the 13 victims plus the 2 shooters.

Sanity prevailed.  The father of one of the real victims angrily chopped down the 2 extra offending linden trees while the crowd looked on in silence.  And the entire row of 15 crosses was removed amid the hue and cry.   Better that that there be no memorial at all than to honor the killers as victims. 

This is the equivalent of posting the pictures of the SS guards at Auschwitz claiming that they, too were victims.

The Gun Control movement is deranged. They should not have a place at the table in civil discussion until they renounce their absurd idea that the killers are victims too.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quelle Surprise!

Apparently, being a Liberal means being in a state of perpetual surprise.  Having a fact and logic free agenda also means that you have to be ignorant of history and unable to make the simplest predictive connections.

Take for example the recent violence here in Chicago.

We have the first warm weekend where gang bangers, drug dealers and assorted ne’er do wells can hang out on the street corners without getting chilly. 

We also have the strictest gun control regime in the nation, thus ensuring the general population is disarmed and defenseless.

Naturally, the confluence of events over the weekend turns Chicago into a free fire zone, with 7 murders and 31 shootings.

The Liberals gasp “Quelle Surprise! How can this happen??  Who could have known?!?!? Mon Dieu!”

This is only a surprise to the feckless, the daft and the ignorant.

Anyone with a 3rd graders grasp of facts and logic could have predicted that gun control only disarms the victims and creates more crime, and that warm weather brings increased trouble on the streets.
Gun Control backfires every time is it tried.
The fact that Liberals are perpetually surprised by the facts indicates that they are unable to function as adults and are not fit to hold public office.



Rise of the Caliphate

Muslims believe that the end of the world will come with the return of the 12th Imam and the rise of the Caliphate.  The Caliphate is understood to be a Islamic super-state that unites the Muslim world in a single political entity.

The rise of the Caliphate has seemed like a distant and far fetched dream over the past few decades.  The most recent attempt at a unifying political state fell apart with the collapse of the UAE, and the many Muslim states throughout the Middle East were constantly bickering and fighting.

It would take a great Muslim leader to create the conditions for the unification of Islamic Caliphate.  A leader that could destroy the status quo and provide a unifying theme for the Muslim world.

Islam has finally found such a great leader and a great cause, and the domino's are falling in a way that virtually guarantees the rise of the Caliphate.

That man is Barack Obama and the theme is Jihad

Let’s take a look at the accomplishments of Obama over the past few years:

Iran:   A popular uprising of students against the radical Islamic state threatens to overthrow the jihadist regime in Tehran.  Obama remains silent and offers no support to the protesters.  The Iranians violently suppress the protesters, and the radical government presses onward to build nuclear weapons.  Obama’s inaction protect a radical Islamic regime.

Tunisia:  The moderate government is struggling to control a burgeoning radical element that is orchestrating street protests.  Obama refuses to intervene, and the government falls to radical elements, setting up a pro-Jihad regime in North Africa.

Libya:  The Gaddafi's regime is no friend of the US, but it has been largely quiet since Reagan bombed them in the mid-80’s.   Radical Islamists, encouraged by events in Tunisia, take to the streets and start an open civil war.   When it looks like Gaddafi will successfully battle back the al-Queda led rabble, the US intervenes with air strikes and weapons.    Radical Islamists take over the country and it’s stockpile of anti-aircraft weapons.

Egypt:  The Mubarak regime is stable and largely pro-US.  (or as pro-US as Arab nations get).  The Muslim Brotherhood, a known radical Islamic political organization, incites a street revolution.  Unlike Iran, Obama announces our support for  the rebels.  The moderate Mubarak government falls, and the radical Jihadists take control of the largest and best equipped military in the Middle East.  And then we ship them hundreds of additional tanks and advanced aircraft.

Syria:  A vicious civil war is being fought between the despicable and oppressive Assad Regime and the Islamic Radicals.  The war has raged for months with no clear winner.  The outcome hangs in the balance, with no clear benefit to the US if either side wins.  So, naturally, Obama is poised to intervene in support of the Radical Jihadists that control the al Nusra Front. 

In every case Obama and his State Department have intervened (or not intervened) in a manner that has supported the radical Jihadists. 

Mere incompetence would suggest that at least some of the policy decision would favor US interests.

I personally don’t believe that the 12th Imam will usher in the Islamic Caliphate.  But Obama is certainly making an excellent case that he should be considered for the job.

What's a Fella Gotta Do??

What’s a fella gotta do around here???

I have blogged.  Tweeted.  Facebooked. Commented on other people’s blogs...

I have written Letters to the Editor, to my representatives, and even the White House.

And, nothing.

Not a single damn thing.

What does a fella have to do around here to get raided by the Secret Service?!?!?

I mean, really. 
Tom Francois posts a few lousy tweets, and he gets the Secret Service coming to visit to attempt to intimidate him and shut him up.  
Some people have all the luck!

I mean, what’s this country coming to when a guy like me I can’t get a little respect from the totalitarian Obama regime?
Where’s my fair share of raids and intimidation?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Under Pressure

From a friend of mine....

I just heard on CNN that Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill in the Senate that bans pressure cookers in the U.S. Nancy Pelosi has introduced a companion bill in the House that bans anything that looks like a pressure cooker as there are obvious, distinguishing features of pressure cookers that "everyone" knows can add to the lethality of these heinous devices. She called out heavy duty power cords as an example of one of these dastardly features. Both women stated in their respective press releases, "if we can save just one life by banning pressure cookers, it will be worth it". 

In a related event, Piers Morgan (CNN's Tonight Show) has a commercial airing on CNN about a one hour documentary coming up with the title, "Pressure Cookers - The Scourge of America". The narrative from the commercial mentions that pressure cookers are not used in the U.K. and, as a result, the rate of bombings are much less there than in the U.S. (of course, you have to factor out all of the IRA bombings from the late 90s, but that fact detracts from the obvious menace to society that pressure cookers represent - the means justify the end). 


MSNBC this morning had a supposed expert on, demonstrating how food could be prepared without pressure cookers by simply using a boiling pot of water over an open fire. He claimed that pressure cookers were not needed to prepare one's food. He said that his progressive group was also looking to ban crock pots. Even though they technically aren't pressure cookers, they have an eerie resemblance to pressure cookers and should be banned for good measure. The same expert claimed that he believed pressure cookers were actually invented by the TEA Party as a means to create unnecessary panic and terror amongst our fellow citizens. He said the actions of the TEA Party in this regard are shameless and represent the extremist views of this right wing hate group. He was quoted as saying, "I hate these extremist, ring-wing idiots. Why can't they be more tolerant and accepting of our common sense ideas? Idiots they are!"


President Obama is planning a news briefing in prime time tonight, asking for the American people to drop their unnecessary use of pressure cookers as there are so many other options for preparing food. In fact, the First Lady is planning an episode on the Food Network next week to show the country how to prepare food, stating in an article in Vanity Fair, "My heart-felt desire is to be the positive example and role model for all of those food preparers in the U.S. who are too naive to use other means of food preparation." The President's message went on to state, "Without a doubt, the Bush administration left us a huge mess with an enormous supply of pressure cookers and no controls for their distribution - it will take us months to clean up this problem we inherited. Mark my word, if we haven't reduced the supply of pressure cookers in half by the end of my second administration, I promise not to open my Presidential Library in downtown Chicago after my presidency." Rumors are that the President has already broken ground for the Presidential Library on Lake Shore Drive, but Rahm Emanuel (Chicago Mayor) is denying that any permits were issued or construction has started.
The text of the President's speech goes on to encourage all of us to take a common-sense and balanced approach to using any food preparation device that could be considered lethal. He also wants to set up a federal agency that performs background checks on potentially lethal cooking devices and apparatus before they are sold. These background checks would be followed up by the creation of a national database to document owners of these potentially deadly devices. Early releases of the news briefing text had this quote from the President, "Let me be clear, if congress doesn't do its job and pass a law banning pressure cookers, I will use my power as the President and issue an Executive Order requiring the removal of these devices from all retail outlets and the immediate termination of all domestic manufacturing and foreign imports of pressure cookers." The Chinese, who are major suppliers of pressure cookers to the U.S., have threatened to retaliate and ban all imports of organic food from U.S. producers. As a result, Secretary of State, John Kerry, is planning an immediate trip to China to negotiate a deal that surrenders complete control of the South China Sea to the Chinese if they purchase at least a few dozen organic eggs from the U.S., stating, "This is a great deal for America given the circumstances." The organic chicken wing of the environmentalist group, "Save the Planet from People", was planning to make a large campaign contribution to Secretary Kerry's 2016 presidential campaign.


Ridiculous isn't it. Just shows how intellectually bankrupt and clueless our politicians and the left are on the real dangers in the world. I am not making light of the victims of the Boston bombings. Their losses are a tragedy. But, they were not killed by pressure cookers - just evil, twisted people.