Saturday, March 30, 2013

Shall Not Be Infringed

From Breitbart:

Utah Sheriffs Association to Obama: From Our Cold Dead Hands: "As sheriffs across the nation signal opposition to enforcing additional federal gun regulations, the Utah Sheriffs' Association sent a letter to President Obama assuring him that its members similarly will not comply. 

The letters insists that the rights of Utah citizens trump any new gun control measure that Congress might pass, and sheriffs in Utah are prepared to trade their lives in defense of their constituents' right to keep and bear arms. 

The letter, signed by 28 of Utah's 29 sheriffs, sternly rejects the citation of recent tragedies as Congress's rationale for expanded gun regulations"

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Guilty. And Unlikely To Be Proven Innocent.

Wet Mountain Tribune - Page 2 - 3/28/2013: "Jobe said that in the country of Mexico the only folks allowed to legally carry guns are law enforcement officers.

“The general citizens don’t have guns,” said Jobe, “but the gangs and cartels do.”

According to statistics provided by Jobe, there have been 50,000 murders in Mexico since the year 2000.

Additionally, Jobe said he feels that the state legislature was in such a rush to get some gun control laws passed that not enough research and homework was done.

“They didn’t listen to law enforcement and others,” said Jobe.

“For example,” said Jobe, “any clip in which the bottom can be opened up is illegal beginning July 1.”

Jobe, who owns such a gun, said that such clips are manufactured that way to make it easier for the consumer to keep them in good, working order for safety.

The new law, said Jobe, prohibits the manufacturing of clips with those removable front plates.

“The governor and legislators were given this information but they chose to sign the law anyway,” said Jobe.

Additionally, said Jobe, clips do not have serial numbers on them like guns do so it is going to be difficult to prove when and where a clip was purchased.

(Beginning July 1 when the new laws go into effect, Colorado manufacturers will be required to have some sort of identity stamp on such clips.)

“In our country,” said Jobe, “You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with the way the law is written, I think people are going to be guilty until they are proven innocent.”

Additionally, said Jobe, if the clip is illegal, then the gun is basically useless.

“I already have people asking me what they can do with a gun they have had for 30 years and how are they going to prove that they had it and the clip before July 1,” said Jobe. “It is going to be difficult for an owner to sell a gun that uses such magazine clips or to pass such a gun down to a family member,” said Jobe."

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Colorado's Governor: Openly Corrupt (Bumped)

Clements update: Hickenlooper was friends with the father of white supremacist - Article Comments - View topic - General Discussion - Article Talk : Denver Colorado Neighbors: "Yeah, that part didn't make it into the Denver Post piece. Nor did the fact that when a 9News investigative reporter asked a followup question as to whether the governor could assure the people of Colorado that there was no connection between the campaign contributions and Ebel's release, the good governor, obviously annoyed, suggested that the reporter could lose his "access" for asking questions like that."
Move along now. Nothing to see here.

Time to get busy on the recall drive. (Note: This post will stay on top for a while -- look for new posts below.)

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Move Along Now...

The PJ Tatler » North Carolina Woman Fights Off Two Male Intruders with Pistol: "The men ransacked the house, and when they opened the closet door, she fired at them, Griffin said. One man was struck, authorities said.

The men fled, and neighbor Wayne Crumpler said he heard them yelling for help."
Nothing like this ever happens of course...

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Dear Kids

Instapundit: "DEAR KIDS:"
Yup. Sequester for thee but not for me, the Kingly BHO. Well, and you chumps are too stupid to know that it's not actually a cut. And I'm certainly not going to tell you.

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Biden Audio: Assault Weapons Ban 'Just The Beginning'

Biden Audio: Assault Weapons Ban 'Just The Beginning': "Vice President Joe Biden on a conference call with "Mayors Against Illegal Guns:" "And lastly, but not least, the Assault Weapons ban and the limitation on the size of magazines, let me say this as clearly as I can: this is just the beginning. We believe that weapons of war have no place on our streets. That’s the message that the retired admirals and generals have spoken to us about. The comment one of them used was: if you want to learn how to use a semi-automatic weapon, join the United States military, but these are weapons of war, and we believe there’s no rational reason why someone would need a clip that can hold fifteen, twenty, thirty, one-hundred bullets, one-hundred rounds. We have to do more and we will do more.""
One hundred rounds?  And the military gets to decide what we can have?  Who rules who?

This is the same genius that recently brought us:
I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semiautomatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming.
This whole thing is factually wrong from start to finish including the fact that any LEO will tell you that firing your shotgun through the door will land you in jail -- even probably in Texas or Wyoming.

But lucky for us they're not coming for our guns.

And there's no historical commentary about this from founders and well known supreme court justices on this topic (also here).  That is being flushed down the memory hole O course.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Daniel Hannan | Occupy Wall Street Debate | Oxford Union

Daniel Hannan | Occupy Wall Street Debate | Oxford Union - YouTube: "Daniel Hannan | Occupy Wall Street Debate | Oxford Union"
Beautifully done.

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And How We Burned (Reprise)

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Justice Story On The 2nd Amendment

Joseph Story - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "On the Right to Arms of Military Utility The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."

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Or Just Read The First Comment

Rothbard on Recessions | Zero Hedge: "There's nothing that ever goes wrong that politicians can't make worse."

OK, not really -- although it is an excellent comment. You should WTWT as it's short and pithy including covering the "depression" of 1921. Didn't know we had a depression then? That's why you need to watch of course...

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Du'O: NPR goes rogue on SSDI

NPR goes rogue | Power Line: "Reader EC advises:
We interrupt this forum for a special bulletin: *****NPR HAS GONE ROGUE***** They just broadcast an hour-long episode of “This American Life,” which was a devastating critique of the disability program. Devastating. They called it the new default welfare program, pointing out that it costs the taxpayers vastly more than all other welfare programs put together. They went on and on and on and on and on about the utterly corrupt and dysfunctional character of the whole program and its explosive growth. Podcast version available Sunday at 7 p.m. Central Time here (Program 490: Trends with Benefits)."
And no doubt Barry's comments to NPR will be in the mold of the words of our own corrupt Governor of Colorado that they will "lose [their] access for asking questions like that".

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

COTD: A) Incompetent Retards or B) Evil Geniuses or C) Commonplace...

About That Government Ammo Purchasing ...: "Arendt's first reaction to Eichmann, "the man in the glass booth," was — nicht einmal unheimlich — not even sinister." (4) She argues that "The deeds were monstrous, but the doer ... was quite ordinary, commonplace, and neither demonic nor monstrous." (5) Arendt's perception that Eichmann seemed to be a common man, evidenced in his transparent superficiality and mediocrity left her astonished in measuring the unaccounted evil committed by him, that is, organizing the deportation of millions of Jews to the concentration camps. Actually, what Arendt had detected in Eichmann was not even stupidity, in her words, he portrayed something entirely negative, it was thoughtlessness. Eichmann's ordinariness implied in an incapacity for independent critical thought: "... the only specific characteristic one could detect in his past as well as in his behavior during the trial and the preceding police examination was something entirely negative: it was not stupidity but a curious, quite authentic inability to think."
Wow. But it couldn't happen here of course.  Move along now.

And you wondered why they shout down anyone who actually tries to study the Nazis enough to avoid a replay...

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Liberal Fascism Today

How Liberals Argue - YouTube: "This scene is a microcosm of how liberals seek to silence the opposition by censorship and leveling personal attacks while avoiding the issues at hand. It further elucidates their ignorance of the issues, their bad habits of changing the subject during the debate, and their wild self-constructed fantasies of the world at large. Liberalism is a mental disorder. "

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In Case You Were Wondering How Feinstein Will Win

“Adam Winkler Asks If ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ Killed Gun Control” | protein wisdom: "Feinstein’s S.150 is not dead. Lacking votes to ram it through Congress, Harry “the gun owners friend” Reid has placed it on the fast track for passage by placing it on list of bills to be enacted by attaching it to a “must pass” bill. This is precisely the same path that Feinstein’s 1994 bill took. And Feinstein’s feigned upset not withstanding, this appears to have been the intent of Reid, Schumer, and the Senate Democrats."

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Red Line

An update on Iran’s nuclear program | Power Line: "Reza Kahlili is the pseudonymous former CIA operative who penetrated Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of A Time to Betray. Kahlili has published two columns on disclosures he attributes to a high-ranking Iranian intelligence officer: one here in the Washington Times and one here at WorldNetDaily. Using Google Earth, Kahlili briefly summarizes the contentions of his Iranian source in the video below."

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Do You Know What You're Really Watching?

Stargate Studios Virtual Backlot Reel 2009 - YouTube: "Stargate Studios Virtual Backlot Reel 2009"

Turn. Off. Teh. T. V.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Michael Crichton on Politics as Religion with Bonus COTD

Michael Crichton on Politics as Religion: "9 from an interview with Crichton

Q: What is the most serious threat facing our civilisation?

A: Loss of classical liberal values in those western societies that embraced them.

England was the first modern state, the first superpower, the first nation to deal with moral issues around the world, and the first nation to install the benefits of what we might now loosely term a liberal society. I mean that in the 19th century sense of liberalism. That notion of liberalism was also present in America, but made it to the Continent only in a pale and limited form. It is a wonderful social conception that must be vigilantly guarded. It is not shared by other nations in the world. Nor is it shared by many citizens in English-speaking countries. Peculiarly, many of our most educated citizens are least sympathetic to classical liberal ideals. Indeed the term 'liberalism' in the modern day has come to imply a constellation of attitudes that John Stuart Mill would not recognize as liberal at all. Nor would, say, John F. Kennedy recognize them as liberal. Kennedy's conception of liberalism was simultaneously more tolerant and more tough-minded: tolerant about varieties of behavior within the society, and tough-minded toward threats to a tolerant society from without.

That's all gone, now. Today there is far too much sensitivity within societies, and too little hard-nosed recognition of threats from without. We are inclined to be intolerant of speech by our friends and neighbors, and tolerant of beheadings, rape, and homophobia in distant lands.

This makes no sense. But here we are.

Posted by: Grumpy Cat at March 20, 2013 05:30 PM (j3uk1)"
Yes, here we are.

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How well did Hansen (1988) do? | Watts Up With That?: "The graphic from RealClimate asks “How well did Hansen et al (1988) do?” They compare actual temperature measurements through 2012 (GISTEMP and HadCRUT4) with Hansen’s 1988 Scenarios “A”, “B”, and “C”. The answer (see my annotations) is “Are you kidding?”"
I'd call Hansen and his toadies loons but frankly that would be an insult to loons.

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Suddenly Now A Problem?

On “the Promise of Gun Control” | protein wisdom: "Geoff B sends along the following chart — an annotated version of the chart that appears in the original post at Extrano’s Alley:"

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Out O The Park

Bookworm Room » At CPAC, Dr. Ben Carson comes out swinging against President Obama: "But let’s say somebody was there and they wanted to destroy this nation. What would you do? Let me tell you what I would do. First of all, I would create division among the people. I would have everybody pitted against each other because a wise man by the name of Jesus once said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” And then I would encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality and the principles that made and sustained the country. And then I would undermine the financial stability of the country, and drive us so far into debt that there was absolutely no chance that it could recover. And I would weaken the military and destroy the morale of the military. That’s what I would do and I guarantee you it would work. Now, the question is, it appears coincidentally that those are the very things that are happening right now. And the question is, How do we stop it. Can we stop it?"

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

By The Numbers

Stuyvesant class of ’17, by the numbers | Power Line: "On Twitter via John Podhoretz, I see that Kay Hymovitz points to the demographic breakdown of the entering freshman class at Stuyvesant High School. Stuyvesant is one of New York’s specialized public high schools where entrance is determined solely by Specialized High School Admission Test scores:
—Stuyvesant offered admission to 9 black students; 24 Latino students; 177 white students; and 620 students who identify as Asian."
And from the comments there's this from Larry Elder:
Michael Kennedy · Top Commenter

Larry Elder talks about a library near where he lives in LA. The sidewalk outside is full of black kids on skateboards and break dancing. Inside it is filled with Korean kids studying with their mothers hovering over them.
It's not cool to be smart. Full. Stop. Coming. Soon. Because. O. This.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Welcome To The Banana Republic O Colorado

Colorado Sheriff Says Dems Are Using Salary Threats to Pressure Sheriffs to Support Gun Control Bills | "One Colorado sheriff is claiming that Democrats are pressuring pro-gun sheriffs in the state with tactics he think border on extortion.

In a radio interview with KVOR on Saturday, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said he received an email last week with a threat to stop or stall pay raises to the state’s elected sheriffs if they don’t support Colorado’s pending gun control legislation."
So much for those pledges to uphold the Constitution. We might as well just use it for TP at this rate -- the Jack*sses certainly do.

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Monday, March 11, 2013


Video: How to break 15 laws in 33 seconds « Hot Air: "There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. -Ayn Rand"
Welcome to your world.

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Touch Your Nose..

Who Spends The Most Dollars Lobbying Washington, DC? | Zero Hedge: "Oil? Financials? Aerospace? When someone asks who the biggest sources of lobby dollars for DC's politicians-for-purchase are, these are the three usual suspects that come to mind. Some may, therefore, be surprised to learn according to the database kept by OpenSecrets between Pharmaceutical and health product industry, hospital and nursing homes, health professionals and health services, HMOs, or more broadly Pharma/Healthcare/HMO, the total lobby dollars spent between 1998 and 2012 was a staggering $5.3 billion, or nearly three times greater than the second most generous industry: insurance, and well above Oil and Gas at $1.4 billion, and Securities and Investment at $1.0 billion. Is it becoming clearer why the US government has few qualms about unsustainable taxpayer funded healthcare spending, especially when there are so many current benefits accruing to the politicians who see so many billions in benefits from passing lobby-friendly laws now (by which we mean generous taxpayer funding, the bulk of which benefits the healthcare industry's bottom line)?"
... You finally figured out where the greatest ROI opportunity evah is. And I hate to disabuse you but it ain't in the free market...

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Ace of Spades HQ: "So here's a better question: How many times more money does Tides donate than the Koch Brothers' foundations?

a) 150% as much

b) Twice as much

c) Three times as much

d) Five times as much

The Joe Bloggs answers for this question are anything less than "five times as much."

Now, given that Tides Foundation, a leftwing group founded by radicals is donating five times as much as the Koch Brothers, we'd expect at least as many mentions of Tides, right?

But of course not. Tides is permitted to operate in secret, with scarcely a mention; the Koch Brothers have the Scare Campaign ginned up against them."
Go RTWT and then profess to me how shocked you are...

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Only Just Begun

The War Against the Second Amendment Has Only Just Begun | Power Line: "Note how closely this reasoning applies to the Democratic Party’s effort to ban “assault weapons,” certain randomly designated semi-automatic rifles which are identified by cosmetic features. Rifles (all rifles, not just semi-automatics) are the least popular method of committing murder; more people are beaten to death with bare hands, and five times as many are knifed. The singling out of “assault weapons,” defined by a seemingly random assemblage of insignificant features, is utterly arbitrary. Bear in mind, too, that there is a constitutional right to own and carry firearms, while there is no corresponding right to consume sugary beverages, so an assault weapons ban would be judged by a more stringent standard."

To call this one a RTWT is an understatement. It crystallizes the Dem modus operandi perfectly.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Prison Towers Of Pluto

Moonbattery » US Debt Visualized in $100 Bills: "While Obama stages theater of the absurd by squeezing misery out of a slight temporary reduction in government growth, here’s what his government is doing to our future:"

Or if you prefer aerospace try estimating how far into orbit "just" $1T of $1 bills would stretch placed end to end. All the way into earth orbit you say?

Try orbit of the Earth around the Sun. Yes, that's 1 AU.

The math works like this:

A dollar bill is about 6 inches long, so 1T of them is 500B feet. That's:

To convert to miles you can round a bit and divide by 5,000.  That means that you take away three zeroes and convert the 5 to a 1:

The Sun is roughly 93,000,000 miles from earth.  93,000,000 is within 10% of 100,000,000 so $1T in $1 bills laid end to end is approximately the distance to the Sun (or 1 AU).

The official debt is >$16T which means that you could string $1 bills to the Sun and back 8 times to equal it.

If you take a GAAP view rather than listening to corrupt and self serving politicians (but I repeat myself) then there are estimates of the actual national debt ranging from $50T to over $200T.

If Pluto were measured this way, at it's aphelion it would only come in at $48T.

We couldn't pay that back even if every child born from now on made Albert Einstein look stupid.

And trust me, we're going the wrong direction on that one.

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A Just Torpedoing

Instapundit » Blog Archive » THIS IS PROBABLY WHY JOHN MCCAIN AND LINDSAY GRAHAM HAVE THEIR PANTIES IN A WAD: Rand Paul filibust…: "And Prof. Stephen Clark emails: “Rand Paul did the unforgivable: He upstaged ‘The Dinner.’ Worst of all, though thinking about it for a while, Paul decided to do it on his way into the Senate yesterday morning more-or-less on the spur of the moment. For god’s sake man, he torpedoed a whole news cycle focused on the two of them and the mysteries of conversations unheard but lovingly hinted at by both McCain and Graham.”

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 11:58 pm"

"Torpedoing" is one of those words that make you do a double-take isn't it? But there's no "double think" involved ;)

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I Seem To Have Missed It Also

Ace of Spades HQ: NYT shocker: Global warming averted impending ice age [Purp]: "So, can someone explain to me again why mile thick glaciers over the northern states are desirable again? I missed that explanation the first time."
Good Galloping God.

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But There's More! (Homicides In Strict Gun Control States)

New Study Finds Firearms Laws Do Nothing to Prevent Homicides | Power Line: "But there is more: note that Fleegler’s study covers all 50 states, but leaves out the District of Columbia. Why do you suppose he chose to do that? Because the District has 1) some of the nation’s most draconian gun laws, and 2) the highest murder rate in the country, higher even than Louisiana’s. In 2011, the District had a firearms homicide rate of 12.46 per 100,000. Now let’s redo Fleegler’s math, with the District counted as one of the ten strictest jurisdictions. We now have an average rate of 4.0 gun homicides per 100,000 in the ten most anti-gun jurisdictions, and a gun homicide rate of 3.5 per 100,000 in the ten jurisdictions with the fewest gun regulations, even if we include the outlier, Louisiana."

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Moonbattery » Attorney General Okays Using Drones to Kill Americans on American Soil Without Trial: "You can stop pretending you don’t live under tyranny when the federal government claims authority to use unmanned drones to assassinate American citizens on American soil without due process of law"

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

On Taking The F'in Moron's Advice

Moonbattery » Women Take Biden’s Shotgun Advice: "Good thing average Americans are brighter than our kakistocratic rulers. Imagine conducting your household finances the way Washington manages the budget — if the federal government even had a budget. Worse yet, imagine being dumb enough to take (illegal) advice on home defense from the moron who is a heartbeat away from the presidency:"

What a sanctimonious, ignorant prick this moron is. I'll stop there to avoid the week-long version.

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It's Not Just Financial Rape They Support

Moonbattery » Rapists for Gun Control: "At least gun-grabbing Democrats are advancing the best interests of their constituents — i.e., criminals. Will Bill for America explains:"

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