MaddMedic poses this and many other serious questions.
When will enough be enough?
At what point does our so-called government cease to be legitimate? At what point do we declare it to be a criminal entity?
We think we should start making this declaration NOW. We will launch a new campaign for exactly this purpose starting tomorrow.
The hardwired message to Congress will read …
I no longer consider the federal “government” to have any legitimate authority. A long train of abuses and usurpations persuades my conscience that it has become a criminal enterprise. In the future I will submit to it out of fear rather than allegiance.
Please go and read the whole thing, then respond. I’ve written this blog for well over two years now, daily, and made many similar appeals. How much is too much? Is the frog now fully boiled? I am not suggesting insurrection nor revolution. I am not suggesting anything.
I AM asking you go. read and consider the above link. Didn’t the Declaration of Independance enumerate the crimes of the executive with which 56 American Patriots refused to stand? They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor by affixing their ‘John Hancocks’ to the treasonous paper.
Congress seems uninterested in addressing any of these issues. They’re making too much money on the side and passing legislation making certain they don’t have to use the Obamacare they passed for us. The ‘heroes’ of the Tea Party, like Chris Christie have been defrocked as RINOS (or worse). The border continues to be porous, and the so-called ‘Drug War’ unwinnable. And were being incessantly taxed and spied upon.
I’ve written about this model N frame Smith before. But, yet another tale bubbled up from the slime that is my subconcious.
It seems much of my ‘adult’ youth was spent in pursuit of both girls and guns. I was luckier with guns. And, frankly, not all that lucky with them.
John C. was a friend from my college law-enforcement classes. He was a former Marine wanting to become a deputy in the county where he grew up. He became my boss doing security at the closed Legend City amusement park. He was married to a strikingly beautiful young woman, who was a secretary at the local FBI office. This made sense in the scheme of things, as he was ruggedly handsome. Pale blue eyes, chiseled jaw and permanent five-o’clock shadow.
I’m certain had he known them, my friend Steve would have christened them Lance Goodlooking and Stella Stunning.
And there was something I desired of John’s – his Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman, with the Herrett Shooting Star stocks! (I kinda liked his wife, too, but, hey, they were married! – and I don’t DO that! As if she’d look at me even once…)
ANYWAY, having expressed my admiration for John’s Smith, one day he found himself short of cash, and offered to sell her to me. (the gun, not the wife). And I really, really wanted her. (the gun, seriously)
And we negotiated an arrangement. And I agreed to make payments. You see, I was making something like $90 a week, and had rent, etc. And I think he was asking $75. I could scare up $60, maybe. (this was 1976?)
Well, we met to finalize the deal, and John backed out! It seemed that the Highway Patrolman was his wife’s gun, and there was no way she was parting with her!
Geez! Turned down by the wife! (about the revolver). I can understand her not wanting to part with her though.
I heard some years later that John and his wife had a child, then divorced. I wonder if she still has the Model 28? Or is seeing anyone?
I’m kidding. I cannot afford either.
I now share a house with my roommate, a cat and three dogs. This is not about the animals.
My roomie and I were watching ‘The Americans’ (an excellent show about the KGB in Reagan’s USA), and she was remarking about Keri Russell, who plays the female lead. (Quite a stretch from Felicity, huh?)
And she took note of a small imperfection on Ms. Russell’s upper lip. Not surprising, as Ms. Russell is quite beautiful. And inquired, “What’s THAT about?”
Being the know-it-all I sometimes pretend to be, I suggested it was an intentional flaw – as one may not notice beauty without a minor flaw with which to compare it. (I don’t remember, some philosopher…anyone? Bueller, Bueller?)
And my roommate, who is quite fetching herself asks me, “So, what’s MY flaw?” - with a big smile.
OOPS. Danger, Danger, Warning, Will Robinson!
Of course, she does have
them one, but I’m not about to tell her! Perhaps it’s constantly denying her beauty. A real modesty and self-deprecation that makes her even more attractive. After all, if she thought she was all that, she’s be insufferable.
But, please don’t tell her…
So, my roomie and I frequent a local restaurant. Actually, it’s a sports bar and grill. We started going there a few months back, whilst exploring local businesses to support.
You all know I’m not a sports guy, but they have pretty delicious food (pulled-pork sliders topped with onion strings!, and teriyaki wings, and fish & chips-roomie’s fav. YUM!) and a good selection of beer, including many regional microbrews.
And all was right with the world. Until they stopped stocking our fav brew (the brewery raised their price) and consistently ignored State smoking regulations. They have a patio, right outside the front door, intended for folks to enjoy the weather. It is NOT a smoking area, but folks treat it as such. And, whenever someone goes in or out, smoke comes in. Now, smoking is legal, and I’m not particularly fond of the smell, but my roomie is asthmatic, and the slightest whiff can set her off. We’ve complained numerous times to the fine wait staff, but the AZ legal distance to door is not consistently enforced. And my roomie coughs up a lung and grabs for her inhaler.
I finally had enough (and perhaps one-too-many beverages) and got snarky with a waitress, then we left. And I followed up with a more sobering email to the manager. Hell, I said I’d buy the signage at the nearby Ace Hardware, if necessary! We’ll see what happens.
SO, today I received a text from my pharmacy one of my meds was ready for pickup. A great system ,except I pay for texts and I already picked up this med four days ago! I called the pharmacy to advise them to remove the auto-message from their system, and was told they are unable to do that. Huh?
I’m beginning to sound like an old person. “Back in MY day, they used to pay attention to the law, and detail, and customer service, and took care of the customer!”
B&G update – I received an email response stating they apologize, and will make certain signage is more visible remind everyone of the State regulations. Unsigned email. Oh, well, it’s better than a poke in the eye with a frozen washcloth. We’ll see…
I used to be ‘on’ Facebook a lot more. I located a number of long-lost friends there, and even connected with high school reunion (and junior high!) folks there.
But, as I became more of a blogger, my time there has been limited. I usually stop by daily, just to check-in though.
While there is occasionally conflict or a difference of opinion in the blogosphere, my experience in FB has not been the same. You see, persons of more diverse opinions tend to make theirs known on Facebook. I’ve no problem with people not being on the same page. That’s one of the things that makes life interesting. I’ve posted about such friends (Ralph). Life would be incredibly boring if we were all in lock-step.
My objection is people who aren’t even on the same planet or in the same universe. These folks concern me.
As an example, I’ve known a guy for about 20 years. We worked together @ TMCCC. We had some similar interests. I liked going all out for Halloween, so did he (for example). But, we never really got political. And he moved to Australia. And back here. And he visited me in the hospital after the accident – a good guy. We’ve reconnected on Facebook, and he’s made noises about getting together for a drink, or lunch, or something. A laudable idea. But…
He obviously not only has no idea where I stand (he doesn’t read this blog); he (re)posts stuff on FB, without any knowledge of the subject, or researching it to see if it makes any sense. One (of many) examples:
This adjacent to a bunch of comments from like-minded folk also piling on, and not understanding either The Constitution or the subject matter. Complete with ‘you don’t need a machine gun to deer hunt’ comments!
How can I possibly make nice with this guy?
I have friends who are liberal. I have friends who are independent. And we’ve had healthy, sometimes heated discussions. I’m just not certain I can do so with this guy. And that ticks me off, as he’s a friend.
Roomie and I went gallivanting about the other afternoon, running some errands. We visited a local dry cleaning store. Roomie and I are helping prepare her stepmother’s house for sale (her stepmother is in a care facility at age 88). We had some draperies that needing cleaning.
“We don’t do cur-ens!” she was told. We hunted around and located another establishment that would do cur-ens.
Then, we went to T-Mobile. Roomie gets her cellular telephone/Internet service through them, and allows me access through her hotspot. Saves us both a little money over having separate services. Said hotspot wasn’t holding an Internet connection, and kept saying ‘low battery’, even though it charged all night.
I’d like to say the T-Mobile store connected the device to a machine to determine if it was the high-tech battery failing, or perhaps the device, itself. I’d like to say that, but NO. The clerk (behind the counter labelled ANSWERS) told us he didn’t know much about hotspots, then looked up the warranty info on his computer (which was built apparently by Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse using paraffin candles for illumination!) and eventually told us good news, a replacement battery was under warranty! Instead of costing $60, it was free! Plus the $7.99, no $8.99, no $11.99 handling charge for overnight delivery! (it WAS $7.99 for 5 day delivery, he explained) Special!
So, sometime tomorrow we’ll see if it’s the battery or something else that failed…(written Wednesday)
Customer Service. Yep!
PS – no battery has arrived, yet. It’s been TWO days. Overnight, yep. (1430)
PPS – the battery FINALLY arrived @ 1830 tonight. Two days, not overnight. Of course, it takes something like 12 hours for a full charge before use.
PPPS – after a lengthy charge, the new battery worked…for a few hours.
The machine is now saying ‘low battery’ yet again. Roomie is calling T-Mobile to see
if we need a replacement unit…
PPPPS – The new gizmo is scheduled to arrive Tuesday.
The adventure continues…
When the election first appeared on my blog radar, I told you folks I would not be openly supporting any particular candidate. I’m still not. Openly.
We DO proceed here with the Australian Secret Ballot. Unlike the Aussies, however, we are not required to vote.
Tired of all the pre-election fall-de-rall? And especially of the offerings from the two major parties?
Mental Floss has listed for us 15 candidates running for President of the United States. The blog offering is written by Miss Cellania. Openly liberal, she does spin and flavor her text a bit. But, it’s still interesting which folks actually throw their respective hats in the ring. Tin foil or otherwise.
Three of the fifteen:
Rocky Anderson represents the Justice Party in the 2012 presidential election. A long-time Salt Lake City lawyer, he served two terms as mayor, from 2000 to 2008. Anderson renounced the Democratic Party in August of last year, and accepted the nomination of the new Justice Party in January of 2012. The party’s platform includes the end of war, universal health care, and international cooperation on dealing with climate change. Anderson will be on the ballot in 15 states. Photograph by Flickr user Jen Wakefield-Dillier.
Andre Barnett is the candidate for the Reform Party USA. Barnett served with the U.S. Army and was wounded in Sarajevo in 2000. Told he would not be able to engage in heavy physical activities again, he rehabilitated himself and became a fitness model. He then founded an information technology business. Barnett’s platform includes pulling the military out of foreign countries to concentrate on homeland security, implementing tariffs on imports, lowering the corporate tax rate, and regulating the cost of health care. Three states will have Barnett on the ballot.
Jerry White is the candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, a party that follows the philosophy of Leon Trotsky. His platform involves issues of jobs, workers’ rights, and quality of life issues like universal healthcare, guaranteed minimum income, an end to foreclosures, and universal pensions. He will be on the ballot in two states.
Now you must return to the link at the top to see your other choices. Hopefully you will find someone to you liking, other than Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
I’ve been having issues with the WordPress software for a few days.
I attach a photo or an image to my post (as I did with the previous post re: saps), click ‘Save Draft’, and the image disappears!
THEN, it appears in the post, as planned. Until I edit it. Then it goes away for good!
Any suggestions regarding how to keep the imagery from going away? WordPress has been of no assistance. – Guffaw
(I’d place a graphic here, but, well, you know…)
UPDATE – apparently, the flaw has now been fixed! Huzzah!
h/t The Whited Sepulchre
One on the ‘Affordable Care Act’ aka Obamacare; the other on the right of sleezebags to wear military medals that were not awarded or earned.
Like many, I initially thought Chief Justice John Roberts had sold out by siding with the more pink side of the court. But, I’ve not yet had time to read the entire text of both sides of the decision. So, I withheld judgement.
Then, I saw a number of conservative and libertarian bloggers pronounce that my initial impression was not the case. i.e.
Before you look to do harm to Chief Justice Roberts or his family, it’s important that you think carefully about the meaning – the true nature — of his ruling on Obama-care. The Left will shout that they won, that Obama-care was upheld and all the rest. Let them.
It will be a short-lived celebration.
Here’s what really occurred — payback. Yes, payback for Obama’s numerous, ill-advised and childish insults directed toward SCOTUS.
Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, was unconstitutional. That’s how the Democrats got Obama-care going in the first place. This is critical. His ruling means Congress can’t compel American citizens to purchase anything. Ever. The notion is now officially and forever, unconstitutional. As it should be.
Next, he stated that, because Congress doesn’t have the ability to mandate, it must, to fund Obama-care, rely on its power to tax. Therefore, the mechanism that funds Obama-care is a tax. This is also critical. Recall back during the initial Obama-care battles, the Democrats called it a penalty, Republicans called it a tax. Democrats consistently soft sold it as a penalty. It went to vote as a penalty. Obama declared endlessly, that it was not a tax, it was a penalty. But when the Democrats argued in front of the Supreme Court, they said ‘hey, a penalty or a tax, either way’. So, Roberts gave them a tax. It is now the official law of the land — beyond word-play and silly shenanigans. Obama-care is funded by tax dollars. Democrats now must defend a tax increase to justify the Obama-care law.
Finally, he struck down as unconstitutional, the Obama-care idea that the federal government can bully states into complying by yanking their existing medicaid funding. Liberals, through Obama-care, basically said to the states — ‘comply with Obama-care or we will stop existing funding.’ Roberts ruled that is a no-no. If a state takes the money, fine, the Feds can tell the state how to run a program, but if the state refuses money, the federal government can’t penalize the state by yanking other funding. Therefore, a state can decline to participate in Obama-care without penalty. This is obviously a serious problem. Are we going to have 10, 12, 25 states not participating in “national” health-care? Suddenly, it’s not national, is it?
Ultimately, Roberts supported states rights* by limiting the federal government’s coercive abilities. He ruled that the government can not force the people to purchase products or services under the commerce clause and he forced liberals to have to come clean and admit that Obama-care is funded by tax increases.
Although he didn’t guarantee Romney a win, he certainly did more than his part and should be applauded.
And he did this without creating a civil war or having bricks thrown through his windshield. Oh, and he’ll be home in time for dinner.
My two biggest impressions from the above essay were:
1) The ACA IS a tax, in spite of the was it was
sold put over on the American People differently, and
2) Civil communication and discord have gotten so far afield in this country that the author warns in his first sentence against doing harm to Chief Justice Roberts or his family! WTF?
Speaking of harm, my gut tells me that finding out someone has dishonored our military by wearing their medals and gaining benefit from having done so turns my stomach. Just as burning the American Flag does. But I recognize we DO have a First Amendment and acting independently against these sleezebags is just as wrong attacking the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Doesn’t mean I have to like it, though.
I wonder if this decision is defacto extended to other federal blackmail - as with enact our kind of highway laws, or you don’t get the funding?
If so, the fun is just beginning.
*’states rights’ – a sadly over-used term.
Amendment 10- Powers of the States and People.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Powers, not rights.
h/t Rev. Paul, Whitehouse12.com