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“Ya Know, It Wasn’t That Price In 1967!”

My roomie’s father (who passed a few years ago @ age 92) had a dividing line in his life.  It was 1967.

Whenever encountering a current high price (relative to the old days), that was his measuring stick.

“Look at these gasoline prices!  I remember back in 1967…!” he would exclaim.

New Jovian Thunderbolt recently posted regarding old-time ammunition prices, from GUNS Magazine (September 1964)

In part:

50 years ago.

Check out page 53.  The Ad in Guns Magazine that says “PREPAID AMMUNITION”

4 cents a round for .45 and 5 cents a round for non corrosive .30-06.  75 cents for an M1 Carbine magazine.

Phew.  Even WITH inflation in the intervening years…

This got me to thinking (Always a dangerous concept!). 

Between the rise in the cost of sugar (used in the manufacture of moonshine – rising cost decreasing production), and the addition of more restrictive gun control legislation (following the political assassinations of the 60’s), the Tax Division of the Treasury Department said it needed to expand.

The A.T.F. (now B.A.T.F.E) was formed July 1, 1972.  Prior to this (and the NFA of 1934), gun control was left up largely to the States.  The federal government has taken over what the Constitution intended to be a State and local purvue – quelle surprise!

Sugar – 5 pound retail costSource: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, Bicentennial Edition, Part 2., Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011

1960     58.2 cents

1965     59 cents

1970     64.8 cents  (moonshine production starts to drop off, due to cost)

2010   $3.11

2011   $3.51

It was (and IS) all about the Benjamins, baby!

Sigh. Political Correctness, Yet Again!

A school in Nebraska is stirring up controversy after teachers were reportedly handed training documents instructing them to refrain from calling their students boys or girls.

The document, obtained by Nebraska Watchdog, wants to make sure teachers aren’t using phrases like “you guys”, and “ladies and gentlemen”.  Instead it offers the solution for students to be identified by things that are personally important to them, such as a favorite color, or TV show.

In part:

3.  Don’t use phrases such as “boys and girls” “you guys” “ladies and gentlemen” and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention.  Instead say things like “calling all readers” or “hey campers” or “could all the athletes come here” .  Create classroom names, then ask all of the “purple penguins” to meet at the rug.

(from the document entitled Transforming Traditional American (English) Speech (see what I did there?)  It’s got to be difficult for any schoolteacher to make the changes outlined.

And largely unnecessary.

h/t Facebook, IJR Review

THIS (THESE) WAR(S) IS (ARE) ALL ABOUT OIL!

(from Mad Ogre, in part)

I’m so sick of hearing that we’re only “fighting for oil” or “our Foreign Policy is only about oil”.  That’s such BS, and History proves it.   You know the Marine’s Song?  “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…”
That song comes from a US action in the Mediterranean region back in 1805.  By order of President Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, US Marines and Berber Mercenaries marched 500 miles across Egypt to Derna Tripoli to combat Piracy.  Pirates who were interfering with shipping, and to support a Pro-US Administration.  This is what defending our foreign interests is all about.  It’s not about secret cabal of oil barons squabbling over our planet’s oil fields.

If that was the case, where are the great battles in Alaska, Canada, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, the Dakota’s and the Gulf of Mexico?  Where are the Armies that are invading Venezuela?  These places are all rich in oil resources.  How come the US has not gone in and taken Venezuela’s oil?   Because it’s not about the oil.   It’s about Regional Stability and protecting our interests and those of our allies.  Do you think Thomas Jefferson was concerned about Middle Eastern Oil?  No, he wasn’t.  Was he concerned about Egyptian or Tripolian oil?  No, he wasn’t.  He was concerned about the Pirates.  Just like Bush was concerned about Saddam Hussein.  Who, you may remember, was the concern of the Democrats, who all VOTED FOR that war, and as soon as Bush pulled the trigger, suddenly cried about it because he did what they voted for.  Insanity.  Oil its self had nothing to do with it.  Saddam Hussein threatened the Regional Stability.  Oil is only merely the main product from that region.  The US has other interests there as well. (…)

Of course, the intel on Hussein has gone round about.  First, it was about Kuwait and Iraq leaving her neighbors alone.  Then, about WsMD and potential damage to the region.  Then, the whole yellow cake uranium thing.  Turns out we were given false data on that.  Maybe.  But, they did find evidence of ‘traditional’ WsMD in Syria, it having been moved from Iraq.  Of course, the major media – having it’s own agenda – reportedly lightly failed to report on this.

And then President Bush, and now President Obama is mired in Iraq and Syria.  And a myriad of other places.  Africa.  Because of disease.

NOT OIL.

Security vs Surveillance (or Guns)

From The View From North Central Idaho

We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.

Bruce Schneier
September 19, 2014
Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

[A similar statement can be made about gun ownership.

We don’t get to choose between the everyone has guns and only the good guys have guns. The bad guys will always have guns or at least lethal weapons of some sort. And since they get to choose the time, location, and victim they will frequently succeed in their attacks when the innocent are stripped or discouraged from owning guns.

It’s only when the potential victims have the capability of causing near immediate serious consequences that perpetrators give serious consideration to their life choices. If there are not serious consequences then the case can be made they would be stupid to not to take advantage of those who are vulnerable. If the consequences are significantly delayed, as in a possible jail term a year or two in the future, the perpetrators may not be able to integrate those consequences into the decisions being made in the present.

I’m tired of politicians giving us the false choice of tolerating infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in exchange for imagined security.—Joe]

That Ben Franklin quote I keep repeating on this blog seems to apply here – Guffaw

Summary Judgment!

From The View From North Central Idaho, in part…

Via email from Mike we have ELIZABETH E. MORRIS; and ALAN C. BAKER, Plaintiffs, v. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, et al., Case No. 3:13-CV-00336-BLW:

While the Corps retains the right to regulate the possession and carrying of handguns on Corps property, this regulation imposes an outright ban, and is therefore unconstitutional under any level of scrutiny, as set forth in Heller and Peruta.

For all of the reasons cited above, the Court will grant plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment…

Summary judgment! Can school and Post Office carry be far behind?

One can only hope…

“Pick An Amendment – ANY Amendment!”

rocky“Nothing up my sleeve – PRESTO!” – Bullwinkle

“Wrong hat!” – Rocky

“I wear a seven and a half.” – Bullwinkle

FBI Director James B. Comey made some kind of pronouncement a couple of weeks ago, regarding your rights and mine.  Something of a positive, pro-rights nature.  I took notice, and thought to myself “Gee, I should post this on the blog, it’s unusual for this, or any federal administration!”

Then, last week he flushed it all away when he announced:

If Apple and Google Won’t Decrypt Phones, We’ll Force Them To

Nice upholding your oath there, Mr. Director!

Thank the heavens above that the position of FBI Director is now federally-limited to ten years.  Of course, with whom will he be replaced?  Another nazi or soviet…?

SIGH

h/t Motherboard, Joel

I Know Where They Are!

They’re with the missing IRS emails!  :-)

DC forcing people to reregister and re-finger print gun owners, new fees

DC claims that it lost all the finger prints of everyone who has registered their guns in DC.  Emily Miller has the story available here.
I’m reminded of the old ‘Lost Our Lease’ sales of yesteryear.  A big window banner says Lost Our Lease.  The small print says ‘it was in the top drawer of the desk, yesterday!’
Particularly nice, not only are they ‘required’ to re-register, but they get to pay the fees again.  Inefficient AND punitive!
Government at it’s best!
h/t John Lott, Emily Miller

More Disturbing News

via Irish

Meanwhile in The Peoples Democratik Republik of Vermont?

This is an email I got from one of my blog friends, has anyone in Vermont seen this
as far as driver’s license renewal?It has been recently been related to me the new regulations concerning driver’s license renewal in VT. There is a list of afflictions, diseases, disorders, etc.. that are automatic disqualifies. I wasn’t privy too the renewal form, or the complete list, but having DIABETES is on the list. The person that told me about this had to take a day off from work to have forms filled out by his physician, then he had to deliver them to the official state physician, then a non-medical tribunal (death panel?) will adjudicate whether he is deserving to clog up the People roads. After doing some digging on the ‘Net, he found that non-disclosure of a physical condition would be hazardous to your freedom – the state already knows what you have. They are in hopes you purger yourself, especially since the IRS is in charge of health care now. Fines, jail time, and suspension of driving privileges await you if you don’t believe the Feds should be involved in EVERY aspect of your life. So much for HIPPA laws, HUH?
Another thing I was made aware of a while back. Doctor’s offices in VT have you fill out a form during a visit. On it,  are questions asking if you own guns, how many, what types, etc…. The questions are not optional, and you can not leave them blank. At the bottom of the form, you are informed that it is a FEDERAL document, and that any false statements are a FEDERAL crime. I imagine “None of your Fuckin’ business” would garner you a visit from your friendly local SWAT team at 2am.

I’m tellin’ you dude, the amount of crap is getting harder and harder to take. Something is going to break in this country, and it isn’t going to be pleasant when it does.
Whatever happened to the libertarian movement to move to a generally friendly State, to fill it with libertarians and make it a Mecca for freedom-loving people everywhere?  I seem to remember Vermont was on the short list as a possible choice.
Obviously, this hasn’t happened.
I do remember being concerned when I was diagnosed  with Type II Diabetes, just because I knew of folks who had difficulty maintaining consciousness during the day with this disease.  I’ve been fortunate that for me, this hasn’t been the case.  Of course, I am on various meds, and with my beater car don’t drive much or far!
And then there’s the whole HIPAA medical privacy thing?
Is this yet another gateway to backdooring medical records to make certain persons prohibited possessors?
Or is it just generic control, again…

Ethics

We have been watching Madam Secretary, a new TV show this season on CBS.  At first, the idea of the show distressed me, because I was thinking it was a stalking horse for you-know-who, especially if it was produced in the manner of The West Wing (a show some years back with Martin Sheen as the Prez).

Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to a stalking horse.  However…

Episode 3 (shown last week) dealt with ethical issues.  In short, the Secretary’s husband, a university professor, was placed in the middle of a diplomatic crisis when an American (who was caught spying for the U.S. in Pakistan, from info from a Snowden-like leaker) was scheduled to be executed.  The professor could stop the execution by giving a Russian diplomat’s daughter an ‘A’ instead of her earned ‘C’, so the Russian would be convinced to give their version of an American missile to Pakistan (under the table, of course).  (Ah, diplomacy!)

The professor’s course was (ironically) in Ethics, and he said he would be violating all he stood for by giving this bribe so the spy’s life would be spared.

The Secretary of State (who was trying to manipulate the Pakistanis, the Russians and her husband) finally convinced her husband he would not violating his ethics if he allowed the Russian’s daughter to take an incomplete (after the approved time for grades), thus her grade point would not be affected, and she could retake the course.

And ultimately, the American would be freed.  And he was.

Now, I recognize this is only a television show.  And I recognize in the real world, many times things are shades of grey, rather than black and white.

But, this is being sold as okay?  Ethical?

At least we know where the ‘real’ Madam Secretary’s ethics stood.  She was fired as an attorney on the Watergate Committee for “lying and unethical behavior”.

And the second episode of the TV show was entitled “Another Benghazi”.

Hardly a stalking horse!

BE AFRAID – BE VERY AFRAID

holderWord about the ‘Net (that bastion of information factual, don’t ya know!) is that there was a specific reason for criminal mastermind racist buffoon Attorney General Eric Holder to have recently retired.

NO, it’s not because of pending charges related to GUNWALKER, aka Fast & Furious.  Or his non-pursuit of federal charges against the New Black Panther folks inhibiting (White) people from casting their votes.  Or the massive Internet or cellular telephone surveillance he authorized against non-criminal U.S. citizens.  Or any other of the numerous felonies with which he should be charged and convicted.

It’s because The President sees a way to leave his mark on the Nation is when a conservative member of the U.S. Supreme Court retires, he’s going to appoint Eric Holder!!!

O…..M…..G!!!

Can you imagine?  I’ve been concerned about The President appointing someone of his ilk, but THIS guy?  Supreme Court appointments are for life.

Makes me pray for Leon Panetta or Bernie Sanders.

h/t Boyd & Donna

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