Most of you know, I try to keep up with many blogs and independent news sources during the day, as my pain issues allow. Some days are better than others.
And, I operate generally on the premise that we ALL want less government intrusion, power and denial of individual liberties, regardless of the specifics. In essence, we are ALL ON THE SAME PAGE!
But, then I see stuff like ‘battles’ among these three guys!
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” - Abraham Lincoln
Seriously – if we quibble over personality issues and minor talking points, we WILL lose this war.
Principles before personalities, people.
JayG said it – truer words never spoken!
Then followed up with THIS!
A New York deli worker pulled a machete from under his counter and chased away an armed, masked gunman who fired a shot at the wall as he demanded money, police said.
Police on Long Island say the gunman entered the Stop & Shop Deli on Crooked Hill Road Sept. 25 and fired his silver .22-caliber pistol as he ordered the worker to stuff his Air Jordan backpack with cash.
The worker apparently chased the dude out of the store and through the parking lot. Armed with a machete. Against a gun. That’s pretty impressive right there, I have to admit. Not many people would go on the offensive against a (marginally) superior weapon. I know I’d sure as hell be reluctant to take on someone armed with a gun if I only had a lawn care implement…
(I was reminded that Jamaica has rampant violent crime, and very strict firearms control – perhaps we should all get machetes as backup?)
Another dispatch from..
I’m not a fan (nor a regular reader) of the Huffington Post, any more than I am of ‘public’ television or NPR.(No, that’s not true – I dislike HuffPO more, for their outright bombast) At least NPR tries to have the ‘cosmetic appearance’ of centricity.
Give Me Liberty linked to a HuffPo stat-fest, showing how drug overdoses and traffic accidents accounted for more deaths statistically than firearms!
Now most readers of this blog (all two of you) knew this, but my point is this comes from the Huffington Post!
Does this mean they’re preparing an opinion piece about severely restricting drug access and use or driving?
I kinda doubt it.
But, it IS good to see.
…of outrageous fortune!
Well, the last two, at least, I’ve been suffering.
desk drafting chair, from which I write/steal this daily drivel, broke a few months ago. Because of my leg disability, I need to sit taller. Most available standard desk chairs go as tall as 28 inches; some 30! and lower down to 16 or 18. Not exactly what I require. If I sit on the floor I might not be able to get up.
SO. I’ve been perching on a low bent wood chair of my roommate’s. Nice furniture, but not designed with a crippled, fat person in mind. Did I say it is LOW? And hard, even with a pillow.
I mentioned my predicament to a good friend only over the Internet. They promptly sent me PayPal funds specifically earmarked for a new chair! Without my asking. I’m blessed.
Then came the nightmare that is Amazon Prime and UPS, in concert to make me wait, then miss the delivery. I commented to another friend, “Technology is great! But, then we expect it, and when it fails, we whine,” Well, I do, anyway.
But, no longer, I’ve a new, taller chair (thanks to my benefactor) and can return the old one to my roommate. Relatively undamaged.
All’s right with the World. At least my butt thinks so.
The Whited Sepulchre brings us the following:
Hong Kong vs. Detroit.
NOW, to be ‘fair’, I’m certain there are parts of Hong Kong that are desolate, just like there are parts of Detroit that are nice.
And Hong Kong is a ‘free marketplace’ within the structure of a communist government! What Detroit should have been…
[The] per capita tax burden on City residents is the highest in Michigan. This tax burden is particularly severe because it is imposed on a population that has relatively low levels of per capita income.
The City’s income tax… is the highest in Michigan.
Detroit residents pay the highest total property tax rates (inclusive of property taxes paid to all overlapping jurisdictions; e.g., the City, the State, Wayne County) of those paid by residents of Michigan cities having a population over 50,000.
Detroit is the only city in Michigan that levies an excise tax on utility users (at a rate of 5%)
Here’s a Canadian writer lamenting the high sales tax in The Frozen Tundra, as compared to that of Hong Kong. (50 years ago, Hong Kong was a 3rd world slum, but was later set up to have the smallest government possible.) emphasis Guffaw
“I did a little calculation yesterday,” says Stuart Iliffe, a Canadian working in Hong Kong as chief financial officer of publishing house PPP Co. Ltd.
“If I earned $100,000 [all figures Canadian unless noted] in Canada, after tax I would keep $54,000. If I earned $100,000 in Hong Kong, and made use of the married man’s tax allowance, I would keep $90,100.”“Hong Kong keeps it very simple. There’s no capital gains tax, there’s no dividend tax, there’s no tax on interest, and you are only taxed on income earned in Hong Kong – not overseas. The system here makes people more entrepreneurial. Maximum personal tax is 15 per cent, but there are lots of allowances to get it lower, and corporate tax is set at 16.5 per cent – so people are not spending half their time trying to avoid or evade. You have money in your pocket and you do things with it. You invest. You buy shares or you start second businesses,” he says.
Ayesha Lau, partner in charge of Hong Kong tax at KPMG China, broadly agrees with Mr. Iliffe, but takes the view that low and simple taxation is one among a number of factors that make the city competitive. “Others are the rule of law, respect for private property, freedom from corruption in the business environment, efficient government, the free flow of capital – we have no exchange controls – protection of intellectual property rights, and the strategic location as a SAR which is part of China,” she says.
“You need to be able to make a profit before you pay tax, so the entrepreneurial culture is not driven by tax alone.”
Go and read the whole thing. And lament for the ever-increasing intrusive, overtaxing government that killed American Industry.
How sad is it that we were ‘handed our economic hats’ by a communist government!
We have met the enemy and he is us.- Pogo
Mike Vanderboegh of The Sipsey Street Irregulars and the USA TODAY actually agree on something!! (copied in it’s entirety – it’s THAT important. – Guffaw)
The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation’s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.
The U.S. Justice Department ordered the FBI to begin tracking crimes by its informants more than a decade ago, after the agency admitted that its agents had allowed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to operate a brutal crime ring in exchange for information about the Mafia. The FBI submits that tally to top Justice Department officials each year, but has never before made it public.
Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies. FBI officials have said in the past that permitting their informants — who are often criminals themselves — to break the law is an indispensable, if sometimes distasteful, part of investigating criminal organizations.
FIFTEEN CRIMES A DAY? And that doesn’t include the ATF and DEA, as reported earlier by USA Today: Crimes by ATF and DEA informants not tracked by feds.
Tell me again how federal “law enforcement” agencies actually enforce the law rather than carry out an agenda?
(The crummy part is I know folks, past and present, who did (do) their duty honorably, and obey(ed) the law. This kind of stuff makes them just as sick as it does me, even more so. Because it’s the bureaucrats that make the policy decisions. Think Fast & Furious. – Guffaw)
As one of the commenters said, distasteful?, how about illegal?
This just in…
The gunblogger Tin Can Assassin of Nine Pound Sledgehammer has been hospitalized!
TCA had a heart attack last year, and has been doing well since. He has a lovely wife and family and was just re-hospitalized with more heart problems!
Please keep a good thought and pray (if that’s what you do).
He’s a good guy, a veteran and great supporter of Guffaw in Az since it’s inception.
Update from TCA’s wife on FB - Being discharged. Not a heart attack. PTL. Ty for all your prayers.
So GREAT to hear!
My buddy KevinC of Misfires and Lights Strikes postulates the above.
Being ‘old-school’, I was skeptical. I’ve carried and shot for too many years from The Book of Col. Cooper (low ready, up into Weaver) to be easily convinced.
You should go to the link above and watch the accompanying short video. My only caveat is I still prefer Weaver over Isosceles, but I do see valid reasons for ‘High Ready’. This doesn’t mean there are not sometimes reasons to use ‘Low’, or even ‘Sul’!
However, just like the adjustment I made from tap, rack, bang to tap, rack, assess, pistolcraft is continuing to evolve.
Now if these young whippersnappers would just carry a caliber beginning with 4. Or a shotgun.
Yes, I’m guilty.
Guilty of knowing very little Latin! I should have taken it, with my interest in The Law. I never took it in school (opting for the ever-popular geographically – Spanish). Sadly, with the exception of a few choice curse words, all I remember of my Spanish classes are the dialogs…
ALM Spanish, Level One, Unit Two – Escuchen (Spanish for Listen)
Que vas al hacer al salir?
Nada. Irme a casa supongo.
“What are you going to do today? Nothing. Go home, I suppose.”
I have most of First Year Spanish in my head, the dialogs only, including the intro “ALM Spanish Level One, Unit Two…” in my best announcer’s mimicking voice.
Latin certain has been of more importance in my life than Spanish. And I live in a State where some of the grocery stores list items on their signs FIRST in Spanish, then Ingles!
You know how much I enjoy The Art of Manliness blog. Recently, they posted a huge list of ‘popular’ LATIN words and phrases every young man (and woman) should know.
“vir prudens non contra ventum mingit”
[a] wise man does not urinate [up] against the wind
Visit the link above and learn more!