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No More Registration!

(courtesy of Joe Huffman)

Cars should be treated like guns

Gun owners are hostile to having guns registered and requiring a license to own them. The fear of having that data in the hands of the government is justifiable. Not just stories like the Belgian Corporal from 75 years ago on another continent but the stories in present day from Connecticut, New York, and California.

Now we have conclusive evidence that car licenses are also subject to abuse.

It’s time to treat cars like guns. No more registration.

H/T To Tamara K. for the retweet of Kirk Freeman.

Uh, wait a minute?

You mean a free people should have a right not to be tracked incessantly by the State-run computer system?  Their vehicles should be able to move freely without encumbrance, unmolested?  Untracked?  Unrecorded?

WHAT IS THIS, THE GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC?  UNITED STATES?

The Obama Generation

Remember when we were kids, and taught to strive for self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and integrity?

Remember when Candidate Obama told us he was five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America?

Welcome to that world…

Congratulations, progressives: here’s what you’ve managed to create:

“The majority of the class felt that they would rather be a slave than to be a factory worker. And she was just extremely confused by that, knowing what slaves went through, she couldn’t understand why anyone would choose that,” James said. “The rationale by those students to choose slaves was that they had free housing, they had free food and they had free protection…”
You’ve done it.  Created a bunch of slave-minded kids who’ll grow up willing to be slaves if you give them enough ‘free’ stuff.

I think I’ll go throw up now.  (Firehand)

Sadly (a word I’m utilizing more and more) I agree with Firehand.  To be fair, obviously, this New America didn’t begin with President Obama.  (FDR?)  But, he’s certainly done nothing to foster the rugged individualism that used to typify citizens of this country.

We are now generationally creating citizens legal residents occupiers dependent on the government teat for nourishment, information, protection and all manner of goods and services.  Paid for by those of us who spent most of our lives working and paying taxes.  And the recipients are so dependent, they have no understanding that their contract with government has a quid pro quo.  And they are passing this tradition onto their drone progeny.

♫ I owe my soul to the company store ♫ – Tennessee Ernie Ford

Tax-Exempt Statuses. Statusi? Statixes?

I ‘subscribe’ to emails from Change.org.  They allow people to post petitions for their causes on the Internet.  Some are leftist clap-trap; some just out there.

And some are thought provoking.

Needless to say, I don’t automatically sign-on to all of them!

But, a recent one got my attention,

Dear Guffaw,

As the biggest day of the football season approaches, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for signing my request that Congress revoke the nonprofit, tax-exempt status of the NFL. Because of your actions, our movement has continued to grow. We are now well past 310,000 signatures, the media has taken notice, the NFL League Office has been forced to respond, and we have gained the support of http://www.SportsFans.org.

Yet despite our efforts, a recent survey showed that only 13% of the public can correctly identify the NFL as a nonprofit. Further, Senator Tom Coburn has struggled to find supporters for his legislation that would end the tax-exempt status of the NFL.

Now, here are my questions – should the NFL continue to be entitled to tax-exempt status?  Should ANY group, organization of company?  How about churches?

Should we just eliminate the Federal Tax Code and the IRS, rendering the whole discussion moot?

Whenever I get into the miasma that is the federal bureaucracy, and all of the deletions, exceptions and exemptions (Affordable Care Act, anyone?), I’m always reminded of Gilbert & Sullivan:

If everybody’s somebody, then no one’s anybody!  -  The Gondoliers

Government ‘Help’, Yet, Again

Magnifying glass locating spyware in computer code

According to new reports, the NSA may be intercepting electronics, including laptops and computers purchased online, to install spyware and other malware before the devices are delivered.

A new report from Der Spiegel about the National Security Agency’s top team of hackers says that the agency is intercepting electronics purchased online to install malware and spyware on them before final delivery to the consumer.

I almost put my ironic Captain Renault ‘Shocked’ logo here, but, its becoming both sad and redundant.

Who’s watching the watchers, when they are watching us?  And WHY are they watching us?

The saddest part of this post is I’m no longer shocked, or fearful.  I’m just disappointed and angry. – Guffaw

h/t Preserve Freedom

Murphy’s Law Makes Me SAD!

Not him, personally.  He’s a great friend!  But, he recently left a comment on Rev. Paul’s (another great friend) Way Up North that set me off.

Murphy was commenting on the state of education in these United States.

All my nephew knows about World War Two is that we locked the Japanese Americans in camps and dropped atom bombs on Japan. But a girl in one of my college classes back in the day did one better. I was telling her and some other students that I’d just come back from a motorcycle trip through Montana, and she asked where that was. I told her what states were around it and she didn’t know where those were, either. In COLLEGE. And it turned out that before I talked to her, she did not know that Montana was a state. IN COLLEGE. Schools today don’t want to fail the precious little snowflakes so they pass the dumb ones on, education not included.

And I was reminded they no longer teach cursive handwriting, geography and real history in public school, anymore!  We used to be (when I was a kid) tops in math and science - but no more.

Is this simply an accident of Fate?  I doubt it.  I suspect THE GREAT RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY a greater left-wing conspiracy is at the helm.  Think about it.  The Fabians have always taken the long view with regard to the socialist utopia they wanted to foist upon us.  That’s why (and how) it works!  H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw and company believed they knew better, and sought to evolve socialist ideals generationally.  This is why the guff that was largely dismissed by younger generations 60 years ago is now being embraced by today’s youth.  And with modern technology literally in their pocket, they can be nudged in whatever direction ‘the powers that be’ deem appropriate.

Can’t spell?  Doesn’t matter – you have spel-chek.  Didn’t read the assignment?  You have Wikipedia, which the classmate next to you wrote.  Can’t do long-division?  You have a calculator.  Can’t cook?  You have a microwave.  Can’t shoot?  Doesn’t matter – the government will protect you.  Believe in AGW climate change?  The IPCC (who trumpted it’s praises for years) dismissed it due to recent findings, but no one paid attention to those details.  It’s all about the agenda.

Can’t think critically, or accept new, contradictory data without dismissing it because it doesn’t conform to the forgone conclusion?  Yes, it’s true.  You are one of Lenin’s useful idiots.

fabianWelcome to the Fabian Society!

I weep for us…

A Change in the FBI’s Mission

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Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.

“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.

Visit Pat Dollard to see the entire story.

And from the same government that brought you the above…

ATF Falsifies Gun-Tracking Data to Mislead Public

“Come With Me If You Want To Live!”

Alexandria brings us the following lovely idea…

Technotopia And Politics-Jonah Goldberg At The National Review Online: ‘Minimum Wage And The kyleRise Of The Machines’

Dec 9th, 2013 by 

Full piece here.

As Goldberg notes, Applebee’s has installed tablets at each table.  Self-driving car technology is coming along nicely (2020?).  Drones have lots of applications.

‘The robot future is coming no matter what, and it will require some truly creative responses by policymakers. I don’t know what those are, but I’m pretty sure antiquated ideas that were bad policy 100 years ago aren’t going to be of much use. Maybe the answers will come when artificial intelligence finally comes online and we can replace the policymakers with machines, too.’

Say your HAL9000 State U.S. Representative has indicated that it wouldn’t raise taxes this half-cycle to a probability of 99%, but then you get your tax bill and it nearly killed you!  Time to decommission

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8N72t7aScY:

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My roomie and I had a recent discussion regarding minimum wage.  Her thought was we needed ‘something’ imposed by gov’t – mine was the free market needed to decide.

Don’t like where you are employed because of what they pay?  Go somewhere else.  If Mc-Whatever can’t pay enough to keep people, they will eventually dry up.

Or is the T-1000 in our future?

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The Efficacy of Astrology

(at least as far as person born the same day having similar personality traits…)

November 2, Birthdays

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1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915)

1755 Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, let them eat cake

1913 Burt Lancaster NYC, actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry)

1938 Patrick Buchanan conservative political columnist

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

1961 k.d. lang country singer (& the Reclines-Absolute Torch & Twang)

h/t Today in History

“Ve haf vays of making you drife!’

Or at least monitoring you some more while you do…

The Silicon Graybeard shares with us a story of a (Soviet Russian) immigrant makes ‘good’.

Or at least brings lessons from the High Presidium.

You know the story going around that gubmints want to put black boxes on cars, so they can tax by the mile?  Turns out the guy behind that used to work for the Moscow Metro Corporation, and was a transportation planner in the former USSR.  Imagine that.

Hasan Ikhrata, is now the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).  A communist in California government?  Now, that’s really easy to imagine.

(source - apparently a greenie web site)  Why black boxes?  Drivers are using more fuel efficient cars, and driving them fewer miles, so the gas tax isn’t raising the revenues it once did.  Why not raise the gas taxes?  I’d think raising taxes on gas would tend to cut consumption.  Then, again, taxing driving would tend to limit that behavior.  It sounds like they want to limit driving, but still keep drivers in conventional cars.

NAW, THAT would never happen!

We defeated the communists, didn’t we?

Misprision of Felony

Rivrdog ‘hoists ‘them’ on their own petar’.

To wit:

Misprision of Felony

…or, 18 USC 4

Here is the citation:

“Misprision of felony” is still an offense under United States federal law after being codified in 1909 under 18 U.S.C.§ 4:

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This offense, however, requires active concealment of a known felony rather than merely failing to report it.[7]

This is from the Wiki on this subject.

Now, if the United States government, which has a clear chain of authority, knows of cases of felonious entry (Illegal entry is not a felony, but committing ANY crime while illegally in the country makes it so), and they not only fail to actively prosecute and at least, deport those individuals which it DOES know about, THEN the same Government engages in actions intended to cover up and/or relieve those felons of their criminal responsibility, is the Government and it’s agents/actors criminally liable for Misprision of Felony?

More at the Rivrdog link, above.

Inquiring minds want to know…

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