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Behind The Times

Most of you know I was raised on TV and movies.  It was an escape from my somewhat dysfunctional family and from the daily stress of life.  My roomie and I still enjoy much on electronic media, especially now that so many choices are available.

I recently completed watching the many morality plays that made up Have Gun – Will Travel.  Certainly NOT your typical horse opera.  And I went looking for something else.

And I found something.  It was produced in 2008.  (see, behind the times!)

john adamsJOHN ADAMS

It was an HBO production, and I found it on On Demand on DISH.  A seven part mini-series.

This, too, is no horse opera.  It is based on the David McCullough book about our second President, and his life leading up to his Presidency.  He was not handsome; he was not a great orator.  He didn’t stir the passions his cousin Sam Adams did.

But, he WAS a man of principle.

I find myself wondering if he was the last man of principle to hold that office, politics being as they are.

He abhorred slavery, and unlike some of the other Founding Fathers didn’t own any.  He was very uncomfortable with Dr. Franklin’s dalliances while they were on a diplomatic visit to France during The Revolution, and by all accounts was loyal to his wife.  He was not afraid to pick up a gun in defense of his country.

But few remembered the second President.  Until the book and this mini-series.

You should read/watch it!

A Right Is A Right Is A Right! Right?

Alphecca brought us this:

Or vice versa. Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr examines the hypocrisy of Eric Holder and the left:

Imagine if voter ID laws were as rigorous as gun regulations found in many of America’s major cities. In order to vote in such a scenario, citizens would be forced to take a day-long class (at a cost of $100 or more) about the basics of the U.S. government and electoral process. They then would be required to take a competency test (only available at inconvenient locations during normal working hours) on the current election’s issues. Finally, after paying a non-refundable processing fee of $100 to score the results, they would then be forced to wait months for the actual voter registration card — which could be rejected for any reason — to arrive in the mail. If a voter decided to seek the help of a tutor to help ensure his non-refundable processing fee was not wasted by a possibly failing grade, he would have to be prepared to shell out another $100.

Much, much more at the link.

Which, of course, opens the whole Pandora’s Box about Rights.  What IS a Right?  What Is a Privilege?  And most importantly…

WHO DECIDES?

There are some folks who believe DRIVING is a RIGHT.  Germany just extended college education FREE to all!  Does that make college education a RIGHT?

I know, I know – who PAYS for all of this?

pandoraPandora’s Box, indeed!

Fence-Jumper Made It Farther In White House Than Secret Service Let On

Fence-jumper made it farther in White House than Secret Service let on

The man who scaled the White House fence and was able to run through the front doors made it farther into the building than was previously reported, CBS News has learned.

Whitw House Intruder GIF by  Adam Baumgartner

White House Intruder GIF by Adam Baumgartner

And the intruder was ‘armed’ with a Spyderco pocket knife! (per the Today Show reportage).

spyderco(courtesy of Tamara) A Spyderco pocket knife… “He’s from Texas, honey,” I yelled at the television, startling the cats, “That’s not ‘armed’, that’s ‘dressed’, you island-dwelling herbivore!

Amen.

Personally, my concern is for the protection and well-being of The President of The United States.  ANY President!  I don’t want this Constitutional Republic to devolve into a Banana Republic, with bodyguards stepping aside a la Caesar or some high-ranking mobster to make way for some whack job (or trained assassin) to deny our right to vote!

And make Joe Biden the President…

Last time that happened, we got LBJ – and we all know how well THAT worked out!

h/t Never Yet Melted, View From The Porch

A Decent Hourly Wage

Remember the various political entities demanding something-in-the-area of $15.00 per hour, as a minimum wage?

Well, burger-flippers, chew in THIS:

VERBATIM

The U.S. House will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between August 1 and November 12, which means that based on their $174,000 annual salary, lawmakers will earn $608 an hour during those days in the nation’s capital.

That figure was calculated by liberal activist Ralph Nader, assuming 10-hour workdays. He sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner on Monday, writing: “While millions of Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for more and more.”

The House took a five-week vacation from Washington on August 1 and returned on September 8.

After two four-day workweeks, members left Washington again on September 18 and are not due to return until November 12 for a lame-duck session following the midterm elections.

Their hourly wage for the eight days is several times the hourly compensation of anesthesiologists, one of the country’s highest-paid professions at an average of $113 an hour, The Hill reported.

The Senate took the same break in August and also worked just two weeks in September before leaving to campaign for the elections.

Legislators and their aides argue that time spent in Washington constitutes only part of their job, and they also spend considerable time meeting with and serving constituents in their home districts and states, The Hill noted.

But Nader said in an interview: “You are paid by the taxpayer to work in Congress at least a 40-hour week. If you want to do anything back home after that, that’s discretionary time. They don’t pay you to campaign for your re-election.”

Even when they are in Washington, lawmakers devote much time to non-legislative matters. After the 2012 elections, new members of Congress were reportedly advised to set aside four hours a day for fundraising phone calls during their 10-hour workday.

Nader’s letter comes in the wake of a Gallup poll showing that in August just 13 percent of Americans approved of the way Congress is handling its job, while 83 percent disapproved — and 53 percent said they “strongly disapprove.”

The last time Congress’ approval rating was over 50 percent in a Gallup poll was in April 2003, at 58 percent, during President George W. Bush’s first term.

The approval rating stood at 84 percent in October 2001, immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

Now, I’m not normally one to agree with Mr. Nader on anything, but, most congresscritters actually work part-time, and spend the rest of the time traveling to-and-from their constituencies or running for reelection.

$15.00 an hour sounds about right for them. For the one day a week they actually work for us!  (And, of course, working for us is a misnomer.  They work for themselves and lobbyists.  Personally, I’d like to see them all be voted out and replaced with folks who start removing current laws, rather than passing more!  –  Guffaw)

h/t Free North Carolina

And Here We Thought (or were told) The Cold War Was Over!

In a continued display of intimidation reminiscent of the Cold War, Russia continues on the march as reported by U.S. Northern Command, which identified six Russian planes flying near Alaskan air space Wednesday. The Command reported that among the Russian planes were two nuclear aircraft — two Bear H nuclear bombers along with two Mig-31 fighter jets. American F-22 fighter jets were deployed to intercept the Russian aircraft.

One day later, on Thursday, the Russians sent two more Bear H nuclear bombers to the region. These bombers were intercepted by Canadian jets.

Spokesmen for both the U.S. and Canadian command stated that although the Russian jets did not cross into American or Canadian airspace, they came very close. (…)

I was a friend (and for a while, an underling) of a former Marine who was posted aboard the Glomar (something-something – a spy ship) in the Pacific, during the 70’s – The Cold War.  I remember him telling me tales of NORAD alerts.  The PRC had a regular practice of buzzing our frontiers (i.e. just outside the 12 mile limit) with airplanes of various types.

Just to be annoying, and (not unlike the velociraptors of Jurassic Park fame) testing the ‘fences’!

Seems the practice continues, even though the Red Chinese/Russians have embraced Western trade and have loaned us bazillions of dollars to keep our economy afloat…

And of course, made our children dangerous toys with which to play, and our pets poisonous pet food, and have continued to attack our electronic infrastructure.

All while being our friend!

Now, I don’t want such friends – I don’t know about you?

They used to be our sworn enemies, and us theirs.  How much is this costing us – to keep watching their efforts to breach our security and hurt us?

Who moved?  Sounds as if THEY never did!

h/t The Liberty Sphere, Examiner

Corporations Control Government

…therefore, they are EVIL!

We see this all the time.  The outright hatred of the Koch Bros. (because they support generally conservative causes – no mention made of their opposite number George Soros, who is infamous for feeding the progressive machina)

Funny how the reportage seems to be mostly one-sided, not unlike the hatred of neocon Fox being lambasted, whilst the vast majority of national networks pander for the liberal cause.  (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, in case you are wondering)

Seems irrational to me – if most of the people producing ‘news’ produce it with a liberal slant, why do liberals bash the corporations – who in turn own said media?

Kevin Wilmeth of Rifleman Savant addresses this issue handily, with aplomb.

He concludes, in part…

The huge blind spot of most of those who rail on against corporations is that they almost invariably propose to solve the problem by handing over the (rest of the) reins to the single biggest, most corrupt and murderous “corporation” in the history of mankind–the state.

What on earth do they think is going to happen, with that dynamic going on?

I really didn’t want to spoil the ending – you really should read the whole thing.

As a libertarian (small L) I run into this a lot – private enterprise is flawed, we need GOVERNMENT to run things smoothly, without waste, crime or corruption!

Seriously?

Have you heard about the VA medical scandals?  How efficient are those Indian hospitals on taking care of their charges?  The Post Office?  The IRS?

“They’re All Lined Up, Like Good Little Nazis!”

Some years ago, there was a local news ‘reporter’ named Sol Q******.  Now Sol was reporting live from the Central Avenue bridge during a time when rain had made the Salt River flow through Phoenix, and the bridge had been damaged.  And it was one of the few ways people could commute from South Phoenix to Central Phoenix, and vice versa.

And the authorities had determined cars could cross the bridge in one lane-one direction – then one lane-the opposite direction.  Single file.

At least it was something!

And good ol’ Sol intoned, “They’re all lined up, like good little Nazis!”  This was about 10:15 in the 10 PM newscast; by 10:25 there was an on-the-air-apology from the station execs.

And Sol had to find work elsewhere.

Look at your Internet, cellular telephone, land line and Email providers records.  How many of them either buckled under pressure or voluntarily leapt at the chance (Google) to cooperate with government elimination of your rights?

All lined up like good little Nazis.

Witness THIS from my good friend Borepatch:

Comcast says that if you use anonymity services that you’re a criminal

Well OK, then:

Reports have surfaced (Via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have contacted customers using Tor and instructed them to stop using the browser or risk termination of service. A Comcast agent named Jeremy allegedly called Tor an “illegal service.” The Comcast agent told its customer that such activity is against usage policies.

The Comcast agent then repeatedly asked the customer to tell him what sites he was accessing on the Tor browser. The customer refused to answer.

The next day the customer called Comcast and spoke to another agent named Kelly who reiterated that Comcast does not want its customers using Tor. The Comcast agent then allegedly told the customer:

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.

Are there any ISPs that aren’t miserable Quisling bastards?

And, of course, word is out that Tor security has been compromised.  I wonder if the government is behind that?
NAH…

Does ANYONE See The Irony?

I remember a time, not that long ago…

When Canada was thought of as the weak sister to the North of The United States.  Still symbolically tied to a monarchy, NO Bill of Rights, The Mounties were the FBI on steroids, high taxation to pay for their universal health care (wherein many folks came HERE for more-timely surgery), and their jeezly nickels and pennies kept finding their way into OUR change!

They did make good beer, and had a quaint way of verbally punctuating with the syllable ‘eh?’ though.  :-)

theo1NOW, an American fast-food giant, Burger King, has decided to move their HQ North for better taxation!?

I do hear about the Yukon and The Northwest Territories largely ignoring gun control edicts from Ottawa, to the point where they reversed their rifle registration scheme.  So there is some hope.

Just think – if they adopted OUR Bill of Rights, we could move there and with a population akin to the U.S. in 1860, and a still largely polite society, we could have Utopia.

A COLD Utopia…

Hey, a guy can dream…

 

The JPFO/SAF FLAP

First, let me state I support both organizations.  You may see links to them (along with other fine organizations) on this blog.

Frankly, I’ve not had the time (okay, the inclination) to study this issue in depth.  Mea culpa.

Thankfully, Erin Palette of Lurking Rhythmically has done quite a fine, succinct analysis.  You may see it here.

The issue appears to be The Second Amendment Foundation is considering acquiring the financially-troubled Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.

Like Ms. Palette, I’ve no opinion on this issue.  Go to the link to see her analysis.

The kerfluffle appears to be some folks don’t like the SAF, and think they would somehow water-down or edit the JFPO’s message…

 

h/t Lurking Rhythmically

Settled? HARDLY!

Firehand reports…

Remember Jose Guerena? Murdered by Idiots In Ninja Suits And Badges?

Said Idiots spending the next quite a while trying every excuse possible for their screwups?
Vanessa Guerena’s $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the four police agencies was recently settled for $3.4 million. Even with that extraordinary settlement, the police of Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita have been loath to admit fault.
Of course they have; taking lessons from the EffingBI, they NEVER want to just say “We screwed up, let’s make this right and learn from it”, oh no.I understand the widow being willing to take a settlement, but I have to say: I would have LOVED it if they’d taken this to a jury, and put every one of the incompetents involved under oath and in a witness seat.  God knows what all would’ve come out.
Yeah, FH, I couldn’t have said it better.  Certainly Jose was worth more than the amount awarded, and it would have been nice had guilt been admitted.
But, that will NEVER happen, as long as we keep substituting JBTs for peace officers.
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