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HAPPY 16TH AMENDMENT DAY!

not really…

I’m one of those old coots who think the 16th Amendment (the federal income tax) amendment and the IRS should be abolished immediately!  And, of course, we should abolish the 17th Amendment, as well, and go back to State Governors appointing of U.S. Senators.

Funny how both these amendments came about during the progressive administration of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most evil men to ever hold the office of president.

And more power was usurped by the federal government.

tax deductionsPS – for once, I’m NOT a last-minute Louie ™ !

I completed and submitted my federally-mandated tax forms on April 9!  The good news is I didn’t have to pay.  The bad news is my meager refund was eaten up by the electronic-send-in-the-forms thing.

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

It’s Time For The ‘Name That Commie-Nazi’ Test!

(I saw this (text) on wirecutter‘s blog, and felt it was meant to be shared – Guffaw)

Marx_buzzfeed5Who said it?

1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity.”
A. Lenin B. Mussolini C. Idi Amin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

3) “(We)…..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”
A. Nikita Khruschev B. Josef Goebbels C. Boris Yeltsin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”
A. Mao Tse Tung B. Hugo Chavez C. Kim Jong Il D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”
A. Karl Marx B. Lenin C. Molotov D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in
(the) entire economy that they are being watched.”
A. Pinochet B. Milosevic C. Saddam Hussein D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

Answers
(1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/29/2004
(2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
5/29/2007
(3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
9/2/2005

hillaryWant to know something scary? She may be the next President.
Sent in by RHM, Sr.

Be afraid.  Be VERY afraid! – Guffaw

Freedom of Speech

‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks

Here’s a TV show I never watch, and have no interest in.  I’ve seen snippets, and except for the family’s touching religiosity (like dining together and saying grace) I find it inane.  It’s reportedly the most watched show on television!

Based on Mr. Robertson’s pronouncements, this is an area where he and I disagree.

Chick-fil-A president deletes tweet denouncing Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

I’ve never been to a Chik-fil-A.  There isn’t one nearby.  I understand the food is exceptional (for fast food),  the places are spotless, and, because of the company’s president’s predilections, it is closed on Sunday.  They are rumored to have terrific biscuits.

So what?

The media was all over the Chik-fil-A story last Summer, and is now having a feeding frenzy over the Duck Dynasty story.  How dare people hold opinions different from those promoted by the mainstream media?

This doesn’t mean I agree with the President of Chik-fil-A or Phil Robertson.  But, I can make my own decisions with regard to my interaction with them! (or not).

AND, they have a right to express their opinions!!

If you disagree with the president of Chik-fil-A, so be it.  If you choose not to patronize them, don’t.  If Phil Robertson upsets you, don’t watch the show.  Or watch it and yell at the TV – I don’t care!

Just don’t tell me what is politically-correct to buy or watch.  I make my own decisions, thank you.

Voter ID critics proved wrong – Shocking!

(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!)  :-P

THE quote:

That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.

And here’s the entire article.

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Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!

h/t CNN !

T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.

There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!  -  Robert A. Heinlein

This is the most basic of economics.  Everything costs something.

And yet, it appears roughly half the population of The United States believes in ‘if it’s FREE, it’s for ME!’

The ‘Affordable’ Care Act?  Hey, FREE health care!  Food Stamps?  Hey, FREE Food!

There’s even a circular route short bus system in my college town – it goes and connects all over, in a 10 square mile area, largely around older commercial and university venues.  And, even one of my staunchest libertarian friends uses it.  Why?

BECAUSE IT’S FREE!  (The tax dollars paying for it, notwithstanding)

I, for one, have chosen NOT to use it, thinking doing so only perpetuates the myth of FREE.  Of course, as my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue gets older, and requires more maintenance (at more cost) it may become a necessity.

THEN, I can get a bicycle, and join the hoards of collegiate bike riders ignoring traffic laws, putting themselves in harm’s way, and demanding more bike paths.

Because, eventually, we WILL turn into Beijing.

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THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD

Going backwards is such a great way to move forward, don’t you think?

We Get Letters…

or at the very least, Emails.

The Campaign for Liberty sent me an interesting one the other day.

Dear Guffaw,

Imagine if government bureaucrats could remove children from their homes without having to prove the parents were unfit or without even granting the parents due process…

Imagine if your workplace, your home, and maybe even your house of worship had to conform to international standards

Imagine if the US Government could be hauled into an international tribunal if it cut foreign aid or domestic welfare spending…

These are real possibilities if the United States Senate ratifies the misnamed United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

unhelmetFun stuff, eh?  And they detail even MORE potential for abuse on behalf of the United Nations – You know, because they’re so good at doing everything else!

If it sounds unbelievable, just take a look at what the treaty contains:

>>> Article 4(10)(a) requires that ALL American law that could affect anyone defined as disabled conform to the “standards” of the one-world socialists at the UN, while section 4(5) forces state and local governments to change their laws to please the UN;

>>> Article 4(1)(e) gives UN bureaucrats the power to make “any person, organization, or private enterprise” conform to their standards, thus allowing them to impose costly, job-killing regulations on private businesses and give international bureaucrats unprecedented authority to violate our property, association, and even free speech rights;

>>> Article 4(2) creates an entitlement to government-provided “economic, social and cultural” rights, thus creating a legal obligation for Congress to continue welfare spending;

>>> Article 4(2) also creates a legal obligation for “wealthy countries” like the United States to provide “the maximum of its available resources… where needed, within the framework of international cooperation….”

This creates an open-ended obligation for the US to provide ever-increasing levels of “foreign aid”;

>>> Article 7(2) creates a new legal “best interests of the child” standard, while Article 23(4) allows for the removal of children from their parents anytime “competent authorities” decide the government knows the best interest of the child better than parents do.

The bureaucrats do not even have to prove the parents are unfit or grant the parents any due process rights before taking their children!

Clearly, this UN Treaty is a statist’s dream come true. And a nightmare for supporters of liberty and constitutional government.

Here’s a link to to fax a memo to the Senate opposing ratification of the CRPD.

Just in case your are interested.  Of course, do your own research first.

And yes, they do ask for money.  I can’t afford it – perhaps you can.

National Proletarian Radio

nprI LOVE the concept of National Public Radio.  This assumes it reflects the entire political spectrum, which it does not.  It is not unlike the German Democratic People’s Republic.  It is neither democratic, a republic, nor of the people.  Just because it is so named doesn’t make it so!  (see also Republican Party, Democratic Party, Social Security, free health care).

Irons in the Fire posted recently an independent analysis of an NPR series (from Powerline), with the following results:

My finding is that the series was deeply flawed and should not have been aired as it was.
The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
5. No response from the state on many key points.

Sadly, I see much of the same with some other NPR content, as well as with so-called ‘public’ television.  It’s sad that those entities can continue to obtain public funds under the guise of serving the public good.  Because they have a political agenda.  And it’s NOT equal time.

I’ll still sometimes listen to Click and Clack or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me! though.  But, they should be paid for privately.

Stand Your Ground!

Robb Allen (of Sharp As A Marble) speaks the truth:

It takes an evil mind …To claim you must run away, turning you back on someone who wants to harm you, first before being allowed to defend yourself.

WORD.He states further:

This isn’t based on logic or reason, but rather an emotional response where person A requires person B to pay the price for person A’s need to feel vindicated for their life choices.

Isn’t this the prime description defining the difference between  modern liberal/progressive/socialist/statist thought, and conservative/libertarian/individual-rights/less government based thought?

That, and in the U.S. Constitution it statespromote the general welfare’, not ‘shove our agenda down your throat because we know better than you and we feel like it‘!

It’s as though the difference is principles versus feelings.

You should go and read Robb’s take.  Daily.

THREE More Suspects…

…have been taken into custody in the Boston Marathon Bombing case!

Wait a minute!  Didn’t the Mayor of Boston and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assure us that after the initial arrest was made, no one else was involved?

BEFORE the investigation was concluded?  BEFORE the bodies were cold?

How could this be?  They secretly let a Saudi Arabian person-of-interest leave, decry conspiracies and violent Islamofascist involvement, and declare ‘all done.’

What’s up with THAT?

OH, the other suspects are probably Irish Catholic Bostonian White folks.  Nothing to see here, no terrorism.

Just workplace violence, like the Fort Hood shooter.

Yeah, right.

This just in – the three are friends of the surviving accused bomber, one an American citizen.  Shameful!

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

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It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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The Four Rules

1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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FEAR

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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“F**k Civility. Hyperbole, passion, and metaphor are beautiful parts of rhetoric. The marketplace of ideas cannot be toned down for the insane.” - Penn Jillette

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