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Our Tax Dollars At Work

food stampsWorld Net Daily reports on the findings of Judicial Watch with regard to the federal government promoting tax-payer-funded benefits to potential illegal aliens foreigners.

To wit:

Judicial Watch, the Washington watchdog which is known for tracking down and trying to stamp out government corruption, has issued a report revealing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with the Mexican government to promote the U.S. food stamp program to illegal aliens.

The report said the program, called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, features a Spanish-language flyer supplied to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA “with a statement advising Mexicans in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance.”

As if we don’t already have enough trouble with illegal immigration and the ‘budget’ federal spending!

The report continues…

… that taxpayer money was used to run Spanish-language television ads “encouraging illegal immigrants to apply for government-financed food stamps. The Mexican Consul in Santa Ana, Calif., at the time even starred in some of the U.S. government-financed television commercials, which explained the program and provided a phone number to apply. In the widely viewed commercial the consul assured that receiving food stamps ‘won’t affect your immigration status.’”

We’re already broke.  WTF?

h/t  Plan of the Day

‘Of all the vehicles I’ve loved before…’

The lovely Tamara had a recent post regarding personal vehicles, with political stickers there-a-fixed.  The consensus among correct-thinking-folks is to maintain a low profile.  No longer is a pro-gun, gun rights or even a libertarian rear plaque or bumper sticker deemed appropriate.

At the very least it’s considered non-tacticool.  Don’t want to alert potential auto-burglars of the Glock possibly stuffed under the seat in our absence!  (One of the Bob’s had one stolen outside a coffee shop in broad daylight!)

In my callow youth, I owned a number of nondescript cars, mostly with libertarian bumper stickers attached.  Never had a problem.  One did read ‘Question Authority‘.  Never had a problem during traffic stops for not current registration.

But, as the 90s appeared, and political clouds foretold of personal liberties being trashed (the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban, for example), I opted to be less visible.  Not concerned with the bad guys (criminals) as much as the bad guys (government).  And I attached fewer stickers.

After the accident, I acquired my dream vehicle – a 1989 Isuzu Trooper.  Molly and I had been looking at them, as the ‘gee, perhaps one day’ car to take us to the desert to shoot.  She never got to see her, but she paid for her.

She was christened Molly’s Trolley with a dash placard.  And once my time payment Life Membership to the NRA was paid off, I affixed an appropriate sticker on the driver’s wing window.  Remember those – wing windows?

But no other defilement was allowed.  Low profile, in a silver 4×4 with a cammie spare tire cover.  Yeah right.  And many trips were made to the desert, and to friends in New River.  And other places.


My youthful dreams of joking magnetic door signs reading ‘ANFO Distributing‘ never happened.  And I never even considered the ubiquitous gun show sale bumper sticker, ‘Vote From The Rooftops‘.

I did see (once, during the Nixon years) a sticker on another car reading, ‘Where is Lee Harvey Oswald When You Need Him?

I don’t think that would fly, today.  No one remembers who he was.

h/t Siddhartha, Tam

A Stalinist Version of The Onion!

(my apologies to The Onion)

As my regular readers know (as well as those suffering digestive distress) I surf the Internet looking for news, opinion, rights violations, and fellow libertarian travelers (to steal borrow from), especially when the guffaw well is dry.

Today is one of those posts.

I especially like finding stuff that mocks the control freaks – the Feinstein/Bloombergs of the World.  And, thankfully, we STILL have the right to do so! (as of this writing)

It occurred to me that I’d not shared a particular find with you – The People’s Cube!

They lampoon all that is Left with the World, and do it well.  Apparently, the main writer is a former commie who saw the liberty, free-market light.

But, there is a serious side, as well.  Go and peruse.  And also be amused.

NYPD Food Felonies Unit to Help Make Better Food Choices

Bloomberg's NYPD Food Felonies Unit cartoonInspired by the dramatic improvements in New Yorkers’ health and well-being after he banned smoking and junk food, as well as large sodas, salt, trans fats, Styrofoam food containers, and loud earbuds, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the NYPD is organizing a Food Felonies Unit (FFU) to further combat the proliferation of food crimes.Nicknamed “Double-F-U,” the newly-formed unit is expected to be involved largely with restaurant menu supervision in its crime-prevention function…MORE >>

Dear Americans, these are some questions I have collected in 16 years of living in your country. Please see if you can answer them for me:

  • If all cultures are equal, why doesn’t UNESCO organize International Cannibalism Week festivals?

  • Why do those demanding “equal pay for equal work” never protest against “equal pay for little or no work”?

  • Why has no politician ever run on men’s issues or promised to improve the lives of males?

  • If all beliefs are equally valid, how come my belief in the absurdity of this maxim gets rejected by its proponents?

  • Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we’ve been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?

Much of it is reductio ad absurdum, but funny, and pointed, regardless…

Earth Day posters by Maksim - People's Cube

(More) Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam…

spamOops, I did it, again!

I recently (due to problems I had with Firefox and IE10) opened up Google Chrome.  I know, it’s the dreaded Google.

And I’ve been very happy with the result whilst blogging – lightening fast, no pop-ups.  Secure and stable.  A good choice.  (Which coincidentally works with my new (to me) smartphone (Android – another Google product).

But, I’ve noticed not only did I not have SPAM, I also wasn’t seeing email copies of post comments by many folks – some regulars.  And I finally got around to checking my SPAM files.

Huzzah!  Therein lie the heretofore unaccounted emails…

Hopefully, all has been corrected, now.  We shall see.

Technology – Retro and Otherwise

We are living in a miraculous time – technologically speaking.

Having recently acquired a new (to me) smart phone, I’m still learning and appreciating all the things this appliance can do for me.  Thus far:  alarms to remind me to do stuff, answering questions via Internet, checking Email, taking photographs, watching TV and even making and receiving calls (!)…all from a lightweight, flat device which fits easily in my front right pocket.

I even downloaded a Kindle app, and have a couple books to read, if a real one is not available!

As I said, miraculous!

A friend sent me evidence of yet another technological miracle, below:

AMAZING  TECHNOLOGY FROM JAPANYou will not be able to know what is ahead until
you have seen the 4 pictures and read the explanation of
what they are. Our future is here. Incredible!!
What an age we live in.
Look closely and guess what they could be.
Are they pens with cameras?

Any wild guesses? No clue yet?

Ladies and  gentlemen…. congratulations!
You’ve just looked into the future… yep, that’s right!

You’ve just seen something that will replace your PC in the near future.

Here is how it  works:

In the revolution of miniature computers, scientists have made great  developments with blue tooth technology.
These are the forthcoming computers you can carry within your pockets .

This ‘pen sort of instrument’ produces both the monitor as well as the  keyboard on any flat surfaces from where you can carry out functions you would normally do on your desktop computer.

Can anyone say, ‘Good-bye laptops!’Looks like our computers are out of date… again!!!

Amazing!  Although I like the tactile feedback of a real keyboard.  I’m old-school, remember?  🙂

Speaking of which, I was looking for accessories for my new toy cellular telephone, and ran across this:

phone cradle htc

THIS is a dock in which to place my cell phone to allow me to use it like an old land-line telephone.  What?!

Everything that’s old is new again!

PS – I’m not getting a retro-phone dock.

h/t Carol

I used to know a guy…

…who was a friend, a mentor, a good guy.  A gun guy, Gunsite graduate.  A libertarian.  Sadly, we are no longer in touch.

He used to say he’d not know how he’d react if things got so bad in this country, that if he was stopped and asked, “Papiere, bitte!” “PAPERS, PLEASE!”, what he might do?

I’m sorry to say, Bud, that day has come.


Here’s hoping none of us loses their cool if asked.

h/t/ wirecutter, John

“Now, Just Look Over Here Where I’m Pointing…”

While we were all engrossed with the drama that is terrorists being treated as common criminals, and before that, The Senate voting on how to control and spin our natural rights, ‘they’ were doing other things.

“Now, just look over here where I’m pointing…”misdirection

“Never let a crisis go to waste!” – Chicago Mayor (and former Presidential advisor Rahm Emanuel

Internet sales tax: What you need to know

Internet sales tax long overdue: Our view

Senate takes major step toward Internet sales tax

No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session – Mark Twain

The media seems to think this is a good idea.  After all, how are we to pay for all this crippling debt, wars, and government handouts.  There simply aren’t enough taxes.

AGAIN, please call/write/Email your Congressmen and Senators.  And, the President (who supports Internet taxation).


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Phone)

I’m kind of an old-fashioned guy.  Or should I say old-school.  I still like revolvers.

But, this doesn’t mean I’m a luddite.  I DO appreciate what technology brings us.  Anesthesia, antibiotics, magazines that hold more than 7 rounds…

And cellular telephones.  Brought to us as a result of the Space Race.

I bought my first cell phone at a gun show (quelle surprise!) in the mid 90s.  Why?  Because I spent more-and-more time in the desert, and thought (presuming service was available) that modern communication was preferable to walking in 20 miles, if my then 8-year-old Isuzu Trooper failed.

And, just like advances in home computers, I’ve grown to appreciate the advances made in cell phones.  But, with my financial condition, I was never able to afford anything past the basic flip phone.  And I’ve kept them long past their expected life span.  Two in eight years.  My last one was on four years, had a screen failure, and was over her contract.  I was paying month-to-month, not able to improve my technological lot.

Until 10 days ago…

My roomie, a savvy businesswoman who lives and runs her business on her smart phone, decided she wanted to upgrade her phone to the new Apple IPhone – and she asked me if I wanted her ‘old’ smart phone!  At first I balked, because I was unfamiliar with the operation (okay, it scared me a little), and I started trolling the Internet looking for new smartphones.  Then, I saw their price!

htc oneOkay, you got a deal! 🙂  She got her Apple, and I got her htc One S.  And yes, Virginia, it IS a steep learning curve!  But not insurmountable.

The fact that I can surf the Web, check all my email accounts, take wonderful photographs, do text messaging (which I loathe), and even make telephone calls is amazing!  AND, if my four-year old-PC fails, in a pinch, I can even write this blog from there!  That, and check email without climbing stairs – which is a good thing with my disabilities.

Thanks, J. for your kindness and generosity!

PS – I like semiautomatic pistols, too!

PPS – attn FTC, neither htc nor Apple gave me anything.  Go find your own phone!

Ecology NOW!

thI wasn’t even going to make a passing comment on today, the so-called Earth Day.  I remember in high school (in 1970) when a bunch of like-minded college folk decided to create a holiday to support recycling, and not fouling the environment.  One of my pals (another David – David Mitchell, where are you?) even put a bumper sticker on his 1966 Chevy Nova which read “Ecology NOW!”

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not for intentionally fouling the Earth’s water, air or resources.  And I do believe we are stewards of the planet.  But, when our friend the government gets involved, buoyed by persons with an agenda, we have political forces far beyond a few Earth-friendly hippies trying to get us to think about waste and pollution.  Think Nixon’s EPA…

We end up with green fascism.  Tried to purchase a 100-watt incandescent light bulb lately?  Or throw out one of the new, squiggly ones-made poorly in China?  With mercury?  Or seen photos of Al Gore’s energy gobbling/carbon spewing house in California?

Do as I say, not as I do come to mind?

The Silicon Graybeard shares his opinion with us of the farce that is Earth Day.

As for me, I’m having a bumper sticker made:

Phrenology NOW!

So, they got the bastard.

AND, as it’s Massachusetts, and he’s being charged* with acts of terrorism, killing at least four people, wounding 180+ others, evading arrest, shooting at authorities, killing a police officer, etc., I fully expect a show trial (complete with the trashing of the United States), followed by 3 years in minimum security.  Or probation.

Have they actually called this terrorism, yet, or is it ‘workplace violence’, like the Ft. Hood guy?

Perhaps he’ll be out in time to run for Congress in 2014?

Of course, I’m jaded.

(and YES, I know he’ll be doing federal time.  This is more a comment on ‘the system’, and the courts in Massachusetts)

*correction – he’s not yet been charged.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…