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august…was the first day in 1987 I began working @ TMCCC (That Major Credit Card Company), not knowing I’d eventually be there just shy of 22 years!  August 5, the last day in 2009 I was employed there, and had health insurance coverage.

Until Medicare kicked-in as part of my awarded Social Security disability two years later.

Funny, August 5 is the same date coincidental with ending my last stretch of three sessions of chemo for lymphoma over six months, and being told I was ‘clean’. (in 2009).  And my hair began to grow back.  And when I first noticed a zit in the center of my forehead, ultimately determined to be basal cell carcinoma. (also in 2009)  It got to the size of a half dollar.  I took two years to get it excised.  Couldn’t afford to, and well, fear.

I still am clean of cancer, as of this date. 🙂

And am very grateful.

It was August 1960 when my Dad married my StepMom, and I was throwing up most of the day – an unheeded warning?  August 8 was her birthday.

And in 1977, my Dad passed away.  In August.  Almost exactly the same day as Elvis.

Overall, August is not one of my favorite months – except the whole continuing in remission thing.

Focus on the things for which you have gratitude, my friends.

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Dems Push to Disenfranchise The Poor Further!

A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.

Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act,” the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.

“This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said.

The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention.  (Fox News) (emphasis Guffaw)

So the poor, who have trouble daily hand-to-mouth, are now to be saddled with the further inability to defend themselves, their homes and families?

I thought the Democrats were all about helping the poor?  Oh, that’s right, they’re all about making them dependent on government.  I forgot.

Don’t they remember poll taxes?  And how Black folks were not allowed to vote unless they could pay a substantial fee?  This sounds like a smokepole tax, to me!

Fortunately, the prospect for this monstrosity passing is dim.

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.

Muslims Defending Churches

…and vice versa. (!)

Why aren’t we seeing this trumpeted in the MSM?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Clayton Cramer had to go the the Canada Free Press to find this story.  (I wonder why?)

Only in Egypt: Muslims defending churches, Christians protecting mosques!

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I generally do not approve of simplistic thinking.  Of course, some things are black and white, e.g. good versus evil, but the question is in the nuance:  What IS Good and what IS Evil?

Ay, there’s the rub.

I personally believe that not all Muslims are evil, or hold to Islamofascist views, any more than all Christians believe in stoning adulterers, gays and witches.  Muslims are not all Osama and Christians are not all The Church Lady.  How’s THAT for simplistic?

But, you’d never seen that in our media.  In a weird twist, Islamofascists (the Fort Hood mass murderer, for example) is portrayed as workplace violence, and Christians are portrayed as violent, small-minded, bigoted, all hateful of those not members of their specific brand of religion.  Religion pretty much takes it on the chin, except Islam.  That’s off the table.

I think the one example I’ve seen on mainstream commercial television NOT doing this is Blue Bloods (not a news or opinion show), which shows an Irish Catholic family celebrating regular Sunday dinners after church.  No making fun of Catholics or other Christians, and even bringing in other religious cultures.  The family business happens to be policing. And Tom Selleck is always good.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t question or even occasionally lampoon.  But let’s be even-handed and factual in so doing.

And news should be just that – facts regarding that which is new.

h/t Wikipedia

♫ Everything That’s Old Is New Again ♫ Sadly…

Good God, I hope not…

Professor Jacobson of Cornell Law School seems to think so.  Here is part of his in-depth analysis of the potential survival of Jewish communities in Europe:

“Call it the yogurt’s-expiration-date syndrome”

There is no future left for Jewish communities in Europe.

That’s the inescapable conclusion of You Only Live Twice by Michel Gurfinkiel in Mosaic Magazine.

The lengthy article is a long trip down the death during World War II and then rebirth of Jewish communities in Europe, and how that rebirth is being snuffed out by renewed anti-Semitism from multiple directions, particularly leftist demonization of Israel and Islamist anti-Semitism.

This Leftist-Islamist coalition, centered around hatred of Israel, is a topic we’ve explored here many times in connection with anti-Semitism in Malmö, Sweden, on British campuses, in the BDS movement, in the academic boycott movement, among other places.

The fact is that while intellectually one can distinguish anti-Israeli fervor from anti-Semitism, in reality, on the streets of Malmö and Paris, and elsewhere in Europe, they are one and the same. ~

~It’s also no surprise that it is in Muslim communities in Europe that a Jew must be afraid to wear a yarmulke in public for fear of physical attack.

Here we go, again..

Add to the equation the demonization of Jewry in the United States, coupled with the politically-correct handling of Islamic folk, even radicalized Islamic folk, and the future doesn’t look good for Europe or the  U.S.

I’ve said it before, political correctness will be the death of us.  And many others.  We (meaning American society) are so afraid of offending anyone that we bend over backwards to accommodate certain folks, while simultaneously minimizing others.  Not a good idea, when all are created equal.

Last time I checked the text.

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A 1912 Eighth Grade Exam

The American Dream shows us yet another example of how dumbed-down the population has become.  An Eighth Grade Examination, circa 1912.

Excerpts:

A man sold a watch for $180.  and lost 16 2/3  a/c.  What was the cost of the watch?

How many parts of speech are there.  Define each.

Name and give the capitals of States touching the Ohio River.

Name the organs of circulation.

Describe the manner in which the president and vice-president of the United States are elected.

Describe the Battle of Quebec.

There are many other questions in this standard exam for eighth graders from Bullitt County Kentucky at the link above.

My suspicions are that very few eighth graders today could answer 50% of these (and the other) questions.  At least not without the aid of their smartphones.  Not to mention most adults.  Go to the link above and see for yourself.

Test yourself, and your children.  And perhaps cry a little about our collective ignorance.  (emphasis Guffaw)

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.

Gun of The Rich and (In)famous…

Some years back, when I was (somewhat) gainfully employed @ TMCCC, and part-time less-gainfully employed at my favorite firearms emporium (part-time), I was tempted with a ‘modified’ gun.

Not illegal, but, ‘customized’, fitting a specific taste.  And documentation identifying the previous owner who had requested the customization.

She was a Colt 70 Series, Commander, .45 caliber, blue, good cosmetically.  With the grip frame gunsmith-

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modified to Officer’s Model length!!  Talk about made for concealment! 

This was long before manufacturer’s began mass-producing such a thing.  The only initial caveat was she needed an ambi-safety (I’m left handed).  Easily done.

She had Pachmayr stocks, and it was ‘suggested’ (pretty much demanded) by the shop staff, smith, and hanger’s on that ‘we’ remove said stocks to see the internal machining.  Because one never knows…

Good thing we did.

She appeared as though someone had chopped off the base of the grip frame with a hack saw (after a few beers), and then added many unnecessary tool marks whilst shaping the internals and the mechanism.

In short, a messed-up piece of hardware.  So, I declined.

In hindsight, she probably wouldn’t have been shot much, and would have become a safe queen, destined to be stolen with the rest of the collection and the safe a couple years later.  Sigh.

Documents indicated she had been previous owned by one Carlos Estevez, who had been branded with a domestic disturbance charge.  Federal law determined he must divest his ownership of all firearms as a result.  The shop acquired a number of his for sale.

sheenToo bad.  it would have been kinda cool to own a gun once owned by the infamous Charlie Sheen!

He even looks like a jerk!

Have You Heard The One (TWO) About The BORED Teens?

You know, the ones who murdered another teen in Oklahoma, just for fun?

Or, this just in…WWII Veteran Dies After Parking Lot Beating

No, wait.  I’m not bringing THOSE REAL WORLD items up.

I’m talking about history repeating itself.  Well, sort of.

Not exactly history, but a theme.

The theme of the Michael Caine film Harry Brown.

You know!  The movie where Michael plays an old man (typecasting) who sees London failing around him – graffiti, gang activity, drug abuse.  London looks more like Detroit in this movie!  Then his best friend gets killed by a gang misguided yutes.  And Harry is alone.

And he decides to revisit HIS youth.  Not as a misguided yute, but as a Royal Marine. (!)

You can guess much of the rest of the film.  Call it Death Wish On The Thames.

An old man taking back his life by taking direct action against the unintended consequences of the ever-encroaching societal fixes imposed by a socialist regime.  (like gun control and a broken judicial system)

Safe to say, it’s powerful stuff.  My only complaint is with the heavy accents, subtitles would help us to understand the English.

Of course, the movie got scant play here in the Colonies.  I wonder why?

The Last Straw

strawHow much is TOO much?

MaddMedic poses this and many other serious questions.

When will enough be enough?

At what point does our so-called government cease to be legitimate? At what point do we declare it to be a criminal entity?

We think we should start making this declaration NOW. We will launch a new campaign for exactly this purpose starting tomorrow.

The hardwired message to Congress will read 

I no longer consider the federal “government” to have any legitimate authority. A long train of abuses and usurpations persuades my conscience that it has become a criminal enterprise. In the future I will submit to it out of fear rather than allegiance. 

Please go and read the whole thing, then respond.  I’ve written this blog for well over two years now, daily, and made many similar appeals.  How much is too much?  Is the frog now fully boiled?  I am not suggesting insurrection nor revolution.  I am not suggesting anything.

I AM asking you go. read and consider the above link.  Didn’t the Declaration of Independance enumerate the crimes of the executive with which 56 American Patriots refused to stand?  They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor by affixing their ‘John Hancocks’ to the treasonous paper.

Congress seems uninterested in addressing any of these issues.  They’re making too much money on the side and passing legislation making certain they don’t have to use the Obamacare they passed for us.  The ‘heroes’ of the Tea Party, like Chris Christie have been defrocked as RINOS (or worse).  The border continues to be porous, and the so-called ‘Drug War’ unwinnable.  And were being incessantly taxed and spied upon.

sheepleFor our own good, poor sheeple are we!

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…