You must lower your speed limits to continue to receive federal highway funds! And numerous other examples…
Well, they are at it, again!
Via Cousin Joel
S.1689 – A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to reduce the funding available for a State under the national highway performance program and the surface transportation program if the State issues a license plate that contains an image of a flag of the Confederate States of America, including the Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America.
Because, of course, these are all signs of evil!
And we should
ignore paint over sanitize history.
h/t Brock Townsend
(for those who missed this!)
The lovely and brilliant TAMARA takes the Internets, AGAIN! It seems some media fools were demonstrating how to use a portable fire extinguisher, when this exchange came about:
I am including in the dialogue the parts where I was yelling at the television. (Tamara)
Savannah Guthrie: “A lot of us are intimidated though, like, by the idea of turning it on…” *makes gestures and facial expressions as though she’s holding a well-greased and annoyed cobra at arms length*
Me: “Wut?” *tilts head on side like RCA Victor mascot*
Jeff Rossen: “I… I will tell you, I actually never used a fire extinguisher before and I thought there would be a kickback and I was afraid to use it…”
Me: (yelling) “OH. MY. GOD! It’s a fire extinguisher, you sackless herbivore! What are you afraid of, you big girl’s blouse?“
It had honestly never crossed my mind that a grown human being could feel an ounce of trepidation about a fire extinguisher. That’s like… I don’t know, being scared of pillows, or footstools, or filing cabinets. And whatever you call this bizarre phobia, two out of five Manhattanites on my TV screen just admitted to suffering from it!
I suspect said Manhattanites are ferried to work by limousine, and returned to their condos nightly under the watchful eyes of armed security. No wonder they scoff at those of us in fly-over-states who seek self-sufficiency and self-protection.
EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR THEM!
It’s as though they are AGE 5 !
BRAVA, once again! – all hail the Queen of Snark!
Regular readers may recall I love the TV show Person of Interest. In it, a supercomputer is built, gleaning data about people from all exterior sources, including traffic and surveillance cameras, and calculates if the person so surveilled is either in danger or a danger.
Of course, there is a battle royal between various elements in the government (and, by extension private contractors), as to who is going to have access (in the government) to this data, and what they will do with it.
There is a second computer in the mix, and, of course the computer’s creator and his allies.
I am anxiously awaiting the next season.
Now comes real life (courtesy of Wirecutter)…
From Boston to Beijing, municipalities and governments across the world are pledging billions to create “smart cities”—urban areas covered with Internet-connected devices that control citywide systems, such as transit, and collect data. Although the details can vary, the basic goal is to create super-efficient infrastructure, aid urban planning and improve the well-being of the populace. (yeah, right! – Guffaw)
A byproduct of a tech utopia will be a prodigious amount of data collected on the inhabitants. For instance, at the company I head, we recently undertook an experiment in which some staff volunteered to wear devices around the clock for 10 days. We monitored more than 170 metrics reflecting their daily habits and preferences—including how they slept, where they traveled and how they felt (a fast heart rate and no movement can indicate excitement or stress).
DATA MINING EXTREME!
And you thought the NSA reading your email wherein you mentioned you purchased a pressure-cooker, or watching you do whatever you do while surfing porn was a problem!
Most of you know, I sometimes ascribe to the Conspiracy Theory of History.
Essentially, this means if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it’s a f****** duck!
This doesn’t mean everything touted on the Internet about government secrecy, plots or actions is necessarily true, however.
YES, they are listening to us, photographing us, and reading our email. And monitoring our Internet activity.
NO, I don’t think contrails are a massive plot to poison us. (just an example – PLEASE don’t respond with links!)
HOWEVER, as there are elements within the federal executive who have a negative agenda regarding the Second Amendment, firearms possession and ownership…
We now have THIS (from Rico and Theo Spark):
There have been open solicitations for “crisis actors” to work for DHS, et al. I have seen them, and have ‘trained with’ role players in the past.
– It’s not a ‘new’ idea to simulate situations and make training exercises more “realistic” by using such people.
– It makes “sense” right?
Leave it to government to FUBAR things. The folks who have taken Murphy’s Law to heart and made it a guidepost appear to have done it again.
– Using the same ‘crying woman’ in three separate staged events? Yeah, that’s typical government. The gal photographed here really gets around, wouldn’t you say?
That noted hoaxter, Orson Welles, would NOT be impressed by these clowns for ruining what otherwise would have been a pretty good hoax.
Either there just happens to be women who appear very similar in multiple locations, or, once again, our tax dollars are at work!
Pushing an agenda.
Do we have conformation independent of the purveyors of this material, or is this just three women who coincidentally resemble each other? And, do we have information showing the casting call from the Department of Homeland Security for “crisis actors”?
Or is this just blowing smoke, again? Another contrail?
This whole brew-ha-ha over a White woman ‘passing’ as a Black woman in the Spokane chapter of the NAACP has me confused.
Or perhaps the emotion is WHO CARES?
The NAACP accepts members of all races. At least they used to, before they were compromised by the progressives. I don’t know the current qualifications. (see Democratic Party also re: compromise)
This is one reason I support CORE and not the NAACP. (That and CORE actively supports self-defense and firearms ownership for all, whereas the NAACP does not.)
I think this whole non-issue of a White woman ‘passing’ as Black can be dealt with with two questions:
1) Is her weirdness in acting this way detrimental to the organization?, AND,
2) What is the content of her character?
Of course, this doesn’t affect me.
And I still don’t care.
The OTHER side of the story…
My good friend OldNFO was recently given specifics as a counter to the ‘we are being hard/difficult/bigoted against those poor
undocumented workers, migrants, illegal aliens here in the United States.
A view from working in Mexico, as it were…
From the other side of the fence…
Received the following from Tom Xxxxx, who was a Director with SW BELL in Mexico City:
I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working Illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.
During that six months our Mexican and US attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a ‘FM3′. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara’s was the same, except hers did not permit her to work.
To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies):
1. Birth certificate for Barbara and I.
2. Marriage certificate.
3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.
5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.
6. A letter from the St. Louis Chief of Police indicating that I had no arrest record in the U.S. and no outstanding warrants and, was ‘a citizen in good standing’.
- Finally, I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our ‘I am the greatest person on Earth letter. It was fun to write.
All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.
Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times at each location, and we remember at least four locations where we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the government’s actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US Customs in Laredo, Texas. This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid.
We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.
We were required to get a Mexican driver’s license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and fingerprint equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was to never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.
We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The company’s Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. I t was about twenty legal size pages annually.
The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.
Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs.
It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or Congressmen went through it once they would have a different attitude toward Mexico.
The Mexican government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their capitol or government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The US Embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican military surrounds the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the Embassy. These protests are never shown on U.S. or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in Arizona, California or Texas.
Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on the illegals.
A close friend has fallen on some hard times, mostly because of health-related issues. As a result, they have missed work, and as a result, have missed income. (This is not my story.)
They obtained Obamacare last year, believing all the promises made public. And they were obtaining top-notch medical care. Seriously.
And all was right with the world.
Until the end of the year, when they were advised, yes, they could keep their insurance. If they could pay ANOTHER $300 a month (on top of the $200+ they were already paying directly – the gov’t was paying $400 on top OF THIS!) Our tax dollars at work!
SO, they went searching, and determined, based on their drop in income, they could qualify for Medicaid. (A State-run, federally funded insurance for low-income folks).
They jumped through all the hoops, provided all the documentation, and became insured once again.
And all was, once again, right with the world.
They were told they would have to requalify every six months, and could then make choices regarding which insurance they could have, of the few available.
They obtained some medical care and tests. And prescriptions. And made a carefully-studied choice regarding which company would be their next insurance.
And heard nothing.
And the six-month boundary passed. Again, nothing. No company literature, no insurance ID, no specifics.
And care, tests and prescriptions continued to be covered by the initially-assigned company.
And attempts to obtain an insurance ID card and literature on line required their insurance ID number. Which was on the card. Which was not in their possession.
And more tests were scheduled and appointments made.
Then, yesterday, after business hours, their pharmacy called to advise they had received notification the insurance had changed, and they would need a copy of her new carrier’s ID card.
The one not yet received.
And they have many tests scheduled, for serious maladies. Heart and breathing related.
What were those promises, again?
I suspect they will be many hours on the telephone and on-line today.
The adventure continues.
Keep a good thought.
If stress wasn’t part of the list of maladies, it certainly is now…
(This just in. They were able to make telephone contact this morning. They must CALL BACK Thursday or Friday to get the matter resolved, as the company had no idea who they were!!!)
I LOVE bureaucracy!
CUBA. That bastion of Freedom in the Western Hemisphere, has been removed from the ‘official’ list of those nations known to sponsor terrorism.
And travel restrictions have been lessened.
I wonder what has changed?
And I wonder about all those folks who suffered torture and death under the Fidel/Raul Castro regime? Who are still imprisoned.
And their families, both in Cuba and in The United States.
Of course, we still do mega-business with The People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.
Perhaps we are just playing catch-up?
Long time passing…
The Gunner’s Blog recently mused on the very principles which The United States was alleged to have been founded.
And how they largely no longer exist:
(PS – this is my 2000th post! Thank you for stopping by – Guffaw)
No, not this SELMA!
ProudHillbilly won the Internets with this!
So what’s the difference between these two photos, outside of the obvious that they were taken 50 years apart?
It’s what’s missing. Compare the number of American flags in photos from the two events.
AMEN PH, AMEN!!