Friday, December 31, 2010

And in the headlines...

(Via SurvivalBlog)

Twenty police respond to man playing with crossbow in his backyard, seize house

Yes, that really is the headline. But beware, because the article is even more blood pressure-raising.

I wonder if the intrepid lady of the house had read this recently?

Shalom, Aaron

Via Claire Wolfe, I find out that Aaron Zelman, the founder of JPFO, has died. JPFO was one of the gun rights organizations that many people loved to hate, because it was a "no compromises" operation. I hope it can survive Aaron's loss and stay a thorn in the side of certain larger, more established groups.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Slipping down that slippery slope

(Via the Drudge Report)

So at what point do we declare it to be a Police State? Just askin'....

Of course they are

Just because North Carolina is going to be in The Budget Hole From Hell doesn't mean that any of the legislative staffers should join the pool of the potentially unemployed. Why, they're doing a wonderful (yet nonpartisan) job, helping spend money the state doesn't have.

I am more and more convinced that these idiots think we elected them to rearrange the deck chairs.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

And now we know

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Now we know the name of the pilot at the top of TSA's shit list--Chris Liu. Thank you, Captain Liu. You've probably done more for airport security than the entire TSA has in its miserable existence.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Not getting the message, part n

With a $3.75 billion budget deficit and the possibility of over 20,000 layoffs staring him in the face, North Carolina Senator Marc Basnight wants to borrow a measly $3.3 million to continue the restoration of a lodge.

What part of the word "NO!" does this guy not understand?

We the People are broke, moron. We've went for years with real wages stagnant, while the burdens placed on us by our elected "betters" have increased. Add to that the inflation brought on by the continued "spend, spend, spend, borrow, borrow, borrow, print, print, print" that they have practiced, and the well is dry.

You nice folks down East need to stop sending this idiot to Raleigh.

Get my broker on the phone!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Tell him to buy Amazon stock, quick!

I say this, tongue in cheek for the most part, because Big Sister is apparently working on a decree to bring more security to "soft targets", such as shopping malls. Somehow, I don't see myself getting scanned or groped to buy a shirt or pair of pants.

Anyone have a countdown timer for the end of this lunacy?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Winding down

The house is clean, the food is ready. The fire's going in the wood stove and guests are on the way.

All of us at The Freehold would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. We hope that you are all safe, warm and ready for Santa to make his yearly visit tonight.

Who really cares

What the poverty/racism pimps think? Does anyone outside their own echo chamber actually listen to their drivel?

Now of course, if they could be sued, you know, for hate speech.... :-)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More like a season of give-aways, greed and stupidity

The Big O, in a rush to salvage Christmas in Hawaii, tossed the following over his shoulder as he was running for the chopper:

"Instead this has been a season of progress for the American people," Obama said. "This has been the most productive post-election period we've had in decades, and it comes on the heels of the most productive two years that we've had in generations."

What a crock. We have more budget busting legislation (Hey, I'm a fan of the 9/11 first responders and workers, but enough is enough) and a bad deal to keep tax rates from rising (mostly; as long as you don't die soon). We did manage to kill the foolish NIGHTMARE DREAM Act (at least for now). We have no real budget yet, months after it should have been finished.

The Senate, to no one's surprise, approved another bad "arms reduction" treaty. Well, at least we're so broke we can't contemplate war in Europe any time soon. Who knows, maybe the Europeans will get worried and tend to their own defense for a change.

In what may be a surprise to many of you, the end of Don't Ask-Don't Tell doesn't bother me. Last I checked, they bleed red too. But then again, I support women in combat if they can pass the same physical and mental tests as men.

We had a great chance to make a strong start on getting Washington under control, and it's been wasted. While I can hope that the next Congress may do better, I have serious doubts. Until we flush out all of the old school politicians who are allegedly on our side, it's going to be more of the "same ol', same ol'".

Remember, November is Coming. We have another 1/3 of the Senate and a lot of House members that need to leave. Get cracking.

Just shaking my head

(Via the Drudge Report)

A 5 inch snow and an entire continent is paralyzed for days? Doesn't speak well for their ability to, oh, survive a currency crisis, now does it?

Gee, even my part of North Carolina only shuts down for 3 days for that amount of snow. :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Demonstrating a decided lack of Christmas spirit

(From The Email List That Shall Not Be Named)

I feel so sorry for the poor and starvin' of Macon, Georgia. NOT.

Perhaps Raymeica Kelly needs to turn off the electric heater and the big screen TV (thereby turning off the xBox as well) and then her freaking power bill won't be so high. Maybe she should consider selling them to pay the current bills and hold down the future ones.

Someone explain to me how you are considered "poor" when you have all those toys? I though that "poor" meant you had to choose between eating and rent? That you walked, hopped rides or took a bus rather than owning a car? That the place you lived was hot in the summer, cold in the winter and leaked all the time? I mean, that was what poor meant when I was a kid.

These people are not poor. They're something I've heard called "useless eaters"--they contribute nothing to society, other than keeping the social workers employed. They exist to suck up the excess dollars that those of us who actually work at something useful generate.

Yeah, I'm going to get a lump of coal in my stocking, for sure.

Kudos to the photographer. That picture just had to be done that way to get out the real story. I'm convinced of it.

Difficult becomes impossible

Remember when I said I'd never buy a GM vehicle because "our" government had stolen the company from it's rightful owners, and that sentiment went for Chrysler as well?

Now I have to wonder if Ford should be off the table as well. Even more importantly, why was Ford not stolen in the same way as GM and Chrysler?

There are entirely too many questions and too few answers. At least I can be fairly certain that the free market isn't any longer.

OK, it's easier if you understand this simple fact

It isn't about safety, it's about revenue.

There. All better now?

Just throw everything at them and see what sticks

(Via the Drudge Report)

10 high school students who like to wear Christmas sweaters and sing are in trouble with their idiot school system for tossing out candy canes.

*sigh* Yet more homegrown terrorists....

As for the administrators, here's hoping the entire effing coal mine winds up crammed in their...stockings. I'd hate to be their kids at this time of year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Free for Christmas

Brian Aitken, a political prisoner of the State of New Jersey, got that wish today courtesy of Gov. Chris Christie. For those of you who haven't followed the story, Brian was wrongly (as far as this non-lawyer can tell) of violating the Byzantine conglomeration that is New Jersey's firearms laws.

Way to go, Gov. Christie--and thanks.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stupid tech ideas

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Apparently taking their cue from OnStar, Intel decides to put a remote kill switch in their next generation processors. Unfortunately, they probably aren't going to have the safeguards that OnStar employs to prevent the misuse of this feature.

Just wait until the first Bulgarian hacker figures out how to send a "universal" kill command over the 3G network and shuts down a few hundred thousand (or few million) PCs. The lawsuits that result will bankrupt Intel.

I've read several folks saying that they're going to solve this by deleting Windows and installing their favorite Linux distro. Yo, genius! This is built into the microcode of the CPU, not the operating system. Install whatever OS you want; it will make no difference.

I think I may have to upgrade to whatever the chip is just before Intel introduces this little lunacy and then wait out the inevitable. Or maybe make friends with AMD. {{shudder}} It's either that, pr pray that someone at Intel suddenly has a moment of sanity....

Thursday, December 16, 2010

How many more days until these jerks go home?

It would seem that the lame-ass duck session of Congress is turning into a ship of fools, blindly cruising the harbor hoping to run into a place to dock.

Right now, I blame the Republican leadership for not keeping their troops in line (*cough* *cough* Scott Brown *cough*) just as much as I blame the Democrats for trying to take advantage of their last chance to ram their tax and spend agenda down the country's throat. Tax cuts that aren't, spending increases that shouldn't be, treaties we don't need. Ar-r-r-ugh!

And the Republicans are doing precious little to stop any of it. They should be being as obstructionist as hell, but it seems they're more concerned about how the media will paint them (as if they stand a chance at a fair assessment from the media) than they are about heeding the words of the American people. Let me give you people a hint--those of us who are going to cause you trouble from now on don't care what the media says about you one way or the other. We're judging you on you actions--or the lack thereof.

Ya'll just keep it up. The anger that fueled the rise of the Tea Parties is still simmering right along. It wasn't all used up in the 2010 elections--there's still plenty to use the next time around.

Perhaps that's why they keep passing unemployment benefit extensions--they're afraid they'll need them for themselves.

F Troop is at it again

According to the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner, BATFE is now interesting in a new reporting requirement if you buy multiple long guns in a 5 day period. While this should require an act of Congress (and might run afoul of the Heller decision to boot), the Obama-led BATFE thinks they "may" be able to do it without all that messy process getting in the way.

We were warned before November's repudiation of Obama & Co. at the polls that they would simply move their focus from legislation to regulation. This and actions such as the Gulf oil drilling ban show the prognosticators were correct. We need to get the word on this out to the rest of the gun culture and put a quick halt to this one.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Much ado about nothing

Stratfor makes the case that, for all the hoopla about Wikileaks and their release of a gazillion diplomatic cables, it is the equivalent of a bucket of warm spit. Interesting reading.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

And the winner of the 2010 Not Getting It Award is...

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Breyer, who managed to edge out the front-running Republican Party with a late round of asshatism, has been unavailable for comment.

The NGI Award Committee is aware of the dangers of premature awarding, but feels that, in this case, it will be nearly impossible for anyone to exceed the quantity and quality of Justice Breyer's latest effort.

In related news, Santa Claus has announced that, in an effort to promote green Christmas gifts, Justice Breyer will receive a quantity of reindeer shit, similar in size and weight to the traditional lump of coal. This "green gift" will not add to CO2 emissions and is fully biodegradable. This gift is certified to be produced by native animals who are part of a Fair Trade cooperative.

Santa says that there is no truth to the rumors that it will be delivered in a flaming bag on Justice Breyer's front porch.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

So, what does it say

What does it say about you as a gun geek and a home handyman when you use cases of Greek 30-06 ammo as weights for something that you're gluing up?

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Four Rules

Not Col. Cooper's Four Rules, but four rules about tyrants from Joe Huffman.

They may be as worthy of memorization as the Colonel's.

Revenue enhancement at work

Moscow on the Catawba holds another fishing expedition DWI roadblock and manages to have 10% of the arrests be actual DWIs. Color me unimpressed.

Copyright trolls meet their match?

Apparently, the bottom-dwelling scum that is RightHaven has decided that they're now good enough to take on the Drudge Report.

I'll bring the beer; who's bringing the pretzels? And someone get ready to film the YouTube video of the smackdown!

The number one rule of copyright trolling is that you always go after the poor and defenseless. Good grief, didn't they learn anything from the RIAA? At least it couldn't happen to more deserving trolls.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Been saving this one

For a day when I felt that I should blog something but just couldn't find anything I felt like saying.

The People's Cube

Eerily humorous.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Who got hit?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

If you'd care to see who got hit the worst by the foreclosure crisis, The Daily Bail has a graphic for you. I'm betting there are some good buys in South Florida about now.

Once again...

We find ourselves looking back at the day that demonstrated to the 20th century the price for not preparing.

For our parents and grandparents, it was most definitely a shock. The concept that mighty America could be so bloodied on a sunny December morning was beyond belief.

In the early years of the 21st century, we got another such shock, this time on a Sunny September morning.

We found out that nothing had really changed. A determined foe could still strike us in our centers of power.

After a decade of fighting, it seems to me that we find ourselves in no better condition. Indeed, recent events seem to indicate that we have went backward, surrendering our freedoms for some temporary security.


Where do we go from here? Do we, as our fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers did before us, stand tall and fight through to victory? Or do we cower and simper, hoping to be the last ones taken?

Perhaps things are not that dire, yet. Or perhaps they are. From our current position, it's impossible to tell. Our children and grandchildren will provide the future historians who will make those judgments.

I hope they judge us as positively as we have judged our parents and grandparents.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Not worth the paper they're printed on?

(Via Drudge)

It seems the government's new, counterfeit-resistant C-notes may also be printer resistant.

The phrase "too clever by half" comes to mind....

You better watch out, you better not cry...

Because Da Prez is comin' to town!

Woo-hoo.

The local TV media is mostly in pants-wetting mode this morning. "Obama is going to talk about JOBS!! Pant, pant!!!" What, he's going to announce another ill-advised policy decision that will cost a bunch of jobs and drive up prices? Oh boy, I can't wait.

Now here's something for those of you who have never seen one of these dog-and-pony shows: the attendance estimate is 400-500 people, according to the local pants-wetters. Per WFMY TV, 150 or so will be students from Forsyth Tech (a local community college) and the rest will be local luminaries, up to our own beloved Governor Dimples. Gack.

Pay particular attention to the way the media, especially the nationals, either show the crowd or fail to show it. If it is shown, it will be from an angle and focus to maximize the apparent size. If it isn't shown, well, you can figure that out, can't you?

But rest assured, no matter how the size of the crowd is played, this visit isn't for those 150 students, it's for the political attendees. I'm betting that he is going to issue some sort of warning to "our enemies" that, no matter what those pesky voters said last month, he is in charge and they'd better follow his lead.

And they'd better remember that November is coming. Again and again. You want to keep those elected positions and fluff your ego? Pay attention to what we're saying rather than the Bg O's speech.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Not sure...

Why this woman has such an issue with an inter-agency police task force that she starts a blog about them, but be that as it may.

I can understand the officers' desire not to have their names and personal information splashed about the Intertubz. However, they should remember that they chose a career in public service. You work for the public, a lot of things that you might rather keep private will instead be public. It's those nasty public access to information laws, don'tcha know.

At any rate, one or more of the officers who have been guest stars on the above blog are unhappy about that. After intimidation didn't work, they decided to take the legal route, and have the blogger charged as a stalker.

They lost.

This is as it should be. You see, down the road of secret police agencies and secret court proceedings lies the Star Chamber, which, despite it's initial good aims, has become a a seriously pejorative term for secret courts accountable to no one.

We don't want to go there, do we?

Friday, December 03, 2010

ZOMG!!!

(Via Wired)

Terrorist robots have been sighted in Denver!!! Call out the bomb squad!!!

Murray said that suspicious objects do not automatically warrant a call to the bomb squad if patrol officers are able to determine that there is no threat. He said that the robot was strange enough to warrant precautionary measures. In the end, it proved harmless.

"A whole lot of nothing," Murray said.

Actually, no, it isn't a whole lot of nothing. Another Alert Citizen has Seen Something and Said Something. The government's programing of the sheep is working quite well. "Be frightened--of EVERYTHING!" "Different = Dangerous!" "Only the government can keep you safe!"

Next thing you know, that LiteBrite of the kids that is still in the basement will get me in a lot of trouble....

Thursday, December 02, 2010

It's a miracle I didn't get bailed out

(Via the Drudge Report)

Because it seems that everyone else did.

Why am I in this handbasket and why is it getting so warm in here?

Multiple Choice

"Someone" cuts a fence and torches 5 "high mileage" state-owned vehicles.

Option A: "Someone" was ticked off at how they had been treated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and decided to get even.

Option B: "Someone" decided that, with the current budgets being what they are, that they new vehicles they wanted wouldn't be forthcoming, and decided that they were by dingy going to get some new wheels this year no matter what.

Option C: It was an act of random vandalism, and it's highly unlikely they'll catch the culprit.

In my current cynical mood, I just can't buy into Option C. And no matter which answer you chose, I'm betting the taxpayers of SC are going to take this one in the shorts.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Knowledge is power

So how about some knowledge about power--battery power, that is.

Sure, we can print all you want

The United States would be ready to support the extension of the European Financial Stability Facility via an extra commitment of money from the International Monetary Fund, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Folks, this new money can only come from one place--the same place that the Big O's Stimulus flows from--the magic creation of "money" by the US Treasury--otherwise know as "Crank up those presses, boys!" It's creation will add to the inflation pressures already building. (Calculated as it was in 1980, it's already running around 8-9%.)

Barring changes in how the economies of the world are run, we are heading for Bad Things. Time to get ready for them is running out. Don't let it run out on you.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Alcoa and the great North Carolina power grab"

A good piece on the issue of Alcoa-owned dams on the Yadkin river and the State of NC's attempt to appropriate them.

Not much to say

Apologies for the lack of blogging, but I'm caught between real world demands, a mild case of "doom burn out" and being left near-speechless at the near insanity of it all. I mean...

We have the TSA and Uberbansturmfuhrer Big Sis, along with Little Brother Pistole, apparently caving in on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (I've seen a number of reports of Nude-O-Scans being mysteriously closed down, coupled with reports of reduced crowds, at least a some airports), then threatening to give it to us longer and harder at bus terminals and train stations.

Ireland, hat in hand, is going to do whatever they have to (local and international consequences be damned) in order to get the EU and the IMF to bail them out. Spain is rumored to be next, and the EU is starting to show some cracks. How long until Germany decides that it's through funding the financially ill-behaved nations of Europe?

Intertubz gadfly Julian Assange decides to declare war on the world at large (and the US in particular) because it doesn't meet his standards of behavior. Inexplicably, he is still above room temperature. How many people and countries can you piss off before someone decides that you're better off dead? I hear he may be going after the banks next. (Link via Drudge.) That ought to be entertaining.

Judging from what I'm seeing from my own state capital and from Washington, neither side gets the message that was sent earlier this month. It appears that, barring a miracle, it's going to be politics as usual. Great. Now I have to work at voting a completely different bunch of bastards out.

And let's not forget the little issue of the Korean peninsula. After all, how dangerous could an unstable nation with even less stable leadership be? What are they going to do--pop a nuke?

Throw in our own economy, and...geeze. I feel like cleaning out the local grocery and gun stores, and having a contractor in to start pouring the bunker complex.

Here's hoping for a better mood (and muse) later this week.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

News from the Irish front

(Via The Email List That Must Remain Nameless)

Brian Kaller is a former newspaper report in Ireland. He's live-blogging the current Irish "situation" at Restoring Mayberry. I've read a bit and I plan on reading a good bit more.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pity it wasn't 3 feet lower

President Obama's post-Thanksgiving Friday was anything but restful after he played some hoops and walked away with a split upper lip requiring 12 stitches.

After all, it would be a lot closer to what he deserves than a fat lip.

A step behind

The introduction of so-called porno scanners at America’s airports and the egregious pat downs of airline travelers have turned every American into a German Jew. Instead of dehumanizing and demeaning one segment of the population in order to pave the way for the Holocaust, all airline travelers are being treated like German Jews by our government for our own good — to keep us safe from terrorists on airplanes.

Worthy of the brief time it takes to read--and the longer time to reflect upon it.

It's very simple, actually

Here's the situation. Your once lucrative job isn't so lucrative any more. As a matter of fact, you've lost nearly 25% of your pay because the economy sucks and business is way off. No improvement is in sight. Your lifestyle was structured such that you spent every dollar that came in to maintain a given standard of living. For the last couple of years, you've tapped your savings and occasionally your friends to keep that standard of living. Now, your saving are gone and your friends aren't going to loan you any more money.

So, do you cut back, stop spending, maybe sell a few prized but unnecessary possessions, or do you complain about your lot in life and how unfair it all is--maybe even stick up a liquor store or two?

If you're the State of North Carolina, it's the second choice. Plus, you discuss raising taxes, fees, admission rates and so on. Why, we can't possibly cut back!

It's a pity that decorating trees with politicians has went so out of style.

A new high in hysteria

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the district has begun requiring a note from parents before it will allow students to bring Chapstick and other lip balms to school.

You know, I got nothing. This is too stupid for words.

Monday, November 22, 2010

OK, this is cool

(Via Tam)

A random act of culture...



And for those of us who are musically impaired...

Rule 1: The gun is always loaded

Even if it is an antique muzzle loader.

Apparently, the other 3 rules were ignored as well, and a 3 year old boy is dead because his father was careless and stupid.

A few weeks back, I saw a big stink running around some of the gun-blogosphere about the 4 Rules, especially Rule 1. I stayed out of it, because I got tired of arguing how many angels could dance on the head of a pin long ago. I guess now I'm going to say my piece.

The 4 Rules (or the NRA's 3 Rules or whatever set of safety rules you want to embrace) are there to keep these things from happening. Col. Cooper's Rule 1 is the most basic safety rule: "The gun is always loaded." That means treat the gun like it's loaded--even if you and 3 other people have all confirmed that it is fact unloaded and it hasn't left your possession for a microsecond since then. You still treat it like it's loaded--no pointing the business end at something you don't want to kill or destroy, finger off the trigger and so on.

And for the record, no, I don't approve of simunitions and I think all force of force training should be done with blue/red guns or Airsofts. Live-fire houses? Only if I'm the only one armed and the instructor is behind heavy cover. Why do I go against the opinion of the multitude? Because mistakes happen--and I don't want to be one or commit one.

If you still want to argue the point, go to Union County, North Carolina. I suspect there is a Dad there who wishes he had followed Rule 1.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Won't happen

The N.C. Utilities Commission is eating crow after inadvertently posting a Greensboro moving company's confidential information online in violation of the commission's own privacy policy.

The gaffe happens at a time when the commission has issued fines of up to $1,000 against more than 50 moving companies - and is threatening to yank their operating licenses - for failing to follow commission rules.

Commission Chairman Edward Finley Jr. last week apologized to Ray Moving and Storage for posting company owners' Social Security numbers, birth dates and fingerprints from an FBI criminal background check. The moving company filed a complaint with the state Attorney General, demanding that the commission reprimand or fire the staff member responsible for the breach.


One of the owners of the company, John Deare, is just a bit nonplussed about the situation. "We were afraid of something just like this - and it came to pass."

Of course it did. Mr. Deare, I would hazard a guess that you made exactly that point to someone at the commission, didn't you? Perhaps more than once? Perhaps forcefully, just a bit hot under the collar? Well sir, you have committed the unpardonable offense--you have pissed off a bureaucrat. And for that, you must pay. We can't have you business owners telling the Emperor that he has no clothes. Why, that could cause the entire rotten edifice to collapse under its own rotten weight.

Yes, I've made this mistake before. Got the "Been There, Done That" t-shirt, too. I'll post a picture of it if I can ever get all the blood to wash out.

Well, this Hope isn't even lasting as long a The Big O's

Yesterday, Republicans in the NC House elected a relative political newcomer, Thom Tillis of Mecklenberg County, as Speaker of the House. Good move, bad move, indifferent move I can't say for sure. Early results say "bad move".

Tillis has went on record proposing to water down the power of the position "and the GOP majority also would reach across the aisle to involve Democrats."

Obviously, this guy doesn't get the message that the electorate is sending. We The People (by around a 2-to-1 margin) are fed up with The Evil Party. We're also fed up with The Stupid Party. In North Carolina, as in the nation at large, the polices of both have led us to the brink of ruin. If we want to restore the promise that was "these United States of America", then we had better get on with it. Stupid reaching out to Evil isn't going to get the job done.

"We're still going to cooperate with the Democrats whenever we can," he said. "In the past that was out of necessity, because it was the way to get our bills passed. But in the future we'll do it because it's good government. We don't have a monopoly on all the good ideas."

Yeah, at this point that's pretty obvious. For the first time in 112 years there is an actual chance of getting some of the long-standing political buddy-buddy shit out of state government, to wring out some of the corruption, and you guys decide to buddy-buddy up with the corruption.

Nice.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another one bites the dust

Whining all the way, Democratc Bob "Who are you?" Ethridge concedes to Republican Renee Ellmers in the NC 2nd Congressional District.

Another win for the Tea Party. The country club Republicans better watch out--we're on the way for a visit.

Local folks make good

Holsters, that is.

Meet N82 Tactical, makers of concealed carry holsters. Nice folks--I've personally met a couple at gun shows. Good gear, good price and made in the USA. Go check out the product--I'm told it will make an excellent Christmas gift.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Almost forgot...

(Via Claire Wolfe)

At least I had it brought to my attention before...

National Ammo Day! Go shoot, go buy, go make Barbara Boxer cry!

Calling it as I see it

"Mr. Pistole, you're doing a great job," Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate committee overseeing air travel, told TSA chief John Pistole, a former FBI agent who's had the job since July. For emphasis, Rockefeller added a few minutes later: "I think you're doing a terrific job."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, admitted right away that "I have been a fan of the advanced imaging technology." American air travelers, she said, "have to understand that this is being done for their best interests and their safety."

I'm sorry, but anyone who believes that our security theater, seen in airports across the US on a daily basis, is either a "terrific job" or is about our best interests or safety is one of three things:
  • Willfully blind
  • Incredibly stupid
  • A liar
We are no safer in the air now than we were on September 10, 2001. Someone who wants to take a plane down, someone who is willing to die to do so, can. The few attempts so far have been nothing more than half-assed attempts by amateurs. If our Muslim friends wanted to replay 9/11, they would figure out a way to do so. For all we know, they already have and are simply waiting for the right time.

But what we are is becoming accustomed to living in a police state. ID checks, road blocks, endless questions, cameras, intrusions on Constitutionally protected rights, "If you see something, say something" and actions that, if taken by anyone else would be considered sexual assault are now taken for granted, just a part of life in these the United States.

Make no mistake, America. You're being trained. And you're taking the harness well.

Back from the dead?

The Ramshead Rathskeller may be making a return to Chapel Hill. Not sure how this "update" will work out. It strikes me that they're killing a lot of made the place fun, but that may just be an old guy talking.

Hey, you kids! Get offa my lawn!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The simple solution to TSA abuse

Much has been made in the legacy media and the blogosphere about the latest TSA abuse of the populace. A million solutions have been suggested, including one that particularly appeals to me, National Opt-Out Day. However, we ignore the simplest one: DO NOT FLY.

Note I didn't say "easiest". If you have to travel a long distance--across the country or to Europe, say--there is nothing easy about not flying. Of course, you can simply decide to vacation closer to home, or take a pass on that business conference, and those are really of minor impact. For the heavy-duty business traveler, this is definitely not an easy solution, as it could cause you to lose your livelihood. (You poor unfortunate road warriors get a free pass.)

However, if much of the traveling public simply decides to NOT FLY, and to NOT FLY a lot, there will very shortly be changes. The airlines, the airports, the vendors in the airports and all their suppliers, will rise up and see to it, because they will be losing their collective asses because we have chosen to NOT FLY.

And money (or the lack of) definitely speaks louder than words.

When is a shotgun not a shotgun?

(Via Say Uncle)

Whenever the ATF decides it isn't.

And you wonder why gunnies hate that bunch so.

You're only tolerant if you agree with them

Michigan high school teacher Jay McDowell says he didn't like where the discussion was going after a student told his classmates he didn't "accept gays."

In response, the Howell school district, in a fit of unexpected common sense, booted Mr. McDowell for a a day for violating the student's right of free speech.

Dear liberals, if tolerance doesn't work in all directions, then it isn't tolerance--it's political correctness.

Maximizing the take

The N.C. Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state are launching a two-week crackdown on speeding, timed to the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

I'm sure that the latest word from the state capital is that the red ink is approaching 25% of the total budget figure for next year has nothing to do with this expanding from the holiday weekend to a 2 week period.

Next thing you know, they'll just make the toll roads official in this state. Oh, wait....

Monday, November 15, 2010

A big mistake

I'm currently reading the catalog of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. The entire thing is made of want. Of course, the first thing I'd want is a 60'x40' shop to put it all in....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday funnies

(From The Email List That Must Remain Nameless)

The latest in 419 scams:

Dear Sir,

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Due to poor banking system in America, many subprime borrowers are not paying back mortgages and banks have lost ONE TRILLION TWO HUNDRED BILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($1,200bn) so far. This calamity has caused much suffering in my country. To help remedy this situation, our president, Mr Barack Obama, has authorised to be spent a sum of EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS ($897bn) on stimulus plus many other good deeds like cash for clunkers. Unfortunately, since that time, we are being molested and constantly harassed by bond vigilantes who do not care that their reckless and vicious behaviour could ruin our hopes and plans.

To this effect, last year I authorised the printing of ONE TRILLION TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY BILLION ($1,250bn) of United States currency to purchase government securities. To my great shock, this was not enough so I am now buying another SIX HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS ($600bn).

If you forward a modest sum to purchase Treasury notes then I can buy many more of them with my unlimited printing press and their price will rise. I am absolutely positive that this arrangement will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I can offer you generous interest rate of EIGHT TENTHS OF A PERCENT after taxes.

I want you to immediately inform me of your willingness in assisting and co-operating with us, so that I can send you full details of this transaction and let us make arrangement for a meeting and discuss at length on how to transfer this funds.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr (Mr) Benjamin Bernanke

N/B: Please contact Mr Timothy Geithner on this e-mail address for further briefing and modalities.

Oh, I could so do this

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations, especially night raids that fuel anti-American sentiment and could embolden Taliban insurgents.

You know, I'm not one to cut and run. But, considering everything, here, there and everywhere, I'm not so sure I wouldn't reduce military operations to zero, along with the funding the Afghan government is receiving. I don't care if he's just playing to the cameras and "really doesn't mean it". Enough is too much. You want our help, it comes with strings. String One is that you don't bad-mouth us. String Two is that we kill the Bad Guys whenever and wherever. You might want to tell your people that if the Taliban moves in, they need to be elsewhere for a while, because it's going to get very noisy.

Let's see how well he does with the Taliban without our support. Oh, and by the way, there will be no refuge for you here is you have to flee for your life.

I saw it said, elsewhere on the Intertubz, by one of our soldiers that "We can beat the Taliban, but we can't beat the Afghan government." Sounds true enough.

So my vote is that we leave. Develop long-range drones that can be sent do do what's necessary if the Taliban starts to get out of hand again and be a threat. Bring our people home and stop shedding our blood and spending our treasure on this. But we leave with a warning--"Don't make us come back. You won't like it."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Get lost"

Out of the 40 (planes) that left, 28 didn't make it back,” said Mitchell. “We were attacked by 150 German fighter planes.

Why are you still here? Go read the man's story.

What to say

It's Veterans Day once again, and I've been racking my brains for something to say that I haven't said before. I finally got it.

Thanks.

(I'm settling for something I haven't said enough.)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We must reduce the size of government!

Cut politically sensitive/popular programs? Check.
Increase taxes without actually increasing taxes? Check.

It would seem the RINO/Democrat "deficit reduction panel" is on track.

Obviously, the concept of cutting programs or even full departments (*cough* *energy* *cough* *education* *cough*) never even occurred to them.

"Cameras are going to become a part of life"

So sayeth the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles in their quest to redesign various "specialty" fund-raising auto license plates to be more friendly to "digital equipment".

A bit further along, we find out that this digital equipment consists of the world-famous red-light cameras and new toll-collection cameras for a new toll road. (We pay some of the highest gas taxes in the southeastern US and we still need toll roads. Government efficiency at work--but that's another post.)

Who wants to bet that those are just the start? Anyone?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Well, I'm surprised

(Via Say Uncle)

Take this quiz and see if maybe the ADA applies to you, too. (I scored a 15.)

Me...Aspergers? There's a surprise, Sparky.

I don't need a gun in my car

Sure you don't--unless you want to count on your reflexes and luck.

Government-think at the local level

Moscow on the Catawba (also known as Charlotte, NC) wants light rail/mass transit/other expensive but under-utilized feel-good modes of transportation. However, "the current half-cent sales tax is 'unable to sustain' the current transit plan."

Now, if this were you or I, we would figure that we needed to trim our budget. Not the government, oh no! They go for a tax hike, that, if I'm remembering their current sales tax rate correctly, works out to 6%.

I wonder if I told my employer that I'm unable to sustain my current lifestyle if they would give me a 6% pay raise?

Monday, November 08, 2010

You had to know this would show up sooner or later

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Hitler gets the election results.

Another example of "Not getting the message"

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says he wants Republicans to rebrand but keep the global warming committee devised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and maligned by many conservatives.

RINOs, you'd better wake up. We're keeping a list for the next election, and Obama isn't the only name on it.

Start chopping the size of the government down now. Feel free to start with this panel. "Politics as usual" is not going to work for you this time. As the anti-gunners always liked to say, "Well it isn't really what we want, but it's a good first step." And you'd better take that first step.

Oh look! The Stupid Party is still in business!

Republicans are making some big promises to try to lure West Virginia Senator-elect Joe Manchin to cross the aisle.

Aside from his pick of committee assignments (likely the Energy and Natural Resources Committee), Manchin might get support for one of his pet projects - a plant to convert coal to diesel fuel that has stalled under Democratic leadership in Washington.


Obviously, the Head Stupids did not get the message from last week's election. At least we know who is on the next "Unemployed Politicians" list.

Yet another inconvenient truth

The presidential commission investigating the massive Gulf oil spill has found no instance where a decision deliberately sacrificed safety to cut costs.

Fred H. Bartlit, Jr., the panel's chief counsel, in a presentation Monday said the probe did not uncover any case where an individual made a conscious choice to "favor dollars over safety."

That statement conflicts with investigations by Democrats in Congress who have accused BP of cutting corners when it made several critical well design decisions. Those decisions have also been questioned by other major oil companies.


Gee, Democrats...lying. I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you.

"Blue-Colored UFO in Centreville"

(Via the Drudge Report)

The Democrats are evacuating DC...

This has been on my to-do list for almost a week

To watch. I wish I had gotten to it sooner, so I could have made this post sooner.

Some people don't like Glenn Beck. Some do, and some are pretty much neutral on him. No matter what you think about the guy, I suggest you watch this 40 minutes of video. Take the information and do your own research. I don't have to--I've been at this for a long while. But what it took me years to research and learn about, you'll get (admittedly in a Cliff Notes version) in 3 parts over 40 minutes.







Like I said, do your own homework. But prepared to be frightened.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Stupid gun store tricks

I'm still shaking my head over yesterday's visit to one of the local gun stores. I don't go to often these days; a kid in college sort of puts a dent in the available money supply for such things.

However, I need to pick up some more specialized self defense ammo (Federal Hydrashoks are my preference), so off I went yesterday at lunch. No problem, I've dealt with these folks before. I can be in and out before I do anything stupid, like buy a gun to go with the ammo.

However, while I was there, I succumbed to the temptation to check out a Stag Arms M4gery that was on the rack. While I was looking at that, the FNG (Friendly New Guy) behind the counter wanted to check out the Bushmaster beside it. So he took it down and swept me and everyone else in the store with it. With his finger on the trigger. At least the moron didn't pull the damn thing.

No, I didn't say anything--it was one of those "He was rendered speechless" sort of moments. I should have. Instead, I was just happy to hand them back the Stag and get the heck out of there. Not too sure how long it's going to be before I go back.

Has the Fed led us into a liquidity trap?

That subject, along with a dissection of the latest unemployment numbers, are the topics of the latest Thoughts From the Frontline newsletter from John Mauldin. You have to subscribe to read the whole thing, but you ought to do that anyway, just to stay informed on things economic.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Counting the cost

(Via Chaos Manor)

The environmental and human price paid by the Chinese for their economic miracle. A little something to think about the next time you see "Made in China".

Man, how could I have forgotten

Today is Guy Fawkes Day! In memory, here is the entire (and as Wikipedia notes, politically incorrect) poem that commemorates this day:

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!

A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o' cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!

So, do we have a bonfire tonight or watch V is for Vendetta?

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Need some cheese to go with that whine?

(From Facebook)

On election day, an anonymous statist decided to call us all "RACIST!!!" one more time. You know, in case we had forgotten about it.

Rooting for the collapse?

(From The Email List That Must Remain Nameless)

Bring it on, Ben: take us that much nearer to the denouement of 100 years of US Federal Reserve. There won’t be a second hundred years. The final countdown starts now.

Although his point is well taken--a swift bankruptcy is going to be easier to survive than a slow collapse.

Best blog quotes on the election

"...jackass party was beaten like the proverbial rented mule."

"Apparently the folks in California were too stoned to remember to legalize weed."

"2008: Yes, we can.
2010: No, you shouldn’t have.
"

"It is now incumbent upon us, the American people, to ride these politician’s backs like rabid, brain-eating monkeys, and make damned sure they understand why it was we elected them, and what we expect of them."

More if/as I find them.

Don't tell me that "drunk driving checkpoints" are about getting drunks off the road

Not when a local paper reports on a checkpoint where only 2 arrests were made for drunk driving but 36 other citations were issued.

And definitely not when groups other than the local police were involved. The laundry list includes:

In addition to Thomasville police officers, also on hand were officers from the Lexington Police Department, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the N.C. Highway Patrol. Officers from the N.C. Department of Correction’s Office of Probation & Parole participated as did representatives of the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, the Thomasville Rescue Squad, Davidson County Emergency Medical Services, the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office and the Davidson County Magistrate’s Office.

Anarcho-tyranny at its finest. Thanks for all that hard work, protecting us from drunk drivers. Glad you had time to work it into your busy schedule. I hope the income covered all the overtime costs.

Funny but predictable

(Via the Drudge Report)

Now that the GOP has the power to block if not control the legislative process in Washington, the Democrats warn them that they must cooperate.

I believe the answer to that needs to be "We won."

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Aw-w-w...you remembered!

Boy howdy did you remember! Incumbents across the country have been voted out, and in the US House a new sheriff has come to town. Here in California East, the NC House and Senate are in the hands of the Republicans for the first time in 112 years. (I hope Gov. Dimples crapped every pair of panties she owns last night.)

And while this is a cause for celebration, let's remember that the US Senate is still in the hands of the statists and the White House is still in the hands of President Hope-n-Change. The Poeple's Autonomous Collective Media Factory is still in the hands of the same syncophantic bunch. They aren't gone, just in shock. As always, they'll be back up to their old tricks very soon.

Let's also remember that the Republicans, for all the new faces, are still the Stupid Party until they prove otherwise. We'll need to keep the new folks on track and the old folks scared.

We've won a battle, not the war. The sun came up over a changed landscape, but the same old situation. Keep on 'em, and remember the 2012 campaign starts now.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

I'm curious

Would anyone want to buy stock in a company that was, IMHO, stolen from it's original owners?

Yes, I know the answer. "Yes," because investors have short memories.

No so Green as we were led to believe

Karen De Coster leads us to the Investors Business Daily and their conclusion that the latest People's (Green) Car is a fraud.

This unGreen ride brought to you courtesy of the Obama Administration, General Motors and the United Autoworkers. Subsidized by the American Taxpayer.

Keeping 'em flying

(Via The Register)

Aviation enthusiasts in The Country Once Known as Great Britain refuse to believe that the last airworthy Avro Vulcan bomber should be parked.

It gives one hope that Great Britain may actually still be around, if only in the hearts of some of it's people.

Regulating redbox

Ars Technica has an interesting article that points out, yet again, exactly how government regulation needlessly stifles business innovation, this time in the case of the redbox DVD rental kiosk system.

Redbox's reply? Internet! Or, in other terms, "Regulate this!"

I would not own a small (or any) business today on a bet. The sooner we cut our government at all levels down to size, the sooner we will have a vital and sustainable economy.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Is Hyperinflation on its way?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

There is a lot of back-and-forth theses days, among those who opine on things economic, about deflation and hyperinflation. Are we one, are the the other, could deflation become hyperinflation in a day, the advisability/inadvisability of both/either and so on and so forth. If you're interested in the Dismal Science, these are some fascinating times. (Fascinating as in you just can't look away from that terrible accident that is happening in front of your eyes....)

While I would never make such predictions with such a definite time line, Gonzalo Lira has not shied away from doing so. And if you have a tinfoil hat handy, he is predicting the end of our economic world in...2012. (Not that he believes it has anything to do with Mayans, comets or anything else other than our own stupidity and cupidity.)

Yet another viewpoint to take into your thinking, interesting reading, etc. I hear he's now writing for ZeroHedge, which is pretty much Economic Armageddon Central these days, and worth your time to check if just as the source for worst-case scenario news and views.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Saturday night...

And obviously, you have nothing to do, since you've just happened by here.

Allow me to present you with something that will take up your entire evening, and be worth the time.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Do what?

How do you have a "Summer of Recovery" that ends in a "soft landing"? "Recovery" means things are getting better; "soft landing" means that a crash has been averted and that things are getting no worse.

The evidence that I see points to neither. Barring some serious change (of the non-Hope-n- variety), we're at best pausing and waiting to see what comes next.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

No inflation?

On average, our basic food costs have increased by an incredible 48% over the last year (measured by wheat, corn, oats, and canola prices). From the price at the pump to heating your stove, energy costs are up 23% on average (heating oil, gasoline, natural gas). A little protein at dinner is now 39% higher (beef and pork), and your morning cup of coffee with a little sugar has risen by 36% since last October.

Don't trust the government numbers, no matter which side is preparing them. They lie.

Eric Scott

In case you haven't been following the story of Eric Scott on your own, the Confederate Yankee has a recap with commentary for you.

And here we are...

We are 6ish days out from The Day We Begin To Take America Back. Or the day we fail to do so, and pull up our lawn chairs for a front row view of What Happens at the End of a Superpower.

Yes, I do believe that it's that simple.

Yeah, sure, every election is important. However, in my 32 years of being eligible to vote, I can not recall a time in which I felt that everything was at stake. They've been important, like voting that fool Carter out of office, or '94 when Bill Clinton got the political message of "No further, Bubba". But this...no--never.

Today's Drudge Report front page doesn't help me any. Multiple stories on apparent ballot fraud and voter disenfranchisement. The Big O and his Secretary of State taking it on the lam. Vote buying. I feel like I woke up in a poorly run Banana Republic.

People, if you don't want to wake up in that place for real, get out and vote. Early voting is still on in most places that allow it, and November 2 is next Tuesday. Don't let it be said that you were AWOL when we started retaking our country.

Edit, 1654: Jerry Pournelle calls this a "maximum effort" election. I agree.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Obviously, they haven't been to the grocery store lately

In its most recent CPI report for food, the USDA reported that prices are expected to rise in 2011.

I guess the rise in food prices I've seen over recent months was a figment of my imagination. That makes my wallet feel so much better.

But all snarkiness aside, this ought to be a big wake up call for anyone who is reading this and doesn't already have a deep pantry or a full-on food storage plan. Even if you aren't worried about a future supply disruption, look at the money you can save simply by buying items in quantity when they're on sale--especially the seasonal sales.

That's how I sold Mrs. Freeholder on the concept. And now she's been able to see not only how much we save, but the added convenience of "Oh, I don't have ingredient X for tonight's supper, so I have to run to the store" has also made an impression. Not to mention the occasional time when schedules dictate no trip to the store this week. Or times when something like ground chuck not only isn't available at a reasonable price but is hardly available an an unreasonable one.

And if anyone asks, I ain't seen Chuck in two weeks. You see him, send him around 'cause he owes me 20 bucks. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Coming soon to a police state near you

Backscatter vans.

I guess that whole 4th Amendment thing just isn't a big deal any more.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's back! It's updated!

(Via Survivalblog)

You know it, you love it, it's the Animated Unemployment Rate Map--updated through the end of August, 2010.

Something wicked this way comes...

Better and better

"Reinflation or bust" would seem to be the motto at the Federal Reserve.

Charles Evans, president of the Chicago Fed, said that “in my opinion, much more policy accommodation is appropriate today” because “the US economy is best described as being in a bona fide liquidity trap”, a point where ultra-low interest rates and high savings rates conspire to make monetary policy ineffective.

If you'd like that in simpler terms, Mr. Evans is saying that, in its efforts for force the economy to reinflate, manipulating interest rates didn't work. We foolish consumers, who refuse to consume and are instead saving and paying down debt like there is no tomorrow, are at fault. And that another round of "quantitative easing", otherwise known as "monetizing the debt", is on the way.

Gold, silver, beans, bullets and bandaids. If you owe on it, it ain't yours. Save for a rainy day. All of the old platitudes exist for a reason, and people like Mr. Evans are determined that we learn the lessons, the hard way, once again.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

An alternative to the government-approved statistics

Well, by now we've all heard that there is no inflation out there, and, as a matter of fact, some of our alleged economic gurus think that the Fed should stimulate some--just to keep the economy healthy. After all, it's done such good things for us over the years.

However, if you look at how the best known measure of inflation--the Consumer Price Index (CPI)--is calculated (not to mention how the process has been manipulated over the years), you'll note something interesting. Two items, food and energy, are deliberately removed from the "Core CPI", which is the number usually reported in the media. Because these items are subject to frequent price swings, their removal from the Core CPI has the effect of lowering the number most of the time (recent case in point).

I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who doesn't eat and who doesn't use energy.

Apparently, the bright folks at Google also have some issues with the government numbers, and are looking into developing their own high-tech, near-real time measure of inflation.

I know there are already places like Shadow Stats where, for a fee, one can get similar data. But for those of use who can't afford it, this may be an interesting alternative to the official government lies numbers.

Friday, October 15, 2010

OMG!!! It's a gun store!

And apparently, it's full of magic talismans that will cause otherwise normal people to become blood-thirsty killing machines.

PSH-filled story is here.

Gameball from above

(Via Wired)

The 101st delivers the game ball to Michigan.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I have to bend over how far?

Debate on the question "Is an expired tax cut the same as a tax increase?" aside, I found this nifty little calculator that will tell you just how much extra you'll have to cough up to Uncle Sugar if the "Bush Tax Cuts" are allowed to expire. Read it and weep.

Now, as a real world example, allow me to explain just how higher taxes kill jobs. Because of asthma, Mrs. Freeholder can't help clean the house or be in the house while it's cleaned. At least, not if I don't want to take her to the emergency room after we finish. So, for many years, I have employed a nice lady and her daughter to clean our house. They do an excellent job and I love them both to death.

In order to make up the money that I will lose to the Feral Government in taxes, she and her daughter will lose that job. I have no choice; it's the last bill I can jetison that will raise that much cash.

Folks, this isn't rocket science. You don't need a degree from Harvard or Yale to figure this stuff out. Whether intentionally or from stupidity, those in control in Washington are going to drive this country into the ground if we don't bodily toss them out. The election is November 2. Get out there and do your part to save a job or two.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Interesting and useful

Stratfor on "How to Respond to Terrorism Threats and Warnings".

Sign up for the free newsletter while you're there.

"suspicious timing"?

That's putting it rather mildly, I think.

A bill that homeowners advocates warn will make it more difficult to challenge improper foreclosure attempts by big mortgage processors is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature after it quietly zoomed through the Senate last week.

What this bill does is require that courts in one state respect as valid the notarizations of out-of-state notaries, even if performed by a method not recognized in that state. This would force states that do not recognize as valid "batch" notarizations performed by machines to accept them anyway. For those of you not familiar with the purpose and process of the notary public, it is meant to provide third-part validation that signatures and so on are true and correct. Kind of difficult for a machine to do that, I'd think.

Given that this has been quietly forced through "the greatest deliberative body on the planet" just as revelations about abuse of the foreclosure process by some of the big banks are becoming public, you just have to wonder. The Big O is said to be looking it over, but my bet is that he'll sign it. He's taken too many dings as "anti-business" lately, and November is upon us.

Of course, I'm sure that it will stand up in court--as long as we don't mind listening to the screaming as the Commerce Clause is tortured just a bit more.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Send in the Marines!

Do you remember the story of Ilario Pantano? The Marine officer who was almost railroaded on murder charges? I blogged about this one a while back.

Well, how times have changed for the former Marine second lieutenant. He has the backing of the Tea Party organization and is running for the US House in...wait for it...North Carolina District 7!

I hope he kicks Mike McIntyre's sorry posterior right out of DC and NC. Now excuse me while I go figure out how to donate to his campaign.

Friday, October 01, 2010

One simple act

(Via the Drudge Report)

"For want of a nail a shoe was lost". If you're of a certain age, you know that old proverb, and you understand its meaning: A single small event can lead to unforeseen and potentially disastrous consequences.

The report on the "flash crash" of May 6, 2010, where the NYSE dropped hundreds of points in a very few minutes, is out. According to the report, a single trade triggered a cascade of events that has had people staying up late trying to figure out why and how it happened.

Sure, the market recovered. But what if it hadn't, and that crash became long term? (Spare me the explanation of the "circuit breakers". IMHO, those were put in place so that Joe Average didn't jerk his money out of the markets in 1989 because they were "too risky". It could happen despite the circuit breakers--it just takes a few minutes longer. Computers trade fast, but you'd be amazed at how fast humans trade when assisted by computers.)

Given our recent discussion of hyperinflation and how easily it could start, this really ought to make people very uncomfortable. Wiggly, even.

Are you squared away--just in case?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our Hero speaks

Yesterday I blogged about a trio of robbers who suffered a catastrophic failure in the victim selection process when they tried to rob a Charlotte, NC restaurant.

Today, we get the details, including an interview with our still anonymous Hero.

Sir, if you should happen by my bitty corner of the Intertubz, please accept my gratitude for dispensing a few drops of chlorine into the gene pool. You are a Hero in the true meaning of the word--scared, but saddling up anyway.

And I would like you all to note all he did and all he took before going to his gun. North Carolina, with its screwy laws on self-defense, pretty much puts its citizens into this position every day. We need a "stand your ground" law passed and signed, and we need it in the upcoming legislative session. I suspect one will be introduced. (Yes, we're trying again.) If you're a citizen of the Old North State, I'll place a notice here so you can write and call your elected representative and support it.

And Pizza Hut, if you should happen by, if I find out this man gets fired by you, I will do everything in my power to make you pay right through the cash register, and not just in Charlotte. I may not accomplish much, but I mostly surely will saddle up and see what I can do to cost you dollars and cents in as many cities and towns as possible.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Poverty stats

How blue is your state? I know mine is definitely hurting, and a lot of folks around here are quite blue about it.

(Snarky aside--I love how blue is used to indicate poverty. Terribly appropriate. I'm just amazed some smart leftist graphic artist didn't select red. I mean, we all know that the Republicans are out to hack the "social safety net" *gack* into little bitty pieces, just so they can create more poor folks to exploit as labor in their sweatshop factories, where small furry critters are abused just to make obscene profits.)

Now here's something uplifting

(From The Email List That Shall Not Be Named)

Hyperinflation and how it might start. Be sure to read carefully the part about "how it will happen". I don't grant the author a crystal ball, and I suspect there are many roads that lead to that place. But it's worth noting just how fast we could go from here (mild deflation) to there (hyperinflation). While I'm hardly a financial expert, I do know enough to be able to say that it really could happen as he says, and just that fast.

The take-away is that, in all probability, you will not have time to "stock up" as so many people seem to think they will have. First, there is the simple fact that if everyone tried to stock up at the same time the stores would be empty. Ever seen a grocery store when a hurricane or a big snowstorm was predicted? Yeah.

Second, you may well not have the days/weeks of warning that most people inexplicably expect to have before a drastic "Change" event occurs. While financial meltdown is the current bogeyman, I can think of several other scenarios that could hit just as fast, with likelihoods ranging from terrorist attack to large meteor impact.

If your going to prepare, do it now. The last place you need to be if the financial SHTF in the middle of the day is in a store with a bunch of panicky people who have been caught flat-footed and are trying desperately to buy enough food to "ride it out".

I'll take an extra large Self-Defense pizza to go, please

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are continuing the search Tuesday afternoon for a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted restaurant robbery Monday night in east Charlotte that ended with two others suspects being shot to death by an employee.

The robbers entered at closing time, forced the employees into the cooler and began beating one of them. Fortunately, Our Hero realized the high danger that he (or she, we don't know) faced, and had the appropriate tools at hand with which to successfully defend their life and that of their fellow employee.

It's my personal belief that, if you are ever being robbed, and the bad guys try to force you to go anywhere other than where you are, they mean to do you grave harm. Stand up and fight. You may not be as fortunate as Our Hero, but it's better than being the guest of honor at an execution.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

As Dilbert once said

There is a technological fix for everything.

While running down the blogroll (something I don't do as often as I should these days), I hit The Armed Citizen, who you may remember is having issues with the bottom-dwelling scum that is Righthaven LLC. In their latest thoughts on the subject, they note that there is a useful Firefox add-on along with a list by Claton Cramer of sites owned by those who are enabling the afore-mentioned bottom-dwellers.

So in addition to being much more careful about quoting from legacy media sites these days (I've always been careful; part of my job is understanding copyright issues, but extra care can't hurt), can can now be somewhat certain that I won't stumble into a nest of vipers accidentally.

Taxpayer to Buffett: Get over yourself

(Via the Drudge Report)

Man, but I hate it when some rich bastard, who would still be rich if you took 99% of his money, tells all us proles that "it is not helpful to have people as unhappy as they are about what’s going on in Washington."

Stick it in your...ear..., Warren. I'll be just as unhappy as I want to, and now, even a little unhappier.

We are redeemed!

Browncoats, the hour of our redemption is at hand!

The Firefly fan movie Browncoats: Redemption is here and is available for pre-"order" (technically, you're giving a donation to charity and getting the DVD as a gift). They also have a nifty t-shirt. Geek that I am, I ordered both. Hey, it's just money, right?

They do need to update their website a bit, since some text sounds like "It's shipping NOW!" and some still refers to pre-orders. However, The Signal podcast confirms in episode 14.4 that it has been released and is shipping. Go be a Big Damn Hero and buy a copy.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The 325th Glider Infantry Regiment's final stand

Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. Never forget what these men and many like them did for us before we were born.

I love this guy

A rumor gets around that a high school is going to ban camouflage clothing at school. Facebook helps it spread like wildfire. Petitions and protest are organized via the social networks. The principal gets wind of it. There's nothing to it, but how do you convince a bunch of high school students that you, the Evil Adult In Charge, are telling the truth?

Join their protest and dress in camo.

Trust me, my high school principal was never this cool. Way to go, Mr. Blake!