Saturday, July 03, 2010

Rich, isn't it?

(Via Michael Yon on Facebook)

The media, who was and is in the tank for the Big O, are now on the receiving end of his anti-Constitutional mindset.

Suck it up, boys and girls. You helped foist him on us, now you can help pay the price.

Courtesy of Obama and the rest of the Democrats

(Via the Drudge Report)

The tax man will be coming to visit more people more harshly in a bit less than 6 months. Is it the largest increase in history? Beats me. But I can tell you this...

So will all the increased taxes.

I hope that all the waitresses at the restaurants I won't be visiting, all the clerks in the stores I won't be shopping at and all of the other people at all of the other places where I won't be spending money all voted for Obama. That way, they can get their Change good and hard.

California is broke

(Via the Drudge Report)

But Caltrans has money to paint over a flag mural that was painted in 2001 to commemorate the 9/11 attacks.

It appears that the state is not only broke in the financial sense.

At least they'll finally admit it

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, his budget under pressure in a weak economy, has laid off staff, reduced patrols and even released jail inmates. But there's one mission on which he's spending more than in recent years: pot busts, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The reason is simple: If the California lawman steps up his pursuit of marijuana growers, his department is eligible for roughly half a million dollars a year in federal anti-drug funding, helping save some jobs. The majority of the funding would have to be used to fight pot. Marijuana may not be the county's most pressing crime problem, the sheriff says, but "it's where the money is."

Not like it's news, but it's nice to have official confirmation.

Friday, July 02, 2010

So, how's all the Change working for you?

Factory orders dropping, unemployment rising (yeah, that census thing helped a lot). Democrats on crack, claiming unemployment checks helps create jobs. Our border is still unsecured, and a judge allows the home country of the worst group of offenders to have a say challenging the one state trying desperately to do something about it.

Anyone in Arizona got some extra tar and feathers laying around?

At least the FBI is still on the job, capturing hottie Russian spies (though most of the Bond girls are more attractive).

Some things for you to think about as we near the celebration of Independence Day.

Monday, June 28, 2010

And more on the Second Amendment good news front

(Via Tom Gresham on Facebook)

The Second Amendment Foundation on Monday filed a federal lawsuit in North Carolina, seeking a permanent injunction against the governor, local officials and local governments from declaring states of emergency under which private citizens are prohibited from exercising their right to bear arms.

Dear Statists,

The Freeholder


(Via the Drudge Report)

The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms," advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

By a narrow, 5-4 vote, the justices signaled, however, that less severe restrictions could survive legal challenges.

More after I have time to read and digest. You'll probably see commentary from other folks on the blogroll earlier. I just wanted to get the basic happy dance material out there for you.

Edit, 1059: Via Ex-Pat Lawyer, the text of McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Edit, 1229: Bearing in mind that I am not a lawyer and that I do not play one on TV; neither have I just spent the night in a Holiday Inn Express, the short version is this. In the 5-4 decision, there were 2 main arguments presented by Chicago and Oak Park as to why they should be allowed to keep their bans in place. First was that the Fourteenth Amendment, if read in some incredibly contorted manner without attention to clear precedent, would protect the right of the municipalities to pass outright gun bans. The 5 looked that the argument presented, came up with the judicial equivalent of a "Nazzo fast, Guido", expounded on the nature of why the argument was wrong and rejected it.

Second was that the municipalities wanted to stick their fingers in their ears , close their eyes tight and chant really fast "Heller never happened. Heller never happened." over and over. The 5 were having none of that: "Municipal respondents’ remaining arguments are rejected because they are at war with Heller’s central holding. In effect, they ask the Court to hold the right to keep and bear arms as subject to a different body of rules for incorporation than the other Bill of Rights guarantees."

There is a lot more; I've just read the syllabus. The pdf of the decision is 214 pages, so I'm going to leave it to others if they wish to totally dissect it. I'll get it read in the next few days, but I can already tell that it going to be way beyond my ability to give you anything in depth on it. Heller was simple compared to this one.

I will say is that we always knew they had a lame-ass case, but I'm a bit shocked at how lame it really was. Moreover, I'm terribly disappointed in the intellectual dishonesty that I feel characterizes the 4's support of the municipalities. Politics aside, I expect better from my public servants.

This case makes it incredibly obvious why Elena Kagen needs to be kept off the Supreme Court at all costs, and why bodily tossing the Big O, his sycophants and toadies out of power over the next 29 or so months is so incredibly important. As the 5 said in their decision, passage of the Fourteenth Amendment fundamentally changed the nature of the Federal system (making it worse IMHO). We don't need to have people on the bench would will be perfectly happy to ignore it and anything else they find expedient in order to advance their agenda. If we are not a nation where the rule of just law is held sacred, then we will not be a nation long.

Onward to the next round of lawsuits. Bloomberg, I hope you are having biggest episode of PSH in history right about now. We're coming for you, baby.

A real life Galt's Gulch?

Well, not exactly, but Hemby Bridge, NC is closer than most.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Time to put the leash back on

Or the muzzle, perhaps...

Vice President Biden called the manager of a custard shop outside of Milwaukee, Wis., a "smartass" after the man asked him to lower taxes.

Note to the custard shop guy: Ol' buddy, we were once told that taxes were for "little people". And you are, sir, one of them--at least to this administration.