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 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.