Friday, July 08, 2011

Hand me that brush, will ya?

I can remember when the NC Highway Patrol was one of the best things going. Still some good ones out there, but they're getting fewer every year.

So, will he get back into West Point?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Some time ago I noted the story of a young man who was being expelled from West Point after he allegedly attacked Patti LaBelle's son at the Houston airport, even though security video showed no such thing.

It seems that the Houston PD is rethinking the case, and has issued charges against LaBelle's hairdresser and bodyguard.

Bets on West Point doing the honorable thing now that it appears he was telling the truth and he was the victim? Anyone?

Another happy ending

A woman shot and killed one of two men who forced their way into the house at 2404 Finchley Drive, near the intersection of Eastway Drive and Shamrock Road, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The incident took place around 9:30 a.m.

One thing to note here folks--the time of day. This wasn't at night, it wasn't in the evening, it was at 9:30 AM. Most home invasions I see are in the evening or at night. I don't know if it means things are getting worse or it means nothing at all.

But it sure tells me that I need to be on my guard all the time. It's easy to let it slip a bit during the daylight hours, because "everyone knows" that the buys guys do their dirty work at night.

As I found out when my house was broken into and as this lady found out, it ain't necessarily so.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Photography is not a crime

(Via Frank James)

But it can get you kicked off a plane.

The only good thing I can see about this is that the person apparently at fault is not a TSA employee, but an employee of USAir. Hopefully, she and her employer will be sued.

I'm tellin' ya, if I can help it, I'm not flying commercial again.

No, Roosevelt wasn't popular with everyone

(Via Roberta X)

A very old poem that points out the destructive ways of good ol' FDR, the man widely rumored to have saved the country.

Never did like the bastard, even when I was a kid. I couldn't say why then; it was just this feeling I had. It's easier now to simply recognize a Socialist as a Socialist. Pity so few can do it with the current incarnation.

Well, here's an economic triumph

(Via the Drudge Report)

The Council of Economic Advisers reports that President Zero's campaign to bankrupt the country create jobs created or saved 2.4 million jobs at a cost of $278,000 each.

Three observations. First, given how many jobs have been lost since this started, even at the stated numbers, was it really worth it? Was it worth spending $666 billion on this at a time when the country is living far beyond its means?

Second, I'd love to know how you measure that a job is "saved"? Exactly what are the criteria used for this? Measuring job creation is easy, but what is this "jobs saved" crap?

Third, given what has come to light about how "jobs created" was measured, does anyone doubt that the actual dollars-per job figure is probably way higher? (The nasty side of me is whispering "Yeah, like several times higher!")

Many more economic improvements like this and we're going to make Greece look good.

Peg the Hypocrisy Meter: Why the hate?

(Via the Drudge Report)

I still find it amusing that liberals, who deride conservatives as hateful, racist and so on, are the ones consistently quoted advocating violence.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney went to bed furious Thursday night after reviewing the governor’s line-item veto of the state budget. He woke up Friday morning even angrier. “This is all about him being a bully and a punk,” he said in an interview Friday. “I wanted to punch him in his head.”

Perhaps we should start a fund to get them mental help so they can find and resolve the roots of their deep-seated issues. Or we could just wait for the Triumph That Will Be Obamacare, and they can get it for free.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Birthday, America

Here's wishing you many happy returns.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

If you didn't get to see it in the theaters

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 is apparently making an appearance on DVD/Blu-Ray.

It can't be "reformed"

This is why the Federal tax system can't be reformed, only destroyed. There are a number of proposals out there to accomplish this (the "Fair Tax" and "Flat Tax" proposals among them), but I doubt they'll ever see the light of day until it's too late.

In my not so humble opinion, people like Grover Norquist and their insistence that no tax break go away and no new tax be enacted are huge roadblocks to having a truly equitable tax system, one with no breaks for any special interest (and yes, I include the precious mortgage deduction in that, as well as deductions for health insurance, business R&D and anything else you can name). People like the average Democrat, who claim that government continually needs more, more, MORE! are the flip side of that coin. A pox on all of them.

I don't like paying taxes and I'd rather not pay them, but I'd complain a lot less if I knew that everyone, from the least of us to the folks at the pinnacle of the economy, are all being treated equally by the tax code.

Until we can loot it?

(Via the Drudge Report)

A treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be worth billions of dollars has been found in a Hindu temple in southern India, officials said on Saturday.


It seems that the followers of the Hindu god Vishnu have been very, very generous with their offerings for several hundred years. They've been so generous, the Indian government no longer trusts the family who have been in charge of the temple since it was built some "hundreds of years ago".

"Now it?s known all over the world that the Padmanabhaswamy temple has jewels worth billions of rupees we have decided to assign it maximum security," Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told AFP.

Uh, yeah. Right. Sure. Anyone care to guess how much of that treasure, which I would suspect is undocumented, disappears under that "maximum security? I suspect a number of somebodies are going to get rich off of this.

It isn't just here in the US--the looters are everywhere.