Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson's chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company's manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. "The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier," he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle.
You see, Gibson is fighting the might and majesty of the US Government in court over wood seized in 2009. Apparently not satisfied at their progress to date in saving the world from guitars, the US Fish and Wildlife Service decided that further pressure must be applied.
The article makes for excellent reading on all of the bizarre ins and outs that can come from owning older musical instruments made of natural materials that are now verboten.
I think that earthquake earlier this week was in reality the Founding Fathers, rolling over in their graves.
(Link via the Drudge Report)
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Russia grounded its Soyuz rockets after one of the unmanned craft crashed following blast-off while carrying tonnes of cargo for the International Space Station, a space official said Thursday.
I figured that ending the shuttle with no other man-rated vehicle to take it's place would bite them on the butt; I just didn't think it would be so soon. Good thing the astronauts on the ISS have a couple of months of supplies on hand.
Like I've said, the Republicans are just the flip side of the Democrats.
A congressman from Ohio had cops grab the cameras of constituents during a town hall meeting. Steve Chabot, a Republican, had cell phones and cameras confiscated in order to “prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds,” according to Carlos Miller, who runs a blog documenting efforts by the state to stifle the First Amendment rights of photographers.
They all think they're above us.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I don't suppose we could have thought of this sooner...like before we declared regime change on the guy.
On the ready.gov website, you're urged to "Get a kit; make a plan; be informed". Apparently the use of your cell phone in an emergency violates these concepts.
Snarkiness aside, you can't rely on your cell phone in a big emergency. The system simply isn't built for the volume of calls. Bear in mind that you might be able to get a text message through where you can't make a call.
And make some alternative communications plans, will ya?
The headline says it all:
Long Beach Police Chief: we detain photographers, and I don’t have any guidelines for that policy, photography is classed with attempts to acquire weaponized smallpox
Teh Stoopid...it burnz!
This number is remarkably close to those who identify themselves as Democrats; surprisingly higher than those who identify themselves as "liberals".
Monday, August 22, 2011
It sure seems that the guy gets no respect--look at the t-shirts seen during his current visit to Martha's Vinyard.
I mean, how bad is it when you're wishing you had Slick Willy back?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
In one of the climatic scenes of "Atlas Shrugged", John Galt, Dagney Taggart and company are in a plane, flying over a decayed and failing New York City when the lights go out. It's a powerful scene, because the reader knows that the last great city in the world has fallen into a darkness from which it will not return any time soon. The looters have finally ran out of things to loot.
It seems that the EPA, in keeping with its many years of disconnect from reality, would like to try this scenario in the real world. Somehow, I don't expect anything good to come from this.
Where's all that "green power" when you need it?
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded - here and there, now and then - are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck.’ “
It would seem that President Zero, while well read in the classics of socialism, should have spent a bit more time on the classics of science fiction.
Taxing those who make $10 million or more at an even higher rate, as Buffett advised, would also do little to reduce the deficit and debt. Tax Foundation calculations indicate that taxing these individuals at an effective rate of 100 percent would only net the government $186 billion, reducing the deficit by 12 percent and the debt by an additional 2 percent.
In fact, the only way for the government to solve its fiscal issues with revenue would be to confiscate every single dollar from every single American making $200,000 or more per year, the study said.
Now I guess we know why The Big O thinks people who make over $250,000 a year are "rich".