Saturday, September 24, 2011

Model railroaders

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Are going to have a bad case of exploding heads. :-)

When both "left" and "right" oppose something

You can bet your life that it stinks to high heaven.

If you think the Digital Millennium Copyright Act blows goats, let me introduce to PROTECT IP.

It sounds to me like it gives Big Government, Big Media and Big Whatever their wet dream--a way to shut down any and every web site site they don't like, under the guise of protecting intellectual property.

Think of it as the Great Firewall of China with even bigger teeth. If this thing passes, watch the Intertubz turn into cable TV.

Look! Healthcare from a unicorn!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Oh...I'm sorry. It's a sign. Hang on, let me get my glasses so I can read it.

"This way to the ice floes --->"

Huh. Well, I guess that the deaths of a few poor folks who can't afford free healthcare will at least help the ozone layer.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Um-m-m--no

(Via the Drudge Report)

Back away from the Kool-Aid, Mr. Freeman. You're ODing on the stuff....

It has nothing to do with his skin color. It has to do with him being a total incompetent, even by the standards of socialism.

Cat calls of "RACIST!!!" in 3...2...1...

Obviously not a history teacher

(Via the Drudge Report)

And proof of Godwin's Law to boot.

Tempers flared during a town hall meeting on the Dream Act Tuesday night. During the meeting a high school government teacher from John F. Kennedy called the local Tea Party president a Nazi.

Humorous as it is, it's also pretty sad--these people are supposed to be teaching children. Teaching them what, I'm not sure.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Well, everyone else seems to think it's important

(Meme caught from Tam)

SOG Twitch II.

My favorite knife of all time--even surpasses my affection for my Victorinox Champion. (Here's a link to the Plus version; they don't make mine any more.)

Very strong and holds a tremendous edge; inexpensive enough that if you lose it you aren't crying the blues over it. What else can you ask for.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Detroit vs. Houston: what works, and what doesn't

(From the email list that must not be named)

A case study of two cities that have had to endure drastic economic dislocations--Detroit and Houston. What has worked, what hasn't.

Executive summary: Statist approaches don't work out so well.

I've got my eye on you

Cold War recon satellites on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Exodus, stage right

President Obama on Monday will call for a new minimum tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million a year to ensure that they pay at least the same percentage of their earnings as middle-income taxpayers, according to administration officials.

Money goes where it is treated well--especially big money. While an individual making "only" $1 million per year might sit there and take it, those making $50 million or $100 million or more won't. We've seen this happen back in the 40s-70s when the nascent People's Republic of Great Britain had maximum effective tax rates of 98%+. We've seen it more recently when several states decided to try something similar.

These people are the ones who invest money in productive ventures, creating those mythical beasts known as "jobs" and "paychecks". Chase them off--whether to another state or another country--and those productive ventures will go with them.

Of course, the looters don't care, as long as they get to loot. Look for some sort of "relocation tax" to be enacted shortly after this foolishness, should it come to pass.