Friday, October 07, 2011

Peg the Hypocrisy Meter: "Bankers suck! Except ours!"

It seems that the kiddies at "Occupy Wall Street" are not only ignorant about how capitalism and economics works, but they're equally ignorant about how e-commerce and their own bank works.

This, obviously, is my shocked face.

Young vs. Old

I've been watching the kids who are playing protest on Wall Street. Pictures show me what is mostly a very young crowd. Having once been young myself, I'm unsurprised.

But I'm reminded of a quote that, in various forms, is attributed to Sir Winston Churchill:

Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brain.

Truer words were never spoken.

Are the Thought Police coming for us?

If you are a member of that suspect group known as "the public", probably so.

The latest developments, which reveal efforts to "collect, process, or retain information on" members of "the public," came to light through an internal DHS document obtained under open-government laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. DHS calls its "pre-crime" system Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST.

But I'm sure we'll be told it's OK, because if we haven't done anything we'll have nothing to hide.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Farewell, Steve

What do you say when the world loses a genius?

Mark my words

This will bite us right on the ass at some point in the future.

Prosecutors have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of former Nazi death camp guards and others who might now be charged under a new precedent set by the conviction of retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk, The Associated Press has learned.

Now, before some idiot jumps in and pulls Godwin's Law from his pocket--No, I'm not a Nazi. I don't approve of what they stood for or what they did.

However, what I'm seeing here is the extension of the war crimes trials of WWII for that interesting concept of "crimes against humanity". I understand that at the time no one wanted to see the men who led the world to the brink of destruction "get away with it". However, in a rush to justice, precedents were set that have already been misused by those who mean us harm.

These will go even further down that road. In a rush to get in one last blow to old Nazis, we're all going to shoot ourselves in the foot.

I await, with firm certainty, the first US servicemen to be tried under this new precedent.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

It's all your fault!

All ya'll! You consumers aren't doing your job and consuming--now get out there and buy a car or something. Go!

On a more serious note, there are a lot of things you should be buying--food, guns, ammo, medical supplies, tools, construction materials--all the things we may not be able to get so easily if this thing gets out of hand.

Monday, October 03, 2011

And the blood still stubbornly refuses to run in the streets

As has been proven so many times, guns in the hands of the law-abiding equates to lower crime rates. Of course, this data doesn't feel right to the feeling classes, so we'll just ignore it.

Too Stupid for Arby's

(Via the Drudge Report)

Once again, the TSA proves there are no limits to human stupidity.

I have to wonder if there is one those cute little signs similar to the ones in the amusement parks, except theirs say "You must be this stupid to work here".

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Off with their heads!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Roseanne Barr decides to go all Jihadi Jane on capitalism and consign those on her personal enemies list to be beheaded. I suppose the theory is that if they won't volunteer to be looted, we'll kill them and loot it after they're dead.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Need a quick engineering reference?

(As reported by one of my multitudinous Internet spies)

The Engineering Toolbox.

Yeah, I know what I'm doing this evening. :-)

How about some Sunday Morning Snark?

Gunner, identify target Eco-freaks. Load snark. On the way!

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: Looters on parade!

Yessir buddy, those Wall Street Fat Cats sure do suck. Right up to the point where they have nothing more to be looted, and then they can be traitors instead.

A smile on my face

(Via the Drudge Report)

Mountain Man (the guy who really needs to get back to his blogging) and myself have occasionally discussed how we want things handled in the event of our death. I figured on shooting at my range, followed Skeen Burgers on the grill and appropriate beverages for all participants, in lieu of the usual funeral or memorial service. If someone wants to have the preacher say some words before the fun starts, that's fine by me. Heck, maybe the radio club can operate a special events station--W4GUN, perhaps?

I have long since decided to be cremated, although the question of what to do with the ashes has been a bit of a quandary--no urn on the mantle for me! I had finally settled on sprinkling some at the range, some at the golf course, and anything left over in the woods behind our house if we're still living there. (Yes, I'm aware that there are BS "legal niceties" about such things. In a way, this is my last way of telling our government to go pound sand.)

But now, some of me can truly go out with a bang. I just wonder if I can get the range to relax the prohibition on Class III guns for an afternoon--because I'd damned sure love to have it done via Tommy Gun!

Well, of course they want tax hikes first

(Via the Drudge Report)

Because if there is no loot, there is no loot to (re)distribute.

Prediction: Watch the Republicans eventually appear to cave on the issue. I say appear, because they are just as ready as the Democrats to raise taxes. They simply want the loot to go to different groups.

Trust no politician.