Friday, June 29, 2012

John Roberts: Genius or what?

Predictably, there has been about 48.6 scads of commentary written since yesterday's SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Yada-Yada Obama is Great Act. Much of it speculates on just exactly what drug Roberts was under the influence of, while more speculates that he was in some manner "gotten" to. Both are possibilities.

A number of others speculate that Roberts is playing history's highest stakes game of poker with the future of the country at stake. Old NFO has a very good write up of that; I'd urge you to have a read. One of his points is that the decision may open up a route where states can opt-out without penalty; another good one is, as I noted yesterday, that this is a tax, rather than a further torturing of the Commerce Clause, which is still whimpering in the corner of it's cell after the last time these bastards had their way with it.

There is another route that may come into play, and it has with this thing being a tax. The Obama crowd may already be working to nullify this line of reasoning, since they're still contending that it isn't a tax. There's this little beauty known as the Anti-Injunction Act, the upshot of which is that you can't sue over a tax until the tax has actually been levied. No taxes (or fines or whatevers) will be levied until 2104.

Following me here?

That means that once they collect the first dollar from J. Random Person, this thing might start winding it's way through the court system again.

It's a faint hope, but at least it's something. However, I still contend that, Republicans being more than a little spine-impaired and about half the country thinking that this is the greatest thing since the Band-Aid (because they get free Band-Aids, birth control, bread and circuses), the odds to driving a stake through it's heart and burying its removed head by the crossroads at midnight are slim at best.

I have began considering just what my response to this needs to be. It throws my carefully crafted plan for the next decade into the dumper, and I need to figure out a response. I'm seriously investigating going Galt on their ass.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I never thought I'd see the day...

...when we as a country were told that we could be taxed not on what we earned, not on what we consumed, not on what we owned, but on what we choose not to consume.

I take a very small comfort in the apparent concept that this was okay because it was a tax, rather than okay under the already tortured Commerce Clause. I take considerably less comfort from the legion of elected asses who are promising repeal. I don't think we'll see it, no matter how pissed people are now or in November.

We're no different at this point than France, who in the face of budget problems caused by too generous government benefits decided that people can retire earlier.

I figure we are now well and truly fucked.


(Via The Tactical Wire)

Back when I used to frequent gun boards and survival boards, there was a question that came up every so often--"Would law enforcement/the military take our guns if they were ordered to do so?"

Before Hurricane Katrina, most folks, myself included, said that the answer was "no". After Hurricane Katrina and in the face of damning visual evidence to the contrary, I among many had to conclude that the question now had an irrefutable answer, and it was not "Yes", but "Hell yes they will!"

In American Cop Magazine, Roy Huntington recently asked this question again. While it is the Intertubz and no one knows you're a dog, some of the comments on the editorial are frightening. If we take what is written at face value, then there is some subset of law enforcement and the military that will confiscate our guns if ordered to do so.

That's something to consider as you prep for whatever it is that is coming toward us. If the local constabulary shows up on your doorstep and pushes their way into your house without a warrant in order to confiscate your guns--or your food, water, precious metals, etc.--what are you going to do? Will you try to fight? Will you stand aside and let them do their dirty work? Will you have something handy to give them--"Yes sir, Officer Friendly, I wanna be a good citizen and here's my evil bolt-action single shot .22!" while quietly memorizing every detail for future action? Will you have spares stashed in places other than your house?

It's a sign of the times and how far we have sunk as a society that we even consider these things. The great experiment that was the United States is taking on water, and it seems the pumps aren't able to keep up with it. If the salvage tugs don't show up soon...are those shark fins?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Working the system

(Via Say Uncle)

And doing it for the children.

Intrepid gunnies venture into the lair of the beast to sell some scrap metal in order to raise money for a kids' shooting camp. Brave souls, one and all.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oh no!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Another elected idiot with a "common sense approach" to a problem.

To paraphrase Bugs Bunny, "Run for the hills, folks, or you'll be up to you armpits in common sense!"