Saturday, August 04, 2012

Guilt by association

Weren't the Nazis pretty good at this sort of thing, as I recall?

"My neighbors across the street can know that I'm a Democrat. I'm not sure I like that."

Well, honestly, I don't blame you. Of course, a lot of Republicans might say the same.

Strange bedfellows

Many years ago, city City of San Francisco got itself a sweetheart deal that allowed them to flood the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yellowstone National Park. Now, as a country, we've flooded a lot of scenic areas in the last 200 years or so, but Hetch Hetchy was one of the (maybe) 3 or 4 that could well be said to be travesties--assuming that we really do give a rat's ass about such things.

Fast forward to today.

On one side are Republican lawmakers and environmentalists, including Ronald Reagan's former interior secretary, who want the dam removed and valley restored. On the other are Democratic San Franciscans, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, fighting to hold onto the city's famously pure drinking water in a drought-prone state.


Given that the environmental damage is done and that the cost of undoing it would simply add more borrowing to our already over-extended credit (unless we decided to use it as an experiment and just let nature take its course, which, being meddlesome, we'd never do), I think we need to leave Hetch Hetchy alone.

However, Congress needs to amend the legislation that allowed this in the first place, and start charging all those thirsty San Franciscans market rates for the water and power from the dam. And I think they need to something similar with the Bonneville Power Authority, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and any other BS Authority that was set up back in the day that gives out these sweetheart rates to those that were once, and to a large extent, still are, favored.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Just what we need

Unionized gropers.

The chance of my ever flying again have now declined even further. Thankfully, I can avoid it. I hate it for those who can't.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Conventional wisdom is neither

(Via Timebomb 2000 and The Truth About Guns)

In the aftermath of the Aurora, CO theater shooting, the usual suspects are howling at last night's full moon how only the police and military should own guns, how our assertions that one or more armed citizens at the theater might have lead to a different ending are wrong and why rainbow-farting unicorns are for real and we'd see them if we just tried hard enough.

OK, I made the last one up. They aren't saying that out loud.

Sgt. Steven Means of the Early, TX PD has had a practical demonstration of why the first two simply aren't true.

According to our gun-banner enemies, if we have a firearm for self defense, some one will just take it away and turn it against us. I'm calling bullshit on that idea. If you're a determined shooter, on either side of the equation, it simply won't work that way. This is the Real World, not Hollywood, and Super Action Hero Guy isn't going to show up and use his Kung-Fool Badass Ninja skilz to disarm the guy with his bare hands. It took two armed men, acting in concert, to stop him. Do your reading and you'll see that this is the usual way of the world--it takes Good Guys with guns to stop Bad Guys with guns. And we are the Good Guys.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dear GOP

Catch an effing clue. We want our party back--you know, the one that was for smaller, less intrusive government and lower taxes because of the smaller, less intrusive government?

Naming names

Congress names 5 government functionaries to be blamed for "Fast and Furious". Interestingly enough, the blame stays within BATFE.


After a year of pursuing the US AG and evidence showing that the President knew (or should have known, if he read his messages), we're going to throw 5 BATFEites under the bus. Five, with the highest being an "acting director" whose career is probably over anyway. And I'm betting these will be the only ones who pay a price.

Tell me again how the Republicans are so much better than the Democrats.