Libertarian Commentary on The News 27 September - 03 October
By Nathan A. Barton © 2009
Congress in ActionProposal Requires House to Post Bills Online Hours Before Vote
Before health care legislation or any other issue is voted on by Congress, the public should have 72 hours to review it, according to a bipartisan resolution in the House. The resolution comes in a year when the $787-billion, 1,073-page stimulus bill was approved after the public had just 12 hours to review the final version. The $846-billion cap-and-trade legislation that passed the House this summer was 1,428 pages long and available just 16 hours before the vote.
What a joke! You don't think that this Congress is going to pass this - or follow it even if they do? And which of us can READ let alone ANALYZE garbage like this - 1,073 pages in 72 hours? Eyewash like this is NOT the answer -taking 99% of the power away from Congress is the answer.
The First Citizen - Environist Tricks
Obama Administration’s New Policy on Oceans Keeps an Eye on Land
The Obama administration is in the process of developing a new policy on the nation’s oceans, coastal areas and the Great Lakes, and its reach may extend well inland. Notably, the task force says it will rely on an “ecosystem-based management” approach, which it describes as a “fundamental shift” in policy.
This is the same technique that environists want to apply (and are) to wilderness areas, national parks, national forests, and indeed, any other piece of federal and state land that they can: it starts with air pollution ("Sorry, Mr. Jones, you can't have a gravel pit because it is too close to a national monument, even if it IS your land and you've had one here for a century.") and goes on to other things, like habitat for endangered species, water in that little swale that runs alongside your driveway, and anything else the tyrants want to control or take away. Expect this to apply to as far inland as 50-100 MILES.
The First Citizen - Environist Tricks
Obama Administration Orders Study on Removing Dams on Snake River to Help Fish
The Obama administration has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct studies on the possibility of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state to “protect” 13 species of salmon on the federal endangered species list.
This has already been done on the Klamath River in Oregon and California, destroying farms who depended on irrigation water, raising the risk of flooding (that would destroy the very habitat this is supposed to reestablish), and of course, taking away energy from people's homes and businesses. WHICH IS THE REASON for the protection of endangered species, 95% of the time: to destroy economies, take away people's livelihoods, and limit our energy resources.
Islamic War - Home Front
Illegal Alien Charged With Attempting to Use WMD in Dallas Was Imprisoned in Jordan Five Years Ago, Says Jordanian Government
Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, an illegal alien from Jordan who was charged yesterday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in Dallas, Texas, was imprisoned in Jordan in 2004 three years before he left that country for the United States in 2007, according to the Jordanian government. “Our records also show that he left for the United States in 2007, but we do not know why he left,” the press attaché for the Jordanian embassy in Washington told CNSNews.com.
More important, WHY was he is jail in Jordan, and WHY was he let into the US? This was in 2007 - six years after Bloody Tuesday, years after USA PATRIOT Act was supposed to prevent this. So why didn't it?
Theft by Government
New Jersey, New York and California Have Worst Tax Climates for Business, Tax Foundation Says
A new study from the non-partisan Tax Foundation shows that New Jersey, New York and California, respectively, are the least "business-friendly" states when it comes to taxes. “The ideal tax system, whether at the local, state or federal level, is simple, transparent, stable, neutral to business activity, and pro-growth,” the study found.
While I disagree with the TF, is there any state in the Union that can meet their definition of an ideal tax system? Hardly. (Why do I disagree? Because the most business-friendly system is a NO-TAX system where government is supported voluntarily.)
Stupid Transnational Tricks - European Front
Key European Union Treaty Faces Big Test
The decades-old dream of creating an integrated European Union with clout to match that of the United States faces a critical test this week, with the fate of a key treaty in the hands of Irish voters and Czech judges. On Friday, Ireland will hold its second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, a document that would create what effectively would be an E.U. president and foreign minister. The treaty also lays the groundwork for a common defense policy, which critics warn could have implications for the transatlantic relationship.
Of course, the Tranzi bureaucrats in Brussels, and their Tranzi politician buddies like the former UK Premier, won't let a bunch of Irish peasants or Czech blackrobes keep them from their destiny with history and their glorious future...
Muslims Gather at U.S. Capitol to Pray 'For the Soul of America'
Organizers of the “Day of Islamic Unity” billed the event as a non-political gathering intended to bring together the diverse community of American Muslims to pray “for the soul of America.” While the event was largely non-political, some of those who spoke to the crowd Friday on the West side of the Capitol praised President Barack Obama for his outreach to Muslims around the world.
This appears to have been an anticlimactic bust - few attendees, no sparks, and the only "good" thing (from the organizer's point of view) was all the lush press coverage.
Stupid Government Tricks
Persistent 'Foreign Language Gap' Compromises Diplomatic Efforts in Afghanistan, GAO Report Says
While President Barack Obama is pondering whether to heed the request of Gen. Stanley McChrystal to reinforce the U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, the Government Accountability Office has pointed to another U.S. deficit: Seventy-three percent of State Department officials assigned to the country do not have proficiency in local languages.
Anyone with a passing familiarity with Keith Laumer's Retief stories knows that this is NORMAL for the American State Department. We don't need to speak anyone else's language - when you speak loud enough in English, they'll understand!
Health Care Panic of 2009 - Congress in Action
Medicare ‘Gag Order’ A Sign That Obama, Democrats Are Desperate on Health Care, Republican Leader Says
Senate Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said the recent gag order imposed by Medicare on insurance companies participating in the Medicare Advantage program showed that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are desperate to pass their overhaul of the nation’s health care system. “Their desperation is illustrated by trying to shut up critics of the bill.”
I wouldn't call it desperation - but it makes a good sound bite. It IS business as usual for whomever is in power, though.
Regimes Arising From Coups Should Be Barred From U.N. Institutions, African Official Says
An African foreign minister told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday that governments arising from coups should be denied recognition and banned from participating in any U.N. institutions. Namibian Foreign Minister Marco Hausiku was addressing a gathering in New York chaired by a man whose government seized power in a coup four decades ago. At least 12 other governments in the chamber came to office in the same way.
Oh, really? And who defines a "coup?" The American Revolution could be considered a coup - and the British Glorious Revolution of 1688 that created the modern British monarchy was certainly a coup. But the past is okay, as long as the right guys won. This is clearly about Honduras and anyone seeking to get rid of EXISTING regimes.
Iran's missile tests create new standoff
"The United States, Israel and its allies are condemning Iran's missile tests, conducted a few days after world leaders called out the country for building a secret underground nuclear facility. But Iran refuses to cave under world pressure, continuing its dangerous provocation instead. In a show of defiance, Iran tested short- and long-range missiles today and Sunday, including its longest-range missiles yet, which U.S. experts said are capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in Europe." (09/28/09)
Amazingly, the First Citizen seems to be taking this a bit more seriously - at least he says that he is. Yes, I know that Iran keeps claiming peaceful use - but then, our buddy Ah-made-a-jihad keeps doing things (clearly with the approval of the ayatollahs) to get everyone all upset. (Hmmm. Just like North Korea.) Of course, the First Citizen isn't taking this as seriously as other things, like being buddy-buddy with the Russians and therefore withdrawing the plan not to create a defense against these very missiles!
Home Front - Crash of 2009
Job losses causing huge deficits for Social Security
"Big job losses and a spike in early-retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years -- the first time that has happened since the 1980s. The deficits -- $10 billion in 2010 and $9 billion in 2011 -- will not affect payments to retirees because Social Security has accumulated surpluses from previous years totaling $2.5 trillion. But they will add to the federal deficit. Applications for retirement benefits are 23 percent higher than last year, while disability claims have risen by about 20 percent. Social Security officials had expected applications to increase from the growing number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement, but they did not expect the increase to be so large. What happened? The recession hit, and many older workers suddenly found themselves laid off, with no place to turn but Social Security." (09/28/09)
The SSA is not the only government agency to feel the pinch, of course. In Colorado, deficits are approaching a billion and state employees are being laid off and services cut - but apparently not enforcement, as the agencies seek fines and penalties to make up for the budget cuts. This entire thing just shortens the time until Social Security's Ponzi scheme collapses.
Our Right to Self-Defense
SC: Homeowner in gated community shoots at robber
"A man stealing a coin collection in a Hilton Head Plantation home at noon Wednesday found himself running for his life after the homeowner shot at him and chased him out of the house. The unidentified man, who was armed with a large stick or club, broke into a house on Teal Lane while the residents were inside, according to a news release from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. The intruder entered through the unlocked front door and walked down the hall into a bedroom, where he started stealing a coin collection, according to the release. The owner confronted the robber, who threatened the owner and kept taking the coins, according to the release. The owner ran to another room, grabbed a handgun and chased the robber. The owner fired a shot and missed, and the robber drove off in an SUV. ... Peter Kristian, general manager of Hilton Head Plantation, said Wednesday afternoon it's not clear how the suspects got inside the gated community. He said no guest passes had been issued Wednesday for Teal Lane, and the robber might be a contractor or plantation employee." (09/27/09)
Yes, even in gated communities, you need to have weapons. As I am asking often, is this short fired (which missed) self-defense, or were the homeowner and his possessions no longer in danger?
Stupid Government Tricks against Parents
"England's Children's Minister wants a review of the case of two police officers told they were breaking the law, caring for each other's children. Ofsted said the arrangement contravened the Childcare Act because it lasted for longer than two hours a day, and constituted receiving 'a reward.' It said the women would have to be registered as childminders." (09/28/09)
The nanny state assumes and acts as though each of us is competent ONLY in areas as approved by the state - that police officers are competent only in dealing with crime and antisocial behavior of other people's children, and incompetent to care for each other's children without the permission of the almighty state.
Mama's Note: It isn't ABOUT competence or safety for children, of course... it's all about control - of everyone and everything.
Stupid Government Tricks against Parents
State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors' kids
"Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood's children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school. Regulators who oversee child care, however, don't see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she'd be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers." (09/29/09)
Gee, this sounds familiar! No, yesterday's story was in the UK, this is in Michigan. This is typical of Child Protective Services in every state - their number-one priority is to get more people into their system of control - and in this case, both Lisa (as a violator), the other parents (as abusive, negligent parents who don't care enough about their children to make sure that Lisa is properly registered), and of course, all the "abused and traumatized" children now are under DHS controls and in their files - and DHS will get more big bucks for "doing our job."
Stupid Government AND Parent Tricks
UK: Parents to get discipline warning
BBC News [UK]
“Measures to improve behaviour in school and tackle bullying are expected to be announced by Schools Secretary Ed Balls at the Labour Party conference. Parents in England will be given a leaflet warning they are responsible for their children’s behaviour.” (09/28/09)
But, of course, they can't do a darn thing about it, or they (the parents) will be dragged before a magistrate to answer for child abuse.
Our Right to Self-Defense
TN: Knox County Commission votes to allow guns in parks
“Knox County Commission today voted 13-5 in favor of allowing handgun permit holders to carry their weapons in county parks. Voting to allow guns in parks were Commissioners Tony Norman, Ivan Harmon, Mike Hammond, Craig Leuthold, Richard Briggs, Brad Anders, Greg ‘Lumpy’ Lambert, R. Larry Smith, Michele Carringer, Bud Armstrong, Dave Wright, Mike Brown and Paul Pinkston. Voting for the ban were Commissioners Sam McKenzie, Thomas ‘Tank’ Strickland, Mark Harmon, Amy Broyles and Finbarr Saunders. Those arguing in favor of handguns in parks said it should be allowed under the Second Amendment and that there have been few instances of problems with violence in Knox County Parks.” (09/28/09)
Mama's comments: They just don't understand it at all, do they? The parks WITH violence are where ordinary folks MOST need to carry. But this is good. Just hope someone can educate them a little now. Should help if there is even less violence in the parks as time goes by.
Nathan's thoughts: Nationally, that is what has been proved to happen. It is good that the vote was so lopsided, but I'd expect this more in Knoxville than in other Tennessee cities. Of course, the Second Amendment doesn't "allow" it - the 2nd PROTECTS the God-given right to do this.
Our Right to Self-Defense
AZ: Defending self-defense in gun ban war
“Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed five pieces of legislation that foster gun-safety education in Arizona’s schools and reinforce the rights of gun owners in the state into law. The legislation was sponsored by Sens. Jack Harper and Russell Pearce, and mandates that Arizona’s Right-to-Carry permit holders are allowed to defend themselves in public restaurants, store their firearm in a locked vehicle while parked in a publicly accessible parking lot, and reveal their firearm to an individual threatening them or a loved one. Furthermore, the new law states that an individual who shoots someone in self-defense is innocent until proven guilty.” (09/28/09)
Mama's comments: The gov. just signed a law that makes someone innocent until proven guilty! How interesting... does that mean that before this the law regarded everyone guilty until proven innocent? Of course, but it is strange to see them admit it like this...
World Net Daily
Nathan's thoughts: Given our corrupt government and society, it is almost as though we have to restate the obvious time and again to make it clear. Remember, this is ARIZONA where the cops arrest people for openly carrying TOY guns just because people complain, and where juries have a bad track record of assuming that the shooter is ALWAYS wrong. Guess that is what you get for a state when its law-enforcement history includes the Earp Gang as the Good Guys. By the way, for more discussion on the parking lot law, see below.
MA: Hot dog thief gets 18 months
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Eighteen months in prison, that's the price a man is paying for stealing a hot dog in August. Police reports don't list the brand of hot dog stolen by Antonio J. Judd, but one thing is clear, the tasty treat was slathered in mustard. Mr. Judd, 35 ... pleaded guilty to larceny from a person and disorderly conduct charges today in Central District Court. Judge Austin T. Philbin sentenced Mr. Judd to serve 18 months in prison for the larceny charge with another 30 days for disorderly conduct. The sentences will be served concurrently. [On] Aug. 12, a man was sitting under a tree eating hot dogs in Elm Park when Mr. Judd walked up to him, police reports said. ... Then Mr. Judd blurted out what he wanted. 'Eat that other dog?' Mr. Judd asked. 'Yes,' the man replied. Lifting up his shirt, Mr. Judd showed what appeared to be a handgun, the police reports said." (09/29/09)
Possible "handgun crime" or not, the amazing thing is that the Worcester paper is not screaming about a miscarriage of justice. This is like the sentences judges in pre-Revolutionary France gave out for stealing bread!
Government-run, Tax-funded Schools - Local Tyranny
School District Could Backpedal on Bike/Walk Ban Policy
NEW YORK: SARATOGA SPRINGS
Seventh-grader Adam Marino is getting a firsthand lesson in civil disobedience. The 12-year-old and his mother, Janette Kaddo Marino, are defying Saratoga Springs school policy by biking to Maple Avenue Middle School on Route 9. The Jackson Street residents pedal more than four miles together each way to the middle school on nice days despite being told not to by school officials and police.... At the start of school in September, Kaddo Marino thought that she had a nonverbal agreement with school officials to allow her son to ride his bike until a new policy was resolved. But on the night before classes started, school authorities called parents to say that walking and biking to school would not be tolerated. When the pair stuck with their plan, they were met by school administrators and a state trooper, who emphasized that biking was prohibited, Kaddo Marino said.
Police state anyone? "Institutions" for kids are expanding their scope, obviously. Maybe they can also make Adam eat all his veggies and fruits at home as well as at school? (See story below.)
Mama's Note: The obvious answer to such nonsense is to get that child out of the tyrant's clutches and keep them home. If you insist on sending children to government "schools," this is what you must expect. This sort of defiance, while admirable, seems like waving a red flag in front of a bull when it will do you no good whatsoever in the long run.
Nazgul - Our Right of Self-Defense
Supreme Court to Judge Chicago Gun Ban
The Supreme Court set the stage for a historic ruling on gun rights and the 2nd Amendment by agreeing today to hear a challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns. At issue is whether state and local gun-control ordinances can be struck down as violating the "right to keep and bear arms" in the 2nd Amendment.
If the Nazgul decide FOR the Tyranny of Chicago in this case, I want to see public apologies from them and Congress for desegregation and a lot of other stuff over the years. But I suppose that we'll all be too busy with the fighting in the streets to overthrow all these clowns to worry about past sins (except in front of drumhead court martial boards).American Front
Honduran government hires fiction writer to hawk coup regime [sic]
War on You(?) via Freedom's Phoenix
Micheletti junta shelling out $292,000 for D.C. flack attack The recent decision by the rogue government of Honduras to spend more than a quarter of a million dollars to hire a PR firm to spread its newspeak is marked by a twist of irony that even George Orwell would appreciate.
It is incredible that Freedom's Phoenix is publishing this article by a website that is so incredibly left-totalitarian that they believe that a legitimate, constitutional action by a Congress and Supreme Court against an elected Executive who was violating the Constitution and conspiring with outside dictators (elected and otherwise) is a "coup government" and buy the Obama-stration's propaganda but object when the victims of that propaganda seek to defend themselves in the same way.
The First Citizen - A Chequered Past
Candidate Obama Repeatedly Said He Would Reinforce U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama repeatedly said he would reinforce U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As commander-in-chief, however, Obama has so far failed to heed the request of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to send more troops to that country.
And this is a surprise? Just as I don't see any sign of no more troops in Iraq...
The Nanny State
Government Pushing Americans to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report on Tuesday saying that none of the states is meeting “national objectives” for consumption of fruits and vegetables. “This report will help states determine what is taking place in their communities and schools and come up with ways to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables,” a CDC official said.
Oh? We now have "national objectives" for eating our fruits and vegetables? And the CDC is going to enforce those? More money to be withheld from the states, perhaps? "We won't fund your school programs unless you force people to eat more fruits and vegetables..." After all, we did it with motorcycle helmets, with speed limits, with seatbelts, and right now we are doing it with new requirements for mandatory certification of operators of Underground Storage Tanks...
Islamic War - the UN at Play
Libya, Iran Accuse Israel of ‘Genocide’ at U.N. Human Rights Council
Israel was in the dock at the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday, as nation after nation praised as “balanced” and “objective” a report accusing the Jewish state of war crimes during its offensive against Hamas in Gaza last winter. Envoys for Iran and Libya added “genocide” to the charge sheet, although the head of a fact finding mission that compiled the document said later that doing so was “misuse of our report.”
At best this is the pot calling the kettle black. Such track records these people have behooves them to scream loudly at any enemy even flirting with similar tactics to what they use almost daily. Of course, those who are completely confident of the evil hearts, minds, souls, and bodies of Israelis will conveniently ignore who is slinging the mud.
Mama's Note: I don't see how it can make a particle of difference. None of the entities involved have any interest in liberty and justice - or actual human rights, and the "UN" has no authority to do anything anyway... a pox on all their houses.
The First Citizen - Stupid Government Tricks
President and First Lady Travel 4,000 Miles -- on Separate Planes -- to Lobby for Olympics
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are both traveling to Copenhagen this week to promote Chicago's bid to host to the 2016 Olympic Games. Taxpayers will pick up the tab for both jets ferrying the president and first lady separately to Europe.
The cost for the president to fly Air Force One on the one-way 7.5-hour trip from Washington, D.C. to Copenhagen ranges from $343,448 (White House Military Office) to $567,089 (U.S. Air Force).
I assume that the First Citizen is paying off a few political debts to the Chicago political machine - and also avoiding making a decision about Afghanistan. I was not particularly heartbroken on Friday to learn that his leaning on the IOC was worse than useless. But of course, Chicago's benevolent community (not its taxpayers, surely) will pick up the tab for this million-dollar junket. Right? Right?
World Natural Disasters
Reported Death Toll in Pacific Tsunami Rises, Fears Recede in New Zealand
Sirens sounded to warn residents of eastern coastal areas of New Zealand to move to higher ground early Wednesday, amid fears that a tsunami generated by a massive earthquake near American Samoa could endanger lives. But by mid-morning, civil defense authorities downgraded the “warning” to an “alert” saying the expected waves would not be big enough to cause damage.
Despite an extremely mild hurricane/typhoon season, we still have to remember that natural events can and DO require preparation. Even Americans can be hard-hit by natural disasters such as this.
Commentary? of the Week
NEWSMAX Columnist calls for Military Coup
There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic. America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it won't. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes: ... So, if you are one of those observant military professionals, what do you do? ... Do they follow orders they cannot carry out, consistent with their oath of duty? Do they resign en masse? Or do they soldier on, hoping the 2010 congressional elections will reverse the situation? Do they dare gamble the national survival on such political whims?... Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.
I am totally shocked to see this kind of missive penned and published by a relatively calm commentator in a news magazine (online and hardcopy) that has a relatively good reputation; so much so that I had to double check to make sure it was not a false flag operation. Yes, Mr. Perry starts off with a disclaimer ("Describing... is not to advocate it.") But he IS all but advocating such an action - an action that has not been seriously advocated by ANYONE except the most radical and extreme of ANY corner of the political chart in modern history. The responses and other news and commentary show that the thought is not too far from the thoughts of a LOT of people today - even among those who voted for the First Citizen just 11 months ago. Are we really that close to this sort of disaster?
Mama's Note: Also see the Oath Keepers website.
Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our Oath is to the Constitution.
Mexico: Emergence of an Unexpected New Threat
At approximately 2 a.m. on Sept. 25, a small improvised explosive device (IED) consisting of three or four butane canisters was used to attack a Banamex bank branch in the Milpa Alta delegation of Mexico City. The device damaged an ATM and shattered the bank’s front windows. It was not an isolated event. The bombing was the seventh recorded IED attack in the Federal District — and the fifth such attack against a local bank branch — since the beginning of September. The attack was claimed in a communique posted to a Spanish-language anarchist Web site by a group calling itself the Subversive Alliance for the Liberation of the Earth, Animals and Humans (ASLTAH). The note said, “Once again we have proven who our enemies are,” indicating that the organization’s “cells for the dissolution of civilization” were behind the other, similar attacks. ... These IED attacks are the most recent incidents in a wave of anarchist, animal rights, and eco-protest attacks that have swept across Mexico this year. Activists have conducted literally hundreds of incidents of vandalism, arson and, in more recent months, IED attacks in various locations across the country. The most active cells are in Mexico City and Guadalajara.
DHS doesn't seem to be worried that this threat will spill across the
border, but perhaps they should be. Added to the cartel war going
in Mexico, this is a minor but serious development that CAN spill over
the border easily. If Mexico descends into chaos, it will not
if the economy is a disaster in the US - millions more Mexicans will
flee north to hide from the chaos with relatives and friends up in the
Republica del Norte - and virtually EVERY Mexican has many relatives
and/or friends in the US. Worse, American extremists of the
persuasion may wonder if they should not imitate ASLTAH...
Mama's Note: This is very strange... People who are living
in poverty are seldom terribly concerned with "animal rights." Where do
these people really come from, and who is supporting them? This is a
most unusual development indeed - and is certainly worth watching
carefully! I do wonder how destroying a bank building relates to
Home Front and Our Right to Self Defense
Our Right to Self-Defense
Thus this private policy, no matter how
right the landowner has to impose it, is in effect taking my more
valuable right (to life and liberty, not just property) away in
locations far from the property involved: thus, the property owner is
aggressing against me far more than my having a pistol in my car is
aggressing against his right to property. No, this is not a
situation, and ultimately the situation must be resolved through
education and persuasion, but we cannot fail to recognize that some
rights DO have priority over other rights. Garry Reed, the Dallas
Libertarian Examiner, talks about this, and says (in part), "The
Second Amendment does not give gun advocates the right to force
their beliefs on everyone else. Violating the property rights of others
is no different than gun-grabbers violating the property rights of gun
owners." This is only partly true, for two reasons: (1) Of course, the
Second Amendment does not give
anyone ANYTHING - it RECOGNIZES a human right given by God: the right
to self-defense. (2) IF only the "property rights" of gun owners
being violated, he would be correct. However, it is not the
rights, but the more superior right to life that the property owners
threaten. (Perhaps IF the property owner could reasonably
the employee/visitor/vendor's life would be safe from attack on their
property, then there might be some loophole - but we know what those
kind of promises are worth.)
Mama's Note: Please also see the Albuquerque
Libertarian Examiner: The 'bubble' of personal property and the
comments that follow.
Our Right to Self-Defense
Our Right to Self-Defense
Mama said, a brave girl. But where were this family's weapons?
of 2009 is not much different from the Texas Frontier of 1850 - or for
that matter, Kashmir of 1850: families NEED to be armed to protect
Mama's Note: It doesn't matter if the year is 1850, 2010 or
9000, all human beings NEED to be ABLE to arm themselves for self
defense, regardless of their location. There is not a square inch of
this planet where the risk of attack is zero. The choice to arm or not
is, of course, another thing.
Our Right to Self-Defense
entire event turned out successfully, BUT what the homeowner did if he
shot at the fleeing vehicle (as seemed to be indicated by the article)
after his initial shots, was NOT self-defense. It is not always
to tell when self-defense turns into unwarranted aggression against a
fleeing enemy, but in this case, my opinion (assuming the story is
right) is that he crossed that line.
Stupid People Tricks
Of course, it is the free-market that allows Moore to peddle his garbage and has made him a millionaire. But like the rest of his past (he was an Eagle Scout, shockingly, and a member of the NRA), he has "grown beyond" such things and knows the true transnational way. Just like the Demo in the next story.
Congress in ActionFinance Committee Democrat Won’t Read Text of Health Bill, Says Anyone Who Claims They’ll Understand It ‘Is Trying to Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes’
U.S. Senator Pushing to Lift Sanctions Against Burma Did Not Invite Junta Opponents to the Hearing
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), the U.S. Senate’s leading proponent of lifting sanctions against Burma’s military junta chaired hearings on U.S. policy towards the Southeast Asian country on Wednesday, but the Democrat was criticized for not inviting any members of the Burmese opposition to testify. The Obama administration, which since February has been reviewing U.S. policy towards Burma, announced in a shift last week that it would seek engagement – but not lift sanctions, as Webb has advocated.
Where is the money? Burma isn't rich, but obviously they can afford to buy off a modern-day Virginian. How the early senators and governors of Virginia must hate what they are seeing - corruption that throws manure across the motto of the once great Dominion... But it is a motto that ALL Americans need to adopt: "SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS" - THUS ALWAYS TO TYRANTS as a woman stands, sword drawn, on the body of the dead Caesar. Mr. Webb, where do YOU fit in this picture? Among other things, Sen. Webb has been an enabler to the Administration which can now appear "reasonable" in comparison to Sen. Webb's stand - but still remain true to their transnational ideals.
Health Panic of 2009
Hoyer Hasn't Given ‘Significant Thought’ on Whether STDs, Other Problems Can Be Excluded From Electronic Record System He Voted to Create
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says he has not given "significant thought" to whether someone should be able to exclude a sexually transmitted disease or other health problem from the electronic health records mandated by Congress in the stimulus package that was enacted in February. Last week, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) told CNSNews.com such exclusions would be up "totally up to the individual,” but in speeches this summer, President Obama described the Electronic Health Records as being all-inclusive of person's medical history.
Of course, we know that Mr. Hoyer - and the vast majority of his fellows in Congress - didn't have anything to do with WRITING this piece of garbage, and certainly haven't bothered to read it AFTER they voted to accept it. (Same thing for the "health care insurance reform and anything else we want to stick in it bill.") And like lawyers in general, but worse, it is easy to tell when a Kennedy is lying - his/her mouth is open. None of us can take anything out of our health records now, and they say we can do it with the e-version? Liars!
Mama's Note: A record of one's health and previous treatments, medications and so forth is only useful to patients and doctors if they are complete and truthful. Medical records kept by doctors and hospitals have not truly been private, accurate or totally truthful since "Medicare" and government meddlers at all levels began to dictate what those records could and could not contain - decades ago.
The only relevant record is the one kept by the patient/family themselves. Record everything that is diagnosed and everything that is done about it, all the medications you actually take and how these things affect you. This requires real work and dedication, of course, and you would never want to give this to any medical facility to keep or copy... just for reference if you MUST see a doctor.
But it's rather late to fuss about some national database or privacy issues with our usual medical records. They have ALL been available to anyone in medicine, insurance or government for a long, long time. It's not what you know, but WHO you know, naturally.
East Asian FrontAs Mama pointed out, maybe this shows that even people in NYC are waking up to the problem with the politicians. I think that there are a lot of other factors as well, but it is a good sign -especially since this was a runoff and a majority of Democrats joined to trounce him.
People’s Republic of China Marks 60th Anniversary, But Most People Advised to Stay Home
Communist China’s elites marked the nation’s 60th birthday Thursday under a huge portrait of Mao Tse-tung, with a display of military might ranging from nuclear missiles to fighter jets. Parts of Beijing were locked down, and apart from 30,000 invited guests, ordinary citizens were advised to stay home and watch the spectacle on television.
Watch TV, please! All bread and circuses! This reminds me of Phillip Nolan's telling of the habits of the Han Empire in America in "Armageddon 2419" where the rulers demanded that the populace observe life only through the media. Does this mean that the current vanguard of the proletariat is so mistrustful and uncertain that this is necessary, or are they just doing business as usual?
Stupid Government Tricks
CA: Brown launches ACORN probe
"The attorney general of California has opened an investigation into ACORN and the circumstances under which its employees were secretly videotaped, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on his Twitter page Thursday. Schwarzenegger wrote he had 'just heard' that the state's attorney general, Edmund G. Brown Jr., is opening an investigation following the release of five hidden-camera videos that depicted ACORN employees offering advice to filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, who posed as a pimp and prostitute, on how to skirt tax laws and avoid detection by authorities. 'Just heard from Atty Gen Jerry Brown that he is opening an investigation of ACORN in Calif,' the governor wrote. But according to a Sept. 25 letter from James Humes, California's chief deputy attorney general, an investigation had been launched last week." (10/01/09)
Ah, but there are "investigations" and "INVESTIGATIONS" - and knowing a little about Moonbeam Jerry, there are a lot of possibilities for different flavoring. Of course ACORN is worth investigating - especially with his next gubernatorial race coming up, Jerry needs to see how much ACORN can help him "get out the vote." And whether they can help him modernize his old style brownshirt - excuse me, rainbow-shirt, tactics. And of course, there is the absolute imperative that these evil neocon impersonators of honest entrepreneurs and welfare-seekers be investigated and trashed so that they would darken the fortunes of the transnational movement no more...
War on Some Drugs - Home Front
In 16 states, more die by drugs than in cars
"Drug-related deaths outnumber those from motor vehicle accidents in a growing number of states, according to new government data that highlight a shift in the top cause of deaths after disease and illness. Crashes still cost more lives nationwide, but state-by-state calculations show the rate of drug-induced deaths outpaced vehicle accidents in 16 states in 2006, up from about a dozen states the year before and eight in 2003. Drug overdoses make up the majority of the drug-related deaths, and there was a sharp increase in fatalities tied to cocaine and to drugs known as opioid analgesics - including methadone, fentanyl, sedatives, and prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. From 1999 to 2006, death rates for opioid analgesics increased for every age group. Deaths from methadone alone increased sevenfold, the US Centers for Disease Control said in a report released yesterday." [editor's note: Notice how they bury the fact that the "dangerous drugs" referred to are NOT mainly the "street stuff" the DEA is supposed to be controlling, but mostly the "legal" ones purveyed by Big Pharma! - SAT] (10/01/09)
Mama's Note: Depends on what you consider a "mistake." A great deal of medicine is guesswork and must be conducted by trial and error. There are few absolutes available, however hard they try. What helps one person might kill another...
More people die from adverse effects of prescription drugs, really. But since the actual death can seldom be traced to just ONE thing, this is not always possible to determine. For example, an elderly person suffering from cancer, already in very poor health otherwise, might take any number of substances to relieve pain and other symptoms. If these substances then contribute even slightly to a shorter life span, how can that be quantified, and why does it matter to anyone but the person who chose to ingest them (or their families)?
It's very easy to cast blame for things like this, but very difficult to actually identify core problems or solutions except on a case by case basis. Obviously, government can't begin to do so - even if they wanted to.
Local Tyrants - Our Right to Self-DefenseNYC: Primary voters reject another gun grabber
New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.
"For the second time in two weeks, the citizens of New York City have delivered an unambiguous rebuke to the gun control movement by rejecting David Yassky's bid for Comptroller. Yassky based his campaign largely upon his gun control record. As a staffer to then Congressman Charles Schumer he worked on both the Brady Act and Clinton Gun Ban. His campaign was endorsed by Senator Schumer, the Daily News and the New York Times because of this. Yassky's double-digit loss in the runoff election demonstrates just how far outside the mainstream of society gun control advocates are. A solid majority of Democrat voters in all five boroughs have soundly rejected this candidate and his ideas." (09/30/09)
Health Care Panic of 2009
National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia said that health care reform should include "everyone," and this means illegal immigrants as well because with more people paying into the system it might lower the costs of health care.
Why not the whole world?
Mama's Note: Exactly! How about everyone in the world being totally free to own their own bodies, and be fully responsible for their own health, safety and welfare? Works for me! But this is not, of course, what the La Raza folks want, any more than it is wanted by any other socialist or government organization.
Congress in Action - Health Care Panic of 2009
Sen. Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, won't read the legislative text of the committee's health care bill because it is confusing.
Oh, dear, what hope do us peons have to be able to understand this, if our betters cannot?
Stupid UN Tricks - Islamic War
Palestinians Drop Effort to Pressure Israel at U.N., For Now
In an unexpected move late Thursday, the Palestinian Authority withdrew its backing for a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council that sought to endorse in full a report accusing Israel of war crimes.
Hmmm. Did someone open a closet and show off something - or threaten to? We know that none of them have the moral courage to stop doing something just because it is wrong.
Stupid UN Tricks - Islamic War
A group of Afghan lawmakers called Thursday for criminal investigations into alleged fraud in the country's disputed presidential election, saying a probe by a U.N.-backed panel has been tainted because some U.N. officials are biased in favor of President Hamid Karzai.
The strangest thing about this is WHY the UN is backing the US in this, if indeed it is true. Whose puppet is Karzai? That can be answered if we know who these "lawmakers" are working for. It is certainly not in the interests of those who supposedly elected them to office.
Home Front - East Asian Front
...a report released more than six months ago, in which Jian-Wei Wang used publicly available data to explain exactly how the United States' West Coast grid was connected and how the computers that control the grid could be easily sabotaged. Wang and his colleagues at the Dalian University of Technology in China demonstrated how an attack on even the most unimportant and least used networks within the power grid could cause what engineers refer to as a "cascading failure," or a domino effect, in which one grid after another becomes overloaded and shuts down.
Are YOU prepared for something like this? Natural catastrophes are clearly a threat, whether we are talking tsunamis in American Samoa, typhoons in the Philippines and Indonesia, or wind storms and blizzards in the US, but so are man-triggered incidents (remember, can't call them attacks or terrorism, today). Are WE ready?
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