Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Do The Right Thing

I stumbled across Gov. Mike Huckabee's book on Christmas Eve, while grocery shopping in Costco. I thumbed through it a bit and I think it's fair to say, it sucks. I won't even link to it.

In one chapter, the Huckster conflates the pious Dr. Ron Paul with the anti-religious faction of the libertarian movement. In another chapter, Huckster goes ga-ga for militarism and imperialism. He hopes that American boys (and girls now, because we have no sense) will continue signing up in large numbers to get their arms and legs and faces and nuts blown off while doing the same to men, women and children in countries the world over that never attacked or threatened the United States. If they don't -- and who could resist such a proposition, really -- he plans to dragoon them into various, uneconomic "public works" projects, all for the greater glory of the State.

If the Reverend Huckster really wants Americans to do the right thing, he might begin by encouraging them to study the Christmas Truce of 1914, a brief, shining moment when men summoned the courage to heed the Prince of Peace rather than butcher each other in the service of the Father of Lies.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

TASER death?

San Jose to pay $70,000 to settle TASER death

The author of the article, Mr. John Woolfolk, neglected to mention that the late Mr. Rios, in addition to being morbidly obese, had a 98% blockage of his coronary arteries due to cocaine abuse. The police became involved when Rios began beating his wife in public. Call me old-fashioned, but I see this as a lifestyle issue not a "TASER death."

So the widow Rios now gets $70,000 of the taxpayers' money, in addition to whatever other subsidies she soaked up over the years while living la vida loca with an unproductive, drug-abusing, violent fatass. Makes you proud to be an American.

Moonbeam gives me a reason to support Proposition 8

I opposed Prop. 8, though I am sure the gay lobby would disapprove of my reasons:
  • I believe in rendering unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's; for that reason, I believe in strictly limiting the number of things that might arguably be said to belong to Caesar. This whole fight, on both sides, is not about marriage but about Caesar.
  • The government can decree cats to be dogs. It doesn't change the facts or my thinking.
  • If my experience in dealing with gay domestic violence is any indication, gay divorce should be hugely entertaining ("'No on 8. Bring popcorn' What does that mean?" "You'll see...").
Still, I am old enough to remember when the gay battle cry was to get government out of the bedroom; now they're saying their relationships are meaningless unless the State is a third party to them. And I have a long-enough memory to know that when the Left promises that a particular initiative is not the camel's nose under the tent, that we'll have the whole camel inside sooner rather than later. Fortunately, we have an Attorney-General of Jerry Brown's candor to let us know what's really up:

Jerry Brown urges court to void Prop. 8

The kicker comes in the penultimate paragraph of the article:
Brown compared his decision to oppose Proposition 8 to Attorney General Thomas C. Lynch's decision to oppose Proposition 14, a 1964 constitutional initiative that overturned a state law that prohibited housing discrimination based on race.
So Jerry Brown sees "gay marriage" as a means to further seize control of private property, and to ride roughshod over property owners' freedom to associate -- or not associate -- with whomever they choose. So much for "No on H8's" bland assertion that "gay marriage" is nothing to fear.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Surprise, Surprise!

US won't honor Iraq withdrawal commitment

Remember the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing? 19 American service members died because the US government reneged on its promise to leave Saudi Arabia at the end of the First Gulf War. The Empire's promises to Arabs carry no more weight than it's promises to American Indians did.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

War is Peace

According to the outgoing Emperor, invading and occupying a country that never attacked or threatened the United States; killing and maiming its citizens; unleashing an orgy of nihilistic violence by extremists from within and without that country; and bankrupting our own country in the process, was an act of peace and benevolence.

I'm glad he cleared that one up for me.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

More warrantless surveillance

First, financial privacy had to be eliminated to fight racketeering. Then it was to fight terrorism. Now it's under the guise of saving the housing market.

Buried deep in the bill's 700 pages is a provision requiring credit card companies to report all credit card transactions to the federal government. That's right, every single credit card transaction you make will be reported to the IRS.

As usual, the always heroic Dr. Ron Paul is the only one blowing the whistle on this provision. Click on the "Housing Bill" video for the gory details.

The Boy Emperor is expected to sign the bill soon.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Smith and Wesson Model 41

I have a page on the Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22 pistol here. I explain why I believe it is the best buy in a .22 pistol for target and general use.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

We're bringing it here so we don't have to fight it over there

Under the guise of fighting AIDS in Africa, Senators John Kerry (D - Mass.) and Gordon Smith (R - Ore.) have introduced a bill to lift the ban on HIV-positive immigration.

Putting aside the question of what Constitutional authority Congress has to forcibly expropriate money from Americans and give it to Africans, the bill's supporters offer some real howlers in its defense. Here are a few:
"There's no excuse for a law that stigmatizes a particular disease," Kerry said Tuesday at a speech to the Center for Strategic & International Studies HIV/AIDS Task Force. Even people with avian flu or the Ebola virus have an easier time than those with HIV when it come to applying for visas, he said.
Well, Senator, what is the excuse for an immigration policy that imports contagious, deadly and sometimes incurable diseases? I'm old enough to remember when tuberculosis was virtually eradicated in the US; now it's back, with a vengeance, thanks to mass immigration from the Third World.

Under current law, HIV is the only medical condition explicitly listed under immigration law. The Kerry-Smith provision would make HIV equivalent to other communicable diseases where medical and public health experts at the Health and Human Services Department — not consular officials at U.S. embassies — determine eligibility for admission.
If they're doing such a good job of it now, why are we worrying about drug-resistant TB in the US?

Those with HIV seeking legal permanent residency would still have to demonstrate they have the resources to live in this country and would not become a "public charge."
What a joke! I work at a public hospital. I see all the new immigrants, who signed the very same promise not to become public charges, pitching up with Medi-Cal cards before the ink is dry on their entry stamps. Sometimes they come into the emergency room in crisis, because their families told them not to refill their medications (heart, blood pressure, diabetes, etc. -- not HIV) until they got here and qualified for Medi-Cal. There's no enforcement of this provision, which is one reason why immigrants -- legal and illegal -- drain about $30 billion more annually from the Treasury than they contribute.

I'm not anti-immigrant; my wife is an immigrant. But clearly this bill is intended to create a new, rent-seeking class that the politicians can exploit for their own ends and the taxpayer be damned!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fannie and Freddie Must Die!

Michael S. Rozeff explains why.

The mainstream media, of course, are gushing over the prospects of a federal takeover and new regulations.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fighting Small Scams To Protect The Big One

The August, 2008, issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance features the following article at page 61:
Taking Aim At Military Scams: The men and women who protect our country are getting ripped off.

The unquestioned assumption, and the scam it promotes and protects, is that being in the military involves protecting the United States. Unless you truly believe that the United States is or ever has been threatened by Iraqis, Serbs, Somalis, Haitians, Vietnamese, Koreans, Panamanians, Grenadans, Dominicans, Filipinos, Spaniards, etc., then you must admit that the military is a tool of imperial force projection, not self-defense.

I'll give the final word on this to Marine Major General and two-time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler:

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

Here we go again

Butler Shaffer on the death of another Big Government shill.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shoot! The Day

The gang at Photoshelter are on a mission to revitalize stock photography. One day, five categories, prizes. So, register for the event and, wherever you are on 20 July, Shoot! The Day.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Ammo Prices

Like everything else, ammo prices are dramatically up. They've doubled in the last two years.

Some reasons are obvious. Ammunition is heavy and expensive to ship. Transportation costs are up due to high oil prices.

Copper, used to make bullet jackets and brass cartridge cases, is also high due to increased global demand.

Less obvious is the market distortion introduced by the ultimate Big Government program (and that's all it is): War. The Boy Emperor's legions are burning through an incredible amount of the stuff in the Global War For A Legacy: about 5.5 million rounds per month, according to this House Armed Services Committee report.

Thanks, Dubya, and God Bless America!
AB 2062 Idiocy

The reliably anti-gun San Jose Mercury News today editorialized in favor of California Assembly Bill 2062, by Kevin De Leon (D - Los Angeles).

AB 2062 would introduce a complex, cumbersome, expensive and needless series of restrictions on vendors and buyers of ammunition in California, as well as prohibit Internet sales of ammunition.

There is nothing new in De Leon's bill. We had almost 20 years of this very thing, nationwide, between the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the McClure-Volkmer reforms of 1986. It was repealed because everyone -- law enforcement, ATF, everyone -- admitted what the "gun lobby" said all along: it was an expensive, intrusive waste of time.

18 years of ammo dealer licensing, record-keeping, warrantless surveillance, no mail-order sales, etc., could not produce a single crime either solved or prevented. Yet, the advocates of "reasonable regulation" screamed like babies when it was repealed. Now they want to bring it back. Isn't it time the SJMN editors come clean and tell us what they really want?

Saturday, July 05, 2008


I've just discovered Squidoo. It looks interesting. I've already created my first lens, on the subject of photography.

Unfortunately, the site is having major problems this weekend. I hope this isn't normal.

Edit: Site is back up. I'm working now on a lens about disaster preparedness and recovery.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Triumph For The Culture Of Death

The pro-abortion team hit the trifecta on this one: Artist hanged herself after aborting her twins.

Wake up, people! It is not "a woman's right to choose" (the verb, "to choose," requires a direct object). It is murder, every bit as much as "waterboarding" is torture. Only a society bent on descending into barbarism and tyranny pretends otherwise, in either case.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Gray Lady makes a mess

NYT Public Editor condemns McCain/lobbyist story

This would be the same NYT that continues defending its first Pulitzer, won by Walter Duranty for covering up Stalin's Ukrainian genocide. And if they've ever condemned Senator Arthur Vandenberg for helping sell the US into a foreign war after British Intelligence placed at least two high-born sluts in his bed, I've never seen it.

NYT's Executive Editor, Bill Keller, defends the article. The April 11, 1999, Style section of the Times announced the wedding of then-Managing Editor Keller and author/journalist Emma Gilbey. That article concluded:
The bridegroom's first wedding ended in divorce.
Well, yes it did. Bill had his own adulterous relationship with Emma. Emma got pregnant; Bill divorced his wife and abandoned his two kids; Bill and Emma married; Bill got promoted to Executive Editor. But Emma, well-known for her "power dating," was John Kerry's ex-girlfriend. Did she unduly influence the Times' endorsement of Kerry for President?

I'm no fan of McCainiac. Or Barack Star. Or Satan-In-Heels. If Ron Paul is not on the ballot, I'll write him in. But the timing of this hit piece is most strange. McCainiac has plenty of ethical lapses, past and present, to be hammered with. Why a sex-for-favors scandal, especially such a thin one, and why now?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bush: "Criminal idiocy toward Cuba will continue"

US Embargo Of Cuba To Continue Despite Castro Resignation

Excuse me, where's the adult supervision here? The US embargo of Cuba, now in its 49th year, is an abject failure on its own terms. Sane people, faced with such a record of failure, long ago would have re-evaluated their actions.

Embargoes traditionally are considered acts of war. So the US, in five decades of war, has failed to unseat the blowhard dictator of a tiny, impoverished island 90 miles from our own shores. It's worth pondering, especially in light of the 2 - 3 billion dollars per week we're burning in Mesopotamia, and the McCaniac's promise of a new Hundred Years War.

No doubt, the Bu'ushists will tell us that the embargo is necessary to "defend our freedom." As if the old Commie, or his slightly younger and less windy brother, could muster an invasion force that wouldn't be repulsed by the local gun club. We wouldn't have to call the military back from their garrisons in 126 foreign countries, where they attend to such vital American interests as killing and maiming innocent civilians, humiliating men in front of their wives and children, and raping schoolgirls.

Meanwhile, Ana Belen Montes rots in a Federal women's prison for spying for Cuba. Allegedly, her skewing of intelligence reports kept the Clinton Administration from accurately assessing the threat Cuba posed to the US. The court should have looked up "paranoia" in a dictionary. Other Americans have had their lives ruined by Federal stormtroopers, for the heinous crime of bringing Cuban cigars into the US.

Dubya says he wants to bring "the blessings of Liberty to the Cuban people." Someone should tell him that voluntary, mutually-beneficial exchange, unfettered by government interference, is one of those blessings.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Condoleeza Rice still a liar

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice heatedly denied knowingly making 56 false statements, to bolster support for an American attack on Iraq, in the run up to Operation Iraqi Conquest. In doing so, she made False Statement # 57:
No one wants to go to war.
Now read that last sentence again, without laughing.

If "no one wants to go to war," then why have those who cautioned against the current debacle been forced from office, slandered, had details of their personal lives leaked to the press, and their very lives jeopardized? Why have those who were so wrong about this episode received honors and promotions? Why is Paul Wolfowitz, so wrong about Iraq's weapons program and whose ethical lapses as head of the World Bank lead to his firing, now back at State as head of a -- wait for it -- arms control project?

Clearly, the Bu'ushists wanted war with Iraq. Dubya himself admitted as much, when he said that, even knowing that all the "reasons" he provided the American public were wrong, he would have invaded anyway. So, what was his real reason and why won't he tell us?

LBJ clearly wanted war when he lied about an attack on American warships in international waters off the Gulf of Tonkin, and lied to Congress that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was only an authorization for a limited, one-time retaliation: "We seek no wider war."

FDR clearly wanted war prior to December 7, 1941. Woodrow Wilson clearly wanted war prior to 1917. Both men got themselves re-elected by lying to the American people, that they were doing everything possible to keep our country out of Europe's conflicts. Both men understood the value of war in expanding the size and scope of federal power.

The political and economic elites, who lied about the explosion on the USS Maine, clearly wanted war.

The military-industrial-Congressional complex clearly want war. They have very little bottom line without it.

But maybe Condi is right: maybe no one wants to go to war.

Maybe they just want to send others.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bush: "Another 9/11 fine with me"

OK, he didn't really say that. But he did say that he "won't accept any temporary extension" of FISA. Bush, of course, wants FISA made permanent, with immunities against their customers' wrath for telecoms that play ball with the government.

But Bush says he needs FISA to protect the US from another 9/11. Does this mean he's willing to accept another 9/11, rather than a temporary political expedient? Or is he admitting that FISA is about increasing the governments ability to spy on and intimidate its subjects?

"The great error of nearly all studies of war... has been to consider war as an episode in foreign policies, when it is an act of interior politics..." ~Simone Weil
Free Roger Clemens!

Baseball great Roger Clemens has been dragged, like the serf we all are under our current regime, before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The jurisdiction of the Committee, from its own webpage, is as follows:
Committee Jurisdiction

Legislative Responsibilities
The legislative jurisdiction of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform includes the following areas, as set forth in House Rule X, clause 1:

• Federal civil service, including intergovernmental personnel; and the status of officers and employees of the United States, including their compensation, classification, and retirement;
• Municipal affairs of the District of Columbia in general (other than appropriations);
• Federal paperwork reduction;
• Government management and accounting measures generally;
• Holidays and celebrations;
• Overall economy, efficiency, and management of government operations and activities, including federal procurement;
• National archives;
• Population and demography generally, including the Census;
• Postal service generally, including transportation of the mails;
• Public information and records;
• Relationship of the federal government to the states and municipalities generally; and
• Reorganizations in the executive branch of the government.

I don't see baseball anywhere in there. Free Roger Clemens!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

They just hate us because we're free

U.S. working to ease tensions in Japan rape case

Once again, we witness the insanity of foreigners who fail to appreciate the glories of American military occupation, and who refuse to give our brave men in uniform the respect they deserve as morally and intellectually superior beings.

Apparently, they've forgotten the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sending diplomats, instead of another Tibbets, is the wrong way to go.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The "Little Saigon" flap

While I must confess to a certain schadenfreude at seeing San Jose City Councilwoman Madison Nguyen hoist with her own petard of identity politics and tawdry, emotional pandering, I nonetheless believe the "Little Saigon" militants bode more ill than good for the cause of liberty in this country.

Nguyen began her political career because, "What we [Vietnamese] were missing was a political voice." Why do Vietnamese, or any other ethnic group, need a "political voice?" To get "their share" of special privileges and stolen goods handed out by that vast system of coercion and fraud known as "government," of course! And what of those who don't hear the same voices Nguyen does?

"But 2003 was the year Nguyen cemented her name in the political landscape. A San Jose police officer shot and killed a 25-year-old Vietnamese woman he thought was brandishing a cleaver. It turned out to be a large-bladed, Asian-style vegetable peeler. Nguyen rallied the Vietnamese community together in defense of the slain woman, leading vigils and protests." Night of the dao bao, by Massad Ayoob, gives a more complete and accurate picture of the tragic events of 13 July 2003. The facts -- that the slain woman, Cau Thi Tran, was a violent psychotic; that she had quit taking her medications; that she was beyond the ability of her own friends and family to control; that police had been called to the scene because she was endangering her own children -- mattered not at all to Nguyen. By this time an elected officeholder and veteran political organizer, Nguyen saw a chance to make political hay and she jumped on it. Did she have to libel a good and decent man in the process? No matter. Did she have to spread misunderstanding and sow divisions between the police and the "Vietnamese community?" So much the better, when it comes to identity politics!

So, no tears here for the plight of Madison Nguyen. But the insistence on "official names" is more an artifact of socialism, communism, fascism, and other forms of groupthink, than it is a characteristic of a free people. The same could be said of the anti-self defense crowd (Don't like guns? Don't buy one!); both sides of the "gay marriage" divide (The State consecrates nothing, though it profanes much); the various controversies over the Pledge of Allegiance (Its author, Francis Bellamy, was a proto-fascist who dreamed of a militarized, imperial, socialist America); and a host of other controversies ginned up to keep our eyes off the hands of the political three-card monte artists who con us out of our lives, liberty and property. Are our lives and values really meaningless unless they're validated by the State?
Chuck Reed Is A Pansy

Citing "security" concerns, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has announced that he will not attend this year's Vietnamese New Year parade.

The whole affair, of course, is wrapped up in the ridiculous controversy over officially designating a section of Story Road the "Saigon Business District." The local Vietnamese community, as fractious now as they were in their homeland (one of the reasons the North won) couldn't agree on an "official" name. Councilwoman Madison Nguyen, the first Vietnamese to be elected to the City Council, proposed the "Saigon Business District" name as a compromise. Mayor Chuck Reed supported Nguyen's compromise proposal, and the City Council approved it. The supporters of "Little Saigon" remain unmollified, denouncing Nguyen as a Communist, demanding she resign, calling for her recall, picketing City Hall weekly, etc.

So, here we are. When he was running for mayor, Chuck Reed's campaign literature made much of the fact that he and his daughter were the first father-daughter cadet wing commanders in the history of the US Air Force Academy. Reed served in Thailand during the Vietnam War, while his daughter flew A-10s in combat in Iraq. Apparently it's fine to fly over people's countries dropping bombs on them when they've never harmed or threatened your country, another thing entirely to confront them face-to-face.

What a wuss.