Archive for January, 2011

ACLU/Justice Dept. walk hand in hand to kowtow to Illegals…

A public interest organization that uncovers and prosecutes corruption in government said it has confirmed from Department of Justice documents that the federal agency under Barack Obama’s command worked hand-in-hand with the American Civil Liberties Union to attack Arizona over its tough new immigration law.

That law, SB 1070, now is being challenged before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It created applause from secure borders advocates and a furor among a wide range of immigrant rights advocacy organizations last year when state officials adopted plans to let state law enforcement officials crack down on illegal aliens who already are violating federal law.

Get the facts on the threat to America coming across its own borders, “In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security”

This from World Net Daily:

Judicial Watch, the corruption-fighting Washington organization, earlier had submitted a filing in the court case on behalf of Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of the state’s SB 1070, asking the appeals court to reverse a preliminary injunction granted by a district court in July, just as the law was about to take effect.

That injunction has not yet been lifted.

Read more: ACLU, feds coordinated attack on Arizona crackdown on illegals

From Shangra La to Shangra La La in 40 Years….

This from

#1 The California state government is facing a potential state budget deficit of 19 billion dollars this year, and California debt is rapidly approaching junk status.  One way or another the taxpayers of California are going to have to pay for this mess somehow.

#2 California Governor Jerry Brown recently unveiled a “draconian” budget plan for 2011 that includes 12 billion dollars more in spending cuts and that maintains 12 billion dollars in recent tax increases.

#3 The state of California currently has the third highest state income tax in the nation: a 9.55% tax bracket at $47,055 and a 10.55% bracket at $1,000,000.

#4 California has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation by far at 8.25%.  Indiana has the next highest at 7%.

#5 Residents of California pay the highest gasoline taxes (over 67 cents per gallon) in the United States.

#6 California had more foreclosure filings that any other U.S. state in 2010.  The546,669 total foreclosure filings during the year means that over 4 percent of all the housing units in the state of California received a foreclosure filing at some point during 2010.

#7 Home prices in some areas of California have completely fallen off a cliff.  For example, the average home in Merced, California has declined in value by 63 percent over the past four years.

#8 725 new laws (most of them either completely pointless or completely stupid) went into effect in the state of California on January 1st.

#9 20 percent of the residents of Los Angeles County are now receiving public aid of one kind or another.

#10 The number of people unemployed in the state of California is approximately equal to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

#11 In some areas of California, the level of unemployment is absolutely nightmarish.  For example, 24.3 percent of the residents of El Centro, California are now unemployed.

#12 Residents of California pay some of the highest electricity prices in the entire nation.

#13 The state of California ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.

#14 According to one survey, approximately 1 out of every 4 Californians under the age of 65 has absolutely no health insurance.

#15 At one point last year it was reported that in the area around Sacramento, California there was one closed business for every six that were still open.

#16 In the late 70s, California was number one in per-pupil spending on education, but now the state has fallen to 48th place.

#17 In one school district in California, children as young as five years old are being forced to watch propaganda films that tout the benefits of “alternative lifestyles”, and parents are being told that no “opting out” will be permitted.

#18 The crime rate in the San Diego school system is escalating out of control. The following is what San Diego School Police Chief Don Braun recently told the press about the current situation….

“Violent crime in schools has risen 31 percent. Property crime has risen 12 percent. Weapons violations (have gone up) almost 8 percent.”

#19 Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts announced last year that due to severe budget cuts there are a number of crimes that his department will simply not be able to respond to any longer.  The crimes that the Oakland police will no longer be responding to include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.

#20 Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

#21 During one recent 23 year period, the state of California built 23 prisonsbut just one university.

#22 The farther you look into the future, the worse California’s financial problems become. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, California’s unfunded pension liability is estimated to be somewhere between $120 billion and $500 billion at this point.

So could the state of California actually go bankrupt?

In Washington D.C., some lawmakers are now working very hard behind the scenes to come up with a way to allow individual U.S. states to declare bankruptcy.

This is exactly what I’m talking about in the previous article.

From The Daily Beast:

Well this is a bit awkward: Tear-gas canisters recovered from Egyptian streets after being fired on demonstrators bear the label “Made in U.S.A.” Recovered from a downtown Cairo square, the canisters urge anyone who comes near the gas to “seek assistance as soon as possible.” What’s worse: at least some of the cans expired in 2008. The gas is manufactured by Combined Systems International, of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. The U.S. provides Egypt $1.3 billion a year in military financing. “The way I see it the U.S. administration supports dictators,” said one protester.

See The Daily Beast for the rest of the article.

It’s Time To Look Inward

For decades America has been trying to buy love, friendship, loyalty.  There’s a reality of the human experience, and that’s the fact you can’t buy love, friendship, loyalty.  Trying to do so is to defy common sense, and historical reality. It’s living in la la land.

We send a billion dollars to Haiti, and nine hundred eighty million of it ends up in the Swiss bank accounts of the government officials entrusted with dispersing it to a people in need…and that’s been the pattern of our world give-aways since the end of WWII.   America, making millionaires and billionaires out of despots.  And sadly, too many times, the United Nations has been the bus hauling the money away to the dirty hands of despots, usually the cohorts of U.N. officials.

When are we going to learn?  The prosperity of the United States in the same post WWII period allowed us to let our visceral liberals shame us into excesses and reckless giving.  Guilt driven by our own success, by our own predominance in the world.  We foisted our well gotten, hard earned, gains upon those who enjoy ill gotten ones, upon evil doers, criminals, and thieves.  Yes, there are starving children in Ethiopia and over half or more of the rest of the world, and yes, after we invest billions in those countries there are still starving children, and the only thing that really changes is the bank balance of those in power.  And I’m not saying don’t give, to give is Christian:  I’m saying don’t give money.  Give only directly to those in need, and give goods and services that pass from the hand of the giver to the needy.  A water well drilled in a village cannot be shipped to a Swiss account.

The era of prosperity in the United States is ending, threatened by the same visceral, bleeding heart, hypocrisy of liberals in this country.  The concept of “give-away other peoples money” runs rampant through the sad thinking of liberals.  The concept of entitlement when there is no actual  “entitlement,” only want and greed.  When did the concept “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” become “give unto others until you’re broke and can no longer take care of yourself?”  The belief that government will take care of all is a sickness, and it’s over, fini, finished.  And if not, it soon will be for lack of supply.  And if it’s not, we are.  At least our prosperous lifestyle will end, and maybe our very existence.  The folly of waiting until the national debt surpasses the gross national product in order to declare us an economic failure is just that, folly.  We are broke.  In the eyes of any budgeting housewife, we’re broke.  We don’t have to have a degree in economics from Harvard to understand the fact that we are broke.  As the debt clock ( reports as I write this, each and every “taxpayer” in the United States owes over $127,000.00 as his/her share of the national debt.  Each man, woman, and child owes over $47,000.  Can you please pay yours now?  Most can’t.  Most aren’t worth that.  And even if many are able, they won’t soon be as inevitable inflation eats away at savings and retirement.  And as debt grows with interest and ability to pay diminishes as the mere sustenance cost for the debtor goes up with inflation and rising costs.

We’re engaging in the ultimate folly of printing phony money, backed by only the good faith and credit of the country, in order to keep our economy afloat.  And the economists and rulers of the other nations of the world don’t have to be Harvard grads to understand the folly of that recourse.  And they’ve lost faith, and will soon not extend credit.  Money, not worth the paper and ink used to manufacture it.  Particularly after the liberal politicians in this country, under the guise of being progressive, have ruined all belief in the good faith and credit of the country by buying votes with home loans for everyone and anyone who wanted four bedrooms and two and a half baths, rather than to everyone or anyone who could afford same.  That folly (or purposeful deception by our politicians) collapsed our economy, and cost us those foreign friends who were truly friends and certainly those whose friendship we’d only been buying over the last few decades.

Now comes a reckoning.  The Muslim world is awash with revolt, and sadly, it’s not a movement toward democracy.  It’s a movement to throw out the “friends” we’ve been buying for decades.  It’s amusing, but not surprising, that oil producing countries attract the wealth of the United States, billions flow to them every year, and they continue to express their hatred for us.  And it’s the same with dope producing countries, like Afghanistan.  Would it be a fair question to ask why we support a country whose primary export is opium?  Why do we support a country whose president has a brother who’s known to be the biggest dope dealer in the region?  Now those friends, even if purchased, will be replaced with Iman’s who preach our destruction.

It seems to me that our whole basket of foreign policy has been a folly, is a folly, and will continue to be a folly unless we begin to employ common sense and accept the human experience: you can’t buy love.  You can buy a screwing, but you can’t buy love, and we’ve bought plenty of the former.

I shudder with the death of every American boy or girl who dies in undeclared wars, from Korea to the present.  I mourn the death and maiming of every young American boy and girl who fights in a country that would turn on us in a proverbial heartbeat should there monetary interests lie elsewhere.  It’s time we turned inward.  We need our gallant young men and women here, to rebuild this junk heap that’s the result of the great give-away.  Drive on any California interstate highway and you’ll know what I mean about a junk heap.  Our interstates have more holes than even the heads of those who plan our foreign policy.

It’s time we pulled out of not only those countries where we fight, but pulled our money out of every country that’s not a democracy, and even then money sent abroad should only be in the form of actual credit worthy loans and/or investment.  And if loans are not repaid or investments nationalized or stolen, then no more.  NO MORE.

Where the hell are these countries going to sell their oil, their dope, and in fact, their cotton, if not to the largest consuming country in the world?  WISE UP AMERICA.  Do you think we’ll not get oil or dope if we pull out…they still want our dollars, no matter how much they’ve depreciated, and will so for a long while.

It’s time we turned inward.  It’s time we took care of or own economy, it’s time we allowed self-reliance to have the opportunity to rise to the top of the American experience as was so prevalent after WWII, and replaced the hand out with a hand up.  It’s time we stopped trying to buy love.  There’s a word for that and America has been the JOHN of the world, the customer of international nation prostitutes.  And brother, we didn’t get the kiss to go along with the screwing.

And this doesn’t mean transfer the “buy your friends” concept to merely “buy the votes” of the American people with the money we don’t send overseas.  Part of the “turn inward” approach is to pay off the national debt and regain the respect of the rest of the world…not that respect of those outside our borders is truly important.  Self-respect, along with self-reliance, is what’s truly important.  Self-respect and self-reliance, and military power, will again gain the respect of the rest of the world, if a grudging respect as it’s always been. It’s time we went back to setting the example, and being the world’s whipping boy.  Young men and women rebuilding the infrastructure of the U.S. is what we need, the re-invention of the WPA would be a good start.  Pay young Americans who are now being paid to risk their lives, to rebuild the country.  It’s the same dollars, only put to a far greater purpose.

Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and other Muslim countries around the world are rising up against despots whom we’ve supported for decades, and nd it’s my belief these revolts will not result in democracies, but rather in Muslim Sharia Law governments who will be dead set to destroy the United States and all Christianity, as they have Christians in their own countries.  That’s the result of attempts to buy friendship.  It’s estimated there are only 17 million of hundreds of millions of Christians left in Muslim countries, the rest killed our driven out.

STOP giving money to any country outside our borders.  PERIOD.  Credit worthy loans and investments only.

It’s time to turn inward.  My wife and I,  in a small way, support charities such as Doctors Without Borders, the Heifer Project, and others who don’t give money, but rather goods and services, and then only where truly needed.  And the goods they give go directly to the people, without being processed (read stolen) by corrupt governments and their despot rulers.  When you buy a gift heifer, a hive of bees, a goat, a pig, or yes, even a camel, or other opportunity building critter from the Heifer Project you know it, and training, are going directly to a family who will put it to work to better their lot, not merely eat it or sell it  Don’t give a man a fish, teach him to fish.

We’re at a turning point in this country, in this world, and it’s time for human experience, for common sense, to rule our actions.

It’s time to use common sense to get this country back to where it belongs, to where our parents and grandparents fought long and hard to bring it.  It’s time to turn inward, and to heal ourselves before we continue to try to be all things to all people the world over.

While there’s still time, and I pray there is.

Here’s some basic advice for Congress!

Quotes regarding gun control…

Three quotes from Liberty Tree:

“The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.”
– William Rawle
(1759-1836) Lawyer, had been asked several times by George Washington to serve as Attorney General
Source: commenting on the Second Amendment, A VIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES 125-26, 1829 (2nd ed.) reprinted in THE FOUNDERS’ CONSTITUTION Volume Five (Amendments I-XII) p. 214 (Univ. of Chicago Press).

“The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.”
– William Rawle
(1759-1836) Lawyer, had been asked several times by George Washington to serve as Attorney General
Source: commenting on the Second Amendment, A VIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES 125-26, 1829 (2nd ed.) reprinted in THE FOUNDERS’ CONSTITUTION Volume Five (Amendments I-XII) p. 214 (Univ. of Chicago Press).

“If the rest of the country had adopted right-to-carry concealed-handgun 
provisions in 1992, about 1,500 murders and 4,000 rapes would have been 
– John R. Lott, Jr.
Source: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), p. 159

“The purpose of the right to bear arms is twofold; to allow individuals to protect themselves and their families, and to ensure a body of armed citizenry from which a militia could be drawn, whether that militia’s role was to protect the nation, or to protect the people from a tyrannical government.”
– Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Assoc. Prof. of Law, Univ. of Tennessee
Source: A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment, 62 TENN. L. R. 461, 475 (1995).

The Internet’s good for lots of things….Including a good laugh!

The internet, if nothing else, is good for a laugh.  It’s getting hard to listen to a joke from a friend without just having seen it on the net.  And if laughter truly is the best medicine, then we’re all getting more and more healthy.

This just came to me.  No idea who wrote it, but it’s good for a laugh:

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse.

Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target:

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a
 commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Harris, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras:

1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at
 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: He made a trail from a jar of brown gravy on the floor leading to the both the ladies and men’s restrooms.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an

official voice, ‘Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away’. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.

6. August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he
 began crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’
 EMTs were called

9.. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme.

12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his
’Madonna look’ by using different sizes of funnels.

13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’

14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’

And last, but not least:

15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of the clerks passed out.