Archive for May, 2009

Famous People

May 28, 2009

This is pretty cool.  Click the pic.  It will take you to a larger version.  If you hover over each person it will tell you who they are.  If you click a person, it will take you to their Wikipedia page.

I know it’s art, but I can’t understand why someone painting “influential people” would include Mike Tyson, but leave out Teddy Roosevelt.

However, I have to say I completely agree with his inclusion of the camel – you’ll see what I mean.

Who else would you have included (or excluded)?

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Hello, Big Brother

May 28, 2009

I think over the next few years (decades?) we will be have a lot of fodder for conversations about Unintended Consequences.  Specifically, the unintended consequences of all the CHANGE!!! that Obama continues to bring us (whether we want it or not).

I hadn’t thought of this, mostly I guess because I do not own an On-Star equipped vehicle.  But Say Uncle pointed out that with the fedgov owning 70% of GM, they will also own and control the On-Star system.

Now, don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy about having a system in your car that allows the fedgov to listen to your conversations and track your movement, speed and current location?

Oh, and from the wikipedia web site: Starting 2009, General Motors will equip some new vehicles with Stolen Vehicle Slowdown.  This allows police to remotely slow down the vehicle.

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I’ll take my chances in a wreck…you can keep it.

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Ready For The Federal Sales Tax?

May 27, 2009

From the Washington Post:

Once Considered Unthinkable, U.S. Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look

With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax.

Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax — called a value-added tax, or VAT — has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity.

At a White House conference earlier this year on the government’s budget problems, a roomful of tax experts pleaded with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to consider a VAT.

“There is a growing awareness of the need for fundamental tax reform,” Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said in an interview. “I think a VAT and a high-end income tax have got to be on the table.”

A high-end income tax?!?!?! What the hell do you call the top 10% of earners paying 70% of all income taxes?!?!?

If you are not going to voluntarily give your money away, how else is the fedgov going to pry it from your grubby, greedy fingers?

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Happy Hump Day 05-27-09!

May 27, 2009

Hump Day Safari

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Supreme Court Doings…

May 27, 2009

From the Fox Forum:

KEN BLACKWELL: Obama Declares War on America’s Gun Owners With Supreme Court Pick

President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a declaration of war against America’s gun owners and the Second Amendment to our Constitution. If gun owners mobilize and unite, it’s possible (though unlikely) to stop this radical nominee.

According to Judge Sotomayor, if your state or city bans all guns the way Washington, D.C. did, that’s okay under the Constitution

In the past year, the biggest question courts now face is whether the Second Amendment applies to the states. That may sound crazy, but the reality is that the Bill of Rights only controls the federal government, it doesn’t apply directly to states or cities. Only the parts of the Bill of Rights that are “incorporated” through the Fourteenth Amendment apply to the states.

Since the Heller decision, only two federal appeals courts have written on the Second Amendment. That’s six judges out of about 170. Of those six, three said the Second Amendment does apply to the states. And those judges were out of the liberal Ninth Circuit in California, and included a judge appointed by Bill Clinton and another appointed by Jimmy Carter.  — Even leftist judges can get this.

But not Judge Sonia Sotomayor. She is one of only three federal appellate judges in America to issue a court opinion saying that the Second Amendment does not apply to states. The case was Maloney v. Cuomo, and it came down this past January.

That means if Chicago, or even the state of Illinois or New York, wants to ban you from owning any guns at all, even in your own house, that’s okay with her. According to Judge Sotomayor, if your state or city bans all guns the way Washington, D.C. did, that’s okay under the Constitution.

Of course she’s a liberal, you didn’t expect Obama to nominate a die-hard conservative did you?  I have been saying since he became a viable candidate that the biggest “change” he could bring to the U.S. is that he may nominate 2 or 3 SC judges.

But there are a lot of “ifs” here.  If this case or one like it were to go to the SC, one possible outcome would be that the SC would rule that the 2nd Amendment is not incorporated into the 14th Amendment, and that it is only binding on the federal government.  They also might rule that it is incorporated, and then this would be a moot discussion.

If they ruled that the 2nd is not incorporated in the 14th, then some states and cities might try to pass anti-gun legislation.  We already know which states and cities those are (NYC, Chicago, NJ, etc…), and guess what?  If you believe the 2nd amendment is binding on states and cities, then they are already violating your rights, and why the hell are you living there?

The whole reason that the bill of rights was created and agreed to was that the states were concerned that the fedgov would grow too powerful and they wanted to make sure that it would stay within the carefully defined boundaries of the limited powers they had delegated to it.  Look how well that has worked out.

The other thing to consider is this: over forty states have included “second-amendment-type” language in their state constitutions, basically saying Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.”

This was the list I was able to find at that site: Pennsylvania, Vermont, North Carolina, Kentucky, Alaska, Hawaii, South Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, Washington, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Massachusetts.

So, if the SC rules that the 2nd amendment is not incorporated into the 14th, and that the individual states have the power to legislate inside their own borders with respect to firearms, then (some of) those states are free to pass pro-gun laws as well as anti-gun laws.  Think Texas and Montana…Then I guess the oversight and regulation of firearms is no longer within the purview of the ATF and federal government?  Those same states that have the power to legislate with respect to firearms can tell the ATF to go pound sand when it comes to gun laws?

I don’t see how the fedgov can have it both ways.  The 2nd restricts the fedgov from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms.  If the SC rules that states can legislate what they want regarding firearms, and some state constitutions recognize citizens’ rights to bear arms, then the federal ATF has no more reason for existence, except maybe in Washington DC.

The Freeholder has a post on this subject and ends it with “I think I’ve had about all the Change I can stand.”

Maybe Obama and the Dems will get more change than they want.

1970s Pictures

May 26, 2009

From the In-Box:

Remember my post on When You Shouldn’t Hyphenate Your Name?  Here is an e-mail about when you shouldn’t have your picture taken…



From: Some Guy
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2009 3:00 PM
To: Curtis Lowe
Subject: The Olan Mills Stories………..

This is a good one…

Everyone had one of these in their living room growing up:

Those glasses came free with a purchase of Brut cologne.
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Thoughtful Lance.  Mirthful Lance. Two sides of a delightful coin.
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Drake won Bitchin’est Senior Mullet by a landslide.
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That dude wore a tie for nothing. 
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The Purvis family made  several stops along the Oregon Trail to  document their six-month journey.
This photo was taken just two weeks before the dysentery took Momma to Jesus.
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I  wanted a shot like this for my wedding. The Mrs. said no.
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It’s called a leisure  suit, ladies and germs, and if you didn’t have one in the early 70s,
you  were a big fat loser. Mine was teal. I wore it with a silk floral shirt
and a long necklace with a football player pendant that we all got at
that year’s team banquet. I was THE MAN. 
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No Comment 
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Olan Mills backdrop  #4: Bucolic Meadow with Split Rail Fence. Is that an animal carcass  behind her?
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A pose like this will get you kicked right out of the Convention.
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Bobbi isn’t the first waitress to fall for her manager, but she and Dale both got fired from Shoney’s.
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Just a typical afternoon down on the plantation. In a business suit. 
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Dawn and her recently exhumed sister, Gorgotha, pose with Scraps.
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This photo isn’t discolored. The 70s really were that Orange .
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Yes, they were kicked out too…
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This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is MiNE.
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Olan Mills Backdrop  #11: The Library, one of their most popular themes, as seen in this
photo of the young Unabomber and his wife.
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The Library might be more believable if the shelves weren’t sloping downhill Is that a book on  teen pregnancy?
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Olan Mills is all about versatility. The simple addition of a column turns this generic plantation into Tara, where, apparently, someone  opened a Hair Cuttery.
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Patrick broke ranks and chose drag over the bow tie.
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You’d think Pearle Vision would throw in another two pairs for free.
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Is this posing or bragging?
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Kenneth and his prom  date.
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I got a $20 that says he drives a Camaro.

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It’s so cute when couples have matching hairdos.
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Talk about a third wheel…or just another nude photo with her brothers? 
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Nothing says 1973 quite like denim and helmet hair…don’t these kids have parents with matching hair too? (you know you’re gonna scroll up to look) 
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Hey, No picking of the nose, little girl.
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B-52’s, the early  years.
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Ever wonder what they were all looking at??

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—— End of Forwarded Message



Paybacks Are A Bitch

May 26, 2009

RED ALERT: Did anti-Obama campaign contributions dictate which Chrysler dealers were shuttered?

A tipster alerted me to an interesting assertion. A cursory review by that person showed that many of the Chrysler dealers on the closing list were heavy Republican donors.

To quickly review the situation, I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates. While this isn’t an exhaustive review, it does have some ominous implications if it can be verified.

I don’t know – while there are mostly donations to Republican parties and candidates on that list, I see a lot of donations to Democrats too.

I don’t tend to buy into conspiracy theories, and I think a lot more would need to be explored in order to make the charge that this is political revenge on the part of the Obama administration.

For instance: What is the break-down of political contributions of the population of all Chrysler dealerships – and how does that compare to this list?  How about the non-closing dealerships?

Also, this conjecture on my part, but I believe that small business owners/entrepreneurs would tend to be more on the conservative/Republican side of the aisle, so this list may indicate nothing but that.

Having said all that, I cannot believe that this list was developed in a political vacuum.  This finding was a little disturbing: I have thus far found only a single Obama donor (and a minor one at that: $200 from Jeffrey Hunter of Waco, Texas) on the closing list.

You decide.  Here is the list of Chrysler dealers slated to be closed, along with the owners’ recent political contributions.

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Save Us, Oh Magic One!

May 26, 2009

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” - Thomas Jefferson

Some recent headlines:

Obama: GM, Chrysler Must Restructure or Face Bankruptcy

Obama Affirms Climate Change Goals

Obama: Chrysler to Have ‘New Lease on Life’ After Bankruptcy

Obama on Education

Obama: Banks need more help; some may fail

Obama Announces New Rules on Executive Compensation

Obama announces education help for unemployed

Obama to Tighten Fuel-Economy Standards

Obama: Health overhaul could save U.S. trillions

Obama: Stimulating economy top priority

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Is there anything he cannot do?  Is there anything from which he cannot save us?

Oh, yes…he can also save us from ourselves…

Obama Targeting Obesity Alongside Hunger

Barack Obama on Education

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” - Senator Daniel Webster

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Soak the Rich…

May 26, 2009

They need to pay their “fair share!”

From the the WSJ:

Maryland couldn’t balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O’Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were “willing and able to pay their fair share.” The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would “grin and bear it.”

One year later, nobody’s grinning. One-third of the millionaires have disappeared from Maryland tax rolls. In 2008 roughly 3,000 million-dollar income tax returns were filed by the end of April. This year there were 2,000, which the state comptroller’s office concedes is a “substantial decline.” On those missing returns, the government collects 6.25% of nothing. Instead of the state coffers gaining the extra $106 million the politicians predicted, millionaires paid $100 million less in taxes than they did last year — even at higher rates. . .

All of this means that the burden of paying for bloated government in Annapolis will fall on the middle class. Thanks to the futility of soaking the rich, these working families will now pay Mr. O’Malley’s “fair share.”

No shit, Sherlock.  When will these tax and spenders (and by that I mean all politicians) learn that progressive tax schemes will promote the exact opposite behavior and results they are trying to achieve?

Oh – I forgot – they won’t.  Because they invoke class warfare like this to garner the support and the votes of the 50% of the American populace who pays virtually nothing in income taxes.

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I know – the article was about state taxes in Maryland, but the principle is the same.  If the politicians can get more of that bottom 50% to vote (through organizations like Acorn!) then they assure themselves reelection, merely by promising to take property (money) from the top 50% and give it to the bottom 50%.

It’s called redistribution of wealth.  Obama wants more of it on the federal level.  How much more lopsided can that graphic above get?

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.  The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. – Thomas Jefferson

 

Memorial Day

May 24, 2009

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