It has been brought to my attention that yesterday's post entitled "Irony..." is incorrect.
Anonymous, from the US Forest Service, pointed out that the National Park Service is not part of the Department of Agriculture, rather it is part of the Department of Interior.
I have the feeling that the commenter may have taken exception to the inaccuracy. The commenter was, of course, correct.
Let me take this opportunity to more accurately rewrite the "Irony..." post from yesterday...
Isn't It Ironic?
The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps, ever, thus perpetuating the dependency.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, part of the more responsible Department of Interior, asks us to please "Do Not Feed The Animals" because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.
I think Agriculture could learn something from Interior.
I traveled through US Forest Service management areas around Flagstaff (and other parts of the southwest) when I went to Phoenix to visit my dad a couple of years ago. You folks do a great job!
Also, the people of the National Park Service do a great job.
I'm not as impressed with the folks that use tax dollars to keep people dependent on give-away programs that require tax dollars to fund. Programs that are corrupt from top to bottom. That would include far more than just Agriculture.
As far as food stamps go, I feel that they should be a safety net, not a long term "solution". I'm sure that there are many food stamp recipients who are appreciative of the helping hand to get through a temporary difficult time. I'm just as certain that there are those who feel entitled, for whatever reason, and have been and will be food stamp recipients forever. For some, it's easier or more convenient than working.
Recently a reader pointed out that I should stop writing
about what liberals believe because I couldn’t possibly know what they
think. The reader suggested that I should write about what conservatives
The first part of their suggestion is without merit, but the second is something I will attempt to do.
As I have pointed out repeatedly, conservatives
understand liberals more completely than liberals understand
conservatives. We have gone to school, read newspapers and been immersed
in other media, all of which have been controlled largely by liberals.
On the other hand, liberals remain in cultural enclaves and sneak out only occasionally to throw rocks or to study the natives.
As Charles Murray pointed out in his latest book, "Coming
Apart," the philosophical foundation for modern liberalism can be
summarized in three or maybe four points. In fact, it is almost always
possible to predict what a liberal will say or do about any topic in
advance and seldom be wrong, a phenomenon about which B.F. Skinner had
some interesting things to say.
So what do conservatives believe? In this limited space, I
will point out only those areas that make us most different from
1. Human beings are generally responsible for the things
they do. Consequently, most people do deserve what they have gotten,
good or bad. It is not a matter of "winning life’s lottery." There is no
moral virtue requiring that the economically successful give over what
they have earned to the government based on the premise that they were
randomly successful. It is also not inappropriate to say that someone
may be lazy or irresponsible.
There are obviously exceptions, but a society that
operates on the basis that the exceptions are the rule will be poorer
and less able to care for those in need.
2. Properly designed government interventions cannot
correct problems of human behavior. A government is a creation of the
people, and will be no more capable or moral than the people who create
Welfare states are designed in ways that violate basic
human nature. You cannot take away the incentives to work and expect
that people will not take advantage of this, even if the government
social engineers fancy themselves to be smarter than the workers.
Fathers will not continue to parent when the government
takes over the role of a father. Conservatives view those who believe
that these efforts would work, if only the government did it correctly,
to be extraordinarily naïve.
3. Conservatives state that it is an empirical fact that
people are not equal in their latent abilities and characteristics.
Suggesting, therefore, that the outcomes of life should be equal is
unwise and unnecessary. Significant differences between people and
groups of people do exist, and those differences can be both positively
and negatively meaningful.
Suggesting, for example, that discrimination exists
solely because two groups do not have the same percentage-derived
equality is not only statistical nonsense, but generally a violation of
As another example, the idea that all children should go
to college and obtain a degree is unrealistic and if implemented into
policy only destroys the value of the degree for everyone.
Cultural values are not equal. Some values such as hard
work, family solidarity, honesty and maintaining religious activity
result in more prosperous societies. That is not to say that one culture
is globally better than another, but in any given area of human
attainment, certain cultural values are better than others.
4. Governments are like a fire. You need what a fire can
do for you, but you want it to be as small and as controlled as
possible. Just as we may want the smallest possible fire that will do
the job, we want the smallest government possible that will fulfill the
5. Free people are happier, more prosperous and more generous than government-controlled people.
6. Conservatives don’t believe that those who disagree with them are inferior, just wrong.
Mr Clayson is a (Conservative. I know... hard to believe) Marketing Professor at the University of Northern Iowa, my Alma Mater. This was his weekly editorial in yesterday's Courier. I thought it was pretty good.
The food stamp program, part of the Department
of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps,
ever. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, also part of the Department of
Agriculture, asks us to "please do not feed the animals" because the animals may
grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.
Great link over at Curtis' place regarding the "Enhanced Castle Doctrine" being proposed in Minnesota. Go to this link to read it.
I think it should be the law of the land everywhere. By everywhere, I mean everywhere.
We, as human beings, have the God given right to protect ourselves from whomever may be attacking us with the intent to do us harm. A law like this Enhanced Castle Doctrine would instantly get those out of control forces who are a danger to society (under the color of law) back under control. It would make them think before they recklessly act. Say what you will, but you read about some unarmed citizen who is doing nothing that justifies being killed for, being killed by law enforcement in this country every week. It seems as though a one sided war is going on against the citizens of this country and that those citizens have no choice but to submit or die. I wish it weren't that way. I wish I didn't feel this way. I wish I had no cause to feel this way.
They have no more right to a safe and peaceful life than you or I do. They have no more right to family and friends than you or I do. They have no more right to anything than you or I do.
I want to get up and go to work tomorrow just as badly as they want to go home at the end their shift "alive and in one piece".
Of course the cops don't like it. It changes the entire playing field by changing the rules of the game. It puts the citizen (You know, the person whom all government is supposed to work for? The citizen? The individual who is the core of society and without whom society does not exist?) on a more equitable footing with law enforcement. It gives the citizen a better opportunity to survive a "dubious" encounter with law enforcement. It seems to me that it would make law enforcement less likely to do a lot of the stupid things that they do today. Things like "no knock" raids for petty infractions of just and unjust laws. Things like raiding the wrong house in the middle of the night and telling the citizens occupying that house that they have no right to defend themselves against these particular intruders. Seems kinda absurd, eh?
David Lee "Deacon" Turner
Anyway, I see the Enhanced Castle Doctrine as being a good thing.
I don't want anyone to die needlessly and without just cause, cop or citizen. I don't want anyone walking around this country as a target, either.
I went in to the plant this morning to get caught up on a little work. On the way, I stopped and bought gas at the local Kwik Star, where gas is currently being sold for $3.49 per gallon of ethanol blend and $3.59 per gallon of regular unleaded. $35.50 to put gas in my Jetta. The only good news is that it's been 19 days since the last time I put gas in it.
When I got my driver license in 1970, gas was around 32 cents a gallon. A "Gas War" would bring it down to a quarter or so. When I was in High School and we wanted to go cruising on a Friday or Saturday night we'd pool our money to come up with enough to go to the station and get "a couple of bucks worth". That would keep us going all weekend.
I remember coming home in January of 1975 from a 2 1/2 year duty assignment to Germany and being assigned to Fort Hood, Texas. Gas was ridiculously high priced in Texas at 42 cents a gallon. (It had been selling for about 35 cents a gallon when I left for Germany in the fall of 1972) When we would drive home to Iowa the price would steadily increase as we got further north, reaching as high as 50 cents a gallon in some of the bigger cities. I was always worried that we wouldn't have enough money to get back to Texas. Ahhhhhhh..... The good old days :)
I don't know the reason for the current high gas prices. Speculation has it that it's the "speculators" driving the price up. Or that Iran is no longer going to trade oil for U.S. Dollars. Or that this is what the current administration and it's "green" followers want.
Of course, there are those who wonder why gas prices are so high since, after all, Bush went into Iraq to get all of their oil. With all of that oil on the market gas prices should be cheap, right? And Bush should be getting rich off of it, right?
The interviewer asks
him, "Are you allergic to anything?"
He replies, "Yes, caffeine. I can't
"Ok, Have you ever been in the military
service?" "Yes," he says, "I was in Iraq for one tour."
interviewer says, "That will give you 5 extra points toward employment." Then he
asks, "Are you disabled in any way?"
The guy says, "Yes. A bomb exploded
near me and I lost both my testicles."
The interviewer grimaces and then
says, "Okay. You've got enough points for me to hire you right now. Our normal
hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can start tomorrow at 10:00 am, and plan
on starting at 10:00 am every day."
The guy is puzzled and asks, "If the
work hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 PM, why don't you want me here until 10:00
"This is a government job", the interviewer says. "For the first two
hours, we just stand around drinking coffee and scratching our balls. No point
in you coming in for that."
Makes sense to me. But hey, what do I know? I was just a Grunt. :)
Polls say obama has a 50% approval rating.
Blue says polls can say whatever the "pollsters" want them to say. They can even, like in this case, "lie or mislead". obama DOES NOT have a 50% approval rating. There are a lot of stupid people in Amerika, but not that many. Why would a pollster lie, you ask? Well, it's really quite simple... To prepare Amerika for the already pre-determined outcome of the 2012 elections. He's a sneaky one, that obama. A snake in the grass. The folks that he surrounds himself with aren't any better.
Gun show in town this weekend. Yep, starts tomorrow night. I think I'll go check things out. Yes, I want a GP100.
I wonder if the snakes in the grass in D.C. and around the country go to bed at night wondering what will happen when the citizens that still give a shit stand up and say "no more" and are serious about it? Do you 'spose any of those snakes piss their pants thinking about it?
Who do you 'spose they have in mind to do their dirty work for them? They certainly won't do it themselves, and the more I think about it, the more I doubt our military will do it for them. At least not with the vigor and intensity required to be successful. They have to think about that, don't they? They have to wonder what will happen if they give the order and no one obeys. Perhaps they'll recruit illegal aliens or muslims? Arm the bruthas? Who knows?
It's snowing outside. Temp is right at 32* F. It will be in the mid 30s tomorrow and Saturday, upper 40s Sunday. It won't "stick" around too long. This has been the mildest winter that I can remember in quite awhile. While not unheard of, it does occasionally happen that we get a winter like this. I'm not complaining...
I took this picture about 5 minutes ago from our side door. It's pretty nice outside. If there were several more inches of snow it would be a great night for snowshoeing.
The world is a dangerous place. It has never been as dangerous as it is today. Methinks it's gonna get worse before it gets better.
Perhaps all the lovers of Liberty should move to Montana and Idaho? (or Iowa and Illinois. Maybe include Missouri and Arkansas.) Kick all the Liberals out. Confiscate their property and bank accounts and send them packing to Minnesota. Naked. In winter. (Sorry Bob). It could be called "The Free States of America". Or something.
Perhaps it would be better if all the Liberals moved to, oh I don't know, New Mexico. They could all get together and have unnatural sex with each other and build monuments to their non-God and tax the piss out of each other and build their Utopia there. They could all tell each other that "It's OK, you were born that way" and believe it. Maybe they'll live happily ever after. But I doubt it. Liberals are incapable of being happy. They are also incapable of taking care of themselves. And they would foul the area with excrement and would have no one to clean up after them. Sounds like Utopia to me :) I'd still suggest confiscating their property and bank accounts, though.
I think I'm in the process of trying to pass a kidney stone. I'm in the "uncomfortable" stage right now. Not to the "holy shit this hurts" stage yet. I'm self diagnosing of course, and no, I've never done this before. It could be an "out of uterus pregnancy", I guess. Or not. If it doesn't feel better in a week or two I'll go see my doctor. The last time I had pain even remotely similar to this I did go to my doctor. He sent me to another doctor who cut me open and removed parts. I waited too long that time, too. Whatever.
I can't go to the doctor at the first sign of a little bit of something possibly being amiss. That's what normal people do. I'm not normal. Thank God.
Thoughts on the game being played with "us" as the "pieces"......
Photo Courtesy of: ahatfulofnapalm.wordpress.com
Neither side wants to change back to "the way it was". Neither side is in favor of individual liberty. They want to control everything. Both sides are progressives. Both sides want to destroy the America that you and I knew growing up. Of course the change was taking place even then, when you and I were children.
I just don't understand what they gain from it? Power and control? When you own the world, what's left? Sit back and watch the little people? All of the "one world order" folks forget about one important element... human nature. You could kill off all the Liberals or all the Conservatives, but the human condition is going to create another Liberal or another Conservative at some point. It's just a matter of time.
The fact remains that a third of the population want to be taken care of. Another third don't know what they want, for sure, but will jump at any opportunity that will benefit them personally in any given situation. The final third just want to be left alone to live their lives and to take care of themselves. The Marxist, one world government fuckers, always seem to forget that.
Joseph Kennedy was Ambassador to England, at the onset of WWII. He was, if not pro-Nazi, Nazi-neutral at best. The Kennedys have run Massachusetts, since the 1930's. Joseph got all of his sons elected to high-ranking public office (John Kennedy was no more qualified to be President than is Obama). Do you really think Romney could become Governor of Massachusetts, without Kennedy family blessings?
Why are there only 2 "major" parties with enough influence to make change in the United States? Why not 3? Or 4? Why can't the Libertarians gain any traction as a major power? The Tea Party? Would they be allowed to exist if thats what the people wanted? Why does no one care?
Why are we constantly fed a stream of lies and bullshit by our government? Why is the media a mouthpiece for the government? Why do a third of the population believe everything that the chocolate jesus feeds them? Why didn't we pay attention when all of this was just beginning to happen?
Why are Liberals more willing than Conservatives to get in your face and scream the talking points that their leaders have taught them? Why do Conservatives respect the rule of law when Liberals do not and are willing to exploit that fact every day? Why are Liberals willing to "do whatever it takes" to promote their agenda while conservatives insist on working within the framework of the law?
What is wrong with a person who wants the government to take care of their every need and to provide a "safety net" for those who will not work? What's wrong with a "free" society where only one half of the people pay for everything that the entire population benefits from? It's really only "free" for the half that are sucking the blood of the payers.
In my opinion, governments do not work. Never have. Never will.
obama is obviously not a natural born citizen in accordance with The Constitution and precedent based on The Constitution and is therefore not eligible to be president.
Holder and Justice are obviously involved in Fast and Furious but are getting a pass (how could obama not be involved?). Janet the First had Waco and Ruby Ridge, not to mention Oklahoma City. She, along with Clinton, got a pass. Why? Ruby Ridge and Waco were cases where our government willfully murdered American citizens. No repurcussions. How is that even possible?
Cops are killing citizens without provocation in this country everyday. What's being done about it? They are getting a pass. No one even questions it.
We know that our government is corrupt. We know that our way of life is being dismantled, piece by piece. We know that it is being done intentionally, according to a plan. We know that it's our government that is racist and feeds the fires of racism. They need that racism to stay in power... We know these things, yet we cannot prove them. The rules of evidence change to protect the evil-doers who are charged with crime and corruption. Yet we know these things are true. We know because our gut tells us it is so.
What are we going to do about it? Hope that our jailers are kind to us?
I searched for this video based on a comment made by RegT on a post at Wirecutter's blog. I freely admit that I haven't checked the accuracy of the claims put forth in the video. I do find it interesting. If accurate, it doesn't surprise me. Not even a little bit.
I've said it many times, obama is someone's puppet. It appears that there are a lot of other puppets in our congress. What to do, what to do?
I took the Remington 700 that I bought in December to the range today to shoot it for the first time and to zero the scope. It was 20 degrees outside with a NW wind at 20 mph. Fuckin' cold! There was a young fellow shooting at the 25 yard range and a "brass and lead picker" at the 50 yard range, so I set up to zero a new scope cold at 100 yards. Brutal. Anyway, It took awhile but I got it done. Cold. My fingers are still cold.
I was shooting all over the place and was 12 inches low. Took me a minute to figure it out. I am satisfied, for now, with the end result.
Remington 700 Tactical
American Eagle 55 gr. FMJ
Wind NW @ 20
"If you can consistently place a round in a 10" circle at any given distance, you and your weapon are functioning properly. Your goal is to place every round within that 10" circle each and every time you fire your weapon. If you can do that you will prevail on the battlefield and will live to go home to your wives and mothers.
You will kill your enemy before he has a chance to kill you. That is your sworn duty."
~~SFC Pond, Senior Drill Sergeant, Company A 2nd Battalion 3rd Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri July 1972.
"Today, Germany’s Grundgesetz (Basic Law) includes the following
provision: “When other avenues are not open, all Germans have the right to resist
attempts to impose unconstitutional authority.”If the Nazi experience teaches
anything, it teaches that totalitarian governments will attempt to disarm their subjects
so as to extinguish any ability to resist crimes against humanity."
This is a long article that I came across while researching something else. It is a historical article written by an American attorney who practices constitutional law here in the United States. It is based on the research of records of the period in question that were found in Germany as well as interviews with people who lived in Germany during this period. Like I said, it's a long article and quite an interesting read. I think you'll start making some comparisons as you read it... It's well researched and footnoted.
Isn't it amazing that, within only one week of Tiger Woods crashing his Escalade, the press found every woman with whom Tiger has had an affair during the last few years?
And, they even uncovered photos, text messages, recorded phone calls, etc.!
Furthermore, they not only know the cause of the family fight, but they even know it was a 9 iron from his golf bag that his wife used to break out the windows in the Escalade.
Not only that, they know which wedge!
And, each & every day, they were able to continue to provide America with updates on Tiger's sex rehab stay, his wife's divorce settlement figures, as well as the dates & tournaments in which he will play.=========== Now, Barack Hussein Obama has been in office for almost three years, yet this very same press:· Cannot find any of his childhood friends or neighbors;· Or find any of Obama's high school or college classmates;· Or locate any of his college papers or grades;· Or determine how he paid for both a Columbia & and a Harvard education;· Or discover which country issued his visa to travel to Pakistan in the 1980's;· Or even find Michelle Obama's Princeton thesis on racism.
They just can't seem to uncover any of this.
Yet, the public still trusts that same press to give them the whole truth!
Don't you find that totally amazing?
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (CN) - A college student claims he was injured when a fraternity member in a "drunken stupor" decided "that it would be a good idea to shoot bottle rockets out of his anus," and did so, "but instead of launching, the bottle rocket blew up in the defendant's rectum, and this startled the plaintiff and caused him to jump back," and fall off the fraternity's deck.
Louis Helmburg III sued The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Inc., of Huntington, West Virginia, and Travis Hughes, a fraternity member, in Cabell County Court.
Helmburg claims - in a statement it would be difficult to deny - that "firing bottle rockets out of one's own anus constitutes an 'ultra-hazardous' activity," which exposes both defendants to strict liability.
Helmburg says he suffered pain and medical expenses, and lost playing time on the Marshall University baseball team. He claims the Alpha Tau deck from which he fell lacked a railing, which violated Huntington building codes.
Helmburg says the fiasco came at about 1:30 a.m. on May 1, 2011, at an Alpha Tau house party he attended with his girlfriend.
"Several of the people in attendance at said house party were under the legal drinking age, including defendant Travis Hughes," the complaint states. "Most of the persons in attendance at said house party were also consuming alcohol with the full knowledge and consent of the ATO fraternity."
Several Alpha Tau members were on the deck when Hughes got his bright idea, including one or more fraternity officers, Helmburg says.
The complaint states: "Defendant Hughes was highly intoxicated on this date and time, and decided in his drunken stupor that it would be a good idea to shoot bottle rockets out of his anus on the ATO deck, located on the back of the ATO house. ...
"Defendant Hughes placed a bottle rocket in his anus, ignited the fuse, but instead of launching, the bottle rocket blew up in the defendant's rectum, and this startled the plaintiff and caused him to jump back, at which time he fell off of the ATO deck, and he became lodged between the deck and an air conditioner unit adjacent the deck.
"There was no railing on said deck at the time of the incident. Upon information and belief, the lack of a railing had existed for at least several months, if not years, before the incident. Upon further information and belief, the deck never had a railing when it was installed, or any time thereafter. The subject deck was approximately 3-4 feet high."
Helmburg says Alpha Tau negligently failed to supervise its guests and members, "such as defendant Hughes, and other under age persons, from consuming alcohol on its premises, which leads to stupid and dangerous activities, such as shooting bottle rockets out of one's own anus."
As for Hughes, Helmburg says, "Defendant Hughes also owed plaintiff and others on the ATO deck a duty of care not to drink under age, or to fire bottle rockets out of his anus."
It is unclear from the 5-page complaint whether Hughes was injured, or how badly, when the bottle rocket exploded in his rectum.
Helmburg seeks damages for negligence and strict liability.
He is represented by Timothy Rosinsky of Huntington.
So, let me get this right... Some dumbass engages in several forms of risky behavior, gets hurt, and expects someone else to pay for it. Is that about right? I'm just guessing here, but when you add it all up, I'd bet that "Rocket Man" is a bloomin' Liberal.