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Sunday, April 17, 2005

NRA Rocks, Just Ask Ted Nugent

Us NRA members are considered - in certain genteel circles - to be a bunch of gun-totin' radical extremists who are willing to haul out the artillery whenever we feel our lives are threatened.

Ted Nugent wishes that were the case.
Ted Nugent To Fellow NRAers: Get Hardcore
Sunday, April 17, 2005
(04-17) 15:40 PDT HOUSTON, (AP) --

With an assault weapon in each hand, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent urged National Rifle Association members to be "hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense."

Speaking at the NRA's annual convention Saturday, Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members.

"Let's next year sit here and say, 'Holy smokes, the NRA has 40 million members now,'" he said. "No one is allowed at our barbecues unless they are an NRA member. Do that in your life."

Nugent sang and played a guitar painted with red and white stripes for the crowd at Houston's downtown convention center.

He drew the most cheers when he told gun owners they should never give up their right to bear arms and should use their guns to protect themselves if needed.

"Remember the Alamo! Shoot 'em!" he screamed to applause. "To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court case. No parole. No early release. I want 'em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot 'em." (
link) [see disclaimer below]
Remember the Alamo. Shoot 'em?

Now I know his rant isn't going to play well in Boston, but I have to confess, I like this guy. Always have. Despite his over-the-top rhetoric. Because he speaks out passionately in defense of our freedoms.

He is known affectionately as the "Motor City Madman." Could you tell?

Disclaimer: I do not advocate the shooting of certain of the categories of felons Nugent mentions above without due process.

Pig Escapes, Community Alerted

To give you an idea of what life is like here in Bland County, Virginia, I provide you (here) with front page news in the Bland Messenger.

Pig goes on the lam
By JEFFREY SIMMONS, Bland County Messenger

Arnold wasn¹t your usual suspect, but man was he fast.


As big rigs and passenger vehicles roared down the interstate at 70 mph, the fleet-footed escapee darted down the ditch line away from four men with badges and guns.

After a hot pursuit and a bit of heavy breathing, the officers finally cornered the young scoundrel. That's when the deputy dove.

Captured, confused, scuffed and scratched, a visibly shaken Arnold took a ride in the back of a patrol car. He made only one statement ­ "oink!"

Named after the smart swine of "Green Acres" fame, Arnold, an estimated 5-week-old pig, apparently ended up on the highway Thursday after falling out of a moving tractor-trailer near Rocky Gap.

According to Sheriff's Office Sgt. Lorin Hanshew, Sheriff Jerry Thompson, Chief Deputy Matt Harman and he were headed to West Virginia on Interstate 77 when they noticed Trooper Chris Miller on the side of the road apparently chasing something.

After joining in the effort, the three officers and Miller managed to surround the elusive piglet and give Harman a chance to grab it.

Wrapped in an emergency blanket, the bruised and battered baby was taken to Hanshew's nearby residence.
Five law enforcement officers chasing a runaway pig down the interstate. This will be the talk of the town for the next month.

Remember The State Revenue Crisis?

Governor Mark Warner, a Democrat, and all his Democrat pals in the state legislature scared the beejeebers out of the citizenry by telling us that the world as we knew it was coming to an end. That they needed to confiscate even more of our hard-earned money in order to meet ongoing obligations, future expenditure commitments, and blah, blah, blah.

So they proceeded to pass and sign the largest tax increase in state history. And state coffers have been overflowing with revenue ever since. Today's update:
Tax Revenues Up in Virginia

(AP) - Virginia tax collections increased 14.4 percent in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, compared to those from the same period a year ago.

The Warner administration and General Assembly had projected an increase of 10.3 percent as they worked on the state budget.

State Finance Secretary John Bennett says it's too early to say if the state will have a big surplus at the end of the fiscal year. (link)

You're right, John. It is too early. The people of the state of Virginia might come over there to Richmond and take back the money your buddies confiscated under false and deceitful pretenses.

I wouldn't count on it being there either.

When The Tax Code Becomes a Guillotine

Local blogger Salt Lick brought this editorial in the Roanoke Times to my attention.

The Oligarchy Restoration Act of 2005

A U.S. House vote to repeal the estate tax is bad for the federal budget, democracy and even many of the expected rich beneficiaries.
The Roanoke Times

In the end, only one argument for repeal of the federal estate tax remains standing once the facts are known. Sentiment and ideology are its foundation, rather than practicality, and it boils down to this:

It's just not fair. "The death of a family member should not be a taxable event, period," said Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo. After a long, often misleading repeal campaign, polls indicate most Americans accept that simple appeal to fairness. When the House on Wednesday passed Hulshof's bill to permanently kill the tax, the 272-162 vote included regrettable support from Democrats such as 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher. (
link)

Fairness, to the liberal establishment, is a rather nebulous concept. The editorial goes on to dismiss this very powerful argument and to promote the idea that we should take from the rich and give to ourselves because our government needs the money. And the rich have lots of it. So we should confiscate it.

That argument went out with the death of Bolshevism. But the cloistered crowd at the Times still forges on in their class warfare mentality.

One paragraph in particular in this editorial leaped out at me as being rather frightening in its implication.
The estate tax is necessary to check a political and economic threat foreseen by the founding fathers. Huge family fortunes could create a permanent aristocracy capable of turning democracy into oligarchy. A dominant class built on unearned wealth also could undermine key components of healthy capitalism, including a strong national work ethic, upward mobility and aggressive recirculation of capital.
I'll skip any jab at the intelligence of the individual who wrote this for not knowing the difference between an oligarchy and a plutocracy. The author must not have been paying attention in political science class way back when.

And I'll avoid - reluctantly - making mention of the fact that the notion that "[a] dominant class built on unearned wealth also could undermine key components of healthy capitalism, including a strong national work ethic, upward mobility and aggressive recirculation of capital" is completely devoid of wisdom or good sense.

But to suggest that we use the tax code to crush the potential for political power is reckless. We should keep people from becoming wealthy because they might use that wealth to influence politicians? Well, why don't we just skip the rhetoric and just throw the likes of Ted Kennedy, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and Jay Rockefeller, all of whom inherited great wealth, in prison forthwith? Chief Justice John Marshall was concerned about this very possibility when he wrote, "The power to tax involves the power to destroy."

He worried about it. The Times editorial staff embraces it. We will prevent it.