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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Missing The Point

Seriously deluded Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal demands this morning that the Tea Party movement find another name because the original tea party that was held in Boston a few years back had a different purpose. Or that's his ostensible excuse:

Anti-Tax Tea Bagging

Tomorrow, anti-tax zealots around the nation will gather for "Tax tea parties" It's tax day, and their homage to the Boston Tea Party is supposed to remind their government that they don't like paying taxes and they don't like wasteful spending.

Which is all fine and dandy. Honest people can disagree about how which government services to fund and with how much money. That's why we have elections and public hearings and the legislative process.

What's less honest about all of it is pretending you are some kind of American patriot, as if the Founding Fathers just hated taxes and that's the only reason they declared independence. Inappropriately appropriating the Boston Tea Party is not cool.

And that's what's going on here, at least according to the head of the Oregon Center for Public Policy, a respected West Coast think tank.

[I should stop here and ask: With all the facebook pages and weblogs that are devoted to the 500 tea parties that will be taking place across the country today, Trejbal had to go to some obscure radically liberal "think tank" out in Oregon to find out what's REALLY taking place? Please.]

Everyone knows the "No taxation without representation" line, and it's still a valid principle (except in Washington, D.C.). But that's not what's going on at tomorrow's events. These people have representation. If they wanted to truly honor the original Tea Party, they would be protesting against all of the loopholes and handouts for corporations and the wealthy.

Adams and the other patriots at the Boston Tea Party were interested in a just tax system and marketplace. Call your protest tomorrow something else. [link]

The grievances against a reckless, punitive, and and unresponsive government that propelled the Boston Tea Party are different from those grievances against a reckless, punitive, and unresponsive government that drive today's tea party demonstrators, therefore today's revolutionaries should find a different name for their movement.

And they wore funny clothes back then too. That's a second disqualifier.

Look, kid, here's the link: Patriots in 1773 and patriots in 2009 were/are protesting government run amok. The patriots of today are no less patriotic toward hearth, home, and community than those in Boston were way back when.

Admit it: You just don't like these people and you want them to stop.

Or is it fair to say, based on your other post this morning, that you want them all imprisoned?

So The 'Stimulus' Is Working?

Well, Obama and his sidekick, the faithful Bernanke, tried their best to make us believe yesterday that the economy is doing better. Only problem is ... those damned statistics!
Obama: Economy Gaining Traction
By Neil Irwin and Ylan Q. Mui, Washington Post Staff Writers

The president and the Federal Reserve chairman voiced cautious optimism yesterday that the economy could be beginning to stabilize. But the economy wasn't cooperating.

Retail sales dropped sharply in March, the government reported, and wholesale prices fell steeply. Both pieces of data underscore the hard slog the nation faces to emerge from its deep recession and the limitations of more optimistic talk from Washington. The stock market fell 2 percent, as measured by the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index.

The administration's actions "are starting to generate signs of economic progress," the president said at Georgetown University, noting that some lending markets are recovering along with other sunny signs. "This is all welcome and encouraging news," he said in a wide-ranging speech that garnered particular applause when he was critical of business practices on Wall Street.

Bernanke said that "recently we have seen tentative signs that the sharp decline in economic activity may be slowing," noting that housing and consumer spending may be flattening. "A leveling out of economic activity is the first step toward recovery," Bernanke told an audience at Morehouse College in Atlanta. [link]
Retail sales and wholesale prices plunged again last month but the economy wasn't in complete free fall, so we're doing better?

Are these guys serious?

At what point does Obama have to answer for that $800 million stimulus of his being a complete disaster?

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A special note to the Washington Post editor who let this go to print: Did your headline writer even read the article?

Why Have a GOP?

The reason I've always distrusted her father is because he could have said something along these lines (and did many times over the years) just as she now has:

Meghan McCain: We need a GOP that supports gay marriage

Without having read the accompanying article, I'd guess that she thinks it's a winning issue because Congress and the presidency are now controlled by the Democrats and the Democrats are big supporters of homosexuals and that's how the Democrats took control.

But if so, why stop there?

We need a GOP that supports higher income taxes.

We need a GOP that opposes the military.

We need a GOP that supports a one-world government.

We need a GOP that wants a massive expansion of entitlements.

We need a GOP that supports nationalized health care.

We need a GOP that accepts trillion dollar deficits.

We need a GOP that supports carbon taxation.

We need a GOP that supports ever higher cigarette taxation.

We need a GOP that supprots a huge increase in gas taxation.

We need a GOP that is willing to coddle terrorist states.

We need a GOP that supports illegal immigration.

We need a GOP that supports government takeover of America's banks.

We need a GOP that supports environmental issues above the well-being of the American people.

With all that taken into account, each issue being one that the now-minority Republicans have ostensibly opposed in the past, why would we need a Republican Party at all?

Dilly. Dally.

While son-of-Carter Brack Obama mulls over the options available to him with regard to those Somali pirates, American merchant seamen are still risking their lives and dodging bullets:
Pirates Fail in Attack on U.S. Ship
By Mark McDonald, New York Times

Hong Kong — An American cargo ship was attacked by pirates armed with grenade launchers and automatic weapons in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, but the attackers failed to take over the ship, which was able to continue with its delivery of humanitarian food aid to the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

The ship, the Liberty Sun, was damaged in the attack but the crew members were not hurt, according to a statement from the ship’s owner, Liberty Maritime, of Lake Success, N.Y.

"We are under attack by pirates, we are being hit by rockets. Also bullets,” a crew member aboard the Liberty Sun, Thomas Urbik, said in an e-mail message to his mother, the Associated Press reported. “We are barricaded in the engine room and so far no one is hurt.”

Mr. Urbik said a rocket had "penetrated the bulkhead but the hole is small. Small fire, too, but put out.”

The attack occurred shortly before noon, a Navy spokesman said, and the ship sent out a distress call. By the time the U.S.S. Bainbridge arrived — several hours later — the pirates had fled. [link]
While Obama dithers ...

These People Crack Me Up

It appears the geniuses who think laying out in the mud and chanting silly shit about guns and death will sway anyone's opinion on the subject of gun shows are at it again. The group that was formed after the Virginia Tech massacre to combat the ready availability of firearms at firearms shows is going to be doing their thing again over at Virginia Tech sometime this afternoon. So be forewarned.

New Dominion Project links to a statement from one Aimee Fausser:
On Thursday, April 16, I will be leading a student led peaceful protest to commemorate the second anniversary of the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech, and an attempt to change some of the lax gun laws in Virginia and nationwide that allow criminals to easily purchase guns. Exact place and time are to be determined, but we are planning on doing the lie-in sometime in the afternoon on April 16.

We will lie down on the ground for three minutes in silence. Three minutes is the length of time it took the Virginia Tech shooter to purchase his weapon.

The gun show loophole makes it possible for potential criminals to easily buy guns, no questions asked.
Ah, where to start?

First, about that 3 minute thing. A rather minor thing, to be sure. If memory serves, Cho Seung-hui used two firearms in the commission of his heinous crimes. So shouldn't these addled kids be forced to lay in the mud for a total of six minutes (three for each purchase) in order to match the length of time that it took ... oh, never mind.

Second, Cho Seung-hui purchased his firearms legally. He did it by meeting every requirement that gun control advocates had placed before him in the way of obstacles so as to reduce the incidence of crime ... and all that. Lots of gun laws and he still slaughtered 32 innocent men and women. Perhaps more laws aren't the answer?

Which brings us to number three. How many laws does this Fausser woman think it will take before another Cho Seung-hui does the same thing? Would a gun show registration requirement have stopped him when laws relating to first degree murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted murder didn't deter him? Is she daft? Had he been found guilty of each of these crimes, he could have been sentenced to the electric chair at least four times over. So a law that brings punishment of a $10,000 fine and probation would have stopped him in his tracks? Get real, babe.

Four: "The gun show loophole makes it possible for potential criminals to easily buy guns." News flash: Gun shows make it easier for the other 99.998% of the attendees - those who aren't "potential criminals" - to purchase firearms too. Besides, the same can be said for yard sales, newspaper classifieds, the bulletin board at work, and internet chat sites. All make it easier for potential criminals to easily buy guns. Then there's Wal-Mart!

Will this Fausser character want to go after each of them as well?

Is the sky blue?

Five: Cho didn't buy a weapon through any gun show. Why pretend that he did?

Anyway, for those of you who will be in the Blacksburg area "sometime this afternoon" and want to be entertained, this could be the ticket. Idiots on Parade will be giving a live demonstration on campus. Should be a hoot.

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Update 6:38pm: I received an email from Ms. Fausser reminding me that today is not April 16. Her demonstration, therefore, is scheduled for tomorrow, not today. I apologize to those of you who drove over to VT today with your cameras to catch the action. Tomorrow's weather will be better for it anyway.

Detailed reports of the event would be appreciated.

Public Enemy Number 1

You were wondering why the new Secretary of Homeland Security - with permission from her boss - decided to de-emphasize the War on Terror as soon as she took office?

The reason now becomes clear. She has much bigger worries than Osama bin Ladin and al Qaeda.

She fears conservative Americans.
Federal agency warns of radicals on right
By Audrey Hudson and Eli Lake, Washington Times

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in "rightwing extremist activity," saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines "rightwing [sic] extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. [link]
I have to tell you, I get this big smile on my face every time I read it. You see, in most matters not relating to national defense, tariffs, treaties, etc., I reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. As does every other conservative worth his salt in this country. As does the Constitution.

That makes me, and the millions like me, in the eyes of the Obama administration, more dangerous than ...

... you guessed it ...

... Osama bin Ladin.

May God have mercy.

Quote of the Day

You can just bet this guy is on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's Enemies List now (see above):
I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state. That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.

Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas.
Governor Rick Perry, April 14, 2009

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Video of his announcement can be found here.