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Sunday, March 06, 2011

New York Needs Penis Control

Where's Bloomberg when the people of the Big Apple are in desperate need of his protection?  (Oh, yeah, he's out in Arizona, wandering though local gun shows, looking for illegal gun transactions.)

Make of this story what you will.  It comes from the most gun-controlled city in America:
Dramatic increase in rape cases
By Brad Hamilton, New York Post

Rape is soaring in the city -- up 34.3 percent so far this year.

That's by far the highest increase of any crime in 2011. Murder, robbery and burglary are all down.

There were 235 sex assaults through Feb. 27, up from 175 during the same period last year, according to NYPD statistics. [link]
Rape is no laughing matter.  But Mayor Bloomberg's approach to it is.

To talk of penis control to reduce crime might lead one to think I'm completely off my rocker.  After all, everyone knows the thing doesn't have a mind of its own.  It requires a human being to ... pull ... that ... trigger ...

NY Times Sides With Gov. Walker?

The editorialists there will tell you the situation in New York is totally different from that which the people of Wisconsin face.  But with that weak and transparent sop to their liberal base aside, there can be no mistaking the kinship:
State Workers and N.Y.’s Fiscal Crisis
New York Times editorial

At a time when public school students are being forced into ever more crowded classrooms, and poor families will lose state medical benefits, New York State is paying 10 times more for state employees’ pensions than it did just a decade ago.

That huge increase is largely because of Albany’s outsized generosity to the state’s powerful employees’ unions in the early years of the last decade, made worse when the recession pushed down pension fund earnings, forcing the state to make up the difference.

Although taxpayers are on the hook for the recession’s costs, most state employees pay only 3 percent of their salaries to their pensions, half the level of most state employees elsewhere. Their health insurance payments are about half those in the private sector.

In all, the salaries and benefits of state employees add up to $18.5 billion, or a fifth of New York’s operating budget. Unless those costs are reined in, New York will find itself unable to provide even essential services. [link]
All the hand-wringing and wailing on the left and, given pause, the lefties in the end agree with conservatives that we can no longer afford to keep our employees in the lifestyle to which they've become accustomed and drastic measures must be taken.


Odd.  And remarkable.

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A side note: Here's a quote from the article:

"Unlike Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Governor Cuomo is not trying to break the unions. He is pressing them to accept a salary freeze and a reduction in benefits for new workers. The unions need to negotiate seriously."

You can bet, when Cuomo introduces his plan to roll back costs, that he too will be accused of "breaking the unions." Its standard M.O. The Times likes to think there's a distinction. But there is no difference.

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The Washington Post has an editorial this morning that deals with a similar subject, though on a smaller scale. See "Level the field on contracts."  The money quote: "It makes no sense to stick with a process that has contributed so heavily to bloated budgets."

I think that's what Scott Walker has been saying all along.

Words Well Writ

Mark Steyn:
Remember Kosovo? Me neither. But it was big at the time, launched by Bill Clinton in the wake of his Monica difficulties: Make war, not love, as the boomers advise. So Clinton did — and without any pesky U.N. resolutions, or even the pretense of seeking them.

Instead, he and Tony Blair and even Jacques Chirac just cried "Bombs away!" and got on with it. And the left didn't mind at all — because, for a modern western nation, war is only legitimate if you have no conceivable national interest in whatever war you're waging.

Unlike Iraq and all its supposed "blood for oil," in Kosovo no one remembers why we went in, what the hell the point of it was, or which side were the good guys. (Answer: Neither.) The principal rationale advanced by Clinton and Blair was that there was no rationale. This was what they called "liberal interventionism", which boils down to: The fact that we have no reason to get into it justifies our getting into it.
"Why Are We Still In Germany?," Investor's Business Daily, March 4, 2011

Sooner or Later ...

... someone was bound to state the obvious: Electric vehicles (EV's) are going nowhere.

Someone of some prominence and importance, that is.

As prominence and importance go, I suppose there ain't a more prominent or, in the automobile manufacturing world, more important person than Ford Motor Company Chief Executive Officer William Ford.

Mark this date:

Too bad for all those environmentalists out there.

They can take heart, though. They still have the bicycle to fall back on.

Photo of the Day

Brought to us by Bill Hobbs:

The photo was taken in Nashville, Tennessee in case you were wondering.

There To Protect Us

Hey, I wonder what Obama is doing to stop the murder of Americans - more Americans - off the coast of Somalia by thieving, cutthroat pirates?  


He's doing nothing.

He will do nothing.

We're on our own.

'It Matters Not How Strait The Gate'

Food for thought ...
Why I Carry a Gun

My old grandpa said to me 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.'

I don't carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don't carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don't carry a gun because I'm evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.
I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don't carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron.
Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin'
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