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Monday, July 25, 2011

Think It Through, Christina

Roanoke Times editorial page editor Christina Nuckols is so happy that the government hasn't imposed guidelines that would have prevented her from making a business transaction.  From "Home loan rules could stifle market":

"Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies believe most homebuyers should have to clear that 20 percent hurdle. I suppose I should agree. If I can do it, why shouldn't everyone have to make that stretch? But the truth is I couldn't have purchased my first house several years ago if that rule had been in place." [emphasis mine]

She's thankful that government regulations didn't prevent her from taking out a loan that she felt she needed.

I'm with ya, sista.

I just hope you remember this attitude of yours next time your staff comes up with another editorial that demands that government step in and block loans to others simply because they are poor and, therefore, stupid.

See "Close lending loopholes."

Put yourself in the shoes of the ignorant masses out here, sweetheart, after having written what you wrote about your plight, and consider this quote from that Roanoke Times column:
Predatory lenders have proven they will find any loophole, however small, to ensure that they can continue to exploit people in desperate financial straits.

The only way to stop that will be to outlaw payday and car-title lending completely.
Is it that payday lendees - the great unwashed out here - aren't as bright as you and can't decide for themselves like you can?

Or will you agree with me that people should be allowed - without the heavy hand of government getting involved - to enter into straightforward lending agreements come what may?

You are thankful that you were able to find a lender and secure a loan. There are a lot of good people around Virginia who have a whole lot more need than you do.

What's good for the goose, babe ...

Citizens 1, Government 0

Here's to all you freedom-loving, ingenuity-employing 2nd Amendment upholders out there:
Congress arbitrarily decided that 10 rounds was “enough” for American citizens, and included provisions that once the ["Brady"] law went into effect, any magazine manufactured after the date the law went into effect that had more than ten rounds would be illegal for anything other than law enforcement use.

Like the firearms provisions of the bill, these magazine provisions also had unintended consequences.

As it turns out, firearms magazines are both typically very robust and reliable in design, and incredibly easy to mass manufacture. Once made, they last indefinitely.

Between the time Congress started signaling that they would create a magazine capacity restriction and the implementation of the law, factories worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week churning out millions of nothing but high-capacity magazines, which were stockpiled by manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers in massive warehouses.

As a result, “high capacity magazines” for most common firearms were freely available throughout the life of the ban. As e-commerce came into early maturity during this time period, many high-capacity magazines were more available than they had been before the ban was signed into law.

How?

Congress had neglected to make the possession or sale of high-capacity magazines illegal, and only outlawed the manufacture of new magazines. [source]
They can try their best to control our lives.  But we will not be shackled.  We will not be bowed.  We will not submit.

America, you rock.

Now We Know

I've more than once over the years commented on the fact that the New York Post has a genius of a headline writer.  He/she is witty, creative, and has a gift for word usage.

Uh, make that past tense.

No sooner do I find out who he is than he's gone:

"The writer of the greatest headline in the history of tabloidkind has retired."

Vincent A. Musetto could do in six words or less what poets couldn't do in a thousand.

Pure genius.

He'll surely be missed.

How Times Have Changed

Did you know that prior to 1991 the state of Connecticut had no personal income tax?

Did you know that the state of Connecticut in 2011 ranks 48th in terms of tax burden?

How things opportunities there have changed.

Did you know that the state now ranks 47th in business environment?

It's no accident.  It was by design.

Did you also know that Connecticut is the 4th most liberal state in America?

How proud they must be there.

'but at the length truth will out'

It was just a matter of time before the crazies were put back in their place:


Here's the way it is, like it or not: I'm healthy as a horse. And, as I often tell people, I consume great quantities of table salt. For two reasons - (1) I enjoy it, and (2) my body, at times, craves it.

Wait. Make that (3) Shut up. You don't know what you're talking about. See above.

* I was telling someone just yesterday that, despite the "excessive" intake of table salt, my blood pressure readings and blood work report continue to come in well within recommended specs.  Make of that what you will.

** For those wondering where that header came from - Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice. Launcelot to Gobbo: "Well, old man, I will tell you news of your son: give me your blessing: truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but at the length truth will out."

You Have To Watch It a Second Time

The first time I watched "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," I came away less than impressed.  While others waxed orgasmic over it, I had this feeling that much of the dialogue was ad-libbed and had fallen excruciatingly flat.

Then I watched it again the other night.  And laughed my ass off.  (For those wondering, alcoholic beverages played no part either time.)

The most memorable scene?  The Ricky Bobby Family Dinner Prayer.  Priceless.

Which, as luck would have it, makes its way into today's news.  See "NASCAR prayer gets a few punch lines." It too is priceless.

Combine rednecks with the baby Jesus and you got yourself a winner every time ...

It's Your Money

It's not theirs. They're government workers.  Why should they care?

Dan Cleary brings us James O’Keefe's latest exposé.  It's enough to bring tears to your eyes:




It's estimated that Medicare and Medicaid lose $87 billion a year to fraud.

And nobody who claims responsibility for our tax dollars cares.

Cleary: "By now I am convinced it is darn-near impossible to actually get turned away for any reason when walking into a Medicaid office. You could say 'I have a stack of corpses in my basement; will that be a problem?' and they’d probably just tell you not to put that on the application.  Still waiting for the media to show an ounce of interest in any of this."

It mystifies me why John Stossel is the only member of the media who cares about this sort of thing. Is it because all the others know they won't be invited to all the cool pool parties if they go after grifters and dirtbags?  I just don't get it.

We Get Closer To The Truth

I predicted the other day that pronouncements on the assassin's motivation for his "Norway massacre" would go from him being a "right-winger" - he's so Sarah Palin! - to a finding that the guy is simply nuts.

In today's news and commentary:

"This makes it clear he is completely insane."

Not that it was that difficult to come to the obvious conclusion that there can be no other explanation for what this madman did.

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Words of wisdom from Instapundit:
WAIT, I THOUGHT HE WAS A “RIGHT-WING CHRISTIAN?” Parts of the manifesto written by the suspect in Norway’s terrorist attack were taken almost word for word from the writings of “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski. Still, if you’re going to commit terrorism, I guess committing plagiarism is small change.
That reminds me.  There will be the obligatory calls for more gun control in the aftermath of this regrettable tragedy  - here and abroad.  Since this lunatic used 6,000 pounds of fertilizer to kill seven people in Oslo, why will there be no calls for more bomb control?

It's the mindset.  It can only be the rigid mindset ...

For The Record

How out-of-touch is our president?

From the Wall Street Journal, on the debt ceiling negotiations that collapsed:

"Here's a number for the debt history books: Mr. Obama's final offer in the Biden talks was a $2 billion cut in 2012 nondefense discretionary spending. The federal government spends more than $10 billion a day."

It's become a joke. 

How they must be laughing in the White House.

Remember that - who was in charge, or wasn't - when that default occurs.

How Hot Is It?

Hot enough to melt an ice cream truck.

Now that's hot.

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