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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Europe Is Way Ahead Of Us

While we can't seem to get the message to sink in in Washington that the government should not be in the business of art, European governments have gotten that message loud and clear:

In Europe, Where Art Is Life, Ax Falls on Public Financing

While we here in America look for ever more stuff to fund with other peoples' money, with money the government ran short on long ago, the Europeans have come to realize that they can't be all things to all people.

Suppose that message will reach our president some day?

Thank You, Barack

Without you the gun industry would not be booming.

First a side note.  I was wandering through Wal-Mart on Thursday and asked the gentleman behind the sporting goods counter about the Bushmaster AR-15/M-4 rifles (a civilian version of the military M-16) that he had locked up in the showcase.  For those not familiar, that would be this bad boy:

At by-God Wal-Mart.

I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the world's leading retailer wasn't shying away from this potentially lucrative business for "political" reasons.

Yet, anyway.

I asked the employee if he was selling any. He replied, "Sold two Saturday."

(In case you're grabbing your car keys with the intention of running down there and grabbing up a couple for yourself and the little missus, they are priced at something north of 1200 bucks.)

I was pleasantly surprised.

That goes the same for this related news:
Gun sales explode as election looms
By Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News

Sales of handguns and ammunition are booming across the country, and retailers say it’s all about the November election.

Gun shop owners around the nation told FoxNews.com that sales, brisk ever since President Obama was elected, have spiked upward in recent months. And manufacturers are having so much trouble keeping up with the demand that one, Sturm, Ruger & Co., can’t keep up with demand. The Southport, Conn.-based company has had to suspend new orders after taking orders for more than 1 million guns in the first three months of the year. Smith & Wesson sales are way up, as well.

“Sales usually increase this time of year with tax returns, but this year has been higher than most,” Mike Weeks, owner of Georgia Gun Store in Gainesville told FoxNews.com. “People are scared their gun rights are going to be curtailed after the election."

Weeks said his sales are up around 30 percent, and that he now sells ammo by the case. “Usually people come in to buy three or four boxes for target practice. Now they are coming in asking what kind of deals they could get on a case,” he said. [link]
Obama doing his level best to bring about the disintegration of American society will have that effect.  People stockpiling ammunition.  Along with water, corn meal, rice, batteries, first aid kits, MRE's, water filtration systems, generators, winter clothing, sleeping bags, plastic cans, compasses, binoculars, hand tools, fishing equipment, rope, gloves, lighters, knives, soap, medicines, etc.

Everything a guy would want or need so as to enjoy to the fullest the End Times.

Who would have thought that this would be Barack Obama's legacy: An American citizenry facing a scarcity of health care but with a plethora of assault weaponry.

I don't think that's what he had intended when he descended from his heavenly throne to turn back the tides and set the world right.

But we are where we are.  Keep that powder dry ...

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In a related story, these fools will be the first to get swept away come Armageddon:

Hippies head for Noah’s Ark: Thousands of New Agers descend on mountain they see as haven from December's apocalypse

There'll be no saving the weak of mind.  Alas.  They shall perish.

That's Why We're The Alternative Media

The Associated Press, as is its established custom, came to Barack Obama's defense the other day.  See "More US drilling didn't drop gas price," by Seth Borenstein and Jack Gillum.  Their finding?

"If more domestic oil drilling worked as politicians say, you'd now be paying about $2 a gallon for gasoline. Instead, you're paying the highest prices ever for March."

Weblogger "JustOneMinute" reviewed the AP analysis and came up with this:
Oh, for heaven's sake - the question is, does additional US production result in lower prices than would have otherwise prevailed? If, just to seize an example, producers only ramp up US production in response to shortages and rising prices elsewhere, a simple statistical analysis such as done here will "prove" that more production is always associated with higher prices.

Well - Obama's energy plan calls for more investment in clean energy and increasing automobile fuel efficiency standards. So we eagerly await the next AP "Fact Check" where they analyze the correlation of rising CAFE standards and clean energy output with gasoline prices.

My guess - since we have a record level of solar and wind output yet gasoline prices are also at a record high, the statistical correlation will be clear - all this "clean energy" investment has increased gasoline prices.

And has the AP failed to notice that gasoline prices have been spiking since electric cars hit the streets and Obama announced stricter fuel economy standards? Surely the conclusion is inescapable - this push for fuel efficiency is driving gasoline prices through the roof.

This is what I've learned from my decades working in the capitalist marketplace:

Just as Demand does, so Supply affects price.

Because U.S. production - in the big picture - hasn't been consequential enough to drive down global prices, production on a much larger scale than we've seen in the last 36 years (to use the AP's data set) will certainly drive down the price of oil. And with it, the price of gasoline.

It is an absolute certainty - all other factors remaining constant (demand never being constant).

The Associated Press wants Obama to look good and not be blamed for the gas crisis that he could have mitigated. In attempting to shield him the AP brings much-deserved ridicule on itself.

Way to go, fellas.

And here's to the alternative media.  Without them we'd never get the true story.


In this day and age ...
Tsunami-tossed boat spotted off western Canada
The Associated Press

Vancouver, British Columbia (AP) — A large fishing vessel swept away by the tsunami that devastated Japan last year has been spotted adrift off British Columbia in western Canada.

Jeff Olsson of Victoria's Joint rescue coordination center says an airplane contracted by the government spotted the 50-foot-long (15-meter-long) vessel recently about 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Haida Gwaii, slowly drifting toward shore.

The vessel has been identified as coming from Hokkaido, Japan. Olsson says no one is believed to be aboard and there's no environmental danger. [link]
A Ghost Ship. The stuff movies are made of.

Fascinating II

From the inbox:
Remember this lady?

Irena Sendler

Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)

Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids and infants.

Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazis broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed.

Those kids she helped got placed into foster homes or were adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.
A hero from another time. Irena Sendler.