PRODUCTIVITY: Differentiating between REAL and imaginary

Thursday, April 30, 2009

http://c4ss.org/content/388

The Law Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On
Posted by Kevin Carson on Apr 18, 2009 in Commentary • 2 comments

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As Barney Fife said, “Rule Number One: Obey all the rules!” Here in Arkansas, gas pumps bear signs with the stern visage of a state trooper warning potential scofflaws that driving off without paying for gas will cause their drivers’ licenses to be revoked. The assumption, apparently, is that someone who will steal gas without any moral qualm or fear of getting caught, will nevertheless be afraid to drive without a license.

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Make all the laws you want.

It’s really a misnomer to call what legislators produce as “laws”. Now the “Law” of Gravity; that’s a real LAW! You can’t break it in most human frames of reference.

We need a new meme that differentiates between: LAWS like gravity and laws like come form Congress.

And, let’s not even get started on “regulations”, which I call diktats.

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LIBERTY: Imaginary property sparks a bloggers revolt

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

There is a new comment on the post “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language)”.

http://zenhabits.net/2009/04/feel-the-fear-and-do-it-anyway-or-the-privatization-of-the-english-language/

Author: James

“Riling the blogosphere is akin to poking a hungover tiger with a sharp stick, except instead of mauling you, it will leave thousands of negative reviews against your products on Amazon.”

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At risk of some type of infringement, (read the post and you’ll understand), this is a great realization!

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RANT: Landlord harasses murder victim’s mother

Monday, April 27, 2009

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/04/26/landlord-harasses-mu.html

Landlord harasses murder victim’s mother for early termination fees because her son was killed before his lease ran out

Posted by Cory Doctorow, April 26, 2009 7:11 AM

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Danelle Eckert, the mother of Colin Byars, a 24-year-old teacher who died after being punched in the head, is being harassed by Colin’s former landlord, who wants to impose an “early termination” fee on her because her son died before his lease ran out.

The landlord is CCRT Properties in Brookfield, WI.

She said the apartment’s property manager told her that they knew Byars had been killed. But the woman told Eckert the management company had been advised by their legal representative that they should go after the rent and fees.

“I said you might be able to do this, but should you do this?” Eckert said. The early termination fee makes her especially angry. “How was my son supposed to know he was going to be killed?” she asked.

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There has to be a special place for this landlord. You have to hope that karma evens things up!

I asked for their side.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Biden again caught in a lie

Saturday, April 11, 2009

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/04/09/rove-calls-biden-liar-bush-aides-challenge-vps-boasts/

Rove Calls Biden ‘Liar’ After VP Boasts of Scolding Bush
Aides to former President George W. Bush are challenging the veracity of Vice President Joe Biden’s claim this week of having privately castigated Bush.
By Bill Sammon
FOXNews.com

Thursday, April 09, 2009

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Republican strategist Karl Rove called Vice President Biden a “liar” on Thursday, dramatically escalating a feud between Biden and aides to former President George W. Bush over Biden’s claims to have rebuked Bush in private meetings.

“I hate to say this, but he’s a serial exaggerator,” Rove told FOX News. “If I was being unkind I would say liar. But it is a habit he ought to drop.”

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The quality of the man is exposed. Again.

And Obama picked him. That goes to his credibility.

Seems time for him to have a “medical reason” to retire.

We can’t have a loose cannon “a heartbeat away” from the Presidency.

There’s a reason the DOWGs originally made the election’s runner up the VP. Now we see why.

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RANT: “House” jumped the shark

Saturday, April 11, 2009

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/entertainment/House-Actor-Killed-Off-to-Work-for-Obama.html

“House” Actor Killed Off to Work for Obama
By CAITLIN MILLAT
Updated 7:44 PM EDT, Tue, Apr 7, 2009

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Ex-“House” actor Kal Penn, who was killed off the show on Monday, will work for the Obama administration as a public relations officer.

Kal Penn’s character was killed off on FOX’s medical hit “House” Monday so that he could leave his post at the doctor drama to work for President Barack Obama’s administration, Entertainment Weekly revealed Tuesday.

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Has “House” now jumped the shark a la Happy Days?

It would seem that the show, and this actor in particular, has violated the rules of story telling. This was an avoidable external event. The “suicide” had no foundation. It’s absurd. Like “LOST”, it’s psychotic.

And, what makes Hollywood types think they are the “silver bullet”?

Where are the rejected candidates for this job? Was it “bid” out? Where’s the job spec? Or was it just created?

See that’s what’s wrong with the gooferment. Everyone gets to play on our credit card!

While not as bad as “barbara streisand” or “Hanoi Jane”, Actor turned bureaucrat Penn goes on my list of “Never Go See In A Million Years”.

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RANT: How do I acquire this “moral obligation”?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=93479

The moral dilemma of today’s statists
A Minority View Walter Williams
Posted: April 01, 2009

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There is neither moral justification nor constitutional authority for what amounts to legalized theft. This is not an argument against paying taxes. We all have a moral obligation to pay our share of the constitutionally mandated and enumerated functions of the federal government.

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Unfortunately, I have to disagree with Professor Williams. I’m even further out on the Libertarian spectrum form him. I can refute his “moral obligation” with two words:

“Lysander Spooner”!

How is it I’m bound by what the DOWGs wrote before I was ever born?

And, that assumes that the Constitution in some way binds the gang in the District of Corruption!

Argh!

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GOVERNACIDE: Binghamton victims were un_Constitutionally disarmed.

Monday, April 6, 2009

http://theglennbeck912project.com/2009/04/06/binghamton-victims-died-seeking-better-lives/

Binghamton victims died seeking better lives

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Glen Beck’s site doesn’t place the blame squarely on the politicians who set up the conditions necessary to allow this to happen — victims who were un_Constitutionally disarmed.

Naturally, I left a comment:

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Sorry, the Binghamton victims died because of New York State’s unconstitutional victim disarmament, aka gun control, laws. The center had no security. People rely on the “police” that are merely paper pushers. One concealed carry permit in that crowd and we would have a vastly different story. It works. Sprinkle a few “sheepdogs” in among the sheep and everyone is protected. Sorry, but it’s a fact of life. You have to protect yourself and your loved ones. Ignoring the security problem doesn’t make it go away. Even if the police were perfect; they can’t be there when the problems occur. Only a well armed citizenry can be the “police”. Take any of these mass murders and do a mental experiment. If we have, even under these draconian laws, 130 million guns in a population of 300 million, lets ASSUME that 10% of the populace chooses to arm themselves. That means that in the 14 dead, there would be one armed defender. And, in the 30 or so people in the center, there might be three armed defenders. I’m happy to give my fellow Americans — citizen or not — their right to defend their own lives. Just as I would want the same right. Glenn has a long way to go before he’s a “libertarian”. First, he has to put the blame squarely on the gooferment for setting up the conditions for this disaster, and so many others! imho!

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WHICH DREW A RESPONSE:

CENTERLEFT said: “You assume that all these gun-toting, would be heros can shoot straight in the high stress situation of a crazy gunman opening fire on a crowd. That would not be my assumption. I feel I would be in as much danger from a stray bullet from a bystander. as I would be from the crazy shooter himself.

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@centerleft No I don’t assume that anyone can shoot straight under stress.

(Humorously, the police are far worse shooters than dedicated amateurs. Just check with any police range officer who will be honest or any cun club open event. It’s scary that we give these people guns. That’s where you should be afraid!)

My assumptiona dn hope is that just the threat of “sheepdogs” mixed in with the sheep will dicourage any would be gun man. There have been several examples of gunman being shot while they reloaded by an armed bystander.

The point is that the police can’t be everywhere. And, We The People are the “police”. See Katrina after the evacuation. It’s our willingness to stand up for what’s right and our fellow human beings that will count.

If I had a Concealed Carry Permit, I’d got o Front Sight for their four day training and spend more time at the range to maintain my proficiency. But, the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee doesn’t permit its “citizens”. See the elite remember the American Revolution.

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MONEY: The creature from Jekyll Island – the Fed!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

http://www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan108.html

Should We Kill the Fed?
by Patrick J. Buchanan

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Should not this creature from Jekyll Island, for all its manifold crimes and sins against the republic, also be summarily put to death?

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The Federal Reserve Bank!

It’s neither ‘federal” since not even the US Congress can get its books audited.

It “reserves” nothing; it merely manipulates and prints.

And, it’s not a “bank”.

So what is it?

What is the creature from Jekyll Island?

(The name comes from the location of a secret collusion between bankers where the arrangement was hammered out.)

It’s a price fixing cartel a la OPEC for “american” banks.

As PJB alludes, Andrew Jackson must be rolling over in his grave, he killed one of it’s predecessors the “United States Bank”.

Of course, I agree that if we had commodity money, we would NOT have the artificial booms and busts that come with manipulating interest rates. Interest rates are the key indicator to business as to what projects are worth doing and what are not. AND, without a fiat currency, (where the Fed prints all the Congress can spend), the Congress would be restrained in its spending. AND, our poor and those on fixed income wouldn’t have to pay the brunt of the “inflation tax”.

Before leaving the Gold Standard in 1913 and before the FED embarked on manipulating us for the benefit of the rich and their banks, America was in decades of stable slightly declining prices. Money was a stable store of value.

(“Money is a matter of functions four, a medium, a measure, a standard, a store.” p116 in my novel “CHURCH 10●19●62″)

How does one plan in post WW1 Germany, Argentina in the 80’s, Zimbabwe today, or the USA in the next decade? Runaway inflation of the money supply and high interest rates are going to hurt everyone.

I have only heard one real objection and one minor objection to the Gold Standard.

Bob Brinker (bobbrinker dot com) had the minor objection that there would no ability for the government to supply stimulus to the economy with monetary policy. That’s is the problem, Bob; the politicians want inflation so they can spend to buy votes, reward their friends, and punish their enemies.

More substantially, Brinker objected to giving Congress the power to value money. He feared runaway inflation as the the COngress, as did the French Kings, inflate uncontrollably. That we agree on. Congress is like drunken sailors. Except their ship is always in.

Returning to the Gold Standard, where a dollar is defined as some amount of gold and / or silver, will impose discipline on the world.

How do we get there?

Let people be free to use whatever they want for money. The King, the government, the criminals in DC should just repeal the mandatory tender laws that force everyone to accept the dollar. The marketplace will quickly adjust.

And, Americans can get back to work.

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RANT: Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers

Monday, March 30, 2009

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/03/27/obama_town_hall_questioners_we.html?hpid=topnews

Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers
Updated 7:02 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta

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President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft — though far from planted — questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day.

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“Hope” that things would “change”?

Fooled ya!

Same as the old!

Stunning.

Blatantly cheating.

Another “stacked deck” exposed.

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GOLDBUG: What is a dollar?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

http://www.lewrockwell.com/murphy/murphy152.html

Defend the Gold Standard
by Bob Murphy

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I don’t trust central bankers to stick to a gold standard; that’s why I think the government should get out of the money industry altogether. Suppose we were starting in an initial state of pure laissez-faire in money and banking, and someone said, “Hey I know! Let’s give this Princeton professor – what was your name, sir, was it Ben? – a printing press, but be very stern that he can’t overdo it and allow the gold price to rise more than 1 percent from the day he starts. Does that sound like a good idea?” In response, I would obviously say, “No, that seems rather risky. I think we should stick to the current system, where the market determines how much new money is brought into the economy through gold production.”

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We fall prey to these bozo bureaucrats when we let them mess with the money supply.

If we tie the value of a dollar to gold, then the Fed can’t just manufacture dollars out of thin air. And, congress critters can’t spend what they don’t take it.

It restores honesty to finances. It disciplines them into husbandry. It forces them to live with in OUR means.

After all in fiat currency, what is a dollar?

A toilet paper alternative?

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INTERESTING: NCAA graduation rates. Embarrassing!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/womens-basketball/news?slug=ap-ncaa-graduation&prov=ap&type=lgns

14 women’s tourney teams have perfect grad rates

By The Associated Press 4 hours, 38 minutes ago

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Fourteen women’s basketball teams in the NCAA tournament have perfect graduation rates.

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NCAA could clean this up in a heartbeat. And, level the playing field. Tie graduation to the scholarships you can give out. One of your team doesn’t graduate or isn’t on schedule, that’s one less scholarship you can give out. Sounds fair to me! Guess coaches will have to focus on selecting players who can make the grade and coaching them in more than basketball. I know that MC focuses on graduation. There has to be some small tolerance for personal decisions, emergencies, and such. Maybe they get 1 free pass or such an allowance. But clearly if your player can’t graduate, can’t read, and has been totally exploited, then they need some protection.

Embarrassing! Or worse.

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RANT: Another Hollywood expert. Argh!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

http://www.lifenews.com/nat4912.html

Former West Wing Actress Allison Janney Cheers Obama, Stumps for Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 13, 2009

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Actress Allison Janney, best known for her role in the television drama “West Wing,” is stumping for the pro-abortion group Emily’s List. In a fundraising email for the political group, Janney applauds the pro-abortion record of President Barack Obama and asks for donations to support his efforts.

“During the dark days of the last administration, millions of Americans watched Martin Sheen play an intelligent, compassionate president on The West Wing,” Janney says in the email LifeNews.com received. “Isn’t it exciting to have the real thing in Barack Obama?”

Despite his decisions to force taxpayers to pay for promoting and performing abortions in other nations and embryonic stem cell research, Janney claims, “President Obama has set us on a course to move our country in a more hopeful, positive direction.”

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It’s a real shame. “Liberal” Hollywood types confuse play acting for the real thing.

I’m saddened. She’s a good actress. And, she certainly has the right to speak freely. I just wish she had the same degree of understanding of a very complex issue.

(1) I object to paying for that which I find morally reprehensible. I’m force to fund Obama’s abortion plans.

(2) It’s genocide! Death by government. We’re strangling the life out of the future. I’ve made the argument before what if we have aborted the cure for cancer, the next Steven Hawking, or the future Obama?

(3) Hollywood success doesn’t translate into policy expertise or even common sense. In this case, she equates “West Wing” with the new tyranny in the White House.

(4) Abortion is a policy, social, and personal DISASTER on so many levels. Be best if the gooferment just got out of the debate. And, let the people involved sort it out. Legislating it as a right is just morally wrong!

Argh!

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MONEY: Where are we going to be in 20 years?

Monday, March 16, 2009

http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5565&Itemid=48

The Money Meltdown: A Conversation with Thomas Woods Jr. by Brian Saint-Paul 3/11/09

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Q: We’ve had bailouts and stimulus packages, and possibly more of both in the near future. If you were to look into a crystal ball, where are we going to be in 20 years? Where is all of this heading? Will we reach a point of total economic collapse? Or will we wind up as the newest Euro-style state?

It seems to me that the best-case scenario is a kind of European third-way stagnation: high unemployment, anemic growth (if any), and a whole bunch of people scratching their heads and wondering why this is happening. That could be our fate.

Of course, it could be worse. It may turn into something like what Japan endured in the 1990s and beyond — though at least Japan had some domestic savings as a cushion. Or there could well be a complete collapse of the system, with the dollar destroyed. This is all conditional, because it depends in large part on what the government does. Its cure is almost sure to be worse than the disease.

I’d love to think that if a collapse came, people would say, “Obviously, intervention doesn’t work, so let’s try what the Austrians have been suggesting.” But I think instead a demagogue would rise up to say — as usual — that the problem is not enough government involvement, and that he’s going to rescue us.

That’s the most likely outcome.

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Thomas E. Woods Jr. is senior fellow in American history at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of nine books, including two New York Times bestsellers: The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and the just-released Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, as well as the award-winning The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. Visit his new Web site.

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BIGOTRY – RACIAL: “buy only from black-owned businesses”

Friday, March 13, 2009

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/03/buying_black.html

March 10, 2009
‘Buying black’
David Paulin

Fascinating piece here about a black Chicago couple living in an upper-class white suburb who are going out of their way to “buy black.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-buying-black-09-mar09,0,5889126.story

Oak Park couple travel far and wide to buy only from black-owned businesses
Ebony Experiment encourages other African-Americans to do the same
By Ted Gregory | Tribune reporter
March 9, 2009

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Maggie Anderson drives 14 miles to buy groceries, which might seem curious given that she lives in bustling Oak Park. She and her husband, John, patronize gas stations in Rockford and Phoenix, Ill. They travel 18 miles to a health food store in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood for vitamins, supplements and personal care products.

The reason? They want to solve what they call “the crisis in the black community.” They want to, as they say, “buy black.”

The Andersons, African-Americans who rose from humble means, are attempting to spend their money for one year exclusively with black-owned businesses and are encouraging other African-Americans to do the same. It is part experiment, part social activism campaign.

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Well, if a “white” (What does that label mean?) did that, they’d call it racism.

And, it’s inefficient. 14 miles times 2 / 20 miles per gallon times 2 bucks per gallon means that they are paying a $2 dollar “black tax” on every grocery order. That two bucks could by something they could use. (A can of tuna for when prices soar in the coming inflation! Int heir children’s college fund

And, harmful. When they decide to discard this experiment, the business will be hurt. They will have had a years experience making more and when it stops, they will be confused and worse off. Heaven help them, if the decided to “expand” or otherwise count on this “new business”.

Now even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And, the beauty of America is that you can do that “pursuit of happiness” stuff however you want. But, don’t go into the media seeking sainthood.

DIdn’t Martin Luther King WANT to patronize those white-only lunch counters? I’m sure it wasn’t for the food. It was the principle.

Nope, racism is wrong. For the principle it violates. “All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Among these is the right to be a fool!

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POLITICIAL: Ron Paul on Bill Mahr simple and direct!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5lb0l3sYBo&eurl=http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/025457.html&feature=player_embedded

Ron Paul rocks on Bill Mahr’s show!

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RANT: Why should anyone care what someone else puts in their body?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

http://deadspin.com/5155368/the-real-frauds-why-did-a+rods-teammates-even-bother-to-show-up

The Real Frauds: Why Did A-Rod’s Teammates Even Bother To Show Up?

By DAULERIO, 5:15 PM on Tue Feb 17 2009

SI writer Jeff Pearlman offers his thoughts about the A-Rod press conference. Specifically, why are his teammates still supporting him?

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They sat like lemmings, one alongside the other alongside the other, nodding with Alex Rodriguez’s words, showing that-good or bad-he is one of them. That he is a New York Yankee.

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You’re Derek Jeter. You’ve presumably played the game cleanly since making your debut 14 years ago. You’re known as a stand-up guy and a hard-nosed shortstop who believes in the pure goodness of baseball. Why would you support ARod?

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Interesting question?

More importantly: Why should anyone care what someone else puts in their body?

Just don’t expect me to pick up the tab for your choices.

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LIBERTY: for all ideas, tolerance. but, freedom for all regardless of ideas they hold

Sunday, February 15, 2009

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30490  

Globalism vs. Ethno-nationalism
by Patrick J. Buchanan
01/30/2009

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Standing before the Siegessaule, the Victory Column that commemorates Prussia’s triumphs over Denmark, Austria and France in the wars that birthed the Second Reich, Barack Obama declared himself a “citizen of the world” and spoke of “a world that stands as one.”

Globalists rejoiced. And the election of this son of a white teenager from Kansas and a black academic from Kenya is said to have ushered us into the new “post-racial” age.

Are we deluding ourselves? Worldwide, the mightiest force of the 20th century, ethnonationalism — that creator and destroyer of nations and empires; that enduring drive of peoples for a nation-state where their faith and culture is dominant and their race or tribe is supreme — seems more manifest than ever.

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It does seem that the USA is bucking history. Fighting against a tide of religious zealotry. Seeking to maintain freedom in an ever increasing climate of tyranny.

We need to launch a new effort for “political freedom”, just like we have “religious freedom” here. With calm civility. Tolerance.

But we must stand firm that “all men are created equal”.

Unfortunately, e seem to also be swept into intolerance of any idea that doesn’t match our own.

Freedom for everyone!

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JOBSEARCH: H1Bs benefit at the expense of American workers?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09%2F01%2F24%2F078245&from=rss

Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans Posted by Soulskill on Saturday January 24, @08:18AM

from the checking-their-priorities dept.

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CWmike writes “US Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told Microsoft this week that US citizens should get priority over H-1B visa holders as the software vendor moves forward on its plan to cut 5,000 jobs. ‘These work visa programs were never intended to allow a company to retain foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American workers, when that company cuts jobs during an economic downturn,’ Grassley wrote in a letter sent Thursday to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The letter asked Microsoft to detail the types of jobs that will be eliminated and how those cuts will affect the company’s H-1B workers.”

Reader theodp adds, “On Friday, Microsoft coincidentally announced it would postpone construction of a planned $500 million data center in Grassley’s home state of Iowa, although work on data centers in Chicago and Dublin will continue.”

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Sounds like the “barbara streisand” is going to hit the proverbial fan.

I’m no fan of gooferment action. But corporations are creations of the gooferment.

Sounds like INS should yank 5k of H1Bs serving Microsoft. Today!?!

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POLITICAL: Selecting interim senators

Friday, January 23, 2009

FROM A COMMENT ABOUT CAROLYN’S WITHDRAWAL

How about picking some poor taxpayer with an AGI of under 100k, with only a public school education (College is OK if it was a CCNY night school or a community college), with a family of at least two kids?

For one six year term, at which time, the clock will strike 12, the carriage turns back into a pumpkin, and that person — man or woman — returns to private life. I think NY, the country, and the world would be well represented.

Never happen, but an interesting thought experiment!

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How about Lottery losers? Everyone writes their name on a losing lottery ticket and puts it in a big drum. Patterson wouldn’t need a blindfold. Great fun.

How about non-violent felons? They’d be able to tell the other politicians what happens for corruption.

How about a lucky winner form the unemployment office? We know they’d be free and they are looking for work.

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INTERESTING: The unsung heros

Thursday, January 22, 2009

http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer187.html

An Outbreak of Order in NYC
by Butler Shaffer

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Upon landing in the river, and with the fate of 160 people in the balance, rescue efforts immediately began. Officials of the FAA, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, New York Mayor Bloomberg, and Senator Hillary Clinton, all descended on the scene to begin helping passengers to safety. No? It didn’t work out that way? But it must have been so. Is it not an integral part of our thinking that social order can be fostered and sustained only by a political system that can plan for responses to troublesome events? Wasn’t this the logic upon which federal, state and city governments acted in New Orleans, following hurricane Katrina? Do we not elect politicians who, in turn, create bureaucracies to make our lives secure?
Initially, the only seen presence of government at the site of the U.S. Airways emergency landing involved police helicopters interfering with rescue efforts by keeping the water around the plane churned up. These helicopters were of value to the state, of course, as a visual symbol of its superintending presence above a scene in which its practical role was nonexistent. Like a president or state governor flying over an area hit by a tornado or flooding, such an aerial presence reinforces the vertically-structured mindset upon which political authority depends. After rescue efforts were substantially completed – with no loss of life – New York and New Jersey police officials arrived (those whom the New Jersey governor incorrectly described as the “first responders”).
The real work of rescuing passengers and crew members was left to the sources from which the only genuine social order arises: the spontaneous responses of individuals who began their day with no expectation of participating in the events that will henceforth be high-water marks in their lives. After the airliner came to a stop, one private ferry-boat operator, sensing the danger of the plane’s tail submerging, began pushing up on the tail in an effort to keep it elevated. Other private ferry-boat operators – whose ordinary work involved transporting people between New York and New Jersey – came to the scene in what became a spontaneously organized rescue under the direction of no one in particular. Photos of the area show the plane surrounded by ferryboats on all sides.
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My point exactly. The Ferry Boat guys (captain and crew) and THEIR PASSENGERS who lent a hand were the real unsung heros in this “miracle”.
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POLITICAL: Unwinding the Social Security Ponzi scheme

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

http://tslrf.blogspot.com/2009/01/entitlements-part-15-social-security.html

Friday, January 9, 2009

Entitlements Part 1.5- Social Security

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This brought up enough discussion that some things deserve to be addressed in a venue more public then the comments section. I will address as much as I can in no particular order. Here it goes.

First of all I did not mean anything seriously bad to the older folks who read the blog or your peer group. I poked some fun but it is just that, fun. I take a few friendly shots at just about everyone given the right setting. I am enough of am asshole that if I wanted to say something really mean I would.

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The most interesting idea that came out of the comments was what happened in Chile with their SS plan in the 1970’s. If you are as familiar with that as I was three hours ago then read this. I think that is sort of idea is probably the best chance of making our system viable but I still have the same big question/ concern I had about going to a privatized system before reading that article.

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Guess who made that comment? It is a good discussion about the Social Security Ponzi scheme and how to plan around it. No need to rehash it here or repeat my comments. You can read them over there.

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POLITICAL: Lincoln may not have approved of O, but Lincoln wasn’t so great imho

Monday, January 19, 2009

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/338/story/59958.html

Pitts: Lincoln might not have welcomed Obama’s election

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Actually, Lincoln likely would have been appalled. How could he not? He was a 19th century white man who famously said in 1858 that “there is a physical difference between the white and black races, which . . . will forever forbid the two races living together upon terms of social and political equality.”

How do you reconcile that with all those cartoons of Lincoln congratulating Obama? You don’t. You simply recognize it for what it is: yet another illustration of how shallow our comprehension of history is, yet another instance where myth supersedes reality.

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Of course, Lincoln freed no slaves. That’s the myth. His Emancipation Proclamation was a military measure to demoralize and destabilize the rebellious South; it covered states he did not govern but did not apply in slaveholding states that remained under his jurisdiction.

None of which is to deny or diminish the greatness of the 16th president. His greatness stands unquestioned, unquestionable. We would be a very different nation, a lesser nation, without his political genius, his dogged faith in the unsundered Union, his refusal to accept less than Union, even when haunted by reversals and setbacks that would have broken anyone else.

No, the argument is not about Lincoln’s greatness.

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But, it should be!

Lincoln is up there on my list of “Worst American Presidents”.

As a corrupt Illinois politician who was in bed with more than the railroads, one has to take not of the following:

(1) The War of Northern Aggression. What you call the Civil War. What some call the Second American Revolution. The is no Constitutional, legal, or moral justification for this war. That alone would rocket him too the top of the list.

(2) Income tax to pay for that war. Government debt too.

(3) Freedom of Press savaged when editors dared to criticism him.

(4) Atrocities against civilian populations like Sherman’s “March to the Sea”.

(5) Single handedly destroying the concept of a Union of Equals amd morphing into the USA as the tyrant state.

And, don’t forget, he want to send all the “Negros” back to Africa. A racist among his other “endearing” qualities.

Those are just my uneducated points. There are much smarted folks than I who can give you “Chapter and Verse” about Lincoln.

But, don’t disturb the sheeple.

One of these days I should codify my “worst list”!

But that’s hard on the old BP.

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NJ: in-state tuition at public colleges and “driving privilege cards” for illegal aliens

Friday, January 9, 2009

http://lonegan.com/Where_Steve_Stands.aspx  

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NO IN-STATE TUITION AND DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ILLEGALS!

Last night I was on Fox 5 News talking about a report from a Corzine-stacked panel of left-wing liberals endorsing in-state tuition at public colleges and “driving privilege cards” for illegal aliens.

I strongly oppose these ideas and have urged legislative Republicans to stand united against these proposals.

There’s no doubt that state spending is out of control and needs to be reduced, not increased as the in-state tuition proposal would do. And giving illegal aliens drivers licenses — regardless of the name, not only makes our state a magnet for illegal aliens who are a net drain on taxpayers, but also tells our children that the law is a joke.

One potential candidate against me in the primary has endorsed the Corzine Administration position that illegal aliens are “here to stay” and we should give them not just amnesty but the same rights as those who came here legally. I respectfully disagree. Strong enforcement actions in states like Arizona have completely turned around an out-of-control situation where illegal aliens were straining social service budgets and creating enormous burdens on the health care system.

As a society we must send a message that those who laugh at our laws will not be coddled any more. The politically correct liberal way has failed and New Jersey is the best example anywhere of that. While conservatives in Congress like Scott Garrett will be working to stop Illegal Alien Amnesty in the next two years, we can take steps right here in New Jersey to tell those here illegally to go somewhere else and that is to end government benefits to illegal aliens — not expand them.

It’s as simple as that.

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Well, there are many problems in the whole area of immigration.

I don’t want to put a plastic garbage bag over the Statue of Liberty.

As a little L libertarian, I think there are so many issues with all that the gooferment does. Force creates problems.

Why is the gooferment involved in education and “licensing” driving in the first place?

Let’s take the in-state tuition issue. Why is the state gooferment involved in it at all? Spin them off to survive on their own. End of a political issue. And, a whole lot of bureaucrats are now out in the economy.

Let’s take the “licensing issue”. Why is the state gooferment involved in it at all? Insurance companies might care. We care (supposedly) that all cars are insured. (Ignores the fact that I’ve heard that ¼ of the cars on the road are uninsured.) So, let’s outsource DMV licensing (and registration) to the insurance companies.  End of a political issue. And, a whole lot of bureaucrats are now out in the economy.

Seems obvious to me!

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JOBSEARCH: How does society deal with employment age discrimination?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Age discrimination is well-known. It’s an article of faith among seekers and soon-to-be seekers (i.e., old employees).

Akin to the ERISA laws that put a crimp in the aerospace companies that dumped old engineers before they had a chance to earn a pension. Young engineers were cheaper salary-wise, more productive in a dollars sense, and could be induced to work harder (i.e., to pay their dues). ERISA put an end to that pension scam. Once the tactic was exposed, baby engineers weren’t applying at the aerospace firms as a first or second choice.

As the demographics change, and the “social security ponzi scheme” age is ratchets up, we are going to come a time when more “Human Resources” are unemployable and yet unable to collect retirement benefits. It’s the “too old to work” “to young to retire” gap. As a nation, we are losing their contributions to the common wealth. (Not socialistic, but their productivity is lost to the GDP.)

Clearly, “at will” employment has to go.

As well as psuedo “performance reviews”, that are used to cover folks being forced out.

So as a society, what can we construct to fix this problem.

As a little L libertarian, I’m not a fan of gooferment action. But, large corporations are a product of the gooferment, and as such are fair game for regulation.

We see that after 40 the discrimination starts and after 50 it’s rampant and forget after 60.

So we need a way of changing the “cost” of pre-40 and post-40 employment.

“Employment Insurance”?

A company, who hires or continues employing a old person, gets a tax credit?

So the way I would construct it would be a tax and credit scheme.,

20 years @ 5% of a 1$ = $.37

The under 40 payroll would be taxed at $.0037 per dollar of comp. The over 40 payroll would be credited at the same rate.

It would put the gooferment’s thumb on the employment equation just slightly.

Thoughts?

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FUN: Phillie’s Football MP4Bs beat Minnie’s Football MP4Bs

Sunday, January 4, 2009

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090105/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_eagles_vikings

Eagles fly past Vikings with 26-14 playoff victory
By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell, Ap Sports Writer – 1 hr 9 mins ago

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MINNEAPOLIS – Above the Metrodome’s deafening noise, Donovan McNabb stayed poised. Completing passes precisely when the Eagles needed him to, McNabb repeatedly sidestepped the Minnesota rush and sent Philadelphia to a 26-14 playoff win Sunday after being all but forgotten as a postseason contender just one month earlier.

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I’d say that the Vikings were outcouched!

With 6_ minutes to go, 4th and 10, the Vikings punted.

There went the game!

Out Coached!

Argh!

Was a good game up to that point!

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Need the title explained?

MP4B = “Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”

And, we’re supposed to cut them some slack, feel sorry for their screwed up lives, and pay tax subsidies to MLB, NFL, NHL, and others? Not bloodly well likely. They should pay their own way and kiss the ground every morning for having it so easy.

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JOBSEARCH: Recent advice to a new “turkey”

Sunday, January 4, 2009

— In MyVirtualPowerForum, I wrote:

> > Jackie,
> > If I were you,
> > FIRST: I’d PUT JACKIE FIRST – I’m aware that this position may be

With all due deference, politeness, and know I may upset the tender sensibilities of the readers …

Dear Ms. Jackie:

SCREW THEM!

They have just “voted you off the island” and your worried about doing a good job for them?

Are you NUTS?

Yeah, you want your thirty days of continuing paychecks, BUT, (there is always a big butt), you have to “look out for Numero Uno.

You need to do a “wet ware control alt delete”. Force Quit all the obsolete notions of employment loyalty of yesteryear. (“I love you my company. You my company love me. Oh how happy we will be … as you send me over Niagara falls sans barrel.”) Don’t sing the company song on the way to the firing squad.

You have a long road to travel. I’ve been down it 6 times and am currently going down it. The “trash-situation-transition road”. Been there, done that, and have the tshirt. And the scars to show for it.

By way of help:

(1) I have a “turkey farm” (that what job seekers are) (Me included!) http://tinyurl.com/lxu93 Feel free to browse and “steal” anything useful.

(2) Feel free to LINKEDIN to me “reinkefj”. Send me an invite.

(3) Listen to VW’s sage advice. (VW: I’d have said “assess financial status” first. Then get working. Need to know how close this shave is going to be.)

(4) Browse the state unemployment website NOW. On company time. They have a check for you. Understand exactly when you can get it and what you have to do for it. They don’t make it easy. But it’s gotten easier over the years. I know personally!

(5) DON’T spend money for “job search” help without vetting it here FIRST. I know the WSAs, the “get a job fast” industry, and “work at home” “barbara streisand” is VERY attractive but it’s designed to separate you from your money and it wastes your time and attention. You may need help with a resume. But that is NOT your immediate need. And, that is relatively cheap. (The good ones that is. Some are overpriced at any price because you do all the work.)   I don’t want to overload you with too much, but you need to quickly reorient yourself to the real world, figure out your Life’s Goals, define your Unique Value Proposition (I see everyone rolling their eyes!) to state what you are going to do to release value, and your Unique Sales Proposition (More eye rolling, I see) to state how you are going to “sell” yourself. Then get going.

Feel free to use me or my stuff or my network. And remember these lessons forever. Unfortunately, too many of our fellow turkeys fall into that old thinking immediately after they land.

We are a nation of “consultants” now. Very short term ones at that!

Best of luck,
fjohn
the big fat old turkey hisself

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