POLITICAL: Ann McLane Kuster maybe “listening”, but I’m unimpressed

Thursday, June 30, 2016
June 27, 2016
 
Dear Mr. Reinke,

Thank you for reaching out to me with your views regarding Selective Service, more commonly known as the military draft.  Listening to my constituents is a fundamental part of my job as it helps me to best represent you and New Hampshire’s priorities in Congress.

The men and women who serve our country deserve our utmost respect and recognition, regardless of their gender.  Today, women are taking on more responsibilities in our Armed Forces than ever before, from assuming new combat roles to reaching new heights in military leadership.  I support recent reforms allowing women to serve in new military combat roles, because all Americans should share in the responsibility of protecting our freedom and preserving our way of life. 

As you may know, Selective Service was originally enacted in 1917 as a response to World War I.  It has existed in various forms since that time, with today’s version, enacted in 1980, requiring all males to register for potential military service in the case of an emergency.  An amendment to the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA), approved during House Armed Services Committee markup, would also require women to register.  As your Representative, please know that I will keep your thoughtful views in mind if I have the opportunity to vote on legislation concerning the Selective Service. 

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me.  I strive to maintain an open dialogue with the people of New Hampshire about issues important to our district.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my Concord office at (603) 226-1002 or my Washington, DC office at (202) 225-5206.  I also encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at http://Kuster.house.gov/contact/newsletter, visit my website at http://Kuster.house.gov, follow me on Twitter at @RepAnnieKuster, or check out my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanAnnieKuster

 
Sincerely, 
 
Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress

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Argh!

So, the question is how will she vote. Or push for vote at all.

“Selective Service” is an idea whose time has past! Like NATO! Or all the other big Gooferment programs.

Argh!

Never will be ever to get rid of any of these programs.

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LIBERTARIAN: Don’t you wish we were “Free to Choose”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

http://www.missliberty.com/free-to-choose-1980-1991/

Free to Choose (1980 & 1991)
THEMES » ECON 101, LIBERTARIAN HEROES, LIBERTARIANISM 101, PRO-CAPITALISM

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6. Free to Choose (1980)

Free to Choose (1980) Part 6: What’s Wrong With Our SchoolsFree to Choose brought the subject of free markets into America’s living rooms, and was seen by millions thanks to nationwide airing on PBS. In this series, Friedman guides the viewer through ten documentary-style lectures on the workings of the market and its relation to human liberty. The series made a case for economic freedom so lucid and persuasive that it may even have helped elect Ronald Reagan in 1980, and in any case certainly gave intellectual support and respectability to free market reforms put forward by both Reagan and Thatcher.

Free to Choose remains the single most comprehensive series on economic liberty ever produced, and although now decades old it’s still firing on all pistons and is available free online.  It’s a testament to the power of Friedman’s then-radical proposals — and perhaps this series itself — that some have already been implemented and others have become common subjects for discussion.

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We need more choices — free choices.

Hope everyone gets to see this video and take it to heart.

The truth will set us all free.

Finally!

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LIBERTARIAN: 23-Cent Gas Tax Hike is just more theft!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/fsvdt/breaking-n-j-lawmakers-pass-christie-backed-23-cent-gas-tax-hike-set-to-go-in-effect-friday?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=politics%20%26%20government&utm_campaign=alert

N.J. Lawmakers Pass Christie-Backed 23-Cent Gas Tax Hike, Set To Take Effect Friday
State lawmakers passed a 23-cent gas tax hike overnight that Gov. Chris Christie is set to sign by Friday. Christie hailed the plan.
Shared from the Lacey, NJ Patch
By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) – June 28, 2016 11:05 am ET

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Argh!

The Pepuls Republic of Nu Jerzee just “stole” more money from the driving public.

And, where did the last “trust fund” go?

Same place the last one went.

A plague on all their houses.

If the voters don’t revolt, then they never will!

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POLITICAL: One of the TARP-sters endorses HRC

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/thomas-dilorenzo/toss-off-gop-goldman-elite/

Most Corrupt Bankster in U.S. Endorses Hillary Clinton
By Thomas DiLorenzo
June 27, 2016

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It’s hard to imagine a better endorsement of Donald Trump’s economic policies – whatever they may be, whenever he finds the time to explain them – than the recent endorsement of Hillary Clinton by former Goldman Sachs CEO and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.  As the man in charge of the biggest explosion of corporate welfare in world history – the “TARP” bailouts, he defined himself as a sworn enemy of capitalism and a socialist when it comes to the capital markets.  Socializing billions of dollars in investment bank, insurance company, and automobile industry losses with taxpayer dollars qualifies Paulson as deserving of the S-word label.  As such, Hillary Clinton may well have found a new political and financial soulmate.

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The fellow who gave us TARP wants to keep the “music” going in this game of musical chairs.

Remember that TARP was originally passed as buying HOMEOWNER’S underwater mortgages and having them repay the Federal Gooferment in accordance with the original or relate terms. At least, that made some sense to keep folks in their homes. Somehow that morphed into a hand out all the Crony Capitalists. 

Argh!

Sorry, but I’m rooting for the rejection of HRC.

Picking Trump is like  choosing the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral.

But, if that’s what it takes to disrupt “the system”, then so be it.

A wise Persian king asked his advisers to bring him something that would make him happy when he was sad and vice versa. They eventually brought the king a ring on which is inscribed “This too shall pass.”

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GOVERNACIDE: Agent Orange and multi-generational effects

Monday, June 27, 2016

https://psmag.com/a-fathers-war-a-son-s-toxic-inheritance-2eb6f511cef0#.sq0mcbynn

Recommended by Medium Staff and 118 others
Pacific Standard
A Father’s War, a Son’s Toxic InheritanceStephen Katz’s estranged father was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Now the photographer wonders if that caused his own health problems.
By Stephen M. Katz

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The package also delivered a warning: A handwritten note attached to a stack of Veterans Affairs medical records. During the war, before I was born, Al had sprayed Agent Orange along riverbanks in Vietnam, often soaking his uniform in the herbicide. The exposure, he wrote, had caused him serious health problems, including a neurological disorder, and he believed it also might have harmed me.

My mind raced as I thought of my own troubled medical history. A heart defect diagnosed at birth. An underactive thyroid. Problems with my nervous and immune systems. More recently, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and a nerve disorder that severely limits the use of my right hand.

I’m now 46. A lean 6-foot–2 and 190 pounds. I don’t smoke. I try to eat healthy. But the number of pills I swallow every day would make you think I’m twice that age. As a teenager, I was sick so often, I joked that my healthy brother and I couldn’t be related. He’d been born before the war, before Agent Orange.“There really is nothing that can be done now, as far as I know,” Al had written in 2009, “except be aware of the ravages of A.O.”

What my father didn’t know was that I’d already become familiar with Agent Orange and its consequences.

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When I read this I shudder at the human casualties caused by this “weapon”.

Talk about “friendly fire” and “collateral damage”.

At the very least, the damage should be assessed.

Argh!

So sad.

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GUNS: Prohibitions versus people’s unwillingness to obey

Sunday, June 26, 2016

https://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ

What Will Gun Controllers Do When Americans Ignore an ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban?
Prohibitions have a long history of stumbling over people’s unwillingness to obey. This time won’t be any different.
J.D. Tuccille | June 21, 2016 

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Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans’ widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law—they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code—even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience.

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Molon labe, remember?

So, a United States the morning after, or a year after, or a decade after a successful effort to ban “assault weapons” will not be the scene of the “domestic disarmament” favored by prominent communitarian sociology professor Amitai Etzioni. It will be more like Prohibition-era America, but with hidden rifles substituting for stockpiled hooch and 3D printers standing in for moonshiners’ stills. And probably a bit more tense.

Those defiant gun owners will also be included in the jury pools chosen to sit in judgement of unlucky violators scooped up by law enforcement. That situation will likely replicate the difficulty prosecutors had in getting convictions of Prohibition scofflaws in the 1920s and marijuana law resisters today. “[I]f juries consistently nullify certain types of criminal charges (charges for possession of a small amount of marijuana, for example), this can render an unpopular law ineffective,” wrote John Richards at the LegalMatch blog after a jury couldn’t even be seated in Montana.

“If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don’t follow them, then you have a real problem,” Connecticut Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-District 35), told the Hartford Courant when large numbers of state residents flipped the bird to lawmakers and defied the new gun law.

Well… yes, you do. And like their restriction-inclined predecessors, gun controllers will have quite a mess on their hands.

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Sorry, but it’s going to be very ugly very quickly.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Just review the “great” genocides that occur after the people are disarmed.

It doesn’t end well.

So if you’re going to be killed, then you might as well go down swinging.

Way too many guns in the hands of ordinary people for them to be disarmed without their cooperation.

Sometimes Hollywood gets things correct. “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” — apocryphal unsourced quote attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

That goes for collecting all those guns!

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TECHNOLOGY: Thinking about car technology?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The other day, we were stopped behind a fairly new truck and my passenger noted that their right rear brake light was out. Because she was with me, and the conditions were fortuitous, we were able to pull up alongside and tell the woman driver her light was out.

That got me to thinking.

(1) If it was just the woman alone, would I have talked to her. (Not very likely. I don’t like people.)

(2) How can one check one’s own break lights? (It’s not a one person job. Well maybe one person and large mirror hung on your back garage wall.)

(3) The current trend is automating the car (i.e., parks itself; stops itself; blind spots itself). What about the lights. (We need an idiot light for the lights?)

(4) I’m not sure I like the idea of the car stopping automagically. (I envision a bad guy stopping a woman alone on a dark road and the car won’t the bastard over!)

Guess I won’t be buying a new car soon. (But I do like my Prius’ adaptive cruise control; sweet!)

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