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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Theft

I was listening to Glenn Beck while I was on vacation, and he made a point that I think needs to be made to everyone who supports more taxes and state control.

My neighbor across the way is having car troubles. My neighbor next door has three vehicles. If I take one car from my neighbor next door, and give it to my neighbor across the way, that is THEFT. I have no legal right to take one person's property and give it to another without their consent.

So what makes it legal when the government does it? The only rights the government has is the rights that we the people GIVE it. And if I don't have the right to take one person's property and give it away, then logically I certainly cannot give that right to the government either. The definition of theft doesn't change depending on who's doing it.

Now, extrapolate that out to the government taking my tax dollars and giving them to some welfare queen against my will. Theft is theft. It's still the same act, it's just being done by the government. All these social programs that the gummint is blowing money on is being done with my money and yours. And that money is taken from us by threats of punishment if we don't pony up.

It's still theft. It's just on a grand scale that your average neighborhood mugger could only dream of.

OhPleaseOhPleaseOhPlease

I so want to see this trial on TV.

WASHINGTON - A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a defamation case against Rep. John P. Murtha and ordered the Pennsylvania Democrat to give a sworn deposition about his comments alleging "cold-blooded murder and war crimes" by unnamed soldiers in connection with Iraqi civilian deaths.

A Marine Corps sergeant is suing the 18-term congressman for making the charge, which the soldier claims is false. Murtha, who opposes the Iraq war, made the comment during a May, 2006 Capitol Hill news conference in which he predicted that a Pentagon war crimes investigation will show Marines killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005.


Murtha, and EX-Marine, used his position as a congressman to go on TV and lie, smear, and slander good Marines. Now that the Marines have been exonerated, Murtha needs to be head responsible for his statements.

With any luck, that senile old fool will be forced out of office.

Found via Ace of Spades.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Random Thoughts

Norman Hsu needs to be hung around Hillary Clinton's neck like an albatross for the rest of her life. It's tangible proof of just how corrupt she really is.

I hate car commercials. Especially those that have the little subtitles "Professional Driver. Closed Course. Do Not Attempt." Well thank you Sherlock! You mean to tell me that the average driver can't do mondo jumps over a desert course? Gosh, I never would have thunk it!

I hate the fact that America has become so infested with moronic, greedy, dipshit idiot assholes that the disclaimers like the one I listed above have become necessary.

In fact, I think that we don't need to have labels on ELECTRIC HAIR DRYERS that say "Do not use in the bath or shower"! I mean, seriously! If someone is so fucking dumb that they take an ELECTRIC FUCKING HAIR DRYER into the shower with them, won't we be better off as a race if they die? Do we want those people to breed their stupidity into the gene pool?

For that matter, why don't we start hanging up signs that encourage the stupid among us to kill themselves? My old buddy Roy used to say that we need to take down all the warning signs at gas stations. You know, the ones that warn you to put any gas cans on the ground, don't use your cell phone, don't drink the gasoline, yada yada yada. Roy said screw all that. Put up a sign that states "GASOLINE TASTES GREAT ON CORNFLAKES" And once all those stupid people put gasoline on their cornflakes and DIE AS EVOLUTION SAYS THEY SHOULD, we could figure out a new sign, until the only people left are the ones smart enough to NOT DRINK GASOLINE. Or take electric hair dryers into the shower.

I'm willing to bet my entire paycheck that if we killed off all those stupid people, the number of Democrat American Communist Party voters would drop by 75%, as the stupid died off and left the evil people to be branded, tarred and feathered, and then shot. Because you only vote for the Democrat American Communist Party for two reasons: You're either stupid or evil. With the stupid people dead, that leaves the evil people easy targets!

Was that mean? Yeah, probably. Too bad. They're trying to forced a system of government on my country that has caused the death of over 100 million people. I think being mean is only fair.

I can't decide whether peanut M&M's are evil or good. I just know I love eating them.

Congress still needs to be hung from lamp posts and used as target practice.

Meh. I've been busy today, can you tell? Or maybe I've had too many gin and tonics. Bombay Sapphire, baybee!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Piles of paperwork

That's the worst part about coming back from leave. Your Inbox is damn near stuffed to overflowing, and even more crap is piled around on your desk.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Back in Puerto Rico

Stepped off the plane last night, and felt like I was stepping into a swamp. Same humidity, same nasty moldy smell..... blah. Seven months and I'll be back in the states.

Anyways, I'm back. But not only do I have fond memories of vacation, I also have pictures!

Heh. Oh, you just knew they were going to come out eventually, didn't you? Everybody, meet Bo.


Bo is an old mutt, kinda creaky in the joints, but a good old dog none the less. He's a pitt bull mix who loves attention. I couldn't sit down at the in-law's house without Bo coming up to get scratched behind the ears. He's my kinda dog. Big, happy, and lovable. Probably about sixty to seventy pounds of big lovable hound.

Not only does Bo love to be scratched behind the ears, he loves to play. Although he can't run very well these days, he still loves to chase things down. He loves to rough house, and he'll flop down on your lap if you give him the chance. But the game he loves the most is what my brother-in-law likes to call "Let's swing Bo around the kitchen by his teeth".

It's played like this. You get Bo as excited as you can. You can tell when that point is reached because Bo will tell you. Literally. He'll vocalize this "Haaaa! Haaaaa! Haaaa!" sound. At that point, you reach down and grab his canine teeth with your fingers. With your hands in his mouth and your fingers securely wrapped around his teeth, you then begin to shake his head up, down, side to side, and once you're sure you have a good grip you start swinging him around on the tile floor.

It looks like this:


Of course, the smaller yappy things all want to get into the action, but any real man will ignore them and continue to play with the real dog.



Can you tell that I like big dogs? Yeah.

Energy Debates Lack Focus on Practical Energy Concerns of Average Citizen

Reading this report on an energy debate, I again notice a trend I'm sure pleases the 'climate-change' fearing left. There is rarely any debate over what the practical effects of the policies pushed by 'green', mansion-living, private-jet-flying, leftist elites would be on your average citizen. The people who push 'green' policies are divorced from having to put gas in the tank and seeing how far you can make it last. They don't have to stress constantly about the kids leaving lights on all over the house. They just want us to use less gas, and they'll raise tax rates on energy producers and (directly and indirecly) users to accomplish that goal. They push pie-in-the-sky bullshit like bio-fuels, which when used as a substitute for petroleum products is driving up the cost of our food, but they don't give a shit. They'd gladly pay tons of money for corn on the cob to satisfy their religous devotion to counter-balancing the effects of Humvee emissions on the melting ice caps of Mars. We should be kissing their ass and buying a Schwinn right now so we can deliver their copy of the NY Slimes to their lavish palacial estates in the middle of a fucking blizzard.

Ron Paul's Asshole Leftist Supporters

The behavior on display in the video linked to this report about what happened when Rudy Giuliani shared a boat ride back from the island where the NRA's recent Republican debate took place in Michigan is right in line with my personal experience with Ron Paul's asshole leftist troofer supporters.

I went to the Iowa Straw Poll last month on behalf of former Massachusettes Governor Mitt Romney (I'd be glad to discuss that decision in the comments to this post) and experienced Paul's asshole leftist supporters first hand. First encounter seemd benign enough. A young man (looking fairly out of place among the Straw Poll attendees) offered me a Ron Paul brochure which I politely declined. He was the first, and the most civil, of the Ron Paul pushers I witnessed doing this. There is really nothing wrong with someone at a political function offering information about a politician they support, but for those who have not attended an event like the Iowa Straw Poll a litte context might be necessary. This is an event that candidates scout out their faithful supporters in advance of. They pay for their travel, entertainment, and their food in exchange for their promise to support them by voting for them in the poll. Although this was a Republican event, it was not required that you had to be a Republican to attend, you just had to pledge support for a candidate or pay your own way in. I've followed all of the high profile 2008 presidential candidates (Republican and Democrat) closely, so the nature of Paul's supporters was hardly suprising. He is essentially the Republican that Democrats support. They hope he'll run third party to suck votes from the popular Republican candidate to ensure a Democrat win. He talks conservative on some issues, but he's a full blown defeatist dipshit when it comes to the war on terror and the war in Iraq in particular. His supporters carried signs and the vast majority of them either said "Ron Paul" or statements about ending the Iraq war. So we know which policy position is most popular among his supporters. Indeed, if his words are to be believed, it is the only position that starkly sets him apart from the other 2008 Republican presidential candidates. His supporters at the Iowa Straw Poll last month were rude. They were pushy. They were constantly getting in someone's face. They stood near the stage while Romney spoke waving their Ron Paul signs around. They marched around in packs chanting. To be fair, a few other camps including Romney's participated in similar marches, but Paul's supporters took this activity, like others, to the extreme. I read a report on NRO of a Ron Paul supporter at the event yelling at a Mitt Romney supporter (initiating an exchange - being an agressor) something to the extent of "Ron Paul has always been pro-life." To which the Romney supporter responded, "God Bless him." Not satisfied with the disarming retort, the Paul supporter fires back again, "Romney hasn't been." To which the Romney supporter responded, "Yeah, but Romney has a better shot at beating Hillary." The account of this exchange struck me for a couple of reasons. First, as I see it, it's a defining example of Paul supporter behavior. Second because it highlights a theme I have pushed here and elsewhere over and over again. Primaries count. This is where pragmatic cynics choose their lesser of two evils. I hear a lot of sniping about this or that Republican candidate, but with the exception of Ron Paul, I'd GLADLY support any of the current set of 2008 Republican presidential candidates (including, to my own astonishment, John McCain) against ANY of the 2008 Democrat candidates. And even then I'd probably hold my nose and vote for the defeatist idiot, Paul, over a Democrat. I'm glad I don't have to worry about having to make that decision. And I hope the fool actually runs as a third party candidate because he'd take more conservative leaning Democrat voters from the Donkey candidate than he would anti-war idiot Republicans from the Republican candidate.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Quote of the Day

Overheard from a little girl a few seats behind me:

Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey get in trouble too!


Meheh. I wonder if the mom has disciplinary issues? The Ragin' Mrs. thinks it's a teaching tool, because there's two little girls, and other than the usual loud speech that is a part of kids growing up, they seem to be well behaved.

Phoenix Airport

Is where I'm sitting right now, nice and early. It's about 0545 or so, and the Ragin' Mrs. and I have an early flight - layover at Dallas/Ft. Worth, and then back to PR.

By the way, if you've always wanted to do something for the troops, but don't quite know what or how, or you weren't sure your donations were going to get to the people who needed it, may I make a suggestion? Donate to your local USO. Most major airports have a USO, a place for military personnel to kick back, take a break, check email, get a bite to eat, let their families get some rest, and that's just in the airports. That doesn't count all the things that the USO does for troops everywhere around the world. Most of the USOs in airports are run by volunteers. It's a truly non-profit organization who's sole focus is the moral and welfare of American service members. The whole reason this came to mind is because the Dallas/Ft. Worth USO is one of the best I've been in.

Anyways, the vacation was nice. I can't say that I'm looking forward to returning to Puerto Rico, after being back in civilization for a couple of weeks. But it's only seven more months, and then we're back in the real world.

It's gonna be a hellish seven months.

Monday, September 24, 2007

A great response

This is another must read.

There's nowhere else to go

Kim du Toit has a post up that I think everyone should read. My take on it?

Short of winning the lottery and buying a small country somewhere, there's nowhere else for conservatives to go in the world. Period. Can you name one other country that has the freedoms that the Democrat American Communist Party and it's allies are currently undermining as fast as they can?

The right to defend yourself with firearms? Check.

The right to say that all current congresscritters should be tarred and feathered, then either run out of the country or hung by the neck until dead? Check.

The right to call the Speaker of the House a traitorous communist wench who should have her citizenship revoked immediately? Check.

I think that a lot of the rights formerly held in this country have either fallen by the wayside, or been removed by the damn gummint at one point or another. Which is a problem that needs to be rectified. But even if I wanted to get the hell out of the country, where could I go? I've been around the world a time or two. I've been to other countries, and I can't think of a single other country that has the freedoms that we still have. As Kim says it, and I agree:

This is it. This United States, this noble experiment, this bastion of freedom, this light which shines on the world and gives hope to billions of people elsewhere—this is the last hope of humanity.

We have nowhere else to go.

And that's the truth. I honestly think that this country will have another civil war in my lifetime, because the communist ideals of the Left and the freedom-loving ideals of the Right cannot be reconciled in any kind of meaningful way. Government power and control cannot be reconciled with individualism. Capitalism and Communism don't mix. So one of two things will happen. Either we will win, and thus be able to stave off collapse for a few more years, or the Left will cheat their way into power yet again, and freedom loving people will have to secede from the USA. Granted that's a rather simplified version of what I think will happen, but I can go into details later.

Once I get back to civilization, I'm stockpiling ammo.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Still trying to avoid politics for a bit.

I'M ON VACATION, DAMMIT!

Although I heard on the news that Iranian Underpants Gnome President Amahmentaljob is going to be speaking at Columbia University.

Wha? Are you shitting me?

Weapons from Iran are killing US Troops in Iraq. Iranian agents are killing troops and civilians all over the Middle East. Iranian funds are supporting terrorist organizations all over the world. And yet Columbia University invites him to speak?

What. The. FUCK?!?!?!?!

I'm certain that Columbia University would have not only invited Adolph Hitler to give a speech, but would have congratulated him on finding that "final solution". But I guess or fthe university where a professor once hoped for a "million Mogadishu's" there's no levels they won't sink to. And Columbia is the university where the students shut down a speech by a founder of the Minuteman Project.

They're all for diversity, so long as you don't disagree with them on anything.

Gah. I'm having some dinner.

Oh, and my Seahawks won today. Let's see them win one on the road before I start celebrating too much.