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Citizens For A Really Safe Ashland

Posted: February 10, 2014 by ShortTimer in Government, Guns, Humor
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Ashland, Oregon was working on some local firearms ordinances, and a concerned citizen from Citizens For A Really Safe Ashland had this modest proposal to add:

Audio’s a bit choppy, but it’s worth it.

What Socialism Looks Like

Posted: February 10, 2014 by ShortTimer in Government, Leftists, Redistribution, Socialism

From The People’s Cube:

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So God Made a Farm Bill

Posted: February 10, 2014 by ShortTimer in Democrats, Government, Republican, Tax, taxes, Welfare state

Very sharp, from Kim Strassel at WSJ:

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, and then go to Washington and claim that this particular type of hard work is somehow unique in America and ought to be underwritten by the rest of the nation. I need a willing audience for that plea—a group clever enough and self-serving enough to see the electoral profit of standing for Carhartts, wheat fields and John Deere tractors.” So God made a Congress.

He said, “I need somebody in that Congress savvy enough to realize that farming means food, and food means nutrition, and nutrition means good things to voters, so farming means food stamps. Somebody to call to make that assistance bigger and forever, tame howls over soaring deficits, and plant the seeds of perpetual votes. Somebody to threaten to label anybody pushing for reform as rich, cruel and downright hateful of happy, cornfed children playing in hay lofts—and mean it.” So God made a Democratic Party.

God said, “I need somebody willing to spend five long years complaining about overspending, big government and special-interest giveaways. And get up and vote for $1 trillion in overspending, bigger government and special-interest giveaways—in the name of farmers. Then—when reminded of his reform promises—dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody to fret about drought, wax about food security, and muse (in private) that heedless government shutdowns really do have consequences. Including pressuring parties to prove they can accomplish something by voting for 949-page spending extravaganzas that nobody has bothered to read. Somebody willing to put in 40 hours spinning excuses for abandoning his principles and then, pained from the camera lights, put in 70 hours more.” So God made Republicans.

God had to have Democrats and Republicans willing to cast aside their differences in the name of handouts, and bale a legislative vehicle together with the strong bonds of self-interest. A vehicle that would combine food stamps and farm pork and thereby guarantee a coalition so powerful that it could mow over procedural ruts, race ahead of political rain and hogtie pesky opponents. A vehicle so unstoppable that its creators would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when the reformers vowed change: “Good luck, suckers.” So God made a farm bill.

God said: “I need somebody mighty enough to divert money to those who need it least, yet sneaky enough to do it behind closed doors. I need somebody to wheedle, deal, logroll, beg, trade, and cajole subsidy checks for corporate agribusiness, sushi rice, catfish, Christmas-tree promotion boards, biorefineries and at least 15 sitting members of Congress. Somebody to make sure there are no caps on subsidies and no asset tests for food stamps. Somebody in a nice suit. Somebody who has never been on a farm.” So God made lobbyists.

He said, “I need somebody or something to help patriotic Americans forget that 80% of that ‘farm’ bill is going to welfare, and most of the rest to sugar barons and cotton kings who vacation in Mallorca. Somebody or something to ensure people don’t get to wondering why it is we have a ‘farm’ bill when we don’t have a ‘laptop’ bill, or a ‘vampire-novel’ bill or a ‘swing-set’ bill in this free-market economy that Americans supposedly prize. Somebody or something who will so inspire the public with homespun images of clapboard churches and cows, leathery men holding rope, sheepdogs, plaid shirts, cowboy hats, and American flags that folks will entirely fail to realize that the people pictured—the hardworking souls tilling the back 40—are these days the last to see a dime of farm-bill money.” So God made Ram pickup trucks and Super Bowl commercials.

Finally, God looked down on all he’d created and He said: “Now I need somebody who really will work hard. Somebody who’ll get up day in and day out to plow through traffic to work, come home to help the kids and make the dinner and do the laundry, and struggle with the bills, and get up to do it all over again.

“Somebody who will limit himself to dreaming about that Ram pickup truck he can’t afford—because the IRS bill is due, and because the government-inflated cost of groceries and gas sure do make things tight, and because his own small business, which he built with his own sweat, doesn’t qualify for any handouts. I need somebody to spend his life paying for this week’s farm extravaganza, somebody who Congress made sure had no damn choice in the matter.”

So God made a taxpayer.

Well, I wanted to post just a couple paragraphs and say “read it all here” (and with comments), but linking to it from WordPress sends you to WSJ’s paywall, when this one’s a free-view article meant to pull in subscribers, and is free-view when found from other locations.

It’s already circled around various places, but was written by Kim Strassel at WSJ, as noted here and above.

Beretta has already noted there “There always seems to be a problem with Maryland“, and now Beretta is coming up with solutions to their Maryland problem.

Written by Ugo Gussalli Beretta in the Washington Times:

My family has operated our business from the same small town in northern Italy for 500 years. This means that when we make a commitment to a local community, our hope is to do so for decades, if not centuries, to come.

We apply this same philosophy to all of our factories and locations throughout the world. Such a commitment is not a one-way street, though.

Ugo Beretta makes the point that Beretta brings not only jobs, but makes firearms for the US military and citizens to defend themselves… and yet they’re treated poorly.

Our business has grown in recent years, and because of that, we needed to expand production in our U.S facility, located in Accokeek, just outside of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland suburbs.

Unfortunately, as we were planning that expansion, Maryland’s governor and legislature voted in favor of new regulations that unfairly attack products we make and that our customers want.

These regulations also demean our law-abiding customers, who must now be fingerprinted like criminals before they can be allowed to purchase one of our products.

And Beretta stands up for their people and their customers by voting with their feet and their dollars.

…because of these new restrictions and the pattern of harassment aimed at lawful firearm owners we have seen in Maryland over the decades, we decided to expand our facilities in a state that shows more respect for citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights.

We chose Tennessee for our new facility expansion. Our plans for that location are extensive and long-lasting.

We chose Tennessee because the governor and legislators in that state understand what it means to support businesses (such as through job recruitment and training programs) that improve employment in the state without treating companies as a necessary evil.

We chose Tennessee also because the vast majority of its residents and their elected officials have shown that they respect and honor the American tradition of personal freedoms, including the right to bear arms.

Just like Magpul left Colorado, Beretta is moving away from Maryland and moving towards Tennessee.

Political decisions have consequences.

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I wonder if Beretta is still making the fairly well-regarded 96D?

beretta 96dNot a huge fan of the safety on the slide… but I gotta give credit for a company taking a stance like that.

Maybe I’ll just look into a 92FS instead just to see how the great 80s action movie handgun would hold up in a pistol competition.  Yippie-kay-ay indeed.

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Minor addendum here, but Beretta also currently owns SAKO and Tikka, two Finnish rifle manufacturers who make some of the best guns on the market.  Beretta’s stance for citizens’ rights makes one of those Tikka T3s that much more attractive.

tikka t3 liteIn fact, coupled with another pro-2A business, very, very attractive.

Welfare for Weed

Posted: February 4, 2014 by ShortTimer in FedGov, Government, Welfare state
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FOX already got the best title for this:

Amid the growing debate about the legalization of marijuana, Colorado GOP lawmakers are trying to make it a little tougher for people receiving welfare or other federal government benefits to spend that money on marijuana.

Colorado pot shops currently have ATMs where welfare recipients can withdraw cash using their EBT cards. A State Senate committee rejected Republicans’ proposal to close this loophole.

Of course the Colorado Democrat-controlled senate would reject it.  If you’re giving people handouts to vote for you, you need them to dope themselves up, too.

Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, said Colorado’s new legal pot industry needs to make sure not to invite federal scrutiny through improper cash withdrawals at recreational or medical marijuana stores.

“Already we are operating an industry which is not allowed under federal law,” said Marble, one of the chief lawmakers involved with Colorado’s marijuana regulation bills.

If federal authorities notice public benefit card use at marijuana shops, “I have a feeling we’re going to see trouble we’re not ready to deal with,” she said.

It’s only one of the chief lawmakers who worked with Colorado’s pot bills saying “we should probably not invite the fedgov in to crush us”.

The choom gang will eventually be out of office and other federal administrations may be less pot-friendly overall.

But even before the specter of a new administration, Obama’s “revenue”-happy fedgov will demand its share of taxes off these unlicensed pharmacists and it’ll get interesting.  The FDA will get involved, the IRS will get involved, and all these happy hippy doper businesses will suddenly find out that government regulation and taxation is a real pain in the ass.

There are still pro-pot people who say “legalize and tax it and it’ll solve the ______(fill in financial problem of choice)____”.  It’s as though they don’t understand what they’re inviting in.

Right now it’s a largely unregulated business.  Wait until they find out about all the laws they have to comply with for their pot shops.  Inviting in the fedgov in any way while pushing for deregulation especially in violation of federal law – is going to be a problem for them.

OSHA will have to be regulating secondhand exposure to pot smoke, the EPA will have to assess their carbon and particulate output, the NLRB will be out there representing the Marijuana Cultivators and Harvesters Local 420 against the Big Pot companies that are out to crush the working man and deny the grower a living wage.

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As Colorado’s government leaders have decided that their people are unfit to defend themselves and thus should be disarmed, but should be doped up and given feelgood drugs – even going so far as to enable welfare benefits to provide direct handouts for drugs – it’ll make for some schadenfreude entertainment as they begin to run afoul of fedgov – whether it be through law enforcement, taxation, or regulation.

They might have even had some support from people who dislike pot, but who’d agree with them on an individual rights basis… except they traded a valuable right of self-defense in for a dubious right of self-intoxication.

They traded in the tools of liberty for soma.

The Kronies

Posted: January 24, 2014 by ShortTimer in Economic freedom, Government, Humor
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Via HotAir, whoever’s made these parodies has gone to some trouble to hide their tracks.  Their fictional business site Chimera Global Holdings is also a parody.

Big G:

Bankor the Profit:

Ariel Stryker:

Parts & Labor:

Kaptain Korn:

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Update: The creator is John Papola of Emergent Order.  What follows was speculation as to who it was before Papola revealed himself.

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Suspects for who created these parodies go across a broad political spectrum.  AP notes that with the inclusion of “Labor”, it’s probably not a leftist group.  The Kaptain Korn part seems rather anathema to the left, as they’re big fans of ethanol to fight against Manbearpig, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.  Plus the general theme is one of government influence and cronyism (duh) creating wasteful spending and crushing small businesses, and the Chimera Global Holdings website includes a dig against Obamacare.  Maybe Reason or Gillespie, maybe Malkin, maybe Gutfeld or TV’s Andy Levy.  Or maybe it’s Ariana Huffington and her creative team just got a little overboard.

Some folks are suspecting Emergent Order, who were part of the folks behind the very well-produced Hayek & Keynes rap battles.

I’m gonna go with a long shot and suspect that after a few crazy commercials years ago leading to a slow, subtle return to social media with a new team, this could be Herman Cain.

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Or, my last guess, is that it’s part of a viral marketing scheme for a movie remake… where the original included parody commercials:

May as well date the post, since this stuff will be ongoing.

Carrot-faced crybaby earthworm John Boehner is “setting up an immigration debate” which is not a debate, but just a question of “how do we tell people to let home invaders stay on the couch and claim it as theirs”:

GOP leaders are finalizing plans for an open debate on immigration to be held by legislators at their late January closed-door strategy session in Cambridge, Md.

The debate will include a panel of legislators, an outside expert, and an open mic, allowing members to comment on a one-page set of “principles” that likely will be released at the event, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

There should be no “debate” or question of “principles” on how to create amnesty for criminals.  There is one answer – deport illegal aliens.  Deport them all, deport them wherever you find them.  Make the climate for illegals hostile, and they will go away.  Legal immigrants and naturalized citizens will applaud it, and American citizens will applaud it.  The only people who won’t applaud it will be the slimy businessmen who want cheap, unaccountable labor and the Democrats who want free voters.

The new Quinnipiac University poll shows that both independent and GOP voters have swung sharply against an immigration amnesty since last May.

The reason is simple.  There’s a push for amnesty, and Americans are loathe to want to admit people whose first steps into the country were as criminals.

Furthermore, there is no economic argument.  We have a crippling labor participation rate and still have high unemployment across the country, yet somehow, illegals are needed to come in and do jobs that unemployed Americans won’t do?  And jobs that Americans are leaving the labor force about because those jobs have vanished?  What a load of nonsense, even taking into account leftist desires to make Americans into dependent pawns of the state who don’t work.

Senator Jeff Sessions said that the House is the last line of defense against the economic and socially destructive push for amnesty for illegal aliens.

On Friday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said the House was the last line of defense for the millions of Americans whose wages and livelihood will be put at risk by amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform.

He urged House Republicans to put the interests of American workers ahead of those of the consultant class, lobbyists, and Democrats who want cheaper labor and more potential votes.

House Republican leaders are preparing to unveil their “immigration principles” which will include amnesty provisions that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers. Sessions, the ranking Member of the Budget Committee, said that Obama and Senate Democrats have “uniformly embraced an immigration plan that would devastate wages and working conditions for millions of struggling Americans to benefit a small cadre of lobbyists and CEOs.”

He added that their plan “doubles the flow of immigrant workers, adds another 30 million new permanent residents to compete for every job, and guarantees illegal immigration will continue permanently in the future.” Sessions warned the House to not pass comprehensive immigration reform in everything but name only, which is what Obama has desired and Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s (D-IL) has said his “Republican friends” do as well.

Luis Gutierrez would have been forcibly removed from the country a few generations ago.  He has stated outright that his only loyalty is to the illegal alien community.  And his “Republican friends” are filthy turncoats willing to destroy the country for their personal interests.  At least Gutierrez has the courage of his ideological convictions to pretty much say he supports the destruction of the country and the Reconquista for his Balkanizing racialist group of illegals.

But that’s okay, because soon all his little illegal alien kinsmen (who he embraces while defecating on the legal aliens and naturalized citizens who bust their butts to get their hard-earned and well-deserved portion of the American dream) will be freed again, as Congress is cutting funding for jailing illegal alien criminals.

WASHINGTON — A massive 2014 federal spending bill passed this week by Congress would cut nearly $60 million — or about 25% — from a federal program that reimburses states and local governments for the cost of incarcerating undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes.

Local and state taxpayers will have to pick up a bigger share of the tab as Congress moves to reduce the annual funding of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) from $238 million to $180 million in 2014.

Among the states that would be hit hardest are Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas, which have high numbers of undocumented immigrant criminals serving time in state prisons and county jails.

The feds should be picking up those bills, as its the fedgov’s job to enforce uniform immigration laws.  Every time the fedgov lets illegals go in the interior of the country because they refuse to let ICE do their jobs and refuse to deport illegals, and actively court illegal aliens as voters and “dreamers”, the states and counties are paying the price for it.  Every illegal alien who steps into the country is one more sucking up resources at hospitals, schools, and as clearly illustrated here – law enforcement resources.

“This is already a burden for state and local law enforcement and county budgets, and this latest cut just makes things worse,” said Matt Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties. “Our view is that it’s the federal government’s role to take care of illegal immigration. They’re supposed to protect the borders but they’ve failed and local law enforcement is paying for the consequences of undocumented aliens being in the country.”

It’s not just his view, it’s the law.  And the fedgov is willingly failing in it, because dirtbag RINOs like Paul “I’m All For Amnesty” Ryan and company are willing to support illegal aliens for their corporate buddies, and the Democrats of course are willing to help those fools commit suicide at the polls by offering amnesty to undocumented Democrats… and thus we have the entirety of the federal government’s political side pushing for something that the citizenry utterly loathe and oppose.

>Lame Duck "Immigration Reform" - Amnesty

And while I’m at it, a reminder that Chris Christie and Marco Rubio are both all about having home invaders get the right to sleep in your bed and claim it as theirs.

The MAIG E-mails

Posted: January 9, 2014 by ShortTimer in Elitism, Government, Guns, Leftists, Second Amendment, Tyranny
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From Sebastian and Bitter at PAGunBlog:

You can see the full list of e-mails obtained by Judicial Watch between MAIG leadership. Bitter linked to earlier today. It’s rather long, but 90% of it is uninteresting. But it does offer a view into the world of our opponents in the first few weeks after Sandy Hook. Some takeaways, some of which are different than the Blaze article:

  • They still don’t really know who their enemy is. Reading their e-mails, they are a very much top-down movement. They coordinate to a much much greater degree than we do. While they were coordinating our opposition from the top, we were all watching a grassroots movement self-mobilize, and just trying to help spread the word and contribute any way we could.
  • They really do believe their own BS about the NRA representing the gun industry. A lot of them wisely realized that assault weapons were a bridge too far, but assumed it was because it threatened industry profits rather than the fact that gun and magazine bans really really piss off our grassroots. Colorado’s recalls I think helped drive that message home.

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  • The NFL and most of the sports teams are our enemies.
  • The media coordinates with the anti-gunners. For instance, on page 518, it’s mentioned that certain cartoonists are onboard with gun control.
  • This is a movement of political elites and celebrities, and not of ordinary people. We knew that, of course, but it’s always good to see that confirmed behind the scenes. From the looks of it, MAIG only really writes checks to consultants, media groups, lobbyists, PR flacks and polling firms.

There’s quite a bit of data, and there’s a lot of documentation to go through.

Important to note that there are a lot of these elitist enemies of freedom led by former NYC Dictator Bloomberg; and they are people who genuinely believe they are doing the right thing by crushing you; and who are genuinely clueless that it’s you – the individual citizen – who’s resisting them.  They don’t understand that individual citizens resist them, they do not understand your point of view, and they do not care, because they feel they know what’s best – and they will impose their beliefs on you through force.

In a dispassionate, purely economic view, she has an economic incentive to not work.  Her behavior is reprehensible to those who work, but in an amoral view, her behavior is quite logical.

Parasitism is rewarded, and if it provides all she desires, why not be a parasite?

Margaret Thatcher gave conservatives/libertarians/classic liberals the answer in a simple sentence years ago:

margaret-thatcher other peoples money

To the individual riding the socialist gravy train, however, that’s not a concious concern.  The welfare recipient isn’t concerned about where the next handout is going to come from as long as they keep coming, and if the handouts stop, there’s always someone to blame and some politician willing to buy votes.  The career welfare recipient is almost always someone who isn’t concerned about their long-term well-being, otherwise they’d be actively working to improve their lot in life.  Those rare few that are concerned are those who demand more from others simply because they exist.

At the point that the handouts stop completely, they’ll either starve or work.  Whether that’s because of welfare reform that stops giving people disincentives to work or whether the system collapses and no longer can give handouts, either way, the practically Randian caricature of the moocher exemplified by that caller will simply cease to exist.

If that career welfare recipient is forced to starve or work because welfare goes away by reasoned economic decision-making in government, there’s going to be gnashing of teeth, bleeding hearts bleeding, and knee-jerkers jerking knees.  There will also be private charities for those who truly need, rather than the taxation at gunpoint that leads leftists who “care about the poor” to ignore the poor since they have government to care for them.

If that career welfare recipient is forced to starve or work because welfare has gone away because of collapsing government

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That’ll make things interesting.

Break into someone’s house, give your kids their TV, and suddenly it’s the kid’s TV, because that kid dreamed all their life of owning your TV set.

Democrats and RINOs keep calling it immigration reform, but they should call it what it is – amnesty.

About two hours after holding a ceremonial signing New Jersey’s version of the “Dream Act,” Gov. Chris Christie tweeted a photo with one of the “Dreamers” the law will benefit, a New Jersey high school student who immigrated to the U.S. without authorization at a young age

She didn’t “immigrate without authorization” – she broke in or her parents broke in for her.  That’s like someone stealing your car and saying they’re a “driver without formal acknowledgement”, and demanding they be allowed to keep your car.

But that doesn’t stop a RINO like Christie from doubling down:

kfc double down

No, I mean doubling down on pushing for amnesty:

Union City, New Jersey (CNN) - Flanked by Hispanic leaders, students, and immigration reform advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrated the signing of his state’s so-called DREAM Act on Tuesday, hailing the new law a sound economic choice and an object lesson in bipartisan cooperation.

“Sound economic choice” by importing illegal alien workers who work below legal wages, crony corporations get cheap labor, and Democrats get to give handouts and get votes.

Legalizing illegals (which states can’t do) will take those illegals out of the illegal labor market and is seen as a way to recruit them into unions by Democrats.  The economic effect is to take away the under-the-table workers and end up raising wages across the board, hurting those employers who were using illegal labor to undercut costs.  The illegal workers lose the jobs they had illegally, and the employers can’t afford to pay them.  So even ignoring the illegality all around, it will actually hurt businesses and depress wages.

But it will add to union and unemployment rolls, and drag more ethnic-voting-bloc groups out to vote for Democrats.

“We know that when we bring people together, when we work together despite some of our differences, that we also set an example of optimism for every one of the 8.9 million people who live here,” Christie said at a signing event in Union City, a Hispanic stronghold just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

That there is a “Hispanic stronghold” in the US full of illegal aliens who are being pandered to is frankly offensive.  Ethnic neighborhoods that are recognized as primarily full of criminals demean both the ethnic group there and US citizens, and particularly US citizens of that ethnic group.  But Balkanization is good for race-baiting politicians and Democrats giving handouts to ethnic voting blocs.

“Unlike what happens in Washington, that government can actually work for you,” he added. “That things can actually get done, that agreements can be reached, and that commitments can be kept.”

No, Christie, you cannot do that.  Because laws for immigration come from Washington.  It’s one of the few authorities the fedgov has unquestioned in Article 1 Section 8:

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization

But that’s not going to stop Chris Christie from making New Jersey taxpayers (as well as national taxpayers) subsidize illegal aliens and their children who benefit from those crimes:

The bill grants in-state college tuition rates to undocumented high school graduates who attended a New Jersey high school for at least three years.

Meanwhile, the kid in Delaware or New York who wants to go to a college in Jersey will be paying full rate.  And their taxes – their money from their pockets – will be taken to subsidize those illegal aliens.

That money in their pocket is being taken by a state government acting illegally, taken by force from their pockets, and given to illegal aliens in the form of subsidies.

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Try sneaking in to a foreign country and demanding that you be treated better than the children of citizens of that nation, and that their government give you what you want.

That’s what’s going on here, but in a masterful work of propaganda, people actually believe that illegal aliens should be treated better than their own children.

That’s downright cuckoo.