Ralph Waldo Emerson, who uttered the title above, would have loved the Federal government, for which consistency in logic or policy is often alien indeed. In the midst of a mass effort to disarm the American people of guns with the dubious logic and arrogant presumption that they don't need powerful weaponry since, after all, the government will save us, the TSA, it has been revealed to me by my observant son, has secretly adopted…
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Sandy Hook Ethics Train Wreck Classic Quote: "A Foolish Consistency Is The Hobgoblin of Little Minds..."Posted: March 26, 2013 by ShortTimer in Uncategorized
Whereever this holiday season may find you.
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.
With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.
I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.
He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?
His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.
Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.
I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.
He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
“Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”
With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.
I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.
Directly from SCOTUS:
Excerpts from the Introduction of the Dissent:
What is absolutely clear, affirmed by the text of the 1789 Constitution, by the Tenth Amendment ratified in 1791, and by innumerable cases of ours in the 220 years since, is that there are structural limits upon federal power—upon what it can prescribe with respect to private conduct, and upon what it can impose upon the sovereign States. Whatever may be the conceptual limits upon the Commerce Clause and upon the power to tax and spend, they cannot be such as will enable the Federal Government to regulate all private conduct and to compel the States to function as administrators of federal programs….”
As for the constitutional power to tax and spend for the general welfare: The Court has long since expanded that beyond (what Madison thought it meant) taxing and spending for those aspects of the general welfare that were within the Federal Government’s enumerated powers…. Thus, we now have sizable federal Departments devoted to subjects not mentioned (my emphasis) among Congress’ enumerated powers, and only marginally related to commerce: the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development….”
The Act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying non-consenting States all Medicaid funding. These parts of the Act are central to its design and operation, and all the Act’s other provisions would not have been enacted without them. In our view it must follow that the entire statute is inoperative….”
On the Individual Mandate:
If this provision “regulates” anything, it is the failure (their emphasis) to maintain minimum essential coverage. One might argue that it regulates that failure by requiring it to be accompanied by payment of a penalty. But that failure—that abstention from commerce—is not “Commerce.”
The Government presents the Individual Mandate as a unique feature of a complicated regulatory scheme governing many parties with countervailing incentives that must be carefully balanced. Congress has imposed an extensive set of regulations on the health insurance industry, and compliance with those regulations will likely cost the industry a great deal. If the industry does not respond by increasing premiums, it is not likely to survive. And if the industry does increase premiums, then there is a serious risk that its products—insurance plans—will becomeeconomically undesirable for many and prohibitively expensive for the rest.
So they seem to say that insurance cost will sky-rocket, but if I remember correctly, our President said that wouldn’t be the case and we all no he NEVER tells a lie.
Congress has impressed into service third parties, healthy individuals who could be but are not customers of the relevant industry, to offset the undesirable consequences of the regulation. Congress’ desire to force these individuals to purchase insurance is motivated by the fact that they are further removed from the market than unhealthy individuals with pre-existing conditions, because they are less likely to need extensive care in the near future. If Congress can reach out and command even those furthest removed from an interstate market to participate in the market, then the Commerce Clause becomes a font of unlimited power….
Unlimited power. This is what it’s about folks, total government control over people lives. As conservatives we need to get more involved in the political process by getting in touch with candidates running for office and current incumbents and let them know that we will not tolerate any more attacks on individual liberty. It is time to start finding statesmen who believe in the Constitution and the rule of law.
That’s every election day in Chicago, but interestingly also the case in Florida. Florida’s Secretary of State has been working to get the dead voters (and illegal aliens and criminals ineligible to vote) off the voter rolls:
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Can you be in the grave, but still have a pulse to vote? The answer is yes, in South Florida.
Using a new data base, the Florida Department of State found nearly 52,000 dead people still listed as active voters. So far, Broward has pulled out 4,482 names of dead voters from the rolls; Miami-Dade has dropped 4,860 dead voters from the rolls, according to Chris Cate, the Communications director at the Florida Department of State.
Seems like a reasonable thing to do to prevent voter fraud, right? Take the dead off the rolls so no one can claim their vote.
A simple way to help prevent voter fraud and election abuse is for states to purge voter rolls. What does this mean? Getting rid of names on voter rolls of people ineligible to vote such as illegal aliens, dead people, duplicates, etc. For nearly a year, Florida election officials have asked the Department of Homeland Security for access to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement database in order to take illegal aliens and non-citizens off Florida voter rolls. Not surprisingly, DHS has been dragging its feet and has yet to comply with the request and now, the Department of Justice is stepping into the purging process and ordering Florida, a vital swing state, to stop.
The Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Thursday evening demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because the process it is using has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, TPM has learned.
Yeah, the DOJ, which never prosecuted anyone for the Black Panthers hanging out at a polling place in 2008, is now pushing to make sure the dead can still vote. From Katie Pavlich at Townhall:
But who is really behind the letter? Mean radical DOJ attorney Elise Shore. Christian Adams has more:
What do we know about Elise Shore from the installment about the Voting Section?
Elise Shore. Ms. Shore came to the Voting Section by way of the “Southern Coalition for Social Justice,” where she worked as a legal consultant focusing on “voting rights, immigrant rights, and other civil rights and social justice issues.” The far left-wing positions of this group are nicely summarized on its website. Ms. Shore also made a $1,000 contribution to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Before joining the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, she worked for more than two years as a Regional Counsel for MALDEF [Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund]. There, she was an outspoken critic of Georgia’s voter ID law and well as its proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration (which, incidentally, have been found to be non-discriminatory by a federal court) and described how heartened she was that the Civil Rights Division had objected to the registration law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
Of course, not letting the dead or illegal aliens vote is so totally racist and stupid and racist or something. From some imbecile leftist at The Ledger of FL:
Research has shown time and time again that there is no widespread voter fraud in Florida or the nation. Not enough people care to vote, let alone let alone getting caught committing a felony, in order to cast a vote.
Throughout our history, there have been efforts to keep citizens from exercising their right to vote, whether it was property ownership, poll taxes, the ability to interpret Bible passages, or out-and-out intimidation.
We know these were blatant efforts to keep poor people, African-Americans, Native Americans, women and now Hispanic people from voting.
Florida is at it again, as if we don’t already have an abysmal record of keeping citizens from voting, Florida has begun purging voter records of the dead and illegal registrants. Certainly voter records should be up-to-date and accurate, but dead people can’t vote and illegal people are afraid to. They are more concerned with being deported and the less contact they have with government the less likely they are to be.
That’s a whole lot of ideological idiocy in one short section there, and plenty of grasping at straws… or straw men. Dead people and illegal aliens vote all the time. If their names are on the rolls, their vote can be cast. Voter ID laws are constantly attacked by leftist Democrats as being “disenfranchising”, which is code for “we break the law all the time so don’t enforce it or we’ll throw a fit and then lose”. The dead person won’t show up, but someone else will vote in their place. The illegal alien, promised handouts, will show up – and the Democrat party’s constant attack on voter ID laws will mean that they won’t be deported even when they’re in the process of negating a citizen’s sovereign franchise to vote.
More here on dead voters and the Florida purge from Gateway Pundit.
Gunwalker Update: Video of Hearings, ATF Retaliates, ATF Head Refuses to be Thrown Under the Bus, Congressman Issa Goes To Mexico, Plot ThickensPosted: June 23, 2011 by ShortTimer in Barack Obama, Corruption, Eric Holder, Government, Guns, hot chicks, Operation Gunwalker, Politics, Uncategorized, Unintended Consequences, United States Congress
Tags: ATF, Darrell Issa, Mexico
To start, for those who didn’t get to see the hearings on June 15th, here are videos of the hearings courtesey of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s youtube channel (be warned, volume may be VERY loud):
“ATF served Special Agent Vince Cefalu with termination paperwork today.”
Gun Rights Examiner reported on Cefalu in May of last year–He was the agent assigned to do nothing because he came forward to complain about ATF mismanagement.
To put a face with a name:
Cefalu was the subject of a CNN story in May of 2010.
He said ATF managers turned against him after he reported in 2005 what he said was an illegal wiretap plan in a racketeering case. Records show ATF disputes his claims of the planned illegal wiretap. But he said that started a series of retaliatory measures that ended up in 2007 with him in a desk job. His only negative evaluation, he said, was the year after he criticized the planned wiretap.
“Had I not exposed some unethical, potentially criminal clearly outside policy conduct and actions by law enforcement that I was working with, none of this would have happened,” Cefalu said. “I would still be working in the field.”
Jay Dobyns, meanwhile, is this high-profile guy:
He infiltrated some bad biker gangs (including Hells Angels, Mongols, AB, MS-13) and after sending several of them to prison, was subsequently threatened by the gangs. His family was threatened and his house was burned down. “Some law enforcement sources” even blamed him for setting fire to his own house, and there are plenty of folks skeptical about him in general. He’s written a book, filed suit against the ATF for not protecting him, and generally has made enemies of the govt and biker gangs. Quite the character. But here at least, even being a character doesn’t change the ATF’s actions.
But then, nothing’s really a surprise with the ATF. They’ve been a good ol’ boys club of unaccountable bureaucrats for a while, tasked with regulating Constitutionally protected goods and private property.
Now to our next character, ATF Director Kenneth Melson:
Recent news suggested that ATF Director Kenneth Melson was about to resign. The same day, Sipsey Street said that wasn’t the case. Fastforward to today and Kenneth Melson is refusing to step down. Looks like Issa’s staffer was right:
A spokesman for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller the congressman expects his investigations into the Justice Department’s gun walking programs to point to a much higher political appointee than acting ATF director Kenneth Melson.
So Melson’s standing pat. From the LA Times story:
“He is saying he won’t go,” said one source close to the situation, who asked for anonymity because high-level discussions with Melson remained fluid. “He has told them, ‘I’m not going to be the fall guy on this.’ “
ATF’s Fast and Furious and Operation Gunwalker go much higher than the ATF.
One more face – Congressman Issa, the congressman who was running the House Oversight committee, and was stonewalled by the DOJ to begin with, by being given page upon page of “redacted” files related to the ATF’s Fast and Furious project:
He’s now going to Mexico to find out what’s happening down there, as a prominent Mexican attorney was just killed with guns walked by the ATF. That may well turn up a lot more info on what’s happened, as well as Melson talking in the next few weeks.
The only question left is exactly why/how did people above the ATF director come to the conclusion that guns should be smuggled by the US government in order to undermine the security of the nation, creating an artificial crisis and demand for crackdown on citizen rights. And above the ATF director, there really aren’t that many people left.
There’s just the guy who called the US “a nation of cowards” and supported a total ban on guns in DC, nationwide registration, and was instrumental in the paramilitary assault on Elian Gonzalez’ home and the other guy who told John Lott “I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.“
Remember, Eric Holder authorized this:
The basis was that one or more of the members of the household had a concealed carry permit, or else had owned guns – that a member of the household had gone through state background checks, training, and paid fees to be able to carry a firearm for personal safety – jumping through legal hoops to ensure his own 2nd Amendment rights. So BORTAC team of operators, the equivalent of a federal SWAT team, stormed the house, on the basis that someone who went out of his way to be a law-abiding citizen had a firearm (BORTAC was the same type of group that murdered BPA Terry was part of many years later – but chasing rip crews rather than 6 year-olds).
It seems like Holder has spent his whole career trying to ruin the lives of hispanic people, firearms owners, and Border Patrol Agents. But this ain’t over by a long shot.
I probably won’t be posting much for a couple weeks – there are fish that need catching, and I’m sure there will be a lot of news in the next couple weeks if Melson talks. Like I said over at JawaReport: David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh are names you need to remember. They’re the Woodward and Bernstein of Gunwalker. For those of you who want to keep up on it, you may want to hit up their blogs and of course check back here for updates, too – JBH may well run with some more politics, economics, or a Gunwalker take of his own. In a couple weeks I’ll probably have another big update to catch up on all the happenings of this story, then some economics posts and a palate-cleansing hot chick or two.
Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic National Committee, Jesse Lee, President of the United States, White House
The President has created a new job, only one, but a new job nonetheless. It is the post of Director of Progressive Media and Online Response. Sounds interesting. The new post will have the (I would think HUGE) job of building up President’s online presence and dealing with any negative media towards the President.
The new director, Jesse Lee, first tweet from his new White House post included a picture of the Terminator, suggesting this guy is taking his job very serious squashing stories the President’s campaign may find inconvenient. One website listed below is already calling Mr. Lee the “Czar of Truth.”
- White House Adds Rapid Response Position (politicalwire.com)
- @ FOX: WH Creates Media Damage Control Post (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Meet the White House’s New Story Squasher (businessinsider.com)
- Obama WH adds position to deal with bad press online (hotair.com)
- White House Beefs Up Online Rapid Response (huffingtonpost.com)
- Czar of Truth (outsidethebeltway.com)
>Friedrich A. Hayek wrote a rather well-known book on economics and the human condition called “The Road To Serfdom” back in the early 1940s. Hayek was an Austrian economist and one of the major contributors to the “Austrian School” of economics. The intro to the edition I’m reading is rather long and any summary of the factors that led to the book would be insufficient in comparison.
He also rather famously remarked: “Conservatism is only as good as what it conserves,” being critical of American conservatism that doesn’t embrace and conserve its libertarian/classic liberal ideals. Note that our motto at The Patriot Perspective has always been the same.
As I’ve been reading it, some passages are jumping out at me. Here, Hayek points out a major problem with central planning and socialism. It must control everything to create its utopia. And it invariably fails, as everything in existence must then be prioritized by government – not by individuals who govern their own affairs, and whose best interests may even change day to day. Here, he makes the point that there can be no such government because there exists no such set of prioritizing values.
Not only do we not possess such an all-inclusive scale of values: it would be impossible for any mind to comprehend the infinite variety of different needs of different people which compete for the available resources and to attach a definite weight to each. For our problem it is of minor importance whether the ends for which any person cares comprehend only his own individual needs, or whether they include the needs of his closer or even those of his more distant fellows-that is, whether he is egotistic or altruistic in the ordinary sense of these words. The point which is so important is the basic fact that it is impossible for any man to survey more than a limited field, to be aware of the urgency of more than a limited number of needs. Whether his interests center round his own physical needs, or whether he takes a warm interest in the welfare of every human being he knows, the ends about which he can be concerned will always be only an infinitesimal fraction of the needs of all men.
This is the fundamental fact on which the whole philosophy of individualism is based. It does not assume, as is often asserted, that man is egoistic or selfish or ought to be. It merely starts from the indisputable fact that the limits of our powers of imagination make it impossible to include in our scale of values more than a sector of the needs of the whole society…
- Friedrich August von Hayek, The Road To Serfdom (pg 102)
>March 4, 2010
Yesterday was called a day to “defend public education.” So students, teachers, and some parents thew ice chunks in Wisconsin, surrounded and broke windows out of cars with occupants inside them in California.
Here is the leftist view at the Bwog
Flawed logic #1: “A free and accessible education is a value that goes back towards the Declaration of Independence, which stated equality was a fundamental principle of the founding of this country.”
Ok, how is equality related to the Declaration of Independence? The Declaration says:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Doesn’t say anything about a right to education. It DOES say that all mean are created equal and have certain unalienable rights among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
To go a step further universal education (free government sponsored schooling) isn’t mentioned in the Constitution either.
Flawed Logic #2: “Unfortunately, those tenets of freedom and equality have been reduced to lip service in a country that seems more interested in war, profit, individualism, and greed.”
The current war is to protect American lives at home and abroad from murders, a pretty decent priority I think. Profit and individualism is what this country was founded on, to include making money for oneself through having ones own business, without government interference. Greed by lying about products or cooking your books to turn a decent dividend payment is wrong, and is wrongly grouped by leftist/statist mentality as being profit.
Now, all that “ACTION!” (a constant statist buzzword, look at Hitler, Mussolini, Obama or any leftist writer) resulted in businesses being damaged, arrested being made, protesters wielding pipes to break windows of cars, and protesters throwing chunks of ice at officials. This type of action is always used by leftist/statist organizations, in fact some of the organizations involved in the melee have “socialist” or “socialism” in their names.
Here are some of them and they are linked to their websites:
The New Students for Democratic Society
These organizations all supported the call to “action” on march 4. Take at look at each and decide for yourself if you want you or your children supported by groups such as these.