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Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally

Progressives have never understood Glenn Back. Rarely do they quote or characterize him accurately. I guess it is easy for them to avoid watching his television show on Fox News or to listen to his radio program. IF they did, they could not say the the hateful things they say about him. Granted, he says things sometimes he later regrets (calling President Obama a racist, for example). He says things I disagree with from time to time. In the main, though, I think he is generally spot on, and he is spot on with logic and reason.

Liberals call Mr. Beck a demagogue. When I hear or read that, I suspect they do not know the meaning of the word. Liberals are all about demagoguery rather than reason. Their feelings trump logic. Their version of logic seems to be their own reasoning divorced from the lessons of experience and the laws of economics. Glenn Beck may be wrong (occasionally), but he backs up his opinions with history and facts. That is the antithesis of demagoguery. Inn…

US Constitution Series, Article III, Section 3

Article III. JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

§ 3. Treason

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.It seems quaint to say this, but it would be unconstitutional to punish the children and grandchildren of someone convicted of treason;

Glenn Beck Rally versus the Moocher Crowd

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Beck Crowd Leaves Mall Clean; Obama Crowd Not so Much

To me this is unsurprising. The Beck crowd is all about elf-reliance. So, they pick up after themselves or exercise care to dispose to trash properly.

The Obama crowd is more of the Peggy-the-Moocher variety. The Gummint gonna take care of us ... and pick up after us.

Which group would you rather have run the country?

Bed Bugs in Ohio: EPA to Blame

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Ohio is experiencing a nasty infestation in resurgent bed bug populations. EPA aims to keep it that way, by refusing to permit the use of effective and safe pesticides, because the EPA falsely (I believe) claims they are unsafe.

I am an adult American. I should have the right to take the risk. I don't need a nanny EPA telling me I cannot.

EPA folks should be wearing t-shirts that say, "Save the Bed Bugs."

US Constitution Series, Article III, Section 2

Article III. JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

§ 2. Judicial Power and Jurisdiction

The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;--between a State and Citizens of another State;--between Citizens of different States;--between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appe…

Gotta Love Those Statists

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Late Night Political Humor

I could not resist, taken fro one of those circulating emails, all attributions unconfirmed:
The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree and think 25 to life would be appropriate. --- Jay Leno


America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween
mask. --- Jay Leno

Q: Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it. --- Conan O'Brien

Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: A fund raiser. --- Jay Leno

Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers and threats to society.
The other is for housing prisoners. --- David Letterman

Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean
and it started to sink, who would be saved?
A: America ! --- Jimmy Fallon

Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
A: Bo has papers. --- Jimmy Kimmel

Q: What was the most positive resul…

US Constitution Series, Article III, Section 1

Article III. JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

§ 1. Judicial Power, Courts, Judges

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.The judges hold their office during good behavior, but the only bad behavior that is impeachable is treason, bribery and high crimes and misdemeanors.

US Constitution Series, Article II, Section 4

Article II. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 4. Impeachment

The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.It seems to me that the bar is pretty high to justify removal from office. Of course, the Senate must agree to convict on the impeachment by a two-thirds vote and there is no provisions for appeal to the Supreme Court.

Failure to keep the oath of office by itself is not grounds for impeachment.

Ground Zero Mosque Controversy Explained -- In Chinese

US Constitution Series, Article II, Section 3

Article II. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 3. Legislative, Diplomatic, and Law Enforcement Duties of the President

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information on the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.Not much here, but is it an impeachable offense for the President to fail to "faithfully execute" the border laws? The impeachment section is tomorrow.

Where is Your Congressman?

US Constitution Series, Article II, Section 2

Article II. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 2. Powers and Duties of the President

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established b…

Mattie Fein: Campaign Ads Come of Age

They just keep getting better and better.

US Constitution Series, Article II, Section 1

Article II. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 1. The President

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United …

Rod Blagojevich Verdict Explained

And you don't even have to understand Chinese.

Another Reason to Avoid Cleveland: City to Fine Residents Who Don't Recycle

The City of Cleveland present a new reason to avoid living in Cleveland, the mistake on the lake: $100 fines to residents who don't recycle enough.

From Cleveland .com
Trash carts containing more than 10 percent recyclable material could lead to a $100 fine, according to Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens. Recyclables include glass, metal cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard.Read it all.

City Council is thinking about a new motto: Cleveland: The City that Wants to Die.

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 10

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 10. Powers Denied to the States

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Control of the Congress.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreig…

Erik Scott Inquest Date Set

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the inquest for the Costco shooting of Erik Scott has been set for September 23. No word on what, if anything, the security video shows.

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 9

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 9. Powers Denied to Congress

The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases or Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census of Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear or pay Duties in another.

No Money sha…

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 8

Everybody should read this. Including Congresscritters.Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 8. Powers of Congress

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and In…

Ross Douthat's NTY Column Dissected and Respected

There is a NYT op-ed by Ross Douthat that is thoughtful, partly a wrong understanding of both left and right in America. I agree with the conclusion, and it deserves a thoughtful response.

I must quote large portsion to discuss the article (read the original, please):
There’s an America where it doesn’t matter what language you speak, what god you worship, or how deep your New World roots run. An America where allegiance to the Constitution trumps ethnic differences, language barriers and religious divides. An America where the newest arrival to our shores is no less American than the ever-so-great granddaughter of the Pilgrims.By this America he intends to describe left wing America. It is laughable to suggest that left-wing America has an allegiance to the Constitution. What about the second amendment, free speech for conservatives, or the Tenth Amendment. I acknowledge that is how the left wing fancies itself, however wrongly.
But there’s another America as well, one that unders…

On Tea Party Racism

Self explanatory from the You Tube Black and Right Group:



Mr. Parks has been the subject of the worst sorts of racist epithets ... from the left.

The Tax Debate We Should Be Having

Flat Tax versus the Fair Tax. I favor the Fair Tax, but we need a Constitutional amendment to prohibit any new income tax for it to work.



Both taxes would be unsatisfying to "progressives" who want to punish success ("soak the rich") or reward failure. Everyone gets treated equally under both taxes. Isn't that what we always believed America to be all about? Equal treatment?

Economics Trumps Obamacare per Reason TV

One of the most telling points to me is how our current regulation inhibits health care innovation. Increasing regulation will necessarily decrease innovation.

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 7

Article I

Section 7 - Revenue Bills, Legislative Process, Presidential Veto

All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for an…

Ground-Zero Mosque: Bad Idea for Moderate Muslims

I commend to you the excellent analysis of America' s attitude toward Islam in the Asian Times.

I, for one, am discomfited by organized Islam in America apparently failing to take any steps to condemn terrorist organisations such as Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas, and apparently failing to take and publicly announced steps to quell any stirrings of radical Islamists in the mosques of America.

The ground zero Mosque with its originally announced opening on September 11 seems clearly intended to be deliberately insulting to the memory of the Americans who died at the hands of radical Islamists on September 11, 2001. I, along with a majority of Americans, believe that the Mosque plans are ill-intended. The insult is intentional.

Even if they have a legal right to build there, it is clear that it is a bad move for all of Islam in America if -- and only if -- Islam in America is well-intentioned. The building of the controversial Mosque has stirred and will continue to stir anti-Mus…

Laws of Economics: Less Gov't spending Needed

Our hopey-changey-bushy-blamey President constantly justifies himself by claiming that all of today's economic problems stem from the "previous eight years." He seem blissfully unaware that two of those previous eight were on his watch. President Obama and the Congressional Democrats have simply extended and expanded that failed economic policies that got us into the current sluggish economy.

The Cato Institute explains:

Duped America

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I am always fascinated by people of one political persuasion or another who change their minds. Duped America is a book by Richard Bernstein, a former Democrat who realized that the Democratic party was deliberately misleading the American public.

There is an interesting interview with the author at the Daily Caller.

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 6

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 6. Rights and Disabilities of Members

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.There are some interesting things here. There is an absolute use immunity for anyth…

Can Monks Sell Caskets in Louisiana?

Here is a story about freedom and protectionism.

All licensing laws (yes, doctors and lawyers, too) are about protecting the in-crowd and keeping prices up. All licensing laws.

All licensing laws are sold as "protecting the public from the unlearned, unscrupulous, or incompetent. That is the big lie.

It is about money. Limiting the supply of any good or service props up prices.

Licensing is about money. And only money.



The story does not clearly say, but I assume that the problem is not that the monks make and sell caskets. The problem is that the monks sell caskets to the general public, so the sale does not go through the funeral directors.

Real or Fake: Bankrupting America

How well would you do, dear Reader? Real or Fake?

Wurzelbacker v. Jones-Kelley: Joe the Plumber Appeals Dismissal

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On August 12, 2010, Joe the Plumber appealed dismissal of his lawsuit against Helen Jones-Kelley and others who had made politically motivated searches of his state records.

Helen Jones-Kelley (since terminated) was the Director of Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). Her codefendants were also ODJS officials. ODJFS is an Ohio mega-agency enforcing child and spousal support obligations, unemployment compensation, and regulating various businesses, such as child care operators. "Joe the Plumber" embarrassed candidate Barack Obama, resulting in public disclosure of Candidate Obama's "spread the wealth" socialist agenda. After that public humiliation, the defendants met, and Defendant Jones-Kelley authorized searches of the ODJFS databases looking for information to embarrass Joe the Plumber.

When her wrongful actions were disclosed (i.e., using state resources for partisan political activity), Democratic Governor Strickland accepted her resig…

Democrats Reward Failure

Can you imagine? The Democrats never dreamed that by paying people to be unemployed, more people would be unemployed. It is no shock, then, to any rational mind (Democrats apparently excluded) that unemployment increased when unemployments benefits were extended from 26 to 95 weeks.

95 weeks! That is over three years of benefits for ... pretending to look for a job.

I have heard the Liberal reaction. They are incredulous that anyone would voluntarily be unemployed just because they receive benefits.

That sort of thinking proves how little Liberals/Democrats understand economics. Or people. Folks may find it hard to live on the unemployment benefits, so many supplement with "under the table" cash paid for unreported work.

Liberals may not be insane (see yesterday's post), but they certainly are not rational.

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 5

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 5. Powers and Duties of the Houses

Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to …

Judge Napolitano's History of Liberty

check out Judge Napolitano's History of Liberty. As of today, four parts are up. Jump to the link and check it out.

Why Are Liberals?

I am fascinated by the question of what makes liberals tick. This blog will refer you to a thoughtful article by Larrey Anderson at the American Thinker that suggests that liberals are not really insane.

I don't know. Liberals seem to be insane. Their talk and apparent thought patterns appear to be insane. Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck. The jury on that is still out for me. The article is well worth the read, though.

Sherrod Brown Takes Credit for Rewarding Failure

It is official Federal policy to reward failure and punish success. Here is the latest headline form Ohio:

Ohio gets $148 million to help unemployed keep their homes

Great. If your mortgage is in trouble and you want government assistance, get rid of your job. You have to fail to succeed in this environment.

As for Sherrod Brown, he wants some of the credit for reqarding failure:
Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a statement that "Ohio's cities have been on the frontline of the foreclosure crisis for over a decade and should have all the resources necessary to rebuild our communities.''

"These homeowners and communities deserve more assistance than they have been receiving (from the federal government) and today the federal government is giving it to them,'' Brown said."Deserve more assistance????" What have the done to "deserve" more assistance other than to fail? What a moron.

I believe in helping those in need. But not through government…

Google Street Cam Captures Body

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Here is the Google street cam shot showing the body on the ground:



This cam caused great speculation that a dead body was shown.

Don't worry, though. Here is the owner of the body and she denies that she was dead. She is 10 years old, and she was just playing.



For more related photos and story, go here.

Employers Check Backgrounds, Get Targeted for Discrimination Complaints

Is it illegally discriminatory to run criminal or credit background checks before hiring? Watch out, the Obama administration may go after you if you do.
WASHINGTON — Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.

A blanket refusal to hire workers based on criminal records or credit problems can be illegal if it has a disparate impact on racial minorities, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency enforces the nation’s employment discrimination laws.Read it all here.

The Justice Department points out that 38% of the prison population is black compared to about 12% of the general population. Why is that?

Is it because blacks are more likely to be incarcerated for the same crimes? That is not my observation (anecdotally) in court proceedings I have observed, but that may be part of it.

If it i…

Nanny State: USDOT Seeks to Ban Airline Peanuts

Some people have peanut allergies.

Newsflash: If you have a peanut allergy, don't take the airline peanuts.

There. Problem solved in the real world.

Washington is not the real world. According to the United States Government, People with peanut allergies are too stupid to refuse peanuts that may harm them. DOT wants to ban them.

How dumb, how totally arrogant does the Government have to get before we start repealing their authority to control every little thing?

Nuts Congressman Call Gibbs A Bozo

This is delicious. The subject of mycongressmanisnuts.com calls Robert Gibbs, President Obama's mealy-mouthed spokesman, a "Bozo Spokesman" because of Gibb's complaint that left left is not sufficiently appreciative of President Obama's lackluster presidency.



Alan Grayson (D-FL) may be the left's biggest whack-job. And that is a significant accomplishment in a field populated by whack-jobs.

US Constitution Series: Article I, Section 4

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 4. Elections

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.Wouldn't it be nice if Congress would assemble only once each year?

I have never looked into the history of it, but I wonder why all the elections in all the states are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November? Since the newly elected Congressfolk begin their terms in January, December seems like a long time to wait to get to work. We should remember that being a Congress-critter was supposed to be a part-time job. We would all be better off it that remained true.

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 3

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 3. The Senate

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United S…

Liberal Lunacy: More Mandates Mean More Liberty.

I was listening to a presentation to constitutional law professors by lawyers on both sides of the individual mandate health care litigation. On of the lawyers made a statement I thought astounding, but realized that it was the typical twisted thinking of liberals/progressives. She said that the individual mandate enhances liberty, because no one would have to worry about having health care.

What!!?? How do I have more liberty if the government is forwarding me to buy insurance on threat of a huge fine if I don't?

That is nuts. That is progressivism. Welcome to tomorrow's America.

US Constitution Series, Article I, Section 2

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 2. The House of Representatives

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting …

Erik Scott, Aug 10 Update

Here are the links to Las Vegas's 8 News Now Stories to date on the Erik Scott shooting:
Vigil to Mark 1 Month Since Las Vegas Police Shooting

Police Radio Recordings Reveal Chaos of Costco Shooting

Family Attorney Outraged Over Inquest Delay

Inquest into Costco Shooting Postponed

Police Have Not Viewed Costco Surveillance Tapes

Eyewitnesses May be Unreliable in Costco Shooting

I-Team: Father of Man Shot by Police at Costco Speaks

Family Gets Chilling Account of Costco Shooting

Officer Involved in Costco Shooting Involved in 2006 Shooting

Man in Costco Shooting had Concealed Weapons PermThe story will continue to develop, but slowly.

I assumed at one point that Costco may have been holding up the tape, but apparently police have sent the tape for forensic review due to issues with the Costco recording equipment. That seems odd. What good are any of the security tapes if Costco can't review them?

U.S. Constitution Series, Article I, Section 1.

Section 1 - The Legislature

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
This is actually far more profound than first appears. And far more ignored, it seems.

There are three branches of government, Congress (the legislative branch), the President (administrative branch) and the Supreme Court and such inferior courts as Congress may establish (the judicial branch). Only the Congress has the constitutional power to legislate. How then can an administrative agency, constitutionally under the President, adopt regulations that have the effect of law?

In theory, administrative regulations have only the power to clarify, interpret and fill in the gaps in legislation (an interpretative function of sorts), and then only where Congress has given that agency the power to adopt regulations. In practice, administrative agencies effective create law all the time.

It is not uncommon for lawy…

Blurred Vision: Iranian Exile Band

Modern protest song, remake and reworking of “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd:

Gov't Policy: Reward Failure; Punish Success -- Employers Can't Find Workers

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that despite high unemployment, many employers cannot find enough workers to fill available jobs. Why? Among other things, extended unemployment benefits.
Employers and economists point to several explanations. Extending jobless benefits to 99 weeks gives the unemployed less incentive to search out new work. The problem is particularly acute with low paying jobs. The closer the pay for not-working is to the pay for working, the more the incentives tip toward not-working.

Read the entire article here.

With unemployment as high as it is, workers should be clamoring for available jobs. Our government's answer: reward failure to work. When that produces less tax revenues, raise taxes on those who create jobs, punishing success.

United States Constitution: Preamble

Certain members of Congress have made it clear that the United States Constitution is too little read or understood. I don't plan to write a constitutional treatise, but today I begin quoting the United States Constitution in small chunks, so everyone can read it.
PREAMBLE

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.The preamble does not create or even recognize enforceable rights. At best, it may aid the interpretation of other parts of the Constitution if those other parts are ambiguous.

When the Government tires to justify regulation under the "general Welfare" clause, it is not the language of the preamble to which they refer. The term "general Welfare" appears again in Articl…

Another Enforcement Decision: Driving While Italian

Talking about enforcement decisions (see previous post), this video makes a very funny point:

7 Year Old Julie Murphy Freed!

"What freedom is there left?" That is the big question, asked by an interested bystander in the video below. Unfortunately, the answer is that there not much freedom is left in the land of the formerly free.



The Multnomah County Supervisor interviewed fails to take responsibility for the licensing law in whose ugly web little Julie Myers was ensnared. The best you can say about the Supervisor is that he, unlike his health department inspectors, understand how dumb the enforcement action was. It is not enough for any government say that it won't enforce the law when enforcement is dumb. There are plenty of dumb enforcers, who can't or won't or don't have the capacity to exercise good judgment. The law needs to be eliminated or fixed, so it does not permit overpaid minimum-wage-mentality enforcers to do the dumb thing.

Notice that in the interview, the Supervisor NEVER says anything like, "Gee, now we know there is a problem with the law, we should fi…

Obama Lied: Health Care died

Guest posting at Hotair.com, Mary Catherine Ham and Guy Benson list and discuss President Obama's top ten lies (false promises) about Obamacare:
Promise #1: If you are satisfied with your existing health care arrangement, you can keep it.Promise #2: Reform will lower America’s health care spending.Promise #3: Reform will lower Americans’ health care premiums.Promise #4: Obamacare will not lead to a doctor shortage, or escalate the primary-care physician shortfall.Promise #5: There will be no government rationing of medical care.Promise #6: “The firm pledge” – Ninety-five percent of Americans will not see any form of tax increase because of Obamacare (or anything else).Promise #7: Health care reform won’t add “a single dime” to the deficit—and will actually cut it.Promise #8: Health care reform will help businesses—employers and employees, alike.Promise #9: Obamacare will not allow for funding of abortions with taxpayer money.Promise #10: Obamacare will not only satisfy each of the …

US Funds 24% of Paris Bureaucracy

The Office of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an international organization that advocates regulated (not-free) markets and big government spending ... and a wine cellar for OECD bureaucrats.



Defund the OECD now!

Krugman Defeated By Comments on Own Blog

Paul Krugman (is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He also won a Nobel prize in Economics, further demonstrating the bankruptcy of Nobel Prizes, exemplified also by the Nobel Peace Prize given to President Obama. Krugman is an advocate of the failed Keynesian school of economic thought embraced by progressives.

This guy is sooo smart that his blog commenters have effectively and regualrly shredded his economic pontifications. As quoted in the American Thinker article by Fred Douglass (please read it):
By July, [2010,] Krugman had lost his "Battle of the Blog." On July 23, Latrina commented, "Who is this Sean from Florida? He takes everything that [the] Professor [says] and shreds it, piece by piece. He shouldn't be allowed to post his comments on this blog since he seems to be winning all the debates. We progressives need to stick together and embellish our talk…

Gov't Run Amok, Shuts Down Lemonade Stand - Updated

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Seven year old Julie Murphy is getting a painful lesson in just how great government regulation can be. Multnomah County, Oregon, shut down her lemonade stand because she did not have a $250 restaurant license.

This is just a microcosm of what businesses run by adults have to contend with in these days of excessive and oppressive regulation.

I represent a business that imports motorcycles and other products from China. In the last six months, I have become appalled at the ridiculous and excessive regulatory requirements and the incompetence and venality with which they are enforced. The stories are too many and long to recount simply. Suffice it to say that if I told the story, the reader's reaction is likely to be, "Oh no, that couldn't happen in America."

But, oh yes, when it comes to our regulatory state terrible things do happen in America and the Government grants immunity to the people who inflict themselves in struggling businesses.

Take the experience of poor…

Obama Can't Keep His Story Straight

After telling us that we don't need any more votes for bankers in Congress, President Obama is campaigning for Chicago banker Alexi Giannoulias, Banker to the Mob, for the United States Senate:

Plan to Save America: A Modest Proposal

The Voice of Reason has come up with a simple plan to restore freedom in America. I have though long and hard about this. I have worked on some Constitutional Amendment drafts to deal with the many anti-freedom court decisions over the last 200+ years.

However, I suddenly realized that the first step is really, really simple: an omnibus repeal of every Congressional enactment in that last 200 years, except for already spent appropriations. There would need to a a brief transition period as every Federal agency created in the last two hundred years is dismantled and its employee forced to go out and find useful productive work for a change. But that transition could be worked out in the legislative process. No state laws would be affected, except when the state law is merely enforcing a newly repealed Federal law.

Then we start all over.

If that sounds good to you, bear in mind that the repeal would include elimination of popular programs like Social Security and Medicare. We might…

Erik Scott Shooting Police Radio Link

Here is a link to the police radio chatter surrounding the shooting of Erik Scott at the Las Vegas Costco: Relevant portion starts at 6:53

Previous posts here and here.

Sheriff Gillespie said yesterday that so far they have not been able to retrieve the security video tape. Not yet been able to retrieve the video tape after all this time? That seems odd, doesn't it? Is Costco resisting giving up the tape for fear of its own liability, maybe?

Fun Shooting Guns

Yes, shooting guns at the range is fun. Vintage weaponry, machine guns and, yes, even flamethrowers. The following is a video report on a fun experience at a shooting event. Warning, you will have to sit through s short a commercial message first:

SC Party Rebukes RINO Lindsey Graham

Here is the full text of the resolution passed by the Executive Committee of the Greenviele SC Republican Party rebuking U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
GREENVILLE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
“RESOLUTION OF REBUKE of SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM”

WHEREAS, United States Senator Lindsey Graham has cast votes in the United States Senate in favor of TARP, which all but guarantees an increase in the national debt and expansion of the federal government.

WHEREAS, Senator Graham has voted in favor of two of President Obama’s nominees to the United States Supreme Court, who possess questionable qualifications and very liberal beliefs that are contrary to the United States Constitution.

WHEREAS, Senator Graham has promoted amnesty for illegal aliens, and continues to promote this premise under the guise of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”.

WHEREAS, by these and other votes, Senator Graham has abandoned the Republican platform:

. Limited Government;
. Capitalism and the Free Market System;
. Original Intent…

Missouri Voters Reject Obamacare

Missouri's Proposition C was adopted by an overwhelming 72% of the vote. Proposition C bans Missouri from forcing people to buy health care insurance. Since Obamacare is a federal law, it is not clear that the passage of the law is anything other than symbolic.

Here and here are reports on the voting.

Go here for more information about the ballot measure. Here is the full text of the measure.

Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi no doubt continue to be in denial mode. Clueless.

After the November election, Republicans should push for repeal. Let the Senate Democrats filibuster if the Republicans have a bare majority. Let the Democrats take that unpopular stand. Let President Obama veto the bill if it passes. Continue to push until after the 2012 elections, so the new Congressional majority can pass the repeal and the new president can sign it.

It is NO EXCUSE that the bill can't pass the Senate or that the President would veto. Push, push, push repeal until it CAN happen. Keep …

Colonel West's Campaign Ad

This is a serious ad by an American hero. Colonel West saved many lives and got reprimanded for it. He shot a gun near an Iraqi prisoner's head to scare information out of him the lead to the saving of American soldiers' lives. In this ad for Congress, Colonel West tells the story:

Erik Scott Shooting Update

The police originally said that any security video would be withheld until the coroner's inquest. The inquest was scheduled for September 3, 2010, but has been postponed indefinitely at the prosecutor's request to allow further investigation.

Source here.

The Scott's family's lawyer Ron Goodman is reportedly seeking the video and 911 recordings, but it is not clear what steps he is actually taking at this point, other than an informal request. Source here.

In the meantime, an alleged transcript of the police dispatching and radio communications has been leaked, but its authienticity is not established.

The family has set up a memorial web site which is basically not terribly informative.

Answers will be slow in coming, as they should be. A good investigation takes time.

Original post here.

Hopey Changey Bushy Blamey: Not Working

A Democratic-leaning poling organizations' latest poll finds that the public does not automatically identify today's Republicans with George W. Bush.
By Reid Wilson

Dems can dramatically alter the electoral playing field by tying GOP candidates to George W. Bush, but at the moment, the public sees a difference between the former president and his party in Congress.

Dems have tried repeatedly to tie the GOP to Bush's economic policies, which remain highly unpopular. But so far, that hasn't worked, according to officials at the Dem-leaning Third Way think tank.

"Just eighteen months after President Bush left office with the nation's economy in historic freefall, two-thirds of Americans now see congressional Republicans and their economic ideas as new and completely separate from those of the former president," the group wrote in a strategy memo sent to Dem leaders last month.

A majority, 53%, of Americans still blame Pres. Bush for the country's economic w…

Chevy Volt Commercial. Unbelievable.

Every adjective I can come up with that describes this commercial also describes my feelings about eh 40 mile rage, $41,000 Chevy Volt:

Weird. Dumb, Awkward. Misplaced. Unnecessary. Strange. I could go on...



Government Motors. The quality is hardly a surprise.

Woollard v. Sheridan et al.: Challenging Maryland Gun Law

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed suit in the State of Maryland challenging its gun permit law. To carry a handgun in Maryland, you need a permit. In addition to backgouround chaecks, the applicant must show and the Superintendent must determine that the applicant “has good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger.”

The complaint alleges among other things, "Individuals cannot be required to prove their 'good and substantial reason' for the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms."

The complaint also alleges, On Christmas Eve, 2002, Woollard was at his home with his wife, son, daughter, and the daughter’s children, when an intruder broke into the home by shattering a window. Woollard trained his shotgun on the intruder, but the latter wrested the shotgun away, and a fight broke out between…