Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fired again...

The new job is history. I was not fast enough to absorb eight year's worth of six different engineer's design, I guess.

I'm going to look for a job as a plant maintenance man or mechanic - that's the job I like best, and damn the salary. Money is not worth killing oneself. I'll also keep running my little consulting / jack-of-all-trades business.

I sure won't miss the daily 150-mile commute into the belly of the beast - suburban Chicago...

Aaron Zelman has died

He will be sorely missed. A true patriot, and a tireless fighter for our Second Amendment rights.

Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

I hope JPFO survives.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

R. Lee Ermey tells it!

Seen at A Trainwreck in Maxwell :

Farm and Fleet banning guns?

Wisconsin Farm & Fleet stores may be Free-fire zones for the bad guys soon. From AmmoLand.Com

Farm and Fleet Stores Post Anti-Gun Signage
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 5:30 PM
Tags: Anti Gun SympathizersGun Free ZonesWCIWisconsinWisconsin CarryWisconsin Carry Inc

Farm and Fleet Stores Post Anti-Gun Signage
Blains Farm and Fleet

Blain's Farm and Fleet Has No Problem Selling Firearms??
Wisconsin Carry

Wisconsin Carry

Wisconsin --(Ammoland.com)- Wisconsin Carry takes an “all of the above” approach to protecting and advancing the right to carry in Wisconsin.

In the past, individual members, and WCI as an organization have had success in getting stores who post signs prohibiting carry to take the signs down and allow carry as state law provides.

We don’t have the resources to get involved every time a store or business posts a “no firearms” sign, but we do look at situations on a case by case basis and if we believe there is an issue that affects a large number of members where we can make a difference, we may get involved.

This is one of those situations.

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Go read the whole article.

My comment to http://www.farmandfleet.com/customer_care/default.aspx :

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I understand that your corporate office has decided to make Wisconsin Farm & Fleet stores "gun free zones" by posting signs advising that legally carrying a defensive firearm is prohibited in these stores.

As a private business, Farm & Fleet has every right to make such a decision - but is it the correct one for today's world?

The only persons who will be affected by this rule are the law-abiding customers who would never cause a problem. Criminals are likely to see these signs as an invitation to commit an armed robbery, knowing that there could be no defensive response by the customers or employees.

Wisconsin may soon join the other 48 states that do not prohibit their citizens from carrying a concealed weapon for defense. Open carry is already legal in Wisconsin, and many of the restrictive laws now on our books may be repealed by our new legislators. Will you still prohibit law-abiding folks from being able to protect themselves in your parking lots if these laws change?

I understand one of your customers was attacked in the parking lot of a store near Madison. If you prohibit your customers from having the means to defend themselves, you may find your stores losing business to other companies without this kind of restriction.

Please rethink your decision. If one of your customers is injured or killed because he or she could not defend themselves on account of leaving their gun home so they could shop, you would bear some of the responsibility for the crime, as an enabler of the criminal.

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Let 'em know this is not a good idea...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

This is getting rediculous

Time for massive civil disobedience. If enough refuse the grope, we can overwhelm their jails...

Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat down

by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on December 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 23 at 9:39 AM

Early Wednesday morning, a computer glitch shut down a security checkpoint for a couple of hours at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The line snaked out the door as many travelers waited for more than an hour and some missed their flights. One of the first people in line after that shutdown never made it through. She was arrested and banned from the airport.

Claire Hirschkind, 56, who says she is a rape victim and who has a pacemaker-type device implanted in her chest, says her constitutional rights were violated. She says she never broke any laws. But the Transportation Security Administration disagrees.

Hirschkind was hoping to spend Christmas with friends in California, but she never made it past the security checkpoint.

"I can't go through because I have the equivalent of a pacemaker in me," she said.

Hirschkind said because of the device in her body, she was led to a female TSA employee and three Austin police officers. She says she was told she was going to be patted down.

"I turned to the police officer and said, 'I have given no due cause to give up my constitutional rights. You can wand me,'" and they said, 'No, you have to do this,'" she said.

Hirschkind agreed to the pat down, but on one condition.

"I told them, 'No, I'm not going to have my breasts felt,' and she said, 'Yes, you are,'" said Hirschkind.

When Hirschkind refused, she says that "the police actually pushed me to the floor, (and) handcuffed me. I was crying by then. They drug me 25 yards across the floor in front of the whole security."

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As the video by that pilot shows, the bad guys can plant bombs with immunity, while women like this get raped again by the "authorities".

Whistleblower: Pilot Posts Video Exposing Airport Security Flaws


Fight the system.

Merry Christmas from the TSA!

Friday, December 24, 2010

I got an email!

Found in my junk folder

First, how it appeared flagged by Thunderbird as "junk"

From "Olga Harmon" (email from MARJORY Harmon):

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All four links went to different addresses in the .ru domain.

Has anyone else noticed a huge drop in spam volume since that guy in Milwaukee got nailed for running a spam robot network?

Stupid idea of the month

Possibly of the year. Compressed air is a niche energy storage medium, useful for very specific purposes, but will never approach other storage systems, like hydrogen or batteries.

The Air Pod

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The War On (some) Drugs - Logic need not apply

There is now a Scientific Integrity policy that all federal agencies must obey - about time.

EXCEPT - ONDCP. When it comes to drugs, let's not get science, or anything other than the quest for ultimate power, get in the way.

ONDCP specifically exempted from Scientific Integrity policy



This is, while merely a memo, refreshing, and the kind of thing that has been sorely lacking from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and its director.

There’s much more in the memo which, if followed, would open the door to a realistic and open national conversation about drug policy.

But there’s one catch.

At the end of the memo…

Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof…

And, of course, the current law authorizing the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy specifically states:

Responsibilities. –The Director– [...]

(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that–

  1. is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and
  2. has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

If the science says that legalization is even a viable option, the Drug Czar is required by law to ignore, obfuscate, lie, or whatever else is necessary to oppose any attempts to legalize.

By definition in the memo, scientific integrity requires an open analysis of the issue, including looking at best and worst-case scenarios. Yet the law specifically prohibits that kind of openness.

The law trumps the memo’s guidelines, leaving the Drug Czar and the ONDCP specifically exempt from the government’s Scientific Integrity policy.

H/t The Agitator

More:

The White House Blog

Scientific Integrity: Fueling Innovation, Building Public Trust

On March 9, 2009, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on Scientific Integrity emphasizing the importance of science in guiding Administration decisions and the importance of ensuring that the public trusts the science behind those decisions. In it he highlighted six principles of scientific integrity that would be at the core of this Administration’s approach to policy making. And he asked me, in collaboration with other Federal officials, to craft recommendations for ensuring scientific integrity throughout the executive branch.

Today, in response to the President’s request, I am issuing a Memorandum to the Heads of Departments and Agencies that provides further guidance to Executive Branch leaders as they implement Administration policies on scientific integrity. The new memorandum describes the minimum standards expected as departments and agencies craft scientific integrity rules appropriate for their particular missions and cultures, including a clear prohibition on political interference in scientific processes and expanded assurances of transparency. It requires that department and agency heads report to me on their progress toward completing those rules within 120 days.

Comments to Kohl and Lame Duck Feinglod

Still sending emails that probably never get read by humans, at least humans with any real power.

To Kohl:

2012 is coming. You have yet again ignored the commands of your employers, and voted for a bill we did NOT want passed.

Thank God enough other employees followed the orders their bosses gave them.

You are on thin ice here, bucko. Watch your future votes, or you might be enjoying that Senate retirement plan in two years - a plan, in my view, you have no right to.

Vote as we tell you, or resign, if you have any honor left.

To Lame Duck:

Again, you ignore our instructions.

I realize that you, as a lame duck senator, have no reason to follow the commands of the people who sent you to Washington, but common decency would dictate that you at least make it look like you care.

You are going down in the history of Wisconsin as a liberal fool who tried to muzzle political speech and consistently ignored the people he was elected to serve. Congratulations. Enjoy your unearned federal pension, and remember that every penny you take there is stolen from those you swore to serve.

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I know it's useless, but it sure feels good to vent. Next month, we can look forward to Wisconsin becoming irrelevant in the Senate, at least, and voting for what's right, at best. It all depends on how much Kohl cares if he's re-elected in 2012. If he's planning on retiring, he might just negate Ron Johnson's vote, but not actually cause any damage to our country.

Or, he might have an attack of conscience, and start voting as the majority of productive Wisconsinites would have him vote.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

More TSA professionals at work

Seen at Drudge:

Gaping Holes in Airline Security: Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners

Watch the video. The gun got through, but the woman behind him got stopped for "liquids".

Secret Tests At LAX, O'Hare, Newark Show TSA Screeners Missed Guns, Bombs

Beware Osamas bearing gifts

Remember that "tax credit" where Osama wanted to give us all an $8 per week raise?

It backfired.

13M get unexpected tax bill from Obama tax credit

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 13.4 million taxpayers may be getting unexpected tax bills because they were awarded too much money under President Barack Obama's Making Work Pay tax credit, a government audit said Thursday.

The tax credit, which expires Jan. 1, was designed to increase take-home pay by about $8 a week through new tax withholding tables. The credit was capped at $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples filing jointly.

However, the credit put millions of taxpayers at risk for not having enough taxes withheld from their paychecks, resulting in a tax bill when they file their returns, said the audit by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

Those at risk included people with multiple jobs, married couples who both work, Social Security recipients who also work, and young workers who are also claimed as dependents on their parents' tax returns.

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So - the people who needed the help most might not only NOT get refunds this year that they were expecting, they might have to skip on eating to pay the extra tax.

Why can't these idiots keep their mouths shut and their bill-writing hands in their pockets?

Glowbull Worming?

H/t Borepatch

Wisconsin's Handgun Hotline

These folks are protecting us from ourselves.

Here's the instructions for our wonderful, duplication of effort, Handgun Hotline, that has not prevented one criminal act, and possibly has resulted in injury or death to innocents barred from picking up their freedom tools at the time of purchase. $13.00 per "inquiry" to the Criminal Information Bureau. Click the image to embiggen and read the fine use of the English language.



This was Page 1 of 6. The rest are not as entertaining.

Not quite sure why one would be "improssoned" if one leaves a loaded gun within the "rech" of a child. Personally, I would put the irresponsible person who writes crap like this while receiving my tax money as pay in the "prosson".

12/19 addition - let it be said that every person at the "Handgun Hotline" that I have had dealings with was pleasant, helpful, and efficient. It's sad that competent people will be hurt when the government finally sheds itself of duplicate bureaucracies, but them's the breaks.

Osama's DREAM has died!

For the foreseeable future. Good riddance.

They could only muster 55 of the 60 votes needed for cloture. This bodes very well for when we take over the reins in January.

Now, if they can also not pass the public union free-ride bill...or the wimpy START treaty...

The chickens come home to roost!

Mr. Osama has made fast friends among our former allies with his impeccable statesmanship - so...

Snub for Obamas as Royal sources reveal they will not be invited to Prince William's wedding

By Fay Schlesinger

Last updated at 10:09 PM on 17th December 2010

  • American President left off the guest list as it is not a 'state occasion'
  • Royal couple eager to ask ordinary citizens to attend rather than VIPs
  • Heads of State who may attend include Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni

President Obama and his wife Michelle will not be invited to Prince William's wedding next year.

Because Prince William is not yet heir to the throne, his wedding to Kate Middleton is not classed as a ‘state occasion’ – and the couple feel under no pressure to fill the 2,000-strong guest list with heads of state, the Mail understands.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339315/President-Obama-snubbed-sources-reveal-invited-Prince-Williams-wedding.html#ixzz18SrNSoCu

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

More useless emails.

To ex-employee Feingold:

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Here are your orders:

Vote NO on the "Dream Act". Let the next Congress do this according to the wishes of the people - your bosses.

Vote NO on the pork-laden Omnibus Spending Bill. Now is not the time for another "we have to pass it in order to find out what it has in it" 2000-page monstrosity with over 6300 special perks for fired former civil employees.

Vote NO on the "tax compromise". Again, this needs to be addressed by our current employees, not those who we have fired due to their incompetence.

Follow your orders, and have a Merry Christmas.

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The same to soon to be ex-employee Kohl.
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To Tammy Gay Baldwin, re-elected by union pressure by a nose:

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Remember that you have been re-elected mainly by the pressure of unions and other special interest groups, and that you and your fellow left-leaning liberals and socialists are now in the minority. Try a little restraint and "bipartisanship" during the next few years, and really try to follow the orders of the majority of your Wisconsin constituents who did not vote, or did not vote for you. You just might get another chance after this if you are good.

Here are your orders:

Vote NO on the "Dream Act". Let the next Congress do this according to the wishes of the people - your bosses.

Vote NO on the pork-laden Omnibus Spending Bill. Now is not the time for another "we have to pass it in order to find out what it has in it" 2000-page monstrosity with over 6300 special perks for fired former civil employees.

Vote NO on the "tax compromise". Again, this needs to be addressed by our current employees, not those who we have fired due to their incompetence.

Follow your orders, and have a Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wisconsin union contracts!

The Beloit Daily News had this today:

Dems race to OK union deals


Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 11:01 AM CST
Aim to ink pacts before Walker, GOP take over

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats scrambled Tuesday to set up a vote on new contracts for thousands of state workers before they lose their legislative majority, taking the unusual step of going around one of their own leaders.

** The money quote: **

But Democrats control both the Assembly and the Senate until Jan. 3, when Walker takes office and Republicans seize control of both legislative houses, and they’ve been pushing to complete the deals before they lose power. The conflict grew even more heated last week when Walker suggested he might consider abolishing state employee unions.

“Bring it on,” Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, which covers about 22,000 state workers, said Tuesday. “If he wants labor unrest . . . bring it on.”

Beil didn’t elaborate.


** Sounds like a threat of violence to me **

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My reply to the Letters to the Editor page:

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I guess we know how much respect all those lame-duck senators and assemblypersons have for their constituents - they are insisting on jamming expensive union contracts down our throats, knowing full well this is their last chance to pay off their political debts to the unions.

I hope Governor Walker makes good on his promise to outlaw public unions in Wisconsin, As far as I am concerned, anyone who wants to work for a governmental agency should accept whatever pay the people, through their elected representatives. judge is proper for their job, and not complain. They are free to seek real, productive jobs in the private sector, where they are free to join a union if they want to.

If you work for the people, you should not be threatening the people, like Mr. Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, does in his statement. I believe what he is quoted as saying could be construed as a threat of violence.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Kill switch" in new Intel processors?

Just saw this:

http://bit.ly/hUkwmE

Infowars.com December 14, 2010

Remote `kill switch' added to Intel's newest processor
Jason Douglass

Lauded as a security feature, Intel's new Sandy Bridge processor can be remotely disabled by a hardware/software combination known at Anti-Theft 3.0. Systems can be disabled over 3G networks, even while the OS is not running. Even when the hard drive is replaced, the critical systems will still be terminated.

At first this sounds great: if an owner loses a laptop it can be remotely disabled to ensure no sensitive data is compromised. But essentially we are giving up control of our computers and putting that control in another's hands.

With the Patriot Act in place and and legislation like the `kill switch' bill, many of the rights we took for granted are threatened. It is well within reason to fear this type of technology as it could be used as a means of control and censorship.

The CIA recently created a `honeypot' on a hijacked mirror site associated with Wikileaks and used it to identify people who download the sensitive data.

University students have been warned not do download Wikileak's documents under threat of being blacklisted from government jobs.

Homegrown terrorism is the new buzz being cultivated by DHS and various other government agencies. In publications like MIAC report, authorities identify patriots as dangers and label them probable terrorists.

Even Geraldo Rivera has begun to see through the thin veil of false flag terrorism, identifying patsies planted by the very agencies meant to protect us.

We have lost control of our government and soon we will lose control over our own health. Constitutional rights are continually under attack and we are losing the war. With PR spins like Intel's it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep things in perspective.

The TSA responds

Recently, I sent these clowns a note - reproduced at the bottom of their response. As usual with any governmental agency or public servant, they totally ignored the content of my comment.

I wonder who writes these? Is it just an "Eliza" program? A badly written one?

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Thank you for your email message regarding the delays you have experienced while traveling through our Nation's airports.

As part of its airport security procedures, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires airlines to verify the identity of all passengers to ensure that persons on Federal watch lists who are known to pose, or are suspected of posing, a threat to civil aviation or national security receive secondary screening or are denied boarding on commercial aircraft. The Federal watch lists are maintained by the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center in a consolidated Terrorist Screening Database, and are compiled from information provided by Federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The Federal watch lists include a No-Fly List and a Selectee List. Individuals on the No-Fly List are prohibited from traveling on commercial aircraft. Individuals on the Selectee List are permitted to fly but receive secondary screening at airport security checkpoints.

DHS recognizes the frustration that individuals may feel when they experience delays at airports due to security procedures. To help alleviate delays, DHS has developed the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) to assist individuals who believe they have been incorrectly delayed, denied boarding, identified for additional screening, or have experienced difficulties when seeking entry into the United States.

Travelers may outline their concerns in a single request to DHS TRIP via the Internet. The information received will be shared with applicable DHS component agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as with the U.S. Department of State and, when appropriate, with airport and airline operators. Information will be shared in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a), and as established in the Privacy Impact Assessment published for DHS TRIP.

To participate in the program, please submit a completed Traveler Inquiry Form and requested copies of identity documents to DHS TRIP at www.dhs.gov/trip or by completing the enclosed form. DHS will review the information submitted and work with other Federal agencies, if necessary, to resolve individual concerns. DHS TRIP will inform you in writing when review of your inquiry is complete.

DHS can neither confirm nor deny whether an individual is on a Federal watch list because this information is derived from classified and sensitive law enforcement and intelligence information. In addition, DHS cannot ensure that your travel will always be delay-free. Airline check-in procedures must still be followed and other security measures remain in place at the airport. For example, an individual may be selected for secondary screening to resolve a walk-through metal detector alarm or because of random selection. Because airline procedures for screening passengers against Federal watch lists vary, an individual may still be required to check in for flights at the airline ticket counter and be unable to print a boarding pass from a home computer, airport kiosk, or curbside.

When you submit an online inquiry, a control number will be assigned to you. The control number will be displayed on the Traveler Inquiry Form acknowledgement page along with your name. Please print the acknowledgement page, sign it, and send it to DHS TRIP along with the requested copies of identity documents. If completing the enclosed form, please sign it and send it to DHS TRIP along with the requested copies of identity documents. Please do not send original identity documents as they will not be returned.

To send your completed documentation to DHS TRIP, you may e-mail it to TRIP@dhs.gov or mail it to the following address:

DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP)
c/o Transportation Security Administration
601 South 12th Street, TSA-901
Arlington, VA 20598-6901

To check the status of your inquiry, go to https://trip.dhs.gov/status.htm and enter your control number. If you do not have a control number and wish to check the status of your inquiry, contact DHS TRIP by e-mail or the address above.

If you have questions, please contact the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673 or (571) 227-2900.


TSA Contact Center




--- Original Message ---
From:
Received: 11/30/10 1:49:33 PM EST
To: "TSA Contact Center"
Subject: TSA Contact Us: No-Fly/Selectee List

THIS GENERATED EMAIL HAS BEEN SENT FROM http://www.tsa.gov/contact/index.shtm
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Remote Client IP:
Date Time: 11/29/2010 9:19:52 PM
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Inquiry for: General Watch List Information
Name: Chuck Kuecker
Email: ckuecker@redacted.xxx
Message: I just wanted to know if I'm on your "no fly" list, seeing as I am one of your "domestic terrorists", because I don't agree with your ham-handed "security kabuki" that does nothing to foster safety, but indeed helps destroy American freedom.


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<<#577308-725080#>>
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If you enter their "control number" on their web site, you get a message asking you to enter a number. Stripping all the non-numeric stuff results in it being accepted, but nothing happens.

Sort of like the TSA's record on finding real terrorists. I saw somewhere that they miss something like 65% of the "fake bombs" sent through to test security.

So, if Osama - the one over in Ashcanistan - wants to blow up a plane here, he only needs to send 40 bombs through, and he's almost certain one will end up on a plane. Of course, his bombmakers have shown great ineptitude lately, for which we should all give thanks.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Random thoughts on the law

If someone is enough of a danger to the community to need to be "registered" as a sex offender, WHY the hell is this person still loose in the community?

Registration of any kind has never prevented a single crime - it just makes for employment for more bureaucrats to maintain the records.

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What's with sentences for crimes? HUGE fines and long jail terms for copying a copyrighted video - but much less for aggravated rape or even murder. Is the government telling us that CDs and DVDs are worth more than human lives? Guess so.

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I commute to Elgin, IL for work, and on the backroads I drive, I've been seeing new sign at every small bridge over a wet spot: "NO LOITERING OR JUMPING OFF BRIDGE".

Who is the brainiac that mandated these? Most of the streams are less than a foot deep during the spring thaw, and who exactly has been loitering? The trolls from the Illinois Trollway System?

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What's with the people who mount those solar powered warning lights along highways in Illinois? They mount many of them with the solar panels facing NORTH. This kind of stupidity has got to be taught - no natural idiot is that dumb!

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Pet peeve - if someone has "done their time" and is ready to be released back into society, WHY can they not be trusted with a gun? If they are that dangerous, like the "sex offenders", why are they out of the can? Perhaps we need to build Heinlein's "Coventry".

Enough for now..

Government stupidity

I know, redundant.

I just got a bill from the Wisconsin Department of Justice for three "transactions" for the "Handgun Hotline" - Wisconsin's totally redundant Brady check just for handgun transfers. $13 for each "subject" to check if they are naughty enough to be denied a transfer. This used to be much less - our Demonrats in Madison figured gun buyers are an easy mark for fleecing.

We pay taxes to the feds - and part of that money is used to run the FBI E-Check system, that does the same thing, unless the individual state has it's own system - like Ill-Annoys has its' FOID system run by the Illinois State Police.

The "Handgun Hotline" inquiry requires a phone call to the Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau, where a nice (really!) person takes your customer's information, and gives an answer within a day or so via phone call. Once approved, the transfer can happen after a 48-hour delay, to give the customer a chance to cool down - since we all know gun transfers are always in the heat of the moment. It's nice to know the State assumes we all are criminals until proven otherwise, isn't it?

Wisconsin is in serious financial trouble. An easy thing to do to both help the debt and more closely follow the Constitution would be to eliminate this bureau and the insane wait, and let the already-paid-for E-Check do the job. The E-Check is all computerized, and gives results in a couple minutes in most cases.

Once we've shed ourselves of the "Handgun Hotline", then we need to repeal the Brady Act to get the feds out of the business of infringing on the Second Amendment by requiring we ask Big Brother "pretty please may I" before buying a freedom tool.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

More probably useless emails, again.

Another email to Kohl.

Here are your orders for the week.

!. Vote NO on S. 3991. Public employees serve at the pleasure of the people, and should not be allowed to form unions or strike, let alone get special treatment on a federal level. If they don't like their working conditions, let them get real jobs in the productive sector of society.

2. Vote NO on any and all bills that either spend more money stolen from us, or expand federal power in any way.

Simple enough. I'm sure even a career politician like yourself can understand that your continuing obedience to the wishes of your masters is the only way you can continue to serve us in the Senate.

2012 is coming.

Let's see what bullcrap he responds with.

Gun control poll

Go take the poll - there's a nice real-time map of the results


Would you support a ban on handguns?

6,004 cities reporting, 29,938 total comments

Monday, November 29, 2010

TSA inquiry

Just sent this to the TSA's "No Fly" list inquiry:

I just wanted to know if I'm on your "no fly" list, seeing as I am one of your "domestic terrorists", because I don't agree with your ham-handed "security kabuki" that does nothing to foster safety, but indeed helps destroy American freedom.

I wonder if I'll get an answer. I still haven't heard from 'em about my other suggestion to emulate Israel...

More probably useless emails.

Had to send the two Demonrats their orders re: S.3194, but they probably will ignore me. At least Feingold is gone - he can't damage our country past the end of this lame-duck term.

TO Feingold:

The people have spoken. If you want to be remembered at all fondly in Wisconsin, you WILL vote NO on a cloture vote for S. 3194, and if it gets out of committee, you WILL vote NO on this abomination.

One thing our country DOES NOT need is special treatment of government workers in unions. I believe that all government employees should be prohibited from forming unions, as they serve at OUR pleasure, and have no right to continued employment at any terms other than what WE dictate.

To Kohl:

2012 is coming. If you want another chance to serve us, you WILL vote NO on a cloture vote for S. 3194, and if it gets out of committee, you WILL vote NO on this abomination.

One thing our country DOES NOT need is special treatment of government workers in unions. I believe that all government employees should be prohibited from forming unions, as they serve at OUR pleasure, and have no right to continued employment at any terms other than what WE dictate.

FWIW...

Despotism Made Easy

Go read...it's good.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Despotism Made Easy


DMEFAT -

Take the survey.

From JFPO:

Should America Remain a Christian Nation?

By Aaron Zelman, Founder and Director of Jews for the Preservation
of Firearms Ownership. (a JPFO survey)
Copyright JPFO 2010


Please be sure to read this article before going to take the related survey, the link for which can be found at the end.



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Our nation has devolved from the foundational ideals of personal self responsibility and personal self sufficiency into the present day Nanny State.

Left leaning pastors, preachers and priests have embraced well meaning, but misguided, schemes like welfare, mandatory wealth redistribution, affirmative action, public (aka government controlled) education, censorship, political correctness, “globalism”, and, last but certainly not least, “gun control”.

Have Christians been played for suckers for decades?

JPFO has aggressively challenged na├»ve and misguided Jews for over twenty years. Now it’s time for Christians to more deeply examine their true values.

JPFO is conducting a new survey. The purpose of this survey is to get people to think more clearly, and to do some serious introspection about their deepest beliefs. A cultural showdown regarding the continued existence of Christianity is coming to America. Where will you stand? How will your deepest spiritual beliefs embolden (or weaken) that stance?

Jews, being, at the very most, three percent of the population, have a vested interest in America remaining a Christian nation. Jews have survived and thrived here because America was a Christian nation. Christian America has given Jews opportunities, liberties and security they would have never had in other countries.

This nation was inarguably founded upon Christian and Old Testament (Torah) Jewish values. It was not founded by moral relativists, Marxists, secular humanists, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, or Muslims.

JPFO’s interpretation of a Christian nation is the following:

  • A Constitutional Republic rather than a theocratic form of government like Islam.
  • The institutional separation of church and state versus today’s legalistic secularization of our entire society.
  • Protection of the individual’s right to religious belief and the exercise of personal conscience.
  • A distinction between theology and time tested and successful guidelines of behavior like the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.
  • Freedom of choice in the religious “market place”, thus ensuring personal spiritual liberty.

Clear thinking Jewish commentators and religious leaders have long realized the reality of America being a Christian nation…and the absolute imperative that it remain so.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pollution is good for us!

All the crap Asia is spewing to make the crap we buy from them is saving us from glowbull worming!

From the Daily Mail:

Global warming has slowed down over the past 10 years, say scientists

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:27 PM on 26th November 2010

The rate at which global temperatures are rising has slowed in the past decade, scientists said today.

In a report published today, the Met Office said the slow in the rate of warming was down to a combination of natural variation in the weather and pollution.

Scientists say one of the major factors is the rise in heavy industry and pollutant 'aerosols', particularly in Asia.

An upsurge in industrial emissions such as sulphur which are being pumped into the atmosphere reflects sunlight and could lead to a cooling effect.

A NASA thermal satellite image of the Earth.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1333225/Global-warming-slowing-say-scientists.html#ixzz16WXL5xoW

Friday, November 26, 2010

Inch by inch...

they are tightening the noose.

breaking news Recently, the NFATCA took the lead on an issue that could have far-reaching consequences in the NFA and Sporting communities. It was learned that ATF was seeking to create a definition of small arms ammunition under the aegis of the Safe Explosives Act. The definition was being created as an opinion letter and had no input from the firearms community. More importantly, it could have arrived as a declaration that all ammunition above .50 caliber would now be classified as an explosive. New licensing, regulation, administration and the prospect of re-classifying all weapons that used these new explosives were a very real possibility. The fact that this was "flying under the radar" of traditional firearms advocacy groups was troubling, to say the least.

John Brown, NFATCA's President, arranged for a meeting with Acting Director Melson and his senior staff on November 19, 2010. Invitees to the meeting included senior officials from the NRA, SAAMI, Safari Club International and the NSSF.The prospects for calamity were reviewed and Mr. Melson agreed to assemble a working group, led by NFATCA, to make certain that "we get this right". Check back for regular updates.

H/t Say Uncle

Bill Whittle!

He's great! Go watch the whole series.

What We Believe

The TSA wants your input!

Give 'em a piece of your mind!

I just sent this:

Rather than continuing the current program of blatant violations of American's privacy and dignity, not to mention the blatant disregard for the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, perhaps your agency should investigate adopting the proven techniques used by the Israeli airport security people.

Profile, baby, profile! Searching 80-year old grandmas and three-year-old girls just makes our country a laughing-stock in the eyes of the world, and can not stop one serious terrorist.

H/t A Trainwreck in Maxwell

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The real dope on TSA bulls**t

H/t Radley Balko

Security and Terrorism Expert Bruce Schneier: TSA Scans "Won't Catch Anybody"

Since 9/11, cryptology expert and security consultant Bruce Schneier has been one of the most pointed critics of the government's anti-terrorism security programs. In his 2003 book "Beyond Fear," he coined the phrase "security theater" to refer to measures which are undertaken not because they will be effective at thwarting attacks, but because the agencies carrying them out need to appear to be doing something useful. We spoke to Schneier about the recent controversy involving the Transport Security Agency's use of invasive scanners and full-body pat-downs.

By Jeff Wise
TSA

Bruce Shneier argues that much of the TSA's airport screening procedures are "security theater." (Photo by Flickr/Joel Franusic)

November 19, 2010 10:37 AM Text Size: A . A . A
Q

What is really being seen by these machines?

A
Bruce Schneier: In theory, it sees stuff that isn't part of the body. So if you've got a stapler in your pocket, it will show up. The thought is that it will see stuff that a metal detector won't detect, like a ceramic knife. But this doesn't seem to be borne out by reality.

Q

The machines have shown up in the wake of the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up a plane with chemicals stored in his briefs. Would this technology have stopped him?

A
The guys who make the machines have said, "We wouldn't have caught that."

Q

So what kind of attack will this prevent, that otherwise might be successful?

A There are two kinds of hijackers. There's the lone nutcase, like someone who will bring a gun onto a plane because, dammit, they're going to take the whole plane down with them. Any pre-9-11 airport security would catch a person like that.

Quantative easing explained - at last!

H/t Domestic Divapalooza:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Science fiction becoming reality yet again

Brainwashing for real?

Method to erase traumatic memories may be on the horizon

Roger L. Clem and Richard L. Huganir

Postdoctoral candidate Roger L. Clem (left) and Richard L. Huganir, professor and chair of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, are conducting research into erasing traumatic memories. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / November 22, 2010)


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Soldiers haunted by scenes of war and victims scarred by violence may wish they could wipe the memories from their minds. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University say that may someday be possible.

A commercial drug remains far off — and its use would be subject to many ethical and practical questions. But scientists have laid a foundation with their discovery that proteins can be removed from the brain's fear center to erase memories forever.

"When a traumatic event occurs, it creates a fearful memory that can last a lifetime and have a debilitating effect on a person's life," says Richard L. Huganir, professor and chair of neuroscience in the Hopkins School of Medicine. He said his finding on the molecular process "raises the possibility of manipulating those mechanisms with drugs to enhance behavioral therapy for such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder."

Algore wakes up?

Interesting....

U.S. corn ethanol "was not a good policy"-Gore

Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:24pm GMT

* U.S. ethanol consumes about 40 pct corn crop

* Impact on food prices "real"

By Gerard Wynn

ATHENS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was "not a good policy", weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.

U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on Dec. 31.

Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7 billion last year according to the International Energy Industry, which said biofuels worldwide received more subsidies than any other form of renewable energy.

"It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol," said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.

"First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.

DREAM act emails

To Kohl:

2012 is coming fast. We WILL remember your votes in the next two years.

Vote NO on any "immigration reform" that includes any kind of short cut for people who have violated our immigration laws. Our Constitution does not allow for instant citizenship simply because a person is born on our side of the border - he or she MUST be the child of a legal immigrant or other person "subject to the laws of the US".

Vote NO on the 'DREAM" act. We are watching.

To Feingold:

The people have demonstrated their appreciation for your votes up 'til now. You have a couple months to attempt to redeem yourself in our eyes.

One thing you can do is vote NO on this so-called "DREAM Act" that would give persons illegally in this country a short-cut to citizenship. We do NOT want you to vote for this.

We have removed you from office because you have not done what we expect of our representative in the Senate. Do the right thing at the end of your career and vote NO on the "DREAM Act".

Enjoy your retirement pay.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Feds could shut down your web site?!?

Not satisfied with suing single moms for hundreds of thousands of $$$ because their teen shared a music file, now this:

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Web Censorship Bill Sails Through Senate Committee

Who says Congress never gets anything done?

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.”

COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and the big media companies to stem the tidal wave of internet file sharing that has upended those industries and, they claim, cost them tens of billions of dollars over the last decade.

The content companies have tried suing college students. They’ve tried suing internet startups. Now they want the federal government to act as their private security agents, policing the internet for suspected pirates before making them walk the digital plank.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Feds want to jam your phone?

Ray La Hood, US Transportation Secretary, thinks he has the power to keep you from having mobile phone access.

Glen Beck show link

If the government starts putting cell phone jammers in cars, I, for one, will start offering services to disable them.

Remember "seat belt interlocks"? I had a bunch of customers back when I had my car repair business who paid me to disable these. They often failed and prevented the car from starting at all - just when you needed to get going. Stupid idea, with a noble root - keep the ignorant idiot public from driving un-belted. I can only imagine how many crimes occurred because the victim's car wouldn't start RIGHT NOW.

Any interference with communications in cars will instantly have very serious unintended consequences, such as assault, rape, murder, and deaths preventable by a quick phone call. Would this system also interfere with people using hands-free phones now built into many vehicles, that use BlueTooth to communicate with your cell phone? This is right up there in the stupid idea column along with banning guns in certain places, ensuring the only people armed there will be the bad guys.

The First Amendment to our much-abused Constitution states that gov't will make no law infringing the right to freedom of speech. This sure as hell is such an infringement.

That said, prosecute ANYONE driving recklessly, for any reason. We don't need yet more nanny-state do-gooders screwing up our lives. If many of the officers now assigned to sit in wait in speed traps were out there patrolling, and nailing people like this woman, some of the bad apples would be taken off the road and perhaps people would get the message - watch where you are going and talk later.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

S. 510

I just got an email from the Beloit Patriots - the US Senate is considering S.510, which would create yet more bureacracy to regulate snall farms, in the search for yet more "perfect safety" for our food supply.

Just sent Kohl this:

Vote NO on S. 510. We have too much regulation now - why not propose getting rid of some of what exists now, rather than add more?

Perhaps by shutting down the TSA or the FDA, we can balance the federal budget without bankrupting the nation.

No new regulations. Enough already!

Sent lame-duck Feingold this:

Now that you have seen the will of the people of Wisconsin, there are a few things you can do to leave on a high note.

First, oppose S.510. We don't need even more regulation on our small farms, especially at a federal level.

Second, investigate the TSA - better yet, let's abolish it. It is wasteful, perverted, and useless, and by it's very existence, proof that the terrorists have won. Use the money they waste groping Americans and using possibly unsafe scanners to make pornographic images to pay down the huge deficits and debts you and your colleagues have created.

Investigate the BATFE and remove a bunch of their funding - the Border Patrol can use that cash.

Do these things and the people of Wisconsin can remember that you did something right on your way out of power.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Get your pistol-grips now, before they get banned...

Seen at Gun Rights Examiner

ATF position on pistol grip 'shotguns' creates new danger

  • November 15th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

An interpretation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that pistol grip shotguns are not shotguns has created an unforeseen legal liability for owners of such firearms. ATF’s Nov. 2009 FFL Newsletter declared:

Certain commercially produced firearms do not fall within the definition of shotgun under the GCA even though they utilize a shotgun shell for ammunition. For example, firearms that come equipped with a pistol grip in place of the buttstock are not shotguns as defined by the GCA.

Here’s another wrinkle, from Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars:

An October 27, 2010, letter from the Firearms Technology Branch ruled that such a firearm, with a 17" barrel and 26-1/4" overall length, was not subject to the National Firearms Act.

You can click here to read the letter.

That would seem to indicate there’s no issue with violating National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR) requirements, right? No worries if you own one, or want to buy one…?

Not so fast. If the pistol grip firearms are not “shotguns,” what are they?

Friday, November 12, 2010

More on Big Sis Prevert...

More on our perverted TSA...from Prison Planet

Big Sis Forced To Respond To Nationwide Revolt Against TSA

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Infowars.com
November 12, 2010

Big Sis Forced To Respond To Nationwide Revolt Against TSA 121110top

Update: TSA Desktop Image Makes Joke of Cavity Searching Children

The federal government has been forced to respond to the accelerating backlash against new TSA measures which have outraged the nation, with TSA Administrator John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano set to meet today with executives from the travel industry and heads of pilot associations.

Following intense and sustained focus on the issue by the Drudge Report, Infowars and Prison Planet, Reuters reports that, “Executives from the travel industry, including online travel sites, theme parks and hotels, were set to meet Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Pistole on Friday to discuss their concerns that security is crimping travel.”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Big Sis is a prevert

Big Sis Janet N is a real prevert. Overseeing the groping and pornographic photography of Americans who have the temerity to want to travel.



How perverted is it to subject women and children to either a dose of radiation of dubious safety, so their genitals can be joked about by TSA screeners, or to scream "OPT-OUT!" and then thoroughly grope those same persons? Especially while those same screeners are forbidden to use common sense in selecting who should get more scrutiny.

If only the US government's leaders had the intelligence to take a lesson from the Israeli experience with airport security. I guess we have to wait until 2012 and a new president before any common sense will penetrate.

Seen at Prison Planet.