Sunday, October 17, 2010
By Joe Guzzardi | Published on 10.16.2010
Last week, Raul Diaz, Mexico’s superintendent of tax administration, confirmed that Mexico will build a wall along the Mexican-Guatemalan border. Diaz’s announcement exposed to the world Mexico’s unending hypocrisy.
For decades, Mexico has decried the United States’ immigration policy as inhumane and called for the open flow of “migrants,” as its leaders refer to illegal aliens. In 2005, then-President Vicente Fox called a U.S. proposal to build a high-tech wall along the shared border as “disgraceful and shameful.” Another prominent Mexican official, Foreign Secretary Luis Derbez, insisted that, “ Mexico is not going to bear, it is not going to permit, and it will not allow a stupid thing like this wall.”
How times change! Apparently, if Mexico builds a wall, it’s appropriate. When the United States builds one, it’s racist.
Friday, October 15, 2010
State laws may have officials' hands tied
By Tom Tolan of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 14, 2010 |(124) Comments
West Allis - City and school officials here are scrambling to react after it came to light that a property owner wants to set up a gun shop kitty-corner to an elementary school.
But they're not likely to prevent the shop from opening, and they may even be limited in what they can do to keep other such businesses away from schools.
Michael G. Govas, who owns a commercial and apartment building at 2192 S. 60th St., applied for a business occupancy permit in August to operate Shorty's Shooting Sports in a 1,500-square-foot storefront in the building.
The application says the store would sell "hunting supplies, handguns, shotguns, ammo, basically all hunting and shooting supplies, long guns."
The store is at S. 60th and W. Grant streets, the same intersection where Longfellow Elementary School in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is located.
"I'm all for people having guns," said Diane Dorow, a neighborhood resident with a son in third grade at Longfellow. "I'm just real concerned that there's going to be problems.
"There's plenty of places they could open a gun shop, but across from an elementary school? It's just not right."
City officials say the gun shop is a permitted zoning use, and the occupancy permit was issued, though the shop hasn't yet received a required federal license. There's a state law that prohibits guns within 1,000 feet of a school, but Jim Fendry, director of the Wisconsin Pro-Gun Movement, said that exceptions in the law would allow the shop in.
It's amazing how stupid some people are. This woman is "all for guns", just not in her neighborhood.
Got to wonder if she would feel the same way about a mosque or a strip club there...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
A Clark County judge has ruled that Wisconsin's ban onPDF brief
conceal carry of a weapon is overly broad and
unconstitutional in light of the recent Heller and
McDonald landmark US Supreme Court cases.
It's just a county judge, but who knows where this might lead...
It's interesting the links that got generated...
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No idea who the chick is...
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Now GOP candidates across the country are embracing yet another extreme idea. They're talking about rolling back -- or eliminating -- the minimum wage.
It's the newest proposal from GOP Senate nominees in states across the country: Linda McMahon in Connecticut, Joe Miller in Alaska, Rand Paul in Kentucky, John Raese in West Virginia, and Dino Rossi in Washington.
And it's just the latest item on a worn-out agenda that has been repudiated time and time again. But if we let the Republicans win this fall, these candidates are going to see their victories as mandates for extremism.
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So the minimum wage becomes a barrier for job creation that "hasn't solved any problems in 50 years" in the words of West Virginia Republican John Raese.
Unemployment insurance becomes "unconstitutional" in the words of Alaska Republican Joe Miller.
Social Security becomes a "broken" program that "can't be fixed" in the words of Nevada Republican Sharron Angle.
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They make it sound like it's a bad thing to get rid of all the un-Constitutional and wasteful aspects of the federal government!
Then again, I guess it would be bad - for a party so addicted to waste and corruption!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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I love the smell of desperation in the morning...
Democrats in the Senate on Thursday held a recess hearing covering a taxpayer bailout of union pensions and a plan to seize private 401(k) plans to more "fairly" distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Post Office Shows Where U.S. Is Headed: Kevin Hassett
(Corrects fourth paragraph to indicate billion.)
To understand where the advocates of big government will take this country, look at the U.S. Postal Service.
Start with the fact the Postal Service is a great jobs machine, employing 712,000 people at an average annual compensation, including wages and benefits, of $83,000. And those hefty pay checks are a great source of political contributions for Democrats. In 2010, almost 90 percent of the approximately $4 million contributed to campaigns by postal unions went to Democrats. Take a guess where much of the opposition to reform comes from.
H/t Ace of Spades
Monday, October 11, 2010
Drop the I word
If illegals want to stay here, they should make a really strong effort to become Americans rather than lurk in their ghettos and refuse to integrate. My grandparents did. So did millions of ethnic Hispanic Americans.
Refusing to call an illegal act an illegal act just tries to bury the root problem.
Yes, it would be a tragedy to send babies born here to illegal immigrant parents back with them, but who made the decision to violate our laws and come here to have those babies? Not me! Take responsibility for your own actions!
I have to agree with a fine point here - none of the people pictured are "illegal", as a human being cannot be "illegal" or we would all be in big trouble.
However, any individual human being can certainly be an ILLEGAL ALIEN, as that is the definition of someone who enters our country by stealth without benefit of legal permission.
Complain all you want, but a spade is still a spade - and an illegal immigrant is still in violation of the law, and should be happy to just be deported and not jailed.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Lame Duck Threat to Bailout Union Pensions
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from hand-picked witnesses advocating the infamous "Guaranteed Retirement Account" (GRA) authored by Theresa Guilarducci.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++You didn't actually think that was YOUR money, now did you?
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
We just have to do this - our betters are counting on us!
(These are the same sweet folks that brought us this gem of a public service announcement.)
Unfortunately, the "Carbon Belch Day" website is no more - look here for what it was all about.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
'Steady decline of middle class'
If he had followed history over the last three decades, it would be obvious that not taxing the rich does not work. While America has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, less than one in four corporations pay a dime in taxes. This is self-destructive for the vast majority of American businesses.
Taxes pay for roads and highways used by businesses to deliver their products to the marketplace. Taxes pay for public education that supplies an educated workforce to provide labor for businesses to develop, manufacture, improve, market and sell their products. Taxes provide police and fire protection to protect the factories, vehicles and sales distribution points necessary to business success. Obviously, no business wants government until their building catches fire and they start looking for the fire truck!
Since 1980, when Reagan began the process of reducing taxes on the superrich, we have seen a steady rise of unemployment, ballooning of the national debt, loss of family wage jobs, rise in health care costs, rising national poverty rates and bankruptcies and a decline in public education effectiveness. Oh, let’s not forget that Reagan, with the help of a little-known economist named Alan Greenspan, was the first to begin robbing the Social Security trust fund to help hide his out-of-control deficits.
During this time we have seen the steady decline of the middle class and its buying power. Since we are a consumer economy, where 2/3 of our economy is driven by consumer spending, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out what is going wrong in today’s economy.
My reply - let's see if I get published:
Wow - this is getting interesting. I recently replied to George Ferriter about raising federal taxes, and now Rick Brunton has joined in.
I think if Mr. Brunton does a little research, he will find that President Reagan and Alan Greenspan were not the guys who changed the accounting for the Social Security trust fund. This was done by an earlier administration - Lyndon Johnson in 1968 - cited by the federal Social Security Administration. http://www.ssa.gov/history/InternetMyths2.html
What began in 1984 under Reagan was taxation of Social Security benefits.
I agree - some taxation is necessary to run the Constitutionally-authorized functions of the federal government. However, when the federal government continually votes to increase spending on programs that they have no Constitutional authority to create, these taxes start to degrade, rather than enhance, our country's financial health.
If some large firms escape paying taxes, would not the proper response be to modify the tax code to close the loopholes they are using, rather than increase taxes on everyone?
Furthermore, it is shown that the top 10% of US taxpayers pay over 70% of all federal income taxes, while the bottom 90% pay 30%. The bottom 50% of US taxpayers pay just under 3%. http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html
The steady decline of the middle class and loss of jobs graphed with the increase of federal rules and spending makes an interesting inverse relationship. Government spending never created one job that did not cost the "rich" a lot more than that job created in a healthy economy would have.
We need to rein in big government.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
YouTube originally had this labeled "private", but it's back up for the time being.
The radical environmentalists are more dangerous than any "climate change" could ever be.
Friday, October 1, 2010
September 17, 2010
First off, you should check out this thread over at Democrats.org. We got a comment in there very early, and it seems to have set off a lot of the whackadoodles. It’s always a good thing to get these loons revved up. Raising their blood pressure is beneficial to everyone. Good thing they all have free Obamacare now, right?
Shamelessly stolen from Hillbuzz
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Oooooh kaaaaay. Nice Marketing Spin.
I wasn't trained as a scientist, but I was trained as an engineer (Electrical, thanks for asking!), and while that's not exactly the same thing, it left me very well versed in the Scientific Method. More importantly (from a
So yeah, you can count me as one of those "skeptics".
Go read the whole thing