More information that some say we shouldn’t have

Usually when Big Sis talks she is saying something stupid about border security, air travel security or the Tea Party. She really has little self awareness when she says some of the incredibly stupid things she would have us all believe. When DHS has something intelligent to say and they say it in a timely manner, it might be worth sitting up and taking note because it doesn\'t happen that often.

Of course this is tainted fruit from the poison tree. This information came as the result of violations of human and civil rights, waterboarding and the violation of the sovereignty of a nuclear armed Nation by men who were forced to serve under “Don’t ask, don’t tell”. These public admissions by DHS bear clear witness to those crimes.

Oh well. Nobody’s perfect.

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Got a big freezer?

Ok, this heat is awful and yes, sleeping in a truck with no AC is downright brutal BUT…this heatwave will probably benefit those of you who buy and store beef. This isn’t huge news but its worth mentioning coming into the end of the summer.

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Shotguns For Saving People, Tranquilizers And Rubber Bullets For Western Audiences

Below is the video we’ve been seeing about the leopard that was filmed attacking people in India. In the film the narrator says that rangers tried to ‘Tranquilize’ the animal. Toward the end he says it was subdued by rubber bullets. Take a look at the video. The animal was shot and killed. The first tip-off is the filmed shot as the animal jumps the wall – about 0:48. You can hear the sound of the shot. It’s a shotgun blast, not the ‘pop’ of a tranquilizer dart. The second is at about 1:00 where you can see a man holding a double-barreled shotgun. The third is the image of a man shooting at the animal from the top of a van – 0:56.

Trying to save the villagers is not the same thing as trying to placate the people who idolize animals.

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UN Considers Global Warming Shock Troops

The United Nations Security Council (an oxymoron if there ever was one) is going to consider adding global climate/warming/cooling change to its long list of failures. Many third-world dictators and anti-capitalist activists are advocating the creation of an environmental peacekeeping force, the so-called “green helmets”, which would enter conflict zones created by shrinking/expanding resources.

Germany is one of the nations that advocates the UN recognition of climate change as a reality and not just a fantasy created by environmental freaks desperate to fake scientific data and rob the industrialized nations of the world and pitch us all into a new dark age. China, on the other hand, advocates that everyone should just shut the hell up and nobody will get hurt, if you know what I mean. Among the most vocal advocates for UN recognition of climate change are small island nations in the Pacific who “have been pushing the council to act for years.”

As to the Green Helmets, many around the world take comfort in the knowledge that few of the UN’s programs amount to anything and those that do are quickly mired by the organization’s inherent corruption and incompetence.

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That’s racist!

Why, this is nothin’ but hatin’ on a black man in the Congress!

House Democrats lined up to excoriate GOP Rep. Allen West on Wednesday after he sent an incendiary email to the Democratic party chairwoman calling her “vile” and “not a lady.”

The head of the Congressional Black Caucus told Fox News on Wednesday that members are “furious” about the incident, saying he’s going to speak with the Florida Republican about the matter. Shortly afterward, several female lawmakers held a news conference, at which they called on West to apologize.

As far as calling her “vile” and “not a lady:” The truth is an absolute defense against charges of slander and libel.

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Shocking: France Surrenders to Libya

It took 123 days for Qadhafi to beat NATO.

A French foreign minister today offered a white flag to the regime of Col. “Crazy Hair” Qadhafi and begged to be released from the NATO-led (and U.S. funded and conducted) operation.

“One of the possibilities being considered is that he stay in Libya but on the clear condition that he steps aside from Libyan political life,” the minister, Alain Juppe, told LCI television.

“That is what we are waiting for before we start the political process for a ceasefire,” he added. “The ceasefire comes about by a formal and clear commitment by Qadhafi to give up his civil and military responsibilities.”

So, as long as that big old meanie Qadhafi pinky swears to be good and get out of Libyan politics, he can remain in Tripoli. Dress it up any way you want, Frogboy, but that’s surrender.

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Robin Of Berkeley: Black Privilege

From The American Thinker, as well as her own blog, Robin has been dispensing wisdom and attesting to conservative values for the last couple years. Today she describes the unfortunate fact that many people of color have become more angry and more violent since President Obama was elected.

She blames much of it on the Obama Administration and their attempts to sell racial divide. For instance:

But guilt because of the color of my skin? Guilt because some white person in 1960s Selma, Alabama refused to allow a black person into his restaurant? Guilt because while my relatives were being raped and pillaged in Russia, a small minority of white people owned slaves (as did, by the way, some free slaves)? I might as well feel guilty about the train wreck that is Casey Anthony simply because she and I share the same race, gender, and sexual orientation.

The idea of collective guilt is not just absurd; it’s evil. It’s saying that all Jews were bad because some may have committed some injustice in Germany, circa l940. It’s saying that all Israelis are responsible if someone injures a Palestinian. Or that all whites are culpable for the actions of others 50 or 150 years ago. Collective guilt is a notion that is so laser-focused on race, it is actually racist.

But in Obama’s America, there’s little human decency to be found. The rules have changed, and they consist of the new three Rs: rage, revenge, and reparations. And this malignant game of Blaming Whitey will go on and on until we call it what it is (hate), walk away from the table, and refuse to play.

Robin is a practicing psychotherapist. She has a style of writing, and a skill with it, that brings me back to her work repeatedly. She says she is a recovering liberal and is very good at describing the differences between the liberal and conservative mindsets.

I recommend her work to those who have not yet discovered it.

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H8FKSLIKDIS

I’m on the fence when it comes to gay marriage. Yes, I believe every law abiding citizen should have the same rights regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political belief, sexuality, and age. With that being said, I believe gays should have a right to be united with other gays. It’s not a marriage, but a civil union. Same benefits and headaches. Sorry. Changing the definition of a word doesn’t work for me. Just my opinion.

When people get in my face and intentionally try to offend me, I usually end up with a different reaction than I normally would just out of spite. Immature? Maybe, but I’m no fan of an in your face approach. Just because of this video, I hope Minnesota, the land of 10,000 retards, never passes gay marriage…again, just out of spite.

This video is NSFW. Lots of F-Bombs. Lots of hate.

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He doesn’t have a degree in Obamanomics

He does, however, have a degree in economics. MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer asks Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) if he has a degree in economics; belcowns herself.

Brewer has a dime-store degree in Broadcast Journalism which is strange. I always understood that Broadcast Journalism degrees were strictly limited to defensive linemen with football scholarships and room temperature IQs. Who knew?

She really needs to get back on the brass pole where she belongs.

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A Liberal Reads and Responds to Conservative Literature

The title speaks for itself. You can read the full self-interview here.

The most telling question and answer:

Q. After having completed an extensive program of reading great conservative works, how can you still be a liberal?

A. As Isaiah Berlin pointed out, what separates us at the most fundamental level may be our different conceptions of liberty. Conservatives value above all else what Berlin called the negative vision of liberty, namely, freedom from coercion. Liberals are more willing to balance that against the positive vision of liberty — that is, having a reasonable opportunity to realize one’s potential. The negative vision focuses conservatives on restricting the government’s ability to interfere in people’s lives. The positive vision leads liberals to believe that government has a role in guaranteeing baseline minimums in education, medical care, and healthy communities. Most of us probably accept both visions to some extent, but how we balance the two may be built into our DNA. It is not to be expected, therefore, that a liberal will be converted by reading the great works of conservatism, or vice versa. But there are rewards to be gained from doing so nonetheless. Often, we get a better understanding of what we believe by reading about a philosophy with which we have disagreements than by reading congenial literature. More important, reading its great works helps us better understand — and respect — the other side. That, at least, has been my experience.

While there is an obvious bias, in that conservatives believe in “negative liberty” as opposed to a liberals “positive liberty”, I think the author did quite well in presenting his beliefs. I still disagree with many of his beliefs, but I can respect a man that is willing to go out and educate himself on the views of the other side.

I have read more liberal literature than I care to recant here. Doing so has never led to a change in my beliefs, so I don’t hold that against the author here. That said, I think some of the comments do a great job of making some valid points:

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UPDATED: This poor kid is royally screwed at the ripe age of 4.

There are some many disturbing things in this story, I don’t know where to start.

UPDATE: Ok, this now makes (slightly) more sense.  Sort of.  But not really….

Poor Miranda is still screwed.  The 38-year old convicted child molester is NOT her biological father.  The wacko had three kids with his underage wife, then split.  The underage wife then got knocked up by some other guy, resulting in the birth of poor Miranda.  So, the courts determined that since Wacko and Breeder were not technically divorced, he is the legal step-father of poor Miranda.  Off she goes to live with step-daddy Molester in Chief.  Now why would this freak want a child that he has never seen, and is not biologically related to?  Hmmmm.  Let me think about that one for a minute.  Nope.  I got nothing.  EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT HE IS A CHILD MOLESTING FREAK OF NATURE!  Oh, yeah.  Well, there’s that I guess….

That explains, perhaps, why Grandma Dumbass is pissed off — Miranda is not biologically related to this freaking pedophile.  It does not, however, explain any of the rest of this train wreck.

I am sure this story in neither unique or uncommon in our society which is perhaps the most disturbing part of all.  I’ll give you the Revo Synopsis:

38 year old man starts “dating” a 14 year old girl — Whoops!  Baby girl (Miranda, pictured above) is on the way!  Mother of said  14 year old chooses not to file statutory rape charges and instead consents her underage daughter’s marriage to a man almost three times her age.  Mother of the Year Award Winner.

Daughter then starts knocking out kids left and right (three).  Breeder of the Year Award Winner.  The 38 year old father then gets arrested for” lewd and lascivious behavior” with a minor — but not his Minor Wife, but some other kid.  Everyone is shocked!  Shocked in the “Captain Renault Award Winner” Category.  Anyway, he’s now a registered sex offender. Let’s grant him a Molester of the Year Award.

Daughter leaves the 38 year old guy to support her three children on her own (and by “support” I mean taxpayers via ADM, WIC, Food stamps etc.).  While ‘separated’ she gets knocked up by some other guy– Mother of the Year Runner-UpThe 38-year-old Sex Offender apparently is offended that is underage wife is doing the pokey with some other dude, and files for divorce.  Winners all around!

Shortly thereafter, Underage Breeder is killed in a traffic accident and Miranda, age 4, and the only innocent one in the story, goes to live with the Original Mother of the Year Award Winner (Grandma Dumbass).

Molester of the Year petitions the court for custody, and even though he is a convicted Child Molester and a registered sex offender, the courts grant him custody.  “Excellence in Jurisprudence Award” to the Judge.

Meanwhile, Grandma Dumbass who facilitated this whole thing by marrying off her 14 year old daughter, is once again shocked!  How could the courts give custody to a registered sex offender?  It’s an outrage!

Well, the whole damn thing is outrageous.  Poor Miranda is screwed no matter where she goes.  Her life of poverty and abuse is pretty much set in stone at the ripe age of 4 (and why isn’t Grandma Dumbass fighting for the other three children?).  And Grandma Dumbass is now concerned that the guy is a pedophile?  Seriously?  You weren’t tipped off to that fact 5 years ago when he sex with your 14 year old?  You seemd OK with it then — you married her off to him for Christ’s sake!

Sigh.  There really is no cure for stupid.

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You Can’t Legislate Morality or Common Sense

But that doesn’t mean they won’t try. Philly is now fining walkers that text while moving. I wish I was joking, but I am not.

I can understand a driver being fined for texting. If they don’t pay attention to the road as they should, they can cause serious injury or death to others. It has been proven that texting while driving is actually more dangerous than drinking and driving. Well, sort of. It’s only more dangerous while you’re actually texting. As soon as you hit send and pay attention to the road, you go back to the same level of safety you enjoyed before. With drinking, you don’t have that luxury.

I even understand fining a cyclist. A strong cyclist can reach 20 miles an hour and they travel on sidewalks in many instances. At 20 miles an hour, you can cause considerable harm to yourself or others if you crash. I like to consider myself a strong cyclist. While I can reach 20 miles an hour, that’s only with a straight stretch and while I’m on the road. I can’t do that on a bike trail. I average about 10-12 on most trails. At that speed, I’m not much of a hazard, so even fining someone for texting while biking is questionable.

While walking, there is no justification. I understand the woman that fell into the fountain and sued is a concern, but why does the reaction always have to be an over-reaction?

Those who text and walk will face citations as well. While many don’t see the harm in quickly responding to text messages or emails on the move, it was not too far from Center City Philadelphia where a woman mindlessly toppled into a mall fountain while texting and walking in Reading, PA.  As the “Splash Heard Around The World” video went viral, the human punchline of the video became frustrated, threatening legal action against mall security for posting the video on the internet rather than coming to her assistance when she fell. Earlier in the year, both New York and Arkansas lawmakers discussed establishing laws in their states taking aim at texting while walking, but both campaigns fizzled out as the year went on.

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Will The Senate Pass ‘Cut, Cap, And Balance’?

In the previous post Congressman Joe Walsh told his interrogator that he believed that the U.S. Senate would pass C,C,&B. Matthews response was to ask if he thought it would pass with a 2/3 majority. Walsh replied by reminding him of the unanimous Senate vote that rejected the Obama budget.

Is this possible? Can the Senate get behind Cut, Cap, and Balance? President Obama has vowed to veto it if it does happen. If he does he will own the resulting default – if it happens.

Even so, the way Washington politics works is that Democrat Senators will probably not vote for CC&B, as long as there are enough votes to send it to the President’s desk. But wait until it comes back from the veto pen. After that there will be powerful pressure to avert a government shutdown.

I love this image:

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Rep. Joe Walsh Hands It To Chris Matthews – Calls Him A Bully

I am beginning to like Joe Walsh a lot. He’s not my Congressman but he’s showing the way for others in the Congress. Walsh has Matthews figured out and turns his questions around on him and asks some of his own. Of course Matthews doesn’t answer any of them and tries to talk over the good Congressman but Walsh is having none of it.

Kinda fun. What guys like Matthews are doing is making sure that no Republican candidates will appear on their shows. When that happens they will whine like spoiled two-year-olds. Palin has begun leading the way in this. She says she will not appear with anyone who has mistreated her in the past. Others will follow her lead.

Walsh, however, seems to relish the confrontation.

I don’t normally like to post about jerks like Matthews but this time he came out second best.

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President Clinton Has a Plan

Use the language of the Constitution to violate the Constitution.

Genius.

In short, the Constitution has a clause that states the validity of the debt of the United States government cannot be questioned. This is a direct result of the reintegration of the states that removed themselves leading up to and during the Civil War.

Obama, Clinton, and others believe that the language gives the executive branch the capability to unilaterally change the debt limit. This is a violation of the Constitution in two ways. 1: It’s a warping of the original intent of the words, 2: It takes power granted by law to the legislative branch.

For the first part, there is no question that the debt of the United States is valid. No one is saying it isn’t, and no one is saying our debts should not be paid. What IS being said is that we should not increase the debt burden on the American people. By refusing to allow further borrowing by the federal government, we are not determining that we must default. The executive branch has made that decision because that is what will cause the biggest backlash for its political opponents and they hope to use that to their benefit in the next election cycle.

For the second, a law was passed that legally limits the debt ceiling. The executive branch is now beholden to that law as there was nothing Constitutionally dubious about it. If anything, Obama and Clinton should push for legal measures against that law. Instead, they’re acting and essentially demanding that their actions be stopped in the courts. Unfortunately, but the time it gets to that point, the damage will be done either way, and they know that.

The real issue here is that we have a Constitutional crisis. Can the executive branch legally ignore the laws set forth by Congress without a case before the Supreme Court? No, but they have done it before and gotten away from it. What should be done? Impeachment. An executive branch that declares powers that they did not previously hold to themselves on a unilateral basis is a de facto dictatorship.

That’s much stronger language than anything we’ve heard from the sitting president during the grinding debate over whether and how the debt ceiling can be raised. Some legal thinkers–including, quite clearly, Clinton himself–take the view that the Constitution grants the president the authority to raise the limit by executive order without Congress’s approval. The Fourteenth Amendment states: “the validity of the public debt of the United States … shall not be questioned.”

“I think the Constitution is clear,” Clinton said.

But many other lawmakers and legal scholars dispute that interpretation. They argue that the president cannot force payment for appropriations under the Constitution’s language. There’s little doubt, in any event, that President Obama face a major uproar from GOP leaders and their supporters if he were to bypass Congress.

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New Video: ‘Stop Abortuaries’

This is a very powerful video.

And then there is this:

Is this the beginning of a Black Conservative national movement? Does this mean that Planned Parenthood has killed more blacks than slavery did?

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Success of the Statist

The statist has been very successful in playing up a long-used argument of the Democratic Party. They claim that this country suffers from one of the greatest divides of rich and poor in the history of the world. They state time and time again that the rich must be taxed at a higher and higher rate because they are not paying their “fair share”.

As I covered yesterday, it’s difficult to determine what one’s fair share is. If someone has generated wealth, do they not deserve to benefit disproportionately from it. As in the example yesterday, why should the attack by the government be on the author who, even before taxes, receives only 8-12% of the revenue from his product. Without his product, the other people in the line could not even exist.

With the Democrat’s claim, it seems odd to me that literally half of the people in this nation that work pay no taxes at all. It seems odd to me to say that a man paying 35% of his paycheck in taxes is not paying a fair share compared to the half that pay 0%. It also seems odd to consider that those in the top 5% do not pay enough when they are responsible for a disproportionate chunk of the federal tax revenue.

Even more odd is the fact that a study was done that concludes that the United States has the second most progressive income tax of every similar country in the world. It’s a sad day when the progressives and socialists start looking to the United States as an example of how to execute their agenda.

But a new study on inequality by researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris reveals that when it comes to household taxes (income taxes and employee social security contributions) the U.S. “has the most progressive tax system and collects the largest share of taxes from the richest 10% of the population.” As Column 1 in the table below shows, the U.S. tax system is far more progressive—meaning pro-poor—than similar systems in countries most Americans identify with high taxes, such as France and Sweden.

Even after accounting for the fact that the top 10 percent of households in the U.S. have one of the highest shares of market income among OECD nations, our tax system is second only to Ireland in terms of its progressivity for households.

The table also shows that the U.S. collects more household tax revenue from the top 10 percent of households than any other country and extracts the most from that income group relative to their share of the nation’s income.

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Congressman Allen West – A Natural Man

Why does Congressman Allen West, Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army Retired appeal to the heart of America? It’s because he is a natural man. Nothing about him is contrived. He speaks the Truth plainly and backs up his assertions with facts in a cool and collected manner. He’s just a natural man.

HERE the Natural Man speaks on the subject of a vile and un-ladylike creature from Florida

So once again Congressman West speaks the Truth plainly and due to his ambient environment it will be considered to be an outrageous thing to do. That’s how REAL Troopers roll. This Hump Day morning I present the music of a U.S. Army Paratrooper to a U.S. Army Paratrooper in honor of yet another job naturally well done by a Natural Man.

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On this date in 1934: The Battle of Minneapolis

In the summer of 1934, a labor strike in Minneapolis was led by local leaders associated with the Trotskyist Communist League of America, a group that later founded the Socialist Workers Party of the United States. Local Local 574 of the Teamsters in Minneapolis had become dominated by members of the Communist Party in the early 1930s. They organized a trucking strike that virtually shut the city and much of the region down.

In May, strikebreakers attempted to deliver goods to the city and running battles in the streets resulted as armed Teamsters attacked the drivers as they attempted to unload freight. Hundreds of police and private security guards were brought in and general a melee was the result. Eventually the union members drove the drivers, police and guards from the street.

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We’re screwed

We’re screwed. We knew we were going to get screwed. This Country is screwed.

This is a DISASTER

The numbers aren’t going to work. Their numbers never seem to add up anyway. I don’t need a degree in Economics to know that.

Hell on Earth is about to be unleashed. It remains to be seen how quickly the heat will be cranked up but it will become unbearable. For many it already is.

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Murder May Get More Expensive In Baltimore….So Will Defense

“Hey Joe.  Wanna do a few drive-by’s tonight?”

“Shit no, Bro.  Can’t afford it!”

A mayoral candidate’s plan to reduce violence in Baltimore includes a “bullet tax” that he said will increase the cost of committing a crime.  Otis Rolley said he would, if elected, propose a $1 per bullet tax on all bullet purchases in the city. He also said he wants to improve recruitment standards and training for the Baltimore City Police Department, work closely with the media to increase awareness of wanted suspects, and reduce the number of vacant properties.
$1 a round?  Is this clown serious?  At first I thought it was a misprint and that they meant a dollar per box or so.  Then I read on further….
“While the courts have consistently ruled against significant gun control legislation, there is still a way to decrease crime: substantially increase the cost of its commission,” Rolley’s plan states.
There’s the key word; substantially.  Well lets see…100 .22 long rifle 40 grains high velocity runs me around $8 bucks or so.  I doubt anyone here needs help figuring out how much said ammo would cost under this donkey’s (after all, he is a democrat), plan.   Of course, who says Baltimore residents have to purchase ammo in Baltimore?   Maybe opening up an ammo or sporting goods store outside of the city limits wouldn’t be a bad idea. 
 
I’ll let you guys discuss.  I just don’t have the strenth

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David Brooks laments the road not taken

Over at the New York Times, David Brooks argues that the GOP had the opportunity for greatness this year had they only compromised with Obama. Alas, they blew their shot.

It could be that this has been a glorious moment in Republican history. It could be that having persuaded independents that they are a prudent party, Republicans will sweep the next election. Controlling the White House and Congress, perhaps they will have the guts to cut Medicare unilaterally, reform the welfare state and herald in an era of conservative greatness.

But it’s much more likely that Republicans will come to regret this missed opportunity. So let us pause to identify the people who decided not to seize the chance to usher in the largest cut in the size of government in American history.

“Boo hoo,” said the crocodile.

In all, 236 Republicans in the House of Representatives and 41 Senators signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising that they will “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and /or businesses…and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

This was their promise to their constituents. These were the terms under which the American people sent them to be their representatives. These were the instructions of the electorate.

What Brooks is saying is that these Republicans had a “great opportunity” to betray their pledge, break trust with their constituents and deliberately neglect their sacred responsibility to faithfully represent the desires of the people who sent them to Washington. This was Brook’s “Great Opportunity:” An immoral, deceptive stabbing in the back of the people.

Brook’s road not taken is a fast track to hell and David Brooks is not a reasonable consul for the GOP.

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Steve Wynn rants, Van Jones explains, Obama robs

Steve Wynn, the CEO of casino company Wynn Resorts, pretty much lays it on the line.

I believe in Las Vegas. I think its best days are ahead of it. But I’m afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States. You watch television and see what’s going on on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing’s going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress. But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year that the discussion in Washington is nauseating.

And I’m saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems, that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration.And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America.

The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest, their holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody’s afraid of the government and there’s no need soft peddling it, it’s the truth. It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this country is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.

Yeah, that “sitting on their thumbs” comment is really going to piss off Obama and his crew. Obama knows there is hundreds of billions in cash being held by the American people. He knows that cash needs to be freed for his economic policies to successful. He also knows that he and his policies are the reason why that cash is being held rather than invested. So what next? Van Jones telegraphs the plan. That there is a shortage of public funds, he says, is a lie. “We are not broke,” he explains. “We were robbed, we were robbed. And somebody has our money!”

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Death before dismissal


The Performance Bell Curve: Irrelevant in Government Employment

It is pretty damned hard to get fired or laid off in the government. You can be incompetent or lazy as hell and never be fired. The bad tail of the performance bell curve is as secure in their jobs as the good end. In fact, you are more likely to die than get fired in huge swaths of federal employment.

Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations.

The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes.

In the Leviathan herd, even the slowest, weakest least productive members don’t get culled. That isn’t employment. That is welfare.

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A Simple Understanding Pt. 2

As often as liberals and statists accuse people of being rich, sometimes they’re right on the money. Sometimes people really are rich. The problem then becomes that liberals and statists automatically assume that the wealth is the result of a lucky moment or streak, and, because of that, the people have not really earned their fortune. They think that because they do not perceive the rich as having earned their fortune, then they are morally justified in taxing it away.

But let’s break this down.

I would love to make it as an author. Let’s say I do. Let’s say I write a wonderful series of four books. Each sells four million copies and retails for fifteen dollars.

-My books generate 60 million dollars in sales.

-My publisher grants me 12%, so I’m down to $7,200,000.

-My agent takes 15%, leaving me $6,120,000

-Taxes come out at roughly 35%, leaving me with $3,978,000.

I would be told that I’m rich and can afford to give more. I’m also told that I was lucky, and as such, do not deserve to keep very much. In fact, I should be happy to pay my “fair share” and take out even more. The problem is that before taxes even come out, I’ve given up the vast majority of the money my book has made. Out of $60 million, I have less than $4 million. That means I’ve made less than 6% of the total revenue from my work. The book was my idea, I spent the hundreds of hours writing them, and out of every dollar people spent on my intellectual property, I only get six cents?

At what point have I been fairly compensated for my efforts? I haven’t, but that’s the way the game goes. 6% of $60 million is still pretty good, but then these people tell me they deserve a higher share in the form of taxes. They want me to pay them on no other basis than my own success. I’m then told that if I don’t like it, I don’t have to be rich and successful.

To that extent, they’re right. I don’t have to put in the work to become rich and successful. When I don’t, how many people are out of a job? The agent, the editor, the publisher, the marketing team, the legal team, the distributor, the shipper, and the sales person all lose their job because I am not willing to release my big idea upon the world. Business is no different. They’re subject to the exact same formula. Their hard work and ideas generate millions, and they’re expected to be happy with a pittance that is constantly shrinking.

Right now, it would be worth it to me to create that masterpiece of a series. If the statists had their way, it wouldn’t be. My slice of the pie would be thin before any taxes are taken out, but they insist on granting me only a sliver of my own slice of pie, then are upset that I’m not chomping at the bit to accept that deal? I don’t get that.

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