Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Who Owns the Memorials & Parks?

October 2nd, 2013

The memorial structures and parks in Washington D.C. and elsewhere belong to the people, not to the government. The WW-II memorial celebrates the accomplishments of the soldiers who fought the war and the current government can’t take any credit, whatsoever, for that.

The behavior of the Obama administration, Harry Reid and his Democrat thugs in closing off these parks and monuments is at best shameful and at worst a disgrace. They have no right at all to do this. So why to they do it? They do it because a) they can, and b) because they think their political opponents will be blamed. That’s about as low as you can get, even in by Washington standards.

A Visit to Social Security Office

June 14th, 2013

Today I had a chore to retrieve a new 1099 from SSA on behalf of my elderly mother. A call to the 800 number yielded the conclusion that they couldn’t help me. I had to go to the local office, from which an employee could call my mother on the phone to get authorization for me to receive a copy of the 1099. The SSA says that they don’t recognize powers of attorney! Why the hell not?

Upon arrival at the SSA office I was immediately approached by an armed security guard. He asked if I possessed firearms, pepper spray, bombs, etc. I said “no.” I asked what was the purpose of this high-security and the guard said, “This is a FEDERAL facility.” OK, but it didn’t make much sense to me. I took a number and sat down on a steel bench to wait my turn. The hour I waited gave me time to observe several things. First, the guard was hand-searching every woman’s purse as she entered. Second, there were numerous signs posted which warned of penalties for attacking a government employee or carrying contraband into a FEDERAL establishment. The wall was also plastered, here and there, with signs saying “Please do not stand here.” The only reason I could discern is that these were blind spots in the surveillance camera coverage. In short, the place is run like a jail — and everyone entering is suspected of being a criminal. This was a government bunker.

My visit concluded, after an additional half hour of waiting, with a visit to “the back”. I was escorted to a fairly large room with I’d guess 25 cubicles. I observed that only 5 or so were occupied. So, either the building plan over-estimated the need for office space and furniture, or the empty desks represented “slots” in the budget (money that could be spent on anything the bureaucrats desired as long as there were no employees to pay). The upshot is that if the desks had been occupied, I wouldn’t have had to wait so long. Or it’s just more evidence of government waste and mismanagement.

I admit that the employees in the bunker were all pleasant and patient — but did it have to take so long? Why are FEDERAL facilities increasingly becoming bunkers. Who are these people afraid of? You and me, I guess.

Is Your Government Planning to Kill You?

April 30th, 2013

Based on ammo purchases, it looks like your friendly federal government is planning to kill everyone in America — several times over! That’s 1.6 Billion rounds of hollow point ammo, 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, and 2,000 armored vehicles — all for use by “civilian” agencies? Come on, people. Wake up. This is crazy, but it’s also real.

And don’t forget to play the clip at the end of the article — comical but complete!

Why Are Government Agencies Arming Themselves Like a Military Force?

February 16th, 2013

One can see some excuse for the Department of Homeland Security to have some arms and ammunition, but what about the Social Security Administration and the Department of Education? Should each of these be stockpiling millions of rounds of ammunition? They claim it’s for training, but listen to Mark Levin’s comments, in which he says that during the Iraq War the military expended 5.5 million rounds per month. DHS has stockpiled 1.6 Billion rounds of ammunition, enough for 24 years of Iraq style War! The only possible explanation of this is that the government is planning for a contingency in which they will have to kill a lot of Americans.

See below Mark Levin on why are government agencies buying huge amounts of ammunition

Obama Continues Destruction of America

November 13th, 2012

Speculation has Obama appointing that stinking pile of dog-shit , that traitor John Kerry as Secretary of State. As a combat veteran who served in the same area, the Mekong Delta and at the same time-frame as Kerry, who accused U.S. forces of committing war crimes, I take this as a personal insult from our so-called president. Would the Senate really confirm this liar? I suppose so, given that he’s one of their own and most of them have not served in the military.

What’s next? The appointment of Hanoi Jane Fonda as Secretary of Defense?That would be entirely in character.

… Didn’t Build That

July 20th, 2012

Here’s a really clever rundown on Barack Obama’s contention that government (run by Obama) is responsible for the success of all entrepreneurial businesses. The “You [the entrepreneur] didn’t build that. Someone else did.”

Enjoy! I don’t know who to thank for putting this together, but, of course, THEY DIDN’T BUILD THAT!

Sun God Shines Light on Future

January 6th, 2012

It just keeps getting worse. The Sun God president declares that he doesn’t need Senate confirmation for his appointments. He appoints the head of a toxic agency that is detached from congressional oversight and budgets, the so called Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The law and centuries-old practice regarding recess appointments has been ignored presumably because the Sun God believes that “consumers” desperately need more supervision of their finances. Chalk up another win for the emerging totalitarian government.

Eric Holder, the (AG) Enforcer in Chief, has led the way by giving congress the finger over Fast and Furious, the government-sponsored gun running operation that has killed some 300 Mexicans and a couple of American border agents as well. Holder thinks his duty is to protect black people from white bigots, ignoring actual documented election fraud and intimidation of voters by black thugs. Congress couldn’t do anything about that, so the green light is on, right?

Well, what the hell, he thinks. While I’m doing that I might as well do a double duty destruction run. I can destroy the U.S. military, which I detest, by reducing their ground troop strength by half a million men, yield to the Chinese ambition to dominate in Asia, and recover half a trillion dollars to spend on welfare checks for the masses — who will reward me by voting Democrat.

My friend Hugo, down in Venezuela showed how to stay in charge even if his country wasn’t doing all that well and most of his people criticized him. The Chinese are about to take over the leading role in the world, and look at how their leaders stay in charge year after year. Elections are just a historical fad. Modern countries with enlightened leaders need to have stability at the top.

There’s a election coming up, but with things so bad in this country, with so many people not enjoying full government benefits such as food stamps and unemployment payments, we have a real crisis on our hands. I have the answers, thinks the Sun God, I am the salvation of the country. So I can’t just passively let myself be relieved from office by an ignorant, racist, tea party mob. No. I’ll just postpone the election for a few years until I have everything fixed and under my control. After all, I am your glorious benefactor, the Sun God, so who will stand up and prevent me from doing that?

Federal Boots on Neck of Gibson Guitar Co.

September 10th, 2011

This story is actually a couple of weeks old. In the midst of swirling insanity characterized by President Obama’s “jobs” speech, the FBI’s evidence tampering in the Gun Walker scandal, the gyrating stock market, chaos in the middle east, and other matters — in the midst of all this the Gibson Guitar raid by armed federal agents to enforce foreign laws sticks out.

From what I’ve read the raid originates in an obscure snippet of legislation inserted into an unrelated bill by environmental nut cases. It essentially treats wood as if it were a radioactive substance, requiring tracking and registration of wood that any country considers special. In the Gibson case the wood is from India. Indian law requires the wood to be finished by Indian labor. U.S. Government claims the wood did not meet this requirement, so it sent 20 armed agents into Gibson’s plants and headquarters to confiscate the wood and evidence of wrong-doing. Gibson’s CEO says the company hasn’t been charged with any crime or infraction.

As an aside, the government apparently told Gibson that they could avoid all this hassle if they simply moved their operations overseas!

The most disturbing thing about this episode is the increasing use of massive, military-style armed force by government agencies in raids of this kind. One could expect this kind of government hobnail boot assault in totalitarian countries, but not here in America.

Another Obama Tax Cheat Advisor

August 29th, 2011

In keeping with the President’s penchant for hanging around with tax cheats who also preach higher taxes, such as Warren Buffett, the New York Post says:

This one’s truly, uh … rich: Billionaire Warren Buffett says folks like him should have to pay more taxes — but it turns out his firm, Berkshire Hathaway, hasn’t paid what it’s already owed for years.

That’s right: As Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson notes, the company openly admits that it owes back taxes since as long ago as 2002.

“We anticipate that we will resolve all adjustments proposed by the US Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) for the 2002 through 2004 tax years … within the next 12 months,” the firm’s annual report says.

It also cites outstanding tax issues for 2005 through 2009.

From a business standpoint I can sympathize. Doing whatever it takes to protect one’s capital from government confiscation makes good sense. To make tax paying some kind of moral obligation is idiotic nonsense.

Prez Makes Politics Over Dead Heros’ Bodies

August 11th, 2011

The president and his political advisors apparently decided that their political advantage takes precedence over the dignity of fallen heroes and their families.

Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets.

President Barack Obama attended the ceremony, called a “dignified transfer,” for those killed in the worst single loss of the nearly 10-year war. An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the “Photo of the Day.” It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets.

They couldn’t pass up an opportunity to portray their sun-god as a patriot. But I guess this kind of shameful, disgusting behavior is normal within the ranks of the Obama low-life crowd.

Punishing Success, Killing Jobs

June 23rd, 2011

The arrogant Obamacrat bureaucrats at the FTC have announced that they will go fishing for something, anything bad at Google. Any successful company must be doing something bad according to this job killing philosophy.

The Obamacrat motto: “We must punish success.”

Surge In, Dribble Out

June 23rd, 2011

A most sensible observation I heard recently: “Wars are not ended. They are either won or lost.”

The president’s speech yesterday in which he announced a force reduction in Afghanistan then morphed into campaign mode was vintage Obama. Blah-Blah-Blah. The college professor proclaiming his rules for good living, which centered on you guessed it, kumbaya! Unicorns and good feelings all around, guided by an all-knowing, all-caring government bureaucracy.

Now back to Afghanistan. We are left with the realization that those troops left behind in Afghanistan will be facing an enemy that knows when we will leave. Our troops will have lesser strength, lower morale, reduced support from home (we’re pulling out, aren’t we?). This will be deadly. I personally don’t much like the way this war has been waged and would like to see us pull out abruptly and leave that bastard Karzai and his corrupt bunch of thieves to face the Taliban alone. But if we’re going to stay, it is wrong to dribble out. We should pull troops out of Germany and send them to reinforce the troops in Afghanistan, kick butt in Pakistan and win the war, then pull out.

Treating a war as a re-election campaign problem is immoral at the least. When the lives of our troops are sacrificed for political gain, that is criminal.

The President’s Habit of Lying

June 7th, 2011

Mendacity obviously comes naturally to Mr. Obama. Read this article from the Washington Post in which the president spouts one deception after another in an attempt to justify the government’s bail-out of the automobile companies.

Obama’s lies about the auto bailout exposed
(Originally from Drudge Report)

But maybe it depends on what your definition of IS LIE is.

Obama Regime Propaganda Department Enlarged

May 24th, 2011

Should the President of the U.S. to be spending public funds to campaign for his own re-election? Should the White House support a propaganda department? Well, it does, and today it expanded its staffing. According to and article in the Huffington Post (via FishBowlNY reporting a memo from the WH “This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response”. Heretofore, according to the article, this type of work has been done by the DNC, presumably not at public expense like the current appointment.

How far does it go? Is the next step an effort to censor and silence critical voices through the forceful tools of the U.S. government? See the article immediately before this one.

Tyrants have propaganda departments. Tyrants suppress criticism. Little steps like this show the current president’s disdain for democracy, the American people, and legality. Little steps like this chip away at the liberties we should all cherish and defend. The White House Office of Propaganda is an abomination that should not be tolerated in our democracy. Contact your congressional representative and complain. Somebody in authority might have the courage to put a stop to this misuse of public office by President Obama.

Secret Service’s Chilling Lack of Common Sense

May 18th, 2011

The Secret Service grills a 13 year old kid for an innocuous comment on his Facebook page. He warned that President Obama should be aware of threats in retaliation for Bin Laden’s death. See for yourself whether this is a case of over-reaction by our government. Do we really want to be censored this way? Should we be afraid to even mention the Prez and boom-booms in the same post? Who’s watching, and how? Will I find a Secret Service agent on my doorstep due to careless interpretation of my words? I find this chilling, but it won’t stop me from expressing my own frank opinions.

Coverup Worse Than Original Crime

April 28th, 2011

I’m waiting for President Obama to declare “I’m not a crook.” He has released a birth certificate that is obviously a forgery, and an incredibly amateur one at that. See below and on numerous other sites.

Is this just another example of the “Chicago way”? Don’t take that as an excuse. Our president, the anointed one, is certifiably a liar and a crook.


Was the president born in Hawaii? Most probably yes. I’ve never had serious doubts about that. Is the president a liar and a crook? Yes. Did the recently released “long form birth certificate” prove or disprove anything at all? No. Is it a forgery? We don’t really know. I may have jumped to an unwarranted conclusion about that. But it’s still up in the air.

With his characteristic arrogance the Sun God remarked on Wednesday that, “Over the last two and half years, I have watched with amusement. I have been puzzled with the degree with which this thing just kept going,” He has been “amused” that citizens have raised a legitimate question about his constitutional qualification to be president. Apparently, in his mind it’s none of our business. How dare we question him? He has valued his amusement over and above the legitimate constitutional questions raised by citizens, so much so that he’s spent millions of dollars blocking release of a document which he could have authorized with the stroke of a pen two and a half years ago. Against this background of arrogance and deceit nobody should be ashamed to doubt his honesty and the genuineness of the documents submitted this week and previously. After all, the document was under the custody and delivered by the White House, not by any trusted intermediary. So the doubts remain, not about his birthplace, but about the veracity of the submitted documents and motivation for hiding nearly every document about his past life.

Good Enough for Government Work?

April 14th, 2011

Air traffic controllers sleeping on the job: Good enough for government work.

TSA frisking children: Good enough for government work.

President Obama’s budget speech of 4/13/11: A disgrace. This pack of lies, illusions and evasions is not even good enough for government work.

The president engaged in class warfare of the most vile sort. The rich have to “give back a little more” he said. As if they got from the government what they should now “give back.” This guy is a Hugo Chavez wanna-be.

So our socialist president wants to close an annual deficit created by his party’s runaway, drunken spending spree, an increase of over $1.0 Trillion per year so far by increasing taxes on the “rich” who are defined to earn over $250,000 per year.

Just a little inconvenient fact: “According to Internal Revenue Service data, the entire taxable income of everyone earning over $100,000 in 2008 was about $1.582 trillion. Even if all these Americans—most of whom are far from wealthy—were taxed at 100%, it wouldn’t cover Mr. Obama’s deficit for this year.” (WSJ -4/14/11)

Unless the republicans and democrats are able to peel back at least $1.6 Trillion in annual spending — right now — we’re headed for a hyperinflation-depression such as the world has never seen. But maybe that’s what the dem-socialists are looking forward to — social justice in the form of everyone being equally impoverished and the government feeding everyone with rations of gruel, delivered at the point of a gun.

The reality is that the current crisis is the product of years of political irresponsibility accelerated to light-speed by Obama, the Sun God’s delusions over the past two and a half years.

In his speech the President said “this isn’t the country I grew up in.” That’s true. He’s destroying that country by his and the actions of his own party in government.

Sack-of-Crap Commander in Chief

April 8th, 2011

Mark Levin nails it. President Obama refuses to ensure that the military are paid during a government shutdown …. because he’s a Marxist who hates the U.S. And we have this sack of crap for a commander in chief of the armed forces? Listen below:

It makes me angry. It should anger you too.

John Kerry’s Poisonous Opinions

March 28th, 2011

In a March 26, 2011 editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Senator John Kerry wrote:

On Monday I shook hands with young Egyptians and listened to them speak of their hopes for their country. At a town-hall meeting I could sense some questioning whether the United States would really be there when it counted. I was proud that our answer came this week in Libya.

Everything I believe about the proper use of American force and the ability of the community of nations to speak with one voice was reaffirmed when the world refused to stand by and accept a bloody final chapter of the uprisings sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. With a mandate from the Arab League and the Gulf states, the United Nations Security Council approved a limited military intervention to avoid a massacre. Multilateralism may be messy, but it’s powerful when diplomacy pays off.

Note that this is written by the same vile hypocrite who:

a) Served a truncated military tour in Vietnam, bugging out early on the strength of three purple hearts, none of which resulted in any hospital time or permanent scars.

b) On returning to the U.S. he teamed up with Hanoi Jane Fonda and other anti-American leftists participating in anti-war demonstrations. In congressional testimony he accused the American forces, of which he was a part, of war crimes. Either he lied, or he, himself is a war criminal, by his own accounting.

c) Threw his military medals onto the capitol steps in protest to the war. Some doubt they were actually his medals. But the implied contempt was there.

But in spite of this the voters of Massachusetts elected him to the U.S. Senate. So let’s compare Senator Kerry’s editorial position, above, with the situation in Vietnam which he characterized as a “war crime.” I know these facts because I was present as a combatant in Vietnam in the same area of the country, the Mekong Delta, and at the same time that John Kerry was pretending to be a soldier in furtherance of his political ambitions.

Senator Kerry crows about how proud he is to send American military to Libya to prevent “a bloody final chapter of the uprisings” and to “avoid a massacre.” During his tour in Vietnam the Communist Viet Cong were methodically murdering mayors, doctors, nurses, shop owners, teachers, and anyone else who had an education — all of them civilians. They detonated bombs in restaurants then gunned down any victims who managed to flee the premises. They planted mines in the roads and detonated them under bus loads of people in order to assassinate critics. These are events that occurred during our (his and my) time in country. I know of these things from personal experience, and there were more and worse over the years. Kerry seems to have missed these documented, bloody violations of human rights inflicted on civilians. Or maybe he didn’t care due to his leftist ideological proclivities.

But now in Libya Kerry’s bleeding heart has sympathy for the people, who only want to get on with a normal life.

Other dictators would have seen the world’s failure to challenge Gadhafi as a license to act with impunity against their own people. The vast majority of the protesters in these countries are crying out for the opportunity to live a decent life, get a real job, and provide for a family. Abandoning them would have betrayed not only the people seeking democratic freedoms but the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations. It would have reinforced the all-too-common misperception on the Arab street that America says one thing and does another.

In Kerry’s mind Ho Chi Minh was not a dictator? He didn’t murder and torture his own people? The Viet Cong could be forgiven for crushing those “seeking democratic freedoms” and “the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations” were not at stake in Vietnam as they are in Libya?

Then Kerry says the that by letting the French and the British take command that we relieve ourselves of any responsibility. Besides, Barack the community organizer cringes at the prospect of actually being commander in chief. So Senator Kerry wants to throw U.S. troops into a conflict under the command of … the FRENCH? Oh, I forgot, Sen. Kerry speaks French at his dinner table and engages in the French ‘penchant’ for tax cheating. He writes:

We must not get involved in another lengthy conflict in a Muslim country. With French and British willingness to lead, we do not need to take on the primary ownership of this conflict—and the Obama administration has made clear we will not. (With the burden we are already carrying in Afghanistan and across the globe, no one can legitimately doubt America’s sacrifice.) So the risks are manageable and, in my view, the rewards are potentially enormous.

Senator Kerry’s dishonesty about Vietnam and his treasonous activities afterward make his bloviations about “avoiding a massacre” all the more insincere. A horrific massacre occurred after Mr. Kerry and his fellow leftists caused the U.S. to abandon its rescue of the Vietnamese people from North Vietnam’s vicious communist aggressors. And in this case the U.S. did have major responsibility and the consequences were bloody. Of course the Senator won’t take any responsibility for that.

From WikiLeaks to the Killing Fields

All in all, America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia resulted in the killing of an estimated 165,000 South Vietnamese in so-called re-education camps; the mass exodus of one million boat people, a quarter of whom died at sea; the mass murder, estimated at 100,000, of Laos’s Hmong people; and the killing of somewhere between one million and two million Cambodians.

The obvious conclusion from this is that Senator Kerry is a person without moral character, a liar and a traitor. But then he moves in those same circles in Washington D.C.

Chaos Without Leadership

March 24th, 2011

In the Libyan matter.

Without leadership the “coalition” turns into a brawl.

The U.S. is doing all the work while the Europeans squabble in the absence of U.S. leadership.

While the Beanie In Chief Puts a Spin on it.

It is a disgrace to our country and an insult to our armed forces to have our troops committed to a campaign that we don’t intend to lead and hence cannot win. Of all the myriad illustrations that the Sun God Obama is completely unqualified for office by virtue of character and experience, this is the most egregious of all.

We must not let this clown have another term in office. He’s done too much damage already.

White House Propaganda Department At Work

January 25th, 2011

It has gotten slicker and slicker. The Obama White House has a very impressive and undoubtedly very expensive web site to promote the President’s agenda and image. See: Here.

Now they even have their own I-Phone “App” so you can get a call whenever the Prez. decides you need more info. I wonder what that one cost?

I’m all for government activities being illuminated by the light of day and honest reporting from within and without. This, however, goes beyond merely reporting activities toward glorifying them. This is campaigning with taxpayer money. First we get an unsolicited email (spam) from, in this case David Plouff announcing, among other things, a “how the state of the union message was made” TA-TA! movie, question and answer sessions on-line after the speech by his-highness, his-assistant-highness, and a panel of experts to “answer your questions”, and of course a sign-up form so you can get these messages too. I didn’t sign up for mine. They just spam me, having harvested my email address from some earlier correspondence.

It’s all very fancy, very slick, and very expensive. It’s probably technically illegal to spend tax funds on campaign-style propaganda, but what-the-hey, these guys don’t pay any attention to the law anyway.

Stimulus Then and Now

January 24th, 2011

Too Bad Good Not to Post

November 30th, 2010

Here’s a story everyone should read about the total idiocy of our Federal Government, particularly but not limited to the TSA. (from http://RedState.com )

TSA search of soldiers returning from war.

A bureaucracy is an organization specifically designed to relieve anyone participating in it from taking responsibility for anything it does or making any judgment or decision at all. It is for this reason that bureaucracy is the most evil of all human inventions and the main tool of tyrants and the most prolific source of oppression and misery.

Read this story and remember it when you vote and pay your taxes.

Government Rules & Terrorist Targets

November 24th, 2010

The current bruhaha over TSA’s naked body/grope screening is symptomatic of Federal attitudes towards everyone. In the “mind” of the bureaucracy, we’re all potential criminals and miscreants.

Just take note of the signage at any Federal facility, post office, park, government office building, etc. The first thing you’ll notice is a series of stern warnings not to cheat, steal, befoul or otherwise act unrespectfully or irresponsibly. See an example from one national park below: (Also, a previous article: Signs of Government Arrogance)

Then, in case you needed to have it, rules of conduct:

And of course, a warning to “Use the Toilet:”

And of course, fire safety and motor vehicle restrictions:

So in the context of normal federal government practice of treating all citizens as potential criminals, we have TSA saving us from terrorists. Let’s examine the procedure:

1) If you get through the metal detector without an alarm, you can go on the airplane. No box-cutters, no sir! You’re safe.

2) But if you have an artificial knee or hip, or a pacemaker, then you set off the buzzer. You need a body scan or a pat-down to search for what? For the metallic object that set off the metal detector? No, not that. They’re searching for plastic explosives hidden in your underwear.

3) If you’re a person with metal parts in your body, then you’re a potential terrorist bomber.

4) If you’re a bomber equipped with plastic explosives just be sure not to set off the metal detector.

Let’s see. The logic is that people with artificial joints or pacemakers, or who forget to take off their belt with a metal buckle, are the most likely to be terrorists. No, that would be profiling, so they have to randomly pat-down old ladies, children, and airline crew members. Makes perfect sense if you are a government bureaucrat.

The truth of this logic simply isn’t. Box cutters, double edge razor blades and nail clippers won’t work to take control of an airplane when the cockpit door is reinforced and locked, and the pilot is armed. Guns can’t be concealed in properly x-rayed luggage. My suggestion is to offer free air-fares to any properly credentialed law enforcement officer who is willing to carry his loaded weapon on-board. This would greatly reduce the potential for a terrorist to use hostages as leverage to take over an airplane.

The bombers have to be dealt with long before they get to the airport. For this we need to infiltrate intelligence agents into Muslim society here and abroad. The only proper way to deal with terrorists is to arrest or kill them before they can do harm. If one of them gets to the airport then some careful profiling and screening is definitely in order. The insanity of screening every passenger as if he is a potential terrorist is obvious.

It is shortsighted to believe that terrorists will forever concentrate on passenger air as a target. We’ve already seen air cargo, commuter trains (Spain & Germany), sporting events (Olympics), Hotels (Mumbai) and other targets attacked. The fact is that shopping malls, NASCAR races, political rallies, cruise ships, and other mass participation targets, some of them with huge built-in publicity potential, cannot have escaped the interest of terrorists. To believe that TSA type screening would even be possible to guard against attacks on these kinds of targets is foolish.

Now some might say that giving government agents the power to spy on and arrest or kill terrorists sets a precedent that could be used to suppress any non-government-approved group or activity. But isn’t that what is being done with organized crime? Yes, the killing part isn’t done domestically, but it is done abroad. One could argue that foreign terrorists on American soil should be handled the same way as al-Qaeda terrorists in the cross-hairs of a Predator drone are handled. Tight laws and procedures governing the anti-terrorist effort, combined with zealous oversight of the personnel involved would be vital. And this approach would relieve innocent American citizens from being treated a criminals when we travel, gather for events, and go about our private and public activities.

It’s time to reform government security attitudes and practices, starting with TSA and extending to all other government facilities and activities.

Class Warfare Justified on NPR

October 19th, 2010

Our tax-supported National Public Radio today published “Partner content from THE NEW REPUBLIC” entitled The New Republic: The Morality Of Taxing The Rich, by Johathan Cohn. If you’re still mystified about the mindset of leftists this is an excellent tutorial.

Among Mr.Cohen’s rationales for taxing the “rich” are that a) the rich got their wealth mainly by luck, b) the rich derived their wealth from public activities such as the national science foundation and public schooling. So morality dictates that they deserve to be taxed heavily. Cohn argues that “…nobody is suggesting the rich to give up all the extra money they make. All anybody is asking is that the rich pay more in taxes — in effect, that they reinvest in society by a little more than they do now.”

And what about success due to hard work, education and dedication? Cohn says:

Yes, a good work ethic will take you far. And I know many well-educated professionals convinced that nobody works as hard as they do. (I’ve been known to indulge the thought myself.) But I’ve met many people at the bottom of the income ladder who work just as hard, for far less reward. Between 1980 and 2005, the richest one percent of Americans got more than four-fifths of the country’s income gains. Does anybody seriously believe that the other 99 percent didn’t deserve to take home a much larger share?

So, without saying so, Cohn maintains that the “other 99 percent” deserve a larger share of new wealth — through increased taxation of the legendary one-percent. And the government, which collects the taxes, is going to distribute this boodle to the 99%? Or is he really saying that morality or “fairness” dictates that the 1% be punished for their success? Would this really make the 99% more wealthy?

To sum it up, Cohn says that success depends on luck, public goods, and the achievements of prior generations. Therefore, it is the moral imperative of the government to take the “extra money” from the wealthy by taxing them. Does this argument make sense? Does it even have a single strand of logic from one end to the other? No, but our NPR spends public funds to preach it.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi says “it’s about fairness” of “ownership and equity” — the government’s job is to level the “disparities” between rich and the “middle class”.

The leftists in and out of government preach class envy and use that to justify higher taxes, more government, less freedom. And in the case of NPR, they’re doing it with our money.

More Stealth Regulation

August 29th, 2010

Deep within the Health Care legislation was buried a provision to expand 1099 reporting to cover nearly all business transactions — a stealth move by congress. More stealth consisted of a government takeover of the student loan program — within the Health legislation. Within the Financial Reform bill are hidden regulations regarding racial diversity. The EPA has been used to implement back-door CO2 regulations far beyond the authority of the original legislation. And now, the Sun God’s minions want to use the EPA to clamp down on gun ownership by implementing an EPA ban on the use of lead in ammunition. This would make gun use much more expensive and would obviously make the EPA a mechanism for regulation of private weapons ownership. What about an EPA regulation concerning the fumes expelled from firearms, or some Consumer Protection laws regulating firearm design? It boggles my mind to imagine the design that the Consumer Protection Agency would come up with for a regulatory compliant revolver.

Once you start down this road of unlimited extensions to regulatory authorities, the possibilities are unlimited. There are a lot of things I don’t like that the regulators could put right with some new regulations, including chewing gum smacking (sprays spittle – a health hazard), farting in elevators (air pollution, EPA take note), loud music, especially rap from auto boom boxes (we might need a new agency for that), political robo-calls (attn. FCC), tatoos, especially on women, and piercings, especially on men (National Endowment of the Arts Alert!), most government regulations … oops, we’re getting carried away because I don’t know how to suppress them.

One of the problems with run-away government regulations is that they inevitably produce one or more unintended consequences. A prominent consequence is the development of a black market for regulated or banned products or services. There are instances where entire economies resort to a black market in order to survive in an over-regulated economic environment. The second unintended consequence is that the inevitable government attempts to suppress the black market result in crime. Criminals supply the goods or services that are in demand — torpedoes, laws,and police be damned.

Out of Control Government Spending Destroying America

August 23rd, 2010

Brian Riedl published a report for the Heritage Foundation entitled: New CBO Budget Baseline Shows that Soaring Spending—Not Falling Revenues—Risks Drowning America in Debt. The title might just as well have been “The President and Congress are Killing America.” See an abstract from the report below and click the link to read the rest.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated its 10-year budget baseline, and America’s fiscal outlook continues to worsen. The CBO projects $6.2 trillion in additional deficits over the next decade. This darkening budget forecast would have been even worse, were it not for the unrealistic assumptions that Congress requires the CBO to employ to make future budget deficits appear smaller.

With more realistic assumptions, the budget baseline shows that:
Even as war spending phases out and the economy recovers, the projected budget deficit never drops below $1 trillion, and reaches nearly $2 trillion by 2020;
The national debt held by the public is set to surpass 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020;[1]
By 2020, half of all income tax revenues will go toward paying interest on a $23 trillion national debt;
Federal spending per household, which has risen from $25,000 to nearly $30,000 over the past three years, would top $38,000 by 2020. The national debt per household, which was $52,000 before the recession, would approach $150,000 by 2020;[2]
Even if all tax cuts are extended, revenues will still surpass the historical average—18 percent of GDP—by 2020. The reason the deficit will surge 6 percent of GDP above its average is because spending will surge to 6 percent of GDP above its average.

These spending and deficit trends are completely unsustainable. Yet President Obama and Congress continue to push spending and budget deficits even higher with endless failed “stimulus” spending that is now expected to continue into the middle of this decade. They have also enacted a massive new health care law that—far from reining in spiraling health care costs—increases spending (and likely deficits) even further. In short, Washington is digging this budget hole deeper.

The article clearly defines how the congress has instructed the Congressional Budget Office to use unrealistic assumptions to minimize the apparent scope of their folly. Read the article.

How anyone could simply wave off this ugly situation saying it doesn’t matter is beyond me. And how anyone can conclude that the behavior of the President and the Congress (both parties) is anything less than criminal baffles me.

Land Grabs & Toxic Bureaucracies

August 21st, 2010

Behind the scenes of the Jihaddi-Mosque controversy, hidden from view by pictures of the Sun God bathing in the Gulf of Mexico, and the catastrophe in Pakistan, behind all of this is the ongoing frenetic activity of the Sun God’s leftist wrecking crew as they take crow bars and hammers to America’s natural resource industries. Thanks to the ever vigilant Michelle Malkin, we learn about Obama’s War on the West and now the Stealth Ocean Grab. These activities are designed to destroy oil & gas extraction on-shore and off-shore, killing thousands of jobs and raising the price of fossil fuel energy. These are goals of the so-called “environmental” or “green” lobbies for the expressed purpose of “ending America’s addiction to oil and reducing CO2” plus the unstated but overriding purpose of destroying free market capitalism in the United States.

I highly recommend your exploration of the link, above. The subject is exhaustively covered and documented on Ms. Malkin’s site. Then join me in thinking about how in the world we can dismantle this web of toxic bureaucracies that is being assembled by the Obama Socialists. It won’t be easy.

U.S. State Department Sponsoring Fund Raising for Ground Zero Mosque?

August 16th, 2010

In an article describing the terror group Hamas’ endorsement for the ground zero mosque, the author goes on to report that:

Abdul Rauf raised eyebrows last week when he departed on a State Department-sponsored goodwill mission to the Middle East, despite concerns that the trip may be helping him with the mosque’s $100 million fund-raising goal.

The Obama administration insisted the trip, reportedly with stops in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, was strictly to improve understanding about Muslim communities in the United States.

But a London-based Arabic-language newspaper that interviewed Abdul Rauf reported that he said he would also collect money from Muslim and Arab nations around the world — raising the possibility that the American government is helping him build contacts in oil-rich states.

Could this be true? Is the U.S. State Department sponsoring this radical Muslim imam’s fund raising efforts?

Please tell me it’s just a false rumor.

The Noose Tightens on Business

July 22nd, 2010

“(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration is backing legislation that includes regulations requiring U.S. businesses to provide to the government data about employee pay as it relates to the sex, race and national origin of employees.” They call it the “Paycheck Fairness Act.”

Along with their other oppressive new regulations on bank transactions, 1099’s for all commercial transactions over $600, monitoring of health records (the fat patrol), now the Obama maniacs want to collect information on paychecks by sex, race and national origin. (Guess they forgot about their usual fixation on homosexual, transgender and trans-sexual categories.) Of course, this is packaged as a “fairness” issue. But it really is just another tightening of the government noose around the necks of business people. How many new IRS agents, in addition to the 11,000 new gestapo authorized to enforce the health care mandate, will be needed to enforce wage regulations nationwide? How many lawyers will be able to their living mugging businesses over their wage decisions? Why don’t they just admit that they’re a bunch of communists and nationalize the whole damn U.S. economy?

Brick by brick the Obama team is building a jail cell for the country to live in, with a death row especially reserved for businesses, especially the smaller ones that don’t make big political contributions to their masters.

Preservation of our liberty requires stopping them right now.

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