An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

We all know that Barbara Boxer is empty headed and John Kerry is a stupid pathological liar. So it is no surprise that their recently published 800+ page, economy destroying, “Cap & Trade” bill contains insane, stupid provisions such as the following:

‘‘(c) PETITIONS TO DESIGNATE A GREENHOUSE
19 GAS.—
20 ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—Any person may petition
21 […]

I was tempted to write about the Department of Transportation’s use of $1.0 Billion dollars to make loans to sports car companies, one of which is backed by Al Gore, and manufacturing cars in Finland.
Then I read an article about Social Security, in which, due to ineptitude in the bureaucracy: Social Security Owes ‘Fugitives’ Millions
Just […]

We’ve all been entertained by the 100-230 MPG mileage claims for gasoline/electric hybrid cars. It’s entertaining because nobody agrees on how to calculate MPG when the gasoline engine may run from 0% to 100% of the time. In the first instance the MPG is infinite. In the second it equals a normal […]

Would you call this disgusting, or what? Via Drudge. YouTube citation:
“This was filmed around June 19, 2009 at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ.”
Worship of the Sun God should not be part of any school curriculum. This teacher should be fired.

Original video withdrawn.
Here’s a version from the Shawn Hannity […]

I live in a rural area where my post office box is one of those locked pigeon coop boxes supplied by the Post Office. The box is about one-half mile from my address. The Postal “Service” won’t do home delivery where I live. This is strike one of the misery.
The second element […]

World financial collapse, climate being wrecked by human activity, food running out, population exploding.
What do all of these panics have in common? They are all used as excuses by statists to argue for more government control over humanity. They are all blamed on the developed world, which by their account owes a duty […]

U.S. Condemned For Pre-Emptive Use Of Hillary Clinton Against Pakistan
It can’t all be serious, or can it?

Here’s a clearly stated video explaining how an ever expanding big-government trough attracts the pigs and corrupts the whole system. The only way to reduce waste and corruption is to remove the boodle from the trough — reduce government to its constitutionally permitted role.
Lights, Camera, Action!

Less Government, Less Taxation, Less Regulation = Less […]

An opinion piece by John H. Cochrane and Luigi Zingles in the Wall Street Journal includes a graph titled When Concern turned to Panic

This graph illustrates dramatically the panic produced by the fire in a crowded theater outcries of then Secretary of Treasury Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. I show it here to […]

Is it worthwhile or even wise for the U.S. to spend blood and treasure to build up the Afghan state? Do we really care if the Taliban regains control over Afghanistan? If we really cared about Islamic fanaticism then we should smite Saudi Arabia, the source of it all.
Let’s remember that the original […]

Thanks to Glen Thrush via Drudge we can see the House of Representatives rules about insulting the Sun God president. (Really!)

Especially useful: The section on how to properly insult the executive branch in the in the chamber.
“Disgrace” and “nitwits” — okay.
“Liar” or “sexual misconduct” — ixnay.
Under section 370 of the House Rules and Manual […]

First, I must admit that discussions of monetary policy make my eyes glaze over. But it gives me some comfort, or should it be fear, that the so-called experts can’t agree on it either. Below are two articles from British newspapers, one forecasting devastating deflation, the other inflation. My naive take […]

While on vacation this summer I visited a picturesque light house maintained by the Coast Guard. While standing next to the tower I looked down from the railing and saw a sign that promised me a jail term or fine if I stepped over onto the vegetation. I thought, “Couldn’t it just say: […]

It has been a life-long hobby of mine to observe crowd behavior, whether it be mass delusions, demonstrations, riots, or other forms of collective behavior, some pathological, some not. In its extreme forms this kind of behavior strips people of their individual judgment and sometimes even their self control. Riots are an example […]

TO THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS, A MESSAGE:
It’s not about details of the health care bill.
It’s about Freedom.
It’s not about the “science” of global warming.
It’s about Freedom.
It’s not about Cap and Trade.
It’s about Freedom.
It’s not about Education.
It’s about Freedom.
It’s not about a national service corps.
It’s about Freedom.
It’s not about the economy.
It’s about Freedom.
It’s not about regulation […]

After taking notes during the president’s much-praised health care address to a joint session of congress, I put them aside for a while. Many others reacted, so my comments would probably just add to the noise. However, after a few days of reflection, some generalizations pop out.
Obama’s vision of the health bill would […]

Healthcare under the Obama formula requires a Gestapo. Guess who that will be? Your Beloved IRS!
Here’s a quote from the article in the Washington Examiner.
Under the various proposals now on the table, the IRS would become the main agency for determining who has an “acceptable” health insurance plan; for finding and punishing those […]

Here’s an email I sent today to my congressional representative, Raul Grijalva:
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Dear Mr. Grijalva,
Why haven’t you had any town hall meetings? Are you afraid of what you’re likely to hear?
Please understand. It’s not that we disagree with the details of your health care, environmental, banking, auto manufacturing, bailout and other schemes.
What we […]

why do we elect a government that takes our taxes, promises us refunds for over payments, then issues an IOU instead of a check? My father just received one of California’s IOU-Warrants as payment for overpaid taxes. Getting paid with Confederate money? Where’s the jail for these swindlers?
Why do we elect a government […]

I can’t remember any time in my life when I’ve been so despondent about the prospects for the future and so fearful for the future of my children and grandchildren. We’ve had a lot of dumb governments in my lifetime, but never have they actually tried to destroy the country. This Obama monstrosity […]