The recent brouhaha concerning Mitt Romney’s tax return was finally settled when he release his tax returns earlier today. What, wait, what’s that? This just in, Romney releasing his tax return settled NOTHING! All it did is provide fuel for the class-warmonger’s fire. The Reuters headline: Romney returns show low tax rate; questions linger. There’s a real surprise. Let’s review this a little more.
In a new twist on the recent post on cell phone recording here is a video taken by a police officer.
Welcome to the abuse of power’s worst enemy; the cell phone. Almost every mobile phone has some type of video or photo capability, and abusive cops hate it. There are dozens and dozens of examples of abuse posted all over Youtube made by regular citizens taking video of law enforcement acting unreasonably. The recent case of a Los Angeles law enforcement officer punching a, “special needs” lady shows the power of a simple cell phone video. But when the cops turn on the person filming, it reveals the true nature of the abuse of power.
I recently ran across a very interesting little fact that didn’t really surprise me, but the more I thought about it the more it troubled me. I then saw a video that incorporated the issue into the video. The troubling little fact has to do with a Google search. Specifically, what comes up when you type the following into Google:
2012 is upon us and with it, the implementation of government laws and regulations to ring in the new year. Forty Thousand, that’s right, 40,000 new laws were enacted by federal and state legislatures became effective on January 1, 2012.
Don’t think for a minute that this is the total of laws, no sir. All of the previous laws and regulations are still on the books. These 40,000 are brand spanking new and are IN ADDITION TO the already existing laws. Continue reading to enjoy some of the deliciousness doled out by government.
Imagine an Army soldier and Iraqi vet promising his children a tree house when he gets home from Iraq. What a great promise to your children. Now, imagine dad gets home safe and keeps his promise and builds a great tree house for his kids to enjoy. Ahhhh, what a beautiful thing to see a parent and vet keep a promise to his kids.
But wait, local government hacks arrive to be the Freddy Krueger to this American Dream. The City of Fairfax will have none of it. The zoning board received an anonymous complaint and the tree house was ordered to be destroyed or face penalties. Only after international outcry, on-line petitions and entire neighborhoods coming together was the tree house given a 5 year permit.
Although the tree house stands, look at what had to happen to allow children to have a tree house?
Local government at it’s finest.
The guys over at CATO have posted a podcast of Christopher Hitchens speaking to CATO attendees. The guy is a genius.
Listen to Hitchens podcast here.
There are a select few people who are so inherently brilliant it would be impossible for them to go without recognition. Christopher Hitchens was one of the most brilliant writers and thinkers of our time. I remember, during my hard core Republican Conservative days (before I saw the light), how much I hated Christopher Hitchens. I MEAN HATED! There was no single person who I could identify who could inspire my ire as much as Hitchens. His hatred of Ronald Reagen and all things Conservative, who at the time was my idol, was without equal. I would read Hitchens, get absolutely pissed that he wrote so well, so eloquently, so articulately, so logically, and yet none of his ideas squared with anything I thought was true.
Then a miracle occurred: We BOTH changed! Around the time I started to severely question my Republican beliefs, his writings started to make more sense. But Hitchens was changing as well. His hard American Liberal, Statist and leftists views, were thrown aside in favor of more Classical Liberal thought. Amazingly, his view changed when the anti-smoking laws began to grow and he started to hate the nanny-state. His ire turned more toward statists and American Liberals.
When Hitchens, an avowed Athiest, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer (from his long-time chain smoking), Christians organized a, “Pray for Christopher Hitchens Day.” Now, this was not by chance as Hitchens had just written a best selling book titled [G]od Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, the title speaks for itself. To give you an idea of Hitchens’s power of thought and prose I’d like to quote a small essay he wrote in response to the prayers:
Even the nicest and most caring religious people are often unaware of quite how rude they are being.
For example, it’s extremely impolite to ask me how, if I don’t believe in your personal god, I can possibly have any sense of morality. And it’s also rather presumptuous, as well as illogical, to suggest that, now that I know of a nasty change in my physical condition, it’s surely time for me to be thinking of an alteration in my mental and intellectual state as well. Leaving aside those who have thanked god for giving me cancer and a future in the eternal inferno, the offer of prayer can only have two implications: either a wish for my recovery or a wish for a reconsideration of my atheism (or both). In the first instance, a get-well card – accompanied by a good book or a fine bottle – would be just as bracing if not indeed more so. (Also easier to check.) In the second one, a clear suggestion is present: surely now, at last, Hitchens, your fears will begin to vanquish your reason. What a thing to hope for! Yet without this parody of concern, religion would instantly lose a vast portion of its power. If I was to be wrong about this, then the faithful would have been praying for me to see the light when I was not dying. But this they mostly did not choose to do.
The deity whose intercession is being implored is claimed to be omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. It is fully aware of the situation. It can make me a believer if it chooses, or wave away my carcinoma. Why should it be swayed by the entreaties of other sinners? My provisional conclusion is that those who practice incantations are doing so as much for their sake as mine: no harm in that to be sure and likely to produce just as much of a result.
“. . . surely now, at last, Hitchens, your fears will begin to vanquish your reason. What a thing to hope for!” Like it or not, it’s brilliant.
Christopher Hitchens, Rest in Peace
How much desperation can you fit into 30 seconds? A whole helluva alot if you are Rick Perry. In this ad he: manages to articulate homophobia by bashing gays in the military, establishes he’s a christian so children should pray in schools, and (apparently) children can’t celebrate Christmas. Huh, my kids are going to be pissed.
He states, “faith made America strong.” Funny, how Islamic Terrorists have a far more zealous faith than any christian I have ever met, (christians aren’t known for suicide bombings and driving planes into buildings) yet most of us don’t view Iran, Syria, or Pakistan as particularly strong. It’s pretty obvious that most intelligent people can state, very convincingly, that America’s strength comes from economic power, from production and free market capitalism. Generally, it’s very, very hard to pay the mortgage with faith as most banks want cash.
Perry’s last ditch effort to have his 15 minutes of fame extended to 16 minutes by invoking his faith recalls the famous Michelle Bachmann religion rampage that God is punishing us. Remember her stating, “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,. . .We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here? Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.’” Hmmm, God told Bachmann to have the government reign in spending.
Rick Perry has now reached a level of desperation that is…embarrassing to say the least. Mr. Perry, head on back down to Texas, sign a few hundred more death penalties, and leave your desperation at the border.
A 37 year old mother of 15, whose “fiance” fathered 10 of the 15 children (more commonly called, “da babydaddy”) was recently imprisoned is demanding accountability. As an aside, funny, the only picture they could find of babydaddy is a mugshot. Babymomma knows, “somebody needs to pay for me & my kids…someone needs to be accountable.” Listen to everyone, I mean EVERYONE in this news report; the anchors, the reporters, the interviewees. Amazing that not one single person comments on having 15 children and responsibility for those. It’s about how the system fails. What you are about to see is a bunch of mush mouth, pollyanna, cowardly attempts to somehow validate a complete lack of personal responsibility. No one will tell this woman that she created the problem. No one will shame her into recognizing that she created her own situation. Everyone will blame someone else for failing to “be responsible.” Guess who that someone responsible is: the State.