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One Person, One Vote, One Candidate

In Indoctrination, Jackasses on October 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

From time to time we hear of a communist country, like Cuba, holding an election in which all candidates are communist party candidates, all are running unopposed, and all win their election bids.  These are not real elections, they are merely the semblance of a democratic process for global consumption.  It is a semblance that one of our political parties is quite envious of.

Last week Cincinnati Public School students were bused to the polls and given sample ballots, ballots listing Democrat candidates only.

Three van loads of Hughes High students were taken last week – during school hours – to vote and given sample ballots only for Democratic candidates and then taken for ice cream, a Monday lawsuit alleges. The complaint was made by Thomas Brinkman Jr., a Republican candidate for Hamilton County auditor, and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes against Cincinnati Public Schools. “They plan to bring four more high schools (to vote) this week,” Christopher Finney, COAST attorney, said Monday after filing the suit. It seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent school officials from participating or helping students participate in partisan politics during school hours or with school property or employees involved. But the school district’s lawyer denies any school connection. “No CPS personnel engaged in the promotion of candidates or any political party,” CPS attorney Mark Stepaniak noted in a written release. CPS spokeswoman Janet Walsh said taking students on school time to vote has been done before. “It has to be scrupulously nonpartisan,” Walsh said.

The suit alleges three van loads of Hughes High students arrived at the Downtown Board of Elections offices at 1 p.m. Wednesday, supervised by a school employee. School lets out at 3:15 p.m.

When they got out of the vans, the students, the suit alleges, also were accompanied by adults who appeared to be campaign workers or supporters for U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-West Price Hill, the congressman being challenged this fall by Steve Chabot. When the students got out of the vans, the suit alleges they were given sample ballots containing only Democratic candidates.

One has to wonder how this incident could have been anything other than a blatant attempt at the partisan indoctrination of the next crop of young voters. 

But what are these students really taking away from this experience?  Are they learning that voting is a civic responsibility which must be approached in a responsible and informed manner, or are they learning that their teachers, at least, believe them to be too stupid to cast responsible and informed ballots and should not be given a choice?

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Does Blogging Pay? Not in Philly!

In Jackasses, left wing lunacy on August 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

The city of Philadelphia recently sent bills out to its resident bloggers stating that they owe the city $300.00, (the price of a business privilege license), plus taxes on any profits they’ve made.

The city requires a business privilege license for any business engaged in any activity for profit, this applies whether the business makes a profit or not.

The Philadelphia City Paper tells the story of one local blogger’s reaction;

For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she’s made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it’s a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

“The real kick in the pants is that I don’t even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous,” Bess says.

 I have never considered the idea of allowing advertising on my blog, mostly because I know my government, but most ‘small time’ bloggers who do, only make enough money in a year to buy a small bag of groceries.  Now the city of Philadelphia expects them to fork out money for a banquet.

Advertising on a blog does not pay and it can cost you much more than you might earn.  It was only a couple of years ago that Washington State regulators are wondering whether online political activism amounted to lobbying, which would force political bloggers to file public reports detailing their finances.

Gun Control: It’s About Control

In Security on August 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm

We have all heard the gun control drivel from the left.  Guns are evil.  If nobody had guns we would have safer communities.  Thousands of children die annually in gun accidents.  Countries with strong gun control laws have lower homicide rates. 

Gun control is promoted as being necessary for safer communities and lower crime rates, but do the facts support the hype?  According to the Cato Institute, easy access to guns does not lead to higher crime rates, in fact, it is just the opposite.

Gun control is not so much about controlling the proliferation of firearms, as it is about disarming the public.  It’s about controlling you.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated…

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In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

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China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Isn’t it interesting that the left would like very much for all Americans to willingly hand over their guns and shut up.

Body Scanner Privacy Concerns Justified

In corruption, Security on August 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Back in January, the TSA tried to assure the public that privacy concerns over the full body scans at airports were unfounded because the images would be viewed in private and would be deleted immediately after viewing.  

Gale D. Rossides, a TSA Administrator, made similar assurances to Congressman Bennie Thompson (D – MS) in a Feb. 24, 2010 letter.
 

  “TSA requires AIT machines to have the capability to retain and export imagines only for testing, training. and evaluation purposes. Testing was done at the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) and the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL). Images used for operator training were also recorded and used at the Threat Mitigation Laboratory (TML), the facility where Transportation Security Officer (TSO) training is developed. All AIT machines are delivered to airports without the capability to store, print, or transmit images, and cannot be modified by the operators. TSOs operating in the airport environment have neither the technical capability nor the authority to change the AIT into test mode.”  

Further,  
 
 “The machine cannot transmit or store the image onto the USB device. AITs used for screening operations at airports are not able to store, export, print, or transmit images. All images are deleted from the system after they are reviewed by the remotely-located operator. The image storage functions are disabled by the manufacturer before the devices are placed in an airport and do not have the capability to be activated by the operators. The screening statistical data that may be saved or transferred include an officer’s user identification as well as log in and log out times.”
 

Now we learn that the U.S. Marshals Service saved tens of thousands of body scan images at a Florida courthouse.   

I am sure, however, that the TSA employment screening program is so comprehensive that they do not have near as many pervs in their employ as the U.S. Marshals Service does.   
 
Right! 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Your Grandchildren’s Tax Dollars at Work

In Jackasses, left wing lunacy on August 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Stimulus Waste List

• $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.

• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.

• $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.

• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaking ship.

• $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

• $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.

• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.

• $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.

• $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.

• $125 million for the Washington sewer system.

• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.

• $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which already has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.

• $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”

• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.

• $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.

• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.

• $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.

• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.

• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.

• $500 million for state and local fire stations.

• $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.

• $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.

• $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.

• $412 million for CDC buildings and property.

• $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.

• $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

• $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

• $850 million for Amtrak.

• $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.

• $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.

• $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.

• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Unbelievable!

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan is Ignorant on Natural Rights

In left wing lunacy, Supreme Court on July 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Natural rights are those rights which individuals hold by virtue of the fact that they are human beings.  Legal philosophers have long debated the issue of natural rights (also called human rights, universal rights, or inalienable rights) with no unanimity as to their content or even their existence.

As Americans, we have long been convinced of the existence of natural rights.  It was upon the exercise of these rights that we owe the founding of our nation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

 Generally, rights are distinguished as natural rights or legal rights.  While natural rights are considered to be universal, legal rights exist only where there is legal codification to establish them.  The 19th century legal philosopher Jeremy Bentham was a legal positivist who believed that individuals possessed no rights apart from those granted by legal codification, statute, or precedent. 

During the confirmation hearings this week, the following exchange occurred between Kagan and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK);

Coburn: Do you believe it is a fundamental, pre-existing right to have an arm to defend yourself?

Kagan: Senator Coburn, I very much appreciate how deeply important the right to bear arms is to millions and millions of Americans. And I accept Heller, which made clear that the Second Amendment conferred that right upon individuals, and not simply collectively.

Coburn: I’m asking you, Elena Kagan, do you personally believe there is a fundamental right in this area? Do you agree with Blackstone [in] the natural right of resistance and self-preservation, the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense? He didn’t say that was a constitutional right. He said that’s a natural right. And what I’m asking you is, do you agree with that?

Kagan: Senator Coburn, to be honest with you, I don’t have a view of what are natural rights, independent of the Constitution. And my job as a justice will be to enforce and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

Coburn: So you wouldn’t embrace what the Declaration of Independence says, that we have certain God-given, inalienable rights that aren’t given in the Constitution that are ours, ours alone, and that a government doesn’t give those to us?

Kagan: Senator Coburn, I believe that the Constitution is an extraordinary document, and I’m not saying I do not believe that there are rights pre-existing the Constitution and the laws. But my job as a justice is to enforce the Constitution and the laws.

Coburn: Well, I understand that. I’m not talking about as a justice. I’m talking about Elena Kagan. What do you believe? Are there inalienable rights for us? Do you believe that?

Kagan: Senator Coburn, I think that the question of what I believe as to what people’s rights are outside the Constitution and the laws, that you should not want me to act in any way on the basis of such a belief.

Coburn: I would want you to always act on the basis of the belief of what our Declaration of Independence says.

Kagan: I think you should want me to act on the basis of law. And that is what I have upheld to do, if I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed, is to act on the basis of law, which is the Constitution and the statutes of the United States.

While most observers would agree that she is right to say that natural rights should not be allowed to color a jurists constitutional interpretation, one must wonder how she can properly interpret a document written by those who had a firm belief in natural rights and, most assuredly, allowed it to influence the writing of it.

If a ‘ninth amendment’ case were to come before the court, for example, upon what basis could she determine what rights might be “retained by the people”, since she says that she has no “view of what are natural rights, independent of the Constitution”.

There is no doubt that Elena Kagan will be confirmed by the full Senate.  There is also no doubt that in the years to come, we will view her as more of a threat to our liberties than a guard.