Billionaire liberal gun grabber Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg has said he plans to spend $50 million this election cycle to elect gun grabbing liberals to nationwide offices. If you’ll agree to ban guns, Mike’s got some cash for you! Nevermind that he never goes anywhere without a gang of overbearing armed security guards.
Normally I wouldn’t be worried too much, but I’m worried that he might be starting to gain traction. According to a recent poll, a majority of people support universal gun registration. Of course there is no mention of methodology. I seriously doubt the questions pointed out the simple fact that history has shown that gun registration often leads to gun confiscation.
I also doubt that the poll questions are framed around one of the least talked about limitations of gun registration. It’s wording would need to be something like this: “While courts have held that criminals cannot be required to register their guns due to fifth amendment protections against self incrimination, do you support compulsory gun registration for non-criminals?”
That’s right, criminals cannot be forced to register their guns if doing so would result in self-incrimination. Thus by definition the only ones that can be forced to register their guns are law abiding citizens. For some reason this little tidbit never makes it into the liberal propaganda.
Greta Van Susteren takes it to Virginia Democrat Mike Dickinson after he declared war on Fox News, the Tea Party, and the NRA. Dickinson thought he could get away with simply reciting liberal talking points, but Greta turned the tables and called him out for the hypocrite that he is.
Mike Dickinson, Democrat from Virginia, had just finished saying that Fox News, the Tea Party, and the NRA are full of lies and misrepresentations when Greta jumped on him.
“That’s really bad to portray yourself not as who you are, right?” Van Susteren began, knowing exactly where she was going. She then read a letter Dickinson sent to a Virginia newspaper in which he falsely claimed to be the CEO of Mid-Atlantic Show Clubs, a cluster of strip clubs.
“I consulted for them, I did,” Dickinson said in his defense.
“It says CEO of Mid-Atlantic. Were you the CEO?” Van Susteren pressed.
“You got me there,” Dickinson admitted, looking embarrassed.
“It was a lie — a little bit of a lie, right?” the host said.
You’ve got to see the video to believe it.
A New Zealand pizza parlor that serves rabbit pizza is causing a stir among the PETA types. Not only are they serving up cute and fuzzy bunnies on the menu, but their billboard leaves little to the imagination.
Yes, those are real rabbit pelts tacked to the billboard. The publicity stunt seems to have worked as they are getting all sorts of exposure (though mostly negative). Then again their customers seem to realize that rabbits are mostly a nuisance species, and that rabbit pelts are a natural byproduct of rabbits (as leather would be to a steak restaurant).
It’s that time of year for tax statistics. The top 13% of taxpayers pay almost 72% of the taxes.
In 2011, the IRS collected $1,088,559,743,000 based on taxpayers’ taxable income. From that total, 71.6%, or $779,547,834,000 came from those taxpayers earning six figures or more. Only 28.4%, or $308,816,180,000, came from those earning less than $100,000.
Retiring Congressman Jim Moran, D-VA, says that legislators are underpaid. They simply can’t make ends meet earning a mere $174,000 a year plus benefits. Of course, in the old days being a U.S. lawmaker was not a full time 30-year career.
Moran, who represents Northern Virginia right outside D.C., complains that congressmen have to maintain two residences (one in D.C. and one back home).
“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told Roll Call.
“I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.
“Moran says some members live out of their offices to save money and others have little apartment units…”Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year,” he told Roll Call.
As little as they apparently make, it’s amazing how some congressmen manage to make millions on the side whilst in office.
And of course no mention of Virginia Democrat Rep. James “Blame the J-E-W-S” Moran would be complete without mentioning this oldie but goodie from Marc Fisher of the Washington Post:
Challenging Moran should be the easiest job in America. After all, this is the congressman who — you’ll need a deep breath to make it to the end of this sentence — grabbed an 8-year-old boy in a parking lot because Moran thought the kid had threatened him; borrowed $25,000 from a drug company lobbyist five days before agreeing to co-sponsor a bill that would help that lobbyist’s client; took a $447,000 loan from a credit company four days before signing on to legislation that the company was pushing; got into a shoving match on the House floor with one colleague; threatened to punch another congressman in the nose; and just last year told an audience that there’d be no war against Iraq without the support of the Jewish community. Whew.
He won’t be missed.
Okay, so I broke down and migrated the site from Movable Type to WordPress. It was a timely but straightforward process that involved upgrading to Movable Type 5 to get a proper export file (then downgrading back to 3.x), then importing and migrating to WordPress. MT was good while it lasted, but it was a product of it’s time. I remember when WP first came out. I had wanted to migrate then, but the migration path was non-existent at the time, and pretty much would have required starting over from scratch.
I think I’ve worked out most of the template bugs, but there may still be a few lurking around. I hope to upgrade the design soon so that it doesn’t look so dated. (I at least want to get it up to today’s wider monitor standards.) I suck at graphics tho, so we’ll see how it goes.
Known issues include the e-mail form not working (since removed), and dead links o’ plenty in the blogroll. Other than that, I hope everything is working pretty well. Oh and legacy permalinks take you back to the static Movable Type pages so there are subtle differences if you hit a legacy page.
For now, here’s WordPress. If you find any other bugs, please let me know in the comments.
Years ago the wizards of smart decided that the 100 year old name “Red River Shootout” for the college football game between Oklahoma and Texas sounded too violent. They neutered it and began referring to the game as “Red River Rivalry” (which sounds totally gay). Next year they are retiring their new name and taking a step back toward condoning wonton violence by calling it the Red River Showdown.
Oooo… what’s the world coming to?
This is what happens when you try to ban guns based on cosmetic features. Yeah, it’s ugly, but its legal.
The company, Black Rain Ordnance, said the rifle would eliminate features that were made illegal under the SAFE Act. The gun will not have a pistol grip and will include a non-threaded muzzle and a 10-round low-capacity approved magazine.
“With the continual trampling of the 2nd Amendment in New York, Black Rain Ordnance is proud to announce their ‘New York Compliant’ rifles,” the company said on its website. “These rifles feature all of the quality and craftsmanship of the standard BRO-lines, but with the added features that allow for legal possession.”
This will no doubt be characterized as a “loophole”, because after all, the gun grabbers want to ban the guns themselves, not the features. But banning all guns doesn’t pass Constitutional muster, and banning guns by name never works because that’s just marketing. So instead they try banning specific features that the guns have in an attempt to make them simply go away.
But enter the free market, and voila, you’ve got NY Compliant rifles selling for a premium price.
The ATF, which duped mentally challenged individuals into committing crimes and then arresting them for it, says they had no idea they were mentally challenged. That’s the bureaucratic equivalent of “my bad”.
“We do not target the developmentally disabled,” [ATF Director Todd] Jones told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., adding that ATF learned of that the people were disabled as “the result of defense pleadings” in court.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that ATF targeted developmentally disabled people during undercover drug and gun-buying operations throughout the country. “In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as ‘slow-headed’ before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their sting,” according to the Journal Sentinel.
Jones told Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., that “hindsight’s 20-20,” but said that ATF agents hadn’t apologized to any of the mentally disabled people they recruited and then arrested in undercover operations because the individuals are in prison, so “the opportunity for interaction is limited.”
Hey, why bother catching actual criminals when you can simply make up crime and arrest people for it?
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never liked twitter. I generally have no interest in opening an account nor following anyone. And I’ve come to hate Twitter TV. I don’t know if it’s TV channels jumping on the twitter bandwagon or if twitter is paying for exposure on mainstream programming, but I cannot stand inane twitter popups whilst I’m watching my shows.
I’ve tuned out from more than one show for showing stupid, vapid comments every five seconds. Maybe I’m becoming an old fuddy duddy.