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Union Hunger Strikes

Apparently when unions go on hunger strikes, they demand meal breaks.

According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a former Yale student, the hunger strike is “symbolic” and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on

I guess it’s the thought that counts.

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“Hoarding” a “stockpile”

A gang-banger was arrested in New York for “hoarding” a “stockpile” of weapons. Well, I guess a pile is anything greater than one.

A New York man was arrested Friday after police found a stockpile of guns and ammunition while searching his Staten Island home.

Police raided the home of 42-year-old Nelson Quinones in West Brighton on Friday morning and found two loaded pistols and over 40 rounds of ammunition, the New York Post reported. Quinones was also found carrying a gravity knife, which are illegal in New York City.

Down south, that’s just our walkin’ around stockpile.

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Buttlegging Revisited

iconAs cigarette taxes rise year after year, buttlegging is still a problem according to a recent Breitbart report:

‘Smuggled cigarettes have become the new currency of organized crime, and a lot of these criminal organizations are finding that it’s more profitable than illegal narcotics,’ Rich Marianos, the retired Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, recently noted.

Marianos said that black market tobacco smuggling has become “a high-profit, low-risk criminal enterprise. Compared to drug offenses where there’s a mandatory minimum sentence, there’s no penalties out there for the cigarette trafficker.”

We’ve been saying this for years. This was more than a decade ago:

. . .keep in mind that all those smuggling dollars floating around are completely unregulated and may even end up in the hands of terrorists. One Michigan cigarette smuggling operation was suspected of having funneled millions to the Hezbolah terrorist group.

The Post also notes that since they are dealing a legal product, police and judges go pretty easy on them. A person busted for dealing cigarettes usually faces a summons or a small fine. With big pay days on the line, dealers engaged in turf wars have little remorse for their violent actions. Said one dealer, “Think about crack, man, how raw that got back in the 1980s. This ain’t that bad yet, but there’s easy, almost make-believe money to be made hawking smokes, so it don’t matter what the police do . . . you’re going to have crews setting up franchises, cutting up the city, and deading the competition.”

And back in 2005, we noted that…

Over-regulation leads to under-regulation. When prohibition of alcohol took affect, your average Joe didn’t think twice about civil disobedience. Speak-easies popped up and alcohol was available for anyone with the money to buy it. The price went up, the quality went down, and any of the laws that controlled product quality or safety were moot. As neo-temperance takes hold people will gradually start to ignore anti-smoking laws. That is, when cigarettes are outlawed only outlaws will have cigarettes. When that happens, the government will be powerless to control what goes into cigarettes. They could become more harmful, even deadly depending on how cheaply they’re produced. Laws governing the nicotine, tar, and carcinogens produced from tobacco will be worthless. And what about the children? There will be no way to limit access to cigarettes. All those age-limits that anti-smokers pushed through a few years back will be negated once cigarettes are sold in mass quantities on the streets. By over-regulating the product, they’ll actually increase it’s overall availability. The only thing between a child and a cigarette will be the conscience of the dealer.

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More evidence that recycling is bullshit

Fifty-three tons of plastic that Washington D.C. claimed was to be recycled was shipped to Virginia landfills and incinerators.

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Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Rides Again

What with all the will-she/won’t-she speculation of the Hildabeast 2016 campaign, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is once again making news.

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That’s where the money is…

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.

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Migrated to WordPress

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.

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Trying to decide what to do…

Okay, okay, so this site has gotten dusty and been neglected over the past 5 or 6 years, and I’m trying to decide what to do with it.

I’m not sure anyone would still read this site. I wouldn’t mind dabbling in a few posts again, but I really don’t have the energy to talk much about politics anymore. I do still have a keen interest in guns, cigars, beer, motorcycles and the finer things in life so there’s an idea. But if I do decide to start posting regularly I desperately need to update the site. I still like the look, but design and layout are very much dated.

I’m also running an ancient version of MT, so I would either need to update that or migrate to WordPress (more likely).

If the comments still work, I’m open to idears.

Decisions.. decisions..

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Culipher for Senate

Now here’s a candidate that I could get behind.

I’m Gerarda Culipher: a military wife, lawyer, and mother of three and running for Virginia Senate. We’re hosting a Freedom Ride, Saturday March 26th at Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax. Donuts starting at 7am, bikers depart for Iwo Jima at 8am.

I wonder if she rides her own?

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Happy Lee-Jackson-King Day

As a boy growing up in Virginia, this Monday was always Lee-Jackson-King Day. We celebrated the birth of two great Virginians and Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee, and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson; and of course the great American Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was born January 21, 1824. Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929. As you can see, coincidence seems to have brought their birthdays together.

Robert E. Lee’s birthday has been celebrated as a Virginia holiday since 1889. In 1904, the legislature added the birthday of Stonewall Jackson to the holiday, and Lee-Jackson Day was born. Eighty years later, Republican President Ronald Reagan declared the day in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Virginia, who since 1978 had celebrated King’s Birthday in conjunction with New Years Day, made the change and simply tacked him onto Lee-Jackson Day. Thus Lee-Jackson-King Day was born.

In January of 2000, Virginia’s Republican Governor James Gilmore asked the Legislature to move Lee-Jackson Day to the previous Friday, which would give Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday of his own. The Legislature agreed, and the holidays were shuffled around, giving Commonwealth of Virginia employees a nice long 4-day weekend.

I made the personal decision to keep the three men together on one day, as a symbol of unity, justice, and a warm snuggly feeling inside. So Happy Lee-Jackson-King Day everybody.

Oh, and I notice my research into the origins of this Holiday has been plagiarized over at Wikipedia. Oh well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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