Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Congressional Confession

If Congress confesses to illegal activities, can we disband Congress?

“We legally steal,” argued Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.),...

From a The Crypt’s Blog post wherein we are treated to a Republican catfight over educational dollars earmarked for Alaska and Hawaii.  Read the whole thing, it’s a hoot.

North to Alaska

Posted by John Venlet on 07/19 at 01:17 PM
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Michael Vick and Dogfighting

Individuals who raise and train dogs to fight and kill each other are scum.  Period.  It appears that Michael Vick, who was an exciting quarterback to watch on the field, may fall into this category.

Mike Silverman’s post regarding Vick’s involvement in this deplorable activity is titled Barely better then child molesters and within Mike’s post he states the following.

If guilty (and it sure looks like he is), Vick deserves a very long stretch in jail.

Well I think a much more suitable punishment for Vick would be a total loss of income, starting with being unceremoniously tossed from the Atlanta Falcons team, followed by a total loss of endorsement income, which appears may very well happen.

NFL megastar Vick’s endorsements in danger

I hope that Vick can’t even afford a dog house to live in.  Bastard.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/19 at 08:31 AM
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New York Still After That $500 Million

The last editorial I read in the New York Times, regarding the scheming going on in the state to get their hands on $500 million dollars of federal monies, fleeced from each and everyone of us, the editors stated that this $500 million was “free money.”  In response to this, I stated There is No Such Thing as Free Money.

Today, the NYT editors are once again shilling for the $500 million, but now they are recommending brown nosing as the means of procuring these ill gotten gains.  I’m uncertain how the brown nosing competition will be judged.

Make Nice, Win Up to $500 Million

Posted by John Venlet on 07/19 at 08:07 AM
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Virginia’s “Civil Remedial Fines” Saga Continues

I first mentioned the State of Virginia’s newest taxpayer threshing machine legislation here, and then followed that up with this post, and now this morning, in the New York Times, I read this.

“You have no idea how angry people are,” said Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Republican of Prince William County, who did not vote for the bill that included the new fines and is leading the call for a special session.

C’mon, Mr. Marshall, I’m pleased to see you did not vote for this legislation, but you cannot seriously state that Virginia delegates had “no idea” individuals living in Virginia would be angered by this legislation.

Though I’m incredulous of Mr. Marshall’s statement, above, I will give him a passing grade for stating the following.

“Criminal and civil penalties shouldn’t be created for raising money,” Mr. Marshall said,...“You don’t want to turn our police into gun-toting tax collectors. They’re supposed to be officers of the peace, nothing else.”

Of course, we cannot leave David B. Albo (R-Fairfax), one of the main proponents of this egregious legislation, and potential private profiter from this legislation, out of this post, as he always is spouting off some ridiculous statement, or inadvertantly highlighting a reason why political groups are so dangerous to us all as individuals.

Delegate David B. Albo, Republican of Fairfax County, a main proponent of the high fines, said that a one-cent increase in the gasoline tax would generate about $50 million a year, but that replacing the fines with a higher gasoline tax would undermine the transportation financing bill that was passed.

“It took two years to get all the different groups, from Realtors, to developers, to citizens groups, on board,” Mr. Albo said. “If you take away one of the fees from one group, every other group is going to start saying they want the entire transportation bill reconsidered.”

Do you fully grasp the implications in that last statement?  I do, and I stated the following in a recent unrelated post.

When individuals deal with one another on strictly an individual to individual basis, in most cases peaceful transactions result.  Yes, this is not true when an individual robs another individual, whether at gunpoint or via dishonest actions, but in the main, individual to individual transactions yield peaceful results.  It is only when individuals group up, and cast aside their individuality in favor of group think, that conflict occurs.

Good luck, Virginians.

High Fines for Speeding Anger Virginians

Posted by John Venlet on 07/19 at 07:34 AM
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Mething With You

So, you walk into your local CVS drugstore to purchase some cold medicine, say a box of Sudafed, and the clerk ringing up your purchase requests to see your ID card, because, ya know, the war on drugs, and specifically crystal meth, mandates that the box of Sudafed cannot be sold to you unless you’re at least 18 years old, and, the state wants to track how much Sudafed you actually purchase, just in case you may be taking your Sudafed home and cooking it up, like Mickey Rourke’s character, The Cook, in the movie Spun.

You’re not feeling real well, because of your cold, and you find this a bit intrusive, and think about giving the poor CVS clerk a piece of your mind regarding this stupid intrusion, while the clerk dutifully swipes your ID with its handy magnetic strip into the CVS computer system, but you don’t, because you don’t feel up to it, so you pay for your purchase and head home, doctor yourself up and throw yourself back down on the couch.

After lying on the couch for 15 minutes or so, you’re starting to feel a bit of relief from your congestion, thanks to those good ol’ Sudafed, and you’re just about to doze off, and, bam, your door is broken down and the local swat team cops are pounding round your house searching for the meth lab that isn’t there.

Do you think that this could not happen?  Then read this.

Detective Brian Lewis returns to his desk after lunch, scanning e-mails he missed.

One catches his eye: It says a suspected member of a methamphetamine ring bought a box of Sudafed at 1:34 p.m. at a CVS pharmacy.

Minutes later, Lewis is in his truck, circling the parking lot, searching for the woman.

And this.

Tracking systems like the one in use in Kentucky, MethCheck, automatically collect the buyer’s name, address and age with a swipe of a driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

Then the system notifies detectives via e-mail when a customer has exceeded the purchase limit. It also allows law enforcement to quickly spot suspicious patterns — for example, someone who might be trying to skirt the purchase limits by going from pharmacy to pharmacy and buying a few packages at a time.

An updated version of MethCheck eventually will enable law enforcement to track purchases by neighborhood or street. That could help detectives spot instances in which a meth chemist enlists others in the neighborhood to buy pseudoephedrine for him, Lewis said.

It’ll happen, just you watch.

Buying cold meds? Meth cops may get e-mail

Posted by John Venlet on 07/19 at 06:47 AM
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