Tuesday, June 30, 2009

David Mayo Sentenced

I noted that David Mayo copped to a plea deal, rather than go to trial, in a post on Saturday (Mayo’s legal travails all stem from purchasing hydroponic growing equipment).  Mayo was sentenced today, and will serve no time in prison, though as a probationed inidividual, he will indeed be subject to further police state type searches.

Injustice has once again beaten down justice.

Grand Rapids Press sports writer David Mayo will return to job; judge gives no-jail-time sentence

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 04:08 PM
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GM Pipe Dream

Now that General Motors (GM) is Government Motors, with the ability to “legally” rob the American people of their hard earned monies, just how high would GM’s stock have to rise to payback the American people?

If a new General Motors emerges from bankruptcy as planned, U.S. financial aid for the company will expand to nearly $50 billion, but neither the government nor the company is forecasting how much of the public money will be repaid.

It’s sure to be a stretch. For the United States to fully recover its investment, the value of General Motors stock will have to reach levels it has never before attained. (bold by ed.)

It’s a pipe dream, that will never happen.  Americans are screwed, and there is no uncertainty about it.

Uncertainty Clouds Recovery of U.S. Investment in GM

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 04:00 PM
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Legislating Catfish Follies

I’ve often stated that laws are made for stupid people, which is true.  Laws are also often made to make one thing or another legal or illegal, or to make something that it is, is not.  Case in point, catfish.

You see, here in the United States, catfish farming is one of the largest aquaculture businesses, and the catfish farmers in the U.S., who felt that the Vietnamese were horning in our there business, wanted to put a stop to the Vietnamese catfish coming into America.  So what did the American catfish farmers do, they made nicey nice with the powers that be and had a federal law passed in 2002 which stated that Vietnamese catfish were not catfish but some unfamiliar fish such as pangasius, which is a member of the catfish family.

Unfortunately for American catfish farmers, their attempt to curtail Vietnamese catfish from making it to the American market did not work so well, and since that did not work, the catfish farmers now want the Vietnamese’s pangasius to be leglislated back into a catfish, in the hope that this new law will curtail the Vietnamese’s horning in on their catfish business.

So after years of arguing that the Vietnamese fish isn’t catfish — and winning a federal law saying as much — the U.S. farmers are now trying to have it both ways. Under their latest lobbying strategy, they want the Vietnamese imports considered catfish so that they will be covered by a new inspections regime that they pushed through Congress last year.

So a catfish is only a catfish if the State decrees it’s a catfish, and that’s only after the State’s been suckered by the catfish farmers once again.

THE INFLUENCE GAME: A catfish by any other name

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 02:09 PM
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Yeah, Make Up A Law, That’ll Stop Them

In early June, I noted a story regarding Columbian cocaine producers utilizing so called “submarines” to smuggle cocaine into the United States and other parts of the world.  I titled that post Innovative Smuggling Vessel, But Hardly a Submarine.

Well, Columbian lawmakers have decided to craft a law outlawing the building and use of these semi-submersible means of conveyance.

Colombia has outlawed the construction, and use, of the semi-submersible boats used to smuggle much of the cocaine coming into North America. For those caught building these boats, it’s twelve years in prison. For those caught using these boats, it’s fourteen years.

Yeah, that’ll stop those cocaine producers dead in their tracks.

Story is here and was linked via The Sub Report.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 10:58 AM
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Reminiscent of Stalin’s Cult of Personality

Is the Obamamania surrounding Obama a reincarnation of the cult of personality which Josef Stalin so ruthlessly took advantage of?  I think it could be.

Stalin, and his slavish politboro rubber stampers, saw enemies everywhere.  Whether it was kulaks, scientists, army officers, ordinary citizens, or some other association of individuals, each group, at some point, came under suspicion for treasonous or terrorist tendencies.  This is happening today in America, so far without the purges and the gulags.

While I know I’m just a low level terrrorist, and am comfortable with that designation, Karen Bass, California’s speaker of the assembly, believes conservative talk radio individuals are terrorists, while Paul Krugman believes that individuals who deny climate change and government intervention are traitors.  And let’s not forget that Deparment of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano believes veterans are prime terrorist wannabes, and that the State of Missouri believes you maybe a terrorist if you support a political party other than the Democratic Party.  While the “One,” Obama, leads the terrorist behind every corner madness by stating that foes of the cap and trade boondoggle are terrorizing for political gain.

Stalin may be dead, and the Soviet Union no more, but ironically Stalin’s legacy lives on in the West.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 08:34 AM
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Expressing Reality

“There’s no such thing as life without bloodshed. I think the notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone could live in harmony, is a really dangerous idea. Those who are afflicted with this notion are the first ones to give up their souls, their freedom. Your desire that it be that way will enslave you and make your life vacuous.”

Cormac McCarthy, author of The Road, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Via Chris Horton’s blog.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 08:08 AM
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One Candle Power

So, Obama is making noises about setting energy efficiency standards for lamps.

Aiming to keep the focus on climate change legislation, President Barack Obama put a plug in for administration efforts to make lamps and lighting equipment use less energy.

“I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses,”...

How illuminating.  I wonder if Obama’s lamp energy efficiency standards will utilize the candela, carcel burner, or the Hefner lamp in setting the standards?

White House announces new lighting standards

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 07:37 AM
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Monday, June 29, 2009

The New “Drug War” May Be Financial Products

In a very disjointed Reuters article titled Central banks seek rankings for financial products, we learn that the world’s central bankers want a new “drug war,” on financial products.

Financial products should be treated like medicines and sold to consumers only when they are certified safe to prevent a repeat of last year’s financial meltdown, the world’s central bankers said on Monday.

Hey, maybe we can get the FDA involved, and launch abunch of new financial pharmaceutical trials, and if the financial products don’t pass the trials, world governments can initiate a slew of drug eradication programs, or some kind of financial methadone could be developed for those who are jonesing, since the placebo “stimulus” pill is failing.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/29 at 06:57 PM
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Too True Quote of the Day

Via to herd or not to herd.

A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. – Dresden James

Posted by John Venlet on 06/29 at 04:17 PM
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North Carolina Attempts A Forced Shakedown of Amazon.com and Loses

As states suck more and more air due to difficult financial times, meaning the states’ forced shakedowns via taxation dry up, they go looking for new or alternative sources to feed the beast which is government.

North Carolina decided to go after Amazon.com, attempting to force Amazon.com to be their proxy tax assessor and collector, but Amazon.com said no.  I say good for Amazon.com, though it hurts the little guys who earned a few bucks via Amazon.com adverts.

Amazon.com cut ties with business affiliates in North Carolina after the state drafted legislation that would force the company to collect sales tax…“We will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com after June 26,” the company told North Carolina affiliates in its notice. “We were forced to take this unfortunate action in anticipation of actual enactment because of uncertainties surrounding the legislation’s effective date.” (bold by ed.)

Via Jeffrey Quick.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/29 at 04:04 PM
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Secession Primer

At the blog Let A Thousand Nations Bloom, they will be posting, all week, about secession, as a nod to the Fourth of July, which most Americans tend to call Independence Day.

Today’s post on the subject is titled Secession Week Blogging, Monday, Intro To Secession.

Take a look, you may learn something interesting.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/29 at 03:57 PM
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

More Universal (Socialized) Health Care Failure Lessons

I’ve written about the lessons which can be learned from the ideological, utopian visionary programs for universal health care. One of the more recent posts was titled Stop Universal Health Care Now! - Learn from Wisconsin.  Another recent post was titled Universal Health Care - It’s Not Just Maine’s Program That Fails, and another noted the abject failure of the government’s health care program for American Indians, which was titled Keep the Government Out of Health Care, or “Don’t Get Sick After June.”

Here’s the most recent lesson, from our Canadian friends, who have been suffering under the Canadian version of socialized health care for some time.

A critically ill Hamilton preemie turned away from McMaster Children’s Hospital…Hamilton’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was full when Ava Isabella Stinson was born 14 weeks premature at St. Joseph’s Hospital Thursday at 12:24 p.m.

A provincewide search for an open NICU bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the two-pound, four-ounce preemie to Buffalo that evening…

A second area mom has also been separated from her children since being turned away from McMaster’s NICU, which is closed to new admissions about 50 per cent of the time.

Oh, and the parents of the preemies cannot be with their newborns because of the draconian new passport rules for moving between the borders of Canada and the United States.

Can Americans not learn from these lessons?

Parents separated from ill preemie

Via a Mark Steyn post at The Corner, wherein Steyn notes this.

Well, it would be unreasonable to expect Hamilton, a city of half-a-million people just down the road from Canada’s largest city (Greater Toronto Area, five-and-a-half million) in the most densely populated part of Canada’s most populous province (Ontario, 13 million people) to be able to offer the same level of neonatal care as Buffalo, a post-industrial ruin in steep population decline for half-a-century…Once Buffalo enjoys the benefits of Hamilton-level health care, I wonder where Ontario will be shipping the preemies to. Costa Rica?

Posted by John Venlet on 06/28 at 05:27 PM
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“The Debt President”

Der Spiegel publishes a piece titled Chancellor Merkel Visits the Debt President, but I prefer the smaller print just above this headline, Obama’s Mistakes.  The piece notes the similarites between Bush’s policies in fighting the “war” on terror, and Obama’s policies in fighting the “war” on the economic front.  Some high points from the piece.

Ex-President Bush was nothing if not zealous in his worldwide campaign against terror, transgressing human rights and breaking international law along the way. Now, Obama is displaying the same zeal in his own war against the financial crisis—and his weapon of choice is the money-printing machine. The rules the new American president is breaking are those which govern the economy. Nobody is being killed. But the strategy comes at a price—and that price might be America’s position as a global power.

And this.

Obama’s Cheney is named Larry Summers. He is Obama’s senior-most economic advisor, and like the former vice president, he is a man of conviction. The financial crisis may be large, but Summers’ self-confidence is even larger. More importantly, President Barack Obama follows him like a dog does its master.

Linked via a post by Donald Sensing titled Machiavelli v. Obama, which is also worth a look.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/28 at 12:07 PM
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I Second the Motion

Bill, at Free In Idaho, posts a quote from United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. United States (1928), which I re-post here in its entirety.

The makers of the Constitution conferred, as against the government, the Right to be left alone; the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/28 at 11:29 AM
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Climate Change, Caveman say “Ugh”

Via a Transterrestrial Musings post titled The Climate Change Climate Change comes the Comment Of The Week.

As for the rest of the doom scenario, my, what a bunch of glass-half-empty gloomy gusses you global warmy climate changenists are. Human ingenuity managed to survive the last great Ice Age, and that was when we were a small, fragile population that used bones and rocks as tools. And in fact, we increased and civilization was formed as the climate started warming — yes, floods and all — and the glaciers receded, leaving more land to learn to grow stuff in. You’re saying the human race is now too weak and stupid to survive a possible moderate increase in global temperature? (Which actually seems to be decreasing, but never mind.) Maybe we should start a new slogan: “Surviving Climate Change: So Complicated, Only A Caveman Could Do It.”

Posted by John Venlet on 06/28 at 11:15 AM
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