Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Technical Difficulties

I am currently experiencing technical difficulties with commenting.  Investigations are being conducted.

UPDATE:  Technical difficulties overcome, well mostly, thanks to a little help from a friend.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/26 at 06:11 PM
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Free Market Environmentalism and Old Paint

I do not have a problem with individuals who desire a higher awareness or concern for the environment, but I do have a problem with individuals who desire a higher awareness or concern for the environment who are in actuality just another breed of commies, or watermelon(s) (# 14).

As a passionate flyfisher, who spends many hours in both popular trout waters, and others not so popular, I am always disgusted by the carelessly and thoughtlessly disposed trash I may come upon, in the streams, along the banks, or on the trails winding through the woods.  I pick this trash up myself, or fish it out of the streams, deposit it into my fishing net, and then properly dispose of it after I’ve communed with a trout or three.

Government imposed laws have never stopped this type of enviromental problem, nor will they.  In fact, government imposed environmental laws only increase the amount of trash Americans must wade through.  It’s more commonly known as bureaucracy.

But on to free market environmentalism and old paint.

I did not know this, but Oregon is the only state in the U.S. which mandates (thankfully), by law, that paint manufacturers must be equipped to recycle old paint.  Naturally, someone has to pay for this, and of course, once again, consumers have been summarily volunteered by the powers that be to pay for these manufacturers to comply with the law via a surchage on new paint, so proponents of said Oregon law are watermelons.

Here in the State of Michigan, the need for recycling of old paint is also coming to the attention of the public.  Surprisingly, via the free market, rather than by law.

Tired of those half-empty cans of old paint cluttering up shelves or stacked in the basement?

West Michigan manufacturer RepcoLite Paints Inc. has a solution to the problem…

RepcoLite President Dan Altena said the company has produced its first 1,600 gallons of the re-coat brand that already are on the shelves of its eight RepcoLite and Port City paint stores in West Michigan and one store near South Bend, Ind.

The stores will give a $1 coupon for each gallon can a customer brings to the store for the purchase of re-coat paint.

“We think it’s time to recycle old paint to improve the environment, help customers solve paint-can clutter and be able to save money on a premium recycled paint,” Altena said…

“We thought we’d take a ‘free market’ approach to taking back old paint and making into a viable new product,” Altena said.

I say good on Repcolite.  Rather than forcing the recycling of paints via the application of, or adherence to, an abitrarily, watermelon promulgated law, at the expense of consumers and taxpayers, Repcolite is in effect paying consumers to recycle their old paint by giving consumers a buck for every gallon of old paint they recycle.  That’s environmentalism I can live with.

Finally, a place to put your old paint

Posted by John Venlet on 01/26 at 02:49 PM
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Move Along, Citizen, Nothing to See Here - For Real

You need to look here.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/26 at 02:47 PM
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Free Speech - Protecting the Political Elite, Not the Proletarians

Carol Rose, the proprietor of a blog titled On Liberty hosted at Boston.com, wherein Ms. Rose informs readers that she “analyzes privacy, freedoms, and the law,” Ms. Rose comes to the defense of former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner’s free speech rights.

While I am pleased that Ms. Rose comes to the defense of free speech rights, I am disappointed that Ms. Rose is coming to the defense of free speech rights for a disgraced political elite, while ignoring the free speech rights of Travis Corcoran.  Ms. Rose must consider Mr. Corcoran too proletarian.

Ms. Rose’s defense of Turner is titled Turner sentence punishes free speech, and within the post she states and quotes the following.

Equally improper is that prosecutors pressed the judge to pile on jail time to punish Turner for exercising his right to free speech after his conviction.  Here’s a excerpt from the U.S. Attorney’s sentencing memorandum :

“While [Turner’s] public campaign has pandered to a few faithful supporters, he could hardly have done more to promote the public’s cynicism about elected officials and to erode trust in the rule of law. His post-indictment conduct has amplified the crimes for which he was charged. He has sought to undermine the integrity of the judicial process. As a result, Turner is uniquely undeserving of a downward departure or deviation.”

Well, the prosecutors got one thing right: I sure feel cynical about the rule of law after this sentencing decision!

I understand Ms. Rose’s cynicism, but perhaps Ms. Rose should direct her cynicism inward, and apply her alleged analytical skills regarding individuals’ free speech rights to the cause of Mr. Corcoran.  Radley Balko has applied his analytical skills regarding free speech to the case of Travis Corcoran in an article at Hit & Run titled The Travis Corcoran Saga, and Ms. Rose would benefit from reading and understanding Radley’s analysis.

Corcoran was crass, offensive, and tone-deaf. But it shouldn’t be illegal to be any of those things. Unless there’s more to this than just what Corcoran wrote on his blog, law enforcement officials ought to clear his name, return his guns, and reinstate his gun permit.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/26 at 10:58 AM
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Thomas Jefferson’s Guide to Physical Fitness

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Thomas Jefferson

Posted by John Venlet on 01/26 at 09:23 AM
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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Answers

In light of my recent post, immediately below, and Tam’s early morning post Something I don’t understand… , in which she wonders aloud on how the state of the union address morphed from this,

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…

to this,

“Our Dear Leader shall, once per year, commandeer all our airwaves so that He might make the Divine Will known to us all. And then all the networks shall read the entrails of a goat. And there will be much rejoicing.”

I give you an 8:46 YouTube video which is labeled LSD Research, in which a perfectly normal housewife articulates to her interviewer her experiences while under the influence of LSD.  It could very well explain the networks reading of goat entrails, amongest other things.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/26 at 08:46 AM
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