Friday, February 18, 2011

Rounding Up the Shirkers

“They are prepared to dispatch state troopers to go out to some of the residences of some of the senators,” said Republican State Senator Scott Fitzgerald on Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s “Midday with Charlie Sykes.”

“We don’t know that everybody is out of state.  These troopers are going to go and try to escort these senators back to the chamber.

The State Patrol cannot go after the Democratic senators who have left the state, and Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach told “Wisconsin’s Morning News” that all 14 Democratic Senate members have fled Wisconsin and have not announced a timetable for their return. (bold by ed.)

Capitol Chaos: State Patrol Goes After Democratic Senators

Via Drudge.

Will the troopers be employing force, or simply rhetoric on the Dems?  You know what the troopers will be employing if they come for you.  Things are beginning to heat up.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 12:37 PM
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Not So Accurate Delivery Verification

The mailman was just by, dropping my mail in my mailbox, which I promptly retrieved.

Along with the bit of mail I received, was a United States Postal Service form titled “Accurate Delivery Verification,” which states the following.

Your mail has been verified for sorting accuracy prior to delivery to your address.

All well and good, except for one thing.  The address on the “Accurate Delivery Verification” form is not my address.  It’s for another house down the street.

 

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 12:26 PM
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So It Begins

Obama joins Wisconsin’s budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill

You do realize the implications of this, don’t you?

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 11:43 AM
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Goings On in Wisconsin

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI).

...it’s like Cairo has moved to Madison these days.

And the Wisconsion Education Association Council is Madison’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Rep. Paul Ryan On Wisconsin Protests: “Like Cairo Moved To Madison”

Posted by John Venlet on 02/17 at 05:39 PM
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

FBI Files on “The Anarchist Cookbook”

If you are interested, here is a link to the FBI files on “The Anarchist Cookbook.” (pdf of 171 pgs).

I’ve looked through a good portion of the file, and while I found no earth shattering revelations, you will recognize many of the names contained within, at least names which have not been redacted.

It is also interesting to note how many individuals actually wrote the FBI to express their concern and dismay that such a book could be brought to market.

Linked via Fred Lapides, who posts his link to the files under the heading ah, our tax bucks cooking.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/16 at 02:18 PM
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Lingering Indifference

Like the stale odors lingering in an insane asylum of old, or the dankness of a dungeon, so is the lingering indifference to the evils of socialism.  A rotten evil which should be dead and buried under millions of yards of concrete, as if it were a nuclear disaster akin to Chernobyl, instead is still lovingly attended to as if it were Lenin’s body.

This lingering indifference to the evils of socialism is deliberate, and in fact, the evils of socialism have been dressed in not fancy new finery, but in blue jeans and S&K Menswear suits by the Brooks Brothers wearing crowd for the common man to embrace and enforce via the tyranny of the majority while hiding behind a curtain.

These thoughts on the lingering indifference to the evils of socialism are the result of reading two articles today.  The first article, by Claire Berlinski, is titled Fruits from the Tree of Malice, wherein Claire revisits the subject of indifference to a vast archive of Soviet material, which I had previously noted here.  This more recent article by Berlinski notes some of the recent information which has been gleaned from said archive.

The second article, written by Ed Driscoll, is titled The Samizdat Remains the Same, and Driscoll’s article notes the indifference, right here in the United States of America, to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his warnings regarding socialism by politicians and the mainstream media.  The impetous for Driscoll’s piece are some musings by Brian Leiter on whether the fall of the USSR was a good thing.

Link to Claire Berlinski’s article via a post at the New Paltz Journal titled The ghost lingers.  Link to Ed Driscoll’s article via InstaPundit.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/16 at 12:08 PM
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Regimes - Quote of the Day

From today’s Wall Street Journal Best of the Web, filed under the heading The Myth of Stable Dictatorship.

Two kinds of regimes are generally resistant to popular uprisings: established democracies, which are genuinely stable (think of how much political violence and unrest the U.S. absorbed during the 1960s), and totalitarian dictatorships that crush rebellion ruthlessly: Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968, Iraq in 1988 and 1991, Red China in 1989, Iran in 2009.

Kind of a disturbing comparison, is it not?

Posted by John Venlet on 02/15 at 08:07 PM
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Solitary Defiance

Via Western Rifle Shooters Association we are pointed to a T. L. Davis post titled We Are The Men Of Our Times.  From Davis’ post.

We are the men of our times. It is my greatest wish to be with all of you in a clear and defined battle against the enemies of liberty and the Constitution. I would ride right now with weapons in hand to the sound of the bugle. We have no lands to defend from invaders, we have no culture to protect, we have no leaders to raise a banner. We are solitary in our resistance and alone in our punishments. We can be dismissed and disregarded as criminals, as nuts, as right-wing zealots. We are a minority within our own land, visionaries beyond the sight of the average citizen. We are the sacrifices to be made for the better good.

Read it all.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/15 at 03:14 PM
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“Come On In, The Water’s Fine”

Excellent essay by Jim Davidson, Half Measures Are Full of Fail, linked via Bill St. Clair.

Being free is not a decision you make. It is not a sign you hold. It is not a protest you attend. It is not a comment you make on a blog. It is not a hat you wear in a courthouse, nor a licence plate some group of thugs supply you to put on your car.

Rather, it is an attitude you have, about life. It is a way of living. Being free is an aspect of every choice you take, every interaction you have with others. Being free is being governed by no one other than yourself.

And who better to govern you? You know what you are really like. You know what fibs you have told. You know what is best for you. You know which things really suit your tastes, and which are reasonable substitutes. In the market you pick the things that suit you, knowing that there are things there which suit others…

For I am sovereign. I have assumed among the powers of the Earth the equal station to which the laws of nature, and of nature’s God entitle me. You should, too.

You should too!

Posted by John Venlet on 02/15 at 10:27 AM
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A Poetic Ode to a Trigger

The most poetic description I have ever read regarding a trigger.

The rifle has a terrific trigger - I told him that the only way I could describe it was like the best champagne’s thrilling zing of the tiniest bubbles on your tongue. It truly sent a kind of electric ziiitttzzz through me just before the very slight recoil distracted.

When I consider the trigger on my nine, I think more of bourbon in a tin cup.

From the Valentine’s Day post at The Trooper’s Gal titled Just Another Day…With You.  Ah, romance.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/15 at 09:54 AM
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More Strategic Default

I last wrote about strategic default back in June 2010, in a post I titled Strategic Default or Pre-meditated Criminal Action, noting that I had personal ethical issues with such actions.

The impetous for that post was a post by Karen De Coster, just as this one is, as Karen has once again brought the issue of strategic default to readers’ attention in a post she titled Another Strategic Default (that people approve of), and those words “that people approve of” are significant, and are addressed as Karen responds to this question.

“Why is it that strategic defaulting at a corporate level is not actively challenged, but it is being challenged at a consumer level?”

I’ll stand by the words in my post, and in comments, from June 2010.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/15 at 09:40 AM
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“Letter Home: We’re doing just fine”

Over at Sense of Events, Daniel Jackson, who is residing in Israel, replies to a letter from his 92 year old mother who is rather concerned for her childrens’ welfare due to recent events in Egypt and the region in general.  Jackson’s reply to his mother, which he shares with all of us, is titled Letter Home: We’re doing just fine, and is worth taking a read.  A couple salient points from Jackson’s missive.

...Suddenly the screed that Israel is the source of all that’s wrong in the Middle East is silent. And for good reason. Because it has never been true. Ever.

Let’s say it again: ISRAEL HAS NEVER BEEN THE PROBLEM IN THE MIDDLE EAST. That’s the point. Bush was right. It’s about Democracy not puppet states and extortionist regimes.

And this.

The best source of peace here, which is an everyday reality, is MONEY! EVERYONE is building now. Commercial goods are flowing into the West Bank and there are only smiles from Jews, Christians, and Muslims at the local shopping mall. When the rain clears, I’ll continue my astronomy lessons to the Muslim watchmen at the Kibbutz vineyards (they want to be ready for Ramadan).

About Egypt.

So, you ask about Egypt.

About time.

But it ain’t over by any means.

Peace will come, however, when the Americans and the Europeans shut up, stand back, and stop enabling the racists and extortionists whether right or left.

IN SUM, the entire fiction of the Middle East has split asunder. The problems here are not due to Israel. That screed has only been the classic means to deflect local anger from where it matters most—the domestic inequalities of extortionist Ancient Regimes and are finally imploding. It is time the US and the Europeans stop fanning those flames. The people who must bear the cost for this distorted view of foreign policy are the poor schnooks who have to bear the burden of the despotic yoke of servitude and extortion.

Ironically, it will be the oil that will bring these states down.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/15 at 09:23 AM
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Monday, February 14, 2011

America’s Socialist Tipping Point is the Current President of the United States

One of the very first mentions of Obama in these pages occurred on October 24, 2006 in a post I titled Obama Wama Ding Dong, wherein I noted that Richard Cohen had already drank the Obama koolaid, though he was rather disingenous in admitting he was under the influence.

Then, in September 2007, I noted Obama’s bragging, bragging mind you, about passing more laws to restrict Americans’ individual lives than any other politician in a post titled You’ll Get Exactly What You’re Voting For.

In October 2008, in a post I titled Barack Obama - Poster Boy for Cloward-Piven Strategy?, I speculated more directly that Obama is a socialist, though he was hiding that fact in plain sight, and I did not need to conduct much research in order to make that statement.

But the research has been done, by Stanley Kurtz, and if the actions of Obama since his rise to power have not convinced you that Obama is a diehard socialist intent on destroying America, then you should read Kurtz’s book Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism and review the facts of the matter.

For a few insights into Kurtz’s book, and Obama’s socialism, read this interview of Stanley Kurtz by Gayle Trotter (link may load slowly), it’s worth your time.

Here’s a link to the Kindle edition of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.

Link to Kurtz interview via New Paltz Journal.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/14 at 05:42 PM
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At Least Somebody’s Ready

With all the unrest currently afflicting the Middle East, it’s a good thing at least somebody’s ready.

Israeli army ‘ready for all eventualities’: PM

Linked via Drudge.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/14 at 01:27 PM
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Blowing Green Smoke

Wind farms and wind turbines are one of the “hot” environmental trends, but how much truth is actually associated with the marketing slogans utilized to sell these green ideas?  Specifically, how much truth is associated with the amount of energy production alleged to be gleaned from the wind?  About forty-eight percent (48%) according to a recent study.

“Measured annual energy production from the turbines averages 48 percent of that predicted by the models using the manufacturer’s published power curves,” Kelly Winder wrote in the Small Wind Turbine Performance Investigation report, which was distributed only to study participants.

He attributed 12 percentage points of the 52 percent shortfall to turbine failures, 16 percentage points to lower than normal winds during the measuring period and the remainder to misrepresentations of the power curves by turbine manufacturers and other factors such as site selection and installation.

There is one truth regarding these “green” ideas though.

In fact, China has always been smart about spotting business opportunities in the West, and is indeed gearing up to sell us all the electric cars and taxpayer-subsidized solar panels and wind turbines we can, or more accurately can’t, use.

Because if we’re dumb enough to buy technologies that currently don’t have a prayer of powering a modern economy, they’re certainly smart enough to sell them to us.

The first quote in this post comes from an article at Producer.com titled Wind turbines failing to meet expectations, which was linked via small dead animals.

The second quote in this post comes from an article in the Toronto Sun headlined China gets a green free pass:, which was linked via Vanderleun’s Side-Lines.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/14 at 01:08 PM
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