Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sigh

I had a nice rant going about politics, economics, Liberty, and biased reporting. Then I stopped short and asked myself "why I am doing this?".

The concept was so tidy in my head. The conclusion so obvious, to me at least. I wondered...what for?

My audience consists of basically two groups: like-minded Liberty-oriented individuals; and poo-flingers. The people I care about basically tolerate my rantings because they know it is a way for me to vent. The poo-flingers' likely contribution to my upcoming 1000-plus-word blog post? "TL;DR, but you are wrong".

Screw it.

I am going to go buy more ammo instead.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Questions and suppositions

Suppositions first: Suppose that Obama is actually a committed Marxist whose intent is on overthrowing ("fundamentally transforming") the way America operates. Suppose that he intends to destroy life as we know it, to be replaced by top-down socialism/fascism, and wants to be able to claim that an outside agent is responsible. Suppose that he intends to weaken our country, our citizens, and our standing in the world. Suppose, also, that the Democratic Party (and their Union enforcement arm) are agents of this change and that it has been their desire for the last 75 years or so, too.

How do you achieve this without prematurely alerting the American public?

Do you wildly inflate the budget beyond any reasonable ability to fund it? (Current accounts deficit, $1.5 Trillion)

Do you force the entitlement spending to consume the entire revenue stream while leaving essential functions to be funded on borrowed money? (Projected actual entitlement spending, including Obamacare, will outstrip tax revenue in <10 years)

Do you engage in opportunistic wars that consume materiel, without funding the replacement of said materiel, so that the military is weakened? (Libya?)

Do you push more people into government dependency by creating onerous hurdles to private sector hiring?

Do you collapse consumer confidence by overwhelming the banking system? (Housing bubble was a direct result of the policies of FNMA and FHLMC)

Do you increase food costs by mandating cropland be used for fuel supplies? (Ethanol)

Do you prohibit the exploration and exploitation of existing natural resources under our control? (Bans on Oil and Natural Gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico (near shore) and ANWR)

What happens when the nations currently funding 40% of our current expenditures decide that they want a better return on their money? What happens if they do not buy our bonds? What happens if they decide to collect on a bond default by force?

What happens if the food shortages (and/or food price increases due to our inflated currency) foment hunger riots?

With these questions in mind, what are the chances that China will decide that it won't buy our bonds? If that happens, then we will have to increase the rate paid on our bonds to entice buyers. Doing so will explode expenditures on interest payments to service the debt and will cause a funding crisis in the short term (and a budgetary crisis for the foreseeable future). The cascade effect of this will be that the Dollar collapses as a currency.

I can see a whole lot of plausible scenarios unfolding if the Dollar collapses. None of them are good. Most of them involve military intervention at home (and not necessarily to 'repel boarders'), and martial law. Most of them involve the suspension of civil rights until the 'crisis' abates (if it ever does).

Most people are willing to give Baby Barack Duvalier Obama the benefit of the doubt and chalk up his 'mis-steps' to naievete and disinterest. Most people are willing to apply Hanlon's Razor to his governance. However, what if it is not stupidity at all?

What if Obama's actions really are malicious to the long-term success of the United States? What if ideology really does drive every action or inaction on his part? What if the results are intended? What then? Because the already-visible results of his policies, if intended, make him an enemy of the Constitution - Domestic variety.

Are you ready to face that reality?

Newbius
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Monday, March 21, 2011

QOTD: US Attorney Anne Tompkins

From the FBI Press Release about the NORFED/'Liberty Dollar' conviction:
“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added. “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”
I have a question for you, Ms. Tompkins. When are you going to begin an investigation of the Federal Reserve and Chairman Bernanke? Chairman Bernanke's ACTUAL devaluation of the currency, monetization of the debt, and undermining the faith in our currency ALSO present clear and present dangers to the economic stability of our nation. And, he wields much more power than a silver smelter in North Carolina. Under the terms you have defined in this statement, Ben Bernanke is uniquely powerful in undermining the legitimate currency of our government and, under your definitions, is ALSO a domestic terrorist.

Or, does this only apply to the criminals outside the halls of power?

Newbius
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P.S. For the record, we are a representative republic and not a democracy. Did you fail high school civics as well?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Random Acts of Patriotism: March Madness

Random Acts of Patriotism: March Madness says everything I was going to say, better than I was going to say it, and with a better quote than the one I was going to use. So go read it already...

You know how it is

If you are a reader of my blog, you know how I get sometimes. Too much work all at once, new stuff going on, general ennui at the State of the Union...make Newbius an unhappy boy. Hence the light posting.

Good news? Pizza is doing well.

Bad news? Japan is glowing like an iridescent fish tank under a black light. Oh, and ObeyMe now wants to talk about guns. Bully for him. Maybe he can get hisself down to the range and get edumacated about the subject before he does something stupid.

Never mind...who am I kidding. Cass Sunstein is going to 'nudge' us into a less-than-civil war instead.

I think I am going to pour myself a bourbon...

Newbius

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pizza last night

Had another test outing for the new recipes. Feedback was good. The restaurant owner wants me back tonight, and wants to make this a weekly thing.

Baby steps...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Why the Unions are so upset in Wisconsin

Forget collective bargaining. Forget the concessions on health care and pensions. The real issue that infuriated the unions (and their bought-and-paid-for Democratic Party puppets) is mandatory dues collection.

Wisconsin is not a 'right to work' state. Not yet, anyway. So, if the shop is unionized (and all of the public employees are), then the members have to join and the state was collecting the union dues through payroll withholding.

Now, each union member has to write that check themselves. Dues average $700-$1000 per year. There are 215,000 unionized public employees in Wisconsin. So, let's do the math:

215,000 x $700 is $150,500,000. 215,000 x $1,000 is $215,000,000.

$150-$215 million dollars, being paid by the taxpayers of Wisconsin, through their public employees, directly to the unions; who then spend that money to elect Democratic Party poltroonsPoliticians; who then pay back their union masters with more largess from the public treasury. It is a never-ending cycle of thievery and corruption. A money-laundering game which pits the public employee unions and the Democratic Party against the working people of Wisconsin, taking the people's money to line their own pockets and secure their power.

Now you know why the Left is declaring war. Their gravy train just got derailed by a politician who actually did what he said he was going to do. Their lies have been exposed. They are not about the 'working man' and never have been. They are about money and power, and they use the 'working man' as both a stage prop and donor host to their parasitism. No longer. The mask has been pulled off, loudly and publicly for all to see. And, the Community Organizer-in-Chief has been exposed, encouraging them in their actions.

Top down, Bottom up...manufacturing a crisis so as not to let it go to waste.

Do you understand yet?

Newbius
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blogroll Reminder

Remember folks, I run a reciprocal blogroll. If you have me on your rolls and I am not linking you here, please drop me an email or comment. As long as you are not a racist, sexist, homophobic, statist with authoritarian tendencies, I will link you here.

:)

Newbius

Ted Nugent Opines

Ted Nugent has an opinion piece in The Washington Times about Project GunWalkerGunrunner and the idiocy of arming our Border Patrol agents with non-lethal weapons.

Go and read it.

Newbius

H/T to Stranger at Extrano's Alley

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lie of the Day - Waco Jim Cavanaugh

From the Washington Post's report today:
"There is no gun-trafficking statute," said James Cavanaugh, a retired ATF supervisor. "We've been yelling for years that we need a gun-trafficking statute because these cases are so difficult to prove."
In the paragraph immediately prior to his outright falsehood, the statement is made that the cases against so-called 'Straw Purchasers' "rarely amount to more than charges of lying on federal documents."

Let's examine that one for a bit. ATF Form 4473 (the form which MUST be completed in order to purchase a firearm at a dealer) clearly states in the header the following:
WARNING: You may not receive a firearm if prohibited by Federal or State law. The information you provide will be used to determine whether you are prohibited under law from receiving a firearm. Certain violations of the Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. 921 et. seq., are punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine.
And, in the area where the purchaser is attesting that they are buying for themselves (Section 11.a.), it states:
If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.
Below this is another warning:
I understand that answering "yes" to question 11.a. if I am not the actual buyer is a crime punishable as a felony under Federal law, and may also violate State and/or local law.
Let's examine this for a second. A person purchasing a firearm for another person (the definition of a 'straw purchaser') is committing a Federal FELONY. If arrested and convicted, that person is now a PROHIBITED PERSON who can NO LONGER purchase or possess a firearm. Furthermore, the crime is punishable by a jail term of up to 10 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. Yet, Jim Cavanaugh whines that the ATF can only prosecute them for 'paperwork violations'?

Are you KIDDING ME?

"Paperwork violations" are the meat and potatoes of ATF's daily business, especially against gun dealers. Catching and prosecuting the real bad actors isn't sexy, but the existing law DOES have teeth.

Instead, ATF runs illegal weapons smuggling operations, in hopes of doing the DEA's job of stopping the drug cartels. They force the licensed gun dealers to cooperate under threat of their livelihood, and are complicit in the commission of numerous felonies that violate their very own laws. All the while, law-abiding gun owners and gun dealers are persecuted by Lefty Statist gun grabbers and professional pro-crime activists like the Brady Campaign.

I don't know about you, but I think it is time to cut this agency down to size. (Only because it is going to be a while before we repeal NFA34, GCA68, and FOPA86).

Have you contacted your congresspeople yet? Does your Representative know about "Gunwalker"? How about your Senator? If not, WHY NOT? What are you waiting for, an engraved invitation to participate in representative government?? If YOU don't contact them, THEY won't care about this issue.

Newbius
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Pizza updates

I am experimenting with the recipes to improve the flavor. Also, I am working on scaling up the quantities in anticipation of going commercial with it at some point in the near future.

The biggest change to the recipes relates to the dough. I am playing with removing the olive oil from the dough recipe and doing a longer ferment to produce a lighter tasting crust. Initial feedback has been very positive. More to come later...

Pax,

Newbius

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What are YOU doing on Memorial Day?

I am pretty sure I am going to be in Knoxville. LuckyGunner.com is sponsoring a blogshoot, and will be providing the ammo, guns, and FUN. Oh, did I mention that they were FULL-AUTO fun guns? Yeah. Like I said. FUN.

Plus, Tam is going to be there, and maybe JayG, and possibly RobbAllen...so you know that the snark will be going as rapid-fire as the machine guns. :)

Count me IN.

Newbius

Monday, March 7, 2011

Perhaps I should have closed the sarcasm tag...

Regarding my post on the CFL quote, the lovely Miss Tam at View From The Porch weighed in:
Over at the Newbius Papers, the idea is advanced that because hippies want to register your guns, then hippies should have to... register their compact florescent light bulbs. Because CFLs contain mercury, get it? So they're dangerous, like guns!

First, I like CFLs for a lot of applications, such as any light you basically want to leave burning. They're the berries for a back porch light. More importantly, though, I like freedom, so I don't like the idea of registering anything. Not guns, not CFLs, not even filthy hippies or nosy statists.

Telling people what kind of light bulbs they have to buy is for commies.
My reply began to approach post length, so I am instead going to put it here:
Tam, for the record: I find the idea of registering my light bulbs as repugnant as the idea of registering my firearms, and for the same reason. Further, the fact that our government even thinks it has the authority to regulate what type of light bulb I am allowed to purchase offends my Wookie-suiter sensibilities. That I must engage them, and ask for their permission, in order to exercise my Constitutional right to purchase (4473), keep (MA Licenses anyone?), and bear (CCW permit) Arms is beyond the pale.

The comment that I quoted is "sauce for the gander", and hopefully caused some of the hippie-statists to wince. Especially as it Gores (pun intended) one of their pet oxen (Anthropogenic Global Warming).
Thanks for the link, Miss Tam.

Newbius

Thursday, March 3, 2011

QOTD - "912ER"

Found over at The Blaze is this quote regarding Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (which contain not-insignificant levels of mercury):
"Lets take a page from the Left. Anyone who has the CFL bulbs MUST register and pay a fee every year to use the bulbs because they are dangerous if broken and we must know where all the bulbs are. Lets treat the bulb ownership like they treat gun ownership."
Ah-Yup.

Pax,

Newbius

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The long and the short of it

The national debt, and the deficits which add to it, will kill us as a nation.

Please go read THIS POST at Eternity Road for more.

Newbius

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blogroll Update

Adding Jimmy the Trucker to the sidebar. Go and read.

Pax,

Newbius

QOTD: Joe Huffman

Regarding Colin Goddard's credentials as an expert on college shootings:
"I’ll grant that he is an expert at getting shot. But I don’t think that takes a whole lot of practice or that his experience is something that we can use a guide for how to handle the situation he experienced."
That, right there, is Grade "A" Prime Quality WIN....

You tell 'em Joe!

Newbius