Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thoughts from an apparently insane man

There is but one sound economic theory. That theory states you must save for a rainy day and only spend what you have. Credit is bad. Saying anything different is akin to an accountant telling you to "create overhead" to lower taxes. Think about that. Spend a grand, and if you are in the 25% tax bracket you save $250 on your taxes. Hmm, sounds like you lost $750, unless the expenditure could have made you money...

Washington DC is the only place I know of where being public with the fact that you were paid off makes it legal. ABC Company gave the local politician $3 million in campaign funding. It's all good because we told you about it.

There are over 4000 Federal Laws according to the Independence Institute. This doesn't include Tax Code, State Law or Agency mandates (OSHA, DOE, ATFE, EPA, Etc). There must have been blood in the streets 75 years ago when there were half as many. But we are law abiding citizens.. I think...

We need more regulation of the Finance industry so they don't take advantage of "main street" anymore. Because the laws against everything else have COMPLETELY stopped all other crime, and antitrust doesn't already exist.

Prior to the 1970's, the US government was the biggest buyer of .22 rifle shells. They sent them to public schools for their marksmanship programs. Hmmmm...

The removal of guns from the citizens of Australia has done absolutely nothing to the crime rate of that country. Gun or otherwise.

I hit a deer tonight on the way home. I live out in the Middle of the sticks where the hoot owls screw the chickens for something to do, and I hit the thing in the middle of Ankeny (midsized Iowa town). All I remember thinking is "Man, he is hauling ass. Nice Rack" Then BANG. I hit him with the family car. I was actually thinking "Nice Rack" at the point of impact. What's wrong with me?

I'll get revenge in a few weeks when the season opens.... Until next time

A New Beginning. Real Common Sense!

A New Beginning. Real Common Sense!
What are our Governmental priorities? Really, what are they, and why? Why do we seem to be predisposed to support Israel? Why do Americans care about the Middle East in general? Other than oil, they have nothing to offer us. The Muslim people are no real threat to us if we enforce our laws and borders. Really, they aren't.

Before you start talking about oil you should realize that the world market is so intertwined there is no way the Middle East can afford to not sell to America.

Come on Neocons, let me have it. Strategic base locations, humanitarianism, stopping terrorism. Keep on listing them. Since I am a betting man, I will wager that if America was to back politely out of the Middle East, Korea, and the EU, the radical Muslims and freaky Commies would probably have no reason or desire to harm Americans. Peaceniks unite on this one.

That just came from a Second amendment quoting, Airborne, chest pounding war monger!

Lefties, don't believe I am on your side either. Your feel good-isms have devastated us. My understanding is you should be a tax paying CITIZEN in order to benefit from tax dollars. Seems to me that marriage is a religious (no matter what faith) institution between a man and a woman. Until you can logically legitimize either of those two issues, I consider you blooming idiots without a clue. AND... Hard working people deserve the fruits of their labor. Something about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness comes to mind. Hawks unite on our border, and Pastors unite at the Pulpit!

Welcome to the new Political Common Sense. Watch for new postings regularly!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Brothers

I thought about this post all day. I woke up this morning, and thanked my wife(a fellow vet), and then went silent all day. It happened to be a day off work, so today was clothes shopping day for the boys. It was on our way to town that it hit me. I was reading all of my facebook "friend's" thank yous to America's veterans.

It dawned on me at that moment. Most of these folks are truly sincere in their thanks. Some are going through the motions, and a few simply don't want to look bad. These are all valid reasons, right or wrong, for thanking a vet.

Then, I realized that none of my under 30 "friends" had taken the time to remember the absolute horror of what has happened to allow them to do the same thing as I did today. I mean NONE of them. One of these people is actually doing the facebook "thankful to Thanksgiving" thing. In case you didn't know, there is a thing on facebook where you list something new to be thankful for each day from November first until Thanksgiving. This person was thankful for a prime time television show today.

Is it any wonder we have what we have in Washington?

OK, I apologize. I don't mean to use this event to attack anyone. I just have to speak my mind when it strikes me. Besides, we let them be indoctrinated.

Today's post is truly about my Brothers. Please know that I am thinking about each of you today and always. Those of you that paid the price, those still serving, and each of you making a life after service. It is you; each and every one of you, that makes it possible for us live the way we do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You ARE America.

Grandpa, my dearest Wife, uncle Dave, Johnny B, all the D Co. boys, Sean V, Rev Blanchard, etc.... The list goes on and on. You have taught me much about life, love, and brotherhood. For that I owe you as well as for your service. Thanks

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Individual Choices

I'm kind of a nostalgia buff if you haven't gathered that from my posts. I like the old stuff. Technology is my thing day in and day out, and I have to admit that although I absolutely love my job (specifically now that I am out from under the corporate umbrella), I yearn for the simplest most free life I can create for my family.

Most summer nights I get a little of that freedom. Actually, let's call it what it is, Liberty. After the dinner hour is over and the kids are in bed, I go out walking in my little corner of the earth just to look at the trees to see if they have changed from the day before. We don't have a huge spread, but it's in the country, and it's ours.

I am pretty lucky to have this bit of liberty in today's world, and I thank God for that every day. I am even luckier to be able to take these little jaunts in a historical way. Most evenings I journey out with either a single action wheel gun hanging on my hip, or a lever action balanced on my left shoulder. It's fun to imagine that only a hundred and fifty years ago, my evening stroll may well have been taken by a person before me looking to take a little food for their family. Me, I just like to shoot at any rocks that look mean, and on occasion I even hit one.

The joy that I get out of this harmless activity is immense. To think there are folks that would take this opportunity away is hard to believe. This is an activity that I choose freely. Hmm. Freedom of choice? This pursuit makes me happy. Again, Hmmm... To keep the cliche festival going, my fist isn't touching anyone's nose, but that doesn't matter to the folks that would take my beloved treasures. I understand and believe in the real meaning of the right to keep and bear arms. That's not what this is about. This is about something more basic.

The left will talk about the cost that guns bring to society. My question to them is what is the price of liberty? This argument can be made about nearly any activity. Is the loss of individual Liberty, the very thing that America was founded upon, worth it to save what is really a small amount of damage in the big scheme of the world?

This line of thinking can and should be brought to nearly all issues. Health care. The government says you must weigh between X and Y and eat ABC or you will be a burden on society. No tobacco, alcohol, sugar, etc., etc. I know I am sliding down a slippery slope theory that is unlikely to come true, but....

Another fantastic example of this principal is motorcycle helmet laws. I don't ride a bike. Probably never will just because I think I would kill myself. I would never advocate a helmet law in our state. Folks that ride do it to feel free, and part of that experience is the wind. Why on earth would I vote to take their personal liberty? Really, what's the whole price of having or not having this type of law?

It is important to get involved and stay involved in the decisions of your government. Individual liberties cannot be allowed to be taken for the "greater good". Never, ever, should your right be eliminated because somebody else didn't stop where my nose began, regardless of whether I participate in your personal expression of freedom.

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Czars. How Dare you profit!!!

Ok, we have Czars for everything in the Obomunism plan. As of today, we have a PAY Czar. How dare you make as much money as the market will bear. You are not worth it. I know, the folks in my audience to the left of me believe that nobody is worth more than XXX dollars. This post is most definitely not for you.
Our lawmakers are almost all worth millions of dollars. Are you as worthwhile as them? Good old Barney is estimated to be worth up to 1.8 MILLION. He has never had a private sector job. You, the American Citizen are paying for him with your hard earned dollars. Is his PUBLIC position worth more than a CEO or CFO of a business that employs thousands? Really, think about it....This guy employs NOBODY.

There are money makers and money spenders in this world. That is it! Really makers and spenders are the "bottom line" in our economy. Who is worth more? I say let the money makers have a reward for keeping your sorry ass employed.

Until next time.... Keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Friday, June 5, 2009

What have we done??

This person is one of the select few individuals that is responsible for our nations budget. Is there any wonder things are happening the way they are? Really, really, REALLY, think about this when you go to the polls next year. I'm sure there are republican versions of the same.

It really can't be a "lesser of two evils" thing anymore. We have no choice but to throw them ALL out. With this to compete against, how can a third party or independent not win?

That's all for now.

Monday, May 25, 2009


As we wind down this Memorial Day weekend, I am compelled to write a post. This isn't the time for my usual political speech. No right wing propaganda from me tonight.

As I sit and watch the haze move across the horizon, my mind wanders to all of the amazing people that served with me. We came from all walks, and most of us were too young to have really made a political choice that would matter. There were no life experiences that would sway us one way or another. We had the mission and each other. That was enough.

Thanks to each of you. All that fought and served by my side. To all of the families of those who fell: I cannot say enough how thankful I am for those men and women. Words cannot explain your loss, and I understand that too.

For those of you who are out there now, keeping up the fight, Hooah! Know that those of us who have been there before have your back.

Happy Memorial Day to all of you! Please, remember our nation, and more specifically, remember those that fell to keep us free.

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Feral Cats II There is Hope!

I posted a note up here a few weeks back about a Cat that we have here at the ranch. The thing used to be as mean as Pelosi giving a private speech about Rush Limbaugh and the CIA to a group of fellow socialists. We took her in, and she turned out to be a mellow house cat devoid of any spirit at all. With all of her needs cared for by my family, she has no drive or desire. She had kittens and I ended the post by writing about my concerns of an entitlement generation... I copied it and placed it below for your review.

Fast forward seven weeks. The kittens are ALL OVER the garage, the pasture behind the house, the kids swings, EVERYWHERE.

And, We have the one I hoped for! Yes, that is a mouse in her mouth, and yes, she chased all of the others away from her catch if they got close. The world needs more of this and fewer hands outstretched because they somehow "deserve" the fruits of someone else's labor. Go make your own, and make America proud and strong again. It may not be easy or pleasant, but it's the right thing to do. I can relate to this little beast!

Until next time, you know the drill.

Feral Cats

We have a cat here at our place. We live in what the rest of the world may call the "boonies". Our nearest town is only four miles away, but it's a couple miles of gravel to get out, and that town only has the main streets paved. Our grocery store would fit many times into a regular city grocery store. Before you begin to think I am a bumpkin never having left the country, please know, I have lived in and visited some very large cities both in this country and others. Oh yeah, back to the cat.....This cat, here on the farm, was as feral (wild for the lefties here) as you can imagine. She was always dragging dead things up on the front porch to eat. Anyone that would come near would get a horrific hiss followed by the waving flag of her tail as she ran away. If you attempted to touch her and she was cornered, you were most definitely going to bleed. That was a guarantee!You see, she was a pilgrim on our place. This cat was a free spirit. Living on her own and surviving just fine.She made a mistake, however. She let my wife and I (with good intentions) tempt her by leaving food out every night. You see, we thought it would be good to have a "mouser" around our new country place. And it was great that she was independent. We could go away for the weekend and not worry about our "stray" cat.Well, this cat, two years later is nothing but the regular old house cat that you are used to seeing. It is completely dependent upon us. We feed it every meal now. It rubs against us and gets under foot constantly hoping for a little bonus morsel or scratch on the head. I can't remember the last time I saw her hunting mice in the pasture. She just had kittens, and they are living comfortably in the garage without a care in the world. A new dependent generation has been born. They will never learn their food comes from the animals outside the house.Its an amazing parallel isn't it? Theirs happened quicker, but it happened just the same. I just really, really, hope there is a wild one in that bunch of kittens that I can relate to.

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What Are They Thinking?

Yesterday the citizens of Postville, Iowa marched in memory of the largest immigration raid in American history. There were some forty of these vigils held nationwide yesterday.

On the 12 of May, 2008, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the Agriprocessors plant in Postville and arrested 389 illegal workers. Most of these people were using stolen social security numbers and false documentation. It has come to light recently (although it was always obvious) that Agriprocessors knew these documents were false, but looked the other way in order to maintain a low paid high profit workforce.

Although this raid brought some of America's dirty laundry out into the public eye exposing the ugly side of the free market, and the general greed of the American populous, it was a very positive thing. It could be argued that illegal immigration corrupts the entire market.

We have all heard there are some jobs that Americans won't do. I say that is false. If it pays enough, Americans will do it. If it is cost prohibitive for American businesses to pay the wage required by the worker, you can rest assured business will develop a machine to get it done.

Additionally, we have heard that immigrant workers are vital to keeping costs to the consumer down in the industries which employ the immigrants. False. The costs far outweigh the benefit. Your food might be cheaper, but if you took half a million folks off public health care and public housing, and kept the wages in America, and out of public schools, and and and ... you get the picture.

In this one instance, and this one instance only, I say hats off to the Bush administration. Upholding our laws and maintaining our Sovereignty is paramount to maintaining our national identity and well being. I feel for the families that were torn apart. There were probably some good folks that got hurt here. We HAVE to remember that the situation was self created for these individuals. They made their beds, illegally. The law that landed them under arrest was not unjust.

I find it hard to believe there are folks out there protesting the invasion of our nation. Many of the protesters, I am sure are also mad about the current unemployment rate.

Until next time........Keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


As I understand it, the Montana legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a nullification law yesterday. In my opinion, this is the single most important piece of legislation signed during the Obama administration to date.

My reading leads me to believe the new law boils down to this: If a firearm is stamped "Made in Montana" and it resides in Montana, the Federal government's laws won't apply to it. In other words, the State of Montana is standing up for their State's rights. How can they do this? Easy.

You know my opinion on the interstate commerce clause from a couple posts ago. The government uses the language of the Constitution to bully the states into conforming to their will. By placing "Montana only" rules on it, they can tell the Obamanationists to go to hell where they belong. Gotta love that. This isn't the first time Montana has done this. In February of 07 they also nullified the Shrub's unconstitutional REAL ID act of 2005.

The good news:

Utah and Texas are considering the same type of laws.

The bad news:

This action is already on it's way to the Federal courts, and there aren't 50 of these laws for each of the Federal laws using the interstate commerce act.

If you want to look at the Montana bill, it can be found at the following link:

By the way, there are ove half a million members of the 912 project now. Are you one?

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Chipping Away

Listening to Dan Carlin's latest podcast, "Searching for Security", my mind kept wandering beyond what he was talking about. The point of the first half of the show was the erosion of the fourth amendment of our constitution. In case you haven't read it lately, here it is:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Dan was talking about the warrant less wire taps, illegal searching using "bots" to find people that look at certain types of websites, even seizing of library records and searching of Internet service providers e-mail records for suspicious words and phrases.

The question ended up being whether the fourth may or may not be outdated in today's society. He spoke about Louis Freeh, the FBI Director under president Clinton. He used a quote from Freeh that loosely said "if you ask someone if it is acceptable to tap their phone, they will absolutely say NO. If you ask them if they want a device to help find where their children are, they are all for it."

All the while, I was thinking, "Wow, think about the rest of the constitution and where that has gone too?" The first amendment. Freedom of press, religion, assembly, speech and petition. These words too, have been slowly bastardized to the point of being nearly useless. It too often seems that all laws have to be completely anti religion today. The press is pressured to not be the watchdogs of government. Check out this link: . In order to assemble where we live, there are countless permits and costs. You can't just organize a good ole sit in and not be arrested. Hundreds of thousands of people did manage to make it through the red tape on April 15th only to be played off by the major media outlets as right wing extremists, and as one major unnamed news outlet (name looks like it could mean Communist News Network) said "tea bagging rednecks". Suppose they may have felt a little pressure from the administration or the "party"? Don't even talk about how well you shot at the sporting clays range yesterday while you are in the airport today.

The second amendment. Probably THE most attacked part of the constitution, other than the tenth amendment. I happened across Huckabee's show on Fox News today. He had Charles Grodin on to talk about his new book. Grodin hadn't even been completely introduced yet when he went into a tirade about gun violence. Was the Clinton gun ban an erosion? Is the following proposed bill an erosion of the constitution? I find it ironic the guy proposing it , long time Clinton family friend and Chicago's own Bobby Rush, is a co-founder of the Illinois Black Panthers and went to jail for felony possession of firearms.

The list goes on. There are examples of infringement on every piece of the Contract that our nation was founded upon. At times, the document is used against itself. In today's age of mass transportation and instant information, the necessary and proper clause and the interstate commerce clause are used consistently to destroy the tenth amendment. Read the text of the gun ban proposal at the link above for a classic example. Interstate commerce of firearms is used as the excuse for national licensing. The Second and Tenth are taken away, as they are written, in favor of a part of the body of the text.

This document is the foundation of our nation. Although it is written in far more proper English than we are used to reading in today's lowest common denominator (the bottom number in a fraction for you lefties) age, it is still pretty straight forward and forthright. Why it needs to be "interpreted" has always bothered me. If it outdated, let's not just chip away at it. It's illegal to do so. Let's man up and change it according to the law.

I believe, as Dan said, that the American people would never go for this and the politicians know it. What he left unsaid however, is the fact that politicians are smart. They have figured out that the American public is largely full of people who feel they are too busy to pay close attention. Law is boring and complex so it's extremely easy for them to get around that little stumbling block that holds our Nation together. My fear is now that folks appear to be waking up, it may be too late. The difference between left and right seems to be more like the difference between Valencia and naval oranges rather than apples and oranges.

We have to remember the body of the document had zero chance of passing until a Bill of Rights was included. These ten items secured a small national government free of tyranny in favor of strong local governments of the people. This security is only possible if we the people ensure OUR EMPLOYEES (the Congress and President) live up to the law.

Please check out Dan Carlin's Common Sense and Hardcore History podcasts. He truly is half Ann Coulter and half James Carville. You can find him at . He never fails to make me think; a lot.

A couple pertinent quotes from Ben Franklin:

"He that lives upon hope will die fasting."

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

There's power in them there words!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Tonight's post really boils down to the following link:

This, my brothers and sisters, is a very important set of documents. This site is a fantastic reference for the understanding of our country. If you have never given them a read, please, please do so. The three folks responsible for these writings were very much in the heart of the struggle at the beginning of our Nation. Please, put in the work. It's worth it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Anchor Babies

There were 4,000,000,000 "anchor babies" in 20008. Maybe after we attend the Tea Party tomorrow, we should go have a rally at the southern border.

Think about that, will ya?

60,000 pages in the tax code. We are paying for 4,000,000,000 additional "dependents". Hmmmmmm.....................

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Feral Cats

We have a cat here at our place. We live in what the rest of the world may call the "boonies". Our nearest town is only four miles away, but it's a couple miles of gravel to get out, and that town only has the main streets paved. Our grocery store would fit many times into a regular city grocery store. Before you begin to think I am a bumpkin never having left the country, please know, I have lived in and visited some very large cities both in this country and others. Oh yeah, back to the cat.....
This cat, here on the farm, was as feral (wild for the lefties here) as you can imagine. She was always dragging dead things up on the front porch to eat. Anyone that would come near would get a horrific hiss followed by the waving flag of her tail as she ran away. If you attempted to touch her and she was cornered, you were most definitely going to bleed. That was a guarantee!
You see, she was a pilgrim on our place. This cat was a free spirit. Living on her own and surviving just fine.
She made a mistake, however. She let my wife and I (with good intentions) tempt her by leaving food out every night. You see, we thought it would be good to have a "mouser" around our new country place. And it was great that she was independent. We could go away for the weekend and not worry about our "stray" cat.
Well, this cat, two years later is nothing but the regular old house cat that you are used to seeing. It is completely dependent upon us. We feed it every meal now. It rubs against us and gets under foot constantly hoping for a little bonus morsel or scratch on the head. I can't remember the last time I saw her hunting mice in the pasture. She just had kittens, and they are living comfortably in the garage without a care in the world. A new dependent generation has been born. They will never learn their food comes from the animals outside the house.
Its an amazing parallel isn't it? Theirs happened quicker, but it happened just the same. I just really, really, hope there is a wild one in that bunch of kittens that I can relate to.

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

And the Truth Shall Set You Free

90% of the guns in Mexico come from the United States. You have heard that load spewing forth from Madam Pelosi's mouth followed by repetition after repetition on MSNBC, CNN and your nightly network news. What I wonder is why aren't they "reporting" this:

Here's a VERY interesting poll. Vote and then view the results. It's only one question.
I know this is an antique and non scientific poll, but its results are interesting just the same.

Where are the torches and Pitchforks?!? Fred/Fan get huge bonuses after the AIG outrage, but there is almost no public outcry. Still don't believe the "administration" was behind the AIG craze? These two are Government owned, union pension backed institutions. Don't believe? Prove me wrong. Anyway, here's the article.

Ever hear of Transnationalism? This is a word that is popping up all over the news and even in our "administration". Take a look at the link below and let me know where you believe our way of Government fits into this theory.

The tin foil hat conspiracy theorists keep bringing up Executive order 10998. They seem to think this little snippet of non-legislation signed by JFK gives the government control of all transportation, minerals, etc.... Really it didn't, and by the way, if you don't believe me you can look here:

But, then there is this:

More ammo for the tin hats or reason to be very afraid? You decide......

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hey, Palo Alto, Talk to me

I have been doing this for a little while now, and I feel as though sometimes I am beating my head against the proverbial wall. I see that I have many readers. Palo Alto, California. Someone there reads all my blogs faithfully. Same with the "Central District" in China. If your Domain begins with 173, or 69, or 63, you are watching regularly as well. Do any of you have opinions? I believe you are all watching me go over the deep end slowly. I hope it is amusing. For your knowledge, I don't plan on committing seppuku (Harakiri for the lefties in the bunch) any time soon. I want to keep being a thorn in the side of the Lefties as long as I can. I have several disjointed things to think about today:

Transnationalism. Look up the meaning of that word, and then think about what the Founders would have believed. - Is what the world wants best for America? Think a little about it.

Have you read Washington's farewell address? Might want to check it out.

Why are the Newspapers failing? I ask you to comment....

Pay for Performance act. Geitner gets to set your salary. What do you think? EVERYONE gets to make $251,000.00 this year, so we can charge you 75% tax. HAHAHAHA! Immigrants can still work for $7.00 an hour so we keep a class of "them".

$4,100,000,000,000.00- What does that number mean to you? Ask your congressman where that's gonna come from. That's over 30% of our GDP. If you told your loan officer that you owed Ten times what you earn every year, and you have only been making interest payments, but you wanted to borrow 30% of this year's pay, what would he/she say?

A great American, I mean Frenchman..

I have been reading about Lafayette recently. This is a story everyone should know. You can find at least a little about him at Wiki: Check him out, 'cause he is one cool cat.

I apologize for being all over the place with this, but there's a lot going on right now.

Until next time...

Tax Them Until They Quit!

Ok, I have to admit, I am a smoker. Dumb move ever starting. I get that. Stupid thing to do because it kills people. I now pay additional taxes because of my habit. Lets look at this new tax for a minute. We are told the reason for the additional tax is to get folks to quit. Noble idea. Those that want to continue may do so at a higher cost. I have seen rants on Utube and the news from people that believe this is a great idea. "Tax it until they have no choice". "Tax it out of existence."

You folks crying out for these taxes may want to be careful what you wish for. Remember we are funding government programs with this additional revenue. My question for the anti's is the following. Who is gonna cough up (pun intended) the dough when you get rid of the tobacco? Is the program going to just go away?

Think about it and post an answer, I can't wait to see what you have to say.

The beginnings...

here is a very interesting link to an article in the American Spectator. Thanks to Thunder Tales for bringing this to light. Normally, I am not a Spectator fan because they have a tendency, in my opinion, to be a little sensationalist. Well, we are in a Sensational time....That wasn't meant positively.

Scary stuff.

My research recently has taken me down some strange paths. Good posts are on their way, my friends.

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Monday, March 30, 2009

On a Highway....

I wrote this last night, the 30th of March. I am in the middle of researching a peice on our foreign policy. This one just sprouted and is more of a semi-conscious rant than anything. Everyone already knows everything I typed, but sometimes you just gotta shout from the E-mountain top, if you know what I mean..... Keep a look out for what I hope to be my best post yet in just a few days.

Here I sit once again, amidst the rubble of what used to be a nation of citizens too proud to look toward Washington for ANYTHING. Even more, the citizens of this country USED to wish the government out of their lives, and from what I have read, even resented the Capital. Well, like I said, used to. It is obviously a different day.

Our idiot leader opened his mouth, and the bottom dropped out of everything. It dropped like every other time he opened his mouth. Last week, things were starting to smell just a little better, maybe. The Maobamination saw to it we couldn't have two weeks of good news in a row. That wouldn't fit in the great leftist plan.

I just remembered, you may not want to read this in front of the kids. I am pretty sure by the time this rant is over, you will have read several politically incorrect expletives. Not proper church language at a minimum. The faint of heart better sign off this site right now...

The Senate banking Chairman took $160,000.00 in donations from AIG. Then the Asshole writes the bonuses into the legislation that bailed them out. Now the other side (politicians always have 2 sides, one a beggar, and the other a theif) of his persona is speaking. He is distancing himself as fast as he can from both sides of this fiasco. He's blaming it on the "administration" because he knows the leftists believe the Chairman can do no wrong.

Tiny Tim jumped on the Sunday news talk shows over the weekend, and told us the banks may need more money. Guess what stocks took a beating first this morning? You got it, the banks tanked. Can't have any optimism in the market. It won't fit the plan.

Think what you want of GM. Regardless, we now have a Socialized auto industry. Seems I read someting about owning the financial system and manufacturing sector of an economy is a pillar of......FUCKING SOCIALISM. Do you get it yet? Really, I understand that economics are complicated and far beyond the capability of my grey matter, but it so obvious folks. During the Shrub's reign, we were told there was NO way we could possibly allow GM to go bankrupt. That would lead to a drepression. Now we can't seem to see a way around GM going bankrupt? Huh. So, somehow, some way, the president fired the leader of an American company. How is that possible? If ANYONE can find constituional language that supports this bullshit, I will buy you a steak dinner. A really good steak dinner. When did Martial Law come into effect? Did I miss something?

The big G20 conference is getting ready to begin. This is an economic conference among the richest countries on the planet. Most of Europe is involved including the EU. As of right now, we are involved as well. The Pres has decided he wants to seek a world wide unity. Something tells me he may find Europe wants something else. England, Germany, France (all recipients of billions in American bailout dollars) are against his spend to prosperity "plan", or lack thereof. Germany has some pretty good history to back up their worries. Anyone ever heard of the Weimar Republic? If not, you may want to do some reading. Even the Czech's can tell we are up to no good. They know something about big government tyranny as well.

"Dont need reason, dont need rhyme. Aint nothing I would rather do. Going down, party time. My friends are gonna be there too. I'm on the highway to hell. No stop signs, speed limit. Nobodys gonna slow me down.".....

The lefties in my audience, which there are few, will say that capitalism got us in this mess, and only a leftward push will help us. I only have to ask, do you consider Fannie or Freddie capitalist organizations? Mr. Bush(2), Mr. Clinton, Mr. Bush(1), Mr. Frank, you are all responsible for this mess. Don't blame Capitalism. President Obama just took office with a pocket full of napalm to throw on the fire.

Of course, the American people are actually responsible. We voted for 'em. We didn't stand up when the educational elite revised our history or started teaching the benefits of Marxism in our colleges. We didn't tell the athiests to go straight to hell when they pushed God out of a Christian nation. Yes, we are a Christian Nation, and no, there isn't a "separation" of church and state in the Constitution. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." That doesn't sound like a "separation" to me. It seems to me protection from persecution is really what it means.

So, we have dozens of economic issues at the same time, bailouts, healthcare, guns, troubles everywhere. Hundreds of issues at once. The Koreans, the Russians, Chinese, two non sanctioned wars, budget defecits. I have heard all of this is staged. Designed confusion. Masking the real issues. If this is true, the real issues have to be really really bad.

Till next time, you know the deal.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

China the Superpower

The whole world is doing it. Everyone is looking to China for cash. Just like any bank you and I have ever gone to for a loan, if you are willing to pay, you will be allowed to play. The question is, "What's the price?"

Ask your Congressmen if they know!

Then read Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson.....

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I Can't Help Myself!

Sorry, Sorry, I apologize. I can't help it. As to my previous post, I said I wouldn't talk about specifics and I wouldn't look up facts. This happens to be a NEW POST!

Smoke and mirrors again, my friends. Look up Glenn Beck's program today! I happened to do my own research to corroborate his words. While we were concerned about 165 million in bonuses, our tax dollars went to Goldman Saks from AIG in the amount of $13,0000000000. Yes, with a B! And to Merrill Lynch at 7,000,000,000. Again with a B! Oh yeah, Bank of America got 5,5000,000,000. B again!

We also paid 13B to the UK, 17B to Germany, 19B to France, and 5B to Switzerland. All from AIG. Are they a scapegoat? Prove me wrong. Vote for an Obamanation or a Shrub again. Pull your collective heads out of your Posterior and VOTE FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, AND NOT WHAT'S POPULAR!

Politics From the Heart. PCS Style!

OK, this is new to me. I am going to write straight from my slightly warped grey matter and not look up any references (I am starting to believe that I have the constitution memorized). Really, I am going to use whatever logic I have here.

The bailout. It really sucks. We the people were totally hosed. BUT, is it the fault of the folks at AIG that we gave them money with no strings attached? The Senior execs at AIG were contractually obligated to pay bonuses to their juniors. Where I come from, the execs made sure that bonuses were part of performance (props to AVI), but if the bonus program at AIG stipulated otherwise, and the Government didn't make any additional rules during the bailout, SHAME on the government. Those people get their bonus.

Stop and think about it. If you had a contract with your employer, would you let them default? If it were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, in today's economy, would you let your employer off the hook. Hell no! You're a liar if you answered otherwise. Really in your heart, you know you are! being the Capitalist pig that I know I am, I would want my dough.

This, my friends and enemies is why I say that we should have let the financial institutions that practiced risky (horridly irresponsible) lending and purchasing procedures fail. There were many mid-sized and nearly large institutions that were waiting in the wings to take their place. How many times have we heard in our career the cliche that nobody is irreplaceable (is that a word, or did HR make it up?).

The bottom line of this rant is this: Right is right. Wrong is wrong. We (against or will) gave it to them. The employee expected, and the employer was obligated. The right thing was done. At the end of the day each and every Bush supporter was wrong because TARP was his. Now, each and every Chairman Obamanation supporter is wrong because you want to take it back.

As a society, we need to measure right and wrong as opposed to what is popular. I keep telling everyone to go to . The reason for this is because we need some common sense. the Principles are as follows:

9 Principles
1. America Is Good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

The 12 Values are:

Hard Work
Personal Responsibility

Can you Disagree with that?

until next time, I apologize for being so wordy, and keep your powder dry and your eyes open!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm a Political Scientist... Sure you are!

After informing my old friend of my last blog, she simply commented that she "is a political scientist". She went further by stating that she "knows" the reasons people vote the way they do, but cannot figure out WHY.
Really, it's simple. It doesn't take a scientist. We don't want to be messed with. The left will never understand. It's all about liberty. We don't want a hand out. It's all about being left alone.
That's it for now. in the mean time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Poor County Votes Repiblican

An old friend from high school recently made a comment that I couldn't let go of...She spoke about being part of a VERY poor community that kept voting Republican. She just couldn't understand why these people kept voting against their own economic well being. I too live where things are tremendously depressed. According to the 2000 census, 44% of my county's population made less than $25,000 a year. and 62% made less than $35,000. The median wage was just $27,000. I would venture that the median is actually a little deceiving, because there are a few of us that travel for work. By travel, I mean make a minimum of an hour commute every day because we are fortunate enough to have jobs that pay us enough to do so.

I have a theory about why we vote Republican when it wouldn't seem natural to do so. We don't want a hand out. We also know that as long as Kalifornia and USSNY exist, we will never get a proportionate share of our pay in to the Feds. Big cities equal big payouts from the Federal government, and we understand that the Republicans are our only hope (as little as there is) for keeping taxes low.

Our government was established upon a "United States". In other words, each state was its own country. The Constitution was to be a treaty amongst the states in order to provide a common defense and a set of ground rules for us all to get along. This document was ratified with a bill of rights in order to establish a "Union". If we take this as a truth, there are some things that have been corrupted within our current government.

First, federal representatives have far too much status. State members of the house should have far more power than a than a US Senator. Being a state Senator or Governor would be of a status next to the President himself.... Think about that one...

Federal congresspeople today believe it is their duty to "bring it home" to their state. They should actually be fighting to keep it from leaving their state in the first place. FDR saw to it that we never again would be able to fight for that. I just spoke heresy to my liberal readers, but sometimes the truth hurts.

What about projects for the "greater good"? Omnipotent health care, education, someone mentioned US highways. The real question is what about the Individual and the Constitution? I would LOVE to have someone take care of all my social needs. How Awesome? Well, I am not prepared to live in accordance with their belief system in order to have their programs. If I want to have a cigar and a glass of wine after a big steak dinner, I don't want a vegan telling me I can't because it will affect their health care. No cheeseburgers, I don't think so! You have to give up chocolate, because I don't think its good. Before long, we are all living on tofu and water, and running three miles a week. that may be a little far fetched, but really, where does one persons right to pursue happiness end for the greater good? Who decides? If we say society decides, the line will move every election cycle. You can smoke for the next two years. Then you have to stop and eat only fish for protein for two years. Again, far flung, but where is the line?

I say leave it ALL to the states. If you want universal health care, move to Massachusetts. Gay marriage, got to Connecticut. Good schools, the Midwest makes sense. Reverse the state versus fed income tax, and let the states decide. We can take care of defense, highways, and trade alone for far less than is paid now. The folks in a particular state want to forgo taxes at the cost of their schools or highways, it's all good. They will suffer the consequences by having industry leave and their tax base dry up. It really is that easy.

The majority of folks in low population, low income areas don't want a hand out. They want the Federal government out. They are used to operating without a net, and are happy to do so. Far and away more square miles of this country vote conservative than liberal. By four to one. Check it out here:

We rednecks simply don't like to be told what to do or how to do it. We also know control of our liberties is exactly what the leftists want. The county by county map may not have any bearing on the election outcome, but it does shed light on why small town folks vote the way they do.

Even if your political views are different than mine, PLEASE check ://

Until next time, don't let the financial news get you down. Keep your head high, your powder dry and your eyes open.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Lowest Approval in History

Approval ratings on the Presidency are out today. The Chairman rates 57% approval. The worst drop in ratings in the history of approval polling. Where are all of the Obamanation supporters going?

I have some advice for the Pres. Stop talking about Americans needing to tighten their belts while you spend their children's inheritance. We really are smart enough to see what you are doing.

All the talk about health care, green energy, stem cells, and a myriad of other liberal agenda items may be what got you in position, but Americans don't want to hear it right now. We want a Fiscally Responsible way out of what you inherited from Clinton and Bush. Yes, president Clinton and the Shrub are at fault. By the way, the Cap and Trade thing more than takes away the tax benefit that you are supposedly giving to 95% of working families. How you give a credit to someone that doesn't pay any taxes in the first place, is beyond me and beyond the scope of this post.

You campaigned on transparency. This is something the people DO want to see right now. Promising a 48 hour review of the thousands of pages in the"recovery bill" isn't transparency. Never mind the fact that less than 24 hours were actually given.

You promised no signing statements. Seems to me I head about one regarding the latest spending fiasco.

During the campaign, Mr. President, you promised to stop earmarks. You even said something about going line by line and removing them. I think everyone is aware of where you truly stand regarding this practice.

Border violence is increasing. Mr. President, instead of moving troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan, how about sending them to our southern border. It may help your ratings if you show the southern states that you actually do care.

It may not hurt for you to actually act like you care about our allies as well. Giving them DVD movies at your first diplomatic meeting probably seems a little cheap. There you have it, my two cents on your approval ratings.


If you have a chance, check out Glenn Beck tonight. I think it's gonna be great. You are not alone! This is THE TIME to stand together as Citizens of the United States of America!

Here are a few items of interest that I have found while out surfing: Make sure you check out the video too. Same video on youtube with some seriously strange comments below. The Left will always attack at a personal level rather than discuss a situation. It's easier. Gelnn rocks. If you are a leftie, I ask that you simply give him a chance. This guy is a far closer example of the "right" than Limbaugh or Hannity the GOP mouthpiece.

Till next time, Keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Reloading the Political Armament

I saw two bobcats the night before last. Any idea how rare that is? I would say the site of two of these cats at once is akin to snow in August. Earlier that day, I was re-introduced to some folks that I hadn't really talked to since I was a kid. They acted as though I was a long lost grandchild. The kids and I played hide and seek after dinner, and I finished that night with a glass of wine they had made from their vineyard.

My dad had come down the day before, and I had a chance to put a few hundred rounds down range with him. Just a boy and his dad breaking sticks and making cans jump. I enjoyed it like I was ten again. The weather was warm for March, and we laughed and talked like the old days before I had a business and family. It seemed as if we had all the time in the world for a change.

I awoke this morning to raindrops drumming a pleasant tune on the roof, and fourteen Canada geese on our new pond. While I was watching them and waiting for my morning caffeine, a small group of blue winged teal landed amongst them. Yes, Teal in March, on our pond ,swimming with the geese. I warded off the primal desire to run for my shotgun, instead opting for a cup of the black stuff and a pair of binoculars. After allowing me to enjoy their seemingly random movements for nearly an hour, they were gone. The ducks first, followed by the the Canadas, slipping away over the western horizon.

I read Reverend Kenneth Blanchard's column tonight, and it made me think. We all walk our own walk. Each of us has a unique experience to share. Some of us have been and done, some simply dream about the "what ifs" in life, and others simply bury their heads in the sand.

I believe God gave me a few days to reflect. I hadn't planned on taking the time off, but it came to me. A little recharge before continuing the battle. It's important. Relive your "old days" and remember what's important. Play with the kids.

While I was busy not paying attention to the news, our leftist governor actually said NO to a new tax. How strange. He actually said that raising taxes in an already poor economic time would cause undue pressure on the local economy.

The republicans and few blue dogs that are left in the government are also holding up the bloated spending bill that would run the government the next few months. Wannabe Czar of Iowa, Harkin hasn't slowed down, but for a change, things aren't all negative. THERE IS HOPE! Now if we could just get ammo supplies back to normal so there could be more of those little relax and reflect times. I fear those days are gone for a while but let's all Hope the situation Changes.

Until next time, Keep your powder dry and your eyes open. And take a break whether you think you can or not. It's worth it..

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Taxes, Local News, National Social Issue

Where have we gone as a nation? Last summer, Iowa was flooded. The damage was tremendous. There were weeks that trucks were detoured on interstate 80 in Eastern Iowa. The town of Cedar Rapids was pretty much devastated. Our local officials st on their thumbs and did little other than lip service due to it being an election year. Sometimes, it seems that doing nothing is the only safe thing politically. There are no morals or conviction in today's politics. It's all about protecting personal power. Alas, that is another topic best saved for a posting of its own.

In their infinite wisdom, these folks, without meaningful help from FEMA or Des Moines, decided that proposing a sales tax increase upon themselves may help them rebuild. How this wasn't immediately seen as flawed logic defies explanation. We can't afford to rebuild our houses and businesses, so we will have money taken from us in order to do it?

This tax actually passed! These folks are taxing themselves to rebuild their own homes. Why not simply dot it yourself? Taxes never sunset. Every time a sales tax has been set to go away in Iowa, the local government stepped in and made it permanent. It may be noble to pool resources in order help each other out, but the notion that the government will be noble enough to give up a portion of it's standard of living when the need is gone is foolish. It simply isn't human behavior!

Obviously, America will not be able to pay off our debt for many generations. Another debate could be had on whether or not there is any desire to pay it off. If for the purposes of this example, we say that we could levy taxes to pay for the projects (taxing those over $250K a year) that are now either law or proposed ($10T). Once these "programs" are paid for, and the economy rebounds, does anyone believe these dollars would cease to be collected?

Example: A citizen works to pay their bills and live comfortably. They buy a home and a car. Upon making the final payment on their car, their employer tells them they will have their monthly pay reduced by the amount of their prior car payment. Is this plausible? I think not.

The above example is the way that the government is supposed to work. The system has been bastardized to the point that if it actually worked in that fashion politicians wouldn't be able to protect their positions of power because they wouldn't be bringing home federal dollars in a disproportionate amount to what was paid in. That too, is another topic.

Until we begin to hold the Federal Government responsible for their unbelievably poor actions, it will never give us our proper standard of living. And yes, that wording is intentional. As it stands now, we are all servants to the government and they have the ability to make or break our standard of living....Our only hope is the ballot box and a study of the history of this great Nation. Of course, we would have to begin teaching civics in the public schools as it was taught generations ago. Again, another topic.

Until next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

No Politics Today! It's Guns!

After re-reading my post from yesterday I started thinking. It reminded me of something. Short bursts of thought. Different topics all together, but with a common thread. It dawned on me this afternoon out at the range that I had written a Cooper blog post! It didn;t have his flair or intellect, but I had inadvertantly written in his style. Here I am at Condition Zero, XD in hand, and I am thinking about my political blog. What is wrong with me?

Anyway, what I want to talk about is CCW and your favorites. I know everyone has their favorite carry weapon and their opinion is the only one that counts. I am the same way. I carry a Glock 27 every day. I don't have "Glock trigger syndrome" and I want to make sure I have a minimum amount of gun on my side. The .40 caliber fits the bill for me. My Glock is nice and round, and easily concealed. I love it.

YET....I am not a "Glockhead". My full sized Gen 1 XD is a far superior firearm in my opinion, I just can't hide it on my body. My favorite handgun is a Ruger blackhawk with a minor trigger jod. No way in H E double hockey sticks I am gonna wear over three pounds of single action wheel gun every day. I shot an LCP a while back , and although it shot well, I am just not sure I want to go with that small a caliber. In defense of the 27, I have NEVER had a single fault when firing it. It has probably experienced 5000 bangs without error.

I know, I know, it's all about shot placement. but it's not. Not in today's day and age. I am an advocate of "thumper" cartridges. Different writer and slightly different theory. Bigger is better in the world of CCW. I believe we should carry as much gun as we can sensibly handle. After all, I am not overly recoil sensitive, and I have the ability and desire to shoot several hundreds of rounds a month. I know, I am fortunate. Life is good.

Let me know what you think. I always enjoy a good discussion. Even if you wish to go left and tell me that I am some sort of bad guy for exercising my second amendment rights. I won't have a problem debating the matter as long as you remain civilized. Tell me what you like to carry and why. Ask questions. I am no expert, but I will share my opinion and back it up with as much fact as possible. If you have been reading for any time at all, you will know that I love to type!

Till next time, Thank you to the Late Great Col. Jeff Cooper! You are an inspiration!

Keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Monday, March 2, 2009

I couldn't help myself. Kudos to the creator of this!

Politics: Random Thoughts on Today's Crisis Situations

I sat down today to write about something other than Politics. I think we are all growing weary hearing about the financial crisis, the moral crisis, the war crisis. Everything in today's news centers on a CRISIS.

Well, I can't help myself. Let's think about the "Economic Recovery" program. We hear about all of the "Pork" in it. We all know it's there, and it's going to be there. Fact, right? For an example, Fox News is making a huge deal about the good Socialist Senator Harkin and his Iowa swine smell project.

Is that a valuable project? Here in Iowa, I would say it is. Pigs stink and the rest of the nation demands low priced pork from states like Iowa. We don't want to smell it, so we think its cool. Well, maybe not. Although this type of research is valuable, I cannot find ANYWHERE in the constitution (even reading it very , dare I say, liberally) where this type of project is a function of the federal government. It actually seems to be a state function strictly speaking. If we Iowans want this type of research done, we should tax our population and pay for it ourselves. Our industry, our problem to deal with. Folks in New Jersey don't need to pay for it.

Apply that reasoning to ALL of the pork in Washington. If it passes a pure Constitutionality test we can spend the money. If not, the states own it. I won't ave to pay for Kalifornia or the USSNY anymore. I REALLY like that idea.

This reasoning takes care of most moral issues a well. If you want "health" classes in your schools, go ahead. Want rights for gays, cool. In your state. Alcohol and tobacco taxes? Fine have at it. If a state becomes oppressive or immoral, folks can leave and go to the greener grass.

Maobama gave us all a tax break right? Then he reduced charitable giving deductions and decreased the Mortgage interest deduction. HMMM... Sounds like Mao wants to control everything and increase your taxes behind your back. In the "stimulus" package, there is $100,000,000 for your politicians favorite charitable organizations. It's all about control, folks.

The Chairman has his $650,000,000,000.00 carbon tax in his budget. Do you believe your power company is going to eat that and not pass it on to you? By the way, 650 international scientists recently came together and said that the human effects of global warming are exaggerated at a minimum, if not completely false. Is this not a tax increase hidden inside a bill that you get monthly?

I heard on the news today that with the money AIG lost last quarter, we could have given 20,000 families $50,000.00 each day. That's a lot of income tax revenue. Instead, we are going to buy them. Whatcha think about that?

Poor Sheriff Joe Arpiao. He takes a bunch of criminals (all convicted and illegal alien) to jail and the media and left attack him. First, those people were CONVICTED of CRIME. Secondly, they are here ILLEGALLY. Do we no longer uphold our own laws? I don't get this one, but I do stand by the Sheriff. Too bad they all aren't like him. These people are CRIMINALS and INVADERS of a SOVEREIGN NATION.

One last thing. I found this on my buddy Galt's Guns blog. I only agree with about 75% of it, but it is worth a look and a bunch of thought. Our interventionist foreign policy will get us in trouble some day and the end of this speaks volumes.

What If:

Until next time, thanks for putting up with my random rants, and keep your powder dry and your eyes open!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Politics: News I dig

here are some various news tidbits that I have come across today:

I LOVE THIS GUY! Anyone out there wishing their Primary vote would have been different?
Brits are Bartering
News from Russia Today courtesy of youtube.
News From Mexico Courtesy of NPR

Politics: Making Everyone Mad

OK, this isn't what I was originally going to post about, but Saturday morning TV talk being what it is, they changed my mind...

Let's talk taxes. What really constitutes a fair tax plan?


The way I see it, the most "fair" tax is the one that simply divides dollars needed (B) by population (P). It would look like this:

B/P= tax amount

Now, that's fair! You are a citizen of our country, so you must pay your share. Medicare and Social security are just as easy. B/P= Tax. You would get a card in the mail in January, and it would tell you what you owe. Don't pay and you get to choose where to work it off. Easy stuff. Choices for indentured labor would be amongst the many public service project now proposed. Welfare equals work. Refuse to work, live in the desert in a tent. We will provide a vitamin, water and rice every day. End of story. Would that make my personal taxes go up? OH YEAH. Would it make politicians accountable to constituents? 'Kin A!


If we have to have a regressive tax (call it what it is) the simplest form would be a national sales tax. Make it a tax on EVERYTHING PURCHASED. No graduated rates based upon the "luxury rating" of the item. No way out. Just a flat rate on EVERYTHING. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. This would maintain the regressive nature of the current tax plan because the wealthier will always buy more than poorer. The rate may fluctuate a little the first few years, because poorer and more entrepreneurial folks would barter rather than go to the store if they have the opportunity. It would take a little adjusting just to see how much influence bartering had on revenue. Bartering would probably have a positive impact on society as well. The value of many items now taken for granted would change, and we would have to interact as members of society more often. Folks would get closer to their food supplies. That can't be bad.

There are many options similar to these two. I believe the most important thing is to make the citizen write the check. Far too many folks never realize what they pay because of automatic deductions. The second most important thing is to ensure NOBODY goes without paying. Of course that would be taken care of the minute people start writing those checks!

OK, these are "out there" examples, I know. They do however, solve the Octomom situation (14 kids (P) times the tax on each person would HURT. It would also make us more "green". 24% tax on a Suburban would SUCK. If you could afford these things, they would still be available to you. Everyone wins! Toss in a Constitutional ammendment for a balanced budget (accounting for debt and interest payments Mr. Clinton), and we may just have something.

Bottom line, we have to quit attempting to kick the can further down the road. We have to suck it up and make some tough decisions. The buck should stop here, today.

Post some thoughts and comments on this. Let's get a discussion going.

Till next time, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Politics: Except I am sick, so I will see you tomorrow

No post today- Sick with a cold- My "you know what" hurts. Check back tomorrow. I plan a good one for the morning!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Politics: Guns: WTF

The Pres and his AG are promising to make good on another election promise. Reinstatement of the Clinton Gun Ban is on the agenda. This should be a VERY HIGH PRIORITY. We all know that gun crime has absolutely skyrocketed since he took office. You can't hardly leave your house!

There isn't anything else going on in the United States that might warrant any attention. The Dow hasn't lost a quarter of its value in two months or anything silly like that. We aren't fighting two wars and facing a complete hostile financial takeover by the Chinese. There aren't thousands of homes still in rubble from natural disasters, and drought victims to worry about in the south. The Russians aren't helping the Iranians make nukes, and the North Koreans aren't pointing ICBMs at our west coast.

Let's erode the freedoms of the people who follow the law.

I have a HUGE rant,.. I mean post coming on this subject. I have been reading a about it, on both sides of the arguement, and once my opinion is sufficiently formed (as if you can't tell where I stand now) I will get it up.

Until then, keep your powder dry and your eyes open.

Politics: Stealing the Census? How's that possible?

"Section 2 - The House

......The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct......."

This Sentence, taken directly from the Constitution of the United States proves that our political system has NO IDEA what powers (checks and balances) belong to each branch of the Government. It makes me wonder when the last time was that they read the document they are sworn to protect and defend.

I keep hearing these supposed representatives complain that Maobama is attempting to steal the Census, and I can't help but think...... These IDIOTS have the power, but not the cajones! What is everyone afraid of? Why not just stand up and say "Mr. President, I know of a law on the books that says Only Congress can re-appoint the manner and reporting of the Census."

Is this as big of a deal as the right wingers are making it out to be? Who cares if it is?!? Right is Right, and wrong... Well, you get it. Power grabbing is wrong no matter if its former VP Cheney or President Obama.

By the way, kudos to Senator Byrd (never thought I'd say that) for publicly calling out the President on his appointment of Czar's. Here's a link to the story:

Till next time, keep your powder dry, and your eyes open.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Politics: Obama: Broken Fence

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago , another is from Michigan , and the third is from Minnesota . All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.

The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Michigan contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Michigan to fix the fence." "Done!" replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.

I apologize to whomever wrote this, because I received it in a forwarded e-mail. If you happen to know who the creator is, please let me know, so that I can give them proper credit.

I honestly believe this is what will happen more often than we care to admit. I don't believe it is a Chicago or Democrat thing either. I simply feel there is SOOO much corruption in our government that there is absolutely no difference between the parties.

It is high time that we have another party or three to choose from. There is historical precedent for more than the republicrat two party system that we have now.

Politics and Social Views: Octomom

I have been watching the whole Octomom thing quite a bit on the news. It seems as though the whole world is against this woman, and it is probably justified. Folks are outraged that their tax dollars are supporting this kind of irresponsibility. What I don't see in the news however, is anywhere near the same rage against the Government spending the same tax dollars in far more inappropriate ways. Quite frankly, I believe this woman should have her kids taken into foster care, and she be committed. At the same time, I'd rather my hard earned dollars buy diapers than ING Bank.

Today the House is proposing we spend another 410 BILLION and increase spending by 8% across the board.

And... We are going to send 900 MILLION to Gaza for rebuilding.

Monday, February 23, 2009

politics: It's been a whole month!

Here we are, in the middle of a complete economic travesty, and we can't help but give away the farm. The president is giving away our childrens futures, and the American sheeple stand by with their hands out. Shame on us as a society.