- Two fish are swimming around... and they smack into the huge concrete wall... one looks over that the other says... wait for it... "Dam..."
- So this buzzard has decided he's about had it with the desert... he wants to see the ocean. Now... this can be a real problem for a bird that's not particuarly migrator... and well.. buzzard's ain't exactly migratory. He thinks on it a while and decides birds fly... so by God... he'll fly. So... he does the logical thing. He heads down to the airport and picks up a ticket for the next flight for Miami. Sure enough... after a breif cavity security finally decides to let him take his two rotting carcarass with him on through.. and he boards the plain. The buzzard is busily stuffing his belongings into the overhead compartment when a stewartess walks up and says, "I'm sorry sir... only one carrion per passenger."
- What did the egg say to the boilin' water?
"Now its gonna take me a minute to get hard... I was just laid last night."
So a notice from the IRS came in the mail the other day... yeah... little increased sphincter tone at the mail box you can be sure of that... but alas... all is well... Its just the IRS telling me all about the fancy new tax rebate!
Rebate they call it.
Now correct me if I'm wrong.. but when I buy something... and the seller gives me some of my purchase money back.. that's a rebate right?
So I pay my taxes... the government gives me some of my money back... that's a rebate.
If I don't buy anything at all... and a shop sends me a check... is that a rebate? No. That's not a rebate. That's charity.
And if that shop was to put a gun to a paying customer's head... and order that paying customer to give his money to window-shopper... that's not a rebate either. That's armed robbery... or as they call it at the univeristies... socialism.
So... if you make 20grand a year... you don't pay the federal income tax. Every dime you send you get back.. and then some. But not only that... they are sending you someone else's rebate.
Because them that actually pay taxes... you know... the ones that make a buck fifty or more... they don't get a rebate. And duh... you can't expect the government to give it rich folks though can ya ? I mean... rich folks don't buy no lotto tickets.
“If your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to the LORD toward the city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name, then hear in heaven their prayer and their plea, and maintain their cause. If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near, yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’ if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen, and the house that I have built for your name, then hear in heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their plea, and maintain their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you, and all their transgressions that they have committed against you, and grant them compassion in the sight of those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them”
So reads Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple.
Often people believe that forgiveness... and the concept there of, is a New Testament idea. But you see here that King Solomon knew... he knew that there was more to come. Solomon was not alone either.
Today we celebrate the Resurrection.
Today I would remind you that Jesus Christ is not necessarily mentioned by name that much in the Old Testament... but He can be found all throughout.
"In a front-page article, the New York Times (3/21, A1, Steinharuer) reports that nine parents of the 12 children who fell ill during a "highly unusual outbreak of measles" in San Diego "are among a small, but growing, number of vaccine skeptics in California and other states who take advantage of exemptions to laws requiring vaccinations for school-age children." Moreover, the "exemptions have been growing since the early 1990s at a rate that many epidemiologists, public health officials, and physicians find disturbing." In 1991, "less than one percent of children in the states with personal-belief exemptions went without vaccines based on the exemption." But, "by 2004, the most recent year for which data are available, the percentage had increased to 2.54 percent," according to Saad B. Omer, MBBS, M.P.H., of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Although the typical "picture of an unvaccinated child was once that of the offspring of poor and uneducated parents," today, "'exempters' are often well educated and financially stable." "
Note the headline of the linked article.
What the headline should read is:
Measles Vaccine Failed to Protect 25% of Outbreak Victims
Note that the article never mentions the fact that 3 of the 12 students affected were vaccinated. It goes out of its way to prevent you from noticing it. Never mind that the vaccine didn't work. We need to get more kids vaccinated... so it won't work for them to!
So good. Roberts, Scalia, and "Machine Gun" Sam Alito have made it pretty clear in today's hearing that they firmly believe in an individual right to bear arms. Suprisingly Kennedy was very active... and routinely and strongly expressed the view that the Second Amendment had nothing to do with the military... that it defines an individual right that may also supplement the militia causes found elsewhere in the Constition.
If you doulted Roberts there may be reason to hope... less than 20 seconds into the DC attourney's remarks Roberts had him stuttering and stammering all over himself.
I don't know much stock we can put in the questioning. But we know Thomas is a hardcore individual rights man.. so Kennedy is the deciding factor... yet again.
It certainly sounds like the DC Ban is doomed... and it looks like the ruling will find an individual right to bear arms. What's left is the scope...
of course... as I wrote eariler today... the Scope is Everything.
I'll provide complete transcripts when they are available.
Ok... I wrote a lot but didn't actually say what I think is going to happen.
This is my worry... Roberts.
From the moment he start talking in the confirmation hearings we knew his court was going to take a Second Amendment Case. That's the kind of man he is. He is a fixit guy... legal loose ends bother him.
He was candid about Miller. He thinks it caused more problems than it cured. Ok... fine. He was dropping hints. He was saying that "Miller doesn't say what everyone thinks it says."
But does that mean that he's going to make everyone else fit the law... or is he going to overturn Miller in such a way that makes it consistent with everyone else now?
I think the latter.
Miller has been our trump card for decades. I'm afraid that's about to change for the worse.
The left is predicting doom and gloom... of course... doom and gloom raises money...
On the right.. even the best case scenarios repeal the ban but leave federal law intact. I don't like any of it.
I'll tell what I think is going to happen... Judges love jurisdiction. They love the minutia of it... and they love legal technicalities deciding cases. So where is this case being held?
Right. DC. And what is DC? Federal land. The law works differently in DC than any other city in America... so that gives the court wiggle room. But look at what happened last time.. the court decided one way... but the effect was the exact opposite.
I fear they are going to strike down the ban because the City government didn't have the power to do it... which will be reported as a win for the Gun Grabbers. How? Because they didn't strike it down because it was an individual right... so even though DC couldn't do it... NYC can... every other city in America can... because they aren't DC and the DC rules don't apply to them.
That's the worst case option... and that's what I fear will happen. Roberts is the only thing that may prevent that outcome. He hates decisions like that... and he may well step in and simply refuse to allow it to go down that road. You can bet Kennedy will do whatever Roberts does...
The more I think about it... the more I don't like it.
Today's the day boys. Come 10:00am eastern time your presence is officialy expected at SCOTUSblog. I don't want to hear any excuses. A semi-live transcript of the oral arguements being presented at the Heller Case will be available. If you want to keep up with it... there is no better way.
I haven't said much on Heller... mostly because I'm torn. We've been fighting for decades to turn the tide on the interpratation of 2A... and we've recently made massive progress... but part of me thinks this is to soon. If this case doesn't go our way... cites all over america can and will start banning guns.
Think about it... when the results come back... its going to instantly open up the discussion. The Supreme Court says we can do this... should we do it? Sure... plenty of cities will say no. I'll bet more than a few say yes. Its just the excuse they've been looking for.
Gun Guys seem to be really excited about this case... and the Gun Grabbers are pretty worried. That's because each is making assumptions. The Good Guys are assuming they'll win because they are right.. and because they have mountains of evidence on their side. The Gun Grabbers are worried about the new appointees on the court... recent court losses... all that evidence... and the fact that they have everything to lose and nothing to gain.
The truth is all that evidence is irrelevant. The arguements that you're going to hear today.. the ones I've told you to pay attention to... well... they're irrelevant to.
Raise your hand if you think Clarence Thomas' mind is going to be changed on the Second Amendment.
The fact is... everyone on that court already knows how they are gonna rule.
And that... that is why this whole thing is a sham. This is not Republic people. This is oligarchy. Judicial Review is a power that was never deliniated to any court. Judicial Review is the responsibility of the states and the citizens. The Constitution is a contract between the Federal Government, the State Governments, and the People. When the Federal Government breeches that contract.. the State Governments and the People are free to ignore it.
That is why the Federal Government must be ultimately subserviant to the states. The highest court in the land should be whatever State Supreme Court that's hearing the case. SCOTUS should be a largely trivial court occasionally deciding which state's sales tax should be applied on an interstate transaction.
That's not what we have today.
Today as I think of the court I am reminded of the discusting scene in The 300 when Leonidas climbs up to visit the ancient corrupt oracles...
Why is something so critical being entrusted to this ridiculous old system?
Today we learn what excuse the "justices" are going to use when they hand down the decision they've already reached. So let's thank everyone who's worked so hard to finally get a 2A case before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Thanks a lot guys. Everything we've gained over the last 20 years is suddenly going to be decided by a coin flip.
Be advised... a lass among us has had a bad bad day... and she could use your thoughts and prayers. Hoist 'em up lads... The good lord knows who ya mean... He needant me be tellin'. I love ya darlin'. Its gonna work out.
Jesus and Jimmy Russell are two good friends of ours babe... and neither will let you down tonight.
You know the story... a 7-year old kid at some school acts up and the cops end up hand cuffing her and dragging her off. Late in the news broadcast someone assures us all that its an extremely isolated event and nothing we should worry about.
Of course.. its interesting that these "extremely isolated events" are so easy to find in the news. In fact one may conclude that these isolated events are isolated all over the country. One may even describe these "extremely isolated events" as widespread and common.
Two 4-year-old boys were removed from a preschool class and handcuffed by the school safety officer for refusing to take a nap. Their parents are suing the city of New York. When the kids grow up they should sue their parents for sending them to New York schools.
A 6-year-old girl was arrested on charges of disruption of a school function, battery on school employees (a felony), and resisting arrest for throwing a temper tantrum in class. The child was taken to the county jail, fingerprinted and had a mug shot taken. The chief of police stated, "Those are the normal procedures for anyone who is arrested." The "victim" had a red mark where she was "battered".
Normal childhood behavior has been criminalized for some time. This isn't new. Its the predictable result of females running the education institutions. After all.... what do girls do when they have a problem? Exactly... they appeal to some authority to fix it.
It started in High School... where once a fight resulted in two students facing a pissed off principle... it now results in arrests... because the SuperGirl Principles are in capable of dealing with the problem themselves.
What? You mean 17 year old street kids aren't easily controlled by 40 year old fat women? You can't be serious!
Funny thing though... its tricked down now... to even elementary and pre-schools... The female instinct to appeal to authority has taken over completely. If there is a cop in a building the girls will find a way to use him. He's even better than the principle... especially when the principle is a 40 year old fat woman. I mean really... what's she going to do?
Males have abandoned the school system. We've washed our hands of it. You can see the results. Its devolving. Its becoming the equivilant of grass hut civilization.
Homeschooling is no longer a choice people. Submitting your kids to a system like this is child abuse.
As the Beloved Spacebunny has so artfully pointed out... I have been more than a little neglectful. Alas... such is the life of a man with to many damned projects.
I apologize... and I regret to inform you that there is no end to my blogging hiatus in the immediate future. See.... JAC and I have had enough of this stupid winter crap.. and we're bailing south for a few days.
Perhpas after some much needed time away... on two wheels... and occasionally one.. and well.... occasionally none... I'll be more motivated to comment on the things I no longer give a damn about.
A wise man once said... "Blogs are written by people with nothing to say and an undeniable urge to say it."
I agree completely... and I cannot stomach the thought of this blog turning into something like that. Before it does... I'll simply shut up.
There are times when I just have nothing to say. In those times... its best to say nothing.