Saturday, December 31, 2011

Watch Out...




...for high curbs in Georgia


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Redistribution Justice...

I had seen a version of this before, and thought it was funny.  But this time I listened to the answers, played a little Devil's Advocate...the Devil lost, like he usually does.

These people (we were all probably like these people at one time) ca not make the connection, they all think that it is different when you are talking about income or money.  Listen to their 'reasoning' - "...the thing about rich people is, our society isn't playing fair..."  Every argument they make, is completely transferable from the GPA argument to the income argument. 





Maybe if you explained the difference between "income" and "wealth" to these people, maybe if you explained...really, I don't know what it would take. Real life? That is what it took for many of us.

The Atlantic had an article that included some more "reasoning" as to why it doesn't translate, calling it an Apples to Oranges comparison.  But all the arguments try to change what "income" is - as if it is not earned.  Sure, I believe some salaries are out of whack - but it is a free market, and I can try to go get that higher salary for less work (that is the name of the game).  In fact, I have changed jobs three times, each taking an initial pay cut to do something I wanted to do more.  I also fought hard for my GPA in college (taking my 2nd year off to be a complete zombie). 

To me, the comparison is spot on...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Poor Richard...


I was going to post about a quote from Benjamin Franklin:

"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."
I wanted to write a post about what we do to our poor in the name of "helping" them, and that Obama and the Left are clearly on the opposite side of some wise thinkers.

I wanted to find the exact quote so I Bing'ed it (I've been protesting Google for some time now), and I found that William Sullivan had already written old Ben's comparison to young Barack, at the American Thinker.  Sullivan blogs HERE, and its a good blog.

"Benjamin Franklin was an industrious and brilliant liberal of his time, a man not only responsible for creating personal wealth, but in part responsible for creating the wealthiest nation on Earth. Yet we have seen Americans disavow his longstanding wisdom to embrace an ideology wholly contrary to our founders', peddled by a modern-day liberal academic who has created no true wealth, but only sought to redistribute it -- all with clearly detrimental results."





[Poor Richard was a pseudonym used by Franklin when he first published his Almanac.  Franklin based Poor Richard on characters from early almanacs, and from another character who predicted the deaths of almanac writers.  In Poor Richards Almanac, Franklin would predict the deaths of writers of other almanacs, and then later falsely report the deaths, and as being accurately predicted.  It was a joke...they don't make them like old Ben anymore!]

P.S.  I found the Ben Franklin quote in Newt Gingrich's new book.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Blessings...

It is a tradition in the Bannon house to leave each family member's "pile" of gifts from Christmas out until, well, if Mrs. Bannon allows...until New Years Day.  Or the day after.  Then, throughout the week, one can go to their pile, and decide which toy to play with, or treat to taste.

Even with the multitude of Bannonlings, there is enough room, and the tradition has continued yet another year.

While perusing my pile, I decided to read from my copy of Mr. Gingrich's latest book (autographed - thanks Babe!) and found this quote that summarized...well, the fact that we have piles:

"Your situation in life, every one must confess, is one of the great blessing: the providence of God has given you a wonderful heritage, above many of your fellow creatures." - George Whitefield speaking to the American colonists pre-revolution

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Best Christmas Ever...

I pretty much spend 364 days of the year waiting for this one day.  And this year was the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

I was spoiled again by my family with gifts of all kinds.  Great books, homemade gifts, gifts from my childhood, and more.  One of my favorite gifts was one I had asked for, but never thought I would receive.  I had been shopping around for a new axe for several months.  I had read dozens of reviews, probably close to fifty, and all the accompanying comments found on blogs and articles.

Nothing says "I love you" like a good axe.  So Mrs Bannon and her mother worked together to put this under my tree this year:

 2# Hudson Bay Premium Velvicut®

Council Tool has been making axes in America since the 1880s.  They recently introduced the Velvicut line of "Premium" axes to compete with high-quality northern European axes.  "These top-of-the-line, world class axes are made for the serious user, collector, outdoorsman, or tool aficionado. They are not for everyone but rather for those who seek the very best."

Yes, I seek the very best...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bah Humbug...

I had a post planned about Ted Nugent's comments in the Washington Examiner...then I found a video of Paul Ryan schooling Chris Matthews...but those will wait till next year. Other things can't wait...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Clear as Mud...

Newt or Romney?

Romney or Obama?

Obama or Newt?


I am hoping that Newt Gingrich wins the Republican nomination.  For several reasons.  None of which are "Newt is the best possible choice for President of the United States."

There are so many pundits out there offering their 'expertise' on the matter. I disagree with most of the assumptions that are made, and therefore the reasoning behind the opinions of the pundits.  Most of the time, they have to deal with the lowest common denominator.  But, as it turns out, it is not that type of math. 

Do you think Newt will beat Romney?

Do you think Newt can beat Obama?

Do you think Romney can beat Obama?

How much of it comes down to the campaigns?  How much of it comes down to the perception of the economy?

If you are a Liberal - the answer  in the General Election is clear.

If you are a Conservative - the answer in the General Election is clear.

So our future will come down to:

  1) The people who don't have a political belief system

...and

  2) Who shows up to vote


[If you have made up your mind, and it was easy - does it blow your mind that some people can't decide, or that the election will go no more than 54%-46%, and that would be considered a landslide?]


People will have to decide who they want to vote for, and other people will have to decide if they are going to vote.  How they go about that is where the water gets murky:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

If Only Congress...

...were so bold and honest:

Report on the Recent Piggybanking Crisis by Eric Hague

The following report, prepared by a bipartisan committee comprising both Mommy and Daddy, lays out a timeline of the principal events of last week's Piggybanking Crisis and its aftermath.

4:15 p.m., LAST FRIDAY

Daughter Georgia becomes aware that Addison Murphy from next door is placing a recently refurbished dollhouse on the market at an asking price of $30. Because Georgia barely earns enough from her weekly chores to eke out the occasional candy purchase, she has never really considered herself a candidate for doll-homeownership. Nevertheless, she elects to pursue the classic dollhouse dream and begins to explore financing options.

4:24 p.m., LAST FRIDAY

Georgia consults older sister Johanna, the manager of a local piggybank with reserves totaling some $30.12, about the possibility of securing a mortgage. Although Johanna is aware of the meagerness of Georgia's allowance, she feels that the recent precipitous expansion of the neighborhood doll-housing market, coupled with the effects of informational asymmetries—namely, that Georgia can't really add yet—are enough to justify the risk.

4:31 p.m., LAST FRIDAY

Georgia closes on Addison's dollhouse. She moves two naked Barbies and a velociraptor into it.

12:00 p.m., SUNDAY

After receiving her allowance, Georgia makes her inaugural mortgage payment to the First Piggybank of Johanna's Room. Suddenly left with no funds with which to buy M&Ms on the weekly outing to Pathmark, Georgia begins to realize the enormity of her situation.

12:32 p.m., SUNDAY

Georgia lists her dollhouse with a local pretend-estate agent, Addison's older sister Emma.

7:04 p.m., MONDAY

Dumbledore, the family hamster, is found dead in his cage. Georgia is laid off from her job as chief pellet-refiller.

4:19 p.m., TUESDAY

Despite a promising open dollhouse with the twins from up on Fifth Street, Georgia still has not found a buyer. Facing the prospect of missing a mortgage payment, Georgia decides to walk away from her underwater dollhouse. She relocates her tenants to the big toy chest in the basement rumpus room.

4:22 p.m., TUESDAY

While Johanna is out at the swingset negotiating the sale of Georgia's subprime dollhouse mortgage to Jackson Meyers from two houses down, Georgia apprises Johanna that she is defaulting on her debt. Johanna announces immediate plans to foreclose on the dollhouse.

8:12 p.m., TUESDAY

Confronting a shortfall of Piggybank liquidity, Johanna appears before Mommy and Daddy and requests a bailout. (See minutes from "Tantrum before the Parental Subcommittee on Finance.")

8:14 p.m., TUESDAY

Members of the fiscally liberal Daddy Party announce support for a short-term emergency loan to the First Piggybank. The Mommy Party adopts the view that, though Johanna is a big girl now, she is not too big to fail. Following a vigorous debate in both the house and the carport, the Daddy Party unilaterally authorizes the lending of $30 to Johanna from the Disney World savings jar on top of the fridge.

10:26 a.m., WEDNESDAY

During morning recess, Johanna acquires $30 through the perpetration of a Ponzi scheme involving the fraudulent trade of Silly Bandz commodities.

3:31 p.m., THURSDAY

Georgia files a choreless claim with Daddy during the Pathmark trip. Daddy grants Georgia a distribution of candy benefits.

5:42 p.m., FRIDAY

Johanna repays the Disney World treasury in full. In spite of this, the Mommy Party attacks the opposition during mid-dinner debate, castigating it for its failure to live up to its promises to create new chores, as well as for its wasteful candy entitlement programs. Desperate to shore up support among daughters of all backgrounds, the Daddy Party announces that the Disney World vacation will happen next month—and that he'll just charge the trip on his MasterCard.

The Mommy Party opposes this increase in the household debt ceiling. Talks quickly stall, and the Daddy Party is forced to sleep on the smelly couch in the rumpus room.

6:30 p.m., FRIDAY

Aiming to draw attention to the disparity of wealth that exists between younger sisters and greedy investment piggybankers, Georgia decides to occupy Johanna's room with a blanket fort. Johanna soon finds herself mildly inconvenienced by Georgia's vague, ineffectual whining and chants of "I am the 50 percent!"

11:30 a.m., SATURDAY

The Daddy Party calls for an end to unproductive inter-party bickering as well as for his return to the Mommy Party's bed because his back hurts from that damn couch.

CONCLUSIONS

The parental government would like all daughters—regardless of socioeconomic status—to know that even if these conflicts ultimately prove insoluble and in time precipitate a complete parental shutdown, none of this is actually the fault of the general populace of children, and the Mommy Party and the Daddy Party love them both very, very much.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Healthy Justice...

Do you like going for a 30 minute run?  How about an hour?  Unless I am trying to get somewhere, I get bored after about 3 minutes

Years ago, I attended a police academy.  Two or three times a week we would do Physical Training (PT).  We would run at a moderate pace (though with stress stimuli added, making it seem like a faster pace) for approximately 45 minutes.  We ran through the hills and in the desert.  (Sometimes, we would run through the sand of a dry creek bed, and the staff would yell, "It's like running on the beach...you just have to imagine the ocean part!").

At the end of the academy, a recruit asked the staff why we did all the PT, when we would (most likely) not be running after a bad guy for 6-7 miles at a moderate pace.  The answer was - they were not training us to catch bad guys, they were training us for a healthy lifestyle.

Retirement is tough for cops. Their average life expectancy after retirement is five years, according to '91 FBI statistics. Psychotherapist and former police officer Albert Seng says a number of cops go through a grief process in disconnecting from "a lifestyle rather than a job." Once you're out of it, you're really out of it. You're on the outside.

"In the U.S., non-police males have a life-expectancy of 73 years. Policemen in the U.S. have a life expectancy of 53-66 years, depending on which research one decides to embrace."

Longevity Vs. Retirement Age

“Dr. Ephrem (Siao Chung) Cheng provided the important results in the following table from an actuarial study of life span vs. age at retirement. The study was based on the number of pension checks sent to retirees of Boeing Aerospace.“

Age at Retirement (Column A) Average Age at Death (Colmun B)

  A       B
49.9   86.0
51.2   85.3
52.5   84.6
53.8   83.9
55.1   83.2
56.4   82.5
57.2   81.4
58.3   80.0
59.2   78.5
60.1   76.8
61.0   74.5
62.1   71.8
63.1   69.3
64.1   67.9
65.2   66.8

“This indicates that for people retired at the age of 50, their average life span is 86; whereas for people retired at the age of 65, their average life span is only 66.8. An important conclusion from this study is that for every year one works beyond age 55, one loses 2 years of life span on average.”


So...as of this posting, I'm announcing my retirement!  Just kidding.  However, back to the original point - "Long Distance Running" and a "Healthy Life." 


From Wikipedia:


"The Tabata Method uses 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles). In the original study, athletes using this method trained 4 times per week, plus another day of steady-state training, and obtained gains similar to a group of athletes who did steady state training 5 times per week. The steady state group had a higher VO2max at the end, but the Tabata group had started lower and gained more overall. Also, only the Tabata group had gained anaerobic capacity benefits..."

"...increases the resting metabolic rate for the following 24 hours due to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, and may improve maximal oxygen consumption more effectively than doing only traditional, long aerobic workouts..."

"...Long aerobic workouts have been promoted as the best method to reduce fat, as fatty acid utilization usually occurs after at least 30 minutes of training. High Intensity Interval Training is somewhat counterintuitive in this regard, but has nonetheless been shown to burn fat more effectively..."



 
I prefer the "Tabata" method because 1) It may actually be better for you and 2) the rest part is like a small nap in the middle of the workout, and I like naps...


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Tebow...

I fear that Tebow will lose today.  I hope I'm wrong.  Anyway, lets play PICK THE RIGHT CAPTION:





A)  Tebow was actually built by a team of vast-right-wing-conspiracy engineers on leave from the Tea Party.

B)  "Tim we just need to see if you are really on the straight and narrow."

C)  "Now after I insert this boomerang, you will be able to throw the ball down field to yourself."




A)  This is Tebow on a recruiting trip to Penn State.  He didn't like it.

B)  This is right after Tebow got a life sized tattoo of his own chest, on his chest.

C)  "Tim, I have good news and bad news.  Good news, you're actually right handed.  Bad news, you can't throw with that arm either."





 




A) Tebow is the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back.  Literally.

B) Shoulder pads?  Tebow doesn't need no stinkin' shoulder pads.

C) Tebow stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the drastic effects of Global Climate Warming Change on NFL relaxed uniform policies.




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yadda, Yadda, Yadda....

FBI Director Denies Cover-Up Involving 'Fast and Furious' Guns Found at Border Agent's Murder



"...Speaking to Grassley's committee, Mueller promised the FBI "will bring to justice those persons who are in any way involved in the killing of Officer Brian Terry..."

"As for whether Holder ends up resigning..."

"I think he knew..."

"...you shouldn't be doing this job."

"In September, a spokeswoman for Grassley, R-Iowa, told Fox News it was "pretty clear"..."


(There was more to the article, I just hit the highlights).

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Tebow...

What Tim Tebow Can't Do...
by Jason Gay, WSJ

He cannot fly. He cannot see through walls. He cannot talk to the animals, not even cats. He's never picked up an automobile and tossed it across the road. He's failed to publish poetry in Russian. He can't explain Ryan Reynolds.

These are just a few of the many things Tim Tebow can't do.
 
Every day we are reminded of more things Tim Tebow can't do. He cannot throw a proper pass. He cannot stand still in the pocket. He can't run a conventional offense. He runs, but he doesn't run gracefully. He runs upright and frantic. He runs like he's stealing a toaster from the mall.

He's a cavalcade of failures. Why the Denver Broncos give him a paycheck, nobody knows.

Because Tim Tebow never lets you relax. He never puts a football game away in the first quarter. He forces you to watch the whole thing, with commercials and no fast-forwards. It's never pretty.

He doesn't put up Tom Brady's numbers. He doesn't put up Tom Brokaw's numbers. He's not impressing Broncos legend John Elway. John Elway acts as if he'd let the Broncos bus abandon Tim Tebow at a rest stop.

"Oh, where's Tim?" John Elway would say forty miles down the road. "Hmmm, that's too bad."

You can see why Elway's unconvinced. Tim Tebow can't do it the normal way. Tim Tebow can't get through an interview without mentioning his faith. Or giving credit to his teammates. Tim Tebow never sounds full of Tim Tebow.

He doesn't even get mad when people say nasty things about him. When people say Tim Tebow needs to improve, Tim Tebow says he needs to improve. Who does that?

Nothing seems to rattle him. He smiles and doesn't sulk. When Tim Tebow is bummed, he doesn't pull down the blinds, blast the Fleetwood Mac and drink red wine out of a Mason jar, like everybody else does. He's a total weirdo.

Do you know what else Tim Tebow has never done?

Tim Tebow has not climbed all Seven Summits. He's never built an invisible jet or hosted the Country Music Awards. If he has solved the mystery of Loch Ness, or washed dishes at The French Laundry, it's never been written about. Tim Tebow's portrait does not hang in the Louvre. Sandra Bullock has never made a Tim Tebow movie. Tim Tebow has never made a Sandra Bullock movie.

Sure, Tim Tebow has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but has he been on the cover of Dwell or Bon Appetit? That's right: no. Loser!

Do you know that Tim Tebow has never hosted a late-night talk show in Denmark? That he's never been the CEO of The Gap? That he wasn't a serious candidate to be manager of the Red Sox? Tim Tebow has never won a professional motocross race. He's never even come in second in a professional motocross race. Tim Tebow did zero to solve the NBA lockout. Zilch.

Here is a small list of other things Tim Tebow has never won: Wimbledon, a MacArthur "Genius" grant, "Project Runway," "The Price is Right," the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, the Booker Prize or a Grammy for best spoken-word album.

That's embarrassing. Why do people care about him?

Yes, Tim Tebow beat the Miami Dolphins, the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets and the Chargers of San Diego. But Tim Tebow has not beaten the Detroit Lions. Or the Detroit Pistons. Or the Detroit Red Wings. Or Manny Pacquiao. Or Dara Torres. Or Real Madrid. Or Gary Kasparov.

Tim Tebow doesn't fight the law, but if he did, the law would surely win. Okay, maybe not.

Despite all of these issues, people still like Tim Tebow, which is mystifying. It's as if they can't recognize his flaws. They're blinded by hype. They're willfully ignorant. They want to believe in a myth.

One day they will see all of Tim Tebow's shortcomings. How he's never once sang O Canada at a Vancouver Canucks game. How he's never captured a live dinosaur. How he's too chicken to run for President.

Tim Tebow never, ever makes everybody happy. He can't really do anything besides win football games. Since when did anyone care about that?


PS - He also beat the Minnesota Vikings.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tactical ManBag...

There you are, on the range, ready to throw lead, kill paper, plink steel.  Do you have eye pro?  Where's your ears?  Extra mags?  How many places are you going to store all this stuff?  Well, that problem has been solved.

Introducing Practical Utility Range Shoulder Equipment by 5.11


  • 1050D Nylon
  • Large main compartment
  • Two side expanding pockets
  • Zippered Back-up-Belt™ System Pocket
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with removable pad
  • Aero-foam padding on back
  • Nametape and flag holders

Just read these amazing reviews:
"I love it, it holds all my items.  If its a hot, dry day out, and my lips get parched and chapped, I can just reach into my satchel, or bag thingy, and there's a small tactical pocket where I keep chapstick.  Non-scented chapstick.  In a velcro pouch, you know, for when I'm shooting and stuff, or punching somebody..." 
- John R.  Mesa, Arizona

"I love my 5.11 thing.  Its black, so it goes with all my tactical clothing, at any time of the year. It has great concealment pouches, if your hiding something.  I mean, like a weapon, or something."
- Frank M.  Kansas City, Missouri

"Its not a purse!"
- Anonymous


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Follow the Money...


I'm not feelin' Darrell Issa anymore.  I think the more he is in the spotlight, the more flaws we will see. 


Issa Launches Probe of Alleged DEA Laundering Operation in Mexico

I'll keep it short and simple.  You never let guns walk.  ATF's Operation Fast and Furious makes no sense, I've read all about it, and I have never read anything wherein an agent, supervisor, or prosecutor explained how that was going to work.  It just doesn't add up.

What the DEA is doing - is was needs to be done, and needs to be done more.   "Follow the money" Mr. Issa.  It is the best tool for fighting the Cartels.  And just from reading the article, you can see the DEA may have a big one:

They are involved in the shipment - so they know the means by which the money is physically moved.

They are involved in the laundering - so they know the manner in which it happens, and they can have an accounting.

They have been making seizures - so it looks to the cartels like business is usual, while not all the money is walking.



This was done with Colombian drug Cartels in the past - and it has led to changes in laws making it harder for Cartels to launder and spend their proceeds, it has lead to changes in monetary policy between countries, and it has lead to huge seizures of funds already outside of the United States.



Follow the money Mr. Issa...


[I get the feeling when Darrell was little, he was the kind of kid who would eat a whole bottle of vitamins - because if one vitamin is good...]

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Tebow...

I am not a fan of the Denver Broncos.  First and foremost, because they are not the Dallas Cowboys.  Though I do like Denver, and Colorado, and the Rocky Mountains.  I am a huge Tim Tebow fan.  I wasn't always.



I only first started to pay attention to Tebow when he and his mother did the Super Bowl commercial.  I saw the huge firestorm of criticism around it, and him, his beliefs...and his throwing motion.  I saw that people wanted to attack him any way they could.  That sounded like a familiar theme..

It came more into the spotlight, when he was sacked by the Detroit Lions' Stephen Tulloch, who then proceeded to mock Tebow's praying.

What did Tebow say? “He was probably just having fun and was excited he made a good play and had a sack. And good for him.”



Tebow was born in Makati City in the Philippines, the son of Christian Baptist missionaries. While pregnant, his mother suffered a life-threatening infection with a pathogenic amoeba. Because of the drugs used to rouse her from a coma and to treat her dysentery, the fetus experienced a severe placental abruption. Doctors had expected a stillbirth and recommended an abortion to protect her life, although abortions are illegal in the Philippines, but she remained undaunted and refused having an abortion.  (For any birthers out there - Tim is eligible to be president).

Tim is the youngest of five children.  He was homeschooled all the way through high school.   Several states have proposed laws that will allow homeschoolers to play high school sports, such as Alabama, where the bill is titled "The Tim Tebow Bill."

Tebow was twice named the Florida High School Player of the Year, and won the state championship as a senior.

Tebow led the University of Florida to 2 National Championships, and won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, the only underclassman to ever win the award.

In 2008, Tebow received more first place votes for the Heisman than the winner.

In 2008, Tebow became the University of Florida's all-time career rushing touchdown leader...breaking Emmitt Smith's record.

In 2009, Tebow became the SECs all-time career rushing touchdown leader...breaking Herschel Walker's record.

Tebow's 2011 salary will be $8,230,000.






With all that, its hard to look at Tim Tebow as an underdog (again).  Yet he is...because they are out to get him.  There was a time when his values would be praised, his efforts cheered, and his reputation coveted. 

Times have changed.  Tebow is out there fighting the good fight.  I hope he keeps it up.






Oh, and I thought this was funny...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

“Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country"
 - Marquis de La Fayette

"I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."
 - John Adams

"When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect."
 - Adlai Stevenson


"We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit."
 - Hubert H. Humphrey


"The poet called Miss Liberty's torch, "the lamp beside the golden door." Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. . . . The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America. Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people. She will carry on in the eighties unafraid, unashamed, and unsurpassed. In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America's is. "
 - Ronald Reagan

"I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."
 - Barack Obama


"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
  - Abraham Lincoln

Friday, December 2, 2011

Inner City Violence...


I was going to post on Newt (and sway y'all) but I don't have time.  I do find it amazing, that even extreme-right-FoxNews will grab a sentence with no context, and make it an unfavorable headline...."Gingrich: Poor Children Have No Habits of Working".  I heard him say it live, and I felt that he has been listening to me in the inner cities - these kids need opportunity.  There is no doubt in my mind that the Left will turn it into, "Newt needs to apologize to poor kids"...


However...I have spent a good portion of the last decade combating street gangs. Although sometimes it feels like I mostly combat them with intelligence files, which I could bury them under... 

But none like this motley crew:

It should be noted that they are already prepared for prison-wear
Agents Found Drugs, Hair Clippers During Raid On Amish Beard-Cutters


They're probably from Ohio.  Them Ohio Amish are different...

I found this surveillance footage:


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Public Service Announcement...

I was recently felled by the flu.  I had a sore throat just before Thanksgiving (#3 son always starts that annual tradition).  So I thought I was good - immune system up and running.   Nope.  And, I'm recovering from a pulled hamstring (but I still showed up and played for my Fantasy Football games...)  I think this was a 12 hour flu - anyway...



I would like to remind everybody to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze: