Sunday, January 29, 2012

W A R N I N G...

Tired of the back an forth going on in the Republican nomination process?  Feeling like the Republicans should stop attacking one another, in fear that they will weaken the eventual nominee in November? 

How could it be, with Obama's record of three years sitting there for all to see, that any of these men could possibly receive less votes than him?  Which states would decide another four years of this - is the path for America?  Even those who refuse to call him a "Socialist," can see that his solution to EVERYTHING, is more Government, more spending, more intrusion.  He is a speechmaker, who needs a teleprompter, and that is all. 

How could any one of these candidates lose to him at this time?

The first President warned of this. 

George Washington wanted to retire (again) after his first term.  He had James Madison write up notes for him to address the nation.  He was then convinced otherwise.  By the end of his second term, he had had enough.  He gave the notes to Alexander Hamilton, and over several months of back and forth edits, in consultation with John Jay, his "Farewell Address" was completed.  Created by Madison, Hamilton and Jay, lead by Washington, it summed up the state of the union after eight years under the Constitution, and twenty years of independence, freedom and self government.

"All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

They were warning of political parties - "combinations and associations"..."faction"..."party

They were warning of an "artificial and extraordinary force" that would push our government to "ill-concerted and incongruous projects...rather than...consistent and wholesome plans...modified by mutual interests."

They saw, they knew, the only way people would vote for a leader so void of leadership, so lacking of tangible accomplishment, so inconsistent with the concept of the individual - the only way, would be if the people were choosing a party, rather than a person. 

If Mitt Romney is to win the nomination, is there any conceivable way the people would not choose him, over the alternative, to lead our nation?  Yes - there are 'Democrats' who won't vote for a 'Republican' (artificial and extraordinary force)...and there are 'Republicans' who don't think he is 'Republican' enough (modified mutual interests).

Oh...and they also warned of those, while using a pretext (such as the slavery of the time), who would undermine the principles of the founding our our nation.

"Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Why Newt Won..., it wasn't my endorsement.  But I'm sure that helped :)

Despite Newt's lame attacks on Romney's use of the Free Market...Newt won because he stood up to John King, and answered Juan Williams forcefully, but not because, as most of the media is reporting, "he stood up to the liberal media," (read the article, Mr. Limbaugh got it mostly right...which is what his brother has been saying for months) Newt won BIG because Republican voters want to vote for somebody who stands up for conservative beliefs, not just mentions them, but actually fights for them - and while Mitt might espouse them regularly, Newt seemed proud to say, when questioned, 'your derned right I meant what I said - Obama thinks food stamps for parents is the answer, I think hard jobs for highschool kids is the answer.'

Many (of you) think Newt can't win against Obama, that may be true, but that is ONLY true if Newt Newt did late in Iowa, and throughout New Hampshire. 

...think about it, if you had not really decided yet in the three man race (sorry Mr. Paul), and you saw Newt challenging the premise of questions, giving STRONG answers to our problems and standing up to the questions, as opposed to Romney not doing well in defending himself about making money and paying taxes - how could you vote for a guy who won't defend himself when he is clearly right, when Newt is on the same stage pounding the liberal questioners.

I made my choice for Newt when he did this last year:

Newt may not win, and if he can't beat Romney, than he probably can't beat Obama - it is a popularity contest - but he got my vote...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Paul for President...

Not that one!

This one: 
Sen. Rand Paul

He's the New Paul, with only half the kooky ideas about Washington.  Just kidding, I don't know of anything I disagree with him on.  Everything 15-20% Right likes about Ron Paul, they would like about Rand...but, as far as we can tell, he wouldn't leave us exposed to the threats from around the world.

Sen. Rand Paul Refunds $500,000 of His Budget to U.S. Treasury

"What make’s Paul’s actions so refreshing is that he was able to record the half-million-dollar federal savings while pursuing one of the most energetic (albeit conservative) legislative agendas of any freshman U.S. Senator. Focusing on his promise of fiscal responsibility, the Kentucky Senator offered spending cut amendments to nearly every relevant bill that came across his desk, while still representing his own constituency’s needs — working, for example, to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on Kentucky’s crucial coal industry.

According to a press release from his Senate office, Senator Paul was one of the only legislators to produce an entire fiscally responsible blueprint for the federal government, “a promise he made while campaigning in 2010. His plan, introduced in the first few weeks of his term, would balance the federal budget in five years.”

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Debt Limit...

The Republicans in the House voted yesterday to NOT raise the debt limit.  This means nothing, though they did the right thing, as the debt limit will be raised again...they built it into the last agreement. 

They really believe that all it will take is a "turn around" in the economy, and that will increase their "income" sufficiently - in the meantime, their power grows...

h/t Woodsterman

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keep it Simple...

What if, President Romney, in his inaugural address, calls for "energy independence by the end of the decade"?

Kind of like when Kennedy said we would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, only much, much, much easier.  And, it wouldn't take 8 years, but by doing it faster, it would look all the better.  Not only would the call be a defined challenge to American business, which would create massive amounts of jobs - it would lower oil prices.  I don't mean that producing oil would lower oil prices...I mean, the president merely talking about it, would lower prices. 

[Note:  Econ 101 - 'energy independence' is not an economically sound goal, but it has strategic and security concerns which make it sound policy]

How would it lower oil prices? I mean just the announcement of our goal?  The free market, supply and demand.  Right now, we basically have accepted the price of oil that the world charges us as...well, acceptable.  And at these prices, remove artificial government restraints, and it is very profitable for US companies to get busy drilling.  OPEC, Canada, Mexico, and Russia, etc. would immediately (if they took us serious) want prices lower, as to make it less profitable for US companies to join in.

And...the price of oil is more than just...the price of oil:

Oil really is our economy's lifeblood.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Wall...

"...nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself..."

Recognize it?  The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  Originally, or way back when, government officials forced individuals to take oaths during an "investigation," such as "swear your allegiance to the King and all his doctrine, before we ask you questions, so that we know we are dealing with a loyal subject."  On religious grounds, people would refuse the oath, and hence, they were found guilty. forward to today.  The Supreme Court of the United States created, through case law, the "Miranda Warnings" that must be given to individuals who are in custody (ie not free to leave) and who are being questioned about the crime for which they are in custody.  There is no written law requiring it - it is case law, it is a legal principle. 

If it is determined that a subject is to have been in custody, and questioned about the crime for which he was in custody, and Miranda Warnings were not properly administered...his statements can not be used against him in a criminal case.

Simple? Fair?

FBI agent admits deleting emails amid terror probe

In the case discussed in the linked article, the defendant was in custody in Nigeria facing terrorism related charges.  [He had been caught outside the United States, but his crimes were against the United States and its' citizens - if he is to be brought back to the United States and tried in a criminal court, I agree with the need for Miranda Warnings*.  These are part of the unalienable rights of man - not just US citizens. That being said, the Miranda Warnings only apply in criminal cases in US courts.]

(* - I don't agree with Miranda Warnings, or with the FBI charging this crime in a US Federal Court, only with the idea that the rights of the constitution apply, unless otherwise stated, to all men)

The FBI decided, because lives were at stake, they would interview him right away and gather intelligence to stop any imminent terror plots.  Then, they would give him Miranda Warnings, and interview him again.  That way, if he stopped talking after being given the warnings - the information could be used to stop the terror attacks, but could not be used against him in a US criminal court.

Simple?  Fair?

The FBI went a step further.  They used separate agents for the two interviews.  Why?  The wall.  They created a false wall separating the knowledge obtained in the first interview and the "evidence" gathered in the second interview that will be used against the defendant in a US criminal court.

Is there a law that requires this?  No.  Is there a court ruling requiring this?  No. 

Then why?  Too many lawyers in law enforcement.  Law enforcement entities should not be run by lawyers.

The defense attorney for the terror suspect demanded to see any and all emails written by any of the FBI Special Agents who conducted the first interview.  Not just in this case, in many cases, defense attorneys demand any and all emails, voicemail, text messages, etc, between Special Agents conducting the investigations.

In the District of New Jersey, a Federal Judge ruled, after finding that FBI Special Agents (in an unrelated matter) had deleted emails and texts between themselves, that the jury would be given instructions to assume the emails and texts included exculpatory evidence, evidence which would favor the defendant's innocence.

This is the world we live in. 
"All of the emails are gone," (the Special Agent) said. Pressed by the judge on when she deleted them, she responded, "I have no idea.

Monday, January 16, 2012


...some of my favorites, that don't get a holiday.  I'm okay with that, there's no "Alexander Hamilton Day" (outside the Bannon house that is)...

Smarter than the average bear...or proved he's just another bear

Union Spy, War Hero
The single greatest inventor of all time, flavor (and jelly) will never be the same...

Still fighting to be remembered as a great athelete, not just the first...

Reminds us today that yes, it really was like that back then...

So brave while so young...

Stood up by not standing up...
It takes alot to depose a (homerun) king...

Good thing Afros were popular, there is alot of brain up in there...

Hey, hey, hey...I'm just like everybody else

Valedictorian of Carver High School, PhD Physics M.I.T., Blackbelt in Karate, was to record a saxophone solo for upcoming album while in space on mission, Spece Shuttle Challenger, never recorded...

and a Justice For All...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Just wait until next season...


Did you hear the audio from the conversation between Tim Tebow and Tom Brady after the game?

Tim Tebow:  You are wonderful.

Tom Brady:  Thank you. I've worked hard to become so.

Tim Tebow:  I admit it, you are better than I am.

Tom Brady:  Then why are you smiling?

Tim Tebow:  Because I know something you don't know.

Tom Brady:  And what is that?

Tim Tebow:  I... am not left-handed.

On This Day...

...January 15, 2009, Chelsey Sullenberger was pilot in command of an Airbus A320 from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The flight was designated as US Airways Flight 1549 as well as United Airlines Flight 1919. Shortly after taking off, Sullenberger reported to air traffic control that the plane had hit a large flock of birds, disabling both engines. Several passengers saw the left engine on fire. Sullenberger discussed with air traffic control the possibilities of either returning to LaGuardia airport or attempting to land at the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. However, Sullenberger quickly decided that neither was feasible, and determined that ditching in the Hudson River was the only option for everyone's survival. Sullenberger told the passengers to "brace for impact", then piloted the plane to a smooth ditching in the river at about 3:31 P.M. All passengers and crew members survived.

Race Bannon does not like to fly, but has been in many cockpits...this would be a welcomed sight.

"One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience: education and training. And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal."

In 1969 he entered the United States Air Force Academy.  In 1973 he graduated and received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship award, as the class "top flier."

In 2009, he published Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters , which "reveals the important lessons Sully learned through childhood, in his military service, and in his work as a commercial airline pilot. At heart, it is a story of hope and preparedness-that life′s challenges can be met if we′re ready for them-reminding us that, even in these days filled with war, tragedy, and economic uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for.

A few weeks after the crash, Sully discovered that he′d lost a library book about professional ethics, Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability, in the downed plane′s cargo hold. When he called the library to notify them, they waived the usual fees. Mayor Michael Bloomberg replaced the book when he gave Sully the Key to the City..."

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday Tebow...

I Believe in Tim Tebow by Rick Reilly

"...Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured. He flies these people and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave & Buster's), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard-line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts...

...Remember last week, when the world was pulling its hair out in the hour after Tebow had stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers with an 80-yard OT touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the playoffs? And Twitter was exploding with 9,420 tweets about Tebow per second? When an ESPN poll was naming him the most popular athlete in America?

Tebow was spending that hour talking to 16-year-old Bailey Knaub about her 73 surgeries so far and what TV shows she likes.

"Here he'd just played the game of his life," recalls Bailey's mother, Kathy, of Loveland, Colo., "and the first thing he does after his press conference is come find Bailey and ask, 'Did you get anything to eat?' He acted like what he'd just done wasn't anything, like it was all about Bailey."

...For the game at Buffalo, it was Charlottesville, Va., blue-chip high school QB Jacob Rainey, who lost his leg after a freak tackle in a scrimmage. Tebow threw three interceptions in that Buffalo game and the Broncos were crushed 40-14.

"He walked in and took a big sigh and said, 'Well, that didn't go as planned,'" Rainey remembers. "Where I'm from, people wonder how sincere and genuine he is. But I think he's the most genuine person I've ever met."

...Take 9-year-old Zac Taylor, a child who lives in constant pain. Immediately after Tebow shocked the Chicago Bears with a 13-10 comeback win, Tebow spent an hour with Zac and his family. At one point, Zac, who has 10 doctors, asked Tebow whether he has a secret prayer for hospital visits. Tebow whispered it in his ear. And because Tebow still needed to be checked out by the Broncos' team doctor, he took Zac in with him, but only after they had whispered it together.

And it's not always kids. Tom Driscoll, a 55-year-old who is dying of brain cancer at a hospice in Denver, was Tebow's guest for the Cincinnati game. "The doctors took some of my brain," Driscoll says, "so my short-term memory is kind of shot. But that day I'll never forget. Tim is such a good man."

...This whole thing makes no football sense, of course. Most NFL players hardly talk to teammates before a game, much less visit with the sick and dying.
Isn't that a huge distraction?

"Just the opposite," Tebow says. "It's by far the best thing I do to get myself ready. Here you are, about to play a game that the world says is the most important thing in the world. Win and they praise you. Lose and they crush you. And here I have a chance to talk to the coolest, most courageous people. It puts it all into perspective. The game doesn't really matter. I mean, I'll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it's to invest in people's lives, to make a difference..."

GOOD LUCK TIM...the Patriots are pretty good.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Help Wanted...

Iranian nuclear scientist killed in car bomb blast

"The attack in Tehran bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program...

...A similar bomb explosion exactly two years ago -- Jan. 12, 2010 -- killed Tehran University professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a senior physics professor. He was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded near his car as he was about to leave for work...

...In November 2010, a pair of back-to-back bomb attacks in different parts of the capital killed another nuclear scientist and wounded one more.

The slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the nuclear engineering faculty at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and cooperated with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The wounded scientist, Fereidoun Abbasi, was almost immediately appointed head of Iran's atomic agency.

And in July 2011, motorcycle-riding gunmen killed Darioush Rezaeinejad, an electronics student. Other reports identified him as a scientist involved in suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear weapons.

Rezaeinejad allegedly participated in developing high-voltage switches, a key component in setting off the explosions needed to trigger a nuclear warhead."

WANTED:  A nuclear physicist responsible for conducting research and experiments concerning the behavior and structure of atomic nuclei. Atomic nuclei are the tiny objects at the center of an atom. To become a nuclear physicist, candidate must have a doctorate degree in physics, preferably from another country. Applicant must have experience in conducting experiments and working as part of a team. Career opportunities are available.

Must be willing to work in separate locations, possibly underground for days/weeks at a time. Will provide several, rotating, discreet residence(s) and (ARMORED) car service.

Lavish working conditions

Watch the sun rise, in the middle of the night

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mitt Romney and Corporations...

The Republican candidates who are not Mitt Romney have decided to start complaining about Mitt's time while at the head of Bain Capital.  This is not only a mistake, it is sad.  For those who are on the extreme right, or the non-principled middle, who claim there is no difference between the two parties...this is only working towards proving that theory.

The worst of them man Newt.

It either exposes their lack of knowledge of what Bain did, or their lack of faith in the intelligence of the electorate - thinking voters will buy into it.  How can they be the party of free enterprise while jumping on the 'corporate greed' bandwagon?

Most recently, they received the support from none other than Hollywood's Tim Robbins from the Film Actors Guild.  In this video he explains their theory...

I worked for Bain Capital...after it bought the company I worked for. The company, as it was, was for sale - and few could afford to buy it. Bain could afford it, and saw the opportunity to take the company public. Some people got rich. Some people were asked to leave, and went and got new jobs. Some people were begged to stay, but left anyway (wink wink). That is business. Bain only did what the owner of my company wanted to do. Romney and company had the know-how and the resources to do what few, if anybody else, could. Not all of Bain's work was so successful, but its pretty clear he took advantage of all America, and free enterprise, has to offer:

"Bain Capital succeeded far more often than it failed in these endeavors, averaging somewhere between 50 and 80 percent annual returns from 1984 to 1999."

If Newt, Perry or Santorum want to continue, they better turn in their Conservative Credentials before the next debate...

Monday, January 9, 2012

On January 8, 1964...

President Lyndon Johnson declared War on the Poor...and the Government has been kicking their butts ever since!

Scratching By: How Government Creates Poverty as We Know It by Charles Johnson

"...The fault for despairing, dilapidated urban ghettoes lies not in the pressures of the market, nor in the character flaws of individual poor people, nor in the characteristics of ghetto subcultures. The fault lies in the state and its persistent interference with poor people’s own efforts to get by through independent work, clever hustling, scratching together resources, and voluntary mutual aid..."

"...Lots are held out of use, often for years at a time, while they await government public-works projects or developers willing to buy up the land for large-scale building..."
Below are two pictures.  The first is the Stanley Holmes housing projects in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  They are overrun by gangs and drug dealers, and are "free," as long as you don't earn too much income.  There are murders regularly in the "villages," with very few arrests, and even less convictions.  The name on the "lease" for these residences is often not the person actually living there, and numerous felons and gang members are 'transient', moving from apartment to apartment to avoid law enforcement, and any responsibility.  There are few (if any) marriages, yet on any given night, at 1:00 am, young mothers can be seen with multiple babies, pushing strollers around - not worried about getting up in the morning, because there is no job to go to.

[Monopoly fans will recognize Mediterranean and Kentucky Avenues.  Illinois Ave was replaced by MLK Blvd - so if you're from out of town - you know where to get your drugs...]

The second picture is within walking distance to the east [note Vermont and Oriental Avenues].  There are empty lots, unaffordable for most of the citizens, unused, and an eyesore.  The Boardwalk, the beach - unused.   

The buildings in the pictures sit in the shadows of the giant casinos.  Last year, Hurricane Irene shut down the casinos for three days.  They estimated over $30,000,000 in lost revenue over those three summer days.

The Casinos make money.  The government keeps the poor away from it.  That is cronie capitalism. 

The government gives free housing, free health care, free food, and free job training...but no freedom.  The drug dealers call their area of control "the trap."  They don't know how accurate they are.  We are 2+ generations (closer to 4 in the inner cities) into the War on the Poor, and there are no peace talks scheduled.

Johnson's libertarian ideas expressed in the article above concerning drug trafficking, prostitution, and gambling, are disturbing...until you acknowledge the reality in Atlantic City.  His section on cabs - is spot on.  Cabs are a huge business in Atlantic City, and like all other cities - they are mostly driven by poor immigrants.  Poor immigrants who can't elevate their status through hard work, because to buy permission from the city to own a taxi cab in Atlantic City costs...$200,000.

The left owns this problem, they bought it with their Progressive movement, their New Deal, and their Great Society.  There is no "fixing" of this system.  It must be dismantled.

"...American state corporatism forcibly reshapes the world of work and business on the model of a commercial strip mall: sanitized, centralized, regimented, officious, and dominated by a few powerful proprietors and their short list of favored partners, to whom everyone else relates as either an employee or a consumer. A truly free market, without the pervasive control of state licensure requirements, regulation, inspections, paperwork, taxes, “fees,” and the rest, has much more to do with the traditional image of a bazaar: messy, decentralized, diverse, informal, flexible, pervaded by haggling, and kept together by the spontaneous order of countless small-time independent operators, who quickly and easily shift between the roles of customer, merchant, contract laborer, and more. It is precisely because we have the strip mall rather than the bazaar that people living in poverty find themselves so often confined to ghettoes, caught in precarious situations, and dependent on others—either on the bum or caught in jobs they hate but cannot leave, while barely keeping a barely tolerable roof over their heads." 

Monday Morning Tebow...

Tebow can't throw accurately past 15 yards, so play the run...

Tebow 10/21, 316 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Roethlisberger 22/40, 289, 1 TD, 1 INT

If Tebow can't run, he can't win.  Just keep him in the pocket...

Tebow 10 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD
Denver  131 yards total rushing

Tebow has said, "God doesn't take sides in a football game."  Are you sure Tim?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Save Money Now...

I'm always looking for ways to save money.  It's genetic.  As a I child, I often received gifts followed by, "If it doesn't fit, too bad, we can't return it."  I also worked, for a time, for a millionaire who would lose-it if he saw somebody throw away a can that could be re-used.  Also, I spent some time in Mexico, and saw how they threw away almost nothing (except justice, laws, etc...God Bless America!).

Also, I avoid eating processed foods.  A typical breakfast for me is eggs with spinach, onion, tomato, and mushroom mixed in, a banana with homemade peanut butter (just nuts) and some unprocessed, unpasteurized honey ("straight from the bee's butt," I like to say...(it keeps the kids from eating my honey!)).  No additives, no 'ates or 'ides, or anything the letter 'X'.  For lunch, I had some salmon fillets on a bed of spinach (I like spinach) with raw cashews, dried cranberries, broccoli and cauliflower.  No dressing.

..and now I can combine these two 'qualities' eating my neighborhood:

Friday, January 6, 2012

There are those out there, I've heard them, that tell young cops, "Its better to be a good witness, than to get involved," when discussing actions while off duty.  Hell, they teach it at the academy.  I even saw a video of personal testimony of a cop who, while off duty, tried to shoot an "active shooter," and hit a kid behind the target.  It was intended to teach to "wait, and be a good witness."  I took it as, "practice marksmanship." 

Of course the situation dictates the type of response and level of action...but in discussing "carrying" off duty, one counter-terrorist operator put it to me so eloquently, "I don't want to be the d-bag who raises his hand when the police come and says, 'I train for this every day, but I'm not on the clock, so here's what happened..."  I could never be that person.

"Slain ATF agent John Capano is being honored by the school district he attended as a youngster this week not far from where he was tragically gunned down responding to the armed robbery of a local pharmacy.

All American flags in the Seaford School District were placed at half-mast this week after Capano, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), was shot and killed responding to an armed robbery of Charlie's Family Pharmacy in Seaford. A moment of silence is also planned in honor of Capano at the start of Thursday night’s Seaford Board of Education meeting taking place at Seaford Manor School starting at 7:30 p.m.

Capano of Massapequa was picking up cancer medication at Charlie’s for his elderly father shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday when James McGoey of Hampton Bays entered the store demanding cash and drugs, prompting the ATF agent and two other men to confront the suspect as he fled out the front door. A shootout ensued and both Capano and McGoey were killed. Law-enforcement sourcestold the New York Post and ABC News they believe the bullet that struck Capano came from the gun of retired Nassau County police Lt. Christopher Geraghty, 54, who responded to the scene along with off-duty New York City Police Officer Joseph Arbia, 29, of Seaford..."

I Don't Remember...

...hearing this in the main stream media. I do remember media claims of possible racism at every mention of a tea party event...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I'm Just Sayin...

The Bannon Boys (there's quite a few of them) were a little upset that we didn't have a white Christmas.  We did get a light dusting last night, but its going to warm up this weekend.  I told them that it is possible...fingers could happen...a white MLK Day!

That's not what I meant!

Inspired not Informed

If I were advising any one of the Republican candidates, I would tell them this:

Don't worry about the other Republicans - let us hear your vision for America.  When asked about the other Republicans, your comment should be - "Any of them would be better than what we have now."  Talk about American Exceptionalism, something the President does not believe in.  People want to be inspired, not informed.

People will vote FOR a candidate, not AGAINST one.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


...nice guys do finish first second.

Monday, January 2, 2012

They Should Make a Law...

...against killing people.  Like, "It is henceforth illegal to kill another human being.*"  That will solve everything.

Police Believe Body Found is Gunman Sought in Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Shooting

See, if there was a law, Park Ranger Margaret Anderson might be alive today.  The laws that were broken in this case, were not enough :

 - The "Gunman" had a Restraining Order against him, which (should) prohibit him from possessing firearms.

- The "Gunman" was wanted by police as a suspect in the shooting of four people at a New Years Eve party (illegal, even at a New Year's Eve party).

- The "Gunman" entered the park and sped past a vehicle checkpoint.  After the road was blocked by Anderson, the "Gunman" fled his vehicle, and fired shots at Anderson, striking and killing her.

"It has been legal for people to take loaded firearms into Mount Rainier since 2010, when a federal law went into effect that made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.

Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision to allow loaded weapons in national parks. He called Sunday's fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today's political climate."

See, if there was a law, and a sign at the entrance to the park, the "Gunman" would have been forced to realize he was breaking a law by entering the park with the gun, and would have been forced to go somewhere else, and everybody would have lived happily ever after.

I know, I know, the sign wouldn't have stopped him.  But another charge of "Possessing a Firearm in the Forest" on top of my proposed "Don't Kill People" law, would really put another nail in his coffin.

Oh, and all the un-armed people out in nature at the time the "Gunman" entered the park - they would be safe in the knowledge that the "Gunman" was going to be looking at an additional stiff fine if he killed them and their children...

*Of course, we have to define 'human being', like, 'as in a person who is out of the womb for 26 consecutive years and off their parents insurance' - or something like that.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Ye....

...this is going to be another year where I have 10 to 15 (roughly) great invention ideas that I don't do anything with.  (Hello, Redbox, aka RaceBox)...anyway here was last years winner:

2012 Mayan Calendars...each one abruptly ends on a different day during the year.