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School shootings during the Clinton “assault weapons” ban:

11/15/95 – Lynville, Tn School shooting
2/2/96 – Moses Lake, Wa School shooting
2/19/97 – Bethel, Ak School shooting
10/1/97 – Pearl, Ms School shooting
12/1/97 – West Paducah, Ky School shooting
4/24/98 – Edinboro, Pa School shooting
5/21/98 – Springfield, Or School shooting
4/20/99 – Columbine, Co School shooting
5/20/99 – Conyers, Ga School shooting
11/2/99 – Honolulu, Hi Office Shooting
12/26/00 – Wakefield, Ma Office Shooting
3/5/01 – Santee, Ca School Shooting
3/22/01 El Cajon, Ca School Shooting
1/16/02 Grundy, Va College Shooting
4/14/03 New Orleans, La School Shooting

What will a second AWB do to “keep children safe”?

Rented Mouthpiece“It is clear to all Great Americans that this employee-exploiting, sweatshop-promoting, corporation has no regard for society, and serves no purpose other than arming terrorists to wreak havoc upon the innocent children, and selfless politicians, of the Great Republic we hold so dear.”

“Therefore, along with the recent bills calling for the ban of high-capacity “clips”, Euro-terrorist plastic handguns, and the bill making it a federal felony for any private citizen to posses a weapon within 1000 feet of an elected official, I ask the members of this august body to join me in supporting my bill that will, once and for all, end the scourge that these multi-state retail Cartels of Death pose to the citizens of this Great Nation.”

“Further, I invite all members to join me at noon (in the Lenin Conference Room) for a “Lunch-and-Learn” seminar to help them understand the challenges that lie ahead for us. Representatives of various peace-loving worker’s organizations will also be available to answer your questions and validate your campaign-contribution vouchers.”

“Thank you Madam Speaker, I now yield the remainder of my time for an acappella rendition of God Bless America, sung by the Dixie Chicks…”

Rhetoric is the real weapon.

 

Like anyone, I am appalled by the senseless tragedy in Arizona that was perpetrated by a mentally-disturbed shooter.  Even more appalling, is how quickly this has led to partisan sniping as all sides seek to gather political capitol from the still-warm bodies of unarmed civilians.

“Sarah Palin is to blame”.  “Limbaugh,  Hannity, and Beck created this!”  “He’s a right-wing TEA-bagger!!!”, “No, he’s actually a left-wing pothead!!!” come the venomous cross-complaints.  It is a disgrace how many people are politically exploiting this.

He may be all of these, but at root he is a schizophrenic.  Watch any of the YouTube videos he produced and you will see the flight of ideas, delusions of reference, and word salad of a classic schizophrenic lurking there.

As a responsible gun owner, I am appalled that this incident (especially since it occurred to a politician) will fuel a new round of gun control reactionary frenzy.  The shooter used a very popular firearm, common ammo, and large magazines that he legally purchased.  This opens the door to more well-intentioned, but ultimately ineffective laws that restrict the 99.99% of gun owners who are NOT insane.

Other than an (unlikely) complete and total ban on the private ownership of firearms, there is no real way to prevent this type of activity from ever happening in a free society.  Even in societies with such restrictions, the committed assassin simply moves to explosives, inflammable liquids, or (even archery) to prevail.  A few years ago a motorist intentionally ran down pedestrians at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in his SUV because he could not legally purchase a gunAnything is dangerous in the wrong hands.

Gun restrictions just don’t work, time and time again.  Germany has super-tight restrictions on gun ownership, and has far less guns per capita, yet they show up frequently in the mass school shooting chronology.  Austrailia restricted gun ownership after a shooting spree in 1996 that left 35 dead.  (Years later, violent crime has risen sharply.)

In our own country, the District of Columbia, another region with a firearms ban, has been the historical leader in murders, yet by 2009 (a year after gun DC’s draconian gun laws were struck down by the Supreme Court) violent crime had plunged to HALF it’s level during the 1993 “Peak Nanny State” years! (The reported murder rate in DC during 2010 was down yet another 9%.)

A balanced sense of perspective is essential before we lose our minds in fearful legislation.  (I’m not counting on this to happen in a society where more people can tell you the names of the latest American Idol contestants than the names of three Supreme Court Justices.)

More people died in Chicago (1982) from tainted Tylenol than died in Arizona (2011).  While not minimizing those lost to evil intent, no one rationally calls for the removal of acetaminophen from society.  The benefits of responsible use exceeds the risk, even though many people attempt to kill themselves with it, and small children overdose on it frequently (if not daily).

But, being a student of history, (if you choose to speculate in the free market) I believe now is a good time to start stockpiling high-capacity magazines and ammunition.  Just like the 1994 Clinton gun grab, once this train leaves the station it will only pick up speed. [Sigh]

The American people are not being told the truth.  Here are 20 truths about globalization:

#1 American workers are being merged into a global labor pool where they must directly compete for jobs with workers on the other side of the globe that make less than ten percent of what an average American worker makes. In such an environment, it is inevitable that jobs are going to flow away from areas where labor is expensive and to areas where labor is cheaper.

#2 Globalization has caused the U.S. trade deficit to absolutely explode. In 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 6 million dollars for the entire year. In the month of August alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was over 28 billion dollars.

#3 Today, the United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that China spends on goods from the United States. This represents a massive transfer of wealth from the American people to China.

The more we print, the less it's value.

#4 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

#5 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.

#6 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#7 Even high technology industries are leaving America. Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#8 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent.

#9 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time that less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

#10 With so much manufacturing leaving the United States, is it any wonder why people can’t find jobs? The “official” unemployment rate in the United States has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 consecutive months.

#11 Today, there are at least 1.5 million “99ers” – those Americans that have completely exhausted all 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and that still do not have jobs.

#12 Our dependence on foreign oil also represents an absolutely shocking transfer of wealth from the American people to the oil exporters of the Middle East. Back in 1980, the United States imported approximately 37 percent of the oil that we use. Now we import nearly 60 percent of the oil that we use.

#13 Energy imports account for about approximately one-fourth of the U.S. trade deficit.

#14 In states such as Mississippi, people spend approximately 6.35 percent of their incomes just on gasoline, according to a recent report by the National Resources Defense Council.

#15 Americans end up paying to support American workers one way or another. Either they buy American-made products and services that provide jobs for American workers, or they pay to support unemployed American workers on welfare. Today, over 42 million Americans are on food stamps. A record number of Americans are receiving long-term unemployment benefits. One way or another, Americans are going to pay to take care of American workers.

#16 The U.S. trade deficit is running about 40 or 50 billion dollars a month in 2010. The United States spends 40 to 50 billion more on goods and services from the rest of the world each month than they spend on goods and services from us. That means that by the end of the year, approximately half a trillion dollars (or more) of our wealth will have left the United States for good.

Your job is our main export.

#17 All of this wealth leaving the United States is having a huge impact on the standard of living of average Americans. Ten years ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult. In 2010, the United States has fallen to seventh.

#18 It is now just a matter of time until India is going to pass us as an economic power. In fact, the economy of India is projected to become larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2050.

#19 It is now being projected that China will soon dwarf us as an economic power. One prominent economist now says that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040. According to one study, China could become the global leader in patent filings by next year.

#20 China has been accumulating a gigantic mountain of dollars from all of the wealth we have been sending them, and they have been lending massive amounts of money back to us. Over the past few decades, the communist Chinese have accumulated approximately $2.5 trillion in foreign currency reserves.

The U.S. government now owes them close to 900 billion dollars.

We constantly have to send top government officials over there to beg them to continue to lend us money. This is a direct threat not only to our financial system, but also to our national security.

So, in light of all of those facts, can anyone out there possibly defend a position that globalization is good and that we should be happy that we are being merged into a one world economy?

Sadly, there are very, very few politicians in either major political party that will even talk about the negative effects of the emerging one world economy. It is almost as if there is an unspoken consensus that globalism is the future and that it is a good thing for America.  But it is not a good thing for America. Unless fundamental changes are made, America will continue to bleed wealth, will continue to bleed factories and will continue to bleed jobs.

Detroit: canary in the economic coalmine.

The American people need to wake up and starting saying “NO” to globalization. If we continue to vote for politicians that support merging our economy with economies that allow workers to be paid slave labor wages, then we are going to see even more waves of horrific unemployment and we will continue to see the standard of living of middle class Americans diminish.

This is not a drill. America is being deindustrialized. The greatest economic machine in the history of the world is being dismantled.

Eventually, all of our cities are going to end up looking like Detroit if we allow this to continue.

Thank you Baby Boomers.

Posted: November 8, 2010 in The End is Near

Look at the second column (billions your government will borrow next year) and compare it to the TOTAL of all the other nations listed (except Japan).

(Source: blogs.wsj.com 11/06/2010)

Borrowing now accounts for 30% of GDP, taxes account for another 30% of GDP meaning the government now spends 60¢ of every dollar we earn.

Now look at your 401k plan and plans to collect Social Security.  Now back at the chart.

Now look at your income tax form.  Now back at the chart.

In my hand I’m holding your tickets to the poor house, without the things you love.

Sadly, your taxes WON’T be going down, but your government services WILL, no matter which party is in power due to a generation of government irresponsibility.  

I’m on a horse.

The War on Drugs.

Posted: September 25, 2010 in The End is Near

After 4 decades of the “War on Drugs”, we are no closer to winning than when we started.  The asset forfeiture laws, mandatory minimums, and other draconian measures have destroyed more lives than they have saved, yet our civil rights continue to erode.

Looking at these pictures of the assets seized recently from a Mexican drug lord, you can see how well things are going in stamping out the “scourge of drugs”, and you can be sure NONE of that loot is making it’s way into the pockets of government officials NORTH of the border.

No sir, not one penny.

Of course, the only solution is to spend more money on this never-ending farce, but in case you haven’t heard heard; the government is broke.

Maybe we should borrow some money from the drug lords to pay for the drug war.  They seem to have plenty, and probably charge less interest than the Chinese Army to boot.

America, with less than 5 percent of the world population, has a quarter of the world’s prisoners.  There are six times as many Americans behind bars as are imprisoned in the 12 countries that make up the entire European Union, even though those countries have 100 million more citizens than the United States.  Our jails and prisons have become the 51st state, with a greater combined population than Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota.Editorial, San Jose Mercury News, 1999-12-31.

And don’t worry, that black helicopter buzzing around your neighborhood is just looking for illicit marijuana cultivation.  Nothing to worry about.

Blah.

Posted: September 24, 2010 in The End is Near

Not much to rant about today.

Best to just watch stuff getting blown up, and reflect on the coming Zombie Apocalypse.