Category Archives: .gov

QOTD: Taxes

“When they talk about taxes it’s always for teachers, firemen, and police — but when they spend your taxes, it always seems to go to some guy in a leather chair downtown you never heard of.”  — Instapundit.

Or a failed ‘green’ energy company.

All your body belongs to us.

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.

Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.

Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

via NYPOST.com

 

There is literally no aspect of your life that statists won’t meddle with.

Don’t come around here no more.

About the latest push to do something that will accomplish nothing, Chuck Schumer says:

“Maybe we could come together on guns if each side gave some,”

Mr. Schumer thinks both sides of the gun control debate should give a little to get some “common sense” gun control passed. The problem is our side already gave away almost everything already. We’ve been clawing it back infringement by infringement since the 90s. Here is the only compromise I (and my money and my vote) are willing to make: You don’t want any guns, don’t buy any.

Easy Fix

We could fix this so easily. I know business travelers have little choice, but if every recreational traveler stayed home for 1 week Congress would sweep the TSA (and God willing Homeland Security) aside the next week. A week is easy. We can do a week. We’ve done it before. That week got us the TSA and Homeland Security. Lets sacrifice another week to get rid of them.

The Buffett Rule

I see that the campaigner in chief has a website where you can send letters to the editor to support The Buffett Rule. I fully support The Buffett Rule and happily used their tool to have my voice heard. They supply a form letter, but you can write your own. I didn’t think their form letter properly expressed my views, so I wrote my own. Feel free to use mine if you wish.

I support the Buffett Rule because I believe the illusion of fairness is better then actual fairness in the tax code. The Democrats have admitted that the Buffet Rule would not make the tinniest dent in the federal budget deficit. But the point is rich people should pay. They never pay enough or else they wouldn’t be rich any more. I also firmly believe that the distraction of the Buffett Rule will help re-elect President Obama so we can run the country into the ground at as fast a rate as possible. Mitt Romney and the right wing extremists support running the country into the ground at a moderate rate which is just not fast enough. Also, climate change, race dialog, and something about occupy.

Panopticon: Both Republicans and Democrats Love It!

The U.S. intelligence community will be able to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years under new Obama administration guidelines.

Until now, the National Counterterrorism Center had to destroy immediately information about Americans that already was stored in other government databases when there were no clear ties to terrorism.

Giving the NCTC expanded record-retention authority had been urged by members of Congress, who said the intelligence community did not connect strands of intelligence held by multiple agencies leading up to a failed bombing attempt on a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas 2009.

“Following the failed terrorist attack in December 2009, representatives of the counterterrorism community concluded it is vital for NCTC to be provided with a variety of datasets from various agencies that contain terrorism information,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement late Thursday. “The ability to search against these datasets for up to five years on a continuing basis as these updated guidelines permit will enable NCTC to accomplish its mission more practically and effectively.”

via Fox News.

For your edification: Panopticon.

Explanations, I haz one.

a Virginia middle school politics class today, in which an 8th grade teacher assigned students to do opposition research on the four Republican presidential candidates. The students’ research included looking into the backgrounds of the GOP candidates and finding weaknesses in their positions.

Now, this kind of research wouldn’t be out of the norm for a typical politics class if it weren’t for the teacher requiring the students submit their findings to the Obama campaign!

via Fox News Insider.

That eight graders could be providing strategic analysis for the White House actually explains quite a lot. But if true, I’d expect there to be more focus on the Free Ice Creme for Tonsillectomies health insurance mandate. Also, more references to boobies.

Debtors’ Prison

Read this article written by R. Gil Kerlikowske Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is how he describes people who abuse drugs:

“After all, addiction is not a moral failing on the part of the individual — science shows that drug addiction is a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.”

All of us know someone who suffers from a substance use disorder — we are not at war with our own people.”

We can address these two problems together and, in doing so, ensure that Americans are able to get treatment for chronic pain without falling victim to the disease of addiction.”

A disease, substance use disorder, victims of the disease of addiction. These are the words our government uses to describe those who abuse drugs. Now how do we justify the 1,725,387 people in prison on drug offenses?

In the movie, As Good As It Gets, Marvin Udall is an obsessive-compulsive who refuses to take his medication. In one scene he bursts into his therapists office:

Melvin Udall: *Help!*
Dr. Green: If you want to see me, you will not do this. You will make an appointment.
Melvin Udall: Dr. Green, how can you diagnose someone as an obsessive compulsive disorder, and then act like I have some choice about barging in here?

The diagnosis is that drug users are victims of disease, so how can the government justify putting them in prison? We don’t put people who get sick in prison; apparently sick people have a right to medical care. It makes as much sense as putting people who owe money in prison. I happen to believe that there is a third category, people who recreationally uses drugs who are not addicted (I myself am a huge fan of the drug alcohol and administer weekly doses as needed). But the words of Mr. Kerlikowske speak of victims of the disease of addiction and we put those victims in jail.

1.7 million people in jail. We are at war with our own people.

Senators Thune and Vitter Introduce Reciprocity Bill with more than 25 Cosponsors – Gun Owners Of America

Today, Senators John Thune R-SD and David Vitter R-LA introduced legislation to recognize national reciprocity for gun owners who can legally carry concealed firearms in the state where they reside.

via Gun Owners Of America.

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Civil Rights Update

Justice Department blocks new law requiring Texas residents to present photo identification before buying firearms, boarding planes, entering federal buildings, buying Sudafed, citing concerns that it would restrict Hispanics.”

via Fox News.

Computer acting up. Copy/paste may have gotten jumbled up there.