sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gun Control Hysteria

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, there has been a new cry from firearms control advocates calling for stricter rules on the sale of arms and ammunition to US Citizens.

Since when did criminals pay ANY attention to those rules?

In Mexico, private ownership of firearms is strictly limited to bolt action rifles, shotguns less than 12 gauge and handguns under .380 caliber. Given this, the drug cartels don't seem to be having any problems acquiring firearms and ammunition and using them in contravention of the law.

And before you suggest that those arms come from the US, think again. The Obama Administration had BATF sell firearms to drug cartels in the hopes that they'd be seized and their thesis of US arms being sent to Mexico would be upheld. The plain truth is that a very small percentage of illegal arms in Mexico in the hands of the drug cartels originated in the US.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Obama 2012 - trying to define his presidency

It you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren't racist, I can only suggest that you vote for Romney in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot.

Meanwhile, President Obama is trying to define his campaign for 2012 by searching for the right slogan. "Change you can believe in" worked in 2008, but if people swallowed that, they'd vote for Romney, so he's still searching.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday's Muse

Cartoon Monday - because that's what's on my mind.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it? Daddy was a commie, Mommie was a commie and little Barry would have made them all so proud.
Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation. Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent.
 When all else fails, play either the race card or the class envy card...
Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark. Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason.

This from the man who never held a straight job in his life. And the jobs he held were parasitic or they were government employment where he didn't create a nickel or employ a single person without paying them from the public trough.
A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration.

Yes, he will still blame President George W. Bush. Or maybe he will blame Mitt Romney?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Obama the architect of Fast and Furious?

President Obama personally inserted himself into the Fast & Furious gun walking scandal after he extended executive privilege over certain DOJ documentation. Was Operation Fast and Furious a botched scandal, or a deliberate effort to undermine the Second Amendment? Find out as Bill Whittle explores the ideological motives behind the Fast & Furious scandal. - Pajamas Media

"The job of the government should be to really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way." - Attorney General Eric Holder (recently accused by the House of Representatives of perjured testimony)

Unfortunately the mainstream media is in lock step with both Holder and Obama (with very few exceptions). 

This is as logical and coherent an explanation of the "Fast and Furious" Obama/Holder scheme as you are likely to find, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turns out to be the reason behind the stonewalling of both Holder and Obama. 

And remember as you are watching it and thinking, "No, this can't be true....", that Lenin--another well-known ideologue-- was reportedly fond of pointing out as he crafted his perfect utopia, "If You Want to Make an Omelet, You Must Be Willing to Break a Few Eggs.” George Orwell used to taunt the comunists by asking them "where's the omlet?". Millions of eggs broke and the omlet was never ready.

WHY ELSE would Obama stonewall the Congressional Investigation?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

So, who's it gonna be?

Since the speculation on who the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate will be is running rampant, I see no reason why I can't chime in and throw my cracker in the soup too. Who will Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney pick? Any from the list below?

Nobody thinks that the choice will be announced before mid-August so you have time to add to this list (or cut people out) if you'd like.

Senator Robert Portman (Ohio) (age 56) 

  • Portman ran the Office of Management and Budget as well as the Office of the United States Trade Representative in the Bush Administration.
  • Portman served in the House of Representatives in Ohio District 2 for seven terms with over 70% of the vote each time.

Former SecState Condoleezza Rice (age 57)
  • National Security Advisor and Secretary of State in the Bush Administration.
  • Moderately conservative black woman. (you can debate this if you wish because there are as many opinions as to her conservative credentials as there are conservatives.)

Governor Chris Christie (New Jersey) (age 50)
  • Current Governor of New Jersey with credentials as a conservative who has been willing to buck the system in New Jersey to reduce the size of government

Congressman Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) (age 42)
  • Ryan has served in Congress since 1999 and has developed solid experience as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. He is beloved of conservatives as a straight shooter.

When you look at the shoes that they may be filling, they're damned sloppy slippers. The Vice President's job is optics and foreign policy representation. Any of these people would do a better job than poor old drunk and increasingly senile Joe Biden. Given the job in question and the race that's developing, the optics of the Condi Rice package are worth serious consideration.

From a racial perspective, are you going to vote again for the plantation master who’s selling your children into even greater hardship and has lied perpetually to you, or will you vote for a free black who is a champion of the American people? Yes, Obama will make an issue of the fact that she worked in the Bush Administration, but having her on-board her dilutes his race card considerably. The NAACP has continually asserted that the Obama election to the presidency didn't count because he's not pure-blood (1/2 white). Would they be able to boo Condi Rice? And keep any sense of credibility.

And I would personally like to see Condi Rice debate Joe Biden.

Thoughts on 8.2% Unemployment

It seems that many (perhaps the majority of) Obama voters don't care about jobs as long as they can get unemployment, 'free' healthcare, food stamps, and so forth. Thus, the 8.2% national unemployment rate which is much higher among minorities, the young, the old, etc. doesn't seem to impact the Obama Campaign as much as it otherwise might. Then there are the crowd of 'useful liberal idiots' who still rant their hatred of President George Bush while they "Occupy Wall Street". 


Envy is never directed toward that which is bad; rather, it is a hateful attack on the good.

People who specialize in ENVY usually don't really want the good things the other person has as much as they want to insure that the other person doesn't have them or that they don't get to keep them. 

If they do desire someone else's possessions, that desire comes in a distant second to the desire to destroy the good that others have.

ENVY is the underlying emotion behind the Marxist trope, "from each according to his ability; to each according to his need". The "enlightened" and morally bankrupt among us have always believed that economic self-interest means simply voting yourself a share of the money earned by others. 

Such individuals wouldn't know how to create wealth if their lives depended on it; that's why they seek power over others--they see it as the only way they can survive in the real world. Since they cannot admit that painful truth to themselves, they will seize other people's wealth with one hand, while signing the political bills that make it impossible to create the wealth on which they themselves depend. 

The truth is that they deeply hate those who create the wealth they want to steal, and seek to destroy them--even though at some level, they understand they cannot survive without them. 

They count on the fact that this reality is never spoken of in polite society. 

One of the largely untold stories of our time has been the story of how ACORN, Jesse Jackson, and other community activists have been able to transfer billions of dollars from banks to their own organizations’ causes, with the aid of the federal government, exemplified by the Community Reinvestment Act and its sequels.

Racial anger and racial resentments are the fuel that keeps this lucrative racket going.

The modern Democratic party is almost entirely based on hyping both envy and resentment, and appealing to the worse of human nature. By doing so, they have created destructive and wealth-destroying armies of entitlement whose goal, whether they admit it or not, is actually to destroy wealth and the source of wealth. 

Without envy, there would be no Democratic Party today. But the envy is not directed toward the opportunity to work. It is focused on the much more sinister side of human nature.

Thus Obama's polling remains strong 
despite his legion of dismal failures in office.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Just a little Navy Bilge Talk

The photos referenced here are of the newly adopted Navy Working Uniform. Many service members and former service members feel that it was designed so that if you fall overboard, they won't be able to find you as you bob about in the ocean attracting sharks. Because you'll wear boots, they will aid in sinking you because you're not going to be able to kick them off the way you could with shoes.

Perhaps today's sailors and officers don't plan on going over the side into the drink. Maybe they're simply better trained as members of the World's Finest Navy (The fact that it is the World's Finest navy can't be disputed).

I realize that most of you don't care in the slightest, but the "digital pattern" for navy work uniforms mystifies me even though the Navy defends their decision in the official statement (below):
By using colors that are traditional Navy colors, we continue to uphold our naval heritage, while giving our Sailors a uniform that is much more practical for our working environment. 
Why the ‘camouflage’ pattern?
The concept uniforms are not intended to be ‘camouflage’ uniforms as is the case with similarly patterned uniforms of the other services. We have no need for camouflage. However, by learning from our past working uniforms as well as the uniforms from other services, the Navy realized that a solid cover uniform shows heavy wear areas much more predominantly than a multicolored pattern. 
What's wrong with khaki for officers and chief petty officers and dungarees for junior enlisted service members? 
The solid color uniforms also show wrinkles in the fabric more predominantly and often a small stain or spot of paint renders a solid colored uniform not wearable. A multicolored uniform alleviates those problems as well.

If you're going to 'calk off' on a ship of war, the digital design (not camouflage as the Navy asserts) will not hide you any better on the haze gray decks than blue dungarees did for your daddy's navy.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Still Stuck in the 80's


What isn't to love about the police?
Nominally, the Police were punk rock, but that's only in the loosest sense of the term. The trio's nervous, reggae-injected pop/rock was punky, but it wasn't necessarily punk.

All three members were considerably more technically proficient than the average punk or new wave band.  Andy Summers had a precise guitar attack that created dense, interlocking waves of sounds and effects. Stewart Copeland could play polyrhythms effortlessly. And Sting, with his high, keening voice, was capable of constructing infectiously catchy pop songs.

While they weren't punk, the Police certainly demonstrated that the punk spirit could have a future in pop music. As their career progressed, the Police grew considerably more adventurous, experimenting with jazz and various world musics.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Journalists Wanted in Latin America

There are immediate openings if you would like to get into the journalism business in Latin America, and particularly Mexico, where eight journalists have been murdered in the past six months. It's a career that may help you 'get a-head'.
Latin America is the deadliest place in the world for journalists, with 23 killed from January to June of this year, according to a report issued by a Swiss press freedom group. 
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) reported that Mexico was the second deadliest country in the world for journalists, with eight murders in the last six months. Brazil ranked fifth worldwide, with six journalists killed, while Honduras had four journalists killed and Bolivia had two. 
Colombia, Panama and Haiti all had one journalist murdered. War-torn Syria led the world with 20 journalists killed in 2012. (Source FOX Latino)
Mexico "strikes back" --  Last month, the Mexican government approved a constitutional amendment that makes attacks on the press a federal offense. The amendment allows federal authorities to investigate and punish crimes against journalists, persons or installations when the right to information or the right to expression is affected, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). That's right, attack a member of the fourth estate and you go to jail. I'm sure that the cartels are fearful of the results from murdering an inquisitive reporter.

Will the 'new strategy' work to protect journalists?

Mexico's next president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has not detailed his drug war strategy but has promised to halve the number of kidnappings and murders during his six-year term by moving law enforcement away from showy drug busts and focusing on protecting ordinary citizens from gangs.

The ambiguity of Pena Nieto's drug war plans has fed fears at home and abroad that he might look the other way if cartels smuggle drugs northward without creating violence in Mexico. Many analysts wonder if Peña Nieto is holding back politically sensitive details of his plans, or simply doesn't know yet how he'll be prosecute the next stage of Mexico's drug war.

How will America's next Administration react to this sort of strategy on Mexico's part, presuming that Obama leaves office in the Spring of 2013, replaced by President Mitt Romney? 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day 2012

On this day in 1776, the founders declared America'’s independence from Britain. 

Everybody knows this - but the fact we tend to gloss over is that the fight wasn’t finished right then and there. They kept fighting for that freedom until 1783, over seven years of bloody struggle and sacrifice. In fact, “we the people” didn'’t adopt our Constitution until 1787, more than 11 years after those 56 men gathered in a room and signed their name to a piece of parchment that said there’s a better way for men and women to live: in freedom. 

On July 4th, 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote some of the greatest most powerful words in all of history: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (h/t Glenn Beck)

Compare this philosophy to that of socialism: “Socialism, is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.**” (Ayn Rand)
**Obamacare mandates exactly that: the productive exist for the aid of the non-productive, and all must change their behavior to conform with what the state prescribes as the good.(PJM)

And in Other News
Fifth Column: The FBI is investigating more than 100 Muslim soldiers and military contractors with the potential to carry out Fort Hood-style attacks. The administration has kept a lid on the growing threat. 
It's covering up the truth about an alarmingly widespread Islamist penetration of the military. The dangerous fifth column was discovered more than two years after Army Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 and wounding 29. 
The administration whitewashed the jihadist massacre as a run-of-the-mill case of "workplace violence." Now it's trying to postpone Hasan's trial until after the election to keep Islamic terrorism out of the headlines. 
Details about the 100-plus investigations of other jihadist soldiers are only now coming out after being suppressed for several months. The FBI and Defense Department first revealed the numbers in a closed House-Senate committee hearing in December. 
"I was surprised and struck by the numbers," Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., told NPR. "They were larger than I expected." That's quite an understatement. The numbers show we're a long way from finishing the war on Islamic terror, as much as this administration wants to pretend we're no longer even at war. 
Since 2001, authorities have disrupted or prosecuted more than 30 plots or attacks against military targets within the U.S. (IBD)
Rep. Allen West, R-FL "This is not surprising. If you look at a Muslim Brotherhood memo found in 2004 by FBI agents at a Muslim terror suspect's home just across the Potomac. The document laid out a plan for American Muslims to infiltrate and "destroy" the U.S. system "from within." This is a wholehearted, stealth jihad type of attack on America, yet, outrageously, this administration is working closely together with both the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, its world headquarters, and its front groups inside America." (Fox News)
You can have freedom or you can have peace, but it's exceptionally difficult to have both at the same time.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Affirmation of Euripides

After reading Euripides' blog (you can read it HERE) today, I thought about what he was writing about in his Ten Dangers of Politics. After I commented, I thought that I'd expand on those thoughts here.

During times of universal deceit, telling 
the truth becomes a revolutionary act. (Orwell)

There National Security Agency reads all the e-mail on the planet, and certainly every blog including this one with filters to determine whether or not human eyes need review it, however it's retained eternally for future purposes. The war on terrorism increasingly looks like a "war without end". The government uses the politics of fear to keep us in our place. And the recent Supreme Court Decision would seem to indicate that the high court feels that Congress has no limits to what it can tax, and in what amounts (ObamaCare). The White House encourages us to inform on friends or neighbors who have opinions which are "fishy". In fact, the denouncements were to be directed to the Office of the President directly.

However, if you'll recall, the most terrifying thing about the Orwellian dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four was the Party's management of people's relationships with each other, and its attempts to replace the human emotions of spontaneity and passion with conformity to a soulless etiquette. Something similar is happening today - yet this very real Orwellian outburst is generally ignored by those who bang the drum for liberty.

Orwell depicted a world in which personal relationships were smashed apart and reconstituted as relationships between the individual and the state. "We have cut the links between child and parent, between man and man, and between man and woman," boasts torturer O'Brain: "No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer." We live in a world of oppressive political correctness that is enforced ruthlessly.

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, 
no reform or revolution has ever brought human 
equality a millimeter nearer. (Orwell)

In Orwell's dystopia, the Party implores everyone to keep fit. Winston Smith always wakes to a "grim" reality: he has to "join in compulsory exercises following the instructions given by a woman from the telescreen". It's a pity that George Orwell never met Michelle Obama...  The federal government seems obsessed with telling us to exercise, what to eat, whether we should smoke or drink. Government bodies also regulate our behavior through the issue of climate change; they enforce compulsory recycling and cajole us into living meek, austere lives. Indeed, if there's one "war without end" that is used to justify rationing, restraint and repression today, it is not the war against terrorism but the war against global warming. The government, supported by an army of slavish greens, evokes images of future doom in order to lower our expectations and keep us in our place.

Early in life I had noticed 
that no event is ever correctly 
reported in a newspaper. (Orwell)

The unholy partnership between the mainstream media and the Democratic Party/Progressive Movement is one of the most disturbing issues we face today. Much has been written of this and I'm not going to belabor the point, however it's tough to find the truth in the media. You either have to ignore the news or source everything carefully on your own.

In order to run the government, drones are required. In Orwell's Nighteen Eighty-Four, we read, "Parsons was Winston's fellow employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms-one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended." I see these talking heads on the mainstream media every time I turn on the news. In fact, when I read this, I thought of Attorney General Eric Holder.
"Government, any government, will always try to take more power until it has all power. Handing government power should never be done lightly, and only for specific reasons. That's why we have the system of government we have in the US, to spread the power out, over a large segment of the population." (Euripides' Blog - Link cited above)
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” (1984)

It never hurts to review these things.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Mexico Elections 2012

There are three ways to make serious money in Mexico. The first, an obvious route, is to become a drug kingpin. The second, and just as obvious if you are Mexican and understand how things work there, is to become a government official. The regular pay is dismal, but there are other ways to make money as a bureaucrat in Mexico. The third way to make money is to own a monopoly.

From bread, tortillas, beer and milk to telephones, television and electricity, monopolies and duopolies dominate Mexico’s economy. Loosening their grip would give Mexican consumers more choices and more money to spend. But that's not going to happen. Recall the golden rule: The man with the gold - rules. In a campaign focused more on personalities than policies, the three leading candidates -- Enrique Pena Nieto (Institutional Revolutionary Party - PRI - The Quasi-Socialist Party), Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Democratic Revolution Party - PRD - or Mexican Communist Party) and Josefina Vazquez Mota (National Action Party - PAN or Mexican Conservative Party) didn’t necessarily dwell on this concentration in the Mexican economy during their campaigns because to do so would be to invite financial retaliation from the people who actually own (the monopolies in) Mexico.

There is no Sherman Anti-Trust Act in Mexico, though Mexico has made moves to limit monopolies with mixed success.
Carlos Slim, at roughly US$ 80 billion, is the world's richest man and he lives in lives in Mexico. (roughly $20 billion more than either Bill Gates or the Obamaphile, Warren Buffett.) The key to wealth is to control a sector of the economy. In Slim's case, it's telecommunications. 
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto (above) led Mexico's elections with about 40 percent of the vote, exit polls showed Sunday, signaling a return of his long-ruling party to power after a 12-year hiatus. 
Conservative National Action Party candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota conceded almost immediately, saying none of the exit polls favored her, the first woman candidate for a major party in Mexico. Her party held the presidency for a dozen years after kicking out Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in 2000. 
But she garnered little more than 23 percent in exit polls released by Milenio and TV Azteca networks. Former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had about 30 percent of the vote. 
"We won't permit the new government to surrender to organized crime," Vazquez Mota told supporters as some yelled "the corrupt one won."
No matter who you did or did not support, in terms of substantive leadership changes impacting the way business is done in Mexico, nobody believes that anything will be different. And I think that they (whoever 'they' are) are quite correct. There will be a change of faces and some policies will shift one way or the other, but Mexico is still Mexico. The real power in Mexico comes from the people with money and influence and the holders of monopolies, the drug kingpins and the politicians in power will continue to operate the country as they always have.

As for me, it looks as if I may be spending a lot more time in Mexico City than I have in the past.