Friday, March 1, 2013

"I am the President."

"I am not a crook dictator."


One year ago, the Happy Warrior left us. But his vision still lives:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Just when you thought Joe Biden couldn't get any dumber...

This is arguably not even the stupidest statement the VP made in an interview with Field & Stream, but since it builds on yesterday's post's idiocy, I will highlight it here:
I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semiautomatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming. We can argue whether that’s true or not, but it is no argument that, for example, a shotgun could do the same job of protecting you. Now, granted, you can come back and say, “Well, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me.” No one’s arguing we should make machine guns legal.
Right. Tell that to Oscar Pistorius.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Counterculture on the rise?

Following Obama's reelection, it finally sank in that my political views were in the minority. Surprisingly, rather than feeling defeated, I felt liberated. I no longer felt I had to defend the power structure, upon which reasonable people were successfully identifying areas where it was becoming intrusive on individual freedoms, and straying from model conservatism. While this liberation has not fully manifested itself in an "out and in your face" way, I feel much less uncomfortable expressing my views because I am only representing myself. I do not have to defend anyone or anything that may betray me, and undermine my own meticulously guarded credibility. There is no earthly personification of the philosophy now, there is only idealism of the ideology, and that is unassailable. It cannot be killed or destroyed or tainted. It is an idea, and ideas are immortal. Rebellion lives on ideas, and ideals.

The Obama administration is overbearing and intrusive. If the counterculture is true to its origin, the scene is primed for a great revolution. 
With the re-election of Barack Obama, conservatism has become the new counterculture—particularly among young adults. Think about it. Throughout history, youth have always been distrusting of any kind of authority. It’s just their nature. In the 1960s, we had the hippies and the New Left rejecting the system and “sticking it to the man.” In the 1970s, young voters led the demand for the impeachment of Tricky Dick over Watergate. . . . [T]he “counterculture,” . . . is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a culture with values and mores that run counter to those of established society.” That’s where conservatism comes in, without all the defecating in public and Guy Fawkes masks, of course.
Young conservatives and libertarians are much more radical in their opposition to “the establishment” than their liberal counterparts. It’s not a flashy, in-your-face opposition—but rather a stealthy steadfastness in the rejection of their peers’ complete faith in government. In this second term of Obama, the preservation of individual freedom has become a “radical” cause for the new counterculture.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The sequester only means we won't spend AS MUCH! Let it happen.

There's a lot of misinformation going around. I am not an expert at governmental spending, budgeting or anything else financial, but I do know that the spending of the federal government grows every year BY DESIGN. Every year, it factors in projected increases. So when lawmakers tell us they made cuts, it is NEVER to levels that were BELOW the previous year's spending. It is always to projected INCREASED spending. For example, if they agree to cut spending, instead of spending 8% more per year, they will just spend 6%. I am making those numbers up to illustrate the fact that spending always increases. The only thing they argue about is just how much it will increase.  It's really disgusting that we keep being fed this misleading information. Here's an illustration of just how little the sequester cuts are compared to all the other spending.

Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute:
[A] sequester merely means that spending climbs by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years rather than $2.5 trillion. . . . here are the actual numbers from the Congressional Budget Office showing what will happen to spending over the next 10 years if we have a sequester:

Sunday, February 24, 2013

This will make you smile

Dog tricks show the amazing connection between a girl and her dog.