Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Worst Case Scenerio

A good article on what could happen if the recession continues to drag on has been posted over on Seeking Alpha. While the recent market rebound has lulled many into a false sense of security, I suggest that we are far from being out of the woods.

Remember, Help is Just a Phone Call Away...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Jon Stewart Shows His Ignorance...

I like to consider my fairly well schooled on WWII history, so I really have a difficult time comprehending what Jon Stewart was thinking when he suggested that Harry Truman was a war criminal for dropping the bomb, but Bill Whittle does a much better job explaining why Jon Stewart is a complete idiot than I could...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nationwide Job Losses

A dramatic month by month detail of nationwide job losses can be found here at slate. Wow.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hope and Change - Police Departments Getting Armored Vehicles

It seems that behind the scenes in the era of hope and change, US Police Departments across America are now getting surplus Armored vehicles - for free - courtesy of the Pentagon’s surplus program. Vehicles like M113 tracked armored personnel carriers.

When I was in the National Guard (Infantry) back in the late 80's even we didn't have APCs. The question is, why do local police departments need these at all? There is no civilian incident I can think of that would require the employment of tanks or armored vehicles. These vehicles were designed for the battlefield, not to be used on America's streets against American citizens.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Outstanding Pictures

I am a fervent admirer of Oleg Volk's photography work, and look over his latest stuff often that he posts on his blog. He;s gone 100% freelance now, and here are a couple of outstanding examples of his work:

I my hope is that one day I might be able to hire him for 2 or 3 day shoot of the misses and me with some of our toys. :-)

Rule of Law

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen affirmed in a memorandum to prosecutors on Monday that it is legal to openly carry a gun on the street in Wisconsin and advised prosecutors that merely having a gun doesn't, by itself, warrant a disorderly conduct charge.

However, Milwaukee WI Police Chief Ed Flynn said he'll continue to tell officers they can't assume people are carrying guns legally:

"My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we'll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it," Flynn said. "Maybe I'll end up with a protest of cowboys. In the meantime, I've got serious offenders with access to handguns. It's irresponsible to send a message to them that if they just carry it openly no one can bother them."

So in Milwaukee it's OK for the police to harass people who engage in lawful behaviour - the only thing required is that the officer doesn't like what they are doing or feels 'insecure' in some way.

Glenn Reynolds suggests the following:
"So if you see Police Chief Ed Flynn, put him on the ground, take his wallet away, and then decide whether he’s accepted any bribes that day. If, after doing that, you think the money’s his, give his wallet back. Who cares what the law says?"

I wonder what Chief Flynn will tell his troops is three or four thousand tea party protesters showed up across from city hall open carry... I bet THAT would at least be newsworthy... HEH.

Absolutely Excellent

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

President of Everything

Brian Doherty makes the case that the new management will neither heed, nor are concerned, about their constitutional limits.

Obama’s speciality is shaping up to be particularly dangerous because it’s hard to dispute given the average American’s sensibilities. No call for liberty and constitutional principle seems convincing when Obama is arguing that those relying on government giveaways should have to follow government-set rules. That is, once you’ve allowed them to go ahead with the handouts, the political game is almost over. Under the guise of “managing the taxpayers’ money", Obama and his crew are rewriting mortgages, deciding executive compensation, tossing out CEO’s. And note carefully that his plans for where taxpayers’ money should go continue to swell, from healthcare to the environment to energy policy to expanded “national service” programs. When taxpayers’ money is everywhere - and Obama is doing his best to make sure it is - then Obama’s control is everywhere. The Octo-potus is claiming his space and flexing his grip.

As far as he’s concerned, it’s Barack Obama’s country. We’re just living in it.

Mr. Obama is wrong. The most powerful and important unit of government is the Individual, Sovereign Citizen. So get your hands the hell out of my pocket - and my banks pocket.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Why Jeff Fired His Broker

Jeffrey Goldberg tells Bob Cohn why he bought gold, stocked up on lanterns, consulted a survivalist - and finally fired his broker. He also makes a good point about how those of us with $300,000, $500,000, a Million, or even 2 or 3 Million to invest just don't attract the interest of the top flight money managers anymore, which forces us to take care of ourselves. It's also what makes us so fiercely independent.

PS: I almost guarantee the 'survivalist' he consulted was probably James Wesley Rawles...