Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I actually think Cavuto's head is going to explode at the thought of a different way to look at the income tax (not that his head isn't gianormous already):
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Another thing that Giuliani has been advocating is this idea of a national ID card. It shows how far the GOP has come that this is even up for discussion as a plank in a party that Goldwater and Reagan once epitomized. Here is my opinion on a National ID Card in response to a couple of Newsmax.com opinion pieces that showed up here and here:
The idea of a "fool-proof, tamper proof ID" is silly on its face. Set aside for a moment the obvious un-Constitutionality of having such an ID. The "fool-proof" and "tamper proof" characteristics for an ID would last about as long as it would take for a criminal enterprise to make their own, or steal the equipment to make their own, or hack into the database that would store our citizens info. Think about the HD DVD encryption code that was recently hacked and posted online. A private enterprise spent years and untold millions developing that technology to secure their information. The code for it was posted on the internet and all of that work was rendered useless. I'm a conservative and I don't think government could do any better (government would be able to spend more money, but the end result would be the same). Nothing is fool proof, or tamper proof, banks still get robbed, cars still get stolen if the incentive for doing so is great enough and the risk in doing so is acceptable. I believe that being able to access the personal information of every single one of our citizens in a national database would be invaluable and ripe for abuse and fraud and exploitation, by an individual, a criminal enterprise, or a government (our own or someone else, see the cyberwar between Russia and Estonia as only the latest example)
My solution for solving illegal immigration? Decidedly low tech: A) build the wall (the one Congress authorized but did not fund). B) eliminate the minimum wage - let our own citizens compete for the jobs that employers want to hire illegals for. The argument goes that illegals do jobs that our citizens won't do. The reality is honest employers can't hire someone whose output is worth $3 per hour if they have to pay them $7. C) Go after employers who hire illegals D) bring back Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback" E) this could go with B - eliminate all entitlements for illegals, welfare, Social Security, schooling, etc. My solutions try to eliminate the incentives for illegals to cross the border for economic reasons. Terrorists who want to sneak into our country and attack us? That's a whole other response.
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 2:48 PM
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
I gotta admit this about Tara Stiles. She's a model, into yoga, if she were into politics and economics and the Constitution and could cook I'd marry her.
Kidnapping, illegal wiretapping, "behavior modification" programs and experimentation on unwitting citizens, assasination plots, all of it sounds straight out of a Robert Ludlum novel. Not quite, it is the work of the CIA. Recently released documentation of the "Family Jewels" show that all the kooks might be right.
The release from the National Security Archive and additional documentation.
I'm just waiting for the press conference where the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in his full on General uniform with all the medals to roll out a little red wagon with a blanket over the top and for him to pull it off exclaim "Yes, it's also true, we are not alone in this world!" and then ET comes out.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
So Michael Savage's fans are emailing C-Span for something or other. Here's the hatemail Brian Lamb is getting:
Haha, ass-loser communist. lol. Brian Lamb said ass loser.
Where we going?: GOP Candidates YouTube Stats - 06/21/07
The big question is, and I hope yes is the answer, is, will all of this internet popularity translate into actual votes?
A whole bunch of leftover skin.
I gotta give kudos to the guy for losing all that weight...(link here with pictures)
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
According to this AP article, there is a boutique hotel in Germany that has as its theme "East Germany, 1985":
The four clocks behind the reception desk of Berlin's new budget hotel
Ostel show the hour in Moscow, Berlin, Havana, and Beijing. Time, however,
appears to have stopped here sometime before 1989, when communism was still
entrenched in all four capitals.
The Ostel offers a renewed whiff of life in the former German Democratic
Republic, welcoming travelers with portraits of communist leaders adorning the
Furnishings — except for mattresses, bed linens, sink and toilets — are the
real thing, dug up by founders Daniel Helbig and Guido Sand from flea markets,
friends, family and eBay.
And once again, freedom, capitalism and the free market prevail.
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 9:44 AM
Monday, June 18, 2007
Whether you agree or not with the position that Ed and Elaine Brown have taken regarding the income tax there will be some sort of resolution to this situation. It is not without a hint of irony that New Hampshire, the live free or die state, is the setting for a showdown between the government and its citizens. Like it or not, the way that the government handles this should be scrutinized as thoroughly as possible because, truly, if the government comes knocking at your door, this could be what to expect.
Why would Randy Weaver, of Ruby Ridge fame, be compelled to meet up with the Browns? What circumstances justify the use of SWAT teams, snipers, helicopters, etc. for a couple with no history of violence? Sure, they are telling the government to go fuck themselves, but isn’t that part of our national character? There is a peaceful way to settle this standoff, according to Ed and Elaine, show them the law. Why doesn’t the government just show them the law?
There is something more insidious at work here. It is the not so subtle message that you can’t tell the government to pound sand and get away with it. Sure, the government is okay with subsidizing urine soaked crucifixes as artistic expression, but demand them to show you which law you are breaking and you aint gettin’ nuthin. It is the ultimate statement of arrogance on the part of the government. We as citizens should be as, if not more, outraged at this situation as we are about the comprehensive immigration garbage that is being shoved down our throat AGAIN. Following is a link o rama regarding Ed and Elaine:
WMUR is a local TV station with video on Ed and Elaine Browns public statement today
We the People has an overview of what has led to this standoff
Here's the official myspace profile
This is an AP wire story on the Browns and Randy Weaver
Danny Riley is a friend of the Browns who was literally walking the dog and stumbled on government snipers casing the Brown residence. Here's his video account of his encounter with the feds. He got tasered, he was held for questioning and then admonished not to talk about his experience to the press.
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 11:10 PM
Doug Powers of Worldnetdaily on the Ed and Elaine Brown siege:
The terms "fortified compound" and "tax evasion" usually seem to go hand-in-hand in stories such as these. "Fortified compound" is a term applied by the government for psychological reasons that is repeated by the media out of
The government has trillions of dollars, tanks and armies of heavily armed individuals at their disposal. Our politicians have access to around the clock protection and bunkers that can withstand a direct nuclear strike. Not only that, but try running into any mainstream media building in New York or Los Angeles without being tackled by armed guards and tasered until your nose gives off a 75-watt glow.But a married couple who lives in a six-bedroom colonial that might have an extra bolt on the door are the ones who the government and media says have a "fortified compound." The government and media parrot terms such as "fortress-like home" to imply paranoia, which implies mental illness, which implies there's a good reason for the government to move in and save the "fortified compound" dwellers from
themselves and the rest of us. What's gone wrong?
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 12:15 AM
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Good riddance. This whole Duke Lacrosse story should be made into a movie of the week. I feel for those boys who were falsely accused and put through a year long hell. I'm wondering if the cops investigating the "crime" are facing justice as well.
Durham in Wonderland is the blog of record for the whole sordid affair. Good work KC Johnson!
Nifong guilty and to be disbarred:
District Attorney Mike Nifong will be disbarred for his disastrous prosecutionSuch an egregious abuse of his prosecutorial powers and judgement. This should be the least of his worries, could there be criminal prosecution? what about any civil litigation? I'm hoping.
of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape, a disciplinary committee decided Saturday. Even the veteran prosecutor said the punishment was appropriate.
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 10:31 PM
For those wondering how free a country we live in, Reason magazine has an excellent recounting of the events surrounding Ruby Ridge and Randy Weaver:
The eight-week trial of Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris grew out of such a bizarre set of circumstances that it’s not surprising it took a while for the jurors to sort things out. It probably also took them a while to come to grips with the idea that government agencies could so blatantly engage in entrapment, lying, cover-ups, and the killing of innocent people. As one alternate juror, excused before deliberations were completed, put it: "I felt like a little kid that finds out there is no Santa Claus"
Here's video with Randy Weaver and his daughter years later.
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 6:54 PM
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
In response to Maximus' post below:
Does Olbermann, et al, make a good point about habeas corpus? Yes. However, his perspective on this issue is completely at odds with his political belief system. Here's how:
Generally, there are two types of rights, rights that are protected by the Constitution and rights that are granted by the Constitution. As an example, the Constitution grants Congress has the right to coin money. This is not a right that is inherent to Congress or any group or individual, but rather is a right that is granted by way of the social contract that we call the Constitution. As a people, we have agreed to allow Congress the right to coin money. However, the Constitution protects our rights to freedom of speech and religion. These rights do not derive from the Constitution, but rather are rights endowed on us by the Creator.
Typically, liberals think of the Constitution as granting rights to individuals, when in reality it merely protects them from being infringed by the government. An excellent example of this is every liberals interpretation of the 2nd amendment. They believe that the 2nd amendment only grants rights to militias to carry weapons, but in reality, it is designed to protect our inherent right to protect ourselves from aggressors, be they individuals or in government, from infringement by the government.
Now, apply this to the habeas corpus issue. Olbermann seems to make a fundamental, inherent rights argument by claiming that the government is infringing on the rights of a non-citizen by not allowing them habeas corpus proceedings. Since someone apprehended in Iraq who is not a US Citizen would not be subject to the US Constitution, his argument would mean that the rights associated with habeas corpus (confront accuser, know the charge, speedy trial, etc.) would derive not from the Constitution, but from the Creator. The problem is that you can't pick and choose which rights the Constitution grants to individuals and which it protects from government. Our rights as individuals do not derive from government, but exist as a consequence of our humanity. This makes him, and all others who attack this issue on these grounds while not having respect for other Constitutional protections, a hypocrite. Check out this link for a hysteria based commentary on the disbelief that the Constitution grants the right of habeas corpus. A telling line for my point is the last line of the essay.
There is something a little more nefarious going on here, though, and it is the reason why I can't agree completely with Keith that all of the enemy combatants should be allowed to utilize habeas corpus. For the last 50-60 years, liberals have realized that they cannot change policy to match their views through the political process. As a result, they have appointed sympathetic judges, who have lifetime appointments, and similar political beliefs. These judges also have no qualms about ignoring the text of the Constitution to achieve a political end, as evidenced through Roe, Newdow, and many other cases in recent memory. These are the judges who would be hearing the habeas corpus claims, and Olbermann knows it. This means a great many individuals who pose a danger to this country, or who have information about pending terrorist plans or the locations of terrorist leaders will be released because it furthers the political agenda of the liberals.
Finally, if Bush had gotten a declaration of war from the Congress, this may be an issue for debate, but the Constitutionality would not be up for discussion, since during a time of war, the President has the power to suspend habeas corpus almost without oversight.
Posted by C.M. Strapz at 3:13 PM
Friday, June 08, 2007
Curious how much money your candidate has raised?
Has all of the info for last quarter.
According to this article: http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=43192&fb=1
Ron Paul has raised a crapload of money since the first GOP debate:
Congressman Ron Paul’s donations have moved up - not by hundreds of thousands -
but by millions as a result of his debate performances and groundswell of
support on the Internet and in New Hampshire, observers close to the campaign
The move is especially impressive since as of March 31, 2007, he
had perhaps $500,000 on hand (see candidate estimates below
$5 million in 2 months? Let's see, when I'm not spamming online polls, I send money. My check for $2.5 million just cleared. Since me, Pat Buchanon and Bill Maher are Ron Paul's only supporters, that means Pat and Bill had to come up with the difference.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
in that Chinese prison? Probably this woman:
A young clerk with no knowledge of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown
allowed a tribute to victims slip into the classified ads page of a newspaper in
southwest China, a Hong Kong daily reported on Wednesday.
The rest of the article is here.
Wolf Blitzer is a douchebag...
Watching the debate online was pretty cool with the different pipelines available.
Ron Paul didn't get enough time on camera.
Rudy McRomney is like the big budget summer blockbuster that has major marketing and starpower and the big opening weekend. But you walk out of the theater after spending $40 and are thinking "the movie was OK". The message being, yeah the special effects were cool but it wasn't that great.
Ron Paul is the indy film with the cachet of being esoteric or not as well known. But, once you see it, you realize the message is right on. And it sticks with you, and inspires you and shows you something you've maybe never seen before. That is greatness.
Monday, June 04, 2007
For a moment, I had a twinge of sympathy for Paris Hilton as Sarah Silverman unloads on her at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards last night. Then I remembered that Paris Hilton is a pretty shitty person. If I were a comic with a national forum and a chance to goof on someone who is a no talent, droopy eyelidded, self indulgent, no shame having, self absorbed, famous for having sex on camera and posting it on the internet coke whore. I would think that that would be like manna falling from heaven.
For the record, I think that Sarah Silverman has gone up 6 gazillion points in my book. In about a minute, she eviscerates Paris Hilton and reduces her to the verge of tears:
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 7:45 AM
Sunday, June 03, 2007
According to a New York Times article today, it has become more challenging to make money in the porn industry. Why? Thanks to online sites such as PornoTube and YouPorn (not work safe sites), porn enthusiasts have begun filming their own movies at home and uploading them to free sites. This shift in porn consumption has caused a 15 percent decline in pornographic video sales and rentals. And you thought music companies had it tough
So there's porn on the internet? And you can get it for free? Wow, I only use my high-speed internet connection to keep in contact with my friends and to do research on rehabilitating and raising orphaned panda bears...I could never imagine trying to do a google search on videos of college freshman sorority lesbian coeds on spring break in Cancun...I wouldn't have imagined that if you did that, you would get ANY results...
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 10:29 PM
Saturday, June 02, 2007
I hope that CTU has set up a perimeter for this dangerous criminal. Apparently, Jorge Romero gained access, through the Internet, to the first 4 episodes of '24' before they aired this season, and he uploaded them to another website which made them publicly available. Under a new law, signed by President Bush in 2005, this is now punishable by large quantities of jail time and enormous fines. This guy could go to jail for three years for uploading these TV shows.
This shows how disproportionate the punishments for copyright infringement have gotten compared to the damage caused. If this guy had stolen the tapes from Real Time Studios (the production company for '24'), as long as he didn't try to upload them to the Internet, it would probably be considered petty theft. However, upload them to the Internet, and all of the sudden, it's a major felony. The kowtowing of the US Government to the RIAA, the MPAA and the TV studios (content owners) is really unlike any other industry in America.
Also, it's not as if Mr. Romero was a person who had special access given to him by FOX or Real Time Studios. According to the story, he actually found the episodes on another website, which means he wasn't the first to have them on the Internet. The moral is clear: repeatedly drive drunk and with a suspended license, go to jail for 23 days. Upload a TV show to the Internet, throw away the key.
Update: Check out this link for a partial list of congresspeople who take the blood money from the RIAA. Some notables: Obama, Clinton, Specter, and Feinstein.
Posted by C.M. Strapz at 8:05 PM
Friday, June 01, 2007
So - I started playing Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360 this week... talk about addictive. I've now accomplished unlocking every song in the game... I got to play Freebird. Apparently, its something of a hobby for people to post YouTube videos of them playing Guitar Hero II songs on the highest difficulty. Also, it is possible for some Playstation 2 owners to add additional songs into the game... don't ask me how they do it, but there are a lot out there. Here's my favorite song, as interpreted by Guitar Hero II:
Too bad he couldn't get the end in, but an admirable effort nonetheless.
Posted by C.M. Strapz at 5:44 PM
Fred Thompson today formed his exploratory committee for the 2008 Presidential campaign. Assuming he is able to raise some money (almost a foregone conclusion) and the polling is at least somewhat positive, this means that he will become the 11th major candidate for the Republican nomination. Once he enters the race, it is widely speculated that he will immediately become the overwhelming front-runner, much to the chagrin of Rudy and Mitt. I personally have been hoping that Thompson will run, simply because I feel that he is very electable, and he is politically in line with me (for the most part).
Here's a linky to Fred's page at On The Issues. This represents his congressional career and it has been a few years, but there are still many relevant issues. A summary of the big ones:
Abortion - tough, but his rhetoric suggests that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, he will leave it to the states.
Education - yes on vouchers, abstinence education, plus tax cuts for school expenses, his feelings are unknown on the federal Dept. of Education.
Energy - yes for drilling in ANWR, unknown on nuclear power (my pet issue)
Government Intervention - voted for removing federal restrictions on violent video game sales to minors, pro McCain-Feingold, pro banning union/corp contributions, pro photo ID for voting
Guns - anti gun control
Social Security - pro privitizing at least part of social security, pro personal accounts
Taxes - pro internet tax moratorium, voted for tax cuts, voted for requiring supermajority for raising taxes
That's all I can summarize so far.
Posted by C.M. Strapz at 4:41 PM
The Wall Street Journal contributor writes about her estrangement from the Bush administration:
The beginning of my own sense of separation from the Bush administration came in January 2005, when the president declared that it is now the policy of the United States to eradicate tyranny in the world, and that the survival of American liberty is dependent on the liberty of every other nation. This was at once so utopian and so aggressive that it shocked me. For others the beginning of distance might have been Katrina and the incompetence it revealed, or the depth of the mishandling and misjudgments of Iraq.
Read the whole thing here.
Posted by Randolphus Maximus at 12:49 AM