tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4553770246669936432009-05-05T19:15:21.805-05:00Pax ParabellumViews and News on Peacefully Being Prepared for a Violent World. We Believe in the saying, If You Desire Peace, Prepare for War.Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.comBlogger1103125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-74460748803933445392009-05-05T18:40:00.004-05:002009-05-05T19:15:21.825-05:002009-05-05T19:15:21.825-05:00The Week is Starting Good for TN Handgun Carry Proponents<span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">#tnguns</span><br /><a href="http://www.tennesseefirearms.com/">TFALAC</a> reports via email that <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;ct=res&amp;cd=5&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwapp.capitol.tn.gov%2Fapps%2FBillInfo%2FDefault.aspx%3FBillNumber%3DHB0962&amp;ei=DM8AStXUNoq7mQe4yuWsCA&amp;usg=AFQjCNECGpToyyY4qYLLbfkxiTBZ7D_h4A">HB 0962</a> which will allow non-imbibing permit holders to carry in restaurants came out of conference with no curfew restrictions. <blockquote>House Bill 0962 came out of conference committee this afternoon. It is being reported back based on the Senate version which has no restrictions. All Senators voted for the Senate version. The House voted 3 to 2 with Bass, Casada and Todd voting for the Senate version and Armstrong and McCord voting no. McCord did state during the debates that he would vote no in committee as to the Senate version but that he would vote in favor of the bill on the floor whatever final form it might take.</blockquote> Conference committee video is <a href="http://tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=100&amp;clip_id=1390">here</a>.<br /><br />Regarding the effort to restrict access to permit holders' sensitive data, the House passed HB 0959 much to the <a href="http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/may/04/tennessee-house-votes-close-gun-permit-records/">chagrin of Memphis' Commercial Appeal</a> which published law abiding citizens' personal data last year exposing those citizens to attack and other dangers. HB 0959 now goes to the Senate where it is almost certain to pass. <a href="http://www.wallsofthecity.net/2009/05/two_for_the_price_of_one.html">Linoge</a> has more on the Commercial Appeal's diatribe and continues to blast them on their shoddy and biased "reporting." <blockquote>Richard Locker had to pipe up with his own version of "journalism". <a target="_blank" href="http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/may/04/committee-removes-all-restrictions-guns--restauran/">His first attempt, covering HB0962</a>, was not that bad, and had one very important (if erroneous) take-away: <blockquote>The bill allows restaurants to post signs banning guns in their businesses.</blockquote> This bill allows no such thing - in fact, <a target="_blank" href="http://michie.lexisnexis.com/tennessee/lpext.dll/tncode/11665/12087/123d9/124a2?fn=document-frame.htm&amp;f=templates&amp;2.0#LPTOC1">Tennessee State Code 39-17-1359</a> allows <em>any</em> private location to post that firearms are not permitted... which is why this entire debate is pretty much a non-starter. If a place does not want to allow handgun carry permit holders (since they are the only ones who would actually <em>obey</em> the signs in question) to carry their firearms onto the premises, all they have to do is post those premises appropriately.</blockquote>Right, and we don't have to patronize those places. <span style="font-style: italic;">"Come rob and brutalize my patrons, they are unarmed at my insistence!"</span> Well, except for those who don't obey the law anyway...<br /><br />All in all, not a bad start to the week.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.saysuncle.com/2009/05/04/another-8/">More</a> at <a href="http://www.saysuncle.com/2009/05/04/guns-in-restaurants-bill-now-with-no-curfew/">SayUncle</a>.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7446074880393344539?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-74391287260291118932009-05-05T06:50:00.007-05:002009-05-05T07:08:42.555-05:002009-05-05T07:08:42.555-05:00Forty Percent of Humanity Does Not Have a Free Press<span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">#tcot</span><br />...So sez <a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47526">CNS News</a>.<blockquote>Despite burgeoning information technologies including the Internet and digital wireless communications devices, more than 40 percent of the global population lives under regimes that do not allow freedom of the press.<br /><br />In fact, a majority of people live in countries that either do not have a free press or have an only partially free press--and the situation is getting worse, according to a study by Freedom House, an organization that promotes democracy around the world.</blockquote>But at least we have the First Amendment here in America, right? Hold onto your knickers, Obama's buddies in Congress are trying to fix that. From <a href="http://volokh.com/posts/1241122059.shtml">Volokh</a> via <a href="http://irishspy.typepad.com/public_secrets/2009/05/use-a-blog-go-to-jail.html">IrishSpY</a>:<br /><blockquote><div class="title">Federal Felony To Use Blogs, the Web, Etc. To Cause Substantial Emotional Distress Through "Severe, Repeated, and Hostile" Speech?</div> <p class="firstinpost">That's what a <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1966:">House of Representatives bill</a>, proposed by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez and 14 others, would do. Here's the relevant text:</p> <blockquote> <p>Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both....</p> <p>["Communication"] means the electronic transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user's choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received; ...</p> <p>["Electronic means"] means any equipment dependent on electrical power to access an information service, including email, instant messaging, blogs, websites, telephones, and text messages.</p> </blockquote></blockquote>They couldn't get the ill-named "<a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;ct=res&amp;cd=5&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heritage.org%2Fresearch%2Fregulation%2Fem368.cfm&amp;ei=6CkASpi2CKKxtge06YiMBw&amp;usg=AFQjCNEBK6LiHPpyim7dLZhJvMuu_G-wJQ">Fairness Doctrine</a>" passed so I guess they have to shut us up somehow. See, this is why we have the Second Amendment... To enforce our First Amendment. At some point they're gonna make us go all Leonidas on 'em.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(153, 0, 0);font-size:180%;" >MOLON LABE!</span><br /></div><br /><br /><center><a href="http://dtbn.blogspot.com/"><img border="0" alt="DTBNetwork" src="http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w30/p944dc/DTBNetwork.jpg"/></a></center><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7439128726029111893?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-81590247091421172282009-05-04T10:09:00.003-05:002009-05-04T10:20:18.584-05:002009-05-04T10:20:18.584-05:00Worried About Pakistan's Nukes?Well, <a href="http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/87_worried_about_security_of_pakistan_s_nuclear_weapons">so are 87% of your fellow Americans</a>. <blockquote>Eighty-seven percent (87%) of U.S. voters are now at least somewhat concerned about the security of nuclear weapons in Pakistan as the radical Islamic Taliban continues to make gains in that country.</blockquote>With the Taliban within 75 miles of Islamabad and pressing forward I must assume that somehow Rasmussen polled comatose patients for that other 13%.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-8159024709142117228?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-63232642775291454522009-05-04T07:37:00.002-05:002009-05-04T07:42:41.579-05:002009-05-04T07:42:41.579-05:00How the GOP Can Be the Big Tent Party - Freedom Republicanism<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124121871475178899.html">Freedom.</a> <blockquote>To win back the trust of the American people, we must be a "big tent" party. But big tents need strong poles, and the strongest pole of our party -- the organizing principle and the crucial alternative to the Democrats -- must be freedom. The federal government is too big, takes too much of our money, and makes too many of our decisions. If Republicans can't agree on that, elections are the least of our problems.</blockquote>And the key is Home Rule. <blockquote>We can argue about how to rein in the federal Leviathan; but we should agree that centralized government infringes on individual liberty and that problems are best solved by the people or the government closest to them.</blockquote>Go <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124121871475178899.html">read the whole thing</a> from Senator Jim DeMint (Realist - South Carolina).<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-6323264277529145452?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-23145105290028148312009-05-04T07:28:00.004-05:002009-05-04T07:35:49.214-05:002009-05-04T07:35:49.214-05:00Somali Pirates Pick Wrong ShipThey <a href="http://features.csmonitor.com/globalnews/2009/05/03/somali-pirates-nabbed-trying-to-attack-french-navy-by-accident/">tried to hijack a French Naval frigate</a>. No kidding. <blockquote><p>It didn’t take long for the French to correct this case of mistaken identity: They<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/03/AR2009050300940.html"> seized 11 suspected pirates</a> 600 miles off the coast of Somalia.</p> <blockquote><p>“They confused the Nivose with a commercial ship and rushed toward it, to intercept it,” [a French defense spokesperson] said.</p> <p>“The Nivose then put its own craft in the water with its commandos and sent out a helicopter and stopped these 11 pirates who were on these three boats.”</p></blockquote></blockquote> Makes you wonder what their pucker factor was when they saw the chopper lift off the ship...<br /><br /><img src="http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w30/p944dc/rofl1.gif" /><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-2314510529002814831?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-74605355483920373822009-05-04T07:18:00.003-05:002009-05-04T07:21:52.366-05:002009-05-04T07:21:52.366-05:00Condi Rice and the Student who was StoopidEvery student should be so lucky as to be able to interact with such intelligent persons. Condoleeza Rice demonstrates why she should have been on the ballot instead of a grumpy old codger last fall - Bush fatigue notwithstanding. <br /><center><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ijEED_iviTA&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ijEED_iviTA&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object></center><br /> <br />If she'll run, Condi 2012!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7460535548392037382?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-54253142345392551052009-05-02T00:10:00.002-05:002009-05-02T00:22:21.388-05:002009-05-02T00:22:21.388-05:00One Congresswoman's Contempt for Insurance Companiesht/<a href="http://minx.cc/?post=286725">Ace</a><br /><br />Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois admits Obama's ultimate goal is to do away with Health Insurance Companies and go to a single payer health care plan. She says it with such glee, it's rather frightening. One 6th of our economy is wrapped up in the Health Care Industry, but we are all gun-ho to dismantle it, come hell or high water.<br /><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/dJkXl4wG2eU&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/dJkXl4wG2eU&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br />If you work for a Health Insurance Company, you might want to start looking at other options for income.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-5425314234539255105?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-30714836446935812912009-05-01T15:12:00.002-05:002009-05-02T19:00:06.079-05:002009-05-02T19:00:06.079-05:00Link Fest and StoriesLast Tuesday was Holocaust Remembrance Day.<br />JoshuaPundit had <a href="http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2009/04/real-holocaust-denial.html">this</a>.<br /><br />And there's this:<a href="http://myrightword.blogspot.com/2009/05/holocaust-history-roosevelt-angle.html">My Right Word: Holocaust History: The Roosevelt Angle</a><br /><br />Michael Ledeen wrote this: <a href="http://pajamasmedia.com/michaelledeen/2009/04/27/never-again-obama-style/">Never Again, Obama Style</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://spectator.org/archives/2009/04/21/holocaust-remembrance-day-the">American Spectator</a><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/5252213/Kelly-McGillis-comes-out-as-a-lesbian.html">Kelly McGillis</a> of <span style="font-style: italic;">Top Gun</span> and<span style="font-style: italic;"> Witness</span> has announced she is a Lesbian--says she has struggled with her sexual identity all her life.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1174828/Obamamania-overkill-President-marks-100-days-office-THREE-HUNDRED-photos--him.html">Obama's 100 days</a>--It's all about him.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.moonbattery.com/cgi-bin/new2.cgi/5734">Washington State's</a> voters are now disenfranchised thanks to their Moonbat Governor.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1175836/Sleeping-enemy-How-horizontal-collaborators-Paris-brothels-enjoyed-golden-age-entertaining-Hitlers-troops.html">Sleeping with the Enemy</a>(PG)--Paris Brothels in the Age Hitler--I just had to link.<br /><br />Tigerhawk has this from <a href="http://haloscan.com/tb/dundana/3772725630972506349">Andrew McCarthy's</a> letter to AG Holder--this is good.<br /><br />Flopping Aces has <a href="http://www.floppingaces.net/2009/05/01/irs-says-that-obama-tax-cutwell-youre-gonna-be-giving-it-back/#more-20762">this</a> on how your taxes are going up next year--and it ain't just the rich.<br /><br />Transsylvania Phoenix has <a href="http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com/2009/04/msnbccnn-head-like-hole.html">this</a> on MSNBC and CNN's terrible ratings--plus a Nine Inch Nails YouTube to stress this point.<br /><br />Justice David Souter is retiring and Legal In'sur'rec'tion has <a href="http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2009/04/specter-defection-will-haunt-dems-on.html">this</a>.<br /><br />Via <a href="http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2009/04/gates-of-vienna-news-feed-4302009.html#17073">Gates of Vienna</a> is this little gem out of <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090430/NEWS03/904300342/1009/NEWS02">Nashville</a><br /><br />from <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/articles/world-american-obama-2375027-exceptionalism-post">Mark Steyn</a>.<br /><br />and this <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/026159.html">piece of news</a> on the CDC and Swine Flu (so non-pc).<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-3071483644693581291?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-10330114033614481602009-04-30T11:30:00.004-05:002009-05-02T19:11:17.199-05:002009-05-02T19:11:17.199-05:00Obama's Doublespeak and HipnessHere's what Daniel Henninger of <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124105013014171063.html#mod=rss_opinion_main">WSJ</a> writes about Obama's Doublespeak:<br /><blockquote style="font-family: times new roman;">January 2007, a New York Times reporter wrote a story about Mr. Obama's time as president of the Harvard Law Review. It was there, the reporter noted, "he first became a political sensation." <p>Here's why: "Mr. Obama cast himself as an eager listener, sometimes giving warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once." Also: "People had a way of hearing what they wanted in Mr. Obama's words."</p> <p>Harvard Law Prof. Charles Ogletree told how Mr. Obama spoke on one contentious issue at the law school, and each side thought he was endorsing their view. Mr. Ogletree said: "Everyone was nodding, Oh, he agrees with me."</p> <p>The reason I have never forgotten this article is its last sentence, in which Al Gore's former chief of staff Ron Klain, also of Harvard Law, reflects on the Obama sensation: "The interesting caveat is that is a style of leadership more effective running a law review than running a country."</p> <div class="insetCol3wide"><div class="insetContent">Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a book out next week, tells of congratulating freshman Sen. Obama on a phenomenal speech. Without a hint of conceit, Mr. Obama replied, "Harry, I have a gift." </div></div> <p>He does. We know from tradition, though, that when the gods bestow magic on mortals, the gift can also imperil its possessor. The first hint of potential peril in Mr. Obama's gift arrived last week with the confusion over where the president stood on the terrorist interrogation memos and prosecution of former Bush officials. Here, as 19 years ago, many on both sides of a contentious issue who heard him speak thought Mr. Obama agreed with them.<br /></p><p style="text-align: center;">. . .</p>The Gift has been good for Mr. Obama. But in a still-dangerous world, in which one's listeners now have names like Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, Putin, Hu Jintao, Netanyahu, Sarkozy and Merkel, the costs for the rest of us of being "misinterpreted" for a compulsive lack of clarity could be high. <p>As back in January 2007, the key question remains: Is this Hamlet-like style of leadership suited for conducting the presidency of the United States? More bluntly, is it leadership?</p> <p>As he heads towards the next 1,300 days, Mr. Obama might consider trying a different gift that served an earlier Democratic president, Harry Truman, quite well once in office: Plain speaking.</p></blockquote><br />This story is really scary; even though, I have never heard Obama say anything with which I agreed. Clinton had this gift to a point. I guess I'm just one of those people who is tone deaf to the pied pipers of the world.<br />Tying into this is a story from <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21522.html">Politico</a> about Obama's hipness:<br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;"></span><blockquote><span style="font-family:times new roman;">“Obama has this awareness that other presidents haven’t had. He’s white, and he’s black. He’s an elitist, and he’s regular folk. He’s not pinned down to a perspective.”</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">Young is to hip as old is to fogey — an essential characteristic. Obama has modern instincts and attitudes that appeal to younger people, and more than any other president in recent memory, that makes him a role model. He is green, open, athletic, tech-savvy, healthy. And his hip image certainly isn’t hurt by his wife, who is so obviously cool — setting trends (Sleeveless! Tending her own garden!), confidently mingling with superstars, gracing magazine covers coast to coast.</span><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">See Also</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">Consider how, during the campaign, Obama used his personality — the smile, the jaunty stride and the hip-hop verbiage — to disarm critics, charm supporters and persuade fence sitters to elect him president. In an against-the-odds campaign, Obama never lost his poise as he forged a rapport with a new generation of voters while keeping old heads on his team. He could go professorial on the need for health care reform or describe the minutiae of Middle East politics. Still, he begged to bring his BlackBerry into the Oval Office, a signal that he intends to remain in touch with the 21st century. Very hip!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">Once he settled into the White House, the hip parade didn’t subside. Early guests included pop artists Stevie Wonder (a campaign supporter), Alicia Keys, Will.i.am and Sheryl Crow — but also Sweet Honey in the Rock, a group of socially and politically active a capella singers with an indie, underground vibe.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">Obama strutted onto Jay Leno’s stage and plopped down on the couch, making him the first sitting president to do that. He unveiled his March Madness basketball bracket from the Oval Office. And speaking of basketball, who missed the sight of POTUS dressed in all black, sitting courtside at a Bulls-Wizards game with a cup of beer and high-fiving a trash-talking fan? How hip was that?!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">It’s so hip that school kids in Albany, N.Y., coined a term for it: “Baracking.” And it doesn’t stop there. Those in the know at Albany High greet each other by saying: “What’s up, my Obama?” and they respond to a sneeze with “Barack you.” Misbehavior is peer-corrected with the admonition, “Barack’s in the White House,” which translates, “Show some respect.”</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, said it was “just really stunning” that kids were co-opting the president’s name as a term of endearment and identification.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">“This is the most emblematic, positive thing that kids could say,” she said. “It’s connecting them to him, saying that there’s something special in the connection between them.” </span></blockquote><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;"></span><blockquote><span style="font-family:times new roman;">True, Obama uses his hipster personality as a weapon. His enormous popularity is a bludgeon that demands political respect, if not support. For example, almost immediately after settling into the White House, Obama left Washington to campaign in Ohio, Michigan and other hard-hit states to sell his economic stimulus plan. It was an effective effort at charm-school diplomacy, garnering outside-the-Beltway support and applying pressure on Washington insiders to get on board the Obama train.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">The implication was that if you were not on board, you were not hip — you were square. And who wants to be so uncool as to be on the wrong side of the hip president, other than a few vocal anti-cools, such as radio yakker Rush Limbaugh, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner and former Vice President Dick Cheney?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">There have been a few other nationally recognized hip politicians: the late Rep. Adam Clayton Powell of New York; former California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is currently the state’s attorney general; and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown come to mind. For a brief period in the 1970s and 1980s, one might argue that Washington’s eternal pol Marion Barry was hip; that was before drugs, booze and women brought him low.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:times new roman;">To be sure, the track record for hip politicians isn’t promising. History suggests that the power of personality has limitations in politics. It sours under public scrutiny.</span></blockquote><span style="font-family:times new roman;"></span><br />The USA has elected Svengali who mesmerizes 50% of the population, while the rest of us look on in horror, and wonder what kind of country we will be left with when PBO's term is over.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-1033011403361448160?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-71296937633168240552009-04-30T09:37:00.000-05:002009-04-30T09:42:45.563-05:002009-04-30T09:42:45.563-05:00What Idiot Thought This Was a Good Idea<span style="color: rgb(153, 0, 0);">UPDATED!!!</span><br /><a href="http://faustasblog.com/?p=11994">Fausta</a> made this much Funnier:<br /><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uuGs0nh1FWw&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/uuGs0nh1FWw&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br /><object width="360" height="240"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/BMoy8JprKI0&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/BMoy8JprKI0&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="360" height="240"></embed></object><br /><br />This morning a large Jet buzzed lower Manhattan causing a widespread panic with many building exvacuating. According to <a href="http://haloscan.com/tb/mypetjawa/197441">NBC</a><br /> <blockquote>It wasn't even a drill. It was a photo op.<br /><br /><br /> And the Pentagon told local authorities, but said they couldn't share the information with the public.<br /><br /> An Air Force One lookalike and two F-16s buzzed the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor this morning, halting work on nearby construction sites, causing resident and office workers to flee their high-rises and giving thousands of people in downtown Manhattan and New Jersey a major fright. At least two people were treated for minor injuries at Jersey City Medical Center after falling during the rush to exit their high-rises.<br /><br /> "Everybody panicked," said Daisy Cooper, a Merrill Lynch worker in Jersey City, who lost a nephew on 9/11. "Everybody was screaming and we all ran downstairs. I'm devastated. ..Everybody was running, we didn't know why we were running. We just knew it was a plane, there we go, 9/11 again."<br /><br />They need to fire the IDIOT who thought it wise NOT to inform the public. </blockquote><br />Yes folks, it was the Air force One backup and an F-16.<br />According to <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/burningIssues/idUKTRE53Q3S820090427?pageNumber=2&amp;virtualBrandChannel=0">Reuters</a>:<br /><blockquote>Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, said in a statement he approved the mission and took responsibility for the decision.<br /><br />"While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it's clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused," Caldera said.<br /><br />Employees at the New York Mercantile Exchange, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and other institutions evacuated their buildings, and hundreds of others called the 911 emergency response line, City Councilman Daniel Garodnick wrote in a letter of complaint to the FAA.<br /><br />"Thousands of people filled the streets in lower Manhattan, fearing the worst. If we had had advance warning, we could have advised our constituents not to be alarmed," Garodnick said.</blockquote><br /><br /><span style="color: rgb(153, 0, 0);">According to Fox' </span><span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(153, 0, 0);">Special Report</span><span style="color: rgb(153, 0, 0);">, PBO was very angry about this stunt.</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7129693763316824055?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-15559898702608589652009-04-29T22:01:00.002-05:002009-04-29T22:13:51.498-05:002009-04-29T22:13:51.498-05:00Oscar the Cockatoo<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kvZbGUNU_s8&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kvZbGUNU_s8&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br />I caught this last week on Animal Planet. Oscar (a girl) came to the Broward County Humane Shelter 12 years ago with the disease Beak and Feather and they expected her to live on 6 months. The disease makes her feathers uncomfortable and she plucks them all out except those on her head that she can't reach:<br /><blockquote><a style="font-family: times new roman;" href="http://www.lifeinthefastlane.ca/worlds-ugliest-bird-oscar-the-naked-cockatoo/offbeat-news">When she was rescued</a><span style="font-family: times new roman;"> by the wildlife center, the veterinarians realized she could not be around other birds. They called the Broward County Humane Society shelter in Florida who took her in and has become their unofficial mascot.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">“She’s a very beautiful bird if you get past her appearance.” says a handler. “Her personality just shines through.”</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">You have to admit, Oscar the naked cockatoo is quite unique, and once you get to know her, it’s guaranteed she will leave a lasting impression.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">“She’s our little mascot.” said the handler. But she’s also their entertainer, and loves the attention she receives. Oscar is one rockin mama, as she performs a pretty mean Mick Jagger impersonation.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">The feather-less underdog who’s beaten insurmountable odds has become be the star attraction of the Broward County Humane Society and always draws a crowd.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">While Oscar may not be a beauty queen, what she lacks physically, she makes up for in heart and personality and her quirky sense of humor.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">But it’s her voice and precious charm that sticks with you as she shows off her signing talent. It’s these sounds from a featherless bird that makes all those who meet her smile, as she enchants visitors, customers, and staff alike.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">In addition to a healthy diet of bird food, Oscar also gets to eat anything she wants. Her favorite snacks include McDonald’s hash browns, egg rolls, cottage cheese with fruit mixed in, blueberry pancakes, and lollipops.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman;">“Everybody shares her lunch with her.” says Cherie Wachter, director of marketing at the Broward County Humane Society.</span><br /></blockquote><br />Eventually, the disease will effect Oscar's beak, but until that time she's the star of the Shelter.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-1555989870260858965?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-58926539978000901692009-04-29T09:57:00.004-05:002009-05-01T20:13:45.399-05:002009-05-01T20:13:45.399-05:00Word for the Day is PandemicPandemic from the Oxford Dictionary: widespread over a whole country or large part of the world.<br /><br />More to the point a pandemic doesn't have to kill lots of people like the flu of 1918. It just has to be widespread. Some quibble and say it has to be a new disease, but that didn't always hold true. According to Wikipedia there is an influenza pandemic every 10 to 30 years.<br /><br />And how about that Kathleen Sebelius on the ground running. And it's not referred to as Swine Flu anymore--here it is known as H1N1.<br /><br /><span style="color: rgb(153, 0, 0);">More later: It's Officially a Pandemic Now<br /></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-5892653997800090169?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-88470514191323245972009-04-28T11:07:00.007-05:002009-05-01T20:14:51.701-05:002009-05-01T20:14:51.701-05:00Ain't this A Kick in the HeadAccording to Fox News--Arlen Spector is going to run for re-election as a Democrat. Will update as more info is available. Here's more in <a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/specter-to-switch-parties.html">WAPO</a> Bastich sold his soul for how many pieces of silver? So the democrats will soon have a filibuster proof majority--great just great. Spector does say he won't tow the dem party line either. He is still opposed to "card check."<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-8847051419132324597?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-58505242884246875962009-04-27T17:58:00.004-05:002009-05-01T20:10:17.124-05:002009-05-01T20:10:17.124-05:00Once More For Good MeasureDoug Ross has put together a nice list of Britain's National Heath Service <a href="http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/04/gee-i-cant-wait-for-obamacare-and.html">Failings</a>:<br /><span style=";font-family:arial narrow,arial;font-size:12;" ><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukfalls2.html"></a><blockquote><span style="font-size:85%;"><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukfalls2.html">NHS 'failings' over elderly falls</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/25/2009 [BBC]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdisabled.html">Learning disabled 'failed by NHS'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/24/2009 [BBC]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcancersurvivor.html">Cancer survivor confronts the health secretary on <b>62-day wait</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/21/2009 [The Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/uktargetculture.html">Culture of targets prevents nurses from tending to patients</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Patients Association, 3/21/2009 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukchildfail.html"><b>Children being failed</b> by health system, says head of watchdog</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Sarah Boseley, 3/21/2009 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcancershame.html">Our cancer shame: Survival rates still lag behind EU despite spending billions</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/20/2009 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukfailing2.html">Failing hospital <b>'caused deaths'</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/17/2009 [BBC]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukgap.html">Health gap drive 'wasted money'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/14/2009 [BBC]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukgphours.html">Longer GP opening hours branded wasteful 'PR exercise' by doctors</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/13/2009 [The Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukgpmeddling.html">"Political meddling" threatens general practice, warns GP leader</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/13/2009 [Management in Practice (UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukchildren.html"><b>Children at risk</b> through lack of training for doctors and nurses, report warns</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/13/2009 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukchocolate.html">Chocolate should be taxed to control obesity epidemic, doctors are told</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/13/2009 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdental5.html"><b>1,000 wait for a dentist</b> after just one NHS practice opens</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/10/2009 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukalzheimer2.html">Study proves the folly of NHS Alzheimer's drug ban</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/7/2009 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukrx2.html">NHS charges to rise in England</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/5/2009 [BBC]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukwheelchair.html">Disabled children <b>wait up to two years for wheelchairs</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/4/2009 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukwait3.html">NHS under fire over waiting times</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >2/25/2009 [The Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdiabetes.html">Specialist nurses 'vastly overworked'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >2/20/2009 [Harwich &amp; Manningtree Standard]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukbedshortage.html">Hundreds of operations cancelled at Lothian hospitals</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >2/19/2009 [The Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukantibiotic.html"><b>Stop asking for antibiotics</b> to cure coughs and colds, Government tells patients</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >2/17/2009 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukstroke.html">Stroke services are 'UK's worst' </a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >2/17/2009 [BBC]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcaesarban.html">Hospitals <b>curb caesarean births</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >2/15/2009 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukaudit4.html">Only five out of 51 hospital trusts pass hygiene test, say inspectors</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >11/24/2008 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcancerdrugs2.html">Top doctors slam NHS drug rationing</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >8/24/2008 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukheartdelay2.html"><b>Heart patients dying</b> due to poor hospital care, says report</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Sarah Boseley, June 8/2008 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdental4.html">NHS dentistry loses almost a million patients after new dentists' contract</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >David Rose, 6/6/2008 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukfailnhs.html">Private healthcare managers could be sent to turn round failing NHS hospitals</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >6/4/2008 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcancerdrugs.html">Cancer patients ‘betrayed’ by NHS</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Sarah-Kate Templeton, 6/1/2008 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcancerdie.html">NHS scandal: dying cancer victim was forced to pay</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Sarah-Kate Templeton, June 1/2008 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdental3.html">Pensioner, 76, <b>forced to pull out own teeth</b> after 12 NHS dentists refuse to treat her</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/26/2008 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdental2.html">Dental patients <b>face care lottery</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/26/2008 [Metro(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/uklungpatient.html">Lung patients 'condemned to death as NHS withdraws their too expensive drugs'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/24/2008 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukwomeninlabor.html">Women in labour turned away by maternity units</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/21/2008 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukinequality.html">Health inequality has got worse under Labour, says government report</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/13/2008 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukangry.html">Angry GPs reluctantly accept plan for weekend and evening surgeries</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >John Carvel, 3/7/2008 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukgrandma.html">NHS chiefs tell <b>grandmother, 61, she's 'too old' for £5,000 life-saving heart surgery</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >2/28/2008 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukremoved.html">Patient 'removed' from waiting list to meet target</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >1/31/2008 [The Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/uktx.html">NHS patients told to treat themselves</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >James Kirkup, 1/4/2008 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukfailing1.html"><b>NHS is 'failing patients'</b> despite record funding</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >10/4/2007 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukrife.html">NHS rationing rife, say doctors</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >9/24/2007 [BBC]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukoneineight.html"><b>One in eight patients waiting over a year</b> for treatment, admits minister</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >6/8/2007 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukaudit3.html">Audit Office asked to investigate record £500m NHS underspend</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >John Carvel, 5/30/2007 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdrugswont.html">The drugs the NHS won't give you</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >5/11/2007 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/uklagbehind.html"><b>UK lagging behind on cancer drug</b> access, study finds</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >5/10/2007 [Guardian Unlimited]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukmixedsex.html">One in six trusts is still putting patients on mixed-sex wards</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Daniel Martin, 5/10/2007 [Daily Mail(UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/uklottery.html">Specialist stroke care 'lottery'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >5/9/2007 [BBC News]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukobese.html">Smokers and the obese banned from UK hospitals</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >5/2/2007 [Healthcare News]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcancertx.html">Cancer patients told <b>life-prolonging treatment is too expensive</b> for NHS</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Lyndsay Moss, 2/13/2007 [The Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukharms2.html">UK health service "<b>harms 10 percent of patients</b>"</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >7/7/2006 [Reuters]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcarebeds.html">5,000 elderly 'killed each year' by lack of care beds</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >6/26/2006 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukpay.html">Pay for nurses and surgeons doubles NHS overspend</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >4/23/2006 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukaddicts2.html">The money addicts: it's your cash they are gambling with</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >4/23/2006 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukluxury.html">NHS chiefs get luxury car deals</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >4/9/2006 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/uksecret.html"><b>Secret NHS plan to ration patient care</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >4/7/2006 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukration.html">British Healthcare To Be Rationed</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >4/7/2006 [UPI]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukrejects.html">British body <b>rejects EPO drugs</b> for cancer patients</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/17/2006 [Reuters]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukdeficit.html">National Health Service - Grappling with Deficits</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >3/9/2006 [Economist.com]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/47523.html"><b>Hundreds wait to register</b> as another dentist quits the NHS</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >9/23/2005 [The Herald (Scotland)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1788571,00.html">Life-saving cancer drugs 'kept from NHS patients by red tape'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >9/20/2005 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&amp;grid=P8&amp;xml=/health/2005/09/20/nhs17.xml">NHS slides into the red despite record increases in health care spending</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >9/20/2005 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/09/18/nalz18.xml&amp;sSheet=/news/2005/09/18/ixhome.html">Alzheimer's sufferers hit by further delay in NHS approval for vital drugs</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >9/18/2005 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=1809962005">We all pay a price for <b>our 'free' NHS</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >John Smith, 8/19/2005 [The Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20050814-015326-4906r.htm">2,000 British doctors out of work</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >8/14/2005 [The Washington Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.finance24.com/articles/economy/display_article.asp?Nav=ns&amp;lvl2=econ&amp;ArticleID=1518-1785_1753810">UK health 'unsustainable'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >8/14/2005 [Finance24]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://news.ft.com/cms/s/e1b34ac2-07a7-11da-a742-00000e2511c8.html">NHS faces rising bill for negligence claims</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >8/8/2005 [Financial Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukbritishboy.html"><b>British boy to go to India</b> for operation</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >8/5/2005 [United Press International]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1715974,00.html">NHS failed to stop doctor raping scores of women</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >7/31/2005 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukcrime.html">Top crimewriter funds drugs for cancer victim refused by NHS</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >7/8/2005 [Telegraph UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukmired.html">Report says NHS is <b>mired in huge debts</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >David Simms, 6/25/2005 [ABC Money (UK)]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukrestrictsmok.html">U.K. set to restrict smoking</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >6/21/2005 [The Associated Press]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukfundbias.html">NHS ‘fund bias’ against men <b>cost 2,500 lives a year</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >6/19/2005 [The Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://news.ft.com/cms/s/27ab0ab8-d94c-11d9-8403-00000e2511c8.html">Doubts on funding NHS 'monuments'</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Nicholas Timmins, 6/10/2005 [Financial Times]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/ukmeals.html">17 million reasons why we must improve hospital meals</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >6/7/2005 [Cambridge Evening News]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://society.guardian.co.uk/nhsperformance/story/0,8150,1498761,00.html?gusrc=rss">Figures show <b>more patients waiting for operations</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >6/3/2005 [Guardian UK]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/05/19/ndent19.xml&amp;sSheet=/news/2005/05/19/ixhome.html">Scarcity of NHS dental treatment is revealed</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Celia Hall, 5/19/2005 [telegraph.co.uk]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4572264">Why NHS <b>Opposes 'Treatment by Demand' for the Dying</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >5/18/2005 [Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&amp;grid=P8&amp;targetRule=10&amp;xml=/health/2005/05/05/ndent03.xml">800 queue for NHS dentists</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >5/5/2005 [telegraph.co.uk]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/04/25/nheroin25.xml&amp;sSheet=/news/2005/04/25/ixhome.html">Hundreds more heroin addicts to be given a fix on the NHS</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Nic Fleming, 4/25/2005 [telegraph.co.uk]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><br /><a href="http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/uknursesperyear.html">British health service facing nurse exodus</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >4/25/2005 [United Press International]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=440672005">About <b>400 patients a year in Scotland succumb to MRSA</b></a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >4/25/2005 [Scotsman]</span><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/04/24/nhs24.xml&amp;sSheet=/portal/2005/04/24/ixportal.html">NHS debts soar to over £1bn</a>: </span><span style=";font-size:85%;color:gray;" >Karyn Miller, 4/24/2005 [telegraph.co.uk]</span></blockquote><span style="color:gray;"><br /></span></span><br />This is only part of Doug Ross's list--go read the rest. I know you think we will get Socialized Medicine right, but we won't. We in the end will end up with the same mess Britain has. Not enough doctors, not enough dentists, and rationed care.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-5850524288424687596?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-15280227516595144192009-04-27T12:56:00.002-05:002009-04-27T13:07:56.776-05:002009-04-27T13:07:56.776-05:00The Goracle Liesht/<a href="http://haloscan.com/tb/gatewaypundit/5701003867242267624">GatewayPundit</a><br />The other day when Gore was allowed to testify before congress, and Marsha Blackburn questioned him--member. She asked didn't he stand to make money on the cap and trade scheme (I won't say ponzi but it just might be), and he said no, he put all that money back in his not for profit company--well he lied, fibbed, obfuscated, gave falsehoods, perjured himself (he would have if he had been unoath).<br /><br />Here from <a href="http://greenhellblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/gore-lies-to-congress-about-personal-finances/">Green Hell</a>:<br /><blockquote>according to this March 6, 2008 Bloomberg report that indicates that Al Gore invested $35 million of his own money in various for-profit endeavors.<br /><br /> Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore left the White House seven years ago with less than $2 million in assets, including a Virginia home and the family farm in Tennessee. Now he’s making enough to put $35 million in hedge funds and other private partnerships.<br /><br /> Gore invested the money with Capricorn Investment Group LLC, a Palo Alto, California, firm that selects the private funds for clients and invests in makers of environmentally friendly products, according to a Feb. 1 securities filing. Capricorn was founded by billionaire Jeffrey Skoll, former president of EBay Inc. and an executive producer of Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary film on global warming. </blockquote> <br />When your electric bill and gas bill are 300 dollars a month or more, don't say I didn't warn you--beg you to call your representatives and demand they vote against this crap oops cap and trade nonsense.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-1528022751659514419?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-10839728689087188172009-04-27T11:03:00.005-05:002009-04-27T12:17:29.393-05:002009-04-27T12:17:29.393-05:00Obama's New Portrait<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0upbGIZwo8c/SfXXx05_o7I/AAAAAAAAAb8/KPU8AEuUQoo/s1600-h/OhMyGawd_20090426.jpg"><img style="margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 363px; height: 214px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0upbGIZwo8c/SfXXx05_o7I/AAAAAAAAAb8/KPU8AEuUQoo/s400/OhMyGawd_20090426.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5329402985078301618" border="0" /></a><br />I got this in <a href="http://sev.prnewswire.com/art/20090424/NY0498524042009-1.html">an email</a>:<br /><blockquote style="font-family: times new roman;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Michael D'Antuono may raise more questions than answers when he unveils his highly controversial new painting, "The Truth" on the South Plaza of NYC's Union Square on the 100th day of Barack Obama's presidency. The artist's politically-, religiously- and socially-charged statement on our nation's current political climate and deep partisan divide has been privately raising eyebrows (and voices) since its creation.<br />The 30" x 54" acrylic painting on canvas depicts President Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross; atop his head, a crown of thorns. Behind him, the dark veil being lifted (or lowered) on the Presidential Seal. But is he revealing or concealing and is he being crucified or glorified?<br /><br />D'Antuono insists that this piece is a mirror; reflecting the personal opinions and emotions of the viewer; that "The Truth" like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. D'Antuono expects that individual interpretations will vary as widely as they do in the political arena. The work will be seen by one viewer at a time behind a voting booth-inspired public installation.<br /><br />Until now, Mr. D'Antuono has chosen to paint purely non-political subject matter, opting instead for iconic celebrity portraits and hard-luck romantic narratives. However, now the artist feels the need to make a statement. "Aided by the media, politics has taken a nasty turn in the last decade and I firmly believe that this is one of the underlying causes of our nation's current problems," says D'Antuono.<br /><br />"The Truth" will be on exhibit on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the South Plaza of Union Square Park at 14th Street in New York City. </span></blockquote>First he looks kind of prissy, and that is my kindest word. How anyone can compare this to the Crucifixion is beyond me. And what is that crown of thorns supposed to mean? Where's the blood and sweat? Why he isn't even mussed. It's just more hooey from the left to aggrandize their Lord and Master.<br /><br />Someone over at Moonbattery suggested that a King Tut hat might have been more apropos which brought to mind this blast from the passed:<br /><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wgTPH5y1-ZI&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wgTPH5y1-ZI&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-1083972868908718817?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-70262768785036334062009-04-27T00:44:00.000-05:002009-04-27T00:44:00.124-05:002009-04-27T00:44:00.124-05:00Intimidation Against Teabaggerht/<a href="http://www.watcherofweasels.org/">Watcher of Weasels</a><br /><blockquote>An elected official is threatening to press charges against a constituent who sent her a tea bag. Toby Ann Stavisky, the Democratic New York State Senator from Queens (NY-16th Senate District), has threatened Michael Chimenti, an ordinary guy who lives in her district, writes a lot of letters to the editor of the New York Daily News, and who sent her a tea bag to protest profligate government spending.<br /><br />Michael Chimenti writes:<br /><br /> NY State Senator Toby Stavisky (16th District) is threatening to press charges against me for sending her a tea bag.<br /><br /> The Albany police said because there was an “unknown” substance in the letter, it becomes a federal offense under the laws passed after 9/11, even though it was clearly a tea bag with a letter in it marked “TEA PARTY”.<br /><br />Buffalo, New York tea party organizer Allen Coniglio commented via email:<br /><br /> That is a bogus charge and, of course, will be dismissed. It is protected political speech, and only an idiot would construe it as anything but. Please tell Ms. Stavisky to get a life.<br /><br /> These people don’t get that it is just for reasons such as her childish behavior that we the people are so disgusted that we want to throw them all out of office. These people act like thin-skinned thugs and enforcers, using their office to bring the power of the state down on ordinary citizens who, perhaps caught up in the fever of the moment, are doing nothing more than trying to make a political point. Clearly, the guy should not have sent the teabag, but, lighten up, senator (small “s” intentional). The tyrant never understands that the more they attempt to repress the people, the more the opposition to their bullying tactics will increase. We will continue the fight, senator, and we will prevail in the end. Thank you for reminding us of what we have to do and why we are doing it.</blockquote><br />Read the rest <a href="http://frontpage.americandaughter.com/?p=2277">here</a>. A commenter there wants to blame this on the Patriot Act which did away with free speech. I blame it on the new way Democrats are doing things and getting away with it because the MSM is too busy singing the praises of their Messiah to see what is going on right before their own eyes.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7026276878503633406?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-75015477886399963892009-04-24T11:17:00.003-05:002009-04-24T11:30:24.714-05:002009-04-24T11:30:24.714-05:00Susan Boyle Backlash<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_0upbGIZwo8c/SfHnBli7a3I/AAAAAAAAAbc/j7LVB-TD8nU/s1600-h/boyle2_528689q.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 185px; height: 295px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_0upbGIZwo8c/SfHnBli7a3I/AAAAAAAAAbc/j7LVB-TD8nU/s400/boyle2_528689q.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5328293848600505202" /></a><br />ht/<a href="http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article6161198.ece">Times</a><br /><br />It seems Susan has had a bit of a makeover and a bunch of people want her tarred and feathered (<span style="font-style:italic;">South Park</span> creators are among these).<br /><br />Some of this seems to have come from her initial appearance and I think people who just misunderstood what she said or maybe they didn't see the whole clip. She made a joke of never being kissed. She also said she had had voice lessons, but people are taking her to task for all sorts of things including the wee makeover. That's what people do--they like to belittle and destroy people for all sorts of reasons, and the UK Tabloids make money from it--well, all Tabloids.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7501547788639996389?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-53508803942688002472009-04-24T10:12:00.003-05:002009-04-24T10:21:40.489-05:002009-04-24T10:21:40.489-05:00On a Lighter Note--More Prisoner Abuse Photos to be Released by the Obama Administrationht/<a href="http://haloscan.com/tb/gatewaypundit/1574601676171569041">Gateway Pundit</a><br /><br />It isn't as if this Administration is going to get any smarter any time soon. According to <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/04/23/defense-department-release-prisoner-abuse-photos/">FoxNews</a>, the Defense Department:<br /><blockquote>plans to make public at least 44 photos depicting potentially abusive treatment of detainees at prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision to release the photos was announced Thursday in a letter filed in a federal court in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2004.<br /><br />It sets a May 28 deadline for the Department of Defense to produce 21 images that the court in 2006 ordered the government to release and 23 additional related images, as well as "a substantial number of other images" in the Army's possession.<br /><br />The images were part of the military's investigation of potential abuse of detainees by U.S. personnel at facilities other than Iraq Abu Ghraib, though the photos apparently aren't as shocking as those that set off a prisoner abuse scandal in 2004, the Los Angeles Times reports.<br /><br />Even so, Defense officials say they worry that the new release of photos could set off a backlash in the Middle East against the United States, the Times reports.<br /><br />The Bush administration had refused to disclose the images after the ACLU's request made in 2003, claiming that the public disclosure of such evidence would generate outrage and would violate U.S. obligations towards detainees under the Geneva Conventions.</blockquote><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-5350880394268800247?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-4972747875051204842009-04-24T09:53:00.003-05:002009-04-24T10:11:27.745-05:002009-04-24T10:11:27.745-05:00Obama Admin Supported the Pakistani Deal with Talibanht/<a href="http://haloscan.com/tb/gatewaypundit/6923436743338676190">Gateway Pundit</a><br /><br />While the Taliban are knocking at the Door of Islamabad, we find out that the Obama Administration supported that stupid loony idea the weak "Pohhkistani" government had. You know the one where the Pakistanis let the Taliban take control of the Swat Valley and now they are moving ever closer to the capital and maybe taking control of the whole freaking country--a country with nukes. The stupidity of this administration is starting to frighten me. And in truth the stupidity is increasing by the hour--so much so I just sat here yesterday frozen with the horror of it. I think I'm going some place quiet in a bit and read Mark Levin's book <span style="font-style: italic;">Liberty and Tyranny.</span><br />I miss Musharraf and Bush.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-497274787505120484?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-66300522530553733072009-04-22T09:53:00.002-05:002009-04-22T10:00:19.532-05:002009-04-22T10:00:19.532-05:00CFO of Freddie Mac Dead of Apparent Suicideht/<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/22/AR2009042201185.html?hpid=topnews">WAPO</a><br /><br />The CFO of Freddie Mac, David Kellermann was found dead in his basement this morning (another source says hanging)by Fairfax County, Virginia Police.<br /><blockquote>As acting chief financial officer, Kellermann reported directly to the company's chief executive, according to a biographical profile posted on the company's Web site. He was responsible for the company's financial controls, financial reporting, tax, capital oversight, and compliance with federal oversight requirements. He also oversaw the company's annual budgeting and financial planning processes.<br /><br />Kellermann previously served as senior vice president, corporate controller and principal accounting officer for Freddie Mac, the profile said.<br /><br />Freddie Mac's government-appointed chief executive, David Moffett, quit last month after squabbling with the regulator about its tight grip on company affairs. His temporary replacement is John A. Koskinen, who had been serving as Freddie Mac's chairman. No permanent successor has been named. </blockquote><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-6630052253055373307?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-29911540632144636932009-04-22T08:48:00.003-05:002009-04-22T09:10:46.448-05:002009-04-22T09:10:46.448-05:00PBO to Appear Shirtless on Magazine Cover<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_0upbGIZwo8c/Se8hIwD8LBI/AAAAAAAAAbU/F_YOAD_C6Vg/s1600-h/art.washington.gi.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 292px; height: 219px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_0upbGIZwo8c/Se8hIwD8LBI/AAAAAAAAAbU/F_YOAD_C6Vg/s400/art.washington.gi.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5327513318426684434" /></a><br /><a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/21/shirtless-obama-to-appear-on-magazine-cover/">CNN</a> says that our president (The Messiah) will appear shirtless (Thomas Jefferson and certainly John Adams are turning over in their graves)<br />on the cover of Washingtonian Magazine for the May issue. Explanation:<br /><blockquote>Garrett Gaffe, editor-at-large for the magazine, told CNN the picture is appropriate because, "our feeling was that this wasn't an ordinary presidency."<br /><br />"The Obamas, through their involvement in Washington, are helping to showcase just how exciting it is to be in Washington right now" he said. "We use the word 'hot' tongue in cheek with the photo."<br /><br />"He is a buff president that the paparazzi enjoy taking photos of," said Gaffe.<br /></blockquote><br />It all kind of makes me queasy. No one should be this smitten with a president--the MSM is making him into a Rock Star.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-2991154063214463693?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-6589657093599068642009-04-22T07:25:00.007-05:002009-04-22T08:17:31.269-05:002009-04-22T08:17:31.269-05:00Here Comes that Internet Sales Tax Bill Again and this Time , It May Passht/<a href="http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/20/here-comes-the-internet-sales-tax-grab/#comments">Michelle Malkin</a><br />Coming soon to congress is another bill to force businesses on the Internet to collect sales tax. Say good-bye to your burgeoning eBay business as your scramble to figure out the taxes in all the US of A's municipalities. Amazon stores will be effected too. States who can't be fiscally responsible have for some 10 years now wanted to tax their competition--the Internet. And you have to ask yourself if this approved this time, what will be next? That cheaper way to have phone service --like Vonage? Will they start taxing the hours you spend online? Your emails? call your congress person and senators and tell them to vote against this bill. In a <a href="http://arturoafc54.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/obamas-plan-shut-off-free-speech-by-shutting-off-internet-talk-radio-and-fox-news/">related story</a> a fairness doctrine might be on its way to the Internet anyway so, we probably won't be able to do much blogging on it and such. They claim it will make the Internet more equal. Mawhahahahahaha. <br /><br />This just makes me all sad and to top this off some 12 year old is going to knock <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/5195860/Why-Susan-Boyles-success-terrifies-me.html">Susan Boyle</a> out of the competition--like he doesn't have years and years to compete--sheesh.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-658965709359906864?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>zombywolfhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08768447500299118532noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-79658367594151329002009-04-21T17:08:00.003-05:002009-04-21T18:27:18.373-05:002009-04-21T18:27:18.373-05:00The Second Amendment and IncorporationI'm still trying to get my head around whether <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incorporation_%28Bill_of_Rights%29">incorporation of the Second Amendment</a> is a good or bad thing. On one hand, it would be nice if states like New York and California were forced to recognize our natural right to bear arms to resist governments and individuals that would seek to abrogate our other natural rights. On the other hand, is it a good idea to give the federal government further control over state sovereignty? What they can give in some states they can take away in others...<br /><br /><a href="http://irishspy.typepad.com/">IrishSpy</a>, knowing my interest in the Second Amendment, emailed <a href="http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2009/04/20/0715763.pdf">this link</a> to the recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit which is, as he notes, the most liberal court of its kind. That fact makes me suspicious as to the desirability of the ruling for 2AM supporters. The suspicion is bolstered by the Ninth saying that the 2AM is indeed incorporated, but geez, we won't in this case.<br /><br />This part is heartening: <blockquote>But we do not measure the protection the Constitution affords a right by the values of our own times. If contemporary desuetude sufficed to read rights out of the Constitution, then there would be little benefit to a written statement of them. Some may disagree with the decision of the Founders to enshrine a given right in the Constitution. If so, then the people can amend the document. But such amendments are not for the courts to ordain.</blockquote>I'm willing to listen to what others are saying...<br /><br />David Hardy <a href="http://armsandthelaw.com/archives/2009/04/nordyke_v_king_2.php">says</a> that the plaintiffs (the good guys) can appeal the points they lost and defendants (the bad guys) can't. While they did not get the relief they sought they are in control of how it proceeds, per Hardy. Also, Hardy writes that the decision about incorporation is only binding on the Ninth (which JD Tucille <a href="http://www.examiner.com/x-536-Civil-Liberties-Examiner%7Ey2009m4d20-Court-says-the-Second-Amendment-applies-to-states">notes</a> is the entire West Coast), though it can "<span style="font-style: italic;">be cited in other Circuits, which they would take into account, but doesn't bind them. Note that "binding" is often more theory than fact, since there are ways to get around a binding decision (distinguish it -- facts in this case are somewhat different from facts in that case -- or sometimes outright ignore it, or call for en banc review by all the judges in the circuit and try to get them to overrule the prior decision). And a well-reasoned opinion from one circuit can carry weight in others; this one will surely be cited in the Chicago case. And a circuit split, where some circuits go one way and others go another, is a good basis for asking the Supreme Court to take it on and settle the issue.</span>"<br /><br />Ride Fast: <a href="http://ridenshoot.blogspot.com/2009/04/ninth-circuit-court-chickens-out-on.html">Two steps forward, one step back.</a><br /><br />Kurt Hoffman thinks national incorporation is "<a href="http://www.examiner.com/x-2581-St-Louis-Gun-Rights-Examiner%7Ey2009m4d21-Incorporation-of-Second-Amendment-within-sight">in sight</a>" and is a good thing.<br /><br />Codrea: <a href="http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner%7Ey2009m4d20-Ninth-Circuit-incorporates-Second-Amendment">It's huge.</a><br /><br />Volokh ponders <a href="http://volokh.com/posts/1240254351.shtml">what will happen next</a>.<br /><br />Jeff Soyer <a href="http://www.alphecca.com/?p=1394">shares some of my misgivings</a>: <blockquote>There, as it was in the SCOTUS decision in <em>Heller vs DC</em>, is that permission for “reasonable regulation” of firearms by government. Liberals can be very unreasonable in what they consider “reasonable,” and they control our government at this moment. So, this court has reaffirmed the right to bear arms but the government can limit those arms to bolt-action .22’s if they want to and, further, limit where you can <em>bear them</em> when not on your own property.</blockquote>Anthony Martin takes the <a href="http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-3704-Columbia-Conservative-Examiner%7Ey2009m4d21-A-cautious-approach-to-the-9th-circuit-ruling-on-2A">cautious</a> approach.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7965836759415132900?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-455377024666993643.post-75134347217098752082009-04-21T17:01:00.004-05:002009-04-21T17:04:56.669-05:002009-04-21T17:04:56.669-05:00Light BloggingBlogging has been light over the last month or so, and that will probably hold true for then next few weeks. The Pax household has been beset with the current bug making the rounds (stuffy head, sore throat, hacking cough, etc...) and the work schedule has been tossed in the air by an employer not at all concerned with our blogging efforts.<br /><br />We're still here... And I hope we'll be back to regular blogging soon.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='http://res1.blogblog.com/tracker/455377024666993643-7513434721709875208?l=www.paxparabellum.com'/></div>Steve in TNhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09990498448942991511p944dc@gmail.com0