26 June 2008

Yay for Individual Rights!!!

The Supreme Court has ruled correctly regarding the Second Amendment.

THANK YOU, Justice Scalia, for so brilliantly explicating the ins & outs of the Second Amendment!!!

And THANK YOU, Justice Kennedy, for showing a bit of common sense after your stunningly horrendous decision yesterday.

The part of the dissent that cracks me up (and I'm sure there's more, but I haven't gotten to read the whole thing yet) is this:
In a dissent he summarized from the bench, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the majority "would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons." (emphasis mine)
Umm, yeah.

That's EXACTLY what it was written for, because the royal government they were had been saddled with had the upper hand with military training, and if it hadn't been for civilians using weapons, the Revolution never would have succeeded.

Yes, we should keep government on a tight leash. They should fear the people more than people should fear the government.

The rights are OURS, not theirs, and mandatory disarmament at the hands of an incompetent bureaucracy only gives them a staggering advantage.

[Scary quote of the day from Obama: "Every individual right can be bound by the interests of the community at large." Yikes...] (emphasis original; quote toward the bottom here.)

25 June 2008

Cruel and Unusual

Those are words I'd absolutely apply to child rape.

Unfortunately, those are words that the Supreme Court recently found applied to a quick Louisiana execution for child rapists, instead.

Wow. For all the liberal "for the children!" battle cries, I must point out that the conservative justices were the ones defending the children this time.

Congratulations, liberals, for deciding that torturing a child isn't really all that bad - at least compared to a quick death after being convicted, and that, likely after multiple appeals. (After all, isn't that why so many people claim the death penalty isn't economical, compared to life in prison?)

They claim that death is disproportionate to child rape... and I agree, but I'm pretty sure we disagree on which end is heavier.

They're heartless.

What a sad day for the country.

21 June 2008


Apparently people think that a Welsh police helicopter recently spotted a UFO.

Check out the picture. (I'd post it myself, but I'm a little concerned about copyrights...)

Granted, I'm not an expert, but that looks a heck of a lot like one of those paraglider things that you pedal... or at least something very similar to it.

Wonder what the chopper crew was thinking. Technically, since they didn't identify it, it's "unidentified," and it is a "flying object," but it's not exactly the image that "UFO" conjures.

That said, I do have to give them a little space, given the things people have done with flying craft in the world... I might've been a bit freaked-out as I flew along, too, if I thought I were being followed - even by something I recognized!

19 June 2008

Not Such a Bad Idea

Banning shirtless people from baseball games?

That's cool with me... it ain't sanitary for a store, and it ain't always pretty. Plus, we avoid the whole "what?!?! If a man can go topless, so can I!!!" dilemma...

Can we get that enacted everywhere, please???

My Thoughts (Almost) Exactly.

Re: that poor infant who was beaten to death as FOUR ADULTS looked on "helplessly" - this post says it (almost) perfectly. (Warning: harsh, offensive, critical language. GOOD.)

14 June 2008

What are they worried about?

Ireland has voted down a new treaty to "help" the EU. Says the news article:
For all its benefits, many people feel, the Union is remote, undemocratic and ever more inclined to strip its smaller members of the right to make their own laws and decide their own futures.
Hmm... why would they feel railroaded...? Here's a follow-up paragraph:
Reacting with frustration Friday, other European countries said they would try to press ahead for a plan to make the Lisbon Treaty work after all. (emphasis mine)
Wow. Sounds like everyone's interested in democracy to me... how about you?

And they're not the first - according to the article, France and the Netherlands have also voted down growing this "super-authority," when issues were actually taken to the voters... go figure!

And how's this for elitism: a proponent of the defeated measure claimed that Irish voters just "didn't understand the treaty."

Umm... creating a new collective "foreign policy officer" to control aid for all EU countries, "among other things?" I think they understood it just fine.

06 June 2008

The Opposite of "Smoke 'em if you got 'em?"

I couldn't help but chuckle when I read this article - a new service promises to email your dear ones "left behind" when you're caught up in the Rapture... for the low-low fee of $40/year until then.

Heck, they'll even set you up to help your unworthy heirs through probate - and I thought every niche market had been cornered!

05 June 2008

Those Federal-friendly Light Bulbs

Not that it's the most pressing issue facing us, but in a nutshell, Congress and the President (long-ago) mandated that we all switch to "efficient" (mercury) lights by 2012.

There are several problems with this - and at several levels. But health and disposal hazards are the number one concern to most people.

Good thing government knows "what's best," eh?

And if that link I posted is the first you've heard of the dark side of CFLs, please turn off the evening news and hike over to Wikipedia or GE. Wikipedia actually has a teeny-tiny mention of hazards, after their unqualified claims of energy efficiency; and GE actually makes it slightly easier to find out how these CFLs may or may not help.

At any rate, this is yet another well-intentioned (?)-but-idiotic piece of busywork completed by our increasingly powerful government.

Let's think about (and act on) what we really want them to do, instead!

02 June 2008

Time to Start Paying Attention?

Here's the latest from Iran's nutjob president (and actually, he's been saying these same things for his entire presidency, but we haven't been hearing them on the 6 o'clock news):
I must announce that the Zionist regime, with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical scene
and then - (I can't believe he's actually been quoted accurately about this in media, although it's definitely not in the headline):
Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started.
Emphasis OBVIOUSLY mine.

And yet we're being pressured both internationally and intra-nationally to give this guy the freedom to develop his nukes! (Oh - I forgot - we can strenuously object in the UN...) You know, I'm pretty sure he's been saying just what he'd do with them; I wonder how people might feel if they actually realized he's not just talking about Israel...