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Update from The Washington Post:

Just when we thought we’d seen it all from PETA — the animal rights organization known for high-profile celebrity ads — President Ingrid Newkirk has come up with this: George Clooney-flavored tofu.

I’m sorry but this is a pretty severe case of psychoses – a bunch of PETA whack  jobs that if prodded might just be a danger to their fellow citizens.

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Ah yes, it’s time again for our elected representatives to tax us for our sins.

Why?  Because we must share the burden, that’s why!

Congress is doing their part.

This system of auto-pilot pay raises really is offensive to the American people.  –  Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, on the Senate floor Monday.

It’s not offensive, it is obscene.  Please, do all of us a favor and vote out every single congress-critter that opposes removing this automatic pay-raise from the books.  Next election cycle, just run right out there and vote the damned incumbent out if they can’t get their shite together on this issue.

“There’s a really dumb idea,”  Thomas Mann, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution said of Vitter’s amendment. “It would ensure that the Senate has a knock-down, drag-out battle on pay raises every year.”

Doesn’t anyone get it yet?  I don’t WANT congress-critters to get anything done.  I want them to only pass more laws that are hard-fought-for and can stand the light of day – in other words, vetted thoroughly.  I don’t want law after unusable law piling up on the books.

What they DO pass, I want them to be held totally accountable.  It is almost like these folks try to snow the people back home under such a huge mass of legislature that there is no hope of making sense of it all.  Pare it down to only a few things and it becomes easier to scrutinize.

Elsewhere…

In raising money to spend more and cut less, there is more than one way to skin a cat, or a stripper in this case.

A Brooklyn assemblyman introduced a bill yesterday that would require patrons to pay the state $10 every time they visit a strip club or topless joint.

Felix Ortiz, a Democrat, said the flesh fee could raise as much as $500 million for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and child prostitution.

Amazing thing about these kinds of taxes… rarely if ever are they used for the quoted purpose.  If human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child prostitution were really a top priority with these politicians they would have brought them up a long time before now.  Instead, they come up only when there’s a crunch and the politicians need to steal from other accounts to pay for their soon-to-be-broken promises.

New York Governor/King Paterson has actually let go of his intended taxations, which is surprising, but only because they amounted to political suicide.  But he wanted to do it, that’s the lesson to take home here…

“This morning the Maj. Leader and the Assembly Speaker and I have good news. That news is that we have been able to relieve $1.3 billion in taxes,” Paterson.

Paterson had planned to mandate a sales tax on numerous items including digital music and movie downloads; satellite television and radio; cable television; haircuts; entertainment venues such as theaters, race tracks, bowling alleys, swim clubs, golf clubs, movies, sporting events, and amusement parks.

Other proposed taxes included an 18 percent “fat tax” on soda, a tax on gasoline that costs more than $2, and he wanted to tax the full price of an item when a coupon is used.

Oh, and The Fed has increased it’s taxes on other sins as well.  Tobacco and gas are biggies…

Funding S-CHIP to ensure the health of underprivileged children is a good use of resources, but sticking smokers with the bill isn’t the best method of paying for it. Low-income smokers need to be provided with better access to treatments that can help them quit smoking before their addiction can be taxed so heavily.

The increases are huge.  And I’ve noticed that roll-your-own folks will see the worst:

…from a $1.10 per pound tax to a whopping $24.78 per pound tax.

This tells me that someone in your gov’t wants you to only buy through the big cig companies.  Wonder why?

Now, keep your opinions about the evil-ness of tobacco to yourselves, because the simple fact is that it is legal.  The bigger point is that taxing one subset of society to pay for things that support all of society is flat out wrong.

Oops.  We already have something similar in a progressive tax.  Damn.

Tax 10% on everybody.  If there isn’t enough revenue, cut spending or breed more.

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Notice I haven’t invoked the Messiah’s name?  Well, read all about our savior anyway.

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Obama Promises…

Update:

A bit of a positive piece of information…  not only is this almost too cool, it IS too cool.

As an ex-swimmer and water-polo player, I absolutely am thrilled for her.

mermaidSwim like a mermaid.

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Tonight’s Obama speech… he promised (per Drudge):

Obama Says USA will rebuild and emerge stronger...
Obama vows to increase number of soldiers...
Obama vows to seek cure for cancer 'in our time'...
Obama says bank bailout may cost more than expected...
Obama promises universal EDUCATION THROUGH COLLEGE...
Obama promises universal health care...

I read this off to Cruel Wife.

“Oh,” she said. (long pause) “So why not the sun, moon, and the stars while we’re at it?” (brief pause) … “And a pony. I want a pony.”

Well, hell, why not?

The waves can’t get much worse…

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Archbishop warns against deification of Obama Robbin’ Hood.

Sorry, adulation.

What would be the consequences?  Oh, I don’t know… election of a socialist president, passage of obscene spending bills, and a perceived mandate on the part of the moonbats/democrats?

His warning came too late.

In a reference to the messianic treatment the Barack Obama received from some Americans during the presidential primaries, Archbishop Chaput delivered his second point: “in democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs.”

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$648B (that’s billion) dollars towards Universal Health Care.

Aides Call Money a ‘Down Payment’ Toward Universal-Coverage Efforts

A down payment is all it will be and it won’t amount to a pee-hole in the snow in terms of what a Universal Health Care system will actually cost.  If you thought SS and Medicare were frightening shadows in the wings, then this ought to make your bowels turn watery.  Mine already deliquesced a few days ago.
Our president is something of a naive joke, and I’m afraid a lot of people are going to listen to him until too late.

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Dentist says groping chest massage part of the treatment.

Unless he can present three men who were also “massaged” he needs to go to jail as a sex offender.

Apparently Dr. Manny tends to agree with me that this is no therapy.

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Being a card-carrying redneck, I was (rightly) concerned by the precedent which may be set by my once-home state.

Oregon is embroiled in a controversy over guns. Now, this is odd for a state that has always been pro-gun, was founded with guns, and has fed so many families and sportsmen alike.

Recent weeks have witnessed a fair amount of thrash in the Oregon Concealed Carry community. It started with a group seeking the release of the names of CCW holders statewide. Many Sheriff’s departments have declined to provide this information, including the Rob Gordon, Sheriff of Washington County

Rob Gordon, sheriff of Washington Country (a good man by the way)  said in a letter to his county’s CCW holders:

As your sheriff, I refused to disclose that information because I believe many people obtain a concealed handgun license for personal security and would not want that information made public. I also resist disclosing personal information because of the continuing identity theft risks.

Despite my belief (shared by sheriffs across Oregon), an Oregon court recently decided that there is no evidence that people obtain concealed handgun licenses for security measures. The court ordered the Jackson County Sheriff to disclose a list of all the concealed handgun license holders in his county to the local newspaper. The case is now before the Oregon Court of Appeals.

This issue should concern anyone with a CCW (and actually even if you just own weapons because this will be a slippery slope – it’s not just about CCW), because as soon as this newspaper sued to get the list, and was granted the ok by an activist judge, other newspapers in Oregon began to do the same.   It is not going to happen without a fight, but you ought to be outraged.

The issue as of Monday (yesterday).

Here’s one liberal bedwetter’s excuse for trampling on people’s rights:

However, an open records advocate said supporters of the bill have made no compelling case for further chipping away at Oregon’s public records law by closing off the gun permit records from public disclosure.

“What is the privacy interest in this case? What abuse has occurred as a result of these records being open?” said Tim Gleason, dean of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism.

Those records should remain open as a practical safety matter, Gleason added.

What if you’re an abuse victim, and you want to know if the person who’s abusing you is carrying a concealed weapon?” he said. “That seems like a legitimate question to ask.”

Oh yes, the argument that pretends to be innocent and legitimate concern…  Answer:  Then you go to the police, tell them you’re being abused, have that person checked out by the police, and if there is any proof at all, they’ll take care of it.  In the meantime, take a gun safety course and get your own damn CCW.

More on this so you don’t have to go looking…

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Medford Mail Tribune has sued the sheriff for a list of concealed handgun licenses in Jackson County, hoping to determine how many are held by teachers.

The newspaper said it wants to determine the impact of a ruling in another suit, brought by English teacher Shirley Katz. She has a permit and wants to be able to carry a gun to class.

Sheriff Mike Winters said he would oppose the newspaper’s lawsuit, filed last week.

For both privacy and safety reasons, Winters said, “I don’t believe it’s anyone’s business who possesses a concealed handgun license.”

The newspaper does not plan to publish the names of license holders, said Mail Tribune Editor Bob Hunter. It wants the information for research about how far-reaching a ruling on the Katz lawsuit could be.

There are about 6,500 license holders in Jackson County, according to the sheriff’s office.

“We feel Sheriff Winters is allowing his personal feelings to interfere with his duty to enforce the law,” Hunter said. “This is information bought and paid for by the public, and the public has a right to it.”

He said the Multnomah County sheriff’s office released a similar list to newspapers.

The director of the gun rights group that has financed Katz’s lawsuit against the Medford School District, which bans employees from bringing guns on campus, said that as a matter of law, handgun licenses are a public record.

“Obviously, I’d like to see those people’s privacy protected, but I doubt (Sheriff Winters) has any legal justification for withholding what is a public record,” said Kevin Starrett, director of the Oregon Firearms Education Foundation.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Philip Arnold heard oral arguments Thursday on Katz’s challenge, but had not issued a ruling.

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I’m starting to worry at the number of people that are going to be increasingly angry about their rights being eroded, their money being taken and given to those who can’t be responsible, the loss of their home values, the loss of their retirement funds, the (potential) loss of their jobs, and the fact that we’re essentially being taxed with representation, as lame and criminal as it is.

I mean… me, I’m just pissed.   I blow steam, and I’m good and so are many many other people.  But there are folks out there that are just not so inclined and frankly, some of them scare the poop out of me.  A handful of nutjobs could end up hurting a lot of nice people if we aren’t careful.  Scary.

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