Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Today's Heroes: Martin Rinkart

In the midst of true horrors during the Thirty Years War, Martin Rinkart wrote the following prayer for his children:

Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother's arms,
Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

See: Martin Rinkart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Was there ever a cop who thought people having more guns would make his job easier?

Ara Rubyan - Was there ever a cop who thought people having more...: "Ara Rubyan hi, I am a police officer in the state of Oklahoma. I support, and am sworn to uphold, the entire United states constitution and it's bill of rights. I have seen first hand situations that left me thinking "if only this person had a defensive firearm" Speaking for myself, I completely support legal gun ownership. I oppose waiting periods, invasive or delayed background checks, and magazine limitations.

Waiting periods and overly invasive background checks convolute the process, making first time buyers and home defense buyers weary of the process thereby discouraging ownership. By discouraging ownership, you discourage the safety of the civilian population.

As stated, I live in Oklahoma. An area of our great country that has a high potential for natural disasters (tornado) Magazine limitations limit people in disaster areas from defending themselves in time of need (see l.a. riots or Katrina) I don't want citizens over run by looters or worse. Reloading is troublesome and problematic in defense situations. I don't like doing it myself My employment doesn't make me special, every citizen should have the right.

I support open and concealed carry. I do them both to defend myself and others. My employment doesn't make me special, every citizen should have the right.

Finally, I support the entire second amendment because I am sworn to. To oppose or violate it would be to violate my oath. To violate my oath would be to violate my integrity. To violate my integrity would be to violate the public trust of which my badge represents."

'via Blog this'

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mendacity On The Border

The party line is that the border is secure. This propaganda technique is known as the Big Lie. Borderline personalities via Power Line.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ordered Liberty, State Religions and the Pedagogical Aspects of Law

Both libertarians and (American) conservatives find considerable value in social constructs outside government to encourage and enforce social goals through social means. Conservatives call limited government plus a large number of groups like churches, professional societies, charities, open source initiatives and so on, working generally together, but often at cross purposes, "ordered liberty". Libertarians like "ordered liberty" also, but with less order and more liberty.

Tribal leaders, feudalists, certain kinds of monarchists (examples are German but not British, in my opinion), progressives, socialists, fascists and Marxists tend to make all those social groups part of the government. This difference is particularly noticeable with regard to religion. Tribal leaders, feudal leaders, monarchs and Marxists tend to regard people outside the state religion as disloyal. (Actually, I just realized, so do American progressives, whose religion is progressivism.)

Conservatives are more likely than libertarians to embrace the pedagogical aspects of law. This conservative would prefer that more crimes be dealt with by parking ticket style fines. For example I would have relatively small fines (max $100) for using drugs but none for selling drugs (except to minors). I would have fairly large fines for engaging a prostitute ($500 to $1000) but none for prostituting itself (except to minors). I would have similar fines for adultery, including for married same sex couples. I'm a big fan of alienation of affection lawsuits (i.e. sue the home wrecker). This preserves the pedagogical aspects of law while minimizing many of the horrible side effects of throwing people in jail. Someone less conservative and more libertarian than I would skip both the fines and the law in the cases I mentioned.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Did You Know That Part Of The League Of Women Voters Is A 501 (c)(3)?

Many Tea Party organizations were trying to organize as social welfare non-profit organization, or 501 (c)(3) organizations, like the Sierra Club Foundation.
Gifts made directly to The Sierra Club Foundation are tax-deductible and provide funding for the charitable activities of the Sierra Club. Those activities include research, public education on environmental issues, publications, presentation of testimony before administrative and regulatory agencies, environmental litigation, and volunteer training. The Sierra Club Foundation was established on July 13, 1960 as the sole source of tax-deductible support to the Sierra Club.
Some these Tea Party organizations wanted to teach history, for example. According to the I.R.S. social welfare organizations are allowed to spend up to half their time and money on political activity. That makes sense, since our absolutely huge government has it's very large nose in every aspect of our social welfare. It would be impossible for them to be apolitical.

Did You Know That Part Of The League Of Women Voters Is A 501 (c)(3)? It's their education fund.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is a 501 (c)(3) citizen education and research organization. Established in 1957, the Education Fund provides research, publications and forums on public policy issues and disseminates information and training that helps citizens be thoughtfully engaged in the democratic process.
In communities across the nation, Leagues are well known for providing voters with factual, nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot issues. State and local Leagues are also known for hosting citizen educational forums on critical public policy issues of the day.
In short, the League is well recognized for its ability to make complex and controversial issues accessible to the nonexpert citizen in a balanced manner, for its ability to gather citizens with diverse views, and for its expertise as a trainer of community leaders and activists.
The I.R.S. has had no problems with the League of Women Voters Education Fund being a 501 (c)(3) since 1957. Look at that list of activities. Would you describe it as apolitical?

The I.R.S. was and is harassing the Tea Party illegally, immorally and unethically. It's plain.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

I Knew Obama And Reid Were Corrupt - I Had No Idea It Was This Bad

President Obama and Senator Harry Reid claim that they can't work with the Republican House. I knew that the House had passed bills which helped Obama extend the Obamacare deadlines, but I thought there must be some provision in the bills that Obama could object to. Then I found the bill linked below, which the Republicans passed in July. I read it. It has to be one of the simplest bills I have ever read. All it does is change dates to extend deadlines. That's all. There isn't one poison pill. There isn't one change to the substance of Obamacare. Zero. Zilch. Nada. So why is Reid sitting on it? Why are Obama and Reid lying about the Republicans? Clearly, they can work with the Republicans in the House. They just don't want to.

Bill Text - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)