Monday, January 28, 2013

Double Standard of the Week

Close race this week.

We have Mayor Bloomberg:


...and we have Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) of the same ilk insuring that her security detail will be well armed.

Double Standard Industries does award bonus points for consistency to the Senator.  She is a repeat offender of exempting herself from legislation.  Like Obamacare. And that puts her over the top in the standings.

While it is noted that Bloomberg is pushing toward a Brave New World/Demolition Man utopia with his beverage restrictions, this blog weights Orwellian pig-action very heavy.

Management fully believes we'll be hearing more from Mr. Bloomberg.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Stuff (with updates)

"My resolutions are to run a marathon, learn how to use a smoker, start attending church every weekend, and read Volokh on a more frequent basis."

In the last month of pregnancy and getting over some nasty bronchitis, so marathon training is not going well.  Running twice a week max.  Gaining weight.  Just gotta keep trying, I guess.

Smoker: will attempt in spring when it isn't 15 degrees outside.  Materials and ingredients are at the ready, so all is well on that front.

Church-looking good.

Volokh-reading every morning.

Guns, etc.
Heading to the Bel Air Gun Show with a liberal, gun supporting friend next weekend.  He told me he is going to wear his "FORWARD" shirt.  I said that's fine with me, but remember: if questioned, I don't know you.

Probably will join the NRA while I am there.  Dean's rationale applies.

update-saw this over at Protein Wisdom:

Was the order done specifically to denote a societal hierarchy?

My wife can't even be in the room with me at this point when I watch hockey.  Reminds me of the best song from the  Sticky Fingers album:

update: oh my, it appears from the wording above some might think I was calling my wife something horrible.  Nononononono.  It was more a reflection on my own little addictions.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013


Taken from Protein Wisdom:
Obama is the anti-MLK – a child of great privilege whose melanin content comes from 23 Kenyan chromosomes; raised as a red-diaper baby by a Bank VP, attending a tony prep-school. What hardship or moment of deprivation or challenge did Barry ever face beyond a triple bogey on the back nine? Certainly, Dreams From My Father is no Letter from Birmingham Jail.
The article is disgusting"
Right on.  
And if I may add to the point: ardent supporter of the second amendment, aspired that people not be judged on skin color, jailed for anti-establishment belief system, anti-war pacifist.  He loved this country.  Someone we can look up to.
And for all his trials, all his successes, this is how he was immortalized:

Made in China and misquoted in the inscription.  Or to put it another way:

MLK was best known for action, leadership, courage, and oratory.  That statue reflects none of those features and is a disgrace.  Tear it down, start over.  For the next attempt capture this:


At least get his face right this time.  The current statue looks like "surly-alien-MLK".  He deserves better.
The Obama connection: nonexistent.  All Obama brings are identity politics, pandering to the lower aspects of human nature (hate, anger, jealousy), and cheap headlines.  No substance whatsoever.

And I'm pretty sure MLK didn't have kill lists.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Two Americas

"If you get caught breaking the law, make sure you have a good lawyer."

Solid advice. 

It's not that I haven't been aware that the connected elite of our society, it's just that I cannot remember such a brazen public display of breaking the law not being met with at least a wrist slap of community service, public apology, etc.

As I previously tweeted, David Gregory cannot even be called for intentional grounding.

The ever stoic Althouse comments:

"No charges will be filed against David Gregory "despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust."

The clarity of the violation of this important law....

Why is the law important? If Gregory clearly violated the law, but there is no interest to be served in prosecuting him, doesn't that prove that the law is not important? If the precise thing that he did — which is clearly what is defined as a crime — raises no interest in prosecution, how can we be satisfied by letting this one nice famous man go? Rewrite the law so that it only covers the activity that the government believes deserves prosecution, so there is equal justice under the law."

Am I stoking class warfare here?  I don't think so, but it's worth asking.

Moving on.

After baby duties, heading down to DC tonight to meet some friends for the playoff games.  Maybe even a trip to Dan's Cafe, aka "The most disgusting bar on the planet".  A well earned nickname, IMO.  Why go?  Awesome jukebox (e.g. contains Clarence Carter's "Strokin'"), the most affordable drinks in the beltway, and probably the best crowd in all of...America.  Seriously.  It's just that fun.  Once you get over the smell, that is.

Onto football.  No secret around here that Michael Robinson is my favorite PSU player of all time.  Why? This:

In 2005, Michael Robinson was the heart of a very special PSU team.  I personally went to 9 games that year (things were still cheap!) and have never witnessed such leadership in my life.  He just willed things to happen.  Feel free to follow him on twitter @RealMikeRob.

Anyhoo, enjoy your weekends everyone.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Response To Radical Journalism

A week or so back, a few newspapers took it upon themselves to publish the names and home addresses of all gun owners in a few New York counties.  The reasons stated?  Something something Newtown something.

Anyhoo, the response was actually surprising.  People fought back.  Bloggers found and posted the home addresses of the journalists associated with the earlier publication  Journalists then discovered the advantage of the second amendment, in their own little way.

Then I saw this over at L/I:

Back in November when I had my post-election meltdown, I proposed we, as right leaning folk, start using the tactics of the left.

So we crossed the line that usually stops us.  I'm not going to lie.  It feels very good to watch journalists cower and squirm when their own tactics are used against them.  On a side note: did the publishers not understand that a few of the hundreds of gun owners "exposed" might not take kindly to this action?

On the other hand, I know this is wrong and can lead to trouble.  Everything we do sets a precedent.  You do something once, and it gets easier the second time around.

The media was once the gatekeeper of truth.  Politicians had no leverage here, and were subject to scrutiny.  In turn, the unwashed masses trusted the media.  The journalism link failed, and the system is broken.

Maybe sending a message to the media will work.  It probably won't.  But what other alternative is there?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Trillion Dollar Coin Perspective

I had a great idea for a post that involved showing how much actual platinum was needed to mint a coin that was worth one trillion dollars.  The purpose was to show the absolute absurdity of the issue.

This being the Internet, someone beat me to it.  Take it away, zerohedge:

  • A coin valued at $1 trillion and made out of platinum would, at today's price of $1557/ounce, weigh in at 642.3 million ounces.
  • 642.3 million ounces is also roughly 18 thousand tonsor about 1100 times more than all the platinum mined.

So if the Treasury plans on literally coming up with ridiculous laws, what is there to prevent it from merely coining a one ounce, or half an ounce, or one gram Platinum coin and assigning it the value of $1 trillion.
Sure it can. There is a problem with that, however: it is called currency devaluation and is also what FDR did with executive order 6102 when he confiscated America's gold - he basically devalued the US Dollar by well over half overnight (which, for all those curious, is the endgame in the current depression also, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it).
In other words, when one strips away with all the rhetoric, all the advocates of this insidiously stupid idea which gets a new life every time there is a debt ceiling crisis, are doing, is arguing for a massive devaluation of the dollar: because for the trillion dollar coin idea to be even remotely plausible, the price of Platinum, and by implication the entire precious metals complex, would have to go up by a factor of some 1,100.
It also means the value of the paper US currency would have to go down by 1,100.
Which, by the way, is precisely what all those who wish for the Fed to continue funding America's unprecedented spending binge, which can never be satisfied by taxes alone, are hoping for.

(emphasis zerohedge's) add onto the topic, let's do some simple math to find out the actual size of the coin(couldn't find my TI-85, so bear with me):
1) 1 trillion dollars div 1557 dollars/ounce = 642,260,757 oz
2) 642,260,757 oz = 17,697,494 kg
3) Volume = mass / density = (17,697,494 kg)/(21,450 kg/m^3) = 29,942 m^3
4) A coin is a cylinder.  A cylinder's volume = pi * r^2 * h
h = thickness of coin = 3.1 mm = 0.0031 m
-I chose the thickness of a silver dollar since why not
pi = 22/7
-forgive me-as cited above I cannot locate my old calculator
5) solve for r
r = sqrt (29,942 m^3/(0.0031 m * 22/7))
r = 1,753 m 
5) the diameter of the coin = 2r = 3,506 m

So there you have it.  Imagine a silver dollar 3,506 m wide, or 2.18 miles wide, and you would actually have a platinum coin worth one trillion dollars.

This is the economic lunacy we are dealing with.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Trillion Dollar Currency

The Trillion Dollar Coin answer to debt is surfacing again. Hmm.....

Recently, this seems like a warning more than a joke.  Burns = Obama, Geithner = Homer, Smithers = pick your adoring acolyte.

The Simpsons just have so much to teach us.

Thanks, Drudge!

I say we start the rumor that Obama is really a Republican.