Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gates and the Right to be Rude to a Cop

Last night Elizabeth and I were talking about the Gates case. Aside from the issues of race relations and racial profiling, there is another important issue that this case brings up.

Should cops be able to arrest you for being rude to them? Although I'm generally pro-police, the answer to this is unequivocally "NO". You have a right to be a jerk to a cop, as long as you aren't threatening. We as a society walk a fine line between civil rights and security. When security is not being threatened, civil rights MUST be maintained. This entire argument is fleshed out in great detail HERE IN THIS Reason.com article.

THIS ARTICLE on Forbes is a little longer and filled with lots of legalese, but it outlines in great detail why the arrest was probably a violation of the First Amendment.

Monday, July 27, 2009

There's Been a Lot of Anti-Obama Junk on this Blog...

Let's lighten things up a little and explore the slightly more absurd for a while. As all of my regular readers are will aware, I've been designing some artwork for sale on Zazzle.com.

In my short time on Zazzle, I've run across a wide range of utter crap. Stuff that people spent 3.4 seconds designing, and even less making sure it looks good on the product they are tying to sell. So I decided to mock them. Yes, it's childish, it's mean, it's totally juvenile - but it's funny and I enjoy it. And so "You Suck at Zazzle" was born.

Enjoy. I do.

Santa Cruz City Council Meeting and Drugs

Oh boy... this is absolutely hilarious. This woman makes her case for solving all of California's crop/farming/food issues. It's three minutes of the most incoherent, rambling, non-nonsensical gibberish you'll ever hear. I bet the city counselors understood and agreed with all of it... haha.

Warning, watching the video will make you dumber. A lot dumber.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mark Steyn on Obama and Racism

I've always been a fan of Mark Steyn and his writing. He's got a singular wit and sense of humor that you just don't find in many political editorialists. HERE Mark weighs in on the Obama/Massachusetts cop controversy. A worthy read.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I thought Hirohito surrendered to Michael Jackson on the Battlestar Galactica

It seems like everyday, this idiot does or says something stupid. And I though we got rid of the idiot President... Hey Barack, Hirohito WASN'T THERE for the Japanese surrender ceremony.

And while were on the topic... why do you make it sound like our victory over the Japanese in WWII was a bad thing? It's almost as if you sound ashamed and wouldn't want a repeat of that result.

On behalf of all the Americans, Australians, and other Allied Forces who fought against the Japanese (including my Grandfather) - Fuck you, you ignorant jerk.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Horrifying

Obama and the government are "going to tell doctors" how to do their jobs.

This is terrifying. Truly, truly terrifying.




More reading on the issue of Procedures and medicine HERE. Worth the time to check it out.

Creeping Totalitarianism

Stuff LIKE THIS just creeps me out. There is SO much potential for abuse. The government is NOT your friend. There is no rational reason for them to do this type of thing.

And don't give me that "if you haven't done anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about" bullshit. The government has NO right to monitor the movement of innocent people who are just going about their business in a public place. None. Ever.

Monday, July 20, 2009

$4 Trillion... and Counting

The Federal Government is spending more money than it did in WWII. Actually, it has been for a while, but take a look at THIS GRAPH. The numbers are getting insane. Glenn Reynolds calls it "looting". That's not strong enough for me. I think these assholes know that this will destroy the value of the dollar and is completely unsustainable. They are trying to create a financial crisis. Once there is a proper crisis, they can cram through whatever legislation they want.

I think this spending is treason.

Yeah, that's a strong statement - not one that I'd make lightly.

The Federal Gov. is not spending TWICE what it did as near back as 2000. Does anyone think we didn't have enough government then? This is a massive payoff to the well connected and politically influential.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Can We Call Obama a Communist Yet?

As sure as the sun rises in the East - the new Obamacare plan has a section which essentially makes private insurance illegal.

Oh.

My.

God.

We are so screwed.

More on Health Care and Free Markets HERE.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Hidden Cost of Nationalized Health Care

This is a great article by Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit). He's spot on with this. Innovation is largely a capitalist enterprise. As soon as the politicians get a hold on your health care, it's inevitable that health decisions will become political.

"Fashionable" with large, boisterous (think breast cancer) advocacy groups will get the lion's share of research and development dollars. Less "popular" diseases (think chronic renal failure) will fall by the wayside.

Sale Made on Zazzle

Another Zazzle thing... someone bought 20 of these stickers last night. I have a series of these with different animals. Thanks to whoever bought them!

Today's Best Award on Zazzle

Yesterday I got notice that one of my Dragons won a "Today's Best Award". Yippie. What does that really mean? It simply means that someone at Zazzle thought that my design was really cool and deserved to be featured on the front page of the site for a day. Pretty cool - it's always nice to be noticed. Here's the design:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Future of Obamacare

Ah Medicare - the current Government run health care program. Isn't it FANTASTIC?!?

Sadly, this "opting out" will become the norm if Obama's plan comes to fruition. Lot's of senior doctors will simply retire or move on to non-clinical careers. I predict the supply of doctors in America will be hit - hard. And there's a shortage already.