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No Confidence

Remember Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)? The fellow concerned that Guam would tip over?

I’m just catching up on some things… did you know he was re-elected in November?  That inspires confidence in the American voting public, doesn’t it?


Governed By Simpletons: A Civics Lesson

From the always correct and wise Charles Schumer (D-NY)


Rational Reaction

After hearing of the tragic shooting yesterday in Arizona, there were two reactions.

Person A, hearing the news:

What a tragedy.  What kind of nutjob shoots up a peaceful assembly and kills innocent people for no reason?

Person B:

SARAH PALIN HAS BLOOD ON HER HANDS.  TEA PARTIERS ARE MURDERERS.  THE INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC OF THE RIGHT MUST BE STOPPED.

Only one of these two people is rational.  The other is an idiot who jumped to an unfounded conclusion with limited information, before they even knew the name of the shooter.

Turns out, he’s a nutjob.  This was not a political event, but a politician (two, actually) was involved.  It’s horrible; those who wish to make political hay are scumbag idiots.


Quote of the Day, Asshat Edition

From the ever awesome Popehat.

In fact, the 1st Amendment is just for the use of calling Asshats Asshats when they do Asshatty things.

Sarah Palin may disagree, but she’s not exactly an expert on the old Constitution, is she?

Oh, by the way, to my left Liberal Friends… this is how the free market works.  Neat, eh?


The Progressive Mindset

If someone can’t use something that has huge benefits for lots of people, then no one can.

Last year, the schools — among them Princeton, Arizona State and Case Western Reserve — wanted to know if e-book readers would be more convenient and less costly than traditional textbooks. The environmentally conscious educators also wanted to reduce the huge amount of paper students use to print files from their laptops.

It seemed like a promising idea until the universities got a letter from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, now under an aggressive new chief, Thomas Perez, telling them they were under investigation for possible violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

From its introduction in 2007, the Kindle has drawn criticism from the National Federation of the Blind and other activist groups. While the Kindle’s text-to-speech feature could read a book aloud, its menu functions required sight to operate. “If you could get a sighted person to fire up the device and start reading the book to you, that’s fine,” says Chris Danielsen, a spokesman for the federation. “But other than that, there was really no way to use it.”

So someone complained, and the DOJ is shutting it down.  Because that is fairness.

Some officials at the schools were puzzled. Given the speed of technological development and the reality of competition among technology companies — Apple products were already fully text-to-speech capable — wasn’t this a problem the market would solve?

That’s not Perez’s way. To him, keeping the Kindle out of sighted students’ hands underscored “the importance of full and equal educational opportunities for everyone.”

In early 2010, after most of the courses were over, the Justice Department reached agreement with the schools, and the federation settled with Arizona State. The schools denied violating the ADA but agreed that until the Kindle was fully accessible, nobody would use it.

Run through this in your mind.  The Kindle is smaller, lighter, and more versatile than paper text books.  It costs less to buy books.  There is almost no environmental impact of getting a book on the Kindle.  Yet the DOJ wants to stop this because a tiny part of the population of private colleges needs help turning it on.

Think of how awesome health care will be when it’s run like this!

Link via The Agitator


A Festival of Stupid

This week, we were treated to the revelation that the NAACP thinks the Tea Party is racist.

I’m not a member of the Tea Party.  As a libertarian, I’m a big fan of the smaller government, less taxes, more freedom parts of the movement, but not so much interested in the anti immigration, pro drug war, elect Sarah Palin (seriously guys?) parts of the movement.  I’m also not associated with the NAACP, which has moved to the edge of relevancy by finding institutional racism where there is none in order to rally a base and maintain some sort of collective voice.

In this little battle, the Tea Party clearly had the upper hand.  All they had to do was react to the NAACP proclamation for what it was, which is a small marginally relevant group of people making noise trying to get someone to pay attention to them; a group incapable of debating issues and instead interested in namecalling.  Which is to say they should have simply ignored it.  Take the high road, don’t give the stupid idea that the Tea Party is fundamentally racist (and that is a stupid idea) any credibility.

Instead, the head of the Tea Party not only responds, but makes himself look like a bumbling racist while he’s doing it.

Now, it’s clear to me what message he’s trying to convey, but he conveys it in such a way to make him sound like an idiot at best.  This is not what the Tea Party movement needed, and regardless of his intent, he’s now made the Tea Party look like the group that isn’t relevant, the group on the margin, lead by an idealogue of questionable intelligence.

The problem for those of us who love Liberty is that it sets us back, too.  Because regardless of what we say, we’re all lumped in that mean old racist corporate shill tea party group.  It gets tiring and old listening to people too stupid to even have an opinion argue about who’s a racist, or who’s mean, or what economic policy is right (when they don’t understand basic price theory).   It’s worse when no one will listen to you because you are associated with a simpleton.

Link via The Agitator


Why are fish exempt?

As California slips into bankruptcy, the right honorable San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare (really) is considering a law that would ban the sale of pets.

San Francisco could soon have what is believed to be the country’s first ban on the sale of all pets except fish.

That includes dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, lizards and nearly every other critter, or, as the commission calls them, companion animals.

“People buy small animals all the time as an impulse buy, don’t know what they’re getting into, and the animals end up at the shelter and often are euthanized,” said commission Chairwoman Sally Stephens. “That’s what we’d like to stop.”

San Francisco residents who want a pet would have to go to another city, adopt one from a shelter or rescue group, or find one through the classifieds.

I need to know, why are fish  exempt?  Is it because when you tire of a fish, you just flush it?

The commission plans to listen to testimony from pet store owners, among others, before voting. Among the items it will consider is the impact on small businesses, whether to allow the sale of feeder rodents for snakes and other reptiles, the sale of fish, owner education, penalties and rescue groups that host adoptions at pet stores.

So, they will exempt fish, and maybe rodents purchased to feed to your snake.  Apparently a death as food is different from a death at a shelter when no one wants to adopt you.
I’d ask the mice about that one.

Surprising new study

A new study finds some surprises when it comes to what causes premature deaths.

A combination of four unhealthy behaviors — smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet and substantial alcohol consumption — greatly increases the risk of premature death, a new study has found.

The study, published in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, included 4,886 people, aged 18 or older, who were interviewed in 1984-1985.

Wow.  I would never have guessed it.

Lucky for us, the researchers have a solution,

“Modest but achievable adjustments to lifestyle behaviors are likely to have a considerable impact at both the individual and population level,” the researchers concluded. “Developing more efficacious methods by which to promote healthy diets and lifestyles across the population should be an important priority of public health policy.”

Great.  The government will fix it.


MD Legislature does, well, nothing

Other than giving State Troopers the ability to raise a little more cash via fines.

In typical nanny state fashion, lawmakers crow about making us safer and protecting us from our own stupidity (using questionable data); and in reality, pass a law that does pretty much nothing other than raise the fine on people already getting tickets.

The bill makes a driver’s use of a hand-held cell phone while a vehicle is in motion a secondary offense, which means a police officer could not pull over a motorist unless the officer observes another violation.

There is an exception for using a hand-held device while stopped at a red light. Hands-free devices are not covered by the law. The fine for a first offense would be $40, with a $100 penalty for further violations.

So it is absolutely illegal to use your hand held phone while speeding, not using your blinker, or not wearing a seatbelt.   It’s perfectly legal, however, to sit at a red light on your phone instead of looking at the light to see when it turns green.

This is seriously just stupid.  Just a couple steps more, and we’ll not be allowed to use a cell phone at all, nor listen to music, nor eat.  For the children, of course.

[In case you are wondering, I’m against any law like this, ever.  I’m a grownup, and I can decide for myself.]


I love the internet

Without it, we might think the people in Congress are smart or something.

I present:  Guam might tip over

and….

“I don’t care what the Constitution says.”

These two better get Changed ™ in 2010.

And let’s not forget the Executive branch and our 3000% decrease in premiums.  I guess the teleprompter told him to say it.


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