Friday, February 29, 2008

Stop Calling Me a Crypto-Nazi


Is Gore Vidal really a queer? I do not know, but this is a stange headline from a while back (my italics):

SALERNO, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. author Gore Vidal was reported doing well Saturday, a day after being rushed to an Italian hospital with a rectal hemorrhage.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Fence to Nowhere


Michelle Malkin has a story about the abandonment of the experimental "virtual fence" in Arizona.

What is wrong with a real fence? I understand that there are border areas where no fence, virtual or otherwise, exists.

I stretched a 300 foot section of fence on my property a while back, and it took only the better part of one day. This includes laying out and setting posts (not to mention coffee, water, beer, and lunch breaks).

I propose we send a bunch of country boys to the border to get the job done. I would even volunteer to supply the materials for my section (available at any Lowe's or Home Depot). Since the border is 1,969 miles long, it would take 34,364 men working for ONE DAY ONLY to erect a real fence across the ENTIRE border. Granted, this fence would not be nearly as sophisticated as the high-speed virtual fence, but at least it would be a fence (my estimate on the number of men needed is definitely overestimated, as there are a few miles which are fenced).

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley, Jr., RIP


"I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free."

William F. Buckley Jr., in Up From Liberalism


A great intellect, the creator of the conservative movement, has passed away.

Obits:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Obscure Cocktail

Screaming Dead Nazi Digging for Gold

I needed an excuse to visit the ABC store.

Tilting at Windmills



From the name of this blog, one might expect to find more posts concerning adult beverages and the second amendment. While I do write such posts on occasion, most of my writing tends to be political in nature.

Sometimes, though, politics and blog titles collide.

I am a strong believer in limited government and individual freedom and liberty. Therefore, I find any law restricting the right of the individual, while at the same time expanding the power of the government, to be abhorrent. One such law is the prohibition of distillation of alcohol spirits.

The federal government has seen the errors of its ways, and currently allows ethyl alcohol spirits to be distilled, at least for fuel use, by individuals in private. One need only make application for, and be granted, a permit to do so. There is no fee (that I know of) involved in the permit process. And the permit allows one to produce up to 10,000 “proof” gallons (!) per annum. The alcohol spirits must be denatured to prevent human consumption, of course. And the permit holder must keep a log detailing production runs, volumes, usage, etc. of the alcohol spirits.

And then there is the Glorious Commonwealth of Virginia. We have some screwy laws and taxes here. After a discussion with an anonymous source at the ABC (Virginia-ese for Alcoholic Beverage Control), it is illegal to even own a still without a Virginia distiller's permit. My letters asking for this law to be changed have fallen upon the deaf ears and blind eyes of our Delegate, Watkins Abbit (a self-styled good-ole-boy; one would think he would be in favor of legalizing home distillation).

Alcohol spirits are what is known today as a “bio-fuel.” A “bio-mass” such as corn, sugar beets, even garbage, is fermented into an alcoholic “wash.” The wash is then distilled into alcohol spirits; the alcohol separated from the watery mess and condensed into spirits through distillation.

Many people believe, erroneously, that bio-fuels are the answer to our energy problems. Gasoline is terribly expensive because oil is so expensive. As of this writing, a barrel of crude is selling for over $100. But alcohol spirits, and other bio-fuels, are expensive to mass produce. The production of bio-fuels also raises the price of food, since agricultural land used to grow food crops is instead used for growing the bio-mass needed for bio-fuel production. Available land for food production is thereby reduced. Corn in particular is more expensive now due to the bio-fuel craze, e-85 cars, and the rest. Alcohol has the additional problem, and expense, of being impossible to ship through pipelines, as it would leak through the joints that oil runs over. It must be trucked in containers in order to distribute, burning more fuel and releasing more carbon into the atmosphere! I say, cut out the middle-man and allow (do you hear me Delegate Abbit?) individuals to make their own alcohol spirits for fuel use. Once that is done, it will be easier to legalize alcohol spirit distillation for beverages. That's my evil plan, anyway.

No, bio-fuels will only be a short term band-aid on our national sucking-chest-wound energy problem. The bottom line is: We need to go after and refine our own petroleum until something better than oil or bio-fuels is found. I don't care if we kill a few caribou in the process. They are good to eat, by the way. We could feed them to the homeless.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Albemarle Farmer

My friend and neighbor has a blog about his farm called Albemarle Farmer.

He provides the raw materials for my carniverous experiments:

Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and eggs. Yum.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Obama's Plan for Change



The Maximum Leader says the Obama Implosion will be fun to watch.

"Hope" for what? "Change" what? Basing a campaign on such nebulous concepts as "hope" and "change" can only lead to disappointment.

And a good laugh.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

This is My Rifle, This is My Gun...


Michelle Malkin on the Ray Nagin photo caption contest at NOLA.com:



Should be like, well, shooting fish in a barrel.



A chocolate barrel.



The jokes just write themselves whenever Ray Nagin is involved.
UPDATE: While I am on the subject of rifle/gun-




The greatest cinematic depiction of Basic. Yes, recruits do march around the barracks in their underwear. Yes, you do run until you puke. Yes, the Drill sergeant pokes you in the forehead with his "Smokey Bear" hat while simultaneously berating you with a colorful tirade. I witnessed every bit of it, and there is no difference between Kubric's Basic and the real thing. Except for the hitting. Any sort of violent physical contact between the recruit and the Drill had moved behind closed doors at the time (1985). Of course, no one shot our Drill Sergeant, but I am sure it has happened at least once.

Unfortunately, the film begins a rapid descent into mediocrity in the second half.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Gobal Warming, Part VIII

Found at Accu Weather: Hong Kong newspaper reports: Global warming blamed for unusual cold spell .

Huh?

Opportunity Knocking

John McCain has an opportunity here that he may miss.

On the FISA/Protect America Act issue, McCain should support the President. He should go even further by calling out Obama's vote (against) and Hitlery's vote (abstain).

In so doing, he could earn back much of the conservative "street cred" he lost with his recent legislative past.

Monday, February 11, 2008

No Luncheon Vouchers?

Robbers Steal $160M in Art From Zurich

Maybe they got the wrong building? Zurich has many banks.



Economic Stimulus?

A ton of U.S. cash is wired to Mexico every day. The electronic transfers are expected to increase, according to Western Union. According to President and Chief Executive Officer Christina Gold (seriously, that's her last name):
I am confident in our 2008 financial plan, which anticipates the international consumer-to-consumer business to remain strong, the Mexico business to have modest growth, and the U.S. domestic and U.S. outbound businesses to be challenged in light of the current economic circumstances in the United States.

This cash, transfered by Western Union and many others, is moving out of our economy and right into Mexico's economy. In large part, it is untaxed, illegal earnings being sent to the poor lower class in Mexico. So what we have, essentially, is a whole nation of "underprivelidged" people being subsidized with "stealth" welfare.

Make cash wire transfers to Mexico illeagal, or at least highly taxed. Those dollars would have to be spent in the U.S., to the benefit of our economy. And they could be taxed dollars, if the Fair Tax were enacted.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Why McCain-Kennedy is Still a Bad Idea

Oh, yeah. Iran. From Counterterrorism Blog:

[I]n forming an alliance with countries in the Western Hemisphere and in working with drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, Iran has developed a relatively easy access to our nation's border. This would easily enable them to send terrorists and weapons of mass destruction across our southern border. It is also important to know that at present, it is estimated that there are some 6 million Muslims living in Latin America. I want to be clear about this, I do not believe that everyone who subscribes to Islam represents a threat to our safety, the issue is that even if only one percent of those six million adherents to Islam are radical in their beliefs, we are talking about quite a few people.

The back door is (still) wide open. A leftist president will remove its hinges.

Quo vadis?

Michelle Malkin » Quo vadis, conservatives?

Iacta alea est. A leftist will be president.

Who is Worthy Today?

Certainly not John McCain, George Bush, or anyone else who claims the mantle of conservatism.

Reagan let the Constitution and his own conscience be his guide, not warped ideas that come from a defecit of character.

Epic Poet Quiz

Found at Naked Villainy :




Which Epic Poet Are You?
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You scored as Dante Alighieri

You are Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy. You chose to employ a very complex allegorical method to attack the political and religous shortcomings of your contemporaries, as well as to express wider spiritual truths. Your affection for Vergil led you to make him a central character in your epic.


Dante Alighieri


75%

P. Vergilius Maro


70%

Torqauto Tasso


65%

Homer


55%

John Milton


55%


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Welfare

The Associated Press: Congress Sends Economic Aid Plan to Bush

People who paid no income taxes but earned at least $3,000 — including through Social Security or veterans' disability benefits — would get a $300 rebate.


"We believe the stimulus, the way it is targeted, will put money into the hands of those who will spend it immediately, injecting demand into the economy and therefore creating jobs," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told colleagues.


No, they will use it to help pay for the big screen HDTV and leather furniture they are "renting-to-own" at Aaron's.

If you don't pay taxes, and the government sends you a tax rebate check, you are what is known as a welfare recipient.

Basic economics.