Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Patrick Henry's Speech, 235 Years Ago

Please call your State representatives and tell them to support an Article V convention to get rid of ObamaCare, and make it impossible for collectivism to establish a permanent foothold in our home. We must undertake our Errand of Moral Inheritance, and ensure freedom for our children and grandchildren.
You may think me silly and old-fashioned if you wish. Ask yourself: What if nullification or repeal fails? What if these efforts succeed, and we once again face the Statist's assault? What if there are not enough conservatives elected to congress to oppose statism to begin with? The tyrants who have brought their guns to bear on us for nearly 100 years must be made to obey the Constitution. Are the men now serving in congress more intelligent, or more educated, or more thoughtful and deliberative of their actions than our founders? I think not. We must take away the immoral apparatus that has allowed the slow erosion of our freedom and liberty. The only way to put our great nation back on the correct, moral path is to amend the Constitution. It is the tool our founders left for us to use in this situation.

"I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure." -Hicks, Aliens.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Health Care, and Every Other Whim, By Right

Hope and Change is now having its sleazy way with the health care industry. The mistake is to assume that this law has anything to do whatsoever with improvement of health. It is wholly intended to be a tool of destruction on our economy, and to tighten the grip of the federal (now national) government on the individual.

Any opposition to this law (and anything else which runs afoul of the Constitution) has been labelled as fear mongering, racism, gay-bashing, whatever, by the Statists. Avoiding the facts and vilifying your opponent does not change the facts. A=A. Do you, dear reader, believe this law is good thing? Do you know what will result from its implementation? Please read for yourself a timeline of the major provisions of the health care law (via Mark Levin). Here are some highlights for the link-averse:

•Hospitals in "Frontier States" (ND, MT, WY, SD, UT ) receive higher Medicare payments (FY11).

•Hospitals in "low cost" areas receive higher Medicare payments for 2 yrs
($400 million, FY11).

•Medicare Advantage cuts begin.

•No longer allowed to use FSA, HSA, HRA, Archer MSA distributions for
over-the-counter medicines.

•Medicare cuts to home health begin.

•Wealthier seniors ($85k/$170k) begin paying higher Part D premiums (not indexed for inflation in Parts B/D).

•Medicare reimbursement cuts when seniors use diagnostic imaging like MRIs, CT scans, etc.

•Medicare cuts begin to ambulance services, ASCs, diagnostic labs, and durable medical equipment.

•Impose new annual tax on brand name pharmaceutical companies.

•Seniors prohibited from purchasing power wheelchairs unless they first rent for 13 months.

•Impose $2,500 annual cap on FSA contributions (indexed to CPI).

•Increase Medicare wage tax by 0.9% and impose a new 3.8% tax on unearned, nonactive business income for those earning over $200k/$250k (not indexed to inflation).

•Generally increases (from 7.5% to 10%) threshold at which medical expenses, as a % of income, can be deductible.

With student loans being nationalized, the National Government now controls 50% of our economy. What's next, you ask? Watch out for Cap & Trade and the V.A.T.

To the dunderheads who elected these people: Educate yourselves beyond what you hear on MSNBC and CNN, or read in the New York Slimes and Washington ComPost before you cast another ballot. You put us in this mess. NB: Senator Warner, the phony "moderate businessman," voted for this crap.

You have no right to health care, despite what our National Legislature says.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Is the Tax Power Infinite?

Dave Kopel (at Volokh Conspiracy ) says no.

For the moment, let’s put aside the question of whether the Obamacare tax is an Article I tax, or a 16th Amendment income tax. Does Congress have the infinite power to control people’s behavior (such as by ordering them to engage in commercial transactions) via the tax power? I suggest not. When the Bill of Rights was being debated in front of Congress, the skeptical Rep. Theodore Sedgwick of Massachusetts asked if there should also be an enumeration that "declared that a man should have a right to wear his hat if he pleased; that he might get up when he pleased, and go to bed when he thought proper." 1 Annals of Congress 759–60 (Aug. 15, 1789). Sedgewick’s point was that national laws about bedtimes and hat-wearing were self-evidently beyond the authority of Congress.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Soul of a Looter, Updated

This is Congressman Tom Perriello, my representative:

"If you don't tie our hands, we will keep stealing."

I had a plan to move to Texas in the event of the drooling stutterer Creigh Deeds being elected Governor of Virginia. Where can I move to escape nationalized health care, and all else which will follow as a result? This is not federalism, but nationalism.

Perriello was "undecided," until last night, about the fraud which congress plans to perpetrate this weekend. I will wait until he actuall casts a vote to believe him or not. He is a gutless turd. Nationalized health care is a violation of Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. The Slaughter "rule," or "deem-and-pass" is a violation of Article I, Section 7. Beyond this, what is being proposed is an immoral imposition of the looters and the moochers upon the productive individuals of this country. You have NO right to make a claim against my life, a de facto enslavement, simply because you exist and you have a "need." Get your own damn health care. Get out of my way, and point your Government Guns somewhere else. These issues could not be more clear-cut.

Tom Perriello will get his dick knocked in the dirt in November.

UPDATE: Perriello was undecided again, making noises like he would vote against the bill in the end, and then voted in favor of the bill. I love you, the check is in the mail, and I promise not to come in your mouth.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"If It's All Right With You, Dear, We'll Take the Foreplay as Read."

If Person A has a right to healthcare, and Person B is taxed to provide it, Person A and Person B are no longer equal.

Person B is a slave.

I deem in your general direction.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Teabagging Teabag Teabaggers

I thought all Tea Party people were Angry White Racists!
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Apparently, there are more than a few "people of color" who care more about freedom than the poverty pimping politics of racial division and hatred perpetrated by the statist left.


Starbucks Coffee supports the Second Amendment? Open carry (that is, carrying an unconcealed firearm such as a pistol in a holster on one's belt without being covered by a garment) is now allowed according to Starbucks' corporate policy. Open carry can be practiced in most public places by anyone who legally possesses a firearm.

I shall no longer feel guilty about my love for the Carmel Macchiato. But I still refuse to order in any size designation other than "small," "medium," or "large." I might be persuaded into using "biggie" or "super-size," since these terms have fallen out of favor in the fast-food world.

I have checked with local law enforcement, and open carry is legal in the City of Charlottesville. On the UVA campus (I don't like the favored local term, "grounds"), the location of the Starbukcs I would like to support, firearms of any type are not permitted. There may be some legal corridor I could use; I need to investigate further. There is another location in the city which shall suffice for now...

In related news, Virginia is about to enact a new law which will permit concealed carry in places which serve alcohol. Those who carry would be barred from consuming alcohol upon pain of a misdemeanor citation. This would be a tricky enforcement issue, however, as the requirement for carrying a concealed firearm is that no part of the firearm may be visible, nor shall its outline be discernible through the covering garment. The new law is in effect an "honor code."

There is the usual outrage from the criers of doom: We shall soon see barroom brawls breaking out into wild-west shootouts! Pandemonium! Cats and dogs sleeping together!

If you oppose legislation that expands an individual's right to defend innocent life against a violent predator, please google "Luby's Cafeteria."

The bill has passed the House of Delegates, 72-27.

Some other ramblings regarding concealed carry and the second amendment can be found here and here. And I can't resist this: