Tuesday, November 30, 2010

S. 510, and the Phantom "Tester Amendment"

S. 510 (the FDA Food Unsafety and Modern Statism Act) has passed. Should the bill be reconciled with a House version and signed into law, the federal government will for all intents and purposes own your body. With the pending tax rate increase, they will own more of your life as well. Body and Soul, we will be enslaved to our betters: The ruling class, and those they choose to favor. Otherwise known as the Politics of Pull. The would-be Attilas and their toadies.

Virginia's two Senators, Mark "The Fraud" Warner and Jim "Melonhead" Webb both voted for statism. Staffers in their offices cite the inclusion of the "Tester Amendment" as a crucial factor in the decision to vote in favor of the bill. The amendment supposedly limits "harsh" regulation for smaller food producers, and limits the full regulatory force to larger firms as established in an anti-terrorism law from 2002.

However, thomas, gov track, and senate.gov do not have any reference to the "Tester Amendment." When I called back to clarify, Senator Webb's office told me to look under amendment 4697. Strange, but amendment 4697 is a Coburn amendment to prohibit earmarks and limited tax benefits.

Calling back again to Webb's office, I was told that the text of the amendment was not available, and someone would call me back.

To be continued...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Meet the Depressed

David Gregory is a sad replacement for the late Tim Russert. That "Meet the Press" is still on the air is nothing short of amazing, given that it is now just another outlet regurgitating the tired pablum of the left.

Given all that, Meet the Depressed can have some fun moments. During the roundtable this past Sunday, the miserable E.J. Dionne pulled his chin out of his belt to call the extension of the Bush tax cuts "tax cut for the rich." I will not re-hash my usual Econ 101 diatribe, which anyone with two economic-oriented brain cells to rub together can comprehend, except to say: Have you ever been employed by a poor person?

During the next roundtable topic, Dionne pulled his chin out of his belt to lament the President's low poll numbers. He then asked rhetorically, how can the President resurrect his poll numbers, unemployment, and the economy at the same time? The answer, which fellow panelist Ed Gillespie should have been shoving up Dionne's ass, is: Duh. Tax cuts, stupid!

The last bit was the most amusing, and rather revealing of the desperation and ineptitude of the left. During the close, all of the panelists get to spout off on their own. Dionne chose to attack the Tea Party with his blunt little tool: Poor, poor establishment Republicans are being force-marched by the Tea Party and other "extremist" groups carrying BAYONETS. Yeah.

I could stand it no longer. I shouted at the TV (yes, I am stoopid too. The people on the Magic Box can't hear me!), "You people are so stupid! How did you get on television?"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To Smallholder: Have You Read...


It's S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

I would like to know your opinion of the this bill, especially the parts which would regulate small family farms, farm stands, and farmer's markets. I know you opposed the national animal ID system, and have supported the local food movement. This bill would be destructive, in my opinion, to the new breed of small farmers. Not to mention the rest of it.

Jerry-Rigging, or This title does not make me a racist because I am German.

The Polymathschloss (hey, more German) is an irrational assemblage of additions to an original house built in 1900. At 1300 square feet or so, it is rather small by today's standards. During the many renovations, repairs, upgrades, etc, I have discovered no less than 7 separate additions to the original 200 square feet. Some additions are better than others. Some of the engineering problems one encounters when adding onto a house have been solved, shall we say, creatively.

The bathroom, which used to be a slab patio on the side of the house, had a problem. The floor was getting squishy, making a sound like jelly squeezed through a plastic bag when it was walked on. Since I had replaced most of the old work in the bathroom, I was confident the presumed leak was coming from the supply line for the toilet. This was the only area I was not able to reach during the renovation. However, in addition to checking the toilet supply line, I checked the rest of what could be leaking in the bathroom. No leak.

The only other area in the house with water is the kitchen. I pulled up some of the flooring in the room between the kitchen and the bath. This is a frame floor over an inaccessible crawl space. Sticking my head down in the hole, I could see a distinct wet area by the wall next to the kitchen.

The kitchen drain has been giving me fits for years. It occasionally would stop up, usually before company would arrive either for dinner or a visit, and would require re-opening. I guess it had been re-opened one too many times, and had become weak just uphill of the area that would clog.

Digging down about 4 feet outside of the house where the kitchen drain passes through the wall, I found the steel pipe drain going to an elbow, then into another piece of steel pipe going at a 45-degree angle under the house. I intended to replace the old drain which passes under the house, and install a new drain which would go around the house. I decided to cut into the steel and temporarily install a new PVC cleanout. At least I would be able to get at the clogged area directly with an auger, slow the leak, and buy some time to dig out the path for the new drain.

Here is the creative part: The original drain was outside of the house at the time it was installed. A new addition was later built on the back of the house, directly on top of the drain. Not a good idea, but it might have held out if it was installed well in the first place. Which it was not. When I cut into the steel with the recip saw, the first cut went right through. On the second cut, the pipe going down into the ground under the house began to wobble. I reached down, and pulled out a 2-foot piece of rotten, rusted steel. Digging further, I found that the angled piece had been put into the open end of a 4" ceramic drain tile, which continued under the house.

So, a new drain, with plenty of cleanouts, is now nearing completion. This is just the latest example of the fun we have had with this house. As my late stepdad told me when we decided to move here, "You don't buy a property like this for the house." He was right. We have nearly 18 acres of mostly wooded, rough terrain. We have plenty of space for shooting guns and gardening. The house has been a work in progress since the day it was built.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Avoid the Obama Tax Increase

The "lame duck" congress needs to listen to history, and make the Bush tax cuts permanent.

Everyone who pays taxes received a tax reduction from the Bush tax cuts. It is worth remembering that only 53% of income earners actually pay taxes. The other 47% either have no tax liability, or are net tax recipients. Tax credits DO NOT equal tax cuts. Tax "credits" are conditional, and many of these are "refundable."

As I said in November 2008, then-President-elect Obama could turn around the then-"inherited" economy by eliminating corporate and capital gains taxes, because only individuals pay taxes in the first place. If that had been done, the effect of eliminating the Bush tax cuts would have been minimal at best. As it stands, the lowest income bracket will have a tax increase of 50%.

Increasing taxes, fewer jobs, inflation, increasing cost of goods and transportation , expensive energy, increasing bureaucracy, increasing welfare state, and less freedom. Not to mention the subversion and perversion of the Constitution. What's not to love?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Federalism, or Why I Love Governor McDonnell

I am so pleased and inspired to read in American Spectator that our Governor here in the great Commonwealth of Virginia has a firm belief in the principle of Federalism. Beginning with taxes, Governor McDonnell wants to reverse the harmful influence of our national, no longer federal, government:
The Virginian believes congressional Republicans should push immediately to tell people that Republicans want to put people back to work by passing legislation to continue all of the Bush-era tax cuts, further reduce capital gains taxes, and push other specific plans to create jobs. Then, McDonnell believes, there would be a foundation for a longer-term reassessment of how the federal government burdens the states.

That's right. Governor McDonnell is a tenther. Does that make him a closet racist?
McDonnell believes that the depth and breadth of the state-level victories should bring another element to the national spending debate. "It really is time for an honest and robust discussion about federalism," he said. "What does the Tenth Amendment really mean? Part of the reason you've got this long-term deficit is you keep legislating in areas that you shouldn't be in."

McDonnell is a firm federalist: "Stick to what the federal government is supposed to do. Do that well -- fund it well -- but then stay out of areas that are traditionally reserved for the states. Let us manage those areas." He added, "That's the discussion we need to have over the next couple of years. Does the Tenth Amendment still mean anything? If so, govern within your bounds at the federal level."
In other words, end the Ponzi schemes of Medicare and Medicaid. These mandated programs amount to 20% of the budgets of most states. End Social Security, and let individuals decide how to invest for their own retirement. End highway funds. End SCHIP. End Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. End financial aid for students. End the enslavement of unrestrained debt, deficit spending, and looming inflation. I could go on, but in other words, end everything not enumerated in Article I, Section 8. States don't need to ask permission, they have all the permission they need in the 10th Amendment.

To put it simply, I quote John Galt in Atlas Shrugged: "Get the hell out of my way!"

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Jim "Melonhead" Webb, the Phony Pragmatic Moderate Centrist (Who Needs a Dummy Cord for His Weapon At All Times)

Jim Webb, D-VA, is up for re-election in 2012. He laments the factional nature of the Democrat party. In an article about him at Real Clear Politics, Webb is portrayed as a "Reagan Democrat." Keep in mind Webb voted down the line for the ObamAgenda when you read the following:

"I've been warning them," Webb says, sighing, resting his chin on his hand. "I've been having discussions with our leadership ever since I've been up here. I decided to run as a Democrat because I happen to strongly believe in Jacksonian democracy. There needs to be one party that very clearly represents the interests of working people ... I'm very concerned about the transactional nature of the Democratic Party. Its evolved too strongly into interest groups rather than representing working people, including small business people."
Here is Mark Levin from his show last night, on the subject of Melonhead:

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Election Day, or, I Have Been Waiting for This Day for TWO LONG YEARS.

I am off to work as an election official at my local precinct polling place.

Here is a comment I made to a friend about another friend's decision to support then-Senator Obama's presidential candidacy in 2008:

He maintains that Obama is a moderate, based on what is written in Obama's book. I have pointed out Obama's Marxist bent, to no avail. I personally think Obama is a dim bulb who has an extraordinary ability to deliver a prepared speech in a charismatic fashion. I despair for our children's future should he become president.

I urge everyone reading this to do the right thing today. Wake up and swallow the Founder's red pill. Your country needs you.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Capitalism is Boss

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