Friday, May 31, 2013

- Christie's Waning Presidential Chances

It's very hard to tell what the gun bills that passed the NJ Senate yesterday actually do, which is exactly how NJ's one man anti-gun lobby Bryan Miller, likes it. Vague, intrusive, and subjectively enforceable has been a working model for NJ gun regulation for two generations, and this promises to be more of the same. I'm sure Mr. Miller is thrilled with the result. For the rest of us it's still a bit of a mystery.

In the post Obama world there is no perceived contradiction in saying something like "this strengthens the rights of gun owners by making it illegal for them to do things that were previously legal for them to do". An equivalent would be 'strengthening freedom of speech by greatly restricting the publishing industry. In either case, hardly what we in the real world would call a 'strengthening of rights'. Yet that's precisely the 'newspeak' like thing that the NJ media has to say about these new gun bills.

NJ's profoundly firearms illiterate news media can read the press release but don't know enough to interpret it in any meaningful way. This leaves us with the 'anti-gun' lobby version of what these rules are 'designed' to do, not the actual effect they'll have on the lives of NJ citizens - even though the latter is completely predictable. As an example of this, has a story on the gun bills that have now passed the senate. But even for someone like me who knows both firearms and NJ's firearms law, it's virtually impossible to tell what they do. After reading a the piece a few times, here's what I think the salient points are:

- It puts your drivers license and firearm purchase permit on the same physical document. Under current law you're required to get a new 'purchaser's permit' for each firearm, which I assume means you need to get a new driver's license too. This increases the cost, the inconvenience, and is therefore going to limit firearms sales to the law abiding. Meanwhile, criminals will continue to have exactly the same access to guns that they always had.

- There is a bill to keep anyone who is on the federal terrorist watch list from purchasing a gun. This is obviously an unconstitutional infringement on the second amendment since it restricts citizen's rights without due process - but again, this is the post Obama world. Such traditions like 'rule of law' truly are secondary now, especially in a place like NJ.

- There is a bill to require all online ammo sales to be registered with the local NJ law enforcement, which will have the effect of eliminating virtually all online ammo sales to anyone in NJ. This drives up ammo cost considerably, and makes it completely impossible to get many kinds of ammo at all. This one is a big win for Bryan Miller and his peers who argue for forced civilian disarmament.

- And finally there is one extra special feel good measure that will ban both of the Barrett .50 caliber rifles in the state.

So NJ will now be no safer from harm, criminals will be restricted in no way, and the law abiding will have their 'rights protected' by the imposition of numerous new vague and intrusive rules designed to shatter previously legal commerce.

If Christie signs these bills, he can kiss his presidential prospects goodbye, but there is still a real question whether he knows that or not. If he signs these bills, the NRA will see him ended in the primary.


Actually I found this link, which details the "Bryan Miller" description of what each of the bills would do. It's hard to get your head around so much wrong headedness, but let me give you my favorites:

A588: Bans possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor

That bill will make every rifle caliber bullet illegal in NJ. But that's no problem right?

S2725: Makes it a third-degree crime to possess air or spring gun for an unlawful purpose

Too stupid to comment on except to say that a spring gun is hardly a concern of public safety.

S2468: Allows impounding motor vehicles if driver unlawfully has a gun

Gotta keep that cashflow going right? Impounded cars are sold at a profit to the state.

A3668: Bars state pension fund from investing in companies that manufacture or sell assault firearms for civilian use

Gun sales have been skyrocketing and even poorly run gun companies are seeing record profits. This rule only hurts the State's pensioners.

- Paging Doctor Obama

The Drudge Headline detailing California's new 146% rate increase hike due to Obamacare, is unsurprising, but for me it conjures this classic bit of video comedy:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

- She Turned Me Into A Newt....

The Saudi's defy parody:

Two maids get 10 years, 1,000 lashes for sorcery

Coming soon to a western country near you.

- I'm More Of A Dog Guy Myself

Don't take this as a comment on the content of the piece, but looking at the picture of that cat was freaking me out a little.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

IRS Information and the Obama Campaign - Pt. II

Today seems to be a day where Jay Sekulow is hitting the news. And his story is getting air at NBC, where Lisa Meyers says "two IRS employees in the Cincinnati office made statements to NBC News that call into question parts of the official explanation Americans have heard from the IRS so far." Progress comes sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. NBC is still running off the template that conflict sells news.

Be that as it is, the interesting part here is that this story has found a way back into the main stream news cycle, seemingly without an impetus from high level political luminaries. The hook to the Sekulow story is that interest in certain tax exempt applications went far up the chain of command. There is conflict to come, I tell you!  That interests me not, because I have speculated here at RFNJ that the IRS collected information that it provided to the Obama campaign, which we all now know ran a very powerful ground game on Facebook.

I took note of a story a few days ago that actually posted an information request made by the IRS to the Ohio Liberty Council on March 16, 2012. I found this particularly interesting, because the Ohio Liberty Council is in the penultimate battleground state of Ohio. I also noted the time of the request coincides with the time when the the Presidental ground game needs to ramp up.

I spend a lot of time formulating questions and crafting answers. I always examine the questions the other side asks. I look at how much effort went into drafting the questions. The questions also give me a window into what the other side really wants. The early questions in a series are always form questions.  Then, like here, the other side telegraphs their thoughts:

1. Please have a member of your board sign page 1 of Form 1024.

2. Please provide a hardcopy printout of your organization's website.

3. Does your organization promote or publicize itself using any internet social media such as Facebook? If so, please list the social media outlets and provide hardcopy printouts of those outlets.

I posted here a little exercise where a college professor and three graduate students made a map that shows point of origin of tweets that contain "hate speech." This platform, I suggested, can be used to map the propagation of an idea. You can see if a combination of words resonates by examining how the words move over electronic media. So what information would be most helpful for this type of tool? How about the very carefully drafted question 6 posed by the IRS to the Ohio Liberty Council:

6. Provide the following information for all the public events conducted or planned to be conducted by your organization:

a. The time, location, and content schedule of each event

b. Identify and provide copies of handouts to the audience

c. Identify workshop materials that instructors will use

d. The names and credentials of the instructors

e. If speeches or forums were or will be conducted at the event, provide detailed contents of the speeches or forums, names of the speakers or panels, and their credentials. If any speakers or panel members will be paid, provide the amount will be paid for each person. If not, please indicate they volunteered to conduct the event.

f. The names of persons from your organization and the amount of time they will spend on the event. Indicate the name and amount of time they will spend on the event. Indicate the name and amount of compensation that will be paid to each person. If no one will be paid, indicate this event will be conducted by volunteers to each person.

g. Indicate the percentage of time and resources you will spend on these activities in relation to 100% of all your activities.

The primary interest the President had for the IRS in the months leading up to the election was information that it could use to get reelected. If I am right, the Obama campaign may have conspired with the IRS to receive stolen information. If so, the campaign is a racketeering organization, which calls into question the legitimacy of the election. I am guessing Lisa Myers will not think about that, but Jay Sekulow might.  In a civil RICO case, the prevailing party gets attorney's fees.  That cat has legs.

- Sell Apple

That rotund face above is the mug of former NJ DEP head Lisa Jackson, who recently stepped down from her role in Obamaland as head of the the EPA. No government bureau is as unashamedly dedicated to the destruction of economic growth as the EPA, and Ms. Jackson's deluded tenure in NJ showed her to be a perfect candidate to run a group like that. She hates commerce. As far as she's concerned, good things come exclusively from government, and business - even a lefty friendly business like Apple - is evil.

Plus, she doesn't know the first thing about the concept in the private sector known as 'deliverables'.

The sycophant-journalists are already out in force for this hire. But the fact they would consider a useless Democrat insider like Jackson says that Apple has turned a corner. They no longer want to run a company. Now they want to run to Washington. They are looking to become the GM of the technology world. Next Steve Rattner will be running things over there.

This change to their corporate culture is not a good thing. Sell it.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Obama's Jersey Shore Looks Past Ocean Grove

In his speech a few minutes ago, our President said You look out over the horizon, you can count on the fact that you won’t be alone. The President did not look 5 blocks to the south.

There, just past the Casino, lies Ocean Grove, with a still shattered boardwalk. FEMA will not provide funds to restore it, unlike for every town with a boardwalk to the north and south. Why? Because the religious Camp Meeting Association owns all of the land within Ocean Grove. You can own your house, with a 99 year lease of the land.

FEMA discriminated against Ocean Grove because of religion. Our President seems fine with looking past that because in Ocean Grove this administration has left us very, very alone.

%%%%%%% Update

Seven months ago, I promised you that your country would have your back. 
Part of the reason I wanted to come back here was not just to send a message to New Jersey, but send a message to folks in Oklahoma: When we make a commitment that we’ve got your back, we mean it — (applause)

As a resident of Ocean Grove, tell my back that.

- Obviously The Gun's Fault

Boy, I remember how upset I was the first time one of my guns killed a six month old baby. Oh no wait, it didn't actually happen that way. My guns have never actually killed anyone.

As you know, I'm a big gun safety nut, not a dim witted useless barbaric thug using a 'class warfare & racism" fantasy to masquerade as a 'victim'. And I don't spend my whole life blaming the things that happen to me on others. I would never endanger a child or another adult with one of my guns. I take responsibility for both myself and for everyone in my vicinity when I'm handing a firearm.

But I'm sure those meaningless details about who I am and how I see the world are totally unrelated to the outcome here. I'm sure this sort of thing could just as easily happen in my upper middle class neighborhood as the slums of Chicago.

And if you think the character of the people involved is related to these events in some vague way, well then that's really just more evidence of your obvious racism. You don't hate this piece of human refuse because of his monstrous behavior or rank stupidity. You don't hate him because you think he's he's evidence of how our society is rotting from the inside out. You hate him because of the color of his skin.

It's the only thing it can be.

- A Count Down To Race Riots

The George Zimmerman Trial is just 2 weeks away.

The riots themselves won't happen until he's acquitted. That they're holding a trial at all in the face of the known evidence is a complete travesty of justice, and is only happening because the race baiting press insisted on it. But he's all but certain to be acquitted, and when he is, Orlando is gonna burn... just like the press and the left want it to.

Expect to hear about 'protest marches' and candlelight vigils being held as near to large electronics retailers as the organizers can manage.

- The "Head Up The Bum" Award

Goes to Ladd Everitt of the "Coalition To Stop Gun Violence":

“We’ve always been too polite, by appealing to politicians to do the right thing, ... appealing to their conscience and hoping they’d come around even when the evidence suggested they wouldn’t,” says Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “We went too far into the realm of educating the public and ceded the field of politics to the NRA. That was disastrous for us.”

That’s the liberal mythology. That these obnoxious, snarling, condescending bullies who scream "RACIST" every time someone put’s cream in their coffee and accuse people of hate with no proof except the results of their ‘vulcan mind meld’ are ‘too reasonable’.

These people whose only desire is to punish the innocent rather than the guilty and who wouldn’t dare support stricter penalties for actual crime, but would happily punish manufacturers for the misuse of their product, are ‘too reasonable’. These megalomaniacal idiots who flail about looking for a fee, a tax, an insurance mandate - anything at all to artificially inflate costs and restrict sales of firearms, are "too reasonable".

The social policy facts aren’t on their side. Logic and reason aren’t on their side. The very fabric of reality isn’t on their side. The only thing that is on their side is their overwhelming belief that everyone should shut up and do as they’re told, and their unshakable faith in their own ego driven opinions. But when they process all that data, the thing they come out with is, “they’re too reasonable”.

How smart people can be so incredibly, mind numbingly, impossibly stupid, is really beyond me.


A well timed counterpoint:

"Why Are Liberals So Rude To The Right?!"

Monday, May 27, 2013

-In Memoria Di...

My dad passed away over a dozen years ago this weekend. He taught me to be stubborn and to lead rather than follow. He also taught me that individuality is worth fighting for. The final line sung is Vincero! Vincero! Vincero!
Translated from Italian: "I Will Win! I Will Win! I Will Win!"
I have had a few things happen recently, but I walk away with a valuable lesson. Tomorrow, I take the memory and values of my father into the next chapter of my professional career. (... Vincero!)
One more for Dad:

Dad was raised in Sicily at the same time Mussolini decided to transform Italy.
The above piece was co-opted by Mussolini as an anthem to "the cause".
My dad used to say that if you spoke during the Intermezzo to Cavalleria Rusticana, "they would drag you out of the theater and kill you." I believe he was referring to Sicilians rather than fascisti...

- The Way Of The Coward

(The image above is the logo of a real, incredibly ironically named liberal foundation. My only conclusion is that they didn't know what they were announcing about themselves.)

I'm always surprised by the things I write which seem to resonate with you guys. Things I spend hours (OK - maybe an hour) on, that I'm very proud of, no one seems to take notice of. Things that involve breakout thoughts or particularly compelling language, no one cares. But the things I knock out with one hand while eating my morning bagel manage to get 40 comments and big philosophical debate. Go figure.

The last piece about being more like Sweden, isn't quite up at that latter level, but it certainly seems to have garnered more interest than I thought it would. So I wanted to mention one more idea which I originally left out for continuity's sake, but that I think is important to discuss.

I say liberals are cowards, and I mean it. I don't believe there is such a thing as a brave liberal. Not one, not ever. The very idea of being a liberal is to announce to the world that if given the choice you will run and hide rather than face down the conflicts and dangers of the world - at least until you have a huge mob of people behind you and it will almost certainly be one of them who takes the big personal risk.

But it goes even deeper than that. I think cowardice is the real 'root cause' of liberalism. In other words, in the chicken and egg argument about cowardice and liberalism, I really do believe that the cowardice is what came first. Liberals believe the silly things they do out of insecurity. It's their fear of facing the truth about themselves that pushes them toward this huge rationalization that we have come to view as a set of political beliefs.

But those political beliefs are really just the visible part of the iceberg. It's the place we see the results of their faulty judgment, lack of introspection, and selfishness. Politics is about core philosophical principles given voice in the form of rules. For liberals, their core philosophical principle is that they desperately need to feel better about themselves, and they don't care how much harm to others must be done in order to achieve that feeling.

That's it. They need it. They NEEEEED to feel better about themselves somehow. And it's much easier for them to build a complex rationalization than it is to face down the flaws in their character. All the rest is just a philosophical rube Goldberg device designed to hide that fact from others. That's the path of least resistance to them, and it's liberalism's great appeal. It's a belief system, designed for people who lack the character to challenge their own demons. It's a political system for losers, who can't seem to figure out any way to win.

If they had character, then they would realize that everyone loses sometimes. They would see that it isn't the losing that makes someone a loser, it's the lack of trying. If you take responsibility for your loss, dust yourself off and get back on the horse and keep trying no matter how painful it is, then eventually you become a winner. In fact, it's really the only way to win. No one - not a single mortal human ever, has succeeded without ever having to cope with a loss or two. But what makes people embrace liberalism is that when they lose, they lack the strength of will to 'try, try again'.

Instead, they choose the coward's path. They embrace the idea that the things that have happened to them are the fault of someone else. It's a conspiracy; a class struggle. Someone has held them back, or kept them down. It's not their fault, it's the fault of someone else. And since that's so, a big group of people (or voters) must be cobbled together and the people who won, must be punished. There are far more people who didn't come in first and they are all upset about it. So they convince themselves that their shared anger is evidence of malfeasance by the winner. "They cheated!" , says the liberal, "And now they must be made to pay!"

If all liberals were stupid, you could almost forgive them for thinking this. But they aren't. A great many of them are actually quite intelligent. Unfortunately courage and intelligence don't go together. Proof of this is obvious in the job selections of intelligent liberals. College professors are not typically low IQ people. Not all journalists have low IQ's even if they do have serious flaws in their ability to use logic and reason.

But instead of coping with the competition, and the consequences of failure that come from life in the private sector, they choose to be cloistered. They hide behind union contracts, tenure, and a job design that offers a total lack of consequences for failure. In effect, all the need for courage of any kind, has been totally removed. Taken in that light, the pervasiveness of liberalism in academia, journalism and the media, is really just selection bias. By protecting them from consequences in those jobs we oversampled cowards.

So the question remains - if cowardice causes liberalism, and liberalism is destroying the country, (a fact I view as self evident) then how do we teach liberals to be brave? Regrettably I think the only way is to give them no other choice. A coddled child doesn't learn to be brave. They never learn what they're capable of. So it's only when the liberal fantasies of a life absent all risk finally collapse around us that we'll have a chance to teach them again. Until then they'll continue to take the easy path. The path of excuses and self deception. Being brave isn't about a lack of fear - it's about standing up to fear. It's about having the character to face the things most difficult for you. It's about admitting to yourself who you really are, what you're really good and bad at, and learning to make the best of it. And it's about the determination to keep trying in the face of even the most painful failure - even when you feel ashamed and beaten for having lost again. That's what having courage is.

These days we let Hollywood tell us what courage is. But they're all liberals so they have no idea. Facing down the enemy of the battlefield certainly takes courage - more than any liberal has. But real courage is an internal thing. It's the decision to take personal responsibility for the way our life will turn out. If you're a soldier then it will be a decision on a battlefield, but most of the truly brave people I know lead ordinary suburban lives just like me. And many of them show as much courage as anyone on any battlefield. The decision to keep fighting and trying in the face of failure - is what it's really about.

And I hope I live long enough to see liberals begin to learn that again.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

- Being More Like Sweden

Here it is... one more ridiculous liberal fantasy going 'up in smoke' as it were. For generations we've been hearing how socialism really can work and that we should all strive to be 'more like Sweden'. But after a 6th night of rioting, even Swedes are probably rethinking it.

Keeping totally true to their cowardly form, the press refuses to acknowledge the real cause - I guess out of fear of giving offense (and the violent reaction that offense always causes when dealing with Muslims), and the police refuse to respond with force. I guess they prefer to keep their police force in reserve against the possible need to pummel a law abiding citizen or two.

Liberals are cowards. All of them. If you're a liberal, you're a coward too. But the pernicious thing about liberal cowardice is that it's always dressed up as moral superiority. Liberals have a twisted and warped worldview that paints resisting a violent rioting mob as an inappropriate use of force, but kicking in the doors of peaceful citizens or killing them with automated drones as perfectly appropriate use for government.

This is the main reason I'm so glad we continue to resist the liberal desire to disarm the populace here in America. In places where liberals have their way, (Detroit, Chicago, Camden, Newark, Boston) a riot isn't out of the question, and the likelihood of the police being ordered to 'stand down' for fear of giving offense, is quite high. And naturally liberals still think we should be 'more like Sweden' in that regard. They still push for "peace through unconditional surrender", on every front.

But resisting a rioting mob is not 'uncivilized' as liberals (and the Swedish police) would have you believe. A mob is an uncivilized thing. There is no anger that justifies it. Freedom of assembly does not mean the 'freedom to torch cars and throw bricks'. When a 'protest march' is peaceful, then it should be respected, but when the first rock is thrown, it becomes a mob. And a mob should always be put down with force - in my opinion, life threatening force. No one has the right to harm others, no matter how big the crowd is. And if you need a big crowd chanting with you to find your courage, then you are a coward too. (That goes for all you Muslim's out there torching cars all over the world. You're all a bunch of cowards.)

I don't know what it would take to get a bunch of Swedes to riot here in America. I guess giving Swedish passports and US visa's to a bunch of Somalis would do the trick. It seems to have done the trick in Sweden. But as we learned from the Atlantic piece above, we must not let on to the multicultural secret of the Swedish riots. We must continue to dress it all up as the failure of the Swedish people to stick doggedly to the Socialist ideal. "It's all about class", the press ceaselessly tells us, and has nothing to do with the widespread Muslim immigration that Sweden has seen for the better part of a decade, designed to make the most of it's 'free stuff' from the Swedish government.

Maybe the best way to handle the violence in Sweden is to address it with that famous quote from an unnamed US Army captain stationed in Mogadishu during the conflict there, and reported in the PJ O'Rourke book "Give war a chance". When O'Rourke asked him what the best way to handle the violence in Somalia was, without a moment's hesitation he responded "Arm the population, and seal the borders."

Seems to me the Swedes have it coming. But being liberals, they'll almost certainly do something like that to themselves before any of the rest of us have a chance.

Friday, May 24, 2013

- Tim Curry's Stroke

I just heard that the actor I mentioned the other day Tim Curry, has had a major stroke. The truth of the matter is I've been a fan of his for a long time. He's a fine actor who has had the good taste to keep his politics to himself. I wish most actors had as much class.

He's done a lot of really great supporting work apart from Rocky Horror. But my favorite role of his was his performance in the comedic mystery, "Clue". A movie best know for it's multiple endings where various different people committed the final murder. A snippet is below.

Here's to you Mr. Curry. I hope you get well soon.

- Paul Tudor Jones on Women In Trading

The thing that Paul (my former boss) fails to mention here is that he's talking about a world that doesn't really exist anymore. No one will make the kind of money trading in the next 30 years that was made in the last 30. The reasons for this are many, but have nothing to do with gender or focus. Mainly the markets are just more efficient now, and the glory days are behind us. Even Paul is doing far less well than he used to.

With that said, his answer is being misrepresented. He's not degrading women or talking them down or anything else. That specific women in the media feel the need to over-react to what he did say is testimony to their own individual insecurity. You would all do better trying to understand what he's really saying rather than looking for another politically incorrect straw man to toss on the fire. Have your next witch hunt if you want to, but believe me when I tell you, Paul Tudor Jones is not going to shriek in fear from the likes of you.

- John Derbyshire Hates Smart People!!!!

Actually he really doesn't. I'm just trying to get ahead of the crowd.

To my knowledge (and we've talked about it quite a bit) I don't think John Derbyshire hates anyone at all. There are a few individual he likes somewhat less than others, as is certainly true of all of us. But I can't imagine the man capable of anything that the rational among us might reasonably call hate.

Alas, the world is not filled exclusively with the rational, and the reasonable. And because that's so, John has been accused of hating all kinds of people, in circumstances not dissimilar to the one I'm about to describe.

In one of his VDARE pieces, he talks about something called "The smart fraction". This came up in conversation between us a while back, and I'm convinced there is a profit generating trade in it. Be that as it may though, today John flips the coin over and finds that it may be possible for a group of people to be 'too smart' as well.

If you have mixed with many classes and races of people, your experience will suggest this. A certain unimaginative, not-very-reflective, commonsensical approach to life, shared by many citizens, provides valuable ballast, keeping society on an even keel.

William F. Buckley’s famous observation that “I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University” [Rumbles Left And Right, 1963, p. 134]was surely well founded.

If that is right, then too much of a reduction in the quantity of that ballast would be socially destabilizing. A too-high value of X would have just that effect.

There are other considerations, too. There may, for instance, be biological downsides to smartness.

There certainly seem to be in the case of Ashkenazi-Jewish smarts. The 2006 paper on this subject from the University of Utah argued plausibly that the strong pressure of natural selection increased medieval Ashkenazi intelligence to the sensational modern mean IQ of 112-115; but that it also increased the frequency of nervous-system genetic disorders. Population-genetic changes are often a matter of swings and roundabouts, of two steps forward and one step back.

Even without that intensive overclocking, there may be unavoidable biological downsides to high IQ.

Go there and read the piece. It's really VERY interesting and will be well worth your time, even if you don't see the profit generating trade in it that I do.

(Then while you're at it, give them a little money because writing things is pretty much the only way they make their living.)

A Major Cosmic Impact 12,800 Years Ago

Here is a topic from the weird stuff file that just has to annoy the global warming and conservation Nazis. Last summer I went off on a riff about whether the Shark River was a Carolina Bay. I still think it is. This paper finds evidence of a major cosmic impact at the onset of the Younger Dryas episode, 12,800 years ago. It rejects the thesis that 10 million tonnes (You would think such smart people have spell check) melted spherules over 50 million square kilometers on four continents came from volcanism, anthropogenesis, authigenesis, lightning, and meteoritic ablation.

Carolina Bays exist throughout the coastal southeast and as far north as NJ, as well as in Nebraska. The eastern bays are oval and ovoid in shape, all oriented northwest to southeast. The Nebraska bays are more east to west in orientation. The graphic above, created by the Cintos Organization, shows a line through the apex of the greatest curve of many Carolina bays, which all point back to the "mitten" appearing State of Michigan.

The Cintos thesis is that an object hit the earth at a 5 degree angle, skipping off the then existing ice sheet, creating the Saginaw peninsula. The roundish area between the thumb and the rest of the mitten is an impact crater. Think about how water splashes forward and to the sides, but not to the front, from the bow of a boat. Carolina bays resulted from the splash from the Saginaw event.

The megafauna extinction includes the Woolly Mammoth, Mastodons, Giant Sloth, Sabre Tooth Tigers, Dire Wolf, Short Faced Bear and all sorts of other pretty big beasts. This time period also coincides with the rapid propagation of a genetic variation in humans. As I see it, the extinction of some of the nastier megafauna carnivores allowed the human population to grow.

So, it appears the extinction of the megafauna coincides with with climate change caused by a major cosmic impact. So it only stands to reason that humans hunted the Woolly Mammoth and Mastodon
to extinction. Cintos just cannot be correct because they are not affiliated with a major university.  

- Not Printable, But....

An AK47 is so simple to make, that even a pudding headed drone from Mother Jones can make one:

Afficionados will notice the little plate metal 'wrapper' around the magazine release. This is a 'workaround' for the California Assault Weapons Ban. It's called a 'bullet button' in some circles, and it is a feature which prevents the magazine from being released without the use of a tool. In this case the tool required is something pointy like a bullet. Under the law, this means that the firearm no longer has a legally removable magazine, and can therefore have 'evil features' like a pistol grip and flash hider, without running afoul of idiotic California law to prevent such things.

The AK47 has always been famous for it's simplicity. That's why illiterates world wide carry them. The idea that you can make one in your garage from a legally purchased parts kit isn't really a shocking discovery to anyone but Mother Jones. In fact, there is more ingenuity in the additions to the build used to get around the California Assault Weapons ban than there is the actual gun. The thing was designed by mid 20th century communists, to be built with simple tools. Of course you can make one in 21st century America.

The problem Mother Jones has with all this, is that they think you should have to get permission from the government to do this. But no matter how complicated they make the law to prevent it, enterprising gun enthusiasts seem to be able to get around them. Short of repealing the second amendment (a conversation that gun enthusiasts would be thrilled to have with the gun banner stupid honest enough to have it) is really the only option left to them if they want to really eliminate something like this.


Since we on RFNJ fall firmly on the side of firearm freedom, here is a link to a website that explains the law and engineering of building your own AK47. There are also a multitude of videos on youtube showing each step of the process. Please be aware that if you're in a firearm illiterate state like NJ, NY, CT or California, there may be new state laws which must also be adhered to, but may not be detailed in the website.

Turns out that just a little web browsing could have saved Mother Jones all that expense and fuss.

$$$$$$$$$$$ UPDATE 2 $$$$$$$$$

Even though I buy my guns not build them (I built my AR15, but bought the receiver for it) I found this video much more interesting:

- Dishonor Student

I can't believe we're going to have to have a race riot over this kid. Thanks so much NBC.

If you people hadn't decided to misrepresent this story as the fabled (but virtually never seen) 'white on black' violent crime, all of the future violence could have been avoided. Instead George Zimmerman is going to be (rightly) acquitted, and the race baiting leaders of the black community will have their angry mobs torch a few buildings, and loot a Best Buy or two. And the blame for every bit of it should fall squarely on the shoulders of NBC news.

From the DailyMail:

Explosive new pictures from Trayvon Martin's cell phone show the slain Florida teenager blowing smoke rings, a photo of a gun and what appears to be a marijuana plant.

The data released on Thursday by George Zimmerman's attorneys also include worrying text messages with a friend about fighting, smoking pot and being forced to move out of his mother's house because of trouble at school.

If anyone is hurt or killed in those riots, the blood will be on the hands of those lying journalists, and no one else.

- The "Ike Turner" Tax

Steve Rattner is one of those business executives that fit really well into Ayn Rand's worldview. "You can either run your business, or run to Washington." says' the lesser known adage from Atlas Shrugged. Rattner is far more adept adept at doing the latter than the former.

So today he's in the NYTimes, wailing and moaning about Apple's ability to manage it's corporate taxes. In the financial world we call what Apple did, "effective management". Every corporation has a responsibility to it's shareholder to keep it's taxes to a minimum. But Rattner thinks he's detected the core problem here:

Unlike individuals, multinational corporations can shuttle profits — and sometimes even their headquarters — around the globe in search of the jurisdiction willing to cut them the best deal on taxes (and often other economic incentives).

Much of this occurs under the guise of “transfer pricing,” the terms under which one subsidiary of a multinational sells products to another subsidiary. The goal is to generate as high a share of profit as possible in the lowest-taxed jurisdictions.

Instead of the officious mousy little man that he is, try picturing Rattner as a unshaven illiterate brute who is complaining that his swollen faced wife should have to take whatever treatment he gives her. Think of him as a corporate "Ike Turner". He isn't really representing fairness. He's saying it should be 'fair' for the government to do whatever it likes to any corporation, no matter how good they may be at exploiting loopholes that people like him created in the first place.

And his solution to this travesty? Just like Ike turner, he recommends putting a bit more of a beating on them. He wants a new ADDITIONAL minimum tax on corporate profits earned overseas.

Rattner isn't a stupid man. And the fact that he can make an argument like this one with a straight face makes it clear that he's perfectly happy to shill for the house, no matter how ridiculous their demands. The consequences of his policy proposal would be catastrophic. Obama almost certainly doesn't know that. What the hell does he know about economics or business... or even fairness?! But Rattner certainly does.

But nothin get's a bitch back in line like a little 'fairness' right Steve? I'm sure this monumentally stupid proposal will stop her from running from you, and then you can get the kind of treatment from her that a man like you deserves.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

- People's Republic Of America: Part 2

God knows what the members of the politburo are going to do to Jason Mattera for getting up in their grill like that. But whatever it is, if recent history is any judge they'll also be doing it to his family, his friends, his roommate from college etc.

As a member of the press corps he should know his place better.

- The Real Mike Bloomberg

Here is the Mike Bloomberg I remember meeting:

“I saw Bloomberg and his security there in the club, so I went over and said, ‘Tell me what is going on with the Taxi of Tomorrow?’ ” Freidman, 42, said yesterday.

“He turns to me, and said, ‘Come January 1st, when I am out of office, I am going to destroy your f--king industry.’

“I said, ‘Whoa, Mr. Mayor, calm down! Why can’t I sit down with you and figure out something that works?’ He got back in my face and said, ‘After January, I am going to destroy all you f--king guys,’ ” said Freidman, whose company operates a fleet of 925 yellow cabs.

Freidman said a red-faced Bloomberg’s jaw was clenched.

“He was very angry, very scary, very violent in a non-physical way. He was grinding his teeth, he was spitting, he was red and he was in my face,” the self-styled “King of the Road” claimed.

“The mayor was extremely disrespectful, and not ‘mayorly’ at all. He cursed at me, and when we walked away, I asked a friend who was with me, ‘Did the mayor just threaten me?’

“My friend responded, ‘No, he threatened you twice.’ ”

At a glance, the NYC Taxi King doesn't seem like someone I'd want to pal around with. I can't imagine he's risen to such heights without wading chest deep in the widespread filth and corruption that's all too present in city government. But I don't remember him being convicted of anything, so he deserves better treatment than the Mayor of his city telling him to F*** off and that he's going to destroy his industry.

I guess Mike is angry about all the money he's wasted on trying to foist his vision for gun control on the rest of the country. That could make anyone a little testy.

Others could confirm this, but it's my understanding that back in the day, the medallion cabs were all run by the same guys who took care of NYC's garbage contracts. That may no longer be the case, but if it is, these are guys that you do not want to threaten - even if you are a billionaire 'know it all' dwarf from the upper east side.

I'm not going to cheer for anyone's personal demise, even Mike Bloomberg. I can't think of a man with whom I have greater political differences, or that I find more personally reprehensible. Even Obama bother's me less. But I'm still not going to cheer for Mike's demise.

The fact is, when I say I'm a better man than Mike Bloomberg for it, I'm not setting the bar very high.

IRS Information and the Obama Campaign

I think everybody is getting it wrong. The Obama administration probably didn't know the IRS actively suppressed conservative organizations. It makes no sense that they would. Those groups were not big enough to move the voting needle in battleground states like Ohio. The treatment of these organizations by the IRS bureaucracy seems the residual of their identification by a White House disinterested in the mundane administration of tax collection.

Think like an ambitious bureaucrat. Your agency head is on the move up, visiting the White House 118 times, while at the same time information has been gathered about an organization like True the Vote. You know they have been targeted for something because of the questionnaires they received. Now the high level focus is somewhere else, but you have the True the Vote application on your desk. What are you going to do? Grant tax exempt status?

We now know that in 2011 and 2012 the Obama campaign was working on its a secret weapon. It allowed the campaign to take "deep dives into exactly where each demographic and regional group was trending at any given moment." I believe this was a Google pre-alpha product that is being released to a select few clients.

Take a moment to think about how the power of Google to acquire information. It admitted in May 2010 that its Street View cars had snatched 600 GB of e-mail, passwords and browsing data from thousands of users in countries all over the world. How does that happen?

We also know that Google gave the prime number (if you take away the final 0) of $801,770 to the Obama campaign. I don't think that was all cash. It is the value of the information they provided. We also know that Eric Schmidt wanted to keep his association with Obama a fact hidden from search query results.

In a political campaign, voter information is better than gold. The the bigger your information cohort, the better you can gauge how your campaign message propagates. The Obama campaign thirsted for information. I think it directed he IRS to gather it from organizations like True the Vote. The information was then incorporated into its data set.

I don't think the IRS was the only source of information that was harvested.  That's why I put the 2 legged cat up for this post.  We by no means have a complete picture.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

- The People's Republic Of America

As much as the Obama 'rainbows and unicorns' campaign logo turns my stomach, I think it's tough to beat the logo of the IRS for it's totalitarian vagueness. Not to trash any politician or policy in particular, but the symbol of the agency really does look like something Hitler's boys dreamed up when they were playing with Adobe Illustrator one night doesn't it?

So we're all going round and round with this IRS thing. The IRS was unfair to conservatives - check. There is much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments by the Republicans in congress - check. There are vague references to high level relationships held by IRS union leaders at the Whitehouse - Check.

A high level IRS staffer is pleading the 5th amendment, while trying to trash the first - check. There is even a smokescreen thrown up by the leftist's on the committee in the form of dragging an Apple executive to Washington and demanding to know why all his tax accountants seem to be so much smarter than Carl Levin - check.

But nothing at all will ever come of this. Because reforming the tax code in a rational way is the last thing Congress wants to do.

Their authority to kick in your door and take all your stuff is the core power of government. If a few IRS agents took that a little too far, or were a little tough on some people who the left thinks is really just a front for the klan, then that's just too bad. There will be no reform. I doubt they'll even start approving the Tea Party's various tax free applications.

In the end the establishment will rely on the press's ability to get bored. The court eunuchs will all fall in line again soon enough, and then we can all go back to talking about what racist bastards the Republicans are for not buying in to hope and change, just because it's ruining the country.

You did notice right? No one is proposing any change to anything, or any solution to this 'earth shaking' crisis. Nothing will come of any of this I'm afraid. And if nothing else, that's all the proof we should need to be certain that the idea that was America, is now good and dead. There is no more equality before the law.

Welcome to the People's Republic of America.

- The Big Lie Really Works

According to Slate who tested it:

In 1984, George Orwell told the story of Winston Smith, an employee in the propaganda office of a totalitarian regime. Smith's job at the fictional Ministry of Truth was to destroy photographs and alter documents, remaking the past to fit the needs of the present. But 1984 came and went, along with Soviet communism. In the age of the Internet, nobody could tamper with the past that way. Could they?

Yes, we can. In fact, last week, Slate did.

A very interesting test of reinventing political history. I found it unsurprising that on the whole 'progressives' were more influenced than conservatives, since most of progressive history is invented already anyway - so they're more used to believing things that turn out not to be true.

- New Yorker's Shame & Self Hatred

I really wish New Yorkers still had some self respect, but obviously they don't.

They happily stood by (and many cheered) while Mike Bloomberg called them idiots, and Andrew Cuomo commanded them to surrender their liberty. So of course they're going to elect this lying, degenerate, ill mannered A-hole mayor.

But it's really a shame.


I wonder why this D137head didn't announce his candidacy on twitter? Too ironic for him I suppose. At least then NY'ers would have really known what they're getting when they hire him.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Benghazi Stand Down Pt. II

I spent some time shooting Sporting Clays with Ika Ika last weekend. I was kind of gratified to hear him say that when he first read my Google Purge posts, he thought, "That guy's off his rocker." I felt off my rocker when I posted them. But I just could not make sense of what was happening. The pattern of how things should happen was just little bit off. So I wrote those posts, cracked myself up in the process and hit the "publish" button.

In the first Google Purge post I observed:

Somebody somewhere got the goods on General Petraeus. A search algorithm for a man having an affair has got to be easy pickins for information dealers. But I see a pattern here. Jeremiah Wright threatened in 2008 to go on a public campaign that may have damaged the Obama campaign. Then came Elizabeth Payne, and Wright was silent.

In the Google Purge Pt. 3 I observed that like Patraeus, Kip Ward at AFRICOM was taken down by an information smart bomb of unknown origin.

In the Benghazi Stand Down post I put up on May 8, 2013, I observed that Carter Ham succeeded Kip Ward at AFRICOM. I looked at the chain of command to see that AFRICOM reported directly to POTUS on the night Ambassador Stevens died.  It became oh so clear then that somebody knows whether POTUS gave the order to special forces stand down, but they aren't saying.  Carter Ham was looking at the same career path as Kip Ward and David Patraeus, if he didn't watch his P's and Q's.

How is Carter Ham faring? I don't know. He retired quietly in April 2013 (Hat tip to Hell_is_Like_Newark). The Roger L. Simon PJM Exclusive goes on to describe what some Benghazi whistle blowers may soon say:

He added that he and his colleagues think the leaking of General David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell was timed to silence the former CIA chief on these matters.
Ham was told by the White House not to send the aid to the trapped men, but Ham decided to disobey and did so anyway, whereupon the White House “called his deputy and had the deputy threaten to relieve Ham of his command.”

Like I said - I crack myself up!

- Fed To The Modern Day Lions

I think everyone should read Anne Hendershot's account of the attention paid to her by the IRS for her opposition to Obamacare.

It really isn't America anymore.

- Just a Brief Pop-Culture Reference

Since I'm a heterosexual I've never been a big fan of Madonna, but she has definitely sold a lot of records. And based on sales alone I think there must have been something to her back in the day, even if I could never appreciate it. At this point though I think she's gone just a few years past her expiration date.

The photo above is of her from the recent Billboard Music awards. Does she look good for her age? Maybe. But her age is not insignificant. She's old enough to be the grandmother of some of the award winners from this year. And yet, with the help of some personal lubricant, pancake makeup, and concealer for her Herpes blisters, she's clinging desperately to her role as a music industry maven like some kind of deranged, X rated Norma Desmond with rhythm.

US culture has degraded to a standard-less post deconstructionist mess, and Ms. Ciccone was instrumental (or at least fully complicit) in making it so. To be fair, when she had the virtues of youth on her side many of us cheered her for it. But those virtues are long gone. And at this point even gay men, by far her most reliable fans, are probably turning their heads away in shame. It really does seem to be time for her to hang up her garters and begin behaving with just a tiny shred of personal dignity.

These days it really is possible for a woman in her mid 50's to look spectacular. But in order to do so she has to stop pretending to be 22. Surely someone could have mentioned that to Madonna before she left the house in that clown costume. Instead, she decided to prove the adage, that you can take the girl out of the trailer park - etc.

You know who she really looks like? Another star of the past - one who managed to age with considerably more grace than she has. These days, she most closely resembles... Tim Curry in a blonde wig.

Monday, May 20, 2013

- On Banning Certain Ideas

John Derbyshire on his being fired from National Review:

The furor will soon pass. Mercifully, the media are starting to forget about me. But a certain amount of long-term damage to political discourse has been done. Every researcher who writes on public policy over the next few years will have a fresh and vivid memory of how easy it is to get in trouble with the media’s thought police, and how easy it is to become an instant pariah. Researchers will feel even more compelled to suppress unpopular evidence and arguments that should be part of an open discussion. This is certainly not the way science should be conducted, and it’s not the way our politics should be either.

No Wait... I'm sorry... that's not John Derbyshire talking about being fired from National Review, that's Jason Richwine taking about being fired from the Heritage foundation IN National Review. Silly me. I guess there is a finer line between complicity and rejection of intellectual witch hunts than I ever imagined.

None of this is to diminish the plight of Dr Richwine, who obviously got a raw deal. It's just that Derbyshire (and several others before him) got the same raw deal from the very same people who are now standing up for Jason Richwine.

Don't get me wrong. I hope this is Rich Lowry realizing that he's been made a fool of by the left, and is now penitent on the issue and ready to stand up for what's right. I hope he's seen the error in treating these ridiculous shrill cries of "racist" as if they contained some actual information. Most of all I hope he regrets the way he mistreated John Derbyshire.

If a woman is imagining mice everywhere, it does her absolutely no good to pull up your skirts and stand on a chair with her, as if the mice were real. It's nice to see National Review stop pretending - even if it is a little late.


This is related in an odd circular way.

I'm complaining about the hypocritical way National Review unjustly threw John Derbyshire under the (back of the) race baiting bus and then turned around and defended Jason Richwine when the Heritage foundation did exactly the same to him. Well it turns out that "The Derb" is nothing if not consistent. Here he is saying to the Heritage foundation what he is too humble and well mannered to ever say directly to National Review (which leaves it to the less well mannered like me to say to them).

Click on it for the link.

Bob Menendez - He's One of Us

I had the good fortune of growing up socially acquainted with some powerful people.  I didn't know whoever as a powerful person.  I just knew them as a friend's dad or somebody who my mom knew from playing golf.  Knowing that somebody was in trouble because of something, who was having an affair, who drank too much and how you get out of certain types of problems was just part of life.

More than 25 years ago, when I first began to practice law, I remember sitting in the chambers of a Superior Court Judge, who was saying things you just can't say today.  The lawyers just kept the ball rolling.  It was hilarious.  I felt right at home.  At some point the Judge looked at me and asked, "Is he alright?"  The most important lawyer in the room just said, "Oh, it's ok.  He's one of us."  That was a long time ago, and I am still worried about telling such a story.

I am not sure exactly how Bob Menendez got into trouble.  Maybe he shouldn't have worked so closely with Hillary in her Presidential bid.  Maybe he should not have held onto the blue slip in February 2012 for Patty Schwartz, a former Federal Prosecutor in the Public Corruption Unit, when President Obama nominated her for a seat on the Third Circuit.  Becoming the only Democrat to block an Obama judicial nomination must have been a difficult choice.  But ramping up an investigation during an election fight, like how Schwartz did in 2006, is one of those things that cannot go unrecognized.  How his trips to the Dominican Republic became public in November 2012 is anybody's guess.  A lot of interesting things became public about that time.  Strange isn't it?

I thought I would post a picture of Bob, as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, looking just like "one of us" while sitting through Hillary's testimony about Benghazi. Now, Patty Schwartz has been confirmed for the Third Circuit. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said before the vote that Shwartz has handled more than 4,000 civil and criminal cases and has the intellectual rigor and knowledge to effectively serve on the appeals court. The FBI’s investigation into allegations that Sen. Menendez enjoyed prostitutes provided by Dr. Salomon Melgen, has hit a dead end.

Here are a set of problems that have been solved.

- Who Will Be Deep Throat This Time?

It's just a matter of time if you ask me. There has to be one conservative somewhere in Washington who has been keeping his head down and 'going along to get along'. If I were a DC reporter I'd start hanging around parking garages just on principle. If I were one of the court eunuchs at the Washington Times or NBC, I'd do so even more. The Praetorian guard never sleep right?

I really think this might blow up in Obama's face after all.

- The Chicago Way Part: 3,345

This may very likely be the end of Obama:

President met with anti-Tea Party IRS union chief the day before agency targeted Tea Party.

The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America. The IG report wrote it up this way:

April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.

In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.

This may not seem like much, but the Nixon allegations were easily dismissed until the tapes were found. I wonder if Obama is also recoding his meetings for posterity?

America really is being 'fundamentally transformed'... into Chicago. Right now 48% of the country is saying "I told you so."

- Mecca For Rudeness

Actually maybe not:

New Jersey residents were beaten out by Ohio and Maryland in a survey ranking individuals most likely to drop swear words on a complete stranger during a phone conversation.

As a longtime NJ resident, no one is more likely to swear at the 50 mph fast lane driver than I am. I truly despise the motorway rudeness that springs from the self involved oblivious NJ driver. Apparently that rudeness carries over to other venues too.

But to be perfectly honest, I've come to appreciate the directness of NJ speech. Spend some time in passive - aggressive Minneapolis where everyone smiles at your face and then complains about you the minute you walk away, and the Christie-esque effrontery of NJ starts to look pretty good. Not that I care what the people in Minneapolis think of me, but it's a big time waster. If you don't like me for whatever reason, then why pretend?

In NJ, people will tell you they hate you right to your face. They may tell you so, even when they really don't. There is an open-ness and a frank-ness to it, that I've definitely come to value.

- President 'Protection Racket"

"Nice business you have there... it'd be a shame if anything happened to it."

In the private sector we aspire to a profit. We do this by asking people to buy our product or service. There are no command issued and no orders given. That's not how business works. The only way we get what we are trying to is if people give it to us willingly.

In government, they aspire to political power. They do this by commanding people to do what they tell them to, whether it's something they want to do or not. There are no requests made or questions asked. That's not how government works. The only way they ever get what they are trying to is if people are forced to do give it to them.

Everyone should read how this woman, her family and her business was harassed by several bureau's of the federal government, simply because of her politics:

“It’s no great secret that the IRS is considered to be one of the more serious [federal agencies],” Catherine says. “When you get a call from the IRS, you don’t take it lightly. So when you’re asked questions that seem to imply a sense of disapproval, it has a very chilling effect.”

On the same day they received the questions from the IRS, Catherine says, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched an unscheduled audit of their machine shop, forcing the Engelbrechts to drop everything planned for that day. Though the Engelbrechts have a Class 7 license, which allows them to make component parts for guns, they do not manufacture firearms. Catherine said that while the ATF had a right to conduct the audit, “it was odd that they did it completely unannounced, and they took five, six hours. . . . It was so extensive. It just felt kind of weird.”

That was in February. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration paid a visit to Engelbrecht Manufacturing while Bryan, Catherine, and their children were out of town. The OSHA inspector talked with the managerial staff and employees, inspecting the premises minutely. But Bryan says the agent found only “little Mickey Mouse stuff, like, ‘You have safety glasses on, but not the right kind; the forklift has a seatbelt, but not the right kind.’” Yet Catherine and Bryan said the OSHA inspector complimented them on their tightly run shop and said she didn’t know why she had been sent to examine it.

You little peons in the private sector had better learn who your masters are are start behaving yourselves, or there is going to be trouble. This is the US government - the single largest employer in the world. So you had better know your place, and start payin up, before somebody close to you get's hurt.

It's nothing but a shakedown racket for political power. Nothing more. and Obamacare has put their hands in EVERYTHING.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

- Too Uppity

This is James Kaleda being forcibly removed from a hearing on the NJ gun control bills, before he had a chance to offer his perfectly reasonable testimony. You know how it is in Trenton. They don't like their 'subjects' to get too uppity. And I guess James needed to be reminded to know his place.

Come to think of it, they might not like me being so uppity as to post it either.

It's a good thing we have our government to protect us from dangerous words like his... I guess. I doubt the major media will notice the bonfire of civil rights that is ongoing in Trenton.

Thanks to H.I.L.N. for calling attention to this in the comments section.

Friday, May 17, 2013

- Suck It New York!

Anthony Weiner is spotted filming a campaign-style video with his wife on the same Brooklyn stoop where he announced his 2005 mayoral bid

After his spectacular flame out on twitter, we forget just what an assault on good manners this man was. He was unbelievably nasty and rude - even when he kept his private parts covered. He may be the only human alive who is even more personally obnoxious than the current Mayor, 'fun sized' Mike Bloomberg.

Even in an age when people address their own mother's with the phrase "yo bitch", Anthony Weiner was considered a monumentally offensive jerk. And let's be frank. The penis jokes will be non-stop if the man get's anywhere near the mayors office. It's difficult (that's "difficult", not hard) to look forward to that.

Information is its Own Reward

Here is a little food for thought for those who think collections of data in the hands of public officials is a benign matter. This "hate map" shows the point of origin of tweets that contain "hate speech." I have zoomed in to a few locations, and I am please to report that people in NJ are not very hateful. Where I live it's not hateful at all.  What a relief!

This map is the work of Monica Stephens, Assistant Professor of Geography at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. She had the help of three graduate students, who read the tweets and categorized them.

Here is what I find interesting. All of the tweets came from geotagged accounts. The sample is small and skewed in many ways little doubt. Put all that aside.

Look at the platform and think like a politician or law enforcement official. It makes you want to get a larger data cohort doesn't it? You can use different search queries. Maybe you can figure out how to associate non-geotagged Twitter accounts to people in a particular location. Maybe you can add email communications, if you know the location of who is writing them. Cellphone conversations with voice recognition would be a great one to add. Then you can find clusters where people are engaging in certain types of speech.

I would think that if you could get such information you might be rewarded. You might even become the Director of IRS’ Affordable Care Act office.

It's growing, but is it benign?

Read more here:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

- Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

It's funny, but when you read a newspaper headline like this:

Tierney to introduce gun safety bill

You really have no idea what's coming. Maybe it has to do with registration. Maybe it's a ban. Maybe it's an ammo limit or a restriction on "assault mags" or some other illiterate nonsense. You honestly can't tell. You can be certain though that it will almost never actually involve anything regarding gun safety. That's because the 'disarm America' lobby calls everything that infringes on the second amendment a 'gun safety' bill.

The 'sound bite' has been focus group tested, and they're simply too stupid to try anything else.

As I've said a million times, this technology DOES NOT EXIST, and it won't exist in any meaningful way, for the foreseeable future. I for one won't embrace it until they begin issuing them to cops and soldiers.

But a silly little thing like reality shouldn't have to hold back the continual march to a liberal paradise on earth right? It's nice to see that other states have legislators as dim as ours in NJ. It satisfies my urge to kill Boris' donkey.

- Tough Guys

From the DailyMail:

Men who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views

- Weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution
- Link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in our ancestors
- Strength was a proxy for ability to defend or acquire resources
- There is no link between women's physical strength and political views

I'm 6 foot 2, 183lbs. - almost exactly the size and shape of the president. And although I think I'm probably stronger than I look, I don't think I'm particularly strong over all. On a good day I'd say I'm about average.

Ikaika seems pretty tough (in a sturdy Sicilian sort of way) - maybe 1 std above the mean tops, and Frith is (I suspect) very close to the mean in both size and strength.

So with this small sample size I'd say they are full of it. For whatever that's worth.

- Alienating His Base

The Obama administration has done something that it surely now regrets. In it's zeal to make national politics look more like Chicago politics, it's begun attacking everyone - including it's most reliable demographic, journalists.

Mark Steyn calls the Whitehouse press corps, the 'court eunuchs' of the Obama administration. I love that term. What better way to describe their complicity in the Obama agenda than as a bunch of 'less than men'. Women have their own political casus belli - different than men but no less valid. But eunuchs are detached from the world they live in, which lets them at least claim objectivity.

I don't think that says quite enough about how journalists always see themselves as the most important cog in any machine, but it's part way there. And their lack of 'stake in the game' makes them guilty of a level of vanity that few other industries manifest.

As an example, business journalists (particularly liberal business journalists) call me and my hedge fund brethren a bunch of arrogant jerks because we think we know more about markets than they do. For myself, I may be an arrogant jerk for other reasons, but I don't think that one qualifies me. In my mind I provide a service - the value of which will be determined by the people who hire me to perform it. Most of my peers (that I've discussed it with) feel pretty much the same way.

But journalists have no such objective standard. In fact, they shun such metrics. They see themselves as the guardian priests of social justice. They mostly delude only themsevles, but it's still the claim they make. Which is the main reason I found this slate piece so incredibly galling:

How Journalists Can Protect Themselves From the U.S. Government

It seems to me the easiest way for journalists to protect themselves would be to curl their tail up between their legs and do as their masters in the Democrat party command. Barak Obama never got mad at anyone for supporting his every move. Sure you'll be nothing more than the highest class of slave, but that's the role he has in mind for all of us. At least you'll all be in the front of the line right?

The IRS scandal is getting some notice because someone is going to jail over it. Benghazi is even getting some mileage now because the journalists look too stupid if they continue to ignore it in light of the evidence. But the AP scandal is getting top billing because Obama attacked his core constituency.

They are a shallow, vain, cowardly, self deluding constituency, that always thinks their the smartest people in any room - absent any objective evidence to support it. And that's what makes them so dangerous to someone like Obama. They have no first principles to ground them other than their own ego's. So when they turn on him fully, they will do so with a genuine vengeance.

I don't think we've seen the top of that market yet.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The IRS and the Two Legged Cat

I have wondered out loud here whether I am a kook.  Thanks to Charles C.W. Cooke I am buoyed by the quote, “Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.”

In my post election deconstruction, I seized upon how the Obama campaign crowed that they had enough data on Ohio voters to take, "deep dives into exactly where each demographic and regional group was trending at any given moment." It was one of those moments where what I was seeing just didn't match up with how somebody with an agenda was describing it. I said then that such data, "must have been harvested from far deeper resources than an amalgam of voting lists and donor emails."

Now comes little stories like this, where the IRS demanded a list of everyone the organization had trained, or planned to train - all of whom would be students in college and high school. I understand how the parties are driving the media dialog here. The right is thumping the idea that the IRS directly oppressed organizations with "Tea Party" and "Patriot" in their names. This is one technique a group can use to keep a story in the news cycle.  Conflict drives news sales. But this dialectic lens keeps you focused upon parts of the story while keeping others unseen.

Much like the Google Purges seem now to be a rear guard action to keep information about Benghazi out in the a sea made of nondisclosure agreements of ruined generals, I believe there is more to this IRS story than we are now seeing. I don't know how yet.  I just have the same feeling I get when I look at incomplete parts of a big picture - like the one above that someone found on Google Earth.

- The IRS Purges Continue

You know what this reminds me of? The purges after the French revolution. The revolutionaries have won and now they have to guillotine those who show an insufficient degree of faith in the new regime.

To liberals, Obama's election was just like that - the long awaited triumph of liberalism over the evil of conservatives. Apply a little Chicago politics, and the rest (as they say) is histoire.

- Obama's Team Allegedly Linked To Scandal

If true, then this allegation connects the 'committee to reelect' to the IRS scandal, and may be the thing that finally takes the whole Chicago gang down:

NOM, a pro-traditional marriage organization, claims the IRS leaked their 2008 confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Solmonese was also a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman.

- The Magic Crack Vial

I can't say why exactly but I find this story incredibly funny:

Caroline Kennedy will sit on a New York City jury for the trial of a man accused of dealing crack cocaine.

She was selected Monday to serve as a juror at the trial of Nelson Chatman in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis didn't mention whether any member of her family had been a victim of a crime.

I think it has something to do with the way the left has fetish-ized this event. This was a defining moment for the left - the point where they "lost their innocence". And now they have so thoroughly washed their brains that there is no memory of anything left. Not even of their own invented history.

Then again, maybe it's just my animosity toward the Kennedy's and my (well documented) cruel streak.

- Disarming America

Gregory D Dean Jr., 31, of Hopewell Junction, was pulled over on Sunday evening in New Lebanon because the vehicle’s license-plate lamp was not working. Troopers found Dean with a legally registered pistol with a magazine that contained nine bullets, two more than the recently passed “SAFE Act” allows. Police charged Dean with unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and other vehicle infractions.

It's a good thing they got to this maniac when they did. Just think the mayhem that might have ensued with those last 2 bullets. Of course, if he were a policeman or a Hollywood producer, then everything would have been OK.

For all we complain about NJ's arbitrary and capricious firearm laws that are enforced on a discretionary basis, NY has taken the next step of encoding that arbitrary nature into the law itself.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

- And Then Our Hero Was Arrested....

As I write this, Ikaika is working his way through the layers of security designed to protect airline passengers from people who try to bring their checked, locked, disassembled, unloaded double barrel shotguns with 30 inch barrels, as checked baggage onto an airplane.

As we know from various anti-gun activists (always a reliable source of gun information), trillions of innocent children are horribly maimed and killed every year by sport shooters who try to check their locked, unloaded, disassembled shotguns onto airplanes. So naturally we must do all we can to prevent things like that.

When he was planning his trip, he and I got into a big debate about it. I was afraid he would get arrested when he landed at Newark, and he was certain that he would not. (His NJ FID is no longer valid, as he has relocated to FLA.) He had checked the law pretty carefully and made a very persuasive case that he's well within it. But "What the hell does that have to do with getting arrested in NJ" was my response.

Just to be on the safe side, I've alerted my buddy who is a cop at the airport. If it starts to spiral out of control, hopefully he can intervene. Because as we all know, in NJ you can't count on always being within the law just because you do not intend to commit a crime. The law, particularly the NJ firearms laws, are a random and capricious thing designed for discretionary enforcement. Just ask Brian Aitken.

But in NJ, you can make pretty much anything go away if you know someone.

Expect a comment from him - potentially from the Essex county lockup - when he gets a few minutes free.


If things go badly at the airport, those of you who are interested in visiting our hero at the Essex County Jail may want to keep the following rules in mind. From the Essex Country Corrections Website:

ECCF Visitor Dress Code

All visitors, including attorneys and official visitors, must be fully dressed in appropriate,conventional, clothing which is not unduly provocative, suggestive or revealing.

Visitors may not wear clothing that resembles inmate attire. Visitors may not wear adornments that could be used as weapons. Visitors may wear a wedding ring, a religious medallion and medical alert badges and bracelets.

Visitors may not wear clothing that displays gang signs, obscenities, drug or alcohol designs, controversial messages or profanity.

Visitors may not be barefoot. Visitors may not wear any garment which unduly exposes the shoulders, chest, back, stomach, midriff or underarm.

Visitors may not wear clothing made of sheer, transparent, net, mesh or any see-through material.

Visitors may not wear clothing designed or intended to be tightly worn or excessively accentuate the body. Undergarments should not be visible.

Dresses, skirts, jumpers, culottes and shorts may not be worn if more than four inches above the kneecap when standing.

Sound like one hell of a party going on over at the county.

Frith, it doesn't say anything specific about your pants with the orange mudbugs on them. So as long as you keep your shoulders and midriff covered, we're probably going to be OK.

Monday, May 13, 2013

- Ten Rounds To Kill A Dear

Totalitarian blowhard Andy Cuomo famously instructed the people of NY that they don't need "10 rounds to kill a Deer", so his new gun control laws won't be infringing on the Second Amendment. Of course, the second Amendment has nothing to do with killing deer. It has to do with self defense. Specifically, it has to do with defending yourself from tyrannical A-holes like Andy Cuomo.

And while I don't know how he feels about shooting deer, policeman Timothy Gramins would take exception to just ten rounds for self defense. He now carries 145 rounds everywhere he goes:

Before the call that changed Sergeant Timothy Gramins’ life forever, he typically carried 47 rounds of handgun ammunition on his person while on duty.

Today, he carries 145, “every day, without fail.”

He detailed the gunfight that caused the difference in a gripping presentation at the annual conference of the Assn. of SWAT Personnel-Wisconsin.

At the core of his desperate firefight was a murderous attacker who simply would not go down, even though he was shot 14 times with .45-cal. ammunition — six of those hits in supposedly fatal locations.

“I thought I was hitting him, but with shots going through his clothing it was hard to tell for sure. This much was certain: he kept moving and kept shooting, trying his damnedest to kill me.”

In this free-for-all, the assailant had, in fact, been struck 14 times. Any one of six of these wounds — in the heart, right lung, left lung, liver, diaphragm, and right kidney — could have produced fatal consequences…“in time,” Gramins emphasizes.

But time for Gramins, like the stack of bullets in his third magazine, was fast running out.

It's too tough to excerpt effectively. Go there and read the whole thing, then go buy yourself a couple of spare mags. Apparently we're all gonna need them.