Monthly Archives: April 2009

NCGA Senate Bill 782

There is currently a bill in the North Carolina Senate that will repeal the requirement to buy a permit from the local sheriff’s office before buying a pistol or crossbow.  This can only be described as a good thing.  There is little reason that law abiding citizens should have their rights infringed by the government.

NC General Assembly Bill 782  Bill Would End Local Permits for Pistol Purchases

They say that Europe’s heart grew three sizes that day

The Washingon Post is reporting;

BERLIN, April 21 — European prosecutors are likely to investigate CIA and Bush administration officials on suspicion of violating an international ban on torture if they are not held legally accountable at home, according to U.N. officials and human rights lawyers.

This, coming from Europe and the United Nations.  The nations and the organization that brought us the Oil for Food scandal.  Where were these “officials and civil liberties groups” when European nations were greasing the palms of the head of the UN to do business with the Butcher of Baghdad?  Spare me the posturing, this is pure politics.  They didn’t like Bush and now they’re on a witch hunt.  If moral authority were measured in liquid ounces they wouldn’t have enough to fill a thimble.

As far as European “Universal Juridstiction”, I am of the opinion that any attempt by a European nation to indict an American government official for actions while they were in the service of America should be treated as a hostile action by a foriegn power and we should immediately sever diplomatic relations with any such country.

And as far as the US Government goes, Barack Obama is for the most part my polar opposite when it comes to politics, but he is a smart man, and he clearly realizes that he, and America, have absolutely nothing to gain by going on a witch hunt against Bush Administration officials.  What could the Obama administration do?  Drag them into court – where they would then demand the declassification of all those memo’s that Dick Cheney wants released as a necessary part of their defense.  Then, they would show the documentation that the Bush administration got from the Justice Department that said that what they were doing was legal.  So, then, you’re going to do what?  Go after Alberto Gonzalez for being the head of a department of government that gave an opinion that you didn’t like?

Woe to those who call evil good.

I have watched with detached amusement the hubub around Carrie Prejean’s Miss USA answer to the question of whether or not the states should allow homosexual marriage

“I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” she said on the live broadcast. “No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

The reaction is very telling.  There has been a lot of hate spewed at Ms. Prejean.  For a Christian, there can be no other answer but that marriage is a holy union between a man and a woman.  The Bible is crystal clear in its teachings on homosexuality.  There isn’t any room for debate on the matter.

Christians in this country need to pay attention.  If these people are allowed to gain any kind of meaningful power it is apparent that they intent to persecute Christians to the maximum extent that they can get away with.

This explains a great deal.

The idea of negative interest rates may strike some people as absurd, the concoction of some impractical theorist. Perhaps it is. But remember this: Early mathematicians thought that the idea of negative numbers was absurd. Today, these numbers are commonplace. Even children can be taught that some problems (such as 2x + 6 = 0) have no solution unless you are ready to invoke negative numbers.

Maybe some economic problems require the same trick.

The idea of negative interest rates isn’t absurd, it is downright irresponsible.  It would mean that the dollar is so devalued that you have to PAY PEOPLE to take them!  This whole crisis was precipitated by the people of this country and the government spending money that they did not have. Since the value of the Dollar is based in part on the credit of the United States, and we have spent a trillion dollars already this year that we not have, the inflation is coming.  The dollar will be devalued significantly.

Let me put it like this.  When the Fed is loaning money at an interest rate that is effectively zero percent, it means that the dollar is worthless.  People aren’t willing to pay for them.    If the Federal Reserve starts paying people to take dollars, then our money will be less than worthless.

Here’s the solution for economic recovery.

  • The Federal Reserve needs to start charging interest rates of a minimum of 4% (preferably, we’d do away with the Fed, but we’ll take baby steps).
  • The Federal Government needs to spend within it’s means, meaning money spent is the same as money taxed.
  • The Federal Government further needs to end all this bailout talk.  Banks that failed and recieved a government bailout need to be immediately liquidated with whatever their assets bring at auction going to the US treasury to try to offset the massive debt that we incurred bailing them out.
  • The United States needs to re-evaluate our trade agreements with other countries and withdraw from ones that create unfair advantages for foriegn workers or companies over American workers or companies.

What we are doing now with bailouts and stimulus is not sustainable, and writing budgets with deficit spending is not sustainable.  These problems must be dealt with in real ways or else the Federal Government will collapse under a mountian of debt.

As to the author of the article, here’s the writers tag at the end:

N. Gregory Mankiw is a professor of economics at Harvard. He was an adviser to President George W. Bush.

This certainly explains a great deal about some of President Bush’s more foolish policies.

What did they expect to happen?

We’re talking about the Islamic Republic of Iran here, why are people so shocked that somebody would be a victim of a show trial there?

A U.S. journalist in Iran was sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage, her father, lawyer and news reports said Saturday — a sentence that prompted denunciation from the United States.

Iranian media, including an Iranian judiciary source quoted Saturday by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency, confirmed the sentence of Roxana Saberi, a 31-year-old Iranian-American from North Dakota.

The part I find really amusing is the reaction of American politicians…

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad called the ruling “preposterous,” adding that the “charges against her are baseless.”

“She was tried in a secret trial without her attorney even being present. That is a travesty of justice.”

U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan called the ruling “a shocking miscarriage of justice.”

“The Iranian government has held a secret trial, will not make public any evidence, and sentenced an American citizen to eight years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit,” the Democratic senator said.

U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota, said he was “dismayed at the verdict from the secret trial of Roxana Saberi.”

“We know Roxana to be a fine young woman of intelligence and integrity and I hope based on humanitarian considerations she will be allowed to return to the United States.

“I am humbled by the brave efforts of Roxana’s parents who traveled from Fargo to Tehran, and I will continue to work closely with them in an effort to secure her release.”

Feature Story News, the stringer service that employed Saberi in Iran, also condemned the action.

Simon Marks, president and chief correspondent, called the conviction a “miscarriage of justice — or what passes for justice in modern Iran.”

“Roxana moved to Iran in February 2003 to offer global audiences balanced, objective coverage of news developments in the Islamic Republic. Since then, she has always honored journalistic principles of the highest professional standard.

“We note that no evidence to support charges of espionage has ever been furnished by the authorities in Iran. We can only conclude that absolutely none exists.”

The Iranians don’t care.  The best possible outcome here is to get the Iranians to agree to deport her and get her back in the United States.

We tend to forget that not all countries acknowledge the rights that we have in the United States – and that our liberties hang by a thread.

And people wonder why McCain lost…

John McCain’s top adviser from the presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans on Friday to warm up to gay rights and warned that the GOP risks becoming the “religious party” with its opposition to same-sex marriage.

And people wonder why McCain lost.  This statement is so completely out of touch with a lot of the Republican base.    The notion that ones religious beliefs should have no influence over the way they vote or act has got to be one of the stupidest ideas of the 21st Century.

Marriage is an institution that predates the existence of the United States Federal Government or any of the State Governments.  The government did not create marriage, it does not ordain marriage, and whether or not it recognizes marriages does not legitimize marriage.  All that the government does is to recognize marriage for legal purposes.

When people talk about “gay rights” they’re talking about creating a new set of rights that have never been extended to any race, creed, or color in the history of this nation.

What about the discrimination against the religious that this will bring about?  There is Freedom of Religion in this country, which means that those who actually believe that what the Bible says is true have no choice but to refuse to acknowledge as legitimate any homosexual union.  Will the religious be sued into oblivion?  What about their rights?

Totally Unacceptable

WRAL is reporting that:

Construction on the remainder of North Carolina’s first toll road could begin as early as June.

North Carolina already has higher gas taxes than any of our neighboring states.  Those gas taxes are supposed to PAY FOR ROADS.

There have now been 3 Democratic administrations in Raleigh that have bled us dry:  Hunt, Easley, and now Bev Perdue is working overtime to pillage any funds that were left unpillaged by her predecessors.

The State of North Carolina has been robbing Peter to pay Paul for years now, and they could get away with it in a good economy.  But now the economy stinks and it’s time to pay up.  Rather than scale back and live within their means, the State is now doing their best to separate the taxpayers from more of their hard earned money.

The State should immediately disband the turnpike authority and put foward a list of government programs that will have their funding pulled.  The government is corrupt.  Prosperity comes from an honest and transparent government, not one that taxes you to build roads only to squander the money and then bill you for building roads AGAIN.

He Is Risen

John 20:1-20

Now on the first {day} of the week Mary Magdalene *came early to the tomb, while it *was still dark, and *saw the stone {already} taken away from the tomb.
Jhn 20:2 So she *ran and *came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and *said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
Jhn 20:3 So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb.
Jhn 20:4 The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first;
Jhn 20:5 and stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings lying {there;} but he did not go in.
Jhn 20:6 And so Simon Peter also *came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying {there,}
Jhn 20:7 and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.
Jhn 20:8 So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed.
Jhn 20:9 For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
Jhn 20:10 So the disciples went away again to their own homes.
Jhn 20:11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb;
Jhn 20:12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.
Jhn 20:13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
Jhn 20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing {there,} and did not know that it was Jesus.
Jhn 20:15 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
Jhn 20:16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).
Jhn 20:17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’ “
Jhn 20:18 Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and {that} He had said these things to her.
Jhn 20:19 So when it was evening on that day, the first {day} of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace {be} with you.”
Jhn 20:20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jonah Goldberg on the UN Human Rights Commission

The UN Human Rights Commission is a joke, and has been a joke, and will continue to be a joke.  In fact, the whole UN is a farce.

But Jonah Goldberg has nailed them with a particularly good one liner in his column from today:

Joining the Muslim countries are such stalwarts of human rights as China and Cuba. The only reason Mordor didn’t make the list is that J.R.R. Tolkien forgot to have Sauron denounce the “Zionist entity” in “The Lord of the Rings.”

I’m sure that President Obama won’t let that troublesome Gandolf get in the way either.  All that stuff about good vs evil is sooooooo outdated…

Something doesn’t add up here…

Ted Stevens, Republican Senator from Alaska, has been exonerated of any wrongdoing, with the judge going so far as to say:

“In nearly 25 years on the bench, I’ve never seen anything approaching the misdeeds and the misconduct I have seen in this case,” U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan told a packed courtroom.

Ted Stevens, as you may recall, is the Republican Senator from Alaska who threw a fit over the “Bridge to Nowhere”

I find it curious that the Bush Justice Department would behave in such a way as to destroy a man who would almost assuredly been reelected.  In a way that was apparently unethical, and hugely in the favor of the Democrats.