Spellchek

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Government in action – how will we survive without them?

Posted by 5etester on April 18, 2014

So this is not an over-reaction?

One Man’s Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water

Though they concede it’s unlikely the public was endangered, officials in Portland, Ore., have decided to drain 38 million gallons of water from a reservoir after a young man was observed urinating into it on Wednesday

One commenter asked if we should drain this reservoir every time wildlife urinates in it.

I have a related question. Refer to the picture below.

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Should this farmer plow under his corn crop?

Or this one.

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Should we immediately commence clear-cutting and controlled wildfires to eradicate this onerous threat?

The stupidity of the left never ceases to amaze.

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Sinister new al-Qaeda threat uncovered

Posted by 5etester on April 18, 2014

*Putting the nation on alert*
*highly credible terrorist threat*
*FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda*

Yikes! What could this new threat against we infidels be?

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds

Yes, once again we can count on The Onion to bring it to us straight – http://www.theonion.com/articles/fbi-uncovers-alqaeda-plot-to-just-sit-back-and-enj,35788/

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New York to create thousands of new felons at midnight

Posted by 5etester on April 15, 2014

This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Read more – http://www.forbes.com/sites/frankminiter/2014/04/13/as-many-as-one-million-armed-new-yorkers-are-about-to-break-the-law/

It was just over a month ago when Connecticut did the same – http://spellchek.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/u-s-state-increases-amount-of-felons-over-1800-with-the-stroke-of-a-pen/

Too bad these ‘assault weapons’ bans won’t do a thing to change the outcome of the high profile incidents of violence we’ve been witnessing. The knives used in a school or The Jewish Community Center shootings or The Fort Hood shootings.

They also won’t stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from wielding them in order to forcibly remove a rancher’s cattle.

Unfortunately, banning these so-called assault weapons are all about political correctness period. Backers can’t even correctly identify an assault weapon. Take the illustrious AR-15 for example. The poster child of the anti-gun crowd.

Did you know the AR in AR-15 doesn’t stand for assault rifle? Or automatic rifle? It stands for ArmaLite, the company that invented it back in the 1950′s.

Did you know the original AR-5 was created for the United States Air Force as a SURVIVAL weapon?

You can read all about the history of ArmaLite and the AR line of rifles here – http://www.armalite.com/images/Library/History.pdf

Will New York step up to the plate and incarcerate their newfound flock of felons at the stroke of midnight? After all, it is the law and merely possessing even just a magazine for a banned rifle will constitute a crime. Law enforcement should be expected to enforce this law just as any other. Will we see more of the Bundy-BLM style showdowns in the future as felonious New Yorkers are rounded up?

What’s more frightening than an owner of an AR-15? How about this at your front door?

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Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty?

Posted by 5etester on April 12, 2014

Apparently, Tom Petty wasn’t available so Jimmy Fallon stepped in like a trooper!

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Federal debt $106k per worker? Spread the word on this solution

Posted by 5etester on April 11, 2014

Harvard study: Your share of the federal debt is $106,000

American workers would have to cough up a one-time “debt reduction fee” of $106,000 to pay off the nation’s debt that has grown 58 percent under President Obama, according to Harvard University’s Institute of Politics annual report on the USA.

What’s the best thing we could do with this knowledge? How about making sure our youth understand the magnitude of the problems confronting them? How about handing out a bill to each student graduating high school detailing their portion of the federal debt burden due to irresponsible government?

Do you think it may get their attention? Do you think it may inspire them to get educated about the severity of the problem and their responsibility to solve it?

We have an incredible amount of money spent on lobbying and political ads in this country. Perhaps some of it could be redirected to simply printing out some pamphlets to pass out at each and every graduation this year, and each year after, to insure our youth realize the problem is theirs like it or not and that they will be the ones to solve it.

If you like this idea, then spread the word.

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Is a 6 hour workday in the cards? President Obama must be smiling

Posted by 5etester on April 9, 2014

Is Sweden trying to leapfrog us? The democrats just can’t get enough of their part-time paradise as Obamacare has shown us. They always seem to be looking for new ways to diminish our economic output in America, and no doubt this attempt to do likewise by Sweden must have them salivating with jealousy.

http://www.thelocal.se/20140408/swedish-workers-to-test-six-hour-work-days

Municipal staff in Gothenburg will act as guinea pigs in a proposed push for six-hour workdays with full pay, with hopes that it will cut down on sick leave, boost efficiency, and ultimately save Sweden money

I’ve been trying to follow the logic here. The claim is that efficiency suffers with an 8 hour workday. Reducing it to 6 is the cure?

Efficiency is not the same thing as productivity. For example, let’s say you produce 100 widgets per day as do I. However, it takes you 12 hours to do it while I only take 8. Even though our productivity is the same as measured on a daily basis, I am much more efficient by requiring 33% less time to complete the task.

If the Swedes are right and efficiency suffers with a longer workday, would it not make sense that the reduction in efficiency occurs in the later hours of one’s shift as they tire out? In other words, efficiency rates would be the same through the first 6 hours of an 8 hour shift as that of just a 6 hour shift. So productivity and total output will decline with a shorter workday, right?

Or are they saying that faced with the knowledge that you must work a long 8 hour day, your efficiency rate drops immediately in hour one simply due to mental fatigue? In other words, if I know I’m working a shorter day, my mental frame of mind is better and thus I work harder and become more efficient all day long.

Certainly, a leftist economics professor somewhere can produce a formula that shows efficiency increases when the workday decreases while maintaining productivity. Instead of naming it Pi, we’ll name it Pi in the sky! The fact is that for productivity to remain constant while the workday decreases, efficiency must naturally increase. However, the equation leaves out a most important factor tied to productivity. Compensation.

The Swedes have taken that out of the equation by promising equal pay for less hours. So why would the worker work harder to make up the difference? Is it not related to workday length at all, rather a question of compensation? Certainly we all know the type of worker who consciously makes a pre-determination that they are only giving their employer an amount of effort equal to their compensation.

Could the key to incentivizing efficiency be a merit based system? More efficiency leads to greater productivity which leads to greater compensation. Ah, now we’ve gotten to the heart of the matter. Rather than provide a system in which greater effort is rewarded, the approach is to dis-incentivize workers by providing equal compensation for less productivity.

Is the crux of the issue the fact that capitalists recognize human nature better than their socialist based counterparts? America’s welfare based programs follow this same logic of appealing to the human trait of taking the path of least resistance. When the roadblocks to success appear too daunting, people generally will fall back to the safe play of just taking what they can get. A lowered standard of living is generally preferable to no standard of living. If climbing above the ‘lower class’ requires personal sacrifice and forsaking the government gravy train, people will take the easier path.

Mats Pilhem, Left Party deputy mayor of Gothenburg, essentially said the same thing although it wasn’t his intended meaning.

Pilhem said he hoped the move would create more jobs, as he had seen evidence that longer shifts entailed less efficiency

Of course reducing the workday will create more jobs as workers will become less productive overall requiring additional staff to achieve the same output. That’s an essential plank in the broken window fallacy of job creation. The creation of less productive busy work always creates more jobs.

How long before President Obama adopts the Swedish model? He could do it with a stroke of his pen as he is so fond of saying.

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New Jersey student suspended for pen twirling? Thankfully, the PC police determined it wasn’t a gun

Posted by 5etester on April 8, 2014

Yet another police state school district has illustrated just how out of control the nations PC police have become.

State law and school policy mandates an investigation whenever anyone in the school feels threatened or uncomfortable with the actions of another student. This poor kid had to undergo a 5 hour psych eval. Laws and policies such as these are said to be in place to protect us but the opportunity for misuse outweighs any benefit.

Who’s to say that if I were a student, I couldn’t claim to feel threatened by the mere presence of another student? These types of policies are just a reflection of the victim mentality that pervades our society today. Taken further, it’s simply the progressives invoking collectivism more and more. In our victim society, we are all in this together and pay the price together as a collective.

Until Americans realize that their rights as individuals are squarely in the crosshairs of the progressives across a broad spectrum of our lives, we will continue to lose these battles and eventually the war.

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The ideological identifier or just another progressivism tool?

Posted by 5etester on April 4, 2014

Mother Jones has published yet another hit piece on conservatives. The story is merely a reference to work being performed by John Hibbing, a political scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hibbing has created a machine that theoretically has the ability to determine whether you are a conservative or a liberal.

Mother Jones seems to go out of their way throughout the story to highlight this conclusion put forth by Hibbing.

It all adds up, according to Hibbing, to what he calls a “negativity bias” on the right. Conservatives, Hibbing’s research suggests, go through the world more attentive to negative, threatening, and disgusting stimuli—and then they adopt tough, defensive and aversive ideologies to match that perceived reality.

Yes, we conservatives are little more than a negative lot. We go through life seeking the downside to whatever is put in front of us. The question is, do the results of Hibbing’s research surprise anyone? Clearly, conservatives and liberals have vastly different ideologies. Combining our makeup derived from our psychology, biology, and politics may or may not be the best way to approach determining our ideology, but what really is the goal here? Is it to unlock the key to the Holy Grail, that being a clear methodology to convert an ideological opposite to your way of thinking?

Thomas Jefferson correctly pointed out that our ideological differences have always been there. However, is it conservatives and liberals that differ as Hibbing proposes? Our current versions of the Whigs and Tories are hardly separated by ideology. Both republicans and democrats continue to advance big government and government dependency as a way of life. Today’s liberals have completely reversed ideology since the 1960′s when they despised big government.

Political ideology is hardly the best format for identifying differences amongst us as politics are guided by a diversity of influences, many of which are driven by current events. Current events which may demand a response based upon practicality rather than ideology. Simply look at politicians who pick and choose their battles realizing they can’t win every one. Winning the war is the goal however, so taking a step back here and there may be required to keep advancing the cause.

Fact is that each and every one us started out in life as entirely dependent upon others to survive. The human race is the most susceptible of all species on the planet when we are born. We wouldn’t survive a day without human intervention. Those that carry that need for collectivism throughout their life could say they were born that way but the argument is hollow as we all were. Professor Hibbing attempts to tie our biology into our politics, but we are clearly a reflection of our surroundings and our influences. To say that everyone fits into a model of conservative or liberal ideology is folly. Some never even develop what can be construed as an ideology throughout their entire life.

So the good Professor may well be able to track a set of metrics that indeed do reflect what is considered conservative or liberal ideology as it exists today. The problem is that definition is a changing dynamic and may not apply a few years from now.

As far as conservatives being portrayed as negative leaners, that is just a viewpoint. Conserving one’s values and protecting those values from threats may well be considered a positive. Looking for aversive images and extending one’s gaze may appear to some as seeking a negative, but to others it may be considered as simply being proactive.

The bottom line is this entire thought process leads into the progressive agenda. If you’re not accepting and modifying your views and values to incorporate all opposing views and values, then you become the intolerant one. The tie-in is always made to show a conservative ideology as being one of negativity and intolerance. So it’s really no wonder at all that Mother Jones would highlight this ideological determining machine as being progressive.

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UbetchaVlad!

Posted by 5etester on April 3, 2014

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Did Michigan just cast the pivotal vote to force a constitutional convention?

Posted by 5etester on April 2, 2014

Based on several reports and opinions, Michigan might be the 34th state to issue such a call and therefore presents the constitutionally-required number of states to begin the process of achieving a balanced budget amendment – California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter. Read more – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/02/rare-option-forcing-congress-to-meet-change-constitution-gains-momentum/#

Many states have applied and later rescinded their applications for a convention. Some scholars say it’s irrelevant.

Some constitutional scholars like Gregory Watson, an analyst in Texas, say once states ask, there may be no take-backs.

“There is a disagreement among scholars as to whether a state that has approved an application may later rescind that application,” Watson told The Washington Times. “If it is ultimately adjudicated that a state may not rescind a prior application, then Ohio’s 2013 application for a Balanced Budget Amendment convention would be the 33rd and Michigan’s 2014 application would be the 34th on that topic.”

So the water is a little muddy here. 29 states have been reported to have voted for an Article V convention – http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/20/growing-chorus-of-state-lawmakers-call-for-constitutional-convention-to-force-fiscal-discipline-in-washington/#

We are seeing people such as the Congressman from California – California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter – attempt to utilize the call for a balanced budget amendment convention as tied into the Article V convention. They are entirely separate. An Article V convention would allow for proposing amendments to the Constitution on any topic, not just a balanced budget amendment.

The Article V movement is taking on the same persona of the Tea Party. No central organization exists, just a collection of groups of all shapes and sizes fighting for the same general ideal. Some credit conservative talk radio show host Mark Levin with starting the push for an Article V convention. It was Indiana State Senator Dan Carden who actually organized what was coined the Mount Vernon Assembly in December of last year as an meeting to lay the foundation for organizing the states.

Here is a website that contains information relating to the movement – http://conventionofstates.com/

The point is there are a multitude of ways in which to become involved in the Article V movement. The Tea Party lacks a central party which can sometimes work against it and is also a plus at the same time. The Article V movement cannot follow this same path. The only way it can come to fruition is through the legislative process instituted by the Founders in the Constitution itself.

The people can still do the legwork here however by pressuring the members of their state legislatures to obtain the necessary votes to force the U.S. Congress to act.

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