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The Land Of The Free, Think Again

Little by little, I have noticed that many freedoms are being taken away from us, but we do not seem to care; as a matter of fact, we seem to laugh and make light about it. I am not talking about big freedoms, but little things. But a freedom is a freedom, and it does not matter how small it might be. Many people do not realize that when the Government limits choice, it is limiting freedom; and that is exactly what it is doing today.

Everyone is probably aware that the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has banned sodas larger than 16 oz. Everyone I know says,that is ridiculous, we should be able to drink whatever size soda we want — after all, this is America. Bloomberg also indicated an interest in enforcing limits on other high-calorie foods like movie theater popcorn, coffee drinks and milkshakes.

So, we all talk about it, laugh a little and go on with our lives — it is forgotten about. Did you know that the Mayor also banned baby formula at hospitals, because he says breast-feeding is better for the baby? The hospital will still carry formula, but it will be kept under lock and key and forms must be filled out if the mother insists on using formula. He has also banned smoking on beaches or in the parks.

Why has he done all of this? Because HE says, it is better for us. We are too stupid and ignorant to think for ourselves, Government seems to know what is best for all people and they make sure they let us know about it. We once were the freest nation in the world — what happened to us? According to the Index of Economic Freedom, which is produced by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, the United States just barely makes it into the top ten: ranked number nine in the world.

Among the 179 countries examined in the Index, Hong Kong is ranked first, followed by Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, and Denmark. These nations all outscored the U.S. across ten categories, including taxes, free trade, regulation, monetary policy, and corruption. The rights that Americans have lost over the years are just too many to fit on this page. I give small examples, but there are much bigger ones to be sure.

A while back in New Jersey, a couple had their son taken away by the state, because they named their child Adolph Hitler. Let me be clear, I would never name my kid that and I am sure you would not as well, but do we not live in America? Now, because the Government does not like a name, social workers can come in and take your child. What if the Government decided it do not like the name Olga, does that give the state the right to take your child? Where does it stop? We should be free to raise our children the way WE see fit, not the way the Government sees fit.

Every year there are new laws, new regulations and policies that restrict our freedoms and control the way we live our lives. The latest is Obama-Care. At last count there were 180 new bureaus, boards and commissions that have to be set-up for the new law, with them come 2700 pages of new taxes, laws and regulations — more freedoms we can kiss goodbye. The Government can now force you to buy coverage, tell you what doctor to use and what procedures you can have. Freedom? I don’t think so, but once again, the Government tells us what is best for us.

So if you keep saying that we are still the freest country on earth, you need to wake-up, because each year that goes by, we have fewer and fewer freedoms to enjoy. And with Obama as President for another four years, be prepared for our rating as a free nation to drop even further.

Soda, popcorn, smoking, baby formula are all little things, but they are all freedoms of choice which have been taken away. How many more little freedoms must be taken away before we have all had enough? I guess we are not there yet, but sooner or later it is going to come. But by then we will not be able to do anything about it.

This is one man’s opinion.

The Ultimate Gun Rights Article

Second amendment rightsIn the wake of the tragic mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, some on the political left have used the occasion to further their assault on citizens’ Constitutional right to bear arms. The charge is being led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who apparently believes that a disarmed populace is a safe populace.

But safe from whom?

The right to defend oneself and one’s property is inalienable and indisputable. However, the left is taking pot shots at Americans’ gun rights by claiming that gun control or even outright bans are necessary for our own safety.

But an article written by Tracy W. Price and published in the Washington Times puts that myth to bed.

Anti-gun nonsense” lures the reader in before laying the hammer down. The first myth it dispels is that high-visibility, highly sensationalistic mass murder sprees used to justify gun control laws are less likely to happen in “gun free,” or as the author puts it, “defenseless” zones.

That’s right before he points out the following, which is well beyond statistical naysaying:

In fact, research by economist and author John Lott and Bill Landes shows that states that allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns enjoy a 60 percent decrease in multiple-victim public shootings and a 78 percent decrease in victims per attack.

This is not to say the “debate is over,” since there can be nitpicking over statistical controls for urbanization, education, or other variables, like crack cocaine. But wait, even a critical paper published by the statist Brookings Institution admitted the following of John Lott’s work, while citing highly respected social scientist James Q. Wilson:

[C]riminologist James Q. Wilson calls Lott’s book [More Guns, Less Crime] “the most scientific study ever done of these matters, using facts from 1977 through 1996 and controlling for just about every conceivable factor that might affect the criminal use of guns.” Wilson gives a ringing endorsement to Lott’s thesis:

“Lott’s work convinces me that the decrease in murder and robbery in states with shall-issue laws, even after controlling statistically for every other cause of crime reduction, is real and significant. Of the many scholars who were given Lott’s data and did their own analyses, most agree with his conclusions. States that passed these laws experienced sharp drops in murder, rape, robbery, and assault, even after allowing for the effects of poverty, unemployment, police arrest rates, and the like. States that did not pass these laws did not show comparable declines. And these declines were not trivial—he is writing about as many as 1,000 fewer murders and rapes and 10,000 fewer robberies. Carrying concealed guns reduces—it does not increase—the rate of serious crime, and that reduction is vastly greater than the generally trivial effect of gun-carrying on accidental shootings.”

Such overwhelmingly clear and positive evidence will not deter big government types like Michael Bloomberg from making the argument that Americans do not have the right to defend themselves (from other citizens or from the state).  But the case for eliminating gun control laws is mounting and the counter-arguments are appearing increasingly spurious or trivial.

Not only is the right to bear arms morally just, but it is also statistically proven that citizens who lawfully carry firearms are safer from other citizens and from their own government.

Now who exactly would be against that?

NYC’s Food Nazis Have Found Their Latest Victim

If Mayor Bloomberg gets his way, New Yorkers might not be allowed to Super Size their drinks the next time they buy a soda.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City plans to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in an effort to combat obesity.

The proposed first-in-the-nation ban would impose a 16-ounce limit on the size of sweetened drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts. It would apply to bottled drinks as well as fountain sodas.

The ban, which could take effect as soon as March, would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks or alcoholic beverages. Nor would it include drinks sold in grocery or convenience stores. Food establishments that don’t downsize would face fines of $200.

The article goes on to say that Bloomberg has tried to attack soda twice before, but was shut down once by the state of New York and once by the Federal government.  Ouch.  This time, however, it looks like the mayor has the power to see this through.  It’s going to be interesting to see how tourists feel the next time they want to wash down a bite of the Big Apple.

Bloomberg worries that new jobs data might hurt Obama re-election

Bloomberg.com published a post that illustrates their main concern – that today’s jobs numbers may endanger Obama’s re-election. This is not the foremost concern of most Americans trying to survive his self-proclaimed recovery.

The concern for the President’s job, although he has done everything wrong to create any for other Americans, is misplaced and insulting. Having a major news outlet more concerned that Obama may lose his job when millions of Americans have simply given up trying to find one is shallow.

At the top, we hear what most consumers in America know:

Millions of Americans are paying a high price for President Obama’s economic policies, and more and more people are growing so discouraged that they are dropping out of the labor force altogether,” the former Massachusetts governor said in a statement released by his campaign.

Then into the transition:

The chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger, said “it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” There have been 25 straight months of job growth in the private sector, he said.

And then it’s straight into the Obama love-fest:

Still, there are signs the economy is on a trend toward recovery.

The unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in August.Consumer confidence climbed last week to the highest level in four years as brighter job prospects and an advancing stock market bolstered Americans’ view of the economy.

The end of the article is somewhat more honest as it tells readers that this might be “the best we’re going to see” and that it is “not enough”. Unfortunately, the current administration doesn’t seem that concerned about it other than the re-election impact – then again, neither does Bloomberg.

 

NYPD Gives Occupiers the Boot in 1 AM Raid

                AP/Ken Rodriguez photo
 Last night at 1am, more than 1000 NYPD officers were summoned for what was said to be a training exercise near Zucotti Park, the home of the Occupy Wall Street protesters for the past few months. In a hint of what was to come, the NYPD instructed the officers to bring their hats and bats, as in riot gear.  In a sign of the times, the NYPD actually made up flyers to pass out that explained why they were cascading down upon Zucotti Park at 1am on a Monday night. The flyer read as follows: 

Note the political correctness in the flyer that says the Occupiers may return to the park, but now must actually obey the rules of no tents, sleeping bags, etc.? They could have avoided this whole mess if they had simply demanded that the rule of law was obeyed in the very beginning of this debacle. Meanwhile, they have let the community and businesses suffer unnecessarily for months on end due to the filthy unsanitary conditions that prevented the real 99% of the community from using the parks/city streets/subways safely.  So after months of the media painting this scourge as some kind of an innocent youth protest, during which we have seen rapes, drug overdoses, murders,massive theft and overall filth that produced a lice epidemic and two verified cases of tuberculosis,  they have finally been given eviction notices by the NYPD. It’s about damn time! 
What brought on this sudden decision to enforce the rule of law, that the politically correct cowards (the Mayor of Oakland comes to mind here) across America refused to do right from the beginning ? It turns out Mayor Bloomberg had to answer calls about the posters around town that announced that the Occupiers would be closing down The New York Stock Exchange at 7am on…Tuesday! Bloomberg had to announce that the Stock Exchange will be open for business as usual and promised them that they will be able to get to work on Tuesday, rest assured.  The protesters were also promising to Occupy the subways in all five boroughs of NYC at 3 pm, and “Take the square” referring to Foley square, with posters of the infamous Tiananmen square revolt for the public’s comparison.  A small group of businessmen also appeared at city hall on Monday to express their disgust at how their rights to earn a living were being denied by letting this lawlessness continue unabated. Bloomberg finally got up the courage to take back NYC from the .001% ! Excuse me if I do not congratulate the Mayor here. This should have been stopped months ago. I hope Bloomberg and the other mayors across America that encouraged this lawlessness are made to pay restorations to all the businesses that lost money, and also pay for the massive cleanup of their cities...out of their own pockets, not the taxpayers account.
Seeing as to how the Occupy Wall Street, Zucotti Park movement is considered to be the originator of this movement that spread across America and the world, seeing them evicted for being the non-paying, irresponsible, filth-inducing, lawless  bunch of dis-respectable people they truly are will surely spell the end for all of the Occupy Park Benches protests.  The new movement of kicking the Occupiers out should be called the “Taking back the rights of the true 99% of Americans to go to work unmolested and enjoy clean, sanitary cities across America movement.” 
PS: Last time I checked, the Tea Party movements were never evicted from anything. They protested within the law, and then cleaned up and went home. Can any of the lunatics in the media that try to equate these filthy Occupiers with the Tea Party movement, be counted on to show the honesty and integrity to report on the total cost to the working taxpayer these protests will be found to have incurred as cities across America start cleaning up and disinfecting the Occupiers mess? Don’t hold your breath.  Occupy Wall Street, Portland, Seattle and others are already shut down. The rest will be soon to follow.
UPDATE:  5:30 am NYPD reports an initial arrest total of around 70 protesters. Dumpsters now moving in to start hauling away the massive amount of tents and trash.

Michele Bachmann: 999 Is The Devil

Alright, maybe she didn’t quite say it that way, but in tonight’s debate, Michele Bachmann couldn’t help but take a swipe at Herman Cain’s notorious “999” plan.  Watch the video below, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  When you view it, you’ll notice that she’s extremely proud of herself for making the joke.  It’s actually kind of funny to see how satisfied she is with that little nugget.

What do you think?  Was it a funny joke?  Or was it further proof that she needs to pack her bags and hit the road?  Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.

Bloomberg TV is an Actual Channel: GOP Economic Debate Recap

Tuesday night saw the latest GOP debate as the Washington Post teamed up with Bloomberg TV (it’s a channel; I looked it up) to present the first exclusively economic debate of the primary season.  Charlie Rose was fairly benign as the moderator of the literal round table debate.  The candidates sat at a large table and spoke face to face instead of the typical podium format.

Conservatives and Republicans across the nation were paying particular attention to this debate for several reasons.  This marked the first debate for Herman Cain as a viable frontrunner since his explosion in the Florida Straw Polls nearly two weeks ago.  Many were anxious to see how his newly minted “top-tier” status would change the dynamics. This promised to be Cain’s strongest debate, as many recognize he is quite experienced in matters of business and economics.  Cain did not disappoint.  As predicted, his economic shorthand was appealing and seemed to resonate in the crowd – or at least as much as one can tell, since Rose and company refused to allow the crowd to clap or cheer.  Why does Bloomberg TV hate fun, I wonder?  Cain’s 9-9-9 plan has come under some fire in recent days as impractical, but the beauty of that plan is its simplicity and sound-bite ready alliteration.  It’s a slogan -something voters and viewers can remember easily.  Cain managed to mention 9-9-9 twice in the opening thirty seconds of the debate.  He took every opportunity to mention it thereafter.  Other candidates mentioned the plan.  Cain even had the moderators saying “9-9-9”.  Now that’s branding!  At one point the whole debate began to seem like the 9-9-9 show, which I thought was rather brilliant on Cain’s part.  He may not have the political experience and temerity of a Romney, but as the former CEO of a pizza company, Cain knows the importance of branding.

Mitt Romney had a typically strong showing.  It is obvious Romney knows what he is doing.  He is extremely politically experienced, he understands the primary circus and he knows the rules and how to play the game.  He is almost a campaign machine, but without the outward mechanics of a Jon Huntsman.  There was nothing particularly moving or interesting about what Romney had to say in the debate.  His answers were pretty standard Romney fair, but the ease with which he answered every question and every challenge was almost disturbing.  His strategy was nearly flawless.  Clearly Romney understands Perry is falling and Cain is surging.  He chose not address Cain directly, but vaguely targeted Cain’s tax plan and economic focus.  The one opportunity he had to ask a question to another candidate, he used to address Michele Bachmann.  One might have expected him to take it to Cain, but Romney seemed to understand to do so would only serve to acknowledge Cain’s legitimacy and give him more time to highlight his own plans.  Well played on Mitt’s part.  I’m sure his hair was proud.

Perry did nothing to improve on the dismal performances of the last two debates.   It seemed a round table discussion might suit him more, but faced with very little time from the moderator, Perry seemed to wither.  His answers were warmed over and repetitive and he looked almost lost at times.  Perry has waned in the debate process.  The best President isn’t always the greatest debater, but Perry may not have a chance to prove that if he continues to slide.  He’ll need to show significant improvement next week if he wants to win over new support.

Michele Bachmann was in her element as she spoke about Obamacare and the crushing regulatory burden small businesses face.  Her background as tax lawyer for the IRS informs her opinion of the economic crisis we face and it shows.  She is rightly passionate about the need to repeal Obamacare and the horrors that are actually outlined in the bill.  Both she and Newt Gingrich took the opportunity to point out that the “Death Panels” concern is very real and should be taken very seriously.  That being said, every time Bachmann spoke she continued to make it clear why she would make a better fighter in the House.  Nothing is more important to the health of this country than the repeal of Obamacare and Bachmann knows more about the legislation than almost any politician out there.  Conservatives seem to recognize that.  Although Perry has dropped significantly, Bachmann hasn’t yet earned back the voters he siphoned off in the first weeks of his candidacy.  It would be surprising if her campaign survives until the first primaries in January.

Newt Gingrich is the smartest man alive.  Even his jowls are smarter than most people.  He should be working in any administration that comes to pass in 2012.  He adds a sense of gravitas and accountability to the GOP field.  He is not a great Presidential candidate, but he sure is a joy to watch, and I think it’s been good for conservatives to have him present during this process.

After a great showing in the last debate, Rick Santorum was once again relegated to the redheaded stepchild status.  He was hardly heard from and had to fight his way in once or twice to even be seen.  Santorum is fantastic on social issues and clearly he is a committed conservative.  He was the only candidate to (rightly) point out that the breakdown of the American family is one of the biggest reasons for economic failure in this country.  It’s hard to imagine Santorum fairing well in a general debate against Obama.  He is not nearly strong willed enough.  He’s nice.  He seems like a good man.  He does not seem like a strong personality, and that will be vital in the upcoming elections.  Still, he always makes good points and the crowds seem to enjoy his perspectives.

Jon Huntsman was there.  I’m tired of talking about him and his robotic candidacy.  This guy is not anywhere close to any Republican’s dream candidate.  He’s about the only person in the race who would hands down lose a head to head election against Obama.  I’m sure he was a good ambassador but he’s a terrible candidate and he needs to take his tools and his software package and his IT doctors back to Utah.  He has a record there.

Ron Paul hates the Fed.  Also, Ron Paul loves Austrian economics.  Ron Paul is raising a lot of money as I type this.

It seems that Mitt Romney is the man the mainstream media has anointed as the next Republican candidate for President.  While there is a raging debate among conservatives as to the validity of that position, one thing is for certain – the man knows what he is doing.  He is nearly unbeatable in the debate setting.  He is unflappable and even charming at times.  It will be very, very difficult to beat Romney on the debate floor.  Those vying for his status will need to find other ways to challenge him.   Romney wins the Post-Bloomberg debate.  Cain comes in right behind him.  And for as confident as Romney looked Tuesday night, there can be no doubt that he is looking over his shoulder at the tea party candidate, Herman Cain.

Bloomberg TV gets an honorable mention tonight for proving to the public that it actually is a real channel.  You can find it on cable…somewhere.