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Those blood-sucking vermin in state and national capitals and city halls everywhere

Wednesday miscellany

Paul Allen and Burt Rutan have done it again. Whoohoo! We might make it seriously into space despite the government’s worst efforts. (Tip o’ hat to PT.) I don’t know what Cadbury Schwepps has to do with dogs in cars. But this is a thing of beauty. (And here are more dogs in cars in slow-motion if you liked that.) So. Why wasn’t the police officer charged with reckless endangerment or discharging a firearm in a somewhat inopportune place or …? Ron Paul overtaking Gingrich in Iowa? Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Speaking of Newt, didn’t you think it…

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Friday data dump

Some stuff I’ve been collecting while being quiet: Jake MacGregor is back again. Chapter 34 and 35. Ron Paul: speaking truth to knuckleheads (it’s harder than speaking truth to power). Another example of how government helps lower medical costs and make life easier for people. Jacob Hornberger: Blaming America. For fans of the DullHawk flag (aka “Time’s Up”). One of those good news stories. About a gutsy woman and her big, gutsy horse. A rare act of justice One reason I’ve quit focusing on stuff like this is that no matter how creepy it gets, you know next week it’ll…

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Solyndra being raided by FBI (right now)

Heh. It’s a pretty good guess Obama won’t be touting those millions of “green jobs” in his big (nothing of a) speech tonight. Could this be the beginning of Obama’s Watergate? Project Gunwalker should have been his Watergate — and for that matter, his Waterloo. But financial and electoral corruption is a little easier for the MSM to get behind. Not that I’d wish an FBI raid on my worst enemy. But this could get interesting …

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Responsibilities of a resident of the police state, part III

Moving beyond misconceptions Comment threads on part I and part II were full of interesting insights. Well, comments around here nearly always are. But these were interesting for the mix of wisdom and folly they contained — both held with equal passion. When I challenged people (sarcastically, I admit) to point me toward a single local government that consistently and reliably obeyed the law, respected individuals, and kept within its bounds, people responded with exactly the sort of examples that proved my point. Yes, you can demonstrate that when local governments become sufficiently corrupt and abusive, angry voters will rise…

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Responsibilities of a resident of the police state, part II

This wasn’t actually intended as part of the “Responsibilities” series. But it’s related and I had to get it off my chest. So consider it a mini rant within the larger rant, an interlude, or whatever you like. —– I have a question for the folks who are always saying we can end tyranny (or corruption or government overspending) by a) keeping an eagle eye on “our” politicians and b) voting the rascals out of office. Ready for the question, you advocates of politician-watching? Here goes: The governments of your city and your county are as uncorrupt and responsible as…

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Monday morning data dump

Stuff I’ve been saving up … Thomas Jefferson’s bible. I used to have a copy of that. Might still be in the bookcase of my ex-Significant Sweetie. Mmmmm. Pickled carrots. Another of my favorite things, but usually too expensive to buy at a store. Must try that recipe. A so-far neglected discussion thread started by Rarick over at The Mental Militia forums has some definitely odd links “for the bored prepper.” Or non prepper. Definitely for gearheads. This one is supposed to repel dogs. But I think at least one of mine would think it was a dandy playtoy. And…

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What happens now

So what happens now? A politician got a bullet in the brain. A federal judge got dead. A wonderful little girl had her future blown away. Innocents dead and wounded all over the place. And as usual, bystanders did what needed doing. And never mind that the shooter was a well known loon with a long history of weird behavior. Even those elitists who have enough grace to admit that the young jerk’s politics were a devil’s brew of left, right, and total nonsense are sure the real cause is uncivil “right-wing” rhetoric.. Even the local sheriff, making the first…

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Thursday thoughts

Seventy degrees yesterday! Cloudless. There were people driving around in convertibles. (Very smug-looking people, I might add. It’s so rainy around here and so cold even in the summer that nobody bothers with topless cars. These folks were tooling around as if to say, “See? I knew we’d eventually have 70-degree days in November.”) Me, I took cabinet doors into the backyard and sanded and painted. Even that was glorious. —– It appears that one — count ’em — one R-Party candidate understood the message of yesterday’s election. Marco Rubio said, “”We make a great mistake if we believe that…

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Special political campaign edition

Because we all have so very much respect for our Elected Leaders and the Hallowed Democratic Process that produces them … herewith a special election day political campaign edition of the blog. Our Leaders have always been Honorable and Civil Their Honor and Always-Above-Board tactics have grown throughout the ages. And continue to grow. Today, we live in an unparalleled era of Legislative Competency, leading to Respect for Our Most Able Leaders. Honesty is A Paramount Virtue of the Political Classes. … Second only to Humble, Principled, and Open Public Service. There are many Profoundly Important Reasons to Vote. (H/T…

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Monday miscellany

This WSJ article focuses on the behavior of investors (and draws, I think, some dubious conclusions). But the heart and soul of it is about the psychology of going along with the crowd. Good info not to live by. The NRA’s free-speech sellout from a different political perspective. He loves his Mac. He doesn’t hate Windows. In fact, he thinks Windows 7 is a great product. But he’s switching to Linux. Well, whaddaya know? Portugal decriminalizes virtually all recreational drug use and the universe fails to implode. “Patience and Personal Finance.” News you can use if you’re working on getting…

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