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6. MT Bear
1. Correction. In recent months, I have spent the occasional hour on Glen Biegel’s talk show here in Anchorage. He is kind enough to give me a forum, mention this column and web site, and apparently I have not damaged his ratings too badly, as we seem to do it on a regular basis - the 5-6 PM hour on Fridays (KBYR, Anchorage). Link follows: http://www.kbyr.com/personalities/glenn-beagle Last Friday, a caller called in with the prototypical leftist assault on Rick Perry, complete with allegations of strippers, all manner of guilt via innuendo and slander. We got into it. I hit back with the point that this came out of a Ron Paul campaign operative from Austin. This is in error, for the guy is not, to the best of my knowledge formally connected with the Ron Paul campaign. I would like to correct that error. On the other hand, he is a Ron Paul supporter who is doing his best Larry Flynt imitation offering $1 million to anyone with sexual dirt on Rick Perry. Flynt did this during the Clinton impeachment in 1996 going after House leadership. Question for you Ron Paul supporters out there: Tell me again why your candidate is the best conservative in the race if his supporters have to emulate Larry Flynt in order to make points with the electorate? Democrats and leftists do this sort of garbage; not conservatives and not self-described libertarians.
2. Qaddafi. It appears that the rebels with the assistance of rumored boots on the ground of British and French military have managed to force Muammar Gaddafi out of Libya. Over the weekend Drudge reported that he had been seen in Zimbabwe on one of Mugabe’s airplanes. This is very good news for both the Libyan people and their customers for oil and natural gas in Europe. It will take a while to sort out who is in charge and to end the violence, but if the Europeans can keep the Islamists and the Islamic Brotherhood out of power, the Libyans stand to get very, very rich selling oil and natural gas to Europe. This war was for oil, one of the most valuable commodities on this planet. Now that this murderous (Pan Am flight 103) dictator has been removed from power, next up is the Baathist regime in Syria led by Bashar al Assad. Removing this regime from power is hugely important to the future of the Middle East, as it will destroy the â€œWarsaw Pactâ€ that Iran has been constructing to encircle Israel. All Iran’s money and weaponry into the area flow through Damascus. The entire Mullah’s effort in building up Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas and Fatah in Gaza and the West Bank are orchestrated through Damascus. Break that link, and suddenly things get very, very sporty for the Mullahs in Iran. Best of all, the people of Syria and Lebanon will have a chance at liberty. Let the games continue.
3. NLRB. Obama’s union droid appointees at the NLRB have been busily writing up and promulgating rules and regulations intended to make it far easier for unions to organize outside of the public arena. Last week, they went after small businesses by proposing a rule that would require all six million businesses that employ anybody to post notices in the workplace advising employees of their rights to organize. This is the first time the unions have gone after small businesses this blatantly. The new rule also sets up a gotcha situation when anyone in any small business can file a complaint against that business should the notice not be displayed. Once that complaint is filed, the full legal weight of the NLRB and its unions will be brought to bear against the targeted small business, destroying it on the spot. The proposed rule is scheduled to go into effect this November. The NFIB filed a complaint stating that the proposed rule is far outside the bounds of what the NLRB is allowed to do by law, as it does not have authority until a complaint has been filed. Let the lawsuits begin.
4. Gibson. Gibson Guitar factories in Memphis and Nashville were raided by the feds last week. The feds seized pallets of wood, files and guitars. The excuse given for these armed raids was that Gibson had violated the Lacey Act which prohibits import of endangered hardwoods into the US. The Act was originally passed in 1900 and amended by the Reid - Pelosi congress in 2008. Gibson uses ebony and rosewood for their frets. Gibson claims to have legally imported the wood into the country under the laws of the exporting nations and has the paperwork to prove it. Apparently Holder’s (In)Justice Department and Salazar’s USF&WS disagree with the way that the selling nation enforces its own laws, making the excuse that they didn’t sell it properly. Of course this piece of enviro-nitwiterey and thuggish behavior by federal law enforcement wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that Gibson is the only remaining guitar manufacturer in the US that is both a non-union shop and located in a right to work state. Other major guitar manufacturers, all union shops, in the US were not raided. As the Lacey Act apparently has no statute of limitations, one can expect some enterprising customs or TSA agent to start seizing guitars at airports as they are carried by their owners on trips in the future. The only way to retain possession of those instruments would be to have paperwork proving the wood used to construct it was legally obtained. And we ALL have that sort of paperwork available, don’t we? Papers, please. So much for a free country.
5. Frac. NJ Governor Chris Christie, fresh from his successful defense of the notion of manmade global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions, signed legislation last week banning the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracing) in New Jersey for a year. This will guarantee that NJ is a net energy importer and is a blow to all oil and natural gas development in the state. Nice job, Chris. Never forget that Christy is a NE politician who happens to have gone after unions. He has been a disappointment on most everything else.
6. MT Bear. The federal prosecutor in Idaho is prosecuting a man for shooting an endangered brown bear on his ranch near Porthill, Idaho. Three bears (a sow and two cubs) were on his property, attacking his livestock in the vicinity of his home. He defended his children who were playing outside at the time and his property from their predation. He pled not guilty. The local community is up in arms at the thought that the federal prosecutor is pursuing the case against the shooter. Local and state politicians have also gotten involved. Good luck seating a jury on this one anywhere in that part of the country. Locals have so far raised over $20,000 to cover court costs. If convicted of this hate crime against Mother Gaia, the shooter is liable for a $50,000 fine, up to a year in prison, and a year of supervised release afterwards. We are fast getting to the point with this tyranny that everybody is a criminal and the feds only have to pick and choose what to bring charges against. Time to repeal some laws and put some federal prosecutors out to pasture, off the public payroll.
7. Redefining. A group of psychiatrists is now working to redefine pedophilia to something more socially acceptable. They did this same thing decades ago when they redefined homosexuality from a malady to a simple lifestyle choice. Now they are coming for your children and grandchildren. Note how the left does its dirty work. It slowly and carefully changes the real meanings of words. In this one, pedophilia becomes â€œminor attracted personsâ€ who ought to be allowed to pursue their sexual interests with all the same freedom that any other group of people should and that we should no longer discriminate against their lifestyle choices. To bad about your kids, though. Note that one of the common threads that tie together sexual predators is sexual assaults done to them as children. Remind me again why this redefinition is a Good Thing. I think it is yet another Great Evil out of the left, one that ought not to be tolerated.
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