One advantage of unemployment

I get to avoid crap like this in downtown Seattle…

I have the greatest sympathy for people who come here in order to find work, work hard, and desire the liberty America offers.  However, I do not tolerate it of those who are here illegally.  There has to be order to the system and respect given to those who have followed our laws and are now naturalized citizens.  And there has to be better enforcement on the border… not nationalized health care and government bailouts for private companies.  What we have now is not only chaos, it is anarchy.  And it is being tolerated by many citizens and the state.

As for the anti-war protesters… meh. I’ve developed some differing opinions about the war, but I am unsure of the effectiveness of this demonstration of yours… except that, like the May Day march, it’s going to piss off thousands of commuters.  Although, having observed downtown work patterns for years, most people will either work from home, take the day off, or simply get out of town early.  This means the number of eyeballs on the demonstrations will be further reduced.  Brilliant, eh?

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My approach to the DHS wing-nut report

I witheld my judgement on this report as these things can easily get over-inflated (or over-ignored) in the first news cycle.  I think I can agree with Zombie’s comment on this one…

It seems to me that there are actually THREE views about this report, and I’m taking the unacknowledged “third view”

The alarmist view:
1. The report is evidence that the Obama Administration is going to do domestic surveillance and harrassment of mainstream right-wing and conservative groups, lumping them together with more violent racist groups.

The “moderate” view (mine):
2. The report is just a political hit piece; no one’s going to be monitored illegally or unfairly, no Black Helicopters are coming to get anybody. It was just an attempt by Democratic strategists to tarnish the image of conservatism by conflating it with racism and reactionary violence.

The “don’t over-react” view:
3. The report contains true statements, so one can’t really dismiss it out of hand. The alarmists are making us look foolish.

Perhaps if there had not been a massive alarmist response, there would not have been a need for a countervaling “don’t over-react” response.

I’m with Zombie on view #2, but I reserve part of view #1 via surrogate water-carriers (i.e.: the harassment bit).

Jake Tapper reported on the equivalet report on left-wing extremists.  Well, supposely equivalent… if you actually read it you will see very specific groups or associated groups pointed out in the document.  This latest report was far more generalized.

Anyway, I’m not getting my shorts in a bunch over this thing; however, it does reconfirm that there are elements in this new administration that don’t like me very much.  Not even a little.  Big whoop.  The 2010 & 2012 ballot boxes will confirm that their days are numbered.  You don’t make a generalized, government-sponsored smears and expect large sections of the country to forget about it.

Don’t Bother Rick Sanchez with the Historical Record

CNN’s Rick Sanchez, a paragon of balance and fairness that I seem to have overlooked, doesn’t have time for your annoying historical records… or to even finish your opening sentence.

Here’s the CNN source.

Rick sets up a terrific straw argument based only a handful of sensationalized youtube videos and misrepresentations, in my opinion, of talking heads on Fox News.  Eric Boehlert does the same (Media Matters focuses only one side of the media and admits as much on their web site, by the way).  Sanchez is also willing to take Holder’s word from 3 months ago as gospel, but ignores what he’s said just this last week.   And his dismissal of the President’s and Holder’s records on gun rights is arrogant, disinegnuous, and made his bias on this issue very transparent.

In addition to Sanchez, you’ve got guys like David Schuster eagerly carrying water for the administration on this issue.

Really “Emmy Award Winning” interview there, Dave.  Par for the course on MSNBC, I suppose.  Look, I’m not sticking up for some of Beck’s more far-flung rhetoric, just that David needs to look in the mirror on this one.  His interview was the same as Sanchez’s… interruption and obfuscation (e.g.: trying to directly link Beck’s rhetoric with gun rights issues; or essentially going “lalalalala” with his fingers in his ears as Alan talked bout the Pugh Reserach survey).

The only people that think conservatives are pushing for violence are guys like Schuster, Charles Blow, and Sanchez.  Good Lord, have we forgotten so quickly the violence actually portrayed against our previous administration?  Oh, but that was justified, I forgot… do as they say, not as they do.

Speaking of recent statements… anyone else Nancy Pelosi’s interview on Good Morning America?

“We don’t want to take their guns away, we want them registered, we don’t want them crossing state lines….”

We have to rid the debate of the misconceptions that people have about what gun safety means.”

Registration.  That’s all, folks.  No big deal.  That’ll only outlaw private trades or sales or online sales and ruin only most of the industry.  Nothing to worry about.

So, tell me again why I shouldn’t be worried?

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Just realized that David Workman reported on this very set of issues in the Seattle edition of The Examiner.

Wind Power Still Causing Health Problems

As a followup to my post from last August, there is a Seattle PI article today talking about the problems surrounding the wind farms located in Boardman, Oregon:

BOARDMAN, Ore. — Wind turbines may supply power without pollution but they are also generating complaints about noise and even possible health effects for people who live near them.

Dan Williams says the 240-foot-tall turbines he can see from his hilltop home near Boardman in Eastern Oregon make so much noise they keep him awake at night.

Williams is among neighbors along Highway 74 demanding that Morrow County enforce state noise regulations on the Willow Creek Wind Energy Project or revoke its land-use permit.

The 40-year-old construction contractor told The Oregonian newspaper in Portland that wind-energy companies downplay the noise.

Gee, you think the wind-energy comapnies are any different than any other energy company?  They’re trying to protect their interests/turf by “blowing” this stuff off (haha – bad green energy joke).

Dr. Nina Pierpont makes an appearance in the article, as well:

Other critics, including some in Oregon, cite work by a New York doctor who coined the term “wind turbine syndrome” to describe effects such as headaches, dizziness and memory loss of living near the machines.

“This thing is not rare,” Dr. Nina Pierpont of Malone, N.Y., said of the syndrome.

Comments on the article are generally dismissive, as usual.

Look, Folks, I’m no hypochondriac, but these stories are getting worrisome.  Not only are these things a blight (see remarks made by Senator Feinstien and Kennedy regarding wind farms in their states), but they are causing legitimate issues.

Yes, there are the people that say, “Gee willickers, I stopped by a wind farm on my roadtrip last year and I could actually hear the wind whistling through my head.”  Fine.  Please then proceed with Step Two and move into an apartment or home near one of these things and report back to me in 6 months or less.  From what is being reported, it takes more than a roadside pee break to hear and feel the effects of these turbines.

Besides, wind power is still not a reliable energy source as fossil fuels.  We have much better resources between clean coal technologies and nuclear power (please, folks enough with the Hanford scaremongering… technology and safety is so far past that careless point in our history).

Anyway, have your say, but I’m not about to force one of these things on anyone’s property or near their home.

The Mexico Gun Supply Myth

Most of us can spot a gun myth like a fart in a car (quoted in the 9th paragraph in that story); few news organizations can.  Fortunately, it appears Fox News got right what you and I suspected all along:

There’s just one problem with the 90 percent “statistic” and it’s a big one:

It’s just not true.

In fact, it’s not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What’s true, an ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency’s assistant director, “is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S.”

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

“Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market,” Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

Read the whole thing.

I love how Tom Diaz refers to this a distraction from the “real issue”.  Yes, we should do what we can to stem the flow of illegal weapons to any nation outside of our borders — while also not trampling on your rights and mine.

We know what your real issue/agenda is Tom.  Don’t think anyone with a brain does not.  By the way, how are those astroturf oganizations of yours doing?  Are your deceptions succeeding?

The problem we face is that even one illegal weapon finding its way across the border will be too much for this administration to accept.  They will continue to exploit this “crisis” in order to pass further, unnecessary, restrictive gun laws that will, again, only be followed by the law-abiding, and, like most gun laws, will do little to nothing in affecting crime.  But, boy, will it look good in the paper!