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SB 1062 and the Great Arizona Misrepresentation

February 27th, 2014 . by Cary

Does the Media have a duty to only report the facts and let the viewer think about the facts and make up their own mind? Well, in theory, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

Here is the text of the Heading for SB 1062, which was vetoed by Governor Brewer after being passed by the Arizona Legislators:

AN ACT

AMENDING SECTIONS 41‑1493 AND 41‑1493.01, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; RELATING TO THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION.

Please note the lack of any mention of homosexuality.

At this link, you will find the complete text of SB 1062:

SENATE BILL 1062

Again, please note the lack of any mention of sexual preference.

Back to the Media’s “neutrality” – or, really, lack thereof – if you happen to Google “SB1062″ most of the entries that are from Major Media Outlets have the phrase (or variations thereof) “Anti-Gay Measure” attached to the headline. The NFL, NHL, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Apple, Intel, and a host of other businesses all pressured Brewer to veto the bill, based on nothing more than the pressure from the Homosexual Agenda Pushers. Brewer caved in to the economic threats, based on the Media pushing the Homosexual Agenda and pointing out that the measure was “flagrantly anti-gay”.

Simple research (see the links above) shows that SB1062 was not a new bill, but a clarification of the Free Exercise of Religion statures in Section 41 of the Arizona Revised Statues. Eighteen states have Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws on the books, Arizona being one of them. Arizona legislators wanted to refine the scope of the statue. Members of the Media and the Homosexual Agenda groups wanted to blunt the statue, so they attacked the Senate Bill. Enough fuss was raised, and stink ensued, that Brewer caved in the face of the economic threats and dire predictions of economic devastation. Devastation? When only 3% of the entire US population identify as homosexual, how can that possibly affect a state’s economy? Even if all the gays in the US stayed away from Arizona for a year, there would be no impact. Unfortunately, the quasi-Gay Support groups that used to be known as SPorts Franchises decided to throw in with the Homosexual Agenda, as did large corporations who have been cowed into bowing to the 3%. Instead of businesses, they are now propaganda machines.

I haven’t been following football very closely since about 1984, so I won’t miss that. Hockey – meh. Baseball? Well, I’m going to miss that. And NASCAR. That one hurts. All of these “sports” threatened to withdraw from the state of Arizona if Brewer did not veto the bill. Apple, Intel, and others threatened to withdraw from Arizona if Brewer did not veto the bill.

Politics is passe. The New Power is Economic Blackmail (see: Obamacare).

Chat ya later…

cary

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Hollywood Used To Understand Economics

February 25th, 2014 . by Cary

Everyone remembers or knows about the Great Depression of 1929 – Black Tuesday, the stock market “crash”, the long road to recovery lengthened by the economic policies of Hoover and Roosevelt (they both chose to interfere with and try to direct the actions of the free market, causing the recovery to to take longer to gain traction). What a lot of people DON’T remember is the recession of 1921, when Harding was president. Hollywood and the fledgling movie industry were hit very hard when people could not afford to attend the flickers – at one point, movie theaters were selling tickets two-for-one, and premiums were given away with tickets at others.

How did Hollywood learn? By watching Harding’s, and after his death, Coolidge’s, policies of cutting taxes, slashing spending, and removing economically retarding regulations. Basking in looser regulations and lower taxes, Hollywood grew by leaps and bounds along with the United States – in 1921, the unemployment rate (measured as people out of work) was at 11.7% and had dropped to a peace-time record of 1.7% within five years – while after the Crash, Hoover and Roosevelt increased taxes, increased spending, and tighter regulations strangled the economy until well into the 1940s.

Sound familiar?

Just imagine where we would be as a nation if the current administration had decreased taxes when so urged, cut spending when that was suggested, and removing choking levels of bureaucratic regulations – instead, we have the highest peacetime unemployment (not the “official” count where people who can’t find work are counted and people who aren’t working are not … huh?) ever of 24.3% (or so – no one has a solid number, except for the fake 7% number). What could you do if you had more money in your pocket and less rules about where you could spend it?

Nowadays, Hollywood leads the left in demanding more government interference and larger control by the government.

I tell you, McCarthy was way ahead of his time.

Chat ya later…

cary

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Troubling Red Friday

February 7th, 2014 . by Cary

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I was just sitting at my computer at work, and during my break I happened to open up Facebook. Wonderful tool, Facebook. Lets you know the minutia in everyone’s lives. Well, everyone with an internet connection and a Facebook account, anyway.

I ran across a story that had me doing several things at once: Laughing out loud (coworkers think I’ve lost it), crying in frustration, shaking my head in wonderment, and mourning the death of Common Sense. Yes, you’ve seen the meme that says CS died a while ago, but this confirms it:

“It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home,’” Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School, told the SouthtownStar.

Nolan stressed that she is very concerned with “safety and security” and concerned that, somehow, someone could wrongly interpret an image of a gun emblazoned with the universal sign for prohibiting something.

“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan also fretted.

She said she would prefer “something more subtle.”

“You can’t look at this (sticker) and not think about Sandy Hook,” the principal added.

You can read the article for yourself here.

First off, let me assure you I am very much a supporter of Gun Control. Use two hands if you need to, but be in control of your gun at all times. Second, people SHOULD be reminded of Sandy Hook every day – and Aurora, and Columbine, and the Maryland Mall – all places where guns are prohibited, unless you are going to kill lots of people, then you can bring your guns to these target-rich environments where NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.

We, as a country, have decided that the best way to keep our children safe and educated is to isolate them on open campuses with no weapons allowed.

This is stupid.

Let me also assure you that when my family is near me, they are protected.

Period.

You may interpret that any way you want to.

And yes, I am very pissed about the Progressive’s constant attack on the Second Amendment.

Chat ya later…

cary friday

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Second Amendment

January 6th, 2014 . by Cary

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”

Thomas Jefferson (1781)
The Patriot Post – Founder’s Quote Daily

Random mention of Obama(THHO), but not because I think he’s a canker or anything like that. No, really.

Two items from the world of the Second Amendment today:

Magpul Industries, formerly headquartered and manufacturing in Colorado, was not happy with the political, “feel good” decisions made by several Colorado State legislators to impose unconstitutional limits on magazine capacity. Promising to move, they announced this week that they are moving their manufacturing facilities to Wyoming and their corporate headquarters to Texas. As a side dish of “eat my votes” several of the above mentioned legislators lost their positions through nasty recall elections. Liberal Left East Coast money was poured into the losing defenses of the legislators to no avail.

I view this item with mixed feelings – good for the owner, because he is standing by his opinion. As a company, I have said before that businesses should stay out of social and public dispute. I feel OK by this one, though, because the business is moving to a place where they can continue to be profitable – which is the bottom line for businesses.

In Detroit, there’s a new chief in town. James Craig started his law enforcement career in the city of Los Angeles. There, he formed his basic opinion that an unarmed society is a safer society, in spite of evidence to the contrary. He was selected as the Chief in Portland, Maine. His first official act was to start rejecting a stack of concealed carry permit applications. He had a small epiphany and realized that the state he was in, with the large number of concealed carry permits already issued, had fewer homicides per year than any single week in Los Angeles. He stopped rejecting the applications, and started seriously considering them. Chief Craig is now the Chief of Police in … DETROIT! Last Thursday, he announced a 7% drop in violent crime in 2013, and called for the arming of more citizens. Not a bad turn-around for someone who used to think no one should be armed …

Anytime a lefty can be made to see the light, that’s a good thing. Supporting the constitution trumos “feewings” every time.

Chat ya later…

cary

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I Am Responsible

January 4th, 2014 . by Cary

I am responsible. As a citizen of the United States, I am responsible for the actions of this country, through the elected representatives I have allowed to inhabit the hallowed halls of government. You are, too. Each and every one of us has the duty, as citizens, to let our representatives know when we agree and when we disagree with their words, deeds, and actions. We, the People, are ultimately accountable for who is sitting in the seats of power, and what those people do while in the seats of power.

It does not matter what position a person is elected to, it is the responsibility of the electors to make sure that the electees are following the will of their constituents. Not just some of their constituents, but the majority of them. We live in a representative republic that We, the People, have allowed to degenerate into a democracy, or mob rule. Each of the electees is in a position of authority that We, the People, bestowed upon them. But our job does not end when we exit the polling places of the United States.

For too long, the representatives we have been sending to the Hill over and over again have been turning their backs on us once they have promised us the moon and delivered dust. For too long, we have allowed them to treat the position of governance as their own personal piggy banks for themselves and their deep-pocketed backers. For much, much too long we have been getting the government we have asked for, instead of the government we as a nation need.

It does not matter if the electee holds the position of dogcatcher or president – the People who allowed the electees to assume those positions are responsible for the actions of that office. It does not matter WHO the People placed in the office, either through direct action or indirect inaction. We are all responsible, each one of us, for the actions of that representative.

What does this mean? It means that We, the People, must communicate our feelings, thoughts, and options – yes, even alternative solutions to problems we as a nation face – to these electees. When was the last time you smacked yourself in the forehead and said “I can’t believe that representative just did that! That’s not why I voted for them!” (alternatively, “See? This is why I didn’t vote for that person!”)? Is that where it ended? Or did you, like most citizens today, shrug your shoulders, say “Whaddya gonna do?” and walk away? Did you commiserate with your like-minded friends about the sad state of affairs in the nations capitol (or the city council chambers), or did you communicate with your representative?

Too many of us are shrugging our shoulders. Too many of us are drowning our worries and concerns in the next round of beverages, or turning the channel to a mindless pseudo-reality show and distracting ourselves from what we should be concerned about – the State of This Union. Don’t like the fact that the fees were raised at the pound? Letters to the Council would get your point across much more effectively than griping to your bar buddy. Concerned about your state allowing illegal immigrants to practice law at the State level? Letters to the Governor and the State Senators are more effective than flipping over to “American X Factor Dances on the North Shore with Ducks”. Indignant that the Office of the President has effectively funded the very groups that are mad at the United States and wish to do us harm, using money and weapons that we supplied to them? Letters and phone calls to the Office of the President and your Congressperson(s) carry more weight than a shrug of the shoulders.

Since the mid 70s, the effective turnout at the polls has been dropping precipitously each election cycle. That means that more and more of the decision as to who is representing us is being decided by fewer and fewer of the people that are affected. Meanwhile, more and more of the professional politicians are promising more and more largess to those who will vote for them, while fewer and fewer of the people who make that largess possible (through the paying of taxes) are available to make those tax payments – mostly through job losses brought about by economic downturns that lead to industries reducing their workforces. Economic downturns come from many factors, most of which are a direct result of legislation or decisions by the elected leaders of this country.

See the connection there? I’m not trying to beat you to death with obvious statements, but people who make a living by promising the moon to sectors of the populace just to curry favor with them and win their vote (“buying” votes, as it were) so they can continue to dip into the public funds are not concerned with long range results – they want theirs, and they want it now. And it is YOUR decision, to either vote or not vote, to either tell the person who represents your interests at a local, state, or federal level or ignore them, to either get involved or wonder what happened, YOUR decision that allows that behavior to continue. Problem is, if enough of you decide to abdicate your responsibility, then the whole country gets to suffer the consequences. We are seeing that right now, with the results of the last few administrations starting to pile up, one on the other, to create a whole landslide of unintended consequences.

It comes down to this – if you do not involve yourself in the politics and governance of this country, you are not going to like the end results. When ALL the people are heard, then the country will head in the right direction. It will not happen overnight – it may not happen for a couple of election cycles – but it must happen. The people who are elected to represent us must hold the Constitution above all else as the guidance and direction of this country. The amount of governance must be reduced. The business of politics must be removed, and serving the country must be returned to a duty, an obligation, and a short term of service. We as a nation must get to where the phrase “career politician” is banished and “statesman” can be used for former representatives once again.

It has been a long while since I was last … “inspired” is too lofty … uhm, motivated … to write an essay like you just read. I think I’m getting my blogging wind back, and I can see which direction it’s headed. I hope you will stick around for this long ride I see in my future.

Chat ya later…

cary

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