July 27, 2007

Against Bottled Water?

This is crazy. I can't believe that people are against bottled water.

Concerns about the bottled-water industry, and increasing corporate control of water, are growing across the country," said Gigi Kellett, director of the "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign, which aims to encourage people to drink tap water.

San Francisco's mayor banned city employees from using city funds to buy bottled water when tap water is available. Ann Arbor, Michigan passed a resolution banning commercially bottled water at city events and Salt Lake City, Utah asked department heads to eliminate bottled water.

Of course, these people want you to spend your money on their city water. It all comes down to economics. If you are spending money on Aquafina, you aren't spending it on public water.

I think it's funny that they complain about people drinking too much sugary soda, so we drink water and they complain about that.

I drink tap water at home because I have a well and it tastes good. If I go to the office or somewhere where city water is involved I buy bottled water because I don't like my water to taste like a swimming pool.

Plus where are these city employees supposed to fill their glasses? From water fountains? From the sinks in bathrooms where we wash our hands?

I also looked at the group behind this all. Think outside the bottle or as their website name is , stop corporate abuse. This group is a bunch of socialist anti-capitalist thugs who want to control our lives by increasing government regulation and United Nations Intervention.

Come on, get a clue people.

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July 26, 2007

Hazleton immigration law sruck down

A federal udge threw out Hazleton's law against illegal immigrants. Let me emphasize one words there. Illegal.

federal judge has struck down the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, ruling Hazleton's proposed crackdown on landlords and employers doing business with illegal immigrants is unconstitutional.

In a 206-page opinion, U.S. District Judge James M. Munley stated, "Federal law prohibits Hazleton from enforcing any of the provisions of its ordinance" aimed at expelling illegal immigrants.

"Whatever frustrations ... the city of Hazleton may feel about the current state of federal immigration enforcement, the nature of the political system in the United States prohibits the city from enacting ordinances that disrupt a carefully drawn federal statutory scheme," Munley wrote.

The people targeted by Hazleton's law were illegal immigrants. Not you or I, or immigrants here legally. These people were here in direct violation of our immigration laws. Unfortunately, it was thrown out by an activist judge.

I'm sure that the ACLU and countless lawbreakers in Hazleton are happy.

Based on what the judge said, I want to know what would happen if there was a similar law against child predators, rapists, and murderers? What would happen if we had a federal government that refused to enforce laws against rape, child molestaion, and murder?

Under Munley's belief that "United States law prohibits the city from enacting ordinances that disrupt a carefully drawn federal statutory scheme.." then even if that federal government refused to enforce those laws then states would be powerless to do anything about it.


Furthermore I believe that any federal laws enacted on immigration themselves are Unconstitutional on the 10th and 14th amendments.

The 14th Amendment, Section 1

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Emphasis mine

The 10th Amendment

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people.

Another thing to consider is that nowhere in the constitution does it say anything about immigration.

The US government has been tinkering with immigration law for decades now. Surveying the wreckage – heartbroken families, an underclass of exploited workers, and ruined lives – makes it clear why the Founding Fathers refused to trust the national government with power over immigrants.

That's right: The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to control immigration. Nor does it say anything about illegal aliens. We looked for a clause with directions for ranking immigrants on a points system – another feature of the Senate's reform bill – but we couldn't find one.

All in all this ruling stunk. It is awful. It sets the groundwork and lays a foundation for eliminating even the sacred federal statutes Judge Munley mentioned in his opinion.

Are there parts of the law that should be changed or are too rough? Probably. I'm not especially happy with the elimination of due process for business owners.

Since the federal government seems content on not doing a damned thing about immigration or border security, should we sit on our laurels and do nothing? No!

Should supposed civil liberty groups be allowed to stand up for the "rights" of lawbreakers? No!

It's about time we stood up for the Rule of Law and for the principles of Federalism.

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July 20, 2007

People are Stupid

People are stupid. I hate getting spam, I hate getting phone calls trying to make me buy stuff. I don't even like when people hit me up for donations on the phone. Don't bother me! Most people agree with me.

But one rule of economics is, is that if something doesn't make money, it won't be done for long. So that means the reason I still get telemarketing calls and spam from Nigera is because there are some assholes who buy into it. I hate people like that. They make my life miserable.

Take This loser. This guy is so stupid, he should be smothered in concrete.

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July 19, 2007

Goodbye Senator

My local state sentator in Pennsylvania government lost my vote. He's a Republican. Believe it or not, the Democrat assemblyman has so far not pissed me off, he voted against it. The "IT" I am referring to is the smoking ban. Smoking persay is a sidebar. The point of losing my vote is the idea behind a smoking ban.

This article says it best.

Sorry Senator, but even high school civics students understand that driving is a privilege that occurs on publicly owned property (roads), while private property ownership is a right. A property owner’s right to allow patrons to enter, and to partake of a legal activity – smoking – far outweighs the inclination of any particular patron to dictate the terms of allowable activity upon the property owner and other patrons.

Senator Corman’s profound misunderstanding and under-appreciation of our Constitution and of civil liberties is what is driving nanny state policies such as a smoking ban.

Very well said. The fundamental belief in Liberty keeps me from supporting any such bill.

Here is how the Senate Voted

Here is how the General Assembly voted

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July 18, 2007

Ron Paul

I am endorsing Ron Paul for President in 2008. A great libertarian!

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July 17, 2007

Scary Taxes

This is frightening. How much in the way of government intrusion into our lives and pocketbooks do we have to put up with before we go to war on this issue? The revolutionary war was fought for freedom, but also because of taxes on tea and a burdensome monarchy?

As the Republic slowly dies and our freedoms slowly erode, I blame the many useless politicans in Washington and in every state capitol across this country.

The only power I have is to vote. I vow here and now to never ever vote for an incumbant again. If in 4 years every single elected offical is new, then we would have a great start.

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July 16, 2007

Vacations not worth it?

It appears that most Americans aren't too into vacations anymore.

Many Americans seem to eschew traditional vacations — a trend that has some experts worried that workers are not getting away from their jobs to relax and recharge, both physically and mentally. The reasons vary, from having too few vacation days available to lacking money for travel. But in some cases, it seems, many people just aren't getting into the habit of getting away.

I want on a vacation a few weeks ago. 5 nights, 6 days in Wildwood, NJ. It was great. Doing nothing, sitting on the beach, going out to a few nice restaurants, and just...relaxing.

It was so much fun, I'm now bummed I'm back. It was great sitting on the beach for hours at a time, half dozing, listening to the surf, the wind, the seagulls. An occasional airplane carrying a banner advertising a surf shop or a restaurant special. It was truly a great week. I want to go back.

I just don't see how people don't want to go on vacation? It is a great chance to recharge and rejuvenate yourself.

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Motorcycle Ride

Well my dad got a motorcycle. I got my permit and took it for a ride. I have to tell you that it is one of the coolest things I've ever done. I've heard people talk about the freedom of riding on two wheels. I never knew what they meant until I took one for a spin.

The bike is a Harley Davidson Sportster Roadster XL1200. It isn't a huge cruiser, or a small crotch rocket. It is in the middle. It has enough power to tackle the hills and valleys around our house, it's comfortable enough to accomodate the rider and an occasional passenger, and just loud enough to make you know you are riding a bike, but not too loud that the dog goes insane.

I'm new to this thing called riding, but from what I've experienced of it, I really enjoy it. To paraphrase what I read somewhere: "If the sun's out, you get warm, if it rains you get wet, when someone is cutting the grass you smell it."

The act of riding makes you feel free, you are out in the open, fresh air. It's like flying without leaving the ground.

I believe learning to ride a motorcycle makes you a better more aware driver in general. Riding a bike requires you to be constantly alert and aware of what is around you. You have to keep both hands on the handlebars and use effort to work the bike. You are shifting, leaning, balancing. In short you become a part of the device you are sitting on.

You can drive a car half asleep or while putting on makeup. Many people drive cars mostly distracted because they don't have to be in complete control.

And, oh yes, the Motorcyclists wave. I'll talk about that some other time.

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July 04, 2007

WalMart Meat is Awful

I just had an awful steak. Usually when I make steaks they are great, I know how to cook and take great pride in the preperation, seasoning, and grilling of fine cuts of beef. But Walmart meat sucks. It sucks big time.

The cut of beef I cooked up today from Walmart was disgusting. So disgusting in fact that I threw the whole thing out after only eating one bite.

The trouble with Walmart meat is that they insist on adding "up to a 10% solution" to their meats. This is for people who are too stupid or too incompotent at cooking to realize that this ruins the meat. Meat that is supposed to be tender and beefy instead cooks like ham.

I've experienced this problem before with their "tender choice" cuts of pork, which I tried to use for pulled pork, but the solution threw off the whole science behind slow cooked BBQ and my pulled pork was ruined.

Why does Walmart insist on this? Well it has to do with trying to not have to hire butchers and keep everything centralized.

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July 03, 2007


Back from the People's Republic of New Jersey. It was a great vacation. One thing I noticed about New Jersey is that Jersey likes to post signs about everything you can't do. When you enter the Garden State Parkway there are signs every 100 feet detailing everything that is illegal. There are signs everywhere.

Now New Jersey is cracking down on fireworks. Fireworks that New Jersians can legally buy in Pennsylvania, but cannot transport back home. My favorite line comes later in the article.

Sen. Peter Inverso, R-Mercer, the bill sponsor, said the measure sends this message to Pennsylvania retailers: "We care about the safety of all of our residents, the children you are targeting for the sale of fireworks and you should not take advantage of them.

The Children? That is typical asshole hyperbole. Whenever the Government wants you to stop doing something IT deems as bad for you they bring in the "children" arguement.

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