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Grading your Congressperson

If your member of Congress proposed special legislation because of the Tucson shooting, you really should consider removing them from office as soon as possible.

One wanted to outlaw map symbols to designate districts. Another wanted it to be illegal for anyone to carry a gun within 1000 feet of a member of Congress. That makes a lot of sense. Until you remember it is called “Concealed Carry”. Or make the Glock 9, the semi-automatic used by the shooter, an illegal gun. There is no Glock 9 but perhaps she meant to say Glock 19 or Glock 9mm. Still others used the tragedy for fund raising.

These people should not be making laws which your children and grandchildren will have to comply. You should vote them out of office at the next opportunity.

Any Congressperson who really wants to increase their security should encourage staff members to get concealed carry permits. Especially if they have had prior military or law enforcement experience. But make sure you advise local law enforcement when you have local events so they know not to shoot your staff members.


One story not getting much play by the media

Joe Zamudio was one of the men holding down the shooter. Too bad he didn’t get there sooner. He might have saved many lives.


Who is angry now?

So far, all the vitriol rhetoric is coming from the left. Don’t they comprehend their own insanity? Or are they trying to stir their base? Using vitriol rhetoric to complain about vitriol rhetoric is absurdly stupid. They are all about symbolism over substance.

They have called us every name in the book in an effort to do what? Agitate a right-wing nut job into performing an atrocity? Yes we are angry. But being the children of the silent majority of a generation ago, we know the solution is to vote. Check out the November 2nd elections. Call us names. Spew your hate and vitriol. We know where the real power lies. It is our voting – and we are winning. Did I mention to check the November 2nd returns?


Unemployment – December 2010 9.4% Woo-Hoo!

December 2010 – Unemployment rate 9.4% – lowest in 19 months. The unemployment rate dropped 0.4% in ONE month. Isn’t that fantastic?

Actually, NO! New jobs were only 103,000 – the real number to watch, which is about 25,000 to 50,000 less than needed to just keep up with new people entering the labor force.

You have to remember the unemployment rate is a division of those unemployed – that is looking for work, by the number of people in the labor force. What made the rate drop in December was that fewer people were looking for work. Partly, this may have come about because unemployment benefits were to expire so people no longer had to show they were looking for work. To make any real dent in unemployment, the economy needs to add 250,000 to 350,000 jobs each month.

Here is the disturbing number in the report – The number of unemployed persons decreased by 556,000 to 14.5 million. We are going to need a LOT more than 103,000 jobs each month to make a dent in that number.

The other disturbing information in the report is that they are going to revise how the numbers are computed.

Workforce participation rate is at a 26 year low! You have to go back to The Great Depression to find worse numbers. Calculated Risk – Compared to previous recessions – and this shows how long it may take to get back to zero – try 24 to 30 months more to make a significant dent.


Loughner’s book list

His book list could apply to many people. This is another case of people picking and choosing what is reported. How many have mentioned Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”? Or, Ernest Hemmingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”? His book list hardy indicates any specific political agenda. Many of these may have been assigned as school reading assignments.

I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.


Vitriolic Language

Would all the people, like Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, be raising the issue of vitriolic rhetoric if the Congressperson attacked had been a Conservative Republican? Most likely not!

So far there is no link between the shooter and any political agenda. He seems to be simply a mentally disturbed individual – like so many of the assassins of our history. No explanation has been given on why he targeted Gabrielle Griffins. Some have pointed out she was Jewish. Who knew? This is yet another case of someone putting agenda over fact finding.

Those who try to make political points over such a tragedy should be ashamed. And if they hold a public office, the people should throw them out at the next election.


One more time. Crosshair vs Map Symbol

A number of people claim the Palin map used a surveyor symbol and NOT a crosshair. But the Democrats have been using bullseyes to mark Republicans on maps since 2004! The Palin map was not even made in house but by an outside graphics house. The truth is that both symbols may just be common reference point symbols in mapping software.

Survey SymbolsBut here are some survey symbol’s that very definitely look like crosshairs. In fact, you could find many examples like #79 on any engineering drawing. This symbol is used for locating a bolt hole, most commonly, but also to locate many other parts on an assembly.

Far too many people are seeing what they want to see. Only people who have never looked through a telescopic sight would confuse the Palin symbols as crosshairs. However no one can be confused by the bullseyes used by the Democrats.

The major difference is the Republicans didn’t make an issue of the bullseyes but the Democrats did make an issue of Palins’s symbols. That alone speaks volumes since they make symbols an issue instead of discussing real issues. Another example of symbols over substance.


Jared Lee Loughner

This guy was an anti-government, anti-FED, stoner. Without any professional background, he seems at best troubled and at worse severely deranged.

Wait for everyone to use him as an example to support their cause. And just so you know, it is against federal law to check mental history in issuing a gun permit. The ACLU will fight you if you try.

But in this case the ACLU is correct. If you can check mental history, considered medical history, as a check for gun permits, then why not for driver license? A employer could refuse to hire someone with preexisting conditions. The harm is almost endless and violates personal privacy rights.

However, professionals within the mental health field should be able to flag people who should not be allowed to buy explosives or firearms. They won’t do so because then they would get sued.


Geraldo of FNC points to Palin

Geraldo thinks Palin will suffer because she supported the Republican, Jesse Kelly, who ran against Gabrielle Giffords in 2010. He pointed to a picture of Jesse Kelly sitting in BDUs, with a M-16 across his knees. He is an Iraqi veteran having served in the Mortar Section of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.

Geraldo generally supports the troops, about his only positive, but in this case he showed his true bias and intellect – or the lack thereof. Besides, he is a misogynist. He has been married 5 times in 4 decades. Never ever trust this guy even if he swears on a stack of bibles. His vow or oath is meaningless.

My remote has a “Geraldo” button. It is labeled “Change Channel”. Blaming Sarah Palin is way beyond overreach.


Republican House – First Black Eye

If you’re going to read the U.S. Constitution, then for God’s sake read the original and all the amendments. Not some politically correct version.

The three fifth rule for slaves was a poison pill designed to someday end slavery. It limited the number of representatives in the House by slave states. Slave states wanted slaves to be counted as people for the purpose of assigning representation without the ability to vote. The anti-slavery members of the Constitutional Congress, argued slave states could not count slaves because slave states considered slaves property – and property can not vote. The three fifth rule was a compromise.

As we all know, the poison pill did not work as planned. While it kept the slave states from completely dominating the House and blocking any anti-slavery legislation, the slavery issue ultimately resulted in the U.S. Civil War. Largely because the succession states spun slavery as a state rights issue. Keep in mind it was the elite that had slaves. The majority of citizens from slave slates did not have slaves.