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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Deliberate overreaching by the government"

Federal agents have, once again, exceeded their authority in the name of "law and order."

In a recent decision concerning federal agents seizing information, the Chief Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Alex Kozinsky, wrote:
"This was an obvious case of deliberate overreaching by the government in an effort to seize data as to which it lacked probable cause."
"Deliberate overreaching by the government" happens everyday in every state and in ever county and in every city in this country. Fighting that overreaching is hard. It is time-consuming. It is expensive. And mostly it is patriotic.

Be patriotic.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Faithful Republicans being played for fools.

Pat Buchanan, in a recent column (Fatal Flaw of Democracies), asks

Does either party have any plan to cut federal spending from today's near 28 percent of GDP to the more traditional 21 percent?

George W. Bush didn't even try, and Obama is making that Great Society Republican president look like Ron Paul.

Of course the answer to Mr. Buchanan's question is "no." Neither party has such a plan. We don't really expect the Democrats to have such a plan. They are willing to ride the Ponzi scheme all the way to the bottom.


But the Republicans say they believe in smaller government and fewer taxes. Yet they lie.

When you support the very institutions - the Democratic and Republican Parties - that created the problem, how can you expect them to solve it?


They haven't. They won't. They can't.

And you shouldn't support them. Because they are lying to you.

Unless, of course, you believe that THIS time they mean it.

And like the unfaithful spouse, how many times do you let them play you for a fool? Eventually you have to say "no more."

If you don't kick them out, you have given your implicit consent to the conduct you pretend to abhor. You allow it. You enable it.

And you are kidding yourself if you believe that THIS time the promise will be kept.

It won't.

How many times do you have to be played the fool before you say "no more?" How many?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The social conservatives in the GOP are hopeless.

Can the party that rode the 1980s Ronald Reagan revolution to glory recapture its youth?

If you're the Republican Party of Florida, you can try by staging a first-of-its-kind youth summit in a ritzy resort, bringing in controversial beauty queen Carrie Prejean, Olympian-turned-reality TV star Bruce Jenner, and talking a lot about the Internet.
That the Florida GOP thinks Ms. Prejean and Mr. Jenner have any relevance to young voters is sad.

This is even sadder:
Republican National Committee new media director Todd Herman told the more than 400 attendees that Democrats won in 2008 in part because the GOP failed to utilize Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools as political weapons.

Herman said "Republicans do not use these tools for activism. We have failed in that regard."
The more Republicans try to "get in touch" with youth, the more foolish they look.

Asking a beauty queen that insists the Lord is against homosexual marriage and a reality television personality to reach out to youth is the wrong way to go.

You can use social media all you want, but if you are selling Republican versions of Paris Hilton, you are foolish. You will get what you deserve.

If your overriding message is that God is a Republican and wants homosexuals to repent, you are destined to failure. And you should be.

Christians need to spend less time politicking and more time acting like Christians. Jesus personally reached out to the unsaved. He did not lobby the legislature in Rome to persecute sinners.

George Washington said "government is force." Christians say "God is love."

Using "force" to spread "love" is nonsense. Absolute and utter absurdity.

And that's what the Florida GOP is selling. That's what the "socially conservative" Republicans nationwide are selling.

You can use Twiiter all you want, and that message ain't gonna sell.

I am a Christian. And I want a secular government. Government force and Jesus' love do not mix. They can not mix. Attempting to mix them is futile. The separation of church and state benefits the church as much, if not more, than it benefits the government.

The political message that sells is "freedom." And that includes freedom for homosexuals, pot smokers and adulterers. Freedom is dangerous. Live - and let OTHERS live - dangerously.

Jesus was friends with sinners. With prostitutes. With thieves. He did not join the Pharisees in their condemnation of those that failed to follow every jot and tittle of the Judaic law. He spoke against the self-righteousness of the Pharisees.

Jesus believed in love. The Pharisees, and their modern equivalents among the "socially conservative" wing of the GOP, believe in the law.

You can not serve two masters.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This time, the government will get it right. They promise.

I don't think Denver Post columnist Tina Griego would disagree with being characterized as "liberal."

But even she, inherently, understands the problem with government control of any program. In today's column, "Panel's hard knocks may open doors," she writes:

"I've spent too much time in poor neighborhoods watching people drown in myriad contradictory and confusing government policies..."

And yet, knowing this, and acknowledging this, liberals want the same government to take over health care in the entire country.


Two years in prison for not asking the government for permission.

Plaxico Burress plead guilty to charges that will put him in prison for two years because he failed to ask the state of New York for permission to exercise his 2nd Amendment right.

He took the plea because he was looking at 3 1/2 years if he was convicted by a jury. And he was, in fact, guilty of carrying an unregistered handgun. The problem is that New York has a law with such steep penalties for simply possessing a handgun without permission from the government.

It is outrageous. The State of New York must have plenty of prison space and resources if it can spend them on keeping Burress locked up for two years for this. Good to know New York is in such good financial shape.

(The first paragraph of the ESPN article is incorrect. He is not going to jail for shooting himself. He's going to jail for carrying an unregistered firearm.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Barry Goldwater had it right fourteen years ago on The Fed.

Most Americans have no real understanding of the operations of the international moneylenders... the accounts of the Federal Reserve have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and... manipulates the credit of the United States

Barry Goldwater, as quoted in The Money Masters (1995)

Support H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. Tell your U.S. Congressperson to support it.

The Senate vesion is S. 604. Tell your Senators to support it.

Ryan Frazier scheduled to appear...

Ryan Frazier, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is scheduled to appear while I pinch hit for Amy Oliver tomorrow, August 18, 2009, from 9:00 to 11:00 in the morning Denver time.

The radio show is broadcast on 1310 AM KFKA, and you can hear it online at http://1310kfka.com/

Matt Arnold, of Clear the Bench Colorado, will also appear.

Call-In: (970) 353-1310
Toll-free Call-In: (877) 353-1310

Monday, August 17, 2009

On the radio this Wednesday

Amy Oliver hosts a radio show every weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Denver time) on 1310 AM KFKA out of Greeley.

I will be filling in for her this Wednesday, August 19.

No matter where you live you can catch the show online at the KFKA website.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Talk about out of touch with reality.

According to the Denver Post, at a recent town hall on health care, Senator Michael Bennet "used Veterans Affairs as an example of a public insurance program that is working for one group of people."

So he wants all of us to be able to get medical care like that given at Walter Reed Hospital, where "Soldiers face neglect, frustration at Army's top medical facility."

Mixed metaphor of the year.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet had this to say about health care reform at a town hall meeting in Frisco, ""If we put our head in the sand . . . we know what's going to happen. We'll hit the iceberg."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Come to Liberty on the Rocks this Monday. Some guy is speaking.

I'll be speaking and taking questions on the Libertarian Party of Colorado at the Liberty on the Rocks - Red Rocks event this M0nday, August 17, 2009.

From the Facebook event page:

Liberty on the Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour

Bronco Nation Goes Libertarian!
Host:
Type:
Network:
Global
Date:
Monday, August 17, 2009
Time:
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Old Chicago rooftop patio (weather permitting)
Street:
145 Union Blvd.
City/Town:
Lakewood, CO
Phone:
3039885990

Description

David K. Williams, Jr. – Up On The Roof!
.
“The Conscience of a Libertarian” with our special guest, State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and President and co-founder of The Gadsden Society of Colorado, David K. Williams, Jr., Esq., up on the roof! For additional information visit LPColorado.org and Gadsdensoc.com.






Thursday, August 13, 2009

There is no state or local government "budget crisis"

Despite the gnashing of teeth by elected officials at the state and local levels, there is no budget crises.

There is only the poor use of existing funds.

The Denver Post details the state's prosecution of a group of friendly poker players.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has enough money to spend its time investigating local poker tournaments.

Therefore, the CBI has plenty of money. Too much, in fact.

The Weld County District Attorney's office agreed to prosecute the poker players.

Therefore, the D.A. has plenty of money. Too much, in fact.

Once the poker ringleader was acquitted by a jury, the State appealed a county court ruling to a District Court judge.

Thefore, the State has plenty of money. Too much, in fact.

The CBI, the Weld County D.A and the State all have discretion on how to use limited resources. Since each of them has decided to use those rescources in this manner, they don't need any more of your money.

They have too much of it already.

Self-righteousness and force.

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Glenn Garvin, of the Miami Herald, says the concept of the "peace loving" hippies from the 1960's is a myth.

In his column, "What's not being celebrated," he says

Sometime in the future, when their grip on the levers of the media has loosened, somebody will write a real history of the 1960s and the political awakening of Baby Boomers that will acknowledge it was marked by arrogance, self-indulgence, irreponsibility and totalitarian impulses.

Garvin makes a good case. And, in light of the current healthcare debate, a timely one.

Self-righteousness, in any form, results in an atmosphere of superiority by the self-righteous. This superiority results in the belief that the unenlightened need to be told how to live.

Neither the right nor the left has a monopoly on self-righteousness.

We should strive for the humility to realize that none of us are enlightened enough to tell anyone else, no matter how backward we might think they are, how they must live.

We can and should cajole. Persuade. Argue. Discuss. But when we use force, we lose all moral authority. Indeed, we become immoral.

And it is impossible to be righteous and immoral at the same time.

People throughout history have failed to recognize that simple contradiction. Many of us still do.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In case you missed this...

Check out Camille Paglia's column in Salon today, "Obama's healthcare horror."

An excerpt:

But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

David Sirota gets it.

I think it is possible that David Sirota likes me! And like Sally Field at the 1985 Acadamy Awards, I could not be happier.

In his column published in the Denver Post today, "The truth about the Me-First Crowd," he belittles those that think it is immoral for the government to take money from one group and give it to another.

His final argument, his piece de resistance, his can't miss, shut'em-up-for-good chunk of evidence against the "me-first" crowd is that they

soon turn to unscientific terrain, claiming it is immoral to "steal" and "redistribute" income via taxes. Of course, [they] will be specifically railing on "stealing" for stuff like health care, which he insists gets "redistributed" only to the undeserving and the "lazy" (a classic codeword for "minorities"). But [they] will also say it's OK that government sent trillions of dollars to Wall Streeters.

David! Welcome to the world of freedom! Welcome to our side! You have discovered the truth!

(Surely, David, I can assume that you are way too smart and intellectually honest to have merely set up a strawman to knock over. Surely you did not make the dishonest assumption that all against government take over of the health care industry are in favor of the government take over of Wall Street... Since that is so demonstrably false and ridiculous... you would never make such a stupid argument. And since you aren't that stupid, surely you see that those of us against ALL federal takeovers of business and the redistribution of wealth are completly consistent in our beliefs, and you have joined us!)

Your ridicule of those that approve of the Wall Street bailouts is 100% accurate.

Surely, in all of your reading, you are familiar with "classic liberals." We are a growing movement, and we are so glad you have joined us.

We don't think it is OK that government sent trillions of dollars to Wall Streeters.

That transfer of money is immoral. And since you see that, you must also see that your final argument does not apply to us.

We believe ALL redistribution of wealth is immoral.

Those that defend the Wall Street bailouts are WRONG. (Of course, I'm not sure how that jibes with your love of Barack Obama, since he defends those bailouts, too, just like the "me-first" crowd you ridicule.)

We are glad you agree that the bailout of Wall Street was wrong, Mr. Sirota.

And we know you can make the final jump.... for the same reasons that it is wrong for the government to take over Wall Street industries, it is wrong for the government to take over the health care industry.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Let's put these people in charge of health care, too.

According to the Denver Post story "Personal data sent in error," the Colorado Department of Corrections accidentally released "the personal financial records of more than 1,000 staff to more than 100 co-workers."

But don't worry. Once the government takes over all of your medical records, that information will be just as safe.






Thursday, August 06, 2009

Proud to be on the White House "Dissident List"

The White House is collecting names of American dissidents. From the official White House blog:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

Apparently Barack Obama is taking lessons from the Stasi.When there are too many dissidents to find using only government resources, it is necessary to recruit informants and snitches. All in the name of the Fatherland, of course. It is patriotic to turn over the names of disgruntled citizens to our Dear Leader.

I would be honored to have my name and blog sent to the White House. In fact, I have self-reported.

Copying others, I sent this email to flag@whitehouse.org :

Dear Minister of Propaganda,

As per your request, I'd like to report an American citizen to you for daring to exercise his First Amendment rights and speak out against Barack Obama's attempted political takeover of medicine.

I am reporting myself.

Not only do I believe that political interference in medicine is wrong and impractical, but I've told many other people about my views, and I intend to repeat this grave offense again today.

I fear I am an incorrigible practitioner of the First Amendment and an intransigent defender of individual rights. Please notify me when you have established your re-education camps, so that I may report in person.

Sincerely,

David K. Williams, Jr.

http://www.bluecarp.com


Thanks to Diana Hsieh for the original heads-up on this. Ari Armstrong and Ben DeGrow have also self-reported.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Socialists can't comprehend that some Americans believe in freedom...

I just got this in my email box. These people are so out of touch it would be amusing... if it weren't so sad.

And if I find out you guys are secretly getting paid by "out of district special interest groups and insurance companies" I will be unhappy. I haven't gotten a dime! Where do I sign up for my check?

Anyone?


The Democratic Party

David --

Rep. Kratovil hanged in effigyThere's been a lot of media coverage about organized mobs intimidating lawmakers, disrupting town halls, and silencing real discussion about the need for real health insurance reform.

The truth is, it's a sham. These "grassroots protests" are being organized and largely paid for by Washington special interests and insurance companies who are desperate to block reform. They're trying to use lies and fear to break the President and his agenda for change.

Health insurance reform is about our lives, our jobs, and our families -- we can't let distortions and intimidation get in the way. We need to expose these outrageous tactics, and we're counting on you to help. Can you read these "5 facts about the anti-reform mobs," then pass them along to your friends and family?

5 facts about the anti-reform mobs

1. These disruptions are being funded and organized by out-of-district special-interest groups and insurance companies who fear that health insurance reform could help Americans, but hurt their bottom line. A group run by the same folks who made the "Swiftboat" ads against John Kerry is compiling a list of congressional events in August to disrupt. An insurance company coalition has stationed employees in 30 states to track where local lawmakers hold town-hall meetings.

2. People are scared because they are being fed frightening lies. These crowds are being riled up by anti-reform lies being spread by industry front groups that invent smears to tarnish the President's plan and scare voters. But as the President has repeatedly said, health insurance reform will create more health care choices for the American people, not reduce them. If you like your insurance or your doctor, you can keep them, and there is no "government takeover" in any part of any plan supported by the President or Congress.

3. Their actions are getting more extreme. Texas protesters brought signs displaying a tombstone for Rep. Lloyd Doggett and using the "SS" symbol to compare President Obama's policies to Nazism. Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil was hanged in effigy outside his district office. Rep. Tim Bishop of New York had to be escorted to his car by police after an angry few disrupted his town hall meeting -- and more examples like this come in every day. And they have gone beyond just trying to derail the President's health insurance reform plans, they are trying to "break" the President himself and ruin his Presidency.

4. Their goal is to disrupt and shut down legitimate conversation. Protesters have routinely shouted down representatives trying to engage in constructive dialogue with voters, and done everything they can to intimidate and silence regular people who just want more information. One attack group has even published a manual instructing protesters to "stand up and shout" and try to "rattle" lawmakers to prevent them from talking peacefully with their constituents.

5. Republican leadership is irresponsibly cheering on the thuggish crowds. Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner issued a statement applauding and promoting a video of the disruptions and looking forward to "a long, hot August for Democrats in Congress."

It's time to expose this charade, before it gets more dangerous. Please send these facts to everyone you know. You can also post them on your website, blog, or Facebook page.

Now, more than ever, we need to stand strong together and defend the truth.

Thanks,

Jen

Jen O'Malley Dillon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

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Depends on what kind of experience you are looking for...

Scott McInnis and Josh Penry are the two front runners for the Republican nomination for Colorado governor.

McInnis is 56. Penry is 33.

Penry gets some support because he is young. McInnis has a consistent line he uses to counter this aspect of Penry's appeal.

"Somebody told me the other day, 'I kind of like a fresh face,' " McInnis said.

"I said, 'Good, keep that in mind the next time you're in an accident and they rush you to the emergency room. Say to them, 'You know, I want the new doctor, the one that just graduated from medical school.'"

Penry's camp should point out that Jack Kevorkian has 55 years of medical experience, and you certainly wouldn't want to see him in the ER.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Perhaps Jon Caldara won't have to stay up so late anymore....

KOA radio talker 'Gunny' Bob Newman resigns


Caldara, the head guy at the Golden based Independence Institute, hosted the light night slot after Gunny Bob over at KOA.

Shouldn't he move up? Kinda like Conan did after Jay Leno left his time slot?

Thanks to Complete Colorado for the link.

Beauprez v. Bennet for Senate?

Ben DeGrow, over at Mount Virtus, has a good post on the the possiblity of Bob Beauprez entering the Republican race for U.S. Senate against Democratically appointed mystery man Michael Bennet.

My response on Ben's website:

Bob Beauprez is a good, decent man.
The good, decent man got his ass handed to him by 17 percentage points in his campaign for governor against Bill Ritter.
The biggest argument for his entry into the Senate Campaign is his name recognition.
The Titanic has great name recognition, too. I wouldn't recommend boarding either one.

Health care dialogue

I posted this link on my Facebook page: "Ten Questions for Supporters of Obamacare."

A very good friend of mine posted this reply (and I only copy it because Facebook is a public forum, it was not a private message):

....just a quick note to people that think our current healthcare works. We were denied health care from Kaiser because we were adopting. You can not deny there are problems.

My response to him on Facebook:

...your point is very well taken. Our current health care does NOT work.

My point is that putting faith in the government to solve it is misplaced.

There is no utopia. The world is imperfect.


Government makes the world subject to bureaucratic whim. The free market has rules. We can adapt to those rules. It is impossible to adapt to whim.

We do not currently have a free market system.

For example, I did a search on "health" in the Code of Federal Regulations. I didn't count the pages, but it is way over 1000's and 1000's pages of regs.

And that is under the current system that denied you coverage.

Is more pages of regs the answer? I don't think it is.

Under the current system of federal regs, you are not allowed to buy health insurance available in other states. That is government regulation that preempts the free market.

I am not saying that the free market would absolutely solve your problem. It may not. I'm just pointing out the government makes it worse.


Saturday, August 01, 2009

Health care and the morality of helping the needy.

There is moral value in helping someone that, in your view, needs help.

For example, if you decide your neighbor needs some financial assistance, you can feel good about yourself if you decide to provide that assistance. You are under no obligation to help, but you have decided to do so anyway. Good for you! You are morally "good."

However, if you decide your neighbor needs some financial assistance, you should not feel good about yourself if you go across town, break into someone's house, steal some money and then give it to your needy neighbor. Shame on you! You are morally "bad."

As far as your neighbor is concerned, the outcome is the same. Your neighbor gets the financial assistance either way. And isn't that what matters?

No.

Currently, the concept of "morality" is being discussed in the health care reform debate.

Propents of single-payer and other government-run type programs claim it is "moral" to institute such programs. They believe it is "good" for the government to provide such a program.

This argument makes a fatally incorrect assumption: That taking from someone else to help the needy is morally good.

It is not.

The initiation of force is wrong. Morally wrong. Always. Without exception.

Taking money from someone wihout that person's express consent is force. It is morally wrong. No matter to whom you decide to distribute the money, even if it is widows and orphans, it is wrong. Morally wrong.

The proponents of health care reform fail to see this. They think it is morally good to take from someone and give it to someone else they deem in need.

I will grant that the people in favor of this use of force have good intentions. They want to help the needy. They are woefully misguided.

They lose their moral compass when they decide it is moral to forcibly take someone else's money in the name of helping those in need.

There is no morality in the use of force. There is morality in voluntarily giving.

Perhaps those in favor of a "single-payer" health care system do not care. But at least they need to acknowledge the difference.