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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BlueCarp on the radio Thursday, December 30.

Thank you to my friend Kelly Maher, of WhoSaidYouSaid.com, for asking me to ride shotgun with her as she subs for Jim Pfaff tomorrow (Thursday, December 30) from 11 a.m to noon, Mountain Time, on KLZ the Source, AM 560. (For my friends back east, that's 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m. For my friends in the Central and Pacific time zones, you can figure it out from there.)

Listen online!

This is a great opportunity for all of my Facebook friends to call and tell me how wrong I am - No, wait . . . that's what Kelly does.

Aw, heck, call anyway: The studio line is 303-477-5600.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A proposal to my Republican friends

If the federal budget is one cent smaller in 2012 than it is in 2010, I'll register Republican and run for precinct chair.

If not, y'all register Libertarian.

"Ah, but Dave, you crafty fellow, two years isn't enough time to make a difference," you say? Then how about four years? I'll make the same deal.

Still not enough? Is eight sufficient? Ten? How many? You pick the time frame.

I'll make the same deal.

Any takers? If not, why not? You claim to believe that the GOP believes in smaller government, yet given the chance to tell me how long a time frame is sufficient for them to make good on this belief, you still do not have faith in them to deliver on this claim?

And you call Libertarians unrealistic? Oh, the irony.

We are next: DHS now calling domestic dissent "terrorist."

A Tennessee division of the Department of Homeland Security has put the ACLU on a "terrorist watch list."

Soon, all dissent will be labeled "terrorist" by the feds.

And remember all of the conservative cheer leading behind the notion that "terrorists have no rights." If "terrorists" have no rights, the next logical step is that the ACLU, as a terrorist organization, has no rights. If the ACLU has no rights, no one that dissents has them.

I have heard some say that the feds will never make the leap between "foreign" terrorists and "domestic" terrorists. They argue that citizens of the United States will always have the protection of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

If you believe that, you are exactly where the statists want you: cheering for the very notion that will enslave you.

You also have no recollection of U.S. history: The U.S. put American citizens in internment camps during World War II for "national security" purposes. Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus in the name of "national security." Both of these examples took place during war, you say, so we need not worry. But, alas, we are at war: The War on Terror.

If we fail to stop the federally inspired hysteria behind terrorism, they will come for the rest of us that dissent.

You can count on it.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Two questions concerning "True Grit." (And I haven't yet seen the new one.)

I am off to see the new Coen Brothers' movie "True Grit." I like much of the Coen Brothers' previous work, including "No Country for Old Men," "Raising Arizona," and "Fargo." I anticipate liking this one, as well.

But I have two very important, substantial questions regarding the movie and its marketing. They are:

1. Matt Damon, who plays a Texas Ranger and did not contribute to the script, is billed as an "Academy Award Winner" in the trailer. True, but his Oscar was for screenwriting (along with Ben Affleck) "Good Will Hunting," not acting. Is that misleading? I mean, you could cast an Academy Award winning sound editor in a lead role, and bill him as an "Oscar Winner." It is a true statement, but I believe a misleading one.

2. Is the current, 2010 movie version with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn more accurately described as a remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie, or a second adaption of the Charles Portis' novel? I think the latter.

These types of questions, and their literal import, keep me up for hours.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Maureen O'Dowd on Sarah Palin

I am not a fan of Sarah Palin.

I do not believe she is all that smart, and she endorsed Big Government Republican John McCain for Senator over a smaller government Republican J.D. Hayworth in the Arizona primary. (I don't care that she "owed" McCain for picking her as his running mate. We make choices. She chose to support a guy who represents everything that is wrong with the GOP. She gets to live with that choice).

But I am not going to criticize her for hunting.

I applaud her for it. New York Times columnist Maureen O'Dowd, however, the walking, talking personification of an out-of-touch, white-wine sipping, Manhattan-high-rise-living limousine liberal, has no such qualms. (See "Pass the Caribou Stew").

Ms. O'Dowd, the living, breathing caricature of East Coast Elitism, has taken Ms. Palin to task. O'Dowd quotes Palin from her made-for-tv reality show:

“My dad has taught me that if you want to have wild, organic, healthy food,” she pontificated, “you’re gonna go out there and hunt yourself and fish yourself and you’re gonna fill up your freezer.”

O'Dowd, who apparently thinks her Kobe beef burgers come from some mystical magical factory, asks:

Does Palin really think the average housewife in Ohio who can’t pay her bills is going to load up on ammo, board two different planes, camp out for two nights with a film crew and shoot a caribou so she can feed her family organic food?

Why, no, Ms. O'Dowd, she does not.

While there are no caribou in Ohio, they certainly have deer. They also have wild turkey (no, Ms. O'Dowd, not the bourbon, the actual bird), squirrel, dove, grouse, ducks, rabbit, pheasant, quail and wild boar. All of these things are tasty. And "organic." All of them are hunted in Ohio. Probably even by the occasional average housewife. No plane ride is required, not even one.

The spectacle of Ms. O'Dowd speaking on the subject of "average housewives" is, by itself, a laugh riot. It is akin to Michael Moore speaking on the subject of "capitalism." Neither has been in the presence of either.

There is plenty about which to ridicule Ms. Palin. Hunting is not among them.

Federal debt as cancer, social security as ponzi scheme, and we get what...

Saturday, December 04, 2010

BlueCarp on Rep Jim Kerr and Rep Mark Ferrandino's graffiti bill.

Oh, the arrogance of the "progressive" statist.

Senator Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), in discussing her opposition to extending tax cuts, says the GOP is just "going to pout if we don’t give more money to millionaires." (See the New York Times article "Tax-Cut Debate turns to Millionaires.")

This is the perfect example of how "progressive" statists have the world backwards. She has confused letting people KEEP their own money with the government GIVING them money. Her basic belief, therefore, is that the government owns all productivity, and only allows people to keep it out of the government's benevolence.

Ergo, in her world, allowing people to keep what they have earned is the same thing as a government gift.

(I know, I know: to the "progressive" statist, rich people haven't "earned" anything. They have exploited the labor of others or they have simply stolen wealth from the proletariat. Therefore, the benevolent hand of government is necessary to correct the injustice. That is a different discussion for a different day. I merely suggest that F.A. Hayek addresses that contention and soundly shows its error in his book "The Road to Serfdom.")

Thursday, December 02, 2010

BlueCarp's webcam video December 02, 2010.



The United States Department of Agriculture has an Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services?