30 January 2011

UN-der Fire

Oops, forgive me for the term, I forgot that we are now supposed to use "give 'em rope" or other non-gun related terms to reference political speak.  Perhaps we should also include "slashing" the budget, since slashing depicts knives and knife crime?  

Either way, while there is a lot of focus right now on guns and the US economy, Republican lawmakers are going to examine something most conservatives have been shouting for, for years.  Yep, that's right, FINALLY someone is going to see whether we should be funding the United Nations!

As the AP article reads:
Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, is seeking cuts and has introduced a bill intended to pressure the United Nations to change the way it operates and to make dues voluntary. She also is promising investigations into possible corruption and mismanagement.
"U.S. policy on the United Nations should be based on three fundamental questions: Are we advancing American interests? Are we upholding American values? Are we being responsible stewards of American taxpayer dollars?" she said in a statement that was read at the briefing, which she could not attend. "Unfortunately, right now, the answer to all three questions is `No.' "
Yes, I will admit that this makes me go GIGGITY, but with good reason.  The UN is truly an UN-American, anti-US bureaucracy that attempts to undermine US policy, US freedom, and US gun rights on a nearly daily basis, all the while using American taxpayer dollars to achieve these efforts.  Contrary to the popularist (read Marxist) belief that the United Nations is "bargain for what we pay," the amount of corruption that exists within the institution is inexcusable, and negates and benefits we receive from the funding we give.  Further,  considering the UN's panel on small arms control that has floated around since the Clinton era, do we really need any more justification to say "UN HUH?"  I didn't think so.

Unfortunately, like most good ideas in Washington, this effort to cut funding to the UN from US taxpayers will most likely come to naught.  It's a shame, we can all agree, but at least the Pubbies are making some effort to lead on the issues like we've been asking them to do for the last, oh, 20 years.  After all, this is the year Reagan would have turned 100, so perhaps it's a tribute?

QOTD: Equality of Law

From Mark Styne sitting in for Limbaugh yesterday (and I paraphrase):
With equality of the law, you don't need 2,000 page bills!  Equality of the law can be written in 2 pages!  Carving out favors and exemptions is what creates bad law that is longer than Atlas Shrugged.  [embellished for effect]
Even without my embellishment, the key point is 2,000 pages of words versus 2 pages of words to define a law.  Carving out exemptions, favors, and other classes of people is inequality of law by nature, and helps the state to turn law abiding citizens into un-law abiding citizens.  It's a tool that freedom haters have used for centuries, and the sad fact is, it continues to be affective.

No matter if the issue is health care or firearms, complex bills that take specialized lawyers to comprehend cost the citizens of this country not only in terms of economic output and productivity, but they deprive honest citizens of their literal freedom and the means for opportunity.  Too bad no one has proposed a "clarity in legislation" Constitutional Amendment, but then again, that would be too effective in keeping the Congresscritters in check.

Bring Out the Birthers!

Good old Rainbow State plans to sell copies of O's (not the Orioles that is) birth cert.  $100.00 USD.

Seems to me that you're trading worthless fiat paper for even more worthless fiat paper.  But hey, when the printing press run out of unique blend cotton, just substitute full on state BS.  (Please note that I am not saying his birth cert exists or doesn't, but we could have put this to bed 3 years ago and didn't).

Fearist New Age Airforce

Used Top Gun Footage?  And proceed to claim it was real training footage?

Only in China, do they have to use "Made in America" movie footage for a show of strength.