Friday, May 14, 2010

Never Let a Terrible Mind Go to Waste

Eric Holder (Attorney General of the United States of America!) hasn't bothered to read the Arizona immigration law, not the original Arizona Senate SB 1070 at 17 pages including the title page, nor the amended Arizona House HB2162 at 11 pages with title page. Yet, he thinks he's qualified to adjudge the law unconstitutional. Amazing, just amazing.

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FOX News relates the story -
Despite repeatedly voicing concerns about Arizona's new immigration enforcement law in recent weeks and threatening to challenge it, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday he has not yet read the law -- which is only 10 pages long.

"I have not had a chance to -- I've glanced at it," Holder said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing when asked had he read the state law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Holder told reporters last month that he fears the new law is subject to abuse and that the Justice Department and the Homeland Security Department are in the midst of conducting a review.

The Arizona law requires local and state law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally, and makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally.
Typical liberal. Why clog your head with facts when feelings are so much less filling? Poe should have given Holder his copy right then and there and waited for the asshat AG to read the law. I've read both in about 30 minutes.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Grand Illusion

Life is seldom as it appears. The least trust worthy of our senses is sight; we are easily fooled by what we think we see. Unfortueately, sight is the sense we trust the most. This seemingly gravity-defying illusion is the winner in the 2010 Best Illusion of the Year Contest held in Naples, Florida.

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New Scientist explains -
The visual trick involves a 3D construction of four slopes that appear to extend downwards away from a common centre (see video). When wooden balls are placed on the slopes, however, they bizarrely roll upwards as if a magnet is pulling them.

But the "Impossible Motion" illusion, created by Kokichi Sugihara of the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences in Kawasaki, Japan, is soon dispelled when it's viewed from a different perspective – each slope is actually sloping downwards towards a common centre.

We're fooled because we make the assumption that each supporting column of the object is vertical, and that the longest column in the centre is the highest. But in reality, the columns and slopes are angled to create the illusion.
Kokichi Sugihara and all the other contestants are lucky Obama did not enter the contest. The area of illusion is the only one in which I can honestly say Barack Obama is without peer.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Waxman and FTC to Criminalize Vitamins

Another small step toward the total control of American behavior and choice is being taken by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA).

From Natural News -
Health freedom alert: Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill

Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this recent action by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is one of the most insidious: While no one was looking, he injected amendment language into the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) that would expand the powers of the FTC (not the FDA, but the FTC) to terrorize nutritional supplement companies by greatly expanding the power of the FTC to make its own laws that target dietary supplement companies.

If you try to fight the FTC, they haul you into their own special "FTC courts" which are not public courts where you have the benefit of a jury, but rather they are courts where the judges are actually FTC employees and you have no rights. You are essentially guilty until proven innocent, and virtually no one has been found innocent by the FTC.

The FTC also forces you to sign a "consent decree" which involves you admitting to committing crimes that you have actually never committed. These crimes include the "criminal misrepresentation of a product" by, for example, explaining that walnuts help support healthy cholesterol levels or that cherries ease symptoms of inflammation.

Using these methods, the FTC has extorted tens of millions of dollars out of nutritional supplement companies. More importantly, it has terrorized the industry and put several companies out of business, denying the American public access to products that could improve their health and prevent disease.

Now Congressman Henry Waxman wants to give the FTC even more powers by allowing the FTC to write its own laws without Congressional approval. This would allow a rogue agency to simply invent any new law it wants, such as requiring nutritional supplement companies to spend hundreds of millions of dollars "proving" the efficacy of a vitamin before they can sell it.

This will allow the FTC to utterly circumvent DSHEA -- the law passed in 1994 that provides basic protections to vitamin and supplement manufacturers. This will result in an FTC war on vitamins and supplements that would no doubt see this rogue agency attempting to destroy the entire industry and imprison the founders and executives of all the top supplement manufacturers.

This is how bad things have become in America today: The criminal CEOs of drug companies are allowed to commit felony crimes, engage in routine price fixing fraud and fix their research with fraudulent clinical trials, yet the FTC and FDA do nothing. But when an honest nutritional supplement company says something like, "Walnuts are good for your heart," they get threatened with imprisonment or have their entire life savings stolen away from them by the FTC through a series of "fines."
I'm not a big fan or advocate of vitamin and mineral health supplements; I believe it's all a load of hogwash at best and dangerously toxic at worst, but that's not the point. The point is that free people should be able to make the choices they find beneficial to their own well being and if wasting their money on health supplements is their choice then government and nanny-staters should get the hell out of their way.

It is by small steps that we will lose our Republic because we won't even see it coming so occupied we will be with Obamacare, illegal immigration, terrorism, banking and Wall Street reform, and a myriad of other big picture issues. They say the devil is in the details and you can't see the forest for the trees. Well, it's the Devils forest now.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Oceans to Bath Tubs - Federal Control of Water

With a small change to the Clean Water Act of 1972, Congressional Democrats will be able to grab immense power for the federal government. Three weeks ago, Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN), introduced America's Commitment to Clean Water Act (H.R. 5088), amending
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.)

(1) by striking `navigable waters of the United States' each place it appears and inserting `waters of the United States';

(2) in section 304(l)(1) by striking `NAVIGABLE WATERS' in the paragraph heading and inserting `WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES'; and

(3) by striking `navigable waters' each place it appears and inserting `waters of the United States'.
Oberstar work on the original Clean Water Act legislation in 1972 as a staff assistant to Rep. John Blatnik (Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party).

After the US Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 in which the Justices were unable to agree upon the meaning of "navigable", the authority of the Clean Water Act "to regulate lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands across the U.S." was severely curtailed leaving the law in confusion to Democrat's way of thinking. The current proposal to eliminate the crucial word "navigable" may be a landmark for the Federal government's total control of all waters in the US including lands that may only occasionally carry water, such as ditches, flood plains, and temporary wetlands. Oberstar thinks his legislation will restore the Clean Water Act to a pre-2001 state. The Congressman said,
"There was never any doubt that the Clean Water Act was to have broad authority... There were no limits on the number of streams, lakes or shorelines to be protected; it just said ‘the waters of the United States.' The Supreme Court has greatly limited the scope of the act and greatly confused the application of existing law."
William S. Brennan, questioned the wisdom, altruism, and sanity of the proposed bill in an article written April 21, Hydrocommerce Corner-Where Water & Money Meet; America's Clean Water Act 2010-Happy Earth Day! -

Excuse me Congressman...Why are you deleting the word "navigable" from the new legislation?

H.R. 5088 deletes the term "navigable waters" and replaces it with its statutory definition "waters of the United States." The Supreme Court unanimously agreed that "navigable" never required navigation-in-fact, but created confusion when no majority of the Court could agree what "navigable" means. While Oberstar and his supporters will say the bill does not create new federal jurisdiction over groundwater, diminish States' rights over water quality or quantity or impact normal farming and ranching activities, others believe the legislation's removal of the word "navigable" from the current definition of the Clean Water Act would effectively allow all waters (and possibly land too) to be subject to new and sweeping federal regulations and permitting. Sound too farfetched? The bill expands regulatory authority to "activities affecting these waters," an over reach by any means and an extremely broad provision to regulate land hidden inside a water bill.

So, to sum it up, H.R.5088 will create an expansive ability to regulate any land that can affect any water—however small and isolated—thereby creating federal jurisdiction over all the land and all the water in the United States!

Let's see... In the past year, the federal government has taken control over our banks, cars and healthcare. Control your finances, what you drive and who will be eligible to receive proper and appropriate medical treatment. Now, the play appears to handcuff the farmer and every other industry that is a major water user (and in some cases, abuser) by taking the first steps under the proposed legislation and the term "waters of the United States". If the Court could not make a decision on navigable after 30 years, how are they going to do with Oberstar's catch phrase? I wonder if the drought in the Central Valley of California which, if you take the time to investigate the Federal government's water policy and how it contributed to that fiasco, can be replicated throughout our breadbasket in the Mid-West and perhaps Hawaii for that matter? I apologize for my tone but your basic freedoms are further under attack and this legislation's grab for life's most precious commodity is another "control mechanism" that the Federal government seems dead bent on pursuing in an unabashed attempt to seize power of various aspects of our lives – in a growing filed that consists of healthcare, financial, and now your water. The new legislation does nothing to take corrective action against water pollution but takes a monumental step forward in "federalizing" what should remain at the state and local government level. As it looks now, the EPA could quickly emerge as one of the most powerful departments within the Federal government if such water legislation passes.
As with everything concern an ever expanding government, deleting the requirement that waters must be navigable for government control lends opportunities for unheard of controls in the future. The amended act could also include backyard streams and ponds; lawns, gardens of flowers and vegetables, fruiting trees and vines all using water, pesticides, and fertilizers. Even swimming pools and spas could fall under Federal control with the nebulous language of H.R. 5088 because chlorine and other environmentally dangerous chemicals are used in them. From there, it would be only a small step to regulation of bathtubs.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I am I and This is My Quest

Though sung by the character Don Quixote, a knight of woeful countenance, Linda Eder gives the definitive performance.

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The songs "Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote) and "Impossible Dream (The Quest) have been very important to me since I first heard them and then saw the stage performance. When in La Mancha, Spain, I tilted at my own windmill, but failed in my quest to reach the monster for the hill was too steep and the brush too thick. I continue that quest here. Portions of the lyric appear at the top of this blog beneath the Indigo Red title and speaks directly to the world and danger in which we live today.

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