Davy Crockett on sympathy and spending

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It has often been said that “If you’re young and a Republican you have no heart. If you’re old and a Democrat you have no brain.”  I have always maintained that the concept of having a heart should have nothing to do with government.  My friend Rick and I would piss off numerous people who tried to justify increased government spending by tugging at our heartstrings. 

For the record, I feel horrible about the families who lost loved ones in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.  I bleed for the loved ones of our military heroes who were injured or died in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I ache for the friends and relatives of police officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty.  But do I think it’s the job of the government to hand over taxpayer dollars to the survivors?  Hell no!

And no, I’m not being heartless.  I would and do gladly give to charities that help and support the families and loved ones of our heroes.  And so do millions of other Americans.  It is not the job of Congress to dole out taxpayer money to the survivors.

Superman reads a lot.  He’s probably one of very few people in my life who reads more than I do and is incredibly knowledgeable about history, politics, law, and current events.  He also believes as I do on the subject of sympathy and government spending.  And he sent me this today.  It’s a speech Davy Crockett made on the very same topic I’m discussing right now.

Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the
deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as
any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for
a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I
will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money
as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it.




We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in
charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the
public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt
due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was
in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in
arrears to him. This government can owe no debts but for services rendered, and at a
stipulated price. If it is a debt, how much is it? Has it been audited, and the amount due
ascertained? If it is a debt, this is not the place to present it for payment, or to have
its merits examined. If it is a debt, we owe more than we can ever hope to pay, for we owe
the widow of every soldier who fought in the War of 1812 precisely the same amount.

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Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much of our own money as we please.
I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one
week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount
to more than the bill asks.”

Sympathy should never be the basis of the government passing any type of legislation, especially legislation that redistributes taxpayer money to those for whom we’re supposed to feel sympathy.  It’s not the government’s job to perform acts of charity.  Need should never be the basis of wealth redistribution.  And yet, that is exactly what we’re seeing day after day as Congress passes more laws to give away money that belongs to taxpayers to those ostensibly in need.

Americans are some of the most generous people in the world.  We come together to help our own. We give away billions of our own dollars to help those in need – VOLUNTARILY.  And yet, we’re condemned as “selfish” when we protest the use of our tax dollars to “help” those for whom legislators feel sympathy.  As Shakespeare once wrote, “The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.”  So it is today.  We, as Americans, are naturally merciful and sympathetic.  We help because it’s the right thing to do, and when Congress appropriates our earnings for those who have earned the legislators’ sympathies, they’re telling the rest of us that we’re not generous enough and not merciful enough to give as an act of charity.  They’re telling us that they know better than we do who deserves our sympathies.

Government coercion and increased taxation have always been the killer of charity.  What right do elected leeches, whose only goal is to amass power over others, have to tell the most generous, altruistic people in the world that they know better than we do who deserves our sympathy and generosity?

Weekend Fun

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Superman and I had another one of those fun weekends, where it rushes by so quickly, you turn around and it’s gone.  We originally planned to drive to Maryland for a shooting competition, but decided to stick around the area instead.  There was lots to do.

I dragged him to a movie – something he hadn’t done in a while.  Unfortunately that move was Angels & Demons – a book by Dan Brown I absolutely loved, and a book that Ron Howard and his commercialist idiot studio mutilated beyond recognition.  It was crap.  I was pissed.  Superman hadn’t read the book, so he didn’t hate this movie as much as I did.  I hated every minute of it.  I hated the fact that the studio went all PC and made the assassin into some kind of Slavic nerd, instead of the Middle Eastern terrorist he really was.  I hated the fact that they altered the plot so much that the meaning of the novel was lost.  I won’t give you any spoilers here, lest you haven’t read the book, but if you have read it, I urge you NOT to go see the movie, because it sucked.  It sucked on so many different levels, that I ranted and raved about it for hours afterwards.  It sucked not just in the realm of character development (there wasn’t any), but because it completely missed the point of the novel.  It was crap. 

Nonetheless… despite the horrid movie, we still had a great weekend.  The first thing we did is buy Lagniappe a doggie bed.  I got an email this morning about just how much Lagniappe loves his new doggie bed.  He’s happy on it.  He snoozes on it.  He’s content, and doesn’t get all neurotic about not being able to sleep on the bed with Superman.  Happy dog.

  

  

We cooked.  It was phenomenal.  Hot, flavorful, yummy chili.  Homemade guacamole that was so good, we devoured two large bowls of it!  Corn on the grill. Fantastic.

He also took me skeet shooting for the first time in my life.  As many pistols and rifles as I’ve fired, I’ve never used a shotgun.  Ever.  So it was my first time for that too.  I got about 50 percent of my targets.  Not too bad for a newbie, I think. 

And then we went flying.

Yeah, he’s a pilot too.

We flew over Harpers Ferry, where we hiked a month or so ago with Lagniappe.

It was a bit hazy, but my zoom lens did the trick.  I still got some incredible photos of the rivers and mountains of West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia (yes, you can see three states from the air)

  

  

We flew over his neighborhood, over his church, over the river and a fish farm (I had no idea anyone could farm fish like they do cows, but apparently that is the case.)

     
And we did it all while Superman sang the theme from Firefly into the headset. “You can’t take the sky from me!

Weird, but fun!  Only problem was that I had consumed an enormous amount of juice and water before the flight, so after about an hour, my bladder was screaming that it hated my guts, and I wasn’t going to pee inside the plane.  So we had to come back down.  Bathroom awaited!

Once we landed, and I made a beeline for the ladies’, SOMEONE decided it would be funny to tell me that the bathrooms in that particular building were inop, and that I was better off using the bathroom in the main airport building.  He then proceeded to tickle me on the way in, just to make it worse.  He’s certainly lucky I like him.  I did get a few choice bitch slaps in, however.

We spent the rest of the day yesterday just relaxing.  We watched Torchwood and had some quality chill-out time with Lagniappe.  The rest was much needed and appreciated, and I’m all ready to get back to work tomorrow,.

It’s Memorial Day

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I always wondered at folks who call me to tell me “Happy Memorial Day.”  It’s a solemn holiday.  It’s a holiday to remember America’s heroes.  It’s a day to stop and say a “Thank you” to those who died defending America’s freedom.  People seem to forget that between all the barbecues, the beaches and the fun.

Today please just stop for a while and remember.  It’s not a “happy” holiday.  It’s an opportunity to remember your heroes.

Pulling the plug on Murtha’s pork — BREAKING!

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Anyone who has been reading this blog for any period of time knows that I believe John Murtha to be one of the most despicable pieces of festering shit on this planet.  I don’t know what it is about Pennsylvanians, but they keep voting for these pernicious assbags and putting them into office, where they proceed to bend the rest of us over and give us a reaming that’s equivalent to a hot tar and broken glass enema.  For example: Murtha’s “Airport for No one.”

Congressman John Murtha has directed your tax money to build an airport
in Pennsylvania that an average of 20 people use each day. Not only
that, but every ticket in and out of the airport includes approximately
$100 in taxpayer-funded subsidies. Meaning, you are already paying for
people to use this $150 million boondoggle so why not experience it
for yourself?

Luckily, we have at least a few decent Congresscritters on the Hill… just a few!  Because guess what just got read on the House floor!

MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH INSTRUCTIONS
The bill H.R. 915 to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the same back to the
House forthwith with the following amendment:

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 In order to address concern that communities with lower traffic levels would lose service entirely, Congress created a program where, as needed, the Department of Transportation pays a subsidy to an air carrier to ensure that the specified level of service is provided.

Most of the small communities eligible for the program do not require subsidized service.

As of April 1, 2009, the Department of Transportation was subsidizing service at 108 communities in the contiguous 48 States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico and 45 communities in Alaska.

Air service to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is subsidized by the United States taxpayer. Each week, 6 commercial flights take off from or land at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport to or from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Service to John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport is subsidized at a rate of $1,394,000 a year through June 30, 2010.

Since 1990, the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport has undergone $160,000,000 in improvements that include airport improvement program, military, commercial, and infrastructure projects.

The total Federal investment in airport projects at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport has been approximately $150,000,000.

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‘‘(4) PROHIBITION ON FUNDING FOR OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE PLACE. —Notwithstanding any other provision in law, no amounts authorized under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be used for the provision of subsidized air service to an otherwise eligible place if the eligible place has a public airport located 3 miles northeast of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that offers scheduled commercial air carrier service and general aviation service and has a joint military control tower.’’.

What does that mean?  It means some Republicans got the balls to bring to the floor a proposal that would send this waste of taxpayer money straight to hell.

Granted the vote failed, but at least it was read on the House floor, and 11 Democrats joined 143 Republicans in the effort to send the FAA Reauthorization Act back to committee with instructions not to fund the “Airport for No One.”

Take note of the so-called “Republican” Nays.

  1. Aderholt
  2. Alexander
  3. Bartlett
  4. Bonner
  5. Brown (SC)
  6. Cao
  7. Crenshaw
  8. Dent
  9. Emerson
  10. Frelinghuysen
  11. Hall (TX)
  12. Jones
  13. LaTourette
  14. Lewis (CA)
  15. LoBiondo
  16. Murphy, Tim
  17. Paul
  18. Platts
  19. Rehberg
  20. Rogers (KY)
  21. Shuster
  22. Simpson
  23. Smith (NJ)
  24. Thompson (PA)
  25. Tiahrt
  26. Whitfield
  27. Young (AK)
  28. Young (FL)

I note with disgust that Ron Paul joined these socialist fucksacks in the continued fleecing of the taxpayer, so Murtha can keep his name on the airport paid for by taxpayer labor.  Although, I’m not surprised, as I’ve blogged about Dr. Paul’s pork habit before. And it’s no wonder that Murtha has his name on that airport.  Wanna know how much money that Murtha Fucker sucks from the taxpayers to pay for an airport that’s practically deserted?

$800,000 for a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) to rehabilitate a runway;  a runway that is hardly used, I might add.

$20,000,000 for a runway extension project; for an airport that has hardly any flights.

$750,000 for a 99-year lease of adjoining airport land;

$6,000,000 for a state-of-the-art digital radar surveillance system;

$5,000,000 for a new air traffic control tower;

$14,000,000 for Marine Corps helicopter hangar and reserve training center;  at Murtha’s airport?  After he falsely maligned our Marines and refused to apologize?  If I were the Marines, I’d tell him to shove that hangar up his ass, along with a helicopter, a rabid hedgehog and a cactus.

$1,200,000 in 2007 for airport improvement projects;

$2,760,000 in 2006 for airport improvement projects;

$1,000,000 in 2005 for airport improvement projects;

$1,600,000 in 2004 for airport improvement projects; and

$739,452 in 2003 for airport improvement projects.

Boy, that’s a lot of improvement for an airport that is hardly used by anyone.  Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.

At least some Congressleeches had the balls to vote to remove this travesty.

Could this be a coincidence?

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The manager of Taco Mac in Georgia recently stopped a robbery by his firearm.

Authorities said a masked gunman grabbed an employee taking out the
trash at the Taco Mac at 1006 North Highland Ave. around 3 a.m Sunday.
The gunman was planning on robbing the place when the store’s manager
grabbed a gun and starting [sic] shooting at the robber. He fired back and
managed to escape.

Nothing out of the ordinary, right?  Just another citizen stopping an armed thug in his tracks, right?

Except for one thing… the CEO of the company that owns the restaurant is an opponent of armed self defense.

…the CEO of the company that owns this particular Taco Mac was one of the people that [sic] strenuously fought against the passage of the Georgia law last year that made it legal to carry a firearm in this restaurant.  The law also contained a provision overriding Taco Mac’s policy of banning firearms from its employee parking lots.

Taco Mac’s owner opposed the law that would allow patrons who are not consuming alcohol to carry their firearms in restaurants that serve it.  And this guy was obnoxious about his opposition to armed self defense, posting “No Guns” signs at the entrance of the restaurant. 

Well if that isn’t just an invitation to violent scum, I don’t know what is!  I can’t imagine that it is all merely a coincidence that Taco Mac had never had a robbery in its 30 years of operation… until recently… until signs banning armed self defense were posted.

Now, I’m not going to draw a disingenuous direct correlation between the posting of the “No Guns” sign and the first robbery in three decades.  Disingenuous correlations are the purview of the gun banners.  I will, however, point out the curious coincidence.

h/t:  PrimEvil

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