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Got this off the VCDL e-mail.  Just more proof why you can’t trust liberal lawmakers.  Too bad Nancy wasn’t back “home” when this happened but she was too busy making an ass of herself here and stalling Congress.  Go here to read the article.

“Where do you get off blaming the NRA? Criminals and gang members do not care at all about the extra laws or outright bans that you put on the books to make citizens feel better. They are criminals. Do you think they will turn in the tools of their trade just because you pass another, more restrictive law?

You’re an IDIOT. I blame you for these murders mayor. You promote San Francisco as a sanctuary city and you should pay. These criminal low-lifes seem to have full immunity in your city.”

Sanctuary city.  How many cities, towns or even states can you name where the gov’ts are foolish enough to give sanctuary?  Who suffers by this?  What is it going to take before lawmakers catch on to the mindset of lawbreakers?  Are we really asking too much?

Now to a gator-rancher, this would be a promising opportunity.  To anyone else, especially if it is for equity venture, you wouldn’t be interested.  Unfortunately, there are all too many people that would jump at the prospect of buying when being lied to by the seller.  The why in this equation is ignorance.  We’re not talking about being intellectually challenged (I love it when I can get “native PC”) as that would allude to some inability to learn.  Nope.  Just plain old ignorance.  That which is 9/10th’s of the law.  The statement “ignorance is bliss” is all BUT that.  I believe the phrase was coined by a liberal and the liberals have the high ground.

We have a gas crisis and that is exactly what it is.  Petroleum makes the world go round and just about everything we deal with has a direct connect to petroleum.  The Pelosi and Obama liberals want you to change your ways.  They want you green.  They want you thinking alternatives and you have bit.  Now that gas is thru the roof you want some relief and you are banking on the same people to give it to you.  And when the politicians get beat-up too long, things will begin to happen and the liberals will take the credit.  And the people will listen and believe once more.  This is ignorance.  The populace is upset and demanding of our congress but they don’t see the real picture.  Too bad.

Illegal aliens are againest the law and most everyone doesn’t care……until it starts affecting their lifestyles, their paychecks and they start moving in next door and trashing the neighborhood.  Then the people start getting upset and demanding something be done.  When things calm down then all is forgotten.  Ignorance.  McCain wants to give amnesty and THEN work on a solution to close borders.  Other liberals feel just the same and they are shoving this down the peoples throat and getting away with it.  That’s right; because of ignorance.

People can be ignorant for many reasons.  Laziness, non-affecting, trusting in others are but a few.  These are traits that start early in childhood.  That is when we should be learning economics.  As math is the universal language, economics is the foundation of capitalism.  It is the single most important academic that will make you or break you.  Now your parents wanted you to get jobs and work so that you got an insight into making a living.  But how many parents teach economics?  How about primary schools?  How much exposure do kids get before they are off looking for their fortunes?  We know what jobs pay and how to advance  for greater pay.  Economics teaches you how to succeed in a society that needs what you do.  If we all had a good base in economics do you really think that Obama would even have, say, 3% approval rating?  Would the housing bubble have burst with all those sub-prime loans?  Would our taxes have gone up in a weak economy?  Would illegals be taking our jobs?  Would we be buying oil overseas and sending our manufacturing over there?  Would we allow China or any nation to hold a note that could devastate our way of life?  The answer to all is no.

Even though that swampland is virtually useless there will be many that think it a good deal if I say it is.  We need to stamp out this ignorance.  Let’s ditch ESL in this nation and replace it with mandatory  training in basic economics.  We could have a nation with no rivals anywhere and be back as the envy of all government systems.  Capitalism works and it works because of economics.  When there are too many people that are ignorant to economics you end up with something other that capitalism.  This is what liberals and cons rely on.  They want you as ignorant as they are otherwise you will see them as frauds.  Don’t be ignorant.  The truth and knowledge will set you free.  Be a friend.  Be an American.  Do what GOD would want you to do for your fellow man.  Take your loose change and sign a liberal or possible future liberal up for an economics course.  We all will be glad you did.  Amen.

When the government is lazy and dull,
    It’s people are unspoiled;
When the government in efficient and smart,
    It’s people are discontented.
–Lao Tsu

The Economist has a couple of articles about the funk America is in.  One concludes with this paragraph:

Americans have grown accustomed to extraordinary prosperity. Poor Americans today are more likely to have fridges, dishwashers and air-conditioning than average Americans were in 1971. Young voters have no memory of a serious recession, since the last one was in the early 1990s. Some do not even realise that cyclical downturns are normal. Only 18% of Americans think they are worse off than their parents were at the same age. But elections hinge on shorter-term concerns. Four-fifths of Americans say it is harder to maintain a middle-class lifestyle now than it was five years ago. That probably means the election is Mr Obama’s to lose.

Some of the explanation is in the penultimate paragraph:

The depth of gloom varies by age. The baby-boom generation (people aged 43-62) are glummer than the young or the elderly, according to Pew. Some 55% of boomers think it unlikely that their income will keep pace with the cost of living in the next year, compared with 44% of 18-42-year-olds and 43% of those aged 63 or more. Many boomers look after children and crumbling parents simultaneously.

Yes, the babies are crying again.  Boo freaking hoo.  We haven’t even had one quarter of negative growth yet, much less the two consecutive quarters required for a recession.  The article quotes two boomers:

“We were always optimistic when we were young. We thought that every year, things would get better,” says Mrs Brende. But now: “The bubble has burst. I think my generation [will be] the last to see a great America.” Her husband agrees. Standards are falling in schools, he frets. Young people are finding it harder to get ahead. “We’ve all been so greedy for so long and it has caught up with us,” says Mrs Brende. She hopes that Mr Obama may be able to do something about the national malaise, but fears that “It’s too late. The slide is on.”

Asked about their own lives, however, the Brendes are rather more cheerful. “We’re OK, financially,” says Mrs Brende. She is a travel writer; her husband is a doctor. They live half the year in Missouri and half in Mexico. They have 24 grandchildren and another on the way. Life could be a lot worse.

Phil Graham was right — we’ve become a nation of whiners.  When things are bad, people are too busy trying to live to bitch about the government.  When things are good, and they actually are pretty good right now, people are discontented.  When people’s biggest concerns are the Global Warming Myth and Animal Rights, life must be pretty damned good indeed.

If any modern celebrity cries out to be mocked it is certainly Barack Hussein Obama, and lo and behold the John McCain campaign team appears to have finally gotten that memo. I still cannot bring myself to send money to McCain, but I have to say he is gaining my grudging respect:

With austere language by both the narrator and Obama, the ad begins with a high-minded narrator’s voice referring to Obama as “The One,” the nickname McCain aides are using for their opponent and the aura around him. The ad intersperses equally high-minded sound bites from Obama.

I don’t know that this McCain ad really puts the fine point on the fact that screams for public dissemination – namely, that Barack Obama is totally full of shit – but it gets about halfway there. And let me tell you, I am enthused. I have all kinds of problems with John McCain, but I do respect truthful, effective marketing. If voters have the facts, they will make the right choice in November. This McCain ad campaign takes the first important step in painting the landscape for the next few months.

Based on these first few “hard hitting” TV advertisements I have seen from the John McCain campaign, I will also say this: The theme of “damning Obama with his own voice” could carry the day.

The crap this guy has been spewing, the utterly vapid, mindless new-age claptrap phraseology he has dished out, might not need any spinning or packaging. Think about that (please!) Obama seems to have derived some of his most powerfully-delivered phrases less from rational thought than from automatic writing. He is spinning this nonsense out of his ass into the loudspeakers and if it were not for the velvety voice he would be getting laughed off the stage from Portland to Peoria.

Here’s the challenge to the John McCain PR folks: Channel Barack Obama. You do not need to swift boat this guy, you only need to quote him. Stupid is as stupid says. Let the American people really focus in on Obama’s statements, and they will quickly discern that Obama’s is a campaign predicated entirely on emotion.

Oh man, you can have all kinds of fun with that.

We have all heard the statistic from Sheriff Simpson while on the campaign stump, that “1 in 20 gang members arrested are illegal residents”. This comment was made on October 13, 2007, at the candidates debate held in Leesburg. This statistic was recently quoted by the Honorable Stevens Miller at the July 22 Public Hearing. Mr. Miller seems sold on this, but I am not.

The Center for Immigration Studies has a very detailed report available which provides some detailed estimates and statistics on Northern Virginia gangs :

A significant portion of gang members in Virginia have violated our immigration laws.

Sizable illegal alien population facilitates gang settlement and recruitment in Virginia.

15-40% of caseload is estimated to be illegal or criminal aliens

The Report (Powerpoint)

If you do not have access to Powerpoint, you may view it in html via google.

After seeing this presentation, I had some serious reservations about this 1 in 20 number. Either Loudoun is very unique among our neighboring cities and counties, or this number is simply wrong.

In August of 2007, LCSO issued a press release which discussed the relationship between ICE and LCSO :

“Our continuing working partnership with ICE through the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force has led to a decrease in violent gang-related crimes in Loudoun County,” said Simpson. “It has been very successful,” he added.

Is this saying on one hand, that a partnership with ICE is a worthwhile endeavor, while on the campaign trail, two months later, a statement is made that pursuing gang members in conjunction with ICE is a waste of resources ?

This same press release also states :

In August, an operation targeting Criminal Street gangs’ in Loudoun County netted 13 arrests. Members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Loudoun Sheriff’s Gang Intelligence Unit worked together to locate subjects who were suspected of being actively involved in firearms and narcotics trafficking, money laundering and violent criminal activities. Four of those charged in the operation were held by federal authorities based on their immigration status.

“Our continuing working partnership with ICE through the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force has led to a decrease in violent gang-related crimes in Loudoun County,” said Simpson. “It has been very successful,” he added. In the first six months of 2007 there were 10 violent gang-related cases in Loudoun. There were 37 the previous year.

For the 1 in 20 statistic to be true, with these four August arrests alone, we would need to have had a minimum of 80 gang members arrested in Loudoun at the time of the October debate. To verify this would require hard data from LCSO, as searches of the local newspapers do not show anything close to 80 gang member arrests. Those repeating this statistic, should either back it up with hard facts, or write it off as campaign rhetoric spoken during the heat of debate.

More recently, Sheriff Simpson was quoted in the Washington Post about the recent LCSO partnership with ICE :

Simpson called the partnership with ICE a “big tool for us,” especially in dealing with gangs operating in Loudoun.

“I know when we work with gang members, a lot of times we got through a number of different identifications and different names and different aliases and that type of thing before you get to actually who they are,” Simpson said. “And if you don’t have a way of getting into this system to find out if they have ever been arrested in California, you may never know that information.”

It is obvious Sheriff Simpson has distanced himself from the comments he made at the October debate. One would think Stevens Miller would focus less on those comments and more on what LCSO has done since then.

Our Sheriff’s office appears to have moved on toward making some real progress, but Mr. Miller appears to be stuck in October of 2007. Where do we want Loudoun to be, focused on the future, or with Mr. Miller, stuck in the past ?

That’s why we have the guns, folks:

The homeowner reportedly shot the one suspect when he and the two others tried to kick down the front door of the single-family home.

The suspect died at the scene.

A couple in their 60s and their two sons, both in their 20s, reportedly live in the home. Police said one of the sons fired the fatal shot.

If you own a fire extinguisher, if you have a light on the porch, if you lock your front door before turning in for the evening – you and I are on the same page with regard to home security: You should also have a gun. It’s all part of the same logical plan.

UPDATE V: Ok, I just killed Sitemeter. There should be no more errors. Hate to see Sitemeter go, but that seems to be the consensus fix around the Internets.

If you want to keep Sitemeter on your blog, read the rest of this post for instructions for your readers.

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FIX DETAILED BELOW TO MAKE INTERNET EXPLORER OPEN BLOGS WITH SITEMETER RUNNING!!

Switch to Firefox!

http://www.mozilla.com/

Hey, YOU: Just move that annoying Internet Explorer “Operation aborted” error window. Click on the top bar of it and move it out of the way without pressing the “Ok” button. Then, you will be able to at least read this post about the Internet Explorer error which is crashing it on many blogs tonight. It is not your fault, and it is not my fault, but it just might be Microsoft’s or Sitemeter’s fault. Switch to Firefox!

http://www.mozilla.com/

OK, here is the fix thanks to one of the magnificent lizards at LGF

The problem is an Internet Explorer conflict with Sitemeter, causing IE to give an “Operation aborted” error when trying to open a Web page with Sitemeter running. Obviously, this is going to affect the vast majority of blogs which depend on Sitemeter for their very mojo.

Procedure:

1. Open menu item: Tools…Internet Options
2. Click “Security” tab
3. Select “Restricted Sites”
4. Click “Sites” button
5. Under “Add this website to this zone”, enter “*.sitemeter.com” without the quotes
6. Click “Add” button
7. Close windows using “Close” or “OK”, not “Cancel”.

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UPDATE III: Whoa whoa whoa Nelly! Charles of LGF has identified this as a Web-wide problem. So it ain’t us. Jacob, I will restore your graphic.

UPDATE IV: Rumor has it the reason so many blogs are suddenly causing errors in Internet Explorer lies in a conflict between Internet Explorer and Sitemeter. Must have been a silent update from one of them. Well, I can tell you right now I ain’t throwing Sitemeter under the bus because it is one of my primary enjoyable timewasters, so IE – out the door with you!!

Human race: Switch to Firefox!

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As luck would have it, I am about to be away from the Internet for an extended period and the site has a technical issue: INTERNET EXPLORER SUDDENLY IS NOT WORKING TO BROWSE THIS WEB SITE. I have no idea why, except that something got changed – some code in a comment or post – since earlier today, and I may not be able to figure it out until a week from today.

In the meantime, readers may be forced to switch to Firefox or another browser. You will be grateful you did.

UPDATE: I have a little time to try and fix this, and the only thing I know to do is start deleting stuff until the problem stops. I apologize in advance if I happen to delete something you happen to love.

UPDATE II: Ok, I have sure deleted some stuff and IE still will not allow this site to be browsed. Looks like Redmond, we have a problem. After about 8:00 am tomorrow I won’t be able to fix it for at least a week. SWITCH TO FIREFOX!