Ammo tax lawmaker at it again
Via Firearm News; Hat tips to Ravenwood and Matt at Triggerfinger
BEWARE, HUNTERS and target shooters. Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) is back with another bill to infringe upon the rights of legal gun owners.
You may recall that last year he had AB 992, which proposed a 10-cent tax per bullet on the sale of ammunition in California. This was soundly defeated. His new bill (AB 2858) would exempt people with a valid hunting license, but the fees would still apply to law-abiding target shooters who do not hunt.
The new bill would impose a 10 percent fee on all ammunition and a 5 percent fee on all handguns sold in California, in order to establish a "Firearm Victims Reimbursement Fund."
This legislation is generally opposed by legal gun owners, trap shooters and target shooters, who feel there is simply no nexus between law-abiding sportsmen and "firearms victims" and that we should not be required to pay for the acts of violent criminals.
Yet another blatantly unconstitutional proposal from the most unconstitutional state in the union. Ammunition is implied in the phrase "Keep and Bear Arms," Mr. Ridley-Thomas. In a way, I'd almost like to see this passed, so it could get smacked down hard in court. Might even score a double whammy by finally getting the courts to admit that the 14th Amendment applies the Second to the states in the same way as it does the First, Fourth, and Fifth.
Further, since studies have shown that gun control increases violent crime, may I suggest that what would perhaps be better to finance a "victims compensation fund" is a tax on gun control legislation? Say, 100% of the salaries of all legislators who voted in favor of said law?
Meanwhile, I suggest we all support National Ammo Day. And buy your ammo from online retailers from outside of the PRK, so that no sales tax revenue goes to Kalifornia. Ammunitionstore.com and Dan's Ammo are good places to start. Send Mr. Ridley-Thomas copies of your receipts and let him know you think he's a jackass. Then, for all you proles in the PRK, write the Governator and tell him that you would support a proposition to make the legislature a part-time one. Make asshats like Ridley-Thomas have to get real jobs.
Back in the Z.S.S.R.
Mugabe says he will nationalise all farmland
ZIMBABWE’S president, Robert Mugabe, tightened his iron grip on the country’s agricultural sector yesterday, as his government announced that all farmland would be nationalised and private land ownership abolished.
"In the end, all land shall be state land and there will be no such thing called private land," John Nkomo, the land reform and resettlement minister, told the Herald. "Title deeds are no longer issues we can waste our time on."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't we seen this somewhere in history before? Say, under Stalin in the early 1930s? And didn't something like 5 million people starve?
Of course, Mugabe's cronies say that this will help them feed their country, and that farmers will be able to lease the land and use that to attract investment. Stupid, arrogant power hungry bastards are dooming thousands, if not millions of their countrymen to starve. This will precipitate a major humanitarian crisis, which Mugabe will, naturally, blame on the U.S.
Property rights are the keystone of a free society. Zimbabwe has just abolished property rights. And people wonder why sub-Saharan Africa continues to be such a craphole.
On Mother's Day, They Have the Million Several Thousand Mommy March
I found something that needs to be resurrected...the site looks like it hasn't been updated for a few years..but it might get some attention if it happened...for Father's Day...the Fifty Million Round March.
Looks like I found my next range date.
Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department salute along with members of the public as the hearse carrying the body of former President Ronald Reagan head up the 118 Ronald Reagan Freeway in Simi Valley, Calif., Monday, June 7, 2004. Reagan's body was being taken to lie in state at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Rest in Peace, President Reagan.
Your spirit lives on. Viva la Reagan Revolution!
We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world.
We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward I restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him.
But we can not have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure.
Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation?
Today in our country the tax collector's share is 37 cents of every dollar earned. Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp.
Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community?
Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients.
Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.
If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what's at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars.
There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
Winston Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits not animals."
And he said, "There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty."
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
-Ronald Reagan, 1964
I'm on vacation, so the posting will probably be a bit light for this week. I just had to get that Soros bit out of my head.
More on Soros
George Sore-Ass is perhaps the biggest hypocrite involved in politics. This weasel so fervently believed that the corrupting influence of money that he spent (irony alert) $18 million dollars over 7 years to pass legislation that ultimately became the McCain-Feingold Free Speech Denial Act. And now he's spent a bit over $15 million trying to unseat President Bush. Um, Mr Sore-Ass, that corrupting influence you were whining about? We've done some research, and you're it.
Mr. Soros is also a convicted criminal. As reported in the NY Times, Soros was convicted in France in 2002 of insider trading. For once the French did something I can agree with.
Now, on to what the Hungarian shitbag had to say last week:
"It's built on two pillars. One, that the United States must maintain its absolute military superiority in every part of the world, and second, that the United States has the right for preemptive action. Now, both these propositions, taken on their own, are quite valid propositions. But if you put them together, they establish two kinds of sovereignty in the world. the sovereignty of the United States, which is inviolate, not subject to any international constraints, and the rest of the world, which is subject to the Bush Doctrine. To me it is reminiscent to George Orwell's Animal Farm, that "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
So, if I'm reading this correctly, it's OK that the U.S. is the most powerful nation on the planet. Good that you approve of reality, George. And having a policy of pre-emptively attacking other nations who pose a threat to our security is OK. Guess what George? History and international law give all nations that right. Israel exercised it in 1967. If France and England had shown some spine anytime before 1 September 1939 and pre-empted Hitler's ass, it would hav saved millions of lives, and the Iron Curtain wouldn't have enveloped Eastern Europe.
What Asshat Moneybagos apparently objects to is the fact that we're bigger and stronger than everyone else, AND we have a policy of pre-emptively attacking those would pose a threat to us. Because according to him, it's just not fair that nobody else can pre-empt US. In the convetional military sense, he's right. But there's a rather large hole in downtown Manhattan that proves he's wrong. It proves that we can't just sit around and wait to be attacked first, because if we do, more innocent Americans will get killed.
We went to war in Iraq on false pretenses. There was no connection between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda.
You mean besides Ansar al-Islam? You mean besides that sadistic fuckwad who sawed off Nick Berg's head, al-Zarqawi or however it's spelled? the guy was with A-Q in Afghanistan, was wounded, escaped through Iran to Iraq, where he received medical treatment, and now leads a groups attacking us? Besides the hijacking training site at Salman Pak?
There were no weapons of mass destruction.
Except that sarin gas shell we found. And all the stuff that was intercepted before in could be used in Jordan. Or the labs detailed in the Kay Report.
But what I find the most galling is the pretense that is now presented that we went to war in Iraq for the sake of the Iraqi people. If we had done so, we would have sent in more troops, and we would have protected not only the ministry of oil [sic], but also the other ministries and the museums and the hospitals.
Yes, we could have sent more troops. I don't think anyone, at least not anyone who was taken seriously, expected the fall of Iraq to happen the way it did-with most of the Iraqi military simply deciding that they'd rather not play war, that they'd rather go home, put on their civvies, and join the fun of looting. Of course, this assumes that we had the troops the send, and the time to assemble them. It took almost 6 months to assemble the army that liberated Kuwait, and back then the Army had 18 divisions, only one of which as busy doing other things (watching the nutjob in North Korea). Now the Army has 10 divisions, and a big chunk of that was busy elsewhere.
And the U.S. has done a hell of a lot more for the Iraqis than the UN ever did. (USAID). Maybe it's because we're not lining our own pockets in the process.
The picture of torture in the Abu Graaaib [sic--Gharib], in Saddam's prison, was the moment of truth for us, because this is not what this nation stands for. I think that those pictures hit us the same way as the -- as the terrorist attack itself. Not quite with the same force because the terrorist attack, we were the victims. In the pictures, we were the perpetrators, others were the victim. [sic] But there is, I'm afraid, a direct connection between those two events, because the way President Bush conducted the war on terror, converted us from victims into perpetrators. This is a very tough thing to say, but the fact is that the war on terror as conducted by this administration, has claimed more innocent victims than the original attack itself.
Yes, what happened at Abu Ghraib was awful. But guess what, Mr Sore-Ass? The Army is dealing with the people responsible. The Army was dealing with them before you'd even heard the name Abu Ghraib. So just fuck off, will you?
And yes, innocent people have undoubtedly died during the war on terrorism. But there's a big difference between innocent civilians accidentally killed on the battlefield and delierately targeting civilians. We could have turned have turned Afghanistan into a smoking, radioactive crater if we felt like it after 9/11. We didn't. We could have nuked Mecca after the beheadings of Danil Pearl and Nick Berg. We haven't. We have fought this war in the most restricted, restrained, precise way possible. Because we're not terrorists. Even though Mr Fuckwad Moneybags seems to think so.
What's even scarier about Asshat Moneybagos' view of the world is that it's endorsed by the biggest of the Democratic party bigwigs-the Hidebeast herself. She gave the guy a rousing introduction at the convention. And the Clintons still run the Democratic party. So you can be assured that anything he said is approved by them. They are the Party of Hate.