Linda Feldman, Gun Control, and Obama’s “State of the Union Address”

Above: Carolyn McCarthy tries to figer out which end is up.

On January 26, 20011, Linda Feldman, from “The Christian Science Monitor,” wrote that Obama should have addressed the issue of gun control in the 2011 State of the Union Address. She contends that the expired “Assault Weapons Ban” needs to be reinstated. Along with NY Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, (who doesn’t know the breech from the muzzle when it comes to guns and is writing a bill to ban high cap mags) I say she is a fool, who should spend some time researching what she is writing about.

MyReply:

Linda Feldman, either you are trying to stir the pot or you are clueless! Staff writer! Ah ha! Ha! I think your title is hilarious; only thing funnier could be “chief researcher!” Is idiocy contagious? And does CSM have a staff infection?

Do some research dunderhead! Duh! The 1994 Republican Party’s landslide election was largely attributed to Clinton’s gun ban. So let me try to grasp your thinking . . . Obama just jumped out of the fire and into the fryin’ pan during the midterm election, got burnt worse than Clinton in 1994, and now you expect him to jump back into the fire? Before he isn’t even re-elected? Yeah! I meant it just how it sounded!

As for the so called “assault weapons ban” you obviously didn’t read the specifics. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban’s enactment. They didn’t, or couldn’t, nor wouldn’t go door to door and ask for everybody’s hi cap magazines. That’s a funny visual.

Go ahead; check it out on Wikipedia . . . its free even! A pistol grip, a muzzle brake, a telescoping stock, a detachable magazine, etc . . . . ; None of those things affect the operation of the weapon. All they do is make it look mean. The same damage could be done with an aesthetically pleasing lever or pump gun with a 10 round fixed tubular magazine.

P.S. Michael Bloomberg is an idiot with deep pockets! And MAIG (mayors against illegal guns), his pet project, is nothing more than an eminent front; they are a put on for political pandering! Just look at the attacks they make on “legal guns AND their OWNERS.” A gun is an inanimate object, the owner makes it illegal. So, it is the gun owner that needs to be held culpable, not the gun. Can you say “oxy-morons?”

And finally, like you, people perturb me when they don’t research both sides of the issue before running their mouths. IMHO, it makes you stupid and undeserving of the time I have spent to school you on your ignorance. That’s right! If you were dumb, you would have an excuse; but there is no excuse for ignorance! “A” is for apathy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_weapons_ban

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayors_Against_Illegal_Guns_Coalition

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0126/Key-omission-from-Obama-s-State-of-the-Union-address-gun-control

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20028815-503544.html

Joe Stack: “take my pound of flesh and sleep well”

 

Andrew Joseph Stack’s Suicide Note

A Manifesto for the Internal Revenue Service

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is the****utic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here?

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was social security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time. When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me). I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section 1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax purposes. Visit this link for a conference committee report (http://www.synergistech.com/1706.shtml#C…. regarding the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section 530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services workers and their clients, read our discussion here (http://www.synergistech.com/ic-taxlaw.sh….

SEC. 1706. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN TECHNICAL PERSONNEL.

(a) IN GENERAL – Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

(d) EXCEPTION. – This section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. – The amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services rendered after December 31, 1986.

Note:

· “another person” is the client in the traditional job-shop relationship.

· “taxpayer” is the recruiter, broker, agency, or job shop.

· “individual”, “employee”, or “worker” is you.

Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what it is saying but it’s not very complicated. The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d). Moreover, they could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.

During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’, and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they universally treated me as if I was wasting their time. I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity. This, only to discover that our efforts were being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”. Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise. The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists). This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle. If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks. Then came the L.A. depression of the early 1990s. Our leaders decided that they didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern California, so they were closed; just like that. The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco. However, because the government caused it, no one gave a **** about all of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to “shore up” their windfall. Again, I lost my retirement.

Years later, after weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some speed. Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare. Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months. This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive. Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY! After these events, there went my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.

By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a change. Bye to California, I’ll try Austin for a while. So I moved, only to find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and where damn little real engineering work is done. I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work. The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give a **** about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.

To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement, the last of which was a small IRA. This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of income. I filed no return that year thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need. The sleazy government decided that they disagreed. But they didn’t notify me in time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because the time to file ran out. Bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice.

So now we come to the present. After my experience with the CPA world, following the business crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again. But here I am with a new marriage and a boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle. After considerable thought I decided that it would be irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.

When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that they were in order. I had taken all of the years information to Bill Ross, and he came back with results very similar to what I was expecting. Except that he had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700 worth of it. To make matters worse, Ross knew all along this was missing and I didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit. By that time it had become brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.

This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least the tax-related transactions were poorly documented). Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue would ever matter to anyone. The end result is… well, just look around.

I remember reading about the stock market crash before the “great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything. Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s “business-as-usual”. Now when the wealthy **** up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.

I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of **** at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010

http://www.tickerforum.org/cgi-ticker/akcs-www?post=128741&page=3

Sarah Palin’s Newsweek Cover

Obama’s Mind Game

By Robin of Berkeley
We’re playing those mind games togetherPushing the barriers, planting seedsPlaying the mind guerrillaChanting the mantra, peace on earth (John Lennon)It’s a chilling moment when the light goes out in someone’s eyes.  A once radiant child hardens from abuse.  A woman’s heart shrinks after her husband’s abandonment.The person looks the same, maybe acts the same.  But something is gone, and what’s lost is irretrievable.   It’s like when a person dies; in a heartbeat, the soul vanishes.I witnessed this alteration recently when I visited my goddaughter, a radiant… (Read Full Article)

Let Freedom Ring Obama

“The policies being proposed by the Obama administration are so radical across the board,” Cheney said. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you want the nation to be strong and so many steps this president is taking are making the nation weaker.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28212.html#ixzz0TtdTbXkt

http://www.keepamericasafe.com/

A Fight, A Fight . . . Obama and the Right

boxing foxThink about this for a moment, regardless of whether a person voted for Obama or not, he is still the representative and envoy for all American citizens both domestically and abroad. So, whether he likes republicans or not, it is still his sworn duty to represent them and their best interests. For Anita Dunn, the White House Communications Director, to openly state that Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party” is tantamount to her saying that the Obama administration is opposed to republicans. That statement in it self is biased, so you tell me, what is more sorry, a news organization that is partisan, or the president of the United States being partisan?

 

As for Fox news being an arm of the Republican Party, for certain they are center right as far as politics go. However, they are not far right of the center, like MSNBC is far left of center. On a regular basis, Fox news invites liberal commentators on their shows to repudiate the news they report. Sean Hannity, the most outspoken critic of Obama has Bob Beckel on his show nearly every night. Beckel, the former national campaign manager for Walter Mondale and a member of the Robert Kennedy’s 1968 campaign, is about as left leaning as they come. Likewise, on another segment of Hannity’s show, “The Great American Panel,” he usually employs a panel 3 people to respond to the issues of the day; most times two of them are democrats, although there are times when there is only one democrat, and yet sometimes I have seen three democrats on the panel.

 

Bill O’reilly’s, often refers to himself as an independent; I suspect he’s more conservative than liberal though. Either way his show is equally represented by both liberal and conservative views. He almost always leads off his 1 hour show with his “Talking Points;” he reports the events for the day, combined with his point of view, and then leaves it to the audience to make up their mind by stating firmly . . . “you decide.” After his talking points, he usually brings on a guest, letting them plug their book; sometimes they are liberals and sometimes conservatives, Nancy Grace being one of the well known liberal authors. Sometimes he interviews a conservative or liberal guest himself; and no matter the case, if he opposes their view, they get ripped a new one. Other times he moderates a two person panel, always representing equal sides of the political spectrum; Alan Colmes, a left leaning radio host is often a guest. Colmes was also a permanent fixture on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes during the 2008 Presidential Election, as a liberal counterpoint to Hannity’s conservatism. Of course, O’reilly invites conservative leaning Dennis Miller on his show pretty often, but he is more so there for entertainment value than actual political commentary, and he does not always agree with O’reilly either. Most everyone knows Miller is a comedian, so if you take him seriously, you may be doing so at your own peril.

 

I am not even going to try to defend Glenn Beck, other than to state that he is a self proclaimed libertarian, and that he often makes it aware publicly on his show that is not a journalist; but instead just an average everyday guy shedding light on little known facts that may otherwise go unnoticed. Nonetheless, he has a propensity to factually expose situations and circumstances that are of national significance. It is Glenn Beck’s goal to bring honesty and integrity back to our government officials and the political process. The fact that he has so many followers, does lead one to believe that he can’t be all wrong. Although he almost always cites the sources of his information, he encourages everyone to research the facts, and not to just take them for granted.

 

As for the rest of the Fox News Contributors, including Greta Van Susteran, they are mostly objective, fair, and balanced. And in some cases like Geraldo Rivera, a left leaning guy with his own show on Fox, they are public about their political ideology.

 

I do not see MSNBC or the other’s offering any conservative people their own show, so how can the government say Fox is 100% in the tank for the Republican Party? Especially when the likes of Keith Obeirman, Chris Matthews, Campbell Brown, Wolf Blitzer, Katie Curic, and others are walking around with “yes we did” stamped on their foreheads. Take note that, Dunn did not mention the innumerable news outlets that are in the tank for the Democratic Party. The more Anita Dunn and the all new Casa Blanca choose to bring this drama to the forefront of today’s issues, the more easy it is for people to recognize the truth about the Obama Administration; plain and simple they have an agenda to push, and whether or not the 47+% of people that didn’t vote for Obama like it, they are going to try to jam that agenda down their throat.

David Letterman Diddles his Staff

With her bible and gun on her nightstand, just a stones throw away from the Siberian Peninsula, Sarah Palin must have awoke this morning  with a grin from ear to ear. While sipping coffee and perusing the newspaper it’s likely she stumbled across David Letterman’s untimely misfortune. It seems David Letterman’s sexual perversions and  the  jokes he had made about her 14-year-old daughter being taken adantage of by Alex Rodriguez have come back to bite him in the ass. It appears David Letterman, the pious and pompous windbag,  has fallen from grace. His wife of six months, and girlfriend of 23 years, Regina Lasko, is furious at his behavior. Reports have been circulating that she intends to leave Dave, and take their five year old son with her. A court date hasn’t been set yet for the impending divorce; however sources say an announcement will be made soon. It seems Letterman has reaped what he has sown; not only for cheating, but for being a hypocrite. It is befitting that Robert Joe Halderman, the CBS employee that exposed him, ousted Letterman’s dirty little secret in the same underhanded and surreptitious way Letterman has done to others. Of course Letterman never blackmailed anyone for 2 million dollars, but he does have a tendency to prey on people who have status in society. Mr. high and mighty, who has comically capitalized on Sarah Palin’s daughter having sex out of wedlock, has apparently been fiddling and diddling with his staff in the coat room. We can only wonder if the sex was coerced or consensual; the one thing that is for certain is that the Hollywood types will be out in droves offering him shelter and defending his actions.

 

Top ten reasons not to criticize the lives of others

if you’re a celebrity talk show host, you’re married,

and you’re diddling your staff:

 

#10. It’s never good to hang a target on your back, because those you have offended just may use it.

 

#09. Vultures will stand by, squawking excitedly, waiting to pick the dead flesh from your bones.

 

#08. Because you have been so pious, you just may look like a schmuck when it’s all said and done.

 

#07. Networks love ratings, and if you’re discredited, there’s a good chance you’ll be fired.

 

#06. It could just be that you’ve ruined the lives of those you slept with, especially if they were married too.

 

#05. It’s going to be hard to bust on other people’s sex scandals, now that you have one of you’re own.

 

#04. Sooner or later, life will catch up with you, and though it’s always been assumed you’re a big fat liar, when you do get caught you prove it.

 

#03. Once you’ve soiled yourself, there’s a good chance Obama will not come on you’re show anymore. And although Roman Polanski, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, and Woody Allen may stand by your side, it’s more than likely the masses will still consider you a twisted pervert.

 

#02. When you betray your family values, by philandering, you not only jeopardize your children’s well being, but there’s a good chance you will lose everything in the divorce.

 

#01. And last but not least, when someone finds out about your infidelities they may blackmail you, and you may have to confess to the world about your dirty little secrets.

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