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OWS: Next on the Agenda—Seizure of Private Property

December 9th, 2011 No comments

In an opinion piece at CNN, Sally Kohn defends mob seizure of private property. Don’t act so shocked. OWS and its media pimps have shown precious little regard for the wanton destruction of property—public and private—and damage to local business that have characterized the movement. This is but the next logical step in the collectivist mind of the entitlement throng.

Help people stay eviction notices? Sure. Help them fend off foreclosure? Great idea. But in a society of law, you can’t just take what you want—even what you need—from others without ushering in anarchy. I’m increasingly afraid that’s exactly what they want.

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A look at the Occupy Wall Street Declaration

October 11th, 2011 No comments

Upon prodding by a liberal friend, I decided to look up the official “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City” to see their specific grievances. It doesn’t contain any more depth than the call to action I examined yesterday. Here goes, with my rating of each of their, um, “points.”

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

Partial truth. Yes, there have been numerous cases of wrongful foreclosure. Most foreclosures, however, are the result of failure to make payments. Duh.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

Partial truth. Most, but not all, of TARP has been repaid, as the funds were not actually bailouts but loans (unlike the GM and Chrysler bailouts, which benefited the unions over the manufacturers’ creditors). Side note: conservatives (not to be confused with Republicans) opposed TARP, which was passed by the Pelosi/Reid Congress and signed by the (rather un-conservative) Bush.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Partial truth. Discrimination of all kinds is hardly unique to the corporate world. Neither is it rampant throughout the corporate world itself. Abuses should be addressed individually rather than by lumping all corporations together. (I won’t even get into whether gender identity and sexual orientation should be protected. Whole ’nother can-o-worms.)

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

Partial truth. Our food supply is hardly poisoned. If it were, we’d all be dying of poisoning rather than from the side effects of obesity. And the agricultural industry has been harmed far more by government intervention in the form of subsidies (a bipartisan affliction) than by any corporate actions.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

Partial truth. I’m not sure who’s hiding the fact that drugs and other chemicals are tested on animals before humans. It’s quite true that such testing harms and kills thousands of animals every year. Without that testing, however, we simply wouldn’t have the amazing medicines available today. Every human that is saved from cancer as well as parasitic, viral, and bacterial disease owes his life to animal testing.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

Partial truth. If “negotiate” means “unionize” then, yes, many corporations do fight unionization. If workers were smarter, they would as well. Consider the case of auto manufacturing. Not a single foreign maker in the U.S. is unionized, yet their employees enjoy similar pay and benefits and nary a one of those evil corporations has ever been bailed out by taxpayers. Union dues pay for very big union boss salaries and hefty donations to one of our dominant political parties (bonus points for guessing which one). They don’t help the worker all that much.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

Lie. Students make a voluntary choice to acquire debt in the form of student loans, and they have both a legal and moral obligation to pay them back. Further, a college education isn’t a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

Partial truth. Outsourcing simply hires one group of workers in place of another. Any intelligent business will outsource work that can be performed more affordably by external labor. Most often, outsourcing does not result in a reduction in pay or benefits, but a reduction in employees for one company and an increase in employees for another. There’s hardly anything unfair about it.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

Lie. Corporations do not have the same rights as people. In a growing number of states, for example, corporations do not have the right to ban employees from keeping a firearm in a locked vehicle parked in the company’s lot. The right of the individual trumps the right of the corporation. Are there cases where the reverse has been true? Certainly. But to equate the two is plain silly. And responsibility? Companies pay billions every year settling lawsuits. The system is far from perfect, but we do have corporate accountability.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

Finally a true statement.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

Lie. We, ourselves, have sold our privacy for the convenience of using credit cards, cell phones, the internet, etc. Read the fine print before you sign anything. Whatever happened to individual accountability?

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

Lie. No press/media in the world have anything approaching the freedom enjoyed here, and our military and police have done nothing to encroach it.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

Partial truth. Some corporations have been guilty of failing to voluntarily recall products. More often, as in the recent case of Toyota, recalls are entirely voluntary. No corporation has ever refused a government-mandated recall.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

Lie. Corporations have no say in determining national economic policy. Their own corporate policies are sometimes disastrous, but blame for overall economic policy falls directly on the federal government and, in turn, on the voters who elect charlatans like Frank and Dodd, whose actions directly led to the Fannie/Freddie debacle.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

True. And in recent years, that money has gone 2-1 to Democrats. Vote ’em out.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

Lie. Corporations aren’t blocking anything. They are pursuing profit, which currently means oil and coal. There’s nothing illegal or immoral about that. A growing number of corporations are investing very heavily in alternative energy, including some of the evil oilers (like BP was long before the big spill). Nissan, for example, just this week announced a prototype automotive battery cell that holds the promise of being recharged fully within 5 minutes. Realization of that promise is still years off, though, and in the meantime we need oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

Partial truth. We grant limited patent protection so that big pharma—which invests literally billions in research, most of which goes nowhere—can profit from their efforts and recoup their investment. Generic forms aren’t blocked. They’re delayed for a few years. If you don’t like the system, lobby your reps to change the law.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

True. Such behavior, however, is hardly limited to corporations, and won’t be eradicated until we figure out a way to eliminate all forms of dishonesty from humanity. We should certainly keep working at it, but it’s not something new or unique to corporations.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

Lie. Never in the history of humanity has a society had so much access to so much information. The rise of the internet (the infrastructure of which is developed and operated by, um, corporations) has made it virtually impossible to keep anything secret for long. Besides, the vast majority of mainstream media tilts left, with only the Wall Street Journal (ironically) and Fox News leaning right. I would bet less than 0.5% of the OWS protesters has ever voted conservative, so who exactly are they complaining about?

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

Citations, please. I’m aware of state-directed executions. Haven’t heard of any murders.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

Lie. Someone needs to reread the definition of colonialism.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

Partial truth. There have been a couple corporations involved in the interrogation and death of people outside our borders. (I quibble over the terms torture, murder, and innocent.) So go after those individuals. It’s not something endemic to corporate America.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.

Partial truth. A relative handful of companies (as a percentage of all U.S. corporations) create weapons of all kinds (though we haven’t created any new WMDs in years) at the direction of our federal government, i.e., at the request of “we, the people.” That can be changed at the ballot box. Targeting WalMart isn’t going to stop the business of arming our military.

So we have a list of half-truths twisted into lies sprinkled with a couple true statements. Most of the grievances, where they have any legitimacy at all, are properly directed at a handful of corporations, and are the result of liberal, big-government policies and government interference. Demonstrating against corporate America is not going to change anything. Voting conservative—which the OWS folks would never consider—would.

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Occupy What? Why?

October 10th, 2011 No comments

OK, so my curiosity finally got the best of me and I had to head over to the Occupy Wall Street site. Now this is a movement of intellectual giants.

(From the official web site, front page link to the “call to action.”)

First, their principles:

1. If you agree that freedom is the right to communicate, to live, to be, to go, to love, to do what you will without the impositions of others, then you might be one of us.

Um, yeah. Anarchy has a very successful history. Besides, these freedoms exist with reasonable limitations or society simply couldn‘t function. Corporations have done nothing to limit them.

2. If you agree that a person is entitled to the sweat of their brows, that being talented at management should not entitle others to act like overseers and overlords, that all workers should have the right to engage in decisions, democratically, then you might be one of us.

Every individual in the U.S. is already “entitled to the sweat of their brows” as it is. If you don’t like working for a corporation, then don’t. Start your own business. Nobody’s stopping you. But business isn’t and shouldn’t be democratic. Twenty unskilled, uneducated workers very rarely have the business experience or knowledge to make good decisions that a single manager often has. That doesn’t mean managers always call it right—not by a long shot. But the people who have skin in the game, i.e., stockholders, have the legal and moral right to choose the folks who make decisions—it’s their money at risk.

3. If you agree that freedom for some is not the same as freedom for all, and that freedom for all is the only true freedom, then you might be one of us.

And this has what, exactly, to do with Wall St & corporations?

4. If you agree that power is not right, that life trumps property, then you might be one of us.

Yeah, so…?

5. If you agree that state and corporation are merely two sides of the same oppressive power structure, if you realize how media distorts things to preserve it, how it pits the people against the people to remain in power, then you might be one of us.

Let’s see. Wall Street gave significantly more to Obama in the last election. His admin has been full of Goldman employees, etc. The media have slanted leftward for decades. Oh, and conservatives would like to significantly decrease the size and power of the state. So all these protestors are going to vote R instead of D next time around?

And the call for action:

1. We call for protests to remain active in the cities. Those already there, to grow, to organize, to raise consciousnesses, for those cities where there are no protests, for protests to organize and disrupt the system.

Yes, let’s disrupt the system. Gas and food prices are rising. Real income is falling. Let’s turn a bad situation into a full-on disaster.

2. We call for workers to not only strike, but seize their workplaces collectively, and to organize them democratically. We call for students and teachers to act together, to teach democracy, not merely the teachers to the students, but the students to the teachers. To seize the classrooms and free minds together.

Frightening and moronic. Organize workplaces democratically? Right. What, exactly, do the hourly workers at my company know about the physics, chemistry, etc., required to manufacture LEDs and semiconductors? For the most part, nothing. And when they do apply themselves and gain the knowledge and experience required to make good decisions…they get promoted and paid more.

And democracy in the classroom? Please. Our students don’t need more democracy, they need to learn calculus and physics, and how to communicate in coherent English—and they need teachers who actually know those subjects instead of drones who’ve been inculcated with child psychology but couldn’t solve a simple math problem or parse a sentence to save their lives.

3. We call for the unemployed to volunteer, to learn, to teach, to use what skills they have to support themselves as part of the revolting people as a community.

Almost a good idea. Why not focus all that energy and effort into producing goods or services your community wants and needs—and making a profit at it so you’re not only supporting yourself but capable of supporting others instead of leeching off those of us who do productive work?

4. We call for the organization of people’s assemblies in every city, every public square, every township.

Funny. The Tea Party’s been doing just that for a couple years without crapping on police cars or destroying public and private property. The main difference is that Tea Party assemblies naturally disperse after a couple days because they’re comprised of responsible people who have jobs. I guess the next group they’ll direct their misplaced anger at will be the employed.

5. We call for the seizure and use of abandoned buildings, of abandoned land, of every property seized and abandoned by speculators, for the people, for every group that will organize them.

Hold on a second. I thought it was, “power is not right.” Mob mentality. Lovely. And then what? “Organize them” to what end?

Meaningless pablum straight from the pen of Saul Alinsky.

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CA Keeps Chipping Away at Parents

October 10th, 2011 No comments

In yet another outrageous but unsurprising attack on the family, the state of California will now allow 12-year-old girls to get the HPV vaccine without requiring parental consent. The Left truly will not be satisfied until the state has removed all parental authority to itself.

In a deliciously ironic twist, another CA bill going into effect makes it illegal for teens under 18 to use tanning beds. So teenagers are responsible enough at 12 to make their own medical decisions, but not responsible enough until 18 to make their own medical decisions. The utter illogic of the Loony Left is only surprising until you realize yet again that it‘s not about the safety or health of the individual—it‘s about raw power, pure and simple.

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Utter Disdain For Our Real Heroes

September 7th, 2011 1 comment

How can you possibly not have enough room to include firefighters in the 9/11 memorial services? New Yorkers should thank God Bloomberg was not in office ten years ago. What an utter disgrace he is!

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WSJ—The Fall of the Midwest Economic Model

August 15th, 2011 No comments

Given the current state of the economy, the 2012 presidential race should be Perry’s to lose. If he fails to take advantage of this opportunity

Money quotes:

Adversarial unionism is one reason the Midwest slumped. It turns out that the 1970 assembly line, with union shop stewards always poised to shut it down, was not the highest stage of human economic development. When you make labor more expensive, you create incentives to invent new machines and create new jobs elsewhere. Foreign auto manufacturers built plants in a South recently freed from state-imposed racial segregation. With no adversarial unions, management and labor could collaborate and achieve quality levels the Big Three took decades to match.

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Mr. Perry points out that his state, with low taxes and light regulation, has been producing nearly half of America’s new jobs.

Perry needs to avoid discussing the other Republican candidates and focus entirely on the things Texas is doing differently, why they are working when liberal policies in other states are failing, and how they can be extended to the country at large. It’s hard to argue against success.

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Connecticut Rapist/Murderer Gets Death Sentence

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

In the closest thing to justice attainable under our laws, Steven Hayes has been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a Connecticut woman and the murder of her two teenage daughters (at least one of which was raped by his accomplice). True justice would demand more, but we cannot exact the kind of cruel and vicious punishment he dealt to his victims.

“I am deeply sorry for what I have done and the pain I have caused,” Hayes told the judge. “My actions have hurt so many people, affected so many lives and caused so much pain. I am tormented and have nightmares about what happened in that house.”

You are “tormented and have nightmares?” How about the surviving husband and father, who lives daily with the horrible knowledge of the details of the rape, forcible ingestion of bleach, and burning of his wife and daughters by Hayes and his accomplice? Your “sorrow” and “torment” are incomparable to his—and you deserve them; he does not.

What’s truly sad is the response of Hayes’ defense attorney:

“Today when the court sentences Steven Hayes to death, everyone becomes a killer,” Ullmann said. “We all become Steven Hayes.”

No, sir, we do not. Hayes is a psychopathic, degenerate scumbag who deserves far worse than he will get. His death will be relatively peaceful and quiet, not screaming in terror and pain as the cretin who just raped him strangles him or ties him to a bed and lights him on fire. No, we do not become Steven Hayes. By sentencing him to death we mete out the only fitting punishment available for a beast who does not deserve the gift of life.

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Gun-free zones simply aren’t

October 19th, 2010 No comments

Two U.S. Postal Service employees were fatally shot in TN. The perp is still at large. Think he would have been as bold if he thought half the people in the building were armed instead of knowing they weren’t?

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A Nation of Girly-Men

August 15th, 2010 No comments

Elementary schools are limiting the activities boys can use to productively channel their innate aggression and competitive drives, for example eliminating such useful games as dodgeball. Youth sports associations hand out trophies to every kid for the sheer act of breathing and their parents’ ability to pony up the $100 registration fee instead of reserving accolades for those who actually accomplish something on the field of play. Schools hand out awards for good behavior and “citizenship” (i.e., being nice to classmates) instead of mandating them and rewarding academic performace. After all, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s self-esteem by leaving them out as we hold up exemplary achievement as a mark to be emulated. Now we’re being told that modern superheroes are bad role models.

“There is a big difference in the movie superhero of today and the comic book superhero of yesterday,” said Professor Lamb.

“Today’s superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence; he’s aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speaks to the virtue of doing good for humanity.

“When not in superhero costume, these men exploit women, flaunt bling and convey their manhood with high-powered guns.”

Now I’m not sure what movies and TV shows she’s watching, but today the only “superheroes” that wear costumes are either parodies or remakes of classic comic book mainstays. We just don’t do the whole tights-and-capes thing anymore. Further, I’m a big fan of action movies and TV shows—even the cheesiest—and I guess we’re simply seeing completely different images. Virtually every successful action hero of late follows the same model that has sold well on screen for nearly 100 years: chivalrous, confident but modest (except when it’s necessary to fling a good one-liner at the bad guys), and motivated to fight for the helpless and powerless.

In a second presentation, Dr Carlos Santos, from Arizona State University, examined 426 middle school boys’ ability to resist being emotionally stoic, autonomous and physically tough – stereotyped images of masculinity.

When, exactly, did these qualities become viewed as harmful to boys’ development? Our nation was made possible by the stoicism, autonomy, and physical toughness of generations of men (yes, and women) who lived hard, often brutally short, lives in an effort to tame a wild and dangerous continent. While most of the specific dangers they faced are gone, they have been replaced by others which can only be met by men of equal character.

Unfortunately, academics would have us believe there are no significant differences between the genders, and consequently have us raise the next generation of boys to be women. Such nonsense can only be perpetuated to the detriment of society.

Gun-Free Zone in NM Turns Deadly

July 12th, 2010 No comments

A former employee of Emcore Corporation forced his way past “security” with a handgun and killed two people inside.

[Police Chief Ray] Schultz called the Emcore campus a “very secure facility”

Yep. Very secure.

It wasn’t known how Reza got past security at Emcore Corp.

Um…he had a handgun. I’d bet dollars to donuts the “security”—if it’s like most such corporate mall cops—didn’t. Brilliant idea. Disarm your employees for “safety” and post Paul Blart at the front door. As long as companies can’t be held legally responsible for the safety of their employees when they disallow personal protection, most workplaces will remain safety-free. The notion that they are gun-free would be laughable if it weren’t so often tragic.

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