Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Armed Citizen Saves The Day (1 vs. 100!) ::: Couple attacked at movie theater

What a mess this part of town must be. By the end of the "fracas", a crowd of 300 had formed!

The man attacked was a returning Marine. I'm sure he and his wife are glad that a fellow citizen was prepared for a domestic war zone.

MANATEE – A Marine and his wife were attacked outside a movie theatre Christmas night after asking a group of teens to be quiet during a movie.

The attack escalated into an fracus attracting approximately 300 bystanders. As a result, four teens and an adult were arrested, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Federico Freire, 27, who is on leave from Afghanistan, went to the movies at the Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., to see "Little Fockers" with his wife Kayln.

Freire said a group of about 20 teens were being obnoxious and loud during the movie. When they were asked to be quiet, some of teens began cussing. Kayln Freire went to find a manager and the youths were asked to leave. The couple left shortly afterwards.

“We were just so aggravated. We thought, ‘Forget this, we’re out of here,’” Federico Freire said during an interview Monday.

As they exited the theatre just before 10 p.m., Kayln Freire was surrounded by about 15 girls who looked as if they were going to attack her, Federico Freire said.

A witness said he had a firearm in his vehicle and offered to escort the couple to safety. Federico Freire said he told his wife to go with the witness to get her out of harm’s way.

Seven males then surrounded Federico Freire and began to kick and punch him.

“I got back up to defend myself and they started running everywhere,” he said. A crowd of more than 100 people began to form.

When Freire looked over at his wife, he saw a young male with his shirt off who punched her in the face, knocking her out. Freire went after the youth and the witness brandished his gun telling the crowd to step back.

Deputies soon arrived. As deputies were investigating, the manager of the theater asked anyone without a ticket to leave.

When a deputy asked one juvenile to leave several times, the teenager refused and hit the deputy, the release said.

At one point, Destiny McNeil, 20, a relative of the juvenile attempted to intervene in the arrest and was arrested herself, the release said. Another male juvenile also hit the same deputy in the arm and resisted arrest after he was asked to leave the area. At that point, there were about 300 people involved in the incident.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Obama's War Against Texas ::: The Red and Blue States' Fort Sumter : The American Spectator

All I can say is, "Come and take it."

The Red and Blue States' Fort Sumter

The opening shot of the War Between the Red and Blue States may have been fired last Friday when the Environmental Protection Administration announced its intention to take over Texas's authority on issuing clean air permits to new industrial facilities as of January 2.

It is hard to imagine a more stark confrontation between public and private sector-oriented economies. Texas has the strongest economy in the nation, based on its philosophy of limited government. The Texas Legislature convenes only in odd-numbered years is constitutionally limited to meeting only 140 days. Until this year, Texas has had a budget surplus and still has $7.5 billion in a rainy-day fund created by voters in 1988. During 2006 and 2007, Texas created 52 percent of all new jobs in the nation, according to a study done by the Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. People are flocking to the state so fast that Texas will gain four seats in the House of Representatives in the new decade.

Washington, on the other hand, has run up a trillion-dollar budget deficit and destroyed private-sector jobs all over the country while expanding the government and presiding over 10 percent unemployment. The states on the East and West Coast that adhere most closely to Washington's philosophy are approaching insolvency. Yet they continue to pursue dreamy energy agendas, trying to close down existing power plants and refusing to build new ones while planning for a world running on windmills and solar collectors.

Now Washington is going to try to impose this blue-state agenda on Texas. The struggle will dwarf the Arizona-versus-Washington contest over immigration.

In fact the conflict over energy production has been brewing for decades. As far back as the 1920s, Texan entrepreneurs built natural gas pipelines to carry their surplus gas north, only to run into Progressive Era reforms saying that utilities had to be regulated as "natural monopolies." In 1936, the Roosevelt Administration extended this municipal regulation back to the gas pipelines themselves, giving the Federal Power Commission authority to fix prices across the country. Then after endless prodding from northern consumer states, the U.S. Supreme Court finally decided in 1954 that the whole diversified collection of thousands of wildcatters and individual well owners in Texas and Louisiana constituted a "monopoly" that could be regulated by the federal government. Over the next twenty years, the D.C. Court of Appeals tried every trick imaginable to prod gas out of its Texas owners' hands. It developed the "life of the field" doctrine saying once gas had been put into interstate commerce it could not be withdrawn. Even if a well owner went bankrupt, he was still obliged to keep sending gas to northern consumers at prices fixed by federal regulators. Still, Texas managed to keep as much gas as possible at home. When the Arab Oil Boycott prompted thousands of northern businesses and residences to convert from oil to gas, the whole system collapsed in the Natural Gas Crisis of 1976, when factories and schools closed for weeks in Ohio and Pennsylvania for lack of gas. Meanwhile Texas was using gas to generate half its electricity. The Carter Administration was appalled to discover these distortions but decided to solve them in typical fashion by extending federal price controls even further into Texas as well. Bumper stickers sprouted all over Texas and Louisiana declaring "Let the Yankees Freeze in the Dark."

Fortunately, the Reagan Administration came along and solved the problem by appointing new members to the Federal Power Commission who deregulated gas prices within a decade. Prices fell as new supplies gushed forth and for the first time the nation had adequate supplies of natural gas -- so much so that we resumed the wasteful practice of burning gas for electricity after environmentalists stymied everything else. When conventional supplies peaked in 2000, however, prices quadrupled and gas-dependent industries such as plastics, chemicals, and fertilizer started fleeing for foreign shores. Once again, Texas came through, this time through a stubborn Fort Worth oil man named George Mitchell who spent ten years experimenting with various techniques of horizontal drilling and fracturing hard rock until he devised a way of "fracking" huge gas deposits out of the Barnett Shale. Once again, Texas had rescued the nation.

The pattern continues today. Offshore drilling is forbidden along the entire East and West Coasts and Florida's Gulf Coast, but continues only off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. This exposes residents to disasters like the BP oil spill, yet unproductive portions of the country still refuse to shoulder any share of the burden. California has banned everything but ridiculous solar and wind projects while New York just cut off access to its portion of the Marcellus Shale, the second largest gas deposit in the world. Now the Environmental Protection Administration will attempt to impose this no-growth strategy on the most productive state in the nation.

Last Thursday, EPA Administrator's Lisa Jackson announced that, in response to the threat of lawsuits from environmental groups, she will impose "new source performance standards" for carbon emissions on utilities and oil refineries across the country during the coming year. Despite the name, "new source" standards apply to old sources as well. Their inevitable impact is to freeze all current technologies while preventing anything new from being built. It was this gridlock that cap-and-trade was supposed to overcome. The next day, Jackson announced that, due to Texas's stubborn resistance in cooperating with the federal effort, the EPA would take over all authority to issue permits for new facilities beginning January 2.

The stakes could not be higher. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) estimates there are 167 major projects that are shovel-ready and about to begin construction next year. Most are oil refineries and power plants but many are also major industrial facilities. EPA's permitting process for other traditional air pollutants -- sulfur and nitrous oxides, etc. -- has already slowed to a crawl. Adding carbon dioxide -- an unavoidable by-product of all forms of combustion -- will bring permitting to a dead halt. The future of the Texas economy -- and the nation as a whole -- may be at stake. If Texas stumbles, we could easily slip into a double-dip recession.

When the EPA issues new standards, it has always given the states three years to draw up "implementation programs" to meet them. In the case of carbon emissions, however, Administrator Jackson has concluded that the global warming crisis leaves no room for the traditional development period. Action would have to begin January 2. When Texas responded by going to court to challenge the accelerated schedule, Jackson responded with last week's federal takeover.

The court fight could take months to reach a resolution but is likely to be overtaken when Congress convenes in January. West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, one of the most liberal Democrats in Congress, is already spearheading an effort to head off EPA's headlong rush by overturning its authority to regulate carbon emissions. A resolution sponsored by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski to postpone the EPA effort came close to a majority last year but would need 60 votes for cloture. With Republicans taking over the House, however, the opportunities for Congressional intervention will be numerous.

Most important, however, is that the EPA action is likely to be the opening salvo in a protracted struggle between the productive red states and the profligate blue states. The unequal burden in developing the nation's energy resources cannot persist for much longer without reaching the breaking point. In that sense, the new outbreak of hostilities at Fort Sumter could ultimately benefit the nation.

The American Spectator : The Red and Blue States' Fort Sumter

Good Read ::: ‘Compliance’: The Word That Sunk a Million U.S. Jobs

A great article to reference. Here's an excerpt:

Generally speaking, when discussing the state of international competition the conversation focuses on issues of taxation, fair/unfair trading partners, labor costs, and corporate CEO greed. However, as competitive as Americans are it is surprising that so little attention is given to the ways in which we make ourselves uncompetitive by putting one-sided burdens on our own companies. Whether as a source of revenue or a means of promoting social policies, we have watched federal and state governments do just that.

How might this happen? In reality, when we think of competition in business we usually focus on product pricing, unless there is a unique product that commands its own price. (Think anything named Apple.) In reality, competition among businesses is not based as much on price as it is on cost to produce. The market sets the price among like or similar products, and only those companies that can produce that product at a cost low enough to make a sustainable profit will survive. Those whose costs are higher must either lower costs or exit the market. It really is that simple. The companies that produce an acceptable product or service at the lowest cost usually determine the market price, and competitors must be able to match that price and be viable or lose out.

This is tough enough in a market gone fully global, but it gets immeasurably worse when the U.S. burdens its companies with layers of additional costs the competition does not have. While we focus on the relative labor rates between countries and demagogue about “slave labor,” we would do well to consider the added costs accumulated by federal and state government actions; extraneous costs that add nothing to enhance the end product.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I Survived Christmas...

...but it was a close one. Having tons of family and friends is such a blessing, but it sure doesn't make Christmas and the attendant buildup an easy ride.

Hope you had a lovely time as well.

This was one of my fave Christmas tunes for this year... Annie Lennox's rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:

The surprise covers of the year? Rob Halford's versions of Oh Come O Come Emanuel and O Holy Night. Merry Judas Priestmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ROTF ::: Somalia Gets a Tourist, Mogadishu Officials Are Baffled - TIME

This story really just made me laugh out loud.

It's no wonder Somali immigration officials in Mogadishu thought a 41-year-old man who described himself as a tourist was insane; they hadn't seen a tourist in the Somali capital since, well, ever.

Canadian citizen Mike Spencer Bown is a seasoned traveler having visited more than 150 countries. But when he arrived in Mogadishu as a tourist, he was met with disbelief.

"We have never seen people like this man," Omar Mohamed, one of the officials, told the AFP. "He said he was a tourist, we couldn't believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism.”

Makes me think of the song Dreamer by Somali rapper K'naan:

We from the only place worse than Kandahar
Man that's kinda hard

Don't know it? Enjoy...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Just Disgusting ::: Did anyone see communist Anthony Weiner (D-NY) interviewed by Megyn Kelly?

Posted on FR:

Subject under discussion: the death tax.

Few things tick off swine like Weiner more than the gov't not being able to heavily tax people's estates (at 100%, if they had their druthers), and the commie Weiner was true to form. When Megyn challenged him by saying the earned money has already been taxed several times, Weiner turned his head to the side and pouted, refusing to look at the camera. "It's not their money; they're DEAD," he kept repeating in as haughty a manner as possible. And "it's not the heirs' money; they didn't earn it!"


Did anyone see communist Anthony Weiner (D-NY) interviewed by Megyn Kelly a few minutes ago?

Awesome Barking Moonbat Quote! ::: A Marxist Book in Every Stocking! | NewsReal Blog

Ahhh... TSUCMU.

"I have mixed feelings about the anthropomorphization that is so prevalent in children’s books. Does it devalue animals by making them seem human?"

Monday, December 06, 2010

So Who Would Direct The Thriller We're Currently Living?

This whole Assange thing is just way way too much for me. There's just way too much going on domestically and internationally on a daily basis. One can't keep up and maintain any other aspect of life without going mad.

So, anyway... 2010 the film...

In the distance rumble threats of war...
a global economy teeters on the brink of disaster...
at home, a weakened and exposed American president faces a wary and combative population...
and a rogue information mastermind arises with the power to bring it all down.

"May you live in interesting times." Thanks, Chines philosopher guy. They're interesting enough for a Hollywood screenplay, as far as I'm concerned.

I'd give the helm to Peter Berg.


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