Monday, June 27, 2011

Mexican firepower II

Another Murder Linked to US Gunwalker Case

This really isn't news if you have been following Gunwalker, and it isn't fair to blame the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the murders of US Border Agent Brian Terry or Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez. The thugs who killed these men, and many other Americans and Mexicans, would have used other weapons - probably firearms smuggled across Mexico's border with Guatemala - if BATFE had not sanctioned the weapons they did use. The brutal and violent evil bastard Mexican drug thugs probably would have preferred to commit the murders with full automatic AK-47s instead of the semi-automatic "variants" BATFE intentionally put into their hands.

The egregious part of this is not that people died. It is that BATFE, the Presidents of the United States and Mexico, and the US Secretary of State all claimed drug-fueled firearm violence in Mexico should be blamed on the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. These sly and disingenuous evil bastards were clamoring for suppression of Americans' civil rights based on false information they promulgated.

TOC has commented on this multiple times. Here are two of those posts.

There is not a better argument for abandoning the failed and costly "War on Drugs," nor for disbanding BATFE. There is also an argument here for Mexican officials to increase their own southern border security rather than actively subverting ours.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Supreme Deniers

The justices of the United States Supreme Court this week became the world’s most august global warming sceptics. ... Global warming is by no means a settled issue, they made clear, suggesting it would be foolhardy to assume it was.
A 5-4 split? What did the Liberals say in dissent? You'll have to RTWT.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Heroism as self-abnegation

I received an email this morning with the subject line "What is true heroism?" The body contained this:
Arthur Ashe had a prescient observation on the subject.

In honor of all those who served, Memorial Day 2011.

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."
I shared these thoughts with my correspondent:

I understand that Ashe's aphorism appeals to your sense of fair play and generosity of spirit, but it is the root justification of statism: The interests of every person trump the interests of each person. Looters such as our President will fully approve.

Consider Ayn Rand on the topic:

The man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves. The relationship produces nothing but mutual corruption. It is impossible in concept. The nearest approach to it in reality -- the man who lives to serve others -- is the slave. If physical slavery is repulsive, how much more repulsive is the concept of servility of the spirit. The conquered slave has a vestige of honor. He has the merit of having resisted and of considering his condition evil. But the man who enslaves himself voluntarily in the name of love is the basest of creatures. He degrades the dignity of man, and he degrades the conception of love. But that is the essence of altruism.
Those who prate that the highest purpose is serving others soon conclude that others can be best served only when those others are required to live up to the terms of service. Insisting that the highest aspiration is placing others' interests above your own is a perversion of the Golden Rule.

Rand again:

I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
Ashe is saying exactly the opposite. Atlas Shrugged was prescient, Ashe is merely banal.

Your email mentions Memorial Day, as if Ashe's words describe the ideals of the men and women of our Armed Forces. I disagree. Our men and women in the Armed Forces should not be described as sacrificial objects. If they are sacrificed, it is by a government using them to serve others: What We Owe Our Soldiers

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fred Upton is a fool

As noted on several previous occasions. And he also appears, no surprise, to be a liar.

Fred, like incandescent bulbs, you're banned. The best thing the House leadership could do, for their own sake, is revoke your Chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

It's bad enough we have Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow and John Conyers without your RINO butt taking up our legislative space.

Barring a reversal of your perfidy, you are gone. I will be in your district. Your defeat is now my cause.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gas prices are too low

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson thinks the federal government should raise gas taxes by as much as $1 per gallon. He thinks this would make customers more receptive to smaller more fuel-efficient vehicles.

According to the Detroit News:
A government-imposed tax hike, Akerson believes, will prompt more people to buy small cars and do more good for the environment than forcing automakers to comply with higher gas-mileage standards.
Translation: "If we're going to be forced to build cars we can't sell. Consumers should be forced to buy them."

GE already accomplished this with CFLs, so why not give it a try?

Anybody else see a problem with Government Motors petitioning the government for a tax hike?