Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back in 5...

Off to smoke cigars with my best friend.  Back in 5....

Please visit the blogs listed at the left.  They are wicked smart.

Why cigars?

Because all blog and no play makes Karl a dull boy...

And all this talk about those m*****f***ing cockaroach Liberals Progressives Communists screwing up America makes it difficult to enjoy myself.

Sunday Tab Clearing

These all deserve their own post, but time is not cooperating.

Via Glenn, Government to Track ‘False, Misleading’ Ideas on Twitter.

Remember all the times the Liberals Progressives Communists laughed at us when we feared unintended consequences from their policies?

Via Free North Carolina, Walmart Shakes Up Primary Care—and the Whole System.

Despite the Glorious and Free ObamaCare, the private sector is not giving up.  $40 clinic visits.  No insurance necessary.  A hearty Ushanka Tip to Walmart for showing how it can be done.

Via Silvio, Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum.
Supporters of a museum dedicated to the estimated 100 million victims of communism worldwide hope to break ground on the National Mall on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Why are there so few Democrats and liberals among them? 
Softball question.  Because Democrats and Communists are one in the same.
From Stalin’s gulags to the Cambodian Killing Fields to Mao’s famines, there is not a single communist government in history that was not both tyrannical and left horrifying death and destruction in its wake. According to the Black Book of Communism, regimes inspired by Marxist-Leninism are responsible for some 100 million deaths (and counting), making communism the 20th century’s most fatal ideology. 
Nope.  Here are the killing efficiency numbers when all murder is considered:

America: On track to out-kill the Nazis and Communists combined!

Abortion Numbers source.

Which event does American society expect us to rank #1 as the worst atrocity ever?
The Holocaust of 1945, in Europe?
The Gulags and killing fields of the last century in Russia, China, or today in North Korea?
Or the ongoing dispatch of America babies?
 Hitler was a piker.  If you want people killed, vote Democrat.

Via 90 Miles, an excellent (AND GRAPHIC) video on the recent history of Islam and the West: 5 Minutes That Will Completely Change The Way You Look at Islam Israel Palestinian conflict.

A related image we found on the interwebs:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Afternoon Cigar

Rocky Patel Sun Grown

I have many pressing priorities, but like our dear leader, I decided to ignore them all and play a round of golf.  Unlike him, I followed the game with more Gold Standard studies and a smoky cigar.

My game was rich in diversity as I shot birdies, par, bogies and double bogies.  Not to be outdone by our dear leader, I even participated in my own version of "free stuff" and left a couple balls on the course for other, less privileged, golfers.

I'm finishing James Rickards' latest book, The Death of Money.

Image from Diann:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No Bucket For Me

Captain Capitalism posts a video on the topic. In the description, he writes:
White people doing gimmicky things to make themselves feel better while never solving the problem!

 A FB Comrade posted this info today:

Want to dump ice water on your head and tell me that I am a poor sport for not doing it? is my issue:

ALS research:

Jane H. Gilbert – President and CEO – $339,475.00

Daniel M. Reznikov – Chief Financial Officer – $201,260.00

Steve Gibson – Chief Public Policy Officer – $182,862.00

Kimberly Maginnis - Chief of Care Services Officer – $160,646.00

Lance Slaughter - Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer – $152,692.00

Michelle Keegan – Chief Development Officer – $178,744.00

John Applegate – Association Finance Officer – $118.726.00

David Moses – Director of Planned Giving – $112,509.00

Carrie Munk – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer – $142,875.00

Patrick Wildman – Director of Public Policy – $112,358.00

Kathi Kromer – Director of State Advocacy – $110,661.00

Couple THAT with the money they spend on "Lobbying" and "GRANTS" that have no effect on ALS research and then toss in the whole  “You are not cool with using aborted babies as ingredients" thing..and I hope you can see that while I think the videos are funny.  I just wont make one.

No doubt the ALS folks look at all publicity as good publicity.  I hope they raise a ton of cash and finally cure the disease.  Nobody should suffer with the technology and knowledge that is dedicated to beneficial pharmaceutics and higher profits. 

BOTH are noble causes. 

Maintaining a charity perpetual income machine and filming videos, not so much.

Here is my bucket...

and how I use it...

And if you're interested in really doing something important, where your charity dollars are treasured and produce real results, check out our donate link at the top left.  Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is helping escaped North Koreans trapped in China make their second escape to South Korea and freedom. 

PJ O'Rourke Interview

Nick at Reason interviews author, columnist and self-identified Libertarian PJ O'Rourke.

I began reading PJ's books in the early 90's when I was just starting to become politically aware.  What a great way to enter the topic of politics!

One of my criticisms of Libertarians on the drug debate is that their argument ignores family values.  They will find me nodding in partial agreement that prison sentences for non-violent offenders are high, or that pot isn't a threat to society.  (it was yesterday)  But they will always get a solid "Nyet!" from me on changing the policy, because as a parent I refuse to send the signal at the national level that pot is ok.

Libertarians are always quick to - correctly - urge states' rights when solving problems.  It is my opinion they would enjoy some recruiting gains if they acknowledged that there is another, higher entity that deserves to weigh-in on policy matters: the family.

PJ says something similar in this interview.  I'm sure others will hear it differently, but by bringing up his two daughters when drug legalization comes up in the interview, he indirectly presents the same opposition.  And don't think of him as a prude as you do me.  Just read the dedication in his book, Give War a Chance!  I read that 10 years ago and I still remember the contact high....

Also, Nick asks PJ for ideas on how to increase the popularity of Libertarianism.  I think PJ hits it dead center: if there was a way, it would have been found by now.  He says the movement has plenty of smart people who could have developed a winning strategy if there was one.  I fully agree.

Last, I appreciated PJ's subordination of social issues to other political issues.  That gay marriage or drug legalization are FAR LESS important than national security and other challenges.  Debate with as many Libertarians as I have, and you'll get the sense that many Libertarians have one volume setting for all issues.

Remember, PJ recently published an article sharing his observations of the movement.  The best, and most enlightening line, for me:  "If we marched we go in all different directions."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Tab Clearing

Bloomberg: Russia Forces its Popular Bloggers to Register - Or Else

Comrade Davis Aurini and friend, Jordan Owen, are seeking funding for a new documentary to fight a movement within the gaming community.  Their video: The Sarkeesian Effect.  Captain Capitalism posts an explanation: Zoe Quinn for Non-GeeksPledge Here.

MoonBattery: Venezuela to Require Fingerprinting to Buy Food.

Saboteur365: Tit-for-Tat: Here’s the Home Address of the CNN Reporter Who Broadcast Officer Darren Wilson’s Home Address.

Monday Morning Cigar

Zhukov and I smoked Rocky Patel Edge Sumatras yesterday at the range. 

One more trip to the range before he heads back to school.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"F*ck you, b**ch! You owe us!"

If this story of a Walmart charity event yesterday depresses you, please blame Mr. B.  He's the one that told us about it.  I'm not ashamed to admit it had me crying for America...

If, for some odd, sick or twisted reason this story leaves you unfulfilled, please see our related post from earlier this year titled: EBT: Is It Enough?

Some select quotes from Lonely Libertarian's Walmart visit:
Now, I'm extremely charitable, I'll give the shirt off my back and the last buck in my pocket to someone who really needs it. And I don't expect drippy gratitude, a "Hey, thanks!" is good enough. But when I give someone something, the last thing I expect is hostility. And that's just a small fraction of what I witnessed at Walmart this morning.

I'd been there about 5 minutes when three Walmart workers finally showed up to stop the three kids who were opening packages of notebook paper and throwing them at each other.

Walking into the bathroom was one of the saddest and most disgusting things I've ever seen. It was trashed, stank, and there were feminine products and feces clogging all the toilets. There was one woman standing at the sinks, crying, dressed in Salvation Army gear. She wasn't talking to me, but I could hear her saying, "It wasn't supposed to be like this, they're so ugly, it's just so wrong."

You know, I have an idea that hasn't been tried.  Walmart should do a reality TV series.  Take video and audio from their stores - ideally from the checkout stations - and have a non-threatening non-judgemental type (someone not like me) critique the behavior of selected scenes.  They could call the show "MANNERS."  Or, "OBAMA'S AMERICA."  The host could use actors to re-create the scene, but show how civilized people would be expected to behave, dress, etc.  Sort of a human civilization make-over.

I'd like MANNERS to tell us how each customer paid.  They could also interview other shoppers and ask for opinions on common everyday topics such as government assistance for:  food, rent, education, child care, healthcare, transportation, job placement, job retention, etc.

Here is how I see the MANNERS concept being discussed in the board room:
DIRECTOR A:  We could make millions on this show, and maybe shame people into better behavior.  What do you think?

CEO:  Are you crazy?!  We'll scare everyone from shopping at Walmart.   Did Target come up with this idea?

DIRECTOR A:  No, we got the idea off of some obscure blog.  But think of the money!  We'll have the only show that attracts both the respectable crowd and the, uh, um....

DIRECTOR B: The EBT crowd.

DIRECTOR A:  Right.  Say, where did you hear that?

DIRECTOR B:  From some obscure blog.

CEO:  Ladies and gentlemen of the board... not on my watch.  What is the next item on the agenda, Mary?
MARY:  The status of the cease and desist request for PeopleOfWalmart.
CEO:  Right Mary.  Thanks.  Folks, my mother keeps sending me these email messages full of horrible pictures from our stores....

Again, my apologies.  I try to keep Ushanka an upbeat and fun place.

Does this help?

UPDATED 8.25.14:

I completely forgot about our own charity efforts here at Ushanka.  Be sure to see our Hat Give-Away videos from Dayton and Cincinnati!  

You'll not only see the spirit of giving.  You'll see the spirit of taking too!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ferguson in Videos

First, Bill Whittle with analysis of the "epidemic of racial violence":

5:00 minute mark:
Open encouragement of black rage at an area that does not exist but reverses the daily outrages that do exist is what defines modern progressive-ism.  It is the politics of envy, anger, entitlement, lawlessness, violence and bald faced lies

MSNBC's Chris Hayes should "Lean Forward" next time he is within rock-throwing range of his show's target demographic.  Watch as the "journalist" is hit by a rock as he stands within his protected, gated area. 

Do you notice Chris won't take a step towards the "victims" he chooses to interview?

Ferguson was a zoo one week ago.  Which side of MSNBC's cage was the exhibit?

Best for last!  Race shake-down pro Jesse Jackson gets some constructive criticism from 'his people' while waiting at a McDonald's drive thru:

Are you going to march with us or just sit in the car?

When are you going to stop selling us out, Jesse?
Ya, WTF Jesse?

No Rising Tides in California

California: the drought in pictures:

Lake Oroville in 2011:

Lake Oroville today:

Wikipedia - A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats:
The aphorism "a rising tide lifts all boats" is associated with the idea that improvements in the general economy will benefit all participants in that economy, and that economic policy, particularly government economic policy, should therefore focus on the general macroeconomic environment first and foremost.
Logic suggests the 2014 drought may still exist if California's state legislature were all Republicans. 

Is it wrong to suggest they try anyway?

Source: Imgur