An interesting speech

An interesting speech by Sen. Rubio on Youtube. I recomend watching the whole thing. It is 14 minutes long and well worth it.

Favorite quote:”Compromise without solutions is a waste of time.”


Why the rally?

Dad wondered why there would be a rally at just the announcement of a bipartisan deal with regard to the debt ceiling. The way I see it there are two possibilities. Either, one the news media ignored the actual source of the rally in favor of their preferred political party being involved in the deal. (This is pretty unlikely since I haven’t heard of anything else that might reasonably have an effect.) Or, the added certainty of a deal existing, regardless of what the deal was.

Business ventures automatically have a certain level of uncertainty, adding in a potentially disasterous pending government decision into the mix can lead to many business leaders to vacillate, unsure of whether to risk investing or play it safe in the hopes of having enough to make it. Getting the government decision out of the way allows investors to make their decisions based off of more stable factors.

Hopefully, this helps to clear a few things up.


A small film group has made a film called Farmageddon. Their previews imply that small organic farmers are being harrassed by various government entities with the apparent goal of drivng them out of business in favor of those farms that produce the standard grocery store type food. This fits with the grocery store unions heavy donations to various political parties. You pay the people who give theorders and write the rules they send the swat team over to “assisst” in searching the farm for ‘dangerous’ substances (regardless of the regulatory powers right to ban them) and in the mean time terrorize the family and employees of the farmers. Sounds like abuse of power to me.

Sen. Durbin needs to READ the constitution.

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States” Article 2 Clause 5 of the U.S. constitution. According to a video on Hotair Sen. Dick Durbin said in an address that when he looked at a crowd of students who went to college under the DREAM act he saw “our future… congressmen, senators, and maybe even our President.” According to wikipedia the dream act “This bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain illegal and deportable alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. legally or illegally as minors…” So those who recieved help under the dream act are inelligeble for the office of President of the U.S.

Sounds to me like at least one Senator needs to take a second look at the constitution.

ATF playing word games.

According to Howard Nemerow at Pajamas Media the ATF has been claiming that no guns were walked in operation Fast and Furious, because ” According to the narrowest possible interpretation, a gun is walked only when an ATF agent physically places an AK-47 into the hands of a straw purchaser and then lets that straw purchaser walk out of sight.”

This is not good.

For those who don’t know, operation Fast and Furious involved the ATF attempting to track guns through strawman buyers to find a network of gun smugglers. I am unclear as to what evidence there is that there might be such a network. But, once again the rules and training were thrown out for a specific operation, with as near as I can tell from the House oversight committees report, no attempt being made to retrain agents. (Other instances in which changing the rules for a particular event have caused problems include such infamous instances as the Ruby Ridge incident, Waco Texas and the branch davidians, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.)

According to the House committee’s report, “ATF agents are trained to “follow the gun” and interdict weapons whenever possible. Operation Fast and Furious required agents to abandon this training.” Also, “ATF’s long-standing policy has been not to knowingly allow guns to “walk” into the hands of criminals. Yet DOJ and ATF used a 1989 ATF order to help justify allowing straw purchasers allegedly connected to Mexican drug cartels to illegally buy more than 1,800 weapons during Operation Fast and Furious.This is well beyond the scope of the original order which allows the agents to at their discretion allow guns to walk, while maintaining surveillance of the arms, ie. agents are not allowed to just let the guns go and see where they turn up. Instead this was setup by higher officials, not in direct contact with the situation, not allowing the agents, who were under the 1989 order given the discretion to let the guns travel while following them, to have the discretion to sieze these guns before they dissappeared.

The worst bit is that “Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, DOJ continues to deny that Operation Fast and Furious was ill-conceived and had deadly consequences.”. This is a good example of how not to handle a problem, stonewall and refuse to admit that anything went wrong or that it might not have been a good idea in the first place.

Update: According to Katie Pavlich at, “During an Oversight Committee hearing on June 15, Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings stated the following: “No legitimate examination of this issue will be complete without analyzing our nation’s gun laws, which allow tens of thousands of assault weapons to flood into Mexico from the United States every year, including fifty caliber sniper rifles, multiple AK variants and scores of others. When Mexican President Calderon addressed Congress in May, he pleaded for us to stop fueling a full-scale drug war with military-grade assault rifles.”” So they allowed the guns to go through in order to try and get more government power isn’t this the definition of a false flag operation and abuse of power? The path to impeachment is now set.

One more reason to enforce the 10th.

Once again the endangered species act is threatenging to put people out of work and raise gas prices for a … lizard? When is enough going to be enough? When are we going to enforce the 10th amendment? This is the sort of thing that Texas could have decided on its whether or not this was worth it. Instead we have the Fed’s threatening to step in when they aren’t needed, wanted, or have the authority.

Hat tip to Ed over at Hotair.