Some people need a beating…

OK, I get people wanting to stand up for their rights, but from the very beginning, this guy was an arrogant asshole. He has no respect for authority. He was abusive and non cooperative when asked simple questions. He deserved to be detained.

Now, the person stating he has no rights at a checkpoint is NOT cool. But I still think he was an ass and deserved a thumping. And that’s just listening to the first 5 minutes of the video.

The reason that this blew up and the reason that he was detained is by not answering a few simple questions and being an ass, he instantly raised suspicion that he was doing something illegal. If he had played it cool, I’m sure he would have been through the checkpoint in under a minute without them ever needing to check his trunk or anything else. But because he was abusive and non-cooperative, he was detained. I’m not saying that the border patrol agents were perfect here. But some people are just idiots and need a good beating with the clue-by-four!

NOTE: I do _NOT_ agree with the title of the video. I think it should have been ‘Dumbass makes a fool of himself to a federal agent!’

Fairness Doctrine

People like this really scare me:

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told nationally syndicated talk host Bill Press this morning that the recent flips of liberal Talk stations in several markets were a “disservice to the public.”

Stabenow said that, in the day of the Fairness Doctrine, “you had to have balance,” and continued, “I think something that requires that in a market with owners that have multiple stations that they have got to have balance — there has to be some community interest — balance, you know, standard that says both sides have to be heard.”

Stabenow told Press that the airwaves are “dominated by one view” that “overwhelms people’s opinions — and, unfortunately, incorrectly,” and said that “right-wing conservative talk hosts” are “trying to make people angry and saying all kinds of things that aren’t true and so on.”

When Press asked if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, Stabenow responded, “I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard.” To Press’ inquiry as to whether she will push for hearings in the Seante “to bring these owners in and hold them accountable,” Stabenow replied, “I have already had some discussions with colleagues, and, you know, I feel like that’s going to happen. Yep.”


Whatever happened to allowing the free markets decide what goes over the air waves. The thing is, there is a reason why shows like Rush and Hannity have been on for a long time and are very popular. People listen to them…on both sides. Yes, it is true that they often spread the right wing rhetoric and often only tell one side of the story. But its one persons opinion.

But, what about the liberal point of view? Excellent question! Why don’t we have someone that is on the air waves spreading the liberal point of view. There is, its called Air America. Feel free to find one in your local area.

It still comes back to the free market. The people can choose to listen to Rush/Hannity or they can choose to listen to Air America or whatever other local radio talk show host that you may have. These shows are on because people listen to them so advertisers advertise on them. Allowing the government step in to control what opinions we can hear and which ones we cannot hear is a recipe for disaster. It can and will be taken too far and soon we will get one opinion coming across the public air waves. And it will be whatever party is controlling the government at that time. Which, once you control it, it will be hard for any other voice to be heard. It will be a sad day when the fairness doctrine gets passed.

Start writing to your representatives now before this ever gets off the ground.

Keys to the castle

The elections are finally over and we’re finally free from political ads, mailings and phone calls. Obama is headed to the White House and the Democrats have even more control over the House and Senate.

But, there’s always a catch. And here it is Democrats.

If you have learned anything from the Republicans over the past 8 years it is to not squander your opporunity by doing dumb things. Let’s look at the Republicans a minute and figure out why they are not in power any more.

  • Spending is out of control
  • Big Government is getting BIGGER
  • They forgot who they were working for

As a representative, you have one main duty and that is to REPRESENT US. You know, the people that voted for you. You’re not there to make sure that a certain lobbying group gets their text added to a bill or that an earmark gets added to a bailout bill. You’re there to be good stewards of the taxpayers hard earned dollars. You’re there to do what is right for the Country. Not what is right to keep you elected term after term.

So Democrats, let this serve as a warning. If you think that you can spend to your hearts content and roll out every possible solution so the American voter becomes lazy and relies on the Government for everything. You can guarantee that there will be more change in 2 years. And most of you will be finding new jobs.

Stop calling me!

For the love of God, STOP CALLING ME!!!

I was once a Democrat. Many many moons ago. I haven’t been a registered anything for over 10 years and I’m pretty happy about that. But unfortunately, the Democratic Party in Iowa thinks I’m still a Democrat and needs to call me. And call often! I’m a Libertarian, get over it.

For the past 2 months, I have asked to be removed from the calling lists. Nothing has changed. At one point, I started telling them I was voting for the other guy because they couldn’t figure out how to remove me from their list, how could I expect them to run the country.

So far tonight, I have gotten calls from Robo-Obama and I believe it was Robo-Hillary. At least I think it was Hillary as the first part got cut off.

If I get a call from Robo-Pelosi, I’m pulling the phone off the wall and beating the first Democrat I see tomorrow.

Unqualified Teachers

Unfortunately, I didn’t watch the whole debate. I have it pretty much narrowed down to who I am going to vote for but I still like to watch the two titans spare. I have a lot of respect for both of the major party candidates. But there is one thing tonight that John McCain said that honestly made my head spin. I had to check the transcript of the debate to make sure that I heard it correct.

Here is the question that was asked of the candidates:

The U.S. spends more per capita than any other country on education. Yet, by every international measurement, in math and science competence, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, we trail most of the countries of the world.

The implications of this are clearly obvious. Some even say it poses a threat to our national security.

Do you feel that way and what do you intend to do about it?

Obama answered first with the following:

Obama: This probably has more to do with our economic future than anything and that means it also has a national security implication, because there’s never been a nation on earth that saw its economy decline and continued to maintain its primacy as a military power.

So we’ve got to get our education system right. Now, typically, what’s happened is that there’s been a debate between more money or reform, and I think we need both.

In some cases, we are going to have to invest. Early childhood education, which closes the achievement gap, so that every child is prepared for school, every dollar we invest in that, we end up getting huge benefits with improved reading scores, reduced dropout rates, reduced delinquency rates.

I think it’s going to be critically important for us to recruit a generation of new teachers, an army of new teachers, especially in math and science, give them higher pay, give them more professional development and support in exchange for higher standards and accountability.

And I think it’s important for us to make college affordable. Right now, I meet young people all across the country who either have decided not to go to college or if they’re going to college, they are taking on $20,000, $30,000, $50,000, $60,000 worth of debt, and it’s very difficult for them to go into some fields, like basic research in science, for example, thinking to themselves that they’re going to have a mortgage before they even buy a house.

And that’s why I’ve proposed a $4,000 tuition credit, every student, every year, in exchange for some form of community service, whether it’s military service, whether it’s Peace Corps, whether it’s working in a community.

If we do those things, then I believe that we can create a better school system.

But there’s one last ingredient that I just want to mention, and that’s parents. We can’t do it just in the schools. Parents are going to have to show more responsibility. They’ve got to turn off the TV set, put away the video games, and, finally, start instilling that thirst for knowledge that our students need.

Then McCain had his chance to answer:

McCain: Well, it’s the civil rights issue of the 21st century. There’s no doubt that we have achieved equal access to schools in America after a long and difficult and terrible struggle.

But what is the advantage in a low income area of sending a child to a failed school and that being your only choice?

So choice and competition amongst schools is one of the key elements that’s already been proven in places in like New Orleans and New York City and other places, where we have charter schools, where we take good teachers and we reward them and promote them.

And we find bad teachers another line of work. And we have to be able to give parents the same choice, frankly, that Sen. Obama and Mrs. Obama had and Cindy and I had to send our kids to the school — their kids to the school of their choice.

Charter schools aren’t the only answer, but they’re providing competition. They are providing the kind of competitions that have upgraded both schools — types of schools.

Now, throwing money at the problem is not the answer. You will find that some of the worst school systems in America get the most money per student.

So I believe that we need to reward these good teachers.

We need to encourage programs such as Teach for America and Troops to Teachers where people, after having served in the military, can go right to teaching and not have to take these examinations which — or have the certification that some are required in some states.

Look, we must improve education in this country. As far as college education is concerned, we need to make those student loans available. We need to give them a repayment schedule that they can meet. We need to have full student loan program for in-state tuition. And we certainly need to adjust the certain loan eligibility to inflation.

Let me see if I get this right. You want to put someone in a classroom that bypasses the state regulations and certifications because they served in the military? Please tell me I’m not hearing that correctly. That CAN’T be what McCain just said. He had to have just messed up there.

I can’t believe that the way to correct the situation is to send unqualified teachers into the classroom.

I’m going to believe that McCain wasn’t giving the full picture here and there are more to these programs than what it appears. But good grief man, that just lost you the few teacher votes that you had.