Values Must Define The Day

Star Parker has an interesting insight based on personal experience.

COMMENTARY — Values Must Define The Day:

I have lived in Southern California for many years and am a veteran of the 1992 riots in South Central Los Angeles, provoked by the Rodney King affair. My own business was destroyed in those riots and, as a result, I pulled up roots and moved my family south into Orange County.

She notes that it’s sad that inner cities are tinderboxes of frustration. Perhaps that is because everyone feels insecure about their property. Perhaps knowing that your neighbors can just vote to take away what is yours causes you to despise your neighbor. I know it is simplistic, but I think it’s part of the problem. The other part is that inner city residents, usually poor, usually black or hispanic, are in the thrall of HUD. Bound like serfs to their housing projects, unable to escape, and forced to pay more in taxes than any medieval lord would dare to extract, is it any wonder they are frustrated and on the verge of riots all the time?

Mac – Intel News as Non-news?

A lot of people whose opinion I respect have been saying that the Apple – Intel alliance is really non-news. C’mon! You’ve got to be kidding! This isn’t non-news. I think what they’re trying to do is calm people down. It’s just a chip, after all. It’s important, interesting, but doesn’t foreshadow doom, IMHO.

Don’t call it non-news, though. I understand what you’re trying to do. Keep everyone calm. Don’t worry about the barbarians at the gate, etc. I think you’re going about it the wrong way.

Rice Krispies Treats

You know what would be even better than rice krispies treats? Corn pops treats. That would be freaking awesome!

You could make a huge batch of it, take it out of the pan, and tell your kids that a giant is coming over to visit so we made him a giant rice krispies treat. Tell them we made it so he wouldn’t eat the children instead.

The United States Border Guard

Jon Dougherty of GOPUSA makes an interesting suggestion.

COMMENTARY — New Military Branch: The United States Border Guard:

He’d like to see a new military branch created called the US Border Guard.

My opinion: Don’t create a new branch, just put our current military to work at what is supposed to be their job in the first place. Bring our troops home from the outposts of the American Empire and let them do something more honorable and worthwhile than project power to satisfy the bloody ambitions of our national politician on both the left and right.

First off, a standing army is anathema to a free republic. Someone always wants to use it to push around another country. A standing army is an unbearable temptation for any politician to use it for evil purposes. I can see keeping a cadre of the toughest and best soldiers whose job is to travel the country training local militias. Other than that, we shouldn’t even have an army.

I’m a military brat and I love the military. It is full of honest, decent, honorable people. Unfortunately, they are controlled by people who don’t care about whether soldiers live and die, as long as their deaths can get someone re-elected. And no, I’m not talking about Bush, I’m talking about all of them, Democrats and Republicans alike.

Republicans take a shot at Big Bird?

Here we go again. If you stop sending someone money, you’re attacking them?

Jun 10, 2005: Republicans take a shot at Big Bird:

Republicans on the House subcommittee that controls public broadcasting have voted to reduce and eventually eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting. The effects would be disastrous.

Children, parents, and teachers deserve a network that provides safe, high-quality programming; and it should come without the threat of destructive political influence.

The effects would be disastrous if you’re on the public dole (oops, I meant if you get government money for your programs). Children, parents and teachers deserve exactly what they’re willing to pay for themselves. If they want this so bad, let them fork out the cash from their own pockets instead of picking the pockets of their neighbors who don’t want, don’t care about or actively oppose the socialist messages put out by PBS. If you don’t want disastrous political influence in your shows, then don’t take money from politicians! Hello!

If their shows are so great, they should be able to fund them from people who are willing to pay for them. If no one wants them then they should fade away.

Republicans and Democrats should oppose Janice Rogers Brown, the rest of us should elect her President

Here’s an interesting post from DNC: Kicking Ass:

Jun 7, 2005: Why moderates and conservatives should oppose Janice Rogers Brown

The funny part is that everything they cited gave me another reason to like her. Even the link to the Think Progress post showed me how great she would be as a judge. I’d love to see her on the Supreme Court.

However, if you’re a committed Republican or Democrat, you should beware, since it appears that she will stymie your socialist ambitions for this country. If you’re a regular American national who just wants the government off your back, then she’s the judge for you.

I just laughed at the accusations of her extremism. Apparently people accusing her have forgotten the positions and writings of our Founding Fathers. They would have been filibustered by the Democrats and Republicans as well if anyone dared to advance them for a judgeship on a Federal Court.

Property Rights?

I must say I like reading Amy Ridenour’s Blog. Once again she points out an issue, but fails to go far enough in her comments about what is wrong.

In her blog post: Sex Story or Property Rights Story? I Say the Latter, Ms. Ridenour says:

In a piece otherwise largely sympathetic to the owners and patrons of the clubs, the Washington Post never managed to use the phrase “property rights” even once. Yet, all things being equal, isn’t it wrong for the government to take private property belonging to one private business and turn it over to the benefit of another?

It is not merely wrong for the government to take private property from one private business and turn it over to the benefit of another private business, it is wrong for government to take private property from anyone for any reason. And yes, this includes eminent domain.

Government is the representative of the people. That means that the people are taking the private property. Just because a group of people get together and decide they want to take away someone’s property, it doesn’t mean they have that right. If personal property is not sacrosanct, then anyone can vote to take away anything we own, as long as 51% decide that they want it.

The purpose of government is to protect our rights to property from groups of people who would try to take it away from us. This is not a conservative viewpoint, though, it is rather a radical, liberal (in the classical meaning) viewpoint, and one on which our country was founded.

Racial Tension in San Antonio

Randy commented on my post about being chased by a black mob. He mentioned that he lived near where I did, but closer to John Glenn Elementary, from what I can see on the map.

Apparently, there was quite a bit of racial tension in the area. I guess I was pretty oblivious to it, being a military brat and living with all kinds of people. You’ll find that military kids are usually not racist because of their exposure to other cultures and people.

I was in that neighborhood from 1973 to 1976, after which we moved onto Lackland Air Force Base. We must have moved into the neighborhood right after the riot at John Jay High School he mentions. I went to third grade in Ms. Wernli’s class. It’s amazing what you remember when you see a map. They just start flooding back as long unused neural connections start to fire again.

At least I have something to blog about, as these memories start to come back.