The New Spin

Posted in General on February 17, 2013 by Soap Box One

Gun bans out.

Gun protection in.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.

Where would we be without caring people like Dianne Feinstein around to protect our guns?

Kristen Rand, the legislative director at the Washington-based Violence Policy Center, said the Ruger Mini-14 model that would be banned under Feinstein’s legislation is easier to hold while firing because it has a pistol grip, and it’s easier to hide because it has a collapsible stock.

Because someone using a Ruger Mini-14 to shoot up a playground would never think of sawing off the wooden stock or cutting down the barrel to make it easier to conceal.

Oh, wait…that would be illegal. Such an upstanding, law-abiding member of society wouldn’t want to run afoul of that particular law while committing mass murder.

Things That Make You Go “Huh?”

Posted in Shaheen on February 15, 2013 by Soap Box One

Boston.com: NH’s Shaheen pushing for reforms to sugar program

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is part of a group of legislators supporting a measure to reform the federal sugar program to save consumers money.

The “federal sugar program”?

Seriously?

Let me guess. It’s been costly and ineffective?

Shaheen says the federal sugar program has cost consumers and businesses an estimated $14 billion over the last four years. About 112,000 jobs have been lost in sugar-using industries between 1997 and 2009.

Yeah…couldn’t see that coming.

:-| (shocked face)

She says the Sugar Reform Act will reform domestic supply restrictions, lower price support levels and ensure adequate sugar supplies at reasonable prices.

And, that’s the federal government’s business how, exactly?

The bill rolls back provisions added in 2008 that the group says unfairly benefit wealthy sugar farmers at the expense of consumers.

And, of course, what “progressive” economic proposal would be complete without an attack on the evil rich?

Shaheen is participating in a news conference Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in Washington to discuss the measure.

It’s been almost four years, and I’m still waiting for her to participate in a news conference to discuss her refusal and/or inability to stand up to her party’s leadership and insist that a federal budget be voted on in the U.S. Senate.

Will she explain to the voters of New Hampshire why she believes that having an operating budget for our country’s trillion-dollar-plus economy isn’t really that important?

Will she show us where in the Constitution it describes price fixing of household commodities as a responsibility and duty of the government?

How To Be a Network News “Journalist”

Posted in General on February 13, 2013 by Soap Box One

It’s a simple recipe for success, really.

If it involves a political ally of the progressive authoritarian machine, it’s not a scandal.

There’s a creepy new accusation in the sexual-harassment probe of Assemblyman Vito Lopez — that he even leered at a 14-year-old intern and made comments about her sexy attire, sources told the The Post.

“He made comments about a 14-year-old intern, how attractive she dressed, and he wanted one of the female staffers to dress in a sexy way like this 14-year-old,” said one of several sources familiar with the ethics probe.

If Lopez were a Republican, open flame would be shooting out of the veins on Scott Pelley’s temples. Forget about about the Martin Bashir’s of the world. They’d have bled out through their eyeballs within seconds, before even getting a chance to take to the airwaves with their commentary.

Apply Shocked Face Here

Posted in Waste and Fraud on February 12, 2013 by Soap Box One

WSJ: Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies

The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven’t proved they are eligible to receive them.

And the president wants to raise our taxes.

Again.

Hey, vote-buying costs money. Someone’s got to pay for it.

It’s Like Spotting Bigfoot Riding a Unicorn

Posted in General on February 12, 2013 by Soap Box One

At 7:00 AM the Walmart store in Epping, New Hampshire had ten – COUNT THEM! TEN! – boxes of Federal .22LR (325 rounds each) on the shelf. At 7:08, there was but one. And that was due solely to Walmart’s 3-box limit.

Also spotted, were half a dozen boxes of Winchester White Box .45ACP (100 rounds). But at $40-plus per box, this ammo hoarder will wait for the next shipment of $32 100-round boxes of Federal.

Coming soon: NHSB product review of the MTM Ammo Storage Can.

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted in General on February 11, 2013 by Soap Box One

Boston:

BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts Friday afternoon for the blizzard that could bring up to 3 feet of snow.

He also announced he has signed an executive order to ban all travel on all roads in the state starting at 4 p.m. Friday.

[…]

If you don’t have an exemption and you’re caught on the road, the penalty could be as steep as a $500 fine or, at worst, a year in jail.

Concord:

CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency as Friday night’s blizzard intensified and was expected to continue through this afternoon.

[…]

Hassan asked that residents stay off roads after 7 p.m. Friday, but stopped short of the order given by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who banned all traffic statewide as of 4 p.m. Friday, with exceptions for emergency workers, utility companies, delivery trucks and news media. Anyone violating the order would face penalties of up to $500 in fines and a year in prison.

Hassan said at her press conference that she is counting on “the common sense people in the Granite State show” and that an order to stay off the roads would not be necessary.

Common sense: Even (some of) our liberal Democrats get it.

It’s hard to say which was more ridiculous, this executive order criminalizing the use of public roads, or Deval Patrick announcing the travel ban while wearing his tacticool Jack Bauer MEMA vest.

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Lest you forget who wears the jackboots in this relationship.

As ridiculous as the authoritarian sweater vest is, I’m going to give the Most Ridiculous Aspect of This Story award to the executive order itself.

I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to the power provided by Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 do hereby issue the following order:

There shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM today and continuing until further notice. This travel ban shall not apply to the following:

[…]

● travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores

“But, officer, I’m driving to the store to buy some eggs. Prove me wrong.”

File under: Leadership Theater

Just What We Need In New Hampshire

Posted in General on February 6, 2013 by Soap Box One

A Big Dig we can call our own.

CONCORD – The Executive Council, as expected, today approved a $3.6 million feasibility study for restoring passenger rail service along the Merrimack River, from Nashua to Concord, in what has been dubbed “The Capitol Corridor” project.

The 4-1 vote came after Councilor Chris Sununu, R-Newfields, spoke in opposition, telling fellow councilors, “I’m fearful we’re going down a path for this project without looking at the fundamental economics of it.”

He said even if the federal government fully funds the start-up costs, the state will be left subsidizing at least a portion of the operating costs in the future. “I don’t see where we have the money,” he said.

And where, pray tell, does the federal government get its money? Bake sales and paper routes?

We, the American taxpayers would be subsidizing an ever-growing portion of that bottomless, money-sucking pit, should it ever become reality.