Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Government Can


Friday, April 18, 2014

Free The West





Last week more than 200 armed federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other agencies, many decked out in camouflage uniforms, descended on the area around Bunkerville, a small town 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas, near Nevada’s borders with Arizona and Utah.


a show of force is necessary to remove Cliven Bundy’s cattle from “public lands” where they are, allegedly, damaging the “fragile” habitat of the protected desert tortoise.

More than 50 other ranchers have been bankrupted, intimidated, and forced to give up their land and legal property rights. 

Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada issued a blistering decision that charged officials of the BLM and other agencies with malicious and criminal conduct, and actually engaging in a decades-long “conspiracy”

New American

The root of the Cliven Bundy affair.

 

A simple glance at the map above illustrates the unequal treatment given to states along and west of the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Federal government’s ownership of the lands in the Western states:

Nevada: 84.5 percent
Alaska: 69.1 percent
Utah: 57.4 percent
Oregon: 53.1 percent
Idaho: 50.2 percent
Arizona: 48.1 percent
California: 45.3 percent
Wyoming: 42.4 percent
New Mexico: 41.8 percent
Colorado: 36.6 percent
Washington: 30.3 percent
Montana: 29.9 percent


Federal ownership of land in states east of the Front Range is mostly in the single digits with the exception of South Carolina and New Hampshire which barely make it into the teens. 

The people of states east of the Rockies have a democratic say in land use for the majority of the land area of their states, those in the west do not.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BUREAUCRAZY


Wait! That's just the cover... here's the rest of it:

 

Photo: Sen Mike Lee R-UT
 “Behold my display of the 2013 Federal Register, It contains over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices all written and passed by unelected bureaucrats. The small stack of papers on top of the display are the laws passed by elected members of Congress and signed into law by the president.”

As they say, a picture is worth 1000 words.

Washington set a new record in 2013 by issuing final rules consuming 26,417 pages in the Federal Register. 

The Federal Register finished 2013 at 79,311 pages, the fourth highest total in history. That didn't match President Obama's 2010 all-time record of 81,405 pages. But Mr. Obama can console himself by noting that of the five highest Federal Register page counts, four have occurred on his watch. The other was 79,435 pages under President  Bush in 2008.

WSJ

Ah... Bureaucracy, or is that Bureaucrazy?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pockets Picked?

Henry Holiday, Rework by DL5MDA

Tax Freedom Day is April 21st

It's the day when the nation has earned enough money to pay its bills, not counting the annual budget deficit. April 21st is the 111th day of the year, or 30.41% to be precise.

If you throw in the amount borrowed each year, Tax Freedom day advances to the 6th of May, 34.5% of the year gone by, the great beast Leviathan devouring a third of everything in sight.

Slaving Away

If I worked every day it would take me 67 days to pay off my tax bill, since I don't work every day that works out to my personal day of freedom being April 9th, so I'M A FREE MAN!!! Well at least until next year.  There are 251 workdays this year and and 27% of mine will be used to pay the piper.

Or maybe not. Throw in the state and you can add another 20 days to that total. 35% of all work I will accomplish will fill another's coffers. I won't be free until the 7th of May after over four months of servitude.

In counter-revolutionary France every man had to give three days labor or its monetary equivalent to be allowed to vote.  In Colonial Madagascar every free male commoner had to pay 25 Francs or give fifty days of labor (for which he was paid 25 centimes a day for food).  In the Spanish Philippines it was forty days for each male between 16 and 60, although in 1884 it was reduced to 15 days. In Romania prior to 1864 it was fourteen days. In 1797 Paul I of Russia declared 3 days to be normal and sufficient.

Bellatores, Labores, and Oratores

 

 Here below, some pray, others fight, still others work . . .


from the beginning, mankind has been divided into three parts,
among men of prayer, farmers, and men of war . . .

Isn't a truly wonderful thing to be free of feudalism?
 
Cheer up peasants the corvée is almost paid.


On a more positive note, I guess I have arrived.  The White House released the president's tax return last week. It shows he and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098. That's an effective tax rate of 20.4 percent. Both yours truly and the president pay the same effective tax rate.  Funny, that doesn't feel like any sort of achievement, maybe I should find out who his accountant is.  NPR





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blood Moon Rising


The first of four blood moons of the current tetrad will be visible tonight, Tuesday 1:58-5:33 AMThe next will be October 8th, followed by April 4th and September 28th, 2015.

So sit back and enjoy the music of the Celestial Spheres, or Credence Clearwater Revival, whichever you prefer:




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Things that make you go hmm?



Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, decorating choices.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Sessions: Hugh Laurie


Not bad for a bloke from Oxfordshire.