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2011 Crayon Colors of The Year

I hereby declare the 2011 crayon colors of the year to be Obama Brown and Recession Red.

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Dear America, Don’t You Take Away My Mortgage Interest Tax Break!

Mortgage Interest Tax Break No Longer Sacred?

I just read this news article by NPR and I am incensed…royally pissed off!

There are millions of homeowners in the US like me – far from “rich” or “wealthy” in the monetary sense who rely on this very small tax break to lessen the blow every April. This year I only received a break of $200 after paying $9k in mortgage interest, and I still ended up having to pay the feds some money.

The “rich” only make up about 1% of the population! Cuts like these will only hurt the rest of us, and as usual the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer.

My personal opinion about plugging the HUGE budget deficit is to stop spending billions, or maybe it’s trillions, on all the foreign war crap and start putting American’s money back into America!

I know the war situation is complex and the justification is that we’re doing it to protect our freedoms, but I’m calling a big bullshit on that because it appears that we have less freedom now than we did before 9/11, and I’m sorry that so many people died and continue to die for our government’s ulterior motives abroad.

American’s freedoms are being taken away bit by bit and it trickles down from federal government to local government. Yes, our local governments very much enjoy restricting our actions and making stupid laws to protect things like grass rather than citizens. Sure, for the most part I can go out and live my life without having to worry about being shot by a guerrilla or blown up by a suicide bomber, but I might be arrested or fined if I sit on the sidewalk in San Francisco or play in a bounce house at a park in Walnut Creek.

I’m appalled at the ridiculousness of all of this! America, please stop slowly stripping my freedoms and then taxing me for it. I want my money and my freedom back with interest!

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Open Carry Movement

I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of days trying to decide how I felt about the upswing of the open carry movement in California.

Open carrier at Starbucks - Original image at KTVU.com in their Specail Report video

 

For those of you who don’t know, it’s legal in California to openly carry an unloaded, holstered handgun as long as you’re not within 1,000 feet of a school, on the grounds of a college or university, in a government building or the secure area of an airport. Also, if you have a drug or violent crime conviction or mental disorders, then you can’t even own a gun. It is illegal in CA in carry a concealed weapon at any time.

Recently there have been more people in the San Francisco Bay Area deciding to exercise their right and open carry their firearm in public…like when they go to Starbucks or Wal-Mart. Of course, some people freak out because they see someone carrying a gun and they automatically assume that gun is loaded…and they ask themselves what the heck that person is doing carrying a gun at Wal-Mart anyway?!?

Take a look at this video posted on KTVU’s web site: SPECIAL REPORT: Open Carry Advocates Maintain Right to Bear Arms [Lloyd LaCuesta]

Well, here’s my two cents on the whole open carry thing: I think it’s a bad way to exercise your second amendment right. At my first consideration, I thought it was pretty cool, but after giving it some more attention I don’t think it’s such a smart thing and here’s why:

1.)    You call a bunch of negative, unnecessary attention to yourself. I’m the kind of person that likes to lie low. I don’t want anyone watching what I do, checking out how I look, and of all things, I don’t want to be bothered by the police. I just like to go about my business without being interrupted.

2.)    It’s not necessary to openly carry a gun in public to “protect” yourself. What you’re really doing here is putting a big bullseye on your back to be messed with. If you truly feel the need to carry a gun for protection reasons, then you should CONCEAL CARRY. Yeah, it’s illegal in CA but if you feel your life is that much in jeopardy, then by all means just do it! It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be stopped by police and checked for a gun if you’re just a regular ol’ citizen going about your daily routine and not being all suspicious and stuff.

3.)    Open carriers are making things worse for every gun owner in CA and they’re making us look bad. We’re a very liberal state and the average person here is not pro-gun or pro-hunting—we’re in the minority and have to work that much harder to do our thing without someone—government or otherwise—interfering with our lifestyle. When Sally, mother of three, sees you walking down the street with your 9mm hanging at your waist, she’s going to call the police because she thinks you’re carrying a loaded weapon and are out to shoot someone/something. I saw this other video about the open carry movement in Virginia, and this guy said “When I go to the store with my weapon no one bothers me.” Well, duh! I’m not bothered by many at the store either…except for bums who want money, solicitors trying to sell me something, and crowded aisles on occasion. How about next time I want them to leave me alone I’ll just point to my gun and tell them to fuck off.

No one is respected just because they have a gun strapped to their person. There’s that old saying about respect being earned…well I disagree with that. Everyone I meet has my complete respect—their respect bank is 100% full from the moment we’re introduced. Over time, their actions determine if that bank will remain full or if it will deteriorate. This is how I operate because we’re all human in this world—no one superior to another in nature—so you don’t have to bow down to me, or impress me, or be some kind of friggin’ “hero” or an evangelist in order for me to respect you. In summary, if more people thought THIS way, we would live in a much more polite society—NOT if you open carry a gun!

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What Happened to Capitalism?

Have I ever said how much I despise hybrid cars? 

Why yes, I think I recall a blog post I did in 2008 called Green Overkill; here’s an excerpt:

The same goes for my car—sure I like a good gas saver, but why do they have to be so ugly.  I love muscle cars, hot rods, gas sucking machines that reek of pure power (aka gross polluters).  Make a muscle car that gets awesome gas mileage, saves me money, but doesn’t suffer from a case of unappealing syndrome, and I’ll be the first one in line to buy.  Here’s a thought:  why not let the gross polluters ride in the carpool lane so they’re not sitting in traffic as long polluting our precious air?  The hybrids should be the ones sitting in traffic because they don’t pollute as much right?  Seems to make some sense, but for a while one of the top selling points of hybrids in California was that if you buy one, you have access to the coveted single-rider carpool access sticker—another reward for going green.  

Things haven’t changed much in my mind since I wrote this, and today I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that had an awesome quote from a Tracy Chevrolet salesman:  “People don’t look at Chevys for hybrids,” he said. “They want something big and muscular. Personally, I wouldn’t drive a hybrid if it was the last car on Earth. To save fuel, I’d push my El Camino before I’d drive a hybrid.”

Photo reposted from Brant Ward / The Chronicle

Photo reposted from The Chronicle

This article actually came about because of  General Motor’s recent bankruptcy.  Personally, I don’t like the idea of General Motors becoming Government Motors.  There’s speculation that things would be worse off if we let GM fail, but I’m not completely sold on that.  This is America–companies are born and they die all the time, and life goes on.  These days it seems as though our economic success as a country hinges on something new every day–today it’s GM…tomorrow it will be some other monstrously huge company.  Do we really want the government sticking their fingers in yet another pie…as if it doesn’t have enough to deal with already?  What happened to friggin’ capitalism?

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Nunchaku, Sotomayor and Second Amendment Rights

Did you know that the state of New York has imposed a ban on possessing nunchucks for the last 34 years? 

This morning on NPR there was a segment on the issues being pumped up around the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme court–one of them being a speech she gave at UC Berkeley in 2001 in which she made a comment about race, and the other being a decision to join an unsigned judgment to uphold a NY state law that bans chukka sticks, a martial arts weapon made by connecting two sticks with a rope or chain–a.k.a. nunchucks.

The argument by some is that Sotomayor is in favor of squashing second amendment rights.  What do you think?  Sotomayor’s opinion is that the second amendment keeps the federal government from limiting weapon ownership, not state law’s like the NY law banning nunchucks.  I can think of many instances where the federal government has interfered with state laws, but I won’t go there right now.  Anyhow, the NPR segment was interesting, you can listen to it here.

My personal opinion is that no one supreme court judge could single-handedly deteriorate one of our country’s most treasured amendments.  I support the second amendment, but I’d also describe myself as more liberal than conservative on the political spectrum.  I live in California, perhaps the most stringent state when it comes to firearm laws.  At times I think that some of the restrictions are just downright ridiculous, but that’s coming from the mind of a rational person who is not interested in obtaining weapons to kill fellow humans.  All I have to do  is remind myself of some of the violence occurring in Richmond, Oakland and East Palo Alto and all of a sudden those restrictions don’t seem so bad.  Not like it matters because illegal weapons are easy to obtain…they’re everywhere…it’s a billion dollar business.

Learn about Jim Maloney and Maloney v. Rice:  The Nunchaku Case

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