Those Darn Racist Gun Owners

My interest is always peaked when gun issues or gun talk comes up, especially on MSNBC.  A “controversy” came up with some of their reporting on protesters outside a venue President Obama was speaking at last week.   The video below depicts selective clipping on the shots cropping out the top portion of the individual (who just happened to be a black gentlemen).  The truth about the person in the video carrying the gun would have gotten in the way of their analysis that this was a racial statement – white people carrying weapons outside an Obama event.   You pasty white racist homophobe honky rednecks!!!!!

To be totally fair and balanced, clips used on Rachel Maddow’s show did pan out on the individual carrying the so-called “assault” weapon.  The ensuing conversation was of no interest to me, but I’ll give her show props since her brethren did not have nearly as much balance (or what can be construed as balance on her show).

Now I have no doubt that some in America are upset that a black man is in the white house – but this is a fringe element.  )He did, afterall, get over 50% of the vote in this hostile racist country!)  Most that are opposed to President Obama are opposed to his policies and not the color of his skin.  These guys on MSNBC are idiots, plain and simple.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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Canadian Doctor on Health Care: Expect Long Lines and Rationing

I just love this piece.  I grabbed it from a great national blogger here in St. Louis, Gateway Pundit.  It really illustrates a great point of view regarding the Canadian Health Care System.  I am well aware that the proponents of some type of government plan will tell me: this is not socialized medicine!  I really don’t know how we can avoid a socialized system down the road if we decide to turn more control over to the government, but the convinced are rarely convinced otherwise.  Even if the current proposal(s) are not a fully government controlled plan like the Canadian’s currently have, it is my opinion that this is the logical conclusion (and what several members of Congress want – single payer system).

I know people from Canada that have had to wait in those lines.  I also know that the good MD’sin Canada often times will leave to practice in the US or other countries because of the vast income disparity and frustration with the bureaucratic system.  From this system the citizens of Canada do not get the best and brightest – they are coming down to our country to participate in our system.  What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m hoping that someone comes up with a better mousetrap before we are hammer of government run health care comes crashing down on us.  We’ll see.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Larouche Plant Disrupts Frank Town Hall Meeting

thehitlersignIt seems that the Town Hall format has become yet another tool of the left to try and make conservatives look like kooks.  Many of the Hitler references seem to be coming from a single source – Larouche PAC.   A great example of this organization and it’s supporters is highlighted in one of the Town Hall meetings held by Democratic Representative Barney Frank.

I’ll bet most people know very little about Lyndon LaRouche other than the name.    The LaRouche history really begins with the democratic party and veers off in a goofy direction.  He has run for President a variety of times and his views tend to go the fascism direction.  Overall, these people that support LaRouche are more often on the left end of the spectrum – pretty far left.  They are not mainstream within the left wing, they are left wing kooks.  Probably left of left wing kooks.

I think the comparisons of Obama to Hitler are plain idiotic and should be put on the crazy train (sorry Ozzy).  We could have a discussion on if certain policies mimic those of Germany in the early part of the century, but calling him a Nazi is a little off kilter. 

The curious thing I see is that the news programs and stories that I have watched and read don’t really delve into what a Lyndon LaRouche supporter believes.  Maybe I’m a conspiracy nut, but it would seem to the average viewer that this is just another right-wing GOP zealot hell-bent on creating a ruckus at a Town Hall meeting.   Am I wrong on this one?

Of Course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Is Unemployment Really Down?

unemployment_cartoonWe recently heard President Obama tout the new unemployment figures as being 9.4 % – down from 9.5%.  Several news stories and pundits have expounded on the “real” unemployment figure being much higher.  The problem lies in the way that the government reports the unemployment figures – taking into account only those that are currently on unemployment with no mention of those who are not employed but not on government unemployment. 

 

 

From The Street:

The official unemployment rate is determined by a body count. It does not differentiate between a person who works a full work week (nominally 40 hours), a reduced full-time work week (say 35 hours) and someone who works part-time (less than 35 hour per week). If the unemployment rate was calculated from total hours worked, the DOL data would produce an unemployment rate of 14.3%, defining a full work week as 40 hours. This is a decline from 14.5% for June.

Regardless of how this figure has been calculated in the past, and I fully assume that this is a normal way of doing things (meaning it probably was done the same way in the evil Bush administration) – it seems a bit misleading.   Don’t get me wrong, that rate going down is a great thing, but let’s not fool ourselves that things are better than they have been in the past.

The Heritage Foundation posted some interesting graphs back in 2004 to really dissect the unemployment rate.  The first chart shows the reported figures dating back to the late 70’s.   As you can see from the graph the highest spike in unemployment mimics downturns in the economy – not rocket science.

 

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 When you compare this graph superimposed with other items taken into account, it brings a little different picture to the plate. 

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From the Heritage Foundation article:

The unemployment rate is the preeminent measure of the intensity of labor demand. When the rate dips below what economists consider the “full-employment” rate of around 5 or 5.5 percent, then the labor market is likely overheating, driving up inflation.

But some critics contend the current (2004) low rate of 5.4 percent is a mirage because it neglects to include all the discouraged workers. The problem with that argument is the fact that BLS counts discouraged workers and even publishes an alternative “underemployment rate” called U-4, which is barely higher than the official rate. There are no more discouraged workers today then there were in the mid-1990s.

 

So what’s my point.  My point is that the problem of unemployment is a much greater problem that the government tends to tell us.  How many people dropped off the unemployment doles?  How many people are “really” out of work.   As I have stated many times before, I’m not an economist, just an observer.  A curious observer.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The National Parks Are Racist!

Yes, I couldn’t believe it either.  How could all of those sweet and innocent National Parks be racist?  Yellowstone, Yosemite, Smoky Mountains….say it ain’t so!

According to this gentleman, evidently the only African American Park Ranger in the National Park System, blacks don’t visit the parks because of…..wait for it……wait for it……RACISM! 

Now I really don’t think this is a racist issue dating back to the time of slavery in America.  To me this is more of a marketing issue – or lack thereof.  If you want to attract a particular group of people to your specific park, advertise to that group and convince them why they should take their time to visit.  It’s a revolutionary concept called PROMOTION.  Many businesses do it.  It’s not that hard.

I’m all for everyone visiting the National Parks.  They are beautiful and a national treasure.  I have not been to Yosemite or Yellowstone, but I plan on visiting both someday.  The United States has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and thankfully long range thinkers like Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt recognized the need. 

To address this specific situation, I’m really sick of everything being about the “original sin” of slavery and if you decide to oppose that point of view then you are a racist.   I guess I’m a racist.  Didn’t know it, but I guess that is what it’s come to. 

Why are more black people not visiting national parks?  Maybe they just don’t want to!  Novel concept I know, but it’s a possibility.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Hey Buddy, Go Flag Yourself!

That’s right, all of you dirty “teabaggers” (preferred term of the left wing nuts describing the Tea Party Protesters) should just go Flag Yourself.   Yes, the fancy government whistle blower program is still in effect to alert the jack-booted thugs (probably from the SEIU) that you don’t like the proposed government health plan, health insurance (or whatever it’s being called this week.) 

Great video from Crowder and crew:

Interview with Mike Pence (R) from Indiana:

Now I still don’t feel that warm and cozy feeling inside about this flagging or fishy program.  “Boob” Gibbs tells us that “nobody is collecting names.”  OK, then why the special email addresses to report on your neighbors that don’t swallow the crap being shoveled out of Washington?  Yeah, I believe Boob.  I’ve also got a bridge to sell you.

If you feel compelled, go ahead and send your email to flag@whitehouse.gov or fishy@whitehouse.gov.  Feel free to pass along my columns.  Make sure to include my picture with the email so the union thugs know who to drag away to the “Health Care Re-education” camps.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The Angry Mobs Are Taking Over!

I just had to post this.  Brings perspective to the idea that “Angry Mobs” are taking over the Town Hall meetings.

I guess the marching orders from the liberal groups and the DNC is that these citizens are uninformed by the usual “right wing” characters: Rush, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, etc., etc.  I expected something more original from the left.  Same old stuff – demean the protesters, call them bigots and racists and get your buddies in the media to help spread the lies.  Guess that’s just wishful thinking on my part to move past the tired old tactics.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant