On Selling Loosies –

Can we do away with the idea that ‘selling loosies’ is just some minor violation of a city ordinances

The truth is much more complex than that. First and foremost, the people selling ‘loosies’ often place themselves in front of retail stores. They cost those stores customers. Customer who might go in and purchase other items besides just a pack of smokes. So between the revenue lost from selling singletons and the impulse purchases, it can be a hardship on stores. And let’s be realistic, it ain’t cheap to run a business in New York City.

How bad is it ? I don’t know. I did find a site that helps determine what permits or licenses apply

NYC Tax and Permits

I had to include the cigarette vending machine — probably doesn’t apply but the site is kinda wonky about the questions asked. — but that is 10 or 11 requirements someone selling a ‘loosie’ fails to comply with. I  wonder how much money the city, state and federal government looses every year to unreported income. How many people aren’t helped because the tax dollars aren’t to run the shelters, feed the homeless, or keep a medical clinic open. And how many people with unreported income are still getting welfare benefits that could be used to help the lives of others?

I wonder how many times the courts are clogged with low level arrests like this instead of dealing with aggravated assaults, rapes, murders; think of the number of hours dedicated to stopping people from this type of  crime.

And that doesn’t even address federal law either.

 

FDA Flyer and page

What a minute ! It’s against federal law to sell ‘loosies’? yep, appears so. Now again, I don’t agree with the laws in place, but as we gun owners are so often reminded; we have recourse to change the law without resorting to violence. This is nanny state government at it’s most inane; we pass laws that have good intentions (we will make you be healthy) and forget those laws are enforced with violence as the ultimate resort.

Guess it just chaps me to see this issue downplayed. It isn’t a simple traffic violation — running a stop sign in the middle of the night when no one else is around — it is an economic crime. One personally I don’t think should be on the books, maybe this will help drive a few more people into the libertarian/conservative ‘small government’ camp.

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Why Can’t We Get Along?

Because we can’t even agree on the meaning of basic and common words.

The last time Frank Rich had a conversation with Chris Rock was in early 1996, when they and the 1950s teen heartthrob Pat Boone were thrown together in a New York television studio as panelists on Bill Maher’s old show Politically Incorrect. This time they had two conversations in a New York hotel lounge as Rock prepared for the release of Top Five, a bittersweet film comedy in which he does triple duty as director, screenwriter, and star.

We’ve just come through an election that was a triumph for Fox News and a fiasco for Obama. What do you make of it?

Jon Stewart has said the reason Fox News works better than CNN is because the people at Fox News figured out how to make themselves into victims.

Fox News portrays themselves as victims? I can see some of that; a few of the commentators play that aspect (cough** Bill O’Reilly** cough) too often for my taste. Which is why i don’t often watch that show. But come on, CNN specializes and positively luxuriates in throwing out the victim card so often the writing has worn off it.

 

So will it now be harder for Republicans to play victims?

They have no problem playing victims.

Even in victory?

Even in victory. America — not black America, but America as a whole — started in England and was ruled by kings and queens and had a class system. I’m almost of the mind that that’s what America wants at the end of the day. Maybe America wants monopolies.

Chris, do you know what the word ‘monopoly’  means? Perhaps you were thinking of “monarchy”?

They always seem to want a Bush or a Clinton.

Maybe they just want a Bush. Maybe they want no regulations. It’s hard for me to figure out people voting against their own self-interests. At some point you go, Okay: Is that what they want?

 

Two points on this really stands out. First the straw man argument that we want no regulation. Makes it easy to say ‘Hey, it is just one small regulation/law/restriction” and ignore the thousands of others already on the books.
Seconds, not everyone only votes based on self interest – perhaps that is a little insight into the mind of Chris Rock ? A psychological slip letting us know what is his primary focus when voting.
Most of the people I know don’t just vote for what works best for us; we consider society in general, we consider the history and values of our country, we consider the principles upon which America was founded and try to vote for the candidate or positions that best reflect that.
Sometimes it is directly contrary to our best interests; we vote that way because it is good for us in the long run but also because we know there has to be some give and take in the process. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to live in any place that voted only for the people’s own self interest; be the people conservative or liberal.

 

Is it possible that they’re just angry, whether it’s anger at Obama or Washington in general, and they just want to lash out? If you’re angry, you don’t rationally consider what’s in your self-interest.

Maybe. But we had Bush for eight years. They saw what that was. Apparently a lot of people want to go back to that. A lot of people think rich people are smart.

 

Another straw man argument…..unfortunately only partially. Yes some people want to go back to ‘the Bush years’. Personally I would love to go back further than that but let’s start with Bush and then repeal the PATRIOT Act and other grievous harms to our rights. Let’s roll back the ‘War on Drugs’, the “War on Terror” took too many cues from that power grab. Let’s roll back the restrictive regulations that keep on growing no matter if there is a -D or -R after the Presidents name. Yes, I want to go back….but not in anger. Not at any race, not at any political party, nor any social class (which is why the liberals amaze me at how focused they are on class warfare — often attacking the rich.)

And notice also the implication that conservative = rich.

For all the current conversation about income inequality, class is still sort of the elephant in the room.

Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets. If the average person could see the Virgin Airlines first-class lounge, they’d go, “What? What? This is food, and it’s free, and they … what? Massage? Are you kidding me?”

Again this is a case of absolutely not understanding what a word means. Chris if you think that food in the lounges is ‘free’ you need to go back to grade school; learn the meaning of words and then take a few business or economic classes. just for kicks and grins; I priced a trip from Dallas to LA. on Virgin Airlines.

Main Cabin — $268, Main Cabin Select – -$603, First Class – $903.

Guess that pays for that food in the lounge Chris?
And if you are so concerned about income inequality what are you doing about it? $70,000,000 would go along way in helping a lot of folks out.

 

What do you make of the attempt to bar Bill Maher from speaking at Berkeley for his riff on Muslims?3

Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.

 

Colleges are too conservative in their views ! Do you even know the difference between conservative and liberal !!!!

 

In their political views?

Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of “We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.” Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say “the black kid over there.” No, it’s “the guy with the red shoes.” You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.

 

Speech codes on college campuses are very much a liberal mentality and policy !! Come on Chris, if you are going to blame the conservatives; at least make it something remotely connected to conservatives.

Victimization, Free, Conservative, — just a few of the many examples of words twisted beyond all belief. Now I know this isn’t just a liberal trait, some conservatives do it also. I just see it more on the left side of the political spectrum then the right side. How can we possible learn to get alone if we can’t even agree on the basic meanings of the words we use?

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Just Wondering…

..given the hysteria over any object being equated with a firearm; could I sue the police the next time they point a radar gun at my car?

If not, could I use the “I was afraid” as an excuse for any possible traffic violations, such as higher than posted speed ?

 

Terminator; Yet another Reason…

….not to trust them; “Never trust anyone over 30″. Hard to believe the movie came out in 1884

Remember when the 21st century seemed like an eternity away?

In the latter half of the last century, Hollywood got pretty imaginative guessing what awaited us in the near-future, with ray guns or hoverboards or some other gadget that is still, in 2014, years or decades away from even having the chance of becoming commonplace.

Some of these films, like 1989’s “Back to the Future Part II” (which depicted flying cars as a popular form of transportation in the year 2015) took an optimistic approach, while others (take 1982’s grim “Blade Runner”) held a more dystopian view — as was certainly the case with one of the most ground-breaking sci-fi films of that era, 1984’s “The Terminator.”

It was on one of the ‘classic’ movie channels a week or so back and I tuned in for kicks and grins. It is much easier to believe the passage of time looking at the way people dressed (thank goodness there are few pictures of me from that time period) and the guns used in the movie.

While some guns have maintained their value; how they are used has changed considerably.

This Smith & Wesson Model 15 no longer is representative of the duty gun most law enforcement officers carry. Some firearms like the Franchi S.P.A.S 12 fell victim to the ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban of 1994 and problems with the safeties.
Still looking back at the movie, it was and is one of the best movies that got people interested in shooting. Yeah, it was cheesy and hokey but it did show ordinary people handling firearms and doing okay. It showed interesting firearms and accessories; like the laser sight and the UZI.

I was able to avoid buying any guns based on the movie (or any other movie for that matter); mostly because I was in the Air Force and poor at the time.

So the question is, did this movie or one like it influence you to start shooting or purchase any firearms?

 

 

I’m Realizing….

….how spoiled I have been in the past.   For example, gas prices:

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average unleaded price at the pump this week is $2.89, a drop of 10 cents from a week ago. The national average now is $3.08.

AAA says of the metropolitan areas in Texas, drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth are paying the least at $2.80 while motorists in Corpus Christi pay the most at $2.92.

 

In many locations in the DFW area, gas is selling at $2.69 per gallon. Recently, in other locations I paid $3.25 per gallon.

And if I can take a moment to talk to Texas Drivers, I would appreciate it. Now, I’m not going to let you folks off the hook. Far from it, I have good reasons to keep reminding folks of the rules of the road. I found out, recently just how much worse it could be.

I have complained about distracted driver’s in the past; people with their noses stuck in electronic devices. I found a place where they don’t have ‘distracted drivers'; they have people so far out in LaLa Land that they only occasionally remember they are in a car.

I have complained about people being slow off the mark at stoplights; I found a place where people wait until the yellow light comes on to start across the intersection.

I have complained about people who wander into my lane on the road; I found a place where people don’t understand the meaning of those lines on the road. I could go on but right now, I’m going to relax, mellow out and remind myself how much I really like Texas.

 

 

Let’s Talk About Timing

This comment, one of many like it, regarding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson Mo. really shows that the writers spend way too much watching television legal dramas and cop shows.

The fact that the Ferguson Police didn’t release a police report until weeks after the incident, which was full of redactions, and under pressure from the Department of Justice leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

 

 

I will be one of the first people to get onto police departments about releasing information; all too often they decide what the people ‘needs to know’ instead of freely releasing information. But in this case I really don’t think the criticism is warranted.
Turn it around — let’s say it was Michael Brown under suspicion of murder; how many people would want information released the next day, eh?

Part of the blame for this is the unfair consideration given to the timing of an officer making a statement. Many jurisdictions allow an officer 2 or 3 days to make an official statement. Somehow I just don’t see those same officers giving you or I that much time before we wandered in to make an official statement. Nor do we get to review the official videos, transcripts, etc before making our statements.

That said –  is it fair to take 7 days to release a police report on the shooting? Absolutely. Make sure you get the facts straight, make sure the information hasn’t been misunderstood (Can anyone say NBC and “effing coon”?) — this goes for both sides of the equation. I don’t want the police casting blame on someone who doesn’t deserve it and I don’t want the police being tried in the press — by the government statements at least. We can’t stop the race-baiters and media outlets from doing that but we can control what the government does.

We have enough reasons for criticizing the government; let’s not make up more especially when it just stirs people up with imagined slights.

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Chopped -Kids Edition

Was watching one of the food networks and caught one of the cooking competition shows called Chopped.

This one has the basket of Iran’s that had to be included in the appetizers, entree, and dessert round. Tonight’s show featured fourth and fifth grade kids. I was struck by the these kids, at 10 and 11, were better sports than many of the adults on other episodes.

And they were definitely better cooks than I am. Amazing the dishes they put together.