Monday, April 4, 2016

Constitutional Roots

***American Thinker asks a great question: Is there any candidate willing to try to get the government back within its Constitutional bounds? Admittedly, that is a big, big undertaking. Government is so bloated and has made so many dependent on its largesse that yanking them from the federal teat will be no small feat. (Hey! That rhymes!)

The Constitution is pretty plain: all the powers the federal government has are articulated as legislative power in Article I, Section 8, and the role defined in Article I is very small.  Basically, this is what the federal government is supposed to do: conduct diplomacy, trade, and national defense; create systems for naturalization; insure that money is sound and sovereign debt is honored; protecting intellectual property; and regulate the postal service, with such infrastructure as that may require. 
Nothing in the Constitution grants the federal government power to manage health care or fund education or regulate private land use or bail out banks and other businesses or do almost anything that almost every candidate today is insisting he will do if elected president.  This does not mean that "government" has no right to enter into these areas, but it means that state governments, which have all residual powers not granted directly to the federal government, have that power – to act or not to act.
This is a very good, educational article. Read it when you get the chance.

*** Next time a liberal tries to tell you how wonderfully the economy is doing thanks to Obama:

UNEXPECTEDLY? U.S. factory data signals further slowdown in economic growth.
New orders for U.S. factory goods fell in February and business spending on capital goods was much weaker than initially thought, the latest indications that economic growth slowed further in the first quarter.
The Commerce Department said on Monday new orders for manufactured goods declined 1.7 percent as demand fell broadly, reversing January’s downwardly revised 1.2 percent increase. Orders have declined in 14 of the last 19 months. They were previously reported to have increased 1.6 percent in January.
The department also said orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft fell by a steeper 2.5 percent in February instead of the 1.8 percent drop reported last month.
These dismal industrial numbers, plus continued weakness in consumer spending, just don’t seem to square with the official unemployment rate of 5%.

***Be prepared:
One female occupant used her home defense handgun to successfully shoot and critically injure an armed home invader after he shot and killed another occupant. The home invader entered the apartment at approximately 6:30 a.m. after shooting off the lock. When one of the occupants got up to respond, he was brutally gunned down. That’s when the female occupant was able to get her own handgun and return fire.

According to Renton Police Detective Robert Onishi, the assailant was found in critical condition in the parking lot of the apartments. Through the miracle of medicine, he was able to be recovered and placed into critical condition to hopefully wake up and stand trial.

All three people were alleged to have known each other and the conditions surrounding the home invasion are under investigation.
In this case, as concealed carriers, we’re dealing with an additional variable. Whether it’s former lovers or a bad roommate situation, we always have to remain prepared to unfortunately face not just the bad guy we don’t know but the one that we may have met under completely different conditions.

Staying ready and able, even at home, means keeping your handgun accessible. In one of these situations, there really is no middle ground. The assailant shot the lock off the door of the apartment. It is pretty obvious he intended his actions. As for the woman, she unfortunately had to see the other occupant get murdered and eventually critically injure some man she knew previously.

That’s a heck of an alarm clock to start the day.

funny animal pictures (12)

***17 words even smart people mispronounce. I gotta admit, I was messing up a few of these myself.  Example: Valet.
Downton Abbey got it right. It’s not a French word, so pronouncing the last syllable as “ay” is incorrect. It should be sounded as “val-it.” (Another fake French word: foyer, which is pronounced “foy-ur,” not “foy-ay.”)

Follow the link, kinda fun.

***Our religious freedom is under attack.

The Dragon of Grindly Grun
by Shel Silverstein

I'm the Dragon of Grindly Grun,
I breathe fire as hot as the sun.
When a knight comes to fight
I just toast him on sight,
Like a hot crispy cinnamon bun.
When I see a fair damsel go by,
I just sigh a fiery sigh,
And she'd baked like a 'tater-
I think of her later
With a romantic tear in my eye.
I'm the Dragon of Grindly Grun,
But my lunches aren't very much fun,
For I like my damsels medium rare,
and they always come out well done.

***Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. ~Peter Marshall

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