Global Skywatch

dimbulb savings time

Sure is a shame about the hour I am losing this weekend. It was the one hour of the year I intended to spend worshiping our government… maybe next year. While there is even a .gov website describing circadian rhythms, other than the governments of Arizona and Hawaii, the rest of the governments within the USofA seem to be clueless about it. I’ll put it in simple terms even a legislator can comprehend: Messing with our clocks messes us up. The ONLY purpose it serves is to twice every year demonstrate governmental control over our daily lives. It COSTS the economy money. It kills hundreds of people every year. And, most importantly, It pisses me off. One year I skipped […]

How “Saving Gas” Costs a Fortune

By Eric Peters     FiatChrysler just made the latest payment – $77 million – which was actually a fine for failing to make its cars “save” enough fuel . . . for Uncle’s tastes. Irrespective of FCA customers’ tastes. FiatChrysler’s model lineup – the ones that sell well – are big cars like the Dodge Charger and big SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee – and Uncle is not happy about it. Similarly about Jaguars ($46.2 million in fines) and Mercedes ($28.2 million) and other car brands that don’t make cars “efficiently” enough to make Uncle happy. These get socked with fines as above, every year. It is not small change. And it will become even more change soon, if […]

Our Rights

By Eric Peters     What are our “rights” – and where do they come from? This is the question which answers all the others. The Bill of Rights, it is said, grants our rights. This is a horrible and dangerous idea; one all too many Americans have been bamboozled into believing. Anything which is granted can also be taken away – which of course is just what’s happened and precisely why it was so important to convince Americans that their rights are granted  . . . in order to get them to accept their being taken away. In fact, the Bill was written specifically as a statement of fact, intended to acknowledge our inviolable rights. To put a finer […]

The 16th Amendment

How the U.S. Federal Income Tax Became D.C.’s Favorite Political Weapon You’re free to republish or share any of our articles (either in part or in full), which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Our only requirement is that you give Ammo.com appropriate credit by linking to the original article. Spread the word; knowledge is power! The American Revolution was sparked in part by unjust taxation. After all, the colonists in Boston rebelled against Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” and summarily tossed English tea into the harbor in protest in 1773. Nowadays Americans collectively spend more than 6 billion hours each year filling out tax forms, keeping records, and learning new tax rules according […]

Bill of Rights Day … RIP

I have mentioned this before, but The Rutherford Institute, who I quote below, is FAR MORE EXPERT than I. First I give you The Bill of Rights (from TheBillOfRightsInstitute) without which our Constitution would not have been ratified. That means it is an integral part thereof. Liberty is only ours if we insist on it. We are looking a bit weak right now. Do your part to correct that.   Bill of Rights of the United States of America (1791) Download a PDF of the Bill of Rights Click for free Documents of Freedom lesson on the Bill of Rights Click for free Voices of History lesson on the Bill of Rights The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the […]

conspiracies

Three towers of The World Trade Center fell on 9/11/01, but many adamantly do not believe they were from controlled demolition. “Nobody would do that!” Yet it is irrefutable that three towers were destroyed, and that it was a man made event. (one repository of solid evidence) Interestingly, for some it is easier to believe that a handful of Arabs did it with hijacked airliners… and also coincidentally hit the Pentagon accounting offices who had just begun investigating the 2.3 TRILLION dollars that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced as “MISSING” the day before. Sure, Lee Harvey Oswald’s amazing feat with a magical bullet is hard to believe, but “nobody” could put together a multiple shooter, body switching, cover up like […]

revenuers

rev•e•nu•er (ˈrɛv ənˌyu ər, -əˌnu-) n. an agent of the U.S. Treasury Department, esp. one responsible for enforcing laws against illegal distilling or bootlegging of alcohol. [1875–80, Amer.] In the dark ages, elites in the District of Criminals banned beverages with any alcoholic content, that is fermented beverages that had been utilized by humans for centuries. This, mysteriously, made the world a better place… better for organized crime, anyway… both private and public sector. People in The Roaring 20s were not stupid enough to think this was about public safety. They called the agents harassing home brewers “revenuers”. Their profession was forcibly extracting revenue from people who had been minding their own business, doing what came naturally. I have […]

making bureaucrats responsive

Surprising lessons are coming from those horrible communist countries China and Russia. Impossible to ignore that Communist China manufactures and sells US darn near everything, while our unemployment is 21.7%, goods producing employment is 12.6%, and government employment is 14.2%. This so-called capitalistic, free-market country of ours now has more regulators and controllers than it has producers. Describing that would take another essay. Here I want to point out that the big bad communist countries have moved into producing while our country moved to centralized command and control. Starting and running a small business is so burdened with parasitic losses to government agents and bureaucratic red tape that startup enterprises are almost unheard of today. Housing and building regulations weigh […]

coffee attack

Land of the Fruits and Nuts reminders crept into our daily lives when voters of the most populous state in our nation insisted manufacturers place “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer” labels on packages sold there. I sometimes called the place I grew up “California”. It was woods, creeks, lakes, trees, Pacific coast beaches, and temperate climate. None of it knew what caused cancer. I am not sure when this place became expert on cancer, but it must have been after I left. ABC News reports: “Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said last Wednesday that the coffee makers hadn’t presented the proper grounds at trial to prevail”, apparently with a straight […]

3 Facepalm Moments in Regulation

from FEE.org As a policy wonk, I mostly care about the overall impact of government on prosperity. So when I think about the effect of red tape, I’m drawn to big-pictures assessments of the regulatory burden. Here are a few relevant numbers that get my juices flowing. Americans spend 8.8 billion hours every year filling out government forms. The economy-wide cost of regulation reached $1.75 trillion in 2010. For every bureaucrat at a regulatory agency, 100 jobs are lost in the economy’s productive sector. A World Bank study determined that moving from heavy regulation to light regulation “can increase a country’s average annual GDP per capita growth by 2.3 percentage points.” Regulatory increases since 1980 have reduced economic output […]

trade war humor

Either trade crosses borders or armies do “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations… entangling alliances with none” ― Thomas Jefferson The knuckle-dragging Neanderthals of the Potomac Swamp have their hearts set on an escalating trade war. Centuries of human experience explain to anyone paying any attention at all exactly how this will work out. Either the Trump team and the ossified congresscritters are idiots OR they want war. There is no third choice. Well, unless you count “They are idiots AND they want war” as a third choice. Oh well. I can’t control it. I don’t endorse it. I am in the stands watching the show. Every once in a while a particularly amusing bit shows up in […]

What The 2nd Amendment is not

. Though I spend almost no time with mainstream media, my secondary sources keep me abreast of their content. They are currently hammering the ‘gun control’ issue. Victim disarmament is the goal; all means possible the tool. The article below by Jacob Hornberger from Mises Institute is excellent, but has a couple of unfortunate assumptions built in. As much as I like what he expresses, I am using the altered font to I can interject in key places. First off, please remember: the current “conversation” is predicated on an event that very definitely did not happen as the official story depicts. Whether it was a staged false flag or complete hoax is not clear, nor overly relevant. EVEN IF IT […]

walk softly and carry a big stick

That phrase favored by Teddy Roosevelt comes to my mind when considering the position of Russia today. They have, according to multiple sources, constructed the next generation of nuclear weapons. The USofA as self-appointed world policeman (world bully is probably more apt) is now outgunned. If “our” military-industrial hawks choose to launch WWIII, they will lose. Of course rational people realize we all will lose. Paul Craig Roberts published a good little essay on this: Putin’s State of the Union … Putin, however, declared that Russia has no territorial ambitions, no hegemonic ambitions, and no intention to attack any other country. Putin described the weapons as the necessary response to the West’s firm refusal year after year to accept peace […]

FISA Memo

The lid has not blown off as I thought it must. Riddled with holes, blowing out everywhere, but the evildooers are still struggling to keep their undoing in the container. Let me help make work for them. Apparently the released memo is the source document for the real “FISA Memo”. The fight for the real thing continues. #ReleaseTheMemo Twitter hashtag is a big deal right now, and among the better ways to keep the pressure on. A websearch for release the memo brings up lots of other choices. This hugely damning, revealing .pdf file that has leaked out is apparently a relative, but not THE MEMO. Hmmm. Imagine that. The tools I normally use to share a .pdf document do […]