Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sustainable Green Living

I watched the movie Garbage Warrior a while back and have since been become increasingly interested in sustainable green living. Particularly in Earthship home designs but also looking at other ideas like underground housing as well.
If you are not familiar with either of these I urge you to take some time to learn about them.
The basic idea of both designs is to use the constant temperature of the ground to keep your home at a livable temp year round with very little if any supplemental energy usage for heating or cooling. A utility bill reduction of 75% is not unheard of and quite a few are completely off the grid.
They also incorporate ideas like greenhouses inside your home to grow fruits and vegetables and reusing water from sinks in your greenhouse. Most also incorporate water catchment systems to capture and use rainwater.
The sad part is that from what I can tell there is virtually no investment into these technologies. Just a handful of people building houses to test their theories and tweaking designs along the way in order to improve them. Not only that but they are having to fight building codes all along the way just to be able to experiment.
So at a time when our politicians are telling us we can no longer keep our houses at a comfortable temperature and that utility bills will have to be increased in order to force us into saving electricity we have a few rebels having to fight the system to provide people with a low cost alternative that will allow them to keep their house at a comfortable temperature and drastically reduce the amount of gas/electricity that they use. At a time when in many parts of the country we have restrictions on how much water they can use we have people building homes that will capture rainwater and use it for household purposes but they are having to fight the same governments all along the way.
Those of you that read the blog know that I am about as far away from an Al Gore type as you can get, in fact I think global warming is a hoax.
I also know most people pushing this technology are on the opposite end of the political spectrum from me but that really doesn't matter.
The fact is that this technology makes sense, I am in no way saying that we need laws mandating these ideas but I am saying that this is supposed to be a free country and if a man wants to build a home like this he should be allowed to do it.
I am also saying that if our politicians want to tell us we need to be green they should take the handcuffs off and let us be if we want to be.
Would the earthship not be a model for public housing ? People without homes could build a home themselves and grow a good portion of their own food. Why not take the areas of cities like Detroit which are vacant , bulldoze the old homes and let the people build their own and take care of themselves ?

Think about it , a home that is paid for because it was built mostly by the owners labor, that provides 50% of your household food from the greenhouse inside and has a utility bill reduced by at least 75% , is that not the American dream ? If not maybe it should be. I see no reason why liberals and conservatives don't get behind this movement and together force our politicians to do something about it. Now that would be true bipartisanship.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Immigration Reform

Since it is in the news so much lately it is time for The Department of Common Sense to tackle this issue.

1. Build a wall across our entire southern border.
2. Fine employers who hire illegals.
3. Create a simple path to legal citizenship.
4. Create a tax structure that recognizes the benefits that a person gets from citizenship and requires people to earn it. ( No free rides )
5. New citizens will be probationary for ten years.
6. Discourage illegal immigration.

1. Build a wall,
We all know that there is a problem with illegal immigrants at the border. A fence is very easy to get around but not an adobe brick wall. Free building materials to make adobe brick are all along our border with Mexico. Why not take all the leftover FEMA trailers from Katrina, spread them out along the border and let immigrants move in them and earn their legal citizenship ?
Provide them with food ( we are already doing this with millions of illegal immigrants ) and let them build their own section of the wall with adobe bricks. I am thinking something about as big and thick as the Great Wall of China. Seems like a win/win to me. We get a great border control tool and immigrants truly earn their citizenship. Working on the wall would earn the new citizen the right to be taxed normally but they would still have to meet other requirements I will touch on later.

2.Fine employers,
I am thinking something along the lines of $50,000 fine per illegal.
$40,000 paid by the company and $10,000 paid by the employee that hired the illegal.
I know the argument that some employers don't know , I will address that later as well.

3. Simple path to citizenship,
One year work visa's will be given to just about anyone that wants one. You can only get one in your life and after the year is up you must become a citizen or go back to your country.
To earn citizenship a person must demonstrate a mastery of the English language.
They must also demonstrate knowledge of American History and a willingness to adhere to the values and principles this country was founded on.
With this in place an employers will know that an employee will have to have a mastery of our language or a green card in order to work. Yes it is possible that an illegal would have a mastery of our language and on the rare occasion that happens the employer would not be fined.

4.Tax structure,
Lets face it , this is the best country on earth and if you want to come here you have to earn it.
New citizens will be taxed $10,000 per year or 40% of their income ( whichever is greater) for 10 years after that they will have earned their citizenship completely.

5. Probationary period,
While here on a work visa or probationary citizenship any felony conviction will result in immediate deportation.
Failure to pay the probationary citizenship income tax will result in immediate deportation.

6. Discourage illegal immigration,
It is already established in other laws that assets gained from illegal activity will be seized. We should do the same with illegals.
If you are caught in this country illegally the government will take everything you have before they deport you. Cash, cars, jewelry , everything but the clothes on your back. Might also be a good idea to pick a good remote desert site for our deportation depot. Remember we want to discourage people from coming here illegally.

That is all I have for now but I think it is a good start and addresses most major concerns around this issue.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Contract From America"

Well the tea party finally has a real platform.
Looking it over all I can say is , what sane person could possibly be against this ?

(1) Require each bill to identify its constitutional authorization

(2) Defund, repeal, and replace government-run health care

(3) Demand a balanced budget

(4) End runaway government spending by imposing a statutory cap limiting growth in federal spending

(5) Enact fundamental reform to simplify and lower taxes

(6)Create a Blue Ribbon task force that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs

(7) Reject cap-and-trade

(8) Pass an “all of the above” energy policy

(9) Stop the 2011 tax hikes

(10) Stop the pork.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Abolish Income tax !

Sounds good doesn't it ?
According to our Constitution 2/3 of state legislature's must ask for a Constitutional Convention and then 3/4 of the states must vote for it.
If we started the push today we could have this done within 2 years. Make it a required pledge of your state legislatures that they would vote to abolish the income tax if they are elected.

I mean really, what taxpaying citizen would not want to keep their money ?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Waste, Fraud and Abuse !

Well it looks like the Republicans are going to have a pretty good night tonight. We all know that trying to get real conservative things passed even if Conservatives win big in 2010 will be hard. There is one thing that Conservatives should focus on that is popular with the people; stopping waste, fraud and abuse. Just look at the Acorn videos recently and the $100+ hammers and toilet seats stories from the 80's. Considering that the only thing our government really excels at is waste,fraud and abuse there should be plenty of things ripe for the picking.
I do have a new spin on this that will make it even more popular. Give people commission on what they find. Let's say you find your local public works dept paying $150 for an oil change from their "approved" mechanic. We all know you can get an oil change for around $25 if not cheaper. You turn that in and get 10% of what the government would have overspent on those oil changes for the next year. Think about it, it is a win all the way around. News media will run the story giving good press for politicians pushing the initiative, citizens will get excited about turning things in because they will get a cut,and all along we are trimming our government spending. As a bonus I think it might even make more people excited about the political process as they will see that the people they elected are really interested n cleaning things up instead of protecting the kickbacks they get from all the waste, fraud and abuse.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Truths are always truths no matter when they are said

"It is not high time for the people of this country explicitly to declare, whether they will be freemen or slaves? It is an important question which ought to be decided. It concerns us more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in this event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent. It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of a people are intimately connected; their interest are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable, that those who are combined to destroy the people's liberties. practice every art to poison their morals. How greatly then does it concern us, at all events, to put a stop to the progress of tyranny."

- Samuel Adams, October 1772

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Laws we can all understand

I have been thinking quite a bit lately about Rep. Conyers comments about "Reading the bill " .
For those that missed it his comments came from a question about reading the healthcare bill to which he responded
“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill!' What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill? "
Conyers caught a lot of flack about this comment but I think he was more right than he knows.
Our Republic is supposed to be laws for the people by the people.
Why is it that most of our laws are hard to understand even for a team of lawyers.
Let's step back and look at this problem.
We provide a free 12th grade education for every citizen and have for years. Let's consider that an education level of an average 12th grade level is our national average. Anyone that does not have that education level is either mentally disabled or has nobody to blame but themselves.
Now since the laws are for the citizens we should all be able to understand them.
All laws should be written on a 12th grade level. All old laws should be re-written to that level as well.
Until then we are a nation of laws that nobody really understands , not a nation of laws.

Some may wonder why I tagged tort reform in the bottom of this article, very simple with all of our laws written in an way that makes them easy to understand I think it will cut way down on frivolous lawsuits as well as seemingly endless legal maneuvers with the main purpose being the increase of billable hours.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Enhanced interrogations

If you follow the news at all you have heard about the witch-hunt in regards to "enhanced interrogations".
I have heard of all the major things that are, according to the White House, cruel.
Rush brought up something today which is not a new idea but still a good one.
When deciding whether something is needed ask yourself if your family was in danger from someone and the person being questioned had information that could save them how far would you go.
Some would say that this goes too far and the government has the responsibility to use reasonable methods for extracting information.
I disagree with this idea.
I once heard Justice Scalia making a point that I think speaks directly to this issue. I wish I could find a text of the speech so I could get it perfect but I will get the basics of it.
The discussion was on a case where new information came out after a person had been found innocent of a brutal rape. This new information and the fact that the person could not be tried again prompted the father of the victim to kill the rapist. Scalia argued that the government had taken away our rights to defend ourselves and our communities. The idea that we are all familiar with now is that the justice system will be impartial and do a better job that the average citizen. In this case the justice system had failed miserably to do its job of protecting the community and this is why it is a good thing we have jury nullification for this man that should not be put in jail. The justice system had failed him so he was forced to into vigilantism.
Great point Justice Scalia. ;-)
Now putting that into perspective, we the people have charged the government or more specifically the CIA to defend us from attacks carried out by foreigners.
If it was YOUR family that commuted every day across a bridge that was the next target of terrorists how far would you go to get information out of a man that you KNOW is part of that terrorist group.
If you wouldn't go as far if not farther than the CIA has gone then I feel sorry for your family.
For me, I think the interrogation scenes in the movie Inglourious basterds would not be going too far.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Questions for Congress

Watched part one of what looks to be a great week of Glenn Beck.
Here are some questions to ask your Congressmen and Senators.

- Our unfunded liability for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is close to $100 trillion. Is there any way to pay for these programs without bankrupting America?

- We are in so much debt, why spend more borrowed money on cap-and-trade and healthcare programs before we stop the flow of red-ink?

- The stimulus package funneled billions of dollars to ACORN. How does giving billions of dollars to ACORN stimulate the economy?

- If it was so important for congress to pass the stimulus bill before they even had time to read it why has only a fraction of the stimulus money been spent 6 months later?

- Bush said he had to abandon free market principles in order to save them, how exactly does that work?

- Why won’t member of Congress read the bills before they vote on them?

- Why are citizens mocked and laughed at when they ask their congressman to read the bills before they vote on them?

- Was the cash-for-clunkers program meant to save the earth or the economy? Did it accomplish either?

- How did Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist become a special advisor to the president?

- Did President Obama know of Van Jones’ radical political beliefs when he named him special advisor?

- The Apollo Alliance claimed credit for writing the stimulus bill—why was this group allowed to write any portion of this bill?

- If politicians aren’t writing the bills and aren’t reading the bills, do they have any idea what these 1000 page plus bills actually impose on the American people?

- If the ‘public option’ health care plan is so good why won’t politicians agree to have that as their plan?

- If town hall meetings are intended for the politicians to learn what’s on our mind—why do they spend so much time talking instead of listening?

- Politicians are refusing to attend town hall meetings complaining, without evidence, that they are scripted. Does that mean we shouldn’t come out and vote for you since every campaign stop, baby kiss and speech you give is scripted?

- Why would you want to overwhelm the system?

- Is using the economic crises to rush legislation through congress what Rahm Emanuel meant when he talked about not letting a crises go to waste?

- What are the czars paid? What is the budget for their staffs/offices?

Friday, August 14, 2009


I was watching The Good Shepherd and it occurred to me, we used to understand as a country the danger of communism , we used to have our FBI, CIA and other organizations doing everything they could to root out the scourge of communism not only in our country but around the world.
Maybe we went overboard on sticking our nose in other countries business but we certainly were doing the right thing in our own country.
Now we see that we have elected a President who has at the very least communist/socialist leanings. He has appointed czars that are outright communists and for the most part we as American citizens are doing nothing about it.
Say what you will about Joseph McCarthy but it would be nice to see a senator with half of his zeal and patriotism root out these czars, expose them for the danger that they are to this country and run the out of office.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A real conservative on Healthcare/Socialism

Ronald Reagan had it right in 1961. The words were true then and they are still true now. I don't pretend to know if Reagan really firmly believed everything he said in this speech. I know by the time he was President 20 years later he did not stick to them. Give it a listen and tell me what you think ?
A true conservative would be saying these things now, anything less is a RINO.

There are millions of Americans that still believe in these principles and they are screaming now at Town Halls around the country for a leader that will stand by these principles and take them back to Washington !!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bank teller fired for doing his duty

For those of you that have not seen the story a bank teller lost his job for stopping a bank robber.
Yes, I understand that he violated bank policy by doing it.
What really bothers me is why is that bank policy ?
It just makes no sense why a bank or any business would have a policy that says please come rob me I will give you freely anything you want.
I assume the reason for these types of policies is because of lawsuits which is something you will see me discuss in another post later.
What really bothers me is people's attitudes about this type of thing.
My first reaction was great job and how dare this bank for firing him.
After discussing it with others their reactions shocked me.
Let's take a look at a few of them.

1. How dare he do that , he had no right to put other people in that bank in danger.
Seriously ?! The bank robber put those people in danger. That teller had a right to defend himself and a civic duty to stop a robbery in progress.
2. That money is insured by FDIC why put people in danger ?
As far as danger see answer to #1 on the insurance , who do you think pays that insurance ? Do you not realize that every time insurance has to pay out a claim all of our costs go up ? Lets not forget that this guy would have probably done it again or maybe something worse had he not been stopped by this brave employee.
3. Most of the time a robber doesn't want to hurt you it is only when people try to resist that they get hurt. Or along the same lines and this if from the cop interviewed in the article; it is always better to be a good witness.

We are being raised as a nation of helpless cowards. Taught from early on go get an authority figure to protect you.
I have news for you people and this has been upheld by The Supreme Court , the police have NO obligation to protect you and no matter how hard they try there is little chance when you really need them that one will be around in time to protect you.
I always think back to the New York subway killings a few years ago whenever something like this comes up.
A man walked down a crowded NYC subway car killing people stopping to reload and nobody did a thing about it. At least when he stopped to reload you would think someone would have got up and tackled they guy but they didn't.
This type of situation is a direct result of years of indoctrination telling us to just curl up and wait for help.
We are not capable of handling anything ourselves and need the nanny state to come rescue of from every problem.
Stand up people remember your right to defend yourself.
I only hope that Jim Nicholson ( the bank teller ) is recognized for his courage and picked up by a business owner who wants an employee that cares about his job and his community.

Been away too long

Yes I know I have been away too long. No good excuse just been suffering from change blindness but then again I guess we all are.
There has been so much going on lately.
So many things happening and on the verge of happening that go in the category
"Don't be ridiculous. They would NEVER do that in America."
Wake up people things are changing at a very rapid pace.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that we are really going in a differnt direction. Bush was taking us to the same destination and McCain would have as well.
It is just that at the pace we were going we would have been there in forty years , now we are headed there in four.
I will do my best to be better about posting.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

War on Poverty

We as a nation spend billions on welfare public housing and food stamps every year.
What do we get for our money ? A few people that need help get it but for the most part we have generations breeding more generations to be dependant on a handout to live. Our public housing are drug infested cesspools that do nobody any good.
Let's see what a little common sense could do for this problem.
1.Mandatory drug testing for all family members on welfare food stamps or public housing. If you have money for drugs you don't need my money. Fail one drug test and no more of money for you ever. Don't want to be tested for drugs ? Fine you don't have to just don't ask taxpayers to take care of you.
2.Public housing is housing that taxpayers pay for. Most housing projects have cops or security on staff. Random and frequent searches for drugs, stolen property or any other illegal activity should be a regular occurence. Don't want your apartment searched on a regular basis ? Fine , pay your own bills.
3. If you are on government assistance then birth control should be mandatory. If you are on it for over a year then it should be of the surgical variety. Don't like that ? Don't come to taxpayers and say you can't feed your kids and expect us to keep paying for you to be a baby factory.
I think all of these are great ideas but if we instituted just one I think we would see a drastic improvement in the problems of public housing, welfare and food stamps.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The American Tea Party Anthem

For those of you that haven't heard or heard of Lloyd Marcus you are missing a treat.
Lloyd has wrtitten The American Tea Party Anthem and no tea party would be complete without the song being played. It is available on itunes so go get it now.
Lloyd will be performing live at the Sacremento tax day tea party and Neil Cavuto will be broadcasting live from the event. Check to see if you have an event in your area and get out and support the cause !