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To: longnshort who wrote (11927)3/1/2012 1:22:32 PM
From: Jorj X Mckie
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I think it is important to step back to look at why we aren't liberal progressives. If you increase those percentages it will become a tipping point where the economic situation will no longer be sustainable. So you are probably right that it won't end without bloodshed, but it's pretty clear that the path that the progressives would have us on will destroy our economy sooner rather than later. The people in the center will be able to see this for themselves before too long.

If those percentages change, we will have a situation like we are seeing in Greece.

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To: Jorj X Mckie who wrote (11928)3/2/2012 12:36:02 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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To: Alan Smithee who wrote (11929)3/3/2012 9:47:34 AM
From: Jorj X Mckie
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Baseball Season is here!!!! Woohooo!!!!

(first game of the little league season)

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To: ManyMoose who wrote (11920)3/3/2012 10:04:25 AM
From: Jorj X Mckie
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On one of the Mt Whitney websites that I frequent there was a story posted about a Park Ranger using a stun gun on somebody for not complying to lawful commands. Actually, the story is spun that he was tased for walking his dog off leash.

One of the other members of the Whitney board went on a rant about fascist and gestapo like behavior of our law enforcement and this ranger. The term "jack booted thug" was also used.

A couple of people pointed out that the guy should really read up about fascism and the gestapo and nazis before making such accusations. That got more liberal ranting.

I really do try to avoid politics on a hiking/backpacking site, but I couldn't help myself. I wrote this in response:
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Last summer I was going up the MMWT on a little impromptu trip. I went up without much gear or supplies. I figured that most people pack more than they really need and it won’t hurt them to share a little bit.

I was up near LPL and I ran across this nice couple who were having lunch. I sat down with them and unpacked the sandwich that I brought. They offered me a power bar and some carrots which was really cool. They got up and started hiking again and after a little nap I headed up the trail again too.

I caught up to them again at mirror lake where they stopped for a snack. They were eating crackers with cheese and salami. I was pretty hungry again so I asked them for some. They were kind of snotty when they gave me two measley crackers and cheese setups. Why were they being so greedy? They clearly had plenty of food. Don’t they know that it’s nice to share? They packed up pretty quickly and took off again. I guess they didn’t want any company. They were spoiled yuppies anyway. Who cares, their food was probably all Monsanto GMO crap anyway.

When I got to trail camp it was almost dark. There were lots of people already cooking their dinner. It sure did smell good. I found a little place by four tents where the food smelled really good and set up my sleeping bag. I didn’t bring a tent because it’s summer and it was really warm down in los angeles.

I went over to the guys in the tents. They were with some group or something. I asked if I could bum a smoke off someone…but none of them smoked. They invited me over anyway and said they were having a potluck if I wanted to join. I pulled up a rock and started sampling the buffet. After a while one of the campers started hassling me about not adding to the potluck. I told him that I didn’t have anything and he became a real nazi about it. I said I was sorry, but it wasn’t my fault that I don’t have any food.

After awhile I felt nature calling. I took off toward consultation lake to take a dump. I found a nice quiet place to drop a deuce and took care of business. When I started walking back, wouldn’t you know it, Ranger Adolf was watching. He asked me if I knew that there was a strict “pack out your poop” policy in the whitney zone. I said yeah, but what’s one little turd going to hurt? Would you believe that the fascist bastard lectured me for 10 minutes about the delicate ecosystem and water supply. Then he started talking about flowers….gardenias or something..or was it giardinias. Then he gave me a ticket. It’s not like I’m some criminal or something. I just dropped a deuce. What a fascist prick Ranger Adolf was.

Anyway, this trip was starting to suck. I don’t know why people like hiking at mount whitney. Everyone is obviously stuck up and doesn’t care about the little guy. I got back to my sleeping bag and started to sleep. And all of a sudden I started to feel drops of rain on my face. Within seconds it was pouring rain. I started going around asking people if I could come into their tent and everyone kept on saying that they didn’t have any room in their tent. Finally the couple that gave the cheese and crackers let me in. I got some good sleep between the couple. They finally woke me up around 7am and said that they wanted to leave and try and make the summit. I said “cool, rock on”. Then they said, well, we want to close up the tent, so we need you to start getting ready too. I told them “no worries bros, I’ll close it up for you, you head on up”. They started getting snotty again and said that they wanted me to get out of the tent. What did they think I was going to do? Steal their stuff? Geez!!!! Selfish bastards, they’ve got enough stuff anyway. And if it wasn’t for the rest of us, they wouldn’t have that cool big agnes tent and mountain hardware sleeping bags. It’s ok if they’ve got cool gear, but they should share some of it with the rest of us.

So I got up and started up the switchbacks. I was right by the cables when I started to feel really sick. My head was pounding a lot. I figured if I kept on going my headache would go away. I went up a little ways further and my head was just freakin pounding and then I started to puke. And all of a sudden, there’s Ranger Adolf again. He said that I probably have altitude sickness and that I need to go down. Why didn’t anybody warn me about altitude sickness? There should be signs at the bottom of the switchbacks or something that tell us that we will get sick. Little Adolf brings me back down to trail camp. And then he says “aren’t you the guy that I gave a ticket to last night?” I says “yes”. He then says “I forgot to ask you for your permit. May I see it?” I kinda laugh at him and say “we don’t need no stinking permits”. Little adolf doesn’t know his movie quotes because he didn’t laugh at all. He just says “yes you do”. You guessed it, I got another ticket. I was done now. I just wanted to get off of this ugly rock. I started heading down and he says “isn’t that your sleeping bag?” I just shook my head, it was all wet and there is no way that I want to carry it all the way down the hill. But this prick will give me another ticket if I don’t. So I pack it up and start walking down. And he starts following me, Probably to make sure that I don’t cut across the switchbacks, like that would hurt anything.

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To: Jorj X Mckie who wrote (11931)3/3/2012 10:27:46 AM
From: ManyMoose
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A little dose of their own medicine, eh? Very cool.

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To: Jorj X Mckie who wrote (11930)3/3/2012 11:02:26 AM
From: Alan Smithee
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WootWootWoot!!!

Hope you have a great season.

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To: Jorj X Mckie who wrote (11931)3/3/2012 11:09:06 AM
From: Alan Smithee
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And, what kind of responses did you get to that post?

LOL!!!

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To: Jorj X Mckie who wrote (11931)3/3/2012 11:09:54 AM
From: Alan Smithee
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Someone dropped a toy hauler outside my house yesterday:


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From: TimF3/3/2012 12:55:07 PM
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Think of All the Jobs We’re Creating in Regulatory Compliance!
Posted by Walter Olson

Not long ago I took note in this space of how some people conceive of government regulation as a way to create jobs among lawyers, fillers-out of paperwork forms, installers of state-mandated equipment, and so forth. In case you thought I was exaggerating, here’s a new Business Week article arguing in all earnestness that “ Regulations Create Jobs, Too.” Given the wounded state of the U.S. economy since the 2008 crash, it laments, “government rules have become politically toxic.” But never fear: “The Obama Administration, girding for election-year attacks on its record, is trying to highlight the upside of government rules.”

To be sure, the article itself is not as bad as its headline, and does make some fair points. It’s true that many politicians sling around the epithet “job-destroying” as if the chief objection to regulatory monstrosities like ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank were their effect in wiping out many existing jobs. In practice over the longer run many such laws shuffle around employment (often from productive uses more highly valued by consumers to those more highly valued by Washington) rather than reduce it permanently. If coal burning is suppressed, perhaps there will be more jobs for those who drill for natural gas, cut down firewood, or manufacture candles for use in blackouts. Overall, the soundest critique of bad regulations is often the most fundamental: that on net they destroy wealth, liberty, property rights, and freedom of consumer choice, in ways that last long beyond the initial pain of disrupted employment.

Of course proponents are at liberty to argue that a given regulation generates benefits that make it worthwhile, and the rest of us will evaluate those arguments on their own merits. But in trying to “highlight the upside of government rules,” it does rather sound as if the Obama administration is hoping to claim some sort of credit for the supposed benefit of creating jobs in the compliance sector. And that claim deserves to be filed under Frederic Bastiat’s broken window fallacy, as explicated in this space and indeed on occasion in the pages of Business Week itself.

cato-at-liberty.org

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To: Jorj X Mckie who wrote (11931)3/3/2012 5:32:12 PM
From: Ish
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<<After awhile I felt nature calling. I took off toward consultation lake to take a dump. I found a nice quiet place to drop a deuce and took care of business. When I started walking back, wouldn’t you know it, Ranger Adolf was watching. He asked me if I knew that there was a strict “pack out your poop” policy in the whitney zone. >>

Does that apply to critters also?

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