Monday, 1 September 2014

Because Democrat Elected Officials Engage In Public Corruption When They Are Supposed To Be Fighting Public Corruption.

Background: The elected District Attorney of Travis County, where Austin, the capital of Texas, is located is the head of the "Public Integrity Unit" of the state. This "Public Integrity Unit" has taken it upon itself to be the policing arm of ALL elected officials in the State of Texas, when Democrat Ronnie Earle was the elected DA in Travis County.

DA Earle promptly started attempting to go after Republicans, wielding the power of his office as a cudgel for political purposes, culminating in the indictment of Rep. Tom Delay, who was charged with something that was not a crime at the time he performed the act.

The current occupant of the office, DA Rosemary Lehmberg continued the partisan actions of attacking Republicans she thought she could get away with. However, she is also a raging drunk. One night, she decided to get into her car after getting to almost 3x the legal alcohol driving limit, and she got caught.

She promptly attempted to get the Sheriff's Department to call "Greg" (Hamilton, the elected Sheriff) of Travis County. When told that she had been arrested for Drunk Driving, she told the Sheriff's department employees "well, that's you're all's problem." The implication is clear: Give me special treatment because I know your boss.

When the head of the Public Integrity Unit refuses to resign after engaging in an attempt to subvert justice because of her position, it's time to disband that office. Governor Rick Perry had every right to use his line item veto to remove funding for the public corruption actions of the office, when the head of that office herself attempted to engage in public corruption to save her own skin.

Monday, 5 May 2014

One of the Most Insightful Comments on Civilization I Have Ever Seen

When you distil it down to it's most basic analysis, the following comment from Tom Swift at Legal Insurrection is one of the most insightful comments on the development of civilization that I have ever seen, because in a mere few lines, it actually explains the economics of civilization in a way that can be understood by those who have not spent extensive time studying economics.

Quote: Tom Swift:

Civilization exists because we need masses of goods. Plan or no plan, the need was always there. Otherwise, we’d still be hunter/gatherers.

First it was just food. If you need a steady supply of food, farming becomes inevitable. Then you need irrigation, which requires organized labor [working as a group]; and walls, so your livestock doesn’t wander off, and that’s the start of architecture. Then you need defense, so that your neighbors, who aren’t so good at organized labor, don’t move in and steal your crops and animals or, worse, appropriate your irrigated farmland and your stockades. Then, because you spend your day farming and are too busy to develop weapons for defense, you trade [with] some of your other neighbors some of your food for some of their weapons, and suddenly, you have a trade economy.

The great triumph of civilization is not religion, or science, or art; it is cheap food, and everything needed to produce, transport, and supply it. It may be hard for European intellectuals or “back to nature” Greenies to admit it, but the acme, the supreme achievement of civilization, the fulfillment of an age-long dream, is … McDonalds.