Interesting, Disturbing, and Funny Stuff From The Web: March 28th, 2014

Interesting Science & Medical Stories of the Week


Heroes and Kudos Of The Week


Villains Of The Week


 ‘Merica—F*** yeah!


Animals!


People are crazy!


Funny Pics of the Week


Drinking buddies!
Milk


Sticking it to the man, Arnold style.
https://i1.wp.com/tosh.comedycentral.com/blog/files/2014/03/ahnoldsmokin.jpg


Yes, people really are this dumb.
Grass


This fish has a message for you. Once you get it…you’ll never un-get it.Fish


Lessons in why you shouldn’t get pass-out drunk.
Drunk


Tacos


Candy


As opposed to “Killed, nearly to death?”
Killed


Trophy


Vegans


Interesting, Disturbing, and Funny Stuff From The Web: March 21st, 2014

Interesting Science & Medical Stories of the Week


Heroes and Kudos Of The Week


 People are Crazy!


Government Gone Bad!


Funny Pics of the Week


I don’t think I want to live on this road, nor travel on it. WeinerCutoff


What the hell, Bing? ShootBaby


And THIS, is how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started. Ninja


I think this is involuntary manslaughter at this point. Coffee


I’m sure the little guy was heavier than he looks.ToyTruck


Must have been quite an evening.CandyCane


I knew it! Strippers


What could POSSIBLY go wrong, here? Saw


That’s one way to get it home, I guess. Croc


Possibly the worst ad placement ever.
Oops


Cheese


The United States Constitution: Beauty in Ambiguity; Logic in Simplicity

Gary Nolan (and THE Scrappy Doo)
Gary Nolan (and THE Scrappy Doo)

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As you read the U.S. Constitution, one thing becomes quite obvious. It is concise, all-encompassing, and there is ambiguity throughout. This is often surprising when you consider it was written by government. Unlike The Affordable Care Act which spans thousands of pages, the Constitution, which was intended to serve as the entire framework of the role of the federal government, comes in at a svelte six.

Looking at the First Amendment above, it simply says the right to free speech shall US Constitutionnot be infringed. What it doesn’t say, is that the right to complain about government shall not be infringed or something of that nature. They could have tried to list all of the speech they wanted to protect, but they understood the beauty of ambiguity.

If they had specified anti-government speech as a protected right, then the right to call your boss names could have been in question. One could argue, “the Constitution specifically mentions ‘anti-government’ speech, but it doesn’t mention ‘one person insulting another’ speech, therefore we must conclude that they didn’t want to unilaterally protect that speech.” They would have a legal leg to stand on by doing so.

But by simply saying “the right to free speech shall not be infringed,” they make it clear that no matter what type of speech you think of bestowing on the ears of another; it’s protected. The content is infinitely irrelevant.

Yet lawmakers of today seem to be incapable of such elegant legislation. When 2012 Presidential contender Herman Cain tried to introduce this concept, he was sadly ridiculed for it.

Herman Cain
Herman Cain

The left, like comedian John Stewart, mocked him as if to insinuate Herman was incapable of understanding complicated legislation.

Herman Cain has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a masters in computer science, and a trail of business success a mile long. He was almost certainly in possession of a greater intellect than Jon Stewart, or any of the other disrespectful people who tried to make an ignorant joke against his proposal. These jokes were insulting with no basis in reality, but Stewart’s leftist base ate it up.

Herman understood that laws do not have to be thousands of pages long. The smartest man in any room, Albert Einstein, is quoted as saying, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

So why does it happen? Complex legislation is the result of two things.

Many in Washington who have a background in law and are used to writing contracts where every imaginable scenario is envisioned and accounted for to protect their clients. As such, they write laws the same way.

But also, with legislation a mile long, it allows pork barrel spending, to be stealthily added so as to hopefully go unnoticed by the masses.

While Herman was certainly intelligent enough to understand complex legislation, he knew that if the power resides with the people as our Constitution explicitly states, that the people should be able to read, understand, and then advise their elected leaders on how they desire them to proceed. Yet, I’d wager that 99.99% of our populous didn’t read a single page of The Affordable Care Act for instance.

Such simple legislation makes it nearly impossible to corrupt good legislation with the myriad of special legislative favors that are commonplace in Washington now.

Imagine you picked any random person off of the street, let them read the Constitution, and then ask them to explain it. I would bet that most would be able to easily do so. Ask them to do the same with the Affordable Care Act however, and aside from the fact that you’d have to come back a month later in order to give them time to read it, I’m comfortable most would not retain or grasp half of what’s in it.The Federal Register

The Federal Register was enacted in 1936 to be one big list of all the laws the federal government has passed without repeal. It was a sprite 2,620 pages at inception, but as of 2012, it has ballooned more than thirty times over, to a whopping 78,961 pages and counting.

What does this mean to you? Any number of things.

  • It is highly possible on any given day, YOU have committed a federal crime and you wouldn’t have a clue.
  • YOU have to pay law enforcement to investigate and enforce every law enacted.
  • If you own a business, YOU have to pay a lawyer to research every law for compliance.
  • YOU have to pay for judges and prosecutors to carry out enforcement of these laws.

With nearly 79,000 pages of legislation, can you fairly argue America is still a free country? Our federal government seems to have hoarders’ disease, amassing an amazing collection of legislation, 90% of which likely violate the Tenth Amendment alone, which clearly states that if a subject is not specifically outlined in the Constitution, that subject should be pushed to the states or the people. Where is healthcare mentioned in the Constitution, for instance?

So how do we fix this?

There’s an old adage that says, “Vote the bums out!” It really is that simple. There are libertarian politicians in the Libertarian Party and the Republican Party just itching to take over government, then do their damnedest to reduce it down to its Constitutional core and give you your rights back. They’re the polar opposite of tyrants.

It is important we elect a more concise government that doesn’t spend us into oblivion or do special favors for their districts and friends.

We must demand they appoint Supreme Court with justices that respect the Constitution (including the Tenth Amendment) regardless of their own political beliefs.

And we must require they pass laws that are simple and ambiguous, thus allowing judges and juries to be more able to make decisions on the spirit of the law instead of the verbiage of it as a result.

As long as there is government, we are never ultimately free. But much like science pursues all knowledge with the knowledge it can never truly know everything, what’s wrong with wanting government who will strive to work themselves out of a job, knowing they will always exist in some form?

Interesting, Disturbing, and Funny Stuff From The Web: March 14th, 2014

Interesting Science & Medical Stories of the Week


Kudos Of The Week


 Randomly Interesting Stuff


Bad Government and Other Villains of the Week


Animals!


Funny Pics of the Week

Tiger who?
TigerWho


Hair


I love my cats, but this is way too true.
Cats


Nemo


The contents of this are quite interesting
Fruit


Real name?
Hugh


Colin Powell, owner of the first selfie?
Selfie


Good suggestions Facebook!
Hammer


Train


Compromise is bad, Common Ground is good

Gary Nolan (and THE Scrappy Doo)
Gary Nolan (and THE Scrappy Doo)

In Congress, for a bill to become law, the process is quite elaborate. Feel free to see how it works here.

As a bill trundles its way  through Congress, it often becomes an over-bloated piece of…er…legislation that bears little resemblance of the original intent with add-ons that are the result of politicians aiming to improve their chances of winning re-election by telling their constituents, “see what I did for you?”

A most fitting example of pork barrel spending; a $1.8 million rider to the 2009 omnibus spending bill to study pig manure odors in Democrat Senator Tom Harkin’s home district. While this amount is a drop in the bucket to our total federal spending, it makes up one of thousands, and those drops add up.

Senator Tom Harkin-D
Senator Tom Harkin-D

This bill was certainly not of national interest, and as with most federal law, is a clear violation of the 10th amendment, although the Supreme Court seems to have all but forgotten about that one. However, it flooded $1.8 million into Senator Harkin’s district, no doubt garnering him favor. But, Senator Harkin, or even the DNC as a whole, are not alone in this practice—it is common among both parties.

Many people think Congress fight too much among themselves instead of compromising, and therefore nothing gets done, and consider this a bad thing.

While I used to share that sentiment as a child when I was young and ignorant, it wasn’t until I started becoming interested in politics that I realized this was a good thing and exactly what our forefathers intended.

So why would they do this? Because any law is essentially an erosion of one person’s liberty, they wanted to be sure that any bill that made it into law was ultimately something that would transcend a political agenda or partisan politics.

We start from a point of ultimate freedom or anarchy, then add laws as we deem necessary in order to protect people’s rights. If they don’t pass a majority in the House or Senate—gone. If the President vetoes it—gone. If the Supreme Court, strikes it down—gone. The default position should be no law unless a proper case that almost all of us can agree on as to why it should be allowed.

The Supreme Court Of The United States
The Supreme Court Of The United States

On opposite sides of the spectrum, there are politicians like Senator Rand Paul (Doctor) or Senator Ted Cruz (Attorney) who left private practice in the pursuit of a civic duty to restore our country’s liberty. But then there’s our president or the disgraced Anthony Weiner who never spent time in the private sector and who simply always aspired to be part of the ruling class; achieving said goal.

While these two competing ideologies are generally at odds with each other, they certainly agree that murder should be illegal for instance, so passing such a law should be easy, and obviously, such laws exist.

However, when it comes to taxes for instance, they’re generally not going to see eye-to-eye, and a fight will ensue. If the system works as designed, no law is passed through both houses of Congress and/or is vetoed by the President. Or on occasion, overturned by the SCOTUS.

Occasionally, this system breaks down, such as when Obamacare was passed. The Democrats controlled both houses and the White House, but the Supreme Court still had the opportunity to make this right, yet they didn’t. John Roberts, in a peculiar move, opted to find a way to allow the law within the framework of the Constitution by rewriting it as a tax instead of a penalty.

Supreme Court of the United States Chief Justice John Roberts
Supreme Court of the United States Chief Justice John Roberts

He indicated that he didn’t feel like the court should try to violate the will of the people who elected the politicians to enact such a law. But, this decision is infuriating and violates the spirit of the Supreme Court who are there to protect the minority from the majority using the Constitution as their basis—not public pressure.

If the Supreme Court ultimately feels they shouldn’t undermine the will of the majority, then there is no reason for them to even consider the Constitution, they would ultimately just become a third house of Congress or a higher court of appeals.

John Roberts ignored his duty to not consider the will of the majority when our rights as enumerated in the Constitution are violated. Since he’s not susceptible to elections, I will never understand his logic here, but it was clearly disappointing to those of us on the side of liberty.

Yet, this is exactly what the people asked for—a compromise. People claim that the left and the right should work together and compromise in order to get more done, but I couldn’t disagree more.

If I want to go to a football game, and my girlfriend wants to go to the ballet, so we compromise and go to a comic convention neither of us wanted to attend because it’s nothing like football or the ballet, is that a good result for both of us?

Instead, Congress and the president should learn to pass laws in smaller chunks, picking only the things that they agree on, and scrapping anything else. Not compromise; common ground.

Sadly, the president had the power to do something like this by line-item veto, but for reasons I can not understand, the Supreme Court struck it down in Clinton v. City of New York. Their logic being it gives the president too much power against Congress. But this argument makes no sense.

If a law makes it to the president, that means essentially everything in it is OKed by Congress, so if the president strikes down certain parts, what’s left should still be OK by Congress. All the president is doing is advancing liberty in some small way by keeping additional legislation off the books.

If Congress doesn’t like this, they pass laws without all this extra nonsense, and if pork barrel spending is worthwhile, it should pass as its own bill on its merits.

So the next time you see Congress fighting and they cannot seem to find common ground, don’t lament that they can’t seem to compromise, cheer that the system is working as intended.

Interesting, Disturbing, and Funny Stuff From The Web: March 7th, 2014

Interesting Science & Medical Stories of the Week


Kudos Of The Week


People Just Need to Chill Out


Villains of the Week


Amazing animals!


Funny Pics of the Week

Wait a minute… Hollywood


Want to know what government looks like behind the scenes? Govt


The most sadistic dad ever. PopRocks


Lincoln was BUFF! Lincoln


Bing, you might want to check that one. Assbag


I wonder if this has been confirmed with clinical studies MagicSheet


If Bruce Lee and John Wayne co-fathered a kid…
Karate


Oh really now…
Cancer


When you’re tired, you’re tired…
tired


‘Merica
Merica


Some days, we all feel like this…
DogPee


Almost had it!
Squirrel