My first thoughts on CalEXIT

I saw something about the #CalEXIT movement this morning. On my drive to work, I was thinking:

  • We will keep all of our military assets there
  • We will negotiate for access to ports, rail, etc.
  • We will still trade with California
  • California can only survive by trading with the US
  • We get rid of two persistently problematic US Senators
  • We get rid of 53 problematic House Representatives
  • We get rid of a sizable chunk of socialist Californians
  • We get rid of as many socialists who will migrate to California
  • As the California socialists run their country into the ground many companies will move to the US
  • After the California socialists have run their country into the ground, we can invade and liberate them

I’m thinking, “Brilliant!”

Oh, no! Another interesting cartridge based on the 308 Winchester

I have been party to a long running love affair with the 308 Winchester/7.62×51 NATO for more than twenty years. There is so much to love about this cartridge, and the variations it naturally gives rise to. 

The most recent addition to this continually growing family is the 375 Raptor

So far, I have been able to resist the temptation to expand my cartridge library. I am probably going to break down eventually…. 

Objectivification 

Socialism and communism literally objectify the individual, who exists only as a means of advancing the interests of the state.  There is no individual, and no valid reason for people to have rights, separate from their membership in and contributions to the state.

Michael Munger, “Capitalism and Objectivification

The Problem with Wanting to “Change the World” | Donald J. Boudreaux

“The bottom line is that attempts to “change the world” whole – to change it in a way that is noticeable and traceable to one action or small set of actions – is the height of arrogance.” 

https://fee.org/articles/the-problem-with-wanting-to-change-the-world/

Agreement with the RNC?

I’m quite surprised to find myself agreeing with the Republican National Committee on something. It’s a nice change.

Republican Party Platform on Guns via The Truth About Guns.

The Second Amendment:
Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms

We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a natural inalienable right that predates the Constitution and is secured by the Second Amendment. Lawful gun ownership enables Americans to exercise their God-given right of self- defense for the safety of their homes, their loved ones, and their communities.

We salute the Republican Congress for defending the right to keep and bear arms by preventing the President from installing a new liberal majority on the Supreme Court. The confirmation to the Court of additional anti-gun justices would eviscerate the Second Amendment’s fundamental protections. Already, local officials in the nation’s capital and elsewhere are defying the Court’s decisions upholding an individual right to bear arms as affirmed by the Supreme Court in Heller and McDonald.

We support firearm reciprocity legislation to recognize the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in all 50 states. We support constitutional carry statutes and salute the states that have passed them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common modern rifle. We also oppose any effort to deprive individuals of their right to keep and bear arms without due process of law.

We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and the current Administration’s illegal harassment of firearm dealers. We oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners, registration of ammunition, and restoration of the ill-fated Clinton gun ban. We call for a thorough investigation — by a new Republican administration — of the deadly “Fast and Furious” operation perpetrated by Department of Justice officials who approved and allowed illegal sales of guns to known violent criminals.

Oh, Roundup! 

The city of Petaluma in California recently stopped using roundup in parks and school grounds. The result was a 1700% increase in cost of weed control, and a new requirement for operators to wear respirators (unnecessary with roundup which is less toxic than vinegar) while spraying with the far more toxic organic alternatives.

Matt Ridley

http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/roundup-or-glyphosate/