Friday Miscellany

 Friday Miscellany

 

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Spreading the news one blog post at a time!

1. Honey Price Increases Lead to Jump In Beehive Thefts : “The price of honey has jumped in the last decade, leading to a jump in beehive thefts. Beekeepers have always been concerned about theft, and have long tried to develop ways to prevent that from happening.”

2. U.S. Needs More Low-Skill Immigration Since Americans Are Not ‘Qualified” or ‘Willing’ to Do Such Work : “Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue says in an op-ed that the U.S. needs more low-skill immigration because Americans are not “qualified” or “willing” to do such work.”

3. Scenes from a militarized America: Iowa family ‘terrorized’ : “When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera’s lens.”

I think there should be a law against police taking or destroying any type of video cameras, phones etc that are used to record any police interact with the public (unless by court order as proof in a criminal case). Obstruction of justice would be a fitting charge for such behavior – the only reason cops would not want to be filmed is because they are doing or planning to violate someones rights or to break the law themselves.

If they were doing their jobs in the way that they are sworn too they would welcome being filmed because such videos could be used to prosecute the person being arrested and prove that the arresting officers did their job correctly.

4. What You Need to Know About Filming, Photographing Police in Public : “Just last week, TheBlaze reported on a story posted on PINAC where a San Diego man was arrested for filming a citation an officer was writing him for smoking in a public area where it was against the law. When the officer asked to see Adam Pringle’s phone, he refused and the situation escalated from there.”

5. Officials in Connecticut Stunned by What Could Be a Massive, State-Wide Act of ‘Civil Disobedience’ by Gun Owners : “On Jan. 1, 2014, tens of thousands of defiant gun owners seemingly made the choice not to register their semi-automatic rifles with the state of Connecticut as required by a hastily-passed gun control law. By possessing unregistered so-called “assault rifles,” they all technically became guilty of committing Class D felonies overnight.”

6. TN Senate OKs guns-in-parks bill that eliminates local bans : The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Thursday that would undo a 2009 law that let city councils and county commissions ban guns in local parks. TN Governor Haslam is against it

7. The Coming Economic Collapse Will Be Much Worse Than Most Realize : “Citizens of the U.S. and the world are heading into a future that few have prepared for. It will also turn out to be much worse than most realize as it will be unlike anything we have witnessed in the past.”

8. Pandemic Potential Seen in Gene Changes of Bird Flu : “Genetic variations in the deadly bird flu virus circulating in China increase the potential for a pandemic strain to emerge, researchers in Shanghai said.”

9. Our national power grid lacks physical security : “Our power grid is at risk. There are only around 2,000 very large transformers supporting the United States’ three electrical networks. These transformers can weigh upwards of 500,000 pounds and take weeks, even months, to replace when damaged.”

10. US at High Risk of Power-Grid Terrorism : “The United States remains vulnerable to a terrorist attack that could cripple its power grid and throw the nation into chaos, says Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.”

Comments

  1. Just wanted to take a moment and reassure drought stricken California that help is on the way. The great Oz of Dc will be making a visit today, bringing several cases of government water. ($120.00 a case) and while there he will sign a historic executive order banning all further droughts in california. Go ahead and turn your sprinklers back on.

    • I was wondering what good he thought he was going to do there.

      Did you see that #1 sidekick Holder is planning to resign this year? Here’s to Hope and Change!

    • Fox just aired a piece on Fresno County, home of tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, onions wheat, beef, almonds, soybeans.The funds he is supposedly proposing may help a few save their farms……….all the farm workers have been or are being laid off. The slippery slope has been going on for a while. Feinstein, Pelosi, Boxer and Company took the opportunity to save the Delta Smelt over all the farmers in 2008 putting a lot of them out of business then by cutting off water, now this…

  2. My honey is provided by Amish or Mennonite. I have a stock so haven’t noticed any increase, yet. I try to get a quart jar every 6 months.

  3. 1. behive thefts?? Wow, that must take a little planning to avoid being bitten by 100s or 1000s of bees! :)
    2. I suspect there’s some truth to Amer’s being unwilling to do some kinds of work. A former walmart mgr told me of a customer complaining about a non-english speaking immigrant cleaning the bathroom, & he had to explain to her that they’d tried to find an english-speaking person but no one was willing to clean their bathrooms. How many US citizens are willing to pick field produce for very low pay and/or in bad weather?

    • If we have the collapse some say is on the way , a lot of people will be willing to do a lot of things they never would have before!!!

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Believe me, if they got a little hungry they would be willing to clean bathrooms. I cleaned bathrooms at a truck stop I worked at when I was young. Welfare, long-term unemployment bennies, SNAP, and all this other crap are what is discouraging Americans from doing anything. Who wants to clean bathrooms, or anything else for that matter, when the gov’t will pay you to sit on your arse and reward you even more for having kids?

      The Free-Shat Army then votes for the Democrats, and the Republicans import illegals to do their work. FSA increases, illegal immigrants increase, the tax-paying citizen gets screwed. America is fundamentally changed for the worse.

      Here’s my solution:
      1. Unemployment benefits for 6 mo.
      2. SNAP benefits for 1 yr.
      3. After 2 children on welfare, voluntary sterilization or no more benefits
      4. Anyone drawing benefits required to work picking up litter on public roads, keeping public areas clean, routine maintenance on public housing such as mowing, cutting, etc.
      5. No voting while on public assistance(no one should be able to vote themselves benefits from the public treasury)
      6. Drug tests to obtain assistance

      I’m willing to bet that Wal-Mart cleaning job would look mighty good to some Americans. I know this sounds harsh, but we are all going down the toilet if something drastic isn’t done in this country soon. Very soon. And importing more illegal aliens is not the solution, it’s a big part of the problem.

      • RoR:

        Not sure if you could get #3 through the courts, but you could stop increasing benefits for more than 2 children. Drop the tax advantage of more than 2. Make Earned income credit to where it can not exceed what you paid in (ie. pay $1,000 in taxes yet get a $3,500 return).

        #1 & 2: I have always liked limiting the term of assistance. Plus no reinstatement of benefits without a work history twice as long as the term for benefits. Then limit the number of times you can get them period.

        Right now the system, as I understand it, ENCOURAGES people getting assistance to:
        A. Be single.
        B. Have multiple dependents.

        #6. Yes, and it’s starting. If I have to test to work, you should have to test to get benefits.

        #5. This I have a problem with. I understand the purpose behind it – voting to take money from others and spend it on yourself. I feel that way about property taxes. But, I don’t like someone being denied the basic right of being a citizen (note the difference). I even think that convicted felons, after completing their sentence (not prole) should be given their SUSPENDED rights back (or we need to admit our system doesn’t work and fit it).

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Aristotle and De Tocqueville both recognized the greatest weakness of democracy was giving people the right to vote themselves benefits from the public treasury. Once that happens, all democracies fail. Our founding fathers were well aware of this, and set up checks and balances to keep this from happening.

          The system has now been breached. No right is absolute, including the right to vote. The founders allowed individual states to set parameters for voting qualifications. I do not agree with all of them, obviously, but keeping the public purse from becoming a payoff for votes was one I firmly believe. That’s the system we have right now, it’s flawed, thus we are in this mess.

          We’re not going to get out of this mess by doing what we’ve been doing. If you can see any other way out of this mess, I’m certainly open to it. Otherwise, we are heading toward total disaster, with deficits hitting the $30 trillion mark in a few short years. And nothing on the horizon to stop the bleeding.

          • I can see a way out of this mess but no one will like even the mention of it and while I hope the .gov doesn’t think like I do it wouldn’t surprise me to find there is a contingency plan for this. Reduce the excess population (non-productive takers) by either the Cap’n Trips method or by taking lessons from Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot.

          • I agree with 1 through 6 above, BUT ,I would add an addition to #5- ANY raises or changes in benefits for ANY elected official can ONLY be made through ballot referendum. NO ONE in public office should EVER vote themselves a raise, EVER. This is what De Tocqueville warned of as well.

      • Was it the old 76 that was on stateline years ago?

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Almost missed that question, Bctruck. No, it was Mac’s Truck Stop in Magnolia, Ar., 1969-1971.

      • Rider of Rohan

        “Who wants to clean bathrooms, or anything else for that matter, when the gov’t will pay you to sit on your arse and reward you even more for having kids?”

        Well said and true…

      • Rider, when I become queen, I shall immediately nominate you as head of HHS.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          And I shall just as quickly abolish it, getting rid of my job in the process. I had better do it quick, or I might get like most of the rest of them in DC. Corrupted and entitled.

    • RedC,

      Hive theft would take place at night. Bees don’t fly at night because they do not see in the visible light spectrum like we do. They see in the ultra violet (UV) spectrum. At night there is no UV lighting their surroundings.

      Some bee keepers will move their hives from place to place when there is little rain fall. The hives will remain in a location for a couple of weeks then get moved again. All the moving takes place at night.

      Side note. Why do bees pick one flower but not another to get nectar? When viewed under UV light there appears a pattern on some flowers but not all. The bees go to the ones with the patterns.

    • When I was a kid we picked strawberries, raspberries and green beans to earn money for school or whatever. Kids wouldn’t do that today. Maybe they should.

    • You know thefts of firewood is the thing now??

  4. Hunker-Down says:

    #2. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue is looking for willing slaves.

    #5. Congratulations to the gun owners of the state of Connecticut. Is this the start of the push-back we need?

    #6. If legal CC is not allowed in parks, parks will be attractive to the crazies. Expect mass killings there.

    #7. Economic collapse. I agree with the authors position. However I think the peak oil problem will take several years to play out. I think the dorks at the federal reserve will push us into hyperinflation before we begin to feel a tight oil squeeze. If the author had his money where his mouth is, he wouldn’t accept dollars as payment for his articles; he would want X quarts of oil or P.M.’s.

    #9-10. National power Grid: Quote, “Without access to the locked power substation and without the equipment or resources to pursue the shooters, the police left the scene.”
    The word ‘janitor’ comes to mind. Duncan Donuts is a more attractive scene, they are never without the equipment to go there.

    .

  5. I have long thought since I was a kid, that we have no security of our power grid, sub-stations are an easy target. but then again so are our water supply…
    Bee hive thefts? wow, that takes guts, and a lot of stupidity.
    As to filming police, If you do it you have to make sure they do not know or you are setting your self up for a huge case of butt kicking….
    #2 to is partially a crock, we do not need illegals coming in to do the lowest jobs, we have to stop giving so much stuff to those who just take, with no means testing, low-life’s will take every program out there and twice if they can, so why should they work?

    • do you really want that sort ‘cleaning’ anything? there was, and may still be, a move to have welfarites give back by doing such things as helping invalids in their homes. this probably worked out well for many but a blind and disabled friend of ours found that his belongings were disappearing and his checkbook ravished.
      the ‘helper’ was supposed to make out checks to utilities, et cetera, for him to sign. she was liberally making out checks to herself, also. took a long time to find out because he was blind.
      my own daughter is disabled by disease and has received some food stamps, although these are now in jeopardy. she has been deemed able-bodied in spite of letters from her doctors and a positive review at the welfare office last month.
      we will try to reinstate them as her medicine is expensive and she cannot hold down a job.
      employers will not pay you to faint and lie unconscious on the floor. how strange.
      i do not think my ill daughter needs to supply the welfare dep’t. with urine to prove anything. it is an insult to the disabled to suggest it.
      besides, with the reputation of bureaucracy for making messes they would mix up her results with those of some drug addict and she would be labeled for life. no thanks.
      if benefits were denied to the unworthy the crime rate would probably increase since they will steal to eat.
      benefits seem to be a sop to put a cap on crime in many instances, it seems;
      as in the mess in a southern walmart when the food stamps suffered a glitch not long ago, we might see much worse if the flow were to be suddenly stopped.
      only God can save us.

  6. I’m not excited about an increase in honey prices. We have hardly used any for the last couple of years, now I’m down 3 gallons Plus we are increasing our storage room. Last August is the time for my local “grower” when he is bringing in the new crop. Guess I’ll just have to plan ahead.

  7. #3 A rehash of the article about the same incident posted on the Miscellany of February 5th.

  8. If we shut the border and ‘encouraged’ illegals to leave by refusing them government services, the reduced supply of unskilled labor would drive up wages at the bottom end.

    No need for a higher minimum wage. Just reduce the number of people competing with Americans and legal immigrants and wages will go up.

    The Republicans are apparently too stupid to frame the issue that way, but they should: it would get them a lot of votes from low wage Americans. And it would be the right thing to do.

    Republicans: The Party of Stupid.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Yep, either stupid, or maybe they secretly like having all that cheap labor. That’s the more likely case, or they would easily see the things you just pointed out. More like Party of Lazy(and not all Republicans are lazy or stupid by any means, just many of those in power).

      • Hi Rider, you are definitely correct about the Chamber of Commerce types: They want cheap labor and they don’t care what the effect of getting might be on the country. All they want is to keep their labor costs down. Tough beans.

        They are the ones demanding amnesty for people who’s presence here shows they don’t respect our laws.

        I’d like to have them explain to me exactly why they think we are so short on law breakers already that we need to import more. And let them vote.

        Immigrants historically vote Democratic. Exactly why would a Republican think we are so short on Democrats that we need more?

        Republicans think that compromising is about giving the Dems some of what they want, instead of making the Dems give up something they already have…like the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Energy, and Housing & Urban Development, instead of six or eight departments.

        That would be a compromise I could respect.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Good Lord, Penrod, run for something, I would love the pleasure of getting to vote for you. Not that you would win, mind you, but being right ought to count for something.

          Your words should be required reading for every Republican. I haven’t seen so much said with so few words in many a year. I tip my hat to you, sir. That was brilliant.

          • Thanks!

            I think if I tried running here that I might be chased through the mountains by villagers with pitchforks, sickles, and torches.

            Altho I do have a fantasy about running for US Rep or Senator on a platform of having Hawaii thrown out of the Union. I know there are people here who would like that particular promise.

    • +100

      • penrod right!
        i know some whose jobs were literally taken by illegals under the aegis of the company who got rid of the american workers.
        someone at immigration is paid to call ahead to warn of an inspection.
        the illegals who were told that their papers were not up to par by immigration inspectors were told by the plant manager to ‘get better papers’.
        [i do feel sorry for the illegals. they must live under great stress and of course do not wish to return to poverty in their own lands. it is understandable .]
        the lady who told me this, and her husband, as well as many others lost their jobs. they had all lived a comfortable, not extravagant, working class life and the town had been fairly prosperous.
        bringing in the illegals upset the apple cart and things are not looking up for their area.

  9. 1 – not just hive thefts. The farmers around here have seen people stealing grain – mostly wheat from fields.

    2 – The COC just wants to advance the amnesty plans of the POTUS; they sold out the american people years ago.

    5 – Good for them. Look what happened in Canada, the federal government ordered the records of the long gun registry destroyed and it appears that the RCMP didn’t follow through with that order they kept an illegal copy. Last summer when there was flooding in High River Alberta the RCMP sealed off the town after the evacuation and then broke into homes and rounded up long guns (so criminals couldn’t find them). The fall out from that incident was that it turned out they had a copy of the registry and used it to confiscate the firearms. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/06/29/matt-gurney-high-river-citizens-right-to-be-suspicious-as-rcmp-changes-story-over-removal-of-guns/

    So even if a registry is later scrapped there is no guarantee that someone on the left won’t keep a copy so they can use it for there own purposes later on.

  10. PGCPrepper says:

    7) Spot silver was up over 5% today from the 20.43 open a few minutes ago if anyone watches closely. $1.02 would be 5%. Just nice to see it bounce a bit.

    Chartists and traders would say it broke out of the bottom but that really depends on volume at EOD, follow through, etc. Fundamentalists don’t care much, they just buy and hold unless maybe they double their money; then some might become chartists then :-)

    Someone must have mentioned the word inflation out there somewhere.

    • Could be the warnings that we don’t really have much, if anything, left at that fort in KY. And the warnings that China has been sucking up that metal. And the warnings that petrodollar going away. Add a lot of non-trust in the powers that be.

      • ozhillbilly says:

        Mari. Saw a story on TV a couple of years ago about the gold in Fort Knox. I can’t remember the show but it’s a fairly regular thing on one of the cable channels. Maybe one of the Pack also saw it and can remind me? Anyway, these folks went down to Fort Knox and interviewed the locals. I don’t remember if they were able to interview actual employees of Fort Knox but did interview close friends and family members. The impression I got from this story was there is not and has not been any gold there for some time. Thoughts on the Pack members?

        • ozhillbilly, I think one of the shows was America’s Book of Secrets. There were pieces before that. Articles in financial media imply that the gov has been getting rid of the metal since o/a mid fifties, and the gov’s own charts show that we’ve been exporting double what we import. Various tidbits of info lead me to think much of it that was left went into Fed Reserve vaults in NYC. Can’t recall if it was last year or the year before, but Germany demanded that it move its metal from vaults that were housed next door to our vaults in NYC and that the Fed went ballistic. Made a deal with Germany that Germany wait 7 years for the bulk. Several countries store their gold in NYC, and they’ve been making moves to repatriate it. Does the Fed have sticky fingers? Prove it. Even Congress has been unsuccessful in forcing an audit.

  11. I don’t know. I just may be a low minded suspicious type (which I am), but I smell a false flag opportunity in these potential “terrorist” attacks against the power grid; a real high potential. If I were the Dear Leader, I’d be smacking my lips at the thought of taking down the grid here and there as a means to institute more draconian measures. Of course, the gullible sheeple would believe anything the goobermint put out.

    To paraphrase and put into a better light a quote by Joseph Goebbels. The more outrageous the lie by the government, the more likely people will believe it because they won’t believe the government wouldn’t make such a statement unless it were true.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      I hope it was a Navy Seal graduation class exercise. It proves their competence and will MAYBE wake up the sheeple regarding the unsecured grid. If it was anyone else, we have a problem.

  12. Not to be a jerk but there is a gun show this weekend if anyone would like something I would be happy to pick it up, I will check back later.

    • ozhillbilly says:

      Ronald, curious about ammo prices in your area? The last I checked with the china mart (this week) I frequent their .223/5.56 stuff was sixty some bucks for 120 rounds. I did the math and it was about 55 cents a round. Wasn’t it just a little over a year ago we could buy it all day long for 30 cents a round? I can’t tell you the last time I saw a box of .22 LR at this store. It’s been well over a year. I think the employees have first shot at it and are buying it all up. I did see a brick for sale at our last gun show for $60.00. Guess if we can buy it for that these days it might be a bargain?

      • I’ll check ozhillbilly I don’t have any .223 anymore but I’m willing to buy some,.22 lr is around 14.00$ for stingers a box of 5o, I really don’t know offhand. Did you see yesterday that gov. put in another order for 75 million rounds, I can’t imagine why, I’ll check it out and get back to you tomarrow.

        • ozhillbilly says:

          Since I posted last I’ve been investigating myself. I quizzed my sister who is a toy department manager at a local Wal-Mart. I asked if the employees had first chance at the ammo inventory. She said it’s Wal-Mart’s policy that purchases by employees can only be made after the product has been stocked on the shelves and available to regular customers for 24 hours. In other words, they cannot take it literally off the truck and buy it themselves. She’s a straight shooter so I believe her. Now . . . just because she says it doesn’t mean there aren’t folks out there that aren’t playing by the rules. I haven’t found a box of .22 caliber ammo on a store shelf for over a year now.

          I have also discovered that there are a couple of sites on the internet that will help you track the availability and prices of all calibers of ammo. One is wikiarms.com and the other is armsbot.com.

          Hope this info is helpful to everyone.

          • Rider of Rohan says:

            After more than a year of nothing, we are finally starting to get .22 lr back on shelves around town, ozhillbilly. I bought 3 boxes at Wal-Mart earlier this week, 2 more boxes at a local sporting goods store yesterday, and a box of 300 at a gun shop today. So I’ve picked up 550 rds. this week, though it was a little pricey at $51.00 total.

          • oz,
            harry flaSHMAN AR SELF SUFFICIENT MOUNTAIN LIVING SAYS THE WALMART PERSON IN HIS AREA HIDES AMMO UNDER THE COUNTER AND SAVES IT FOR FRIENDS AND KIN. THIS COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE. sorry about the caps i am not a typist.

            • Just got back from the show got 1050 rd.s rem. golden bullet (2 boxes) 48.00 $ a box, Went all the way thru the show then went back to the beginning and they were sold out (except 2 boxes) which I bought-223 was around 60.00 federal 62 grain 150 rd.s seemed to be a lot of it-won’t be able to check on shipping till Monday. To Ozhillbilly.

  13. #2. A friend of mine used to be a line leader at the local chicken processing plant. When she needed someone on her line she would be given a list of names to choose from. She always chose the Vietnamese or Hispanics first. 2nd would be white men, 3rd would be black men, 4th black women and lastly would be white women. She said that white women were the worst to get them to work in a factory like that and she was a white woman.

    As far as limits on welfare or snap benefits goes it varies from state to state. I agree that there should be limits on benefits. When Reagan was president I had a friend who had to work at the local office 20 hours a week so that she could get her benefits. I do believe that they have stopped that now. Some states have limits on the # of children that they will pay for. I know of one women who reached her max limit here in GA and she moved to KS who does not have a max limit.

    • here in ohio it is 20 hours per week for able bodied. one of the ‘reasons’ for not working is ‘if you are pregnant’.
      i think this encourages illegitimacy. it is supremely stupid.

  14. !. the first thing in my mind when I read this , was a couple of not to bright teenagers running down a field flailing their arms , with a black and yellow cloud close behind lol .

  15. In keeping with my new political philosophy of “Fire Them All!”, I thought I’d share this petition to fire the Speaker of the House, John Boehner.

    http://www.firethespeaker.com/tpp/e0214

    If you don’t want email follow ups be sure to untick the Keep me informed box just above the blue Sign bar. And, yeah, it probably won’t accomplish anything but get you on a list somewhere or other but think of it as spitting in Boehner’s eye.