Apple v US Government

I am on the side of Apple here.

Here’s what people don’t get. Programming is pro-active. It takes time and creativity. It’s creative. Programming something brand new is inventive.

Having the Federal Government knock on your door and require you to invent something is not only bizarre but wrong on many levels. This sentence from the Wall Street Journal really should be the end of the debate.

If the government can compel a manufacturer to invent intellectual property that does not exist in order to invade its own lawful products, then there is no limiting legal principle.

If the government wants back doors into all devices, then Congress needs to make a law requiring it. There is no such law right now and Apple’s decision not to invent, is well within it’s rights.
Any argument on the emotion of the situation fails. What about the parents of those folks killed? What about the terrorism? What about secret cells out there?
These are legitimate concerns for many people. So call your congressperson and have them make a law if you want one. ps….I don’t care what Apple does for China. We’re not China. pps I don’t care that “Apple will lose business!”. That’s their problem. I don’t care if they are unpatriotic. They have that right.

Go Apple!!

An Epiphany

Last night at Liberty on the Rocks, Flatirons we heard Mayor Mike Dunafon speak. I heard him on the radio a few weeks ago. His style is rough around the edges and there were a few things I disagreed with him on (sadly, I can’t remember and don’t have time for hard research right now).

Anyway, back to the epiphany. I don’t care. His first impulse, his very first impulse on all problems municipal, state, federal is NOT to make another law.
And that is enough.
From his page (the bold is mine)

Mike understands that the intellectual elites running the Democrats want to control your decisions because they know better than you, what is best for you and your family. Mike fundamentally rejects this idea and big government categorically, and believes that we need to reverse our current path toward socialism, by creating more liberty and less government.

On the other side of the spectrum, Mike also rejects the imposition of religious intolerance by segments within the Republican Party, specifically on the social issues of abortion and gay marriage. These matters can only be resolved by adopting public policy choices that promote liberty. Because his worldview puts liberty first, he supports gay marriage, and although he thinks abortion is terrible and should never be used for birth control, he is nonetheless firmly pro-choice.

Click here to like his Facebook page and maybe we can get a new governor.

Links today

1) Just because you have secret leaked documents that when published will screw up yet another relationship with an ally in the east, should you publish it?

………..according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post.

2) Reason number 867,345 why we’re heading downhill. I suspect these numbers, where in people want the government to come in and fix a complaint they have with a company no one really needs to do business with, yet they continue to even though prices go up year after year after year, are an indicator of where “business” stands. (from the Denver post today)Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 6.26.49 AM

3) Speaking of Colorado……apparently a good Democrat seems to think that ski resort areas should get an exemption from the individual mandate because plans are “too expensive” there. You can’t make this stuff up.

4) David Harsanyi, rooting for an Obamacare failure, because, he’s a good American.

My hope is that Obamacare– not to mention, numerous other initiatives supported by the president — fails for a whole host of reasons. And not only do I have my fingers crossed that Obamacare fails in the way that most policy fails us, but I hope it fails so hard that any residual perception among voters that any part of it was prudent policy is completely eliminated. Anything less may mean that a substantial enough block of Americans will continue to operate under the false impression that top-down technocratic control of their decisions is a good idea. And that, would be a genuine failure.

5) The credibility factor. It can disappear no matter who you are and what title you have. With the Saudis:

The Saudi king, who supported Syria’s anti-Assad rebels early, before Islamic jihadists polluted the coalition, watched Mr. Obama’s red line over Assad’s use of chemical weapons disappear into an about-face deal with Vladimir Putin. The next time King Abdullah looked up, Mr. Obama was hanging the Saudis out to dry yet again by phoning up Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani, Assad’s primary banker and armorer, to chase a deal on nuclear weapons. Within days, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar, let it be known that the Saudis intend to distance themselves from the U.S.

And with Americans:

Then there is Mr. Obama’s bond with the American people, which is diminishing with the failed rollout of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is the central processing unit of the Obama presidency’s belief system. Now the believers are wondering why the administration suppressed knowledge of the huge program’s problems when hundreds of tech workers for the project had to know this mess would happen Oct. 1.

Rather than level with the public, the government’s most senior health-care official, Kathleen Sebelius, spent days spewing ludicrous and incredible happy talk about the failure, while refusing to provide basic information about its cause.

6) Speaking of credibility, Mary Katherine Ham posts many of those “feel good” messages that we’ve been sent.

7) Fred Upton on Obamacare:

“We tried to flag this problem early on,” says Representative Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care.

“We tried to ask the tough questions — were they going to be ready or not? Their answer was: ‘Oh, absolutely! We can hardly wait.’ And now, as a consequence, millions of people have been told: ‘Your policy is over. Good luck.’”

Upton says the consequences are going to provoke anger among millions of Americans who are beginning to learn what Obamacare means for them. As that puts the heat on congressional Democrats, it will be interesting to see if Republicans in the House will continue to defend their constitutional prerogatives — so far usurped routinely by Obama.

8) One more from National Review’s Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt. He’s a supersmart guy, so why is he asking this question (in bold)?

Is it possible that most Congressional Democrats don’t know about the death spiral? Or that they don’t really understand the death spiral? Or that they somehow don’t believe in it? Are they convinced you can add a lot of sick, elderly people requiring expensive care to existing insurance plans, and the insurance companies won’t suddenly need a lot more money? The insurance companies will raise premiums on their healthy customers, who will in some cases drop coverage, which will exacerbate the financial pressure . . . and the cycle continues until way too few healthy people are paying for the care of way too many sick people, and the insurance company goes under.

Is it that most Democrats just think health-insurance companies have access to Uncle Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin and can always find more money from somewhere when they need it?

Yes. They ALWAYS think that. And we ALWAYS pay up. Whether in real money or “owed” money, we pay.
Here’s the scenario as we go into the “death spiral”.
Who’s fault will it be? BIG business. Why? Because they need profffffiittttt. Evil profit. AND they pay their executive big bucks. Who hates insurance companies? We all do. Louder please. When these companies start raising their prices it will be because of their greed, and NOT because of Democrat idiocy. Just you wait. Mark my words. (I think I’ll a start a new category so I can find these in the future.) Insurance companies will be further demonized, the government (I’m assuming a Hillary win here) will move directly into universal care. Just hope you don’t get on the list for $100. (ht Maggie’s farm)

The World I’m a Little Afraid of

So in talking with a friend the other day, I heard some scary stuff about what’s going on. Rumors mostly. Reliable? Who knows, but believable based on everything around us.

Including crap like this:

The federal government is studying how to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people.

I completely agree with Jeff here:

I think then end game of disarming those who show a “propensity toward depression” is precisely the reason for such a federal study in the first place.

How can I think that? Because of stories like this:

Three years ago this month, thanks mostly to poorly written laws and a vindictive judge, I turned 27 while incarcerated in Mid-State Correctional Facility in Fort Dix, New Jersey.

I got sentenced to seven years in prison for legally owning guns. I had purchased them in Colorado and brought them with me to New Jersey, home to some of the harshest gun laws in the country, where I moved to be closer to my young son. I complied with all of the regulations, but one day the police searched my car and charged me with unlawful possession of a weapon—even though my handguns were locked, unloaded, and in my trunk. The court said it was on me to prove that I wasn’t breaking any laws, which obviously was very difficult. When Reason magazine covered my case, it wrote, “Even the jurors who convicted him seem to have been looking for a reason to acquit him. But the judge gave them little choice.”

ht Maggie’s Farm

I have a hard time believing this “whole thing” is well organized, only that the boundaries of control keep getting inched further and further to more and more control. Should depressed people be armed? Probably not all of them. But is the way to fix that to find them on twitter? I don’t know, but I don’t like it. It’s too easy to label people as paranoid, or depressed or delusional based on simple questions asked regarding the control that is going on.
Is all this because I’m old and don’t trust technology or because there really are freedoms being removed one by one? I’m leaning toward the latter.

The Colorado Re-call(s)

The Governor seems to think those “outside influences” worked to mess with people’s heads here in CO to where we just voted in protest of Bloomberg.

I believe differently.

Tonight at Millers Grille you can hear the guy who kicked off the re-calls in his own words.
Liberty on the Rocks!

Keith Coniglio, Luke Wagner, and Nick Andrasik from The Basic Freedom Defense Fund and the Recall John Morse campaign will share the stage with Victor Head from Pueblo Freedom and Rights and the Recall Angela Giron campaign.

Victor Head is our Special Guest at Miller’s Bar & Grille. In the days of multi-million dollar campaigns that protect and shield politicians from the consequences of their votes, it is refreshing that one (formerly non-political) man and his family can stand up and do the right thing. Victor Head, the Colorado Native and Plumber took down Angela Giron, who won her district by 10pts but refused to listen to constituents and voted for poorly-written and dangerous laws. Be active, get involved, or donate – but come enjoy a night of inspiration with like-minded folks!

Liberty On The Rocks – Flatirons
Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Ah Yes, We all don’t care about DC because….DC.

So in the midst of massive flooding around here, my own heart continued to cause me grief, and I got some major dental work done, and my re-do of part of my house got delayed as I continued to live in about 400 sq feet. Whoa, whoa is me. No one paying attention.

To further redirect attention, a friend got interviewed for a brand new job, two other friends were traveling, and more than a few others were dealing with flooded out homes/businesses and evacuation. Oh – and let’s not forget Syria and our coming WW III with an incompetent CinC and a 911 anniversary. Then the DC shooting occurred.

And now, I hear that we out here feel that if it happens in DC, well, we just don’t care because they are just a bunch of politicos there. Not real people.

When 12 people are massacred in Washington, it’s not people dying in Real America. The rest of the nation does not stand “D.C. Strong.” Profile pictures do not become ribbons. Phones do not ring off the hook, just to be sure we’re doing OK. After Hurricane Katrina, everyone who ever sucked down a drink on Bourbon Street claimed the Big Easy as their home. Likewise, after the marathon bombing in Boston.

When 12 people are massacred in This Town, our nation shrugs collectively and offers justifications for its apathy that all translate to: “There’s a viable reason we don’t care too much.”

I despise this writer already and she’s getting a lot of play. Why? Because she hits too close to home? No. Do I not care about the DC shootings? I do care. I care that those 12 people have died. I care that a Navy yard full of well trained personnel were required by law to not carry weapons there. And I care that the lies are mounting about “yet another shooting” to be blamed on guns vs antidepressants.
[tangent – to fix my heart, or rather to shut me up and make me go away, giving me an antidepressant was my GPs first response to my complaint. ]
[tangent 2 – I am not depressed]
I also care that those on TV actually make things up during interviews to advance their agendas. Oh – let’s not forget the story of the AR15.

I care that the Federal Government’s performance of background checks suck, yet they want to be in control of even more background checks and in all other parts of our lives.

This chick is complaining because “the people” don’t care about DC, yet if one reviews her history of blogging she cares about nothing except herself, her friends, and abortion. Nothing written about any of the many, many, many outrages occurring just in the last year. Herself, her friends, and abortion. She’s embarrassed about her own reaction to the DC shooting and is accusing the rest of us of feeling as she does.

Yeah – I don’t like her.
Ps – this guy has a way with words
PPS – I am just fine, and deserve no concern, so move on to other things. No matter how much I should have been getting everyone’s full attention if the whole rest of the world hadn’t been getting in the way – like it does every day!

Gun Free Zones

After yesterday’s horrendous tragedy in DC and another round of blaming the gun vs the video game (see what I did there?), I was curious about the location.
Breitbart news gives me the scoop today.

According to a Washington Times editorial written days after the Nov. 5, 2009 attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, one of Clinton’s “first acts upon taking office… was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases.”

Ah. That explains it.

The Colorado Recall

I do love this story and how it was just a citizen who had had enough who started the recall rolling. Why? Because his elected representative decided he wasn’t worth listening to.

What so got under Head’s skin, the sense that his representative wasn’t listening to him, added fuel to the recalls more broadly. Morse turned away people who wanted to testify on the measures in the Senate. It was a notable act of high-handedness in a body that, as Dave Kopel of the Colorado-based Independence Institute points out, usually has limitless patience for citizen input.