Poll: Majority Think Government a Threat to Freedom

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.


Dallas Sign Ordinance Challenged by Lawsuit

I brought up the injustice of the city of Dallas’ small business sign ban, championed by Councilman Dwaine Caraway, last year in my feature on Nanny State Dallas in D Magazine.

The city’s justification for this intrusive, anti-First Amendment law was that it prevented robberies, and it controlled blight. Which is brilliant government thinking. After all, business owners have no incentive to want to prevent robberies at their own stores, and nothing ends blight like having businesses go out of business when they can’t advertise to their customers. 

Thankfully, the Institute for Justice has taken up the cause against the anti sign ordinance, and is suing the city of Dallas to have it overturned.

Yes, of course, you’re welcome.

Dallas Tea Party Takes on Whites-Only MSNBC


The Fix Is In: Toyota To Get Kangaroo Court

So whatever legitimate problems that Toyota models have, they’re about to get the union thug treatment, courtesy the majority owner of General Motors, also known as the Federal Government.

The U.S. House has issued its conclusions in advance of hearings – saying here’s the verdict, now let’s have the trial.

WASHINGTON — Leading Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Monday that Toyota relied on a flawed study in dismissing the notion that computer issues could be at fault for sticking accelerator pedals, and then made misleading statements about the repairs.

The comments, from Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the committee, and Bart Stupak, a subcommittee chairman, were made in an 11-page letter to James E. Lentz III, the president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. The letter was released Monday on the eve of the committee’s hearing on the Toyota recalls, one of three scheduled.

Kowtowing to union lobbyists, their own vested interest in GM outperforming Toyota, and the fact that Toyota has spent only $24.9 million lobbying versus GM’s $50 million over the last five years — it’s not hard to see why key members of the House committee would embark on a smear campaign. And I’m sorry, but that’s the only way to describe what you’re going to get when you issue your conclusions before you have hearings.

Here’s the best part — even if Toyota presents evidence that vindicates itself, and that shows they were targeted for a public tarring despite the fact that other manufacturers have as many as 10 times as many safety complaints — they won’t be able to do jack or squat about it.

The damage to their reputation among buyers will be done.

Why no recourse? Sovereign immunity.

Seriously — I know American history inside and out, and we’re approaching a level of federal corruption and crony capitalism that eclipses anything short of Tammany Hall. No, this is worse. Boss Tweed was a piker compared to this lot.

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. -P.J. O’Rourke

The Party of No Has Too Many Saying Yes, Please

zodiac-pig-picIf Dallas people want a streetcar, we should pay for it. We shouldn’t stick our nose in the troth trough and ask the rest of America to support our pet projects. Thanks, Pete. You have a little slop on your collar, there.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, led by Texas Representative Pete Sessions, released a video montage of clips edited to show a series of news anchors and commentators asking “Where are the jobs?”

Sessions, who called the stimulus “a massive spending binge by the Democrat-controlled Congress,” wrote LaHood three times last September and October. Sessions promoted four projects, including a Dallas streetcar line he said “will create jobs in the region and improve the quality of life for North Texans.” The project got $23 million.

Sessions, in an e-mail, called the stimulus an “abject failure” and said he’d vote against it again if he could.

The lawmaker said his objections don’t keep him “from asking federal agencies for their full consideration of critical infrastructure and competitive grant projects for North Texas when asked to do so by my constituents.” Sessions has written agencies supporting six other grants, spokeswoman Emily Davis said.

Dallas Police: We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Warrant

Constitution, Schmonstitution. Dallas Police are counting on intimidation and ignorance to search people’s homes without a warrant.

Remember, kids — police without search warrants have the same limits as vampires; they can’t enter your home unless you invite them.

Do what Nancy Reagan says: Just Say No

Texas Challenges Scientific Illiterates Pushing Greenhouse Gas Rules

Dateline Dallas

(Reuters) – Texas and several national industry groups on Tuesday filed separate petitions in federal court challenging the government’s authority to regulate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Money quote:

Luke Metzger at Environment Texas. “Global warming is the greatest environmental threat facing Texas and the planet…”

Dateline London

Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995

Hitler on Climate Change


Dallas-Area Hooters Manager Busted by Hooters CEO

I never liked Hooters — bad wings, and if I want to see T&A I’ll go to The Lodge.

Now I have another reason not to go for lousy food and orange spandex — the fact the CEO didn’t fire this fat, clueless misogynist on the spot.

So Much for Nuance and Diversity, Huh?

There’s a world of difference between 1) saying there are still questions about everything that happened on and leading up to 9/11 — even 9/11 commissioners have said this, and discussed how various branches of government played CYA — and 2) saying 9/11 was a U.S. government plot.

However, partisan hacks and shallow-minded editorial writers, both looking for an easy way to dismiss anyone who has different ideas on other issues (what happened to valuing diversity?) either actively blur the distinction or they let the distinction get blurred.

I don’t think I’m going to form my opinion of someone based on one group trying to slap a buzzword label on them, especially when they categorically reject the label.

That’s my 2 cents.