Thursday, August 02, 2012

You like apples? How about these apples?

I love how the Left trots out the "Well if you hate 'X', then why are you 'Y' at 'Z'?" whenever they want to trot out their belief that it's hypocritical to support one business over another. The latest row is over Chick-fil-A and Dan Cathy's stand on supporting Same Sex Marriage. The Left is now trotting out the "Well if you (did|bought|used) (product X), when you went to Chick-fil-A, then you supported a company that supports SSM.

So I thought that I'd turn this around on them. Who is the most reviled person by the Left right now? Mitt Romney. What company did he run? Bain Capital. I think you see where this is going...

So Lefties: If you hate Bain Capital and Mitt Romney so much, I hope you never purchase goods and services from the following companies:


Accellent
HD Supply
Air Medical Group Holdings
Hero Investments
AMC Entertainment
Himadri
Applied Systems
Ideal Standard
ASIMCO
IMCD
Bellsystem24
International Market Centers
Bloomin' Brands
JinSheng International
Bombardier Recreational Products
Lilliput Kidswear
Brakes Group
MEI Group
Brenntag
Michaels
Bright Horizons
MYOB
Broder Bros., Co.
NXP
Burlington Coat Factory
Physio Control
Cerved
Quintiles
China Fire and Security Group, Inc.
Securitas Direct
Clear Channel Communications
Sensata Technologies
Contec
Sinomedia Holding Limited
CRC Health Group
SkillSoft
Cumulus Media
Skylark
D&M Holdings
Denon 
Marantz
McIntosh Laboratory
Digital Networks North America
Escient
ReplayTV
Rio (digital audio players)
Creative Technical Network (CTN)
Boston Acoustics
D&M Professional
Denon DJ
Snell Acoustics
D&M Premium Sound Solutions
Allen & Heath
The Speaker Company
SquareTrade
Domino's Pizza
SUNAC
Dunkin' Brands (Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin Robbins)
SunGard
Edcon
Suntel
EPOCH Holdings
TeamSystem
FCI
The Weather Channel
FleetCor
Toys "R" Us
GA PACK
Trinseo
GOME
Unisource
Guitar Center
Uniview
Gymboree
Warner Chilcott
Gymboree China
WorldPay
HCA

1-800-Dentist
ABILITY Network
Accelecare Wound Centers
AdReady
Ameritox
AppAssure Software
AppNeta
Appriss
Archer Technologies
blip.me 
blip.tv 
BloomReach
Bluestem Brands
Boston Heart Diagnostics
Bright Horizons
Brontes Technologies
BTI Systems 
BuyWithMe 
Celerion 
CentrePath 
Color Labs 
CQuotient 
DataSynapse 
DNA Games 
DoubleClick 
Dynamics 
dynaTrace software 
E5 Systems 
EcoSense 
EDGAR Online 
Enclarity 
Enservio 
Eschelon Telecom 
Experian Corporation 
eXperticity 
EyeTel Imaging 
Formation Systems
GameLogic 
Gartner Group 
HookLogic 
Humedica 
Imerica 
INRIX 
Integrated Circuit Systems
Invoke Solutions 
iPayTechnologies 
Jostens Learning 
Jott Networks 
Kiva Systems 
Lala 
Liazon 
Liberty Dialysis 
Linkable Networks 
LinkedIn 
LogicSource 
m-Qube 
MagazineRadar 
MAXM Systems 
MedeAnalytics 
Memento 
MinuteClinic 
MyEdu 
M|C Communications 
Nanosphere 
Network Intelligence 
Nomis Solutions 
Oyster.com 
PGOA Media 
Precision Therapeutics 
ProfitLogic 
Quanterix 
Rapid7 
Rave Mobile Safety 
Regulatory DataCorp 
Rent The Runway 
ScoreBig 
Servigistics 
Shopping.com 
SingleClick Systems 
Skyhook Wireless 
sneakpeeq 
SolarWinds 
Soleil Securities 
SquareTrade 
Stamped 
Staples 
Stream 
SurveyMonkey 
SynapDx 
Taleo 
TargetSpot 
TellApart 
Tengion 
Tennis Channel 
The Corner Pharmacy
The Learning Company 
The Princeton Review 
The Receivables Exchange 
TheFind 
Thor Technologies 
Thumbplay 
TokBox 
Total Attorneys 
Tracelytics 
TRAVELCLICK 
TxVia 
US LEC 
vAuto 
VMLogix 
VMTurbo 
Vonage 
Wharton Econometrics 
Work 'N Gear 
Zero Turnaround
Sealy
The Sports Authority
Burger King
Houghton-Mifflin
Warner Music Group

So I'm going to simply point my finger at the Left and say in the immortal words of Nelson Muntz, "HA HA."

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Some asshole named Stephen D. Foster at AddictingInfo.com posted a a list of things not to do if you hate taxes. I'll go over the 102 items one at a time:
So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following.

1. Do not use Medicare
2. Do not use Social Security
If I wasn't forced to pay, and could invest my own money for my retirement, I would. I'd rather put money into an IRA that I know will grow, and that nobody else can get to instead of the Ponzi scheme known as Social Security and the failure known as Medicare.
3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
The military is one of the only things authorized by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
911 is paid for by a mandatory fee (not a tax) on all telephone bills. If "911" wasn't there, you'd be dialing the 7-digit number to get police, fire, or EMS. Regarding police, they aren't responsible for stopping intruders. There's case law on that. They're responsible for investigating crime. There are 5 times as many volunteer firefighters in the US as there are paid firefighters. Those volunteer companies don't get any funding from taxes. They hold Bake Sales, Pancake Breakfasts, and other fundraisers for what they need.
8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
Post roads in the Constitution.
9. Do not use public restrooms.
10. Do not send your kids to public schools.
I don't. Both suck.
11. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.
Not a tax, a fee.
12. Do not live in areas with clean air.
13. Do not drink clean water.
I don't have clean air, even though we spend millions of dollars a year for state and local air boards.
What about people that have their own wells? They don't pay the government for clean water.
14. Do not visit National Parks.
The government should be out of the land business.
15. Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
Even at public museums, zoos, and monuments, you still have to pay admission, so I'm STILL paying for it.
16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.
The FDA is a scam to waste tax money. There have been plenty of good drugs not allowed by the FDA, and plenty of bad drugs approved.
17. Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds.
18. Do not walk or run on sidewalks.
19. Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts.
What about people that live in areas without these, such as outside of cities? I think most of these are nothing but a waste of money.
20. Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry.
None of the homeless shelters or CHARITIES in my area receive government funding, mainly because they're faith-based, and we all know how Liberals hate anything faith-based.
21. Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job.
22. Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children.
Another waste of money that should be taken care of by charitable organizations and not the government.
23. Do not use the judiciary system for any reason.
24. Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.
Constitutional.
25. Do not apply for any Pell Grants.
Public funding of education has resulted in a negative cost to benefit curve. The costs keep going up, and the quality keeps going down.
26. Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.
If there was profit in it, then private funding would flow freely.
27. Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.
If the FAA and TSA were out of airline regulation, it would be more technologically advanced, and you wouldn't have to be strip-searched everytime you wanted to go from one point to another by air.
28. Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.
The government was never really in the Space business. They were just the prime contractor, with thousands of subcontractors that actually did the job and made thengs happen.
29. Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.
30. Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.
31. Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.
There are enough private companies that forecast the weather that NOAA has become superfluous.
32. Do not apply for federal housing.
HUD is the first agency that I would get rid of, were I to become president. Federal housing=substandard housing.
33. Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.
100% bullshit. MIT, UCLA, and Stanford had everything to do with it, and the military, nothing.
34. Do not swim in clean rivers.
See #12/13
35. Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts.
What's the matter with your child taking a lunch to school?
36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
That's what insurance is for. If you don't have insurance, it's your own fault.
37. Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
See #3/4
38. Do not use your cell phone or home telephone.
Both developed entirely by private companies without government assistance. The Government forces its way in by adding taxes and fees in that shouldn't be there.
39. Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them.
100% bullshit. They were ALL developed by private individuals, THEN the government became interested in them.
40. Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.
Billions of dollars going through APHIS and USDA, and people still get sick and die from tainted produce and meat.
41. Do not apply for government grants to start your own business.
Most businesses were started without any government assistance. Two words: Solyndra and Fisker.
42. Do not apply to win a government contract.
Unless it's to support Constitutional functions.
43. Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies.
Were cars really that unsafe before 1966?
44. Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc…by the Consumer Protection Agency.
There isn't an agency by that name. Besides, were products that unsafe before 1972?
45. Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.
The banks pay for the FDIC insurance, not consumers.
46. Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.
47. Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college.
See #3/4
48. Do not apply for unemployment benefits.
See #1/2 - I'm forced to pay Unemployment Insurance.
49. Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy.
The Department of Energy was formed to reduce the US dependence on foreign oil. They've not only expanded their purview, but they've failed at their original mission.
50. Do not live in homes that are built to code.
Some homes are built without any kind of inspection, and do better than homes built "to code". "Code" is the bare minimum.
51. Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars.
Originally, politicians weren't paid. They shouldn't be paid at all.
52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…
See #5/6/7
53. Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.
Non sequitur.
54. Do not use public libraries.
What's wrong with buying books, music or movies?
55. Do not use the US Postal Service.
56. Do not visit the National Archives.
Constitutional
57. Do not visit Presidential Libraries.
Which are all privately funded.
58. Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.
FUCK THE TSA!
59. Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured.
See #45
60. Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado.
See #36
61. Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm. 62. Do not take walks in National Forests.
See #14. Government shouldn't be giving ANY money to farmers for ANYTHING.
63. Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company.
64. Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.
Oil companies don't get taxpayer dollars. See #41.
65. Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars.
If Medicare and Medicaid weren't shoved down the throats of hospitals, they wouldn't.
66. Do not use Medicaid.
67. Do not use WIC.
See #1/2, #21/22, and above.
68. Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam.
69. Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
I don't.
70. Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
None of the levees where I am were built by ACE.
71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
It's not the Coast Guard's job to save you from yourself.
72. Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.
It is the job of the government to protect its citizens.
73. Do not visit historic landmarks.
74. Do not visit fisheries.
75. Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List.
Government shouldn't be involved in any of the above.
76. Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.
If you don't have a vehicle that can get you to school or work in that kind of weather, MOVE!
77. Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
See #14
78. Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations.
OSHA is BS.
79. Do not use public transportation.
80. Do not drink water from public water fountains.
I don't.
81. Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.
Constitutional
82. Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles.
Government doesn't "keep all titles". It registers deeds and vehicle registrations for a fee.
83. Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets.
Just kill them all. That solves the problem.
84. Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards.
See #40
85. Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.
86. Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.
See #72
87. Do not apply for a patent when you invent something.
Constitutional
88. Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments.
Government shouldn't be in the adoption business. There are horror stories about children being stolen by CPS and adopted out through kangaroo courts.
89.Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators.
See #50 and #78
90. Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS.
USGS doesn't prospect.
91. Do not ask for energy assistance from the government.
See #49
92. Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.
Not really. There are plenty of countries where the taxes are lower and the standard of living is much better.
93. Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.
The state doesn't keep most beaches clean. The ones that it does are State Parks, and those require an entrance fee.
94. Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
95. Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
Both are Constitutional functions.
96. Do not attend a state university.
Why not? Tuition is the cost of going to a state university.
97. Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state.
Occupational licenses are a scheme to make the state money through fees.
98. Do not use any water from municipal water systems.
If I could drill my own well, I would.
99. Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house.
Most vaccines are commercially developed and produced.
100. Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits.
Non sequitur
101. Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.
Constitutional requirement
102. Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.
This one is 101% bullshit. All railroads are privately owned, and were privately built. The government has nothing to do with them. The government only got involved in rail transportation in 1976. Before that, the rail companies took care of it themselves.

This is why Liberals are complete fucking idiots. They understand nothing of how government and the economy actually work. That's why we have such a fucked up economy and government under Obama.

Friday, March 02, 2012

When does 20 = 42? (nerd alert)

When it's the amount of spectrum that's changing hands in the 700MHz D-Block/T-Band swap.

Congress passed, and Obama signed a bill allocating the 10MHz D-block to Public Safety in exchange for giving back the 470-512 TV Band that is allocated to LMR users in 13 metro areas. Okay, I'll admit that the whole T-band isn't in use across all 13 MSAs, but in many, like LA, it's close. In the Los Angeles MSA, they have 3 channels, or 18 MHz, 6 of which is specifically for Public Safety. The same thing for New York City. Miami, Houston and DFW have a single channel, and the others have 2 channels. The allocations are split up between PS and the Industrial/Business pool unless they're NOT specifically allocated to PS.

So here's my WTF moment: How are they going to cram all of the public safety users that are currently using their own radio systems onto a system that is using half the spectrum, and a system that isn't even on the drawing board, in only 10 years?

Here's some other random thoughts about why the band swap is a HORRIBLE idea:
  • Where are all of the non-PS incumbents going to go when the systems that they are currently on become illegal to use because their licenses have been "vacated".
  • What about all of the money that's already been spent on the development of radio systems in the T-Band, such as the LARICS project that the Channel 16 PS allocation was specifically set aside for?
  • What about all of the radios that are currently out on the street, in service, that would not normally see a replacement cycle until well past the 10 years?
  • What about the costs associated with essentially duplicating the current infrastructure, plus adding another 100% to 500% of equipment, depending on terrain and coverage, because the LASO deputy or the FDNY firefighter can't talk back to dispatch or the IC.


I'll post more in the future about this critical issue.

Some thoughts from around the web:

http://andrewseybold.com/2856-public-safety-broadband-2


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Warning: Nerdy Post

I'm a gadget whore. I love gadgets. I have 3 GPS devices and a laptop with GPS built in. I have 6 laptops, 3 of which I use on a regular basis. I have an iPad, and iPod (3 actually), and my current phone is an Android after having had Blackberries for the last 7 years. I have dozens of two-way radios of my own (lots for sale), and access to hundreds more in a pinch. I have wired and wireless headphones and headsets. I have a Bluetooth speakermic in the car to comply with California law.

I've got computer certifications like crazy, and I've had FCC licenses for more than 3/4 of my life.

So I'm pretty qualified to comment on what works and what doesn't when it comes to communications devices from both a consumer and techie standpoint.

Here's my take on the iPhone 5:
Ignore all the pundits out there that want all the changes. Remember this: Make it better, stronger, faster.

Better:
  • Increase the resolution on the screen. The Retina Display is fantastic, but if you can do better, than DO IT!
  • Make the battery life longer. I don't like having to keep a charging cable with me if I want more than 8 hours of life out of my Android.
  • Make the battery replaceable. People don't want to have to ship the unit back just to swap out a battery.

Stronger & Faster:

  • Make sure that all the 4G bands are included. This includes LTE and HSPA+. I don't like being left out because I'm not an AT&T, Verizon or Sprint customer, and all they have is 3G. My 4G HTC Sensation is faster than an iPhone 4, which only has 3G. 
  • Quad-Core Processor. The new Android devices are shipping with Quad-Core processors, so the iPhone 4S's Dual Core processor is behind the curve.
  • Make the iPhone more attractive to the Enterprise. The main reason that I had a Blackberry is because of the push email and the real keyboard. The main reason that I got rid of the BB is the lack of apps and the tiny screen. Both the iTunes Store and Android Market have thousands of apps, and the screen size on the iPhone and Android are at least 2x the BB's size, and 4x the resolution. All they need now is real push email. A real keyboard isn't all that necessary, as long as the buttons on the screen are big enough. 

What to leave alone:

  • Don't change the form factor. People have already bought cases and other accessories for their iPhone 4 series. They don't like spending another wad of money on the same thing over again, especially in this economy.

Hopefully, we'll see the iPhone 5 this year. I expect it to be released around October in order to take advantage of the holiday selling season.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Hi, I'm Smokey, and I'm a Brony.

I might as well admit it. I'm a Brony. Before you go and call me something you might regret, realize that I'm a huge fan of The Powerpuff Girls, SpongeBob Squarepants, and the animated stuff coming out of Williams Street. If you know me IRL, you know that I'm not what people think bronies might be. I haven't gone full cosplay, but I do have almost all the shows DVR'd, I have a MLP:FIM ringtone on my phone, and I wander through Equestria Daily and My Little Brony on a daily basis.

If you're a fan of the old school Warner Brothers cartoons, and vegged out watching the cartoons every Saturday morning, you'll enjoy MLP:FIM. The episodes actually have a point, and aren't there just to sell toys. There's enough pop culture sprinkled through to keep you guessing what's next.



That is all.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Virtual theft is a crime, too.

http://madisonian.net/2012/02/01/dutch-supreme-court-decides-virtual-theft-case/

"This is a virtual crime case that involved real violence used to obtain
virtual goods.  The victim was beaten and threatened with a (real)
knife, with the defendants demanding he hand over a virtual mask and a
virtual amulet within the online game Runescape.  So at the very least,
this was a case of criminal assault.  The only issue was whether the
crime amounted to theft, which hinged on whether or not the virtual
items could be classified, under Dutch law, as goods."

We've got a lot of ankle biters customers that play RS on the public machines. There haven't been any incidents of physical violence related to any MMO games in the System, but kids will be kids, and I can see that happening outside the buildings, such as at school or their usual "hangouts".

My thoughts: When virtual items are able to be bought and sold using real cash, the prime example being eBay, then virtual items should be treated the same as tangible goods.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A reading list for the Occupiers

Since most of the people in the Occupy movement have plenty of time on their hands when not sexually assaulting other occupiers, threatening members of the media, or throwing rocks and bottles at the police, I thought that I'd give them some books to read while they are eating their organic chicken ragout and beet & endive salads:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding - William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who
are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant
today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded
boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain
signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair
hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose
thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries
to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their
number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig
population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged
outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the
pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band
of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of
civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead
of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his
words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying
feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human
reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of
adolescent competition. --Jennifer Hubert

Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm
is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an
allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm
oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land,
all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime,
productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is
full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white
letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink
alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed
creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the
two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs,
who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence,
succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are
brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend
on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your
sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this
swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the
Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common
animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in
the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be,
but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart
workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the
glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is
bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917,
his pessimism has an air of prophecy. --Joyce Thompson


Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman - How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the
threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton
Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential
economic philosophy—one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a
device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for
political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well
over half a million copies in English, has been translated into eighteen
languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential
as time goes on. (From the inside flap of the 40th Anniversary edition.) Heck, anything by Milton Friedman should be required reading.

Gangster Government by David Freddoso
-

“GANGSTER GOVERNMENT”
Columnist Michael Barone invented the phrase.
President Obama has perfected the practice.


And in this new and stunning book, New York Times best-selling author David Freddoso (The Case Against Barack Obama)
provides the much-needed exposé of an administration that has brought
Chicago-style corruption and strong-arm politics to Washington, looking
to reward its friends (the unions, federal workers, and other liberal
interest groups) and punish its enemies (the private sector workers and
taxpayers who foot the bill for Obama¹s massive expansion of the federal
government).

In Gangster Government you'll learn, among other shocking revelations:
  • How
    the Obama administration has used “czars” and “recess appointments” to
    install powerful bureaucrats, some with extreme views and shady pasts,
    without congressional oversight
  • How the Obama administration ignored
    the Constitution and reversed 100 years of bankruptcy law to reward its
    friends (the United Autoworkers) in the GM and Chrysler bailout
  • Why even the pretense of “cutting costs” in Obamacare came second to rewarding the Democrat-supporting trial lawyers' lobby
  • Why,
    ignoring federal law, the Obama administration is trying to shield the
    TSA workers who search passengers at airports from private sector
    competition
  • How the trillion dollar "stimulus" was directed overwhelmingly at protecting government workers supported by the taxpayers
  • Why “green jobs” are all about shaking down the taxpayer for favored businesses—not about truly “sustainable” energy or jobs
  • How
    the Obama administration bullies private businesses and even state
    governments that don't cooperate with gangster government

Gangster Government
is a devastating and revealing look at the momentous first two years of
the Obama administration and its subversion of our Constitution and
laws. It casts a hard look at a president whose training on Chicago’s
political playground shines through every bent law and every broken
promise. (description from Amazon)

A Presidency in Peril by Robert Kuttner - When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, he had an unprecedented
chance to do what no other recent president could: seize the nation's
financial reins from the corporate elite and return them to the American
people. Progressives everywhere held out hope that their new leader
would take advantage of the economic crisis he stepped into and enact
bold policies that would evoke real financial reforms-putting Main
Street in front of Wall Street, at last. But that, writes Robert
Kuttner, is not the way things turned out. Instead, America's best
chance for radical financial reform turned into Wall Street's greatest
victory. Obama filled his administration with allies of financial elites
who were more interested in business as usual than in transformative
change. As a consequence, Main Street remained mired in deep recession.
Instead of being the instrument of economic renewal, Obama became the
target of economic frustration. In this hard-hitting, incisive
account, Kuttner shares his unique, insider view of how the Obama
administration not only missed its moment to turn our economy around-but
deepened Wall Street's risky grip on America's future. Carefully
constructing a one-year history of the problem, the players, and the
outcome, Kuttner gives readers an unparalleled account of the
president's first year.More importantly, though, Kuttner shows how we could-with swift, decisive action-still enact real reforms.This
is a book not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand exactly
how Wall Street won, and how Main Street can still fight back. (Description from Amazon)

Power Grab by Christopher Horner - Barack Obama’s “Green” Policies Start With Controlling Your Energy…and End With Your Life.

If
Obama and his “green” coalition get their way, we’re headed for
blackouts, skyrocketing energy prices designed to bankrupt disfavored
industries, and even greater government control of our economy. Obama’s
green jobs agenda masks a declaration of war against America’s most
reliable sources of energy—coal, oil, and natural gas. He seeks to shut
them down and convert America to green energy—mostly wind and solar—in
an irresponsible experiment that will guarantee an energy crisis and
drive America from recession to depression. The Obama administration,
working in collusion with green groups allegedly protecting the
environment, unions protecting their paychecks, and local elites
protecting their ocean views, is putting the special interests ahead of
your interests. In Power Grab, best-selling author Christopher C. Horner reveals,

  • How
    Obama is obsessed with “climate change” schemes at huge expense to our
    economy—even as the scientific case for global warming is collapsing.
  • How
    Obama is counting on the liberal courts to gain greater control over
    American industry How Obama’s “green jobs” policies are stripping jobs
    from America and sending them overseas.
  • How Obama’s policies, if enacted,
    will dramatically change your life—starting with your confidence that a
    flipped switch will provide light, that a faucet will flow with water,
    that your home will stay warm, and there’s gas at the pump.
(from inside flap)

Okay, this should take you a few days. You can find these at your local library, which is free, and we know how you like free.