The budget battle starts.

For the first time in four years, the Senate finally passed a budget.

The House has been sending them up, but Harry Reed never let them come up for a vote.

So now, the reconciliation process starts:

The House version:  Stop spending so much, leave taxes alone, balance the budget in about 10 years.

The Senate version:  Unlimited spending, take every penny they can get in taxes, and provisions to never mention the words “Balance” and Budget” in the same sentence.

OK, maybe I lied about part of that.  They will use the words “Balance” and Budget” in the same sentence, by saying it’ll never happen.

Proof (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100584821):

“…The House plan ostensibly brings the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the automatic “sequestration” levels now roiling federal programs, and it orders significant changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan, in contrast, includes $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years through legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the Senate plan would leave the government with a $566 billion deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that time…”

So, in ten years, we’ll either be balanced or have a $566 billion deficit and another $5.2 trillion in additional debt.  Maybe they’ll find a way out.

Why do I think there won’t be a budget again this year?

Soon, it appears that the Government will have to start making their own weapons.

The number of U.S. gun makers refusing to sell to the Government under what’s being called the “Firearms Equality Movement” has tripled in the past two weeks.

On February 22, “Right Views” (http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/firearms-companies-restricting-sales-government-agencies-areas) reported that a growing number of firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens’ rights to own them.

In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the “Firearms Equality Movement,” has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118.

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/update-number-us-gun-makers-refusing-sales-govt-firearms-equality

UPDATE:  as of today, The Police Loophole has the list up to 140 (17 of them since the first of March).

http://www.thepoliceloophole.com/

Mississippi enters the fray…

It seems that our Governor, Phil Bryant, has decided that we should go the way of several other states, that is, make any Federal gun restrictions unenforceable in the state.

Wonder how long it’s going to take for a state law to be pushed up through to the Supreme court, as a question concerning the 10th amendment. “…The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people…”

There is no part of the constitution that allows the Federal Government to restrict or revise the second amendment: “…A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED…”

Infringe: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.

Now people will say that no-one needs an “assault weapon”, yet no-one can describe what makes a weapon an assault weapon.

Would a weapon widely used by the military (past or present) make a weapon an assault weapon? Or any weapon that has a capability to carry more than six shells?

That means the 1892 Winchester (with about 1,004,675 made), and holding about 15 shells (depending on the caliber), would be illegal under today’s standards.

A new count-down starts.

Just as there was a flurry of “petitions” to the white house web site asking for states to secede from the union, a new wave of laws is starting.

First: Wyoming.  The state is proposing a new law, stating the following:

“…AN ACT relating to firearms; providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming; providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date…”

See the pdf here:  http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2013/Introduced/HB0104.pdf

Now, before you think that Wyoming is way out there, consider this: As codified in law with the 2nd Amendment, the People did not delegate the power to regulate or control the ownership of firearms to the federal government. And, as the 10th Amendment makes clear, all powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the States or to the People themselves.

State legislation to nullify federal gun laws or regulations focus on this basic and essential principle, and propose to make state law that the federal government is effectively banned from such regulations and laws within the state.

So if the Wyoming State law passes, and the government decide to enforce the Federal law, we can pretty much guarantee a viewing in the Supreme Court (as it pertains to Fed vs State rights).

So is Wyoming alone?

No.

South Carolina has tried (back in 2010)

“…TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-5-135 SO AS TO MAKE FINDINGS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN REGARD TO A PERSON’S RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, TO PROVIDE THAT NO PUBLIC OFFICIAL OF ANY JURISDICTION MAY REQUIRE REGISTRATION OF PURCHASERS OF FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THIS STATE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION WHICH IS A FELONY…”

Pdf here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess118_2009-2010/prever/4509_20100202.htm

But are there legal grounds?  According to the Supreme Court, there are:

“…In 1997, the Court again ruled that the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act violated the Tenth Amendment (Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997)). The act required state and local law enforcement officials to conduct background checks on persons attempting to purchase handguns. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, applied New York v. United States to show that the law violated the Tenth Amendment. Since the act “forced participation of the State’s executive in the actual administration of a federal program”, it was unconstitutional…” (wiki)

And, there is this movement: Firearms Freedom Legislation and Federal Gun Laws Nullification

“…This proposed legislation would “…declare that any firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states”. The legislation would require that the firearm be prominently marked as being “Made in {name of state}” and further prohibit federal regulation solely on the basis that “basic materials” and “generic and insignificant parts” of the firearm may have their origins from outside the state.

There’s a following, too – through 2010, resolutions have been introduced in the legislatures of some states that would nullify federal authority over such “local” firearms. The legislation passed in Montana and Tennessee in 2009 and in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

South Carolina has taken the issue one step further: in 2010 a bill was introduced which would effectively nullify all gun registration laws within the state.

Texas has prefiled and West Virginia has filed similar legislation for the 2011 legislative session.  It’s this “nullification of all gun registration laws” that is the basis of the recent Wyoming action.

And I’m sure the list will grow…

Did Mercury’s retrograde have an effect on the recent election?

By: Neil W. McCabe (from here: http://www.humanevents.com/2012/11/05/like-in-2000-election-day-falls-on-mercury-in-retrograde/)

“…Astrologers are watching Election Day with caution because at 6:05 p.m., on the East Coast, the planet Mercury will go into retrograde motion, a time of confusion and miscommunication.

The last time a presidential election was held during Mercury Retrogade was in 2000.

Sandra-Leigh Serio, an astrologer who is the president of the Rocky Mountain Astrologers Association, said Mercury Retrograde will bring chaos to the election. “It is going to make a mess.”

Serio said the retrograde means broken communications and problems with transportation.  “We are all kind of waiting to see,” she said.

“Mercury really is a trickster up there, it really screws things up,” she said. Mercury is the clerk and messenger of the gods, who governs paperwork, data and communications.

The difference between the 2000 election retrograde and the 2012 election retrograde is that in 2000, Election Day fell at the end of the retrograde, instead of the beginning, she said. This year, Mercury will begin its retrograde while going into the constellation Sagittarius, and when it resumes its previous path, or goes “direct,” Nov. 26 it will proceed into Scorpio.

That day, secrets about the election may be revealed, she said. “However, Nov. 14, Mercury re-enters Scorpio as it is moving in apparent backward motion, so that could also be a day when errors are discovered.”

Because Election Day falls at the beginning of retrograde instead of direct, as it did in 2000, it means it will be worse, she said.

Scorpio is a sign that brings controversy, deception and secret activity, she said. “Because it is a sign of transportation it could mean people will have trouble getting to the voting booth,” she said.

Serio said starting an administration under these conditions does not augur well. “It will not be a day in the park, whoever it is.”

James Braha, an astrologer based in Longboat Key, Fla., said, “There are going to be astrologers, who are going to say: ‘Oh my God, the election! They won’t know who wins and it’s going to go on for weeks.’”

Braha said he would not stick his neck out to predict massive chaos, but it is possible.

Glenn Perry, an astrologer based in Haddam Neck, Conn., said during the voting, there could be break downs in the technology. Perry said, “Generally speaking with Mercury going retrograde there will be challenges to the voting process. You don’t have to be an astrologer to see that one coming.”

Braha said Mercury Retrograde is the one thing about astrology non-astrologers should know about.

“Planets don’t go backwards,” he said. “They only appear to go backwards, and when they do appear to go backwards, they do have an effect in astrology.” This apparent reversal is called retrograde. For the 10 days before Mercury appears to stop and reverse direction, it appears to slow down, a period called “the shadow of the retrograde,” he said. “When it stops, it is called stationary.”

When Mercury slows down, anything that is not in good working order will break, he said. “If you have a television, car or computer that has been quirky for the last two or three months, it has a likelihood of breaking down…”

Now this was an interesting theory, because as we all know, “Superstorm” Sandy hit the New Jersey coast on Monday, October 29, definitely creating a a time of confusion and miscommunication.

It also affected the Elections in quite a few states.

But seeing it another way – “…When Mercury slows down, anything that is not in good working order will break, he said. “If you have a television, car or computer that has been quirky for the last two or three months, it has a likelihood of breaking down…”

Seems like people have been saying the Gov’t wasn’t in good working order.

Now we can blame Mercury, too…

Be prepared for an “unprecedented” event

Just posting this to be sure I’ve got it listed, with the proper dates listed.

One of the things that a President has available is the “recess appointment”.

As a reminder, here’s the details:

“…A recess appointment occurs when a President fills a vacant federal position that requires “advice and consent” of the Senate by bypassing the Senate because of Congressional recess. Per Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Senate has the authority to provide “advice and consent” to the President on appointments:

… [The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law…

Normally, the President nominates an individual to fill a position and the Senate votes to either confirm or reject the nominee. However, in anticipation of the need to appoint someone when Congress was not in session, the founding fathers added:

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

However, this recess option is not straightforward. Should the position be required to become vacant while the Senate is in recess for the President to have this authority? How many days “away” are required for the Senate to be considered “in recess”? For example, President Theodore Roosevelt made recess appointments while the Senate was in recess for only a day.

Recess appointments are temporary. Appointees must be confirmed by the Senate after the next election. Presidents sometimes make recess appointments when they believe that they will face a “friendlier” Congress after an election…”

So what’s the fear? The next election is in two years.

So far, Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State) has expressed a desire to leave.

Eric Holder (Attorney General of the United States) has wondered if he should stick around.

Timothy Geithner (United States Secretary of the Treasury) has expressed a desire to leave.

If Hillary leaves, Obama has said he wants The U.S. Permanent Representative, currently Susan Rice to take over as Secretary of State, leaving that slot open.

So the prediction is, right after the Senate closes for business, there will be a sudden rush of “exits”, forcing the President “in the interest of security” to make several recess appointments.

Appointments that will not go through a questioning process. Appointments that will not go through a vote. And, since the Senate is in Democratic hands, it will be just a simple majority vote to say “we accept”.

So watch out for a flurry of activity after that Adjournment Date (which hasn’t been determined yet).

Long time no see

Can’t believe that its been about 7 months since I posted here.

I thought this would be my “go-to” site, the place I’d let my friends keep up.

But I find that I’ve got a larger following at another site:  WeatherBunker.com.

I’ve got about 150 views altogether here.

I’ve gotten that many on a single post there.

So come on over, and look for hcubed there.  We’ll be waiting for you.

The Annual loss-of-Pay Statements are out.

First, the 2012 Civilian Pay tables are out.

To follow the theme of seasons past, our Commander-in-Chief has signed an executive order, freezing the civilian pay to the same as last year.

So there’s no increase there.

But wait, there’s more.

Besides the increase in the cost of living (which was enough to see that Social Security recipients got a 3.6 percent increase), there was also an increase in the FEHB premiums of 3.8 percent.

All told, this means I’ll see a DECREASE in my bi-weekly pay of about $6.18 (about 160 bucks a year).

This is while our Commander-in-Chief stands there with a group of sob stories from whiners, telling what they’d lose if the “$40″ bill isn’t passed (trying to make political points at the expense of the American people).

So let me add my story to the “$40″ list:

First of all, to those of you that will lose 40 dollars, I feel for you.  My loss will be 4 times that.

I’ll also have less money for gas, less for entertainment, less for heating.

But you can be sure the biggest loss will be a loss to charities.

No funds available to give to Habitat for Humanities.  No funds available to give to the Humane Society.  No funds to support the “global warming” scam-of-the-week.

And above all, no funds to give to the Democratic Party.

So who’s the biggest loser here?

I’ll survive by belt tightening.  But don’t ask me to give any more…

 

 

 

The start of a wild October?

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

200 PM EDT SUN OCT 9 2011

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC…CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO…

SURFACE OBSERVATIONS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATE THAT A LOW PRESSURE AREA HAS DEVELOPED ABOUT MIDWAY BETWEEN THE FLORIDA EAST COAST AND THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS. THIS SYSTEM IS PRODUCING GALE-FORCE WINDS FROM NEAR THE EAST-CENTRAL FLORIDA COAST EASTWARD OVER THE ATLANTIC FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED MILES.

SHOWER ACTIVITY HAS BECOME A LITTLE MORE CONCENTRATED NEAR THE LOW PRESSURE CENTER OVER THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS…AND SOME DEVELOPMENT IS STILL POSSIBLE AS THE DISTURBANCE MOVES WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT AROUND 10 MPH ACROSS THE CENTRAL FLORIDA PENINSULA AND INTO THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE…30 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT…STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF THE BAHAMAS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES TODAY AND MONDAY. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

ELSEWHERE…TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

So, based on the TWO, there is a possibility that this storm, labeled Invest 93L, has a chance of developing and entering the GOM.  Right now, the east coast of Florida is getting lots of long needed rain.

The models show this slight possibility, too:

That is, if they can agree on where the “center” is.

Wet weekend, for sure…

Sorry about the delay…

…but there’s been a bit of a shakeup on the world of weather blogs.

The “go-to” blog (WeatherUnderground) had a little bit of a revolt, and a lot of the long time posters dropped out, and created their own site (WeatherBunker.com).

I’ve been seeing this going on for a long time.

There is a small group of “oldtimers” than had taken to being blog police – reporting every perceived joke to admin, calling for bannings, name-calling if you didn’t see things their way; in short, trying to run the blog.

The level of troll attacks increased, and several people were seeing that admin wasn’t too concerned about that.

Add to that the continuous Pro-AGW postings, followed by the flood of believers putting down everyone they considered “deniers”.

Never did find out just what I’m denying.

So I still may borrow from them, and try to post.  But at the “bunker”, I’ve seen more hits to my blog entries in a couple of days than I have since I started this.

So look for “hcubed” there.

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