Tag Archive: Rules

United States Senator Mike Lee





” Behold my display of the 2013 Federal Register. It contains over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices all written and passed by unelected bureaucrats. The small stack of papers on top of the display are the laws passed by elected members of Congress and signed into law by the president.”












 “Democrats Will Absolutely Rue The Day”



Krauthammer Nuke Option




” And the other part of it, as a conservative, I am extremely happy that the Democrats are doing this. The prospects are very strong that the Democrats are going to lose the Senate next year and there is an excellent chance of losing the White House. And the Democrats will absolutely rue the day because they not only are going to allow a Republican majority — which will come one day anyway — to get its nominees through, but Chuck Grassley has said that when Republicans come into you power, they’re going to include Supreme Court nominees, and that will be a devastating blow to the liberals on the Court and to the liberals in the country. So I don’t think Democrats will remember this day with any joy in the near future.”



    Only time will tell if Mr Krauthammer is correct in his assumption , and to be fair it is a very commonly held assumption at this point , one that common sense tells us should be undeniably true . The only problem with the assumption that the Democrats will live to regret establishing the “nuclear option” as the new standard is the natural tendency for the GOP to blow every opportunity for political gain that has ever been dropped in their laps .

   Incompetence is the only word that adequately describes the recent Republican caucuses and idiocy and fecklessness has a long and storied history in the party of Lincoln . If there is a way way to fail to score when you are feet from the end zone and all alone the Republicans are up to the task . The only fight the GOP seems capable of mounting is against their own upstart allies in the Tea Party . 















” In the mid-1970s, the Republican Party was in complete disarray. Watergate had taken its toll.  Democrats swept into office by huge margins, where they held a super majority in the Senate and nearly 300 votes in the House. The conservative movement was decimated but within the Senate a rump group of conservative senators decided to fight back. They did not take to the microphones. They did not hold press conference.  Rather, they used the rules of the institution to get Democrats and liberal Republicans to take dozens of “tough votes” on “killer” amendments to defeat a slew liberal legislation. Despite having only 39 Republicans, including RINOs like Jacob Javits (R.-N.Y.), they defeated a slew of liberal agenda items. Those roll call votes were the very issues used to defeat all those liberal senators in the 1980 Reagan landslide, including Javits, who lost in a GOP primary that year.

In other words, they made their opponents crawl over miles of glass. The lesson lost on the modern GOP.

Boehner has engaged in the series of one-on-one negotiations with the president while his members have been sitting ideally waiting for news of the coming capitulation.

A better strategy would have been to put them to work. The speaker could use his ability to schedule votes and committee hearings to being a series of bills to the floor that would drive a wedge between the president and his Democrat allies. Forcing a series of uncomfortable votes would ultimately create back pressure on the President from members of his own party.”

Obama Inaugural Disguises Collectivism As Liberty




” According to this president, “being true to our founding documents … does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way.” Liberty, we are to believe, is an eye-of-the-beholder proposition.

This is what we are to have in mind as we swallow the “ask not what your country” line of Obama’s address: “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

In other words, there is no real liberty without big government. Or perhaps we should turn to Orwell’s 1984 to break the code: “Freedom Is Slavery.”

Obama says he’s all for entrepreneurs, Grandma and her apple pie, but “a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.”





Illustration By Michael Ramirez



The Tea Party



Your Child’s First Gun Can Influence Whether He Becomes A Lifelong Hunter Or Walks Away Altogether



 ” It’s a big decision and an exciting one, for both you and your child, as you ponder that first gun. No doubt the passion for the outdoors has been lit from shared days afield and maybe even at the range, but now it’s time to extend the ultimate in trust and responsibility by purchasing a gun and giving it to your child as his or her designated gun to take afield with them.

I still remember my first gun, a used Remington Sportsman 58 that my dad gave me when I was 11 and that I used to down untold bushy tails with 2 ¾-inch loads of No. 6s—as well as my first whitetail, firing No. 1 buckshot, a year later. I grew up hunting deer in an area where shotguns—mostly buckshot—are still the firearm of choice, so when I received a brand new Remington 1100 for my 16th birthday, opening the box is a moment I will never forget. For a young, avid hunter, it would become one of my most prized possessions, alongside my first car and first home. The car and home are little more than good memories now. I still own, and use, that 1100.

So what are the critical considerations in buying that first gun for your son or daughter? There are several that are key as you want the gun to become an enjoyable tool to help them not only become better marksmen, but to maintain the enthusiasm for shooting and hunting for many years to come. “

  The title above is a plea of sorts for help creating a suitably clever category for this type of post . Call it idiocy , bureaucratic overreach , ah , I don’t know , thus the cry for reader contributions .

   Anyway , earlier I posted about an Idaho regulation governing how a citizen should deal with roadkill . The idea of the need for such wasted funds and government intrusion struck me as absurd so I brought it to your attention .
    Now I find another of similar folly and come to the realization that there are a limitless supply of equally inane rules , ordinances and laws and that they could easily comprise a regular feature here at YouViewed.com .
    While I recognize the place for the idiocy of the day/week category , I’m afraid that I’ve already linked forever , in my mind anyway , the term idiocy with my buddy Joe ” Idiocy ” Biden so I need something else to title the ludicrous government regulation/rule/law of the moment .

Enough of the intro , here is the ??? of the day brought to my attention by Lowering The Bar :

Can’t a man and his wallaby be left alone ?

” According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , a Pennsylvania man accused of harboring a
wallaby has pleaded no contest to that charge, and was sentenced last week to one year of probation. ”

Now imagine a year’s probation without any physical evidence of harm to or even of the actual existence of the alleged wallaby.

“Ott refused to comment
as to the wallaby’s location “but said it is being well cared for.” Ott pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful importation of a wallaby and one count of tampering with evidence ( i.e.wallaby concealment).
The wallaby, if that’s what it was, may just have escaped. ”

Wallaby concealment …. Who’d a known ?

And lest we yanks think we rule in the stupidity and waste department we are reminded that our cousins across the pond have eons more experience in the “ridiculous” arena : 

Also via LTB

” For those of you who are not entirely clear on how to wash your hands, here’s a handy instructional video on the subject created by
the county council of West Sussex in the UK. Some residents were upset when the council revealed in March that it had spent over
£100,000 to make 92 such videos, covering not just hand-washing but also such perplexing topics as how to use a compass and how to make a phone call. “I have my phone firmly in my right hand,” said the star of the latter video, “and then select the digit of choice, in my case the left index finger.”
Presumably there is a separate video for left-handers. “