August 24, 2012

The Cambrian Explosion

Part I

Part II

Time to rejoice. Darwin's Theory stands about the same chance as Obama's re-election. The more we learn, the more we can trust what God has revealed to us.

H/T The Wintery Knight

Who Is Buying Up All The Gun Manufacturers?

I have owned firearms from Marlin and Ruger and Bushmaster, DPMS, Colt, S&W, Baretta, Remington and more. I just heard a rumor about George Soros buying up firearms manufacturers in order to circumvent the 2nd Amendment. By acquiring these companies he will deny weapons to the American public.

I wanted to use several different sources to determine the veracity of this rumor and, apparently, it is not true.

First I used Satan's mouthpiece, the NY Slimes:
In recent years, many top-selling brands — including the 195-year-old Remington Arms, as well as Bushmaster Firearms and DPMS, leading makers of military-style semiautomatics — have quietly passed into the hands of a single private company. It is called the Freedom Group — and it is the most powerful and mysterious force in the American commercial gun industry today.

[...]Behind this giant is Cerberus Capital Management, the private investment company that first came to widespread attention when it acquired Chrysler in 2007. (Chrysler later had to be rescued by taxpayers). With far less fanfare, Cerberus, through the Freedom Group, has been buying big names in guns and ammo.
The rumor was that Soros was the puppet master behind Cerberus. The rumor became so strong that the N.R.A. stepped in and made efforts to reassure its membership that their interests were not threatened by this company.
“N.R.A. has had contact with officials from Cerberus and Freedom Group for some time,” the N.R.A. assured its members. “The owners and investors involved are strong supporters of the Second Amendment and are avid hunters and shooters.”

Mr. Soros isn’t behind the Freedom Group, but, ultimately, another financier is: Stephen A. Feinberg, the chief executive of Cerberus.

CERBERUS is part of one of the signature Wall Street businesses of the past decade: private equity. Buyout kings like Mr. Feinberg, 51, try to acquire undervalued companies, often with borrowed money, fix them up and either take them public or sell at a profit to someone else.
And here from the Illinois State Rifle Association:
Freedom Group owns a large number of firearm and ammo manufacturers. This is TRUE.

Freedom Group is owned by Cerberus. This is also TRUE.

Soros owns Cerberus. FALSE or at least highly improbable and unable to be confirmed.

This ‘warning’ started as e-mail forwards in late 2009/early 2010 when Freedom Group attempted to go public with stock and they bought up Barnes Bullets.
Cerberus was started and is owned by Stephen Feinberg. No reputable sources we have found (ie Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, etc. ) list Soros in any way connected to Cerberus. Most locations for this are online message boards or blogs that copy/paste the same or similar 'warnings' like the one above. Occasionally 'Soros & Feinberg' wording is added to them to give the alert some semblance of credibility.

So while Soros IS a gun grabber through funding such organizations as IANSA and Media Matters, it's not through Cerberus or Freedom Group.
So who is this guy, Stephen Fineberg? Who is the CEO of Cerberus Capital Management? He is a 53 year old Bronx native with a blue collar background. He is also a man who admits when he has goofed up; he has his ego under control.
In the world of private equity where there are many big egos, rarely have we seen the head of a large firm admit publicly to making mistakes. However, in a refreshing twist, Cerberus Capital Management’s chief executive reflected on past missteps during a keynote speech at the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst conference in New York.

“One thing about the money management business is [you should] never cease to be amazed by your own ability to be an idiot,” said Stephen Feinberg, chief executive at Cerberus.
This bio outtake reveals a little more about the man:
[...]his lifestyle does not reflect extravagance as compared to his peers in the PE business. He currently resides on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with wife Gisela and three daughters.

Some of Feinberg’s hobbies are: chess, skiing, game hunting, and riding on his Harley motorcycle. Apart from being in private equity, he and his wife are also supporters of the Republican Party and other Republican organizations. He has even hired Dan Quayle, the former Republican US Vice President, as Cerberus’ chairman of global investments. Moreover, former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was one of the company’s clients.
I figure I can rest a bit easier now.

August 23, 2012

Sign Me Up

He's Just Saying What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking

As Reported by the Dallas-Ft. Worth CBS affiliate:
LUBBOCK (CBSDFW.COM) - A Texas leader is warning of what he calls a ‘civil war’ and possible invasion of United Nations troops if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

Lubbock County Judge Tom Head is convinced that Mr. Obama winning a second term would lead to a revolt by the American people and he’s is pushing a tax increase for the district attorney’s office and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. He says the money is needed to “beef up” it’s resources in case President Obama wins the November election.

In the event of civil unrest Judge Head said he’s concerned the President would hand over sovereignty of the United States to the U.N. and that the American public would react violently.
Now that is a bit beyond the pale. UN troops couldn't even handle a few thousand murderous thugs in Rwanda so they certainly can't handle 130 million armed US citizens. No, Obama will use DHS civilian troops for that. They're perhaps already gearing up for it with the purchase of hundreds of millions of hollow point rounds.

Your Basic Fixer-Upper

From the Daily Mail:
In a slammer of a deal New York State is looking to sell off a 31-acre, 262 bed prison that comes with two gyms, one chapel and it's own sewage treatment plant.

Going for a steal at $390,000, Camp Georgetown Correctional Facility just 35 miles from central Syracuse is located within 98,000 acres of state forest land and the property contains 38 buildings on the site.

In addition to the chapels and five pheasant pen sheds, the facility understandably boasts that security is a strong point for any potential buyer who fancies themselves as the prison warden of their own empty jail.

As this site is only a 40 minute drive to work for me, I might be interested in it if I were starting a Bedz n' Breakfast or maybe a strict diet regimen facility.

Or a cult.

Jackass, Say Howdy To Reality

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Garfield Heights High School basketball star Tony Farmer is going to jail.

Farmer, sentenced to three years in prison this afternoon by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Pamela for the kidnapping and assault of his ex-girlfriend.

Farmer, 18, turned to his attorney after the sentence was announced, collapsed backwards into the arms of a sheriff''s deputy and sank to the floor.

The judge said she will review the sentence after 180 days.
Another talented, pampered athlete thinks that no matter what he does, he is too valuable to pay the penalty for his dumb ass decisions. Welcome to C-Block Division hoops, jerk.

August 22, 2012

Joe Biden: Obama's Secret Agent

From Ulsterman:
That Biden visit to Tampa got my wheels spinning. What the hell are they up to? How far is Biden willing to go to remain relevant? To stay on the ticket? So I put some feelers out to the WH. Got lots of people willing to talk and share these days.

Here’s the deal. Nobody has heard anything on that visit beyond it’s being planned. SS had protocols in place only as recently as 72 hours ago. So this thing wasn’t planned more than a week ago. At the most. That means the campaign is being damn tight lipped about it which is out of the ordinary for them. Now that has me really thinking. Something don’t sit right here. Why send the #2 right down to the GOP convention? What is the purpose? Leak the trip, but don’t say anything substantial regarding the reason for the trip. Just a publicity stunt? An attempt at poking the eye of the Romney team?

That don’t add up for. Not even close. So I’m asking around some more. And I’m not the only one. Nothing is coming back. Finally get a call into the Old Man. Alert him to my concerns. Within 30 minutes he gets back to me. We got legit Intel from military source. Nothing concrete. Which got our source’s attention. That is a big red alert. This thing is being planned. Staged. Might be a handful of local law enforcement in on it. Apparently a related communication from DHS within the last 24 hrs. Union thugs. Got to be a Jarrett Gerard initiated plan. Something along those lines.

I’m giving you and your readers a heads up here. False flag. The real deal. They will try and control it but make it look uncontrolled. Dangerous. Make it reflect poorly on the Republicans and their supporters. A dangerous and desperate operation here. Even a dimwit like Biden has to know how dangerous
So ... heads up folks. Keep an eye on the Ulsterman Report and see how this develops.

H/T to iOTW

Or perhaps Joe has something else in mind in Tampa.
Making Mitt #4?

This time bring flowers Joe.

Is There A Word Processor Song?

August 21, 2012

They're Finally Showing His Ass

From the American Thinker:
A shocking development is rocking the Obama campaign, as a reliably supportive media outlet has published a cover story with the shocking caption, "Hit the Road, Barack: Why We Need a New President." This from Newsweek, a magazine which all too recently published a cover depicting Mr. Obama with a rainbow colored halo and the caption "The First Gay President."

Even more important than the devastating content of the cover story is where it was published. Newsweek is published by Tina Brown, long a fixture of the media social scene, a trendsetter. The cover story represents a serious breach in the cofferdam erected around Obama and the progressive cause. It constitutes recognition that this particular emperor actually has no clothes.
More here.