Month: June 2009

Plinking – Ruger 10 22 – Death of a Hard Drive

Today was the fist time I was able to take my Ruger 10 22 out for a little fun. We also took a pink cricket out as well, but I forgot the gun lock for the cricket, so the girls were unable to shot it.

This is what a .22 can do to a hard drive. A couple of these shots were done by my 9 year old daughter (Punk #2). I thought that maybe the .22 would not be able to penetrate the steel, but as you can see it made the drives unusable. (This is the first of …

James Madison Quote

The house of representatives…can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny.

James Madison
Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788

From James Madison Quote from

After watching the House pass the Cap and Trade bill …

Benjamin Franklin – On the Constitution

Before the Constitution of the United States was signed, Benjamin Franklin made one final speech on the subject. In his speech, he encourages all of the delegates to sign. Stating that there are some points he does not agree with but that it is the most correct form of government, and should be put into effect. Here are a few other quotes from the speech he made to the Convention on September 17, 1787. [Full Text Here]

…there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administred; and I believe farther that

Benjamin Franklin – Role of God in Constitution

In a speech given to the Continental Convention on Jun 28, 1787, Benjamin Franklin lets everyone know what he thinks the role of GOD was and needs to be in congress. [Full Text of speech]

He first talks about how they are getting no where because they “are producing as many Noes as Ayes, methinks a melancholy Proof of the Imperfection of the Human Understanding.” He then goes on to say, that “In the beginning of the Contest with Britain, when we were sensible of Danger, we had daily Prayers in this Room for the Divine Protection! Our Prayers, Sir,

Benjamin Franklin – Silence Dogood No. 6

Ben starts out in his 6th Silence Dogood letter saying, “Pride. It is acknowledg’d by all to be a Vice the most hateful to God and Man. Even those who nourish it in themselves, hate to see it in others. The proud Man aspires after Nothing less than an unlimited Superiority over his Fellow-Creatures.” The full text of the letter can be found on

He talks about pride and how evil it is and what problems is causes. But he also talks about how Pride of Apparel has this effect, “By striving to appear rich they become really poor,

Benjamin Franklin – Salaries and Public Office

I have been toying with the idea of getting involved in local government. And I keep getting asked why I want to donate my time and energy in public office. I think that this speech given by Benjamin Franklin expresses one of the main reasons why. I am going to give a summary of his speech, and then explain why it illustrates one of the reasons I want to get involved in local government. He speech was given on June 2, 1787, and the full text of the speech can be found here:

Ben starts of by identifying the

Benjamin Franklin – Silence Dogood, No. 5

In the 5th of the Silence Dogood letters, Ben hits a topic head on. The topic of this letter is the difference between the Male and Female Vices. An individual sends a letter to the Courant telling Mrs. Dogood to “begin with your own sex first; let the first volley of your resentments be directed against Female Vice”. I don’t know if the letter he is responding to is also fictitious like the pen name he is using, or if someone really did write to the Courant. But for him to attack the equality of sexes in 1722 is pretty …

Benjamin Franklin – Silence Dogood, No 4.

After talking to her Reverend Boarder about Educating her Son William (BTW, Benjamin Franklin later did have a son named William). Silence takes a walk and sits by an apple tree (not the same one George Washington supposedly cuts down) and dreams a dream. This letter is about the dream she dreamed.

After the dream, Benjamin then summarizes what the dream meant.

I reflected in my Mind on the extream Folly of those Parents, who, blind to their Childrens Dulness, and insensible of the Solidity of their Skulls, because they think their Purses can afford it, will needs send them

Study in socialism

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had failed very few students, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “Ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade meaning, obviously, no one will receive an A.” They all agreed to this.

After the first test the grades were averaged, everyone got a C. The students who studied hard …

Benjamin Franklin – … Management of the Poor

In an essay entitled “On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor” published in 1776 (cool year to publish stuff). Ben talks about how taxes and tariffs are hurting the farmers. He discusses how if Corn is not allowed to be exportable, then other items should also not be exportable. Why keep the price of one item low, and allow another item to go up due to heavy supply. You can read the full essay at

The main point I want to bring out is his idea of welfare and how to treat the poor among us. …